The Templars – “Deus Vult”
We’ve got some rad titles on this week’s RECORD OF THE WEEK blog!
THE TEMPLARS are a band that needs little introduction. Since the early 90’s, their unique style and low-fi trademark ‘Acre’ sound have earned them true cult status in the punk and skinhead world. This new album, their first in more than 10 years, shows them at the top of their game, and still tough as nails – proving once again that they are a force to be reckoned with. This record came in a standard ‘Blood Red’ or ‘Blood Red’ and ‘Oxblood’ AsideBside with ‘Bone’ & ‘Black’ Splatter w/ Faux-leather Casewrapped Sleeve!
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Based in Johnson City Tennessee, BEE HIVE RECORDS’ main focus is to produce and record performances by contemporary Appalachian regional artists while preserving the long standing traditions of American roots music. JEFF INGERSOLL’S first release with BEE HIVE RECORDS in Johnson City, TN, “Peering Through the Bars” effortlessly blends a multitude of styles that feels at once both spontaneous and informed. With the help of a stellar group of guest musicians including Cameron Owens, Meade Richter, Danny Stewart Jr., Brandon Green, Dave Eggar and more, INGERSOLL offers a glimpse into the roots of America’s folk vernacular as he takes a flying leap forward for modern acoustic music. Get this special CD paired with a flexi in a 7” jacket over at BEEHIVE!
The latest comp from Portland’s own THE LOVECRAFT BAR is out! With corporate music’s artistic quality at an all time shitty low, putting out the underground bands that maybe cannot afford vinyl gets the music out there, gives the universe balance and an alternative to whatever nonsense the corporate machine churns out. It also hopefully builds attendance at these bands’ shows when they’re on tour. With a huge list of local Portland area bands on this comp’s roster, as you may know by now the best way to get your hands on one of these is to buy Jon the owner a drink (or five) and he’ll spin you a yarn and you’ll probably end up with a record, maybe even a criminal one if you hang with him long enough…
BAND NAME: V/A
LABEL NAME: The Lovecraft Bar
Best known for his third place finish on the season 4 of Last Comic Standing, CHRIS PORTER can also be seen on his own “Comedy Central Presents” special and “Live at Gotham” as well as his previous Netflix special, “Ugly & Angry.” CHRIS has been a touring comic since he was 23, from the beginning CHRIS’ raw energy and unique perspective has distinguished him as one of the elite comics in the industry. Check out more over at the source for comedy on vinyl, STAND UP! RECORDS.
Two rules, loud, fast, BAD SONS! Filled with frustration and sick of sensation, set out to wake up Chicago’s music scene. Now with their debut EP, “Hot Face”, BAD SONS are ready to spread their chaos to the rest of the world. Music to get evicted to. Only available on vinyl, they have a few shows coming up soon. Mix equal parts punk rock, rocknroll, power pop, and hardcore with a lot of attitude and you’ll get BAD SONS.
BAND NAME: BAD SONS
In early 2014, A Lot Like Birds’ guitarist/composer Michael Franzino launched a successful Indiegogo campaign to fund the inception of his solo endeavor / softer musical counterpart: ALONE. In an attempt to fully immerse himself into the creative process, the project entailed him intentionally isolating himself in a cabin somewhere in the Sierra Mountain Range for two months to compose the album. He then recorded what was written with engineer/producer Dryw Owens upon his return from the woods, and the result was the debut ALONE. LP aptly titled “Somewhere in the Sierras”. Featuring a minor key interpretation of the classic Jimmie Davis song “You Are My Sunshine”, it’s out now!
BREAKS AHEAD is the combined collaboration of 2 of San Francisco’s Mission District DJ’S 2 FRESH and QUEST. Since the mid 80’s they have been rockin’ dance floors from local parties to festivals world-wide. In 2000, they decided to combine their ideas for scratch tools and Dj records, the duo has since released a series of Skipless Scratch Tool Records including “Scratch Breaks Volumes 1 & 2”, “Breakfast”, and what you see here, the limited edition 7” – “Scratch 101” . This particular release is arranged in a Spiral-Format (a new layout for scratch sounds, allowing for sounds to go from short to long and alternate as time progresses -ideal for warm up) plus easy to use sounds for all levels, from beginners to pros alike!
DONAHER’S debut LP contains ten power pop songs that are savagely sweet, contagiously cute, and packed with more hooks than a tackle box. “I Swear My Love Is True” is a record that defines the sound of falling in love and a pending heartbreak. Stand out tracks “Mandy Desmarais (Call Me Soon)”, “Heather”, and the pre-break up song, “No Other Dude”, features Matt Pryor from the Get Up Kids. You can find it available in three different colored versions, but you know that Half-N-Half version is calling your name…
On this coming month’s TURNTABLE KITCHEN monthly subscription is the debut LP from SMOKE SEASON and features Mix Master Mike on it! As you should know by now, this limited run is only available as part of the subscription service, you gotta sign up in advance or it’s too late!
BAND NAME: Smoke Season
LABEL NAME: Turntable Kitchen