KOOK – “KOOK II”
Never ending colored vinyl on our RECORD OF THE WEEK Blog!!!
KOOK was founded in September of 2015 in San Jose, California by long-time members of San Jose’s storied stoner rock/metal scene that started in the late 80s. “KOOK II” was tracked in February 2018 at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland CA. Legendary engineer and producer Billy Anderson captured some very magical moments in the studio…strange alchemy and spirits that resulted in this record… Album art was handled by a talented artist from Indonesia who goes by @alfiandikid on Instagram. Find out more at GLORY OR DEATH RECORDS or catch them at a few select SF Bay Area shows in the next couple of months!
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THE LILLINGTONS blasted their way out of BFE, Wyoming in the late 90’s with songs about aliens and spies. Their fresh take on the Lookout sound got them a lot of attention and a lot tours. Then they disappeared back to Wyoming or were abducted by Martians, no one knows. Now they’re back and recently released an LP with Fat Wreck Chords. RED SCARE took over the rights of this best-selling title in 2005, but “Death By Television” was originally released in 1999 and launched THE LILLINGTONS into pop-punk history. It’s a timeless classic and honoring it’s 20-year anniversary with a limited picture disc LP for Record Store Day. 666 copies. The pressing of the beast!
Featuring long time members of the Sacramento punk scene, DRUG APTS just released their latest album on MT.ST.MTN! The band name is a reference to drug apartments, those Mid-Century Modern complexes scattered throughout Sacramento, with rows of palm trees out front and mock English names like Dorchester Court or the Royal Arms. Common features include: concrete stairs, prison-style walkways with dudes looking in your window every five minutes, moms beating their kids next door and cop car lights reflecting off the pool. An explosive collision of garage punk and weirdo art rock from Sacramento’s most exciting export since Mayyors. “Clean Living Under Difficult Circumstances” is a strange, haunting thrill ride driven by angular guitars, an unhinged drum attack and the dynamic, sometimes violent vocal delivery of Whittney K. Check them in Sacramento next weekend!
The latest release from the house of heavy, and their second album on RIPPLE MUSIC, is “Bury the Hatchet” by SHOTGUN SAWYER! Toe-tapping, knee-slapping heavy blues mixed with nostalgia rock, keep tabs are they are planning a European tour as we speak!
DRUGS & ATTICS is the new premier party drug rock band that’s definitely not for your parents!! Opening up the United States of Party and everyone is invited!! Their first full length, “Clean Their Room” is a collection of songs about partying, being tuff, and finding love at last call. Swim on over to HIGH DIVE RECORDS to grab yourself a copy!
New Jersey’s HATH is back with another ear shattering album on WILLOW TIP! “Of Rot and Ruin” is nine blistering tracks of death metal brutality and melodic mayhem that is sure to be a contender for the top spots this year. They are playing a show tonight (April 12th) in Philly, get out there!
See y’all next week!