The Aggrolites – “Reggae Now!”
Check out another insane vinyl merch package headlining this week’s RECORD OF THE WEEK Blog!!!
If we’re talking reggae, you better put THE AGGROLITES at the top of the list! The iconic Southern California act is back with their first new record in almost a decade and the pioneers of “dirty reggae” haven’t lost a step! “REGGAE NOW!” Is a perfect encapsulation of a band of all star musicians doing what they do best: having fun while creating music for everyone to enjoy. With PIRATES PRESS RECORDS steering the ship on this release, you know it’s going to be a slam dunk of vinyl and merchandise galore!
Let’s start with the most important part…the VINYL! Before you even put the needle on the record, the artwork stands out on its own as it was drawn and painted by the legendary tattoo artist TOKYO HIRO! Whether it’s the classic “BLACK,” the “BLOOD RED,” or the eye catching “DEEP PURPLE” & “WHITE” or “BLOOD RED” & “BLACK” “GALAXY” vinyl, fans and collectors alike will be chomping at the bit to pick up all 4 versions! Plus keep an eye out for the “Pound For Pound” picture flexis that are starting to make their way into fans’ hands.
Everyone is going crazy for this new “AggroPanther” design knocked up by legendary Tattooer/Illustrator Tokyo Hiro! True fans will want to grab all kinds of merch to show off the incredible art! Starting at the top (literally), get a look at two embroidered scally caps or two mesh hats. Perfect for keeping all of the fans safe from a nasty sunburn. As the summer approaches, it’s t-shirt weather again so grab one (or more!) of an array of t-shirts! And since baseball is back in full swing, we’ve got a 3/4 sleeve black & white baseball tee as well. For those of us still feeling the winter chill, pour a cup of coffee in your Aggrolites mug and snag a hoodie waiting as well! For our patch and pin aficionados, here’s your chance to add to your collection with a woven patch and a slew of enamel pins and buttons at your disposal.
Get all of this over at PIRATES PRESS RECORDS today!
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“Reissues & Remnants” features the first two, long out-of-print SON LUX albums, and the NEW album ‘Remnants’, a collection of rare and previously unreleased recordings spanning from 2008 to 2017. The vinyl color variants are exclusive to this set, limited to 500 hand-numbered copies packaged in a matte-laminated slip-case with spot-gloss. Ryan Lott’s first two releases as SON LUX, “At War With Walls” & “Mazes and We Are Rising”, document one of the most compelling musicians of the 21st century finding a distinctive creative voice, while making strikingly original music along the way. Eleven years after his debut as SON LUX, JOYFUL NOISE RECORDINGS is reissuing the works on vinyl. More than a decade after inception, SON LUX has shifted from Lott’s singular vision into a three-piece ensemble featuring virtuoso musicians Ian Chang on drums, and Rafiq Bhatia on guitar, and SON LUX’S continually evolving recordings still point toward an exciting musical future that contemporary pop music has yet to realize.
LUKE SWEENEY has been working remedial jobs and making music in San Francisco for over ten years. His second vinyl release, ‘Peace Meal’, could be described as Apple-core, windie-rock, or rhythm n’ choose-your-own-adventure loft-pop. Recorded with Robin MacMillan again lending his magic hand as producer at Faraway Sound in Brooklyn as well as Faultline Studios (RIP) in San Francisco, where the live band was tracked. It’s a long way from the original demos to become what you’ll hear from the grooves today. It’s a labor of love, and the fruits are the friendships, experiences, and inspirations that flow from it. Check him out in LA next week!
SERPENT OF GNOSIS is a side project from members of Job For A Cowboy and The Black Dahlia Murder. The band teamed up to debut their first record with Massachusetts metal and hardcore label, 1126 RECORDS. “As I Drink From The Infinite Well of Inebriation “ is an album based around instances of addiction and the dependencies that align with it. Absolutely brutal grind / death metal, head over to 1126 RECORDS to grab a copy today!
GEMMA is Felicia Douglass with producer Erik Gundel, a collaboration where Douglass’s playful hooks soar over Gundel’s lush, grooving beats. Gundel has a knack for stacking emotions that seem at odds: for channeling feelings of deep introspection and ecstatic joy at the same time, matching a sentiment that often drives Douglass’s lyricism. Together, they’re masters of upbeat tunes exploding with feelings, a type of healing, happy-sad soul-funk. “Feeling’s Not A Tempo” is GEMMA’S sophomore album, and first with NY label DOUBLE DOUBLE WHAMMY. ‘Feeling’s Not A Tempo’ is the happy, sad, soulful electro-pop creation of Felicia Douglass and Erik Gundel of GEMMA. Playful hooks compliment explosive, danceable arrangements from start to finish. Douglass stacks conversational and soaring vocals over dreamlike tracks that are easy to feel and built to get lost in.
From Chicago, Illinois, comes the earth-shaking, lightning-strike rock n’ roll of SOMETHING IS WAITING. On ‘Songs for the Sally Beauty Pavilion’ (the follow-up to 2017 debut ‘The Something Is Waiting Band’), the quintet comes out, guns blazing –this is urban scum-rock grasping toward a fantasy of LA sleaze. SOMETHING IS WAITING are the shrieky, sleazy, crust-glam you crave… They have a few shows coming up in the mid west, but in the mean time head over to the kings of noise rock, LEARNING CURVE RECORDS and grab yo self a copy today!
See you next week for another over the top blog!