The Smith Street Band – “Throw Me In The River”
Oh man, there were SO many awesome titles that came through here this week, it was really hard to choose. But, like every parent has a favorite child, here are our favorite children for this week’s RECORD OF THE WEEK blog!
This week’s ROTW is none other than Melbourne’s very own punk poets, THE SMITH STREET BAND. With songs written in Winnipeg, Salt Lake City, London and New York, ‘Throw Me In The River’ is truly a passport for the bands global rise. And boy, did POISON CITY RECORDS really go all out for this third full length from the band. You can pick one of these up in either a regular or gatefold jacket, all with a reverse board finish. As for the vinyl, there is an ‘Ultra Clear’ version, the ‘Black’ inside ‘Orange Crush’ Color-In-Color “Halloween” version, the ‘Milky Clear’ with ‘Black’ splatter “Smoke Splatter” version, or the super-cool-blew-our-pants-off ‘Black’ and ‘Milky Clear’ AsideBside with ‘Red(ish)’ and ‘Halloween Orange’ splatter “Fireworks” version (this is the one available in a gatefold jacket). And fear not, while THE SMITH STREET BAND just finished their UK/Europe tour, they’re about to return home to Australia for a sold-out tour! Make your way to POISON CITY’s website or the band’s for more details….
BAND: The Smith Street Band
BAND WEBSITE: www.thesmithstreetband.com
LABEL: Poison City Records
LABEL WEBSITE: www.poisoncityrecords.com
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Back again this week is the punk rock staple that is FAT WRECK CHORDS! This time with an uber compilation of FAT WRECK bands made specifically for Florida’s annual music event THE FEST. Featuring everyone from CJ RAMONE to LAGWAGON to BAD COP/BAD COP, these 10”s were only available at THE FEST, but we’re not just teasing you here because they will be available at the FAT RECORD STORE some time “soon”. And just to make even more exclusive, they made it in 7 variations! With some being plain ‘Black’, there is also ‘Deep Purple’ inside ‘Baby Pink’ Color-In-Color version, a ‘Olive Green’ and ‘Grimace Purple’ Half-N-Half version, a ’Sea Blue’ and ‘Oxblood’ Aside/Bside version, a ‘Hot Pink’ with ‘Black’ haze version, a ‘White’ with ‘Blood Red’ splatter or the ‘Aqua Blue’ and ‘Bone’ and ‘Red(ish)’ Tricolor version. Keep tabs on the FAT STORE via the link below to see when you can grab one of these discs…
LABEL: Fat Wreck Chords
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.fatwreck.com/
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.fatwreck.com/recordstore
ANCHOR EIGHTY FOUR RECORDS knocked it out of the park with this first full length from MINNOW. This L.A. based sextet tracked 90% of the album live in studio, to really capture their dual percussionists, so you know they’ll sound as good live as they do on the record. Available in either a solid ‘Bone’ color, a solid ‘Oxblood’ or the limited ‘Oxblood’ and ‘Bone’ Aside/Bside color, which is killer! Keep tabs on these guys for their record release show coming up or mosey on over to ANCHOR EIGHTY FOUR’s website to order yours…
BAND WEBSITE: www.minnowmusic.com
LABEL: Anchor Eighty Four Records
LABEL WEBSITE: www.anchoreightyfour.com
Following up last week’s ROTW, NUCLEAR WAR NOW! PRODUCTIONS is back at a once again. With their picture disc being featured last week, this is VARATHON’s second full length from ’95 called “Walpurgisnacht”. These Black Metal masters are currently playing in Berlin at the NWN! Fest, but fear not, you can order one of these from the NWN! website. In a super smooth and shiny Hi Gloss gatefold jacket, you can grab one of these bad boys in either the purist “Black’ vinyl, a solid ‘Aqua Blue’ color (not pictured) or the super limited ‘Royal Blue’ with ‘Silver’, ‘Gold’ and ‘Black’ splatter.
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.varathron.com/
LABEL: Nuclear War Now! Productions
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.nwnprod.com/
When you mix the winner of the Detroit’s Red Bull Big Tune Championship and one of Dr. Dre’s Top 5 Emcees alive, you’ll get this Hip Hop treasure you see before you called ‘Blasphemy’! Hailing from Detroit is APOLLO BROWN, and from L.A. is RAS KASS, and this duo is on fire right now making it on the Top 10 of Hip-Hop downloads. If you can make it to Europe this winter, you can catch these guys on tour. Otherwise, you’ll just have to rock up and buy one of these from MELLO MUSIC GROUP. This double LP is available in either a heavy weight ‘Black’ vinyl or the patriotic ‘Milky Clear’ with lots of ‘Blood Red’ and ‘Cyan’ splatter, all wrapped in a matte finished jacket and a download card. Beat that!
BAND: Apollo Brown & Ras Kass
BAND WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/ApolloBrown
LABEL: Mello Music Group
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.mellomusicgroup.com/
Reissuing their 2013 EP, ‘Burner’, CREATOR-DESTRUCTOR RECORDS made POINT OF VIEWS’ awesome record even better! It’s been remixed, remastered and is now on heavy weight vinyl with a new layout. Hailing from the SF bay area, POINT OF VIEW is a melodic punk three piece. If you make your way to CREATOR-DESTRUCTOR’s website, you can grab one of these in a super sturdy reverse board jacket stuffed with either a ‘Grey’ and ‘Aqua Blue’ Aside/Bside with ‘Black’ and ‘Deep Purple’ splatter or the more limited ‘Black’ and ‘White’ Half-N-Half record with ‘Aqua Blue’, ‘Deep Purple’ and ‘Grey’ splatter. Do it!!
BAND: Point of View
BAND WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/pointofviewsanjose?ref=ts&fref=ts
LABEL: Creator-Destructor Records
LABEL WEBSITE: www.creator-destructor.com
Obviously not records, but we think these are pretty damn cool. We’re running a fall special where you can get 11 oz C Handle mugs with your band/label’s logo for as low as $2.99 per mug with 2 color printing. Check out the Pirates Press Merch website for specials and details: http://piratespress.com/cms/drinkware-specials
Recorded in a mixture of houses and studios, CLOUD GAVIN are releasing their third album called ‘Fermata Supreme’. This is also their first release on vinyl and we couldn’t be happier about making this one for them. A blend of different Alternative music styles, CLOUD GAVIN has been growing day by day since they started in 2010. This gatefold jacket holds a double LP, with all of the A/B discs being being ‘White’ with ‘Black’ haze and all of the C/D discs being the opposite, ‘Black’ vinyl with ‘White’ haze. Starting today, CLOUD GAVIN is embarking on a 75 day, 48 state tour. Better hope they’re stopping in your town first or they’ll probably be all sold out of these babies….
BAND: Cloud Gavin
BAND WEBSITE: http://cloudgavin.bandcamp.com/
Digging around in the archives, ENJOY THE RIDE RECORDS is rereleasing the first album from THE HONORARY TITLE! Originally released in 2004, this album called “Anything Else But The Truth” is back and better than ever. This time around the double LP is in a gatefold jacket and is available in a myriad of colors. All of the C/D discs are a solid ‘Olive Green’ color and the A/B discs come in either a ‘Black’ and ‘White’ half-n-half version, the more limited ‘Black’ and ‘White’ half-n-half with ‘Oxblood’ splatter version (not pictured), a ‘Black’ and ‘White’ Aside/Bside with ‘Oxblood’ splatter version, or the super limited ‘White’ with ‘Black’ circles version. Either way, you can’t lose….
BAND: The Honorary Title
BAND WEBSITE: Facebook.com/thehonorarytitle
LABEL: Enjoy The Ride Records
LABEL WEBSITE: www.EnjoyTheRideRecords.com
Currently on tour in Europe, the iconic hardcore band TERROR is still running strong after more than a dozen years. It’s no wonder why REAPER RECORDS is repressing most of their albums including this best seller, “One with the Underdogs”. Originally released back in 2004, this is THE album that put TERROR on the map making its way onto a bunch of charts and lists. This time around, it comes with a download card and printed insert and is available in either a ‘Halloween Orange’ color, a ‘Grey’ color, or the crazy looking ‘Milky Clear’ with ‘Halloween Orange’ and ‘Grey’ splatter. Head over to REAPER’s website or catch the band on tour today!
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.terrorlahc.com/
LABEL: Reaper Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.reaper-records.com/
After three years of silence, ARMS AND SLEEPERS is back with a new release! Calling the album “Swim Team”, this duo is a blend of Hip-hop and R&B influenced instrumentation. FAKE CHAPTER RECORDS made quite an cool package for this latest release, making sure the presentation fits the music. While simple, this title is available in either ‘Black’ vinyl or ‘Electric Blue’ vinyl and includes a download card. These guys are currently on tour in Europe through January, catch them while you can.
BAND: Arms and Sleepers
BAND WEBSITE: armsandsleepers.com
LABEL: Fake Chapter Records
LABEL WEBSITE: fakechapter.com