Ras Kass – “Soul On Ice: Revisited”
Rain or shine, we’re here with another RECORD OF THE WEEK blog!!
RAS KASS is the legendary Los Angeles lyricist that came up during the rise of Priority/Capitol Records’ thriving west coast rap and hip-hop roster. BLACKHOUSE RECORDS has been around since 2000, running strong in punk, hardcore, metal, jazz and hip-hop releases. In one of their biggest moves yet, BLACKHOUSE just dropped “Soul On Ice: Revisited” the limited edition 20th anniversary release, complete with vinyl bonus tracks and a 21 track CD of additional lost music. Available in a classic Black set of discs, a solid or splattered ‘Royal Blue’ set, hit up BLACKHOUSE today for your RAS KASS fix!
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DAVID DONDERO, the acclaimed folk singer is here with an EP of songs off his last LP. Called ‘With Love’, these are not re-recordings but rather pre-recordings made after a chance encounter with long time friend LAURA JANE of Against Me! fame in 2012. Recorded in LJ’s studio, the recordings were forgotten until recently, when they decided to release this all ‘White’ 10” via TOTAL TREBLE music, the first non AM! album to come out on TT. This is vinyl only affair, meant to commemorate the sonic snapshot that happened more than 4 years ago. Catch DAVID DONDERO out on tour now up and down the west coast or hit up TOTAL TREBLE if you can’t make the drive…
Once or twice a year, THE LOVECRAFT BAR sees to it that they share the favorite bands that roll through the bar with everyone. A lot of these Portland area bands can’t fund their own releases, so this is a way for LOVECRAFT to give back to the community. Check out their website for more info, or even better, stop by the bar, find the owner, get him drunk and he’ll probably give you one of these!
BAND NAME: V/A
LABEL NAME: The Lovecraft Bar
DEPHINGER is a hard partying and skateboard influenced punk/rock band from a part of Phoenix Arizona called “sunny slope”. They have terrorized Arizona and 35 other states over the last 17 years with intense riffs and insane live performances accompanied by extremely childish lyrics. Their 5th release, “40% Bad Ass’ is coming out on AZPX records. Check out their release show on Nov 12th in Phoenix!
STEVE MOORE (of Zombi fame) returns with a mesmerizing new score for the action/horror film “The Mind’s Eye”. More vivid and dynamic than ever, “The Mind’s Eye” demonstrates STEVE MOORE’s mastery of the vignette alongside his ability to weave together cohesive, consistent themes. Over the course of eighty-five minutes, STEVE MOORE crafts a riveting portrait of tension and terror through a variety of textures ranging from probing dark ambient and slick arpeggiations to anxious sound collage and epic, gothic bombast. You should have RELAPSE RECORDS saved as a bookmark on your browser by now…
THE DU-RITES are a duo of New York based multi-instrumentalists comprised of Pablo Martin and J-Zone. Funk comes from so many places that it’s hard to visit them all, but the duo manages to do just that on their self-titled (and almost wholly instrumental) debut vinyl on REDEFINITION RECORDS. With influences ranging from the obvious to the obscure, THE DU-RITES manage to bounce from improvisational, raggedy and psychedelic to tight and snappy with the skip of a track.
WHERE THE PIECELOCK ENDS is a collection of beats recorded straight from the stereo output of THES ONE’S (of PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS) Akai MPC3000 in December 2014. It was first presented as a free gift to lovers of sample based production via the artist’s soundcloud. Now available on Vinyl for the first time via THES ONE’s PIECELOCK70 & REDEFINITION RECORDS!
BAND NAME: Thes One
LABEL NAME: Redefinition Records
Bloomington, Indiana’s FLANNELGRAPH RECORDS is very proud to release this holiday 7″ featuring a cover of the classic Roger Miller Christmas song “Old Toy Trains” covered by MIKE ADAMS AT HIS HONEST WEIGHT. It turns out professional wrestling legend & Christmas enthusiast MICK FOLEY also loves this song, so the B side features him talking about his fondness for it! The limited vinyl is a beautiful red/green split with white snowflake splatter. The record will be released November 4th, 2016 and all profits go to Toys for Tots!
PITCHFORK is a clothing brand birthed from the NYHC scene. This is their first release in a series of split 7”s with their favorite bands/friends. For the first stop, they’re featuring new songs from the legendary NYHC band SHEER TERROR and notorious SF OI!/Punk Band THE OLD FIRM CASUALS. Rumors are it’s about sold out, so better hurry and keep tabs for the next one!
“Rencontrer Looloo,” CHOCOLAT’s second album after an extended hiatus, finds the band swimming through modal waters, somewhere at the confluence of hard jazz and surf metal, blended with a songwriting tradition that the media, for lack of a better term, often define as folk. About to head out on tour in Canada, BEYOND BEYOND IS BEYOND is your source if you can’t make one of the shows!
The holidays are almost here, have you hit us up about getting some custom merch yet? You know your grandma would love some 1” round buttons with your face on it…