Masked Intruder – “III”
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MASKED INTRUDER met in prison, are constantly being thwarted by their court-appointed chaperone Officer Bradford and got really, really hot playing in those masks on last year’s Warped Tour. The band consists of Intruder Blue, Intruder Green, Intruder Red and Intruder Yellow. While The Ramones remain to be a touchstone for the band, this album sees them implementing elements of classic American pop, Doo-wop and rock with sonic hooks so sharp it’s a wonder that Officer Bradford hasn’t confiscated them as lethal weapons. Like the eighties VHS movies that inspired MASKED INTRUDER “III’s album art, there’s something both nostalgic and action-packed about this collection of songs – an album about love and robbing banks. Grab “III” now over at PURE NOISE ENTERTAINMENT!
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DJ PACKO, a native Hawaiian turntablist who explores and produces bass and ambient music. PACKO’S been a staple in the underground hip hop and electronic dance culture since 1999, finding his niche as one of Hawaii’s most distinguished turntablists. A music enthusiast at heart, Packo’s current explorations into production revisits the art of musical storytelling. “The Pocketbook Collection part I” is the first release of a 12-part 7” vinyl series spanning the 2019 calendar year. Monthly releases exclusively on vinyl only with original production by PACKO and other producers and musicians out of Hawaii. This project is also known as the “1245 Project”. Each month follows specific color ways based on birthstones of the month, and released on or near each Full Moon of the month with further details based on the Full Moon names and its meanings. Find out more at SKRATCHMORE.
Formed in the High Desert, Southern California in 2011, Thrash/Crossover Metal masters THRASHQUATCH just dropped their third album on GRINDHOUSE RECORDINGS! “Axe to Inherit” is ten tracks of thrash metal, pressed on colored “Beer and Blood” vinyl. Get your thrash on with THRASHQUATCH!
LOGAN WHITEHURST was a songwriting, graphic designing, multi-instrument beholding wizard of the light-heartedly absurd. He was known as the drummer for bands like Little Tin Frog and The Velvet Teen, but it was his original work that struck a chord with us. His music was an ever-changing stew of genre, his lyrics could be silly and hilarious on one track then poignant and beautiful on the next. In December 2006, LOGAN passed away from brain cancer at 29. NEEDLEJUICE, along with all his fans, were devastated. In the years since, they’ve covered his songs, mimicked his unquestionably unique style, and even named an award after him, all the while cherishing the work he left behind. Though LOGAN released many albums in his lifetime, few held together as a concise piece of art quite like 2003’s “Goodbye, My 4-Track”. The 21 song masterpiece deftly portrayed the full breadth of LOGAN’S talent. Dr. Demento has even referred to it as the “Sgt. Pepper’s of comedy music”. And so, with the support and assistance of LOGAN’S family and friends, NEEDLEJUICE is issuing “Goodbye, My 4-Track” for the first time on Vinyl!!
BAND NAME: Logan Whitehurst & the Jr. Science Club
LABEL NAME: Needlejuice Records
In their early years, Atlanta trio THE COATHANGERS were very much of the classic punk ethos—the band was a live entity, and the records were a document of the charisma and chaos projected from stage. But after 12 years of relentlessly touring on a steady flow of EPs and LPs, THE COATHANGERS finally took a moment to recalibrate before diving into the creation of their sixth studio album, “The Devil You Know”. The band regrouped to make an album that captures all the vitality of their early years while honing their individual strengths into new communal achievements. It’s a record that takes their established takes on vitriolic punk, playful house-party anthems, and heartworn ballads and melds them into a new sound that retains all their former live show glories while revealing a new level of songwriting and nuance. Grab a copy from SUICIDE SQUEEZE RECORDS or catch them on their full US tour right now!
WICCA PHASE SPRINGS ETERNAL is the creative persona of Scranton, PA singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Adam McIlwee. Stark transmissions of obsession, melancholia, and raw emotion compliment acoustic guitar and digital percussion as if Peter Murphy and Metro Boomin had been playing Ouija together. Beneath the deep 808’s, moody synthesizers and cackling guitar, McIlwee’s singular voice effectively resonates with a generation raised amidst the frenzied collage of modern digital expression. “Suffer On” is an exploration of familiar forms through the lens of something new and extraordinary. It is the first WICCA PHASE record fully written by McIlwee, utilizing guitars and keyboards to create each song’s core and building upwards from there. You can grab a copy from RUN FOR COVER RECORDS or catch them on a three leg full US tour this spring!
LOS NERVIOS is a PuertoRican group that started out as a solo indie pop act by Andrés Fontánez and the project grew into a full fledged band shortly thereafter. THeir second release on DEAD MOFONGO RECORDS, ‘Solo porque no lo puedas ver no quiere decir que no existe’ is available this April! A collection of songs the band has arranged together in the past three years. It is a smooth, mature and almost perfect progression from their last release on DEAD MOFONGO RECORDS. The record mixes straight forward Indie Pop/Rock exploration as well as traditional puertorican folk instrumentation such as the Cuatro and the Maracas.
SWITCHED ON SNES was started in 2017 as a small side project for Sleep Good’s Will Patterson but has quickly grown into something bigger. SWITCHED ON SNES’S goal is to create arrangement albums of the some of the best video game soundtracks to the 16-bit era with analog synthesizers and drum machines to expose people who would normally overlook these soundtracks to them. “A Link to the Past” is the first time SWITCHED ON SNES’S music has been available on vinyl! The album contains extended tracks, extra music previously exclusive to the cassette release with a new track, a new art package debuting with this release, and is only available at STREAMING ARROW RECORDS!
Formed in the astral plane in 2008, AVER are a heavy psych band from the sun-bleached shores of Sydney, Australia. Their debut self-titled DIY album titillated ear canals and laid the tracks for their acclaimed sophomore effort, ‘Nadir’, a booming psychedelic behemoth slab of sonic waves that has enraptured and charmed those who have taken the hour long trip. ‘Orbis majora’ is their new, 3rd album out now at the house of heavy, RIPPLE MUSIC!
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