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3rd Of August 2012 Update

3rd Of August 2012 Update of New and Key Restocked Items + Reviews
at Redscroll Records

LPs & 12″s
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Alkerdeel    “Morinde”
Antlers, The    “Undersea” (Ltd. Ed. Colored Vinyl Mastered At 45 RPM + CD)
Antony And The Johnsons    “Cut The World: Live With The Danish National Chamber Orchestra” (2×180 Gram + D/L)
Archers Of Loaf    “All The Nations Airports” (Remastered Reissue With New Cover Art, Clear Vinyl + D/L With 19 Bonus Tracks)
Archers Of Loaf    “White Trash Heroes” (Reamstered Reissue With New Cover Art, White Vinyl + D/L With 13 Bonus Tracks)
At The Drive-In    “In/Casino/Out” (Clear Vinyl)
Bjork    “Biophilia Remixes Part Four (Current Value Remixes)”
Bjork    “Biophilia Remixes Part Three (El Guincho / Hudson Mohawke Peaches And Guacamol Remixes)”
Bjork    “Biophilia Remixes Part Five (King Cannibal Remix / Alva Not Remodel)”
Bjork    “Biophilia Remixes Part Two (Death Grips Remixes)”
Black Past    “Pitch Black”
Burn Your Life Down    “Don’t Try EP”
Camera    “Radiate!” (LP+CD)
Cut Teeth    “Tele Vandalism”
Der Plan    “Geri Reig” (180 Gram)
Der Plan    “Normalette Surprise * 23 Elektronische Schlager” (180 Gram)
Dieb13 / Gustafsson / Siewert    “(Fake) The Facts”
Duck, Little Brother, Duck!    “Don’t Take Our Filth Away”
Dusted (Members Of Holy Fuck, Rituals, Final Fantasy)    “Total Dust”
Epsilons (Ty Segall Is A Member Of This Band)    “Killed ‘Em Deader’N A Six Card Poker Hand”
Fang Island    “Major” (Gatefold)
Fields, Lee & The Expressions    “Faithful Man (Instrumentals)”
Forward    “Just Go Forward To Death”
Holograms    “Holograms” (+ D/L)
Lost Sounds    “The Lost Lost Demos, Sounds, Alternate Takes & Unused Songs 1999-2004″ (LP+7”)
New Dawn, The    “There’s A New Dawn” (2012 Reissue Of Psych Classic From 1970 + D/L)
No Statik    “Everywhere You Aren’t Looking”
Nothington    “Borrowed Time”
Outer Space    “II”
Periphery    “Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal” (2LP, Gatefold)
Reality Crisis    “Not Bound By The Past, We Live In The Present”
Redd Kross    “Researching The Blues” (+ D/L)
Rush    “Clockwork Angels” (Gatefold 2LP + D/L)
Samothrace    “Reverence To Stone”
Slaves, The    “Spirits Of The Sun”
Soderqvist, Johan    “Let The Right One In (Original Soundtrack)” (+ Poster)
Sound, The    “From The Lions Mouth” (Gatefold)
Sound, The    “Jeopardy”
Spectre Folk    “The Ancient Storm” (+ D/L With 5 Bonus Tracks)
Uzala    “Uzala”
Various Artists    “Zendoni: Funk, Psychedelia And Pop From The Iranian Pre-Revolution Generation” (2LP)
Various Artists    “!Saoco! The Bomba And Plena Explosion In Puerto Rico 1954-1966” (3LP)
Wait, The    “Systematic”
Watson, Patrick    “Adventures In Your Own Backyard” (+ D/L)

Hip-Hop 12″s & LPs
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Dr. No (Oh No)    “Dr. No’s Kali Tornado Funk”
Nas    “Life Is Good”
Oh No    “OhNoMite” (2LP)

Electronic 12″s & LPs
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A Made Up Sound    “Archive II” (+ D/L)
Astro Duo    “Teleporter” (/323)
Batsauce    “Starcr*ssed”
Bok Bok    “MJT (The Torture Track) / Riz MC – Dark Hearts (Bok Bok Dub)”
Deft    “Masquerade EP”
DMX Krew    “Decaying World”
Doshy    “Electrophilic EP”
Fear Ratio, The    “Skana”
Hands Up    “Alien-Talk Good”
Homework    “Conversation Piece”
IAMTHATIAM    “The Invisible”
Ikonika    “I Make Lists”
Joy Orbison & Boddika & Pearson Sound    “Faint / Nil (Reece) / Moist”
Kemp, Martin    “German Salad EP”
Konx-Om-Pax    “Regional Surrealism” (+ D/L)
Leonid Nevermind    “Third Kiss”
LOL Boys    “Changes”
Major Lazer    “Get Free (Feat. Amber Of Dirty Projectors)” (+ D/L)
Motor    “Hyper Lust (Feat. Billie Ray Martin)” (PIC 12″)
Polar Inertia    “Last Vehicle EP”
Powell    “Body Music EP”
Protect-U    “The Protect-U E.P.”
Rrose & Bob Ostertag    “The Surgeon General”
S_W_Z_K (Swayzak, SWZK)    “S_W_Z_K” (2LP)
Tropic Of Cancer    “Permissions Of Love”
Various Artists    “Kommand EP” (Chris Stanford, Dax J, Gareth Wild)
Walker & Kennedy    “3 Stacked Layers, From Macro To Meta”
Williams, Gareth    “Flaming Tunes”
Willits + Sakamoto (Willits & Sakomoto, Willits And Sakomoto)    “Ancient Future” (+ D/L)

7″s
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Big Nils    “Bitch Gutsssssss”
Blur    “The Puritan / Under The Westway”
Destructive New Age (DNA)    “Destructive New Age”
Direct Effect    “Forget The Rest”
Divine Fits    “My Love Is Real”
Leather    “Leather”
Necrocum / Seppuku    “Seppuku / Necrocum”
Out Crowd    “Just Us”

CDs Rock
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Archers Of Loaf    “All The Nations Airports” (2CD Remastered Reissue With Bonus Tracks)
Archers Of Loaf    “White Trash Heroes” (2CD Remastered Reissue With Bonus Tracks)
Evoken    “Atra Mors”
Fellwoods    “Wulfram”
Nachtmystium    “Silencing Machine”
Samothrace    “Reverence To Stone”
Valley Of Fear    “Valley Of Fear”

CDs Non-Rock
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Dr. No    “Dr. No’s Kali Tornado Funk”
Folkstorm    “Sweden”
Ocean, Frank    “Channel Orange”
Various Artists    “!Saoco! The Bomba And Plena Explosion In Puerto Rico 1954-1966”
Various Artists    “Zendoni: Funk, Psychedelia And Pop From The Iranian Pre-Revolution Generation”

Reviews
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Wye Oak Civilian

(Merge)
Named after Maryland’s state tree (which lived for centuries before being destroyed in a 2002 thunderstorm,) this Baltimore duo’s dreamy indie-folk transcends the image of just two people performing. Jenn Wasner handles the sensual lead vocals and electric or acoustic guitar, while Andy Stack does back-up vocals, drums and keyboards (often simultaneously, thanks to some creativity.) Their room-filling sound is luminous like streetlights competing with the darkness of night. The title track, for example, is a gorgeously somber lament with moving lyrics about loneliness (“I’m perfectly able to hold my own hand / but I still can’t kiss my own neck.”) My favorite tracks included that one and “Hot As Day,” which don’t hesitate to drift into sequences of loud, shimmering shoegaze that remains rooted in the memorable melodies and intriguing lyrics (“when the days run long and late / darkness gives me pause while I lie awake.”)
[Reviewer: Mark]

The Chap We Are Nobody

(Lo Recordings)
It’s easy to classify this London five-piece as electro-pop, with their tight synth-driven melodies and subdued vocals. Apparently it’s a big transition from their previous work’s more prankster-oriented nature: though their synthesized tunes are arranged in a poppy and cozy manner, their lyrical themes include disillusionment and ennui. Right from the playful opening track, the vocalists cite the “Rhythm King” for not only helping them not only escape from darkness, but also find their hearts. The title track shines amidst its curious bleakness (“leave you all behind / paying for my crime / see me now / now you don’t.”) It’s an interesting juxtaposition of energy and controlled frustration. My favorite was “Hands Free,” which relies on mantra-like singing that demands surrender and getting one’s life back – or death – backed by punk-infused guitar chords and cymbal-crashing.
[Reviewer: Mark]

13th Of July 2012 Update

13th Of July 2012 Update of New and Key Restocked Items + Reviews
at Redscroll Records

LPs & 12″s
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Baddat For Trubbel    “Det Har Ar Inte New York (Plus ISO 9004 EP)”
Baroness    “Yellow & Green” (2LP Gatefold)
Beak    “Beak >>” (II; 2LP; 2nd Album)
Carpenter, John    “Escape From New York”
Clean, The    “Odditties” (2LP Gatefold)
Cleaners From Venus    “Midnight Cleaners” (Remastered, 1st Time On Vinyl, + D/L)
Cleaners From Venus    “On Any Normal Monday” (Remastered, 1st Time On Vinyl, + D/L)
Cold World    “No Omega”
Crusaders Of Love    “Take It Easy… But Take It”
Cynarae    “Cynarae” (+ D/L)
Decibelios    “Oi!” (Spanish Oi From 1985; Ltd. Ed. 180 Gram)
Decimus    “#11”
Deep Listening Band    “Octagonal Polyphony”
Dicks    “These People” (First 1000 Copies Include “Peace?” 7″ + D/L For Both)
Dicks    “Kill From The Heart” (Band Authorized Reissue LP + D/L Including The “Hate The Police” 7″)
Djin Aquarian And Plastic Crimewave Sound    “Save The World”
Echo Lake    “Wild Peace”
Enabler    “All Hail The Void” (Gatefold)
Fay    “Din”
Friends    “Manifest!” (Gatefold + D/L)
Future Of The Left    “The Plot Against Common Sense”
Gatekeeper    “Exo” (Gatefold)
Gun Club, The    “Pastoral, Hide & Seek” (Gatefold Reissue)
Heatsick    “Deviation EP”
Homewrecker    “Worms And Dirt”  (+ D/L)
Icky Blossoms    “Icky Blossoms” (+CD)
In Aeternam Vale    “In Aeternam Vale”
Jeans Wilder    “Totally” (+ D/L)
JK Flesh (Justin K. Broadrick Of Godflesh, Techno Animal, Napalm Death….)    “Posthuman” (2LP Ltd. Ed. Hand Numbered /500)
Kluster    “Klopfzeichen” (180 Gram)
Lord Nelson    “Shango” (Ltd. Ed. Single Series + D/L)
Make Do And Mend    “Everything You Ever Loved” (Ltd. Edition First Press On Colored Vinyl + D/L)
Mares Of Thrace    “The Pilgrimage” (Noise Doom Duo; + CD)
Marilyn Manson    “Born Villain” (2LP 180 Gram Gatefold + D/L)
Martyrdöd    “Paranoia” (Gatefold)
Maus, John    “A Collection Of Rarities And Previously Unreleased Material” (Ltd. Ed. Hand Numbered /2500 + D/L)
Nazoranai    “Nazoranai” (2LP; Keiji Haino, Stephen O’Malley & Oren Ambarchi)
Sakamoto, Shintaro    “How To Live With A Phantom” (+ D/L)
Samiam    “(Billy)” (20th Anniversary Edition Gatefold Colored Vinyl + D/L)
Smashing Pumpkins    “Pisces Iscariot” (2LP 180 Gram Gatefold Remastered & Reissued)
Stereolab    “Mars Audiac Quintet” (2012 Reissue 2LP Gatefold)
Stereolab    “Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements” (2012 Reissue 2LP)
Teenage Bottlerocket    “Freak Out!” (+ D/L)
Timmy’s Organism    “Raw Sewage ROQ” (+ D/L)
Turquoise Days    “Alternative Strategies”
Twin Shadow    “Confess” (+ D/L)
Useless Children    “Post Ending / Pre Completion” (+ D/L)
Vainio, Mika / Kevin Drumm / Axel Dorner / Lucio Capece    “Venexia”
Various Artists    “Richard Sen Presents: This Ain’t Chicago – The Underground Sound Of UK House & Acid 1987-1991” (2LP Gatefold)
Various Artists    “Touch 33: Islands In-Between” (Indonesian Sounds Originally Released On Cassette In 1984)
Very Best, The     “MTMTMK” (+ D/L)

Hip-Hop 12″s & LPs
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Various Artists    “Big Fun In The Big Town: 1986 Hip Hop Classics (Music That Inspired The Cult Film)” (+ Poster)

Electronic 12″s & LPs
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Consequence    “Injunction / Chamber Music”
Digitalism    “DJ-Kicks” (2LP)
Field, The    “Looping State Of Mind Remixe” (Junior Boys, Blondes, Mohn)
Gingy & Bordello    “Iron & Water”
Kuedo    “Work, Live & Sleep In Collapsing Space”
LCD Soundsystem    “Throw”
Phase ([PHASE])    “Binary Opposition Reprocessed Part 1” (Sigha, Peter Van Hoesen)
Phase ([PHASE])    “Binary Opposition Reprocessed Part 2” (Planetary Assault System, Ctrl)
Shed    “The Killer” (2LP Gatefold)
Shigeto    “Lineage”
Squarepusher    “Ufabulum” (2LP, CD, D/L)

10″s
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Deadhead    “Deadhead”
Lurka    “Forgotten Ones”
Segall, Ty Band (Ty Segall Band)    “Slaughterhouse” (2×10″ + D/L)
Spent Flesh    “Spent Flesh”

7″s
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ACXDC    “The Second Coming”
Calculator    “New Forms”
Cheap Curls    “Jackie Oh / Message / In Your Arms”
Diat    “Pick A Line / No Accent”
Forward    “Devil’s Cradle EP”
June Brides, The    “Moon / Cloud”
King Dude    “Dungeon Doo-Wop”
Kontravoid    “Native State / Cut To Cleanse”
Midnite Snaxxx    “You Kill Me”
New Coke    “He Got Stabbed In The Throat / All I Want Is Your Sunshine”
Pharaoh    “This House Is Doomed” (+ D/L)
Pleasant Living    “Pleasant Living” (+ D/L)
Ra    “The Awakening”
Seven Sisters Of Sleep    “Seven Sisters Of Sleep (Sundown / High Priest / Slower Downer)” (7″ + CD + Poster + Patch)
Straightjacket Nation    “Nationalism” (+ D/L)
Swamps    “Seven Sides” (2×7″ + D/L)
Tidemouth    “What I Meant To Say” (+ D/L With Bonus Track)
Touche Amore      “Live On BBC Radio 1” (First Press Transparent Orange Or White Vinyl; + D/L)
Vices    “The Out Crowd Blues”
Wisdom In Chains    “Vigilante Saint” (+ D/L)
Zygadlo, Rudi    “Melpomene”

CDs Rock
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Altar Of Flies    “Let New Life Rise In The Face Of Death”
Dicks    “These People” (Classic 1985 LP + “Peace?” 7″ On One CD)
Dirty Projectors    “Swing Lo Magellan”
Dying Fetus    “Reign Supreme”
Funerary Call    “Fragments From The Aether”
Howling Wind, The    “Of Babalon”
Kreator    “Phantom Antichrist” (CD+DVD)
Nile    “At The Gate Of Sethu”
Nordvargr    “Pyrrhula”
Original Iron Maiden, The    “Maiden Voyage” (1960s-70s Blues Pysch Prog Hard Rock With Heavy Occult Leanings)
Pharaoh    “Bury The Light”
Vintersorg    “Orkan”

CDs Non-Rock
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Aesop Rock    “Skelethon”
Bianchi, Maurizio (M.B.)    “Symphony For A Genocide By M.B.”
Black Leather Jesus    “Torture Machinist”
Cenotype    “Origins Unfold”
Deathpile    “Final Confession”
Deathpile    “G.R.”
Deep Listening Band    “Great Howl At Town Haul”
Grunt    “Petturien Rooli”
Ondatropica    “Ondatropica” (2CD Deluxe Edition)
Satori    “Kanashibari”
Sutcliffe Jugend    “This Is The Truth”
Various Artists    “African Rhythms: Anthology”
Various Artists    “African Voices: Anthology”

Reviews
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Ty Segall Singles 2007-2010

[Buy From RSR Online]
(Goner)
Specializing in sharp lo-fi/psychedelic garage punk, this singer-guitarist-drummer has been releasing music since 2005 with bands like Epsilons, The Perverts and (most notably) Sic Alps. His solo output is the purest representation of his talent for rocking out, with this release compiling almost an hour of out-of-print and unreleased material. With such an abrasively produced sound, “shitgaze” is the genre tag that inevitably comes to mind. Like other acts that successfully use the style, though, Segall sounds refreshingly retro-tinged and analog as opposed to someone who just cranked up the bass boost (“Skin” is a shining example, with the organ’s sound capturing a mix of nostalgia and some tasty noise bursts.) My favorite tracks were high-intensity ones such as “Standing at the Station” demo, consisting of nothing but screamy, soaring heavy rock. I also enjoyed stuff like “Booksmarts,” which concludes it spooky surf-rock with total whirling chaos, while the second half of “Fuzzy Cat” is easily some of the most bracing, extreme-speed experimental punk I’ve ever heard.
[Reviewer: Mark]

Canon Blue Rumspringa

[Buy From RSR Online]
(Temporary Residence Ltd.)
On his sophomore record (named after the period when Amish adolescents choose to either stay in their communities or break off and go wild,) singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Daniel James has recruited almost 20 additional musicians to help bring his imaginative orchestral-pop visions into fruition. The most prominent sound throughout is the many strings, particularly in the beautiful, ambient closer “Andalusia (Davenport),” courtesy of the frequently Sigur Rós-collaborating quartet Amiina. From the spirited brass-driven opening of “Chicago (Chicago),” James showcases his passionate emotions from the get-go. Other tracks like the relaxed “Indian Summer (Des Moines)” and dramatic-turned-cathartic “A Native” (Madison)” feature great mixes of the sophisticated, elegant instrumentation with memorable pop hooks. The powerful “Heavy Heart (Minneapolis A”) shows his frustrated, somber side with “a crowd full of strangers / lifting your heavy heart.”
[Reviewer: Mark]

6th of July 2012 Update

6th of July 2012 Update of New and Key Restocked Items + Reviews
at Redscroll Records

LPs & 12″s
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Andrewsin Disko, Barry (Barry Andrewsin Disko)    “Kuka Siella?”
Arcturus    “Aspera Hiems Symfonia” (Blue / White Vinyl)
Codeine    “Frigid Stars LP” (2LP + CD Deluxe Reissue)
Codeine    “The White Birch” (2LP + CD Deluxe Reissue)
Cribs, The    “In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull” (2LP. 180 Gram Gatefold)
Darkthrone (Dark Throne)    “Transilvanian Hunger”
Deathspell Omega    “Drought”
Dirty Projectors    “Swing Lo Magellan” (2LP + D/L)
Dylan, Bob    “Blood On The Tapes: Alternate Versions From The Blood On The Tracks” (Unofficial)
Father John Misty    “Fear Fun” (Gatefold + D/L)
Frizzi, Fabio    “The Beyond: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” (180 Gram Gatefold)
Gay Cat Park    “Synthetic Woman” (Italo Disco & Synthpop From 1982-1984)
Gibson, Daughn    “All Hell”
Grave Miasma (Goat Molestor)    “Exalted Emanation”
Karl Hendricks Trio, The    “The Adult Section”
Kinks, The    “Something Else By The Kinks” (Unofficial)
Kinks, The    “The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society” (Unofficial)
Led Zeppelin    “The Final Rehearsal 2007 Shepperton Studios, London” (2LP Unofficial)
Negative Plane    “Et In Saecula Saeculorum” (Gatefold 2LP)
Old Man Gloom    “No” (2LP + D/L)
Outer Space    “Akashic Record”
Pink Floyd    “Relics: A Bizarre Collection Of Antiques And Curios” (Unofficial)
Rolling Stones, The    “It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll Outtakes… But We Like It” (Unofficial)
Saturnalia Temple    “Aion Of Drakon”
Stone Roses, The    “The Stone Roses” (Unofficial)
Superchrist    “Holy Shit”
Teen Daze    “All Of Us, Together” (D/L)
Various Artists    “Slavic Soul Party! New York Underground Tapes”
Walker, Scott    “The Drift” (2LP)
War, Gary    “Jared’s Lot”

Hip-Hop 12″s & LPs
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Felt (Slug & Murs)    “Felt 2: A Tribute To Lisa Bonet” (Produced By ANT (Atmosphere))
J. Dilla (Jay Dilla, Dilla, Jay Dee…)    “Dillatroit / Dilla Dog”

Electronic 12″s & LPs
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Afrolicious    “Pleasuretime EP”
Arcanoid    “Migration To Nowhere”
Blawan    “Long Distance Open Water Worker”
Champion    “Crystal Meth / Speed”
Dark Sky    “Black Rainbows EP”
Delta Funktionen    “Traces”
Eprom    “Metahuman” (2LP)
Flugel, Roman    “Cookie Dust: Live At Robert Johnson”
Function     “Obsessed EP” (Aqua Blue Vinyl)
Jahilyya Fields    “Unicursal Hexagram” (2LP)
Jai Paul    “Jasmine (Demo)”
Killawatt & Thelem    “Kaba”
Lorn    “Ask The Dust”
Mella Dee    “CTRL”
Metasplice    “Topographical Interference EP”
MPIA3    “AVN#004” (+ Pin)
Ooko    “Sex Sells EP”
Parrish, Theo    “Any Other Styles”
Regis    “Delivered Into The Hands Of Indifference” (2LP)
Romare    “Meditations On Afrocentrism”
Simoncino    “Dreams / Mystic Motion / On A Journey / Enigma”
Slam    “Groovelock (Deepchord/Echospace Remixes)”
Submerse    “Tears”
Sun People / Franjazzco    “Aphonze / Going To / Give It Up / Blackland / I Just Love You”
Sunil Sharpe    “Works The Long…”
Truss    “Clytha”
Zenker, Dario    “Cat Stance”

7″s
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Antonym / Colin Gorman Weiland    “Cinnamon Air / Curse”
Beach Boys, The    “That’s Why God Made The Radio”
Foxx, John And The Maths / The Soft Moon    “Evidence”
Heats Of Formation    “Indoctrinates Blank EP”
Major Lazer    “Get Free (Feat. Amber (Of Dirty Projectors))” (Numbered/1000)
Peeple Watchin’    “Peeple Watchin'”
Wild Nothing    “Shadow”
Winderen, Jana    “Surface Runoff”

CDs Rock
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Arcturus    “Constellation”
Arkhon Infaustus    “Orthodoxyn”
Burning Love    “Rotten Thing To Say”
Execration    “Odes To The Occult”
Future Of The Left    “The Plot Against Common Sense”
Grave Miasma    “Exalted Emanation”
Jess And The Ancient Ones    “Jess And The Ancient Ones” (Deluxe Box)
Old Man Gloom    “NO”
Pseudogod    “Deathwomb Catechesis”
Repugnant    “Epitome Of Darkness”
Sigrblot    “Blodsband (Blood Religion Manifest)”
Sorhin    “I Det Glimrande Morkrets Djup” (Digipak)
Spike Priggen    “The Very Thing That You Treasure”
Spike Priggen    “Stars After Stars After Stars”
Spike Priggen    “There’s no Sound In Flutes”
Thorns    “Thorns”

CDs Non-Rock
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Beak    “Beak II”
Brown, Danny    “XXX”
Dday One    “Loop Extensions / Deluxe”
Dday One    “Mood Algorithms”
Dday One    “Heavy Migration”
Koner, Thomas    “Novaya Zemiya”

Reviews
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Alias Fever Dream

[Buy From RSR Online]
(Anticon)
Typically known as a rapper and producer, Alias has crafted mountains of colorful, utterly tripped-out instrumental hip-hop on this record. He mixes numerous layers of drum-machine beats, synthesized melodies and hypnotic vocal samples for his uniquely abstract sound that lends itself to multiple listens to take everything in. One of my favorites is the cold, stony-sounding “Lady Lambin’,” which uses a quickly memorable hook of ghostly female “da-da-da-da’s.” “Talk In Technicolor” stands out by incorporating extra synth and soulfully delivered vocals from Dax Pierson (light rays / prisms and dimensions / are coming down / coming down through you.”) I also enjoyed tracks such as “Dahorses” and “Tagine,” which gave me a strong Black Dice vibe with their fractured beats, buzzing synth and freaky voice manipulation patterns. 
[Reviewer: Mark]

Locrian & Mamiffer Bless Them That Curse You

[Buy From RSR Online]
(Profound Lore Records)
This collaboration delivers an inventive, earthy-sounding blend of folk, progressive, experimental and noise music. Locrian is a Chicago-based trio that cites metal, experimental and noise as their genres. Mamiffer (which claims to have come from “the deserts of California and New Mexico,”) offers a more post-rock/drone sound, as well as three additional members to their typical core duo. Opener “In Fulminic Blaze” kicks off with sizzling static and an ominous dirge before switching to a thoughtful, determined-sounding acoustic guitar/piano sound and closing with some epic electric guitar/drum drone. The mix of traditional instrumentation and noise varies throughout: for example, the surreal title track leans heavily toward dark ambient/drone, while the very creepy “Second Burial” reminded me the most of Wolf Eyes with its nuanced, homemade-sounding metal percussion and electronic screeching. The closing triad of “Metis/Amaranthine/The Emperor” begins with a deep piano chord and mournful female vocals (“you disappear right next to me / your hand on mine, holy death is mine”) before transitioning into vicious, piercing noise and closing with pummeling drums and angry, growled male vocals (“Dear father, you gave me all of your knowledge / it adds up to dust.”)
[Reviewer: Mark]

29th of June 2012 Update

29th of June 2012 Update of New and Key Restocked Items + Reviews (at the bottom)
at Redscroll Records

LPs & 12″s
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9TH Ward Marching Band    “Sneakin Up The Street”
Abigails, The    “Songs Of Love And Despair”
All Out War    “Truth In The Age Of Lies” (1997 Debut NYHC Crossover LP Ltd. Ed. Color Vinyl + D/L With Bonus)
Anti-System    “A Look At Life: Plus Compilation Tracks And 1982 Demo”
Arc    “Somewhere There (Drone Compendium Two)” (/400)
Coffins    “March Of Despair”
Crocodiles    “Endless Flowers” (+ D/L)
Diiv    “Oshin” (“Diiv” + D/L)
Discharge    “Early Demo’s March-June 1977”
Drug Problem    “Drug Problem”
Frizzi, Fabio    “Zombi 2” (Soundtrack)
Gossip    “A Joyful Noise” (+ D/L)
Hansard, Glen    “Rhythm And Repose” (+ CD)
Heads, The    “Relaxing With… The Heads” (Re-Mastered Vinyl + D/L)
Hooded Menace    “Never Cross The Dead” (Remastered Gatefold 2LP)
Ides Of Gemini    “Constantinople” (Smoke & White Vinyl Options; Numbered/300; Gatefold)
Jaill    “Traps” (+ D/L)
Johannsson, Johann    “Copenhagen Dreams” (Music From The Film By Max Kestner; Ltd. Ed. Color Vinyl)
Kluster    “Zwei Osterei” (180 Gram)
Konkoma    “Konkoma” (Ghanian Afro Funk By Way Of London; 180 Gram 2LP + D/L)
Kylesa    “Time Will Fuse Its Worth” (3rd LP Remastered; First /1000 On Red Vinyl)
Kylesa    “To Walk A Middle Course” (2nd LP Remastered; First /1000 On Clear Vinyl)
Loveliescrushing (Love Lies Crushing)    “Shiny Tiny Stars”
Manners    “Apparitions/Escapism”
Mindset    “Realpower / Time & Pressure”
Moebius + Tietchens    “Moebius + Tietchens” (CD+LP)
Morbid Saint    “Spectrum Of Death”
Municipal Waste / Toxic Holocaust    “Toxic Waste”
Neon Piss    “Neon Piss”
Old Gods    “Old Gods”
Pulse Emitter / Date Palms / Expo 70 / Faceplant    “Pulse Emitter / Date Palms / Expo 70 / Faceplant” (2xLP Originally Slated For Record Store Day 2012, But Finally Out Now 6-27-12)
Sea And Cake, The    “The Fawn” (Reissue Gatefold)
Servile Sect    “Realms Of The Queen”
Slow Head (Slowhead)    “Fire Is The Mouth Of The Snake”
Sublime    “Stand By Your Van” (Ltd. Ed. Picture Disc)
Sublime    “Robbin’ The Hood” (Ltd. Ed. Picture Disc)
Sublime    “40 Oz. To Freedom” (Ltd. Ed. Picture Disc; Pink Version & Blue Version)
Sutekh Hexen    “Behind The Throne” (First Pressing Color Vinyl)
Tennis    “Make It Good”
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs    “Trouble” (+ D/L)
Trans Am    “Surrender To The Night” (+ D/L)
Useless I.D.    “Symptoms” (+ D/L)
Various Artists    “Revelation Records Twenty-Five Years: June 7-10, 2012”
Violator    “Violent Mosh”
White Lung    “Sorry”
Wicked Lady    “The Axeman Cometh” (First Volume Of Complete Recordings 1968-1972; 2LP + Insert & Liner Notes By Martin Weaver)
Wicked Lady    “Psychotic Overkill” (Second Volume Of Complete Recordings 1972 Final Tracks; 2LP + Insert/Liner Notes By Martin Weaver)

Hip-Hop 12″s & LPs
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El-P    “Cancer4Cure” (+ D/L)
Gibbs, Freddie & Madlib    “Shame”

Electronic 12″s & LPs
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Fitzgerald, George    “Child / Lights Out / Hindsight / Unilateral”
Green, Camilla    “Women Of Paradise Lost (Feat. Wild Cat)”
Modeselektor    “Modeselektor Proudly Presents Modeselektion Vol.02 (3LP)
Polysick    “Digital Native” (+ D/L)
Umami    “We Don’t Need Words”

7″s
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Allo Darlin’     “Europe”
Animal Collective    “Honeycomb / Gotham” (+ D/L)
Beach Boys, The    “That’s Why God Made The Radio”
Beck    “I Just Started Hating Some People Today / Blue Randy”
Black Belles, The    “Wishing Well / Ms. Black Boots”
Bright Eyes    “Motion Sickness / Soon You Will Be Leaving Your Man”
Expire    “Sink With Me”
Hause, Dave    “Heavy Heart / Rankers & Rotters / Skips A Beat (Over You) / Psalm”
Hoax    “Hoax”
Mammoth Grinder    “Obsessed With Death”
Quicksand    “Quicksand”
Skvlt    “4 Songs EP”
Stab    “Stab”
Tranzmitors    “I See The Writing On The Wall”
Various Artists    “No More Borders” (Raw Power, Naked Aggression, MDC, Som-Hinoise)
White, Jack    “Freedom At 21 / Inaccessible Mystery”

CDs Rock
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Abazagorath    “Abazagorath EP”
Bosse-De-Nage    “///” (“III”)
Death In June    “Braun Buch Zwei; Brown Book II” (Embossed Digipack)
Diiv    “Oshin” (“Diiv”)
Ihsahn    “ER E MI TA” (Digi-book Sleeve)
Jerusalem Syndrome    “The Back Of Days” (2CD)
Make Do And Mend    “Everything You Ever Loved”
Mondo Generator    “Hell Comes To Your Heart”
Mountain Goats, The    “The Hound Chronicles / Hot Garden Stomp” (2 Tape Releases Now On CD)

CDs Non-Rock
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Baker, Aidan & ThisQuietArmy (This Quiet Army)    “Orange”
Diplo    “Express Yourself”
Fennesz, Christian    “AUN – The Beginning And The End Of All Things” (Soundtrack)
J. Dilla    “Rebirth Of Detroit”
Killer Mike    “R.A.P. Music”
Modeselektor    “Modeselektion Vol. 02”
Polysick    “Digital Native”
Scuba    “Triangulation: Interpretations” (2CD)

Misc.
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We got some big ol’ cone shaped 45 Adapters – they’re red and they’re $1 a piece.
Clavin, Chris “Free Pizza For Life Or The Early Days Of Plan-It-X Records” Book

Reviews
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Clusterfuck / Cojoba (Split) 7″

(Computer Crime Records)
This seven-inch EP unites a double-dose of unique hardcore punk flavors from two bands typically separated by over 1,600 miles of the Atlantic Ocean. Formed in Bridgeport in late 2003, Clusterfuck represents CT by delivering three fast-tempo songs with plenty of sarcasm and fun. The subversive lyrics focus on mocking crappy image-driven radio rock and suggesting that all humans should be killed to make “Bone Mulch” for growing flowers. On the other side, Puerto Rico’s female-fronted Cojoba (which I first heard years ago on a Cry Now, Cry Later compilation) takes a more serious approach with their two lengthier songs. Vocalist Taína passionately laments the decline of general intelligence and the rise of the “show me your papers” attitude that immigration officers have toward anyone who “looks illegal” (both songs are sung in Spanish, with English translations on the insert.)
[Reviewer: Mark]

Lust For Youth Growing Seeds LP

(Avant! Records)
This is the second proper full length for this group and it is again on Avant! (the excalmation point is part of their name, but sure, I’ll be excited about it too!).  The first record was more expiremtally noisily ambient. I liked it (still do). This one, however, is very much on the cold wave / darkwave / minimal wave kick. The second track in has a bass line lifted from New Order (a good thing and I approve unabashedly).  There are no interludes or ambient spaces really. This LP just keeps you up and moving like a fuzzier Soft Cell.
[Reviewer: Rick]


Totimoshi Avenger CD

(At A Loss Recordings)
Having existed for 15 years, this California-based three-piece specializes in aggressive, circuitously-structured metal that sounds like a mix between 60s acid-rock and 80s/90s groove & sludge (Melvins comes to mind – they’ve not only toured with them, but had this record’s production and mastering work done by guys who’ve worked with them as well.) It feels like the album as a whole consists of numerous passages stitched together, strongly contributing to a thoughtful, varied sound that lends itself to multiple listens to take everything in. My favorite elements include the extra-heavy and strung-out acid-blues-rock of “Mainline” and the nuanced, early 90s-sounding grunge-tinged emotions of “Snag.” “Waning Divine” proves to be an epic-sounding closer: with the help of Mastodon’s Brent Hinds and Neurosis’ Scott Kelly, the song builds from hypnotic psychedelic sounds to climax at a truly wild guitar solo.
[Reviewer: Mark]

22nd of June 2012 Update

22nd of June 2012 Update of New and Key Restocked Items
at Redscroll Records

LPs & 12″s
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2:54    “2:54”
A Place To Bury Strangers    “Worship (Ltd. Ed. Colored Vinyl + D/L)”
Blues Control    “Valley Tangents”
Chain & The Gang    “In Cool Blood”
Circuit 7    “Video Boys”
Codeine    “Barely Real (2LP+CD)”
Dopamines, The    “Vices”
Eternal Tapestry     “Dawn In 2 Dimensions”
Futurisk    “Player Piano”
Ghost Mice    “All We Got Is Each Other”
Ilaiyaraaja    “Fire Star: Synth-Pop & Electro-Funk From Tamil Films 1985-1989”
Jukebox The Ghost    “Safe Travels (180 Gram 2LP + D/L With Bonus Material)”
Kilgour, David    “Here Come The Cars (+ D/L)”
Las Malas Amistades    “Maleza (Gatefold 2LP)”
Love Tan    “Miscellaneous Night Feelings”
Muldrow, Georgia Anne    “Seeds (Produced By Madlib; 2LP)”
No Joy    “Negaverse (/750 + D/L)”
Ruffcats, The    “The Essence Vol. 1 (Das Soloalbum Der Flo Mega Band!)”
S.F.V. Acid (SFV Acid)    “S.F.V. Acid #2”
Scheidt, Mike (Yob Guitarist/Vocalist)    “Stay Awake (Gatefold)”
Schnitzler, Conrad    “Blau (180 Gram)”
Schnitzler, Conrad    “Rot (180 Gram)”
Silver Jews    “Early Times 1990-1”
Sonic Youth    “A Thousand Leaves” 2LP
Spectrum    “The Light Is Dark Enough”
Suis La Lune    “Riala”
Various Artists    “Dabke: Sounds Of The Syrian Houran”
Various Artists    “Musique Fragile 02 (3LP, 3 Screen Printed Jackets, 3 Screen Printed Posters + D/L Ltd. /500)”
Von Oswald, Moritz Trio    “Fetch (Gatefold 2LP)”
Waterhouse, Nick    “Time’s All Gone”
Yo La Tengo    “Electr-O-Pura (120 Gram + D/L)”
Your Favorite Trainwreck    “Your Favorite Trainwreck”
Zummo, Peter    “Zummo With An X (Feat. Arthur Russell)”

Hip-Hop 12″s & LPs
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Big K.R.I.T.    “ReturnOf4Eva: 3rd Coast Mississippi “
Big K.R.I.T.    “K.R.I.T. Wuz Here (Classic Mixtape Remastered + Bonus Track)”
Del The Funky Homosapien And Parallel Thought    “Attractive Sin (180 Gram Red Vinyl + D/L With Bonus Instrumentals)”
House Shoes    “The Time EP (Feat. Big Tone, Danny Brown & Jimetta Rose + Exclusive Instrumentals)”
House Shoes    “Let It Go (Feat. The Alchemist, Black Milk, Chali 2na, Guilty Simpson, Danny Brown, Med, Oh No, Roc Marciano And More + Liner Notes + D/L)”
P.O.S.    “Never Better (2LP Ltd. Ed. Clear Vinyl)”
Phonte (Little Brother)    “Charity Starts At Home (Gatefold 2LP Red Vinyl Hand Numbered Ltd. Ed.)”
Quasimoto    “Basic Instinct”
Valadez, Anthony    “Just Visiting”

Electronic 12″s & LPs
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Acid Pauli    “MST”
AltarBoy    “Left Below”
Blomqvist, Jan    “Ink”
Cassegrain    “Plate EP”
Chicago Shags [Legowelt and Orgue Electronique (aka Macho Cat Garage)]    “The Family Album”
Cortex, Alex    “Oh Yeah / Oh Yeah (Tyree Cooper Remix)”
Deadmau5    “Maths”
DNTEL    “The Robag Wruhme Remixes”
Doc Daneekah    “Murdah Strings”
Dro Carey    “Leary Blips”
Fantastic Mr. Fox    “San’En EP (2×10″)”
Gacha    “Remember”
Ghosting Season    “A Muffled Sound Of Voices”
Haans, Guy    “Closer To The Peak”
Massacooramaan    “Dead Long Time EP”
Matt-U    “Wipe Em Out / Uncontrolled “
Monolake    “Plumbicon Versions II”
Paperclip People    “The Secret Tapes Of Dr. Eich (2LP 2012 Remastered Version Of Carl Craig’s 1996 Classic Ltd. Ed.)”
Pariah    “Rift / Signal Loss / Among Those Metal Trees”
San Proper    “Animal “
Submerse    “They Always Come Back EP”
Technasia    “Heart Of Flesh”
Teengirl Fantasy    “Motif / Eternal / Motif (Actress #! Remix)”
Trago, Tom    “Iris Remixes”
Various Artists    “Minutes In Ice (AnD, Blawan, Buck, Skirt…)”

7″s
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Ape School    “Marijuana’s On The Phone (Pretty Neat Packaging With This One)”
Honeydrum    “Stranger Calls 7″ + Do U Party? CD”
Iron & Wine    “One More Try”
Lilith     “Return”
NOFX    “My Stepdad’s A Cop And My Stepmom’s A Domme (Home Sweet Home)”
Porcelain Raft    “Drifting In And Out”
Reptile Youth    “Black Swan / Born White”
Slapshot    “I Believe”

CDs Rock
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Bloom, Kath    “Here I Am”
Horseback    “Half Blood”
Stark Raving Lulu    “Welcome To The Fun-O-Sphere!”
Yellow Stitches    “Good Times Violent Crimes”

CDs Non-Rock
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Baker, Aidan & ThisQuietArmy (This Quiet Army)    “Orange”
J. Dilla    “Rebirth Of Detroit”
Killer Mike    “R.A.P. Music”

Reviews
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Jacaszek Glimmer

(Ghostly International)
Michal Jacaszek is a Polish musician who, for about a decade, has been composing works of the ambient/modern classical persuasion. His latest record provides a very somber, reflective experience that turns out to be an experimental, nonconformist approach to both genres. To conceive the curiously ornate, subterranean-sounding atmosphere, Jacaszek primarily relies on acoustic/orchestral strings and unpredictable electronic tweaks. For example, opener “Goldengrove” primarily consists of several different clean-sounding string instruments and a metallophone on a foundation of eerie, sensual scratch loops. “Evening Strains To Be Time’s Vast” provides the most intense onslaught of whirling noise toward the end, but for most part, the songwriting is both abstract and mellow throughout. It’s certainly a fascinating take on the ambient genre.
[Reviewer: Mark]

Pterodactyl Spills Out

(Brah Records/Jagjaguwar)
Based in Brooklyn, these guys draw from several eras for the acid-infused lo-fi psych-pop on their third record. “School Glue” kicks it off with a mix of trippy Animal Collective-reminiscent jovialness and sunny guitar noise, eventually transitioning into the blissfully surf-tinged “Searchers” (later track “The Break” is just one of several great demonstrations of the style, like Wavves experimenting with an artsier sound.) Other tracks, such as the dark, slightly spooky “The Hole Night” and slow-simmering, resonant “Zombies,” give the purest reflection of morose pop psychedelia from the 60s (it reminds me of The Beatles’ more experimental endeavors and, tying into the latter track’s title, The Zombies.) Another standout close to the style is “Allergy Shots,” which mournfully repeats the phrase “the grass isn’t greener” amidst a downtempo bass and nonstop tambourine rhythm.
[Reviewer: Mark]