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4th Of March 2011 Update (1 Review)

4th of March 2011 Update of New and Key Restocked Items
at Redscroll Records

LPs & 12″s
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Action Beat    “Beatings”
Ambarchi, Oren / Jim O’Rourke / Keiji Haino    “In A Flash Everything Comes Together As One There Is No Need For A Subject”
Asobi Seksu    “Flourescence “
Beans    “End It All (/1000 + D/L)”
Black Sheep    “A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing”
Black Moth Super Rainbow    “Don’t You Want To Be In A Cult (PIC DISC)”
Borbetomagus    “The Rape Of Atlanta”
Clockcleaner    “Nevermind”
Cohen, Tim    “Tim Cohen’s Magic Trick (+ D/L)”
Comecon    “Megatrends In Brutality (/500)”
Crass    “Feeding Of The 5,000”
Crass    “Penis Envy”
Cuticle    “Confectioner Beats”
Deltron 3030    “Deltron 3030”
Drive Like Jehu    “Drive Like Jehu”
Drudkh    “Autumn Aurora (+ D/L)”
Fahey, John    “Blind Joe Death”
Faun Fables    “Light Of A Vaster Dark”
Feist     “Let It Die”
Fry, Mark    “Dreaming With Alice (180 Gram)”
Gilberto, Joao    “O Amor, O Sorriso E A Flor (180 Gram + CD)”
Go Team    “Rolling Blackouts”
Harvey, P.J.    “Let England Shake”
Hecker, Tim    “Ravedeath, 1972”
Johannsson, Johann    “Virdulegu Forsetar”
Karpinski, Allen    “VDSQ – Solo Acoustic Volume Six”
Kurt Vile    “Smoke Ring For My Halo (+ D/L)”
Lenoir, J.B.    “Natural Man (180 Gram)”
Leo, Ted And The Pharmacists    “Living With The Living”
Low Beam    “Charge Of The Light Brigade (White Vinyl)”
Lucero    “The Attic Tapes”
Melchior, Dan    “Assemblage Blues (+ D/L)”
Mind Spiders    “Mind Spiders (+ D/L)”
Minerva, Maria    “Noble Savage”
Minott, Sugar    “Sheriff John Brown”
Nagual (Ron Trent)    “Core 1993 – I Feel The Rhythm “
Papercuts    “Fading Parade”
Pentagram    “Be Forewarned (/700; Remastered At 45RPM)”
Pheromoans, The    “It Still Rankles “
Psyclones    “Different Thinking People (Ltd. Ed. /500)”
Rabbits    “Lower Forms “
Red Sparowes    “Every Red Heart Shines Toward The Red Sun”
Royal Thunder    “Royal Thunder”
Saddest Landscape, The    “You Will Not Survive”
Scott-Heron, Gil And Jamie Xx    “We’re New Here (+D/L)”
Scott-Heron, Gil And Jamie Xx    “We’re New Here [Deluxe Box Limited Edition] (+D/L)”
Six Organs Of Admittance    “Asleep On The Floodplain”
Sloath    “Sloath”
Spalding, Esperanza    “Chamber Music Society”
Speed Dealer Moms     “Speed Dealer Moms” (Aaron Funk/Venetian Snares & John Frusciante & Some Other Guy Too)
Various Artists    “Acid Rumba: Spanish Gypsy Grooves 1969-1976 (Psych-Funk-Soul Rumba/Flamenco-Rock)”
Various Artists    “Those Shocking Shaking Days 1970-1978: Indonesian Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock And Funk”
Various Artists    “Busted At Oz: 30th Anniversary Limited Edition”
Various Artists    “Brazil Bossa Beat! Bossa Nova And The Story Of Elenco Records, Brazil”
Various Artists    “Cartagena! Curro Fuentes & The Big Band Cumbia And Descarga Sound Of Colombia 1962-72”
Various Artists    “Casual Victim Pile II (Rayon Beach, Crisis Hotlines, OBN III’s, Hatchet Wound,…)”
Various Artists    “Under The Covers Volume 2: A Tribute To Paul Collins, Peter Case, And Jack Lee”
Warpig    “Warpig”
Willette, Baby Face    “Face To Face (180 Gram)”

Electronic 12″s & LPs
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Bare / DJ Silver    “Haterz / Player Haterz Ball”
Blake, James    “The Bells Sketch”
Breakage    “Fighting Fire (Feat. Jess Mills)”
Caspa    “Terminator (Trolley Snatcha Remix) / Marmite (Doctor P Remix)”
Coma    “Famous”
Creep    “Days (PIC)”
Daedeuls    “Meanwhile…”
Freeze & LX One / SP:MC & Youngsta    “Foreseen / Unidentified”
Genetix    “Squid Attack”
Ikonika / Optimum    “Aqueous Cream / Ampersand”
Instra:Mental / Von D & Riskotheque    “Voyeur / Like A Bird”
Magnetic Man    “Getting Nowhere”
Maximillion Dunbar    “Cool Water (2×12″)”
Peverelist & Hyetal    “The Hum / Rrrr”
Rainbow Arabia    “Boys And Diamonds (+ CD)”
SCB (Scuba)    “Hard Boiled / Hard Boiled VIP”
Shackleton    “Man On A String Part 1 And 2/Bastard Spirit”
Siriusmo    “Mosaik”
Stateless    “Matilda (Ltd. Ed. + D/L)”
Wolfram    “Fireworks (Featuring Hercules & Love Affair)”
Zarate, Morgan    “Hookid”

10″s
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Bonnie Prince Billy & The Cairo Gang    “Island Brothers”

7″s
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Baths “Nothing / Nightly, Daily”
Cohen, Tim “Bad Blood (2×7″)”
Fingers, The “Isolation / Wanna Go, Work It”
Liquor Store “Free Pizza / Trash Sandwich”
Prefab Messiahs, The “Franz Kafka”
Pink Reason “Desperate Living EP”
Reducers, The With Mark Mulcahy “My Problem”
Wild Nothing “Summer Holiday”

CDs
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Above Below “Two Sides”
Banjo Or Freakout “Banjo Or Freakout”
Brazen Hussy “Guide To The Galaxy”
Crass “Penis Envy (Deluxe Reissue)”
Dalek “Untitled (Latitudes Series)”
Dan & Liz “Radio Waves”
Death (Metal) “TSOP (2xCD Deluxe Reissue)”
Diplo “Chasing The Dragon”
Fatal Film “Thrill’r”
Frostmoon Eclipse “End Stands…”
Get Haunted “Falling Stars”
Gone For Good “Ride To Nowhere”
Gouette, Matt “Emilene At The Moon Tower”
Grayceon “All We Destroy”
Hooded Menace “Never Cross The Dead” (Now In A Jewel Case)
Kurt Vile “Smoke Ring For My Halo”
Low Beam “Charge Of The Light Brigade”
Most Precious Blood “Merciless”
Nadja “Bodycage”
Natural Fathers “I Was Born”
Parasytic “Poison Minds”
Praxis “Profanation”
Secret, The “Disintoxication”
Straight To VHS
SubRosa “No Help For The Mighty”
Tokyo Police Club “Lesson In Crime EP”
Various Artists “Bossa Nova Beat!”
Various Artists “Cartagena!”
Various Artists “The Long Hundred (2CD)”
Various Artists “Towers Of New London Vol. 3”
Various Artists “Towers Of New London Vol. 4 (2CD)”
Various Artists “Powers”
Watt, Mike “Hyphenated-Man”

DVD
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“Lemmy Kilmster: 49% Motherf….”

Book
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“Ain’t No Grave: The Life And Legacy Of Brother Claude Ely (+ CD)” By Macel Ely II, Ph.D.

1 Review 

(Josh And Sean were sick this week – they’re better now so I’ll push for a couple each from them next week. -Rick)
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Creep Days 12″ (YT053)
This track might have originally found an audience with the barage of witch house tracks that came with the inception of the genre title.  This is way too upbeat to dwell solely in those confines, however.  It’s a solid dance single with a completely interesting intro track and a couple solid remixes by Deadboy and Azari & III on the B side. They even have a video made by half of Fischerspooner (fittingly methinks).  Definitely leaning towards the house half of the witchy stable this project brainchild of the DJ Lauren Flax is the brightest black star under the blood moon (and feel free to add diametrically opposed light/dark descriptions).
[Reviewer: Rick]

25th Of February 2011 Update (Reviews!)

25th of February 2011 Update of New and Key Restocked Items
at Redscroll Records

Reviews on the bottom!

LPs & 12″s
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Adicts, The    “Sound Of Music (180 Gram)”
Bananas, The    “A Slippery Subject”
Bikini Kill    “Bikini Kill (Repress; + D/L)”
Chixdiggit!    “Safeways Here We Come”
Crowbar    “Sever The Wicked Hand (Ltd. Ed. 180 Gram 2LP)”
D.Y.S.    “Brotherhood”
Danava / Earthless / Lecherous Gaze    “Danava / Earthless / Lecherous Gaze (+ D/L /750)”
Dead Moon    “Dead Moon Night”
Deaf Center    “Owl Splinters (+ CD)”
Detroit Cobras, The    “Tied & True (PIC LP)”
Dismemberment Plan, The    “Emergency & I (+ D/L)”
Folded Shirt    “Folded Shirt (F/S)”
Fucking Wrath, The    “Terra Fire”
Ghost    “Opus Eponymous”
Gnaw    “This Face (+ D/L)”
Haack, Bruce “Farad” (Back In Stock)
Hated Youth / Roach Motel    “Hated Youth / Roach Motel”
Hold Steady, The    “Boys And Girls In America “
Instigators    “Live In Berlin (Recorded Live In Berlin)”
Iron Chic    “Not Like This”
King Khan & His Shrines    “Three Hairs And You’re Mine”
Libyans    “Discography”
Mamiffer / House Of Low Culture    “House Of Low Culture / Mamiffer (/500)”
Manifest Destiny    “Manifest Destiny”
Melvins    “Boris The Pervert”
Mercyful Fate    “Don’t Break The Oath (Reissue 180 Gram)”
Minott, Sugar    “Sheriff John Brown”
Napalm Death    “Utopia Banished (Reissue)”
No Statik    “We All Die In The End”
PJ Harvey    “To Bring You My Love (Import: Holland)”
PJ Harvey & John Parish    “A Woman A Man Walked By (Ltd. Ed. 180 Gram + D/L)”
Plant, Robert / Kraus, Alison     “Raising Sand (Robert Plant | Alison Kraus)”
Rage Against The Machine    “Evil Empire (180 Gram)”
Shellac    “At Action Park”
Skitkids    “Besoket Vid Krubban”
Skull Defekts, The    “Peer Amid”
Social Spit    “There’s No Place Like Home”
Soldiers Of Fortune    “Ball Strenth (Ltd. Ed. + D/L /1000)”
Teams Vs. Star Slinger    “Teams Vs. Star Slinger (Ltd. Ed. + D/L /2000)”
Throbbing Gristle    “20 Jazz Funk Greats (Reissue)” (The ones I got of this have a bent corner = Reduced Price/Cheap)
Toots & The Maytals    “Pressure Drop”
Turner, Frank    “Love, Ire & Song”
Turner, Frank    “Poetry Of The Deed (+ D/L)”
Various Artists    “West Indies Funk (2LP)”
Von Oswald, Moritz Trio    “Horizontal Structures”
Warpaint    “Shadows / Undertow (Javelin Remix)”
Warsaw (Joy Division)    “Warsaw (DMM Cutting; + Bonus Tracks)”
Wollard, Chris & The Ship Thieves    “Chris Wollard And The Ship Thieves (+ D/L)”
Xasthur    “Portal Of Sorrow (+ D/L /2000)”
Zombi     “Twilight Sentinel”

Hip-Hop LPs & 12″s
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Big L    “Return Of The Devils Son (First Time Ever On Vinyl)”
J Dilla    “Ruff Draft Instrumentals”
Lau, Eric    “Quadrivium (Ltd. Ed. 20 Track LP From Eric Lau)”
Talib Kweli      “Gutter Rainbows (Multi-Color Vinyl)”

Electronic LPs & 12″s
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Daedeuls    “Meanwhile…”
Rainbow Arabia    “Boys And Diamonds (+ CD)”
Stateless    “Matilda (Ltd. Ed. + D/L)”
Zarate, Morgan    “Hookid”

7″s
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Big Eyes “Prefer…”
Big Soda “Paper…”
Buyer’s Remorse “A Thorough Analysis”
Culo “Toxic Vision”
Deathrats
Electric Voyage “Flight”
Incendiary / Suburban Scum
Iron Boots “Weight Of…”
Merdoso “In Silence”
Mighty Mighty Bosstones “Where’d You Go”
Miles Away “Memory”
New Found Glory “Don’t Let…”
Nothing To Nothing “To…”
Not Sorry “Our Choices”
OBN III’s “Now Way To Rock’N’Roll”
Outer Limit Recordings “$20 Bill”
Ritual “Kissing Pavement”
Sagan, Carl “A Glorious Dawn”
Sandwitches, The “Summer Of Love”
School Jerks
Simple Circuit “Boarded Up House”
Sinaloa / Catena Collapse
Social Spit “Psycho Ward”
Stick Together “No More Games”
Talk Is Poison “Rage To…”
These New Puritans “Swords Of Truth”
White, Jack “Fly Farm Blues”
Wollard, Chris & The Ship Theives

CDs
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Demdike Stare “Tryptych (3xCD)”
How To Dress Well “Love Remains”
Madlib “Medicine Show #11: Lowbudget High…”
PJ Harvey “Let England Shake”
Red House Painters “Retrospective”
Saint Vitus “Mournful Cries”
Saint Vitus “Heavier Than Thou”
Scott-Heron, Gil & Jamie xx “We’re New Here”
Silkie “City Limits Vol. 1”
White Hills “White Hills”

Cassette Tapes
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Caboladies / OneOhTrix Point Never
Ettinger, Dylan
Fresh Coats “A Train Wreck Named Desire”
Harmonizer
Holter, Julia
Hubble
Lust For Youth
Pulse Emitter
Seeno, Ken
Wanda Group
Waxahatchee / Chris Clavin

Back-Patches (Yea, we got some more finally.)
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Crass
Discharge
Gauze
Nausea
Wolfbrigade

REVIEWS
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Deathrats Deathrats 
7″ (To Live A Lie)
 Deathrats is a female-fronted crusty hardcore band from DC, featuring members of His Hero Is Gone. This release includes 6 chaotic songs spitting pissed off lyrics about feminism and shitty attitudes. Originally recorded in 2009 but finally given a proper release this year, this 7″ is selling out fast. Get it while you can!
[Reviewer: Sean]

NNA TAPES (3 Reviews In One – In 3 Parts, Ha!)

 The quoted sections are summaries taken directly off of the NNA Tapes blog (there are also audio samples of everything there). All of these and more NNA Tapes can be found at the shop.
NNA006: Caboladies / Oneohtrix Point Never (split) c30
“This split unfolds as a singular and flowing journey. Caboladies reaches out to solar gods above while Oneohtrix Point Never wanders through the arid deserts of the mind and heart.”
The Caboladies side starts entirely tribal – like a fire ritual fueled by woodwinds (from the future?).  The pulse settles down and the percussive sounds disappear to leave you floating on the synths left behind. Blasts of noise intermittently enter beneath the created sound wall while synth stabs/bleeps/bloops/lazers enter above and then all retreat to a distance (though not completely).
The OneOhTrix Point Never side can definitely seen as a continuation to this release, but truthfully I found it to be its own animal.  His (0PN) reputation precedes him.  Search for reviews on “Returnal” and be barraged with results of praise.  His contribution here eclipses much of that release (“Returnal”) for me. Melodies upon melodies interspersed with spine tingling tones.

NNA007: Harmonizer (s/t) c30

“Harmonizer is the new duo of Burlington, Vermont residents Greg Davis (Kranky, Carpark, Autumn Records) and Toby Aronson (NNA Tapes, RATS COPS). Future world sample-driven electronic synthesis, heavy rhythms, and total harmonizer worship.”
True to the name (and the summary above), this brings the harmonizer worship.  Hypnotic flowing with stabs of melody and ethereal voices.  The second side will wake you up with a drum break and bagpipe samples – while still being totally hypnotic.  Walk on the clouds and dip your head in the electrified rain (excuse that nonsensical hyperbole).

NNA017: Lust For Youth “Bodies In Barrels” c23

“Swedish duo Lust For Youth produce two sides of barren serenity, settled in a thick, gaseous haze of industrial pollution. Beds of distant synth melodies wander through bleak noise textures and rhythms.”
Drones, yes.  Lust for Youth brings us an edge – crunch.  Dissonance.  Industrial drone, perhaps, but not like Delirium by any stretch; no new age spacey music.  Dwell in the dark corners and rest in melancholy.
[Reviewer: Rick]

Stick Together No More Games

7″ (BackToBack002)

Stick Together is a positive straight edge hardcore band from Wilkes-Barre, PA. Features members of War Hungry and Force Fed. They remind me a lot of Fired Up,  I would say this would also appeal to dudes into Lockin’ Out Records stuff. Tight release.
[Reviewer: Josh]

18th Of February 2011 Update (Now With REVIEWS!)

18th Of February 2011 Update of New and Key Restocked Items
at Redscroll Records

Starting NOW we’re going to try and review a few releases each week.
Reviews are at the bottom of the update.  Enjoy!  Let us know what you
think, if you found them helpful, if you want more,…

LPs & 12″s
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A Hawk and A Hacksaw    “Cervantine”
Adele   “21” (+ D/L)
Allin, GG       “Always Was, Is And Always Shall Be”
Andrew Jackson Jihad    “Candy Cigarettes Capguns Issue Problems and Such”
Baier, Sibylle  “Colour Green”
Bane    “Holding This Moment “
Bjork, Brant    “Punk Rock Guilt”
Books, The      “The Lemon Of Pink (2011 Remastered Deluxe Edition)”
Books, The      “Thought For Food (2011 Remastered Deluxe Edition)”
Bright Eyes     “The People’s Key”
Canadian Rifle  “Visibility Zero”
Cave Singers, The       “No Witch (+ D/L)”
Chain & The Gang        “Music’s Not For Everyone”
Cheap Girls     “Find Me A Drink Home”
Cloud Nothings  “Turning On”
Cobra Skulls    “Bringing The War Home”
Cult Of Youth   “Cult Of Youth (An LP Recorded In 2010)”
Daggermouth     “Stallone”
Danielson       “Best Of Gloucester County”
Dead Kennedys   “Frankenchrist”
Dead Kennedys   “Plastic Surgery Disasters”
Descendents     “Everything Sucks”
Die Kreuzen     “Die Kreuzen”
Distractions    “Dark Green Sea”
Drive By Truckers       “Go Go Boots”
Drive By Truckers       “Southern Rock Opera”
Ducktails       “III: Arcade Dynamics”
Electric Wizard “Dopethrone”
Elklink “The Rise Of Elklink”
Erickson, Roky  “Live In Oslo (Live At Oyafestivalen, Oslo, Norway –
August 10th, 2007; Unofficial)”
Fu Manchu       “In Search Of… (Ltd. Ed. Color Vinyl)”
Grails  “The Burden Of Hope (+ D/L)”
Grosskopf, Harald       “Synthesist . Re-synthesist”
Gwar    “Bloody Pit Of Horror”
Heathens        “II”
Howlin Rain     “Good Life”
Ikon / The Victim’s Ball        “Ikon / The Victim’s Ball”
Iron Maiden     “Piece Of Mind” (Does Not Say That On This Version Of The
Record, But That’s The Name)
Joyce Manor     “Joyce Manor”
King Diamond    “Voodoo”
Kleenix / Liliput       “1977-1983”
La Strada       “New Home “
Ladytron        “Light & Magic”
Latterman       “We Are Still Alive”
Lawrence Arms, The      “The Greatest Story Ever Told “
Lawrence Arms, The      “Oh! Calcutta!”
Leo, Ted & The Pharmacists      “The Tyranny Of Distance”
Low Anthem, The “Smart Flesh”
Luyas, The      “Too Beautiful To Work (+ D/L)”
Mayfield, Jessica Lea   “Tell Me”
Medication      “Judgement Day EP”
Mercyful Fate   “Walking Back To Hell (Unofficial) “
Metallica       “Welcome Back! (Live In Gothenburg, Sweden May 5th, 2004 –
Unofficial)”
Mogwai  “Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will”
Mount Eerie     “Black Wooden (Latitudes Series /1000)”
Moutheater      “Colonial”
My Bloody Valentine     “Geek (Repress 2011)”
New Lows        “Harvest Of The Carcass”
Queens Of The Stone Age “Unplugged & Paralyzed (Unofficial)”
Quiet Life      “Big Green”
Roses Never Fade        “Fade to Black”
Rot In Hell     “As Pearls Before Swine”
Segall, Ty      “Live in Aisle 5”
Seven Sisters Of Sleep  “Seven Sisters Of Sleep”
Shilpa Ray And Her Happy Hookers        “Teenage And Torture (+ D/L)”
Shrinners       “Early Singles “
Slug Guts       “Howlin’ Gang “
Smith Westerns  “Dye It Blonde (+ D/L)”
Sonic Youth     “Simon Werner A Disparu”
Stetson, Colin  “New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges (Ltd. Ed. Poster, + CD)”
Stooges, Iggy And The   “I Wanna Be Your Dog”
Tegan And Sara  “This Business Of Art “
Toots & The Maytals     “Pressure Drop”
Toro Y Moi      “Underneath The Pine”
Tyvek   “Third Man Live 09”
Unfun   “Sick Outside View”
Vetiver “Vetiver”
Violation       “Devoured”
Wooden Shjips   “Wooden Shjips”
Young, Neil     “Live In San Fransisco”
Young Prisms    “Friends For Now (+ D/L)”
Yuck    “Yuck (+ D/L)”

Electronic (Genre) 12″s & LPs
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Bug, The        “Infected”
DZA     “Bullseye”
Gatekeeper      “Giza”
Illum Sphere    “Dreamstealin'”
Katy B  “Lights On “
Science / Von D “Motion Tween EP”
Scientist       “Launches Dubstep Into Outer Space (Remixes) (2LP)”
Shackleton      “Deadman”
Shackleton      “Fireworks (2×12″)”
SP:MC / LXONE   “Down / Judge”
Underworld      “Barking (180 Gram 2LP)”
Various Artists “Cold Waves + Minimal Electronics Volume One”

10″s
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Bibio   “Excuses”
How To Destroy Angels   “How To Destroy Angels”
Jay, Abner      “Last Ole Minstrel Man”

7″s
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Askew, Ed “Here We Are”
Brain F=/= “So Dim”
Cake “Sick Of You”
Cheap Girls / Lemuria
Christmas “Namiot”
Creepout / Integrity “Love Is… The Only Weapon”
Crystal Stilts “Shake The Shackles”
Defeater “Dear Father”
Deradoorian / Albert McCloud
Ducktails / Rangers (Bored Fortress Club)
Eshas
High Wolf / Savage (Bored Fortress Club)
Just Urbain “Burning”
King Khan &… “Fiery Tears Of…”
Ladies, The “Six More”
Lake “You Are Alone”
Mighty Sphincter
Minus “Hard Feelings”
Reckless Aggression “Demo”
Sagan, Carl “Glorious Dawn” (Yes, THAT Carl Sagan!)
Thermals, The “Not Like Any…”
Vacuum
Young Offenders

CDs
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Agalloch “Marrow Of The Spirit”
Babies, The “The Babies”
Blood Of Heroes “Remain”
Bright Eyes “Peoples Key”
Demdike Stare “Tryptych (3xCD)”
Earth “Angels Of Darkness Demons Of…”
Neurosis “Souls At Zero (Deluxe Reissue)”
Smith Westerns “Dye It Blonde”

Cassette Tapes
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Gowl / Stone Titan
Nomos / The Men

MagaZines
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Cometbus #54

REVIEWS!!!
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Ghost Opus Eponymous 
(We have this on CD only at the moment – should
be here on LP next week.) (Rise Above/Metal Blade)
Hailing from Sweden, Ghost is a band made up of six nameless figures
covered in face paint and robes.  Their mission is stated as,  “to
trick mankind into believing the end is ultimately a good thing via
the ever so popular rock music medium.”  This album is packed with
satanic, sexually charged rock that will be stuck in your head for
days.  Everything about this band works together so well: the imagery,
the message, the riffs and the eerily clean vocals all come together
to really make a stand out album. Praise the beast. The hits: Ritual,
Satan Prayer, Elizabeth
For fans of: Satan, Blue Oyster Cult, Mercyful Fate, cult worship, Castlevania
(Fun Fact: While listening to this album for the first time, I think I
saw a ghost. True story.)
[Reviewer: Sean]

Seven Sisters Of Sleep Seven Sisters Of Sleep

LP Only (A389 Records)
I have been anxiously awaiting this release by California’s Seven
Sisters Of Sleep since last year. Lord Dom announced their signing to
A389 Records (home of Integrity, Gehenna, Gray Ghost) by posting a
YouTube video of one of their songs accompanied by clips from the 1922
silent film, Haxan. The music & imagery fused perfectly.  This band
features former members of Tafkata and The Arm & Sword Of A Bastard God
and sort of picks up where those bands left off. SSOS plays dark,
punchy satanic hardcore fused with sludgy stoner metal.
FFO: EYEHATEGOD.
[Reviewer: Josh]

Stetson, Colin  New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges

(Ltd. Ed. Poster, LP + CD) (CST075)
Not being a Constellation Records fanboy did not keep me from being
geeked about this record.  Colin Stetson plays bass saxophone and also
is in the touring band for Arcade Fire (honestly just learned by
checking his Wikipedia page).  The low dulcet tones of that instrument
(Bass Sax) fully dictate the tone/direction of this record with
Colin’s guiding breath.  It is hypnotic and soothing.  There are guest
spots by Laurie Anderson and Shara Worden lending some more soothing
qualities (seriously soothing, lulling and entirely welcoming).
“Recorded with no overdubs or looping, using 24 different mic
positions. Mixed by Ben Frost.” – http://colinstetson.com/
[Reviewer: Rick]

Estrogen Highs – Cycles EP

Estrogen Highs Cycles EP

If you live in Connecticut, you might know that there aren’t exactly a ton of options if you’re looking for a straight-up garage fix. However, Estrogen Highs totally have you covered. And I don’t mean they have you covered in that sort of default way, I mean they have you covered in the “this band totally rules” way. If you haven’t checked them out yet (what are you waiting for?) you can pick up their latest EP, “Cycles,” out now on New Haven’s own Safety Meeting Records.

Estrogen Highs have been really busy lately—they just released their latest full-length “Friends and Relatives” in December and recently returned from an extensive tour of the west coast and Canada. Even so, they somehow managed to squeeze out this 7-song EP, which was a really nice and unexpected surprise. The super catchy, super jangly “Daily Catastrophes” was a stand-out track for me, as was “I Remember Everything,” a truly beautiful song with some of the best lyrics I’ve heard from them yet. There are only 300 copies of “Cycles,” so don’t sleep on this!

New from Woodsist

Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics

If you’re anything like me, this winter’s had you holed up in your house a few too many times, and at this point, you’re feeling a little cabin feverish. If so, do yourself a favor and check out Ducktails’ new album, “III: Arcade Dynamics.” Ducktails is the solo project of Matt Mondanile from Real Estate, who provides the perfect antidote for the winter chill. For just one dude, Mondanile creates some impressively layered lo-fi pop that’ll make you feel like you’re hanging out at a sunny beach instead of on the frozen tundra. “Hamilton Road” is a stand-out track on “III,” where Mondanile describes a scene where the “ocean’s dancin’ with the shoreline,” in a way that’ll make you feel a little jealous you’re not there. The album’s closing song, “Porch Projector,” is also lovely—a ten-minute instrumental you’ll find yourself getting utterly lost in (in a good way).

White Fence Is Growing Faith

White Fence’s second album on Woodsist, “Is (Growing Faith),” won’t disappoint fans of Timothy Presley’s earlier output. On “Is,” Presley further proves his mastery of psychedelic, trippy pop jams that are loose, yet beautifully simple and clean all at once. White Fence’s tunes are a fine nod to later-era Beatles (you know, post-drug discovery), or, as more recent reference points, sounds not unlike those the Fresh & Onlys or the Box Elders have been churning out. Listening to “Is,” with its crafty distortion and low-key vibes, is like taking a trip straight back to the 60s. “Stranger Things Have Happened (To You)” is a nearly perfect pop song: it sleepily and steadily rolls along, like a slow back-roads drive on a sunny day. With 15 tracks, “Is” has a lot to explore. Another high point is the track “Your Last Friend Alive,” a jangly song that’s equal parts haunting and poppy. On this album, Presley’s songwriting truly reaches a high point in the realm of 60s revival sound.