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4th of August 2011 Update

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

LPs & 12″s
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Anhedonist    “The Drear”
Archers Of Loaf    “Icky Mettle (Ltd. Ed. Blue Vinyl + D/L Of Remastered Tracks + 14 Bonus Tracks)”
Bathory    “Nordland I & II (Gatefold Reissue)”
Boston Spaceships    “Let It Beard”
Bradley, Charles    “No Time For Dreaming: The Instrumentals (Played By Menahan Street Band)”
Brainoil    “Death Of This Dry Season”
Brilliant Colors    “Again And Again (+ D/L)”
Buckner, Richard    “Our Blood (+ D/L)”
Cauldron Black Ram    “Skullduggery”
Cindytalk    “Hold Everything Dear”
Ducktails    “Killin The Vibe”
Ferraro, James    “On Air”
Heaven & Hell    “Neon Nights: 30 Years Of Heaven & Hell – Live At Wacken (180 Gram Ltd. Ed. Coloured Vinyl)”
Howling Wind, The    “Into The Cryosphere”
Knelt Rote    “Insignificance”
K-X-P (KXP)    “K-X-P”
Magazine    “Concerts, Festivals, Shows And Other Special Events”
Magic Touch    “I Can Feel The Heat”
Michael And The Mumbles    “Michael And The Mumbles (+ D/L)”
PAGENINETYNINE (PG.99)    “Singles”
Radiohead    “Feral (Lone Remix)…” [Available Tuesday 8-9-11]
Roedelius    “Wasser Im Wind (180 Gram)”
Sanso-Xtro    “Fountain Fountain Joyous Mountain”
Schnitzler, Conrad, Borngraber & Struver    “Con-Struct”
Sight Below, The    “N-Plants_Remixes”
Soft Metals    “Soft Metals (+ D/L)”
Talcum, Joe Jack    “Home Recordings 1984-1990 (+ D/L)”
Thou    “The Archer And The Owle”
Vainio, Mika    “Life (… It Eats You Up)”
Various Artists    “The Hidden Tapes: A Compilation Of Minimal Wave From Around The World ’79-’85”
Various Artists    “Fanafody: A Collection Of Recordings And Photography From Madagasikara Volume II”
Various Artists    “Street Musicians Of Yogyakarta.”
Various Artists    “Chicago Soul: Electric Blues, Funk & Soul – Chess Records: The New Sound Of Chicago In The 1960s”
Various Artists    “Studio One Story: The Original”
Various Artists    “The Black Caribs Of Belize – Garifuna: Ancestral Travellers Of The Afro-Caribbean”

Electronic LPs & 12″s
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Creep    “Days Remixes”
Dubkasm    “RMX P4”
Fink    “Perfect Darkness”
GusGus    “Over Remixe”
Hyetal    “Phoenix RMX (10″)”
Kryptic Minds    “Arcane”
Photek    “Closer”
Saarid    “Fever Dream”
Trago, Tom    “Iris Album Sampler”
Untold    “Yukon RMX (10″)”

Hip-Hop 12″s & LPs
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Cypress Hill    “Cypress Hill (20th Anniversary Ed. Red Vinyl)”
Serengeti    “Family & Friends (Ltd. Ed. + D/L)”

10″s
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Dom    “Family Of Love (+ D/L)”
General Surgery    “Necrology”
Loss    “Life Without Hope… …Death Without Reason”
Machetazo    “Necrocovered”

CDs
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Avichi “Devil’s Fractal”
Boston Spaceships “Let It Beard”
Caina “Hands That Pluck (2xCD)”
Diamanda Galas “Litinies Of Satan (3″)”
Disma “Towards The Megalith”
Haters / Styrofoam Sanchez / P.C.R.V. / Crank Sturgeon (Ratskin Records)
Various Artists “Chicago Soul: Electric Blues, Funk & Soul – Chess Records: The New Sound Of Chicago In The 1960s”

Cassette
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Triple Six Mafia “Smoked Out Loced Out”

DVD
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Studio One Story

Magazine
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As Loud As Possible #1 (Got it back in! NOISE!)

Reviews
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Page99 Singles LP/CD

(LP on Robotic Empire / CD on Reptilian)

Page99 was a grindy screamo punk band that existed from 1998-2003. They are one of my all-time favorite bands. Recently they’ve gotten back together to play a few more shows, which makes this the perfect time for Robotic Empire to release, “Singles” for the first time on vinyl. This is the collected works of all the 7″s, splits and demo material that would cost you a pretty penny to hunt down individually. This is also a great way to get a feel for a band that grew so much in a short amount of time. From the early days of straight grind to the final releases which were heavily layered and atmospheric. Members went on to form such bands as Pygmy Lush, Mannequin (who have a
release on Redscroll!), City Of Caterpillar, Malady, Ghastly City Sleep, and so many more.

They were incredible live. Here is a video of them the first time they played Connecticut at the Bristol Skatepark. Jeromes Dream played the show too. Hassan I Sabbah dropped off. Toward the end of the video you can see Chris Taylor hanging from a pipe, he falls and cracks his head open, but still manages to come back and sing the final lines. Everytime they played CT after this, it was a special event, but thats a story for another time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEgWTm2Ynjk
[Reviewer: Josh]

Triple Six Mafia Smoked Out Loced Out Cassette
(BOOTLEG)

You have to know who this is.  It’s the only hip-hop crew to win an Oscar (Hustle & Flow). Three Six Mafia.  This is the tape demo someone we know on the west coast decided to bootleg.  I’m glad they did.  It seems to have actually been bootlegged with an actual copy of the tape rather than some download or anything. It doesn’t have slick art – it’s got the photocopied insert with a plug for Paul’s Club House and teasers for their mixtapes inside (mixtapes that maybe we’ll see boots of down the line?). Yea, so anyway, for those not familiar with the beginnings of the 666 Mafia they formed in that time when Horror-Core was running rampant, but they didn’t fall into the trappings like some groups did (see: Flatlinerz).  They kept their southern/regional influences intact.  The flow gets clunky at times, but it’s not bad, it’s endearing and great.  Kids jumpin’ on the Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All wagon should do themselves a favor and visit the early Trip6click (did I vary up their name enough times?).
[Reviewer: Rick]

29th Of July 2011 Update & Reviews

29th Of July 2011 Update of New and Key Restocked Items
at Redscroll Records

LPs & 12″s
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311    “Universal Pulse (+ CD)”
Altar Of Plagues    “Mammal (180 Gram Ltd. Ed. Colored Vinyl)”
Amorphis    “Tales From The Thousand Lakes (Limited Finland Edition Colored Vinyl)”
Art Brut    “Bang Bang Rock & Roll”
Autopsy    “Macabre Eternal”
Bathory    “Hammerheart”
Belle And Sebastian    “Come On Sister”
Big Star    “#1 Record”
Caboladies    “Renewable Destination”
Cheater Slicks    “Our Food Is Chaos”
Collections Of Colonies Of Bees    “Giving (Colored Vinyl + D/L)”
Dead Language    “Dead Language”
Death In June    “Nada Plus! (Ltd. Ed. Blue Vinyl 2LP; Silver Foil Bag /250)”
Death In June    “Nada Plus! (Gold Edition)”
Drive-By Truckers    “Ugly Buildings, Whores & Politicians: Greatest Hits – 1998-2009”
Enslaved    “Isa (2LP)”
Ettinger, Dylan    “New Age Outlaws”
EyeHateGod    “Preaching The “End-Time” Message (Rarities And Demos)”
Foot Village / Super Khoumeissa    “Split Series #293 “
Galavis, Quin    “Should Have Known You (+ D/L)”
Grandaddy    “Under The Western Freeway”
Grandaddy    “The Sophtware Slump (Remastered At Sterling Sound)”
Harms Way    “Isolation”
Harvestman    “In A Dark Tongue”
Helmet    “Strap It On (Re-Mastered)”
In Mourning    “Shrouded Divine”
Jeff The Brotherhood    “Heavy Days (+ D/L)”
Jurado, Damien    “And Now That I’m In Your Shadow (+ D/L)”
Kuti, Seun Anikulapo & Egypt 80    “From Africa With Fury: Rise (+ D/L)”
Like Wolves    “Like Wolves “
Moonface    “Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped (+ D/L)”
Moore, R. Stevie    “Phonography “
NOFX    “So Long And Thanks For All The Shoes”
Normals, The    “Vacation To Nowhere (/1000)”
Oranssi Pazuzu    “Muukalainen Puhuu”
Pestilence    “Doctrine”
Pure X    “Pleasure (Ltd. Ed. Heavyweight Vinyl & Foil Cover)”
Schnitzler, Conrad    “Live ’72”
Seahaven    “Ghost”
Small Brown Bike    “Dead Reckoning (+D/L)”
Soundtrack    “Pina: Dance, Dance Otherwise We Are Lost (Original Soundtrack)”
Stone, Joss    “LP1”
Teenage Fanclub    “Bandwagonesque (180 Gram)”
They Might Be Giants    “Join Us (+ D/L)”
Vagon Brei    “Destiny”
We Are The Union    “Great Leaps Forward”
Wormrot    “Dirge”

Electronic 12″s
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6Blocc    “I Dubs Vol 6 EP”
AFX / Autechre    “Quex-RD/Skin Up, You’re Already Dead”
Badawi Feat. Sensational    “No Schnitzel”
Blake, James    “The Wilhelm Scream”
Blake, James    “Klavierwerke EP”
Busy P    “Rainbow Man”
DOK    “West Coast”
DZA    “Supershark EP”
Egyptrixx    “Liberation Front”
Fitzgerald, George    “Silhouette”
Girl Unit    “Wut (Remixes)”
Hakim Murphy    “Stolen Kisses: First Kiss”
Hudson Mohawke    “Satin Panthers”
Hype Williams    “Kelly Price W8 Gain Vol II”
Jam City    “Waterworkx EP”
Legowelt    “Sark Island Acid EP”
Lil Silva    “Night Skanker EP”
Lucid Dream (AKA John Tejada)    “Phthalo Origins #2: Reworked Data”
MLZ    “One Cycle”
Motor City Drum Ensemble    “DJ-Kicks (Mix Comp. LP)”
Nico    “Nico’s Bluewave Edits”
Ossie    “Set The Tone EP”
Ras _G & The A.S.P. / Sun Ra    “Views Of Saturn Vol. 1”
Slugabed    “Moonbeam Rider”
Tang, Steven    “Uprise In The Orient”
Tang, Steven    “Windy City”
Tang, Steven    “Bass Synergy”
TBC    “Distant Planet Star Trek Remix”

HIP HOP
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Bad Meets Evil (Eminem & Royce Da 5’9″)    “Hell: The Sequel”
Beastie Boys    “Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (180 Gram White 2LP + D/L + Bonus 7″ Single + Exclusive Iron-On)”
Del The Funky Homosapien    “Golden Era (2xLP)”
Grieves    “Together Apart”
Mr. Lif    “Mo’Mega”

7″s
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Blasting Concept
Compound “Demo”
Converge / Dropdead
Dead Language
Go Rydell / Grey Area
Homewrecker / The Love Below
Minority Unit “Demo”
Okkervil River “Your Past Life As…”
Smash Detox
Wharf Rats
White, Jack “Another Way…”
Wilco “I Might / I Love My…”

CDs
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Ampere “Like…”
Dead Can Dance “Dead Can Dance”
Death In June “Nada Plus! (2CD+DVD)”
Death In June “Brown Book”
Death In June “Lesson 1: Misanthropy”
Ed Gein “Bad Luck”
Esplendor Geometrico “Nador”
Jasta, Jamey “Jasta”
Kryptic Minds “Can’t Sleep”
Looking For An Answer “Eterno…”
Nataro, Tig “Good One (+ DVD)”
Ringworm “Scars”
They Might Be Giants “Join Us”
Toxic Holocaust “Conjure… (Deluxe)”
Various Artists “Night Slugs Allstars Vol. 1”

Reviews
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Converge / Dropdead 7″
(Self Released)

Converge has been one of my favorite bands since I first heard them, and each release showcases something new and refreshing. Their most recent full length, “Axe to Fall” set a new path for them. It has a slightly cleaner sound, with more metal elements mixed in. The song featured on this EP, “Runaway,” sounds like it could have come straight from that recording session. It is a true shredder.
Dropdead continues their 20 year grindy assault with a new song “Paths of Glory.” It’s a war protest song about the pointless loss of life for the never ending “War machine.” It’s fast and thrashy, similar to their previous releases, and is certainly up to par with them.
You like to collect Converge records? Want every color? Good luck! We have Green w/ Black in stock at the moment.
Pressing info is as follows:
First Press:
10 – Test Presses
150 – Black w/ Random Stripe vinyl (Converge has these, up to the band if they sell them)
150 – Clear w/ Random colors vinyl (Dropdead has these, up to the band if they sell them)
2000 – Red & Black Swirl vinyl (Deathwish Exclusive)
2000 – Green & Black Swirl vinyl (Armageddon Exclusive)
2700 – “Vinyl Bong” Random colors of vinyl (Available from the bands only)
[Reviewer: Sean]

Death In June Nada Plus! LP/CD
(Pylon Records)

This here is what you might call a reissue. However, it does have that “Plus!” part of it.  With the CD you get an extra CD and DVD (I haven’t viewed it yet); with the LP you get all the music and some pretty outstanding new packaging (the Blue deluxe 2LP version is limited to merely 250 however).  This goes a bit back in the D.I.J. history.  It’s got glimpses of what would come with moody acoustic numbers, but it’s also got a bit of the dancier e.b.m. type songs (think Soft Cell). The bonus material is probably not new to die-hard D.I.J. fans, but it is perhaps the only way you’ll find these on vinyl (if you opt to go that route).  The version of “The Calling” on this is a bit different than that on the “I’m A Cult Hero” compilation (which I believe is the only way that song was available on LP before). We also got in a few shirts with these – they are soft and feature the familiar whip logo (sold separately of course).
[Recommender: Rick]

Harm’s Way Isolation LP
(Closed Casket Activities)

I fell in love with Harm’s Way after hearing their “Imprisoned” 7″, which was evil sounding straightedge power-violence. With the last couple of releases, they’ve been moving in a more straight forward tough hardcore direction. With “Isolation” they’re using the “Hatebreed formula” of mixing death metal riffs (Carcass, Entombed, Obituary) in with some impressively intense drumming, samples, and even some swampy Eyehategod riffs to keep it flowing along through eight tracks.  Super slick metal production on this album as well, which I would have never anticipated back when I only knew them from “Imprisoned”. The sound has changed so much this could be a completely different band, but both eras of Harms Way are awesome.
[Reviewer: Josh]


Sanso-Xtro Fountain Fountain Joyous Mountain LP/CD

(Digitalis Recordings)

This experimental album incorporates rich high-and-low-pitched tones with other ever-varying instrumentation thrown in. It’s not easy to summarize it as a whole. “The Origin of Birds” frolics with jovial toy sounds and a glimmering electronic geyser that’s like a flourish of gold coins. Acoustic string plucking takes over in tracks like “Light Come, Light Go, Ghost” and the gritty, rustic, and very abstractly structured “Goodnight Thylacine,” but the tones individually provide a very lush, color-changing soundscape in others such as “Golden Hour” and “Observes Shadows.” It’s great that this album changes from track-to-track – sometimes it’s almost like an electronic lullaby (particularly “Hello Night Crow,”) but the curious accordion-heavy closer “Exit: Joyous Mountain” provides some surprising variation. An album with instrumentation like this should appeal to open-minded listeners since it’s far from traditional song-structure boundaries and doesn’t fall into a dull, predictable “easy-listening” trap. Thankfully, it doesn’t suffer from alienating complexity, either. It’s just something for a unique mood to visit new places.
[Reviewer: Mark]

22nd Of July 2011 Update & Reviews

22nd Of July 2011 Update of New and Key Restocked Items
at Redscroll Records

LPs & 12″s
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Allen, Tony (Plays With Afrika 70 And The Afro Messengers)    “Afro Disco Beat”
Arrington, Steve    “(I Be) Goin’ Hard (Music: Dam-Funk. Vocals: Steve Arrington. AKA The Invade)”
Autre Ne Veut (ANV)    “Body”
Barwick, Julianna & Ikue Mori    “FRKWYS 6 (In Collaboration With The Sound Of White Columns)”
Brain Idea    “Cosmos Factory (Ltd. Ed + D/L)”
Crystal Antlers    “Two-Way Mirror (+ CD; Ltd. Ed.)”
Daniel Striped Tiger    “No Difference”
Face To Face    “Laugh Now, Laugh Later”
Figure Four    “Suffering The Loss”
Fire! With Jim O’Rourke    “Unreleased? (+ D/L)”
Flaherty, Paul / Bill Nace    “No, The Sun”
Ginsberg, Allen / William Blake    “Songs Of Innocence And Experience (By William Blake, Tuned By Allen Ginsberg)”
Golightly, Holly / Dan Melchior    “Desperate Little Town”
Kirby, Leyland    “Intrigue & Stuff Volume 2”
McDaniels, Eugene    “The Mack (OST; Max Julien, Richard Pryor, Roger Mosley)”
MV & EE    “Country Stash”
Nurse With Wound    “Salt: Music From The Horse Hospital”
Pala    “We Don’t Exist”
Part Time    “What Would You Say? (Ltd. Ed. 2xLP + D/L)”
Radiohead    “Morning Mr Magpie / Bloom “
Seasick Steve    “You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks”
Seraphim    “The Light In The Distance”
Shelter    “Eternal”
Stockhausen, Karlheinz    “Mantra (Yvar Mikhashoff, Rosalind Bevan, Piano; Ole Orsted, Electronics) (/500)”
Suicide Silence    “The Black Crown”
Toxic Holocaust    “Conjure And Command (Ltd. Ed. Colored Vinyl)”
Various Artists    “The Roots Of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias From Peru (2xLP; 23 Tunes From Lima And The Amazon 1968-1981; 11×11 20 Page Booklet)”
Yankovic, Weird Al    “Alpocalypse”

Electronic 12″s
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Bass Clef    “Rollercoasters Of The Heart / So Cruel”
Drums Of Death    “Black Waves EP”
Funkbias    “Last Forever”
Miles    “Facets”
Moby    “Mistake”
Mount Kimbie    “Carbonated (2×12″)”
Photek    “Aviator/Totem”
Speedy J    “Shoegaze”
Various Artists    “Matthew Dear Body Language 7: Get Physical Music”
Various Artists    “Back And 4th: A Hotflush Compilation (3×12″) (Sepalcure, Boxcutter, Boddika, Dbridge, Scuba, Falty DL, Sigha, George FitzGerald, Incyde, Roska)”

HIP HOP
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Bad Meets Evil (Eminem & Royce Da 5’9″)    “Hell: The Sequel”
Del The Funky Homosapien    “Golden Era (2xLP)”
Mr. Lif    “Mo’Mega”

10″
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Fennesz    “Seven Stars”

7″s
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Choke Up “Spent”
Colbert, Stephen
Count Vertigo “Mutant”
Crisis Of Conformity “Fist Fight”
Grown Ups “Handholder”
Hellhorse “Decade Of Dust”Kamlat”
Just Urbain “EverybodyLoves”
Medeh, OH “
Poison Planet “Demo (Import)”
Revenge “Frustrations”
SC “Get Out Now”
Young Identities “New Trends”

CDs
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Earth Crisis “Neutralize…”
Hail! Hornet “Desperse The Curse”
Skullflower “F*cked On Pile Of Corpses”
Toxic Holocaust “Conjure And Command”

Reviews
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Human Eye They Came From The Sky LP
(Sacred Bones Records)

These guys are nuts. Listening to this album is like being trapped in a sci-fi B-movie that’s been boiled down so the boring parts are gone and the remaining essence is total insanity. Oh yeah, and there are psychedelic drugs. Lots of them. Opener “Alien Creeps” kicks right into gear with a laser-whooshing space-rock guitar, a light-heartedly foreboding synth line and utterly manic drumming (seriously – I was stunned to see that an actual human is credited with the percussion on this album, since the average person would get sore pretty fast from even air-drumming along.) Thankfully, it does mellow out a bit with songs like the catchy “Impregnate The Martian Queen Pt. 2.” That song is dressed with a curious, extraterrestrial-sounding flicker effect and a feel-good acoustic chord that fits really well in the “drive-in nostalgia” feel, plus the insane instrumentation making punctuated, abrupt returns every now and then. In general, this reminds me of psychedelic, garage and experimental rock, and the endearing “Martian B-movie” lyrical theme fits well into the timeframe those respective genres emerged from. These guys know how to have fun while also taking their work seriously.
[Reviewer: Mark]

Liturgy Aesthethica LP/CD
(Thrill Jockey Records)

It’s tough to imagine a black metal band that sounds like no other black metal band, but in my opinion, Liturgy manage to pull it off. Their style of replacing suffocating darkness with blinding, celestial light (and corresponding lyrical themes) has raised controversy among genre purists. What should really matter is how the music sounds, and with their latest album, Liturgy delivers a truly incredible, unique experience. It feels like soaring through the heavens while immortal beings blast booming, unbelievably intense background music to echo across the universe. Tracks like “Generation” and “Veins of God” clearly show the band’s Lightning Bolt influence, utilizing simple-yet-monolithic guitar-and-bass crunching with unrelenting percussion pounding. Almost every track follows the formula of ethereal guitar/bass tapestries (“Sun of Light” is a fitting example) and stunningly high-BPM drums. Even detours like the simple-yet-complex-sounding and early electronic music-reminiscent “Helix Skull” manage to fit in with the album’s sound. Regardless of whether or not this record should truly be categorized as “black metal,” it’s an incredibly intense, fantastical experience that shouldn’t be overlooked.
[Reviewer: Mark]

Trial …Are These Our Lives? LP

(Panic Records)

Trial was (is? they’ve been playing shows occasionally) a straight edge hardcore band from Seattle, Washington.This album is one of my all time favorite records. Earlier Trial material, while always having a strong urgent message, sucked musically. I fooled myself when I was a kid that “Through The Darkest Days”  & “Foundation” were killer, but they weren’t. “Are These Our Lives?” on the other hand is a perfect album. Hard driven guitars, fast pounding drums, powerful poetic lyrics, & just enough pretty guitar work to tie it all together. How the hell did Equal Vision let them get away with hiring cello & violin players? I have no idea, but I’m glad they did! A friend of mine had gotten a hold of an advanced copy of this a few weeks before it hit stores (in 1999) and on a road trip to an out of state show we just listened to it on repeat for the entire ride. It never gets old. When they finally played in CT, it was unreal, everyone was so excited that when the drummer started to sound check, everyone started moshing hard, the drummer took his que and kept the high hat rhythm going for a good 30 seconds while the rest of the band raced to be ready to jump into the first song. Certainly one of the best shows of my youth! We got the second repress in a few weeks ago, thanks to Panic Records, which is not only churning out records by great bands (see: The Saddest Landscape), but is also run by Trial guitarist; Timm McIntosh
[Reviewer: Josh]


“Weird Al” Yankovic Alpocalypse LP
(Way Moby / Volcano / Jive Records)

THE ALPOCALYPSE IS HERE!  I have been a “Weird Al” Yankovic fan since I’ve liked music. The first piece of music I remember owning was a copy of “Dare to Be Stupid” on cassette. I can’t tell you how many times I listened to it. I’ve seen UHF probably close to 50 times. Although none of his past albums have been as good as his early material, that doesn’t mean they aren’t good comedy albums. I don’t even really think that’s his fault. He parodies what’s popular at the moment, and there hasn’t really been a ton of good pop music lately. At least not compared to what used to be popular. His original songs have always been pretty catchy, and his token “polka mash up” song on each album are always a highlight for me. Although I don’t care much for who he parodies on this album (Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Miley Cirus, B.o.B., T.I.), it’s still enjoyable and there are some good one liners in it. Fun album.
Also, this has the best cover art of any album so far this year.
[Reviewer: Sean]

8th Of July 2011 Update

8th Of July 2011 Update of New and Key Restocked Items
at Redscroll Records

LPs & 12″s
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A Billion Ernies / Informant    “A Billion Ernies / Informant”
A Storm Of Light    “As The Valley Of Death Becomes Us Our Silver Memories Fade”
Alkaline Trio    “Damnesia”
Aoi    “Funnelweb”
Autumn    “Synthesize”
Bon Iver    “Calgary / I Can’t Make You Love Me / Nick Of Time (Bonnie Raitt Cover)”
Borden, Ferraro, Godin, Halo & Lopatin    “RVNG FRKWYS 7 (+ D/L W/ Bonus)”
Broken Water    “Whet (Triangle)”
Buke And Gass    “Riposte”
Caddywhompus     “Remainder”
Canvas    Ashes
Crowley, Aleister    “The Evil Beast”
Deerhoof     “Milk Man”
Disembodied / Brother’s Keeper    “Oxymoron”
Dreams, The    “Morbido”
Eden & John’s East River String Band    “Be Kind To A Man When He’s Down”
Eyehategod    “Take As Needed For Pain”
Foreign Objects    “No Sensation”
Friedberger, Eleanor    “Last Summer”
Fuckin’ Boneshakers, The    “1995 Masterbation Sessions”
Gardens & Villa    “Gardens & Villa (+ D/L)”
Garrincha And The Stolen Elk    “Void”
Guitar Wolf    “SpaceBattleShipLove”
Hawkins, Screamin’ Jay    “The Singles 1954-1957”
Hollywood Rose    “The Roots of Guns N’ Roses”
In Flames    “Sounds Of A Playground Fading”
Integrity    “Detonate World’s Plague”
Interpol    “Try It On”
Khann    “Erode (Ltd. Color + D/L)”
Krieg     “The Isolationist”
Men, The    “Immaculada (Reissue)”
Missing Monuments    “Painted White (+ D/L)”
Motion Sickness Of Time Travel    “Luminaries & Synastry (+ CD)”
Mudboy    Volume IV: This Is Folk Music (Ltd. Ed. + D/L + Poster)”
Newell, Martin    “Songs For … A Fallow Land”
Night Beats    “Night Beats”
Nine Inch Nails    “Pretty Hate Machine”
Noveller    “Desert Fires”
Pala    “We Don’t Exist”
Paperhead, The    “Focus In On… The Looking Glass”
Potter, Grance & The Nocturnals    “Grace Potter & The Nocturnals”
Pulling Teeth    “Funerary (+ D/L)”
Seraphim    “The Light In The Distance (+ D/L)”
Shabazz Palaces    “Black Up (+D/L)”
Tazartes, Ghedalia    “Diasporas (Handnumbered /500)”
Terrors    “Lagan Qord”
Tones on Tail    “Weird Pop”
Trial    “Through The Darkest Days / Foundation”
TSOL    “Code Blue”
Twin Sister    “Vampire With Dreaming Kids + Alternates (+ D/L)”
Victims / From Ashes Rise    “Victims / From Ashes Rise”
Washed Out     “Within And Without”
Wax Museums, The    “Eye Times”
Whitmore, William Elliott    “Field Songs”
Williams, Lucinda    “West”
Zomby    “Dedication”

Electronic 12″s
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Anti-G    “Anti-G Presents Kenje’sz Beatsz (+ D/L)”
Beyonce    “Run The World (Girls) Remixes”
Bibio    “K Is For Kelson”
Blake, James    “Lindisfarne / Unluck” 10″
Blake, James & Airhead    “Pembroke” 10″
Blondes    “Business & Pleasure”
Com Truise    “Galactic Melt (+ D/L)”
Commodo VS Lurka    “Airtight / Gassin”
Daft Punk    “Tron Legacy Part 2 (PIC LP)”
Elgato    “Tonight / Blue”
Exile / Free The “Robots Exile / Free The Robots (Los Angeles 10/10) 10″”
Falty DL    “Make It Difficult”
Four Tet    “Rounds”
Instra:mental    “Leave It”
Joe    “Claptrap / Level Crossing”
Kryptic Minds    “Can’t Sleep (3×12″)”
Machinedrum    “Sacred Frequency”
Negrot, Aerea    “Right Body Wrong Time”
Pangea    “Inna Daze / Won’t Hurt”
Pearson Sound    “Blanked / Blue Eyes”
Peverelist    “Dance Til The Police Come / Fundamentals”
Sigha    “I Am Apathy, I Am Submission”
Soul Clap    “Social Experiment Sampler”
Various Artists    “Hessle Audio: 116 & Rising (3xLP + 2xCD Collection)”
Various Artists    “Werkschau 2 (Bpitch Control)”
Vezelay    “Lyre”
Wat    “Kill Kill EP”

HIP HOP
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Beastie Boys    “Make Some Noise Remixes (Sp. Ltd. Ed.)”

9″s
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O Pioneers!!! / Andrew Jackson Jihad    “Andrew Jackson Jihad / O Pioneers!!!”

7″s
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Aeges “Roaches”
Art Museams “Dancing With A Hole In”
Against Me  “Russian Spies” (BLUE!)
Bad Banana “Cry”
Call To Preserve “Validation”
Daniel Striped Tiger / Teenage Cool Kids
Dark Lion
Have Heart “2003 Demo”
Homewrecker / The Love Below
Nu Sensae / White Lung
Pylon “Cover & Remix”
SOS “I Owe You Nothing”
Withdrawal “Faith Flesh & Blood”
Xerxes “Twins”
Xerxes / Midnight Souls

CDs
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13 & God “Own Your Ghost”
Caretaker  “Empty Bliss
Death In June “Discriminate
Eno, Brian “Drums Between”
Group Bombino “Agadez Volume 2”
Pure X “Pleasure”
Zomby “Dedication”

BOOK
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Slade Vs. The Monkeys: A Collection Of Rock Caricatures
Yeti #11

Reviews
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Canvas Ashes LP

(Get Young Records)
Canvas is a new Connecticut indie rock band that leans heavy on the pop-punk side. Pop punk isn’t a go to genre for me, but any band started by Ryan White (Call It Arson, Stabyou) & Chino (The Distance) is worth checking out. I know they’ve had to work through some line up changes but, it seems things are solid with Mario (Cold Snap) & Justin fleshing out the rest of the band. “Ashes” is 8 songs, 7 originals and a Springsteen cover. I hear bits and pieces of bands like Jimmy Eat World & Thrice, but honestly anything Ryan sings over in his passionate & powerful voice is uniquely his own. I just made a joke to Rick as he was opening a box of records that if Ryan was to sing over the sound of rustling plastic, it would still be good. Not to take anything away from the musicianship, because it’s solid all the way through. It’s also worth mentioning that “Ashes” was released on Get Young Records, which is a label run by CT kids living in Boston, but repping their home state hard with releases by Heavy Breath & Cold Snap coming later this summer.
[Reviewer: Josh]

Unknown Mortal Orchestra Unknown Mortal Orchestra LP/CD

(Fat Possum Records)

There’s an unusual “retro” flavor this album, as if surf, funk, and psychedelic rock evolved together. Opener “FFunny FFrends” has an instantly recognizable “old-school hip-hop” beat with reverb-soaked vocals and sharp guitars licks reminiscent of the 1960s. The description on Fat Possum Records’ site says it best, though, calling it “alien beatnik pop music” echoing “psychedelia and krautrock minimalism with just a hint of gentle weirdness.” The twanging guitars, laid-back vocals and generally fuzzy, “sunny” sound help solidify this album’s influence from that decade. It also sets UMO apart from other recent beat-and-guitar-driven lo-fi acts such as Sleigh Bells, who focus more on slamming, hydraulic-ready blasts. “Nerve Damage!” begins with a bizarre “talking guitar” sound that I’d expect to hear from Black Moth Super Rainbow, but it quickly launches into more traditional garage/surf rock. With other highlights including the acid trip “Jello And Juggernauts” and the curiously dark roller-disco grooving “Strangers Are Strange,” this album is a very unique experience covering more musical ground than a more predictable “indie” record.
[Reviewer: Mark]



Various Artists 116 & Rising 3xLP+2xCD Collection
 
(Hessle Audio)

Hessle Audio has carved itself a niche at the forefront of forward thinking electronics – specifically in what might be called post-dubstep.  Yes, we’re already onto the post era of that.  The internet speeds everything up just that fast.  With James Blake on here it cements the validity of any such term (facetious?).  Let’s move past that (or let me – you are just reading after all).  This stuff is all so solid that I’m not going to be able to comment on each and every track – check the whole list here.  It’s basically the IDM of today.  What Warp was (not to discount what Warp does now, but it’s a completely different animal these days) in its early days is what I might equate Hessle to now (or maybe Planet Mu or somewhere in between; you get it, I hope).  Smart, but not striving to be above your head.  Electronic music for smooth listening as well as occasionally getting down.
[Reviewer: Rick]

Withdrawal Faith, Flesh & Blood 7″

(a389 Recordings)

Canada has once again spit out another great hardcore band. Withdrawal sounds like a more sonically dense early-Ringworm meets Tragedy. The single track on the B-side, the 5+ minute long metal-core epic, “Kingdom Come” is certainly going to have room fulls of sweaty kids crawling all over each other to get a piece of the mic on their upcoming North American & European tours. A389 does it again! Hail Lord Dom!
[Reviewer: Josh]


Xerxes Twins 7″

(Mayfly Records)

Xerxes seem to have a knack for grim-as-fuck artwork, judging by the cover of this 7″ and the split release they have with Midnight Souls. So I was totally thrown when the needle hit the record and I got a more standard emotionally dark hardcore sound ala Modern Life Is War when I was expecting something with more of a Southern Lord bleakness to it. This is still really good though, I like that its pretty raw, cause everything that’s been coming out lately in this style is super polished and over-produced.This will definitely appeal to fans of bands like Defeater & Touche Amore, but I would have to say that Xerxes has more in common with core bands of the early 2000s. Though, I do have a hard time shaking the image of the dude from 300 when I say the name out loud.
[Reviewer: Josh]

1st Of July 2011 Update & Reviews

1st Of July 2011 Update of New and Key Restocked Items
at Redscroll Records
JULY 4th (MONDAY) WE WILL BE CLOSED. Fun blog post coming about that Saturday morning (all queued up).
LPs & 12″s
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Adam & The Ants “The Decca Demos & More (Unofficial)”
Alberich “Psychology Of Love”
Amorphis “The Karelian Isthmus”
Barem “After The Storm”
Bee Mask “Elegy For Beach Friday”
Big D And The Kids Table “For The Damned, The Dumb & The Delirious (+ D/L)”
Birthday Party, The With Lydia Lunch “Welcome To The Car Smash… (Unofficial)”
Boys Next Door “Door, Door “
Boys Next Door “The Lost & Brave Exhibitions Of The Boys Next Door 1977-1979 (Unofficial)”
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. “It’s A Corporate World (Debut Album)”
Exhumed “All Guts No Glory (Ltd. Ed. Colored Vinyl)”
Gay For ohnny Depp “What Doesn’t Kill You, Eventually Kills You (+ D/L)”
Goldberg, Sam “Having Had Forgot”
Jaar, Nicolas “Pepe Bradock & Dave Aju Remixes”
Krauss, Alison & Union Station “Paper Airplane (180 Gram + D/L)”
Kreng “Grimoire”
LA Vampires / Ital “Streetwise”
Lussuria “Ghost Entanglement”
Memory Tapes “Player Piano (+ D/L)”
National, The “Cherry Tree (+ D/L)”
Origin “Entity”
Otis, Shuggie “In Session”
Outer Space “Outer Space”
Panda Bear “S”urfers RMX (TECHNO PIC Single Sided 12″)”
Radiohead “Little By Little” (NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL 7-5-11 – Tuesday)
Ramones “Rocket To Russia (180 Gram)”
Roedelius, Hans-Joachim “Wie Das Wispere Des Windes… Like The Whispering Of The Wind….”
Siouxsie And The Banshees “Songs From The Void (Unofficial)”
Smiths, The “The Old Guard BBC Tapes Volume Two”
Stillbirth “Toward Sailor”
Temporal Marauder “Makes You Feel”
Tombs “Path Of Totality”
Tshetsha Boys “Snidyi”
Various Artists “The Funky 16 Corners “
Vomaseve, Tiyiselani “Votswelani”
Hip-Hop LPs
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Atmosphere “God Loves Ugly (2xLP Reissue)”
Beneficence “Sidewalk Science”
Damu The Fudgemunk “How It Should Sound Volume 1 & 2”
Dr. Dre “The Chronic (Digitally Remastered)”
Heltah Skeltah “D.I.R.T. (Da Incredible Rap Team)”
J Rawls “The Hip-Hop Affect (+ D/L W/ Instrumentals)”
KRS-One & Buckshot “Survival Skills”
Left, The “Gas Mask (2xLP + D/L)”
Pharoahe Monch “W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)(+ D/L)”
Rock, Pete / Smif-N-Wessun “Monumental (SWPR)”
Slum Village “Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 1 (Jay Dee Production) (+ Bonus 7″)”
Smif N Wessun “The Album”
Electronic 12″s + LPs
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Beltran, John “The Best Of John Beltran: Ambient Selections 1995-2011”
Carte Blanche “White Man On The Moon (+ D/L)”
DOP “After Party”
Justice “Civilization (+ Poster + D/L)”
LV Ft. Josh Idehen “38EP”
Samiyam “Sam Baker’s Album (Ltd. Ed. + D/L)”
Tiger & Woods “Gin Nation”
Wandler “La Petite”
Wolfram (Featuring Haddaway) “A Thing Called Love”
10″s
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Brian Jonestown Massacre “Iluminomi”
7″s
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Against Me “Russian Spies” (Black Vinyl – Still Possibly Getting Blue Ones, But Not Yet)
The Mars Volta “A Plague Upon Your Hissing Corpse (/300)”
Off! “First Four EPs” (Back In!)
Pit Er Pat / Icy Demons
CDs
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Aidan Baker “Still Life”
Bringers Of Disease “Gospel Of Pestilence”
Crone “Endless Midnight”
DJ Shadow “Endtroducing”
John Maus “We Must…”
MZ.412 “Domine…”
MZ.412 “Infernal Affairs”
Serpent Throne “White Summer – Black Winter” (Back In)
Tiger & Woods “Through…”
Cassette Tape
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Stephen O’Malley “Romeo” (EMEGO017C)
DVD
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Invasion Of Thunderbolt Pagoda (Ira Cohen)
Joy Division: Substance 1978-1988
Slices Issue 2-11 (FREE)
Reviews
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Light Asylum In Tension EP 12″
 (Mexican Summer)
If you haven’t heard by now, there is a full darkwave resurgense happening (and coldwave and minimal wave and blah blah blah wave etc.). I’m not going to pull any punches here. I pretty much enjoy it all on some level. That is my favorable prejudice. Some of it I go back to less and realize it’s a poor copy. Some keeps me coming back for more. I have listened to this Light Asylum EP of four songs about four dozen times in the past two days (perhaps a bit of hyperbole there, perhaps). Shannon Funchess has a voice on par with Andrew Eldritch, Peter Murphy and Dave Gahan (yea, I completely believe all of that). Listen and understand. “Dark Allies” is clearly the stand out track (I’ll post the video for it below) and one of the tracks has the “True Faith” (New Order) beat and all of it keeps me coming back for more. The horse naying samples in the first track are ridiculous in theory, but in practice work real well and do not come off hokey like a Revolting Cocks gimmick (though there is a place for that from time to time). Embrace the darkness (take a fluorescent light-stick).
[Reviewer: Rick]
Ultrabunny Volume Merchants / Unsafe At Any Age LP
 (TPOS Records)
I saw these CT locals open for An Albatross at the Heirloom Arts Theatre back in 2008. They play wild improvisational rock with elements of jazz, psychedelia and noise. This record begins with moody, otherworldly feedback waves, eventually merging into dissonant guitar-and-bass zephyrs that are reminiscent of 1980s experimental rock, such as early Sonic Youth and Boredoms. About midway through the second side, some freaky, cartoonishly high-pitched vocals kick in, breaking down into maniacal chipmunk laughter on “Hot War.” Basically, what I’m trying to say is that this record is really something else. The tracks build from basic elements (traditional drum patterns and guitar/bass chords) to create layers and evolve into a moody, almost post-apocalyptic atmosphere. The mixing and mastering job is impressive as well, considering this album’s content is from six different live performances in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.
[Reviewer: Mark]
Woods Sun And Shade LP/CD
 (Woodsist Records)
One of the most “summery” albums I’ve ever heard, Brooklyn-based Woods’ Sun And Shade combines catchy, sunshine-tinged folk music with the inventive, nostalgic sound of lo-fi indie rock. I don’t want to sound cheesy, but this album is perfect background music for walking through the sunny and shady parts of the woods. I imagine tracks like the highly uplifting opener “Pushing Onlys” are the audio equivalent of what aging hippies see in their minds; fuzzy, dream-like memories of spending seemingly endless days dancing carefree in nature. However, “sunshine pop” is not a proper term to define this album as a whole, since they explore more subdued feelings as well, such as the intimately morose, acoustic “Wouldn’t Waste.” The analog sound is perfect for the acoustic guitar, drums, and a host of more “experimental” sounds. Plus, the lower fidelity certainly adds warmth without overdoing it. Woods certainly aren’t afraid to experiment; “Out Of The Eye” is backed with a long, shimmering mechanical hum that’s remini scent of krautrock, and “Sol Y Sambra” is the most freestyle sounding, like a nature walk intended for self-reflection.
[Reviewer: Mark]