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15th of June 2012 Update

15th of June 2012 Update of New and Key Restocked Items
at Redscroll Records

LPs & 12″s
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Aias    “A La Piscina”
Apple, Fiona    “The Idler Weel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (180 Gram + D/L)”
Atom Age    “The Hottest Thing That’s Cool”
Basho, Robbie    “The Seal Of The Blue Lotus (180 Gram)”
Bjork, Brant    “Jalamanta: 10 Year Anniversary Edition (24 Page Booklet Deluxe Gatefold)”
Brainworms    “Swear To Me”
Brandlmayr, Martin / Werner Dafeldecker / Christian Fennesz    “Till The Old World’s Blown Up And A New One Is Created (+ D/L)”
Brian Jonestown Massacre, The    “Aufheben (Gatefold 2LP)”
Celebrity Murders    “Time To Kill Space”
Chapman, Michael    “Plaindealer”
Coffinworm    “Great Bringer Of Night”
Cookie Duster    “When Flying Was Easy (Featuring Brendan Canning)”
Dead Hookers    “The Burial / The Rebirth”
Ensemble Economique    “Crossing The Pass, By Torchlight”
Finally Punk    “Casual Goths (Compiles All Out-Of-Print Material Plus 2 Previously Unreleased Songs + D/L With Tour Films And More)”
Funk Police    “How We Are Funk We Play”
Guided By Voices    “Class Clown Spots A UFO (+ D/L)”
Hammers Of Misfortune    “The August Engine”
Horrid Red    “Celestial Joy (/400)”
Intelligence, The    “Everybody’s Got It Easy But Me (+ D/L)”
Isis    “The Red Sea (Ltd. Ed. White/Black Vinyl + D/L)”
Kebab    “Life It’s A Joke / We Live In A System (Belgian Punk)”
Keszler, Eli / Keith Fullerton Whitman    “Eli Keszler / Keith Fullerton Whitman Split LP (NNA043)”
Lust For Youth    “Growing Seeds”
Monochrome Set, The    “Strange Boutique (180 Gram)”
Monochrome Set, The    “Love Zombies (180 Gram)”
Movie Star Junkies    “Junkyears: Rarities And Farm Recordings 2005-2007”
Murray, Brendan / Perispirit    “Brendan Murray / Perispirit”
New Bruises    “Chock Full Of Misery”
Oberst, Conor And The Mystic Valley Band    “One Of My Kind (180 Gram + DVD + CD)”
Old Baby    “Misunderstanding Human Behavior (+ D/L)”
Peaking Lights    “Lucifer (Ltd. Ed. /2000 + D/L)”
Potter, Grace & The Nocturnals    “The Lion The Beast The Beat (+ D/L)”
Power, Ryan    “I Don’t Want To Die (NNA044)”
Prizehog    “A Talking To (Ltd. Ed. Color Vinyl)”
Pyramids With Wraiths    “Magpie & Raven (Clear Vinyl One Sided LP + D/L /350)”
Ramesses    “Possessed By The Rise Of Magik (2LP Gatefold)”
Relatives, The    “The Relatives”
Samiam    “Soar (20th Anniversary Ed. Gatefold Color Vinyl + D/L)”
Schnitzler, Conrad    “Zug: Reshaped And Remodeled By Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer (+ D/L With Bonus Tracks)”
Smashing Pumpkins    “Oceania (First Studio Album In 5 Years)”
Starving Weirdos    “The Path Of Lightning (Gatefold 2LP)”
Stop Breathing    “Stop Breathing”
Vatican Shadow    “September Cell”
Volcano!    “Pinata (Ltd. Ed. + CD)”
White Manna    “White Manna (+ D/L)”
White Stripes, The    “7 Nation Army (Unofficial)”
Witchfinder General    “Death Penalty (180 Gram Ltd. Ed. Coloured Vinyl)”
Zelienople    “The World Is A House On Fire”

Hip-Hop & Reggae 12″s & LPs
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Banks, Azealia    “1991”
B., Anthony    “Freedom Fighter (+ CD)”
Big Youth    “Screaming Target”
I-Roy    “Gussie Presenting IROY”
SPVCXXGHXZTPVRRP (Spaceghostpurrp; Raider Klan)    “Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles Of Spvcxxghxztpvrrp (+ D/L)”

Electronic 12″s & LPs
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Cina    “Hanoi / Queen B. / Hanoi (Tim Paris Mix)”
Dear, Matthew    “Her Fantasy / Crimewaves / Her Fantasy (Tornado Wallace Remix)”
Drexciya    “Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller II (+ D/L)”
Goliath    “The Message Carriers”
Guido    “Flow Ft. Jay Wilcox”
Jam City    “Classical Curves (2LP Gatefold)”
Locked Groove    “Different Paths”
Maga Bo    “Quilombo Do Futuro Remixed”
Midland    “Placement Remix”
Nguzunguzu    “Mirage EP”
Protect-U    “Motorbike / Lawndog / Invisible Halo”
Superpitcher    “Moon Fever”
Thompson, Linval & Manasseh    “Show Babylon”
Truth & Yayne    “Dreams / Last Time”
Tyrell, Alden    “Touch The Sky Feat. Mike Dunn”
Various Artists    “Tall Black Guy Presents: Tempo Dreams Volume 1 (Teru, Chief, Tensei, Tall Black Guy, …)”
Various Artists    “Field 07”

7″s
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Brain Killer    “3”
Clutch    “Pigtown Blues (PIC Disc)”
Dead Moon    “Too Many People (Mono; Dead Moon 1987-2006)”
DeMarco, Mac    “Only You / Me & Mine”
Die Selektion    “Cladis (White Vinyl)”
Fresh & Onlys, The    “Yes Or No (Ltd. Numbered Ed. /500)”
Gold Panda    “Mountain / Financial District “
Koudede    “Guitars From Agadez Vol. 5”
Lakes    “Crossed With Leaves”
Lust For Youth / War (Var)    “The Glass House Etiquette”
Mazzy Star    “Common Burn / Lay Myself Down”
Moctar, Mdou    “Tahoultine / Tahoultine (Gulls Remix) [Sahel Sounds; Boomarm Nation]”
Post Teens    “The Heat”
Superchunk    “This Summer / Cruel Summer (/1300)”
Victims Family    “Have A Nice Day”

CDs Non-Rock
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Forest Swords    “Dagger Paths E.P.”
Lust For Youth    “Solar Flare”
Taylor, Ebo    “Appia Kwa Bridge”
Various Artists    “Frozen Border: Minutes In Ice (Skirt, Blawan, AnD, Dean Cole…)”

CDs Rock
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Beach Boys, The    “That’s Why God Made The Radio”
Crone    “Endless Midnight”
Die Selektion    “Die Selektion (Numbered /999)”
Friends    “Manifest!”
Grimes    “Geidi Primes”
Guided By Voices    “Class Clown Spots A UFO”
Kelly, Scott / Steve Von Till / Wino    “Songs Of Townes Van Zandt”
Liars    “WIXIW”
Off!    “Off! (First “Proper” Full Length)”
Serpent Throne    “White Summer Black Winter”
Sigur Ros      “Valtari”
Sutekh Hexen    “Behind The Throne”
Smashing Pumpkins    “Oceania”
Witch Mountain    “Cauldron Of The Wild”

Reviews
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Die Selektion Cladis

(Edition Gris)
This record starts with some ominous tones and a voice (in a language I do not understand) under a wall of static or possibly just rain; there is a thunder strike after the voice stops. The rain and thunder fade out as the side comes to an end. The B-Side again begins with some ominous tones and some distant rhythms. On this side that distant rhythm is a clue as to what Die Selektion really leaves you wanting more and more of – dark dance music. Some 4/4 beats and repetitious harmonic joy thrown in the mix (we all can’t be dark all of the time – even within the dark times; especially on joyous days as this when Josh and Jenn are being married!). I’m looking forward to a lot more from this relatively new group out of Germany (a group that includes “a classic trumpet”).
[Reviewer: Rick]

Extra Life Dream Seeds

(Northern Spy)
On their third full-length, this Brooklyn trio embarks on a truly ambitious journey of conceptual experimentation. Sounding like a mix of Renaissance, progressive, and math rock, the songs are theatrical and epic in scope. The primarily driving force is vocalist/synth player/acoustic guitarist Charlie Looker’s dramatic and poetic singing. From melancholy opener “No Dreams Tonight,” the running themes include God-fearing religiousness and childhood innocence, most strikingly in situations involving abuse (“Discipline For Edwin”) and death (“Ten Year Teardrop.”) It’s not easy to think of other albums to compare this to: the abstract lyrics, backed by music that ranges from chamber-reminiscent strings to thick, angular prog to creepy avant-garde minimalism, make for a very unique and surreal experience.
[Reviewer: Mark]

Rob Crow He Thinks He’s People

(Temporary Residence Ltd.)
Known as a singer and multi-instrumentalist in numerous bands (most notably Pinback,) Crow’s latest solo record will likely appeal to a wide audience. Properly describing it to those unfamiliar with his trademark style, though, requires some imagination (I have to admit that I haven’t heard much of his other material before this.) The title is a great indicator: his brand of electric/acoustic indie rock is self-deprecating and dark-humored, but delivered in a way that sounds comfortably organic and mellow instead of off-putting. His years of experience have paid off: he manages to sound both authentic and well-controlled about feelings of helpless on the slightly spooky “Tranked,” as well as not caring about “what any man says” about wearing “a dress for your services” on “So Way.” His sense of humor gets pretty blunt, particularly when he says he’d like to be there when annoying cellphone-users die and get put in body bags (“I’d Like To Be There.”) It’s refreshing that he isn’t afraid to say exactly what’s on his mind.
[Reviewer: Mark]

26th of 2012 Update

26th of 2012 Update of New and Key Restocked Items
at Redscroll Records
Real Art Ways is showing the film Marley this week (5/25 – 5/31). Click here to see a preview. It premiers tonight at 7 PM, and there will be a pre-film discussion / appetizer session starting at 6:30 with Fire & Ice.
We will also be closed on Monday due to Memorial Day. Go outside or visit a state park to celebrate. Enjoy it. ‘Merica.
LPs & 12″s
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Airbird        “Trust” (Ltd. Ed. + D/L)
Alaric / Atriarch    “Alaric / Atriarch Split”
Audioslave    “Out Of Exile” (Collector’s Ed. Blue Vinyl)
Burial Hex    “Blood Between Her Lakes”
Che    “Sounds Of Liberation”
Comus    “Out Of The Coma”
Cult, The    “Choice Of Weapon”
Data Romance    “Data Romance”
Drainolith    “Fighting”
Halo    “Degree Zero Point Of Implosion”
King Tuff    “King Tuff”
Mars Volta, The        “Scabdates” (2LP PIC Discs)
Mars Volta, The        “Noctourniquet” (Ltd Ed. 3D Inner Sleeve + 3D Glasses, Colored)
Nadler, Marissa        “The Sister”
Octo Octa    “LA Vampires By Octo Octa: Freedom 2K”
Peasant        “Bound For Glory”
Raajmahal    “Raajmahal” (/300 Silk Screened Cover: Carla Baker (Baba Yaga, Flower Orgy), Pat Murano (NNCK, Decimus) and Santa Wolanczyk (Flower Orgy))
Rain Drinkers    “Yesodic Helices”
Rudimentary Peni    “No More Pain E.P.” (+ Fold Out Poster)
Selecter, The    “Too Much Pressure”
Sharpe, Edward And The Magnetic Zeros    “Here”
Skints, The    “Part & Parcel (Import)”
Telescopes, The        “As Approved By The Committee”
Trapist        “The Golden Years”
Wreathes    “Wreathes” (Black Vinyl)
Wreathes    “Wreathes” (Color Vinyl)
Hip-Hop 12″s & LPs
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Camp Lo        “Uptown Saturday Night” (Official 2LP Reissue Remastered + Poster)
Digital Underground    “Sex Packets”
Jay-Z    “The Blueprint” (Gatefold 2LP)
Killer Mike    “R.A.P. Music”
La The Darkman    “Heist Of The Century”
Mad Cobra    “Hard To Wet, Easy To Dry”
MF DOOM        “Operation Doomsday: Silver Age Set” (Remastered 2LP On “Gun Metal” Colored Vinyl)
RJD2    “Deadringer” (Remastered + 2 Previously Unreleased Songs)
Various Artists        “Lyricist Lounge Volume One” (4LP; De La Soul, Mos Def, Q-Tip, Saul Williams, Talib Kweli, Zack De La Rocha, KRS-One, Last Emperor)
Electronic 12″s & LPs
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Blockhead    “Interludes After Midnight” (2LP + D/L)
Brackles    “No. 2”
Caprice        “Depths Revival EP”
Ill Blu        “Clapper”
Moby    “The Poison Tree (David Lynch Remix) / Lie Down In Darkness (Photek Remix)” (UK RSD Title)
Slugabed    “Time Team” (3LP + D/L)
Walton        “All Night EP”
7″s
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Alabama Shakes    “Be Mine / You Ain’t Alone”
Babies, The    “My Name / The War”
Best Coast / Wavves    “Summer Is Forever” (/1500 Tour Press)
Curmudgeon    “Curmudgeon”
Samiam        ” I Am” (Colored Vinyl + D/L)
CDs
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My Bloody Valentine “Loveless” (2 CD Special Edition Remastered)
Reviews
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NZCA/LINES
(LoAF)
Hailing from London, Michael Lovett serves as the sole vocalist and instrumentalist for this lush, lively electropop project with a sound comparable to Hot Chip and Junior Boys. Citing R&B as a major influence – particularly from Timbaland’s production and Aaliyah’s work from her “Try Again” era – he incorporates several noticeable traits of the genre, such as multilayered vocals and moody-sounding keyboard lines.  The result is a catchy, breezy sound throughout. It’s particularly present on tracks like “Okinawa Channels,” which mixes calm vocals, old-school electronic synth and smooth strings, as
well as the particularly circuitous synth-laden chillout of “Work.” “Base64 Love” stands out as well: it sounds like an alluring romantic ballad with very unconventional lyricism (“if you’re out tonight / I’m formatting my hard drive / into FA1832 / but maybe we could play with the… ca-bles…”) The whole album is an interesting, well-played take on the electropop genre to say the least. 
[Reviewer: Mark]

Black Dice Mr. Impossible
(Ribbon Music)
On the sixth full-length from this well-established Brooklyn experimental group, it really does sound like a natural progression from 2009’s Repo. Black Dice’s past efforts have evolved from violent art-punk to strangely soothing ambience to oddly danceable experimentation: here, they settle on more abstract arrangements of repeating patterns that work in several ways. For example, opener “Pinball Wizard” relies on two halves: a freaky 4-note downtempo buzz backed by spooky synth in the first, and a highly-kinetic drum that seriously gets the ball rolling (no pun intended) in the second. The energetic and colorful “Pigs” is easily the most accessible yet fun track: it sounds like a chopped-and-screwed mix of punk rock and rhythmic electronic weirdness. Also, the eight-minute-plus “Carnitas” interestingly manages to sound both sleepy and busy, with new, free-structured sounds popping up both gradually and unpredictably. Once again, Black Dice manage to craft fascinating, drugged-out dream worlds –I look forward to seeing how they’ll further evolve in the future. 
[Reviewer: Mark]

18th Of May 2012 Update

18th Of May 2012 Update of New and Key Restocked Items
at Redscroll Records

LPs & 12″s
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Aeges    “The Bridge”
Airbird    “Trust”
Amateur Love    “It’s All Aquatic (+ D/L)”
American Cloud Songs    “Aum”
Balance & Composure    “Only Boundaries”
Birra, Ali    “Ammalele”
Birthmark    “Antib0dies (Nate Kinsella Of Make Believe And Joan Of Arc; Ltd. Ed. /1000 180 Gram White Vinyl + D/L)”
Blo    “Step Three”
Brooks, Roy & The Artistic Truth    “Black Survival”
Can    “Soon Over Babaluma (Unofficial)”
Can    “Delay 1968 (Unofficial)”
Can    “Limited Edition (Unofficial)”
Craft Spells    “Gallery (+ D/L)”
Creepoid    “Horse Heaven”
Dark Day     “Exterminating Angel “
Dark Funeral    “The Secrets Of The Black Arts (2LP Gatefold Ltd. Ed. Color Vinyl Reissue)”
Dat Politics    “Blitz Gazer”
Dead Ending    “Dead Ending (1st 500 On Gold Vinyl)”
Desert Sessions,The    “Volume V: Poetry For The Masses (SeaShedShitheadByTheSheShore) / Vol. VI: Black Anvil Ego (Unofficial)”
Desert Sessions,The    “Vol. III: Set Co-Ordinates For The White Dwarf!!! / Vol. IV: Hard Walls And Little Trips (Unofficial)”
Desert Sessions,The    “Vol. I. Instrumental Driving Music For Felons / Vol. II. Status: Ships Commander Butchered (Unofficial)”
Doors, The    “Critique (Unofficial)”
Dope Body    “Natural History”
Drake, Nick    “Time Of No Reply: 10 Previously Unreleased Tracks, Including 7 Completely New Songs, Plus The 4 ‘Last Session’ Tracks. (Unofficial)”
E Town Concrete    “The Second Coming”
Elder    “Spires Burn / Release “
Exitmusic    “Passage (+ D/L)”
Exodus    “Shovel Headed Kill Machine (2LP Gatefold Reissue)”
Father Yod And The Source Family (Father Yod & The Source Family)    “The Thought Adjusters (2LP Gatefold)”
Fire & Ice     “Not Of This Earth”
Garbage    “Not Your Kind Of People (2LP 180 Gram + D/L With Bonus Material)”
Gotye    “Making Mirrors (Gatefold 2LP)”
Guantanamo Baywatch    “Chest Crawl”
Harrington Saints    “Pride & Tradition”
Inhalt    “Vehicle EP”
Into Another    “Into Another (Gold)”
Kuti, Fela    “Live In Detroit 1986 (Previously Unreleased Concert From Fox Theater – Fela Kuti & His Egypt 80 Band; Ltd. Ed. 4LP)”
Led Er Est    “Turritopsis Blues (10″)”
Lungfish    “A.C.R. 1999 (+ D/L)”
Maximin, Berangere    “No One Is An Island (Feat. Rhys Chatham, Fennesz, F. D. Oberland, R. Pinhas)”
Moss Icon    “Complete Discography (3LP + D/L + Complete Lyrics And Rare Photos)”
Mournful Congregation    “Weeping / An Epic Dream Of Desire (2LP Gatefold)”
OFF!    “OFF!”
O’Rourke, Jim    “Halfway To A Threeway”
Pelican    “Ataraxia / Taraxis”
Pink Floyd    “The Man And The Journey: Live At The Concert Gebouw, Amsterdam. 17TH September 1969 (Unofficial)”
Pixies    “Doolittle Demo’s (Unofficial)”
Possessed    “The Demos. 1984 1993 (Unofficial)”
Price, Seth    “Army Jacket”
Razor    “Armed And Dangerous (Unofficial)”
Royal Thunder    “CVI (2LP Gatefold)”
Russ, Eddie    “Fresh Out”
Saint Vitus    “Lillie: F-65 (+ D/L)”
Sarcofago    “I.N.R.I. “
Shipwrecked    “The Last Pagans”
Spectrals    “Bad Penny (+ D/L)”
Spiritualized    “Sweet Heart, Sweet Light. (Huh?) (2LP)”
Split Cranium    “Split Cranium”
Spooky Tooth    “The V.I.P.’S (Unofficial)”
Stephens, Shannon    “Pull It Together (+ D/L)”
Terror    “No Regrets No Shame: The Bridge Nine Days”
Toys That Kill    “Fambly 42”
Trans Upper Egypt    “North African Berserk”
Twitching Tongues    “Sleep Therapy”
Upsetters, The    “Return Of Django”
Various Artists    “The Cool-Aid Benefit Album (Deluxe 2LP Gatefold; 1970 Vancouver)”
Various Artists    “Remolino De Oro: Coastal Cumbias From Colombia’s Discos Fuentes 1961-1973”
Various Artists    “Ivory Coast Soul”
Various Artists    “A Orillas Del Magdalena: Coastal Cumbias From Colombia’s Discos Fuentes”
Vocoder    “Cuadro Sinoptico”
Wake, The    “Harmony (Ltd. Ed. 180 Gram)”
Wedding Songs    “Wedding Songs”
White Suns    “Sinews”
White, Simone    “Silver Silver”
Whitehorse    “Progression (Black/Blue Vinyl)”

Hip-Hop & Reggae 12″s & LPs
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Action Bronson & Statik Selektah    “Well Done (2LP)”
Atmosphere    “Sad Clown Bad Winter #11”
Atmosphere    “Sad Clown Bad Spring #12”
Busy Signal    “Reggae Dubb’N Again”
Damu the Fudgemunk    “Bright Side Remix. (10″)”
Gangrene (The Alchemist + Oh No)    “Odditorium (Ltd. Ed. 4 Song PIC 45RPM 12″)”
Jonti    “Sine & Moon (+ D/L)”
M.O.P.    “Sparta (Produced By The Snowgoons (2LP)”
Upsetters (Lee Scratch Perry And The Upsetters)    “Blackboard Jungle Dub”

Electronic 12″s & LPs
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Aphex Twin    “Selected Ambient Works 85-92 “
Boo Williams    “Moving Rivers”
CFCF    “Exercises (180 Gram + CD)”
Clatterbox    “Semi-Automatic”
Cristalli Liquid (Bottin Presents)    “Volevi Una Hit”
Deadbeat / Daniel Tate    “Lazy Jane”
Djoko, William Kouam    “We Are Your Brothers & Sisters”
Giant Claw    “Haunted Planet”
Girls We Like    “D^BO (10″ Gatefold)”
Ilario Alicante    “Echotechno / Rouge Dub / Untitled Drop”
Innerspace Halflife    “Cosmology EP”
Israel, Alex    “Front Butt EP”
Italo Johnson    “Italo Johnson 5 (10″)”
JS    “The Dark Side Of The Earth EP”
Kuhrye-oo     “Human Rights / Give In (For The Fame) / Untitled / Temple”
Lovelock    “Maybe Tonight”
Moretti, Mario    “Past Present Perfect: Rampant Crime And Outta Space Violence”
NX1    “SR”
October (DJ October)    “Planet Of Minds / Singularity Jump”
Population One    “The Return”
Regis     “Ital / Surface / Lapal / Keep Planning”
Searle    “She Moves”
Secluded    “Hidden EP”
Special Request    “Deflowered”
Spy From Cairo Meets The Police, The    “S.O.S.”
Various Artists    “2012 DKMNTL AS-5.2 (Lone, Makam, Awanto 3)”
Various Artists    “BIAS JAMS – 1 “

7″s
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Ancient Astronauts    “Orion Nebula Remixes”
Bloody Gears    “Frozen Rain”
Cheap Girls    “Ruby”
End Of A Year / Segwei    “End Of A Year / Segwei”
English Singles    “Backstreet Pages”
Ex Cops    “You Are A Lion, I Am A Lamb”
Fall, The    “Night Of The Humerons”
Graf Orlock    “Los Angeles”
Here We Go Magic    “How Do I Know”
Host    “There’s Nothing Up There But Heavy Clouds”
O’Neil, Tara Jane (TJO)    “Sirena / Rainbow Connection”
Sissy Spacek    “Contretemps”
Spraynard    “Exton Square”
Stone Titan    “Stone Titan”
White Fence    “Green Balloon”

CDs
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Beastie Boys    “License To Ill”
Fostercare    “Altered Creature”
Ilaiyyaraaja    “Fire Star”
Royal Thunder    “CVI”
Saint Vitus    “Lillie: F-65 (Regular Ed.)”
Saint Vitus    “Lillie: F-65 (Deluxe Ed. With 1 Hour Bonus DVD Digipack)”
Shifted    “Crossed Paths”

Reviews
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Mind Spiders Meltdown

(Dirtnap)
It’s clear to see that vocalist/guitarist/synth player Mark Ryan hasn’t abandoned his catchy sound from when he fronted Denton, Texas’ The Marked Men. On the second full-length from this solo project, Ryan delves into more traditionally poppy, hook-laden and fittingly lo-fi garage-punk. The nostalgic, sunny driving-beat sound of tracks like the infectious opener “You Are Dead” and “On The Radio” wouldn’t sound out-of-place alongside The Ramones. I really enjoyed the organ/synth-driven sound on tracks like the ballad “More Than You” and dark, very retro sci-fi “Skull-Eyed” (the latter theme is appropriate because the band’s name, incidentally, comes from Fritz Leiber’s 1961 book The Mind Spider and Other Stories.) This builds up to the title track at the album’s closing: a dizzying, particularly “fried” sounding mix of the synth and organ going all over the place, backed by the guitars and drum comfortably chugging along.
[Reviewer: Mark]

Sewer Election Vittra Sönder

(Throne Heap)
Active since the early 2000s, this project from Dan Johansson has been one of Sweden’s best-known noise/experimental projects. The record’s title translates as “Disintegrate,” and judging by the uncompromising sound, it’s quite appropriate. “Att Falla” (“The Falling”) starts on a morose note with a drawn-out organ tone that vaguely sounds like a machine’s hum, setting the mood for an unsettling, cold industrial ambience. The tones eventually sound almost melodic amidst some unidentifiable screeches/growls peppered throughout. My favorite part is when it launches into the truly bracing and heavily amplified noise of what sounds like various metal objects crashing about in a storm, before concluding with more bizarre vocal loops that sound like human/animal hybrids. “Bilder Av Dig” (“Pictures Of You”) sounds even rougher, starting off with more musique concrete that incorporates a heavily distorted field recording and more warped voices. It climaxes with another brutal, overwhelming cataclysm of unrestrained crashing, smashing and outright mayhem – after all, the genre isn’t called “noise” for nothing. It’s just the kind of truly uneasy listening that I crave for unexplainable reasons.
[Reviewer: Mark]

4th of May 2012 Update

4th of May 2012 Update of New and Key Restocked Items
at Redscroll Records

LPs & 12″s
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Actress    “R.I.P. (2LP)”
Allo Darlin’     “Europe (+ D/L”)
Amps For Christ    “Circuits (2LP Gatefold)”
Aosoth    “Aosoth”
Arkhon Infaustus    “Orthodoxyn (French Black Metal)”
Ascension    “With Burning Tongues”
At The Gates    “Gardens Of Grief”
Barrow, Geoff / Salisbury, Ben    “Drokk: Music Inspired By Mega-City One “
Belzebong    “Sonic Scapes & Weedy Grooves”
Body, The & Braveyoung (The Body & Braveyoung)    “Nothing Passes”
Broadfield Marchers    “When The Lifted Connive”
Carey, S.    “Hoyas (+ D/L)”
Cheap Time    “Wallpaper Music (+ D/L)”
Christ Inversion    “Christ Inversion (Featuring Phil Anselmo Pre-Pantera)”
Countdown To Oblivion    “Discography (Gatefold Colored Vinyl)”
Cross Stitched Eyes    “Decomposition (+ D/L)”
Dark Angel     “Live Scars (Gatefold)”
Davis, Miles    “Round About Midnight (180 Gram)”
Del Rey, Lana    “Born To Die: The Remix EP (12″)”
Dignan Porch    “Deluded”
Dodsengel    “Dodsengel (Gatefold)”
Evans The Death    “Evans The Death (+ D/L)”
Farewood    “Farewood”
Fell Voices    “Fell Voices (Demo 2008 /367)”
Fischoff, Dave    “Winston Park”
Fu Manchu    “Godzilla’s / Eatin’ Dust”
God Equals Genocide    “Rattled Minds”
Gog    “In Our Architecture This Resounds”
Gogol Bordello    “Imagrinadiada”
Hancock, John (Of ANR)    “Antenna Death”
Here We Go Magic    “A Different Ship (Ltd. Ed. Colored Vinyl + D/L)”
Hopkins, Clutchy    “The Storyteller”
Horns Of Happiness, The    “Weathering Alterations”
Horseback    “Half Blood”
Impetuous Ritual    “Relentless Execution Of Ceremonial Excrescence (Members Of Portal)”
Indian Summer    “Indian Summer (Clear 12″)”
Iron Man    “I Have Returned (U.S. Doom Metal)”
John Wilkes Booze    “The Heliocentric Views Of The John Wilkes Booze Pts. 1 & 2 “
Junior High    “Junior High (LP+CD)”
Jurado, Damien    “On My Way To Absence”
KTL    “V (Gatefold 2LP)”
Led Er Est    “The Diver (+ D/L)”
Lewis, Jerry Lee    “Third Man Live (4/17/2011)”
Linfinity    “Live At Marcata: Demos”
Locrian      “The Clearing (+ D/L)”
Locrian & Mammifer    “Bless Them That Curse You (2LP /550)”
Los Miticos Del Ritmo    “Los Miticos Del Ritmo (Cumbia Direct From Quantic’s Colombian Studio)”
Love Below, The    “Every Tongue Shall Caress (+ D/L)”
Marriages    “Kitsune”
Mayfair Set, The    “Young One”
Mean Jeans    “On Mars”
Medicine     “The Buried Life (2LP Gatefold + D/L With Bonus Material)”
Medicine     “Short Forth Self Living (2LP Gatefold + D/L With Bonus Material)”
Mercyful Fate    “Black Funeral, Black Rose: Portland, OR 10/20/1984 (Unofficial)”
Misery    “From Where The Sun Never Shines (2LP Gatefold)”
Moon Duo    “Mazes Remixed (+ D/L; Sonic Boom, Purling Hiss, Gary War, Psychic Ills, Cave…)”
Morbus Chron    “Sleepers in The Rift (Swedish Death Metal)”
Motion Sickness Of Time Travel    “Motion Sickness Of Time Travel (2LP Gatefold)”
Motley Crue    “Girls Girls Girls”
Music Go Music    “Light Of Love “
Naglfar    “Vittra (Swedish Melodic Black Metal)”
Natural Law    “Find The Flock”
Neon Trees    “Picture Show (Gatefold 2LP)”
No Faith    “No Faith”
Nuel    “Trance Mutation”
Okkervil River    “Don’t Fall In Love With Everyone You See.”
Paco Sala    “Ro-Me-Ro”
Papa    “A Good Woman Is Hard To Find”
Pennywise    “All Or Nothing (+ CD)”
Pentimento / Young English    “Pentimento & Young English Split”
Pharcyde, The    “Labcabincalifornia (Special Limited Edition Colored Vinyl 2LP Gatefold)”
Pye Corner Audio    “Black Mill Tapes Volumes 1&2 (2LP)”
Pyrolator    “Inland (180 Gram)”
Pyrolator    “Ausland (180 Gram)”
Radical Sons    “Throwing Knives”
Reveal    “Nocturne Of Eyes And Teeth (Black/Death/Thrash Formerly Known As Waster)”
Rivers, Boyd    “You Can’t Make Me Doubt”
Rosen, Sam Buck    “Dominant Mind”
Rossen, Daniel (Of Grizzly Bear)    “Silent Hour / Golden Mile (5 Song EP)”
Santigold    “Master Of My Make-Believe “
Schnitzler, Conrad    “Endtime: Mix Solos 00/830 (Gatefold 2LP)”
Shop Assistants    “Shop Assistants (180 Gram)”
Silversun Pickups    “Neck Of The Woods (2LP Gatefold)”
Sjoberg, Viktor    “Breakfast In America (Feat. Jens Lekman)”
Smiths, The    “Barbarism Begins At Home: Incomplete B-Sides Volume-One (Unofficial)”
Spacin’     “Deep Thuds (/320)”
Spiderwebs    “Brighton Beach (/255)”
Sun Araw & M. Geddes Gengras Meet The Congos    “Icon Give Thank / Icon Eye (LP + DVD + Poster + D/L)”
Talk Talk    “The Colour Of Spring (+ Extras On Audio DVD)”
Talk Talk    “Spirit Of Eden”
Television    “Television (180 Gram)”
Test House    “Bitemarks EP (+ D/L)”
Turing Machine    “What Is The Meaning Of What”
Van Zandt, Townes    “For the Sake Of The Song (+ D/L)”
Vandervelde, David    “The Moonstation House Band (+ D/L)”
Various Artists    “The Breakfast Club Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”
Various Artists    “Empire Records: The Soundtrack (Ltd. Ed. Gold Colored LP Individually Numbered)”
Various Artists    “The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond (Arcade Fire, Civil Wars, Taylor Swift, Kid Cudi, Decemberists, Low Anthem…)”
Various Artists    “Sticks Over My Shoulder (Selections From The George Mitchell Archive; Blues)”
Various Artists    “Bed Of Pain (Greek Rembetika/Folk/Mortika Music)”
War On Drugs, The    “Wagonwheel Blues (+ D/L)”
White, Jack    “Sixteen Saltines / Love Is Blindness (Playable Etching 12″)”
Wolf People     “Tidings (+ D/L)”
Zebu!    “Chill Wave”

10″s
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Engvaal    “En Utvilsom Makt (Black/Doom)”
Fair Ohs    “A Tribute To Paul Westerberg (8″)”
Min Kniv    “Av Aske”
Obolus    “Lament “
Scenic    “The Long Sun “

Electronic 12″s & LPs
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AD/S    “Transversal (Sigha & Ventress Remixes)”
Aeroplane    “We Can’t Fly: The Remixes”
Afrikan Sciences    “Boss Nova’s Second Pass EP”
Airhead    “Wait / South Congress (10″)”
Akufen    “Battlestar Galacticlown EP”
Aphex Twin    “Selected Ambient Works Volume II (2012 Reissue Gatefold 3LP)”
Baudazzi, Francesco (Obtane / Zooloft)    “The Black Nobility Of Venice And Genoa”
Berkovi, Justin    “Vice”
Boratto, Gui    “This Is Not The End Remix”
Bullion    “Love Me Oh Please Love Me”
Chube.Ka    “Press The Bass”
Claro Intelecto    “Reform Club (2LP)”
Dicicco, Tom    “Exit / Vent / High Ground”
Dieptepunt    “Feeling Deep Remixes”
Donor    “Ends Meet”
Dream 2 Science    “Dream 2 Science (Lost Nugget From The Innocent Days Of NYC House Music)”
Inspirescu, Petre    “Marcel Si Fiii”
Kiki & Chaim    “Love Kills! “
Kirkland, Mike James    “Luv N’ Haight Edit Series Vol. 1 (Feat. Nicolas Jaar; Colored Vinyl + D/L With Original Tracks Included)”
Lakker    “Arc E.P.”
Lone    “Galaxy Garden (2LP + CD)”
L-Vis 1990    “Club Constructions Vol. I”
Madteo    “Recast Feat. Sensational Remixes “
Martyn    “Hello Darkness”
Nyra    “UNO 10 EP (Includes Skudge Remix)”
Octave One    “Revisited Series 5”
October    “String Theory (Legowelt & Polarius Remixes)”
Omar S.    “O.M.A.R-S And L’Renee: S.E.X. The Remixes”
Orphx    “Hunger Knows No Law”
Phon.o    “Black Boulder (Gatefold 2LP)”
Plant42    “Dreams Of The Sentient City”
Rusko    “Songs (+ D/L)”
Sei A    “Speicher 71: Hawk Tone / Play My Mind”
Shifted    “Parallel Series 2”
Shifted    “Crossed Paths (2LP)”
Shingo2 & Chimp Beams    “ASDR (2LP)”
Stay+    “Fever (Durable Rubber 12″ Jacket – Seriously A Brilliant Thing!)”
Stiebler, Ernstalbrecht    “Ernstalbrecht Stiebler”
Synkro    “Broken Promise EP”
Urban Soul    “I Got This Feeling”
Various Artists    “2012 DKMNTL AS-5.5 (Redshape, Flexx…)”
Various Artists    “Palette EP (Imugem Orihasam, Myles Serge, Tomas Rubeck, Mattias Fridell; /250)”
Various Artists    “Jahtarian Dubbers Vol. 3 (Mikey Murka , Soom T, Monkey Marc, Disrupt…)”

7″s
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Adriano, Dan In The Emergency Room    “Dan Adriano In The Emergency Room”
Alert    “Find Your Way”
Beach Fossils    “Shallow / Lessons”
Break Away    “For Life”
Burning Love    “Black Widow”
Confuse    “Spending Loud Night (Ltd. Ed. Unofficial)”
Cookie Duster    “Two Feet Stand Up”
Diplo    “Express Yourself (Feat. Nicky Da B)”
DNF    “Hurt”
Grabbel And The Final Cut    “Get Your Feet Back On The Ground EP”
Hayvanlar Alemi    “Yekermo Sew (45RPM)”
JJ    “No. 4: Beautiful Life”
LSD    “Jast Last (Ltd. Ed. Unofficial)”
Nobunny    “La La La La Love You B/W Drei. Blondinen (/750 + D/L)”
Nugent, Cian    “Grass Above My Head / My War Blues”
Oscillation, The    “Waste The Day / No Place To Go”
Soom T / Monkey Marc    “Voice Of Dissent / Version”
Thou Shalt Suffer    “Open the Mysteries of Your Creation (Hand Numbered)”
United Youth (UY)    “Something 2 Prove”
Violens    “Totally True / Something Falling”
Wax Idols    “Schadenfreude / The Last Drop (+ D/L /500)”
White Stripes    “Lafayette Blues”
White Stripes    “Let’s Shake Hands”

CDs Rock
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Belzebong    “Sonic Scapes & Weedy Grooves”
Cerekloth    “Halo Of Syringes”
Hall, Nate    “A Great River”
Hazlewood, Lee    “The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes & Backsides (1968-71)”
Horseback “Half Blood”
KTL    “KTL V”
Mare    “Spheres Like Death”
Moss Icon    “Complete Discography”
Night Birds    “The Other Side Of Darkness”
Noothgrush    “Noothgrush”
Occultation    “Three & Seven”

OFF! “OFF!” (New One)
Pallbearer    “Sorrow And Extinction”
Pennywise “All Or Nothing”
Spiritualized    “Sweet Heart, Sweet Light. (Huh?)”
Swans    “The Burning World”

CDs Non-Rock
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Barrow, Geoff / Salisbury, Ben    “Drokk: Music Inspired By Mega-City One “
Biosphere    “Dropsonde”
Gudnadottir, Hildur    “Leyfou Ljosinu”
Lone    “Galaxy Garden “
Los Miticos Del Ritmo    “Los Miticos Del Ritmo”
Sun Araw & M. Geddes Gengras Meet The Congos    “Icon Give Thank / Icon Eye (CD+DVD + Poster)”
Various Artists    “Jahtarian Dubbers Vol. 3 (Mikey Murka , Soom T, Monkey Marc, Disrupt…)”

Magazine

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Maximum Rock N Roll #348

Reviews
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Ferocious Fucking Teeth Ferocious Fucking Teeth LP+CD

[buy from RSR online]
(Safety Meeting Records)
I first saw these guys open for PC Worship and Liturgy at Milford’s Daniel Street (R.I.P.) On their debut LP (recorded and engineered by Steve Albini, no less,) this New London quintet does a great job of providing Connecticut with more heavy “stoner doom”/noise rock (after all, we’re located between New York and Rhode Island: why must those two genres (particularly the latter) be so scarce here?) In addition to the screamed vocals and wailing guitar, they utilize two drum sets (clearly evident in the manically energetic bursts of “Mule” and circuitous patterns of “Don’t Go”) and a baritone guitar for maximum depth. Even though I’m typically drawn to fast tempos (“One Bright Light” is a great choice of an intense and headbang-perfect song to kick the record off with,) my favorite tracks are more drawn-out. They include “River,” “Fuck On A Weeknight” and “Putting The ‘O’ Back In Country,” which use seemingly laid-back riffs to build up from a slow-simmering sunset to pent-up aggression. 
[Reviewer: Mark]

Siskiyou Keep Away The Dead LP/CD

[buy from RSR online]
(Constellation Records)
On the second record from this Vancouver four-piece (formerly a duo,) it’s easy to categorize their rustic, warm-sounding acoustic ballads as “folk,” but they want listeners to think deeper than that. Although the songwriting structures may feel cozy, these aren’t a bunch of airy songs about enjoying nature. Singer-songwriter Colin Huebert truly “gets into” the emotions of his vocal role: he has “love to give… and give… and give” in the invigorating, instrumentally-swelling “Twigs And Stones,” which relies of plenty of interesting metaphors (“I am house built / out of twigs and stones / I am a house, but / I am not a home.”) Most memorably, he sounds legitimately shaken from both frustration and despondence on a fittingly dark cover of Neil Young’s “Revolution Blues” (“you never see us / ’cause we don’t come around / we got twenty five rifles / just to keep the population down.”) It’s a great demonstration of how emotional delivery can really drive the music’s point across.
[Reviewer: Mark]

27th of April 2012 Update

27th Of April 2012 Update of New and Key Restocked Items
at Redscroll Records

LPs & 12″s
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Amnesty    “Free Your Mind: The 700 West Sessions “
Batoh, Masaki    “Brain Pulse Music! (Masaki Batoh Of Ghost [Folk])”
Blackshaw, James    “Love Is The Plan The Plan Is Death”
Dirty Three    “Toward The Low Sun”
Ebony Rhythm Band    “Soul Heart Transplant: The Lamp Sessions (2LP Gatefold)”
Funkees, The    “Dancing Time: The Best Of Best Of Eastern Nigeria’s Afro Rock Exponents 1973-77 (180 Gram + D/L 2LP Gatefold)”
Hawthorne Headhunters    “Myriad Of Now (2LP)”
K-Holes    “Dismania”
Light Asylum    “Light Asylum”
Lower Dens    “Nootropics”
Noble, Steve & Stephen O’Malley    “St. Francis Duo (2LP)”
Omnivore    “Omnivore (+ D/L)”
Taylor, Ebo    “Twer Nyame”
Various Artists    “Banned In Czechoslovakia: Underground Praha Musical Activism Under Communism, 1975-90 (DG 307, The MCH Band, The Plastic People Of The Universe, Uz Jsme Doma…)”
Various Artists    “Metal Dance Ltd. Edition 12″ Single (John Carpenter, Alan Howarth, The Cage, Shock)”
Yeh / Wesseltoft / Courtis / Lee    “Cold/Burn (Anla Courtis, Okkyung Lee, C. Spencer Yeh, Jon Wesseltoft)”

Hip-Hop 12″s & LPs
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Apollo Brown + OC    “Trophies (2LP Gatefold)”
Atmosphere    “Sad Clown Bad Summer Number 9”
Brown, Danny    “The Hybrid”
Brown, Danny    “XXX (+ Bonus XXXapellas 7″)”
Brown, Kev    “Random Joints (Clear Vinyl)”
Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf    “Big Shots (2LP)”
Dibia$e    “Looney Goons”
Sessions, Will    “Bobo Breaks”
Various Artists    “All The Breaks Vol. 1 (100 Breaks)”

Electronic 12″s & LPs
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Aeroplane    “We Can’t Fly”
Kavinsky    “Nightcall”
Kwes    “Meantime EP”
Matador    “Spooks EP”
Siriusmo    “Dr. Beak’s Rantanplant”
Soul Clap    “Efunk: The Singles”
Stay+    “Dandelion (10″)”
Traveller, The    “A100 / BER / Bypass”

7″s
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Brotzmann / Van Hove / Bennink    “FMP S3 / Hanns Eisler Einheitsfrontlied”
Vainio, Mika    “Rasputin 3000 / Devil Arrives To Finspang”

CDs
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Actress    “R.I.P.”
Drexciya    “Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller (Deluxe DVD Size Packaging)”
Elzhi And Will Sessions    “Elmatic”
Luckyiam    “Time To Get Lucky”
M.C. Shan    “Q.B. O.G. The Best Of M.C. Shan”
Monolake    “Ghosts”
OvalDNA    “OVALDNA (35 Track Album By Oval + DVD-ROM)”
Reks    “Straight, No Chaster”
Scott-Heron, Gil & Jaime XX    “We’re New Here”
Zomby    “Dedication”
Zorn, John    “The Crucible”

Reviews
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EDM Night People CD/LP

(Western Vinyl)
Formerly known as Early Day Miners, this Bloomington, Indiana-based quartet does a great job of crafting post-rock atmospheres while maintaining a comfortable indie/alt-rock sound. It’s the perfect ambience for spending a mellow night of unwinding after a long day. The rich sounding emotional hooks in tracks like “Hold Me Down” and “Open Bar” are easy to follow and get engrossed in. One of my favorite tracks is the most experimental: the 8-and-a-half-minute “Milking The Moon” builds the most intricate, creative patterns by swirling into elements of post-punk, psychedelic and shoegaze before fading into sharp, wailing feedback. “Stereo/Video” is one of the most interesting standouts, sounding like new wave evolving into robust, modern indie with curious lyrics (“I hear voices on the stereo / I see faces on the video.”) “Temple Bar” is another high point with its male-and-female vocals and warm, passionate sound with corresponding lyrical themes (“you’re safe with me, my word is true / I wouldn’t mislead you.”)
[Reviewer: Mark]

Whitehorse Progression CD
 

(At A Loss Recordings)
For over seven years, this Melbourne five-piece has been dredging along with its uncompromising brand of ultra-sludgy doom metal. On top of the traditional guttural/screaming vocals and slow-simmered mix of drawn-out guitars and percussion, these guys aren’t afraid to crank up the caustic noise of heavy feedback and various other forms of crusty electronic decay. “Mechanical Disintegration” kicks it off by sounding like a malicious spirit rising from a massive, weathered and creaking machine. “Progression” and “Remains Unknown” transition into more scorched landscapes, backed by what sounds like unidentifiable screeches of tortured souls. “Control, Annihilate” is an interesting transition toward the end, mixing fast speed, slow speed and noise like “Progression” before it. Closing track “Time Worn Regression” has the most memorable, “catchy” melody structure, but layers of heavy static and feedback (most present and the beginning and end, with a constant atmospheric rumble throughout) help make it sound even more menacing. It’s quite a ride.
[Reviewer: Mark]