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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]

24th Of June 2011 Update & Reviews

24th of June 2011 Update of New and Key Restocked Items
at Redscroll Records
LPs & 12″s
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All Time Low    “Dirty Work”
Ambarchi, Oren / O’Rourke, Jim    “Indeed”
Animals As Leaders    “Animals As Leaders (180 Gram 2LP)”
Arctic Monkeys    “Suck It And See (180 Gram + D/L)”
August Burns Red    “Leveler (+ D/L)”
Civil Wars, The    “Barton Hollow (+ D/L)”
Cramps, The    “Smell Of Female”
Death Hymn Number 9    “Smokestack Fright (+ D/L)”
Der Blutharsch    “Werkschau 1997:2010”
Flat Duo Jets    “Red Tango”
Follow Through    “Taking It Back”
Go Sailor    “Go Sailor (1996 Discography + D/L)”
Gold Bears    “Are You Falling In Love? (+ D/L)”
Handsome Furs    “Sound Kapital (Ltd. Ed. Colored Vinyl + D/L)”
Harvey, PJ    “4-Track Demos (+ D/L)”
Herbrcraft    “Ashram To The Stars”
Holy Ghost!    “Wait & See”
Hudson, Jeff & Jane    “Flesh (Expanded) 1981-1983 (2LP Discography)”
Ikebe    “Shakedown (+ D/L)”
Jonsi    “Go Out EP”
KXP    “KXP”
Light Asylum    “In Tension E.P. (Ltd. Ed. + D/L)”
Maus, John    “We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves (Ltd. Ed. Hand Numbered 180 Gram + D/L)”
Orthodox    “Ba’al (180 Gram)”
PG. 99 (Page Ninetynine)    “Document #8”
Purling Hiss    “Lounge Lizards (Ltd. Ed. + D/L)”
Queens Of The Stone Age    “Queens Of The Stone Age (Gatefold Re-Issue)”
Segall, Ty    “Goodbye Bread”
Servile Sect    “TRVTH”
Set Your Goals    “Burning At Both Ends (+ CD)”
Shabazz Palaces    “Black Up (+ D/L)”
Skull Snaps    “Snapped”
Sleigh Bells    “Treats (Deluxe 180 Gram Gatefold + Notebook)”
Smaldone, Micah Blue    “The Red River”
Teeth of the Sea    “Hypnoticon”
Unknown Mortal Orchestra    “Unknown Mortal Orchestra”
Valentine, Matt “MV”    “What I Became”
Various Artists    “Kitsune Maison Compilation 11”
Various Artists    “London Is The Place For Me: Trinidadian Calypso In London, 1950-1956”
Various Artists    “London Is The Place For Me 4: African Dreams And The Piccadilly High Life”
Various Artists    “8 Bit! Rude Boy: Dub Reggae Chipmusic”
White Lies    “White Lies (180 Gram + D/L)”
Wolfe, Chelsea    “The Grime And The Glow”
Hip-Hop 12″s & LPs
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13 & God    “Own Your Ghost (+ D/L)”
C-Rayz Walz    “Chorus Rhyme: Parallel Thought”
DJ Signify    “Of Cities (Ft. Aesop Rock, Matt Kelly, Blockhead)”
Grouch, The    “Show You The World EP”
Hail Mary Mallon (Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz)    “Are You Gonna Eat That (2LP + D/L)”
Jay-Z    “Reasonable Doubt (1st Album)”
Kool Keith    “Lost Masters Volume 2 (2LP)”
Midnight Eez, The    “The Midnight Eez”
Rammelzee Vs K.Rob    “Beat Bop”
West, Kanye    “Late Registration”
Electronic 12″s
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2562    “Fever”
6Blocc    “I Dubs Vol 1 EP”
6Blocc    “I Dubs Vol 2 EP”
6Blocc    “I Dubs Vol 4 EP”
Actress    “Ghosts Have A Heaven”
Addison Groove    “It’s Got Me”
Altered Natives    “No Mortgage EP”
Aphex Twin    “Windowlicker”
Aphex Twin    “Come To Daddy”
Azari & III    “Hungry For The Power (Remixes)”
Blake, James    “CMYK EP”
Blake, James    “$ (Lil Wayne, Destiny’s Child)”
Bo Marley    “Bo Marley Vs Disrupt”
Bok Bok    “Southside EP”
Carlos Y Gaby    “LA 5 Of 10: GB (Gifted & Blessed) 10″”
Ceephax Acid Crew    “The Unstoppable Phax Machine”
Clams Casino    “Rainforest”
Cubic Zirconia / Bok Bok & Cubic Zirconia    “Hoes Come Out At Night (Ikonika Remix) / Reclash (Give It To Me)”
Daedelus / Teebs    “LA 6 Of 10 10″”
Daft Punk    “Around The World (2009 Disco Re-Edit)”
Daft Punk    “Television Rules (Deadhaus Mix)”
Dave Angel    “Panther Chizawa”
Deadbeat    “Drawn And Quartered”
Egyptrixx    “Bible Eyes (2LP)”
Funckarma    “Smizm EP”
Girl Unit    “IRL”
Girl Unit    “Wut”
Hall, Kyle / Manuel Gonzales    “NSNT PRJCT (Nu School N1994 Techno)”
Illum Sphere    “Incoming EP”
J-Wow (Buraka Som Sistema)    “O Dedo”
Kingdom    “That Mystic”
Kingdom / Girl Unit / Kindom    “Ride It Every Time / Fogs”
Krystal Klear    “Tried For Your Love”
Lawler, Steve    “Kalimba”
Lone    “Cluster Dreams”
Lukid    “Boxing Club / Blind Spot”
Martyn / Mike Slott    “Collabs Series”
Model 500    “Ofi / Huesca”
Murderbot, Chrissy    “Women’s Studies (+ D/L)”
NastyNasty    “No Names”
Pearson Sound    “Pearson Sound”
Punks Jump Up    “Blockhead”
Robotnick, Alexander    “The Dark Side Of The Spoon”
Robotnick, Alexander    “Obsession”
Sade    “Motor City Detroit Soul Mixes”
SBTRKT      “SBTRKT”
Scuba    “Love For You (Ft. Lisa Shaw)”
Sebastian    “Total (2LP+CD)”
Slackk    “Slackk – Theme EP”
Solvent    “Think Like Us (No CD)”
Solvent    “Latch, Fasten, Secure”
Speedy J    “EDLX Tool”
Tayo Meets Acid Rockers    “Vampayas”
Tiga    “Beep Beep Beep”
Tokimonsa / Mike Gao    “LA 8 Of 10 10″”
Tokimonsta    “Midnight Menu”
Untold    “Stereo Freeze / Mass Dreams Of The Future”
Various Artists    “In Order To Dance: Remix Sampler Vol. 1”
Venetian Snares    “Cubist Reggae”
Wireman / Actress / Be    “M7 “
10″s
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Clash, The    “Black Market Clash (Ltd. Ed.)”
7″s
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Beirut “East Harlem”
Zomby “A Devil Lay Here”
CDs
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Alcest “Le Secret”
Anti-G “Presents Kenje’sz Beatsz”
Autopsy “Macabre Eternal”
Hail Mary Mallon (Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz)    “Are You Gonna Eat That”
Murderbot, Chrissy “Women’s Studies”
My Dying Bride “Evinta”
Nurse With Wound “Who Can I Turn To Stereo”
Planks “Darkest Grays”
SBTRKT “SBRTKT”
Tombs “Paths Of Totality”
Various Artists “Cherrystone’s Rocks”
DVDs
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Dead Can Dance “Toward The Within”
Reviews
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Battles Gloss Drop CD/LP
 
(Warp Records)

Not many albums can be considered both experimental and accessible, but Gloss
Drop
deserves that distinction. It may be tough to imagine that Battles would
maintain their unique sound after guitarist/vocalist Tyondai Braxton’s 2010
departure, but this album shows that the remaining members have successfully
carved out their niche. Describing the music is a true challenge, but I think it
instantly connected with me because it reminds me of video game music; catchy
melodies that remain infectious after extended periods of listening, backed with
instrumentation that freely thrives outside conventional “pop” songwriting. All
three members have truly intense, complex musical talent, and the four tracks
with guest vocals are very unique. Standouts include the uninhibited, irresistible
and sweetly speckled “Ice Cream” (featuring Chilean artist Matias Aguayo) and the
invigoratingly epic “My Machines” (Gary Numan.)

[Reviewer: Mark]
Matthew Cooper Some Days Are Better Than Others LP
(Temporary Resistance Ltd.)

Better known by his stage name Eluvium, Cooper has composed a rich, iridescent
ambient score for the titular film by fellow Portlander Matt McCormick. The subject
matter of Some Days Are Better Than Others is “strangers whose lives occasionally
intersect as they navigate their way through the struggles of personal attachment
and disconnection,” according to the label’s site. As Cooper watched the film, he
was inspired by the theme of our “out with the old, in with the new” society, so he
chose to use damaged instruments as a means of demonstrating their abandoned
potential. The resulting music does not sound “broken” at all, but rather beautiful
and meaningful. Since his specialty is crafting an ambient atmosphere, he uses
several electronic instruments. An organ/synthesizer particularly stands out, along
with strings in several tracks. Listening to this score is like a spending a day for an
introspective analysis of one’s own life – a sobering method of finding solace.

[Reviewer: Mark]
Wolves Simulation. Transparency. Alienation 10″
(Coalition Records)

We’ve had copies of this featured at the front of the store for a while, but people seem to not notice.  That sucks ’cause it’s good! Wolves was oneo fthe bands to crawl out of Orchid’s rotting corpse.  These dudes play the jazzy version of screamo peppered with audio clips over feedback to get you rev’d up. PLAY IT LOUD! Comes with a download. FFO: Off Minor, Neil Perry, Forstella Ford
[Reviewer: Josh]

17th of June 2011 Update

17th of June 2011 Update of New and Key Restocked Items
at Redscroll Records

LPs & 12″s
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*AR    “Wolf Notes”
Altarboy    “Who Is Who”
Antibalas    “Rat Race (12″)”
Bamba, Sorry    “Volume One (1970-1979)”
Barn Owl    “Shadowland”
Bathory    “Bathory (Unofficial)”
Battles    “Gloss Drop”
Black Dahlia Murder, The    “Ritual (Ltd. Ed. 180 Gram)”
Bon Iver    “Bon Iver (+ D/L)”
Boris    “Attention Please”
Cash, Johnny    “American Outtakes (Unofficial)”
Cash, Johnny    “Devil’s Right Hand: The Man, The Myth, The Concept (Unofficial)”
Chris & Cosey    “Exotika (Remastered Ed.)”
Delfonics, The    “The Delfonics – Including: Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time), Trying To Make A Fool Of Me (Re-Issue)”
Deskonocidos     “En La Oscuridad”
Doors, The    “Waiting For The Midnight Sun (Unofficial)”
Doors, The    “Absolutely Rare (Unofficial)”
Ema    “Past Life Martyred Saints (180 Gram + D/L)”
Esplendor Geometrico    “Mekano-Turbo (Ltd. Ed. #/500)”
Father’s Children     “Who’s Gonna Save The World”
Fifty Foot Hose    “Cauldron (180 Gram)”
Ford & Lopatin    “Emergency Room (PIC 12″)”
Friedberger, Matthew    “Old Regimes”
Fullerton-Whitman, Keith / Ben Vida    “AggregatePulseRipper (Damaged III) / 080114”
Givers    “In Light (Ltd. Ed. 180 Gram)”
Goblin    “Nohnosonno: A Film By Dario Argento – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (White Vinyl + Poster)”
Halo, Laurel    “Hour Logic”
Hector, Karl & The Malcouns    “Tamanrasset (Ltd. Ed. /1000, Screened Cover)”
Immortal    “Pure Holocaust (Unofficial)”
Jeff The Brotherhood    “We Are The Champions (+ D/L)”
Jesuit    “Discography (Members Went On To Be In Converge And D.E.P.)”
King Curtis    “Soul Twist With King Curtis”
La Urss     “Product”
Led Zeppelin    “Led Zeppelin (Unofficial)”
Lonely C + Baby Prince    “Not So Lonely EP”
Madlib    “Madlib Medicine Show #9: Channel 85 Presents Nittyville (Deluxe Silk-Screen Cover Ltd. Ed.)”
M.B. (Maurizio Bianchi)    “Symphony For A Genocide”
Mekurya, Getatchew And His Saxophone    “Ethiopian Urban Modern Music Vol. 5”
Merzbow / Mammifer / House Of Low Culture    “Lou Lou… In Tokyo (Ltd. Ed. #/330 2LP)”
MF Doom      “Special Herbs: The Box Set (10LP+7″+Poster+D/L)”
Mind Over Mirrors    “The Voice Rolling”
Noveller    “Glacial Glow”
Nucular Aminals    “Nucular Aminals”
Oddisee    “Odd Seasons (2LP+7″ /1000)”
Onyeabor, William    “Anything You Sow”
Orchestre-Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou-Dahomey    “The 1st Album (1973)”
Pan/Tone    “Rescue Me”
Psudoku    “Space Grind”
Ramones    “Surfin’ Birds: Minneapolis, MN July 27th 1986 (PIC)”
Ramones    “It’s Alive (Import)”
Random Axe    “Random Axe (Black Milk, Sean Price, Guilty Simpson)”
Rimshots, The    “Soul Train “
Rob    “Funky Rob Way”
Samhain    “Initium (PIC Numbered)”
Samhain    “N.Y. Breaks Loose… In 1985 (Unofficial Color Vinyl)”
Sebadoh    “Bakesale (Re-Mastered Ltd. Ed. Color + D/L)”
Slowdive    “Pygmalion”
Tallest Man On Earth, The    “The Tallest Man On Earth (+ D/L)”
Toro Y Moi    “Still (Remixes)”
Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, The    “Hot Heat And Sweet Groove”
White Hills    “HP-1”
Wube, Akale    “Akale Wube”

Electronic 12″s
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Broker/Dealer / Psychonauts    “Dig Deep / World Keeps Turning”
Daedelus    “Tailor-Made”
Dance Disorder    “Metallic Italic”
Delay, Vladislav    “Latoma”
Dels    “Gob” (12″)
Dels    “Gob (2LP Ltd. Ed. + D/L)”
DOP    “Your Sex”
GusGus    “Arabian Horse (+ CD)”
Holy Other    “With U”
Hyetal    “Diamond Islands”
Kode9 & The Spaceape    “Otherman”
Mr. Statik    “Even Giants Have A Soft Spot”
Simko, Kate    “Lights Out (2LP)”
Surgeon    “Breaking The Frame”

7″s
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Clash, The “Complete Control”
Dance Gavin Dance “People…”
Glenn Danzig “Who Killed Marilyn”
Libertines “What A Waster”
Ramones “Do U Want To Dance”
Ramones “We Are Getting…”

CDs
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Battles “Gloss Drop”
Bon Iver “Bon Iver”
Boris “Heavy Rocks”
Boris “Attention Please”
Desert Sessions “Vol 1/2”
Desert Sessions “Vol 3/4”
Hook, Peter (Bassist Of Joy Division)… “Performs Unkown Pleasures”
Jesuit “Discography”
Kyuss / Queens Of The Stone Age
Madlib    “Madlib Medicine Show #9: Channel 85 Presents Nittyville”
Manson, Charles “Commemoration”
Planks “Darkest Of Grays”
White Stripes “Let’s Have It All”

Magazines
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Cometbus #47-53 (Back Issues!!!)
Maximum Rock N Roll #337
Wax Poetics #47
Wire #329 July 2011

Reviews
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Ema Past Life Martyred Saints LP
(Souterrain Transmissions)

EMA is Erika M. Anderson. Formerly of Gowns, she now has her own project.  You can read up on her in depth over at her artist profile on Altered Zones.  There are a couple musical clips and a short interview there as well.  Noisey pop/poppy noise songs lie/lay within this one.  Haunted lo-fi echoing folk songs.  You like the grimier side of PJ Harvey?  Here you are.  I do too.
[Reviewer: Rick]

Foundation When the Smoke Clears LP

(Bridge 9)

Foundation’s “When the Smoke Clears” is the latest addition to the
Bridge 9 catalog, and stands to be the label’s heaviest release in
years. While most other releases on this label lately are more
melodic, or even poppy (IE: Lemuria) Foundation adds something I
haven’t seen on this label in a while, and that’s pissed off, moshy,
straight edge hardcore. The lyrics are riddled with notes of internal
struggle and some referring to the current state of hardcore (“What
happened to the code of honor that we used to entrust? Ideas carved in
stone have now turned to dust.”)
This comes in a nice gatefold jacket with a variety of tour photos. It
also has a huge “Thank You” list, which I find less and less with
hardcore releases lately. Bring ’em back!
[Reviewer: Sean]