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7th Of October 2011 Update

7th Of October 2011 Update of New and Key Restocked Items
at Redscroll Records

At some point I (Rick) rearranged the inventory during the week so that I didn’t keep the last week’s stuff in line.  I think this is everything, but there is the possibility we got more than what is listed below.  Give us a call if you’re curious about anything in particular.  Heck, give us a call anytime you want us to get something you don’t see listed.  

LPs & 12″s
Aklaff, P “House Of…”
Ambarchi / Talia “Hit & Run”
Andrew Jackson Jihad “Knife Man”
Austra “Feel It Break (+ D/L)”
Austra “Sparkle”
Bolt Thrower “In Battle There Is No Law (Reissue 180 Gram Ltd. Ed. Coloured Vinyl)”
Bonnie Prince Billy “Wolfroy…”
Bridge & Tunnel “Rebuild”
Casiokids “Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen (180 Gram + Poster + D/L)”
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah “Hysterical”
Copyrights “Sent…”
Dark Ages “Can America…”
Diop/Tall “Diamonoye”
Future Islands “On The Water”
Heavy Breath “The E.P.s”
High Places “Original…”
Hundredth “Let Go”
Lattermen “Turn…”
Less Life “Today Will Be…”
Lifeless “No Love…”
Lights “Siberia”
Lil Wayne “Tha Carter IV (Deluxe Edition Red Vinyl + 3 Bonus Tracks)”
MonoMono “Dawn Of…”
MonoMono “Beggar…”
New Found Glory “Radiosurgery (+ CD)”
Ridgemont “Colder…”
Roll The Dice “In Dust (Ltd. Ed. Double LP + CD)”
Saves The Day “Daybreak”
Scott, Simon “Bunny”
S.C.U.M. “Again Into Eyes (180 Gram + CD)”
Skeletonwitch “Forever Abomiation (180 Gram Triple-Gatefold + D/L)”
Spalding, Esperanza “Junjo “
Street Eaters “Rusty”
Various Artists “Studio One ’63-’80”
Water Borders “Harbored Mantras”
Wild Flag “Wild Flag”
Youth Lagoon “The Year Of Hibernation (+ 7″ + D/L)”

Electronic LPs & 12″s
Aquarius Heaven “Can’t Buy Love EP”
Azari & III “Azari & III”
Bakongo “Amhara”
Curly, Nick “Sun City EP”
Darkness Falls “The Void (Ltd. Ed. + 7″)”
Gescom “Skull Snap”
Joker “Here Come The Lights (Feat. Silas – Turboweekend)”
Kahn “Way Mi Defend (10″)”
Magician, The “I Don’t Know What To Do (Feat. Jeppe)”
Martyn “Masks / Viper”
Muller, Florian Project, The “As Usual EP”
Plastikman “Nostalgik.2”
Remain + Mlle Caro “Remain + Mlle Caro”
Second Life “Inner Love (Give It Up)”
Sensational Meets Koyxen “Sensational Meets Koyxen”
Skudge / Substance / October & Appleblim “Skudge Remixes Part 4”
Stott, Andy “We Stay Together”
Tropics “Parodia Flare”
Trueby, Rainer “Jeck”
Vaz, Andy “Straight Vacationing”
Venegas, Felipe “I Ching”
Walls “Coracle (Ltd. Ed. White Vinyl + CD)”
We Love “Timeless”
ZZT “Vulkan Alarm!”

Brain Tumors
Cold World / War Hungry
Ergs! “Blue”
Naked Raygun “7” Series #3″
Whirr “June”

Saves The Day “Daybreak”
Various Artists “Studio One ’63-’80”


Elzhi (And Will Sessions) Elmatic LP
(Fat Beats / Jae.B Group)
Elmatic… Illmatic. That’s the essence of this – Elzhi’s (pronounced EL – ZI (as in eye)) The Detroit take on Nas’s quintessential New York classic.  Outrageously bold to do this and then beyond bold to release it physically (and not just like a Wugazi joint – which in my opinion is worth only one full listen).  I’ve listened to Illmatic more times than I can exaggerate about (a number so big that if I thought to exaggerate I might actually hit it on the head).  I was listening to this while the last Detroit vs. Yankees game was on last night.  “Detroit State of Mind” came on and destiny was sealed.  Elmatic may never be the classic that Illmatic is (it can’t be – it relies on that to exist), but it is a nice fresh approach and much more than a hot mixtape (not to undermine the worth of a hot mixtape). Illmatic in Detroit – plain and simple and great. 
(Bonus: Hear it here.)
[Reviewer: Rick]

Matahari Never The Same 7″
(Get Young)
Get Young Records, CT’s transplanted gift to Boston, brings us an EP by Matahari entitled, “Never The Same.” It takes real balls to invest a few grand out of your own pocket to help propel someone else’s band forward. And with releases this year by Cold Snap, Heavy Breath, and Canvas it goes without saying that Rich & co. deserve your respect and attention. I haven’t heard Matahari before this and the bio I read online has them pegged for fans of Converge and Trap Them, but I don’t hear that at all. Converge gets tagged on to so many band descriptions and pretty much no one ever sounds like them, except The Secret. They would certainly fit in well with the left-of-center hardcore scene of the early 2000s. With an intricate guitar vibe and zero dance parts Matahari bares more of a resemblance to bands just over the post-hardcore lines like Draw Blood, Defeater or maybe even some of the non-mosh Botch stuff. 
[Reviewer: Josh]

Primus Green Naugahyde LP/CD
(ATO Records / Prawn Song)
Primus is one of those bands that’s truly inimitable; anyone trying to clone Les Claypool’s signature style, including songwriting, vocalizations and sense of wit, should expect to be labeled an obvious rip-off. He’s played in several bands since 1999’s Antipop, but Green Naugahyde is a true return to a form Primus has become known for (think the driving-tempo sound of Frizzle Fry and Tales From The Punchbowl, with additional ideas from Sailing The Seas Of Cheese.) Although it’s impossible to really “expect” anything from a band as insane as they are, they deliver what a typical Primus fan would look forward to: drug-injected funk-metal riffs, bizarre lyrics and, of course, lots and lots of ultra-dense, cool-sounding slap bass. Unlike the moshpit-ready jams of Antipop (they didn’t want to sound out-of-place at the Family Values Tour, after all,) the tracks on Green Naugahyde concentrate on head-bobbing funkiness (“Tragedy’s A’Comin’” and “Lee Van Cleef” are great examples of that uninhibited, deep-fried-in-cartoony-bass goodness.) Although Primus appear to have a pretty light-hearted demeanor, they have a strong grip on communicating dead-serious subjects such as our consumerist culture (“Eternal Consumption Engine”) and lamenting a friend doomed by drug abuse (“Jilly’s On Smack.”) All in all, this is strong addition to their discography, successfully maintaining their fun, uniqueness, and total insanity. 
[Reviewer: Mark]
(*Note: This Primus got back-ordered on us and we’re still waiting on its arrival.*)

30th Of September 2011 Update

30th Of September 2011 Update of New and Key Restocked Items
at Redscroll Records

LPs & 12″s
Adrian Younge Presents Venice Dawn    “It’s Me (Official Serato Control Vinyl)”
Aids Wolf    “Ma Vie Banale Avante-Garde”
Antioch Arrow    “Gems Of Masochism”
Axelrod, David    “The Auction”
Black Flag    “Damaged”
Broncho    “Can’t Get Past The Lips (+ D/L)”
Butthole Surfers    “Live PCPEP”
Charalambides    “Exile (2LP)”
Ciccone Youth    “The Whitey Album”
Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi    “Rome (Starring Jack White & Norah Jones)”
Dinosaur Jr.     “You’re Living All Over Me (Reissue)”
Dinosaur Jr.     “Bug (Reissue)”
Dinosaur Jr.     “Dinosaur (Reissue)”
Dream Boat    “Widow “
Dreamers Of The Ghetto    “Enemy/Lover (+ D/L)”
Drift, The    “Blue Hour (+ D/L)”
Earth Crisis    “Neutralize The Threat”
Ernestus, Mark    “Mark Enestus Meets BBC”
Exitmusic    “From Silence (+ D/L)”
Faith    “Subject To Change (+ D/L)”
Far Out Fangtooth    “Pure & Disinterested”
Festival Of Dead Deer, The    “The Many Faces Of Mental Illness (A Collection) (Ltd. Ed. Color Vinyl)”
Foster The People    “Pumped Up Kicks (Single 12″)”
Frente Cumbiero Meets Mad Professor    “Frente Cumbiero Meets Mad Professor”
Fungi Girls    “Some Easy Magic”
Germs, The    “Forming (Pic)”
Hawkwind    “Space Ritual Vol. 2 (180 Gram Ltd. Ed. Coloured Vinyl)”
Hulk Out / All Those Opposed / Third Death    “Hulk Out / All Those Opposed / Third Death”
Into It. Over It.    “Proper (White 12″)”
Jack’s Mannequin    “People And Things “
Kitchen’s Floor    “Look Forward To Nothing”
Klag, Daniel    “Weird Fiction”
Kyuss    “Blues Fro The Red Sun (180 Gramm Pressung)”
Life Of Agony    “20 Years Strong – River Runs Red: Live In Brussels”
Loney Dear    “Hall Music (180 Gram + D/L)”
Minus The Bear    “This Is What I Know About Being Gigantic (Clear Vinyl /1000 + D/L)”
Minus The Bear    “Highly Refined Pirates (Transparent Blue Vinyl /1000 + D/L)”
Misfits    “Twilight Of The Dead”
Nirvana    “Nevermind (4LPs 180-Gram Vinyl; Expanded Artwork; Remastered + Lots Of Extras)”
Now Denial    “Fuck Now Denial (+ D/L)”
Now Denial    “Power To The Mountain (+ CD)”
Omegas    “Blasts Of Lunacy”
Orcutt, Bill    “How The Thing Sings “
Orthrelm    “2nd 18/O4 Norildivoth Crallos-Lomrixth Urthiln”
Ramones    “Brain Drain (180 Gram)”
Rene Hell / Three Legged Race    “Violin Petal (Auden) / Whipped Secrets”
Revocation    “Chaos Of Forms”
Salmon, Kim And The Guys From Mudhoney    “Until…”
Shakir, Anthony Shake / Ayhun, Oni    “… Meets BBC”
Shitty/Awesome    “Shitty/Awesome”
Silver Jews     “The Natural Bridge”
Siskiyou    “Keep Away The Dead (180 Gram + Art Print Poster + D/L)”
Sleep ∞ Over (Sleep Over)    “Forever”
Some Girls    “All My Friends Are Going Death (Ltd. Ed. Color Vinyl)”
Some Girls    “Heaven’s Pregnant Teens (Ltd. Ed. Color Vinyl)”
Stepkids, The    “The Stepkids (+ D/L)”
Swiftumz     “Don’t Trip”
Talk Talk    “Spirit Of Eden”
Talk Talk    “Laughing Stock”
Talkdemonic    “Ruins (+ D/L)”
Teams    “Dxys Xff”
Three Mile Pilot    “Chief Assasin To The Sinister”
Three Mile Pilot    “Na Vucca Do Lupu”
Tone, Yasunao    “MP3 Deviation #8”
Tune-Yards    “Gangsta (Album Version, Adrock Remix, Cut Chemist Remix, Instrumental, A Cappella)”
Type O Negative    “Bloody Kisses (180 Gram)”
Various Artists    “Jungle Magic (Sofrito Tropical Disco V.2)”
Various Artists    “Porno Groove II (PIC LP + D/L)”
Veronica Falls    “Veronica Falls”
Vex Ruffin    “Crash Course EP”
Villalobos, Ricardo & Loderbauer, Max / Peverelist    “… Meets BBC”
We Were Promised Jetpacks    “In The Pit Of The Stomach (+ D/L)”
White Dog    “Triturate”
Whitman     “I’ll Be Waiting (/300 + D/L)”
Young Adults    “Black Hole”
Zola Jesus    “Conatus (Ltd. Ed. Clear Vinyl + D/L)”
Zounds    “The Redemption Of Zounds”
Zs    “The Hard EP”

Electronic LPs & 12″s
Aquarius Heaven    “Can’t Buy Love EP”
Azari & III    “Azari & III”
Bakongo    “Amhara”
Curly, Nick    “Sun City EP”
Joker    “Here Come The Lights (Feat. Silas – Turboweekend)”
Kahn    “Way Mi Defend (10″)”
Magician, The     “I Don’t Know What To Do (Feat. Jeppe)”
Martyn    “Masks / Viper”
Plastikman    “Nostalgik.2”
Skudge / Substance / October & Appleblim    “Skudge Remixes Part 4”
Tropics    “Parodia Flare”
Trueby, Rainer    “Jeck”
Venegas, Felipe    “I Ching”
We Love    “Timeless”
ZZT    “Vulkan Alarm!”

Hip-Hop 12″s & LPs
Exile    “4TRKMIND (+ D/L)”
False Tropics    “Sample Based Beats”
Ice Cube    “AmeriKKa’s Most Wanted (2xLP)”
J Dilla (Jay Dee)    “Donuts (“Smile” Cover 2xLP)”
Oddisee    “Rock Creek Park”
Timbo King    “From Babylon To Timbuktu (2xLP)”

Spanakorzo / Swing Kids    “Fly By Wire”
Stetson, Colin    “Those Who Didn’t Run / The End Of Your Suffering”

Branko “Branko!”
Children Of God “Coup De…”
Domestic War / In The Day
Egg Hunt
Fury Of Five / Mushmouth
H2O “California”
Hatewaves “The Tombs (5″)”
Low Places
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings “He Said I can / It Hurts To Be Alone”
Negative Lifestyle “Panic”
Redgrave “Mantis”
Regents “On Boarding”
Social Circkle “Expiration”
Swing Kids
Terrible Feelings “Impend…”
Triac “Always Meant To”
Watery Love “Die With Dignity / Leave Me”

Body, The & Braveyoung “Nothing Passes”
Danny Brown “XXX”
Cvlts “Lvst” (CDR)
Opeth “Heritage”
Revocation “Chaos Of Forms”
Textures “Dualism”
Wynne, J. “300 Speakers…”
Zola Jesus “Conatus”

Wire #332 October 2011

Death In June – Whip-hand Logo (Natural & Grey Colors)


Bad Sports Kings Of The Weekend LP
This Denton, Texas trio plays straight-up fuzzy garage punk. Their sophomore effort Kings Of The Weekend is highly reminiscent of the earliest wave of punk, when bands like The Ramones were still crafting a faster, simpler and catchier evolution of rock n roll. There’s something really refreshing about that classic style of punk, where the songs are typically around 2 minutes (or shorter) and the biggest life concerns involve girls, not politics. The record kicks off with “Off Switch” – a high-octane rocker that jolts the listener’s attention before transitioning into the more traditional, poppier “Can’t Just Be Friends.” The fidelity stays true to the raw sound without drifting into excessive distortion. Other highlights include “Teenage Girls” (a great example of how these guys handle their early punk sound to help carve their own identity) and “I’m In Love With Myself” (who’d have thought a song about narcissism could be so catchy?) There’s not much else to say – this band stays true to form, and they rock hard in the process. I bet their live shows are a rush.
[Reviewer: Mark]
Dream Boat Widow LP
I’ve definitely been reviewing things lately that have a lot of similarities. I am noticing this now as I sit to write this review (well, a little before this). Melancholic and chill and electronic production heavy jams. Am I in a rut? More like a groove (Like a record, get it? Sorry, excuse that.). I thought about switching it up this week just for variety’s sake, but this album is worth my time (and yours). The record label is in the Czech Republic and the music is very much off the radar of most music news outlets (blogs, magazines, etc.; note most, not all). Luckily for us all, AMDiscs does a good job at keeping their own site up to date (one which I check with regularity). I’ve just brought a slew of their physical releases into the shop and they are pretty varied themselves, but I am drawn to Dream Boat. I am drawn to them because it’s in a style I enjoy (as noted), but also because they are somewhat local. Yes, it’s true. I even asked them to play the Iceage show we did a while ago – unfortunately the scheduling wasn’t ideal and it didn’t work out, but I do hope to have them by sometime to perform. Providence, RI is where they call home though I know one of the two works in NYC (because of the conversation about the Iceage show and scheduling). Yea, so, this record: really great and chill and droned out at times, but also pretty upbeat for quick spells with some dubbed out beats and treated angelic-type voices; both masculine and feminine (not quite to the level of the chipmunk-like Balam Acab voices, but a similar idea). Czech it out (oof!).
[Reviewer: Rick]
Terrible Feelings Impending Doom 7″
I was having trouble finding something I really enjoyed to recommend this week. Don’t get me wrong, plenty of new stuff came out this week that I’m sure rules, but for me nothing was doing it. Maybe it’s a personal funk, drawing a blank, whatever. I took a stack of 7″s I wasn’t familiar with on labels I generally enjoy and started my hunt. After a fistful of duds I landed on this new two song jammer on Deranged Records, originally released on Sabotage / Lack Of Sleep Records in Europe where they’re already into the second pressing. Swedish band, Terrible Feelings, play moody, melodic punk with elements of surf rock; jangly guitars and minimal artwork comprised of upside down crosses on the inside = I’m sold. The song titles are “Impending Doom” and “Death To Everyone” and the lyrics don’t get any more upbeat from there, but the vocals are the real stand out on this. The singer, Manuela Iwansson, has a beautiful, passionate voice that ties this all together.
[Reviewer: Josh]

23rd Of September 2011 Update

23rd Of September 2011 Update of New and Key Restocked Items
at Redscroll Records

LPs & 12″s
Alias      “Fever Dream (/1000 + D/L)”
Annapurna Illusion    “Life Is An Illusion”
Apple, Fiona    “Extraordinary Machine (180 Gram)”
Ayshay    “Warn-U”
Baird, Meg    “Seasons On Earth”
Cave    “Neverendless”
Destroyer    “Kaputt (+ D/L)”
Diamond Catalog    “Magnified Palette”
Disco Zombies, The    “Drums Over London (All 3 Rare Singles Plus Unreleased Songs + D/L With More)”
Dream Theater    “A Dramatic Turn Of Events (180 Gram 2LP)”
Drums, The    “Portamento (+ D/L)”
Dum Dum Girls    “Only In Dreams (+ D/L)”
Eddy Current Suppression Ring    “Walking In Unison”
Evangelista    “In Animal Tongue (+ Art Print Poster + D/L 180 Gram)”
Feeding People    “Feeding People”
Fucking Wrath, The    “Valley Of The Serpent’s Soul (+ D/L)”
Guelewar    “Halleli N’ Dakarou”
Hagar The Womb    “A Brighter Shade Of Black”
Hawk And A Hacksaw, A    “Delivrance”
King Blood    “Eyewash Silver”
Lekman, Jens    “An Argument With Myself (+ D/L)”
Mates Of State    “Mountaintops (+ D/L)”
Megafaun    “Megafaun (2xLP Gatefold + D/L)”
Mogwai    “Earth Division EP (+ D/L)”
Oneida / Mugstar    “Collisions Volume.02”
Pack A.D., The    “Unpersons (+ D/L)”
Pangea    “Living Dummy”
Picastro + Nadja    “Fool, Redeemer”
Pink Floyd    “Mojo Proudly Presents: Return To Dark Side Of The Moon (Collectors’ Vinyl Edition!)”
Pink’s, Ariel Haunted Graffiti    “Worn Copy (+ D/L)”
Radiohead    “Bloom (Jamie XX Rework) / Separator (Anstam RMX) / Lotus Flower (SBTRKT RMX)”
Radiohead    “Good Evening Mrs Magpie (Modeselektor RMX) / Bloom (Objekt RMX)”
Russell, Arthur    “Let’s Go Swimming”
Rwake    “Rest (180 Gram)”
Sakata, Akira & Chikamorachi    “Live At Hungry Brain (/700 + D/L)”
Social Climbers    “Social Climbers”
Spits, The    “The Spits (First Self-Titled)”
Stooges    “The Stooges”
Tammar    “Visits (/500 On Pink Ice Vinyl + D/L)”
Teeth Of The Sea    “Your Mercury”
True Sons Of Thunder    “Spoonful Of Seedy Dudes”
Trust    “Bulbform / F.T.F./Bulbform (Alternate Mix)”
Twin Sister    “In Heaven (+ D/L)”
Various Artists    “Turkish Freakout! 2: Psych-Folk 1970-1978 (/1000 With 7″ 2xLP Gatefold)”
Various Artists    “Japan 3.11.11: A Benefit Album (Unreleased Tracks From Of Montreal, Deerhoof, Xiu Xiu, Owen, Joan Of Arc…)(/2000 2LP 180 Gram Red Vinyl)”
Vibrators, The    “Pure Mania (Reissue)”
Warbringer    “Worlds Torn Asunder (Ltd. Ed. Color Splattered Vinyl)”
Wilco    “The Whole Love (+ CD)”
Yob    “Atma (Gatefold)”

Electronic LPs & 12″s
Afrikan Sciences    “Means And Ways EP”
Apparat    “The Devil’s Walk (Special Ed. 180 Gram + CD)”
Biome    “Space  “
Boman, Axel    “Lucky Tiger EP”
Boratto, Gui    “III (2LP + CD)”
Bottin    “Artifacts 03”
Captain Planet    “Cookin’ Gumbo (+ D/L)”
Conforce    “Dystopian Elements EP”
Copeland, Inga    “Inga Copeland”
Damu    “Ridin EP”
Dub War    “The Funky Deal / To The Depths”
Duster Valentine / Aardvarck    “(My Back Is) Against The Wall / (Just Washed) That Pig (Extended)”
Fixmer, Terence    “Le Terrible”
Flugel, Roman     “Fatty Folders (2LP)”
Kan Kick (A.K.A. Kan Zulu)    “From Artz Unknown”
Kieran, Phill & Paap, Jochem    “Workshops Vol. 01”
Klaus    “Tusk EP”
Legowelt    “Poverties Paradise EP”
Modeselektor     “Monkeytown (2LP)”
Old Apparatus    “Zebulon (10″)”
Pangea    “Hex / Fatalist”
Pants, James / Noble, Tom    “Selected Sounds Remixes Pt. 1 (Klaus Weiss)”
Plaid    “Scintilli”
Plastikman    “Arkives 1993-2010 (6 × Vinyl, 12″)”
Pritch & Trim    “Stereotype / Kiss My Ass”
Randomer    “Obtuse”
Red Stars Over Tokyo    “Hits Of Sunshine”
Resoe    “Black Void”
Runaway    “Indoor Pool”
SBTRKT / OBJEKT    “SBJEKT#01: Wildfire / Dub/Tool”
Skudge    “Man On Wire / Kutd / June”
Sully    “Carrier”
Summers, Steve    “In The Mode For Love”
Ta-Ku / Pavel Dovgal    “Finest Ego: Faces 12″ Series”
Vibezin    “From The Crates EP”
Voigt & Voigt    “Speicher 69”

Dead In The Dirt “Fear”
Dow Jones & The Industrials “Can’t Stand…”
Gun Selectah
Hunt, Rollin “Criminal”
Sic Alps “Battery Townsley”
Stacian “3”
UV P0P “Just A Game / No Songs Tomorrow”

Atlas Moth “An Ache For The Distance”
Baker, Aidan “Lost In The Rat Maze”
Bullion “You Drive Me…”
Chomsky, Noam “Noam Chomsky Box (6xCD)”
Dream Theater “Dramatic…”
Extreme Noise Terror “Holocaust In…”
Fucking Wrath, The “Valley Of…”
Hyun, S.J. “Beautiful Rivers”
Madlib “Raw Medicine (MMS#12)”
Mournful Congregation “Unspoken Hymns”
MZ.412 “In Nomine…”
Neurosis “Sovereign (Remastered)”
Oswalt, Patton “Finest Hour”
Russell, Arthur “Let’s Go Swimming”
Sakata, Akira & Jim O’Rourke…
Thundercat “Golden Age…”
War On Drugs “Slave Ambient”
Weekend “Red”
Wild Flag
Yob “Atma”

Cave “Neverendless”

Maximum Rock N Roll #341 October 2011


Dead In The Dirt Fear 7″
(Southern Lord)
Southern Lord has been releasing a ton of great hardcore bands lately like, Baptists, Xibalba, and now Dead In The Dirt. With a name lifted from Chris Colohan’s notebook, you know these dudes are going to rage. Dead In The Dirt is a vegan straight edge hardcore/power violence band from Atlanta, GA featuring members of Foundation. They’ve got the intensity of Cursed, the tone of His Hero Is Gone and the speed of Dropdead. The 7″ has 10 songs, none longer then two minutes and the info sheet has not just lyrics, but one or two line descriptions about the content of the song, which I dig.  I caught their recent secret set and I was not disappointed at all, they did a cover of Left For Dead’s “Skingraft”, which is also recorded on this 7″! Pick it up!
[Reviewer: Josh]

Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues CD / LP

(Sub Pop)
It’s been three years since Seattle, Washington’s Fleet Foxes has released new material. Their self-titled debut went platinum in the UK and sold upwards of 400,000 copies in the US. They’ve responded to their success by releasing a sophomore follow-up, entitled Helplessness Blues. The album came out on May 3rd of this year and has since reached number four on the Billboard 200 charts. Despite the popularity of their latest release, I personally wasn’t blown away by Helplessness Blues. Maybe I haven’t given it enough of a listen, but it didn’t make me want to have the tracks on repeat for the rest of the week. Upon hearing Fleet Foxes’ self-titled for the first time, I fell in love immediately. There were so many songs that stood out. It was a memorable album. I hadn’t even gotten into this band until the winter of last year (I know, how un-hip of me!) but as soon as I did hear them they became a staple in my collection of winter-themed songs.

I have yet to see Fleet Foxes live, though I wonder if seeing them would even compare to the recorded product, as what makes them so good (in my eyes) is how well put-together the albums are, from the production to the way the tracks flow into one another. Helplessness Blues features the stunning production quality reminiscent of their first album. Most (if not all) of the songs are full of the echoing harmonies and folksy guitars they are known for. The title track ‘Helplessness Blues’ sounds like a B-side of the self-titled. Fleet Foxes have always been a ‘winter band’ for me, and I feel that this album will fit right into that category once the weather gets a little colder. The lyrical subject matter isn’t as ‘wintry’ as the self-titled’s, but the echo-y quality of the vocals and the driving guitar riffs make up for that.

I believe that once I listen to Helplessness Blues on a regular basis, I will fall in love with it just as I did with their first release. Hopefully certain tracks will stand out and be able to stand alone as ‘singles’, for lack of a better term. Good albums are marked by those memorable songs that everyone loves to sing along to. Although I may not find Helplessness Blues to be as strong of an album as Fleet Foxes, it is still a refreshing listen. I hope it will grow on me as time goes on, especially as fall and winter come upon us and I’m looking for that one album to play on repeat while I lay in bed on the first snow day of winter.
[Reviewer: Liz]

Garrincha & The Stolen Elk Void LP

(Weird Forest Records)
This is the first full-length from Davy Bui and Matt Kretzmann – they’ve been active since 2002, releasing a number of cassettes. Merely describing this record is a serious challenge: undoubtedly, it would best be classified as experimental, but the sound changes so much that it feels like experiencing déjà vu from a very, very unusual dream. The atmosphere contains lots of manipulated sounds (such as slowed-down hymns and bizarre voice samples) and numerous instrument sounds enter and exit unexpectedly. Opener “I Don’t Believe You” begins with morose church music that gradually shifts into an abstract, alien ambience. The track closes with avant-jazz played over what sounds like grainy audio of heavy objects caught in a tornado. The first half of “Tower of Babble” shifts from simple rainfall and comfortable electronica patterns to harsh bagpipe-esque drone, and the second half mixes bleak, drugged-out guitars with high-BPM drum machine spurts. The final three tracks are part of a series called “First Rites, Last Communion.” Like the earlier tracks, all three are unpredictable. It’s like a combination of a drug trip and vague memories from an ancient religious service (as the label’s website describes, this sequence is “heavily comprised of processed Asian church ceremony field recordings.“) There’s also plenty of droning, noise, choral singing, and moments of curiously calm electronic ambience. Overall, this is a really unique and innovative album, recommended for those who want to explore strange new places.
[Reviewer: Mark]

HTRK Work (Work, Work) LP

(Ghostly International)
HTRK (apparently pronounced “Hate Rock” or as HTRKTR “Hate Rock Trio”) are simply a slowed down new wave band with dreamy swirling instrumentation and slow syncopated rhythms. Just before this full length they released a 12″ that featured a Suicide cover on the B-Side which is also excellent and recommended. The haunting elements of the music are reflected in the breathy delivery of the vocals by Jonnine C. Standish. According to their website, “The new HTRK album revolves around themes of submission, dysphoria, sentimentality, tech-noir and corporate life.” It fits. The vocals weave in and out of the music rather than float atop them with occasional interaction (more MBV than Portishead in other words). Electronic production elements of this wrap the listener up in layers of dub warmth and (I hope you have some subs) massaging bass. Listening to this now I quite honestly just lost track of time staring blankly into space and loved every second of it.
[Reviewer: Rick]

16th Of September 2011

16th Of September 2011 Update of New and Key Restocked Items
at Redscroll Records

LPs & 12″s
Acrylics    “Lives And Treasure”
Andrew Jackson Jihad    “Knife Man”
Angel    “26000”
Anthrax    “Worship Music”
Asshole Parade / Slight Slappers    “Slight Slappers / Asshole Parade (+ D/L)”
Barr, Mick    “Coiled Malescence”
Bataan, Joe    “Gypsy Woman”
Big Business    “Big Biz Quadruple Singles”
Big Kitty    “Florence (+ D/L)”
Black Kites / Convulsions    “Convulsions / Black Kites “
Caravels    “Floorboards / The Earthling Sessions”
Chamberlain    “The Moon My Saddle”
City And Colour    “Little Hell “
Clem Snide    “The Ghost Of Fashion”
Colon, Willie    “Willie Colon”
Deftones    “Around The Fur (Orange Vinyl)”
Disconcerts    “A. Medic (/300)”
Donoso, Ricardo    “Progress Chance”
Electricity In Our Homes    “We Agree Completely”
Expo 70    “Awakening”
Flower Travelling Band    “Made In Japan (180 Gram)”
Golden Retriever    “Light Cones”
Johnson, Robert    “The Complete Collection”
Kirby, Leyland    “Eager To Tear Apart The Stars”
Ladytron    “Gravity The Seducer (Ltd. Ed. Hand Numbered)”
Landlord    “Beneath The Wheel (+ D/L)”
Le Tetsuo    “Your Elbow” 10″
Los Destellos    “Constelaticion (+ D/L)”
Maria & The Mirrors    “Travel Sex EP”
McGuire, Mark    “Get Lost”
Mirror Mirror    “Interiors (+ D/L With Bonus Remixes)”
Modern Life Is War    “My Love. My Way. (Reissue)”
Naysayer    “Laid To Rest”
New Found Glory, A    “Nothing Gold Can Stay”
Nurses    “Dracula (+ D/L)”
Oblivian, Jack    “Rat City (+ D/L)”
Oiltanker    “The Shadow Of Greed”
Opeth    “Heritage (180 Gram Double LP Set)”
Pere Ubu    “The Modern Dance”
Primal Scream / MC5 (Davis, Kramer, Thompson)    “Music From The Film “Black To Comm””
Project:Komakino    “Project:Komakino”
Radio People    “Hazel (Ltd. Ed. + D/L)”
Ragan, Chuck    “Covering Ground (+ D/L)”
Robedoor    “Too Down To Die”
Saviours    “Death’s Procession (Ltd. Ed.)”
Thundercat    “The Golden Age Of Apocalypse (Ltd. Ed. + D/L)”
Thunders, Johnny & The Heartbreakers    “L.A.M.F. Demos, Outtakes And Alternative Mixes”
Trans Am    “Futureworld”
Trophy Wives    “Old Scratch”
Tuma, Scott    “Not For Nobody”
Vacant State    “Fill The Void”

Electronic LPs & 12″s
Biome    “Space”
Boman, Axel    “Lucky Tiger EP”
Damu    “Ridin EP”
Dub War    “The Funky Deal / To The Depths”
Fixmer, Terence    “Le Terrible”
Flugel, Roman     “Fatty Folders (2LP)”
Kieran, Phill & Paap, Jochem    “Workshops Vol. 01”
Modeselektor     “Monkeytown (2LP)”
Plastikman    “Arkives 1993-2010 (6 × Vinyl, 12″)”
Runaway    “Indoor Pool”

Hip-Hop 12″s & LPs
A Tribe Called Quest    “Hits, Rarities, & Remixes”
A Tribe Called Quest    “The Love Movement”

Brass Caskets / Cold Snap
Diet Cokeheads “Ocular”
Diet Cokeheads / Neon Blud
FocusedXMinds “Stay Focused”
Hex Disp. “Razor”
Le Tetsuo
Maria & The Mirrors
Modern Life Is War
Worriers “Past”
X-Ray Eyeballs “Sundae”
Young Offendors “Razor”

Atomic Bitchwax “Spit Blood”
Elder “Dead Roots Stirring”
Goatvargr “Black Snow”
Hawkwind “Leave No Star…”
Opeth “Heritage”
Orquesta Del… “Dos”
Project:Komakino “The Struggle For Utopia”
Thrice “Major:Minor”

Environmental Youth Crunch “Vicious Fishes”
Living Laser “Ragged Glory”

Wire #332 October 2011


Batillus Furnace LP
(Seventh Rule Recordings)
“Play at high volume.” That’s the command that this Brooklyn doom-metal quartet gives in this album’s liner notes. They manage to nail a monolithic sound with a combo of chugging guitar, earth-shaking bass and punctuated drumming. To keep up the uneasy atmosphere, there’s also an emphasis on noise, with lots of feedback that grinds and sizzles. Still, the experimentation doesn’t reach the point that the album becomes inaccessible: the riffs keep it from straying too far from a tried-and-true metal sound (“Deadweight” is a good example.) In fact, despite the prevalence of suffocating bleakness in many parts of this album, some moments feel strangely uplifting: “What Heart” contains a radiant-sounding synth-line, and the other instruments join by sounding downright triumphant. Still, this album, as a whole, provides a bracing slam.
[Reviewer: Mark]

Diet Cokeheads / Neon Blud 7″

(West Palm Beotch Records)
Neon Blud plays some sweet psychedelic grunge rock, squealing guitars and some fun effects.  Female vocals that are sort of just spoken, but it works for them. The song builds into a fury. The liner notes say this is the 7″ edit of the song, I’d love to hear the full jam. On the other side we’ve got, Diet Cokeheads who I’m sure don’t do coke, if they’re into drugs, they’re way into downers. Layered echoing guitars, slow beats just barely holding it together, towards the end it sounds like haunted house music. I dig it.
[Reviewer: Josh]

Maria & The Mirrors Travel Sex EP 12″

(Parlour Records)
With a name like Maria & The Mirrors you might expect some sweet rock and roll ditties. You’d then probably be completely jarred when you started this record up and you were greeted by wave of noise or maybe you’d expect some sort of artsy intro to go into some more rocking jams or maybe you’d adjust your expectations to await some Sleigh Bells take. You’d then hear some tribal drums and think you were right on the money with that assessment. You’d then hear the chanting and perhaps come to the conclusion that this isn’t going to turn into any yelling hook filled jam. You’d be right. Maybe you wouldn’t think any of that all. Maybe you’d just take in the hypnotic tribal drumming and repetitious phrases (are they even using actual language? I don’t think so). This isn’t meant for Ibiza (as the EP name might imply); this is carnality of a different sort. Primitive, but with modern twists – noise. Layers of noise and interjections of sound pollute both sides in repetitious fashion. Enrapturing primal hypnotics.

9th Of September 2011 Update

9th Of September 2011 Update of New and Key Restocked Items
at Redscroll Records

LPs & 12″s
†‡† (Ritualz) vs. Fostercare    “†‡† vs. Fostercare (+ D/L)”
Alpinist / Masakari    “Alpinist / Masakari”
Art Abscons    “Der Verborgene Gott (/500)”
Badarou, Wally    “Mambo / Chief Inspector / Novela Das Nove”
Barghest    “Barghest (Untitled)”
Barn Owl    “Lost In The Glare”
Basement    “I Wish I Could Stay Here”
Blitzen Trapper    “American Goldwing (+ D/L)”
Bold    “The Search 1985-1989”
Bosse-De-Nage    “Bosse-De-Nage (II)”
Bulldoze    “The Final Beatdown (/500)”
Bury Your Dead    “Mosh N’ Roll”
CANT    “Dreams Come True”
Ceremony    “Covers EP (Urban Waste, Pixies, Crisis, Eddie & The Subtitles, Vile, Wire)”
Chosen Few, The    “The Joke’s On Us! “
Circle Of Ouroborus    “Eleven Fingers”
Colon, Willie & Ruben Blades    “Siembra”
Comeback Kid    “Turn It Around”
Cumstain    “Hurry Up And Kill Yourself You Scum Bag Trust Me Your Mother Wont Miss U (Hurry Up And Die)”
Dark Ages    “Can America Survive?”
Dark Day    “Window (/500)”
Deacon, Dan    “Silly Hat Vs. Egale Hat (2003 Album First Time On Vinyl + D/L)”
Deacon, Dan    “Meetle Mice (2003 Album First Time On Vinyl + D/L)”
Dear Hunter, The    “The Color Spectrum (Ltd. Ed. Clear Vinyl + D/L)”
Devil Wears Prada, The    “Dead Throne”
Dilloway, Aaron    “Lip Syncing To Verme (/500)”
Dry Spell    “Dry Spell”
DYS    “More Than Fashion: Live From The Gallery East Reunion”
Earth / Flying Hat Band    “Coming Of The Heavy Lords”
FALSE    “False (Untitled)”
Far East Family Band    “Tenkujin (180 Gram)”
Friedberger, Matthew    “Cut It Out”
Gay For Johnny Depp    “What Doesn’t Kill You, Eventually Kills You (+ D/L)”
GDFX    “One Thing”
Ghost     “Opus Eponymous (PIC LP)”
Ghostlimb    “Bearing & Distance”
Girls    “Record 3: Father, Son, Holy Ghost (2LP Black & White Vinyl, Ltd. Ed. Flexidisc + D/L)”
Girls    “Record 3: Father, Son, Holy Ghost (2LP Black & White Vinyl + D/L)”
Grier, Jason & Nite Jewel    “Heart Shaped EP”
Hands    “Give Me Rest (+ D/L)”
Haunted House (Loren Connors)    “Blue Ghost Blues (150 Gram + D/L)”
Hendrix, Jimi    “Hendrix In The West (2LP)”
Husband    “Love Song / Slow Motion EP”
Irisarri, Rafael Anton    “Reverie”
Jones, Glenn    “The Wanting”
Jones, Norah    “Come Away With Me”
Kort    “Invariable Heartache”
Krum Bums    “Cut The Noose (/500 Orange Vinyl)”
Me First And The Gimme Gimmes    “Sing In Japanese”
Moore, Thurston / Montera, Jean-Marc / Ranaldo, Lee    “Les Anges Du Peche”
Morello, Tom    “The Nightwatchman: Worldwide Rebel Songs (Audiophile 180 Gram)”
Mueran Humanos    “Mueran Humanos (/1000)”
Mugstar    “Lime”
Neon Indian    “Era Extrana (+ D/L)”
Psychic Babble    “My Brother’s Ears / My Sister’s Eyes”
Silk Flowers    “Day Of Arrest (+ D/L)”
Souleyman, Omar    “Haflat Gharbia – The Western Concerts”
Speculator    “Speculator”
St. Vincent    “Strange Mercy (Ltd. Ed. Colored Vinyl + D/L)”
Stearica / Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso U.F.O.    “Stearica Invades Acid Mothers Temple And The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. “
Superchunk    “Foolish (Remastered Reissue 180 Gram)”
Throat    “Licked Inch Fur”
Tindersticks    “Tindersticks (I) (180 Gram Reissue)”
Tindersticks    “Tindersticks (II) (180 Gram Reissue)”
Toro Y Moi    “Freaking Out (+ D/L)”
Trainwreck    “If There’s Light It Will Find You”
Tunnels    “The Blackout”
Various Artists    “ISVOLT  (Disaro Witch House Compilation)”
Various Artists    “Love’s A Real Thing: The Fuzzy Sounds Of West Africa – World Psychedelic Classics 3”
Various Artists    “Unfold Presents Tru Thoughts Funk (2LP)”
War Hungry    “War Hungry”
Wild Flag    “Wild Flag (+ D/L)”
Wooden Shjips    “West”
Yage    “Some Time Of A Time (+ D/L)”
You    “Demonstration”

Electronic LPs & 12″s
Champion     “Lighter EP”
Coleco    “Martyr EP”
Dubkasm    “More Jah Songs”
HTRK    “Work (Work, Work) (Ltd. Ed. Red Vinyl + D/L)”
Hud Mo (Hudson Mohawke)    “Pleasure (Pleasure Principle 001)”
Jamie XX    “Far Nearer / Beat For”
Jayson Brothers    “Monster Box / All My Life”
Lone    “All Those Weird Things”
Lukid    “Spitting Bile”
Lunice    “One Hunned”
Mosca    “Square One (Remixes)”
Motor City Drum Ensemble    “Raw Cuts #3 & #4”
Motor City Drum Ensemble    “L.O.V.E. (DJ-Kicks)”
Mtume    “So You Want To Be A Star”
Mz Bratt    “Selecta Remixes (Bok Bok / Royal T / Original)”
Nguzunguzu    “Timesup EP”
Nochexxx    “Savage Herald / Charro”
O1O AKA Aybee    “Futurespective”
Paper/Upper/Cuts    “Illa Killa Yellow Space”
Pixelord    “Iron And Cream EP”
Ras G      “Down 2 Earth (The Standard Edition)”
Regis    “In A Syrian Tongue”
Solvent    “RDJCS5 EP”
Terrance Dixon    “Population One”
Terror Danjah & Ruby Lee Ryder    “Full Attention”
To Rococo Rot    “Hotel Morgen”
Trim    “I Am  “
Vainqueur    “Ranges”
Various Artists    “KOMPAKT TOTAL 12”
Various Artists    “If This Is House I Want My Money Back: ZWEI EP01”
Various Artists    “Frijsfo Beats Volume 3 (Cardopusher, Kuoyah, Geiom, Submerse)”
XDB    “Apari”

Hip-Hop 12″s & LPs
Apathy    “Honkey Kong! (+ D/L)”
Astronautalis    “This Is Our Science (+ D/L)”
B. (Blu, Alchemist, Planet Asia, Hezekiah, Madlib, + More)    “Jesus.”
Elzhi And Will Sessions    “Elmatic (Numbered Limited Ed.)”
Sole And The Skyrider Band    “Hello Cruel World “

Body Language    “Social Studies”
Griever    “Inferior”

Anika “No One’s There / Yang Yang”
Benson, Brandan / Blackwell, Ben
Black Bug “Police Helicopter”
Bleached “Carter”
Cult Of Youth “Devil’s Coals”
D. Watusi “Slave Walls”
DJ Still Life “Try Otra Vez”
Double Negative “HC Conf. 1”
Double Negative “HC Conf. 2”
Eddie Brock
Fantastic Souls, The “Soul To The…”
Gallagher, Noel “Death Of You”
Home Blitz “Perpetual Night”
Ketamines “Line By Line”
Kicked In “In Session”
La Dispute / Touche Amore (White)
Leather “Wretch”
Lowfish “Hello Tinnitus”
Madmen “Suspiria”
Mahonies “Eat ‘Em All”
Neo Cons “Hardcore Elite”
Nervous Assistant “Bastard Blues”
Precious Jules “Pearls Before Swine”
Puffy Areolas “Gentleman’s Grip”
Silent Diane “Capella”
Sqrm “White Saints”
Void Vision “In 20 Years”
Votolato, Rocky & Matt Pond PA “Om Ma”
Xiu Xiu “Daphny”

Aborted “Strychnine.213”
Anthrax “Worship Music”
Bury Your Dead “Mosh N’ Roll”
Captain Planet “Cookin’ Gumbo”
Cosmin TRG “Simulat”
Cyclobe “Wounded Gal”
Forced Reality “Unheard”
Girls “Father, Son, Holy Ghost”
Haunted House (Loren Connors)    “Blue Ghost Blues”
Mz.412 “Nordik Battle”
Mz.412 “Burning The…”
Qwazaar & Batsauce “Bat Meets Blaine” (Available 9-13-11)
Wild Flag

Wax Poetics 48 – Nina Simone / Theophilus London


†‡† (Ritualz) vs. Fostercare LP
(Robot Elephant Records)
Trip-Hop. Straight up. Witch-House. Yes, that too. Don’t be afraid of it/ashamed of it. As with anything, much of it won’t be good. This isn’t that. First thing that comes to mind when I listen to Fostercare is Tricky/Massive Attack. It’s leaps beyond much of the Tricky material however (I think everyone can agree that much of his catalog is pretty forgettable). Add elements of occultism, 90s EBM/Industrial and DJ Screw-isms. “Girl, come with me to the bathroom.” And, of course, it won’t be lost on anyone if I were to compare this to Salem – there’s rap and distorted clips over unconventional dance beats so it’s definitely got that in common. For Ritualz (†‡†) it’s more straightforward 80s-90s EBM worship. I hope they tour with Front 242 and NCC (this one is a bit obscure so here’s a link: There is singing with fuzzed out call and responses. Some nice square synths over 4/4 sub-loving booms.  Hell, it’s even got some throws to goa like NCC. It’s a little short, but it is a split so it is probably a good thing that I want more.
[Reviewer: Rick]

Bold The Search 1985-1989 LP

(Revelation Records)
I love reissues, and I especially love Revelation Records. I’m a sucker for their early catalog. So when I heard that Bold was getting a discography issued, I knew I was expecting something good. Bold isn’t necessarily my favorite Rev band, not even in my top 5 really. But you can’t ignore the effect they had on the late 80s hardcore scene. Theyre right up there with Youth of Today, Judge, and Underdog. What’s especially impressive is they did everything while they were in high school. They managed to put out 2 full lengths, an ep, and a good amount of touring in such a short amount of time, and at such a young age. This reissue features every song they released, including compilation tracks and an unreleased song. Housed in a gatefold jacket, includes liner notes and an insert complete with lyrics and fliers / photos.
[Reviewer: Sean]

Grier, Jason & Nite Jewel Heart Shaped EP 12″

(Human Ear Music)
David Lynch is recording music. He has been for a little while. It’s actually not bad. Once physical releases are available widely we’ll carry them. This is not a David Lynch album, but is very inspired by his works (and Angelo Badalamenti; Twin Peaks). I could easily believe this music was meant for a soundtrack of his or will be used in a future work. Man, you know that part in Twin Peaks when three of the youngsters are sitting around tracking some song with just vocals and a guitar? Then right after they revel in how great it was. It is great, but not exactly by conventional thinking. It’s pretty awful. This EP is not that either, it’s actually great and doesn’t sound like that little session at all. This sounds like disaffected pop with moody interludes by Jason Grier.
[Reviewer: Rick]

Mad Men 7″

(Slasher Records)
Mad Men is a side project from Jonah of Fucked Up & Career Suicide. They’ve existed for a few years, but tried to keep it obscure through bootleg cassettes, a couple compilation tracks, minimal gigs, and not crediting anyone. I was led to believe this is their final release, but I’m not 100% on that. The record kicks off with a sweet cover of Goblin’s “Suspiria”, song 2, “The Italian Flag” picks right up off that last riff and starts hammering you with some hardcore punk that’s just overflowing with attitude. The closing mosh part is killer. “The Myth” holds down the b-side with a fast jam, but lacks the intensity of the a-side. Limited to 300 copies.
[Reviewer: Josh]

SQRM White Saints 7″

(Abscess Records)
SQRM is from Western Massachusetts. They’ve been around for a while and have an LP, “Rodeo” on Youth Attack Records. plays distorted hardcore punk that has some fast parts but for the most part it makes me feel like I’m sloshing your way through a knee high flood of honey. The a-side has two originals, “White Stain” & “White Socks”.The B-side is a cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” done up with some weird effects, SQRM-style. I dig it.
[Reviewer: Josh]

Terrors Lagan Qord LP
(Weird Forest Records)
There’s a certain endearing quality to being so non-confrontational. Terrors consists of Elijah Forrester, who, according to the label’s website, is a “bi-coastal vagabond dropping tapes from southern California to Baltimore.” With little more than his voice, electric guitar and sometimes tough-to-describe electronic effects, he crafts poignant, mournful laments that really do sound like a reflection of a harsh life’s reality. The very caustic, decaying guitar of opener “Lying On Heather In The Highlands” shakes the listener up before launching into “Coffin Tongue,” where the mellower guitar chords serve to complement the sorrowful, weathered vocals. Forrester’s passionate cries about “many sleepless nights” make the reverb-thick “Withdrawing” strong, and in a cover of “God Bless The Child,” he focuses more on shaping his own delivery of the words rather than adhering to the original music structure. He captures a fitting “cavernous” sound with deep echoes, sharp drifts of unexpected sound and abstract, varied textures. Since this is a compilation of recordings from various cassettes, there’s a light hiss of white noise with differing intensity throughout (if anything, it enhances the “rustic” sound and adds a strangely soothing quality, like falling rain in the distance.)
[Reviewer: Mark]