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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
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
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
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”
Brian Jonestown Massacre “Iluminomi”
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
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
Stephen O’Malley “Romeo” (EMEGO017C)
Invasion Of Thunderbolt Pagoda (Ira Cohen)
Joy Division: Substance 1978-1988
Slices Issue 2-11 (FREE)
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
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
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
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”
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 “
Clash, The    “Black Market Clash (Ltd. Ed.)”
Beirut “East Harlem”
Zomby “A Devil Lay Here”
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”
Tombs “Paths Of Totality”
Various Artists “Cherrystone’s Rocks”
Dead Can Dance “Toward The Within”

Battles Gloss Drop CD/LP
(Warp Records)

Not many albums can be considered both experimental and accessible, but Gloss
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
*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
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”

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…”

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”

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


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]

10th Of June 2011 Update

10th Of June 2011 Update of New and Key Restocked Items
at Redscroll Records

LPs & 12″s
Afrika Bambaataa      “Looking For The Perfect Beat 1980-1985”
Axemen    “Three Virgins (+ D/L)”
Biafra, Jello And The Guantanamo School Of Medicine    “Enhanced Methods Of Questioning (+ D/L)”
Black Moth Super Rainbow    “Dandelion Gum (PIC Disc)”
Black Pus    “Primordial Pus”
Black Swans, The    “Don’t Blame The Stars”
Bootsy’s Rubber Band    “Stretchin’ Out In”
Clash    “London Calling”
Coathangers, The    “Larceny & Old Lace (+ D/L)”
Dawes    “Nothing Is Wrong (2LP + CD)”
Deftones    “Adrenaline (180 Gram)”
Echo & The Bunnymen    “BBC Radio Tapes ’79-’80”
Esmerine    “La Lechuza (+ CD + Ltd. Ed. Poster)”
Fungus Brains    “Ron Pistos Real World”
Garbes, Ryan    “Sweet Hassle”
Grave Babies    “Death Face”
Guthrie, Woody    “This Machine Kills Fascists”
Husker Du    “Flip Your Wig”
Husker Du    “Zen Arcade”
Johannsson, Johann    “The Miners’ Hymns (+ D/L)”
Junior Boys    “It’s All True (2LP + D/L)”
Karma To Burn    “V”
Land Of Talk    “Some Are Lakes (+ D/L)”
Lifeless    “No Love For The World”
Nadler, Marissa    “Marissa Nadler”
Oneida    “Absolute II (+ D/L)”
Owl City    “All Things Bright And Beautiful (+ D/L)”
Pleasure Leftists    “Six Song EP”
Pollard, Robert    “Lord Of The Birdcage”
Radiohead “Supercollider”
Reatards    “Teenage Hate (First Album Plus Bonus LP Of Early Recordings + D/L)”
Rosebuds, The    “Loud Planes Fly Low (+ D/L)”
Scott-Heron, Gil And Brian Jackson    “From South Africa To South Carolina”
Sonic’s Rendezvous Band    “Too Much Crank!”
Starkweather / Overmars    “Starkweather & Overmars Split”
Urban Waste    “Urban Waste (+ D/L)”
Vetiver    “The Errant Charm (+ D/L)”
Within The Ruins    “Omen (Ltd. Ed. Color + D/L)”
Wonder Years, The     “Present: Suburbia I’ve Given You All And Now I’m Nothing (+ Poster)”
Yuppicide    “Shinebox (Remastered)”
Yuppicide    “Fear Love (Remastered)”

Electronic 12″s
Addison Groove    “This Is It”
Aguayo, Matias    “I Don’t Smoke EP”
Basic Channel    “Reshape”
Bicep    “EP1”
Bicep    “EP2”
Blondes    “Lover / Hater”
DJ Yellow     “Night In Tranzylvania (DJ Yellow E.P.)”
Dubkasm    “More Jah”
Joker    “The Vision (White Label)”
Mochipet / Dkon    “Remixes”
MyMy & Emika    “Price Tag EP”
Plastikman    “Consumed”
Plastikman    “Plasticine”
Secret Cinema     “Minerals EP2”
Secret Cinema     “Minerals EP3”
Skream    “Where You Should Be 1”
Skream    “Where You Should Be 2”
Stott, Andy    “Night Jewel”
Stott, Andy    “Tell Me Anything / Love Nothing”
Stott, Andy    “Bad Landing EP”
Stott, Andy    “Brief Encounter”
Teeth of the Sea    “Hypnoticon”
Tejada, John & Leviste, Arian    “Western Starland Remixes 2011”
Tobin, Amon    “Isam (+ D/L)”
Tokimonsta    “Cosmic Intoxication”
Vincenzo    “Wherever I Lay My Head”

Floating Points    “Post Suite / Almost in Profile”
Iggy & The Stooges     “Rough Power”
Iggy Pop & James Williamson    “Jesus Loves The Stooges”
The New Christs    “Woe Betide”

Choke Up “Spent”
Gaz-66 Intrusion “Power”
Jawbox “Jackpot Plus!”
Kendl Winter “At The Same Time”
La Dispute / Touche Amore (Yellow & Brown Versions)
Leather “Sterile”
Okkervil River “Rider”
Pygmylush “Cold World / Guilt”
Reviver “Potential”
Rites Of Spring “All”
Soldiers “Hit The Bricks”
Unlearn “When The Reaper”
Warhead “This World Of”

Alpinist “Lichtlaern..”
Altar Of Plagues “Mammal”
Black September “Forbidden…”
Engineer “Crooked Voices”
Holy Other “With U”
Johannsson, Johann    “The Miners’ Hymns”
Oneida “Absolute II”
Origin “Entity”
People Like Us “Welcome”
Queens Of The Stone Age “QOTSA”
Reatards “Teenage Hate”
SepticFlesh “Great Mass…”
Tyr “Lay Of Thrym”
Various Artists “King Size Dub V. 15”
Vastum “Carnal Law”

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Fastbreak Fast Cars, Fast Women

(Big Wheel Recreation)

When this album came out in 1998, I didn’t like it at all. In the late
90s, I was much more interested in the heavier pissed off CTHC bands
(Hatebreed, Fear Tomorrow, Mans Ruin, Death Threat etc..) and even
less interested in any CT bands defecting to Boston. I was also just
way too angry to be into a youth crew band that shared borders with
pop punk.

Fastbreak for those that don’t know was a Connecticut youth-crew
styled hardcore band. Formed by members of Cornerstone in 1994. These
dudes put out some 7″s, then went on to put out full length releases
on Revelation & Big Wheel. Members were also in In My Eyes, Right
Brigade, & Piebald. Recently we bought a collection of used hardcore
LPs and there were a couple copies of “Fast Cars, Fast Women” in the
mix. I decided to give this another whirl and the verdict is, 26 year
old me thinks this is a solid record.

(check out baby Wes Nelson [Schematic of a Waking Life, Estrogen Highs, other bands] on stage)
[Reviewer: Josh]

Kode9 & The Spaceape Black Sun

Kode9 is Steve Goodman.  Steve Goodman lectures in Music Culture at the School of Sciences, Media, and Cultural Studies at the University of East London and is the founder of the record label Hyperdub.  All this information can be verified at his website – not so coincidentally he’s also penned a book with the name Sonic Warfare (by his credentials you might suspect that this is not a light read – you’d be right. It is dense with information [read: textbok]).  Kode9 knows how to make bass music.  Add his friend the Spaceape to the mix for some dynamism and you get a very nice future dub record.  At times more dub and at times more bass (nevermind if that doesn’t seem to make sense, just take it like it reads).  These aren’t really dancefloor bangers.  These tracks are headnodders.  Of course, I can go for a good headnodder from time to time on the dancefloor – these tracks just aren’t what you’d call “Killer Kuts.”  Bonus time: It’s a double LP with a gatefold done well/right with lyrics and a short comic on the inner sides.  Keep bouncin’.
[Reviewer: Rick]

Reviews: Johann Johannsson & Esmerine (NEW REVIEWER!)

Reviews: Johann Johannsson & Esmerine
(Both of these albums arrived today, by the by.)
Hey all, we have a new reviewer on board.  Let’s welcome him.  In the future his reviews may show up with the update with the reviews the few of us already do (Josh, Rick & Sean). Mark is an aspiring writer who enjoys creative writing and independent music.  He has a blog of his own you can check out here.  Thanks Mark and welcome.  We look forward to more of these well thought out reviews.
Jóhann Jóhannsson The Miners’ Hymns
[Fat Cat Records]

A truly successful film score does not merely complement a film’s visuals; it also
radiates with an aura of the film, managing to stand independently in its own
right. Iceland-born composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’ s score for The Miners’ Hymns
fits this description well. The film in question, according to the description on Fat
Cat Records’ website, focuses on an “ill-fated mining community in North East
England” and the Miners’ Gala that celebrates their lives. Despite the fact that
I have not yet watched the film, I seriously want to check it out now, thanks to
the poignant atmosphere painted by the predominantly brass and organ-based
ensemble. I’m amazed by how heartrending and sentimental a film score about a
coal mining community can be. Each piece’s title was carefully selected from actual
slogans printed on trade union banners, providing very fascinating descriptions.
A somber mood blankets the overall experience, from the emotional ten-and-a-
half minute opener “They Being Dead yet Speaketh” to the triumphant, swelling
conclusion of “The Cause of Labour is the Hope of the World.” A particular standout
to me was “An Injury To One Is The Concern of All,” which explores a particularly
ominous, treacherous wasteland of orchestral spikes that soar like walls of fire
in a suffocating, dense landscape. Jóhannsson adds his share of subtle electronics to
complete the mood, giving an almost otherworldly essence to set it apart from most film

Esmerine La Lechuza
 [Constellation Records]
Imagine river rafting across an unfamiliar land, absorbing the beauty of both natural
and man-made sights without another care in your mind. Using only instruments
such as cello, harp, percussion and occasional vocals, the four-piece Esmerine make
La Lechuza an emotional, ornate experience. The river comparison is especially
well justified with mellow-yet-compelling songs such as “A Dog River” and “Little
Streams Make Big Rivers.” Personally, I’m feeling a strong, rich East Asian vibe from
the lively percussion and flowing strings, despite this band’s Montreal origin (its
members have contributed to several fellow local acts, such as Godspeed You! Black
Emperor (percussionist Bruce Cawdron) and Thee Silver Mt. Zion (cellist Beckie
Foon.)) The closer “Fish On Land” is particularly engrossing, as it was written and
sung by the late Lhasa de Sela, recorded with Cawdron and Foon in 2009, the year
before she lost her battle with cancer.
[Reviewer: Mark]