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2nd Of September 2011 Update

2nd Of September 2011 Update of New and Key Restocked Items
at Redscroll Records

LPs & 12″s
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Active Child    “You Are All I See (+ D/L)”
Alternative TV     “The Image Has Cracked”
Animal Collective    “Danse Manatee (+ D/L)”
Art Ensemble Of Chicago    “Certain Blacks (Reissue)”
Barry, John    “Bruce Lee’s Game Of Death (Original Soundtrack)”
Bikini Kill / Huggy Bear    “Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah / Our Troubled Youth (+ D/L)”
Blacklisted    “We’re Unstoppable”
Bon Iver    “Holocene (+ D/L)”
Deathspell Omega    “Diabolus Absconditus/Mass Grave Aesthetics”
Digitaldubs    #1 (Brazilian Dub W/ Guests + D/L)
Hella    “Tripper”
Icarus Line, The    “Wildlife”
Lewd Acts     “Black Eye Blues”
Man Forever    “Learned Helplessness In Rats – Rock Drummer”
Mariachi El Bronx    “Mariachi El Bronx (II) (3 Color Vinyl + CD)”
Ministry    “Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed & The Way to Suck Eggs (KEAH) (180 Gram)”
Muller, Jurgen    “Science Of The Sea”
Oathbreaker    “Maelstrom”
Portishead    “The Rip (12″ Etched One Side)”
Radiohead    “Give Up The Ghost (Brokenchord RMX) / TKOL (Altrice RMX) / Bloom (Blawan RMX)”
Rapture, The    “In The Grace Of Your Love”
Resurrection    “I Am Not: The Discography”
Samiam    “Trips”
Sir Stephen    “Hang Tough E.P.”
Skull Snaps    “Skull Snaps (Ltd. Ed. /1000 2xLP Remastered Gatefold + Poster + Sticker Sheet)”
Spoon    “Gimme Fiction (+ D/L)”
Suzuki, Damo & Cuzo    “Puedo Ver Tu Mente (Colored Vinyl)”
Thrice    “Major/Minor (Ltd. Ed. Colored Vinyl + D/L)”
TV On The Radio    “World Café Live (+ D/L)”
WU LYF (World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation)    “Go Tell Fire To The Mountain (+ D/L)”

Electronic LPs & 12″s
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Africa HiTech    “Out In The Streets (VIP)”
Balam Acab    “Wander/Wonder”
Bass Clef    “Zamyatin Tapes Volume 1”
Clams Casino    “Instrumentals”
Claro Intelecto    “Metanarrative (2xLP)”
Dexplicit    “Pull Up Riddim / Pull Up Vocal”
DJ Diamond    “Flight Muzik (+ D/L)”
Falty DL    “Phreqaflex”
Ford Inc.    “Satire / Delirium”
Pendle Coven    “Hex EP”

7″s
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Forced Reality “Give ‘Em The Brass”
Living Eyes “Starve For Agony”
Nucular Aminals “Nobody’s Man”
Punch “Nothing Lasts”
Self Defense Family (End Of A Year) “I’m Going Through Some Sh*t”

CD
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Jay Z & Kanye West “Watch The Throne”

Book
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Nick Tosches “Save The Last Dance For Satan”

Reviews
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All Pigs Must Die God Is War LP/CD
(Southern Lord)

All Pigs Must Die is a 4 piece nihilistic hardcore band out of Boston. Featuring the voice of Kevin Baker of The Hope Conspiracy and the drumming power of Ben Koller from Converge. They first showed us a Self Titled 5 song EP last year on Nonbeliever Records, which was immediately given a lot of attention. This is their latest effort; an eagerly awaited sophomore album titled “God is War” and released on Southern Lord Records. 
Here’s a video of them playing a house show at SXSW, along with the drummer of Trap Them.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beSgr2cFuNc&feature=related
[Reviewer: Sean]

Deathspell Omega

Diabolus Absconditus/Mass Grave Aesthetics LP
(Norma Evangelium Diaboli)

This is a new LP (as in recent release), but the tracks on it are from a couple compilations.  Yes, two tracks. 42 minutes and 10 seconds worth of two tracks.  Deathspell Omega is undoubtedly the reigning champion of current black metal.  Intricate mind-boggling riffs and generally outstanding songs that never let you get tired.  I feel like all of this is super obvious to anyone who knows. So, for anyone who doesn’t know and has even a remote interest in black metal, go listen to Deathspell Omega. Start here. Start anywhere.
[Reviewer: Rick]

Punch Nothing Lasts 7″
(Deathwish)

I was having a conversation yesterday about how Deathwish is to hardcore now what Revelation was to hardcore in the late 80’s and early 90’s. In that, they’re always pumping out the finest releases by the most current & relevant bands. This week alone they dropped releases by Living Eyes, Self Defense Family, Oathbreaker, Resurrection, and Punch. Anyone who has ever been involved with putting a record out can attest to how much work, effort and planning goes into the process. Now, imagine getting five releases ready at the same time. My brain would explode. Punch is a hardcore band hailing from San Fransisco, CA. Everyone I talk to about this band seems to be a fan, and with good reason. They play a solid fusion of thrashcore & youth crew. I love that there are only a couple sentences of lyrics for each song. It bums me out when vocalists try to cram too many words into a short song, it makes singing along real wonky. “Nothing Lasts” offers up seven new songs that won’t disappoint fans of their previous two full lengths on Assault Records.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNVjSBQZrb8
[Reviewer: Josh]

Spazz Crush Kill Destroy [Repress] LP
(625 Thrashcore)

In a sea of derivative “hardcore” bands trying to incite thrashing by using the same old methods, Spazz carved out their own niche. Although they didn’t invent the powerviolence genre, they certainly knew how to make it fun while staying true to form. Imagine a thrashier mutation of hardcore punk, clearly influenced by the blisteringly quick-and-to-the-point, rapidly shifting nature of grindcore. The result, in my opinion, channels a more raw degree of emotion that “normal” punk songwriting doesn’t seem to allow. What really made Spazz rise above most others in the genre, though, was their sharp sense of wit and overall unique persona. The lyrics range from bizarre (“Dwarf Goober Militia” is a good example) to straightforward bashing of targets such as wangstas, animal abusers and hardcore poseurs. There’s just something really refreshing about the overall execution of this album – too many bands try to imitate, but these guys did exactly what they wanted, which is sound like themselves.
[Reviewer: Mark]

26th Of August 2011 Update

26th Of August 2011 Update of New and Key Restocked Items
at Redscroll Records

LPs & 12″s
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All Pigs Must Die    “God Is War (180 Gram)”
Barrett, Syd    “The Madcap Laughs (180 Gram)”
Beirut    “The Rip Tide (Special Edition Cloth Cover + D/L)”
Big Eyes    “Hard Life”
Bjork    “The Crystalline Series (Matthew Herbert Mixes; 2 In A Series Of 4)”
Black Lips    “200 Million Thousand”
Black Lips    “Good Bad Not Evil”
Black Lips    “Los Valientes Del Mundo Nuevo”
Blood Orange    “Coastal Grooves (+ D/L)”
CSS    “La Liberacion (+ D/L)”
Cultus Sabbati    “The Garden Of Forking Ways”
Dead Hearts    “Bitter Verses”
Dirty Beaches / Ela Orleans    “Ela Orleans / Dirty Beaches”
DJ Spinna    “The Boogie Back (Post Disco Club Jams)”
Future Shuttle    “Water’s Edge (+ D/L)”
Hercules & Love Affair    “Blue Songs MMXI (U.S. Version + D/L Of LP, 3 Unreleased + 7 Bonus Remixes)”
Innergaze    “Shadow Disco”
Jacuzzi Boys    “Glazin’ (+ D/L)”
Joy Formidable, The    “The Big Roar (+ D/L)”
Limes    “Tarantula! (150 Gram + D/L)”
Liquor Store    “Yeah Buddy (2xLP)”
Low    “Trust (Analog-Analog-Analog)”
Male Bonding    “Endless Now (+ D/L)”
Nig-Heist    “Nig-Heist (+ Free Live CD)”
No Funeral    “6 Song EP”
Octo Octa    “Let Me See”
Pearl Harbor (Puro Instinct)    “Something About Chaparrals (Ltd. Ed. Second Pressing Colored Vinyl + D/L)”
Pentagram    “Last Rites (Ltd. Ed. 180 Gram)”
Racebannon    “Six Sik Sisters: A Story Cloaked In The Black Plague (+ D/L)”
Red Horse    “Red Horse”
Red Mass    “Split Brain Experiment [10″]”
Rotting Out    “Street Prowl”
Sacred Love    “Dividing Lines”
Sutekh Hexen    “Luciform”
Total Control    “Henge Beat”
Williams, Devon    “Euphoria (+ D/L)”
Yacht    “Shangri-La (Deluxe Gatefold)”
You And I    “Saturdays Cab Ride Home: A Twelve Inch Release”
Yussuf Jerusalem    “Blast From The Past”

Electronic LPs & 12″s
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Balam Acab    “Wander/Wonder”
Bass Clef    “Zamyatin Tapes Volume 1”
Clams Casino    “Instrumentals”
Claro Intelecto    “Metanarrative (2xLP)”
Dexplicit    “Pull Up Riddim / Pull Up Vocal”
DJ Diamond    “Flight Muzik (+ D/L)”
Falty DL    “Phreqaflex”
Ford Inc.    “Satire / Delirium”
Pendle Coven    “Hex EP”

Hip-Hop 12″s & LPs
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Madlib    “Madlib Medicine Show #9: Channel 85 Presents Nittyville “
Raekwon    “Shaolin Vs Wu-Tang”
Royce da 5’9″    “Success is Certain”
Slum Village    “Fantastic Vol 2. Intrumentals”

7″s
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Big Troubles “Sad Girls”
Bloodyminded “Phases 3 (Box)”
Cerekloth “Halo Of Syringes”
FocusedXMinds “Stay Focused
Polar Bear Club “The View”
Raw Nerves “Burnt Skin”
Take Offense “Peace In…”

CDs
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All Pigs Must Die “God Is War”
Balam Acab “Wander/Wonder”
Beirut “The Rip Tide (Deluxe Edition)”
Cerekloth “Halo Of Syringes”
Crucified Mortals “Crucified Mortals”
Cultes Des Ghoules “Haxan”
Destroyer 666 “To The Devil His Due”
Esplendor Geometrico “Sheikh”
Flame “March Into The Firelands”
NYC Mayhem Metal & Crossover Days (2xCD)
Ravencult “Morbid Blood”
Yot “Atma”

DVDs
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Boneshop Of The Heart: Outsider Art From The American South
Trimpin: The Sound Of Invention (Featuring The Kronos Quartet)

Reviews
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Balam Acab Wander/Wonder LP/CD
(Tri Angle)
Clams Casino Instrumentals LP
(Type)

Yes, a piggybacked review here. Why? Because, to be honest, if you like one then most likely you’ll like the other. Dubbed/drugged/dragged/morphined/heroined/slowed/sleep-deprived/hallucinatory beats. I recommended the Balam Acab EP last year. Guess what? The LP is more of the same and no less great. All new tracks with pitched up and down vocal tracks over smooth tripped out melodies, waves and thuds. The Clams Casino LP really creeps up on you. Or at least, while I gave it the initial listen I found myself deeper and deeper in it. I was fully immersed when I got hit with a Bjork sample – at which point I probably exclaimed something aloud to whoever was around me. Something like, “This is the album of the century!” with much hyperbole, mind you, but not lacking the sincerity of the sentiment. A couple solid Hip-Hop influenced (Clams Casino is arguably just hip-hop; he does produce beats for a few rappers after all) down-tempo electronic beat releases here. So many solid ones lately (see: last update’s Shlohmo review). I’m enjoying it.
[Reviewer: Rick]

Parasite / Vermapyre 7″
(Holy Terror)

You can add Parasite to the ever-growing list of Japanese bands that I dig. D-beat hardcore punk that will make you want to dance more then just hold a beer and pump your fist. A few riffs sound middle eastern-influenced to me. I love that Japanese bands aren’t afraid to get a little weird with their crust. For fans of G.I.S.M. & Paintbox. Vermapyre is another mysterious outfit. I’m not even sure which country they’re from is it Japan or Belgium? Either way, these dudes kicks it off with an extremely raw black metal track called, “March Of Thee Vermapyrical Legions”. Then you get hit with “Thee Cold Invocation” which is more of a spooky noise track with some female whispers buried in the mix. The last track is, “Return Of The Sorcerer” which sounds more like a rough live Integrity recording. Locked groove? I’m sold. For fans of Bone Awl & weirder Integ jams.
[Reviewer: Josh]

Poison Planet Demo 7″
(Offside Records)

Poison Planet is a straight edge powerviolence band on Offside Records. Kinda reminds me of Dropdead with a couple guitar solos thrown in. Lot’s of politically motivated lyrics. The insert has explanations behind some of the lyrics, which is something I always thought was great. Earth Crisis did it on the “All Out War” 7″ about their use of the word “fetus.” The album ends with an animal noise. I say it sounds like a wolf, Rick thinks it’s a whale. YOU DECIDE.
[Reviewer: Sean]

23rd Of August Update

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

We didn’t have any reviews on the last update.  Friday’s in-stocks also didn’t get added onto that either. So, today you get a bonus update with a few reviews and the stock that’s come in between Thursday and today.  Bonus!

LPs & 12″s
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Alkaline Trio / One Man Army    “BYO Split Series Volume V”
Bad Sports    “Kings Of The Weekend “
Basement     “I Wish I Could Stay Here”
Black Flag    “Everything Went Black”
Black Flag    “Family Man”
Bridges, Jeff    “Jeff Bridges”
City Of Ships    “Minor World “
CSC Funk Band    “Things Are Getting Too Casual”
DJ Spinna    “The Boogie Back (Post Disco Club Jams)”
Don Caballero    “For Respect”
Fool’s Gold    “Leave No Trace”
Ganglians    “Still Living”
Icarus Line, The    “Black Lives At The Golden Coast”
Knife, The    “We Share Our Mothers’ Health”
Leatherface    “Viva La Arthouse: Live In Melbourne”
Malkmus, Stephen And The Jicks    “Mirror Traffic”
Man Overboard    “The Human Highlight Reel: EP’s, B-Sides, And Other Songs”
NOFX     “White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean”
P.O.D.     “When Angels & Serpents Dance”
Slowdive     “Just For A Day”
Spraynard    “Funtitled”
Stepkids, The    “Legend . Suburban Dream”
Today Is The Day    “Pain Is A Warning”
Unkind    “Harhakuvat”
War Hungry    “War Hungry”

Hip-Hop 12″s & LPs
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Madlib    “Madlib Medicine Show #9: Channel 85 Presents Nittyville “
Raekwon    “Shaolin Vs Wu-Tang”
Royce da 5’9″    “Success is Certain”
Slum Village    “Fantastic Vol 2. Intrumentals”

7″s
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Black Milk / Jack White
Caves / Sundials
Dead Hearts “A Death In…”
F. Boys
Jonti “Firework Spraying Moon”
Nature “Workout”
Praise “Two Songs”
Seaweed “Service…”
Talk Normal “Lone Gener…”
Trench Rot
Yellow Fever “Bermuda Triangle”

CDs
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Algernon Cadwallader “Parrot”
Apathy “Honkey Kong”
Ceremony “Covers EP”
Icarus Line “Wildlife”
Nebula / Lowrider
Poison Control “Stranger”
Premonition “13”

Reviews
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Botany Feeling Today [EP] 12″
(Western Vinyl)

Botany is an experimental/electronic project from young Texas musician Spencer Stephenson, and this EP, according to Western Vinyl’s website, is “a humble collection of tracks dedicated to his recently deceased mother, pieced together in the house where she raised him.” It provides a very dream-like experience – I get the feeling of flying amidst puffy clouds surrounding a castle in the sky at sundown. A variety of samples, from celestial orchestra swelling to wind chimes, come together to paint an atmosphere that’s thick, otherworldly, and refreshing. The luscious synth lines are the main driving force, though, laying the foundation for the ornate instrumentation. The opening title track is the perfect starter with its uprising far-as-the-eye-can-see melody and airy-yet-resonant vocals. “Benefactress” is another example of uniqueness, with natural-sounding, loosely structured chimes and a fluffy, pounding backbeat. The closing track “Agave” is the “darkest” sounding – it dishes out more abstract instrumentation with both a chandelier of elegant jingling and a buzzing electronic shade. With sounds as beautiful as these on a five-track EP, it will be interesting to see what a full-length album will yield, too.
[Reviewer: Mark]

Shabazz Palaces Black Up LP/CD
(Sub Pop)

I know this is on Sub Pop and it has an ambiguous band name and title.  It’s hip-hop.  It’s smooth and it’s rough.  It’s atmospheric and conscious and full of braggadocio and abrasive. It’s Digable Planets meets Dalek.  It’s really good. 
[Reviewer: Rick]

Shlohmo Bad Vibes LP/CD
(Friends Of Friends)

Seems this guy has been up to some chill vibes (though the title proclaims these are bad I don’t really feel that; perhaps melancholic at times, sure) for a couple years now.  This is my introduction to his work.  It’s down-tempo electronic music which would really easily fit in with the Tri Angle Records roster.  It’s got a level of atmospheric samplings (vocal ooohs and ahhhs) with a level of syncopated string tinged glitch-hop laid under (or over) each track (nevermind production techniques with this sentence – you get the idea). I recently put this on during a train ride and when it ended I found myself mesmerized by the ambient sound of the train and its passengers (not because the latter was all that mesmerizing – it was a residual effect I assure you).  Get mesmerized by the strumming strings oooh ahh blip boom.
[Reviewer: Rick]

12th Of August 2011 Update

12th Of August 2011 Update of New and Key Restocked Items
at Redscroll Records

LPs & 12″s
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Agnostic Front    “Another Voice”
Amen Dunes    “Through Donkey Jaw (+ D/L)”
Ampere    “Like Shadows (+ D/L)”
Animal Collective    “Sung Tongs (+ D/L)”
Battles    “Mirrored”
Battles    “My Machines”
Belle And Sebastian    “Tigermilk (120 Gram Low Price + D/L)”
Belle And Sebastian    “The Boy With The Arab Strap (120 Gram Low Price + D/L)”
Belle And Sebastian    “If You’re Feeling Sinister (120 Gram Low Price + D/L)”
Bestial Mouths    “Hissing Veil (/500)”
Bitches / Yuppies    “Bitches / Yuppies (/500 + D/L)”
Blues Control    “Puff”
Bomb The Music Industry!    “Vacation”
Botany    “Feeling Today EP (+ D/L)””
Braid    “Closer To Closed (180 Gram + D/L)”
Canon Blue    “Rumspringa”
Case Studies    “The World Is Just A Shape To Fill The Night (+ D/L)”
Cat Power    “The Covers Record (120 Gram Low Price)”
Cat Power    “What Would The Community Think (120 Gram Low Price + D/L)”
Chariot, The    “Long Live (/2000)”
Davila 666    “Third Man Live 03-06-2011”
Defiance    “Out Of Order”
Descendents    “I Don’t Want To Grow Up”
Emuul    “The Drawing Of The Line”
Fruit Bats    “Tripper (+ D/L)”
Funerot    “And Then You Fucking Die, Man”
Generationals    “Actor-Caster”
Gravehill    “Practitioners Of Fell Sorcery”
Graves    “Summr Bummr”
Heartsounds    “Drifter”
Hello=Fire (Dean Fertita Of QOTSA & Dead Weather)    “Hello=Fire (DMM 180 Gram)”
Hold Tight!    “Can’t Take This Away”
Horrors, The    “Skying (+ D/L)”
Imaginary Softwoods    “The Path Of Spectrolite”
Inc.    “3”
IWrestledABearOnce    “Ruining It For Everybody (Swirled Vinyl /1000)”
Killing Joke    “Killing Joke (Reissue)”
Laurent, Philippe    “Hot Bip”
Lotus Plaza / Odonis Odonis    “Lotus Plaza / Odonis Odonis (/500; + D/L)”
Made Out Of Babies    “The Ruiner”
Made Out Of Babies    “Coward”
Oak & Bone    “Oak And Bone”
Poison Control Center, The    “Stranger Ballet”
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry    “Smashed Hits (Ltd. Ed. Colored Vinyl)”
Ringworm    “Scars (Ltd. Ed. Colored Vinyl + D/L)”
Ringworm    “Birth Is Pain (Ltd. Ed. Colored Vinyl + D/L)”
Simonetti, Mike    “Capricorn Rising (+ D/L)”
Skin Like Iron    “Arrival”
Sloppy Seconds    “E.P. Garbage Days Regurgitated”
Tabou Combo    “Respect… (Haiti 1973)”
Various Artists    “Striving Higher: A Hardcore Compilation (Foundation, Rival Mob, Blacklisted, Nails, Bracewar, War Hungry…)”
War On Drugs, The    “Slave Ambient (Ltd. Ed. Colored Vinyl + D/L)”
Witch-Lord    “Atomized In The Black Solarian (+ D/L)”
Yo La Tengo    “And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out (120 Gram Low Price + D/L)”
Yo La Tengo    “Painful! (120 Gram Low Price + D/L)”

Electronic LPs & 12″s
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Busy Signal    “Badman Place (Remixes)”
Cosmin TRG    “Skream! (3xLP)”
Cosmin TRG    “Simulat”
Creep    “Days Remixes”
Dubkasm    “RMX P4”
Fink    “Perfect Darkness”
Graff, Willie & Tuccillo    “Poseidonia”
Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts    “Ubiquitous Gaze”
GusGus    “Over Remixe”
Hyetal    “Phoenix RMX (10″)”
Kryptic Minds    “Arcane”
Mungo’s Hi Fi    “Bogle / Gimme Gimme”
Photek    “Closer”
Saarid    “Fever Dream”
Squarepusher    “Squarepusher & EdRec Present Shobaleader One”
Trago, Tom    “Iris Album Sampler”
Untold    “Yukon RMX (10″)”
Various Artists    “Jubilee Comp. #050.3”
Yellowman    “Zungguzungguguzungguzeng (Remix)”

Hip-Hop 12″s & LPs
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Cypress Hill    “Cypress Hill (20th Anniversary Ed. Red Vinyl)”
London, Theodophilus    “Timez Are Weird These Days”
Serengeti    “Family & Friends (Ltd. Ed. + D/L)”
Streets, The    “The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living “

10″s
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NOFX    “NOFX”
Scream    “Complete Control Recording Sessions (+ D/L)”

7″s
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Earth Crisis “Into A Sea…”
Gehenna “Land Of II/Grave…” 7″+CD
Imposters, The “Down By The…”
Midnight Souls “Colder”
No Omega
Parasite / Vermapyre
Penetration Panthers “Per…”
Title Fight “The Last…”

CDs
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Ancient VVisdom “A Godlike Inferno”
Hello=Fire “Hello=Fire”
Minerva, Maria “Cabaret”
Obsessed, The “Lunar Womb”
Today Is The Day “Pain Is…”
Unida / Dozer
Various Artists “50 Weapons 10-19”
War On Drugs, The “Slave Ambient (Deluxe)”

Book
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Cometbus: Add…
Sun Ra: This Planet Is…

Reviews
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Ampere Like Shadows LP/CD
(No Idea)

This week my friend Brian put together a blog to archive the fliers of the shows he had a hand in booking from 2001-2004. In that time, the clubs that had regularly hosted shows in CT had closed down or slowed down (or in the case of The Hanover House been knocked down!). Brian managed to regularly squeeze free-to-cheap rooms out of the University Of Connecticut that were sizable enough to hold shows for hundreds of kids. Mixed bills? no problem. Fights? almost never. There was always a place to crash and someone was always willing to scan you into the dining hall. Utopian times. (http://thesiningrey.tumblr.com/)

It seems fitting that this week’s review is of a new record by a band who played a bunch of those Uconn shows. Ampere has been a band for ten years and their formula hasn’t changed. They aim to put you on a fast-as-fuck screamo rollercoaster that they keep turning off and on (some songs are as short as 20 seconds). Don’t try to bang your head; your neck will break. The 15 song, “Like Shadows” has the best recording quality of any Ampere record, it’s bright without being entirely clean either, which helps to convey how intense & chaotic their live shows are.
[Reviewer: Josh]

Deskonocidos En La Oscuridad LP
(Todo Destruido / Trabuc Records)

Texican dark rock that could easily have been from two decades ago and remembered as some lost cult band loved by hundreds.  I would be among those mythological hundreds. Of course, that’s all moot because they existed up until just recently (unfortunately, I believe their last show was very recently in or close to their hometown in Texas – I’m writing this stream of conscious so don’t expect me to research things you lazy reader dewdz; Rufus!).  So, they sing in spanish and it’s great.  I have no idea what they’re talking about, but really I don’t often know what most bands are talking about so a language barrier is just one more hurdle I don’t have to worry about jumping. These guys could have played at London’s Batcave in the ’80s alongside Southern Death Cult or Sex Gang Children or Specimen or The Virgin Prunes or… you get it.  Jangly and moody, but also fist pumping and rocking and uhhh Texican(!).
[Reviewer: Rick]

Ringworm Scars LP/CD
(Victory Records)

“Scars” marks the fifth full length from Cleveland based metal/hardcore band Ringworm. This album is sure to add some fuel to the fire for the “Which Ringworm album is the best” debate that I often hear. There are few vocalists out there that come close to Human Furnace’s violent growls, and no pair of guitarists can shred as hard and precise as Matt Sorg and John Comprix. Put these two together, along with some really top notch artwork done by none other than J. Bannon, and you have yourself a completely solid release.

Ringworm is playing at the El N Gee in CT in November. I highly recommend checking it out. You will not be disappointed. Victory Records has also released Ringworm’s 2nd full length, “Birth is Pain,” and that’s in stock as well. Snag the pair. There is no God.
[Reviewer: Sean]

The UV Race Homo LP/CD
(In The Red Records)

Not many music teachers will endorse it, but sloppy production and instrumentation genuinely enhances this Australian six-piece’s garage rock. This band doesn’t like to play by the rules. With vocals easily comparable to The Velvet Underground, the music varies from straightforward lo-fi strumming to very discordant, highly experimental structures drawing from psychedelia, Krautrock, and the earliest noise rock (this is especially present in the outro of the closing title-track, which, to avoid any confusion, lyrically refers to the fact that we are all human.) An organ-sounding keyboard buzzes throughout much of the album, bringing the atmosphere of a sweaty, grimy bar to mind. The most unique track, “Burn That Cat,” is memorable for not only its quick moments of what sounds like truly avant-garde jazz, but also its bizarre lyrics inspired by a very disturbing dream. Still, it’s easy to feel right at home with down-to-earth, relatable themes such as shyness (Down Your Street) and friends who never show up on  time (Always Late.) 
[Reviewer: Mark]

4th of August 2011 Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cassette
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Triple Six Mafia “Smoked Out Loced Out”

DVD
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Studio One Story

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

Reviews
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Page99 Singles LP/CD

(LP on Robotic Empire / CD on Reptilian)

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

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

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

Triple Six Mafia Smoked Out Loced Out Cassette
(BOOTLEG)

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