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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]

29th Of July 2011 Update & Reviews

29th Of July 2011 Update of New and Key Restocked Items
at Redscroll Records

LPs & 12″s
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311    “Universal Pulse (+ CD)”
Altar Of Plagues    “Mammal (180 Gram Ltd. Ed. Colored Vinyl)”
Amorphis    “Tales From The Thousand Lakes (Limited Finland Edition Colored Vinyl)”
Art Brut    “Bang Bang Rock & Roll”
Autopsy    “Macabre Eternal”
Bathory    “Hammerheart”
Belle And Sebastian    “Come On Sister”
Big Star    “#1 Record”
Caboladies    “Renewable Destination”
Cheater Slicks    “Our Food Is Chaos”
Collections Of Colonies Of Bees    “Giving (Colored Vinyl + D/L)”
Dead Language    “Dead Language”
Death In June    “Nada Plus! (Ltd. Ed. Blue Vinyl 2LP; Silver Foil Bag /250)”
Death In June    “Nada Plus! (Gold Edition)”
Drive-By Truckers    “Ugly Buildings, Whores & Politicians: Greatest Hits – 1998-2009”
Enslaved    “Isa (2LP)”
Ettinger, Dylan    “New Age Outlaws”
EyeHateGod    “Preaching The “End-Time” Message (Rarities And Demos)”
Foot Village / Super Khoumeissa    “Split Series #293 “
Galavis, Quin    “Should Have Known You (+ D/L)”
Grandaddy    “Under The Western Freeway”
Grandaddy    “The Sophtware Slump (Remastered At Sterling Sound)”
Harms Way    “Isolation”
Harvestman    “In A Dark Tongue”
Helmet    “Strap It On (Re-Mastered)”
In Mourning    “Shrouded Divine”
Jeff The Brotherhood    “Heavy Days (+ D/L)”
Jurado, Damien    “And Now That I’m In Your Shadow (+ D/L)”
Kuti, Seun Anikulapo & Egypt 80    “From Africa With Fury: Rise (+ D/L)”
Like Wolves    “Like Wolves “
Moonface    “Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped (+ D/L)”
Moore, R. Stevie    “Phonography “
NOFX    “So Long And Thanks For All The Shoes”
Normals, The    “Vacation To Nowhere (/1000)”
Oranssi Pazuzu    “Muukalainen Puhuu”
Pestilence    “Doctrine”
Pure X    “Pleasure (Ltd. Ed. Heavyweight Vinyl & Foil Cover)”
Schnitzler, Conrad    “Live ’72”
Seahaven    “Ghost”
Small Brown Bike    “Dead Reckoning (+D/L)”
Soundtrack    “Pina: Dance, Dance Otherwise We Are Lost (Original Soundtrack)”
Stone, Joss    “LP1”
Teenage Fanclub    “Bandwagonesque (180 Gram)”
They Might Be Giants    “Join Us (+ D/L)”
Vagon Brei    “Destiny”
We Are The Union    “Great Leaps Forward”
Wormrot    “Dirge”

Electronic 12″s
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6Blocc    “I Dubs Vol 6 EP”
AFX / Autechre    “Quex-RD/Skin Up, You’re Already Dead”
Badawi Feat. Sensational    “No Schnitzel”
Blake, James    “The Wilhelm Scream”
Blake, James    “Klavierwerke EP”
Busy P    “Rainbow Man”
DOK    “West Coast”
DZA    “Supershark EP”
Egyptrixx    “Liberation Front”
Fitzgerald, George    “Silhouette”
Girl Unit    “Wut (Remixes)”
Hakim Murphy    “Stolen Kisses: First Kiss”
Hudson Mohawke    “Satin Panthers”
Hype Williams    “Kelly Price W8 Gain Vol II”
Jam City    “Waterworkx EP”
Legowelt    “Sark Island Acid EP”
Lil Silva    “Night Skanker EP”
Lucid Dream (AKA John Tejada)    “Phthalo Origins #2: Reworked Data”
MLZ    “One Cycle”
Motor City Drum Ensemble    “DJ-Kicks (Mix Comp. LP)”
Nico    “Nico’s Bluewave Edits”
Ossie    “Set The Tone EP”
Ras _G & The A.S.P. / Sun Ra    “Views Of Saturn Vol. 1”
Slugabed    “Moonbeam Rider”
Tang, Steven    “Uprise In The Orient”
Tang, Steven    “Windy City”
Tang, Steven    “Bass Synergy”
TBC    “Distant Planet Star Trek Remix”

HIP HOP
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Bad Meets Evil (Eminem & Royce Da 5’9″)    “Hell: The Sequel”
Beastie Boys    “Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (180 Gram White 2LP + D/L + Bonus 7″ Single + Exclusive Iron-On)”
Del The Funky Homosapien    “Golden Era (2xLP)”
Grieves    “Together Apart”
Mr. Lif    “Mo’Mega”

7″s
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Blasting Concept
Compound “Demo”
Converge / Dropdead
Dead Language
Go Rydell / Grey Area
Homewrecker / The Love Below
Minority Unit “Demo”
Okkervil River “Your Past Life As…”
Smash Detox
Wharf Rats
White, Jack “Another Way…”
Wilco “I Might / I Love My…”

CDs
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Ampere “Like…”
Dead Can Dance “Dead Can Dance”
Death In June “Nada Plus! (2CD+DVD)”
Death In June “Brown Book”
Death In June “Lesson 1: Misanthropy”
Ed Gein “Bad Luck”
Esplendor Geometrico “Nador”
Jasta, Jamey “Jasta”
Kryptic Minds “Can’t Sleep”
Looking For An Answer “Eterno…”
Nataro, Tig “Good One (+ DVD)”
Ringworm “Scars”
They Might Be Giants “Join Us”
Toxic Holocaust “Conjure… (Deluxe)”
Various Artists “Night Slugs Allstars Vol. 1”

Reviews
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Converge / Dropdead 7″
(Self Released)

Converge has been one of my favorite bands since I first heard them, and each release showcases something new and refreshing. Their most recent full length, “Axe to Fall” set a new path for them. It has a slightly cleaner sound, with more metal elements mixed in. The song featured on this EP, “Runaway,” sounds like it could have come straight from that recording session. It is a true shredder.
Dropdead continues their 20 year grindy assault with a new song “Paths of Glory.” It’s a war protest song about the pointless loss of life for the never ending “War machine.” It’s fast and thrashy, similar to their previous releases, and is certainly up to par with them.
You like to collect Converge records? Want every color? Good luck! We have Green w/ Black in stock at the moment.
Pressing info is as follows:
First Press:
10 – Test Presses
150 – Black w/ Random Stripe vinyl (Converge has these, up to the band if they sell them)
150 – Clear w/ Random colors vinyl (Dropdead has these, up to the band if they sell them)
2000 – Red & Black Swirl vinyl (Deathwish Exclusive)
2000 – Green & Black Swirl vinyl (Armageddon Exclusive)
2700 – “Vinyl Bong” Random colors of vinyl (Available from the bands only)
[Reviewer: Sean]

Death In June Nada Plus! LP/CD
(Pylon Records)

This here is what you might call a reissue. However, it does have that “Plus!” part of it.  With the CD you get an extra CD and DVD (I haven’t viewed it yet); with the LP you get all the music and some pretty outstanding new packaging (the Blue deluxe 2LP version is limited to merely 250 however).  This goes a bit back in the D.I.J. history.  It’s got glimpses of what would come with moody acoustic numbers, but it’s also got a bit of the dancier e.b.m. type songs (think Soft Cell). The bonus material is probably not new to die-hard D.I.J. fans, but it is perhaps the only way you’ll find these on vinyl (if you opt to go that route).  The version of “The Calling” on this is a bit different than that on the “I’m A Cult Hero” compilation (which I believe is the only way that song was available on LP before). We also got in a few shirts with these – they are soft and feature the familiar whip logo (sold separately of course).
[Recommender: Rick]

Harm’s Way Isolation LP
(Closed Casket Activities)

I fell in love with Harm’s Way after hearing their “Imprisoned” 7″, which was evil sounding straightedge power-violence. With the last couple of releases, they’ve been moving in a more straight forward tough hardcore direction. With “Isolation” they’re using the “Hatebreed formula” of mixing death metal riffs (Carcass, Entombed, Obituary) in with some impressively intense drumming, samples, and even some swampy Eyehategod riffs to keep it flowing along through eight tracks.  Super slick metal production on this album as well, which I would have never anticipated back when I only knew them from “Imprisoned”. The sound has changed so much this could be a completely different band, but both eras of Harms Way are awesome.
[Reviewer: Josh]


Sanso-Xtro Fountain Fountain Joyous Mountain LP/CD

(Digitalis Recordings)

This experimental album incorporates rich high-and-low-pitched tones with other ever-varying instrumentation thrown in. It’s not easy to summarize it as a whole. “The Origin of Birds” frolics with jovial toy sounds and a glimmering electronic geyser that’s like a flourish of gold coins. Acoustic string plucking takes over in tracks like “Light Come, Light Go, Ghost” and the gritty, rustic, and very abstractly structured “Goodnight Thylacine,” but the tones individually provide a very lush, color-changing soundscape in others such as “Golden Hour” and “Observes Shadows.” It’s great that this album changes from track-to-track – sometimes it’s almost like an electronic lullaby (particularly “Hello Night Crow,”) but the curious accordion-heavy closer “Exit: Joyous Mountain” provides some surprising variation. An album with instrumentation like this should appeal to open-minded listeners since it’s far from traditional song-structure boundaries and doesn’t fall into a dull, predictable “easy-listening” trap. Thankfully, it doesn’t suffer from alienating complexity, either. It’s just something for a unique mood to visit new places.
[Reviewer: Mark]

22nd Of July 2011 Update & Reviews

22nd Of July 2011 Update of New and Key Restocked Items
at Redscroll Records

LPs & 12″s
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Allen, Tony (Plays With Afrika 70 And The Afro Messengers)    “Afro Disco Beat”
Arrington, Steve    “(I Be) Goin’ Hard (Music: Dam-Funk. Vocals: Steve Arrington. AKA The Invade)”
Autre Ne Veut (ANV)    “Body”
Barwick, Julianna & Ikue Mori    “FRKWYS 6 (In Collaboration With The Sound Of White Columns)”
Brain Idea    “Cosmos Factory (Ltd. Ed + D/L)”
Crystal Antlers    “Two-Way Mirror (+ CD; Ltd. Ed.)”
Daniel Striped Tiger    “No Difference”
Face To Face    “Laugh Now, Laugh Later”
Figure Four    “Suffering The Loss”
Fire! With Jim O’Rourke    “Unreleased? (+ D/L)”
Flaherty, Paul / Bill Nace    “No, The Sun”
Ginsberg, Allen / William Blake    “Songs Of Innocence And Experience (By William Blake, Tuned By Allen Ginsberg)”
Golightly, Holly / Dan Melchior    “Desperate Little Town”
Kirby, Leyland    “Intrigue & Stuff Volume 2”
McDaniels, Eugene    “The Mack (OST; Max Julien, Richard Pryor, Roger Mosley)”
MV & EE    “Country Stash”
Nurse With Wound    “Salt: Music From The Horse Hospital”
Pala    “We Don’t Exist”
Part Time    “What Would You Say? (Ltd. Ed. 2xLP + D/L)”
Radiohead    “Morning Mr Magpie / Bloom “
Seasick Steve    “You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks”
Seraphim    “The Light In The Distance”
Shelter    “Eternal”
Stockhausen, Karlheinz    “Mantra (Yvar Mikhashoff, Rosalind Bevan, Piano; Ole Orsted, Electronics) (/500)”
Suicide Silence    “The Black Crown”
Toxic Holocaust    “Conjure And Command (Ltd. Ed. Colored Vinyl)”
Various Artists    “The Roots Of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias From Peru (2xLP; 23 Tunes From Lima And The Amazon 1968-1981; 11×11 20 Page Booklet)”
Yankovic, Weird Al    “Alpocalypse”

Electronic 12″s
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Bass Clef    “Rollercoasters Of The Heart / So Cruel”
Drums Of Death    “Black Waves EP”
Funkbias    “Last Forever”
Miles    “Facets”
Moby    “Mistake”
Mount Kimbie    “Carbonated (2×12″)”
Photek    “Aviator/Totem”
Speedy J    “Shoegaze”
Various Artists    “Matthew Dear Body Language 7: Get Physical Music”
Various Artists    “Back And 4th: A Hotflush Compilation (3×12″) (Sepalcure, Boxcutter, Boddika, Dbridge, Scuba, Falty DL, Sigha, George FitzGerald, Incyde, Roska)”

HIP HOP
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Bad Meets Evil (Eminem & Royce Da 5’9″)    “Hell: The Sequel”
Del The Funky Homosapien    “Golden Era (2xLP)”
Mr. Lif    “Mo’Mega”

10″
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Fennesz    “Seven Stars”

7″s
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Choke Up “Spent”
Colbert, Stephen
Count Vertigo “Mutant”
Crisis Of Conformity “Fist Fight”
Grown Ups “Handholder”
Hellhorse “Decade Of Dust”Kamlat”
Just Urbain “EverybodyLoves”
Medeh, OH “
Poison Planet “Demo (Import)”
Revenge “Frustrations”
SC “Get Out Now”
Young Identities “New Trends”

CDs
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Earth Crisis “Neutralize…”
Hail! Hornet “Desperse The Curse”
Skullflower “F*cked On Pile Of Corpses”
Toxic Holocaust “Conjure And Command”

Reviews
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Human Eye They Came From The Sky LP
(Sacred Bones Records)

These guys are nuts. Listening to this album is like being trapped in a sci-fi B-movie that’s been boiled down so the boring parts are gone and the remaining essence is total insanity. Oh yeah, and there are psychedelic drugs. Lots of them. Opener “Alien Creeps” kicks right into gear with a laser-whooshing space-rock guitar, a light-heartedly foreboding synth line and utterly manic drumming (seriously – I was stunned to see that an actual human is credited with the percussion on this album, since the average person would get sore pretty fast from even air-drumming along.) Thankfully, it does mellow out a bit with songs like the catchy “Impregnate The Martian Queen Pt. 2.” That song is dressed with a curious, extraterrestrial-sounding flicker effect and a feel-good acoustic chord that fits really well in the “drive-in nostalgia” feel, plus the insane instrumentation making punctuated, abrupt returns every now and then. In general, this reminds me of psychedelic, garage and experimental rock, and the endearing “Martian B-movie” lyrical theme fits well into the timeframe those respective genres emerged from. These guys know how to have fun while also taking their work seriously.
[Reviewer: Mark]

Liturgy Aesthethica LP/CD
(Thrill Jockey Records)

It’s tough to imagine a black metal band that sounds like no other black metal band, but in my opinion, Liturgy manage to pull it off. Their style of replacing suffocating darkness with blinding, celestial light (and corresponding lyrical themes) has raised controversy among genre purists. What should really matter is how the music sounds, and with their latest album, Liturgy delivers a truly incredible, unique experience. It feels like soaring through the heavens while immortal beings blast booming, unbelievably intense background music to echo across the universe. Tracks like “Generation” and “Veins of God” clearly show the band’s Lightning Bolt influence, utilizing simple-yet-monolithic guitar-and-bass crunching with unrelenting percussion pounding. Almost every track follows the formula of ethereal guitar/bass tapestries (“Sun of Light” is a fitting example) and stunningly high-BPM drums. Even detours like the simple-yet-complex-sounding and early electronic music-reminiscent “Helix Skull” manage to fit in with the album’s sound. Regardless of whether or not this record should truly be categorized as “black metal,” it’s an incredibly intense, fantastical experience that shouldn’t be overlooked.
[Reviewer: Mark]

Trial …Are These Our Lives? LP

(Panic Records)

Trial was (is? they’ve been playing shows occasionally) a straight edge hardcore band from Seattle, Washington.This album is one of my all time favorite records. Earlier Trial material, while always having a strong urgent message, sucked musically. I fooled myself when I was a kid that “Through The Darkest Days”  & “Foundation” were killer, but they weren’t. “Are These Our Lives?” on the other hand is a perfect album. Hard driven guitars, fast pounding drums, powerful poetic lyrics, & just enough pretty guitar work to tie it all together. How the hell did Equal Vision let them get away with hiring cello & violin players? I have no idea, but I’m glad they did! A friend of mine had gotten a hold of an advanced copy of this a few weeks before it hit stores (in 1999) and on a road trip to an out of state show we just listened to it on repeat for the entire ride. It never gets old. When they finally played in CT, it was unreal, everyone was so excited that when the drummer started to sound check, everyone started moshing hard, the drummer took his que and kept the high hat rhythm going for a good 30 seconds while the rest of the band raced to be ready to jump into the first song. Certainly one of the best shows of my youth! We got the second repress in a few weeks ago, thanks to Panic Records, which is not only churning out records by great bands (see: The Saddest Landscape), but is also run by Trial guitarist; Timm McIntosh
[Reviewer: Josh]


“Weird Al” Yankovic Alpocalypse LP
(Way Moby / Volcano / Jive Records)

THE ALPOCALYPSE IS HERE!  I have been a “Weird Al” Yankovic fan since I’ve liked music. The first piece of music I remember owning was a copy of “Dare to Be Stupid” on cassette. I can’t tell you how many times I listened to it. I’ve seen UHF probably close to 50 times. Although none of his past albums have been as good as his early material, that doesn’t mean they aren’t good comedy albums. I don’t even really think that’s his fault. He parodies what’s popular at the moment, and there hasn’t really been a ton of good pop music lately. At least not compared to what used to be popular. His original songs have always been pretty catchy, and his token “polka mash up” song on each album are always a highlight for me. Although I don’t care much for who he parodies on this album (Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Miley Cirus, B.o.B., T.I.), it’s still enjoyable and there are some good one liners in it. Fun album.
Also, this has the best cover art of any album so far this year.
[Reviewer: Sean]