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2017 Staff Favorites

Hey all!

Wondering what we all here at Redscroll loved listening to this past year?  Wonder no more! Below you’ll find lists from each of us. Some of us even had one particular top favorite that we highlighted. Beyond the top favorite each of our lists is in alphabetical order with links to search for it in our online shop (those that we have online are also available in store of course – the search might reveal that we are currently out of stock and you can rest assured that we are working to keep all of these in stock as much as we can).
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Redscroll Employee Music We Really Liked Lists 2016

Wondering what we here liked this past year? Wonder no more!
Here’s 10 things each of us liked a lot (10+ in a couple cases).  The order is strictly alphabetical. Links to listen and search our store online as well (unfortunately not all in stock – remedying as fast as we can in instances it is possible).


75 Dollar Bill “Wood/Metal/Plastic/Pattern/Rhythm/Rock” (Thin Wrist) [Search/BuyListen]
Counter Intuits “Monosyllabilly” (Pyramid Scheme Records) [Search/BuyListen]
The Double “Dawn Of The Double” (In The Red) [Search/BuyListen]
Foster Body “Moving Display” (Diabolical Records) [Search/BuyListen]
Guerilla Toss “Eraser Stargazer” (DFA) [Search/BuyListen]
Mystery Lights “Mystery Lights” (Wick Records) [Search/Buy Listen]
Rob Noyes “The Feudal Spirit” (Poon Village) [Sorry, this one is sold out everywhere.  – Listen]
Olympians “Olympians” (Daptone) [Search/Buy Listen]
Powell “Sport” (XL Recordings) [Search/BuyListen]
Writhing Squares “In The Void Above” (Siltbreeze) [Search/BuyListen]

Dark Thoughts “Dark Thoughts” (Stupid Bag/Drunken Sailor Records) [Search/Buy Listen]
Dyke Drama “Up Against the Bricks” (Drunken Sailor/Salinas Records) [Search/BuyListen]
Mitski “Puberty 2” (Dead Oceans) [Search/Buy Listen]
Tony Molina “Confront the Truth” 7″ (Slumberland Records) [Search/Buy Listen]
Mothercountry Motherfuckers “Confidential Human Source” (Empyre/Clean Plate Records) [Search/Buy Listen]
Frank Ocean “Blonde” (Boys Don’t Cry/XL Recordings) [Search/BuyListen]
Angel Olsen “My Woman” (Jagjaguwar) [Search/Buy Listen]
“Pieces in Space” (Don Giovanni) [Search/BuyListen]
Sheer Mag “III” 7″ (Static Shock Records / Wilsuns Recording Company) [Search/Buy Listen]
Sneaks “Gymnastics” (Merge Records) [Search/BuyListen]

All New Haven Honorable Mentions:
Stefan Christensen “American Pastoral Again” (Ever/Never) [Search/BuyListen]
Headroom “Headroom” (C/Site Recordings) [Search/BuyListen]
Worn Leather “Tape 3” (Self-Released) [Search/BuyListen]

Axis / Seraph the Light (Good Fight) [Search/BuyListen]
Demdike Stare “Wonderland” (Modern Love) [Search/Buy Listen]
Dinosaur Jr. “Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not” (Jagjaguwar) [Search/BuyListen]
Dissolve “Sasquatch” (Maitsuba) [Search/BuyListen]
DJ Earl “Open Your Eyes” (Teklife) [Search/BuyListen]
DJ Rashad “Afterlife” (Teklife) [Search/BuyListen]
Neurosis “Fires Within Fires” (Neurot Recordings) [Search/BuyListen]
Off With Their Heads “Won’t Be Missed” (Anxious And Angry) [Search/Buy Listen]
Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement “Green Graves” (Hospital Productions) [Search/BuyListen]
Skepta “Konnichiwa” (Boy Better Know) [Search/BuyListen]

Abbath “Abbath” (Season Of Mist) [Search/Buy Listen]
Amon Amarth “Jomsviking” (Metal Blade Records) [Search/BuyListen]
Big Business “Command Your Weather” (Joyful Noise Recordings) [Search/BuyListen]
John Carpenter “Lost Themes II” (Sacred Bones Records) [Search/BuyListen]
Daughter “Not To Disappear” (4AD/Glassnote) [Search/BuyListen]
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein “Stranger Things (A Netflix Original Series)” (Soundtrack/Score) (Lakeshore/Invada Records) [Search/BuyListen]
Esben And The Witch “Older Terrors” (Season Of Mist) [Search/BuyListen]
Harley Flanagan “Cro-Mags” (171-A Records/MVD Audio) [Search/BuyListen]
Neurosis “Fires Within Fires” (Neurot Recordings) [Search/BuyListen]
Emma Ruth Rundle “Marked For Death” (Sargent House) [Search/BuyListen]

EPs worth mentioning:
Dirt Devil “Satin’s Kingdom” CS (Self-Released) [Search/BuyListen]
Dissolve “Sasquatch” 7” (Maitsuba) [Search/BuyListen]
Mindforce “2016 Demo” CS (Self-Released) [Search/BuyListen]
StabYouInTheHead “Throw Ups” CS (CT Hate Records/Threat Collection) [Search/Buy Listen]

Body Sculptures “A Body Turns To Eden” (Posh Isolation) [Search/Buy Listen]
Boy Harsher “Yr Body Is Nothing” (DKA Records) [Search/BuyListen]
Equiknoxx “Bird Sound Power” (DDS) [Search/Buy Listen]
In Aeternam Vale + Anneq “Je Ai Dissous” (Page R Version) [Search/BuyListen]
Sam Kidel “Disruptive Muzak” (The Death Of Rave) [Search/BuyListen]
Lolina (Inga Copeland) “Live In Paris” (Self-Released) [Search/BuyListen]
Mare Cognitum “Luminiferous Aether” (I,Voidhanger Records/Fallen Empire) [Search/BuyListen]
Abul Mogard “Works” (Ecstatic) [Search/Buy Listen]
Poorgrrrl “Pitiparti” (Parachute Records) [Search/BuyListen]
Solange “A Seat At The Table” (Columbia/Saint Records) [Search/BuyListen]

Top Ten Under The Radar Releases Of 2015

Redscroll Records’ Top Ten Under The Radar Releases Of 2015:

We were asked by our friends at Iris Records if we’d put together a top 10 list for the end of 2015. We obliged, but with a twist. We decided to make it a top ten list of under the radar releases. The list is included in their master list post on their site here:

Top Ten Overlooked 2015 Collage

We didn’t all agree on these, but rather we all contributed a couple here. We don’t even all agree as to the degree of how under the radar these are (or what radar?). What we agree about is that we all individually like the things on this list and each think those things we added deserve attention! Take heed and dive in! Do some listening and discovering and maybe even decide to buy it from us (in the store or online at the click of a link).  We added some pictures and sounds and now its on our site (you’re looking at it now!). Continue reading Top Ten Under The Radar Releases Of 2015

Best of the Best of 2012 Lists List

Best of the Best of 2012 Lists List

Youre the best around karate kid

Yes, you read that right.  Just about every year in October speculations and assertions start to be made about the best albums of that current year. That leaves a solid sixth plus (depending on when it gets posted maybe even a full quarter) of the year left!  I find it irksome.  Generally, the response to my comments from friends, colleagues, et cetera is, “It’s probably to sell albums around the holidays,” and that’s probably true to a certain (and probably large) extent.  It definitely doesn’t make it less irksome to see the amount of them that pop up.  The very idea of a best of list is pretty pompous in the first place – it’s actually impossible for any critic to listen to all of the music made in a year. The critic may argue that the filters they have in place for their music consumption lend towards their discernment or some other such rubbish.  It all just lends to further feed arrogance and self-congratulations over how great a list they’ve compiled before all of the music of the year has even been released or possibly even conceived of. Continue reading Best of the Best of 2012 Lists List

2010 At Length (Rick’s Favorite LPs)

2010 at Length
(Rick’s Favorite LPs)
This is my list of favorite long players from 2010. As opposed to the EP list this one has some heavy hitters. There are also a few compilations on here. They are great comp’s and speak to the strength of the labels that released them and that had the insight to put such collections together. As I said last year, I will say again this year: there are still things that have come out in the past year that I’ve yet to hear or even fully digest. This represents how I feel right now and I have no doubt that a year from now I’ll still enjoy these.

Here are the LPs (Record, Download, Cassette and Compact Disc formats) that I’ve enjoyed the most from 2010 (alphabetical):

Black Breath “Heavy Breathing” (LORD114)

I don’t use the word “rips” pretty much ever if I’m not talking about something like paper or pants or some object actually ripping.  This album rips.  Gut wrenchin’, doom tinged, crusty hardcore lovin’ rockin’ metal.  It helped their case that Black Breath‘s set at Maryland Death Fest last year was one of my favorites. RIPS! 

The Body “All the Waters Of the Earth Turn To Blood” (AUM002 [LP], At A Loss [CD]) 

This 2-piece band has been around for a while (7 years?).  The first time I saw them was probably on a bill that our friend, Brian F. (Iron Hand), booked.  I’ve seen them countless times since.  They are an entirely crushing live band.  Walls of sound (literally – the amps are often stacked to the ceiling; picture Jamaican sound systems in halls and basements).  They’ve released a bunch of things (CDs, 7″s,…).  I even own a few of them.  They are good, but I honestly rarely revisit them.  This album sees The Body going all out.  There is a choir!  There’s chanting.  There’s lots of fun things.  It is huge.  Humongous.  This album will weigh on you in the best possible way.  It will release all of the oxygen from your lungs and drown you in its sound.  Full volume is not required, but I recommend it.  Slow, plodding, orchestrated suffocation.

Cccandy “Lonesome Berlin” (AV007 [LP Only])

 Cold wave minimal synth fuzz rock dance and chill tracks right out of Europe in the eighties.  Cccandy can keep me company in the darkest recesses.

Dead Fader “Corrupt My Examiner” (3BY3005 [CD Only])

 Label mate of Cloaks, Dead Fader is the PAL to their Winterkalte.  That is as good an analogy as I could possibly make and I realize it will be lost on many.  It’s distorto-beats on the 4×4 side of things.  There is syncopation and there are some off-time happenings, but mostly, these are distorted bangers.  Also brilliant motivation to do anything fast.

Hooded Menace “Never Cross The Dead” (DOOM031 [LP], PFL057 [CD])

 Look at this cover.  Brutal, right?  Br00tal, dewd!  I honestly don’t know how to write a review for this without being entirely corny.  This is the best straight up doom release this year (The Body isn’t straight up doom in my opinion so it steps to the side of that comment).  I wish I could’ve seen them already so I could comment on that, but I’ll hold out to the next Maryland Death Fest to see Hooded Menace (yes, I have my ticket).

The Present Moment “The High Road” (Self-Release [D/L], DSR010 [Ltd. CDr, Cassette])

This is the release I’ve hinted at that exists on this list as a download and breaks my rule about having to be a physical release to be on the year’s lists.  Yes, it came out as a very limited cassette and CDr, but I didn’t get either of those.  I listened to this through a digital player.  I listened to it a lot, in fact.  Before nabbing this off the internet (it’s up for a very respectable “pay what you want starting at zero” price here) I was pretty stuck on listening to early Ministry on repeat.  This picked up right where that left off.  It’s actually pretty varied.  There are angry loud industrial ragers and some synth-pop sensible mood tracks and variables in between.  I’ve caught wind of some more physical releases from this project coming down the line – keep your eyes (and ears) out. 

Salem “King Night” (IAM042)

 You’ve at least heard of this.  It’s gotten praise and it’s gotten panned.  These miscreants make music influenced by the music they grew up loving.  Screwed (and not really chopped), for sure.  Down-tempo hip-hop worshipping adventurous electronics.  This is the band that inspired a bevy of clones under the “witch house” guise (one they don’t really ascribe to).  Salem make inspired music.

Umberto “From The Grave” (PERM012 [LP], SM004 [Cassette & CDr]) & “Prophecy Of The Black Widow” (NNF212 [LP], SM020 [Cassette])

 Umberto is Matt Hill (also associated with Expo70).  With this project he explores the world of the giallo soundtrack; the world of Goblin (see: Gatekeeper summaries from my favorite EPs of 2010).  This is just really well done Italian Horror Disco.  These were both released in 2010 and are both worth revelling in. Revel.

Various Artists “Bangs & Works Vol. 1” (ZIQ290)

Juke! If you were to tell me you were into footwork tracks long before Planet Mu put out this compilation I would have a hard time believing you (there are a few people I know that might be exceptions).  Planet Mu put out a few juke 12″s and a full length (by DJ Nate) this past year (in fact, if this comp. didn’t come out I very likely would have put that DJ Nate album on this list).  When I heard this it was similar to the first time I heard a punk song as a kid.  “Where has this been all these years and how can I hear more?”  “Bangs & Works” gave me that answer I was looking for.

Various Artists “Future Bass” (SJR234)

It’s 2011.  We’re now fully engulfed the Information Age.  Things move at the speed of those tubes called the internet (that is a joke-like way of saying it, yes).  Musical movements come on in the blink of an eye (witch house) and can leave in that same blink.  Dubstep begot funky and wonky and whatever else myriad other micro-genres.  Frankly, I still just put it all under the simple dubstep umbrella still.  There’s a million types of metal too, but it’s all metal.  So, why not call all these things dubstep.  I do.  Soul Jazz just calls it Future Bass.  Actually, they call this compilation “Future Bass.”  That side-steps the issue completely.  Bravo.  Let’s just mash out on the dance floor of the future.

Various Artists “Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music From South Africa” (HJR052)

 Remember what I said about footwork tracks and if you said you’d been a fan for a while?  Well, that goes tenfold for some Shangaan electro.  A huge thank you to Honest Jon’s Records for bringing these hyped up afro-beats with some fun production to my ears.  Thanks for inspiring many fun nights of dancing without inhibition with a few friends.  (Also notable: Father Manganyi “Ndzi Teke Riendzo” – a singular approach to Shangaan electro by a pastor on the more mellow side.)

That’s that for my favorites of last year.  And if you’re curious about the availability of any of these at the shop, please do ask.