This week's list includes new titles from Royal Headache, Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats, Meg Baird, Gino and The Goons, Charles Albright, Zig Zags, and some awesome reissues from Billy Synth and Kitchen Cinq! Also a TicTacTotally warehouse-find box of the long oop and now tough to find MOONHEARTS debut LP! Check out the list below for further details…
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CHICAGO SHOP STUFF
Thanks to everyone who came out for the Killer Moon (Chicago) and Vincas (Athens, GA) in store on Saturday!
Carbonleak (Chicago) and CROSSS (Toronto) are playing on Sunday, September 13th at 5PM.
The Funs (Chicago) are celebrating their "My Survival" LP release with their pals The Sueves, a sure to be killer show on Friday, September 25th!
LOS ANGELES SHOP STUFF
Here’s a TON of love for the forthcoming Brown Acid compilation!
DIGITAL/CD RELEASE DATE was August 25th.
► CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER VINYL EDITION
The Onion AV Club premiere and album stream:
New Noise Magazine:
The Evil Engineer:
Live Eye TV:
The Vinyl Factory (Raw Meat single review):
Joy of Violent Movement:
► CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER Brown Acid: The First Trip VINYL OUT NOVEMBER 6TH 2015!
LABEL RELEASE COUNTDOWN
LP - Afflicted Man - I'm Off Me 'Ead (Official 2013 Reissue, Repress, Black Wax, Ltd 300) 13 copies of this acid fried punk record still lookin' for a good home.
LP - Basic Cable - I'm Good To Drive (Black Wax, Ltd 200) Tune in while you still can, under 10 copies to go.
LP - Frankie And The Witch Fingers - Frankie And The Witch Fingers (Black Wax, Ltd 350) – Only 15 copies of this 2015 fuzzed ear pleaser!
LP - Heater - God And Hair (Black Wax, Ltd 200) Columbia Missouri's short lived DIY RNR summer jammer, less than 10 copies are still in the mix.
LP - King Blood - Eyewash Silver (2013 Permanent Records Screened Fold-Over Special Edition) - Only 1 copy left, then it is OOP for good!
LP - Leather Slave - Leather Slave (Black Wax, Ltd 200) Under 25 copies left, then it's OOP,c'mon creeps, there's still time!
LP - MERX - 20000 Sq Ft Under The Sea (White Wax, Ltd 100) Only 18 copies on the Permanent exclusive color vinyl! Come up for air and grip a copy!
LP/Screened Tour LP/Tour TAPE - Purling Hiss - Purling Hiss- Only 7, 36, and 7 copies of this guitar skree masterpiece across various formats respectively!!
FEED THE FREAKS
And just like every week, P-Rex Los Angeles DJs continue to FEED THE FREAKS !!!
Here's the general info on Feed The Freaks:
"Every Wednesday. Black Boar - 1630 Colorado Blvd. 10-2am.
Rock'n'Roll Partytime! With Lance Bummer and Special Guests.
Drink specials. Excellent adventures, only. Absolutely, no bogus journeys.
all ages / 26 sept. 2015 / 9:00 pm / clvbrectvm
$20 - Tickets Here
Show is already over HALF-WAY sold-out!
Advance ticket sales only. NO tickets will be available at the door.
EMPTY BOTTLE (CHICAGO) + PERMANENT RECORDS CHICAGO = FREE SHOWS.
Check the full list below and hit us up:
THIS WEEK'S FEATURED RELEASES & REISSUES
7in - Raw Meat - Standby Girl - $5.99
The B side is a bit more sane; featuring cowbell, layered vocals and more great guitar. It appears the A side was produced by Richard Thomas with some deft edits and crude yet all inclusive recording techniques. Full credit should also go to engineer Ken Smith and the band for some of the arrangement and production ideas. “Ken Smith was most likely the recording engineer on “Stand-By Girl,” because he was a close friend and a studio innovator; it was his idea to release “Stand-By Girl” in stereo, which garnered a lot of attention back then…” (Susan Gallion) “The boys in the band came up with the vocal ideas. I did edit the single in a couple of places including adding the ending to the very start of the song to kick it off. The other edits tightened the arrangement but I don't remember where they were or if they were used in the final release…” (Richard Thomas) The B-side was recorded at Dave Kennedy Studios, one of the first multi-track studios in the U.S., and it was produced by the band members. The A-side became popular on radio in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and a few other places beyond Milwaukee.
(Richard Thomas and Susan Gallion ran The Blue Hour label at the time. They recorded and released the Burst of Life LP as Susan and Richard Thomas in 73. They are both still active in music today: www.richardpaulthomas.com www.OceanbirdMusic.com
But what of the band?
They all lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The line-up was: Drums: Michael Jablonski, Lead Guitar: Don Gruender and Gene Peranich on bass guitar. It seems that all three of them sang and co-wrote the songs. At the time, the band was going through some personnel problems and didn’t do any traveling to promote the record. A few months after the record was released, Don, the guitar player, left the band. (He passed away in 2012. A new Raw Meat was formed sometime in 1970, but they had a different musical focus.
There is more news for 2015 as Richard has recently licensed both tracks for a forthcoming vinyl release on RidingEasy Records"
This single serves as a teaser to the forthcoming compilation entitled Brown Acid curated by Lance Barresi of Permanent Records. The B-side is exclusive to this release and it's a super limited one-time only pressing of 500 copies (100 clear, 200 blue, and 200 black). Clear and Blue vinyl are already sold out at the source!
LP - Royal Headache - High - $17.99
Not just on the level of two people falling in love, but a romance with the qualities of pop music that make Royal Headache who they are and inform what they do: eternal optimism, wistful beauty and interlocking presentation that evolves from four guys singing on a street corner to speed-addled rock, and all the brightness and darkness in between, teetering between stability and chaos and well-aware of how unsteady their footing might be.
The amount of emotion and range of Shogun’s vocals and the whip-smart counterpoint provided by the band - drummer Shortty, guitarist Law, and bassist Joe - present a dash through decades of pop history, recombining not just the music but all of the feelings of pain and joy elicited from audiences, supercharged and ready to explode once more. Shogun’s voice and lyrics aren’t so much a secret weapon in Royal Headache’s arsenal as they are the front line, happiness and hurt soaring above the songs, driving home all the feelings within." - What's Yer Rupture?
LP - Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats - The Night Creeper 2xLP - $32.99
As with previous creations, The Night Creeper has a distinct concept as a starting point. “The idea is that this album could have started life as an old cheap, grime-covered 25 cent pulp paperback like the type sold at news-stands outside subway stations,” says enigmatic frontman Kevin Starrs. “But then perhaps it is adapted into a film noir, which itself is then re-made twenty years later as an ultraviolent, slasher Italian Giallo film. The album follows this aesthetic lineage as it descends from to trash to noir to something discernibly darker.”
Lyrically, it concerns a street-creeping homeless figure, whose story unravels over the course of the album. Things happen. Murders. But where the narrative is concerned Starrs is keen “to let listeners do the detective work themselves.” On songs like "Waiting For Blood" and the album’s title track, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats wail like end times are finally upon us. By the close of the ethereal and utterly sparse hidden track "Black Motorcade" egos and ids have been thoroughly shattered. Indeed the world itself sounds like it has been reduced to smoking ruins. May we ever recover?" - Rise Above
LP - Billy Synth - We Have Got To Make It On Our Own - Collected Tracks 78-83 - $16.99
LP - Billy Synth And The Turn Ups - Off The Deep End - $16.99
LP - Daniel Higgs/Michael Zerang - Daniel Higgs/Michael Zerang
LP - Dan Melchior's Broke Revue - Lords Of The Manor - $15.99
Now, after a ten-year hiatus, Melchior has reassembled the Broke Revue and (in record time) recorded a new album. Lords of the Manor takes a very different turn from the band’s last album. O Clouds Unfold! was an voluminous showcase of Melchior’s infectious and melodic songwriting, with layers of extra instrumentation spanning 23 songs. Lords of the Manor is an entirely different beast; song structure and instrumentation are stripped to the bare bones, melody is ditched in favor of repetition, Dan’s usual lyrical style is jettisoned for a far more minimal approach and the band’s previous penchant for tightly-crafted two-to-three-minute rock songs has given way to long, sprawling improvisations. The result is dark, relentless and incredible." - In The Red
LP - Kitchen Cinq - When The Rainbow Disappears - An Anthology 1965-68 - $26.99
LP - Ego - Economy - $12.99
LP - Vamos - Spiderbait - $12.99
LP - Meg Baird - Don't Weigh Down The Light - $18.99
LP - Michael Yonkers - Grimwood - Reissue - $17.99
LP - Moonhearts - Moonhearts - $29.99
If you need more convincing, jump in yer Delorean and see what we had to say about the Moonhearts way back in 2010 -
"Charlie and the Moonhearts are really into the whole brevity thing as "The Dude" would say and they’ve shortened their name to (just) Moonhearts. Other than that, not much has changed (that's a good thing). This is their debut LP and it's on the Chicago-based Tic Tac Totally imprint. Here's how the label is touting it:
"The Moonhearts (formerly Charlie and the...) fired up the ole failing 7-track (no shit!) tape machine and soaked it in their guitar-driven trash pop to glorious effect, and along with friendly accomplice Ty Segall to bring forth an LP that slays asses. We are talking "butt cutters" from start to stop. The band's debut LP brings a richer sound while it continues along the lineage set by their handful of great 7"'s; here sinking the fuzz-covered hooks straight into some heftier, meatier chunks of their wonderfully blown out garagepunk-scuzz. Peppering it up with a few minor mind-benders to boot, and also much more melodic garage-moves (to great effect as well). There's even some peeks into the spine-shivering, nihilistic elements of truly beautiful, twisted sound-torture that recalls (to these ears anyway) No Trend in places, though for the most part, we have nice, rough, angsty, blown out punk with big melody. The Moonhearts truly require (and deserve) the "pre-cliché-culture" treatment if anybody out there today does. Though familar, it is done so well, and nicely added-onto, that it becomes thee furthest thing from "paint-it-by-numbers and get a grade" punk. It’s just real, well-written, melodic, brute shit. A record that's got balls and with a great sense of melody, and doing what it does correctly. And the lyrical content is direct (at times even a wee bit emotional), all without dumping some egomaniacal, sad, self- deprecating or annoyingly imposing “look at me” turd all over it. The Moonhearts have definitely moved into a solid, unified, long-player mode with this LP."
We absolutely agree with TTT's sentiments. It's been a long time coming, but we finally have proof in the form of a long-player that those other Epsilons can bring the rain. Each Phoenix that has risen from the ashes of Epsilons have become forces to be reckoned with. We expect to see both "Moonhearts" and Ty Segall's "Melted" near the top of any self-respecting garage turkey's best-of list at the end of this orbital period. Both will likely be near the top of ours."
LP - Qwanqwa - Volume Two - $13.99
Groovy and familiar, yet stimulating and heady, the tunes swim through your aural consciousness, providing equal parts enjoyment and confoundment. Qwanqwa vibes with appreciators all types, be it indie blog-followers, jazz enthusiasts, afrobeaters, music theory heads, hippies, or coffee drinkers reading the New York Times.
Inter-generational and inter-continental, Qwanqwa consists of Ethiopian musicians Mesele Asmamaw (electric krar), Dawit Seyoum (electric bass krar), and Samson Sendekou (percussion), and American violinist Kaethe Hostetter (also of Boston-based Ethio-funk band Debo Band), who formed Qwanqwa after moving to Addis Ababa in 2012 to fully immerse herself in the ocean that is Ethiopian music. Volume Two is their second album, recorded at Langano Studios in Addis Ababa in 2014." - FPE RECORDS
LP - Uranium Club - Human Exploration - $14.99
LP - Woolen Men - Temporary Monument - $15.99
7in - Charles Albright - Short Skirt - $6.99
7in - Gino And The Goons - Push Your Luck + 2 - $7.99
7in - Melkbelly - Bathroom At The Beach - Limited To 300 - $6.99
- Automatic Recordings
7in - Zig Zags - Slime EP - $8.99
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