This week's list includes three new titles from Trouble In Mind, new titles from Hozac Records, the Ork Records box set, Express Rising LP, the Medusa single all from Numero Group, a couple of Flying Nun/Captured Tracks reissues, and tons of great sealed stock of records from the 1960's and 1970's!! Check out the list below for further details…
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CHICAGO SHOP STUFF
SPOT & Joe Carducci books event.
Sat. Dec 12 3pm at Permanent Records, Chicago.
LOS ANGELES SHOP STUFF
Check out Liz's new band Mind Meld!
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 3 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 - 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 17 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.
EMPTY BOTTLE (CHICAGO) + PERMANENT RECORDS CHICAGO = FREE SHOWS.
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THIS WEEK'S FEATURED RELEASES & REISSUES
Permanent Pizza Slipmat - $7.99
How you like your pie? New York style or Chicago style? How about Permanent Records style! What ever way you prefer you can now plop your favorite topping on this boss pizza slipmat! Stay cheesy my friends!
Design by Bill Roe
LP - Verma - Mul.Apin - $13.99
Mul.Apin" is the fourth album from Chicago psychedelic warriors Verma. Since their formation in 2010, they have been a stalwart presence on the Chicago psych scene, carving out music that feels both modern & primordial, like ancient transmissions from an advanced alien civilization. Their ability to nimbly move from skyward-arching jams to howling, epic ragers to heady, experimental synth-concréte pieces and back again has proven to be their greatest asset. The core group is present here; organist/violist/vocalist Whitney Johnson (Matchess), guitarist Johnny Caluya, bassist Rob Goerke & drummer Zach Corn, this time aided & abetted by former full-time (now auxilliary) member TJ Tambellini, who adds exploratory synthesized textures to the band's interplanetary sonic palette.
"Mul.Apin" finds them floating in the dense fog of nebulous space - a territory familiar to them since their TiM debut, "Coltan" back in 2012, moving instrumentally between intense cosmic burners and mellow synth meditiations. The "Mul.Apin" is the conventional title given to an ancient Babylonian text that maps out the basic structure of the Babylonian star map, & the five suites of the album act as guideposts on the listener's journey. The opening suite of Side A, "Nerebu / Overture" acts as an entry point to 'Mul.Apin's conceptual vision; a mellow unfolding of space. The ancient ones are awakening. "Elil.Sa.Ursag / Hero's.Theme" is a propulsive rocket ride, while "Irhandi / Sorcerer" is majestic and atmospheric drone, floating towards an uncertain cosmic destiny. The side closer "Kaskal / The.Journey" is just that; a motorik road tune for a galactic odyssey, time-traveled forth from Seventies Germany into present day. Side B is solely occupied by the epic "Gal.Damhara / Last.Battle" a sixteen minute journey to a black hole, pausing at the summit, before finally tipping inward to the next world. "Mul.Apin" is an album to occupy your innerspace - drones for the places between your molecules. The soundtrack to the vast, cold blackness of space.
"Mul.Apin" is a ONE-TIME, LIMITED vinyl only release, pressed on basic black wax and icludes a download code.
RIYL: Amon Duul, Hawkwind, Neu!, Cave, Bitchin' Bajas, Tame Impala, Comets On Fire, Dungen, Sky Records
-Trouble In Mind
LP - Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet - 2 - $13.99
The four members of The Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet formed in 2010 while studying music at Bakersfield College in sunny Bakersfield, California; a region known (musically) for the twangy, steel-guitar sound popularized by hometown heroes Buck Owens & Merle Haggard. IAHRQ take a decidedly different approach, reaching skyward toward the cosmos & the outer reaches of cosmic, spiritual jazz & Ethio-centric long-form jams.
“2” is the aptly named second album from the quartet (the first was released in late 2013 on noted composer & trumpet player Kris Tiner’s Epigraph Records) was recorded & produced by Chris Schlarb (Psychic Temple). “2” finds the ensemble digging deeper and reaching further out than before, honing their mixture of Ethiopian funk, spiritual jazz & cosmic psychedelia to a finer point. The album starts with “Praise One” & “Praise Two”, a pair of complimentary jams that begin in a free & loose cloud of cosmic dust, before honing in on a loping mellow groove that would fit perfectly next to tunes by Mulatau Astatke or Hailu Mergia. The rest of “2” populates the same headspace, pulling funky drum breaks (”Lifetime”), heady brass arrangements (”Headways”) & proggy psychedelia (”Cosmic Loneliness”) toward and over the event horizon.
“2” was mastered by Matthew David McQueen (Leaving Records/ Dublab), with psychedelic artwork by Bruno Borges. This is an LP- only release, pressed on black vinyl & includes a download code.
"2" is a ONE-TIME, LIMITED vinyl only release, pressed on basic black wax and icludes a download code.
RIYL: Phil Cohran, Seventies-era Miles Davis, Mulatu Atsaké, Rob Mazurek, Amon Duul, Sun Ra & his Arkestra
-Trouble In Mind
LP - Butterscotch Cathedral - Butterscotch Cathedral - $13.99
The Butterscotch Cathedral "s/t" debut is comprised of only three tracks total; one shorter song "Loud Heavy Sun", & two longer suites both nearing the 18 minute mark ("Side A" and "Lisa's Dream"). In this day & age, sidelong tracks in the context of a "rock & roll band" are scarce, and 'The Butterscotch Cathedral' hearkens back to an era that could produce albums like 'Smile' & 'Quadrophenia' without batting an eye. Rendon's had two decades to familiarize himself with his home studio & on this album he's never sounded more at home. Free from the expectations of what it means to create a "Resonars album", 'The Butterscotch Cathedral' finds Rendon experimenting & taking risks in new & exciting ways. Rendon attacks the tunes here with renewed vigor, with every song crackling with shimmering melodic intensity & the sharpest hooks this side of The Brill Building. The tunes embedded within the albums sides ebb & flow from fiery rockers to emotive ballads, woven together in a psychedelic tapestry by Rendon & studio-mate Jim Waters. They fold & unfold onto each other like the rolling ocean tides. Songs like "Waterfall Parasol" & "Uncle Tommy's Song" are snappy power pop numbers, utilizing the Resonars model as a springboard into new territory along with the upliftingly melancholic dirge of "Saxifrage Drive" & the 17-minute "Lisa's Dream" suite on Side Two which bounces to & fro between sparkling pop, acoustic balladry, psychedelic mindfuckery & gorgeous, layered vocal harmonies.
The album's lysergically-leaning artwork was provided by designer (and fellow Tuscon native) Jason Willis, a sly nod to the forward thinking & visually striking design work of the ESP label & the album is pressed on black vinyl & includes a download code. Won't you come inside...?
RIYL: The Beach Boys, The Who, Animal Collective, Todd Rundgren, Tame Impala
-Trouble In Mind
LP - David Peel And Death - King Of Punk - Reissue - $13.99
Recommended If You Like: GG Allin, New York Dolls, The Fugs, Dictators, Ramones, Jayne County & the Electric Chairs
LP - Chicos De Nazca - Fire Ride - $12.99
The vast and lush landscape of Chilean psych rock has been well-documented over the past few years with notable acts such as Follakazoid, Cindy Sisters, Holy Drug Couple, La Hell Gang, and Psychedelic Schafferson Jetplane, but now, the spawn of Cindy Sisters known as Chicos De Nazca has finally emerged with their first proper LP, Fire Ride. Chile has been mining these rich sounds for years now, as lysergic trips to misty mountaintops have resulted in perpetual, head-exploding riffs that seems to go on forever, continuously looping around your skull, careening into a state of intense intoxication. At the moment, they’re on tour in Europe for the first time, and they even had the honor of being selected to participate in the Liverpool International Festival of Psych this year, which takes place this weekend, so if you’re en route, do indeed check them out. If that Cindy Sisters 7″ from the Hozac Hookup Klub got you dripping with drug sweat, this is their next incarnation, so it’s just going to get hazier from here. Getting lost inside your own head can have it’s advantages, and we can learn a lot about expanded consciousness from our Chilean friends here, as Chicos de Nazca will use the blasting power of repetition and reverberation to carve a hole in your soul as deep and abysmal as anything that’s come before them, dredging your skull through the lysergic fractal fragments of your mind. This debut LP, many years in the making, is hitting the right spot at the right time. As they say, resistance is futile. – VictimofTime.com
Recommended If You Like: Spacemen 3, Follakazoid, Cindy Sisters, Holy Drug Couple, La Hell Gang, and Psychedelic Schafferson Jetplane, The Ganjas
7in - Subtractions - It's Exposed EP - $6.99
Recommended If You Like: Adolescents, Negative Trend, Middle Class, The Dils, Randoms, Rik L. Rik, Capitol Punishment, Black Flag, Functional Blackouts
LP - Tall Dwarfs - Weeville - Reissue - $21.99
Nonetheless, their 1990 release is filled with the Tall Dwarfs’ eclectic mix of homespun psychedelia, densely textured pop songs and a wallop of hard nosed punk. Now, re-issued again on LP and CD, Weeville is wired with hypnotic tunes, weird and wonderful instruments and brilliant songwriting. Whether that be the raw spookiness and two guitar harmony of Breath and Crawl or the oddly compelling Skin Of My Teeth and Bodies all brushed with a scent of the macabre. Along with a 20 page booklet featuring the duo’s individual art and design, Weeville is a fantasy land built on tape loops, feedback and distortion. It’s pop music just how they like it.
-Captured Tracks / Flying Nun
LP - Chris Knox - Seizure - Reissue - $18.99
And while, Seizure, originally released in 1989, was certainly not the start of his story, it is often considered his first ‘proper’ solo album. Though in fairness there is nothing proper about it, exploring the surreal, the political, the satirical and sometimes simply the crazy, all of which would never been seen on the hit parade. Yet, musically they should have been, packed with brilliantly skewered hooks and humorously scathing lyrics, Seizure is a lo-fi mix of punk, indie rock and pop that works perfectly.
From the simple pop of "The Face of Fashion", through to the driving force of “Wanna!!” and the strangely uplifting brood of “My Dumb Luck” – all that without mentioning "Not Given Lightly", the love song to end all love songs – Seizure, despite our dislike of the word, is a legendary release in the Flying Nun catalogue.
Now, re-issued again on LP and CD, with the audio taken direct from the original master tape, the releases also features the original cover art from it’s first pressing.
-Captured Tracks / Flying Nun
LP - The Wake - Here Comes Everybody + Singles 2xLP - $23.99
LP - DIIV - Oshin - $16.99
DIIV is the nom-de-plume of Z. Cole Smith, musical provocateur and frontman of an atmospheric and autumnally-charged new Brooklyn four-piece. DIIV created instant vibrations in the blog-world with their impressionistic debut “Sometime”; finding it s way onto the esteemed pages of Pitchfork and Altered Zones a mere matter of weeks after the group s formation.
Enlisting the aid of NYC indie-scene-luminary, Devin Ruben Perez, former Smith Westerns drummer Colby Hewitt, and Mr. Smith s childhood friend Andrew Bailey, DIIV craft a sound that is at once familial and frost-bitten. Indebted to classic kraut, dreamy Creation-records psychedelia, and the primitive-crunch of late-80s Seattle, the band walk a divisive yet perfectly fused patch of classic-underground influence on their debut LP, Oshin.
LP - Various Artists - Ork Records, New York, New York 4xLP + Book [Numero] - $73.99
LP - Express Rising - Fixed Rope [Numero] - $16.99
7in - Medusa - Temptress b/w Strangulation [Numero] - $5.99
- Numero Group
7in - B.B. And The Guns – Step By Step b/w I Don't Know, I Don't Care - Original 1982 Stock - $39.99
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7in - Beef Jerk - Schooners - $5.99
A-Side's "Schooners" is following in that Strapping Fieldhands or Psychedelic Horseshit sound, laid back jangle guitar with vocals that barely got things down on paper. Rocking back and forth between the two chords, miss the frets, throw in a pause to regroup. Using a sledgehammer to nail this tune but thats the charm of these guys, a real loose Dick Diver feel or I'd even go back to the west coast Nodzzz boys. That summer carefree sound, it's optimistic with gas in the tank and a cooler full of something. Sometimes that Real Estate stuff is just too damn slick sounding I can't relate. "Holidays" gets right out of that stuck mud sound that took that Silver Jews feel of the first track and turned it into Eric's Trip or Dump with vocals from Amaya Lang. Stuck together with duct tape and bungee cords that manages to gently swing with that pop ease of Fuck. The thin static floated over top is just enough to give away where they're coming from. It's about that subtle groove and a high treble distortion with no low end. There's a bass quietly adding those undertones but the high hats and this fuzzy guitar are taking all the attention. Mellow indie rock that's never over rehearsed. Keep it honest and sincere guys.
B-Side's "Life's Fucking Horrible" see saws in with more depressed vocals about meeting at the train station sounding real drunk, these three tracks might have been really pushing the limits of that raw sound. The quality of this is what gets me, miles of overdubs, tracked separately but all with a nice hiss on the top, you can barely make out those vocals singing like a near death Malkmus straining to be heard in the middle of this but then again not REALLY trying too hard. Fuck it. Big band chorus of malecontents at the end of this. Ram that beat over and over with the slow change of chords, never messing with a loud and quiet dynamic, keep this right in the middle of the road, the lines directly underneath the front of the car. Shit, Sydney is sounding pretty good.
7in - TV Slime - Flying Fuck EP - $5.99
Tape - Hair Peace - Hair Peace EP - $4.99
MORE ORIGINAL SEALED STOCK ALBUMS
LP - Ann Sexton – The Beginning - Original 1977 Stock - $99.99
SOUL / FUNK RARITIES ALERT!!!!!
"A native of South Carolina, Southern soul singer Ann Sexton could croon a smooth ballad or handle the rough, funked-up style that was the hallmark of her region. Sexton recorded mostly for small labels during the '70s, including Impel and Dash, and did the majority of her work for the Sound Stage 7/77 family. Her biggest chart single was 1973's "You're Gonna Miss Me," which just barely made the R&B Top 50. Funky singles like "You're Losing Me" and "You've Been Gone Too Long" later became popular on Britain's so-called Northern soul scene, but she also recorded some smoother-sounding ballads, including the 1977 R&B chart single "I'm His Wife (You're Just a Friend)." Sound Stage 7 issued one Sexton LP, The Beginning, while the U.K. label Charly compiled some of her single sides as Love Trials in 1986. Charly later issued the more comprehensive CD-era collection You're Gonna Miss Me in 1995." - allmusic.com
LP - Soul Mann And The Brothers – Shaft - Original 1971 Stock - $9.99
A knock off, cover version of Isaac Hayes' "Shaft" soundtrack by the mysterious (and definitely fictional) Soul Mann And The Brothers for the notorious cash grabbing Pickwick label. Though one might assume this lp would be a waste of space on yer record shelf, that is far from the case! These uncredited musicians give "Shaft" a groovy reinterpretation that will captivate you just as much as the original!!! And if you need extra convincing just ask Dr Dre, Lil Kim, Erykah Badu and Flying Lotus (as well as others) who've sampled this lp over and over again.
LP - Eddy Senay - Hot Thang - Original Sealed Stock - $49.99
LP - Edwin Starr - War & Peace - Original Sealed Stock - $29.99
"Edwin Starr went from run-of-the-mill second-level act to hitmaker with this 1970 album, without question his finest. Norman Whitfield gave Starr the chance to cut a song that had been intended for The Temptations. They later did a version of "War," but Starr completely vaporized their rendition to the extent that most people today think he wrote it. Starr was now a celebrity and briefly in Motown's top echelon. The fact that everything else on the album is only fair to average didn't even matter in the scope of things." - Allmusic.com
LP - 100 Proof Aged In Soul – Somebody's Been Sleeping In My Bed - Original 1971 Stock - $14.99
"100 Proof Aged In Soul -- what a name! This Detroit group is classified as one-hit wonders since they only cracked the pop Top 40 once with the alarming "Somebody's Been Sleeping In My Bed." They did, however, have some R&B hits that didn't cross over. The original lineup included Steve Mancha (born Clyde Wilson), Joe Stubbs (Levi Stubbs' brother), and Eddie Holiday. Joe and Steve handle the leads; their voices are so similar that it takes a good ear and lots of listening to discern who's who. This LP is a cornucopia of soul. The title song finds a cheated lover discovering evidence of his woman's infidelity; written by General Johnson (Chairmen of the Board), Greg Perry and Angelo Bond, the song was their second release on the Hot Wax label. Joe Stubbs does a scintillating version of Luther Ingram's "Ain't That Lovin' You (For More Reason Than One)" that's better than the original; Stubbs can be heard persuading his date to stop by his place for some fun, and she does. Steve gets to lead "She's Not Just Another Woman," a lively tune with an odd jumping beat sung in testifying fashion. Ironically, this same recording hit by another Invictus/Hot Wax group called the Eighth Day -- the same song, track and vocal; it was never released under the name 100 Proof Aged In Soul. "Too Many Cooks (Spoil the Soup)," their debut single, has a nice horn section that's complemented by a stinging rhythm section. None of the songs are fillers or stiffs; the titles are creative and the lyrics will make you chuckle. The album cover is strange: the front depicts a bird's nest holding one egg with a question mark stamped on it; the back cover depicts an empty nest with a bird lying outside flat on its back, dead. A picture of the group would have been appreciated more." - allmusic.com
LP - Bob Lind – The Elusive Bob Lind - Original 1966 Stock - $14.99
"Bob Lind has enjoyed a sizable cult following based on a rather small body of work; he released just four albums between 1966 and 1971 and landed just one single in the Top 40, but he's acknowledged as one of the key artists in the '60s folk-rock boom, and over 200 different artists have recorded his songs." - allmusic.com
LP - Terry Reid - Seed Of Memory - Original Sealed Stock - $69.99
"Terry Reid moved to California in the mid-'70s, befriending a number of musicians from those parts and broadening his sound in the process. One result was this album, produced by Graham Nash and featuring David Lindley on acoustic and slide guitars. Seed of Memory isn't as heavy as his earlier work, and not remotely the bold, strident virtuoso rock production of his first LP -- most of it, apart from the vaguely Led Zeppelin-ish "The Way You Walk," is fairly laid-back by Reid's standards. "Ooh Baby" tries for a kind of meld of funk and British blues. But several numbers, like "Brave Awakening," with its relaxed beat, high harmonies, and understated backing orchestration, or the ominous acoustic-textured "To Be Treated Rite," seem more like outtakes from Nash's Songs for Beginners or his subsequent albums, or one of Neil Young's mid-'70s albums, than they do like the work of one of England's most promising '60s bluesmen." - Allmusic.com