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Permanent Records Update 01.06.15

 

Happy New Year Everybody!

 

We're kicking the new year off with quality sounds from the likes of Fogg, Buck Biloxi and The Fucks, Tiaras, Tsunamis, the first time on vinyl release of Alejandro Jodorowsky's Holy Mountain soundtrack, a reissue single from the Dentists and loads more great records!

 

The Los Angeles shop thanks the Melvins for stopping by and laying waste to 5116 York Blvd on Sunday!  And many thanks to all who came out for the merriment and mayhem!

 

Circuit Des Yeux will be playing the Los Angeles shop on Saturday, January 10th at 6:30 PM.  Come on down!

 

Jan 23, 2015 4:00 PM

 

 

Hey LA!
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.
Get down."

 

The Chicago shop is keeping things quiet and snowy for now, but will be DJing punk records at Delilah's on Monday, January 26th from 9pm til 2am!  $1 beer, $2 Jim Beam and FREE POOL!!!!  Kick the tires, light the fires!  Let's party!

 

Here's the first batch of staff picks for 2014!  More to come!

 

Jamie's favorite's of 2014

 

KLAUS JOHANN GROBE - IM SINE DER ZEIT (TROUBLE IN MIND)
BITCHIN BAJAS - BITCHIN BAJAS (DRAG CITY)
LAWRENCE ENGLISH - WILDERNESS OF MIRRORS (ROOM40)
GROUPER - RUINS (KRANKY)
GODFLESH - A WORLD LIT ONLY BY FIRE (AVALANCHE RECORDINGS)
INDIAN - FROM ALL PURITY (RELAPSE)
PEN TEST - INTERSTATE (MONIKER)
ARVE HENRIKSEN - THE NATURE OF CONNECTIONS (RUNE GRAMMOFON)
ALESSANDRO CORTINI - SONNO (HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS)
JO JOHNSON - WEAVING (FURTHER)

 

DAVID BOWIE IS EXHIBT AT THE MUSEM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CHICAGO

Robert's list!
NEW
Exhaustion - Biker LP (Aarght)
Faux Ferocious - Listen Hard 7in (Self-Released)
Hag Face - Rag Face CS (Self-Released)
Jiboia - Badlav LP (Shit Music For Shit People)
Klaus Johann Grobe - Im Sine Der Zeit (Trouble In Mind)
Koudede - Guitars From Agadez Vol 7 12in (Sublime Frequencies)
Nathan Roche - Watch It Wharf LP (Fartpound)
Nervosas - Junky b/w Anxious Tendencies/Incinerator 7in (Meth Mouth)
Obnox - Used Kids 7in (12XU)
Protomartyr - Under Color Of Official Right LP (Sub Pop)
Thigh Master - Head Of The Witch 7in (Tenth Court)
Total Control - Typical System LP (Iron Lung)
Toupee - Yeehaw Grandma b/w Water Torture 7in (Lake Paradise)

 

REISSUE
Anxious Color comp LP (Mississippi)
Collin Potter - Entering Again LP (Sacred Summits)
Del Shannon - Further Adventures Of Charles Westover LP (Trouble In Mind)
Killed By Deathrock Vol. 1 comp LP (Sacred Bones)
Native North America Aboriginal Folk, Rock, & Country 1966-1985 LP box set comp (Light In The Attic)
Pentaject Corporation - Pentaject Has A Better Way LP (Self-Released)
Six Feet Under comp LP (Mississippi)

 

DEAD STOCK
Spike In Vain - Disease Is Relative LP (Trans Dada 1984)
Promise - Promise LP (Cumulus 1980)

 

Jon's list!
NEW LPS -

1.    EASTLINK - S/T - IN THE RED
2.    GINO AND THE GOONS - SHAKE IT! - BLACK GLADIATOR / SLOVENLY
3.    OBNOX - LOUDER SPACE - 12XU
4.    ENERGY GOWN - EVENING MOLASSES - ALONAS DREAM
5.    GERM HOUSE - SHOWING SYMPTOMS - TROUBLE IN MIND
6.    BLIND SHAKE - BREAKFAST OF FAILURES - GONER
7.    GOLDEN PELICANS - S/T LP - TOTAL PUNK
8.    HANK WOOD AND THE HAMMERHEADS - STAY HOME! - TOXIC STATE
9.    ONO - DIEGESIS - MONIKER
10.  VERMA - SUNRUNNER - TROUBLE IN MIND

11.  APACHE DROPOUT - HEAVY WINDOW - MAGNETIC SOUTH
12.  MANATEEES - SIT N SPIN - PELICAN POW WOW
13.  MORGAN DELT - S/T - TROUBLE IN MIND
14.  AR-KAICS - S/T - WINDIAN
15.  MEATBODIES - S/T - IN THE RED
16.  UNHOLY TWO - TALK ABOUT HARDCORE - 12XU
17.  SHELLAC - DUDE INCREDIBLE - TOUCH & GO
18.  LUMERIANS - TRANSMISSIONS FROM THE TELOS III - CARDINAL FUZZ
19.  ACHTUNGS - FULL OF HATE - GOING UNDERGROUND
20.  KRAKATAU - WATER NEAR A BRIDGE - TROUBLE IN MIND

21.  DOUG TUTTLE - S/T - TROUBLE IN MIND
22.  FAUST - J US T - BUREAU B
23.  INUTILI - MUSIC TO WATCH THE CLOUDS ON A SUNNY DAY - AAGOO
24.  OOZING WOUND - EARTH SUCK - THRILL JOCKEY
25.  EXHAUSTION - BIKER - AARGHT
26.  ONYOU - ULTIMATE PHOTON A SOLE - CAPTCHA
27.  TY SEGALL - MANIPULATOR - DRAG CITY
28.  DREAMSALON - SOFT STAB - SWEET ROT
29.  SPACIN - MEGATATIONS - TELEPHONE EXPLOSION
30.  ENDLESS BUMMER - VOL 1 - IN THE RED


REISSUES -
FRANTIX - MY DADS A FUCKING ALCOHOLIC - ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES
JACK RUBY - VOL 1 - FEEDING TUBE
ELECTRIC EELS - DIE ELECTRIC EELS - SUPERIOR VIADUCT
CRIME - MURDERED BY GUITAR - SUPERIOR VIADUCT
BAD AXE - COACHMAN B/W POOR MAN RUN - PERMANENT

 

Bill Roe/Trouble In Mind:
(Non-Trouble In Mind) Albums I listened to most in 2014:
Total Control "Typical System" (Iron Lung)
Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band "Intensity Ghost" (No Quarter)
White Fence "For the Recently Found Innocent" (Drag City)
Hank Wood & the Hammerheads "Stay Home" (Toxic State)
Horse Lords "Hidden Cities" (NNA Tapes)
Pen Test "Interstate" (Moniker)
Norm Chambers "Sensory Margin" (VCO Recordings)
Soundcarriers "Entropicalia" (Ghost Box)
Sinoia Caves "Beyond The Black Rainbow" OST (Death Waltz/Jagjaguar)
Eastlink "s/t" (In The Red)

 

honorable mentions:
Ty Segall "Manipulator" (Drag City)
Proper Ornaments "Wooden Head" (Slumberland)
Alessandro Cortini "Sonno" (Hospital)
Ausmuteants "Order of Operations" (Goner)
Bitchin' Bajas "s/t" (Drag City)
NUN "s/t" (Aarght)
Apache Dropout "Heavy Window" (Magnetic South)
Jon Brooks "52" (Clay Pipe Music)
Obnox "Louder Space" (12XU)
Eat Lights Become Lights "Into Forever" (Rocket Girl)
Quilt "Held In Splendor" (Mexican Summer)

 

REISSUES:
Owen Maercks - Teenage Sex Therapist (Feeding Tube)
Il Gruppo "The Feed-Back" (Schema)
Peter Jefferies "Electricity" (Superior Viaduct)
Madrigal "Madrigal" (Lysergia/Subliminal Sounds)
Hailu Mergia & The Walias "Tche Belew" (Awesome Tapes from Africa)
K. Leimer "A Period Of Review: (Orig. Recordings: 1975-1983)" (RVNG)
Ruth White "7 Trumps From The Tarot Cards" (Black Mass Rising)
X_X - Sticky Fingers (Ektro)
X "Spurts" (Ugly Pop)

 

7-INCHES:
Primitive Parts "TV Wheels"/"The Bench" (Faux Discx)
Cal & the Calories "demo" (Lumpy)
Negative Scanner “Pastel Blue”/“AWOL” (Tall Pat)
Brooks & O'Hagan "Calibar" b/w "Mulcair" (Ghost Box)
Thigh Master "Head of the Witch" EP (Tenth Court)
Bad Axe "Coachman" b/w "Poor Man, Run" (Permanent)
Life Stinks "Portraits" (Total Punk)

 

 

 

WE'RE ALWAYS BUYING USED LPs, 7"s, CDs, and DVDs!
Running out of room, need to clear some space, going on the lam? Regardless of the reason, before you unload your unwanted records and digital media, please bring them to us for CASH or STORE CREDIT!  One man's trash is another man's treasure and we treasure all sorts of quote un-quote trash!  Before you donate your stuff or have a yard sale, drop us a line.  We'll probably pay more (without haggling) than you'll ever get at a garage sale and often times we'll buy it all in one shot.  It doesn't get much easier that!  So remember, when you wanna sell your stuff, SELL IT TO US!  Please and thank you!
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EMPTY BOTTLE (CHICAGO) + PERMANENT RECORDS CHICAGO = FREE SHOWS.
WHEN YOU BUY A RECORD FROM PERMANENT CHICAGO BY AN ARTIST PLAYING AT THE EMPTY BOTTLE, WE CAN GET YOU ON THE GUEST LIST (WITH A FEW EXCEPTIONS).

Check the full list below and hit us up:
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EMPLOYEE USED PICKS OF THE WEEK

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LP - Residents - Meet The Residents - Limited Edition/Mono - NM - $599.99 - LISTEN listen - EMAIL IF INTERESTED listen

Lance - Permanent Records Los Angeles

 

"The Residents are true avant-garde crazies. Their earliest albums (of which this is the first) have precedents in Captain Beefheart's experimental albums, Frank Zappa's conceptual numbers from Freak Out!, the work of Steve Reich, and the compositions of chance music tonemeister John Cage -- yet The Residents' work of this time really sounds like nothing else that exists. All of the music on this release consists of deconstructions of countless rock and non-rock styles, which are then grafted together to create chaotic, formless, seemingly haphazard numbers; the first six "songs" (including a fragment from the Nancy Sinatra hit "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'") are strung together to form a larger entity similar in concept to the following lengthier selections. The result is a series of unique, odd, challenging numbers that are nevertheless not entirely successful. The album cover is a fierce burlesque of the Beatles' first U.S. Capitol label release, sporting puerilely doctored photographs of the Fab Four on the front and pictures of collarless-suited sea denizens on the back (identified as Paul McCrawfish, Ringo Starfish, and the like). This is an utterly bizarre platter that may appeal to very adventurous listeners." - allmusic.com

 

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LP - Neu! - '75 - $99.99 - LISTEN listen - EMAIL IF INTERESTED listen

Dave - Permanent Records Chicago

 

"After a three-year break, Neu! members Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother buried their differences temporarily, and reunited for another go at the "motorik" sound they had developed with their debut in 1971. The strange tension and presentation of Neu! 2 and the emergence of their former band Kraftwerk may have precipitated the reunion, but, whatever the reason, the end result proved worth the time, effort, and bickering it took to crank this one out. One thing that is noticeably different on 75 is the presence of synthesizers and the preference of them, it seems, over Rother's guitar. "Isi," which opens the album, features Dinger's metronymic percussion holding down the 2/4 rhythm and a trademark one-note bassline provided by a piano, but the gorgeous sonic washes and flourishes normally handled by Rother's guitar-slinging hands are now painted with a synth. "Seeland" offers a return to the six strings with what would in subsequent years become Rother's ornate "singing" style of playing. Dinger's rhythmic patterns here are deceptively simple. They create a long, trudging 4/4, syncopated every other line, and punctuated by a small ride cymbal at the end of each phrase as Rother's guitar provides both cascading single string notes and a shifting, pulsing bassline. It's a beautiful wasteland, this track; sparse yet full of melodic interplay and layered guitars and keyboards. The last track on side one is "Leb Wohl," an exercise in white noise, industrial textures, and natural or, "found" sounds, a piano and gorgeous, spare and intricate guitar chords. For side two, Neu! adds Dinger's brother, Thomas, and Hans Lampe on various percussions to allow Dinger to play guitar, piano, and organ, and to add some bottom end to the band's sound. The funny thing is they come off sounding more like a melodic punk band on "Hero," with Dinger's growling vocals being reminiscent of a young Mick Jagger on steroids. His Keith Richards-style chords stand in stark contrast to Rother's more lyrical approach. Perhaps this isn't such a surprise when we consider the Damned's first album was recorded in 1975. The ten-minute "E-Musick" becomes Neu!'s signature track for this disc, however. With distorted percussion -- courtesy of a synth and sequencer, as well as a drum kit put through a phase shifter, Rother's melodic synth lines are free to roam, wide and far, carrying within them a foreshadowing of his guitar solos a few minutes later. These long screaming lines, reminiscent of Steve Hillage at his best, with Dinger's wonderful rhythm backing and treatments of the instruments, provides a definitive statement on the Neu! "motorik" sound. This is music not only for traveling, from one place to the next, but also for disappearance into the ether at a steady pace. This may have been Neu!'s final statement -- at least in the studio; Dinger issued (without Rother's permission) an inferior live '72 album -- but at least they went out on a much higher note than Neu! 2, and in a place where their innovations are still being not only recognized, but utilized." - allmusic.com

 

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LP - Black Flag - Damaged - First Pressing - $79.99 - LISTEN listen - EMAIL IF INTERESTED listen

Jamie - Permanent Records Chicago

 

"Perhaps the best album to emerge from the quagmire that was early-'80s California hardcore punk, the visceral, intensely physical presence of Damaged has yet to be equaled, although many bands have tried. Although Black Flag had been recording for three years prior to this release, the fact that Henry Rollins was now their lead singer made all the difference. His furious bellow and barely contained ferocity was the missing piece the band needed to become great. Also, guitarist/mastermind Greg Ginn wrote a slew of great songs for this record that, while suffused with the usual punk conceits (alienation, boredom, disenfranchisement), were capable of making one laugh out loud, especially the protoslacker satire "TV Party." Extremely controversial when it was released, Damaged endured the slings and arrows of outrageous criticism (some reacted as though this record alone would cause the fall of America's youth) to become and remain an important document of its time." - allmusic.com

 

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LP - Big Boys - Where's My Towel/Industry Standard - Light In The Attic 2014 Reissue - $19.99 - LISTEN listen - EMAIL IF INTERESTED listen

Jon - Permanent Records Chicago

 

"Skate Rock may have been one of the defining sounds of Southern California in the late ’80 / early ‘90s, but its origins were in another time and place. It began, in fact, in post-Outlaw Country 1970s Austin, Texas. That’s where singer Randy “Biscuit” Turner, guitarist Tim Kerr, bassist Chris Gates and drummer Greg Murray were mixing the prevailing trend of playing hard and fast with playing loose and funky.

The Big Boys came from the same scene that spawned Scratch Acid, The Dicks, and MDC, but stood out with music that ventured far beyond post-punk angularities and hardcore machismo. With features in the earliest issues of Thrasher Magazine and coveted spots on their influential Skate Rock tape comps, Big Boys were the first band to be labeled “skate rock.”

Originally released on David Bean’s (of the Judys) Wasted Talent label, their debut album Where’s My Towel / Industry Standard is a classic of American independent music. Lyrically inspired by the group’s growing dissatisfaction with the local hardcore scene and how the release of their Live at Raul’s split record with the Dicks was handled, musically the album showed a move from the prevailing sound of the time. In this, the album’s sound has roots in funk, rock and avant-garde noise guitar as much as punk.

But the record only tells part of the story. Big Boys shows have gone down in history as theaters of chaos, frequently involving stage invasions, food fights and the sight of occasional cross-dresser Turner wearing a tutu or dress – or even a string of Christmas lights. Years later, Kerr told an interviewer of a gig where Biscuit performed with bagged sandwiches pinned all over him, which he went on to throw into the crowd. At a gig six months later, a member of one audience threw the by-then-moldy sandwich back at him. The band also frequently extended to include a horn section, The Impromptu Horns, led by Chris Gates’ brother, Nathan.

Famously, the Big Boys would end with the foursome shouting, “OK y’all, go start your own band.” This DIY attitude continues today in Tim Kerr’s art, which instead of being signed with his name is inscribed “Your Name Here”. The list of fans who did go out and start their own band includes the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who opened for the Big Boys in Hollywood in their club years. After five short years and three albums, each of the four Big Boys departed too, taking their own advice: each member went on to play in numerous bands like Poison 13, Monkeywrench, Jack O’Fire, Junkyard and many more. They are also featured in the critically-acclaimed documentary American Hardcore and appear on its soundtrack. In 2005 Biscuit died of complications from Hepatitis C. Tim Kerr continues to play music and his artwork has been seen all over the world. Chris Gates continues to play music in his band Chris Gates & Gatesville.

“We never really decided to ‘break up’, it just happened,” Kerr said, five years after the split. “We had been on a two month tour and it got to be exactly like being in a station wagon with mom and dad with your brother and sisters… lots of tension and everything.” That won’t come as any surprise on listening to the album: the tension’s what makes it so very vital.

Now y’all, go start your own band…" - Light In The Attic

 

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LP - David Bowie - Lodger - $14.99 - LISTEN listen - EMAIL IF INTERESTED listen

Robert - Permanent Records Chicago

 

"On the surface, Lodger is the most accessible of the three Berlin-era records David Bowie made with Brian Eno, simply because there are no instrumentals and there are a handful of concise pop songs. Nevertheless, Lodger is still gnarled and twisted avant pop; what makes it different is how it incorporates such experimental tendencies into genuine songs, something that Low and Heroes purposely avoided. "D.J.," "Look Back in Anger," and "Boys Keep Swinging" have strong melodic hooks that are subverted and strengthened by the layered, dissonant productions, while the remainder of the record is divided between similarly effective avant pop and ambient instrumentals. Lodger has an edgier, more minimalistic bent than its two predecessors, which makes it more accessible for rock fans, as well as giving it a more immediate, emotional impact. It might not stretch the boundaries of rock like Low and Heroes, but it arguably utilizes those ideas in a more effective fashion." - allmusic.com

 

This Week's Featured Items

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LP - Fogg - Death - $17.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"A prodigal young trio out of Fort Worth, TX worshipping at the Temple of the Holy Riff, FOGG busts out of the gates with a blistering LP of lead-heavy psych. Death sounds as if Black Sabbath took a handful of psychedelics, locked themselves in a garage, played ‘till their fingers bled and—to our benefit—remembered to hit “record”. Fans of Blue Cheer or Pentagram’s First Daze Here comps will find much to love here, as FOGG’s relentless riffing will have you wondering if this was actually recorded in 1971. A timeless record." - Play Pinball

 

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LP - Buck Biloxi And The Fucks - Culture Demanufacturer - $14.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"I think it has been pretty well established at this point that BUCK BILOXI is a genius. In fact I can't think of the last time I saw his name without the title genius attached to it. That being said I don't think I have to make too much of a case for why you need this record. I think a person with only a fifth of his intellect knows what a crucial punk release this is for their collection. 14 tracks of stripped down catchy punk jams about hate, superiority, sex pills, shadow run, and space exploration. 100% TOTAL PUNK AND NOT A JOKE!" - Total Punk

 

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LP - Alejandro Jodorowsky - The Dance Of Reality - $21.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"Real Gone Music in Association with ABKCO Music & Records, Inc. releases the complete, original soundtrack to ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY’s ltest film triumph, The Dance of Reality, the first work from the cinematic auteur in 23 years. Composed by Jodorowsky’s son ADAN JODOROWKSY (aka ADANOWSKY), whose work as a composer and performer (with Devendra Banhart among others) has won him an international following in his own right. Alternately lush and comical, brooding and wistful, the score to The Dance of Reality is, as always with a Jodorowsky film, surreal." - Real Gone Music

 

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LP - Alejandro Jodorowsky - The Holy Mountain - Original Soundtrack 2xLP - $36.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"Real Gone Music, in association with ABKCO Music & Records, Inc., presents for the first time ever on vinyl the original soundtrack to ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY’s 1973 masterpiece The Holy Mountain. The wide ranging score includes everything from hard rock to lush orchestral romanticism to noir-ish jazz and beyond. Composers include Jodorowsky, studio musician RON FRANGIPANE and jazz legend DON CHERRY. Features liner notes by New York Times contributor ERIC BENSON that include exclusive quotes from Jodorowsky himself, festooned with copious production stills. Produced for release by Grammy-winning producer TERI LANDI and MICK GOCHANOUR, and mastered from the original tapes by JOE YANNECE (with lacquer cutting on the LP by CARL ROWATTI at Trutone Mastering), this long-awaited release of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Holy Mountain: Original Soundtrack offers a major addition to the soundtrack canon and a completely unique listening experience." - Real Gone Music

 

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LP - Alexandro Jodorowsky - El Topo - OST - $29.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"El Topo from 1970 was Jodorowsky's bloody surreal take on the Western genre and was the film that began the phenomenon of the Midnight Movie. Funded by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, this film is like a Sergio Leone film on a serious dose of brown acid. Director Alejandro Jodorowsky's bizarre, blood-soaked blend of spaghetti Western, druggy surrealism, Christian allegory, Zen Buddhist themes and avant-garde sensibilities gave rise to the entire "Midnight Movie" counterculture phenomenon of the early '70s.

The soundtrack is comprised of 18 tracks composed by Jodorowsky and John Barham inspired by both the soundtrack work of Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota. Full of flutes and droning horns, accordions and organs and twisted Mariachi styles. The music is as visceral as buzzing flies around the rotting corpse of an evil marauder" - Real Gone

 

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LP - Del Shannon - The Further Adventures Of Charles Westover - Reissue - $23.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"Trouble In Mind is honored to be reissuing Del Shannon’s 1968 misunderstood masterpiece “The Further Adventures of Charles Westover” on vinyl for the first time since it’s original release.

In 1966, Del Shannon was at a crossroads in his career. Having freed himself from a stifling contract with Amy Records, he signed with Liberty Records under the auspices of more artistic freedom (and a hefty advance). He recorded two albums for them in ‘66 (”This Is My Bag” & “Total Commitment”) that featured the requisite cover tunes alongside some choice originals, but buoyed by an recording sessions with famed Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham, he began working on his magnum opus, more “in tune” with the sound of popular culture.

Two fruitful recording sessions with producers Dugg Brown & Dan Bourgoise birthed the twelve songs comprising “The Further Adventures of Charles Westover”, an inspired suite of tunes sharing more in common with The Zombies or The Left Banke than his previous hits “Runaway” or “Little Town Flirt” It was a new beginning for Shannon that should have opened the door to many more inspiring & ambitious albums. Despite critical acclaim, “Charles Westover” was a commercial failure, & Shannon left Liberty in 1969.

Upon hearing the majesty of “The Further Adventures of Charles Westover” for the first time, one has to ask themselves how was this album NOT a huge hit? Perhaps it was the changing times, music listeners were turning on to heavier sounds, or unwilling to embrace an “older” artists new output, but tunes like the haunting “Silver Birch” & “Gemini” and the cinematic popsike of “Colour Flashing Hair” & “Magical Musical Box” (not to mention the rockin’ “Runnin’ On Back” with it’s scorching layered lead guitar solos!) found their way into the eardrums of collectors everywhere & the album became a cult classic.

Trouble In Mind is proud to present “The Further Adventures of Charles Westover” to a new generation of fans embracing psychedelia in its many forms, remastered for vinyl by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service & housed in tip-on sleeves featuring restored jacket art by Chunklet Industries’ Henry Owings (Light In The Attic / Numero). If you‘ve heard this album before, rest assured this is the best it’s looked & sounded since gracing the lucky few’s turntables who heard it originally in 1968. If this is your first time spinning it... get ready.

RIYL: The Zombies, Left Banke, Billy Nicholls, "Pet Sounds"-era Beach Boys" - Trouble In Mind

 

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LP - Liminanas - (I've Got) Trouble In Mind - 7s And Rare Stuff 2009-2014 (Limited White Wax) - $12.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

LIMITED TO 250!!!

 

Trouble In Mind is back with two hot new releases to warm you up this fall!!!!!  The first one of them is a singles and rarities comp from the one and only Liminanas, entitled aptly enough "(I've Got) Trouble In Mind - 7s And Rare Stuff 2009-2014." 

 

"Record flippers be damned! Trouble in Mind proudly presents the long-awaited (& often requested) compilation of The Limiñanas out-of-print singles & compilation tracks, some making their first appearance on vinyl! Every non-album track you need is here, from the OOP Hozac single, to the TiM 2011 limited tour single to their appearances on various compilations & tributes, all in one handy place.

While singles collections can sometimes be dodgy, mismatched affairs, “(I’ve Got) Trouble In Mind” flows like a proper album, & that stands as a testament to the unwavering vision of core members (and husband & wife team) Lio & Marie. The band’s fusion of traditional French “ye ye” stylings with the cigarette-smoking cool of the New York underground of the late-Sixties has dazzled listeners since it’s inception making the live unit the toast of concert stages worldwide.

Between stunning originals like the black-laced banger “I’m Dead” & the Suicide-esque organ grinder “Je m’en vais” are stunning comp tracks like the band’s cover of tunes by the Beach Boys (from a MOJO magazine covermount cd), The Troggs (“Tu es a moi” from the 2012 RSD 4-way split), Jay Reatard (”An Ugly Death” from a French tribute album) & more! In addition, we get to hear unreleased tunes like the band’s cover of the Phil Spector tune “Christmas” originally performed by Darlene Love & the smoky, instrumental “A Dead Swan”.

The vinyl is housed in a stunning gatefold jacket with artwork by renowned French illustrator Elric Dufau, is pressed on basic black vinyl & includes a download code.

RIYL: Serge Gainsbourg, Ennio Morricone, Velvet Underground, Stereolab, Jacco Gardner, Temples" - Trouble In Mind Records

 

Thanks Trouble In Mind, now we have a little free time since we're no longer scouring discogs and ebay for all these long OOP and hard to grip songs from our fave French garage rockers.   If you were wowed by last year's "Costa Blanca" (which you should be), you definitely should be clicking that lil shopping cart now.  But the great thing about "(I've Got) Trouble In Mind" is it's so much more: it works as an intro to the Limananas' hazy cool garage jams, a mixtape that yer friend didn't have to compile, a soundtrack to yer next black and white film or that record you can leave on yer turntable for any mood.  Versatile, mesmerizing and TOTALLY RECOMMENDED!

 

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LP - Mad - Mask EP - $17.99 - BUYbuy

 

"Recorded in 1978 by NYC punk band THE MAD. Previously unreleased studio session features three songs ("Mask," "Eyeball," and "Devil"). Pressed at 45 rpm as a one sided clear vinyl 12-inch. Screaming MAD GEORGE artwork is silkscreened on the blank B-side. Four different images: Eyeball, Pentagram, Mouth, Vomit." - Brain Transplant

 

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LP - R. Stevie Moore - Ariel Pink's Picks Vol. 1 2xLP - $29.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"As with all matters related to ARIEL PINK and R. STEVIE MOORE, the exact details are vague—but the origins of this compilation can be traced to Ariel Pink's My Molly EP. from 2006. Included with the EP was a postcard insert that featured a hand drawn road-map to what Ariel considered to be RSM's best songs from each era. This illustrated his deep appreciation for, and understanding of, R. Stevie's vast catalog. Nearly all of the selections on this release come from that list and all were recorded between 1973 and 1984. The final sequence for Ariel Pink's Picks, Volume One was sent by Ariel to R. Stevie around 2006—but the release didn't materialize until 2011 when Nick Noto (Big Muff Radio) discovered it while assisting with the digital reincarnation of the RSM Cassette Club. Later in 2011, Laughable Recordings released a limited run of 100 cassettes that quickly sold out and have been highly sought-after by fans ever since. It is worth noting that the majority of these songs do not appear on R. Stevie Moore's many other compilations; and this is the first time that eleven of the seventeen tracks have ever appeared on vinyl. This essential collection was carefully remastered for vinyl release by Carl Saff in early 2014. Includes full lyric sheet, liner notes and download card." - Personal Injury

 

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LP - Tiaras - Tiaras - $15.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"Mt. St. Mtn is pleased to announce the debut release of San Francisco-based weirdo power-pop super-group TIARAS. What comes after San Francisco’s now fleeting garage rock scene? The answer remains to be seen but Tiaras continue the efforts of San Francisco’s long legacy of refugee freaks writing pop music. Influences range from The Cars, Wire, The Dwight Twilley Band, Big Star, and yes, even echoes of Tears For Fears, the self-titled release features ten guitar driven power-pop songs doused with supernatural melodies. Often going bright, the LP bubbles out harmonic echoes that balance sultry nostalgia while ruminating on what’s next for the dreamers who value big hooks and soaring chorus’ to bring it all home. In essence, Tiaras captures the sentiment of the unadjusted through intricate and sparkling sonic medleys. Tiaras are partially composed of former members of the “sinister sunshine” group, GANGLIANS. RYAN GRUBBS (vocals, guitar, and keys) and KYLE HOOVER (lead guitar) started Tiaras as a bedroom project. Joined by ANTONIO GUALCO (drums) of FINE STEPS, ADAM FINKEN (guitar) of BLASTED CANYONS, and RYAN HANSEN (bass), these dudes came out the gate a well-seasoned outfit from their first show and only get better with each live performance." - Mt. St. Mtn.

 

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LP - Tsunamis - Tsunamis - $22.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"At the beginning of the 2000s the boiling Santiago underground rock scene was emerging with bands such as The Ganjas, Yajaira and Guiso for naming a few, after a long time of grunge, pop and hip-hip ruling the streets, with the world saying goodbye to the brit-pop period and saluting the widely popular DJ’ing era. By that time the interest in the dark psychedelia and rock and roll remained intact in a group of people that knew what to do and what-not-to-do, and grew up with the power of a bad seed and with the energy of ravers and punks out in the streets. This echoed with othermade an echo on other rock retro acts of the 2000’s but never with the howling rage and he anxiety that was guiding the sons of the silent during the Chilean dictatorship. Tsunamis was formed in Santiago after the breaking up of the chilean shoegazers Solar and leaded by the charismatic “Goli” on the vocals, reminding us of Iggy Pop and Bobby Hecksher from The Warlocks. In some points the music burst from a clearly garage and punk influence, showing a powerful construction under mid-tones and piercing guitars, but the album also has psych rock ballads, as well as some nihilistic and blistering songs." - Bym

 

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7in - Beekeepers - Pallet Stacking - $4.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"BEEKEEPERS have operated in their own singularly elusive way in Detroit for the past decade or so leaving a scattered handful of CDRs, tapes, and lineups in their wake. This is the debut 7" release by these introverted weirdos and X! Records couldn't be more pleased. The A-side "Pallet Stacking" alone is well worth the price of admission. The dark, repetitive bass line sets the tone for deadpan, tongue-in-cheek vocals featuring some of the oddest/most genius lyrics we've heard in a while. Paranoid hopelessness with a sense of humor. Tasteful sax playing that knows how to build tension and when to freak out. Unsettling synth work in the background. This one is a slow burner for sure. Stands up well to multiple listens. Lazy comparisons that don't quite describe how Beekeepers sound: The "anything goes" spirit of The Cravats with more of a dazed/jazz agenda than a punk agenda. Soft Machine/Supersister rock/jazz attempts but more midwestern and "DIY" influenced, for lack of a better term. Listen to it while having a weird day." - X! Records

 

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7in - Dentists - Strawberries Are Growing In My Garden (And It's Wintertime) - Reissue - $6.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"Trouble In Mind leaves no stone unturned in reintroducing Kent, U.K. band The Dentists to a new era of listeners. After reissuing the band’s underheard masterpiece “Some People Are On The Pitch They Think It’s All Over It Is Now” in 2013, we present to you the band’s debut single launched in 1985 prior to the release of “Some People Are On The Pitch...”, containing three tunes not featured on that album.

Kicking off with the paisley-tinged jangle of “Strawberries Are Growing In My Garden (and it’s Wintertime)”, an exhilarating combination of C-86 indie jangle & neo-psychedelia, with an earworm of a chorus for the ages; slightly melancholic, but with a hopeful stride. The B-side starts with “Burning The Thoughts From My Skin” a shambolic, upbeat rocker laced with the scruffy ferociousness of their punk roots. “Doreen” closes us out with a yearning plea to a female chanteuse to open her heart & mind that evolves from a plaintive ballad into a savage rocker by the end of the tune, with guitarist Bob Collins slashing out riffs like a man possessed.

The 2014 edition of “Strawberries Are Growing In My Garden (and it’s Wintertime)” comes housed in a near-faithful reproduction of the original Spruck Records picture sleeve & includes a download code.

RIYL: The Byrds, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Prisoners, R.E.M., XTC, Allah-Las" - Trouble In Mind

 

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Book - Tony Rettman - NYHC - New York Hardcore 1980-1990 - $29.99 - BUYbuy

 

"Based on original interviews with over 100 key historical figures, the dense 384-page volume features hundreds of images and over fifty chapters covering the bands, venues, labels, hangouts, and larger-than-life characters that built hardcore punk rock in New York City. As Freddy Cricien of Madball writes in his foreword: "These years were formative ones. For those that lived it, you will be transported back in time and you can revel in the nostalgia. To those that didn't live it, go ahead and transport yourself to that period and be grateful that you've discovered this special scene. Read on and take everything in—but don't feel like you missed out! This book is a way to get caught up on history, and also a bridge to a whole world that is as relevant today as its ever been." The gripping and sometimes hilarious narrative is woven together like the fabric of New York itself from over 100 original interviews with members of Absolution, Adrenalin O.D., Agnostic Front, Antidote, Bad Brains, Bloodclot, Bold, Born Against, Breakdown, Cause for Alarm, Cavity Creeps, Citizens Arrest, Cro-Mags, Crumbsuckers, Death Before Dishonor, Even Worse, False Prophets, Gorilla Biscuits, H20, Heart Attack, Inhuman, Into Another, Irate, Judge, Kraut, Leeway, Life’s Blood, Major Conflict, Murphy’s Law, Nausea, Nihilistics, Nuclear Assault, Numskulls, Outburst, Pro-Pain, Quicksand, Raw Deal, Reagan Youth, Rorschach, S.O.D., Sacrilege, Savage Circle, Sheer Terror, Shelter, Shok, Sick of it All, Side by Side, Skinhead Youth, Straight Ahead, the Abused, the Cryptcrashers, the Mad, the Misfits, the Misguided, the Mob, the Psychos, the Ritz, the Stimulators, the Undead, Token Entry, Underdog, Urban Waste, Virus, Warzone, Youth of Today, and many, many more." - Bazillion Points

 

Recommended Restocks

LP - Doug Tuttle - Doug Tuttle
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LP - Klaus Johann Grobe - Im Sinne der Zeit
LP - Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II (Black vinyl)
LP - Thee Oh Sees - Warm Slime
LP - Paperhead - Africa Avenue - Black Wax
LP - Total Control - Typical System
7in - Tyvek - Mary Ellen Claims

 

Thanks again and see y'all around out there somewhere!

 

The P-Rex Crew

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Quality Used Goods (Chicago)

Please Note: These titles are just a small sample of many of the choice used LPs we swap into the recent arrivals bin each week!

Format - Artist - TitlePrice
Problem Smash $49.99
Mauthausen Orchestra Bloodyminded $29.99
Sacher-Pelz Venus $29.99
Esquivel Music From A Sparkling Planet $29.99
J.J. Burnel Euroman Cometh $29.99
Wooden Shjips Back To Land Green Wax with bonus 7inch $49.99
Wooden Shjips Clear Wax with bonus 7inch $39.99
Michael Rother Katzenmusik $29.99
Hawkwind Ridicule $29.99
Der Blutharsch The Cosmic Trigger $29.99
Various Artists Wir Rufen Deine Wolfe $49.99
Lux Interna There Is Light In The Body, There Is Blood In The Sun $39.99
Der Blutharsch Flying High $29.99
Of The Wand And The Moon The Lone Descent $39.99
Contortions Buy $29.99
Indescribably Delicious s/t $29.99
Red Rockers Condition Red $29.99
Kinit Her Storm Of Radiance $39.99

* All Used Items not guaranteed to be in stock

Quality Used Goods (L.A.)

Please Note: These titles are just a small sample of many of the choice used LPs we swap into the recent arrivals bin each week!

ArtistTitlePrice
Jon Hassell Surgeon of the Nightsky Rstores Dead Things by the Power of Sound $29.99
Kraftwerk Neon Lights (Luminous Wax) 12" $39.99
Kraftwerk Das Model (German Version) 12" $29.99
Kraftwerk Computer World (Mexican Press) $29.99
Kraftwerk Computer World (Japanese Press w/Obi) $59.99
Kraftwerk Electro Kinetik $29.99
Kraftwerk Doppelalbum $49.99
Augustus Pablo King Tubby meets Rockers Uptown $29.99
Augustus Pablo King David's Melody $29.99
Augustus Pablo Rebel Rock Reggae $29.99
Augustus Pablo Rising Sun $29.99
Augustus Pablo Rockers Meets King Tubbys in a Fire House $29.99
Augustus Pablo East of the River Nile $29.99
Augustus Pable / Hugh Mundell Africa Must be Free by 1983- Dub $29.99
Polyphonic Size Live for Each Moment / Vivre Pour Chaque Instant $39.99
Polyphonic Size Mohter's Little Helper $39.99
Philip Glass Koyaanisquatsi (Japanese Press w/ Obi Strip) $39.99
Philip Glass Einstein on the Beach (boxset) $39.99
Klaus Kruger One is One $29.99
v/a New Age Music $29.99
Ornette Coleman Shape of Jazz to Come $49.99
Gary Kail / Zurich 1916 Creative Nihilism $99.99
v/a Tokyo Mobile Music $39.99
Michael Rother Flammende Herzen $39.99
Joachim Kuhn Sound of Feelings $29.99
Fela Ransome Kuti Vol. 1 & 2 $49.99
Fela Ransome Kuti Open & Close $49.99
v/a Electronic $59.99
v/a Electronical Dreams $29.99
EPMD Strictly Business $29.99
Personality Crisis Creatures for Awhile $39.99
Jumping Jam Beat Goes On! (w/ obi Strip) $49.99
Jansen / Barbieri Worlds in a Small Room $29.99
Gidon Kremer Edition Lockenhaus $29.99
Prince Jazzbo Ital Corner $49.99
John Lurie Down by Law (OST) $29.99
Krisma Clandestine Anticipation $29.99
West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band Vol. 3: A Child's Guide to Good & Evil $99.99
Robert Wyatt Rock Bottom $39.99
Art Zoyd Musique Pour l'Odyssee $49.99
Art Zoyd Phase IV $39.99
Sacrifice Sacrifice $29.99
Throbbing Gristle D.O.A. The Third and Final Report $39.99
Swans Filth $79.99
Mark Shreeve Assassin $39.99
Macka Dub Macka Dub $29.99
Mudhoney Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge $29.99
Francoise Hardy Ma Jeunesse Fout le Camp… $29.99
Roky Erickson Gremlins Have Pictures (ltd Orange Vinyl) $39.99
Butthole Surfers Piouhgd $29.99
Klaus Hess Sternentanz $39.99
Moebius & Plank Material $39.99
Clara Mondshine Memorymetropolis $69.99
Peak Ebondazzar $39.99
Yellow Magic Orchestra Solid State Survivor $29.99
Yellow Magic Orchestra Naughty Boys (Instrumental) $29.99
Yellow Magic Orchestra Public Prssure $29.99
Yellow Magic Orchestra Service (w/ Obi Strip) $29.99
Yellow Magic Orchestra BGM $29.99
Tristan Vander Tristan et Yseult $29.99
Ptose The Swoop $49.99
Logic Logic System $29.99
Brian Eno & J. Peter Schwaim Drawn from Life $29.99
Leben Und Arbeiten s/t $49.99
Haruomi Hosono Mercuric Dance $49.99

* All Used Items not guaranteed to be in stock

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Permanent Records Label Releases

Get the low down on all the Permanent Records Label Releases right here.

 

You might have luck tracking down titles listed as OUT OF PRINT from the following distributors: Revolver, Forced Exposure, Carrot Top, and Forte (UK).

PERM-045

Frankie and the Witch Fingers - Frankie and the Witch Fingers LP

LP Edition of 300

COMING SOON!

 

 

 

"...reverbed, jangle-heavy garage / psych with a great vintage guitar/organ combo sound" - http://active-listener.blogspot.com

 

PERM-044

Bad Axe - Coachman b/w Poor Man, Run 7"

7" Edition of 300 on Black

COMING SOON!

 

 

Rare, rural, unheard, unearthed Illinois hard rock.

 

 RIYL: Private Press, Bonehead Crunchers

 

PERM-043

Leather Slave - Leather Slave LP

LP Edition of 300 - 100 on Oxblood, 200 on Black

COMING SOON!

 

 

Leather Slave are from LA and sound a lot like Brainbombs.  Here are some review excerpts from Julian Cope's Head Heritage site:
 
"I've never heard any band...match what [Leather Slave] did. Period. From what I heard the band is still going strong, although I dunno if it's still the same lineup...  Of course one of the enigmatic things about this band is that they don't list credits or any information about themselves...But the thing that really sets this band apart is not only that the musicianship is brilliant, but that they have no redeeming value whatsoever(!) It's rock 'n roll at it's most primal and destructive -- what your parents feared in such music. Think Rolling Stones circa Exile on Main Street crossed with an even more stripped-down Raw Power by the Stooges, along with the more anarchic moments from the Swans, topped off by the writings of De Sade and Peter Sotos and yr halfway there... It's "Horror-Punk" except inspired by "Last House on Dead End Street" rather than "Teenage Frankenstein" or whatever...

Their...album starts off deceptively innocuous...but gets shattered by a devastating discordant riff, with what could be a manifesto of some sort. "If you have the fucking power, then use it to kill them all!"

Again the amazing thing about the band is the musicianship, although the songs are not songs as much as they could be called loops in a way -- mostly a series of tight grooves that threaten to fall apart and often do. The drummer has a particularly nimble touch here, but can kick out the jams just as John Bonham can... The guitars manage to sound incredibly sick and brutal, pretty much adding to the theme, but even when they restrain it a little the effect is still quite disturbing.  As for the vocals, it's not singing as much as speaking...but somehow it still works in the overall musical fabric, so to speak...

But the playing's extremely good -- they seemed to have studied rock 'n roll right down to its blues/country roots.

Of course the album closes with a totally repellent track that's a noisy, discordant mess, although that drummer still manages to keep it together which is (again) amazing... Probably this band isn't for everyone's taste, but if you like good rock 'n roll and at the same time appreciate what Whitehouse does, then this is for you."

 
This review is technically of Brainbombs "Obey", but since Leather Slave have so much in common with Brainbombs, we imagine Mr. Cope would have exactly the same thing to say about Leather Slave.  Genius and Brutality.  Taste and Power.  For days.

 

RIYL: Brainbombs, Francis Harold & the Holograms, Rectal Hygienics, Fang, AmRep

PERM-042

The Chicago Triangle - Emergence LP

LP Edition of 300 - 100 on White, 200 on Black

COMING SOON!

 

 

 

"The Chicago Triangle is a flock of the rarest birds: a Latino hard rock trio, emerging from Chicago's near-north side with an arcane interest in the mysticism of the triangle. Destined for deepest obscurity, this is now of most profound interest." - Rob Sevier [Numero Group]

 

RIYL: Private Press

 

PERM-041

Black Bombaim - Saturdays and Space Travels LP

LP Edition of 300 - 100 on Cyan Blue, 200 on Black

OUT OF PRINT

 

 

Originally self-­released in Portugal, 2010 Lovers & Lollypops, in a hand-­numbered edition of 300

 

Long out of print heavy-­psych monster available once again, domestically reissued on Permanent!

 

Killer Press & Reviews of Black Bombaim's
"Saturdays and Space Travels":


"Barcelos, Portugal’s Black Bombaim might actually be time travellers from the 1970’s. Their first full-­length, the aptly titled “Saturdays and Space Travels”, is an ultra-­psychedelic instrumental jam rock record with heavy stoner rock tinges. Rather than individual singular songs, the album touts only a “Side A” and “Side B”, each clocking in at exactly nineteen minutes and forty-­seven seconds. Each side is an extensive landscape of sound, meandering through hefty riffs and hallucinogenic modulations, stopping for nothing as they play, seamlessly moving from part to part without any clunky or misplaced transitions. In typical stoner rock fashion, the guitar tone is drenched in reverb and other assorted pedal effects, the bass is heavily distorted, and the drumming is all over the place. I’m not really into stoner rock, and I don’t pretend to be, but something about Black Bombaim really intrigued me. The music is completely instrumental – think early Black Sabbath without Ozzy having a bastard child with Earthless that’s hooked on some dirty drugs hanging out with Torche. There is definitely an unmistakable heaviness to the band (albeit not as much as their peers), so the record isn’t something you can necessarily take a nap while listening to, but I found myself really zoning out and letting myself get engulfed in both tracks. Apparently, from what I’ve read, the band recorded both tracks entirely live, which is impressive because the playing is literally flawless.

 

Since there aren’t specific tracks to go through and analyze (and to scrutinize each part of both tracks would probably be missing the point of their extensiveness, anyway), I’ll just say this – Side A is a snaky psychedelic riff machine, while Side B is a good amount slower, and noticeably sludgier with even more of said stoner rock influence. While Side A is chiefly dependent on repetition of groove and inventive riffing, Side B takes even more of a psychedelic turn, making special use of extensive soloing and downtempo heavy parts. The end of Side B is especially trippy, with a harsh, down-­strummed pattern being played behind a pulsating, effect saturated solo that hovers between loud and soft, slow and fast. Like I previously stated, Black Bombaim’s sound is unique, at least in this day and age, to their genre, simply because the heaviness that comes along with it is more of an understatement than an integral part of the music. It’s almost as if this heaviness is an organic occurrence that just happened to naturally manifest itself through their songwriting. I got lost in the event of each track, that’s for sure – but not enough to miss what was actually happening. Whereas in a genre of music like, say, post-­rock, the listener spaces out enough to enter a cathartic lull, Black Bombaim’s music allows you enough room to enter a fog, but its nature also demands your attention, creating a strange, but cool, disparity. The band’s real magic comes not from one element, but simply the entangling of all their playing and influence, coming together to create a real experience of a record."
(Joe Vena, StereoKiller.com)

 

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"Can a power trio change a city in 2010? Can a band in these times of doubt and uncertainty drag others from the comfort of their couches (and TV Parties of this world) into the chaos of stages run by infernal riffs? The answer is, probably yes. Black Bombaim have done more for Barcelos in the last years than its local symbol, the Rooster has done in decades of history, and now, with “Saturdays and Space Travels” they write their name with golden letters in an imaginary wall, the same wall that has the name of all that make Rock an unpredictable and more exciting universe. Everyone knew that on stage, Black Bombaim were an explosive cocktail of demonic riffs and powerful hooks; what they didn’t knew was, even though after a promising debut EP, these guys from Barcelos would be able to confine in vinyl such a stoner and psychedelic discharge. From side A to side B there’s no time to breathe. There’s only time to pick up the shrapnel of unforeseeable explorations; where Ron Asheton and the Stooges take to the limit the chaos from the final disorder of “T.V. Eye”, where the Rock frees itself from decades and decades of rules and conventions. Can that way a power trio change a city in 2010? We don’t know, but we’re thrilled to get there, ridden by forbidden riffs and eternal feedback." (Del seu myspace)

 

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"Turn on, tune in, drop out... Bombay in India, Black Bombaim in the desert. Jack Daniel’s empty bottle on stage. This is the set.

 

The band everyone tries to find a lead singer. “Everyone”... are those who don’t free themselves from the musical boundaries and don’t understand the concept of an instrumental band.


This is the band that possesses a unique vision that no one seems to understand and with the kind of music that, in Portugal, few are the ones who do it, and fewer, the ones who executed it this way. This is what makes them different: from the common bands we see so often out there. But back to the point...

 

No one knows where this is gonna get and if there will be a tomorrow. If the acidity will keep going or if a bass line will lead the way through a path loosely swung at the bottom of the bottom. This is what pleases me, this kind of unpredictability in a band.

 

Where the next step can be an Earthless-­like elliptic drone; or a guitar rip Atomic Bitchwax style; or even an atmospheric guitar wandering on a celestial space of Comets on Fire, where there’s chaos and explosion effects that are yet to happen. This is what pleases me, to find out where the limits of sound are.

 

This is what so many San Francisco bands are doing for years, and it’s in them – in part – that this one inspires itself. All this scene of psychedelic rock that is gaining international underground attention as each day goes by. It’s this more actual side that merges with the past present of stoner-­rock. This is the first structure in the sound dissection of Black Bombaim... a jam session between two short stories." (TheSirensSound.com)

 

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"Black Bombaim is the most notable band to come out of Portugal to grace the stoner rock scene.

 

Barcelos, the small Portuguese market town, where the trio of Ricardo (guitar), Senra (drums) and Tojo (bass) homed their craft, is more widely recognized for its famous pottery and the Barcelos Cockerel than it is for its blistering heavy heathen onslaught.

 

‘Saturdays and Space Travels’ the bands first full length, vinyl only double sided LP release, clocks in at 39 minutes and 24 seconds however, instead of being comprised as individual tracks, the release is instead made up of two separate instrumental, hard-­hitting blistering licks, that have been locked in a cage of ear-­shattering feedback.

 

‘Side A’, at 19 minutes and 47 seconds (as is ‘Side B’) sees the trio unleash their complex sound upon the listener. Beginning with a hazy, wall of sound, made famous by 60’s space-­rock icons Hawkwind, the track gradually builds into a trance-­inducing, repetitive and sluggish metal ascendancy, with the occasional trip into space.

 

While ‘Side B’ continues to be more of the same, due to the length of both individual tracks it may be advised to be listened to in broken down segments rather than in one fail swoop.

 

That said, the blend of sluggish metal and hazy space-­rock works well and with this release Black Bombaim have set down the marker for fellow Portuguese stoner rock band to beat." (ChybuccaSounds.com)

 

RIYL: Earthless, Sleep, Black Sabbath, The Heads, Hendrix, Comets On Fire, Atomic Bitchwax, Harsh Toke, GNOD, Colour Haze, Kyuss, Hawkwind, releases found on Cardinal Fuzz, Tee Pee Records, & Fuzz Club

PERM-040

The Exit - The Exit E.P. 7"

LP Edition of 500 - 100 on Ultra Clear, 400 on Black
2-Sided Full-Color 12"x12" Fold-out Poster Insert Included w/ In-store Exclusive 100 on Ultra Clear Edition

OUT OF PRINT

 

 

Impossibly rare Chicago Punk from 1979! Contains "Who Asked You" from their sole release + three unreleased tracks culled from the original master tapes!

 

Some History For ya:

"Chicago's vast South Side in the late 1970s wasn't exactly the ideal breeding ground for punk rock, but as evidenced by the output of the prolific Disturbing Records label (Cunts, Meaty Buys, Painterband, etc) and a few shining examples of subversive culture festering in the shadow of the bleak shadow of Midway, such as The Imports from Hyde Park on Circkle Records, most notoriously, the band with the least-known history has always been The Exit. As noted numerous times, Chicago's disorganized, disconnected 70s punk 'scene' evolved on both the North Side as well as the South Side, with the latter focusing on the bands circulating around Harlow's Nightclub on the the 8000-block of south Cicero, and have a far lesser known cast of characters sadly left out of the mainstream historical context. As an area at the time known for its diehard sports fanaticism as well as it's tough, blue collar lifestyle, punk didn't have a fighting chance competing with cover bands in neighborhood corner bars and avoiding the inevitable fisticuffs associated with being anything outside of "normal" in 1979. But this is where a band such as The Exit shines through the debris and really stands out historically as a diamond in the rough.

 

When doing research for the 2003 'History of Chicago Punk 1976-81' feature article for Horizontal Action Magazine, we were confronted with nothing but blank stares when inquiring about most of the South Side bands, even from some of the Disturbing Records camp, which only further proves the isolation and disconnection effect of playing and recording such polarizing music at such an early time. The lone 7" release from The Exit was a total mystery to even the most vivid memories of not only band members, but also promoters, DJs, photographers, and general punk enthusiasts from the era, and the amount of money the single sold for, if and when it ever even appeared for sale, was often staggering, making this band even more intriguing.

 

As luck would have it, ten years later, one of the original band members from The Exit casually walked into Permanent Records and introduced themselves, finally forming the connection that had eluded so many attempts to locate the band in the past. If you've heard the two songs on their sole self-released 1979 single, you know the style of snotty atypical Chicago punk this band was capable of crushing down, but to most people of the record buying public, it was still a record very few would hear, let alone ever see or be able to purchase. Even the folks producing the Chicago punk history film 'You Weren't There' had no connection, and were completely unfamiliar with this band, further bolstering the disconnection of a centralized 'scene' primarily based on the massive size of the Chicago sprawl.

 

Upon meeting the guys in The Exit, the news of unreleased recordings sent chills up the spines of anyone within earshot, so when Permanent got it's hands on these unheard tracks, you could feel the 'missing link' falling into place, and man is it ever worth the wait. What wasn't as evident on the 7" tracks was the raw NY Dolls/Berlin Brats/Stooges/Teenage Lust-style toughed-up glam rock sound the band was hiding in their other tracks, a mean and skull-stomping meat & potatoes thug punk sound that could have been HUGE if it reached the right ears at the time. Sounding much more '1976' than '1979' here with a slight anglo-punk snarl in the vocals and a tight proto-punk back beat, these unreleased tracks by The Exit are going to strip the paint from your ceiling and have you climbing the walls within seconds. You won't know what hit you, but you will continue hitting yourself with it because there's even MORE on the way. So rejoice in this epic Midwest 70s punk archeological find, and be sure to console to all the cocksure 70s North Side punkers, because Chicago underground music history is being completely rewritten right before our ears here, and despite the never-ending rift between the North & South, this time everyone wins."

 

- Todd Killings / VictimofTime.com / HoZac Records 2014

 

RIYL: Buzzcocks, The Damned, Dead Boys, Epicycle, Flamin' Groovies, and Killed By Death rarities

PERM-039

Basic Cable - I'm Good To Drive LP

LP Edition of 300 - 100 on Beer, 400 on Black
Includes Printed 12x12 Insert

LP - $14.99 - [buy]

 

 

Our buds at the Empty Bottle penned this little bit about Basic Cable for our 7th Year Anniversary party and we think it sums these snide booze fueled bad vibe bringers up very fucking nice:

"Channeling bad vibes, worse hangovers and a general life-keeps-shitting-on-us attitude, Chicago's BASIC CABLE find a way to have fun as they commiserate with each other, and their listeners. Fairly new to "the scene," their blown out guitars, shouted, monotone vocals and punishing rhythms make for a noisy, punk-as-fuck attack that tingles our dingles in ways we can barely comprehend." – Empty Bottle

Review snipets from split flexi single with Endless Bummer on Notes and Bolts / Eye Vybe Records:

"Basic Cable, formed by ex-Loose Dudes, Heavy Times, and current Running members, is a thrashing two minutes of caterwauling vocals, and instruments that sound like they're going to fall apart at any moment." – Notes and Bolts / Eye Vybe Records

"Basic Cable, comprised of some Chicago's assorted noteworthy maniacs from various other quality acts mentioned above, lean in thick and mean with a paranoid rocker that pummels a riff into the ground while some terrifying laser sound sets its sights for your soul. It's all over waaaay too soon, so here's hoping we're getting more material from BOTH acts in the near future. Savagely Recommended." – Permanent Records


RIYL: Cows, Jesus Lizard, Pissed Jeans, METZ, Watery Love, Fang, AmRep

PERM-038

Bil Vermette - Katha Visions LP

LP Edition of 300 - 100 on White, 200 on Black
Digital Download of Album Included w/ Bonus Download: Bil's 1984 Cassette-only "Environ-Mentals", A 46 Minute Composition

OUT OF PRINT

 

 

Not too far in the past we stumbled across Bil Vermette along with an entire sealed box of his phenomenal private press LP, "Katha Visions", from 1984. Here's the back-story for this re-issue we are so very proud to present:

"Words can barely begin to describe the excitement of finding one copy of this private press rarity, let alone a whole box direct from the distributor STILL SEALED FROM 1984! Thanks to a tip from our ol’ buddy Steve Krakow (aka Plastic Crimewave) we visited Bil Vermette (a recent “Secret History of Chicago Music” subject) himself at his lovely home in Berwyn recently to buy some of his rare Krautrock records. When we arrived at Bil’s place, we were stunned to find an incredible collection of LPs and singles of various genres, and COMPLETELY FLABBERGASTED when he dusted off a whole box (25 sealed copies) of his own privately pressed record from 1984! In case you’ve never stumbled across this one before, it’s Bil’s sole LP release and it rarely surfaces in the wild. Bizarrely enough, these sealed copies are the first we’ve ever laid eyes on here at Permanent, and this will probably be the last we ever see. In short, this record is RARE! And Bil doesn’t have many copies left. The only other box he had in his possession was not full and he said he was hanging on to them for sale at future live performances – which are also quite infrequent.

Even if this record wasn’t incredible, which it just so happens to be, we would’ve jumped at the chance to offer these up to y’all. Fans of all things SYNTH absolutely must hear this LP. Bil is a synthesizer aficionado and it shows. The first track on the “dark side” is “Mountain Funeral”, an aptly titled ambient synth dirge if there ever was one. The title track ventures into territory that was likely influenced by Terry Riley and could’ve easily been an influence on Bitchin’ Bajas. It’s a repetitive, layered, and soothingly long centerpiece to the album. “Long Trail Down” closes out the A-side with effects that sound like seagulls floating over the top of the layered synth chord drones and melodies. It’s an easy track to get lost in, but then again, so is this whole record.


The “light side” (aka Side B) begins with “Morning Dance” an upbeat number featuring the first appearance of synthetic rhythms. Up to this point, “Katha Visions” has been completely instrumental, but “Someday Soon” features the only appearance by guest vocalist Dan Cooper. Cooper’s voice is melancholic and robotic, which fits in with the rest of the track perfectly. “Staircase” sounds like a long-lost John Carpenter horror flick theme while the album’s closer “Opposites Attract” is the curveball track on “Katha Visions”. It includes the first and only appearance by Bruce Walters, an old high school chum of Vermette’s. Bruce disrupts the synth-clusiveness of the record with some soaring guitar lines that have us wondering what else he was up to around this time. We could also see Moon Duo doing a pretty bitchin’ cover of this one.

The cover photos on this idiosyncratically private press-style jacket were taken by another old boyhood buddy of Vermette’ named Larry Spivack. According to Bil, he “was looking for B&W shots of trees reflected on water and Larry nailed it.” We agree. The packaging matches the goods.

When I asked Bil if he wanted me to include any particular info in the review of his LP, he mentioned that “Katha Visions was recorded in the summer of 1984 over 3 weekends, six hour sessions. From midnight to 6am.” We find the late-nightiness of the recording palpable. We think you’ll agree. Need we say any more?" – Lance Barresi, Owner of Permanent Records

RIYL: Krautrock, Kosmiche, Minimal Synth, Private-Press, Terry Riley, Conrad Schnitzler, Bitchin Bajas

PERM-037

MERX - 20000 Sq Ft Under The Sea LP

LP Edition of 300 - 100 on White, 200 on Black

LP - $14.99 - [buy]

 

 

MERX INCLUDES ½ OF GERMAN ARMY

 

LA's MERX is back with another platter of menacing post-punk, no-wave, cold-wave, industrial electronic thinking-man's creep terror.

 

Reviews of 20000 Sq Ft Under The Sea:

"Second release from this LA band, originally a Skrot Up cassette but now a spin down slab of vinyl thanks to this Permanent press. If you like mad intoning renegade preacher/vocalists, even if you never stumbled across Suicide before, this album is for you. On first listen, I was smitten. And that first track, with deep voice wordless and reverbed into wanton rant. Hell, yeah! Side 1 songs come and go like sitting at a busy intersection during rush hour and watching for weirdos go by in cars. These songs feel like they are chrome-plated with tinted windows so you can’t quite see what’s inside them. Maybe a body, maybe a couple of tanks of oxygen, or is it a toxic chemical? Like those car occupants, the 8 songs on side 1 are gone but leave an indelible impression. Drum machine makes you want to dance, but the baritone madman vocalist is staring at you so you better not move. Little rifflets of guitar that could have an ocean of spy surf behind them. Rev’d up synths idle wildly. After my second listen, I felt like I was in a dingy bar with only bouncers, and each bouncer is trying to throw another bouncer out. The flip side is a single track at 45 RPM PLEASE NOTE. It’s kind of a chaotic free form take of the tighter vibe from the songs on the flip (indeed lyrics from 20 Sq Ft get howled into the fray). Kind of a lunatic jam with that poet/prophet/pervert shouting in the storm. Really digging this release. A rare burly form of synth rock!" (Thurston Hunger, KFJC 89.7 FM, 12/12/2013)

 

[cassette version on Skrot Up]
"I thought I read somewhere that Merx is an offshoot of some sort stemming from the German Army family tree, which would be awesome. No matter: Twenty Sq Ft stands on its own at the summit of randomness, flitting from disguise to disguise until they barely recognize who’s staring back at them in the mirror. They can be muscular and threatening or, as “Swim Job” attests, quite funky, or at least as funky as a limited-run tape band can be. I suppose gloomy post-punk would have to be brought up in the conversation if you were trying to describe this cassette to a dipshit, but umbrella terms aren’t going to protect you from the unrestrained, infectious enthusiasm pouring from the pores of these sketchy tunes. Let them do their work and Merx will reward you in a perplexing manner. Which reminds me: Do you have the proper documentation to be listening to Twenty Sq Ft? Write Skrot Up to secure the appropriate paperwork." (Grant 'Gumshoe' Purdum, Tiny Mix Tapes, 10/28/2013)

 

RIYL: Suicide, Throbbing Gristle, DNA, SPK, German Army, Brotman & Short, Cold Wave

PERM-036

Afflicted Man - I'm Off Me 'Ead LP

LP Edition of 500 - 100 on Red, 400 on Black
LP Edition of 300 on Black (Repress)

LP - $17.99 - [buy]

 

 

"I'm Off Me 'Ead" is DIY psych punk (or "Hippy Punk" as Steve Hall calls it) at it's finest, but don't just take my word for it.  Heavyweight record aficionados such as Henry Rollins, Byron Coley, Tom Lax, Doug Mosurock, and Geoffrey Weiss are BIG fans...

 

The idiosyncratic music critic, Byron Coley (Forced Exposure, Bull Tongue, Spin, Wire, Arthur), really lays it out there: 

"Steve Hall's Afflicted (Man) project was one of the greatest mystery wobbles to come out of the Brit DIY explosion. Trying to figure out what the hell these records were about took years to unravel. We even thought there might be a Nurse With Wound connection when United Dairies released the Afflicted Man's Musica Box LP. We were stupid, but can you blame us?  The slurred psych blues of I'm Off Me 'Ead were so unlike anything else going on at the time, it almost seemed like the whole thing had to be a put-on of some kind. There had been those earlier records, sure, this one felt way different. The concept of UK stoner-punks had existed for a few years, but their output had tended towards the arty end of things before this. There's a latent brutality to Im' Off that truly lashed our feeble minds. But maybe that's only because L.A. was awash in very good acid right about then. Still, it remains extremely  difficult to place this music inside the contextual history of what was going on then. Jesus, I would have loved to have caught a gig or two. Unimaginable. I bought I'm Off Me 'Ead at the old Vinyl Fetish store on Melrose in '81, same year I finally managed to snag a copy of Randy Holden's Population II, and they were both records I'd play to anyone who dropped by our pad in Santa Monica for a listening session. The utterly fucked-up-ness of both guitarists never failed to astonish anyone who wasn't too wasted to acknowledge what they were hearing. And so it is."

 

Tom Lax's Siltblog posted this:
"Afflicted Man's style could best described at stock-in-trade Brit DIY w/an almost Street Level sort've quality to it…Too freaked out for punks, too punked out for freaks... must've felt like a rusty safety pin stuck straight through the heart of whatever DIY fanbase Hall had acquired. And for all the Pink Fairies or Hawkwind type's that mighta come across it, it was too primitive & animalistic for their quid."

 

Geoffrey Weiss' is one of the most venerable record collectors in the world.  He summed it up like this:
"Deliriously incompetent, frighteningly direct, and bafflingly out-of-time, there is no doubt that Steve Hall is in touch here with something most of us can't get near. "

 

We here at Permanent absolutely love this record and are incomprehensibly honored to be the label reissuing it on vinyl for the first time ever.  It's been fully licensed by Steve Hall himself and painstakingly remastered by the total pros at Penguin Recording in Eagle Rock.  The jacket artwork was graciously reconstituted and touched-up by Bill "Trouble In Mind" Roe.  The full-color "I'm Off Me 'Ead" inner sleeve contains a bunch of unseen Afflicted Man photos, an unpublished interview with Steve Hall and a fully authorized reprint of Chris Stigliano's article from Forced Exposure #9 (Winter 1986).

 

 The first pressing (let's hope there's demand for multiple) is limited to 500 copies worldwide.

 

RIYL: Hawkwind, Pink Fairies, Deviants, The Fall, Alternative TV, Coloured Balls, Michael Yonkers, Vic Godard, Mark Perry, Private Press / Outsider Rock, and REPETITION

PERM-035

WatchOut! - Flashbacker LP

LP Edition of 500 - 100 on White, 400 on Black (2013 RSD EXCLUSIVE!)
LP Edition of 300 on Black (2014 Repress)

LP - $14.99 - [buy]

 

 

Domestic reissue of Chilean group's debut LP, previously available only on CD and a uber-limited lathe-cut import LP; WatchOut! is the lovechild proof that Os Mutantes and Popol Vuh had an elicit rendezvous in mid-­‐70's Santiago. This Chilean rock group blends krauty synth textures with a Tropicalian style not so successfully crafted since the 70's. Latin rhythms, fuzzy, wah-­‐wah guitar leads, and melodic organ patterns are sewn sweetly together to create a quilt of psychedelic pop that would comfort even the coldest Brazilian psych aficionado. This LP was one of the best unheard and under-­‐released records of 2011. "Flashbacker" includes seven tracks of 60's Brazilian psych, 70's German hypnotism, 80s UK fuzz pop, and Indian raga influenced jams all seamlessly and brilliantly woven together.

 

For Fans Of: Os Mutantes, Popol Vuh, Jesus and Mary Chain, Follakzoid, Holydrug Couple

PERM-034

Bitchin Bajas - Krausened EP 12"

LP Edition of 500 - 150 on Green, 350 on Black
LP Edition of 300 - Black (2nd Press, 2014)

BACK IN PRINT 8/12/2014!

 

 

Fans of Terry Riley, Kraftwerk, Conrad Schntizler, and Kosmische Musik in general take note! Bitchin Bajas has returned to Permanent Records (following their split single with Moon Duo) with a brand new record of side-long transcendental synth workouts. This is Bitchin Bajas most accessible and autobahn ready delivery to date!
Bitchin Bajas began as a side project, but Cooper Crain of CAVE and Dan Quinlivan formerly of MAHJONGG have been spending as much time, if not more, with Bitchin Bajas as they have with the aforementioned groups and they've been progressing very quickly. In just two or so years, Bitchin Bajas have released three critically acclaimed LPs (one on Important Records and two on Kallestei Editions), two incredible splits (one with Moon Duo and the other with the Peaking Lights- related Faceplant), and one very limited edition cassette tape.

The two side long pieces on this nearly 40 minute EP were written on their 2012 European tour and recorded and mixed over three days by Bitchin Bajas at Minbal Studio in Chicago, Illinois.

 

Features eye-popping cover artwork by artist Jeremy Kannapell.

 

500 copies pressed: 350 on black vinyl available for wholesale. 150 on colored vinyl available exclusively from Permanent Records.

 

"A whole mess of cats in the drone-age try to spiral upward to the heights of Bitchin Bajas, but few nail the sacred combination of Harmonia/Neu! and Steve Hillage circa Rainbow Dome Music with the same air of confidence." - Tiny Mix Tapes

 

"The forthcoming EP Krausened (Permanent) adds a gentle motorik drive reminiscent of Neu! while maintaining the music’s tonal warmth and textural lushness." - Chicago Reader

 

"It’s also probably contributed to repeated plays of the new Bitchin’ Bajas EP, extracted further down, which is an honest and beautiful Riley/motorik hybrid." - Wild Mercury Sound // Uncut Magazine

PERM-033

Obnox - Rojo LP

LP Edition of 300 - 100 on Bone, 200 on Blood Red
OUT OF PRINT

 

 

Bim "Only My Mom Calls Me Lamont" Thomas' legendary status as the drummer in the Bassholes, This Moment In Black History, and more recently, Puffy Areolas, may soon be overshadowed by his current full-time project, Obnox. "Rojo" is some serious next level shit. If you dig noise rock, psych, free jazz, and most importantly, cacophonous repetition, you're gonna absolutely love this record.

Obnox stormed out of the gates with a thunderous debut LP "I'm Bleeding Now" on Smog Veil. That record is long since sold out and has been repressed on Gerard Cosloy's 12XU imprint. Gerard also released Obnox's first 7" EP "Masonic Reducer". The third Obnox release bore the venerable Negative Guest List logo on its hind-quarters. How's that for pedigree?

"I'm Bleeding Now" and the subsequent 7"s garnered much critical acclaim. The LP was called "a furious mix of Stooges grooves and swirling turbulence", "all thunder and fury, like the Melvins if they loosened up a whole lot", "gloriously sculpted white noise" and a "sonic mindfuck" by Stephen Slaybaugh at the Agit Reader.

If Mr. Slaybough thought "I'm Bleeding Now" was intense, I can't wait to hear what he thinks of "Rojo". Upon hearing "Rojo". I was initially rendered speechless. Thankfully, Bim read my mind when he called "Rojo" "noisy as fuck with some kind of African freakbeat, with some sprinkles of Can!" I dare critics to come up with a more apt description of this incredibly unique recording.
300 copies pressed: 200 on blood red wax available for wholesale. 100 on bone white available exclusively from Permanent Records.

For Fans Of: Puffy Areolas, The Stooges, Mainliner, Birds Of Maya, Liquorball, Funkadelic, Bassholes, This Moment In Black History

PERM-032

Cuntz - Aloha LP

LP Edition of 500 - 100 on White, 400 on Black (2013 RSD EXCLUSIVE!)
OUT OF PRINT

 

 

The Australian pressing of “Aloha” on Homeless sold out immediately upon release! Permanent Records is honored to offer up the first domestic pressing of this Australian noise punk group's debut LP for Record Store Day 2013! Here’s one of “Aloha”s many glowing reviews:

 

"In 2012, Australia continues it's recent (the past 6-­7 years anyway, beginning with the rise of Eddy Current Suppression Ring) trend of producing quality output and this album certainly doesn't let the standard slip! Cuntz are four young Melbourne misfits playing a brand of sludge-­y noise rock, whilst maintaining a clear punk ethos and "fuck you" attitude. A friend of mine recently described Cuntz as "evil". I hear Flipper-­esque barbs in the lead singer Ben Mackie's delivery, whilst the sounds remind me of '80s Melbourne noise miscreants Venom P. Stinger. These young guys that make up Cuntz were not even born when these two bands were (originally) around. Topping it off, and my personal favourite distinguishing feature is the understated guitar shards behind it all, never over-­bearing, but traces of the The Birthday Party abound. There's also some synth parts played on a few tracks, which only adds to the feelings of a down-­trodden existence...the subject matter of Aloha seems to focus firmly on the seedier aspects of society and life in general? ...No doubt, once the second LP is released and comparisons to Total Control are made, folk will be scrambling to find a copy of this debut...I imagine those will be long gone..." – user: snapstruly / rate your music

 

For Fans Of: Birthday Party, The Fall, Flipper, Feedtime, Big Black, Total Control, Venom P. Stinger

PERM-031

Merx - Merx LP

LP Edition of 100 on Black

Hand Assembled Artwork w/ Tracklisting Insert

Random Hand-Made Collages, Stickers, and Weird Notes Written By Band Members

OUT OF PRINT

 

MERX is the most highly-educated band of professionals in LA.  Maybe that's why the members have chosen to keep their off-the-grid musical hobby so minimally simplistic.  Each one of the nine songs on Merx's debut LP is comprised of looped synthetic drums, repetitively melodic bass and synth lines, and post-apocalyptic Morricone-esque guitar bits.  Over the top, a very tall man in a Throbbing Gristle/Mickey Mouse/Grateful Dead parody tee speak/sings shouts/whoops like a baritone hybrid of Ian Curtis, Nick Cave, and Alan Vega.  His lyrics are simplified existential philosophies that seem worthy of printing, studying, analyzing, and pondering for all eternity.  Of course, this man chose not to include his lyrics on the insert.  What you do get, however , are a bunch of random hand-made collages, stickers, and weird notes written by band members (who will remain nameless) themselves.  The songs are short, memorable, and timeless post-punk numbers that sound similar, but not exactly like anything we've ever heard before.  The band member's education obviously extends beyond the classroom and into the rock'n'roll realm, specifically UK circa 79-81.  "Merx" is a timeless 21st century record for connoisseurs with a morbid curiosities.  That means you.  Mastered by Cooper Crain of Cave, Bitchin' Bajas at 45 RPM for maximum response, volume, and fidelity. Highly recommended, indeed.

PERM-030

The Pows - Once With Snot & Blood LP

LP Edition of 100 on Black

Hand Assembled Artwork w/ Tracklisting Insert

2012 Record Store Day Exclusive

OUT OF PRINT

 

Columbia, Missouri was our mecca for music in the early 2000's. The scene in this small oasis of a college town was loaded with talent, creativity and youthful energy. Some really talented musicians came out of that era of Columbia. The bands they performed in and went on to perform in include bands you may have heard of like Cave, Mahjongg, Heater, Bitchin' Bajas, Jerusalem and the Starbaskets, Bobby Conn, and California Raisins. The Pows were one of the best bands in Columbia during the 1998-2004 years. The band began as a snotty garage punk duo before they were old enough to drive. Over the course of a couple of years, they added a couple members, aged slightly, and got way more experimental. Columbia's Andy Warhol figure, Channing Kennedy, and his CDr label Cat Jams fostered the the local music scene. The Pows put both of their records and a 'Hits' comp out on Cat Jams, alongside bands like The I Love You But I'm Not In Love With Yous, Swamp Fuck, the post-Pows project Sabertooth, and a bunch of other stuff no one outside of Columbia, save for a few hyper-cool Japanese peeps, have ever heard of. We digress. This scene is what we grew up with. It inspired us to start our first band, open our own record store, and start our own label. How's that for DIY? The Pows were one of our favorite bands in Columbia while they existed. Their brand of snotty White Stripes-like minimalism meets Chrome-esque weirdness (supposedly they hadn't heard Chrome before recording this stuff) was like anything we'd heard up to that point and, honestly, still some of our all-time favorite shit. Seriously. Liz and I learned all the songs on their first album and performed as The Pows after they'd broken up at a show that Channing booked at Maude Vintage (another important piece of the Columbia puzzle) as a The Pows final performance. So few people saw the Pows when they were active that hardly anyone even noticed that we weren't them. We were honored to be mistaken for The Pows. We were also honored to release another Columbia band's last LP, Warhammer 48k's epic "An Ethereal Oracle", as the first record on Permanent a few years later after just having opened our Chicago location. Warhammer broke up and a couple of the guys went on to play in Cave. Cave's drummer, Rex McMurry, was an original member of The Pows. As was Cave art guru and Heater member, Zach McLuckie. We hounded these guys for years about doing a Pows record on Permanent and it's finally come to fruition. We couldn't be more proud to be releasing this Pows career-spanning restrospective LP as the 30th Permanent release on Lance's 30th birthday as part of our 5th Record Store Day celebration. We pressed up, hand-numbered, hand-glued, and hand-stamped 100 copies of this record. Probably not enough, but we'll let you be the judge. Either way, this probably ain't the last you'll hear from Columbia, Missouri. - Lance & Liz

PERM-029

Lumerians - Transmissions From Telos Vol. IV

LP Edition of 500 - 150 on Transparent Sea Blue, 350 on Bone

Official Domestic Pressing

OUT OF PRINT

 

 

Transmissions Vol. IV is a selection of spontaneous music from the Lumerians hard drive catacombs.
Side A are fragments of raw stellar ore. Unnamed and unclassified, delivered with a thin protective lubricant to prevent violent combustion in the Earth's oxygen rich atmosphere.
Side B is a trans-dimensional demon love child, imploding with raging love, but too grotesque to live in this world. Left anonymous lest the utterance of his name bring doom to us all.
Vol. IV is the first offering in a continuing episodic odyssey.
The record will be released on limited edition vinyl by Hands in the Dark (FR) and Permanent Records (US) in July 2012. Permanent’s 29th label release! Limited ONE-TIME ONLY pressing of 500 copies!
Transparent Sea Blue Wax Limited to 150! Exclusively available at Permanent!
Bone White Wax Limited to 350!

Before the test pressing was approved, the internets were blowing up with glowing reviews of Lumerians latest release on Permanent Records (co-released with the Parisian Hands In The Dark imprint). Instead of us telling you what this otherworldly record sounds like, we decided to cull some of the descriptions from the various accolades the record has already received.

AdHoc.fm proclaimed: “‘Track 1′ is a psychoactive freeform fallout of epic space-glam proportions.”

"Track 1" effortlessly builds and breathes, sounding like some rainbow-tinted 'the blob' that Steve Mcqueen can only beat if he has the right dance moves. Fuzzed and wah'ed beyond belief, guitars lines speak in code, echo and repeat in some holy and historic manner. Driving rhythms keeps the song and record in a nearly perpetual motion, a particular feat among these songs” says Impose.

Aquarius noted that “the second track introduces more buzz, and adds some psychedelic freakout to the mix, getting downright proggy before finishing off the side with something much more drone out and soundtracky, swaddled in woozy fuzzy synths.”

According to Impose, “Lumerians slow things down with "Track 3." Sounding a bit more like a raga, there's a strong middle eastern influence to the song. Frequently buzzing and explosive, Lumerians have led listeners deep into the desert and there hasn't been food for days, water for hours and soon enough mirages appear and disappear. Lumerians have a way of disguising and changing their instruments into wholly different things: what sounds like guitars are truly organs, organs really guitars or sounds that are completely unrecognizable.”

And Alex Cobb of Experimedia says: “The epic finale proves most transportive, as seething, delayed leads and drones finally resolve into a murky, driving jam. Recommended for fans of PSF, krautrock as such, the aforementioned VHF output, and even aboveground contemporary psych acts like Wooden Shjips and Comets of Fire.”

‘Transmissions’ has also been referred to as “a tripped out krautfunk blowout”, “an acid guzzling, galaxy traveling spaceship”, “shambolic, lurching psych rock”, "Tarantino-esque", and “a Can-ish repeato rhythm section backed by swirling organ and wah guitar for a spacious chunter through a summery psych hinterland populated by library synth tones and tribal, clattery kraut hypno-grooves… Impressive drug jams throughout.”

Impose couldn’t have said it better when they said: “these sessions not only excite, but continue to reveal its sprawling and epic secrets every listen.”

If these truly are - “lost orphan songs, hand-picked from [a] overwhelmingly vast improvisation archive. The first in a series of radiation burnt offerings” - as the band states, we’re in for a wild ride. This one won’t be repressed, so please act accordingly. Even if we hadn’t put it out ourselves, it’d come HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

PERM-028

Feeling Of Love / Ty Segall - Tour Split 7"

7" Edition of 750 - 200 on Yellow, 550 on Black

2012 US Tour Split

OUT OF PRINT

 

In celebration of their 2012 US tour, French glue-wave garage psychsters Feeling Of Love have joined forces with San Francisco's garage rock prince Ty Segall for this LIMITED EDITION split single. Both tracks are EXCLUSIVE to this release. Feeling Of Love and Ty Segall will be sharing the stage in SF, LA, and San Diego.

Review of Feeling of Love's 'Dissolve Me' from GET BENT: "Drawing from influences such as the Velvet Underground and krautrock bands like Neu!, Dissolve Me is darkly hypnotic and repetitive."

From Pop Matters:
Segall’s standout 2011 album Goodbye Bread, in particular, pushed the limits of garage rock’s nuts-and-bolts conventions, blending in easy, blissed-out harmonies without losing any of the ramshackle spontaneity that makes garage rock what it is.

PERM-027
King Blood - Eyewash Silver LP

LP Hand Numbered Edition of 300 on Black
Xeroxed Insert on Orange Paper
Hand Assembled Artwork
Originally Released in an Edition of 100 in 2010 on Ignorant Gore

Edition of 300 on Black

LP 2013 "Bargain" Special Edition of 100 w/ Hand-Screened Fold-Over Sleeve

LP - $9.99 - [buy]

When we first officially re-issued the (self-released / Ignorant Gore) debut King Blood LP, "Eyewash Silver" in 2011, the entire pressing, to our dismay, was delivered to our doorstep minorly warped. A re-repress was immediately ordered up and thankfully arrived flat(er) and went on to become what we issued in 2011.  Flash-forward two years to 2013, King Blood has a hot shit new single on White Denim following the twice-pressed 2012 behemoth "Vengeance, Man" LP on the lovable Richie Records, not to mention copies of our long out-of-print "Eyewash Silver" repress selling on the reg for $20+ in the aftermarket (and even furthermore not mention the OG IG copies easily moving at $60+!). Well, here we are, we spun a bunch of the lightly warped copies from the initial repress and it turns out they play through just fine! We had a bunch of fold-over sleeves sleeves hand-screened by our good pal Kyle (Rotted Tooth man himself) with the "Eyewash Silver" artwork, stamped the center labels in a new color, and voilà, we're once again bringing you King Blood's "Eyewash Silver" at an unbeatable price of TEN BONES in exchange for a little wax warpage that does not affect play.
 
For the uninitiated check out what we had to say about the amazing "Eyewash Silver" upon our issue of the repress: 

In late 2010 a record came out of nowhere and blew our minds. That record was "Eyewash Silver" by King Blood. Unfortunately, it was issued in a limited edition of 100 copies and it disappeared faster than a fugitive at a busted up coke party. We initially discovered the record through a very enticing review that Doug Mosurock over at Still Single / Dusted wrote and our minds were blown when we received the records and realized that there was absolutely no hyperbole or exaggeration in Doug's review. For your reference, here's said review:

"Little anonymous fuzz guitar rudiment blowdown from ex-Snake Apartment guitarist Ryland Wharton (also the man behind the excellent Skulltones and Twonicorn labels). As King Blood, he lays down eight instrumental four-trackers rendered over a three-year period, nothing but guitar, bass and cymbal to keep time, and in that space the artist gets real, with simple themes repeated in a noisy, low-rent, yet meditative space. For as thick as these vibes get, the music itself is not necessarily aggressive, which is why these big, billowing songs sound gentle and bluesy and introspective, even in the overblown treatment most of them receive. Early Wooden Shjips or the Purling Hiss LP (and above all, Les Rallizes Denudes) would be good signposts for this album, but without the obvious psych moves like wah-solos and acid burn motifs, or the heavy drumming to keep time; King Blood wants to get you down by volume, and in that it is a drifting, uncompromising, diffuse and very loud success. 100 copies for this world, in paste-on sleeves – a few contain a silkscreened design on Stonehenge paper that was allegedly runoff from a gallery exhibition held earlier this summer. Those are signed and numbered as well. (availability? ask the angels…)"

Sounds exciting, right? Yeah, well it lives up to the review, and then some. "Eyewash Silver" is an incredible, dumbed-down, shit-fi, riff-drenched instrumental psych record that will KILL fans of Wooden Shjips / Les Rallizes Denudes (and all the rest of those touchstone bands mentioned in the review - Doug knows his shit). In fact, the same folks will be kicking themselves HARD if they don't grab one of these while they still have the (second) chance.

PERM-026
Charles Albright - Weight b/w I Am The Counter Culture (Drop Out) 7"
7" Hand Numbered Edition of 300 on Black
Xeroxed Insert
OUT OF PRINT

There's more than one Charles Albright in this world. One is an infamous American serial killer from Dallas, Texas. Another is a brilliant mathematician and a versatile (to say the least) musician from Sacramento, California. One has been called many things such as The Ripper, The Slasher, and The Eyeball Killer. The other has also been called many things such as savant, proto, psych, and punk. We'll leave it to you to decide which of these titles is more appropriate for which Charles Albright. All of these adjectives sound pretty apt to us.

Doug Mosurock over at Still Single reviewed Charles' last 7" by saying: "Albright is...capable of formidable guitar/loner-rock destruction, Ginn/Hazelmyer-style phrasing, and blown-out live drumming. Everything's cranked to 11, yet there's a balance about the recording that is worth mentioning...it just keeps giving and giving." Albright's aptitude for "impressively over-driven bass, barreling drums, ray-gun guitar solo and zen-like titular mantra" have also been noted by the fine folks over at Terminal Boredom.

We're obviously not the only ones who've been anxiously awaiting a third record from Albright. And here it is...yet another blown-out, lo-fi, catchy punk jammer with loads of hooks and sweet riffs to complete the trifecta. Albright's still a fine young man and he's doing so well. He's still on drugs and he's still happy he's a genius (and so are we), but he's not singing about any of that on this record. This Sacto punk has brutalized us twice before, but never quite like this. The third time's definitely a charm and even though Charles is no longer a loner he is still absolutely in charge on this one.

"Weight" finds Mr. A drumless for the first time ever, but the repetitive riff-tensity hides the lack of percussion pretty damn well on this wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am punker. For the B-side, Charles must've taken a ride on the Silver Machine, but he's obviously still feeling mean, 'cuz the riff behind "I Am The Counter Culture (Drop Out)" sounds quite a bit like a certain Hawkwind jam we all know and love. But this ain't no cover song, "(Drop Out)" stands on it's own as a killer psychedelic punk number for the ages.

This incredible single is limited to 300 hand-numbered copies and preceeds the sure-to-be mind melting debut full-length due out this Fall. Turn on, Tune In, and "(Drop Out)" while supplies last.

PERM-025
Puffy Areolas / Purling Hiss - My Hell / Walking Down The Street 12"
12" Edition of 750 - 200 on White, 550 on Black
2011 Record Store Day Exclusive
OUT OF PRINT

Permanent Records is proud to be releasing a very limited 12" split EP between two of America's finest underground psychedelic rock bands, Purling Hiss and Puffy Areolas.

Philly's Purling Hiss have quickly made a name for themselves and in just over a year have already released 3 critically acclaimed LPs on Permanent, Richie, and Woodsist in addition to an upcoming 12" release on Mexican Summer. They've toured with Kurt Vile and the Violators and share members with Birds Of Maya. Purling Hiss' side is an epic (nearly 9 minutes long) psychedelic noise rock burner complete with Mike Polizze's signature shred all over it.

Ohio's Puffy Areolas have been destroying PA's and blowing minds at DIY venues for a couple years now. They are one of the best and most dangerous live acts going these days. They've released a handful of 7" singles and a well-received LP on Siltbreeze within the last year and are still raging across America leaving nothing but crushed beer cans, empty pill bottles, and roaches in their wake. Puffy Areolas' side of this split is a doom-y noise psych annihilator that clocks in a just under 8 minutes.

Both sides of this deep groove 12" split EP were cut at 45 RPM for maximum volume.

Not for the faint of heart.

PERM-024
Cosmonauts - Cosmonauts LP
Edition of 500 - 100 on Easter Egg Yellow, 400 on Black (1st Press)
Edition of 500 on Black (Repress)
Full Color 12"x12" Insert
Originally Released as a Cassette in an Edition of 250 in 2010 on Burger
OUT OF PRINT
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Just in time for Cosmonauts MASSIVE European tour and hot on the heels of their second LP on BURGER RECORDS!

As many of you already know, Cosmonauts are Orange County's premier garage psych group and they're barely old enough to drink legally. These kids have only been making music together for a just a few years now, but they've already shared stages with and are garnering comparisons to well-known garage and psych acts like Black Angels, Ty Segall, and Thee Oh Sees. Although Cosmonauts share some similar influences with these groups, their sound is much grittier, more repetitive, and more Spacemen 3 influenced. Cassette tape tastemakers, Burger Records, released the Cosmonauts debut on tape back in 2010 and now it's available AGAIN on wax courtesy of Permanent Records. Fans of the aforementioned bands will absolutely be calling themselves Cosmonauts fans before the year is out they aren't already.

Second pressing is limited to 500 copies.

Cosmonauts Press:
"The Cosmonauts are shimmery, fun, and gregarious psychedelic pop from L.A., and anything that comes from the Burger Records stables is a surefire slamdunk crowd-pleaser. Shimmery 'cos of the 12-string guitar. This music for lovers is only four days late for your valentine. You could still make it up to her. Fans of Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall will enjoy ('psh...yeah right' I heard you say? Well suspend your disbelief 'cos this band does rise above mere ripoff level)..." – kulone.com

"Cosmonauts may just be the one-millionth psychedelic garage band that I've written about in my time at the Weekly Volcano, and I tell you it's the funniest thing: Though they hail from California, they sound like they could have just as easily been born out in our fair, gritty city. Something about performing in basements and garages seems to bring the grittiness out in any band. Cosmonauts share time equally in mind-melting squalls of Doors-esque acid rock and bursts of sweet, jumpy garage pop confection." – Weekly Volcano

 

PERM-023
Psyclones - Different Thinking People LP
LP Edition of 500 - 100 on Piss Yellow (SOLD OUT), 400 on Black
Full Color Inner Sleeve w/ Flyers, Lyrics, Discography Art
First 50 Orders On Yellow w/ Free Copy of the Psyclones' "Greatest Hits"
LP - $4.99 - [buy] - SALE!

Psyclones are an obscure 80's artpunk band equally influenced by Devo, Chrome, and Cabaret Voltaire. They released LPs on Subterranean and RRRecords along with numerous cassettes on their own label, Ladd-Frith, throughout the 80's. They played shows with many legendary punk groups such as X, the Lewd, Hüsker Dü and appeared on "The Gift Of Noise" comp in 1983 alongside No Trend, F/i, Senseless Hate, and Smersh. They're a self-proclaimed INDUSTRIAL POP group.

 

The Psyclones' "Different Thinking People" LP on Permanent Records contains all previously unreleased material from the bands formative years. The full-color printed inner sleeve features vintage show flyers, lyrics, and discography album art. Limited one-time pressing of 500!

 

From Option's Review of Psyclones "Psyclones" LP (Subterranean):
The Psyclones are one of those rare, highly creative bands... this is an album of creative, almost playful explorations within a rock and roll/experimental framework.

 

From Sound Choice's Review of Psyclones "Psyclones" LP (Subterranean):
Pop, progressive, industrial, and Chrome-like psychedelia.

 

From Unsound's Review of Psyclones "Psyclones" LP (Subterranean):
Psyclones fuse minimalism, post-punk, avant-garage, musique concrete, sensibilities, via guitar, electronics, synthesizers, trumpets, rhythm boxes, tapes, typewriter, clothes hamper, and who knows what else.

 

PERM-022
Various Artists - Busted At Oz LP
LP Edition of 500 - 100 on Red, 400 on Black
Officially Licensed 30th Anniversary Edition
Tip-on Stoughton Jackets Created w/ Vintage Print From Original Pressing
Repro'd Inner-Sleeve & Center Labels
All Proceeds Went to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
OUT OF PRINT

Finally! After 30 long years since it's original release, THE DEFINITIVE CHICAGO PUNK DOCUMENT IS AVAILABLE AGAIN ON VINYL! "Busted At Oz" was originally released in 1981 on Autumn Records. It has been long out-of-print and regularly fetches collector prices in stores and online. It contains some of the earliest recordings from well-known Chicago punk acts such as Naked Raygun and Effigies, as well as more obscure Chicago punk groups such as Strike Under, Subverts, Silver Abuse, and one of Chicago's first mostly-female post-punk groups, Da.

 

The tip-on jackets for this 30th Anniversary limited edition vinyl-only reissue were reproduced by Stoughton to look exactly like the original by using the actual vintage print left over from the original pressing!

 

The original master was expertly remastered for vinyl by Cooper Crain (CAVE). Additionally, the original printed inner sleeve has been reprinted. Also included are retrospective liner notes from original members of some of the bands. The best part...all proceeds will be donated to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

Terry Nelson of Autumn Records:


Hats off to Lance and Liz at Permanent Records, for their enthusiasm, desire, and dedication to and for this project, without which it most likely would never have happened.

 

PERM-021 / PERM-021T
Cacaw - Cacaw LP/Tape
LP Edition of 500 - All on Brown & Green Splatter
Tape Edition of 100
Hand Screened Fold-over Jacket and J-Card
OUT OF PRINT

From the ashes of Coughs, formerly one of Chicago's best noise-rock bands, comes CACAW! Comprised of ardent members of the Chicago underground and art community (half-the band are professional screen printers), Cacaw is Carrie and Anya from Coughs, Zack from Lovely Little Girls, and Kyle from Slut Barf. Cacaw takes the Coughs sound and distills it down to a more minimal, yet no less intense brand of really fucking groovy noise rock. The band is essentially a double-bass guitar and drums rhythm section with some amplified can 'o' pennies, guitar, and snarly female vocals (vocal duties split between Anya and Carrie) over the top.

 

Though they have only existed for a little over a year, Cacaw have quickly become one of Chicago's most popular underground rock bands. Fans who have witnessed their live show always seem to leave begging for more. People outside of the city have started to take notice as well. Dan Friel of Parts and Labor says "Cacaw sounds smart, and evil, and heavy in an early-90's way, a la Amphetamine Reptile Records. So good."

 

The "Get a Brain" EP is Cacaw's first release and it's a doozy both sonically and visually. The clear vinyl record has one side of incredibly intense rhythmic jams and the b-side has been beautifully screen printed by members of the band. The card stock tri-color jacket has also been diligently screen printed by band members. This release is more than a record, it's a piece of art.

 

PERM-020 / PERM-020T
Brain Idea - The Survival Scrolls LP/Tape
LP Edition of 500 - 100 on Yellow, 400 on Black
Tape Edition of 100
OUT OF PRINT

Brain Idea is a relatively new Chicago band with nothing but one short cassette tape release to their name, until now. Their second tape release is also their debut full-length on Permanent Records. Here's what we said about their first cassette tape release back in December of '09:

 

One of Chicago's most exciting new bands! This is their debut tape and its UK DIY and NZ's the Clean influenced pop. Catchy as hell and totally DIY-style rock'n'roll. Highly recommended! By the way, re-recorded versions of these songs (and some extra material) will be released on your very own Permanent Records imprint later this year. Grab this 'demo' tape before it's gone to tide you over 'til then.

 

Well, the demo tape is out-of-print, but "The Survival Scrolls" is here in all of its fully-realized glory. The band took most of the material on the demo tape and re-recorded it with much more depth and reverb, especially on the vocals. There are some great instrumental interludes that tie the tracks together which are quite kraut-y in nature (these guys were the ones behind that NOi! tape (classic Oi! punk cuts covered krautrock-style), mind you). These guys are also in a CCR cover band called Graveyard Train, so you know they're of good taste. They cover the Clean for chrissakes. Fans of lo-fi DIY pop, krautrock, and CCR-esque maturity will absolutely dig Brian Idea. We fuckin' love 'em.

 

PERM-019 / PERM-019T
Black Math - Phantom Power LP/Tape
LP Edition of 500 - 100 on White, 400 on Black
Tape Edition of 100
OUT OF PRINT

WFMU aptly described Black Math's debut LP from 2009 as "Dark-wave buried in tape hiss, with grinding synth, electric cello, and drum machine. The three piece lists Depeche Mode and Big Black as influences, but they're not straight up 80s." The band will also tell you that Siouxsie and the Banshees are a big influence, but Black Math has a completely compelling, catchy, dark and mysterious sound all their own.

 

Permanent released Black Math's eponymous debut LP in a paltry edition of 100 copies. It immediately SOLD OUT and has been asked for regularly ever since. One fan offered as much as $120, hoping to find a remaining copy! Needless to say, their follow-up LP has been highly anticipated. This album features 9 new tracks of killer dark-wave pop (with some pretty harsh sounding guitar and synth parts) as well as an amazing cover of the Anals' "Commando of Love" (from the Anals' now sold out LP "Total Anal," also on Permanent). First press is limited to 500 copies and includes a digital download link.

 

PERM-018 / PERM-018T
Running - Running LP/Tape
LP Edition of 500
125 on Butterscotch w/ Lithograph Jacket (SOLD OUT), 375 on Black
All LPs Include Full-sized 12" Insert
Tape Edition of 100 (SOLD OUT)
OUT OF PRINT

Running is one of America's best psych/punk bands. Running sounds to us like Clockcleaner, if they played twice as fast and half as long. The vocals are reverbed beyond recognition, the drums are pummeling, and the bass and guitar are abrasive feedback-laden. After pumping out a couple of incredible cassette tape only releases, Running went into the studio and recorded some of their material (semi) professionally. Those recordings have now been preserved to wax as Running's debut 12" EP. This eponymous EP comes housed in a jacket with really interestingly created artwork* and contains exactly 13 totally brutal weird punk songs. If these guys were jockier, they'd be a hardcore band. Thankfully, they're too arty for that ish. We'd love to point you in the direction of the band's Myspace page for a preview, but they don't have one. Trust us on this one, or preview "#1 Dad" on the Permanent Records Chicago Myspace page. This record fucking rips! The first pressing is limited to 500 copies!

 

*All album artwork by Scott Nadeau. A portion of the jacket image, which was originally a 9 color reduction woodcut and litograph (prints were included with the limited edition versions of this LP). The image is an appropriation of the Luc-Olivier Merson painting entitled "The Soldier Of Marathon" from 1869. It was drawn by a mechanical drawing device known as THE NOT EXACTLY REPEATABLE PICTORAL STATEMENT MACHINE. It was invented and fabricated by Harvey Moon.


Review of Running:
In an age where most bands are omnipresent on multiple social networking sites, blog blasts, satellite radio and 'round town paster bombings, it's refreshing to have a band like Running come along; they've no official web presence, probably couldn't manage to blurt out a tweet if there were a .45 pressed to the side of their head and seem more than willing to let their music do the talking for them. Their live shows already have some proclaiming them as the heir apparent to sorely missed misanthropes Clockcleaner, and while such lofty assertions aren't totally out of line, the Chicago group's particular brand of scum-rock is its own unique undertaking, reveling in a claustrophobic-as-fuck murk that can't see far enough past itself to care what the world at large has to say.

 

It's somewhat ironic, then, that such a vile slab is truly a work of art to behold; the jacket of the special edition, which, is absolutely worth tracking down, is a beautifully crafted 9-color litho/woodcut that was created using a complex computer program, and you can watch the whole thing being assembled here. Which, clearly makes Running a wolf in sheep's clothing, with its garrulous attack that is ugly to the core, the trio pick up the mantle of so many of their fallen/OD'd predecessors (think Hammerhead) as they pummel the listener with a complex array of textures, tempos and piercing bouts of brain-scrambling feedback. Perhaps as a paean to its title, the twofer of "Klassic Rok/Classic Ron" lurches around like an alcoholic uncle, fearlessly groping any/everything in its path as it looks to satisfy its every vice simultaneously, while the bass-driven assault of "Little Fucker" is a seething anthem centered around a tattered guitar riff and a ratfuck rhythm that's held together by duct tape and shoe laces. Cavernous reverb envelopes the otherwise indiscriminate vocals of "Overdrafter", swathing it to bits and unceremoniously ending in what can only be described as heavy breathing in an iron coffin. Their visceral dismembering of post-punk is most notable during opener "Garbage Truck" which sounds like nothing so much as Buzzo from Melvins taking a chainsaw to A Certain Ratio, and then the Hacienda entirely.

 

With this self-titled debut, the band have marked their territory alongside like-minded peers Pigeon Religion and Pop. 1280, seamlessly fusing together a string of disparate influences into something altogether greater than the sum of its parts - scummy, scaly and utterly reviling. They make no pretense about their malice, which, in a world beset by bands tacking "tra la la" onto the end of every chorus, is a welcome change indeed. You want to find Running? Then you best get your ass out to see them the next time they're stalking a stage in your neck of the woods, 'cos ain't no blog big enough to handle this lumbering, hirsute beast of a band. Oh, and bring a helmet. - Impose Magazine

 

PERM-017 / PERM-017T
Heater - God and Hair LP/Tape
LP Edition of 500 - 100 on Red (SOLD OUT), 400 on Black
Tape Edition of 100 (SOLD OUT)
LP - $4.99 - [buy] - SALE!

Heater resides in a small college town off of I-70 known as Columbia, Missouri. The same cultural oasis in an otherwise sprawling rural wasteland that spawned Cave and Mahjongg, not to mention their various side-projects (ie. Lazer Crystal, Bitchin' Bajas, Jerusalem and the Starbaskets, etc.) Back in the late '90s and early '00s, Columbia was home to one of the most prolific, eccentric, and quality underground rock scenes in any small college town in America. You had to be there to know exactly what this writer is talking about, but hopefully someday you'll be able to live through it posthumously through a compilation release. The jury's currently out on that one, but that doesn't stop some of the members of that scene from making incredible new music currently. Heater is a three-piece Columbia super group, if such a thing exists. Heater's guitarist and lead singer, Zach "Zz" McLuckie, used to be a member of CAVE and Sneakers (both have released records on Permanent Records), among others. Heater's bassist / second guitarist, Jeremy "Jerusalem" Freeze also plays guitar in Jerusalem and the Starbaskets and both he and Heater's drummer, Jon "Wujj", formerly jammed together in California Raisins (their only release was a split 10" with CAVE also on Permanent).

 

Now that you have the band history, we might as well get into the sounds confined within, Heater's first widely distributed release. "God and Hair" is a super upbeat, melodic pop record in essence, but as I mentioned before, these guys come from a very DIY background. It's got some fast repetitive lo-fi punk rock jams with reverb enhanced vocals similar to those found on the Sneakers "Children Into People" EP, and some Clean-esque pop elements, but it's also got tracks with a great laid back summertime '90s alt-pop vibe not too dissimilar from the least noisy '90s moments of Sonic Youth and Sebadoh. All of these elements come together and make for a unique sound (thanks to a little help by Cooper Crain of CAVE's analog production techniques) and make for one hell of a summertime DIY pop jammer. Here comes the summer (of pop) here at Permanent Records.

 

PERM-016
Bitchin Bajas / Moon Duo - Fresh Hair / Bopper's Hat 7"
Edition of 750 on Black
2010 Record Store Day Exclusive
OUT OF PRINT
We here at Permanent Records couldn't be more delighted to be sharing with you our very first Record Store Day exclusive release, a split 7" between (the brand new CAVE side project) Bitchin Bajas and Moon Duo (featuring Wooden Shjips' guitarist Erik 'Ripley' Johnson). CAVE and Wooden Shjips share a lot in common, but their respective side projects make an even better split pairing. Each band specializes in minimalist, repetitive psych that's obviously influenced by krautrock. However, they differ in that Bitchin Bajas focuses on melodic repetition while Moon Duo is heavier on the rhythm and quite a bit darker. This is Bitchin Bajas' debut release. Moon Duo has released three critically acclaimed records to date. Both tracks on this split are exclusive to this release, which is limited to 750 copies, never to be pressed again.

 

PERM-015
Steel Pole Bath Tub - Unlistenable LP
Edition of 500 - 100 on White, 400 on Black
100 White w/ Screened Poster/Stickers
180 Black w/ Screened Poster/Stickers
Screen Design & Print by SPBT member Dale Flattum
First Time On Vinyl!
OUT OF PRINT
Steel Pole Bath Tub put out a bunch of killer records between 1986 and 1996, most of which are long out-of-print. Towards the end of their tenure, SPBT was signed to a major label in the free-for-all signing bonanza of the post-Nirvana years. The second album SPBT recorded in 1996 for their major was deemed "unlistenable" by the suits and went unreleased until 2001, when it came out on CD via Zero to One. So here we are 14 years after the original recording of this incredible record, releasing it on vinyl for the first time. The entire SPBT catalog is great, and is highly recommended to fans of the noise rock released on labels like AmRep and Noiseville, and genre defying bands like Chrome and Melvins, but "Unlistenable" stands out as a stellar document of a weird band at their weirdest, and it's a damn shame it took this long to finally hear it on wax.

 

PERM-014
Charles Albright - I'm Happy, I'm A Genius 7" EP
Edition of 500 - 100 on Orange, 400 on Black
Includes Insert by Charles Albright
OUT OF PRINT
Charles Albright self-released a 7" last year that knocked us out. It obviously had the same effect on Scott Soriano at S-S Records, 'cuz he reissued it on his own label. It's long since sold out and highly sought after. Anyhow, here's Mr. Albright's (not the serial killer, unfortunately) follow-up, a fine 7-song EP. It's a blown-out, lo-fi, catchy punk jammer with loads of hooks and sweet riffs. A couple of the tracks are experimental guitar instrumentals that give you a chance to catch your breath before picking yourself up off the ground to begin pogoing again. Charles is a big fan of Black Flag and if you are too (especially the early stuff), you'll probably dig this slab.

 

PERM-013
No Balls- Come Clean LP (U.S. Pressing)
Edition of 500 on Black
OUT OF PRINT

The debut LP by Brainbombs side-project, No Balls, old out immediately upon it's first release on the Swedish Release the Bats label. Here's the much more affordable, domestic pressing of 500 copies on Permanent. The only difference is the artwork. Just in case you're not already familiar with Brainbombs, here's a quick overview:

 

Brainbombs are a legendary Swedish noise rock band that've been putting out records for over two decades. They essentially drive dumbed-down, Stooges-esque riffs into the ground for 5 minutes, call 'em songs, and continue that way 'til the record is over, single or LP. Over the top, the vocalist delivers misogynist, creepy, and totally fucked up lyrics, all the while sounding like a serial killer writing his memoirs. Occasionally, there's some atonal trumpet skronk á la Steve Mackay's sax on "Fun House" in the mix. It's a simple, effective formula that should be easily replicated. Many have tried, but very few, if any have succeeded in the way Brainbombs have over the years. We're huge fans around here and we're honored to be working with these guys. For those of you already familiar with the Brainbombs MO, here's the deal. If you like Brainbombs, but you don't particularly care for the vocals, then you'll love this. If you like the Brainbombs, and the vocals, you'll still love this. "Come Clean" is brutal, pummeling, repetitive, noise rock at it's finest. Some folks are already calling it the RECORD OF THE YEAR.

 

PERM-012
Umberto - From The Grave... LP

Edition of 500 - 100 on Red, 400 on Black
Edition of 500 - Black (2nd Press, 2011)
Edition of 300 - Officially Licensed 2011 European Repress on Burka For Everybody

Edition of 300 - Black (3rd Press, 2013)

Edition of 300 - Black (4th Press, 2014)

BACK IN PRINT 10/7/2014

New LP - Umberto - From the Grave - BACK IN PRINT! LIMITED TO 300 COPIES!
In 2010 Expo ’70 bass/synth player Matt Hill went solo. His debut LP under the Umberto moniker is an analog masterpiece heavily influenced by the classic film score work of Goblin. From the moment you drop the needle, you’ll be transported to Italy as an extra in a vintage horror flick directed by Dario Argento. This is some of the most authentic sounding music of the “Giallo” genre we’ve ever heard. Time has shown that many others have come to agree. "From The Grave…" was previously only available as a hyper limited edition CDr and cassette tape via Sonic Meditations. We loved it so much we pressed it to wax, then repressed it to wax, licensed it to Burka For Everybody in 2011 for a single Euro-pressing, and are now finally finding ourselves repressing this out-of-print gem once again.

Reviews of Umberto “From The Grave…”:

From aQarius Records:
"Doubtless many movie (and music) buffs would agree that Italian '70s and '80s "giallo" (horror/thriller) cinema, from directors like Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci, had soundtracks usually as evocative and inspirational as any visual aspect of the films, soundtracks which often stand as effective works of art all on their own. The scores by prog band Goblin being perhaps best known, influencing such modern day bands as Zombi and Crime In Choir. Now here's another, utterly blatant and most excellent example of Italian giallo soundtrack worship by a current artist: Umberto!

Umberto has a heavily synthesized sound, keyboards buzzing and droning and squelching, crunchily distorted or eerily ethereal, sounding at once like ominous Gothic organ music and also spacey futuristic electronica. Mechanical drumming plods along, propulsive beats adding to the menacing atmosphere. There's also plenty of fat disco synth-bass, and we bet folks into Italians Do It Better 12"s, or Black Devil Disco Club, or even skweee would get a kick out of this too, not just Goblin fanatics... but yeah Goblin fanatics (and John Carpenter and Zombi fans too) REALLY ought to check this out! Very cool, very creepy, and even at times kinda catchy-groovy…"

From Dusted Magazine (Patrick O’Donnell):
"Mining the classic soundtrack work of John Carpenter and Goblin has become a small cottage industry in recent times, with Zombi in particular making a career out of this niche genre. Umberto (a.k.a. Matt Hill, sometimes of Expo 70) has provided us with the newest example with From the Grave, an LP that skirts the edge of Soundtrack for an Imaginary Giallo territory. What saves the project from paling in comparison to his influences is the way Hill skillfully merges them – his songs are generally anchored by pulsing synths, and then layered with progressive rock keyboards. Much like Zombi, this ends up being danceable music, although Umberto generally eschews the harder edge of Zombi’s work. Hill also seems to have a judicious eye for doling out cheese, never letting his music enter into the realm of irony while clearly not taking things too seriously."

From Synthtopia:
"Umberto’s From The Grave is the soundtrack to the 70′s Italian horror movie that exists only in your imagination."

From FEARnet:
"Another modern aritist whose creative heart beats somewhere around the year 1981, Umberto (a.k.a. Matt Hill, also known for his work with cosmic-rock unit Expo 70) draws inspiration just as heavily from the music of John Carpenter as from Italian horror soundtracks. Also worth noting: his debut full-length album From the Grave has the distinction of being the first album ever inspired by Juan Piquer Simon's splatter classic Pieces (or at least the first artist willing to admit it), so now you know exactly where this cat's coming from."

 

PERM-011
Nothing People - Enemy With An Invitation b/w Reinstall 7"
Edition of 600 - 100 on White (SOLD OUT), 500 on Black
Gold Foil Stamped Sleeve (Front & Back)

7" - $2.99 - [buy] - SALE!

Nothing People, like Wooden Shjips, are one of our generations great bands, that doesn’t tour much. Unless you live in or around their hometown of Orland, California or you happened to pick up one of their excellent releases on S-S or HoZac, you may not have ever heard of them, but those who have, love them. On previous releases, they’ve blended influences such as Chrome, Hawkwind, Roxy Music, and obscure proto-punk bands like Twinkeyz into a sound that’s all their own. This new limited edition 7”, housed in a texured glue pocket sleeve with gold foil stamping on the exterior, is the first release featuring former Monoshock member Doug Pearson! This release includes two of their most rockin’ numbers to date.

 

PERM-010
Purling Hiss - Purling Hiss LP

Edition of 328 - 109 on Grimace Purple, 219 on Black (1st Press)
Edition of 300 on Black (2nd Press)
Edition of 300 on Black (3rd Press)

2014 Tour Edition of 300 on Black w/ SCREEN PRINTED FOLD-OVER SLEEVES (4th Press)

Tape 2014 Tour Edition of 100 Grimace Purple Cassette Shells

LP - $14.99 - [buy]
TAPE - $5.99 - [buy]
Purling Hiss aka Mike Polizze has come a long way since 2009 and releasing his debut LP, our tenth label release on Permanent, as a Birds of Maya off-shoot project of solo recordings. Shortly following, THE HISS became a full touring band and has since released LPs on venerable labels such as Richie Records, Drag City, and Woodsist (not to mention, various cassettes).

Here are some words we penned about this LP upon it's initial release back in '09:
"Purling Hiss is one of Philly's Best! Purling Hiss is the side-project of Holy Mountain recording artists Birds of Maya guitarist Mike Polizze. Birds of Maya are a full-on psychedelic rock band from Philly.Apparently Birds just aren't full-on enough to satisfy Polizze's far-out tendencies. On his debut solo record Polizze plays bass drums and guitar relentlessly as if he's playing to save his life. This recording is so intense that the pressing plant told us they'd risk breaking their equipment if they cut the lacquers with the original master. We sent them a new master and it sounds great!"

For Fans Of: Birds of Maya, Earthless, Loop, High Rise, Les Rallizes Denudes and Lo-Fi Blown-Out Psych

 

PERM-009
Mako Sica - Live on Mayday at Strobe LP
Edition of 120 - Hand-Screened Jacket - Hand-Numbered
Digital Download Coupon w/ Bonus Tracks
OUT OF PRINT
Mako Sica is a Chicago band that features two former members of the underappreciated post-rock group Rope. However, post-rock doesn't really describe the sounds that Mako Sica make. Caucasian Desert Rock is the ridiculous sub-sub-genre that immediately came to mind the first time we saw them. Basically, Mako Sica sound like the more recent Dead Man Soundtrack-style Earth, if Earth were a Not Not Fun band. Live on Mayday at Strobe is Mako Sica's vinyl debut and it includes two sparse, but engaging, side-long tracks of trancelike psychedelia heavily influenced by the furthest out side of the Impulse Records catalog. At times, Mako Sica's sound is reminiscent of a Free Jazz-ier Group Doueh. As you can see, Mako Sica are a unique sounding group that are not easy to pigeonhole. Don't waste time trying to figure out where this is going to get filed in your collection as this release is limited to 120 hand-numbered, hand screen printed, hand stamped, hand assembled copies. Each copy includes a digital download of the entirety of the Strobe session recordings and a couple of super sweet inserts. We released it, so it's obviously comes with our highest recommendation. First come, first served.

 

PERM-008
Black Math - Black Math LP
Edition of 100 - Hand-Screened Jacket (black on white) - w/ Insert (1st Press)
Edition of 100 - Hand-Screened Jacket (purple on black) - w/ Insert (2nd Press)
OUT OF PRINT

Just over a year ago to, we released Black Math's debut LP. Here's what we said about it back in late July of '09:

The 7th record in our catalog is by a killer Chicago lo-fi bedroom pop trio called Black Math. We've pressed their debut LP in a limited edition of 100 copies with hand-stamped labels and insert artwork by ILTH of Daily Void. The jackets were hand-screened on both sides by Kyle of Cacaw. The record is loaded with dark, '80s UK cassette culture influenced, synth pop with guitar, cello, sparse reverb-drenched vocals, and drum machine beats you could dance to if you really wanted to. Fans of Joy Division, Tubeway Army, early Depeche Mode and OMD, and/or more contemporary stuff like Blank Dogs and Gary War will definitely dig the songs on this LP. Did we mention that it's limited to 100 copies and that it will be available pretty much exclusively from Permanent and the band?

 

The LP, limited to 100 copies, didn't last very long and has been asked about regularly ever since. One fan offered the band as much as $120 for a copy! Well fans, no need to give up a Benjamin for this record any longer. To coincide with the release of their second LP on Permanent, we've reissued it in another limited edition of 100 copies, this time the jackets are black and have been hand screen printed with beautiful purple ink. The inserts and hand stamped labels are slightly different, too. Grab one now before they disappear yet again. Black Math's debut has also been reissued on cassette tape via the Plus Tapes label.

 

PERM-007
Cheveu - Cheveau LP
Digital Download Coupon
Edition of 500 - 100 on White, 400 on Black (1st Press)
Edition of 500 on Black (2nd Press)
OUT OF PRINT

Two records ago we laid a noisy slab of wax on you by a sick French band called the Anals. That was our label's sixth vinyl release. The now out-of-print Black Math record was released seventh, even though it's technically catalog number 008. Circumstances and delays beyond our control were the cause for this madness, but we're back on track now that we have PERM-007 in our hot little hands. 006 and 007 butt up nicely to each other in that they're both records by French weird punk bands. Cheveu is just as weird as Anals, but in a slightly more subtle, garage-punk kinda way. They sound like the Fall on acid, but you know, Frencher. How did we work out a record deal with a second weird French band you ask? Allow us to quote our August 30th weekly update:

Cheveu did an in-store a year or so ago with Feeling of Love and totally knocked us out. Before they left, they laid a CDR of unreleased material on us that we spun and spun and spun, until it dawned on us that this material needed to be released on vinyl. We wrote the band and asked them what they were planning on doing with this unreleased material. When we found out there was no vinyl release in the works, we made an offer and the rest is P-Rex history.

Well it wasn't history then, but it is now. You may purchase a copy of Cheveu's Cheveau from us directly as of right now for $14.99, if you so choose. Each copy is loaded with a FREE digital download code and limited edition white vinyl copies are available exclusively from us, while supplies last. There's only 100 and many of them are already spoken for, but we should have black vinyl around for a however long 400 copies lasts. You can preview one track from the release on the Permanent myspace page and another on Cheveu's myspace page. The tracks are titled Kador Du Porno and Pangolin respectively. Hope you dig 'em even half as much as we do.

 

PERM-006
Anals - Total Anal LP
Digital Download Coupon
OUT OF PRINT

Metz, France seems to be teeming with great bands these days. Cheveu, Feeling of Love, Normals, and A.H. Kraken are just the tip of this incredibly huge Metz iceberg. Many of these bands share members, but they all have their very own sound. The Anals sound is similar to the aforementioned bands in their abrasive, weird punk base, but this duo is more obliviously influenced by the German industrial, electropunk group D.A.F. (via the Brainbombs) than any of their peers. Their single on Sweet Rot sold out almost immediately and the demand prompted a repress. Now here's your chance to hear this unique duo?s entire recorded output. This anthology LP includes both songs from the single, plus ten previously unreleased tracks.

 

PERM-005
Sneakers - Children Into People 7" EP
Edition of 500 / Tri-fold Cover

7" - $4.99 - [buy]

The fifth jam in the Permanent Records label discography is also our first 7", the Sneakers Children Into People EP. Sneakers consists of Rex (Cave's drummer) and Zach (former Cave bassist) and Children Into People is their debut vinyl release. The grooves within contain some of the catchiest weird punk jams you'll ever lay ears on. Head on over to our myspace page and check out Chick Freaked Out if you're not already sold and see for yourself. Limited to 500 copies, y'all. If you live in Chicago swing on by and pick up your copy today.

PERM-004
Cacaw - Get a Brain 12" EP + CD
One-Sided Vinyl w/ Hand-Screened b-side
Edition of 300, Hand-Screened Slip Full-Sleeve (1st Press)
Edition of 200, Hand-Screened Slip Quarter-Sleeve (2nd Press)
OUT OF PRINT

From the ashes of Coughs, formerly one of Chicago's best noise-rock bands, comes CACAW! Comprised of ardent members of the Chicago underground and art community (half-the band are professional screen printers), Cacaw is Carrie and Anya from Coughs, Zack from Lovely Little Girls, and Kyle from Slut Barf. Cacaw takes the Coughs sound and distills it down to a more minimal, yet no less intense brand of really fucking groovy noise rock. The band is essentially a double-bass guitar and drums rhythm section with some amplified can 'o' pennies, guitar, and snarly female vocals (vocal duties split between Anya and Carrie) over the top.

 

Though they have only existed for a little over a year, Cacaw have quickly become one of Chicago's most popular underground rock bands. Fans who have witnessed their live show always seem to leave begging for more. People outside of the city have started to take notice as well. Dan Friel of Parts and Labor says "Cacaw sounds smart, and evil, and heavy in an early-90's way, a la Amphetamine Reptile Records. So good."

 

The "Get a Brain" EP is Cacaw's first release and it's a doozy both sonically and visually. The clear vinyl record has one side of incredibly intense rhythmic jams and the b-side has been beautifully screen printed by members of the band. The card stock tri-color jacket has also been diligently screen printed by band members. This release is more than a record, it's a piece of art.

 

PERM-003
Cave / California Raisins - split 10" + CD
Hand Screened Jacket
OUT OF PRINT

Cave is back and this time they're sharing the limelight with Columbia, Missouri's newest group, California Raisins. The new, self titled Cave/California Raisins split is now available on 10" wax and includes a CD of the complete album. The California Raisins share nothing in common with the fictional R&B animated Raisins of the late-80s. These dudes get down and dirty on some groove-a-delic punk rock. They share a riff-loving mindset with Cave, but unlike Cave they have a full-time vocalist and a less overtly psychedelic sound. We'll leave the name dropping up to the critics because their sound is so unique, we're having a hard time thinking of any bands they sound like.

 

Although Cave is now based out of Chicago, they too once called Columbia, Missouri home. Cave shares members with the now-defunct Warhammer 48k that put out 2 intensely heavy and very psychedelic post-hardcore records. Most of the post-hardcore was worked out of their system in Warhammer and Cave has become a distillation of the heavy, psychedelic influences. They take a riff, jam it for all it's worth and then they have their way with it.

 

This limited edition vinyl 10" with CD is the latest release by Chicago's most exciting psychedelic band, Cave. The Cave side includes two epic psychedelic jams, possibly their best work to date. The California Raisins side is their first release. CD includes the same music that's on the 10". The jackets are hand-screen printed by members of Cave.

 

PERM-002.5
Cave - Hunt Like Devil / Jamz LP + CD
Edition of 500, Reworked full Jacket Art (both 2nd & 3rd Press)
OUT OF PRINT

You heard it right! We have the repress of Cave's phenomenal Hunt Like Devil/Jamz LP. The LP includes all the same mind-blowin' tunes as the 1st Pressing. The cover art has been beautifully reworked and is now a full fledged jacket. The insert also varies from the original and a full version of the CD is still included. If you haven't heard already, the band is CAVE. The album is Hunt Like Devil/Jamz. Its modern psychedelia at it's finest! Fans of Circle, Pharoah Overlord, Oneida, and more lo-fi weirdness will definitely want to get down with Cave.

PERM-002
Cave - Hunt Like Devil / Jamz LP + CD
Edition of 500, fold-over sleeve ,140 gram (1st Press)
OUT OF PRINT

If you haven't heard already, the band is CAVE. The album is "Hunt Like Devil/Jamz." Its modern psychedelia at it's finest! CAVE features 2 members of Warhammer 48k fame as well as a revolving cast of local musicians. Check out the great review over at Aquarius Records (see Newsletter #286). They made it their Record of the Week! For this release we did 140g vinyl with an amazing slip sleeve cover (some inner sleeves are even customized by CAVE members!) and includes a tripped out insert. Did we mention that it also contains the full length CD version inside which has its own freaked out cover? It does!

PERM-001
Warhammer - An Ethereal Oracle LP
180g Full Color Gatefold w/ Insert
OUT OF PRINT

Permanent Records very first release! Back in the early 2000s, Liz and Lance (co-owners of Permanent Records) lived in Columbia, Missouri. During this time, Columbia was a hotbed for local music. Bands like Mahjongg, One Inch Punch, Miami Dragons, Bald Eagle, The Pows, Sabertooth, were regularly blowing our minds, but our favorite local band to see live was Warhammer 48k. Their shows were always hot, sweaty, and throbbing psychedelic spectacles where the crowd seemed to come together as an pulsating entity feeding of the energy of the band and vice-versa. The band was formed when ex-One Inch Punch members, Cooper Crain and Pat Kopine, joined forces with Tyler Creath, Stephen Haslag, and Rex McMurry (also known as Ram Shackle, Rico Coco, SLAG, Juan Turbulance, and Maxwell Stone). These doods released an LP of six untitled songs called "Uber Om" on the local Emergency Umbrella label. Columbia’s best record shop at the time, Apop Records, (the excellent store / label now based in St. Louis) handled distribution at one point. The specifics of that release are hazy at this point, but one thing's for sure..."Uber Om" ripped and still rips (track a copy down for yourself). A petri-disc CDr on Apop followed and then a CD-only edition of the band’s second full-length, “An Ethereal Oracle” was self-released by the band. By this time, Liz and Lance had moved to Chicago to open Permanent and the band was also considering a move to the so-called Second City. Permanent stocked the “An Ethereal Oracle” CD and sold quite a few copies. The band was touring pretty heavily, playing Chicago semi-regularly, and apparently had a conversation or two with Corey Rusk about doing their next record on Touch and Go. All the while, we continued asking the band when the vinyl version of “An Ethereal Oracle” would be available. After months of inquiries and offers to release the record on wax, the band finally agreed to do the LP with Permanent. Hard copies of the artwork and the master were delivered and work began on putting together our first release – something we knew almost nothing about at that time. We got by with a little help from some friends and before we knew it we were holding physical copies of our first ever vinyl release in our green little hands. And what an beautiful package it is. The vivid, full-color, gatefold jackets on heavy reverseboard stock is suitable for blacklit dorm room display. The full-color inserts comprised four-panel collages created by the band members themselves are pretty rad too. The black wax is a heavy 180 grams and the black and white labels feature a Columbia zinester only Columbians would recognize named Boone playing pool at the local dive/horror bar known as Eastside Tavern. Upon it’s release, the record sold well, got favorably reviewed by numerous tastemakers such as Aquarious Records and Pitchfork, and things were looking good for Warhammer and our little label...until the band broke up. The break-up all but halted sales of the record that we (in hindsight) pressed a few too many of (1000). Had we pressed 500 copies, this record would’ve been out-of-print almost immediately. You live, you learn. Fortunately, two members of Warhammer 48k (Cooper and Rex) went on to pursue CAVE full-time and came back to Permanent to release 500 copies their first LP and our second release – which sold out and was repressed. CAVE is now with Drag City and we’re working with Cooper and his newish project Bitchin Bajas for our 34th release. All is well in the universe. At least until it all comes to an end. As the band sings: “Save the last rave / For the year 2012”. Grip a copy of this LP for your next apocalypse party and blow minds. Trust us, it never gets old. If you don't already own it, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND giving this fantastic piece of Permanent history a whirl.

PERM-XXX
Jesus Sons - Jesus Sons Tape
Edition of 150
LP - $5.99 - [buy]

POP THIS BEAST IN YER TAPE DECK AND STEP ON THE GAS!!!

Time to hop on yer hog and hit the highway cuz Permanent Records just unleashed the cassette version of this wind in yer hair affair by Jesus Sons and it is a cruuuuuuuiiisssserrr! Jesus Sons have the swagger, 'tude and strut of "Exile On Mainstreet", the fuzzed out blues rock and harmonica know-how of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the swamp choogle of CCR, the caveman stomp of the Black Lips, the bratty snarl of the Strange Boys and the repeato-riff debauchery of the Velvet Underground. Jesus Sons are makin' some damn fine jean jacket and shades psychedelic rock and this debut full length is start to finish hazy gaze west coast Americana bliss out. If you're searchin' for your mainline, look no further, just like Sister Ray said… play on! Mega Recommended. LP Available from Mock Records.

Don't just take our word for it, have a look-see what the fine minds at Impose Magazine had to say about this stellar self-titled LP here:

"LA's Jesus Sons have come to save your tattered souls. Some folks spend their lives in front of the keyboard, type writer and Moleskins trying to write the great, all-American novel, story, tale, or whatever they want it to be. In that same vein, former member of The Spyrals' Brandon Wurtz, with Shannon Dean, Bert Hoover, Chance Welton, and Erik Lake have made the all-American sound. The Sons soak their chords from the dense and uptight urban environments to the riffs that rock the rusted biblebelt interstates the tie in the Southern salutes, to tightening up each coastal sea to shining sea. With a first to Jesus Sons' self-titled, the progeny of patriarchs, patriots and outlaws curate a western sound that instills envy in the hearts of all European sons. With their self-titled available January 28 from Mock Records, get in on the inside savior scheme here.

The messianic progeny make music more like rock and roll prodigies, on the opening number, "All These Furs". The guitars are tried, tested, and aren't messing around with any sweet talk. Hitting up the honky-tonks, is the whiskey steeped "Who's Around" that makes the rounds while trying to round up a posse of a few good men, or just a few cool Sons. The sleaze and sure-fire sidewinder percussion and beer gut guitar rolls out the best transgressive romanticism, with the pick-up line invitational of, "I Wanna Be Your Man". The bar room amour turns the table with the slow country western twang and turn instrumental desolation of, "You Put a Spell On Me". Desperation and destitution never sounded so at home and comfortable, than on the soul grabbing, "Don't Wanna Die".

The home on the range away from home living keeps on keeping on with, "Ain't Talkin' Homesick". Jesus Sons take the down, out, and derelict situations and spin it around to be a debaucherous celebration of howls, hisses, and all the grimy attitudes they can muster up. "Out of Time" runs around, out of mind, out of place, hanging out anywhere they want in "the age of the young". "Melt" provides an interlude instrumental moment where percussion mimics rattlers and the other dangers that lie in wait and lurk about the prairie. Bringing down the house, "Going Down" embodies the rollicking ride down the highway to perdition, with Brandon and the gang loving every moment. Closing up their self-titled, Jesus Sons consume themselves in the cautionary delights and rewrite their own Gospels according to their own bourbon soaked doctrines."

4THANVT
Permanent Records 4th Anniversary Jam Tape
Edition of 100
Hand Numbered J-Card
OUT OF PRINT

Limited edition of 100 hand-numbered cassette tapes available exclusively from Permanent. Each band that played the 4th Anniversary Jam contributed a previously unreleased track for this limited edition release. Moon Duo's contribution is an unreleased live version of "Bopper's Hat" and Umberto, Heater, and Brain Idea's tracks are all exclusive to this tape as well. Jam!

PERM-XXX
Drunks With Guns - Second Verses Tape
Edition of 100 - Official Reissue
OUT OF PRINT

Drunks With Guns were a nihilistic, noise rock / dumb punk band from St. Louis in the mid-to-late 80s. Their second LP entitled "Second Verses" from 1990. Second Verses contains material recorded by Drunks With Guns between 1984-1990, including "Zombie", "Drunks Theme," "Punched", "Leprosy", "Enemy", an alternate take of "Wonderful Subdivision" with more guitar in the mix, "Two Minutes", "Drug Prolem", "DWI", and "A Beer". The original LP also included covers of the Weirdos' "Life of Crime" and the Stooges' "Raw Power", but those tracks have been cut from this cassette tape reissue per the band's request. In case you missed our reissue of the debut LP on cassette. Here's the story behind Drunks With Guns: This band is legendary and there's loads of rumor and heresy surrounding the legend. The band formed in 1984, released about a half-dozen singles and a couple LPs, played four shows and called it quits (well, in the same way Chrome called it quits anyway. The original singles and the LPs (and even the Complete Drunks With Guns tape) are virtually impossible to find these days. Among others, Monty Buckles of the Lamps is a big fan of the DWG and he wrote an excellent article in the last issue of Z-Gun that we definitely recommend reading at some point. Anyhow, we've reissued the Drunks With Guns "Second Verses" LP (sans the cover tracks) in an edition of 100 tapes and they're ready for consumption. This tape ain't no bootleg neither. We actually took the time to get in touch with Mike Doskocil, the singer from Drunks With Guns and got permission for the release. We were hoping to do an LP reissue, but apparently the master tapes are in unusable condition. Don't fret, these tapes were professionally dubbed and the fidelity is about as good as your gonna get out of a cassette tape (read: they sound like they should, especially for a Drunks With Guns release). Don't have a cassette deck? What better excuse to get one than a Drunks With Guns tape! Tape decks are littering thrift stores everywhere. Save them from the landfills and enjoy some of the sweet jams that have been issued on the cassette tape format lately, there have been some great ones! Fans of Brainbombs, Flipper, and all things noise rock will definitely want to snatch one of these up before their gone.

PERM-XXX
Drunks With Guns - Drunks With Guns Tape
Edition of 100 - Official Reissue
OUT OF PRINT

Drunks With Guns were a nihilistic, noise rock / dumb punk band from St. Louis in the mid-80s. Their self-titled LP from 1987 included 9 songs worth of Brainbombs-meets-Flipper style punk with titles like Dick in One Hand..., Punched in the Head, and Wonderful Subdivision. This band is legendary and there's loads of rumor and heresy surrounding the legend. The band formed in 1984, released about a half-dozen singles and a couple LPs, played four shows and called it quits (well, in the same way Chrome called it quits anyway. The original singles and the LPs (and even the Complete Drunks With Guns tape) are virtually impossible to find these days. Among others, Monty Buckles of the Lamps is a big fan of the DWG and he wrote an excellent article in the last issue of Z-Gun that we definitely recommend reading at some point. Anyhow, we've reissued the Drunks With Guns self-titled LP in an edition of 100 tapes and they're ready for consumption. This tape ain't no bootleg neither. We actually took the time to get in touch with Mike Doskocil, the singer from Drunks With Guns and got permission for the release. We were hoping to do an LP reissue, but apparently the master tapes are in unusable condition. Don't fret, these tapes were professionally dubbed and the fidelity is about as good as your gonna get out of a cassette tape (read: they sound like they should, especially for a Drunks With Guns release). Don't have a cassette deck? What better excuse to get one than a Drunks With Guns tape! Tape decks are littering thrift stores everywhere. Save them from the landfills and enjoy some of the sweet jams that have been issued on the cassette tape format lately, there have been some great ones! Fans of Brainbombs, Flipper, and all things noise rock will definitely want to snatch one of these up before their gone.


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Permanent Records Sampler #4

  1. B/W by The Pows
    Once With Snot & Blood LP (PERM-030)
  2. Untitled 1 by Lumerians
    Transmissions From Telos Vol. IV LP (PERM-029)
  3. Dorothy by Cosmonauts
    Cosmonauts LP (PERM-024)
  4. Kristy Greene by Obnox
    Rojo LP (PERM-033)
  5. Homeless by Cuntz
    Aloha LP (PERM-032)
  6. The Law by Merx
    Merx LP (PERM-031)
  7. Wish You Know by WatchOut!
    Flashbacker LP (PERM-035)
  8. Krausened by Bitchin Bajas
    Krausened EP (PERM-034)

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  1. Bomb Shelter by Naked Raygun
    Busted At Oz LP (PERM-022)
  2. #1 Dad by Running
    Running LP (PERM-018)
  3. I Am The Counter Culture... by Charles Albright
    Weight 7" (PERM-026)
  4. End Of A Primitive by King Blood
    Eyewash Silver LP (PERM-027)
  5. One More Time by Brain Idea
    The Survival Scrolls LP/Tape (PERM-020)
  6. Weak As A Sheep by Psyclones
    Different Thinking People LP (PERM-023)
  7. Earth Doesn't Deserve You by Cacaw
    Cacaw LP/Tape (PERM-021)
  8. Reckless Thoughts by Black Math
    Phantom Power LP/Tape (PERM-019)
  9. Like A French Assassin by Cosmonauts
    Cosmonauts LP (PERM-024)
  10. Almost Washed My Hair by Purling Hiss
    Purling Hiss LP (PERM-010)

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  1. Chick Freaked Out by Sneakers
    Children Into People 7" EP (PERM-005)
  2. Kador Du Porno by Cheveu
    Cheveau LP (PERM-007)
  3. Enemy With An Invitation by The Nothing People
    Enemy With An Invitation 7" (PERM-011)
  4. Running Blade by Umberto
    From The Grave... LP (PERM-012)
  5. Subsequent Needs by No Balls
    Come Clean LP (PERM-013)
  6. Young Woman by Charles Albright
    I'm Happy, I'm A Genius 7" EP (PERM-014)
  7. Teenage Middle Finger by Steel Pole Bath Tub
    Unlistenable LP (PERM-015)
  8. Black and Gold by Heater
    God and Hair LP/Tape (PERM-017)

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  1. Hunt Like Devil by Cave
    Hunt Like Devil / Jamz LP (PERM-002)
  2. Bye Bye Dodo by Cacaw
    Get A Brain 12" EP (PERM-003)
  3. She's The Man by The Anals
    Total Anal LP (PERM-006)
  4. Down At The Flop House by California Raisins
    split 10" w/ Cave (PERM-003)
  5. untitled by Warhammer 48k
    An Ethereal Oracle LP (PERM-001)
  6. So Many Bags by Cacaw
    Get A Brain 12" EP (PERM-003)
  7. 04.24.06 by Cave
    Hunt Like Devil / Jamz LP (PERM-002)
  8. Love Lives In The Street by The Anals
    Total Anal LP (PERM-006)
  9. untitled by Warhammer 48k
    An Ethereal Oracle LP (PERM-001)

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