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Permanent Records Update 7.22.14

 

Hey Everybody!

 

Greetings, good morning, g'day and how do?! We've compiled a MASSIVE list of thrilling new records comin' through the shops as well as some choice P-Rex label titles that are still in print and raved about them all down below so read on to find out all about the great sounds all around…

 

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth at Pitchfork this weekend!  And thanks to all who also popped by the Chicago shop to do some serious digging!  Until next time…

 

Our loooooong time pal Andre Daugavietis has curated an art show celebrating the silent music of John Cage!  Check it out:

 

Toyota War (Australia) and Ultralight (New Orleans) will be rockin' the LA shop Saturday, July 26th at 6:30 PM!  Come have a heavy hang!

 

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 Ty Segall, Lance Bummer, and Special Guests.
Drink specials.  Excellent adventures, only.  Absolutely, no bogus journeys.
Get down."

 

P-Rex LA's own Kris Kirk has an art exhibit!  Check it out:

"Play On" is a joint exhibition by Madison East and Kris Kirk, featuring portraits, moments, and installations representing their lives in Los Angeles. The work reflects a wide range of affairs- from concerts to season changes, to the mundane details of everyday existence.

A looped video projection will also be on display, detailing a decadent day in Los Angeles with Madison, Kris and friends.

Nighted, a photo book/ zine publisher based in the Bay Area, will unveil Meet Us Under the Electric Sky, a book of photos by East and Kirk chronicling their trip to EDC 2014 in Las Vegas. New zines from each artist will also be released at the exhibition.

Opening reception: Sunday, August 2nd, 7pm-10pm
4308 Burns Ave. Los Angeles, CA
(Exhibit also open all week by appointment)

Attached is the exhibition flyer, as well as two unreleased exhibition shots from each artist.

Additional work from Madison, Kris and Nighted:
Madison: http://cargocollective.com/madisoneast
Kris: www.human-swine.com
Nighted: www.nightedlife.com

 

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!


P.S. We make house calls for collections.  Drop us a line to make an appointment.

 

We're taking pre-orders for the new Total Control LP on Iron Lung Records!
LP - Total Control - Typical System

Hey all,
 This is just a quick note to let you know that there has been a small disaster at the pressing plant involving surgery and a newly one-armed man. This has backed up the presses a bit and really thrown a wrench in the production schedules of many labels. We have your orders and info saved and set aside in our hermetically sealed vaults until the presses resume. Rest assured we will work tirelessly until Typical System is delivered to your door.
 Thank you for your understanding and patience in this matter.
-Jensen & Jon // ILR

 

"Finally, a new deep cut from Melbourne’s visceral post-punk band Total Control. Typical System, their second LP, was written, recorded, created over the past two years and is set for US/Worldwide release via Iron Lung Records on June 24th and self-release in Australia/New Zealand on June 20th.
Total Control emerged from Australia’s dynamic punk scene in ’08, releasing a succession of 7”s that developed from an aggressive post-punk band sound to studio forays into electronic forms from minimal wave to house. Their debut LP, Henge Beat, was commended as one of the few records released in 2011 that evaded the ease of classification and competent tribute act status of most modern bands.


Subsequently, they have released three very different records: a split 12” with Thee Oh Sees, a 7” single on Sub Pop and a house remix 12”. Typical System develops on the incongruent demands of their debut LP and ensuing releases, a further development on their continually evolving sound." - Iron Lung Records

Give 'er listen here: Typical System

 

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).

HERE'S A LIST OF QUALIFYING UPCOMING EMPTY BOTTLE and EMPTY BOTTLE PRESENTS EVENTS
Jul 21 - La Forge / Electric Hawk
Jul 22 - Richard Buckner
Jul 23 - 93XRT welcomes Pink Mountaintops / Heaven / Brighton, MA
Jul 25 - Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
Jul 25 - Fantasy Dangereuses: Explore The World of Dark Entries featuring performances by Bezier / Max & Mara / RedRedRed plus Vinyl Selections by Josh Cheon
Jul 26 - The Socialists
Jul 28 - *FREE MONDAY* Melted Toys / Today's Hits / Street Gnar
Jul 29 - Crocodiles / Jaill / Heavy Times
Aug 03 - Cheers Elephant
Aug 04 - Al Scorch / Roadside Graves / The Grisly Hand
Aug 05 - Empty Bottle and Empire Productions present Power Trip / Mammoth Grinder
Aug 05 - Hospitality / Porches / Frankie Cosmos
Aug 07 - Northless / North / The Ox King
Aug 08 - Cherry Glazerr
Aug 10 - Two Houses / Adelyn Rose / Softly, Dear / The Everymen
Aug 11 - Walking Bicycles / Toupee / Unmanned Ship / Lil Tits
Aug 14 - A Benefit for the Dream Catcher Foundation featuring HotLips Messiah / Lisa Lightning Band / When Flying Feels Like Falling
Aug 18 - Jacco Gardner
Aug 20 - American Wolf / Marian McLaughlin / Laughing Eye Weeping Eye
Aug 21 - X_X featuring John Morton [Electric Eels] / Plastic Crimewave Syndicate
Aug 22 - Moniker Records & Trouble In Mind present : The Pen Test / Matchess / Stacian / Gel Set / DJ PsychedAlex
Aug 30 - Dead Rider / Motel Beds / Bear Claw
Sep 01 - Reigning Sound

Sep 04 - How To Dress Well

 

PERMANENT RECORDS LABEL RELEASES STILL IN PRINT FEATURED ITEMS

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LP - Afflicted Man - I'm Off Me 'Ead (Official 2013 Reissue, Repress, Black Wax, Ltd 300) - $17.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Permanent Records' 36th label release!

 

"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. "

 

Still Single's Doug Mosurock had this to say:
"I wrote a long piece about Steve Hall for Dusted when the Afflicted Man bootleg 2xCD of all the recordings came out a few years back. Without necessarily rehashing that piece, I will say that the second LP he made, as Afflicted Man, is the keystone between psychedelic rock of the ‘60s and punk of the years building up to its 1980 release date – and unlike some sort of halfway psych-squatters on punk aggression (Hawkwind, Gong) or the militant side of punk (Crass, Conflict), Afflicted could easily walk between both worlds without question, simply because he realized that the path between punk and psych was a one-way deal, and you had to start in punk to go back in order to reach the crazed highs realized on I’m Off Me ‘Ead. (Drugs helped a lot, to be fair.) Permanent’s reissue puts this fine album into perspective, with interviews from today and a long piece care of Chris Stigliano, published decades ago in Forced Exposure issue 9, and it seems that one of the only afflictions that followed Hall through his career was trying to avoid support by skinheads and fascists, hence his long-assumed National Front ties which have since been vehemently refuted. Just because you added rock elements back into punk should not put you in the same league as Skrewdriver. Anyway, now is the time to JAM THE FUCK OUT to long, rattled blasters that connect Billy Childish to Mick Farren, and serve as the bridge to the final Afflicted Man release, 1982’s Get Stoned Ezy. Very much worth your time."

 

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 second pressing (let's hope there's demand for multiple) is limited to 300 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

 

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LP - Basic Cable - I'm Good To Drive (Black Wax, Ltd 200) - $14.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Permanent Records' 39th label release

 

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 snippets 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

 

"Sometimes you’re just drinking a beer on your porch in San Francisco, minding your own business when a full-length record falls out of the sky and hits you in the face. Thanks to the internet Chicago is just a click away from the end of the earth. I’m speaking figuratively of course, but that’s kind of what Basic Cable’s I’m Good to Drive feels like, a brisk and awakening blast of wind to the face, something both San Francisco and Chicago can relate to. The songs are packed to the brim with punch and quick, like jabs. The sound stems from two very particular genres but melds into more of a recognition of grunge rock and hardcore punk.  This is the band’s first full-length album, released on Chicago’s Permanent Records in November 2013.
On the heels of the 20th anniversary release of Nirvana’s In Utero, Basic Cable’s grunge rock can be heard not in tribute but as a contemporary perspective on the genre. Fused with the punk-rock likenesses of Los Angeles kings Black Flag, the sound is both determined and intentionally muddled. In an effort to unpack this seemingly obvious sound hiding behind something more complex I spoke with singer and guitarist Michael John Grant. He let on that when talking about the sound it’s really pretty simple. “They are the things I know most about…might as well do something you’re good at.” It essentially boils down to, “five dudes who just like drinking a lot and basically started playing music in addition to that.” These five dudes are Michael John Grant on guitar and vocals, Luca Cimarusti on bass guitar and vocals, Joel Bednarz on guitar, Ryan Duggan on drums, and Matthew Hord on synthesizer and vocals.  They’ve known each other a long time, spending their entire adult lives getting drunk and making music independently, sometimes together.  But there’s more to it than Grant implies.  Late 80s and 90s grunge, garage rock, and punk is making a resurgence as the generation that grew up listening to these genres revisits their ownership and asks; what does this music look like now? It looks like Basic Cable. The band is taking to task the grunge that defined their early listening, adding more power, more amps, and more distortion. With a tip of the hat to punk, Basic Cable is reigning in the grunge and claiming it with dark flags, black flags and giving it a place to call home on I’m Good to Drive.
The record came out about a year after they formed the band. Good to Drive is comprised entirely of brisk songs under or around 3 minutes.  With titles like “Blonde Ambition,” “Where’s Your Husband?” and “Winter Weight” I can’t help but wonder if it’s all inside jokes designed to add insult to injury.  Lyrics are either highly repetitive or unidentifiable, adding to the sentiment that Basic Cable has something to scream but not necessarily something to say, which is a refreshing turn to this contemporary sound. Sometimes we just need to thrash around and talk smack to keep the dark side in check. Grant quoted guitarist Joel Bednarz when asked about the content of the songs, “everything sounds pretty aggressive but every song pretty much sounds like two dudes not getting along.”
What makes these cuts most accessible to an audience who typically wouldn’t listen to an album like I’m Good to Drive is the instrumentation. There is a heavy amount of reverb but the songs, albeit terse, are laced with versions of layers. The music works for itself, complimenting each loud area rather than arriving at an overpowered electrical storm. The lead track “Blonde Ambition” sounds the most like a single. It has a hook and Grant does that requisite combination of yelling and singing. This song set the precedence for the band’s sound, “that was one of the first ones we wrote, it just kind of came out. Once we finished this song we were like ‘that’s what this band is going to sound like.’” Other highlights from Good to Drive are “I Drink Everyday,” which is pretty self explanatory and heavy on the noise, but a little more contained than say, “Where’s Your Husband?” flashing the boldest riffs on the album. “Winter Weight” represents my favorite kind of trash talk and something the Midwest is all too familiar with; “winter weight in the summer time.” I’m Good to Drive is no nonsense and all reverb." - Mosshouse.net


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

 

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LP - Heater - God and Hair (Regular Edition on Black Vinyl) - $4.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Permanent's 17th label release!

 

Heater is a three-piece Columbia, Missouri 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" Wujick, 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)!

 

There are only 500 copies of this limited edition LP and it may never be pressed again.

 

"Despite their ties to cosmic-kraut rockers Cave, Columbia, MO power trio Heater bring a huge sunshine-y racket on God and Hair, their debut outing and as far as we’re concerned, one of the pre-eminent
noise-pop records released this year. Anyone expecting anything other than shimmering, good-time southern rock ‘n’ roll from this lot may as well turn around and walk back out the door, because despite the fact that its members share time in heavy hitting kraut/psych-jammers — Jerusalem, and the Starbaskets, and the aforementioned Cave — the album revels in the grotty, grungy DIY spirit of ’93, mostly to stunning result.

Ramshackle production (provided by Cave’s Cooper Crain) only helps to bolster the stuttering guitars and rough-hewn melodies of “Rad Boys”, while the sneaky synth lines shot through “Beside Me”‘s jaunty guitar rave-ups are oddly redolent of mid-’90s almost-rans Certain Distant
Suns." - Impose Magazine

 

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LP - King Blood - Eyewash Silver (2013 Permanent Records Screened Fold-Over Sleeve Special Edition) - $9.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

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.

 

"There are at least two ways to look at a guitar riff-- as a building block for a song, or as an end in itself. Ryland Wharton, aka King Blood, has taken the latter viewpoint to a mesmerizing extreme. On Eyewash Silver-- originally released in a tiny edition in 2010-- he treats fuzzy guitar riffs not simply as ends, but as mantras to be chanted and monuments to be worshiped. Each track offers one simple figure devoutly repeated, as if musical nirvana is always just one more riff away.
If I'm making Eyewash Silver sound too solemn or reverent, don't worry-- it's also a lot of fun. Wharton's clanging chords never feel dry or studied. Instead they're charged with an impulsive exuberance. Often it sounds like he came up with a guitar loop right before he hit record on his four-track, and was so excited that he didn't want to waste another second before churning away. That feel is enhanced by muddy, static-drenched production. The album drips with overload, creating a raw, gut-level immediacy. The idea behind each song is delivered unwashed and unrefined.
In that sense, Eyewash Silver reminds me of Neil Young, particularly his solo guitar soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch's 1995 existential western Dead Man. Wharton's songs aren't nearly as sparse or forlorn as Young's score, but both share a near-anthropological fascination with the primal force of repeated notes. (Besides, the swinging hooks of "Poison in Jest" and "Sinfull Woman" sound extracted and extended from Crazy Horse tunes). You'll hear other reference points throughout Eyewash Silver-- the noisy wash of Japanese bands like Fushitsusha and Les Rallizes Denudes, the motor-garage of Wooden Shjips, and, on the near-perfect "End of a Primitive", the classic amp-melt of great Velvet Underground bootlegs. But I keep coming back to Young and his exploratory wanderings, a standard to which Wharton measures up well.
The only flaw you might find in Eyewash Silver is the claustrophobic effect its relentless distortion can create. Sometimes after I've listened to it repeatedly, it's taken me a while to shake the feeling that I'm wearing earmuffs. But this also gives the album a world-apart feel-- it's unlikely you'll get distracted by anything else while this album is on. Besides, even if you can't bear to hear King Blood over and over, one listen to its echoing riffs might make you feel like you have." - Pitchfork

 

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LP - MERX - 20000 Sq Ft Under The Sea (White Wax, Ltd 100) - $14.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

PERMANENT RECORDS' 37th LABEL RELEASE!

 

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

 

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LP - Purling Hiss - Purling Hiss (2014 Tour Edition Ltd 250) - $14.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Tape - Purling Hiss - Purling Hiss (2014 Tour Edition Ltd 100) - $5.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

SCREEN PRINTED FOLD-OVER SLEEVES - PERMANENT RECORDS' TENTH LABEL RELEASE!

 

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!"

 

The trouble with year-end lists: records like this one, which come out quietly and without fanfare, and run the table on all of the others you’ve chosen. Had this record, the solo debut of Birds of Maya guitarist Mike Polizze, as Purling Hiss, crossed my path even a few weeks earlier, it would have completely dominated. As such, this gets my highest recommendation: extremely thick, dense, wilded-out psychedelic hard rock, Polizze tackling all of the instruments alone. Releases of recent years (Wooden Shjips, and Birds of Maya’s debut LP spring to mind) speak to the absolutely fucked vibes on offer here, but don’t quite take it to the resin-coated peaks of Purling Hiss’s fight with the world. Many of the better ramen shops I’ve been to employ this tactic of taking a blowtorch to the charshu before serving it, making sure the fat caramelizes and the edges of the pork singe in blackened completion. It’s a trick – the meat is fully cooked; this just gives it a little more character and some additional levels of flavor – but it enhances the presentation most of all. That same logic can be applied to Purling Hiss, and it pays off. There’s vocals, but like the drums, they’re pushed to near the back of the mix, to make way for layer upon layer of excoriating guitar slash, noise upon noise, lead over lead, dense but particulate with every stripe of psych maelstrom chaos flame-kissing the walls. There’s three long tracks and three short ones, but it all blends together – my favorite is “Montage Mountain,” which sounds like Les Rallizes Denudes finally cutting “I Will Follow Him” out of their set and replacing it with Skynyrd’s “Saturday Night Special.” It’s the finest moment of rock music in 2009, and if you hurry, you can be part of it – it’s as good as we’re gonna get until Birds of Maya’s three-song double album comes out. It doesn’t hurt that Polizze is a shredder of elite proportions, and it sounds like he’s having a blast. 300 odd copies, with 100 or so of them on purple vinyl, going so quickly that they’ll be gone by the new year. Fans of the heavy swirl (High Rise, early Comets on Fire, Puffy Areolas) – do not wait.

"... reminds me of some of my other favorite mystery rock albums, like High Speed and the Afflicted Man's Get Stoned Ezy, or any Les Rallizes Denudes or Vermonster records--not necessarily in style or attack, but certainly in spirit. This is full-on destroyer guitar rock, with a palpable sense of nothing to lose and everything to prove. To me, it sounds like a serious, sincere statement--and you don't hear that every day." --Ripley Johnson (Moon Duo, Wooden Shjips)


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

 

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LP - WatchOut! - Flashbacker (2014 Repress, Ltd 300) - $14.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Permanent Records' 35th label release! - 2014 REPRESS LTD 300!

 

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

 

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Tape - Jesus Sons - Jesus Sons - $5.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Edition of 150

 

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."

 

This Week's Featured Items

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LP - Earthless Meets Heavy Blanket - In A Dutch Haze - $24.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

Hold on to yer butts!  The fine folks at Outer Battery Records has the fine taste to bring us this unbelievable teaming of groups for a one off live blast of psychedelic rawk!  Get the pertinents and such directly from the label here:


"After an impromptu heavy psych jam at SXSW left the crowd stunned and breathless, J MASCIS (DINOSAUR JR.) and EARTHLESS were asked to play the main stage of the Roadburn Festival in Holland. When Earthless guitarist ISAIAH MITCHELL had to back out at the last minute due to other commitments, GRAHAM CLISE from HEAVY BLANKET (who also plays with J in WITCH) stepped in on second guitar. Backed by the best rhythm section out there—MARIO RUBALCABA and MIKE EGINTON from Earthless—we are left with an incredible one-time happening, almost a full hour of some of the most mind bending heavy psych imaginable. With absolutely insane artwork from TIM LEHI, In a Dutch Haze is a lavish double LP with a gatefold sleeve, pressed on limited edition color vinyl."


Do we really have to sell you on this one?  We've babbled on and on about both these powerhouse acts for eons it seems at this point, so by all means if you dig far fucking out, space scorching stoner improv annihilation then proceed directly to check out and blast the fuck off into psychedelic glory dudes!  Beyond Recommended.

 

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LP - Underground Youth - Sadovaya - Import - $21.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

LIMITED TO 500 COPIES AND PRESSED ON WHITE WAX!!!!

 

Fuzz Club strikes gold again (no surprise really)!!!!  And this time it's in the form of Underground Youth's 2010 album "Sadovaya" finally getting pressed onto wax where it should've been all these years!  YES!!!!  Here with the deets is Fuzz Club HQ -

 

"The Sadovaya album was self-released digitally in 2010. Recorded at home by Craig Dyer. The album contains some of the bands best songs including Morning Sun, American Dream and Heart On A Chain. The album has been remastered especially for vinyl.  This is an important album for Fuzz Club Records as it was through Sadovaya we discovered the band, which eventually let to the start of the label."

 

And man oh man after spinning "Sadovaya" we know why this lp kickstarted one of the best go-to UK psych labels.  Here Underground Youth doesn't sound like an emerging band, but a group that's already found it's stride, crafting a hazy psych daydream / desert rock masterpiece.  "Sadovaya" is filled with gauzy melodies, reverbed jangly guitars, washes of effects and a swooning lysergic pace that quickly sucks you deep inside the grooves.  Underground Youth has and continues to find that perfect sweet spot between woozy UK shoegaze, post rock grandeur and space minded psych rock of yester year.  And "Sadovaya" might just be them at their best.  Certainly if yer into "classic" bands like Spacemen 3, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Ride, Black Angels, Slowdive and/or any of the other Fuzz Club groups, you need "Sadovaya" now!  TREMENDOUSLY RECOMMENDED AND SUPER LIMITED!!!!!

 

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LP - White Fence - For The Recently Found Innocent - $18.99- BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

Tim Presley a.k.a White Fence is BACK with his sixth proper full-length (if you count "Family Perfume 1 and 2" as one double record), THIS TIME recorded in a proper studio setting with tight-bro Ty Segall behind the faders. Presley's found a new home on Chicago label Drag City too, after stints on both Woodsist and Castle Face, so let's lend an ear to their testimony about "For The Recently Found Innocent":

 

"Yes - THE White Fence - of Is Growing Faith fame - and little more than a year ago, of the near-COMPLETE total rad-ness Cyclops Reap. And of five albums' worth of awesomeness in just five years' time to boot! This estimate includes the all-new album, For the Recently Found Innocent, which really does deserve the applation 'all-new'. As you may know, White Fence is the sound of Tim Presley's inner mind taking off in an unbounded sonic space. From his palatial bedroom 8-track recorder, Tim's woven together frayed sonic stands in service of his warped pop muse since 2010. Having gone to the center of his personal song-earth with the Family Perfume set, Tim set his psyghts on the world at large, and Cyclops Reap shone with fuzzy, jangly hits, all of them freshly-rolled in the sweet lint of Tim's clothes-closet. For the Recently Found Innocent keeps spinning outward, finding Tim in the company of Ty Segall once again, this time in the formal confines of a studio environment for this first time in White Fence history. Ty contributes a bit of drumming, but he mostly keeps a producerly remove, helping to realize White Fence fully in this environment. The excitement is palpable, and the songs pour forth from Tim's acid pen, rife with classic hooks corroded by singature damaged WF guitarring and lyrical nuggets that glow with inspiration that unconciousness. Fans of White Fence's dream-pop will freak - and 60s-heads may hear something they remember dimly from before, in an all-new way!"

 

All we can say is WOW. Presley's hooks that were previously buried under layers of tape hiss and reverb, are pushed to the forefront here thanks in part to Segall's decidedly hi-fi approach. The tunes also benefit from the propulsive drive of a live drummer - White Fence's own live drummer Nick Murray, whose tasty licks keep the songs decidedly grounded.  White Fence have always mucked about in the libraries of Msrs. Townshend and Davies (and Dylan and Weller for that matter) and not much has changed here, save fidelity, but the tunes sway and swagger a bit more confidently now that they're free of the shadows. In fact, we're reminded a bit of the 2010 album "Alive As You Are" from Presley's former band Darker My Love, whose Sunset Strip-cum-21st Century jangle (and tunes mostly written by Presley) slither and shimmy like the tunes found here (funny that Presley had to take a step back in order to move forward). Presley's the man and this album rules, grip it quick before we find you guilty of being OUT OF LUCK! RECOMMENDED x INFINITY.

 

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LP - Edip Akbayram - Edip Akbayram - Import - $25.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

Pretty frickin' epic Turkish psych-folk from Anatolian vocalist Edip Akbayram, reissued here by psych-xperts Pharaway Sounds! Heed the call from Pharaway:


 "Edip Akbayram's a frail guy who spent his childhood unable to walk, but once he grew up he was on Istanbul TV in a whitey-fro and knee-length colored robes. Akbayram's voice is big & open, and it took him all across Turkey at the height of Anatolian psychedelia. This first album collects precious singles from 1972-1974, with dark melodies that descend in loose spirals, seemingly forever. Tunes taken from mystic Sufi poets who played the baglama, but retro-fitted with hard-plowing electric bass lines, funky drums, fuzz-wah guitars and keyboards. Remastered sound, insert/booklet with photos and liner notes by Angela Sawyer (Weirdo Records)."


Less an album proper, and more of a "singles collection" this LP collects Akbayram's recorded works from '72-'74, finding the singer in fine voice. Akbayram's vocal style springs from the Cem Karaca / Felix Kizilok school - soaring and melodic, with cascading vocal melodies culled from traditional Anatolian folk songs that have become synonymous with Turkish Rock. This stuff rocks harder than most (save Turkish hard rocker Erkin Koray) with some sweet gnarly bass and out of this world stinging psychedelic fuzz guitar - and wah. Plenty of wah-wah. Totally killer! Sounds amazing too, with remastered audio & killer liners - Essential rocking here on this platter! RECOMMENDED for psychedelic sufis and beyond! Get it!

 

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LP - Vampires - Vampires Underground - Import - $25.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

A lil' slice of the South Africa in the early Seventies courtesy of The Vampires, who were a part of a pretty vibrant teen dance scene in the late Sixties / early Seventies, centered around the bustling Ajmeri Arcade off Grey Street in Durban. Reissued here by the psychedelic world travelers over at Pharaway Sounds, read on:


"Where does a band of Indian guys in East South Africa even play, and how on earth would they end up with fuzzy guitar riffs, wah-wah and funky drums? Riddles abound when you discover a platter like this one. Durban, famous for its beaches and also for beach signs that marked off areas for white people, had a very unique dance band scene in 1971. The Vampires are a strange footnote in a strange world, and they slosh through each song like they're having the time of their lives. The mostly instrumental band covers everything from a soundtrack that prefigures the drama of Ennio Morricone fuzz, to middle-of-the-road Nashville country, to Zeppelin, with flute, organ and fuzz guitar high in the mix. Like the undead, the Vampires now rise from having been long buried. But they only showed up to get their dirt in your ears. One of the most obscure psychedelic funk exploitation albums ever, reissued for the first time. Remastered sound, insert/booklet with liner notes by Angela Sawyer (Weirdo Records)."


The RAJ Recording company had a pretty lucrative gig going, issuing album after album of psych-sploitation records from bands like The Raiders, The Gay Cavaliers, Los Pepitos and these guys - The Vampires, whose lone album "Underground" was released in '71, brandishing the colors of the day; LedZep, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd and the like. Heavy on the fuzz and crunchy guitars and stocked with a killer caché of instrumental covers like "Whole Lotta Love", "Funky Broadway" and "Get Ready" (and more). Since all the tunes are instrumentals, there's a real sound library vibe to the whole affair and The Vampires really add their own spin, adding EVEN MORE tasty, fuzzy licks as well as some ripping flute too (yes, we said RIPPING flute). A killer record, worthy of spinning at your next swarée or bumpin' at your next DJ nite! RECOMMENDED!

 

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LP - Nord - NG Tapes - $17.99 - BUYbuy

 

This limited reissue of the ultra rare and obscure NG Tapes is nothing short of jaw dropping!  Get the full story (and oh what a story!) directly from the PCP records folks cuz they're the ones that have brought this gem to the masses:


"Hiroshi Oikawa's two mid-'80s solo LPs under the Nord moniker are among the rarest and most sought-after Japanese experimental releases of the era. Issued with minimal information (the latter title in a plain black jacket with simply a strip of sandpaper affixed to the front), the albums are dense, otherworldly explorations of the outermost edges -- or innermost core -- of reality. As Mutant Sounds put it, 'If this is cosmic, than it's the cosmos as viewed from the vantage point of a burned out cinder drifting into entropy.' Equally mysterious is Oikawa's disappearance at the end of the decade. Completely untraceable even to his peers in Japan, he has by all accounts vanished from society, perhaps holed up in some pastoral cottage whiling away the days painting and tending a small garden, or orbiting a distant nebula on an alternate plane of existence. In recent years, PCP Records issued limited-edition re-presses of the two albums, duplicating the original artwork and layout as closely as possible. Now, the label has turned its attention to an even more obscure item in the Nord discography. NG Tapes was released on cassette in a micro edition and available only to purchasers of the 1984 LSD LP (itself limited to 200 copies). With a runtime of over 50 minutes, it delivers a powerful dose of extended synthesizer works -- ominous, pulsing electronics of the highest order -- offset with shorter, more compact post-industrial noise pieces reminiscent of Oikawa's 1981 LP with Satoshi Katayama. This one-time, numbered vinyl edition has been carefully remastered from the original cassette and sounds amazing. Every effort was made to adapt the artwork to the 12" format, down to the obi strip that accompanied the package."


"NG Tapes" is suuuuuuper minimal electronics the drone and gurgle with a sinister vibe from start to finish.  There is virtually no information on the record itself save for the chemical make up of LSD, a pink obi strip that is individually numbered and the title of the record on the sleeve and that's it. No track titles, no recording information, no dates, no nothing.  And really the lack of information just adds to the utter mystery of the sonics pouring out of these perverse grooves.  If you like the daring and dark aesthetics of Throbbing Gristle then venture further into the shadows with Nord to find new depths of depravity!  Sooooooooooooooooo Recommended.

 

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LP - Parka Bruthuz UK - Parkas Full Of Posey - $11.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

After spinning the second Parka Bruthuz UK lp "^H" constantly, we were tipped off to the fact that copies of their first album from 2008 "Parkas Full Of Posey" were still floating around.  So of course we jumped at the chance to grab a stack!  "^H" was such a twisted and mesmerizing sonic trip, we had to know what came before it, and "Parkas Full…" does not disappoint! 


This mysterious Chicagoland duo concocts a wicked and distorted mix of psych damaged post punk, weirdo industrial bent electro and off-kilter new wave pop on their first album, keeping us guessing with every turn.  Funky angular guitars collide with circuit bent synths, pitch shifted vocals float over the analogue drum machine grooves and as these songs progress a wall of outsider sounds (worthy of the best kraut and psych lps) will engulf you and yer hi-fi.


Plenty of mad genius style studio wizardry is going on here too (ie, David Axelrod, Residents, Conny Plank, DJ Shadow) with guitars, synths and all sorts of other warped effects / tape loops blending together into some lysergic trip hop swirl.  This first effort is a little more out there than "^H" but those leftfield melodies we love are still there in full force.  


Not sure what albums these guys have next to their turntables at home (maybe some Brain / Ralph Records and definitely some UK post punk and early psych rock), or quite how to categorize this lp, but rest assured "Parka Full…" is one strange and definitely unique trip you need to take.   SUPER RECOMMENDED!!!!!!!

 

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LP - Parka Bruthuz UK - ^H - $11.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

We've been blowin' through those Pentaject Corporation LPs lately and since we got them directly from the band it's no surprise really that those folks hipped us to this mysterious Chicago duo that features a member of Pentaject. 

 

Parka Bruthuz is a collaborative effort between two individuals with wildly exciting musical tastes.  This music is utterly unique; totally far-out weirdness while simultaneously super catchy.  Strange synth-pop fuses with psyched out guitar effects, pulsing beats, sexy bass lines, looped oddities and some eerie almost whispered vocals to create some truly original sounds.   Circuit bent electro industrial funk that is lush, hypnotic and cool as a cucumber!

 

It's really hard to compare Parka Bruthuz to other groups but if you dig stuff like Can, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Cheveu, Smalts or Residents/Ralph Records then you should definitely check out Parka Bruthuz pronto.  Some truly fried weirdo outsider tunes for the strangest of trips.  "^H" is Parka Bruthuz second album originally released in 2010.  Massively Recommended.

 

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LP - Pentaject Corporation - Pentaject Has A Better Way - $11.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

LIMITED TO 100 COPIES

 

We scored a very small batch of this ultra-limited reissue of one of the more obscure early 80's Chicago post-punk/outsider acts Pentaject Corporation.  This was originally released in 1981 and the band has now repressed in an edition of 100.  After the break up of a group called The Bugs, Bob Brink and John Nelles founded Pentaject Corporation, named after Brink's fathers company of the same name.  Lyrical content was inspired by the company's business of rubber injection molding and the tunes consist of lo-fi recordings of guitar, drums and echoed vocals.  We're hearing hints of Ralph Records leanings, UK DIY cassette culture vibes, some Hardcore Devo, Urinals, 100 Flowers, Flying Lizards,  Electric Eels, deconstructed experimental r'n'r and some truly original sounds made from a duo that seemed to work in isolation.  The tracks are skeletal, angular, herky jerky and idiosyncratic oddities about rubber and rubber manufacturing lending even more to the truly outsider quality of the sounds found within these grooves.  Pentaject Corporation self-released several cassettes and a 7in single that is long out of print and highly collectible. Information on this group is next to nil on the internet and what little we do know was provided directly from the band themselves.   So act fast, cuz this was pressed in such a small quantity that this is surely to be as sought after as the original.  Super Recommended.


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LP - Velvet Underground - The Legendary Guitar Amp Tapes - $17.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"I don’t consider myself a guitarist, but since I really like to play guitar, I can consider myself a guitar player, someone who plays with the guitar, I like its sound, I like it to sound awkward, not like your typical guitar sounds, that’s why people like Keith Rowe, Sonny Sharrock, Keiji Haino and Derek Bailey are so important to me, because they saw guitar technique as just the beginning of how far the guitar sound could be taken.

Let me add one more name, Lou Reed, Lou in his time with the legendary Velvet Underground did more for changing the face of rock guitar than many others, Lou´s sound was so revolutionary, I read in an interview that Lou wanted to sound like Ornette Coleman, he wanted his guitar to sound like a free jazz sax, he overloaded the sound with volume and effects in order to make it sound like a sax, I Heard Her Call My Name is an instant classic of guitar fire, few rock n roll moments have that intensity on guitar, Lou was nearly reaching free jazz heaven from a rock n roll base.

But the Velvet underground, was more than Lou´s guitar, there was Sterling Morrison’s distinctive guitar playing, a righteous cross between jangle guitar and krautish monotony, Sterling guitar playing was nearly metronomic in the Velvets dynamics, minimal in its pyrotechnics, but vital in its propulsive rhythms, and talking about rhythms you had Maureen Tucker, known for her minimal kick-snare beats, so influential to future garage rockers, punks and hardcore crowds.
On top of that you had Lou and John Cale´s fiery duos, or duels, either way they set any place on fire, or emptied the rooms, Cale was a sound terrorist either on bass, keyboards or his insanely played viola, Cale knew exactly what he was doing, setting noise on a pop context, giving his raspy viola sound to the VU´s tender ballads or their galloping rockers.

But The Legendary Guitar Amp Tapes makes little justice to the Velvet as a group, it was made by putting a recording device inside Lou´s amp, so what we got basically here is the sound of Lou´s incendiary leads, accompanied backed very far by the rest of the group, don´t dismay, as the songs sound just as you know them, except vocals and certain details are left behind (you can use it as the VU´s karaoke-tape), here you have the unique chance to listen to a guitar player who stood ahead of its time, who applied free jazz improvisational techniques on a rock format, a player who wasn’t afraid of going all the way and applied Ornette Coleman harmolodics to his guitar technique.

Lou´s guitar style was so unique, with the rock n roll fire of Chuck Berry, the perception of the guitar as a universal sound tool of Roger McGuinn and the eternal influence of the aforementioned Coleman, little understood in his own time, “noise” and “incompetent” tags added by contemporaries were simply crushed when Lou´s influence grew enormous with the passing of time, as the punks adopted the VU´s as sonic fathers in the 70s, the new wavers even adopted the Velvets as ideology source (and even The Cars´ Rick Ocasek stole Lou´s image), and the “alternative” rockers of the 90s and 00´s adopted the band as icons (just ask the Strokes or The Killers, who simply are redoing the VU´s old tight avant pop)

In case you still think Lou is and old guy irrelevant to rock today, this is the place for you to start, but if you think Lou is irrelevant, you shouldnt be here in the first place." - headheritage.co.uk" - Tummy Tapes

 

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LP - Various Artists - The Ecstasy Of Gold: 31 Killer Bullets From The Spaghetti West Vol. 5 - 2xLP - $23.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"Vol. 5 in this essential and peerless series. Selected from one of the most complete Spaghetti Western audio archives, this series showcases the most inspired tracks in this legendary genre. Digging deep to excavate a treasure trove of obscure and rarely-heard tracks by some of the genre's greatest composers and vocalists, Ecstasy of Gold is the definitive series for aficionados of Euro-Western films and the music that they created. Loud gunshots with reverb and echo appear with the first image of a lawless killer riding a horse... a punchy & trebly bass guitar seeps into your brain as he draws his pistol... a hair-raising scream, half-melodic, half-banshee, spews forth from the speakers as blood splatters yet again onto the desert floor. The audio soundtrack to the Italian version of the American West is flamboyant, brutal, intense, and unforgiving. Songs composed for the Italian Westerns of the 1960s and 1970s have become a genre all unto themselves. There were hundreds of European Westerns during this period and the majority of them were made by Italian directors and scored by Italian composers. Crying trumpets, exploding surf guitars, thundering drums, droning organs, dramatic vocal performances, and innovative special effects were woven into a wild and violent desert backdrop creating that undeniable Spaghetti Western sound heard on this record. The most famous of all the Italian soundtrack composers is Ennio Morricone and his music for the Italian Western is guaranteed to inspire and amaze until the end of time itself. But there were many other great and legendary maestros who scored their share of Westerns, and this compilation presents transcendent, brilliant, and challenging tracks from the likes of: Bruno Nicolai, Gianni Ferrio, Francesco De Masi, Marcello Giombini, Luis Bacalov, Stelvio Cipriani, Alessandro Alessandroni, Nora Orlandi, Nico Fidenco, Piero Umiliani, and many others. 2LP gatefold in a limited edition pressing of 750 copies." - Semi-Automatic Records

 

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LP - Jack Ruby - Jack Ruby - $19.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

BACK IN STOCK!!!

 

FINALLY legendary and mysterious no-wave art punks Jack Ruby get their full length debut on wax after three decades of virtually being forgotten thanks to Feeding Tube Records!!!!!  We're jumping for joy and so is Byron Coley, so let's get the story straight from the source -

 

"Back when Thurston and I were working on our book about the New York No Wave scene, a key mystery we hoped to unravel was the one surrounding the band Jack Ruby. I knew George Scott had been in the band, along with Chris Gray, but we were never able to nail down any hard info. Lydia Lunch and Rudolph Grey both had blazing memories of their weirdness, originality and power, but no one could turn up anything solid. Time passed, the book came out and -- chuffed by the fact we'd name-checked the band in the book -- some of the participants began to emerge. Weasel Walter got his hands on a great tape of material which he released on CD (most of which is reprised here), and bits and pieces of the band's story continued to roll out. They'd actually formed in 1973 with Boris Policeband on electric viola and Randy Cohen on Serge synthesizer. The two pretty much constant members were guitarist Gray and singer Robin Hall. They'd done a demo for Epic. The original band never played live, etc., kind of crazy. Then a batch of old tapes was found in Pennsylvania. We sent them to Don Fleming who transferred and catalogued them for us, and we were totally blown away by what he was uncovering. 'Hit and Run' and 'Mayonnaise' are the original line-up recorded in a small Times Square Studio. Boris left after that and they recorded the Epic session as a trio. That's 'Bored Stiff,' 'Bad Teeth,' and 'Sleep Cure.' The other songs were recorded by the later, performing version of the band with Chris and George and another (all but anonymous) person or two. They played five live shows, featuring crawling dolls, buzzing dildos and the cracked Rocket From The Tombs sort of sound they'd evolved. The last one was in November '77 at Max's with Vivienne Dick's then-boyfriend, Stephen Barth on vocals. And the shit may be lo-fi at times, but it is genuinely fucked and a real pleasure to hear nonetheless." --Byron Coley; Edition of 600. Includes download code with purchase. Volume Two coming soon." - Feeding Tube Records

 

WOW, talk about a band ahead of its time.  Jack Ruby borrowed the feedback damage from the Velvets, started fucking up RnR around the same time (and the same ways) as Electric Eels, X_X and Rocket From The Tombs, brought synthesizers into punk before the Screamers and was creating/destroying the "no wave" sound of DNA / Mars before most of the kids even discovered their first Ramones lp.  UgExplode Records did issue a comp cd before, and Saturday Records did issue a "Hit And Run" single a few years ago, but "Jack Ruby" is the definitive statement from this noise caked destructo, running-off-the-rails band of NYC misfits.   Songs like "Bored Stiff" "Bad Teeth" "Mayonnaise" and of course "Hit And Run" were life changing anthems for those few people who heard them live back in the 70s, and those fans count as some of the most important musicians in the late 70s/early 80s art rock / punk scenes.   And well now they can be yer anti-rock anthems too.  FURIOUSLY RECOMMENED!!!!!!  And super limited.  No sleeping!!!!!!!

 

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LP - Black Nasty - Talking To The People - Reissue - $19.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"Talking To The People is the debut release from the Detroit group BLACK NASTY that was originally issued on Stax-Enterprise Records in 1973. The album features socially conscious songs that reflected the reality of black urban life in the early 1970s. Fans of early Funkadelic will find much to their liking with this funk-soul-rock underground classic. Reissued on 180 gram vinyl by 4 Men With Beards." - 4 Men With Beards

 

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LP - Dan Melchior Und Das Menace - Hunger - $15.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"The first time I heard Dan Melchior I felt betrayed that no one had turned my ear to his strange sounds before then. The LP was called Hello, I’m Dan Melchior and it starts with the line ‘I once did mushrooms with Björk…’ Goddamn, he had me at mushrooms.  “Since then, I’ve been blessed with unearthing several of his masterpieces from LP bins all around the world. Dan has made mighty and copious marks upon the world of wax. Every record is a wade through the primordial poem-brain that is Dan Melchior’s creative force. “What we have here is a fabulous collection of classic Melchior und das Menace. We asked, he let us dig through the archive, and lo and behold: Hunger, a grip of unreleased Melchior gold. It will take less than ten seconds for the high to kick in after the rush of greasy guitars consume you at the get-go of ‘A Wizard Doesn’t Need a Computer.’ And yes, he’s taking the piss.  “I’ve also been lucky enough to do some touring with him and his lovely wife and co-conspirator Letha. They may be the only white cats I know who don’t look weird in dashikis. I wish I was kidding…quite comely. Letha has been duking it out with a heavy illness, and although strong as ever, the bills are piling up and they could always use a hand. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of this record will go to aid them in this fight. Here’s a link to the website, should you feel the urge to donate otherwise: http://melchiorfund.blogspot.com/ “So please dig in with open ears and hearts. Let Dan melt your brains as he has ours at Castle Face.” —John Dwyer" - Castle Face

 

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LP - Dead Space - Faker - $12.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

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"Who amongst us hasn’t pondered how good Joy Division might’ve been had they been recorded by Spot (NOT SPOT LONG OF TRAILER SPACE, ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?) instead of Martin Hannett? Don’t all raise your hands at once.

OK, maybe I’m the only one that’s woken up in the middle of the night grappling with that particular “what if?” But I’ll bet I’m not not nearly the only person that’s about to be poleaxed by The Dead Space’s long-awaited debut album, ‘Faker’, expertly recorded by Ian Rundell. The trio of bassist/vocalist Quin Galavis, guitarist Garrett Hadden and drummer Jenny Arthur have been honing their craft in Austin, TX since high school, but after a 7” on Hadden’s excellent Thread Pull label (Flesh Lights, Foreign Mothers), a song on the second ‘Casual Victim Pile’ comp. (12XU, 2012) the moment is long overdue for The Dead Space to put-it-all-together. And that’s exactly what they’ve done —this is a band whose blend of tension, fragility and genuine muscle —certainly in the spirit of avowed influences like Joy Division, Bauhaus and Swans without being remotely copyist ——has never been nearly this confident or incandescent.

We’re a couple of years past The Dead Space making the good-to-great leap ; at present, they’re in the middle of that awkward period I like to call the “How Have You Assholes Slept On This Amazing Band?” Stage. And while the recent notoriety of their other projects might elevate The Dead Space’s profile a tad (ie. Galavis’ beautiful solo works or the heavier jams laid down with Nazi Gold, Hadden’s recent participation in Ghetto Ghouls), ‘Faker’’ Is The Real Deal. Like Evander Holyfield. Don’t be a fucking Charley Steiner." - 12XU

 

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LP - Death Blues - Non-Fiction - $26.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"Death Blues is a multi-disciplinary project by Jon Mueller that addresses the inevitability of death as impetus to become fully present in each moment. Non-Fiction is the third musical installment in the larger Death Blues project, and the first for SIGE Records. Non-Fiction opens with a single and insistent pulse, the foundation upon which two side-long pieces that comprise the album are built. Serving as a thematic anchor, the rhythmic cycles propelling the compositions are the album's lifeblood - ceaselessly active, blossoming in permutated variations through drumkit, various percussion, guitars, and voice. Movements contract and expand, sparsely rendered themes increase in density reaching maximum saturation, all are infused with a sense of spirited determination. Constructed through the implementation of ostensibly rock-based idiom, the sound of Death Blues transcends form through the sheer intensity of its immersive qualities. Hammered guitars, interlocking percussive patterns and overlapping chants guides the listener into the present moment - to live in, with and through the insistent vibrancy of song. The compositions invite us into a space both meditative and jarring, alien yet familiar, disconcerting and comforting. Most significantly, they are born from a place of pure expression, discarding mere existence, in favor of devotion to a life fully lived." - Sige

 

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LP - Deep Freeze Mice - Best Of 1979-1989 - $16.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"THE DEEP FREEZE MICE were an English post punk/weirdo, pop/DIY band from Leicester; they released ten albums between 1979 and 1989 on their own labels Mole Embalming and the still running Cordelia Records. The band also gained a bit of post existence notice by their inclusion on the Nurse With Wound list and through the Messthetics compilation series. The original lineup consisted of guitarist/vocalist ALAN JENKINS, bassist MICK BUNNAGE (THE STATICS), keyboardist SHERREE LAWRENCE, and drummer GRAHAM SUMMERS (also of The Statics), which remained intact until the release of the band's third record, The Gates of Lunch. After the departure of Summers and the acquisition of replacement PETE GREGORY, the lineup remained until their breakup in 1989. Leader Jenkins (who was also involved with the CHRYSTANTHEMUMS and RUTH’s REFRIGERATOR during the existence of Deep Freeze Mice) continued afterwards in the CREAMS and the THURSTON LAVA TUBE while maintaining Cordelia Records.  In origin, the Deep Freeze Mice started out in the informal, confidently scrappy mindset of the post punk era creating often upbeat goofy songs speaking to political topics, surrealist imagery, and science fiction. The most interesting thing about the band’s sound was a distinct approach to a kind of British classic rock sensibility with subtle flourishes of psychedelic ambiance which, when combined with their punky way of doing things, created a unique approach falling someplace between the ramshackle pop sound of The Television Personalities and Zappa style weirdoisms. This LP serves as a new release, a collection of the best of the Deep Freeze Mice. It was compiled by guitarist/vocalist Alan Jenkins.  Original Deep Freeze vinyl fetches high collector prices and we felt like a collection was necessary to re-introduce a long overlooked band whose material spanned many albums in such a diverse way. We hope you enjoy and appreciate The Deep Freeze Mice as much as we do and that this compilation provides a starting point to then look back into the band’s deep catalog." - Night People

 

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LP - Dekatron II - Dekatron II - Import - $24.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"Dekatron II is a duo formed in 2013 by Sentionaut from Spanish kosmiche act We Are The Hunters and Miguel A. Ruiz (Michel Des Airlines), a hero of post-industrial electronic music in Madrid since the early '80s with his legendary label Toracic Tapes and his project Orfeón Gagarin, praised by Asmus Tietchens and Esplendor Geométrico. On their first album they take as inspiration the beginning of computing, exploring the possibilities of the sounds of the new electronic age, using a wide array of synthesizers, generators and automatic rhythm units. A happy inter-generational encounter between two electronic musicians from Madrid, broadcasting to the whole cosmos. Music composed & recorded by Sentionaut & Michel Des Airlines, 2013/2014." - Geometrik

 

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LP - Demdike Stare - Forest Of Evil - $23.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

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"Lancashire’s sons of occult darkness push off into the night with the first in a triptych of spellbinding vinyl-only LP’s. ‘Forest Of Evil’ is a direct elevation and expansion of the ideas expressed on the debut album, ‘Symbiosis’, literally breaking down multiple elements to run as two extended pices – one on each side, giving more scope to suck us into an abyssal vortex of inky blackness without interruption. The sides are themed as ‘Dusk’ and ‘Dawn’, entry and exit points for a trip where owt can happen in between. On the palindromic ‘Dusk’ tentative strings with one eye on Alice Coltrane imbue an astral sense of wonderment before plunging us head first into the cold water of elliptical percussion. With lungs and ears flooded we’re churned in a current of Shackleton-esque percussion at the bottom of a tarn, high in the hills before returning to the coruscating strings on the surface. With ‘Dawn’ a battery of warlocks forge a martial tattoo, like Regis sent to the dark ages to live out his fantasies with a medieval drum circle. And then, out of nowhere, an ominous veil of layered strings emerges out of nothing to sweep us away with vintage elements and ghostly traces of sound last heard on the sublime last album from the Caretaker as quivering subbass tremors threaten to open the ground beneath the turntable. Approach this when under the influence of magic potions for maximum rewards…" - Modern Love

 

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LP - Demdike Stare - Liberation Through Hearing - $23.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

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"The second of three Demdike Stare albums for 2010 is upon us. Its title ‘Liberation Through Hearing’ is a direct reference to the ‘Tibetan Book Of The Dead’, an ancient text intended to guide the reader through the experience of the consciousness occurring during the interval between death and the next rebirth, a subject also hinted at in Western culture by the Skull Disco label and explored by psychonauts such as Timothy Leary. If ‘Forest Of Evil’ was the push-off, we’re deep into the session now, rendering those intermediary hours of the trip when we’re untethered from reality and deposited in the moment, an interzone of harrowing drones, acousmatic sampledelics and arcane intentions designed to create a state of psychedelic submission. The dark currents run deep, seeping from the billowing sub tones and heavenly choirs of ‘Caged In Stammheim’ , through the Köner-like spherical bell hum and grazed shellac textures of ‘Eurydice’ before craftily phasing your sense of spatial perception as ‘Regolith’ expands to the five corners of audition. Further in, ‘The Stars Are Moving’ flickers with electro-static pulses and petrified key changes before ‘Bardo Thodol’ circles the senses with hypnotic chants and percussion. Finally the pellucid meditative drift of ’Matilda’s Dream’ brings us closer to the light, describing harmonised ambient chords and a bleak yet centred sense of self." - Modern Love

 

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LP - Demdike Stare - Voices Of Dust - $23.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

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"This is the third and final part in a series of three vinyl-only albums to be released by the UK's Demdike Stare aka Miles Whittaker (MLZ, Pendle Coven) and Sean Canty (Finders Keepers) in 2010. Voices Of Dust opens with an analog tape drone that seems to suck the light out of whatever environment you might find yourself in, powering up Demdike's machinery for the bellydance disco assault of "Hashshashin Chant" that follows. "Repository Of Light" takes another diversion, this time wading through the gaseous environs that made the MVO trio's debut album so memorable, before "Desert Ascetic" flips things over for a dusted, relentless assault on the souk. The album ends with the decaying loops of "A Tale Of Sand," leaving you with a bittersweet aftertaste and absolutely no sense of closure whatsoever." - Modern Love

 

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LP - Digital Dance - Total Erasement - Import - $15.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"Life and death of a Belgian cult band Digital Dance comin' directly from the Brussels punk scene. Prior to forming Digital Dance in Brussels, in the summer of 1978, Jerry WX (voice and guitar) and Stephan Barbery (guitar) were closely involved in the local punk scene. Jerry WX played with Chainsaw, the very first Brussels punk band in 1976, and a year later with X-Pulsion. Stephan Barbery played with Thrills from 1977 to 1978. During this period, X-Pulsion, Thrills, and a third band called Streets played many gigs together, often swapping instruments and members. (See Sub Rosa's recent Punk in Brussels 1977-1979 compilation). Despite their difficult reputation and lack of commercial success, Digital Dance built up a cult following, even having the support of John Peel in the UK. Between 1979 and 1981, Digital Dance released three singles and performed several notable live concerts as an opening act for Magazine and Siouxsie And The Banshees. The various members subsequently played in groups as diverse as Fad Gadget, Marine, The Revenge, Kid Montana, Noh Mask, The Names, Snowy Red, The Weathermen, etc. Digital Dance performed their last live show in 1981. There was no definite end of the band but they didn't play together between 1982 and 1998. Sadly, Jerry died in 2000. Last, but not least, the punk years in Brussels generated many fanzines. Digital Dance also published Digital Magazine. This LP includes the very last and unreleased issue of Digital Magazine. Pressed on limited marbled black and silver vinyl. Includes an insert." - Sub Rosa

 

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LP - Electric Citizen - Sateen - $19.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

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"Lovingly pinched from Ninehertz: Despite a plethora of female fronted retro doom albums over the last twelve months or so, I’m excited to hear Electric Citizen as the growing genre still has much to offer, and also offers a potential brighter antedote to the doom and gloom blackened metal I’ve been purging on of late.
Instantly attractive, the doom sound is breezily lightened by a 60s rock deftness that was mastered so well by Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats last year. The opening ‘Beggar’s Need’ is fantastic, a joyous chorus bringing to mind a more pertinent reference, given the similarity in vocals, of Purson.
Elsewhere, there are restricted inputs of organ and other instruments, recalling, inevitably, Blood Ceremony, with the haunting ‘Hawk Nightingale’ notably atmospheric, and the tapestry of rural shires conceived on ‘Shallow Water’, the latter closing in on a Steppenwolf-esque organ-assisted rock-out fashion, brilliantly.
There’s much going on from the base template, full on Sabbathian rocking numbers fraternising with almost Krautrock psych passages, providing the building blocks to an album that feels alive, and never tiresome, leaving you wanting more at the end of its nine tracks." - NINEHERTZ.CO.UK

 

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LP - Garment District - If You Take Your Magic Slow - $16.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"If You Take Your Magic Slow is the debut full-length LP from multi-instrumentalist JENNIFER BARON’s THE GARMENT DISTRICT, with help from a few friends and family—her cousin LUCY BLEHAR provides lead vocals throughout. If You Take Your Magic Slow is very much a structured album with its diverse track list meticulously strung together. A mix of surreal instrumentals and subtle turns conjures outdoor walks in transitional atmospheres and landscapes, nature hikes in the city, sunny days that are okay with becoming cloudy, warm music full of feeling that remains comfortably easy-going despite the meticulous care given to its sophisticated orchestration and arrangements. This eclecticism creates something complex yet accessible, loose but direct. Baron mixes pastoral psychedelia with artful minimalist post-punk experimentation and a subtle approach to library music, soundtracks as “pop,” with just enough droney dreamy color to fill it all in. If You Take Your Magic Slow doesn’t follow any templates or gimmicks: its focus is on being true to its musicality, songwriting, and honest approach to compelling contemporary easy listening—something we are quite fond of. A perfect summertime record. Edition of 400 copies." - Night People

 

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LP - Growing Pains - 17 Songs About The Same Girl - $17.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

 "This album's title is not a joke: Hamtramck, Michigan's GROWWING PAINS have written a debut album's worth of songs all about one special lady. (Though according to Urinal Cake head Eric Love, they initially wrote 22 songs about her.) Whoever she is, she's quite the muse—this album is completely great. Growwing Pains' sunny melodies, use of keys, and powerful delivery recalls the manic joy of the Barbaras. There's something frantic and desperate about the tone of songs like ‘Tonight.’ Then, after a full album high energy rock songs, things comes to a comparatively gentle finish with the jangling hum of ‘Ellen's False Teeth.’ Since there's a firm concept in place, the song titles offer a glimpse into the stories within: ‘Toothpaste,’ ‘Call Me Up,’ ‘Turn Off the Lights,’ ‘Misogynist,’ ‘Break Up.’ All 17 songs offer catchy, diverse melodies."—Evan Minsker, Pitchfork" - Urinal Cake

 

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LP - Luluc - Passerby - Loser Edition - $14.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"I’ve played Passerby on repeat, for months it was the only album I wanted to listen to.” -Matt Berninger (The National)

 

In a world where instant gratification is the norm, patience has become a rare commodity. But for Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett, who make up indie-folk duo Luluc (pronounced Loo-LUKE), letting things unfold in due time not only defines their career trajectory, it also works as a pretty good description of their approach to making music. Music that Sub Pop co-founder Jonathan Poneman describes as “bracing, subtle, tender and magnificent”.

So while it may seem like Randell and Hassett’s history is littered with all kinds of good luck—from their initial meeting, to their relationship with The National’s Aaron Dessner, to their deal with Sub Pop, to grabbing the attention of Nick Drake’s producer—being in the right place at the right time isn’t just about fate. It’s about knowing when something feels right and having the confidence that people will respond when they’re ready.

The wait is over. The world is ready to hear Luluc quiet and clear." - Sub Pop

 

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LP - Mac Blackout Band - Mac Blackout Band - $16.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"For the uninitiated, the best way we can explain MBB is that they should have been the band playing in that boardwalk scene in Lost Boys, instead of the oily saxed up beefcake. For those in the know, yes, this is MAC BLACKOUT’s (MICKEY, DAILY VOID and THE FUNCTIONAL BLAKCOUTS) newest band. He is back in the glam punk game. This LP is full of screams, synths, and shredding solos. Everything you could want from this master of modern punk. Edition of 300 copies with 2-color risograph poster." - Pelican Pow Wow

 

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LP - Matthew Young - Recurring Dreams - $16.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"New New Age, New Schmew Age! Don't believe the hype - ambient sounds of one kind of another have been happening for a long time, like maybe even forever! With apologies (and clear skies) to Paul Horn, the gentle sound of humans approximating the humming of All Things goes way on back to when Gregorian chants were a real big thing!. Or maybe even earlier. And besides that, the Yoga gang and we were reissuing the electonic sounds of Matthew Young all the way back in 2010! So you can stick your facile trend where the time don't end. Cause that's where we are - eternity! Yeah, digging the pulse of the universe of the naif electronics on Recurring Dreams. So soothing. So natural. So...itself. And that's what we all want to be, right? Here to help us level up for the first time on LP since '81 is Matthew Young's Recurring Dreams. Back again, as promised!" - Drag City

 

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LP - Monuments - Age - Import - $21.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"Mannequin Records are pleased to present a crown jewel of the early '80s Italian minimal synth scene. The Monuments came into being in January 1981 in Turin when Mauro Tavella (keyboards, programming) and Andrea Costa (keyboards, voice) pooled their artistic experiences. From the outset, they produced exclusively synthesized music, following the natural evolution in electronic music from the early days with monophonic synthesizers to the latest virtual sounds generated with the aid of computers. The Monuments released in 1984 their only official record on Discordie, a mini-LP called Age, comprising six incredibly fantastic electro-pop tracks, here reissued by Mannequin Records with two bonus tracks, "Veiled Lady" and "The Seals," which are outtakes from the same period. All the tracks were recorded on a Tascam 8-track, with external synchronization of the percussion, at the TKS Studio in Torino. From 1987 onwards, they focused exclusively on music for theater, radio and independent film, writing scores for the opening sequences of programs for some of the most important Italian TV companies as well as soundtracks for documentaries. Anna Logue Records released XXVII CD in 2009, an anthology of their music that contains the best of their early work from the years 1981-1984. Some critics thought of this mini-LP as the best electro-pop record ever to come out of Italy. A masterpiece. Strongly recommended for fans of New Order, Kraftwerk, Chromagain, and Lisfrank. Artwork reworked from the original cover from 1984. Limited edition of 300 copies." - Mannequin

 

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LP - OBN IIIs - Live In San Francisco - $15.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"Castle Face Records presents the latest installment of the Live in San Francisco series, courtesy of OBN III’s (Tic Tac Totally, 12XU, Matador).  “If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s this: Don’t buy drugs from strangers on the street while wasted. A simple yet effective rule. Evidently no one told these reckless Texans, OBN III’s. We’ve captured them at their sweatiest for our Live in San Francisco series at the Chapel, from the kickoff shows of the tour with Thee Oh Sees last fall…. “These dudes are animals, period. This live recording is mixed like a hot pan on the brain, and it captures the raw live energy of a great OBN III’s show. Just about every night from note one, Orville [Bateman Neeley III] is in the crowd touching faces of fans and making OBN virgins uncomfortable. Let them touch your face (ewww).” —John Dwyer" - Castle Face

 

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LP - Roedelius - Flieg Vogel Fliege - Import - $21.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"Bureau B presents Flieg Vogel fliege by Hans-Joachim Roedelius, released by Sky Records in 1982. Flieg Vogel fliege (trans. "Fly Bird Fly") is the fifth installment of the "Selfportrait" series, with musical sketches and ideas recorded by Roedelius between the years of 1973 and 1979 on a Revox tape machine in his living room. In contrast to the previous self-portraits, which he left untouched, Roedelius revised these recordings and embellished them with further tracks. "Measured against its predecessors, however, the audio quality is notably superior on this edition. Roedelius clearly improved the sound of the old tapes in the process of compiling the pieces at the Erpel Studio in Vienna, also taking the opportunity to add a few tracks. Strictly speaking, these relatively complex multi-track recordings can no longer be bracketed together with the fleeting sketches as heard on the earlier albums. Now and again, they bear a resemblance to the character of the Cluster LP Sowiesoso. Having arrived in Austria following a protracted lean period, Roedelius finally had the chance to work in a studio which was not only well-equipped, but was also run by a kindred spirit sound engineer. The favorable working conditions, a myriad of new impressions and, by no means least, his personal happiness, saw Roedelius and his music flourish. This is discernable on Flieg Vogel fliege, even if only some of the music was created in his new adopted home. If complete insouciance, the acceptance of little musical mistakes and inaccuracies were symptomatic of the earlier self-portraits, then a mild formal rigor runs through this volume. Not that Roedelius allows this to hinder him in any way. The joy of playing and talent for improvisation celebrate a cheerful resurrection once again. His spontaneity and exuberance, the ability to express thoughts and feelings through music, none of this was lost. This confirms Flieg Vogel fliege as an authentic and undisguised Roedelius portrait. With a little patina, perhaps. But music by the same man today reveals exactly the same individual, perhaps a little wiser, and of course, some years older. And there you have it: Roedelius is and shall remain the merry fool from the jardin au fou." --Asmus Tietchens" - Bureau B

 

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LP - Siinai - Supermarket - Import - $23.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"LP version with CD. Finnish four-piece Siinai makes a triumphant return with psychedelia-infused concept album Supermarket. The instrumental quartet released their Nordic Music Prize-nominated debut Olympic Games (Splendour) to international acclaim in 2011, elevating the project beyond the thriving Helsinki experimental-rock community. The quartet then joined forces with the ever-prolific Moonface to create the dark and moving collaboration album Heartbreaking Bravery (Jagjaguwar), tirelessly touring the album throughout Europe and North America until they decided to return underground and begin work on the new material. Conceived as a soundtrack for the supermarket nations, Siinai's Supermarket is a hypnotic odyssey through the shelves and the colorful aisles of the subconscious." - Splendour

 

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LP - Stoic Violence - Chained - $15.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"California's Stoic Violence have released their new Chained 12" via Deranged. This fucker rages, so fans of softer melodic-punk, two words that arguably shouldn't go together, this will not compute. But for those of you who grew up on a staple of nihilistic hardcore punk, settle in... you're in for the long haul." - Noisey.com" - Deranged

 

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LP - Swell Maps - Archive Recordings Volume 1 - Wastrels And Whippersnappers - Import - $19.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"The early, wild and experimental home recordings of Swell Maps, released on vinyl for the first time. "In the context of our hum-drum hometown, I think that it's safe to say that we were all oddballs, and we gravitated to each other because we got our kicks by making sounds. It was the only thing that seemed to help us to make sense of the world around us, and it was also bloody good fun! Nikki and Phones started to play together in 1972, and Epic soon joined in on percussion. I was a schoolmate with Nikki, and I was inspired by them to start making music as well. I managed to buy a second-hand guitar from a rich kid at school in 1973, and we would all play together in various combinations of two or three, according to who was around. Nikki was the only one of us into singing at this time, but he was encouraging me and the others to vocalize as well. John started to play with us in 1975, I think. He would invent some tunes with unusual riffs and time signatures. Richard joined our little scene later in 1976. It was unusual for any four of us to play together at the same time, but when we went to our first recording session in 1977, there were six of us in the studio, but only four playing instruments. Richard was driving us in his mother's car and he ended up singing on one of the songs, 'Ripped and Torn.' Phones did not want to play live on stage, so with Richard we made up the four-piece version of the band which became our regular line-up for gigs. In the studios, it was more flexible -- we were more of a co-operative, with all six members coming along with tunes and ideas, and even confidently improvising tracks on the spur-of-the-moment. Because we had no money for 'professional' equipment, we would play various guitars though small amplifiers and old radio sets, plus an old army surplus speaker cabinet that I had picked up. Epic saved up for a snare drum, then a hi-hat and later a bass drum to gradually add to the options we had for making sounds. I got hold of a ratty old bass guitar which I hacked up a bit in my dad's garage. I found a balalaika which made a dreadful din, and bought a brand-new zither from Woolworths, of all places! We also had some primitive electronic effects made by a friend, including a ring modulator, a tremolo and a terrific fuzz box. We made good use of found objects, household objects such as cushions, trays, kitchen utensils and a fire bellow. For one session we used some items I found in a toy shop which were made for the strange noises used in teddy bears. We also used radio sets to make random noise, and manipulated old records on turntables. Epic devised a way of manipulating an air lock in the household plumbing to make a bizarre, alarming random rhythm! Nikki set up our solitary microphone on a camera tripod. Phones devised a guitar which could fold in half; I still cannot work that out! He also discovered that headphones could be adapted to use as a microphone. We would often record on a variety of portable cassette machines in mono, but John had a fancy reel-to-reel machine that he'd bring along for special occasions. Most of our music was made in secret, like a fiendish experiment, and we never had a notion at the time of a career in music until we made the quantum leap of making a record, but that is another story." " - Munster Records

 

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LP - Thomas Edisun's Electric Light Bulb Band - The Red Day Album - Import - $25.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"One of the most exciting finds of the recent years is this previously unreleased album from 1967 by this obscure US psychedelic band, recorded around the same time of their ultra-rare ‘Common Attitude’ 45, (famous for appearing on the “Alien, Psychos & Wild Things” comp). Lead by the great Richard Orange, Thomas Edisun played Beatlesque, psychedelic-pop, proto power-pop of the highest order with amazing songs and incredible harmony vocals. In 1967, just after ‘Sgt. Pepper’ had came out, the band decided to register their own psychedelic masterpiece, so they entered a rudimentary studio and recorded a whole album during a weekend, under the influence of “smoking” and “mind altering” substances. The album was never released, the tapes were stored in attics and basements and the band broke up with some of their members forming cult power-pop band Zuider Zee. *Remastered Sound from the original tapes *Insert with photos and detailed liner notes by Jeremy Cargill (Ugly Things / Got Kinda Lost). *Repro of their rare “Common Attitude” / “No one’s been here for weeks” single." - Guerssen

 

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LP - Various Artists - Imaginations - Psychedelic Sounds From The Young Blood, Beacon and Mother Labels 1969-1974 - Import - $25.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"Famous in collector circles for being the home of rare progressive/psych albums such as Salamander, Julian’s Treatment or Moonkyte, Miki Dallon’s group of labels also released many obscure 45s during the late 60s / early 70s. Here’s a selection of the most psychedelic sounding ones plus some overlooked LP-only tracks. From Mod-Psych to Hard-Rock, from Psychedelic Pop to early Glam, including the devastating hard-psych sounds of Taiconderoga (featuring a young, pre-Damned Brian James!), Small Faces mod influenced sounds by Revolver, Moog psych / proto-glam by The Damned and much more. Remastered sound, insert with informative liner notes and pictures / memorabilia from the Miki Dallon archives." - Guerssen

 

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LP - Various Artists - La Ciudad Secreta - The Experimental Sounds Of Barcelona 1971-1991 - Import 3xLP - $34.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"At the end of the 1960s, perhaps due to its proximity to Paris, Barcelona had become the forefront of the avant-garde and the entryway in Spain of new forms of cultural expression from Europe and the United States. Musically, that characteristic resulted in a middle-class underground that would play the part of a late local counterculture which gave birth to the so-called Barcelonés progressive rock of 1969-1973. It featured bands such as Máquina!, Om, Música Dispersa, and so on. Material from that period would take decades to be re-appreciated and get the same reissue treatment as Barcelona's jazz-rock scene, its continuation, and punk, its executioner, the latter two being particularly prolific genres in Barcelona in the late '70s and '80s. Concurrent with progressive rock, the trigger for another explosion of creativity -- still more prolific and experimental and, consequently, more obscure and marginal -- was developing in the underground of the city. This movement, breaking away from free jazz, branched out throughout two decades into electronic, punk, industrial, improvisation, noise music, art rock and even singer-songwriter music. It wasn't so much a scene, technically speaking, as it was an eclectic series of individuals and circumstances which Munster has the privilege of compiling here in the interest of recovering a lost legacy. It's a legacy that collectively we could and should value as something as stimulating and multi-faceted as that of Krautrock, the Canterbury scene or Rock In Opposition. That eclectic experimental eruption also encouraged the first known independent record labels in Spain and likewise served as a laboratory for new technologies, rethinking formats and declaring strategies. The artists of the experimental frontline collected here make up a dynamic melting pot that's still surprising in its color and its idiosyncrasies, in its innovative sounds and in its capacity for survival in a hostile environment. This movement also established valuable connections in France and England, taking part in a fruitful exchange with networks like mail art, the International Cassette Network and independent radio, in particular the local station Radio PICA, where many of the musicians in Barcelona had their own programs. Some of the keys to that ubiquity were self-management and self-released recordings, cooperativism and DIY ethics. This included the invention of a set of technologies that produced signal generators, oscillators, synthesizers and other homemade devices. Still, you would need an entire book -- there is one in fact, published only in Spanish -- to get the whole picture of this intrepid adventure. The 29 songs compiled here, all remastered, mostly unreleased and nearly impossible to find, give testimony of that adventure, about its existence and its timelessness. The 12-page booklet features extensive notes in English by journalist Jaime Gonzalo, plus numerous band photos and memorabilia." - Munster Records

 

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LP - Various Artists - Trapped: Sixteen R n B And Early Soul Stompers - Import - $19.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"Sixteen never-before-reissued R'n'B and early soul stompers, compiled by Jordi Duró. Killer! Artists include: Baby Dee, Terry & Jerry, The Knockouts, J.D. & The Impressions, The Miller Sisters, Ty Terrell, The Shamans, Playboys, Honey & The Bees, The Lavenders, The Vibes, Cornell Blakely, Del Mingos, The Ideals, The Chanteers, and the Cy Wagner Orchestra." - Pancho Records

 

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LP - Various Artists - Turn To Stone Vol 3 - $17.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"Brand new collection of 16 rare, obscure and amazing mid 60s US local garage 45´s offering a mix of straight ahead boss garage rock, snotty punkers, thrilling teen coolness & magical moody winners." - Astray Records

 

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LP - Ziguri - Ziguri - Import - $25.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"Includes a CD copy of the album. "Ziguri [tsiguri]": In the Mexican Tarahumara language the word for Peyote cactus, containing the hallucinogenic alkaloid mescaline. Günter Schickert has built a reputation and following amongst friends of psychedelic music. He and Manuel Göttsching pioneered the use of the echo guitar. The solo albums Samtvogel (1974) and Überfällig (1979) have attained cult status. In 1987 Schickert founded Ziguri Ego Zoo with Udo Erdenreich and Dieter Kölsch -- friends from the Berlin theater 100 Fleck, a musical theater project which soon evolved into the band with the name Ziguri. Ziguri initially rehearsed in SO36, the legendary punk club in Berlin-Kreuzberg (subsequently finding themselves entangled in the street riots on Oranien Strasse which were a regular occurrence at the time). Their first gigs took place in squats, at street parties or underground clubs, before graduating to venues like Tacheles, Der Eimer and Schokoladen. Ziguri continued playing in this format until 1997, after which only the theater project remained, lasting until 2002. The three band members went their separate ways in the years that followed, signing up to new bands. Kölsch played with Schickert in Ponyhof and with Erdenreich in the punk combo Hagel. Both used the same rehearsal space, so the trio often found themselves gathering around in the original line-up. One evening, the famous words were spoken: "Let's put the band together again." That was in 2011. And from the first moment on, it was like they have never been apart. Picking up exactly where they have left off, Kölsch and Erdenreich hammered out a driving rhythm and Schickert layered his unique echo patterns over the top. They road-tested their live set at two concerts with Damo Suzuki (Can). As Ziguri played further shows, it dawned on them that younger listeners had bolstered up their audience, strengthening the band's decision to revive the act. Ziguri enlisted Dirk Dresselhaus as producer, better known as artist Schneider TM. The album was recorded in Schneider TM's Zone studio in just three days." - Bureau B

 

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12in - Tommy De Chirico - Close Your Eyes - Import - $14.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"A true pearl of the Italian minimal synth scene from the '80s. Tommy De Chirico founded the post-punk band Politburo in Turin during 1981 together with Maurizio Rubinetti (Sick Rose) and Massimo Aluffi (Ivan Siberia). On his own, he released the 7" Close Your Eyes/Flower Into the Factory, produced and recorded at TKS Studio by the Monuments' Mauro Tavella between 1982 and 1983 and subsequently released by Turin's Shirak Records in 1984. When Politburo split in 1986, Tommy continued to experiment with various projects and sounds, including Thugs, Quiet (with members of Monuments and Deafear), Noxeda, and Lacrimal, with whom he still plays today. Also presented here are three bonus demo tracks: a rare version of "Close Your Eyes" and two out-takes from 1983: "Vuh-Ya" and "Tuxedo Dance." The original graphic cover was realized by Bruno Zanichelli aka Pennarex, an underground artist from Turin. Strongly recommended for fans of Martin Dupont, Oppenheimer Analysis, Das Kabinette, Victrola, and Neon. " - Mannequin

 

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CD - Donato Dozzy - K - $11.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"Few artists have crafted a catalog as rich and deep as Donato Dozzy has done in minimal techno's more atmospheric realm. The Italian producer -- who also performs in the excellent Voices From The Lake duo with Neel -- has become revered for his unerring ability to create tracks that are at once ethereal and oceanic, inducing both a sense of tranquility and urgency. His debut album, K, which Further Records originally issued in 2010, stands as a towering example of Dozzy's skill for electronic music that triggers profound feelings with only a few scrupulously-selected elements. K's seven tracks offer a masterly seminar in subtly altering the grid-like beat programming that dominates techno. Dozzy puts odd emphases on certain beats and adds percussive eccentricities and effects to others. Which means that this isn't a collection of bangers geared for hands-in-the-air, goofball moves. Instead, Dozzy's working on a much more refined level, one where tricky, intricate drum patterns trump simple booming kicks -- although "K3"'s staunch, methodically funky kick and hi-hat pattern and "K5"'s swift and elegantly propulsive beats could heat up a club. The greatest pleasures of K occur in the way Dozzy's eerie, aquatic drones swirl around his well-wrought rhythms, submerging everything in a restorative, algae-tinged film. At their best, these pieces convey a Chain Reaction-like rigor and a cinematic quality (of the Jacques Cousteau variety) utterly devoid of cliché. This reissue of K reminds us that it remains a crucial component of Donato Dozzy's catalog, the first major statement in a career that's becoming a manifesto of understated, underground-techno brilliance. " - Further

 

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7in - Ghetto Ghouls - Plastic Violence b/w Things - $5.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

BLUE WAX LIMITED TO 100!!!

 

"Would it be fair to say Austin’s These Are Words decided to lay down a gauntlet of one sort or another when they changed their name to the decidedly more malevolent GHETTO GHOULS —- culled from the old lady-stomping street gang in “The Exterminator” (1980, dir - James Glickenhaus). Actually, it would be a colossal reach, the sort persons like yourself make on a daily basis, I reckon.

Fresh off a widely acclaimed debut LP for Austin’s Monofonus Press, Ghetto Ghouls have been likened to such regional predecessors as Bobby Soxx or The Dicks, but there’s echoes of X-Blank-X or ‘Live At The Witch Trails’-era Fall in their staggery swagger (especially if you play an old Fall record at the bottom of a well while listening to Ghetto Ghouls up above). In a town where the best gigs often straddle the line between parties and disasters, a ridiculously high percentage of those shows seem to occur with this quartet right in the middle of the action.

This 7” couples a pair of songs from the S/T LP sessions that either represent 12XU getting the cream of the crop or the goddamn leftovers. Think very carefully before you decide which of those two scenarios is most likely, because I’ve got a looooooong fucking memory.

RIYL : getting beer spilled on you, people not apologizing for spilling beer. " - 12XU

 

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7in - Giorgio Murderer - Primitive World - $5.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"Giorgio Murderer is Buck Biloxi’s synthetic doppelgänger, doppelgängbanging all over the place. All over your face! Where Buck Biloxi’s guitars stumble and crumble, Giorgio Murderer’s cheap synthesizer burps and passes out. Confused malevolence remains intact. This four-song EP includes a cover / homage / tribute / re-enactment of Three-Six Mafia’s “Studio Time.” " - Goner

 

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7in - Pavement - Demolition Plot J-7 (Reissue) - $15.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

NEW ON DRAG CITY

 

"Demolition Plot J-7 is the second extended play by American indie rock band Pavement, released in 1990. The EP was the band's first release on Chicago independent label Drag City, and its first release that was not self-issued. Demolition Plot J-7 shared many of the same indie and punk rock influences of Pavement's 1989 debut Slay Tracks (1933-1969), but also diversified the group's sound by incorporating keyboards.
Many of the songs on Demolition J-7 were written while Scott Kannberg and Jason Fawkes were in their short-lived band, Pa. After Stephen Malkmus heard demos recorded by Pa, the songs turned into a Pavement project. The recording session for Demolition J-7 was more difficult than for Slay Tracks due to tension between producer Gary Young and Fawkes. The EP received favorable reception from critics and fans, and solidified the band's cult fanbase." - wikipedia.com

 

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7in - Petticoats - Petticoats EP - Original 1980 Stock - $15.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

CONDITION NOTE: PICTURE SLEEVES HAVE SLIGHTLY BENT CORNERS

 

"From London came the queen of cool, miss Stef Petticoat, who released this magnificent jewel in 1980 before she moved to Berlin where she kept running the band for quite some time, and might still be doing it in one way or another today. Apart from this E.P. she appeared on several different compilations as well as other 7inches that are all well worth tracking down." - kbdrecords.com

 

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7in - Radioactivity - Danger - $7.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"It is no secret that RADIOACTIVITY are one of the hottest garage/punk acts on the planet right now. Featuring JEFF BURKE and MARK RYAN from a legendary Denton, Texas quartet the MARKED MEN, the band saw the release of their highly anticipated debut LP on Dirtnap Records as well as a-song 7” on Germany’s Alien Snatch Records in 2013. Both records were received extremely well by the press and fans alike. Continuing the legacy of their mighty predecessor, Radioactivity, offer up some of the catchiest, most infectious, tightly executed pop tunes out there. But that doesn’t mean the band is content with just following a single formula, as is evident on their latest release on Secret Mission Records. Here are two brand new songs that offer some moodier melodies and are laced with colorful if not different guitar sounds, then on their previous releases. ‘Danger’ is a contemplative number, in which singer/guitar player Jeff Burke does some deep soul searching, laid to a beautiful tune. While ‘Why’ is a more confrontational number, with bigger drum sounds. Still, as usually is the case with Radioactivity, the melody is the driving force here. This is an amazing record! You definitely need it! There are 500 copies pressed! Also do yourself a favor and check out Radioactivity live, as they are gearing up for a summer tour with our buds Bad Sports!—Aleks Shaulov" - Secret Mission

 

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7in - Royal Trux - Hero Zero (Reissue) - $15.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

NEW ON DRAG CITY

 

Deluxe reissue of Drag City's very first release from 1990!  Comes in ultra fancy tip-on sleeve!

 

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7in - Slow Season - Heavy - $7.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"7 vinyl pretty much rips!  It is limited to 200 copies on this orange vinyl." - Riding Easy Records

 

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7in - Various Artists - I Hear The Devil Calling Me (Reissue) - $11.99 - BUYbuy

NEW ON DRAG CITY

 

"Back in the early '90s, when New Zealand's long-gestating underground music scene was beginning to emerge internationally from it's secluded Aotearoan pupa, & before the Internet was seen as anything more than a faddish dial-up distraction, the only opportunity that non-Kiwis had of actually hearing any of the country's elusive paraphernalia was via a handful of enlightened N.Z.-friendly d.i.y. distributors (Fisheye's long-suffering Paul Wild, for instance).

What struck me at the time - other than how remote & hermetic this motley cluster of artists seemed, & how unconcerned they appeared to be in trying to (gasp) sound American - was their stubborn adherence to the already semi-obsolete 7" single / cassette set-up, a strategy of necessity that seemed "charmingly" parochial in an era when, elsewhere, the compact disc had achieved sovereignty & vinyl was approaching it's lowest commercial ebb. Tapes, I should add, had already been dismissed as ridiculous charity shop fodder.

One of the earliest & most prominent artefacts from The Year The World Turned Kiwi was Drag City's pocket-sized compendium I Hear The Devil Calling Me. Released in August 1991, just as the label was just becoming financially solvent as a result of Pavement's early & prodigious success, it brought together a dozen N.Z. acts, each of whom handed-over an illustrative 1 minute long track. Compiled by The Dead C's Bruce Russell, & employing his milieu-defining Xpressway label as it's catalyst, most of it's Dunedin & Christchurch-based noise-smiths contributed bespoke compositions, though a couple appeared to be extracted from longer, pre-existing recordings. Inevitably, this enforced brevity worked in some acts' favour more than others - you'd be hard pressed to get the gist of The Renderers' objectives from a 70 second piece like their titular track here, but Gate & A Handful of Dust's prudent hor d'oeuvres made a (dare I say it) refreshing change from the customarily exhausting attack-intensity of their own records. Throughout, accents were conspicuously "regional", maltreated guitars buzzed & purred, crepitating vintage synths spluttered, drum-kits emulated collapsing wet cardboard, fracturing melodies with dissonance while the production values remained defiantly frugal... a vivid snapshot of that scene's tangled synthesis of boldly amateurist music & art. Remarkably, many of the contributors herein are still making music, much of it better than anything that's been released by any European act in the intervening 20 years, & all of it habitually ignored by our music press... never mind.

Issued in a once-only edition of a thousand or so copies, the I Hear The Devil Calling Me 7" has never been repressed & is not available to download from the Drag City website." - ilovetotaldestruction.blogspot.com

 

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7in - Wildest Dreams - Last Ride b/w Call To Prayer - $8.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

 

"Anyone interested in DJing as a form of musicianship owes it to himself to see DJ Harvey at least once behind the decks. While not very well known for his own music, Harvey is a legendary DJ—working largely with his own record collection (forgoing the use of Serato or other MP3-DJing platforms), his sets each have their own arc and character. What you see and hear one night bears little resemblance to another Harvey set. Few people have conveyed it as well as Metro Area's Darshan Jesrani, who said about Harvey in an interview with Pulse, "I think he's really exceptional—carrying the torch from the first few generations of disco DJs and translating it for the younger dancers. This is so sorely needed and I don't think anybody but he is really doing it right now. Most other popular DJs just play contemporary music and don't connect it to anything deeper, musically or historically." I had the pleasure of seeing firsthand Harvey do this at Smart Bar a couple years ago. With a crowd of people waiting to hear what kind of gems he'd unearth, he proceeded to blow everyone away by dropping Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" early on in the set. It created an ecstatic peak at the outset, an unconventional DJ move, and then he proceeded to drop four hours of tracks I'd never heard before in my life, ranging from deep house to obscure disco to electro and old-school hip-hop.

Harvey has a new musical project coming out, and it has nothing to do with DJing. It's a rock outfit called Wildest Dreams, and judging from the sounds of "Last Ride," you can expect some of the sleazy psych-funk boogie that Harvey will occasionally drop into one of his sets. It's unclear who played what on this track (and who plays what on Wildest Dreams' songs, period), but the playing is pretty solid throughout. It'll be interesting to see what a whole album from Wildest Dreams sounds like—the self-titled debut drops on Smalltown Supersound on July 29." - Tal Rosenberg /Chicago Reader

 

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Tape - Zig Zags - Zig Zags - $11.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

NOW AVAILABLE ON CASSETTE IN LIMITED SCREEN PRINTED CARDBOARD CASE ON RIDING EASY RECORDS!!!

 

We're big BIG TIME Zig-Zag's fans over here at the shop for a while now, gripping every copy of their singles one-by-one and we're STOKED to see this new full-length out NOW on one of our fave labels In The Red Records! Ride the lightning courtesy of the erudite heshers o'er at ITR:

 

"In the year 2014, in the ruins of the city once known as Los Angeles, three underworld dwellers with one job, one hot tub and one unkillable riff between them knew they had to make a ripping record—or die trying. This is their story.
Guitarist Jed, bassist Patrick and drummer Bobby started in a room lit by a single green light, which changed them from humans to Zig Zags in the summer of 2010. Within the next four years, they’d record a song with Iggy Pop and an album with Ty Segall and go from playing house parties for pizza to staring off the stage at the Fillmore West. Before them had come giants—bands like Kiss and Sabbath whose names were carved into desks in detention for decades. Before them had come mutants, heavy metal and punk bands like the Dictators and Pentagram that spun into the void of history after failed orbital rendezvous with the fame they’d deserved. And before them had come freaks, one-known-copy private-press insanities like J.T. IV, White Boy and the Average Rat Band—the bands that happened when someone with a guitar thought fuck it loud enough for the tape to pick up. Those were visionaries, each of them, even if most of them paid—or never got paid—for it.
And Zig Zags had a vision, too. It was a dark and weird one, the kind of thing you see flickering on the monitor when your stolen spaceship wakes you up from cryo-sleep, or the kind of thing that flashes across the inside of your forehead when you wake up hungover from sleeping in your van. Theirs was the nightmare of the insane and the all-too-normal, the Bermuda Triangle between sci-fi and lo-fi and no-budget, the Twilight Zone twist ending where it turns out everyone else was an alien the whole time.
When Cliff Burton wore that Misfits shirt—Zig Zags. When the Emergency Broadcast System interrupts that John Carpenter movie—Zig Zags. When a soggy pile of Thrasher mags and Jack Kirby comics spill out of a dumpster behind the Sunday School—Zig Zags. When the Ramones were scared of the basement and the Angry Samoans couldn’t find the right side of their mind—Zig Zags. When a kid breaks his elbow copying a WWF heel’s piledriver and starts laughing instead of crying—Zig Zags. And when the electricity goes off forever and torchlight reflects off chrome—Zig Zags.
All of this and more becomes real on the Zig Zags’ self-titled debut LP, recorded and produced by Ty Segall for In The Red. In twelve songs, they chainsaw through weirdo film and caveman rock and space noise and make smart sound so dumb it turns inside-out and becomes brilliant. Their very first 7-inch had a song called “Scavenger” cuz that’s what Zig Zags do—dig through garbage to find genius. In 2014, it turns out they did make their ripping record. But it’s up to you to figure out the twist ending."

 

With riff after riff these dudes scratch our sweet spots with denim-decked, speed-soaked thrash. This is real rock made by real weirdos, not some product-placed sponsor-rock - we're talkin' greasy haired, pock-faced, comic-book readin', socially awkward, misanthropic losers. Their s/t album sits pretty right in that zone when punk and thrash were riding stallions side-by-side, geeking out on rocking out to tunes about sci-fi and monsters, barbarians and dystopian futures, with the Zig-Zags head-banging mercilessly like they're the house band at the Thunderdome! Recorded to scuzzy perfection by Ty Segall too! This shit rules. RECOMMENDED!!!!

 

Recommended Restocks

LP - Flesh Eaters - A Minute To Pray A Second To Die - Reissue
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LP - Death - For The Whole World To See
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LP - La Hell Gang - Thru Me Again
LP - Il Balletto Di Bronzo - Sirio 2222 - Reissue
LP - Loop - A Gilded Eternity - Reissue 2xLP w/ 7in

 

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

 

The P-Rex Crew

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New Release Recap

Format - Artist - TitlePriceStatus
LP - Earthless Meets Heavy Blanket - In A Dutch Haze 2xLP $24.99 FEATURED
LP - Underground Youth - Sadovaya - Import $21.99 FEATURED
LP - White Fence - For The Recently Found Innocent $18.99 FEATURED
LP - Edip Akbayram - Edip Akbayram - Import $25.99 FEATURED
LP - Vampires - Vampires Underground - Import $25.99 FEATURED
LP - Nord - NG Tapes $17.99 FEATURED
LP - Parka Bruthuz UK - Parkas Full Of Posey $11.99 FEATURED
LP - Parka Bruthuz UK - ^H $11.99 FEATURED
LP - Pentaject Corporation - Pentaject Has A Better Way $11.99 FEATURED
LP - Velvet Underground - The Legendary Guitar Amp Tapes $17.99 FEATURED
LP - Various Artists - The Ecstasy Of Gold: 31 Killer Bullets From The Spaghetti West Vol. 5 - 2xLP $23.99 FEATURED
LP - Jack Ruby - Jack Ruby $19.99 FEATURED
LP - Black Nasty - Talking To The People - Reissue $19.99 FEATURED
LP - Dan Melchior Und Das Menace - Hunger $15.99 FEATURED
LP - Dead Space - Faker $12.99 FEATURED
LP - Death Blues - Non-Fiction $26.99 FEATURED
LP - Deep Freeze Mice - Best Of 1979-1989 $16.99 FEATURED
LP - Dekatron II - Dekatron II - Import $24.99 FEATURED
LP - Demdike Stare - Forest Of Evil $23.99 FEATURED
LP - Demdike Stare - Liberation Through Hearing $23.99 FEATURED
LP - Demdike Stare - Voices Of Dust $23.99 FEATURED
LP - Digital Dance - Total Erasement - Import $15.99 FEATURED
LP - Electric Citizen - Sateen $18.99 FEATURED
LP - Garment District - If You Take Your Magic Slow $16.99 FEATURED
LP - Growing Pains - 17 Songs About The Same Girl $17.99 FEATURED
LP - Luluc - Passerby - Loser Edition $14.99 FEATURED
LP - Mac Blackout Band - Mac Blackout Band $16.99 FEATURED
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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-041

Black Bombaim - Saturdays and Space Travels LP

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

AVAILABLE AT YOUR LOCAL RECORD STORE ON RECORD STORE DAY, SATURDAY, 4/19/2014

 

 

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

AVAILABLE AT YOUR LOCAL RECORD STORE ON RECORD STORE DAY, SATURDAY, 4/19/2014

 

 

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

LP - $14.99 - [buy]

 

 

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
OUT OF PRINT

 

 

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)
Edition of 300 - Officially Licensed 2011 European Repress on Burka For Everybody
OUT OF PRINT
Expo '70 bass/synth player Matt Hill has gone solo. His debut LP under the Umberto moniker is an analog masterpiece heavily influenced by the classic film score work of Goblin, except arguably better. 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 accessible, yet totally authentic sounding music of the "giallo" genre we've ever heard. It was previously only available as a hyper limited edition CDr and cassette tape via Sonic Meditations.

 

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.

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)

Permanent Records Sampler #3

P-Rex Sampler #3 Art

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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)

Permanent Records Sampler #2

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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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