maandag 31 augustus 2009
Dustin' Off The Sphynx" comes at a whopping $18,99 from Skin Graft Records directly, but it seems like they're only offering it as a bundle with the CD. The cheapeast version I found out there is over at Interpunk; for only $10,25.
"Darkness Come Alive" will be available on 3 different colours of vinyl, and is due September 28. Get yours from Deathwish
vrijdag 28 augustus 2009
What to expect of Ganglians? Well, most comparisons talk about Brian Wilson on acid, but since I always have the math equation Brian + Wilson = drugs, I'll say yes, there's definitely the Beach Boys vibe in it, but that can also be said of Fleet Foxes. So, for the sake of using modern references, I'd put them somewhere in between early Animal Collective and a dirtier more lo-fi sounding Fleet Foxes, with the psychedelic vibe that Grizzly Bear brings.
Do yourself a favour and pick up both the "Monster Head Room" LP +7" and the "s/t"LP from Boomkat
donderdag 27 augustus 2009
This debut LP comes on yellow vinyl and is limited to 1000 copies. And yeah, it has that chick from Dirty Projectors eating a burger on the cover, so get it from the band directly so that she just can order a drink with her meal already!
"Welcome Fucking Home" features 7" tracks of blistering, fast, angry powerviolence tracks as we're used to from them. These guys were the absolute Kings back then, then being the heydays of powerviolence with notorious acts such as Charles Bronson, Spazz or Los Crudos. The 7" comes on either opaque blue vinyl or "transparent goldenrod" vinyl, both limited to 500 copies.
Yes, you WANT this! So get it from No Idea!
-Why? Well, because behind this moniker are some experienced musicians who know how to bring the rock!
-Who? Andy Coronado (Monorchid, Skull Kontrol, Wrangler Brutes) on guitar, Jared Warren (Karp, Big Business, Melvins) on vocals and Cody Willis (Murder City Devils, Big Business, Melvins) on drums.
-What? This 12" features 9 songs of "absolute hardcore crossover faster than sludge"
-When? Due September 22.
-Where? Available for pre-order from Vinyl Collective/
So there you have it. Soleilmoon are now gearing up to release the albums "The Way I Feel" and 'Hatesville!", the latter even for the first time ever on vinyl. "The Way I Feel" is limited to 300 copies on red vinyl and 500 picture discs, whereas "Hatesville!" comes on black vinyl and limited to 1000 copies with a picture disc version limited to 500. For those who care, pre-order now before the September 14 release from Soleilmoon
These 3 new songs seem to mark the natural progression Switchblade have been making. Whilst at first more into the whole Isis/Neurosis/Amenra vibe, these guys gradually slowed down more & more, becoming much more doom, without forgetting the monumental build-ups and punishing vocals. I'll definitely keep you posted about a possible LP release - Trust No One are ususally always a few months later with the vinyl, but in the meantime, pre-order the CD from Trust No One
Switchblade & Kongh are touring early September by the way, check out Switchblade.se for more info.
woensdag 26 augustus 2009
This 7" version will be stricly limited to 2000 copies. Obviously, all proceeds go directly to the cause, so get yours from Recordstore.co.uk/
"Year In The Kingdom" will not let you down, so get it from Insound
For this new release, singer-songwriter John Darnielle worked with his familiar crowd, but also enlisted some friends to help out, such as Jon Wurster (Superchunk) and Owen Palett (Arcade Fire/Final Fantasy), as well as that girl from St. Vincent and apparently 2 backing vocalists who haven't worked with the band in over a decade. Sounds like fun! No pre-orders from 4AD yet, but already online at Rough Trade
- Being There
Apparently these LP's are being released one per month. Summertime became available yesterday, for AM you have to wait an additional month, and "Being There" is expected late October. They're still expensive, but at least less expensive than before, so head over to The Wilco Store to get yours.
I paid over $40 for their debut album back in the day, and although worth every penny I kinda missed the ball by a few months, so now let's order this on time and save some bucks shall we? Available from Darla for only $19,99 (Insound has them for 29,99). I'm getting both versions, just for the heck of it.
dinsdag 25 augustus 2009
For one week only, "Stomach Of The Sun" can be streamed here
Conspiracy comments: "Stomach of the Sun" serves up as an excellent full length reply to last years debut release " nothing real, nothing absent ". Over an hours journey through a sonic universe of 9 tracks all of which give you different possibilities and range of what this band can produce. From devouring linear drones, lush melancholy to pure unadulterated rage experienced through a back drop of churning rhythms, using Cohesive experimental recording techniques combined with discordant world eating riffs enveloped in a signature approach to atmosphere and interspersing melody making a truly individual record. The line up consists again of musican/producer Kevin Laska on guitar/voice/electronics/synth and drum programming, who's probably best known work before transitional was with Anthony Di Franco ( ex- skullflower ) as Novatron. Dave Cochrane( who's past and present credits to name a few include Head of David, jesu, Greymachine and God) on Basses. This record also sees the introduction of Phil Petrocelli to the band (whos past and present credits include, to name a few, Trey Gunn, The living Jarboe, fear falls burning and Bill Laswell) appearing on drums on several tracks throughout the record. Mastered by Justin K Broadrick."
As of now, Jagjaguawar are taking pre-orders for the "Unmap" LP, which comes at $12,50 including a bonus 11" x 17" poster, so order yours Here
For all readers, here's the press release from Jagjaguwar: "Volcano Choir is an assembly of Wisconsinites Jon Mueller, Chris Rosenau, Jim Schoenecker, Daniel Spack, Justin Vernon, and Thomas Wincek. You might find these old friends also frequenting records and stages under different monikers, Collections of Colonies of Bees and Bon Iver. The collaboration predates the meteoric rise of Justin Vernon's Bon Iver project, with original songwriting dating back to the summer of 2005, right around the time the Bees first toured with Vernon's previous band DeYarmond Edison. While entirely a studio record, the collection doesn't suffer from the overburdens of a digital pile up or over-thinking. Rather it breathes and convulses in equal measure, radiating an inherent dynamism found only in the voluntary bondage of intimacy. With influences ranging from David Sylvian and Steve Reich to Mahalia Jackson and Tom Waits, it might be more accurate to say the group's influence is music itself. You can hear it in the care and real love generously applied to each moment of Unmap. With the vibe of some intimate backwoods gospel, plus a spirit of patience and thoughtful repetition, the music of Volcano Choir is as dynamic as it is lovely. Unmap ultimately came together over a weekend in November 2008 in Fall Creek, Wisconsin, at Justin and Nate Vernon's recording studio. And while it is at its heart a record about the allure of being with people you need and making something with them, it is also a document created by musicians with rare gifts getting together to exorcise their ideas about beauty. This scaffolding of loops and off grid tempos for choral style vocals offers a state of continual surprise, call it unexpectation. Unmap marks the debut full-length from Volcano Choir, the collaboration between Collections of Colonies of Bees and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver."
The seperate LP's which all come on heavy 180g vinyl by the way, are only $12 each, except the "Coquelicot Asleep In The Poppies: A Variety of Whimsical Verse", which is a 2xLP and costs $16. The package comes at $60, so basically you get one of the records for free if you do so. More info and pre-orders are up at Polyvinyl
The 2xLP edition is due late August 2009 (thus now) and is packaged in a full color custom made book bound gatefold sleeve with 180 gram vinyl. Note: The vinyl version features three mixes by Nadja and one mix by Edward Ka-Spel (that's right, the guy from The Legendary Pink Dots) using the 2xCD set as source material so the music is very different from the CD version.
Get if for $25 from BLR Records
For $17 you get the 2xLP (no pressing information yet), for 29$ it comes with a shirt. The vinyl version is supposed to have 2 bonus tracks compared to the digital version. So, don't sit on this, and get if from The Lord
maandag 24 augustus 2009
The ultra limited pre-order version limited to 40 copies is already sold out, but you can still get one of 400 pressed on black vinyl and hand numbered with screened covers done by the band. Since it's their first release, show some support and get it for only $8 from Photobooth Records
vrijdag 21 augustus 2009
Several LP versions are available, such as 180gr, transparent pilsner and opaque maroon. The jacket is a 5mm spine, 350gsm jacket, with a matte varnish and gold foil stamping galore. Two 300gsm jacket stock inner sleeves, covered in artwork, slide into the jacket to hold the LP's. To top it all off a huge 11" by 11" twelve page booklet is included, which collects a literary interpretation of the album by Jon Bennet and full color photography by Andrew Weiss and others. Deluxe! All vinyl orders will ship with a free download coupon as well.
Seems like they're putting a lot of effort into this so the outcome will be high-quality. Get yours for $25 from Mylene Sheath
Oh yeah, Caspian are touring Europe for about 2 months straight in September & October, so for those who care, check out the tourdates on their myspace
donderdag 20 augustus 2009
Here are Konkurrent two pennies: "Ever since 'Endless Summer' we were attracted to the music of Christian Fennesz. Where many laptop artists don’t reach further than idle electronic rumble without engagement, Fennesz manages to create a world of unheard and rich new sounds.
Christian’s idea to collaborate with Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse excited us immediately. The two artists had performed together a couple of times and both felt that there was further mileage in the collaboration.
Just two days in December 2007 were enough to record over 40 minutes of the sublime Fennesz and Sparklehorse combination. Prepared oddities and masses of inspiration make these recordings unique in their style and in this series in particular. Songs and soundscapes of rare beauty with stunning atmospherics, where abstract sounds and wellcrafted traditional songstructure meet and where acoustic instruments and electronics create outstanding ambience."
Rune Grammofon comments: ”Child Of The Future” consist of six trademark Motorpsycho high energy rockers recorded by Steve Albini in his Chicago studio and bearing the classic hallmarks of great riffs, that driving tractor bass and some truly inspired guitar work. The slightly Zeppelin-esque ”The Waiting Game” is more acoustic and recorded at home. Motorpsycho, and indeed Rune Grammofon, have always been fans of music dating back to the late 60s and the 70s, also when it comes to production values and presentation. It should not come as a shock to anyone, especially not to the fans, that they have chosen to release this album on vinyl only, at least for the time being. Seeing as it is an analogue recording engineered by Steve Albini it only felt natural to release it in the format that many still consider to be the ultimate sound carrier. This sentiment also goes for the possibilities of the cover format, something Kim Hiorthøy has taken advantage of when doing this sleeve. The main sleeve has two die-cuts and has print on the inside, there is a thick colour inner sleeve and there is an amazing 60x60 poster with colour print on both sides. And before we forget, the vinyl itself is 180g and glorious white. Simply a great package and a great way to celebrate 20 years as a band.
Get the 180gr white LP from Rune Grammofon for 150NOK, which is about $25 or €18.
Get Methodrone and other LP re-issues by BJM from Cargo
The story behind these recordings is interesting enough though, as this is apparently the final chapter of their "Watership Down" inspired Trilogy of records known as "The Warren Of Snares", consisting of:
- Owlsa, (warrior) the first record, created the narrative of an unnamed society in the final throws of a war against mankind.
- Elil (predator)was the second full length and dealt with these beliefs, and the oppressive reign of religious indoctrination.
- Inlé" (death) is the final recording effort of Fall of Efrafa, after this they disband.
Sharing a similarly bleak ground to Corrupted, Sunn 0))) and Earth, New Zealand's Black Boned Angel return with their fourth full length album 'Verdun', and perhaps their most sombre and fully-realised work to date.The Battle of Verdun was fought between the German and French armies, and was one of the critical battles during World War 1 on the Western Front. It resulted in more than a quarter of a million battlefield deaths and at least half a million wounded. Verdun was the longest battle and one of the most devastating in World War 1 and indeed in history. Over the course of 50 minutes, BBA soundtrack that brutal conflict with their trademark dark ambient drones and doom-laden riffs."
Limited edition black and colored vinyl LP, available for pre-order from Riot Season
20 Buck Spin don't have the LP available online, but you can order yours from Insound
Not excited yet? Vaccine are one of the new names in hardcore that are taking the scene by storm. They're fast and loud, their songs last about 30 seconds, they have a take no prisoners approach, and oh yeah, you might have heard of their previous bands such as Orchid! Bucket Full Of Teeth! Think I Care!
That's right. Order it from Clean Plate
woensdag 19 augustus 2009
The simple 2xLP version as pictured here below is only €18, while the Wooden Box version is a whopping €50, but it definitely looks worth your while. The box contains a silkscreened lid, 2xlp gold vinyl ,a shirt and a sticker, limited to 100 copies.
Riot Season states: "Continuing in their usual Riot Season style, what we have on offer here is the bizarre, the puzzling and the downright groovy. The epic, drawn-out single-riff jams that make up their legendary live shows are replaced by their trademark off-the-wall lunacy, making for a fun-packed adventure akin to biking trips with friends, and the local mental as a child.
'229 2299 Girls Against Shit' could be the soundtrack to that summer, the beating of rats with sticks, the shooting of girls with gat guns, swimming in a mang ridden cut and the discovering of dead dogs and maggots. Ah, those were the days my friend ...
Available from the good folks at Boomkat
Not much news about this, just that it's the 2 aforemenioned guys with their new outfit called AC4. From what I've heard, they're hereby returing to their hardcore roots with pretty uptempo stuff and anthemic lyrics. You can pre-order the self-titled LP by emailing the label over at Ny Vag
Final Exit - Discography 2xLP + DVD
This release is in the works and be available later this autumn. Full discography on vinyl, gatefold. With poster and a dvd with Final Exit in motion."
Bucking the trend towards diminishing attention spans, immediate gratification, snappy digital singles and things that go ‘pop’ right out of the gate, DMST admirably stick to their roots and allow the vines that spring from their fertile musical garden to wind, curl and climb for as long as required. More than ever, the players keep their heads down, creating wonderful multi-movement instrumental works (with the occasional mantric or wordless vocal passage, courtesy guest singers The Akron Family and Lullabye Arkestra), overflowing with attention to tone and timbre, animated by unfussy yet ornate harmony, melody and polyrhythm, shot through with ineffable soul. The four songs on Other Truths are vintage Do Make Say Think, and the album represents the first time since the band’s debut (recorded over a dozen years ago) that they have found themselves with an entire collection of songs that unfold so organically over long duration. As testament to the unfettered evolution of these tunes, the band has titled them simply “Do”, “Make”, “Say” and “Think”. "