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Blood VisionsIn the late '90s, 15-year-old Jay Lindsey, living right outside Memphis, played all of the instruments on a demo tape by his newly-minted performing moniker of The Reatards. This cassette was sent to Eric Friedl of the Oblivians, who had used the Goner Records imprint on a couple of releases. His next would be a 7 by The Reatards, followed shortly by a full length LP, Teenage Hate (Goner, 1998).
After quickly building a reputation for an anything-goes live set, and releasing another excellent full length Grown Up, Fucked Up (Empty, 1999), Jay Reatard shoved what was previously a side project to the forefront and started raising eyebrows with something other than live mayhem: songwriting and an ear for breaking ground.
Jays first title under the solo Jay Reatard moniker, Blood Visions was released in early 2006 on In The Red, and it politely sat on the shelves for over six months until the live act brought up the rear and things started to happen. More singles for more labels, a handful of mind-bending SXSW performances, nonstop touring, a bidding warand the first quarter of 2008 found Jay Reatard on Matador Records.1. Blood Visions
2. Greed, Money, Useless Children
3. It's So Easy
4. My Shadow
5. My Family
6. Death Is Forming
7. Oh It's Such A Shame
8. Not a Substitute
10. I See You Standing There
11. We Who Wait
12. Fading All Away
13. Turning Blue
14. Puppet Man
15. Waiting For Something$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Matador Singles '08In this short span of time, Reatard has cranked out more memorable songs than some acts do in their whole careers -- Pitchfork
For the six months leading up to this release, Matador has put out a limited edition 7-inch by Memphis boy wonder Reatard. Each generated more attention, but was released in a progressively more limited run, starting with 3,500 copies for the first and ending with 400 copies for the sixth. This package collects all six (excluding the Deerhunter track on #4), plus one extra song. Each tune is a perfect snarling pop-punk gem.1. See/Saw
2. Screaming Hand
3. Painted Shut
4. An Ugly Death
5. Always Wanting More
6. You Mean Nothing To Me
7. Flourescent Grey
8. Trapped Here
9. Hiding Hole
11. No Time
12. You Were Sleeping
13. TBC$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Deep TripDestruction Unit are an American band formed in the Sonoran desert of Arizona. Dug up from the sonic landfills of the cosmos, these radical desert dwellers have built a reputation for both mesmerizing and terrorizing crowds with their sheer
power and intensity.
Formed by Ryan Rousseau, D. Unit was initially a synthheavy three piece whose other members were Jay Reatard and Alicja Trout (Lost Sounds); likewise Rousseau was also in the Reatards before Jay went solo. Born out of the nucleus of the Memphis Goner Records scene and transplanted into Tempe, AZ, Rousseau has grown the band in the last few years into a full sonic assault, which now includes three guitar players (himself, Nick Nappa & Jesco Aurelius), his brother Rusty Rousseau on bass, and a 19 year-old classically trained drummer, Andrew Flores. This line-up has released several cassettes on their own label Ascetic House, a small run lP, Void on Jolly Dream and most recently a limited edition 7 on Suicide Squeeze.
Deep Trip is their first proper studio album, produced by Ben Greenberg of The Men, Hubble, and Pygmy Shrews at Vacation Island in NY. It's the first long player which truly captures their burning spirits. Morphine boogie for the 21st century noise addict. A spiritual odyssey of sadomasochistic self-loathing with songs about love and freedom. Selling drugs to make music to sell drugs to; aggressive psychedelic sprawl at its finest. The future of Rock and Roll burning through three twin reverbs and a pound of grass.1. The World On Drugs
2. Slow Death Sounds
3. Bumpy Road
4. God Trip
5. Final Flight
6. The Holy Ghost
7. Control The Light
8. Night Loner$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Blac StaticThe late great Jay Reatard's first band to see a bit of national success. The band was known for its brutal performances and uniquely combining garage rock with analog keyboards. The resulting sound was dark new wave reminiscient of not much that came before it.
Lost Sounds quickly developed an international cult following before the band imploded in typical Reatard fashion. Blac Static is the band's best material, as chosen by front woman Alicja Trout and drummer Rich Crook.1. 1620 Echles St.
2. I'm Not a Machine
3. Black Coats/Whitefear
4. Its My Dream
5. Plastic Skin
6. Dark Shadows
7. Rats Brains & Microchips
8. Energy Drink & the Long Walk Home
9. You Don't Know Remote Control
10. Reasons To Kill
11. Satan Bought Me
12. Radon Flows
13. Soul 4 Sale
14. I Sit I Watch I Wait (demo)$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Watch Me FallFor his second studio album and proper Matador debut, Memphis prolific punk wunderkind Jay Reatard has moved beyond his roots and recorded an album chockful of irresistible melodies, the songs cascading with joyous hooks. He would not be Jay Reatard, however, if there wasn't a certain aggro negativity, and the song titles and lyrics do much to undercut the pop sensibility: I'm Watching You, Hang Them All, Can't Do It Anymore, Wounded, It Ain't Gonna Save Me.
The perfect summer album for disaffected youth across the country, Jay will be trekking from coast to coast all summer with his ex-In The Red labelmates The Oh Sees and TV Smith (of the Adverts).1. It Ain't Gonna Save Me
2. Before I Was Caught
3. Man Of Steel
4. Can't Do It Anymore
5. Faking It
6. I'm Watching You
8. Rotten Mind
9. Nothing Now
10. My Reality
11. Hang Them All
12. There Is No Sun$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
180-Gram Clear Pink 12" Vinyl EP
From the increasingly fertile DIY scene of Louisville,
KY, White Reaper - formed by Tony Esposito (vocals/
guitar) and twin brothers Nick (drums) and Sam
Wilkerson (bass) -- combines sparkling hooks and
fluid, fluttering rhythms to create psychedelia-tinged
garage punk that make heads bob without sacrificing
an ounce of sonic bite.
The group is ready to unleash their eponymous debut
EP -- a six-song blitzkrieg that traces the band's
present and future. This self-titled release is available
on clear pink vinyl.
While dingy and jangly single "Conspirator"
scratches the itch left behind by Jay Reatard,
infectious stand outs "Cool" and "Funn" will
undoubtedly make the ears of the Ty Segall/oh Sees
sect perk up.1. Cool
3. Half Bad
4. She Wants To
6. Ohh (Yeah)$15.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
Smith WesternsRummaging through 1970s glam, Phil Spector teen-pop, and Nuggets garage-punk with the youthful abandon of kids finding new toys in the attic, the Smith Westerns' self-titled debut exudes an earnestness almost as pure as its recording levels are deafening. Their simple, sweet choruses about boys and girls in love could spike the punch at a 1970s TV show school dance.
When singing guitarist Cullen Omori, his bassist brother Cameron, second guitarist Max Kakacek, and a drummer known as Hal have the tunes to make themselves heard over their vintage aesthetic, The Smith Westerns' teenage kicks are hard to beat. Take string-swept glam ballad Be My Girl. which softly punctuates one of the year's most wrenchingly innocent hooks with somewhat risque pick-up lines. There's less lyrical subtext, but no less raunchy production, on the glam-rock boogie of Girl in Love, a come-on cursorily addressing the fleetingness of youth. It's only fitting that the Smith Westerns both look and sound like the Black Lips' good-bad not-evil twins.
These guys are sort of literally true to their school, garage-rocker Miss Alex White is a fellow Northside College Prep magnet-school alum, and their time on the road with the likes of Jay Reatard and Nobunny is evident on fine 60s-style frat-rocker Gimme Some Time. With fuzzed-out xylophone, frenetic opener Dreams suggests the group's most recent tour with Girls and Los Campesinos! might serve them better for a follow-up. Diamond Boys almost earns its piano on the strength of its adolescent grandiosity, but We Stay Out lets lo-fi become the end rather than the means, with a guitar line that sounds like a bee buzzing underwater.1. Dreams
2. Boys Are Fine
3. Gimme Some Time
4. Girl In Love
5. We Stay Out
7. Be My Girl
8. The Glam Goddess
9. Diamond Boys
10. My Heart$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
American Slang/So LowDepending on whom you ask, Jack 'Oblivian' Yarber is either a rock legend or an obsolute unknown. And no one knows this dichotomy better than Yarber, who may be Memphis' most infuential active rock musician.
The list of noteworthy bands Yarber has been a member of over the years is massive and includes Johnny Vomit & the Dry Heaves, new-wavers the End, '68 Comeback, Knaughty Knights, and Tav Falco's Panther Burns. Two of Yarber's former bands, the Compulsive Gamblers and the Oblivians, have seen their reputation and following swell in the decade since their demise, especially the Oblivians, whose international fan base borders on rabid. Due largely to his stint in these bands, both partnerships with Greg Cartwrigth, now of Reigning Sound, Yarber has been an acknowledged influence on artists such as the White Stripes, the Hives, and Jay Reatard.
In the years since, Yarber has toured and released a string of successful solo albums under the Jack O & the Tennessee Tearjerkers moniker. Originally conceived in 2000 as a partnership with former Impala and current Bo-Keys bassist Scott Bomar, the band quickly morphed into Yarber's solo incarnation after Bomar became occupied with film scoring and production work. The band has had a revolving door for side players ever since, at different times including current River City Tanlines John Bonds and Terrence Bishop, Neighborhood Texture Jam guitarist John Wittmore, the Reigning Sound's Greg Roberson, Bluff City Backslider Adam Woodard, and a host of other recognizable local musicians.American Slang
1. American Slang
2. 2,000 Man
4. Honey, I'm Too Old For You
5. Robot Lover
6. Got The Funky Blues (part 1)
7. Got The Funky Blues (part 2)
8. Out Of Tune
9. a.m. slang (reprise)
1. Intro/Midnight Hour Queen
2. Shake It Off
4. So Low
6. Let Me Be Your Chauffeur
7. Mama Don't Get Off
8. You Made Me Crazy
9. Human Being
10. All Your Lovin'
11. All The Way Down$20.99Vinyl LP 10 - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Howlin' GangSlug Guts hail from the baron, heat stricken confines of Brisbane, Australia, a town as desolate as it is depressing and suburban. Slug Guts began when four degenerates had little else to do but form a band in the tradition of Pussy Galore, X (Australia not LA), and Birthday Party. In the first four months of the band Slug Guts recorded their first LP Down on the Meat which was released on Stained Circles Records (Jay Reatard, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Dirtbombs). Slug Guts will embark on their first US tour in March of 2011 including the Sacred Bones showcase at SXSW.
Making their intentions clear with the bleak opener Howlin, Slug Guts take an intentionally crude and nihilistic approach to Howlin' Gang. Like their Australian heroes the Birthday Party, they concentrate on the dark, fractured end of post-punk, riddling the 13 songs with tom-heavy, oil-can percussion, jagged guitar chords, meaty basslines, and snarling baritone vocals. Because the album was recorded with little overdubbing, in only a week, empty space plays a big part to give the feel of a band playing live in an open warehouse. The slow and sleazy pseudo-ballads Down in the Mornin' Sun and Angie (not the Rolling Stones tune) fill the void, with guest vocalists Angela Bermuda of Circle Pit and Sarah Spencer of Blank Realm. Otherwise, it's sleazy, cacophonous bashing for the majority of the generally disturbing, and immensely satisfying, remainder. - Jason Lymangrover1. Howlin'
2. Cold Bones
3. Chrome Crucifix
4. Praggin' the Cowboy
5. Hangin' In the Pisser
6. Down In the Mornin' Sun
8. Town Tied
9. Spring Hill Lair
10. White Cross
11. Wild Country
12. Down In the Hole
13. Angie$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now