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Black Moon SpellKing Tuff's new record is called Black Moon Spell.
It was produced and recorded by Bobby Harlow at Studio B in Los Angeles, California,
in the hot winter of 2014.
No one involved was prepared to make a record, but an invisible hand pushed them
to do it. Perhaps it was God or that special someone we all know and love called The
God and The Devil actually have very similar interests. They both love electric guitars
and they both want you to listen to Black Moon Spell and freak the fuck out.
There were many strange occurrences during the recording session- Dracula landlords,
flashes of mysterious light, haunted microphones, songs that mixed themselves,
demonic vortexes swirling in coffee cups, etc.
Under the Black Moon Spell you may experience euphoria, demented visions, wet
dreams, bouts of backwards laughter, and dazed confusion resulting in primordial
Fire played a very important role in the making of this album. King Tuff loves fire.
For some reason, no one can really explain how the Black Moon Spell came to be.
It just appeared one day and demanded heavy rock music and meatball subs.
Backwards messages may be found on this record.
Los Angeles, full of its screaming coyotes and creeping helicopters, surely slathered
its sexy, twisted, hairy, polluted spirit all over Black Moon Spell. The Sunset Strip
shat itself when it heard all these guitar solos.
Can you feel the Black Moon Spell creeping up the back of yr neck yet?
King Tuff would prefer not to tell you the full story of making this record because
its long and crazy and you wouldn't believe him anyway. Also, I am King Tuff.
Magic Jake, who played bass and is beautiful like sunshine, would like to take this
moment to give you a hug and invite you to a tanning party on a beach of your choice.
Old Gary, who plays drums and has the most glorious cackle, would like to take this
moment to crack a cold one with you and invite you to watch the old ballgame with
Old Gary was out watching the old ballgame, so a wild critter named Ty Segall played
drums on the song "Black Moon Spell". Ty enjoys speaking in a goblin voice in his
Night fell on Studio B. A Tarot card leapt from the deck and said, "No human
judgement is of any value here." King Tuff agreed.
Sub Pop first discovered King Tuff curled up in his palace in Vermont. It was basically
a shit hut made of moss, mud, and glimmering stones hidden near the graveyard,
and it was guarded by beautiful wild bullfrogs with silver fangs and baseball bats.
Punx, Squares, Skaters, Farmers, Bartenders, Grandparents, Stoners, Carpenters,
Hobos, Heshers, Babes, Babies, Plumbers, Strippers, Art Teachers, Teenagers, Townies,
Moms, Dads, Truck Drivers, and Witches will all love this record.
Every song on Black Moon Spell was written without giving a shining fuck about
Listen to Black Moon Spell, turn yr volume knob up to 666, put yr lover in a 69,
and let yr inner grinagog rear it's wicked, unwashed, smiling snake head.
Listen to Black Moon Spell and give yr ears what they've been begging for all year;
a heavily weird, heavenly dark, hysterically magical Rock & Roll Sexperience.
ps. the only part of this story that isn't true is the part about the shit hut. I actually
was living at my parents' house when I was discovered. Love, KT1. Black Moon Spell
2. Sick Mind
3. Rainbow's Run
5. Beautiful Thing
6. I Love You Ugly
7. Magic Mirror
9. Demon From Hell
10. Black Holes in Stereo
12. Eyes of the Muse
13. Staircase of Diamonds
14. Eddie's Song$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Talent Night At The Ashram
180-Gram Red Vinyl
"Sonny Smith's endlessly prolific San Francisco psychpop band Sonny
And The Sunsets crank out loopy, fun, lofi tunes at scary rates"
Initially envisioned as a film project, each song on Talent Night at
the Ashram was originally a short film that, when strung together,
formed a feature-length movie. Equal parts Fellini and Os Mutantes,
Talent Night at the Ashram is cinematic in its storytelling and
kaleidoscopic in its mixing and merging of musical genres.
'60s folk, electric sitars, flutes, and myriad other sounds help
accentuate tales of professional bowlers in desperate need of a strike
("Icelene's Loss"), a mansion that houses every woman Smith has
ever known ("The Secluded Estate"), and Occupy meetings ending in
bad love ("Secret Plot to Destroy the Underground").
Recording was a communal effort mostly done at Smith's home on
this tape machine with musicians such as Shayde Sartin (The Fresh
& Onlys), Garret Goddard (King Tuff), Kelley Stoltz, Rusty Miller, Ian
McBrayer, and more. Talent Night at the Ashram finds Smith once
again securing his status as one of today's most arrestingly inventive
songwriters.1. The Application
2. Cheap Extensions
3. The Secluded Estate
4. Talent Night at the Ashram
5. Alice Leaves for the Mountains
6. Happy Carrot Health Food Store
7. Blot Out the Sun
8. Baby Jokin
9. Icelene's Loss
10. Secret Plot$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
King TuffKing Tuff is the new record from King Tuff, his first for Sub Pop and his second album overall. Was Dead, King Tuff's 2008 debut, captured the attention of the rock underground and quickly blew through its limited pressing (it now resides on ebay, being snatched up for hearty sums). His gem of a new album was produced by Bobby Harlow, of The Go and Conspiracy of Owls, and recorded during a furious two-week run in Detroit, MI.
And Bobby has the following, among a great many other things, to say about it: "After investigating Was Dead I realized that, with his latest offering, King Tuff's songwriting was stretching far beyond the thrill of the immediate dance-floor reflex and now revealed a songwriter with a keen eye inside everyone. That was the stuff that I was interested in.
Tip-on single LP sleeve with 24" x 12" insert.1. Anthem
2. Alone & Stoned
3. Keep On Movin'
4. Unusual World
5. Bad Thing
6. Loser's Wall
8. Baby Just Break
9. Stupid Superstar
11. Swamp Of Love
12. Hit & Run$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Other (Pre-Order)King Tuff has announced The Other, the follow-up to his 2014 LP Black Moon Spell. The self-produced album features contributions from Ty Segall, Jenny Lewis, Mikal Cronin, the Hush Sound's Greta Morgan, and more.1. The Other
2. Raindrop Blue
3. Thru the Cracks
4. Psycho Star
5. Infinite Mile
6. Birds of Paradise
7. Circuits in the Sand
9. Neverending Sunshine
10. No Man's Land$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Jessie JonesIn 2013, Jessie Jones gave up her possessions, vanished into the nothingness of farm country, and found herself on interstellar overdrive - far away from her Disneyfied home in Orange County. For three years, she had fronted Burger Records' Feeding People, OC's answer to Black Sabbath. The teenage byproduct of gloomy acid trips and gospel choirs, Feeding People released two albums, got signed to Innovative Leisure in 2011, and played Low End Theory with Radiohead's Thom Yorke . The 19-year-old Jones, with her bluesy growl and whimsical melodies, was being compared to Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick, Janis Joplin, and Screaming Females' Marissa Paternoster. In 2014, her voice returned to her with primal intent - like the caterwauling echoes of coyotes deep in the Hollywood hills. Earlier this year, Jones began singing with paranormal proto-punk outfit Death Valley Girls, which allowed her to release her demons and find salvation during what Jones describes as the most cosmically ordained project of her life. Reveling in the quantum wobble of her own alternative reality, Jones is now releasing her self-titled debut on Burger Records by channeling the voices in her head; not quite the sanitarium blues of Roky Erickson, but a mÉlange of Jim Morrison mysticism; a more stripped-down MGMT meets early-Grouplove; and Syd Barrett reverie. Under the guidance of producer Bobby Harlow (The Go) and Burger's Studio B, Jones' debut this summer will include guest appearances by drummer Duke Mushroom, violinist Hannah Glass, and Studio B regular King Tuff.1. Sugar Coated
2. Butterfly Knives
3. Make It Spin
4. Prisoner's Cinema
5. Lady La De Da
6. Quicksilver Screen
7. La Loba
9. Twelve Hour Man
10. Mental Illness$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Limited First Edition LP Pressed On Translucent Gold Vinyl
LP Comes With 18x24 Insert / Poster
After nine years of existence, Fullerton's Audacity has left the garage of their
humble 9th grade beginning, but the garage hasn't left the spirit of their
music. With two LPs, a slew of EPs, and no shortage of touring under their
belts, Audacity are hardly a wet-behind-the-ears rock band. Their
razor-sharp musicianship and high-energy performances were solid enough
to earn them the privilege of serving as the backing band for both King Tuff
and Todd Congelliere (Toys That Kill, Underground Railroad to Candyland).
And while you could hear the band pushing at the boundaries on their prior
releases-a nod to Descendents melodic hardcore here, a dash of
Replacements' bar-band irtations there-Audacity seems less interested in
showing a broad swath of inuences as they are in delivering the craftiest
hooks and sweatiest live show possible.
Audacity's latest full-length Butter Knife is still, at its core, a garage rock
record. The economic instrumentation, grit-tinged guitar jangle,
pogo-prompting tempos, and sing-along choruses can all be traced back to
the seminal Nuggets collections. But ultimately, Butter Knife doesn't sound so
much like an homage to The Sonics as it sounds like a young band striving to
make the most ebullient and jubilant noise possible. Album opener "Couldn't
Hold A Candle" is a perfect introduction to Audacity's battle plan-a
balanced blend of pop sensibility and ribald power. "Hole In The Sky"
showcases the band's gift for the on-the-dime changes, sophisticated
melodies, and clever instrumental interplay. "Red Wine" demonstrates a
Robert Pollard-like knack for turning an unexpected chord combination into a
remarkably punchy chorus. And album closer "Autumn" harkens back to the
balladry of power pop kings Big Star. All of which is to say, Audacity are
tighter and more clever than your average suburban band, and consequently
they're one of the strongest acts in the Southern Californian garage rock
scene surrounding Fullerton's DIY label Burger Records (Black Lips, Nobunny,
Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees).1. Couldn't Hold A Candle
3. Hole In The Sky
4. Cold Rush
5. Tell Yourself
7. Pick Slide
9. Watered Down
10. Red Wine
11. Crying In The Limelight
12. Dancing Under Soft Light
13. Autumn$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Suicide Squeeze Records Presents:Forever Singles (Awaiting Repress)
Limited Edition Of 1,000 Copies
Pressed On Custom Light Green Vinyl
Like many of the great independent record labels of the '90s, Suicide Squeeze started
off as a hobby. And like so many other hobby labels, Suicide Squeeze's rst ventures
were 7 singles. But whereas many upstarts plodded through a series of crudely
assembled debut records by short-lived and long-forgotten friends' bands, the Seattle
label hit the ground running with a stream of well-packaged singles by beloved
Northwest artists - 764-Hero, Pedro The Lion, Elliott Smith, and Modest Mouse, to
name a few. Not surprisingly, the quality of these early releases helped catapult the
label into a full-time operation.
Whether a testament to the enduring allure of vinyl or the quality of the artists on the
roster, Suicide Squeeze continues to make 7s. And in this era of renewed interest in
vinyl, the label's limited-run releases sell out quickly. Lucky collectors continue to enjoy
the vinyl, and the dedicated fans always have the option to download the mp3s. But
what's the better plan for making these recordings endure for posterity? To add mp3s
to the ever-expanding annals of the internet, or to create a new slab of wax capturing
the best singles Suicide Squeeze has had to offer in recent years? Not content with
limiting the songs to the former, the Seattle indie label is going for the latter, culling
some of their nest tracks for the compilation album Suicide Squeeze Presents:
The LP captures the rowdy garage rock of The Coathangers and Davilla 666, the
scraggly dirt-ridden guitars of JEFF the Brotherhood and Heavy Cream, the nostalgic
'60s girl-group melodies of Bleached and La Luz, the exuberant power pop of
Audacity, King Tuff, Nobunny, and Meat Market, the hazy noir soundtrack of Dirty
Beaches, the vitriolic basement-show noise-punk of Nu Sensae, the sinister post-punk
of Wax Idols, and the West Texas-bred Twin Reverb rock of The Numerators. Bundled
together onto one record, the collection perfectly captures the spirit of Suicide
Squeeze in the current decade: rambunctious youthful urgency tempered with a hat
tip to rock n' roll's gritty unsung heroes of the past.
In keeping with the limited-edition nature of the 7s, Forever Singles will be released
on 1000 hand-numbered colored vinyl. And while the compilation is a vital
documentation of the Northwest label's continuing commitment to bold and brash new
artists, it's also a solid reminder of rock music's humble beginning on dusty old '45s.1. The Coathangers "Merry Go Round"
2. JEFF the Brotherhood "Heavy Days"
3. Bleached "Electric Chair"
4. Meat Market "Too Tired"
5. Heavy Cream "Toasted"
6. Dirty Beaches "Lone Runner"
7. NÜ Sensae "Throw"
8. Audacity "Finders Keepers"
9. La Luz "T.V. Dream"
10. Nobunny "La La La La Love You"
11. King Tuff "Wild Desire"
12. Numerators "Dead"
13. Wax Idols "Schadenfreude"
14. Davila 666 "No Crees Que Ya Cansa"$16.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now