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Even in the weird, quirky world of new wave and post-punk in the late '70s, the B-52's' eponymous debut stood out as an original. Unabashed kitsch mavens at a time when their peers were either vulgar or stylish, the Athens quintet celebrated all the silliest aspects of pre-Beatles pop culture -- bad hairdos, sci-fi nightmares, dance crazes, pastels, and anything else that sprung into their minds -- to a skewed fusion of pop, surf, avant-garde, amateurish punk, and white funk. On paper, it sounds like a cerebral exercise, but it played like a party.
The jerky, angular funk was irresistibly danceable, winning over listeners dubious of Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson's high-pitched, shrill close harmonies and Fred Schneider's campy, flamboyant vocalizing, pitched halfway between singing and speaking. It's all great fun, but it wouldn't have resonated throughout the years if the group hadn't written such incredibly infectious, memorable tunes as Planet Claire, Dance This Mess Around, and, of course, their signature tune, Rock Lobster. These songs illustrated that the B-52's' adoration of camp culture wasn't simply affectation -- it was a world view capable of turning out brilliant pop singles and, in turn, influencing mainstream pop culture. It's difficult to imagine the endless kitschy retro fads of the '80s and '90s without the B-52's pointing the way, but The B-52's isn't simply an historic artifact -- it's a hell of a good time.1. Planet Claire
2. 52 Girls
3. Dance This Mess Around
4. Rock Lobster
6. There's a Moon in the Sky (Called the Moon)
7. Hero Worship
9. Downtown$37.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Never Gonna Die (Pre-Order)Formed in the South Bay of Los Angeles, a neighborhood with a rich punk rock history, Pennywise began in 1988. The band would go on to amass an international following through relentless touring and a melodic high energy sound merging melodic surf punk, blistering hardcore and the classic punk of their youth. The group has solidified their place in punk history and are ready to continue their legacy with their long-awaited new album, Never Gonna Die. A return to form for the band, Never Gonna Die contains 14 solid tracks that a punk fan can run in circles to.1. Never Gonna Die
2. American Lies
3. Keep Moving On
4. Live While You Can
5. We Set Fire
6. She Said
7. Can't Be Ignored
8. Goodbye Bad Times
9. A Little Hope
10. Won't Give Up The Fight
11. Can't Save You Now
12. All The Ways U Can Die
14. Something New$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Kiss Kiss Kill KillTheir third release finds the band perfectly poised between the raw punk energy of their 2004 debut, Hell Yeah, and the brash, singalong pop of 2006's Bring It On. While never dropping their trademark sexy, horror flick flair, Kiss Kiss Kill Kill brings back the rawness and immediacy that's made them the premier touring band in the scene. They just finished two tours with the Dropkick Murphys and a tour with Danzig, have shared the stage with the likes of Rancid and The Offspring, and have been on several Warped Tour runs. RIYL: Nekromantix, Rev. Horton Heat, Siouxsie And The Banshees, X, Stray Cats, surf, punk, ska, and good ol' rock 'n' roll.1.Thelma & Louise
3.Boot To Boot
4.Heading to the Disco
5.Kiss Kiss Kill Kill
9.Horrorbeach Part 2
11.Keep My Picture!
12.Private Hall Of Shame
13.Rebel Yell (Live)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
YesterdaysIn November 2012 Southern California's raucous punk
heroes Pennywise announced the return of the band's
original vocalist, Jim Lindberg. Now, coming off a
sold-out 25th anniversary tour featuring the classic lineup of Randy, Byron, Fletcher and Jim, the
same lineup has hit the studio to record Yesterdays,
as both a tribute and fierce rebranding of their
punk rock legacy. Featuring new songs alongside
some never-before-recorded songs written with original bassist Jason Thirsk, Yesterdays is pure prime
Pennywise, loud fast and to the in-your-face point.
With high profile national touring this summer as part of the Summer Nationals Tour with
the Offspring and Bad Religion, Pennywise
will reassure their rabid fans that their trademark melodic high energy sound merging melodic surf
punk, blistering hardcore and the classic punk of
their youth, is very much alive and kicking.1. What You Deserve
2. Restless Time
3. Noise Pollution
4. Violence Never Ending
5. Am Oi!
7. She's A Winner
8. Slow Down
9. Public Defender
10. No Way Out
11. I Can Remember$19.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Another Bad YearWhile they've preserved their head-bludgeoning guitar riffs and sardonic lyricism, these five new songs are tighter and more complicated. The songs are more melodic, and frontman Jared Micah's lyrics are sharper and slyer than before. Standout track "Did She Come Alone" exemplifies the trio's finesse as they veer between jangly pop-punk and distortion-fueled grunge. After just one listen, their self-professed "black-surf avant-grunge sludge-pop" genre seems pretty fitting.
- Aaron Lindenberg (Stereogum)1. Never Make It
3. Travelers Cheques
4. Did She Come Alone
5. Luckiest Man Alive$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rules Of Civility And Decent BehaviorWith sonic kinship to Propaghandi, ALL DINOSAURS are fast and brutal without being a metal band. Building on folk rythms to create their own specific brand of punk / thrash / surf rock & roll, they are a brutal force that refuses the confines of any one genre.1. Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior
2. Sad Song
3. High Karate
4. Tight Rope
5. Social Mongoloid
6. All the Rage
7. What About Elvis?
8. Ragnarok & Roll
10. 600 Volts of Freedom
11. ...In Company and Conversation$17.9912 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In This MessJack Dalrymple has cultivated a near legendary status with his involvement in One Man Army, Swingin Utters, Dead To Me, and The Revolts. Of course, few musicians in punk rock possess a calling card like Jack's velvety vocals, but his song writing and guitar work are just as renowned. All three talents are on full display in Jack's ultra-stylized fuzz-punk and garage sound, which even incorporates elements of surf, '60s soul, and power-pop.1. Human Hyenas
2. When It Was Over
3. Is It True?
4. I'm In My Head
5. In This Mess
6. Static Attraction
7. Let's Talk In The Shower
8. Sliver Of Sun
9. On A Wire
10. Until I Find You
11. Roller Coasters
12. Loose In A Room$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Face The Fire"You are medicine for the whole world." - Usher
"She's just so different. I've never seen anything like her before... Listen to what she's doing." - Pharrell Williams
"Michelle has proven she can tackle pretty much any genre." - Rolling Stone
"I would buy whatever she sings even if it was, 'I Hate Wanda Sykes.' - Wanda Sykes
Michelle Chamuel, the bespectacled songstress who won American's hearts in season 4 of The Voice, is proud to announce the upcoming release of her debut LP, Face The Fire, set to hit via The End Records / ADA on February 10th. Michelle's incredible first single, the album's title track, impacted October 7th. The title track on the album and first single is no exception - showcasing Chamuel's vision and her collaborators' ingenuity. Face the Fire serves as a pulsing mission statement, a vamping call to action that Chamuel relates to her own experience in harnessing musical passion. This track, which like the rest of the album was recorded and produced in Chamuel and Duncan's home studios, is a tapestry of interlocking percussion, surf-punk bass tones, and a rousing call and answer between Chamuel and her choir. When describing the new track, Chamuel says, '"Face the Fire" is about harnessing passion in life, following the fiery drive that pulls at us to accomplish, while also recognizing the danger of being completely consumed by it."1. Face The Fire
2. The Fall
4. Made For Me
5. Weight Of The World
6. Rock It
8. Wake Up
10. Give You$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Nothing Is RealCrystal antlers aren't really about making some shit we've heard before, but they do take notice of some important touchstones: powerful organ runs, ragged vocals and an ability to turn even relatively short songs into something that sounds beyond epic."
- The Fader
Merging psych, garage, lo-fi, prog, and countless other influences, the group easily maintains consistency despite a complete inability to be pinned to any specific movement or trend."
Art-garage whiplash at its finest."
- AV Club
It's hard not to admire these out-there dudes"
They're at the point where comparisons do little justice. They're just crystal antlers now."
- LA Times
Currently slated for a fall 2013 release is the newest Crystal Antlers full-length Nothing Is Real, featuring cover art by famed surf/skate/graffiti legend C.R. Stecyk III and recorded as the band returns to its most fundamental roots as an agile power trio - Jonny Bell, drummer Kevin Stuart and guitarist Andrew King.
Nothing Is Real is Crystal Antlers going beyond the beyond, with songs that rattle and ricochet from desolation to delirium. Opener "Pray" sounds like what would have happened if Black Flag's Greg Ginn had produced the first Psychedelic Furs single; "Persephone" and "Anywhere But Here" match the desperate, relentless rhythm of the Wipers with the inside-out guitar melodies of the Pixies. "Licorice Pizza" recalls lost cult-punk heroes like the Flesh Eaters or the Embarrassment. On Nothing Is Real, you'll feel as much as hear echoes of bands like Wire, Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr.
As Bell puts it, "With each album, we've tried to figure out ways to include more of our whole selves in the recordings, while still keeping things cohesive. And from growing up in punk bands, there always needs to be that little element of something that might piss someone off. We might be using a drum machine-but we're gonna use it completely the wrong way."1. Rattlesnake
2. Licorice Pizza
3. We All Gotta Die
4. Paper Thin
6. Anywhere But Here
7. Don't Think Of The Stone
8. Wrong Side
9. Better Things
10. Prisoner Song$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Litmus / Glass LoveAs part Anthology Recordings' Surf Archive series, we celebrate the soundtracks to Andrew Kidman's classic 1996 film Litmus alongside his 2006 follow up Glass Love. By the early '90s, surfing was on an upswing in popularity as professional surfers became marketable athletes. The three-fin, high performance, "thruster" shortboard was the tool of choice, lending to a fast-paced slashing style and ultimately a more aggressive "surf and destroy" movement in board culture. Litmus, Andrew Kidman's first avant-garde surf film, served as a soulful reaction to the pop-punk progression that dominated the "alternative" mainstream. Prior to filming Litmus, Kidman's band, The Val Dusty Experiment, recorded a total of thirty-five songs in one day. The outcome of the "one-and-done sessions was a lo-fi, rustic, experimental rock 'n' roll sound, adding a rough-around-the-edges ambiance to the surf scenes that span Ireland, Australia, California, and South Africa. Additional contributions from Galaxie 500, Yothu Yindi and The Screaming Orphans diversify the score. Litmus was a defining moment in surf filmmaking -- it sparked an open-minded retro-progressive movement as surfers formed a higher consciousness about the types of boards they were riding and why. Kidman released his second film, Glass Love, ten years later. As with Litmus, the music came first; Kidman felt his songwriting was ready to take on a new life. Thanks in part to Litmus, experimentation in board design progressed as surfers became more contemplative, questioning, 'is surfing art or sport?' Glass Love and its soundtrack highlights this mindset and time period, creating an extra dimension to surfing that is still prevalent today.Litmus
1. Rain - By The Val Dusty Experiment
2. Wayne Lynch Quote - By Wayne Lynch
3. Gapu - By Yothu Yindi
4. Listen the Snow is Falling - By Galaxie 500
5. Derek Hynd Quote - By Derek Hynd
6. Mo Walker - By The Val Dusty Experiment
7. Cow - By The Val Dusty Experiment
8. Time - By The Val Dusty Experiment
9. Black is the Colour - By The Screaming Orphans
10. Joel Fitzgerald Quote - By Joel Fitzgerald
11. Green Hornet - By The Val Dusty Experiment
12. Fire Jam - By Tom Curren
13. Elizabeth - By Rosie Sutherland
14. Dump Swimming - By Jon Frank and The Val Dusty Experiment
15. Hawaiian Surf Forecast - By The Val Dusty Experiment
16. Riding the Wind - By Kevin Baker and The Val Dusty Experiment
1. If They Only Knew
2. Mama, You Been on My Mind
3. Light Inside of You
5. Flowers in the Wind
7. The Dice Already Thrown
9. Blood on Your Shadow$59.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Cribbing as much from Brian Wilson's lyrical topics as they take
from Dick Dale's reverb-soaked guitar tone"
- Noisey / Vic
[The music of the Tijuana Panthers] sounds something like they had
spent an afternoon with Jan and Dean sharing fish tacos with Quentin Tarantino, before laying down some 4-track recordings with The
Cramps in a sunlit garage."
- LA Weekly
the polished punx in vintage pop-snarlers like the Only Ones, the
Real Kids, or Generation X."
Live and on record, the Tijuana Panthers are a great band. You
could say garage, punk or surf while describing their sound, but
they're harder to pin than that. The truth is that they write classic
songs that don't depend on tropes from any genre. They craft perfect
pop and deliver it with energy and immediacy. However, the real
magic of this band is in their weirdness.
Behind their picturesque portraits of daily life is an aching despair.
This subtle contrast creates an eerie tension between the ideal, the
real and the surreal. You suddenly realize they're not the happy-golucky beach boys you tried to pin them as, but more akin to sexually
frustrated soda jerks in a David Lynch film. And this all makes sense
with the fact that they come from Southern California's shadier city
of Long Beach, not exactly the fun in the sun that California dreamers might expect.
For Wayne Interest, the Panthers team up with producer Richard
Swift. The recordings took place at Swift's studio in Oregon where
the band decidedly took risks in performance and production. The
risks paid off. With Swift's direction and upgrade in fidelity, Wayne
Interest sounds just as compelling in headphones as it would at a
house party in East LA. It also gives the listener a closer look at the
idiosyncrasies of the Tijuana Panthers, only making it clearer that
there's something off about these creeps. Their weirdness, or boldness to be whoever they may be, is what makes this band great. It's
a rare quality. The more you listen to the Tijuana Panthers the more
you wonder about them.1. Four Horsemen
3. Cherry Street
4. Dark Matter
5. Sooner Or Later
9. 7th Seal
10. Everybody's Happy Nowdays
12. Wayne Interest
13. Money Jar
14. Car Crash$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
From ChaosUpon 311's vigorous return, vocalist S.A. Martinez declares, I'm on a new high with a pen and a pad, and for fun I attend a jam that's super bad. While the members of the Omaha-bred quintet aren't lyrical rocket scientists, these disciples of positivity have nonetheless re-emerged on a new high with a jam that's super bad. From Chaos astonishes and impresses with considerable energy and focus, proving itself as the album 311 has always been capable of making. With Tim Mahoney's razor-edged riffing and Nick Hexum and Martinez's super-charged vocals, their Volcano label debut rocks harder and rides smoother than each preceding effort.
Amidst their signature hip-hop/heavy rock/reggae hybrid, 311 additionally blends surf guitar over jungle beats, merges punk guitar with dancehall, and introduces ska, à la Hexum's autobiographical I'll Be Here Awhile, to their sonic repertoire. Tracks such as the carpe diem-inspired Wake Your Mind Up and the boastful Sick Tight prove the quintet hasn't forsaken their old-school formula, while the amorous Amber, perhaps their most charming composition, exhibits a melodic versatility and musical ambition unlike many of their pigeonholed contemporaries. Under the technical lead of veteran producer and engineer Ron Saint Germain (aka Saint), From Chaos effectively captures the energy of the live shows, per bassist P-Nut, and despite the band's growing musical complexity, each selection remains a perfect candidate for the well-traveled road ahead. Drummer Chad Sexton affirms it's our best-performed record, and despite the album's semi-ironic title, he couldn't be more right. Whether employing the computer or stereo for amusement, From Chaos is the sonic cornerstone for remarkably original rap-metal. ~ Jacob N. Lunders, Rovi1. You Get Worked
2. Sick Tight
3. You Wouldn't Believe
4. Full Ride
5. From Chaos
6. I Told Myself
8. Hostile Apostle
9. Wake Your Mind Up
12. I'll Be Here Awhile$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
YPLLEpitaph is proud to announce YPLL,the label debut of southern California's
RETOX. With members from both the LA and San Diego noise and punk
scenes, including frontman Justin Pearson from cult favorites The Locust,
RETOX are already turning heads and making friends. Count among these
Nick Zinner from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who guests on the album, and Mike
Patton, who signed the newly formed band to his Ipecac label back in 2011
and took them out this spring with Tomahawk. Musically the band both
expands on the noise roots of its members, while looking back to classic
punk sounds from Black Flag and PIL to the surf twang of the Dead
Kennedys. The songs are short and tothepoint in the best hardcore
tradition, with titles that tell the story all by themselves - you know what
"Congratulations, You Are Good Enough" is all about before the first
shattering guitar chord. More importantly, YPLL will carry the news of this
amazing band beyond the noise scene to the kids who have rediscovered
punk through bandslike Fucked Up and The Men.1. Modern Balls
2. Mature Science
3. Don't Fall In Love With Yourself
4. You Lost Me At It Wasn't My Fault
5. Congratulations, You Are Good Enough
6. Soviet Reunion
7. Greasy Psalms
8. I've Had It Up To Here I'm Going To Prison
9. The Art Of Really Really Sucking
10. Biological Process Of Politics
11. Nose To Tail
12. Consider The Scab Already Picked$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
POSTERThe Tijuana Panthers are from Long Beach, a great band, staring at the sea, staring at the sand... POSTER is their latest album. POSTER? As in Post Punk? Post Surf? Post Cowpunk? How about post any wave that has come and gone and will come back and go again? Post all that. How about putting the 'post' back in posterity? POSTER is another great record by the Tijuana Panthers! Not just for posterity's sake - for RIGHT NOW! Earlier Tijuana Panthers albums were urgent - as if cranking out the hits was objective number one. They cranked out the hits and they did it true. From point A to point B. But POSTER is the Tijuana Panthers now, at their most confident and present minded. They have arrived. They've stepped out of the past or future and into the now. Go back if you must to revisit the hits, but POSTER is now, I say! There is no longer a race against time. On this album the hit feeling is all around you. They are exploring the time and space of that feeling. Sounds come and go, maybe to return, maybe not. This is the Tijuana Panthers freed from the tried and true structure. They have freed themselves only to be trapped again and again, in this moment, making noise, stretching out, letting odds and ends fall where they may. After all, this album was recorded in just two days! No time for fallacy! No time for façade! POSTER is but a moment to be lived and continually re-lived! What else do we have? Truth itself?! All I know - and can ever know - is this moment now, POSTER, apartment windows opening and closing, lyrics passing like ads on buses, tones swelling and crashing through breezeways.1. Foolish
2. Church Bell
3. Set Forth
4. Send Down the Bombs
5. Power Plant
6. Miss You Hardly Know Me
7. Gated Patio
8. I Hate Saturday Nights
9. Front Window Down
11. Right and Wrong
12. Trujillo$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
AntisocialitesAntisocialites is the much-anticipated follow-up to Alvvays' 2014 self-titled debut. Across its 10 tracks and 33 minutes the Toronto-based group dive back into the deep end of reckless romance and altered dates. Through thoughtful consideration in basement and abroad, Alvvays has renewed its Scot-pop vows with a powerful new collection of manic emotional collage.
The album opens with the excellent strum-'n-thrummer 'In Undertow,' a hi-amp breakup fantasy that is both crushing and charming for its level-headedness. You find a wave and try to hold on for as long as you can, you made a mistake you'd like to erase and I understand, sings Rankin, her voice full longing not for another person necessarily, but for what to do next. Meditate, play solitaire, take up self-defense, Molly continues, laundry-listing some strategies for moving on. What's next for you and me? I'll take suggestions, she deadpans under crashing waves of feedback and Farfisa.
Replete with more songs about drinking ('Forget About Life,' 'Hey'), drugging ('Lollipop (Ode To Jim)'), and drowning ('Already Gone'), Antisocialites is a multipolar period piece fueled by isolation and loss. Perversely enjoyable dark drama springs from Rankin's phonetic twists, quick-sung rhymes and irreverent syllable-play. So morose for me, seeing ghosts of me, writing oaths to me, the self-described introvert sings on the Cocteau-pop stunner 'Dreams Tonite,' the song from which the album's name is derived. In fluorescent light, antisocialites watch a wilting flower.
Antisocialites details a world of ice cream truck jingles and radiophonic workshop noise, where Rankin's shining wit is refracted through crystalline counterpoint. 'Not My Baby' is a centerpiece, a meditation on the rapture of escape following the sadness of separation. Elsewhere, 'Plimsoll Punks' is the band's answer to Television Personalities' 'Part-Time Punks' and a winking surf opus indictment of the self-righteous who intend to condescend. Molly wrote the rapid-fire sugar stream 'Lollipop (Ode to Jim)' after singing 'Just Like Honey' with Jesus and Mary Chain. 'Your Type' is a beautiful primitive stomp about running around Paris with vomit on your feet post-Louvre ejection.
The record concludes with a movement that is at once stark and celebratory. On 'Forget About Life,' the apartment stands in disarray as undrinkable wine is inhaled: When the failures of the past multiply and you trivialize the things that keep your hand from mine, did you want to forget about life with me tonite? The resonant freaks in Rankin's tales don't find much resolve, but with equal doses of black humor and heartstring-tugging, Antisocialites rings a truer tone.1. In Undertow
2. Dreams Tonite
3. Plimsoll Punks
4. Your Type
5. Not My Baby
7. Lollipop (Ode To Jim)
8. Already Gone
9. Saved By A Waif
10. Forget About Life$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Master guitarist, Yonatan Gat (Monotonix) is back with 11 new punk inspired, improvisational, psychedelic mind melters. Recorded live by Chris Woodhouse (Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees) in less than 3 days during a US tour, the band went into the studio with just a few songs and ideas. The goal was to capture the riotous and intricate improvisations of the band's live show. Inspired by soundtrack virtuosos like Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota, Director is edited as a cinematic circular journey around the world, East to West and North to South. This journey is interconnected by field recordings that Gat has taken during his travels, giving it a feeling of space and time. The result is a genre-bending opus that finds the band seamlessly exploring different styles of music from Brazilian psych and Afrobeat to free jazz, surf and 20th century avant-garde, sometimes in the span of just one song. Gat's wildly inventive, reverb-drenched guitar offensive takes simultaneous lead and rhythm duties, backed by Gal Lazer's hard-hitting African-inspired grooves, and Sergio Sayeg's (of Brazilian garage rockers Garotas Suecas) pumping bass.1. East to West
2. Casino CafÉ
4. Gold Rush
5. Theme From A Dark Partie
6. North to South
9. Underwater Prelude
11. Tanto Que Nem Tem$18.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
It's AliveSeattle's La Luz recorded their debut EP, Damp Face, in a small trailer on a hot August day. But barring the inevitable "no-AC-in-the-van" summer tour calamity, La Luz runs cool. Their brand of coolness isn't about distance or affect; it's a mood, and-sue me, but I'm about to totally rip off Zelda Fitzgerald: Something about this music vibrates to the dusky, dreamy smell of dying moons and shadows. So yeah, that kind of cool.
Still, La Luz's live shows, more than most these days, are about connection. It's evident that the four ridiculously talented ladies on stage are not only playing music with each other, but for each other. And they engage their audience as well. Like a proper punk band-which they are not- they give you shit for not dancing. They convey a gritty self-possession, a sense that they've been there and back again. And, like the expert, but seemingly effortless, surf licks and meandering bass lines that rise and fall throughout their songs, their mocking is playful and dreamy and disarming enough to get most of the crowd (and sometimes the keyboard player) dancing down the center line of a soul train.
But as any half-assed Freudian will tell you, there can be no meaningful connection without first weathering some dark and lonely times. Here comes the chilly part: What makes La Luz stand out-and stand out fast-the band has only been playing together for a year and people took notice almost immediately-is that this is a band that embodies that most elusive slant on the human condition: longing, and the fleeting relief that tags alongside deep desire.
In Spanish, La Luz means "light" and that's the perfect thing to evoke when your songs give the illusion of veering in the opposite direction. But lift out most any lyric-which is a good excuse to give a closer listen to the delicate, four-part harmonies that are fast becoming the band's signature-and you'll find that the aches and pains of love and loss, of living in a world where no foothold is ever a promise-all this is delivered with a nuanced dose of perfectly timed exhilaration, like the whole thing might just be worth it in the end.
Last spring, La Luz returned to that steamy trailer park to record It's Alive - the much-anticipated follow up to Damp Face - with their friend and engineer Johnny Goss. From the first get-psyched drum roll and eerie chords of "Sure As Spring", the dinged-up pop gem that opens the album, the rest moves like a slow drive on a dangerous road, slinking and bending as the terrain shifts. On "What Good Am I?", the lead vocals, and the swirl of harmonies that surround it, recall the Spartan haze of Mazzy Star's misty-eyed super hit. Smack in the middle is the title track. "It's Alive" is a jangly rocker with a spooky refrain, oodles of ooohs, and a marauding narrative that nails down the misty logic of the rest of the album. Two instrumentals, "Sunstroke" and "Phantom Feelings", showcase the band's beach jam surf chops, and fall perfectly between the chilled out heartache that surrounds them.
Imagine all of the Shangri-La's trying, precariously, to balance on top of Link Wray's surfboard.
The kind of sweet surf rock with a touch of melancholy that should be the soundtrack to the slow-dancing-at-prom scene in every teen movie.
-- The Stranger1. Sure As Spring
2. All the Time
3. Morning High
4. What Good Am I?
6. It's Alive
7. Big Big Blood
8. Call Me in the Day
9. Pink Slime
10. Phantom Feelings
11. You Can Never Know$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Big Smoke London TownThe Dustaphonics occupy the space where the talented few, committed and bright, stick to their guns'. Some groups are capable of doing things more intensely than others. The Dustaphonics is a group that knows how to grab your attention and get people dancing. The music is a fantastic mash-up that details their musical influences, from booze-soaked 1950s rhythm and blues, vintage stomping 'buttshaker' soul, '60s garage rock and british beat / r&b, Vegas lounge, sleazy grind instrumentals and surf guitar. And the whole deal is sealed and delivered with the spirit of '70s punk. Although the influences are vintage, there is something remarkably and distinctively fresh and progressive about their songs that takes the music beyond simple imitation and infuses it with tremendous energy and passion.1. The Message
2. When You Gonna Learn
3. Big Smoke London Town
4. Grand Prix
5. Ride on Louisiana Red
6. Rockin Boogaloo
7. Don't Let the Devil Drive
8. Your Car
9. Back to Mono
10. Fire Dance
11. Mojo Yar Bones
12. Flesh & Blood$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Trip Trap Attack"Singer Kimmy Drake has the true voice of a girl-group leading lady, something like a
young, white Ronnie Spector raised on punk" ORLANDO WEEKLY
"[The music] may tip its hat to the past-in particular, '60s girl groups but it's hardly
"We love a fun song about going to the beach. Now there is a whole band about it." FOAM
"Take a listen to our latest Band Crush the nostalgic trio with '60s surfer melodies"
"Nearly four minutes of gorgeous surf and garage rock, complete with tambourine
bashing, sentimental keys, jangly guitar, and rich vocals all about lust and longing. It
captures the sincerity of the '60s, while ringing ever so true today." FILTER MAGAZINE
FOR FANS OF: 60's, garage, pop, Cults, Dum Dum Girls, Black Lips, the Shangri-La's
Trip Trap Attack is the debut album from Hollywood, Florida based trio Beach Day. An
embodiment of their surroundings and love of 60's girl groups, Beach Day sounds as you
might expect. Think of a female fronted Beach Boys, throw in some The Shangri-La's,
The Ventures, The Sonics, Phil Spector, The Ronettes, add in contemporaries Cults,
Jacuzzi Boys, Dum Dum Girls and the Black Lips and you have a soundtrack for your
perfect Beach Day.
The album was recorded in South Florida and mixed by Jim Diamond (the White Stripes, Dirtbombs).1. Walking on the Streets
3. Beach Day
6. Trip Trap Attack
7. Little Weird
8. Come Back To Me
9. Wasting All My Time
10. Am I The Only One
11. We've Gotta Go$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
VenturaIn 2010, Antoine Hilaire and Florent Lyonnet released the first Jamaica album. Produced by Peter Franco, an American engineer known for his work with Daft Punk and Xavier de Rosnay, one half of Justice, 'No Problem' is boosted by a terrific single: 'I Think I Like U 2. Jamaica is taking off. Followed an almost two year tour, more than 150 shows around the world, and success from Paris to Tokyo.
Jamaica felt ambitious when it was time to start working on their second album, without any weight or pressure : "On the contrary! We felt extremely light. We only realised that in a way we had to write our second first album."
They started writing 'Ventura' in Paris, knowing they would start recording in Los Angeles, fed by both fantasies of American culture, gathered from records or movies, and the reality they discovered while touring several months in the U.S. "We often played in the U.S. during our first tour, and America as we know it now is not only spectacular and Hollywood-centered. It's also filled with clubs and cranked up amps."
When they tell about the month they spent with Peter Franco in a rented house in Los Angeles to give life to their new songs, Antoine and Florent mention a discovery in a literal sense: "We thought about for a while naming this album 'Pinta, Nina, Santa Maria', like Christopher Columbus's ships." In the end, they named it 'Ventura'. For the musicians, the name reminds of its literal translation of "luck" and "fate", but also of the 72 Pontiac and of course, of Ventura Boulevard, one of the biggest roads in the San Fernando valley. It's also on Ventura Boulevard that Peter Franco set a house into a studio, where Jamaica locked itself for a month, surrounded by instruments borrowed from local musician friends, sometimes recording vocal takes while friends would walk across the living room to get fresh beverages from the fridge, heading to the pool.
The duo is greeted with prestigious guests. One day, Tunde Adebimpe, TV On The Radio singer, sings soulful and worried vocals on 'Golden Times', another day, Chris Caswell, longtime collaborator of Paul Williams's gives them a hand with a few keyboard arrangements. Their friend DVNO writes and sings the song 'Goodbye Friday' with them in a few simple and entertaining work sessions.
Jamaica comes back to Paris, where Antoine and Florent take back the numerous tracks recorded in the U.S., helped by their producer friend Samy Osta and his 2001 studio. They listen, select, arrange the many layers of music Peter Franco led them to gather, under the influence of his recent work on Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories'.
Jamaica then settles in the Paris studio Tranquille Le Chat, where the owner Laurent d'HerbÉcourt just finished the recording of Phoenix's 'Bankrupt!'. Antoine and Florent find the perfect place to finish their record: it is bathed in daylight thanks to three large windows, which is seldom found in a studio. "To us, 'No Problem' shows a clubby and nightly aspect of the band, while 'Ventura' is meant to be the daylight album for Jamaica."
The band came in to record a few tracks, but never left the place or Laurent d'HerbÉcourt. They kept pushing in the direction they fancied in Los Angeles, helped by the huge Neve mixing desk that stands in the middle of the studio. The intent was to create a new depth to the band's sound, mixing electronic habits and an almost magical approach to analogue gear: "Depending on the moment of the day, the sound of analogue gear changes, machines heat up, like living things. It was very exciting for us, Jamaica being usually digitally driven."
Antoine and Florent's belief in a more organic sound was strengthened by Laurent d'HerbÉcourt: "While mixing, he definitely pushed us further towards a "radio" oriented direction, in the most noble and Fleetwood Mac sense of the word. A sunny pop that hides more sensibility when one really pays attention."
Songs like 'Two on Two', 'Golden Times', 'All Inclusive' or 'Ferris Wheeler' are fueled by this feel good music to listen to while driving along the Pacific Ocean. Other tracks reveal new leads for Jamaica, from 'Turbo' and 'Same Smile's' post surf music to 'Rushmore's' power balladry.
On the album cover stand the two Jamaica members, in a desert, in front of a plane and a wall made of guitar amps. Ready to take off?1. Two on Two
2. Hello Again
4. Golden Times
5. All Inclusive
6. Ferris Wheeler
7. High Then Low
11. Same Smile
12. Goodbye Friday$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
NVMLike a fluorescent-lit snack-aisle oasis in some desolate interstate road stop, brimming with Skittles and limited-edition Sno Balls, Tacocat's Easter-egg-hued pop-punk-pop is bubblegum-sticky with hooks, bound to brighten up the most drab stretch of bummer backroad.
The band's four-person, seven-layer-burrito came together organically: Lelah Maupin (drums) and Eric Randall (guitar) met in their native Longview, WA-two hours south of Seattle, the very town that Green Day named their breakout debut single after. Lelah's family room was wallpapered with framed Magic Eye posters, hence Stereogram, the cross-eyed love letter to that bizarre '90s optical fad. She met lanky Eric while both worked at Safeway, wearing the chain's distinctive navy aprons before breaking north to Seattle. Eric's band The Trashies practiced and played in the basement of the 24/7 House in the Central District, where Long Beach, CA native Bree McKenna (bass) was living, amongst the dust, boxes, and spiders. Lelah met Butte, MT native Emily Nokes (voice, tambourine) in one excruciatingly early/boring graphic design class, slipping her a doodled-upon note; she soon noticed Emily's big voice while she sang along with R. Kelly on the radio. Emily and Bree hit it off one sloshy night at the Comet. Eric impressed Emily with his reenactments of scenes from Anaconda. Sometime around 2007, via countless raucous house party shows, the legend of Tacocat was born.
The foursome would quickly make a name for themselves with their simply energizing power pop, drawing on classic Northwest energy with an uncommonly upbeat, surfy swag that could only come from gray skies and hydroponic sunshine. Their sly and unabashed '90s revivalism has, in the past, found the band pondering Evan Dando and Waterworld-and Bree herself explains finding about riot grrrl via Napster and Julia Stiles in 10 Things I Hate About You. They've described themselves variously as Feminist sci-fi and Equal parts Kurt and Courtney; oh well, whatever NVM.
NVM-Tacocat's second full-length album and first for Hardly Art, opens up like some mystery shoebox, wistful, instantly nostalgic: snapshots of mortifying exes (You Never Came Back) and sketchy party situations (Party Trap), maybe a postcard with an alien smoking a joint. Cigarette cellophane-wrapped weed nugs, pain pill crumbs and wrapped tampons (all the girls are surfing the wave, surfing the crimson wave today"), all serve as a roadmap through Tacocat's bong-ripped reminiscences, scenarios all-too familiar and hilariously improbable. There's the notoriously inconsistent #8 Metro line (F.U. #8) and the accountability-allergic, black-clad brick-heavers of This Is Anarchy. The protagonist of Psychedelic Quinceañera-based on Bree-just wants to dance with rainbows, mind-expansion style, instead of having to wear a frilly dress in front of her whole family. Emily daydreams of a Bridge to Hawaii, where even the destitute could walk their asses to paradise-before being snapped out of it by cat-calls from construction workers, business dads, and drunk hobos (Hey Girl); sweaty jerks telling her that she should smile!
NVM all that, though: you should, and will, smile-either a wry little corner-lifter or a big ear-to-ear equator-and shake what's yours, when you hear the whippet-smart latest album from the world's favorite palindromic band. Text a friend.
--Larry Mizell1. You Never Came Back
2. Bridge to Hawaii
3. Crimson Wave
5. Pocket Full of Primrose
6. Psychedelic Quinceañera
7. Time Pirate
8. This is Anarchy
9. Hey Girl
10. Party Trap
11. F.U. #8
12. Alien Girl
13. Snow Day$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Plastic Surgery DisastersRemastered And Available In A Deluxe Gatefold Sleeve
Having proved themselves masters of the quick, vicious smash and bash, on their second full-length album the Kennedys continued in that vein while finding other effective ways to express their all-encompassing message of resistance and satire. Absolutely nobody is safe, whether it's the more expected targets of conservative society, or those who claim to follow what the Kennedys and punk promised but only ended up acting like idiots. For the most part, though, it's a well-deserved smackdown of all the jerks the early '80s produced, set to some fantastic music.
Bookended by random noise jams -- the first one with a wonderfully dismissive spoken-word analysis on societal programming for The Good Life -- Plastic Surgery Disasters shows East Bay Ray, Klaus Fluoride and D.H. Peligro turning into an even more awesome unit than before. Ray's sheet-metal intense guitar may once or twice get slammed into too much treble for its own good, but his spaghetti-western-cranked-to-ten playing is fantastic stuff at its best. The others have their moments, like Peligro's rolling drum breaks on Trust Your Mechanic. When the band aims for subtlety, the results are grand -- the sudden silences on Trust Your Mechanic, the goofy hipswing start to Forest Fire. Unsurprisingly, Biafra is still at the center of it all; once again, the song titles make it clear what's at play. Terminal Preppie, rips into an example of the type with gusto, and the wonderfully sneering Winnebago Warrior is just the tip of the iceberg. The real highlight can be found at the end -- Moon Over Marin, with a soaring, anthemic surf-rock line from Ray offsetting Biafra's semi-apocalyptic vision of the Bay Area's snooty region.
- Ned Raggett (All Music Guide)1. Advice From Christmas Past
2. Government Flu
3. Terminal Preppie
4. Trust Your Mechanic
5. Well Paid Scientist
7. Forest Fire
9. Winnebago Warrior
11. Bleed For Me
12. I Am The Owl
13. Dead End
14. Moon Over Marin$34.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bigfoot (Awaiting Repress)Cayucas: Pronounced "ky-yook-us", is the monikered homage to a sleepy little seaside town in San Luis Obispo County,California. That town, Cayucos, has hardly changed in the last 50 years, a far cry from the gentrified tourist traps parading showily down the nearby coastline. In the early 1960s,the surfing craze hit. There was one bar around which local kids congregated back then,the site of helpless crushes and fights and games of pool, a place whose jukebox soundtracked innumerable teenage years as breezy summers rolled into mild winters and back around again.The bar has since disappeared, but as Zach Yudin, the man behind the name, will tell you, the place still holds on tight to its propensity for dreamy, lazy, bonfire-lit nights worth getting moony-eyed about.
Cayucas' debut album bears little resemblance to the sound of modern California that's been so omnipresent over the past few years. Instead, Bigfoot posesses flirty rhythmic sensibilities both snappy and sparkling, a rosy, near-tropical warmth, and a loose and conversational feel that position you right in the line of Yudin's wry gaze.
Having moved to Japan for a yearto teach,he became inspired by the country'slove of electronic music. He started writing Daft Punk-style material while he was out there, and experimenting with the vinyl sampling that would form a crucial component of Cayucas' early sound-old rock albums by bands like the Beach Boys,theTornadoes, and the Animals. Although he has since set aside the synthesizer, this braiding together of proto-pop group classicsfed directly into the album.
Bigfoot was recorded up in the chilly Pacific Northwest-in Oregon, with Secretly's Richard Swift in charge of production. It's the result of Swift and Yudin's symbiotic working relationship, and positivity one of its brightest qualities, even when recalling missed opportunities-there's no space for downcast vibes here. "High School Lover" is perhaps Bigfoot most quintessential song; centered around a chiming rhythm ripe for shimmying, and a tale that sums up Yudin'staste for his own personal nostalgia.
After working at a local independent jazz label for a couple of years, he's now making music full-time, rehearsing with his new band for Cayucas' first live shows, running along theVenice Beach boardwalk, and hitting a certain bar each night to play pool, hang out, and listen to the Beach Boys. Some places don't change.1. Cayucos
2. High School Lover
3. Will The Thrill
4. A Summer Thing
5. East Coast Girl
6. Deep Sea
7. Ayawa 'kya
8. Bigfoot$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path (Awaiting Repress)6LP Picture Disc Box Set
Grammy-winning, multi-platinum selling and legendary rock band Soundgarden, have announced the vinyl release of their highly acclaimed rarities collection, Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path. Hard on the heels of the 20th anniversary deluxe re-release of their chart-topping, five-times-platinum 1994 album, Superunknown early last year, the new vinyl package, first released as a 3-CD collection and as a 14-track single CD last November, will feature the three album thematic collection on six LPs with three separate jackets, each sporting its own unique art and housed in a slipcase wrapped in foil paper designed by Josh Graham.
The collection was curated and hand-selected by guitarist Kim Thayil. Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path is the first time an official Soundgarden release has included more than 26 years of rarities that have appeared as B-sides, album bonus tracks, EPs, soundtracks, compilations and live recordings, a must for any fan of the band.
LP 1 & 2, dubbed "ORIGINALS," is filled with Soundgarden-written songs, mainly B-sides along with some soundtrack and compilation selections in addition to two unreleased songs on vinyl which go back as far as "Sub Pop Rock City," originally included as part of the 1988 compilation, Sub Pop 200. The two unreleased tracks on this disc are "Kristi," a 1996 outtake from the Down on the Upside sessions which is reportedly drummer Matt Cameron's favorite Soundgarden song, and "Storm," a brand-new track recorded in early 2014.
LP 3 & 4, "COVERS," offers a stellar showcase of songs from bands who Soundgarden love and admire, from classic rockers The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, The Doors, Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix and Sly and the Family Stone to punk pioneers The Stooges, the Ramones, Fear and DEVO. Showing their sense of humor, Soundgarden also cover songs by Spinal Tap and Cheech & Chong. The two unreleased tracks include the Beatles' "Everybody's Got Something to Hide " and the Sly Stone track "Thank You ", both of which were originally recorded for a BBC Radio 1 John Peel session in 1989.
LP 5 & 6, "ODDITIES," offers a wide-ranging combination of instrumentals, remixes and demos. The unreleased tracks on vinyl include "Twin Tower," penned by Matt Cameron, which was originally recorded at Seattle's London Bridge studio in December 1988 during the sessions for Louder Than Love. "Night Surf" is an instrumental performed by bassist Ben Shepherd which the band used to open their 1994 tour in conjunction with an introductory film which screened before they took the stage. Steve Fisk's new remix of "The Telephantasm (Resurrection Remix)," a song originally released for 2011 Record Store Day, has also never been available on vinyl before.LP 1 - ORIGINALS
1.Sub Pop Rock City
4.Fresh Deadly Roses
8.She's A Politician
LP 2 - ORIGINALS
1.She Likes Surprises
2.Kyle Petty, Son of Richard
7.Live To Rise
LP 3 - COVERS
1.Swallow My Pride - Green River
2.Smokestack Lightnin' - Howlin' Wolf
3.Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (John Peel BBC Sessions) - The Beatles
4.Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (John Peel BBC Sessions) - Sly and the Family Stone
5.Come Together - The Beatles
6.Stray Cat Blues - The Rolling Stones
7. Into The Void (Sealth) - Black Sabbath
LP 4 - COVERS
1. Girl U Want - DEVO
2. Touch Me - Fancy
3. Can You See Me? (Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions) - Jimi Hendrix
4. Homicidal Suicidal (Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions) - Budgie
5. I Can't Give You Anything(Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions) - The Ramones
6. I Don't Care About You (Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions) - Fear
7. Waiting For The Sun (Live) - The Doors
8. Search And Destroy (Live) - The Stooges
9. Big Bottom (Live) - Spinal Tap
10. Earache My Eye (Live) - Cheech & Chong
LP 5 - ODDITIES
1. Twin Tower
2. Jerry Garcia's Finger
4. Night Surf
5. A Splice Of Space Jam
6. The Telephantasm
7. Black Days III
LP 6 - ODDITIES
1. Fopp (Fucked Up Heavy Dub Mix)
2. Big Dumb Sex (Dub Version)
3. Spoonman (Steve Fisk Remix)
4. Rhinosaur (The Straw That Broke The Rhino's Back Remix)
5. Dusty (Moby Remix)
6. The Telephantasm (Resurrection Remix)
7. One Minute Of Silence$139.99Vinyl LP Picture Disc Box Set - 6 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now