Austin Lucas – Live From The White Water Tavern – LP
1. Wash My Sins Away
2. Sleep Well
3. Somebody Loves You
4. Life I’ve Got
5. Go West
6. Man Alive
8. Sun or Snow
9. Man Alive
Bangers – Small Pleasures – LP
The new BANGERS album “Simple Pleasures” packs intelligent lyrics and tight musicianship into a mid-tempo punk rock melee. The record is littered with subtle hooks, head-bobbing breakdowns, and endearingly gruff vocals. Couple those components with an amazingly warm sound it makes this full length incredibly authentic sounding. It's hard to put a finger on what one thing that makes you want to listen to “Small Pleasures” on repeat but I guess that is what makes it so darn perfect. Great music for drinking to, or driving to, just try not to do them both at the same time.
1994! – Most Deaf – 7″
Purple vinyl – first pressing
Lancaster PA’s 1994! are a heavy duo de force. The songs on “Most Deaf” just don’t let up. A plethora of attitude with belted out hoarse vocals, soaring riffs, and grooving tempos make it reminiscent of a lot of the great emocore bands of the 90’s. (Yeah “emocore,” because that’s what kids called it back then, before it became a generic, over produced, over hyped, fashionable, and haircut driven bastardization that everyone knows today.) Time to stop ranting, trust us this is totally worth checking out!
–Kiss Of Death Records–
Mall’d To Death – Can’t Make a Living – 12″
Very catchy stuff! The title is linked to their Punknews profile where you can stream this. We have gold and black vinyl to choose from.
The vinyl is a one-sided 12″ and it has 7 bonus tracks from their session for OUT OF STEP on Radio K.
With artwork by Corey Ayd of Banner Pilot.
Dirty Tactics – The Divine Middle – 7″
Philadelphia's Dirty Tactics bring 5 tracks (4 on the vinyl) melodic mid tempo punk rock to the table on The Divine Middle EP. Sometimes sad sounding, sometimes upbeat, sometimes angry, this is a complete record that doesn't stick to any generic or worn formulas. Lyrically, each song unfolds like a short story. Musically, the band has honed their chops and really kept a focus on dynamics in their song-writing. There are hints of Against Me!, hints of Americana at times, but these boys can't be pegged down to any one genre or “sound alike” band.
This EP was recorded by The Pete from the Bouncing Souls. Definitely worth checking out!
First pressing, coloured vinyl.
Attica! Attica! – Napalm & Nitrogen – LP
Black Numbers Limited coloured vinyl!
“We are genuinely stoked to announce the physical release of the second Attica! Attica! full length, “Napalm and Nitrogen”. Previously known as the singer for De La Hoya and Marathon, our good friend Aaron Scott has created an amazing acoustic career under the A!A! name. Napalm and Nitrogen has been available for a bit in the digital only format and we thought it only proper to give it a sweet vinyl release.
Limited to 500 and on 3 different colors, Napalm and Nitrogen is a must have for fans of good music. Following Aaron through his well publicized bike tour (Aaron toured the entire eastern seaboard on his bike playing shows along the way),his stints at the fest, or his recent help with the “Don’t Hang Out in Front of the House” compilation, A!A! is something that we’ve been huge fans of and are happy to be a part of.”
Circle Pit – Slave – 7″
Hardly Art – har033
750 on white vinyl
Circle Pit is, and began as, the project of Angela Bermuda and Jack Mannix, though their live show is comprised of a six-person troupe. They have stepped away from the tough grit of their debut to craft the two songs for this 7″ release, which delve deep into a strung-out rabbit hole of lush, droning vocals and guitar layers, stretched out and slow-burning; the melodic equivalent of stabbing your heart with a dull ice pick. Circle Pit are impossible to get ahold of.
“There's no rock n' roll bands that are any good, except for us.” –Circle Pit
Benito Band – Caterpillar Pantomine – CD
Two strangers meet in the gutter one rainy evening. The streets of Brussels – no place to raise a family – are nonetheless drenched with the creative energy that birthed Benito Band.
From their humble beginnings as a raucous party band, fitting equally into either a backpack or hatchback, Benito Band, with simple music and dense lyricism, have shaken asses and taken minds across Europe, playing over 150 packed and sweaty shows since mid-2008 in Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Germany and the UK, as well as in their native Canada.
Founding members Scott Hamilton (Keys, Vox) and Dexter Davies (Drums, Vox) were joined in 2010 by Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and all around bag of tricks, Knut Greenfjord (La Fanfare du Belgistan), adding a new level of saxophone-tuba-harmonica-Theremin madness to the already difficult-to-describe blend of Lumberjack Ska, Carnival Blues and Power Folk Vintage which is ascribed to the group. The music is at all times fresh and feel-good; exhilarating and poignant; dense and inspired.
Influenced by, though barely referencing, contemporary party bands such as Man Man, the Slackers and progressive video game music acts, Benito Band are like Bob Dylan and the Band in a jam session with the Skatalites after a night heavy with Hawaiian girls, old Canned Heat records and too many fugues. Though other excited comparisons could be made, the reality is that the group is none of these predecessors but a fresh breath of crisp northern air blowing through smoky, overcrowded clubs and raising the voices and spirits of a jaded generation of concertgoers who scream for more and more and more.
Through their self-produced, cave recordings on the now nearly vanished ‘Two Man Gentleman Band Mini-LP’ (2008), to their first full-length, independent release ‘Sarsaparilla Jacuzzi’ (2009), to the recently completed demo: ‘Caterpillar Pantomime’ (2010), Benito Band forges forth into the musical unknown, packing only a toothbrush and a bottle of forgotten tomorrows.
2. Honest Monster
5. The Corsair
6. St. Sebastien
The Hot Toddies – Get Your Heart On – LP
HOT TODDIES “Get Your Heart On” Review @ Pop Matters ?
Since Best Coast is shaping up to be the Animal Collective of 2010, expect more attention for bands that bring that brand of beach blanket beat. Oakland’s Hot Toddies are four California Gurls tough enough to be on Asian Man Records, but with no compunction about rhyming “Seattle” with “skedaddle” (as they did on their 2007 debut, Smell the Mitten). Fans of Asian Man alumni Alkaline Trio will appreciate Get Your Heart On‘s nod on “Matt Skiba Sandwich”, and the gluten-intolerant should enjoy “Celiac Love Song”. The sweet sing-alongs, with delightfully rudimentary arrangements and lyrics about boys n’ beers, have an endearing “Hey kids, let’s put on a show!” kind of quality. It’s as if Darla and the other girls on The Little Rascals grew up, moved to Malibu and developed an enthusiastic taste for guitars and Guinness. Thank goodness for global warming, because now you’ve got the perfect delayed-summer jams.