Love Of Everything – Sooner I Wish – 7″
Bobby Burg (Joan of Arc, Make Believe, Vacations) has certainly been active lately.
Within the past couple years he self-released Love of Everything’s seventh full-length, Best In Tensions, and teamed up with Jeremy Bolen (Chin Up Chin Up) to put out a 13-song Vacations 7″.
As well, he’s been a mainstay in Joan of Arc for the last nine years – playing bass on the Chicago-based band's last two albums while touring the U.S. and Europe multiple times in support of those records.
On top of all this, Burg and his wife (ex-LOE drummer) recently got divorced…
As a result, Sooner I Wish, the latest offering from Burg’s solo project Love of Everything, features four of his most personal songs to date.
“A lot of it involves dealing with a divorce and not knowing how to start again with another person,” says Burg. “The lyrics are written from contradictory perspectives, switching line by line between the person who wants to end the relationship and the person who wants to make things work.”
Recorded live with a loop pedal and no overdubs except on the vocals, these tracks feature new drummer Matt Holland (Air Waves, Vacations) and were shaped in moments of down time during Vacations' practices.
Although the record clocks in just below nine minutes, Burg's catchy melodies stick in your head instantly upon first listen and are sure to linger there long after the songs have ended.
Banquets / Mayflower – Cassette
Dust off your cassette players and take a listen to this. Two great bands on one shiny icy blue cassette. Two new songs from each band, plus a cover song each. Banquets takes on ‘Versatility’ by Hot Rod Circuit and Mayflower covers ‘Travelin’ Band’ by CCR.
Side A: Banquets
1. “Sexy Ghosts ”
2. “Unforgiven V”
3. “Versatility” (Written by: Hot Rod Circuit)
Side B: Mayflower
1. “Cork High”
3. “Travelin’ Band” (Written by: John Fogerty)
These are limited ‘icy blue’ cassettes (/100) with incredible artwork. I highly recommend picking this up! Both bands are incredible and compliment each other very well on this release.
This is a co-release between Shouting Street Audio Cassettes (Shout#04) and Black Numbers (BN-025)
Grey Area / Go Rydell – 7″
This split 7″ marks the first release by the newly reformed NYC veterans Grey Area in over 10 years and pairs them with Florida's best and brightest, Go Rydell. Grey Area (ex members of Warzone, Token Entry, Black Train Jack, and a slew of others) reignited their passion for playing together with two sold-out reunion shows in New York and Philadelphia and a surprise special guest set at This is Hardcore 2010. On the heels of these hugely successful shows comes the band's first recorded effort in their post-Victory Records career. More than holding their own, pop punk/hardcore favourites Go Rydell, named one of Alternative Press's 100 bands you need to know in 2010 deliver two of their most melodic songs to date. Having shared the stage with Terror, H20, Title Fight, and recently named to This is Hardcore 2011, the Florida quintet has been quietly building a name for themselves for years. The first pressing of 500 is nearly sold out.
Kevin Kerby & Battery – Beautiful And Bright – LP
Special limited release vinyl pressing by Last Chance Records! Each album includes a free MP3 download.
1. Beautiful & Bright
2. You & Your Chemical Smile
3. Last Word On A Situation
4. Cast It All Aside
5. Untrue Juggernaut
6. Soon To Be Replaced
7. Dip It In Shellac
8. The Great Swimming Pool Debate
9. Fallback Crutch
10. The Devil Is Real
John Paul Keith & The One Four Fives – Knoxville Town – 7″
b/w Memphis Girls
The first in a series of limited edition John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives picture sleeve 45's on Last Chance Records.
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.
Micah Schnabel – When The Stage Lights Go Dim – LP
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Vultures United – Savages – LP
01. The Natives
02. The Joy Divisions
03. Marty, Hang On
04. I Am My Father’s Son
05. Haunted Houses In The City Of Fountains
06. The Last Surviving Member Of The Nostromo
07. Red Crossed
08. I Don’t Need Drugs, I Need Money
09. Shit Talk From Skull Mountain
11. Salon Girls
12. Fine Night For An Exorcism
13. The Disappearance Of The Green Valley Pig
Red Scare Records