Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Permanent Records Update 9.16.14

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LP - Earthling Society - England Have My Bones - Import - $24.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Riot Season has unleashed a best of a release with the latest from UK's Earthling Society; get the full story directly from the label:

"Earthling Society are a kosmische quartet that hail from the most un-kosmische areas of North West England, Fleetwood. A town so bleak you literally can't drive through it; sticking out of the British Isles like a crippled dick into the murkiest part of the Irish sea. Here, Earthling Society built their lo-fi studio in an old deserted glass factory and since 2004 have recorded a number of albums under the influence of mushrooms, cheap speed and cheaper beer, hoping for a few minutes to transport themselves from the reality of where they really live. Along the way they have hitched rides with Julian Cope, Hawkwind, Damo Suzuki, Guru Guru and Blue Cheer. England Have My Bones is their latest album of fuzzy space-rock offerings with a dedication to their Coltrane idols in a freaked-out version of "Journey in Satchidananda." Limited edition translucent green vinyl."

Earthling Society's alchemical psychedelia is a thing of majesty and England Have My Bones is scorched space blues and fuzzed out cult kosmische from beginning to end.  And be sure to check out their take on Alice Coltrane's Journey In Satchidananda for an interstellar ride of spiritual intensity!  Cosmically Recommended.

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LP - Ouba - Ouba - Reissue - $25.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Out-Sider Records brings the goods with this boss reissue of this acid freak rock improv classic!  Get the deets from the Out-Sider pros:

"Canadian rarity from 1968, recorded under the influence of hallucinogenic substances by a bunch of underground musicians: Michel Pagliaro, Tony Roman, Denis Lepage and Andy Shorter. The album consists of just one long freak-out jam divided in two sides: raw basement sound, acid guitar, stoned vocals, keyboards and loud drums, similar to early Soft Machine, Pink Floyd at their most free-form phase, or Can. Newly-remastered sound, insert with photos and liner notes."

Drop the needle and hold on to yer hats folks, cus this single incendiary jam cut across two sides of wax is nothing short of jaw dropping!  We’re talking manic drum frenzies, ripping organs, stoned guitar attacks and feral yelps and chants for the ages!  This is 60's freak rock down and dirty and as raw as they come!  Suuuuuuper Recommended.

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Tape - Kraus - Interior Castle - $6.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

New sonic sorcery from New Zealand Futurian Kraus on the one and only Moniker Records.  Get the full scoop directly from the label:

"NZ’s iconoclastic Kraus—hailed as a ‘national treasure’ by the New Zealand Listener—has always been an intrepid explorer of sonic scenery, and Interior Castle finds him on the move again, following up his acclaimed Supreme Commander LP (2013) with another highly adventurous outing. Borrowing recklessly from various epochs—stone-age drums meet futurist synths; slot-machine electronics are layered, perversely, over what sounds like a plucked lute; warbling flutes vie with blown-out guitar—his time-traveling brand of exotica stomps playfully through medieval set-pieces and b-movie locales, conjuring mindscapes and dreamworlds at once familiar and strange. While much of the current Kiwi crop tends toward loud and gnarly, Kraus’ inquisitive approach has more in common with mavericks like Arthur Lyman and Joe Meek. A founding member of onetime space-punk legends the Futurians, Kraus continues to broadcast sublime, singular weirdness from his corner of the southern hemisphere." - Moniker

Nab this cassette pronto cuz it is mega limited!  100 copies worldwide with 50 to New Zealand and 50 to the USA!  Permanent Records is the only place to grab this stateside outside of Moniker Records directly so act fast friends!

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LP - Fuzz - Fuzz (Includes download) - $15.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Hey you, stop counting the days, cuz FUZZ IS IN THE BUILDING.   Three teaser singles didn't satiate us, so thank god we finally have the self-titled debut by Fuzz to crank all the way up til the neighbors complain.  YES!   Take from here In The Red:

"Fuzz is Ty Segall (drums / vocals), Charlie Moothart (guitar / vocals) and Roland Cosio (bass). They’re heavy rock lifers—three California-bred dudes who have been refining their riffs and getting weird together since high school (which wasn’t that long ago, actually).  If you are not already aware of Segall, well, what’s up? He’s one of garage rock’s most prolific sons. He said he was going to take it easy this year, but by the time you finish reading this, the onesheet for his next record will have already arrived in your inbox. Moothart plays guitar in The Ty Segall Band and was also a member of The Moonhearts, which included Cosio on guitar. Way back in the early ’00s, all three played in the Epsilons.  Fuzz was formed a couple years ago as a collaboration between Segall and Moothart, but only recently did the pair have sufficient time to guide the band out of side-project limbo and into a recording studio. Since then, they have released two singles, “This Time I Got a Reason” (Trouble In Mind) and “Sleigh Ride” (In The Red). Around the time of the latter, Cosio joined on bass.
They are not dabblers or dilettantes. Fuzz flipped through used bins, hard drives and record collections of the world, seeking out the finest weirdo cuts. The band’s self-titled debut LP, which was recorded by Chris Woodhouse (Thee Oh Sees, The Intelligence), dives deep, drawing inspiration from the more esoteric reaches of heavy metal pre-history. There are Sabbath and Hendrix nods, obviously, but on “Sleigh Bells” you might also catch a whiff of UK progressive blues business like The Groundhogs, particularly when the song quits its 10/4-time intro and reboots into full-bore choogle. Maybe you’ll even glimpse the ghost of Australian guitar legend / sharpie guru Lobby Lloyde sniffing around “Raise.”
The mood is not light. The songs project a state of perpetual paranoia and eroding mental health. And as it should be, you know? It’s a record for the burners."

"This TIme I Got A Reason" grabbed us by the ears and wouldn't let go.  Then "Sleigh Ride" 7 inch turned us into junkies.  And then came the "Sunderberry Dream" single which, as far as we can tell, has whipped up a frenzy from coast to coast.   So here it is, no riots, there's enough Fuzz to go around!!!!!!  We're not sure exactly what happens when Ty, Charlie and Roland get in the same room, magic maybe, but the words "power trio" don't do it justice.  Get ready to journey through halls of RnR most unruly forefathers, from the garage rock unknowns to the psych rock warriors and on through the proto metal heads and into the cosmic realms of anyone who dared to take guitar riffs and RnR pummeling to whole new levels.   HOLY SHIT THIS ALBUM IS OUT OF CONTROL GOOD.  But don't let us try and convince you.  Let yer ears walk your through the checkout line.  THIS ONES MEGA RECOMMENDED!

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LP - Flower Travellin Band - Satori (2012 Repress) - $22.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

AMAZINGLY ENOUGH, we've never featured "Satori" the crowning achievement of The Flower Travellin' Band's pretty stellar oeuvre (and quite possible the greatest Japanese rock and roll album, well - EVER), and since it just got reissued by Phoenix Records (again), we figured we'd give it the "star-treatment" it so deserves! First we'll let Phoenix fill you in on the particulars:
"2012 repress. Deluxe LP format; 180 gram pressing. Reissue of the second Flower Travellin' Band album, originally issued by Atlantic Records in Japan in 1971. Satori is a conceptual hard rock/psych album driven by Hideki Ishima's furious guitar licks which erupt and explode over the harmonic heart beat of the drums and bass. Yamanaka's banshee-like vocal style turned him into an occidental Iggy Pop or Robert Plant while the band itself was rapidly becoming Japan's answer to Led Zeppelin. Satori is a huge album in every way. From power chords to Eastern-tinged North African six-string freak-outs and crashing tom-toms, the band flexes its collective muscle from start to finish. In short, this is a real rock classic of the type they simply don't make any more."

STOP. If you haven't already purchased this record, DO IT NOW. We'll wait.... OK - got it? Let's begin. "Satori" is a full-tilt RAGING demon of a record that ebbs and swells like a psych record, but ROCKS as hard (if not harder) than any metal/hard rock record from 1971. Think about it - by 1971, Sabbath only had two albums out and this record SMOKES both "Black Sabbath" and "Paranoid". Might sound blasphemous, but it's fucking true. Up to this point The Flower Travellin' Band's output had been rooted in the blues-based traditions of bands like Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, but with "Satori" (their second album proper) they completely obliterate any comparisons to The Zep or their mudsharkin' contemporaries. Explosions of freaked out, Eastern-tinged guitar soloing that erupt from the tunes like molten lava, while the rhythm section stomps and writhes like a two-hearted monster from the gates of Hades. It's muscular, it's sweaty, and hell - it's fucking SCARY. Comprised of five suites ("Satori" Pt's 1-5) that are mostly instrumental, with vocalist "Joe"s minimal vocal stylings - dropping in a few verses, wails and "Whoah-oh-oh-ohs" here and there with a full-throated roar that sounds like a call towards Armageddon! (Do you get the feeling we like this one, yet?) Ranked at #1 by Julian Cope in his "Japrocksampler" book's Top Fifty albums, so if that's not an endorsement we don't know what is! It's also TOTALLY ESSENTIAL in our books as well, so what are you waiting for? FUCKING GET IT.

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7in - Bubble Puppy - Days Of Our Time b/w Thinkin About Thinkin - $11.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

We scored a scant stack of original stock copies of this rare promo version of Bubble Puppy's 1969 single Days Of Our Time b/w Thinkin About Thinkin.  These Texas bred gents dish out the dual lead guitar driven psychedelic rock here and both sides are non-LP cuts!  Grab 'em quick like before they vanish into the ether.

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7in - Headstones - Snake Dance b/w Buying Time - $19.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Another week at Permanent Records means more thrilling finds of original stock copies of rare rock from days gone by!  This time we're supplying OG copies of 70's heavy rock the Headstones Snake Dance b/w Buying Time single on Rome Records outta Colombus, Ohio!  The a-side Sanke Dance is driving instrumental jam with a guitar lead melody and the b-side Buying Time is prime cut of 70's hard rock with a soulful vocal, fuzzed out bass, and blistering guitar work.  This one's a total ripper gang so grab 'em while the grabbin's good! 

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7in - Lazy - Party City b/w Silence In Crisis / Boys In The Girlsroom - Clear Wax Repress - Edition of 300 - $6.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Hold on to your hats! Our buds over at Moniker Records are pumping out the hits at a quick clip!  Here's what they're tauting on their latest:

"Lazy explode as a refreshingly direct ball of energy straight from the Heartland. These Kansas City collaborators play punk rock equal parts smart and gritty. Catchy, buzzing anthems evolve from jagged rhythmic chaos, as dark drones and found sound snippets populate percussive, gang-vocal boy/girl rave-ups.    On Moniker's first vinyl release from Lazy's 2012 "Obsession" sessions, Lazy capture punk that could come from anywhere -- "Party City, U.S.A." -- yet few match their immediate intensity. The group's art impulses and collages suggest that anything goes in the course of these brief, emphatic statements. Then there's that inspiring, trebly clatter, a grittiness that ensures this is as real as punk gets. Lazy smash it into a million pieces then tie it all back up, in three minutes or less."

Lazy's "Obsession" cassette on Manic Static flew out the door like a tornado across the plains and now finally some vinyl to temper our own obsessing we've been doing over this underrated Kansas City game changer of a band.  Oh the energy!  Lazy provide a rip roaring single of high octane power pop with just the right amount of grime and attitude, laying out three lightning-fast punk stompers that fly by like a dust storm!  Like the Zero Boys on Red Bull, Lazy (a total misnomer if you ask us) are busy setting the standard for up and comers, pony up and feel the frenzy.  Recommended.

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7in - Meatbodies - Mud Gals (limited color vinyl) - "Rotten" b/w "Mud Gals" - $5.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Meatbodies are back with another dose of fuzz coated, psychedelic sludge garage for yer listening please entitled "Mud Girls" released by the fine folks over at In The Red.   This new double shot is all but causing a riot at both P-Rex locations (you'll soon know why!) and let's just say WE CAN'T F'ING WAIT for the debut Meatbodies lp to drop later this year.  HOLY SHIT if yer into heavy hittin' / bone crunchin' primal psych garage from the classics (Blue Cheer / Jerusalem / Bent Wind) to the current blown-out mind melters like Fuzz, Wand and Zig Zags, you definitely need some "Mud Gals."  SO DROP WHAT YER DOING AND GRAB THIS ONE NOW!!!!  WAY RECOMMENDED!!!!!  

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7in - Meatbodies/Wand - Void (split 7-inch - limited color vinyl) - $5.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

In The Red is about to have one of it's most exciting LA-centric years ever.  Zig Zags debut LP and 45 came out with a bang last month and LPs by Wand and (don't call 'em Chad & the) Meatbodies should be out this fall.  To whet your appetite for destruction, the fine folks over at ITR have unleashed a stunner of a split single between two relatively new LA bands.  These incestuous monsters surely share each other's dugouts and at least one member, the man who happens to be the mastermind behind the art, layout, and design of this here sleeve, Cory Hanson.  If you dig the heavier side of modern garage psych, you're gonna love both sides.  "Feed The Void" then "Take Me Back To The Void" then do it again.  Just don't avoid the void or you'll end up annoyed (that you missed out on this crucial document of the contemporary LA music scene).

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Permanent Records Update 9.9.14

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7in - The Todd - Mystifying Me b/w Be My Lover Tonight? - $19.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Another day, another killer slab of rare original stock rock n roll for yer listening pleasure, this time from Youngstown, Ohio's The Todd and their searing single, "Mystifying Me b/w Be My Love."  Equal parts driving garage rock and super infectious power pop, this single should've been enough to catapult these guys onto the national scene.  Maybe The Todd was just a little too ahead of its time for mid 70s eastern Ohio?  But not for us!!!  Fans of hard to find garage rock, private press RnR and midwestern power pop a la Numero's "Buttons" comp, need to get MYSTIFIED TONIGHT!  SUPER RECOMMENDED!!!!!!!

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7in - Zeus - On The Street b/w Don't Ask Me - Original 1976 Stock - $6.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

The Permanent Records vinyl archivists have unearthed another gem! We scored a batch of original stock copies of these rare Zeus singles directly from Austin, TX based Fable Records, the fine folks who released them in 1976!  Zeus are pumping out killer glam tinged r'n'r with absolutely fantastic production.  Both singles are supplying ultra catchy cuts on both sides with scorching guitar work and some damn fine vocal harmonies.  Fans of Ohio Express, 1910 Fruit Gum Co. and the Buddha Records roster take note. These come in the original sleeves, which are hand numbered!  So if you need another dose of hard hitting rock and roll and you’re looking to add to your ever growing pile of rare 45's then grab these pronto!  We have limited quantities of these primo singles so act fast amigos!

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7in - Zeus - You Got Me - Take A Ride - Original 1976 Stock - $6.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

The Permanent Records vinyl archivists have unearthed another gem! We scored a batch of original stock copies of these rare Zeus singles directly from Austin, TX based Fable Records, the fine folks who released them in 1976!  Zeus are pumping out killer glam tinged r'n'r with absolutely fantastic production.  Both singles are supplying ultra catchy cuts on both sides with scorching guitar work and some damn fine vocal harmonies.  Fans of Ohio Express, 1910 Fruit Gum Co. and the Buddha Records roster take note. These come in the original sleeves, which are hand numbered!  So if you need another dose of hard hitting rock and roll and you’re looking to add to your ever growing pile of rare 45's then grab these pronto!  We have limited quantities of these primo singles so act fast amigos!

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7in - Zilker Sunday - Goose Creek b/w Wrong Time - Original 1973 Stock - $6.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Besides pressing up those high octane Zeus singles, Texas independent Fable unleashed the one and only single from Austin's Zilker Sunday.  Naming themselves after a weekend afternoon in a local park, this is definitely a refreshing take on psych tinged, soulful prog / fusion.   Some burning-the-frets guitar solos, some funky breakdowns, some outta control organ and horn arrangements and a whole lotta brain melting jazz / progressive rock to tingle yer hi-fi.  Fans of Manfred Mann Chapter Three, Chicago Transit Authority, Funkadelic, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Colosseum and the like must have this double shot stat!   Seriously this single is a ripper!  WAY RECOMMEDED!!!!

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LP - Melkbelly - Pennsylvania - Hand Numbered Edition Of 500 - $14.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Chicago's newest label, Automatic Recordings, just dropped off copies of their inaugural release, the debut lp from rabble rousers Melkbelly!   Veering between melodic twin guitar rock goodness and unhinged noise punk mayhem, Melkbelly woos us with both sides of their raucously sweet and thrashy DIY RnR.   Couldn't tell you whether its their effortlessly catchy songs or their outright gnarly freakouts that we love most?!?!  But Melkbelly are definitely one of our new favorite up-and-coming local bands, slaying us every time we see them.  And thanks to Automatic Recordings, who was able to get all their live energy pressed onto wax, we have repeat listens ahead!  Fans of Chicagol DIY go-tos Toupee, Ne-Hi and the Funs, as well as junkies for noisy underground rock, need to take this trip to "Pennsylvania" NOW!  TOTALLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!!

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LP - Ty Segall - Manipulator (2xLP - RANDOMLY INSERTED RED VINYL) - $21.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Our good buddy Ty Segall is BACK IN ACTION in a solo capacity, unleashing his (by our count) NINTH proper solo record since 2008, the EPIC double album "Manipulator"! Released once again by local yokels Drag City, so listen up:

"The Segall has landed. And it’s fully loaded, with everything that TY SEGALL are gonna need in the world to come. Sticking his hand deeper into the machines all around him, Ty is reaching ever further to the outer limits of inner space orbited throughout Twins and Sleeper. And now more than ever, the chunks of the world that came before are like asteroids formed in his image. Still fighting the power with all the energy that a determined mind-patriot can conjure, Ty’s a fighter who loves, a surfer, a spaceman, and yeah, a casualty—like you, he’ll never be free. But unlike you, he knows it—and when he goes down and his head cracks in two, out pour the multi-colored manias that make up Manipulator. Sour-sweet declarations featuring freaks and creeps alike: “The Singer,” “The Faker,” “Mister Main,” “Susie Thumb,” the “Connection Man,” and “The Crawler,” to name but a mutant fistful. To see these peeps, to realize their dreams and visions, Ty kept working, kept writing, laying down more tracks than ever. New musical expressions pop and surprise relentlessly throughout all the knockout tunes of Manipulator with many sounds in the mix — but most of all, SO many guitars! There’s so little time, and a LOT to say. In order to ensure that he got it all out, Ty called a few friends to fill in special parts on certain songs. He got great touches from CHRIS WOODHOUSE (piano, synth & percussion), SEAN PAUL PRESLEY (vocals), BRIT LAUREN MANOR (vocals), STEVE NUTTING (drums), IRENE SALZER (violin), JESSICA IVRY (cello), MATTHIAS MCENTIRE (viola) and the TY SEGALL BAND (MIKAL CRONIN, CHARLES MOOTHEART, EMILY ROSE EPSTEIN). Plus, Mikal arranged the strings—and everyone played awesomely."

Man, it seems like an eternity since we've held a new Ty Segall album in our grubby mitts, and while only a year has passed SO MUCH seems to have happened sonically in Ty's world. The squalling waves of feedback and shedding that marked "Slaughterhouse" and his other project Fuzz are all here, alongside the acoustic pop-smarts of "Sleeper" and the weird pop sensibilities that peppered "Twins" but whittled down to their core essence. There's a comfortable assurance to "Manipulator" showing us that Ty's really seems to have a handle on EXACTLY what he wants to do and how to do it. Dude took a year to write and record it, and from what we know about Ty that must have seemed like an eternity! The two tunes from the teaser "Feel" single are here (albeit in somewhat different versions), but the rest of the album is all-new. This one has all the elements to FINALLY break our boy into some well deserved mass appeal, the hooks are sharper and the production is better than ever (but still not "too good") so who knows? Are stadium tours next? Probably not, but if he wasn't already in the pole position, "Manipulator" has him poised for stardom. Regardless, the album is TREMENDOUS and (dare we say) the best one yet. Worthy of the hype? You 'betcha. RECOMMENDED - heck we already had a spot reserved in our Top Tennner list for 2014, so GRAB THIS ONE ASAP!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Permanent Records Update 9.2.14

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LP - Total Control - Typical System - $14.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

FUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCK YES! FINALLY we have the new Total Control album in our sweaty mitts & life can begin anew! "Typical System" is the name of this jammer & Iron Lung (once again) released it - check out what they have to say before we wax poetic:

"Finally, a new deep cut from Melbourne’s visceral post-punk band Total Control. Typical System, their second LP, was written, recorded, created over the past two years and is set for US/Worldwide release via Iron Lung Records on June 24th and self-release in Australia/New Zealand on June 20th.
Total Control emerged from Australia’s dynamic punk scene in ’08, releasing a succession of 7”s that developed from an aggressive post-punk band sound to studio forays into electronic forms from minimal wave to house. Their debut LP, Henge Beat, was commended as one of the few records released in 2011 that evaded the ease of classification and competent tribute act status of most modern bands.

Subsequently, they have released three very different records: a split 12” with Thee Oh Sees, a 7” single on Sub Pop and a house remix 12”. Typical System develops on the incongruent demands of their debut LP and ensuing releases, a further development on their continually evolving sound."

"Henge Beat" practically DOMINATED our turntables in 2011 (and 2012 fer chrissakes) - we were hard-pressed to find a more thrilling combo of aggressive post-punk nihilism & cool electro-hum, so let us be perfectly clear; "Typical System" might be THE album of 2014. We know, we know - but TRUST US. It RULES. All the elements that made the debut so massive are still here, but streamlined & better. Frontman Dan Stewart's lyrics cut to the quick - abstract commentaries on society & consumerism that somehow seem more specific than they maybe are? Starting of with the icy goth-stepper "Glass" which sounds like Tubeway Army stuck in a K-hole with Cabaret Voltaire (which might have ACTUALLY happened in real life at some point), "Typical System" pulses & sways from punkier moments ("Systematic Fuck") to new-wave (Flesh War") to the EPIC closer "Safety Net" which is the amalgam of both. "Typical System" may not have the hammer over the head impact of "Henge Beat". but it's more like a hot knife. You don't feel the shank until it's too late & your clothes are covered in your own blood. This album is a KEEPER & seems destined to stay stuck to our turntables just as much - if not MORE - than "Henge Beat". This one gets our absolute HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION, so grab this one fast!

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LP - Jack Ruby - Jack Ruby Volume 2 -  $17.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Volume Two of the celebrated archival release of the unheard Jack Ruby recordings!! Released by the connoisseurs at Feeding Tube Records, let's load up & read on:

"When Don Fleming was doing the initial transfers of the tapes we'd gotten retrieved from Randy Cohen's barn, every evening seemed to bring a new surprise. But nothing was a bigger jawdropper than the material which makes up the second LP of our Jack Ruby archival series. The central core of the album is the 16 & a 1/2 minute track, "Destroy/Lost," recorded at the band's rehearsal space in January '74. Robin Hall vocalizes and Boris plays electric viola, but the bulk of the piece is screaming analog synth weirdness from Randy Cohen's Serge synthesizer. According to Robin, the track was recorded in hopes that it might be pared down to a single. Hard to imagine how the hell it might've been done (or in what universe), but it is a masterpiece of long-format insanity -- with Boris and Robin providing a context for the massive gallumping of the Serge. Additional players appear on some of the shorter tracks -- new music/free jazz saxophonist, Pete van Riper, on "Lithium Serenade"; Boris's electric viola on "Hydrogen Lullaby"; Chris Gray's guitar on "Mandible Mambo"; Rich Gold's Serge joins Boris' strings on "Ghost Note." The rest is the product of Randy's whacked-out compositional notions and his mastery of the Serge's patch-cords. Some of the material was recorded pre-Jack Ruby at Cal Arts (where Randy and Boris first met). The rest was from a performance in New York in early '74. Heard as a whole, it is a bizarrely shaped piece of the pre-punk/free-form puzzle that was Jack Ruby. Buckle up. It's going to be a bumpy ride." --Byron Coley; Includes download card. Edition of 600." - Feeding Tube Records

Well, we certainly couldn't ask for a higher recommend than Byron Coley! While Volume One of the Jack Ruby story consisted of a few proper studio (and demo) recordings, Volume Two is chock full of full-on experimental mind expanding skronk! The maniacal rumblings of the band's Serge synthesizer are in full force, carving out sheet after sheet of music concréte, undercut only by the mutant rippling of alien guitar. This shit is bananas - hard to believe it was made almost 40 years ago! If you dug the first volume, then this is a no-brainer but if you're a fan of NYC no-wave weirdos gettin' REALLY weird then by all means grip this ASAP. Act fast, true believers, 'cuz this is limited to 600 copies! RECOMMENDED!

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LP - Shit And Shine - Powder Horn - Import 2xLP - $25.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Diagonal drops another blast of Shit And Shine magic on us with this mind splitting double platter "Powder Horn" and they have the twisted tale to tell:

"The next release on Diagonal is the latest album from Texas-based demolition artist Craig Clouse aka Shit & Shine. Titled Powder Horn, it follows-up Clouse's 2013 Diagonal debut 12", which channeled his shape-shifting sound into sharp shocks of mangled club music. On this new album, his first full-length since 2012's Jream Baby Jream, Clouse voyages still deeper down his own sonic wormhole. Its raucous slabs of deviant funk, wiry disco and burnt-out acid are sculpted to soundtrack strung-out dancefloors and their seedy early-hours aftermath, yet they still bear crucial traces of Shit & Shine's history in noise rock. Drums bound, crash and detonate to drive the music forward in fits and starts, their sound veering from the chest-busting thud of a techno kick to the hollowed-out clatter of a live punk band. Writhing acid lines do battle with taut, spidery guitar motifs, wrenching the momentum abruptly sideways. "Hiss" is bare-chested post-punk, strutting across the stage, caked with sweat and fizzing with static interference. Deeper into the night, "Acid Minor" wrenches up the gear to explode into full-bore acid techno, with Clouse repeatedly hammering the brakes and triggering space itself to distort around you. This provocative yet playful approach has long been a defining characteristic of Clouse's music. Over the past decade he's gained a reputation for Shit & Shine's remarkable live shows -- mesmerizing blasts of rhythmic noise featuring multiple drummers -- as well as a string of albums exploring starker noise rock and industrial-infused sounds. His recent shift towards more club-centered music, then, makes sense. Both Powder Horn and his previous Diagonal EP further hone his fascination with the energizing effects of rhythm on the mind and body, while retaining the unpredictable and confrontational nature that's always made Shit & Shine such a wild proposition." - Diagonal

New Shit And Shine records are always a welcome thing here at P-Rex HQ.  And this latest installment finds S and S flying further into their distinctly freaky forays of alien funk, destructo dub, ectoplasmic r 'n' b and noise collaged psychedelic hot steppers.  Shit And Shine lay out the hypnotic weirdness across four sides making for quite the heady adventure of splendidly strange sonics.  Supremely Recommended.

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7in - Pen Test - Biology - $6.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Moniker Records is unleashing upon the unsuspecting (and hopefully prepared) world the killer debut 7 inch from krautrock / synth explorers Pen Test!   Read on for the official statement-

"The exploitation of ecological systems to affect biological systems funded by military-industrial-media systems are abstracted into cascading, overlapping sequences, and fixed-note arpeggiators, expressing a sense of triumph in what appears to be mastery over the natural and its subjugation.  The result, seemingly existent synergistic order, is only an illusion induced the by human fallacy to withdraw a sense of pattern and order in independent sequences. The same can be applied to our sense of rhythm. Biology was an extraction of those principles to induce a sense of engineering where the use is discovered during or at the end of the process. Creation of a place where rigidness and chance dictate the event through the forcing of the accidental.

The Pen Test is an understanding between Bryan Hitchcock and Patrick Scott-Walsh. An agreed upon reality they cooperate in the ongoing construction of. Point of origin is difficult to discern, but initial development occurred in Athens, GA. Further additions occurred in Minneapolis, MN. Their phone numbers both start with the (715) designation exclusive serving Northern Wisconsin until 2010 when the (534) area code was added to supplement the growth cellular telephony." - Moniker Records

One spin through their self released "Interstate Cassette" tape was all is took for us to get hooked, and now Moniker has done us all a solid by pressing some more of their mind warping / synthetic pop experimentation on wax where it belongs!!!  Part minimal synth wizardry a la Colin Potter, Robert Turman, Klaus Schulze, et al, part krautrock meets new wave crossover (Kraftwerk, La Dusseldorf, late 70s era Can, Depeche Mode), Pen Test distort and twist what you think you know about electro, psych, dance and experimental music.  Cuz for these two epic, earworming tracks, those genres collapse into one, synths warble, beats slowly move your feet, loops cascade over you and faster than you know it you'll be flipping the record over and over again.   Fans of electronic classics from Harald Grosskopf to Craig Leon and like-minded current acts Umberto, Bitchin Bajas, and Stacian need some "Biology" now.  HUGELY RECOMMENDED!!!!!!

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LP - Schematics For A Blank Stare - Acid Rain - $11.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

We scored a stack of this boss gatefold LP directly from Schematics For A Blank Stare.  It's on Audible Conundrum Records outta Boca Raton, FL and it is chock full of 60's tinged instrumental jams featuring heaping loads of Fender Rhodes and wah-wah'd fuzz guitar backed by a swinging rhythm section.  This is all 100% analog and the warm grooves throughout prove this potion is potent indeed.  We're hearing hints of Manfred Mann Chapter Three, Brian Auger and The Trinity, War, Colosseum, Mandrill, David Axelrod, Vanilla Fudge and the Meters.  You know, the kind of grooves perfect for DJing and/or sampling. Oh, by the way this is from 2012 but you'd never guess given the choice production work and absolutely stellar chops these guys are showcasing! Funky backing rhythms support scorching guitar leads and thrilling psychedelic keyboard flourishes to make up an album of some seriously deep fried psych-funk.  Super Recommended.

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LP - Schematics For A Blank Stare - Kiss Of Death - $8.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

After blowing our minds with their "Acid Rain" LP, Schematics For A Blank Stare return with "Kiss Of Death" also out on Audible Conundrum Records.  And it is another installment of sleek slithering analog bliss with glossy synthesizer passages, fat bottom bass grooves, fuzz guitar excursions and Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer head spinners.  A funky beat lays the foundation throughout while various Moogs and assorted organs groan out soulful jam after soulful jam.  We compared their first record "Acid Rain" to acts like Manfred Mann Chapter Three, Brian Auger and The Trinity, Mandrill and the Meters and "Kiss of Death" continues on with these tried and true vibes for sure.  "Kiss of Death" is another amazing example of modern jams that sound like they are from another era.  More killer analog jams from start to finish here.  Super Recommended.

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LP - Leisure Birds - Tetrahedron - $13.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Moon Glyph and Totally Gross National Product teamed up to release the new album from Minneapolis' finest purveyors of kraut damaged psych rock, Leisure Birds.  And just you wait til you get yer ears on "Tetrahedron"!!!!!!!

"Leisure Birds third album, Tetrahedron, continues their spaced-out journey through the cosmos. With machine-like rhythm and pulsing synths, Tetrahedron seems to live in a parallel existence: somewhere between reality and the other side —Co-released with Totally Gross National Product (TGNP32)" - Moon Glyph Records

YES somewhere between reality and the other side is exactly where we want to be!  Leisure Birds new affair latches onto the experimental motorik pulses and droning synth scapes from Neu, Harmonia and Tangerine Dream whilst pinning them to a more conventional yet in-the-groove, improvisational back drop of guitar / bass /drums.  So that layers of hazy analogue sound swoon back and forth both from the kosmische realms of the keys and the haunting and propulsive effects laden guitars.  But this is far from some rerun of space rock / shoegaze / psych ideas.  Leisure Birds sculpt and build their songs in such a meditative / trance inducing way, "Tetrahedron" is more like Agitation Free or Can jamming with Eno, or Klaus Schulze joining the Velvets after John Cale quit.  Leisure Birds bring a more guitar-oriented approach to the kosmische music we can't get enough and reinvigorate the current psychedelic scene in a electronic way that hasn't been done frequently (or well) enough since the early heyday of Sky and Brain Records.  And man do they do it right.  File them right next to other go-to mind expanders like Camera, Eat Lights Become Lights and Cave.  SO YEAH IN THE RECOMMENDED STACK THAT SITS NEXT TO YER TURNABLE!   ESSENTIAL!   Grab one before they're gone!

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LP - King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard - Float Along - Fill Your Lungs / Oddments -  $22.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

We scored a batch of this monster double LP by this Aussie psych act King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.  Not to be confused with Count Quizard and the Scissored Blizzard.  The Flightless Records who released this have the full story here:

"King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard crank up the fuzzbox and set the Memory Man delay on infinity, assembling a cosmic force field that draws their sonic creations of the recent past into one unified, throbbing whole. Housed in a gatefold jacket for special release in the USA, this compilation features the truly intergalactic Float Along – Fill Your Lungs (dateline September 2013) together with its sister album Oddments (dateline Match 2014). The Melbourne, Australia, seven-piece just finished their maiden North American tour, including a run of club dates along with appearances at Austin Psych Fest, Canadian Music Week and a slot at Northside Festival alongside Thee Oh Sees, Mac Demarco, Omar Souleyman and more. The remainder of King Gizzard’s American vacation saw them holed up in Sky Lodge in the Catskills for a month, recording what will be their sixth LP (tentatively scheduled for early 2015 release). They have also just recorded their fifth LP at Daptone in Brooklyn, due out at the end of 2014. The band return to Australia for the rest of the summer before heading back Stateside in October to open a White Fence tour, and then a European tour in November, including a slot at the Iceland Airwaves Festival. In short, there is no slowing this band down. Float along and fill your ears."

KG and the LW start things out with the blistering 15+ minute epic acid scorcher Head on/Pill before spiraling into some Stones-y psych swaggerers.  This deluxe package supplies you with both the Float Along-Fill Your Lungs album and the Oddments album all in one place!  If you dig the trippy vibes of the Flaming Lips, Night Beats, Ty Segall and the like then grab this tube clearing double platter right now.  You're gettin' hours of fried out, reverb drenched psych rock splendor from this seven member strong army of down under heads, so puff, puff, pass this on to all yer amigos pronto!

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7in - Damrod - Once Again b/w Twelve Hour Man - Original 1975 Stock - $19.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Rare Private Press hard rock from the mid seventies featuring some sick guitar leads and mystical organ riffs in a damaged Blue Oyster Cult / Deep Purple / Uriah Heep kind of way.  And oh yeah they named themselves after a minor character from the Lord Of The Rings!  Fans of Acid Archives obscurities and Bonehead Crunchin' / Warfaring Stranger ragin' RnR from the murky corners of the US of A definitely need some Damrod stat!  RECOMMENDED!

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7in - Lance Romance (aka Kim Fowley) - California Sunshine b/w Hollywood Nites - $9.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Glam tinged RnR from Kim Fowley dedicated to Rodney Bingenheimer from 1974 on Now Records.  Two songs about trashy California living from Mr. Fowley?  Fuck yes count us in!!!!!  And the A side has never been comped before.  So that makes this one essential!!!

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Tape - Greg Ashley - Death Of A Ladies Man - $4.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

HOO BABY we're stoked beyond belief to see another Greg Ashley solo record comin' our way! Gris Gris were (and remain) one of our faves o'er at the shop and Greg's one talented mofo! Ashley throws another curveball at us with this fairly reverent cover of Leonard Cohen's album "Death Of A Ladies' Man"! This is the sophomore release from Guitars and Bongos Records, so let's hear their eulogy for Ashley's take on 'Death of a Ladies' Man':

"GREG ASHLEY’s 4th album under his own name, his first since 2009’s Requiem Mass (Birdman), signals yet another change in direction for this multi-instrumentalist / producer / arranger / singer / songwriter / bandleader. Death of a Ladies' Man is a reverential song-for-song treatment of Leonard Cohen’s least ‘reverential’ album: the 1977 Phil Spector-produced album of the same name. Greg’s cover photo replaces actual women with two mannequins, but in almost every other way Greg’s stripped down arrangements with a basic bar band lineup give the original animal more human warmth, making the album more accessible than it’s ever been behind that bloated fortress Phil built. Ultimately, Ashley’s Death of a Ladies' Man pays tribute to the songwriting team of Cohen/Spector. Greg’s rock and roll background informs his Death of a Ladies' Man, but the tenderness, and the mid-life crisis evident in Cohen’s lyrics is highlighted, and conveys the meaning of the songs in ways even Cohen might appreciate. Greg also brings the sensibility he honed in the Oakland bar circuit, and his country-tinged ‘One Thin Heroine/ Misery Again’ single (Mexican Summer), to make ‘Fingerprints’ a much more convincing country rocker than it does in Spector’s version.”—Chris Stroffolino, from the liner notes."

Cover albums are a tricky business and can go horribly wrong in a heartbeat, but Ashley is so-well acquainted with Cohen's work and his world that this could conceivably be mistaken for an Ashley record on it's own! Seriously, SO MUCH new life is breathed into these tunes, we MIGHT actually prefer it over Cohen's original! Much of the pathos and pain glossed over by the smoke and (cocaine) mirrors of Phil Spector's production is brought to the forefront by Ashley's own sensitive, no-nonsense recording technique. Ashley plays much of the record himself, assisted by a host of able-bodied West Coast guest-players from both the R'n'R/Garage rock and Jazz worlds (including The Wrong Words' Josh Miller and Kimberly Morrison a.k.a. "The Duchess" from The Duchess and The Duke!) A killer tribute to a killer album and an appetizing teaser to tide us over until Ashley's next solo album next year on Trouble In Mind! Is this worth it? YOU BET IT IS. Grab a snifter of cognac, unbutton the top three buttons of your shirt and throw this one on to ease away the pain of existence! RECOMMENDED!