Monday, March 11, 2013

Permanent Records Update 3.11.13

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LP - Laurie Spiegel - The Expanding Universe - $19.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Daaaaaam!! If it isn't the perfect time for New Age/Modern Classical reissues we don't know when is! Laurie Spiegel, a pioneer and visionary, gets the reish treatment and we couldn't be happier. Unseen Worlds says the following:
While comparisons to Riley, Glass and Reich are unavoidable, we agree that The Expanding Universe contains much more concise examples of Musique Concrete than any of her contemporaries. Dare we call it a proto pop computer experimental masterpiece?

The reinvigorated interest in computer electronics from people like Steve Moore, OPN and others has obviously links to Spiegel's work and any fans of the current scene with definitely vibe on this material. Snag this and the Iasos record and we guarantee the Zen levels in your home will chart above the stars! Hugest recommendations!!!

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LP - Iasos - Inter-dimensional Music - $15.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen
Originals usually sell for $60

YESSSSSS! We've been waiting for this day to come for quite some time now. "Inter-Dimensional Muisc" has been a perennial favorite of at least one P-Rex employee since a friend played it on a trip to Joshua Tree National Park. Needless to say this was quite the soundtrack. How does it hold up when not driving by Yucca trees and monolithic boulders you ask? Pretty damn well if we can say so ourselves. Wild Sages are the guys nice enough to reissue this to the (New Age vinyl buying) masses, and we got nothing but thanks to send their way.

"Inter-Dimensional Music" is just as ideal for jumping over boulders in the California desert as it is for filing your taxes. In fact, may we recommend listening to this while filing your taxes, it may save you from smashing your computer into pieces and possibly even keep your agitation to a barely palpable pulse. If you are a neophyte New Ager or a seasoned vet (well, you probably own this already, but you know you need a copy to give to a friend!)

"Inter-Dimensional Music" is one of the genre's crowning achievements, an authentic ethereal masterpiece. Celestially recommended!!!!

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LP - Kavinsky - Outrun - Import - $29.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

French pop houser Kavinsky returns with his debut album on Record Makers!!!!!

The French have always been good at one thing: making music that makes us awkwardly shake our rumps. Outrun is no exception. Hard hitting and fiercely playful, Kavinsky will get any party started. A buddy of those gig-smokin', leather jacket-wearing hooligans Justice who are buddies with the OG French House Gods themselves Daft Punk, Kavinsky understands a little tongue-in-cheek goes a long way and that having fun is part of the game with dance music. His music falls somewhere between the recently mentioned Justice/Daft Punk side of pop house and the obvious study of horror film soundtracks we hear in our buddy Umberto's work.

120-bpms of recommendation!

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LP - Hookworms - Pearl Mystic - Import (Ltd to 1000 - includes download) - $19.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Stellar Leeds, UK outfit, Hookworms avoid the sophomore slump with "Pearl Mystic"! Their previous longplayer on Faux Discx was (technically) a 12-inch EP, but those 4 extended tracks took up both sides of that platter and filled our eardrums with some grade-A motorik psych-rock burners! "Pearl Mystic" was released by UK label Gringo Records and doesn't stray too far from that apt description, but the quintet has found it's legs on this album - the mellower tunes swoon and swell with more finesse and the heavier parts are more interesting and densely constructed.  The UK psych-explosion of the late-Eighties/early-Nineties is an obvious touchstone for these guys, with the ghosts of Spectrum, Loop and Spacemen 3 all milling around bumming smokes, but there's a palpable whiff of the new guard of psychedelic acts raising their hands here too - Cosmonauts, Wooden Shjips, Cave and even Carlton Melton too. 

Hookworms are definitely carving out their own niche, though - there's a real swagger to these young bucks that often times has a Rolling Stones-y vibe, riding out the groove with rollicking, soulful reverie peppered by squalling fuzz-flanged guitar and synth. We were impressed by their EP, and this album takes it to the next logical plateau - can't wait to hear more (US Tour, please?)

RECOMMENDED, but act fast - this one's already sold out at the source and these will NOT stick around for long! GET IT!

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LP - Lorelle Meets The Obsolete - Corruptible Faces - $14.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Captcha Records releases the fan-fucking-tastic follow up to Lorelle Meets The Obsolete's 2011 debut psyche stunner "On Welfare" !!!!

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete are quickly becoming an untouchable act, their blend of smeary psychedelia, gentle desert rock and shoegaze majesty is setting them far above any current peers plying their take on this sound.  And their latest offering "Corruptible Faces" goes further to prove the quality sonics this group is bringing.  The songcraft and arrangements are stellar, the production work is sublime and the tunes just hands down deliver.  We're talking top notch songs people, Lorelle Meets The Obsolete know when to lay back and let the pulse pace the song, when to guide the listener through the clouds with Lorelle's breathy echoed come hither vocals and when to lay into a track hard and heavy and blistering with effect-riddled guitar squalor and feedback drenched acid damaged psyche sorcery.  Supremely Recommended.

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LP - Bbjr - How To Fuck All Your Co-workers In One Sitting - $14.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Our buds over at Captcha have unleashed another rip roaring record by Iowa free wheeler BBJR, this time entitled "How To Fuck All Your Co-Workers In One Sitting."

Back in 2010 BBJr ripped our ears apart with his mad scientist improvisations on "Tearjerker" and if anything time has not mellowed this maniac minstrel in the slightest.  "How To Fuck All Your Co-workers In One Sitting" is like an anarchist cookbook of outsider skronked up weirdness; clattering freak outs that settle into floating horn passages before delving into some mystical berserker banjo ragas and multi-speed vocal buffoonery.  BBJr messes with some psychedelic saxophone loops and even some heartfelt banjo folk pop. 

Equal parts mesmerizing and messed up, "How To Fuck All Your Co-workers In One Sitting" is a truly original batch of home recorded tunes for the adventurous listener and all those devoted to outsider weirdness and fractured forays of stumbled upon beauty.  Totally Recommended.

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LP - No Guru - There's No Guru - Import - $17.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

The Hasam Audio Concern label unveils its vinyl debut by Brisbane sextet No Guru and its an other-worldly affair for sure. 

"There's No Guru" finds a slew of musicians from Brisbane's outsider weirdo acts like Mad Nanna and Sky Needle making some instrumental blotter jams not too dissimilar to the home spun oddities of the Sky Needle records.  The label description of "ESP Disk meets SS Records" is pretty spot on as well. 

Hypnotic free form works of wonked out repetition makes up the repertoire of what No Guru is bringing; wind chime weirdness and forward thinking improvisations that wouldn't be outta place on a deep cut from a Sun City Girls record or even something on the Abduction roster.  According to the sleeve info these 8 cuts of bonk and drone were recorded back in 2006 and are only now seeing the light of day, but as far as we're concerned this music coulda came from 1966 or 2066. 

"There's No Guru" is a timeless slab of experimental explorations in sound and it comes with our highest of Recommendations.

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LP - Blue Angel Lounge - Narcotica - Import - $25.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Originally released in 2010 on CD this mellow psychedelic affair gets the vinyl treatment and of course it sounds divine…

Blue Angel Lounge take their moniker from the New York club that first invited Nico to perform and they use the 60's chanteuse as a muse to infuse their sound with grace and a smokey ambiance.   Anton Newcombe of Brian Jonestown Massacre helped with the production giving "Narcotica" a narcotized haze that lends the tunes a floating vintage quality.  Blue Angel Lounge take the VU tropes and add in some Black Angels desert scape slo-core-isms, some Jesus And Mary Chain walls of echo and reverberation and a dark gliding beauty that would bring a smile to the Janitor Of Lunacy herself. 

Turn the lights down low and the volume up cuz you'll be spinning this at All Tomorrow's Parties.  Recommended.

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LP - Mogwai - Les Revenants - $17.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Mogwai return to the fold with this Rock Action released soundtrack to a French TV series, "Les Revenants."

Mogwai supply sublte non-invasive motifs and eerie atmospheres that lend themselves to the overall aesthetic of this wonderfully ominuous TV program.  The bulk of the soundtrack consists of haunting chamber arrangements built from piano, guitar, bass, percussion and cello that give off whiffs of the Tindersticks and Twin Peaks-ian soul stirrers (natch!). The group displays their mastery of arrangement and tonal craft in the very fact that "Les Revenants" functions perfectly as a stand-alone album.  Totally Recommended.

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LP - Glitz - It's-glitz - $12.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Get ready to sparkle, cuz San Fran's newest rock conglomerate Glitz has arrived to bring glam rock to the streets!!!!!!!

Riding the same power popped glam wave as Warm Soda, Cozy, Gentleman Jesse and Games, Glitz  plays some catchy as hell, riff-tastic rock n roll.  Equal parts New York Dolls and Sweet, Glitz are just the right balance of over caffeination and drunkenness and yikes just as dangerous as too many Red Bull vodkas.  The Glitz own up to punkier/sleazier edges of the Personal and the Pizzas and Apache and smash them into the snotty Ramones loving pop riot of Nobunny and Mean Jeans.  Sounds like a fucking all night party right?  And one we here at the shop definitely wanna be at. 

Burger / 1-2-3-4 Go! Records fans take note, this is right up yer alley.  

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LP - Dead Moon - Stranded In The Mystery Zone - Mississippi Reissue - $11.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Mississippi Records is serving up a double shot of Dead Moon reissues this spring so we can all get blasted !   Fuck Yes !!!!  This time around, they've given 1991's "Stranded In The Mystery Zone" and 1992's "Strange Pray Tell" the full on reproduction treatment.  Sadly out-of-print for nearly twenty years and impossible to find used (better get ready to wrestle one outta someone's hands), Mississippi Records has given us the second chance we need to grab these absolutely classic albums from one of America's most unruly and DIY punk bands.   Mississippi doesn't release modern bands too often, so you know these records are f'ing important.

DUDES, we kinda want to buy all these LPs for ourselves, cuz we're pretty much Dead Moon junkies around the shop.  And we bet you will be too, especially after listening to  "Stranded In The Mystery Zone."  Perfect mono garage thump informed by both psych leanings of 13th Floor Elevators and the back woods outlaw country of Oregon State where Dead Moon was born.  With hard hitting songs like "A Fix On You" and "Crazy To The Bone", this album cements Dead Moon in the garage punk canon with all the other greats.  Even if you've never taken any of their albums home, this one is a killer place to start. 


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LP Dead Moon - Strange Pray Tell - Mississippi Reissue -  $11.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Mississippi Records is serving up a double shot of Dead Moon reissues this spring so we can all get blasted !   Fuck Yes !!!!  This time around, they've given 1991's "Stranded In The Mystery Zone" and 1992's "Strange Pray Tell" the full on reproduction treatment.  Sadly out-of-print for nearly twenty years,and impossible to find used (better get ready to wrestle one outta someone's hands), Mississippi Records has given us the second chance we need to grab these absolutely classic albums from one of America's most unruly and DIY punk bands.   Mississippi doesn't release modern bands too often, so you know these records are f'ing important. 

Frenzied rock n roll doesn't get any better than Dead Moon on "Strange Pray Tell".  Fred Cole and Toody belt out some of the most in-yer-face psych-washed punk blues anthems you'll lay yer ears on (Fire In The Western World?, 13 Going On 21? or Don't Look Back?), and well don't forget Andrew Loomis' skeletal yet driving garage cavestomp furiously pins all the madness down.  We might describe Dead Moon as falling somewhere between Gun Club, the Cramps and the Gories, but that would be beside the point.  You just gotta hear to believe and you need to throw this one on yer turntable now.  As highly suggested as they come and an absolute fucking classic.  

Don't miss out on this one again.   DEAD ON RECOMMENDED!!!!!!!!

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LP - Erkin Koray - Arap Sa├ži - Import - $32.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

KILLER double-vinyl collection of Erkin Koray (a.k.a. the "Turkish Hendrix")'s singles and odd's and sods from his various LPs (excluding his masterpiece "Elektronik Turkuler"), reissued by the music aficionados over at Pharaway Sounds!!!!

Between this and the "Elektronik Turkuler" reissue, you're pretty much set for Erkin Koray after purchasing this bad-boy (well, OK the Sublime Frequencies collection "Mechul" is pretty ace too). 24 tunes jam-packed onto this 2xLP collection of fiery axe-action and electric baglama all up in your face! Well worth any price - "Arap Saci" is a perfect compliment to your Koray collection, while serving as a terrific introduction to the uninitiated! Dig in! RECOMMENDED!!

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LP - Erkin Koray - Electronik Turkuler - Import - $25.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

GROUND FUCKING ZERO for Turkish rock and roll right here! Erkin Koray's "Elektronik Turkuler" FINALLY reissued again courtesy of the fine folks at Pharaway Sounds! Get Turk'd!!!!

Totally bewitching and enchanting grooves here - Koray's fusion of Western instrumentation and melodies within Eastern modes was a revelation to youngsters in Istanbul. Bands influenced by American sounds were content to simply mimic what they heard, but Koray took a different approach by not only SINGING exclusively in Turkish, but also incorporating native instruments (electrified baglama, anyone??) augmented by the traditional guitar/bass/drums lineup. They didn't call him the "Turkish Hendrix" for nuthin' - his nimble fingers glide over the fretboard so effortlessly that you hardly notice the guitar until it's too late! Reissued in a glorious gatefold and pressed on heavy-ass vinyl, this one deserves a permanent place in your record collection.

File under: ESSENTIAL.
Totally and unequivocally recommended.

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LP - Ricky B - B Is For Bounce - $12.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Classic New Orleans 'bounce' music reissued here from NOLA bounce legend Ricky B, courtesy of the newly minted Sinking City Records!

This stuff is grade-A NEW ORLEANS regional hip hop - you may have heard bounce music courtesy of recent hitmaker Big Freeda, or perhaps via Cash Money Records (remember them?) superstars Hot Boys, or Big Tymers, both of whom had platinum hits with bounce music.  Ricky B is primarily known for bounce classic "Shake It For Ya Hood", an upbeat tune with a killer melody and some very real 'pull-no-punches' raps about life in the hood.  Despite being made primarily in the early/mid Nineties, many of the tunes have an old-school hip-hop feel, perhaps due to the call and response chants that remind us of the classic Sugarhill and Grandmaster Flash tunes.

A great, GREAT record that's sure to get the party STARTED! (You might wanna hide the the breakables, 'cuz shit's liable to get buck-wild!) RECOMMENDED!

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LP - Sid Hemphill - The Devil's Dream -  $11.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Mississippi Records bowls out another fine collection of Alan Lomax recorded material from deep in the Hill Country of Mississippi, this time from Sid Hemphill.

Stunning collection of a very unique style of early country blues that trades in guitar and piano led music for some seriously fun filled jaunts of ecstatic field calls and fiddle, fife and banjo accompanied material.  These early recordings are a little scratchy, but that just adds to the authenticity and time capsule feel.  The tracks are filled with a raw energy and fun loving vibe throughout.  All in all Sid Hemphill's "The Devil's Dream" is a fantastic collection of utterly original music from deep within outsider America.  Super Recommended.

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LP - Various Artists - The Devil Is Busy In Knoxville -  $11.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Well blessed be, what do we have here?  Another stellar collection of American Gospel from the fine folks at Mississippi Records!!!!

"The Devil Is Busy In Knoxville" is stuffed from front to back with soul saving tunes from a wide array of early practitioners of Gospel and early Americana and Blues.  Touching on many a wide variety of emotions and tones, "The Devil Is Busy In Knoxville" will fill your spirit with high energy folk scorchers from Two Gospel Keys, down home country dusters from The Anglin Brothers and deeply sad blues crooners from Lottie Bracy to name just a few of the fine tracks on this collection.  And fret not cuz "The Devil Is Busy In Knoxville" has soul enriching music from Mother McCollum, Blind Roosevelt Graves, Sister Rosetta, Carter Family, Elder Richard Bryants, Sister O.M Terrell, The Delmore Brothers, Silent Grove Baptist Church Congregation and Reverend I.B.Ware filling out this amazing document of the sounds from devotional USA dating from 1927 to 1955.  Extremely Recommended.

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LP - Vogue - A Doll Spits Cubes - Import - $26.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

KILLER deluxe reissue of this Austrian band's lone private-press album from 1981 - The Vogue's "A Doll Spits Cubes."  Originally pressed in an edition of 300 copies, it's been reissued by Austrian label, Cien Fuegos.  YES!!!

We'd never heard this one before - The Vogue were some freaky mods who definitely lived life (or at least recorded their music) in the RED ZONE! "A Doll Spits Cubes" is an amazing artifact of psych/mod revival that sounds pretty dang crisp for '81 - these guys were serious Who fanatics too, with no less than THREE Who tunes on here; "Kids Are All Right", "Circles" and "So Sad About Us" as well as a thrilling cover of fellow mods The Creation's "Painterman". The Vogue's originals are none too shabby too - Sixties influenced mod/freakbeat tunes all recorded with the correct amount of grit and a lack of Eighties production values (that were the downfall of so many Sixties revival acts in the Eighties).  In fact, only one tune even sounds remotely "of the day" - "Pill Girl" has whiffs of the late Seventies punk scene all over it, but still manages to fit in squarely with the other backwards-glancing tunes.

A real scorcher and a pleasant surprise! Includes a reproduction of the original insert and is pressed up on heavy 180gm vinyl too - RECOMMENDED!

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LP - Don Bikoff - Celestial Explosion - $16.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Wow! What a story!  Don Bikoff had this one lone release and for the Tompkins Square label to give it a second life is awesome to say the least.  "Celestial Explosion" is definitely bringing the American Primitivism sound that was played by contemporaries John Fahey, Leo Kottke, Robbie Basho, Peter Lang et al but Mr. Bikoff is no knock off imitator, his finger picking virtuosity is a thing of beauty and wonder and his arrangements are natural and flowing.  "Celestial Explosion" is a transcendental experience of country blues roots music that needs to be on your turntable like now people so hop to it!

How in the world has this amazing talent not released any other albums?  We don't know but you can ask him yourself, cuz he's on Twitter so drop him a line…

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LP - Nick Drake - Pink Moon - 2013 Reissue - 180 Gram - $24.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Nick Drake's swan song from 1972 and quite possibly his masterpiece, "Pink Moon" reissued again and remastered for the masses to enjoy for its 40th Anniversary!

So much more than the soundtrack for a moonlight drive in a Volkswagon, "Pink Moon" sounds like a secret confession committed to tape - one almost feels intrusive listening to it. It's a rare record that can document the sound of an artist actually closing himself off, rather than revealing himself to the listener. Songs like "Parasite" and "Know" are almost whispered from the grooves like a confession. We hesitate to use the word "genius", because it's a word pre-loaded with hyperbolic baggage, but goddamn, this record really is a work of genius. Straight up.

Decent price for this one, especially considering that an original is harder to spot in the wild than a Sasquatch! If you don't already own this one, do your ears a favor and grip it now! RECOMMENDED x 1000000!!!

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LP - Sainte Anthonys Fyre - Sainte Anthonys Fyre - 2013 Reissue - $18.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

WHOAH. Our good pals at the ever-reliable Lion Productions in conjunction with Vintage Records have reissued this holy grail, hard-rockin' masterwork from New Jersey devils Sainte Anthony's Fyre!

Gonzo, hard-rockin' madness! We're DEFINITELY feeling this one - it's like Marty McFly time-travelled back in time and created a band that was executed per our exact taste! The "Hard Stuff", with a hint of bluesy rockin, but with a definite proto-punk attitude and swagger that elevates this above your typical Seventies hard stuff. These guys had to have had their ears on the Motor City back in the day - we're hearing the unmistakable testosterone-fueled influence of the MC5 or The Rationals, as well as the sinister oil-caked, cabaret feel of Alice Cooper too. These dudes were apparently courted by the bigs back in the day (Felix Pappalardi even offered to produce, but ultimately wanted too much moolah) and was a hair away from signing with Atlantic, but ultimately facing restrictions that would dictate their sound, decided against it, and recorded/released this one themselves. Fuck yeah! The "rough" sound of the record really is an asset to the overall feel and probably ups the aggression and sinister feel overall, with the guitars fuzzed out and pushing the red zone to the maxx, bro. If you dig Pentagram, Blue Cheer, Grand Funk, or even newer, backward-looking bands like Graveyard, Witchcraft and FUZZ, then prepare to feel the HEAT from the FYRE!

Pressed up on gorgeous 180gm vinyl and packed with detailed liners/lyrics and a repro of the band's original promo poster, this is one NOT TO MISS (nice price too!). RECOMMENDED times 10,000,000,000!!!! Destined for 2013 "Reissue of the Year" status - Get this now!

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LP - Little Ann - Deep Shadows - $22.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

On this lost collection of material produced by 60's Detroit soulster Dave Hamilton, with whom vocalist Little Ann recorded these tracks for Hamilton's unheralded Da Da Music Productions company. The tracks contained herein are plaintive cries for mercy and love, heartfully rendered through Little Ann's powerful set of pipes. What really leaps out of the grooves here, though, is the... grooves. Hamilton cut his teeth as a session man in the Motown studios, and took everything he learned there about the deep, deep, pocket and applied it to his own orchestrations, each featuring hard danceable breaks and more often than not draped with haunting vibraphones, along with Little Ann's passionate-to-the-point-of-mildly-frayed delivery.

The songs collected here, most of which she wrote herself along with Hamilton, are the stuff of dustbin-hunting hip hop production folklore, and would fit right in backing some early Kanye West club-burner if it weren't for the fact that they sound, like, WAY better on their own. Timmion Records are responsible for rescuing this from total obscurity, and it's a job VERY well done. Act fast, word on the street is LP availability will be limited. Recommended!

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LP - Various Artists - African Scream Contest - $26.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

There's been a spate of really good compilations of vintage-70's African music in the past few years, but this is easily one of the best, for a number of reasons. Although many have focused on Nigeria, this appears to be the first to compile sounds from the Nigeria's neighbors to the west, Benin and Togo. The cities of Lome', Cotonou, and Porto Novo were just as rich in talent as Lagos, and curator Samy Ben Redjeb took it upon himself to visit those places and scour them for records. He then tracked down the original performers and/or labels and officially licensed every track on here. That story - contained in the liner notes - is just as fascinating as the music itself. And some of the music is mind-blowing. This release was the first to give due to The Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou, who have since been the subject of three double-LP compilations (with likely more coming - they recorded over 500 tracks in their prime!) Every cut here was new to our ears, and every one a gem. Roger Damawuzan's vocals on Wait For Me are the most soul-shredding screams this side of James Brown, and the nine-minute Djanfa Magni by Tidjani Kone and & Orchestre Poly-Rythmo (there's that name again!) is simply outstanding. One of the best releases of late-2008/early-2009 and super recommended.

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LP - White Boy and The Average Rat Band - White Boy and The Average Rat Band - $16.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

This is a perfect example of the "don't judge a band by their name" rule of record collecting.  One would be sorely mistaken to think that this record is lame because of the band name.  Not all great bands are blessed with the ability to name their bands appropriately.  These guys obviously did not possess that ability, or they just didn't care, which is more likely.  Anyhow, this is a quintessential Acid Archives rarity, that's actually worth they outrageous sums original copies go for. 

That's right, this White Boy and The Average Rat Band LP is an in-your-face proto-metal blitzkrieg from Baltimore, 1979 and it'll totally appeal to fans of the greatness of groups like Sabbath and Motorhead.  It'll also appeal to fans of the production style of the original KBD records, but it's more metal than any of that stuff which is ironic considering Killed By Death is a Motorhead song.  Weird. 

Highly recommended and to be considered for reissue of the year as well.
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7in - Spacemen 3/Sun Araw - Split - $5.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

When Cameron Stallones dropped by the LA store recently with a grip of these LONG OUT-OF-PRINT singles in hand, our jaws hit the floor.  We're usually pretty quick on the draw when it comes to ordering new releases, but even we weren't quick enough to obtain any of these from Great Pop Supplement the first time around.  They SOLD OUT two days after the solicitation email went out...but we have some now!  Better late than never, right?  Absolutely, especially when it comes to Spacemen 3 related releases. 

This thing will sell itself, so we're not going to bore you with stories of our everlasting love of Spacemen 3 and how good their demo version of "That's Just Fine" is here and/or how great Sun Araw's cover of "I'm Gonna Cross That River Jordan" is on the flip.  Nope we'll leave it short and sweet - this record comes VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Thank you and goodnight.

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7in - Housewives - Housewives EP - Import -  $9.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Blistering punk attack from this Sydney quintet! Housewives are yet another feather in the ever growing cap of Aussie label RIP Society!!!

Scuzzed out static-filled punk rock is the order of business here. Housewives muck around in the foundation of Australia's "Murder Punk" roots like Razar, or Chosen Few as well as some American vileness like Crime or The Weirdos. It's chock full of attitude and riffs to spare, and with four songs tapping out at under eight minutes, it doesn't overstay it's welcome. Hit it and quit it.

This sonic eye-stab is limited to 300 copies, so don't miss your chance to get hurt.

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7in - Survival Knife - Traces Of Me b/w Name That Tune - $4.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

With the confirmed announcement of Numero's upcoming Unwound reissue campaign (a cause for VERY REAL celebration 'round these parts), it seems only fitting that OG Unwound members Justin Trosper and Brandt Sandeno would emerge with a new recording project that seems to poke it's head up straight in the middle of Unwound's early sound!

Is there a compass in the handle? There must be, 'cuz it led these guys to musical greatness!!! The production value is a skosh higher fidelity, but still has the killer riffs and guitar tone Trosper is known for. It's great to hear dudes like this come back after a few years away from the game and form a band that has this much OOMPH and fire behind it - the last Unwound record "Leaves Turn Inside You" was a masterpiece, but it traded in some of the brimstone for a more measured and meditative attack. Survival Knife goes straight for the gut - both tunes sink to the hilt - watch out for that serrated edge!

Fuckin' A.

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7in- Hammering The Cramps - Ghost b/w Black And Blue - Import -  $9.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

We were blathering like madmen over the Hammering The Cramps LP and now the purveyors of down under strangeness, namely the Wormwood Grasshopper label, has put this lovely little single out with two more non album yet utterly essential cuts from Hobart faves Hammering The Cramps!!!

Two cuts of live material to fill out the Hammering The Cramps catalog is what this nifty single contains and they are just as raw as the album material.  Loose and heartfelt noise pop that could only come from the land down under is what Hammering The Cramps were jamming in their short existence and had these folks been around 20 years prior they would've fit in perfectly on the Xpressway roster.  Greatly Recommended.

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7in - Grabbies - Shut Up And Learn Live - $5.99 - BUYbuy

Fashionable Idiots returns with this fucked in the head reissue of Cleveland by way of Italy band The Grabbies classic live 7-inch "Shut Up Learn Live".

For those paying attention, this is Allesandro who would later go on to be in such notable scum-punk acts like Out With A Bang, Folded Shirt and Flying Tricechos, but The Grabbies was where it all started - pure unadulterated adrenalin and punk-fueled hate. One listen to the opening rant and between-song banter is enough to get the idea here. A lil' whiff of Black Flag, some Germs in there too, as well as some good ol' fashioned Clevo hardcore in the vein of Nine Shocks Terror, etc.

Like it rough? Like it mean? Like it pissed off? You'll like The Grabbies. Guaranteed. Fucking RECOMMENDED.
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MAG - Rubberneck - Number 6 - $6.99 - BUYbuy

We got a stack of Issue 6 of photo/music zine Rubberneck and it is another batch of hi-def photo goodness with interviews and reviews.  This outing finds killer pics of A Giant Dog, Sweet Talk, motherfucking John Doe!, Bits Of Shit, Mark Sultan, Marked Men, Cruddy, Mean Jeans and Warm Soda to name but a few of the hotshit acts filling these pages.  You also get an interview with Texas punk legend Tim Kerr, some comix, some fiction, some poetry, another interview with Slug Guts, yet another interview with Timmy Vulgar by John Wesley Coleman, some record reviews and all sorts of black and white print goodies.  So grab this rag and dig in, cuz this issue of Rubberneck is like all the other issues… that is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.  Do It!