Monday, June 3, 2013

Permanent Records Update 6.4.13

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LP - Verma - Coltan (includes download) - $11.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

What the what!?! The lovlies over at Trouble In Mind have ponied up and given Verma's "Coltan" the vinyl treatment; get the straight dope right hurr:

"Chicago psychedelic band Verma has been quietly honing their skills in the Windy City for a few years now, releasing a handful of cassettes to eager tapeheads. 2012 treated listeners to the onetwo punch of their self-released LP “Exu” and this album right here, “Coltan” recorded as the soundtrack for VICE Magazine’s ‘Guide To The Congo’ web mini-series and released as a limited edition cassette. After hearing that cassette, we here at TiM just couldn’t allow it NOT to exist on vinyl!
‘Coltan’ (short for Columbite-Tantalite) is a dull, black, metallic ore used in the manufacture of tantalum capacitors, which you’ll nd in just about EVERY electronic device and the mining of which has caused a “resource curse” in The Congo. “Coltan” perfectly captures the intensity and desperation of the situation in the four extended improvisations, which take the listener on a hazy, sun-baked journey from the mellow shadows of opening track ‘Tantalite’ all the way to the synth-drenched buzz of closer ‘Wolframite’. “Coltan” veers slightly from Verma’s previous efforts, the band’s motorik krautrock drive has been tamed in favour of more atmospheric and abstract soundscapes. The first edition of “Coltan” is limited to 500 copies on black vinyl and includes a download code!
RIYL: Brian Wilson, Harry Nilsson, Animal Collective, Van Dyke Parks, Broadcast" - Trouble In Mind

We were practically wetting ourselves when the Notes And Bolts label released this cassette in 2012.  That cassette got many a repeated spin round the shops and to get this stellar album on wax is absolute joy!  "Coltan" is a masterwork of dark psychedelic sonics from one of Chicago's great bands that gets better and better with each and every release.  This thing is not gonna leave your turntable for quite some time!  Savagely Recommended.

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LP - Death Trip - Pain Is Pain - The Complete Death Trip 1988-1994 - Import - $19.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen listen

Good ghat damn!  This one's a fuckin' ripper!  Get the gospel direct from the Ektro/Full Contact folks who released this monster:

"Death Trip is as uncompromising as it is hypnotic - an intense concentration of distorted guitars in the spirit of The Stooges, The Birthday Party and Spacemen 3. Branded one of the most frightening bands in Finland through the infernal screaming of Läjä Äijälä (Terveet Kädet, Billy Boys, The Sultans...), Death Trip is known to have been an influence on the Finnish underground, being one of the factors that contributed to the formation Circle, for example.
Pain is Pain - The Complete Death Trip 1988-1994 collects the band's three 7" singles (originally released on the legendary Finnish indie label Bad Vugum) and rare demos on one LP." - Ektro/Full Contact

We were unfamiliar with Death Trip, but boy are we glad the Ektro/Full Contact labels hipped us to these unsung heroes of motorik pig-fuck lunacy.  The above mentioned trifecta of Stooges, Birthday Party and Spacemen 3 is totally fitting coupled with their penchant for donning bondage gear at shows and some Cramps style swamp stomp and some Brainbombs-esque misanthropy and some Chrome-tinged guitar licks and you're getting closer to what these dudes are supplying.  Death Trip's scuzzoid leather fisted punk hypno jammers are in a league all their own.  This complete collection is seriously essential listening; an absolute mind blower!  You better believe this one is Recommended.

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LP - Circle - Six Day Run - Import - $19.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Finland's favorite sons are back and they are bringin' the weirdness as only they can.  The Ektro/Full Contact labels have the goods on this one:

"A soundtrack for the short film about one of the most extreme individual endurance sports dating back to to the 1870s. The competitors run with minimal sleep, all the while trying to accumulate as many miles as possible on a one-mile paved loop in a park. The film was shot during The Self-Transcendence Six Day Race in Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, Queens, New York City between April 22-28, 2012.
Music by Circle." - Ektro/Full Contact

Circle seems to morph and mutate from album to album and this soundtrack record finds the guys showcasing their mastery of the motorik krautrock that we know and love.  If you dig Cave or Camera style guitar driven Autobahn crusiers you're gonna LOVE this record for sure.  Insanely Recommended.

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LP - Circle - Panic - Import - $19.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen listen

Finland's favorite sons are back and they are bringin' the weirdness as only they can.  The Ektro/Full Contact labels have the goods on this one:

"A new re-release from Circle, once again. This time these experimental veterans study the both ends of the previously unheard static / hyper-active scale. Soundwise they have clearly proceeded to the 21st century, jumping from limpid synthesizer soundscapes to wall-smashing "speed-kraut" bursts. The triptych construction of the album along with the cover art that portrays war and street riots raise various associations on the history and the current state of Western civilization." - Ektro/Full Contact

Circle's idosyncaratic krautrock experimentation is a thing of supreme beauty.  And on their latest they are further baffling our ears with genre-busting greatness.  Whether it's their drone-y instro floaters or they're high-octane motorik punkoid schizo jammers, Circle is always supplying the killer tunes and "Panic" is yet more proof to how far ahead the curve these dudes are.  Totally Recommended.

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LP - Pharaoh Overlord - #3 - Import - $19.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

The Ektro/Full Contact labels have resurrected a Pharaoh Overlord classic and given it proper life on the preferred vinyl format; get the whole story dirct from the labels:

"Pharaoh Overlord's third full-length album was originally released with two additional tracks by the UK-based record label Riot Season in 2005. The stunning album blasts off with Grand Funk Railroad type of unrestrained groove, merging Dire Straits-like guitar picking, petrified hard rock, otherworldly manic exorcism and dizzyingly minimalistic kraut-psychedelia of Ash Ra Tempel. This motorik oddity is now reissued for the first time in vinyl by Full Contact, Ektro Records' sublabel specialising in vinyl releases." - Ektro/Full Contact

Pharaoh Overlord, a Circle side-project, is always creating hypnotic motorik sky walkers and to finally get "#3" on wax is a dream come true.  This album is full of mid-tempo head nodders with squiggly guitar passages that will twist your brain into kraut-y bliss as the sounds infinitely spiral in on themselves.  If you dig the minimalist repetition and layered psychedelic sounds of Circle, Oneida, Carlton Melton and Magic Lantern then grab this platter immediately, you won't be disappointed with the trance inducing sonics these fine fellows from Finland are layin' down.  Mega Recommended.

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LP - North - Glaciers - LIMITED TO 250 COPIES - $13.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

We got another stunner from the Captcha Records camp, settle in as the Captcha folks fill in the details:

"Norwegian savant of the multiverse, Snorre Snøjøst Henriksen (aka The North), presents his debut album Glaciers. The immersive, textural experience that is Glaciers traverses a frigid back country of atmospheric, minimalist soundscapes en route to precision-tooled electronic krautrock jams. Destined to make the people sweat by heating up dance parties in crumbling industrial warehouses everywhere. Fans of CAVE, Neu!, Can, Deutcher Wertarbeit, Pete Namlook, Popol Vuh, Underworld, Orbital and Photek will find this record an indispensable companion." - Captcha

The North's "Glaciers" is 2 side long tracks of slow burn dark atmospheres and minimalist industrial pulse.  We're hearing modern electronic music that borrows from the past to create cinematic soundscapes that are both haunting and compelling.  If you've been diggin' the tectonic tones of the Bureau B label or especially the Blackest Ever Black label then grab this one pronto.  Super Recommended.

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LP - Roachclip - Discovery Park  - $13.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Chris from Roachclip hit us up about carrying his band's new album "Discovery Park" and after hearing a few sample tracks we brought this into the shop as fast as we could - All Gone's got the lowdown, so pay attention:

"Roachclip debut 12''.... A year in the making for this psych monger, finally going to be launched into the threshold. Our local friends Kevin and Alex say hey it sounds like a "lazy version of the desperate bicycles", Morgan seems to think it's "groovy"... Some guy at a gig said "You'll sound like the Doors if they were good" but The doors are good hombre... Maybe if a lost Vacuum record crossed ways with them folky/jangle Rayne styles blended in the spice of DIY basement ethos, you'd find the Godz have spoke in tongue. Stand in line for "this Bloody Mary"..."

This platter is a blast of fresh air and makes total sense coming from Detroit - one can hear echoes of the groundwork laid by Tyvek, with a near-shambolic, DIY shuffle guiding the majority of these tunes. While we wpouldn't necessarily call this one a "psych monger" (har har), there are definite ripples of previous eras of "slacker pop" like Modern Lovers, Lou Reed solo and even more modern obtuse noodlers like Polvo or Royal Trux (if you dial down the dope). We're diggin' this one quite a bit! All Gone Records has some serious bangers on deck for 2013 too - and we can wait to hear more Roachclip! RECOMMENDED to the MAXXX!

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LP - Ritual Howls - Ritual Howls - $17.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Cold, dark grooves from this Detroit group, keeping it local for their debut LP - releasing this eponymous slab on hometown label Urinal Cake Records! Here's a writeup from Urinal Cake pals

""PAUL BANCELL, BEN SAGINAW and CHRIS SAMUELS are RITUAL HOWLS. They are meat machines making noise and sights. Noise with an ebb tide of melody. They collect samples of collisions, scrapings on concrete, pounding metal and oak. Chris Samuels, formerly of DI_SECT, time stretches the samples and sequences them along with the beats. Ben Saginaw, painter of nineteenth century criminals, collector of wandering lines, gives the low end it's grip. Paul Bancell. Words and music. Feral. Leaves claw marks on your soul. “Cold-sounding, lo-fi minimal post-punkish death rock from Detroit. Ritual Howls is a three-piece, with vocals, guitars, bass, drum machines and synths. The atmospheric and jangly guitar melodies here are incredible, and work well with the synths and drum machines to create a surreal sort of gloom; very introspective, and indeed cold. But still very infectious."

NOT AT ALL what we were expecting from the cover art and a welcome surprise! This is an album chock full of midnight-wandering, modern-day death-rock, vampire swoons a'la Depeche Mode, Cold Cave, Lust For Youth or Horrid Red. There's even a motorik drive to a few tunes that when peppered with the deathrock vibes sound a lot like Suicide. We can DIG IT. Time to break out the crushed velvet waist-coats and get to creepin'! RECOMMENDED!

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LP - Rudimentary Peni - Pope Adrian 37th Psychristiatric - Reissue - $25.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Holy hell!  We never even saw this coming!!!  The Outer Himalayan label has all the pressing details on this one:

"FIRST TIME EVER ON VINYL! Comes on 180 GRAM BLACK VINYL with gatefold sleeve, full-size 16 page book of Nick Blinko artworks, bonus poster and digital download code. Originally issued in 1995, "Pope Adrian 37th Psychristiatric" is ground zero on the RUDI PENI mythology!" - Outer Himalayan

1995's " Pope Adrian 37th Psychristiatric" by legendary UK anarcho punks Rudimentary Peni finally gets the vinyl treatment.  So the story goes front man Nick Blinko was detained in a mental ward and wrote most of the album while in the hospital suffering from delusions; mainly delusions that he was "Pope Adrian 37th" aka Pope Adrian IV i.e. the only Englishman to be pope.  Rudimentary Peni's unhinged punk tunes are still fully intact while Blinko's maniacal tirades are spit with over the top abandon.  A bizarre masterpiece of outsider punk literally on the lunatic fringe that features a looped sample of someone saying "Papus Adrianas" that continues for the entire duration of the record and adds to the general unease at hand.  Supremely Recommended.

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LP - Komodina 3 - Komodina 3 - $12.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Maybe it was fate, but when Slovenly accidentally discovered the self-titled CD-r from sleazy Greek garage punkers Komodina 3, they just knew the rest of the world NEEDED to hear their rambunctious rock n roll right away:

"Let’s go back. How far back? Back to 2005, in Thessaloniki, Greece. A crew of degenerates called KOMODINA 3 records an album, makes 80 compact disc copies, hand-delivers them to some local kooks and then decide to not drive to their only show because it’s too cold out (They never played live once. No joke). Fast forward to 2012. Slovenly Greek godz Bazooka and Gay Anniversary are touring Europe with Slovenly owner Pete Menchetti in tow, play him a pirated copy of said disc in the van, and that is IT! It is now with dubious enthusiasm that we present this mysterious Greek freek punk rock beater officially, and on wax for the first time ever. What we have here is the disastrous, teeth-grinding missing link between The Penetrators Kings of Basement Rock LP, The Rip Offs uber-classic Got A Record, and whatever other garage punk shit you’re listening to now, like if Wau Y Los Arrrghs were covering the Killed By Death catalog instead of Back From The Grave. Komodina 3 is a budget-rock anomaly recorded in radically separated stereophonic sound. Ridiculous dumpster drums augmented by a childish assortment of cheap shaking devices, cheesy Farfisa Compact organ just the way we like it, guitars that’ll have you reaching for your itch-powder, and juvenile A.D.D. vocals (sung entirely in Greek!) that numb your cerebellum like the earliest Spits recordings."" - Slovenly

For a band that never played once and imploded shortly after recording their self-titled debut, "Komodina 3" is the perfect mix of sloppy budget rock and rapid fire hooks that'll get you hooked into repeat listens.  Why the hell would a band this good just give up?  Who knows, but at least now thanks to Slovenly we can add their one and only LP to our collections.  We haven't come across a band like Komodina 3 since Supercharger or the Mummies, well unless you count more recent "don't give a fuck" punkers Outdoorsmen, the Reatards or LiveFastDie.  Junkies of garage punk on Total Punk, Goner, Rip Off and Crypt need to introduce yerself to yer new favorite GO TO RECORD.  ABSOLUTELY RECOMMENDED!!!!!!!!!!

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LP - Bazooka - Bazooka  - $12.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Slovenly strikes again with the debut long player from Greek trash psych troublemakers, Bazooka -

"It is with the filthiest of pleasures that Slovenly Recordings discharges the much anticipated full length, self-titled LP from Greece’s BAZOOKA. A severely crusty unit originally from Volos, and now relocated to Athens, Bazooka, who is perhaps the most savage crew of the incredibly corrosive rock’n’roll scene that includes Acid Baby Jesus and Gay Anniversary, has concocted an evil, grungy stomper of an album that we can deem worthy of the grossly overused title of “epic.” With just enough pop sensibility to keep it from being heavier than a death in the family, this surly, riff-heavy opus has been formulated for maximum distorto-crumble factor from a twin-guitar / double-drum onslaught with searing vocals, as righteously delivered on their now classic “I Want To Fuck All The Girls In My School” single, but let it be known that the humor is null this time around. Being the hexed victims of a massive Greek financial crisis there is no room for it."" - Slovenly

Fuzzed to the max, Bazooka brings the grimy distorto psych loud and blown out just like we like it.    All the right ingredients are here on "Bazooka" - heavy riffage,  cavestomp percussion via their two drummers, slurred reverbed lyrics, and a mesmerizing lysergic groove that'll suck you in every single time this LP graces yer turntable.  Fans of Acid Baby Jesus, JC Satan, Catholic Spray, Hellshovel or Davilla 666 will totally need this shot of Greek acid soaked garage destroying anarchy now.   Not every day do we get such a RECOMMENDED DOSE OF MISCHEAVIOUS EUROPEAN ROCK N ROLL.  So don't miss out!

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LP - Dreamdecay - N V N V N V - $13.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Iron Lung Records return with yet another mind-blowing record from one of Seattle's best kept secrets.  We'll let them fill you in here:

"A lunging, murky noise rock master stroke from this Seattle trio (well, really a quartet since this recording) who is constantly evolving and refining their craft into something truly massive and unique. Feel free to open your life to the interesting and embrace this twisted vision of northwest heaviness. Don't sleep on this band or you will kick yourself later. We might kick you later too. They are certainly one of the most powerful live bands around and if you've seen them you know we don't lie. If you bought the tour test press version of this on the east coast then you double know we don't lie. DREAMDECAY will be doing a west coast tour with Useless Children later this this year. Get ready."" - Iron Lung

Dreamdecay are supplying the kind of "out there" weirdo noise rock we love.  There's a touch of Feedtime, Francis Harold, Pissed Jeans, Useless Children and True Radical Miracle in what Dreamdecay are bringin' but these dudes are definitely leaving their own sullied brand on their reverbed to hell misanthropy jams.  Forget all them purty colors on the cover, this is some seriously ugly music that just gets weirder and weirder the deeper in one dares. Terrifyingly Recommended.

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12in - Broken Water - Seaside and Sedmikrasky - $12.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

STOOOOOOOOOOOKED! We finally scored some copies of this Broken Water 12-inch from the band when they played an instore at the shop after missing out last year and we are passing the greatness on to you! The band self-released this one and have 'just the facts, ma'am" for you right here:

"This is a two-track 12" self-released by Broken Water in early May 2012, with two extended jams from the Tempest sessions that were kept separate from the full-length LP but intended as a companion piece of sorts. "Seaside" is a 16 minute epic that features Lori Goldston on cello; "Sedmikrasky" was inspired by the Czechoslovakian film Daisies."

We're smitten with this EP! Definitely a darker, more obtuse sounding Broken Water than the one found on their  2012 LP "Tempest", with two loooooong and languid tracks that uncoil slowly; "Seaside" in particular has a mellow, kraut-y drone that ebbs and flows (like the SEA, eh?) over disconnected reverb'd vocals - like if Can collaborated with Unwound and The Cocteau Twins. Weird, eh? "Sedmikrasky" is a Czech-film inspired long-form tune that definitely sounds like a soundtrack to a lost film montage! An inspired recording and a welcome left-turn for this band - more please? RECOMMENDED, but don't wait too long!

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LP - Umberto - Night Has A Thousand Screams - Import - $17.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

We are always thrilled to get a new Umberto record round here and the latest "Night Has A Thousand Screams" is as riveting as they come.  Pressed up and set loose in the wild by the formidable Rock Action Records, "Night Has A Thousand Screams" was originally performed at the Glasgow Music and Film Festival in February 2012 as a live score to 1982 cult classic slasher flick Pieces.  Umberto's known admiration and inspiration from 70's and 80's horror movies is longstanding and his skills are showcased here where with finesse, subtly and a studied know-how set the scene for the gruesome chainsaw wielding lunatic slicing up co-eds on a Boston campus.  All the "song" titles are scene titles, i.e Opening Credits, The Investigation, The Locker Room and so on which is a nice touch in our opinion.  Here you'll find the Umberto you've come to know and love: ghostly synth builds, ticking hi-hats, arpeggiated crystalline loops, lurching funky bass lines and jump cut scare tactics more blood curdling than ever.  This comes housed in a full color gatefold sleeve and comes with a handy dandy download.  Super Recommended.

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LP - Alex Bleeker And The Freaks - How Far Away - $13.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen
CD - Alex Bleeker And The Freaks - How Far Away - $9.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

GET UR FREEK ON - Alex Bleeker and his band of Freaks are back with their second full-length "How Far Away", jumping ship and swapping coasts from their former home at NJ-based Underwater Peoples Records to West Coast indie-mainstay Woodsist Records - How far is too far? Woodsist's pal Sam Hockley-Smith might have the answers:

“New Jersey-born Alex Bleeker is an old soul. For his sophomore album, How Far Away, he lets that come into play fully. Over eleven tracks, he deals with the autumnal phase of lost love, the point after the grieving subsides and you start figuring out what you’re supposed to do next. As with his last album, Bleeker cobbles together a ragtag collection of ‘freaks,’ including Mountain Man’s Amelia Meath, who provides gorgeously weighty backing vocals on four tracks, Woods’ Jarvis Tanviere, Real Estate’s Jackson Pollis, Big Troubles’ Sam Franklin, among plenty other like-minded musicians who lend sparkling instrumental flourishes and a full-bodied backbone to Bleeker’s pained yowl. “Album opener ‘Don’t Look Down’ feels like a mission statement for the rest of the record. Over upbeat guitar jangle and smooth organ runs, Bleeker’s voice cracks and lilts: ‘Don’t look back on the way we met / Don’t look back at me now / Don’t retract all the things you’ve said / Don’t back out on me.’ In the hands of plenty other songwriters, this would come off as self-pitying, but Bleeker just seems wise. “The key to How Far Away isn’t just Bleeker’s lyrics, which [are] both universal and intensely specific, but also the relaxed dynamics of the players. Bleeker is a jam band fanatic, and he takes the core ethos of The Grateful Dead—let things unfold naturally—and distills it into concise pop songs: tracks like ‘All My Songs’ and ‘Rhythm Shakers’ are brief, but they shift from crystalline guitar to weighty bass effortlessly, with Bleeker working as a heartbroken bandleader, keeping things moving organically. Nothing is hurried, but nothing overstays its welcome either. Though How Far Away is packed with singles, the album works best as a narrative about the dissolution of a relationship. You could call it a breakup record, but that wouldn’t quite be giving it enough credit. Instead, it’s about growing older and figuring out what you need to do to keep moving. It’s never overly sad or angry or obsessed with itself, it’s just true.”

"How Far Away" is a noticeable step forward for Bleeker, who sounds more at ease with his "rockin' chair indie" style - mellow and urgent and totally fitting in the modern sound of California fingerpainted by the folks at Woodsist. File this next to your Woods, Twerps and Futurebirds LPs - feel free to pop open a cold one and lets pontificate on "how far" "How Far Away" really is... RECOMMENDED.

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LP - Gore - Mean Man's Dream - Dead Stock - $14.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

We copped us a batch of Gore's second album, 1987's "Mean Man's Dream" and they are all sealed original stock.  Licensed from Ekstakt Records by the Fundamental Music label back in the day, "Mean Man's Dream" was one of two albums by this influential Dutch instrumental band that got the deluxe reissue treatment by Southern Lord in 2008. Creating some genius blend of Helmet, Jesus Lizard and Godflesh, Gore really set the scene for a lot of the upcoming 90's bands that would utilize repetition, loud/quiet dynamics and sophisticated composition.  Bands like Slint, Bastro and Bitch Magnet are all indebted to Gore's surly instrumental music as are later bands like Russian Circles and Isis.  The classic guitar, bass and drums set up is what one will find here with each instrument doling its own blend of malcontented destruction and studied intensity.  These are real deal original stock from the late 80's/early 90's and they are all sealed in new condition and come with our fullest Recommendation.

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2xLP - Various Artists - Drive - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - $33.99- LISTEN listen - TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK IN CHICAGO, EMAIL IF INTERESTED listen

Mondo Records has pressed up a beautiful double LP of the Drive soundtrack, get the whole story here:

"Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to the acclaimed 2011 Nicolas Winding Refn film Drive compiled and composed by Cliff Martinez. The film stars Ryan Gosling as a Hollywood stunt driver moonlighting as a wheelman who discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong. In addition to Martinez's own late-'60s German experimental inspired compositions, the soundtrack features material by French DJ Kavinsky ("Nightcall"), The Chromatics ("Tick of the Clock") and College featuring Electric Youth ("A Real Hero").
"[Driver] is half man, half machine," says Refn. "But the machinery, his car, is an antique. Late '70s bands like Kraftwerk inspired my idea of making a movie where the score was electronic, but at an infant stage - crude in its technology, yet extremely poetic. Drive is like Pretty in Pink with a head smash. When I was cutting the movie, people kept asking, 'Why are you using the entire songs?' I said, 'Because John Hughes did.' He never played just a clip. It almost becomes a musical in that sense."
“One thing that was unique for me about this project was having songs exert such a strong influence on the score,” said Martinez. “That helped to create a unified, one-size-fits-all, style of soundtrack...the 80s electronic pop style made a lot of sense to me. I knew that Nicolas (Refn, director) was in love with that sound and I saw a way to acknowledge it with vintage synth sounds and cover most of the dramatic food groups while referencing that style.” - Mondo Records

This is pure 80's through and through.  The intense purple and pink hues found on the cover art can be heard throughout Cliff Martinez's liquid synth lines.  Lavish washes of keyboard atmospheres and catchy throw back inspired tracks from Kavinsky, Chromatics, Desire, College and Riz Ortolani fill up this boss soundtrack to one of 2012's sleeper movie hits.  All you minimal/cold/EDM wavers out there are gonna gobble this up no problem.  Beyond Recommended.

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7in - Mirrorism - Night Flight b/w Exit The Loop (Color vinyl) - $5.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

"Sometimes the best bands are just out in the world - waiting for you to discover them. Mirrorism formed nary a year ago in Ferrara, Italy and posted tracks from their Bored Youth-released cassette onto a message board late last year. The band’s TiM debut snags two tunes from that blast of hot air and slaps ‘em onto wax - where they belong!
In their own words, Mirrorism are: "a philosophical, artistic and political movement based on chaos, disunity, multiple personality disorder and the refusal to make sense of any kind of artistic output."
One gets a very real sense of the chaos lurking beneath these jagged stabs of post-punk fury - "Night Flight" kicks off the A-side with a rhythmic ticking of the drums, perhaps a warning of the musical time bomb about to explode thru your speakers! Short, sweet and skronky - it’s over before it even began. “Exit TheLoop” closes out the single with a ragged cacophony of garage scree and trebly guitar sirens! An exciting debut from this promising new band! The first edition of this single is pressed on randomly-mixed vinyl, comes housed in the TiM stars and stripes company sleeve and includes a download code!
RIYL: Contortions, Teenage Jesus and The Jerks, Tyvek, Spray Paint" - Trouble In Mind

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7in - Proto Idiot - Youre Wrong b/w You Can't Hide (Color vinyl) - $5.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

"Andrew Anderson is a prolific guy, having recorded two albums (and many singles) of dumb-punk ferocity with his band, Hipshakes and released three albums and a number of singles under his solo project moniker, “Proto Idiot”. Proto Idiot’s previous output has had one foot firmly planted in the Hipshakes school of frenzied, nervous garagepunk intensity, and the other in a rickety, Kinks-ian, English-countryside gallop.
His debut for TiM however is a step in a new direction, delivering smart and urgent pop tunes having more in common with the DIY smarts of bands like Television Personalities, Wire and The Soft Boys than The Oblivians or The Gories.
"You’re Wrong" yearns with the strummy confections of a lost classic and it's earworm melody will have a hard time getting unstuck from your brain! “You Can’t Hide” burns with the loping maudlin of guitars and careens into a head-bopper of sugary pop-perfection. The fi rst edition of this single is pressed on randomly-mixed vinyl, comes housed in the TiM stars and stripes company sleeve and includes a download code!
Wire, The Soft Boys, Television Personalities, Tyvek, Hipshakes" - Trouble In Mind
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Tape - Coffin Ships - Animols - Limited to 100 - Manic Static - $4.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Manic Static presents the debut release by Chicago's art pop duo Coffin Ships, entitled "Animols."  Stalwarts of the house / loft show scene, Coffin Ships blends a sweet yet warped version of 90s indie with early C86 jangle that'll warm yer heart and leave you with plenty of melodies to hum along with between flipping this tape over and over again.   Fans of Quix*o*tic, the Breeders and Young Marble Giants will all find something to fall for in "Animols."   Yes it's another TOTALLY RECOMMENDED tape from Manic Static!

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Tape - Earring - Nunn Ones - Limited to 100 - Manic Static - $4.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Manic Static is here with another killer underground rock gem, this time from Chicago's drone rock duo Earring, entitled "Nunn Ones."  From the same fertile house / loft show scene that's given us The Funs, Coffin Ships, Twin Peaks and Slushy comes noisy upstarts Earring, who are blending dark post punk, outsider pop and krautrock into one spine tingling swirl.  Those into droning feedback damaged art rock, like the Disappears and The Hecks, will find "Nunn Ones" highly addicting.  Yes it's another TOTALLY RECOMMENDED tape from Manic Static!

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Tape - Various Artists - Manic Static Mix Number 1 - $4.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Chicago Cassette label Manic Static has thrown together a killer limited pro dubbed comp of quality shit of all kinds going in and out of Chicago circa 2011/2012. Check it!