Monday, September 9, 2013

Permanent Records Update 9.9.13

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2xLP - Roky Erickson - The Evil One - $25.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

SWEET FATHER CHRISTMAS!!! FINALLY someone's taken on the daunting, but completely ESSENTIAL task of reissuing the looooong OOP and desirable solo albums from Roky Erickson! No surprise that it's one of the best reissue labels out there - Light In The Attic! LiTA's been workin' in the Kremlin with a Two-Headed Dog, so here's their debriefing for Roky's debut, "The Evil One":

"Celebrating a creative purple patch by a singular performer, Light In The Attic is to reissue the three albums issued by ROKY ERICKSON in the 1980s: The Evil One (LITA 097), Don’t Slander Me (LITA 098) and Gremlins Have Pictures (LITA 099). Together, they’re a chance to pick up a missing jigsaw piece in the history of American rock ‘n’ roll in deluxe packages.  As the core member of the 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS and an undisputed pioneer of psychedelic rock, the ’60s were thrilling times for Erickson. His band riding high in their native Texas and beyond, the howling single ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’ was his calling card, but Erickson’s ‘60s ended in the stuff of nightmares. Under sharp scrutiny by the authorities due to the band’s well-expounded fondness for psychedelic drugs, Erickson was found with a single joint on his person. Pleading not guilty by reason of insanity to avoid prison, he was sent to the Rusk State Hospital for the criminally insane, where he was ‘treated’ with electroconvulsive therapy and Thorazine treatment. Erickson pulled through his three and a half years at Rusk, and even put together a band while incarcerated. THE MISSING LINKS contained Roky plus two murderers and a rapist.  Released from the institution in 1974, Roky found his legend had grown while he’d been away–not least because ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’ was included on 1972’s Nuggets compilation. He formed a band, THE ALIENS, and set about honing a hard rock sound that placed the psychedelic garage blues of the Elevators firmly in the last decade. Though it was produced at a time when Roky was struggling to cope with drugs and life on the outside, he hit form on his first post Elevators album-proper, 1981’s The Evil One. Produced over a period of two years by STU COOK from CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL, it’s a masterful collection of songs about zombies, demons, vampires and, yes, even the ‘Creature With The Atom Brain’. These tracks, inspired by schlock sci-fi and horror movies and colored by Roky’s distinctive, high-pitched vocal and squealing guitar, are among the maverick performer’s best. CD includes a 48-page booklet, Vinyl includes a 20-page booklet, download card and a Side D etching by artist TRAVIS MILLARD."

If you've never heard "The Evil One" then prepare yourself for one of the most honest, haunting and lyrically eviscerating documents of one man working out his demons - literally on wax, right before your ears! We're not sure what life inside a mental institution is like, but we have a pretty good idea courtesy of this album right here. Loaded with bizarre and arcane horror/sci-fi imagery ranging from two-headed dogs, to ghosts, demons, devils, creatures with atom brains, bloody hammers and leisurely midnight strolls with zombies, "The Evil One" never ceases to spellbind. The Aliens are the perfect backing band too - slightly hard-rockin', skirting the line between ballsy rock and garage-y power-pop, but playing just in the pocket enough to never overshadow Roky's words. This album is one of our favorites of all time and really, truly is a modern classic - we're stoked to finally see it get the respect and treatment it deserves! For the curious, this edition contains all the same tracks from the Sympathy For The Record Industry version, but boasts remastered audio, a full-download and a BEAUTIFUL 20-page booklet, making this one a MUST HAVE (even if you already have it!) RECOMMENDED x ONE MILLION... get this one or die trying.

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LP - Coachwhips - Hands On The Controls - Reissue - $13.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

HELL YES!!!!!  Castle Face Records is reissuing the killer blown out RnR debut album, "Hands On The Controls" from John Dwyer's pre Oh Sees, post Pink and Brown noisy garage punk band, Coachwhips!!!!   

"Castle Face Records is proud to announce the re-release of Hands on the Controls by the late, great sweat-’n’-fun factory Coachwhips. For those unfamiliar, pull up a chair—helmed by John Dwyer (currently of Thee Oh Sees) from 2001-2005, they were fast, nasty, unintelligible, brutally and primally basic. A telephone through a guitar amp, half a drum kit, a shitty Casio organ, and primal speed-trash riffs never sounded so good.  Hands on the Controls was their first studio album and criminally never came out on vinyl—until now. Dwyer has kindly opened the crypt and added six never-before-released tracks to sweeten the deal, and the label remastered the tracks for maximum bludgeon, cleaned up the artwork and even added some period photos from his own personal collection. Early ditties like “That Bitch Is Gonna End Up Dead,” “N.Y.C. L.O.V.E.,” and my girlfriend’s personal favorite, “Look Into My Eyes When I Come,” will leap off of your turntable, do all of your drugs, and almost certainly get you in trouble."

AMEN!  We can't believe "Hands On The Controls" never came out on wax until now cuz no other album from the early aughts strips down the gutbucket bluesy punk of those old Sympathy / Crypt band to the bone and ups the RnR ante to full tilt noise rock mayhem like the Coachwhips did on their debut.  Primal and brutal, don't do this record justice.  You think Thee Oh Sees can whip people into a frenzy?  You haven't heard the Coachwhips urgent feral "Hands On The Controls" yet!!!   In their time, there wasn't a better band tearing up the house / loft show circuit, leaving a trail of busted eardrums, good memories and hangovers in their wake.  Their debut IS THE SOUND of yer troublemaking younger self going on a supercharged twenty five songs bender, albeit one you can play on yer turntable any time feel like sound tracking yer next bad decision.  Thanks to Castle Face we can blast this frothing at the mouth classic once again.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!

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LP - King Khan and the Shrines - Idle No More - $18.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

King Khan has gathered up the Shrines for their first new LP of material in over six years, so get ready to start dancing to the infectious beat of their ass shakin' garage stompin' new platter of psychedelic soul, aptly titled "Idle No More".  Hear with some words is the RnB rabblerouser himself, King Khan:

"It has been a lengthy hiatus, but we have finally finished our latest ‘masterpiece’ and named it after an incredible indigenous-rights movement that is happening right now called Idle No More. I was born and raised in Montreal and spent a lot of time on the Kahnawake Mohawk Indian reservation. Idle No More is probably the most refined piece of music we have made to date. The songs are about the state of the world we live in today. Originally, I was going to call the album Of Madness I Dream, but then I became very enthused about the amazing work of the Idle No More movement. Everyone I asked had never heard of it, so I contacted the leaders of the movement and, with their permission, decided to rename the album Idle No More in hopes that it would increase the world’s awareness of this miracle that is taking place for the indigenous peoples of the world. If you are not familiar with Idle No More, look it up and GET INVOLVED! It took a long time to make, but we are very proud and pleased to bring you this album. I hope that the future will brighten up every time it is played. Ultimately, John and Yoko were absolutely right: LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED! Peace and Love.”

King Khan and the Shrines are right back where they left off, mixing and matching the best of Back From The Grave garage beats, Stax-Volt soul grippers and all sorts of outta-this-world lysergic RnR dreams into one huge fucking dance party waiting to happen.   Their last album, "What Is?", set the tone for rhythm 'n' blues meets psyche garage circus that is King Khan And The Shrines, and this newest lp, "Idle No More" finds them continuing their winning streak and yet digging deeper and deeper into the grooves of those old soul and early rock records.   And though "Idle No More" might "borrow" some moves from R&B and garage greats, no one plays such wild, fun, fuzz coated, Sun Ra loving, soul scorching rock n roll anthems as King Khan and his Shrines do (their legendary live shows are proof of that).  Sly Stone and Andre Williams would be more than proud!  Get "Idle No More" now cuz everyone needs a record this riotous.   SUPREMELY RECOMMENDED!!!!!!!

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LP - Disappears - Era - $13.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Chicago's kraut oriented psych rockers, Disappears have, like clockwork, reappeared with their fourth LP in four years, "Era", hot off the presses at Kranky Records.  And as always we're more than stoked for another dose of our hometown heros' hypnotic post garage, minimalist psych rock!!! 

"Era is the fourth annual report from Chicago powerhouse quartet DISAPPEARS. It was formed during the gloom of the Chicago winter at Electrical Audio by now regular foil JOHN CONGLETON. Insular and dark, the album sees the band further refining their love of dub, minimalism and repetition into their most original and stark set yet. It harks back to the early ‘80s post punk period, when almost anything seemed possible with the classic two guitar, bass and drums lineup, and exploration and expansion of what could be done with these elements was at the fore. Dueling wiry and squalling guitars lead the way while a lockdown rhythm section provides the perpetual forward motion. Era is Disappears at their most abrasive, contemplative, and paranoid—itʼs the sound of the void looking back."

After wowing us with their Kone EP earlier this year, we were more than ready to crank Era way up at the shop; nobody plays woozy, dystopian motorik psych rock like Disappears.  And although their new album finds them without Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley, they now have local RnR legend Noah Leger on drums, and the result is a way more fucking dialed in, forceful and ominous band.   The heavy nods to Neu!, Spacemen 3, Can and the Velvets are there as you'd expect from Disappear's kraut dinged, noisy psych.  But what's surprising is how much more post punk Era is than their previous albums; stretching out some of the same creepy vibes as PiL, Joy Division, Wire and the Fall.  Surely recording the LP during the winter in Chicago has something to do with the dire, no sunlight, reverb coated sound, but it just might be Disappears have finally hit the gloomy sweet spot in their minimal chord rock n roll.  "Era" for sure is gonna make some year end lists, and you can bet we'll be spinning this one til their fifth annual report.   FURIOUSLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!!

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LP - Victor Dimisich Band - Victor Dimisich Band - $15.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

It's no secret that Siltbreeze CEO Tom Lax is nutty for New Zealand - the man's been documenting the best of the best underground and under-heard (and sometimes even UNheard) music from the Kiwi Continent from the Terminals, Dead C, Handful Of Dust, Gas, Above Ground, Vacuum and more! This time, Big T's got his sights set on the recorded legacy of The Victor Dimisich Band - read on:

 "Siltbreeze is proud to announce the long-awaited vinyl retrospective of perhaps the most elusive of all Christchurch ensembles, The Victor Dimisich Band.   Originally released in 1983 on Flying Nun in a minuscule edition, the band’s lone self-titled 12-inch has become a cult classic more sought-after than owned. Through the intervening years, both the Xpressway and Medication labels issued cassette and CD compilations of the band’s material.  With a unique sound that fused an almost gothic styling with warbly desert psych à la 13th Floor Elevators, The Victor Dimisich Band created its own genre, one that still has not been been aptly codified to date. Membership included Peter Stapleton (Vacuum, Pin Group, Scorched Earth Policy), Stephen Cogle (Vacuum, Terminals), Alan Meek (Vacuum, Bilders), Tony O’Grady and Mary Heney (25 Cents, Scorched Earth Policy). Historians and enthusiasts know that Heney replaced O’Grady just prior to the recording of the 12-inch, as the former had become a born-again Christian and sold his equipment. So there you have it."

Thankfully Siltbreeze is around to fill in the inevitable cracks in the recent Flying Nun reissue campaign, 'cuz this obscurity is not to be missed! If you're at all familiar with the Christchurch sound, you know what you're in store for, but the Victor Dimisich Band are definitely firing on a different set of cylinders. Brooding and hazy, like it was recorded through a cloud of fog, the tunes from their Flying Nun 12-inch as well as the songs culled from their cassette and single releases shudder and shift like tectonic plates on the asthenosphere. These tunes are dark giants that threaten to topple the world; their melodies and riffs are intense and dizzying at times with tunes fading in and out, stuttering to a halt and restarting again on a whim sometimes guided only by (future Terminals vocalist) Stephen Cagle's operatic warble. This is some entrancing shit. Buy this now before it's gone again forever - not sure of the pressing size, but it's prolly not that sizeable. RECOMMENDED.

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LP - Nicodemus - Toxic Crunch - $24.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

This is some drug damaged weirdo rock! Imagine if Timothy Leary took a bunch of Bowie outtakes, mixed them in a K-Hole and then left the wax out in the sun to warp; that’s the vibe of ‘Toxic Crunch’. Here’s some background from the reissuing label, Orion Read, written by our favorite psych-encyclopedia Steve Krakow:

"A fitting epitaph for the undisputed master of biker-synth-folk-psych, "Toxic Crunch" is perhaps the definitive Nicodemus LP. Recorded from 1986-1999 with his brother Kid Matchez and released on cassette on his own Zedikiah label in '99, the legendary outlaw biker and cosmonaut Nicodemus is in fine form, with his gravelly pipes rivaling Dr. John and Beefheart on funky fucked odes to livin' free, escaping the electric chair and the joys of morning wood.
For those unfamiliar, the lore is that Nicodemus got his start as a wee lad doing guitar session-work for Motown. His band Jim Harlem Trio was nearly signed to the label but a manager stole the tapes. Nicodemus became a lone wolf in the late 60s, though riding with the Satan's Last Revenge motorcycle club. While self-releasing some 50 LPs, cassettes, 45s, and other genius bits of DIY damaged biker-soul, Nicodemus was shot multiple times, did as many drugs as humanly possible, and had many crashes--breaking nearly every bone in his body.
The force of nature known as St. Nic also painted surrealist cosmic scenes under the name Chongo; released 14 books of poetry, prose, and fiction; and for 11 years studied the healing methods of the Mescalero Apache (he is also known as Whitecrow) -- all while living the life of a true outcast and recording his uncategorizable musical vision of dark swampy blues, motorik grooves, ballsy rawk, synth fuckery, and alchemical folky strains. "Toxic Crunch" is easily his most all-encompassing work, and features original sleeve and label artwork by Chongo and his son, BluRaven. This fully authorized reissue is being released by Orion Read on vinyl LP in August 2013, with quality pressing at RTI and old-style sleeves by Stoughton Printing.Sadly, Nicodemus passed away on March 29th, 2013, but St. Nic and his music will not be forgotten."

Goddamn! Someone needs to make a documentary on this cat. Toxic Crunch is rock'n roll filtered through a roller-coaster of ideas that drops you off at mysterious places where you didn't know you wanted to go to but are glad to be at. Do some drugs. Listen to this record. Cause some havoc. Don’t get caught.

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LP - Giuda - Racey Roller - $16.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

WHOAH! TKO Records has done all of us on this side of the pond a favour and reissued Rome, Italy's favorite sons' GIUDA's OOP and impossible to source debut long-player from 2010 entitled "Racey Roller"! TKO's got the knockout punch on this bad-boy, so read on:

"Just in time for their 2013 US Tour, TKO RECORDS proud to be reissuing GIUDA's (pronounced JUDAH) 2010 debut LP, "Racey Roller." GIUDA is a five-piece band from Rome, Italy whose mix of anthemic ‘70s glam hooks and the punchy delivery of early UK punk, has stunned listeners all across the globe.“Racey Roller”, famously described by Robin Wills the Barracudas as “Cock Sparrer twinned with the Equals”, has quickly become an underground sensation, highly praised by publications as diverse as Mojo, Rolling Stone and Maximum Rock’n’Roll. TKO could not be more pleased to be making this modern underground classic available again for fans in North America!!
Working from the same Glammy three-chord blueprint as groups like Slade, T. Rex, the Faces, Mud, Status Quo and the Sweet, GIUDA take you back to a monumental bygone era of '70s Rock’n’Roll- Specifically the pre-Punk, Glitter days when music was all about monstrous riffs, bousterous attitudes, high energy experimentation and fun. GIUDA take that same Glammy, Proto-Punk foundation and fuse it with the grimy, tattered muck of bands like Third World War, Eddie And The Hot Rods and CockSparrer to create a timeless arsenal of Glam-injected, Pub Rock classics. The wait is over, GIUDA are on their way back to the USA, and "Racey Roller" is back in print, courtesy of this TKO reissue!!"

Giuda come charging outta the gate with 'Number 10", laying waste to the corpse of all glam originators and imitators, nailing that sweet spot where mid-Seventies junkshop glam blended with the burgeoning punk movement like lipstick smeared across a dirty face. The album doesn't stop from there, with more soulful, aggressive head-boppers knocking boots with floor-filling, butt-shaking, rhythm-heavy punkers. They have a song called "Don't Stop Rockin'" fer chrissakes! It's a really fun and catchy record that will sit VERY comfortably next to your Equals, Slade, Coloured Balls, Sweet and Bay City Rollers LPs! We're diggin' this one hard! Say Gud'buy to yer hard earned scratch as you drop this one in the shopping cart, 'cuz it's RECOMMENDED!

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LP - Poison Idea - The Fatal Erection Years 1983-1986 - $16.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Praises be to the vinyl gods, or least to the fine folks at TKO Records for collecting and re-issuing these vital jams from thee one and only Poison Idea!  We'll let the TKO people fill in full details:

"Volume 2 of TKO’s Poison Idea “Kings Of Punk” reissues series, collecting the "Pick Your King" EP, "Record Collectors Are Pretentious Assholes" 12” EP compilation tracks and previously unreleased material dating from 1983-1986. Truly, this is material that should require no introduction to fans of American Hardcore Punk. Deluxe TKO reissue treatment with gatefold jacket with OBI-style strip, liner notes and tons of photos, flyers, artwork etc from the band's history. Remastered at Enormous Door Studio for maximum ferocity."

Holy-fuggin'-grail material right hurr!!!!  "The Fatal Erection Years 1983-1986" compiles Poison Idea's first two EPs, the throat slash hatecore of "Pick Your King" and tongue-in-cheekily titled "Record Collectors Are Pretentious Assholes" (the cover of which features guitar player Pig Champion's collection of rare punk records strewn about the floor!).  Featuring scorching viciousness with tracks like Pure Hate, Castration, I Hate Reggae (ha!), Legalize Freedom, A.A., Rubber Husband, Think Twice and the family friendly tune My Hard-On Withers In Your Face Poison Idea unleash their malcontent anthems of mayhem with power and ATTITUDE.  Sadistically Recommended.

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2xLP - Poison Idea - Kings Of Punk + Bonus Live LP - $25.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Praises be to the vinyl gods, or least to the fine folks at TKO Records for collecting and re-issuing these vital jams from thee one and only Poison Idea!  We'll let the TKO people fill in full details:

"POISON IDEA's landmark 1986 full length returns as the third volume in TKO RECORDS' "Kings Of Punk" reissue series. This is the album the series was named for, and here it finally gets the treatment it deserves: restored and remastered to its full power, expanded to include a bonus 12" of live soundboard recordings from 1984-1986, deluxe gatefold packaging loaded with liner notes, never-before-seen photos- the works! This version of Kings Of Punk is THE definitive reissue, nevermind the shitty European bootlegs and unauthorized domestic versions, this monster package crushes all pretenders!! - Includes a poster reproducing the original Pusmort promo poster- simply A MUST for Poison Idea fans worldwide and ANY fan of 80s Hardcore Punk."

Portland, OR's Poison Idea's fusion of hardcore punk and slime-ball hard rock is nothing short of legendary and 1986's "Kings Of Punk" finds them crowning themselves as the throne bearers and rightfully so cuz this album of debased scumtatstic hardcore fury finds the band firing on all cylinders.  Poison Idea concocts a sound like Discharge if membered by 4 El Duces!  Sick of your significant other?  Well then fire up thee ol' "Kings Of Punk" during your next cuddle fest and watch the trail of dust left from their hasty exit.  Savagely Recommended.

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LP - US Maple - Long Hair In Three Stages - Reissue - Standard Version - $13.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

We grabbed a stack of this boss reissue of U.S. Maple's 1995 debut; get the skinny from Allmusic:

"U.S. Maple's debut album is nothing short of stunning, combining angular guitar attacks, odd skronks, jazzy tones, and a generally deconstructive approach to music into a sound of unparalleled idiosyncrasy. The record's finest moments come when the slanted attack and fractured composition converge to simulate something approaching a conventional song ("Letter to ZZ Top," with lyrics like "Give my bones to Billy Gibbons," pretty much rules out any notion of normality). Between these off-kilter constructions and the group's even more off-kilter deconstructions, a truly amazing record is created, one that combines hard-edged, "whiskey, no chaser" rock with exceptionally intelligent slants and fractures."

Yup yup yup!  The supreme beings over at Skin Graft HQ have reissued this amazing record and made it available to the masses once again at a reasonable price.  Originals, the ones housed in polished aluminum "jackets" fetch HIGH dollars to say the least so to have this back around is a total treat.  "Long Hair In Three Stages" is an art damaged un-rock masterpiece that found Chicago weirdos U.S. Maple setting the standard for all weird rock to come.  Recorded by Gastr Del Sol's Jim O'Rourke, "Long Hair In Three Stages" is chock full of spazzoid skronk nutters and deconstructed lunacy that draws from the unhinged outsider vibes of the Magic Band, the brown acid and a collective vision to erase R'n'R tropes.  We've been anticipating this one for quite some time and now we can finally drop the needle and bug out to these glorious gobbers!  Hugely Recommended.

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LP - Beguiled - Blue Dirge - $15.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Second and final album from one of the most killer bands on Crypt Records!!!!!  Seriously if you gotta start out anywhere in the fine RnR back catalog of Crypt, the Beguiled's "Blue Dirge" is IT.  No garage punk album (before or after) was more fierce, swampy, feral, unhinged and infectious. THIS ONE COMES RECOMMENDED TIMES INFINITY!!!!!

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LP - Spanish Moss - Kelp - Pink Wax - $12.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

We're always searching and digging deep to find mind blowing new bands and labels to fill up the racks here at the shop, and sometimes we strike psych rock gold.  Our newest discovery, Spanish Moss, is for sure gonna melt your face off.  Patrick Haight, sound engineer guru at Burger Records, signed them to his new label Spot On Sounds, and man are we glad he did.  Spanish Moss grabs you by the ears and drags you through a bluesy space-drenched fuzzed-out psychedelic journey on their debut long player, "Kelp"...and once you've gone done the rabbit hole, you'll get stuck flipping this one over and over again.  We didn't know much about Spanish Moss before this stack of lps showed up at the door one day, so let's get the back story from the blog Sunrise Ocean Bender:

"Spot-On Sound is a new label out of Sacramento spearheaded by Patrick Haight, mastering engineer for Burger Records. Spot-On has a few releases lined up down the pike, but they hit the ground running, hard, with Santa Cruz based Spanish Moss and their aptly titled KELP. Santa Cruz and seaweed don’t mean sea shanties for these cats. Opener Fuzz Puzzle about says it all; KELP is a psych crop grown in fertile fuzz…and all the pieces fit. Fit tight even though Spanish Moss deliver frayed, jagged blasts of psych rock that sound like they could splinter any minute. All the ragged burrs are left in fine form making KELP sound like the equivalent to a wave of hot pebbles being poured down your beach shorts. Feels good, sounds even better. Part straight up psych with doses of space rock and bluesy liquefying licks, KELP goes for the throat and cortex and relentlessy hangs on. They call is ‘psychedelic bluesgaze’ and no one is going to argue with the shorthand as they put repetition to good use hammering home the riffs for full stun effect. Layering on molten leads and wailing, and often soulful, vocals on top of a frantically active bottom-end, Spanish Moss bring all the ingredients together for a heady stew that doesn’t overwhelm the tunes underneath. And the hooks are there; barbed, serrated and slathered with heavy psych cream. KELP is an outstanding debut, for both Spanish Moss and Spot-On Sound." from Sunrise Ocean Bender" - Spot On Sound

We love our psych rock loud, raw, stretched out, warped and crazy as it can be and Spanish Moss heavily delivers on all those fronts.  Searing delinquent acid fried rock n roll, "Kelp" leans on those ever deep sources of psych inspiration from Hawkwind to Monoshock and definitely owes some debt to the Phoenix and Guerrson back catalogs (quality influences for sure).  Spanish Moss can be filed away next to the current crop of psychedelic adventurers like MMOSS, Cave, White Hills, Psychic Ills and Acid Mothers Temple -- if "Kelp" ever leaves your turnable that is.  This one comes on translucent pink vinyl and is bound to go quick, so don't miss out.  You need some "Kelp" in your life.  RECOMMENDED TIMES INFINITY.

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LP - Nagual - Nagual - $11.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Brand spanking new full-length from this Ohio experimental duo who play self described "American Esoterica". We picked up copies of this, their self-titles vinyl debut (after numerous cassette releases) when they played an instore here at the Chicago shop. Both Ian McColm and Daniel Bachman play guitars thru a bevy of effects, warping and manipulating the sounds into drones and loops that can be achingly beautiful, and sometimes teeth-clatteringly intense. At times it recalls the guitar experimentalism of folks like Fripp or even Gunter Schickert, but the way these dudes manipulate the string tones, it almost sounds like pieces by Moebius or Schnitzler! The guys in Nagual have rubbed elbows and played some shows with the likes of Aaron Dilloway, Robert Turman and Chris Corsano, so that could give you an idea of what's in store; intelligent, intuitive experimantal music that incorporates elements of psychedelia, noise, free-jazz and world music made by dudes you can have a beer with. We can dig that. Released with love by local Chicago label Ergot Records, Nagual's debut comes wholeheartedly RECOMMENDED!
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MAG - Distort - Issue 41 - $2.99 - BUYbuy

We grabbed another stack of the latest issue of Straitjacket Nation/Total Control duder's killer music zine "Distort"!  Here's what awaits one between these pages:

"Interviews with The Hunches, Night Prowler and Aaron Aspinwall (The Repos). Writing on Harry Crews, Repairs, Lost Domain, Waste Management, Factorymen, Jackman, Harald Grosskopf, Whores, Inservibles, Vile Gash, Schizophasia, Bits of Shit, Salvation, No Balls. Cover art by Arturo Medrano. Centrefold art by Shiva Addanki. Illustrations by Elias Martinez. US edition with red cover."

You get some great journalism, punk aesthetic, music reviews and even a centerpiece poster. "Distort" is a fine publication from Australia bringing us the goods about music and mischief from across the globe.  Distort is an 8 1/2" x 11" black and white zine lovingly put together by a music fan who also happens to play in some seriously great bands. Bonus!  Recommended.

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MAG - Distort - Issue 42 - $2.99 - BUYbuy

We grabbed another stack of the latest issue of Straitjacket Nation/Total Control duder's killer music zine "Distort"!  Here's what awaits one between these pages:

"Interviews with Omegas, The Throb, Beastianity, Red Red Krovvy, Drew Gates and NS Mayhem. Writing on E.M. Cioran, Justin Fuller, Oily Boys, Wet Cloth, Soma Coma, Hyperspace Vision, Croation Amor, LR, X-TG / Throbbing Gristle, Lakes, The Clean, Constant Mongrel, U202, Destruction Unit.  Cover photo by Julia Nowak. Centrefold art by Liam Osbourne. US edition with red cover." 

You get some great journalism, punk aesthetic, music reviews and even a centerpiece poster. "Distort" is a fine publication from Australia bringing us the goods about music and mischief from across the globe.  Distort is an 8 1/2" x 11" black and white zine lovingly put together by a music fan who also happens to play in some seriously great bands. Bonus!  Recommended.

Tshirt - Tim Biskup Designed P-Rex American Apparel Shirt - $14.99

We couldn't be more stoked to have Tim Biskup create a brand new t-shirt for all you P-Rex loving, vinyl junkies to wear around town.  For those not in the know, Tim Biskup's free-spirited style recalls 1950s storybook illustration, with bright colors and whimsical shapes unrestricted by the black outlining typically used in character design. He is currently making rad paintings, playing drums and living it easy in the mountains of Los Angeles.  

Check out his other killer artwork at!!!

These comfy American Apparel shirts are available in sizes Small through 2 XL.  They ship from the LA shop, so they must be ordered separately from all other mail order items.  USPS delivery is $4 and you MUST SPECIFY A SIZE when ordering.

You can also order one directly from the Los Angeles shop by emailing or just drop by the L.A. location. Overseas shoppers can build an order with a T-Shirt but will have to wait for the shirt to get shipped from LA to Chicago to complete their order. Don't forget to include your size!

These won't last long, so grab one NOW!!! 
If you must wear a shirt, wear a cool one!!!!