Monday, July 14, 2014

Permanent Records 7.14.14

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LP - Various Artists - Neu Ist Zeit - Augsburg 1979-84 - Import - $23.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

We scored a killer compilation of late 70's / early 80's German post punk from the fine folks at Randstock Records!  We were pretty unfamiliar with most of these groups but holy hell is this a freaking great collection of tunes.  Apparently most of these tracks came out in small runs of cassettes originally so the fact that the Randstock folks compiled all this in one place is a true treat for sure.  The label has all the pressing info and track list for you here:

"Edition of 200 copies.
Nine different photographs were used for the jacket. Comes with insert featuring band biographies and old fanzine clips.
Stalinorgel - Ich Geh Ins Exil
Stalinorgel - Schrott
Ameisensäure - Nazipack
Kalt - Wertarbeit
Pervers - Asozial
Pervers - Kostenpreis 1,50
Der Zustand - Wir Wollen Leben
Der Zustand - Gashahn Auf
Der Zustand - Neu Ist Zeit
Schatten Unter Eis - Use Me
Schatten Unter Eis - Golden Dream
Kurzschluss - Dance With Me
The Fog - Andy
The Fog - Vier Reiter
Most songs previously released between 1982-1985 on locally distributed cassettes. Unreleased exceptions: A1/B5. A5/A6 are unreleased original mixes of Pervers 7“ from 1984." - Randstock

These are super limited and hand made with all different covers so grab one while supplies last!  Supremely Recommended.

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LP - Marc Barreca - Twilight - Original Stock (jacket may have bumps or bends) - $11.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

More sealed original stock graces our shops once again, this time it is the absolutely stunning industrial-ish ambient LP "Twilight" by Marc Barreca.  Get the full story from the Palace of Lights folks who released it:

"Sealed copies of the 1980/81 LP from MARC BARRECA (also a member of SAVANT and YOUNG SCIENTIST), on K. LEIMERS Palace Of Lights label (see the recent LEIMER release on RVNG). “taking steps into the ambient and industrial while carrying along a phonographic sensibility. Using sounds derived from a variety of acoustic as well as electronic sources, twilight foreshadowed the diversity and pliability of sampled, industrial and lowercase musics, making this 1980 release remarkably prescient and resiliently fresh to this day.” - Palace Of Lights

"Twilight" is a gorgeous and eerie adventure from start to finish and we've been spinning it a ton around the shops lately.  This early 80's album of elemental ambiance for fans of the Eno ambient series, the Corum records we're always going on and on about, the K. Leimer "A Period Of Review 1975-1983 LP and the I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age Music In America 1950-1990 3xLP Boxset.  Seriously Recommended.

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LP - Slava Ranko - Arctic Hysteria - $14.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Yep, you guessed it!  Even more sealed original stock rears its collectible head and it is a total must own fer sure!

"ORIGINAL SEALED COPIES of this intense synth weirdo LP from 1981..Strange mix of dark synth and Classical Japanese melodies...contains insert. From back cover notes: "I do not want to play music which sounds as if it comes from familiar instruments, music which is based on chord patterns, or music which fits nicely within any particular stereotyped tradition... What I want is the terrifying, the menacing, the cruel, the chaotic, the darkly exciting, the ecstatic, the irrational -- music that resounds between the cells and in the intergalactic voids..." --Slava Ranko. Nuff said there really... if you are into fucked up synth records you NEED to own this. He was also the producer for FACTRIX and TUXEDOMOON if that means anything to ya... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!" - Aaron Dilloway

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LP - Null And Void - Happiness And Contempt - Original Stock (Damaged Jackets) - $19.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen
Note: the jackets are significantly damaged but the records are like new and unplayed!

We got these direct from the source and they are the last available copies so act fast friends!

"Very Nash The Slash-like high energy synth driven arty new wave classic from this Orange County, California unit that was featured on the seminal minimal synth comp "The Up Another Octave Selection". Note: despite what the jacket indicates, tracks 3 & 4 on side B are banded together and listed as one track on the label." - Mutant-Sounds Blogspot

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LP - Los Blue Angeles - Vol II - Original Stock - $14.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Our crate-diggers out in L.A. are always turning up one awesome rare deadstock find after another and this time they've unearthed some sweet sealed copies of Chicano rockers Los Blue Angeles! Released on the Anahual label out of Hollywood, CA and featuring 5 dapper looking fellows on the front resplendent in matching polyester suits, the "Vol. II" collection of their work (we assume it's a collection, as there is a minimum of info listed on the jacket). WHAT WE DO KNOW is that this album is a stone-cold floor filler! Side A is chock-full of "teen-beat" style garage numbers (think Thee Midnighters crossed with Los Bravos) sung in Spanish, with some tasty riffs and a lick of fuzz guitar here and there! Side B is a more mellow affair, with mid-tempo numbers and slow, romantic ballads (essentially Side A's to get the kids dancing, then Side B cools it down).  We have no idea what year this was recorded (our guess is mid-late Sixties, but it could even be into the early Seventies) but the songs definitely fall into the post-garage boom of the mid Sixties, but before the PSYCH-SPLOSION of the late Sixties.  Anyone know anything about these guys? HIT US UP! A super-solid album and worthy of a spot next to your garage stompers! RECOMMENDED, but act fast, before the well dries up!

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Tape - Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II - $4.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK YES. Christmas comes early this year with a brand-new, hot-shit Oh Sees full-length known as "Putrifiers II" on label du jour, In The Red Records! We were skeptical that John Dwyer and Co. could top their absolutely KILLER "Carrion Crawler/The Dream" LP from last year, but we should have known better - "Putrifiers II" lays waste to anyone who would doubt this band's absolute fucking DOMINANCE. We'll shut up for a second and let In The Red talk a bit:

"What’s the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions Thee Oh Sees? Probably their riot-sparking live show, right? Visions of a guitar-chewing, speaker-smothering, tongue-wagging John Dwyer careening across your cranium, chased by a wild-eyed wrecking crew that drives every last hook home like it’s a nail in the coffin of what one thought it meant to make 21st century rock ’n’ roll?  Yeah, that sounds about right. But it misses a more important point—how impossible Thee Oh Sees have been been to pin down since Dwyer launched it in the late ’90s as a solo break from such sorely missed underground bands as Pink and Brown and Coachwhips. That restlessness extends to everything from the towering, thirteen-minute title track of 2010’s Warm Smile LP to the mercurial moods of 2008’s The Master’s Bedroom Is Worth Spending a Night In. And then there’s the home-brewed symphonies of Castlemania and the high-wire hooks of Carrion Crawler / The Dream, which dropped a second drum set among sunburnt organs, dovetailing guitars and rail-jumping rhythms.  If one prefers a slightly more subtle musical awakening, there’s always Putrifiers II, the latest in a long line of Oh Sees albums that expands the group’s sound well past your friendly neighborhood garage band. So while the space-odyssey nods of “Wax Face” actually sound like they’re meant to melt one’s ears straight off, the record’s full of deviant detours, from the poison-tipped string parts and Eno-esque engineering of “So Nice” to the groove-locked Krautrock inclinations of “Lupine Dominus.”  The most noticeable element may be Dwyer’s melodies, however, as they reveal a softer side to his songwriting, one that makes perfect sense considering just how disparate his dust-clearing influences are. Scott Walker, The Velvet Underground, The Zombies and the experimental Japanese act Les Rallizes Denudes are but a small taste of what informed Thee Oh Sees this time around, as Dwyer returned to the multi-instrumental ways of Castlemania"

An absolutely jaw-dropping album. Fuckin' Dwyer man, how does he do it? What's amazing to us is that even though this album is essentially another John Dwyer one-man show, he's able to capture the energy and excitement of what makes the full-band so outstanding and fuse it seamlessly with the candy-coated switchblade hooks of the self-recorded 'Castlemania' creating an evolved and informed new amalgam of the sound he's carved out as Thee Oh Sees. The twin-guitar harmonic passage that kicks off the album lurches in to the prime Oh Sees groove of 'Wax Face' and just when you think, "oh, ok it's another rockin' Oh Sees album", Dwyer kicks it back into the pop, hand-clappin' groove of "Hang a Picture". However, the most stunning track for our money has to be the third track "So Nice" which is a dirge-y pop number colored by ominous viola that transforms the tune into "All Tomorrow's Parties" crossed with something akin to a Troggs love song. Yeah, it's weird. Housed in a cool, 2-sided, die-cut sleeve with some truly bizarre man/dog artwork by Kyle Ranson, this one is sure to go quicker than free cookies at a milk convention, so grip this one post-haste! We've dropped a lot of "F-Bombs" in our writeup of "Putrifiers II", but goddamn man this thing is really fucking good. RECOMMENDED x infinity. GET IT.

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Tape - Harsh Toke - Light Up And Live - $4.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Oh this is on Tee Pee?  You bet yer ass its gonna be a ripper!  Read on as the Tee Pee'ers tell the tale of Harsh Toke:

"Psychedelic rockers HARSH TOKE explore sound and space through music.  On the San Diego Acid Rock band’s debut album Light Up and Live, loud, heavy guitars, swimming bass lines and smashing drums warp to full throttle, working together to launch the group’s “Haze Maze” of unapologetic psychedelic-blues into interstellar overdrive. Recorded by Brian Ellis (also of the prog-rock band ASTRA) and mastered by Carl Saff (Earthless, OFF!, Unsane), HARSHTOKE‘s Light Up and Live will be released on November 19 via Tee Pee.
Led by ripping pro skater and rip-roaring guitarist Justin “Figgy” Figueroa, HARSH TOKEare equal parts atmospheric and anarchic, merging raging, blind fury musicianship with unprecedented white-knuckle volume abuse.  Tense and surreal, HARSH TOKES‘ songs slowly build from hallucinatory haze into grand overtures of noise and feedback; a cosmic buffet of pounding, pummeling and punishing planes of sound.  Heavy.  Cosmic.  Kinetic.
HARSH TOKE lay down sizzling grooves with every needle on the soundboard pinned to the red.  If Blue Cheer could be called “Louder than God” in 1968, forty five years later, HARSH TOKEcan easily be pegged as “Louder than Satan.”  Run for your lives – into the din."

"Light Up and Live" is four loooooong jams of interstellar hesher rock played with unbridled fury and with some serious musical chops.  You know we'd never steer ya wrong, if you love all things groovy, heavy and THC-ey as we do then don some shades and drop into the stunning sonic stylings of Harsh Toke.  For fans of Earthless, White Hills, Hawkwind, Blue Cheer, Pink Floyd, Iron Butterfly and loud no nonsense psychedelic groove rock lunacy! Drop the needle and let Harsh Toke fry yer brain into the cosmos.  Ludicrously Recommended.