Monday, July 20, 2015

Hey Everybody,
This week's list includes new releases from Gel Set, Memories, Uh Bones, Tame Impala, and some choice reissues from Pearl Jam!  Check out the list below for further details…

Also both the Chicago and the Los Angeles shops are getting quality used LPs, 7ins and CDs in all the time so come on by either location and dig in, we're sure you'll find something you like.  A sampling of some of the used LPs showing up at both shops can be found in lists at the very bottom of this newsletter.

More love for the Chicago Triangle!


It was nice seeing all your lovely faces at Pitchfork this weekend!


Thanks to Melkbelly, Sad Girl and Los Angeles Police Department for rockin' the shop and thanks to DJ Emily for spinning the tunes!


Have you been snoozin'? Lucky for you, there's still time to wake up. Many of the still in-print Permanent Label Releases are nearly sold out!

LP - Afflicted Man - I'm Off Me 'Ead (Official 2013 Reissue, Repress, Black Wax, Ltd 300) 15 copies of this acid fried punk record still lookin' for a good home.

LP - Basic Cable - I'm Good To Drive (Black Wax, Ltd 200) Tune in while you still can, under 10 copies to go.

LP - Heater - God and Hair (Regular Edition on Black Vinyl) Columbia Missouri's short lived DIY RNR summer jammer, less than 10 copies are still in the mix.

LP - MERX - 20000 Sq Ft Under The Sea (White Wax, Ltd 100) Only 18 copies on the Permanent exclusive color vinyl! Come up for air and grip a copy!

LP - Purling Hiss - Purling Hiss  (Regular Edition Black Vinyl) Fully printed jacket version is still with us thanks to a warehouse find! Only 9 copies left of this now classic Hiss debut by Mr. Mike Polizze! Screen printed tour edition stock is dwindling as well...


And just like every week, P-Rex Los Angeles DJs continue to FEED THE FREAKS!!!

Here's the general info on Feed The Freaks:
"Every Wednesday.  Black Boar - 1630 Colorado Blvd.  10-2am. Rock'n'Roll Partytime! With Lance Bummer and Special Guests. Drink specials. Excellent adventures, only.  Absolutely, no bogus journeys. Get down."


Running out of room, need to clear some space, going on the lam? Regardless of the reason, before you unload your unwanted records and digital media, please bring them to us for CASH or STORE CREDIT!  One man's trash is another man's treasure and we treasure all sorts of quote un-quote trash!  Before you donate your stuff or have a yard sale, drop us a line.  We'll probably pay more (without haggling) than you'll ever get at a garage sale and often times we'll buy it all in one shot.  It doesn't get much easier that!  So remember, when you wanna sell your stuff, SELL IT TO US!  Please and thank you!
P.S. We make house calls for collections.  Drop us a line to make an appointment.

Permanent Label is Portable!

Did you know, many Permanent Records Label Releases are now available for purchase as a digital download? Check out: Revolver, emusic, Google play, iTunes, Amazon.

Prefer streaming? Well good news, pretty much everything that has a “play” button on the internet now features many of our label release. Examples include: Spotify, Rhapsody, rdio, Deezer, and YouTube.


When you buy a record from Permanent Chicago by an artist playing at The Empty Bottle, we can get you on the Guest List (with a few exceptions).

Check the full list below and hit us up:


LP - Granicus - Granicus VG+

Lance - Permanent Records Los Angeles

$149.99 → Email If Interested LISTEN

"Cleveland's enigmatic Granicus recorded just one eponymous LP before fading into rock & roll oblivion, but boy, it's an absolute gem! Quietly released by RCA in 1973, Granicus is truly an album out of time -- especially its own -- which perhaps explains its eventual commercial failure. Years on, the record acts as a veritable time capsule, taking the listener back to that tenuous transition point where late-'60s progressive rock and experimental psychedelia finally gave way once and for all to what is now considered the classic '70s hard rock sound. Indeed, it's this convoluted transformation process that simultaneously informs the album with its edgy, nervous energy and helps explain its mysteriously lasting appeal. Elements of the old ways pervade the wistful interlude "Twilight," the prog-tastic "Nightmare," and the 11-minute freakout "Prayer," while ballsy hard rockers like "You're in America" and "When You're Movin'" reflect the new world order imposed by the church of Led Zeppelin. Somewhere in between, an optimum balance is struck by excellent single "Bad Talk," the scorching, self-affirming tirade of "Cleveland Ohio" (where singer Woody Leffel scats his way through every insult ever aimed at his hometown's citizens: "Uncool, unheavy, ungroovy, unfunky, unhip, greaseball!"), and the amazing hard boogie workout that is closer "Paradise." As for the bandmembers, their technical prowess and taut interplay drives all of the above into truly impressive realms of inspiration, and with his piercing shrieks and bluesy falsetto, Leffel is a positively eerie sonic precursor to Rush's Geddy Lee. Rock & roll history may have dealt them a losing hand in the end, but there'll always be a place in musical anthropologists' hearts for both Granicus the band and Granicus the album." -

LP - Michael Rother - Katzenmusik

Dave - Permanent Records Chicago

$39.99 → Email If Interested LISTEN

"Katzenmusik marked the third and final collaboration between multi-instrumentalist Michael Rother and producer Conny Planck, as well drummer Jaki Leibezeit, on loan from the group Can. Essentially a suite in two parts, Katzenmusik remains Rother's opus. It's an enchanting, entrancing, swirl of colors and simply pronounced melodies that's at once powerfully majestic and esthetically sublime. Rother's multi-tracked guitars ring from the plaintive to the screaming in the upper registers, layered around four different five-note melodies that recur either as single string statements triple-track or stark chords supporting them. Through it all, in a middling yet even-handed pace, is drummer Jaki Leibezeit, playing his version of the Motorik sound (the one created by Rother and Klaus Dinger in the band Neu! a few years before) in 4/4 time with little to no variation. Rother's re-harmonizing of his original melody throughout the piece in various segments has a mirroring effect over its 37 minutes; it's as if we are taken into the nether-side of his composition and feel its various spaces and textures from all angles. Still, no matter how deeply wound the composition gets, its theme is very simple, and therefore always draws the listener closer to its euphoric chiming and whispering. Rother could very well have titled this album "Blue Sky Music," because despite the appearance of such on the cover, this music seems to be soaring there all on its own. If we just draw near, his glorious language of emotion and tenderness will carry us along too. Katzenmusik cannot be heard too many times. Artists usually get this close only once in a lifetime. Michael Rother has gotten close to this with many of his albums, but this one is singular in its achievement, a perfect melding of taste, dynamics, pace, melodic invention, and emotional and spiritual honesty, all woven into the spirit of rock & roll." -

LP - Can - Soon Over Babaluma

Jamie - Permanent Records Chicago

$29.99 → Email If Interested LISTEN

"With Suzuki departed, vocal responsibilities were now split between Karoli and Schmidt. Wisely, neither try to clone Mooney or Suzuki, instead aiming for their own low-key way around things. The guitarist half speaks/half whispers his lines on the opening groover, "Dizzy Dizzy," while on "Come Sta, La Luna" Schmidt uses a higher pitch that is mostly buried in the background. Czukay sounds like he's throwing in some odd movie samples on that particular track, though perhaps it's just heavy flanging on Schmidt's vocals. Karoli's guitar achieves near-flamenco levels on the song, an attractive development that matches up nicely with the slightly lighter and jazzier rhythms the band comes up with on tracks like "Splash." Also, his violin work -- uncredited on earlier releases -- is a bit more prominent here. Musically, if things are a touch less intense on Babaluma, the sense of a band perfectly living in each other's musical pocket and able to react on a dime hasn't changed at all. "Chain Reaction," the longest track on the album, shows that the combination of lengthy jam and slight relaxation actually can go together rather well. After an initial four minutes of quicker pulsing and rhythm (which sounds partly machine provided), things downshift into a slower vocal section before firing up again; Karoli's blistering guitar work at this point is striking to behold. "Chain Reaction" bleeds into Babaluma's final song, "Quantum Physics," a more ominous piece with Czukay's bass closer to the fore, shaded by Schmidt's work and sometimes accompanied by Liebezeit. It makes for a nicely mysterious conclusion to the album." -

LP - Soggy - Slog (Import)

Jon - Permanent Records Chicago

$49.99 → Email If Interested LISTEN

We had to dig hard for copies of the newly reissued double LP by Soggy from Memoire Neuve.  This is the "lost classic" from the most hard rocking band of the French punk scene.  Ferocious unhinged rock n roll doesn't get better than this.  Seriously fucking awesome.   This is the only time some of these jams have ever been pressed to vinyl and who knows if they'll ever be again.  Soggy has lit up the message boards of Termbo and other fan boards across the web, so all you collectors and fans this is your chance to finally own the definitive collection from these crazed French rockers.   If you need some back story to be convinced, Memoire Nueve has all the pertinent back story, (which our resident translator slammed into English for all us non bi-lingual folk) -

"Born in 1978 from the ashes of obscure groups Reims (Woman Bleed, Antichrist, Hardfuckers ...), Soggy then consists of Beb (vocals), Eric Dars (guitar) and Olivier Hennegrave (drums), and then incorporates into its ranks Francis Carver (bass). After getting his hands on pieces of Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, MC5 and the Stooges, the group quickly made its own directory and develops a sound at the intersection of Hard Rock and Punk Stoogien style they rebaptiseront "Hard Wave "to derisively labels or Hard Rock New Wave (!) they are dressed. This explosive mixture remains their trademark until the end. The group rehearses diligently, registers several times (in the studio or rehearsal), is surrounded by a large technical staff, rotates and flips MJC Champagne-Ardenne, défoncera also Gibus, Golf Drouot on and go powder to talk to Germany, Belgium, Holland and Switzerland. Their professionalism and legendary burst of energy on stage allows them to get an article in Best in October 1980, and then to go to Paris in April 1981 to record the tracks "Waiting for the war" and "47 chromosomes" in studio Florida.

End of May marks the dedication of the group with the release of these two titles on a self-45t product reached the 5th place in the ranking of the largest store sales of the Reims area, and with the passage of FR3 Reims clip of "Waiting for the war. "Contacted by several labels to record an album, but refusing to sing in French, the group will never be signed. After more than a hundred concerts at the counter, the band broke up in July 1982 when he was sure the first part of the European tour Judas Priest ..."

File Soggy next to the Stooges and Mc5 in your stacks, or maybe even Motorhead or Judas Priest, which would've been on helluva show had Soggy actually made that tour (not sure anyone would've survived that much rock in one sitting).  EQUAL PARTS MOTOR CITY IS BURNING GARAGE ROCK, PROTO METAL THRASHING AND BALLS OUT PUNK SNARL, this is one fucking double shot of 100 proof high octane rock n roll you need to own now.

Memore Neuve is already sold out of this fantastic double lp of Soggy, and only 500 copies are floating around, so act quick.  Record One is filled to the brim with all the manic studio tracks the label could pack into one record, and the second disc is all live takes, so you can pretend you were there back in the day seeing Soggy at some French dive bar.   For a band that only released one single during their short existence, every cut on this double album is fucking classic.  TRES TRES RECOMMENDED.   Don't hesitate one second, this will fly off our shelves for sure.

LP - Toy Love - Toy Love 2xLP

Robert - Permanent Records Chicago

$29.99 → Email If Interested LISTEN

So it begins… Captured Tracks has teamed with legendary New Zealand label Flying Nun to start a reissue campaign that is a thing of exquisite beauty, namely to re-release the back catalog of Flying Nun which is nothing short of faint inducing exasperation.  We'll let the Captured Tracks folks get you started on this absolute classic collection they've ushered into the public:

"Captured Tracks announced an exclusive partnership with iconic New Zealand label ‘Flying Nun Records’ working in tandem to re-issue the labels diverse catalog. It was also announced that a 2xLP compilation of Toy Love was to be the first release of this campaign. The beginning is often the best place to start with most things however, a Toy Love Flying Nun release takes this one step further for Toy Love pre-date’s Flying Nun records but included members who would go on to shape the labels DIY ethos and sound. Chris Knox and Alec Bathgate would go on to form ‘Tall Dwarfs’ and Paul Kean ‘The Bats’ respectively with Knox becoming a pivotal part of Flying Nun’s operation."

Toy Love is ground zero for South island Kiwi choogle pop and their members went on to start some of the era's most important acts like Tall Dwarfs and The Bats and later The Snares, but Toy Love remain the unruly torch bearers of Dunedin's unparalled yet hugely influential sonic fingerprint on modern music.  After scoring the "Live At The Gluepit 1980" double dose from Goner Records in late 2012, we are freaking frothing at the mouth over this 2xLP collection of studio material from the one and only Toy Love.  Grab this boss collection and strap in for the ride of a lifetime as Toy Love lay out the weirdo Kiwi punk that we can never seem to get enough of.  Deliriously Recommended.

This Week's New Featured Releases and Reissues

LP - Gel Set - Human Salad - Pink Wax



Tape - Gel Set - Human Salad


"For something so reliant on modernity, Gel Set’s 'Human Salad' screams something primal, as likely to plead the fifth as plead for companionship. Who’s guilty and who’s complicit, you or me? Something slithers out from the South Side of Chicago, like that beast towards Bethlehem, its roving eye shining light on perennial abandonment. “If you were here, I’d have nothing to dream of. If you were here, I wouldn’t believe you,” Laura Callier incants on album opener “Phantom's Ring.” Who is the ever-present “you”? Me? The listener is made conspirator, an added ingredient to Gel Set’s human salad.

There’s something uncannily nerve-wracking about the phrase “human salad,” though, upon inspection, it is not only an appropriate signifier, but an inviting one. Let’s digress, just for a second. A salad gets its strength from variety – the best salad-maker combines colors and tastes to surprise and satisfy the salad-eater. Similarly, Gel Set combines the human experience from Spanish transgression (“Mi Puta”) to a sensorial game of dozens (“Double Vision”). Unexpected? Yes. Undesirable? No. Surprisingly, as the listener immerses him or herself in Laura Callier’s one voice, he or she is made aware of different narrators – how can you make a human salad with only one human, after all? Trust me, we tried.

Tying the record together is Gel Set’s rhythmic mastery – ultimately, 'Human Salad' is easy to dance to. As serious and all-encompassing as the lyrics are, the background music is, to put it simply, fun. This is darkwave at its artistic peak, dispersed in common experience, all the while retaining nuanced affectation and hip-moving backing tracks. This salad shakes!" - Moniker

LP - Tame Impala - Currents - Limited Colored Wax - 2xLP


"Much has changed since Tame Impala first emerged with an EP of dusty home recordings in 2008. By and large Kevin Parker’s approach to recording has not, though the sound coming out of his home studio has vastly expanded, as has the number of people anticipating the fruits of his labor. Tame Impala’s third album is titled Currents, and on it Parker addresses a blindingly colorful panorama of transition in the most audacious, adventurous fashion he’s yet to capture on record.

Dense with heady lyrical introspection, musically the most playful, bold and varied Tame Impala record to date, Currents is Parker putting down his weapons and embracing change as the only constant – sonically, thematically, and personally. Musically, Currents sounds like the work of a player on top of his game and having a blast, Parker indulging his whims and unafraid to dive down the rabbit hole after an idea.

Again operating as a one man studio band, Parker’s resultant record calls to mind contemporary hip hop production, Thriller, fried '70s funk, the irreverent playground Daft Punk presented on Discovery, swathes of future pop and emotional '80s balladry, all filtered through a thoroughly modern psychedelic third eye. A genre-bending soundscape fueled equally by curiosity as it is consciousness, it’s exhilarating new territory for Tame Impala.

Lyrically the record finds Parker in a very different place in 2015 to where he was seven years ago. Transitions in life, relationships, perspectives, mindsets – Currents maps Parker’s evolution through these and finds him a brand new person. In parts of both 2010’s Innerspeaker and 2012’s Lonerism Tame Impala sounded like a guy on the outer wanting in, now that he’s found himself on the inside Parker’s turned the spotlight in on himself. Stopping to reflect on the road behind, where he finds himself currently, and the road ahead, Currents spans a tumultuous time.

The first track from the record to be unveiled, "Let It Happen," is a perfectly encapsulating preview of what lies ahead. Coming in just short of eight minutes, "Let It Happen" traverses a swag of sonic terrain in its duration. The drums and Parker’s vocal introduction lull the listener with a sense of familiarity, until it all sweeps up into a cosmos once populated only by French robots, with insistent melody, broken machine loops, synthetic orchestration, surfing vocoder and a shredding guitar outro.

Typically, initial Tame Impala recordings saw Parker’s vocal hidden beneath a layer of psychedelic fuzz, drenched in reverb, lyrics ambiguous. Currents finds his voice front and center, so no bones are made about his intent. Sketched out in planes, cars, hotels and homes since the completion of Lonerism in 2012, pieced together over the later part of 2014 and early 2015 at home in Fremantle, Western Australia, Currents was written, performed, recorded, produced and mixed by Kevin Parker. Tame Impala presents Currents, a soundtrack to life’s turbulent flow." - Interscope

LP - Memories - Home Style


"“Home Style” exists in the borderlands between the night and the dawn, under a violet sky, after a few too many bong hits, a few too many beers, stumbling home in the cool silence between too late and too early, and there you are, hand in hand with a beautiful babe who somehow found you, our did you find them? and when you look over and see them looking back into your eyes you are overwhelmed with waves of warmth of new love, and endless possibilities. So at your door you pause before you put your key in the lock, hesitant to move forward towards the light of the morning, where the sober reality of tomorrow awaits, and let time slow to a crawl so you can linger on this feeling for just a moment longer before it fades away forever… The Memories are able to capture the magic of being young, dumb and in love better than anyone else, through an unapologetic sincerity that is found in all of their songs. Some songs are funny, sometimes are serious, but they always come from the heart, and that what makes them so great. This album is The Memories most folky and mellow album to date, with 17(!) back to back hits, each as good as the one before. So after you put this album on your turntable, twist one up on the cover, and enjoy the ride as you slip deep into the chillest zone you have ever been." - Randy Records

LP - Uh Bones - Honey Coma


"In Chicago, the kids are falling in love with rock n roll all over again. They insist on only THEE BEST bands playing THEE WILDEST parties, and every day of every week Chicago refuses to let them down! Out of towners are BLOWN AWAY by the sheer number of GREAT bands, and by the DEDICATION of our fine citizens to drinking all the beer, kissing all the babes, and worshipping at the altar of the ALMIGHTY PARTY until the sun comes up. And at the forefront of this new wave of Chicago rock n roll is the most RIGHTEOUS, the most RADICAL, UH BONES(!!!), who are truly an unstoppable force. They suck the air out of every party and every show and blow them wide open with an onslaught of UNRELENTING, MENACING, MIND-MELTING ROCK N ROLL! Imagine if the Kinks had fallen in love with the Velvet Underground in the late sixties, and started writing songs celebrating the joys of being EVIL, and you’ll get a sense of how Uh Bones sounds. They are similar to some modern psych bands (in particular Apache Dropout and White Fence) but while a lot of those hippies are busy making music that pairs well with smoking weed and not harshing anyone’s vibe, Uh Bones is laying down HEAVY GROOVES that beg you to “SHAKE YOUR BUTT” (as written in duct tape on the back of front man Luke Trimble’s guitar), with a KILLER rhythm section, SCREAMING guitar, and a GODDAMN REAL LIFE HAMMOND ORGAN helping to hold it all down. Something big IS happening in Chicago, and if you are interesting in finding out what it is, HONEY COMA is the place to start. So steal, rob, cheat, lie, do whatever it takes to get your grubby little mitts all over this truly amazing LP!!!" - Randy Records

LP - Bazar - Drabantbyrock - Import


"Bazar was one of the hardest-working progressive bands from Scandinavia. This is the first reissue of their killer second album from 1974. Wah-wah-fuelled guitar action, organ, flute, melodic vocals, and radical lyrics. Drabantbyrock combines heavy numbers, West Coast guitar jams, and dreamy moments, featuring the superb guitar playing of Bent Patey. Kick-ass psychedelic/progressive hard rock from Norway, highly recommended for those into Swedish hard rock bands such as November. 24-bit remastering. Includes insert with liner notes by Klemen Breznikar (It's Psychedelic Baby!) and photos. Features original artwork in gatefold sleeve." - Sommor Records

LP - Elias Hulk - Unchained (180gm reissue)


Elias Hulk thrusts some raw hard blues rawk to the masses with their sole album from 1970. For years, Unchained has been a wet dream for record collectors, and now Sommer has finally and legitimately re-issued this beast, giving it the 180 gram vinyl treatment. Elias Hulk utilize a formula of thundering drums (along with a few killer drum solos), throbbing bass, blistering guitars, nasaly vocals, and bong hits to make an ass kicker of an album. Lie down on some shag carpet, turn on a black light, get yourself 'proper', and listen to this firecracker.

LP - JPT Scare Band - Acid Acetate Excursion/Rape Of The Titan's Sirens - Reissue 2xLP


"Banded together during the tumultuous years of the early 70s, JPT Scare Band fused a sound equally heavy in hard rocking blues as it was tripped out in psychedelia, creating a sound so imposing that it perfectly reflected the emotions of the era. Formed by guitarist/vocalist Terry Swope, drummer Jeff Littrell, and bassist Paul Grigsby, JPT Scare Band began recording songs in their Kansas City basement and soon compiled a vault full of reel-to-reel tapes that would make up much of the band’s catalogue.

Though the band formed in 1973, JPT Scare Band’s first album, Acid Acetate Excursion, wasn’t released until 1994, over twenty years after the band’s formation. Along with Acid Acetate Excursion, the band, in conjunction with Monster Records, released two more albums, 1998’s Rape Of Titan’s Sirens and 2000’s Sleeping Sickness. Both releases highlighted the bands heavy psych/proto-metal blues sound through the otherworldly and unheralded guitar work of Terry Swope, and each has become an underground cult classic.

The new millennium has seen JPT Scare Band delve deeper into their archive of recorded material, accumulated through massive jam sessions throughout the 70s, as well as the 90s, and a flood of product was soon released. Through the band’s self-realised label Kung Bomar, seven albums hit the streets including 2002’s brilliant Past Is Prologue, 2007’s stunning release of all new material with Jamm Vapour and most recently, 2009’s Rumdum Daddy.

In the waning months of 2009, JPT Scare Band merged their energies with rock label Ripple Music to release Acid Blues Is The White Man’s Burden, a collection of unreleased tracks, extended jams, and outstanding cover tunes that helped bridge the gaps in the JPT chronology and turn on a whole new generation on to their classic version of acid rock.

Despite being scattered across the US, JPT Scare Band has never stopped working and creating relevant music. JPT have the uncanny ability, an almost shared consciousness, to pick up right where they left off after being apart for fifteen years and hammer out a set of hard edged guitar driven rock that would have made Cream sound soft. JPT Scare Band will appeal to fans of Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and Black Sabbath.

This April, Ripple Music will release a very special LP set consisting of their first two, seminal releases –Acid Acetate Excursion and Rape Of The Titan’s Sirens – re-presented in full, with new gatefold album art that incorporates the images of the original two albums. Originally recorded in the 1970s, these albums have been out of print since the original Monster Records release in the early 90s and represent the full early history of the band that Classic Rock Magazine once hailed as one of the, “Lost pioneers of Proto-Metal.”

Acid Acetate Excursion and Rape Of The Titan’s Sirens will be released together via Ripple Music on 28th April 2015." - Ripple Music

LP - Kenny Knight - Crossroads


"The first-ever reissue of the private-press country-rock rarity by Colorado auto body painter, Marine, and garage band lifer Kenny Knight—he played in the original ’60s Black Flag—Crossroads recalls a homebrew American Beauty-era Grateful Dead in its world-weary, low-key mood and indelible songwriting. Faded, anxious, melancholy, and beautifully woozy, this out-of-time document belies its 1980 release date. Produced in cooperation with Numero Group, it features liner notes by writer and collector Michael Klausman and Kenny himself.

I met up with Kenny Knight in the parking lot of a Guitar Center at the southern end of Denver a couple years back. He was there to drop off a guitar that needed to be repaired, and I took that as a sign that he was still involved with music. He did confirm that was the case, for which I was glad. Despite the intervening decades since Kenny had released his sole LP, it was easy to recognize him as he stepped out of his pickup truck; although his hair was shorter, he still retained the compact frame and thoughtful gaze you see on the cover of Crossroads. He struck me as being somewhat shy and diffident, a person who values his privacy and probably wary about some random guy being interested in the music he’d made long ago.

About a year and half before our meeting, I came across Kenny’s record sitting in the bins at a shop in Denver, and it just had that look: sepia tones, a rugged guy hanging off a train, all original songs, a pedal steel player in the credits. Promising stuff, the only thing I was unsure about was its 1980 release. Yet from the first couple of notes I was totally elated, for these were beautifully well-crafted songs, timeless, really, and impossible to date if it hadn’t been for the copyright on the back of the LP cover. It turned out there was nary a mention to be found on Google of this album, and none of my collector friends had ever seen it. Now, I realize there’s nothing more obnoxious than reading liner notes which paint some self-aggrandizing portrait of the heroic record-digger, and that’s certainly not what I’m trying to do here. The fact of the matter is this LP and its songs, which are simply undeniable; if I hadn’t picked up Crossroads and passed it around, it would only have been a matter of time before someone else did.

There’s a very singular combination of world-weariness and hope running throughout Crossroads, a still timely grappling with the realities of getting by in this country. You can hear it most clearly in “America,” which is at turns a paean to this nation, as well a plea to it: “don’t lock me out.” This juggling of sophisticated dualities extends even to his love songs, as on “One Down” (possibly the album’s finest track, and one which could sit comfortably next to American Beauty’s best), where he asks, “how much can one heart take?” while still acknowledging that he’ll “stay in love forever more.”

As so often is the case, life got in the way of Kenny’s music, and even after crafting such a perfect LP, his hopes and dreams would remain unrealized, with family obligations and service to his country ultimately having to take precedence. As we talked in that Guitar Center parking lot, I discovered a quietly humble man, proud of the album he’d made and seemingly appreciative that I’d expressed interest, that the folks for whom I’d been playing it also thought it was great. It was sadly obvious, though, that he didn’t think Crossroads had received the reception he felt it had deserved; he told me rather regretfully that he had tossed all the leftover copies of the pressing into a dumpster at some point during the 1990s. And while he didn’t expressly say it, I got the sense that he had no other choice but to throw them out, as if he just couldn’t face the album’s commercial failure any longer. Some records take a while to find their audience, however, and Crossroads is one of them; it’s just a matter of holding on.

Michael Klausman
Longmont, Colorado
January 2015" - Paradise Of Bachelors

LP - Marc Barreca - Twilight - Original Stock (jacket may have bumps or bends)


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.

LP - Midwives - Midwives

Edition of 300 on Colored Vinyl


"Debut LP from Milwaukee four-piece. Noisy and brief hardcore punk that may be of interest to fans of The Stooges, early Black Flag and more recent acts like Pissed Jeans and Metz. Limited to 300 copies on marbled purple vinyl. Look for a 7" this fall via Dusty Medical Records" - Direct Current Records

LP - My Expansive Awareness - My Expansive Awareness - Import


"My Expansive Awareness is a neo-psychedelic garage band from Zaragoza, Spain. The spacial sounds and loops of the band induce the listener into a trance. Their melodies, that have a pop touch mixed with distortions and energetic drums, reach different levels of sounds and sensations, creating a unique song style of their own. The band launched their first EP “Uroboros” in February 2014 and have shared
the stage with artists such as Vibravoid, The Underground Youth, Holy Wave, Dead Rabbits and Black Market Karma in Spain. Most recently, in October 2014 they started composing their first self-titled LP, which was launched in January 2015 by Analog Love." - Lisbon Psych Fest

LP - Pearl Jam - Ten - Remastered 2xLP Reissue


"Double Vinyl Reissue w/ Remastered Version of the Original & Remixed Version by Producer Brendan O'Brien

This 2LP reissue of Pearl Jam's legendary 1991 debut features a remastered version of the original as well as a remastered version remixed by the band's long-time producer Brendan O'Brien (Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, Audioslave). The reissue of Ten launches a two-year catalog re-release campaign leading up to the band's 20th anniversary in 2011.

"The band loved the original mix of Ten, but were also interested in what it would sound like if I were to deconstruct and remix it," says producer Brendan O'Brien. "The original Ten sound is what millions of people bought, dug and loved, so I was initially hesitant to mess around with that.After years of persistent nudging from the band, I was able to wrap my head around the idea of offering it as a companion piece to the original, giving a fresh take on it,a more direct sound." - Epic

LP - Pearl Jam - VS - Remastered Reissue


 "Epic Records and Legacy Recordings celebrate Pearl Jam's 20th Anniversary with the release of a new commemorative vinyl edition of the band's 1993 album Vs. The new 180g gatefold remastered version will be released on April 12th in time for Record Store Day 2011." - Epic

LP - Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated At Last


"Here we have a new batch from Thee Oh Sees for your absorption—nine muscular tunes primed to pummel. Last year’s Drop was more schizophrenic, ranging from heavy to whimsical and back; Mutilator Defeated at Last has more in common with the monolithic hugeness of Floating Coffin. With only two brief reprieves from its onslaught, this record is made to be played loudly and demands bodily sacrifice.  Despite the plutonium heavy feel, Thee Oh Sees continue to be omnivorous. Synths and acoustic guitars wind throughout the album like veins of gold through granite. Any and all that stands in its way will be devoured and assimilated. This is the sound of a band doing what they do best." - Castle Face

LP - Various Artists - Nevralgies Particulieres - Import


We scored a stack of this killer compilation filled with 60's French garage/punk rippers!  Back From The Grave/Killed By Death-esque comp done French style!  We're talkin' Anti-Ye Ye attitude and self-proclaimed "Fuzzed Up Lost 60s French Punk!"
 A1. Eric Charden - Amour Limite Zero
A2. Peter Flam - Il Ne Faut Pas Pleurer
A3. Robert Pico - Le Chien Fidele
A4. Philippe Petronce - La Fille A Papa
A5. Les Jets - On Est Quatre Copains
A6. Jean-Pierre Allane - Jamais Plus
A7. Les Dauphins - Serrons Nous La Main
A8. Ralph - Frappe
A9. Chris - Névralgie Particulère
B1. Roger Joiry - A La Porte d'a Côté
B2. Jean-Yves Breton - Voilà
B3. Les Bowlers - Il Est Trop Tard
B4. Les Crifmen - Que De Betises
B5. Herbert Léonard - Provocation
B6. Sydney - J'Aime Bien La Nature
B7. Nicolas Nils - Il Faut Trimer Dur
B8. Dany Play Avec Pop Corn - Pourquoi Pas
B9. Michel - Les Moutons

LP - Various Artists - Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles 2xLP


The ever-amazing Numero Group tosses their hat into the heavy rock reissue game with their 'Bonehead Crunchers'-style compilation of unknown Seventies 'Dungeon Rock' called "Darkscorch Canticles"! Doth thy cloak of protection from spells and roll the twenty-sided die - Numero's the dungeon master on this quest:

 "With Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles, the impacts of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath on US shores and heartlands is revealed as a bludgeoning previously undescribed. In this collection, medieval Bonham< thunk and febrile Iommi guitar leads crowd out the bluesy Americana that foregrounded those bands, replacing hippie pastoralism with mythology, armored conflict, sorcery, and doom. From legions of occult-obsessive 1970s bonehead teens, we summoned a horde of 16 bands, cloaked in eons of tortured obscurity, whose sole release amounts to a blistering chapter ripped free of rock’s lumbering mythos."

BY THE GODS! This comp totally SLAYS! Conceivably closer to 'Bonehead Crunchers' than any comp we've heard yet, but definitely more closely curated and erring on the side of loincloth wearing, pagan-worshipping dungeon rock than anything else. It's clear that many of the bands herein worshipped at the altar of Page and Iommi (and that's just FINE with us) and since many of these bands were self-recorded and self-released, there's a scrappy urgency and power in the low-to-mid-fi sound of the recordings. The power shines thru though and if you're not aching to slay dragons by the time you hear "Slave of Fear" by Stone Axe or "Warlord" by Wrath, then all is lost for you. Pressed up on glorious 2xLP and housed in an AMAZING looking gatefold with band logo's "Hand drawn" in purple foil "Trapper Keeper" style! Another contender for reissue of the year! KUDOS to Numero once again - this one grabs you by the canticles and doesn't let go!! RECOMMENDED!!

Tape - Toupee - Leg Toucher


"Representing Chicago’s robust network of outsider artists and house punks, Toupee spare no one from their sharpened, penetrating vision on Leg Toucher. From behind their masks, they lend observations to their listener. They offer heightened sensations that hide nothing. Toupee lurk beneath gentle and ferocious vocals and wicked sonic blowouts, piercing their listener with their glare.

Placing slow, soft frequencies against frantic, unchained crashes, Toupee carefully extract the supernatural from mundane life. This sublime sense results from a refusal to be silent while facing pain or decay, which are two key elements of the quartet’s alchemy. Toupee spin otherworldly punk tales from drowning rhythms and hidden current.

Dynamic, wide-ranging voices and propulsive, deliberate instrumental interplay amplify those heightened sensations. Intense stage energy translates into unexpected twists. Ghouls sing, as does innocent youth. Toupee bring their listener to fragile edges of glass, into sticky, swampy muck, and rapid transit. Leg Toucher will give you the chance to unmask those transformations in everyday life." - Moniker

Tape - Bummed - Bummed


"Like the best of the shoegaze genre, the production on BUMMED’s five-song demo allows for the reverb to fill in all the available space like the warm, comforting fog of a sauna… but it does so without ever allowing that fog to blur the soaring melodies and well-crafted song structures encased within. All the parts are crisp and clear, allowing the subtleties of texture and melody to shine.

The Somerville-based combo have offered up a demo that, for all you might glean from their rather downbeat moniker, does offer up a good deal of sunlight to balance out the darkness. In fact, it’s the melding of numerous varied influences which allows it to stand out in the crowded shoegaze scene.

Opener “v” weaves and wavers with a punk-pop energy that calls to mind the almighty BLACK TAMBOURINE, while “Dream 14 rides a guitar melody and bass line that wouldn’t be out of place in the darker moments of a mid-period CURE album. The middle track, “Slow See”, is a standout which perfectly melds the pop sensibilities of the first two tracks to blasts of Kevin Shields-esque slippery guitar noise. “Sensation” starts with a soulful bass hook and some ringing power chords which even bring to mind early mod stuff like THE WHO and THE YARDBIRDS before dipping into a more lethargic half-time finish and allowing the whole thing to fade away on the massive mid-tempo churn of the closing track, “Scene of Two”.

The BUMMED tape did not leave me feeling overwhelmingly bummed, but it’s a great soundtrack for shorter days and longer nights and a fantastic debut by a local band from whom I can’t wait to hear more. I have a feeling its enveloping warmth will envelop listeners through the upcoming winter nicely." - Boston Hassle


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