We got in some great new releases this last week. Here’s a few that we’re real excited about:
SUPERCHUNK – What a Time To Be Alive LP
After the shocking, and for many, demoralizing result of the 2016 election, “I didn’t buy the silver lining some were promoting that ‘well, at least art and music will be great now!’,” says SUPERCHUNK co-founder and frontman MAC MCCAUGHAN. “Obviously, any sane person would gladly trade four to eight years of terrible music for not having our country dismantled to satisfy the whims of a vengeful child and his enablers.” That said, good music and art still have a lot to say, and the urgency of current events gave Mac, LAURA, JIM and JON, the momentum to make something new sooner than later. Enter What a Time to Be Alive, recorded and mixed by BEAU SORENSON. The songs on What a Time to Be Alive meet rage and anxiety head-on with the catharsis and exhilaration of loud punk fire and vulnerable pop energy. Like 2013’s I Hate Music, which focused on death, loss, and the role of music in an aging life, the new record brings spirit to the frontlines of pain—it’s as defiant as it is despairing, as much a call to arms as a throwing up of hands. The record features more guest backing vocalists than any previous Superchunk album, including SABRINA ELLIS (A GIANT DOG, SWEET SPIRIT), KATIE CRUTCHFIELD, (WAXAHATCHEE), STEPHIN MERRITT (MAGNETIC FIELDS), SKYLAR GUDASZ and DAVID BAZAN. CD in 4-panel digipaks. Indie Only LP version pressed on clear and pink swirled vinyl with an exclusive 12″x24″ poster.
SMSM – Leave Your Body 7″
Oakland-based noise / industrial / punk. Hardcore was an adjective before it was a noun. This is haunting, cacophonous, strange and beautiful music. Machines with heartbeats and minds of their own, live drums, a table full of noise, and three geniuses in complete control, laying joy and rage to tape. Oakland’s most important band is available for the first time on vinyl—400 copies in black-on-black silkscreened sleeves bound with thread and accompanied by a risographed lyric insert.
SCUMRAID – Control LP
17 tracks of pure D-Beat noise punk insanity culled from the ridiculously limited west coast tour tape, the Out of Order ep and the Rip UP ep collected on to one perfect platter, resequenced, remixed and remastered with new artwork. This is how Scumraid should have been presented in the first place, on a proper LP. 350 copies on black, housed in a tipon style jacket stuffed with a lyric insert and full download code. Recorded in Seoul, S. Korea. Mixed and mastered at LM Studio in Japan.
SCRAP BRAIN – Unhappy Hardcore 7″
Composed cacophony, desperate dirges, pieces of the punk puzzle churning and crashing together to form one insistent and determined whole. This is brute force music, the sound of the claustrophobia of London, the claustrophobia of being a human being trapped inside of your own brain. First time on vinyl—400 copies on black vinyl in risographed sleeves designed by LEIGH ARTHUR with a lyric insert illustrated by singer CAMILLE REARDEN.
SECT MARK – Worship LP
“A new breed of maniacal Italian hardcore. Short, drippy, seething and nasty as hell. The fuzz fucked intro of last song, side A (“Scouts” -ed.) had me shermed up and ready to bust through a brick wall. As a whole ‘Worship’ brings to mind a broken pugilist pissing in an exhaust stained fountain and then fighting the cops with knuckles full of busted teeth. Not sure why, but that is the image this music evokes. It’s ugly, nihilistic and mean. I like that. I hate everything else. For fans of S.H.I.T., Deformity and Warthog.”—MK. 350 on black vinyl housed in a heavy reverse board jacket with insert and download code included. Recorded in Rome. Art by Francesco Goats.
MEAN JEANS – Jingles Collection LP
Since forming in 2006, MEAN JEANS have become one of the better-known bands of the Pacific Northwest punk scene for their chaotic but relentless attack, raucous live shows, and fierce commitment to the art of partying. Fat Wreck finally got their paws on the threesome in 2016 for their much anticipated third album Tight New Dimension. As those familiar with the band know, these guys’ hands refuse to stay idle. Following the release of their latest album, Mean Jeans went right back to work, but on something a little different this time around… Jingles Collection is a collection of, well, Jingles! The band tackle everything from “Mountain Dew,” to “Coors Light,” “Dunkaroos, ”“Pop Rocks;” and even give “180069SHRED” some love. These 23 tracks (most of which clocking in at under a minute) give fans of the band everything they’ve come to expect from these guys: Garage style rock n’ roll, with all the hooks, energy, and humor you can handle.
THIS KIND OF PUNISHMENT – S/T LP
In the fertile terrain of New Zealand’s 1980s post-punk scene, few figures loom as large as the Jefferies brothers. Graeme Jefferies and Peter Jefferies—the primary forces behind This Kind Of Punishment—wrote some of the best music to come out on Flying Nun, Xpressway or elsewhere. A dizzying mix of pastoral ballads and DIY experimentation, TKP’s songwriting was at once classic and acutely raw. On their self-titled debut, the Jefferies brothers and Chris Matthews eschew the punk-informed modes of their contemporaries for a sound that is decidedly more deliberate / intimate. Rooted in a marriage between simplistic, classically-influenced piano, alternating guitar chime and sparse, subtle violin drone, This Kind Of Punishment is a contemplative, inventive collection of ideas corralled via economic 4-track recordings, minimal instrumentation and an austere performance style entirely of the Jefferies’ own making. Songs like “After The Fact,” “In View Of The Circumstances” and “Two Minutes Drowning” boast a living quality whereby the listener can act as bystander to these moments of creation—a trait that the band would expand upon throughout the course of their brief tenure. First-time vinyl reissue since its initial release in 1983.
DOG FACED HERMANS – Humans Fly LP
BACK IN STOCK!!! Sorcerer Records present a reissue of the very first LP by Scotland’s DOG FACED, Humans Fly, originally released in 1988. This presents the first time it’s been available since its release nearly 30 years ago, and this edition features the two bonus tracks which were only available on the German version at the time. Dog Faced Hermans existed from the mid ’80s until the mid ’90s and released five studio albums and several live discs in their time. Touring internationally, often with their friends The Ex (whom DFH member ANDY MOOR has played with since), they fomented a reputation for their dynamic live shows, uncompromising politics, and inventive music. Heavily influenced by no wave, free jazz, and Brit post-punk, and aided by an eclectic array of instrumentation and singer Marion Coutts’s scorching vocals, they cut their own musical path. This edition is fully remastered by the band from the original analog tapes. RIYL: The Ex, Contortions, The Pop Group, The Fall. Edition of 600.