We got a ton of great new stuff this week. Here’s a few things were super excited about:
RIK AND THE PIGS – A Child’s Gator LP
RIK & THE PIGS have been plopping down some grade A slop for the last couple of years and we’ve been smearing our ears with every ounce of it. From the brooding droop of “Life’s A Bust” to the greasy glam of “Don’t Tell On Me” Rik and his Pigs have been the soundtrack to many a late night shenanigan and early morning blunder. Rik’s been delivering some prime grime underneath all that tape scrape and on ‘A Child’s Gator’ him and the Pigs give us a collection of songs new and old, recorded at High Command Studios in Olympia, WA and mastered straight from tape by DAVE ECK at Lucky Lacquers, that finally serve as a true testament of what a powerhouse this band is live. Loud, proud, and 100% TOTAL PUNK! Edition of 500 copies.
TY SEGALL – Freedom’s Goblin LP
Received an 8.1 rating from Pitchfork. Freedom’s Goblin is the new TY SEGALL album: 19 tracks strong, filling four sides of vinyl nonstop, with an unrestricted sense of coming together to make an album. It wants you to get your head straight—but first, the process will make your head spin! Back in the Twins days, we talked about the schizophrenia of Ty’s outlook; today, it’s super-dual, with loads of realities all folding back on each other. On any given side, we’re tracking five or six full-blown personalities, unconcerned with convention or continuity. So drop the needle—who can say what it’ll sound like where it lands? This is Freedom’s Goblin—one track engendering, the next one oppressing, violence up in the mix—a look at everything around that Ty used to make the songs. The songs came in the flow of the year: days of vomit and days of ecstasy and escape too, and days between. The rulebook may have been tossed, but Freedom’s Goblin is thick with deep songwriting resources, be it stomper, weeper, ballad, screamer, banger or funker-upper, all diverted into new Tydentities—each one marking a different impasse, like a flag whirling into a knot, exploding and burning on contact, in the name of love and loathing. Freedom’s Goblin wears a twisted production coat: tracks were cut all around, from L.A. to Chicago to Memphis, whether chilling at home or touring with the FREEDOM BAND. Five studios were required to get all the sounds down, engineered by STEVE ALBINI, F. BERMUDEZ, LAWRENCE “BOO” MITCHELL and of course, Ty himself. The goal was getting free, embracing any approach necessary to communicate new heights and depths, new places for the fuzz to land among octaving harmonies, dancefloor grooves, synths, saxes and horns, jams, post-Nicky-Hopkins r’n’b electric piano vibes, children-of-the-corn psycho-rebellions, old country waltzes and down-by-the-river shuffles. Basically, the free-est pop songs Ty’s ever put on tape. And one about his dog, too!
PRIMAL RITE – Dirge of Escapos LP
Primal Rite is the shot in the arm the hardcore and metal scenes need. With 7″s already on Revelation Records, Grave Mistake Records, and Warthog Speak Records, plus a cassette on Pop Wig Records, the band is unleashing their debut full-length with Revelation this January. Guitars scream and solo, mixing the speed and chaos of Japanese hardcore, the crunch of Cleveland hardcore, the riffing and solos of thrash metal, and the pure, crushing power of the Floridian death-metal scene of the ’90s. Vinyl version includes digital download. This is the red vinyl version. (Revelation Records #171)
ELECTRO HIPPIES – Deception of the Instigator LP/CD
ELECTRO HIPPIES need no introduction to anyone familiar with UKHC in the mid to late ’80s. Now, for the first time, their recordings that predate their records for Peaceville are collected together officially, including their solitary Peel Session, split LP tracks, their two studio demos and many live and rehearsal tracks previously unheard outside of the band. Released in conjunction with the band, and including liner notes by Simon, as well as lyrics, photos, posters and more, this is a must own collection for any fan of 80s UKHC. (Boss Tuneage Retro #39)
HAIRCUT – Shutting Down 7″
Five tracks of furious hardcore punk on the debut EP from Richmond’s HAIRCUT. Originally formed in nearby Charlottesville, VA (and opening countless shows at the legendary Magnolia House), Haircut released a strong demo at the end of 2016 before landing just down I-64 in Richmond. The speed and precision displayed across “Shutting Down” is rarely captured so well on a band’s first record, but the execution on these five tracks (all of which burn through in 60-90 seconds) is hard to match. Just as essential to this release are JULIANA’s tireless, outspoken lyrics (both in English + Spanish) and vocal delivery which echoes from a very candid perspective often missing in contemporary punk and hardcore. A standout EP devoid of any gimmickry or trend-worship. Simply pure, classic hardcore punk. Housed in a glue pocket sleeve featuring artwork from SHIVA ADDANK plus a lyric insert. Edition of 400 on black vinyl.
GUIDED BY VOICES – See My Field 7″
“See My Field” is the second single from GBV’s masterful Space Gun (coming March 23) The new GBV line-up (Robert Pollard / Doug Gillard / Kevin March / Mark Shue / Bobby Bare Jr.) is blazing hot, and recently wowed audiences at Growlers Fest and Coachella. The band boasts that the album is so good, they are putting out just one new album in 2018! Two non-LP power pop b-sides, sung & written by drummer Kevin March (“Leave Tomorrow”) and bassist Mark Shue (“Disconnected Eyes”) available on vinyl only.
LIMINANAS – Shadow People LP
“What was old is new again”… The old adage is so tired that nobody takes its proper measure: all people hear is the word “old”, when the important one is “new”. Making new things out of old things is an act of alchemy. The proof is in THE LIMINANAS’ fifth album—no rest for the wicked of Perpignan—which is blown right open here and there by a few very contemporary guests. After the opener, “Ouverture,” with its almost surf-like guitars, comes “Le Premier Jour,” where LIONEL LIMINANA talks about his rock baptism with the punks, the mods, the skinheads, and the Lambrettas of his youth in the South of France. What comes just after is the seismic shock of “Istanbul Is Sleepy”—the Imprimatur of ANTON NEWCOMBE of THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE is simply enormous. Then comes EMMANUELLE SEIGNER’s super sexy tornado on the title track; and “Dimanche” follows, with BERTRAND BELIN. Lionel sees him as a “French Nick Cave who writes songs that resemble films.” “The Gift” features PETER HOOK who scrapes his bass guitar again here; obviously a song reminiscent of an early period New Order. Finally, the Limiñanas on their own send out an instrumental cavalcade with a furious beat, like a kraut Morricone, “Motorizzati Marie” followed by “Pink Flamingos,” introduced with psych rock pads played backwards forming a vaporous song bathed in acoustic arpeggios. A respite in the album… before the fuzz and the abyssal bass of “Trois Bancs” violently shakes the ghost of Gainsbourg: an electroshock in talk over. And to close the scene, a love message: “De La Part Des Copains”; its organ, its tambourine, its quaver, and its brass place it in the classic soundtrack category revered by the band. An ideal conclusion for this incredible, faultless record. The rock n’ roll epiphany thus continues. It belongs to those who will listen—full blast—to Shadow People and will doubtless feel the urge to plug a guitar into an amp. A valve amp, of course.
NO AGE – Snares Like a Haircut LP
With the world around us bruised and bloodied with teeth already dug into the concrete curb, we find ourselves with the shadow of a large boot looming overhead. What better time for NO AGE? Remember, they are the ones who first brought you the hospital-bed-feel-good-anthem, “Get Hurt” (2007). They know how to ecstatically rage and power on thru pain, because what else are you gonna do? The future belongs to the cockroaches, and this record is made for the disparate band of misfits who 2017 couldn’t kill. Snares Like a Haircut sounds like the good shit, and smells like the buzzy burning off of an aura, the marine layer suddenly vanished, leaving a thin layer of smog over the songs, simmering sock gazing tunes, revved and displacing enormous amounts of sound soil. This is pure driving music, for the bus racer and the car driver, with too many signs, bells and little lites flashing, ticking away. This is a record for the Foothill and the Valley, with a chemical sunset flowering at the end of every day. It’s a feeling made by driving music for driving music. Recorded in a few days and mixed forever, Snares Like a Haircut finds No Age in full on mode, because there was nothing else to do but go full on. In the songs inside the songs, the thumpy/thwappy drums, the desperately voiced paens to determination, the churning and the stinging-but-shiny fuck-it built into the structure, a promise from the 1980s echoes once again across today, for the undetermined in-between generation reality seekers.
NORMALS – Demented Breakdown 7″
Last Laugh unearths these three songs from the band’s 1978 recording sessions: “Demented Breakdown / Sex & Violence / No Cigars.” All songs on vinyl for the first time. Suitable for quasi-PoGo dancing or just for disturbing your kids who obviously have missed out on the times of our lives among the Crescent City Punk Scenesters. After all, somebody had to really give a “kick-in-the-ass” to the Disco-era of the late ’70s!
SHUDDER TO THINK – Ten Spot LP
A reissue of SHUDDER TO THINK’s Ten Spot on LP. Originally released in 1990 and long out of print, this was the band’s second album and first record on Dischord. Formed in 1986, Shudder was part of a wave of younger punk bands making music that was inspired by, but also independent from, the established Dischord scene. Their music was theatrical, merging punk, progressive rock, and glam. The quartet would go on to release two more albums on Dischord (Funeral at the Movies and Get Your Goat) before moving to a major in the mid ’90s. At the time of this recording, Shudder to Think was CRAIG WEDREN, STUART HILL, CHRIS MATTHEWS and MIKE RUSSELL. This pressing of Ten Spot has been remastered from the original tapes and has been pressed on blue vinyl. The artwork has been revised courtesy of HEATHER HENDRIX RUSSELL.
SOLID SPACE – Space Museum LP
BACK IN STOCK!!! Dark Entries is honored to finally present the first ever official vinyl reissue of Space Museum by SOLID SPACE. Solid Space was the British duo of DAN GOLDSTEIN (keyboards, vocals) and MATTHEW “MAF” VOSBURGH (guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals) formed in 1980. Dan and Matthew met at the age of 11 while attending school in north London. In late 1978 at at the age of 14, they formed EXHIBIT ‘A’ with Paul “Platypus” and Andrew “Lunchbox” Bynghall. They recorded two EPs in 1979 and 1980, self-released on Irrelevant Wombat Records and appeared on The Thing From The Crypt compilation. After the dissolution of the group, Mathew started taking his guitar over to Dan’s house where he’d play his Casio MT-30 and they would record songs. Eventually a second hand drum machine and Wasp synthesizer were acquired from classified ads in Melody Maker and the Solid Space sound was born. By this time they were just turning 18 and finally found the freedom to make the music they’d had in their heads. Over the course of the next two years the band assembled eleven bedroom recordings that would become one of the most cherished DIY obscurities of its kind. Their debut album Space Museum was released in 1982 on cassette by In Phaze Records. The band’s music and lyrics were heavily indebted to science fiction, in particular the 1960s television series Doctor Who. Space Museum is an unveiling of atmospheric, minimalist post punk supported by bright melodies. The music combines drum machines and synths with acoustic guitar and toy drums whilst also experimenting with samples between tracks. Representing a bubbling spirit within the underground, they foreshadowed an entire world of independent music which would emerge across the ’80s and well into the ’90s. For this reissue we’ve included two bonus tracks from the band’s archive, “Platform 6” originally released on the B-side of the second single by Exhibit ‘A’, this song features only Dan and Matthew and is the first Solid Space track ever recorded. “Tutti Lo Sanno” is a cover of In Phaze label mates Marine Girls, though the lyrics have been changed to suit the gender of the new singer.