We’ve got some really awesome new records this week. Here’s just a taste of the stuff that came in this week:
LUMPY AND THE DUMPERS – Those Pickled Fuckers LP
“Since emerging five years ago LUMPY AND THE DUMPERS have gone from being aberrant oddballs to key figures in a whole scene of weirdo punk. Through Lumpy Records and its influence a grubby morrass of freak punk has bubbled to the surface in their slimy wake. Those Pickled Fuckers is the sound of a band distinguishing themselves from a sound they inspired, not falling into the easiness of a sound, finding new ways to express their grubby vision while retaining the essential muck that made people take notice in the first place. Over seven tracks of gritty discomfort punk, bulging with bodyhorror blues and puerile manic imprecations, Lumpy and the Dumpers revel and writhe in the effluvia of life and the rude pangs and oozings of flesh. Revivifying the dead metaphor of the earworm, these songs burrow snugly into your brain, distorted sing-song playground melodies, like hell dimension children’s show theme songs, exploding with weird turns and twists, from the blaring horns of Someone’s In The House’s paranoiac stomp, to the wild malfunctioning chiptune screams cutting through Attention and the sinister whoops and crashes of the oddly mellow Clatter Song, Those Pickled Fuckers is an album only Lumpy and the Dumpers could’ve made.”—Joe Briggs
NASTI – Big Achievements LP
It’s hot as fuck in here. Big Achievements is churning mix-tempo hardcore punk with badboy breakdowns and subtly sophisticated change ups that will leave you scratching your sweat makers. If you can’t skate and you can’t slam then you can at least wiggle your nuggets to the ratchet beat. Get into it. Don’t be shy. We love you. Shit yeah. We’ve been waiting for what seems like a century and the wait is well worth it. If this one doesn’t make the year end lists then punk is broken. 350 copies housed in a heavy duty pasteboard jacket with lyric sheet and a poster. Art by Riley Kerr. Sounds by Ian Crist. All made in the Pacific Northwest. A pure record. Eat it.
ESCAPE-ISM – Introduction to LP
Introduction to Escape-ism by ESCAPE-ISM is the first “solo” record by IAN SVENONIUS—of groups THE MAKE-UP, CHAIN & THE GANG, XYZ, WEIRD WAR, NATION OF ULYSSES, etc., and author of underground bestsellers such as The Psychic Soviet, Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ’n’ Roll Group, and Censorship Now!!—and as such, it’s profound, prophetic, perverse, and poetic. It’s introverted glitter, violence against the state, obsessive desire; it stomps on convention, shreds constitutions, clobbers pre-conceived notions of what a record can be. Yes, that’s right: a single-person performance by I F Svenonius—recognized by Performer Magazine as the “greatest performer on the planet”—Introduction to Escapeism is a bite into a one-banana bunch. A drum box, a guitar, a cassette player, and a single slobbering, sinful voice singing out… for a way out. Escape-ism’s Introduction to Escape-ism isn’t just the soundtrack for a late-night drive on a lonely interstate, or a platter played to incite abandon at a pajama party with one’s pals. It’s also a tunnel to tomorrow. It’s a mineshaft to the motherlode.
SUN RA – Space is the Place LP
In the endless ocean of SUN RA recordings, Space Is The Place ranks among the very best but more importantly stands as the most immediately understandable of his records. This masterpiece touches flawlessly on elements of many of Ra’s multiple phases and provides both a mission statement for and a gateway to his immaculate body of work. “Space Is the Place is possibly Sun Ra’s most accessible outing, a fine entry point to his world(s)”—BBC. Pressed on transparent blue vinyl and packaged in gatefold tip-on jackets with the original artwork.
Various Artists – Rain Don’t Fall On Me LP
BACK IN PRINT!!! A compilation of prewar country blues & gospel. Features popular artists such as BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON, GARY DAVIS, BUKKA WHITE, and MEMPHIS MINNIE alongside unfairly less documented artists such as SONNY BOY & HIS PALS, LULU JACKSON and WILLIE MAE WILLIAMS. Could be viewed as a sequel to Mississippi’s Last Kind Words compilation. Some heavy meditative songs and some dance numbers too.