Those who clocked Abe Vigoda’s transition from 2006’s angular-punk debut Kid City to 2008’s startling tropicali-punk Skeleton should know the LA quartet aren’t ones for repeating themselves. To Skeleton’s hot-hot-hot template, they now add glassy shards of ‘cold wave’ pop, with synthesisers, sequencers and altogether broodier beats. Scorching temperatures, icy curÂrents - Crush is a thermal column of vertiginous brilliance!
Best Coast is Bethany Cosentino (ex â€“ Pocahaunted) with Bobb Bruno (Polar Goldie Cats). Leaving NY behind Bethany returns to Los Angeles with a different perspective on music and the world. She writes great pop songs and has a beautiful voice that sings hooks that are hard to get out of your head. Her aesthetic is semi lo-fi but you can hear the growth within. Best Coast is making headway in Los Angeles and is cramming bars left and right allover, see what all the fuss is about.
Let it be known that the recipe for a hard-knocking, non-fronting hardcore ep is as easy as pie. Add 50 years worth of pedigree via Brooks Headley's time in UOA, Born Against, (Young) Pioneers, and Wrangler Brutes, Dean Spunt's efforts in Wives and No Age, Cundo Bermudez's sentences in Nazti Skinz and Wrangler Brutes, and finally Michelle Suarez's terms in Mika Miko and Le Face, bake for 5 hours in L.A.'s MacArthur Park during 100 degree weather, and quickly press record on the tape machine. Instant success. C.R.A.S.H.!
Chalk Circle existed in the Washington, DC metro area punk/hardcore scene between 1981 and 1983. They were the first all-female rock or punk band to ever record and perform in DC, and in January 2011 their recorded output will finally be available in one place: on the Reflection LP, released by both Mississippi Records and Post Present Medium. The 12 songs on this release are from compilations on Outside Records and WGNS, live shows, and unreleased recordings. It also comes with a 16-page booklet compiled by guitarist/vocalist Sharon Cheslow that tells the Chalk Circle story in its entirety for the first time. The booklet features photographs, press clippings, and extensive liner notes by renowned musician and producer Don Fleming, whose band Velvet Monkeys headlined Chalk Circle’s first shows.
"Collage Culture: Examining the 21st Century's Identity Crisis" is a new work of nonfiction written by Aaron Rose, Mandy Kahn and designed by Brian Roettinger. This companion recording combines audio excerpts from the book's text with an original musical score by No Age, examining these questions and allowing the listener space to think. This is a limited record with beautiful and enticing sounds split in two separate channels for your listening pleasure. Brilliantly designed by Brian Roettinger who was nominated for a Grammy for his work on No Age's "Nouns"
Dunes are a mysteriously ethereal and minimal trio from Los Angeles. Appropriating pop and experimental music into a familiar swirl, whileretaining a fresh outlook and approach, Dunes inhabit a space of tweaking, twisting, imagining moments and emotions from the past, destined to end up as their future. Stephanie Chan, formerly of Austin Texas bands Finally Punk, and The Carrots plays guitar and sings in Dunes, she creates surreal and dreamy narratives with her lyrics and uniquely beautiful, powerful voice. Mark Greshowak plays barritone guitar and sometimes bass, he used to write songs and tour with seattle area band Talbot Tagora, now he and Stephanie weave their melodies back and forth, making lush tones for our eardums. Kate Hall, played drums in Mika Miko before holding down the rhythmic duties and also singing for Dunes. Having released a 12" EP on Mexican Summer, 2 7" EP's, one on Los Angeles label Teenage Teerdrops, the other on San Diego's Art Fag and a tape on Ooga Booga Dunes are primed to release a full length to the world.
Earn is Matthew Sullivan, known to some already as Privy Seals, his extremely harsh noise project, collaborator with underground ambient artist Sean McCann, owner of the cassette label Ekhein, one half of the group 1958-2009 and former member of the legendary Deep Jew. A prolific gentleman with an ear for blissful engulfing tones and radiance that go beyond ambient or shoe gaze. His project Earn stands as a testament at his ability to use minimalism as an approach to guitar playing to find sounds, exude gentle brushes of color and embrace the emotional state of the player.
Eric Copeland is an experimental musician based in New York. He is a core member of Black Dice and forms half of the duo Terrestrial Tones with Animal Collective's Avey Tare. This 7” is a departure of sorts and is easily gonna twist your brain! Fantastic fun!
On his 5th 7" for PPM Eric commits to a gentle onslaught of traditional sounding rhythms, ran through the busted copy machine of sound that defineshis work. GET ALONG gets you going immediately with an infectious beat and a New Wave-ish, almost Nigerian Pop, scrambled, lost Prince demo vibe. While ZULU feeds the soft side of your soul quite nicely, tugging at your heart with a warped symphony and vocal line that shows his talent as a singer and composer. Two of EC's best songs to date, no doubt, do not miss this 45!
Eric Copeland is a member of Black Dice from New York. His solo work under his own name exhibits an exciting and intensely original take on song structure, delivery and approach. Since 2007 Eric has recorded and released a hand full of LP's and singles and lately has been cranking out the tunes on 7"s via PPM. On his previous three 7" releases "Doo Doo Run b/w "Fundinkdeath", "Puerto Rican b/w "The Eyeball" and "Whorehouse Blues b/w "Guk & UFO's Over Vampire City", Eric has taken and warped pop song ideas and skewed them incredibly,crafting out some very killer tunes.
It's not an easy task to shake up a scene famous for the twee groups of the K Records catalog, but with Gun Outfit barreling through hundreds of shows in the late 2000's, they were key in the renewal of the loud and plaintive to the historically vibrant scene of Olympia, WA. Reviewers compared them to Sonic Youth, Wipers, Dino Jr - because, just like Gun Outfit, these bands combined the caterwaul of Black Flag with the twining harmonies of folk. However, Gun Outfit retained a vision original enough to appeal way beyond a mere re-hash of the late 80's SST playbook, and in Hard Coming Down they have created something more serene, bold, and confident than anything in their prior output.
Soft Circle and High Places from New York bang out a limited split 12”. Good for the club or meditation, two of the most epic music groups in the underground kill it on every level; art, audio and pleasure.
INFINITE BODY is KYLE PARKER, once know throughout the world as GATOR SURPRISE in his youthful days. Now a grown man he has cast aside his harsh outpouring and transformed it into a lush and bright planetary awakening. Drawing the harmony of the spheres into his brain and channeling it through his fingertips onto recorded medium INFINITE BODY causes sound to bloom where there once was only darkness!!!! Yes! This rules!!!! You might have witnessed such events live during INFINITE BODY tours with NO AGE, DAN DEACON, DEERHUNTER and PODESTRIAN DEPOSIT.
John Wiese is an artist and composer from Los Angeles, California. His on-going projects include LHD and Sissy Spacek, with plenty of freelance work with many artists as diverse as Sunn O))), Wolf Eyes, Merzbow, Evan Parker, Smegma, Kevin Drumm, Cattle Decapitation, and C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core). He has toured extensively throughout the world, covering Europe, Scandinavia, and Australia as a member of Sunn O))), the UK as part of the Free Noise tour (a tentet including Evan Parker, C. Spencer Yeh, Yellow Swans, etc.), the United States alongside Wolf Eyes, and recently performed in the 52nd Venice Biennale with artist Nico Vascellari.
Consider “Circle Snare” a hard-wrought souvenir. Composed and realized in the midst of a comprehensive Scandinavian/European tour in 2008, John Wiese found himself tangled deep in dialogue with his instruments and ideas. Wiese increasingly scrutinized his native tongue and vocabulary, seeking new forms of grammar and cadence, as only extensive dives in unfamiliar waters can inspire. His given electronic anatomy of drum machine, microphones, tapes, and MSP folded out of their hard accustomed formations, breaking out into a more cogent and vital arsenal. “Circle Snare” is the accumulative result, a finely detailed and dimensional evolution of an already unique voice. The circle is a spiral from the side, and the greatest trap is standing still. CD version released on No Fun Productions in 2009, This vinyl version is limited to 500 copies.
Taking musical influences very serious, Mika Miko are students and champions of classic So Cal punk, regional out of print 45's, obscure dance and you start to fell they studied these records night and day, learning how to make songs sound classic. Never polished, always urgent and catchy they somehow conduct a current take on the old emotions of great punk rock bands before them, the blistered energy of RED CROSS and early LEGAL WEAPON, the charming shrillness of LILLIPUT and RUBELLA BALLET and the ferocity of THE ADOLESCENTS. On their second full length "We Be Xuxa", Mika Miko expand on their remarkable song writing skills mixing great riffs with simple ideas, melody with speed while sending you into a mind melting frenzy. Recorded mainly by Mike McHugh at The Distillery in Costa Mesa (Black Lips, Lightning Bolt, Le Shok etc..) "We Be Xuxa" embodies the character and attitude Mika Miko have been crafting for years, it is exciting; to the point and over before you know it. Touring constantly they have become a great live band, pulling you into their world for the rarely over thirty minute set, delivering their inimitable chaos to your attention, making it seem normal. "We Be Xuxa" captures this side, bringing that smile to your face whether you listen through headphones or you make the trek down to the club. Open your ears you won't be disappointed.
After 10 years of being a band No Age have been all over the world and they have seen some pretty ugly things. Some vile, nasty, putrid happenings. When they are together making music they channel the light and whimsical to act as contrary forces to the habitual haze of hegemony force fed by these opposing forces. Luckily, after all this time they have decided to self release a 7" to act as an escape. We give you this A side "Separation" b/w "Serf To Serf" as a reminder to always stand up against negative energy, conformity and expectation. Pressed in an edition of 600 for a tour in Norway this fall (2016), Secretly Distribution joins in the fight to spread the good word and distribute this music to the finer humans who live in the (b)re(a)st of the world.