The SOFT CIRCLE full length on PPM is finally here! Yes! It is time to celebrate!! Hisham Bharoocha is New York’s Soft Circle. Being a man of many trades Hisham was one of the founding members of Providence noise bands Lightning Bolt and Black Dice as well as distorted dance group Pixeltan. Now he brings us an epic adventure of rhythmic drums and looped-out guitars! One of a kind amazingness, much like Ravi Shankar meets ESG in space! Don't miss out on this soon to be classic album!
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!
White Shit returns with a new 3 song 7'' that will blow your mind! Trust me, it's sick! The world of hardcore crossover dropped a big loaf in our laps and we are very pleased. White Shit is the powerhouse musical styling’s of Andy Coronado (Wrangler Brutes, Monorchid, Skull Kontrol, Nazti Skins) Jared Warren and Coady Willis (Big Business and The Melvins) and a guy named Tits. White Shit think in terms that are somewhat too mentally elevated for most to understand fully, but if you read between the lines it all comes together. Make no mistake with a name like White Shit you get what you pay for. The music is powerful, hardcore straight-ahead shredding with a group of fellows we have grown to love. Enjoy.
Total Abuse are from Austin, Texas. Since their first show in November 2006 TA have been recording and playing a heavy onslaught of feedback drenched hardcore soundscapes, taking hints from the Dead C, Black Flag (Chavo and Rollins era), Void and Harry Pussy. Total Abuse's Roster includes; Rusty Kelley on vocals (who also makes harsh noise under the name Breathing Problem), Matt Lyons on drums, Ryan Foster on guitar, Dustin Pilkington on bass and as of August 2008 they added former Snobs guitarist, Duncan Knappen as second guitar. Members now live in New York, Oakland and Austin and get together as much as possible to record and destroy ears live.
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.
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.
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.
Quail Lungs is the alter ego of Portland resident Travis Bonilla. Quail Lungs makes songs for himself by himself on a 4 track recorder at his home. This debut 7" shows a mellow pop and lo fi quality to his song writing that is easily enjoyable. "Dumb Dadadum" is an acoustic scuzzy pop song with a driving keyboard melody and vocal line, it will definitely get stuck in your head and on your turntable. The B side "You can't believe in anything, you cant believe in nothing" starts out slow and droney and kicks in like a robotusin folk jammer.
White Shit is the mastermind of Andy Coronado (Monorchid, Skull Kontrol, Wrangler Brutes) on guitar and concepts, along with Jared Warren (Karp, Big Business, Melvins) on vocals and Cody Willis (Murder City Devils, Big Business, Melvins) on drums and TITS on bass. This 9 song “Mini LP” comes to you as a 12” and is an absolute hardcore crossover faster than sludge piece of work. White Shit don’t want you too not think, they have a keen sense of design and politics that may seem shocking at first, but with a name like White Shit, you get what you pay for.
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.
Silk Flowers from NYC bring the 4 track mess and blips of pure bliss. Art world messing, samples and singing, drums, keyboard, and super original, think KRAFTWERK in a garbage can wearing a trench coat. Be prepared to enter a new world. Minimal and even more minimal
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.