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Featured Release Roundup: April 25, 2019

UK Subs: Live in Ljubljana 12” (Rest in Punk) Rest in Punk Records typically reissues killer, vintage Yugoslavian punk, but they break that pattern to re-release this ripping 1986 UK Subs live set from Ljubljana, Slovenia. I don’t think the Subs get enough love from modern punkers, and while I wouldn’t suggest starting with this record (instead, I’d recommend their second album, Brand New Age or their 5th, Endangered Species), it’s a fun one for fans. It sounds like an audience recording as you can hear some chatter from the punters between tracks, but it’s clear and you can hear everything pretty well, including the drums. The band is in fine form, plowing through an energetic set heavy on hits like “Warhead,” “I Live in a Car,” “Stranglehold,” and “Teenage.” If you see no value in live recordings you can move along, but if you like good-sounding audience recordings of rip-roaring, vintage punk gigs, this is a keeper.

Social Distortion: Poshboy’s Little Monsters 12” (Radiation) So, this one bears some explanation. Social Distortion’s first single, 1981’s “Mainliner,” was originally meant to be a 4-song 12” EP. Posh Boy Records got as far as making a handful of test pressings for the 12” release, but scrapped those plans and pared it down to the two-song single that lovers of early 80s SoCal punk know and love. Besides the four tracks that would have been on the 12”, the band also recorded two others. Time Bomb Records compiled all six tracks on 1995’s Mainliner (Wreckage from the Past) LP, which also included the songs from the session whose songs ended up on the band’s second and third singles on 13th Story Records. So, this is basically an abridged version of the Mainliner collection, but that record is long out of print and difficult to find. It’s too bad they couldn't include the later session here, but these six songs are great, and there’s something to be said for presenting them as their own coherent release rather than part of a compilation. If you haven’t heard this early Social Distortion stuff, ignore the flaming dice vibes of their later material and give this a try. Then you’ll need everything up to and including their first LP, Mommy’s Little Monster

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Svaveldioxid: Dödsögonblick 12” (Konton Crasher) Second full-length from this bruising Swedish hardcore punk band. If you like Swedish crust from the 80s (early Totalitär, Anti-Cimex, Crude SS, etc.) right on through to the 90s (Skitsystem, Wolfpack, etc.) Svaveldioxid are the band for you. With bruising beats, straightforward Cimex / Totalitär-style riffs, and crunchy, metallic production, they are the best of both worlds. Dödsögonblick is a perfectly executed LP of classic Swedish kängpunk, with slight shifts in tempo and complexity to keep you bobbing your head the whole way through. Svaveldioxid are far from reinventing the wheel, but even if it rates low on the originality scale, this is still a crusher.

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Haram: Where Were You on 9/11? 7” (Toxic State) Latest 7” from this much talked-about New York band. Haram are a very important band for a lot of reasons. Their singer’s perspective as an Arab is one that has been underrepresented in punk and punk-influenced music, and they’re willing to bring that perspective to bear on controversial, even taboo, topics like 9/11. The lyrics to the EPs title track are great, articulating how that event affected the singer as a child attending a Christian school outside New York. Haram’s words are worth pondering, but I wouldn’t give their strength as musicians short shrift. They’ve been a powerful band since they started, but they grow more adventurous with each release. Moments like when the title track winds down to a steady drum pulse and some abstract guitar noodles, or the swirling guitar lead that starts “Bomb in the Sky” are as great as anything on the many great records that Toxic State has released over the years. Haram is, without a doubt, one of the most important bands of this generation of punk, and if you aren’t following them closely, you’re doing it wrong.

All New Arrivals

Haram: Where Were You on 9/11? 7" (Toxic State)
Pinocchio: S/T 7" (Toxic State)
Svaveldioxid: Dödsögonblick 12" (Konton Crasher)
偏執症者 (Paranoid): Heavy Mental Fuck Up! 12" (Konton Crasher)
Protes Bengt: Pick Your Bengt 12" (Konton Crasher)
Attack SS: Welcome to Deathdust Island 12" (Distort Reality)
Attack SS / Frenzy: Split 7" (Distort Reality)
Maze: S/T 12" (Lumpy)
The World: Reddish 12" (Lumpy)
Cathedral: Ethereal Mirror 12" (Earache)
The Slits: Cut 12" (Universal)
Acathexis: S/T 12" (Fallen Empire)
Afsky: S/T 12" (Vendetta)
Brujeria: Raza Odiada 12" (Listenable)
Carach Angren: Where the Corpses Sink Forever 12" (Season of Mist)
Craft: Fuck the Universe 12" (Season of Mist)
Craft: Void 12" (Season of Mist)
Death Fortress: Reign of the Unending 12" (Fallen Empire)
Gudveiki: Vaengfor 12" (Fallen Empire)
Haunter: Thrinodia 12” (Vendetta)
Heretical Sect: Rotting Cosmic Grief 12" (Vendetta)
Janvier: S/T 12" (Vendetta)
Ligfaerd: Den Ildrade Konge 12" (Vendetta)
Lubber Das: De Plagen 12" (Fallen Empire)
Solbrud: S/T 12" (Vendetta)
Usnea: S/T 12" (Vendetta)
Verheerer: Maltrer 12" (Vendetta)
Wilt: Ruin 12" (Vendetta)
Woe: A Violent Dread 12" (Vendetta)


Blu Anxxiety: Baptized in Space 7" (Toxic State)
Ferocious X: Svart Att Overleva 12" (Distort Reality)
Khiis: Saboor 7" (Distort Reality)
Physique: The Evolution of Combat 12" (Distort Reality)
Wipers: Alien Boy 7" (RSD 2019)
Wipers: Is This Real? 12" (Jackpot)
Craft: Terror Propaganda 12" (Season of Mist)
Craft: Total Soul Rape 12" (Season of Mist)
Enslaved: Eld 2x12" (Osmose)
Reversed: Widow Recluse 12" (Temple of Mystery)
Satan: Court In The Act 12" (Listenable)
Vessel of Iniquity: Void of Infinite Horror 12" (Sentient)
Stimulators: Loud Fast Rules 7" (Frontier)
XXXtentacion: Skins 12" (Bad Vibes)
XXXTentacion: 17 12" (Bad Vibes)
Anti-Flag: Die for the Government 12" (New Red Archives)
Dido: Still on My Mind 12" (BMG)
Buzzcocks: Another Music in a Different Kitchen 12" (Domino)
Buzzcocks: Love Bites 12" (Domino)
Earl Sweatshirt: Some Rap Songs 12" (Sony)
Anderson.Paak: Oxnard 12" (Aftermath)
Sharon Van Etten: Remind Me Tomorrow 12" (Jagjaguwar)
Taking By Sunday: Twenty 12" (Craft)
Car Seat Headrest: Twin Fantasy (Mirror to Mirror) 12" (Matador)
Greta Van Fleet: Anthem of the Peaceful Army 12" (Republic)
High on Fire: Electric Messiah 12" (Entertainment One)
Rage Against the Machine: Renegades 12" (Epic)
Siouxsie & the Banshees: Join Hands 12" (Parlophone)
Panic! at the Disco: Pray for the Wicked 12" (Fueled By Ramen)
The Wonder Years: Sister Cities 12" (Hopeless)
Ramones: Rocket to Russia 12" (Rhino)
Tyler, the Creator: Scum Fuck Flower Boy 12" (Columbia)
Childish Gambino: Awaken, My Love 12" (Glassnote)
The Cure: Greatest Hits 2x12" (Elektra)
Post Malone: Stoney 12" (Republic)
Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon 12" (Pink Floyd)
Weezer: Blue Album 12" (Geffen)
Weezer: Pinkerton 12" (Geffen)
Beach Boys: Pet Sounds 12" (Capitol)
Howlin' Wolf: Moanin' in the Moonlight 12" (Vinyl Lovers)
Metallica: Kill 'Em All 12" (Blackened)
Metallica: Ride the Lightning 12" (Blackened)
Metallica: Master of Puppets 12" (Blackened)
Anderson Paak: Malibu 12" (OBE)
The Lumineers: Cleopatra 12" (Dualtone)
The Replacements: Let It Be 12" (Rhino)
The Clash: London Calling 2x12" (Columbia)
Dangerdoom: The Mouse & The Mask 12" (Lex)
The Fall: This Nation's Saving Grace 12" (Superior Viaduct)
Lord Huron: Strange Trails 12" (I Am Sound)
Lord Huron: Lonesome Dreams 12" (I Am Sound)
J Cole: 2014 Forest Hills Drive 12" (Roc Nation)
AFI: All Hallows 10" (Nitro)
AFI: The Art Of Drowning 12" (Nitro)
NOFX: Punk in Drublic 12" (Epitaph)
Iron Maiden: S/T 12" (BMG)
Iron Maiden: Number Of The Beast 12" (BMG)
Soundgarden: Superunknown 12" (A&M)
Led Zeppelin: I 12" (Atlantic)
Notorious B.I.G.: Life After Death 3x12" (Bad Boy)
Brand New: The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me 12" (Interscope)
Etta James: At Last 12" (WaxTime)
Nirvana: Unplugged in New York 12" (DGC)
Curtis Mayfield: Curtis 12" (Curtom)
Thelonious Monk: Monk's Dream 12" (WaxTime)
Taking Back Sunday: Tell All Your Friends 12" (Victory)
Kendrick Lamar: Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City 2x12" (Interscope)
Fleetwood Mac: Rumours 12" (Reprise)
Alice in Chains: MTV Unplugged 2x12" (Music on Vinyl)
Mumford+Sons: Sigh No More 12" (Island)
Alice in Chains: Dirt 12" (Music On Vinyl)
Neutral Milk Hotel: On Avery Island 12" (Merge)
Foo Fighters: Greatest Hits 12" (Roswell)
Bob Marley: Legend 12" (Island)
Doom: Born Like This 12" (Lex)
Beastie Boys: Check Your Head 12" (Capitol)
Velvet Underground & Nico: S/T 12" (Vinyl Lovers)
Amy Winehouse: Back to Black 12" (Island)
Portishead: Dummy 12" (Go! Beat)
Kanye West: Late Registration 12" (Roc-A-Fella)
Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 12" (Roc-A-Fella)
Kanye West: College Dropout 2x12" (Roc-A-Fella)
Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables 12" (Manifesto)
Dead Kennedys: Plastic Surgery Disasters 12" (Manifesto)
Dead Kennedys: In God We Trust, Inc. 12" (Manifesto)
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Blood Sugar Sex Magik 12" (Warner Bros)
Snoop Dogg: Doggystyle 12" (Death Row)
The Strokes: Is This It? 12" (RCA)
Tribe Called Quest: Midnight Marauders 12" (Jive)
Nirvana: Bleach 12" (Sub Pop)
Misfits: Die Die My Darling 12" (Caroline)
Mdou Moctar: Ilana (the Creator) 12" (Sahel Sounds)
Ol Dirty Bastard: Return to the 36 Chambers 12" (Elektra)
Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I Am Not 12" (Domino)

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