Featured Release Roundup: June 6, 2019

Public Acid: 152 Seconds of Public Acid 7” flexi (Artifact Audio) A brand new two-and-a-half minute explosion from one of my favorite current hardcore bands, North Carolina’s own Public Acid. If you’re a fan of their killer LP from last year (and a lot of us are!) you’ll need this brief but essential addendum. 152 Seconds is Public Acid’s first recording with their current live lineup (their guitarist Kai played both guitar and bass on the LP), and the sound is denser and more chaotic. While the record is brief, I’m not sure I could take it being any longer because, by the end of these two tracks, my heart rate is elevated and I feel like I’ve been sprinting for all 152 seconds. I swear this record is so exciting that I catch myself forgetting to breathe while I’m listening. Also, I want to note that while flexis have a reputation for sounding bad, this sounds incredible, and just as good as any hard vinyl record in my collection. I suppose I understand not wanting to shell out for such a short record, but 3.2894737 cents per second of Public Acid is a bargain in my book, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll play this at least four times in a row every time it hits the turntable.

Jay & Yuta: Condemned Compilations cassette (Little Winners) I have zero background information about this mysterious little cassette on the Australian Little Winners label, but man is it good! Jay & Yuma is a collaboration between two musicians (one sings in English and one in Japanese), and Condemned Compilations covers a lot of stylistic ground over its run time, from early Cabaret Voltaire-style primitive studio experiments to danceable new wave to UKDIY-inspired pop. Despite the stylistic diversity, the quality is uniformly excellent, and the eclecticism makes it an exciting listen. It’s almost like taking a stranger with superb taste, stealing their iPod, and putting it on shuffle… you don’t know what’s coming next, but you know it’ll rule.

Itchy Bugger: Double Bugger cassette (Little Winners) Itchy Bugger is a solo project by Josh from Diät, Idiota Civilizzato, the Love Triangle, and a million other bands. Their limited LP from 2018 (consider yourself lucky if you nabbed one!) was one of my favorites of last year, so I was excited to hear this new material. Itchy Bugger takes a lot of inspiration from the UKDIY movement, but rather than copying those bands Itchy Bugger borrows their central conceit of making personal, experimental pop music with low fidelity. There are ten tracks here and they’re great, an unexpected but beautiful mix of mechanical drum machine rhythms, simple and melodic lead guitar, and intimate, hushed vocals. Sometimes the songs are simpler and more straightforward a la my favorite Kiwi pop, while on other tracks Itchy Bugger stretches out and sounds a little shoegaze-y. Maybe I’m projecting this, but now that Josh has moved back to Australia his music also seems to have traded Berlin’s gray skies for Australia’s golden sunshine. An excellent album I plan to listen to a lot this summer.

Goose: Twentysixteen cassette (Little Winners) Another mysterious cassette from Australia’s Little Winners label, and again it’s excellent. Goose are a good fit for the label as, like Itchy Bugger, their music sounds like it’s grounded in the tradition of UKDIY and bedroom pop. Some songs brood, some glide, some groove, and some tinker. Like everything on Little Winners, there’s an intriguing and satisfying fusion of the immediate and the experimental. If that sounds like your kind of thing, I encourage you pick up all three of the label’s new releases.

Micro Edge: ’83 Demo 12” (Ugly Pop) Archival release from this 80s hardcore band from Toronto. I had heard Micro Edge’s name mentioned in the recent Tomorrow Is Too Late book on Toronto hardcore and on the Turned Out a Punk podcast, but this is the first time I’ve heard them. While I wouldn’t put this on the first tier of 80s hardcore classics, it’s an excellent release that proves that the well of great 80s North American hardcore is virtually bottomless. Micro Edge combine elements of California hardcore and skate rock with the tougher east coast sound of bands like Agnostic Front, the Abused, and Minor Threat. ’83 Demo reminds me of Ill Repute’s What Happens Next? LP, but with more of an east coast toughness and attitude. The music is excellent and will scratch your itch if you love obscure 80s hardcore, but the packaging here is at least as interesting. The beautiful layout is full of the 80s skateboard imagery I love, and the insert is actually issue #6 of the 80s skate / music zine Bong Out. In addition to a short history of Micro Edge, it also gives us some thoughtful and hilarious insight on how today’s skateboard culture compares with the 80s. If you’re an adult who has skateboard decks hanging on your walls as decoration (which, I must admit, I am), you will love this.

Urochromes: Trope House 12” (Wharf Cat) It’s hard to believe that this is the first Urochromes full-length. The band looms large because of their distinctive sound, but this is the first time they’ve given us a stand-alone 12” release that doesn’t compile tracks from previous releases. I’m not sure what the word on the street is, but to me Trope House is a masterpiece, one of the most distinctive, forward-thinking, and exciting punk records of the present era. While punk is still groggily emerging from the retro binge of the 00s, Urochromes sound like no other band I’ve ever heard in my life. They are a hardcore punk band in that they play fast most of the time, but like the best “outsider” hardcore bands (early Meat Puppets, Crucifucks, Spike in Vain, etc.), they come to hardcore naturally, not by emulating other musicians but by groping for the perfect form to express their agitation. Trope House sounds like you’re playing some classic art rock record by Roxy Music, glam-era Eno, or early Peter Gabriel on 78RPM. Each track is a whirlwind of virtuosic drum machine programming, layers of chaotic lead guitar, and Jackie’s distinct vocals and lyrics (the chorus for the first track goes, “oooh oooh that’s my millieux”). Strangely, there are three covers on the record (the Lemonheads, Bikini Kill, and the Leather Nun), but I didn’t even realize that until I looked at the insert because the songs are warped beyond recognition. I don’t think I’ve given you any sign what Trope House sounds like, because it doesn’t sound like anything else that I’ve heard. However, if you pride yourself on knowing the most out there and progressive punk rock, you need to hear this immediately.

Plasticheads: Nowhere to Run 12” (Ugly Pop) Debut vinyl (I believe) from this new Toronto punk band. This record has been getting hype, and it’s easy to see why. Plasticheads are one of those bands that sits right on the bubble between the fastest garage-punk and the catchiest hardcore. 80s bands like Zero Boys and Angry Samoans come to mind, but more recent bands like Carbonas and the Spits are a closer comparison as the frantic 90s garage of bands Teengenerate, Guitar Wolf, and the Rip Offs is a big ingredient in the stew. Like most rock music, the key to doing this sound well is having a great drummer, and this one can hammer the ride cymbal just as quickly, accurately, and gracefully as the master Dave Rahn himself. The next time you’re bursting with energy and so excited about whatever you’re about to do that you can’t sit still, put this one on… it’s the perfect soundtrack to those all-to-rare moments of exuberant joy.

Overdrive: On the Run: Demos and Rarities 12” (Splattered!) Archival release from this NWOBHM band, compiling their collectable 3-song single, two unreleased tracks from that session, and an earlier 4-song demo session featuring the future guitarist from English Dogs (!!!) on bass. This is definitive NWOBHM, taking the sound of early 70s hard rock like Deep Purple, Rainbow, and UFO and updating it with punk’s immediacy and energy. The sound is grainy and raw (like they recorded it in a cheap and primitive studio), and while the compositions are ambitious (not unlike early Iron Maiden), the arrangements and the execution are occasionally ham-fisted. Honestly, while it’s great music, even early Iron Maiden and Diamond Head can sound too slick and polished, but Overdrive has the same primitive charm as punk bands like Vice Squad or Attak. This might be too deep of a cut for some, but if you love exploring the sounds played by the denim-clad youth of late 70s England, this is right up your alley.

Warthog: Live! cassette (Shout!) 8-song live cassette from perhaps the best current hardcore band in the game, New York’s Warthog. This comes to us on the same label that puts out those excellent Beat Sessions cassettes, and while this is a recording of an actual live gig rather than a proper studio session, it maintains the level of quality we expect from Shout! While all 8 tracks have appeared on Warthog’s previous records, the vibe here differs from Warthog’s studio records. Everyone in Warthog seems to be a virtuosic musician and their studio recordings are clear and meticulous, but this tape hits you like a jackhammer. Chris’s vocals are savage, often overloading the mic and creating and overwhelming wash of sound that tramples you like an opposing army. To me, a great live record doesn’t feel redundant because it captures something that just doesn’t come across on studio recordings. By that measure, this tape qualifies as a great record by one of hardcore’s greatest current bands.

All New Arrivals

Public Acid: 152 Seconds Of Public Acid 7" Flexi (Artifact Audio)
Micro Edge: ‘83 Demo 12" (Ugly Pop)
Raw Power: ‘83 Demo 12" (Ugly Pop)
Plasticheads: Nowhere to Run 12" (Ugly Pop)
Heterofobia: Queremos Ver El Mundo Arder 12" (Drunken Sailor)
Urochromes: Trope House 12" (Wharf Cat)
Warm Bodies: UFO Extremo's cassette (self-released)
Warthog: Live! Cassette (Shout)
The Red Light Reapers: Creeping Out of the Tomb cassette (Shout)
Gunn: Demo cassette (self-released)
Not Shit: Live cassette (self-released)
Under Attack: Demo cassette (Vinyl Conflict)
Overdrive: On the Run: Demos and Rarities 12" (Splattered!)
Nikki Corvette & the Convertibles: S/T 7" (Splattered!)
J Robbins: Un-Becoming 12" (Dischord)
Bikini Kill: Pussy Whipped 12" (Dischord)
Bikini Kill: Reject All American 12" (Dischord)
Jawbox: For Your Own Special Sweetheart 12" (Dischord)
Method of Doubt: Accepting What We Know 7" (Revelation)
Fleshies: Introducing the Fleshies 12" (Dirt Cult)
Bongzilla: Amerijuanican 12" (Relapse)
Full of Hell: Weeping Choir 12" (Relapse)
Bongzilla: Stash 12" (Relapse)
Bongzilla: Methods for Attaining Extreme Altitudes 12" (Relapse)
Bongzilla: Gateway 12" (Relapse)
Lightning Bolt: Fantasy Empire 12" (Thrill Jockey)
Stereolab: Transient Random Noise-Bursts with Announcements 12" (Warp)
Gabor Szabo: 1969 12" (Modern Harmonic)
Chocolate Watch Band: No Way Out 12" (Sundazed)
Radiator Hospital: Sings Music for Daydreaming 12" (Salinas)
The Body: No One Deserves Happiness 12" (Thrill Jockey)
The Body & Full of Hell: Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light 12" (Thrill Jockey)
The Briefs: Platinum Rats 12" (Burger)
Helms Alee: Noctiluca 12" (Sargent House)
White Denim: Side Effects 12" (City Slang)
Earth: Full Upon Her Burning Lips 12" (Sargent House)
Team Dresch: Captain My Captain 12" (Jealous Butcher Records)
Superchunk: Acoustic Foolish 12" (Merge)
Sacred Paws: Run Around the Sun 12" (Merge)
Apex Manor: Heartbreak City 12" (Merge)
GZA / Genius: Beneath the Surface 12" (Geffen)
Dr. Octagon: Octagonecologyst 12" (Geffen)
A Perfect Circle: Emotive 12" (Virgin)
2Pac: 2Pacalypse Now 12" (Interscope)
The Verve: Northern Soul 12" (Virgin)
Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O.: S/T 12" (Black Editions)
Various: Tokyo Flashback 12" (Black Editions)
Masayuki Takayanagi New Destruction Unit: April Is the Cruellest Month 12" (Black Forms Editions)
Azymuth: Aguia Nao Come Mosca 12" (Mr. Bongo)
Azymuth: Demos Volume 1 12" (Farout)
Azymuth: Demos Volume 2 12" (Farout)
Les Rallizes Denudes + BE: There’s No Heaven Like Hell 12" (Alternative Fox)
Esplendor Geometrico: Selected Tracks 2 1995-1998 12" (Geometrik)
Om: Variations on a Theme 12" (Holy Mountain)
High Reeper: S/T 12" (Heavy Psych Sounds)
Various: Cosmic Discotheque 12" (Take It Acid Is)
Agitation Free: Fragments 12" (Made In Germany)
Los Saicos: Demolicion 12" (Munster)
Witch: Introduction 12" (Now Again)
Harry Pussy: Ride a Dove 12" (new)
Harry Pussy: A Real New England Fuck Up 12" (Palilalia)
Abruptum: Vi Sonus Veris Nigrae Malitiaes 12" (Siltbreeze)
Selda: S/T 12" (Pharaway Sounds)
Abdou El Omari: Nuits D’Ete 12" (Radio Martiko)
Abdou El Omari: Nuits D’ete Avec Naima Samin 12" (Radio Martiko)
Abdou El Omari: Nuits De Printemps 12" (Radio Martiko)
Various: Milano After Punk 12" (Spittle)
Apple: An Apple a Day… 12" (Trading Places)
Irma Thomas: In Between Tears 12" (Trading Places)
Nina Simone: Village Gate 12" (Wax Love)
Billie Holiday: Music for Torching 12" (Wax Love)
John Coltrane: Wells Fargo 12" (Doxy)
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool 12" (Capitol)
Ryo Fukui: Scenery 12" (We Release Jazz)
Condor: Singles 2017-2018 12" (Beach Impediment)
Game: No One Wins 12" (Beach Impediment)
Witchtrial: S/T 12" (Beach Impediment)
Institute: Readjusting the Locks 12" (Sacred Bones)
Mati: S/T 7" (self-released)
Idiota Civilizzato: S/T (tour edition) 12" (Static Shock)
Idiota Civilizzato: Civilta Idiota (tour edition) 7" (Static Shock)
Itchy Bugger: S/T cassette (Little Winners)
Goose: S/T cassette (Little Winners)
Jay & Yuta: Condemned Compilations cassette (Little Winners)
LBB: Popped Music 12" (Iron Lung)
C.H.E.W.: Feeding Frenzy cassette (Iron Lung)
Juma: Selected Works 2x12" (Bitter Lake)
Scrap Brain: A Journey into Madness 12" (Thrilling Living)
Norms: Hülye Hardcore 12" (Mindig Otthon Punk Discs)
Harry Manfredini: Friday the 13th OST 12" (Waxwork)
Goblin: Suspiria 12" (AMS)
Terry Funk: Tougher than Shoe Leather 12" (Flannelgraph)
Various: Outro Tempo 1978-1992 12" (Music From Memory)
Alessandro Alessandroni: Prisma Sonoro 12" (Roundtable)
Pandit Kanwar Sain Trikha: Three Sitar Pieces 12" (Manufactured)
The Head and the Heart: Living Mirage 12" (Warner Bros)
Weezer: The Teal Album 12" (Crush Music)
The National: I Am Easy to Find 12" (4AD)
Interpol: A Fine Mess 12" (Matador)
Weyes Blood: Titanic Rising 12” (Sub Pop)


Subversive Rite: Songs for the End Times 12" (Bloody Master)
The Comes: No Side + Power Never Die 12" (Hand Of Doom)
Marbled Eye: Beat Session Vol. 8 cassette (Shout)
Institute: Beat Session Vol. 6 cassette (Shout)
Maniac: Dead Dance Club 12" (Dirt Cult)
Neighborhood Brats: Claw Marks 12" (Dirt Cult)
Artificial Peace: Complete Session November 1981 12" (Dischord)
Bikini Kill: Revolution Girl Style Now 12" (Bikini Kill)
Bikini Kill: S/T 12" (Bikini Kill)
Bikini Kill: The Singles 12" (Bikini Kill)
Bikini Kill: Yeah Yeah Yeah 12" (Bikini Kill)
Dag Nasty: Can I Say 12" (Dischord)
Dag Nasty: Dag with Shawn 12" (Dischord)
Dag Nasty: Wig Out at Denko's 12" (Dischord)
Faith / Void: Split 12" (Dischord)
Faith: Subject to Change + Early Demos 12" (Dischord)
Fugazi: In on the Kill Taker 12" (Dischord)
Fugazi: Repeater 12" (Dischord)
Fugazi: S/T 12" (Dischord)
Fugazi: Steady Diet of Nothing 12" (Dischord)
Nation of Ulysses: 13 Point Program 12" (Dischord)
Various: Flex Your Head 12" (Dischord)
Void: Sessions 81-83 12" (Dischord)
Baroness: Red 2x12" (Relapse)
Baroness: Blue 2x12" (Relapse)
Baroness: Yellow & Green 2x12" (Relapse)
Death: Spiritual Healing 12" (Relapse)
Death: Scream Bloody Gore 12" (Relapse)
Pentagram: First Daze Here 12" (Relapse)
Pentagram: First Daze Here Too 12" (Relapse)
Death: Human 12" (Relapse)
Death: Individual Thought Patterns 12" (Relapse)
High on Fire: Surrounded by Thieves 12" (Relapse)
High on Fire: Blessed Black Wings 12" (Relapse)
Suffocation: Despise the Sun 12" (Relapse)
Suffocation: Souls to Deny 12" (Relapse)
Devil Master: Satan Spits on Children of Light 12" (Relapse)
Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit 12" (Mom + Pop)
Elliott Smith: Either/Or 12" (Kill Rock Stars)
Elliott Smith: New Moon 12" (Kill Rock Stars)
Elliott Smith: Roman Candle 12" (Kill Rock Stars)
Elliott Smith: From a Basement on the Hill 2x12" (Kill Rock Stars)
Elliott Smith: S/T 12" (Kill Rock Stars)
Open Mike Eagle: What Happens When I Try to Relax 12" (Auto Reverse)
Death Cab for Cutie: The Photo Album 12" (Barsuk)
Death Cab for Cutie: Transatlanticism 2x12" (Barsuk)
Madvillain: Madvillainy 2x12" (Stones Throw)
J Dilla: Donuts 12" (Stones Throw)
Courtney Barnett: Tell Me How You Really Feel 12" (Mom + Pop)
Boy Harsher: Yr Body Is Nothing 12" (Nude Club)
Bauhaus: Bela Session 12" (4AD)
Sonic Youth: Experimental Jet Set, Trash, and No Star 12" (DGC)
Rise Against: Siren Song of the Counter Culture 12" (DGC)
Rise Against: For Sufferer & the Witness 12" (DGC)
Rise Against: Appeal to Reason 12" (DGC)
R.E.M.: Document 12" (IRS)
No Doubt: S/T 12" (Interscope)
Nirvana: From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah 12" (DGC)
Helmet: Meantime 12" (Interscope)
Beck: Sea Change 12" (Geffen)
Beck: Guero 12" (Geffen)
Nirvana: Live at the Paramount 12" (Geffen)
John Mayer: Room for Squares 12" (Columbia)
John Mayer: Continuum 12" (Columbia)
Beyonce: Lemonade 2x12" (Sony)
Black Keys: Rubber Factory 12" (Fat Possum)
The Black Keys: El Camino 12" (Fat Possum)
Howlin’ Wolf: Rocking Chair 12" (Friday Music)
Twenty One Pilots: Blurryface 12" (Fueled By Ramen)
Dead Kennedys: Plastic Surgery Disasters 12" (Manifesto)
Kanye West: College Dropout 2x12" (Roc-A-Fella)
Tom Petty: Greatest Hits 12" (Geffen)
Foo Fighters: Greatest Hits 12" (Roswell)
Neutral Milk Hotel: On Avery Island 12" (Merge)
Rage Against the Machine: Renegades 12" (Epic)
Korn: Issues 12" (Epic)
Black Flag: TV Party 7" (SST)
Uncle Acid: Mind Control 12" (Rise Above)
King Crimson: Red 12" (Inner Knot)
Erik B and Rakim: Paid in Full 12" (4th and Broadway)
Motorhead: Sacrifice 12" (Sanctuary)
Iron Maiden: Killers 12" (BMG)
Gorillaz: Demon Days 12" (Parlophone)
Sex Pistols: Never Mind The Bollocks 12" (Rhino)
Beach House: Depression Cherry 12" (Sub Pop)
Radiohead: The Bends 12" (XL Recordings)
Radiohead: OK Computer 12" (XL Recordings)
David Bowie: Low 12" (Parlophone)
Dr. Dre: The Chronic 2x12" (Death Row)
Gai: Rock N Roll History Fuck Off 12" (Gai Best Punk Band)
BB & The Blips: Shame Job 12" (Thrilling Living)
Rashomon: Pathogen X 12" (Iron Lung)
L'Amour: Look to the Artist 1978-1981 12" (Beach Impediment)
Various: Bloodstains Across Virginia 12" (new)
Vaaska: Futuro Primitivo 7" (Beach Impediment)
Stigmatism: S/T 7" (Beach Impediment)
Vaaska: Inocentes Condenados 7" (Beach Impediment)
Fried Egg: Back and Forth 7" (Beach Impediment)
Long Knife: Sewers of Babylon 7" (Beach Impediment)
Lord Huron: Lonesome Dreams 12" (I Am Sound)
Slayer: Seasons in the Abyss 12" (American)
Smashing Pumpkins: Gish 12" (Caroline)
XXXTentacion: 17 12" (Bad Vibes Forever)
Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon 12" (Sony)
Pink Floyd: Meddle 12" (Parlophone)
Taking Back Sunday: Twenty 12" (Craft)
Miles Davis: Kind of Blue 12" (Columbia Legacy)
Alice in Chains: Dirt 12" (Music On Vinyl)
Dangerdoom: The Mouse & The Mask 12" (Lex)
Tool: Opiate 12" (BMG)
Nirvana: Live at the Paramount 12" (Geffen)
Aerosmith: Permanent Vacation 12" (Geffen)
Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 12" (Roc-A-Fella)
Brand New: The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me 12" (Interscope)
Angel Du$t: Pretty Buff 12" (Roadrunner)
Black Keys: Rubber Factory 12" (Fat Possum)
Circle Jerks: Group Sex 12" (Frontier)
AC/DC: Highway to Hell 12" (Atlantic)
The Gaslight Anthem: The ‘59 Sound 12" (Side One Dummy)
Queens of the Stone Age: Rated R 12" (Interscope)
Beastie Boys: Licensed to Ill 12" (Def Jam)
Arcade Fire: Arcade Fire EP 12" (Legacy)
Primus: Pork Soda 12" (Interscope)
Miles Davis: Bitches Brew 2x12" (Columbia Legacy)
Mercyful Fate: Into the Unknown 12" (Metal Blade)
Mac Demarco: Here Comes the Cowboy 12" (Macs)
Danny Brown: Atrocity Exhibition 12" (Fool’s Gold)
N.W.A.: Straight Outta Compton 12" (Priority)
Misfits: Walk Among Us 12" (Caroline)
Ramones: Leave Home 12" (Rhino)
Motorhead: Sacrifice 12" (BMG)

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