Two new reissues from Medical Records…..
buy them here: http://medical-records.org/index.html
The dog days of summer don’t offer me much time to sit in front of a turntable and write about records but that hasn’t stopped Medical Records from keeping up with their new trend of dropping two gems at once. A few weeks back Medical Records reintroduced two German wave bands Die Gesunden and Body 11. September will see another double release month of Play and Laugh Clown Laugh and Aug. 27th will be the much anticipated co-release with Seattle’s other excellent label Light in the Attic as they take on Seefeel’s “Quique!!
Die Gesunden’s 1982 self-titled record is preserved on 180g pepto-pink vinyl and sounds fantastic living in a territory somewhere between Kraftwerk and Devo but adding a nice touch of abrasiveness to some of the synth tones. The jagged rhythms and almost industrial style tones add a nice edge to fairly minimal songs. This is worth the purchase solely for the incredible Velvet Underground cover “Waiting for My Man,” a truly wacky synth bliss out.
Body 11’s album “Youth” is comprised of the 1988 7” “Mind” EP and a handful of unreleased tracks on 180g cloudy clear vinyl. "Wasteland 2" opens things up with the classic industrial distorted guitar sound and growling ghoulish vocals over a hypnotic beat. Though I’m not super knowledgeable about EBM (electronic body music) the term seems fitting as the music has a certain physicality that make you want to move but is somehow to harsh or cool to actually do any dancing. I can picture some very serious german art students with crossed arms jamming out to this. As always Medical Records only press up limited quantities so act fast and take a trip to 80s Germany….and don’t forget to preorder the Seefeel Record while you can still get a copy. 

Two new reissues from Medical Records…..

buy them here: http://medical-records.org/index.html

The dog days of summer don’t offer me much time to sit in front of a turntable and write about records but that hasn’t stopped Medical Records from keeping up with their new trend of dropping two gems at once. A few weeks back Medical Records reintroduced two German wave bands Die Gesunden and Body 11. September will see another double release month of Play and Laugh Clown Laugh and Aug. 27th will be the much anticipated co-release with Seattle’s other excellent label Light in the Attic as they take on Seefeel’s “Quique!!

Die Gesunden’s 1982 self-titled record is preserved on 180g pepto-pink vinyl and sounds fantastic living in a territory somewhere between Kraftwerk and Devo but adding a nice touch of abrasiveness to some of the synth tones. The jagged rhythms and almost industrial style tones add a nice edge to fairly minimal songs. This is worth the purchase solely for the incredible Velvet Underground cover “Waiting for My Man,” a truly wacky synth bliss out.

Body 11’s album “Youth” is comprised of the 1988 7” “Mind” EP and a handful of unreleased tracks on 180g cloudy clear vinyl. "Wasteland 2" opens things up with the classic industrial distorted guitar sound and growling ghoulish vocals over a hypnotic beat. Though I’m not super knowledgeable about EBM (electronic body music) the term seems fitting as the music has a certain physicality that make you want to move but is somehow to harsh or cool to actually do any dancing. I can picture some very serious german art students with crossed arms jamming out to this. As always Medical Records only press up limited quantities so act fast and take a trip to 80s Germany….and don’t forget to preorder the Seefeel Record while you can still get a copy. 

Soft Speaker- Turkish Mindbathers
buy it here: http://softspeaker.com/home/
Soft Speaker has successfully used kickstarter to fund the pressing of their latest lp “Turkish Mindbathers” on a beautiful cloudy pink translucent vinyl housed in a PVC bag with an excellent cover design. The music stored in the grooves is a whirlwind of psychedelic experiments and pure shoegazing effects driven rock n roll. Cooper Crain of Cave manned the boards for this recording and he was clearly a good fit for the band as the record sounds huge, blown out and scuzzy in all the right ways with fuzzy guitars punching through the mix in all the right places and effects dripping from every angle. Soft Speaker offers up some truly original music that flirts with all different territories of psych and prog music but never rests on its laurels with one particular sound. “And One for Dollfuss” has the strange vocal samples while “Blown from the Road” has a very repetitive kraut vibe very akin to Cave and Wooden Shijps and yet “Expressions(For Men)” lands more in the shoegaze camp. On the flip side Soft Speaker’s “I’ll Tend Your Garden” is a beautiful languishing track led mainly by a bass track mixed out front and some great group vocalizing. “Turkish Mindbathers” is full of sound effects on basically every instrument all tastefully used to mind expanding reaches as tracks bleed into each other like one strange trip. This is an lp worth exploring again and again.

Soft Speaker- Turkish Mindbathers

buy it here: http://softspeaker.com/home/

Soft Speaker has successfully used kickstarter to fund the pressing of their latest lp “Turkish Mindbathers” on a beautiful cloudy pink translucent vinyl housed in a PVC bag with an excellent cover design. The music stored in the grooves is a whirlwind of psychedelic experiments and pure shoegazing effects driven rock n roll. Cooper Crain of Cave manned the boards for this recording and he was clearly a good fit for the band as the record sounds huge, blown out and scuzzy in all the right ways with fuzzy guitars punching through the mix in all the right places and effects dripping from every angle. Soft Speaker offers up some truly original music that flirts with all different territories of psych and prog music but never rests on its laurels with one particular sound. “And One for Dollfuss” has the strange vocal samples while “Blown from the Road” has a very repetitive kraut vibe very akin to Cave and Wooden Shijps and yet “Expressions(For Men)” lands more in the shoegaze camp. On the flip side Soft Speaker’s “I’ll Tend Your Garden” is a beautiful languishing track led mainly by a bass track mixed out front and some great group vocalizing. “Turkish Mindbathers” is full of sound effects on basically every instrument all tastefully used to mind expanding reaches as tracks bleed into each other like one strange trip. This is an lp worth exploring again and again.

Heavy Glow- 7”
buy it here: http://heavyglowmusic.com/blog


This new 7” from Heavy Glow is limited to 300 copies on a very cool mixed color light blue vinyl. “Mine all Mine” is a bluesy garage ripper with catchy chorus work guitar solos and a early Foo Fighters vibe. “Headhunter” is the flip and and is riff heavy with plenty of swampy delta groove. The track will be featured in the new Stephen King TV series “Under the Dome” which should get the Heavy Glow some eyes and ears turning their way. Both tracks are from a future 2014 full-length release. The band hits the road for a month of shows July 31- Aug 24th.
July 31—SF, CA—Neck of the WoodsAug 2—-Portland, OR—Kenton ClubAug 3—-Seattle, WA—The Comet TavernAug 4—-Bend, OR—Silver MoonAug 6—-Meridian, ID—The New Frontier ClubAug 7—-Boise, ID—The Red RoomAug 8—-SLC, UT——Burt’s Tiki LoungeAug 9—-Denver, CO—3 KingsAug 10—Colorado Springs, CO-The Triple NickelAug11—Amarillo, TX—Left WoodsAug 12—Oklahoma City, OK—The ConservatoryAug 13—Ft. Worth, TX—Lola’s SaloonAug 14—Little Rock, AR—StickyzAug 15—Memphis, TN—The Hi-ToneAug 16—Atlanta, GA—Smithe’s Old BarAug 17—Nashville, TN—5 SpotAug 20—St. Louis, MO—FoamAug 21—Chicago, IL—The Cobra LoungeAug 23—Lafayette, IN—The Knickerbocker SaloonAug 24—Cleveland, OH—The Happy Dog

Heavy Glow- 7”

buy it here: http://heavyglowmusic.com/blog

This new 7” from Heavy Glow is limited to 300 copies on a very cool mixed color light blue vinyl. “Mine all Mine” is a bluesy garage ripper with catchy chorus work guitar solos and a early Foo Fighters vibe. “Headhunter” is the flip and and is riff heavy with plenty of swampy delta groove. The track will be featured in the new Stephen King TV series “Under the Dome” which should get the Heavy Glow some eyes and ears turning their way. Both tracks are from a future 2014 full-length release. The band hits the road for a month of shows July 31- Aug 24th.

July 31—SF, CA—Neck of the Woods
Aug 2—-Portland, OR—Kenton Club
Aug 3—-Seattle, WA—The Comet Tavern
Aug 4—-Bend, OR—Silver Moon
Aug 6—-Meridian, ID—The New Frontier Club
Aug 7—-Boise, ID—The Red Room
Aug 8—-SLC, UT——Burt’s Tiki Lounge
Aug 9—-Denver, CO—3 Kings
Aug 10—Colorado Springs, CO-The Triple Nickel
Aug11—Amarillo, TX—Left Woods
Aug 12—Oklahoma City, OK—The Conservatory
Aug 13—Ft. Worth, TX—Lola’s Saloon
Aug 14—Little Rock, AR—Stickyz
Aug 15—Memphis, TN—The Hi-Tone
Aug 16—Atlanta, GA—Smithe’s Old Bar
Aug 17—Nashville, TN—5 Spot
Aug 20—St. Louis, MO—Foam
Aug 21—Chicago, IL—The Cobra Lounge
Aug 23—Lafayette, IN—The Knickerbocker Saloon
Aug 24—Cleveland, OH—The Happy Dog

Two releases from Granny Records
buy them here: http://www.grannyrecords.org/releases
Epavlis Pavlakis- Christos Laskaris

It is strange and haunting to listen to the Epavlis Pavlakis record “Christos Laskaris.” Droning tone poems mixed with the actually audio of ten poems by Christos Laskaris a now deceased Greek poet weave a gentle voice against stark minimalist rhythms and sounds. There is very little information on the poet and because I don’t speak the language it is hard to discern what the meaning is from moment to moment but the music seems to speak for the words in a subtle interaction between man and machine. It is both serene and horrifying as if the man is speaking to the music and not the listener in a dialogue that clashes an old world with the technology of a new world. It is a beautiful and engrossing work that you would expect to hear in a gallery or museum as a sound installation of some shape or another but it is just as great spinning on the turntable. Granny Records has  pressed the LP on clear vinyl housed in a pvc sleeve and it is limited to 300 copies. 
Good Luck Mr. Gorsky

Good Luck Mr. Gorsky is a trio that has been around for nearly a decade experimenting with analog equipment, field recordings and various other sources of sound generating devices. Their latest release is a live recording from a 2011 performance in Athens and is an improvisation of minimal avant garde music. Insects buzz, birds chirp and synthesizers throb and hum. The music is presented in side long tracks pressed into black vinyl and also housed in a pvc sleeve, limited to 300 copies. The addition of a trumpet gives the music a Miles Davis “Bitches Brew” vibe of free jazz experimentation and glockenspiel breathes life into a very electronic sounding environment. These organic elements greatly enhance the listening experience. It is clear this trio have a great ear for crafting pleasant soundscapes. To often experimental music gets bogged down into unbearable sonic territory that is harsh and challenging to enjoy. Good Luck Mr. Gorsky avoids the harshness of free jazz and noise music on and while they are not ambient music per say they create a thoroughly enjoyable and calming listening experience on side A of the record. The B side is a much more upfront and rhythmic affair that allows for a little less open space and the atmosphere is a bit more claustrophobic. The intricate layers and juxtapositions of sounds will warrant many repeat listens. I would highly recommend both of these new releases from Granny Records even if you have to order them from Greece. 

Two releases from Granny Records

buy them here: http://www.grannyrecords.org/releases

Epavlis Pavlakis- Christos Laskaris

It is strange and haunting to listen to the Epavlis Pavlakis record “Christos Laskaris.” Droning tone poems mixed with the actually audio of ten poems by Christos Laskaris a now deceased Greek poet weave a gentle voice against stark minimalist rhythms and sounds. There is very little information on the poet and because I don’t speak the language it is hard to discern what the meaning is from moment to moment but the music seems to speak for the words in a subtle interaction between man and machine. It is both serene and horrifying as if the man is speaking to the music and not the listener in a dialogue that clashes an old world with the technology of a new world. It is a beautiful and engrossing work that you would expect to hear in a gallery or museum as a sound installation of some shape or another but it is just as great spinning on the turntable. Granny Records has  pressed the LP on clear vinyl housed in a pvc sleeve and it is limited to 300 copies. 

Good Luck Mr. Gorsky


Good Luck Mr. Gorsky is a trio that has been around for nearly a decade experimenting with analog equipment, field recordings and various other sources of sound generating devices. Their latest release is a live recording from a 2011 performance in Athens and is an improvisation of minimal avant garde music. Insects buzz, birds chirp and synthesizers throb and hum. The music is presented in side long tracks pressed into black vinyl and also housed in a pvc sleeve, limited to 300 copies. The addition of a trumpet gives the music a Miles Davis “Bitches Brew” vibe of free jazz experimentation and glockenspiel breathes life into a very electronic sounding environment. These organic elements greatly enhance the listening experience. It is clear this trio have a great ear for crafting pleasant soundscapes. To often experimental music gets bogged down into unbearable sonic territory that is harsh and challenging to enjoy. Good Luck Mr. Gorsky avoids the harshness of free jazz and noise music on and while they are not ambient music per say they create a thoroughly enjoyable and calming listening experience on side A of the record. The B side is a much more upfront and rhythmic affair that allows for a little less open space and the atmosphere is a bit more claustrophobic. The intricate layers and juxtapositions of sounds will warrant many repeat listens. I would highly recommend both of these new releases from Granny Records even if you have to order them from Greece. 

Masstropicas…

buy them here: http://lightintheattic.net/releases?all_labels=false&label_list%5B26%5D=1

or email the label direct masstropicas@gmail.com


I have obsessively collected records for years now. I started out grabbing the classic records I already knew of. Then I began to forsake cds and started downloading and buying new releases strictly on vinyl which I don’t recommend for the budget conscious listeners. My next phase was digging for rare and unheard of records in basements, flea markets, and thrift stores. I began to develop a taste for world music as rock and jazz began to feel a bit vanilla in comparison. It also became clear that it was near impossible to track down good world music where I live in Wisconsin. World music comps became my source of sounds from all over the globe from afro-beat to brazilian psych and thanks to Masstropicas the sounds of Peru. Cumbia music when done right is mind blowing. Grupo 2000 features a tropical flair with some dirty guitar, bongo drums and horns. They follow in the wake of Peru’s famed Los Destellos and thankfully Masstropicas was able to secure the master tapes to reissue their 1974 masterpiece “El Destape” with a 500 copy limited edition black vinyl release. The original is a pricey collectors gem that as I said earlier would probably never end up in Wisconsin or any other state for that matter. The same goes for Ranil’s Jungle Party which is limited to 1000 copies and licensed directly from Ranil’s original label. It is incredible what Masstropicas is doing for Peruvian music. They are unearthing amazing must-hear music for music lovers all over the world to hear. These are must have re-issues.

Another Fine Batch of Snappy Little Numbers…
buy it here: http://snappylittlenumbers.storenvy.com/
Snappy Little Numbers is back to their stock sleeve with their new set of releases from two Denver based rock groups. The Knew is pressed on a standout red vinyl and their single “What’s Hip(Long Walk)” is an epic Springsteen style anthem with horns and a shout along chorus that is instantly catchy.The B-side is a blistering track that barley pushes a minute long and begs for repeat listens.
Spells opens with some serious solo drum action before firing on all cylinders. “Take Time” uses blasting rhythms and snarly vocals to blend punk and rock . “Slice Away” dials back the snarl and pace only slightly adding some extra melody. This is Spells debut 7” and it is on a rust colored vinyl. I found myself for the first time in a long time fondly remembering what it was like to play and go to punk rock shows as a teenager while listening to this 7”. As always Snappy Little Numbers includes download codes for all of their releases which is a nice added bonus.

Another Fine Batch of Snappy Little Numbers…

buy it here: http://snappylittlenumbers.storenvy.com/

Snappy Little Numbers is back to their stock sleeve with their new set of releases from two Denver based rock groups. The Knew is pressed on a standout red vinyl and their single “What’s Hip(Long Walk)” is an epic Springsteen style anthem with horns and a shout along chorus that is instantly catchy.The B-side is a blistering track that barley pushes a minute long and begs for repeat listens.

Spells opens with some serious solo drum action before firing on all cylinders. “Take Time” uses blasting rhythms and snarly vocals to blend punk and rock . “Slice Away” dials back the snarl and pace only slightly adding some extra melody. This is Spells debut 7” and it is on a rust colored vinyl. I found myself for the first time in a long time fondly remembering what it was like to play and go to punk rock shows as a teenager while listening to this 7”. As always Snappy Little Numbers includes download codes for all of their releases which is a nice added bonus.

Halasan Bazar- Space Junk
buy it here: http://crashsymbols.bandcamp.com/album/space-junk

<a href=”http://crashsymbols.bandcamp.com/album/space-junk” data-mce-href=”http://crashsymbols.bandcamp.com/album/space-junk”>Space Junk by Halasan Bazar</a>
This lp came with a little hand written scrawl on the box “Thought you might like this.” Indeed I did. Halasan Bazar is a group that resides in Copenhagen but conjures up some serious California dreamin’ vibes and by the albums 60’s themed artwork it is clear the band is embracing the sound of a time gone by. Shimmering guitars, sparkling glockenspiel and tambourine and a mouthful of reverb go a long way towards invoking the psych pop sounds of Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd, Moby Grape, the Byrds and even hints of the Kinks. They lean in all sorts of directions touching on all sorts of different psych-folk based movements but in the end they just deliver what’s best for each song. For being part of the DIY movement and releasing this 500 copy limited edition black vinyl lp on their own with some distribution in the USA they don’t have a “I recorded this in my basement sound quality” which I appreciate immensely . Space Junk is a tune in and bliss out on a warm summer day kind of album that will certainly get repeated spins.

Halasan Bazar- Space Junk

buy it here: http://crashsymbols.bandcamp.com/album/space-junk

This lp came with a little hand written scrawl on the box “Thought you might like this.” Indeed I did. Halasan Bazar is a group that resides in Copenhagen but conjures up some serious California dreamin’ vibes and by the albums 60’s themed artwork it is clear the band is embracing the sound of a time gone by. Shimmering guitars, sparkling glockenspiel and tambourine and a mouthful of reverb go a long way towards invoking the psych pop sounds of Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd, Moby Grape, the Byrds and even hints of the Kinks. They lean in all sorts of directions touching on all sorts of different psych-folk based movements but in the end they just deliver what’s best for each song. For being part of the DIY movement and releasing this 500 copy limited edition black vinyl lp on their own with some distribution in the USA they don’t have a “I recorded this in my basement sound quality” which I appreciate immensely . Space Junk is a tune in and bliss out on a warm summer day kind of album that will certainly get repeated spins.

Linda Draper- Edgewise (Planting Seeds Records)
buy it here: http://darla.com/index.php?fuseaction=item_cat.ecom_superitem_detail&item_cat_id=41871
Linda Draper’s been kicking around for awhile touring with excellent musicians like Regina Spektor and Kimya Dawson and producing records with the legendary Kramer. Music runs deep in her veins, her father studied under Segovia who in turn passed on his love of music to her at a young age. “Edgewise” finds Draper working with a new producer in Matt Keating who also plays most of the accompanying instruments. Draper elevates simple well-crafted songs dripping with nostalgia and atmosphere with her sweet unassuming voice. The arrangements are sparse and tasteful. Tracks like “Glass Palace” and “Hollow” pay tribute to the legends of Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake and Leonard Cohen whose footsteps she is following in. The percussion has a light footprint on this album as organs and pianos swell in and out of subtle electric and acoustic guitar rhythms. The atmosphere is gentle and enchanting. Draper eschews the psych folk femme fatale vibe and steers far from the morose singer songwriter angle instead she focuses on balanced honest songwriting that avoids cliches. She throws in a excellent cover of “Blackbird” as well to this limited edition black vinyl release.

Linda Draper- Edgewise (Planting Seeds Records)

buy it here: http://darla.com/index.php?fuseaction=item_cat.ecom_superitem_detail&item_cat_id=41871

Linda Draper’s been kicking around for awhile touring with excellent musicians like Regina Spektor and Kimya Dawson and producing records with the legendary Kramer. Music runs deep in her veins, her father studied under Segovia who in turn passed on his love of music to her at a young age. “Edgewise” finds Draper working with a new producer in Matt Keating who also plays most of the accompanying instruments. Draper elevates simple well-crafted songs dripping with nostalgia and atmosphere with her sweet unassuming voice. The arrangements are sparse and tasteful. Tracks like “Glass Palace” and “Hollow” pay tribute to the legends of Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake and Leonard Cohen whose footsteps she is following in. The percussion has a light footprint on this album as organs and pianos swell in and out of subtle electric and acoustic guitar rhythms. The atmosphere is gentle and enchanting. Draper eschews the psych folk femme fatale vibe and steers far from the morose singer songwriter angle instead she focuses on balanced honest songwriting that avoids cliches. She throws in a excellent cover of “Blackbird” as well to this limited edition black vinyl release.

2 new releases from Medical Records
buy them here: http://medical-records.org/index.html
<a href=”http://medicalrecords.bandcamp.com/album/near-paris-mr-019” data-mce-href=”http://medicalrecords.bandcamp.com/album/near-paris-mr-019”>Near Paris (MR-019) by Near Paris</a>
The average music listener and buyer will not know the artists released by Medical Records. I’m willing to bet that the average music fanatic will not even know the artists put out by Medical Records. The cold hard reality is only a few analog auteurs made it into the mainstream. Acts like New Order, The Cure and Depeche Mode defined many teenagers lives but many of those listeners never dug deep into the periphery of artist making similar music. Thankfully Medical Records has mined the United States and other parts of the world to bring some of these forgotten groups back into the spotlight. Truth be told Medical Records focuses on a niche market of vinyl fanatics and limited edition pressings but with that being said the fact that almost all of the pressings sell out in short order says they are doing something right and in my opinion they are bringing to life music that needs to be heard again. Their two newest releases are no exception. Impeccable sounding on 180 gram colored wax,Medical Records teamed with ultra blogger Crispy Nuggets to revive the Columbus, Ohio duo Near Paris, giving their 4 song ep and 7 previously unreleased tracks the royal treatment. Blending synths, drum machines and catchy male/female vocals for an alluring mix of new wave synth pop Near Paris have you wondering why they weren’t more well known. It seems they broke it off when they were right on the cusp of notoriety. Sadly Gerald Nelson one half of the duo passed away during the revamping of the material and will miss this triumphant release.  Near Paris could have easily found their way onto bills with New Order or the Cocteau Twins.
<a href=”http://medicalrecords.bandcamp.com/album/iceman-mr-020” data-mce-href=”http://medicalrecords.bandcamp.com/album/iceman-mr-020”>Iceman (MR-020) by I Signori Della Galassia</a>
i signori della galassia is the second release and it is a long out of print Italian prog album from 1979 called iceman that catches serious money on the collectors market. Near Paris sounds almost starkly minimal in contrast to this album. Thumping kick drums and swirling synth arpeggios fill up the sound spectrum with some serious space disco jams happening on the extended album opener “Proxima Centauri.” Things morph from their into more of  prog pop jams with intermittent shredding. Each side of the album is laced with an extra track that were released as singles. Iceman is a bizarre bombastic and rewarding album that has some very gorgeous ambient passages to set off the thumping disco beats. Both of these new Medical Records reissues will be a great discovery for many analog music fans and an affordable reissue done to the max for fans without deep pockets. It is wise not to delay on these as they are both limited to 650 copies world wide.

2 new releases from Medical Records

buy them here: http://medical-records.org/index.html

The average music listener and buyer will not know the artists released by Medical Records. I’m willing to bet that the average music fanatic will not even know the artists put out by Medical Records. The cold hard reality is only a few analog auteurs made it into the mainstream. Acts like New Order, The Cure and Depeche Mode defined many teenagers lives but many of those listeners never dug deep into the periphery of artist making similar music. Thankfully Medical Records has mined the United States and other parts of the world to bring some of these forgotten groups back into the spotlight. Truth be told Medical Records focuses on a niche market of vinyl fanatics and limited edition pressings but with that being said the fact that almost all of the pressings sell out in short order says they are doing something right and in my opinion they are bringing to life music that needs to be heard again. Their two newest releases are no exception. Impeccable sounding on 180 gram colored wax,Medical Records teamed with ultra blogger Crispy Nuggets to revive the Columbus, Ohio duo Near Paris, giving their 4 song ep and 7 previously unreleased tracks the royal treatment. Blending synths, drum machines and catchy male/female vocals for an alluring mix of new wave synth pop Near Paris have you wondering why they weren’t more well known. It seems they broke it off when they were right on the cusp of notoriety. Sadly Gerald Nelson one half of the duo passed away during the revamping of the material and will miss this triumphant release.  Near Paris could have easily found their way onto bills with New Order or the Cocteau Twins.

i signori della galassia is the second release and it is a long out of print Italian prog album from 1979 called iceman that catches serious money on the collectors market. Near Paris sounds almost starkly minimal in contrast to this album. Thumping kick drums and swirling synth arpeggios fill up the sound spectrum with some serious space disco jams happening on the extended album opener “Proxima Centauri.” Things morph from their into more of  prog pop jams with intermittent shredding. Each side of the album is laced with an extra track that were released as singles. Iceman is a bizarre bombastic and rewarding album that has some very gorgeous ambient passages to set off the thumping disco beats. Both of these new Medical Records reissues will be a great discovery for many analog music fans and an affordable reissue done to the max for fans without deep pockets. It is wise not to delay on these as they are both limited to 650 copies world wide.

7 Inch Roundup—
The world is coming apart at the seams, riots, wars, government spying all while the music world is being shaken by terrible cd sales all too expensive vinyl releases and the crappy sound of digital music. Thankfully summer is on the way and independent labels are still releasing singles on 7 inches of vinyl the way it should be done. The single puts a group or solo artists best foot forward and turns the music into a tangible artifact whether you are a danish punk rocker or a group of teenagers from the pacific northwest you each get the brief opportunity of a few minutes to impress a listener and potentialy make a life long fan.

Empty Palace- (Snappy Little Numbers)
buy it here: http://snappylittlenumbers.storenvy.com/products/1505090-empty-palace-s-t-e-p-7
This new release on Snappy Little Numbers gets away from the stock cover the label has been using but keeps up with the cool mixed color vinyl. Empty Palace embraces the pomp of eighties metal and offer up sick riffage and prog arrangements.
We Are Hex- (Latest Flame Records)
buy it here: http://www.latestflame.com/
Latest Flame is an excellent label from my local Milwaukee are and their penchant for gnarly noisy rock music stands true with the newest release by Indianapolis act We Are Hex. The tracks are produced by the master Jon Spencer himself and these tracks really couldn’t sound any better. The dark tones and fuzzy gloom is impeccable. Recommended if you like your music served up with a dish of amazing. 
Isaac Rother & The Phantoms- (Resurrection Records)
buy it here:http://getresurrected.com/site/
Available in either black vinyl or green marble the latest on Resurrection Records feels nostalgic in all the right ways. Rother & the Phantoms mix garage rock, honkey-tonk piano and girl group background vocals with the DIY spirit of punk. It’s like the best trip down memory lane, the look and feel of a freshly polished vintage car and the best feeling of all the dusty grooves of a garage rock 45 all wrapped into two tracks running at 45rpms.
Seacats (Fin Records)
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The Seacats have the playfulness of youth on their side with their fun-loving pacific northwest indie pop music that is a little sunnier than the product that typically is associated with Seattle area music. They even limited the 7” to 500 copies on burger colored vinyl aka brown.
last but not least find yourself a copy of Danish rocker PJ Bonneman’s ep Jeg Kendtedemikke from 2008 if you can. It’s a great release and he is the other half the amazing group Green Mansions.

7 Inch Roundup—

The world is coming apart at the seams, riots, wars, government spying all while the music world is being shaken by terrible cd sales all too expensive vinyl releases and the crappy sound of digital music. Thankfully summer is on the way and independent labels are still releasing singles on 7 inches of vinyl the way it should be done. The single puts a group or solo artists best foot forward and turns the music into a tangible artifact whether you are a danish punk rocker or a group of teenagers from the pacific northwest you each get the brief opportunity of a few minutes to impress a listener and potentialy make a life long fan.

Empty Palace- (Snappy Little Numbers)

buy it here: http://snappylittlenumbers.storenvy.com/products/1505090-empty-palace-s-t-e-p-7

This new release on Snappy Little Numbers gets away from the stock cover the label has been using but keeps up with the cool mixed color vinyl. Empty Palace embraces the pomp of eighties metal and offer up sick riffage and prog arrangements.

We Are Hex- (Latest Flame Records)

buy it here: http://www.latestflame.com/

Latest Flame is an excellent label from my local Milwaukee are and their penchant for gnarly noisy rock music stands true with the newest release by Indianapolis act We Are Hex. The tracks are produced by the master Jon Spencer himself and these tracks really couldn’t sound any better. The dark tones and fuzzy gloom is impeccable. Recommended if you like your music served up with a dish of amazing. 

Isaac Rother & The Phantoms- (Resurrection Records)

buy it here:http://getresurrected.com/site/

Available in either black vinyl or green marble the latest on Resurrection Records feels nostalgic in all the right ways. Rother & the Phantoms mix garage rock, honkey-tonk piano and girl group background vocals with the DIY spirit of punk. It’s like the best trip down memory lane, the look and feel of a freshly polished vintage car and the best feeling of all the dusty grooves of a garage rock 45 all wrapped into two tracks running at 45rpms.

Seacats (Fin Records)

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The Seacats have the playfulness of youth on their side with their fun-loving pacific northwest indie pop music that is a little sunnier than the product that typically is associated with Seattle area music. They even limited the 7” to 500 copies on burger colored vinyl aka brown.

last but not least find yourself a copy of Danish rocker PJ Bonneman’s ep Jeg Kendtedemikke from 2008 if you can. It’s a great release and he is the other half the amazing group Green Mansions.