Grapefruit Record Club opens up pre-orders for their Year 3 2013 subscription series and they secured some great artists including Faust!!!

http://grapefruitrecordclub.com/

Grapefruit Record Club opens up pre-orders for their Year 3 2013 subscription series and they secured some great artists including Faust!!!

http://grapefruitrecordclub.com/

Retribution Gospel Choir - 3 (Chaperone Records)
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Retribution Gospel Choir is the unleashed fury of pent up emotions from Alan Sparhawk front man of the famously slow paced group Low. 2/3 of Low are here swapping out drummer and vocalist Mimi Parker for Eric Pollard a hard hitting rock drummer. Gone are the sedated subtle melodies, say hello to the full on psychedelic guitar onslaught for two side long trips down the rabbit hole. Now this is the third RGC lp, the first hashed through the Low catalog with some renewed energy and featured a few originals. The second went for catchy 70’s style radio friendly rock anthems. An ep of songs that came dangerously close to arena rock almost derailed the band critically and probably with some fans. Thankfully “3” finds RGC with a new label Chaperone Records who have done a killer job with silk screened jackets for the lp and also giving them the freedom to let their freak flag fly so to speak. “Can’t Walk Out” is a balls to the wall guitar feedback escapade channeling the dark recesses of Alan Sparhawk’s amazing chops. This guys got tone guitar players only dream of. Sparhawk lets loose while Pollard relentlessly bashes the drums and Garrington keeps the steady groove going. Vocals are basically an after thought. ” Seven” features superb guest guitar work by Nels Cline well known for his time with Wilco. Lyrically “Seven” is a bit more substantial and the pace is a bit more languid but for the most part it is another guitar feast. Clearly Retribution Gospel Choir are exercising some demons, whether they are trying to clear the slate to start fresh or they are just expanding into new territory remains to be seen. Either way “3” feels like a cleansing rebirth for Retribution Gospel Choir.

Retribution Gospel Choir - 3 (Chaperone Records)

buy it here: 

https://chaperonerecords.com/products-page/

Retribution Gospel Choir is the unleashed fury of pent up emotions from Alan Sparhawk front man of the famously slow paced group Low. 2/3 of Low are here swapping out drummer and vocalist Mimi Parker for Eric Pollard a hard hitting rock drummer. Gone are the sedated subtle melodies, say hello to the full on psychedelic guitar onslaught for two side long trips down the rabbit hole. Now this is the third RGC lp, the first hashed through the Low catalog with some renewed energy and featured a few originals. The second went for catchy 70’s style radio friendly rock anthems. An ep of songs that came dangerously close to arena rock almost derailed the band critically and probably with some fans. Thankfully “3” finds RGC with a new label Chaperone Records who have done a killer job with silk screened jackets for the lp and also giving them the freedom to let their freak flag fly so to speak. “Can’t Walk Out” is a balls to the wall guitar feedback escapade channeling the dark recesses of Alan Sparhawk’s amazing chops. This guys got tone guitar players only dream of. Sparhawk lets loose while Pollard relentlessly bashes the drums and Garrington keeps the steady groove going. Vocals are basically an after thought. ” Seven” features superb guest guitar work by Nels Cline well known for his time with Wilco. Lyrically “Seven” is a bit more substantial and the pace is a bit more languid but for the most part it is another guitar feast. Clearly Retribution Gospel Choir are exercising some demons, whether they are trying to clear the slate to start fresh or they are just expanding into new territory remains to be seen. Either way “3” feels like a cleansing rebirth for Retribution Gospel Choir.

Tony Carey- Explorer & Yellow Power reissues (Medical Records)
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http://medical-records.org/index.html

<a href=”http://medicalrecords.bandcamp.com/album/explorer-and-yellow-power-mr-016” data-mce-href=”http://medicalrecords.bandcamp.com/album/explorer-and-yellow-power-mr-016”>Explorer And Yellow Power (MR-016) by Tony Carey</a>

Tony Carey has had quite the illustrious career as a keyboardist from 75-77 for the British hard rockers Rainbow featuring Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio. Carey is not British he is a California native and met the Rainbow fellas in a studio where Blackmore asked him to audition and got the job and eventually a few years down the road after disagreements with Blackmore he parted ways to go solo. Carey had a hand full of hits in the early 80’s and found some success with starting the prog style Planet P. Now for me these are all groups I have avoided like the plague all of my life and have been completely clueless to the existence of Tony Carey. This is where Medical Records comes in and finds jewels hidden with the mundane. Somehow Carey managed to put together a few albums in the early 80’s that veer away from conventional rock or from any label politicking. From the sounds of the interview with Carey in the liner notes he was just screwing around learning his way around the studio and these records are just a blip on his radar that really hold no significant meaning to him, he is glad people like them and that’s about as far is it goes for him. Basically “Explorer” and “Yellow Power” from 1982 are mostly an anomaly in a fairly straightforward career. Medical Records has chosen to package them together as “Explorer” is said to be basically demos for “Yellow Power.” That being said the albums stand magnificently on their own “Explorer” being a raw stripped back instrumental album while “Yellow Power” is a very full sounding produced record. Every kind of genre tag has been dropped on these records from proto-techno to Italo disco and back again but I just prefer the genre of damn good. If you like Kraftwerk or Yellow Magic Orchestra but have never gone beyond that Tony Carey will take you on some next level type trips and if you never ventured past say Devo start with “Yellow Power” and make your way to the minimalism of “Explorer.” The packaging is once again incredible with a gatefold and colored wax limited to 1000 copies hand numbered. I’m equally impressed in the restraint from making “Yellow Power” on yellow wax instead it is pressed into a beautiful baby blue. One thing you can take to the bank with Medical Records is they always sell out fast as they put out only the finest of hidden gems so jump on this fast and make sure to check out Medical Records back catalog now available digitally.

http://medicalrecords.bandcamp.com/

Tony Carey- Explorer & Yellow Power reissues (Medical Records)

buy here: 

http://medical-records.org/index.html

Tony Carey has had quite the illustrious career as a keyboardist from 75-77 for the British hard rockers Rainbow featuring Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio. Carey is not British he is a California native and met the Rainbow fellas in a studio where Blackmore asked him to audition and got the job and eventually a few years down the road after disagreements with Blackmore he parted ways to go solo. Carey had a hand full of hits in the early 80’s and found some success with starting the prog style Planet P. Now for me these are all groups I have avoided like the plague all of my life and have been completely clueless to the existence of Tony Carey. This is where Medical Records comes in and finds jewels hidden with the mundane. Somehow Carey managed to put together a few albums in the early 80’s that veer away from conventional rock or from any label politicking. From the sounds of the interview with Carey in the liner notes he was just screwing around learning his way around the studio and these records are just a blip on his radar that really hold no significant meaning to him, he is glad people like them and that’s about as far is it goes for him. Basically “Explorer” and “Yellow Power” from 1982 are mostly an anomaly in a fairly straightforward career. Medical Records has chosen to package them together as “Explorer” is said to be basically demos for “Yellow Power.” That being said the albums stand magnificently on their own “Explorer” being a raw stripped back instrumental album while “Yellow Power” is a very full sounding produced record. Every kind of genre tag has been dropped on these records from proto-techno to Italo disco and back again but I just prefer the genre of damn good. If you like Kraftwerk or Yellow Magic Orchestra but have never gone beyond that Tony Carey will take you on some next level type trips and if you never ventured past say Devo start with “Yellow Power” and make your way to the minimalism of “Explorer.” The packaging is once again incredible with a gatefold and colored wax limited to 1000 copies hand numbered. I’m equally impressed in the restraint from making “Yellow Power” on yellow wax instead it is pressed into a beautiful baby blue. One thing you can take to the bank with Medical Records is they always sell out fast as they put out only the finest of hidden gems so jump on this fast and make sure to check out Medical Records back catalog now available digitally.

http://medicalrecords.bandcamp.com/

Daywand-Temporary Sanctuary (Vwyrd Wurd)
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http://vwyrdwurd.bandcamp.com/album/temporary-sanctuary
Vwyrd Wurd pronounced weird word is a very young label with Daywand’s new lp Temporary Sanctuary being only their second release. My two year old son saw this lp in a pile of records and immediately grabbed it and said Daddy put this silly monster record on. Well he made a great pick. The gurgling analog synths, plucked guitars and beats range from beautiful ambience, to strange industria, to blown out post-rock and even to a bit of waltz like polka. It sounds like a mish mash and it is but it all works effortlessly. If you like adventurous instrumental music this record is a must have and 100 of the limited 500 copy pressing are on this amazing blue vinyl.

Daywand-Temporary Sanctuary (Vwyrd Wurd)

buy it here: 

http://vwyrdwurd.bandcamp.com/album/temporary-sanctuary

Vwyrd Wurd pronounced weird word is a very young label with Daywand’s new lp Temporary Sanctuary being only their second release. My two year old son saw this lp in a pile of records and immediately grabbed it and said Daddy put this silly monster record on. Well he made a great pick. The gurgling analog synths, plucked guitars and beats range from beautiful ambience, to strange industria, to blown out post-rock and even to a bit of waltz like polka. It sounds like a mish mash and it is but it all works effortlessly. If you like adventurous instrumental music this record is a must have and 100 of the limited 500 copy pressing are on this amazing blue vinyl.

Friends of Cesar Romero (Snappy Little Numbers)
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Friends of Cesar Romero offer up 2 tracks for Snappy Little Numbers new single a limited edition of 250 copies on a cool mixed vinyl in their stock label sleeve that is very cool indeed. The A side is passable garage rock but the flip “Tammys of Tommorrow” is the track that grabbed my attention starting with a cool backmasked sound effect then tearing into a 50’s that thing you do vibe with some dirty at moments surfy guitar. This is fun loving garage style guitar pop.

Friends of Cesar Romero (Snappy Little Numbers)

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http://snappylittlenumbers.blogspot.com/

Friends of Cesar Romero offer up 2 tracks for Snappy Little Numbers new single a limited edition of 250 copies on a cool mixed vinyl in their stock label sleeve that is very cool indeed. The A side is passable garage rock but the flip “Tammys of Tommorrow” is the track that grabbed my attention starting with a cool backmasked sound effect then tearing into a 50’s that thing you do vibe with some dirty at moments surfy guitar. This is fun loving garage style guitar pop.

2 45’s by Water Wing Records
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http://waterwingrecords.com/htmls/home.html
Witch Gardens offer up 3 sparkling dreamy tracks on their 7” EP for Water Wing Records. Quirky, melodic and infectious is the best way I can describe it. Aunt Shae/Mean Collen is sweet and fun in an avant pop sort of way that is endlessly listenable. “Standard Poodle” has some sweet hand clap breaks and some silly lyrics that are absolutely great. 
Psychic Feline is covered in fuzz, the guitars are thick with it. Two guitars and a drummer in this Portland trio hammer out some noisy sans bass player rock music. The music is primitive and droning yet still grooves without a bass player.”White Walls” has some decent catchy vocals while the flip “Non Dot” is a riff heavy instrumental. These two 7”s are polar opposites in styles which I think is a great sign for a label that is still under 10 releases in their catalog. The future holds endless possibilities for Water Wing Records. Both releases are available on black vinyl and limited quantities. Check them out…

2 45’s by Water Wing Records

buy them here:

http://waterwingrecords.com/htmls/home.html

Witch Gardens offer up 3 sparkling dreamy tracks on their 7” EP for Water Wing Records. Quirky, melodic and infectious is the best way I can describe it. Aunt Shae/Mean Collen is sweet and fun in an avant pop sort of way that is endlessly listenable. “Standard Poodle” has some sweet hand clap breaks and some silly lyrics that are absolutely great. 

Psychic Feline is covered in fuzz, the guitars are thick with it. Two guitars and a drummer in this Portland trio hammer out some noisy sans bass player rock music. The music is primitive and droning yet still grooves without a bass player.”White Walls” has some decent catchy vocals while the flip “Non Dot” is a riff heavy instrumental. These two 7”s are polar opposites in styles which I think is a great sign for a label that is still under 10 releases in their catalog. The future holds endless possibilities for Water Wing Records. Both releases are available on black vinyl and limited quantities. Check them out…

Fundog Records……
http://dogdaymusic.com/fundog/
This is the best packaged 7” I have received in a long time and maybe ever. The quality is top notch the art is incredible and screen-printed and the vinyl itself is slime colored!! The music is catchy garage rock by the Cold Warps. Fun Dog Records Seem to be doing some amazing things and a lot of their stuff is selling out so become friends with these guys or something so you can snag their releases before they are gone

Fundog Records……

http://dogdaymusic.com/fundog/

This is the best packaged 7” I have received in a long time and maybe ever. The quality is top notch the art is incredible and screen-printed and the vinyl itself is slime colored!! The music is catchy garage rock by the Cold Warps. Fun Dog Records Seem to be doing some amazing things and a lot of their stuff is selling out so become friends with these guys or something so you can snag their releases before they are gone

3 by Folktale Records
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http://www.folktalerecords.com/releases2.html
Folktale Records have been kicking around awhile now releasing 7inches, cds and cdrs, cassettes, 12”s, 8”s, 10”s, lathe cuts…You get the picture right? They are a great indie label doing things DIY and hitting the road to share their music with the people probably in basements, living rooms and shitty bars and clubs. The Clark 8 Snooze 7inch ep has 4 songs of 90s pop rock alternative limited to 500 copies. The copy I have is white and blue mixed vinyl and looks incredible. The Brother Mitya and Friends 7” is more subdued lo-fi indie rock affair with horns and strings. The two tracks are very beautiful and melancholy. My copy is black vinyl but the Folktale shop says a random color version is available as well and the 7” is limited to the odd number of 329 copies. The most impressive 7” out of the bunch is the superbly packaged and sonically alluring split by Ezra Buchla and Whitman. Ezra Buchla provides a haunting drone of feedback, low-end hum while the vocals offer up an atmosphere of hushed yearning. Whitman’s side follows nicely with a slow guitar strum, some chirping cricket like background noises, and a quiet cello that rises like a whisper. Whitman’s vocals only add to the stark minimalist beauty of the track. These are 3 great releases on Folktale Records ever growing catalog that are worth checking out.

3 by Folktale Records

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http://www.folktalerecords.com/releases2.html

Folktale Records have been kicking around awhile now releasing 7inches, cds and cdrs, cassettes, 12”s, 8”s, 10”s, lathe cuts…You get the picture right? They are a great indie label doing things DIY and hitting the road to share their music with the people probably in basements, living rooms and shitty bars and clubs. The Clark 8 Snooze 7inch ep has 4 songs of 90s pop rock alternative limited to 500 copies. The copy I have is white and blue mixed vinyl and looks incredible. The Brother Mitya and Friends 7” is more subdued lo-fi indie rock affair with horns and strings. The two tracks are very beautiful and melancholy. My copy is black vinyl but the Folktale shop says a random color version is available as well and the 7” is limited to the odd number of 329 copies. The most impressive 7” out of the bunch is the superbly packaged and sonically alluring split by Ezra Buchla and Whitman. Ezra Buchla provides a haunting drone of feedback, low-end hum while the vocals offer up an atmosphere of hushed yearning. Whitman’s side follows nicely with a slow guitar strum, some chirping cricket like background noises, and a quiet cello that rises like a whisper. Whitman’s vocals only add to the stark minimalist beauty of the track. These are 3 great releases on Folktale Records ever growing catalog that are worth checking out.

Fumaca Preta 45- Music With Soul
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http://musicwithsoulrecords.com/

When the needle hit the groove on this 45 I was not prepared for the sounds contained within.  A wildly discordant organ drone introduces “Vou-me Libertar” before an incredibly funky drum beat kicks things into overdrive. The madness that ensues is hard to describe. Joel Stone lays it bare shouting like a crazed lunatic over an insanely chaotic mix of funk and psych. Drum breaks and a wild organ end things in high style.  The flip “Eu Era Um Cao” is another monster groove with thick fuzzy eastern style guitar leads more wild vocal antics and echoed feedback galore. Erkin Koray eat your heart out….This 45 is a seriously heavy trip and it’s was all incredibly written and recorded the same day. The wild abandon with which these songs ooze is intoxicating. This is a record not to be missed…

Fumaca Preta 45- Music With Soul

buy it here: 

http://musicwithsoulrecords.com/

When the needle hit the groove on this 45 I was not prepared for the sounds contained within.  A wildly discordant organ drone introduces “Vou-me Libertar” before an incredibly funky drum beat kicks things into overdrive. The madness that ensues is hard to describe. Joel Stone lays it bare shouting like a crazed lunatic over an insanely chaotic mix of funk and psych. Drum breaks and a wild organ end things in high style.  The flip “Eu Era Um Cao” is another monster groove with thick fuzzy eastern style guitar leads more wild vocal antics and echoed feedback galore. Erkin Koray eat your heart out….This 45 is a seriously heavy trip and it’s was all incredibly written and recorded the same day. The wild abandon with which these songs ooze is intoxicating. This is a record not to be missed…



New Releases from Resurrection Records & Free Sampler Link
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http://www.getresurrected.com/
Outer Minds-Behind the Mirror LP
Outer Minds are a group from the Midwest hailing from Chicago and bringing a very dark vibe to a set of excellent garage psych bangers. FUzz….A warm blanket of fuzz envelopes pop songs with catchy hooks for the guitars and vocals. Organs drone, guitars jangle and tambourines are alive and well in a very authentic psychedelic fashion. Outer Minds would be at home on the vintage Nuggets comps and fans of the Velvet Underground’s dark edginess or more modern groups like the Black Angels or Wooden Shijps would surely find this lp worth their time and money.
The Shrills-Melt Down LP
The Shrills like their labelmates Outer Minds take from the garage and psych bands of the past but with the Shrills everything is turned to eleven…Distorted vocals and amped up tempos give “Meltdown” a pure shot of adrenaline leaning the album more towards the punk rock and garage rock genres but living in an unrecognizable land of insanity. The Shrills are on the verge of coming unhinged at any moment with reverbed out screams that sound straight out of the asylum appearing at random. Feedback and hissing guitars with a mind of their own and drums smashing with wild abandon are the life blood of an album that at moments sounds like its recorded in a cave. Then for a second a straight doo-wop vibe will appear. Bizarre, brilliant, entertaining and original…Psychotic, wild and just plain fun. If Garage punk is your thing——-Get THis..
Also Check out the crazy winter sampler Free tracks from some amazing bands:
http://resurrectionrecords.bandcamp.com/album/get-resurrected-winter-2013-sampler

New Releases from Resurrection Records & Free Sampler Link

buy them here: 

http://www.getresurrected.com/

Outer Minds-Behind the Mirror LP

Outer Minds are a group from the Midwest hailing from Chicago and bringing a very dark vibe to a set of excellent garage psych bangers. FUzz….A warm blanket of fuzz envelopes pop songs with catchy hooks for the guitars and vocals. Organs drone, guitars jangle and tambourines are alive and well in a very authentic psychedelic fashion. Outer Minds would be at home on the vintage Nuggets comps and fans of the Velvet Underground’s dark edginess or more modern groups like the Black Angels or Wooden Shijps would surely find this lp worth their time and money.

The Shrills-Melt Down LP

The Shrills like their labelmates Outer Minds take from the garage and psych bands of the past but with the Shrills everything is turned to eleven…Distorted vocals and amped up tempos give “Meltdown” a pure shot of adrenaline leaning the album more towards the punk rock and garage rock genres but living in an unrecognizable land of insanity. The Shrills are on the verge of coming unhinged at any moment with reverbed out screams that sound straight out of the asylum appearing at random. Feedback and hissing guitars with a mind of their own and drums smashing with wild abandon are the life blood of an album that at moments sounds like its recorded in a cave. Then for a second a straight doo-wop vibe will appear. Bizarre, brilliant, entertaining and original…Psychotic, wild and just plain fun. If Garage punk is your thing——-Get THis..

Also Check out the crazy winter sampler Free tracks from some amazing bands:

http://resurrectionrecords.bandcamp.com/album/get-resurrected-winter-2013-sampler