Music Lovers! Summer is always a quiet time in Musicland… everyone is too busy getting out of their skull at big festivals to bother with new releases. But the mailorder elves of Southern are slaving away as hard as ever. We bring you some exciting news on new releases this month from Yob, Boris and Dead Raven Choir. But that’s not all! We’ve also been having a good, old (belated) Spring clean and we have dug up a veritable treasure chest of out-of-stock rarities, relics and some little pieces of outsider music history to put a smile on everyone’s face! Read on!
BOMBEE didn’t rise from the ashes of VOLT and FLU.ID but is a complementary outlet for Boris Kaiser (ex-VOLT-drummer and cajon & keys in Bombee) and Roeder (bass in FLU.ID & CELAN and acoustic guitar in Bombee) to lay focus. With the addition of Alexandre DeFlandre and Markus Altmann on cello, Bombee take the challenge of sparse instrumentation leading into suspense and intensity. With two albums already under their belt they now have found their path. Black Keys can be classified as effort by a band that has found what they were looking for in the creation of this record. Joined by Hannah Murray (Ex-A WHISPER IN THE NOISE- and WIVE) on two songs, Black Keys is an acoustic compendium of the highest-quality soulfulness.
DEAD WESTERN is TROY MIGHTY, from the Psych-Folk happening of the US West Coast. Suckle At The Supple Teats Of Time reaches out with the familiarity of the dark and saddened guitar-based Folk. Troy’s voice carries the deepest and most dazing timbre you can imagine – his unique sound is the instrument that makes DEAD WESTERN special. He sings and shivers, soothes like a lullaby. This is the second full-length album of the wandering troubadour from Sacramento. The carrying instrument in DEAD WESTERN is the acoustic guitar around which playful sounds like violin (played by Extra Life’s Caley Monahon-Ward), bass (Jesse Phillips), percussion (Kevin Corcoran), chord organ, kazoo and a singing saw feature comfortably on the record. These and other instruments played by Troy build a family and its members tell each song’s story in their own way. DEAD WESTERN is a subtle child, but one with the backbone of an old man. It is intuition, feel and nature that sings the songs of Troy. Dark and creepy, but longing for a brighter world, for love and space. Check out the video at the bottom of this post.
Lonely Ghosts is the alter-ego of Brighton musician Tom Denney. Since 2006 he has used this guise to explore what he considers to be ‘pop’ music, in whatever shape or form it may take. From his home studio he creates an eclectic mix of songs blending a number of different sounds and styles, including casio-pop, moody synth-scapes, shoegaze guitar drones, woozy harmonies, post-punk, electronica/hip hop drum beats and emotive vocals. Return From the Search Party is Lonely Ghosts’ first full-length album. Written in tandem with Don’t Get Lost Or Hurt, the album expands on the style of its predecessor showing the many disparate sides of the experimental Lonely Ghosts sound. Throughout the record lo-fi indie-pop rubs shoulders against multiple layers of textured sound, be it harsh guitar noises and synths such as on album opener ‘Love Projection’, or lush sweeping strings and clarinets as on the recent limited edition single ‘Ghosts of Mice’. Recorded largely from his home studio, Denney utilises songs like an audio note pad, laying down musical ideas and experiments freely and coupling them with open and emotive vocals. The end result is a rich album that makes leaps stylistically from song to song but is always held together by a strong pop backbone.
COLD PUMAS specialise in pounding, motorik repetition that grabs the groove for dear life. This new 7” on Upset The Rhythm finds Cold Pumas at the zenith of their dance orientated weird-outs. Beat Mystery is an epic growing repeato-jam, echoing guitar driven along to euphoric heights with a propulsive energy. The drums hit hard into a kraut vault, shimmering away into cymbals just at the right breathing moments before the guitars pull you onwards. Towards the climax of the song Cold Pumas unleash some haunted vocal blurring before the song finally shudders into a grave. Party Drip is equally as restless and relentless in it’s kinetic punch but certainly channels a more heavy club-based ecstasy. Tumbling drums punctuate the sweet clang and lilt of the guitar work, allowing the track to slip inside a (slightly) more conventional song form occasionally without losing it’s four-to-the-floor spirit. Both tracks truly testify to Cold Pumas being one of the most exciting bands of the new UK underground, we’re excited to hear where they go next as anything seems possible or probable even.
The most rawly powerful and hallucinatory album yet by multi-million selling Baptist Satanist Toy Boys and Toy Girls CURRENT 93.
The front cover features a new painting by David Tibet entitled “She is Naked as the Water, at the Door”. CURRENT 93 ON DECEMBER, 1971: Eliot Bates, James Blackshaw, John Contreras, Baby Dee, Andrew Liles, Melon Liles, Alex Neilson, Bea Taylor, Isabel Taylor and David Tibet. Full colour digipak with booklet including all the lyrics and photos of the banned band. Thanks for glistening. We hallucinate on, and then we’re gone. GodisLove, ANOK PE DAVID TIBET
Like most of the early harDCore bands, Scream had been extremely influenced by the Bad Brains, but they seemed to be more advanced musicians and had more of a rock and roll sensibility than the other bands in the punk scene. Scream toured more than any Dischord band other than Fugazi and was one of the first American punk bands to establish the DIY tour routes through Europe that are still used today. This Side Up, Scream’s second full-length, was recorded during two recording sessions in 1984. The first session was produced by Dr. Know (Bad Brains) and Joey Pea. The second session was produced by Ian MacKaye and features the debut of Robert “Harley” Davidson on second guitar. The album was originally released on LP in 1985 as a split venture between Dischord Records and the Rough Trade imprint, Sixth International Records. This Side Up, grouped with Still Screaming, has remained available on CD through the years, but the vinyl fell out of print long ago. This re-issued vinyl edition is being made available on coloured vinyl, features a new silver album cover with updated graphics, and comes with a free MP3 download coupon.
In the vein of His Hero is Gone, Tragedy and From Ashes Rise, but with a very distinct and brutal edge, Masakari fuses their apocalyptic crust with the raging power of Discharge/Disfear D-beat and the hard-edged Japanese punk stylings of G.I.S.M., with a smattering of blast-beat driven grindcore to drive it all home. After the huge underground buzz of their debut 7 inch, the band was ready to take their cataclysmic protest punk to a whole different level. It is an epic record that takes your breath away with its very scope; not an easy undertaking for an album that is only 10 songs and less than 30 minutes long. Engineered by Bill Korecky (Incantation, Keelhaul, Integrity) and recorded at Mars Studio in Cleveland.
Masakari is the latest in a string of Southern Lord signings that are highlighting some of the best bands in the future of hardcore, including Black Breath and The Secret.
All hail the Mount Rushmore of heavy rock. Shrinebuilder is the meeting of musical monoliths, the Justice League of underground heaviness: Scott ‘Wino’ Weinrich of Saint Vitus, The Obsessed, Spirit Caravan and The Hidden Hand on guitar; Al Cisneros of Om and Sleep on bass; Dale Crover of the Melvins and Altamont on drums; Scott Kelly of Neurosis on guitar. And all of them on vocals. The vinyl is a repressing on double black vinyl and comes in a gatefold sleeve with black flood inside. Three sides of music, snake etching on Side 4. The vinyl comes with a download card and was cut at 45rpm for MAXIMUM LOUDNESS.
Red Sparowes – Every Red Heart Shines Toward The Red Sun
Red Sparowes is comprised of Bryant Clifford Meyer on guitar/vocals (Isis), Jeff Caxide on bass/guitar (Isis), Josh Graham on guitar/vocals (Neurosis visuals and acclaimed video director), Greg Burns on bass and pedal steel (also of Temporary Residence dark chamber folk sextet Halifax Pier) and Dave Clifford on drums (formerly of VSS, Pleasure Forever). The sum total of its sound, however, stems more so from esoteric melodic guitar-surrealists of the mid-80’s Blast First and Too Pure hive than the fierce realism of the aforementioned cabal of heavy-psych rock. Every Red Heart Shines Toward The Red Sun is now back in stock on Red/Green vinyl and has gorgeous five color artwork with O-card packaging designed by Josh Graham.
No Means No – The Day Everything Became Isolated And Destroyed
Re-issue of the ambitious 1987 album on purple vinyl. This was the bands first exclusive with Alternative Tentacles.
Small Parts Isolated And Destroyed was No Means No’s third full-length first released in 1988 compiled together with the EP The Day Everything Became Nothing, aptly titled The Day Everything Became Isolated And Destroyed. These recordings show NMN at the height of their creativity and their early obsession with social order in its many strands. The band’s trademark genre-defiance is in full effect, with blistering punk/hardcore tracks like “Dead Souls” and “Teresa Give Me That Knife” to the long, noisy jazzcore of “Small Parts Isolated And Destroyed” and the amazing “Brother Rat/What Slayde Says”, the latter functioning almost like a spoken word piece.
And we’ll leave you with this lovely video from Dead Western, for the track “Not Really Here At All”, from the album we mentioned above!
Oh! Glorious! Music! Lovers! Gather round, snuggle up close, hold hands and rejoice! Rejoice! We are hear to spread the good gospel of outsider music to you. This is the bona fide, authentic, gen-u-ine, 100% real McCoy. The good stuff. And this is just what’s been filling up our shelves in May! Ahhh, the wonderment of it all, eh? Read on, brothers & sisters, read on…
Alexander Tucker And Decomposed Orchestra – Grey Onion
Three songs, Twenty-five minutes. Adding additional instrumentation to his alchemical layers of hypnotic strings and voice has helped the already unique Tucker sound move into new directions, as brooding saxophone snakes menacingly through the riff-heavy atmosphere, and the teasing strains of the clarinet amp the spook factor up to maximum.
We have a limited number available on green vinyl. Please state in the order notes which colour you prefer, default shipping is black.
Starring super-notorious muscle-bound punk/metal dudes Glenn Danzig and Henry Rollins (with a little help from super-notorious soft-rock dudes Hall and Oates) Henry & Glenn Forever is a love story to end all love stories! The premise of this Cantankerous Titles-released comic is explained at the front of the zine: “Henry and Glenn are very good ‘friends.’ They are also ‘room mates.’ Daryl and John live next door. They are satanists.” What follows is ultra-metal violence and cryfest diary entries, cringing self-doubt and mega-hilarious emo-meltdowns. Who knew Danzig was such a vulnerable, self-conscious sweety-pie? Who knew Rollins was such a caring spouse? Who knew Hall and Oates were so infernally evil—yet so considerate? Well, illustrating/writing team Igloo Tornado (featuring super-awesome comixdude Tom Neely) did and they kicked down 64 fully-illustrated pages with it. Genius on all fronts. Terrifyingly cute. Cutely terrifying. As the real-life Rollins says, quoted on the back cover, “Has Glenn seen this? Trust me, he would not be impressed.”
Melvins return with the third release featuring Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover and Big Business’ Coady Willis and Jared Warren after recently celebrating their twenty-fifth anniversary. Never ones to follow suit or to become predictable, with their brand new album, The Bride Screamed Murder they keep things interesting and rather than put out an album of wall to wall rock bangers they have changed their tune again and opted for a tight mix of highly entertaining call and response jams and more progressive experimental songs. This is one refreshing album, enjoy.
Mike Patton (Faith No More, Peeping Tom, Tomahawk) unveils Mondo Cane, his Italian language rock-meets- orchestra hybrid. Recorded at a series of European performances including an outdoor concert in a Northern Italian piazza, this album features traditional Italian pop songs as well as a rendition of Ennio Morricone’s “Deep Down.” Patton worked with a 30-piece orchestra and choir to create the uniquely new Mondo Cane sound.
Patton’s body of work continues to evolve and grow with a wide range of bands and solo projects including Mr. Bungle, Faith No More, Fantomas, Tomahawk, Peeping Tom and most recently as a film composer and voice actor.
Title Tracks is John David (Georgie James, Q and Not U). Every Little Bit Hurts was recorded in 2008 and is now released through Dischord on limited edition 7 inch. Only 100 copies available for Europe.
On the Title Tracks debut single, Every Little Bit Hurts, John displays an almost scientific approach to song-writing. Bits and pieces and diverse influences culled from such wells as; a holy-grail-stocked record collection; a moonlighting gig as a radio disc jockey; and more than a decade of touring and recording in the US, Europe and beyond, have all served to hone John’s musical vocabulary into a powerful and engaging instrument.
Andalusians is Basla Andolsun (Beauty Pill, Del Cielo). This limited edition 7 inch also comes with a free download card to access an additional 3 tracks from the same recording session. Only 100 copies available for Europe.
Basla is supported live and in the studio by a line-up of regular collaborators including Kristin Forbes and Sammy Ponzar, as well as occasional appearances by David Brown, Chris Farrall (Hoover, The Sorts), Clark Sabine (Statehood) and Chad Molter (Medications, Faraquet).
The Aquarium is a duo featuring Jason Hutto (Edie Sedgwick, Motor Cycle Wars) on keyboards and vocals and Laura Harris (Benjy Ferree) on drums. Jason’s layering of overdriven electric piano and keyboards creates surprising depth and ample texture for Laura’s rollicking back-beats.
The Aquarium only plays a handful of shows each year yet have attracted a dedicated following with their hypnotizing instrumentals and frantic vocal compositions.
This limited edition 7 inch is the first release since their 2006 full-length on Dischord. Mixed by Brendan Canty (Fugazi) and produced by Benjy Ferree. Only 100 copies available to Europe.
Land of Kush’s Egyptian Light Orchestra – Monogamy
Monogamy is the second release from Sam Shalabi’s Land of Kush project and the follow up to Against The Day. Over 21 musicians contribute to the record, many the same Montreal-based improv, experimental players who performed on Against The Day. Released on CD and deluxe 180g double vinyl.
For the Monogamy album, the group has been given it’s own sub-moniker as The Egyptian Light Orchestra. The band is a truly hydra-headed beast on this recording; string, brass and woodwinds careen around the drone/backbeat of the major movements, shifting between short melodic punctuations, free excursions, and consolidated unison lines. Dissonant piano, synth and electronics bubble below, above and at the outer limits of the mix.
The Hawkwind Triad album is a fitting tribute to the British band that somehow seems to be simultaneously unheard by the majority of the world’s rock listeners, while also standing as one of the most influential psychedelic bands of all time.
The Triad is unique; it is an album of covers by three separate artists that essentially flows like an album. Each band – HARVESTMAN (Steve Von Till of NEUROSIS), MINSK, and U.S. CHRISTMAS – has approached these 11 iconic songs with respect, but each have also recognised the need for the songs to be reinterpreted in a new space and time. The result is a full-length psychedelic feast that not only captures the feel of Hawkwind’s individual songs, but also has the feel of their classic albums. Even the artwork by Boston artist Thomas Saraceno appropriately provides trippy surrealist scenes fitting to many albums from the 70’s.
The Invisible Mountain is Horseback’s second full-length album. Released by Aurora Borealis on limited 180g transparent vinyl as an edition of just 300 with a fold over velum-style sleeve featuring artwork by Russian occult artist Denis Kostromitin, this is a beautiful edition of an incredible record.
HORSEBACK, the brainchild of Jenks Miller, has released two full-length albums since forming in 2007.
The Invisible Mountain spans four tracks of gorgeously warm analogue drone rock that brings to mind the Kraut drift of Amon Duul II and the modern Western cinemascope of Earth while pushing headlong into territories unknown. Miller commented: “Horseback is an ever-evolving project which will explore a variety of sounds and approaches in its lifetime.”
CONAN are a Caveman Battle Doom trio from the grim North of England. They summon the heavy riff from the ungodly land and crush the skull of the unbeliever with their low end doom assault. Waves of sludge and galloping crust passages overwhelm the unwary.
Horseback Battle Hammer is comprised of four long and crushing tracks recorded in mid November 2009 at Wales’ mighty Foel Studio (Hawkwind, Electric Wizard, Blue Cheer, Godflesh, Amon Duul). The sound is monolithic, and clearly the band made the very best use of this legendary studio to get remarkable results from their custom made gear for a truly crushing debut release. With artwork by Tony Roberts (Electric Wizard, Unearthly Trance, Cathedral), Conan have set in stone the majesty of their arrival.
This is the fourth full length album from Montreal duo Menace Ruine. Released in a CD digipack with fold out poster insert. The double 180g LP will be limited to only 500 worldwide.
Entitled Union of Irreconcilables, the album builds on their previous great work, the alchemical collision of black metal, walls of noise, mysticism, martial rhythms, and a medieval affinity for melody leaving the listener with a sense of unforgettable originality.
Begun in 2006, Menace Ruine have always followed their own path, combining unusual elements and vocal styles in an effort to capture their unique musical vision.
Twilight is a metal supergroup of grimm proportions: N. Imperial (Krieg, N.I.L.) – Vocals, Blake Judd (Nachtmystium) – Lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals, Wrest (Leviathan) – Drums, bass, lead & rhythm guitars Stavros Giannopolous (Atlas Moth) – Lead & rhythm guitars, Sanford Parker (Minsk, Buried At Sea) – Mini Moog, FX, Aaron Turner (Isis) – Guitars, Effects and Vocals. Robert Lowe (Lichens, Om) makes a guest appearance on 3 tracks. This is the band’s second full-length recording and the follow up to 2005’s self-titled debut. Monument To Time End was written collaboratively between all six members of the current line up.
Unlike their self-titled debut, the music on Monument To Time End was written collaboratively between the six members of Twilight.
We have a VERY limited number of clear vinyl copies of this album!
Heavy Breathing is the brutal and infectious debut full-length from Seattle’s Black Breath. Following on the band’s incredible incendiary EP Razor To Oblivion, they travelled to Kurt Ballou’s (Converge, Trap Them, Disfear) God City Studios, to lay down ten brand new tracks. Taking influence from Swedish black metal while still drawing on the raw punk and hardcore sounds, this debut is one of the most anticipated albums on the underground in years. Formed in the winter of 2005, Black Breath made the move from their native Bellingham to stake a claim as Seattle’s heaviest hardcore band. They made the rounds playing tons of shows, four DIY tours up and down the West Coast and the Midwest, and getting onboard gigs with bands as varied as The Accused, Book of Black Earth, Zeke, Nachtmystium and many more.
This is a vinyl-only release special for Southern Lord. All four tracks will only be available on this release.
We are beyond excitement to announce that Trap Them will be releasing new, exclusive material through Southern Lord.
The four tracks are utterly brutal and murderous. The vinyl is a one sided 12 inch with an etching by Justin Bartlett on the flip side. Engineered by Kurt Ballou at God City Studio.
Re-issue of Goatsnake’s long out of print sophomore album. Originally released on the now defunct Man’s Ruin Records in 2000. Band members included Pete Stahl (Scream, Wool, Earthlings, Desert Sessions), Greg Anderson (Sunn O))), Thorr’s Hammer, Burning Witch, Ascend), Guy Pinhas (Beaver, Obsessed) and Greg Rogers.
The album was recorded in two weeks at Grand Master Studios in Hollywood. It was engineered and mixed by Nick Raskulinecz (Danzig, Foo Fighters, Probot, Alice In Chains). The song writing and performance of the band showed an improved and elevated level. Pete Stahl’s vocals were especially more intense and melodic than on previous recordings.
Lux is the debut studio full length from this Chicago quartet after two singles and a limited live album, all self-released by the band.Drawing on a combined reverence for reverb, heavy tremolo, distortion, delay and repetition, Disappears play minimal rock music inspired by krautrock, punk rock, the mid 80’s New Zealand scene, and a bit of everything in between. And in their minimalist approach the band finds their real strength, hammering home chord structures that are tried and true and can and do remain fresh in the hands of the right talents such as these. As a wise man once said, “keep it simple stupid”.
Six tracks, 49 minutes. Remixes of material from The 2-Sided EP and Sidelong. Remixes by Sasha Frere-Jones, Tortoise’s John McEntire, Change of Heart’s Ian Blurton and Canadian tape-maestros David Dacks and Nick Holmes.
Second album from Little Annie aka Annie Anxiety aka Annie Bandez and her piano muse and composer Paul Wallfisch is comprised of of songs which shove a dagger through your heart while tickling your funny bone. Gorgeous digi-wallet with 12 page lyric booklet.
Re-issue of Glenn Branca’s 1981 album The Ascension on 180gm white vinyl in gatefold sleeve.Glenn Branca’s The Ascension was one of those rare records that managed to change things. Maybe not right away, but as time has passed, its importance and influence has become more and more clear. Branca’s idea was to marry the repetition and process of minimalism with the energy and aesthetic of rock music.
Fourth album from Pelican and the first time that vocals have ever been used on a Pelican track. Guest appearances from Greg Anderson (Sunn O)))), Aaron Turner (Isis), Allen Epley (Shiner, Life and Times), and Ben Verellen (Helms Alee). This is the 180g double vinyl pressing, in a gatefold sleeve, including three bonus tracks not available on the CD version.
Re-issue of the long out-of-print For Your Own Sweetheart, originally released on Atlantic Records. Includes 3 additional tracks taken from Savory + 3 EP. Considered by fans and critics alike to be Jawbox at their peak. The LP version comes complete with a free digital download version of the album.
Chrome Hoof’s Crush Depth CDs have been delivered and they are a thing of true beauty – a gorgeous mirror-effect gatefold sleeve with a printed inner wallet. As fascinating and exciting as the music inside.