It's a Friday fulla something. New somethings. Loud somethings. Dark somethings.
ALL OF THESE WONDERFUL SOMETHINGS CAN BE OBTAINED IN OUR
GAG - America's Greatest Hits LP w/download (LUNGS-075)
Destined to be the most famous of all the bands. At least in their vision of the future that is. We like them. You like them. Why not? Go big or fuck off.
Trippy violence and snake charms drenched in delay and fuel this wild, ugly, mid-tempo hardcore punk vehicle. All the way across the salt. For 180 days. Crew up and get down with America’s greatest.
700 copies on black vinyl, 300 on something else, housed in a heavy duty sleeve adorned with Scott Young’s perfect artwork. Recorded by Nudity’s own Capt. Tripps in Olympia, WA.
BEHAVIOR - 375 Images of Angels LP w/download (LUNGS-074)
John Cage related this anecdote: “One evening I was walking along Hollywood Boulevard, nothing much to do. I stopped and looked in the window of a stationary shop. A mechanized pen was suspended in space in such a way that, as a mechanized roll of paper passed by it, the pen went through the motions of the same penmanship exercises I had learned as a child in the third grade. Centrally placed in the window was an advertisement explaining the mechanical reasons for the perfection of the operation of the suspended mechanical pen. I was fascinated, for everything was going wrong. The pen was tearing the paper to shreds and splattering ink all over the window and on the advertisement, which, nevertheless, remained legible.”
This little musing somehow rhymes with the spirit of BEHAVIOR’s '375 Images of Angels,' unique “musical” approach to punk. The very essence of punk is a contemptuous “fuck you” to convention anyway, or at least a troubled groping for new avenues of self creation. There is a simple beauty in deconstruction, in calculated naivety, in messes, in processes and in the plain night air of Los Angeles. '…Angels' dances like a dog shaking off a swim. '...Angels' is as deliberate as it is free. Don’t we all want this dichotomy in our lives? The drive to make our time our own and the permission to chase joy?
GAUCHO - Desplazados 7" w/download (LUNGS-072)
The darkness and hate of living in the modern day is inescapable. People will always try to control you, force their ideologies on you and bind you with their ridiculous laws. Sooner or later you will get tired and hit back. And if true passion is there, you will succeed. It is hard not to hear the passion on this record. Gaucho delivers a Colombia-via-Canada raw hardcore pogo march to the death of tyrants far and wide. Members of S.H.I.T. give us a 5 song window into the struggle for a higher quality of life and we thank them for that.
and last but not least
WILKINSON/KORTLAND - One Scythe Fits All OST 7" w/download (LUNGS-073)
The highest fidelity lo-fi synth driven soundtrack written and recorded by PIG HEART TRANSPLANT partners in crime, Greg Wilkinson and Jon Kortland. To say it's heavy and creepy is a no brainer. Are there slight moments of comic relief? Of course, it's a horror movie, duh. In true 80's slasher style there a small bits of dialogue between scintillating score tracks. Imagine listening to a mashup of Black Devil Doll From Hell (Chester N. Turner) and The Fog (John Carpenter) and you start to get an idea of the sounds happening here. Would you swim in a a pool where a dead body was found? We would, and we would listen to this while we were doing it.
300 copies on red and black splatter vinyl housed in a beautiful full color pocket sleeve with merch insert. Art: Amy Browne. Photos: Karoline Collins. Directed: Dionne Stevens & Maya Messoriano.
Friday, January 22, 2016
F. March 18th................Seattle (@ Office Space) w/ Casual Hex, Nail Polish, Smiling
S. March 19th................Vancouver BC
Sn. March 20th..............Olympia w/ Gag, Naomi Punk
M. March 21st................Reno (@ Holland)
T. March 22nd ...............San Jose w/ Wild Moth
W. March 23rd...............Oakland (@ 1234 go! Records) w/ The Same, Night Shapes
Th. March 24th..............LA (E. 7th) w/ Behavior, P 22
F. March 25th................LA w/ Behavior
S. March 26th................SF w/ Wild Moth
Sn. March 27th..............Portland (@ Black Water) w/ Private Room
They will most likely have the N V N V N V LP repress with them and the new J. GALLEGO - Wash OST LP too. It's great.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
1/25 - San Francisco, CA at the Hemlock Tavern w/ Scraper and Beast
1/27 - Olympia, WA at the New Moon Cafe w/ Private Room, Nasti, and Control Test
1/28 - Seattle, WA at the Vera Project w/ Vacant Life, Nudes, Vats, and Nasti
1/29 - Portland, OR at the Know w/ Dreamdecay, Public Eye, and Numbered
1/30 - Oakland, CA at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records w/ No Babies, P22, and Baus
2/6 - Los Angeles, CA (TBA) <--- div="">
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Saturday, January 2, 2016
The punks (and lesser types) never let me down when it comes to genre busting and general freekiness. There have been so many big things this year. Thankfully, a pigeon hole is not one of them. Life moves quick and changes even quicker so you have to pick your battles more carefully than ever. I suppose you could stumble through and be fine but the quality that comes with living that way is absurd and lacking. I choose the fringe. I choose passion. Even more, I choose the records that the passionate fringe produces.
Records are crazy expensive to make and to buy now but there is something magical about having that tangible artifact from your personal journey. Records rule okay? Buy them. But buy the good ones, the real ones, not those insipid Record Store Day reissues or major label avarice platters. Besides, with streaming and downloading being so easy, we don’t have spend all our dough building a huge vinyl collection just to hear our favorite tunes on a repeat basis.
Gathering new music these days can be like listening to that mystery mixtape the weird stranger kid leaves at the record shop randomly offering his accumulated tastes on anyone willing enough to listen. Hearing MARTIN DENNY’s ‘Misirlou’ next to JAMES GANG following JANKY and PATRICK FITZGERALD is not that uncommon any more. I fucking love that. I mean, it does take some curating but still the diversity these days is invigorating to say the least.
For me, music has always been about the energy and the vibe. Here is what got me this year:
L.O.T.I.O.N. - Digital Control And Man’s Obsolescence LP (Toxic State)
CONEHEADS - 14-Year Old High School PC-Fascist Hype Lords Rip Off Devo For The Sake Of Extorting $$$ From Helpless Impressionable Midwestern Internet Peoplepunks LP (International Players Club)
MAN IS THE BASTARD - The Lost M.I.T.B. Sessions LP (Deep Six)
DAWN OF HUMANS - Slurping At The Cosmos Spine LP (Toxic State)
MINNEAPOLIS URANIUM CLUB - Human Exploration LP (Fashionable Idiots)
ABYSS - Heretical Anatomy LP (20 Buck Spin)
SLEAFORD MODS - Key Markets LP (Harbinger Sound)
WARHEAD - s/t LP (540)
PRURIENT - Frozen Niagara Falls 3xLP (Profound Lore)
DESTRUCTION UNIT - Negative Feedback Resistor LP (Sacred Bones)
SPRAY PAINT - Punters On A Barge LP (Homeless)
NO TOLERANCE - You Walk Alone LP (Painkiller)
NO FORM - s/t LP (Reagent/Muscle Horse)
JUNKIE XL - Mad Max: Fury Road OST 2xLP (Mondo)
PROTOMARTYR - The Agent Intellect LP (Hardly Art)
FRAU - Mira 7” (Frau)
PUBLIC ASSAULT - No Way Out 7” (Foreign Legion)
MYSTIC INANE - Ode To Joy 7” (Negative Jazz) & Eggs Onna Plate 7” (Lumpy)
RAKTA EM TRANSE - s/t 7” (Nada Nada/Dama Da Noite)
IVY - A Cat’s Clause, No Dog’s Problem 7” (Katorga Works)
G.L.O.S.S. - Girls Living Outside Society’s Shit 7” (Total Negativity/Nervous Nelly)
GIBBOUS - Mortal Crust 7” (Lumpy)
C.C.T.V. - C.C.T.V. 7” (Lumpy)
AJAX - Priced 7” (Beach Impediment)
CONCEALED BLADE - Demo 2015 7" (Beach Impediment)
GAS CHAMBER - Stained Hand 7” (SPHC)
ANXIETY HAMMER - What Stands Between Us 7” (Curtain Fire)
COLLIN STRANGE - Recorded Live 10/31/14 CS (Existential Nihilism)
NASTI - Ex Static CS (Perennial)
LOCK - Demo 2015 CS (Lock)
LATISHA’S SKULL DRAWING - s/t CS (Cult Maternal)
Enjoy your year, it might be your last. ❤ Jensen