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May 29, 2020, 3:19 pm

 

THE UNMISTAKABLE MAN

Band:RIVER CITY EXTENSION
Album:THE UNMISTAKABLE MAN
Label:XOXO
Format:CD
Genre:Alt-Country / Americana

Music is an art form that is meant to speak to us beyond the literal. After spending years perfecting his craft, Singer/songwriter, Joseph Michelini decided to take his music to the next plane. Cutting his teeth in coffee houses in Toms River, NJ, Joseph began to introduce different elements, from acoustic bass, to banjo and cello. At that point, River City Extension was born; having the intention of writing orchestral indie rock, while introducing elements of Punk, Country, Folk, and World music. River City Extension found itself going from a 3 piece acoustic act, and developing into a full 8-piece band. The band perfected a staggering and impressive live show, filled with high energy and angst. Finding themselves without a label they went into the studio and recorded their first D.I.Y. EP, Nautical Sabbatical in 2008. The band literally put the CDs together by hand prior to each show. In late 2009 River City Extension hit the studio to record their first LP named The Unmistakable Man. The band along with Eric Sanderson of the Brooklyn based band Pela, spent the next few months working in the studio perfecting each song. The plan was to release an album that would allow the listener to experience a story from start to finish, whatever their interpretation would be. The Unmistakable Man delivers immense and precise orchestration, and is reflective of their energetic live show, this music will stand the test of time. In early 2010 the band inked a deal with XOXO Records (Home to The Gaslight Anthem, Let Me Run, This Charming Man etc...). The band’s new album has already started to get recognition, most recently appearing of the cover and featured in the East Coast Rocker. With the support of their label, friends and family, River City Extension plans to tour diligently across the US and UK. 

An EXCELLENT piece of work : For fans of Tom Waits, Wilco, Modest Mouse, Spoon,Beck and Calexico.

 

 

ICHKANNNICHTMEHR

Band:AUXES
Album:ICHKANNNICHTMEHR
Label:GUNNER RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:Punk / Hardcore

AUXES is the brainchild of Dave Laney, also known as guitarist and founding member of the bands MILEMARKER and CHALLENGER.

AUXES’ second LP, “Ichkannnichtmehr” (Gunner Records, 2010) represents a shift in approach and in the life of its principal protagonist. In mid 2009, Dave Laney made the move overseas, now residing in his newly adopted hometown of Hamburg, Germany. Musically, this has resulted in a stripped-down, aggressive punk rock sound- fitting for a city where cop cars are routinely set on fire. Drum duties on the record are split between Florian Brandel (known for his work with AIRPEOPLE and the legendary ENIAC) and Noah Leger (MILEMARKER, HEAD OF SKULLS). Other players include Pete Wagner, steady AUXES bassist since 2008, Al Burian (MILEMARKER, CHALLENGER), and Tim Remis (SWEET COBRA, CHALLENGER, MILEMARKER). The shifting line-up adds spontaneity and tension to live performances, with audiences never knowing quite what to expect, save for one certainty: that the music will kick their ass.

For March / April 2010 Auxes are planning a tour through all of western and eastern europe to support their album.

 

 

ICHKANNNICHTMEHR LP

Band:AUXES
Album:ICHKANNNICHTMEHR LP
Label:GUNNER RECORDS
Format:VINYL LP
Genre:Punk / Hardcore

AUXES is the brainchild of Dave Laney, also known as guitarist and founding member of the bands MILEMARKER and CHALLENGER. AUXES’ second LP, “Ichkannnichtmehr” (Gunner Records, 2010) represents a shift in approach and in the life of its principal protagonist. In mid 2009, Dave Laney made the move overseas, now residing in his newly adopted hometown of Hamburg, Germany. Musically, this has resulted in a stripped-down, aggressive punk rock sound- fitting for a city where cop cars are routinely set on fire. Drum duties on the record are split between Florian Brandel (known for his work with AIRPEOPLE and the legendary ENIAC) and Noah Leger (MILEMARKER, HEAD OF SKULLS). Other players include Pete Wagner, steady AUXES bassist since 2008, Al Burian (MILEMARKER, CHALLENGER), and Tim Remis (SWEET COBRA, CHALLENGER, MILEMARKER). The shifting line-up adds spontaneity and tension to live performances, with audiences never knowing quite what to expect, save for one certainty: that the music will kick their ass. For March / April 2010 Auxes are planning a tour through all of western and eastern europe to support their album.

Vinyl is limited and coloured in white with black splatter and will have a downloadcode included.

 

 

RESTLESS RUBES

Band:NINJA GUN
Album:RESTLESS RUBES
Label:GUNNER RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:Punk / Hardcore

“Unapologetically classic power-pop… 4 out of 5 stars” – Alternative Press

“Beautifully executed, roots-based rock with hooks that would make Brian Wilson jealous.” – AMP Magazine

Ninja Gun accomplishes something not many other bands are doing these days; writing catchy, melodic and well-thought out rock and roll songs. Ninja Gun’s Southern upbringing resonates throughout each song alongside a mischievous rebellious streak: the same mixture of discordant ideals that gave rise to rock and roll in the ‘40s and ‘50s. And while Ninja Gun’s music is packed with sing-along choruses, the lyrics often run deeper than the average radio-friendly hit. At times they are political, personal and often laced with cynical Southern commentary showcasing a great sense of humor that will shine through from stage, photo shoots, and late night sessions. From poignant political jabs from a self-proclaimed “rube” to songs about escaping the fate of life growing up in the only town you know. Chasing destiny to change the path of the working class routine. Keeping faith in something: be it love, hard times, family, friends or good tunes played from the heart on the front porch. “Restless Rubes” allows you to feel the plight of the Southern small town working class band. Musically they have more in common with 70’s power pop and Southern classic rock than punk rock, often turning gospelinspired melodies back on themselves with an attack from a powerful distorted riff, leaving you only to be captured later by the memory of a chorus you just can’t shake. “Restless Rubes” is pop perfection. It is clean, loud, dynamic, and truly classic! It’s a powerful pop album in its truest sense. This is a sleeper album that years from now will be passed on from friend to friend and timelessly enjoyed. Ninja Gun supported their album in Europe in march/april playing shows in the UK, Germany, Holland and Switzerland

 

 

RESTLESS RUBES LP

Band:NINJA GUN
Album:RESTLESS RUBES LP
Label:GUNNER RECORDS
Format:VINYL LP
Genre:Punk / Hardcore

“Unapologetically classic power-pop… 4 out of 5 stars” – Alternative Press

“Beautifully executed, roots-based rock with hooks that would make Brian Wilson jealous.” – AMP Magazine

LIMITED COLOURED VINYL LP!

Ninja Gun accomplishes something not many other bands are doing these days; writing catchy, melodic and well-thought out rock and roll songs. Ninja Gun’s Southern upbringing resonates throughout each song alongside a mischievous rebellious streak: the same mixture of discordant ideals that gave rise to rock and roll in the ‘40s and ‘50s. And while Ninja Gun’s music is packed with sing-along choruses, the lyrics often run deeper than the average radio-friendly hit. At times they are political, personal and often laced with cynical Southern commentary showcasing a great sense of humor that will shine through from stage, photo shoots, and late night sessions. From poignant political jabs from a self-proclaimed “rube” to songs about escaping the fate of life growing up in the only town you know. Chasing destiny to change the path of the working class routine. Keeping faith in something: be it love, hard times, family, friends or good tunes played from the heart on the front porch. “Restless Rubes” allows you to feel the plight of the Southern small town working class band. Musically they have more in common with 70’s power pop and Southern classic rock than punk rock, often turning gospelinspired melodies back on themselves with an attack from a powerful distorted riff, leaving you only to be captured later by the memory of a chorus you just can’t shake. “Restless Rubes” is pop perfection. It is clean, loud, dynamic, and truly classic! It’s a powerful pop album in its truest sense. This is a sleeper album that years from now will be passed on from friend to friend and timelessly enjoyed. Ninja Gun supported their album in Europe in march/april playing shows in the UK, Germany, Holland and Switzerland

 

 

MATADOR REMIXED

Band:ARMS AND SLEEPERS
Album:MATADOR REMIXED
Label:Expect Candy
Format:VINYL LP
Genre:Dance/Electronica

Following up on the idea of close collaboration with other musicians and artists — something that was highly emphasized on the critically acclaimed album Matador — Matador Remixed feels like a natural and obvious next step for Arms and Sleepers. The latest release features 9 remixes by other artists and friends, and 1 remix by Arms and Sleepers themselves. Uzi & Ari, Lymbyc Systym, Amanda Rogers, Boy In Static/The Consulate General, The American Dollar, Nolens Volens, Thisquietarmy, Elika and Bogadiga all contribute and help create quite a diverse album, from snippets of R&B and club music to more mellow singer/songwriter moments to hypnotic electronica and trip hop--induced tracks. By the end of 44 minutes, it's clear that Matador Remixed is fully capable of standing on its own as a complete piece of music, independent of Matador and highlighting each of the artists' exceptional compositional skills. Every single track presents a unique and tasteful approach to song craft, making for a satisfying and complete listen from beginning to end. The feeling of nostalgia that is present throughout Matador still remains, but this time seen through quite a different lens — in fact, 10 different lenses each looking into quite a different direction. Matador Remixed is Arms and Sleepers' 11th release and the band's first remix album. It's also the 4th release in 6 months, a busy time period which has seen the band touring Europe and North America, completing a few remixes of their own, and putting out 4 releases including the second full-length album Matador, a split EP with The American Dollar From The Inland Sea, Matador Alternate Versions/B-Sides EP, and the aforementioned remix album. Arms and Sleepers return to Europe for a month-long tour in May 2010 promoting this latest release.

Physically released on limited edition vinyl only - All copies include a digital download code.

 

 

THE SUNNY DAY I CAUGHT

Band:CHRIS LEO`S VAGUE ANGELS
Album:THE SUNNY DAY I CAUGHT
Label:Expect Candy
Format:CD
Genre:Alt Rock

Chris Leo needs no introduction; his involvement with The Lapse and The Van Pelt was only the beginning of his varied and colourful musical journey. With these two bands, Chris found underground success and had begun to lay the foundations, note by note, of what was to come. The Van Pelt was somewhat of an indie rock powerhouse, with Chris joined by Brian Maryansky (who later joined Jets to Brazil) and Toko Yasuda (of Enon and ex-Blonde Redhead). The band released the albums Stealing From Our Favourite Thieves and The Sultans of Sentiment on Gern Blandsten, however they shortly disbanded in 1997. Chris and Toko then formed The Lapse and soon released debut album Betrayal!, again, on Gern Blandsten and second album Heaven Ain’t Happening on Southern Records. After Toko left the band to join Enon in late 1999, Chris continued on his own for a while and eventually signed to Matador in 2000. Chris’ latest musical project, Vague Angels, finally sees Manhattan’s own wordy, wandering minstrel release the much-anticipated The Sunny Day I Caught Tintarella di Luna for a Picnic at the Cemetery on Expect Candy. The album conjures-up the finest elements of Leo’s writing style – from the dissonant riff-based rock of The Lapse to the entrancing melodies of The Van Pelt. However, songs like “The Moon, The Metaphor” hark back to a sound more akin to The Velvet Underground. This album is Chris Leo’s finest accomplishment to date and the sound of a musician / writer with integrity and intelligence as well as heart and soul.

 

 

FEAR POWER GOD.

Band:VARIOUS ARTISTS
Album:FEAR POWER GOD.
Label:BLACKHOUSE
Format:CD
Genre:SPOKEN WORD

Legendary spoken word compilation reaches CD for the first time.

Artists include HENRY ROLLINS,LYDIA LUNCH,JELLO BIAFRA,ALLEN GINSBERG and ANTON LA VEY. 

The Birth of Tragedy magazine, with a title lifted from the book by Nietzsche of the same name, marked a certain sort of scabrous and profane looking into the garbaged heart of our present place in space. Simultaneously and unapologetically intellectual and resolutely probing, The Birth of Tragedy’s examination of SEX, DEPRESSION, FEAR, POWER, GOD, LOVE and the almost-soon-to-be-never-released MADNESS issue formed a sui generis basis for reinterpreting the entire premise of spoken word recordings: how you said it mattered not, it was all about what you said. And pulling interviewed artists from the Fear, Power, and God issues of the Birth of Tragedy was easy, as was aligning their varied interests and approaches. Recording was full on guerilla style with everybody recording their contribution on whatever they had available. Art was generated by the inimitable and now artist of some renown Jim Blanchard and with its white vinyl [also initially released on cassette tape] on the US releases and black vinyl on the UK releases [the largely suspect Worker’s Playtime Records], most of the heavy lifting was done. Right in time to have its distribution done in by the folding of distributor [Jem, Systematic, and Rough Trade, in pretty short order] after distributor. Fitful later attempts to reissue the record, most notably by the Swiss German label Skin & Speech, turned up little and in the intervening years since its 1988 release, in addition to the deaths of several of some of the original participants, no one’s approached who was even remotely interested in resurrecting it in anywhere near to its original glory. Until now. And this Blackhouse-led initiative--a rare and limited re-issue of a rare and limited issue—marks the last and fi nal chapter in this glorious and storied enterprise. Though Allen Ginsberg, Anton LaVey from the Church of Satan, Mr. V.O. Real, and Whipping Boy have all shuffl ed off of this mortal coil, the remaining participants— LYDIA LUNCH, MATT HECKERT formerly of SURVIVAL RESEARCH LABS, CHARLES MANSON, JELLO BIAFRA and HENRY ROLLINS—are still destroying anti-culture, one project at a time. And for this I have to say to some degree we’re all a little bit better off. – Eugene S. Robinson (OXBOW, Author)

 

 

CURIOUS ELECTRIC

Band:PROCEED
Album:CURIOUS ELECTRIC
Label:PROCEED
Format:CD
Genre:Alt Rock

For Hertford quintet Proceed this magic has - to put it simply – happened. Formed in 2008, but with roots extending back to the members’ classroom days, Proceed have spent the last two years figuring things out, crafting, creating and coming of age, striving for a sound beyond the boundaries of the norm… something, indeed, to claim as theirs. The result of this musical voyage is debut mini album ‘Curious Electric’, a territorial pissing of wild ambition and monstrous competence that sees Proceed blossoming as musicians, songwriters and, most importantly, a collective - this is the sound of a band truly in charge of their art, a point only emphasised by the fact that the album was self funded, produced and recorded, the latter single-handedly by frontman Daniel Lancaster. A sophisticated, musically erudite assembly of songs that chain complex arrangements and a progressive timbre to huge and highly infectious pop sensibilities, ‘Curious Electric’ will have you hooked and intrigued, it’s vibrant musical alchemy a rare strike against the homogenised silt of Proceed’s would be peers. It’s not every day you need both your thinking cap and your sing-along spirit, but then album’s like ‘Curious Electric’ are hardly a dime a dozen. After all, we wouldn’t call it magic if they were.

Kerrang! Magazine ‘Introducing…’ piece out in Mid April.

For fans of: Minus the Bear, Circa Survive, Incubus, Coheed & Cambria, Mars Volta Et Al

 

 

LASSITUDE

Band:CLOACA
Album:LASSITUDE
Label:LONE VIGIL
Format:CD
Genre:METAL/POST ROCK

Formed in Ipswich, England late in 2005, Cloaca began as an ensemble of varied musicians inspired by doom metal and other ambient music. The first EP 'Ghost Town' was released in autumn 2008 to strong reviews from Terrorizer... Two years on and Debut album ’Lassitude’ demonstrates the bands ability to make movements out of songs. The listener is taken on a journey from bleak, cinematic soundscapes to epic, dark industrial metal. Due to the un-characterisable nature of the music, Cloaca have appealed to many different audiences, supporting acts as diverse as ’Nadja’ and ’Wolves In The Throne Room’ and on their new album ‘Lassitude’ display how they are a force to be reckoned with.

Cloaca features Chris Naughton of critically acclaimed UK Doom Metal band ATAVIST (Profound Lore Records) and the infamous English Heritage Black Metal band WINTERFYLLETH (Candlelight Records)

 

 


 
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