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October 27, 2020, 10:27 am

 

NEGATIVE DEGREE

Band:NEGATIVE DEGREE
Album:NEGATIVE DEGREE
Label:Deranged
Format:VINYL 7"
Genre:Punk / Hardcore

"Colorado boys who say they want to sound like Formaldehyde Junkies or Government Issue and then they go and cover Discharge. Their bassist is probably the only dude to ever wear a bandana or flip up hat that you don't feel like throwing your drink at. There may or may not be some fingerless gloves going on." - Drew Ailes/Brain Tumors

 

 

IDIOT CIRCUS

Band:NEO CONS
Album:IDIOT CIRCUS
Label:Deranged
Format:VINYL 7"
Genre:Punk / Hardcore

Final release from these Bay Area bozos featuring six high energy hardcore-by-death stompers and their loudest, nastiest recording yet. If you haven’t caught em live, prepare for a sweaty mess of pig piles and manic stupidity.

 

 

WASTOIDS

Band:WASTOIDS
Album:WASTOIDS
Label:Deranged
Format:VINYL 7"
Genre:Punk / Hardcore

Bottle chucking youth-punk from Toronto, Ontario; Wastoids rip an early 80s Boston vibe with an Oi! influenced stomp. The culturally sanitized wasteland of the west end of their city breeds boredom and socially fucked mutants who puke in your venues and ruin scenes.

 

 

BIRTH RIGHTS

Band:NEIGHBORHOOD BRATS
Album:BIRTH RIGHTS
Label:Deranged
Format:VINYL 7"
Genre:Punk / Hardcore

Neighborhood Brats, lead by vocalist Jenny Angelillo (the Orphans), are a punk rock band from Los Angeles by way of San Francisco. Their debut EP, recorded after only 5 initial rehearsal sessions in 2011, became an instant classic in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the band honed their sound and became known for out of control, spastic live shows. After releasing two subsequent, well-received singles, Angelillo and guitarist George Rager relocated the band to Los Angeles in late 2012. Birth Right is their debut EP on Deranged and features 3 new ragers and a cover. NO SUN NO TAN 12” compilation coming out on Deranged in June

 

 

WILD CHILD

Band:WILD CHILD
Album:WILD CHILD
Label:Deranged
Format:VINYL 7"
Genre:Punk / Hardcore

Best demo I heard in 2011 and here we finally have their debut record. For those who heard the demo (Fashionable Idiots just released the demo on vinyl), this is more of the same chaotic hardcore. A more snarly DEEP WOUND? Excellent

 

 

THE LOST TAPES 1972-1974

Band:STEPSON
Album:THE LOST TAPES 1972-1974
Label:LION PRODUCTIONS
Format:LP
Genre:Psych/Garage Reissues

About forty years in the making, and finally the world has the second Stepson album! Utilizing tapes preserved by drummer Len Fagan then transferred to digital and mastered by bassist Bruce Hauser, this fine collection of twelve songs is as close as the world will ever get to a real second Stepson album. Some is raw, some is embryonic, but it’s all prime stuff for fans to savor, reflecting the band’s "devil may care" attitude and rock ’n’ roll lifestyle. And just in case you don’t believe that the band liked to party, consider that the exact recording dates (and even some locations) have long been forgotten. To borrow an old adage: If you can remember Stepson, you weren’t there. Kicking off with a crunching riff by guitarist Joey Newman, ‘Danger Zone’ is the heaviest track Stepson ever cut, replete with an ominous atmosphere reflecting the seedy side of their native Los Angeles; ‘Streets of Alameda’ (1974) is an ode to vocalist Jeff Hawks’ hometown, featuring a liquor store holdup and a stolen Lincoln used as the getaway car. ‘Flesh & Blood’ is the only track on here that got an official release, albeit by ex-Smith belter Gayle McCormick as the title track to her second solo album, released by Decca in 1972. This version showcases the riff in full glory. And if you don’t believe that this riff is strong, consider that The Tonight Show band played it for approximately two weeks in 1976, prompting Fagan to confront "author" Don Menza, who coincidentally did the Flesh & Blood album’s horn charts and was now claiming credit for the song under the title ‘Instant Heart.’ The song disappeared from late night TV show shortly thereafter. ‘Bad Situation,’ the only other 1974 track, describes the band’s predicament that year: a track that should have propelled them to the big time, but instead bounced off a brick wall like a tennis ball. The maracas and funkified quasi-Bo Diddley groove hint at Stepson’s growth and what might have been.

Another sure to sell-out limited edition vinyl release from Lion Productions & Vintage, including full size insert with detailed liner notes by Doug Sheppard, plus photos, and lyrics

 

 

SELF TITLED. LP.

Band:SHIN JOONG HYUN AND YUP JUNS
Album:SELF TITLED. LP.
Label:LION PRODUCTIONS
Format:VINYL LP
Genre:Psych/Garage Reissues

Spring of 1974 witnessed the birth of psychedelic power trio Shin Joong Hyun & Yup Juns. “In Korean, yupjun literally means a brass coin,” Shin explains. “However, during that time it was used as slang to describe a sense of unpleasantness and dislike. Since I was so unpleasant and dissatisfied [in my career], I told myself, ‘Ok, fine, I am just a yupjun,’ and named my band with a rebellious attitude.” He began by renting a room at Seoul’s Tower Hotel to serve as a creative base for the group. After six months of preparation, the group cut ten powerful songs filled with monster grooves, fuzz guitar, emotive singing, and top-notch songwriting. The album was pressed up as a broadcast-only promotional vinyl to test radio response; the response wasn’t what anyone expected, and the record label refused to release the album. The band re-recorded the album, but it is this, the original ten track version, that has become legendary—with good reason. An astounding record, and one that we are privileged to bring to the rest of the world for the first time. The 180 gram vinyl version comes in a deluxe old-style jacket, with OBI, and has a full color insert with liner notes and rare photos; the deluxe mini-LP sleeve CD version has a 20-page booklet with rare photos, and great stories about Shin Joong Hyun and his continuing place of prominence in the Korean music scene.

180 gram pressing, in a heavy old 1960’s style “tip-on” jacket, with OBI and insert, enclosed in a re-sealable mylar bag - Companion to much-heralded Light in the Attic label compilation, Shin Joong Hyun “Beautiful Rivers and Mountains”.

 

 

WE ALL TOGETHER

Band:WE ALL TOGETHER
Album:WE ALL TOGETHER
Label:LION PRODUCTIONS
Format:CD
Genre:Psych/Garage Reissues

40th anniversary edition—and for the first time, taken from a pristine master, which restores missing elements to several songs! Those of you with a more than slight acquaintance with rare psych will know that We All Together were among the best Beatlesque pop/rock bands of the early '70s. In fact, when the people of Peru first heard We All Together in 1972, they thought that the band was a foreign group, because of the high production values of their tracks. The reason for We all together’s excellence is simple: the band members had been around many years, first as New Juggler Sound, and then as Laghonia. Both of the We All Together albums were influenced by late period Beatles music: the vocal harmonies, melodic tunes and sophisticated arrangements, blending keyboards, acoustic guitars and electric guitars in a graceful manner. We All Together had an affinity for Paul McCartney's engaging melodicism more than anything, to the point of covering a couple of his obscure, early solo tunes. Yet it's the original compositions—fourteen of the eighteen tracks on this CD—that make this album special: 'It’s A Sin To Go Away' is a South American psychedelic classic, which begins with Procol Harum style organ, then hits you with thick fuzz guitar riffs, and backward and phased guitar solos; 'Hey Revolution' sounds like a White Album era outtake with Lennon-esque vocals and hard blues guitar riffs. The Peruvian scene at the beginning of the 1970's, still heavily influenced by the psychedelic experimentation of the 1960's, colored the way that the band shaped its songs, made its drawings, and developed its recording techniques. For this 40th anniversary release, we're pleased to be able to include eight bonus tracks, including acoustic demos outlining possible songs for a new album, only one of which only was ever recorded (‘Symbol queen’). This special mini-LP sleeve edition comes with a silkscreen replica promo poster, and other colorful ephemera, including photos and drawings and lyrics from the Cornejo archives. A limited, hand-numbered edition of 400 copies, meticulously remastered from the original master tape reels (unplayed since 1972). The definitive edition of an important album.

 

 

CONGREGACION VIENE

Band:CONGREGACION
Album:CONGREGACION VIENE
Label:LION PRODUCTIONS
Format:CD
Genre:Psych/Garage Reissues

Congregación was the most legendary of the many excellent bands of the early 1970’s Chilean music scene—one could easily say that for many people, this album has had the impact of a religious experience. There is good reason for that: Congregación’s music has a highly evocative sense of space, using natural sounds, native Andean instruments, and acoustic textures to foreground ecologist and mystic Antonio Smith's soaring melodies and deeply felt, philosophical lyrics. The results make this one of those perfect albums that works just as well on a Sunday morning as it does late at night. If things had worked out differently for Smith and Congregación, this album might be as well-known (and well-loved) as comparable albums— comparable masterpieces—Milton Nascimento's “Clube de Esquina,” and Joyce and Nelson Angelo's eponymous album. Unfortunately, Smith’s lyrics earned him the enmity of the Chilean military dictatorship; he was forced to flee the country and “Viene…” (IRT, 1972) proved to be the band’s only release. Still, we’re lucky to have this album, with its perfect sequence of gentle, undulating, heavily-textured arrangements supporting Smith’s plaintive, intimate and searching vocals. The result is an atmosphere of peace and enlightenment, with deep and introspective moments of great quality; incredibly beautiful. Congregación band member Carlos Vittini gave some insight into Smith's charismatic mysticism: "I still get excited about how a musician has a great place in capturing the sensibility of the people. I knew the immense creative capacity of Antonio. From the sound of a bird, he speaks, capturing in passing the chirp of a chincol (sparrow) singing in a square, where these memories were made—from this he created a song." A highly recommended album, surely one of the pinnacles of dreamy psychedelia, despite its relative obscurity and undeniable rarity. Our deluxe, mini-LP gatefold jacket edition comes with a bi-lingual 32-page booklet, which explores the story of Congregación in the context of the rich Chilean rock music scene.

Limited edition of 500 copies, packaged in a deluxe 1960’s style tip-on gatefold jacket - Bi-lingual 32-page booklet, which explores the story of Congregación in the context of the rich Chilean rock music scene.

 

 

MOVED TO STANLEYVILLE

Band:TOM CONSTANTEN
Album:MOVED TO STANLEYVILLE
Label:SIREENA
Format:CD
Genre:Psych/Folk

Tom Constanten has been astounding audiences with his musical versatility since the late 1950’s, appearing with THE GRATEFUL DEAD at such popular venues as The Fillmore Auditorium, Playboy After Dark and the original Woodstock Festival. His music has thrilled listeners worldwide on the stage as well as behind–the–scenes as composer of original works for film and Theatre productions. As Professor of Music at SUNY Buffalo and the San Francisco Art Institute (1974-1984), budding musicians who studied under his teaching drew on Constanten’s vast musical knowledge and aptitude…. time & again. He performed as Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University, and consulted for the Smithsonian Institution. A Renaissance Man-in-Black with flowing white hair, purposeful mismatched socks and avant-Garde humor, is fluent in several languages and comfortable with many cultures. Ken Foust was a founding member of IKO, a regional “Dead” band in the 1980s. Ken has since moved on to original musical projects, but the influence is there. For example, Ken helped found Hot Wax in 1989, another regionally popular blues/Jamband (see Spreadbase, 10/27/1990). Studying classical piano with TC since the early naughties, the idea of a jam band developed. That band is called “Tom Constanten & His Able-Bodied Posse”. Out of that band arose the “Moved To Stanleyville” project; a collection of original songs written by both TC and Ken w/ a few other choice selections thrown in

 

 


 
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