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June 3, 2020, 6:54 pm

 

COBOL

Band:PAOLO APOLLO NEGRI
Album:COBOL
Label:BURNSIDE
Format:CD
Genre:Drone/Ambient

Echoes of Tangerine Dream, Lalo Schifrin, Deep Purple, John Barry, Jean-Michel Jarre, Italian Cinema, Gene Krupa, 70’s Library Music, Herbie Hancock are but a few of the memories “COBOL” will evoke…but it’s much more than that.

"20 years ago I cut brilliant code in a tiny office cubical to the sounds of ZTT Records, Yello, and The James Taylor Quartet, so when Apollo suggested fusing his funk-soul-jazz-rock style with early 80s electronic new wave and the inspired elegance and beauty of the preeminent computer language how could I say anything but “Yes!”?

“COBOL” is the final part of an epic trilogy that begins with the youth’s ambition of “A Bigger Tomorrow” (2007), expands with the master’s control of “The Great Anything” (2010), and evolves into the artist’s unfiltered vision: a perfectly synthesized elixir of Lost Continent meets Dirty Harry meets Futureworld.

 

 

+46 17` 36.30

Band:JOHN HAUGHM (AGALLOCH)
Album:+46 17` 36.30
Label:ANTHEM
Format:CD
Genre:Drone/Ambient

First solo project of John Haughm of Agalloch. Lush melodic, and beautifully improvised guitar experiments that are sonically and spiritually aligned with originators of such ambiance such as Manuel Gottsching, Tangerine Dream, or Popol Vuh, and contemporary practitioners such as Burning Star Core, Oneohtrix Point Never, or Emeralds.

Single sided, hand stamped and numbered white vinyl 7", limited to 500 copies worldwide.

 

 

NOW

Band:KIM JUNG MI
Album:NOW
Label:LION PRODUCTIONS
Format:CD
Genre:Psych/Garage Reissues

At the dawn of the 1970’s, South Korea’s rock music scene was at its zenith. Much of the reason for this was the god-like musical touch of guitar wizard, songwriter, producer, and arranger Shin Joong Hyun. For this album, he took a young girl named Kim Jung Mi, and transformed her from a wallflower student into a folk-psych chanteuse in record time (if Francoise Hardy is the Marianne Faithful of France, then Kim Jung Mi is, I suppose, the Francoise Hardy of Korea). The ten songs on Now were written and recorded during 1973 with a firm mandate to create a truly psychedelic sound experience. On each number, Shin Joong Hyun and his backing group laid down pure emotion on tape. Mr. Shin’s fuzz guitar weaves in and out of the tracks, interlaced with his own poetic musings on nature (spring, sun, flowers, rain, and wind), all else in the world apart from Kim Jung Mi’s soothing voice and insistent bass that crouches and creeps, depending on its mood, displaced. This raw feeling, combined with Kim Jung Mi’s seductive, expressive vocals and empathetic string orchestration, resulted in an album that is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Mr. Shin’s ethereal cover photo—the blue graininess of the sky dripping into fading clouds, with Kim Jung Mi surrounded on her sky-high isolated mountaintop by flowers—is the perfect image to represent what is, without a doubt, one of the best psychedelic albums ever created. Our version of this quintessence of psychedelia features Korean/English lyric translations, rare photos, re-mastered audio, and comprehensive liner notes by Kevin “Sipreano” Howes and Shin Joong Hyun expert Jae-Myeong Ro (director of the Korean Classical Music Record Museum, and author of the book Shin Joong Hyun and Beautiful Country.

The deluxe mini-LP sleeve CD version has a 20-page booklet with rare photos, and great stories about Shin Joong Hyun and Kim Jung Mi’s continuing place of prominence in the Korean music scene.

 

 

REFUGE.

Band:HEAVEN AND EARTH
Album:REFUGE.
Label:LION PRODUCTIONS
Format:CD
Genre:Psych/Garage Reissues

This reissue has been a long time coming, in no small part because we wanted it to be perfect. We’re happy to finally be able to announce the re-release of this psychedelic folk/funk beauty from 1973, featuring the gorgeous voices of Pat Gefell and Jo D. Andrews (and produced by Space Age percussionist/composer Dick Schory for his short-lived but influential Ovation Records imprint). At one time this was an album completely unknown outside of Chicago, where the label was based; but these days, word gets around, and tracks like 'Feel The Spirit' and 'Jenny' have been making the rounds on the DJ circuit. No matter what your musical taste is—psych-folk, funk, soft rock—this LP seems to have something special to offer. This is due in part to notable backing from veterans like bassist Phil Upchurch (Curtis Mayfield, Otis Rush, Stan Getz, Groove Holmes, and Cannonball Adderly), and space age pop maven Bobby Christian on drums and percussion. But primarily, the perfection that this album emanates is due to the clear voices and intelligent songs crafted by Gefell and Andrews. Our Lion Productions deluxe gatefold mini-LP sleeve CD version has two booklets—one packed with rare photos from the Ovation Records archives; the other with musings by both members of the group on their time spent as Heaven & Earth. Better yet, the CD version has fifteen bonus tracks, including both sides of the duo’s two singles, as well as alternate takes and some never before released songs plucked from the vaults. Now here’s the sad news: the CD version is limited to 1,000 copies. Order now!

 

 

CAN YOU MEND A SILVER THREAD

Band:SANDSTONE
Album:CAN YOU MEND A SILVER THREAD
Label:LION PRODUCTIONS
Format:CD
Genre:Psych/Garage Reissues

There is nothing ordinary about Sandstone. This private press folk/psych album (1971) is so head and shoulders above almost every other album in the genre, it's hard to believe it's not better known. The instrumentation and compositional style are reminiscent of heavy English folk hitters like Mellow Candle, Pentangle, and Heron. The Sandstone album was not a major label production like those records. But the local studio at which it was recorded must have been quite high end, because the production quality is astounding. Nearly everyone involved in these recordings was younger than eighteen, but there’s very little evidence of that: the music is well constructed, and no aspect of it is without sophistication well beyond the years of its creators. The three teens behind this music (David Sheirer, Laurie Braunstein, and Mario Grella) molded a seamless compound of British trad-folk with themes of American antiquity, from pilgrims’ progress to Civil War tragedies to the tainting of their unspoiled valley. Poetic lyrics, haunting female vocals, and judicious use of string sections, all serve Sandstone’s entirely original compositions: the result is a dreamy, wistful mood that calls to you across the decades. After weeks of recording, overdubs, and mixing, the album was sent off to be manufactured. Sadly, the band only had cash enough for around 300 copies. Other than a few college radio spins for “Flute Player”, barely anyone heard Can You Mend A Silver Thread? outside of their inner circle. A monumental accomplishment nonetheless! From the cover to the instrumentation to the deeply strange and lovely lyrics, maybe the truest folk/psych music that these shores ever produced.

Our Lion Productions edition (courtesy of Numero Group) includes two bonus tracks, out-takes from the album sessions. Booklet has the band’s story and lyrics and is printed on FSC recycled, chlorine-free, 100% postconsumer fiber paper, manufactured using biogas energy.

 

 

SUPERMOTHAFUZZALICIOUS

Band:BLACK RAINBOWS
Album:SUPERMOTHAFUZZALICIOUS
Label:Subsound Records
Format:CD
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Formed in 2005 Black Rainbows are an heavy psych, stoner, rock n’roll power trio. Founded by Gabriele Fiori (guitar & vocals) after few months Daniele Conti (drums) and Marco De Masi (bass) joined the band. During this years they evolve their sound, their live shows, their discography. Their sound is a mix of 70’s like MC5, Blue Cheer, Hawkwind, Black Sabbath and hard psych‐stoner from 90’s as Kyuss, Monster Magnet, Fu-manchu, Qotsa and Nebula.

RIYL Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Monster Magnet, Fu Manchu, Blue Cheer, MC 5, Stooges, Black Sabbath... BR are one of the greatest European Heavy Psych bands of all time!

 

 

FUCK THE CONSENT

Band:REJECTED YOUTH
Album:FUCK THE CONSENT
Label:CONCRETE JUNGLE
Format:CD
Genre:Punk / Hardcore

Four years after their last LP „Public Disorder“ REJECTED YOUTH finally made their fourth LP „Fuck The Consent“. Founded in 1998 REJECTED YOUTH from Nuremberg / Germany RY have become one of the most established punk institutions over the years. After 3 LPs, one Live DVD, several singles and one mini album the four guys proved at numerous = festivals, tours and shows through Europe and the US that political punk rock is more important than ever. Although they stick to their musical genre and roots they remain open minded regarding new influences and styles. Their new album is partly a bit more rocking but also contains this typical melodic streetpunk, ‘77 punk and some piano parts. Regarding their lyrics the Rejects keep on dealing with lots of critical issues. Among scene-relevant issues like „Gray Zone“, Nazi murders or Anti-Antifa they also address other topics like gentrification, corporate social responsibility or selfexploitation, just to name a few. „Fuck The Consent“ is a consequent development and proves in an impressive manner that hymn-like, political punk rock is timelessly modern and therefore certifies REJECTED YOUTH to be one of the most important bands in this genre!

For Fans Of Rancid, Transplants, Left Alone /  First 1000 CDs incl. neon sticker w/ O-Card packaging /  Featuring Mark Civitarese from The Unseen.

 

 

FUCK THE CONSENT LP

Band:REJECTED YOUTH
Album:FUCK THE CONSENT LP
Label:CONCRETE JUNGLE
Format:VINYL LP
Genre:Punk / Hardcore

Four years after their last LP „Public Disorder“ REJECTED YOUTH finally made their fourth LP „Fuck The Consent“. Founded in 1998 REJECTED YOUTH from Nuremberg / Germany have become one of the most established punk institutions over the years. After 3 LPs, one Live DVD, several singles and one mini album the four guys proved at numerous festivals, tours and shows through Europe and the US that political punk rock is more important than ever. Although they stick to their musical genre and roots they remain open minded regarding new influences and styles. Their new album is partly a bit more rocking but also contains this typical melodic streetpunk, ‘77 punk and some piano parts. Regarding their lyrics the Rejects keep on dealing with lots of critical issues. Among scene-relevant issues like „Gray Zone“, Nazi murders or Anti-Antifa they also address other topics like gentrification, corporate social responsibility or selfexploitation, just to name a few. „Fuck The Consent“ is a consequent development and proves in an impressive manner that hymn-like, political punk rock is timelessly modern and therefore certifies REJECTED YOUTH to be one of the most important bands in this genre!

For Fans Of Rancid, Transplants, Left Alone - Green vinyl limited to 500 copies incl. MP3 Download Card - Featuring Mark Civitarese from The Unseen.

 

 

AND NOW THIS

Band:NO PROBLEM
Album:AND NOW THIS
Label:Deranged
Format:CD
Genre:Punk / Hardcore

Debut full length from Canada’s NO PROBLEM is an absolute hardcore punk scorcher. With two great 7”s in 2010- 2011, this album showcases a band at ease with their ‘sound’ - blending hardcore and punk with plenty of big riffs and melodies, not unlike Fucked Up’s pre Matador days. Consistent with their earlier recordings, AND NOW THIS is essentially a hardcore record with melodic punk sensibilities similar to the ADOLESCENTS and the OBSERVERS. Featuring Graeme from the Wednesday Night Heroes and recorded by Jonah Falco from Fucked Up.

 

 

PANIC

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

2nd 7” from Sweden’s Negative Lifestyle offers more of the same sloppy 80’s hardcore punk by way of Europe. On Panic, the band returns with 7 new tracks that include a few melodic gems that really sets this record apart. No bullshit, no reverb, no trend-hop – just a three piece trying to play pop songs using 80’s hardcore as its medium.

 

 


 
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