Gun Outfit: Hard Coming Down
It's not an easy task to shake up a scene famous for the twee groups of the K Records catalog, but with Gun Outfit barreling through hundreds of shows in the late 2000's, they were key in the renewal of the loud and plaintive to the historically vibrant scene of Olympia, WA. Reviewers compared them to Sonic Youth, Wipers, Dino Jr - because, just like Gun Outfit, these bands combined the caterwaul of Black Flag with the twining harmonies of folk. However, Gun Outfit retained a vision original enough to appeal way beyond a mere re-hash of the late 80's SST playbook, and in Hard Coming Down they have created something more serene, bold, and confident than anything in their prior output.
Volunteers Park: Volunteers Park
Through the past 13 years Aviram Cohen has used varied music projects to explore different aspects of himself. He brought out his violence and aggression in the punk band The Bad Form. Sought out the absurd and stupid in Soiled Mattress and The Springs. And held up a mirror to himself and his surroundings in Silk Flowers. And now he's managed to meld all of these notions into Volunteers Park.
Regal Degal: Veritable Who's Who
Regal Degal is a power trio consisting of Josh da Costa [Gemini] on guitars and vocals, Josiah Wolfson [Libra] on bass, and Jamen Whitelock [Virgo] on drums. Formed in Brooklyn in late 2009, the group recently relocated to Los Angeles. The group's sound pulls omnidirectionally from across the musical spectrum, drawing from post-punk, krautrock, 60's psychedelic/ freakbeat, 80's new wave and indie, German minimal house, and the music of Africa. The music could be described as hyper rhythm conscious, melodic, atmospheric, and kinetic, with one foot firmly in the past and an eye fixed towards the future. In the center resides Regal Degal, channeling and reinterpreting all individual and shared inspirations into a sound best referred to as deep rock.
SFV Acid: SFV Acid #2
SFV ACID is young Zane Reynolds from Reseda California. With his vinyl debut "NEW WEST COAST" released 2010 on PPM he showcased his talents for making beats, arranging, sequencing and frying up dance oriented original tunes. On SFV ACID's newest release he shows you where itcame from with "#2".
Sissy Spacek: Contretemps
Although the mysterious Sissy Spacek existed in various forms from summer 1999 to their last known gig in Los Angeles, they are practically unknown in--let alone out of--California. Their recorded output is incredibly rare and highly priced and interviews or articles in the music press virtually non-existent. Tie that in with extreme sensory assault at live shows, links to radical ideologies, and a general aura of confusion and you have the ultimate cult group. SISSY SPACEK had their beginnings at CalArts in summer 1999 with their first demo--four grindcore songs which are featured on the Troubleman Unlimited-issued "Gore Jet" 7", since then hey have released a slew of records, much more noise oriented, CONTRETEMPS brings it back, the first record with a live drummer, you could say this was grindcore, power violence, noise music.. it really is just SISSY SPACEK
Eric Copeland: Get Along
On his 5th 7" for PPM Eric commits to a gentle onslaught of traditional sounding rhythms, ran through the busted copy machine of sound that defineshis work. GET ALONG gets you going immediately with an infectious beat and a New Wave-ish, almost Nigerian Pop, scrambled, lost Prince demo vibe. While ZULU feeds the soft side of your soul quite nicely, tugging at your heart with a warped symphony and vocal line that shows his talent as a singer and composer. Two of EC's best songs to date, no doubt, do not miss this 45!
Collage Culture: Examining The 21st Century's Identity Crisis
"Collage Culture: Examining the 21st Century's Identity Crisis" is a new work of nonfiction written by Aaron Rose, Mandy Kahn and designed by Brian Roettinger. This companion recording combines audio excerpts from the book's text with an original musical score by No Age, examining these questions and allowing the listener space to think. This is a limited record with beautiful and enticing sounds split in two separate channels for your listening pleasure. Brilliantly designed by Brian Roettinger who was nominated for a Grammy for his work on No Age's "Nouns"
Dunes are a mysteriously ethereal and minimal trio from Los Angeles. Appropriating pop and experimental music into a familiar swirl, whileretaining a fresh outlook and approach, Dunes inhabit a space of tweaking, twisting, imagining moments and emotions from the past, destined to end up as their future. Stephanie Chan, formerly of Austin Texas bands Finally Punk, and The Carrots plays guitar and sings in Dunes, she creates surreal and dreamy narratives with her lyrics and uniquely beautiful, powerful voice. Mark Greshowak plays barritone guitar and sometimes bass, he used to write songs and tour with seattle area band Talbot Tagora, now he and Stephanie weave their melodies back and forth, making lush tones for our eardums. Kate Hall, played drums in Mika Miko before holding down the rhythmic duties and also singing for Dunes. Having released a 12" EP on Mexican Summer, 2 7" EP's, one on Los Angeles label Teenage Teerdrops, the other on San Diego's Art Fag and a tape on Ooga Booga Dunes are primed to release a full length to the world.
EARN: A Following Shadow
Earn is Matthew Sullivan, known to some already as Privy Seals, his extremely harsh noise project, collaborator with underground ambient artist Sean McCann, owner of the cassette label Ekhein, one half of the group 1958-2009 and former member of the legendary Deep Jew. A prolific gentleman with an ear for blissful engulfing tones and radiance that go beyond ambient or shoe gaze. His project Earn stands as a testament at his ability to use minimalism as an approach to guitar playing to find sounds, exude gentle brushes of color and embrace the emotional state of the player.
Eric Copeland: Car Alarm
Eric Copeland is a member of Black Dice from New York. His solo work under his own name exhibits an exciting and intensely original take on song structure, delivery and approach. Since 2007 Eric has recorded and released a hand full of LP's and singles and lately has been cranking out the tunes on 7"s via PPM. On his previous three 7" releases "Doo Doo Run b/w "Fundinkdeath", "Puerto Rican b/w "The Eyeball" and "Whorehouse Blues b/w "Guk & UFO's Over Vampire City", Eric has taken and warped pop song ideas and skewed them incredibly,crafting out some very killer tunes.