The Coathangers / Davila 666: Smother b/w No Crees Que Ya Cansa
Hot on the heels of their critically acclaimed 2011 album Larceny & Old Lace, the rowdy Southern garage rockers The Coathangers plan to release four limited edition split 7"s in 2012, further propelling their reputation for rambunctious rabble-rousing and a relentless work ethic. The first of the splits finds The Coathangers whipping out one of their bawdy bombasts alongside lo-fi party septet Davilla 666. The Puerto Rican group raised more than a few eyebrows recently, receiving accolades from heavyweight press outlets like Pitchfork and the LA Times, and more importantly, winning the approval of contemporary garage icons like The Black Lips and Jay Reatard. Both bands bring scratchy guitars, hip-shakin' beats, and sing-along choruses into the fray, resulting in an essential platter of primal rock n' roll. The split 7" is limited to 750 (250 gold, 500 black vinyl) copies worldwide.
King Tuff: Wild Desire
While the world waits for King Tuff to whip out another full-length dose of righteous tunes, they can find temporary satiation with the two-song Wild Desire 7" on Suicide Squeeze. Both the title track and B-side "Hole In My Head" revel in the sound of guitar jangle and unmitigated stokedness cranked into the red. The vinyl version is limited to 750 (250 coke bottle clear, 500 black vinyl) copies worldwide.
White Woods: Where Did You Go
Guitarist/vocalist Julia Kugel established her chops with Atlanta's The Coathangers, winning audiences over with her deceptively clever hooks and propulsive upbeat energy. But as the band put more notches on their touring and recording belt, it became clear that there was more to their repertoire than jagged guitar lines and infectious charm. Asserting her abilities as a thoughtful and nuanced songwriter, Kugel offers up her debut solo offering under the name White Woods. The project provides the kind of soulful introspective pop The Coathangers hinted at with songs like "Go Away", but delivered in a context without the juxtaposition of the band's barnburner garage rock numbers. The songs showcase Kugel's beguiling forays into forlorn Americana and smoky, subdued blues. Limited to 500 (100 lavender, 400 black vinyl) worldwide.
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This Will Destroy You: Black Dunes (edit) b/w Black Dunes (Holy Other's Woman in the Dunes Mix)
In any relationship, what's not said often lingers: the relative silence of atoms and electrons bonding, or the long distance stare of the lonely. Texan four-piece, This Will Destroy You, understands what lasts, binding their sound to distant starlight as it slips thru the night sky. "Black Dunes" is the second single chosen from the band's stellar album, Tunnel Blanket. Two versions of the song appear here for the first time. One edited by the band themselves, and the other a b-side remix by Holy Other that, like the best of his work, blurs the sourced sound, creating a new language from the previous original. It's an offering - limited to an edition of 500, on Suicide Squeeze Records - and an attempt, the kind that only the best of us make, to communicate with the universe. Comes with a download coupon.
Dirty Beaches: Lone Runner b/w Stye Eye
It's time to announce another installment in Suicide Squeeze's ongoing series of select 7-inch EPs. Dirty Beaches! Yeah, it's an easy leap to guess this would be a proper summer release. But, if you're already familiar with Alex Zhang Hungtai's music, you know it's got a special connection to the end of that season, and the beginning of autumn. And if not, this EP will offer a perfect introduction. The lead track "Lone Runner," is simple perfection: Handclaps lead off a vocal style locked in with both Nick Cave and Elvis, yet totally his own. A song that may drag you by hand to a place you've never been. And then you got "Stye Eye," on the flip: A stomping anthem with an insistent grind that seems to sway and swing, gaining in intensity as the track progresses. This release - like all in SSR's 7-inch series - is limited. 750 copies will be available worldwide (250 clear vinyl, 500 black). Both will come with a download coupon.
Minus the Bear: This Is What I Know About Being Gigantic
To celebrate Minus the Bear's 10th anniversary, Suicide Squeeze willissue the band's earliest recordings on vinyl. " This Is What I KnowAbout Being Gigantic," is the starting point, Minus the Bear's debut. Originally released on CD in 2001, this edition is being remastered, for vinyl, by the legendary Bernie Grundman, the Hollywood-based legend behind many of the industry's landmark recordings. The initial pressing will be limited to 2000 copies: 1000 black (180gram), and 1000 clear vinyl; each copy comes with a download coupon. A real chance to hear where this sound started...
Minus the Bear: Highly Refined Pirates
To celebrate Minus the Bear's 10th anniversary, Suicide Squeeze will issue the band's earliest recordings on vinyl. "Highly Refined Pirates," is Minus the Bear's first proper album. Originally released in 2002, this edition is being remastered from the original tapes, for vinyl, by the legendary Bernie Grundman, the Hollywood-based legend behind many of the industry's landmark recordings. Theinitial pressing will be limited to 2000 copies: 1000 black (180gram), and 1000 'translucent' blue vinyl; each copy comes with a download coupon. A real chance to hear where this soundstarted...
On Visits, Tammar pulls off a pretty incredible trick with each and every one of its post-punk anthems, probably something of which the band doesn't take much note. They mine the classic sounds of paranoia, malaise and misanthropy (Joy Division, The Velvet Underground, The Fall and early 90s alt-rock), and fill it all with so much exuberance and joy of playing that each song becomes a triumph over anxiety and ennui. Visits finds each of the band's five members stepping outside of themselves, but not in an snake-poison-ingesting, flopping-on-the-floor sense. It's something else, something full of wonder. It's witnessing a dear friend suddenly unveil an incredible hidden talent, as if that talent is levitation or some shit. These songs burst and evolve like water capsule toys. Warm beds of wobbly and fat-bodied krautpop prove to be overwhelming, atmospheric art-rock tours de force. You are left pie-eyed and windblown by the whole glorious affair. It's the B-side of Neu! as pep rally music. It's the kind of thing that would have flipped Old Man Peel's wig in another place and time.
The Coathangers: Larceny & Old Lace
The Coathangers reckless energy from their half-serious roots is every bit as vibrant and rambunctious on their latest album, Larceny & Old Lace. But this time around we're hearing a band that's honed their trade and incorporated more stylistic variations. With this broadened artistic horizon, refinement of technique, and Ed Rawls' production allowing every instrument to shine without detracting from the band's natural grit, The Coathangers' latest offering is easily their best record to date. Join the party.
This Will Destroy You: Tunnel Blanket
Tunnel Blanket delivers the epic-in-scope soundscapes that followers of its makers' previous recordings are accustomed to, but presents them in new lights ? where once the sun shone down bright upon immediate tropes and traits, now their work is better suited to distant starlight, casting changeable shadows across vistas of inspired, ambitious amplification. This is not an album to pick through in search of bold hooks and instant melodies. It is an ever-shifting, always moving work, which seems to evolve before the listener ? spidery guitar lines feeling their way forth like vines scrambling up trunks in time-lapse photography.
Cotton Jones: Sit Beside Your Vegetables
Here we are, in 2011, again approaching the simple, understated perfection that marks the music of Cotton Jones. Yes, Michael Nau and Whitney McGraw have recorded some new songs ? four of them, to be exact ? that fall sonically between the duo's last album, "Tall Hours In the Glowstream," and their next... The new EP is titled, "Sit Beside Your Vegetables." It's a digital-only valentine ? with a February 22nd release date! These are the sounds to herald spring, to call your friends along outside, racing the warmer weather...
Memoryhouse: Caregiver b/w Heirloom
Abeele and Nouvion recorded "Caregiver," their debut single for Suicide Squeeze, in a church in rural Ontario. And it showcases a confident leap forward for Memoryhouse. Gone are the icy synths that washed across the duo's earlier songs. Oh yes, you will still find familiarity in Nouvion's voice, blanketed by that lush, ethereal reverb, and, in Abeele's arrangements, which remain subtle and moving as anything they've previous released. Yet, "Caregiver" underscores a more dynamic and ambitious sound palette for the band, placing an emphasis on organic instrumentation ? upright piano, a string quartet, and natural drums ? to augment their traditionally guitar and keyboard driven songs.