Viet Cong: Viet Cong
Audacity: Counting The Days
If you've lived anywhere near Fullerton, California over the last decade, or if you've paid any attention to the recent flux of sun-baked, surf-soaked power pop proliferating along the Western coastline of the U.S. in recent years, chances are high you've taken notice of Orange County's rambunctious guitar pop mavens Audacity. And if you've taken in Fullerton's pride-and-joy both in a sweaty, dingy live environment and on your turntable, you're undoubtedly aware that there is a certain unbridled quality to the band that can't quite be replicated on record. While last year's Butter Knife LP came pretty damn close to capturing Audacity in all their wild and ecstatic splendor, they've finally captured the triumphant bedlam of their live show with their latest 7", "Counting the Days" b/w "Mind Your Own Business". The A-side is Audacity in all their ragged glory - righteous guitar leads, buoyant choruses, and unhinged energy. For the flipside, the OC boys pay tribute to British post-punkers Delta 5 with an explosive cover of their debut single from 1979. "Counting the Days" b/w "Mind Your Own Business" is available worldwide on vinyl and digital formats courtesy of Suicide Squeeze Records. The vinyl version is limited to 750 (250 on fluorescent pink, 500 on black) copies and includes a download coupon.
Songs: Ohia: Didn't It Rain (Deluxe Reissue)
Didn't It Rain is Jason Molina's first perfect record. Recorded live in a single room, with no overdubs and musicians creating their parts on the fly, the overall approach to the recording was nothing new for Molina. But something in the air and execution of Didn't It Rain clearly sets it apart from his existing body of work. His albums had always been full of space, but never had Molina sculpted the space as masterfully as he does on Didn't It Rain.
Songs: Ohia: Didn't It Rain (Deluxe Reissue) Bundle
Album on both 2xLP and 2xCD, containing previously unreleased demos recorded for the Didn't It Rain sessions
GIANT 27" x 39" Songs: Ohia Didn't It Rain cinema style poster, suitable for framing. Rolled and shipped in a separate tube mailer
Digital download code for the album (as a .zip file containing 320kbps mp3s), redeemable two weeks before release date on November 18, 2014
Antony and the Johnsons: Turning
TURNING - A concert film documentary captured during the critically acclaimed tour of Europe by Antony and the Johnsons and Charles Atlas during the fall of 2006, it explores the heart and experience of that series of performances. Through its synthesis of Antony's songs and unfurling video portraiture of the 13 beauties who performed on stage, TURNING creates an intimate and cinematic experience exploring themes of identity, transcendence and the revelation of essence.
Also included in the deluxe package is the full TURNING concert recorded live at The Barbican, London, Nov. 2006 and contains songs across the first three Antony and the Johnsons' full length albums along with bonus tracks never before released songs - "Whose are These" and "Tears Tears Tears". The classic lineup of Antony, Maxim Moston, Rob Moose, Julia Kent, Parker Kindred, Jeff Langston, and Thomas Bartlett can be heard on these recordings as Charles Atlas's projected portraits of the girls light up the stage from behind the band for the duration of the concert.
Mark McGuire: Noctilucence
Noctilucence is a new 12" recorded between in 2013 and 2014 between Los Angeles, California, and Cleveland, Ohio. The term "noctilucence" comes from "noctilucent clouds", the name given to clouds which, for some reason, emit a brilliant vibrance at night. On this recording we find our subject diving into the electric waters of the night sky, in long drives across the vast deserts of America. It's a recording about the discovery and understanding of the shadow, entrance to the realm not controlled by the light of day, or the logic of reason. It's about confronting nocturnal terrors and all of those things that go bump in the night. Understanding that the ancient archetypes which watch over us don't flinch, and stand firm across the spell of time. On Along The Way we sought the Macrobes for guidance, and on Noctilucence we see them taking real shape. Opening with a mantra to the perpetualregeneration of the spirit of love, crying out for new levels of confidence and consciousness to emerge from the human race, Noctilucence is a deep stare into the infinite eye of the shimmering night sky of the future, and all it holds in its gaze.
Cherry Glazerr: Had 10 Dollaz
Any discussion of Cherry Glazerr is going to have a few obvious bullet points. First and foremost, the band is astonishingly young, with frontwoman/guitarist Clementine Creevy and drummer Hannah Uribe still not old enough to vote and bassist Sean Redman just barely above the drinking age. And then there's the fact that the band's debut cassette was released by California's current kings of DIY power pop and garage rock, Burger Records. So even if you know nothing else about the LA trio, you know that they're young and that they're a part of the thriving underground community of stripped-down jubilant rock n' roll. But if you're envisioning a bunch of awkward, hyperactive kids bouncing around in their parent's basement, consider the fact that the band has been championed and photographed by French fashion designer Hedi Slimane of Saint Laurent Paris. Slimane even commissioned the band to score his fall/winter 2014 Paris show. The result was "Had Ten Dollaz", a song that captures Cherry Glazerr's knack for dualities: sultry and virulent, sophisticated and casual, laid back and bombastic, playful and deliberate. Suicide Squeeze Records is pairing up "Had Ten Dollaz" with the equally intoxicating b-side "Nurse Ratched" as a limited edition 7”.
I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness: Dust
I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness has reemerged from the shadows with their second full-length album Dust. Produced by Paul Barker of Ministry, Dust picks up where 2006's Fear Is On Our Side left off, with ten new tracks of dark, driving, propulsive rock.
These taut songs have no need for unnecessary arrangements or artifice. Chosen Darkness' music is honest, and never stiff; affected, but not whining. Dust's minimalist artwork and specificity of tone demonstrate an elegance & wisdom, as these 10 songs evoke the foggy landscapes of Twin Peaks (the misty "Safety", fatalistic "You Are Dead To Me") as well as a burning storm. It is high time for I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness to come back into the light.
Minus The Bear: Planet of Ice (Remaster/Reissue)
Following the success of Highly Refined Pirates' forward-thinking guitar gymnastics and Menos El Oso's groundbreaking glitch rock, Seattle's premier pop revisionists Minus The Bear dug into some of rock music's most ostentatious years for inspiration for their 2007 album, Planet of Ice. The title alone conjures images of Yes's Relayer album art, and the influence of the elder statesmen's symphonic scope can be felt throughout Planet of Ice's lush and intricate arrangements. You can also hear the band channel the ominous instrumental interplay of Lamb-era Genesis on "Dr. L'Ling", the deceptively savvy musicianship and pristine production of Steely Dan on "White Mystery", and the tightrope walk between ethereal space and pre-metal riffage of Pink Floyd's "Echoes" on "Lotus". Not that Minus The Bear completely abandoned their earlier style—elements of Menos El Oso's sample-driven technique can be heard on the lead single "Knights". But the heart of the song ultimately belongs to the haunting Fripp-esque guitar lines spliced between verses. After being out of print on record since 2010, Suicide Squeeze is proud to reintroduce Planet of Ice's creative marriage of classic motifs and modern musical wizardry with a vinyl remaster courtesy of Bernie Grundman.