Lemuria to release “surprise” 12-inch through their webstore

lemuriaBuffalo’s finest indie-poppers Lemuria announced very early this morning that, in addition to their sophomore LP for Birdge 9 later this year, they’ll be releasing a “surprise” one-sided 12-inch exclusively through their website. Details:

The contents are a secret. But you will get a limited Lemuria 12″ that is ONLY available through this sale! Featuring material never released on vinyl before! If you enjoyed the sights of the Varoom Allure 7″, this will be similar with a screen printed B-side by Argybargy Printing. It’s going to look awesome! Each 12″ will be personalized to you.

The 12-inch is available as a small bundle or big bundle, with “other exclusive items that you will only be able to receive through this spring sale.” If you get the big bundle, you get everything that’s in the small one, plus “a limited edition T-shirt design.” Get the small bundle for $15 or the big bundle for $30. As Alex stated on the VC board, “This is a pre-order, don’t expect it next week!”

Mike Conte’s new label, Demon Problems, announces its first release

cover-early-manIt should surprise no one that the first release on Mike Conte’s new label, Demon Problems, is a split featuring his band, Early Man. The other act is “LA’s impossibly loud hardcore/punk duo,” It’s Casual.

Early Man contributes the song after which the label is named, while It’s Casual offers up “Suffering” and “Father To Me.” It’s a limited pressing of 1000 hand-numbered copies, with each side featuring a screened 7″x7″ canvas patch. That’s the Early Man side to your left. It doesn’t see release until May 22, but you can pre-order it right now. Take a listen to all three songs streaming below.
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Trivializing emotion, courtesy Akashic Books

book-cover-letters-to-kurtI really don’t know what to think of the upcoming Letters to Kurt, by Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson. While it’s understandable that the death of a friend can be a hard thing with which to cope, and understanding the why and wherefore of a suicide is a long-lasting issue for those left behind, this book seems cheap.

Technically, the book itself doesn’t seem cheap. Writing “an anguished, angry, and tender meditation on the octane and ether of rock and roll and its many moons: sex, drugs, suicide, fame, and rage” as an “an elegy for Kurt and the ‘suicide idols’ who tragically fail to find salvation in their amazing music” isn’t cheap. It’s a remarkably touching thing to eulogize a lost friend in any manner, be it poetry, prose, or song.

What does seem cheap, however, are the things being offered with the pre-order by Akashic Books. You can find a complete list of items on the pre-order page, but what strikes me about the whole thing is that there’s really no need to have autographed “Polaroid-style snapshot[s].” Taking a book that’s supposedly a deeply emotional work and commercializing it in such a manner as this only serves to turn Letters to Kurt from a personal statement into a trivial one. Limited-edition extras and autographs make this less like a literary work and more like an exclusive for the members of the Katy Perry street team.

Halloween horror marathon: Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

poster-tucker-daleThe independent horror comedy Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is a flick I heard about almost two years ago, probably on Ain’t It Cool or some other movie geek site. It was being touted by the writer as a wonderfully funny take on the horror genre, and something that breathed new life into the idea of the cabin in a woods slasher flick (a la Evil Dead, Cabin Fever, Hatchet, et al). Well, it took ages for it to see any sort of release, with the film never quite finding a distributor. So, when a copy leaked to various BitTorrent sites, I snagged a version and watched it.
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Pre-order Too Many Daves’ “Dawn of the Daves” from ADD

cover-dawn-of-the-davesThe new EP from punk rock super-dudes Too Many Daves is available. The group, to whom I recently got hipped thanks to the new issue of Jerk Store, releases Dawn of the Daves on ADD Records on November 8.

The six-song EP comes with a digital download of the entire EP and the “Dudes Room” video, along with a 21 x 14 full-color fold-out cover poster. Dawn of the Daves is limited to a pressing of 1000, with 200 on clear red, 200 on clear green, and 600 on black. Pre-order that sucker directly from ADD’s store, and grab the rest of their discography while you’re at it. The split with Dude Jams is only $3.

Pre-order up for Streetlight Manifesto frontman’s acoustic album

cover-streetlight-lullabiesTomas Kalnoky is evidently now going by the name Toh Kay (clever) for his debut solo release, Streetlight Dreams, from Pentimento Music Company. It seems like Kalnoky’s non-Streetlight Manifesto output is entirely reworked material. His split with Mu330’s Dan Potthast had him covering Potthast’s solo work and that of Mu330, but as that was the intent of the project (Potthast covered Streelight Manifesto songs), we’ll give him a pass. However, the Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution’s A Call to Arms featured Catch 22’s “Dear Sergio,” with only three original songs.
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Denton supergroup Video to release debut LP

cover-videoDenton, Texas’ Video features members of that city’s finest garage rockers. Folks from Bad Sports, Wax Museums, Wiccans, and more form to make Video, a band that sounds absolutely nothing like any of its progenitors. The press release describes the band as taking its sound from such diverse influences as Chrome, Alice Cooper, and Hawkwind, and damned if that isn’t accurate.

The vocals bring to mind vintage Alice Cooper, and that super-clean, super-stripped rhythm section definitely apes Chrome, and the whole epic psych-rock thing? Hawkwind, to a T. This is the sort of band that you put on for other people, and they respond with, “Whoa. Who’s this?” Pre-order for their debut LP, Leather Leather, is available now from Play Pinball Records. The first pressing of 500 comes in custom die-cut sleeves. Check out the pre-order page to see how sweet they look.

Video – Red Pills by playpinballrecords

Cheap Rewards Records announces their first release

cover-saturdays-gone-wildWe did an interview with Cheap Rewards‘ Mike Hooker on the podcast a few months back, and he talked about the various difficulties in setting up a reissue label. Well, all the hurdles have been cleared, and yesterday, he announced the label’s first release via the Rockaround Records e-mail list:

“Riddled with delays and over six months past our expected release date, we’re very happy to announce Saturdays Gone Wild, a collection of rare and lost recordings by The Reactions from Miami, FL. The LP not only collects the songs from the band’s two sought after 7″ EP’s, 1980’s Official Release and 1981’s Love You, it also features unreleased demo and live material that captures the essence of the band’s sound and energy. Culled from the only known source tapes, which have been deteriorating for the past 30 years, Dave from Lucky Lacquers spent an incalculable amount of hours meticulously restoring these lost recordings.
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PG.99, “Singles” LP

(Robotic Empire)

For those not in the know, PG.99 were a strange case of crossover. While that usually refers to the metal/hardcore hybrid, in their case, it was more of a strange cross between grindcore and hardcore.

While not operating entirely in the grind realm of cookie monster vocals, yet still dirtying things up just enough to keep the crusty kids interested, PG.99 were an interesting band that really defied description.
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Direct Hit!, “Domesplitter” LP

cover-domesplitterDirect Hit!
(Kind Of Like Records)

Here and there, I’ve been hearing about Direct Hit!. They’re a pop-punk band on a small label, meaning somebody in the group posts to the Pop Punk Bored, but as with most acts that only release stuff digitally, I found it hard to get excited. Occasionally, a band like Mixtapes or somebody will manage to intrigue me enough to download, unzip, and load into iTunes, but most bands get passed by. However, because of Mixtapes, I finally heard Direct Hit!, since both bands’ first physical release was a split 7″ on Kind Of Like Records. I was more impressed by Mixtapes’ songs, but Direct Hit! managed to interest me enough to keep an ear out.
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