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COSMIC PSYCHOS - 'GO THE HACK'

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  • AARGHT028CD - CD
    5060174956966
  • 98GONE - LP
    655035029818
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Reissue of late-’80s release by lovably manly Australian punk rock trio! Sometime in the winter of 1989-90, I wandered into New York City’s Midnight Records, a store famous for its deep catalog of ’60s garage and psychedelic music, as well as a strong selection of classic punk rock and a cantankerous French owner with ridiculous hair. On this visit, instead of hearing a puny French bootleg of The Standells or the Seeds, as I opened the door I was enveloped in the massive opening chords to the first song on the Cosmic Psychos’ then-new album Go the Hack. “She’s a lost cause / She’s a lost, lost cause!” blasted into the air at maximum volume. In a perfect cinematic moment, the drums announced my entry, the bass dictated my walk, the air became thick with guitar fuzz and wah-wah, and snarled vocals described perfectly a girl’s descent into a cause which was lost. Instead of record shopping, I felt like I’d stepped into a biker movie and was motoring down a long, straight Outback road on a Harley. This was my introduction to the Cosmic Psychos, and I was hooked. I loved that a band could be so powerful, sound so big and unapologetically simple, and incorporate so much of what I loved about music—well, basically the attitudes and sounds of The Stooges and Ramones: setting up songs with a good title or idea, matching it with a massive riff, then running it out with squeals of wah-wah and manly disregard for cleverness or adornment. And they called themselves the Cosmic Psychos! They obviously had no regard for “makin’ it” in those days, when an alternative rock band at least had a chance to sell some records. I was an instant fan. Earlier records proved to be the same formula with even less refinement, and that was definitely a good thing. These were lovably manly Aussies singing about what they knew best: farm equipment, lusting after Elle Macpherson, wishing they were in Van Halen (for the ladies), drinking at the pub, and even more drinking at the pub. Trivia question: In what indie rock song does the lead singer bellow “I love my tractor!”? Answer: None! No scarves or looking like Stevie Nicks straight out of the hairstylist’s for these fellows. They were the real deal before the deal was dealt. And they couldn’t care less. The Psychos enjoyed a long run through the ’80s and ’90s on such Australian labels as What Goes On, Mr Spaceman, Survival and Rattlesnake, as well as American stalwarts Sub Pop and Amphetamine Reptile. Many bands from that era no longer seem vital today, lost in a murk of crisp drums, loud guitars, flannel shirts and shallow aspirations. These first Cosmic Psychos releases are as timeless and necessary as ever—still a bullshit bulldozer, a blurry loud night at the bar, a rollicking time hanging with the guys. The time has come for a new generation to be uplifted by these initial blasts from the Cosmic Psychos. Goner is proud to partner with Melbourne’s esteemed Aarght! Records to bring these platters of primal perfection back into a world that definitely needs them. — Eric Friedl, Oblivians / Goner Records 40th Anniversary tour about to hit UK / EU! Go the Hack!! Essential!!

Tracks

1. Lost Cause 2. Rip N? Dig 3. She?s Crackin Up 4. Out Of The Band 5. Alright Tonight 6. Pub 7. Back In Town 8. Elle 9. Go The Hack 10. Can?t Come In (Live)

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EARTH TONGUE - 'GREAT HAUNTING'

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  • ITR393 - LP
    657628443612
  • ITR393CD - CD
    657628443629
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Earth Tongue, the brainchild of guitarist Gussie Larkin and drummer Ezra Simons, present their second full-length album Great Haunting. The duo, known for their heavy flavor of fuzz-soaked psychedelic rock, are also pleased to unveil their signing to In The Red Records. Earth Tongue’s partnership with In The Red stems from a run of shows supporting the legendary Ty Segall throughout New Zealand. Larkin explains: “Ty’s band Fuzz was a significant influence for our sound early on. Ezra and I saw them play live in London about nine years ago, long before Earth Tongue existed. We absorbed a lot of music at that time, and in fact many of the bands we saw released records via In The Red.” Great Haunting sees the duo draw inspiration from the eerie depths of ’70s and ’80s horror cinema, delivering a sonic concoction of dark and primitive songs with thick layers of fuzz and punchy, compressed drums. The album was engineered by Jonathan Pearce from The Beths at his studio on Karangahape road in Auckland. The ascent of Earth Tongue is testament to their dedication and hard work. They’ve toured relentlessly across Europe and scored support slots for acts like IDLES and Queens Of The Stone Age. They’re consistently selling out headline shows and have featured on festival lineups throughout Aotearoa and Australia. Having just spent last week shredding SXSW, they tour America and then, in May, hit Europe/UK, playing DESERT FEST in London on 18th May!! Amongst a huge EU tour.

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1. Out Of This Hell / 2. Bodies Dissolve Tonight! / 3. Nightmare / 4. The Mirror / 5. Grave Pressure / 6. Miraculous Death / 7. Sit Next To Satan / 8. Reaper Returns / 9. The Reluctant Host

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Fuzz-soaked psychedelic rock from New Zealand
For fans of ?70s and ?80s horror cinema and Ty Segall

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COSMIC PSYCHOS - 'MOUNTAIN OF PISS'

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  • SBWLP74 - LP
    4059251641681
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And for the first time as an EU+ pressing, their 2021 album "Mountain Of Piss" will be available in urine-coloured, clear-yellow vinyl!! For the Australians' anniversary European tour, the follow-up to the 2018 comback "Loudmouth Soup" from 2021, now for the first time in European pressing! Pure piss yellow vinyl, carefully coloured by Subway Records. In their 40-year career, Cosmic Psychos have recorded absolute anthems: 'Hooray Fuck', 'David Lee Roth', 'Down on the Farm', 'Go the Hack', 'Nice Day to Go to the Pub', 'Fuckwit City' and many more. And the 2021 album contains many songs that will be performed regularly at upcoming concerts. Formed in Melbourne in the early 80s, the Psychos are still going strong and, having been embraced by the punk community in Australia and abroad, are now reaching a new generation of fans. Like the Ramones, Motorhead and AC/DC, they have a formula that has worked for 40 years: songs about booze, girls and farming, played at a frenetic pace. Mountain of Piss is no exception, and that's what's so great about it! The highlights of Mountain of Piss are the title track, about conquering a mountain of piss for Australia, and Sin Bin, about moronic footballers, as well as the tracks Dickson and Munted. But the mid-tempo country track 'Too Old to Drink in Pubs' is the real gem of the album. The cover, inspired by Mount Rushmore, on which the Cosmic Psychos' faces are 'sculpted' into a mountainside using a pile of wooden objects, is genius too.

Tracks

01. ACCOUNTANT SONG 02. BEEP 03. BLEEDING KNUCKLES 04. DICKSON 05. DUNNY SEAT 06. MOUNTAIN OF PISS 07. MUNTED 08. RUDE MAN 09. SIN BIN 10. TOO OLD TO DRIN IN PUBS 11. UNREAL

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WORST CASE SCENARIO - 'STUDIES IN PESSIMISM'

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  • LG-7 - LP
    711574956715
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Worst Case Scenario started out in 1994 with Justin Trosper and Brandt Sandeno from Unwound as another of the many bands they formed together. That summer was a little slow for Unwound’s hoped-for tour schedule so they decided to start another hardcore-influenced band while working day jobs. As they began practicing in the basement of the Olympia punk house “Lucky 7”, long time friend and roommate Chris Jordan jumped in as the vocalist. Sandeno soon recruited his college friend, Scott Larsen, that had recently moved from Minneapolis. They quickly wrote about an album’s worth of songs and recorded them with Tim Green at the Red House for a “demo tape” that Tobi Vail released on her tape label, Bumpidee. 1995 saw another Tim Green recording with 7-inch records on Lookout Records and Troubleman. This LP contains all of the forementioned material. In 1996 they recorded a full length record with “Seasick” Steve Wold in Olympia for Vermiform which resulted in the self-titled vinyl LP and The Complete Works of Worst Case Scenario CD collection a year later. WCS played a few random shows, mostly in Olympia, with friends’ touring bands from 1994-96 and set up a national tour for the summer of ’97. Shortly before the tour Jordan was injured in a random accident and then Larsen broke his wrist in a work accident, rendering the band unable to embark on the tour. To cap it off, the one sheet of paper that had all the venues’ contacts for the tour was destroyed in a laundry related incident and the band was unable to properly cancel the tour. Apropos to their name. They disbanded amicably later that year with members moving away from town and taking on more demanding tour and work schedules.

Tracks

1. Statue Of Liberty 2. Correct Posture 3. Umbilical Noose 4. Eight Penny Nail 5. Blood Of Christ 6. I Don?t Want To Hit You Anymore 7. Checkin? Out 8. Caps 9. Studies In Pessimism 10. Dry Material 11. Golden Consolation Knife 12. Twenty Degrees Cooler 13. Metro Gnomes 14. Angry Devil 15. Blood Of Christ (Live)

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Collection of early recordings of short-lived hardcore band featuring members of Unwound

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SHUDDER TO THINK - '1987'

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  • LG-13 - LP
    711574956814
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A band with many chapters and an everchanging sound, Shudder To Think’s story began in 1986 in Glover Park, Washington DC. Bass player Stuart Hill and drummer Mike Russell had just recruited Chris Matthews to play guitar in their fledgling hardcore band Stüge (1984-86) when they suddenly found themselves in need of a new singer as well. Matthews suggested his friend Craig Wedren for the role. At the audition, Wedren’s style clashed with the style of the band’s previous singer, but the group all sensed that they might have stumbled into a “chocolate-inmy-peanut-butter” situation with intriguing potential. The group changed their name and headed into new territory. Side A of this LP is comprised of five songs from one of their first recording sessions together. The tracks chosen are songs that were only released on demo tapes, never to be re-recorded for future proper releases (this version of “Too Little, Too Late” did appear on the local punk compilation FR-5 in 1987). Side B consists of four tracks that were originally released as their first 7-inch release, the It Was Arson EP, a split release by Sammich/Dischord Records. Included at the end of side B is a version of “Take The Child” from this session (later re-recorded for their first album in 1988).

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1. Cure Song 2. Cloak Of Wine 3. Thou Shalt Not Kill 4. Like A Cat 5. Too Little, Too Late 6. Questionable 7. Abysmal Yellow Popcorn Wall 8. Ro 9. It Was Arson 10. Take The Child

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Collected early recordings, including unreleased material, of classic DC post-hardcore band

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TRISTAN PERICH, ENSEMBLE 0 - 'OPEN SYMMETRY'

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  • ERATP166LE - LP (COLOURED)
    3700551785605
  • ERATP166CD - CD
    3700551785780
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** EMABARGOED UNTIL ANNOUNCE TUES 21ST MAY** **AVAILABLE ON LTD TRANSLUCENT VINYL IN SCREEN-PRINTED SLEEVE W/ POSTCARD** Open Symmetry is New York-based composer Tristan Perich’s first release on Erased Tapes. The 50-minute work for 3 vibraphones and 20-channel 1-bit electronics is performed by the dynamic French group, ensemble 0, who return to Erased Tapes following their 2023 collaboration with Peter Broderick. Perich’s music spans the electronic/classical divide, with explorations that pair string instruments, piano, organ, and other acoustic instrumentation with custom-built 1-bit electronics, including his recent Drift Multiply, for 50 violins and 50 speakers. This newest release, Open Symmetry, pares the ensemble down to just 3 musicians playing the resonant metal bars of 3 vibraphones accompanied with a glistening ensemble of 20 speakers, each playing their own separate musical part of the composition. 1-bit sound is Perich’s core musical language, creating an aural and conceptual consistency across his major works. His 2004 release, 1-Bit Music, was the first album released as a microchip, which plays its music through a headphone jack in the side of the CD case that houses an electronic circuit. With 1-bit sound, the audio waveform is built from 1s and 0s, the binary language of information, in contrast to the perpetual stride towards higher fidelity with 16- or 24-bit, and most recently 32-bit audio. When stripping away all those bits, the result is a primitive, square-shaped tone, which Perich either presents on its own (as in his circuit albums or solo shows), or blends it with classical instrumentation, each composition an experiment in sonic color, shape, and form. Open Symmetry was born out of an artistic connection between Perich and ensemble 0, in particular one of its members, Stéphane Garin, whom Perich first met in New York in 2014 when Garin was touring with Ryoji Ikeda. Garin had already been playing Perich’s existing music live, but it was at this point that he decided to commission a brand new piece by him, which eventually became Open Symmetry. From their first conversations, they knew it would be a large project, which Perich ultimately scored for 3 vibraphones and his 1-bit electronics. ensemble 0 premiered the piece in 2019 at Le Lieu Unique’s Variations Festival in Nantes, and after touring it for a few years, they recorded it for this album release.

Tracks

1. Open Symmetry: Section 1 2. Open Symmetry: Section 2 3. Open Symmetry: Section 3 4. Open Symmetry: Section 4 B 5. Open Symmetry: Section 5 6. Open Symmetry: Section 6 7. Open Symmetry: Section 7

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For fans of Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Terry Riley

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PERENNIAL - 'ART HISTORY'

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  • SSH043 - LP (COLOURED)
    600064801614
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There are two versions of Perennial: the adventurous art-punk modernists, layering British Invasion pop, 60s soul, 90s Dischord post-hardcore, electronic music, and free-jazz, and the live three-piece whose bombastic 20 minute sets have become a “must-see” in the New England music scene. What started in 2015 as an all-encompassing art project has since grown into an honest-to-goodness word-of-mouth phenomenon, with over 300 shows played in the last six years (including shows with Guerilla Toss, Bully, Calvin Johnson, Jon Spencer, Sheer Mag, Teenage Halloween, and Downtown Boys) and multiple pressings of both of their full-length records. Perennial formed the band they always wanted to hear, and when they play, they're the band they always wanted to see. Perennial’s breakthrough 2022 LP, In The Midnight Hour, was their first time working with producer Chris Teti (The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die), a collaboration that garnered rave reviews from BrooklynVegan, Under The Radar, Post-Trash, Pop Matters, NPR Music and more, and marked a new creative benchmark. Feeling inspired, the band once again worked with Teti on 2023’s 7” EP The Leaves Of Autumn Symmetry, which earned more high praise from Stereogum, Paste, Consequence, Alternative Press, and Bandcamp Daily. Their latest release is the adventurous, experimental mod punk LP Art History, available June 7 via Ernest Jenning Record Co. and Safe Suburban Home.

Tracks

1. Art History
2. Tambourine On Snare
3. Action Painting
4. Jet Set Mono
5. A Is For Abstract
6. Up-tight
7. How The Ivy Crawls
8. Tiger Technique
9. Mouthful of Bees
10. B Is For Brutalism
11. The Mystery Tone
12. Perennial Meets The Wolfman

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HEFFERNAN & PARK - 'SUN REFLECTOR'

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  • CFUL0311 - LP
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Sun Reflector is the debut LP collaboration by Heffernan (Ivan The tolerable, All Structures Align, King Champion Sounds, University Challenged) and Pärk (Black Tempel Pyramid, Teeth Of Glass, Kosmonaut). Sun Reflector is steeped in a haze of primitive drum machines, fanned phase and sustained scuzz-rippled guitar chimes, an ambient electronic creation with emphasis on repetitive trance-inducing rhythmic pulsations of electronic sound and subtle counterpoints that slowly unfold as the rhythmic drive marches forth utilizing the Motorik 4/4 beat with the lysergic kosmische sonic textures of Cluster. With Heffernan (bass, guitars and drones) based in the Northeast of England and Pärk (synths, drones and loops) based in Colorado USA on the border with New Mexico - the portal they opened up between these environments creates a travelogue that unites physical and inner space, a series of trance induced states rendered in vivid colour, a delirious portal into the ether. ‘Harmonic Coast’ opens and is a heady downtempo affair, an earthly vibration that slips effortlessly between peyote peaking trekking trips & Balearic sunset vibes. The somnambulistic drift of 'The Sun' sets the stage with a series of shimmering, circular synth pulses where hidden details slowly emerge over multiple listens. Album closer ‘Fever Mirage’ creates a clear-eyed appreciation of the pastoral beauty that surrounds us, it’s a journey that summons up an occult-like dream of glacial arpeggios and whispering synths that pull your attention in to this hypnotizing listening experience. Sun Reflector is a collective sound in which a lot is allowed, and a lot is done. That combined with the compositional ingenuity where the heterogeneous timbres create a time travelled cosmic mysticism that summons up the spirits and visions of Harmonia, Cluster, Eno and Phillip Glass. Shimmering and transcendent we present to you for your listening experience ‘Sun Reflector’

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NONKEEN - 'ALL GOOD?'

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  • LTR042 - 2xLPs
    4066004674537
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Nonkeen, the avant-garde musical collective comprising Nils Frahm, Frederic Gmeiner, and Sebastian Singwald, is gearing up for their long-awaited return with the upcoming album “All good?”. Renowned for their boundary-pushing soundscapes, Nonkeen captured global attention with their critically acclaimed 2016 albums, “The Gamble” and “Oddments of the Gamble”. The releases showcased their ability to seamlessly blend electronic, ambient, and experimental elements into a mesmerizing auditory experience. The trio has been celebrated for their intricate compositions, intense live shows and a sonic palette that defies conventional genres. “All good?” promises to build on their established legacy, offering listeners another immersive journey into the uncharted realms of musical expression. The album is available on limited edition 2LP vinyl and via all digital platforms. 

Tracks

1. I'M SURE
2. THAT LOVE
3. WILL NEVER
4. BE A
5. PRODUCT
6. OF PLASTICITY
7. EXCLAMATION
8. MARK

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