Welcome to the Spot Light! Check out this week's doom, psychedelia, space rock, punk, R&B, garage punk, beat, rockabilly, jazz, sludge, noise, thrash, folk, acoustic, blues, rock'n'roll and industrial releases!
A re-release of Electric Moon's debut album (which was split in two parts on vinyl originally: 'Lunatics' and 'Lunatic's Revenge') as a double LP in a fold out cover! This time the edition is limited to 500 copies, pressed on two coloured high quality vinyl platers. And a poster is included! The LP was mastered by krautrocklegend Eroc, comes with a new cover design by (again) Lulu Artwork, with the original artwork inside the foldout.
Following last year's outstanding debut, 'Sick On My Journey', this three piece release the follow up, a 40 minute pilgrimage through 5 mind-altering tracks. By now avid fans of doom and psychedelia will be familiar with Mike Vest's (Bong, 11Paranoias, Blown Out) patented hyper fuzz guitar shrieks and damaged feedback. In Haikai No Ku he is joined by Jerome Smith (Female Borstal, Charles Dexter Ward) on bass and Sam Booth (Foot Hair, Bin, Obey) on drums to deliver a burgeoning psychedelic doom trip of the highest grade.
If you missed out on SKANSKA MORD's earlier releases - you can't let this one slip thru your fingers. This is their first release on Transubstans, a 4 track EP released on black / solid white 12" vinyl. Recorded at Lemon Recording Studios with engineer Martin Ekelund, this EP is the brilliant follow-up to their two critically acclaimed albums 'The Last Supper' (2010) and 'Paths To Charon' (2012). Once again SKANSKA MORD proves the winning concept of blending one of the strongest voices in Swedish rock history together with the dynamic, blues, psychedelic and hard-riffing tunes that practically steams 70's groove. Including fantastic cover of JANNE SCHAFFER's 'Black Salad' (with a guest appearance by JANNE SCHAFFER himself).
Yuri Gagarin was formed in the beginning of 2012. The band consists of Crille on lead guitar, Jon on rhythm guitar, Leif on bass, Steffo on drums and Robin on synths and FX. After playing for a couple of months they recorded some songs with a simple digital recording divice in their practice space and put them up on Soundcloud and soon thereafter they were appointed as band of the week by Fenriz. A couple of months later they were offered to release an album on a new local label in Gothenburg. So they recorded it and it got released in October last year and the response has been great, even though the mixing was quite bad. In 2014 the album was remixed by Linus Andersson who's the head sound engineer at Liseberg, which is one of the biggest arrangers for outdoors concerts in Gothenburg and it sounds a lot better now than it did before. After the first edition sold out quickly, Sulatron decided to release the new mix on 180-grams, clear/blue marbled vinyl, limited to 500 copies! This album is a big recommodation for lovers of trippy, instrumental, heavy and dirty Spacerock, maybe a bit like early Hawkwind or early Monster Magnet.
Ufomammut have been working on a video project as the visual aspect of the band is as important as their music. The DVD features 'Magickal Mastery Live', a 12-song live act and 'XV', a documentary about the band featuring interviews and outtakes. On the subject of reaching this milestone the band commented... "ORO was a particularly ambitious album for us, and the 'Magickal Mastery Tour' was a great chance to revisit all of our favourite songs in front of really great crowds. When we took some time to reflect on what we had accomplished we knew that the best ways to celebrate our first 15 years, was a DVD release, something for our fans to contribute towards and to treasure.
Official reissue of this underrated British moody DIY punk masterpiece! Originally released on TW Records in 1979. As cult as Swell Maps, Kleenex, Fall, Mekons... File under: Messthetic punk!
This phenomenal quintet from Montpellier, France worship at the altar of The Pretty Things, Downliners Sect and any other fearsome R&B combo that you care to mention. These guys know their music history inside out, and their incendiary live show is something to behold!
Danish beat supremos The Youth already have two killer singles and a fantastic album under their colective belt, and now they come up with another superb 7-inch. Setting new standards to garage-beat, Lasse, Jesper, David and Sune pull out all the stops on these two sides, yet do so with a degree of restraint that highlights their innate and deep understanding of the form.
Danish all-girl-lo-fi-garagepunk at its best! THE FELINES will sweep you off your feet with their very first LP, showcasing a coolness that can hardly be topped. They for sure belong to a new generation of raw girl garage-punk bands, adding a dose of sweetness and charm that is simply captivating.
The long awaited debut album by Scottish beat-punk-sensation THE NEW PICCADILLYS is out now. This is a fabulous Merseybeat-rooted homage to (mainly) punkrock and R&B-classics!
A few years ago a bootlegged LP came out (100 copies only) and created a "minor event" in the '60s geeks scene. Story tells that a certain Gregg had found the tapes in a "messy garage", where he had stored "all the material from his once full-time profession of record salesman and producer". But well, as some say, "God only knows" what the real story of this music was. "Painted Brush, according to the booklet inside, were a Mexican band which, between 1966 and 1969, taped this bunch of songs that remained unreleased at the time. A lost '60s gem? Truth is, it actually sounds like one. From the mono sound to the tunes and performances, everything is immersed in an undisputed '60s feel. This is a legitimate LP-edition on 140-gram vinyl, including an info and photo insert. Don't miss it as you won't have another chance to get this LP, since the band stated that there will be no reissue permit! Limited to 140 copies on black vinyl.
GARAGE PUNK/ROCK & ROLL
The 12-track album 'Alta Loma', named after a hotel in John Fante's book 'Ask The Dust', takes on a much heavier '70s psych sound than their previous works. Garage rock influences are still widely felt throughout the songs, but the band have moved on to a much more progressive approach, even including extended drum solos mixed with theremin. The whole album was recorded live in two days and mixed in one day using only analogue equipment. The song 'Rattlesnake Necklace' has already been released to the general public gaining rave reactions and comparisons to Tom Waits, The Doors and The Cramps.
Los Tones' debut-album sees the boys continue their garage-rock calamity with some subtle hints of early psychedelia and surf rock. 'Psychotropic' also features Los Tones' debut single 'Buchanan Hammer' and the follow up 'Ordinary Man'.
'Garage Punk For Boys' has taken its impetus from the title track itself. A "do it yourself" mentality has spurred these three lads to commit the songs to tape. The infectious feeling of jocular silliness, ferocity, calamity and fun will draw you in. With an arsenal of influences, each song is an homage to a variety of current and historic punk rock pioneers - from the mono-tones of 1960s British Beat to a full on undertone of funked up rhythm & blues. 'Garage Punk For Boys' lifts its hat to a Wilko Johnson infused Billy Childish explosion, with a rocket full of ideas inspired by contemporary cult English bands such as The Masonics, and a massive dose of live energy derived from the likes of King Salami & The Cumberland 3!
This 10-incher offers powerful and authentic rockabilly from Charlie Hightone and his Rock-It's, who are among the most popular bands on the European rockin' scene. Their early releases have been packing the dancefloors with boppers, and this second full-length release is sure ton have a comparable impact. 'Small But Loud' includes contributions from Big Sandy and Vesa Haaja (The Barnshakers).
Ritchie Valens was born Richard Steven Valenzuela on May 13, 1941 in the San Fernando Valley town of Pacoima, California. A self-taught musician, Ritchie joined his first group by the age of 16, was a hit recording artist by 17, and, tragically, died in a plane crash before his 18th birthday. A pioneer in the world of Chicano rock, Ritchie was an influence to the likes of Carlos Santana and Los Lobos. Released just a month after 'The Day The Music Died' -when Ritchie, Buddy Holly, and The Big Bopper died in a plane crash in Iowa- 'Ritchie Valens' includes the legendary singles 'Donna', 'La Bamba' and 'Come On, Let's Go', along with nine other early rock'n'roll classics. One of the most important musicians of the 20th century, and quite likely the most important Mexican-American recording artist of all-time, this LP is Ritchie Valens' legacy boiled down to 30 minutes of pure rock'n'roll.
Ouch! Vol. 4 in the 'Va! Va Voom!!' series offers 16 nipple suckin' tittyshakers to dance to, either at the club or in the bedroom! You get fantastic instrumental action from eatrly '60s swingin' big bands, R'n'B aces and cookin' garage combos, and there's not a dud in the batch! SIDE A: 1. Forbidden Island - The Islanders 2. Perdido Street - Herb Hardesty 3. Main Steam - Bruce Rowland & His Orchestra 4. Mumble Jumble - Floyd Cramer 5. Cha Cha Rock - Rickey Aquary & The Keys 6. Poco Loco - L.B. Wilson 7. The 'Out' Crowd - Hank Marr 8. Happy Feet Time - The Montclairs SIDE B: 1. Night Surfin' - Rebel Rousers 2. Ouch - Ricky Rene & The Fabulous Desires 3. Beatnik Walk - Rune Overman 4. The Snake - Maximilian 5. Shoo Shoo - Jerry And Reggie 6. Ka-Bongin' - The Four Finks 7. Walk On - Bobby Gregg 8. Somethin' - Sir Raleigh & The Coupons
BLUES/RHYTHM & BLUES
Two tracks of exotic rhythm & blues, pressed on wonderful vinyl.
On their first full-length Limboos sharpen and expand on the sound defined on their single debut. That release presented a mixture of R&B and Latin rhythms, aptly described as "exotic Rhythm and Blues", which continues to prevail here. However, these twelve songs stretch out into deeper territory, including old school New Orleans second line, or gutbucket '50s Texas Blues ('Rockin'') combined with Cuban rhythms (the title track) or Brazilian Cumbia ('Brownie'). All beautifully thrown into a blender, making it the national cocktail of a place you would damn sure want to live, if that place even existed.
AVANT GARDE/FREE JAZZ
The Thing formed in 1999 as a Don Cherry recording project. They soon established themselves as one of the most important European jazz groups, playing a variety of compositions, ranging from extreme noise to American free jazz. The members are the highly rated musicians Mats Gustafsson (sax), Ingebrigt Haker Flaten (electric bass) and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums). Limited to 500 copies. TRACKS: 01. Viking 02. Bruremarsj (trad.)
Trouncing waves of distortion are delivered over a bed of vigorous clunk and interwoven with sporadic invasions of erratic baritone sax. Revered in their hometown for their unbridled live shows, Beauty Pageants unique and chaotic sound has been expertly captured on 'Torso'. "A perfect marriage of James Chances' (Contortions) sax and Lydia Lunch's (a.o. Teenage Jesus & The Jerks) screams and I can guarantee you that if that era of New York's underground excites you then you'll like this release too." - Louder Than War
The first compilation release from Stolen Body Records in the form of a limited edition colour in colour vinyl. Featuring some of the best new bands from the UK, France and the USA. Track Listing Side A 1. Heaters - Draggin Feet (3.02) 2. Heaters - Titanaboa (3.01) 3. Taos Humm - Road To RC (4.09) 4. Taos Humm - Flutesong (4.29) 5. Pain Dimension - Seven Finger Hand (4.20) 6. Pain Dimension - Sick Eyes (4.08) Side B 1. Dusty Mush - Frozen Cave (2.36) 2. Dusty Mush - El Chupacabra (2.36) 3. Factotum - Bone marrow (1.50) 4. Factotum - Buy The Ticket (3.04) 5. Travel Check - 66$ (1.58) 6. Travel Check - Druggy Daddy (2.59) 7. Os Noctambulos - I Can't Do It (3.07) 8. Os Noctambulos - I Arrived (2.01)
Gentle acoustic guitars instead of distorted amps, wandering beauty instead of raging brutality, wailing melancholy instead of desperate fury. Opposed to the mercilessly grinding doom/sludge mantras of their renowned 'Mass' releases, Amenra chose a more subtle approach on the painful darkness that is 'Afterlife' - spreading a lugubrious and melancholic atmosphere. Post-hc pioneers Amenra deliver an album with completely acoustic songs, far removed from the long, repetitive and hypnotizing songs they made their trademark off. The A-side holds three melancholic acoustic tracks whereas the B-side is composed of their mirror-reflections, all of them sharing emotions of infinity. Edition of 250 copies on black vinyl.
Formed in 2006, Khunnt have fervently explored the boundaries of esoteric music, from minimalist noise to live improvisation and psychedelic mantra. Focusing exclusively on a more aggravated and blighted composition, 'Dead Eyes' reflects the band's most recent forages into noise and sludge. Comparable to works by Corrupted, Khanate and Noothgrush, the bleak and at times unbearable landscape of 'Dead Eyes' is a passage of hypnotic despair. "Dead Eyes displays a fearsome mastery of their sound, erecting walls of feedback and distortion only to tear them down with bare-fisted riffs and wraith-like howls. Powerful stuff - Highly recommended!" - Boomkat
A Hand numbered edition of 150 LP's on black vinyl, with a gatefold cover, an insert and a bonus 7-inch. Along with the legendary Mercyful Fate and some considerably more obscure acts such as Alien Force and Crystal Knight, Copenhagen's own Witch Cross must rate as one of the best Danish heavy metal bands ever.
Completely remastered for vinyl. Includes two bonus tracks not available on the compact disc release. Presented in an old style tip-on gatefold jacket and includes a poster. Raw, absolutely bone-crushing live recordings from 1976 by one of the finest and heaviest Midwest power trios of all time. This double-LP features more than 70 minutes of the explosive live hard rock concert experience, including many tunes not on the band's essential 'No Rest For The Wicked' album. Comes with a color poster insert. A classic album for fans of Hendrix, Blue Cheer, Cactus, Grand Funk, Mountain, etc. Billy Lee Janey takes his Gibson Firebird to stratospheric levels of heavy '70s guitar nirvana.
Classic Canadian thrash from 1986. Reissued in an edition of 500 discs, with no less than 14 bonus tracks.
This singer-songwriter and folk-musician from Newcastle sings and plays guitar with a rare intensity and a very singular style. Richard Dawson's music is a collision of opposites. His hoarsely cracking voice suddenly rises to a magical soar that's been compared to Tim Buckley, John Martyn and Richard Youngs, while his battered acoustic guitar veers from stumble to sublime in a way that can recall Sir Richard Bishop or Captain Beefheart. Double-LP version.
'Under Diana' is a great psych-folk LP that brings to mind both The Incredible String Band and the dark aspect of Comus. The responsible unit, Ill wicker, is an acoustic five-piece folk band from Sweden at the peak of its powers. The LP is released in an edition of 500 copies and presented in a shrink wrapped and stickered gatefold sleeve.
Roses Never Fade return to Neuropa Records with their second full-length, a successor that has finally come to reality after a long period of work and patience. The band nowadays includes Nathan Opposition of Ancient VVisdom fame (vocals) in its line-up. Nick Brewer is still responsible for the acoustic and electric guitars whereas newcomer Austin Rathmell joins on vocals too. The listener can expect stripped down acoustic guitar and vocal arrangements that rely on Nate's remarkable vocals while Austin Rathmell also adds to the color of things - doing a brilliant job blending in and becoming part of Roses Never Fade's signature sound. Clocking in at roughly 40 minutes, these ten songs are sure to grab your attention with their lush sound and the stark, sometimes spooky lyrical imagery.
Right in time for their reunion Stag-O-Lee releases 'Agri.Dustrial' on vinyl for the first time. The album features a new track, a new running order and a proper vinyl remastering. A roots rock juggernaut from Nashville, TN, the Legendary Shack Shakers are a hot-rodded foursome combining blues, rockabilly, country, and rock & roll into one manic assemblage boasting all the gloriously explosive instability of an M-80. Fronted by the manic JD Wilkes, who when not busy with music (he also leads the Dirt Daubers) is also known as a visual artist, publishing comic books and creating elaborate "carnival art" murals on discarded roll-up projection screens. The Legendary Shack Shakers existed from 2000 until 2010 with 'Agri.Dustrial' being their last release. On this record we hear new guitarist Duane Denison (Hank III, Jesus Lizard), who plays with the enthusiastic power of his predecessors, while new drummer Brett Whitacre drives his kit like it's a semi full of dynamite rolling down a steep hill with no brakes. Singer Colonel JD Wilkes matches the mania of his bandmates, and with longtime bass man Mark Roberts in tow, they deliver a disc packed with sizzling slabs of rock mayhem. This is one sweet and evil ride.
For the first time on vinyl, the 2012 album of this legendary German martial industrial project. Wappenbund plays a harsh epic music of bombastic martial drumming and neoclassical melodies. Timeless, intense, challenging and rhythmical, it's the perfect companion on your last journey towards the light. This work is dedicated to the ancient cultures (Egypt, Mayan, Inca) who worshipped both the sun and the light as the source of all life. Limited to 100 copies on oxblood coloured vinyl.
After the release of their acclaimed last album 'Nuclear Sun', Der Blaue Reiter return from the pillars of oblivion with a new apocalyptic musical tour de force -inspired by a tragic vision of a world governed by secret societies, war and the last days of mankind. 'Le Paradis Funèbre II- L'Adieu Du Silence' is to be considered the second chapter of the band's 2004 debut album. It consists of eleven new songs ripe with compelling orchestrations, cinematic soundscapes and majestic industrial and martial ambience. The album features collaborations with Alina (Lamia Vox), Cecilia Bjärgö (Arcana/Sophia) and Daniela Bedeski (Rosa Rubea). Undoubtedly the most powerful and dark work created by the band thus far! Mastered by Peter Bjärgö (Sophia/Arcana).
With their debut 'Copper Lock Hell', Birmingham-based duo Khost provide an intense wall of sound. Drop-tuned, monolithic structures of super-heavy chords, interspersed with chilling, pagan soundscapes made for worship at the altar of extreme sludge-industrial-doom. Found sounds, glitches, esoteric/gnostic ideas form the backbone of this hefty release. The whole experience is tense and unsettling, and is a solid primer for their live shows.
'Early Nights' can be seen like a music box of musical and nocturnal atmospheres. Musician Jean D.L. guides us on this album through a collection of fragments, pieces of recollection collected over a period of 7 years. The music, both recorded live and at home meanders between improvisation, experiment, drone and ambient guitar, exploring and dialogue with the places where it came to be.
Synapse scorching occult industrial prog noise folk from the strings of Matthew Bower and Samantha Davies. Churning mantras and drukpa elegies for two erased darkside tree limbs: that of the Draconian in Khem, and of Drax Priory in West Yorkshire, which together with Bhutan are the Dragon Lands. The twilight language of flowers is spoken and wolves are raised, finally, Kali dances. For fans of Bathory and Popul Vuh. Comes in a deluxe 6-panel outsized double-digipak with a 16-page booklet.
20/09 Melkweg, Amsterdam
Blues Pills (Nuclear Blast)
10/10 Desert Fest, Antwerpen (BE)
13/10 Doornroosje, Nijmegen
Kadavar (Nuclear Blast)
10/10 Desertfest, Antwerpen (BE)
25/10 Into The Void, Leeuwarden
21/11 Speedfest, Eindhoven
31/10 - Antwerp, Trix (BE)
01/11 - JC Elektra, Sliedrecht
19/11 - Decadence, Gent (BE)
21/11 - W2, Den Bosch
Sleaford Mods (Harbinger Sound)
15/11 De Kreun, Kortrijk (BE)
21/11 Doornroosje, Nijmegen
22/11 Melkweg, Amsterdam
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