Busy times here at Repressed Records, it’s pretty much all systems go with our Vivid Live show happening at the Opera House next week (more on that later), stacks of new local releases and a couple of new import boxes making their way through the door. Heck, we also found time to bulk up our new Metal, Jazz and Hip Hop sections! Here’s a summary of this week in Repressed Records….
It’s taken a while but the debut LP from Tropical Fuckstorm, a collaboration between members of The Drones, High Tension, Harmony, Mod Con and Palm Springs, is finally here. It’s called Laughing Death In Meat Space, and we have the limited edition coloured vinyl. From Blackwire Records we’ve got Carb On Carb - For Ages LP and from another prolific independent local label, Milk Records, we’ve got The Finks - Rolly Nice LP. Issue #421 of Maximum Rock’n’Roll includes features on CRUZ DE NAVAJAS, EXEK, FASHIONISM, MR. WRONG, FIRESTARTER, NO LOVE, APPRAISE, MORAL PANIC, DURS COEURS, and CUNTROACHES, plus a Damaged City photospread, DIY recording tips, and he usual columns, news items, action-packed photos and reviews. The latest Beach House LP 7 has just turned up too!
Series 4 from from the Nice Music label has arrived with new cassette releases from Nina Buchanan, Fia Fiell, Bead, WPH, Wet Kiss and Correct Line. They’ve been getting a lot of play in store and like their previous 3 batches of tapes it's a great collection of Australian acts working somewhere between interesting electronics, considered ambience and industrial rhythms. Could be considered a local contemporary to one-foot-in-the-club-one-foot-in-the-museum record labels like PAN, Blackest Ever Black or Modern Love Records. Check out the Series 4 sampler playlist…
New Metal just in from the mighty 20 Buck Spin and Profound Lore Records..
SUPERSTITION • Surging Throng Of Evil’s Might LP
WAYFARER • World's Blood Lps
SOFT KILL • Savior LP
MAMMOTH GRINDER • Underworlds
EYEHATEGOD • In The Name Of Suffering
IMPETUOUS RITUAL • Unholy Congregation of Hypocritical Ambivalence
And some excellent jazz re-issues.
MINGUS, CHARLES • Mingus Plays Piano
MINGUS, CHARLES • The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady
SANDERS, PHAROAH • Jewels of Thought
SANDERS, PHAROAH • Summun Bukmun Umyun (Deaf Dumb Blind)
SANDERS, PHAROAH • Tauhid,
SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA • Featuring Pharaoh Sanders and Black Harold
SUN RA AND HIS INTERGALACTIC MYTH SCIENCE SOLAR ORCHESTRA • On Jupiter
Nocturnal Projections - Complete Studio Recordings LP and Inmates In Images LP(Dias)
What a treat, two collections of music from the pre-This Kind Of Punishment group of Graeme and Peter Jefferies, New Zealand music figures that were on the periphery of the now very celebrated NZ 80s underground scene. A scene that’s often unfortunately reduced to the jangly sound of 3 or 4 bands on Flying Nun while there’s much more to hear! Having been a fan of Peter Jefferies early John Cale-esque solo records for a few years now Nocturnal Projections have been on to-hear list for a few years now and they do not disappoint. While the sticker on the front of these records says they’d appeal to fans of The Fall, Joy Division and Wire (it’s not lying, if you like those bands good chance you’ll dig this) I wouldn’t have ever had come to those comparisons. Yep the music is dark and in the post-punk camp but there’s a kind of very personal, kind of sad/earnest quality and driving, off-hinge quality particular to the guitar work and drums that differs it from the cold and minimal post-punk mold. Almost like Husker Du’s brief flirtation with UK post-punk around their Metal Circus period, or Venom P. Stinger minus the agro, or you could definitely file it next to fellow New Zealanders The Pin Group, The Gordons or Shoes This High. Complete Studio Recordings compiles their 7” and 12”s while Inmates In Images pulls the best of the best from board recordings of live sets between 1981 and 1983. I wouldn’t know which one to recommend first.
DIN Cassette (Moontown)
Latest release from DIN is a new collaboration between Rainbow Chan (Chunyin) and Alex Ward (Moon Holiday). DIN is inspired electronic music that is club ready and totally incredible. Pushing their collective palettes into new zones...
Bad Time - Streets Of Iron LP (Goner)
Re-issue of a short lived collabortion between Jay Reatard, King Louie and Eric Oblivion circa 1998. Bit a no brainer for fans of top-tier garage rock. Here’s the story of Bad Times courtesy of Goner Records…
In 1998, things were going south for our friends Jay Reatard, Eric Oblivian, and King Louie Bankston. In between broken relationships, shattered homes, dissolving bands, and feeling low down, a collaboration was proposed- an album! And it was so- Jay and Eric trekked down from Memphis with some songs and ideas for songs, listening to Funkadelic and bad Killed By Death-styled punk songs for the 6 hours to see Louie in New Orleans. One day was spent learning songs, one day recording songs. Eventually they played one show in Normal, IL opening up for Guitar Wolf. The result of this recording was a blast of punk, garage punk, and psychedelic mayhem. Indeed, the hours listening to Funkadelic did pay off. Jay stole some lyrics and some heavy fuzz solo style from George Clinton & the gang. Eric stole a couple songs from Japanese punk legends Friction and Texaco Leather Man, and tried to mention his favorite sumo wrestler Konishiki whenever possible. Fittingly, when Jay and Eric returned to Memphis, Jay found all his belongings - clothes, guitars, amplifiers- out on his front lawn, as his mom had returned to their house and kicked him out while he was away. Bad Times!
A release on Sympathy For The Record Industry combined tracks from this session and from their one live show, and has become a cherished collector's item going for top dollar on the secondhand market. This edition restores the original tracks from the recording session - Eric's "Wrong Way To Love" and Jay's "Lick On My Leather," eliminating the two live ones. A new track order provides a punchy new way to experience the music as well, and the music has been carelessly remastered from a dub of the original cassette. Behold the final product- THIS is how the BAD TIMES was meant to be heard!
Wire CD Box Sets (Pink Flag)
First three classic Wire albums re-issued with books and and bonus CD’s. The original album is presented on its own CD, accompanied by discs that feature relevant extra tracks: singles; B-sides; demos; and many previously unreleased songs. Pink Flag is a two-CD set; Chairs Missing and 154 have three CDs each. All audio has been painstakingly remastered (or, in some cases, mastered for the first time). This stunning set of presentations also includes a range of images from the archive of Annette Green. Wire’s official photographer during this period, Green also shot the covers for Pink Flag and Chairs Missing. Promotional and informal imagery – in colour and black and white – is featured throughout the books. Most of the photographs have not been seen for 40 years – and many have never been published anywhere
Sleep - The Sciences (Third Man Records)
A surprise new album from doom lords that was released on Record Store Day has finally made it here. I wasn’t expecting much, but this doesn’t disappoint at all, with a great version of Sonic Titans taking up all Side 2. The joys of making heaps of noise!
Other new stuff:
v/a • The Emotional, Cosmic & Occult World of Joe Meek LP
MELVINS • Bullhead LP
INSTANT MUSIC • Instant Music LP
INTENSE MOLECULAR ACTIVITY • I.M.A. LP
CHURCH SHUTTLE • Natural Disaster 7"
KRAUS • Grip The Moon Cassette
v/a • Memphis Rent Party LP
JAY, TOMMY & THE GENERAL • Florida Songs LP
Plus more quality goods back in stock…
AXEMEN • Three Virgins
BENDER, JOHN • I Don't Remember Now / I Don't Want to Talk About It
BLACK KEYS • Chulahoma
BRANCA, GLENN • Lesson No. 1
BRANCA, GLENN • The Ascension
CHILTON, ALEX • Like Flies on Sherbert
CHURCH SHUTTLE • Natural Disaster
CINDY LEE • Act of Tenderness
CINDY LEE • Malenkost
COUNTRY TEASERS • Secret Weapon Revealed at Last (aka Full Moon Empty Sports Bag)
COUNTRY TEASERS • The Empire Strikes Back
DIRTBOMBS • Consistency Is The Enemy
EASTLINK • s/t
EAT, THE • It’s Not The Eat, It’s The Humidity
EXEK • Ahead Of Two Thoughts
faith / void • Split
FAUST • Faust
FLYING SAUCER ATTACK • s/t
GALBRAITH, ALASTAIR • Mass
GELD • Perfect Texture
HARD SKIN • Hard Nuts and Hard Cunts
HAUFF, HELENA • A Tape
HECKER, TIM • Dropped Pianos
HECKER, TIM • Harmony In Ultraviolet
HOWLIN RAIN • Russian Wilds
HOWLIN RAIN • s/t
HURLEY, MICHAEL • Ida Con Snock
INSTANT MUSIC • Instant Music
INTENSE MOLECULAR ACTIVITY • I.M.A.
JAY, TOMMY & THE GENERAL • Florida Songs
KRAUS • Grip The Moon
MANTLES • s/t
MAXIMUMROCK’N’ROLL • Issue # 421 - June 2018
MELVINS • Bullhead
MINOR THREAT • s/t (First 2 7”s)
MOUNTAIN GOATS • Transcendental Youth
OH SEES, THEE • Drop
OLSEN, ANGEL • Halfway Home
OLSEN, ANGEL • Strange Cacti
ORANSSI PAZUZU • Muukalainen Puhuu
PLATONOS, LENA • Gallop
PROLETARIAT, THE • Soma Holiday
REICH, STEVE • Four Organs / Phase Patterns
RICHMAN, JONATHAN • Ishkode! Ishkode!
RUSSELL, ARTHUR • Instrumentals
SOLID SPACE • Space Museum
SONIC YOUTH • Bad Moon Rising
SPACEMEN 3 • Dreamweapon
SPACEMEN 3 • Playing With Fire
SPACEMEN 3 • Recurring
SUISHOU NO FUNE • Prayer for Chibi
TEMBO, CHRISSY ZEBBY WITH THE NGOZI FAMILY • My Ancestors
v/a • Flex Your Head
v/a • Memphis Rent Party
VAN ZANDT, TOWNES • Delta Momma Blues
VAN ZANDT, TOWNES • In The Beginning
VAN ZANDT, TOWNES • Rear View Mirror
VENOM, THE • Arringtons, Crombies, Anarchy Bondage
WOODEN SHJIPS • s/t
Our Vivid Live show is next weekend, Saturday the 2nd of June at Sydney Opera House. There are only about 50 tickets remaining, so get on it if you'd like to come along. It's in the Utzon Room, so capacity is strictly limited. Tickets available here. Facebook Event Page is here.