Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Gulfer Split (2012)

Kind of Like: Piglet, Invalids, Giraffes? Giraffes!
Genres: Math Rock, Emo, Indie

I hope that blue hurts your eyes.

It's amazing how I managed to start updating this regularly when I have the most stuff that needs to get done outside of this.  Anyways, these guys are from Montreal.  The music is pretty much your run of the mill math rock mixed with emo (i.e. Rooftops), but what makes this really stick out for me is the vocals.  This guy was meant to sing because he is really expressive and unique at times.

Update: this isn't really the run of the mill bloopity bloop finger tapping, it's actually really grown on me.  Prime cut stuff.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Feeling Better 7" by Nai Harvest (2012)

Kind of Like: Pennines, penpal, Grown Ups
Genres: Emo, Math Rock, Punk
Buy: A Mountain Afar (CA), Struggle Town (Scotland), Pinky Swear (UK)

Hailing from Sheffield, UK, these guys are putting out some really solid stuff.  It's also gotten a really great vinyl treatment that really makes me want to eat an orange creamsicle.  It's rough around the edges but it gives it a little charm.  I would love to see these guys hit a studio and maybe hook up with a bass player because I am just someone who really needs that when listening to a band live.  Gives a band that extra "umph", ya know? Luckily, these recordings have bass on it so it doesn't sound empty.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

/ / / by No Tongue (2012)

Just in case I haven't scared you away yet
Kind of Like: Animal Faces, Jerome's Dream, Kidcrash
Genres: Punk, Post-hardcore, Screamo, Math Rock

Kind of has the Jerome's Dream yelling at times, mixed with some Animal Faces kind of mathy punk.  Just saw this on the chat box and really liked it.  If you have been trying to get on here awhile, just keep at it.  It's all about the right place at the right time, and when I want to update this I usually just go with something I get when I have some free time.

I can't really find much about these guys other than their bandcamp.  All I know is they are from Oakland, California and they put this short but sweet gem out.  Enjoy, because there won't be many updates as this semester winds down.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

finestkinds by I Kill Giants (2012)

Kind of Like: Chasing Paperboy, Snowing, Legs Like Tree Trunks
Genres: Math Rock, Emo, Indie, Punk

These three tracks are tight butthole.  No joke, I wish I had more to say than that.  All I can think about is tight buttholes.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Collections 01 by Teebs (2011)

Kind of Like: Nujabes, Flying Lotus, Air France
Genres: Electronica, Hip Hop
Buy: Discogs
Preview: Grooveshark

Teebs is skateboarder Mtendere Mandowa.  He ended up meeting Flying Lotus and Samiyam at an event, and eventually immersed himself into that style of music.  An achille's injury led him to focus more on music, and he ended up rooming with Flying Lotus and Samiyam.  The  result was some really smooth, intelligent jams.  I have been hooked on his material since it got recommended to me through  Think more along the lines of peaceful yet rhythmic music like Nujabes instead of Flying Lotus's more disjunct, aggressive style.

On a more serious note, if you are an american citizen, I really hope you guys take the time to vote.  I know many of us feel very apathetic and insignificant about politics, but even if you don't pick a president, there are still a variety of important state amendments on the ballot that will have an immediate and noticeable effect on you.

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What's Left to Let Go by Goodtime Boys (2012)

Kind of Like: Kerouac, Disembarked, Bastions
Genres: Screamo, Post-hardcore
Buy: Bridge 9
Preview: Bridge 9

Since I first got turned on to Goodtime Boys, they have become one of my favorite bands to come out of the UK screamo scene recently.  Are We Now has been played been a mainstay on my phone (artists come and go, because I can only fit a certain amount on there).  This album starts off with 5 new songs and then ends with the 5 songs on Are We Now.  This may seem redundant, but I think it is actually pretty smart.  Are We Now was very powerful on it's own, and they managed to add 5 new songs on the front end without that "power" being spread out more sparsely or diminished.  All in all, it just feels complete, Are We Now was the first thought and this LP is a realization and extension of that initial thought.  I am getting too philosophical, and I feel pretentious.  So, I will just let you enjoy this.

Make sure you buy this, Bridge 9 has a variety of neat vinyl options and other packages!

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Winter International sampler and other happenings!


Phew!  Finally got some downtime, so I am going to give you guys a bunch of updates about all that is going on.

1.) You'll Live orders are out! You should be getting your records any day now if you preordered the You'll Live album.  The pop-up idea turned out really cool, I think, but time will tell.  I am starting to see it posted on tumblr, but in the near future there should be reviews surfacing, and I will post those as they come in.

2.) Only 3 Chalk Talk Bile Colored vinyl left! We have a bunch of the black ones left, but we are nearly out of the colored records.  Get them before they are gone!

3.) Only 2 William Bonney Good Vibes LPs left! Seriously guys, the band sold out while on tour and Songs from the Road is either out or nearly out, I believe.  So, these are literally the last two for this pressing left.  We have no immediate plans to repress this but we may next year.  So if you want to be one of 300 people to have the first pressing, order very soon!

4.) Free zines with future orders?! I was approached by the guys at Kyeo Speaks  about taking zines in bulk to distribute, and I should be having a couple samples arrive in the mail soon to look over.  If all is good, we will get a bunch of these to be given for free with any orders.

5.) New face to be added soon?!  Speaking up up in the air type stuff, I am also talking with the boys in SRVVLST about putting out a new 7 inch early next year.  If you haven't had a chance to listen to them, head on over to their bandcamp and give them a listen!

6.) Peace Be Still is working on new material! I have gotten a few samples and rough cuts of their new songs, and I am really excited to hear the end product.  Look out for new stuff probably closer to the new year I would guess.

7.) Taking submissions for the Winter International Sampler! I want to do a winter edition for the International Sampler that we had this summer.  If you are a band outside of the U.S. and want to be on it, send an e-mail to  with the subject "Winter Sampler".  If you haven't got your hands on the one from this past summer, you can get it for free here or on our bandcamp along with the rest of the material we put out.  Free downloads for all!

That's it for now, make sure you add us on Facebook  for more frequent updates!.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Black Pussy SW Tour 2012

Kind of like: Brant Bjork, Graveyard, The Cars, Jimi Hendrix,  
Genres: Psychedelic, 70's Rock, Stoner Rock

"Black Pussy is a kerosine-soaked warning against the commercial, pretentious pop overkill and sounds like a dirty, immense engine coming down a two-lane blacktop." -Facebook

Portland Oregon based Black Pussy is on the road! Their 70's influenced brand of sexy psychedelic rock embraces the ethos of "doing it right". With vintage gear (Fender Guitars and SUNN amps exclusively) and an almost obsessive attention to tone, this sextet crafts articulate and original music with hooks that will draw listeners in and take them on a ride through time and the cosmos.

On Blonde is the debut LP put out on Portland's own Made In China Records. Pick up a copy on quality 180 gram vinyl through the Made In China Webstore. And listen to On Blonde in it's entirety below. It comes HIGHLY recommended to catch a live show and see the experience in person.

Friday, November 2, 2012

I Would But I'm Baroque by SRVVLST (2012)

Kind of Like: Native, CSTVT, Duck. Little Brother, Duck!
Genres: Post-hardcore, Math Rock, Screamo, Punk
Buy: Bandcamp

I am excited about this album for a couple of reasons.  One of which is that it is fresh and really good.  The other is that I am currently in talks with the band about putting out a seven inch with them next year of new material.  After doing a few releases with solidified bands, I am excited about helping new, fairly unheard band.  It's really hard finding bands like this before they are inevitably scooped up by a more....professional(?) label.  I also like bands that have a good sense of design, and I really like that each track has its own little picture with each track.  The only issue is that they are from Columbus, but I guess I may be able to forgive them. Hint, I live in Ann Arbor. Double hint, the breakdown in "Work Friends" is an immediate highlight for me.  Shit happens, and sometimes things don't end up panning out, but I have a feeling we will have more news about these guys soon.

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