Record Sale

February 24, 2010

EDIT (3/1/10): Ah crap. This week is getting insanely busy to the point where I’m not sure when I’ll sleep. Soooo, this list will come sometime after Thursday. Check back then. I promise I’ll get it done. Thanks for the patience.

Umm, this is hard for me to do, but I’m going to start selling records from my personal collection. I’ll post a list of available items to buy later tonight with their prices and you can email me and claim them as you’d like. Prices and shipping will be reasonable.

Oh, p.s. This isn’t my record collection pictured above.

King Guava – Demo

February 23, 2010

This is some really original and awesome sounding stuff. I have never heard anything like King Guava’s Demo, no joke. It reminds me of Make Me mixed with Mischief Brew mixed with some sort of mountain bluegrass band. I’ve basically played the last 3 songs on repeat since I downloaded it. If it sounds interesting at all, nab that shit!

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Okay, so here’s the deal. I do a radio show on the online station at Whitworth.fm on Tuesdays from 9 pm to midnight Pacific time. I play a lot of stuff that you might find on this blog and similar ones. My point being, if you dig any of this music, listen in, I make it fun. I promise. I call my show “Kool-Aid and Cocoa Puffs.” It features me (Kool-Aid), Curtis Day (Cocoa Puffs), and Alex Davis (Sweet Tooth, from Leftist Nautical Antiques Records fame). Hmm, am I leaving anything out? I don’t think so. I give out the booth phone number during the show so you can call in and make requests or chat with us. It’s fun. Be sure to check it out. Also, Curtis does a show on Wednesdays on Whitworth.fm from 7-9 pm called “Something Dirty.” It’s equally fun. Umm yeah. Cameron, I’m calling soon. Bye dads.

P.O.S. – Never Better

February 12, 2010

P.O.S. is Stefan Alexander, a Hip-Hop artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota. At a young age, Stefan fell in love with punk, played in punk bands, and eventually started rapping as an alternative form of expression. As a rapper, he is deeply influenced by punk and hardcore, often samples punk songs or features prominent punk artists, and has really developed a style all his own. I saw P.O.S. this week in Missoula, MT, and I was floored by the whole show, supporting bands included. If you ever get a chance to go see him, do not pass it up, regardless if you’re a hip hop fan or not. He performs with such enthusiasm and passion that it is really difficult not to be hypnotized by the whole spectacle. Also, I think he is one hell of a song-writer. That’s an element to Hip-Hop I wasn’t really aware existed, but he’s turned me onto some other really well-written stuff. At the very least, give “Never Better” a listen. I think you’ll be surprised by what you find. If you like it, definitely check out his 2 other albums, “Audition” (2006) and “Ipecac Neat” (2004).

Never Better (2009)

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Oh, Apollo – Final Songs

February 8, 2010

These are the last three songs that Oh, Apollo recorded before they decided to call it a day. Dual vocals and post-rock influenced instrumentals. The first two songs remind me a bit of a less chaotic Outclassed. The last song on here brings My Heart to Joy’s latest release to mind. This release is really good and outshines their previous work, even, which were already extremely impressive. Hopefully, some reiteration of this band will form soon enough. We’ll see. Until then, enjoy these final 3 songs.

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Nana Grizol – Ruth

February 6, 2010

Nana Grizol is composed of members of Defiance, Ohio, Elf Power, and from what I’ve heard, Neutral Milk Hotel. This sounds exactly like you’d expect from such a collaboration. Bright, optimistic but with an obvious punk influence. Main song writer Theo Hilton offers some beautiful and clever lyrics that are backed perfectly by intricate horn melodies. Take, for example, the ending lines of “Atoms”:

“And nothing ever does begin like nothing ever ends. Ask every atom in your body and they’ll surely tell you, ‘Friend, I am old as time and older still. And you are made of everything you love, you feel, or kill. I will outlive you, and forgive you, and be just a baby still.'”

This was one of my favorite releases from last year and really surprised me as I hadn’t heard their previous album. Anyway, if you’re at all a fan of music check this one out.

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I really don’t know anything about this band, but I was extremely impressed by their demo. I think they’re from Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, and they’ve only been a band for a few months. That’s the extent of my knowledge, really. Their demo mixes the ever-popular American Football sound with the more post-punk sound of fellow Scotlander’s We Were Promised Jetpacks. Picture a band playing American Football songs but adding more pop-sensibilities and a thick Scottish accent. That’s the best way I can think to explain it. Check it out. I’m betting these guys blow up.

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Let me introduce you to Heads and Heads from Barcelona, Spain. The vocals on this 12″ definitely call to mind Italian screamo bands Raein and La Quiete, but the guitars remind me of Birthday Boyz. You know, building yet mathy. After a couple of listens, I can honestly say that this is one of my favorite recordings that I’ve heard so far this year, regardless of genre. I’ve heard remarkably little about this band until happening upon a link on funfunfunf. Apparently, they have a whole bunch of splits lined up for this year and a s/t 7″ that also just came out, which I’ve yet to find anywhere. Keep your eyes glued on these guys though, they’re definitely an exciting band that shouldn’t be overlooked in the coming year.

Heads and Heads 12″ (2009)

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Antilles

February 3, 2010

These dudes hail from Ohio and recently released a split with STAPH (ex-Lion of the North) on Inkblot Records. Sometimes chaotic sometimes slow and emotive. Very rough and jagged, but still containing some melodic jangly guitars. On top of all of that, Antilles has a couple different dudes doing vocals. I really can’t wait for the summer solely to see these guys live. Check them out and be blown away by what you hear.

All releases can be purchased through Kid Sister Everything Records, run by Harrison from Antilles, here.

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Beholder Destroyer

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S/T 12″ (2008)

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Antilles/Trifle Tower Split 7″ (2008)

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Antilles/Mountain Asleep Split 7″ (2009)

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Antilles/STAPH. Split 7″ (2009)

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2nd Semester

February 2, 2010

Well, I just got back to school from break. Today I sent orders out to those who ordered CDs during the past week so you guys should be getting those within a few days. It’s good to be back and the blog will be rolling forward as strong as ever during the next few weeks.

While I was home, I acquired an old friend and gave him a (hopefully) permanent home. We’ve utilized his services before when we made the Cremation 186 tapes but he was only on loan, but now it looks like he’ll be staying with us (keep you fingers crossed!). Here’s what he looks like:

This is the Otari 4x tape duplicator that will be used on the I Create and 1994! tapes that are coming out soon. With his help we can duplicate over 100 tapes per hour. Awesome.

In I Create news, my computer crashed while I was working on the artwork. I didn’t save my work. I lost it. Redoing it. I promise it’ll be better now anyway. Lesson learned, though.

We’re setting up a show for Antilles at the end of May in either Spokane, Missoula or Idaho Falls depending on the date since it’s hovering around the time I’m graduating here in Spokane. Either way it is sure to be insanely good. Expect and Antilles post with some download links soon. Also, some other posts with download links will be coming up soon, too.

Also, it’s Cameron’s birthday on Thursday so be sure to wish him a good one. I might go over and visit him this weekend. Here’s us being awesome together:

Be good to each other,

Dylan