Joyce Manor

February 28, 2011

Yo boners. Joyce Manor. This shit is amazing. I haven’t been able to stop listening to their full length (which can be bought riiiiight here). Seriously, this band rules. They sound like if Jawbreaker covered Weezer’s Pinkerton. It’s fun, interesting, and unbelievably catchy. Czech it out.

Joyce Manor- S/T


More Cattle Drums

February 24, 2011

I have watched this video at least 5 times today. The song hooked me almost instantly and hasn’t let go yet.

Tiny Engines is releasing Cattle Drum’s amazing debut The Boy Kisser Sessions with 3 extra songs. You can buy all the songs on itunes, or for only $4 on Tiny Engine’s bandcamp page. The 3 new songs, like the rest of the release, are really awesome. This band can do no wrong, as far as I’m concerned. The band says that they will be recording a full-length this summer. I’m stoked.

Click here to stream and/or buy the entire release.

Caught these dudes with Algernon Cadwallader and Big Kids in Portland back in January. Personally, they reminded me of Tigers Jaw crossed with Against Me! Pretty good live show, to boot. I guess this band is now a combination of original members of Lee Corey Oswald and the band Business Day. I’m not sure. Also, the vocalist of this band is in Carrion Spring, who did a 8″ split withTe Lloraría Un Puto Río, The Discord Of A Forgotten Sketch, and Beau Navire last year. Cool. Tom May of Menzingers sums this band up much better than I could:

“Jovi meets Slayer meets Natalie Merchant! Wait, that’s not right. Bolsheviks meets Orwellian Socialism meets post-civil war reconstruction era lingering racism! Wait, that’s definitely not right. Apparently I’m terrible at comparing existing artists as a means to describe Lee Corey Oswald. That’s a good thing. The boys swap genres like partners at an end of the world orgy. Punk rock, folk, indie rock, and rock and roll all meet up for a humble yet humbling experience when you grant your ears and eyes the privilege of their experience. Lyrically the boys (Gods, really) seem to have found a pinpoint way of telling the stories and sharing the feelings of our modern, overly informed while under-informed, seemingly lost generation. As we stumble our way through the darkest regions of overbearing consumerism and moral ambiguity, it’s voices like these that vocalize the poignant truths we all feel but lose when we try to project them. I mean all that, it totally sounds like a bunch of douchy garbage, but fuck it, they are great. Their harmonies are great, the songs are there, and they’re pretty good looking too. Oh yeah, beer. They’re a haven for drinking fans with a music problem.”

I can’t stop listening to “These Four Walls.” Definitely reminiscent of earlier Against Me! Check that one out for sure.

Check out these downloads from their bandcamp page (set your own price!) and order their new cassette, Let’s Talk About Awesome Feelings. I did.

BUY Let’s Talk About Awesome Feelings!

Demo 2010.

Sun Songs.


Stream the WWS/мища split

February 16, 2011

Right here, broseph. And have this picture while you’re at it:

You’re welcome.

I stumbled on this album randomly and haven’t really stopped listening to it since. Apparently, Mike Adams plays every instrument on this album and produced it himself, which is pretty impressive. The album consists mostly of complex indie-pop songs, layered with just the right amount of reverb, fuzz, and distortion. His melodies are great, his song structures are interesting, his lyrics are solid and sincere. Basically, I just think this album is great. If you’re in to catchy, well written lo-fi jams, check it out.



Today we posted preorders for the wws/мища split 7″ (pictured above). If you’re interested, you can check it out in our online store.  Package deals will also be up soon. To celebrate our first major vinyl release, I thought I would post everything by both bands that I could find. Enjoy!

We Were Skeletons – Summers



We Were Skeletons – Ryan Oatman




We Were Skeletons – S/T




DEERS! / Animal Lover / Pansori/ мища / ColorChromatic 5 Way Split



мища / Oppenheimer Limit Split



мища – Discographie So Far



February 6, 2011

Today I am sharing one of my favorite albums I have stumbled upon this year. Released on Cassette, this is almost short enough to be considered an EP, but in less than thirty minute lifetime it easily transcends the boundaries of any music I’ve ever come upon. In true black metal sense there are high pitch guitars and fuzzed out ambiences that although are thin, nuance and create intricate harmonic tensions. Though you could spend hours picking apart the endless details, what at first feels dissonant and unlistenable quickly becomes grand and lovely. I have spent the last few days obsessively undergoing this 30 minute listen on repeat and I still find myself entertained. Rarely can something capture my attention over and over again, but more and more the album puts me into a trance. This unescapable feeling is not an accompanying part  of the sound, but is in fact the music itself.

All the Murmuure material is based on a one hour guitar improvisation from November 2006. The selected parts were then further edited to fit a rhythmic structure, and merged with additional layers of sound. The percussions are a mixture of the original programmed drums, and some (extremely re-edited) additional live drumming. Vocals were recorded during a cathartic trance at a sacred place in the forest, with a mini-disc recorder. Being almost inaudible in the music, they’re strictly conceived as a vocal sigil technique, a vehicle for intent.

Although the cassette version is sold out, they now carry a CD version over at the incredible Aquarius Records.

If you’d like to stream the whole album go to the bandcamp

However if you wanna just cut to the chase and get the album for yourself; download.

It’s my 21st birthday.

February 4, 2011

Thanks in advance for all the cool shit you’re going to give me. I really appreciate it. I’ve only got a few things to say before I get off and legally consume large amounts of alcohol for the first time in my life. Here goes nothing.

– Check out the band Coping. They feature members Suffix, Spreadsheets, Damages, and our good friends Lautrec. They’re among the many great new bands expanding upon the mid-west emo sound. You can download their demo and cassette tape here, and buy their stuff here. They’ve got a split 7″ coming out on Topshelf Records up for preorder, so that’s awesome.

– In related news, we are currently hard at work to finish up the We Were Skeletons/мища split 7″ with Topshelf. Preorders will be up in the next week. The Adobe Homes/Beau Navire 7″ is now up for preorder in our store. The split features one awesome song from each band and is pressed on glow in the dark vinyl. It’ll only put you out $5 and will ship as soon as we get our copies. We also just finished a limited run of BWS shirts. You can buy them for $10 here and be the coolest kid on your block.

That’s all I got. More updates in the near future. Cameron, out.

Citizens of the Blogosphere, allow me to introduce myself. I’m Max, friend, lover, and father of the other boys that update this here blog, not to mention the only person on earth that Cameron will yell at. I guess I’ll be a regular addition to Black with Sap and I couldn’t be more happy/ honored.


If you know me you know that I absolutely love anything remotely related to Latterman, I think that anything Matt Canino touches is generally gold. So, for my very first post I bring you a record from Olympia, WA’s now defunct Shorebirds. With ex-members of also defunct bands, Latterman and the legendary Jawbreaker, you can sort of guess how this will sound. Take the uber catchy punk sound of Latterman, speed it up, drop the complexity and viola! you’ve got Shorebirds. Any fan of either of their parent bands will be sure to enjoy this. You can download and/or buy this record on Matt’s Rumbletowne Records. This was one of my favorite records of 2008 and I still can’t get enough of it.



New Kickz

February 3, 2011

This is great. I hate the world of music. but I love the response.