Jay Reatard 7″ Series – ON NOW

Jay Reatard See Saw

Matador Records started taking pre-orders for the first of its Jay Reatard singles series today at 3pm ET.  They are only allowing one-record per person. First edition is supposedly 2500 copies, which should move quickly, but hardly qualifies this one as “hard to get” in the long run. Though, that said, each of the successive singles will come in increasingly limited quantities, so it is hard to say how many “complete sets” will end up out there.  Thanks to Marco for the heads up on this.


Also, the Dead Luke box set reservation is over (all 100 were reserved).

Black Bug – “I Don’t Like You” 7″

Black Bug
a: I Don’t Like You
b: You a Grave

Label: AVANT! / Disordered
Listen: Myspace
Buy: FDH Records  / Rocket Reducer

Parts of me really like how fucked this Black Bug stuff sounds- it has your classic synth-on-destruction settings, with some serious distorted female vocalist losing her shit. Other parts of me are kind of turned off by the atonal-ness of this, which sometimes is a plus for me, and sometimes isn’t. Who is to say. It is hard to pinpoint where that line is, and to their credit Black Bug walk the atonality like a tightrope. I find myself being drawn in after spending time on their Myspace page with all of their songs – and I think this band has some serious potential, having many songs up right now that I like more than what is on this single (listen to “Life is a Whore” or “Billy Montana” for a good example).

Limited to 250 copies on clear vinyl – which is a pretty short run, and I think the potential for this band in the future makes this a “must.” The Black Bug aren’t going to go down easy – this is as challenging as punk gets.

Dead Luke Reservation and Pre-Order!

Sacred Bones LOGO

I first wrote about this back in February, and the time has come:

Sacred Bones is currently taking reservations for the Dead Luke box set. As far as I can tell, the reservations were announced this afternoon (and are already half reserved). 100 reservations are being accepted, and you just email caleb@sacredbonesrecords.com with the heading DEAD LUKE BOX. When the second Dead Luke single comes out, you will get an email with payment information (that is – you aren’t paying now, only placing a set on hold). The set will include both Sacred Bones singles, a cd-r with two or three unreleased songs, inserts and other bits. This will be in edition of 100. Box cover art by Ilth (www.myspace.com/iwishihadablackcock).

You can also pre-order the first of the two Dead Luke singles, and the new Nice Face single:

Dead Luke
a: I Want You
b: Waste Of Spaces

Nice Face

100 copies of gold wax, with alternate cover color scheme.
a:Thing In My Head
b:Hidden Automatic


one 7″ – $7.00 ppd
two 7″ – $12.50 ppd
three 7″ – $18.00 ppd

one 7″ – $7.75 ppd
two 7″ – $13.25 ppd
three 7″ – $18.75 ppd

one 7″ – $10.00 ppd
two 7″ – $15.50 ppd
three 7″ – $21.00 ppd

Paypal to: caleb AT sacredbonesrecords. com

Pre-Order City!

Some info that just came down the pipe:

1. A Place To Bury Strangers 3×7″ box set that will be coming out on Vacancy Records in a couple of months. Limited to 500 copies, available until they sold out.

The box set contains three separate 7″ vinyl singles, including three new previously unreleased tracks. Each record jacket and the box containing the three records will be hand screen painted by the band and myself. This is a very special release.

2. David Horvitz Picture Disc 7″ series coming out on Agoo Records. Limited to 200 subscriptions (!!): Starting off from a Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, The series of 6 singles also includes upcoming singles from Parenthetical Girls, No Age, Mika Miko, Sunset Rubdown, Abe Vigoda.

Tyvek – “Summer Burns” 2×7″

a1: Needles Drop
b1: Frustration Rock
c1: Give it Up
d1: Air Conditioner

Label: What’s Your Rupture
Buy: MidHeaven
Listen: Myspace

This Tyvek single is old in 7″ years (it came out last summer), but I was listening to it and remembering how awesome it is. If you don’t have any Tyvek in your record collection, this is a decent place to start. This action packed double 7″ contains  two of my most essential Tyvek songs, “Frustration Rock” (which sounds like The Fall at their messiest) and “Air Conditioner,” though everything is good here.   I  can’t believe that you can still buy this at cost.

Wizzard Sleeve – “Mommy’s Little Baby” 7″

a: Mommy’s Little Baby
b: Pterodactyl Meltdown

HoZac Records
Buy: Fusetronsound
Listen: Myspace

Wizzard Sleeve +Mommy’s Little Baby

This has been sitting at the bottom of my “to listen to” pile for like two months now, and I am kicking myself now for ignoring it for so long. Very weird that this band doesn’t have more hype going for it, as this single is tops. Came out (and sold out) late 2007,  it was too late for it to get any “top 7″ of the year” hype, and given the avalanche of amazing records that has come out in the last few months, it possibly got lost in that as well.

Which is too bad, because Wizzard Sleeve are really fucking good at what they do.  To fall back on an ultra-recent comparison, they have some of the same elements (especialy vocally) as Blank Dogs, but also there is a heavy Chrome influence there as well. Whatever the comparisons, and however it fits into what is going on right now, Wizzard Sleeve sond fairly singular, with both songs filled with compelling ideas and innovations. This is best case scenario – especially “Pterodactyl Meltdown” – which in a fucked up world could become a contender for “Jock Jams” (picture an arena of hockey fans doing the “ooooOOOOOooooo” part). Totally mind-blowing release.

The Pleasure Kills – Smash Up the Radio 7″

a: Smash up the Radio
b: Over and Over

Buy: Polypore Records
Listen: Myspace

This is pop music at its finest. The two songs on The Pleasure Kills debut single are both pure of heart, getting stuck in your brain whilst pretending not to notice that popular music long ago turned its back on the simple (but well constructed), pop song. The Pleasure Kills have been subject to some well deserved blogging buzz over this single – and listening now I can see why – the direct approach that these songs take is a refreshing alternative to the crowded and muddled music of the current American underground. In fact – I think that is why this single works so well; these songs are like splashing your face with cold water. A definite must.