Drunkdriver – Knife Day 7″

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A. Knife Day
B. January 2nd 

Label/Buy: Fan Death Records
Listen: Myspace (although if you want to listen to a specific track from this 7″, you’d be better off going to Fan Death’s Myspace, linked through their site linked above)

If Drunkdriver’s full-length LP from last year, Born Pregnant, was not enough for you, then have I got some good news for you. in the Their new 7″, Knife Day, finds them pushing their already punishing hardcore sound to even higher levels. I don’t know if the single format suits these guys more or if the up-and-comers at Fan Death caught these guys at their best, but this single is Drunkdriver at their most focused.

Here is some honesty for you: I was (that last word is key) not a huge fan of Born Pregnant until I listened to this latest 7″. This single has sold me on Drunkdriver. Enough that I went back, revisited their LP and yes, you may now consider me a fan of this Drunkdriver. On Knife Day, it sounds like they have gone even farther in their mission to lead their listeners into pummeled submission. I hesitate to say that they’ve gone “all the way”, as that says that they have nowhere left to go. For all of our collective eardrums, I’m hoping that there’s still some unexplored level of sonic punishment they haven’t reached yet.

Public Service Announcement: Down in the Ground

Don’t order records from Down in the Ground Records. This label “released” 4 records in late 2k8 – an Alters 7″, a 3-way split with COLD CAVE / BLESSURE GRAVE (the dude from which apparently runs Down in the Ground) / CROCODILES, a Blank Dogs 7″ and a Wounded Lion 7″.

I ordered the split, the BD and the Wounded Lion, but have only received the 3-way split. Mind you, these records were ordered in DECEMBER. Fuck that.

Part of this was my fault – one should never pre-order 3 different records in a row from an unknown label, just a scam waiting to happen. I get how life can catch up on a person, I get that sometimes things take time, but this is just stupid.

Don’t throw your money down the toilet.

The Flips

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a: That Girl Stacey
b1: I Still Wanna Be His Girl
b2: Baby (It’s Gonna Be Alright)

Label/Buy: Bancroft Records
Listen: Myspace

The Flips are a Milwakee girl-band super-group, with former members of Tuff Bananas, Plexi 3, Sugar Stems and many other awesome bands coming together for a rousing collection of pop confections on their debut 7″. I’ve had this record for around a week now, and it has received more than its fair share on the turntable. Borrowing heavily from 60’s girl groups (gang vox, wall of sound production, general awesomeness) with the flair of a modern revivalist (look at that sleeve!).

This record is my new girlfriend.

El Jesus de Magico – Scalping the Guru LP

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Label: Columbus Discount Records
Listen: Myspace (the songs on tthis LP aren’t on their player but still, if you haven’t heard them, get an idea…)
Buy: Scratch

Here’s what I was going to do: I was going to write a big, long post detailing the latest batch of releases from Columbus Discount Records. Then, I realized that despite me enjoying the Pillow Talk 7″ a LOT, I didn’t have much different to say than what CDR’s website has to say about it, that I didn’t have much at all to say about the Outer Spacist 7″ (it’s good), and that the Dan Melchior is…Dan Melchior (note: not a bad thing).

However, as you might have guessed, the El Jesus de Magico LP that was released with the above is the one that really caught me off-guard. Up until now, what I’ve heard of these guys (namely the Funeral Home Sessions and Unclean Ghost 7-inches) gave no indication that they were about to put something like Scalping the Guru out. Until now, they’ve been putting out some pretty exceptional lo-fi psych-punk jams and if they continued in this direction, I doubt many would have complained.

Their new LP, Scalping the Guru, is something else. El Jesus de Magico decided to go all kraut rock on us, creating 2009’s first possible best-of-the-year contender. What does it sound like? Imagine these guys trying to cover Amon Duul II’s longer, heavier dirges, somewhat failing to recreate the former’s sound (El Jesus is a little less on the proggy side) but succeeding completely in creating a new sound for themselves. These songs strike a perfect balance between abstract/jammy and a psych sound that is completely focused.

My only complaint is that the whole record is barely longer than half an hour and when you’ve got a kraut-y sound like that of Scalping the Guru, that’s barely enough.

While this record is sold out almost everywhere, Scratch apparently still has it on sale. Don’t blow it.

Captured Tracks – 7 new releases!

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On top of the new Blank Dogs and new Dum Dum Girls 12″s that just came out (Captured Tracks 01 and 02), you can now order Captured Tracks 03 to 09. This label, curated by Mr. Bank Dogs himself, is coming out of the gate with SEVEN new releases. If you go to this Terminal Boredom thread,
you can order 03 to 09 all at once, which is nice because it saves you shipping and time. Plus, when that package comes, your mind will be completely blown.

Check out this list (commentary from the label): 2 cassettes, 2 7″, 2 12″!

CT-003 REPAIRS CS EP.
Debut release. Four tracks of ’74 Germany+’79 Sheffield+’09 Australia.
http://myspace.com/repairsband
Ltd. to 250.
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CT-004 WOODS 7″ Single.
WOODS are a real band. These are two of their best songs. Listen to the B-Side “The Dark” on their site.
http://myspace.com/woodsfamilyband
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CT-005 Brilliant Colors 7″ Single.
Their 2nd 7″. You have the first on Make a Mess, right? The best.
http://myspace.com/brilliantcolorssanfrancisco
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CT-006 The Mayfair Set 7″ Single.
Dum Dum Girls and Blank Dogs co-op band. More, more sad hits. (Reference intentional.) Slightly oversized envelope sleeve. Half w/ silver print, half w/ gold.
http://myspace.com/themayfairset
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CT-007 Gary War “Opens” CS EP.
The Gary War live group is alive. Recorded on WFMU’s great “Choking on Cufflinks” show. Conveniently made available on the supposedly inconvenient cassette format. Ltd. to 300 copies.
http://myspace.com/garywargarywar
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CT-008 The Bitters “Wooden Glove” 12″ EP.
The Bitters are the Cave Pop stars of the future.
http://myspace.com/bittersband
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CT-009 Blessure Grave “Learn to Love the Rope” 12″ EP.
Doomsday duo make it to the large format.
http://myspace.com/blessuregravesd
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