Cheval Sombre and Boron

Cheval Sombre – I Found It Not So b/w Where Did Our Love Go 7″

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A. I Found It Not So
B. Where Did Our Love Go

Label: Static Caravan
Listen: Myspace
Buy: Darla

Not even getting what I assume to be their heroes to make an appearance (Dean Wareham of Galaxie 500/Luna and Britta Phillips of the latter plays on the track, Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3 produces) could save the A-side of New York’s Cheval Sombre’s new 7-inch from sounding like slowcore-by-numbers. The track is bathed in reverb, the vocals sound he’s in a trance (natch – he actually reminds me of Mathew Sweet, no not that one, I’m talking about Boduf Songs), and the whole affair moves slower than the time it is taking for My Bloody Valentine to release a new record. Sorry, I’d rather listen to Lazer Guided Melodies/Pure Phase. He fares a bit better on the B-side because it’s the goddamn Supremes he’s covering but sorry, I’d rather listen to Solange Knowles’ reworking of the classic track. All in all, this 7-inch was pressed so that journalists have a new excuse to use the adjectives “dreamy” and “lush”. For fans of the genre.

Cheval Sombre – I Sleep 7″

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A. I Sleep (Alpha Waves)
B. I Sleep (Delta Waves)

Label: Trensmat

See above.

Boron and the Grebes – You’re A Horrible Person 7″

Couldn’t find a picture.

“Boron” Side: The Prophet Hooligan
“Grebe” Side: You’re A Horrible Person 

Listen/Buy: Myspace

Save your money and pick up that Hospitals record that came out earlier this year.

Sonic Chicken 4 – Toe Man / Midnight Girl 7″

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A: Toe Man
B: Midnight Girl
Label: Robs House Records
Listen: Myspace
Buy: Out of Print (Available at Rocket Reducer)

The consensus on this 7″ on the latest offering from Perpignan, France’s Sonic Chicken 4 is that, while an ejoyable listen, it just doesn’t live up to their debut LP that came out on In The Red last year. That is mostly right, though I think Midnight Girl holds up with some of their best songs – garage pop done right – rambling down the street before briefly wandering down a sketchy back alley, before getting on the right track again. “Toe Man” is pleasant enough, though doesn’t take on much of a risk. “Pleasant enough” is hardly a great endorsement, but if you like Sonic Chicken 4, or better-than-average garage, this is a worthwhile addition to your collection.

Forget all of that, you want this record for its sleeve, one of my favourites of the year. Sure, you collect records for the music, for the vinyl experience, etc. etc. But if you are anything like me, you buy records that have awesome sleeves. Anybody know the artist?

John Barrett’s Bass Drum of Death – ’Stain Stick Skin’ 7″

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A:Stain Stick Skin
B:Ballad of Bandit X
Label/Buy: Fat Possum
Listen: Myspace

John Barrett’s Bass Drum of Death is one guy, John Barrett coming from the musical hotbed of Oxford, Miss (also home to Color Revolt). Both of these songs are in Black Lips wing of modern garage rock – retro blues rock with the faint whif of modern production. “Stiain Stick Skin” is the stomper, while “Ballad of Bandit X” is the slow burn, nasty lead guitar over acoustic guitar strumming and bass drum/tamborine back beat. “Ballad of Bandit X” is the highlight for me, a song that has managed to work its way under my skin.  We’re not foraging any new territory here, but that isn’t always the point, is it?

Sacred Bones Pre-Orders

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I’ve mentioned this in the past, but Sacred Bones is likely the best record label on the planet right now. They are batting .1000, and I especially look forward to their 12″ records because I love the consistency of the artwork. I will eventually have a special “Sacred Bones” section of my record shelf. The next batch looks just as tasty (“elaborate packaging” = instant purchase)

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SBR-012 The Rebel “Northern Rocks Bear Weird Vegetable” LP

Northern Rocks Bear Weird Vegetable?the next full-length from London, England’s The Rebel. The alter ego of Country Teasers’ Ben Wallers, The Rebel dates back to the tail-end of the 80’s?having existed side-by-side throughout Country Teasers’ prolific career?often releasing records at a steadier clip than Waller’s main project with songs too madcap to fit into even their William- Burroughs-by-way-of-The-Residents take on country music. Wallers’ characteristic self-aware irony and surreal gender/race ruminations are still present but sitting backseat in this more fleshed out concept album about decaying conditions on the planet 3AR7H. Although Burroughs comparisons are inevitable, Northern Rocks Bear Weird Vegetable could only have been scripted by The Rebel. The album’s narrator is in a band, has a valet named Mulholland, but inhabits an otherwise unrecognizable dystopian landscape where evil science laboratories combat college radio personalities, and nuclear war with Iran is well underway. Important issues of today and tomorrow are touched on. In “Why Must I Pay?” Mr. Thatcher, a future Prime Minister, is excoriated for the rising costs of tea, rent, drugs and sex. “Scarlett Johansen Conceiving the Design” depicts an horrific world wherein starlets replace scientists as consumerdom’s inventors. In “You’re Just Like Tammy Wynette” the Radical Islam Problem is diagnosed by looking at the politics of ladies headgear, while in “Turtle v. Octopus” a battle between Lovecraftian ancient adversaries plays out, potentially affecting the future of Music itself.

This is the first Rebel album to be recorded in the studio with a live backing band…that band being Country Teasers. In terms of sound, Northern Rocks Bears Weird Vegetable exchanges The Rebel’s clautrophobic home studio layers and d.i.y. effects for the improvisational band chemistry and controlled looseness of Country Teasers’ infamous live act. $14

Limited Edition: An edition of 150. Elaborate packaging includes, an outer velvet sleeve, alternative sleeve art, insert and cd-r. ONE PER PERSON. $22

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SBR-013 Children’s Hospital “Alone Together” LP

Alone Together is the debut release from Children’s Hospital. If their despondent sounds remind you of something you may have once heard its because this is the latest project from the A-Frames/Intelligence/Rodent Plague/AFCGT axis. Reminiscent of the brooding and gray skyline of their hometown of Seattle the duo hover between abstract soundscape compositions, Jandek inspired bouts of melancholy droned out dementia, and stripped apart abrasive punk…often combining several of these forms at once. If recent Rodent Plague releases on Killshaman and Jerkave Tapes are any indication it would be ill-advised to sleep on Children’s Hospital. $14

Limited Edition: An edition of 150. Elaborate packaging includes, screen printed outer sleeve, alternative sleeve art, insert and cd-r. ONE PER PERSON. $20


SBR-013-b Children’s Hospital “Alone Together” Photo Book + CD

In addition to the forthcoming Children?s Hospital debut LP Sacred Bones is also offering a very limited edition photo book and CD edition. The book is a reproduction of stunning found photography from 1926 shot inside a ward of an actual children?s hospital. In total it includes 24 pages of personal photos of one particular nun working in hospital as well as many period photos of the patients themselves. The morbid vibe presets a stunning paradox with stark black and white photos of patients who despite the circumstances appear generally happy.

This book will be released in a limited edition of 200 copies and will include a CD copy of the Children?s Hospital record. $23

Please go to www.sacredbonesrecords.c om to order.

Questions, distros, cash or money orders, etc.  caleb AT sacredbonesrecords.com

Listen to some of them jams go here- http://www.myspace.com/sacredbonesrecords

HoZac Gold Rush!!

Someone on Termbo said I didn’t post this right away last time (I did) – I got this email 4 minutes ago (10:52am MST) – get in on these while you can! That said, I ordered first, posted second. Srsly.

We have three brand new releases, ready to invigorate your empty, lifeless carcass.

HZR-021  MEDICATION – “Don’t Die” b/w “Fog”  7″
The cold, dark waves of desperation and imminent mortal doom ring true on this debut 7″ from Medication, a home recording project from Conneticut that delves into the drifting echo-filled world of Mikey Hyde, who makes no qualms about addressing the despair and melancholy vibes swirling around his cranium. With jangling, distant orchestrations plodding alongside the beat of an old gypsy drum, this might just be the epically Autumnal record that sets you straight this year, and fans of Pink Reason might just find a new perennial favorite within these desolate grooves. As always, the first 150 copies are the Gold Edition with alternate ‘Attic Daze’ sleeve.

HZR-022  SUBTLE TURNHIPS – Fuck the People, Fuck The Power 7″ EP
If they let people in America gargle with razorblades like they allow the folks in France, then the mighty force of the Subtle Turnhips would be as big as Paris Hilton’s forehead, and ten times as ugly. As an enigmatic band that’s been mostly self-releasing records for the past eighteen years, the time has come for their first US release, and we’re mighty proud to host them on our label. With their slop-punk aesthetic effectively tickling the nuances of Swell Maps, TV Personalities, Drunks With Guns and Brainbombs, this is one 7″ EP that will win over anyone with a lick of good taste, and/or a pulse. As always, the first 150 copies are the Gold Edition with alternate ‘Corrosive Nail Font’ sleeve.

HZR-023  GRAVE BLANKETS – “Our Love is Real” b/w “Trip Wire” 7″
Emerging out of the spectacular modern musical hotbed of Columbus, Ohio, Grave Blankets are one of those bands that write colossal hooks into their songs that stick to your ribs upon first listen and furiously embed themselves into your evoked set of perilous preferences. Stripped of any gloss or NME hype, Grave Blankets offer a true picture of how disgustingly pure rock’n roll is done, as they careen and writhe under your skin and somehow walk away with one of the most memorable hits of the year, in a year already full of stellar releases. As always, the first 150 copies are the Gold Edition with alternate ‘Faceless Geometric’ sleeve.

all ordering information is listed below so please get your copies right away if you “need” the gold edition.
(NOTE: *need = plasma, oxygen, bread, water  *want = records, fancy sunglasses, expensive sandwiches)

Ordering Info:

Sorry, but we have to limit the Gold Editions to ONE copy PER release title, PER order.
Please don’t beg! If you order more than one copy per record, you will get one Gold edition (if still available) and one Black Edition, or possibly even TWO black editions if the Gold are sold out. It’s first come, first serve, that’s just the way this works, folks. Lucky for you, we don’t release dogshit, so it shouldn’t be a problem.

Canada and Euro orders ship airmail.
All prices are postage paid. We are offering a special low price for one of each single which is obviously the best deal.

PLEASE INCLUDE WHICH RECORDS YOU’D LIKE IN YOUR comment field.

PAYPAL account is : todd (at) horizontalaction.com

USA
one 7″ – $6.75 ppd
two 7″ – $12.50 ppd
three 7″ – $17.75 ppd
four 7″ – $22.25 ppd
five 7″ – $26.50 ppd
six 7″ – $31.75 ppd

CANADA/MEX/South America
one 7″ – $7.25 ppd
two 7″ – $13.50 ppd
three 7″ – $18.95ppd
four 7″ – $24.00 ppd
five 7″ – $28.25 ppd
six 7″ – $33.50 ppd

EUROPE/rest of WORLD
one 7″ – $10.75 ppd
two 7″ – $19.75 ppd
three 7″ – $27.95 ppd
four 7″ – $33.50 ppd
five 7″ – $38.95 ppd
six 7″ – $45.50 ppd

regular mailing address below (MO payable to Horizontal Action, or well-concealed cash at your own risk),
– PLEASE EMAIL TO RESERVE COPIES – todd (at) horizontalaction.com

Mega Update #1

Figured it was time to put some of these up. Leaving on a West-Coast/Alberta tour on Friday w/ The Wicked Awesomes, which should be awesome. If you live in any of these cities, come say hi!

Wicked Awesomes / Endangered Ape Tour
22 Aug 2008 Edmonton @Wunderbar
23 Aug 2008 Kelowna @ The Habitat
24 Aug 2008 Vancouver @ Hokos w/ The Bloggers
25 Aug 2008 Bellingham, WA @ w/ Octogon Control (cancelled)
27 Aug 2008 Seattle, WA @ The Funhouse W/ The Femurs
28 Aug 2008 Portland, OR @ Twilight Bar And Cafe W/ Scaphists
29 Aug 2008 Lethbridge, AB @ The Slice W/ Planet Telex
30 Aug 2008 Calgary, AB @ Palamino

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Black Orphan – “Circuts” 7”
a1: XX Spectrum
a2: Singularity
b1: Online
b2: Circuts

Label: UFO Dictator
Listen: Myspace

Black Orphan play in the same vein as Blank Dogs – lofi, minimalist synth punk, with perhaps a bit more grit. This is the first of two singles coming out this Summer (Hozac has another one in the mail as we speak!). Sounds like it could be a one-man band, and I want to imagine this being in a room that also houses the occasional dungeons and dragons game and perhaps a poster of the Star Ship Enterprise – in that it maybe wants to come of darker than it is, but instead plays kind of nerdy (techno-geek nerdy), and which I am totally fine with. The guitars and the outdated synths play well with the distorted vox. Highly recommended. Limited to 400 – almost all gone.

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The Hibachi Stranglers – “Parasol Parade” 7”
a: Livin’ the Nite Lite
b1: Rocket to the Crotch
b2: Azalea Trail Bait

Label: Jeth-Row Records
Listen: Myspace

“Parasol Parade” is the second 45 from the Angry Samoans-esq Hibachi Stranglers, and this has been getting a tonne of play as of late. Livin’ the Nite Lite sounds like it would be the perfect outro to some exploitation-teen-slasher movie, with its guitar-soloing and far-away sounding gang vocals. I keep playing it hoping that whatever it reminds me of will come to mind, but for whatever reason I can’t quite place it. Either way, this is really fun (in the getting wasted and finding a rumble kind of way).

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The Anals – “Commando of Love” 7”
A: Commando of Love
B: Wake Up, You’re Dead

Label: Sweet Rot
Listen: Myspace

I’ve had The Anals 7” now for a couple of months, and I think it might be love. I keep saying to myself that this is the top of “the list” (you know), and I think the fact that it has never been filed with my other records speaks to this.

“Commando of Love” is pretty simple – primitive drums, repeating synth line, some feedback, some french guy yelling about something. All of this is pretty effective, in that it manages to build into a really menacing mood piece. “Wake Up, You’re Dead” follows the same path, with a NES-styled synth bass, and a wall of squelching feedback. All in all, I am digging this because of how listenable these songs are. On top of that is one of the best 7″ sleeve I have seen this year. An all around package.

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A1: Cannot Calm Down
A2: Same Mistakes
B1: Slip Away
B2: Superstitious Minds
B3: Dead to the Discourse

Label: Going Gaga Records
Listen: Myspace

This past June was the second annual Sled Island Festival in Calgary, Alberta, which was more or less awesome (Fucked Up! BBQ! Deerhunter!). On the last day of the festival, I skipped watching Wire and Mogwai to see Calgary’s The Cryptomaniacs play their last show in a hot dog joint. If you recall, I lost my mind over The Cryptomaniacs 7” last fall, and I stand by my statement that it is one of the best records to come out of the Calgary scene. So good.

Sedatives features Ian from Cryptomaniacs (now relocated to Ottawa), and if this 7” is any indication, picks up from where the Cryptos left us – organ fueled garage-pop with irresistible hooks. “Cannot Calm Down” is the highlight for me, a song I’ve easily listened to a dozen times since I got this. I also really dig “Superstitious Minds”, which reminds me of The Descendants if they were a garage band and had an organ player. Did I mention the organ? It is all over this record, and adds a nice texture. Limited to 300, and is a must have.

Columbus Discount Records 7″ Club Preorder

Gah!

Columbus Discount Records just announced their innagural 7″ club, and the lineup looks fantastic. For about $75, you get 12 records from:

Cheater Slicks
El Jesus De Magico
Little Claw
The Harrisburg Players
TV Ghost
Guinea Worms
Pink Reason
Dan Melchior und das Menace
Sandwitch (featuring Ron House of TJSA, Great Plains, Ego Summit infamy!)
Psychedelic Horseshit
The Unholy 2
Mike Rep

Limited to 250, this lineup excites me a lot more than the Sub Pop singles club. Can’t wait for these to start pouring in!

Railcars – Cities vs Submaries 7″ (preorder)

A1. there is ice; it is blue
A2. saints are waiting for me, (outside my door)
B1. concrete buildings
B2. through the trees lay smokestacks
B3. bohemia is without a sea

Label: Gold Robot Recordings:
Buy/Listen: From the Band

From yesterday’s Bonnie “Prince” Billy post comes this record from Railcars (formerly Aria C Jalali), which is also forthcoming on Gold Robot Recordings (pre-order now; 500 copies). Electronic malfunctions, random noises, and blown-out buzzings layered over some intense melodies. Reminds me of Xiu Xiu crossed with Wolf Parade or Frog Eyes, which is suiting since it was recorded by Jamie Stewart himself, and he has shared a stage with Wolf Parade side project Handsome Furs. I can get behind this, especially “Bohemia is Without a Sea” with all of its jerks and glitches. Check it out!

The Hozac Gold Rush!

From the Hozac mailing list!

We have three brand new releases, ready for your sticky, soiled hands!

HZR-018  BLACK ORPHAN – Video Kids 7″ EP
From the ominous depths of hell’s inner circle, Black Orphan rises up and takes off where Spider left off, and their slimey drooling of punk’s primordial ooze seeps into every exposed pore on your body, languishing and writhing with emotional destitution. Four ethereal tomes that decapitate, reverberate, and exacerbate the unruly demons that live deep in your mind, these songs allow you to walk through walls, see through clothing, and transcribe weird animalistic codes that only owls and sloths can truly understand, yet their presence in your life is unmistakably prerequisite. First 150 Gold editions come with alternate ‘Lunar Lobotomy’ sleeve design.

HZR-019  JACUZZI BOYS – Island Ave. 7″ EP
Miami, Florida’s Jacuzzi Boys have captured the heart of a nation (well, not exactly Milwaukee after last weekend, but hey…) with their mystically jangling, gypsy-tinged haunting songs that stick with you right on contact.  With a stellar debut 7″ last year in Floridas Dying and a recent tour with King Khan and the Shrines almost wrapped up, these three off-center souls drift back and forth between contagious melodic anthems of delirium, and bonafide modern classics destined to entertain generations of weirdos for years to come. First 150 Gold editions come with alternate ‘Tongue of the Snake’ sleeve design.

HZR-020  DUTCHESS and the DUKE – ‘Never Had A Chance’ b/w ‘Scorpio’ 7″
If you’ve ever been seriously in love with the magical ’65-66 era of the Rolling Stones songbook, and wished someone would take it upon themselves to capture that scintillating and raw sound for the contemporary stage, the Dutchess and the Duke are prime for your new favorite band slot. Jesse from Fe Fi Fo Fums, along with Kimberly of numerous Seattle bands (Rat Fancy, Flying Dutchmen, Unnatural Helpers, etc) have come into your life with a sound that’s as irresistible as the originals that inspired them. This single contains two exclusive cuts not on the debut LP, and first 150 Gold editions come with alternate ‘Half-tone Z Face’ sleeve design.

all ordering information is listed below so please get your copies right away if you “need” the gold edition.
(NOTE: *need = plasma, oxygen, bread, water  *want = records, fancy sunglasses, expensive sandwiches)

Ordering Info:

Sorry, but we have to limit the Gold Editions to ONE copy PER release title, PER order. Please don’t beg! If you order more than one copy per record, you will get one Gold edition (if still available) and one Black Edition, or possibly even TWO black editions if the Gold are sold out. That’s just the way this shit works folks. Lucky for you, we don’t release dogshit, so it shouldn’t be a problem. You can always trade these things, ya know…

Canada and Euro orders ship airmail.
All prices are postage paid. We are offering a special low price for one of each single which is obviously the best deal.

PLEASE INCLUDE WHICH RECORDS YOU’D LIKE IN YOUR comment field.

PAYPAL account is : todd (at) horizontalaction.com

USA
one 7″ – $6.50 ppd
two 7″ – $12.75 ppd
three 7″ – $17.50 ppd
four 7″ – $22.25 ppd
five 7″ – $26.50 ppd
six 7″ – $31.75 ppd

CANADA/MEX/South America
one 7″ – $6.95 ppd
two 7″ – $13.50 ppd
three 7″ – $18.25ppd
four 7″ – $23.00 ppd
five 7″ – $27.75 ppd
six 7″ – $32.95 ppd

EUROPE/rest of WORLD
one 7″ – $10.75 ppd
two 7″ – $16.95 ppd
three 7″ – $21.95 ppd
four 7″ – $26.95 ppd
five 7″ – $31.95 ppd
six 7″ – $38.50 ppd

regular mailing address below (MO payable to Horizontal Action, or well-concealed cash at your own risk),
– PLEASE EMAIL TO RESERVE COPIES – todd (at) horizontalaction.com

The Midnight Kicks – Time for Fun 7″


a: You’re Not The Scientist
b1: Whoaaa!
b2: She Said

Label: Iekk Sounds
Purchase: Boom Chick
Listen: Myspace

Midnight Kicks are three lads from the UK, and they have a high-octane garage-rock sound reminiscent of the good parts in your favourite garage-rock hits. A-Side “You’re Not the Scientist” is a catchy little song, the other two are pretty good. As decent as these songs are, it took me way too long to get past the artwork, this record having the unfortunate distinction of the worst cover art I have seen in 2008.

The Wiggins – Feed the Ghost 7″

a1: Dog
a2: Feed the Ghost
b: In the Night

Label: Dull Knife
Buy: From the Label
Listen: Myspace

Sometimes the weirdest key words will trigger me to buy a record. In this case, I read a review that mentioned “David Lynch”, and that was all I needed. I didn’t need to hear a note of this, and I figured I would like it.The Wiggins is John Read, who you might include in the current lo-fi movement that privileges the simplicity of early Rock ‘N Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Surf, and a little hint of country twang (especially in the vocals), recording everything in the red and releasing records like this one that seem effortless. I suppose the drum machine (at times) gives this a Jesus and Mary Chain vibe, but in the end this record is one of the best I have heard in a while, leaving me to track down the other Wiggins releases.

Limited to 300, this one is a must buy.

Sub Pop Singles Club 2008/2009

This just totally made my day, and I can’t think of a better thing to bring SevenTenTwelve back from the grave. The legendary Sub Pop singles club is coming back!! You can sign up now, and the whole series will set you back $75. Sweet.

Here is the fact sheet according to Sub Pop:

Fact 1!
This run of The Sub Pop Singles Club will run for 1 year only, before returning to its secret island vacation spot for eternity (or until we here at Sub Pop feel masochistic enough to take on coordinating this debacle again.)

Fact 2!
This year’s Sub Pop Singles Club will include records (of the 7” variety) with music from such artists as Om, Unnatural Helpers, Tyvek, Black Mountain, Black Lips, Arthur & Yu, Mika Miko, Blues Control, Notwist, plus some stuff we’re not yet at liberty to divulge. And they won’t come out in that particular order, necessarily.

Fact 3!
We will mail you 1 record per month, every month for an entire year beginning on August 15th with a fantastic pair of songs from Om.

Fact 4!
For shipments to North America, you will pay us $75 in exchange for receiving this monthly boon from us. If you live elsewhere, in places outside of North America, we will require $90 from you.

Fact 5!
We will be pressing 1,500 copies of each single and so the number of subscriptions available for sale will be correspondingly limited. When these subscriptions are gone, that’s it!

Fact 6!
In addition to the singles themselves, each subscriber will receive a coupon enabling the download of high-quality MP3s of each record. No need to worry about how you’ll jam that 7” into your disk drive, we’ve got all you technophiliacs with your new-fangled gadgets covered.

Fact 7!
Subscriptions will be limited to 5 per person.

So here’s your chance to join the throngs of assholes selling their collectibles on eBay for ridiculous sums! All you have to do is: SEND US YOUR MONEY!

PLEASE NOTE: The subscription is $90 USD for all customers outside North America. The extra charge will be added in the checkout process.

Things are back on track here – records have been received and listened to, reviews have been written and judgements have been made. Sorry for the delay – I was having too much fun (Endangered Ape played 6 shows in the last three weeks, which is a thing), went to Sled Island (had a beer with Mark Sultan! Went to a BBQ where the members of Wire were sharing the table over! Saw Fucked Up twice!) and generally spent the last month in an altered state. Home for now (West Coast Tour with The Wicked Awesomes and possibly The Ostrich is in the works for August – still need help in Portland and perhaps Tacoma or Seattle).

Jay Reatard – Always Wanting More 7″ Preorder

a1: Always Wanting More
a2: You Mean Nothing to Me

Preorder: Matador
Listen: Myspace

Single number three is available to for pre-order, and this whole “limited edition” story is starting to make more sense. Every subsequent single is pressed in roughly half of the single before it, with the first single (See/Saw) being pressed at 3500 copies, with 400 copies being pressed for the last single. If you think that the first single is almost completely sold out, and the second single already going crazy on ebay… This one is sitting somewhere around 1000 copies, and it should be a quick sell out.

Matador sez:

The 3rd in our Limited Edition Jay Reatard singles series. Entitled “Always Wanting More” and backed with “You Mean Nothing To Me,” the sleeve design, by Lindsay Shutt, comes in a clear plastic sleeve with Dangerhouse-style paper half-insert; the disc is clear one-sided vinyl with both tracks on the a-side and a silkscreen design printed directly onto the b-side.

Represses of note

I would way rather pick up a repress than waste my time on eBay all the time. There are so many records that just need to be repressed to curb the insane prices they are going for on the secondary market – the Eat Skull singles, Sic Alps, Tyvek… anyways, these are going towards the right direction:

Rob’s House Records has a repress of the Deerhunter/Hubcap City 7″, except the Hubcap City plates were lost, so they made this into a one-sided 7″ with the Deerhunter song “Greyscale”. 600 press.

The Hospitals have repressed their self-released “Hairdryer Peace”, which I have already written about and still enjoy quite a bit. This record sold out a day or so after I wrote about it, and it was going crazy on eBay in the meantime. Cop the reissue while supplies last. First 100 orders come with a poster!

Pink Reason – Winona 7″

a: Winona 7″
b1: Give Yerself Away
b2: Letting Go

Label: Woodist
Buy: Florida’s Dying Distro
Listen: Myspace

71012 is back with this tasty gem from Pink Reason’s second single in 2008. A-side is a song called “Winona”, which is apparently the very first Pink Reason recording, of which The Woodist website has the story behind this song:

“During a show with hardcore punks Hatefuck, DeBroux and company traveled to Winona, Minnesota. After a five-hour drive to the town, wasted locals, angry punks and gnarled three-legged dogs greeted them by leading them into a commandeered park. Inside the park, DeBroux found “the ultimate punk rock experience” with townies huffing rubber glue and mohawk-brandishing kids starting fights with crusties. The show ended and the locals gave the band three dollars for their troubles. A few kids asked DeBroux and company to chip in the three dollars on a keg. Soon, the crowd dispersed and left the band with no money or place to stay. The band wound up sleeping on an island between Minnesota and Wisconsin and breaking up soon thereafter. He wrote the first Pink Reason song, “Winona,” about this experience.”

The b-sides are on a similar vein; “Give Yerself Away”, a dark and dreary number that features a keyboard riff that makes it sound like “I Wanna Be Your Dog” on barbiturates, and “Letting Go”, the final straw that will convince you to plunge and end it all. Damn, this little single is de-pressing as hell, aka business as usual.

Hozac Gold Rush is ON!

You know the drill. Hozac does super cool limited-to-150 “gold” editions for their releases. My favourites thus far were the White Savage gold edition that came in a white-fur sleeve, or the Bold Ones magnetic cover from the last batch. I am crazy busy still, so I am just going to post the pre-order email that just came 5 minutes ago:

HZR-015  LOVER! – No More Reasons b/w All Alone 7″
Rich Crook has already blazed a frightfully righteous pop pathway through the better part of 2007 with two stellar LPs and two great singles showcasing the hidden songwriting talents he always kept to himself while occupying the drumstool for such notable bands as The Reatards, Lost Sounds, and Viva L’American Death Ray, so once his songs reached the surface in his project with Jack Oblivian, The Knaughty Knights, it was apparent that Crook needed his own rocking vehicle to spread his undeniable pop sense to the outer limits of the rock’n roll underworld. HoZac Records is proud to present his first domestic vinyl release with a two-song 7″ of back to back brilliance for your listening pleasure. First 150 Gold editions come wrapped in an alternate bubblegum sleeve!

HZR-016  CATATONIC YOUTH – Piss Scene 7″ EP
The once mysterious, always refreshing blast of Catatonic Youth has finally culminated in their debut 7″ EP, cranking out three static-charged tracks of simply sadistic and savagely seductive songs of utter despair and confusion in the most pleasant packaging you’ve seen in months. Each numbered edition (both Gold and Black) comes with a foldout poster and photo insert, and hand-stamped labels to round out the sickness that is the Catatonic Youth experience. This is the first of many great releases to come from this wonderfully unsettling Northwest enigma, and we’re proud to present their first EP right here, for your salacious consumption. First 150 Gold editions on clear vinyl with alternate sleeve & poster.

HZR-017  SMITH WESTERNS – Irukandji 7″ EP
Chicago’s teenage sensations, Smith Westerns’ debut 7″ EP is here to wash away your doubts as to what the next wave of kids will bring to the table in terms of raw rock’n roll, and the instantly classic three songs contained herein are creatively blasted through sickening waves of distortion that prove they aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel, but just plain have fun and revel in their teenage fervor while it lasts. With the dyanamic slop aesthetic of primo early Red Cross sewn unofficially at their base, these kids bowl over their elders with unassuming ease and make their first appearance on vinyl one to remember for years to come. First 150 Gold editions come in an alternate metallic gold sleeve design.

all ordering information is listed below so please get your copies right away if you “need” the gold edition.
(NOTE: *need = plasma, oxygen  *want = records, fancy sunglasses)

Ordering Info:

Sorry, but we have to limit the Gold Editions to ONE copy PER release title, PER order. Please don’t beg! If you order more than one copy per record, you will get one Gold edition (if still available) and one Black Edition, or possibly even TWO black editions if the Gold are sold out. That’s just the way this shit works folks. Lucky for you, we don’t release dogshit, so it shouldn’t be a problem. You can always trade these things, ya know…

Canada and Euro orders ship airmail.
All prices are postage paid. We are offering a special low price for one of each single which is obviously the best deal.

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PAYPAL account is : todd (at) horizontalaction.com

USA
one 7″ – $6.50 ppd
two 7″ – $11.75 ppd
three 7″ – $16.50 ppd
four 7″ – $21.25 ppd
five 7″ – $26.00 ppd
six 7″ – $30.75 ppd

CANADA/MEX/South America
one 7″ – $6.95 ppd
two 7″ – $13.25 ppd
three 7″ – $18.25ppd
four 7″ – $23.00 ppd
five 7″ – $27.75 ppd
six 7″ – $31.75 ppd

EUROPE/rest of WORLD
one 7″ – $9.95 ppd
two 7″ – $16.95 ppd
three 7″ – $21.95 ppd
four 7″ – $26.95 ppd
five 7″ – $31.95 ppd
six 7″ – $36.50 ppd

Temporary Hiatus

Due to travel, Phd Candidacy exam, and getting Endangered Ape ready for the slew of shows we have coming up, SevenTenTwelve is going to be taking a brief hiatus, until June 10, 2008. I may still post sporadically in the interim (mostly pre-order news). I have run down my supply of records to talk about, so this will give me a chance to accumulate more (labels: don’t hesitate to send me records!).

Saw Devon Williams and Destroyer last night, and it was great. Devon put on a fantastic show, and I have been listening to the new full length Carefree all day (vinyl out on Olfactory Records). I’ll write more about it later, but for now I will say that it is fucking good. Destroyer made quite the racket, playing almost exclusively songs from This Night and Trouble in Dreams. All in all, I am fine with that – Destroyer really brought the rock.

Cheveu – S/T LP

Label: S-S
Buy: S-S
Listen: Myspace

Since Cheveu’s debut arrived here a few weeks ago, it has been in near constant play. In fact, I just re-shelved a shit-load of records on the weekend, leaving out two – Cheveu and The Hospitals “Hairdryer Peace”. Though, if I am being honest for a second, I think this one gets more play (I feel like I can put it on when I have people over, which when I try to do with The Hospitals, my less-musically adventurous friends give me the stink eye, whereas everyone gets behind Cheveu).

I think to myself, when I play this record, “why the fuck is this not the biggest record in America right now” (though I think that about everything I like) – and have come to the conclusion that there are two things holding it back from the get-go. 1: They are French, and people are scared off because they hate “World Music” 2: Pitchfork doesn’t write about them. Which is a real shame, because this is such a fine record. Most of the songs have a real privative, post-punk feel, though with the use of Casio-keyboard drum tracks give it kind of an electro vibe as well (though if “electro” scares you off,the canned drums are really blended in nicely, and rarely dominate).

A few songs are going to immediately jump out – “Happiness”, in which Cheveu turn down the volume, and the singer (?) has a real moment of self-hatred, singing about how boring he is, and even though you try to tell him otherwise, he can tell you are just saying it to make him feel better. Though it sticks out on the record, I dig the vibe. My other favourite song is “Herman choune” (which is on the myspace player) – I think it is the vocal delivery in the verses, the rhythmic quality really giving it an addictive quality.

Long story short – if you don’t have this record, now is the time (I don’t think S-S has many copies left, and who knows what the re-press situation will be like, and this one comes in beautiful white vinyl).