Jeremy Jay – 3 Singles

a: Airwalker
b: We Stay Here (In Our Secret World)
Airwalker

a: We Were There
b: Beautiful Dreamer

a: Moonbeam Window
b1: By The River’s Edge
b2: Moonbeam Window 2
Moonbeam Window
Purchase from K Records
Listen at Myspace

I purchased these singles on spec after reading some glowing reviews, and spending some time with these singles is like a breath of fresh air. I’ve been getting deeper and deeper into the weird and the obscure that I have been shunning anything with a straightforward melody.  The first one I put on – the Airwalker single – is my favourite of the three. Really clean sounding, eschewing noise in favour of some light reverb and simple, catchy hooks. These singles all sound like Jeremy Jay is creating a nice little world of his own here – at times, he is crooning like an 50’s pop star, but at other times there is this strange frailty/hauntedness to his vocals that kind of reminds me of the calm parts of the early Suicide albums. Love this.  All three are still available directly from K Records.

These singles will appeal to those who are into that brilliant Devon Williams single of last year – both give me that same vibe of being lost in time (Incidentally, I am going to see Devon Williams in May when he is opening for Destroyer, though that has nothing to do with anything here).

Meth Teeth 7″ + Blank Dogs Reissue Available

Meth Teeth Sweet Rot SingleBlack Dogs Sweet Rot Single

These two SevenTenTwelve favourites are available (as of now) for ordering, directly from Sweet Rot. I believe that this warrants yet another post because these things are scarce and will go fast fast fast: 100 copies of the Meth Teeth on White vinyl / 250 of the Blank dogs 7″ with an inverse colours on the cover (and because the original is in greater supply, this one should end up being the “collectors item” if you are into that kind of shit).

This is from Sweet Rot’s description:
SRR-05 – METH TEETH 7”
Debut record from Meth Teeth, a Portland, Oregon three piece featuring members of Leper Print, Night Wounds, and Artificial Limbs. The A-side (both songs are on the band’s page) aims straight for the throat with a lo-fi, blown out approach that doesn’t sacrifice any catchiness. Side B softens things up a bit with two haunting and infectious folk songs. “Shimmery melodies caked in scuzz,” says DJ Rick. For fans of Bob Dylan, Hunches, Donovan, Ohsees, Sic Alps, etc. Later this year, Sweet Rot will be releasing the Meth Teeth debut LP.

Side A: Bus Rides + Unemployment Forever
Side B: To My Good Friend + Boring Artifacts

100 copies on white vinyl (available through mailorder only…ONE copy per order)
400 copies on black vinyl

SRR-04 – BLANK DOGS 7”
The first 700 copies of these flew out the door. Available one last time in a final pressing of 250 copies. Colours on the sleeve have been reversed.

Side A: The Doorbell Fire
Side B: Outside Alarmer + It Was

Pink Reason – Seven Inches

By a Thread – Trick Knee Productions (Try Bistro-Distro)
a: By A Thread
b1: The Devil Always Wins
b2: Down on Me
Pink Reason - By A Thread

Self Titled – Criminal IQ (purchase here)
a: Throw it Away
b1: Slate Train
b2: New Violence
Pink Reason - Criminal IQ

This is an attempt to make up for that last Pink Reason post I did back in December. I kind of got caught up in a “holy shit I love this band” and didn’t really pay much attention to anything else.

The one good thing that came out of it was the dude from Trick-Knee leaving the following comment:

“By a Thread” was a 500 press and sold out. The first one was 300 (Kevin) and then several represses through CIQ (I think it eventually sold around 1,000 total). These 2 45s and the debut LP are all from the same “source tapes” or time period. The upcoming Siltbreeze LP is all newer stuff, and is as good or better (to me) than the old stuff. Lots of stuffs.

So there you have it.

The two singles here are both as good as it gets, best-case-scenario basement recordings.  It makes a lot of sense that they come from the same source tapes, as they do sound very similar (actually, the CIQ one sounds a little “darker” in its recording style, so maybe they are coming from a similar period instead of the same source tape.)

The By a Thread single is my favourite of the two – possibly because the recording is slightly less muddy, and possibly because the songs are a little more immediate. Going from “By A Thread” – a brooding (yet melodic) turn through the American underbelly. “The Devil Always Wins” is a surprising southern-gothic stomper, and “Down on Me” takes it back to the areas “By A Thread” was exploring. Really good music here, highly listenable.

The S/T release is a little more… challenging. “Throw it Away” returns to the stuff that you find on the By a Thread single, but the b-sides – “Slate Train” and “New Violence” are pretty far out of left field, in that they are a hell of a lot noisier and grating (especially the terrifiyng. “New Violence”)

In sum, track down this shit. Also, check out this interview he did with Smashin’ Transistors. Dude is HC, and goes off about being in Prison, living in Russia and becoming a meth addict.

Bored Fortress 7″ Singles Club

I just saw over at Seven Inches (Everyday) that the Bored Fortress 7″ club is now available from Not Not Fun. If you are a Yank, it is gonna set you back $38 bones, or $50 if you are unfortunate enough to live elsewhere. Limited number of spots in the club, so don’t sleep on this. You get two split 7″ records every other month, starting in Feb, and ending in July. 

This year’s lineup looks pretty amazicon:

CHARALAMBIDES
SLITHER
VAMPIRE BELT
SKULLFLOWER
SHEPHERDS
INCA ORE
MAGIK MARKERS
SECRET ABUSE
POCAHAUNTED
AXOLOTL
THURSTON MOORE
IGNATZ

Vee Dee – Glimpses of Another World 7″

a: Glimpses of Another World
b1: Death Cult Kissing Booth
b2: What We See
Available directly from Criminal IQ Records / Listen to these on their MySpace

Chicago’s Vee Dee are a psychedelic garage melting pot, and are working hard to embarrass all of the weak bands working in this genre. The title track is an epic 5:57 minute odyssey – mind expanding riffs, relentless bass chug, and out of this world vox. Flip this over to find two shorter songs that bring the pop and leave you wanting more.

This is the first record I listened to in 2008, a good omen I think.

The Futurians – Play the Breathtaking Sounds of Tivol 7″

a: Vihaan Vitusti Kaikkea Mita Kulutusyhteiskunnan Aikaansaama Pinnallinen Alkoholiin Perustuva Sosiaalinen Kayttaytymiskulttuuri Edustaa (.mp3 clip)
b: Jawol, Tivol!

I have no idea what any of this means. See if you can make heads or tales of this description:

The gap between Finland and New Zealand narrows thanks to this new lathe cut single from The Futurians. Therein, Dunedin’s greatest primitive futurist sci-fi punk band tackles two songs from the mighty Tivol. The originals come from Tivol’s debut, The Breathtaking Sounds of Tivol, released by 267 Lattajjaa as a 3″ CDR in 2003 and subsequently reissued by Holy Mountain as a 12″/CD, Early Teeth, in 2005. These two songs are completely blasted in every sense of the word. Lathe released in an edition of 50 copies, with spray painted & stickered sleeves that slightly reference the original Tivol release. Manufactured by Peter King in New Zealand.

After I did some investigation, it sort of makes sense. I see the word “Holy Mountain” now, a record label that usually releases good stuff. And this “lathe cut single” that only exists in an edition of 50 (!) is a New Zealand band that I had never heard of covering a Finnish band I have never heard of (playing a type of music described as “Spacekraut”) and it is going to cost me $15?

Is this some kind of dare?
Get this directly from Soft Abuse.

Of Montreal – Gender Mutany Tour 7″

a: Back to School (Royal Trux cover)

b: Subtext Read, Nothing New

So I pick up a copy of “Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer” at a particularly dark point of my year, and guess what – it is perfect. A concept album about having a nervous breakdown after a nasty breakup turned out to be exactly what I was looking for. So, as I do with every new discovery, I frantically search through the back catalog to find more of the same, and turns out I was right to ignore them up to now. The two album previous to this are decent, but everything before that is fairly weak.

This 7″ is from their “Gender Mutany” tour (limited to 1000), and you can buy it directly from Polyvinyl. The A-side is a Royal Trux cover, and the B-Side is a previously unreleased original. I’ve listened to this a few times, and the only thing that really excites me here is the artwork. The songs are decent, but they both take the same meandering psychedelics approach that, while pretty enough, isn’t very compelling.

Pitchfork ran an interview yesterday with Kevin Barnes which is worth reading.