This has been at the coming soon stage for years now, but the Future Virgins LP Western Problems is finally to be released April 26 on Starcleaner Records and Plan-It-X South! This is great news, as anybody who has heard their three previous 7"s will attest to.
Apparently the word on the street (internet forums) is that the band is also finishing up their second LP right now too, which is too be released soon. As well as a LP collecting the 7"s. These are all wonderful things.
Pre-order a copy at Starcleaner Records.
The Vivian Girls latest album Share The Joy has just been released on Polyvinyl. It's ten tracks long and exists in a limited edition of 2000 teal coloured records, and standard black.
A 7" for the albums single I Heard You Say was also released, and backed with the b-side I Won't Be Long. The single is also available for free download at the Polyvinyl site.
1. The Other Girls
2. I Heard You Say
3. Dance (If You Wanna)
4. Lake House
5. Trying To Pretend
6. Sixteen Ways
7. Take It As It Comes
8. Vanishing Of Time
10. Light In Your Eyes
Place your order at Polyvinyl.
Hobbledehoy Records have announced the band Harmony as the latest addition to the labels already quality roster. They will be releasing an LP which is at present scheduled for an early July release. Now I'm going to post a press release from the label. I normally hate the idea of simply reposting press releases from labels and shit as it's lazy, but really I know nothing about this band outside of what I've read here, and I'm not going to pretend that I do. That would be dishonest. Some other thoughts though: I read the press release and Tom from The Nation Blue is in the band, and they're a fucking rad band, so that's something. Also a dude from McLusky too. I haven't heard much from them, but I think I liked what I did hear. I really like that one record they released on Mediafire Records. Haha, that's just a joke implying that I downloaded their music illegally at some point. I think I actually did though.
Anyway, here's what the label says:
Harmony coast through verse, chorus and coda like a tropical cyclone. Their sound is a mongrel concoction of gallows blues and balladry, but offset by a glorious three part gospel vocal ensemble, that lifts the songs out of the dark and into thrilling, yet haunting territory. Featuring Tom Lyngcoln (The Nation Blue, Lee Memorial), Alex Kastaniotis (Remake Remodel) and Jon Chapple (McLusky), Harmony simmer down all the intensity of their previous ensembles into a simple, brooding and understated heartbreaker, while Amanda Roff (Ukeladies), Quinn Veldhuis and Maria Kastaniotis tear the arrangements apart with sweet reprise. Formed in mid 2010, Harmony have been harvesting stray souls in pubs around Melbourne since November.
New pop punk "it" band Spraynard are releasing their second album Funtitled on Asian Man Records May 10. Mike Park has recently informed that he backs the record so hard that he is offering a 100% money back guarantee on your purchase... if you don't like it, he will refund you for your efforts. What a swell guy, really. Of course only the biggest dickhead alive would follow through on that offer, but still it's cool to see label people that are into the music they're putting out.
1. I Care Not
2. The Denver Broncos vs. The Denver Broncos
3. O.R. They?
4. Little Green Ghouls
5. We're Pretty Nice Guys
6. Ah Gun
7. Damn You, A Box
8. Spooky, Scary
9. Homies Where the Heart Is
10. Quite Exciting, This Computer Magic
11. Not Good Enough, Gary
12. Joe Gallgher's Fantasy Fun Camp
Order at Asian Man Records.
Download for donation/free at If You Make It.
Issue #26 of the awesome FERGUS zine is now available. Fergus zine is conversational, wordy and funny. I back it real hard, and in my opinion it's one of the best zines ever. People who like reading zines should definately get one.
You can aquire a copy of your very own by writing to:
PO Box 1497
East Vic Park
I don't think there's a set price but I've seen it sold for $2 in most places, so $2 plus a buck for postage would be the amount to send, I guess. I'd personally chuck in a few extra bucks as well cause it features a fabric lined cover which looks like it would be a really tedious to make (and just the fact that the zine itself is a good read too). But it's up to you, zine making ain't no charity. The people of Japan need your money more than zine makers, am I right or am I right?
No Idea Records has placed up a pre-order for the new Small Brown Bike album Fell & Found. The album was recorded by Jawbox guy J Robbins. It is to be released on April 26 and is being pressed on white and gold vinyl, both in editions of 500. It will also be available on compact disc.
The album will be released in Australia through Poison City a little later, and I assume that will be a different colour vinyl too. So that's something to look forward to, isn't it?
Small Brown Bike's last record was The River Bed and was released way back in 2003, which is kinda a long time ago. Not really, but kinda.
1. Onward & Overboard
2. Rescue Mission
3. Fell & Found (The Walk)
4. In Need of Everything
5. As We Go
6. A Minor Movement
7. Sleep River Sleep
8. On Repeat
9. You Always Knew Me
10. Just Bones
11. All Of Us
Order at No Idea Records.
A new RVIVR collection LP is due for release on Rumbletowne Records mid-late April. The LP is called The Joester Sessions and collects the tracks from the first two 7"s and the Dirty Water EP. At this stage it's only available via old school concealed cash mailorder. It costs US$12 and you should probably include another US$12-15 for postage when ordering from Australia. To order send money to:
P.O. Box 663
Remember to tape any coins to a bit of cardboard.
If that sounds like too much trouble, it will probably end up in the No Idea distro when it's released, and you can also download the tracks for a donation/free at the Rumbletowne website.
P.S. Eliot have just made their new album available as a free download at If You Make It. I am a total sucker for this kind of thing, and it almost always leads me to parting ways with my cash. Only if it's good though. And this is real good. I think there is a connection between good bands and free music.
The record was released physically on April 8 via Salinas.
The new Underground Railroad To Candyland album Knows Your Sins is due to drop at the end of this month on Recess Records. As a teaser, a music video for the track We Aren't The World was recently released. It's pretty fucking cool. I'm not really all that into watching music videos these days but if they were all this great I probably would be.
The video features a dog and puppets. I like puppets. And dogs are pretty good animals. If you feel the same way, you might like this video.
Knows Your Sins by the Underground Railroad To Candyland out late April on RECESS RECORDS.
Click "read more" for the video.