Neighbours Burning Neighbours - Grace

Soft­ly /​ Grace 7" re­leas­es Jan­u­ary 23rd via Sub­rou­tine Records.

Pop Crimes - Goes

De­buts re­leas­es Jan­u­ary 17th via Howl­in Ba­nana Records.

Alien Nosejob - Television Sets

Sud­den­ly Every­thing Is Twice As Loud re­leas­es Jan­u­ary 17th via Drunk­en Sailor Records.

Chubby and The Gang - Speed Kills

Speed Kills re­leas­es Jan­u­ary 16th via Sta­t­ic Shock Records.

Shopvac - Fugue State

EP1, out Jan­u­ary 10th via Bust Nev­er Sleeps.

Acid & Eltern - Demo

In re­cent years, Cologne has de­vel­oped quite an im­pres­sive track record of folks putting on DIY garage shows, thus i al­ways won­dered why i didn't get to hear much in terms of lo­cal bands, even less in terms of record­ed ma­te­r­i­al. How­ev­er… Acid & El­tern are in­deed a band from Cologne and their first de­mo makes for a thor­ough­ly pleas­ing lis­ten. Record­ed in raw and fuzzy mono, I'd lo­cate their sound - among oth­ers - rough­ly in the realm of Ex-Cult, Use­less Eaters and the mud­dy LoFi-Aes­thet­ics of ear­ly Erik Ner­vous.

Al­bum-Stream →

Discovery - Demo

California's Dis­cov­ery de­liv­er an­oth­er two short but po­tent blasts of this par­tic­u­lar fu­sion be­tween blown out fuzzy hard­core & garage stuff that, in re­cent years, seems to be crop­ping up from every crack in the as­phalt, a fact i couldn't be more hap­py about.

Rancher - Pummeler

What we got here is twelve min­utes worth of min­i­mal­is­tic, un­com­pro­mis­ing DIY in­dus­tri­al noise/-punk shit by some duo from Riv­er Falls, Wis­con­sin. Be­ing more of a clue­less id­iot tourist in this par­tic­u­lar field, i'd de­scribe this as what a ful­ly elec­tron­ic vari­ant of Big Black might have sound­ed like. Or maybe draw par­al­lels to the more re­cent but com­pa­ra­bly min­i­mal­is­tic noise by Black Pus.

Al­bum-Stream →

Pink Guitars - We Are Made Of The Sun

Just like its pre­de­ces­sor, the sec­ond EP by this band from Buf­fa­lo, NY turns out to be an­oth­er high­ly con­cen­trat­ed dose of un­con­ven­tion­al, in­ven­tive and at times strik­ing­ly melod­ic hard­core fun, al­so ex­pand­ing its styl­is­tic ten­ta­cles in­to places of garage-, fuzz- and KBD style punk.

Al­bum-Stream →

A whole buttload of mixtapes

Bring­ing back the tape in mix­tape. I didn't do a great job this year at keep­ing a steady sup­ply of these go­ing. To make up for it, here's a whole bunch of those things be­fore the year ends. One with your usu­al stan­dard­ized 12XU fare. One full of warm and cozy pow­er pop. And as an an­ti­dote to the lat­ter, a kin­da gruff one, lean­ing to­wards the hard­core side of things. So at least i can say i made four mix­es this year.

In case you won­der what verspan­nungskas­sette means… Keep won­der­ing be­cause it's a pret­ty much un­trans­lat­able play on words.

Verspannungskassette #2 (C-90)

Side A

(FLAC via Archive.org)

Track­list:

Pro­to Id­iot - Sit Back, Re­lax, En­joy
Neu­trals - I Can Do That
Hu­man Beat - Punc­tu­al Punks
Aus­ter­i­ty - Herd­ed
Over­time - De­hy­dra­tion
Ba­sic Hu­man - Shame
San­dré - Po­tu
Ku­mus­ta - Car
2 Stroke - Cri­sis, Cri­sis
Emer­gency Con­tact - Build­ings
Rank/​Xerox - Cra­dle of Life
Spray Paint - Look­ing For Work
Big­pig - Eyes
Trash­dog - ADHDEMON
The Nico Mis­sile - Put It On The Ta­ble
Den­nis - Knives
Cat Scan - Com­modi­ties
Ura­ni­um Club - Two Things At Once (Part 1)
The Cow­boy - Swim­ming with the Fishies
Pist Id­iots - Mo­tor Run­nin

Side B

(FLAC via Archive.org)

Track­list:

Penance Hall - Cov­ered In Shit
Nick Nor­mal - Win­dows Paint­ed Shut
Iso­la­tion - Shift
Mi­ni Skirt - Pret­ty
Pat­ti - Col­or Kill
Ukryte Za­le­ty Sys­te­mu - Swiat Ma Ksz­talt
Lost Sys­tem - State Of Re­al­i­ty
Gam­ma World - Mid­night Sniper
Acrylics - Haze
Ar­se - Pres­sure Test
John (timest­wo) - Dog Walk­er
The Missed - Tel­luri­an Mis­take
Dee Bee Rich - Vom­it
Prison Af­fair - Mas­tur­ba­tion
Crown Mould­ing - On The House
Civic - Vel­vet Casi­no
B Boys - On Re­peat
Ex-Gold - Red Light
Ed­dy Cur­rent Sup­pres­sion Ring - Hu­man Race

Entspannungskassette #1 (C-60)

Side A

(FLAC via Archive.org)

Track­list:

Mick Trou­ble - He's Frank
Sob Sto­ries - Dan­ny Reed
Lost Bal­loons - Feed the Pain
Scup­per - Pass Me By
Opos­sums - Promis­es
Woolen Men - Brick Hori­zon
Leg­endary Wings - Weath­er Ad­vi­so­ry
Bed Wet­tin' Bad Boys - Plas­tic Tears
Warm So­da - I Don't Wan­na Grow Up
Vaguess - A Long Time
Vi­tal Idles - Sec­onds
Chronophage - Wed­ding

Side B

(FLAC via Archive.org)

Track­list:

The Res­onars - The Gold­en Age
Alien Nose­job - Peo­ple Stairs
Chook Race - At Your Door
Seablite - Heart Moun­tain
Omi Palone - Void
The Love­birds - Streets of Rage
The Per­sian Leaps - About Your Record
Land­lines - Signs Of Life
EggS - I Fell In Love
Ra­dioac­tiv­i­ty - Sleep
Wire­heads - The Overview Ef­fect

Verspannungskassette #3 (C-60)

Side A (red)

(FLAC via Archive.org)

Track­list:

Neo­types - Banned in Ham­mond (Live)
Ex­pose - Mo­tive
Skele­ton Glove - Gimme Gimme Choco­late
The Dorks - Syco­phant
(The) Liq­uid As­sets (of Ot­tawa) - Mur­der­er
Cells - My Gun
Rax­il - Un­known Ti­tle
Miedo - Bá­jate de tu nube.
Op­tic Nerve - Sniper
Sick Head - Pis
Fos­ter Care - Rack Brain
Dregs - Mar­fa Creep
Ubik - John Wayne (is A Cow­boy (and Is On Twit­ter) )
Xenu & The Thetans - No Es Tu Causa
Lux - Ac­tion
Warp - Sheet Cake
Speed Plans - Hell House
Goon - Ain't Rite

Side B (black)

(FLAC via Archive.org)

Track­list:

Fried e/​M - Un­ti­tled 2
Dots - De­throned
Big Hog - Big Hog
Rinse - Pest Con­trol (song For Hell­strom)
Dry In­sides - Dawn Of The Skull
Lead - The Bad Sleep Well
Glue - Dis­grace
Alien Nose­job - Bond Clean
The Uglies - Tone Deaf
Gut­ter Knife - Abuse of Pow­er
Physique - The Rhythm Of Bru­tal­i­ty
Das Drip - Gym Rat
Tem­ple Dogs - Ra­bies
Hwan­za - 인간공장
Blue­print - Dis­gust
Holo­gram - Sim­u­la­tion
Rat-Nip - NC
Ztuped - Threat of Death
Con­so­la­tion - Head Down
An­nées Zéro - Rup­ture
Fuckin' Lovers - Con­trol