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Very busy end of year.  All the new titles mentioned below are now here and ready to ship.  US customers, please remember that you do have the option of selecting the light package option at checkout for $6 which will ship within a month via Media Mail. This is good for orders up to 5x LPs or similar variations such as 3x 7”s and 3x LPs.  Feel free to email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with any questions.

Upcoming releases for 2017 are: CAREER SUICIDE LP/CD, CENTURY PALM LP, UV-TV LP, PRESSING ON 7”.

MONGOLOID plays rock and roll LP
BIG UGLY ROCK MACHINE rears its disgusted head out in a 17 minute fit of speed and beat. MONOGOLOID MONGLOID MONGOGLOID play to the tune of you spilling your drink as you fumble for your footing. Blitzed out guitars play in an echo of this world’s upset youth- bringing a giant wake up call to the vapid and empty headed rather than the more common “MA AND PA SCREW OFF!!” Yeah some how that collosal man with a skin head found a marching whistle and the beat to back it all up in this upset display of HARDCORE played the way it was meant to be.
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From Sorry State Man, Mongoloid’s previous releases were awesome, but they did not adequately prepare me for the sheer power of this LP. You may or may not have noticed that I rarely compare bands to Poison Idea in my descriptions… except when some aspect of the band sound uncannily like PI (like, say, Long Knife’s vocals), I tend to reserve the coveted Poison Idea comparison for only the best of the best hardcore bands. Well, Plays Rock and Roll deserves that comparison, not only because the gruff-yet-catchy vocals and occasionally slightly rocked-out solos recall War All the Time / Feel the Darkness-era Poison Idea, but also because the band are just that good. The production here is absolutely perfect… clear, loud and powerful with a drum sound that any hardcore band would kill for, and the playing is blisteringly fast and tight, but still totally in the pocket with a manic, fist-pumping groove. And the song-writing is amazingly catchy, whether you’re talking about the blistering Circle Jerks-esque changes on “Dick in the Dirt” or the overt catchiness of tracks like “Scene Sucker,” which is like a slightly tougher version of Government Warning or Career Suicide at their very best. If you like hardcore, you need to get this LP right now because this LP is hardcore. Highest possible recommendation.

Hailing from the Twin Cities, C-TV is new band featuring some of the folks who brought you The Retainers, W.H. Walker, and Cheap Time, among others. They play dynamic, hook-laden punk rock that is tight and to the point, with raw production that harkens back to the sounds of yesteryear. You can hear a range of influences that can be traced to the KBD bands, Good Vibrations label, assorted Oz punk, the Red Snerts: Sound of Gulcher comp, and an undeniable early Minneapolis sound via Suicide Commandos. Music that is short and sweet with a black eye.

WORSE rubber burner LP
New York City’s WORSE have made an LP of noisy rock’n’roll songs that don’t shy away from being punk.  The band relies heavily on pop sensibilities while having guitars that blare through sounding not unlike the classic 90’s bands HARVEY MILK and HAMMERHEAD.  The slugging-drawls of the instruments bleed into the two-singer vocals and what you’re left with is a puddle of punk rock goodness.  The arrangements are complicated even in their brute force and the quick psychedelic dives show just how compelling a two minute, three chord song can be.  The band has been compared to “Floyd the Barber”-era NIRVANA and FLIPPER, but this LP draws more from bands like COWS or even BUTTHOLE SURFERS than it does the Pacific Northwest sound.  The hardest part of describing “RUBBER BURNER” is that all nine songs stand alone independent of each other.  The members of worse have been in bands like NOMOS, BATTLETORN, GRIDS, and SYPHILITIC LUST and all three members played together in NYC’s unforgiving SHOXX.  “RUBBER BURNER” was recorded by BEN GREENBERG and mastered by WILL KILLINGSWORTH.

BIB pop 7” 
Omaha, Nebraskas BIB presents POP. Their follow up release to their 2015 Demo. POP takes you on a panicked journey through a wormhole of anxiety and isolation. BIB continues their wall of noise style production on this release, with delayed vocals that sound like they’re being tossed off of a mountain. BIB mixes quick, full chord riffs with crushing breakdowns. Vocals weave between child like shrill barks, primordial grunts, and pressure reducing singing. The final track, P. M. F. ends the record with a chaotic blast of organ that perfectly captures BIB’s pop and hardcore sound.

YOUTH AVOIDERS spare parts 7”
Spare Parts is the new recording from Paris’s Youth Avoiders.  The EP offers 4 new songs in the same vein as their 2014 album (also on Deranged) where the band perfected their brand of fast melodic hardcore like Career Suicide meets hook driven punk of the Red Dons.

VIOLENT MINDS eyes of death + bonus tracks LP
Repress of the glorious hardcore classic album EYES OF DEATH by Violent Minds, remastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege with two bonus tracks.  The repress also includes new art from Raf the Might/Too Many Skulls.
For the uninitiated, Violent Minds was/is Zach Amsters who temporarily relocated to Toronto to join No Warning in early 2000s.  They wrote two incredible 7”s (s/t and Riot) and then in 2007 this monster album was recorded along with a few Philadelphia locals.  Fast forward to 2012, Zach assembles a different crew in Boston and records a handful of new tracks with Chris Cory at the Paincave studio.  This repress includes 2 tracks (Prison Planet & False Prophets) from this 2012 session.  Features members of No Warning, Fucked Up, Boston Strangler, Mind Eraser, No Tolerance, Shark Attack, The Rival Mob.

Please note we also have a hand full of test presses for this title available for $30 in our online store.

In case you missed these recent gems:
TENEMENT self titled LP
After the release of last year’s highly anticipated double LP masterpiece, “Predatory Headlights,” comes a new 12” EP by the Wisconsin punk outfit known as Tenement. This self-titled record includes the newly mastered 5-song tour EP only previously released to a limited 50 cassettes, as well as two new unreleased tracks. Like most Tenement releases, this record transitions willingly into a different side of the band, one that’s a little less punk and a little more pop. It’s a sound that’s been poking it’s way through the band’s decade long tarp, finally stretching a hole large enough to crawl out of. The band has always stayed steadfast to being one big polychromatic puzzle. No singular record can properly portray their musical identity as a whole. Here lies yet another piece to the ongoing puzzle, a puzzle many fans surely hope won’t get solved anytime soon.  Limited Orange vinyl available while copies last.

BIB ‘demo’ 7”
When you hear Omaha, Nebraska, you might think of steak, Warren Buffet, or Saddle Creek Records. But you probably don’t think of hardcore. In comes BIB. Noisey, blown out hardcore from the middle of nowhere. Following the “everything louder than everything else approach” to their demo, Bibs already colossal riffs sound like an avalanche when the bottom drops. Squirmy effected vocals veer their sound from huge to weird. Live, sometimes seen with 3 guitar players, Bib takes their wall of sound to a whole new level that will leave your eardrums vibrating. The straight ahead, downstroke pounding demo has been compared to the likes of Hoax mixed with Pissed Jeans. Originally released on a limited run of self dubbed tapes, Bib is happy to bring their demo to life as a 7 inch with help from Deranged. 

Cult Values was formed in October 2014 in Berlin as an international collaboration between people from the USA, New Zealand, Austria and Germany. After recording a much acclaimed demo in 2015 (out on Berlin’s own Static Age Rec.) and a line up change on drums right after, CV started playing tons of shows in Germany and the periphery as well as writing songs for an LP.

Musically, there is something very early American hardcore meets moody punk about their sound, defined by fast, melodic, and confident guitar play reminiscent of Articles of Faith and more recently Criminal Code.  Cult Values deliver 10 tracks of potent dark hardcore that will surely leave those hungry for a solid contemporary take on a classic sound quite satisfied.

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08.07.16 / TENEMENT /  BIB / CULT VALUES pre orders

I am expecting my copies of the BIB demo 7”, TENEMENT s/t LP, and CULT VALUES s/t LP to arrive at my place next week at which point all orders will be packed and shipping on my next trip to the US which won’t be long.  Canada Post is likely going on strike this week which will shut down mail service in Canada.  Lots of new releases in the works.

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05.05.16 / Red Dons, LI, Spectres

Three new releases are scheduled to arrive at H/Q next week.  Pretty excited about these.  Lots in the cooker for summer.

L.I. on the corner LP (DY284) 
“How often do we witness punk bands that seem to rebirth effortless clones of themselves when their previous projects disband? It seems unfamiliar to catch a band that challenge, and progress with their sound. The now expired Freak Vibe has reformed with their new vocalist, Gabe Gutierrez as L.I. (aka Lysol).  Gabe’s earnest vocals are a breathe of fresh air from a sound that was beginning to be pastiche of a signature Australian howl that once co-existed within the band. The swampy, reverb drenched guitar of Chad Bucklew are still accompanied by the pummeling and driving rhythm section of Xtine Lundberg and Anthony Gaviria who keep locked as Gabe expels his words, and give Chad room to displace his breaking fuzzed out tone. The sound still take odes to the 60’s and 70’s, but now with bottled intensity of the early 80’s. The soundtrack of overtly caffeinated, chain smoking freaks. “

SPECTRES utopia LP (DY269) 
Utopia is an 8-song offering of gloomy and compelling gothy postpunk that shows the five piece evolving further along the road to more complex melodies, guitar lines, and singer Brian Gustavson pushing his vocals into higher ranges, adding a more dynamic cast to the overall song selections here. Put bluntly, Utopia is a magical postpunk masterpiece: while the Spectres’ earliest EPs and songs had a gritty Warsaw/Crisis feel, Utopia is a lush and shimmering document of doomy greatness, one of the crowning albums of the current postpunk and deathrock revival. It’s more firmly in the ballpark of bands like The Sound or the early 4AD “lush” postpunk bands of the early 1980s than the band’s earlier material.
Utopia is the band’s 3rd LP and was recorded in 2015, but has been delayed for various reasons. It showcases an evolution towards a more nuanced sound – the vocals are more echoey, the guitars feel more atmospheric and shimmery, and Nathan Szilagyi’s driving bass provides a firm underpinning for each track. On tracks like the penultimate “Strange Weather” – which was originally supposed to be the title of their last LP – Mitch Allen’s drumming chops shine through brilliantly. 
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RED DONS dead hand of tradition LP (DY275)
Five years after their seminal “Fake Meets Failure” LP, Red Dons return with their junior album “The Dead Hand of Tradition”.
A lot has happened in those five years.
Two of the band’s core members Douglas Burns and Hajji Husayn left their hometown Portland, Oregon behind, for Chicago and London. They recorded and released a slew of singles on labels like Grave Mistake and Dirtnap (including a collaboration with TV Smith of UK punk legends The Adverts). Despite the distance between them, they’ve managed to tour regularly in North America and Europe.
In January 2015, they reconvened in Portland to record “The Dead Hand of Tradition” at Buzz Or Howl Studios, the same establishment where they recorded the album’s predecessor. “The Dead Hand of Tradition” features ten new tracks of their signature dark, driving, melodic punk rock sound. The formula of their distinctive songwriting hasn’t changed, but has matured as a result of having five more nomadic years under their belts. These new experiences have only added to the themes of alienation, emigration, and loss, present in their music.

Punknews review:
Distance is something Red Dons know all about. With members spread across the globe, even simple things like getting together to record a few songs can become complicated exercises in coordination. That probably explains why we’ve waited more than five years for a new Red Dons full-length, though the band hasn’t exactly stayed silent during the period between records. Last year saw Red Dons team up with TV Smith for the A Vote For the Unknown 7-inch, while the previous year saw the release of the excellent Notes on the Underground 7-inch.

The first thing that’s clear on The Dead Hand of Tradition is that the band’s formula hasn’t changed. And frankly, there’s no reason it should. Red Dons have perfected a recipe that combines post-punk gloom with the driving beat of classic punk rock and the melodic leanings of bands far poppier. While the model is the same, there’s a key addition that amps things up, and that addition is guitarist Ruby Sparks. She brings a crunch that adds a new layer to the band’s sound, and it’s particularly noticeable on tracks like album opener “The Good Disciple,” as well as the record’s title track. Both songs are instantly recognizable as Red Dons tracks, but the added power of Sparks’ guitar gives them even more of an edge than before.

Thematically speaking, the record treads similar territory to the band’s previous output, but the subject matter never feels tired. While one could categorize the tone as melancholy, it’s a different kind of melancholy than that which is often associated with modern punk. It’s certainly not the emo-tinged gruff punk rock that’s so popular today. It’s much more a timeless melancholy, like a veil of darkness spurred by a feeling of disconnection from the people, places and things one cares about. Singer/guitarist Douglas Burns isn’t just projecting his problems, he’s singing about the thoughts and feelings we all have, and he’s doing it with an urgency that we can all relate to.

When a band is more used to putting out 7-inches than albums, there’s always a worry that the full-length can fail to capture the same energy of a shorter release. Thankfully the sequencing of the album prevents that from happening, as every time it seems like the energy level begins to dip, something exciting happens and raises it back up again. Red Dons prove on The Dead Hand of Tradition that they can keep pace over the long haul. Here’s hoping we don’t have to wait so long to hear them do it again.

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