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GHASTLY CITY SLEEP announces summer live dates


Brooklyn-via-Richmond’s GHASTLY CITY SLEEP have lined up a handful of shows surrounding their tourmates/brethren PYGMY LUSH‘s new album release on Lovitt Records. With both bands showcasing new material, these should be solid events. Here are the dates:

07/11/08 @ St. Al’s Sanctuary (19 I St. NW) in Washington, DC – w/ Pygmy Lush (record release show), Paul Joyner – 7pm – $8

07/12/08 @ MSB Church (59 S Main St.) in Doylestown, PA – w/ Pygmy Lush, Elder, Power Animal – 6pm – $6

07/13/08 @ Middle East (472 Massachusetts Ave) in Cambridge, MA – w/ Apse, Ekranoplan – 9pm – $8

07/23/08 @ Glasslands (289 Kent Ave) in Brooklyn, NY – w/ Hunt Club (record release show), Sisters, Joe Solomon – 8pm – $5

07/25/08 @ Cake Shop (152 Ludlow St.) in New York, NY – w/ New Idea Society, Boy Genius – 8pm – $7

08/14/08 @ Gallery 5 (200 W. Marshall St.) in Richmond, VA – pre-Best Friends Day show

Additional info can and will be found on the band’s myspace page:
http://www.myspace.com/GhastlyCitySleep

PYGMY LUSH to tour US with TIDELAND


Sterling, Virginia’s PYGMY LUSH are set to embark on another US tour, mostly playing loud material. This time around they’re embarking with TIDELAND (another ex-PG99 band) joining them for all shows. Here are the dates:

06/02 – Washington, DC @ The Girl Cave – w/ Turboslut, Jubilee
06/07 – Leesburg, VA @ Balls Bluff Tavern – w/ Thou, John Wayne Hero
06/10 – Asheville, NC @ Bobo Gallery
06/13 – Tulsa, OK @ The Monolith – w/ Callupsie, Anchors And Teeth (early show)
06/13 – Tulsa, OK @ The Soundpony – w/ John Moreland, The Black Gold Band (late show)
06/14 – Denver, CO @ Three Kings Tavern
06/15 – Albuquerque, NM @ Break-Fest (all day fest that starts in the morning)
06/16 – Phoenix, AX @ Tribe House
06/18 – Irvine, CA @ Hellfish Warehouse – w/ Litany For The Whale
06/20 – Santa Rosa, CA @ Boogie Room – w/ Litany For The Whale, New Trust
06/21 – Oakland, CA @ Quarter Century Michael Jordan – w/ Spires
06/22 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Bike Church – w/ Litany For The Whale, Spires
06/23 – Portland, OR @ Chaos Cafe – w/ Litany For The Whale, Erns
06/24 – Olympia, WA @ Le Voyer – w/ Litany For The Whale, Bookburner
06/25 – Seattle, WA @ Dog City – w/ Litany For The Whale, Elphaba, Wafflebear
06/27 – Billings, MT @ Yellowstone Perk
06/28 – Minot, ND @ The Red Carpet

More shows will be announced for any missing dates once everything gets confirmed. Please keep an eye on the bands’ myspace pages for more/up-to-the-minute details:

* http://www.myspace.com/PygmyLush
* http://www.myspace.com/TidelandMusic

PYGMY LUSH "Bitter River" LP+CD+T-Shirt PRE-ORDER! & loads of Online Store updates!!

Hell has apparently froze over twice in a row here as the PYGMY LUSH debut album Bitter River is actually almost upon us AND Robotic Empire’s doing another pre-order special too! It only took us a full year to wrangle the artwork from the band but this beast is actually finished (CD) and in production (vinyl)! In reaction to this truly surprising event, we tie dyed the fuck out of some sweet PYGMY LUSH t-shirts in blissful celebration. No shit:


Yep, the first handful of folks who pre-order this album (and want a t-shirt) can get a unique and totally badass tie-dye t-shirt along with the CD or LP of Bitter River. How exactly is a purple tie-dye t-shirt “badass”? Well, the colors complement the layout freakishly well AND it’s got a scarecrow clutching a whisky bottle for good measure.

Not into the whole tie-dye thing? Well, good… only the first few people that order shirts will get one anyway and the rest get the same sweet scarecrow image on a “camel” (aka “khaki”) colored faux American Apparel t-shirt. It’s okay, they still look sweet (click here for proof). If you don’t care about shirts at all, don’t feel like you gotta order one… the vinyl and CD is available alone as well… just head on over to the Robotic Empire Online Store. For those who don’t know anything about PYGMY LUSH yet, this is what we wrote about the album:

Sterling, Virginia’s PYGMY LUSH debut with an album serving as the culmination of every influence these fine young men have ever had, all wrapped around each other to create what essentially sounds like a seasoned band covering a solid mixtape. Bitter River is 16 songs that span nearly the entire underground/independent music spectrum… ranging from tracks that sound like THE BLACK HEART PROCESSION to BORN AGAINST to TOM WAITS to THE JESUS LIZARD to BOB DYLAN to ONE EYED GOD PROPHECY to NIRVANA to … you get the picture, right? This is an incredibly varied album but it works surprisingly well, as the five fellows of PYGMY LUSH have cut their teeth on some of Northern Virginia’s most influential punk/hardcore bands of the last decade or so including PG.99, MAJORITY RULE, MALADY, CITY OF CATERPILLAR, CRESTFALLEN, HISSING CHOIR and many more. The CD version comes with a 16-page lyric book and two bonus tracks not found on the vinyl.


And hey, here’s the pressing info too:
* CD = 1000 copies
* BLACK LP = 900 copies
* OPAQUE BROWN LP = 200 copies
* TRANSLUCENT PURPLE LP = 200 copies
* “ORANGE” (RED A / YELLOW B) LP = 200 copies
* TEST PRESS LP = 10 (not for sale)

FIVE different tracks from this album have been posted online:
* Hear “Big Black River” and “The Baptism Of Isa Lee” here
* Hear “Long Pause”, “Send Bombs” and “Hurt Everything” here

If you’re convinced you want this stuff, we’re charging $8 for the CD and $12 for the LP. The shirts are an extra $15 cause the tie dying took forever to do and the “camel” shirts are on hella nice material too. For those still interested, please click here to pre-order!!

All orders will ship out within roughly a month, maybe less depending on when the vinyl arrives. You’re welcome (and encouraged) to order other stuff from our Robotic Empire Online Store along with this pre-order, but we’ll probably wait and ship it all together. However, if you really want something else you’re ordering right away, please just put a note in the “notes” section when you check out and we’ll do what we can.

We’ve also have a fairly sizeable update of new additions and re-stocks to our continuously-growing Robotic Empire Online Store, including the expanded CD version of the TORCHE Self Titled Reissue. Here’s all the new stuff since the last update (note, nobody else has this Sparrows Swarm And Sing LP!):

* Aquefrigide – “Un Caso Isolato” CD (Subsound) – $8.00
* At The Gates – “Gardens Of Grief – Size: Small” T-Shirt (Warlord) – $13.00
* At The Gates – “Gardens Of Grief – Size: Medium” T-Shirt (Warlord) – $13.00
* At The Gates – “Gardens Of Grief – Size: Large” T-Shirt (Warlord) – $13.00
* At The Gates – “Gardens Of Grief – Size: Extra Large” T-Shirt (Warlord) – $14.00
* Battlemaster – “Warthirsting And Winterbound” CD (Forcefield) – $8.00
* Charles Bronson – “Tough Guy – Size: Small” T-Shirt (Warlord) – $12.00
* Charles Bronson – “Tough Guy – Size: Medium” T-Shirt (Warlord) – $12.00
* Circle Of Dead Children – “Zero Comfort Margin – COLORED VINYL” 10″ (Arclight Comm.) – $12.00
* City Of Ships – “Live Free Or Dont” CDep (Forcefield) – $7.00
* Coffin Dancer – “Pax Romana” CDep (Denovali) – $6.00
* Coke Bust – “Demo – TRASH COLORED VINYL” 7″ (Headcount) – $5.00
* Consular – “Dont Cross The Swine” CD (Shifty) – $8.00
* Deflore – “Human Indu[b]strial” CD (Subsound) – $8.00
* Destroyer Destroyer – “The Dead Sleep Like Us For A Reason” CD (Debello) – $9.00
* Dig That Body Up Its Alive – “A Corpse Is Forever” 12″ (Rock Is Hell) – $20.00
* Eyehategod – “Classic Skull – Size: Small” T-Shirt (Warlord) – $13.00
* Eyehategod – “Classic Skull – Size: Medium” T-Shirt (Warlord) – $13.00
* Eyehategod – “Classic Skull – Size: Large” T-Shirt (Warlord) – $13.00
* Eyehategod – “Classic Skull – Size: Extra Large” T-Shirt (Warlord) – $14.00
* Ghostlimb – “Self-Titled” 12″ (Adagio830) – $12.00
* Godflesh – “Silver Face – Size: Small” T-Shirt (Warlord) – $13.00
* Godflesh – “Silver Face – Size: Medium” T-Shirt (Warlord) – $13.00
* Godflesh – “Silver Face – Size: Large” T-Shirt (Warlord) – $13.00
* Godflesh – “Silver Face – Size: Extra Large” T-Shirt (Warlord) – $14.00
* GP~00 – “i” CD (Forgotten Empire) – $8.00
* GP~00 – “New England” CDep (Forgotten Empire) – $6.00
* Graf Orlock – “Destination Time Tomorrow – RED COLORED VINYL” 10″ (Level Plane) – $10.00
* Graf Orlock – “Destination Time Tomorrow” CD (Level Plane) – $8.00
* Grasshopper Lies Heavy, The – “Self-Titled” CD (Forgotten Empire) – $8.00
* Gregor Samsa – “27:36 + 2Dot” 12″ (Riptide) – $14.00
* Haram – “Self-Titled” 12″ (Adagio830) – $12.00
* His Hero Is Gone – “Monuments – Size: Small” T-Shirt (Warlord) – $13.00
* His Hero Is Gone – “Monuments – Size: Medium” T-Shirt (Warlord) – $13.00
* His Hero Is Gone – “Monuments – Size: Large” T-Shirt (Warlord) – $13.00
* His Hero Is Gone – “Monuments – Size: Extra Large” T-Shirt (Warlord) – $14.00
* Indian Summer – “Discography” 12″ (Adagio 830) – $12.00
* Indian Summer – “Hidden Arithmetic (reissue of Live Blue Universe + bonus material)” CD (Future Recordings) – $12.00
* Kaep Yroc – “Self-Titled” Cassette (Sass Bologna) – $6.00
* Kayo Dot / Bloody Panda – “Split – MARBLE COLORED VINYL” 12″ (Holy Roar) – $16.00
* Locust, The – “Self-Titled” CD (GSL) – $10.00
* Neurosis – “Yin Yang – Size: Medium” T-Shirt (Warlord) – $13.00
* Neurosis – “Yin Yang – Size: Large” T-Shirt (Warlord) – $13.00
* Our Times – “Self-Titled” 7″ (Headcount) – $5.00
* Pygmy Lush – “Bitter River – BLACK VINYL” 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $12.00
* Pygmy Lush – “Bitter River – BROWN VINYL” 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $12.00
* Pygmy Lush – “Bitter River – ORANGE VINYL” 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $12.00
* Pygmy Lush – “Bitter River – PURPLE VINYL” 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $12.00
* Pygmy Lush – “Bitter River” CD (Robotic Empire) – $8.00
* Pygmy Lush – “Pre-Order Only Special!” T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) – $15.00
* Raccoo-oo-oon – “Behold Secret Kingdom” CD (Release The Bats) – $10.00
* Raw Radar War – “Double Equals” CD (Shifty) – $8.00
* Robinson – “The Great City” CD (Debello) – $9.00
* Romance Of Young Tigers – “I Have Supped Full on Horrors” CD (Arclight Comm.) – $8.00
* RunsFasterScared – “Self-Titled” CD (Forgotten Empire) – $8.00
* Skitsystem – “Wolves / Daggers – Size: Small” T-Shirt (Warlord) – $12.00
* Skitsystem – “Wolves / Daggers – Size: Medium” T-Shirt (Warlord) – $12.00
* Skitsystem – “Wolves / Daggers – Size: Large” T-Shirt (Warlord) – $12.00
* Skitsystem – “Wolves / Daggers – Size: Extra Large” T-Shirt (Warlord) – $14.00
* Sleigher – “Worst Songs” Cassette (Sass Bologna) – $6.00
* Sparrows Swarm and Sing – “Untitled II – WHITE COLORED VINYL” 12″ (Gatehouse Anchor) – $12.00
* Spazz – “Goat – Size: Medium” T-Shirt (Warlord) – $12.00
* Spazz – “Goat – Size: Extra Large” T-Shirt (Warlord) – $14.00
* Tigershark / Apeshit – “Split – PURPLE COLORED VINYL” 12″ (Molsook) – $10.00
* Torche – “Self-Titled Reissue” CD (Robotic Empire) – $8.00
* Vanessa Van Basten – “Self-Titled – SPLATTER COLORED VINYL” 12″ (KNVBI) – $12.00
* Vanessa Van Basten – “Self-Titled – YELLOW/BROWN COLORED VINYL” 12″ (KNVBI) – $12.00
* War Kriminals – “Fully Automated” Cassette (Sass Bologna) – $6.00
* Wow, Owls! / Setup, The – “Split – MAROON COLORED VINYL” 7″ (Perpetual Motion) – $5.00
* Zach Hill and Mick Barr – “Volume 2″ 12″ (Rock Is Hell) – $18.00

Lots of great stuff! Please keep us busy this summer and head on over to the Robotic Empire Online Store. Thanks / peace!

PYGMY LUSH – Bitter River cassette OUT NOW + big webstore update!

We’ve been dubbing the hell out of tapes lately, and hot on the heels of the limited LIGHT YOURSELF ON FIRE cassette comes the debut album from PYGMY LUSH many months before it’s actual CD/LP “street date” (which we don’t know yet cause we *still* don’t have artwork even though the master has been done for months!!). Long story short, the band needed something to sell on their current tour so we knocked out a pile of tapes real fast.

This album is the culmination of every influence these fine young men have ever had, all wrapped around each other to create what essentially sounds like a seasoned band covering a solid mixtape. Sterling, Virginia’s PYGMY LUSH debut with Bitter River, 16 tracks that span pretty much the entire underground/independent music spectrum… ranging from tracks that sound like THE BLACK HEART PROCESSION to BORN AGAINST to TOM WAITS to THE JESUS LIZARD to BOB DYLAN to ONE EYED GOD PROPHECY to NIRVANA to … you get the point, right? This is an incredibly varied album but it works surprisingly well, as the five fellows of PYGMY LUSH have cut their teeth on some of Northern Virginia’s most influential punk/hardcore bands of the last decade or so including PG.99, MAJORITY RULE, MALADY, CITY OF CATERPILLAR, SAIL, HISSING CHOIR and about a million more.

Bitter River is a FULL length album that literally fills the A side of this C63 tape, while the B side is essentially a 25-minute “hidden song” that only further expands upon what PYGMY LUSH is able to pull off. While this isn’t exactly how we envisioned the initial release of this album, we’re really fucking amped on it and couldn’t be much more stoked to deliver it to you. This high-quality black cassette comes with a lyric insert, full-color cover (printed by Imprint) and is overall nicely done. So take that tape adapter out of your car stereo, dust off your ancient walkman cause this album rules and we highly recommend checking it out!

* Preview three MP3s (“Hurt Everything”, “Long Pause” and “Send Bombs”) from this album on PYGMY LUSH‘s Myspace page
* Preview one newly posted MP3 (“Big Black Hole”) from this album on Robotic Empire’s Myspace page
* View a massive image of the artwork here
* Order this tape through the Robotic Empire Online Store
* Better yet, go see the band live on tour RIGHT NOW:

04/26 – Pensacola, FL @ Sluggo’s (2403 W Cervantes St) – w/ Haram, City Of Ships
04/27 – New Orleans, LA @ Green Project Art Space (2831 Marais St) – w/ Haram, Big Baby
04/28 – Birmingham, AL @ Cave 9 (2237 Magnolia Ave) – w/ Haram, Random Conflict
04/29 – Richmond, VA @ Nara Sushi (1309 W Main St) – w/ Haram, Tigershark
05/07 – Washington, DC @ The Warehouse Nextdoor (1021 7th Street NW) – w/ Anchors

Besides the new PYGMY LUSH and LIGHT YOURSELF ON FIRE cassettes, we also got a rad pile of new stuff and restocks for the Robotic Empire Online Store since the big update last week, including but not limited to:

* Behead The Prophet, No Lord Shall Live – “I Am That Great And Fiery Force” 12″ (K) – $14.00
* Cannabis Corpse (members of Municipal Waste) – “Blunted At Birth” CD (Forcefield) – $8.00
* Catalyst, The / Mass Movement Of The Moth – “Two Thousand And Six Six Six – GRAY COLORED VINYL” 12″ (Electric Human Proj.) – $9.00
* Catalyst, The / Mass Movement Of The Moth – “Two Thousand And Six Six Six” CD (Electric Human Proj.) – $9.00
* Cattle Decapitation – “Human Jerky – Pic Disc” 12″ (Accident Prone) – $10.00
* Danse Macabre – “Synkopenleben Nein Danke” CD (Electric Human Proj.) – $8.00
* Ebion / Hangmans Chair – “Split” CD (Bones Brigade) – $8.00
* Explosions In The Sky – “All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone” 2×12″ (Temporary Resid…) – $16.00 * Giants – “They, The Undeserving” CD (Medical Abuse) – $10.00
* Grails – “Burning Off Impurities” CD (Temporary Resid…) – $12.00
* Great Redneck Hope, The – “Behold The Fuck Thunder” CD (Thinker Thought) – $10.00
* Great Redneck Hope, The – “Splosion!” CD (Thinker Thought) – $10.00
* Karp – “Mustaches Wild” CD (K) – $12.00
* Karp – “Self-Titled” CD (K) – $12.00
* Karp – “Suplex” CD (K) – $12.00
* Krieg – “The Black House” CD (Red Stream) – $10.00
* Loftus – “Hugs And Drugs” CD (Monarchy) – $9.00
* Loftus – “Self-Titled – CLEAR COLORED VINYL” 7″ (Self Released) – $6.00
* Machetazo – “Ultratumba” CD (Living Dead Soc.) – $10.00
* Mae Shi, The / Rapider Than Horsepower – “Do Not Forget The Potential” 12″ (Nar Shardaa) – $10.00
* Magrudergrind / Sylvester Staline – “Split – RED SPLATTER COLORED VINYL” 7″ (Bones Brigade) – $5.00
* Mehkago NT (members of Torche, Shitstorm) – “Self-Titled” CD (To Live A Lie) – $8.00
* Meth And Goats – “Attack From Meth And Goats Mountain – GREEN/WHITE COLORED VINYL” 12″ (Electric Human Proj.) – $9.00
* Meth And Goats – “Attack From Meth And Goats Mountain – LEMON/LIME COLORED VINYL” 12″ (Electric Human Proj.) – $9.00
* Meth And Goats – “Attack From Meth And Goats Mountain – PINK COLORED VINYL” 12″ (Electric Human Proj.) – $9.00
* Mono – “Walking Cloud And Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered And The Sun Shine” 2×12″ (Temporary Resid…) – $16.00
* Mono – “You Are There” 2×12″ (Temporary Resid…) – $16.00
* Morser – “Pure Scum” 12″ (Vendetta) – $12.00
* Nortt – “Ligferd” CD (Red Stream) – $10.00
* Panicsville / Wether – “Split” Cassette (No Horse Shit) – $5.00
* Part Chimp – “CUP” CD (Monitor) – $12.00
* Part Chimp – “I Am Come” CD (Monitor) – $13.00
* Pygmy Lush – “Bitter River” Cassette (Robotic Empire) – $7.00
* Racebannon – “Satans Kickin Yr Dick In” 12″ (Alone) – $12.00
* Raein – “Il Ny A Pas De Orchestre” 12″ (React With Protest) – $12.00
* Revenge – “Victory, Intolerence, Mastery” CD (Red Stream) – $10.00
* Riddle Of Steel / Dakota Dakota (pre-Russian Circles) – “Split” 7″ (Forge Again) – $5.00
* Robotic Empire – “Bears – Size: Youth Large” T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) – $15.00
* Robotic Empire – “Bears – Size: Small” T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) – $15.00
* Robotic Empire – “Bears – Size: Medium” T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) – $15.00
* Robotic Empire – “Bears – Size: Large” T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) – $15.00
* Robotic Empire – “Bears – Size: Extra Large” T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) – $15.00
* Robotic Empire – “Bears – Size: Double Extra Large” T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) – $16.00
* Russian Circles – “Enter [European Import Version] – CLEAR/BLACK COLORED VINYL” 12″ (Friction) – $15.00
* Setup, The / Schematic of a Waking Life – “Split” 12″ (Electric Human Proj.) – $9.00
* Snack Truck – “Terrier Of The Pale Moon” 7″ (Blood of the Drash) – $5.00
* Souvenirs Young America – “Self-Titled – BLACK VINYL” 12″ (E-Vinyl) – $10.00
* Souvenirs Young America – “Self-Titled – COLORED VINYL” 12″ (E-Vinyl) – $12.00
* Souvenirs Young America – “September Songs” 12″ (Protagonist) – $10.00
* Spectacle, The – “I, Fail” 2×12″ (Scenester Cred.) – $14.00
* Sylvester Staline – “Gonna Spread Hard Drugs…” CD (Bones Brigade) – $9.00
* Ultra Dolphins / Order – “Split” 7″ (Blood of the Drash) – $5.00
* Various Artists – “If It Plays…” CD (Thinker Thought) – $6.00
* Wether / Sean Connolly – “Skeletal Snowcaps” CD-R (No Horse Shit) – $6.00
* Zonetech – “Stations Of The ZZZone” Cassette (Blood of the Drash) – $6.00

Thanks ya’ll, peace!

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