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CREATION IS CRUCIFIXION returns with live appearance and new release

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photo by Roel Brals

Pittsburgh tech-metal hactivists Creation is Crucifixion has reactivated with a double-LP and live appearance scheduled at King of the Monsters’ 20th Anniversary Festival on Saturday, August 1st 2015.

Largely inactive for the past dozen years, CIC cut their teeth in the underground punk/hardcore circuits of the late 90’s and early 00’s. The band’s technical approach to death metal, mixed with a staunchly subversive attitude and subject matter garnered Creation is Crucifixion a cult-following.

Long rumored for over a decade, Antenna Builder, the ‘final’ recording by Creation is Crucifixion’s last active lineup is a 9-minute opus that brilliantly merges CIC’s heavy music along with the noise passages the band became renown for. As one of the highest-fidelity recordings from the band’s extensive output, the lineup’s similarly oppressive Rerecorded Splits material is being joined on a 45rpm 12″ vinyl record released by longtime cohorts Robotic Empire.

Accompanying the studio-recordings 12″ will be a live LP from a classic CIC’s set from on their last European tour, captured Geneva, Switzerland during May of the millennial year. These 15+ year recordings will both finally become available just in time for Creation is Crucifixion’s reunion show at King of the Monster Records’ massive 20th anniversary celebration in Mesa, AZ at the beginning of August. The band released material with the longrunning label back in the late 90’s.

In a lengthy new interview with Vice’s Noisey blog, CIC vocalist Nathan Martin details his transition from frontman of a hardcore metal band to tech company CEO:

“I got into the noise scene following people like Eric Wood [of Bastard Noise] and he’s into noise for a very valid reason, he cares about sound … I remember him always pushing to be more prolific. Man is the Bastard and Bastard Noise clearly do this, they are prolific. Keep doing it. That’s almost a kind of work ethic thing that I even try to do here at Deeplocal, the company I built. Just do it, get it out there, push it and do as much stuff as you can.

We started from a single contract to do some design work. I went back to what I loved doing, which is a little bit of physical engineering, a little bit of software, a little bit of design. I figured I’m just going to use this to do whatever I want to do and we slowly built the company from two people, to five, then eight and now to 25. It was slow, and we’re going on nine years now doing that.

What we did really well was always seize opportunities. When it seemed like there was an opportunity, we did it. I treated the company like a band. Everything that I learned from that band… I did with this company. We built a brand that’s more or less based on trying to be a metal band as a fucking company.”

The full interview gives a concise overview of both Creation is Crucifixion and Deeplocal, along with their approach and impact on existing in two complimentary but very different realms:

http://noisey.vice.com/blog/creation-is-crucifixion

The Antenna Builder + Rerecorded Splits and Live In Geneva 2xLP will be available in a limited capacity at the King of the Monsters festival, followed shortly after by a widespread release via Robotic Empire.

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June distro updates + WRONG & HOUSE OF LIGHTNING tour dates, TERMINAL FUZZ TERROR video and more!


After the April/Mayhem of our Whatever Nevermind tribute to NIRVANA, we were inundated in mailorder for the bulk of the month. Thank you to everyone who ordered the record, had patience as we got it to you, shared a track online, gram’d a photo of the vinyl alongside your favorite food or beverage, and/or otherwise just gave a crap. It’s been an ambitious and exciting release, and now that the dust has settled on mailorder and Record Store Day, less than 30 copies remain. Last chance ta dance on grabbing that in our Online Store, but be sure to read below for all the good new stuff we’ve gotten as well.

photo by Jack (is the) Barfield
One of the thirteen bands who contributed to Whatever Nevermind was Miami’s WRONG, who battered us with an offkilter rendition of “Stay Away”. This crew of miscreants can’t sit still, and are hitting the road again from June through August in an ever-mutating form, backed (in part) by Rick from TORCHE on drums. Their incestuous Lernaean nature means half of WRONG is now the rhythm section of riff-hurricane HOUSE OF LIGHTNING who will be across all tour dates as well, and a blistering new album is on the visible horizon… Full dates found below, or right here. WRONG‘s debut 12″ EP is available in our Online Store, as is the first HOUSE OF LIGHTNING album – right here.


Alongside WRONG‘s debut EP back in March we also released Seattle squad TERMINAL FUZZ TERROR‘s vinyl debut, Vol. 0: In The Shadow Of The Mountain. These psychedelic beasts have just launched a flash new music video for key cut “Senseless Boogie”, which is up now on ye’ olde YouTube. You can pick up Vol. 0: In The Shadow Of The Mountain in all its uber-deluxe silk-screened-packaging glory AND/OR some fancy ass TERMINAL FUZZ TERROR t-shirts over at the Robotic Empire – Online Store.

Beyond all that cool stuff, some Robo-related artists are kicking in new forms and we’ve done our best to stock their latest tunes. Along with some killer new stuff and restocks from the likes of ANNE, BIG BUSINESS, ELDER, FORN, IRON REGAN, LIGTNING BOLT, LITURGY, NOTHING, PRIMITIVE MAN, THE SADDEST LANDSCAPE, TOE and a bunch of others, it’s exciting to announce the new release from ANCIENT SKY members ‘other’ group DOMMENGANG which is absolutely killer psych-rock gold, and SUMAC‘s bludgeoning debut which contains one Aaron Turner of ISIS, HOUSE OF LOW CULTURE, OLD MAN GLOOM and many more. Lots of cool stuff added to our Online Store, here’s the full list:

NEW ITEMS & RESTOCKS:
* Anne – Dream Punx 12″ – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (A389) $14.99
* Big Business – Battlefields Forever 12″ (Gold Metal) $19.99
* Braid – No Coast 12″ – ORANGE BLACK COLORED VINYL (Top Shelf) $13.99
* Circuit des Yeux – In Plain Speech 12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL (Thrill Jockey) $0
* Colleen – Captain of None 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $18.99
* Dommengang – Everybodys Boogie 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $18.99
* Elder – Demo Cassette (Self Released) $4.99
* Fashion Week – Pret A Porter 12″ (Solar Flare) $19.99
* Forn – The Departure Of Consciousness 12″ (Gilead Media) $12.99
* Generation Of Vipers – Coffin Wisdom 12″ (Gilead) $12.99
* Implodes – Reverser 12″ – PURPLE COLORED VINYL (Gilead Media) $12.99
* Iron Reagan – Spoiled Identity 12″ – GREEN COLORED VINYL (A389) $14.99
* Iron Reagan – Worse Than Dead 12″ – PURPLE COLORED VINYL (A389) $14.99
* Lightning Bolt – Fantasy Empire 2×12″ – PINK COLORED VINYL (Thrill Jockey) $20.99
* Like Rats – Self Titled 12″ (A389) $14.99
* Liturgy – Aesthethica 2×12″ (Thrill Jockey) $21.99
* My Fictions / The Saddest Landscape – Split 12″ – PURPLE COLORED VINYL (Top Shelf) $13.99
* Native Lights – Self-Titled 12″ (Passive) $14.99
* Nothing – Downward Years To Come 12″ – COLORED VINYL (A389) $14.99
* Oozing Wound – Retrash 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $18.99
* Primitive Man / Fister – Split 12″ (A389) $14.99
* Saddest Landscape, The – Exit Wounded 12″ – PINK COLORED VINYL (Top Shelf) $13.99
* Sea Of Bones – The Earth Wants Us Dead – Self Titled 3×12″ (Gilead Media) $34.99
* Sumac – The Deal 2×12″ (Thrill Jockey) $28.99
* Toe – For Long Tomorrow 12″ – GREEN COLORED VINYL (Top Shelf) $13.99
* Toe – New Sentimentality 12″ – TAN COLORED VINYL (Top Shelf) $13.99
* Toe – Songs, Ideas We Forgot 12″ – PURPLE COLORED VINYL (Top Shelf) $13.99
* White Hills – Walks For Motorists 12″ – COLORED VINYL (Thrill Jockey) $18.99

That’s the latest and greatest, please be sure to hit up our Online Store for all this and thousands of other titles. Full dates for HOUSE OF LIGHTNING + WRONG‘s eternity-tour can be found below:


HOUSE OF LIGHTNING + WRONG – ALL DAMN SUMMER TOUR:
June 19 • Backbooth • Orlando, FL
June 20 • Churchill’s Pub • Miami, FL
June 21 • Crowbar • Tampa, FL
June 22 • The Earl • Atlanta, GA
June 23 • TBA • Nashville, TN
June 24 • Hi-Tone • Memphis, TN
June 25 • Stickyz Rock N Roll Chicken Shack • Little Rock, AR
June 26 • Soundpony • Tulsa, OK
June 27 • FUBAR • St. Louis, MO
June 28 • Kirby’s Beer Store • Wichita, KS
June 29 • Flux Capacitor • Colorado Springs, CO
June 30 • NEED HELP! • Salt Lake City, UT
July 1 • Crazy Horse • Boise, ID
July 2 • Dante’s • Portland, OR (no WRONG*)
July 3 • Chop Suey • Seattle, WA (no WRONG*)
**TORCHE TOUR w/ MELT BANANA – July 2nd – Aug 1st**
August 2 • Harlow’s • Sacramento, CA (no DEAD)
The following dates include DEAD from Australia mate:
August 3 • All Star Lanes • Los Angeles, CA
August 4 • NEED HELP
August 5 • Rebel Lounge • Phoenix, AZ
August 6 • NEED HELP • El Paso, TX
August 7 • Paper Tiger • San Antonio, TX
August 8 • Mohawk • Austin, TX
August 9 • Three Links • Dallas, TX
August 10 • Siberia • New Orleans, LA
August 11 • The Atlantic • Gainesville, FL
August 12 • Churchill’s Pub • Miami, FL

“Whatever Nevermind” is out today, mailorder vinyl now available + full album stream

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Our second tribute to Nirvana, titled Whatever Nevermind, is out today. This album sees Boris, Cave In, Circa Survive, Kylesa, La Dispute, Nothing, Pygmy Lush, Thou, Torche, Touche Amore, White Reaper, Wrong and Young Widows running the classic Nevermind album through their diverse creative filters, and we couldn’t be happier with the results.

The vinyl is released today to coincide with Record Store Day 2015, but for all those who weren’t able or close enough to a participating store to attend, we have a mailorder-edition of this release available now in our Online Store:

* Order Whatever Nevermind on opaque blue colored vinyl here

In addition to the tribute album, we’ve stocked as many of the contributing bands’ (and related outfits) available releases that we were able to get copies of. Along with many other great new titles and restocks, over a hundred items have been added to our Online Store. Here is the full list:

NEW ITEMS & RESTOCKS:
* A Life Once Lost – Ecstatic Trance – ORANGE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Season Of Mist) $9.99
* Abyss – Heretical Anatomy 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Aeges – Above & Down Below – GREEN COLORED VINYL 12″ (The Mylene Sheath) $9.99
* Amenra – Mass I 12″ (Consouling Sounds) $12.99
* Amenra – Mass II 12″ (Consouling Sounds) $12.99
* Amenra / Eleanora – Split – CLEAR COLORED VINYL 10″ (Consouling Sounds) $12.99
* Amenra / Madensuyu – Split – PICTURE DISC VINYL 10″ (Consouling Sounds) $14.99
* Amenra / Treha Sektori – Split – CLEAR COLORED VINYL 10″ (Consouling Sounds) $12.99
* Anne – Dream Punx 12″ (A389) $14.99
* Atlantean Kodex – The White Goddess 2×12″ (20 Buck Spin) $19.99
* Aun / Habsyll – Split – GOLD COLORED VINYL 12″ (Conspiracy) $12.99
* Barghest – The Virtuous Purge 12″ (Gilead Media) $9.99
* Baroness – Live At Maida Vale BBC – GOLD COLORED VINYL 12″ (Relapse) $10.99
* Baroness – Red Album 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* Baroness – Yellow & Green 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* Bastard Sapling – Instinct Is Forever 2×12″ (Gilead Media) $16.99
* Blacklisted – When People Grow, People Go – WHITE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Deathwish) $10.99
* Body, The / Sandworm – Split 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $11.99
* Cannabis Corpse – From Wisdom to Baked 12″ (Season Of Mist) $9.99
* Capsule – Blue 12″+CD – DEEP BLUE VINYL (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Cauldron Black Ram – Stalagmire – COLORED VINYL 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Chelsea Wolfe – Unknown Rooms: A Collection Of Acoustic Songs – YELLOW BLACK COLORED VINYL 12″ (Sargent House) $10.99
* Coalesce – Give Them Rope 2×12″ (No Sleep) $19.99
* Code Orange Kids – I Am King 12″ – GREEN COLORED VINYL (Deathwish) $10.99
* Cold World – How The Gods Chill 12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL (Deathwish) $10.99
* Coliseum – Black Magic Punks 12″+DVD (Self Released) $11.99
* Coliseum – Deluxe Reissue – CLEAR WITH BLACK SMOKED COLORED VINYL 12″ (Deathwish) $10.99
* Coliseum – Goddamage 12″ (Temporary Residence) $10.99
* Coliseum – Parasites 12″ (Temporary Residence) $10.99
* Constants – Pasiflora 12″ (The Mylene Sheath) $9.99
* Dead In The Manger – Cessation 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Dead In The Manger – Transience – COLORED VINYL 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Dust Moth – Dragon Mouth – GREEN COLORED VINYL 12″ (The Mylene Sheath) $9.99
* Expo 70 – Corridors to Infinity 2xCD (Zoharum) $19.99
* Expo 70 – Filer a’ l’anglaise CD (Sonic Meditations) $9.99
* Expo 70 – Frozen Living Elements CD (Zoharum) $9.99
* Expo 70 – Journey Through Astral Projection CD (Immune) $9.99
* Expo 70 – July 18 2004 12″ (Sonic Meditations) $16.99
* Expo 70 – July 18 2004 Cassette (Sonic Meditations) $6.99
* Expo 70 – Virtually from the Unknown CD (Essence) $9.99
* Floor – Homegoings And Transitions Shadowline 12″ (Season Of Mist) $9.99
* Floor – Oblation – COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Season Of Mist) $19.99
* Forseen – Helsinki Savagery 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Gifts From Enola – A Healthy Fear – BLUE COLORED VINYL 12″ (The Mylene Sheath) $9.99
* Gnaw Their Tongues – Per Flagellum Sanguemque Tenebras Veneramus 2×10″ (Consouling Sounds) $23.99
* Harms Way – Rust – GINGER ALE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Deathwish) $10.99
* Heiress – Of Great Sorrow – SPLATTER COLORED VINYL 12″ (The Mylene Sheath) $9.99
* Hells – Demo Cassette (Like Young) $2.99
* Holy Sons – The Fact Facer 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $13.99
* Into It Over It – Proper 12″ (No Sleep) $10.99
* Into It Over It / Koji – Split 12″ (No Sleep) $10.99
* Jakob – Sines – ORANGE RED COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (The Mylene Sheath) $18.99
* Jessica 93 – Rise 12″ (Music Fear Satan) $11.99
* Junius / Rosetta – Split 12″ – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (The Mylene Sheath) $9.99
* Knut – Wonder 12″ (Conspiracy) $12.99
* Kongh – Shadows Of The Shapeless 2×12″ (Music Fear Satan) $21.99
* Kylesa – From the Vaults: Volume 1 – CLEAR SPLATTER COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Season Of Mist) $19.99
* Kylesa – Ultraviolet 12″ (Season Of Mist) $9.99
* La Dispute / Koji – Never Come Undone 12″ (No Sleep) $10.99
* Liturgy – Renihilation 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $14.99
* Loma Prieta – I.V. 12″ (Deathwish) $10.99
* Mammoth Grinder – Underworlds 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Minot – Equal / Opposite – ORANGE COLORED VINYL 12″ (The Mylene Sheath) $9.99
* Monarch – Omens 12″ – BLACK VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
* Mournful Congregation – Concrescence Of The Sophia 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Obsequiae – Suspended In The Brume Of Eos 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Occultation – Silence In The Ancestral House 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Old Man Gloom – The Ape of God (A) 12″ (Sige) $15.99
* Old Man Gloom – The Ape of God (B) 12″ (Sige) $15.99
* Oranssi Pazuzu – Valonielu 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Pallbearer – 2010 Demo 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Pallbearer – Sorrow And Extinction 2×12″ (20 Buck Spin) $19.99
* Phoenix Bodies / La Quiete – Split 5″ (Holidays) $9.99
* Piglet – Lava Land, Mad Science Cassette (Like Young) $2.99
* Plankton Wat – Drifter’s Temple 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $9.99
* Plankton Wat – Spirits 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $9.99
* Polyon – Self Titled Cassette (Polyon) $4.99
* Pulse Emitter / Date Palms / Expo 70 / Faceplant – 4 way split 2×12″ (Immune) $19.99
* Punch – They Don’t Have To Believe – YELLOW COLORED VINYL 12″ (Deathwish) $10.99
* Rhyton – Kykeon 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $9.99
* Rhyton – The Emerald Tablet 12″ (Three Lobed) $13.99
* Rosetta – The Anaesthete 2×12″ (War Crime) $19.99
* Samothrace – Life’s Trade 2×12″ (20 Buck Spin) $19.99
* The Casket Lottery – Real Fear 12″ (No Sleep) $10.99
* Thou / The Body – You, Whom I Have Always Hated – CLEAR GREEN COLORED VINYL 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $9.99
* Thou / The Body – You, Whom I Have Always Hated 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $9.99
* Touche Amore – Parting The Sea Between Brightness and Me 12″ (Deathwish) $10.99
* Transistor Transistor – Ruined Lives Cassette (Like Young) $2.99
* Trap Them – Blissf**ker – 180 GRAM VINYL 12″ (Prosthetic) $10.99
* Vanessa Van Basten – Psygnosis CD (Consouling Sounds) $9.99
* Vanhelgd – Relics Of Sulphur Salvation 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Various Artists – Whatever Nevermind – MAILORDER VERSION BLUE COLORED VINYL 12″+7″ (Robotic Empire) $19.99
* Vasaeleth – All Uproarious Darkness 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Vasaeleth – Crypt Born & Tethered To Ruin 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Vastum – Patricidal Lust 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Weedeater – God Luck and Good Speed – RED BROWN COLORED VINYL 12″ (Season Of Mist) $9.99
* Weedeater – Jason the Dragon – BLUE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Season Of Mist) $9.99
* Weedeater – Sixteen Tons – GREEN COLORED VINYL 12″ (Season Of Mist) $9.99
* Whirr – Around – TRI COLORED VINYL 12″ (Graveface) $10.99
* Whirr – Part Time Punks 7″ (Run For Cover) $5.99
* Whirr – Sway – YELLOW COLORED VINYL 12″ (Graveface) $10.99
* Whirr / Nothing – Split 12″+DVD (Run For Cover) $13.99
* White Reaper – Self Titled – PINK COLORED VINYL 12″ (Polyvinyl) $11.99
* Wovenhand – Refractory Obdurate 12″ – WHITE BLUE COLORED VINYL (Deathwish) $10.99
* Year Of No Light – Ausserwelt 2×12″ (Music Fear Satan) $21.99
* Year Of No Light – Nord 2×12″ (Music Fear Satan) $21.99
* Year Of No Light / Altar Of Plagues – Split 12″ (Music Fear Satan) $11.99
* Year Of No Light / Bagarre Generale – Split – ORANGE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Music Fear Satan) $11.99
* Young And In The Way – When Life Comes To Death 12″ – GREY COLORED VINYL (Deathwish) $10.99
* Young Widows – Easy Pain 12″ (Temporary Residence) $10.99
* Young Widows – Old Wounds 12″ (Temporary Residence) $10.99

All of these and much more can be found in the Robotic Empire – Online Store.

The Whatever Nevermind album is now available digitally as well, from iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon, Google Play and more. The full release is also streaming courtesy of Noisey:

Thank you.

List of shops stocking “Whatever Nevermind” + NOTHING in-store acoustic performance

Nothing-RSD-performance-WEBPhilly heads: NOTHING is doing an acoustic set on Record Store Day (this Saturday) at A.K.A. Music. They will have copies of “Whatever Nevermind” with them!

Everyone anywhere else, here’s the (available) list of US stores stocking the album:

1-2-3-4 Go!
Amoeba – Berkeley
Amoeba – Hollywood
Amoeba – San Francisco Angelos – Main
Aquarius
Attic Record Store Inc. Audiopile
Audio Elements – Pasadena
Aux 33 Tours – France
Bionic – Cypress
Black Dots
Blackbyrd
Blind Spot
Boo Boo – San Luis Obispo
Boo Boos – San Luis Obispo Ca
Boutique Music Fear Satan
Bric-A-Brac Records
Bull City Records Bullmoose Central
Cabin Floor Records
Cactus – Houston
Cd Central
Celebrated Summer Records
Chester Records
Criminal Records
Culture Shock – Rockford
Darkside Records & Gallery
Diabolical Records
Dimple
Down In The Valley
Dr Strange
Dynamite Records
Earshot – Greenville
Eclipse – St. Paul
Electric Kitsch
End Of An Ear
Euclid – New Orleans
Euclid – St. Louis
Everyday Music Exclusive Company
Fabulous Jackpot
Factory Records Fingerprints
Flat, Black & Circular Generation
Ghost Of Eastside
Going Underground Good Records Graveface
Gra Ywhale
Green Apple Books
Guest Room – Ok City
Guest Room Records
Guest Room Records
Hate Records – Italy
Hear Again
High Fidelity – La
Hip Hop Vinyl – Germany
Hitt Records
Hogwild
Holy Mountain Records – Tulsa
House Of Records
Hybrid Moments
Impact
In The Moment
Independent Records
Independent Records – Multiple Stores In Colorado
Indy Cd & Vinyl
Irvington Vinyl
Jack’s Music
Ka-Chunk
Kame’A – Israel
Karma – Warsaw
Landlocked Music
Last Record Store – Santa Rosa Ca
Laurie’S Planet Of Sound
Listen Records & Cds
Lolipop – La
Long In The Tooth
Louisville Harvest
Lovegarden
Luna Music
Lunchbox
Mad World Records
Magnolia Thunderpussy
Melodiya Records
Mills Record Company
Mind Cure Records
Missing Link – Arcata
Mississippi – Portland Or
Mojo – Tampa
Moldy Toes Records
Monster Music
My Mind’s Eye
Needle Drop
Newbury Comics
Orange Records
Origami Vinyl
Park Ave Cds
Permanent Records – Chicago
Permanent Records – Los Angeles
Phonopolis
Pork Records
Port Of Sound
Princeton Record Exchange
Radioactive Records
Ranch – Bend Or
Randys – Salt Lake City Ut
Raunch Records
Reckless – Loop / Downtown
Reckless Records – Broadway
Reckless Records – Wicker Park
Record Exchange # 1 – Boise Record Theatre
Red Cat Records
Red Scroll Records
Repo – Philadelphia
Resistor Records
Retrofit Records
Rotate This!
Rough Trade Nyc
Salzers
Schulze & Klose Gbr – Germany
Seasick Records Al
Second Avenue Shake It
Silver Platters
Singles Going Steady
Siren
Skinnies
Som Records
Sonic Boom 2 – Ballard Sound Cat Records
Sound Exchange – Houston
Soundgarden – Baltimore
Soundgarden – Syracuse
Spin Cycle
Standards: A Record Store
Static Age
Steady Sounds
Street Corner Music
Streetlight- Sj
Strictly Discs
Sweat Records
T-Bone’S
Td’s Cds & Lps
The Business
The Groove
Thrillhouse
Tko Records Store
Tonevendor
Touch Vinyl
Trailer Space
Treehouse Records
Trinity Music Gmbh – Germany
Twist & Shout
Underdog Records – Nc
Underground Sounds
Vertigo
Vinal Edge
Vintage Vinyl – Fords
Vintage Vinyl – St Louis Waiting Room
Warbler Records And Goods Waterloo
Wax Trax – Denver
Wuxtry
Young Ones
Zion’s Gate Records

Please note: this list is likely incomplete and we weren’t able to get a list of stores in other countries: although Canada and Europe should be reasonably covered.

If you can: PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL STORES! This is an important day for retail shops, and Record Store Day really helps local businesses who bust ass year-round to get tunes to those who enjoy them.

Everyone anywhere else: we plan to have a ‘standard’ edition of the “Whatever Nevermind” release available online shortly after RSD. Ideally, Saturday evening but TBC. Keep an eye on our site and Online Store then, we will have a LOT of new items available in addition to the “Whatever Nevermind” album. A full list of new titles will get posted on our main page. www.roboticempire.com

Thank you!!

LA DISPUTE’s version of ‘Polly’ streaming now with an interview at the All Music site

La DisputeRoughly a year ago La Dispute recorded a tribute to Nirvana‘s ‘Polly’ at a live show in Seattle, capturing the aesthetic of the originators run through the filters of La Dispute‘s creative engines. The A/V Club showcased the angular version of the classic track and we felt this rendition wonderfully fit the vision we have for our Nirvana tribute series.

On the cusp of releasing Whatever Nevermind alongside Record Store Day 2015, the venerable All Music site has penned an excellent spotlight on La Dispute‘s contribution, which gives a great insight into the far-reaching influence of Nirvana and why La Dispute chose to cover ‘Polly':

http://www.allmusic.com/blog/post/song-premiere-la-dispute-tackle-nirvanas-polly/

From the feature, La Dispute bassist Adam Vass explains how they approached the cover:

“It’s hard, you don’t want to remove it so far from the source material to where it isn’t identifiable anymore, but at the same time if we were to just have played it the way it was on the record, it wouldn’t have been as good as the original version, and it would have felt wrong, like we were abusing the opportunity. I like to think that we found happy ground in between those two extremes, and we changed it a little bit, but just enough to make it something special for us but still stay true to the original track.”

The A/V’ Club‘s original feature includes a short documentary on the musicians and cover song, which can also be found here:

http://www.avclub.com/videoplaylist/pioneering-seattle-la-dispute-pays-tribute-nirvana-205040

Whatever Nevermind is being released on vinyl and digitally this Saturday, April 18th.

Digital pre-orders are live now with ‘Polly’ available as an immediate download (alongside Circa Survive‘s cover of ‘Drain You’ and Nothing‘s tribute to ‘Something In The Way’):

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/whatever-nevermind-tribute/id973746631

https://roboticempire.bandcamp.com/album/whatever-nevermind

NOTHING’s tribute to NIRVANA’s “Something In The Way” now streaming

nothing-somethingWEB3Philly noise quartet NOTHING unveil their tribute to NIRVANA‘s “Something In The Way” via Noisey/Vice:

http://noisey.vice.com/blog/nothing-nirvana-something-in-the-way-cover

Instead of their trademark whitewash of guitar layers, NOTHING opts for a starker approach to the somber classic, with piano and vibrant vocals up front in Will Yip’s beautiful mix.

The track is found on Robotic Empire’s Whatever Nevermind tribute to NIRVANA‘s breakout album, which sees Nevermind covered in full and set for release on April 18th (Record Store Day) on both vinyl, and digitally.

Digital pre-orders of the album are up now, with “Something In The Way” available immediately:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/whatever-nevermind-tribute/id973746631

https://roboticempire.bandcamp.com/album/whatever-nevermind

Robotic Empire announces second Nirvana tribute, “Whatever Nevermind”

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We are extremely stoked to announce our second tribute to Nirvana, this time with their breakout Nevermind album being covered in full by a diverse range of bands. The new tribute LP, titled Whatever Nevermind, is being released April 18th in conjunction with Record Store Day 2015, and sees diverse contributions from Boris, Cave In, Circa Survive, Kylesa, La Dispute, Nothing, Pygmy Lush, Thou, Torche, Touche Amore, White Reaper, Wrong and Young Widows.

The lineup assembled for Whatever Nevermind has some of our favorite active bands running Nirvana’s classics through their own creative filters. What they’ve come up with is a great merging of individual style with a nod to the influence of ‘grunge’.

Nirvana clearly doesn’t need further accolade; they’ve been inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, are known by most music fans on the planet, and are one of the all-time greats. That being said, Nirvana helped shape our tastes and of countless musicians we respect, and to pay even a slight homage to them in return is a privilege. Working with the amazing range of talents involved here, including several return contributors from the first tribute LP, is an absolute honor, and we can’t wait for people to hear the results.

Circa Survive‘s take on ‘Drain You’ premieres today via Alternative Press and can be heard here:

http://www.altpress.com/features/entry/circa_survive_cover_nirvanas_drain_you_exclusive

On their method of tackling the project, Brendan from Circa Survive says:

“There are different ways to approach covering a band. For us, doing a Nirvana song takes us back to a very raw place that we were in when we were young and just falling in love with music. We didn’t want to say ‘here’s what this song would’ve sounded like if Circa wrote it’. It was way more fun for us to live in their energy and pay homage to their influence by just rocking the shit out of it and keeping it raw.”

The vinyl edition of Whatever Nevermind is being released as a 12″ + bonus 7″ combined, with artwork inspired by and mutated from the original album, and includes a high-quality digital download. Record Store Day 2015 will see an exclusive color-vinyl edition accompanied by a large poster, akin to the 2014 RSD release of In Utero: In Tribute.

The tribute will also be available April 18th to download/stream from all digital outlets, with digital pre-orders now available from iTunes including immediate availability of Circa Survive‘s cover of ‘Drain You':

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/whatever-nevermind-tribute/id973746631

Last year’s In Utero: In Tribute vinyl sold out on release day, the digital version received a spotlight on the iTunes storefront and received coverage across high-profile media including Alternative Press, SPIN and The Guardian.

As Robotic Empire’s 100th release, “In Utero: In Tribute” concluded an oft-rumored, elusive 7-year project. Just one year later, the catalog number for followup homage “Whatever Nevermind” appropriately lands at Robo 116, as the label celebrates its 16th year of existence with this release. We couldn’t be more proud and excited to present this to you!

“Whatever Nevermind”

Young Widows – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Torche – In Bloom
Kylesa – Come As You Are
Cave In – Breed
Boris – Lithium
La Dispute – Polly
White Reaper – Territorial Pissings
Circa Survive – Drain You
Touche Amore – Lounge Act
Wrong – Stay Away
Pygmy Lush – On A Plain
Nothing – Something In The Way
Thou – Endless, Nameless / Even In His Youth (Bonus Tracks)

Digital reissue/rarities label The Archivist launched!

The Archivist logo white BG 1000pxRobotic Empire is excited to announce the creation of a new digital-only label, The Archivist. Launching with 15 digital reissues of long out-of-print albums alongside otherwise unreleased material, The Archivist establishes a home for both lost classics and new tunes for fans to access on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon, Bandcamp and other major digital outlets.

The roots of the project stem from an early adoption of digital media by Robotic Empire, and the realization of many excellent albums simply being available in no legitimate form. The main goal of The Archivist is to make  widespread availability of influential and/or inspiring music that otherwise may not reach fans worldwide who want to hear these songs.

The Archivist’s initial launch sees the following releases now available digitally:

* City of Caterpillar – Demo + Live Recording (originally released in 2002, long out of print/unavailable)
* City of Caterpillar – Self-Titled album (originally released in 2002, long out of print/unavailable)
* Forcefedglass – When Back Are Turned, Knives Are Pulled (expanded edition, originally released in 1998 from dudes who went on to join Converge, Hassan I Sabbah, etc.)
* Idolands – Rare At Ease EP (previously unreleased EP / member of Daughters side-project)
* Joshua Fit For Battle – Bring Out Your Dead (collection album originally released in 2003, long out of print)
* Majority Rule – Demo EP (rare 2000’s recording leading up to the “Interviews With David Frost” album)
* Riddle of Steel – 1985 (originally released in 2008, Andrew Elstner’s band prior to Torche/Tilts)
* Riddle of Steel – Burn (originally released in 2001, Andrew Elstner’s band prior to Torche/Tilts)
* Riddle of Steel – Got This Feeling (originally released in 2005, Andrew Elstner’s band prior to Torche/Tilts)
* Riddle of Steel – Python (originally released in 2003, Andrew Elstner’s band prior to Torche/Tilts)
* Transistor Transistor – Erase All Name and Likeness (originally released in 2005, long out of print)
* Transistor Transistor – Ruined Lives (originally released in 2008, long out of print)
* Transistor Transistor – Young Vampires of New Hampshire (feat. Tomas Lindberg, originally released in 2008)
* Welcome the Plague Year – Self-Titled album (originally released in 2004, long out of print)
* Wraith – Self-Titled EP (previously unreleased occult rock recordings from Eric Hernandez of Capsule, Wrong, Kylesa, etc)

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A lengthy list of direct links to this first round of 15 releases can be found below, and you can follow The Archivist direct via Facebook, Bandcamp and/or our newsletter to find out about future releases:

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Newsletterhttps://www.roboticempire.com/store/index.php?main_page=page&id=15

City of Caterpillar – City of Caterpillar:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/city-of-caterpillar/id961113790?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/0uXUaF5IG6V1jmPZgD7XZG
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/City-Caterpillar/dp/B00SR4PB96
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/City_of_Caterpillar_City_of_Caterpillar?id=Bhlhyhd7mnfl2e5jbcfr646ucje
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/city-of-caterpillar

City of Caterpillar – Demo + Live Recording:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/demo-+-live-recording/id960689324?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/4MmqFjIx9gaQUesvP2ZCtW
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Demo-Live-Recording-City-Caterpillar/dp/B00SQ6KO38
* Google Play- https://play.google.com/store/music/album/City_of_Caterpillar_Demo_Live_Recording?id=Blixhccdoxqjsg5oehzzqnzjiku&hl=en
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/demo-live-recording

Forcefedglass – When Back Are Turned, Knives Are Pulled (Expanded Edition):
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/when-backs-are-turned-knives/id947767918?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/3PvjHj3KUffCnnMi5GFLvJ
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Backs-Turned-Knives-Pulled-Expanded/dp/B00QITF0LG
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Forcefedglass_When_Backs_Are_Turned_Knives_Are_Pul?id=Blk4cuuends2txaiz4fygt7odga&hl=en
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/when-back-are-turned-knives-are-pulled-expanded-edition

Idolands – Rare At Ease EP:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rare-at-ease-ep/id953698821?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/5hC5WqFe2lzfpiaarhvx21
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Rare-at-Ease-Idolands/dp/B00R9VHUA6
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Idolands_Rare_at_Ease?id=B26axrhcbabvwammdseinqbry3m&hl=en
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/rare-at-ease-ep

Joshua Fit for Battle – Bring Out Your Dead:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bring-out-your-dead/id947749342?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/2opAg43xGJPcst6ijKfQc7
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Bring-Your-Dead-Joshua-Battle/dp/B00QITJQP2
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Joshua_Fit_For_Battle_Bring_out_Your_Dead?id=Bbc7guhyyqlpultuv4niehf5juy&hl=en
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/bring-out-your-dead

Majority Rule – 4-Song Demo EP:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/4-song-demo-ep/id949040341?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/3L1R77YROKRjYDGJAzoOm5
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/4-Song-Demo-Majority-Rule/dp/B00QO2HZGA
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Majority_Rule_4_Song_Demo?id=Buk72pfnhehw3eie7ka6f2wtf5e&hl=en
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/4-song-demo

Riddle of Steel – 1985:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/1985/id949043475?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/4oGEpSqkz8f9FgXs6PQmQH
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/1985-Riddle-Steel/dp/B00QO2ANUK
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Riddle_of_Steel_1985?id=Bihcfepqce3oaqaqw6zfg2v5cm4
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/1985

Riddle of Steel – Burn EP:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/burn-ep/id947661824?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/5kLm3X6x9fpq1UiICTL0PD
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Burn-Riddle-Steel/dp/B00QITAOHQ
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/burn-ep

Riddle of Steel – Got This Feelin':
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/got-this-feelin/id947763097?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/0mW1TzVLg2iIRcHs5FXrxR
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Got-This-Feelin-Riddle-Steel/dp/B00QJ020Z8
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Riddle_of_Steel_Got_This_Feelin?id=Brrwpdgdygk2opucotb5ecvfneu
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/got-this-feelin

Riddle of Steel – Python:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/python/id947741796?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/0ktVDujAouKoHqRzWVDnJ7
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Python-Riddle-Steel/dp/B00QJ4YTC6
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Riddle_of_Steel_Python?id=Bmjdrotl4356qquzr46k3geeaza
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/python

Transistor Transistor – Erase All Name and Likeness:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/erase-all-name-and-likeness/id952000913?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/46JrmbXmbYR6E3cI4pVUu1
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Erase-All-Name-Likeness-Master/dp/B00R5M0R40
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Transistor_Transistor_Erase_All_Name_and_Likeness_?id=B2vk3r5qvul2gcgrszxgupyfhgm
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/erase-all-name-and-likeness

Transistor Transistor – Ruined Lives:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ruined-lives/id952016371?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/2s3TUPyTvrQCClUO8u1iZR
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Ruined-Lives-Transistor/dp/B00R60E75Q
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Transistor_Transistor_Ruined_Lives?id=Be4bxioaa5hpzum4bqck37h3asu
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/ruined-lives

Transistor Transistor – Young Vampires of New Hampshire:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/young-vampires-new-hampshire/id955645719?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/5B3EisVBPq3B2TGqYSsfM4
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Young-Vampires-New-Hampshire-Transistor/dp/B00R52DHPG
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Transistor_Transistor_Young_Vampires_of_New_Hampsh?id=Bj4qljhbyac6avc2la72cudqdg4
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/young-vampires-of-new-hampshire

Welcome the Plague Year – Welcome the Plague Year:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/welcome-the-plague-year/id947632911?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/0JxaieYC7M4d9RGVRd6hYc
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Welcome-Plague-Year/dp/B00QIDNSYS
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Welcome_the_Plague_Year_Welcome_the_Plague_Year?id=B3tyng7xm4lp4va2xmtutm5roem
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/welcome-the-plague-year

Wraith – Wraith EP:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wraith-ep/id952034153?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/43n4PaLXJ57uZTud5cVZfa
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R611A3M
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Wraith_Wraith?id=B43fgruh2gafxn5rn5w7zwxkosi
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/wraith-ep

A continuing stream of releases will roll out in the following weeks and months, with a healthy schedule of future activity planned. To find out first about additional tunes as they become available, be sure to follow The Archivist via Facebook, Bandcamp and/or our newsletter:

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