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"a cool offering of subterranean garage skuzz" (aka: lost/found BAD SECRETS review)

Well, our ballsoutcrazy June sale has come to an end, but we still have nearly 250 random items on sale at the moment, including this oft-overlooked weirdo record we dropped about two years ago… the sole release (thus far) from BAD SECRETS:


We’re going out of our way to post about this oddball release (a 9″+CD) as we just found an old review of this wild slab. Longtime brethren Crucial Blast are almost like an east coast Aquarius, whereas they take (lots of) time to type up detailed description of each item they sell. Impressive to say the least, and here’s what they had to say about the aforementioned BAD SECRETS jammer:

“Weird, cavernous, bloozy garage skum from this duo out of Louisville, kind of a surprise offering from Robotic Empire. It’s been descibed as “shoegazey” by some, probably because of the copious amounts of reverb that soak into every nook and cranny of these seven songs, but Bad Secrets sound to my ears more like the kind of drug-n’-booze addled noise rock outfits that were slithering out of downtown New York City back in the mid to late 80’s, the sort of thing that might have appeared on Rough Trade or Homestead. The guys behind this are drummer Dan Davis (also of Kodan Armada) and guitarist Evan Patterson, the latter known for his involvement in some fine contempo pigfuck/noise rock outfits like Breather Resist, Young Widows and Black Cross. In this configuration, though, Patterson goes for a more drugged and dissonant sort of clamor, the two musicians shambling through these creepy swamp-stained dirges, a vague industrial quality sticking to everything as the twangy, skronking guitar wigs out over a pounding, percussive oil-drum throb, the songs partially formed, and apparently partially improvised as well. The recording is suitably dank and dingy, the aforementioned reverb-heavy sound has it’s murkiness amplified by the low fi four-track production. Haunted, stoned gothic noise rock riddled with slurred, drawling vocals and ghostly wails, subterranean metallic scrape and trippy stereo panning, clanking riffs and chaotic drum freak outs, and weird production fuckery that ranges from sped-up tape noise and sudden drop-outs to grainy needle pops and room noise. Imagine Pussy Galore on Quaaludes, or Nick Cave stalking some ancient crypt, and you’re in the general vicinity. The guitars utilize some neat shimmery Morricone-esque twang on some of the tracks, too, and the band occasionally even goes off into something resembling a nocturnal version of surf rock at times. Things get pretty “out” and psychedelic throughout this little record, but the duo are still able to produce some seriously catchy noise rock jams like “Gimmee Sound” and “Go And Leave”. It’s a cool offering of subterranean garage skuzz, presented on an unusual 9″ size vinyl record in a silk-screened sleeve, and includes a cd version of the record.” © CRUCIAL BLAST

There ya go. We’ve got that joint discounted to $9.99 at the moment, and with both formats together (CD and vinyl) you get double trouble on this one.

* BAD SECRETS in the Robotic Empire – Online Store
* YOUNG WIDOWS (and related) in the Robotic Empire – Online Store

YOUNG WIDOWS – April–>June TOUR DATES


YOUNG WIDOWS – 2011 TOUR DATES
April 28 – Louisville, KY – Headliner’s
April 29 – Birmingham, AL – Bottletree
April 30 – Gainesville, FL – The Atlantic
May 1 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
May 2 – Orlando, FL – The Social
May 3 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
May 4 – Charlotte, NC – The Milestone
May 5 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
May 6 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny brenda’s
May 7 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool
May 8 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
May 9 – Burlington, VT – The Monkey Bar
May 10 – Montreal, QC – Casa Del Popolo
May 11 – Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
May 12 – Toronto, ON – The Garrison
May 13 – Detroit, MI – Small’s
May 14 – Chicago – Beat Kitchen
May 15 – Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club
May 16 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock
May 17 – Madison, WI – The Project Lodge
June 2 – Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
June 3 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
June 4 – Salt Lake City, UT – Burt’s Tiki Lounge
June 5 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
June 7 – Seattle, WA – Comet Tavern
June 8 – Portland, OR – Rotture
June 10 – San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside
June 11 – Los Angeles, CA – TBA
June 12 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
June 13 – Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room
June 15 – Austin, TX – Red 7
June 16 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory

As of posting this, we’re down to the last 69 copies of the Live Radio Performance April 6, 2009 12″ LP we released on 180gram vinyl. Nab that in the Robotic Empire – Online Store, and/or their new album In and Out of Youth and Lightness on Temporary Residence Limited!

YOUNG WIDOWS re-pressed, TORCHE robbed (!), new T-SHIRTS and more


Damn, the killer updates to the Robotic Empire – Online Store just keep on comin! This week we’ve got the recent re-press of YOUNG WIDOWS live LP, on 180 GRAM maroon colored vinyl. 500 more of these jammers got pressed up in the 2nd (final?) pressing of this killer window into an awesome live band prime in their element: LIVE! Between spreading around copies to the band and our distributor, we got less than 200 copies of this and its available from us now.


In addition to that, we’ve gotten in some new & exclusive t-shirt designs direct from the bands TORCHE and TIDELAND. Touring with COHEED AND CAMBRIA, TORCHE recently passed through Seattle and handed off some excess records and shirts to us since their old van died and the new one is smaller. With so much gear, no more trailer and 1 more guitar player meant passing off some extra merch to us. Unfortunately, since then TORCHE was ruthlessly robbed in Chicago with several guitars, amps, passports, laptops and other personal stuff stolen. In other words: a MAJOR bummer on a tour that’s already kinda hand-to-mouth since they just borrowed money for a new van. They’ve booked some last-minute shows on the east coast since they can’t get into Canada without their passports… so go see them & buy em a drink or something if ya can! They’re pretty gutted after having custom gear and irreplaceable stuff ripped off by jerks, so if you can help them out in any way, they would hugely appreciate it!


In better news though, TIDELAND printed up some wacky shirts recently to have for upcoming touring in support of their debut Asleep In The Graveyard album we dropped a few weeks back. If you haven’t checked out TIDELAND yet, we highly recommend them. A killer (and catchy) combination of shoegazer, grunge and punk rock to create some kind of all-new megabeast. Three album tracks (including one new one) have been posted here and several others can be streamed here. TIDELAND merch & records are available from us here and TORCHE merch & records are available from us here.

In addition to the above shirts, we also worked out something with MAN IS THE BASTARD too so the classic skull logo shirts of theirs we carry are about as “officially licensed” as they’re gonna get! Stoked on that! Re-upped ‘em in both black & white, so check those out. Also scored a pile of killer new vinyl releases, including several BARONESS 12″s (which we can never keep in stock for long), spacey EARTHLESS jawns, GODFLESH galore, GROWING, the long awaited LA QUIETE / PHOENIX BODIES 5″ import, some sweet VALKYRIE CD reissues and way more. Here ya go:

NEW ITEMS:
* Artimus Pyle – Civil Dead – BLACK VINYL 12″ (Prank) $9.99
* Artimus Pyle – Civil Dead – GREEN COLORED VINYL 12″ (Prank) $9.99
* Baroness / Unpersons – A Grey Sigh In A Flower Husk – GREEN COLORED VINYL 12″ (At A Loss) $16.99
* Baroness – Blue Record – 180g VINYL 2×12″ (Relapse) $24.99
* Big Business – Head For The Shallow 12″ (Hydra Head) $12.99
* Earthless – Rhythms From A Cosmic Sky 12″ (Tee Pee) $9.99
* Earthless – Sonic Prayer 12″ (Gravity) $9.99
* F’d Up – The Chemistry Of Common Life 2×12″ (Matador) $29.99
* F’d Up – Year Of The Pig 12″ (What’s Your Rupture) $10.99
* Godflesh – Love and Hate In Dub – GOLD BLACK SPLATTER COLORED VINYL 12″ (Kreation) $14.99
* Godflesh – Self-Titled – CLEAR SPLATTER COLORED VINYL 12″ (Kreation) $18.99
* Godflesh – Streetcleaner – CLEAR SPLATTER COLORED VINYL 12″ (Kreation) $16.99
* Growing – All The Way 12″ (Social Registry) $11.99
* Japanther – Tut Tut, Now Shake Ya Butt 12″ (Wantage) $12.99
* Landmine Marathon – Sovereign Descent 12″ (Deep Six) $9.99
* Phoenix Bodies / La Quiete – Split 5″ (Holidays) $7.99
* The Fauns – Self-Titled 2×12″ (Deep Space) $16.99
* Tideland – Pancakes – Size: EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Self Released) $12.99
* Tideland – Pancakes – Size: LARGE T-Shirt (Self Released) $12.99
* Tideland – Pancakes – Size: MEDIUM T-Shirt (Self Released) $12.99
* Tideland – Pancakes – Size: SMALL T-Shirt (Self Released) $12.99
* Torche – Meanderthal – Size: DOUBLE EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Self Released) $14.99
* Torche – Meanderthal – Size: MEDIUM T-Shirt (Self Released) $14.99
* Torche – Meanderthal – Size: SMALL T-Shirt (Self Released) $14.99
* Torche – Shiva Cat – Size: LARGE T-Shirt (Self Released) $14.99
* Torche – Shiva Cat – Size: MEDIUM T-Shirt (Self Released) $14.99
* Torche – Shiva Cat – Size: SMALL T-Shirt (Self Released) $14.99
* Valkyrie – Man of Two Visions (Re-issue) CD (Meteor City) $9.99
* Valkyrie – Self Titled (Re-issue) CD (Meteor City) $9.99
* Weekend Nachos – Unforgivable – RED COLORED VINYL 12″ (Deep Six) $9.99
* Young Widows – Live Radio Performance April 6, 2009 – MAROON COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) $12.99

RESTOCKS:
* Baroness / Unpersons – A Grey Sigh In A Flower Husk 12″ (At A Loss) $16.99
* Big Business – Mind The Drift 12″ (Hydra Head) $29.99
* Black Pyramid – Self-Titled CD (Meteor City) $9.99
* Growing – Live 2×12″ (Conspiracy) $24.99
* Man Is The Bastard – Black T-Shirt Size: EXTRA LARGE (Self Released) $11.99
* Man Is The Bastard – Black T-Shirt Size: LARGE (Self Released) $11.99
* Man Is The Bastard – Black T-Shirt Size: Medium (Self Released) $11.99
* Man Is The Bastard – Black T-Shirt Size: SMALL (Self Released) $11.99
* Man Is The Bastard – Sum of the Men CD (Deep Six) $9.99
* Man Is The Bastard – White T-Shirt Size: EXTRA LARGE (Self Released) $11.99
* Man Is The Bastard – White T-Shirt Size: LARGE (Self Released) $11.99
* Man Is The Bastard – White T-Shirt Size: MEDIUM (Self Released) $11.99
* Man Is The Bastard – White T-Shirt Size: SMALL (Self Released) $11.99
* My Bloody Valentine – Feed Me With Your Kiss T-Shirt – Size: EXTRA LARGE $14.99
* My Bloody Valentine – Feed Me With Your Kiss T-Shirt – Size: LARGE $14.99
* My Bloody Valentine – Feed Me With Your Kiss T-Shirt – Size: MEDIUM $14.99
* My Bloody Valentine – Feed Me With Your Kiss T-Shirt – Size: SMALL $14.99
* Phobia – Cruel 12″ (Deep Six) $9.99
* Phobia – Grind Your F’ing Head In – BLUE GREY COLORED VINYL 12″ (Deep Six) $9.99
* Portraits of Past – Cypress Dust Witch 12″ (Excursions Into The Abyss) $9.99

Thanks everyone as always! Also a quick note to say we are still slightly backed up with orders at the moment so please allow some extra time for your orders to arrive. We appreciate your patience as we scramble to keep up with the recent order volume! Again, please help out TORCHE if ya can! Thanks & peace!

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New releases now available (YOUNG WIDOWS, FLOOR) +big Robotic Empire store update, ebay rarities & more!!

Got a pretty serious update for ya this week, with new Robotic Empire label releases and a pretty hefty update to our Online Store as well. Here we go…


First and foremost, nearly a year in the making is the YOUNG WIDOWS Live Radio Performance April 6, 2009 12″. Having known these (solid) dudes since the chaotic heyday of their formerer outfit BREATHER RESIST, up through jumping in the van with them last year…witnessing live and then sneaking off with the sole copy of this radio performance, having it professionally mastered and approaching the band about a release… its suffice to say that YOUNG WIDOWS are essentially OLD KIN at this point. It is with great honor and excitement that we present this fantastic snapshot of these lifers in action.


500 copies of this were pressed on 180 GRAM black vinyl, with skull artwork by SKELETON ROYAL (Dan Davis/BAD SECRETS). A preview track from this live album can be found here and you can pick up the LP now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store.


At the opposite end of the format spectrum is the 8xCD set from FLOOR, compiling all of the same music from the massive Below & Beyond deluxe box set… creating a more affordable, stripped-down CD-only version (due to overwhelming demand). We made 700 copies of this 8xCD version, most of them available from stores/bigger sites/distros/etc, as well as from the band themselves at their upcoming reunion shows (starting next week)! We actually only got 50 copies for our Online Store, which are now available here. Copies of the deluxe 10xLP, 1×7″, 8xCD Box Set version still remain as well.


On that note: the deluxe vinyl set is finally DONE and now in house! We’ve currently shipped out about half of the pre-orders so far and are busting ass to get the rest out ASAP. This has been a lot more labor intensive than we anticipated, and we’ve chosen to really secure the holy hell out of each box set as opposed to just rushing it. Some extra helping hands have been brought in to expedite things, so everyone who’s pre-ordered the FLOOR box set should be receiving their copy soon! Anyone who’s still interested in this beast and hasn’t picked it up yet: now is the time.

Last and possibly least, some additional spring cleaning/moving sale action is under way with a weird string of posters, prints, proofs and other random rarities all up now on ebay. A bunch of John Dyer Baizley (BARONESS) rarities are in there, along with an original TORCHE Meanderthal test print, some Daniel Danger rarities and a bunch of other stuff. These auctions are running for 7 days and everything starts at 99 cents with no reserve: check it out.

Oh yeah, we also got a pile of cool stuff for the Robotic Empire – Online Store too. Mostly new jammers & restocks from staples Magic Bullet and Denovali, but also threw online a handful of old Robotic Archive items found during recent cleanup. Just 1 copy of most of those old Robo items, so if you don’t see them available on the site they already sold out.

NEW ITEMS:
* Balboa / Plague Sermon – Split – BROWN COLORED VINYL 12″ (Magic Bullet) $9.99
* Floor – Below & Beyond 8xCD Set (Robotic Empire) $39.99
* Forensics – Sonic Victimization Unit “Deathscream” Signed/Numbered CD (Magic Bullet) $6.99
* Forensics – You Don’t Have To Win, But You Have To Fight – RED COLORED VINYL 10″ (Magic Bullet) $9.99
* Golden City – Self-Titled – BLUE COLORED VINYL 10″ (Magic Bullet) $7.99
* Isis – Oceanic Remix Vol. I – CLEAR COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) $19.99
* Isis – Oceanic Remix Vol. II – CLEAR COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) $19.99
* Isis – Oceanic Remix Vol. IV – CLEAR COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) $19.99
* Isis – Panopticon – 1ST PRESS BLACK VINYL 2×12″ (Robotic Empire) $24.99
* Jesuscentric – Self-Titled – 1-SIDED RED COLORED VINYL 12″ (Tor Johnson) $9.99
* Jesuscentric – Self-Titled – 1-SIDED BLACK VINYL 12″ (Tor Johnson) $9.99
* Kaospilot – Shadows – GREEN COLORED VINYL 12″+CD (Magic Bullet) $9.99
* Kodiak / Nadja – Split 12″ (Denovali) $14.99
* Majority Rule – Emergency Numbers – BERRY COLORED VINYL 12″ (Magic Bullet) $9.99
* Majority Rule – Emergency Numbers – BLUE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Magic Bullet) $9.99
* Majority Rule – Interviews With David Frost – BLUE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Magic Bullet) $9.99
* Majority Rule – Interviews With David Frost – GREEN COLORED VINYL 12″ (Magic Bullet) $9.99
* Nekrasov – Cognition of Splendid Oblivion CD (Seige Of Power) $10.99
* Pageninetynine – Document #8 – BLUE RED COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) $15.99
* Pageninetynine – Document #8 – GREY WITH BLACK SPLATTER COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) $15.99
* Switchblade – Self-Titled 2009 2×12″ (Denovali) $19.99
* Titan – Colossus 12″ (React With Protest) $13.99
* Windmills By The Ocean – Self-Titled – ASPHALT COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Windmills By The Ocean – Self-Titled – WINDMILLS COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Young Widows – Live Radio Performance April 6, 2009 – 180 GRAM 12″ (Robotic Empire) $12.99

RESTOCKS:
* Doomriders – Black Thunder – AMBER COLORED VINYL 12″ (Magic Bullet) $14.99
* Doomriders – Black Thunder – DEEP GREEN COLORED VINYL 12″ (Magic Bullet) $14.99
* Love Like Electrocution – Self-Titled – 1-SIDED 12″ (Slave Union) $7.99
* Majority Rule – Emergency Numbers CD (Magic Bullet) $7.99
* Majority Rule – Interviews With David Frost CD (Magic Bullet) $7.99
* Pageninetynine / Majority Rule – Split CD (Magic Bullet) $7.99
* Saddest Landscape, The – Discography 2xCD (Slave Union) $10.99
* Saddest Landscape, The – Lift Your Burdens High CD (Alone) $9.99
* Sparrows Swarm And Sing – O’Shenandoah, Mighty Death Will Find Me CD (Magic Bullet) $9.99
* This Will Destroy You – Self-Titled – COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Magic Bullet) $16.99
* This Will Destroy You – Self-Titled CD (Magic Bullet) $9.99
* This Will Destroy You – Young Mountain – COLORED VINYL 12″ (Magic Bullet) $10.99
* This Will Destroy You – Young Mountain CD (Magic Bullet) $9.99
* This Will Destroy You & Lymbyc Systym – Field Studies – CLEAR COLORED VINYL 12″ (Magic Bullet) $9.99

EBAY:
* ADAM JURESKO STOP IT!! Robotic Poster Framed Art LOT
* BARONESS Blue Record John Dyer Baizley Burlesque print
* BLACK TUSK Fallen Kingdom demo CD John Baizley Baroness
* DANIEL DANGER Ghostship Sink or Swim Print Horkey Stout
* DANIEL DANGER Melt Banana uncut poster Horkey Stout
* DANIEL DANGER My Tigerlily Rests… 2 Print Set Horkey
* DAUGHTERS SERIPOP Aids Wolf Hydra Head 2 Poster Lot
* GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR Lift Your framed Poster Isis
* HARVEY MILK MOGWAI YOUNG WIDOWS TORCHE 3 Posters LOT
* ISIS PELICAN GREGOR SAMSA Letterpress poster numbered
* JOHN DYER BAIZLEY Mushrooms Print Baroness Torche /100
* JOHN DYER BAIZLEY Passage Print Black Tusk Baroness /50
* JOHN D BAIZLEY Phantom Print Baroness Pig Destroyer /50
* KARP Melvins Big Business High On Fire 2 Poster Lot
* MUNICIPAL WASTE Rare Skateboard Cannabis Corpse NEW
* OM – Tour Poster variant David V. D’Andrea Sleep Horkey
* RED SPAROWES Rare Poster Neurot Neurosis Isis Grails OM
* SPACE KNIGHTS Demo Tape MEM OF BARONESS municipal waste
* TORCHE Meanderthal Printer Proofs Poster Hydra Head LOT
* TORCHE PELICAN BIG BUSINESS CAPSULE 3 Posters LOT
* VITAMIN X John Dyer Baizley Print Tank Crimes Baroness

Phew! Thanks for wading through all that, and be sure to hit up the Robotic Empire – Online Store for all the above (non-ebay) stuff and WAY more. Peace!

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ROBOTIC EMPIRE – Massive update! (New bands, Online Store stuff, etc!)

Hello again, it’s been a while. A lot has happened at Robotic Empire over the past month or so… in fact, the label/mailorder is now split into two camps on opposite ends of the country. This massive move was a huge undertaking for us, but better for everyone in the end as it will mean a more organized setup for our Online Store operation (now located in Olympia, Washington), and some much needed change for the Virginia setup.

We want to thank everyone who ordered from us in any of our our pre-move sales, and also thank those who have been patient while we’ve gotten everything for the Online Store re-established out in Olympia. Things are fully operational again, and better than ever! So we are very pleased to present you a somewhat meaty update here, with lots of happenings both for the label and Online Store aspects of Robotic Empire…

First up, we’re releasing some new records in June. It’s been a slow first part of the year for the label (intentionally) but we’ve got a lot going on in the second half of the year. Kicking things off on June 9th will be the debut releases from New Zealand’s DIAL and Louisville, Kentucky’s BAD SECRETS.


DIAL is the first band from the southern hemisphere that we’ve ever worked with, and couldn’t be much happier about this pairing. Hailing from Wellington, New Zealand… DIAL self-released a demo a couple of years ago that we recently got to hear on a trip to NZ last fall. Intensely powerful stuff is contained within this little five-song EP, so much that we asked the band if we could re-release and thankfully they agreed.

To quote our official hype sheet for this: “The material contained within is leaps and bounds beyond what most bands accomplish even at their best. DIAL successfully channels the darkest corners of the AmRep catalog, the raw ferocity of classic hardcore, offtime kilter of math-rock, and the whole concept that music can actually be dangerous. The air-tight composure of DIAL‘s debut recording is striking; focusing more on space and dissonance than technical shreddery. Obscenely heavy guitars collide with bludgeoning percussion and intense, vicious and scathing female vocals… turning the whole thing into a downright terrifying experience. Add an incredibly crisp recording, and this makes DIAL‘s debut EP one of the most impressive demos we’ve heard in years, let alone had the privilege to re-release.”

We are really stoked about this release and it’ll be available on CD and digitally come June 9th. To give you a little preview, we just posted a track from it on our myspace page:

* Listen to DIAL @ Robotic Empire’s myspace
* Listen do DIAL @ their myspace page


Louisville, Kentucky’s BAD SECRETS was born out of improv jam sessions between YOUNG WIDOWS‘ Evan Patterson and KODAN ARMADA‘s Dan Davis. They recorded three weekends of jamming together, whittled it down to seven songs and thus, their debut release is born. We went for the super conventional 9″+CD format for this one, since it’s such a normal release and all. Hah!

In all seriousness though, we’re really psyched to finally work with Mr. Patterson after knowing this righteous dude and his kin for years. Who knows, maybe we’ve got another release with him up our sleeves…

Until then, the self-titled debut 9″+CD from BAD SECRETS should hit the world on June 9th (if we can get the band to screen the covers in time) and we’re very pumped on the ridiculous color vinyl we’ve got in store for it too. More info on this release forthcoming.


This is probably also a good time to announce that we’ll be releasing the debut album from northern Virginia’s TIDELAND! Mostly comprised of dudes we’ve known for years, upon hearing their killer full length that they recorded @ Godcity studios… deciding to release this was kind of a no-brainer. We’ll be teaming up with our Italian brethren Sons Of Vesta to co-release this on both CD and 12″, sometime later in the summer (most likely July or August).

We’ll post up a track from this release sometime soon, but in the meantime several demos can be found on the band’s myspace page. We should note: the album blows away everything they’ve recorded before.

* TIDELAND on myspace


Semi-related, TIDELAND will be playing the two upcoming MANNEQUIN reunion shows. Yep, our ol’ brothers in grunge finally decided it was time to return to form! There’s surely several reasons for this happening, one favorite being that Ian Widman wanted to drum for MANNEQUIN as his graduation present. We gotta give a hearty “congrats” to him for making this happen! If you live in Virginia (or anywhere relatively close) and want to check out these killer shows, they’ll both be happening the weekend of May 9th/10th and the details for the shows can be found on TIDELAND‘s myspace page.

* An unmastered tour-only MANNEQUIN EP that had two released & two unreleased songs on it (and their name spelled wrong on the cover) can be found here: download “Yr Aching Tooth!!!”


Semi-related to that is that we’ve now got new t-shirts in our Online Store from both PYGMY LUSH and PG.99. Resurrecting the old “goth girl” design sourced from the PAGENINETYNINE / CITY OF CATERPILLAR split 7″, we’re psyched to have this one back in print. Along with that are two new designs from PYGMY LUSH, designed for their last tour. Totally classic, and available now in our Online Store.


Completely unrelated to everything above but equally exciting to us is the re-press of the A STORM OF LIGHT / NADJA - Primitive North 2×12″+CD split. The first press for this thing was a total blowout, so we’ve re-pressed it with the quickness in attempts to keep it available. Two new color vinyl combinations are available for this beast of a release, this time as “Aurora Forge” and “Phosphorescence”. Maybe corny names (?) but it compliments the weird colored vinyl well, and we’re equally pleased with how the re-press turned out as we are with the first press. This comes with a CD of the same jams, and is housed in some pretty fancypants packaging.

Related to that is the fact that we got some super rare CDs direct from Josh Graham of A STORM OF LIGHT and formerly of RED SPAROWES. This includes the self-released very first RED SPAROWES demo CD-R, and their limited live CD that Neurot released. Along with those (which WILL go fast) is the hard-to-find (FALLEN) BLACK DEER Latitudes CD release that Southern organized a couple years back. Hardly any distros got that thing and we scored some copies direct from the band.

Along with all that crazyness above, we’ve also received a healthy amount of new and re-stocked items for this massive first Online Store update from our bi-coastal locations! GO!

NEW ITEMS:
* (Fallen) Black Deer, The – Requiem CD (Latitudes) $12.99
* A Storm Of Light / Nadja – Primitive North [split] – AURORA FORGE COLORED VINYL 2×12″+CD (Robotic Empire) $19.99
* A Storm Of Light / Nadja – Primitive North [split] – PHOSPHORESCENCE COLORED VINYL 2×12″+CD (Robotic Empire) $19.99
* Chronic Youth – Das Chillin Cassette (Vinyl Rites) $4.99
* Drowning With Our Anchors – Breathing Lessons 7″ (Commodity Fetish) $4.99
* Grief – Come To Grief – BLACK VINYL 2×12″ (Throne) $24.99
* Grief – Come To Grief – BLUE SPLATTER COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Throne) $24.99
* Grief – Come To Grief – ORANGE COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Throne) $24.99
* Hex Machine – Omen Mas CD (Minimum Underdrive) $9.99
* My Disco – Paradise 12″ (Fruits & Vegetables) $12.99
* Nadja – Corrasion 2×12″ (Basses Frequences) $26.99
* Neil On Impression – L’Oceano Delle Onde Che Restano Onde Per Sempre 2×12″ (Denovali) $22.99
* Pageninetynine – Goth Girl – Size: DOUBLE EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $15.99
* Pageninetynine – Goth Girl – Size: EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Pageninetynine – Goth Girl – Size: LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Pageninetynine – Goth Girl – Size: MEDIUM T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Pageninetynine – Goth Girl – Size: SMALL T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Pageninetynine – Goth Girl – Size: YOUTH LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Pirates Press – Vinyl Collage Puzzle (Pirates Press) $25.99
* Pygmy Lush – Donkey – Size: DOUBLE EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $13.99
* Pygmy Lush – Donkey – Size: EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Pygmy Lush – Donkey – Size: LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Pygmy Lush – Donkey – Size: MEDIUM T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Pygmy Lush – Donkey – Size: SMALL T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Pygmy Lush – Donkey – Size: YOUTH LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Pygmy Lush – Man On The Moon – Size: DOUBLE EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $13.99
* Pygmy Lush – Man On The Moon – Size: EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Pygmy Lush – Man On The Moon – Size: LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Pygmy Lush – Man On The Moon – Size: MEDIUM T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Pygmy Lush – Man On The Moon – Size: SMALL T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Pygmy Lush – Man On The Moon – Size: YOUTH LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Red Sparowes – Demo 03.12.2004 CD-R (Self Released) $29.99
* Red Sparowes – Oh Lord, God of Vengeance, Show Yourself! CD (Neurot) $14.99
* Winters In Osaka – Molded To Crawl CD (Haunted Hotel) $9.99

RESTOCKS:
* Algernon Cadwallader – Some Kind Of Cadwallader CD (Be Happy) – $7.99
* Burst – In Coveting Ways – ORANGE COLORED VINYL 10″ (Throne) – $13.99
* Dystopia – The Aftermath CD (Life is Abuse) – $9.99
* Monarch / Grey Daturas – Split 12″ (Throne) – $15.99
* Noothgrush – Erode The Person CD (Throne) – $11.99

Phew! Wow OK so that’s enough to keep us busy for a while right? There’s plenty more on deck so this year’s just gonna get crazier and crazier for us. We like it this way, so please get those orders in and we’ll crank them out as quickly as possible. THANK YOU!

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