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Robotic Empire completes Nirvana tribute trifecta with “Doused In Mud, Soaked In Bleach”

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We are extremely stoked to announce our third Nirvana tribute LP, “Doused In Mud, Soaked In Bleach”, completing a trifecta of homages to the legendary band’s official studio albums.

The Hall of Famer’s debut LP “Bleach” is covered in full, start to finish, by a diverse range of independent/alternative artists including Basement, Beach Slang, Big Hush, Circa Survive, Daughters, Defeater, The Fall of Troy, Mean Jeans, Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place, The Saddest Landscape, This Will Destroy You, Thou and Young Widows.

Appropriately reflecting Nirvana‘s rawest studio album alongside a full-circle nod to our root genres, this is arguably the darkest, heaviest release in the tribute series. A tasteful re-envision of these classic songs sees all 13 “Bleach” tracks run through the bands’ creative engines, putting an intense new perspective on these 25+ year old songs.

Today, Circa Survive premiers their cover of ‘Love Buzz’, originally written/performed by Shocking Blue but made infamous by Nirvana. Alternative Press is streaming the song now along with a brief Q&A with the band:

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

On their method of covering a cover, Brendan Ekstrom from Circa Survive says:

“It’s hard to explain but in my mind ‘Love Buzz’ is a Nirvana song. It’s one of the first songs that I obsessed over when I was 14 years old and was learning to play guitar. At the time, I thought Nirvana wrote it. It just fit so well with the rest of the record…. I didn’t need to listen to the originals when the band who was making me believe in music had their own amazing version for me to listen to.”

Circa Survive is one of three reoccurring bands who’ve contributed to all of the Nirvana tribute LPs Robotic Empire’s issued, including 2015’s “Whatever Nevermind” and 2014’s “In Utero: In Tribute”. Like both previous tributes, the vinyl edition of “Doused In Mud, Soaked In Bleach” is being released in conjunction with Record Store Day, occurring on Saturday, April 16th this year.

The Record Store Day edition exclusive metallic-silver vinyl color and includes a bonus oversized poster, with standard editions (sans poster) to follow RSD via our Online Store. All copies include a high-quality digital download of the full release.

The album will also be released digitally across all major platforms on Saturday, April 16th, with iTunes and Bandcamp pre-orders live now, including an immediate download of the Circa Survive cover for pre-orderers:

iTuneshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/doused-in-mud-soaked-in-bleach/id1094499175

Bandcamphttps://roboticempire.bandcamp.com/album/various-artists-doused-in-mud-soaked-in-bleach

“Doused In Mud, Soaked In Bleach” Full Track Listing:

Defeater – Blew

Thou – Floyd the Barber

Beach Slang – About a Girl

Basement – School

Circa Survive – Love Buzz

This Will Destroy You – Paper Cuts

Young Widows – Negative Creep

Mean Jeans – Scoff

Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place – Swap Meet

The Fall of Troy – Mr. Moustache

Big Hush – Sifting

Daughters – Big Cheese

The Saddest Landscape – Downer

“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.

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)

NIRVANA tribute LP now available for mailorder and download!

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Wow so Record Store Day was awesome! Lots of folks picked up the Nirvana tribute LP – and of course, inevitably, copies are now showing up on ebay as well. No major surprise there, but the volume and silly prices the release is commanding have initiated a bump up in the need for mailorder copies ASAP. We’ve been given the green-light to go ahead and sell the standard version, so black vinyl and yellow vinyl versions are now available to mailorder.

* Various Artists – “In Utero, In Tribute, In Entirety” vinyl LP in the Robotic Empire – Online Store

All copies of this release include a high-quality digital download, and please note, the standard edition does not include the large poster found in the Record Store Day version.

Beyond that, the release is now available digitally as well via iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp.

Because it’s been made available on Bandcamp, this also means the release is now streaming in full:

So there we are. This release is officially out there, the reception has been amazing and we’re so happy to have our 100th release finally wrapped up almost exactly 15 years since this crazy label started! Robo 001 dropped on April 22nd, 1999 – it has been an very unexpected and wild ride, thank you to each and every person who has ever taken interest in one of our releases. Much love!!

Nirvana “In Utero” Tribute Album Launched as Robotic Empire’s 100th release and 15th Anniversary as a Label!

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We are absolutely elated to announce Robotic Empire’s 100th release and 15-year-anniversary with the long-long-awaited Nirvana covers album, “In Utero: In Tribute: In Entirety”.

Roughly half the label’s existence in the making, the 12-song tribute album collects tracks from a healthy variety of artists covering Nirvana’s final studio album in full.

Including contributions from well-known groups Thursday and Circa Survive, longtime label cohorts Daughters, Young Widows, Pygmy Lush and Thou, new comrades Ceremony, Mean Jeans and Whirr, and some of the final recorded works from Jay Reatard, These Arms Are Snakes and Black Math Horseman – here is the full track listing:

1. Pygmy Lush – “Serve the Servants”
2. Circa Survive – “Scentless Apprentice”
3. These Arms Are Snakes – “Heart-Shaped Box”
4. Thursday – “Rape Me”
5. Jay Reatard – “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle”
6. Young Widows – “Dumb”
7. Mean Jeans – “Very Ape”
8. Thou – “Milk It”
9. Whirr – “Pennyroyal Tea”
10. Daughters – “Radio Friendly Unit Shifter”
11. Ceremony – “Tourette’s”
12. Black Math Horseman – “All Apologies”

The vinyl edition is being released in conjunction with Record Store Day 2014 on April 19th, and comes on maroon vinyl with a huge RSD-exclusive poster. The digital release will become available on the same day, and can be pre-ordered via iTunes now:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/in-utero-in-tribute/id825844196

An immediate download of Jay Reatard’s version of “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle” is available with the digital release pre-order. Vice/Noisey have posted this newly-mastered version of Jay’s track – for which he recorded all instruments, and was sadly one of his last recordings – along with Mean Jeans’ appropriately rippin version of “Very Ape”:

http://noisey.vice.com/blog/listen-to-jay-reatard-and-mean-jeans-cover-nirvana-songs

“In Utero: In Tribute: In Entirety” comes out almost exactly 15 years to the date of Robotic Empire’s first release in April of 1999 (initially under the moniker of Robodog Records) – setting off a decade and a half of unleashing mutant music from the likes of Torche, Isis, pg.99, Floor, Pig Destroyer, Red Sparowes, Jesu, The Red Chord and many others.

“It has been a privilege to introduce so many unique bands to likeminded freaks over the past 15 years. Looking back at what’s transpired almost seems unreal, and even with a shameful carbon footprint of many thousand plastic circles – I can safely say that it has been an honor to work with the artists we have, and a hearty thank you is due to all who’ve listened thus far. I genuinely hope you’ll enjoy this tribute to one of the bands who first showed me the strange side of music. Nirvana was truly one of the greats, and we’ve done our best to craft an appropriate homage to so many people’s all-time favorite band.” – Andy Low / Robotic Empire