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New ALPACA digital EP, TILTS and THOU vinyl, plus t-shirts and more

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Los Angeles / New York duo ALPACA today release their sophomore offering, a four song EP titled Post Empire.

Recorded throughout 2013 and 2014, the two man electronic/rock outfit comprised of Allen Blickle and Justin Nuckols explore a slightly darker territory on their latest effort. While retaining the catchy elements ALPACA established on their debut album Demimonde, there’s increased melancholy compared to the breakout debut last year. The proggy sensibilities are more apparent in the less-conventional song structures, and a haunting dissonance balances this new material’s impressive impact.

Blickle’s bombastic and technical drumming style that he grew throughout his tenure with rock group BARONESS shines bright on the harder groove tracks, while Nuckols’ at times ethereal guitar style and vocal performances resonate further maturity on the duo’s new work.

Comments Blickle on the release, “Post Empire in essence portrays a present picture of our personalities musically and contextually. Exploring new territory for every record we work on is what excites us to move forward in our musical relationship.”

The Post Empire EP is now available digitally worldwide via iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp and others.

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On the opposite end of the format spectrum, THOU‘s monster 12″ EP, The Sacrifice, from earlier this year has just been re-pressed. Quickly blowing out when it landed late spring, this tidy beast returns to wax in all its tip-on jacket / 180-gram vinyl glory! Comprised of five burly tracks recorded during the Heathen album sessions, the 25 minutes of The Sacrifice offers some of the band’s most condensed work to date, eschewing the crawl found on most of their long-players and upping the tempo a bit while retaining their revered doom and roar.

Several new bludgeoners (“New Orleans Is a Hole,” “Pill,” and “Eulogy”) are joined with the masterful drone of “I Believe Because It Is Impossible” and, per usual, a ferocious NIRVANA cover, this time putting “I Hate Myself and I Want to Die” through their apocalyptic grinder. Accompanying the 45 RPM heavyweight clear vinyl 12″ is a high quality digital download included, where THOU once again presents the thunder with quality and class.

* Grab THOU vinyl, cassettes and t-shirts at the Robotic Empire – Online Store
* Get THOU‘s most recent digital releases (The Sacrifice, Heathen, the Algiers collection and others) at Robotic Empire’s Bandcamp

Further color wax is also available for TILTS latest offering, Cuatro Hombres, along with the re-press of their Self-Titled debut album – both now available on vinyl.

Each of these longplaying rock and roll bangers feature cover imagery by Tom Huck, the renowned ‘Evil Print’ woodcut artist also responsible for THE ROOTS Phrenology cover. Including a high quality digital download as well, TILTS catalog is responsibly available once again.

* Find TILTS vinyl (including a limited hand-numbered TEST PRESS edition of Cuatro Hombres) in the Robotic Empire – Online Store

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Beyond that, we’ve been chugging through the recent t-shirts stocked from MAN IS THE BASTARD / NOISE and the GRATEFUL DEAD X MISFITS limited design we scored stock of. Although famous rappers are snatching them up pronto, some sizes of each are still available in the Robotic Empire – Online Store

Big ups & Jah Bless!

New TILTS album, three MAN IS THE BASTARD / NOISE t-shirts, rad distro items and more!

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We’re thrilled to announce that the crowdfunded sophomore album from St. Louis’ rock quartet TILTS is finally available on vinyl! Cuatro Hombres is 10 rippin tracks of rock and/or roll, with enough heavy spice added in to make it absolutely bombastic. A song premiere for “Touchdowns” happened via Noisey/Vice, and can be heard here.

Like the debut album (which was also re-pressed alongside this new LP), TILTS entirely self-recorded this beast, then had RVA engineer Ian Whalen (RAH BRAHS, TOMBS, LAMB OF GOD) mix the songs from there. James Plotkin has mastered the release specifically for vinyl, and separately for the included high quality digital-download card.

Both Cuatro Hombres and the self-titled debut LP sport woodcut cover art courtesy of Tom Huck, and are each available now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store.

* Listen to “Thomas Jefferson II” or “Touchdowns” from the Cuatro Hombres LP
* Listen to “Hot For Pizza” or “Mexiqo” from the Self-Titled LP
* Order the vinyl here!

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Beyond that we’ve got a stack of new shirts from MAN IS THE BASTARD / BASTARD NOISE in house, officially Wood-sanctioned. The iconic SKULL is now available as a large black-and-grey on grey shirt, or maroon-and-yellow on orange shirt. For the stoic/bogan types, we’re also scavenged art off the infamous CROSSED OUT split on Slap A Ham, for a classic white-on-black double-sided shirt.

* Grab MAN IS THE BASTARD / NOISE merch in the Robotic Empire – Online Store

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Further on that classic black-n-white SKULL tip comes a left field one we scored a few of, the limited MISFITS X GRATEFUL DEAD “Steal Yr Skull” shirt. Printed on Gildan soft style shirts, these two other iconic skulls are merged where the Crimson Ghost finally rests within the Dead Head.

* Pick up the GRATEFUL DEAD x MISFITS shirt at the Robotic Empire – Online Store

In addition to the aforementioned, we’ve picked up some stellar vinyl releases for thine turntables and listening enjoyment from the likes of CAPSULE, BLOODPHEASANT, LATE BLOOMER, LOCKTENDER, PRIMITIVE MAN and PYGMY LUSH. Here’s the full list:

NEW ITEMS & RESTOCKS:
* Bloodpheasant – Traum 12″ (Tor Johnson) $7.99
* Capsule – No Ghost 12″ – GREY COLORED VINYL (Rorschach) $9.99
* Grateful Dead X Misfits – Steal Your Skull T-Shirt Size EXTRA LARGE $14.99
* Grateful Dead X Misfits – Steal Your Skull T-Shirt Size LARGE $14.99
* Grateful Dead X Misfits – Steal Your Skull T-Shirt Size MEDIUM $14.99
* Grateful Dead X Misfits – Steal Your Skull T-Shirt Size SMALL $14.99
* Late Bloomer – Things Change 12″ – BLUE TEAL COLORED VINYL (Tor Johnson) $7.99
* Locktender – Rodin 12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL (Halo Of Flies) $12.99
* Man Is The Bastard / Noise – Grey Skull T-Shirt Size: EXTRA LARGE (Robotic Empire) $17.99
* Man Is The Bastard / Noise – Grey Skull T-Shirt Size: LARGE (Robotic Empire) $17.99
* Man Is The Bastard / Noise – Grey Skull T-Shirt Size: MEDIUM (Robotic Empire) $17.99
* Man Is The Bastard / Noise – Grey Skull T-Shirt Size: SMALL (Robotic Empire) $17.99
* Man Is The Bastard / Noise – Orange Skull T-Shirt Size: EXTRA LARGE (Robotic Empire) $17.99
* Man Is The Bastard / Noise – Orange Skull T-Shirt Size: LARGE (Robotic Empire) $17.99
* Man Is The Bastard / Noise – Orange Skull T-Shirt Size: MEDIUM (Robotic Empire) $17.99
* Man Is The Bastard / Noise – Orange Skull T-Shirt Size: SMALL (Robotic Empire) $17.99
* Man Is The Bastard – Two Sided Crossed Out T-Shirt Size: EXTRA LARGE (Robotic Empire) $17.99
* Man Is The Bastard – Two Sided Crossed Out T-Shirt Size: LARGE (Robotic Empire) $17.99
* Man Is The Bastard – Two Sided Crossed Out T-Shirt Size: MEDIUM (Robotic Empire) $17.99
* Man Is The Bastard – Two Sided Crossed Out T-Shirt Size: SMALL (Robotic Empire) $17.99
* Primitive Man / Hexis – Split 10″ (Halo Of Flies) $10.99
* Pygmy Lush – Mount Hope 12″ – 180 GRAM VINYL (Lovitt) $12.99
* Tilts – Cuatro Hombres – PINK OOZE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Tilts – Cuatro Hombres 12″ – TEST PRESS VINYL (Robotic Empire) $24.99
* Tilts – Self-Titled 12″ – GREEN COLORED VINYL (Robotic Empire) $14.99

It’s nice to be back in the saddle with a proper update. Head on over to the Robotic Empire – Online Store for all of this and thousands of other titles from lots of rad bands.

Big ups! – Team Robo