Actually, the Saddest Landscape is an even closer peer: They started up 10 years ago in Boston. Frontman Andy Maddox recalls catching PG. 99 early on in the decade. “When I first heard them, honestly they kind of seemed like a mess to me, but really kind of entertaining,” he says. “They would…
Hi guys! I was just wondering if you have any recommendations as to who to press records through as an unsigned band. We've had a 7" done through Pirates Press earlier this year, and they were fantastic to work with and the quality was top notch but having a few extra options is always great. Thanks heaps, hopefully I'll see you in Australia one day!
hey there! honestly, we’ve had the same great experience with Pirates Press recently. Would recommend sticking with them, but that’s just our opinion :)
As we do pretty much every weekend, we all convene in the middle of CT to practice and fart around. Part of our weekend ritual, without fail, is to stop by Red Scroll Records and fart around even more there. Here’s what I got over the weekend:
Really like this ep. I heard it last year and i think they had put it out themselves at the time. Run for Cover re-released it with some extra acoustic tracks which I’m looking forward to checking out. They remind me of the band Park from a few years back, but much darker. You can pick up a copy here.
If you love 90’s skate punk like I do, you’ll probably be just as stoked on this. Super catchy, technical as a motherfucker. This album just rips. Musically, it reminds me a lot of Propagandi’s Supporting Caste, albeit a lot more poppy and with much different lyrical content. RIYL: Lagwagon, Strung Out, No Use for a Name.
We’re happy to announce that on October 18th we will be releasing Native’s Wrestling Moves on vinyl. Wrestling Moves was recorded in 2009 at Red Room Studios with Chris Common (Pelican, These Arms Are Snakes) and originally released on CD in January of 2010 by Sargent House.
Guys, I must say, I have finally really sunken my teeth into a solid chunk of your releases and I am loving what I am hearing. Keep on keepin' on. Would love to catch a live show if you play in Michigan anytime soon.
i just wanted to let you all know that we got the represses of both the we were skeltons and pianos become the teeth 7”s in stock and now shipping from our store.
and in honor of this excitement the next 25 orders or so will receive a free topshelf records sampler CD (pictured above) filled with amazing bands, did i mention FREE!, does free turn you on?
who knows maybe you will also get a zonestad dvd, maybe.
in other news i finally did more updates to the tsl releases/discog page (link is above), and just for shits i included a bunch of old shirts we did so if that is your bag scroll all the way to the bottom of the page.
What an amazing collection ... and such nice commentary, to boot. It just pains me to think that one of you guys is listening to all this great stuff on that stinky turd of a turntable, the Crosley pictured in the Moving Mountains post. Say it ain't true!
that’s nice to hear that you like the blog, thank you! and yeah- that crosley sucks :) Was a gift so keep it for sentimental value, but learned quickly that it does not sound good at all unfortunately.
I’d heard of Pulling Teeth a bunch over the past few years, but honestly never checked them out until recently because our friend kyle has a part on funerary. It’s an excellent record- one that I’ve come to appreciate more and more with each listen through. My only initial complaint at first was the vocals- they’re got that 90’s NYHC sorta snarl to them that usually isn’t my personal cup of tea. But, I’ve grown to actually really enjoy and appreciate them on future spins. Musically- I’d say it’s a combination of new and old school hardcore, metal, and some thrash to boot. It’s an ugly, pummeling record, no doubt. And one that might not register with you off the bat. But with some time, you might come to find that there’s a lot of beauty beneath the surface and a very rewarding listen.
If you’re into aggressive music, Funerary is easily one of the year’s best. Highly recommended. You can pick up a copy HERE from A389 Records, and some pics are below as well.
In about two weeks Pg.99 are getting back together to play all of Document #8. The thing about Pg.99 records is there is something worth saying about each one of them. Document #8 I’ve always seen as them doing a more straight forward hardcore record compared to previous releases.
Most people will would probably recognize this as the 12” version that Robotic Empire repressed a couple years back and includes the two songs from their side of the City of Caterpillar split, but originally it was pressed as a 10” and was put out by Electric Human Project. I have the first press on yellow vinyl.
Just for fun I took a picture of all the Pg.99 records I own. I don’t have all of em, but I have a big chunk.
If you live in the New York area, you should follow this blog. 95% of the punk/hardcore shows happening are put on by our friend James of City Lights Booking. He’s going to keep this updated with a running list of all his shows moving forward.
Hello! And welcome to the brand new City Lights tumblr (about time). I will be updating the show list as often as possible so be sure to check back frequently. August is looking stacked with tons of sweet bands coming through town such as Daylight, Mixtapes, Grownups, Hivesmasher, Gifts From Enola, etc. Live long and prosper.
Bored out of my mind at the DMV inspection station and need entertainment. Here are my favorite albums this year so far. What are yours?
-Pulling Teeth- funerary
-Hail Mary Mallon- are you gonna eat that?
-Fucked Up- David Comes to Life
-Bon Iver- Bon Iver
-Moving Mountains- Waves
-Red City Radio- the dangers of standing still
Pygmy Lush- Old Friends
Bon Iver, Laura Stevenson, Converge, Moving Mountains
We did some record shopping yesterday en route to our show in PA last night. Picked up a few things:
-Bon Iver: s/t
How he made a follow up record this good is beyond me. Was prepared to be let down since I consider For Emma, Forever Ago to be a classic. Thankfully I was wrong- he nailed the full length twice in a row. This, the new Fucked Up and the Touche album are currently my favorite albums of 2011. I have high hopes for the Circle Takes the Square Full Length and Pianos have a new one coming as well so we’ll see how it pans out.
-Laura Stevenson & The Cans: Sit Resist
Our amigos Laura and Mike’s band. Great band, great album.
-Converge: You Fail Me
Hot Topics have become a target of our vinyl voyages mostly due to the fact that their clearance bins are insane. $4 brand new for this so couldn’t really pass it up.
-Moving Mountains: Waves
Kind of bought this one on a whim. I heard a few tracks of this recently and really dug it because it reminded me of Codeseven’s Dancing Echoes. I remember hearing these guys a few years back and seem to remember them being more instrumental post rock with sparse vocals here and there. This one kind of abandons the post rock and the vocals are at the forefront of it all, but it’s still got a really nice spacey, atmospheric vibe throughout. Need to spend more time with it.
So how many copies of season 5 disc 3 did you have? cause I got that one too
ha a lot. when we pressed the original cd of you will not survive, the pressing plant messed up and sent us that DVD instead of our actual CD. We tried to send it back but they said to just keep it. Hence our massive stockpile
The You And I reunion is this Sunday, and I think it’s about time to come out and say how much this band means to me. They are extremely powerful and inspired many bands. I actually had the privilege of seeing them play a secret show in Philly a couple weeks ago, and they do not disappoint in any way.
My personal favorite out of their discography is the 7”. Those four songs in my opinion flow together perfectly and hit so hard. It’s a flawless effort and sets a high watermark.
As for RTF Fest the tickets are sold out, but if you get to Asbury Park early there are still 75 walk up tickets available. I’m really excited to also see Ampere, Black Kites, and our boys in Pianos Become The Teeth. Going to be a great weekend. See you there.
P.S. I got this in the mail along with my ticket. I love threats!
You could say the main theme of today’s post is that the world can be a really small place sometimes. Case in point: a bunch of years back, I interned for Tom when he was running the marketing department at Equal Vision Records. He was/is a stand up dude and I regretted that we didn’t stay in touch over the years. Then, about 2 years back, I took down a phone message for my then current boss. It was a really quick call and the name and voice didn’t register with me right away, but as soon as I put the phone down, I realized I was just talking to Tom. I immediately called him back, had a good chuckle about the absurdity of how we just reconnected, and we’ve been friends since. These days, Tom works at a major label and, as he states below, makes it rain for some of the biggest names in music and pop culture. The coolest part about that to me, though, is that he’s still deeply passionate about punk and hardcore and the vinyl format after all of these years. So, I thought it’d be fun to have him contribute a post about some of the staples in his collection. Many thanks to Tom for sharing.
(Tom with his buddy Jeff. No big deal)
Hello Saddest Landscape! Thanks for having me be a part of this. My name is Tom Mullen and I’m officially washed up and my vinyl collection concurs. I work at a label and make gold records, but in my free time I run WashedUpEmo.com. It’s a blog about the good ole days of emo and the negative connotations that have arisen since the fall of emo in the mid 2000s. I also want to plug “Do You You Know Who You Are?”. It’s a DJ night on the 1st Thursday of every month at Idle Hands Bar in NYC where myself and a few friends play the best in post-hardcore and emo from the late 90s. I am broken record huh? With that said, here are some records from my collection. They hold a special place in my heart and that’s all that matters. Not the color, the number or what pressing it was. My question is always, did the music speak to me and will I keep this forever? If your answer is yes as well, read on.
Hatebreed - “Under the Knife” - Smorgasbord Records:
If I was Jamey Jasta’s lawyer, I would have tried to get him to patent breakdowns. No other band at this time was giving us the candy through the entire song. I was lucky enough to see this band early on and picked up this 7” when I actually played records over and over again on my crappy ass record player. This was without a doubt the heaviest hardcore band I had heard up to that point. Growing up in Vermont, there were very few major labels acts (mostly pop) that made there way up north. A band like Hatebreed instantly turned into one of the largest bands in that area. A true start to a genre of metal/hardcore that was brutal and has since been copied over and over again. Regardless of Jamey missing out on the patent, I am sure he is doing just fine:
Saves the Day - “Im Sorry I’m Leaving” 7” - Immigrant Sun Records:
Released right after “Can’t Slow Down”, Saves the Day released an amazing 7” and corresponding CD EP entitled “I’m Sorry I’m Leaving” with some great songs! What was fantastic about this release was the folded butterfly wings. I had the pleasure of knowing Immigrant Sun Records along with Equal Vision Records and in turn I was able to help put together this 7” for the public. It’s one of those records I look at and think back instantly to the time and place of that living room. A record never to be sold. I may rethink after seeing this go on eBay for over $100. Nah, the memories are priceless:
I never got super into Neurosis, which is odd because I love metal and I love post-rock, and these guys are one of the OG’s of blending the sound. This album, however, is rad. Probably their least abrasive album from what I’ve heard. Maybe their most depressing as well.
I’ve had it for a bit now, actually found it last summer when we went to Europe, in a record store in Prague of all places. I just put it on because my day sucked and I needed to listen to something brooding. If you like slower heavy music I highly recommend.
is anybody missing disc three of season five of a european show called zone stad
it was delivered to me with my t shirt only wondering if it holds any value for you gentlemen or if i am free to use it how i want
ha! no man that’s all yours. One of us (don’t ask me why) had a box of them so we just threw it in with whatever mail order went out that week. Figured someone, somewhere might like it.
I finally finished off my Assistant collection. Female fronted technical punk rock from New Jersey. Many songs deeply rooted in politics and social issues. I have all the vinyl and one of the tour CDs. I’m missing the demo and a couple tour CDs, but this is what I have.
Usually when I have multiples of a record I get rid of the double, but certain records mean too much to me to part with. The first Assistant LP is one of those records.
Matsuri is a powerhouse that we had the pleasure of playing with in San Francisco. The chaos in this band goes into full sway with the three vocalists and the melodic parts fill out real nice with the three guitars.
I have to mention the packaging on this. Looks like a lot of TLC and man hours went into sewing, cutting, and screen printing these up. A great record with some great packaging. If you get the chance to see this band don’t sleep.