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Artist: A.H. KRAKEN
Title: s/t
Format: LP
Label: In The Red
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"Out of Metz, France comes the ugly and brutal noise-punk of A.H. KRAKEN. Their name is an amalgam of a facist dictator and a sea monster, and their sound is a wild, intense blur of bludgeoning rhythms, industrial clatter, scraping guitars, and caterwauling vocals. Citing influences as disparate PiL, Motoerhead, US Maple, Suicide, Flipper, The Shaggs, and Chrome, A.H. Kraken could implode or explode at any given second. Everything is yelled in barely intelligible French, so its impossible to say what theyre bellowing about, though one song is titled "Kevin Costner Est Un Acteur Americain." When bassist/vocalist S.J. was asked, he assured that the lyrics are "all about peace and love." Be skeptical. A.H. Kraken are pure, unrestrained throttle-burn. They create landscapes of sound with instruments that are obviously getting the shit beat out of them." - In The Red.

Artist: BLANK DOGS
Title: Under And Under
Format: CD
Label: In The Red
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"For the past several years, a slew of 12-inches, 7-inches, and cassettes have been released by the mysterious Brooklyn artist known as BLANK DOGS. Blank Dogs is actually singular-its the insanely prolific one-man band of Mr. Blank Dog. Not too much is known about the guy behind the bedroom new wave / pop / punk act and hes usually covering his face with masks or bedspreads. The sound is Joy Division vocal lines with The Cures synth and guitar melodies filtered through ancient, submerged keyboards and eroded recording equipment. Under and Under is Blank Dogs latest and most massive release to date-a double-album housing twenty brand new songs (fifteen on the CD) that show off his pop chops to a greater extent than any of his previous releases. Also, for the first time, Blank Dogs has incorporated the assistance of outside musicians to lend a hand, including members of the CRYSTAL STILTS and VIVIAN GIRLS, among others. contribute this time around, Double LP version to follow." - In The Red

Artist: BLANK DOGS
Title: Under and Under
Format: Double LP
Label: In The Red
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"For the past several years, a slew of 12-inches, 7-inches, and cassettes have been released by the mysterious Brooklyn artist known as BLANK DOGS. Blank Dogs is actually singular-its the insanely prolific one-man band of Mr. Blank Dog. Not too much is known about the guy behind the bedroom new wave / pop / punk act and hes usually covering his face with masks or bedspreads. The sound is Joy Division vocal lines with The Cures synth and guitar melodies filtered through ancient, submerged keyboards and eroded recording equipment. Under and Under is Blank Dogs latest and most massive release to date-a double-album housing twenty brand new songs (fifteen on the CD) that show off his pop chops to a greater extent than any of his previous releases. Also, for the first time, Blank Dogs has incorporated the assistance of outside musicians to lend a hand, including members of the CRYSTAL STILTS and VIVIAN GIRLS, among others. contribute this time around." - In The Red

Artist: BLANK DOGS
Title: Waiting
Format: 7"
Label: In The Red
Country: USA
Price: $5.00
"To coincide with the release of BLANK DOGS Under and Under album, In The Red has issued this companion single featuring two exclusive tracks. "Waiting" finds the band drifting ever closer to C-86 Brit-pop terrain and incorporates more guitar than synth. Stereogum says, "Its like Joy Division vocal lines with The Cures synth and guitar melodies filtered through ancient submerged keyboards and eroded recording equipment." Edition of 2,000." - In The Red

Artist: CHRISTMAS ISLAND
Title: Blackout Summer
Format: LP
Label: In The Red
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"Hailing from sunny San Diego, California, Christmas Island plays music that on the surface is happy and poppy. There is a dark undercurrent to their brand of lo-fi pop punk-it is joyous and almost twee while secretly depressed and deeply disturbed. Citing Tronics, Urinals, Television Personalities, The Clean, Versatile Newts, and The Fall as influences, Christmas Island is Beach Boys-style, sunny Southern Californian pop by way of the late-70s / early-80s UK DIY scene." -In The Red.

Artist: CONSUMERS
Title: All My Friends Are Dead
Format: LP
Label: In The Red
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"THE CONSUMERS were originally just three guitar players with no rhythm section-PAUL CUTLER, MIKEY BORENS and lyricist / lead singer DAVID WILEY, all bonded by love of psychedelic Euro-prog jazz like Henry Cow, Gong and Robert Wyatt-whod stopped listening to rock n roll after Bowies Spiders from Mars came out around 1972. By 77 our guys had re-discovered rock through Britpunk pub raunch like The Sex Pistols and The Damned. Cutler and high school bud Wiley had even driven all the way to L.A. determined to hunt down a copy of The Pistols "Anarchy in the UK" single. In the pre-Internet days there wasnt a record store anywhere in Arizona that had even heard of it, let alone stocked it. All My Friends Are Dead was The Consumers "fuck you" to Phoenix since nearly all their gigs there ended in brawls with long-haired rockers and other redneck gnarlers pounding on the band for daring to play punk rock in public in 1977! It didnt take long to suss. Head on out. Just before they packed for L.A. in early 78 the band managed to get themselves on tape during a single session blow-out frenzy. All My Friends Are Dead successfully captures The Consumers as a pissed-off-yet-still-fun, no-frills, punk-rockin band... exactly who and what they were during their extremely short and sweet existence. After a few months of violent and intense live shows at The Masque and other local punk dives, the band finally imploded. Some headed back to Phoenix and some stayed on in L.A. to form new bands. Cutler went on to form the goth / punk 45 GRAVE and still later joined the DREAM SYNDICATE. Wiley formed the Pasadena art rock HUMAN HANDS. Sadly, today there are only two surviving members of The Consumers. Sadder still, what passes for punk rock today is easy listening when compared to All My Friends Are Dead. Originally planned to be released on Dangerhouse Records, first issued by In The Red in 1994 in a limited edition of 500 copies and long-out-of-print on vinyl." -Brendan Mullen

Artist: TV GHOST
Title: Cold Fish
Format: LP
Label: In The Red
Country: USA
Price: $10.00
"In The Red is proud to announce the debut full-length album from Lafayette, Indiana, creepers TV GHOST-a band who ushers in a vile and squalid new disposition to ugly art punk and carves out a black hole of pestilence that will delight its sufferers to no end. If one can swim through the murky grime long enough to let ones frazzled senses adjust, its clear how effectively TV Ghost incorporates the licentious nuances of The Cramps earliest scuzz, no waves cacophony, and Suicides terrifying throb alongside cavernous bellows from the depths of the third layer of hell. With their 7-inch and 12-inch EP on Die Stasi Records as evidence of their shambolic songwriting and inhuman creativity within rocks static-laden low-end sound spectrum, TV Ghost now have aligned their belligerence with In The Red and delivered Cold Fish-ten tracks of a teeth-shattering, unhinged, and thoroughly penetrating version of whats lurking in punks darkest corners." - In The Red

Artist: TYVEK
Title: On Triple Beams
Format: LP
Label: In The Red
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"TYVEKs third album, On Triple Beams, picks up where the blistering proto-hardcore of the Nothing Fits record leaves off, but doesnt tarry long in familiar zones. The melodies open up into a much more spacious musical headspace, channeling unexpected positivity on tracks like "Wayne County Roads," "Say Yeah" and "Returns." Produced by FRED THOMAS, On Triple Beams is hard and direct but it doesnt pummel. Likewise, the lyrics aint pedantic. Searing punk rock is still the order of the day, and the tunes are just bangin. And in case theres any doubt: these are tunes in a major way-the songwriting chops are on this album are completely out of place in the 2012 bumper crop of plastic platters. Welcome to the strange path that Tyvek has trod for the past eight years: for every step forward, they take two steps to the side for good measure. This trip wont be spoiled by the crass opportunism of the Nu-Detroiters: they have to keep it real. Sometimes the new jacks just gotta get put in check, and obviously Mommy and Daddy werent ever going to do it. In the midst of so much change, Tyvek is energized by the chaos of a city in flux, the crucial moments that make up everyday life, and the unfiltered reality of sensory experiences. Hear the sound and jump all around." -In The Red.

Artist: URINALS, THE
Title: Negative Capability
Format: Double LP
Label: In The Red
Country: USA
Price: $21.00
"In The Red is proud to announce this double-vinyl release of THE URINALS Negative Capability, originally released by Amphetamine Reptile on CD in 1996. Before changing their name to the less restricting 100 FLOWERS and becoming one of the most respected underground post-punk-pop acts in the US, Los Angeless seminal trio released eleven songs during their 1977-1980 tenure-ten on their three 7-inch singles and one more on a 7-inch compilation, all on their own Happy Squid label (they were about the only Los Angeles band to do that back then). This retrospective triples their output to 31 songs! Want to hear Americas Wire, only twice as primitive (if thats possible), with one quarter the sound quality? Even when they are covering the Soft Machines "Why Are We Sleeping?" they sound like a three-step primer on minimalism, in scratchy, fast, burping, nutso punk with clipped vocals. You can see why the Minutemen covered "Ack Ack Ack Ack," but its the real solid, melodic stuff-such as the Last-inspired harmonies of the great A-sides "Black Hole" and "Sex," and "Scholastic Aptitude," and the instrumental "Surfing With the Shah" (which foreshadows the coming of 100 Flowers and later offshoot TROTSKY ICEPICK)-that makes so many Angelinos remember this goofy but great trio so fondly. Negative Capability has an unrelenting, authoritative intelligence and sense of humor." -Jack Rabid. Includes digital download card.

Artist: UV RACE
Title: Racism
Format: LP
Label: In The Red
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"God is saying this to you: Racism is the third album by Australias most genius avant-tards THE UV RACE, dragging melodious pop songs through a devolved, malodorous glam-punk aesthetic. It continues the stylistic jump from their self-titled debut to sophomore full-length Homo, further exploring the possibilities of the first wave of punk, incorporating orchestral arrangements and gutter-glitter psych stomp, like if Vom tried to write their own Forever Changes; like if the Electric Eels backed up Bolan or if The Fall put out a record on Crass Records. There are tuneful lamentations of heartbreak and loss alongside very debased, toilet-humor punk licks; Lovecraftian psych-cult morbidity at one moment and rousing anti-anthems against self denial the next. It has been an especially productive year for the band-they are about to launch their first feature-length film, Autonomy and Deliberation, and the soundtrack LP recorded for the film comes alongside Racism, a split 7-inch with Native Cats (on Ride the Snake), a split live LP with Eddy Current Suppression Ring (on Almost Ready, originally released on a limited run of cassettes back in 2008), and the Gypsy King single (from Racism, on HoZac). All this, plus the output of the numerous other Melbourne bands in which members of UV Race play-Asps, Dick Diver, East Link, Guy & Marcus Blackman Experimentation, Lower Plenty, School of Radiant Living, Soma Coma, Straightjacket Nation and Total Control-reveal a relentless commitment for the sake of the song. LP includes digital download coupon." -In The Red.

Artist: VIVIAN GIRLS
Title: Everything Goes Wrong
Format: LP
Label: In The Red
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"Brooklyns VIVIAN GIRLS are back with Everything Goes Wrong, released almost exactly a year after In The Reds reissue of their self-titled debut. The band have taken their time with this new album and recorded it in six days-rather than the three their debut took-though many of the songs were still recorded in single takes. Over the last year, the Vivian Girls have toured the US and Europe extensively and received a considerable amount of national and international press. Everything Goes Wrong is a slightly moodier album than its predecessor, with a couple tracks clocking in at almost twice the length of anything on their debut. That said, the influences remain the same; Ramones, 60s girl groups, surf, indie pop, etc., etc. This is immediately classic stuff. Watch for constant touring in late 09 and 10. No exports to Australia." -In The Red

Artist: WOUNDED LION
Title: Friendly?
Format: 7'
Label: In The Red
Country: USA
Price: $5.50
"Los Angeles WOUNDED LION is a great no-frills pop band that sounds fresh, even when they remind one of classic American power-pop of the 70s. Inspired by The Velvets, The Cramps, The Clean and The Vaselines (as well as Credence Clearwater Revival and Kleenex), Wounded Lion is regularly seen at Los Angeles haunts such as Mr. Ts Bowl, The Smell, The Scene and Spaceland. Their hum-inducing, toe-tapping tunes wiggle their way into your brain and have you singing their choruses at the grocery store or waiting in line at the DMV. The bands formula is relatively simple: shambling, alternately silly and poignant songs that bend and twist timeless pop hooks. The bass and guitars belch out raw distortion, lending the music a primitive quality, but a whimsical sensibility elevates the abrasiveness to a jubilant level. Wounded Lion writes pop songs that celebrate the unrefined, dispensing with ego and tapping into the primal areas of the brain. LP version to follow." - In the Red.

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