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Artist: EXPLODE INTO COLORS
Title: Paper
Format: 7"
Label: Just For The Hell Of It
Country: USA
Price: $7.50
"A limited one time pressing of two new anthems from this epic Portland 3 piece. With a special embossed all-white sleeve, and full color art insert by Adee Roberson. This record completes the trilogy of 2009s uniform 7"s, the others by Mladys and Kill Rock Stars." "...this Northwest all-girl three-piece builds their songs like prickly, droning Jenga towers on a sturdy base of steady drums. The other instruments may make the tower wobble as they lay down off-kilter bursts of singing or a lopsided riff, but the even, tribal percussion keeps everything righted...the rhythmic heaviness is so pervasive that even Claudia Mezas singing is percussive...EICs Lisa Schonberg is proof positive that women can be kick-ass drummers." - Pitchfork.

Artist: GARDENS
Title: Upside/Downside
Format: 7"
Label: Just For The Hell Of It
Country: USA
Price: $6.00
"A limited one time pressing of 500 copies. New Detroits Gardens, on their second 7", a true in all forms double A side. "Upside/Downside" features the live set staples "Alive in 5-D" being the upside and "Maze Time" on the downside. Gardens features Jeffery Thomas. a constant fixture in the Detroit underground for the past 10 years or so, maybe best known for his basement electronics project Genders." -Just For The Hell Of It

Artist: TALK NORMAL
Title: Secret Cog
Format: LP
Label: Just For The Hell Of It
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"On this five-song E.P., Brooklyn-based duo Talk Normal drummer Andrya Ambro and guitarist Sarah Register create a nice racket that does a deft job of splitting the difference between harsh sonics and the essential song-oriented structures required of noise rock. Neither a band in which noise is merely a bi-product of a savage attack nor an overtly experimental outfit steeped in this or that high concept, Talk Normal come off as an organic self-contained unit that extracts as much as they can from their explicitly minimal approach. Sure, there are some obvious touchstones here Sonic Youth, Magik Markers, Ut, Teenage Jesus but the songs never feel derivative. Though various sorts of processed sounds work their way in and out of the picture, the bands aesthetic is built on a basic foundation of guitars, drums and vocals. The duo are clearly working within a dark, neo-now wave framework, yet theres some variety, too. They can sound both hyper and dirgey, calling to mind heat-soaked basement shows and cold moldy practice spaces alike. Grinnin in Your Face opens the album and establishes the Talk Normal template, squiggling moans of feedback, a simple lurching riff, and a dual vocal attack all buoyed by frenetic drumming. Eureka then uses a Branca-style guitarscape as foundation for a sing-speak vocal monologue direct from early 80s downtown NYC. Lemonade rides a catchy little groove early on, and then builds to a drum-guitar/freak-out zenith. Perhaps the most curious aspect of these tracks, however, is that despite whatever stabs of sound punctuate the atmosphere, or whatever structural shifts might occur, theres always a simple, repetitive pulse present, not so much an anchor as a telltale heart of suppressed aggression. Even on the sets most distinctive track, the stark finale Rest With Me, theres a tension lurking, played out via a subtle, yet insidious throb. Talk Normal are making their music amidst an increasingly cluttered underground landscape, and the duos seeming intrepidness in the face of that fact shines through. Theyve cultivated their own voice that, when combined with that strange festering energy, should make for solid stuff with each successive release." - Nate Knaebel/Dusted. Released on Little Claws inhouse label. "Mass market" edition of 500 copies, printed covers.

Artist: WHINES, THE
Title: Insane OK
Format: 7"
Label: Just For The Hell Of It
Country: USA
Price: $6.50
"The Whines 4 song EP paying at 33 is just the thing for this rainy NYC weekday. Maybe they are bringing a little of the overcast Portland to Brooklyn...via the Velvet Underground. It could just be that I saw Adventureland which was really perfect. The music, that time period, first love, getting drunk, mix tapes...everything is really important and at the same time you are completely ridiculous...your world is small and you have no idea whats happening ten feet past your face." -7 Inches Blogspot

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