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Artist: A FRAMES
Title: 2
Format: LP
Label: S-S
Country: USA
Price: $26.00
"The A Frames second album -- appropriately titled 2 -- is the classic followup to their stellar debut. Influenced by their heroes Wire, the A Frames were not content to make their sophomore full-length a copycat of their first. Instead, they took their post-punk-cum-KBD / garage sound and expanded and twisted it. Recorded in a weekend by Chris Woodhouse, it is one of the best albums of the 00s. Finally, someone has released a worthy followup to Gang of 4s Entertainment, wrote Go Metric. Blank Generation countered with You can throw all the Gang of Four / Fall / Wire references you want at this band, but all I can say is that the A Frames are quite simply creating some of the most captivating sounds around. Their second fulllength is even weirder than the first, adhering to the robot-wave construction of their first record, but tinkering with the formula enough to keep it sounding new.... These guys have put themselves yet another step or two ahead of the crowd with a record that may even be better than their first. Maximum Rocknroll said, this sucker is flat-out classic... [Woodhouse] is starting to look like the Trademark of Quality for raw artgarage. Roctober cooed, Though it seems impossible for robots to have souls this is basically the lost, brilliant, organic Kraftwerk LP (where they added guitars). This is so futuristic it makes my vision hurt. The original 2003 vinyl pressing of 2 sold out in three months. S-S Records let it go out of print, but, like with the first album, the label has often been asked the question Are you ever going to release it again? The answer is: Yes!"" - S-S.

Artist: A FRAMES
Title: s/t
Format: LP
Label: S-S
Country: USA
Price: $26.00
"Originally released in 2002, the A Frames debut album was a sleeper. That is hard to believe today, as the record has been called one of the few great new American rock records (Byron Coley and Thurston Moore, Arthur), the best American rock record Ive heard since 100 Flowers (Jon Solomon, WPRB), and a truly amazing record made by a truly amazing band with a truly amazing sound (Mitch Cardwell, Blank Generation). But back when it came out, people were slow to pick up on it. In 2002, S-S Records was still a young un, Seattle was recovering from a decade of grunge-commercialism, and punk rock had settled into a steady 1-2-3-4 count. The A Frames post-post-post punk, with its high energy angles and primitive smarts, was a bit new to the ears. A few people dug their first two singles, but most folks werent quite ready for a garage punk attack on Wire, Devo and Joy Division... or so they thought. As more and more people heard the A Frames debut, more and more became diehard fans. The record started to get rave reviews and make year-end Best Of lists. Those skeptical of the hype listened to the record and found that the praise was well-founded (Its rare to have an album this solid from top and bottom without an ounce of fluff or duff -- it is deserving of any accolades heaped upon it, Jack Cole, Pataphysics Research Journal). Even with universal props, it took more than a year to sell out of the single vinyl pressing of 500. In another two years, though, the record started fetching good money on auction and record selling sites. It has now been thirteen years since A Frames A Frames was first released and demand has not slackened. Though long out-of-print, S-S Records still gets requests from fans to repress it. So here it is!" - S-S.

Artist: A FRAMES
Title: 333
Format: Triple LP
Label: SS
Country: USA
Price: $30.00
"For S.S. Records fiftieth release we are very, very, very proud to announce the A Frames 333 triple album. Back in 2000, when SS, Sr. first saw the A Frames, he knew he had to start a new record label to release their stuff. And with the help of SS, Jr., that is what he did. From the Plastica 45 to two critically aclaimed full lengths and a couple more 45s, the A Frames/S.S. relationship remained so solid that when the A Frames jumped to Sub Pop records, the S.S. production team of Chris Woodhouse and Scott Soriano went along for the ride. So now, after years of talk, SS and the A Frames have gathered their singles and e.p.s together with a whole bunch of demo recordings, outtakes, and unreleased tracks for a 42 song, triple album set. "Wow! Forty two songs, that is a lot!" you are thinking, "Is all of it good?" Damn it, yes! First off, 333 comps all the songs that appeared on 7"s released by S.S. and Royal Records, plus one compilation track. Second, almost every A Frames song was demod on 4-track before it was played out and recorded proper. By the time the public got to hear the demod songs, some of them had been radically altered or rearranged...and some never made it past demo. We listened to dozens and dozens of demos and cherry-picked the best and most unique. And, third, from the A Frames first recordings in 2000 and those with Woodhouse to the abandoned AF4 LP, the band has generated plenty of outtakes, quality music that didnt quite fit on an album or never got paired with a B-side for a 45. We also dug through those. All in all, the A Frames and SS sorted through nearly 80 songs in order to create this statement of a set. From the onset the A Frames have blown away fans and critics. Their first two singles received much praise, setting up their 2002 debut album for many mentions as the record of the year, called "one of the few great American rock records" by Thurston Moore and Byron Coley. Their second album received even more praise, as did the handful of singles they after, as well as their third album Black Forest. The A Frames are one of the few bands never to have released a bad or mediocre record. We thought about that when assembling 333, for we didnt want this one to be a dud. We are very confident that like the neutron bomb that blasted the A Frames off, we have one hell of a post-punk explosion here." -SS

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