Punk

The Pathetx ‎”1981″ (Third Man)

2020-05-14T23:35:44+00:00May 14th, 2020|

Third Man Records is proud to announce the first-ever release of The Pathetx – 1981. Clocking in at 18:16 minutes, available in standard black and limited edition colored vinyl 12” 45rpm versions.

The formation of the Pathetx began in 1980 with singer, Mark Leavitt, and guitarist, Greg Kutcher. They had been playing together in their basements for a while and were looking to get out on stage in the punk clubs in and around Detroit. They assembled the rest of the group, drummer Ted Meek, guitarist happy Tom McHenry and 16 year old bass player Mick Nasty, through newspaper ads, local “punk walls” and music stores. The Pathetx took their inspiration from the West Coast punk scene that was happening at the time, bands like The Germs, Black Flag and Dead Kennedys, as opposed to most of the other punk bands that were kicking around Detroit who were looking to The Stooges and MC5 to show them the way. Nunzio’s was the band’s unofficial home away from home but they played every legendary punk club in the area: Bookies Club 870, Freezer Theater, Red Carpet, Windsor’s Coronation Tavern…you name it, The Pathetx played it. They shared the stage with Detroit’s first wave punk bands as well as the superstars of this new hardcore thing that was happening. They played the legendary Endless Summer Skatepark show with Necros, Negative Approach and Meatmen. Their live shows were filled with beer, blood and pogos.

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Rowland S. Howard “Teenage Snuff Film” (Fat Possum)

2020-04-30T22:45:29+00:00April 30th, 2020|

“Teenage Snuff Film was the long awaited first solo album recorded and released by Rowland S.Howard in 1999. Rowland recorded the album at the Birdland & Sing Sing recording studios in Melbourne with longtime colleague and collaborator Mick Harvey contributing drums, organ and guitar and Brian Hooper on bass. The album was produced by Lindsay Gravina and engineered by James Mason & Jade Martin, and released to critical acclaim both here in Australia and internationally. Teenage Snuff Film featured 8 original songs; ‘Dead Radio’, ‘Breakdown (and then…)’, ‘I Burnt Your Clothes’, ‘Exit Everything’, ‘Silver Chain’, ‘Undone’, ‘Autoluminescent’, ‘Sleep Alone’ and 2 cover versions; ‘White Wedding’ (Billy Idol) and ‘She Cried’ (The Shangri-Las). Fat Possum Records is set to release a limited edition double vinyl set of the long out of print ‘Teenage Snuff Film’. This record is highly sought after by collectors, with rare copies appearing on eBay selling for huge $ amounts. Pressed on 180 gram black vinyl — three-sided double album, with Side D featuring an etching of a Rowland illustration.”

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Handle “In Threes” (Upset Rhythm)

2020-04-03T01:02:00+00:00April 3rd, 2020|

LP version, edition of 500 on 180g vinyl. Incorporating a diverse range of influences, from samba to no wave, Handle, a three-piece from Manchester (now based between Manchester/London/Brussels) made up of Giulio Erasmus and Nirvana Heire, former members of D.U.D.S (the first British band to sign to Castle Face) and Leo Hermitt, a genderqueer multidisciplinary artist renowned for their challenging, thought-provoking work in the city’s arts and literary scenes. The group mesh politics with a trans experience of time and a vibrant, avant-garde freedom of approach. Handle make a uniquely minimal sound, buoyed by poetic, urgent vocals. Each instrument (bass, drums, keyboard and voice) is permitted its own space, yet somehow the result is a brilliantly unified yet understated sonic experience that demands then commands your attention. Powered by looping, hypnotic synth lines, quaking flexes of bass, clattering tribal percussion and expeditious, often agitated vocals that cordially sprint, Handle’s songs — all of which clock in around the two-minute mark — owe as much to performance poetry as they do to the vibrancy of post-punk and new wave. In these times of anxiety and confusion, Handle provide a much-needed dose of musical catharsis, albeit disorientating at times, pre-empting sense from the shards of sound they gather about themselves. “Life’s Work” begins with isolated swells of pitch before driving full throttle into an exuberant rhythmic workout. “Sunday Morning” shares this elasticated feel for melody and communication, twisting about itself in rubbery fashion. “Coagulate” is more disembodied from the pulse, but similarly retains a boldness of vision. “Step By Step” showcases what Handle excel at, it’s a clangorous leviathan of beat-forward dance punk, peppered with Leo’s fluid vocal inertia. It’s dizzying yet divinely exuberant. “Punctured Time” evokes the same cascading flow “Punctured time, bicycle wheel, what if I told you that your lips were like venus, lips were like what? Lips were like venus and that my tongue was a trampoline?” sings Leo amid undulating bass, toppling drums and jabs of keyboard ambience. Handle make music occupied by dark shapes that move beneath a roiling surface: jolting, shattering, cracking, smoothed, bounded, punctuated. Handle’s debut album In Threes is a collection of frenetic sounds for frenzied forms. In Threes was recorded and mixed by Robin Williams and follows on from the band’s previous EP Demonstrations (2018), released through their own imprint Absolute Fiction.

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D.R.I. “Greatest Hits” (Back On Black)

2020-03-27T02:29:22+00:00March 27th, 2020|

Reissue of the D.R.I. ‘Greatest Hits’ album, originally released in 2001. D.R.I.’s music has combined elements of punk rock, thrash metal, speed metal and heavy metal, while their early material has been described as hardcore punk. They are often cited as one of the key bands that helped create the crossover thrash genre, along with S.O.D., Suicidal Tendencies and Corrosion of Conformity.

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Radio Birdman ‎”Living Eyes” (Citadel)

2020-03-27T02:29:19+00:00March 27th, 2020|

‘Living Eyes’ was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales during a break in the band’s 1978 tour of Britain and Europe. Relations between members were falling apart and Sire had dropped the band prior to the start of recording. Their breakup soon followed. Initial releases were cut from a tape dub of trial mixes as the band never received an official master. Red Eye Records retrieved the master tapes from Rockfield in 1995 and the album was remixed. Limited to 1250 copies.

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Kids “Kids” (Radiation Deluxe Series)

2020-03-20T19:39:50+00:00March 19th, 2020|

140 gram white vinyl edition. Radiation Deluxe Series present a reissue of The Kids’s self-titled debut album, originally released on the Philips label in 1978. Hailing from Antwerp, Belgium, The Kids formed in 1976 to prove to the world that punk was more than just a London vs. New York fashion contest. Highly-acclaimed as one of the best punk records ever, The Kids’ debut album is now reissued on vinyl, with two bonus tracks recorded in 1977. This is pure and quintessential punk rock.

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Kids “Naughty Kids” (Radiation Deluxe Series)

2020-03-20T19:40:31+00:00March 19th, 2020|

Red colored vinyl version on 140 gram vinyl. Radiation Deluxe Series present a reissue of The Kids’ second album Naughty Kids, originally released a mere eight months after their groundbreaking 1978 self-titled debut LP (RRS 113LP). The Kids’ second album is a pure masterpiece of straightforward punk rock. A little less raw than their previous material, but still far from the new wave sounds the band started experimenting with on their following records, Naughty Kids remains one of the best examples of non-UK ’70s punk and definitely a mandatory addition to the collection of any Killed by Death fanatic! Includes five bonus tracks recorded live in 1978.

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Male “Zensur & Zensur” (Tapete)

2020-03-20T19:42:05+00:00March 19th, 2020|

Double LP version. Tapete Records present a reissue of Zensur & Zensur by Germany’s first ever punk band Male, originally released in 1979. Includes 11 live tracks recorded at Markthalle Hamburg, June, 29 1979. “The Dusseldorf punk scene was without compare in the years 1977 to 1979 and Male were there in the thick of it, etching their name into German musical history. I was magnetically drawn towards the punk phenomenon back in 1977 and through Bilk’s integral role in the movement, I was lucky enough to get right up close . . . Somehow, I heard about a gig in an assembly hall and that’s where I saw Male, a burning revelation, rising above all the tiresome Stones cover bands! Loud, dirty, new and different! Setting the German flag alight brought the gig to a spectacular conclusion. I offered my services as a roadie for the gigs that followed in and around Düsseldorf . . . Having broken through the inner-city walls, Male were invited to Berlin for the opening of SO36 where they shared the bill with local Berlin heroes PVC, Din A Testbild, Ffurs and Düsseldorf’s Mittagspause. The Male track ‘Polizei’ is included on a sampler commemorating the event. Next up, the ‘Into the Future’ festival in Hamburg saw them in triumphant mode alongside Mittagspause and Kleenex, earning them a headliner slot at the next In die Zukunft — live albums documented the respective performances. Back in Düsseldorf, a record import store gave Male permission to rehearse in their cellar as they geared up for the production of their LP. Earlier tracks and a few newer songs added up to a superb Male album, from the cut-up lyrics on ‘KH 3’ to the hypnotic intro of ‘Ein Tag Düsseldorf’ and the cult track ‘Zensur & Zensur’. Time was racing by and Male arguably reached their zenith as backup for The Clash on the London Calling tour. As the air raid siren rang out on ‘Ich hör schon die Sirenen’, Kosmo Vinyl (Clash roadie), Joe Strummer and Mick Jones stopped in their tracks to take a closer look at Male on stage. On this memorable night in the Phillipshalle, Male were far more than just a warm-up act . . . In the wake of the name change to Vorsprung, Jürgen Engler soon shifted his focus to Die Krupps, but Male remained close to his heart as new songs and the odd gig here and there demonstrated in the years that followed.” –Wolf Lauenroth (Dieter Zensur)

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Various “AK79” (Flying Nun)

2020-03-20T19:55:57+00:00March 19th, 2020|

December 2019 marks the 40 year anniversary of an important record in our lives, AK79. Within the grooves of this historical landmark compilation lies a connection to our musical whakapapa as New Zealanders and music lovers. A defining record, having captured a raw snapshot of the punk subculture in Auckland during the late 70s, this much-loved compilation is a living, breathing statement of what came before today. To mark this very special occassion, Flying Nun Records pays tribute to those ragged and rambunctious years by presenting AK79’s 40th Anniversary Edition Reissue. Featuring new liner notes written by Ripper Records’ Bryan Staff, the reissue will feature all songs ever featured on any version of AK79 for a complete look at its recorded history. About AK79: Raw, unfiltered, shambolic madness. The vision to capture the Auckland scene began with Bryan Staff (Head of Ripper Records and Radio DJ at the time) who saw reason to capture the music coming out of the local punk venues of the time such as Windsor Castle and Zwines.

Originally released by Ripper Records in December 1979, bands that featured on the original pressing included The Swingers, The Scavengers, The Primmers, Proud Scum, Toy Love and The Terrorways. The musical movement captured on record was an abrasive, empowered response to the overindulgent progressive rock and glam era of the 70s. The initial pressing, with its iconic black and white cover designed by Terence Hogan was limited to 500 copies, to be later reissued on vinyl and cassette through CBS. During the 40 years since AK79’s first release, the record took on a life of its own. Those original 500 pressings became a rare and coveted collectors item, and somewhat of an “urban myth” on the vinyl market. So the story goes, when the original master recordings of AK79 were discarded in 1982, it only created further demand for this enigmatic record. Responding to the call, an expanded version of AK79 arose, released on CD by Simon Grigg and Roger Shepherd as a joint release by Propeller Records and Flying Nun Records in 1993. This time there were some late additions, including tracks from The Suburban Reptiles, The Spelling Mistakes, The Features and The Marching Girls, along with additional tracks from the original bands on the first pressing. This particular reissue was remastered and mixed by Grigg, and came bundled with additional liner notes by Grigg, Staff and The Terrorways’ own Kerry Buchanan.

In November 2008, a bootlegged 2 LP version would come to life for a very special reunion gig in Auckland which involved The Scavengers, The Spelling Mistakes and the first performances from The Terrorways and Proud Scum since 1980 in a rare event. At the time, it was sold at the show with unreleased tracks and a 20-page booklet. Six years later, the AK79 compilation was honoured in its many forms with the IMNZ Classic Record award, presented at the Taite Music Prize ceremony. 40 years on, the spirit of the AK79 still packs a punch and the feeling captured in these recordings are as relevant as ever.

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