Monday, March 10, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at Relapse

Hooded Menace - Effigies Of Evil Deluxe 2xLP (Orange with Exclusive 7")

Finland’s doom/death-lords Hooded Menace make their Relapse debut with ‘Effigies of Evil’, a brutally ripping album of slow-paced, down-tuned ultra-heaviness. Combining the grooving riffs of Black Sabbath and early Cathedral with the fire of classic Autopsy and Asphyx, ‘Effigies Of Evil’ is an instant metal classic. ‘Effigies Of Evil’ is the peak combination of Hooded Menace’s fascination with classic 90s death metal, prototypical 70s doom and cult horror flicks-----a collection of obsessions that any heavy-music fan proudly wears for life. ‘Effigies of Evil’ is a triumphant album of filth, sludge, riffs and groove that transforms cult heroes Hooded Menace into legitimate heavy metal icons.

First Pressing
Orange (Deluxe Version with 7") x 500
180 Gram Black x 500
Green Marble x 500

Order at Relapse


Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah - Bikini Kill 

Bikini Kill Records is excited to announce our second reissue - the newly expanded Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah LP featuring seven previously unreleased tracks. It will be released on April 15th, 2014.

The first 500 copies ordered will receive a free, limited edition poster.

Side A of Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah was originally released in 1993 as the BK side of their split record with the UK’s Huggy Bear, to kick off their legendary co-headlining tour of the UK in March of that year. Those tracks were recorded in their Washingon DC basement practice space on a 4 track reel to reel in 1992 by Tim Green (Nation of Ulysses, The Fucking Champs).

Side B features seven songs either recorded live at shows during that era or at Bikini Kill practices.

The LP also includes new photos and liner notes from David Feck (Comet Gain), Erin Smith (Bratmobile), and from the band themselves.

The LP was mastered by TJ Lipple and Bob Weston.

Pre-order includes digital album in the high-quality format of your choice (MP3, FLAC, and more), plus unlimited mobile access using the free Bandcamp listening app. You'll also get the complete album the moment it’s released.  

Shipping out on or around 15 April 2014

Pre-Order HERE


PolyVinyl Test Pressing Sale -- 15 Titles Being Offered

Making CDs is predictable. You send a master off to the duplication plant and wait for thousands of shiny, identical discs to arrive.

Vinyl is a very different beast. Making a record is an intricate process that starts with the creation of a master lacquer, which is then plated in metal and used to make a negative version of the record, called a stamper, that serves as the basis for mass production.

During this chain of events something can always go wrong --- causing pops, skips, crackles or distortion. You name it, we've heard it many times over.

Which brings us to test pressings, a very necessary part of the vinyl production process that helps catch these sorts of problems before all of the records are manufactured.

By their very nature, test pressings are rare and unique. They're the first taste we receive of each album on vinyl and only a small number are ever made, making them sought after by fans and collectors.

In fact, one of the most frequently asked questions we receive year after year is "Hey fine folks at PV, do you have any test pressings for sale?"

The sad truth is, after a few test pressings are given to PV bands as keepsakes, the remaining copies just sit on a shelf in the dark recesses of our office.

And so, for a limited time, we're giving you the opportunity to bid on these special items and support a great cause (American Humane Association) at the same time!

A variety of titles are being offered in the hope that you see something you like and enjoy the chance to own a special piece of a treasured album.

Titles include:

31Knots The Days and Nights of Everything Anywhere LP
Aloha Here Comes Everyone (Record Store Day Edition) LP
Architecture In Helsinki Places Like This LP
Braid Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five 2xLP
Deerhoof Deerhoof vs. Evil LP
Deerhoof/David Bazan DeerBazan 7"
Mates of State All Day 12"
of Montreal She's A Rejecter 7"
Owen No Good For No One Now LP
Rainer Maria Long Knives Drawn LP
Sharon Van Etten I'm Giving Up On You 7"
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Broom LP
STRFKR Reptilians LP
Their/They're/There Their/They're/There 12"
Xiu Xiu Always LP

All auctions started at $0.99 and end Monday night, so head over to the link below to get your bid in now!

Polyvinyl Test Pressing Sale


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for shits and giggles to start the week:

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