Throughout the month of December, Dischord mail-order will be offering weekly specials on select releases.
This week, we’re kicking things off with Faith’s “Subject to Change + First Demo” and Void’s “Sessions 1981-83”, which will be available on CD and LP for $7 each through Sunday, December 8th.
Faith - Subject to Change + First Demo
Void - Sessions 1981-83
Deleted Scenes - Stutter
Formed during the mid-’00s in D.C., Deleted Scenes play dazed and melancholy pop music. Over the last couple of years, they’ve come into their own, developing a more manic and warped melodic sensibility that, stylistically speaking, picks up some cues from local peers like Buildings, Medications, and The Dismemberment Plan.
We recently picked up a few of their releases to sell at Dischord Direct, including this two song 7” the band recorded earlier this year with producer Brian McTear at Philadelphia’s Miner Street Recordings. They’ve got a new LP coming up this spring. You can listen to “Stutter” here.
Deleted Scenes – Young People’s Church of the Air
Deleted Scenes’ second full-length, originally released on Sockets Records in 2011.
Deleted Scenes – Bedbedbedbedbed EP
A four-song precursor EP to Young People’s Church of the Air that includes an acoustic take on the title track and fairly twisted-up cover of the Smiths’ “Please, Please, Please Let me Get What I Want.”
Fulgora – Splinter b/w Crutch
The second single from this St. Louis/Baltimore-based grindcore band that features drummer Adam Jarvis of Pig Destroyer.
Coke Bust – Confined
Nine pummeling, no-frills hardcore tunes from Washington, D.C.’s Coke Bust. Their first new release since 2011’s Degradation EP.
The Shirks – Action Men
The latest single from D.C.-based garage-punks, The Shirks. All the fast and heavy three-chord rock moves of their recent full-length on Grave Mistake, only with the grit-level dialed back a single notch.
Des Ark – Live on WXDU Vol. 3
There are two types of Des Ark shows: The loud ones, where Aimee Argote brings a backing band and a car full of amps, and the quiet ones, where she dials back the volume to an intimate, living-room appropriate level. Live at WXDU Vol. 3 is one of the latter. This record – originally released on LP by Paramnesia and now reissued by Lovitt -- includes nine songs recorded live on WXDU by Ross Grady in 2010. It’s just Aimee, her voice, and an acoustic guitar, with a few guest riffs from Pygmy Lush’s Johnny Ward. The vinyl is coke bottle clear and the cover art features a two-color screen-print.
This Will Destroy You - Live in Reykjavik, Iceland
A live triple LP double CD concert album including material drawn from Young Mountain, S/T, and Tunnel Blanket. All songs were performed and recorded at Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland. LPs in this 1st pressing are colored black, marbled grey, and white.
The Dismemberment Plan – The Uncanney Valley
The Plan’s fifth full-length record. Uncanney Valley (yes, it's supposed to be spelled that way) includes 10 brand new tunes recorded with J. Robbins in Baltimore, Maryland.
Beaver – S/T
A reissue of the first and only EP from the short-lived Washington, D.C. punk outfit, Beaver. Originally released in 1981, Beaver was fronted by Tom Lyle, who would go on to found Government Issue.
The Legend of Cool Disco Dan is a feature documentary that tells the story of Washington, D.C. in the 1980s through the eyes of D.C. graffiti legend, Cool "Disco" Dan. Blending exclusive interviews with dozens of local and national celebrities along with archival footage, the film offers a comprehensive portrait of this critical decade. Narrated by Henry Rollins.
After eight years and who knows how many CDs, LPs, and CD-Rs, Washington D.C.’s Sockets Records closed up shop in February following a final concert/ merch-blowout at the Black Cat. Hume and Imperial China – two of the label’s longest running bands – went down with it, making the label’s closing party their final show.
Now, more than six months later, we have picked up some of the label’s remaining stock and made it available via Dischord Direct.
Founded by Sean Peoples, Sockets began as a CD-R label that focused mainly on experimental music – releasing improv-oriented works by groups like Na (Japan) and Kohoutek (DC), as well as an audio-zine series that featured contributions from Dischord artists like Guy Picciotto and Justin Moyer. After a number of releases, the label moved on to vinyl records, releasing LPs by groups like Skeletons, Buildings, and Deleted Scenes.
You can watch a 30-minute documentary on the label here. (Aaron Leitko)
Buildings – Everything in Parallel
Buildings’ debut LP. Lush instrumental rock that’s heavy on the guitar solos.
Hume – Penumbra
The debut mini-LP by Washington, D.C.-based quartet, Hume. Captures the group in its first full-band line-up, playing music that's about 50/50 power-pop and prog. A split release between Sockets and J Street Records.
Two songs by Hume. The band's first release with guitarist Peter Tran and only record to feature keyboard playing by pianist Leo Svirsky.
Macaw – Celadon
Six ambient compositions recorded using a Roland TR-707 and various analog synthesizers by Hume drummer Wilson Kemp. Pressed on translucent green vinyl with hand-screened cover art in black or brown.
Two Inch Astronaut – Bad Brother
The nine-song 12” debut EP by this Silver Spring, Maryland-based trio. Despite their close proximity to D.C., I had no idea that they existed until an out of town friend mentioned that they were “killing it.” Pretty great stuff, though. Jittery guitar-driven prog-punk tunes that recalls Shudder to Think and Brainiac as well as contemporary peers/tour mates Speedy Ortiz. Recommended. (Aaron Leitko)
Ruby Pins – Ruby Pins
The debut solo LP by Grass Widow drummer/singer Lillian Maring. Ten lightly psychedelic, but melancholy-tinged indie-pop tunes. Recommended. (AL)
Dismemberment Plan – Emergency & I
The Plan’s most beloved full-length back in print as a gatefold double LP.
Dealbreaker – Pissed
Six punk/thrash tracks from this Arlington, VA two-piece that features Ian Thompson, who runs the label Cricket Cemetery, on drums.
We’re now stocking a handful of titles from the Fan Death Records catalog. I first met Chris and Sean, who run the label, in 2009, when they were living in College Park, Maryland, shortly after they pressed their first release, Ready 2 Fight -- a single-sided 12” featuring Clockcleaner’s epic 15-minute take on Negative Approach’s “Ready to Fight” (recorded live while opening for Negative Approach ). It was a good record to start with -- one that set a precedent for their musical tastes (loud, weird) and, maybe more importantly, for their sense of humor.
Since then, they’ve continued to release a string of cool, mostly unclassifiable singles, LPs, and cassettes from folks like Jason Urick, Puerto Rican Flowers, and Ed Schrader’s Music Beat (to name a few personal faves). (Aaron Leitko)
Roomrunner – Ideal Cities
The debut full-length from Baltimore-based “bunge” pioneers, Roomrunner. Loud songs that take some inspiration from certain ’90s-era fuzz-pedal purveyors, but are also deeply linked to present-day peers like Dope Body and Metz, with whom they’ve toured. Lead by former Double Dagger drummer, Denny Bowen.
Roomrunner – S/T
Roomrunner’s six-song self-titled debut cassette.
Screen Vinyl Image – Siberian Eclipse
Two hazy, Factory Records-indebted dream-pop tunes from this D.C.-area duo.
Big Eyes – Almost Famous
The sophomore album from Seattle-based power-pop trio, Big Eyes. An office staff favorite! Preview the whole record now, via Grave Mistake’s website.
Marriage – For Brotzmann
The debut full-length LP form Austin, Texas-based quintet, Marriage, which includes former Black Eyes drummer, Mike Kanin. Heavy, dissonant percussion and dub-inflected grooves that carry the ball forward from last year’s 7” single (which is also back in stock, btw). If you were a fan of Black Eyes’ first LP, you will probably not be disappointed. Preview a song here.
Bad Brains – Live at CBGB
Bad Brains live LP that draws from three nights’ worth of performances at CBGBs in December 1982. Note that it’s an entirely different set of songs/takes than the CD and DVD versions.
Also just in:
Christie Front Drive – First LP
Highness – Hold
Sickoids – No Home EP
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