Thursday, November 17, 2011

Indie Black Friday...Fall Report...other important stuff

  • A few weeks ago, Buffalo musician Tony Lorenzo was shot and seriously injured while walking in the Elmwood Village. Obviously, the Buffalo music scene was stunned, angered and quickly mobilized benefits to help out Tony and his family during this difficult time. While he may be lucky to be alive, the road ahead will be a challenge for Tony and his family. A good guy that seemingly was liked by all, Tony most recently played in Ritual Quarantine and had been a serious shredder in Sons of Azrael in the past. Shaken Stylus, Inc. quickly organized a successful benefit and keeping an eye on the message board will keep you in the know with future benefit shows. We obviously know the potential generosity of the Buffalo music scene when we had our fire and this is obviously a more serious and personal situation. Remember, a little bit goes a long way when everyone is involved. Let's not forget this senseless act that has turned a family upside down and injured one of our own. We continue to be humbled by the generosity we received in our own time of need--keep it coming, Buffalo. Anyone organizing a benefit show is encouraged to stop by the shop and we will offer up something to be raffled off--a gift certificate or something along those lines. In the meanwhile, you can donate via paypal™ at . Donations go directly to the family. There is also a reward for the spineless prick responsible for the shooting set up by Mayor Brown and the BPD. You can donate to this as well by going to this site: . A 2 day benefit show is happening at Club Infinity January 7-8. For more information, check facebook event METAL FOR TONY. thanks for reading. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The Second Annual Buffalo Decency Rally took place at the Ukranian/Dnipro Center last weekend featuring a ridiculous display of Buffalo Punk, Hardcore, Noise, Dark-Core, Grind and...Cages! If you weren't there, you truly are square. For the second year in a row, amazing silkscreened posters were made to promote the event. If you'd like a piece of history, Mr. Weese dropped off a bunch at the shop. $5 for civilians and free if your band played it (and you dont have one). Incredible artwork on heavy paper listing all the acts that performed.
Indie Black Friday. Friday, along with the rest of the usual critters, will take place for a second year at Spiral Scratch. we have placed our order but until we get a definitive list of whats coming, don't want any misinformation on our mighty blog of truth. I.B.F. is the product of the folks behind Record Store Day and features exclusive releases. We can't hold stuff, dont exactly know whats coming yet but we hope for things like Type O Negative box, Iron and Wine "Morning Becomes Electric" lp. Justin Townes Earle "Slippin' and Slidin'", Jimmy Cliff 12", Wilco 10" among them--as well as some "unofficial" releases. We did choose to pass on some $10 7" that is disgraceful pricing/gouging and I dont want to feed the beast. These often become available after the release date (which we actually follow!) for more reasonable prices. We'll unearth tons of never-seen used vinyl on this day, as well in order to keep things interesting. Record Store Day™ is a great boost to indie record stores but greed, rising prices and flagrant record flipping (often by the stores themselves) are turning it ugly at times. As a result, we are avoiding the overpriced stuff while still participating to the fullest of our abilities.

Some new releases in-stock this week
thee Oh Sees - Carrion Crawler/The Dream LP - Second lp released in 2011 (they've been churning out records at a fever pitch for years now) and this is clearly the better of the two and LOUDER of the two as well. As the band gains much deserved attention from both indie and garage punk camps they are in no way letting up here. Allegedly conceived as two seperate 12" ep's, this long player flows perfectly as it was recorded all at once and displays organ, uptempo numbers and slashing guitar work. here's a sampling taken from a more reputable music website called The Dream. They are on tour with the amazing aussie band TOTAL CONTROL (members of Eddy Current Suppression Ring and UV Race) and PAUL CARY and will be striking Rochester on November 21. We recently had the Oh Sees/Total Control 12" tour split but supplies remain very limited. This lp is in stock along with Total Control's Henge Beat. Henge Beat is yet another amazing offering from Australia mixing electronic elements with driving post-punk and late 70s UK new wave--yet somehow it comes out a perfect garage punker. On Iron Lung Records, it is among the finest lp's released in 2011 and apparently they steamroll it live. Do NOT pass by Total Control (like Pitchfork™ has). Here's a taste: Carpet Rash from Total Control's Henge Beat lp .

WOUNDED LION - IVXLCDM LP - If you enter our doors, you know that we have been devotees of In The Red Records since Larry started putting out excellent records over a decade ago. Quality control is tight and we're tickled to see the label getting more exposure and successful. Based in LA along with the label, Wounded Lion present a form of art punk that recalls late 70s LA punks Urinals as well as Wall Of Voodoo, Suburban Lawns. So there is hope for Los Angeles after all? Wounded Lions second album has garnered rave reviews, has the reliable In the Red stamp and employs the Intelligence main main, ex A-Frames drummer (and current Oh See's percussion man) Lars Finberg adding more percussion and slashing telecaster action. Dig it here.

TYVEK- Fast Metabolism - "At long last, the vinyl debut of this flawless compilation of TYVEK’s early singles. Long out-of-print, and still in high demand, Fast Metabolism was initially issued as a CDR only release, and quickly caught fire around the world. Hailing from Detroit, and behaving as if Wire had been the world's only hardcore band, Tyvek were (and still are) a much needed adrenalin spike through the breast plate. These songs eventually were released as four very hard to find 7-inches between 2006 and 2008. Issued in an edition of 2,000 copies, with deluxe tip-on jackets, and mastered for precision by TIMOTHY STOLLENWERK, with the vinyl lacquers cut by BOB WESTON, this is a co-production between Brooklyn, New York's M'lady's Records and Portland, Oregon's Water Wing Records."

YUCK - (Deluxe Version) LP - A nice vinyl reissue of up and coming band YUCK (brought to our attention by a customer), this double lp set features the self titled lp and an entire 12" of singles & b-sides. For a couple bucks more, we figured you'd appreciate the tack on so you can see the progression the band has made in a short time. As written by the fine folks at Revolver/Midheaven, "...This is a confident, wildly ambitious record, but also one which brims over with a ragged warmth and tenderness, tipping its hat at alt music heroes past such as East River Pipe, Dinosaur Jr and Sparklehorse while at the same time retaining a unique identity entirely its own." I just couldn't put it so eloquently as I'm a n00b to YUCK. Come and get 'em, they're moving quickly.

Still holding strong in the 7" section:
Double Negative - Hardcore Confusion Volume one & two Mark Sultan 7" King Khan & BBQ 7" Punch 7" (their latest) Teen Idles ep 7"

Sorta recent in-stocks/releases
ZOLA JESUS - Conatus LP (and the 2009 lp, The Spoils)
THE WAR ON DRUGS - Slave Ambient lp
HUMAN EYE - They Came From The Sky lp
DINOSAUR JR. - first three lp's
QUICKSAND - Slip lp (back for a short time)
BOYS NEXT DOOR (Nick Cave's late 70s punk band pre-dating the Birthday Party)
ECHO & the BUNNYMEN - Porcupine, Ocean Rain & BBC RADIO SESSIONS lp's.

Our used bin continues to expand daily as we sort through recently acquired collections. Tons of goodies at the lowest prices. Why shop elsewhere? Why pay more? Whats wrong with you?!! They can keep us out of the phonebook and the record show--but they cant keep you from taking advantage of the best, cheapest records around--be it the latest releases or used product. We VPI clean our used records and will soon make that machine available to you! Details to come. (VPI are the ultimate record 'em if yer not aware what the hell i'm talking about.
anchovies 11.17.11 4:33 a.m.,e.s.t.


The Frustrations (Detroit) will be performing an in-store in the SS Dungeon this saturday, 11.21.11. Buffalo's Final Insult will also be playing as well as Melody (Mayday, Utah Jazz) & Britt (Final Insult, Utah Jazz)...we hope. We advise you show up, sorta behave by 6 pm as the shows must end around normal closing times.


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