Showing posts from March, 2019

No Ripcord: Matmos

Matmos Plastic Anniversary Thrill Jockey Records Released:  3.15.19 No Ripcord review. Sincerely, Letters From A Tapehead

No Ripcord (Quick Takes: February 2019): Barnett+Coloccia & Bellrope

Hit the link for reviews of Barnett+Coloccia 's VLF , out now via SIGE Records and the new Bellrope LP, You Must Relax , which is available from Exile On Mainstream . No Ripcord — QUICK TAKES (FEBRUARY 2019). Barnett+Coloccia VLF SIGE Records Released: 2.25.19 Purchase the digital album here: ___________________________ Bellrope You Must Relax Exile on Mainstream Released: 2.22.19 Purchase the album (digital, LP, CD) here: Sincerely , Letters From A Tapehead

What's (Re)New — Black Dots by Bad Brains

When Black Dots  was issued by Caroline Records in 1996, my then 19-going-on-20 year-old self happened up a copy at THE WALL over at Montgomery Mall. I didn't really know what this CD was at the time, (the very young band members featured on the back cover confirmed that this wasn't new music), but the Bad Brains ' name was attached to it so I happily nabbed an overpriced copy, took it home, and threw it on and proceeded to hit "REPEAT" for a few weeks.  Black Dots is a collection of Bad Brains ' first recorded material, tracks like "Pay to Cum," "Don't Need It," "Regulator," and "Attitude" debuting prior to the ultra-aggro treatment these songs would get for the essential ROIR Sessions . Don Zientara , the man who engineered every necessary recording from Dischord's roster — Minor Threat , Government Issue , Rites of Spring , Fugazi , and  Jawbox to name a few — was responsible for the Black Dots ses

Tropical Fuck Storm: "The Planet of Straw Men" 7"

"All paths lead to nowhere; and it all adds up nothing..."  Yes, there's a new Tropical Fuck Storm single out. And, yes, you should listen to it. The splintery observation punk of Gareth Liddiard , Fiona Kitschin , Lauren Hammel , and Erica Dunn has produced a new single called "The Planet of Straw Men." Joyful Noise is releasing the single on May 3rd as a limited-edition neon orange variant and black vinyl. A Tropical Fuck Storm interpretation of  Missy Elliott 's "Can't Stop" will grace the b-side. The single is currently available for pre-order via Joyful Noise . Tropical Fuck Storm's excellent 2018 release Laughing Death in Meatspace was reviewed for No Ripcord . If "The Planet of Straw Men" does anything for you, the band's debut LP should be an immediate acquisition. You can find that here . All info has been provided by Speakeasy PR.  TROPICAL FUCK STORM (EX-THE DRONES) SHARE NEW SONG (AND VIDEO FOR) &qu

New Selections — Living Hour, Art Trip and the Static Sound, Russian Baths, Imperial Wax, Ioanna Gika, Mint Field, Arellano, Waste of Space Orchestra

Welcome to the working week. Here's a batch of singles to check out: Living Hour : "Hallboy" (via Force Field PR /  Kanine Records / Stereogum / YouTube) Via Force Field PR: Today, Winnipeg’s Living Hour shares "Hallboy," the third single from their upcoming album, Softer Faces . Stereogum has the premiere and described the track as "immaculate." The band is in the middle of a winter / spring tour that includes a stop at SXSW and ends with a west coast run in late March. See full dates below. Bio: Everything about Winnipeg’s Living Hour has been expanding since their humble basement beginnings in 2015. What started with dreamy love songs inspired by the cinematic sky of their hometown has transformed into even more sprawling and expansive expressions on their latest effort, Softer Faces due March 1, 2019. What started as a quartet is now a quintet, though still led by the smoky, ethereal lead vocals of Sam Sarty (vocals, trombone,

No Ripcord: Royal Trux

Royal Trux White Stuff Fat Possum Released:  3.1.19 No Ripcord review. Sincerely, Letters From A Tapehead