VICE Interviews RecordFlipper

Jake & I recently did an email interview for VICE magazine. It’s just been published, and you can read it here. It was a lot of fun to do, and thanks to VICE for giving us some space.

As mentioned in the interview, the RecordFlipper blog has now been private for six months or so and is, in fact, thriving behind a pay wall.

We may have a slot or two opened, so please see the “contact” section for our email address, if you’d like to join The List. The subscription fee is now $250/quarter or $800/year, and applicants are screened via a brief questionnaire.

Thank you.

 

 

Sembler Deah – A Haunting Ethereal Soundscape

Sembler Deah is one of many projects that you will find in the colossal parallel universe that is Church of Ra. Church of Ra is an eclectic group of artists, musicians, and writers. One of the more popular groups in the Church of Ra collective is the mighty five-piece AmenRa. Sembler Deah sees Colin H. Van Eeckhout and Mathieu J. Vandekerckhove from AmenRa joining forces with the French Dehn Sora from Treha Sektori. So yes, we have a bunch of super talented, weird, spaced out religious zealots making some of the most beautifully haunting music I have heard this year. This is the debut of this three-piece, and the promotional blurb gives us a tiny glimpse of what we will find in these 35 minutes, divided into four different tracks. “Gathered by a sole ambiance. Between ethereal soundscapes. Knotted drones and falls. A three-headed hand surrounding a light in a cold. Engulfing and ardent prayer”.

I couldn’t of said it better myself, even though it sounds like an over-jaded old priest trying to describe the days of yore. Prepare to take a breathtaking journey down a beautiful, dark, and twisted road with only a couple fleeting seconds between tracks to catch your breath. This four piece’s work is fueled by many layers, demanding every second of your attention. This is a complex piece of art/music. This is not your typical ambiance/drone album where you throw it on for some nice background music and walk away. To fully enjoy every little detail, I recommend a pair of nice headphones, a cup of coffee, and an unclouded mind. Let the layers unwrap and take it all in.

This album has been pressed on 300 copies of wax. 100 copies on Clear and the other 200 on Black. As of now the only place to order the Clear edition is straight from the Hypertension Records label.

I highly recommend not only keeping tabs on Sembler Deah but the whole Church of Ra institution, you will not be disappointed!

Recordflipper recommendation: Buy & Hold!

Full disclosure: Clear gripped and on its way…

- Jake -

“One From The Heart”: Aimer Et Perdre: To Love & To Lose: Songs, 1917-1934 3LP Box Set

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If you’re unfamiliar with the legendary Yazoo Records, you can familiarize yourself a bit with the history of the label here, here and here. “Yazoo’s mission has been, and will continue to be, to make available as many classic performances of early rural American and ethnic music as we can and at the highest standards we possibly can. The goal is to broadly disseminate these wonderful performances, the likes of which will not be seen again…”

True enough.

Like a lot of people, I first took notice of some records out from Yazoo because of their covers. In the early 1970s someone at the label had the brilliant idea to hire R. Crumb, the cartoonist, to do cover illustrations. You can see more of those covers here.

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The recently released 3-LP box set, Aimer Et Perdre: To Love & To Lose: Songs, 1917-1934, also has a cover by R. Crumb, and so naturally it also caught my eye. Originally released as a CD set by Tomkins Square, Angry Mom Records has done the vinyl honors.

If a collection of remastered 78s featuring “the unique pre-war music of the Cajun bayous, the Carpathian Mountains of Uraine [sic] and Poland, and the American rural countryside” is your thing, you’d better act quickly. Though they don’t state exactly how many they’ve made, how many can it possibly have been? 300? Maybe fewer. By the way, an interesting interview with the set’s producer, Christopher King, can be read here.

Popsike shows more than 1800 completed auctions featuring an album released by Yazoo. Sorted oldest (in their database) to newest, you can see that original pressings of these types of records have gone for some good money. But as re-issues have become available, prices have cooled a bit, as you can see from the same results, sorted most recent to oldest.

Based on the on-going interest in roots music collections, the beautiful packaging of this set and its presumed scarcity, I’m going to give Aimer Et Perdre: To Love & To Lose: Songs, 1917-1934 a strong buy; I imagine it will be gone before a lot of collectors know it exists.

You can buy it here.

Instru-metal Behemoths: Holly Hunt – Year One

Year One is the debut full-length album from Holly Hunt, South Florida’s acclaimed two-piece instru-metal behemoth!

Recorded by Jonathan Nuñez (Torche), mixed by Ryan Haft (Capsule) and mastered by Nick Zampiello and Rob Gonnella at New Alliance East, this 39 minute-long, 10-song suite is constructed upon sonic architecture ornate as a royal catacomb and stunningly epic, like an ancient city frozen in time under a heavy sheet of black, hardened lava.

In their first 365 days as a band, drummer Beatriz Monteavaro (Floor, Cavity) and guitarist Gavin Perry became the undeniable sweethearts of Miami’s disparate music scenes. To paraphrase a description of 80s movie hero Ferris Bueller, “The punks, the metalheads, the art-rockers: they all think he’s a righteous dude.”

In the grand tradition of Monteavaro’s previous musical endeavors, Holly Hunt champions heavy metal’s potential to transcend genre and become a physical experience. Though stripped down to the most bare essentials, the duo’s innate technical chops, strong dialogue, and incredibly deep relationship to their gear produces a sound and style far beyond rudimentary tags like “heavy,” “hard,” or “brutal.”

Year One captures the band’s brilliant signatures – the meditative power of repetition; the ecstatic joy of tempered variation; infinitely undulating riffage; psychedelic drone paired with rock n’ roll rhythm – in full splendor.

The first 100 come with a pair of Holly Hunt earplugs, a free digital download, and a pouch… Enjoy the beautiful mind-melting sonic assault!

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Recordflipper Recommendation: Buy & Hold
Full disclosure: On the way! :)

- Jake -

Merge Records Contest: 7″ EP Made of Ice… x/10

Today, Shout Out Louds released “Blue Ice,” their first new song in three years, as a 7-inch single made of ice with an instructional video and stream of the song at Pitchfork.

Of the song “Blue Ice,” The Line of Best Fit said, “The track, a delicate shuffle, with Adam Olenius musings recounting the end of a tenuous love affair and fading devotion – “it always ends in the same way” – maintaining pace throughout, the ballad floats gently against a bed of swooning strings and muted guitar lines. It’s lovely, delicate stuff but don’t be fooled by its mid paced nature – the forthcoming album is stacked full of the usual anthemic qualities we’ve come to expect from the group, whilst the quality of songwriting and production takes another bold step towards eternal greatness.”

10 kits to produce these 7″s of ice were manufactured and we have one to give away! For a chance to win, send your mailing address to merge@mergerecords.com with “Blue Ice Giveaway” in the subject line*. The contest ends Monday, December 3. Over 350 people have entered already since the contest began a few hours ago.

Watch Adam from Shout Out Louds demonstrate how to make the 7″ below and listen to “Blue Ice” via Soundcloud, Spotify or iTunes.

A new Shout Out Louds full-length will be available early next year. The record arrives as Shout Out Louds celebrates 10 years as a band, and is a follow-up to 2010’s acclaimed Work.

How to Enter:

1. Send an e-mail to: merge@mergerecords.com
2. Subject — “Blue Ice Giveaway”
3. Body — Your address

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Escape from Witch Mountain! x/1000 Purple

It took Witch Mountain over a decade to release their sophomore album, and less than a year to record its follow-up. A rolling stone gathers no moss, after all, and once this Portland quartet finally got moving, they kicked right into high gear, and haven’t slowed down since. 2011’s South of Salem seemingly came out of nowhere; it took critics and doomheads alike by surprise, and launched the band into the very narrow metal spotlight. Witch Mountain’s name began to pop up all over the place — at Scion shows, in rave reviews, upon Adult Swim compilations, on tour dates with Wino’s Premonition 13 — and a record deal with one of the bigwigs, Profound Lore, soon arrived to sweeten their success. Now, with Cauldron of the Wild, they are doing their damndest to capitalize on that buzz, and ride the waves of positive energy as far as they’ll go. Luckily for them, and for us too, their new album is more than worth the trip.

Cauldron of the Wild is the third full-length album and in spite of a fairly staid discipleship to the School of Sabbath, there’s just enough room around the edges for the band to break that mold and carve out a niche of its own. The biggest reason for that is frontwoman Uta Plotkin, whose howl at its best recalls a raspier Ann Wilson more than it does any metal singer. Her relatively feminine approach to the female metal vocal grants songs like album opener “Lanky Rae” — about an awkward, seven-foot-tall female sharpshooter — a gendered perspective absent from the usual occult tales that dominate albums that sound like Cauldron of the Wild. Guitarist Rob Wrong and drummer Nate Carson don’t push their way to the front of the mix, either. This is Plotkin’s band, and Wrong’s songwriting is built for her voice and personality. Even when the band goes epic, as on the 12-minute “Aurelia,” it’s as much about the vocals and lyrics as it is the atmosphere being built. It’s that kind of acceptance that gives Witch Mountain a leg up in the crowded field of Sabbath-and-Sleep worshipers. If you have a strategic advantage, you’d might as well use it. As long as Uta Plotkin is around, it seems that her band will do just that.

I grabbed a couple copies of the first album “South of Salem” based off of pure speculation alone… Low and behold the album was sold out everywhere in a couple months time and I got to reap the benefits! This time around they are not fooling anyone and their debut of Profound Lore presents us collectors with a nice purple vinyl to match that beautiful cover art. These are limited to 1000 and wont be available in stores for another couple months. Here is your chance to pre-order this badboy before it even hits shelves. I love this band and its bands like this that keep my interest piqued in such an over-saturated genre.

The album will not be officially released until February of 2013. It will NOT be in stores or on Bandcamp until then. BUT, if you pre-order now, we will mail yours to you in December (as soon as they arrive from the pressing plant). Most people should have these before x-mas. And as a bonus for ordering direct from the band, pre-orders will receive the Scion 7″ of Bloodhound included FOR FREE.

How to Order: Please Paypal $20 + Shipping ($5 US, $10 Canada, $15 Rest of World) to MountasticRecords AT Gmail DOT com

RecordFlipper Recommendation: Buy & Hold
Full Disclosure: Its going to be a purple XMAS! ;)

- Jake -

Grind/Death/Black Soup: Knelt Rote – Trespass *Die Hard*

Prepare to be pummeled… This is one of the most vicious albums I have heard this year! Knelt Rote has emerged over the past few years as something of an anomaly in the underground. While the band’s earliest work veered heavily into Grindcore, the band’s style has broadened considerably over the past several releases as the band has fleshed out the composition of its tracks and added more elements of Death and Black metal into its body of work… Listening to the band’s third full-length, “Trespass” it is clear that Knelt Rote executes these more nuanced strains of extreme metal with a rare sense of precision and focus. This album is textured and fluid in a way that few extreme metal albums are capable of producing these days… There is no stated limitation for the Die Hard version but I bet it wont last to long! Be careful when playing this record, your walls just might melt… \m/

Stream the full album HERE and then buy direct from NWN Productions HERE!

Recordflipper Recommendation: Buy & Hold
Full Disclosure: Full on sensory assault, coming this way! :)

- Jake -

 

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