Wednesday, 16 February 2011

LOCAL ARTISTS

Here at Dragon Records, we like to support what's going on locally, which is why we have a dedicated local music section instore.


If you are in a band, or are a solo artist, and you'd like your music stocked instore (vinyl, CD or tape, we don't mind) pop into the store or send us an email and we're sure to be able to sort something out.


Artists that have their releases (some old, some new) stocked instore are (in no particular order):


Gacy's Threads
B.O.Y.
Patrick Kelleher
Girls Names
Jogging
War Iron
BATS
Gareth Brannigan
Lantern For A Gale
Paranoid
Henry Cluney
Seven Summits
Documenta
Signalsundertest
Adebisi Shank
The Redneck Manifesto
Solar Boat
Body Blow
Hexxed
Premonition
Tom McShane
Pocket Billiards
Geoff Gatt
Enemies
Comply Or Die
Take The Fifth
The Postbox Theory
The Blizzards
John Deery
Eugene Dunphy
Window Seats
Dry County
Elation
The Foamboy Deluxe Arkerstra
David Oliver
The Ben Reel Band
The Popgun Plot
Olympic Lifts
Emer O'Neill
The Lemonade Man
Not Squares
Cap Pas Cap
Logikparty
A Plastic Rose


New releases coming in soon from Murdock and Chocolate Love Factory as well.


So local artists, get your stuff in here and out there!

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

NEW ARRIVALS AND RESTOCKS

Hello again. Here's another bunch of stuff we've had delivered - some poppy punk, some psychedelic drones, some industrial noise, some indie pop, some synth pop and some funk. It'll all be in the shop from Wednesday 16 February, so here goes:





WOODEN SHJIPS - WOODEN SHJIPS / DOS / VOL. 1 / VOL. 2 (Holy Mountain / Sick Thirst)


Restocks of all their albums. You should probably already know WOODEN SHJIPS by now, but if you don't, this San Franciscan quartet plays minimal droning psychedelic garage rock, with more than a bit of a debt to Krautrock. Very fuzzy, lots of echo, hypnotic and primitive rhythms and delayed vocals. Really excellent stuff, you pretty much need it all. For fans of SUICIDE - SPACEMEN 3 - SPIRITUALIZED - THE VELVET UNDERGROUND - 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS - CAN - LOOP. WOODEN SHJIPS (first album) CD £13. DOS (second album) LP PLUS DOWNLOAD/CD £18/£13. VOL.1 (compilation of their first three singles) LP PLUS DOWNLOAD/CD £18/£13. VOL. 2 (other non-album stuff they've released up to 2009) LP/CD £18/£13.


MOON DUO - ESCAPE (Woodsist)

Restock of their album. A WOODEN SHJIPS offshoot, trancey and hypnotic. Not too far away from WOODEN SHJIPS' output, but this time down to a duo. For fans of SPACEMEN 3 - WOODEN SHJIPS - SUICIDE - SILVER APPLES - KRAUTROCK - NEU!. LP £18.






THERAPY - BABYTEETH / PLEASURE DEATH (Southern Records)

Released in 1991 and 1992 repectively, these two mini-albums show THERAPY?'s most raw and industrial side. An interesting listen, offering glimpses into why A&M signed them after PLEASURE DEATH. For fans of BIG BLACK - HELMET - THE JESUS LIZARD - MINISTRY - FUTURE OF THE LEFT - REVOLTING COCKS. LPs £11 each.

BLACK TAMBOURINE - BLACK TAMBOURINE (Slumberland Records)

One of the seminal American indie pop bands of the 80s, but very short-lived - they only played live four times but their legacy is strong. There are four 'new' songs on here, which are songs they played live back in the day but never recorded, so the band got back together to record them for this compilation, and there are also two songs from the band's original demos. For fans of INDIE POP - FEEDBACK - BEAT HAPPENING - THE PASTELS - THE PRIMITIVES - VELOCITY GIRL - THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN - THE WEDDING PRESENT - TALULAH GOSH - SARAH RECORDS - THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART. LP PLUS DOWNLOAD £18.

THE FRESH & ONLYS - PLAY IT STRANGE (In The Red)

More San Franciscans, giving us their second album. Less noisy than their debut, this one twangs and jangles like the best 80s alternative/indie pop/rock. For fans of REM - SATURDAY LOOKS GOOD TO ME - BUZZCOCKS. LP PLUS DOWNLOAD £18.




THE MONOCHROME SET - WHITE NOISE: EARLY RECORDINGS 1975-1977 (Captured Tracks)

This album covers the period before THE MONOCHROME SET's first single or album and these tracks have never been available on vinyl before. Excellent indie rock, heavily indebted to THE VELVET UNDERGROUND, it's a fascinating listen. For fans of THE MODERN LOVERS - THE VELVET UNDERGROUND - THE WEDDING PRESENT - PAVEMENT - XTC - WIRE - PULP - SWELL MAPS. LP £15.

WEEKEND - SPORTS (Slumberland Records)

Yet another band from San Francisco, this double LP marks the band's debut. Shoegazey, new wave pop noise, drenched in reverb. SLUMBERLAND is putting out a lot of good records at the minute, and this album by WEEKEND is one of them. For fans of MY BLOODY VALENTINE - ABE VIGODA - NO AGE - SONIC YOUTH - JOY DIVISION - SERENA-MANEESH. DOUBLE LP PLUS DOWNLOAD £20.


THE SOFT MOON - THE SOFT MOON (Captured Tracks)

CAPTURED TRACKS is releasing an awful lot of good stuff right now, including local favourites GIRLS NAMES. This is surely going to be a contender for album of the year, at least in my book. The project of just one man, LUIS VASQUEZ, it's 'coldwave/darkwave pop', whatever that is. But it doesn't matter what it gets pigeonholed as, it's just a great album. A bit Goth-y, a bit Kraurock-y, and just brilliant. He's from San Francisco by the way. Shocker. For fans of JOY DIVISION - BAUHAUS - KRAUTROCK - SUICIDE - SONIC YOUTH - SILK FLOWERS - BLANK DOGS. LP £19.

BLANK DOGS - LAND AND FIXED (Captured Tracks)

Another one-man project, this time from MIKE SNIPER, the founder and operator of CAPTURED TRACKS. This is new wave synth pop of the highest order. Nice moody electronica for fans of BRIAN ENO - SUICIDE - WAVVES - THE MOUNTAIN GOATS - THE SOFT MOON - CRYSTAL STILTS - FACTORY RECORDS. LP £19.


HOWLIN RAIN - THE GOOD LIFE (Birdman Records)

Led by COMETS ON FIRE mainman ETHAN MILLER, the band certainly has a nod towards 70s classic rock, quite far removed from the noise rock of COMETS ON FIRE. Excellently psychedelic artwork, as well as a cover of the JIMI HENDRIX track "BURNING OF THE MIDNIGHT LAMP" make for a fine EP. If you've heard the band's two previous albums (HOWLIN RAIN and MAGNIFICENT FIEND) you'll know that the band has elements of classic rock, country and gospel in its mix, and this EP has touches of all of those. Highly recommended. For fans of COMETS ON FIRE - BLUE CHEER - NEIL YOUNG - THE BLACK KEYS - DUNGEN - WOODEN SHJIPS - THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND. LP £16.

SUPER WILD HORSES - FIFTEEN (Hozac)

This female Australian duo gives us their superb debut, full of energetic punk pop using just guitars, drums and keyboards. Very garage-based, lots of great guitar hooks, loads of attitude, and full of great music. One of last year's finest albums. For fans of BIKINI KILL - THE RAMONES - THE VELVET UNDERGROUND - THE BREEDERS. LP £17.



DAUGHTERS OF THE SUN - GHOST WITH CHAINS (Not Not Fun)

Psychedlic mantras, ritualistic drums, ghostly vocals - what some could call 'typical' NOT NOT FUN (if there is such a thing). This is the band's third official album, limited to 490 copies worldwide. For fans of POCAHAUNTED - SUN ARAW - ANIMAL COLLECTIVE - NOT NOT FUN - LA VAMPIRES. LP £19.



VARIOUS ARTISTS - GOOD GOD! A GOSPEL FUNK HYMNAL / GOOD GOD! BORN AGAIN FUNK (The Numero Group)

Two double albums here from THE NUMERO GROUP's "GOOD GOD!" series of rare funk, soul and gospel. The label digs deep to find stuff you've probably never heard before, but once you've heard it, you're glad you did. A GOSPEL FUNK HYMNAL is, according to the label, "...a mix of primitive choirs, spacious breaks, congas, elderly rappers impersonating the devil, cast recordings, thumping bass, and JAMES BROWN impressionists, all with a heavy slathering of gospel gravy." On BORN AGAIN FUNK "the performers, as we’ve come to know them over the years, are boldly assured. So is their music." For fans of GOSPEL - SOUL - FUNK - BLUES - JAMES BROWN - MA RAINEY - TAMPA RED. DOUBLE LPs £23 each.

CARLTON MELTON - HANDLING SNAKES (Valley King Records)

This 7" comes with two stickers, wonderful artwork, silkscreened packaging, and each copy is signed and numbered by the artist, ALAN FORBES. The insert is silkscreened as well. All this makes for an expensive record though, but if you are into psychedelic trips, spaced out rock, hypnotic trance, then this will be for you. For fans of WOODEN SHJIPS - THE HEADS - SPACEMEN 3 - GNOD - WHITE HILLS - MOON DUO. 7" £7.

That's all for now. Expect another blog towards the end of the month/beginning of March. Thanks for reading!

Saturday, 12 February 2011

YAY! NEW STOCK!

Ah, a new blog, at last. It's been a while coming, but there is new 'new' stock in the shop, as in new (or at least recent-ish) releases - feast your eyes on this, then come into the shop for an ear feast.


We start off with indie pop alternative rock, or whatever you want to call it, followed by your electronica stuff, onto hardcore/punk and finishing off with metal.


Here goes:


DEERHOOF - VS. EVIL (ATP Recordings)


First up, on sale from Monday 14 February, and not before, is the new album by DEERHOOF, "VS. EVIL". This one's limited to 1000 copies, and comes on 180g pink vinyl with a coupon to download the entire album. It's weird and poppy, striking and catchy. There's still the psychedelic noise rock too, as well as the cuteness. For fans of BLONDE REDHEAD - MELT-BANANA - ERASE ERRATA - SONIC YOUTH - BECK - XIU XIU - DIRTY PROJECTORS - THE MAE SHI. LP PLUS DOWNLOAD £16.


Everything else on this blog is already for sale, so come in and have a look if something tickles your fancy.


THE YOUNG GODS - EVERYBODY KNOWS (Two Gentlemen)


180g double LP from the Swiss sonic terrorists. This one's a blend of acoustic, electric, electronic, vintage and avant garde. Hard rock, minimal ambience, new wave dance - it's a mixture of styles, and still cutting edge. For fans of SWANS - NINE INCH NAILS - LOOP - CURVE - DEPECHE MODE - FRONT 242. Double LP £20.


ANIMAL COLLECTIVE - HERE COMES THE INDIAN (Paw Tracks)


If psychedelic noise folk was a genre, then that's where this album would fit in. The LP includes a coupon to download the entire album. For fans of PANDA BEAR - AVEY TARE - MERCURY REV - FOUR TET - CARIBOU - THE BEACH BOYS. LP PLUS DOWNLOAD £18.


PANDA BEAR - PERSON PITCH (Paw Tracks)


On double vinyl, this brilliant album comes from PANDA BEAR of ANIMAL COLLECTIVE. The opener, "COMFY IN NAUTICA" is pretty much perfect. The album is both moody and playful. A highly memorable album, full of wonderful sonic textures. Highly recommended! For fans of ANIMAL COLLECTIVE - THE BEACH BOYS - PINK FLOYD - CAN - KRAFTWERK - PERFECT POP MUSIC. Double LP £18.


OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ - TYCHOZORENTE (Rodriguez Lopez)


This is a beautiful-looking gatefold LP, and strangely enough, doesn't feature any guitar - but don't let that put you off. The man is still full of ideas, and this time they come to life using sequencers, programming, xylophone, bass, mellotron and vocals. Moody, atmospheric and foreboding. For fans of THE MARS VOLTA - AT THE DRIVE-IN - EXPERIMENTAL/PROG ROCK. LP £19.



OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ - CIZAÑA DE LOS AMORES (Rodriguez Lopez)


I'm told that's "Weeds Of Love" for all the non-Spanish speakers out there. Noisy Latin fusion with vocals from LISA PAPIEAU of BIG SIR. Alternative pop/rock for fans of THE MARS VOLTA - AT THE DRIVE-IN - SANTANA - FRANK ZAPPA - ROBERT FRIPP. LP £19.



THE SOFT BOYS - A CAN OF BEES (Yep Roc)


On 180g vinyl, this LP comes with a coupon to download the entire album plus nine tracks of rare and unreleased music. This is the first time the album's been in print for 25 years. It's a fantastic mix of 60s prog, 70s punk and perfect pop, which makes it a guitar driven onslaught of edgy rock. For fans of ROBYN HITCHCOCK - CAPTAIN BEEFHEART - PINK FLOYD - NICK LOWE - THE BEATLES - REM - THE BYRDS. LP PLUS DOWNLOAD £17.


THE SOFT BOYS - UNDERWATER MOONLIGHT (Yep Roc)


On 180g vinyl, this LP comes with a coupon to download the entire album plus 30 tracks of rare and unreleased music. This one's a neo-psych masterpiece with rock solid hooks and melodies. Jangling melodic underground guitar pop. For fans of ROBYN HITCHCOCK - CAPTAIN BEEFHEART - PINK FLOYD - NICK LOWE - THE BEATLES - REM - THE BYRDS. LP PLUS DOWNLOAD £17.


DUNGEN - SKIT I ALLT (Subliminal Sounds)


I am told that that is Swedish for "fuck it all". Nice. Anyway, here is some dreamy psychedelia from this great Swedish band. This one's not so much of a Hendrix-fuelled assault as some of the band's previous output, it's perhaps less rock-orientated and more sophisticated - not a bad thing! For fans of LOVE - THE CREATION - PINK FLOYD - EXPERIMENTAL JAZZ/ROCK. LP £18.


THOMAS FEHLMANN - TITAN ONE / DFM (Kompakt)


Limited to 600 individually numbered copies, this 12" comes from a man who has been part of the German electronic scene since the 70s. Here, he reinterprets GUSTAV MAHLER'S SYMPHONY NO. 1 (also known as "TITAN") and on the flip there's "DU FEHLST MIR". Hypnotic loops and delays mix with the MONTREAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, all recorded live. For fans of THE ORB - KRAFTWERK - STEVE REICH - GERMAN ELECTRONICA - ROBERT FRIPP - THE FUTURE SOUND OF LONDON - KOMPAKT RECORDS. 12" £7.


CLUSTER - 71 (Bureau B)


On 180g vinyl, this is a key piece of the electronic avant garde. MOEBIUS and ROEDELIUS, along with CONNY PLANCK, created this masterwork of creepy space music. Noise, atmospherics and soundscapes makes for experimental electronic ambient Krautrock. For fans of SPECTRUM - JOHN CAGE - NEU! - PINK FLOYD - FAUST - POPUL VUH - ARP - HAROLD BUDD - TANGERINE DREAM. LP £17.


CHRIS CARTER - THE SPACES BETWEEN (Optimo Music)


Recorded between 1974 and 1978, this was CHRIS CARTER's debut album, and was originally released in 1980, while he was still a member of THROBBING GRISTLE. This is an important document in the history of electronic music. It was compiled by JD TWITCH, of OPTIMO, and he chose his favourite tracks from the original tape release to put onto this LP, the first time it's ever been on vinyl. For fans of THROBBING GRISTLE - LAIBACH - CURRENT 93 - EARLY ELECTRONICA - SYNTH MUSIC - PSYCHIC TV. LP £15.




JEFF PHELPS - MAGNETIC EYES (Tomlab)


Initially released privately in 1985, this was composed, arranged, performed, recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by JEFF PHELPS. This is electrosoul of the highest order. Anyone with an interest in off-the-wall electronica and soul should definitely pick this up. Totally recommended! For fans of ARIEL PINK - DâM-FunK - MINIMALISM - STONES THROW RECORDS - NITE JEWEL. LP £16.



DAG NASTY - DAG WITH SHAWN / CAN I SAY / WIG OUT AT DENKO'S (Dischord)


These three albums come from one of DC's most influential bands. DAG WITH SHAWN was recorded in 1985 with the original line up, and is, in my opinion, their finest album. CAN I SAY was recorded in 1986 with new vocalist DAVE SMALLEY, and that comes with six extra tracks that weren't on the original version, while WIG OUT AT DENKO'S was recorded in 1987, with another new vocalist, PETE CORTNER. This one comes with seven extra tracks that weren't on the original release. For fans of FUGAZI - MINOR THREAT - BLACK FLAG - NAKED RAYGUN - DC HC. CDs, £11 each.


NAILS - UNSILENT DEATH (Southern Lord)


Oh yes. This one blew me awy when I stuck it on. Hard grind crust speed fury punk intensity. Brutal. Incredibly recommended! For fans of DISCHARGE - NAPALM DEATH - DEATH - ENTOMBED - BRUTAL TRUTH - SOUTHERN LORD. CD £10.


THE SECRET - SOLVE ET COAGULA (Southern Lord)


Extremely brutal, nihilistic, blackened hardcore crust from Italy. A terrifying and unrelenting sonic assault. For fans of CULT OF LUNA - IN FLAMES - CONVERGE. CD £13.




NEUROSIS - THROUGH SILVER IN BLOOD (Southern Lord)


Ambient prog death metal, if you want to give it a name. For fans of PANTERA - BLACK SABBATH - CULT OF LUNA - ISIS - PELICAN - KYLESA. CD £13.


NEUROSIS - TIMES OF GRACE AND TRIBES OF NEUROT'S GRACE (Southern Lord)


This double CD is meant to be listened to simultaneously, so for those of you with more than one CD player, give it a go. Otherwise, for those of us with just the one, it's two albums of proggy death metal. An hypnotic semi-industrial dirge, in a good way. For fans of TOOL - EARTH - GOJIRA - NAPALM DEATH. Double CD £15.


TWILIGHT - MONUMENT TO TIME END (Southern Lord)


This black metal supergroup has contributions from members of NACHTMYSTIUM, KRIEG, LEVIATHAN, ISIS, OM, MINSK, THE ATLAS MOTH AND LICHENS. This band elevates metal to its blackened dimension. CD £14.


WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM - TWO HUNTERS (Southern Lord)


Menacing black metal, grim and unhinged. It starts off with something not dissimilar to EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY, MOGWAI or GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR and after that it's metallic all the way, with some lovely vocals and soundscapes. For fans of OPETH, DARKTHRONE, WEAKLING. CD £13.




That's your lot for now. Thanks for reading. Until next time...