Monday, November 16, 2009

Pour Le Merite - The Dead Baron

The Dead Baron
Pour le Mérite
LAZ003 - CD ($6)

"The Baron is not all that he appears. On the surface, his lo-fi drum and bass thrashings appear as senseless sonic soldiers reaking their merciless, discordant onslaught. Digging deeper, however, you start to see the class through the chaos. Take the title of the album, for example. If you've been reading up on your Prussian military history, you know that Pour le Mérite, which translates literally to "for the merit", was the highest honor an officer could receive circa World War I. A similarly titled order was also given for contributions on science and art. Notable recipients of this civil-class award included Charles Darwin, Johannes Brahms, and Albert Einstein. What does this all have to do with badass noise rock? Absolutely nothing, and that's why it's awesome. Professionally pressed and imprinted compact disc goodness with authentically scorched cover insert. A limited number of CDs also contain a foam glider."

OUT OF PRINT - Email if you're interested, I might still have a copy laying around!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

[Free Download] The Friends EP - Spreaders


many things i want to say to you but cant. when it was all over and we
left, we didn't think to come back. Its ok though because we all heard
that your vacation was great. You needed it. It really doesn't mean all
that much. but i think im dizzy. My stomach hurts, I think i want to go
to my room, the point is to stop eating so much. "

Monday, November 2, 2009

[Self-titled CD-R] - Asian Woman On The Telephone

Asian Woman On The Telephone
[Self-titled CD-R]
[self-released] - CD-R ($6, shipping included)

Earlier today, a box arrived on my doorstep. The corners were slightly battered, clearly from having been shipped from far away. The surface of the box was cool to the touch and stood in stark contrast to the sweltering heat outside. I tugged the package indoors and ripped open the top. A blast of frozen Russian wind blew my hair backwards as I stared at the quite sizable ice block within. Upon retrieving some tongs from the kitchen, I extracted the ice block and set it on the porch to thaw. An hour later I returned to find a stack of snazzy new noise rock CDs, now restored from their cryogenically frozen state.

Asian Woman On The Telephone's newest release is one of the most creatively packaged CDs I've ever seen. The silk-screened CD-Rs are contained in flat, triangular packages like this and fold out into pyramids that sit on your desk like this. There are four different versions, each with a different track listing. 100 copies exist in the world, but Lazy Roar only has 25 for distribution this side of the Pacific, so snatch it up before it's too late!

OUT OF PRINT - Email if you're interested, I might still have a copy laying around!