1. March

    This Just In: DUBS

    posted by Emile

    Gonna take a short break from featuring records this week and focus on the things that enable you to enjoy records – your ears! You may have seen the posts on our Facebook and Instagram about DUBS, the acoustic filters we’re carrying at the shop, but I wanted to add info here too because it’s that important. I road tested DUBS throughout International Noise Conference 2015, and they were incredible. I’ve tried so many types of earplugs, cheap and expensive, and none have given me consistent results until now. Plus, they also fit well and have a low profile so they’re not easily knocked out or moved. For all the fancy details/words, info from the company is below. Please don’t go deaf because you love music too much – wear earplugs! Oh, and check out this week’s awesome in-stocks too…

    “DUBS Acoustic Filters are advanced tech earplugs that reduce volume without sacrificing the clarity of sound. Whether you’re in the city, at a concert, on a plane or at the game, the DUBS protect your ears to keep you going louder, longer.  Traditional ear plugs block all noise, muffling the sounds of the world around you. The DUBS are different. Developed by leading acoustic engineers and designers, the DUBS have been pre-tuned to target specific frequencies, so you hear the world the way it was meant to be heard.

    The DUBS use Dynamic Attenuation, an intricate mechanical process that filters sound. While traditional earplugs distort and muffle, our engineers developed a proprietary combination of high and low pass filters that allow the DUBS to reduce volume while preserving the proper balance and clarity of the audio you hear.

    The DUBS have been constructed with premium materials – including high strength plastics, stainless steel, polymer foams and silicones – to create a durable product that can be worn over and over, every day.  Unlike awkward foam earplugs, the DUBS unique form factor allow them to be worn comfortably and to sit flush against the ear. The DUBS are reusable, and come with a convenient, portable case to go with you everywhere.

    We chose this combination of filters to match the way the ear’s sensitivity to sound changes based upon the loudness of the signal. Our filters provide a response curve that approximates these changes, so when your favorite musician gets the sound set just right, your DUBS Acoustic Filters can turn the volume down while retaining the sonic experience.”


    Hear with your ears – new releases, reissues and restocks…
    Aaron Dilloway & Jason Lescalleet – Popeth LP
    Air – Moon Safari LP
    Alice Coltrane – A Monastic Trio LP
    Alt-J – An Awesome Wave LP
    Andy Stott – Faith In Strangers 2LP
    Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2 2LP
    Arcade Fire – The Suburbs 2LP
    Arctic Monkeys – AM LP
    Ariel Pink – pom pom 2LP
    Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Mature Themes LP
    Arthur Russell – Calling Out Of Context 2LP; Love Is Overtaking Me 2LP
    Ata Kak – Obaa Sima LP*
    Atlas Sound – Logos LP; Parallax LP
    Au.Ra – Jane’s Lament LP*
    Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul CD*
    Bauhaus – Mask LP; In The Flat Field LP
    Beirut – March Of The Zapotec & Realpeople Holland 2×12″; The Flying Cup Club LP
    Belle & Sebastian – Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance CD
    Black Lips – 200 Million Thousand LP
    Blind Willie Johnson – Praise God I’m Satisfied LP
    Boards Of Canada – Hi Scores 12″
    Bob Marley – African Herbsman LP; Lee Perry Masters LP
    Bon Iver – Beth/Rest 12″; For Emma, Forever Ago LP
    The Books – Music For A French Elevator & Other Oddities 2LP
    Bugs & Rats – S/T LP”
    Busta Rhymes – The Coming 2LP
    Can – Future Days LP
    Chet Faker – Built On Glass 2LP
    Clipse – Hell Hath No Fury LP
    Cure – Disintegration 2LP
    Daft Punk – Homework 2LP
    Dan Deacon – Gliss Riffer LP
    Danny Brown – Old LP
    David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant LP
    David Lynch – Big Dream 2LP+7″
    Death Grips – No Love Deep Web LP
    Deftones – Adrenaline LP; White Pony 2LP
    Del Tha Funkee Homosapien – I Wish My Brother George Was Here 2LP
    Devo – Hardcore Live! 2LP
    D.O.A. – Hardcore ’81 LP
    Deerhunter – Microcastle LP
    Disappears – Irreal LP
    Drexciya – Harnessed The Storm 2LP
    Eric Burdon & The Animals – Winds Of Change LP*
    Etta James – Tell Mama LP
    Ex-Cult – Midnight Passenger LP
    Factory Floor – S/T 2LP
    Fela Anikulapo Kuti – Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense LP
    Francis Bebey – African Electronic Music 2LP
    Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Pinata 2LP
    Fugazi – In On The Kill Taker LP; Instrument LP
    Funkadelic – Let’s Take It To The Stage LP; S/T LP; Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On LP
    Future Islands – Singles LP
    Furry Lewis – In His Prime LP
    Gang Of Four – What Happens Next LP
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Don’t Bend! Ascend! LP; Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven 2LP
    Grimes – Visions LP
    Guitar Wolf – Beast Vibrator LP
    Hauschka – The Prepared Piano LP
    Health – Health LP
    House Of Lightning – Lightworker LP
    Ibeyi – S/T LP
    Inflatable Boy Clams – S/T 2×7″
    Interpol – El Pintor LP; S/T LP
    James Brown – Super Bad LP
    James Carr – You Got My Mind Messed Up LP
    Jessica Pratt – On Your Own Love Again LP
    Jesus & Mary Chain – Barbed Wire Kisses LP
    John Coltrane – Dakar LP; Lush Life LP; Settin’ The Pace LP; Stardust LP; The Paris Concert LP
    Johnny Cash – American III: Solitary Man LP
    Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures LP
    Juan Maclean – In A Dream 2LP
    Julee Cruise – Floating Into The Night LP
    Justice – Cross 2LP
    Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid 2LP
    Kenny Dorham – Afro-Cuban LP
    Kenny Larkin – Azimuth EP 12”; Metaphor EP 12”
    King Crimson – Live At The Orpheum LP
    King Tubby – Dub From The Roots LP; Iyatha LP; Roots Of Dub LP
    King Khan & BBQ Show – What’s For Dinner? LP
    King Woman – Doubt LP
    Kurt Vile – Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze 2LP
    Kyuss – Welcome To Sky Valley (2014) LP
    Lee Fields – Faithful Man LP
    Lee Perry – Dub Treasures From The Black Ark LP
    Liaisons Dangereuses – S/T LP
    Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband LP
    Lotic – Heterocetera EP 12”*
    Lust For Youth – International LP
    MC5 – Kick Out The Jams Motherfucker LP
    Mike Shiflet & High Aura’d – Awake LP*
    Miles Davis – Collectors’ Items LP
    Moon Duo – Shadow Of The Sun LP+7”*
    Mumdance & Logos – Proto 2LP
    Naomi Punk – Television Man LP
    Negative Insight #2
    Nina Simone – At The Village Gate LP; Black Gold LP
    Nirvana – In Utero 2013 Mix 2LP
    No Age – Weirdo Rippers LP
    Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Chasing Yesterday CD*, LP*
    Novelist x Mumdance – 1 Sec EP 12”*
    Null – Almost LP*
    Octo Octa – More Times EP 12”*
    Of Montreal – Aureate Gloom CD*, LP*
    Palmbomen II - S/T 2LP*
    Pavement – Watery, Domestic EP 12”
    Pelican – The Cliff 12”*
    Peter Tosh – Legalize It LP
    Prodigy – Fat Of The Land 2LP; Music For The Jilted Generation 2LP
    Profligate – Finding the Floor CS
    Purity Ring – Another Eterninty CD, LP
    Pye Corner Audio – The Black Mist EP 12”*
    Q And Not U – No Kill No Beep Beep LP
    Ratatat – LP3 LP
    Ratking – So It Goes LP
    Rectal Hygenics – Ultimate Purity LP
    Red Sea – In The Salon CS
    Rocket Juice & The Moon – Manuela 10”
    Royksopp – The Inevitable End 2LP
    Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire LP
    Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour LP
    Samuel Hoffman/Les Baxter – First Electronic Chillout Music LP
    Scott Tuma – Modern Surf Classics 2LP
    Sigur Ros – Med Sud I Eyrum… 2LP; Von 2LP
    Silent Servant/Broken English – Violence & Divinity EP 12”*
    Six Organs Of Admittance – Hexadic LP
    Snoop Dogg – Doggystyle LP
    Songs: Ohia – Lioness LP
    Sonic Youth – A Thousand Leaves 2LP; Rather Ripped LP; Simon Werner A Disparu LP; Slaapkamers Met Slagroom LP
    Son House/J.D. Short – Delta Blues LP
    St. Vincent – S/T LP
    Stan Getz – Big Band Bossa Nova LP
    Stockholm Monsters - All At Once 2LP+7″
    Surgeon – S/T EP 12”
    Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake – Modern Surf Classics LP
    Swans – Burning World LP
    Syd Barrett – The Madcap Laughs LP
    Teenage Fanclub – Man Made LP; Shadows LP
    The Greg Foat Group – Live At The Playboy Club, London LP
    The Notwist – The Messier Objects 2LP
    Thee Oh Sees – Castlemania 2LP; Floating Coffin LP; Help LP; Putrifiers II LP; Sucks Blood LP
    Throbbing Gristle – 20 Jazz Funk Greats LP
    Tiger & Woods – Scoring Pt. 1 12”
    Torche – Restarter LP
    Transllution – The Opening Of The Cerebral Gate 3LP
    Ty Segall – Goodbye Bread LP; Mr. Face 2×7”; Singles 2 CD
    Ty Segall / Black Time – Split LP
    Various – Back From The Grave Vol. 2 LP
    Various – Barefoot In The Head Vol. 1 CD
    Various – Eccentric Soul: The Dynamic Label 2LP; Eccentric Soul: The Deep City Label 2LP; Eccentric Soul: The Outskirts Of Deep City 2LP, CD
    Various – Attack Dub LP
    Various – Cosmic Machine 2LP+CD
    Various – Diablos Del Ritmo Vol. 1 2LP
    Various – Drop On Down In Florida 2CD+Book
    Various – Electronic Toys 2 LP
    Various – Music From Saharan Cellphones LP
    Various – Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga! 2LP
    Various – Rocksteady Hits The Town LP
    Various – Sound System Rockers: Kingston Town 69-75 LP
    Various – Ultra High Frequencies: The Chicago Party 2LP+DVD*
    Vexx - S/T LP
    Violent Femmes - S/T LP
    The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream CD
    Warehouse – Tesseract CS*
    Wastelands – S/T CS
    Weedeater – Jason… The Dragon LP*
    Whirr – Distressor LP; Sway LP
    Windhand – S/T LP
    Witch – Introduction LP; Lazy Bones LP
    Wrong – Stop Giving CS
    Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) LP
    xx – Coexist LP
    Yo La Tengo – Painful LP

    *Indicates new release or new reissue


  3. February

    Apply for the Red Bull Music Academy 2015 in Paris

    posted by Jsin

    Recently I was honored to be selected as a Red Bull Music Academy ambassador to Miami (aka Mr X) alongside the esteemed Diego Martinelli of SAFE and The Electric Pickle (Happy 6th Anniversary!). Our job is to get talented people such as yourself to apply for RBMA Paris. Last year we had our first 305 representative, Mickey De Grand (Cosmic Chronic/Psychic Mirrors), chosen for RBMA Tokyo, and we want to keep the momentum going this year!

    Two groups of 30 selected participants – producers, vocalists, DJs, instrumentalists and all-round musical mavericks from around the world – come together in a new city each year for two weeks worth of recording sessions, lectures by musical luminaries, collaborations and performances in the city’s best clubs and music halls. If you can imagine a place that’s equal parts science lab, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and Kraftwerk’s home studio, you’re halfway there.

    Go here to print out your application. Once you’ve filled that out, place it in a manila envelope with all the required materials and drop it off at Sweat Records. The drop-off deadline is 10pm on Tuesday, March 3rd, so get to it!

    P.S. For great watching and listening check out past lectures, and RBMA Radio streaming live from San Francisco!



  5. February

    Sweat Friends + Fam In the News

    posted by Lolo

    Happy to report that lots of good things are happening in the Sweat universe. Read on…

    The UM Law blog has a great article on Sweat’s ass-kicking co-founder Sara Yousuf! She was studying for the bar exam when Sweat opened and now she’s an award-winning public defender who trains other young lawyers to fight for social justice. GO GIRL.

    Assistant manager Ale’s band WASTELANDS are featured in the Broward New Times’ music blog County Grind!

    “One of the most exciting new bands to pop up recently is Wastelands, a trio of Miami lifers that rips a unique brand of psych-infused rock with a punk attitude that defies definition — like many of our area’s other musical marsupials. Sure, they’re a rock ‘n’ roll band — just like a marsupial is a mammal — but what the fuck are they really? They’re all some strange thing unto themselves. And whatever it is, it’s awesome.”


    Last but not least here’s a great feature on the Miami Girls Rock Camp that Sweat managing partner Emile is launching this summer with local musician Steph Taylor. They just won an Awesome Foundation grant and the big benefit show is next Friday at Churchill’s so don’t miss it!


  7. February

    This Just In: EarthEE

    posted by Emile

    R&B and hip-hop don’t immediately come to mind when you think of Sub Pop, but when Sub Pop put their mark on the styles, they don’t disappoint. THEESatisfaction has been a Sweat favorite since their debut album, AwE NaturalE, so of course we were excited when the promo for EarthEE arrived – and we’ve been playing it a ton. The best part is that people have noticed and keep asking what it is. If you haven’t been one of those people, you can take a listen to the lead single, “Recognition,” below and delve into refreshing, conscious hip-hop that doesn’t depend on shock or swagger to bolster copycat beats. This is (we hope) a blueprint for hip-hop’s future.

    THEESatisfaction – EarthEE LP, CD:
    Watch/Listen – “Recognition”
    “On their sophomore release for Sub Pop Records, THEESatisfaction double down on their aesthetic and vision and do what record executives dread: make a focused album that eschews any trends, making Sub Pop the perfect home for their project. Expanding on the sound palette of their fantastic debut AwE NaturalE, the Seattle-Brooklyn duo goes into even more spaced-out territory, crafting 13 smooth and complex tracks that all blend together seamlessly. EarthEE includes a cast of recurring characters, such as Shabazz Palaces’ Ishmael Butler and longtime collaborator Erik Blood, with the addition of some new voices, including Meshell Ndegeocello — whose contributions couldn’t be more pitch-perfect — and Sub Pop newcomer Porter Ray on the standout title track.

    EarthEE is also a much sexier iteration of THEESatisfaction, both in lyrical content and delivery, such as on ‘Nature’s Candy,’ which blends tingling synths with lyrics about wanting to… well, you can guess judging by the title. The deceptively simple ‘Post Black, Anyway’ is an instant highlight, with ominous saxophone, sparse production and alliterative poetry jam delivery. While first single ‘Recognition’ subtly clashes with the rest of the album, it remains one of their most arresting and odd releases to date, its start-stop motion intercut with spoken word refrain and underlying woozy keys.” -Exclaim!


    nEEw rEElEEases, rEEstocks and rEEissues:
    7 Seconds – The Crew LP
    Accused – The Return Of Martha Splatterhead LP
    Adolescents – S/T LP; La Vendetta… LP
    Airborne Toxic Event – Dope Machines LP
    Aphex Twin – Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2 EP CD, Syro 2LP, CD
    Arcade Fire – Funeral LP; Reflektor 2LP
    Arthur – Dreams & Images LP
    Barrington Levy – Prison Oval Rock LP
    Beach Boys – Surf’s Up LP
    Beach House – Bloom 2LP; Teen Dream 2LP
    Beastie Boys – Hello Nasty 2LP
    Billie Holiday – The Essential Rare Collection LP
    Black Cobra – Invernal LP
    Black Flag – Damaged LP; First Four Years LP; My War LP; Six Pack 12”; Who’s Got The 10 1/2? LP
    Black Marble – Different Arrangement LP
    Boards Of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest 2LP
    Bobby Whitlock – Raw Velvet LP
    Bonobo – Black Sands 2LP; Black Sands Remixed 3LP
    Broken Water – Tempest LP
    Brotherhood – Til Death... LP
    Christian Death – Only Theater Of Pain LP
    Circle Jerks – Group Sex LP
    Clark – S/T 2LP
    Cock Sparrer – Shock Troops LP
    Colleen Green – I Want To Grow Up LP
    Converge – Petitioning Forever 2LP
    Daft Punk – Alive 2007 2LP; Discovery 2LP
    Dan Deacon – Gliss Riffer LP, CD*
    Dengue Fever – The Deepest Lake LP*
    Digable Planets – Blowout Comb 2LP
    Dinosaur Jr. – Bug Live At The 9:30 Club June 2011 LP
    Don Cherry – Complete Communion LP*
    Donnie & Joe Emerson – Still Dreamin’ Wild LP
    D.R.I. – Dirty Rotten LP
    Dropdead/Brainoil – Split 7”
    Drug Church – Swell EP 12”
    Dutch Uncles – O Shudder LP*
    Eagles Of Death Metal – Heart On LP
    Erykah Badu – Baduizm LP
    Ex Hex – Rips LP
    Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear 2LP
    Flaming Lips – Yoshimi LP
    Fleetwood Mac – Bare Trees LP*; Future Games LP*; Kiln House LP*; Rumours LP
    Flume – S/T
    Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes 2LP;  You’re Dead CD
    Free Weed – Introducing LP*
    Future Brown - S/T LP*
    G.B.H. – Leather, Bristles Studs & Acne LP; City Baby’s Revenge LP
    GG Allin – Freaks, Faggots, Drunks & Junkies LP
    Goblin – Buio Omega OST LP; Zombi OST LP
    Grand Magus – Wolf’s Retrun LP*
    Guster – Evermotion LP*
    Halshug – Blodets Band LP*
    Harvey Milk – Singles 2LP
    Husker Du – Zen Arcade 2LP
    Ice Cube – Death Certificate LP*
    Incantation – Onward To Golgotha LP*
    Iron & Wine – Archive Series Vol. 1 2LP*
    Iron Maiden – The Number Of The Beast LP
    Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg – Je T’aime Moi Non Plus LP
    Jeff Buckley – Grace LP
    John T. Gast – Excerpts LP*
    Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures LP
    Laika – Silver Apples Of The Moon LP
    Lana Del Rey – Born To Die LP
    Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV LP; Physical Graffiti 2LP; Physical Graffiti Deluxe 3LP
    Leftover Crack – Fuck World Trade 2LP
    LoneLady – Bunkerpop 12″*
    Lou Donaldson – Lush Life LP
    M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming 2LP
    Mahmoud Ahmed – Ere Mela Mela LP
    Makaveli – The Don Illuminati 2LP
    Marcos Valle – Previsao Do Tempo LP
    Melaza – S/T LP
    Metz – S/T LP
    Michael Chapman – Window LP
    Misfits – S/T LP; Walk Among Us LP
    Mixed Feelings – Remnants LP
    Moreno Veloso – Coisa Boa LP
    Napalm Death – Apex Predator-Easy Meat LP
    Nas – Illmatic LP
    Nothing / Whirr – Split 12″ + DVD
    Nozinja/Tessela – Wa Chacha 12″*
    ODESZA – In Return 2LP
    Offspring – Smash LP
    Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven LP
    Orbweaver – Strange Transmissions From The Neuralnomicon LP
    Orlando Julius & His Modern Aces – Super Afro Soul 2LP
    Outkast – Aquemini 3LP
    Philip Glass – Candyman OST LP
    Portishead – Dummy LP; Third LP
    Posse – Soft Opening LP
    Post Industrial Noise – The Official Anthology LP
    Pretty Lights – A Color Map Of The Sun 2LP
    Pulp – Different Class LP
    Quicksand – S/T 7”
    Refused – Songs To Fan The Flames Of Discontent LP
    Rocky Erikson – Don’t Slander Me 2LP
    Rodriguez – Cold Fact LP; Coming From Reality LP
    Rolling Stones – ‘Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out LP; Let It Bleed LP; Through The Past Darkly LP
    Romare – Projections 2LP*
    Rush – Caress Of Steel LP*
    Saun & Starr – Look Closer 7″*
    Screaming Females – Rose Mountain LP*
    Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks LP
    Shai Hulud – That Within Blood Ill Tempered LP
    Slaughter & The Dogs – Do It Dog Style LP
    Slayer – Hell Awaits LP; World Painted Blood LP
    Sonny Rollins – Saxophone Colossus LP; The Bridge LP
    Spiritualized – Songs In A&E 2LP
    Supreme Jubilees – It’ll All Be Over LP
    Talking Heads – Remain In Light LP
    The Black Angels – Passover 2LP
    The Brothers & Sisters – Dylan’s Gospel LP
    The Clash – Combat Rock LP
    The Pop Group – Citizen Zombie LP*
    The Smiths – Hatful Of Hollow LP; Strangeways, Here We Come LP
    The Unicorns – Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone? LP
    Thelonious Monk – Genius Of Modern Music Vol. 2 LP
    Thin Lizzy – Shades Of A Blue Orphanage LP; Vagabonds Of The Western World LP
    Tinariwen – Emmaar 2LP
    Title Fight – Hyperview LP
    Tlahoun Gessesse – Ethiopian Urban Modern Music Vol. 4 LP
    Todd Terje – It’s Album Time 2LP
    Tom Waits – Alice LP
    Tool – Undertow 2LP
    Torch Runner – Endless Nothing LP
    Torche – Restarter LP, CD
    Toro Y Moi – Anything In Return 2LP; Causers Of This LP
    Various – Afro Peruvian Classics: The Soul Of Black Peru LP
    Various – Bossa Jazz Vol. 1 2LP
    Various – Brazil Classics 1: Beleza Tropical LP
    Various – Guardians Of The Galaxy Deluxe 2LP
    Various – Haiti Direct 2CD
    Various – Miami Vice OST LP
    Various – Studio One Rockers LP
    Various – Studio One Rocksteady 2LP
    Various – Studio One Ska Fever 2LP
    Various – Studio One Soul 2LP
    Various – Wheedle’s Groove 2LP
    Various – Wheedle’s Groove Vol. 2 2LP
    Veruca Salt – American Thighs LP
    Varukers – Bloodsuckers LP
    Violent Femmes – S/T LP
    Visitors – S/T LP
    War On Women – S/T LP
    Warhorse – As Heaven Turns To Ash LP*
    Wendy Rene – After Laughter Comes Tears 2LP
    Wu-Tang Clan – Iron Flag 2LP; Legend Of The Wu Tang (Greatest Hits) LP
    Xiblaba – Tierra Y Libertad LP*
    Youth Of Today – Can’t Close My Eyes LP*

    *Indicates new release or new reissue


  9. February

    Destroyer Knights Vol. 1: Slow Southern Steel

    posted by Emile

    On February 25th we’ll be hosting Destroyer Knights Vol. 1, as one of three venues in 3 different cities at the same time, on the same day!

    Enjoy a night and support local businesses and your local scene!
    Check out the trailer here.

    Miami: at Sweat Records 7 p.m. FREE

    St. Petersburg: at The Local 662 7 p.m. FREE

    Orlando: at lil indies 8 p.m. FREE

    Slow Southern Steel is a film about heavy music in the modern American South, as told by the very people who have created this music during the last two decades. Shot in back alleys, parking lots, and the seedy green rooms of the dirtiest clubs that the Bible Belt failed to snuff out, these diehard musicians discuss their love of music and the south, as well as the difficulties, contradictions, and insanity that haunt every southern artist.

    There are no illusions here, no apologies, no distractions – only the straight truth as told by those who would know the difference. Narrated by the notorious Dixie Dave Collins (Weedeater, buzzov-en, Bongzilla), Slow Southern Steel is an authentic and honest and thorough look at one of the most remarkable music communities ever spawned on the continent.



  11. February

    This Just In: Last Things Last

    posted by Emile

    This week I’m excited to share a story that spans 8 years, 7 countries, 5 releases, 2 record labels and 1 marionette. But it’s actually kind of a long story, so I’ll cut to the chase… The final record by UK band Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love (aptly named Last) is out now, and it has a history rooted in Sweat. See, I’ve been putting out Low Low’s releases since 2007 through my label, Other Electricities. “Wow – that’s a long time and I’ve never heard of them!” you say. Yeah, you and most of the world. But I fell in love with their sound the moment I first heard them on Myspace in ’06 (haha), and wanted to to get their music out there.

    A few summers back, Sweat had an intern from the UK, Jamie, who also happened to have a tiny label, Audio Antihero, that released a bunch of other stuff no one’s ever heard of. For some reason I showed him Low Low’s music and he actually liked it. We kept in touch through the years and when Low Low sent me the final mixes of what would be their final album, I approached Jamie about co-releasing it with me. “Let’s go broke together!” I said. Turns out Jamie is way better at promotion than he lead on, and for the first time, tons of people are actually listening to Low Low’s music. Too bad they’re not even a band anymore. For a non-band though, they really did all they could to go out with a bang, including creating an amazing music video starring a busking marionette. Anyway, if you’re into The Microphones, Sparklehorse or other assorted dirstorto-lo-fi sad bastard stuff, you might like Low Low. Check out the “Burrow” video and more info about the album below, and don’t forget the weekly in-stock list below that!

    Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love – Last LP:
    Watch/listen: “Burrow”
    Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love have been making music from just outside the Peak District since 2004. They’ve released three albums and, most recently, 2011’s Ghost E.P. on Miami’s Other Electricities. What started as two vocal harmonies and an acoustic guitar swelled to six band members around the time of 2009’s Feels, Feathers, Bog & Bees, then imploded back in on itself, leaving brothers Kelly and Ellis Dyson to see out most of these final recordings by themselves.

    Last is Low Low’s fourth and final album. When the recording sessions finished, Kelly moved to London and then onto Europe. Since the day they turned the studio lights off on their way out, the tape machines, mixing desk, amplifiers and instruments have sat gathering dust. Recording was followed by a long stretch of mixing and mastering the album over and over between day jobs. Fast forward to today, and Kelly (vocals, guitars, etc.) and Ellis (drums, guitars, studio engineering, etc.) are in the strange position of releasing an album that is now just a memory.

    On Last, Kelly and Ellis purposefully set out to redress what they felt was an imbalance in the channeling of their influences. Whatever lack of confidence had forced them to tend towards recording clarity over low-fi on all of Low Low’s previous albums, this time there was no doubt from the offset – Last would be resolutely low-fi. Whereas most of the songs here were recorded on 1/2 inch tape, a suite of tracks including “Guard,” “Bedroom Window” and “A World In Ruin” were put down on C90 cassette with the optional Dolby noise reduction firmly set to OFF, bestowing these tracks with a fuzzy character, excessive tape hiss and over-compression. The brothers really began to experiment with not just what they recorded, but also how they recorded. Having built and (attempted to) soundproof a small home studio, gone were the constraints of bedroom recording.

    Musically, Last is less eclectic than Low Low’s previous couple of albums, but with purpose. The constricting of the band down to two members, the fixed studio and recording on tape all helped to create a cohesive thread. Low Low don’t veer far from their habits: acoustic and electric guitars, drum kit, the occasional banjo or piano. But here, on Last, the studio is an instrument itself. On “Dandelions,” a gentle folk song is buried under the white noise and tape hiss that swallowed the closing of the previous song. On “What You Wanted Most,” a shimmering Glockenspiel riff is played through a distorted amplifier. In “Bedroom Window,” the cassette tape is overloaded with drums before a swirling crescendo of amp noise engulfs everything and just as quickly dissipates. The collection is raw and sonically ragged but nothing is lost to the cacophony.

    The themes on Last reflect the happenings in Kelly’s life during recording and the finality of the sessions. The songs take us through the end of a relationship, new love, goodbyes, migration and movement. Layered on top of these themes is the realisation, during writing, that these were to be Low Low’s final songs – as on the track “A World in Ruin,” on which Kelly refers to artwork for Low Low’s second album, Ends of June“Words hanging on telegraph wires, and a long list of failures.” – a bittersweet farewell, looking back on the good and the bad that life in a band brings.  It’s the album’s title track and closer though which offers “one last crash of all the cymbals”  bringing both the album and the band their conclusion:

    “I’ve got nothing left to say without sending myself off to sleep,
    And it doesn’t really feel all as bad as I thought it would…”


    Sounds that last… new releases, reissues and restocks
    A Place To Bury Strangers – Transfixiation LP*, CD*
    A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders LP; People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths Of Rhythm 2LP
    Alan Watts – This Is It LP*
    Amen Dunes – Love LP
    Apollo Brown – Thirty Eight LP + 7″
    Arca – Xen LP
    Aretha Franklin – Aretha LP
    Ariel Pink – pom pom CD
    Atmosphere – Overcast 12″; When Life Gives You Lemons LP
    Atoms For Peace – AMOK 2LP
    Belle & Sebastian – Dear Catastrophe Waitress 2LP; The BBC Sessions 2LP; The Life Pursuit 2LP; Write About Love LP
    Benjamin Booker – S/T LP
    Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man – Out Of Season LP
    Billie Holiday – All Or Nothing At All LP; Lady In Satin LP
    Black Milk & Danny Brown – Black & Brown LP
    Bob Dylan – Shadows In The Night CD
    Bon Iver – Blood Bank 12″; For Emma, Forever Ago LP; S/T LP
    Bunny Lion – Red LP
    Can – Monster Movie LP; Soundtracks LP
    Cat Power – Moon Pix LP; Sun 2LP; The Covers Record LP
    Cocteau Twins – Blue Bell Knoll LP; Heaven Or Las Vegas LP; Stars And Topsoil 2LP
    Cold Cave – Love Comes Close LP
    Com Truise – Galactic Melt 2LP; In Decay 3LP; Wave 1 12″
    D’Angelo – Black Messiah CD
    Darkside – Psychic 2LP
    David Bowie – Space Oddity LP
    David Lynch – Big Dream 2LP+7″
    Deltron 3030 – Deltron 3030 2LP
    Depeche Mode – Ultra LP
    Dinosaur Jr. – Dinosaur LP
    Discovery – Discovery LP
    Dr. Dre – The Chronic 2LP
    Ed Sheeran – X 2LP
    Entombed – Uprising 2LP*
    Eric Chenaux – Skullsplitter LP*
    Ex Hex – Rips LP
    Explosions In The Sky – The Earth Is Not… LP
    Flaming Lips – Soft Bulletin 2LP; Yoshimi LP
    Foxygen – Take The Kids Off Broadway LP
    The Gaslamp Killer – Breakthrough 2×10″*
    Germs – (GI) LP
    Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here LP
    Gotan Project – La Revancha Del Tango 2LP
    Grooms – Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair LP*
    Hailu Mergia & The Walias – Tche Belew LP
    Ibeyi – S/T LP*, CD*
    Imagine Dragons – Smoke & Mirrors 2LP, CD
    Interpol – Antics LP; El Pintor CD
    J Dilla – Donuts 2LP
    Jaco Pastorius – S/T LP
    Jeff Buckley – Grace LP
    Joao Gilberto – The Warm World Of Joao Gilberto LP
    John Coltrane – Coltrane Plays The Blues LP; Giant Steps LP
    Johnny Cash – Live From Austin TX LP; Ride This Train LP; The Fabulous Johnny Cash LP
    Jose Gonzalez – Vestiges & Claws LP*, CD*
    King Krule – 6 Feet Beneath The Moon 2LP
    Klaus Layer – Restless Adventures LP
    The Knife – Silent Shout 2LP
    Kool Keith – Acura 7″*; Demolition Crash CS*
    Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo LP; Wakin On A Pretty Daze 2LP
    Lapsley – Understudy EP 12″*
    LCD Soundsystem – London Sessions 2LP
    Lee Perry & The Upsetters – Return Of The Super Ape LP
    Little Richard – S/T LP
    Mac Demarco – Rock & Roll Night Club EP 12″
    Madvillian – Madvillainy 2LP
    Make-Up – Sound Verite LP
    Manu Chao – Clandestino 2LP+CD; Proxima Estacion Esperanza 2LP+CD
    Marcus Marr – Brown Sauce 12″
    MF Doom – Mm… Food 2LP; Special Herbs Vol. 9 & 10 2LP+7″*
    Michael Jackson – Off The Wall LP
    Miles Davis – Bitches Brew Live 2LP; Plays For Lovers LP; Plays Jazz Classics LP
    Mndsgn – Yawn Zen LP
    Monophonics – Promises 7″*
    Morrissey – Vauxhall And I LP
    Mourn – S/T LP
    The National – Trouble Will Find Me 2LP
    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Let Love In LP; Tender Prey LP
    Nina Simone – At The Village Gate LP
    Ninos Du Brasil – Aromobates NDB 12″
    One Sixth – Cosmetic Love 7″*
    Otis Redding – Otis Blue LP
    Outkast – Aquemini 3LP; Stankonia 2LP
    Pavement – Crooked Rain Crooked Rain LP; Slanted & Enchanted LP
    Perfume Genius – Too Bright LP
    Peter King – African Dialects LP
    Pharmakon – Beastial Burden LP
    Phoenix – Alphabetical LP; It’s Never Been Like That LP; United LP
    Phosphorescent – Live At The Music Hall 3LP
    Pixies – Bossanova LP; Come On Pilgrim LP
    Pops Staples – Don’t Lose This LP*
    Powell – Sylvester Stallone EP 12″
    Pulp – Different Class LP
    Quincy Jones – Big Band Bossa Nova LP
    Ratatat – Classics LP; LP3 LP; S/T LP
    Ray Charles – Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music LP; What’d I Say LP
    S. Carey – Supermoon EP 12″*
    Sade – Diamond Life LP;  Love Deluxe LP; Lovers Rock LP
    SBTRKT – SBTRKT LP; Wonder Where We Land LP
    Sharon Van Etten – Are We There LP
    Sigur Ros – Agaetis Byrjun LP+CD; Valtari 2LP
    Silver Mt. Zion – This Is Our Punk Rock 2LP
    Slum Village – Fantastic Vol. 1 2LP+7″*; Fantastic Vol. 2 2LP+7″*
    Smiths – Hatful Of Hollow LP; Meat Is Murder LP
    Sufjan Stevens – Enjoy Your Rabbit 2LP
    Sun Ra – Cosmos LP; Jazz In Silhouette LP
    Tame Impala – Live Versions LP
    The Zombies – Odyssey & Oracle LP
    Tim Buckley – Starsailor LP
    Tricky – Maxinquaye LP
    Various – Eccentric Soul: Capsoul Label 2LP; Eccentric Soul: The Deep City Label CD; Eccentric Soul: The Outskirts Of Deep City CD
    Various – Minimal Wave Tapes Vol. 1 2LP; Minimal Wave Tapes Vol. 2 2LP
    Various – One-Derful! Collection: Mar-V-Lus Records 2LP*
    Various – Young Turks 2014 LP*
    Viet Cong – S/T LP
    Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes LP
    The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream 2LP
    Wild Nothing – Nocturne LP
    xx – Coexist LP; xx LP
    Zola Jesus – Conatus LP


  13. February

    Florida Grammy Showcase + Slideluck Miami Now Accepting Entries

    posted by Lolo

    Bands and musicians! Photographers, videographers, and visual artists! Two super rad events are coming up that you can be a part of. Here’s the rundown…

    What: Florida Grammy Showcase
    When: Friday, April 17th in Orlando
    Submit: via SonicBids, info on the image below
    Submission Deadline: Friday, February 27th
    Who Decides: Recording Academy Florida Chapter board members


    What: Slideluck Miami II
    When: Friday, March 20th at the Bass Museum
    Submit: Info and guidelines here
    Submission Deadline: Saturday, February 28th
    Who Decides: José Carlos Diaz, the Curator of Exhibitions at the Bass Museum

    Slideluck Miami #1 happened at Gramps in 2013 and is coming back to Miami Beach this March! They’ve partnered with the Bass Museum of Art to bring you an incredible night filled with food, art, and fun. The slideshow will consist of 20-25 artists, with each piece is set to music or an audio recording that the artist has selected. Past Slideluck contributors include: Chuck Close, Shepard Fairey, Elliott Erwitt, Inez and Vinoodh, Spencer Tunick, Edward Burtynsky, Alex Prager, Gregory Crewdson, Lauren Greenfield, Nadav Kander and many others.


    You’ve got a couple weeks so get your entries in and spread the word. Good luck!


  15. February

    Valentine’s Day at Sweat With XYZA’s Telescope Thieves, Advocate & Tyord

    posted by Jsin

    The abundantly talented XYZA Collective returns to Sweat tomorrow night with 3 of their artists playing their each playing their 3-track EPs! Stop by this free show at 8pm to hear “Let.This.Be” by Telescope Thieves, “Balance” by Advocate, and “Winters Wither With Her” by Tyord.

    Here’s the scoop from XYZA themselves:

    “Every year on February 14th, millions of people around the world suffer heart ache and soul crushing pain from the affects of being left alone while the rest of us gather in groups of 2, and sometimes more, to celebrate the gift of love.

    If you are one of the forgotten, just know that we at XYZA understand your pain and want to relieve you of it.

    On February 14th, XYZA artists Telescope Thieves, Advocate & Tyord will come together for a show that will bring lonely hearts and held hands alike into one room for a night filled with loss, sorrow and loneliness. But let us not forget to cherish love and the people who share it.

    A true celebration of hearts and emotions!”



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