This Just In: Noise Jars

Gonna switch it up this week and tell you about a noise box instead of a record. Well, it’s actually a noise JAR. “But glass breaks easily” you say. Yes, it can, but it also lets light through. “Why would it matter if you let light into a noise box (jar)?” you ask. Because this noise jar is freakin’ photosensitive! Yes – our buddy Sean Ashworth, who’s been building all sorts of circuit bent/noisy/squelchy/synthy things for years, just created a rad noise jar that squeals, clicks, bleeps, blips and pretty much sings in response to light (or lack thereof). With the included onboard speaker it can be used as a standalone piece, or you can plug it into pedals/amps/mixers/whatever via its 1/8″ output. They’re super fun and easy to use, and definitely not just for musicians/noise makers. With a beautiful color display and an array of sound responses, this thing is probably the coolest thing to ever grace the insides of a mason jar. Check out some demo videos and images below, and this week’s in-stock list below that. -MLE

Watch:
Noise Jar trio demo video
Noise Jar squeal demo video
Noise Jar drone duo demo video

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This Just In: I Sell The Dead

Did you know there’s a rad South Florida label releasing Film & TV soundtracks? Yup! Deep Focus Records landed on the scene this year, and this week sees their release of the I Sell The Dead OST composed by Jeff Grace. So, to celebrate the release and welcome Deep Focus to the community, we’re giving away an official 24×36 I Sell The Dead poster, created by Gary Pulin, and signed by director Glen McQuaid and actor/producer Larry Fessenden. Just hit up our Facebook or Instagram pages and comment with the title of your favorite film soundtrack for a chance to win! Be sure to check out this week’s in-stock list too – definitely one of our largest to date.

Jeff Grace – I Sell The Dead OST LP:
Watch: I Sell The Dead official trailer

“For the first time on vinyl, the soundtrack composed by Jeff Grace (House of The Devil, In a Valley of Violence). Limited edition of 500 copies on blood red and purple swirl vinyl. Housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve with exclusive liner notes from the one and only Angus Scrimm!” -Deep Focus

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This Just In: Gone By The Dawn

Shannon & The Clams’ Dreams In The Rat House was one of my favorite albums of 2013. It lived in my car for months, and I definitely got caught by other drivers multiple times while belting out the songs at stop lights. Their music is the perfect melding of 60’s-style jangle pop/rock and almost-R&B, with warm, lo-fi production, interesting percussion, and legit, “give it all you got” performance. Their new album, Gone By The Dawn, follows up Rat House and delivers those same traits that make Shannon & The Clams so great. And, as with Rat House, Gone By The Dawn gets better (and entices you to sing along more) with every listen. If you hear some loud, off-key weirdo singing funny lyrics at a stop light in the near future, you can bet it’s me jamming out with my clam out (sorry, I absolutely had to make that joke). Take a listen to a track below, and scoop up some titles from this week’s in-stock list! -MLE

Shannon & The Clams – Gone By The Dawn LP
Listen: “Corvette”
“Gone by the Dawn, the newest Shannon and the Clams album, is their best work to date. The music is complex, the lyrical content is emotionally raw and honest, and the production is the strangest it’s ever been. The album was written as one member was recovering from a serious breakup and another was deep in one. The lyrics reflect it, and the entire album is dripping with sadness, pain, and introspection. Gone by the Dawn was recorded at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco and produced by Sonny Smith.” -Hardly Art

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This Just In: Empire

Unwound is one of Team Sweat’s favorite bands, so we’ve been up on all of Numero Group’s box-set reissues over the past couple years. And at last, the fourth installment, Empire, is available. This one’s especially exciting because it caps off Unwound’s body of work with 1998’s Challenge For A Civilized Society and  Leaves Turn Inside You, their 2001 self-recorded/self-produced opus. Neither album has been available since their release on Kill Rock Stars years ago, so it’s extra exciting to have them back in print to share with everyone. This monster 4LP box is beautiful, comes with unreleased tracks, EXTENSIVE liner notes, and is a great value. Take a listen to a track below and check out this week’s in-stock list too – it’s bananas!

Unwound – Empire 4LP:
Listen: “Look A Ghost”
“The climactic entry in our four-set Unwound exploration, Empire compiles the final pair of albums by the Olympia, Washington, trio. On 1998’s Challenge For A Civilized Society, the band toyed with conventional verse/chorus form, stacking layers of noise and distraction on top of tightly constructed melodies. They’d abdicate entirely just three years later with 2001’s Leaves Turn Inside You, executing a 14-song masterclass in home recording that observed a crucial band in graceful transition from post-hardcore trio to experimental quintet. The mammoth double album was lost in the chaos of a post-9/11 media, baffling onlookers and exhilirating fans in successive breaths before it fell far out of print. At their reinvention and terminus, Unwound ultimately asked ‘Who Cares’? The Empire box-set teems with period singles, B-sides, unreleased studio tracks, and demos, alongside a 15,000-word essay exploring the terminal stages of the ’90s, indie rock, Unwound, and civilization as we know it. ” -Numero Group

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