This Just In: EX EYE

Stoked on this new record from instru-metal supergroup EX EYE! This is a must-listen for fans of post-rock, drone, doom metal, black metal, and even the outskirts of post-punk (think This Heat). Its members include some of the best contemporary experimental/improvisational musicians, and it shows by how solid these tracks are for LIVE takes. I’ve always wished for Colin Stetson to go a little heavier, and my wish came true – metal saxophone is officially a thing. Check out the full album stream below and this week’s eclectic in-stock list (although there’s only one album on it with freakin’ METAL SAXOPHONE \m/). -MLE

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EX EYE makes music of power, control, motion and intention; music composed with precise, clockwork intricacy and ecstatic abandon. It is hard, heavy music – aggressive, cathartic, and thrilling. The instruments fluidly exchange roles; melody, harmony, riff, engine, anchor, fuel.

Gathered at renowned, experimental saxophonist Colin Stetson’s behest in 2016, EX EYE consist of Stetson along with Greg Fox (Liturgy) on drums, Shahzad Ismaily (Secret Chiefs 3, Ceramic Dog) on synths and Toby Summerfield on guitar. Upon their formation, the group appeared at a series of prestigious festivals including Roskilde Festival (Denmark), Red Bull Music Academy (Montreal), CTM Festival (Germany), and Eaux Claires Fest (US).

Recorded live at EX EYE member Shahzad Ismaily’s Figure 8 Studios in Brooklyn, NY (Blonde Redhead, Damien Rice, Okkervil River, Son Lux, Pussy Riot), the debut showcases a band that is without question the sum of its parts, as each player contributes not only their own particular technical prowess and expertise but also their signature compositional character. EX EYE make incredibly complex yet beautifully dramatic and emotive music which eclipses usual expectation of style or genre and takes the listener on a cathartic, thrilling journey to total transcendence.” -Relapse

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This Just In: Morbid Opera

Morbid Opera – Collection LP
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Ultra essential compilation of 80’s South Florida weirdness! Pre-grunge grunge, pre-riot grrrl riot grrrl, not-quite-hardcore, post-post-punk, AND right from our backyard. Underrated and unknown, with credits to Rat Bastard and old-ass flyers from Churchill’s and Flynn’s in the liner notes – this is the definitive compilation of one of the most unique acts South Florida ever spawned. Come pick up this piece of local music history today! Mega mega in-stock list this week too, and more used vinyl hitting the shelves by the hour. -MLE

“Finally, after years of work, the Morbid Opera discography LP!! Painstakingly compiled by Jeff Hodapp (ex-Roach Motel & spouse of Morbid Opera vocalist) and Vinyl Rites, here is all the vital recordings of this underrated and under the radar band. From punk to bizarre psychedelic, pre-grunge freakouts, the band always did whatever the fuck they wanted. 500 copies on heavyweight vinyl, thick covers, large color booklet with unseen photos, fliers, interviews, liner notes, lyrics, and more!!” -Vinyl Rites

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This Just In: Sons Of Soul

Tony! Toni! Toné – Sons Of Soul 2LP
Listen: “If I Had No Loot”
Essential reissue of a landmark 90’s R&B album! There’s a reason you don’t readily find used vinyl copies of Tony! Toni! Toné’s Sons Of Soul even though the album sold in the millions – it’s something most people have kept in their collections since ’93. Now, nearly 25 years later it’s available on vinyl again, and this pressing will probably get scooped up fairly quickly. Considered their best album by critics and fans alike (although they didn’t make that many albums), what’s truly remarkable about Sons Of Soul is that the band made it exactly the way they wanted despite their preferences going against the grain of most other 90’s pop/R&B acts, both stylistically and logistically. None of their contemporaries were self-producing their own albums, let alone writing/arranging all the material and playing the principle instruments live and in the studio. While these choices may have proved to be hurdles for the group, their uncompromising vision was documented fully on their terms, and the album’s strength is undeniable. And the jams hold up! Come pick this one up before it’s gone again, and check out this week’s in-stock list below AND the immense new collection of previously-love jazz, world, funk and more hitting the shelves in the coming days! -MLE

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This Just In: Asphixiation

Hell yeah – this year’s output of incredible Australian reissues from Chapter keeps flowing! A couple months ago they dropped David Chesworth’s 50 Synthesizer Greats, which we played at the shop more than most reissues of the past 5+ years. Now Asphixiation’s What Is This Thing Called ‘Disco’? will join its ranks and be played over and over again, possibly to the point where regular customers might think it’s the ONLY thing we play now. Yes, it’s that good (if you’re into electronic-y post-punk). It’s dark, dancy, edgy, and sexy – full-frontal cover included. Take a listen below, contemplate disco, and rejoice with us over the superb work Chapter is doing. Also, check mo’ in-stocks in the weekly list below the naked album cover! -MLE

Asphixiation – What Is This Thing Called Disco? LP
“Chapter is excited to announce the first ever reissue of What Is This Thing Called ‘Disco’? , a landmark Australian post-punk artefact originally released in 1981 as an LP with accompanying 12” single. One of the first records from the Australian underground to incorporate disco elements into the reigning post-punk asethetic, What Is This Thing Called ‘Disco’? sits alongside records by international counterparts like Flying Lizards or Yellow Magic Orchestra in its combination of art school formalism and dancefloor hedonism. Melbourne artist Philip Brophy is best known for his work with 70s/80s art-punk provocateurs Tsk Tsk Tsk (pronounced with three clicks of the tongue). Asked to stage an exhibition in Melbourne in 1980, Brophy decided to put disco into an art gallery context. He created ‘fake’ band Asphixiation to mime on stage along to tape, and recorded What Is This Thing Called ‘Disco’? as the backing tracks.

In 1981, iconic Melbourne label Missing Link released a two song 12”, and later that year the band released the album themselves, repressing the 12” and including it in the package. 36 years later, Chapter has lovingly remastered and reissued the album + single package, with new liner notes and photos.”

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