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.”

What’s this thing called new releases, reissues & restocks?…
13th Floor Elevators – Easter Everywhere LP
Alt-J – Relaxer CD*, LP*
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black LP
Beach Fossils – S/T LP, Somersault CS*, LP*
Beach House – Beach House LP
Beatles – Let It Be LP, Rubber Soul LP, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Anniversary Ed.) 2LP
Benjamin Booker – Witness LP*
Best Available Technology – Exposure Therapy LP*
Black Keys – thickfreakness LP
Bleachers – Gone Now LP
Body Count – Bloodlust LP+CD
Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago LP
Bonobo – Black Sands 2LP, Migration 2LP
Brian Jonestown Massacre – Take It From The Man! 2LP
Buena Vista Social Club Presents – Ibrahim Ferrer LP
Burial – Subtemple 10”*
Can – Tago Mago 2LP
Candy Bomber – Vol. 1 LP*
Captain Beyond – Lost & Found 1972-1973 LP*
Charles Bradley – Victim Of Love LP
Childish Gambino – Awaken My Love (Ltd. VR) 2LP, Because The Internet 2LP, Camp 2LP
Circle Jerks – Group Sex LP
Cypress Hill – S/T LP
Dan Auerbach – Waiting On A Song CD*, LP*
Dead Prez – Lets Get Free 2LP
Dispatch – America, Location 12 LP*
Dodsengel – Interequinox 2LP*
Dr. Octogon – Dr. Octogonecologyst 2LP
El Michels Affair – Return To The 37th Chamber LP
Elastic Bond – Honey Bun LP
Elliott Smith – Figure 8 2LP
Emerson Lake & Palmer – Works Vol. 1 2LP*
Emperor X – Oversleepers International LP*
Ennio Morricone – Nuovo Cinema Paradiso OST LP
Evanescence – Fallen LP*
Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa 70 – Expensive Shit LP
Flaming Lips – Yoshimi LP
Flamin’ Groovies – Live 1971 San Francisco LP
Flogging Molly – Life Is Good LP*
Flying Lotus – You’re Dead 2LP
Freddie Gibbs – You Only Live Twice LP*
Gang Starr – Hard To Earn 2LP
Givan Lötz – MAW LP
Glass Vaults – The New Happy LP
Godspeed You Black Emperor – Don’t Bend! Ascend! LP, F# A# LP, Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada 12″ EPGold Dime – Nerves LP
Gothic Tropic – Feast Or Fast LP*
Grotto – At Last LP*
Halsey – Hopeless Fountain Kingdom LP*
Ibrahim Ferrer – Mi Sueno 2LP
Iggy Pop – Lust For Life LP, TV Eye Live LP
Institute – Subordination LP*
Jacaszek – KWIATY LP
Jimi Hendrix – People, Hell & Angels 2LP
Joey Bada$$ – All Amerikkkan Bada$$ 2LP
John Coltrane – Blue Train LP, Lush Life LP
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures LP
Justice – Woman 2LP+CD, AAA (Access All Arenas) 2LP+CD, Cross 2LP+CD
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 3LP
Kate Bush – Before The Dawn 4LP Box
Khruangbin – The Universe Smiles Upon You LP
Kiki Gyan – Feelin’ Alright LP
King Tubby – Controls LP, Stalag 80 Dubwise LP
Kondi Band – Salone 2LP*
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things Vol. 1 OST 2LP, Stranger Things Vol. 2 OST (Std.) 2LP
Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill 2LP
LCD Soundsystem – Losing My Edge 12”, Yr City Is A Sucker 12”
Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy LP
Leftfield – Leftism 3LP*
Linkin Park – One More Light LP
Little Richard – Here’s Little Richard LP
Lloyd McNeill Quartet – Asha LP*
Luke Vibert – UK Garave Vol. 1 2LP
M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming 2LP
Major Lazer – Free The Universe 2LP
Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On LP
Matisyahu – Undercurrent 2LP*
Medium Medium – The Glitterhouse 2LP+12”
Metallica – Metallica 2LP
Midori Takada – Through The Looking Glass LP
Miles Davis – Sketches Of Spain LP
Moon Duo – Killing Time LP*
Mutoid Man – War Moans LP*
Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea LP
Nicolas Jaar – A Time For Us 12”, Love You Gotta 10”, Space Is Only Noise LP
Nightingales – Become Not Becoming EP 10”*
Nirvana – S/T LP
Operation Ivy – Energy LP
Pharcyde – Bizarre Ride II 2LP
Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix LP
Pinback – Some Offcell Voices LP
Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon LP, The Division Bell 2LP
Portishead – S/T 2LP
Queen – A Night At The Opera LP
Roger Waters – Is This The Life We Really Want? 2LP*, CD*
Rush – 2112 LP, Moving Pictures LP
Sade – Best Of 2LP, Lovers Rock LP
Saint Etienne – Home Counties 2LP*
School Damage – S/T LP*
Shitkid – Fish LP*
Shobaleader One – Elektrac 2LP
Skatalites – Original Ska Sounds 2LP*
Slowdive – Slowdive LP
Sodom – Masquerade In Blood LP
Souls Of Mischief – 93 ‘Til Infinity 2LP
Sufjan Stevens – Age Of Adz 2LP, All Delighted People EP 2×12”, Carrie & Lowell LP, Michigan LP, Seven Swans LP
Sun Ra – Super-Sonic Jazz LP
Surgeon – Convenience Trap 12”
Suzanne Ciani – Lixiviation LP
Swans – The Great Annihilator 2LP
Syl Johnson – Uptown Shakedown LP
Sylvan Esso – What Now LP
T. Rex – Electric Warrior LP
Tamikrest – Kidal 2LP
Tewolde Redda – Eritrea’s Guitar Pioneer: Singles 1970-73 LP
The Cure – Disintegration 2LP, Standing On A Beach: The Singles LP
The New Tweedy Brothers – The New Tweedy Bros! LP*
The Raincoats – S/T LP*
The Smiths – Hatful Of Hollow LP
The Strokes – Angles LP, Comedown Machine LP, Is This It LP, Room On Fire LP
Thievery Corporation – The Temple Of I&I 2LP
Thundercat – Drunk CD
Thurston Moore – Rock n Roll Consciousness LP
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Damn The Torpedoes LP*, Hard Promises LP*, Into The Great Wide Open LP*, Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) LP*, Long After Dark LP*, Southern Accent LP*
Tom Petty – Full Moon Fever LP*
TOPS – Sugar At The Gate LP*
Tortoise – The Catastrophist LP
Tycho – Dive 2LP, Past Is Prologue 2LP
Various – Singles OST LP+CD
Various – Studio One Scorchers 3LP
Velvet Underground – Velvet Underground & Nico LP
Viniloversus – Days Of Exile LP
World Psychedelic Classics 1: Os Mutantes – Everything Is Possible! LP
Yma Sumac – Mambo! LP

*Indicates new release or new reissue