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TIJUANA HERCULES "Evening Dressings"
MOD Digipack CD / Digital
( OUT NOW )
cat #: GR141CD / Digital
Hailing from the southern regions of the U.S., John Vernon Forbes has a long and storied history of making music, cartoons, and comical mischief. His illustrations recall the golden-age of animation filtered through an absurdist lens - and this love of days gone by is rendered
with a futurist's ear in the blues-tinged music he's been creating for decades.
In Atlanta, Forbes played in Phantom 309 (with Mac McNeilly, future drummer of The Jesus Lizard) and Dirt, before settling in Chicago where he formed Mount Shasta, one of the founding SKiN GRAFT Records acts. Mount Shasta went on to release three albums and a collaborative LP with Japan's Space Streakings before disbanding.
Forbes then formed Tijuana Hercules, initially taking inspiration from obscure rock, blues, and gospel songs from the '50s and '60s. The band later gamma-radiated those threads into something altogether different in the labs of Forbes's own Frogg Mountain Recording Studio, located squarely within Chicago’s historic meat-packing district.
Tijuana Hercules's latest releases are a pair of collections that highlight the band's diversity: Bloodshot Records' “Six Pack to Go” 7” singles compilation (alongside Deer Tick, Elizabeth Cook, Kelly Hogan, and Guided By Voices' Robert Pollard) and SKiN GRAFT's "Chicago VS New York" compilation (featuring The Flying Luttenbachers, Bobby Conn, Cheer-Accident and Child Abuse).
Their new seven song Mini-LP "Evening Dressings" finds the band deep-diving into an oxygen-depriving bouillabaisse of boundary-busting blues, spaghetti-strung grooves, and tangled psychedelic roots music.
“This band has proven itself to be one tough piece of meat.”
- John Vernon Forbes as quoted in New City
01. Let's Make Out Own Action
02. Hands Down
04. Then After That
05. Going To St. Petersburgh
07. Gas Pumpwoman
John Vernon Forbes: Vocals, 12 String Guitar, etc
Joe Patt: Drums, Percussion
Doug Abram: Saxaphone, synth
Mike Young: Junk Percussion
Arman Mabry: Bass
Recorded at Frogg Mountain Recording Syudio by John Vernon Forbes
Mastered by Matt Engstrom
Artwork by John Vernon Forbes
Check out "Hands Down"
and order at the SKiN GRAFT Records Bandcamp page
cat #: GR139CD / Digital
TERMS, a socially-distanced band, deals in dissonance. Arriving by way of Tampa Bay, Florida and St. Louis, Missouri - TERMS is Danny Piechocki and Christopher Trull - and "Hoarder of Operations" is their SKiN GRAFT Records' debut.
Having served in acts such as Grand Ulena, Jitters and Yowie, TERMS bring a wealth of experience and a hearty dash of the unexpected to the operating table. The title track "Hoarder Of Operations" offers a taste of sounds to come - an altogether different version of the song is being readied to appear on a forthcoming full-length. This EP rendition features an alternate mix and an entirely different drum performance.
"Heal My Borings" and "Who Will Save The World From Art?" are newly updated mixes of songs the band previously self-released. Both feature new drum performances - and all three tracks were mastered specifically for this EP by Todd Rittmann (Dead Rider, U.S. Maple) in Chicago.
01. Hoarder of Operations
02. Heal My Borings
03. Who Will Save The World From Art?
Danny Piechocki: Drums
Christopher Trull: Guitar and Bass
All pieces composed, performed, recorded, and mixed by Terms.
Mastered by Todd Rittmann
Painting by Michael Trull
Layout by Mark Fischer
Check out "Hoarder of Operations"
and order at the SKiN GRAFT Records Bandcamp page.
Digital remaster available now exclusively at Bandcamp.
Physical Quantities are limited. This 2020 digital edition has been remastered by Todd Rittmann and John Dieterich. The 2x7" vinyl release includes two colored vinyl records, a printed comic book sleeve, a digital download of the single and two instantly downloadable PDFs of the comic book sleeve: a "standard" version and a "widescreen" version. You must download the files to receive the PDF comic book.
NOTE: SIDES 11-14 was originally released in a limited, vinyl-only run in 2008. Here is the solicitation as it originally appeared……
SIDES 11-14 is the latest in SKiN GRAFT Records’ irregularly published series of tribute record and comic book sets published in conjunction with Gasoline Boost Records. This deluxe double 7“ single and comic book set includes...
The newly reformed YOWIE turn AC/DC’s „Thunderstruck” sideways to take the listener on a technically impeccable, hyper-alien-math-rock sugar high - played with pythagorean-plucked guitars and stop on a dime drums.
Jeremiah Wonsewitz - guitar
Jms B.H. Esq. - guitar
Defenstrator - drums
Recorded at Gorks
COLOSSAMITE "Anti-Christ Devil Child“
The members of Gorge Trio (including John and Ed of Deerhoof) plus Nick Sakes (vocalist of Dazzling Killmen) unite one final time for a maddening metal medley of AC/DC’s greatest hits.
John Dieterich - guitar
Chad Popple - drums
Ed Rodriguez - guitar
Nick Sakes - guitar, vocals
Recorded by Dave Gardner at AmRep Studios
PRE "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap“
London’s No Wave naughties apply their merry-go-round grind to the certified classic “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”.
Exceedingly Good Keex - sing
J. Art Webb - guitar, sing
Kevin Hendrix - bass, sing
Matthew P. Warburton - bass, sing
Richard P. Bennett - drums
Recorded in School Uniforms
MULE "Have A Drink On Me“
Vaulted for 10 years and previously unreleased, here is the final recording from this legendary Touch and Go / Quarterstick Recording artist, featuring the restrained redneck blues of PW Long on vocals and guitar.
Keb Munro - bass
Jason Kourkounis - drums
Willie Conway - guitar solo
P.W. Long - guitar, vox
Recorded by Steve Albini
SIDES 1-4 is the fourth in a series of records inspired by AC/DC and issued in conjunction with Gasoline Boost Records. As a bonus, SIDES 11-14 comes complete with a comic book sleeve featuring SKiN GRAFT Comix fan favorites like Serious Brown, Hot Satan and the Karate Chimp!
Episode One: The Mittens Are Off
Episode Two: Astonishing Romance
Episode Three: Unidentified Fucked Object
Written and Drawn between 1999 and 2008
Chicago / St. Louis / Vienna
by Mark Fischer
Remastered 2020 "Widescreen" Comic by Mark
Digital 2020 reissue mastered by Todd Rittmann and John Dieterich
Gasoline Boost by Rene Herbst
A SKiN GRAFT Records / Gasoline Boost production
"Horsedoctor" b/w "I'm Okat With Me"
Single and Comic Book Set
(Newly Remastered Digital Release)
Grinding, angry heavy rock from Chicago's beat-up beatsters. Screeching dual vocals, mammoth guitar and booming bass set the stage for demolition! Recorded at Idful studios by Brad Wood. Last heard at Amphetamine Reptile Records!
FUN FACT(S): That guy introducing the band on the intro of The Flying Luttenbachers "Gods Of Chaos" is none other than Adam of Mama Tick! Prior to the release of this single, Mama Tick released a picture disk on Amphetamine Reptile's Research And Development series. The band would go on to release a few more singles and a self-released LP before breaking up. Start your digging, collectors!
Ben Keller: guitar, vocals
Adam Laats: vocals, bass
Chad Moore: drums
Produced by Brad Wood at Idful studios
2020 remaster by Jason McEntire at Sawhorse studios
"Love Story" by Jeff Bentle
"Plaything of the Year" by Ben Keller
"Mama, I Can't Stop This Tick" by Mark Fischer
"Page" by Rich Bott
"Viking, Modern Barbarian Hero" by Rob Syers
"Full Hand" by Grace Jeffers
Cover by Ben Keller and Mark Fischer
ITEM(!): "Evening Dressings", the new seven song Mini-LP from John Vernon Forbes' (ex-Mount Shasta) TIJUANA HERCULES is fast approaching and will be out and about on July 10th. "Evening Dressings" finds the band deep-diving into an oxygen-depriving bouillabaisse of boundary-busting blues, spaghetti-strung grooves, and tangled psychedelic roots music... and we've got a brand new song to share! Visit our Bandcamp Page to feast your ears on "Getting A Lift"!
Okay - that's all for this time.
- Thanks Everyone!
with SECRET FUN CLUB
"Cheap Casket" b/w "SECRET FUN CLUB Remix"
Digital / MOD CD Single
(Now at Bandcamp)
This is Mark writing. I hope everyone reading this is safe - - and is doing as well as can be given the current situation around the world. I’m lucky to say that, at the moment, my family and I are doing okay.
PSYCHIC GRAVEYARD ( with SECRET FUN CLUB )
"Cheap Casket" b/w "Secret Fun Club Remix"
This Friday, June 19th, 2020
from midnight to midnight Pacific Time, Psychic Graveyard, Secret Fun Club, Skin Graft
will donate all profits from this single to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
The Digital Version is out now. The physical CD Single is a pre-order and limited to just 50 copies worldwide.
It will ship in late July / early August. The single (as well as all of our new single and comic sets) can be picked up at our Bandcamp page HERE
In addition, SKiN GRAFT is offering two new T-shirts,
with profits from the "Black Lives Matter Shirt" also going to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. NOTE:
The shirts are not available at Bandcamp, please visit the Dark Slide
to place an order. More details on the shirts follows below.
ABOUT THE SINGLE:
revisit their debut LP "Loud As Laughter" with "Cheap Casket" - a surprise late-blooming follow up to their earlier singles “Dead In Different Places” (remixed by the Electro-House duo MSTRKRFT
) and “Loud As Laughter” (remixed by LIARS
). The B-Side is an exclusive remix by Three One G recording artists SECRET FUN CLUB.
Psychic Graveyard’s members previously played in the bands Arab on Radar, Some Girls, All Leather, Chinese Stars and more.
San Diego‘s SECRET FUN CLUB
has been the longstanding musical outlet for drummer and engineer Sal Gallegos (Some Girls, Three One G) and bassist John Rieder. An ongoing collaboration that formerly included Psychic Graveyard's Nathan Joyner, the band has been making odd, challenging, and relentlessly heavy music on its own terms for over ten years.
Eric Paul - Vocals
Paul Vieira - Guitar
Nathan Joyner - Synthesizers
Mike Kamoo - Drums
SECRET FUN CLUB:
Sal Gallegos: Drums, Engineer
John Rieder: Bass
Recorded and Mixed by Psychic Graveyard
Remix by Sal Gallegos
Mastered by Nathan Joyner
Cover artwork by AC and MF
This is Mark writing.
When we released the four single and comic book sets last Friday (details in the update below), we also changed our logo on social media to show our support for black lives in the United States and around the world. Reaction to the logo was very positive and a couple of our Facebook friends (We're looking at you Barrett
) suggested that it might make a good T-Shirt. We agree - (!), so we are proud to announce that the SKiN GRAFT Records "Black Lives Matter" T-shirt
is now a part of our UNFIT Apparel
line at the Dark Slide Skate Shop
. All profits will go to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
Visit them at https://www.naacpldf.org
We are also releasing a SIDES 1-4 “Joybuzzer” T-Shirt
to mark last week's digital release of the Double Single and Comic Book Set (with Shellac, Big’n, Brise-Glace and U.S. Maple
). I've longed for a shirt of this one myself since the 2x7" and comic book set was first released. It only took 25 years for it to become a reality!
Please visit the Dark Slide
to place an order. If you look carefully, you just might see that orders are also being taken for the Mount Shasta "Gumballhead the Cat" T-Shirt
too! It is coming back in-stock this July as well.
If you would like more information on SKiN GRAFT's Unfit Apparel line
, I put together a big write up back when we launched in September of 2016. Please go HERE
to read about how I single-handedly got "ROCK" T-shirts banned
across St. Charles' Missouri's Immanuel Lutheran School at the tender young age of 12 years old.
Coming up next is Tijuana Hercules "Evening Dressings" from none other John Vernon Forbes of Mount Shasta! You can hear two songs now and give it a pre-order HERE. It will be out July 10th, 2020.
- And don't forget - (!) - the new single and comic sets can be picked up (exclusively) at our Bandcamp page HERE.
More details below.