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updated: July 28th, 2017


NOW UP FOR PRE-ORDERS!
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CHEER-ACCIDENT

"Salad Days : Remastered" Vinyl LP / MOD CD
"Trading Balloons : Remastered" MOD CD

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Hi Everybody -
We're going to call a time out on pushing T-shirts (you'll find details on the new Mount Shasta and Xaddax shirts in the updates below) - and hop back to releasing music for just a bit - - - -

Thanks to a piece of press in the Chicago Reader, the word is out that SKiN GRAFT Records will be releasing a new album from CHEER-ACCIDENT in 2018 (!), but we're not waiting for the turn of the year to start celebrating... we've got some Rip Taylors to drop right here and now!

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In anticipation of the band’s performance at the 10th Anniversary of the reanimated RIO (Rock In Opposition) Festival this September, SKiN GRAFT is releasing newly remastered special editions of two of the band’s greatest albums: "Salad Days" and " Trading Balloons".

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Salad Days: Remastered LP
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Trading Balloons : Remastered MOD CD

On "Salad Days", New York’s Downtown Music Gallery writes:
“Salad Days” is a feel good masterpiece of expansive, hypnotic math rock and so much more from the 1997-1999 period of Cheer-Accident. The orchestration is incredible, with extended lush passages fading in and out of proggy grooves and heavenly weirdo sing-a-longs. To me it's like a math rock version of Hatfield and the North. It's really that amazing. There's no question it's a classic of avant-rock, demanding the attention of a wider audience.”

On "Trading Balloons":
Recorded just prior to “Salad Days”, and originally self-released by the band in a very limited edition, the 52 minute song “Trading Balloons” anticipated the direction the band would take in years to come - exploring a dizzying blend of musical styles: from Zeppelin-esque bombast to folk-tinged Americana to Stravinsky-flavored progressive rock to cinematic melodrama and beyond.

"SALAD DAYS : REMASTERED":
1. Graphic Depression / trt: 11:20
2. Insomnia / trt: 03:06
3. Graphic Depression / trt: 00:53
4. Post-Premature / trt: 02:09
5. Salad Days / trt: 18:51

"TRADING BALLOONS : REMASTERED":
1. Trading Balloons / trt: 52:22

H I G H L I G H T S :
o Both albums extensively remastered by Todd Rittmann of U.S. Maple and Dead Rider and redesigned by SKiN GRAFT Records' Mark Fischer.

o "Salad Days" recorded by Steve Albini and pressed on vinyl for the first time ever. Record includes randomly mixed Colored Vinyl LP and collectible wrap-around Obi.

o "Trading Balloons" receives its first ever commercial release! Guests on "Trading Balloons" include Bobby Conn and Darin Gray of Dazzling Killmen and Brise-Glace.

o CHEER-ACCIDENT will be touring the USA and EUROPE and will be performing at France’s RIO Festival alongside GONG, ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE and FAUST this September.

P R E S S Q U O T E S :
“One of the most fascinating creative careers in the modern American
underground - in any medium. Imagine a confluence of the grandeur of Yes, the range of This Heat, the irreverence of Ween, the poignancy of Elliott Smith and the mischief of Andy Kaufman, and you’ll be getting close to the net effect of Cheer-Accident’s musical output since its formation in 1981.” - Signal To Noise

“Cheer-Accident are the quintessential Chicago post-rock band... a higher-brow variety of avant-rock that covers ground as diverse as falsetto vocal vignettes, orchestral dissonant horn lines, Van Dyke Parks-ian rainy-day pop, cubist piano compositions, ambient cinematic excursions, noise collages, free-form freakouts, and every kind of noodley and angular guitar manifestation possible.” - Pitchfork

“Cheer-Accident is worth deliberate investigation.” - NPR: Fresh Air


Next CHEER-ACCIDENT Live Shows:

Saturday, July 29th
St. Louis, MO. Schlafly Tap Room. 2100 Locust St.
(w/Yowie and The Pat Sajak Assassins.)

Sunday, July 30th
KC, MO. Record Bar. 1520 Grand Blvd.
( w/Free Salamander Exhibit.)

Monday, July 31st
Chicago, IL. Beat Kitchen. 2100 W. Belmont Ave.
(w/Free Salamander Exhibit and The Four Three.)

Tuesday, August 1st
Indianapolis, IN. Radio Radio. 1119 E. Prospect.
(w/Free Salamander Exhibit and Dragon Drop.)

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NOW UP FOR PRE-ORDERS:

CHEER - ACCIDENT
"Salad Days" / "Trading Balloons"
Remastered : Ultimate Edition
Colored Vinyl "Salad Days: Remastered" LP
with (2) MOD CDs:
"Salad Days: Remastered"
and "Trading Balloons: Remastered"
(includes 52 minutes of music not on the LP)
- plus collectible Obi
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updated: July 17th, 2017

NEW T-SHIRT UP FOR ORDERS!
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XADDAX
"Snake"
Double-Sided T-Shirt
Design by Chrissy Rossettie Sakes
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Part of the SKiN GRAFT Records UNFIT Apparel Line

Expected to ship on or around August 1st, 2017
Available to order HERE
or at The Dark Slide Skate Shop
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UNFIT Apparel T-Shirt orders will be fulfilled by The DARK SLIDE Skate Shop, not SKiN GRAFT. T-Shirt orders will be re-directed to their storefront. Other items from the SKiN GRAFT Shop may NOT be combined with UNFIT Apparel.

ts06ABOUT XADDAX:
Nick Sakes (Dazzling Killmen, Colossamite, Sicbay) and Chrissy Rossettie Sakes (The Hex, My Name is Rar-Rar, Iyaxia) form Xaddax — a kinetic, No Wave-y two piece from Kingston, NY. Sakes’ jagged guitar parts and legendary howls lurch across the backdrop of Rossettie’s haywire electronics, meandering synth, and frenzied drumming. The result is erratic and wild; a malfunctioning robot/injured werewolf hybrid. Their first album, "Counterclockwork", was released on SKiN GRAFT Records in 2012, and new material is in the works.

A new split 7” single with two new songs will be out in the Fall of 2017. Watch this space for an announcment soon!



QUICK LINKS!:
XADDAX Facebook Page
SKiN GRAFT Records Shop
The DARK SLIDE Shop
SKiN GRAFT Records Bandcamp Page



updated: June 16th, 2017

ANOTHER NEW T-SHIRT UP FOR ORDERS!
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MOUNT SHASTA
"Put The Creep On"
(featuring Gumballhead The Cat)
Double-Sided T-Shirt / Design by Rob Syers
(Click for Hi-Res: Front)

Part of the SKiN GRAFT Records UNFIT Apparel Line

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(Click for Hi-Res: Back)

Expected to ship on or around July 1st, 2017
Available to order HERE
or at The Dark Slide Skate Shop
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UNFIT Apparel T-Shirt orders will be fulfilled by The DARK SLIDE Skate Shop, not SKiN GRAFT. T-Shirt orders will be re-directed to their storefront. Other items from the SKiN GRAFT Shop may NOT be combined with UNFIT Apparel.

ABOUT MOUNT SHASTA: Mount Shasta took the blues of Leadbelly, the raw power of the Stooges, the soul of James Brown and the volume of twin jet engines - mashed 'em together and spit out an incomparable, infectious noise barrage. Imagine Bo-Didley on cough syrup.

The band formed in 1993 under the guidance of ex-Dirt / Phantom 309 vocalist & guitarist John Forbes. Bassist Jenny White and drummer Jason Benson rounded out the original trio. The "Nodule” 7” single and comic book set was released the same year and was followed by the “Put The Creep On” LP which featured Shorty / U.S. Maple vocalist Al Johnson on guitar and backing vocals. Their dissonant deluge of hard-blues, swamp-boogie, noise-rock was further refined when guitarist Carl Brueggen joined the band, as heard on the Shakuhachi Surprise collaboration with Tokyo's Space Streakings and the “Who’s The Hottie” and "Watch Out” LPs (one of the first albums recorded at Electrical Audio Studios, under the knob twirling of “Debbie” Albini). The group disbanded in 2000, but are survived by John Forbes' current band Tijuana Hercules.

Throughout their run, Mount Shasta was renowned for it’s striking artwork. The “Nodule” comic book sports the published debut of comic and micro-brewery hero, Gumballhead The Cat, who would go on to appear on many of the band’s T-shirts and album covers. This shirt reproduces SKiN GRAFT’s original Mount Shasta T-Shirt from cartoonist Rob Syers, highlighting Gumballhead’s self-destructive tendencies.



QUICK LINKS!:
MOUNT SHASTA Facebook Page (NEW!)
SKiN GRAFT Records Shop
The DARK SLIDE Shop
TIJUANA HERCULES website
GUMBALLHEAD The Cat website
SKiN GRAFT Records Bandcamp Page


updated: May 19th, 2017

OUT NOW!

The FLYING LUTTENBACHERS
"Revenge of The Flying Luttenbachaers: Remastered"
Special Edition LP / MOD CD / Ultimate Edition

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The FLYING LUTTENBACHERS
"Revenge of The Flying Luttenbachaers: Remastered"
Ultimate Edition
Includes a Colored Vinyl LP, a fully Remastered MOD CD and an Ult-Ed Exclusive ( ! ) 22" x 17" Revenge Poster - plus a collectible wrap-around Obi and Double-Sided Poster Insert.


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Hi Everybody -

THE FLYING LUTTENBACHERS "Revenge Of The Flying Luttenbachers: Remastered"
is out today! Originally released over two decades ago, "Revenge" is now regarded as a milestone in extreme outsider music.  You can read more about the album in our previous updates, but don't take our word for it, here's what the press has to say:

“Revenge of the Flying Luttenbachers is a turning point, from punk jazz to metal jazz. Dispensing with horns, Walter (on drums) is joined by Chuck Falzone (My Name Is Rar-Rar) on guitar and Bill Pisarri (ZZZZZ) on bass, violin, clarinet, etc. The band has the texture and feel of traditional rock, but the songs are anything but. Quick bursts of noisy energy and improvisation are joined by extended guitar riffs and balls-out cock-rock - at times, the album resembles death metal, tempered by the sensibilities of avant-garde jazz.” - TROUSER PRESS

"Rarely will you find such a brilliant set of musicians…"
- ALTERNATIVE PRESS 

"Much more satisfying than a lot of the free-skree Japanese stuff doing the rounds” - THE WIRE

"Another good reason to quit your band - you can't do this yourself"
- YOUR FLESH

"An all-together different approach to music" - KERRANG!

"Mindblowingly exciting" - SPIN MAGAZINE

One of the Top 25 Albums of 1996 (along with Pearl Jam, Marilyn Manson, Beck, etc) - GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE

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1. Storm Of Shit (remastered)
2. Spasms (remastered)
3. Number Three (remastered)
4. 4,5,6 (remastered)
5. Clank (remastered)
6. Murder Machine Muzak (remastered)
7. Thoughts for Americans (remastered)
8. Mercury Retrograde (remastered)
9. Death Ray (remastered)
10. The Holy Mountain
(remastered)

Mail Orders: SKiN GRAFT Records PAYPAL SHOP
or at BANDCAMP for Digital and Physical / Digital Bundles

And - CELLULAR CHAOS, DOOMSDAY STUDENT and RUINS ALONE with the Japanese New Music Festival) are all touring Europe this summer! Click the band hot links above for the dates!
Thanks!




updated: April 21st, 2017


OUT NOW!

YOWIE
"Synchromysticism"
Special Edition LP / CD / Ultimate Edition

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YOWIE "Synchromysticism" Ultimate Edition
Includes a Colored Vinyl LP packaged in a Matte-Varnished
“Un-candescent” Jacket, a Glass-Mastered Compact Disc with
Alternate Artwork, plus a collectible wrap-around Obi and a
huge 22” x 22” double-sided Poster by cover artist Arnulf Rödler.


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Yowie's latest instrumental mind melter,
'Synchromysticism' will engage and engross the listener.
It will shake you to your core.
Your brain will be treated like pizza dough.
It is a must hear.

- BEARDED GENTLEMEN MUSIC


Hi Everybody -

YOWIE "Synchromysticism" is out today! ...mostly.

Here's what I mean - while we have the LPs and CDs in-stock and orders are shipping out lickety-split, the finished vinyl shipped from the pressing plant over three weeks late, making it impossible for Redeye Worldwide and our other distribution partners to have the LP in time to make the April 21st release date.

So - the vinyl edition of "Synchromysticism" has now been rescheduled to a May 5th in-store date. If you've asked your local record store to pre-order the vinyl for you, rest assured they will have it soon.

And if there are no record stores around, we invite you to order directly from us and we'll send it out right away.

yowie

You can read more about the album in the previous updates.
Reaction to "Synchromystocism" has been very positive.
Here are links to a few pieces of press:

GHETTOBLASTER
Interview by Timothy Anderl and publication of three illustrated band member cards by cover artist Arnulf Rodler

RIVERFRONT TIMES
Feature story and interview

CLRVYNT

Streaming premiere of "Ineffable Dolphin Communion"
and interview by Brad Cohan


BEARDED GENTLEMEN
Album review

OVERBLOWN UK
“5 Songs We Loved This Week: April 7th” - second only to Feist!

SNUFF FILM COLLECTIVE
Yowie feature / interview

So - the vinyl edition of "Synchromysticism" has now been rescheduled to a May 5th in-store date. If you've asked your local record store to pre-order the vinyl for you, rest assured they will have it soon.

And if there are no record stores around, we invite you to order directly from us and we'll send it out right away.

yowie

You can read more about the albuym in the previous updates.
Reaction to "Synchromystocism" has been very positive.
Here are links to a few pieces of press:

GHETTOBLASTER
Interview by Timothy Anderl and publication of three illustrated band member cards by cover artist Arnulf Rodler

RIVERFRONT TIMES
Feature story and interview

CLRVYNT

Streaming premiere of "Ineffable Dolphin Communion"
and interview by Brad Cohan


BEARDED GENTLEMEN
Album review

OVERBLOWN UK
“5 Songs We Loved This Week: April 7th” - second only to Feist!

SNUFF FILM COLLECTIVE
Yowie feature / interview

MATH ROCK TIMES
Streaming premiere of "Mysterium Tremendum” and album review

BOO! ZINE
Yowie Interview

FECKING BAHAMAS
Streaming Premeire of "The Fourth Wall" and interview

PROG ARCHIVES:
Album review

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1. Ineffable Dolphin Communion / tt: 6:23
2. Mysterium Tremendum / tt: 5:58
3. Absurdly Ineffective Barricade / tt: 5:39
4. The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You / tt: 7:00
5. The Reason Your House Is Haunted Can Be
Found On This Microfiche / tt: 8:12


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