The new album from ARAB ON RADAR is out NOW!
"Yahweh Or The Highway", the bands
fourth full length, advances the bands sound even further - this is anti-math
rock at it's most expressive: guitars bleed, wheeze, scream and emote, the
vocals articulate tinges of oral melody only hinted at previously, while
the hyper-energized drums drive the point straight through your garage &
into your home ( ! ). The Deluxe LP edition
comes packaged in hand silk-screened jackets
and includes a double-sided 3' x 2' poster!
The CD sports a silver varnish print job and
is packaged with a virginal lily white tray.
And we have a limited number of posters for the initial CD mail orders -
ask and you'll get one while supplies last! If your a zinester
or journalist who wants to lend us a hand promoting
the release, we've set up a special page with images suitable for print
on the web and paper respectively. And there's a neat web
banner for your website too. Go here to grab the stuff from us: http://www.skingraftrecords.com/aor_photos.html
Between writing and preparing music for their next album (to be produced
by none other Steve Albini and comin' courtesy of SKiN GRAFT later this
year), CHEER-ACCIDENT has been tucked away
in their bedrooms assembling their next release, "Variations
On A Goddamn Old Man". This is the first in an unlimited series
of the best stuff you've never heard, a collection of recordings by CHEER-ACCIDENT
that finally "let the cat out of the bag" to reveal thorough documentation
of the aural episodes which have occurred (and continue to occur) at home
and in their practice space. Your buddy Jazzy Joe has heard a rough mix
CDR of the first "issue" and it's so breathtaking,
I had to balloon up at the nitrous tank fast-
this isn't a collection of tossed off bits that didn't make the cut, but
an inside look at one of the most influential and consistent bands on the
streets of the Chicago underground. Watch this space for further details
on the impending release of Volume 1 in the
Japan's drummer and bass duo
RUINS are preparing to take their mindbendingly fast and complex
hyper-progressive rock assault to Europe in October!
Live, the two weave an unbelievable web of pure energy and unparalleled
musicianship that must be seen to be believed! See the tour page for details.
Believe you me Europeans, this is one band you don't wanna miss! And that
brings me to... Ruins founder Tatsuya Yoshida
is currently in the Magaibutsu Studio preparing
what is unquestionably the BEST RUINS album
ever for release on SKiN GRAFT early next year.
How can we speak with such authority that THIS will be the best album yet?
Because dear reader, Tatsuya is pouring over all of the bands material from
the period of 1986-1992 (much of which is extremely
rare or has been unavailable for years) and is extensively
remastering & tweaking the material for re-release on one CD
tentatively titled, "1986-1992".
Whether your a long time RUINS fan or an absolute beginner, this release
will be essential with a capital "EEEEEEEE"!
ARAB ON RADAR's vocalist Mr.
Pottymouth has a new book "Pussy Pow Wow",
an extremely candid and emotionally charged work that will challenge the
limits of the reader's morals, emotions and sexual
development. Your man Jazzy Joe has been digging deep into these
pages the last few cold lonely nights and let me tell ya, Mr. Pottymouth
delivers - unabashed feeling that leaves you feeling dirty,
confused, yet undeniably exhilarated. Check out Mr. Pottymouths website
and to order your copy, go to Chronoplastics: http://www.chronoplastics.com
ITEM! News has come from the
U.S. MAPLE camp that drummer Pat
Samson has left the band due to "irreconcilable differences".
After a fill in stint by CHEER-ACCIDENT's Thymme Jones,
the band has elected Adam Vida of Chicago's Central Falls as Pat's replacement.
Their latest album, "Acre Thrills",
available courtesy of our "Distinguished Competition" is, of course,
highly recommended for anyone with half a brain or more.
A quick word about some releases that you should be on the lookout for at
your neighborhood record shop that DON'T carry a SKiN
GRAFT logo- Weasel Walter has put his money where his mouth is and
released an extremely limited double LP chronicling the exploits of the
Michael Colligan and Kurt Johnson incarnation
of The FLYING LUTTTEBNBACHERS, complete with
a Jack Kirby inspired cover & colored vinyl no less!!! Check the TFL
site for ordering info! Nick Sakes of Dazzling Killmen & Colossamite
fame is back in the bins with the new CD from SICBAY
(and a Jazzy Joe three armed salute on the birth of Mr. & Mrs. Sakes'
daughter Ruby!!). It's available via Obtuse Mule records. And Fritz &
Stan, the incomparable STRANGULATED BEATOFFS
have a new one as well, look for "Reverse Child Psychology" out
now on Nihilist records.
What do you think of when you you think of Germany? Right! Volkswagens!
But if you're a fan of the kind of music that the mainstream media struggles
to ignore, then you think of SUPERSTAR Magazine.
And guess who's on the cover of the latest issue? None other than MISS
PUSSYCAT and MR. QUINTRON! The magazine
features extensive coverage in English as well as Deutsch, so if you're
interested some cross country journalism drop by: http://www.insound.com/zinestand/superstar
or contact the publisher directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to Q & P and the compelling feature in which they portray
each other, SUPERSTAR #20 delivers a motherload
of nothing less than brilliant and extremely diverse stuff, not the least
of which is an interview with Will Oldham (maybe you recall him from the
PALACE / ZENI GEVA split 7" a few years
back?) by German kantrie heroes Missouri.
7 / 15 / 2001
ITEM! Face front ( ! ) - we have a
very important announcement, gang. Over the last year, I've met many of you
on my trips around the campuses of this vast land of ours and at nearly every
stop, I encountered a host of fanatics, concerned that they could not find
the latest SKiN GRAFT releases in their area! The distribution game has become
increasingly difficult for forward-thinking labels like ourselves over the
years, but we have taken action and we're sure you'll be thrilled with the
results! Read on and spread the word!:
SKiN GRAFT RECORDS INKS DEAL WITH SYMBIOTIC
Symbiotic Distribution has added the venerable SKiN GRAFT Records to the
independent label enclave. 15 years in the making, the Chicago based SKiN
GRAFT Records has established itself as the adventurous-music lovers outpost,
bringing challenging acts such as ARAB ON RADAR, U.S.
MAPLE, MELT-BANANA, RUINS, BRISE-GLACE, ZENI GEVA, QUINTRON and a
host of others to the forefront. Beginning this August, Symbiotic will embark
on an ambitious campaign to reissue the critically-acclaimed SKiN GRAFT
back catalog, as well as new and under distributed records from the likes
of ARAB ON RADAR, Q ELECTRONICS (Quintron),
FLOSSIE AND THE UNICORNS and CHEER-ACCIDENT.
Before SKiN GRAFT was a record company, it established itself as a fiercely
independent small press publisher, issuing dozens of punk-influenced
mini comics, and culminating in two collections from Caliber Press
(publisher of The Crow). In 1991, SKiN GRAFT shifted gears and released
the first of it's celebrated comic book and record sets featuring punk-jazz
legends DAZZLING KILLMEN. A host of albums
and singles would follow and SKiN GRAFT gained a reputation as a leading
light in the push toward innovative music, with a list unclassifiable, genre-crunching
acts, citing influences as diverse as no wave, electronic musique, death
metal, free jazz and punk rock. Through it all, SKiN GRAFT's emphasis remains
on the band, the live show and the art of entertainment.
In 1999, Brian Peterson, responsible for bringing countless independent
bands to all ages audiences at Chicago's notorious Fireside Bowl, joined
SKiN GRAFT as partner in crime. The following year, label founder Mark Fischer
migrated to Europe and took over the reigns of SKiN GRAFT's internet campaign.
Earlier this year, skingraftrecords.com debuted
with over 600 pages of content, an indispensable source of information on
the label and it's bands.
On August 9th, Symbiotic will release the latest offering from Q
ELECTRONICS (alter ego of New Orleans' Mr.
Quintron) "The Drum Buddy" LP/CD and the
pristine platter from Miss Pussycat's FLOSSIE AND
THE UNICORNS "The Animal's Clubhouse" LP. August 9th will
also see the release of The FLYING LUTTENBACHERS
"Truth Is A Fucking Lie" CD which was issued in an extremely limited
run last year. And to cap off the premiere release date, two of SKiN GRAFT's
most esteemed packages will hit store shelves again! - SIDES
1-4, a double 7" and comic book tribute to AC/DC featuring tracks
by SHELLAC, BIG'N, BRISE-GLACE (aka Jim O'Rourke)
and U.S. MAPLE; and the SHAKUHACHI
SURPRISE LP Deluxe, documenting the infamous meeting of Tokyo's SPACE
STREAKINGS and Chicago's MOUNT SHASTA.
This special edition includes a picture disc, wraparound die-cut sleeve,
24" x 24" poster and a full color art booklet!
August 21st will see the release of one of the fall's most eagerly anticipated
albums, ARAB ON RADAR "Yahweh Or The Highway"
LP /CD. ARAB ON RADAR has been called "The Last
Rock and Roll band on the Planet" and their live shows are eagerly
anticipated events, displaying an energy and intensity, unmatched by any
band touring today. Arab On Radar have also been tagged "heirs to the
kingdom once ruled by The Jesus Lizard", "the most inventive heavy
guitar band going" and "leaders of the new trend in hardcore".
A massive promotional campaign is being organized around this release, spearheaded
by a 3' x 2' color poster for in-store display and a U.S. Tour blasting
off August 10th. And beyond? September will see Symbiotic's introduction
of SKiN GRAFT's hardcore/metal Vinyl only imprint, UP
JUMPS THE DEVIL, with the release of a new split 7" from two
of Chicago's rising grindcore acts, TALE OF GENJI
and LA MANTRA DE FHIQRIA, the first full length
from KUNG FU RICK and the reissue of
HATEWAVE's self-titled LP, the brutal black metal band led by The
Flying Luttenbachers' Weasel Walter!
The Q ELECTRONICS "Drum Buddy Demonstration
Volume One" is now on the CD format and available from the SG mailorder
department! Check the CATALOG page for details!
To hear a cut from this spellbinding scientific slab, check out the AUDIO
page! And the exciting new DRUM BUDDY website is now open!! Go to www.drumbuddy.com
to purchase your very own drum buddy instrument! Those overseas have just
experienced the wonders of the Drum Buddy first hand - The QUINTRON
and FLOSSIE & THE UNICORNS Spring
European Tour was a smashing success! Go to the
Tour page for a complete listing of all shows set for North America! And to
top it all off, we are pleased to announce the opening of the QUINTRON
band page and the accompanying DRUM BUDDY
page! Go check 'em out!
It's going to be a hot summer. And to make sure you work up a good sweat,
we have another eardrum shattering new release via our Up Jumps The Devil
imprint - a split 7" from two of Chicago's loudest, wildest acts -
TALE OF GENJI and LA
MANTRA DE FHIQRIA! Ever wonder what a three-way between BLACK FLAG,
The JESUS LIZARD and SWING KIDS would sound like? Crank TALE OF GENJI and
you've got your answer! What happens if CIRCUS LUPUS, ORCHID and MY LAI
get together at a party, drink way too much, spin around and fall on their
equipment -? LA MANTRA DE FHIQRIA!!! Chess + pot + members of KUNG FU RICK
= TALE OF GENJI. 40 ounces + funny pants = LA MANTRA DE FHIQRIA. All copies
come with hand-silk screened covers. Music pressed on classic black vinyl.
Go to the newly updated (pic of the KUNG FU RICK 7" just added too!!!)
Up Jumps The Devil section of our catalog
to order yours!
And one last bit before I wrap up this edition to go walk the dog - - -
- Who the heck are PINK AND BROWN???!!