rr017/SCKT 11 Imperial China Phosphenes CD $12 ppd
Imperial China's debut full-length Phosphenes balances a mixture of wiry post rock, atmospheric experimentation, and tense vocal outbursts. Creating something new from the frenetic and varied touchstones, Phosphenes manages to adeptly document one of Washington, DC's best live bands.
rrt001 Marriage Equality DC T-shirt
This union-made hand-screened shirt will benefit DC for Marriage, a local organization working for marriage equality for same sex couples in DC.
rr016/Sockets 06 Hume Presents The Phat Daughter String Quartet LP
A joint Ruffian/Sockets release, this LP brings together 4 string quartet pieces by Britton Powell (Hume, Barkitecture) with 4 dank b-side dub deconstructions of said pieces. Recorded in the depth of summer 2008 and mixed by Powell and Hugh McElroy (Black Eyes, Hand Fed Babies, Cephalopods) using a vintage Space Echo and Mutron phaser, the disc is probably not much like anything else that came out this year...
1. For Rabbit (Jane) 2. Nach Mond Treiben (Gru) 3. Oneirnaut (Elizabeth) 4. EXP (Catherine) 5. For Rabbit (version) 6. Nach Mond Treiben (version)
Barkitecture Six Song LP
rr015 Hand Fed Babies - Line of Control
1. Buzzings 2. Oh Chariot 3. Peepshow 4. Unravel 5. Slow Bring Me 6. Oceanic Howl 7. Nails Through the Tongues of Liars 8. Until Our Voices Dissolve 9. Symptoms of an Illness 10. 5-4 11. Line of Control
rr014 Sentai - Full Representation CD
1. Partial Representation 2. Mill Party/Yamagata/Joe 3. Age Of Information 4. Arrows 5. Can You Feel It Now? 6.Yeah! 7. Extraordinary Rendition 8. Everything Change Everything 9. Contra 10. Do 11. Signed, DC
rr012 Hand Fed Babies CDEP
1. Sunrise 2. The Fisherman Feels It 3. Islands of Loyalty 4. Our Streams 5. 15,000 Birds Marching 6. Lullaby 7. Scorpion and Barbed Wire
rr011 Equinox - Raise Up CDEP
1. Love in the Form of All Days 2. Blood 3. Sphere of Light
rr009 Turn Pale "Films We Like" c/w "Weapons Training"
This record, which features members of Panoply Academy (one of the best-loved weird punk bands of the last decade), is a perfect integration of gothiness and ass shaking punk dance music. Heavy and liberating at once, the bass and drums provide an irresistible rhythm while the vocals and guitar slice over it back and forth. Makes us want to bite our friends, in a friendly way, on the dance floor.
This 7" could be seen as the No-Gos moving towards some of the ideas Black Eyes would explore, featuring a more stripped-down bass and drum-focused sound (with guitar and SK-1). The b-side is a dub mix of the a-side.
rr005 Aerialist/The No-Gos split 7"
Aerialist is a one-person, many-piece vibes/drums/sampler/moog outfit. I don't know how else to put it. His side is all repeating vibes with synth washes and samples of vocals over and over and again and then again. Then the drums kick in. The No-Gos are all now in Black Eyes. Their side of this 7" is more like rock...sort of.d again and then again. Then the drums kick in. The No-Gos are all now in Black Eyes. Their side of this 7" is more like rock...sort of.
Bazhena Foilage CD
Bazhena CD (Foilage) Bazhena and Black Eyes toured together in June of 2003 and this 6-song CD was recorded by Hugh from Black Eyes in February of that year in a basement that was flooded with melting snow and everyone got sick. The CD is not that damp and cold and wont make you sick. Foundation bass, heavy, scattering drums, and choppy guitar clash and come together in and out of sudden changes and long grooves with vocals coming in and out sometimes sung, sometimes shouted.
I Control the Dinosaurs "Prehistory" CD
I Control the Dinosaurs "Prehistory" CD (Leedspoint Records). Musically more appropriate to the snow-flooded climate described above, I Control the Dinosaurs create a churning, dreadful ambience with electric/electronic/acoustic tools. Dan who turned the piano track on the Bazhena CD into a noise-stravaganza is in this band also.
Black Eyes CD single
This CD features the Black Eyes songs from their first 7" (rr008) and from their split 7" with Early Humans on Planaria. The first 7" is still available and the song on the split was re-recorded for the album, but for those without record players or who are interested in hearing the first three songs by Black Eyes recorded in their first few months as a band, this would be well worthwhile.
Hives Need Hearts 7"
Hives Need Hearts 7" (Featuring Bazhena, the Beauty Pill, and the No-Gos) (Tomato Juice Records) A benefit for the Community for Creative Non-Violence.