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MURDER BY DEATH “Like the Exorcist, But More Breakdancing” 12″ LP RED Vinyl Eyeball Records 2002

MURDER BY DEATH “Like the Exorcist, But More Breakdancing” 12″ LP RED Vinyl Eyeball Records 2002
CONDITION: Great condition. Light surface wear on sleeve. Vinyl looks very nice. VG++

US $17.49

Murder by Death was formed in 2000 in Bloomington, Indiana, by guitarist Adam Turla, cellist Sarah Balliet, percussionist Alexander Schrodt, keyboardist Vincent Edwards, and bassist Matt Armstrong. One of the group’s first shows was at the Channing-Murray Foundation’s cafe The Red Herring in Urbana, Illinois, with formerAmerican Football drummer Steve Lamos’ solo project DMS. After the show, the head of the TEAM AV record label with which Lamos was working offered to help Turla and his bandmates secure additional shows. Around the same time the band met Thursday vocalist, Geoff Rickly, when the two bands played on the same bill at a gig in their hometown of Bloomington. Rickly introduced the band, known at the time as Little Joe Gould, to his friend Alex Saavedra (owner of Eyeball Records), who also took an interest in the band.

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THE SELMANAIRES / Deerhunter / CARBONAS / The Coathangers split 7″ Vinyl Chunklet Record

THE SELMANAIRES / Deerhunter / CARBONAS / The Coathangers split 7″ Vinyl Chunklet Record
CONDITION: Great condition. Light surface wear on sleeve. Vinyl looks great! VG++ to NM

US $7.99

Henry Owings began publishing Chunklet in Athens, GA while freelancing for alternative newsweekly Flagpole Magazine. “The main reason the mag started was due to my dissatisfaction with how my writing was handled in the Flaghole,” Owings says, although he has intimated that Chunklet is a sanctuary for self-hating critics.

Since 1993, Chunklet has published 20 issues on no particular schedule. The first 19 of these are out-of-print. The magazine includes this disclaimer on Chunklet.com: “Chunklet comes out with little regard to a set schedule only because the contributors are busy with their other activities such as being in bands, work, family, putting out records, habitual laziness, television, our lord and savior Jesus Christ and internet porn.”

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ESTROGEN HIGHS Luxury Is God 7″ EP vinyl self released 2009 tour edition

ESTROGEN HIGHS Luxury Is God 7″ EP vinyl self released 2009 tour edition
CONDITION: Sleeve has some creasing on the corners. Vinyl is clean. VG+

US $5.99
Estrogen Highs from Conneticut have just enough of what’s usually missing from a straight forward rock’n roll band these days. With nothing more than a peculiar name and an affiliation with the Sudden Walks as reference points, Estrogen Highs have delivered a simplistic and direct stab at primitive rock’n roll that continues to seep in and take hold long after the record stops. Not too far off from the oddly familiar Tyvek debut in it’s inability to be pigeonholed, Estrogen Highs take that same ‘less is more’ aesthetic and keep it honest and catchy as an alternative to adding on to an already tired schtick, and they effortlessly let the music hammer out their blurry message.

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BLACK DICE Broken Ear Record 12″ Vinyl Record Astralwerks 2005

BLACK DICE Broken Ear Record 12″ Vinyl Record Astralwerks 2005
CONDITION: Great condition. Light surface wear on sleeve. Printed inner and vinyl look great! VG++

US $13.99

Black Dice is an experimental electronic music group currently based in Brooklyn, New York, USA.

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Pavement “Westing (by Musket and Sextant)” 12″ LP Vinyl Record on Drag City Records 1993

Pavement “Westing (by Musket and Sextant)” 12″ LP Vinyl Record on Drag City Records 1993
CONDITION: Most Excellent condition, NEAR MINT. The Vinyl was well kept and looks gorgeous. VG++ to NM

US $18.99

Pavement formed in Stockton, California in 1989 as a studio project of guitarists and vocalists Stephen Malkmus and Scott Kannberg, known originally only as “S.M.” and “Spiral Stairs”, respectively. Their debut EPs were extremely lo-fi releases titled Slay Tracks (1933-1969), Demolition Plot J-7, and Perfect Sound Forever. They were recorded at Louder Than You Think, the home studio of Stockton local and former hippie Gary Young who also played drums on the recordings. Upon first hearing the duo’s songs, Young was quoted as saying, “this Malkmus idiot is a complete songwriting genius”. After the release of Slay Tracks, a new drummer, Jason Turner, was drafted to replace Young both live and in the studio. However, after just one tour and a handful of recording sessions, when it became apparent Turner and Malkmus did not get along well, Turner was soon ousted and Young reinstalled.

Pavement’s most obvious influence during this time was English rock band The Fall, although Kannberg stated in a 1992 interview that he preferred The Replacements to The Fall. The Fall’s primary member, Mark E. Smith, would often angrily claim through the years that Pavement was a “rip-off” of his band and that they didn’t “have an original idea in their heads”.However, some of the other members of The Fall have been quoted as saying they liked the band.

Around 1992 Pavement became a full-time band, with the addition of bassist Mark Ibold—who had been one of the band’s first fans—and extra percussionist Bob Nastanovich to help Young keep time. Their debut album, Slanted and Enchanted, was released commercially in 1992 after copies had been circulated on cassette tape for nearly a year. Though the percussive influence of The Fall was still pervasive (as was that of English post-punk band Swell Maps), many of the songs also exhibited a strong sense of melody. The following year, the band released the EP Watery, Domestic, which represented a balance between their earlier and later styles.

During the Slanted & Enchanted tour Gary Young’s eccentric behaviour included his handing out cabbage and mashed potatoes to fans at the door of the venue, doing handstands, running around the venue and stage while the rest of the band was playing and drunkenly falling off his drum stool. At the end of a 1993 tour of Australia, Japan, and Europe, Young left Pavement. The group subsequently held a meeting in a hotel room in Copenhagen during which Malkmus, Kannberg and Ibold remained silent while Nastanovich (Young’s best friend at the time) argued with the drummer and informed him that his antics were unnecessary. According to the band, Gary Young quit and was replaced by Steve West (a fellow museum security guard at the Whitney Museum of American Art along with Malkmus and David Berman). West’s debut performance was at a Drag City festival in Chicago, 1993.

Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain was released in 1994. The record was more indebted to the classic rock tradition than their debut. The single “Cut Your Hair” was the band’s closest brush with the mainstream, and briefly enjoyed airplay on alternative rock radio and MTV. Pavement performed the song on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

The lyrics from another single from the album, “Range Life”, criticized alternative rock stars The Smashing Pumpkins and the Stone Temple Pilots. Malkmus has insisted over the years that the line is meant to be light-hearted and is sung from the point of view of the aging hippie character in the song—later live versions of the track had the singer substituting “The Spice Girls”, “The Counting Crows”, or others for “Stone Temple Pilots”. In response Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan threatened to drop his band from their slot headlining the 1994 Lollapalooza Festival if Pavement was allowed to play. Corgan and Malkmus would trade barbs through the press for several years afterwards.

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SCHLEPROCK Something Like That Spring and Ten Speed 7” colored vinyl EP DR. Strange Records lot

SCHLEPROCK Something Like That Spring and Ten Speed 7” colored vinyl EP DR. Strange Records lot
CONDITION: Great condition! Vinyl and sleeve look very nice! NM

US $8.99

SoCal punk outfit Schleprock formed when the Bay Area scene was at its finest. Vocalist Doug Caine and guitarist Jeff Graham formed the group in 1989, and within a year Ernie Berru (drums) and Sean Romin (guitarist) completed the lineup. Several 7″ singles, such as “Do It All” and “Long Time Ago,” were issued on Nemesis in 1991 and the band rollicked right on through countless gigs across North America. At the helm of grunge, Schleprock released Propeller on Dr. Strange in 1994 and continued to build a name for themselves. Bass player Dean Wilson was added to the lineup in 1995 as Schleprock’s heavy punk snarl was getting bigger. Warner Bros. took notice and signed the band in 1996. (America’s) Dirty Little Secret, which appeared before the year’s end, kept with Schleprock’s nasty punk rawness. Long Time Ago followed on Cool Guy in 1997. The band effectively broke up that same year, and Caine and Berru formed the revivalist punk outfit Generators in LA. In 2005 Schleprock’s original lineup reunited for a few gigs to support the unreleased and rarities set Learning to Fall.

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PROUDENTALL “Snowed Skyline / Island” 7″ Vinyl Record 1997

PROUDENTALL “Snowed Skyline / Island” 7″ Vinyl Record 1997
CONDITION: Great condition with light surface wear on sleeve. Vinyl looks very nice! VG+

US $7.99

Kansas City-based indie rockers Proudentall formed in 1996, when vocalist/guitarist Matt Dunehoo, guitarist Clay Zimmerman, bassist/vocalist Billy Ning, and drummer John Cruz all went to the same high school. They recorded two self-titled cassettes’ worth of material and the 7″ Snowed Skyline/Island with this lineup; after graduation, Zimmerman left the group and Proudentall continued on as a trio. The band appeared on a few compilations and a split single with the Anniversary before releasing their debut album What’s Happening Here in 1999. What’s Happening Here appeared two years later. ~ Heather Phares , All Music Guide

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