• Recorded between 2004 and 2006, “The Common Cold” is 9 songs debuting and documenting the humble yet infectious origins of a man that has truly helped raise the bar for folk-punk every year since. Previously only available in Germany and sporadically in the states, 2009 marks renewed life and attention on the record that started it all. The astonishing 1-2 punch of the insanely memorable “Dead Factories” and “Darlin” sets the stage for a wonderfully-paced and tenderly-curated journey into the captivating world of AUSTIN LUCAS. Whether accompanied by stand-up bass, banjo, and pedal steel (see title track) or pure a capella (see “Cruel Brothers” duet with sister Chloe Manor), one thing is clear: AUSTIN LUCAS is a completely brilliant story-teller with the chops and the pipes to back it all up. Media Condition: Mint (M) Sleeve Condition: Very Good Plus (VG+) (Hometown Caravan Records) https://sabotagerecords.bandcamp.com/album/austin-lucas-common-cold
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    IT! doesn't need too much of a description. Third album of this UK anarcho-dub/reggae-punk group. Being on the road for a mere of 15 years now the INNER TERRESTRIALS deliver 14 new tracks devided on two 12" LPs wrapped in a thick gatefold and 21x21 12 Page Booklet... Back in 2009 the Inner Terrestrials whetted everyone’s appetites by releasing an excellent four song pre release EP to Tales of Terror. After 3 years of anticipatory salivating, the album is finally ready and it was definitely worth the wait. It’s hard to believe that their first LP iT! was released sixteen ago in 1996 but the Inner Terrestrials have remained impressively faithful to their original sound. Satisfyingly thick distortion sandwiches prickly ska on nearly every track and the album is peppered with welcome descents into the experimental realms of dub. Jay has a real knack for fiddling about with upstrokes, managing to squeeze in quirky flourishes and cheeky slides which keep chord sequences lively and interesting. Fran and Paco keep everything in check, providing solid bass and pounding drums throughout the album. Aside from “Battlefield” which features Jay’s haunting tin whistle and Cheggers’ bouzouki, the band’s folk influences are perhaps less overt than they were in iT! with “Free the Land” or X with “Mountain Of Led”. Tales of Terror does however maintain a fairly healthy balance between the more hardcore and the lighter songs. “Run Tings” is cheerful, despite its dour subject of social control, and is sprinkled with soundbytes, while the choppy distorted upstrokes of “Progress” are guaranteed to get any crowd skanking furiously. “Heaven’s Wrath” is possibly my favourite track which glides effortlessly between hardcore punk, dub and ska and is everything an Inner Terrestrials track should be: angry, dubby and thoroughly stompable. (...)Tales of Terror perfectly captures their unsettled, miserable quality which is as if Jay is singing through a sigh; accentuated by downtrodden harmonies in the fantastic “Law Dealers” and punctuated with contrasting gruff, angry snarls in “Dark Scar”. The lyrics are brimming with political disdain; passionately decrying outmoded laws, speaking out against the UK’s dubious foreign policy and rejecting aspects of society few have barely questioned. Environmentally conscious songs such as “Progress” reinforce the Inner Terrestrials’ deep concern regarding man’s relation to the land; an issue explored in earlier releases in tracks such as “Earth Must” and “Middle Oak”. Despite its bleak subject matter, Tales of Terror contains subtle messages of solidarity together with a rationale for change, encouraging people to stand up for themselves in order to make a difference. The Inner Terrestrials have well and truly delivered on their latest release; inspiring, triumphing and making you want to have a bloody good dance as well. (Shuffle Core) Includes 12 Page Booklet! (Ruin Nation Records)
  • M.D.C. finally goes acoustic: the hardcore punk legend around DAVE DICTOR records their classics as "Millions Of Dead Cowboys" in a completely new guise. LP in a 350 gram cardboard cover with printed inlay and download code on Twisted Chords. While every second US punk rock singer feels like he has armed himself with a check shirt and acoustic guitar in the past 15 years and tries to shine ambitiously in the fields of country, folk and Americana, things are a little different with MIKE SMITH and DAVID DICTOR. Although the twelve selected songs were recorded almost continuously acoustically or at least with an undistorted guitar, iconic classics such as "John Wayne Was A Nazi", "Corporate Deathburger" and "Nazis Shouldn't Drive" not only retain their entirety due to the unmistakable singer own flair. So M.D.C. unplugged a kind of acoustic "radical rock" rather than arriving in the Nashville canon, steel guitar, violin or banjo was deliberately avoided. The songs are calm, catchy and profound - not a genre homage, but a completely unique version of themselves. From personal stories from a turbulent life to the biting self-defense against American realities, the band's smashers work perfectly even in the reduced setup. (Twisted Chords Records) https://twistedchords.bandcamp.com/album/tc187-mdc-millions-of-dead-cowboys
  • Sophomore solo album from Manu Chao, the former leader of French Alt rockers Mano Negra. Though Mano Negra experienced some success while together, Manu Chao's solo career has earned him an international audience of music lovers and critics. Originally released in 2001, Chao extends his musical reach and adds a heavier Caribbean flavor than his debut album, Clandestino. 17 tracks including 'Merry Blues', 'Eldorado 1997', 'Me Gustas Tu' and more. Because (Because Music/Radio Bemba/2013)
  • 2018 repress. Originally released in 1998. Gatefold double LP with a CD copy of the album. "The first solo album released by the former frontman of Mano Negra, Clandestino is an enchanting trip through Latin-flavored worldbeat rock, reliant on a potpourri of musical styles from traditional Latin and salsa to dub to rock 'n' roll to French pop to experimental rock to techno... Just about every track has odd sampled bits from what sound like pirate radio-station broadcasts (a possible link to the title). There are so many great ideas on this record that it's difficult to digest in one listen, but multiple plays reveal the great depth of Manu Chao's artistry." (Because Music/Radio Bemba)
  • THE EX | 27 passports | CD

    13.00 incl. tax
    The Ex released their previous regular studio album as a 4-piece (Catch My Shoe) in 2010. While that might seem like a long stretch, their schedule since then tells you another story. The band also released a second album with Ethiopian legend Getatchew Mekuria, and another one with Brass Unbound, featuring several of their friends from the realm of free improvisation. On top of that, there were also a few 7″ split singles, several phenomenal birthday festivals and a lavish photo book that was published as a tribute to the late Getatchew Mekuria in 2016. But now there’s new music. With the unmistakable “Ex energy”. The three-pronged guitar approach is still as exciting as ever, with the guitars of Andy Moor, Terrie Hessels and Arnold de Boer creating tense, interlocking webs of connections and drummer Katherina Bornefeld pushing the band with dancing, hypnotic patterns. There are some remnants of their African adventures, but most of all, this is a return to the power of The Ex as a unit that effortlessly juggles noisy/disjointed guitar parts, trance-like grooves, defiant chanting and a relentless, infectious drive. Colourful and fierce at the same time, 27 Passports once again expands their horizon and enriches their sound, while remaining true to the core of their philosophy: “Forward In All Directions!”. Includes 40 page photo book by Andy Moor. 6 panel digipack. Recorded at Electric Monkey Studio, Amsterdam, by Kasper Frenkel. October 16 + 17, 2017. (EX Records)
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    THE EX | 27 passports | LP

    17.00 incl. tax
    The Ex released their previous regular studio album as a 4-piece (Catch My Shoe) in 2010. While that might seem like a long stretch, their schedule since then tells you another story. The band also released a second album with Ethiopian legend Getatchew Mekuria, and another one with Brass Unbound, featuring several of their friends from the realm of free improvisation. On top of that, there were also a few 7″ split singles, several phenomenal birthday festivals and a lavish photo book that was published as a tribute to the late Getatchew Mekuria in 2016. But now there’s new music. With the unmistakable “Ex energy”. The three-pronged guitar approach is still as exciting as ever, with the guitars of Andy Moor, Terrie Hessels and Arnold de Boer creating tense, interlocking webs of connections and drummer Katherina Bornefeld pushing the band with dancing, hypnotic patterns. There are some remnants of their African adventures, but most of all, this is a return to the power of The Ex as a unit that effortlessly juggles noisy/disjointed guitar parts, trance-like grooves, defiant chanting and a relentless, infectious drive. Colourful and fierce at the same time, 27 Passports once again expands their horizon and enriches their sound, while remaining true to the core of their philosophy: “Forward In All Directions!”. Includes 36-page photo book with photos by Andy Moor. Recorded at Electric Monkey Studio, Amsterdam, by Kasper Frenkel. October 16 + 17, 2017. (EX Records)
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    THE EX | 30 | 2xCD

    12.00 incl. tax
    30 Years of The Ex is a compilation album by the Dutch band The Ex released in 2009, marking the group 30-year anniversary and the departure of original singer G.W. Sok from the band. The album features songs from all The Ex's albums released between 1980 and 2006, as well as tracks from various singles and EPs. 30 Years of The Ex was released on double LP and double CD with the CDs containing seven extra tracks Track listing CD1 "Rules" – from Disturbing Domestic Peace [1980] "Blessed Box at the Backseat" – from History Is What's Happening [1982] "Sucked Out Chucked Out #1" – from Dignity of Labour [1983] "The Wellknown Soldier" – from Tumult [1983] "Jack Frost is Innocent" – from Blueprints for a Blackout [1984] "Fire and Ice" – from Blueprints for a Blackout [1984] "White Liberals" – from Pokkeherrie [1985] "Ay Carmela" – from 1936: The Spanish Revolution [1986] "Knock" – from Too Many Cowboys [1987] "Choice" – from Hands Up! You're Free [1988] "Rara Rap" – from "Rara Rap" 7" [1988] "Headache by Numbers" – from Aural Guerrilla [1988] "Shopping Street" – from Joggers and Smoggers [1989] "State of Freedom" – from Joggers and Smoggers [1989] "Blah Blah" – from Dead Fish [1990] "Bouquet of Barbed Wire" – from Tumult [1983] "Gonna Rob the Spermbank" – from Gonna Rob The Spermbank 12" [1983] "Lier der Steinklopfer" – from "Stonestampers Song"/"Lied Der Steinklopfer" 7" [1990] CD2 "State of Shock" – from Scrabbling at the Lock [1991] "Hidegen Fjnak a Szelek" – from 6.3 7" [1991] "Stupid Competitions" – from And the Weathermen Shrug Their Shoulders [1993] "Former Reporter" – from Mudbird Shivers [1995] "Travel On, Poor Bob" – from Instant [1995] "Atoll" – from Instant [1995] "Frenzy" – from Starters Alternators [1998] "Time Flies" – from Dizzy Spells [2001] "Symfonie voor Machines" – from Een Rondje Holland [2001] "Huriyet" – from Turn [2004] "Ethiopia Hagere" – from Moa Anbessa [2006] "The Big Black" – from And the Weathermen Shrug Their Shoulders [1993] "If the Hat Fits the Suit" – from Instant [1995] "The Lawn of the Limp" – from In the Fishtank 5 [1999] "Listen to the Painters" – from Turn [2004] (The Ex Records)
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    ‘‘It doesn't sound good on paper: Classic 30-year-old punk band loses vocalist, replaces him, and immediately records and releases a new album. Imagine the Buzzcocks with a ringer on the mic, for example. But the Ex is no ordinary band. This is possibly the most evergreen band that's ever existed, and Catch My Shoe is no exception. G.W. Sok's back-of-the-mix Cockney half-bark is missed, but his replacement Arnold de Boer, of Ex collaborator Zea, does a remarkable job in his stead, offering a voice of an entirely different power, a weird combination of loud and calm, between seething chant and pub-conversational. But, more than that, he offers a third guitar and, oh my, the sweeping result is like the hot, burning wind that comes right before an approaching forest fire. But the new member is only part of the story. The Ex doesn't change, it evolves. In recent years, the band's been working with Ethiopian sax legend Getatchew Mekuria; its most recent output was a 2006 collaborative record with him. If you were lucky enough to see the Ex play with Mekuria and a full horn section two years ago at the Ottobar, you already have some idea of what the band can do with horns and African influence in general. Which would be the sort of seamless fusion that belies the word, or what happens when an artist approaches another culture with earnest curiosity about its music (versus trend-sniffing). So, yes, take punk rock that manages to be both sweeping and sharp/angular enough to almost cross over into "math" and rewire its DNA with a blessed torrent of brass and crazy rhythms. Dig when it goes full-bore post-everything on "Eoleyo", in which drumming powerhouse Katherina Bornefeld takes the mic with the sort of traditional African vocal style that in the hands of any other Western band that comes to mind would be the sort of ugly exploitation/appropriation that gets Vampire Weekend bad write-ups. The Ex, of course, still has doomsday politics well intact: "Do you still watch a flat TV?/ Do you still listen to MP3s/ Well, no one has computers anymore/ Because cold, cold weather is back!" The Ex is the sort of band that can sing it, chant it, or shout it, and you just know that it's right. And, in some form, the band will be rattling the dull world's cage until cold weather is, indeed, back.’’ Recorded March 22-24 2010 at Electrical Audio, Chicago, USA by Steve Albini. Mixed in Amsterdam in Andy's room by The Ex. Mastered at Chicago Mastering Service by Bob Weston (EX Records)