DIY Vinyl for King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Newest Album 0 576

DIY Vinyl for King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Newest Album 0 577

Well, here is a fun treat for the kids. The continuing journey of the Australian upstarts King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard keeps getting more exciting as the band gets closer to their goal of releasing 5 albums in 2017.

On Wednesday, the band announced their fourth long player POLYGONDWANALAND would be available for free this Friday (11/17/17). Recently, that type of announcement from the band has been met with a flurry of excitement over the physical launch as their home country label, Flightless, and here in the US, ATO Records, typically have some nice limited edition offerings.

Not only did King Gizzard say that the new record was going to be free to anyone that wanted to download it but that it would be available to anyone that wanted to press it on vinyl. They would supply all the files and pretty much if you can press a record – you could release the new King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.

The thought of this is really crazy and genius in the same sentence. The band is giving support to every label out there that is a fan, fans will get some nice and limited pressings, and your music and this novel idea create an ever bigger, already growing, fan base. This process has real potential to be a cluster but so far not so bad and fun to watch.

Instantly after the announcement, a community Facebook page was created and fans were brainstorming on steroids. This page is currently still producing ideas and sharing pressings. Blood Music out of Porvoo, Finland was one of the first labels to put out some samples and launched 5 variants of vinyl for pre-order. Stolen Body Records out of the UK was quick to follow and had 4 variants totaling around a 1000 copies which have now all sold out.

Turns out the demand is there and more labels have stepped up to offer their version of POLYGONDWANALAND. My two favorites so far have been from one of our favorite labels, Greenway Records out of New York has a nice looking splatter combo limited to the number of orders this week plus a Test Pressing cover that will be hand printed by Gizz poster legend Dan Curran and hand numbered, limited to the exact amount sold there which I believe may be around 12 copies?. We can’t wait to see these as his hand screened art is always fantastic.

Also there is LA’s Nomad Eel Records (Glow In The Dark vinyl w/red, yellows, and blue splatter ltd 100 copies) which is collaborating with Detroit’s Jett Plastic Recordings (Gold Vinyl w/ Teal Splatter ltd 100 copies). These should be great quality as Wax Mage is pressing the copies.

PIAPTK is doing a really cool 7″ experiment with the album called Thirty Six Seconds From Polygondwanaland That Go On Forever. These will be made one at a time out of 100 different samples from the LP. Each locked groove will be one of a kind and unpredictable. Each disc will be totally singular and unlike the rest. Only 100 copies are being made. They come in a heavy duty Picture disc sleeve with transparency insert and should ship in a week or so! Totally different and PIAPTK always has nice quality.

Here are several other variants of the record (with more to come I am sure):
Fuzz Club (3 variants that total 500 copies)
Needle Juice Records (2 variants that total 1000 copies)
Kickstarter (Deluxe Charity Vinyl – several options)
Oracle Records (150 Copies: Translucent Blue)
Gruesome Twosome & The Same Ghost Collective (250 Copies: Jacket printed on reverse board – ultra matte; Clear vinyl with pink blob, and orange/black splatter; hand-numbered; sticker and other goods).

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Hovvdy: Cranberry [Album Review] 0 487

Double Double Whammy Records [2018]


Who: Based in Austin, Texas, Hovvdy (pronounced “howdy”) is the writing and recording project of Charlie Martin and Will Taylor. The duo, both primarily drummers, first met in the fall of 2014 and quickly bonded over a love for quiet music. Cranberry is their sophomore record.

Sound: If you are into current soft intricate warm jangly rock like Ultimate Painting, Pinegrove, (Sandy) Alex G or past favorites such as Low and Yo La Tengo then Hovvdy should be a great new listen for you to check out.

TFN Final Take: Pacing is everything and on Hovvdy’s sophomore record, Cranberry, the Austin duo of Charlie Martin and Will Taylor take you on a soft ride through 12 new tracks over 33 minutes. These disguised pop tunes have a way to get in your head with every well-placed strum of guitar, every stroke of the keys and every soft hit of the skins. This gentle wave is Hovvdy’s success because the record never tires even though the group maintains a very similar mood and execution through the entire album. What I really liked about Cranberry is the subtle bit of haze that Hovvdy places over their layered vocals. They are a little bit lo-fi and a little bit bedroom pop that consistently pulls a catchy tune together. Hovvdy is a band to just put on, relax and let Cranberry take you to another place.

Hovvdy Website
Hovvdy Facebook
Double Double Whammy Records

– Reviewed by Thomas Wilde

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Ruby Boots: Don’t Talk About It [Album Review] 0 507

Ruby Boots
Don’t Talk About It
Bloodshot Records [2018]

Fire Note Says: Aussie country rocker with promise debuts States-side for Bloodshot Records.

Album Review: The second album from Ruby Boots roars out of the gate with “It’s So Cruel,” a cow-punk rocker that recalls the energy of Jason & The Scorchers. But before you get your hopes up, producer Beau Bedford (of The Texas Gentlemen), perhaps eager to display the singer/songwriter’s versatility, offers her up in the big doo-wop wall of sound of “Believe In Heaven,” nostalgic for the early days when Phil Spector was producing girl groups as rock & roll was first finding it’s way into the mainstream. “Don’t Talk About It,” the album’s title track, follows. It’s another ballad with orchestration that draws inspiration from that old school retro-sound.

Ruby Boots (real name, Bex Chilcott) comes from Australia via Nashville and had one previous album on an Aussie imprint before this debut on Bloodshot Records, a journey made by Kasey Chambers and others. Following the first three big production numbers, Boots sounds more at home on “Easy Way Out,” with a chord progression borrowed from the Tom Petty songbook, and the country weeper “Don’t Break My Heart Twice.”

The second half of the album sticks closer to country/rock formulas, with “I’ll Make It Through,” co-written and with harmony vocals by Nikki Lane, “Somebody Else” and “Infatuation,” are set up by punchy rhythms, strong vocal hooks, and solid, rocking guitars and minimal twang. Okay Boots has some twang in her voice on “Infatuation.” On these three, and the closing angry, country kick you to the curb slow burner with bluesy guitar and honky-tonk piano/organ that is “Don’t Give a Damn,” Boots sounds a bit like a young Lucinda Williams as the song heats up like a Rolling Stones’ song.

It’s the nearly a capella, almost hymnic “I Am A Woman,” that exhibits Boots’ voice in all it’s unique purity, in a spiritual song that declares her feminine gifts and her internal strength of being, echoing strength alongside vulnerability. On the whole this is a solid, inviting outing, driven by good songs and equally solid performances. Ruby Boots will be one to watch.

Key Tracks: “It’s So Cruel” / “Easy Way Out” / “Infatution”

Artists With Similar Fire: Nikki Lane / Lone Justice / Lydia Loveless

Ruby Boots Website
Ruby Boots Facebook
Bloodshot Records

– Reviewed by Brian Q. Newcomb

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