We know Shrag through our UK connections with Comet Gain and Huggy Bear. They live in Brighton, England and have been putting out 7”s on the Where It’s At is Where You Are (WIAIWYA) label for awhile now and are about to release a cd singles collection on WIAIWYA. Here’s what their bio says about their upcoming release:
""Shrag" by Shrag is a collection of those 7" singles plus some extras. 12 everyday stories collated from the scribbles of a diary. Tales about school bullies, “”90’s crushes”, and creepy scenesters; diatribes against obsessive friendships; people who talk too much during sex; pop songs ruined by wrecked relationships. It’s all gleefully kicked off by an anthem against pregnancy: “Incubate a stranger, throw your years after it…”“
Shrag toured North America with the Cribs in 2007 and will be playing at Ladyfest Manchester in November with the Slits and Manda Rin (ex bis).
Helen King-vocals, yamaha AN200
Bob Brown-vocals, guitar
Stephanie Goodman-vocals, keyboards
Leanne Walter-vocals, drums
Little known Shrag trivia:
Helen King is an esteemed Gertrude Stein scholar at Oxford University (or maybe it’s Cambridge, I forget) ….which is to say, take a careful listen to those lyrics and see if you can detect a modernist influence.
Remember Gravy Train!!!!? Well Hunx and Junx have solo bands now and we are distributing them in mail order, see below. We just sold out of “you don’t like rock n roll” by hunx and his punx but dont’ worry we ordered more so you can sign up to be notified when it comes back in stock.
FYI both Hunx and Junx are former KRS Mail Order Freaks, so please show them some love!
Those Darlins rule! They came to our attention last week by way of an old intern of ours. We get demos every day of the week but this one really stands out to me. It’s pop, in a country vein. Their bio says they live in Nashville but record in New York City and in fact calls them “rockers”, which in my 80’s teenage lexicon meant blue collar heavy metal kids. Not sure what is meant by this usage except maybe they are more aggro than appearances might suggest? The bio also says they “talk convincingly about female empowerment, music history and egalitarian ideals of performance and business.” Does that mean they are feminist? Being strong women doesn’t mean they deserve to be limited by their gender. In their own words “There are fucking tons of dude bands out there and they’re not described as an all-male band.” Labels don’t matter with righteous anthems like Wild One, right? Here’s a some more bits of info:
Bass/Vocals-Kelley Darlin Guitar/Vocals-Jessi Darlin Ukelele/Vocals-Nikki Darlin…and apparently Ringo plays drums??? But he’s not really “in the band” maybe?
Kelley is from North Carloina and was involved in starting the Southern Girls Rock Camp in Murfreesboro (inspired by volunterring at the Portland’s Rock-n-Roll Camp for Girls)..Jessi is from Kentucky and Nikki is from Virginia—when we know more we’ll pass it on. In the meantime, get into the groove, it’s infectious!
October Releases Out Now: New Records by Marnie Stern & Deerhoof
KRS485 Deerhoof - Offend MaggieCD/LP w Digital Download Say what you will about Deerhoof, but they know how to write a beautiful song. And “Offend Maggie” is all the more beautiful for the fact that it seems to come out of nowhere. For all its sparkling musicanship, it sounds casually tossed off like it was nothing at all. It’s a new sound for the band as much as it’s a new sound for pop music.
While John Dieterich’s acoustic guitar seems to channel Malian guitarist Ali Farka Toure, Ed Rodriguez’s electric conjures classic Townsend. Singer/bassist Satomi Matsuzaki (with drummer Greg Saunier on harmony vocal) tells a plaintive story in which telemarketing calls are a metaphor for unrequited love. The bittersweet magic of this short song promises a major thrill ride when its 14-track namesake is released next month.
For those who have been following their remarkable career, “Offend Maggie” represents another Deerhoofian high-water mark, even as it shows another abrupt shift in direction. With these master gamesters, you can never guess their next move, but once they’ve made it, it somehow seems inevitable. One listen and you’ll know “Offend Maggie” could only be Deerhoof. Two listens and you’ll be in love.
KRS486 Marnie Stern - This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That **Pre-Order** CD/LP w/digital download A lot of people think everything has to do with luck and timing, and I just don’t think that’s true,” says Marnie Stern, pounding a bar counter to punctuate the word don’t. “There are actors that work for 20 years and fade in and out of fame. Keeping in there is the important part.” Don’t worry; Stern hasn’t dropped her trusted Electra guitar—or “bitchin’” double-neck Epiphone—for a steady regiment of self-help seminars. The New York Times-endorsed, Pitchfork-approved (one reviewer called her “pure Technicolor in a glutted, black-and-white scene”) vocalist/guitarist knows what she’s talking about, though. After all, she dealt with nothing but blank faces in the early ’00s, as the New York native struggled to get noticed among the Strokes/Yeah Yeah Yeahs explosion in the Lower East Side and Brooklyn. "Developing my own style took years of taking risks," says Stern. "I know my voice is high, but singing like Yoko Ono was unbelievably embarrassing for me at first. I didn’t even want my best friend to hear it. She was like, ‘Come on, Marnie! Show people your silly side!’ And I was like, ‘Are you kidding? Do you know how annoying that sounds?’" Kelefa Sanneh of The New York Times (now at The New Yorker) was one of the first critics to celebrate the Stern’s quirkiness and the carpe diem cuts of her debut, In Advance of the Broken Arm, writing, “Yes! It’s hard to muster a more nuanced response to Marnie Stern, a previously obscure shredder and yawper who has just released the year’s most exciting rock ‘n’ roll album.” While her first full-length had the focus of a bullet train from New York to Boston, Stern’s second LP—the endlessly-titled This Is It… (blame an Alan Watts essay)—is a pop record for an alternate dimension, where hooks and choruses are sent careening through a cracked kaleidoscope. That includes everything from the chirping chorus line of “Ruler” to the luscious riff-raking leads of “Crippled Jazzer.” Stern’s new one is also deeply personal compared to the conceptual leanings of her previous work. She wasn’t comfortable with that angle at first, but she quickly found a balance between bloodletting and keeping things universal.
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD CODES COMES IN EACH VINYL LP, YOU GET IT WITH YOUR ORDER IN THE MAIL.
October 2008 7 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s - w/ Experimental Dental School, Coconut Tickets 9 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge - w/ Experimental Dental School, Coconut Tickets 11 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird - w/ Experimental Dental School, Coconut Tickets 13 - Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown - w/ Experimental Dental School, Au Tickets 14 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue - w/ Experimental Dental School, Au Tickets 15 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall - w/ Experimental Dental School, Au Tickets 16 - Bloomington, IN @ Buskirk Chumley Theater - w/ Experimental Dental School, Au Tickets 17 - Chicago, IL @ Metro - w/ Experimental Dental School, Flying Tickets 18 - Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom - w/ Experimental Dental School, Flying Tickets 21 - New York, NY @ Speigeltent 22 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza - w/ Experimental Dental School, Flying Tickets 23 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East - w/ Experimental Dental School, Flying Tickets 24 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street - w/ Experimental Dental School, Flying Tickets 25 - Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight Ballroom - w/ Experimental Dental School, Flying Tickets 26 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club - w/ Experimental Dental School, Flying Tickets 28 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle - w/ Experimental Dental School, Flying 29 - Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle - w/ Experimental Dental School, Flying Ticket 30 - Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge - w/ Experimental Dental School, Flying Tickets 31 - Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club - w/ Experimental Dental School, Flying Tickets November 2008 1 - Orlando, FL @ The Social - w/ Experimental Dental School, Flying Tickets 2 - Tampla, FL @ Crowbar - w/ Experimental Dental School, Flying Tickets 5 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues - w/ Experimental Dental School, Flying Tickets 6 - Houston, TX @ Numbers - w/ Experimental Dental School, Flying Tickets 7 - Dallas, TX @ Granada - w/ Experimental Dental School, Hawnay Troof Tickets 8 - Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest - Tickets 10 - El Paso, TX @ Club 101 - w/ Experimental Dental School, KIT 12 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress - w/ Experimental Dental School, KIT Tickets 13 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse - w/ Experimental Dental School, KIT Tickets 14 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex - w/ Experimental Dental School, K.I.T. 15 - San Francisco, CA @ Mezanine - w/ Experimental Dental School, K.I.T. December 2008 2 - London, UK @ ULU (University of London Union) 3 - Berlin, Germany @ Lido 5 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix 6 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Melkweg 8 - Le Havre, France @ Cabaret Electrique 9 - Rennes, France @ Antipode 10 - Lyon, France @ Ground Zero 11 - Paris, France @ Sonic Festival at Trabendo 12 - Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound Winter Edition 13 - Madrid, Spain @ Primavera Sound Winter Edition
November 2008 3 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle - w/ Gang Gang Dance 4 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry - w/ Gang Gang Dance 5 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall - w/ Gang Gang Dance 7 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge - w/ Gang Gang Dance 8 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court - w/ Gang Gang Dance 10 - Seattle, WA @ Triple Door - w/ Gang Gang Dance 11 - Vancouver, BC, Canada @ Biltmore Theater - w/ Gang Gang Dance 12 - Portland, OR @ Berbati’s Pan - w/ Gang Gang Dance 14 - San Francisco, CA @ Bimbos - w/ Gang Gang Dance 15 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater - w/ Gang Gang Dance
We don’t have time to listen to everything or get back to you in a timely manner, but if you are a mailorder freak, please feel free to suggest bands for Demo of the Week by sending a link (no unsolicited mp3’s will be listened to) to email@example.com …please give the Hussy some feedback.
10-03 Los Angeles - Avalon * 10-04 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall * 10-06 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom ^! 10-07 Seattle, WA - Neumo’s ^! 10-09 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge ^! 10-11 Denver, CO - Bluebird ^! 10-13 Omaha, NE - The Slowdown ^% 10-14 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue ^% 10-15 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall ^% 10-16 Bloomington, IN - Buskirk Chumley Theater ^% 10-17 Chicago, IL - Metro ^# 10-18 Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom ^# 10-21 New York, NY- Spiegeltent 10-22 New York, NY - Irving Plaza ^# 10-23 Cambridge, MA - Middle East ^# 10-24 Northampton, MA - Pearl Street ^# 10-25 Philadelphia, PA - Starlight Ballroom ^# 10-26 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club ^# 10-28 Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle ^# 10-29 Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle ^# 10-30 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge ^# 10-31 Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club ^# 11-01 Orlando, FL - The Social ^# 11-02 Tampa, FL - Crowbar ^# 11-05 New Orleans, LA - House of Blues ^# 11-06 Houston, TX - Numbers ^# 11-07 Dallas, TX - Granada ^@ 11-08 Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest 11-10 El Paso, TX - Club 101 ^+ 11-12 Tucson, AZ - Club Congress ^+ 11-13 Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse ^+
*with Okay, Happy Hollows ^ with Experimental Dental School ! with Coconut % with Au # with Flying @ with Hawnay Troof + with KIT (09/30/08)