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ssr028- LOCKS -Suicides Don't Commit Themselves. Digital / Vinyl LP

The first full length by this unpredictable chicago duo. The kitchen-sink, lo-fi, excess of their previous recordings has evolved into a more refined, post-prog minimalist songcraft served with an absurdist's eye for detail. Locks has taken the concept of "two people with samplers and some instruments" and turned it into a band.

The vinyl includes a download with two bonus tracks (a wall of voodoo cover, and a j church cover).

CLICK HERE to check out a new track from the record called "The Sergeant's Daughter"!

Track List

  1. That WIll Never Get Blood Out Of A Clown Suit
  2. Language Song
  3. More Boring Heroes
  4. Everyone Loves Things (a love song)
  5. Whatever It Takes To Sleep
  6. The Sergeant's Daughter
  7. Smokers Cough

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ssrtn1- Tacoma Narrows - Tacoma Narrows. Digital Download.

Kirk Pratt's songwriting, owing a debt to The Byrds, Elliott Smith and The Band, anchors the sound with sincere vocals and catchy melodies. The smart arrangements make unexpected rhythmic shifts, complex harmonies veer into minimalist moments and a focus on melody is tempered by an appreciation for distortion and noise. Guitars flirt with classic rock and country riffs and a pulsing rhythm section drives with precision. The effect is like an old folk ballad played by a kraut-rock band.

Track List

  1. Faint and Fade
  2. Wait for Dark
  3. Body Burdon
  4. A Reminder
  5. A Ghost Is Closing In
  6. On The Banks
  7. Disassociate
  8. Subject Distance

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ssr018-027- Andrew Broder - 10 Instrumental Albums. Digital Download.

Over the course of 10 weeks in early 2009, Andrew Broder (Fog, HeatdeatH, Hymie's Basement) created a series of 10 digital releases of home recorded, ambient noise. These were sent to friends and sympathizers, now they are available to anyone.

The Albums: (Click on Album to Order)

  1. ssr018 "I Must Fix All of the Problems"
  2. ssr019 "Experts, Specialists"
  3. ssr020 "Raw Bulb"
  4. ssr021 "We Had To Eat The Owl"
  5. ssr022 "Suture"
  6. ssr023 "Unqualified"
  7. ssr024 "Think About Every Problem You Have At The Same Time"
  8. ssr025 "Rap Ballads"
  9. ssr026 "Spiraling"
  10. ssr027 "Remaining"

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ssr015- Alpha Consumer "Gary Victorsen's". Digital Download

A digital reissue of previous releases by this Minneapolis based, post modern pop group who also dig into distortion-heavy, fuzzy, freak-outs. Featuring folks from Fog, Andrew Bird's band, Dosh, and Fat Kid Wednesdays.

Track List

  1. KC Bound/ So That's That
  2. Unicorn Uniform
  3. Rck-N-Roll Plankton Unite!
  4. Bubble
  5. Yellow Sun
  6. The Waiting Room
  7. Storms Coming (Sleep Tight)
  8. Gary Victorsens's (We'll Disappear)
  9. Crimson and Clover
  10. Welcome Back Shirley
  11. (Instead) Oh, I Love You!

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ssr014- Alpha Consumer "s/t". Digital Download

A digital reissue of previous releases by this Minneapolis based, post modern pop group who also dig into distortion-heavy, fuzzy, freak-outs. Featuring folks from Fog, Andrew Bird's band, Dosh, and Fat Kid Wednesdays.

Track List

  1. Intro - Unsupernatural Selection
  2. I Know, I Know (Brand New Widow)
  3. The Son of the C.E.O. of Rubbersuit Co.
  4. Assisted Living
  5. Prosperity!
  6. I Need to Make a Lot of Money Fast
  7. The Best Opinion Ever and Me
  8. Our Secret Knock
  9. Mongoloid
  10. I Need a Gun
  11. Don't Forget to Dream
  12. A Pet in Every Picture

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ssr013- A TUNDRA "What are You? Looking at EP." 7" Vinyl EP

A Tundra's returned. Whittled down to a three piece, they've expanded their horizons and tightened the screws, all while just simply becoming one of the most interesting bands in Chicago. The disjointed rock deconstructions of the previous (staticstation) release "Man Or Woman, Laughing Or Crying" are still present, however a newfound sense of focus and melody has refined their approach into something easier on the ear yet equally, if not more challenging and rewarding than their earlier work.

Track List

  1. Shellron Huhbard
  2. The Yaz Record Mart

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ssr012- 97 Shiki 7" EP

97-SHIKI are four people who make music, with long histories in underground, punk, hardcore, rock, experimental music in Chicago and all over the place. Since beginning to play out in the spring of 2008, they have managed to perform rather consistently around the Chicago area, and in November of 2008, toured South East Asia (Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, and a show in Seoul, South Korea). Plans for more touring are in the works for the US as well as in more exotic locales. The music is the construct of the four individuals who create its rhythmic, discordant, yet melodic layers. This record is where it all begins.

Track List

  1. Brother
  2. Massachussetts
  3. Firefighter
  4. Disassemble
  5. Hurts My Head

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ssr011- HeatdeatH, "II" LP

HeatdeatH is the Minneapolis based duo of Andrew Broder (guitar, electronics) and Tim Glenn (drums, electronics). This entity is the outlet for the duo's long-standing dedication to drone, ambient noise, suicidal black metal, free jazz, four-track recording, modern composition, and pretty shit. Their sound constantly unfolds and overlaps, searching melodically with great sadness and beauty, while overwhelmingly abrasive and terrifying all at once. "II" is their second release and is available only as a limited edition vinyl 12" and download. The vinyl also includes a coupon for free high-quality (320kbps) mp3s of the record plus a download-able bonus track unavailable anywhere else.

Track List

  1. II.I
  2. II.II

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ssr010- A TUNDRA "Man or Woman,
Laughing Or Crying" CD

On Man or Woman, Laughing or Crying, A Tundra’s first full-length recording, the quartet’s individual influences—pop, skewed punk, blues, minimalist composition—solidify into a singular, unified resonance. Stuttering rhythms and dissonance tumble into gentle pastorals of manipulated organic sound. Melodies spring forth and are quickly reinterpreted before fading into the texture of the music. The songs on Man or Woman, Laughing or Crying are serious about deconstructing the seriousness of rock music. Though A Tundra may not have set out to make a 'rock record', the end result is a rock record, through and through.

Track List

  1. I Had a Dream That We Had a Song Called Which One of You Cokehead Motherfuckers Wants to Fight
  2. Found Loose in the Mails
  3. Turkey Big Dot, Turkey Red Dot
  4. Boner on the One
  5. Candy Covered Corpse
  6. Wow That Traffic Light Has Really Changed
  7. Scream for Me Long Peach

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ssr009- TIRRA LIRRA "breathe bodies" CD

The musical climate we currently reside in is over saturated and stagnant. Bands are being started to adhere to the rules of a genre, not the creativity of it's makers. The city of Chicago has a notorious abundance of musicians not content to follow any preset paths, TIRRA LIRRA contains four of them. Molding traditional rock instruments like guitar and drums with experimenter's tools such as modular synthesizers and samplers, this quartet of noisemakers blend pounding rhythms, slurred, echoed vocals, electronic tone sculpting, and guitars like a fever dream with a sharp sense of melody to create a music that has a warm, organic nature with a cold, dark spine.

While forging new sounding music is ever necessary, TIRRA LIRRA also posses a strong understanding of the past and their roots. From psych-rock, to punk, and even flirtations with the darker side of post-punk and primitive industrial music, TIRRA LIRRA has crafted a sound that is challenging and innovative as well as satisfying and familiar.

"Breathe Bodies" is the debut recording of this young group, and is a high starting point for a band with an increasingly large following in Chicago and upon this recording's release and TIRRA LIRRA's subsequent tours, the world.

Track List

  1. Pale
  2. White Eyes
  3. Evening Gentlemen
  4. Breathe Bodies
  5. Alabaster

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ssr008- LOCKS "bad words" CDep

D.I.Y. means a lot of things to a lot of different people. To some it means putting in a sink or toilet, to others it means a hobby, to the duo of Theo Katsaounis and Patrick Scott, collectively known as LOCKS, D.I.Y. means EVERYTHING! Both have their roots in the punk/harcore/indie scenes of Chicago's mid 90's heyday, and have managed to apply the independent ethics of their past with their penchant for experimentation and song-craft to create a music that can only be known as LOCKS.

Being a pair of music fans their whole lives, Theo and Patrick have influences in all directions. LOCKS reflects this. They will dwell on a rickety droning loop, interrupting it with a trotting post-modern pop song, only to follow that with abstracted lyrical introspection over an electronic pulse. As far reaching as their sounds and influences go, all their music simply put, just sounds like it's theirs.

"Bad Words" was created slowly and randomly over the course of a year being assembled and performed in Patrick's apartment and it's basement. Recorded by the band, with no budget meant "anything goes" and it did. Need a snare drum sound? Sample an oven door. A synth tone? how about wiring a mixer backwards so it feeds back on itself. Reverb? How about a mic in the ductwork of the apartment with someone singing in the other end? A beat? How about someone dropping a box and swearing? All these sounds are found on "Bad Words" and in no way are they arbitrary, everything seems like it was put there on purpose, even if it was just a "happy accident".

Recording trickery and song-craft aside, a band isn't a band if they can't pull it off live, and that's the department where LOCKS excels. Playing their first show on tour shortly after forming , Theo and Patrick have been touring consistantly and feverishly around the U.S. and Canada with more tours always being planned.

Track List

  1. Where In San Diego Is Ana Mendieta
  2. Fashionably Late For the Responsible Party (version 2)
  3. A Confused Line
  4. Quit Fanning Yourself, You're Making Me Hot
  5. Fly Information
  6. Tempermentalista

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ssr007- Weather "Putting Smiling Faces on Negative Spaces" CD

Roby from Milemarker, and Patrick from Kill Sadie and My Lai, alongside Theo from Stillwell made an interesting blend of post-post hardcore, free improvisation, feedback, art-rock, and what have you. A fine document of a short lived band. Roby moved to Baltimore and is a part of Cex and Sand Cats, Patrick is in Locks and records solo as so/on, and Theo plays in Locks, A Tundra, and solo as Lark.

Track List

  1. No Coast
  2. Who Knows When the Numbers Become Names
  3. America Hoffman
  4. Hedonistas
  5. Over the Rooftops
  6. Better Here Than In Federico Fellini
  7. Vehicle Homicide
  8. Belt of Stars
  9. The Prairie Hell In Which We Dwell
  10. Significant Participant Signifies...

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Mostly Out Of Print Stuff

ssr006.5- p.electronics 3"Cdr OOP!

(super limited edition, 3"CDr of manipulated sine and square waves as well as layers of minimal electronic feedback. An experiment in patience, endurance and noise floor.)

ssr006- The Anchor By Monitor 2xCDr OOP!

(after my lai, patrick dug deep into hours and hours of 4track and 8track experiments, with sound sources including faucets, plates, cheap drum-machines, guitars, the UNISYNTH, late night television, and rudimentary electronics. Disc 1 is a 45 minute tape piece used as an audio backdrop for the band Kill Sadie on their epic 2.5month summer 2000 U.S. tour. Disc 2 is a collection of works recorded in chicago, toronto, seattle, and austin from 1998-2003)

ssr005.5- My Lai "untitled" one sided 7" OOP!

(a limited edition of these were pressed for My Lai's 1999 tour, an even more limited number of them were silkscreened on the blank side. Three songs of fast, noisy, yet somehow melodic, post-grind-art-core complete with brian playing piano, and even more "nonsense" lyrical Haiku.)

ssr005- My Lai " Learn...Forget...Re-learn" Lp OOP!

(caught smack dab in the middle of hardcore's late 90's "metal or haircut" schism these four chicagoans seemed to sound like an airplane landing in your living room...an actual quote from a show...yet stop on a dime and play 10 seconds of quiet pretty stuff, then comes the blast-beat and feedback, all with lyrics that some saw as poetic and insightful and maximum rock'n'roll just called "nonsense".)

ssr004- Nymb "novembre" CDep OOP! & 12"ep might be some left

(a great debut...i maintain it's their best work along with their demo...from a group of kids wise beyond their years. Late 90's indie rock was the template but elaine's voice cut through all the crap, she has strength, and presence, twee she is not, the music is a great mixture of "soft/loud" dynamics and the songs move like pretty dirges...except the last one, it's poppy...)

ssr003- Baxter "lost voices" 7" OOP!

(yeah, yeah it's got tim from Rise Against and Neil from Lawerence Arms in the band. Mid-tempo fist pumping anthems for the pre-arena-emo generation. these guys had it.)

ssr002- V/A "thoughts and notions...con brio" 7"

(4 bands, 3 of which all lived in my apartment at one time or another and the 4th of which was one of the great unsung bands of my days living in pennsylvania. My Lai, before i was in the band, V.Reverse, my pre-My Lai band with Doug from 8Bark and 4th Rotor; Milkwede, the best bunch of kids to play a million shows with while i was in high school, and Trepan Nation, straight edge pop punk without a hint of christianity, more like queer athiesm. This record took forever and cemented that i don't think i want to do a comp again.)

ssr001- Trepan Nation "let there be danger" 7" OOP!

(the debut from this odd group of chicago misfits, they were straight edge, but weren't assholes, their music was influenced more by propagandhi than Judge, and their best song "Ok two penguins are sitting in a bathtub" is on this record. Covers were scammed at the UIC copy shop i think.)