Irreversible Entanglements debut album out today on International Anthem/Don Giovanni

Irreversible Entanglements are a liberation-oriented free jazz collective formed in early 2015 by saxophonist Keir Neuringer, poet Camae Ayewa (a.k.a. Moor Mother) and bassist Luke Stewart, who came together to perform at a Musicians Against Police Brutality event organized after the slaying of Akai Gurley by the NYPD.

Months later, the group added trumpeter Aquiles Navarro and drummer Tcheser Holmes (a duo who also performed at the MAPB event) for a single day of recording at Seizure’s Palace in Brooklyn and the full quintet’s first time playing together was captured for this debut.

In four relentless bouts of inspired fire music the instrumentalists explore and elaborate compositional ideas drawn from their deep individual studies of free jazz improvisation, but the tone of each piece is driven decisively by Ayewa’s searing poetic narrations of Black trauma, survival and power.

The message is the undeniable essence of the music. Though free jazz with voice is an uncommon approach in the modern day landscape of the genre, the spirit and subject the band channels and explores represent a return to a central tenant of the sound as it was founded – to be a vehicle for Black liberation. As creative and adventurous as any recording of contemporary avant-garde jazz but offering listeners no abstractions to hide behind, this is music that both honors and defies tradition, speaking to the present while insisting on the future.

The record is out as a split release between International Anthem and Don Giovanni Records.

Preview/Purchase/Pre-order Irreversible Entanglements HERE

New Screaming Females single “Black Moon” out now!

Over six albums and more than a decade of touring, Screaming Females have remained deeply individual and steadfastly DIY. With every album the band’s creativity, chops and perseverance is outdone only by their devoted fanbase. The three piece has returned with the blistering new track, “Black Moon,” the first since their critically acclaimed sixth studio album Rose Mountain in 2015.  Made available only at Spina Records in their hometown of New Brunswick, NJ last Friday, the song was released as a 24-copy ultra limited edition 7”. Released digitally today, the four-minute long ripper is about the earth abandoning humanity, syphoned through the near-universal experience of ending a relationship.

Formed in 2005, Screaming Females is singer/guitarist Marissa Paternoster, bassist Michael Abbate and drummer Jarrett Dougherty. Highlighted as champions of the community on The New York Times Popcast earlier this month, it is clear that contemporary guitar based music is a force dominated by women and queers. Stay tuned for more news from Screaming Females and be sure to catch them on an upcoming fall tour with Street Eaters which kicks off next week. Full list of dates here & below. 

Listen to “Black Moon” HERE

Screaming Females 2017 Tour Dates

* = w/ Street Eaters

 9/24: Chicago, IL @ Hideout Block Party

9/28: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas*

9/29: Athens, OH @ Union*

9/30: Detroit, MI @ El Club*

10/1: Lombard, IL @b Brauerhouse*

10/2: Springfield, IL @ Black Sheep Cafe*

10/3: St Louis, MO @ Off Broadway*

10/4: Lawrence, KS @ The White Schoolhouse*

10/5: Omaha, NE @ O’Leaver’s*

10/6: Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium*

10/7: Minot, ND @ 62 Doors Gallery*

10/8: Regina, SK @ The Club at The Exchange*

10/10: Edmonton, AB @ The Rec Room*

10/11: Calgary, AB @ Palomino*

10/12: Missoula, MT @ The Union Club*

10/13: Spokane, WA @ Baby Bar*

10/14:  Seattle, WA @ Vera Project*

10/15: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios*

10/16: Arcata, CA  @ Outer Space*

10/17: Oakland, CA @ Starline*

10/18: Fresno, CA @ Strummers*

10/19: Los Angeles, CA @  Bootleg Theater*

10/20: Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar*

10/21: Albuquerque, NM @ Sisters*

10/22: El Paso, TX @  Lowbrow Palace*

10/23: San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger*

10/24: Austin, TX @ Barracuda*

10/25: McAllen, TX @ Yerberia Cultura*

10/26: Dallas, TX @ Three Links*

10/27: Houston, TX @ White Oak*

10/28: New Orleans, LA @ First Unitarian Church*

10/29: Gainesville, FL @ FEST*

10/30: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade*

10/31: Durham, NC @ Pinhook*

11/1: Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery*

The Degenerics reunite, reissue Generica with unreleased tracks

Beyond excited to announce a special edition reissue of The Degenerics NJ classic LP Generica. One of my personal top five punk albums of all time and my favorite NJ punk record, we decided to pull out all the stops with this one and go 180 gram vinyl, gatefold packaging with foil stamped numbering out of 300, a all new vinyl master, and a bonus 7″ with unreleased songs. This thing is insane and for those that feel the way I do about this LP will be kinda amazing to hold. 

Pre-order here!

Pre-orders will also be able to bundle the record at no-cost with the to-be-released Kamikaze – The Spirit Of Battle LP, the complete discography from the short lived but well remembered band also fronted by Craig with members of Down In Flames and Fanshen.

Pre-order here!

To celebrate the release The Degenerics will be reuniting for what will likely be their last  performance of all time (but hopefully not) and will be joined by friends in Citizens Arrest, The Pist, Nervous Triggers, and Hatrabbits. The release show will be November 4th, 2017 at Brooklyn Bazaar with tickets on sale now.

Tickets!

 

The Degenerics were a DIY hardcore punk band from New Brunswick, New Jersey, active from 1996 to 2008. The band quickly gained a loyal following along the eastern seaboard and beyond by playing intensely energetic live shows that encouraged audience members to adopt a Positive Mental Attitude. The band’s music is rooted in hardcore punk with heavy metal, reggae, and rock and roll influences overlaid by raw and emotive vocals expressing vehement opposition to authority and societal rules. The band released two EP’s in the late 90’s that were followed by their definitive statement, the Generica LP, in 2000. The Degenerics were a major, influential force in the regional punk scene from New York City’s renowned venue ABC NO RIO to the Jersey Shore. Their distinctive musical style inspired diverse bands such as Tear It Up, Down In Flames, The Measure (SA), and Thursday. The Degenerics shared the stage with contemporary acts such as Anti Flag, Avail, Murphy’s Law, Aus Rotten, Raw Power, Agnostic Front, and Violent Society, among others.

Pressed on 180 gram vinyl and housed in a gatefold sleeve, this reissue also includes a two-song 7″ EP featuring a previously unreleased track and a download card. New and long-time fans will drool over this gorgeous reissue from “one of New Jersey’s most underrated punk bands.”

Pre-order here!

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires’ “Youth Detention” 2xLP out 6/30

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On June 30th, Don Giovanni Records will release Youth Detention///(Nail My Feet Down to the South Side of Town), the third full-length album by Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires.

Call it Youth Detention for short. A double LP spanning 17 songs, it is the band’s most ambitious work to date — a sprawling and visceral record given to both deep introspection and high-volume spiritual uplift.

Hear “Underneath the Sheets of White Noise” at NPR

Where The Glory Fires’ previous LP Dereconstructed (2014) sought to dismantle one-dimensional notions of Southern identity and culture, Youth Detention has a similar, but more personal intent. “It’s about dismantling myself and the narratives that I’ve taken on,” explains Bains. “It’s an examination of youth and the processes through which we begin to consider ourselves, our identities, and what various communities we belong to or are in tension with.” Often, the songs detail moments in which cultural boundaries and biases become apparent — scenes in which systems of privilege and oppression become visible, particularly as they relate to race, class, and gender. Everyday settings — a church, a ballpark, a cafeteria — are revisited again and again, to explore these fleeting moments of revelation from different perspectives and roles. It’s a record defined by accumulation. Stories, images, and thoughts pile up to create confusion and cacophony in the narrative.

Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee at Battletapes with engineer Jeremy Ferguson and producer Tim Kerr, Youth Detention captures the band in raw form. Each song was cut live to tape, with the four performing in the same room without headphones or baffling. The result is thoroughly human, with Lynn Bridges’ mix retaining the band’s live energy and looseness at the expense of a few out of tune strings. The Glory Fires’ music draws deeply from punk, but also soul, power pop, country, and gospel. It’s equal parts careful curation and geographic inheritance. “It’s the sound of my place,” says Bains. “I want to know it. I want to argue with it. I don’t want to be a band from anywhere that could be doing anything. For me, that’s what punk is about — figuring out who I am and how to be the best version of myself. I can’t do that by pretending to be something I’m not.”

The songs are deeply rooted in Bains’ experience of his hometown, Birmingham, AL. Youth Detention depicts a Southern city in the decades surrounding the turn-of-the-millennium: in the throes of white flight, urban disinvestment, racial tension, class struggle, gentrification, gender policing, homophobia, xenophobia, religious fervor, deindustrialization, and economic upheaval.

The lyrics could ring true anywhere, though. The South exists in the world and, like the South, the world is increasingly beholden to many of these same tensions and forces. The songs on Youth Detention are meant as small acts of resistance to those systems. Documenting minor moments — the refusal to sit quietly through a display of bigotry, the act of quieting down and listening to somebody’s struggle, sticking up for friends targeted for their difference — that, hopefully, serve as the beginnings of a more profound awakening.

Pre-Order Youth Detention HERE

Read Spark Mag’s interview with Lee Bains HERE

Find Lee Bains III online HERE

LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES ON TOUR

6.30 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
7.1 – Birmingham, AL @ Firehouse
7.2 – Memphis, TN @ Growlers
7.6 – Little Rock, AR @ White Water Tavern
7.7 – Jackson, MS @ Space Camp
7.8 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
7.26 – Chattanooga, TN @ JJs Bohemia
7.27 – Durham, NC @ Pinhook
7.28 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
7.29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
7.30 – Washington DC @ DC9
7.31 – Baltimore, MD @ Windup Space
8.1 – New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine
8.2 – Jersey City, NJ @ Monty Hall
8.3 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
8.4 – Allston, MA @ O’Brien’s
8.5 – Florence, MA @ 13th Floor Music Lounge
8.6 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk
8.7 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory
8.8 – Toronto, ON @ Garrison
8.9 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
8.10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Funhouse
8.11 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Brass Rail
8.12 – Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen
8.13 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
Aug 14 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
8.15 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
8.16 – Appleton, WI @ Mile of Music’s Concerts in the Courtyard
8.19 – Nashville, TN @ The End

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires join Don Giovanni Records / Announce winter tour dates

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We are excited to announce that Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires have joined the Don Giovanni Records family!

Formed in 2010, the band has released two LPs — There is a Bomb in Gilead(2012) and Dereconstructed (2014) — and toured extensively throughout the US and Europe. Split between Birmingham, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia, their music is both a celebration of and confrontation with the culture of the American South.

“We’re an independent band from a very peculiar place that’s trying to engage with the history of the region as it pertains to race, religion, class, gender, and the rest,” explains Bains. “The area where we’re from — the Piedmont South — is a place where a lot of vernacular musical forms from converging communities co-mingled. And that co-mingling upset the existing social orders. We’re trying to reclaim those musical moments as acts of cultural resistance.”

In January, the band — Bains, Eric Wallace, Adam Williamson, and Blake Williamson — will head out on a short East Coast tour culminating in performances at the Don Giovanni Records Showcase shows in Brooklyn and Philadelphia.
Find Lee Bains III online HERE

Find Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires on Bandcamp HERE

Read NPR on 2014’s Dereconstructed HERE

LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES ON TOUR 

1.26.17 – Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge
1.27.17 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
1.28.17 – Boone, NC @ Boone Saloon
1.29.17 – Greenville, SC – ninjaplex
1.30.17 – Greensboro, NC – On Pop of the World
1.31.17 – Harrisonburg, VA – Golden Pony
2.1.17 – Washington, DC – DC9
2.2.17 – Kennett Square, PA – Kennett Flash
2.3.17 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory (Don Giovanni Showcase)
2.4.17 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church (Don Giovanni Showcase)

Don Giovanni Records Showcase 2017

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We’re really excited to be able to announce our 2017 label showcase! This year were doing three shows in two cities! Full lineup and ticket info below! Get your tickets before they sell out!

Thursday, February 2nd – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
$15

Aye Nako
Sammus
Mal Blum
Big Eyes
Izzy True
Kissing Is A Crime

Tickets: http://bit.ly/2gwUSEM

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Friday, February 3rd – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
$15

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires
Peter Stampfel
Shellshag
Vacation
California X
Painted Zeros

Tickets: http://bit.ly/2hg4vqp

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Saturday, February 4th – First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA
$15

Screaming Females
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires
Outer Spaces
Worriers
Bad Moves

Tickets: http://ticketf.ly/2hm7nzR

Moor Mother – Fetish Bones out Sept. 16th!

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Beyond excited to finally announce well be working with Moor Mother on her debut album Fetish Bones, out Sept. 16th!

Pre-order CD/LP/Digital: http://bit.ly/2a77ufE

Fetish Bones is the Don Giovanni Records debut of Philadelphia-based musician, artist, and activist, Camae, who performs under the name Moor Mother.

The album features 13 songs conceived and recorded in Camae’s home studio using a variety of machines, field recordings, and analog noisemakers. The music is often harsh and strange, projecting both the visceral anger of punk and the expansive improvisatory spirit of Sun Ra. It’s an album intended as a form of protest and also as form of time travel — a collection of sounds that are events themselves, telling stories rich in history about the journey that brings us to today and the future we are creating. Fetish Bones is not an album meant to help you forget. It is made so that you will remember the injustices that we bear witness to and participate in.

Pre-order CD/LP/Digital: http://bit.ly/2a77ufE

Alice Bag debut album out June 24th!

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Pre-order Alice Bag

Iconic punk rock feminist, author, educator and musician Alice Bag has announced her self-titled solo debut album Alice Bag, to be released June 24 on Don Giovanni Records. As with all of Bag’s artistic endeavours, this album is unabashedly honest and unafraid. Alice Bag features all original material written by Bag and includes performances by some of her favorite LA-based musicians. There will be an album release party on July 2 at The Echo in Bag’s hometown of Los Angeles, CA with support from Generacion Suicida and Kim and The Created. Info and tickets available HERE.

Poetically biting lyrics set the stage for the sassy, socially charged first single “No Means No” released today alongside her pledge to donate 100% of today’s album pre-order proceeds to Peace Over Violence in support of Denim Day. We encourage you to pre-order the record, make your own donation and post/share the new single No Means No freely today!

Starting off on a sprint, “Little Hypocrite” wastes no time awakening the listener with tight harmonies and a frantic pace. The record rolls effortlessly into Bag’s punk prose on girl-group pop infused “He’s So Sorry”. This solo debut shows Bag exploring a moodier, bluesier sound on tracks like “Weigh About You“ and “Poisoned Seed“ which begins with a moody, haunting melody and opens up to Bag’s signature fierce sound. Sung entirely in Spanish, Bag explained the deeply personal “Inesperado Adios” “was influenced by the family of one of my students. Her father was detained for being undocumented. His sudden departure sent the family spinning out of control. As a teacher I often fell into the role of family therapist. I initially wrote it from the point of view of my student’s mother but then decided a duet might work”.

Alice was lead singer and co-founder of The Bags, one of the first wave punk bands to form in the mid-1970’s in Los Angeles, CA. She was featured in the seminal documentary on punk rock, The Decline of Western Civilization and went on to perform in other groundbreaking bands, including Castration Squad, Cholita, and Las Tres. She has published two books, including the critically acclaimed memoir Violence Girl which is now required reading in gender and musicology courses throughout the country + the self-published Pipe Bomb For the Soul, based on her experiences in post-revolutionary Nicaragua. Her influence on popular music is highlighted in the Smithsonian exhibit, American Sabor.

Pre-order Alice Bag

Jamie Kilstein and The Agenda – A Bit Much out July 22nd!

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Really excited to announce that we’re going to be working with Jamie Kilstein​ to release his debut album from Jamie Kilstein and The Agenda! The album is called “A Bit Much” and comes out July 22nd and includes the song Fuck The NRA which you can watch the video for now!

Pre-order on iTunes: http://apple.co/23I6uHc
Pre-Order CD: http://bit.ly/1VgxjgM

Jamie Kilstein and The Agenda are also on tour, go see them when they come to your city: http://jamiekilstein.com/gigs/

Jamie Kilstein is one of today’s most provocative and progressive voices, his righteous rants and searing social commentary earning him international applause and the enraged ire of the vast right wing media conspiracy. “A BIT MUCH,” the debut album from Jamie Kilstein and The Agenda, sees the NJ-born provocateur unleashing his own audacious brand of colloquial punk blues, meshing his often hilarious, always acute insights with riotous riffs and with a beat you can tear down the system to. Songs like “Fuck The NRA” and the tender “Tiny Humans” burn with Kilstein’s trademark wit, rage, and compassion, their unstoppable hooks and memorable melodies new ammunition in his ongoing war with the greedheads and homophobes, misogynists and morons that stand in the way of both peace and progress. Sonically exciting and passionately performed, Jamie Kilstein and The Agenda’s “A BIT MUCH” is an incendiary rock ‘n’ roll salvo straight into the face of our complacent and still too conservative culture.