Legendary pioneers of American grunge punk, L7 throw down menacing swagger against the powerful and greedy in their new single “I Came Back To Bitch” unleashed with a video directed by BHC's Joel Fernando today on Don Giovanni Records. Debuted with Rolling Stone today, this track follows their first single in 18 years “Dispatch from Mar-a-Lago” – a sardonic yet joyous middle finger of a track. The band is bringing their explosive live show back on the road this spring, announcing dates in Boston, Philadelphia + more today with additional cities to be announced soon!
L7 is Donita Sparks (Vocals, Guitar), Suzi Gardner (Lead Guitar), Jennifer Finch (Bass) and Dee Plakas (Drums). The formidable four-some’s original line-up came together for their new singles in the studio with producer Billy Bush at EastWest Studios in Hollywood.
L7 Tour Dates
4/11: Boston, MA @ Paradise
4/13: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
4/15: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
4/16: Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Club
4/18: Indianapolis, IN @ Vogue
4/19: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Out March 23rd, Blueprint is the second full-length solo record by Alice Bag. Based in Los Angeles, Bag is a punk rock singer, musician, author, educator and feminist archivist.
She was lead singer and co-founder of The Bags -- who were among the first wave of punk bands to emerge from that city during in the mid-1970's -- and also performed in Castration Squad, Cholita, and Las Tres. In 2016, she released her self-titled debut solo album on Don Giovanni Records.
Today, you can hear Blueprint's opening track, "Turn it Up," on Stereogum. which includes group backing vocals by Kathleen Hannah, Allison Wolfe, Martin Sorrondeguy, Rudy Garcia, Genevieve Atkerson, Lysa Flores, Vivi Flores, Chelsea Velasquez.
Recorded at Echo Park's Station House Studios, Blueprint collects 11 songs that Bag wrote and arranged over the last year. They are performed by members of her current backing band, as well as long-time collaborators like Rikki Watson (The Two Tens) Joe Berardi (Deadbeats), Eva Gardner (Pink, Mars Volta, Cher), Kristian Hoffman (The Mumps) and Danny McGough (Social Distortion).
The album also features an all-star roster of guest vocalists, including Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, The Julie Ruin), Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile, Sex Stains), Francisca Valenzuela, Teri Gender Bender, and Martin Sorrondeguy (Los Crudos, Limp Wrist).
You can hear them on the record, but also feel their presence in Bag’s vocals. For example, listening to Wolfe and Hanna's vocal takes for the song “77” inspired the singer take another, more savage crack at her own performance. “For me it’s really good to surround myself with singers that I admire,” she explains. “It forces me to step up my game and not just sing the song like I’m singing in my living room.”
The title "Blueprint" is a nod to the process of construction -- of a home, a life, the world -- and the problems that pop up mid-build. “I was having work done on my house and I was thinking about all the things that come up when you’re looking at a blueprint,” says Bag. “Maybe they say, ‘We can’t do that because your plumbing is rotting.’ Things come up as you’re building a structure and force you in different directions, but you still have to make sure that it turns out the way you envisioned - you have to allow for setbacks and obstacles.”
The songs often find their inspiration in real-life moments that caused Bag to take stock and assess her own blueprint-- to take a stand or fix a problem: personal, political, or both. “We're all constantly building structures of many different kinds,” explains Bag. “So, it's up to to us keep things on track and moving in the direction we want to see them go. Otherwise, we end up with an idiot in charge."
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We are pleased to announce that on February 2nd, Don Giovanni will release the self-titled debut record by Washington, D.C. / Carrboro, NC super-ghouls, Bat Fangs.
Formed in 2016 by guitarist/singer Betsy Wright (Ex Hex) and drummer Laura King (Flesh Wounds, Speed Stick), the duo specialize in prescription-strength shred and churn -- acid-soaked hard-rock to thrill the living and raise dead. Recorded earlier this year, Bat Fangs’ debut includes nine tracks engineered by Mike Montgomery at Candyland Studio in Dayton, Kentucky and mixed by Matt Boynton (Gang Gang Dance, Kurt Vile). Rooted in the pop-metal of time beyond memory, the tunes are spiritually corrupted, but boldly anthemic. Thunder and feedback meant to demolish the airwaves and unfold the collective cranium.
Following the record release, they'll be hitting the road with Superchunk and then heading back out for dates with Snail Mail and Shame on the way down to SXSW. Let Bat Fangs sink in!
It will be made available in various formats including Digital, CD, Double-LP vinyl with a Limited Edition 7” and a Deluxe Limited Edition LPx3 with the 7” and an exclusive bonus LP of album demos. The band collaborated with producer Matt Bayles (Pearl Jam, Mastodon), setting out to make an album in the spirit of a salon-style gallery show, where larger pieces provide an eye-level focal point to a galaxy of smaller works. Concision took a back seat to experimentation, with arrangements meant to evoke the energy and spontaneity of their live performances.
Now more than a decade into its existence, Screaming Females can claim something that few of their peers possess in a comparable capacity: experience. “When you’ve been a band for 12 or 13 years, the resources can dry up and you just go back to what feels comfortable,” explains Dougherty. “The other option is that you develop stuff that a younger band would not have been able to do.” All At Once is the evidence of that growth -- in its sprawl and scope, but also in its subtleties. “A song like ‘Glass House’ is something we knew we were capable of, but it took a while to fully embrace,” says Paternoster. “It’s very simple -- just bass, drums, and two simple riffs. In the past, I might have insisted on adding more. Practicing self-restraint is something I have consciously been trying to do.”
- All Screaming Females titles in store are 15% off during the pre-order period.
Legendary pioneers of American grunge punk, L7 have released their electrifying onslaught of a new single “Dispatch from Mar-a-Lago” on Don Giovanni Records today. The track is the result of Donita Sparks and Suzi Gardner’s first writing collaboration in 18 years. A raucous, bombastic party rock anthem for the sinking Titanic, it is a sardonic yet joyous middle finger of a track that sits somewhere between “Anarchy in the U.K.” and “Springtime for Hitler”.
“We knew we wanted to make some new L7 music, but also didn’t want the pressure or expectation of that First Track weightiness so we went for pure fun and absurdity.” explains Sparks. “The lyrical musicality of the word Mar-a-Lago just lent itself to an inspired song of these crazy assed times”.
On October 20th, Nu Black Music Group and Don Giovanni Records will release Australia (Deluxe), the debut EP by Zenizen, the artistic manifestation of singer Opal Hoyt. Available digitally and in a limited vinyl edition, the record includes music written during Hoyt's recent stay in Australia and includes remixes from DJ Bruce, Vulture Street, Tape Gang, Suzi Analogue, and Black Spade.
“I wrote everything here to try and understand myself,” explains the singer. “I grew up with what seemed like never-ending step-parents, relatives, and various other village members who took different levels of responsibility for shaping what I think and conceive in my life. I was born in Alaska, adopted from Oklahoma, and raised starting in Vermont by a Russian Orthodox Jew and a 4th generation Vermonter. I have a Jamaican family where I grew up speaking patois and telling the boys how rasss it was to think I'm coming out late at night to see them. Australia (Deluxe) is about experience, exploration, the beginning of a rejection of accommodation and a very, very light assertion of self.”
Today, Zenizen posted a video for the EP track "Expanding." The clip was shot in Bushwick by Bienvenido Cruz.
Watch the Zenizen's "Expanding" video HERE
Watch Zenizen's NYLON live session HERE
Pre-Order Australia (Deluxe) HERE
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.
Preview/Purchase/Pre-order Irreversible Entanglements HERE
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.
The infamously fierce, feminist pioneers of American grunge punk, L7 have announced that they have been back in the studio and plan to release two new singles this fall on Don Giovanni Records -- their first new music since 1999! Recorded at the legendary EastWest Studios in Hollywood with producer Billy Bush, the first single is set for Sept 29th in advance of their highly anticipated world wide launch of the documentary L7: Pretend We’re Dead.
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-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.
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.
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.”