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Screaming Females - All At Once out 2/23! October 16, 2017

New Jersey DIY-punk luminaries Screaming Females have announced their seventh studio album All At Once, due out February 23, 2018 on Don Giovanni Records.

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 vinyl pre-orders come with a limited edition 7” single featuring “Shake It Off” b/w “If It Makes You Happy” (recorded live for AV Club’s “Under Cover” series).
  • All Screaming Females titles in store are 15% off during the pre-order period.

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New L7 Single out Today! September 29, 2017

Legendary pioneers of American grunge punk, L7 have released their electrifying onslaught of a new single Dispatch from Mar-a-Lagoon 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”.

Listen & Share: “Dispatch from Mar-a-Lago”

 

Zenizen's debut EP "Australia" out 10/20 September 27, 2017

Photo Credit: Tim Murray

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 debut album out today on International Anthem/Don Giovanni September 26, 2017

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! September 22, 2017

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

New L7 singles out soon! September 12, 2017

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.

The Degenerics reunite, reissue Generica with unreleased tracks September 12, 2017

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.

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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.

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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.”

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