Chunklet's Best of 2014
POSTED TUESDAY 01.13.15
Obliterations - Poison Everything (Southern Lord)
Hank Wood & The Hammerheads - Stay Home (Toxic State)
Nots - We Are Nots (Goner)
Raspberry Bulbs - Privacy (BEB)
Exhaustion - Biker (Aarght!)
The Gotobeds - Poor People Are Revolting (12XU)
The Blind Shake - Breakfast of Failures (Goner)
King Brothers - Hell Oh! USA (self released CD)
Good Throb - Fuck Off (White Denim)
Frontier Folk Nebraska - FFN (No Chaser)
The Young - Chrome Cactus (Matador)
Reigning Sound - Shattered (Merge)
The Unholy Two - Talk About Hardcore (12XU)
Watery Love - Decorative Feeding (In The Red)
Sleaford Mods - Divide and Exit (Harbinger Sound)
Protomartyr - Under Color of Official Right (Hardly Art)
Wussy - Attica! (Shake It)
Ukiah Drag - Dirt Trip 7” (Wharf Rat)
Deaf Wish - St. Vincents 7” (Sub Pop)
Video - (Join The) Hate Wave 7” (Total Punk)
Jack Ruby - Hit & Run (only the good parts that weren’t wanky) (Feeding Tube)
Crime - Murder By Guitar (Superior Viaduct)
Night Cleaner Greensleeves (Geographic North) & live at 529
Circulatory System Mosaics Within Mosaics (Cloud)
Wymyns Prysyn Head In A Vice (State Laughter)
Ricer live at 529
The Rock*A*Teens live at Le Poisson Rouge
A Stunning Early Record by Thee Speaking Canaries Discovered!
POSTED TUESDAY 01.06.15
Before he was known as the drummer/octopus of Don Caballero, Damon Che had a one-man project called Thee Speaking Canaries. At the beginning of the 90s, before he recorded his debut record “The Joy of Wine,” Damon Che composed and performed an entire record’s worth of material. Now, twenty four years later, we get to enjoy the fruits of his labor.
Playing all instruments and with a creative zeal that’s part Sonic Youth and part Van Halen, “Platter Base” serves as an essential release for fans of the Canaries, Don Caballero or just plain guitar histrionics. Get in on it now, because it won’t ever be reissued.
Limited to 350 copies.
Grandfathered-In, In North Career
Winning Son (unvoxed)
She’s Been Ethereal
You Should Have Sang On This One (Snowman)
MCMXLVII Mitchum Dope
Toblewee Uslywus (unvoxed)
Unless We’re Not Martians
Intent To Honor With Substance and Very First Fruits of Produce (This is Fine)
Hall of Force
Aqua Snoot (No Lie Version)
Hope Ye All Learn From This
Cut direct to lacquer at Chicago Mastering Service
Download code included
Design by Chunklet’s own Henry Owings
Olympia's Survival Knife (ex-Unwound) Get 'Survivalized' on Chunklet!
POSTED MONDAY 10.20.14
Olympia’s Survival Knife started out with a whalloping one-two punch of singles on Kill Rock Stars and Sub Pop last year which any/all discerning record buyer purchased. Hot off the heels of their blistering full length (Loose Power on Issac Brock’s Glacial Pace label) earlier this year, Survival Knife are back with a new release (Survivalized) just in time for their first east coast tour. Survival Knife’s sound embodies the fierce guitar work of Justin Trosper and Brandt Sandeno (both from the legendary Unwound) along with the husband/wife team of Kris and Meg Cunningham. Think Greg Ginn. Think John Reis. Think guitar rock. Plain and simple. “Thud of the Jackboot” bursts open five songs of unparalleled whoopass. Guitar rock in 2014. Admit it. You want it back. Now it’s time for Chunklet to have a piece of Survival Knife’s raw sturm und drang. Gorgeous front cover artwork by renowned sci-fi illustrator Trevor Claxton. Vinyl only.
Artwork by Trevor Claxton
Available on tour (with Pink Avalanche & Hungry Ghost):
Nov 14: Chicago @ Subterranean
Nov 15: Grand Rapids @ Founders Brewery
Nov 16: Columbus @ Double Happiness
Nov 17: Cleveland @ Grog Shop
Nov 18: Philadelphia @ Boot & Saddle
Nov 19: Washington @ DC9
Nov 20: Allston @ Great Scott
Nov 21: Pawtucket @ The Met
Nov 22: Brooklyn @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Thud Of The Jackboot
Tropic Of Chaos
Gold Widow (Alt Mix)
Lasso Or Noose
Roman Fever (Live)
Cut direct to lacquer at Chicago Mastering Service
Available on clear vinyl thru the Chunklet site and on red vinyl (exclusively) via the band on tour
Atlanta’s The Rock*A*Teens Release a Ltd. Live Double Album!
POSTED WEDNESDAY 09.24.14
The perfect ‘best of’ collection from the undisputed kings of Cabbagetown! A twenty two track, double album featuring recordings from their first four full lengths performed live at the Star Bar during an extended residency in 1998 and 1999.
Professionally recorded, mixed and mastered
Limited edition of 300 copies
Download code includes bonus material
Digital available exclusively at Bandcamp
"Chris Lopez wrote some of the most eloquent, sardonic, romantic, and, well, basically the best rock and roll songs of the 1990s. His band wrapped them in a florid southern reimagining of 1950s garage rock that always sounded sloppily, scarily out of control and yet dead serious. The wild success the Rock*A*Teens deserved was instead deferred onto a generation of indie bands who weakly shuffled down the path the R*A*T’s blazed. This double LP offers a rare glimpse of them onstage in their hometown of Atlanta during an extended residency at the Star Bar. It’s wild, sloppy, hilarious, and dangerous, like the R*A*T’s themselves. I would tell you it has all of Lopez’s best songs on it but you’d need four more records for that."
—Will Sheff, Okkervil River
"The Georgia-based Chunklet imprint has compiled A Major Motion Picture, a superior double live LP that draws on earlier, rowdier material, including tracks from their best, 1999’s near-perfect Golden Time."
—Jordan Mamone, Time Out New York
"As we've mentioned in a bunch of other reviews, lots of our favorite bands are woefully under-represented on the aQ list, generally, it's because those records predated the list, so when a record gets reissued, it's often a chance to finally lavish praise on a record that's been a favorite for years (or decades). In this case, it's not a reissue, but instead a live record from Georgia garage punks the Rock*A*Teens, who are currently are covered on the aQ site by just a couple sentences about one of their records, which is really a shame, cuz we LOVE these guys. So until someone mounts the lavish, deluxe reissue campaign these guys and their incredible records deserve, we can revel in this sweat soaked high energy live set cobbled together from an extended residency at the Star Community Bar in Atlanta, between 1998 and 1999, courtesy of aQ pal and Chunklet mastermind Henry Owings, who continues to dig up incredible rarities (we're still loving the recent Don Caballero record, and are hoping he'll do a Bar-B-Q- Killers reissue, another legendary and underappreciated Georgia outfit), and incredible this is.
If you've yet to discover the Rock*A*Teens, imagine a swampy, reverb drenched, fifties style, garage rock rockabilly, filtered through something more modern, swaggery and dramatic, the same sort of gospel tinged swampiness of Woven Hand, but more rocking, feverish, loose limbed and wild. Brooding, sweat soaked, bloody knuckled, broken bottled, booze soaked, psychedelic blooze stomps and echo drenched slow burn ballads in equal measure, all whirring organs, reverb galore, buzzing distortion, wild tribal drumming, and stunning, timeless songwriting, all wound up into something gloriously gritty, grimy, ecstatic, cathartic, murky and emotionally charged. Just check out the samples and you'll be sold. "Black Ice" might be one of our favorite songs EVER, in a body of work that has an impossible number of potential all time faves. Every record a stone cold gem, and this live set manages to transcend the limitations of the 'live record' and transports the listener to a dive bar in Georgia, lit with Christmas lights, packed with punks, this band crammed onto a little stage in the corner, conjuring up musical demons, and angels, and creating a gorgeous, noisy, heart breaking din. AWESOME. Includes a download too."
Melbourne’s C*ntz Release Scorching Live Document Via Chunklet!
POSTED SATURDAY 09.13.14
There’s no denying that Melbourne’s C(_)ntz crafted the feel-good-hit of last summer with “Never Felt Better.” A frantic atonal mess from a country that has no shortage of gems in their jewel encrusted crown. Their full length Solid Mates made many critics’ year end lists if you don’t believe us!
Here Come The Real Boys!
When they made their way to America last year, we were compelled to witness the Aussie damage for ourselves. The folks at Chunklet Industries were completely floored by their live show here in Atlanta at the EARL and were ready to work with them in any capacity.
Upon their return back home, they made a modest request for live recordings of their US tour which, fortunately, was recorded at WFMU, Death By Audio, Gonerfest and the Earl. Here Come The Real Boys stands as a sweaty, cherry-picked collection of live performances featuring material from the band’s two full lengths on Homeless Records. Cut direct to lacquer at Chicago Mastering Service
Mastered by Mikey Young (Total Control/Eddy Current)
Live document of the band’s debut US tour from last year
Dedicated to Steven Rupert Fisher
Download code included
Limited to 450 copies