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Co-founded in 1978 by Chris Cutler, London-based ReR Megacorp remains a musician-led independent label after almost 40 years. Blithely disregarding market wisdom, it continues to release titles across a wide spectrum of genres.
ReR is home to cult bands This Heat, Henry Cow, Faust, Art Bears, The Necks...
DIRTY SOUTH REVOLUTIONARIES TOUR 09/07/2007
Dirty South Revolutionaries are wrapping up a two month tour and will be incinerating Baltimore's Sidebar Tavern on Wednesday the 11th. DSR's blistering debut, Queen City Underground, recently came out on Tent City Records, also home to acclaimed ska-tinged gutter punks Choking Victim.
sep 7 Philadelphia, PA @ The Halfway House
sep 8 Amityville, NY @ Village Pub South
sep 9 Trenton, NJ @ The 449 Room
sep 11 Baltimore @ Sidebar Tavern
sep 14 Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
THRUSHES REVIEW, SHOW TONIGHT! 09/07/2007
Review of Thrushes debut Sun Come Undone via Rock and Roll and Meandering Nonsense:
"Thrushes claim to venerate Phil Spector and to some extent that's clear, but their wall of sound is quite a bit different than his. While Spector focused on straightforward pop perfection, Thrushes takes an alternate route to the same destination.
From the opening track of Sun Come Undone, Thrushes unleash a sonic power that alternates from quiet and subtle to loud and abrasive, though always oddly beautiful. While they do have a certain Spector pop quality hidden deep,... More >
MONITOR, CAR PARK, WILDFIRE WILDFIRE SPEAK! 08/27/2007
Picking the fecund minds of label heads from Monitor Records, Car Park and Wildfire Wildfire, music blog Paper Thin Walls delivers an insider perspective on Baltimore's mutant, ever-expanding scene (think: Akira morphing into a tentacled cyber meat monster, minus the impending apocalypse. More dancing, more strange & wonderful sounds, zero planetary annihilation!) More >
DAN DEACON VINYL BACK IN STOCK! 08/27/2007
We thought it was gone for good but we've got our hands on a few more copies of Dan Deacon's 'Spiderman of the Rings' pressed into luscious white vinyl. For more info click here. More >
BIBABIDI ON THRUSHES 08/09/2007
Thrushes write-up on BiBaBiDi.
"More and more from good ol' Baltimore ...
Except this time, it's no Panda Bear, Dan Deacon, Santa Dads, Ponytail, no none of that ... Thrushes (MySpace) is the name, and they've a different sort of vibe than those other hip Marylanders. The quartet plays super dense, super fuzzy, super atmospheric shoegaze that you've not heard this good since the Jesus & Mary Chain, I'm certain. Wash upon wash of distorted guitar, layer upon layer of moody, mellow, and under spoken female vocals, with a rather primitive and sparse drumming... More >
PITCHFORK REVIEWS VIDEOHIPPOS 08/06/2007
Pitchfork finally got around to reviewing the debut album Unbeast The Leash from Baltimore's own Videohippos, compadres of Dan Deacon and fellow Wham City members. The CD version of Unbeast The Leash is on Monitor, but the real hot jawns is the limited edition LP out on scrappy Bmore label Wildfire Wildfire. They're pretty hard to find, but lucky for you, we have a few copies.
Pitchfork rating: 7.7
"Like members of any good scene, the bands in Baltimore's Wham City collective and satellite friends-- Dan Deacon, Ponytail, Lizz King, Lexie Mountain... More >
THE DEATH SET + BONDE DO ROLE TOUR 08/06/2007
The Death Set have a few upcoming shows and then are joining raunchy Brazillian electro-rappers Bonde Do Role on a U.S. tour. The Death Set recently released Rad Warehouses Bad Neighborhoods and we still have special edition copies, featuring remixes from Bonde Do Role and Dan Deacon.
08/11/2007 - Shebang Productions and We Be Illin' party
18 Commerce St
Brooklyn, New York
08/16/2007 - Best Friends Day at The Roller Skating Rink
Skateland of Richmond, 5512 Hull St.
Richmond, Virginia 23224
08/17/2007 - Lolita party w/ Double... More >
BLASTITUDE INTERVIEWS PINK REASON 07/17/2007
Check out Blastitude's interview with Kevin DeBroux aka Pink Reason, about the long road and troubled times that inspired his Stiltbreeze debut abum Cleaning The Mirror.
"DeBroux constructed the songs on record during a “tough period” in his life; one that saw him living out of cars, on floors and in friend’s closets. He attributes the length of the tunes from these sessions to his speed habit. When he could access recording equipment, DeBroux often stayed up for days at a time, perfecting each song’s sound by recording and rerecording guitar solos and... More >
PUNK REJUVENATORS: PAPER MAG ON THE DEATH SET 07/11/2007
The folks at Paper Magazine have come to a realization that we here at Morphius figured out some months ago: L.A. & Baltimore boast eeriely parallel underground music scenes! Might explain our recent mania for snatching up any No Age, Mika Miko or Abe Vigoda release we can get our hands on!
Here's what Shannon Kelley over at Paper's Word Up! blog has to say:
"I don't know if anyone else is aware of the punk movement that is currently taking place in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and now Baltimore, but it kicks major ass. Bands like Matt and Kim, Japanther,... More >
CAPS LOCKED & EXCLAMATION POINTS ARE GO 07/11/2007
I Heart Comix's review of a recent performance of The Death Set:
"A few days ago, THE DEATH SET swooped into outr lives with their blast beats and dance rythms. Their are the epitemy of DIY pop punk meets dance floor party time.
Part AUSTRALIAN, but now living in BALTIMORE, THE DEATH SET, call everyone from DAN DEACON to MATT & KIM to SPANK ROCK to BONDE DO ROLE comtemporaries. They are the second coming. We saw them play last night at their OPERATION IVY cover blew our minds."