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Dan’s Staff Picks

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  • David Tholfsen – Walk With Me
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    What our staff has to say: “Layered vocal melodies that guide you through a natural world. FFO Avant yodeling.” – Dan David Tholfsen is an American musician and artist living [...]

  • The Flex – Chewing Gum For The Ears
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    What our staff has to say: “The Flex Returns after keeping low on the radar for years. Chewing Gum For The Ears is a powerhouse in the NWOBHC style. The […]

  • Laurie Spiegel – The Expanding Universe
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    What our staff has to say: “I remember when this first got reissued on unseen worlds a few years ago. Its blew me away and began a 4 month tear […]

  • Can – Tago Mago (Orange Vinyl)
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    What our staff has to say: “Best krautrock band.” – Dan Mute and Can are excited to announce the repress of Tago Mago on limited edition orange vinyl. Tago Mago […]

  • Pavement – Terror Twilight: Farewell Horizontal
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    What our staff has to say: “Terror Twilight the Pavement record that everyone loves to argue over, but fuck ‘Spit On A Stranger’ now thats a GD track. This new […]

  • Spike In Vain – Death Drives A Cadillac
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    What our staff has to say: “Spike In Vain, my fav Ohio band. The almost forgotten weirdos of midwest US HC in the 80’s, This being their 2nd full length […]

  • Alien Nosejob – Paint It Clear
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    What our staff has to say: “Alien Nose Job the Solo project of Jake Robertson (Ausmuteants, Hierophants) does exactly whatever he wants each and every record, fluctuating between different [...]

  • Songs: Ohia – Magnolia Electric Co
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    What our staff has to say: “A monolith of a record, Sad, sad songs that cut deep. You feel every ounce of emotion put into it. Fav Track – The […]

  • Deathside – Unreleased Archives 7″ + Live DVD
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    What our staff has to say: “Death Side, The Champions of the Japanese HC sound. This 7″ doesn’t sound the best but the fun take of Different members handling vocals […]

  • Modern Primitives: An Investigation Of Contemporary Adornment & Ritual
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    What our staff has to say: “Modern Primitives takes a dive into the world of body art and modifications, focusing on early history and up until the publishing of the […]

  • Einsturzende Neubauten – Zeichnungen Des Patienten O.T./Drawings Of O.T.
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    What our staff has to say: “Neubauten, is just the best band. Industrial music with primal power. Beat Heavy that keeps you in the groove, but pushes your brain to […]

  • Shiro Kuro (Sugi) “Sugi’s Drawings 2004-2006”
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    What our staff has to say: “Sugi, Is the Titan of HC punk illustrations, widely known as much as the bands he has done work for. Death Side, Forward, Warhead. […]

  • Chubby and The Gang – The Mutts Nuts [Deluxe Gatefold]
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    What our staff has to say: “Chubby’s And The Gang is my current favorite band, this record is full of driving punk tracks and singalongable rock tracks, Deluxe Version comes […]

  • Cross – Die Forever
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    What our staff has to say: “I obsessed over this record again for about 4 weeks straight this past summer. Tracks like ‘Inhuman Nature’ imbed themselves into your mind and […]

  • Spike In Vain ‎– Disease Is Relative
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    What our staff has to say: “80’s HC was strange enough for the masses of the time, but of course weirdos from the middle of Ohio found a way to […]

  • Crazy Doberman – — / Haunted, Non / Haunted – 2nd pressing
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    The Doberman crew has been relentlessly touring the U.S. for years now, existing as a traveling band of frequent collaborators and changing lineups, consisting of often radically different [...]

  • Master Musicians of Joujouka – Live In Paris
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    50 years since their first LP Brian Jones presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka was released (1971), The Master Musicians of Joujouka release a stunning double-LP recorded live at […]

  • Indigo Ranch – Love Or Perish
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    “A contrite and rainy release, remnant of the saddest and most obscure UK 80s indie pop. The snare is only static as you pass through stations on the radio at […]

  • The United States Of America – S/T
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    The United States of America, led by respected modern classical avant garde musician Joseph Byrd, cut a wide swath through the 1968 world of rock, just then comfortably settling in […]

  • Alien Nosejob – HC45 -2
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    ALIEN NOSEJOB – HC45-2 7″ (LUNGS-177) The second installment of ALIEN NOSEJOB’s hardcore alter-ego that is also called ALIEN NOSEJOB. Blasting frantic riffs over snappy drums [...]

  • Donnie & Joe – Dreamin’ Wild
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    Pacific Northwest isolation mixed with wide-eyed ambition, a strong sense of family and the gift of music proved to be quite the combination for teenage brothers Donnie and Joe Emerson. […]

  • Shine – Stare Into The Sun LP – Black Vinyl
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    What our staff has to say: “I love this record. Shine takes you to the UK’s dreamy haze in the 90’s Creation Records, My Bloody Valentine, Chapter House. Shoegaze that […]

  • This Mortal Coil – Blood
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    Landing at the start of a new decade, after much had happened in both producer Ivo Watts-Russell’s life and with his 4AD label, the final part of the This Mortal […]

  • Young Marble Giants – Colossal Youth (40th Anniversary Edition)
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    Young Marble Giants one and only album Colossal Youth celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. This special edition reissue includes the titular album as well as songs from Salad Days, […]

  • The U.N.I.T. – What’s It All For?
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    Debut vinyl from my new house label 4QHQ. Fast mean and clean – straight from the heart of Texas. – Dan Edition of 250 single sided 180 gm lp in […]

  • Maria Monti – Il Bestiario
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    “First time available since its original release on the Italian Ri-Fi label, Maria Monti’s 1974 LP Il Bestario is a rare item even in its native country. Monti is an […]

  • Temple Of Angels – Cerise Dream 7″
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    “Cerise Dream / Breathless” sees the band further explore a more melodic direction with two songs perfect for the summer days. Second pressing on limited white vinyl.

Shine, Stare Into the Sun

“I love this record. Shine takes you to the UK’s dreamy haze in the 90’s Creation Records, My Bloody Valentine, Chapter House. Shoegaze that does it right and traps you in the sway of the guitars. Highly Recommended.”

Laurie Spiegel, The Expanding Universe

“I remember when this first got reissued on unseen worlds a few years ago. Its blew me away and began a 4 month tear on just jamming Laurie Spiegel and early electronic music. This record does that. Highly recommended.”

David Tholfsen, Walk With Me

“Layered vocal melodies that guide you through a natural world. FFO Avant yodeling.”

The Flex, Chewing Gum for the Ears

“The Flex Returns after keeping low on the radar for years. Chewing Gum For The Ears is a powerhouse in the NWOBHC style. The Leeds lads hit you hard and don’t let up, Fav track ‘Warboy'”

Can, Tago Mago

“Best krautrock band.”

Shiro Kuro (Sugi), Sugi’s Drawings 2004-2006

“Sugi, Is the Titan of HC punk illustrations, widely known as much as the bands he has done work for. Death Side, Forward, Warhead. This book being the 2nd in the series compiling his impressive resume. Comes with Transparency Print and sticker! SUGI”

Pavement, Terror Twilight: Farewell Horizontal

“Terror Twilight the Pavement record that everyone loves to argue over, but fuck ‘Spit On A Stranger’ now thats a GD track. This new Box set comes with 4 LPs and filled with alternate takes/ Bsides, truly a full afternoon of Pavement ahead of you.”

Spike In Vain, Death Drives a Cadillac

“Spike In Vain, my fav Ohio band. The almost forgotten weirdos of midwest US HC in the 80’s, This being their 2nd full length that was never released. Much more in a Post Punk direction. Death Drives A Cadillac follows the progression of Spike in Vain not holding to any molds in the mostly formulaic trend of 80’s USHC IMO.”

Alien Nosejob, Paint It Clear

“Alien Nose Job the Solo project of Jake Robertson (Ausmuteants, Hierophants) does exactly whatever he wants each and every record, fluctuating between different ends of the punk spectrum, From the Fast, Pummeling noise found on the HC45’s that Iron Lung did to the more Pop influenced tacks found on 2020’s ‘Suddenly Everything Is Twice As Loud’ and the most recent ‘Paint It Clear’ with that signature Australian Vibe, this one if def for fans of DEVO. Mastered by the Master Mikey Young (Total Control)”

Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co

“A monolith of a record, Sad, sad songs that cut deep. You feel every ounce of emotion put into it. Fav Track – The Old Black Hen”

Secrets from the Castle Keep: Kate Bush Mega Mix – Radio Topo #14

“This is my Mix, so of course i recommend it. 60 min of my fav KB tracks. Some extended cuts, instrumentals, and screwed up versions, purchase and learn the secrets from the castle keep.”

Modern Primitives: An Investigation Of Contemporary Adornment & Ritual

“Modern Primitives takes a dive into the world of body art and modifications, focusing on early history and up until the publishing of the book (1989), a documentation of people who have adorned their bodies. A significant cultural tradition that has spanned all of human existence. Great articles ft. The likes of Genesis Breyer P-Orridge.”

Event Horizon

“This is one of my top horror movies ever, kept me awake for days after I first saw it. Portal to Hell in space? body mutilation? Sam Neill? Perfectly casted, skin shivering story and amazing jump scares it got everything.”

Deathside, Unreleased Archives 7″ + Live DVD

“Death Side, The Champions of the Japanese HC sound. This 7″ doesn’t sound the best but the fun take of Different members handling vocals on each track makes it fun. Plus the bonus DVD of life footage makes it all worth it.”

Insect Warfare, World Extermination

“INSECT WARFARE, Top tier grindcore, literally a perfect record for anyone who is a fan of extreme  music. Killer Reissue of a record that deserves to be in print for ever.”

Nuovo Testamento, New Earth

“Hard to believe that this is a current band, peak 80’s synth/ Darkwave vibes. Excited for everything this band does.”

Einsturzende Neubauten, Zeichnungen Des Patienten O.T./Drawings Of O.T.

“Neubauten, is just the best band. Industrial music with primal power. Beat Heavy that keeps you in the groove, but pushes your brain to almost the verge of aneurysm. Music for insanity. Killer reissue of a record that set the tone of all industrial records to come after it.”

S.H.I.T., Hidden In Eternity / Eraser III

“Just in stock for S.H.I.T.Mass, fast and snarling hardcore from toronto/london band S.H.I.T. 2 tracks all business, you can really smell it in the air. From the greatest record label ever Iron Lung Records.”

Tom Gabriel Fischer, Only Death is Real

“The most comprehensive book documenting Hellhammer, Early Celtic frost and the legend himself TOM G WARRIOR.”

The Electronic Circus, Direct Lines

“Side Project of Chris Payne the keyboard player for Gary Numan’s Pleasure Principle. The Electronic Circus Direct Lines is killer synthy pop track that carries with a driving drum beat and warbly synth tones in the back ground, Side A really lets you know exactly why Iron Lung decided to reissue this one. Housed in a tip on jacket with die cut IRL logo in the back. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.”

Aaron Dilloway & Lucrecia Dalt, Lucy & Aaron

“Beautiful repress with alternate artwork of possibly the best experimental record of the year, genuinely refreshing to listen to a record so well done by two of the best doing it right now.”

Future Bound Sound: Hauntological Frequencies

“The second installment on radio topo from Brandon Hill (Fantastique Sales Rep, Cloud Rat) Future Bound Sound is a live mix of UK Grime, Bass Heavy club bangers from the depths of hell. Highly Recommend.”

Chubby and the Gang, The Mutts Nuts

“Chubby’s And The Gang is my current favorite band, this record is full of driving punk tracks and singalongable rock tracks, Deluxe Version comes in a slick Gatefold w/ zine and 3d Glasses. I love a gimmick, Who doesn’t love a gimmick. Can’t wait for more Chubby and hopeful for a US tour soon! I’m with Chubby’s Gang.”

An Adventure in Demonology

“c-60 mix tape that sets the mood for a cold fall day. Filled with samples from classic horror movies and background themes from survival horror games. One of my favorite Radio Topos to this point.”

Prospect

“Prospect immediately caught my eye when I saw the trailer. Beautiful set design and clever world building Scifi and feels fresh and also very familiar to films from the 80’s. The heavy use of practical effects puts you in a more relatable scene alongside the characters. Loved this one.

Carnera, Colpo Di Mano Nella Zona Grigia

“New in from She Lost Kontrol Records, a Berlin based Techno and Industrial label. Colpo Di Mano Nella Zona Grigia immediately caught my attention by the design and aesthetic and after first listening I’m hooked. Italian Industiral / Techno that paints the setting of a 90’s scifi movie. This one will be in my rotation for a while to come.”

Cross, Die Forever

“I obsessed over this record again for about 4 weeks straight this past summer. Tracks like ‘Inhuman Nature’ imbed themselves into your mind and you just hit repeat over and over again. LOVE This one.”

Transmissions From Abroad: The Itallian Connection / Italo 77-90

“Recycled C-60 of Italo Disco and high NRG bangers. All vinyl mix for Radio Topo done by myself! Take a Dive into 80’s Euro clubs!”

Transmissions From Abroad: Soviet Wave 1986-1990

“Soviet Wave Tape. 35 Min mixtape of dark and synth wave tracks virtually unheard and kept behind the Iron Curtain until this amazing curation from Mariana Kreigs.”

Ingrown, Gun

“Fast Tracks & Mosh parts that hit you like the recoil of a 12 gauge. Idaho’s Ingrown hits you with a HC record of the year LP. Don’t sleep when they come through your town.”

P.S.Y.W.A.R., DEMO

“A limited second edition of this hammering cassette. P.S.Y.W.A.R. brings you 6 quick minutes of Lofi HC then leaves you wanting much much more. Very excited for the future of this band. Ft. Members of SPINE, Devil’s Den, Direct Threat.”

Totalitar, Sin Egen Motstandare

“Massive landmark in the world of ‘Discharge Worship’ Sin Egen Motstandare (One’s Own Enemy) Sweden’s Totalitar hits you with fast, pummeling D-Beat on this much needed reissue from PRANK Records.”

Crow, Last Chaos

“Discharge worship through the lens of Japan, Last Chaos the debut album from Crow is everything you want in a fast D-beat harcore record. Prank Records reissue is everything you need a perfect recreation of the original at a price that won’t make you stress about rent.”

Spike In Vain, Disease Is Relative

80’s HC was strange enough for the masses of the time, but of course weirdos from the middle of Ohio found a way to take it a step further. Spike In Vain – Disease is Relative is an unhinged lost artifact of 80’s HC and midwest punk. I spent years looking for this with the only way to listen to it was from a bad Youtube rip. Top Tier LP.”

General Speech No. 10

“Must read Interview from Mune of the legendary Japanese HC band PaintBox. CHELSEA FOREVER!!”


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