June 2018 update: Landlords + Insinuations reissues out now!

Posted by Sam Richardson on 6/16/2018 to News
Greetings gang, it has been a wildly busy and fantastic few weeks since the last update. I had such a good time on the CEMENT SHOES tour. It seemed like people "got it" in every city we went, which is kinda the opposite of how it can be back home, so that was rather refreshing and just a FUN TOUR! We were even able to pick up test presses of our upcoming 7" from Gotta Groove while in Cleveland. And yes, the 7" will be on Feel It and our release show is coincidentally in Cleveland next month on July 21 at Loki Fest vol. 3. I spent the weekend hosting GEN POP and damn, what a genuine group of people and fantastic live band they are! Their tour wraps up in just a few days, but from all reports, they've been lighting it up every night. Very excited to continue working with Gen Pop in the future, too! Ok so yes, on to our two latest releases, reissues of some of the best 1980's punk + hardcore made right here in Virginia! The culmination of a ton of punk rock detective work and late nights dialing in the specs on these high quality, licensed, and limited-to-400 reissues.

Hey! It's A Teenage House Party! LP

The 1984 debut LP from The Landlords has long remained a cult favorite amongst punk+hardcore collectors and those local to the band's hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. Formed in the Fall of 1983 through a chance encounter at WTJU, the University of Virginia's college radio station, The Landlords soon began practicing in the upper floor duplex apartment of bassist Eddie Jetlag, pissing off the landlord who lived downstairs, and thus earning their name. The Landlords' first show came only a couple of months later at the Plum's Lounge talent show, where the power was cut in the middle of their third song. Soon after, The Landlords became acquainted with the local punk scene in Charlottesville, playing frequently with Lackey Die and Beef People, and regional acts like Death Piggy and Scream. In March 1984, The Landlords headed up to Inner Ear Studios to record their debut LP with Don Zientara. Hey! It's A Teenage House Party! was released later that year on the band's own Catch Trout imprint. While the 21 song LP bears the same vibrant production as early DC hardcore releases, The Landlords' style and approach remains unique to this day. While a firmly-rooted hardcore punk record of the 1980's, tracks like "Nuns In Black Leather" (featuring guest vocals from Dave Smalley of D.Y.S. !), "Termination", and "Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God" hint at the dirgier, noise rock influenced direction the band would later move towards. Singer John Beers and guitarist Charlie Kramer would later go on to found the epic experimental duo, Happy Flowers. Hey! It's A Teenage House Party! has been remastered from the original reels for this reissue, limited to 400 copies. Packaged with a 12 page booklet featuring liner notes, never before seen photos of the band recording the album, and a spread of flyers + zine clippings, plus a digital download that includes 17 bonus tracks recorded just prior to the LP, a few of which never were re-recorded. A definitive edition of this highly underrated and essential document of early American hardcore punk. FEEL IT 12.

Buy black vinyl/300 copies.
Buy package deal including the second, previously unreleased Landlords LP, Fitzgerald's Paris.
Stream/download on Bandcamp.
Prompt Critical 7"
Formed in 1979, the Insinuations existed entirely on the fringes of the early Richmond punk scene. The band evolved out of a wild, politically-charged act, known as the I Remember Reality Revue - a two-man live performance that fringed between cabaret stage tradition and Fugs-esque satire. Following that, guitarist and vocalist W.R. Draper kept things moving, forming Insinuations with Linda Firmin, her partner Lynn Abbott on drums, and bassist Paul Lipscombe. The group did not last long, playing perhaps a dozen shows, and recording only two songs before disbanding. However, what the Insinuations left behind is quite unheralded and unique, even to this day. Released in 1980, "Prompt Critical" - an arty, schizoid punk blast with lyrics inspired by the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor failure of 1979, hits hard - delivering with a loose, oddball amount of character...perhaps in some parallel universe where Captain Beefheart and Pere Ubu coexist. Draper's deranged vocal delivery and wah-washed guitar lines are some of the era's best, standing tall amid a serious field of contending KBD/Bloodstains-comped hits. "(My Head Is Made Of) U.S. Muscle" is a highly worthy flip, every bit as odd and memorable. Originally pressed in a criminally obscure edition of 100 copies (!), with a picture sleeve simply marked, "Radiation Hazard", this authorized reissue has been sourced from one of only a handful of remaining originals. Limited edition of 400 copies, packaged in a printed dust sleeve with the addition of an insert featuring liner notes from band leader W.R. Draper plus a digital download code. A fine specimen of early 80's American punk, finally widely available after toiling in regional obscurity for nearly forty years! FEEL IT 19.

Buy black vinyl/400 copies.
Stream/download on Bandcamp.

We also just repressed RIK AND THE PIGSBlue Jean Queen 7" in a final edition of 200 copies. Grab one now if ya haven't, Ricky even sez it's his favorite Pigs record...well, until the next one.

In other label news, we've uploaded the PIOUS FAULTSOld Thread 12" in its entirety at Bandcamp. So far its been garnering comparisons ranging from Venom P. Stinger to Crucifucks to Saccharine Trust, so if off-centre guitar music is your thing, I highly recommend checking this one out. We will be releasing a 12" limited to 400 copies and a pro-cassette edition with bonus tracks just in time for Pious Faults' full US tour in late August. Still booking the tour, but prelimary dates are available if you scroll down on the Bandcamp page. Test presses are already in and sounding incredible! Speaking of tests, STIFF LOVE "Out of Control" 7" tests arrive on Friday and I'm very exited to listen! Recorded with the legendary Captain Tripps in Olympia and cut straight from tape by Amy Dragon at Telegraph Mastering. Amy also cut the upcoming BETA BOYS LP, which is due out in August along with the Stiff Love, Pious Faults, and Cement Shoes records.

Oh, and I should mention that FRIED EGG have finally booked studio time in September to record our 12". Ten new tracks, being recorded straight to 2" tape just like our Beat Session that was released a few months back. Incredibly excited to finally get this thing down to tape.


June is often one of the slowest months for distro goods, so we would really use your support to continue bringing in so much great stock! That being said, highlights for this update include several EXCLUSIVE AUSSIE IMPORTS - 7"s from our pals at Helta Skelta (new COLD MEAT 7" + COLD MEAT/UBIK split 7") and No Patience (GELD demo on a 7"). Watch out for next month because we have two huge boxes with more new stock from No Patience and Paradise Daily en route. Also of note - we've got the fantastic DIRTY & HIS FISTS demo repackaged as a 7" from Negative Jazz, the incredible new TARANTULA 7" (look for the next Tarantula record on Feel It in late 2018!), a new issue of perhaps my fave HC punk fanzine NOT FOR EVERYONE, plus the new MAXIUMUM ROCK'N'ROLL that has excellent interviews with both Haircut and Gen Pop!

Have a look in the NEW ARRIVALS section!
Free shipping always applies for US orders of $60 or more.

The main attraction here is our release show for THE LANDLORDS LP. The band is reuniting with all four original members for this one gig only, their first performance in over 30 years! We put together a sick lineup of local openers and this thing is FREE and at Charlottesville's best brewery, right off the Downtown Mall. Join us on June 30 at Champion!

We also put together another cool, FREE, and low key release gig for the INSINUATIONS 7" in Richmond.

JULY 5 INSINUATIONS 7" release gig with W.R. DRAPER (Insinuations band leader, first solo gig in over 5 years, performing "Prompt Critical" and more deranged fare) + punk DJs Sam Slug + Tomato Potato!

And finally, just a heads up that I'll be out of town from July 10-18 on a much needed vacation to Montreal, so all orders and emails will be on hold for that week.

Catch you soon!
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