BIPOLAR BEAR / POPE

Bipolar Bear / Pope

(Rococo - RCC0010) split 10-inch $11.75 (Out-of-stock)

Performing on bass and drums with enough effects and thwap to make your eyeballs leak blood, Paul Kneejee and Fiddles Watson (aka Pope) are kindred spirits to the Boredoms and godheadSilo. Bipolar Bear, led by guitarists Kneejee and Bryan Thadius (both of whom run the Kill Shaman label) massacre Dischord-influenced garage rock in a frenzy of swampy-ass guitar-driven madness, with bassist Luke Birk’s angular lines and Kerri Kirchhammer’s off-beat drumming. Limited to 330 copies. Screened covers on chipboard.

CASIOTONE FOR THE PAINFULLY ALONE

Graceland

(Rococo) Used 7-inch $4.00

Owen Ashworth turns Paul Simon’s buoyant travelogue into a painfully lonely journey from one dark bedroom corner to another with a delightfully mopey cover. Includes Xiu Xiu remix of “Casiotone for the Painfully Alone in a Yellow Shirt” and the B-side “Sunday Street.”

CHILD ABUSE

Child Abuse

(Rococo) Used LP $12.00

Heavy, machine-gun spurts of atonal tech-metal combined with confusing, off-time blurps and murps, Residents-style hump-funk, aspects of wildly enthusiastic children’s music, growls and howls of 1973 mud improvisations. The spirits of Drumbo and Carl Nielson hover ominously overhead. Sealed

CRASH NORMAL

My First Stop

(Rococo - RCC008) LP $12.75 (Out-of-stock)

These Parisians dare to fuse garage punk, funky loops, and digital cut-and-paste and actually pull it off. Hum, dance, break things, jump up and down to the compu-punk groove these Frenchies lay down.

FEELING OF LOVE

Hand Clap Girl

(Rococo) 7-inch $5.25 (Out-of-stock)

A one-man band (since 2003) who sings, plays guitar, kick drum, drum machine and keyboard (with his foot). He’s French and is, of course, here to croon beautiful songs of love with shit and blood on his hands. One Note + One Rhythm + One Word = One Song. Teenage punk frustration. No girl, alcohol, free porn sites, white chocolate. Semen runs in his veins. Red vinyl, limited to 300 copies (as some sort of tribute to Michael Jordan and/or Kurt Cobain that only the French understand).

IS

Ostentatiously White

(Rococo) Used LP (one-sided) $5.00

An assault of abrasive elements utilizing turntables, found sounds, pedal noise, home built circuits, vocal disembodiment and various gadgets. Numbered edition of 150

JULIE MITTENS

April / June

(Rococo - RCC021) LP $15.00 (Out-of-stock)

April/June was recorded in two different sessions at Julie Mittens’ rehearsal room in the first part of 2006 in Leiden, Netherlands. For this cyclical work (round like an LP) there's no side A or B. Begin and conclude where you please. The tracks do not really start or end and seem to add to each other after a while. Although it feels like a relaxed ride at times, April/June was recorded at intense volume levels. Limited to 325 copies.

KK RAMPAGE

Without Feelings

(Rococo - RCC014) LP $13.50 (Out-of-stock)

After taking the noise rock world by storm with Sides E and F, KK Rampage are back with the sharper pop sensibilities of this one-sided twelve inch which balances relentless experimentation and polished pop imperfection. Fearless, imperceptible, switching gears between heaven and hell on the highway of death, this pop-damaged noise record is limited to 150 copies with full-color paste-on sleeves.

VELCRO LEWIS AND HIS 100 PROOF BAND

Ruin Everything

(Rococo - RCC002) LP $11.00 (Out-of-stock)

Maximum rockin’ and bluesy action here; Lewis’s voice is harsh and soulful, very mean and in a blatant CoS-inspired way, backed up by a swampy, foggy blues guitar sound with an almost bloody wet reverb.

MADE IN MEXICO / MICROWAVES

Made in Mexico / Microwaves

(Rococo) split 7-inch $5.50

An action-packed 7-inch split between two hard-charging combos. Made In Mexico (ex-Arab On Radar) conjure their deadly mix of post-punk, no wave, prog and rock-inspired madness, while Microwaves blast tonality-impaired riffs against effected bass, clattering drums, and a dual vocal attack.

BRUCE RUSSELL

21st Century Field Hollers and Prison Songs

(Rococo - RCC023) LP $14.25 (Out-of-stock)

An album made entirely from samples taken from the Midnight Crossroads Tape Recorder Blues album (which Russell made with Ralf Wehowsky for A Bruit Secret), in tribute to the spirit of the blues, viewed through a prism of 21st Century cultural criticism. Limited edition of 300 copies.

SOMETHING ABOUT VAMPIRES AND SLUTS

Theme

(Rococo - RCC001) 7-inch $4.50 (Out-of-stock)

This five-piece from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, incorporates a big chunk of ineffable pop fun into their new wave-tinged sass rock. The vocalist’s bouncy howls could pass for those of a less grating Hot Hot Heat, and they further perpetuate the atmosphere of unadulterated joviality. In other words, they are your new favorite band.

SUPERNOVA

Diga Queso

(Rococo - RCC0039) 7-inch $10.50 (Out-of-stock)

The same Supernova from Costa Mesa, California who made two records for Amphetamine Reptile during the dark ages. Features “Oreo” and “Best Coat LIVE from Seattle.” Limited to 200 copies on yellow vinyl. Packaged in full-color printed fold-over sleeves hand-signed by the band.

TODAY IS THE DAY

Kiss the Pig

(Rococo - RCC004) LP $13.25 (Out-of-stock)

Kiss The Pig takes Today Is The Day’s punishing, abrasive sound to a far opposite extreme. Easily the most hateful, destructive, and super-fast material the band has ever composed, the album is a violent depiction of life in contemporary America. Real and uncensored, Kiss The Pig delivers agitated aggro-metal filled with emotions so black, death seems attractive.

WETHER

Stones and Light

(Rococo - RCC0013) LP (one-sided) $15.25

Demon-breath drone and peasant rust coagulating into an ancient spell. It's dirty and sick and stirs the unholy in the throats of the malignant before collapsing into dust. Edition of 150.