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BAD SPORTSBras from Dirtnap Records
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**CD is OUT AUGUST 27th! LP is COMING SOON! Denton/Austin's Bad Sports are back with their third album - and second on Dirtnap! Produced by the Marked Men's Mark Ryan and Jeff Burke, Bras is a major departure from the '77 pop/punk feel of 2011's terrific Kings of the Weekend. This time the band brings a tougher, harder-edged sound and takes on a wider variety of musical styles. While still very much in the classic vein of Texan garage/punk, Bad Sports are also bringing to mind the heyday of New York City punk. With hints of Dead Boys snarl, Dictators thump, and even some artier Lou Reed/Television leanings, this record finds the trio refining its songwriting chops and rocking harder than ever. The album's got a little bit of everything - from booming Cheap Trick style power pop to straight-up catchy garage punk to grimy proto-punk not far removed from Orville's other band OBN IIIs. And while Bras builds on the foundation of previous records, quite frankly it blows away anything else the band has done to date. Scorching tracks like "Washed Up" and "Race To The Bottom" beg to be played at obnoxiously loud volumes, while "Nothing In This World" might be the best pop song you hear this year. Elsewhere, "Get You" and "Terrible Place" manage to satisfy the fan base even as they push the band's sound to the next level. Lots of bands pay lip service to the idea of duplicating the energy of their live shows on record. Bad Sports have gone out and done it! Turn it up!

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EXPLODING HEARTSGuitar Romantic from Dirtnap
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LOW CULTUREScreens from Dirtnap Records
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Scrappy, melodic garagepunk from Las Cruces, NM. Members of The Marked Men and Shang-A-Lang! In late 2011, when it was clear that Shang-A-Lang was coming to an end, Chris asked Sam and Cade (of Total Jock) if they wanted to start a new band. Low Culture practiced a few times as a three-piece, but a few weeks later Joe (Marked Men/Shang-A-Lang) moved back to Las Cruces and joined the band. Low Culture’s first show was in early November 2011 was at Shang-A-Lang’s last show and the band's been moving full steam ahead ever since. With a few short regional trips and a tour of the Northeast and Canada with Iron Chic in support of their debut 7" under their belt, they're showing no signs of slowing down. A European tour is in the works for March of 2013 as well as many US dates as their work schedules will allow. Low Culture plays catchy garage punk that while not far removed from some of the members' previous projects, Shang-A-Lang, has a lot less emphasis on riffs and blown out recordings, and more emphasis on melody and crisp (while not necessarily “over-produced”) recordings. Produced by Mark Ryan (Marked Men/Mind Spiders) in Fort Worth, mastered by Dave Williams (Crusades, Steve Adamyk Band) in Ottawa. This is their debut LP, with the promise of more to come.

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MEAN JEANS / BIG EYESSplit from Dirtnap Records
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Back in stock! Fresh off a joint West Coast tour, two of our favorite bands proceed to team up for a split 7". We probably should have put this out BEFORE the tour, but whatever! One new original song from each band, plus they each cover a song from the other band as well. We're psyched to finally be releasing something from Big Eyes, and we've released many things from Mean Jeans, with more on the way in 2013! If I know both of these bands, look for much touring in the near future! All copies come with download coupon.

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MISSING MONUMENTSMissing Monuments from Dirtnap Records
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If you still think of Missing Monuments as a King Louie solo project, you're a few years behind the times! The band began in New Orleans in 2009 when Louie (Royal Pendletons, Persuaders, Kajun SS, etc.) and his guitar slinging pal Julien Friend recruited drummer Aaron Hill and bassist Bennett Bartley. A 7" on Douchemaster Records and tours of the Midwest, the West Coast, and Europe followed soon after. Benny Divine (Wizzard Sleeve) replaced Bartley on bass shortly after the release of the band's debut album Painted White in June 2011. With its lineup solidified and a rougher sound cultivated, the band was just starting to hit its stride. Last year's superb "(I'm Gonna) Love You Back To Life" EP on HoZac was a brief taste of what Missing Monuments were capable of, and now the band truly delivers the goods on its sizzling second LP. The words "power pop" always seem to come up whenever Louie Bankston is involved, and not without good reason. But that's just one element of many in what proves to be a righteous mix of sounds. Missing Monuments play gritty rock n' roll with a distinctly Southern flavor - blending in hints of pop, garage, soul, oldies, and even hard rock. Songs like the fireball opener "Answer The Call" and the storming "Crash Landing" capture the unrelenting two-guitar energy of the band's live shows, while "Super Hero" is just the latest in a long line of perfect Loomis pop gems. Whether they're getting you up and dancing ("Another Girl") or breaking your heart with ballads ("Tru Luv"), Missing Monuments have the chops and the songs that cannot be beat. And lyrically and vocally, this is some of the most passionate and personal material Louie has turned out in years. If "I Don't Share" and "Heart and Soul" fail to leave you stunned, you might want to check yourself for a pulse. We have been looking to work with Louie for a number of years, and we are thrilled to present this exceptional second LP from Missing Monuments. In all honesty, it's miles better than their last album. And their last album was pretty great! Get yourself some Popeye's and a bag of Zapp's chips and crank that volume WAY up. This is the real deal sound of Louisiana! LP has 11 songs, CD and download come with the entire first album on Douchemaster and 7" on Hozac as bonus tracks, for a total of 23 songs!

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NOVICE, THEWhat You Want from Dirtnap Records
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Dirtnap Records is excited to present the first and last release from Jeff Burkes (Marked Men/Potential Johns) band in Japan. The Novice was based in Mito, Japan and were active between April 2010 and August 2012. Members included Takahiro Hashimoto and Isao Fujita who have both played in numerous punk bands and Seiko Harada, whose first band was The Novice. Recorded with Fumito Yamazaki from Your Pest Band in April (?) 2012 and Jimbo Kawamata from Firestarter designed the cover. Jeff Burke is one of the most distinctive singer/songwriters in punk today, and this single will be instantly recognizable to anyone familiar with his work. Short, choppy, fast, catchy buzzsaw pop, with the perfect balance of melody and grit. One time only pressing of 1000, all copies come with download coupon.

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RED DONSAuslander from Dirtnap Records
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Red Dons at their most straightforward, melodic, and powerful. The A side in particular might be their best song yet. 2 new tracks, written in 2010-2011 between Chicago, Brazil, London, Portland, and Hamburg, recorded in Sweden in a cold war era bomb shelter during a 2011 European tour by Lars Ekman (Hanna Hirsch, Frmgenhet). All copies come with download code.

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STEVE ADAMYK BANDThird from Dirtnap Records
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BOOM! Canada's Capital City veteran punks The Steve Adamyk Band are back at it again, unleashing their third album, aptly titled, Third. The last two years have taken SAB on tour in Europe (twice), to SXSW (twice), Awesome Fest, Sled Island and beyond. Late 2011 saw the first line-up change, bringing Dave Forcier of Pregnancy Scares to the kit, along with Seb Godin of Sonic Avenues on bass into the mix, keeping Dave Williams active in the band with studio endeavors. The formula is the same as always; bringing a punk edge to classic power-pop, with help from a strong modern garage influence. You could call it aggressive pop-punk, keeping it tight and far from over-produced. The formula is simple - no one is trying to re-invent the wheel. With that said, they're staying clear of cheese and cliches. Third is the band's most solidified recording to date.

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SUGAR STEMSCan't Wait from Dirtnap Records
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If you looked up "pop" in the dictionary, I'm pretty sure you'd be referred directly to the Sugar Stems. Formed in Milwaukee in 2007, this band has been delighting power pop fans for several years with its shamelessly sweet melodies and upbeat, impossibly catchy songs. And if there's one person on earth who was born to sing hook-driven feelgood pop of this magnitude, it would be the talented Betsy Heibler. With ties to both classic power pop and the phenomenal early 2000s Wisconsin punk scene, the Sugar Stems bring plenty of power to go with their dizzying sugar rush of pop. Hear one song, and immediately you'll be wondering: "Why is this band not huge?!" Betsy (The Flips) and Jon (Teenage Rejects, Catholic Boys, Tuff Bananas, Sticks'n'Stones, Rumble) Heibler started the Sugar Stems in the fall of 2007 with bassist Steph Swinney Conard (also of The Flips). The band played its first show in May of 2008, and originally featured Zach Byrne (Goodnight Loving) on guitar. The current lineup was cemented when Drew Fredrichsen (Leg Hounds, Jetty Boys) took over on guitar and backing vocals. The band released its debut single, "Beat Beat Beat" b/w "Crybaby", on Bachelor Records in 2009 and a year later issued its full-length debut Sweet Songs of the Sugar Stems on Bachelor and Dusty Medical Records. Those of us who'd been long awaiting an heir apparent to The Shivvers and Nikki and the Corvettes literally jumped for joy when we heard Sweet Songs, spending the subsequent months dancing in the streets and angrily rebuking local radio stations for failing to play "I Gotta Know". If you think it's a stretch to call said album a modern classic of power pop, you probably haven't heard it! The Sugar Stems returned in 2012 with a pair of incredible singles on Certified PR Records that suggested the band had somehow managed to improve upon perfection. It was perfectly appropriate, then, that the title of the band's long-awaited sophomore album would be Can't Wait. Released at the tail end of 2012 by Screaming Apple Records (Germany) and Dream On Records (Japan), Can't Wait now gets an American release on Dirtnap. This terrific LP shows "growth" in all the best ways. Without abandoning its signature honeyed melodies and high-spirited candy pop style, the band has made a more mature and consistent album that's definitely its best to date. The production has been stepped up another notch, and every song sounds like a hit. If you missed the singles "Greatest Pretender" and "Like I Do", they're here in all their infectious glory. But it's the more melancholy tracks that really showcase Betsy Heibler's development into one of the finest songwriters working today. Songs like "Make Up Your Mind" and the gorgeous "Love You To Pieces" are steeped in the timeless traditions of Brill Building and British Invasion pop, yet feel entirely fresh in the year 2013. Even when the songs themselves are not exactly happy, there's something about the Sugar Stems' music that just makes you feel good. No sophomore jinx here, folks. Can't Wait was totally worth the wait. Why is this band not huge?! All copies come with download code.

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WHITE WIRESWWIII from Dirtnap
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Here it is, the 3rd album from Ottawa Ontario's White Wires, and it's their best one yet! We're not just saying that, either! Much like other recent Dirtnap releases like Mean Jeans On Mars, and Something Fierce's Don't Be So Cruel, WWWIII finds an older, more established band turning in a slightly more "mature" album. They've turned down the irony and turned up the sincerity. Gone (for the most part) are the stupid (in the best possible sense) built-in-punchline party songs that were all over their first 2 albums. In their place is confident, heart-felt pop that's just about the catchiest thing you've ever heard. This is a rock solid album that really hits a stride as it goes along. One thing we've always admired about this band is how each of their albums are very distinct from one another, but are unmistakably, undeniably The White Wires. The first record was the "garage" album, the 2nd was the "punk" album, this one is the pop masterpiece. Get ready.

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YOUTHBITCHI'm In Love With Girls from Dirtnap Records/Jonny Cat Records
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Youthbitch is a four piece based out of Portland, OR, but made up of transplants from Illinois, St Louis, and Idaho. Their second LP, 'Don't Fuck This Up,' came out on Jonny Cat Records in August 2012. The Willamette Week called it 'the best local document of such a sound since the Exploding Hearts Guitar Romantic, and it deserves a vaunted spot next to Gentleman Jesses self-titled debut in taxonomies of contemporary classics. Now they're back with 3 of their best songs yet, a heterosexuality-affirming hit on the A-side, backed with 2 of their trademark wired-up geeky garage/pop jams on the flip!
a NO IDEA GRAB BAG!!!Five 12" RECORDS of our choice (NO IDEA, DIRTNAP, 1234GO, RECESS, KOD, BO from No Idea
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NOTE: THE SELECTION HAS SLIGHTLY ALTERED: READ ON!! ** What finer way to spend a day than by digging through a festive stack of music archives! There be none, I say! Do you feel a sense of adventure in ye loins (or perhaps the loins of a neighbor ye fancy)? Gift thy object of ye affection with a mysterious selection of noises! Only the finest shall do! In fact, order three or four... or ten!! If you like, request "no duplicates, please," or even the ever popular, "I'm getting one of these for everyone I know, so bring on a few duplicates while ye at it!" ** FIVE 12" RECORDS of OUR CHOICE (on Five 12" RECORDS of our choice (on NO IDEA, DIRTNAP, 1234 GO!, RECESS, KISS OF DEATH, BAKERY OUTLET, and more)!
a NO IDEA GRAB BAG!!!Ten 7" RECORDS of our choice (NO IDEA, RECESS, 1234 GO, KOD, BO from No Idea
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NOTE: THE SELECTION HAS SLIGHTLY ALTERED: READ ON!! ** What finer way to spend a day than by digging through a festive stack of music archives! There be none, I say! Do you feel a sense of adventure in ye loins (or perhaps the loins of a neighbor ye fancy)? Gift thy object of ye affection with a mysterious selection of noises! Only the finest shall do! In fact, order three or four... or ten!! If you like, request "no duplicates, please," or even the ever popular, "I'm getting one of these for everyone I know, so bring on a few duplicates while ye at it!" ** TEN 7" RECORDS of OUR CHOICE (on NO IDEA, DIRTNAP, 1234 GO!, RECESS, KISS OF DEATH, BAKERY OUTLET, and more...)!
AIRFIX KITSPlaying Both Sides from Dirtnap
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Tense, brittle, working class postpunk from San Francisco. Features 2/3rds ex-members of Giant Haystacks. We here at Dirtnap were fans of that band, but we think Airfix Kits are better, hookier, and more direct. The band has described their sound as "Gang Of Four getting rat-arsed on cider and covering the entire Strength Through Oi! comp". That sounds good, let's roll with it.
AUTISTIC YOUTHIdle Minds from Dirtnap
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Long awaited 2nd album from hardworking PDX youngsters, following up their classic "Landmine Beach" LP, as well as singles on Black Water, Rock Bottom, Taken By Surprise, and more. Driving, melodic punk/hardcore (but NOT "melodic hardcore" if ya get the distinction) with dark, swirling undercurrents. Catcy but not at all vapid. Sounding like a cross between Portland, Southern California, and Copenhagen, you could compare this to bands like Observers/Red Dons, No Hope For The Kids, Articles Of Faith, Reagan Youth, The Wipers, Adolecscents, etc etc. We've wanted to do something with these guys forever, and while the recording process took longer than normal, but we think it was well worth the wait. Co-release with Dirtnap/Black Water in the US and Taken By Surprise/Sabotage in Europe.
BAD SPORTSKings Of The Weekend from Dirtnap
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Bad Sports were formed in 2007 in Denton, Texas by Orville Neeley, Daniel Fried and Gregory Rutherford, who came from a variety of different bands in the North Texas area. Their debut self titled full length was released in late 2009 on Douchemaster Records following a string of singles, and showed the band's songwriting mature into a more refined pop territory without losing their edge. The group's energetic live shows (inclduing a show-stopping performance at Dirtnap Records' 2011 SXSW Showcase) have won over audiences across the US, as well as helped gain them notoriety as one of the best live acts in the nation. Prolific to a fault, Bad Sports members currently also play in the High Tension Wires, OBN IIIs, the live incarnation of Mind Spiders, Wiccans, Video, and many more. Kings Of The Weekend, the band's debut for Dirtnap Records, picks up right where the last one left off, showing a penchant for highly developed pop songwriting skills mixed with the speedy garage punk/pop sound of their first LP. A great recording by Mark Ryan of The Mind Spiders/Marked Men fame really compliments the band's sound, making this one of our absolute faves of 2011, as well as the 4th LP in a row Dirtnap has released by Texas bands. We should really just move there...........
BEAT BEAT BEATLiving in the Future from Dirtnap
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77 punk hooks with the energy and forward drive of early hardcore, complete with attention-to-detail power-pop-esque songwriting skills. Saints meet Adolescents? Heartbreakers meets early Briefs? Recorded in Atlanta with Dave Carbona, Living In The Future unleashes 12 sleazy, swaggering punk/pop (NOT pop punk!) onto the undeserving masses.
BLACK SUNDAYTronic Blanc from Dirtnap
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Alicja from Lost Sounds, Mouserocket, River City Tanlines, Fitts, Clears, Nervous Patterns, etc in her first post-Lost Sounds release! Black Sunday melds the paranoid, futuristic keyboard buzz of Lost Sounds with the haunting pop sensibilities of Mouserocket. Intense art-rock workouts meet sprawling, lush soundscapes. Agressive noise rock side-by-side with undeniable pop hooks. Comparisons to other bands (even her other projects) are utterly useless, though. In the end, this sounds like no-one but Alicja.
BORIS THE SPRINKLER / THE DEAD VAMPIRES from Dirtnap
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BUSY SIGNALSBusy Signals from Dirtnap
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Touching on several overlooked styles that have only recently become appreciated, the Busy Signals are an unstoppable explosion of so many great nuances that it will literally make your head spin. With their instantly gratifying buzzing sound firmly rooted in original formula high-energy pop without a side of the feyness usually along for the ride, they have developed an incredible knack for weaving in bass lines and backup vocals that rekindle the magic created by first-wave Belgian punk bands right alongside the refreshing twists of primordial glam. This all comes together to concoct a blend of "real deal" punk so enthralling you'll be surprised at how bleak your outlook on life was before you were exposed to it, and you'll quickly realize how passable everything else seems to sound that came before it.
CAREER SUICIDECherry Beach from Dirtnap Records
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"A long time in the making, this is the proper release of a UK/Northern Ireland tour-only single released by the band in 2008. Re-recorded versions of 2 of the 3 songs (Sadly, the Cuby and the Blizzards cover has been lost to the sands of time!) on the tour record; appear here, along with 2 brand new scorchers heard for the first time. The cover art is brand new as well, featuring kick- ass cartoon inspired graphics from Dave Neeson, as well as an 1117 double sided poster/insert and download coupon. Career Suicide are hands down our fave HC band of the 00s, and were still a little freaked out that theyre letting us put out a record!" - Ken / Dirtnap
CHARMING SNAKESAmmunition from Dirtnap
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Seattle post-punk w/ no funk, minus skinny ties plus a side of Fall/Sonic Youth. Band is still semi-active, members played in Band Of Horses, New Luck Toy, and more, and 2 are now in Coconut Coolouts.
CINCH, THEShake If You Got It from Dirtnap
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COCONUT COOLOUTSThe Last Man You'll Ever See from Dirtnap
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Spooky Halloween songs released (of course!) just in time for Thanksgiving. Or 11 months early for Halloween 2010, your choice. The Last Man You'll Ever See and Monsters Crash (The Regular People's Party) continue the tradition of killer singles from Seattle's (nay, America's!) premiere party-punk band, only with a macabre, bone-chilling twist. Abject terror never sounded so gosh darn catchy. Are you inhuman enough?
CRIPPLES / NEW LUCK TOY from Dirtnap
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CRIPPLES, THECulture from Dirtnap
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2nd album of aggressive keyboard pop/noise from Seattle, members now in Coconut Coolouts, Le Shat Noir.
CRIPPLES, THEDirty Head from Dirtnap
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DIRT BIKE ANNIEIt Ain't Easy Being Single from Dirtnap
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Comp songs, singles, previously unreleased stuff, etc 31 songs in all!
DIRT BIKE ANNIEShow Us Your Demons from Dirtnap
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DISKORDS, THEPink Palace EP from Dirtnap
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ENDS, THEConcrete Disappointment from Dirtnap
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ENDS, THENew Rome from Dirtnap
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EPOXIESSynthesized from Dirtnap
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Dirtnap alumni The Epoxies return to their roots long enough to throw us a fuckin' bone and release this 5 song EP, a compilation of their two loooooong out of print Dirtnap 7"s. (the originals of both of which sell for big money on eBay) Die hard fans may recognize this as a home-made, self released CD-R the band has been selling at their shows the last year or so. We thought it was high time to give this a wider release, so here it is!
EPOXIESThe Epoxies from Dirtnap
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ERGSHindsight is 20/20, My Friend from Dirtnap
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A collection with TONS of songs!

1. Introducing Morrissey
2. Hey Jealousy
3. Jazz is Like the New Coke
4. Out There
5. Every Romance Language
7. Books About
Miles Davis
8. Only Babies Cry
9. I'm In Trouble
10. It's Ok To Hate Me
11. Linus & Lucy
12. Throttle Boy
13. You Bet We've Got Something Personal Against the Steinways
14. More Vocal In the Monitor
15. Not a Second Time
16. Country Skronk
17. Warm & Sharp
18. Out On the Interstate
19. Sneak Attack
20. Million Perfect Dub
21. Blue
22. Blew
23. Saturday Night Crap-O-Rama [Comp Version]
24. If You Don't
25. Feeling Minneapolis
26. Bought a Copy
27. 1000 Letters
28. Honolulu Hornrims
29. Nasty Ho
30. Steering Clear In the New Year
31. Beautiful
32. August 19th
33. Steven a. Hinckley Has the Following Items: a) Devo Energy Dome, 2) Devo Radiation Suit, C) Devo ...
ERGSUpstairs/Downstairs from Dirtnap
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Lots of bands dream of becoming a great punk band, a great pop band, or a great hardcore band. But the truly great bands, the ones that come along and alter the course of music, can never be pigeonholed into just one genre. You don't want to listen to the same type of music all the time, so why would a band wnt to drone through songs that all sound the same? The Ergs have the talent to play outside the lines. The New Jersey- based trio draws influences from the strongest sections of the SST catalog, pop punk in the vein of both Ramones and Descendents, country, and even jazz. When listening to The Ergs, prepare to have your definition of pop punk challenged. As a band, everything goes; As listeners, everyone wins.
ESTRANGEDSacred Decay from Dirtnap/Green Noise
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Ex- Remains Of The Day/Hellshock/Warcry/From Ashes Rise/etc, playing heavy ominous post punk ala Wipers/Mission Of Burma/Warsaw-era Joy Division!
ESTRANGEDStatic Thoughts from Dirtnap
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ESTRANGEDThe Subliminal Man from Dirtnap
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Dirtnap Records is proud to bring you the 2nd album from Portland dark-punk kings! Past and present members of Portland hardcore mainstays such as Remains Of The Day, Hellshock, Warcry, Lebenden Toten, etc pull a 180 and dish out ten tracks of icy, ominous postpunk. Since their last release, The Estranged have dialed back the explicit aggression of their early singles a bit, and dialed up the textured, atmospheric, layered sounds of prime 80s deathrock/postpunk. A little less US influence, a little more UK.........A little less Wipers, a little more Cure/Chameleons UK/Joy Division, etc. .......... The Subliminal Man was painstakingly, impeccably recorded at Type Foundry Studios in Portland and features 8 new ones, a re- recording of "Statue In A Room" (originally released as a split 7" with Autistic Youth) and a rather stunning cover of The Flys' 1978 classic "Love And A Molotov Cocktail". You need this. All LPs come with download coupon. "Think Bauhaus or Sisters Of Mercy, but by dyed-in-the-wool punks shorn of spookiness and frilly-edged shirts. Artful pretense is replaced by hard-edged instruments and scuffed boots." - Razorcake "Beautifully depressing songs that are probably at this minute mimicking the equally miserable Portland weather. Brilliant." - Maximum Rock N Roll
ESTRANGEDType Foundry Sessions I from Dirtnap
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LP collection of The Estranged's first recording sessions at Type Foundry Studios in Portland, OR. 8 songs, all released as 7" tracks, most of which are now out of print! Showcases the band's distinct style of omnimous, dark punk at their rawest and most urgent. Vinyl is a split release between Dirtnap and Black Water Records. CD is on Japan's legendary HG Fact Records. First 1000 LPs come in heavy "tip-on" style sleeves!
EXPLODING HEARTSShattered from Dirtnap
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FIREBALLS OF FREEDOM / LOPEZSplit from Dirtnap
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GIRLS, THEThe Girls from Dirtnap
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Dirtnap Records is proud to present the latest in a long line of classic Pacific Northwest 70's punk/power pop idols, THE GIRLS! This Seattle (all male, by the way) 5 piece combines elements of THE BRIEFS, THE CARS, T Rex, and the Stiv Bators solo records. Think geeky, twitchy, colorful punk/power pop/glam rock with a whole lot of their own unique personality stamped on to each and every song!
GIRLS, THEYes, No, Yes, No... from Dirtnap
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GLORYHOLESScreamer from Dirtnap
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GLORYHOLESWant a Divorce from Dirtnap
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GOODNIGHT LOVINGNothing Conquers Us from Dirtnap
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Soulful, energetic alt country/garage/americana/whatever from hard-touring, crazy-prolific basement Milwaukee punk kids. Inventive songwriting with a depth and diversity of influence that belies these guys' relatively young ages. "2 new songs from one of our very favorite bands in the current American underground. Seriously, we listen to at least one (often more) of their 3 albums just about every day here at Dirtnap HQ." - Ken/Dirtnap
GOODNIGHT LOVINGThe Goodnight Loving Supper Club from Dirtnap
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GOODNIGHT LOVING have become a Milwaukee institution, but unlike "Laverne and Shirley" or Pabst Blue Ribbon, they're still here adding to their legend. The Goodnight Loving Supper Club is another milestone in that legend, expanding on their already classic sound of country-and folk-laced rock n roll by forging head-long into psychedelia, surf, spaghetti western, and anything else exotic enough to send your neurons into an electrified dance of pop induced pleasure. With this their new album, GOODNIGHT LOVING follow in the footsteps of The Great American Rock & Roll Bands (ie. CCR, The Hawks, Crazy Horse, Big Star, The Replacements et al), reimagining the conventions of our native rock n' roll in a way that's both fresh and timeless. The Goodnight Loving Supper Club is the bands first recording as a four piece, yet the sonic landscape they paint is more lush and nuanced than ever. Like all great bands around for more than an album or two, they're maturing and pioneering, effortlessly weaving in ideas from unlikely sources to color their songs in ways that seem strange at first, but then obvious upon reflection. This is immediately apparent from the moment the needle drops, moving brusquely between 60's British invasion- style psychedelia and twangy folk melancholy, to jangly barnstormers and songs of dark, bittersweet paranoia effortlessly and naturally. Along the album's path we are treated to brief forays into tragic 50's pop a la Del Shannon, Ennio Morricone on Mars instrumentals, nods to Roger Miller, and sugary, mind-warping harmonic nuggets. Dirtnap Records' 100th release, and we couldn't have asked for a better one!
GUANTANAMO BAYWATCHChest Crawl from Dirtnap
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2nd album (first for Dirtnap) of sexy, sleazy, reverb'd out slime from Guantanamo Baywatch. Guantanamo Baywatch was started by Jason Powell and Chevelle Wiseman in Portland about 4 years ago to an immediately enthusiastic reception, released a very well received and now out-of-print LP on Portland's awesome Hovercraft Records, as well as a couple of EP's/tapes. The band really came into it's own, though, in late 2010, with the addition of Chris Michael (also in BOOM!) on drums. Technically they joined the Dirtnap roster in June 2011, but they took their time recording their debut for the label, done mostly at home by the band themselves. Chest Crawl sees the band working more vocal numbers into the mix, incorporating the usual surf/garage suspects (Cramps, Trashmen), more obscure 50's rock n' roll/RNB wildmen, as well as slightly heavier nods toward the young-oldies sound being popularized today by bands such as Hunx, Shannon And The Clams, Nobunny, etc. Wildly popular here in Portland, and not afraid to tour, Guantanamo Baywatch are gonna be all over the place in 2012, starting with a 2 week tour with frequent bill-mates The Mean Jeans in March, followed by a solid summer of touring following the release of Chest Crawl. Dirtnap doesn't sign up local Portland bands very often (last one was Mean Jeans in late 2008!), so when we do, pay attention!
HIGH TENSION WIRESMidnight Cashier from Dirtnap
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High Tension Wires is an all star Texas band featuring Mike Wiebe (Riverboat Gamblers), Mark Ryan (Marked Men), Chris Pulliam (The Reds), and Mike Throneberry (Marked Men, who on this album replaces Jeff Burke, also of the Marked Men) After numerous delays owing to the band members' busy schedules and Dirtnap's general incompetence, High Tension Wires finally release their long awaited follow up album. Midnight Cashier finds the band moving in a slightly darker, weirder, more diverse direction while keeping their tightly wound punchy 77 style punk intact. You're going to love this record, we swear.
HIGH TENSION WIRESSend a Message from Dirtnap
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HIGH TENSION WIRESWelcome New Machine from Dirtnap
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Back in print! 3rd album from Dirtnap Records North Texas super-group! The current lineup of High Tension Wires features Mike Wiebe (Riverboat Gamblers), Mark Ryan (Marked Men/Mind Spiders), Chris Pulliam (The Reds), plus Daniel Fried and Greg Rutherford (both of the just-signed-to-Dirtnap The Bad Sports, the live incarnation of The Mind Spiders, and way too many other Denton bands to mention). Past lineups have included Jeff Burke and Mike Throneberry of The Marked Men. High Tension Wires originally started as an on-again-off-again recording project. Mark Ryan gave us a copy of their unfinished demo to listen to at a Marked Men show in Minneapolis in 2004, saying he didn't know if or when the recordings would ever be completed. We here at Dirtnap were so blown away that upon returning home to the NW we gave 'em a call and said that if they got themselves back in the studio and finished the recordings, we'd put it out as-is. At the time, the band had never even played a show. Those recording became their debut LP, Send A Message, a classic example of Scared-Of-Chaka-esque snappy punk/pop. In 2006 they followed that up with Midnight Cashier, a slightly darker, weirder, less straightforward take on things. Now 2011 brings us Welcome New Machine, a perfect synthesis of their previous 2 albums. Rocks as hard as Send A Message, while incorporating the nuances they began developing on Midnight Cashier. A fair amount of ground is covered here, from the Marked Men's trademark choppy pop sound to straightforward punk, to darker-edged postpunk, some new-wavey bits, and an absolutely stunning Teengenerate-style garagepunk ripper sung by Mark Ryan, all capped off by Mike Wiebe's seemingly endless font of unusual, interesting lyrics. This is by far their best album yet, and coming from us, that is saying a lot!
HOLLOW POINTSAnnihilation from Dirtnap
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IMPULSE INTERNATIONAL, THEPoint of Action from Dirtnap
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"This is Adam from Dirt Bike Annie's current band. Heart- breakingly great garage pop with a timeless vibe. Perfect guitar power pop to die for, beyond infectious. Check it out if ya like the Beat, Shoes, Pointed Sticks, Exploding Hearts, etc. We got tapped to release this CD a mere 3 weeks before it needed to be out. Totally worth re-arranging our release schedule to accommodate this gem! We had also said we were done with CD-only releases, but this was worth making an exception for. Vinyl on Deranged!" --Ken / Dirtnap
JEFFIE GENETIC AND HIS CLONESNeed a Wave from Dirtnap
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KENT 3Spells from Dirtnap
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LEGENDARY WINGSMaking Paper Roses from Dirtnap Records
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It happens very rarely (like a couple of times over the course of 120 releases) that we here at Dirtnap get a random CD-R demo in the mail, pop it in, listen to it a couple of times, and then slap our fist down on the counter and say "fuck it, we'll put that out!" And that's just what happened in the case of Kalamzoo, MI's Legendary Wings. Unsolicited demos are largely a lousy way to round up new bands for the label, but once in a blue moon you get one that's just THAT good. Musically, the apple that is Legendary Wings doesn't fall TOO far from the tree that is Dirtnap Records, (think caffeiniated, raw, fast pop), but they are also unmistakably, instantly identifiable as originating from the Midwest. Potential Johns meets Gaunt? Scared Of Chaka if they were from Minneapolis? Denton with jangle? Legendary Wings drummer, Jeff The Snake Mahannah and Scott Terrian, guitarist/singer first met each other at a pre show barbecue for the First Annual UFO Dictator Fest in Kalamazoo, MI. It was 2005 then, Scott was 23 and playing bass in the now defunct Throbbin Urges, and Jeff had just turned 17 and was still playing with The Clams. I met this group of teenagers: Jeff, his brother Pat, and Clams drummer Trevor the first time I visited Kalamazoo, and boy we really hit it off. Scott recalls. Any time Id drive down to Kalamazoo for a show, or whatever else, I was really hoping to see these guys, and hang out. They were, and still are like brothers to me. We came to learn of almost identical tastes in music, tv, anything! And, within the next year or so, Jeff and I started flirting with the idea of putting together a band. Eventually, in the crisp Michigan fall of 08, it happened. Though, a far cry from their previous bands, including The Menthols, The Legendary Wings put together a steady stream of pop inspired sorta-punk songs. They recruited a friend of a friend to play bass named Matt Maier. Together, the band has been on several tours, released a 7" on Tic Tac Totally and a track on a UFO Dictator comp 7", and were featured at Goner Fest 7. Their mix of caffeinated instrumentation, and overly sensitive lyrics will make you melt if the mood is right.
LITTLE CUTSPlastic Disaster from Dirtnap
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Dave Hernandez of legendary garage punk band Scared of Chaka, formed Little Cuts in Seattle during a break from touring duties with indie rockers The Shins in '08. His years with The Shins (a band of whom he'd been friends with the leader of, James Mercer, since Scared of Chaka was touring the world in the mid 90s) left him anxious for a return to the louder and more chaotic leanings of his earlier bands. Andrew Church (Ballard master rock musician, genius go-to guy, fixer, bartender extraordinaire, all around gentleman, and Godfather to Hernandez's firstborn) was the obvious choice for wingman in the group. Having previously played and recorded with Hernandez in power rock outfit Broadcast Oblivion (featuring murder city devils/big business/melvins drummer Coady Willis) he filled bass duties handily when not working with his other great band The Cops. Curtis James of Old Haunts had met Hernandez mid tour in the early 90s when he'd drummed for Olympia band Excuse 17, and it was total random coincidence that had him tattooing at a shop next door to Hazelwood, Church's bar in Seattle. He completed the three piece, and they set about recording a handful of CDRs that were passed around town, and played a handful of shows as well as releasing a single for Bag of Hammers. Inevitably, the pull of other bands, family, and a bad case o' the "grumps" prevented this lineup from touring extensively. This release holds their last recorded work before Curtis James returned to Olympia and left the band. Lars Finberg of The Intelligence recorded this in the fall of 2010 and a year later its finally seeing release thanks to Ken at Dirtnap Records. The current lineup includes David Weeks from The Cops on drums.
MARKED MENFix My Brain from Dirtnap
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"Reissue of the 3rd Marked Men LP, which shows the band's pop sensibilities in full bloom. Not only are the Marked Men one of our very favorite bands of the 00's, but at this point we'd put 'em up there as one of Texas' great musical exports. Originally issued on Swami Records in 2006, this release put the Marked Men on many people's radar, and remains some folks' favorite to this day. Unfortunately, this thing has been unavailable for quite some time (especially the vinyl), so we thought we'de do you a favor and make this available once again. You can thank us later." - Ken/Dirtnap
MARKED MENFix My Brain from Dirtnap Records/Dirt Cult
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MARKED MENGhosts from Dirtnap
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"Blurring the rawness and velocity of their self-titled debut with the slightly more developed songwriting "chops" of the last two, the Marked Men have truly delivered the best of both worlds. Since their debut album came out on Rip Off in 2002 (reissued in 2008 on Dirtnap!), the Marked Men have established themselves as one of the best, most distinctive, compelling, and instantly recognizable punk bands of the 2000's. They're also quickly becoming one of the more influential. Despite that, you can pop the needle on "Ghosts" for 5 seconds and instantly be left without a doubt as to whom you are listening. It ain't pop-punk. It ain't power-pop. It ain't KBD or '77 style punk. At this point, the Marked Men sound like absolutely no one but themselves. The bad news is that this will be their last album for a couple of years, as co-lead vocalist/guitarist/total musical genius Jeff Burke is currently living in Japan. The good news is that the band swears they are NOT broken up, just on extended hiatus. We couldn't possibly be more honored that the Marked Men saw fit to return to our humble label, and are looking forward to doing more stuff with them (and hopefully their new, as yet unformed bands) in the coming years!" - Ken / Dirtnap
MARKED MENGhosts from Dirtnap Records/Dirt Cult
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MARKED MENMarked Men from Dirtnap
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MARKED MENOn the Outside from Dirtnap
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MARKED MENOn the Outside from Dirtnap Records/Dirt Cult
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MARKED MENThe Marked Men from Dirtnap Records/Dirt Cult
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MEAN JEANSAre You Serious from Dirtnap
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THE MEAN JEANS are the kids that live down the street that blare the Ramones and the Angry Samoans late at night while they are playing "Edward 40s Hands". They have 3 things in their refrigerator: ketchup, beer and slime. THE MEAN JEANS were born when, at the ripe ages of 23 and 24, Jeans Wilder (skins, vox and smokes) and Billy Jeans (vox, riffs and spliffs) started playing their parent's DC-area basements in the winter of 2006. They grew another member, Howie Doodat (AKA Jean Jeans on the bass guitar), after moving to Portland, OR a year later. The 13 garage pop tunes of Are You Serious harkens back to the Lookout! Records of the early 90s, when pop-punk meant snotty low-brow 3 chord goodness and not glossy soundtracks to mall strolls. Like any good Cretins soundtrack, the "songs about partying" vs. "songs about girls" ratio leans fully toward PBR fueled pogo punk. Pitchfork already said THE MEAN JEANS "comes over like the Ramones mixed with a pinch of Joan Jetts classic "Bad Reputation" and makes you want to slam dance with its guitar riffs and rollicking drumbeats."

Check out the Mean Jeans video on Spin.com!
MEAN JEANSOn Mars from Dirtnap Records
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Portland's premier party punks The Mean Jeans return with their long-awaited follow up to 2009's Are You Serious! This is a different album, though, more mid-tempo catchier, and poppier (but less "pop punk" if you know what we mean) than their debut. In addition to the standard 3 piece instrumentation, Mean Jeans On Mars also features, at various times, acoustic guitar (!), keyboards (!), drum machines (!), empty Jaeger bottles (!) and boxes of macaroni (!) played as extra percussion. Oh and it also features the debut of new member Jr. Jeans on bass! (Howie Doodat is busy tearing up Portland in the Suicide Notes!) This is a fantastic, exhilarating summertime pop album, so down a couple of jaegy bombs and get ready to moonwalk into the unknown with the Mean Jeans!
MEAN JEANSOn Mars from Dirtnap Records/Burger Records
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METROSI Gotta Go from Dirtnap
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MIND CONTROLSMind Controls from Dirtnap
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Dirty 70's style punk from Mark Sultan and members of Demons Claws, Confusers, etc.
MIND SPIDERSMeltdown from Dirtnap
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2nd album from Mark Ryan's (Marked Men, High Tension Wires)Mind Spiders, and it's a Meltdown, alright. This is a very different beast from the s/t Mind Spiders LP released just 13 months ago. The most obvious difference is that while thes/t LP was recorded piecemeal,with Mark more-or-less playing all the instruments, Meltdown is the first Mind Spiders recordings to feature the full live band. And what a band it is: members of The Bad Sports, High Tension Wires, Marked Men, Uptown Bums, etc etc. The fact that there are 2 drummers (Mike from the Marked Men AND Greg from The High Tension Wires both play drums at the same time)gives alot of these songs a rhythmic complexity that sets the songs apart from a lot of other "garagey" type bands. Loosely organized like the first LP, with the more straightforward, rocking stuff on side A and the weird curveball stuff on side B, Meltdown,while remarkably cohesive, blends a lot of differentelements: Great sounding guitar tones. Happy, warm organ. Mean, buzzing synth. 60's pop sensibilities. Snotty garage rockers. Dark, brooding postpunk. Weirdo sci-fi soundtrack stuff. Nods to Krautrock. Oh, and did we mention there are 2 drummers? Meltdown is definitely one of the high points in the Dirtnap catalog, and given our history with Mark Ryan, that is saying alot. By our count, this is the 11th record we've released with him on it (1 Mind Spiders 7" and 2 LPs, 3 High Tension Wires LPs, 4 Marked Men LPs and 1 7"), I guess you could say we are a fan.
MIND SPIDERSThe Mind Spiders from Dirtnap
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Solo pop explorations from Mark Ryan of the Marked Men! (yes, we used the same tag-line for the 7", but it was too appropriate not to recycle!) Around the time Denton, TX legends Marked Men were entering into their current state of semi- hibernation, co- singer/songwriter/ guitarist Mark Ryan decided he wanted to go in a slightly different direction for his next project, with recordings handled mostly by himself, and a fluid lineup of musicians to back him live. After an extremely well received 7" on Dirtnap (released before the live version of the band had played a single show), Mind Spiders follow it up with a full length that doesn't begin to disappoint. Intelligent, highly crafted songwriting with lots of twists and turns, meticulously recorded at home with Mark himself playing most of the instruments. Pop with brains and substance, catchy stuff that isn't afraid to spread out a bit and reflect a wide range of influences and interests. A little 60's pop here, a little lo-fi there, a little weirdo-in-his- bedroom-with-a-4-track in other places. And if the opening song, Go!, sounds a bit like the Marked Men, that's because that band recorded a version of it for their last LP, which was left off at the last minute. The live version of Mind Spiders is a different beast entirely. It's a regular Denton/Ft. Worth all star band, with members of Bad Sports, High Tension Wires, Uptown Bums, Marked Men and a lot more, made unique in the fact that there are TWO drummers (Greg Rutherford of Bad Sports/High Tension Wires and Mike Throneberry of the Marked Men), lending a rather explosive element to the proceedings. January 2011's release of The Mind Spiders debut LP marks the beginning of yet another year of fruitful collaboration between Dirtnap Records and the seemingly never ending stream of bands from the great state (republic?) of Texas. February will see the release of the 3rd LP from longtime Marked Men/Reds/Riverboat Gamblers side project The High Tension Wires. March will see the Dirtnap debut from Denton/Austin's The Bad Sports, 2/3rds of whom also play in both The High Tension Wires and the live version of The Mind Spiders. Houston's Something Fierce just wrapped up recording a monster of a 3rd LP, which we'll be releasing in April. All these bands and more will be playing Dirtnap Records' SXSW Showcase in March, come check it out!
MINDS, THEPlastic Girls from Dirtnap
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MODERN MACHINESTake It, Somebody! (SALE PRICE ON LP!) from Recess Records/Dirtnap
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Milwaukee, WI's Modern Machines return with their 4th CD (after a string of cassette-only releases), first for Dirtnap, and it's easily their best one yet! True pop smarts meets classsic upper midwestern punk inspiration filtered thru modern day basement punk sensibilities. Husker Du meets early Replacements meets early Lemonheads (remember when they were good?) meets Dillinger 4 meets The Figgs? While these comparisons remain fairly apt, Take It, Somebody sees the band incorporating older and more diverse influences into their distinctive songwritingstyle, including 60's garage rock, and even a little Americana-esque twang. Heartfelt, sincere, clever songwriting from one of the hardest working bands in punk rock, who, by the sound of things, are only beginning to hit their stride. Oh yeah, and it was recorded in a basement in Milwaukee for $200. What more could you possibly want?
NIGHT BIRDSFresh Kills Vol. 1 from Grave Mistake
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Compiles the first two years of the band's existence; including their 2009 demo, the "Killer Waves" 7" on Art of the Underground, the "Self-Titled" EP on Dirtnap / Grave Mistake, and the "Midnight Movies" 7" on No Way Records.
POST TEENSPost Teens from Sound Study Recordings
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Highly anticipated first studio recordings from Gainesville's Post Teens featuring members of Assholeparade, Torche, Averkiou and Dead Friends. Six blown-out, insanely catchy jams that are guaranteed to burrow their way into your brain. For fans of Garage rock/Punk/Marked Men/High Tension Wires/Dirtnap stuff/etc!
POTENTIAL JOHNS, THEThe Potential Johns from Dirtnap
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Solo pop explorations courtesy of Jeff Burke of The Marked Men! 2 tracks of lo fi pop genius, recorded on the eve of Jeff's moving to Japan. While retaining the catchiness and energy of past efforts, the songwriting here takes a turn for the reflective and bittersweet, and the tempos are slowed down a bit from the break-neck pace of your typical Marked Men song. Still rocks like crazy, though. All copies come with a download code!
PSYCHED TO DIEScatter Brained from Dirtnap
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Four songs! A companion piece to the recently released Year One CD (they were supposed to be released at the same time, but, you know......)
PSYCHED TO DIEYear One from Dirtnap
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Psyched To Die practically qualify as a New Jersey punk all-star band, being composed of ex-members of The Ergs, For Science, Hunchback and a bunch more. Forget all that, though, this sounds nothing like any of those bands. (Mikey Erg is nothing if not versatile!) Starting off as a straightforward DC-meets early Touch And Go hardcore band with lyrics about as uplifting as the name would suggest, Psyched To Die's newer material slows it down just a bit and explores the area where punk and early hardcore intersect, kind of a cross between Dangerhouse and early Orange County hardcore. (if the song title "OCD Life" is not a Rikk Angew nod, it should be!) Happy-fun-time music this ain't. This is fast, dirty, bleak and negative, but still pretty darn catchy. This CD compiles the as-yet-unreleased Dirtnap 7" (patience!), the Sterile Walls 7" released on Grave Mistake/Firestarter, the 8 song demo (some of their best stuff in our humble opinion!) and may or may not include a hidden bonus track. You'll just have to buy it and find out!

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PULSESLittle Brothers from Dirtnap
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PULSESThe Pulses from Dirtnap
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RAYDIOS, THENow from Dirtnap/Mangrove
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Our first release from a Japanese band, and we couldn't really ask for a better one than this. For those not in the know, the Raydios is Fink from the legendary Teengenerate and Firestarter's current band. This is their 2nd album, coming about 10 years (!) after their Demo LP on Screaming Apple. The CD version of Now was released by Japan's Mangrove Records last year (and is being distributed by Dirtnap in the USA), and is just now seeing the light of day on vinyl. It's been remastered for vinyl and re-mixed by Fink himself, and sounds GREAT. Musically this is no frills, crunchy, mid tempo rock n roll. Less trashy than Teengenerate, but not quite as "pop" as Firestarter, this is kinda a middle ground between the two. Total dream release for Dirtnap. Pinch us.
RETURNABLESThe Returnables from Dirtnap
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Benefit CD, final recordings from insanely underrated Chicago guitar pop/punk band...
REVISIONSOn the Lam from Dirtnap/Green Noise
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Acoustic punk; folks from Observers/Clorox Girls/Red Dons...
REVISIONSRevised Observations from Dirtnap
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Acoustic PUNK from past and present members of the Obsevers and Clorox Girls. About half new material and half radical re- workings of old Observers and Speds songs, this still has all the power, hooks, and lyrical insight of band member's previous incarnations, presented in a drastically different format that'll nonetheless appeal to musicially open minded punk types everywhere!
REVISIONSRevised Observations (FREE WITH ANY ORDER!) from Dirtnap
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Acoustic PUNK from past and present members of the Obsevers and Clorox Girls. About half new material and half radical re- workings of old Observers and Speds songs, this still has all the power, hooks, and lyrical insight of band member's previous incarnations, presented in a drastically different format that'll nonetheless appeal to musicially open minded punk types everywhere!
RIFF RANDELLSDoublecross from Dirtnap
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Debut full length (bout time!) from amazing Canadian all girl pop/garage modern legends!
RIVER CITY TANLINESAll 7 Inches Plus 2 More from Dirtnap
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RIVER CITY TANLINESI'm Your Negative from Dirtnap
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A dangerous romp of pool-hall jukebox metal that rivaled the Runaways straight out the gate with addictive hooks, spine- breaking basslines and brilliant songs that seemed to hit the mullet on the business end without a breather." - Brett Cross, Victim Of TIme Debut full length (following last year's awesome single comp LP/CD on Soul Is Cheap/Dirtnap) from Memphis, TN's River City Tanlines finds Alicja Trout ( Lost Sounds, Black Sunday, Mouserocket, Clears, Fitts, Contaminated Records/Mailorder etc etc etc) expanding her already extensive songwriting palate to include 80's HC, pure pop, hard rock, dirty garage rock, and much more, with hardly a keyboard (her signature in the Lost Sounds years) in sight. But the River City Tanlines isn't just Alicja Trout. It's guitar-bass-drums propelled forward by the most solid rock rhythm section of the south: John Bonds and Terrance Bishop, who have spun it with RL Burnside, T-Model Ford, Dale Hawkins, Fat Possum's Kenny Brown, Jack Oblivian's Tearjerkers, and Mr. Airplane Man's Margaret Garret.
SELBY TIGERS"Snoball" b/w "Tell it to the Judge" from Dirtnap
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Got a couple of these back in a return; very few in stock!!
SOMETHING FIERCEDon't Be So Cruel from Dirtnap Records
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3rd album and proper Dirtnap debut (after we issued the vinyl version of their incredible, self-released 2nd CD, There Are No Answers in 2009) from Houston, TX upstarts Something Fierce. If There Are No Answers perfected the Marked Men-meets-The- Buzzcocks brand of snappy poppy punk that the band had been working on since their inception in 2005, Don't Be So Cruel finds 'em rapidly expanding outwards from that sound. While undeniably influenced by various strands of 70s punk, this record is slightly more subtle and sophisticated than mere 77- revivalists would have it. Slightly nuanced, almost understated at times, vapid party-punk this is most definitely not. Thoughtful, well written, well played songs that strike a perfect balance between fun and smart. Kinda reminds us of when the original UK bands were just starting to branch out from the punk template, but before the head-on dive into post-punk artiness. More '79 than '77, if you know what we mean.
SOMETHING FIERCEThere Are No Answers from Dirtnap
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"This is a gem of a record from start to finish - an adrenaline rush of hooks, choruses, and some of the cleverest pop writing since those BUZZCOCKS fellas picked up their guitars." - Maximum Rock N Roll "There Are No Answers is the heart of my 2009 soundtrack." - Razorcake Young kids from Houston with a rock-solid work ethic who like to tour. This band fits in perfectly on Dirtnap: it's catchy, poppy punk that's not really pop-punk, and rocks a little too hard to fit in with the power-pop (have we mentioned that we're really sick of that term?) crowd. Unbelievably catchy, well written, well played (Steven Babyface Garcia can play the shit out of his guitar, and bassist Nikki Seven and drummer Andrew Keith are no slouches at their respective instruments, either) poppy punk with heart, brains, and hooks. Lots of hooks. After being blown away by a stellar performance at Portlands Plan B club back in January, we quickly came to an agreement with these guys to do a new LP in early 2010. Upon reflection, though, we realized we just couldnt wait that long to wrap our slimy tentacles around this young band, and have decided to rush re-release their recent, self-released CD on vinyl. If theres a catchier band in the current American punk underground, they should send us their demo! LP includes a download code! For fans of Marked Men / Buzzcocks / The Briefs Clorox Girls / Pointed Sticks!
SOMETHING FIERCE / OCCULT DETECTIVE CLUBS/T from Dirtnap
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Dirtnap Records returns to our favorite regional talent pool (TEXAS!) to unleash this limited edition split 10" (only the 2nd in Dirtnap history) released to commemorate Something Fierce and Occult Detective Club's joint 2012 tour! Something Fierce (Houston, TX), one of the leading lights on the label's current roster, return with their 3rd release for Dirtnap. 3 more catchy, addictive, well-written, well-played mid-tempo punk/pop jams. If there is one thing you can count on with Something Fierce, it's that they don't make the same record twice. And while the songs here are not a million miles removed from last year's Don't Be So Cruel LP, it would seem like they are moving away from some of their more obvious 77-79 era punk influences, and rapidly adopting a more distinctive songwriting style. Occult Detective Club (Denton, TX) started as a one man recording project, and has morphed into a full band lineup, with past and present members of Maaster Gaiden, ANS, Stymie, and lots more. We're borrowing them from Alive/Bomp Records (who put out their stunning Crimes LP a couple of years ago) for this release, but they fit right in on our roster as well, and are a prime example of "that Denton sound" circa 2012. Fast, choppy, nervous riffs. Super catchy, short-but-well-thought-out-songs with good lyrics. This record is a one time only pressing of 1000 and comes with a download card.
SONIC AVENUESTelevision Youth from Dirtnap
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SONIC AVENUES are just four Montreal kids who started riffing punk tunes in 2006, but since getting swept up in the booming punk epicentre of neighbouring Ottawa, they've been catapulted into the ranks of the best pop-punk acts in Canada! After releasing a few singles, SA dropped a bomb in late 2009 with their debut LP on Ottawa's infamous Going Gaga Records. Within a few short months, the record had sold-out twice, including a European repress by Germany's fine Taken By Surprise and Sabotage Records. Two years later, after obliterating eardrums from stages across North America and Europe, they returned home to record a crushing follow-up, TELEVISION YOUTH, for Portland-based label DIRTNAP RECORDS. Featuring more of the over-driven guitars, infectious harmonized melodies and blazing 2-3 minute songs that powered their debut, SA have nonetheless pushed the limits into new territories with this latest offering. In short, Television Youth is punkier, poppier, louder and dirtier than anything they've done before. Armed with this devastating new arsenal, as well as ambitious touring plans spanning the (un)civilized world, SONIC AVENUES are sure to keep fists in the air and beers a-flyin' for years to come.
STEVE ADAMYK BANDForever Won't Wait from Dirtnap
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The Steve Adamyk Band are a bunch of obnoxious, rowdy, "kids" from Ottawa, Ontario. While the name would automatically draw comparison to a blues, jazz or rock band given the layout, make no mistake; the Steve Adamyk Band are a punk band. The SAB play trash-pop inspired by seventies punk, the skinny tie bands of the eighties and nineties garage rock. From the ashes of Million Dollar Marxists (Gearhead Records) and Sedatives (Deranged Records), the group was born out of necessity - a whack load of orphan songs with no band to call home. Frustrated playing in bands the would eventually call it quits, Adamyk formed a band that could have an endless timeline, even if the name is outside of the standard band name zone.
STUCK UPS / HIGH BEAMS from Dirtnap
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TOYS THAT KILLDon't Take My Clone from Dirtnap
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TRANZMITORSTranzmitors from Dirtnap
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Weve been friends with these guys for awhile, and have released records by members old bands (New Town Animals 7 and Jeffie Genetic And The Clones CD. We were also supposed to to the 2nd New Town Animals LP/CD, but they broke up cause Stevie Kicks joined The Briefs!), so it only makes sense that wed try and squeeze a record out of em at some point. Things have been quiet record-wise in The Tranzmitors' camp the past couple of years, but now that silence has been broken! 2 more pitch-perfect mod-pop meets 70s punk sing-a-longs, with an extremely vague phone theme going on. Great songs even by their lofty standards. All copies come with download code.
TRIGGERSBad Dream from Dirtnap
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TRIGGERSShoot Your Mouth Off from Dirtnap
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Abrasive and tough, yet super catchy early 80's-style punk rock (not HC) with scorching female vocals! RIP!!
V/A - DIRTNAP ACROSS THE NORTHWEST from Dirtnap
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The Briefs, Epoxies, Cripples, Gloryholes... 25 songs!
VULTURESAlcoholic Lady from Dirtnap
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WHITE WIRESWWII from Dirtnap
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"Ottawa, Ontario is exploding with good bands, easily one of our favorite musical hotbeds in North America at the moment, and we here at Dirtnap knew we had to get in on the action, before the action got in on us. (whatever the hell THAT means) What better way to start than with THE WHITE WIRES WWII, a sun- soaked Garage-Pop gem that will satisfy anyone's sweet tooth. Simple, spare, haunting, instantly memorable pop songs thatll leave you glad to be alive. When White Wires released their debut LP on singer/guitarist Ian Manhires Going Gaga (VERY quickly becoming one of our favorite record labels on the planet) Records in 2009, EVERYONE we played it for here in Portland completely flipped out, and we were quickly pestering the band to let us reissue it. Alas, Douchemaster Records beat us to the punch on THAT one, but here weve been given a 2nd crack at em. Ian from White Wires refers to WWII as the bands Dirtnap album, in that its a little more (for lack of a better term) punk and a little less (for lack of a better term) garage than their debut. The tones are a little brighter, the tempos a little faster, the songs a little (if this is possible) catchier than WWI." - Ken/Dirtnap
YOUNG GOVERNORCindy's Gonna Save Me from Dirtnap
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Young Governor is Ben Cook from Fucked Up. And Marvelous Darlings. And Bitters, and probably a bunch more we can't think of at the moment. Cindys Gonna Save Me is a fractured lo-fi pop gem, with perhaps a bit more of a 60s influence than some Young Guv material. B side is a UK pub style smash. One time only pressing of 1000, all copies come with download coupon.

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