HIVE MIND record release party
& free in-store performance
Black Friday, November 25th, 2011 @ 8pm

"It’s dense stuff; breathtakingly thick, enveloping sound. It’s hard to make the case for an album of what is essentially variations on roaring, growling noise to those who aren’t already sold by that description alone – but this really is gripping. No “wall noise” or one dimensional static blast here; there is a huge amount going on, each small part making up the whole. This truly immersive, expansive record is without a doubt one of the best noise albums of the year, and is a must for anyone of a curious, abstract inclination." -- FACT Magazine

"By far the most opaque Spectrum Spools release to date, Elemental Disgrace will pull listeners from the relative safety of modern electronica’s escapist climate and immerse them into a disorienting, nerve-ticking murk. This aptly titled long-player consists of two side-long pieces. Its earthen drones -- slowly shifting, stratified and charged with post-industrial electronics -- draws riveting parallels to man’s continued assault and pillaging of the natural world. Focused and brutal, Elemental Disgrace nevertheless maintains a unique sort of beauty—a celebration of decay as natural force, perhaps— and represents a dark respite from the zoned-out banalities of so much current experimental electronic music." -- East Village Radio

This is the list of Record Store Day releases we are carrying, however they are limited in availability and some titles have yet to show up. Get here early!

The Beatles - Singles 7" box set The Grateful Dead - Live Europe '72 vol. 2 4xLP
Pink Floyd - The Wall Singles 7" box set Pinback - Information Retrieved pt. B 7"
Syd Barrett - The Photography of 7" + photography book Wilco - Speak Into the Rose 10"
Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee pt. 2 Deluxe LP Phish - Party Time 2xLP
Ryan Adams - Do I Wait / Darkness 7" Various Artists - Wheedle's Groove: Seattle's Finest 7" + book
Jimmy Cliff - Sacred Fire 7" Chris Cornell - Songbook 2xLP
Fear - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 7" Yardbirds - Ha Ha Said the Crown 7"
Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2 LP Yardbirds - Ten Little Indians 7"
Bob Dylan - Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window 7" box set The Byrds - The Times They Are A Changin' 7"
Janis Joplin - Move Over! 7" box set The Byrds - Eight Miles High 7"
Miles Davis - Quartet 10" The Lovin' Spoonful - Alley Oop 7"
Nirvana - Nevermind Singles 10" box set All That Remains /Jasta
Soundgarden - Live on I-5 Before the Doors 10" Type O Negative - Albums box set -
Iron & Wine - Morning Becomes Eclectic LP Death Grips - Exmilitary LP
The Black Keys - Lonely Boy LP Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - American X: Baby 81 Sessions LP
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik 2xLP Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Baby 81 2xLP
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Kiss My Amps Live LP Boris - New Album LP
The Doors - LA Woman singles 7" box set The Misfits - Devil's Rain LP


In addition to the NEW releases listed below, we have some exciting and rare TEST PRESSINGS from the Hydra Head Vault through the years. You'll have to stop in the store to find out what these are and purchase them!

Black Face - I Want To Kill You b/w Monster 7"
Black Flag's Chuck Dukowski + Oxbow's Eugene Robinson = Black Face: a selective collective take on music as riot and Dukowski-era Black Flag. On tour Spring 2012. 7" available on black, white, grey and 'mystery' colors

Helms Alee - Weatherhead Cassette
Ltd to 300 cassette edition of second full length from Tacoma's Helms Alee. Grunge is SO back.

Old Man Gloom - Christmas Eve I & II + 6 + Live in NYC 180g vinyl LP
ltd to 1000 on black and color vinyl in 2 color silkscreen jacket
Old Man Gloom is the best band on the planet, hands down. This 12" vinyl edition of their 2003 3" CDEP (now complete with their full 2002 'Live in NYC' performace on Side B) proves it.

Pyramids/Horseback - A Throne Without A King 180g vinyl LP+7"
ltd. 1000 on black and color vinyl.
A sprawling beast of unique nature - at once beguiling, terrifying and completely immersive. A more successful pairing of experimental-metal-drone-ambient-krautish-noise-rock collaborators you are unlikely to find, in our reality or any of its parallel relatives. Exclusive individual tracks from both participants, combined with their 45 minute collabrative sonic mass in four parts.
free in-store performance
on Friday, Nov. 18th @ 7pm

Tennis System likes noise. It likes it so much that at this year's SXSW, the local Austin cops shut down two of its shows due to noise complaints. Via two guitars creating a reverb whirlwind, roaring drums and a droning bass, they will flatten you with their sound, and dig you out from underneath the pile along with their buried shoegaze melodies. The noisy, earnest legacy of Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, and the Jesus and Mary Chain lives on in the expansive, catchy-as-hell pop songs of Tennis System.

free in-store performances
on Saturday, Nov. 19th @ 8pm

Another Crepusculo Negro double-feature here at Vacation Vinyl, Dolorvotre will slash out ghasly, wailing black metal pushing you downwards into a halucinogenic hell while The Haunting Presence spew forth violent and shamanistic chaos invoked by horror and anxiety, conjurations of supernatural terror!

FYF & Vacation Vinyl present
plus special guests TBA
at the ECHOPLEX, Thursday, January 26th

Hard tickets are available at Vacation Vinyl for $15 CASH ONLY.

We are also selling soft tickets (cash only) to ALL FYF shows, which includes these upcoming gems:

LEMURIA w/ Roman Candles + more @ the Smell, 11/25/11 9pm - $9
THOU / The Body / Harassor @ the Smell, 1/17/12 9pm - $10
free in-store, Wednesday, November 9th @ 7pm

Exploratory New Jersey-born prog-metal peddlers EAST OF THE WALL are preparing to drop their third full-length slab of methodologically unique output, The Apologist, this Autumn. Longtime followers of this act, and the numerous related current or previous acts leading up to this recording — including but definitely not limited to The Postman Syndrome, Day Without Dawn, El Drugstore, Argonauts — have been awaiting this release for some time.

The piercing feedback leads into an elephant-sized sludge metal riff on the album’s opener, “Naif”. One might hypothesize (as I did) that the rest of the track will be a sludgy beast. Well shame on you and me! “Naif” soon undergoes a drastic stylistic change that will leave the listener wondering what had just happened. From Sludge, to post-rock, back to sludge, than to an almost alternative/progressive rock feel to the end. Adding huge contrasting sections to a single song is East of the Wall’s specialty (“False Build” is a perfect example of this). “Naif” flawlessly flows into “Linear Failure” which features one of the most gorgeous, jazz oriented guitar sections I have ever heard. You just have to hear it to believe it. But that is just one section of the song because once again, the band surprises you with flawlessly switching to a completely different section without sounding forced. One might criticize it for sounding “random”, but this is not the case. These shape-shifting entities called “East of the Wall songs” sound completely organic and are performed with such virtuosic skill that is makes the whole song flow very well.

-- Review of their new album by American Aftermath
free in-store, Friday Nov 4th, 2011

Physicists deal in quantum probabilities. Wizards wrestle with magic. OS OVNI dream synthesizers. Emerging from the more idiosyncratic side of reality, the duo of Logan Owlbeemoth and Omebi Velouria build minimal sonic structures around time travel pop hooks using warm synths, simple effected vocals, colorful costumes set in a 2070's celluloid film setting and visual projections made of hyper changing colorful pixel bits in the ...shape of UFOs, cats and hearts. Their sound is both accessible and charmingly home brewed. As the collision of rebellious oscillations and layered harmonics clash and hum, it seems that their music is trying to pry open a gateway to its own science fictional universe. The shimmering gateway opens, and what you find when you look inside is OS OVNI.

free in-store, Monday, Nov 7th, 2011

Hailing from the streets of Brooklyn, HULL has yet again emerged with a creation to outlive the ages. Hard at work since the release of their debut album, Sole Lord, in 2009, ideas were envisioned and the mighty wind of creativity brought upon this Earth the latest saga, “Beyond The Lightless Sky”.

Known to behold vast sound expanses, HULL maximizes harmony and tone within one monstrous palate. Upon your brow, focus, as a furious whip of intermingling guitars propel you through the atmosphere as a low pulse resonates through your entire being while the pounding drums blanket all chasms of reality. Find yourself immersed in a musical tide as it is played out before your ears beyond the lightless sky.