Stuff We Sell

Store Update: All My Friends Are Prizefighters

06.18.24

All My Friends Are Prizefighters is a 140 page book by Dan Treado. It started as a photo project in 1988 in which Dan conscripted his friends, most of them involved in the DC punk scene, to trick themselves out in thrift store boxing gear and pose as prizefighters in front of crudely painted scenic backdrops. The photos were taken in Dan’s studio, located directly above the much beloved, slightly sweaty, more than a little bent performance venue called d.c. space. Polaroids shot years later in Paris with willing artist friends round out the collection of images. Finally, writer Kevin Markey’s poignantly crafted fictional snapshots, peppered with the unique details and ripe memories of living in DC in the 80s, add a finely tuned tension to the whole endeavor.

Includes photos of: Brendan Canty, Guy Picciotto, Alec MacKaye, Ian Svenonius, Amy Pickering, Doug Birdzell, Steve Gamboa, and many more!




Store Update: Paddan - Fluid Time LP

05.10.24

Paddan’s Sigtryggur Baldursson and Birgir Mogensen are lifelong friends from Kópavogur, Iceland, who started as mates on the local football team, then graduated to making music together as teenagers and even later as young men doing time in the DIY collective KUKL, from 1983 - 1986.  Released by London-based Crass, KUKL was populated by survivors of the post-punk scene in Iceland in the early 80s, well documented in the 1982 film “Rock in Reykjavik”. In addition to Birgir and Sigtryggur, it featured Guðlaugur Óttarsson, Einar Melax, Björk and Einar Örn, some of whom would become better known later in outfits like the Sugarcubes and their respective solo work and other collaborations.
Paddan’s Sigtryggur Baldursson and Birgir Mogensen are lifelong friends from Kópavogur, Iceland, who started as mates on the local football team, then graduated to making music together as teenagers and even later as young men doing time in the DIY collective KUKL, from 1983 - 1986.  Released by London-based Crass, KUKL was populated by survivors of the post-punk scene in Iceland in the early 80s, well documented in the 1982 film “Rock in Reykjavik”.

In addition to Birgir and Sigtryggur, it featured Guðlaugur Óttarsson, Einar Melax, Björk and Einar Örn, some of whom would become better known later in outfits like the Sugarcubes and their respective solo work and other collaborations.

Now older and perhaps wiser, Birgir and Sigtryggur inevitably came together again to form Paddan, and “Fluid Time” is their first proper EP. A recording inspired by the very perception of time and space, the songs fill the room as the instrumental tracks pull as much from free-form jazz as they do from the punk experimentalism that informed their youth. 

Recorded, produced and arranged by the pair, Sigtryggur and Birgir play basses, drums, and various other instruments. They are joined by the eminent harmonica and lap steel-wielding Gaukur Davidsson on two tunes, “Vaguely” and “Bug”,  and trumpet maestro Eirikur Orri Ólafsson on “Splash”, not to mention the mixing expertise of Vaccines bassist Arni Hjörvar Árnason on three tunes, “Bug”, “Splash” and “Kokka”, and sound wizard Albert Finnbogason on “Vaguely.  “Fluid Time” was released by Washington DC-based label Lovitt Records, who first met Sigtryggur at the annual Iceland Airwaves festival and bonded over a mutual love of music regardless of genre or decade. 




Bed Maker - S/t Out On May 31st

05.01.24

Bed Maker's origins date back to summer 2019, when bassist Arthur Noll (Light Beams, Kid Congo Powers) and drummer Vin Novara (The Crownhate Ruin, 1.6 Band), each having played in Alarms & Controls, invited guitarist Jeff Barsky (Insect Factory, Time Is Fire) to collaborate and see what might happen. By autumn, they invited Amanda MacKaye (Desiderata, Routineers) to join them, and the chemistry was immediate. In February 2020 at DC's Rhizome, Bed Maker played their first show and then paused their activities the following month, as did most people.
 
Due to the state of the world in 2020 and 2021, they continued writing music through sharing recordings. Mike Schleibaum assisted by assembling home recordings of their individual parts into working demos. This allowed them to keep momentum, and by the time in-person rehearsals resumed, a handful of songs and new ideas were close to fruition. Bed Maker resumed playing shows in November 2022.
 
Following a self-released digital single ("Miss Dickens") and an EP (Three on the Tree) -- each recorded with Schleibaum and Matt Michel at Viva Studios -- Bed Maker began work on their self-titled LP in May 2023 with Ian MacKaye and Don Zientara at the original Inner Ear Studio in his basement in Arlington, VA, and with Mike Schleibaum at his home studio in Maryland. 
 
Today, you can listen to the new song "Ballad of Tokitae" on Bandcamp.  

The record is now available for pre-order on our website and Bandcamp page.




Please note that if you order any additional items along with this, the entire order will be shipped together on the release date.






Store Update: Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Nathan Salsburg & Tyler Trotter

04.25.24

When Nathan Salsburg’s daughter was a baby, he often sang her to sleep in a rocking chair. At one point, he remembered a song he had taught himself as a teenager: “The Evidence” by Lungfish, the Maryland band who coined a singular brand of post-punk in the 90s and 00s. Salsburg realized he could play the guitar part with one hand, singing while holding Talya in his other arm. Though the original version of “The Evidence” is only five minutes long, it’s essentially a repetitive mantra, so Salsburg could extend it as long as he wanted–10 minutes, 20 minutes, even an hour. “It was therapeutic and calming and just lovely for me,” he says. “And it worked on her.” Eventually Nathan and Talya moved on from their ritual, but his lullaby cover stayed in his head. So he proposed to his fellow Louisville collaborators Bonnie “Prince” Billy (aka Will Oldham) and Tyler Trotter that they record a version with Salsburg on guitar, Oldham singing, and Trotter adding drum machines and synths. They decided to pair it with a rendition of another Lungfish song, “Hear the Children Sing,” playing each tune for more than enough time to fill two sides of an album. The result is the beguiling Hear the Children Sing the Evidence, an album that displays the strengths and visions of the participants while showcasing how richly powerful Lungfish’s songs are.

Buy the record here.








Store Update: The Foreign Correspondents

04.14.24

Sometimes the best music happens when a group of friends get together and discover that they’re mutual fans of the same artist. When that group of friends is Ted Leo on vocals and guitar, Brendan Canty from Fugazi on drums, Michael Hampton from Faith/Fake Names on guitar, and Sohrab Habibion from The Obits on bass then you know that the recording is going to be special, and when the inspiration is the early 70’s work of French-Canadian legend Michel Pagliaro then you can be certain that it’s going to be magical. Lovin’ You Ain’t Easy is the first 7” in a series of nuggets from the Foreign Correspondents, join them as they travel the world searching for lost classics! This 7” is on color vinyl.




Store Update: NØ MAN - Glitter and Spit

03.24.24

Washington D.C.’s NØ MAN is a necessary and much-needed voice in modern hardcore. Formed in 2017, the four-piece punk band has been alchemizing the personal and the political from the jump. Composed of members from Majority Rule, the band’s current aims go hand-in-hand with their past, sonically and thematically.

Their upcoming album Glitter and Spit is the band’s third full-length The band’s members Matt Michel (guitar/vocals), Pat Broderick (drums) and Kevin Lamiell (Bass) helped lay the foundation for hardcore and screamo in Majority Rule from 1996 to 2004. Alongside the band, vocalist Maha Shami has been a longtime friend, giving a “cameo” guest vocal performance on Majority Rule’s “Packaged Poison” in 2004. When Majority Rule reunited in 2017 to perform multiple benefit shows, it ignited a desire to keep creating, and no one was better equipped to step in as front person than Shami.




Fidelity Jones - Magdeburg Lad EP (Digital Only) Out on April 5th, 2024

03.22.24

Fidelity Jones broke up in 1990. In 2023, the four of them came together for the first time since then to do an interview for a podcast. In the conversation they were reminded that they often included different cover songs in their live performances. Onam (formerly Tomas) mentioned he heard a song that would have been a great candidate back in those days, which led to a joke about booking time at a studio. That joke evolved into a session. Two years spent honing two cover songs, one unrecorded old original, and one new song has resulted in the Magdeburg Lad EP.  Fidelity Jones will remain an ongoing recording entity with plans on making more music in the future.

You can listen to the new song "JOY" on Bandcamp.




Store Update: Continuals - S/t

03.20.24

Continuals are a band from D.C. featuring Michael Honch, Ryan Nelson, and Darren Zentek, all of whom have played in numerous other bands before this one (Soccer Team, Alarms and Controls, Kerosene 454, The Most Secret Method, Hunger Artist, Channels, Office of Future Plans, Minutes, Routineers, etc.). They've released two digital EPs and a flexi-disc single prior to this self-titled LP. The album features 13 songs recorded at The Magpie Cage in Baltimore by J. Robbins, guest vocals by Melissa Quinley (Soccer Team) and Erin Nelson (Beauty Pill), a cover photo by Meredith Bragg, and illustrations by Ryan Nelson.




Store Update: Tramuntanas LP

03.18.24

Tramuntanas, a new instrumental duo from Baltimore, features Asa Osborne (known for his work with Lungfish, the Pupils, and Zomes) and Canadian sound and video installation artist Shan Collis. Their debut LP will be self-released on March 22, 2024, and the band will be performing shows throughout the spring and summer.




Store Update: Wolves Again 7"

03.01.24

We're all familiar with this story: the pandemic struck, and people found themselves confined to their homes, left alone with their thoughts. Amidst various musical projects, Shelby Cinca reached out to his former bandmates with the idea of creating instrumentals in the style of Frodus—a desire that had never materialized during the band's active years. Despite the challenges of life and logistics, the project began to take shape as Nate and Shelby brainstormed and organized their ideas. They recalled an offer from their fellow DC friend and prolific musician, Aaron DC Edge, to provide raw drum tracks. Shelby accepted Aaron's offer to kickstart a rhythmic foundation, and soon the project came to life. Some tracks remained faithful to the original demos, while others underwent substantial editing. Eventually, songs began to take form in an organic manner, despite the geographical distance between the collaborators. The 7" is now available on Lovitt Records.






Store Update: Sensor Ghost '3 Songs'

01.24.24

Sensor Ghost is an art-punk band from Washington, D.C. composed of Mike Andre, Amanda Huron, and Sam Lavine (formerly/also of Puff Pieces, Weed Tree, Light Beams, Antelope, and The Cornel West Theory). The band follows up its self-released cassette with a 3-song 7" split release record on Dischord/Lovitt Records, recorded with Don Zientara and Ian MacKaye at Inner Ear Studio. "3 Songs" is available for order on 7".




J. Robbins - Basilisk Out on Feb 2nd, 2024

12.11.23

On February 2nd, Dischord will release J. Robbins' second full-length solo album, Basilisk, on LP and digital formats. Basilisk is eleven songs records at J. Robbins’  Baltimore-based studio, The Magpie Cage, between 2021 and 2022 with the assistance of Brooks Harlan (bass), Darren Zentek (drums),  Gordon Withers (cello and guitar), John Haggerty (guitar) and Dave Hadley (pedal steel).

Today, you can listen to the new song "Exquisite Corpse" on Bandcamp.  

In February, Robbins will tour the east coast and midwest with a full-band, including stops in Brooklyn, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and DC. Find a complete itinerary on our website.  

Basilisk is now available for pre-order on our website and Bandcamp page.

Please note that if you order any additional items along with this, the entire order will be shipped together on the release date of Basilisk.




Store Update : Light Beams - Wild Life

11.17.23

On their new album Wild Life,  Light Beams paint a surreal portrait of a world filtered through front person Justin Moyer’s recent experiences as a protest reporter (and a member of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team that covered the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol). The shadow of the attack looms large over the record as the quintet acutely distills nine songs into a twenty-five-minute package that voyages through insurrection deep into the bittersweet heart of 21st-century America.

From their self-titled debut album through 2020’s Self Help, Light Beams have eschewed traditional melody instruments in favor of Moyer’s minimalist samplers and vocals, Sam Lavine’s drumming and Arthur Noll’s basslines. On Wild Life, they expand this palette with the addition of Leah Gage (vocals, rototoms) and Erin McCarley (vocals, timbales, samples). The result: bigger sounds, bigger themes, and a bigger canvas. 

This is a split release between Dischord and Mud Memory Records.




Minor Threat - Out of Step Outtakes 7"

11.14.23

In January 1983, Minor Threat went into Inner Ear Studio for the first time as a five-piece (Brian Baker had moved from bass to second guitar and Steve Hansgen was now playing bass). They had six new songs that would end up being the center piece of what became the Out of Step 12" EP.  The band had also decided to re-record the song "Out of Step" with some extra language to try to clarify the lyrics, as well as "Cashing In", a tongue-in-cheek song about the DC punk scene which they had only played live once.  After much debate, "Cashing In" was added as a hidden track on the original vinyl release though not listed on the cover or label. There was still blank tape on the reel, so they decided to record an instrumental with the working title, "Addams Family" and then recorded new versions of "In My Eyes" and "Filler" to hear what they sounded like with two guitars. "Addams Family" ended up being used as a coda to "Cashing In", but the other two songs were never mixed and largely forgotten for over 35 years until the multitrack tapes were taken into the studio to be digitized in 2021. Surprised by the discovery, Ian and Don Zientara mixed the two songs along with the complete take of "Addams Family". These outtakes are now released on a 7" to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of Out of Step. The 7" of these outtakes is available now for ORDER. 




Store Update : Glen E. Friedman Just a Minor Threat

10.10.23

This book includes Glen E. Friedman’s most iconic images of Minor Threat, as well as many never-before-seen photographs.The book has writing by Jello Biafra, Alec MacKaye, Guy Picciotto, Zack de la Rocha, Jamie Shanahan, and Ian F. Svenonius. Friedman’s own introduction explains how he initially met the band, and the lifelong friendships that grew from there.




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