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  • March 11, 2014

    FORT GEORGE & SUICIDE SQUEEZE RECORDS PRESENT: SUICIDE SQUEEZE IPA, FORT GEORGE 7”

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    For every beer there is a time, for every season a Fort George collaboration. And this spring, Fort George Brewery and Suicide Squeeze Records have banded together to bring you Suicide Squeeze IPA - a 16-oz venture blending the Northwest’s long love affair with music, art, and craft beer.

    Out of the ‘90s Pacific Northwest music scene, Suicide Squeeze Records founder David Dickenson forged his own path with artists like Modest Mouse, Elliott Smith, and Pedro the Lion. Starting with a 7” vinyl from local indie duo 764-Hero, the label has grown to include a diverse range of regional rock bands and international artists. Still, their mission has remained true to those early Northwest musical pioneers – to make something for the pure joy of it.

    The can design for Suicide Squeeze IPA fell into the talented hands of Seattle artist Jesse LeDoux. Born in Portland, Oregon, Jesse worked for many years as an art director for Seattle-based Sub Pop Records. There he created iconic album and poster artwork for groups like Death Cab for Cutie, Iron and Wine, and The Shins (for which he earned a Best Recording Package Grammy Nomination for Chutes Too Narrow). In 2004 he started his own design business, LeDouxville, and continues to work on commercial illustration and collaborative projects.

    “We don’t make beer for style-guidelines, we just make beer that tastes great,” has always been the motto of Jack Harris. As Fort George Brew Master and co-owner, he has seen the brewery blossom from a small start-up pub to the 10th fastest growing brewery in the Country in 2012, as ranked by The New Yorker. Celebrating its 7th anniversary, Fort George continues to think outside the box with unique collaborations, can designs, and beers. But of course, the goal is the same – to make something for the pure enjoyment of it.

    Suicide Squeeze IPA is a 4.5% ABV session beer, with all of the hop aroma and flavor you’ve come to expect from a Fort George IPA. Organic two-row barley lays the base, with heaping amounts of Mosaics and a touch of Citra hops. Crisp, floral, and bursting with flavor, Suicide Squeeze IPA is an ode to springtime in the Northwest.

    Join Fort George and Suicide Squeeze Records for the can release party at The Beer Junction in West Seattle, Saturday March 15th at 6pm. Meet the craftspeople behind the collaboration, and be the first in Seattle to sample this spring seasonal. Then, grab a pint at these venues and check out the artists brought to you by Suicide Squeeze Records:

    This Will Destroy You
    March 19th – 8pm
    Barboza
    Seattle, WA

    The Black Lips with The Coathangers
    March 28th – 8pm
    Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room
    Seattle, WA

    The Black Lips with The Coathangers
    March 29th– 8pm
    The Hawthorne Theatre
    Portland, OR

    Guantanamo Baywatch with Wampire
    March 29th - 8pm
    Mississippi Studios
    Portland, OR

    Suicide Squeeze is also releasing the “Fort George” 7”—a collection of four classic tracks from the Suicide Squeeze catalog by some of the Northwest’s greatest artists. Featuring previously released singles, rarities, and out-of-print tracks by Modest Mouse, Black Mountain, Elliott Smith, and Minus The Bear, the “Fort George” compilation provides a prime overview of the eclectic and iconic Northwest indie rock scene fostered by Suicide Squeeze and commemorated through Fort George’s special microbrew. The “Fort George” 7” is limited to 1,000 copies on amber “beer” colored vinyl and comes with a download code.

    Track-listing:
    A1. Modest Mouse “A Life of Arctic Sounds”
    A2. Black Mountain “Voices”
    AA1. Elliott Smith “Division Day
    AA2. Minus the Bear “Pachuca Sunrise (acoustic)”

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  • March 5, 2014

    GUANTANAMO BAYWATCH ANNOUNCES SHANNON AND THE CLAMS SPLIT, TOUR DATES

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    LOVE KIN PREMIERE AT IMPOSE

    Let’s be honest-split 7”s can sometimes be one-sided affairs where two mismatched artists’ juxtaposing sounds do little to compliment each other. But if there were ever two bands who were made to share a slab of wax, it’s Guantanamo Baywatch and Shannon & The Clams. The two bands are teaming up for a split single as part of Suicide Squeeze Records’ heralded singles series (out April 29th, 2014). The label is giving us a preview with a new track from Guantanamo Baywatch (see Impose debut).
     
    Listen/Post: "Love Kin" by Guantanamo Baywatch
     
    Suicide Squeeze Records’ latest Portland-based signees, Guantanamo Baywatch, continue their tradition of filtering AM radio rock n’ roll, surf, and rockabilly through a layer of punk sleaze into a ribald and hyper-sexualized ruckus with their country-fried two-step “Love Kin”. On the flipside, Oakland’s Shannon & The Clams invoke golden oldies like Del Shannon, ’60s girl-groups like The Shirelles, and the bawdy revisionism of John Waters’s ’50s throwback films with the prom-theme “Mama”. Together, Guantanamo Baywatch and Shannon & The Clams both summon different classic sounds of yesteryear, strip it of it’s youthful innocence, substitute Phil Spectors’ wall-of-sound production with DIY grit, and wind up re-contextualizing the early pop hit into a new brand of subversive, campy punk rock.
     
    The split 7” is limited to 750 copies (250 on clear with opaque-pink spotted vinyl, 500 on traditional black) that come with a free download code. The two songs are also available digitally worldwide.

    Guantanamo Baywatch tour dates:
    WED MAR 5 - Portland OR, The Know w/ BOOM!
    THU MAR 6 - Boise ID, The Crux w/ BOOM!, Saint Rich
    FRI MAR 7 - Salt Lake City UT, Kilby Court w/ BOOM!
    SAT MAR 8 - Denver CO, Rhinoceropolis w/ BOOM!
    MON MAR 10 - McAllen TX, Galax Z Fair @ Thirsty Monkey w/ BOOM! 
    WED MAR 12 - Austin TX, SXSW
    - Burger City Party @ Hotel Vegas @ 5:30
    THU MAR 13 - Austin TX, SXSW
    - Lolipop / Burger Party @ Hotel Vegas @ 4:00 pm
    - Black Bell / Cultist Party @ Gypsy @ 5:20 pm
    FRI MAR 14 - Austin TX, SXSW
    - American Icon Party @ Spider House @ 4:00 pm 
    Suicide Squeeze + Hardly Art showcase @ The Liberty @ 7:30 pm 
    SAT MAR 15 - Austin TX, SXSW
    - Burger Party @ Hotel Vegas @ 6:30 pm 
    - Headhunters @ 9:00 pm 
    SUN MAR 16 - San Antonio TX, Burger SXSW Hangover at The Korova
    MON MAR 17 - El Paso TX, So Sick Fest w/ Audacity, BOOM!
    TUE MAR 18 - Tempe AZ, Yucca Tap Room
    WED MAR 19 - Las Vegas NV, The Griffin w/ BOOM!
    THU MAR 20 - San Pedro CA, Harold’s Place w/ BOOM!
    SAT MAR 22 - Santa Ana CA, Burgerama III at The Observatory
    MON MAR 24 - San Francisco CA, Knockout w/ BOOM! 
    WED MAR 26 - Eugene OR, 543 Blair w/ BOOM!
    SAT MAR 29 - Portland OR, Mississippi Studios w/ Wampire

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  • February 25, 2014

    THE COATHANGERS SHARE VIDEO FOR “FOLLOW ME” FEATURING: MASTODON IN DISGUISE

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    FOLLOW ME VIDEO PREMIERE AT PITCHFORK

    YOU MUST watch The Coathangers' new amusing video for “Follow Me” which features their heavy metal buddies and fellow Atlantans, Mastodon, disguised in ladies clothing, singing the lead single from upcoming Suck My Shirt. The album drops March 18 and the first pressing is limited to 1,000 copies (100 custom mint vinyl / 900 fluorescent green vinyl). We also just repressed the Larceny & Old Lace LP, limited to 500 copies (100 fluorescent pink vinyl / 400 translucent green vinyl). The 100 mint and 100 fluorescent pink copies are only available through The Coathangers on the road.

    The ladies bang out another full North American tour this spring - bringing their sassy and unruly live performance to this year’s SXSW, Spillover, Burgerama Fests and legs with The Black Lips and Audacity - see a full list of dates below.

    Suck My Shirt retains the alluring spontaneity and happy accidents of their early releases, but this time the (now) trio push sounds far more deliberate and locked-in than anything they’ve done in the past. Spikey, jarring guitar riffs, raspy vocals and solid melodic hooks are still apparent on their sophisticated side which sounds less like a jubilant version of Huggy Bear and more like the art-pop of late-era Minutemen. So far its garnered critical acclaim from Pitchfork, Stereogum, Nylon, Blurt and many more.

    POST: "Follow Me" video

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    Tour Dates:
    SAT MAR 8 - Atlanta GA, Star Bar - RECORD RELEASE SHOW
    MON MAR 10 - New Orleans LA, Siberia w/ Ex Hex
    TUE MAR 11 - Houston TX, Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
    WED MAR 12 - Austin TX, SXSW
    THU MAR 13 - Austin TX, SXSW
    FRI MAR 14 - Austin TX, Suicide Squeeze + Hardly Art showcase @ The Liberty
    SAT MAR 15 - Austin TX, SXSW
    SUN MAR 16 - Dallas TX, Spillover Festival
    TUE MAR 18 - El Paso TX, Lowbrow Palace
    THU MAR 20 - Pioneertown CA, Pappy and Harriet’s w/ Black Lips
    FRI  MAR 21 - Los Angeles CA, El Rey Theatre w/ Black Lips
    SAT MAR 22 - Santa Ana CA, Burgerama Fest III at The Observatory
    SUN MAR 23 - Felton CA, Don Quixote’s w/ Black Lips
    MON MAR 24 - San Francisco CA, Great American Music Hall w/ Black Lips
    TUE MAR 25 - Sacramento CA, Assembly w/ Black Lips
    THU MAR 27 - Vancouver BC, Rickshaw Theatre w/ Black Lips
    FRI  MAR 28 - Seattle WA, Neumos w/ Black Lips
    SAT MAR 29 - Portland OR, Hawthorne Theater w/ Black Lips
    SUN MAR 30 - Boise ID, Neurolux w/ Black Lips
    MON MAR 31 - Salt Lake City UT, Urban Lounge w/ Black Lips
    WED APR 2 - Denver CO, Bluebird Theater w/ Black Lips
    THU APR 3 - Albuquerque NM, Sister Bar w/ Black Lips
    FRI APR 4 - Phoenix AZ, Crescent Ballroom w/ Black Lips
    SAT APR 5 - San Diego CA, Belly Up Tavern w/ Black Lips
    SUN APR 6 - Tucson AZ, Club Congress w/ Audacity
    WED APR 9 - Grinnell IA, Grinnell College w/ Audacity
    THU APR 10 - St. Paul MN, Turf Club w/ Audacity
    FRI APR 11 - Chicago IL, Empty Bottle w/ Audacity
    SAT APR 12 - Bloomington IN, The Bishop w/ Audacity
    SUN APR 13 - Detroit MI, Lager House w/ Audacity
    MON APR 14 - Toronto ON, Silver Dollar w/ Audacity
    TUE APR 15 - Montreal QC, Divan Orange w/ Audacity
    WED APR 16 - Boston MA, Great Scott w/ Audacity
    THU APR 17 - Brooklyn NY, Baby’s All Right w/ Audacity
    FRI APR 18 - New York NY, Mercury Lounge w/ Audacity
    SAT APR 19 - Philadelphia PA, Kung Fu Necktie w/ Audacity
    SUN APR 20 - Washington DC, Comet Ping Pong w/ Audacity
    TUE APR 22 - Richmond VA, Strange Matter w/ Audacity
    WED APR 23 - Charlotte NC, Milestone w/ Audacity
    THU APR 24 - Knoxville TN, The Pilot Light w/ Audacity
    FRI APR 25 - Nashville TN, The End w/ Audacity
    SAT APR 26 - Atlanta GA, Atlanta Mess Around @ 529

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  • January 21, 2014

    THE COATHANGERS SHARE “FOLLOW ME” VIA PITCHFORK | PRE-ORDER

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    FOLLOW ME PREMIERE AT PITCHFORK

    Suck My Shirt is the The Coathangers’ fourth full-length. The title refers to an incident involving the salvaging of spilled tequila during the recording session for the album. While the title implies that little has changed with regards to the band’s celebratory mission statement, even just a cursory listen of their latest album demonstrates that there have indeed been changes in The Coathangers’ camp. First off, the quartet was reduced to a trio for the latest record, with keyboardist Bebe Coathanger (Candice Jones) stepping down from her duties. But the absence of keyboards isn’t nearly as noticeable of a difference as the band’s refined songwriting approach. Refinement is an attribute we expect to see in any group that has a career spanning more than a couple of years, but the extent to which The Coathangers have honed their trade with each successive album dwarfs most bands’ maturation. This isn’t to say that The Coathangers have polished their sound; the group once again worked with Ed Rawls and Justin McNeight and The Living Room to attain the same production values of their Larceny & Old Lace album and their recent slew of split 7”s. Rather, the refinement can be heard in the quality of the songs themselves. While the band retains the alluring spontaneity and happy accidents of their early releases, the trio’s current work sounds far more deliberate and locked-in than anything they’ve done in the past.

    “It’s a balance between overthinking and just going for it,” guitarist Crook Kid Coathanger (Julia Kugel) says of their songwriting strategy. It’s a duality immediately apparent with the album opener “Follow Me”. It’s a classic Coathangers tune with the raspy vocals of Rusty Coathanger (Stephanie Luke) belted out over the signature grimy rock laid down by Crook Kid and bassist Minnie Coathanger (Meredith Franco). But the chorus opens into one of the most accessible hooks in the band’s canon, just before segueing into the next verse with a squall of violent dissonant guitar. From there the band launches into “Shut Up”, a title that harkens back to the brash sass of their first record. The song still has its spikey guitar riffs and shouted chorus, but here The Coathangers sound less like a jubilant version of Huggy Bear and more like the art-pop of late-era Minutemen. Dedicated Coathangers fans will recognize the re-worked versions of “Merry Go Round”, “Smother”, “Adderall”, and “Derek’s Song” from their run of limited edition split 7”s, and hearing them in the context of the album shows that these tracks weren’t merely isolated examples of the band’s more sophisticated side, but were actually demonstrative of the group’s increasing capacity for nestling solid melodic hooks and rock heft into their repertoire. By the time the band wraps up the album with the humble pop perfection of “Drive”, it’s hard to believe this was the band that garnered their reputation with raucous bombasts like “Don’t Touch My Shit”.

    LISTEN/POST: FOLLOW ME

    The Coathangers hit the road this spring with their infectious sass and unruly live performance with a kick-off record release show in Atlanta, stops at SXSW, Spillover, Burgerama Fests and dates across the west with the Black Lips.

    Tour Dates:
    SAT JAN 25 - Atlanta GA, Star Bar - Benefit for Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
    SAT FEB 1 - Athens GA, Green Room
    SAT MAR 8 - Atlanta GA, Star Bar - RECORD RELEASE SHOW
    MON MAR 10 - New Orleans LA, Siberia w/ Ex Hex
    TUE MAR 11 - Houston TX, Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
    WED MAR 12 - SAT MAR 15 - Austin TX, SXSW
    SUN MAR 16 - Dallas TX, Spillover Festival
    TUE MAR 18 - El Paso TX, Lowbrow Palace
    THU MAR 20 - Pioneertown CA, Pappy and Harriet’s w/ Black Lips
    FRI  MAR 21 - Los Angeles CA, El Rey Theatre w/ Black Lips
    SAT MAR 22 - Santa Ana CA, Burgerama Fest w/ Black Lips
    SUN MAR 23 - Felton CA, Don Quixote’s w/ Black Lips
    MON MAR 24 - San Francisco CA, Great American Music Hall w/ Black Lips
    TUE MAR 25 - Sacramento CA, Assembly w/ Black Lips
    THU MAR 27 - Vancouver BC, Rickshaw Theatre w/ Black Lips
    FRI  MAR 28 - Seattle WA, Neumos w/ Black Lips
    SAT MAR 29 - Portland OR, Hawthorne Theater w/ Black Lips
    SUN MAR 30 - Boise ID, Neurolux w/ Black Lips
    MON MAR 31 - Salt Lake City UT, Urban Lounge w/ Black Lips
    WED APR 2 - Denver CO, Bluebird Theater w/ Black Lips
    THU APR 3 - Albuquerque NM, Sister Bar w/ Black Lips
    FRI APR 4 - Phoenix AZ, Crescent Ballroom w/ Black Lips
    SAT APR 5 - San Diego CA, Belly Up Tavern w/ Black Lips
    SUN APR 6 - Tucson AZ, Club Congress w/ Audacity
    WED APR 9 - Grinnell IA, Grinnell College w/ Audacity
    THU APR 10 - St. Paul MN, Turf Club w/ Audacity
    FRI APR 11 - Chicago IL, Empty Bottle w/ Audacity
    SAT APR 12 - Bloomington IN, The Bishop w/ Audacity
    SUN APR 13 - Detroit MI, Lager House w/ Audacity
    MON APR 14 - Toronto ON, Silver Dollar w/ Audacity
    TUE APR 15 - Montreal QC, Divan Orange w/ Audacity
    WED APR 16 - Boston MA, Great Scott w/ Audacity
    THU APR 17 - Brooklyn NY, Baby’s All Right w/ Audacity
    FRI APR 18 - New York NY, Mercury Lounge w/ Audacity
    SAT APR 19 - Philadelphia PA, Kung Fu Necktie w/ Audacity
    SUN APR 20 - Washington DC, Comet Ping Pong w/ Audacity
    TUE APR 22 - Richmond VA, Strange Matter w/ Audacity
    WED APR 23 - Charlotte NC, Milestone w/ Audacity
    THU APR 24 - Knoxville TN, The Pilot Light w/ Audacity
    FRI APR 25 - Nashville TN, The End w/ Audacity
    SAT APR 26 - Atlanta GA, Atlanta Mess Around @ 529

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  • January 16, 2014

    SUICIDE SQUEEZE ANNOUNCES FOREVER SINGLES COMPILATION

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    Limited to 1,000 copies! Whether a testament to the enduring allure of vinyl or the quality of the artists on the roster, Suicide Squeeze continues to make 7”s. And in this era of renewed interest in vinyl, the label’s limited-run releases sell out quickly. Lucky collectors continue to enjoy the vinyl, and the dedicated fans always have the option to download the mp3s. But what’s the better plan for making these recordings endure for posterity? To add mp3s to the ever-expanding annals of the internet, or to create a new slab of wax capturing the best singles Suicide Squeeze has had to offer in recent years? Not content with limiting the songs to the former, the Seattle indie label is going for the latter, culling some of their finest tracks for the compilation album Suicide Squeeze Presents: Forever Singles.

    The LP captures the rowdy garage rock of The Coathangers and Davilla 666, the scraggly dirt-ridden guitars of JEFF the Brotherhood and Heavy Cream, the nostalgic ‘60s girl-group melodies of Bleached and La Luz, the exuberant power pop of Audacity, King Tuff, Nobunny, and Meat Market, the hazy noir soundtrack of Dirty Beaches, the vitriolic basement-show noise-punk of Nu Sensae, the sinister post-punk of Wax Idols, and the West Texas-bred Twin Reverb rock of The Numerators. Bundled together onto one record, the collection perfectly captures the spirit of Suicide Squeeze in the current decade: rambunctious youthful urgency tempered with a hat tip to rock n’ roll’s gritty unsung heroes of the past.

    In keeping with the limited-edition nature of the 7”s, Forever Singles will be released on 1,000 hand-numbered custom green color vinyl. And while the compilation is a vital documentation of the Northwest label’s continuing commitment to bold and brash new artists, it’s also a solid reminder of rock music’s humble beginning on dusty old ‘45s.

    LISTEN / POST: "Electric Chair" by Bleached

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    Suicide Squeeze Records Presents: Forever Singles
    March 4, 2014

    1. The Coathangers “Merry Go Round”
    2. JEFF the Brotherhood “Heavy Days”
    3. Bleached “Electric Chair”
    4. Meat Market “Too Tired”
    5. Heavy Cream “Toasted”
    6. Dirty Beaches “Lone Runner”
    7. Nü Sensae “Throw”
    8. Audacity “Finders Keepers”
    9. La Luz “T.V. Dream”
    10. Nobunny “La La La La Love You”
    11. King Tuff “Wild Desire”
    12. Numerators “Dead”
    13. Wax Idols “Schadenfreude”
    14. Davila 666 “No Crees Que Ya Cansa”

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  • January 6, 2014

    THE COATHANGERS ANNOUNCE ‘SUCK MY SHIRT’ | TOUR WITH BLACK LIPS

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    WATCH THE ALBUM TRAILER

    Atlanta’s ruling garage rock daughters, The Coathangers, strike back with their fourth full-length album, Suck My Shirt, which drops March 18th on Suicide Squeeze Records. The band retains the alluring spontaneity and happy accidents of their early releases, but this time the (now) trio push sounds far more deliberate and locked-in than anything they’ve done in the past. Spikey, jarring guitar riffs, raspy vocals and solid melodic hooks are still apparent on their sophisticated side which sounds less like a jubilant version of Huggy Bear and more like the art-pop of late-era Minutemen. Soon the ladies take their infectious sass and unruly live show across North America with the Black Lips - making stops at this year’s SXSW, Burgerama and Spillover Fests.

    Tour Dates:
    SAT JAN 25 - Atlanta GA, Star Bar - Benefit for Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
    SAT FEB 1 - Athens GA, Green Room
    SAT MAR 8 - Atlanta GA, Star Bar - RECORD RELEASE SHOW
    MON MAR 10 - New Orleans LA, Siberia w/ Ex Hex
    TUE MAR 11 - Houston TX, Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
    WED MAR 12 - SAT MAR 15 - Austin TX, SXSW
    SUN MAR 16 - Dallas TX, Spillover Festival
    TUE MAR 18 - El Paso TX, Lowbrow Palace
    THU MAR 20 - Pioneertown CA, Pappy and Harriet’s w/ Black Lips
    FRI  MAR 21 - Los Angeles CA, El Rey Theatre w/ Black Lips
    SAT MAR 22 - Santa Ana CA, Burgerama Fest w/ Black Lips
    SUN MAR 23 - Felton CA, Don Quixote’s w/ Black Lips
    MON MAR 24 - San Francisco CA, Great American Music Hall w/ Black Lips
    TUE MAR 25 - Sacramento CA, Assembly w/ Black Lips
    THU MAR 27 - Vancouver BC, Rickshaw Theatre w/ Black Lips
    FRI  MAR 28 - Seattle WA, Neumos w/ Black Lips
    SAT MAR 29 - Portland OR, Hawthorne Theater w/ Black Lips
    SUN MAR 30 - Boise ID, Neurolux w/ Black Lips
    MON MAR 31 - Salt Lake City UT, Urban Lounge w/ Black Lips
    WED APR 2 - Denver CO, Bluebird Theater w/ Black Lips
    THU APR 3 - Albuquerque NM, Sister Bar w/ Black Lips
    FRI APR 4 - Phoenix AZ, Crescent Ballroom w/ Black Lips
    SAT APR 5 - San Diego CA, Belly Up Tavern w/ Black Lips
    SUN APR 6 - Tucson AZ, Club Congress w/ Audacity
    WED APR 9 - Grinnell IA, Grinnell College w/ Audacity
    THU APR 10 - St. Paul MN, Turf Club w/ Audacity
    FRI APR 11 - Chicago IL, Empty Bottle w/ Audacity
    SAT APR 12 - Bloomington IN, The Bishop w/ Audacity
    SUN APR 13 - Detroit MI, Lager House w/ Audacity
    MON APR 14 - Toronto ON, Silver Dollar w/ Audacity
    TUE APR 15 - Montreal QC, Divan Orange w/ Audacity
    WED APR 16 - Boston MA, Great Scott w/ Audacity
    THU APR 17 - Brooklyn NY, Baby’s All Right w/ Audacity
    FRI APR 18 - New York NY, Mercury Lounge w/ Audacity
    SAT APR 19 - Philadelphia PA, Kung Fu Necktie w/ Audacity
    SUN APR 20 - Washington DC, Comet Ping Pong w/ Audacity
    TUE APR 22 - Richmond VA, Strange Matter w/ Audacity
    WED APR 23 - Charlotte NC, Milestone w/ Audacity
    THU APR 24 - Knoxville TN, The Pilot Light w/ Audacity
    FRI APR 25 - Nashville TN, The End w/ Audacity
    SAT APR 26 - Atlanta GA, Atlanta Mess Around @ 529


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    The Coathangers
    Suck My Shirt
    March 18, 2014

    1. Follow Me
    2. Shut Up
    3. Springfield Cannonball
    4. Merry Go Round
    5. Love Em and Leave Em
    6. Zombie
    7. Smother
    8. Dead Battery
    9. Adderall
    10. Derek’s Song
    11. I Wait
    12. Drive

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  • December 20, 2013

    SUICIDE SQUEEZE RECORDS —-> 2013 RECAP

    JULIANNA BARWICK PACING EP

    Julianna Barwick returns with two new haunting compositions. “Pacing” features Barwick’s voice and layered harmonies, “but it’s a bit of a diversion from the vocal loop-based songs I tend to make” says Barwick. “I absolutely love the piano. I wish I could play it better. For the cover, I chose my friend Peter Coffin’s photograph of a piece he did based on the Newton color scale that corresponds perfectly to the musical scale. I absolutely love the image and it corresponds well with the piano pieces on the single.” The b-side, “Call,” is a frail and passionate solo piano piece.

    FULL ALBUM STREAM - http://suicidesqueeze.bandcamp.com/album/pacing

    WHITE WOODS BIG TALKING EP

    White Woods is the alias for Julia Kugel, better known for her work as the guitarist and vocalist for Atlanta’s riotous garage rockers The Coathangers. Under her solo moniker, Kugel delivered a heartfelt blend of golden-oldies and subdued Americana with her debut single on Suicide Squeeze last year. Now Kugel is back with another two-song White Woods offering, exploring the same kind of sultry vintage sounds that made her first 7” sell out so quickly. The A-side, “Big Talking,” takes The Coathangers’ attitude, unplugs it from the amps, and delivers its admonishment with a graceful AM radio vibe. On the flipside, “Corner Town” conjures the sex and strut of David Lynch’s pop-culture nods to ‘50s.

    FULL ALBUM STREAM - http://suicidesqueeze.bandcamp.com/album/big-talking

    NUMERATORS DEAD EP

    George W. Bush. Cormac McCarthy novels. Chainsaw massacres. Texas has a reputation for being a grim place. Sure, there’s the rock n’ roll haven of Austin, the metropolitan hubs of Dallas and Houston, and the weird art commune of Marfa. But by and large, it’s a land of dry counties and conservatism. Which makes the demented psych garage of Lubbock’s Numerators all the more compelling. Western Texas is perhaps the most inhospitable region of the state for a young band of misfits to combine a love of David Lynch’s twisted take on the ‘50s with a requisite dash of Lone Star homage to 13th Floor Elevators, yet somehow the Numerators managed to thrive under such stark conditions. Now based in Brooklyn, the trio continues to belt out their hallucinatory reverb-drenched garage rock on their latest single for Suicide Squeeze.

    FULL ALBUM STREAM - http://suicidesqueeze.bandcamp.com/album/dead

    "FINALLY SEES" OFFICIAL VIDEO - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hcn6wbAp3w

    AUDACITY FINDERS KEEPERS EP

    There’s a common-held notion that great rock music only comes out of big cities, as if the grime and struggle of life in urban spaces is the essential fuel for truly passionate rock n roll. But this was a belief when cities were emptying out and the suburbs were growing. Now we’re witnessing the repopulation of major metropolitan areas. Suburbs are becoming the new wasteland. Perhaps that’s the reason why the Orange County suburb of Fullerton was finally able to birth a band like Audacity. Nurtured by local garage rock havens like record store/label Burger Records, the young brash power pop of Audacity kick out jams that are both aptly sunny and gritty—a perfect blend of SoCal’s good weather and endless concrete. With two LPs under the young four-piece’s belt, they’ve set aside two songs for a 7” on Suicide Squeeze before they unleash another full-length later this year. For the uninitiated, “Finders Keepers” b/w “Onomatopoeia” is the perfect introduction to Audacity’s potent combination of pop melodies and roughly hewn energy.

    FULL ALBUM STREAM - http://suicidesqueeze.bandcamp.com/album/finders-keepers

    THE COATHANGERS / NÜ SENSAE DEREK’S SONG EP

    Atlanta’s reigning garage rock daughters The Coathangers return with the third installment in their series of split 7”s on Suicide Squeeze. This time they’ve teamed up with labelmates Nü Sensae. Both new listeners and longtime fans of The Coathangers will be whipped into a frenzy with “Derek’s Song”, a party-banger perfectly encapsulating the quartet’s capacity for sharp hooks and jagged instrumentation. Nü Sensae contribute “Throw” to their side of the split. Rounding out their sound with the recent addition of guitarist Brody McKnight, Nü Sensae’s newest song is a ferocious and harrowing leap forward. Brody unleashes foreboding guitar squalls while bassist/vocalist Andrea Lukic rages like Kim Gordon at her most incendiary moments and Daniel Pitout beats his drums to a bloody pulp. The Coathangers’ side will make you wanna get off your ass and dance while the Nü Sensae side will make you wanna go torch a car.

    FULL ALBUM STREAM - http://thecoathangers.bandcamp.com/album/dereks-song-throw

    "DEREK’S SONG" OFFICIAL VIDEO - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu6wUrCNYlQ

    DESTRUCTION UNIT TWO STRONG HITS EP

    Newly reborn out of the Ascetic House art collective, Destruction Unit emerges with “Two Strong Hits,” a 7” single that will stick in your head for weeks, more and more echoed until you no longer hear it — you LIVE it. It is organized, driving chaos, determined to break everything loose and free everybody from their imaginary prisons and phony leaders. In just under eight minutes, Destruction Unit’s sonic repetition, feedback experimentation and pummeling drums make for two songs that go off like a machine gun in the trenches of your psyche, all without a note feeling out of place. They will drive you crazy out of your head and into your body. Both tracks are loud, noisy and organic, no flashy solos or technical pandering. In fact, don’t expect to find music at all. Destruction Unit is a direct message from the American underground - and the message is FREEDOM! Turn everything over to the freaks and BE FREE!

    FULL ALBUM STREAM - http://suicidesqueeze.bandcamp.com/album/two-strong-hits

    "SONIC PEARL" OFFICIAL VIDEO - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkbgRkHihvI

    ANTWON DYING IN THE PUSSY EP

    Hip-hop has always been a cultural mash-up. Starting with the mixed-genre sources of its turntable roots and evidenced in its appropriation into other music forms, hip-hop thrives under the absorption and re-contextualizing of the world around it. San Jose artist Antwon is a continuation of hip-hop’s legacy of amalgams. Rather than building songs out of drumbreaks from old funk and disco records, Antwon is more likely to rap over shoegaze and post-rock samples. He commiserates and collaborates with black metal bands and chillwave pioneers. His performances garner crowds more akin to Gilman Street punk shows than rap concerts—an appropriate development considering his outspoken appreciation for Bay Area powerviolence bands. In keeping with his unlikely bedfellows, Antwon’s latest EP comes courtesy of indie stalwart Suicide Squeeze. Mixed by Lars Stalfors, producer and engineer behind multiple Mars Volta and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez albums, “Dying In The Pussy” marries an MC’s traditional sexual bravado with a signature style of smoked-out fatalism over ominous interweaving synth lines. In contrast to the A-side’s sinister swagger, “Life Is What You Make It” is Antwon’s summer jam. A stylistic continuation of last year’s collaboration with Pictureplane, this b-side gem is a perfect blend of chilled-out West Coast hip-hop set against the backdrop of glitchy, warbling electropop.

    FULL ALBUM STREAM - http://suicidesqueeze.bandcamp.com/album/dying-in-the-pussy

    "DYING IN THE PUSSY" OFFICIAL VIDEO - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9saLEZlKEU

    YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN YT//ST CD/LP (re-issue)

    YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN are a psychedelic noh-wave opera group fusing noise, metal, pop and folk music into a multidisciplinary hyper-orientalist cesspool of ‘eastern’ culture in giant monochrome paper sets. Blending Noh, Peking Opera, Buddhist Ritual Punk, Taiko Shows, Tokusatsu, Performance Art, Rock Opera and their own mangaesque cardboard ‘NEVERFLAT’ style of 2.5D set design, their bizarre form of music//altheater have awed and shocked audiences in Montreal for several years.

    FULL ALBUM STREAM - http://suicidesqueeze.bandcamp.com/album/yt-st

    "HOSHI NEKO" OFFICIAL VIDEO - http://vimeo.com/36662755

    LA LUZ BRAINWASH EP

    Seattle quartet La Luz immediately brings to mind the girl groups of the ‘50s and ‘60s. The immaculate four-part harmonies, the luscious layers of reverb, the occasional choreographed dance move, even the band’s penchant for oldies-style artwork—it all conjures images of beehived ladies singing sweetly on grainy black-and-white television. But give the new “Brainwash b/w T.V. Dream” single a spin and try to pin down a specific reference point from the past. You can’t. The dexterous but economic keyboard lines of Alice Sandahl and the stripped-down groove laid down by the rhythm section of Abbey Blackwell and Marian Li Pino don’t fit in with wall-of-sound icons like The Crystals or The Ronettes. The nimble surf rock twang of guitarist Shana Cleveland is at odds with classic Motown groups like The Marvelettes or The Supremes. Yes, the doo-wop nostalgia is certainly there, but the manufactured glamour and studio sheen is absent. The ladies of La Luz are true Pacific Northwesterners—swathed in warm wool sweaters, laying into their instruments as their hair messily spills over their faces, making records in trailer parks on the outskirts of the city, and battling the gloomy weather by channeling the summer on the two golden nuggets of their latest EP.

    FULL ALBUM STREAM - http://suicidesqueeze.bandcamp.com/album/brainwash

    "BRAINWASH" OFFICIAL VIDEO - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cahFMKorqM

    MEAT MARKET TOO TIRED EP

    With a name like Meat Market, you’d expect this Oakland-based band to sound like the soundtrack to Saturday night in some douchey velvet-roped nightclub. You’d expect big thumping booty-bass and lascivious lyrics. You’d expect a fan-base of popped collars and bared midriffs. While the quartet does wield the power to pack in throngs of sweaty young people looking to dance, their sound bears little resemblance to the incessant thud of your standard club-banger. Instead, these four college-aged kids bust out a blend of surf guitar twang with garage-crafted power pop—think The Ventures meets The Marked Men. The band has already amassed a solid following in California and along the route to SXSW with just a self-titled cassette/LP to their name. Meat Market now offers up two new songs via Suicide Squeeze. “Too Tired” perfectly encapsulates their sound: a marriage of propulsive Stratocaster riffs with a big catchy chorus. B-side “The Return of Prince Donathunn” is an even stronger nod to the wave-riding instrumental groups of the ‘60s, with the steady 4/4 beat and dueling guitar leads belying the bands outspoken apathy towards surfing.

    FULL ALBUM STREAM - http://suicidesqueeze.bandcamp.com/album/too-tired

    THE COATHANGERS / AUDACITY ADDERALL EP

    The Coathangers are a relentless force. Not content to rest on their laurels with 2011’s sweaty summer classic Larceny & Old Lace, Atlanta’s roadwarrior daughters delivered a new split 7” every six months courtesy of Suicide Squeeze Records. Previous installments have paired their no-fucks-given badassery with Puerto Rican partiers Davila 666, Canadian bass-riff maestros Nu Sensae, and Nashville vintage-rockers Heavy Cream. The Coathangers’ final chapter in the series has them sharing a slab of vinyl with recent Suicide Squeeze signees Audacity. Hailing from Orange County, Audacity perfectly embody Southern California’s polarizing elements of sunshine and urban density. While not exactly “Good Vibrations” or “Welcome To The Jungle”, Audacity’s split-exclusive “Earthbot” shows both undeniable pop savvy and savage fretboard awareness. For their side, The Coathangers pay homage to driver’s-little-helper with “Adderall”. Showcasing the grittier side of their sound while still maintaining all of their token swagger, “Adderall” is a fitting cap on the split 7” series that carried through two years of relentless touring across North America and Europe.

    FULL ALBUM STREAM - http://thecoathangers.bandcamp.com/album/adderall-earthbot

    AUDACITY BUTTER KNIFE CD/LP

    Audacity’s latest full-length Butter Knife is still, at its core, a garage rock record. Album opener “Couldn’t Hold A Candle” is a perfect introduction to Audacity’s battle plan—a balanced blend of pop sensibility and ribald power. “Hole In The Sky” showcases the band’s gift for the on-the-dime changes, sophisticated melodies, and clever instrumental interplay. “Red Wine” demonstrates a Robert Pollard-like knack for turning an unexpected chord combination into a remarkably punchy chorus. And album closer “Autumn” harkens back to the balladry of power pop kings Big Star. All of which is to say, Audacity are tighter and more clever than your average suburban band, and consequently they’re one of the strongest acts in the Southern Californian garage rock scene.

    FULL ALBUM STREAM - http://suicidesqueeze.bandcamp.com/album/butter-knife

    "HOLE IN THE SKY" OFFICIAL VIDEO - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzNp8pcdoog

    MINUS THE BEAR ACOUSTICS II LP

    In February 2009, an EP called Acoustics was released featuring newly recorded acoustic versions of fan favorites from Minus the Bear’s prolific career along with one new track. Limited to 5000 copies of vinyl, Acoustics is now out of print. Acoustics II is the second volume in this exciting series and this time it’s a full LP containing a batch of eight newly recorded and interpreted stand out tracks in addition to two brand new songs entitled “The Storm” and “Riddles”. Acoustics II is sure to please long time fans and welcome new fans to this critically acclaimed rock band.

    "ACOUSTICS II" OFFICIAL TRAILER - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txBJugGYll4

    YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN UZU CD/LP

    With their sophomore effort UZU, Alaska and Ruby continue their exploration of cultural dualities. While YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN has always provided an outlet for the core duo’s celebration of their Asian heritage, the inclusion of auxiliary musicians and artists into the fold has reinforced one of the most crucial defining dualities of the group: the merging of diasporic and indigenous perspectives. This meeting of East and West is perhaps most visible in UZU’s lead single “One”. As the first YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN song to extend the songwriting credits beyond the core duo, “One” incorporates the indigenous upbringings of the extended group by leading off with a traditional Iroquois song. The introductory chant is a social song calling all people together, and is performed by people of the Mohawk tribe. From there, the band kicks into a driving guitar line and a vocal hook as sweet as any J-pop hit. Metal riffing, free-jazz cacophony, and meditative Eastern percussion patterns accentuate the song. In the hands of lesser visionaries, this kind of cross-pollination would sound like a schizophrenic genre mash-up. But YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN’s appropriations never sound forced. Rather, it sounds like a celebration of the cultural collision of Alaska and Ruby’s upbringing. The hybridization is evident throughout UZU—you can hear it in the operatic piano-and-vocal opener “Atalanta” segueing into the dynamic prog of “Whalesong”, the Eastern melodies seamlessly melding into the synth arpeggio and guitar dirge of “Windflower”, the musical storytelling tradition of “Seasickness Pt. 1” juxtaposing with the Heart-like classic rock gallop of “Seasickness Pt. 2”, and the closing choir passage of “Saturn’s Return” descending into Merzbow-esque white noise. It is safe to say there is no other band like YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN on the planet. In a world that is increasingly homogenized, a record like UZU is all the more important for demonstrating how disparate cultural perspectives can merge into something entirely new while retaining their individual sovereign character.

    FULL ALBUM STREAM - http://suicidesqueeze.bandcamp.com/album/uzu

    "ONE" OFFICIAL VIDEO - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH3X4D0NyS8

    "SATURN’S RETURN" OFFICIAL VIDEO - http://vimeo.com/75122835

    NATURAL CHILD / GUANTANAMO BAYWATCH SURF N TURF EP

    There couldn’t be a better title than Surf N Turf for a split 7” between Portland, Oregon’s Guantanamo Baywatch and Nashville, Tennessee’s Natural Child. While Guantanamo Baywatch bask in the coastal traditions of surf rock, Natural Child deliver the backwoods boogie of the landlocked Southern interior. To be fair, there’s much more to GB than vibrato-soaked Mosrite guitars. The recent Suicide Squeeze signees offset their Dick Dale-styled twang with the trashy hybrid of garage punk and surf rock spewed out by The Mummies. Sure, “Raunch Stomp” is in step with the Ventures’ tremolo-picking tradition, but a song like “Love This Time” explains why the band spent time on the boisterous Dirtnap Records roster. Neither is Natural Child to be mistaken for mere good ol’ boy sons of Skynyrd. Though they’ve certainly got a knack for a country-fried ballad (as evidenced on “Don’t Wake The Baby”) or a sweetly stoned fuzzed-out lead on guitar, the trio are better suited for sharing a beer-soaked bar stage with fellow Nashevillians JEFF the Brotherhood and Heavy Cream than headlining the mainstage at the state fair.

    FULL ALBUM STREAM - http://suicidesqueeze.bandcamp.com/album/surf-n-turf

    EATING OUT BURN EP

    Eating Out is the crunchy, distorted, pop-oriented project of Nü Sensae drummer Daniel Pitout. The big distorted guitar riffs and heartfelt melodies of Pitout’s brainchild are a notable departure from Nü Sensae’s roaring assault. But Eating Out also has the proud distinction of being a Vancouver supergroup of sorts. While Pitout assumes the songwriting duties and the accompanying positions of guitarist and vocalist, fellow Sensae Brody McKnight rounds out the guitar department, White Lung vocalist Mish Way lends her bass skills, and Peace’s Geoff Dembicki fills in on drums. While vestiges of Nü Sensae’s brash tonalities, White Lung’s melodic treatment of hardcore, and Peace’s bold anglophile pop can all be heard in Eating Out, Pitout’s songs owe more to girl-grunge groups of the early nineties than to any of his co-conspirators’ primary projects. The three songs on their 7” for Suicide Squeeze Records originally appeared on a limited run of 150 cassettes released by Burger Records back in 2012. “Burn”, “Come Around”, and “That’s My Man” are given a new life on vinyl, showcasing Pitout’s penchant for the triumphant loud-quiet-loud structures and electric catharsis of groups like Hole and L7.

    FULL ALBUM STREAM - http://suicidesqueeze.bandcamp.com/album/burn

    "BURN" OFFICIAL VIDEO - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5sE9p4NAaI

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