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The early 70s were an incredible time for RocknRoll. Music had lost it’s virginity and abuse of all sorts was running rampant. Bands were turning up, de-tuning, and dropping out left and right. Bad trips and other people’s battles were bumming everybody out and the discontent was palpable. These vibes are what informed Salt Lick’s first recordings. Informed and influenced by the Motor City scene as much as the boneheaded side of the American underground, Salt Lick recorded these two crunchy tunes in one short late-night session in a seedy LA neighborhood. Bargain basement beer flowed like wine and you can almost hear the pull-tabs being popped over the hiss of the tape machine. The men of Salt Lick came together over a collective disdain of the castrated rock they’d been hearing and wanted to toughen things up a bit, all while keeping it groovy. “If the ladies ain’t having a good time, no one is.”, one member recalls thinking. This 45 was pressed in a limited quantity of 300 copies, 100 of which on coke-bottle clear vinyl. No picture sleeve necessary. Everything you need to see is on the label. Recorded by Hunter Scztroop and Erik Lake at Black Diamond. Engineered by Jorge Explosion at Circo Perrotti Studios in Gijón, Spain. <CONTINUE>
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LP - Basic Cable - I'm Good To Drive (Black Wax, Limited to 200)
Permanent Records' 39th label release!
Our buds at the Empty Bottle penned this little bit about Basic Cable for our 7th Year Anniversary party and we think it sums these snide booze fueled bad vibe bringers up very fucking nice:
"Channeling bad vibes, worse hangovers and a general life-keeps-shitting-on-us attitude, Chicago's BASIC CABLE find a way to have fun as they commiserate with each other, and their listeners. Fairly new to "the scene," their blown out guitars, shouted, monotone vocals and punishing rhythms make for a noisy, punk-as-fuck attack that tingles our dingles in ways we can barely comprehend." – Empty Bottle
Review snippets from split flexi single with Endless Bummer on Notes and Bolts / Eye Vybe Records:
"Basic Cable, formed by ex-Loose Dudes, Heavy Times, and current Running members, is a thrashing two minutes of caterwauling vocals, and instruments that sound like they're going to fall apart at any moment." – Notes and Bolts / Eye Vybe Records
"Basic Cable, comprised of some Chicago's assorted noteworthy maniacs from various other quality acts mentioned above, lean in thick and mean with a paranoid rocker that pummels a riff into the ground while some terrifying laser sound sets its sights for your soul. It's all over waaaay too soon, so here's hoping we're getting more material from BOTH acts in the near future. Savagely Recommended." – Permanent Records
RIYL: Cows, Jesus Lizard, Pissed Jeans, METZ, Watery Love, Fang, AmRep
LP - Afflicted Man - I'm Off Me 'Ead (Official 2013 Reissue, Repress, Black Wax, Ltd 300)
Permanent Records' 36th label release!
"I'm Off Me 'Ead" is DIY psych punk (or "Hippy Punk" as Steve Hall calls it) at it's finest, but don't just take my word for it. Heavyweight record aficionados such as Henry Rollins, Byron Coley, Tom Lax, Doug Mosurock, and Geoffrey Weiss are BIG fans...
The idiosyncratic music critic, Byron Coley (Forced Exposure, Bull Tongue, Spin, Wire, Arthur), really lays it out there: "Steve Hall's Afflicted (Man) project was one of the greatest mystery wobbles to come out of the Brit DIY explosion. Trying to figure out what the hell these records were about took years to unravel. We even thought there might be a Nurse With Wound connection when United Dairies released the Afflicted Man's Musica Box LP. We were stupid, but can you blame us? The slurred psych blues of I'm Off Me 'Ead were so unlike anything else going on at the time, it almost seemed like the whole thing had to be a put-on of some kind. There had been those earlier records, sure, this one felt way different. The concept of UK stoner-punks had existed for a few years, but their output had tended towards the arty end of things before this. There's a latent brutality to Im' Off that truly lashed our feeble minds. But maybe that's only because L.A. was awash in very good acid right about then. Still, it remains extremely difficult to place this music inside the contextual history of what was going on then. Jesus, I would have loved to have caught a gig or two. Unimaginable. I bought I'm Off Me 'Ead at the old Vinyl Fetish store on Melrose in '81, same year I finally managed to snag a copy of Randy Holden's
Population II, and they were both records I'd play to anyone who dropped by our pad in Santa Monica for a listening session. The utterly fucked-up-ness of both guitarists never failed to astonish anyone who wasn't too wasted to acknowledge what they were hearing. And so it is."
Tom Lax's Siltblog posted this: "Afflicted Man's style could best described at stock-in-trade Brit DIY w/an almost Street Level sort've quality to it…Too freaked out for punks, too punked out for freaks... must've felt like a rusty safety pin stuck straight through the heart of whatever DIY fanbase Hall had acquired. And for all the Pink Fairies or Hawkwind type's that mighta come across it, it was too primitive & animalistic for their quid."
Geoffrey Weiss' is one of the most venerable record collectors in the world. He summed it up like this: "Deliriously incompetent, frighteningly direct, and bafflingly out-of-time, there is no doubt that Steve Hall is in touch here with something most of us can't get near. "
We here at Permanent absolutely love this record and are incomprehensibly honored to be the label reissuing it on vinyl for the first time ever. It's been fully licensed by Steve Hall himself and painstakingly remastered by the total pros at Penguin Recording in Eagle Rock. The jacket artwork was graciously reconstituted and touched-up by Bill "Trouble In Mind" Roe. The full-color "I'm Off Me 'Ead" inner sleeve contains a bunch of unseen Afflicted Man photos, an unpublished interview with Steve Hall and a fully authorized reprint of Chris Stigliano's article from Forced Exposure #9 (Winter 1986).
The second pressing (let's hope there's demand for multiple) is limited to 300 copies worldwide.
RIYL: Hawkwind, Pink Fairies, Deviants, The Fall, Alternative TV, Coloured Balls, Michael Yonkers, Vic Godard, Mark Perry, Private Press / Outsider Rock, and REPETITION
Official Tshirts Still Available!
LP - Bitchin Bajas - Krausened EP (Black Wax Repress Ltd 300)
Permanent Records' 34th label release!
Fans of Terry Riley, Kraftwerk, Conrad Schntizler, and Kosmische Musik in general take note! Bitchin Bajas has returned to Permanent Records (following their split single with Moon Duo) with a brand new record of side-long transcendental synth workouts. This is Bitchin Bajas most accessible and autobahn ready delivery to date!
Bitchin Bajas began as a side project, but Cooper Crain of CAVE and Dan Quinlivan formerly of MAHJONGG have been spending as much time, if not more, with Bitchin Bajas as they have with the aforementioned groups and they've been progressing very quickly. In just two or so years, Bitchin Bajas have released three critically acclaimed LPs (one on Important Records and two on Kallestei Editions), two incredible splits (one with Moon Duo and the other with the Peaking Lights- related Faceplant), and one very limited edition cassette tape.
The two side long pieces on this nearly 40 minute EP were written on their 2012 European tour and recorded and mixed over three days by Bitchin Bajas at Minbal Studio in Chicago, Illinois.
Features eye-popping cover artwork by artist Jeremy Kannapell.
"A whole mess of cats in the drone-age try to spiral upward to the heights of Bitchin Bajas, but few nail the sacred combination of Harmonia/Neu! and Steve Hillage circa Rainbow Dome Music with the same air of confidence." - Tiny Mix Tapes
LP / CS - Purling Hiss - Purling Hiss
Permanent Records' tenth label release, which sold out immediately upon its original release, has been repressed for a SECOND time in another edition of 300 copies!
Purling Hiss has recently released records on Richie and Woodsist and garnered rave reviews from just about everybody who's heard 'em. This eponymous LP on Permanent is where it all began! Here's the story: Purling Hiss is the side-project of Holy Mountain recording artists Birds of Maya guitarist Mike Polizze. Birds of Maya are a full-on psychedelic rock band from Philly. Apparently, Birds just aren't full-on enough to satisfy Polizze's far-out tendencies. On his debut solo record Polizze plays bass drums and guitar relentlessly as if he's playing to save his life. This recording is so intense that the pressing plant told us they'd risk breaking their equipment if they cut the lacquers with the original master. We sent 'em a new master and it sounds great! For Fans Of- Birds of Maya Earthless, Loop, High Rise, Les Rallizes Denudes, and lo-fi, blown-out psych. Obviously, this one comes highly recommended.
LP - Anals - Total Anal - 2015 Hand Screen Printed Reissue
BACK IN PRINT WITH KILLER NEW ARTWORK AND LIMITED TO 50 COPIES!!!!
NEVER TO BE REPRESSED AGAIN!!!!!!
Metz France seems to be teeming with great bands these days. Cheveu Feeling of Love Normals and A.H. Kraken are just the tip of this incredibly huge Metz iceberg. Many of these bands share members but they all have their very own sound. The Anals sound is similar to the aforementioned bands in their abrasive weird punk base but this duo is more obliviously influenced by the German industrial electropunk group D.A.F. (via the Brainbombs) than any of their peers. Their single on Sweet Rot sold out almost immediately and the demand prompted a repress. Now heres your chance to hear this unique duo?s entire recorded output. This anthology LP includes both songs from the single plus ten previously unreleased tracks.
LP - Frankie and the Witch Fingers - Sidewalk
* 150 ON LYSERGIC SPLATTER VINYL EXCLUSIVELY AT PERMANENT CHICAGO AND LOS ANGELES!
* 350 ON BLACK VINYL FOR WHOLESALE
* DEBUT RELEASE FIRST TIME ON VINYL (previously cassette-only)
I really don’t like to make comparisons when it comes to bands that I enjoy, there’s always something different and unique, at least in my eyes, about what I’m listening to. I do not enjoy derivative bands much. So, while Frankie And The Witch Fingers may sound like Ty Segall started a new band with Jay Reatard and they got Charlie Mootheart to join in on the fun, they’re really just a ridiculously talented lo-fi garage rock outfit in my eyes and I couldn’t mean that as a greater compliment. From the moment you start the titular title track on their debut album, Sidewalk, you can hear a deep appreciation for late 60’s and early 70’s psychedelia, refined and captured in the same emphatic and impulsive way, while dragging tricks and sounds from the last fifty years along for the ride. While Frankie And The Witch Fingers seem to incorporate a few more dissonant sounds and breaks, think 13th Floor Elevators or The Velvet Underground, to really spice up the sound and add a level of dissonance to the tightly crafted garage pop melodies, that just seem to melt out of your speakers. Reverberation and fuzz dosed guitars shimmer and undulate in the songs, while echoed vocals float above the instruments, blending in and out of fits of distortion and rave-ups. The bass and drums are like calm pounding waves, powerful enough to chip away at a mountain with out raising an un-needed racket while doing so. Tracks slowly build moment and break into amazing walls of sound and distortion, before fading back into the shadows to reveal the skeletal melody of the song again to let you take it all back in one more time before you’re done. My favorite tracks are when they just hit the gas though, pounding riffs and thundering bass twisting together like a Porsche hitting a lamp post at a hundred and eighty miles an hour, taking your mind along for the ride! Sidewalk has only been released as an extremely limited cassette tape at this point, but word is that might be changing sometime soon but either Frankie And The Witch Fingers is prepping for the release of their second full-length album before the end of the year. I would usually have held off talking to them until the album release but I have to admit, these tunes really got into my head! I couldn’t find a way to buy a tape, hell, I couldn’t even find out who put it out, and I was hoping to score a copy. While I was chatting with these guys though, I just couldn’t help but do an interview; listen to Sidewalk and tell me you wouldn’t have done the same! What follows is a glimpse at a band that in my opinion is on the brink of really bringing the heat. These dudes are just serious enough about what they do to make amazing music and they have enough fun making it, you can hear it through your speakers on every track. After a recent relocation from Indiana to California, I have no doubt you’re gonna be hearing a lot about Frankie And The Witch Fingers before long. In the meantime, get a head start and check out the story so far below, and for the love of all that’s holy – click the Bandcamp link and take in some of the best garage rock you’re gonna hear this side of 1969! - Roman Rathert (It's Psychedelic Baby Magazine, 2014)
LP - Frankie and the Witch Fingers - Brain Telephone - Reissue
As the diamond hits the plastic on Frankie and the Witch Fingers' Brain Telephone, a sonic tornado swirls out of the speakers and into your ears like a psychedelic party-line flipping a black-and-white world into technicolor. The quartet cooks up a cachophony of sounds which boil over as the troglodyte beat and the fuzzy phased-out guitars melt together. From here, the spell gets sweeter. A rock n' roll groove laced with slap back and heady lyrics quickly connects your call to the Witch Finger's acid boogie shack nestled deep in the belly of Los Angeles. A transformation occurs as mind bending shadows appear on a yet-to-be-named purple planet with lush gardens of grinning neon fungi bopping and swaying along to each catchy hook and chorus. The serpentine tape reels capture Texas barn burners, hallucinogenic Chuck Berry guitar licks, and middle-eastern rave-ups along the way as well. This adventure is littered with evil caricatures and surrealistic visions that will warble your mind, if you stay on the line.
150 black vinyl
100 clear vinyl
7in - Hooveriii - Guillotine
The A-side is a chugging minimal number with a hooking riff. The song is about cutting your brain in half and letting your fears pour out. The flip is an improvised instrumental jam inspired by Krautrock staples like Can & Amon Düül II.
Hooveriii is Bert Hoover from Mind Meld and Jesus Sons on vocals and guitar, Gabe Flores from Babylon on Guitar, Kaz Mirblouk of Numb.Er on bass, Shaughnessy of Jesus Sons and Triptides on Drums, and Jaiq Styne of various LA bands on synth.
Limited to 300 copies
200 Black Vinyl
100 Translucent Purple
7" - Salt Lick - Doctor (Of Love)
LIMITED TO 300 COPIES:
100 Coke Bottle Clear (LIMIT 1 PER CUSTOMER)
LP - Hooveriii - Hooveriii
Never before has a debut album so seamlessly mixed all the best subgenres of 60 years of rock into such a fantastic crystalline stalactite. If the sounds contained within these grooves could be distilled down to something edible, even the smallest dose would be lethal.
Recorded under the influence of Hawkwind, Amon Düül II, Black Sabbath and NEU!
Only 300 pressed!
200 - black vinyl
100 - Seedling Splatter colored vinyl -SOLD OUT
30 - Test Pressings w/hand screened jackets. SOLD OUT
Only 100 pressed - Reptile Egg Yellow
Only available online and on Hooveriii's 2019 Euro tour!
Produced by Tomas Dolas (Mr. Elevator / OCS )
Mastered by Mikey Young (Total Control)
Artwork by Jesse Fillingham
LP - Grave Flowers Bongo Band - Flower Pot
LIMITED EDITION 2021 RE-PRESS! ONLY 100 COPIES AVAILABLE WITH TMOQ-STYLE INSERT ARTWORK AND HAND-STAMPED CENTER LABELS!
Hey man, could you use a little serenity? Grave Flowers Bongo Band thinks we could all use a little and they’re here to give it to us. In order to enjoy this record, you don’t have to get dressed. In fact, it’s probably better that you don’t. And you definitely don’t need to leave the house. This record is best experienced in the comforts of your own home, just as long as your home is as peaceful as it should be. If it’s not, “Flower Pot” should be enjoyed naturally. The organic vibes the Bongo Band project are just as soothing as they are psychedelic. There’s a lot going on here, but the record also feels very simplistic, like a more modern take on Ted Lucas, Sam Gopal, or Tyrannosaurus Rex. The journey is largely acoustic and serene, but the electric and slightly more chaotic moments compliment the rest of the instrumentation like honey on granola. “Flower Pot” is the perfect soundtrack for your next sacrificial effigy burning, but it’s also a record that you can make out to. It’ll ease you into the day or take you away after a long night. A perfect prescription for whatever ails you. I’m sure it’ll blow your mind, regardless of your mental state. Side note: It’d be a goddamn shame if the Bongo Band doesn’t turn into a cult, or at least develop a cult following.
“Flower Pot” was recorded entirely on magnetic tape and the bulk was done at Uly Noriega’s Laundry Room Studio in the El Sereno neighborhood of East Los Angeles in February 2018. The remainder was done on Bert Hoover’s Tascam 388 at Black Diamond Rehearsal Studios with Hunter Stroope. The finishing touches were done in May 2018. Uly Noriega was the recording engineer and did all the mastering as well.
Grave Flowers Bongo Band consists of:
Vaughn Christensen: Bongo
Andy Caly: Electric Bass Guitar
Gabe Flores: Guitars, Vocals, Sax, Synth, Percussion
Gabe Flores currently plays in Hooveriii and Richard Rose and formerly fronted the LA rock powerhouse Babylon, but has “always loved Charles Manson’s “LIE: The Love And Terror Cult” sound with the shitty production campfire vibes hand drums and and acoustic guitar and wanted to try something like that!” So under the influence of Manson, Sam Gopal, Love, Kevin Ayers, Funkadelic, Peter Green, and “all the freaky folk freedom rockers from the 60s and 70s” Flores created “Flower Pot”.
Grave Flowers Bongo Band has only played ten shows so to date, but has already shared the stage with Jessica Pratt, Ex-Cult, Shannon Lay, Follakazoid, Stonefield, Mad Walls, and Levitation Room among others. Keep your eyes peeled for more live performances in the near future!
Only 100 pressed!
Only 30 Test Pressings available!
LP + 7" - Permanent Records 2018 Bundle
Get three of the four Permanent Record 2018 releases for a discounted price!
-Salt Lick - Doctor Of Love 7"
-Frankie & The Witchfingers - BrainTelephone LP
-Grave Flowers Bongo Band - Flower Pot LP
LP - Stonewall - Stonewall
First officially licensed release EVER!
Only 500 pressed!
100 COPIES ON METALLIC GOLD VINYL - LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON
Release Date: 4/12/19
"So you're addicted to hard rock from 1972 and getting tired of LPs that don't take you for the full ride. You check out tons of 'em. Stonewall? Hmmm... only the most potent and rare stuff can get you off nowadays. Kicks intense enough to remind you why you got into it in the first place. Jams you can't wait to lay on your friends so uncontrollably alive you know it's gonna wipe 'em out. Yeah... you really need Stonewall. It's ritual time.
I hear people all over the world saying Stonewall is a 'Holy Grail'. I agree. 'Holy Grail' status for an LP requires the most extreme and exciting combination of quality and rarity. That's not all. It has to have mystery. It has to reek of humanity. There can be no other LP that beats it at its game. Top dog. It has to be a mindfuck capable of destroying anybody who hears it, including those who have previously only experienced the usual killer classics. Finding a copy must come as close to impossible as possible and remain that way even after everybody knows about it. As an original pressing, Stonewall fulfills all of the 'Holy Grail' requirements and I am jacked that a legitimate reissue finally happens some 30 odd years after it first blew me away!" - Paul Major
"Stonewall was a phenomenal hard rock band that almost no one heard in real time. For years, there was no story at all, only one very blurry picture, and the music was available only to the fanatical.
The sounds, though, are extraordinary, and not just for a “rare” record. Stonewall’s combination of confidence and furious in-the-room energy means they sound ALIVE like the very best hard rock. That a band this fiery and original never got to make a conventional studio record is baffling, but what we have might be even better - the sound of a great band in it’s raw form, bursting at the seams with powerand ideas, live in the room. Like the very best private press LP’s, Stonewall effortlessly inhabits a space nobody else thought to get to. Nobody got to sand off Stonewall's rough edges, so we get to hear what the luckiest denizens of forgotten New York bars would have heard. Even the drum solo is thrilling, perhaps the only time that’s ever been true on a recording. This music looks backwards to psychedelica, forwards to punk, and straight into the stoned eyes of 1972. A producer or record company would have tried to mold them, and they would almost certainly have lost some of the innocence that makes this so fresh seeming almost 50 years later." - Geoffrey Weiss
LP - Salt Lick - Salt Lick
150 Black Vinyl! 100 Midnight Oil Blue!
Limited number of test pressings w/hand screened jackets still available.
Lance from Permanent Records here! Historically, I’ve done all of the writing we use to promote new releases and I’m always stoked to do it. I’m excited about every new release we put out and I have plenty to say about each and everyone. That said, writing about this one ain’t quite as easy. I play bass in Salt Lick and I love it. It’s an absolute pleasure to jam with my boys Erik and Miguel (also my co-workers at Permanent). We get together once or twice a week after work, crank the amps, drink a few cervezas, and make some noise heavily influenced by our favorite kinds of rock’n’roll. Anyone following Permanent for the last 12+ years knows the kind of shit I’m into. I’ve compiled some of my faves in the form of Brown Acid and I’ve written an uncountable number reviews of some of my favorite reissues in our email blast. We all DJ late 60s and early 70s Hard Rock, Psych, Freakbeat, Garage, and Proto-Punk / Metal regularly. We eat, drink, and breathe this stuff. Erik has played in a bunch of great bands over the years including bands we’ve released music by like Jesus Sons and Mind Meld. Miguel is a veteran rock’n’roller from Spain and has travelled the globe playing in bands, DJing, and buying records for decades. So rather than describe how our band sounds beyond discussing our influences and previous endeavors, I’d just like to say please take a moment, click on the listen link, and decide for yourself if you dig the tunes. If you dig ‘em, please buy the record so we can keep doing what we do and keep the rock’n’roll flame burning!
Your old pal,
"Salt Lick is the very new L.A. trio with heavy connections to Permanent Records, Mock Records, Jesus Sons and that particularly collector-y Bonehead Crunchers/Crushers/etc.-style blunt-object 70s rock ‘n’ roll...Enthusiastically working the same grinding vibes of that recently rediscovered wave of old-school weirdos who got lost somewhere between prog rock they couldn’t play and punk rock they didn’t get, and who’s we-just-wanna-rock! 45s ended up creating a whole micro-genre of longhair off-the-grid proto-proto-punk. (Salt Lick also claims as an influence “the one good song on a bunch of major label LPs from the early 70s,” which is also very accurate—and Permanent/RidingEasy’s own Brown Acid comps also make a nice sampler of this sound.)" - LA Record
"Coming on like an MC5 fever dream... Salt Lick’s debut ..shakes the window panes until they beg for mercy. See-sawing on a monster riff, the track is muddied and murky but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t knock the wind out of you. Salt Lick rounds up members from the Permanent staff, but its more than just a bit of nepotism here – it seems that those curating the power of pummel can also deliver it just as well. This is scuzzy, crusted, exhaust huffing garage rock with no spit shine in sight."
-- RAVEN SINGS THE BLUES
Dead Drunk Blues
Into The Night
Doctor (Of Love)
Never Coming Back
LP - Pachyman - In Dub
Envisioned in the style of early dancehall records, Pachy García took upon the task of recreating the sonic endeavors of Scientist, King Tubby, Lee "Scratch" Perry and the great engineers and players of instruments of early Jamaican reggae music. Inspired by Channel One Studios and Roots Radics band, the tone was set in a dancehall fashion with some detours into Rub-a-Dub and Rockers style playing. Recorded at Pachy’s own 333 House from January to March in 2019. Written, produced, all instruments played and mixed by himself.