March 29, 2016

Robotic Empire Mega Rad Distro Update and Nirvana Tribute song premiers!

Just before we close out the month of March, we're squeezing this kickass distro update in for you! There's so many goodies it'll be hard not to talk about each and every one of them but here goes...

First up we'll mention 2 side businesses run by label manager Lindsay that I'm sure a lot of you guys have noticed flyers and stickers for in your orders. Wortcunner Records was started in 2015 so that the amazing ambient albums by Brooklyn band 1 Mile North, could be released on vinyl for the very first time. We've got both those 180 gram colored vinyl records in the shop now so give a listen and pick up those deluxe offerings. Zeep Piercing Aftercare is yet another side project and since we know some of you folks have piercings and gauged ears, well these balms might be just the thing you need to enhance your piercing experience and they are great on tattoos too. All hand harvested ingredients and on horseback to boot!

Alright, after that shameless self promotion the Chelsea Wolfe catalog we carry has increased immensely. Love, love, love us some Chelsea Wolfe so we're stoked to have these available for you to purchase if you don't own them already. The new Body 2x12" arrived yesterday and we've got copies on pink colored vinyl. Picked up some great vinyl from Willowtip Records out in Pennsylvania, one of which is the Crowpath - Red on Chrome which comes on heavy 200 gram vinyl! Some out of the ordinary items for us to carry would be the Makaya McCraven album that just recently came out on International Anthem. Gorgeous packaging and some highly enjoyable jazzy tunes. Please give the bandcamp sound samples a listen. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings is a personal favorite over here so we're starting off with the Dap-Dippin album and hope to pick up a few more albums in April. This woman has got some voice on her! If you enjoy The Alabama Shakes, give Sharon Jones a try. Many other goodies in that New Items list but we'll let you discover them yourselves in the Robotic Empire Online Store

The restock list is quite beefy itself with highlights being a heck of a lot of Deathwish Records restocks, Old Man Gloom and Wrekmeister Harmonies. Forcefield Records sent us more Windhand and Yajuta and that pricey (but well worth it) Year Of No Light import is back again. Glance through these lists below and we hope you find something interesting to put on the turntable.

Thanks again for all the Hollow Sunshine cassette orders, those should all be arriving to everyone by now and we know you'll enjoy that one. There's an alternate color version of the patch that was included in that tape set, it's on tan cloth and sold separate in case folks are interested in dressing up a jacket or a bag for this spring/summer etc. We just placed that up for sale on the Robotic Empire Online Store so head over and give it a look.

In Record Store Day news, we've got some great premieres going on for the upcoming, third! Nirvana tribute LP, “Doused In Mud, Soaked In Bleach”. English rock band Basement unveil their tribute to Nirvana‘s “Bleach”-era classic, ‘School’ via The AV Club:

AV Club's Basement Premiere

Then we've got Circa Survive premiering their cover of ‘Love Buzz’, originally written/performed by Shocking Blue but made infamous by Nirvana. Alternative Press is streaming the song now along with a brief Q&A with the band:

Alternative Press Streams Love Buzz

Digital pre-orders are up now and aside from Google Play, all the pre-orders below include an immediate download of the Circa Survive and Basement tracks:

i Tunes
Google Play

And now here's the full distro update lists below!

New Items
1 Mile North - Glass Wars - 180 GRAM CLEAR COLORED VINYL 2x12" (Wortcunner) $24.99
1 Mile North - Minor Shadows - 180 GRAM WHITE COLORED VINYL 2x12" (Wortcunner) $24.99
Blood Brothers, The - Burn, Piano Island, Burn - YELLOW COLORED VINYL 2x12" (Second Nature) $27.99
Body, The - No One Deserves Happiness - PINK COLORED VINYL 2x12" (Thrill Jockey) $19.99
Bonnie Prince Billy - Pond Scum 12" (Drag City) $21.99
Chelsea Wolfe - Apokalypsis 12" (Sargent House) $18.99
Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss 2x12" (Sargent House) $24.99
Chelsea Wolfe - Pain is Beauty 2x12" (Sargent House) $24.99
Chelsea Wolfe - The Grime And The Glow 12" (Sargent House) $18.99
Converge - Thousands Of Miles Between Us DVD (Deathwish) $9.99
Crowpath - Red On Chrome - 200 GRAM VINYL 12" (Willowtip) $9.99
Defeated Sanity - Passages Into Deformity 12" (Willowtip) $9.99
Esben and the Witch - A New Nature 2x12" (Nostromo) $27.99
Hollow Sunshine - Burning - TAN Patch (Robotic Empire) $3.99
Impaled - The Dead Still Dead Remain 2x12" (Willowtip) $9.99
Makaya McCraven - In The Moment 2x12" (International Anthem) $29.99
Mogwai - Rave Tapes 12" (Sub Pop) $9.99
Passing Phases - Another Side Cassette (Sterling) $4.99
Plug Primer - Piercing Balm (Zeep Piercing Aftercare) $9.99
Raw Blow - Slow Choke 7" (Tor Johnson) $4.99
Self Defense Family - The Corrections Officer In Me - RED COLORED VINYL 12" (Family Drugs) $9.99
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Dap-Dippin 12" (Daptone) $17.99
Stretch Up Salve - Piercing Balm (Zeep Piercing Aftercare) $7.99
Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation Cassette (Forward Fast) $5.99
Ulcerate - Everything Is Fire 12" (Willowtip) $15.99
Wormed - Exodromos 12" (Willowtip) $9.99

Blacklisted - When People Grow, People Go 12'' *WHITE COLORED VINYL* (Deathwish) $10.99
Body, The - No One Deserves Happiness 2x12'' *PINK COLORED VINYL* (Thrill Jockey) $19.99
Catalyst, The - Voyager 12'' *ORANGE COLORED VINYL* (Forcefield) $12.99
Code Orange Kids - I Am King 12'' *10 GRAM BLACK VINYL* (Deathwish) $10.99
Coliseum - Anxiety's Kiss 12'' *SILVER COLORED VINYL* (Deathwish) $9.99
Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind 2x12'' *VINYL* (Deathwish) $19.99
Converge - Axe To Fall 12'' *OPAQUE YELLOW COLORED VINYL* (Deathwish) $11.99
Cult Leader - Lightless Walk 12'' *WHITE COLORED VINYL* (Deathwish) $9.99
Cult Leader - Nothing For Us Here 12'' *BROWN COLORED VINYL* (Deathwish) $9.99
Doomriders - Grand Blood 12'' *PURPLE COLORED VINYL* (Deathwish) $9.99
Ed Gein - Bad Luck 12'' *COLORED VINYL* (Black Market) $9.99
Envy - Atheist's Cornea 12'' *VINYL* (Temporary Residence) $9.99
Loma Prieta - I.V. 12'' *BLACK VINYL* (Deathwish) $10.99
Loma Prieta - Life/Less 12'' *VINYL* (Discos Huelga) $9.99
Loma Prieta - Self Portrait 12'' *WHITE COLORED VINYL* (Deathwish) $9.99
Old Man Gloom - The Ape of God 033 (A) 12'' *VINYL* (Sige) $19.99
Old Man Gloom - The Ape of God 034 (B) 12'' *VINYL* (Sige) $19.99
Sed Non Satiata - Mappo 12'' *RED WITH SILVER COLORED VINYL* (Deathwish) $9.99
Self Defense Family - Heaven Is Earth 12'' *WHITE SILVER COLORED VINYL* (Deathwish) $9.99
Sumac - The Deal 2x12'' *VINYL* (Thrill Jockey) $28.99
Thou / The Body - You, Whom I Have Always Hated 12'' *VINYL* (Thrill Jockey) $17.99
Trap Them - S├łance Prime: The Complete Recordings 12'' *BLACK VINYL* (Deathwish) $10.99
Windhand - Self-Titled 12'' *VINYL* (Forcefield) $9.99
Wrekmeister Harmonies - Night of Your Ascension 12'' *BLACK VINYL* (Thrill Jockey) $19.99
Wrekmeister Harmonies - Then It All Came Down 12'' *BLACK VINYL* (Thrill Jockey) $19.99
Wrekmeister Harmonies - You've Always Meant So Much To Me 12'' *VINYL* (Thrill Jockey) $19.99
Yautja - Songs of Descent 12'' *VINYL* (Forcefield) $9.99
Yautja - Songs of Lament 12'' *VINYL* (Forcefield) $9.99
Year Of No Light - Tocsin 2x12'' *VINYL* (Debemur Morti) $33.99

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March 11, 2016

Robotic Empire March New Releases! Hollow Sunshine & Creation Is Crucifixion

We've got two new releases for you guys this lovely March 11th and first off is the 4 song EP from California duo Hollow Sunshine. Presented as a deluxe cassette release that includes a 5x5 cloth patch and a black and white enamel pin showcasing Reuben Sawyer's artwork on both. Clear cassettes with printed J-cards. Limited to 100 copies.

Versatile visual artist (of key work for Destruction Unit, Chelsea Wolfe + Deafheaven) and multi-instrumentalist Reuben Sawyer along with vocalist Morgan Enos follow two well received LPs and a slew of EPs with further- reaching explorations of Hollow Sunshine's drone/darkwave/pop amalgam. "Burning" is the new EP from the increasingly prolific California duo, and while the previous Hollow Sunshine work explored the landscapes of 1990s atmospheric pop and sludge, "Burning" pushes deeper into both the past and the future. The four new songs feel ancient and coated in precious metals, as Sawyer and Enos tap into the muses of Florian Fricke, Alice Coltrane and Bill Fay to form their most mature and realized release yet. Fans of contemporary, heavy/pop-influenced outfits Jesu and Hum will also rejoice in the beautiful contrast of Sawyer's downtuned guitar mass with Enos' subdued, haunting vocal melodies as the duo deftly wade through songs of helplessness, departure and relief.

Cassettes are up for sale now in the online store! Head on over and have a look – Hollow Sunshine Cassette/Pin/Patch package!

Digital purchases can be made here:

Next up is the Creation Is Crucifixion 2x12" that we took pre-orders for last month. These are in house and have been shipping out to all those folks who placed their early orders. The release date is officially today!

Pittsburgh tech-metal hactivists Creation is Crucifixion emulate Lazarus with a double-LP collecting their last recordings along with an impressive live set. Longrunning metal/hardcore website Lambgoat is now streaming the full Antenna Builder + Rerecorded Splits / Live In Geneva album!

Lambgoat Stream

The long-rumored Antenna Builder track, the 'final' recording by Creation is Crucifixion's last active lineup is a 9-minute opus that brilliantly merges CIC's heavy technical metal along with the noise passages the band became renown for. As one of the highest-fidelity recordings from the band's extensive output, the lineup's similarly oppressive Rerecorded Splits material fleshes out the first 12" in the gatefold double-LP package

Accompanying the studio-recordings 12" is a live LP from a classic CIC's set from on their last European tour, captured live in Geneva during May of the millennial year. These 15+ year recordings showcase tracks from across the band's catalog of material, with a higher clarity than some of their raw studio recordings.

Separately mastered by James Plotkin for both vinyl and digital formats, the Antenna Builder + Rerecorded Splits / Live In Geneva 2xLP comes housed in a stark black and white gatefold jacket with gold ink overlaid. A digital download of the full release is included.

Following a reunited appearance at 2015's King pf the Monsters Festival, CIC guitarist Adam MacGregor said the following regarding the band's future:

"It's now a radically different world than when Creation is Crucifixion launched in 1997, and individually we're much different people than we were during the band's run. But one thing hasn't changed, and that's our love of writing and playing music that challenges both ourselves and the listener. The new material we are working on aims to do both. With members divided geographically by wide swaths now, we've been exploring some different approaches to composition, and rethinking what a "band" really can be. Whatever we come up with, the goal is to respect our past work without simply rehashing it. And if it meets that double bottom line, then we'll be excited to share. Expect at least one live appearance in 2016 (TBA) in support of "Antenna Builder" and possibly more to come."

If you've not picked up a vinyl copy yet head on over to the Robotic Empire Online Store and take your pick of Black or Gold vinyl.

If digital is more your style here are those links for you too.
Bandcamp Spotify

Now on to the distro update. Scoring some more Dead releases was a treat this month and there are only a few copies of each so if you're interested don't hesitate. If you're a fan of The Black Heart Procession and Pall Jenkins then give a listen to his side project Mr. Tube and The Flying Objects. We picked up a few of these and you won't be disappointed! Gilead Media releases galore and some Top Shelf items in addition to that fancy Choirs split 7". Thou's - Heathen 2x12" has been restocked. Check the list!

Choirs / Niner Niner - Split - CLEAR COLORED VINYL 7" (Choirs) $4.99
Creation is Crucifixion - Antenna Builder + Rerecorded Splits / Live in Geneva - GOLD COLORED VINYL 2x12" (Robotic Empire) $19.99
Creation is Crucifixion - Antenna Builder + Rerecorded Splits / Live in Geneva - BLACK VINYL 2x12" (Robotic Empire) $19.99
Dead - Captains of Industry 12" (We Empty Rooms) $19.99
Dead - One Way Split - 180 Gram VINYL 12" (We Empty Rooms) $19.99
Forn - Weltschmerz 12" (Gilead Media) $13.99
Hollow Sunshine - Burning Cassette (Robotic Empire) $9.99
Kowloon Walled City - Grievances - RED COLORED VINYL 12" (Gilead Media) $16.99
Krallice - Ygg Huur 12" (Gilead Media) $16.99
Mr.Tube And The Flying Objects - No Wrong, No Rights 12" (SDRL) $14.99
Pianos Become The Teeth - The Lack Long After 12" (Top Shelf) $14.99
Saddest Landscape, The - After The Lights 12" (Top Shelf) $14.99
Saddest Landscape, The - Darkness Forgives 12" (Top Shelf) $14.99
Yellow Eyes - Sick With Bloom 12" (Gilead Media) $16.99

Dead - Idiots 12'' *VINYL* (We Empty Rooms) $19.99
Thou - Heathen 2x12'' *VINYL* (Howling Mine) $19.99

We're re-listing the February Distro items here for your convenience. Some good items from last month too!

New Items
Expo 70 - Kinetic Tones - BRONZE COLORED VINYL 12" (Oaken Palace) $17.99
Jessica 93 - Self-Titled 12" (Music Fear Satan) $10.99
Massgrave / Suffering Mind - Split 9"+DVD (Behind The Mountain) $9.99
Monarch - Die Tonight - WHITE COLORED VINYL 12" (Music Fear Satan) $10.99
Monarch - Sabbracadaver 2x12" (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
Perpetual Conversion - 30 Years & Counting in the Life of Metal Veteran Dan Lilker Book (Handshake) $19.99
Phobia / Suffering Mind - Split 5" (Behind The Mountain) $5.99
Posse - Perfect H 7" (Wharf Cat) $8.99
Rwake - A Stone, A Leaf An Unfound Door - LAVENDER COLORED VINYL 12"+DVD (Behind The Mountain) $10.99
Self Defense Family - Duets - PINK COLORED VINYL 12" (Iron Pier) $13.99
Self Defense Family - German Industrial Ballads Cassette (Bad Paintings) $5.99
Self Defense Family - When The Barn Caves In - ORANGE GOLD COLORED VINYL 7" (Iron Pier) $4.99
Self Defense Family - When The Barn Caves In Cassette (Iron Pier) $4.99
Soilent Green - Pussy Soul - BLUE COLORED VINYL 12" (Behind The Mountain) $10.99
Wild Moth - Inhibitor 12" (Iron Pier) $13.99
Wild Moth - Mirror - FLEXI VINYL 7" (Iron Pier) $4.99

Floor - Self-Titled 12''+7'' *BLACK VINYL* (Robotic Empire) $16.99
Floor - Self-Titled 12''+7'' *CLEAR COLORED VINYL* (Robotic Empire) $19.99
Huata - Atavist Of Mann 2x12'' *RED COLORED VINYL* (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
Year Of No Light - Ausserwelt 2x12'' *BLACK VINYL* (Music Fear Satan) $21.99
Year Of No Light - Ausserwelt 2x12'' *CLEAR BLUE COLORED VINYL* (Music Fear Satan) $21.99
Year Of No Light / Bagarre Generale - Split 12'' *BLACK VINYL* (Music Fear Satan) $10.99

Thanks everyone! Robotic Empire Online Store