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DS Record Radar: This Week in Punk Vinyl (Chaser, Krang, MakeWar, Joe Gittleman, Smoking Popes & More!)

Greetings, and welcome to the Dying Scene Record Radar. If it’s your first time here, thank you for joining us! This is the weekly* column where we cover all things punk rock vinyl; new releases, reissues… you name it, we’ve probably got it. Kick off your shoes, pull up a chair, crack open a cold […]

Greetings, and welcome to the Dying Scene Record Radar. If it’s your first time here, thank you for joining us! This is the weekly* column where we cover all things punk rock vinyl; new releases, reissues… you name it, we’ve probably got it. Kick off your shoes, pull up a chair, crack open a cold one, and break out those wallets, because it’s go time. Let’s get into it!

Check out the video edition of this week’s Record Radar, presented by our friends at Punk Rock Radar:

Continuing the Record Radar’s recent trend of diversifying into other formats, this week’s first featured release is a cassette! That’s right, a cassette. It’s Buddy Buddy Belgium, the new album from pop-punk supergroup Scrapped Plans, ft. members of House Boatthe Steinways, The MurderburgersWrong Life, Don Blake, aaaaand Mike Erg of course!

A few weeks ago I told you about Bloated Kat Records‘ putting this one out on random colored vinyl (you can still buy that here), but now you can also get it on cassette. This is limited to 50 tapes – half are white, half are black – and it’s Dying Scene Records’ first new release in 6 years! Pay money for it here and it’ll show up in your mailbox in a few weeks, maybe with some other goodies? I’d also like to mention I teamed up with Punk Rock Radar and Cat’s Claw Records on this release, and you can get it from them as well.

Back to our regularly scheduled discussion of flattened 12″ discs of polyvinyl chloride, Punk Rock Radar also has UK skate punk / ska band Stank Finger‘s new record Three Finger Discount up for pre-order. Limited to 100 copies on slime green colored vinyl, this is a highly recommended pickup for fans of Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, [spunge], etc. etc. etc. These guys are bad ass! Pick this record up. Our Bri’ish m8s will be able to get the record (or CD!) from the band soon.

Have you heard about Czech melodic punks Krang‘s new album Listens to Krang Once? It’s coming out May 3rd on SBAM Records and spoiler alert: it’s pretty fucking bad ass. The lead single “Cowabunga” is now streaming (check it out down below) and the record is available to pre-order on four different Ninja Turtles themed color variants. Grab yours here (US) or here (EU). Note: The EU store has a bundle with all four variants!

That’s not the only bad ass new record coming soon on SBAM, however. Chaser‘s highly anticipated new album Small Victories lands on June 28th and is being co-released by Thousand Islands and Pee Records. I pre-ordered the Sunburst Orange variant but I don’t think you can really go wrong with any of these. Pre-order your copies here (US), here (EU), or here (AUS). Also, check out the first single:

And last up from SBAM, we’ve got Portland folk punk band the Bridge City Sinners‘ new record In the Age of Doubt, which is due out on July 12th. This one’s being co-released by Flail Records and both labels have exclusive color variants available on their respective webstores. Fail Records also has copies on CD, cassette, and 8 track (and no, I’m not bullshitting about that last one).

Flail Records variants (US):
Gold & Black Hand Poured (300 copies)
Dark Purple w/ Pink Splatter (700 copies)
Clear Emerald w/ Black Smoke (??? copies)

SBAM Records variants (EU, take these pressing numbers with a grain of salt):
Tiger’s Eye (100 copies)
Agate (100 copies)
Jasper (100 copies)
Basalt (100 copies)

Just in time for its 30th birthday, the Smoking Popes 1994 classic Born to Quit is back in print! In addition to this being the first pressing in over a decade, it’s also the very first time the original, non-remastered version of this album has been released on vinyl. Very cool! You can get it on pink & white “sunburn” colored vinyl here, and Rough Trade also has an exclusive navy blue color variant limited to 200 copies. Both come in a gatefold jacket emblazoned with the original artwork.

Down By Law‘s got a new record called Crazy Days coming out on June 15th and, what’s that? This is another CD release on the Record Radar? gasp! Yeah, that’s right, this bad boy’s only available on compact disc (and digital) at the moment, but rest assured, vinyl is coming soon for you fucking hipsters (I, too, am a fucking hipster). For now, embrace the affordability and convenience of the shiny lil discs.

Fat Wreck Chords recording artist MakeWar has a new record coming out on June 28th. Check out the lead single from A Paradoxical Theory of Change down below and pre-order the album on colored vinyl (take note of Fat’s new and improved $25 price point!), black vinyl (for the same price colored vinyl was up until a week ago), and/or CD (we like those!) right here.

Joe Gittleman continues to keep busy following the collapse of the (Mighty Mighty) Bosstones. You’ve probably already heard his new project The Kilograms, but did you know he’s got a new solo album on the way? That’s right, the Bass Fiddleman’s debut solo LP Hold Up is due out June 21st on Bad Time Records. Check out the excellent first single “Plastered in the Rafters” below and get the record on Coke Bottle Green colored vinyl (ltd to 250 copies) right here.

Speaking of debut solo albums, Jen from The Bombpops‘ debut solo album East Side of Eden is out now. The full album (did I mention it’s of the debut solo variety?) is now streaming (check it out below!), and you can get it on “Desert Blue” colored vinyl here. There was another bad ass color variant, too, but dat one sold out.

Wait just a god damn second… What’s that? another solo album?! Yessir, it’s the 25th anniversary of Mr. T Experience frontman Dr. Frank Portman’s Show Business is My Life and Sounds Rad Records is doing it right with a sick ass reissue. There are two versions, the Sounds Rad exclusive 180g black wax (200 copies) and the retail variant on turquoise colored vinyl (300 copies). Both come housed in a die cut jacket designed by Chris Appelgren of Lookout! Records fame. You can “call dibs” on the 180g black vinyl here.

Here’s a non-solo album! It’s the new EP from Tampa pop-punk band Atomic Treehouse who I’d describe as MxPx meets Screeching Weasel meets Nerf Herder. Overthrow the Captain is another CD infiltrating the Record Radar; we’re really diversifying here, folks! Check that shit out below and go here to pay money for the compact disc (or perhaps the digital download).

Austin, TX pop-punks the Hoaxxers‘ debut EP is out now and our friends at Mom’s Basement Records still a few copies of the ultra limited (square!) lathe cut 7″ available on their store. You might recognize these dudes from other bands such as Breaklights, Dropped Out, Oldie Hawn, and Joe Jitsu. If that’s not ringing a bell, I’ll just say if you like 90’s pop-punk (Lookout!, Mutant Pop, etc.) you gotta check these guys out. Also, check out all the other awesome shit Mom’s Basement just threw up on their store while you’re picking up this 7″. The Yum Yums! The Smugglers! The McRackins! The Manges! Holy fuck!

Lars Frederiksen & The Bastards’ 2001 self-titled debut album has gotten a new pressing from Pirates Press Records, with 1,000 copies on “Bleach Marble” colored vinyl. I’m not entirely sure the demand exists for 1,000 copies of this, considering the 2022 repress on Red & Black Galaxy colored wax is still in print (that one was “limited” to 1,000 copies as well lul). But hey, maybe you’re going for a full set or some shit. Get it here.

The 10th Anniversary edition of A Wilhelm Scream‘s Partycrasher has gotten a 2nd pressing of 500 copies on Silver / White Swirl w/ Splatter colored vinyl. You can get your hands on this one here (US), here (EU), and here (UK).

The Goddamn Gallows‘ 2011 LP 7 Devils has been reissued as a remastered Double LP with 7 bonus live tracks on the second record. You can get it on gold vinyl (not sure how many copies were pressed but it’s almost sold out) and/or black wax right here.

We’ll end this week’s Record Radar on an interesting note, with a new split LP from Montreal ska-punk band Subb and Sainte Catherines frontman Hugo Mudie. Cat Sounds is a tribute to Kim Shattuck, with each party contributing a Muffs cover, in addition to covers of songs by each other. Could I have phrased that any more confusingly? Probably. Anyway, buy the record here. This is the first new thing Subb has released since 2010. Due out June 21st on Thousand Islands Records!

Well, that’s all, folks. Another Record Radar in the books. As always, thank you for tuning in. If there’s anything we missed (highly likely), or if you want to let everyone know about a new/upcoming vinyl release you’re excited about, leave us a comment below, or send us a message on Facebook or Instagram, and we’ll look into it. Enjoy your weekend, and don’t blow too much money on spinny discs (or do, I’m not your father). See ya next time!

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MakeWar – “A Paradoxical Theory of Change”

"A Paradoxical Theory of Change" - MakeWar

Release Date: June 28, 2024 Record Label: Fat Wreck Chords Release Type: LPBandcamp Link: Listen on Bandcamp

Pre-order your copy of MAKEWAR – A PARADOXICAL THEORY OF CHANGE now, releasing on Fat Wreck Chords on June 28th!

MakeWar Tour Dates – Tickets Available Here. (https://fatwreck.com/pages/tour-dates?filter=makewar&mc_cid=18b1c23c78&mc_eid=UNIQID)

* 26 Apr 2024 in Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb’s
* 27 Apr 2024 in New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
* 28 Jun 2024 in Ysselsteyn, Netherlands @ Jera On Air Fest
* 29 Jun 2024 in Freudenburg, Germany @ Green Hell Festival
* 30 Jun 2024 in Munster, Germany @ Drei Klang
* 2 Jul 2024 in Berlin, Germany @ Reset Club
* 3 Jul 2024 in Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang
* 5 Jul 2024 in Naaldwijk, Netherlands @ De Flaat
* 6 Jul 2024 in Enkirch, Germany @ Falling Open Air
* 8 Jul 2024 in Kingston Upon Thames, UK @ The Fighting Cocks
* 9 Jul 2024 in Stafford, UK @ Redrum
* 10 Jul 2024 in Manchester, UK @ Gullivers
* 11 Jul 2024 in London, UK @ New Cross Inn
* 12 Jul 2024 in Paris, France @ TBA
* 13 Jul 2024 in Hormersdorf, Germany @ KNRD Fest
* 14 Jul 2024 in Jena, Germany @ MVZ Wagner
* 16 Jul 2024 in Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg @ MK Bar
* 17 Jul 2024 in Stuttgart, Germany @ Goldmark´s
* 18 Jul 2024 in Lake Neuchatel, Switzerland @ Parabole Festival
* 19 Jul 2024 in Sankt Georgen im Attergau, Austria @ Fall Back Down
* 20 Jul 2024 in Munich, Germany @ Backstage (Free and Easy Fest)
* 21 Jul 2024 in Lecco, Italy @ Granozero
* 23 Jul 2024 in Barcelona, Spain @ Deskomunal
* 24 Jul 2024 in Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain @ Dabadaba
* 25 Jul 2024 in Madrid, Spain @ Wurtlizer Ballroom
* 26 Jul 2024 in Sama De Langreo, Spain @ Cerveceria La Industria
* 27 Jul 2024 in Cap Decouverte, France @ Xtremefest