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DS Exclusive: Asbury Park indie punks Yawn Mower debut new video, “Stagnant Lake”

Happy Tuesday, comrades! Another day brings us another killer video that we’re super lucky to get to premiere for you. Today’s offering comes to us from Yawn Mower, who hail from one of my favorite places in the world (at least until gentrification finally does it in)…Asbury Park, New Jersey! The video is for a […]

Happy Tuesday, comrades! Another day brings us another killer video that we’re super lucky to get to premiere for you.

Today’s offering comes to us from Yawn Mower, who hail from one of my favorite places in the world (at least until gentrification finally does it in)…Asbury Park, New Jersey! The video is for a song called “Stagnant Lake” – here’s what the band had to say about it!

“We have 3 old tube televisions in our rehearsal space that always have DVDs rolling on mute in the background. We’re all ADHD enough to need 3 other things to process in the midst of practicing. Usually have a Wes Anderson night, a Tarantino night, once in a while any trilogies on hand are going simultaneously. Movies and shows play an equal part in inspiring us as much as any music does.

This music video was our attempt to try something new visually and in the edit. We’ve mostly been lighthearted and fun in our past videos, so we wanted to overstimulate the viewer with this one. It’s a quick edit, it’s always pushing and pulling, and if we did our jobs right, a bit jarring. I made the paper mache mask, the kale can labels, etc. So it’s still very much DIY and budget-free as always, but through a different lens this time.

Most of it was shot at Prototype 237. It’s an art space with communal living inside of a warehouse in Paterson, NJ. There’s a full stage, soundboard, and lighting rig for events they host, so we’ve made it a habit to perform there whenever the opportunity arises. We believe in their mission statement and support the space 100%, so we knew it would be the perfect spot to shoot this music video. Every nook and cranny of their space is covered in beautiful chaos. You can walk in a circle for hours and spot something new every time. It was such a pleasure to walk around and select which parts of their home we would highlight in each scene. There were no wrong answers!”

“Stagnant Lake” appears on Yawn Mower’s most recent album, To Each Their Own Coat, which came out last year on Mint 400 Records. You can still pick up copies on Bandcamp and wherever else you pick up your music. And now…behold “Stagnant Lake”!


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DS Exclusive: Asbury Park’s Bristler unleash debut full length, “Cascades At Play”

Happy Friday, comrades! We’ve got another fun and exciting album debut for your glorious earholes today. It comes to us from one of my favorite places on earth – Asbury Park, New Jersey! If you’re not familiar, Bristler are an AP-based trio that are essentially the brainchild of Rudy Meier, whom you might remember from […]

Happy Friday, comrades!

We’ve got another fun and exciting album debut for your glorious earholes today. It comes to us from one of my favorite places on earth – Asbury Park, New Jersey!

If you’re not familiar, Bristler are an AP-based trio that are essentially the brainchild of Rudy Meier, whom you might remember from his days in Wetbrain. He’s now teamed up with Biff Swenson and Dana Yurcisin from Yawn Mower, and together they’ve released their debut full length, Cascades At Play. The album is out today on Mint 400 Records, and it’s a great way to kick off springtime in the Northeast if you ask us. Check it out below or wherever you get your music nowadays!

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DS Exclusive: Asbury Park’s Tide Bends unveil “Birthday,” brit-poppy new single from upcoming EP “Say Yeah”

Happy Friday, comrades! Today’s DS Exclusive premiere comes to us all the way from one of my favorite places…Asbury Park, New Jersey! We’ve brought you music from AP bands like Yawn Mower and Bristler in the recent past, and today we’ve got Tide Bends for your listening pleasure. The band features Yawn Mower/Bristler’s Rudy Meier […]

Happy Friday, comrades!

Today’s DS Exclusive premiere comes to us all the way from one of my favorite places…Asbury Park, New Jersey! We’ve brought you music from AP bands like Yawn Mower and Bristler in the recent past, and today we’ve got Tide Bends for your listening pleasure. The band features Yawn Mower/Bristler’s Rudy Meier (guitars) teaming up with David Hough (vocals/guitar), Dan Nolan (drums) and MJ Hancock (bass) for a sound that is a fresh, modern, swamps of Jersey-inspired take on classic Madchester Britpop goodness.

Tide Bends’ Say Yeah EP is due out June 21st on Mint 400 Records, and you can check their new single, “Birthday,” today! Enjoy, and pre-save the EP while you’re at it!

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DS Exclusive: Le Big Zero debut new EP, “At Arm’s Length” AND new video for lead single, “Toy”

Happy Friday, comrades! We’ve got a super fun and, I think, different sort of EP that we’re debuting for you on this very page today. It comes from Brooklyn four-piece Le Big Zero. That’s them right down there! Say “hi” gang! If you’re not familiar with Le Big Zero, they’re self-described as “Angular indie rock. […]

Happy Friday, comrades! We’ve got a super fun and, I think, different sort of EP that we’re debuting for you on this very page today. It comes from Brooklyn four-piece Le Big Zero. That’s them right down there! Say “hi” gang!

If you’re not familiar with Le Big Zero, they’re self-described as “Angular indie rock. Post-punk. Pop melodies. Off-kilter timing. Boy-girl harmonies. Dissonance.” although in hindsight, maybe all of that is redundant given that I already mentioned that they’re from Brooklyn. ANYWAY, the foursome are putting out their brand-spankin’-new EP, At Arm’s Length today via Mint 400 Records. Here’s what the band had to say about the record:

Sometimes change is inevitable.  Although our previous album was released in spring 2022, those songs were largely finished before the pandemic hit. When band life was ready to resume, we had a new drummer in Lukas and a new singer/guitarist with Katie. On top of this, we were all processing a new normal. The question became how do we evolve but keep the fabric of the band intact? The songs on At Arm’s Length were developed live in the room while continuing to learn each other’s styles, and by extension what the band now was. We workshopped what clicked and built the album around the ideas that came from those jams.  The result ended up being a bit more driving and more emotionally intense, without losing those flourishes of musicianship, syncopation, and angularity that defined the first two albums. Lyrically, it’s a bit more direct. Almost as if the frustrations that could previously be masked in abstraction were now boiling over. Something like “Heavy Handed” takes a look at how there’s no middle ground anymore, just extreme opinions while “Spin Cycle” is a more introspective exploration about the time we all lost and how to view what a year, a month, or a day means now.

At Arm’s Length is available at all of the usual digital outlets of course, so make sure you pick up your own copy…but you can also listen to it here! Also, keep scrolling to check out the video for “Toy” below!



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DS Record Radar: This Week in Punk Vinyl (Screeching Weasel, The Young Rochelles, A Wilhelm Scream & 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:

Screeching Weasel gets us started this week with the 30th Anniversary reissue of How to Make Enemies and Irritate People. The record has been remixed and remastered (just like their recent Anthem For a New Tomorrow reissue) and is available on yellow and red colored vinyl here (US) and here (EU). These Striped Music variants are about to sell out, but more colors will probably be coming soon.

German melodic punks Snackwolf have announced their debut album Lunch Breakdown, due out December 1st on 30 Kilo Fever Records. The latest single “Falling Apart” is now streaming and it’s fuckin bad ass – check it out below! If you’re in the US, you can get the record on green w/ yellow splattered colored vinyl from Punk Rock Radar. Our Bri’ish readers can get it from Cat’s Claw Records. If you’re in Germany (or elsewhere in Europe), Snackwolf’s Bandcamp is probably your best option to grab a copy of the record.

New York ramonescore trio The Young Rochelles have a brand new record out now on Sounds Rad Records. Kicked to the Curb is the band’s second LP, following their 2017 self-titled debut. Check out a few tracks below and get the record on beautiful colored vinyl here.

Austrian punk powerhouse DeeCracks are celebrating their 20th Anniversary with a 50-track 3×10” set featuring re-recordings of fan favorites and a few new songs. 20 Years: A Frantic Effort comes out next Friday on Pirates Press Records and is available on two different color variants here.

Also from Pirates Press: A new 7” from The Drowns! “Just The Way She Goes” and “1979 Trans Am” will both be appearing on the band’s upcoming album Blacked Out. But you can get them both now on this 7” (Ltd to 250 copies on green / 250 copies on gold wax) here.

SoCal power pop-punk band Odd Robot‘s new album Deathmates is out now on Wiretap Records. Featuring members of legendary Greenland pop-punk band The Maxies, this is their 3rd record! Get it on spearmint and/or crystal clear colored vinyl here.

Creator Destructor Records is reissuing A Wilhelm Scream‘s Partycrasher in honor of its 10th birthday. In addition to being remastered, this reissue limited to 500 copies features three bonus tracks and new cover art. Listen below; pre-order here.

Speaking of anniversaries, Drive Thru Records is bringing RX BanditsThe Resignation back in print for the first time in 20 years, with a 2xLP reissue on six(?) new color variants. You can get three of them on the label’s webstore; the others are exclusive to Hello Merch, Urban Outfitters (this one’s sold out) and Banquet Records.

Fall Out Boy’s debut album Take This To Your Grave also just turned 20 and is also getting an anniversary reissue. Hit up my man Bezos for the Amazon Exclusive black ice color variant. Also available on normal, non-iced black vinyl.

1979 San Francisco mayoral candidate Jello Biafra announced some records this week. Up first is a reissue of Last Scream of the Missing Neighbors, which features Mr. Biafra backed by D.O.A. Go here to get it on split yellow/black, solid yellow, or black colored vinyl (or all three variants if you’re sick in the head).

Alternative Tentacles also has a new pressing of Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine’s The Audacity of Hype up for pre-order on their webstore. This one’s back in print for the first time since 2009, with split red/blue, solid blue, and black colored wax coming in February, 2024.

The Wonder Years released a 12” acoustic EP for Record Store Day earlier this year. They pressed like 3,000 copies of that shit and considering you can still get it for like $20 on Discogs I assume there are still plenty floating around. Nonetheless, Hopeless has issued a second pressing of Burst & Decay (Live from New York), with 1,000 copies on some unnamed white-ish color variant. You can get that here.

Quebecois melodic punks Twenty2 are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their debut album Dudes of Hazzard by releasing it on vinyl for the first time ever. The album has been remastered for vinyl and our friends at Thousand Islands Records are releasing it on pink colored wax. They’ve got a bundle with the band’s new record Dismissed on their webstore so you can get both LPs for just $30!

Ska Punk International continues their run new releases with killer variants that are very limited, with a new 10” EP from Long Island’s Mega Infinity. Check out the title track from Chaos Magick below and get the record on Magick Cornetto colored vinyl here / Chaos Splatter colored vinyl here.

Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace has a new solo album on the way. Hole in My Head is due out February 16th, 2024, and there are almost as many color variants of this as the new Green Day record. Check out the lead single below and go here for links to all the places you can buy all the pretty colors.

A few weeks ago we told you about the first-ever vinyl release of Frenzal Rhomb‘s Forever Malcolm Young. Now SBÄM Records is double dipping into your wallet with this “Creation Splatter” (not sure what that means but the mock up looks sweet) color variant, limited to 100 copies and only available on their EU webstore.

And batting cleanup this week is No Use For A Name‘s More Betterness, which is once again available on colored vinyl on Fat’s webstore. It’s worth noting this isn’t a new pressing, these are just “leftover” copies from the recent NUFAN Black Box box set, so if you already have that save your money. This record will probably be getting a 25th Anniversary reissue next year regardless.

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 week!

Wanna catch up on all of our Record Radar posts? Click here and you’ll be taken to a page with all the past entries in the column. Magic!

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Dying Scene Record Store Spotlight: Clearwater Record Shop (Tampa Bay, FL)

Hello, and welcome to Record Store Spotlight; a new column here on Dying Scene dedicated to an institution almost as American as apple pie and unfettered capitalism – the record store! Today, I’ll be putting the spotlight on one of my favorite local stores, the Clearwater Record Shop. Nestled in the middle of my hometown […]

Hello, and welcome to Record Store Spotlight; a new column here on Dying Scene dedicated to an institution almost as American as apple pie and unfettered capitalism – the record store!

Today, I’ll be putting the spotlight on one of my favorite local stores, the Clearwater Record Shop. Nestled in the middle of my hometown (a city most well known for being home to the Church of Scientology’s headquarters), the Clearwater Record Shop sets itself apart from other record stores with its heavy focus on used music. Rather than relying on distributors to supply new releases, owner Casey Brown has spent years building his inventory one record collection acquisition at a time. The store which spans two interconnected warehouse spaces boasts one of the most expansive selections of used CDs I’ve ever seen. Every time I visit, I leave with a stack of jewel cases a few feet high. It’s easy to get carried away when you’re met with hundreds of bins overflowing with discs, the majority of which are just $3.75 each (or six for $20!).

Sure, it’s hard to beat the ease and convenience of shopping online. But the Clearwater Record Shop goes toe to toe with Discogs prices, and I find that most of the time, they come out ahead. Also, I’ve yet to find a more enjoyable way to kill a few hours on my day off than thumbing through thousands of records and CDs, searching for worthy additions to my collection. It’s a visceral experience that can’t be matched by browsing an online marketplace. Finding a record like The Clash’s Combat Rock for $15, and not having to wait an eternity for USPS to deliver it is icing on the cake. My only complaint about this store is that the selection is literally overwhelming. If you’re on a budget, you might have to get a little picky as your stack grows taller.

In the cooler months (yes, we sometimes have those here in Florida), the Clearwater Record Shop acts as a host to monthly swap meets. Local record collectors and vendors are invited to set up tables in the parking lot to sell their wares. These events serve as a great meeting place for the community, and are a highlight of winter and spring for me. The first time we attended, I grabbed a few LPs, including the BuzzcocksA Different Kind of Tension ($10) and Billy Joel’s Songs in the Attic ($5), along with a bunch of dollar bin CDs by the likes of the Ramones, Ozzy, and Megadeth.

It’s always a fun time shopping at this store. Casey is very personable and has created something really special here. The store has a unique, inviting old school atmosphere. The selection is great, and the prices are fair. Your dollar goes a lot further here than it does at most record stores.

If you ever find yourself in the Tampa Bay area, I highly recommend stopping by the Clearwater Record Shop. With two air conditioned warehouses packed to the rafters with nothing but music, music, and even more music, you’re bound to stumble upon something that suits your fancy. Or, if you lack self control like me, you’ll probably leave with a mountain of stuff that suits your fancy.

For more info, check out the store’s website, and follow them on Instagram.

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Mint 400 Records

Bands:  Bristler, Le Big Zero, SWiiMS, Tide Bends, Yawn Mower

Jersey Beat article about the founding of Mint 400 Records http://www.jerseybeat.com/mint400.html

Hi, my name is Neil Sabatino and I started this record label out of my apartment back in 2007. I had been in bands for many years and dealt with all sizes and kinds of record labels. I started the label at first because my own band needed a label to release all of our material under. At the time Fairmont (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairmont_(band)) needed a home for their catalog.

My philosphy on records is that good songwriters make good records and little else matters. I didn’t want to make my label revolve around anything but music and I wanted to provide a way for the artists I signed to record as much as possible and basically say screw all of the other bullshit that has become the music industry. This label is about music. Through keeping overhead costs and recoupable expenses down we are able to make a ton of records with a ton of bands. We pursue radio promotion, digital distribution, sync licensing, light pr and more.      

Mint 400 has grown since 2007 from a label that was my band Fairmont and my cousins band Theodore Grimm, to become a label that houses a roster of close to 150 artists and over 600 releases including our instrumental and jazz sub-label Raining Music. With each artist we try to become for them whatever they need us to be. Whether they need a record produced, engineered, mixed and mastered, album artwork, digital distro, light PR, a website, or tour help. We try to do it all. Mint 400 is record label that is built for creative bands concerned with putting out many records for years to come and really honing their craft.

The name Mint 400?
I had started sending my bands material out to various people, like venues whenever we were booking a tour or something and I just came up with a fake label name that I thought sounded somewhat professional and was kind of vague. I got the name from the Hunter S. Thompson book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The Mint 400 is a motorcycle race that he is supposed to be covering. At the time I just liked the ring of the name and also had the logo in mind.

SWiiMS – “Into The Blue Night”

"Into The Blue Night" - SWiiMS

Release Date: November 10, 2023 Record Label: Mint 400 Records Release Type: LP

Written and recorded over the last year, the album’s twelve songs reflect a range of personal themes that the band have experienced first hand. Navigating fear of death, loss of faith in humanity throughout lockdowns, collective grief, resilience in relationships and falling in love are some of the topics the band digs into. Describing the album, guitarist/vocalist Colin Thompson says: “‘Into The Blue Night’ feels like an emergence from a long tunnel into the light beyond. New but at the same time, familiar. It’s a natural progression from our first EP, taking the elements of our sound and amplifying them.” They enlisted the help of Toronto based producer/engineer, Josh Korody, who helped amplify and elevate their sound to greater heights.