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updated: February 3rd, 2012


DOOMSDAY 2012:
ruins
DOOMSDAY STUDENT
A JUMPER'S HANDBOOK
MANUFACTURED ON DEMAND CD


ruins
CHROME JACKSON
CHROME FOREST
MOD CD / LP / ULTIMATE EDITION


ruins
RUINS ALONE
LP / MOD CD / ULTIMATE EDITION

SKiN GRAFT number 100


- ALSO AVAILABLE NOW -
satan pre gay
SATANIZED
LP/ MOD CD
PRE
THIRD ALBUM
KOENJIHYAKKEI
LIVE DVD
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KOREKYOJINN
MOD CD
CAMP SKiN GRAFT
MOD CD
RUINS
MOD CD
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GAY BEAST
LP / MOD CD
ARAB ON RADAR
VINYL LP
AIDS WOLF
LP / CD

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IN THE NEWS:


n DOOMSDAY STUDENT
vv - "A Jumper's Handbook" MOD CD and Tour of California

vv - Ex-Arab On Radar, Chinese Stars, Athletic Automaton
n CHROME JACKSON
vv - "Chrome Forest" MOD CD / LP / Ultimate Edition
vv - Ex-AOR, AA, Current Doomsday Student
n RUINS ALONE
vv - Select US Dates this April & May!
vv - Debut LP / CD / ULTIMATE EDITION
n PRE
vv - Keex shares video of the band receiving Third Album
vv - 7" VINYL LP / MOD CD / ULTIMATE EDITION
n SHORTY
vv - Vintage Live Pics & Al Johnson in VICE Magazine
vv - SHORTY / U.S. MAPLE CD & clear vinyl 7" VINYL Bundle
n
QUINTRON
vv - Quintronics' Singing House of NOLA
vv - New Demonstration Video
n XADDAX
vv - Upcoming debut LP tItled

vv - Summer European Tour in the works



Happy New Year!

- This is SKiN GRAFT's Ace Reporter,
“Jazzy” Joe Romita coming' at you with the 2012's opening salvo of Newscast Bombast - a staggering summary of the frankly phenomenal feats fathered at the famed fount of flabbergast... the forever favored, far-from faddish, far-flung frontiersmen of the fashionable Fort SKiN GRAFT!!!! Yes, your lauded loud speaker has returned from the dead to take up your cyberspace and there's plenty of his wit and wisdom to go 'round, so plant those posteriors post-haste and let's kick off by spilling the beans on SKiN GRAFT's first two releases of Twenty-Twelve in all their glossy, non-lossy, 16bit/44.1khz glory!

doomsday

doomITEM!: Call off the optometrist - you persnickety pessimist - your eye's did not deceive you - - - !!!

Towering atop this update, your precious pair of peepers did indeed spy a duo of dy-no-mite discs due to disengage from the Den Of Dazzle that are indubitably destined to daze, delight and dumbfound diggers of dissonance & discord wherever they dwell! That's right; it’s a double-header of headache inducing headtrips rooted in the f'ing family tree of SKiN GRAFT's arse-kicking alumni - ARAB ON RADAR!

Ladies and Germs - Give it up for DOOMSDAY STUDENT and CHROME JACKSON!

DOOMSDAY STUDENT's bio reads as follows:

You know who these men are. They have been other men.

Who they were before does not matter. What matters most is who they are now. These men, with two menacing guitars, violent drums, and wild words will fill that void in you. They will build bunkers out of your bones. They will make weapons out of your teeth. They will drink your tears and feed on your meat.


All of this will be outlined, annotated and acted upon in "A Jumper's Handbook", the debut album by DOOMSDAY STUDENT. DOOMSDAY STUDENT teams three quarters of Arab On Radar with three quarters Chinese Stars, a pinch of Athletic Automaton and a dash Chrome Jackson for decidedly devastating results.

DOOMSDAY STUDENT are:

Eric Paul - vocals
Stephen Mattos - guitar
Paul Vieira - guitar
Craig Kureck - drums

SKiN GRAFT has partnered with our associates at Anchorbrain International to manufacture DOOMSDAY STUDENT's annihilative audio asservation utilizing the latest MOD-CD technology to provide the premium playback you've come to expect from SKiN GRAFT’s high fidelity physical formats. The disc comes complete with handsome artwork designed by Scarygirl comic creator Nathan Jurevicius and a lyric booklet penned by vocalist-cum-poet Eric Paul.

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TRACK LISTING:
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1. Ape in Love
2. The Unborn Chant
3. Bleeding Pioneers
4. Slap That Loudmouth
5. A New Bearded Monster
6. Dime Store Horsey
7. Her Hairy Graveyard
8. World Without Teeth

Preview MP3: Ape In Love

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To hasten along your inevitable doomsday, we've uploaded a free MP3 of the track "Ape In Love" for your instant gratification at our ever-affable AUDIO page. Once your ears are sold, you’ll find “A Jumper’s Handbook” up for orders in the SKiN GRAFT Records PAYPAL SHOP. Upon arrival to your humble, haunted abode, place your DOOMSDAY STUDENT disc in your CD drive, sit way back, and let that 780 nm wavelength semiconductor laser beam blast the bottom to let the end times roll!

A Jumper's Handbook” is now available for ordering in the Skin Graft Shop HERE. To set you ears bleeding post-haste, we've uloaded a free MP3 of "Ape In Love" for instant gratification at our AUDIO page. Visit the SKiN GRAFT Records PAYPAL SHOP and prepare to part with those pennies to score a hard copy delivered direct to your part of the world!

DOOMSDAY STUDENT
CALIFORNIA TOUR
with RETOX and SECRET FUN CLUB:

Feb. 16th: San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Feb. 17th: Long Beach, CA @ Alex's Bar (Free show)
Feb. 18th: Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell
Feb. 19th: San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
Feb. 20th: Oakland, CA. @ Lobot Gallery
Feb. 21st: Palm Springs, CA @ The Dillon Roadhouse


cj

chrome_lpITEM!: It was a sad day when ATHLETIC AUTOMATON went on hiatus. Surely by now, you've gushed over the guzzling guitar greatness of Stephen Mattos and pogo-ed about to punishing percussive poundcake of Patrick Crump on their long-player "A Journey Through Roman's Empire". Perhaps you even relished the rich, raw, rabble rousing rumble reeled out on that dynamic double-headed disc AIDS WOLF VS. ATHLETIC AUTOMATON. But over the last few years, Athletic Automaton has been silent. As had been previously reported, medical issue prevented Pat from further pursuits…

Enter CHROME JACKSON.


Chrome Jackson is a steely-gray, hard metal of lustrous sound-scrapes and bruises.

Poked, plucked and prodded to a perennial high polish, Chrome Jackson's debut album “Chrome Forest” drags listeners knuckle-first through a corrosive wilderness of winding vascular tissues, interwoven to form a hard psyche.

Filled with innovative guitar wrangling and atonal six-string scrambling, ”Chrome Forest's” towering electro-plated frondescence has given way to reveal a dense, chromium-infused understory of infinite realms - a web of overgrown tangles and knots, spaghetti strung in service to a photosynthetic ecosystem out of control.

The roots run deep.

Chrome Forest has been cultivated by Stephen Mattos, formerly of ARAB ON RADAR and ATHLETIC AUTOMATON. In addition to CHROME JACKSON, he is presently a member of DOOMSDAY STUDENT.

Following a split 7” with DIAGRAM A and scattered, shadowy live performances, CHROME JACKSON is bringing the hammer down with a full length debut courtesy of 5nakefork and SKiN GRAFT Records. The SKiN GRAFT manufactured on demand CD includes two bonus tracks, unavailable on the vinyl edition, for a sweltering fifty minute marathon of massive mutated metal. For the hardcore enthusiast, the SKiN GRAFT Records shop is offering the immaculate "Chrome Forest" Ultimate Edition, which includes the complete MOD CD, a 5nakefork-instigated clear vinyl 12” LP, deluxe double-sided screen-printed jackets, duo-tone screen-printed inserts and a digital download card.

An MP3 sample of the title track has been uploaded to the AUDIO page and
“Chrome Forest” is now available in the Skin Graft Shop HERE. A limited quantity of CHROME JACKSON's debut split 7” with DIAGRAM A has also been secured and added to the Skin Graft shop, so act now or forever hold your piece.

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TRACK LISTING:
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1) Glass Fight
2) Nail Storm (CD only track)
3) Shit Show
4) Sickle
5) Chrome Forest
6) Roly Poly (CD only track)
7) The Foam People Meet The Chrome People

Preview MP3: Chrome Forest

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doomITEM!:
Since the release of RUINS Alone's debut LP, not a day has gone by without a caboodle of queries wondering when Yoshida Tatsuya will land on US shores for another tour of duty. And while our hearing is pretty well shot, never let it be said that the mighty Skin Graft turns a deaf ear to the cries of our loyal listenership!

We are pleased to announce that RUINS Alone will be performing LIVE in select cities this Spring! In an effort to help you map out any potential road trips, the tentative dates and cities are as follows:

April 29th: Brooklyn
April 30th: Philadelphia
May 2nd: Chicago
May 3rd: Seattle
May 4th: San Francisco
May5th: Los Angeles


Watch our TOURS PAGE for updates as they become available.

Ghettoblaster Magazine
recently wrapped up an interview with Yoshida about all thing RUINS Alone, KOREKYOJINN and KOENJIHYAKKEI for their winter issue. An excerpt has been reproduced HERE and hairpieces off to Peter Gannushkin for snapping the photo of Yoshida that graces this month’s news item.

The debut album from RUINS Alone, SKiN GRAFT's 100th release is now available on CD and LP as well as in a special RUINS Alone ULTIMATE EDITION available exclusively through the SKiN GRAFT website - which includes the the 20 song album on both a Compact Disc and a Colored Vinyl 12" LP – and comes correct with the "Notturuno" single as three bonus CD / Download Tracks.


RUINS ALONE
CATALOG # GR100: LP / CD / Ultimate Edition LP & CD Set
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LINE UP:
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Yoshida Tatsuya: Alone
o Produced at
Magaibutsu Studios

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TRACK LISTING:
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1) JEMVLESQAPP
2) LAIPTHCIG
3) IXZELGRIVER
4) STONEHENGE
5) BAXCEMGILASZ
6) HYDEROMASTGRONINGEM
7) EQUESSPALDHO
8) SANCTUARY
9) GLASCHZENCK
10) PALLASCHTOM
11) AHFTSIVESPH
12) DAGDAD
13) VILLANZYATS
14) GRUBANDGO
15) LOCKSSOMBLEZ
16) SCHVOSTESS
17) NEFESTORXISS
18) CAMBODIA
19) OBTHECKLOMTZ
20) DHASKRIVE

BONUS TRACKS:
21) NOTTURUNO
22) PROGROCK
23) HARDROCK


Free MP3 sample #1: GLASCHZENCK
Free MP3 sample #2: STONEHENGE
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PRE Third Album

doomITEM!: Stop the presses! PRE's vim and vivacious vocalist Exceedingly Good Keex emailed the News Desk with a link to the video above and a letter to our royal readership! Keex writes:

Kev, John and Robin visited my house last night. I had a good catch up with them - - - they've been busy with Male Bonding (see Sub Pop Records) and I only just managed to give them the PRE "Third Album" 7" and CD last night! You can check out my blog and the video. We had really fun times!!

Check out Keex's Blog HERE.


And for the uninformed, here’s the skinny on “Third Album”: London’s PRE are renowned the world over for their concise, sugar high approach to song-writing, and for "T
hird Album" laid down with "Hope Freaks" producer extraordinaire Steve Albini for the first ever 7" vinyl "LP" in history. In addition to these five new songs, the band has assembled eight additional studio tracks for a special extended edition CD.

Also available exclusively through the Skin Graft Records shop, the PRE "Third Album" Ultimate Edition includes the 7" EP packaged in heavy cardboard sleeve with full color wraparound artwork, additional collage artwork and the complete MOD CD with the 8 bonus tracks.

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TRACK LISTING:
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1) Yr Fun Is Fun
2) Dweller
3) Cold
4) White Castle
5) Love, Peace and Hair Grease

Additional Tracks (CD & Ultimate Edition Only):

6) Dead Pony
7) Treasure Trail
8) Swollen
9) Duncan's Banus
10) Silver Skull
11) Goof
12) Coughing
13) Big Dique

Free MP3 sample: Dweller
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ITEM!:
Read ‘Em and Weep Dept - Jazzy would like to report that he has heard a rough mix of YOWIE’s long-awaited follow up to the Cryptooology album, - - - and perhaps for the first time - - - your mirthful manic-music mouthpiece has been rendered speechless.

Ho-ly Sh!t
....
Watch this space.

shorty

doomITEM!:Vienna's famed photographer Manfred Rahs, recently contacted the BALLPEEN BULLETINS in answer to SKiN GRAFT's call for more vintage pics of the seminal Dekalb-slash-Chicago soundsmiths SHORTY. Manfred has been working on a new book compiling his colossal cameratics, and pulled out four shots from his archive to help beef-up skingraftrecords.com’s feeble photogallery, which was seriously short on SHORTY pics.

Manfred's photos have been uploaded for posterity and can now be viewed, by both hunchback and hottie alike, HERE.

Even though U.S. MAPLE has been on an extended holiday, SHORTY’s vocalist Al Johnson has been continuing to hone his chops with the written word. His latest expose “The Factory Whore” just went public courtesy of VICE Magazine and you can read all about it HERE

We’re extending our SKiN GRAFT shop special which bundles together SHORTY’s last hurrah - the “Fresh Breath” CD - with U.S. MAPLE's first huzzah - the “Stuck” clear vinyl 7" record. Get ‘em both for the price of a song HERE.


U.S. MAPLE "Stuck" and SHORTY "Fresh Breath"
Clear Vinyl 7" & CD Set
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LINE UP:
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Al Johnson: singer
Mark Shippy: guitar

in U.S. MAPLE:

Pat Samson: drums
Todd Rittmann: guitar

in SHORTY:
Luke Frampton: bass
Todd Lamparelli: drums

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TRACK LISTING:
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U.S. MAPLE
1) Stuck
2) When A Man Says Ow (original recording)

SHORTY
3) I Prefer "Nitwit"
4) Fresh Breath
5) Tomato Kisser
6) Kaput
7) Really Pointy


Free MP3 sample: SHORTY "Tomato Kisser"
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QUINTRON's SINGING HOUSE of NOLA

doom ITEM!: After years of Research and Development, QUINTRONICS, the deep-science division of Mr. Quintron's ever-oscillating operations in the 9th Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana has unveiled another awe-inspiring contraption - The SINGING HOUSE. Q's transformed his own home into an analog "drone synth" - outfitting the premises with a variety of sensors sensitive to raindrops, the wind, the sun, moon, and even lightning storms.

QUINTRON has put together a video demonstrating how drops of rain transform into electronic pops, the Winds generate chords and a full fledged storm can becomes an orchestra of ambient noise. "No two days sound alike.” Check it out above.

QUINTRONICS’ initial Public Offering, the Drum Buddy
, was accompanied by a demonstration record which provided early adopters of Quintron’s light-activated oscillating drum machine a handy how to when performing in the comfort of your own home or before live audiences. We have limited quantities of the CD available in the Skin Graft shop – No $999.99 Drum Buddy purchase required!. To get your order in, go HERE.

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Deep breath - ! Good.

We’ve nearly reached the end of this latest edition of the Ballpeen Bulletins, but Jazzy can’t take leave without plugging two tidbits that SKiN GRAFT CEO Mark Fischer mentioned in the previous update:

1) Always keeping abreast of the latest trends in the music industry, SKiN GRAFT is getting with the 90’s by now offering digital downloads for sale in partnership with amazon.com You can see the Digital Download Shop page HERE.

2) In case you missed out, Mark put together a holiday-themed comic in honor of SKiN GRAFT’s 100th release. “MEGOMANICAL”, stars two recurring SKiN GRAFT cartoon characters, Santa Claus and the Incredible Hulk. You can read it at the SKiN GRAFT COMIX page HERE


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Okay – let’s wrap this up with one last, forward reaching -

ITEM!:
Heads are still spinning over Jazzy’s revelation a few updates back, when he announced that DAZZLING KILLMEN’s famed frontman Nick Sakes has made a return to active SKiN GRAFT duty. Nick’s new act has been dubbed XADDAX and he is joined in his massive magnum opus by Chrissy Rossettie, formerly of the neo-no-wave act MY NAME IS RAR RAR where she played alongside telepathic ex-FLYING LUTTENBACHER Chuck Falzone.

The recording of XADDAX’s album is now complete and the art is in the midst of being finalized for a timely springing this spring! With those pesky details out of the way, we can now reveal the title and complete track listing for the first time anywhere!:

XADDAX "Counterclockwork" LP / MOD CD

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TRACK LISTING:
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1) Lives On Nerve
2) Sick Sneak
3) X Train
4) Busted Circuits
5) Falls Off The Bone
6) The High Hat
7) Dropping Knives Down The Well
8) Rickety Surveillance
9) Hit Cancel
10) Stark Terms


Fans of Nicks’ former SKIN GRAFT acts will find a lot to latch on to, as XADDAX grinds the gears back to scary, offbeat sounds of those glory days, while winding the watch way-forward into times yet untraveled.

Set your clocks to May 8th, when XADDAX's SKiN GRAFT Records debut “Counterclockwork” gets sprung!

- And Europe, there is a rumor going around that XADDAX may be heading your way in July to tour in support of “Counterclockwork”. Now, you didn’t hear it from me, but those interested in bringing XADDAX into their neck of the Old World should contact Jakub at SEEK HARBOR lickety-split!

Excel-sore!

"JAZZY" JOE ROMITA



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