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updated: January 14th, 2014

TWO NEW RELEASES OUT NOW!:
sax ruins
SAX RUINS
"Blimmguass"
LP / CD / ULTIMATE EDITION


gr60
STRANGULATED BEATOFFS
"The Beatoffs" (White Album)
LP / MOD CD / ULTIMATE EDITION


ALSO OUT NOW:
gr110 xx xx
STRANGULATED BEATOFFS CD
U.S. MAPLE
DIECUT METAL LP
U.S. MAPLE
NON DIECUT LP
xx xx xx
U.S. MAPLE
CD / LP
SKiN GRAFT LOGO
2-SIDED T-SHIRT
ARAB ON RADAR
LP / MOD CD
xx xx xx
ATHLETIC AUTOMATON LP / MOD CD
YOWIE
LP / MOD CD
LOVELY LITTLE GIRLS LP / MOD CD
gr105 J xx
CHROME JACKSON
LP / MOD CD
DOOMSDAY STUDENT
LP / MOD CD
XADDAX
LP / MOD CD
pre gay gr100
PRE
EP / MOD CD
KOENJIHYAKKEI
LIVE DVD
RUINS ALONE
LP / CD

All titles available for ORDER at
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gr113&112

Hi Everybody -

This is Mark
writing. Hope your New Year is off to a great start!
Things are good here - we have two new releases out now!

SAX RUINS "Blimmguass"
and
STRANGULATED BEATOFFS "The Beatoffs" (aka the White Album)

Both are available on LP and CD, as well as a "mailorder only" ULTIMATE EDITION, which includes a colored vinyl LP bundled with the compact disc. As an extra bonus and to take advantage of the longer playing time, the SAX RUINS standalone CD (and the CD packaged with the Ultimate Edition) includes an additional 4 track "Improvisation EP" pressed on to the disc, while The BEATOFFS "White Album" includes some additional medley snippets not listed on the official track listing.

You can place orders HERE and you can read all about them below!:

sax
SAX RUINS "Blimmguass"
LP / CD / ULTIMATE EDITION

112   -------------------------------
LINE UP:
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Tatsuya Yoshida:
drums, percussion
Ryoko Ono: alto, baritone & soprano sax, flute

Recorded in Koenji & Nagoya between December 2012 and August 2013

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ONE-SHEET
   

Though he's renowned for his roles in Acid Mother's Temple and Zeni Geva and for leading the bands Koenjhyakkei and Koekyojinn, Tatsuya Yoshida always comes back to RUINS. Since 1985, Ruins has been Yoshida's primary musical outlet – always minimalist in instrumentation, but maximalist in compositional complexity. Ruins' first two decades were defined by it's drum / bass line-up, with Yoshida remaining as the band's constant, while RUINS' bass duties would change hands four times. The last, Sasashi Hisaki, departed in 2004.

Since then, Ruins has evolved into a one-man show, with Yoshida doing what at first seemed impossible, playing it all himself - as documented on SKiN GRAFT's 100th release “RUINS Alone”.

gr100Beginning in 2006, Yoshida would occasionally fill the vacant second slot not with a bassist, but with alto saxophonist Ono Ryoko. Ono has become one of Japan's most in demand studio musicians, performing jazz, rock, funk, rhythm & blues and hip hop, as well as leading her own band, "Ryorchestra."

Like Yoshida, she has created her a musical language all her own, using a "non-breath" circulation technique and multi-phonics to pursue endless, rich and complex sounds in a progressive and classical tradition.

In 2009, Mike Patton's Ipecac label issued SAX RUINS' debut recording “Yawiquo”, which found Tatsuya and Ono reinterpreting many of Ruins classics with brass in place of bass.

Their new album “Blimmguass” is highlighted by an all-new composition commissioned by New York's brass band Asphalt Orchestra which premiered at the Lincoln Center in April of 2012. Where the SAX RUINS' first outing focused on short pieces, “Blimmguass” expands it's reach to lengthier, meticulously orchestrated compositions, including RUINS classics like “Vrresto” and Bighead”, as well as improvised pieces which reflect the Sax Ruins Live experience.

SAX RUINS transforms Yoshida's compositions from heavy, nimble prog to dense, hyper-kinetic big band jazz, not entirely unlike Sonny Rollins sitting in with Magma and Carl Stalling on the Warner Bros. lot or Borbetomagus calculating a perfectly timed collision with Naked City.

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CLIFF NOTES:
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o Recommended if you like: Naked City, Fantomas, Slayer, Casrl Stalling, King Crimson, High On Fire, Magma, Asphalt Orchestra, Henry Cow, John Zorn, Koenjihyakkei, Sonny Rollins, Yes, Borbetomagus, Massacre, Lightning Bolt

o Debut Sax RUINS CD was released on Mike Patton's Ipecac label in 2009

o Includes “Improvisation 1-4” EP - four bonus tracks - included on the CD and as a free download in the LP

o Yoshida Tatsuya has a tremendous following as the leader of RUINS, KOENJIHYAKKEI and KOREKOJINN, and a player in renowned bands Acid Mothers Temple and Zeni Geva.

o Features an all-new composition commissioned by New York's Asphalt Orchestra which was premiered at the Lincoln Center in April of 2012

o Sax Ruins tour worldwide


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PRESS QUOTES:
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o
"How do you describe Sax Ruins? Late-60s chase-scene music run through a blender? The soundtrack to an Hieronymus Bosch painting? Elevator music in a David Lynch dream sequence? A Jazz Holiday, if Benny Goodman had been raised on No Wave? Japanese avant-garde composer Tatsuya Yoshida packs more signature changes into a two-minute song than most artists can fit on an entire record. In saxaphonist Ono Ryoko he's found a performer capable of matching him turn-for-maniacal-turn, complementing his rapid-fire percussion with a chorus of screeches, wails and melodies from a variety of brass instruments. This is a mind-bogglingly complex work of pure musicianship, that is for all its impenetrability, surprisingly fun." - Tiny Mix Tapes

o
"What's most immediately apparent is how naturally the faithful transposition of these tunes from bass to sax changes them from heavy prog into mutated big-band jazz. These songs seem instantly at home in a jazz context, as if Yoshida was secretly channelling Mingus all along. Within this aesthetic, their wild transitions, melodic oddities and restless nature seem more natural, less coldly calculated to disorient – even if that is their ultimate effect. But if this is a jazz band, it's one from your most feverish dreams. This is gobsmacking stuff." - The Quietus

o
"Ryoko's sax is rich with echoes of free-jazz masters Ornette Coleman and John Zorn - lots of intensely passionate links borne of bebop, highly focused high-register wails, and artfully-placed squeals and shrieks. Meanwhile, the harmonious, darting unison passages (massed, overdubbed saxophones) evoke Frank Zappa's jazziest instrumental works (think Hot Rats and The Grand Wazoo). Tightly arranged, droll-sounding horns borne upon furious, rapid-fire cadences that recall the Minutemen at their peak - but for the unconventionally minded, it's exhilarating. Clever and irreverent, sidestepping the stuffy, this-is-serious-stuff mindset that plagues some avant-garde music." - East Bay Express

o
"Punk is theoretically about nonconformity and freedom, so it’s curious that much of it follows a common musical formula; there’s nothing nonconformist about playing three chords loud and fast while barking in monotone. On the other hand, much jazz is played with such independence and freedom, it’s curious that most of it inspires nothing more than head-bobbing and finger-snapping, instead of, say, a mosh pit. Enter Sax Ruins" - The Onion / A.V. Club

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TRACK LISTING:
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1) Vrresto
2) Refusal Fossil
3) Quopern
4) Blimmguass
5) Lariko Shodel
6) Warrido
7) Del Fanci Kant
8) Bighead
9) Zwimbarrac Khafzavrapp

BONUS TRACKS
(included on the CD / Ultimate Edition & as a free download in the LP):

10) improvisation 1
11) improvisation 2
12) Improvisation 3
13) improvisation 4


Preview MP3: Refusal Fossil
Mail Orders: SKiN GRAFT Records PAYPAL SHOP


beatoffs
STRANGULATED BEATOFFS "The Beatoffs"

(aka the White Album)
LP / CD / ULTIMATE EDITION


112   -------------------------------
LINE UP:
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Stan Seitrich:
guitar, vocals, drums
Fritz Noble: guitar, vocals,
------------------drums, bass, moog

Additional Musicians:
Jim Broyles: bass on Don’t Let Me Down
Wings Schwarz: additional vocals

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ONE-SHEET
   

gr113In honor of the band's 25th anniversary, SKiN GRAFT unearths "The Beatoffs White Album”, the lost debut LP from Strangulated Beatoffs.

"Today, I don’t think people can accurately understand the cultural void that was the suburban Midwest in the early 1980s. No internet. No email. No cell phones. No social networking. Shit, there wasn’t even cable in 1983." - Joe / Last Days Of Man On Earth

In 1984, Fritz Noble was performing in “White Suburban Youth” the faster, snottier act that would later evolve into Ultraman, St. Louis most commercially viable punk-rock band. Meanwhile guitarist Stan Seitrich and cohorts formed Drunks With Guns in opposition to the fast-louder-faster punk mantra and slowed the whole works down to a crawl, driving three chords into a primal relentless pound, years before the Melvins, Mudhoney and Sub Pop took the sound to the bank.

gr110Drunks With Guns imploded in 1987 and Seitrich teamed with Noble to form Strangulated Beatoffs, picking up where Drunks left off, but going even further out. The Beatoffs would drive the riff to its logical extreme starting with their debut 7” single “Shake Your Dick”, ultimately reducing their music even further on the “Days of Our Lives” LP (newly re-relesed by SKiN GRAFT Records), and then refining their sound by devolving into a series of loops as on their breakthrough “self-titled” album also known as “Beating Off All Over The World”.

But “Days Of Our Lives” was not the Strangulated Beatoffs true first LP. In 1988, the Beatoffs embarked on recording their debut LP, consisting entirely of Beatles covers. Tapes of the session were lost and Chopper Records, the label responsible for releasing the Drunks With Guns LP, was able to salvage four of the songs which appeared as the band's second 7”, “The Beatoffs”.

Now, a quarter century after it was recorded, Strangulated Beatoffs debut long-player has surfaced, bathed in tape-hiss, beer and tongue-in-cheek misanthropy. While some songs would be at home on Sub Pop a few years later, others anticipate the sound Drag City became renowned for in the 90's. Beatles standards like “You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)" fit shockingly well into the Beatoffs' oeuvre, while songs like “Norwegian Wood”, “Ticket To Ride” and “Don't Let Me Down” take on new layers of meaning under the Beatoffs watch - and their cover of George Harrisions' “Savoy Truffle” sounds like a lost Drunks With Guns track with a tanging snare, vitriolic vocals and Seitrich's head-crushing sludge guitar.

Recorded 1989 in St. Louis, Missouri and mastered by Mark Richardson in 2013.
All Songs written by J. Lennon and P. McCartney, except Savoy Truffle by G. Harrison.

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CLIFF NOTES:
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o Recommended if you like: The Beatles, Drunks With Guns, Mudhoney, Palace, Shit and Shine, Cows, Current 93, Smog, Melvins, Plastic Ono Band, Brainbombs, Throbbing Gristle, Sebadoh, Sightings, Whitehouse

o Strangulated Beatoffs "lost" debut LP recently discovered - released a quarter of a century after it was recorded

o Includes Stan Seitrich and Jim Broyles of the original Drunks With Guns

o All songs originally performed by the Beatles and licensed from the rightsholders specifically for this release

o Recorded 1989 and mastered in 2013. All Songs written by J. Lennon & P. McCartney, except Savoy Truffle by G. Harrison

o Strangulated Beatoffs are true originals.

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PRESS QUOTES:
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o Here are a pair of musicians, Stan Seitrich and Fritz Noble, who have made a career out of living at home with their mothers, smoking pot, and playing hockey, while getting together at odd intervals to play around with guitars, samples and percussion loops. - Last FM

o Tom Smith writes: "From an early draft of a review of 1998’s brilliant "Strangulated Beatoffs": Dignity is the enemy. At least of the "rock" part of rock (and "rock" for this humble truth serum guzzler encompasses every extant sonic particle -- from Anthony Braxton’s time-compressed home recordings of the turbid fizz of a terrarium lamp to those dusty Menudo posters you’ve lodged between your Air and Gomez albums). And you can just tell that Stan Seitrich and his worm-riddled compatriots in Strangulated Beatoffs bid a not-too-weepy adieu to dignity a long, long time ago. They’re braver than you, you see." - Blastitude

o Not many bands manage to perform live once in ten years, and then entertain their audience with a video tape of dancing monkeys for two thirds of the show, and retain their fanbase. Yet, this and other similar stunts seem to have the adverse effect in Strangulated Beatoffs’ case. - Last Sigh

o Strangulated Beatoffs "s/t" aka "Beating Off All Over The World" - Best Albums of the '90's / Listology

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TRACK LISTING:
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1) I Am The Walrus
2) Norwegian Wood
3) Ticket To Ride
4) Rocky Raccoon
5) Don't Let Me Down
6) I'm So Tired
7) Savoy Truffle
8) You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)
9) Dear Prudence
10) Happiness Is A Warm Gun / Her Majesty...


Preview MP3: Savoy Truffle
Mail Orders: SKiN GRAFT Records PAYPAL SHOP


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MORE NEW NEWS:


updated: November 25th, 2013

NEW PAGE NOW OPEN:fb

Hi Everybody -

This is Mark
writing.
SKiN GRAFT's next two releases have just gone up for pre-orders:

SAX RUINS "Blimmguass"
and
STRANGULATED BEATOFFS "The Beatoffs" (aka the White Album)

Both will be available on LP and CD, as well as in an ULTIMATE EDITION, which includes a colored vinyl LP bundled with the compact disc. As an extra bonus and to take advantage of the longer playing time of the compact disc, the SAX RUINS standalone CD (and the CD packaged with the Ultimate Edition) will include an additional 4 track "Improvisation EP" pressed on to the disc.

SAX RUINS "Blimmguass" and STRANGULATED BEATOFFS "The Beatoffs" (aka the White Album) will be available in stores on January 14th, 2014, but we expect to have a limited number of copies in hand before the holidays - - - - and rather than sit on them til next year, we'll will be offering them exclusively to SKiN GRAFT mailorder customers.

You can place your orders HERE and for a short time, you can combine your pre-order with items from the Secret Satan Sale (Ends Soon! See details on that below. / NOTE: The sale is now over, but there are plenty of great deals to be had in the standard shop). Orders will ship complete when the new releases arrive.

Thanks and hope you have a super batch of holidays!

- Mark


MORE NEW NEWS:


updated: November 4th, 2013

SKiN GRAFT's SECRET SATAN SALE!
record


gr60
STRANGULATED BEATOFFS
"Days Of Our Lives" MOD CD
( SKiN GRAFT Edition )


All titles available for ORDER at
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Hi Everybody -

This is Mark
writing for our perenially absent news reporter Jazzy Joe Romita. It's been a while since our last report, so here's a quick update!

ITEM!
:
The leading news this time around is SKiN GRAFT's SECRET SATAN SALE. Jazzy Joe kindly provided us with some verbiage we could use for just such an occasion, so lets let him blabber on for just a bit...

WAREHOUSE FIND:
pre
PRE
"Epic FIts" Ltd. Metal Box CD

sale NOTE: The sale is now over, but there are plenty of great deals to be had in the standard shop!

Tough Times Made Soft Dept.
Not long after your monolithic musicologist last posted to these pages, a torrent of hopeful, heart-churning emails came pouring in from a fudgeload of far-out music enthusiasts who will stop at nothing to get an On-Line Sale that will enable them to glom onto even more glamorous Graft goodies in order to further embolden their hard-won audio archives.

Now there is no denying that Skin Graft's regular prices already constitute an entertainment value unmatched anywhere, anyhow - but the SKiN GRAFT Department of Public Welfare has taken pity on the plight of our penny-pinched partisans and uploaded
SKiN GRAFT's SECRET SATAN SALE - packed to the brim with deals aplenty designed to delight those who like their music served in a solid state - on a shiny digital disc and a hard vinyl platter.

MP3s?
Sure, those ethereal audio files are wicked convenient when nesting on your computer's hard drive,
i-pod or ps vita, but the
SECRET SATAN SALE is a celebration of that "packaged goods" goodness, the kind that eats up valuable shelf space and comes complete with artwork you can hold in your cold hard hands.

Yes friends,
NOW is the time to let loose those dimes you've squirreled away for the summer and toss them into the SKiN GRAFT Fount of Fabulousness. Never before have we offered so much for so little investment - and the returns will last a lifetime.

We have a created a special page (apart from the standard SKiN GRAFT Shop) listing all of the Sale items.
To see the deals, go to the SKiN GRAFT Shop and click the
HOT SATAN Record player in the upper left hand corner.

Please note that you CAN mix and match sale items with regularly priced items in the shop.

All titles available for ORDER at
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ACHTUNG!:
SALE prices are only visible by clicking the
BANNER on the SKIN GRAFT PAYPAL SHOP Front Page.


EDITOR's NOTE: The sale is now over, but there are plenty of great deals to be had in the standard shop!

beatoffs



gr110ITEM!: 2013 marks the 25th anniversary of STRANGULATED BEATOFFS and we're celebrating the occasion with two special releases. First, is a limited re-issue of Strangulated Beatoffs "Days Of Our Lives" CD under the SKiN GRAFT Records imprint!:

"Before Daft Punk, before the Orb - there was Strangulated Beatoffs. Most devastating record of the 90's. A+"

STRANGULATED BEATOFFS are:
Stan Seitrich: vocals, guitar
Fritz Noble: moog, vcr


Unclassifiable droning, repetitive, post hardcore dance-trance-sludge from Fritz Noble and Stan Seitrich of the equally notorious Drunks With Guns. Find out for yourself why Strangulated Beatoffs are fielding calls from REM's booking agents.

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S
KiN GRAFT EDITION TRACK LISTING:
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1) Earth To Satan
2) Satans Pool Party
3) Good Things Come In Small Packages
4) Bewitched
5) Bothered
6) Bewildered
7) It Isn't Fair For You To Taunt Me
8) Pied Piper Of Hamelin
9) One Life To Live

Preview MP3: Satan
s Pool Party
Mail Orders: SKiN GRAFT Records PAYPAL SHOP


We have a limited quantity of the SKiN GRAFT edition available to ship now and the previous import edition is currently on sale. To order either edition, go to the SECRET SATAN SALE Page by clicking over to the SKiN GRAFT Shop and clicking the HOT SATAN Record player in the upper left hand corner.


U.S. MAPLE Long Hair LP Comparison from SKiN GRAFT Records

ITEM!: In case you haven't swung by these parts recently, U.S. MAPLE's "Long Hair In Three Stages" LP/CD is back in stock and to help differentiate between the many editions, I've put together a video that compares and contrasts the original metal sleeved pressing of U.S. Maple's debut LP "Long Hair In Three Stages" with the 2013 pressings, including the standard jacketed edition and both 2013 metal sleeved variants. You can check it out by clicking on the video up top.

ITEM!: Let's end it here with some RUINS European tour dates and a preview of what's coming next!



gr112 SAX RUINS
"BLIMMGUASS"
LP / CD
/ ULTIMATE EDITION
gr113 STRANGULATED BEATOFFS
"The Beatoffs" (White Album)
LP / MOD CD / ULTIMATE EDITION

Both will be up for pre-orders before the month is up!
And here dates for

S A X R U I N S - v s .
R U I N S a l o n e - v s .
O N O R Y O K O +
U Z J S M E D O M A
europe tour

01 Nov. 2013 | CREIL (fr) @ La Grange A Musique | 19:00 • 8/6 €
02 Nov. TOURS (fr) @ Le Rexy | 20:00 • 4/6 €
03 Nov. PARIS (fr) @ Petit Bain | 18:00 • 7 €
04 Nov. CHERBOURG (fr) @ Little Big Place | 19:30 • Donation
05 Nov. BREST (fr) @ Cabaret Vauban | 20:00 • 8 €
06 Nov. MONTAIGU (fr) @ Zinor | 20:00 • 6 €
08 Nov. ANGOULÊME (fr) @ La Nef | 20:30 • 7/10/12 €
09 Nov. LYON (fr) @ Sonic | 21:00 • 7 €
10.Nov. FAENZA (it) @ Clandestino | 21:00 • free
13 Nov. LJUBLJANA (si) @ Menza Pri Koritu | 21:00 • 7/10 €
15 Nov. ROMA (it) @ Sinister Noise | 20:00 • 10 €
16 Nov. VICENZA (it) @ Centro Stabile Di Cultura | 20:00 • 10/12 €
17 Nov. TARZO (it) @ CantinaCenci | 20:30 • 8/10 €
20 Nov. PRAHA (cz) @ Rock Café
{Festival “Alternativa”} | 19:30 • 150 czk
24 Nov. TAMPERE (fi) @ Klubi | 19:00 • 13/15 €
25.Nov. STOCKHOLM (se) @ Bryggarsalen | 18:30
26 Nov. BRUSSELS (be) @ Magasin 4 | 19:00 • 8 €
27 Nov. ROUBAIX (fr) @ {Festival “Liaisons Musicales”} | 19:00 • Free
28 Nov. AMSTERDAM (nl) @ OCCII | 20:30 • 8 €
29.Nov. HAMBURG (de) @ Stubnitz | 21:00 • 10 € *
1/24/25 without UZ JSME DOMA


Thanks,

Mark Fischer


MORE NEW NEWS:


updated: August 9th, 2013

gr33
U.S. MAPLE
"Long Hair In Three Stages" LP/CD
DIECUT & Non-DIECUT Metal Sleeve LP

gr60
ARAB ON RADAR
"Soak The Saddle" MOD CD / Colored Vinyl LP

shirt
SKiN GRAFT LOGO
"Double-Sided Homecoming" T-SHIRT

homecoming
SKiN GRAFT

"Homecoming" Poster

stick ruins button
SKiN GRAFT
VINYL STICKER
RUINS
PRINT
SKiN GRAFT
BUTTON

- ALSO OUT NOW -

GR111CD
ATHLETIC AUTOMATON
"5 Days In Africa: Extended" MOD CD


llg yowie
LOVELY LITTLE GIRLS
LP / MOD CD / ULTIMATE EDITION
YOWIE
LP / MOD CD / ULTIMATE EDITION

All titles available for ORDER at
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Hi Everybody -

This is Mark
writing from Vienna. I've been back from my trip to the USA for a while now. The "Homecoming Show" at Schlafly's Tap Room was lots and lots of fun. You can read about our preparations it in the previous updates and I wish I had time to write up an extensive recap, but for now I'll share some photos:

al
Decent A
L JOHNSON takes the stage

llg
LOVELY LITTLE GIRLS put the scare on

xaddax
A pre-show XADDAX are all smiles

yowie
St. Louis' hometown heroes Y
OWIE take-off

merch
SKiN GRAFT Merch
Table manned by
"Now Wave" Dave Sr
. and "Give-Em Hell" Shell

More have been poste
d at the roaming SKiN GRAFT Facebook ID, you can check 'em out by being our friend HERE.

Some videos from the Homecoming show are starting to pop up.
Here are two of them courtesy of Colleen O'Neil:
dot
YOWIE Live at the SKiN GRAFT Homecoming (43:21)
dot
LOVELY LITTLE GIRLS Live at the SKiN GRAFT Homecoming (37:40)

And here are a few notable pieces of press on the show:
dot Riverfront Times pre-show interview with Al Johnson
dot
Eleven Magazine's SKiN GRAFT Homecoming Preview
dot St. Louis Magazine interviews Xaddax
dot Riverfront Times interview with Mark Fischer
dot Al Johnson post-show follow up in Riverfront Times

And when in St. Louis, be sure to visit the fine folks at Schlafly Tap Room. We can't thank Brett and his crew enough!

xad
ITEM!
: XADDAX made the news in NYC when Chrissy dislocated her shoulder. -------------She's going to be okay.

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SKiN GRAFT's Summer 2013 Releases...

Our big summer new releases out - We wrote about Athletic Automaton's debut album "5 Days In Africa: Extended" just a few updates back and the U.S. Maple "Long Hair In Three Stages" LP/CD, Arab On Radar "Soak The Saddle" LP/ CD plus SKiN GRAFT Branded merchandise - including T-Shirts, Stickers, Buttons and a commemorative Homecoming Show Poster Print are all available to order at the SKiN GRAFT shop, but here's just a few words to whet your appetite...


U.S. MAPLE "The State Is Bad"
from the album "Long Hair In Three Stages"
Directed & Edited by Andrew Dryer / courtesy of Hardeye Films

usmUS MAPLE "Long Hair In Three Stages" LP Aluminum Sleeve 2013
Below: Circular Die Cut Variant Expanded View
usm

ITEM!: "Long Hair In Three Stages" is the debut
album from Chicago's U.S. Maple.
The one that “Rocks”...

Some history: U.S
. Maple's beginnings strike in Chicago, early 1995. Al Johnson and Mark Shippy (formerly of Shorty) and Todd Rittmann and Pat Samson (fresh out of The Mercury Players) meet at the corner of Grand and Western Avenues to devise a working method to reorganize rock and roll, while keeping what the members feel are its key core elements. Practice ensues. Shows are performed and initially, audiences are polarized throughout America. Europe is more understanding.

“Long Hair In Three Stages”
was recorded in 1995 by Jim O'Rourke at Solid Sound Studios in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. This was Jim's first legitimate recording session with a rock band, and he had a cold. Today, O'Rourke is an esteemed and highly sought after producer. The recording was originally released on both CD and vinyl formats, the latter packaged in handmade aluminum jackets. This edition of 1000 LPs sold out during its first week of release. Today it is a rare, collector's item, fetching ridiculous prices (currently $2,469.99 on Amazon).
Now it's time to bring the price back down to earth for those who missed out the first time around.

In addition to the standard LP and CD, an all new limited run of aluminum sleeved LPs are available for a limited time exclusively through SKiN GRAFT Records. Details can be found in the previous News Desk updates.

Here is an excerpt from the April 20th, 2013 announcement, where we broke the news:

For this reissue, it was important to offer an affordable LP since prices have been high for so long, but it also seemed like a great opportunity to revisit the sheet metal shop where the original sleeves were fabricated 18 years ago.

die
Die Cut Edition
 
usm
Non Die Cut Edition

Collectors, no worries. These will be different and immediately discernable from the the original run. All LPs will include the vinyl only bonus track "Found A Place To Have My Kittens" (remastered for this release) and include a standard "printed" jacket. The metal sleeved editions will also include a metallic pantone printed lyric card tucked away inside. Unlike the original run of sleeves which were crimped and folded on the right side, these will be crimped at the bottom. Each will be hand polished differently -- will have the band name embossed into the metal on the front and will have an individual control number embossed on the back.

No two will be alike.

We are also offering a variant with a circular die cut in the front that allows a hint of the printed jacket to show through. Samples of each edition are pictured here.

These will be made to order and the qty will be determined by the orders we receive. So - if we get 36 orders for die cut aluminum sleeves and 105 for the non-die cut, then we'll see that they get made. The die cut and non-die cut sleeves will be numbered sequentially as individual editions (ie: there will be a #010 die cut and a #010 non die cut sleeve) and the edition number will be hand embossed onto the back metal flap.

These are being made to order a limited time. Each is hand crafted, so please allow up to 3 weeks for your LP to ship out.

U.S. MAPLE are:
Pat Samson: drums
Mark Shippy: guitar
Todd Rittmann: guitar
Al Johnson: singer


ralph
SKiN GRAFT's Chief Sleeve Fabricator: Ralph Fischer

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CLIFF NOTES:
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o The standard 12” vinyl reissue comes newly packaged in a standard 12” LP jacket - - and Includes the bonus track “Found A Place To Have My Kittens”.

o The original edition of 1000 LPs sold out during its first week of release. - - Today it is a rare, collector's item fetching ridiculous prices (currently $2,469.99 on Amazon). T
his new pressing of Long Hair In Three Stages is being offered on CD and in three vinyl editions: a standard LP and two metal-sleeved variants.

o The CD edition comes packaged with lyrics and artwork printed entirely with metallic ink. Produced by Jim O'Rourke (Sonic Youth, Brise-Glace, Yona-Kit).

o U.S. Maple's Todd Rittmann has remastered the LP only bonus track for this release, performs in the band Dead Rider and recently produced the new Lovely Little Girls LP for Skin Graft Records.

o “Long Hair In Three Stages" is currently ranked #85 on Alternative Press' “90 Greatest Albums of the '90s” list.

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PRESS QUOTES:
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o "This release reaffirms an ideal: that there's still more to be done with electric guitars... Far from creating some sort of derivative referential collage, it's as if U.S. Maple were a huge sponge, and "Long Hair In Three Stages” was the sound of it being wrung out." - Alternative Press (Album of the Month / Lead Review)

o "U.S. Maple, live at the Metro (January 21, 1995) Along with sets by Brise- Glace, Duotron and Mount Shasta - The show by which all others will be measured." - Bruce Adams (Kranky Records)

o
"You guys are fucked, man." - Chad Trompitz (Cleveland, Ohio)

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TRACK LISTING:
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1) Hey King
2) Letter To ZZ Top
3) Home-Made-Stuff
4) Magic Job
5) The State Is Bad
6) Aplomado
7) You Know What... Will Get You You Know Where
8) When A Man Says Ow
9) Northwad
10) Lady To Bing

Vinyl Only Bonus Track:
11) Found A Place To Have My Kitten

Preview MP3: Letter To ZZ Top
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RAB ON RADAR at Chicago's Fireside Bowl
circa "Soak The Saddle"
/ Photo by Marci Rogal

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ITEM! And due to the overwhelming demand, in-stock once again are MOD CDs and Vinyl LPs of "Soak The Saddle" - the SKiN GRAFT debut from the band that put Providence, Rhode Island on the map for all the right reasons...

Powerful and cathartic, ARAB ON RADAR were a unique and unprecedented brand of psycho-neurological terrorism.

The strain introduced on "Soak The Saddle" is the most dangerous: free-er, alive and unrooted, any semblance to daddy's Rock n' Roll is long gone. Arab On Radar generate more energy and more hysteria than any band you've ever heard. Listeners have been known to have SEIZURES, HEART ATTACKS and HEIGHTENED STATES OF SEXUAL AROUSAL upon repeated listens. "Soak The Saddle" is where it all came together – proceed with caution.

This is no joke. This band will infect you.

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CLIFF NOTES:
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o Arab On Radar's original line up disbanded in 2002 and reformed in 2010 for select live dates.

o Includes members of Made In Mexico, Athletic Automaton, Chrome Jackson and The Chinese Stars. Currently 3/4ths of the band are carrying on as Doomsday Student.

o New CD issue Manufactured on demand. Limited quantities available on colored vinyl with metallic ink screen printed silk-screened sleeves..

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PRESS QUOTES:
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o With 1999's "Rough Day At The Orifice", Arab On Radar seemed incapable of sinking any lower (
that's a compliment). But as "Soak The Saddle" proves, that isn't the case. "Produced" in near defiance of fidelity by the Flying Luttenbachers' Weasel Walter, Soak The Saddle is AOR's crowning achievement: 19 minutes of trebly, cum soaked horror that captures all of claustrophobia and wanton violence of the band's live set. - Magnet

o While many of today's rockers preach the tired "music is my only release" rhetoric, the men of Arab On Radar would rather feed you your teeth than say it. - Alternative Press

o Arab On Radar should be the most popular band in the world. - Arab On Radar will never be the most popular band in the world. - Slender

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TRACK LISTING:
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1) Number Five
2) Number Seven
3) Number One
4) Number Two
5) Number Eight
6) Number Six
7) Number Four
8) Number Nine
9) Number Three

Preview MP3: Number Three
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ITEM! And we got yer merch right here...!

t-shirt

The official SKiN GRAFT Logo T-Shirt
with
commemorative SKiN GRAFT Homecoming Show
artwork on the back / sizes: S / M / L / XL / XXL / XXXL

Double-Sided, to insure that you'll look good coming and going! Sports the classic SKiN GRAFT Records Logo (featuring that irascible lil' devil Hot Satan) on the front. And bringing up the rear, Hot joins his buddy Serious Brown
, flanked by Yowie, Xaddax, Lovely Little Girls and U.S. Maple's Decent Al Johnson. Pro-printing on a stylish 100% cotton black shirt.

homecoming

SKiN GRAFT St. Louis H
OMECOMING Poster Print

Full color poster print on heavy-duty 65 # paper. Drawn by SKiN GRAFT's Mark Fischer. Print measures 11" wide by 17" high.
Mailed in a tube and guaranteed to be free of coffee stains.

Also in-stock: SKiN GRAFT Logo Vinyl Stickers and Buttons.
All available to order at the SKiN GRAFT Records PAYPAL SHOP.


Okay - so that gets us caught up for now. We're already looking ahead and we've got a pair of very interesting releases that we're hoping to get out of the oven before the year is up. Tatsuya Yoshida has just finished an epic new RUINS composition that he has recorded with Ono Ryoko - (!) - and in what may be hailed as the first great discovery of the 21st century, the long-lost 1989 debut LP from STRANGULATED BEATOFFS - the complete "White Album" - has been excavated - and we're not going to keep it all to ourselves!

Watch this page for details!

Bye,

Mark Fischer



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