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updated: August 7th, 2020

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TERMS
"Asbestos Mouth" MOD Digipack CD / Digital
(out October 2nd)


STRANGULATED BEATOFFS
"Porky The Pig and Bess"
Double Single and Comic (Remastered)

SIDES 5-6: PALACE CONTRIBUTION / ZENI GEVA
"Big Balls" / "Let There Be Rock" Single & Comic (Remastered)

( NOW up for ORDERS at BANDCAMP )

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NOTE: Due to COVID-19, we are currently unable to ship merchandise to addresses outside of the USA. Digital orders worldwide and LP/CD orders within the States continue as usual through our Bandcamp Shop. We'll keep you posted as things develop. For LPs/CDs shipped throughout Europe at a great price, give Mandai Distribution a look.


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TERMS
"Asbestos Mouth"
MOD Digipack CD / Digital

( Pre-ORDER NOW at BANDCAMP )
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TERMS
PDF One-Sheet
cat #: GR142CD / Digital

Set your minds to ‘boggled’…
”Hoarder of Operations” plays out like a crazed vision of rock being torn apart and reassembled into a new, furiously chaotic and unrelentingly discordant beast... It’s notable too, how uninterruptedly enrapturing, these tracks are: even at their loosest and most deconstructed, they retain a passive, virile momentum, and there are points that begin to feel almost psychedelic, where Trull’s repetitive, mystically atonal guitar lines mesh with the frenzied, syncopated grooving of Piechocki’s drum work.”
- FECKING BAHAMAS

On their debut album “Asbestos Mouth” the band TERMS give equal weight to tightly composed precision and spontaneous discovery, weaving together bold new worlds where crunchy dissonant riffs and pulverant, skewed melodies collide and consort with syncopated thunderstorms of percussion.Having served in acts such as Grand Ulena, Jitters and Yowie, TERMS is much more than just the sum of its parts... It is an ever-evolving an aggregate of incalculable expression. 

“Danny Piechocki is ridiculous at drums." - GNARLAXX

“Guitarist Christopher Trull possesses the rare trifecta of unparallelled technique, endless creativity and excellent taste. He respects the instrument without succumbing to its pitfalls and pushes its sonic capabilities without the aid of effects." - RIVERFRONT TIMES

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TRACK LISTING:
01. Your Cutting Strokes Start To Heave
02. Our Asbestos Mouths
03. Rat Milk
04. He Hid His Lies In The Bags Under His Eyes
05. Botanist Tongue
06. Hoarder Of Operations (album version)
07. The Cinematographer's Silver Band
08. Termite Skyscrapers
09. Long Dead Fog
10. If I Become Sour...

LINE-UP:

Danny Piechocki: Drums
Christopher Trull: Guitar and Bass

All pieces composed, performed, recorded, and mixed by Terms.
Mastered by Todd Rittmann

Painting by Michael Trull
Layout by Mark Fischer

"Asbestos Mouth" will be released digitally and as a limited editon MOD CD in Digipack packaging on October 2nd, 2020. Due to Covid-19 making touring impossible, no vinyl LP is scheduled at this time.

Check out "Your Cutting Strokes Start To Heave"
- and order at the SKiN GRAFT Records Bandcamp page.


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STRANGULATED BEATOFFS
"Porky The Pig and Bess"
Double Single and Comic

(Newly Remastered Digital Release)

  • Digital remaster available now exclusively at Bandcamp. 
  • This 2020 digital release has been remastered by Weasel Walter. Includes a digital download of the remastered single and an instantly downloadable PDF of the comic book sleeve, including Bonus Features. Please note, that you must download the files to receive the PDF comic book.

Out of print for over two decades, the second SKiN GRAFT Records release - the STRANGULATED BEATOFFS four song double single is now available digitally for the first time - remastered by Weasel Walter! Includes a densely illustrated 22-page PDF comic book that reproduces the original double 7" and comic book set packaging.

ORIGINAL DESCRIPTION: 
Four unclassifiable droning, repetitive slabs of post hardcore sludge from Stan Seitrich (Ex- Drunks With Guns) and Fritz Noble with special guest Mike Deleon (Drunks, Fruitcake). Limited to 1,000 copies. One record on Red vinyl, the other on black. Full color covers with a screen printed plastic overlay, rump roast sticker on the 7" sleeve and mini card promoting an upcoming Rob Syers mini comic. 

FUN FACT(S):
Strangulated Beatoffs were SKiN GRAFT's initial choice to appear on the flipside of the first SKiN GRAFT Records release, a split 7" with Dazzling Killmen. The band recorded "Lollipop Girl" for the single, but it remains unreleased, as do a handful of comic pages drawn by Rob Syers to tie into the song.

Originally a different track was recorded as the (Theme From) Fart Inhaler, but the band recorded an entirely new song at the 11th hour. This new version of "Fart Inhaler" would later also appear in an extended version on Behemoth Record's "Greatest Hits" collection and was retitled "It's A Vile Vile Vile World." When the Sin Raft bootleg of this double 7" was released (see below), the title was switched to "Vile Vile Vile World" as well.

gr25Though now out of print, these songs were re-released (with radically different artwork) as "INXS: the Sin Raft Bootleg", catalog number SiN#02. It is now also out of print. 

LINE UP: 
Stan Seitrich: vocals, guitar 
Fritz Noble: moog, guitar 

GUEST: 

Mike Deleon: bass

Produced by Strangulated Beatoffs
Digital reissue mastered by Weasel Walter
Cover art by Mark Fischer 
Back Cover art by Rob Syers and Mark Fischer 

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COMIC BOOK: 
"History of The Beatoffs" by Jim Utz
"Beatoff Comix" by Mark Fischer
"Our Boys Buy Beer" by Rob Syers
"The Exorcist Three" by Paul Nitsche

BONUS FEATURES:

Reproduction of the bookmark for the Slug Boy and Crab Boy comic
Reproduction of Rump Roast sticker

NOTE: All interior comics were printed in two colors.


GR28-7
SIDES 5-6
PALACE CONTRIBUTION / ZENI GEVA
Single and Comic Book Set

(Newly Remastered Digital Release)
  • Digital remaster available now exclusively at Bandcamp. 
  • This 2020 digital edition has been remastered by Todd Rittmann. Includes a digital download of the remastered single and an instantly downloadable PDF of the comic book sleeve, including Bonus Features. You must download the files to receive the PDF comic book.

gr25NOTE: SIDES 5-6 - pairing Zeni Geva and Will Oldham aka Bonnie Prince Billy aka Palace ____ was originally released in 1997. A copy of the original one-sheet is included as a bonus feature in the PDF booklet. Here is the original solicitation…  

ORIGINAL DESCRIPTION: 
Whatta pair, huh?!  

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PALACE BROTHERS - "Big Balls" 

Will Oldham - vocals, guitar 
with Guests 

Recorded in 1996
Mastered by John Golden 
Remastered by Todd Rittmann 

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ZENI GEVA - "Let There Be Rock" 
Kazuyuki K. Null - guitar, vocals, ultrasonik 
Tabata Mara - guitars 
Eito - drums, metals 

Produced by Steve Albini 
Remastered by Todd Rittmann   

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COMIC BOOK: 
Issue Two: SKiN GRAFT Stupid-Er: The Now Wave 
Written and Drawn by Mark Fischer 

BONUS FEATURES: 
Reproduction of Wrap-around cover art 
Reproduction of original one-sheet 

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Gasoline Boost by Rene Herbst 

A SKiN GRAFT Records / Gasoline Boost production


ITEM(!): Hot on the heels of the new TERMS video comes this one from CHILD ABUSE - the title track off their new LP "Imaginary Enemy"...(!)

CHILD ABUSE "Imaginary Enemy"
Video by Nandor Nevai

ITEM 2.0(!): Thanks to covid-19 putting the kibosh on their tours this year - this Friday, both Psychic Graveyard and Child Abuse will be shipping out orders from their unused tour stock!!! 

Step up and stock up at:
https://skingraftrecords.bandcamp.com

And - - - : The Dark Slide Skate Shop has started shipping pre-orders of the SIDES 1-4 "Joybuzzer" and "Black Lives Matter" T-Shirts! Here is your SG Hunk Of The Month - Brian Wnukowski of Big'n - modeling the brand new Tees!

He writes: "Great quality. Super soft. Ink is great. Super opaque!"



Details on how to order yours are in the previous updates - or just click HERE.

Thanks again!

Mark



MORE NEW NEWS:


updated: July 17th, 2020

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Hi Everyone,

This is Mark writing. Way back in the day, STRANGULATED BEATOFFS were the second band to agree to release a record on SKiN GRAFT - and I've been fortunate that they have stuck around ever since. Their influence around here is really hard to overstate.

I'm writing today because Fritz (aka Freddy Beatoff) could use a hand right now. So, this weekend from Friday July 17th on through to Sunday July 19th, the profits from any STRANGULATED BEATOFFS downloads, LPs, or CDs purchased from SKiN GRAFT Records Bandcamp site will go toward Fritz’s medical bills.

Fritz writes:

"Hi again - The story is I just had cancer surgery on a saliva gland. Seems like they got it all, but it kinda hit my finances along with payday loan scum who've garnished my paycheck. Long story short, I could use a bit of help for rent/medical bills. I know this bastard virus has hamstrung a lot, but any help would be appreciated and would go to rent/bills and not prada sunglasses."

You can pick up your Strangulated Beatoffs stuff here: https://skingraftrecords.bandcamp.com

Fritz has also set up a Go Fund Me here:
https://gf.me/u/ygvi72

For more info on STRANGULATED BEATOFFS, here is an article Tiny Mix Tapes ran alongside the release of The Beatoffs "White album" release...

- and check out this old thread over at Terminal Boredom. You'll find lots of great info there. Finally, I'm excited to announce that we will have more Strangulated Beatoffs news to share in the future, so please stick around!

Thanks!

Mark, Fritz and Stan
July 17th, 2020


MORE NEW NEWS:

updated: July 10th, 2020

OUT NOW!
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TIJUANA HERCULES
"Evening Dressings"
MOD Digipack CD / Digital
( NOW at BANDCAMP and Retail )

NOW AVAILABLE AT RETAIL...
- and NEW MUSIC VIDEO OUT NOW!
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TERMS
"Hoarder of Operations" EP 
MOD Digipack CD / Digital
( NOW at BANDCAMP and Retail)


Hi Everyone,

This is Mark writing. About two months ago we announced new releases from Tijuana Hercules and Terms. At that time, Tijuana Hercules' new Seven-songer "Evening Dressings" went up for pre-orders and over those last two months we teased and previewed a few songs - all in the lead up to today's release date!


Meanwhile, the Terms "Hoarder of Operations" CDEP and digital download has been available exclusively Bandcamp all of this time, but today, it is being releasing WIDE - and can be found on itunes, spotify and record stores around the world!

To celebrate, Terms has a created a new video for the title track...

TERMS "Hoarder of Operations"
Video by Danny Piechocki / co-starring Christopher Trull

You can read more about all of our new releases (including our remastered single and comic book sets) below - and then pick them up over at our Bandcamp page.

Both Terms and Tijuana Hercules have even more music in the works.
We'll have more to share soon!

- Mark

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TIJUANA HERCULES
"Evening Dressings"
MOD Digipack CD / Digital
( OUT NOW )

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TIJUANA HERCULES
PDF One-Sheet
cat #: GR141CD / Digital

Hailing from the southern regions of the U.S., John Vernon Forbes has a long and storied history of making music, cartoons, and comical mischief. His illustrations recall the golden-age of animation filtered through an absurdist lens - and this love of days gone by is rendered 
with a futurist's ear in the blues-tinged music he's been creating for decades. 

In Atlanta, Forbes played in Phantom 309 (with Mac McNeilly, future drummer of The Jesus Lizard) and Dirt, before settling in Chicago where he formed Mount Shasta, one of the founding SKiN GRAFT Records acts. Mount Shasta went on to release three albums and a collaborative LP with Japan's Space Streakings before disbanding. 

Forbes then formed Tijuana Hercules, initially taking inspiration from obscure rock, blues, and gospel songs from the '50s and '60s. The band later gamma-radiated those threads into something altogether different in the labs of Forbes's own Frogg Mountain Recording Studio, located squarely within Chicago’s historic meat-packing district. 

Tijuana Hercules's latest releases are a pair of collections that highlight the band's diversity: Bloodshot Records' “Six Pack to Go” 7” singles compilation (alongside Deer Tick, Elizabeth Cook, Kelly Hogan, and Guided By Voices' Robert Pollard) and SKiN GRAFT's "Chicago VS New York" compilation (featuring The Flying Luttenbachers, Bobby Conn, Cheer-Accident and Child Abuse).  

Their new seven song Mini-LP "Evening Dressings" finds the band deep-diving into an oxygen-depriving bouillabaisse of boundary-busting blues, spaghetti-strung grooves, and tangled psychedelic roots music.

“This band has proven itself to be one tough piece of meat.” 
- John Vernon Forbes
as quoted in New City

TRACK LISTING:
01. Let's Make Out Own Action
02. Hands Down
03. Solid
04. Then After That
05. Going To St. Petersburgh
06. Getting A Lift
07. Gas Pumpwoman

LINE-UP:

John Vernon Forbes: Vocals, 12 String Guitar, etc
Joe Patt: Drums, Percussion
Doug Abram: Saxaphone, synth
Mike Young: Junk Percussion
Arman Mabry: Bass

Recorded at Frogg Mountain Recording Syudio by John Vernon Forbes
Mastered by Matt Engstrom

Artwork by John Vernon Forbes

Check out "Hands Down"
- and order at the SKiN GRAFT Records Bandcamp page


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TERMS
PDF One-Sheet
cat #: GR139CD / Digital

TERMS, a socially-distanced band, deals in dissonance. Arriving by way of Tampa Bay, Florida and St. Louis, Missouri - TERMS is Danny Piechocki and Christopher Trull - and "Hoarder of Operations" is their SKiN GRAFT Records' debut.

Having served in acts such as Grand Ulena, Jitters and Yowie, TERMS bring a wealth of experience and a hearty dash of the unexpected to the operating table. The title track "Hoarder Of Operations" offers a taste of sounds to come - an altogether different version of the song is being readied to appear on a forthcoming full-length. This EP rendition features an alternate mix and an entirely different drum performance. 

"Heal My Borings" and "Who Will Save The World From Art?" are newly updated mixes of songs the band previously self-released. Both feature new drum performances - and all three tracks were mastered specifically for this EP by Todd Rittmann (Dead Rider, U.S. Maple) in Chicago.


TRACK LISTING:
01. Hoarder of Operations
02. Heal My Borings
03. Who Will Save The World From Art?

LINE-UP:

Danny Piechocki: Drums
Christopher Trull: Guitar and Bass

All pieces composed, performed, recorded, and mixed by Terms.
Mastered by Todd Rittmann

Painting by Michael Trull
Layout by Mark Fischer

Check out "Hoarder of Operations"
- and order at the SKiN GRAFT Records Bandcamp page.

MORE NEW NEWS:



updated: July 3rd, 2020

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GR28-7
SIDES 11-14
YOWIE / COLOSSAMITE / PRE / MULE
Double Single and Comic Book Set

(Newly Remastered Digital Release)
  • Digital remaster available now exclusively at Bandcamp. 
  • Physical Quantities are limited. This 2020 digital edition has been remastered by Todd Rittmann and John Dieterich. The 2x7" vinyl release includes two colored vinyl records, a printed comic book sleeve, a digital download of the single and two instantly downloadable PDFs of the comic book sleeve: a "standard" version and a "widescreen" version. You must download the files to receive the PDF comic book.

NOTE: SIDES 11-14 was originally released in a limited, vinyl-only run in 2008. Here is the solicitation as it originally appeared…… 

ORIGINAL DESCRIPTION: 
SIDES 11-14 is the latest in SKiN GRAFT Records’ irregularly published series of tribute record and comic book sets published in conjunction with Gasoline Boost Records. This deluxe double 7“ single and comic book set includes... 

gr25YOWIE "Dunderdruck" 

The newly reformed YOWIE turn AC/DC’s „Thunderstruck” sideways to take the listener on a technically impeccable, hyper-alien-math-rock sugar high - played with pythagorean-plucked guitars and stop on a dime drums. 

LINE UP: 
Jeremiah Wonsewitz - guitar
Jms B.H. Esq. - guitar
Defenstrator - drums

Recorded at Gorks

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COLOSSAMITE "Anti-Christ Devil Child“
The members of Gorge Trio (including John and Ed of Deerhoof) plus Nick Sakes (vocalist of Dazzling Killmen) unite one final time for a maddening metal medley of AC/DC’s greatest hits. 

LINE UP: 
John Dieterich - guitar
Chad Popple - drums
Ed Rodriguez - guitar
Nick Sakes - guitar, vocals

Recorded by Dave Gardner at AmRep Studios

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PRE "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap“

London’s No Wave naughties apply their merry-go-round grind to the certified classic “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”.

LINE UP: 
Exceedingly Good Keex - sing
J. Art Webb - guitar, sing
Kevin Hendrix - bass, sing
Matthew P. Warburton - bass, sing
Richard P. Bennett - drums

Recorded in School Uniforms

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MULE "Have A Drink On Me“
Vaulted for 10 years and previously unreleased, here is the final recording from this legendary Touch and Go / Quarterstick Recording artist, featuring the restrained redneck blues of PW Long on vocals and guitar.

LINE UP: 
Keb Munro - bass
Jason Kourkounis - drums
Willie Conway - guitar solo
P.W. Long - guitar, vox

Recorded by Steve Albini

SIDES 1-4 is the fourth in a series of records inspired by AC/DC and issued in conjunction with Gasoline Boost Records. As a bonus, SIDES 11-14 comes complete with a comic book sleeve featuring SKiN GRAFT Comix fan favorites like Serious Brown, Hot Satan and the Karate Chimp!  

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COMIC BOOK: 
Episode One: The Mittens Are Off
Episode Two: Astonishing Romance
Episode Three: Unidentified Fucked Object

Written and Drawn between 1999 and 2008
Chicago / St. Louis / Vienna
by Mark Fischer

Remastered 2020 "Widescreen" Comic by Mark

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Digital 2020 reissue mastered by Todd Rittmann and John Dieterich
Gasoline Boost by Rene Herbst

A SKiN GRAFT Records / Gasoline Boost production


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MAMA TICK
"Horsedoctor" b/w "I'm Okat With Me"
Single and Comic Book Set
(Newly Remastered Digital Release)

  • Digital remaster available now exclusively at Bandcamp. 
  • Physical Quantities are Limited. This 2020 digital release has been remastered by Jason McEntire at Sawhorse studios. The comic book sleeve has also been updated for the new PDF edition. Please note, that you must download the files to receive the PDF comic book.

ORIGINAL DESCRIPTION: 
Grinding, angry heavy rock from Chicago's beat-up beatsters. Screeching dual vocals, mammoth guitar and booming bass set the stage for demolition! Recorded at Idful studios by Brad Wood. Last heard at Amphetamine Reptile Records! 

FUN FACT(S): That guy introducing the band on the intro of The Flying Luttenbachers "Gods Of Chaos" is none other than Adam of Mama Tick! Prior to the release of this single, Mama Tick released a picture disk on Amphetamine Reptile's Research And Development series. The band would go on to release a few more singles and a self-released LP before breaking up. Start your digging, collectors!

LINE UP: 
Ben Keller: guitar, vocals 
Adam Laats: vocals, bass 
Chad Moore: drums 

Produced by Brad Wood at Idful studios 
2020 remaster by Jason McEntire at Sawhorse studios

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COMIC BOOK: 
"Love Story" by Jeff Bentle 
"Plaything of the Year" by Ben Keller 
"Mama, I Can't Stop This Tick" by Mark Fischer 
"Page" by Rich Bott 
"Viking, Modern Barbarian Hero" by Rob Syers 
"Full Hand" by Grace Jeffers

Cover by Ben Keller and Mark Fischer 

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ITEM(!): "Evening Dressings", the new seven song Mini-LP from John Vernon Forbes' (ex-Mount Shasta) TIJUANA HERCULES is fast approaching and will be out and about on July 10th. "Evening Dressings" finds the band deep-diving into an oxygen-depriving bouillabaisse of boundary-busting blues, spaghetti-strung grooves, and tangled psychedelic roots music... and we've got a brand new song to share! Visit our Bandcamp Page to feast your ears on "Getting A Lift"!

Okay - that's all for this time.
- Thanks Everyone!

Mark Fischer




MORE NEW NEWS:



updated: June 19th, 2020

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PSYCHIC GRAVEYARD
with SECRET FUN CLUB 
"Cheap Casket" b/w "SECRET FUN CLUB Remix"
Digital / MOD CD Single

(Now at Bandcamp)


Hi Everyone,
This is Mark writing. I hope everyone reading this is safe - - and is doing as well as can be given the current situation around the world. I’m lucky to say that, at the moment, my family and I are doing okay.


PSYCHIC GRAVEYARD ( with SECRET FUN CLUB ) 
"Cheap Casket" b/w "Secret Fun Club Remix" 


This Friday, June 19th, 2020 from midnight to midnight Pacific Time, Psychic Graveyard, Secret Fun Club, Skin Graft and Bandcamp will donate all profits from this single to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

The Digital Version is out now. The physical CD Single is a pre-order and limited to just 50 copies worldwide. It will ship in late July / early August. The single (as well as all of our new single and comic sets) can be picked up at our Bandcamp page HERE

In addition, SKiN GRAFT is offering two new T-shirts, with profits from the "Black Lives Matter Shirt" also going to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. NOTE: The shirts are not available at Bandcamp, please visit the Dark Slide at https://thedarkslide.com/collections/skin-graft-unfit-apparel to place an order. More details on the shirts follows below.

ABOUT THE SINGLE:
PSYCHIC GRAVEYARD revisit their debut LP "Loud As Laughter" with "Cheap Casket" - a surprise late-blooming follow up to their earlier singles “Dead In Different Places” (remixed by the Electro-House duo MSTRKRFT) and “Loud As Laughter” (remixed by LIARS). The B-Side is an exclusive remix by Three One G recording artists SECRET FUN CLUB. 

Psychic Graveyard’s members previously played in the bands Arab on Radar, Some Girls, All Leather, Chinese Stars and more. 

San Diego‘s SECRET FUN CLUB has been the longstanding musical outlet for drummer and engineer Sal Gallegos (Some Girls, Three One G) and bassist John Rieder. An ongoing collaboration that formerly included Psychic Graveyard's Nathan Joyner, the band has been making odd, challenging, and relentlessly heavy music on its own terms for over ten years.

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PSYCHIC GRAVEYARD: 

Eric Paul - Vocals 
Paul Vieira - Guitar 
Nathan Joyner - Synthesizers 
Mike Kamoo - Drums 

SECRET FUN CLUB: 
Sal Gallegos: Drums, Engineer 
John Rieder: Bass 

Recorded and Mixed by Psychic Graveyard 
Remix by Sal Gallegos 
Mastered by Nathan Joyner 
Cover artwork by AC and MF

Thanks again,

Mark Fischer



MORE NEW NEWS:



updated: June 12th, 2020

unfit

Hi Everyone,

This is Mark writing.
When we released the four single and comic book sets last Friday (details in the update below), we also changed our logo on social media to show our support for black lives in the United States and around the world. Reaction to the logo was very positive and a couple of our Facebook friends (We're looking at you Barrett and Tucker) suggested that it might make a good T-Shirt. We agree - (!), so we are proud to announce that the SKiN GRAFT Records "Black Lives Matter" T-shirt is now a part of our UNFIT Apparel line at the Dark Slide Skate Shop. All profits will go to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Visit them at https://www.naacpldf.org

We are also releasing a SIDES 1-4 “Joybuzzer” T-Shirt to mark last week's digital release of the Double Single and Comic Book Set (with Shellac, Big’n, Brise-Glace and U.S. Maple). I've longed for a shirt of this one myself since the 2x7" and comic book set was first released.  It only took 25 years for it to become a reality!  

Please visit the Dark Slide at https://thedarkslide.com/collections/skin-graft-unfit-apparel to place an order. If you look carefully, you just might see that orders are also being taken for the Mount Shasta "Gumballhead the Cat" T-Shirt too! It is coming back in-stock this July as well.

If you would like more information on SKiN GRAFT's Unfit Apparel line, I put together a big write up back when we launched in September of 2016. Please go HERE to read about how I single-handedly got "ROCK" T-shirts banned across St. Charles' Missouri's Immanuel Lutheran School at the tender young age of 12 years old.  

Coming up next is Tijuana Hercules "Evening Dressings" from none other John Vernon Forbes of Mount Shasta! You can hear two songs now and give it a pre-order HERE. It will be out July 10th, 2020.

- And don't forget - (!) - the new single and comic sets can be picked up (exclusively) at our Bandcamp page HERE. More details below.

Thanks again,

Mark Fischer


MORE NEW NEWS:



updated: June 5th, 2020


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Hi Everyone,

This is Mark writing. 
I hope everyone reading this is safe - - and is doing as well as can be expected given the current situation around the world. I’m fortunate to say that, at the moment, my family and I are doing okay.

Earlier this year SKiN GRAFT released digital editions of two of our original 7" and comic book sets - singles from Dazzling Killmen and Space Streakings. We now have four more ready to make their digital debut - rare sets from UFO or Die (featuring Boredoms Yamatsuka Eye and Yoshimi P-We), the debut singles from U.S. Maple and Brise-Glace (Jim O’Rourke with Thymme of Cheer-Accident, Darin of Dazzling Killmen and Dylan of The Flying Luttenbachers) and the first installment in our “AC/DC” series - SIDES 1-4 - with exclusive tracks from Shellac, Brise-Glace, U.S. Maple and Big’n. All are now at our Bandcamp page.

None of these singles have ever been available on anything but 7” vinyl since their original release over 25 years ago - and to bring them back into the digital realm, they’ve been extensively remastered. Bob Weston got things started with Shellac’s “95 Jailbreak”, and then Todd Rittmann picked up the ball and ran from there. We also have to thank St. Louis’ Sawhorse Studios for their help throughout the archival process.

gr25We do have a limited supply of physical 7” and comic sets available to mark this event  - and the comic book sleeves were an important part of what helped make these early SKiN GRAFT singles stand out back in the day.  I’ve felt from the start that any digital reissue would seem incomplete if the comics were left behind, so I’m pleased to say that they have been brought into the digital age as downloadable PDF files with every Bandcamp purchase.  I took the opportunity to give SIDES 1-4 in particular a major overhaul... Not only has the comic been expanded with extra pages (including some vintage comics from Rob Syers and new stuff from myself), but the previously published pages have been tinkered with to such a degree that if you compare the remastered pages with the original printed comic book, you can while away a good chunk of time playing “spot the differences”.

In the case of U.S. Maple’s debut 7”, it was the first SKiN GRAFT single to be released without a comic book sleeve, so to bring it a bit more in line with its digital peers, we’ve added a PDF booklet highlighting the band’s first year – with original publicity photos, pics of Mark Shippy’s rarely seen first U.S. Maple T-shirt design and a closer look at the original 7” single’s artwork.

All four of these singles were pretty major markers in the development of the band’s represented - and SKiN GRAFT Records itself. We hope you will give them your support.  

thComing next month is the new 7-song "pretty long player" from Tijuana Hercules -"Evening Dressings" - and we are very excited to premiere the opening song "Let's Make Out Own Action" over at our Bandcamp page. You can read more about it and the debut CDEP from Terms (w/ members of Yowie, Grand Ulena and Jitters) in our previous update.

Okay - Here is the word on the new digital singles. Don't forget, all of the songs and PDF comics have been remastered for their digital premiere over at our Bandcamp shop!


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SIDES 1-4
SHELLAC / BIG'N / BRISE-GLACE / U.S. MAPLE
Double Single and Comic Book Set

(Newly Remastered Digital Release)

  • Digital remaster available now exclusively at Bandcamp. 
  • Physical Quantities are limited. This 2020 digital edition has been remastered by Bob Weston and Todd Rittmann. The new PDF comic book sleeve has also been updated. It includes additional pages, remastered artwork and behind the scenes bonus feature pages. You must download the files to receive the PDF comic book.

NOTE: SIDES 1-4 was originally released in 1995 and was again resolicited 5 years later. Here is the resolicitation as it appeared in the year 2000… 

ORIGINAL DESCRIPTION: 
Remember the 90's? 

Remember internet speculation? Punk breaking? Retro tribute records? SKiN GRAFT Records sure does and we're bringing it all back! To start, here's SIDES 1-4, a double seven inch single and comic book set featuring four great 90's bands covering the number one rock band of the 70's - AC/DC!!! Joe Carduchii wrote in his book "Rock And The Pop Narcotic" that today - "If you cut open young execs, housewives, rappers, house-mixers, salsa fans, hip-hopsters, etc, you're likely to find, 14 rings back, a layer of molten rock spewed by Australia's shaggiest eruption. " There’s no need to saw the legs off any of these Chicago bands, just put on the records! 

U.S. MAPLE "Sin City" 

From Thurston Moore to John Cusack, everyone is talking about U.S. Maple! If you've yet to hear them, here's a great place to start! "Sin City" is vintage stuff from U.S. Maple's first session at Easley Studios. The heaviest U.S. MAPLE song ever? 

LINE UP: 
Al Johnson - singer 
Todd Rittmann - guitar 
Pat Samson - drums 
Mark Shippy - guitar 

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BRISE-GLACE "Angus Dei Aus Licht" 
Brise-Glace was the cut up band formed back in the 90's by Jim O'Rourke. Total rock deconstruction in the vein of those other '70's rock bands- Can, This Heat and Faust. Brise-Glace's last public performance was in November of 1996. Where are they now? Darin and Thymme formed You Fantastic! Dylan joined Thymme's band Cheer Accident. Darin still plays on Jim's records (and recently played the tough guy on the Stereolab tour)! 

LINE UP: 
Jim O’Rourke 
Razor Blade - cutting 

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BIG'N "T.N.T." 

Kings of the pre-post rock Chicago sound (i.e. Jesus Lizard, Tar, Naked Raygun), Big'n took a proven formula, turned it on it's ear, upped the aggression and produced two of the deadliest records ever. Since recording this song, the Big'n boys casually broke up, but reunion shows have been occurring at an ever-increasing frequency. Members of BIG'N have gone on to play in Neutrino and Emperor Penguin. Big’n's latest release is a split 7" with Oxes. 

LINE UP: 
Brian Wnukowski - drums 
William Akins – the vocals 
Mike Chartrand - bass 
Todd Johnson - guitar 

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SHELLAC "95 Jailbreak" 
Steve Albini has a book of lurid tales chronicling the rise and demise of AC/DC's vocalist Bon Scott and Shellac's enthusiasm and authority on the subject shines through on "95 Jailbreak". An astute listener from Pittsburgh wrote in swearing that he heard pants dropping in the studio just before the second chorus. 

LINE UP: 
Steve Albini - guitar and vocals 
Bob Weston - bass guitar and vocals 
Todd Trainer - drums and vocals 

SIDES 1-4 is the first in a series of records inspired by AC/DC and issued in conjunction with Gasoline Boost Records. As a bonus, SIDES 1-4 comes complete with a comic book sleeve featuring SKiN GRAFT Comix fan favorites like Serious Brown, Gumballhead The Cat and the Karate Chimp!  


REMASTERED 2020 DIGITAL COMIC BOOK: 
“In Like Brown” by Rob Syers 
“Lo... There Shall Come A Chimp!” by Mark Fischer 
“When Chops The Chimp!” by Mark Fischer 
“Enter: The Karate Chimp!” by Mark Fischer 
“Famous Cartoonists Union” by Rob Syers 
“Two More Pages” by Mark Fischer 
+ Bonus Features 

Digital reissue mastered by Bob Weston and Todd Rittmann 
Gasoline Boost by Rene Herbst 

A SKiN GRAFT Records / Gasoline Boost production


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U.S. MAPLE
"Stuck" b/w "When A Man Says Ow"
Clear Vinyl Single and Digital Book
(Newly Remastered Digital Release)

  • Digital remaster available now exclusively at Bandcamp. 
  • All physical orders will get clear vinyl while supplies last. The 2020 digital release has been remastered by Todd Rittmann and includes a new PDF booklet with photos and rarities from U.S. Maple's first year. You must download the files to receive the PDF booklet.

ORIGINAL DESCRIPTION: 
Take four cubes from the fridge (Icy Al and Mark > formerly of SHORTY and chilly Pat and Todd >ex MERCURY PLAYERS). Now watch as the room's temperature molests each into four separate & individual messes. Mmmm-hmm good. Ice cube colored vinyl & gamey packaging that plays by your rules. 

FUN FACT(S): The day after Shorty broke up, Al confided in Mark Fischer that he and Mark Shippy would put together a new band. This single is taken from the band's first recording session, as is their cover of "Sin City" found on the SIDES 1-4 double 7" and comic set of AC/DC covers. After the single was recorded, Al went to Steve Albini to try out an alternate vocal track for the single. Ultimately he decided that the original take at Easley was the one to go with.

LINE UP: 
Pat Samson: drums 
Mark Shippy: guitar 
Todd Rittmann: guitar 
Al Johnson: singer 

Recorded at Easley Studios, Memphis 
Art by Kurt Kiesel, Mark Shippy and Mark Fischer 

Remastered by Todd Rittmann


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BRISE GLACE
"In Sisters All and Felony" b/w "Angels On Installment Plan"
Single and Comic Book Set
(Newly Remastered Digital Release)

  • Digital remaster available now exclusively at Bandcamp. 
  • Physical Quantities are Limited. This 2020 digital release has been remastered by Todd Rittmann. The comic book sleeve has also been updated for the new PDF edition. You must download the files to receive the PDF booklet.
ORIGINAL DESCRIPTION: 
A single for all seasons. Two non-Lp tracks, a Goofy Goose cover and very funny comic by Dylan Posa and Rob Syers. Featuring members of Cheer-Accident, Dazzling Killmen, Sonic Youth and The Flying Luttenbachers. 

FUN FACT(S): The band recorded the basic tracks for this 7" and the following album in extreme, extreme cold at Dylan Posa's loft space. Shortly after the release of the single, Brise-Glace made their live debut at the first Skin Graft Oops indoors festival.

LINE UP: 
Darin Gray: electric bass 
Thymme Jones: drums 
Jim O'Rourke: guitar, organ, piano, razor blade 
Dylan Posa: guitar 

GUEST: 
Gene Coleman: bass clarinet 

Engineered by Steve Albini 
Mixed by Jim O'Rourke 

Front cover art by Rob Syers 
Back by Mark Fischer 

COMICS: 
"Goofy Goose" by Rob Syers 
"Visionary" by Dan Grzeca 
"Billy Jerkin and his Trusty Merkin" by Dylan Posa & Rob Syers 
"Untitled" by Bruce Adams 
"Death Imprint" by Mark Fischer
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UFO OR DIE
"Shock Shoppers" b/w "Zombie Tube"
Single and Comic Book Set
(Newly Remastered Digital Release)
  • Digital remaster available now exclusively at Bandcamp. 
  • Physical Quantities are Limited. This 2020 digital release has been remastered by Todd Rittmann. The comic book sleeve has also been updated for the new PDF edition. You must download the files to receive the PDF booklet.
ORIGINAL DESCRIPTION: 
Buy seven inch and comic to satisfy Japanese noise rock craving, too!!! The Vapors is KKKKKK-Rippp-eZ!!!! Maybe you know Eye and Yoshimi P-We from Boredoms, their other band. 

FUN FACT(S): On an unprecedented television documentary focusing on the Japanese music scene, an extensive interview was conducted with Eye about his work. In the piece, Eye invites the TV crew into his apartment outfitted in Mount Shasta T-Shirt worn backwards (with the SKiN Graft logo facing front!). During the course of the interview, Eye shows off his "toy guitar featured on many UFO OR DIE recordings and shows off his unique creative process. He then invites the crew into his bathroom (where the FRUITCAKE "Patty Lane" 7" & comic set is proudly displayed atop the toilet), hops in the bathtub with a tape recorder and armful of goofy electronic gadgets, goes ape shows off how a song is made!!! The kicker - when the crew kicks back to listen to the tape - it didn't record! 

Eye has changed his stage name three times, from Yamatsuka Eye, to Yamantaka Eye, to Yamataka Eye, and sometimes calls himself eYe or EY?. He also DJs under the name DJ ??? or "DJ pica pica pica" ("pica" means "bright" or "shiny"), and has used numerous other pseudonyms. 

LINE UP: 
Yamatsuka Eye: mix, guitar, ahhh, etc 
Hayashi: bass 
Yoshimi P-We: drums 

Produced by Yamatsuka Eye 
Cover art by Yamatsuka Eye 

COMICS: 
"Frogleg BurniG-X Comix" by Yamatsuka Eye 
"Unbelievably Fat Orangutan On Diet" by Mark Fischer 
"Food Drunk" by Rob Syers 
"Uteruses, Fallopia, Ovaries or Dust" by Mark Shippy 
"Umegen Fur Opernstar Oder Deine" by Rob Syers 

To order, visit the SKiN GRAFT Records Bandcamp page.

Okay - Bye for now!

Mark








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