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COMING IN JUNE--Digital Leather, Lenguas Largas, Ale Mania, Tropical Popsicle

I couldn't be more excited about June's batch of releases. Here goes... And if you're interested in all four of these, Volar is offering a 4-pack of everything for $40 PPD at the paypal button below...

VOLAR11--Ale Mania--A, Who Sings That Beat?


100 ON GOLD:

After talking about this for close to two years, Ale Mania's debut LP, A, Who Sings That Beat? is finally done and off at the presses. After the demise of San Diego garage/punk/soul legends The Sess, guitarist/singer Jeremy Rojas went on to create Beaters, with the Sess's Andrew Montoya on drums and Aldo Bustos on keys, while Andrew starting writing and recording as Ale Mania, taking care of drums/bass/most vox, with Rojas on guitar and some vox. The Sess was my favorite band in San Diego while they were around, and as sad as I was about their demise, I couldn't be happier with the work that Andrew and Jeremy have been putting into both new projects. Beaters and Ale Mania started right as Vol…

Stream the new Destruction Unit LP 'Sonoran'/shows this weekend in SD

These will be shipping later this week/early next week, and for a short time, you can stream the whole album here:

Destruction Unit--Sonoran LP by Volar Records

In the punk-rock prime of his youth, Ryan Rousseau (aka Elvis Wong) saw himself cutting his teeth as the drummer for the Wongs, eventually hooking up with Jay Reatard to play in the Reatards, and dividing his time between the former band in Arizona and the latter in Memphis. Ryan soon recorded the first Destruction Unit 7?, a blistering slab of synth-punk, which eventually led Ryan to Tuscon?s drony, synth-heavy Digital Leather. Ryan in turn filled in from time to time on drums for Jay and Alix?s Angry Angles, and eventually found himself recording two more LPs under the Destruction Unit moniker with help from Jay and Alicja starting up the southwestern punk act Tokyo Electron, and exploring his more melodic, post-punk roots with Earthmen and Strangers. After the death of Jay Reatard in early 2010, Ryan resurrected Destruction …

Dirty Laundry TV/Incase highlight of the Volar/IHRNR/Col. Abe SXSW showcase

Many thanks again to the Dirty Laundry TV crew and Incase and Pabst Brewing Company for sponsoring the Volar/I Hate Rock n Roll showcase at Trailer Space Records during SXSW. We had a total blast, and you can see why in both this six-minute slideshow, highlighting Thee Oh Sees, Davila 666, Natural Child, King Tuff, and the Strange Boys, and Incase's photo slide show.

Dirty Laundry: SXSW '11 from Dirty Laundry on Vimeo.SXSW '11 w/Thee Oh Sees, Strange Boys, Davila 666, King Tuff and Natural Child

Live Nerves/Plimsouls covers by Grass Widow, Davila 666, Personal and the Pizzas, Tijuana Panthers, Audacity, Neverever

Between their performances at the Under the Covers Vol 2: A Tribute to Paul Collins, Peter Case and Jack Lee release show here in San Diego at the Tin Can Ale House and their performances on Nerves day during the Colonel Abe/I Hate Rock n Roll/Volar Records showcase at Trailer Space during SXSW in Austin, I was able to capture Grass Widow, Personal and the Pizzas, Davila 666, Tijuana Panthers, Audacity, and Neverever performing their covers from the LP live. For some of the bands, it was their first time playing their tracks out live. Watch and enjoy below, and thanks again to the bands for ruling so hard.

Grass Widow--"Walking Out on Love" live @ Trailer Space

Personal and the Pizzas--"Any Day Now"/"Brass Knuckles" live @ Trailer Space Records

Davila 666--"Hanging on the Telephone" live @ Trailer Space Records

Neverever--"Now"--live @ Tin Can Ale House

Audacity--"Why Am I Lonely?"--live @ Tin Can Ale House

Tijuana Panthers…