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OUT NOW! Debut LPs by Matt Lamkin (of the Soft Pack), Silver Shadows, Part Time/Drinking Flowers 7", OUT SOON! Tracy Bryant 7"

Well, hi there. A lot's happened since the last time we posted. Really awful shit on a political and cultural level, mostly good stuff on the personal. Either way, things have been really hectic, and the Royal We have been preoccupied. But here we are with some news!

 First up, we have Where I'm Matt, the excellent debut solo LP by my old buddy Matt Lamkin, frontman for the Soft Pack, who went so far as playing Letterman and doing a goofy video with Bob Odenkirk of Mr. Show and Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul and touring a tour and putting out records on Kemado Records and Mexican Summer, among others. The LP features a handful of Lamkin's friends playing various instruments, and retains the hookiness of the Soft Pack while adding a healthy dose of experimental stuff.

Stream the album and pick up limited yellow vinyl, edition of 500, for $12.
 Next up, another great debut, and unfortunately the last, by the very excellent Oakland-based female-harmony led Silver Shadows. It landed on Bandcamp's Favorite Albums of Winter 2017, who said, "Cold Plastic is straight dynamite from the moment the needle hits to the groove on gauzy opener 'Black Smoke.' Featuring Lush-style intertwining female vocals, icy synths, and some truly out-there melodic twists and turns, Silver Shadows strike a perfect balance between dreamy shoegaze and chilly darkwave minimalism for a sound that’s delicate and diamond-hard at the same time."

Stream the album and buy $10 limited blue vinyl, edition of 500 ever

And finally appearing on our doorstep today, we have this great split 7" with weirdo LA synth-popper Part Time and LA psych/goth act Drinking Flowers, the former coming off of an LP on Mexican Summer a few years band, a recent LP on Plastic Response Records, and an upcoming LP on Cult Records, run by Julian Casablancas of the Strokes and the latter an LP on Manifesto Records and cassettes on Burger and Lolipop.

 Part Time - "Useless Information"
Drinking Flowers - "Night Time"
Stream both songs and order limited lavender vinyl for $6.

While we're here, why don't we also tell you about the great upcoming 7" by LA-based songwriter Tracy Bryant, formerly of Corners, who finds himself playing with insanely catchy intricate pop on this two song release featuring "Parachute" b/w "Protect Your Head."

PREORDER limited clear green vinyl out 04/28.

That debut Flat Worms "Red Hot Sand" 7" EP that we've been flying thanks in large part to Marc Riley of the Fall over at BBC 6? Well, we're almost completely out of the limited blue pressing, but you can still grab black copies. The band will have their own blue records next time you see them blowing minds.

$5 HERE.
 We'd be remiss if we didn't warn you that we were running out of limited clear copies of the debut LP by power-slop-poppers from Tuam, Ireland Oh Boland, Spilt Milk, which landed on Pitchfork's Best Underground Garage Punk Albums of 2016.

$10 HERE.
We're also running low on the debut limited red "Collector" 7" by San Diego angular punk trio Teach Me, ft. Jeremy Rojas and Andrew Montoya, whose band Beaters was Volar's first release almost eight years ago. Before that, the boys also wrote for and played in the Sess, and alongside Beaters after that was Ale Mania. They were an early rhythm section for the Dum Dum Girls and also recently recorded on that Matt Lamkin record above. Tommy Garcia from Mrs. Magician/Lowlands plays guitar.

$5 HERE.

On top of that, we've still got a few limited blue copies of LA-based all-female sweet-and-sour power-pop trio Susan, Never Enough.

$10 HERE.

"Just Call It" limited color 7" EP HERE.

And before we go, we can't forget about the second album by San Diego drum-machine synth-punks Stalins of Sound, Biology Museum.



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