Very little positive to say - 2016 was a shit year, and 2017 is looking even scarier. Fuck Trump, fuck the United States and fuck everyone who got us into this living hell. I only pray we finally learn to love and care for one another despite our differences before it's too late for us all.
At least we still have artistry. With that said, there are 3 new releases out now on 25 DIAMONDS:
25D 024: ATAXXIA 4 SONG 7"
Debut vinyl release by this Minneapolis band with members of Varix, Mind Control, Scaphe, etc. 'Searing Scandinavian-influenced hardcore punk.' 300 copies pressed with multiple colored, hand screened covers and killer artwork throughout by Emily Styles.
25D 025: DELETER 'MEANINGLESS CHANTS' CS/ART ZINE
New 6 song EP by Deleter, hot on the heels of the 'Oblique Seasons' LP released on 25 DIAMONDS in 2016. Limited to 100 copies with wheat pasted, hand stamped manila envelope covers. Cover artwork by Jim Blaha (The Blind Shake), 16 page zine with artwork by Derek Van Gieson (Fantagraphics Books) and handwritten lyrics by Knol Tate. Mastered by Mikey Young (Total Control). Includes a download code.
25D 026: WRANGLER BRUTES 'DENVER 10/08/04' CS
Full 14 song live set by Wrangler Brutes, pro dubbed and limited to 100 copies.
From Wikipedia, of all resources:
'The band recorded their October 8, 2004 show at Monkey Mania in Denver, CO with Permanent Record Studios. The concept was to release a "bootlegged" live version of their Zulu album, but due to the band's split the live CD was never released.'
All releases are available now through the web store, varying distros and punk record stores everywhere.
Next batch is the XYLITOL demo 7" and Беломорканал CS in March. After that comes the GEIGER COUNTER 12", NO FUNERAL/LIVID 12", and a couple more releases planned too early to officially anounce.
All of this still assumes we still have a planet to live on, of course.
Stay punk as fuck, friends. Do not give up hope and do not give up on radical change.
XX 25D 2017.
NEW BATCH OF RELEASES OUT NOW!
today marks the release of the following:
25D 023: NO STATIK 'EARHAMMER SOUNDSYSTEM' 12"
Vinyl version of the limited 'EARHAMMER SOUNDSYSTEM' cassette released by NO STATIK. A complete reworking of their LP 'EVERYWHERE YOU AREN'T LOOKING' (Prank Records) -- this is an entirely new beast in itself.
'Remixed and completely fucked with by the band and their engineer, Greg Wilkinson. They incorporate elements of techno, noise and loop effects to tear their songs apart and put them back together anew. I'm still on the fence, but this might be my favorite NO STATIK release to date.' (Remote Outposts)
Anyone who's heard NO STATIK knows they're easily one of the best contemporary hardcore bands going, and I'm honored to get to work with them.
400 copies pressed on heavy weight black vinyl. Stream/download here:
25D 022: TEENAGE MOODS 'SADNESS'/'SO LOW' 7"
2 brand new songs by TEENAGE MOODS, finding the band at their 'moodiest' yet. While as catchy and well crafted as ever, these songs have a somber beauty to them that add a whole new dimension to the band's sound and versatility. This is the band I have worked with the longest with 25 DIAMONDS, and these are easily 2 of my favorite songs they've ever written.
300 copies pressed on color vinyl, including a download code. Stream/download here:
25D 021: FAILED FLOWERS 'FAILED FLOWERS' LP
Debute LP by this Michigan/Montreal band featuring Fred Thomas (of the incredible solo LP 'ALL ARE SAVED' (Polyvinyl Records), easily one of the best records of 2015). 9 songs of insanely catchy, well crafted dream pop, bringing to mind classics of the late '70s Rough Trade Records catalog, the best tracks of the C86 comp and modern contemporaries such as Veronica Falls, etc.
400 copies pressed on heavy weight color vinyl, including a download code. Stream/download here:
All are available from the 25 DIAMONDS store (along with numerous recently added awesome distro items), and are currently en route to stores and distros everywhere.
Finally, we here at 25 DIAMONDS are incredibly sad to mention the passing of a dear friend of many years, Nick/Blood Of The Young Records. He was an incredibly passionate, kind and generous person, and he is missed and loved beyond belief.
ATTN FREAKS AND COMRADES!
ALL SORTS OF THINGS TO SHARE THIS UPDATE.
FIRST, 3 NEW RELEASES ARE AT THE PRESSING PLANT AS I TYPE:
25D 021: FAILED FLOWERS LP
DEBUT LP BY THIS MICHIGAN BAND FEATURING FRED THOMAS (OF THE INCREDIBLE SOLO LP 'ALL ARE SAVED', EASILY ONE OF THE BEST RECORDS OF 2015). 9 SONGS OF INSANELY CATCHY, WELL CRAFTED DREAM POP, BRINGING TO MIND CLASSICS OF THE LATE 70s ROUGH TRADE RECORDS CATALOG, THE BEST TRACKS OFF THE C86 COMP AND MODERN COMTEMPORARIES SUCH AS VERONICA FALLS, ETC. PITCHFORK HAD THE FOLLOWING TO SAY ABOUT A SONG OFF THEIR DEMO:
...AND TRUST ME, THIS IS EVEN BETTER THAN THE DEMO. JUST WAIT.
25D 022: TEENAGE MOODS 'SADNESS/SO LOW' 7"
2 BRAND NEW SONGS BY THE BAND I HAVE WORKED THE MOST WITH HERE AT 25 DIAMONDS, AND I CAN HONESTLY SAY THE A SIDE TO THIS SINGLE IS EASILY MY FAVORITE TEENAGE MOODS SONG YET. BEST BAND, BEST PEOPLE, THE LOVE GROWS.
25D 023: NO STATIK 'EARHAMMER SOUNDSYSTEM' LP
LP VERSION OF THE CASSETTE RELEASED BY THE BAND. A COMPLETE REWORKING OF THEIR LP 'EVERYWHERE YOU AREN'T LOOKING' (PRANK RECORDS), THIS IS AN ENTIRELY NEW BEAST IN ITSELF. ANYONE WHO'S HEARD NO STATIK KNOWS THEY'RE EASILY ONE OF THE BEST CONTEMPORARY HARDCORE BANDS GOING, AND ANYONE WHO'S HEARD THIS CASSETTE KNOWS EXACTLY WHY. I AM HONORED TO GET TO FINALLY WORK WITH THEM.
ART, SONGS, SPECIFICS WILL COME IN THE NEXT UPDATE. HOPING THESE WILL ALL BE OUT AROUND APRIL OR SO.
ADDED A NEW FEATURE TO THE WEBSITE; PLEASE NOTE THE 'INTERVIEWS' LINK ABOVE FOR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS I CONDUCTED WITH TEENAGE MOODS AND KNOL TATE (DELETER, ETC.). THIS WILL BE A CONTINUING PROJECT WHERE I CONDUCT INTERVIEWS WITH THE EXTENDED 25D FAMILY AND WILL BE UPDATED WHENEVER I WANT.
WHAT ELSE. FINISHING UP WORK ON THE IAN CASEY 'ORNAMENTS' PHOTO COLLECTION (25D 017), THIS SHOULD HOPEFULLY BE READY EVEN BEFORE THE NEXT BATCH OF RECORDS. ALSO MAKING A SUPER TINY SUPPLEMENT PHOTO ZINE CALLED 'BURNERS' THAT WILL BE OUT BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS AND WILL BE INCLUDED FREE WITH ORDERS AND GIVEN TO FRIENDS, ETC. 32 PAGE FULL COLOR 3"x2" COLLECTION OF PHOTOS EXCLUSIVELY TAKEN WITH THE WORLDS CRAPPIEST CELL PHONE.
PLANS CONTINUE FOR THE LIVID/NO FUNERAL SPLIT 12" (25D 018), NEWS EVENTUALLY.
ADDED NUMEROUS THINGS TO THE DISTRO RECENTLY, AND UNCOVERED A SMALL HANDFUL OF THE SALTEENS 'WHISKEY & RECORDS' 7". THESE ARE THE ABSOLUTE LAST COPIES I HAVE, AND ONCE THEY'RE GONE, THEY'RE GONE...
EVERYONE ASKED ABOUT YOU LP IS DOWN TO ABOUT 15 COPIES TOO. SAME STORY.
STARTED A NEW BAND WITH MEMBERS OF FALSE, MUCH WORSE AND NO FUNERAL. DEMO SOONISH.
2016 IS LOOKING TO BE AS KILLER OF A YEAR FOR THE LABEL AS THERE HAS EVER BEEN. YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OVER THE YEARS IS APPRECIATED.
XO IAN / 25 DIAMONDS LABEL
3 NEW RELEASES OUT TODAY!
people of earth: the following are all available now
25D 020: MUCH WORSE 'CHRONIC INSTIGATION' LP
2nd LP by this excellent hardcore band from mpls, mn, uxa. incredibly tight and technical without being nerd music, mean and tough as nails without being macho, all around a punk as fuck record. 12 brand new songs. Drawing from the best of U.S. and Japanese hardcore and the history of great music in general. Stream it now:
300 copies on 150 gram colored vinyl. Download code included. First 100 copies have a glow in the dark cover and insert, available only though mail order and the record release show.
25D 019: DELETER 'OBLIQUE SEASONS' LP
1st full length by this excellent new band with 2 previous EPs on 25 DIAMONDS. Drawing from the best parts of some of the best bands ever (WIRE, TELEVISION, THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS) with their own contemporary art punk spin all over it, this record will seriously be a game changer for most people's expectations of music in general. Stream that shit:
300 copies on 150 gram colored vinyl. Download code included. First 100 copies will include a bonus cassingle with 2 exclusive songs, available only though mail order and the record release show.
25D 016: JIM BLAHA 'WHATEVER MAKES THE GODS HAPPY' ZINE
At this point, Jim Blaha is well known for his band THE BLIND SHAKE and their collaborations with John Reis (RFTC), Michael Yonkers, etc., as well as his work in SHADOW IN THE CRACKS and JIM AND THE FRENCH VANILLA. However, what many don't know is that Jim is just as insanely active as a visual artist, working in multiple mediums (painting, drawing, collage, etc). This is his first collected representation of his work, documenting 5 years of range. Printed in full color, limited to 150 copies, all signed and hand numbered. Available through mail order.
25D 018 (LIVID/NO FUNERAL SPLIT 12") and 25D 017 (IAN CASEY 'ORNAMENTS' ZINE) are delayed until further notice.
We also added a few new items/restocks to the distro, including very limited 25 DIAMONDS shirts the logo in gold ink on black shirts. You will look even more beautiful than you ever dreamed possible.
Finally, 3 new releases are already in motion 2 LPs and a 7" an official announcement will come shortly.
25 DIAMONDS LABEL RELEASE SHOW EXTRAVAGANZA!
those in the twin cities, please take note:
sunday, december 6th is the official release show for all 4 of the new releases on 25 DIAMONDS. the following will all be available for sale for the first time:
25D 020 - MUCH WORSE 'CHRONIC INSTIGATION' LP (special ltd version of 100 available only at this show and through mail order)
25D 019 - DELETER 'OBLIQUE SEASONS' LP (special ltd version of 100 available only at this show and through mail order)
25D 017 - IAN CASEY 'ORNAMENTS' PHOTO ZINE (full color collection, ltd to 150 copies, all signed and numbered)
25D 016 - JIM BLAHA 'WHATEVER MAKES THE GODS HAPPY' ART ZINE (full color collection, ltd to 150 copies, all signed and numbered)
jim and ian will both have original art displayed and for sale at the show in very limited amounts. there will also be a small batch of 25 DIAMONDS shirts available for the first time ever this night -- the label logo in gold on black t shirts, sizes small - xl.
everything that remains (as well as some great new distro items) will be available through the web store on monday, 12/07/15, along with a proper website update.
we hope to see you and your hard earned money in attendance.
whoops. technology has always moved faster than me; i accept this. apologies for the short disappearance, i was outside in the sun.
boy, where to start?? there are 4 new releases in various stages of production at the moment, all dropping at once hopefully in october. they are:
25D 020: MUCH WORSE - 'CHRONIC INSTIGATION' LP
2nd LP by this excellent hardcore band from mpls, mn, uxa. incredibly tight and technical without being nerd music, mean and tough as nails without being macho, all around a punk as fuck record. 12 brand new songs. Drawing from the best of U.S. and Japanese hardcore and the history of great music in general. Hear a song from the LP now:
Cover art, pressing info, etc all forthcoming.
25D 019: DELETER ' 'OBLIQUE SEASONS' LP
1st full length by this excellent new band with 2 previous EPs on 25 DIAMONDS. Drawing from the best parts of some of the best bands ever (WIRE, TELEVISION, THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS) with their own contemporary art punk spin all over it, this record will seriously be a game changer for most people's expectations of music in general. A video of the first single will be available soon, but in the meantime, the band released an exclusive song for free download, available here:
300 copies on 150 gram colored vinyl. First 100 copies will include a bonus cassette with 2 exclusive songs, available only though mail order and directly from the band. Cover art soon.
25D 017: IAN CASEY - 'ORNAMENTS: 20 YEARS OF RANDOM PHOTOGRAPHY' ZINE
Ian Casey has been a punk for 20 years and has documented the experience through photos the entire time. He solely owns and operates 25 DIAMONDS LABEL, and sang in the bands THE INFINITY DIVE, NINETEEN//NINETEEN, etc. This zine is his first collective work, with photos ranging from EXCUSE 17 playing in 1995 to TOTAL CONTROL playing last week and everything in between. Printed in full color, limited to 150 copies, all signed and numbered. Cover art (as designed by Sonny Kay (THE VSS, ANGEL HAIR, etc etc) forthcoming.
25D 016: JIM BLAHA - 'WHATEVER MAKES THE GODS HAPPY' ZINE
At this point, Jim Blaha is well known for his band THE BLIND SHAKE and their collaborations with John Reis (RFTC), Michael Yonkers, etc., as well as his work in SHADOW IN THE CRACKS and JIM AND THE FRENCH VANILLA. However, what many don't know is that Jim is just as insanely active as a visual artist, working in multiple mediums (painting, drawing, collage, etc). This is his first collected representation of his work, documenting 5 years of range. Printed in full color, limited to 150 copies, all signed and hand numbered.
finally, added 2 great new records to the distro - the URANIUM CLUB BAND - 'HUMAN EXPLORATION' LP and the FUCKING - 'ATOMIC ORGASM' 7". head to the 25 DIAMONDS store to check them out and have a listen (as well as everything else)!
...and that's just this batch! All sorts of additional news in the next update, please do keep your eyes glued.