5 NEW RELEASES OUT ON 08/01/18!!
The new batch is FINALLY out -- 5 new releases at once. I am so very tired.
25D 029: No Statik - ‘What Did You Give Away When You Gave in?’ 7”
3 exclusive new songs that work as a companion piece to their new LP on Iron Lung Records, due out on 8/31/18.
This is No Statik. This may be the end.
300 copies pressed -- 200 on black vinyl, 50 on color vinyl with alternate inserts for band and mail order exclusively, 50 copies on color vinyl with alternate covers made for EINOK 4 fest that are long gone.
Count your blessings while they exist.
25D 030: Lux Vanitas - ‘The Secret Life Of…’ LP
In the mid 90s there was a band from the Twin Cities called Impetus Inter (Bloodlink Records, etc) who were easily the most influential local band to me ever to this day. And so they broke up. Then 3/5th of them started a new band with a new rhythm section and named it Lux Vanitas. They took the sound of 90s hardcore via Gravity Records/Vermiform that Impetus Inter had championed but incorporated a distinctly more "garage rock" sound (think The Cramps, The Mummies, The Peechees and not The White Stripes/blah blah blah, please, dear reader).
Lux Vanitas released a 7" on Mark Telfian's old label, Paralogy Records (that unfortunately suffered a horrible mastering job), and in 1997, created this -- a 9 song LP, recorded by former member Dave Gardner (who's since done mastering for Hot Snakes, Dillinger 4, The Marked Men, etc etc) and mixed by Tim Green (of Nation Of Ulysses, The Fucking Champs, also etc etc). Originally planned to be split released by GSL Records and Troubleman Unlimited, it was instead scrapped and lost when the band called it quits before it could come out.
And now, here it is. 21 years later. Pressed in a micro-quantity of just 138 copies, all on random color vinyl with hand glued covers, hand stamped center labels, each copy hand numbered -- a true labor of love for you from 25 DIAMONDS.
25D 031: Lilac - ‘Barbed Wire Entanglement’ b/w ‘On A Wheel’ 7”
Debut release by this new Chicago group featuring Anya Davidson (of Coughs, Cacaw and comic fame) along with former members of Anatomy Of Habit, Witch Hat, etc.
Anya says "Yeah I would just call us "heavy, damaged rock with doom elements" or something. Like a doomier Jesus Lizard? I dunno. It feels arrogant to compare us to other way more well-known bands. This stuff is hard for sure". Kenny says "I think we were all in agreement of listing Karp, Harvey Milk, and Unwound as a "for fans of" reference". I would add that they are loud, mean, political and scary as shit. I also hear elements of some of my obscure 90s favorites such as Love Life, Universal Order Of Armageddon, Cherubs and Killdozer.
We can all agree that this is a 2 song 7", limited to 300 copies pressed with 200 on black vinyl and 100 on random color vinyl for band and mail order exclusively.
25D 032: Deleter - ‘Levitate The Pentagon’ CS
Levitate The Pentagon, the seventh release from the Minneapolis group Deleter, is a concept album based loosely on generations of comic book lore interweaved with social/political commentary on the history of western culture's role in the world today.
Deleter is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Knol Tate (Askeleton, Killsadie), bassist/vocalist Travis Collins (A.M. Stryker, We Are The Willows), drummer/percussionist Josh McKay (Farewell Continental, Small Towns Burn A Little Slower) and guitarist Jordan Morantez (Blue Green, The King & The Thief).
Formed in 2012, Deleter quickly managed to refine their sound to a bold, loud, yet dynamic sonic force. Tate’s lyrics comprised of poetry with classic and surreal lyricism create a voice with a unique perspective. Having long lists of clear influences like garage rock, post-punk, hardcore punk, psychedelic rock, as well as less obvious influences like 60’s biker, surf, spy and sci-fi movie soundtracks; Deleter blends genres sometimes calling to mind music as diverse as Wire, The Fall, Public Image LTD, Davie Allan, The Ventures, The Ex, Born Against and Psychedelic Furs. No matter the inspiration or the influence, Deleter has been able to create their own sound in the time they’ve been together. Fierce, catchy, noisy, and reflective; almost militaristic, Deleter sounds deliberate, sincere and purposely crafted. For fans of forward thinking punk music and forward thinking comics.
Pressing of 100 copies on professionally dubbed and packaged cassettes.
25D 033: ‘We Work With What We Have: One Month Of Punk (March 2018)’ Zine
24 page, full color photo zine documenting, well, the month of March 2018 by a punk (who is me -- Ian, owner of 25 DIAMONDS LABEL). Includes a trip to OKC for Everything Is Not Okay 4 fest, a visit to Chicago and Milwaukee to see some shows, and some favorite bands that played back home.
Bands featured (most with multiple pictures): The Wedding Present, Xylitol, Stiff Love, Shapeshifter, Protomartyr, Patsy, No Statik, Lilac, Hydropark, Hot Snakes, Exotica, Drugcharge, Blue Dolphin, etc.
Pressing of 77 numbered copies, half of which will surely be given away for free to friends.
Also added are numerous killer new distro items, a used section of awesome singles i pick up on the cheap and can’t stand to see sitting in bins, very limited test pressings of 25D releases with personalized packaging… other things…
As always, a new batch is already under way as well.
Your homework, comrades:
Protect reproductive rights
Overthrow the government
Love more than you think is possible
Face your fears and insecurities as if they are a creative art project
Stay punk as fuck
xx Ian / 25D
HOW TO SUCK HORRIBLY AT RUNNING A "BUSINESS":
it's been almost a year since last update.. life can get so wild, ya know? since then, we released the XYLITOL demo 7", which is all but like a dozen copies or so from out of print. they rule as a band and as people, and i am thrilled i got to work with them - no idea why i never got around to writing it up when it came out. que sera.
so now it's already february of 2018, somehow, and there's the following news to announce:
A. 4 new releases in production. they be:
25D 028: Беломорканал - 's/t' CS
25D 029: NO STATIK - 'what did you give away when you gave in?' 7"
25D 030: LUX VANITAS - 'the secret life of..' 12"
25D 031: LILAC - 'barbed wire entanglement/on a wheel' 7"
music, art, pressing info, etc to follow soon.
B. we made a new batch of shirts to celebrate the announcement of new releases (i.e. to make some $$$). they look like this:
and are based off a photograph taken by your friend and mine, Martin Sorrondeguy. black ink on white Gildan brand shirts, sizes S - XL available. 1 time printing. also added some killer distro items, including the shapeshifter demo (members of ataxxia, geiger counter, etc - seriously incredible band), citric dummies lp, rashomon 7", etc.
C. as always, an entirely new batch of releases after these is already being formulated.
D. direct mail order is always a label's favorite, of course, but if not here, why not consider buying from one of numerous friends' labels/distros who carry our releases: Ebullition, Revolver, Feel It, Iron Lung, World Gone Mad, Sorry State, Warthog Speak, Gilgongo, SPHC, Neck Chop and Live Fast Die in the States, La Vida Es Un Mus, Rough Trade and Per Koro in Europe and Punk And Destroy and Waterslide in Japan, among others i'm most certainly forgetting and already remorseful to?
E. 2018 marks the 7th year of the label's existence, and this month, my 8th year of sobriety. remember: almost anything is always possible.
F. stay punk as fuck forever. see you at OKC fest in march?
F+ (seriously though, give us some $)
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.