Call Me Lightning ‘Human Hell’ LP and The Salteens ‘Whiskey & Records’ 7″ Out Now!

Finally, after numerous random delays, both new 25 DIAMONDS releases are now available for purchase and are streaming in full.

25D 010 – Call Me Lightning ‘Human Hell’ LP

10 new songs by Call Me Lightning on this, their 4th LP and first release since 2010′s ‘When I Am Gone My Blood Will Be Free’ LP (Dusty Medical Records). Loud, catchy punk/post punk/whatever, landing equal comparisons in sound to Lungfish and The Who (for those who care about such things). Call Me Lightning — from Milwaukee, WI., who’ve been a band for over a decade — have been friends for a long time now, and in fact, were one of the very first bands I ever asked to do a record with me — I’m thrilled it’s finally happening, and especially so with the fruits of the labor. 300 copies pressed, all on 150 gram colored vinyl, and includes a download code.

25D 011 – The Salteens ‘Whiskey & Records’ 7″

The Salteens were a band that existed in the mid to late 90′s in Minneapolis, who’s only ever proper release were 2 show-stealing songs on the ‘No Slow… All Go!’ compilation. They recorded the 5 songs for this 7″, which has been planned and/or rumored to come out on numerous labels over the years, and then promptly broke up. Members went on to (or were already involved in) The Soviettes, The Gateway District, Cleveland Bound Death Sentence and The Strike, but this record completely stands firmly on it’s own two feet. 300 copies pressed, colored vinyl, and includes a download code.

Both releases are available for purchase in the 25 DIAMONDS store, as well as at Extreme Noise Records and The Electric Fetus in Minneapolis. Copies of both will be available through Revolver, Ebullition and various other distributors in the immediate future as well.

Thanks all. xx 25D

2 New 25 DIAMONDS Releases at the Plant: Call Me Lightning LP and Salteens 7″

hey friends -

it’s been a bit; pressing records gets expensive. that said, there are 2 new 25 DIAMONDS releases at the plant:

25D 010 – CALL ME LIGHTNING ‘HUMAN HELL’ LP

10 new songs by call me lightning on this, their 4th LP and first release since 2010′s ‘when i am gone my blood will be free’. call me lightning have been friends for a long time now, and in fact, were one of the very first bands i ever asked to do a record with me — thrilled it’s finally happening, and especially so with the fruits of the labor. 300 copies pressed, colored vinyl, includes a download code.

25D 011 – THE SALTEENS ‘WHISKEY & RECORDS’ 7″

the salteens were a band that existed in the mid to late 90′s in minneapolis, who’s only ever proper release were 2 show-stealing songs on the ‘no slow… all go!’ compilation. they recorded the 5 songs for this 7″, which has been planned and/or rumored to come out on numerous labels over the years, and then promptly broke up. members went on to (or were already involved in) the soviettes, the gateway district, cleveland bound death sentence and the strike, but this record completely stands firmly on it’s own two feet. 300 copies pressed, colored vinyl, includes a download code.

both of these should be out in early 2014 – i’ll post again when they are available to order, along with full streams of both releases, distros who will be carrying them, etc.

thanks for your continued support over the past few years!

xx 25D

WOODEN WAND, EX NUNS AND VIOLENT BULLSHIT 7″S ALL OUT NOW!

Hey gang -

We are pleased to announce the release of 3 new 7″s on 25 DIAMONDS, all out now:

25D 007 – Wooden Wand – ’3 Songs’ 7″

3 brand new songs from Wooden Wand, hot on the heels of his ‘Blood Oaths of the New Blues’ LP on Fire Records. These recordings find James Jackson Toth at his most raw and stripped down; just guitar and vocals over 3 tracks of somber, dark and beautiful music. An excellent addition to the always growing, ever impressive Wooden Wand catalog, and a single I am incredibly proud to release. Pressed in an edition of 300 copies, all on colored vinyl with hand screened covers. An edition of 13 copies were made with hand stenciled cloth covers as a thank you to all the artists involved.

25D 008 – EX NUNS – ‘DEAD OF ZERO/CRASH MEDITATION’ 7″

Debut record by this new band from Minneapolis. Honestly, I’m at as much of a loss as to how to describe this band as everyone else seems to be (‘Theirs is a cataclysmic post-hardcore sound similar to the Bronx or Metz played with a ferocity that leaves an impact on minds and eardrums alike.’, ‘ Part Am-Rep style bulldozer, part shoegaze guitars.’ – various local press), but I’ll say that the first time I heard this band, I described them as ‘one of the loudest bands i’ve seen in a long time. in my weird head, they sound like why the vss full length was reissued on hydra head?!’. SO. Pressed in an edition of 300 copies, all on colored vinyl. Includes a download code. An edition of 13 copies were made with an alternate insert as a thank you to all the artists involved.

25D 009 – VIOLENT BULLSHIT – ‘AGE OF QUARREL 2 BY AMON DUUL 3′ 7″

2nd release by NYC’s Violent Bullshit, fronted by Jayson Green (of Orchid, Panthers, Ritual Mess) alongside members of Les Savy Fav, Black Army Jacket, etc. 6 songs in 7 minutes, drawing equal influence from the best of both 80′s and 90′s hardcore; as much Bad Brains as Born Against, Negative Approach as Positive Force. Total ripper. Described as ‘..a self-indulgent sandbox of screechy, juvenile hardcore’ by the fucking New Yorker!! Pressed in an edition of 300 copies, all on black vinyl. Includes a download code.

All are available through our webstore now, and will be available through record stores and distributors starting 06/09/13.

For those in MN., Ex Nuns are playing a record release show at the Hexagon on Sat., 06/08/13 along with Buildings, Animal Lover and Congorats. The show is FREE and 21+ (unfortunately).

More info can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/356919494417768/

In the immediate future for 25 DIAMONDS:

25D 010 – Call Me Lightning LP

25D 012 – Ex Nuns LP

25D 013 – very secret, ridiculously limited square 8″ lathe/dvd set

as well as lots of releases too early to mention.

Since our last update, Teenage Moods made a video for the song ‘Rock Man’, the 2nd track off their excellent ‘Grow’ LP (25D 006) — watch it here!

More news soon. Thanks so much friends. XO 25D

OPTIONAL BODY – 2 SONG 7″ OUT NOW!

FINALLY, after months of delay and various pressing nightmares, the Optional Body 7″ is out and available now through the 25 DIAMONDS store. Copies will be available soon at Extreme Noise Records and The Electric Fetus in Minneapolis, and will be available through various distributors shortly after:

Optional Body is made up of Sonny Kay (Year Future, The VSS, Angel Hair, etc.), Rockey Crane (Year Future, Dead And Gone, Some Girls, etc.), Russell White (Camera Obscura, Spacehorse, Champagne Kiss, etc.) and Alan Rosetti (Vietnam, The Icarus Line, etc.). Pressed in an edition of 300 copies, with 250 on colored vinyl and 50 on black vinyl for band and mail order only. Includes a digital download code.

Also, we are pleased to share a song each from our next 3 upcoming releases:

25D 007 – Wooden Wand – ’3 Songs’ 7″

3 brand new songs from Wooden Wand, hot on the heels of his ‘Blood Oaths of the New Blues’ LP on Fire Records. These recordings find James Jackson Toth at his most raw and stripped down; just guitar and vocals over 3 tracks of somber, dark and beautiful music. An excellent addition to the always growing, ever impressive Wooden Wand catalog, and a single I am incredibly proud to release. Pressed in an edition of 300 copies, all on colored vinyl with hand screened covers. Final art coming soon!

25D 008 – Ex Nuns – ‘Dead of Zero/Crash Meditation’ 7″

Debut record by this new band from Minneapolis. Honestly, I’m at as much of a loss as to how to describe this band as everyone else seems to be (‘Theirs is a cataclysmic post-hardcore sound similar to the Bronx or Metz played with a ferocity that leaves an impact on minds and eardrums alike.’, ‘ Part Am-Rep style bulldozer, part shoegaze guitars.’ – various local press), but I’ll say that the first time I heard this band, I described them as ‘one of the loudest bands i’ve seen in a long time. in my weird head, they sound like why the vss full length was reissued on hydra head?!’. SO. Pressed in an edition of 300 copies, all on colored vinyl. Includes a download code.

25D 009 – Violent Bullshit – ‘Age of Quarrel 2 By Amon Duul 3′ 7″

2nd release by NYC’s Violent Bullshit, fronted by Jayson Green (of Orchid, Panthers, Ritual Mess) alongside members of Les Savy Fav, Black Army Jacket, etc. 6 songs in 7 minutes, drawing equal influence from the best of both 80′s and 90′s hardcore; as much Bad Brains as Born Against, Negative Approach as Positive Force. Total ripper. Described as ‘..a self-indulgent sandbox of screechy, juvenile hardcore’ by the fucking New Yorker!! Pressed in an edition of 300 copies, all on black vinyl. Includes a download code.

All of these releases are expected to be out on 06/01/2013, and updates will happen as things draw closer.

Finally, we are happy to add 2 new distributors to the ranks; in addition to being carried by Revolver, Ebullition and Matador Direct, 25 DIAMONDS releases are also now available through Gilgongo Records, as well as by Waterslide Records in Japan!

Thanks so much friends!

xo 25D.

Teenage Moods – Grow LP OUT NOW!

the teenage moods ‘grow’ lp is officially out today! pressed in an edition of 300 copies, with a limited version of 50 with alternate covers available tonight only at the record release show at the hexagon in minneapolis, mn. (along with ex nuns, the NPC’s and the gateway district).

unfortunately, the optional body 7″ has been delayed YET AGAIN due to a pressing plant error; this release has been seriously cursed, but it’s being pressed once again and should be ready asap – we will post as soon as copies are available.

in addition, we have 3 upcoming releases to officially announce:

25D 007 – wooden wand ’3 songs’ 7″
25D 008 – ex nuns ‘dead of zero / crash meditation’ 7″
25D 009 – violent bullshit ‘age of quarrel 2 by amon duul 3′ 7″

all recordings are either at or en route to the plant now – expect a may or june release on the batch. more info (a sample song from each, cover art, pressing info, etc.) coming very soon.

finally, we have added additional distro items to the 25 DIAMONDS webstore from bands/labels we love — please check them out and consider supporting. we will be adding more cool distro stuff in the near future as well.

thanks friends, xx.

25D