3 NEW RELEASES ARE OUT TODAY! VIDEOS! FREE SAMPLER! WEIRD SHIT ADDED TO THE STORE! UPCOMING RELEASES! ETC!

First:

All 3 of the new 25 DIAMONDS releases are available today, 12/19/14. They are:

25D 012 ­ Deleter ‘Komposition’ EP

Komposition is the new four­song extended­play by Twin Cities espionage punk troupe Deleter. While still possessing the sharp hooks, angular guitars, jazz­tinged rhythm section and Knol Tate’s (Ex KillSadie, The Hidden Chord) trademark venomous spoken/spat poetic vocal delivery, the band introduces garage band organs reminiscent of The Monks or The Fall’s take on The Monks, which bookend the e.p. on the songs “Misinformation” and “I Am Nomad.” Additionally, they get a little stranger in the guitar department this time around, making good use of effects on the aforementioned tracks while keeping arrangements simple like on “Burn Notes” and sometimes as dry and immediate as Wire’s Pink Flag on “Concealed”. They keep expanding upon their sound while retaining crucial elements a good punk band should possess: anger, energy, and a sense of humor. Released on cassette with an accompanying digital download in an edition of 77 copies.

25D 013 ­ Deleter ‘Zweite Komposition’ EP

Zweite Komposition is a companion release to the new extended­play, Komposition. Usually, a band will plan to release a full­length album and either first output an EP to build buzz, or afterwards so the B­sides don’t get tossed in the dumpster. Deleter simply decided to just create two EPs in close succession to one another. Nevertheless, don’t think of Zweite Komposition as cutting room floor scraps not suitable for a proper release; all of the material presented is quite competent to instill a sense of urgency and restlessness in the listener. Slightly smoother but by no means any less edgy, Zweite Komposition is more influenced by late 70′s Wire and Psychedelic Furs than it’s more immediate counterpart. With strong command of their instruments, clever arrangements, and biting commentary of the world around them, Deleter keeps proving they are one of the best band in Minneapolis right now time­and­again. Add Zweite Komposition to the list of evidence. Released on cassette with an accompanying digital download in an edition of 77 copies.

25D 014 ­ Pallex ‘Pallex’ EP

Lone recording by this very short lived band from Minneapolis, featuring members of Ex Nuns, Deleter and Hollow Boys ­­ having played only 5 shows and documenting 4 songs, they still left a heavy enough impression for me to know I had to release something by them. This is ‘shoegaze’ in the fullest, loudest, most aggressive sense of the world ­­ when asked for influences, the band mentioned anything but what might immediately come to mind (Unwound, Swans, etc.), though the affect can be clearly found in listening to their output. Released on cassette with an accompanying digital download in an edition of 77 copies.

Again, these will be available exclusively through the 25 DIAMONDS webstore, through the bands and at Extreme Noise Records in Minneapolis, MN. Blink and they may very well be gone.

Second:

Deleter made not one, not two but THREE new videos (!!) in support of their 2 new EPs. All can be viewed in the new Media section, alongside other videos by select 25 DIAMONDS bands. Do take a look.

Third:

I added a free sampler to download from the 25 DIAMONDS bandcamp page with a single track from each of the first 15 releases.

Fourth:

I took a trip to NYC earlier in the month and brought home really random, awesome trinkets to sell in the store with the new cassettes. I won’t ruin the surprises, but they all rule and I only have 5 of everything. Go bananas.

Fifth:

There’s already 4 upcoming releases to officially announce today (and more in discussion that are too early to mention). (Y)our future:

24D 016 ­ Art zine by Jim Blaha (The Blind Shake, Jim + The French Vanilla)
25D 017 ­ Photo zine by Ian Casey (20 years of random pictures)
25D 018 ­ No Funeral / Livid split 12″
25D 019 ­ Deleter LP

More on everything as they become a closer reality.

Sixth:

xx 25D

4 NEW RELEASES OUT IN DECEMBER!

Hi friends. Life is funny. I put out 2 records I thought were absolutely killer in March, and was fairly certain I was pretty much done doing a label after that ­­ and here we are with news of 4 new products to consume on 12/19/14, all exclusively available direct from the label, from the bands or at Extreme Noise Records in Minneapolis.

In a curious turn of events, none of these 4 releases are on vinyl. In looking to add a little inspiration back to the label, I wanted to mix things up and try working within another medium ­­this time, extremely limited cassettes and a free digital download.

25D 012 ­ Deleter ‘Komposition’ EP

Komposition is the new four­song extended­play by Twin Cities espionage punk troupe Deleter.

While still possessing the sharp hooks, angular guitars, jazz­tinged rhythm section and Knol Tate’s (Ex KillSadie, The Hidden Chord) trademark venomous spoken/spat poetic vocal delivery, the band introduces garage band organs reminiscent of The Monks or The Fall’s take on The Monks, which bookend the e.p. on the songs “Misinformation” and “I Am Nomad.” Additionally, they get a little stranger in the guitar department this time around, making good use of effects on the aforementioned tracks while keeping arrangements simple like on “Burn Notes” and sometimes as dry and immediate as Wire’s Pink Flag on “Concealed”. They keep expanding upon their sound while retaining crucial elements a good punk band should possess: anger, energy, and a sense of humor. Released on cassette with an accompanying digital download in an edition of 77 copies.

25D 013 ­ Deleter ‘Zweite Komposition’ EP

Zweite Komposition is a companion release to the new extended­play, Komposition. Usually, a band will plan to release a full­length album and either first output an EP to build buzz, or afterwards so the B­sides don’t get tossed in the dumpster. Deleter simply decided to just create two EPs in close succession to one another. Nevertheless, don’t think of Zweite Komposition as cutting room floor scraps not suitable for a proper release; all of the material presented is quite competent to instill a sense of urgency and restlessness in the listener. Slightly smoother but by no means any less edgy, Zweite Komposition is more influenced by late 70′s Wire and Psychedelic Furs than it’s more immediate counterpart. With strong command of their instruments, clever arrangements, and biting commentary of the world around them, Deleter keeps proving they are one of the best band in Minneapolis right now time­and­again. Add Zweite Komposition to the list of evidence. Released on cassette with an accompanying digital download in an edition of 77 copies.

25D 014 ­ Pallex ‘Pallex’ EP

Lone recording by this very short lived band from Minneapolis, featuring members of Ex Nuns, Deleter and Hollow Boys ­­ having played only 5 shows and documenting 4 songs, they still left a heavy enough impression for me to know I had to release something by them. This is ‘shoegaze’ in the fullest, loudest, most aggressive sense of the world ­­ when asked for influences, the band mentioned anything but what might immediately come to mind (Unwound, Swans, etc.), though the affect can be clearly found in listening to their output. Released on cassette with an accompanying digital download in an edition of 77 copies.

25D 015 ­ Bush’s Baked Brains FREE DOWNLOAD

Speaking of very short lived… Bush’s Baked Brains was a project started by myself with 3 friends when I booked a benefit show in the beginning of 2008 and needed another band to play. We had 4 or 5 practices, one show and this 3 song recording.

Members:
Mark Jorgensen ­ Drums (Song Of Zarathustra, Khayembii Communique, The Infinity Dive, etc.)
Dave Matters ­ Bass/Vocals (Mrs., The Book of Right On, Kentucky Gag Order, etc.)
Adam Bubolz ­ Guitar (Rabbit Holes, Charles De Gaulle, etc.)
Ian Casey ­ Vocals (Assassinations, 1919, The Infinity Dive, etc.)

and on the recording:
Tom Helgerson ­ Saxaphone
Olivia Arganarez ­ Backing Vocals

recorded by John Miller at Nicollet Park Recording Studio in February or March of 2008.

This is a free digital download avalable exclusively from our bandcamp page. Why not?

Already in talks about numerous upcoming releases to follow, stay tuned.

Finally, we are doing a pre-order for the month of November on 25 DIAMONDS shirts. Available in Youth Large – XL sizes, these will be the logo printed in a sharp silver ink on black shirts and will be $10.00. Please visit our storenvy page to make an order, and BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR SIZE IN A COMMENT UPON ORDERING! Shirts will ship when the new batch of releases go up in December (just in time for Christmas, you heathens). If you live in the Twin Cities and would like one, get in touch directly to avoid shipping costs. We’re also going to be making these funny little postcard things with a direct link to a free download with a track from every 25 DIAMONDS release thus far to be given out with all orders, etc. All shirt orders will include a postcard, sticker and pin as well.

XX 25D

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