New Vinyl Releases 6/30/17

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  • The Acacia Strain – Gravebloom (Limited Ed. 1st Pressing Gatefold 2LP on Colored Vinyl)
  • Badcop Badcop – Warriors
  • Baio (Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio) – Man Of The World
  • Beach House – B-Sides And Rarities (Sub Pop ‘Loser Edition’ on Clear Vinyl)
  • William C. Beeley – Gallivantin’ Reissue
  • William C. Beeley – Passing Dream Reissue
  • Carpenter Brut – Live
  • Celtic Frost – Morbid Tales (1984) (180 Gram Gatefold 2LP Reissue w/ 36 Page Booklet, Posters and Bonus Material)
  • Celtic Frost – To Mega Therion (1985) (180 Gram Gatefold 2LP Reissue w/ 36 Page Booklet, Posters and Bonus Material)
  • Celtic Frost – Into The Pandemonium (1987) (180 Gram Gatefold 2LP Reissue w/ 36 Page Booklet, Posters and Bonus Material)
  • Celtic Frost – Vanity / Nemesis (1990) (180 Gram Gatefold 2LP Reissue w/ 36 Page Booklet, Posters and Bonus Material)
  • Charged G.B.H – Leather, Brisles, Studs and Acne (Limited Edition Red & Clear Vinyl)
  • Charged G.B.H  – Race Against Time
  • The Coathangers – Parasite (Single Sided 12″ on Sea Green Vinyl w/ Etched B-Side)
  • Coheed and Cambria – Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV Volume One: From Fear Through Eyes Of Madness
  • The Cranberries – Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We
  • The Cure – Greatest Hits (2LP Standard Pressing)
  • The Cure – Acoustic Hits (2LP Standard Pressing)
  • Dead Head – Swine Plague
  • Ani DiFranco – Binary (Etched 4th Side)
  • Discharge – Never Again (Grey Limited Edition Vinyl)
  • Discharge – Live in The City Garden New Jersey (Limited Edition Clear Vinyl)
  • Discharge – S/T Limited Edition Red Vinyl
  • Discharge – Grave New World (Limited Edition Clear Vinyl)
  • Discharge – Shootin’ Up The World
  • Discharge – Society’s Victims Volume 1
  • Discharge – Society’s Victims Volume 2
  • Discharge – Massacre Divine (Limited Edition Red Vinyl)
  • Echo & The Bunnymen – It’s All Live Now (Ltd. Ed. Comp on 180 Gram Vinyl, Numbered to 2987)
  • Fear Before The March Of Flames – The Always Open Mouth (Gatefold 2LP Reissue on Transparent Yellow/Red Vinyl)
  • From First To Last – Heroine
  • From First To Last – Dear Diary, My Teenage Angst Has A Body Count
  • Ghost Bath – Moonlover (Limited to 500 Pressing)
  • Goatwhore – Vengeful Ascension
  • Lany – Lany
  • Mayhem – De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive (Gatefold 2LP Reissue Ltd. To 750)
  • Oceano – Revelations
  • Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer (2007) (10th Anniversary 2LP Tri-Fold Deluxe Reissue on 180 Gram Red/Yellow Vinyl)
  • Ohmme (Formerly Homme) – Ohmme
  • Origin – Unparalleled Universe (Available on Aqua Blue or White Vinyl)
  • Pine – Pillow Talk E.P. (Ltd. to 500 Single Sided 1st Pressing on Light Pink/Green Swirl Vinyl w/ Etched B-Side)
  • Pond – The Weather (Ltd. Ed. Blue/White Splatter Vinyl)
  • Max Richter – Infra (180 Gram German Reissue)
  • Shakey Graves and The Horse He Rode In On… – Nobody’s Fool and The Donor Blues
  • Soulwax – From Deewee (Black and White Vinyl 180 gram)
  • Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Live in Hammersmith Odeon, London ’75
  • Stone Sour – Hydrograd (2LP Gatefold w/ CD)
  • The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground & Nico (50th Anniversary Gatefold Reissue w/ Banana Sticker And Original Back Cover ‘Torso’ Photo)
  • Weedeater – God Luck and Good Speed (Limited to 300 World Wide)
  • Wheeler Walker Jr. – Ol’ Wheeler
  • Zyklon – World Ov Worms (2001) Reissue
  • Zyklon – Disintegrate (2006) Reissue
  • Zyklon – Aeon (2003) Reissue

Stop by the shop today or order online NOW!

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CRAFT CREATIONS: ODDBALL BREWS FOR THE HIPSTER PALATE

Three of the Midwest’s off-kilter beer offerings
By Kevin Sterne


Given that the Chicago craft beer market is so saturated with pale ales, I’ve been on a mission to find beers that don’t carry the typical “hoppy” and “citrus” descriptors. Don’t get me wrong, I love pale ales. Those beers are fun, and plenty of Chicago breweries have rolled out solid, if not spectacular pale ales, including some of my favorite IPAs on the planet. But, to appreciate these delightfully pungent and citrusy brews, it helps to diversify. Last week I drank nothing but adjunct lagers. And got really, really sick. This week I’m trending back to the craft beers, but not just any beers. These are beers that tickle the tastes buds with somewhat off-the-wall flavors.

Lionstone Brewing’s Back 40 Peanut Butter
ABV: 4.7%
Brewed in Geneseo, Illinois

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Sink your teeth into this prideful peanut butter-packed brew that demands to be served in a repurposed Smuckers jar. You’ll have the lion share of high-brow hipster nod when you aptly pointing out that this beer tastes like Ritz Bitz crackers. “Your taste is so refined,” they’ll say, “this Wicker Park brunch is divine, I wish there some musical equivalent to this, perhaps on bandcamp.” But the best part about sipping this scrumptious peanut-butter-infused nectar? It doesn’t get stuck to the roof of your mouth.

OddSide Ales’ Passion Juice
ABV 6%
Harvested in Grand Haven, Michigan

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These aptly-titled OddSide brew keepers have pollinated a flavor fusion in full blossom. Result: botanical brew that lends more than just a floral aroma. The passion fruit is potent yet pleasant, both in the smell and the taste. A full depth of flavor in this one, including a biscuit mash, though it is light on the malt. Still, a heartier and more refreshing beer than some other flowery ales out there. Sprinkle this little flower into a tulip glass for maximum pollination. And remember to save the bees.

Revolution Brewing’s Rosa
ABV: 5.8%
Pollinated in Chicago

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Another pollinated brew, this one features Hibiscus flowers and a touch of orange peel. This one pours a golden amber, is light in body and delightfully drinkable, especially for an ABV north of 5%. I could go on about the sensual flowers, the delicate arrangement of aromas and the silky-smooth flow of this nectar. But I’ll leave that to you. Enjoy.



Kevin Sterne is a writer and journalist based in Chicago, the editor of LeFawn Magazine. Apart from Shuga Records, he’s written about beer and music for Mash Tun Journal, The Tangential and Substream Magazine. His creative fiction has appeared in Drunk Monkeys, Potluck Mag, Defenestration, Praxis Magazine, Down in the Dirt Magazine, and Word Eater, among many others.

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New Vinyl Releases 6/23/17

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  • 311 – Mosaic 2-LP Gatefold
  • BardSpec(Ivar Bjomson of
  • Enslaved) – Hydrogen
  • Bedouine – S/T Debut Album
  • Bestial Raids – Master Satan’s Witchery (Czech Import)
  • Big Boi (OutKast) – Boomiverse (‘Blue and White Swirl’ Vinyl)
  • Broken Hope – Mutilated And Assimilated  (180 Gram Neon Pink Vinyl)
  • Joe Bonamassa – Live at Carnegie Hall (180 Gram 3 LP)
  • Kirin J. Callinan – Bravado
  • The Chain Gang of 1974 – Felt
  • Celebration – Wounded Healer (Limited Edition Clear Vinyl)
  • Chimmney – S/T
  • The Deslondes – Hurry Home (150 gram Pressing)
  • Dying Fetus – Wrong One to Fuck With (‘Oxblood’ Colored Vinyl Limited to 500 Pressing
  • Ex Eye – S/T
  • Health – Disco3 (2 LP Pressing)
  • Helmet – Meantime (1992) 2017 Repressing
  • Gracie and Rachel – S/T Debut Album
  • Immortal – Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism ‘Limited Edition Beer Colored Vinyl’
  • Iron Maiden – Rock in Rio (180 3-LP)
  • Iron Maiden – Dance of Death (2003) 180 gram 2-LP reissue from the 2015 remaster
  • Iron Maiden – Brave New World 180 gram 2-LP reissue from the 2015 remaster
  • Iron Maiden – A Matter of Life and Death 180 2-LP Reissue
  • JJ Doom – Bookhead (2017 Lex EU Pressing)
  • King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Murder of the Universe (‘Indie Exclusive’ Blood Pool colored Vinyl, Limited to 3000)
  • King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Murder of the Universe
  • Meshuggah – The Violent Sheep of Reason ( Grey with Black Splatter Limited to 1000)
  • The Monks – Hamburg Recordings 1967
  • Municipal Waste – Slime and Punishment (Bottle Green Vinyl Limited to 2300)
  • Willie Nile – Sings Bob Dylan
  • OneRepublic – Native (2 LP Reissue)
  • Post Malone – Stoney (2-LP Deluxe Reissue on Orange vinyl)
  • Prince and the Revolution – Purple Rain (1984)
  • Prince and the Revolution – Purple Rain/GOD 12″ Single Reissue
  • Prince and the Revolution – Purple Rain  Limited Edition Picture Disc
  • Prince and the Revolution – Let’s Go Crazy/ Erotic City 12″ Single Reissue
  • Prince and the Revolution – When Doves Cry/ 17 Days 12″ Single Reissue
  • Prince and the Revolution – I would Die 4 U / Another Lonely Christmas 12″ Single
  • Rozwell Kid – Precious Art  (Side One Dummy Limited Edition Colored Vinyl)
  • Ruts DC – Music Must Destroy
  • Schammasch – The Maldoror Chants: Hermaphrodite
  • Selena – The Last Concert (Recorded Live from the Houston Astrodome Feb 26,1995)
  • Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Cipher
  • Soundtrack – 13 Reasons Why (Cassette Tape)
  • Steelism – Ism
  • Tigers Jaw – Spin (Black Cement Pressing on Turquoise Colored Vinyl)
  • Jeff Tweedy – Together At Last (Limited Edition Opaque Yellow Vinyl)
  • Tyrannosorceress – Shattering Light’s Creation (2-LP on 200 Gram Silver Vinyl Etched D-Side (Czech Import Limited to 300!)
  • Delroy Wilson- Go Away Dream
  • Jaymes Young – Feel Something
  • Neil Young – Decade (1977) 3-LP Tri-fold Remastered Pressing

In Defense of Shitty Beers

Sometimes it’s Necessary to Sacrifice Taste for Street Cred…

By Kevin Sterne


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I’ve talked about craft beer ad nauseam on this forum. Here. And here. Also, here. We’ve given a lot of attention to craft brewing, especially Chicago craft brewing, but I feel this publicity has come at the expense of non-craft beers, the un-crafters. Beers that, despite the bad reputation and unfiltered water, can pack just as much flavor—minus the prestige and sticker shock. Take Hamm’s for example, it’s an unassuming beer that has never indulged in the bells and whistles of its high-brow, new age brethren. Hamm’s doesn’t try to be something that it’s not (looking at you, barrel-aged IPA)— and that is admirable in a time when Donald Trump is still trying to be president and Kellyanne Conway is trying to be a human rather than an alien.

So even if you are a reptilian masquerading as a human, a baller on a budget, or a trust-fund hipster kid looking to augment your street cred in Wicker Park or Logan Square, I have the retro aluminum that won’t leave your wallet or palate dry.

  

Busch’s Light

Smells like your gym bag and tastes like your friend’s gym bag. Busch Light has been bringing friends together since 8th grade. The more cans you drink, the more it tastes like your friend drank it and then spit it back in the can. It pours a pale yellow, like drunk-after-sex urine and drinks as smooth as your pec flies. But not as smooth as Hamm’s.

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Natural Ice

In a glass it’s nearly translucent, like you filled an empty yellow Gatorade bottle with water. But, don’t be fooled, this beer packs a lot of flavor. It tastes how your bathroom floor smells after a party. There’s plenty for your palate to sample here: the goopy bottoms of Converse sneakers, stale urine, residual puke stain, condom residue, and more spilled Natty Ice. A cocktail of flavor that will have your taste buds YOLOing for more. This beer is good, even great if you get it fresh, but still a slight notch below Hamm’s.

PBR

I’ve learned that this beer is drinkable at nearly any temperature. Throw it in the snow on the porch until it’s near freezing; this will mitigate any potential taste profile. Or let it simmer in your shed or garage during the dog days of summer. This helps bring out the flavors of dead field grass and skunky gym socks. You can even age a 24-pack in the trunk of your car; just let bang around for a few months until the case is sun beaten and the cardboard smashed. Remember to drink it as fast as you can, the less that touches your tongue the better.

Bud’s Light

This beer pours a faded parking-line yellow and smells like cafeteria creamed corn; both are excellent conversation starters at the next house hop. Bud’s Light is best enjoyed when found in a red cup with no name on it. You can also imbibe sips off a beer pong table. This one pairs excellently with dirty ping pong balls, cigarette ash, and 7-11 Taquitos. Overall, this is a beer worth arm wrestling over, but if you win the drunk push-up contest, you better down a victory Hamm’s.

MGD-64

Beer or cleaning agent? This dual-purpose adult beverage gives whiffs of Pine Sol and sun-dried lawn bags, making it ideal for scrubbing the hard woods or scrubbing your palate. This is my favorite chaser for any combination of the following: Malort, Jim Beam, Jose Cuervo Especial, Bacardi 151, Chivas Regal, and Canadian Mist. If you’re on a diet or if it’s cutting season at the gym (it’s always cutting season for me), then this and Hamm’s is the beer for you, bro.

Guinness

Literally, like the heaviest beer in the world. It smells like grandpa’s cigars and tastes like his garage. It’s sludge. But I drink it because he was Irish and I’m like 1/29th Irish, so it’s family tradition. I’ve had an Irish car bomb once because my older brother made me on my 21st. I like blacked out.

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Bud’s Light Limes-A-Rita

Pitbul is to John Lennon as Bud’s Light Lime-Ritas is to ___________.

  1. A) Holy Water
  2. B) Holly Water
  3. C) Holie Water
  4. D) Not as good as Hamm’s.

Milwaukee’s Beast

Tastes great with my protein. I get mad gains mixing it in my shaker after getting in a pump at the gym in Gold Coast. My Pi Kapp Alpha brothers and I killed off two 30-racks of Milwaukee’s Beast last Friday after I closed a sale with a major client. Who’s the man? Me. Now who wants to take shots of Hamm’s off my stomach.



Kevin Sterne is a writer and journalist based in Chicago, the editor of LeFawn Magazine. Apart from Shuga Records, he’s written about beer and music for Mash Tun Journal, The Tangential and Substream Magazine. His creative fiction has appeared in Drunk Monkeys, Potluck Mag, Defenestration, Praxis Magazine, Down in the Dirt Magazine, and Word Eater, among many others.

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Twitter: @kevinsterne
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New Vinyl Releases 6/16/17

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  • Abram Shook – Love at Low Speed (Limited Edition Paradise Blue Vinyl)
  • Anchorsong – Ceremonial (Tru Thoughts 2-LP Pressing)
  • B Boys- Dada
  • David Bowie – Be My Wife/ Art Decade (Live Perth 1978, 40th Anniversary 7″ Picture Vinyl)
  • David Bowie – Hunky Dory (’45th Anniversary’ Limited Edition Gold Vinyl)
  • David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars (’45th Anniversary’ Limited Edition Gold Vinyl)
  • The Byrds – Eight Miles High/ Why (1966, 7″ Sundazed Reissue on Translucent Yellow Vinyl)
  • DBFC – Jenks (2-LP Pressing)
  • Big Star – The Best Of (Stax 45rpm Gatefold 2-LP Compilation Pressing)
  • Brandy – S/T (1994)
  • Bublé, Michael – Call Me Irresponsible
  • Bublé, Michael – It’s Time (2005)
  • Cage, John With David Tudor – Variations IV Volume II (Clear Vinyl)
  • CAN – The Singles (3-LP Compilation with Rare Tracks and 7″ Versions)
  • Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – On The Echoing Green
  • Color Film – Living Arrangements
  • John Coltrane, & Don Cherry – The Avant-Garde (1966) 180Gram Mono Reissue
  • John Coltrane – Coltrane Plays The Blues (1962) 180Gram Mono Reissue
  • John Coltrane – Giant Steps (1959) 180Gram Mono Reissue
  • John Coltrane – Olé Coltrane (1961) 180Gram Mono Reissue
  • Com Truise- Iteration (Limited Edition Blue/White Vinyl)
  • The Drums – Abysmal Thoughts
  • Enya – A Day Without Rain (2000) Reissue
  • Eyedress – Manila Ice
  • Fat Joe- Don Cartagena (1998) Reissue
  • The Flaming Lips – Onboard The International Space Station Concert For Peace
  • Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
  • Free – Ex Tenebris EP (7″ vinyl, Limited to 800)
  • Goldie – The Journey Man (Metalhead 3-LP Pressing)
  • Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters (1973, Limited Edition)
  • Hey Violet – From The Outside (Limited Edition ‘Clear w/White’ Vinyl)
  • Iced Earth – Incorruptible (‘Indie Exclusive’ Deluxe 180Gram 2-LP on Red Vinyl w/ Etched D-Side and 12-Page Booklet)
  • INVSN – The Beautiful Stories
  • Isbell, Jason and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound (Limited Edition)
  • Jackson, Milt & John Coltrane – Bags & Trane (1961)
  • Jason Lowenstein (Sebadoh) – Spooky Action (Limited ‘Bone Colored’ Vinyl)
  • Kevin Morby- City Music
  • The Kinks – Low Budget (1979, Audiophile Reissue w/ Gatefold Cover and Poster)
  • London Grammar – Truth Is A Beautiful Thing
  • The Men- Leave Home ( Limited Edition Clear Vinyl)
  • Michael Nau- Some Twist (Limited to 1000 pressing)
  • Moby & The Void Pacific Choir – More Fast Songs About The Apocalypse
  • Nappy Roots – Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz (2002) Reissue
  • Palehound – A Place I’ll Always Go (Pink Vinyl)
  • Palm – Shadow Expert (Limited Edition Dark Blue Vinyl)
  • Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark?
  • Single Mothers – Our Pleasure (Limited To 500/ Blue Vinyl)
  • Songhoy Blues – Resistance (‘Kelly Green’ Vinyl)
  • Styx – The Mission (First Album in 14 Years)
  • Trevor Sensor- Andy Warhol’s Dream (Limited Edition Silver Pressing)
  • Twista – Adrenaline Rush (1997) Reissue
  • Vancouver Sleep Clinic – Revival
  • Wet Hair – The Floating World
  • Yowler – The Offer (Colored Vinyl)