Saturday, November 10, 2012

Koonda Holla - Two LPs Out Now!

KOONDA HOLAA is a one man band, brought to you by Kamil Kruta, a Mojave California desert rat who fattens up his diet of sun half of the year in Paris, France. His current sound has been branded mystic psychedelic western/noir amerikana but it may well be world music from a world that does not yet exist. The music sounds like musings of a man with three bullets left and long ways to go.

The songs are sagas of time spent living in cars and in self imposed exiles of his own pornographic past. "10 Acres Of The Finest Sand" his 4th release for Koonda Holaa, is actually another phase of his long musical career. Traveling the dusty trails with his own (now defunct) Pseudo Pseudo and paying his dues performing with the ResidentsExene Cervenka of the XLydia LunchSteve Mackay and Mike Watt - the sax and bass man behind IGGY POP & the StoogesUz Jsme Doma, Amps for Christ, and countless other projects that goes back to the mid 80'.

Not counting scars - he try's to find humour in a world rich on humans, but greedy with human touch. Life is Abuse is proud and honored to be working with Koonda Holaa on these two releases (10 Acres, originally released in 2009) and The Shitman LP (released in 2012). If you're like me, and find that your record collection has everyone from the Swans, to Bill Callahan / Smog, From Neurosis to the Mentors than you will most likely appreciate the music of Koonda Holaa....

Touring the West Coast now:

nov 7th Live on KFJC 89.7 FM Los Altos Hills, California
nov 8th Good Karma restaurant  San Jose, CA 95113
nov 9th The Kenton club Portland, OR
nov 10th -11th shooting video Mission/Canada
nov 12th The Mex n wow 4000 Vaissade rd Arcata, CA 9pm
nov 13th Day Off
nov 14th Dana St Coffee Roasting Co. 744 W. Dana St Mountain View, CA
nov 15th Bay View Boat club @ 9:30pm Sharp! 489 Terry A Francois blvd, San Francisco, CA
nov 16th Peralta Junction, Oakland Ca times etc TBA
nov 17th HM-157 @ 9PM 3110 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 90031
nov 18th The Mondo Cinema Screening Room 729 Pine Ave Long Beach CA early show /  6 pm
nov 19th Pappy and Harriet Pioneertown CA early / 7 pm


Kicker "Not You" LP/CD available now on Tankcrimes

Available now! Released by our good friends at Tankcrimes, and packaged with incredible artwork by Mike Sutfin and Andrei Bouzikov. This is Kicker's debut LP, 13 tracks of menacing UK82 style punk, brought to you by current and former memebers of Neurosis, Dystopia, and Filth and fronted by legendary road dog and UK transplant Pete the Roadie. Listen / download online here, or purchase the LP/CD here

Kicker "Lager and Chips" Video

Kicker - Lager & Chips from kenneth thomas on Vimeo.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Kicker "Bobsaw" 7" EP

Kicker is a new band from Oakland / Alameda featuring a bunch of old wankers playing punk rock like it used to be played when we were kids. The group is fronted by UK transplant Pete the Roadie, who’s spent the last three decades working his ass off with the likes of Subhumans, Amebix, Neurosis and Voivod. Although this is his first band, he’s been screaming forever… three decades kicking your ass off the stage and screaming at people to get outta the way.

Pete is backed by Toby Bitter on drums (Filth, Submachine, etc), Dave Ed on bass (Neurosis, Jesus Fucking Christ, etc) and Mauz (er me) on guitar.. Dystopia, Medication Time, etc)

This is the 3rd Kicker single released this year. The first two were recently pressed by our friends at Tankcrimes and Inimical records. Bobsaw is our tribute to Joy Division, as well as the bi-annual BOB Fest, held in Bremen Germany, Oakland, CA and Bath England. The B-Side contains the local pub hit, Lager and Chips. EP comes packaged in a silkscreened cover with artwork from Alan Forbes. Limited to 300 pcs, black vinyl only.

Be on the lookout in October 2011 for Kicker’s debut LP coming out on Tankcrimes. These 12 songs were recently tracked at Bart Thurber’s House of Faith in Oakland. Video below shot by Mike Sutfin. Splash photo by Kenneth Thomas.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Ludicra "Hollow Psalms" 2xLP

Out now (Finally!) This record was originally supposed to coincide with Ludicra's "De-Cancellation" Tour last month, but much like the tour itself... things didn't go as planned. 2 days into said tour, Ludicra's lead guitarist John Cobbett found himself in an intolerable amount of pain and was rushed to the hospital in Olympia. Turns out he had been running around with appendicitis that a San Francisco hospital had “somehow” overlooked during his emergency room visit one week earlier! In turn, the band missed a number of shows while John had surgery, and were soon forced to carry on as a 4 piece in order to recoup money lost by show cancellations and impending medical bills. Luckily John has recovered for the time being and was able to meet up with the band on the East Coast to finish the tour. However, he has yet another surgery awaiting him when he gets home, and with no insurance, is about to acquire an enormous amount of debt. Wolves in the Throne Room have set up a donation fund which you can contribute to here. You can also donate thru Profound Lore who have released Ludicra’s brand new CD “The Tenant”, their 4th Full length which comes highly recommended from us!

As for this album…

2xLP mastered at 45rpm. Edition of 500 pcs on Clear vinyl, packaged in a hand bound gatefold booklet with a super thick silkscreened cover printed in-house at Monolith Press. Originally released on CD by Life is Abuse in 2002… finally pressed on vinyl 8 years later. Bout fucking time, but we needed to do it right. Thanks for your patience.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

RIP Tommy Atkins 1974-2010

You were a good one Tommy... i hope you have found peace.

Laudanum "The Coronation" 2xLP

LAUDANUM returns after belting out a thunderous split with STORMCROW and the criminally underrated debut CD, THE APOTHEKER. THE CORONATION is a 40+ minute hellride into a bleak and vast forest of doom and despair, a serenade of blistering guitars, steamrolling distorted bass, vocals tainted with battery acid and a landscape of crushing electronic sine waves. "Corrosive doom nihilism and industrial noise wasteland, ambient texture and punishing sludge from Oakland" - 20 Buck Spin. Founding members Becky and Judd Hawk are now joined with Life is Abuse veteranos Greg Wilkenson (BRAINOIL) and Nathan Misterek (GRAVES AT SEA) to unleash this blackened opus ofOSCILLOSCOPE DOOM. This release is a first pressing of 500 pcs (300 on black vinyl / 200 on clear only available on tour and thru mailorder) packaged in a widespine jacket, along w. lyric sheet and a foldout 3 color silkscreened poster.