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Artist: DEAR JOHN
Title: Frustrated Conversation
Format: 7"
Label: BDR
Country: USA
Price: $8.00
"A 30th anniversary re-release of the 1981 7-inch from St. Louis power pop group DEAR JOHN. The band only lasted a couple of years, but they managed to release on regionally acclaimed 7-inch on their own A.K.A. records. The single has been a tough find for collectors. These are the original pressing found in storage packaged in new sleeves." -BDR

Artist: MAX LOAD
Title: Max Load
Format: LP/CD/DVD
Label: BDR
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"MAX LOAD was formed and began playing live shows around Belleville in 1978. They soon were playing in St. Louis as well, but they never would be treated as equals. They were often forced to play first, before much less competent bands, or dead last, when the St. Louis crowd was anxious to get to the after-party. Last often meant playing to an empty room, rather than being the coveted headlining spot. Out shining most of the Missouri bands around at the time, they released a scorching two song 45 ("X-Rod" b/w "Magazine Sex") in 1979 on their own label. It was mostly intended as a calling card to secure gigs, but some copies were sold locally and a few even distributed by Bomp! Records in CA. The band would go on to record studio demos in 1980 at the request of Epic Records and would commit countless songs to tape with their own 4-track recorder. They were also the only punk band in the area to pay attention to and be featured on the short-lived cable access TV show, Street Beat. Although Max Load started out with a fairly traditional punk sound, by 1981 they started writing more post punk and art punk influenced material. This new direction can be heard on the included 4-track demos. Like so many other bands, they never got that record deal or big break they were hoping for. By late 1982, most members had moved on to new projects and the band was gone by 1983. The Max Load release is comprised of all studio recordings from 1979-1983. The X-Rod 45 is included, along with 22 never-before-released 8-track and 4-track demos. The package includes a 14-song LP, a 24-song CD and a DVD that features a 20-song live performance, recorded for cable access TV in 1981. The CD and DVD come with a title card in a protective sleeve thats tucked inside the LP jacket, along with a double sided 11"x17" insert featuring numerous photos, gig posters and extensive liner notes." - BDR.

Artist: PHILOSOPHIC COLLAGE
Title: Genius
Format: 7"
Label: BDR
Country: USA
Price: $7.50
"According to the original St. Louis punk crowd, the Philosophic Collage and band leader Craig Kurtz (aka Timothy Tyme) were mildly difficult, if not completely off-putting. Their brand of abrasive music and Craigs "genius" schtick was too hard to take. When the band released this EP in 1981, most were confused by the four blasts of Art Punk/Midwestern No Wave, uh...if there really is such a thing as No Wave in the Midwest. It did impress Rough Trade enough to pick it up for distribution, even if the local response was less than enthusiastic. The band only managed to play a handful of area gigs before nobody wanted to book them. They were far more successful in Chicago. Playing larger gigs to more receptive audiences and even signing on with a manager. Two cassettes were released after the EP, but it was all over by 1982 when Craig split the band up after an attempt to relocate to Chicago had failed. BDR Records (the St. Louis-only division of Rerun Records) presents a deluxe reissue of this curiosity. 500 copies pressed on thick black vinyl. Housed in a heavy duty glue-pocket sleeve with a double-sided 14"x7" insert featuring vintage zine write-ups, ads and reviews, along with new liner notes by Craig Kurtz." -BDR.

Artist: RAYMILLAND
Title: Recordings 79-81
Format: LP/CD
Label: BDR
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"A collection of archival recordings by this St. Louis postpunk band that had gained an underground reputation in the late 70s through a single released by the influential music and art magazine Praxis, their appearances on Sub-Pop and Dong Dong Tapes cassette compilations, and a self-released demo cassette, as well as rare live performances. Though a bit on the dark side, their songs arent gloomy, but instead full of fractured, angular, angst-driven noise and energy. The 7- track LP comes with an included CD with 5 extra songs, plus a 2-sided photo insert. Limited pressing of 500 copies." - BDR

Artist: RETROS
Title: Inner City Rockers-The Retros 1979
Format: LP + CD
Label: BDR
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"THE RETROS were arguably the best punk band in St. Louis during their brief existence. From 1978-1981 they wowed crowds at parties, VFW halls and bowling alleys with their infectious punk pop anthems. A couple attempts at recordings were made, but the Retros produced no official released during their lifespan. In the Spring of 1979, the band was the subject of a final exam for a friends studio recording class at Webster University. When the exam was finished, the Retros took advantage of the couple of hours of leftover studio time. They ripped through twelve originals ina quick, live-in-the-studio type set up with limited overdubs and only a couple of retakes. The tapes ended up in soundman/manager DON HOLLENBECKs closet and were nearly forgotten until now. LP includes the entire twelve-song session and the CD adds four bonus live tracks. LP limited to 300 copies in a silkscreened sleeve with full-color insert with photos, posters and notes, and includes a CD version." -BDR

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