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WE LOVE YOU AND YOU LOVE US. THANKS. September 15 2012, 4 Comments

Hi there! Hello! We need to take a moment to tell you how happy you make us. Every week we pack up hundreds of packages and send them on their way to you, and that is very satisfying. Fun, even. So thanks for making our days so very busy with your appreciation for the music we love. We wanna share some amazing reviews with you. For Heavy Cream, Diarrhea Planet, and JEFF The Brotherhood. And on our sister label Plastic 350, Monkey Bowl and Art Circus. Here we go:

Heavy Cream "Super Treatment" "...the mostly female quartet soak their pugnacious brand of garage-rock hellfire with a thick and smelly distortion closely related to that favored by their (figurative) bros in JEFF." Spin "That intensity pays off on Super Treatment, a fast-paced album that takes a page from classic '70s bands like the Ramones and the Runaways. Recorded in San Francisco with the help of garage rocker Ty Segall on analog equipment a quarter-century old, the tracks capture the energy that the band brings with them to the stage."Elle "Listening to garage-punk band Heavy Cream is like speeding down the highway at 100 mph: fast, exhilarating, and a little bit dangerous."Nylon

Diarrhea Planet "Loose Jewels" "Its bouncy guitars are underpinned by some thunderous bass -- think the Romantics, taken on a desert rock acid trip with Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme." - Spin "The puerile name notwithstanding, this Nashville garage sextet comes from an illustrious line of punk rockers who are more interested in cracking jokes than in smashing the state (think of the Dwarves or the Dead Milkmen)." - The New Yorker "It's hard to say who was having more fun during Diarrhea Planet's set—the band or their audience....Diarrhea Planet was the only band of the day to get an encore, thanks to their utter devotion to keeping the crowd enthralled." Village Voice
JEFF the Brotherhood "We Are the Champions" "The addictive southern-rock drone created by the brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall out of a drum set and lone guitar sounds far larger than would be expected from a D.I.Y. two-piece, and it is propelling the Nashville duo quickly into the national spotlight." - New York Times "....they back up the balls of this album title." - Rolling Stone (David Fricke) "Instead, they aim their sound skyward, borrowing frequently from the ecstatic energy of The Ramones and the guitar heroics of AC/DC." - NPR "But the secret weapon on their second album is an unironic embrace of the elegant, harmony-rich hooks and wide-eyed lyrics of rock forebears the Righteous Brothers, which gives the Orralls' blistering tunes their own earnest, romantic edge."Spin


Monkey Bowl "Space"Space, not an album to be pigeonholed, is a diverse, mellow, lyric-driven record that outfits accessible pop in various masks from soft and acoustic to bright and sparkling. The 12-track collection features a  hushed, softer rendition of JEFF the Brotherhood’s “The Tropics” that has a delicate piano base. The record leans heavily on piano hooks, like “The Secret Life of Secrets,” and one of the best is the distinct outlier, even on this mish-mash album, “You All,” with its wiry guitar and retro pop rhythm.” - The Deli National
Art Circus "Apples and Oranges" "Art Circus combines the cute nature of Au Revoir Simone with traits of electronic pop and even (if just slightly) hip hop (at least on this song). Yes, that sounds a little odd, but check out “My Heart Hurts” and I think you’ll understand. The song is slightly melodramatic and moody, backed by a dreamy drum box and indie pop synths, all fronted by Halle Jane with vocals pure and sweet. “My Heart Hurts” follows what you’ll get on Apples and Oranges: light and playful near-twee electro-influenced indie-pop. It’s bouncy, entirely lovable and super fun. Within the album are eleven tracks where Halle lends her sweet vocals to the songwriting expertise of member Robert Ellis Orrall, with assistance form Al Anderson, Canaan Smith and Ben Jones. - Fensepost "Syrupy sweet and daydreamy, Halle Jane has narrowed the wide scope of Art Circus. An influence of Madi Diaz’s unassuming sweetness and acoustic pop sense mixed with whirly piano, earnest vocals and glossy production that make it sound like an ultra girly version of Owl City, Apples & Oranges is pastel-colored, cotton candy pop filled with peach and apple pie, whipped cream and kisses. The lyrics read like diary entries, and Halle completely takes over them, making them her own as she unabashedly sings about some extremely heartfelt, sticky stuff on the topic of love and relationships. Apples & Oranges isn’t a fluff pop record; there are intrigues here, like Halle’s unusual voice, which is soft, but substantial with an inquisitive lilt. And though the record is hooky beyond belief, it isn’t tiring to listen to, keeping pretty quiet and on an even tempo throughout, so that Apples & Oranges comes out endearing and infectious, rather than overtly sappy" - The Deli National