Tickle Torture Drops First Video / Single From Spectrophilia EP!

July 29, 2014

Head on over to Noisey and check out the first video / single from Tickle Torture's upcoming EP, "Spectrophilia" [young-045.] Peep the video and get ready, this release is a scorcher.

This will be released both as a LP+DL / CD / Digi. We're very proud to be involved in this one.

Neighbors - 'Failure' [young-043] LP+DL have arrived, and hit the streets officially 08-19-14, with a release show at Glasslands on the preceding Saturday 08-16-14. If you're in New York, I know where you should be on 08-16. This record is really good.

Vi Som Älskade Varandra Så Mycket — “Den Sorgligaste Musiken I Världen” LP+DL [young-041] is at the plant. Waiting on test pressings. This record is a split release with Zegema Beach Records from Canada. Blood red vinyl, limited to 1st press only. This record is epic. Ex- Khayembii Communique, etc. More to come on this one.

More upcoming news. Hugs not drugs,
love nick / blood of the young / the whole staff

Tickle Torture EP

July 8, 2014

Two days, two extremely exciting announcements.

Blood of the Young is overjoyed to announce we will be bringing you the first physical Tickle Torture release. “Spectrophilia” [young-045 / young-045cd] is accompanied by the first, digital only Tickle Torture e.p. “Spiritual Machete“ as well. One package, one price, all sexy.

If you've been living under a rock, who is Tickle Torture you ask?

Tickle Torture is the sex-pop soundtrack for a new generation of freaks. His first EP, “Spiritual Machete” (2012), felt like catching Justin Timberlake and Prince making out in a dumpster full of broken synthesizers. Equal parts electro-funk and sleaze, “Spectrophilia” has further expanded this sound, incorporating the influences of trashy disco, post-Yeezus experimental hip-hop production sensibilities, and 80’s synth drenched R&B classics to create a one-of-a-kind maximalist assault. Feeding on the sweaty energy left from the funk dynasty of his home base in Minneapolis, one man producer, composer, engineer Elliott Kozel created these tracks over the course of the past year. This do-everything-yourself aesthetic expands into every aspect of the project, from creating his own masks and costumes, to styling and producing many of his own music videos. His sexual, chaotic live shows are half-party, half-performance art, and include a full live band, a team of backup dancers, an arsenal of confetti cannons, strobe lights and video projections.

In the local scene, Tickle Torture has expanded into production work for some of Minneapolis’ finest talents, including Caroline Smith (with whom he co-wrote the nasty ”Fuck Me With The Lights On”) as well as the international rising star Lizzo. Album track “Ready for Love” features local R&B luminary Ashley Dubose, who recently reached a national audience via NBC’s The Voice, melding his experimental electronics and her Neo-Soul leanings into a slinky yet aggressive club banger.

With this 5 song EP and 4 music videos set to launch this fall, Tickle Torture is poised to deliver his raw, sexual vision of the future of dance music.

For now, enjoy the video for “Forgotten” off of “Spiritual Machete” and get ready for the first single and video from “Spectrophilia” to drop in the coming weeks. We'll make sure to let you know!

Father You See Queen LP

July 7, 2014

In highly exciting news here at Blood of the Young, we are ecstatic to announce we will be bringing you Father You See Queen's self-titled LP, upcoming this winter. [young-046]

As a lovely taste of the band, enjoy this exquisite 3D enabled video for “Oceans” off of their “47” E.P. below, premiered over at The Current earlier today:

The LP is amazing. We're listening to is a lot here at BOTY HQ. Trust us when we say, you will be as well.

More news to come rather soon. Until then...

Nick / Blood of the Young

Interview With Melting Wizard, Track Free Through End of Month

May 30, 2014

So we opted to keep Croix Clayton’s “Melting Wizard” track (young-042dl) free until the end of the month. Celebrate 15 years with us. Get on it if you want the track free, and now. It’s really, really good. Haunting. Download it here:

And seeing as we’re talking about Croix, check out the following interview. Really, really well done by Jeremy Woodson. Read it here.

In other news, Neighbors have premiered the third video from ‘Failure’ (digital out by the band already, LP/DL up next from us here. [young-043] ) Check out this awesome video, for yet another killer song off of this monumental album.

More news coming, and thanks for sticking around. We’d tell you more if we could, but cannot yet. Big announcements coming.

Hugs not drugs,

love nick / the rest of the blood of the young staff

Neighbors Interview and Blackthorne at the Triple Rock TONIGHT!

May 9, 2014

The nice people at ThrdCoast just posted an interview with Neighbors — whom you may recall we are doing the LP/DL of 'Failure' (young-043) for. Check it out!

And if you're in the Twin Cities, you want to be at the Triple Rock Social Club Tonight. Blackthorne. Blood, Sweat and Beards (final show.) Anchor Windlass. Nightosaur. Be there or be [].

And don't forget that Melting Wizard is a free download until the 15th!

Celebrating 15 Years With 4 New Releases and a New Website!

May 1, 2014

It’s been 15 years, today, since we first started dripping blood in the form of music, drained from the artists we’ve been lucky enough to work with over the years. A lot has happened in that time, and since being back (we came back the day the world was supposed to end, 12/21/12) we’ve dropped three releases we’re incredibly proud of: Croix Clayton’s novella The Gate of Xibalba, or, The White Road (young-037) , Marijuana Deathsquads’ opus The River 12” (young-038), and Blackthorne’s debut Necroshark 7” e.p. (young-039). We’re incredibly proud of all of these releases, and have more stuff headed your way. Up first, right now, available for free for 15 days to celebrate 15 years since the first release (The Khayembii Communique s/t 7”)…

Melting Wizard

Meet Melting Wizard. Taste the first Melting Wizard track (young-042dl) for free, and help us celebrate.

Neighbors

Next up, Neighbors are a killer band from Brooklyn, and you really ought to check them out. We’re doing the vinyl of their new album ‘Failure’ (young-043) released digitally on 03/25. Street date to be announced. To get an idea, here are the first two videos off of their new album:

Neighbors - “Wild Enough” Video (Spin)
Neighbors – “Last Of A Kind” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

They’ve just charted #132 on the CMJ top 200 which is pretty cool.

Post these two releases, two more are coming that are fleshed out enough we’ll mention them at this point:

Vi Som Älskade Varandra Så Mycket

VSAVSM — or Vi Som Älskade Varandra Så Mycket — are an amazing hardcore band from Stockholm, Sweden. We are releasing their first LP, “Den Sorgligaste Musiken I Världen” (young-041). Ex-members of The Khayembii Comminuque, Song Of Zarathustra, Cardinal Sin, Ruh, Interlace, Neighbors, Speemarket Avenue, Young Team, and The Comedy.

L.I.V.

Last, but most certainly not least, we have L.I.V., or Live Instructional Video. We’re doing their debut release, a cassette/DL entitled “Lazerjuice” (young-044cs.) These guys will entice you to get on their spaceship if you’re not careful.

If you’re in the twin cities, don’t miss their Art-A-Whirl show, it’s going to be quite a show.

Cheers, and here’s to 15 years of Blood. More releases are coming, and yes we will talk about them when we can. Oh and yes, there is most definitely a second Book of Dead Names LP coming. (young-040) We’ll let you know more on that when we can.

Blackthorne - “Necroshark” 7" Out Now in Our Online Store

December 18, 2013

The Blackthorne - 'Necro Shark' 7" EP is available in the online store now. First press of 1100 on black vinyl. You will *not* be disappointed. Get this one now. These guys are picking up speed *fast.* Look out for their upcoming split 4 way 12" on Learning Curve!

Blackthorne - “Necroshark” 7" release & December residency at Grumpy’s Downtown, Marijuana Deathsquads come home after a killer tour, etc.

December 5, 2013

Blackthorne — “Necroshark” 7” ep [young-039] available first on 12/07/13 at their first saturday residency show, with a proper Tuesday release date of 12/10/13 for stores and distributors, and in our online store. This 7" ep includes a digital download code, they are all the rage you know kids. Available on iTunes for you people lacking record players (Hello, Mcfly?) on 12/16/13.

May get all dorky on ya and do a show edition w/ test pressings *limited* to like 8. Record geeks just giving ya a heads up. One for each track on this *INSANELY KILLER* 7" that Blood of the Young is proud to bring you. More details on that.

Blackthorne will continue throughout the month of December with their Saturday residency at Grumpy’s DT.

Blackthorne’s 2nd release will be on a split 12” w/ STNNNG, Blacklisters, & Hey Colussus on Learning Curve Records. Nice. Looking forward to hearing that one, sounds like a pretty hot piece of wax to me!

Check out the new logo as well... just like the band, the logo keeps getting tougher.

Blackthorne

I’m pretty sure we’ve mentioned the online store where you can get covered in blood. Marijuana Deathsquads - “The River” 12" 45 RPM Gatefold w/ digi DL [young-038, also available on iTunes] or Croix Clayton's incredible novel [young-037].. so check out the online store and buy some blood. We'll keep it flowing if you do... well, and if you don't, because it's our passion.

Thanks to everyone who should be thanked, you all know who you are.

Check out new mpls band TYTEJEFF - with Jeff Allen formerly of the Plastic Constellations, Blood of the Young alums as some of you may recall, after split releasing their first full length back in the day with Tom over at Modern-Radio.

Rock over Chicago (or mpls as the case may be)

nick / blood of the young

p.s. we've got some tricks up our sleeve. details soon(ish) regarding some upcoming releases we're damn proud of. and won't talk more about until...

Marijuana Deathsquads — “The River” 12" Now Available on iTunes

November 9, 2013

Quick update: Marijuana Deathsquads — “The River” 12"/DL is now available on iTunes. Head to this link if you're an mp3 only non vinyl person. That’s that for now, more news to come. Go see Marijuana Deathsquads as they cross the country with Poliça, you won’t regret it.

Marijuana Deathsquads — “The River” 12" Out Now in Our Online Store

October 29, 2013

Marijuana Deathsquads — “The River” 12" / digi [young-038] is officially released today. Look for it here on our new storenvy store — with mailorder done by the lovely Luke from Drone Not Drones — as well as at independent record stores all over Minneapolis and St. Paul. The 45 RPM 12" includes a digital download.

Interested stores and distributors email distro@blood-of-the-young.com.

Also, look for Marijuana Deathsquads on tour for the next month with Poliça. They are all sure to be killer shows, starting with Halloween in Milwaukee, sure to be a night to remember!

hugs not drugs,
blood of the young

Marijuana Deathsquads — “The River” 12" Street Date 10/29/13 Mailorder available now!

October 25, 2013

The street date for Marijuana Deathsquads — “The River” 12" / digi release [young-038] is now officially 10/29/13. This makes the third week in a row Marijuana Deathsquads has dropped a release, and is two days prior to their first show of a month long tour with Poliça. Again, distros and stores etc interested in obtaining copies, email distro@blood-of-the-young.com. Mailorder is available now: “The River” gatefold 12" first press edition of 1100 is $15 (if you buy direct from me or my mailorder guy in town) or $19 postage paid. (Yeah, USPS postage rates really do suck now.) They will be in local independent record stores in the twin cities in the next few days. For you non record player owning people, it will be available on Itunes and other digital retailers as well.

Marijuana Deathsquads — “The River” One-sheet PDF, 2.6MB

Re-stock for Croix Clayton’s “THE GATE OF XIBALBA, OR, THE WHITE ROAD” novel [young-037] is here, and again these copies are the last of the first editions. Pick up the book at fine local book and record stores, and of course via mailorder and distro. $15 in person, $18 postage paid. The first edition is of 200, so you might want to get on this if you want a first edition.

Blackthorne — “Necroshark” 7" [young-039] is up next. Some of the best thrash / power violence / metal around. The artwork is coming along beautifully. More details to be announced when we have them. Don't miss them tonight @ Neisen's.

More to come from the soon to be even colder confines of Minneapolis.

with love,
Blood of the Young

Forthcoming Releases

October 4, 2013

Hello out there, sentient beings.

To update a bit:

Marijuana Deathsquads — “The River” 12" [young-038] is at the plant. Physical copies of the 12" / digital release are expected whilst the band is on tour with Poliça, during the month of November. This record sounds and looks incredible. Our official release date is bouncing between tuesdays at the moment. Blood of the Young will update you as soon as further info is available. Copies will be available via mailorder and at local Minneapolis / St. Paul stores before they hit distributors. (distributors: distro@blood-of-the-young.com)

Croix Clayton’s “THE GATE OF XIBALBA, OR, THE WHITE ROAD” novel [young-037] (re)stock is in! These copies will be the last of the first editions. The book will be available at fine local book and record stores, and of course via mailorder and distro. $18 postage paid. The first edition is of 200, so you might want to get on this. The book is really quite good.

Blackthorne — “Necroshark” 7" [young-039] is up next. Some of the best thrash / power violence / metal around. The recording is incredible, thanks to BOTY alumni Knol Tate, of The Hidden Chord and Askeleton, and currently his new (killer) band, Deleter. The artwork will also be incredible, thanks to another BOTY alum, Jason Miller, of The Crush, and more recently his band The Evening Rig, who put out an *excellent* full length themselves. Buy the record, you won’t regret it.

The Book of Dead Names - LP 2 (no title yet) [young-040] is coming along just dandy. Dr. Richardson the mad scientist (of The Infinity Dive, The Crush, etc) has been slaving away behind various devices and twisting all kinds of knobs to bring you the follow up to “And the Story Unfolds.” We’d give you more info but then the band would have to kill us. And they will do it, trust me. [Why do you think so many people have been in this band? Where do you think they go? Yep, that’s right, they talked.]

There are more projects in the works but well, we’ve learned in the past on mentioning too much up front. So, there ya go. Some uber cool stuff in the works.

Major congrats to homies @ Totally Gross National Product, Modern Radio, and Doomtree for all making the top 10 best twin cities record labels. All three have been killing it for a bit here. This city is lucky. (...and of course to my buddy Ian and his label 25 Diamonds, for making the honorable mentions!)

hugs & bloody kisses, swings & misses - nick / blood of the young

p.s. no matter what you hear, I’m not dead.

THE RIVER — Marijuana Deathsquads Streaming Now!

May 14, 2013 young-038d

Marijuana Deathsquads is the ever-evolving, experimental project lead by Ryan Olson, (producer/writer of POLIÇA and GAYNGS), Isaac Gale, and Stefon Alexander (P.O.S). With multiple drummers, a slew of electronic instruments, and highly effected vocals, their live shows are a violent onslaught of improvised yet tightly woven, jagged, intricate experimental sound. The band will be releasing two new E.P.s this month; Music Rocks 1 & 2, via Totally Gross National Product, at the end of a highly successful residency at the Icehouse in Minneapolis.

“The River”—while released today for streaming so that it is available before this Friday’s performance of the piece at the third of five residency shows (at the aforementioned Icehouse)—will see a physical release in early fall. The physical 12” / digital release will see the light of day via Blood of the Young, and we couldn’t be more proud to say that the first new music from the label in a decade is from Marijuana Deathsquads. Dig it.

“The River” is based on a piece written for Czeslaw's Loop, a two day art installation on the Mississippi River that took place in North East Minneapolis in May, 2011. Marijuana Deathsquads performed as a 14 member band (7 drummers), in the rain, on a houseboat and homemade floating stage in the middle of the river.

Ryan and Isaac went down to the river and beat on pots and pans to try and figure out the tempo of the echoes on the river. Who knows if it was successful, but they figured it was 76bpms. (And Ryan now has one less pot, it having been destroyed via said beating.)

The cast of characters on this piece:
Ryan Olson, Isaac Gale, Stef Alexander, Ben Ivascu, Freddy Votel, Drew Christopherson, Joe Christopherson, Ryan Olcott, Jesse Whitney, John Coe, Andy Fritz, Sean Hartman, Seth Rosetter, Varun Kataria, Mark McGee, Jason Power, Albert Elmore, Jeremy Nutzman.

Recorded by: BJ Burton at April Base.
Mixed by: Marijuana Deathsquads
Mastered by: Huntley Miller

THE GATE OF XIBALBA, OR, THE WHITE ROAD — Croix Cambria Clayton

December 12, 2012 young-037

An experimental, non-linear narrative composed using Surrealist Automatic Writing techniques, and modeled on the 22 chapters of the Book Of Revelations of John (and the 22 major arcana of the tarot, on which Revelations itself was modeled), The Gate Of Xibalba is the absurdly visceral tale of millionaire playboy sociopath Christian Saxon- Banks, time-traveling golden boy of the White Road project, a secretive cabal of scientific, political, military and economic bigwigs bent on exploiting the geostrategic advantages of a rapidly emerging psychic high-technology, powered by human sacrifice.

“Mining the psychic and mythological territory explored and devastated by William S. Burroughs, Diego De Landa, and even H.P. Lovecraft and Clark Ashton-Smith, Croix Clayton’s glittering cosmos of word-images is a calculated attempt to invent new directions for the genre called science fiction by removing the constraints of both space and time.”
- V.Vale of Re/Search Publications

Croix Cambria Clayton has been an active member of the Twin Cities creative arts community for over a decade. He has performed or displayed work at the Walker, Soap Factory, and Minneapolis Institute of Arts. As a musician he has played with The American Monsters, Thank You, and Young Quitters. He holds a BA in Film from the University of MN and this is his first novel.

$18.00 ppd

nick@blood-of-the-young.com
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