Pitchfork: Beyoncé’s Lemonade Vinyl Mispressed With Songs by Canadian Punk Band Zex

The first half of their 2017 album Uphill Battle appears on the A-side of Bey’s lemon-yellow record

Beyoncé (Kevin Mazur/WireImage); Zex (courtesy of Earsplit PR)
Beyoncé (Kevin Mazur/WireImage); Zex (courtesy of Earsplit PR)

This month saw the official vinyl release of Lemonade, Beyoncé’s massive 2016 album. Some of those who received their orders, however, may have been taken aback when they dropped the needle on Side A of the lemon-yellow vinyl record. According to a Facebook post from Canadian punk band Zex, the A-Side of their recent album Uphill Battle (featuring songs such as “Burn the Flag,” “Child Soldier,” and “No Sanctuary”) appears on the opening side of Lemonade, where tracks like “Hold Up” should be. Watch videos of the mispressed record playing below. A representative for Magic Bullet Records, which released Uphill Battle, confirmed the legitimacy of the mispressed LP. Columbia Records sent Pitchfork the following statement:

Due to human error at the Celebrate Records plant in Germany, which Sony uses to manufacture vinyl, a small amount of the European run of the Beyoncé Lemonade vinyl included music from Canadian punk band, ZEX, on Side A. Beyoncé and ZEX were not aware of or responsible for the mispress. Fans who purchased the vinyl will be refunded and given a replacement copy. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused.

The accidental Zex/Beyoncé split LP follows a recent mispress where Queens of the Stone Age songs appeared on a new album by Gordi. “I anticipate either people won’t notice or they’ll appreciate the dynamic shift,” Gordi joked about the incident.

Notekillers in NY Times

Revival for the Notekillers, Still Noisy After All These Years

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Philadelphia’s Goddamnit touring in April!

Check out Philadelphia punk rock band Goddamnit on tour this April. Their sophomore album “I’ll Never Be Okay, I’ll Never Be the Same” is out now on Jump Start Records.

The new record is available here.

Tour Dates:




Swamp Cabbage Records Now Available From Hostile City!

Hostile City Distribution is pleased to announce the addition of Swamp Cabbage Records!

Swamp Cabbage Records was officially born in July of 2009. The label puts out records from Punk, Pop Punk, Hardcore, and Ska bands from all over the world. Their roster features bands including Caffiends, Gnarly Whales, Wolf-Face, and more!

Their entire catalog is available here:

Rebuilder | Rock & Roll in America | LP

Rebuilder – Punk/Hardcore Artist of the Year nominee for the 2016 Boston Music Awards

REBUILDER – Punk/Hardcore Artist of the Year nominee for the 2016 Boston Music Awards

Rebuilder have toured extensively in 2016 and they will be playing with Dropkick Murphys on 3/17 @ House of Blues Boston

Rebuilder | Rock & Roll in America | LP

2016 Boston Music Awards Punk Hardcore Artist of the Year nominee Rebuilder! Their latest album as described on Punknews.org: “Is there such a thing as mature pop-punk? If so, then Rebuilder are one of the best bands doing it. Their 2013 self-titled EP was a pleasant surprise and showed they had the chops to go far. Two years down the line and it seems that they’ve decided to explore a bit more and open up towards a sound that’s a bit more dynamic than Rebuilder — and in doing so, they show that they’re fully ready to travel the long road and make it theirs. This album’s more wholesome and feels like a sonic shift in the right direction — one that’s riskier and bolder, but still cultivates a sound that doesn’t shy away from the melodic punk prominent on their previous stuff. Rock & Roll In America is rife with passion, charisma and ultimately, it’s a big move up for this Boston-based unit.” -Punknews.org

GTIN ( UPC / EAN / ISBN ) 823819036417
Label Panic State Records
Sku PSR020
SRP $21.99

Track Listing:

The National Bohemian
Look What You’ve Done
Heart Attack
Le Grand Fromage
Empty Streets
When I Grow Up
The White Flag
Hope Diamond
American Dread (A Frontier)

Rebuilder | Rock & Roll in America | LP
Rebuilder | Rock & Roll in America | LP

Aristocrats World Domination Tour Continues – S. America Dates Announced!

We know it’s taken a long time to make this announcement, but we can finally say that The Aristocrats are coming to South America!



11-Nov – Monterrey, MEXICO – C3
13-Nov – Mexico City, MEXICO – TBA
15-Nov – Sao Paulo, BRAZIL – Carioca Club
17-Nov – Belo Horizonte, BRAZIL – Circus Rock Bar
20-Nov – Florianopolis, BRAZIL – Centro Integrado de Cultura
23-Nov – Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA – Nice To Club
25-Nov – Santiago, CHILE – Teatro La Cupula
27-Nov – Bogota, COLOMBIA – Auditorium Fernando Sor

Not all shows have tickets available for sale yet. These links will go live over the coming weeks. We recommend watching our Facebook page, Twitter feed, and website calendar page for the latest info.

To our fans in South America: Thank you for being so patient, and we are looking forward to finally playing for you!

Also, to our fans in Asia, there have been a couple of changes to our tour schedule, specifically in India with venues. Here is the latest info on that:


Sept 5 – Fukuoka, JAPAN – Gate’s 7
Sept 6 – Osaka, JAPAN – BigCat
Sept 7 – Nagoya, JAPAN – The Bottom Line
Sept 8 – Kawasaki, JAPAN – Club Citta
Sept 10 – Bangkok, THAILAND – M-Theatre
Sept 12 – Kolkota, INDIA – Rang Durbar, Swabhumi
Sept 14 – Bangalore, INDIA – The Humming Tree
Sept 16 – Mumbai, INDIA – blueFROG
Sept 18 – New Dehli, INDIA – Hard Rock Cafe
Sept 21 – Kathmandu, NEPAL – Tangalwood
Sept 25 – Taipei, TAIWAN – Riverside Live House
Sept 27 – Shenzhen, CHINA – A8 Live
Sept 29 – Hong Kong, KONG KONG – The Hangout
Oct 2 – Perth, AUSTRALIA – John Inverarity Theatre
Oct 4 – Adelaide, AUSTRALIA – The Gov
Oct 6 – Melbourne, AUSTRALIA – The Bendigo Hotel
Oct 8 – Sydney, AUSTRALIA – Manning Bar
Oct 10 – Brisbane, AUSTRALIA – The Crow Bar

All India dates except Kolkata are sold out as of this writing. What an amazing response – thank you India! If you didn’t get a ticket and you wanted to go, again, stay tuned to all of the links (Facebook page, Twitter feed, and website calendar page) for the very latest information on any changes in the situation.

Lots of flying coming up! Hope to see our friends in the far corners of the world very soon.

Cheers to all,
The Aristocrats

Violated Records

Rotten To The Core Records

Rotten To The Core Records Now Available From Hostile City!

Hostile City Distribution is pleased to announce the addition of Rotten To The Core Records!

The original Rotten To The Core Records. Founded in 2003 by Robert Janis. Rotten To The Core Records is a DIY punk//hardcore label & mail-order originally from Lancaster, CA & is now located in Ventura, CA. Originally a distro until its first release in October 2008.
With a diverse range of artists spanning the likes of Thulsa Doom to Oi Polloi RTTC Records is a fine addition to the Hostile City roster! Welcome aboard!

Top 50 Best Selling Titles for 2016

Here’s a ranked list of our top 50 best sellers for 2016 so far:

Best Selling Top 50 Hostile City Releases

CD | ARISTOCRATS | (Beller, Govan, Minneman) | BM0001 | 013964643466 | 17.99
CD | Dethklok | Metalocalypse | BSR2013-1 | 748252370112 | 15.99
CD | Aristocrats | Tres Caballeros | BM00007 | 822685896392 | 14.99
CD | Lionheart | Love Don’t Live Here | UWR-LHHCR001 | 665776192252 | 11.99
CD | Jank | Awkward Pop Songs | CRP166CD | 881821016629 | 9.99
CD+DVD | Aristocrats | Tres Caballeros DELUXE | BM00008 | 822685897351 | 19.99
CD | The Strike | The Oi! Collection | CRP-PUNKCD004 | 700261438917 | 9.99
CD+DVD | Aristocrats | Culture Clash Live | BM00006CD | 822685908859 | 24.99
CD | Wisdom In Chains | The God Rhythm | FB021CD | 665776178850 | 12.99
CD+DVD | Tony MacAlpine | Concrete Gardens Special Edition | SDR496 | 638872614966 | 19.99
CD+DVD | Aristocrats | Culture Clash [DELUXE EDITION] | 696859121227 | BM00005 | 29.99
CD | Madball | Hardcore Lives | BNB002CD | 823819030323 | 18.99
CD | Aristocrats | Culture Clash | 696859121210 | BM00004 | 17.99
CD | UXO | UXO | REP121CD | 832915012126 | 9.99
CD | Lionheart | Welcome To The West Coast | FB014 | 665776165553 | 12.99
LP | Supersuckers | Holding The Bag | CRP/REP123 | 832915012317 | 24.99
CD | Virgil Donati | In This Life | GM20013 | 822685013126 | 15.99
DVD+CD | ARISTOCRATS | BOING WE’LL DO IT LIVE DVD+2XCD | BM00003 | 713757252638 | 31.99
CD | Ane Brun | When I’m Free | DEMCD15 | 7320470202531 | 17.99
CD | Tony MacAlpine | Concrete Gardens | SDR497 | 638872614973 | 14.99
LP | Jank | Awkward Pop Songs | CRP166 | 881821016612 | 19.99
CDx2 | Ane Brun | Rarities | DEMCD14 | 7320470180020 | 17.99
CD | Drowning | EgoTrip | FB026 | 665776198858 | 11.99
CD | Dwarves| How To Win Friends and Influence People | REP068CD | 881821006828 | 9.99
CD | Strength Approach | Over The Edge | FB027 | 665776100059 | 12.99
7 | MADBALL | REBELLION | BNB001 | 823819140213| 8.99
CD | Nili Brosh | A Matter Of Perception | NBM01CD | 091037507662 | 14.99
LP | Dwarves| How To Win Friends and Influence People | REP068LP | 881821006811| 19.99
CDx2 | Ludichrist |Immaculate Deception / Powertrip | DCR20 | 616892002024 | 24.99
CD |Lifeless | Dream | FB020CD | 665776176658 | 13.99
LP | Supersuckers | Get The Hell | REP106 | 832915010610 | 19.99
CD | Cutthroats 9 | Dissent | REP111CD | 832915011129 | 18.99
LP | Aristocrats | Culture Clash [2xLP] | 881821132312 | BM00006 | 29.99
CD | WISDOM IN CHAINS | WISDOM IN CHAINS | UWR024 | 665776121825 | 9.99
LP | UXO | UXO | REP121LP | 832915012119 | 19.99
CD | Jank | Awkward Pop Songs | CRP166CD | 881821016629 | 9.99
CD | Total Chaos | World Of Insanity | CHAOS001 | 635961234425 | 16.99
CD | Harker | A Lifetime Apart | 8238191632416 | PP0895 | 9.99
LP | Queers | Later Days and Better Lays | 665776137758 | UWR028 | 16.99
CD | Hatebeak | Number of the Beak | REP100CD | 832915010023 | 9.99
DVD+CD | Kiko Loureiro | The White Balance | NSL0005 | 823819140091 | 24.99
LP | Lionheart | Welcome To The West Coast | FB014 | 665776164457 | 24.99
CD | BELLRAYS | HAVE A LITTLE FAITH |CLR009 | 875929000826| 9.99
CD | These Streets | Out Of Time | FB-LHHCR002 | 665776199954 | 7.99
LP | ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE | LA NOVIA | PMLP1104 | 881182110417 | 24.99
LP | Mischief Brew | Smash The Windows (180 Gram Reissue) | FIST040 | 019962188602 | 24.99
CD | Medictation | Warm Places | 8882954101994 | PP0210 | 22.95
CD | OBLIVION SUN | THE HIGH PLACES | PMCD1301 | 881821130127 | 14.99
LP | Bad Luck 13 Riot Extravaganza | Picture Disc | CRP130LP | 881821103015 | 21.99
LP | Set Your Goals | The Reset Demo 10th Anniversary Edition | CR001 | 819162015339 | 24.99
The Aristocrats
The Aristocrats

Are you a retail store? Do you have these in stock? Contact us today and have a conversation about which best selling titles on our best seller list will help make your store the best merchandised operation in your town! Concerned about what to carry to stay competitive in today’s retail landscape? Hostile City Best Sellers are your answer!

Jank Boy Rex Versace Summer Tour 2016 Ft. Donovan Wolfington

Jank Tour
Jank are doin’ the dang thing with Boy Rex and Donovan Wolfington this August for 3 weeks of summer 2016 so lets get it.

Philly weed-pop legends JANK

are back with a new EP (or should I say mini-album?), and it is absolutely awesome. We first got a taste of Versace Summer last month when the band released two songs to benefit the victims of the Orlando tragedy, and today the band shared the rest via Noisey. These eight songs show JANK further refining the formula that got them on the radar in the first place, with guitar, drums, bass, and vocals all working perfectly in sync to create nothing short of a head-banger. The lyrics are silly as ever, with songs likes “This Is A Song About My Bike Ralph And It’s Called ‘Ralph’” telling the story of relationships with inanimate objects, but if anything, JANK’s childish nature adds to their beauty. Stream Versace Summer .

Stream JANK Versace Summer EP

Jank – Record of the Week!

Jank | Awkward Pop Songs
Jank | Awkward Pop Songs

JANK is a Philadephia band that was first heard/seen by CREEP RECORDS when the band played in CREEP’S retail record store. Now, JANK’s debut album is on its way to becoming CREEP’S highest selling band in the label’s 20+ year history! Just in time for you to get the record before JANK goes on tour this summer, pick up your super limited ‘White’ and ‘ Royal Blue’ AsideBside or splattered ‘Kelly Green’ version from CREEP!

Jank – 7.9 on Pitchfork


“At their best, the Philly punk band JANK highlights the connection between emo’s fourth wave and the unconventional, genre-spanning pop of the Dismemberment Plan or the Unicorns.” – by Ian Cohen

Jank | Awkward Pop Songs




Humor has a tenuous place in music, and actual “jokes” have almost none at all. It’s understandable: Most songwriting places a premium on some sort of basic honesty, and asking someone “are you joking?” is usually a way to determine if they are shitting you. Honest, earnest attempts to be funny, meanwhile, usually end up with the opposite result. So this is what Awkward Pop Songs knowingly puts itself up against—its cover art and album title immediately establish its prank-punk bonafides and “JANK” itself is probably even sillier than the“Futurama” reference frontman Matt Diamond used for his previous band: Panucci’s Pizza. But in the few months since its initial release and its physical reissue, Awkward Pop Songs has lived out a lyric from another trio whose superficial goofiness was a Trojan horse for one of the most inventive, original and flat-out fun records in its realm: “Saw the cover of the tape, figured it’s pretty wack/later on eventually admitted that it’s pretty crack.”

As was the case with Das Racist, local heroes Ween, and even the Golden State Warriors, JANK’s irreverence feels like an unlocked superpower rather than a defense mechanism or compensatory measure—that they’re having this much fun with their technically astonishing chops makes their subversion of realness seem all the more amazing. Even more improbable is the number of styles in which they can operate: though the title Awkward Pop Songs is the least-clever aspect of the LP, it’s an accurate descriptor for an overview of nearly every offshoot of “revival” emo that has coalesced into the new shape of alternative rock.

There’s plenty of the arpeggiated, hammer-and-pull guitar of the dubious, American Football-fathered “twinkle” subgenre, as well as the two-handed tapping that marks its mathier offshoots. JANK can also veer towards hefty, Will Yip-approved emogaze and sometimes it all happens within the same song (“Caitlyn”). Diamond’s voice can elicit the instantaneous thrills of raw-throated, Midwestern emo and caffeinated pop-punk without the requisite adenoidal whine. In fact, the songs that most immediately sound like they’re crushing hard on someone turn into surrealistic stoner talk: “Caitlyn” proposes a playdate of “Katamari Damacy” and late-night TV with an imaginary dog. “Wut I Liek Abt U” cops the irrepressible, house party giddiness of Nothing Feels Good and its whimsical, quotable non-sequiturs—“And you could use a new toothbrush!;” “Tell me your favorite kind of dinosaur?”

At its peaks, Awkward Pop Songs draws a fat highlighter on the connection between emo’s fourth wave and the unconventional, genre-spanning pop of the Dismemberment Plan or the Unicorns, bands whose manic, effusive, anti-cool styles soon were subsumed by more earnest, bombastic forms of indie rock. This aspect of JANK can make Awkward Pop Songs sound damn-near necessary in 2016—if peers like Foxing, The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, and the Hotelier are stewards of the communally composed, broadly ambitious sound of mid-decade indie rock, they also have its tendency towards somber intensity.

But JANK kid because they love: the most impressive part ofAwkward Pop Songs is that it’s incredibly funny without sounding like it’s ever making fun of anyone specific. Diamond’s pop culture reference points are still cartoonish and broad—“Ouran Highschool Toast Club” tweaks the title of a popular parody of otaku culture, while “Race Car Bed” nods at an overlooked joke on the otherwise overexposed “Can I Borrow A Feeling?” episode of “The Simpsons.”

But the best laughs are musical in-jokes and some have nothing at all to do with JANK’s style of music. “Race Car Bed” also nominally “features” a non-existent, presumably #sadboy parody Yung Goth Boi and “Loading Screen” might be a subtext-free goof on the retro-futurist fetishizing of James Ferraro or PC Music. “The Hat Store” strives to be this decade’s “Combination Pizza Hut & Taco Bell;” “Spilt to Bill” shouts out the similarly untamed Island of Misfit Toysand announces, “if you don’t like Built to Spill, then I don’t fuck with you or anyone you know” while sounding like a There’s Nothing Wrong With Love cut played at 78 rpm.

The climactic moment of Awkward Pop Songs occurs when the happy hardcore of “J A N K!” crumples into a heap for no discernible reason. And then, the most legit LOL a punk record has given me in ages: a group chant of “THIS IS…A RIPOFF…OF A…TITLE…FIGHTSONG,” knicking the melody of their emo-gaze turning point “Head in the Ceiling Fan.” It doesn’t come off like a joke at the expense of punk rock’s most stoic bands, or really even the countless pop-punk acts who’ve aped it to establish a more “mature” sound. It’s more of a simple “if if feel good, do it” moment. Or, an acknowledgment that even if it’s only four years old, that’s a watershed classic, and thus, public domain. It’s the same kind of open-ended communication and crowd participation that constantly pops up in hip-hop and pop music. Rather than shy away from people claiming their fans are“meme loving Tumblr kids,” JANK say, “we are too.” Is it any wonder that JANK can basically be their own backing band at shows these days?