Monday, September 29, 2014

Upcoming KW release preview: Vexx - A La Mode 7"

We here are Katorga Works are proud to announce to the new 7" of Olympia's Vexx. Here is a preview track:

Expect some intense touring action in 2015!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Upcoming KW release preview: Vanity - Vain In Life LP

We here are Katorga Works are proud to announce to the new LP of NYC's Vanity. Here is a preview track:

Ex/Current members of the Rival Mob, CREEM, Nuclear Spring, etc.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Vote For Heaven Street Records!!

Photo courtesy of Fuck Heads (not pictured: tall Chinese metalhead employee)

The Village Voice just nominated Heaven Street Records for best NYC record store of 2014. Please take a moment to vote for the most poorly run store in the city!! If we don't win, Sean said he will fire me :(

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New Wharf Cat Release: The Ukiah Drag - In The Reaper's Quarters LP

Artist: The Ukiah Drag
Album: In The Reaper's Quarters LP
Release: 2014
Label: Wharf Cat


1. Intro
2. Her Royal Grip
3. The Rat's Waltz (Redux)
4. Final Prayer
5. Drip From The Fang
6. Wait And See
7. Night Of Immaculacy

STANDING IN THE PISSING RAIN MUST BE A DRAG: Recorded in a secularized Lutheran temple off the banks of the Hudson River, Ukiah Drag's new LP In the Reaper's Quarters (produced by Ben Greenberg) is fine projection of basement rumination finding temptation in the halls of an ex-God. Straddling the church balcony, licking the scum off stained glass, crooked steeples refracting moonlight and blood…There is no erasure of the Satanic ego as it the Drag moves onto new spiritual drippings. While the band's Dirt Trip single was hard but not necessarily unforgiving, In the Reaper's Quarters is a hellish maw that chews up tired rock and post punk tropes only to reanimate them in other austere and lonely offices. You may chew on its bones and swallow its scales but they'll cling to your pockmarked soul indeed.

Pulsating organs strobe their way through flattening riffs and creep beats; on many tracks the listener will hear a sex-crazed baby grand slinking sinfully into the reaper's pit. Their rendition of Lee Hazlewood's "Wait and See" will break the emotional turnstiles of many a troglodyte. This is a widow-making full length that marks and culminates every player's previous efforts to a blunt and remorseless tee. For fans of the violent prose of Harry Crews, Bobby Beausoleil's score of LUCIFER RISING, and the hallowed walls of Chateau Marmont. 


New Katorga Works Release: Weed Hounds - Self Titled LP

Artist: Weed Hounds
Album: Self Titled LP
Release: 2014
Label: Katorga Works


1. Harbor
2. Destination Of Choice
3. At Night
4. Best Deli
5. Heather W
6. Mono
7. Leaf
8. Mystic Cave Zone
9. Private Life
10. Swell

And now, a post that may come as a complete surprise (or even shock) to many who remember them, but the Weed Hounds LP is FINALLY out!! Around five years in the making, Weed Hounds has finally completed their debut full length. This album perfectly captures their phenomenal blend of classic-era shoegaze and 90s indie pop a la the legendary Slumberland Records. Unlike a majority of their peers at the time, Weed Hounds was able to create something far more extraordinary than the usual, tepid nugaze or faux-twee pop that littered the indie world. Instead, Weed Hounds stands above the pack with a superior recording courtesy of Ben Greenberg and, most importantly, a songwriting ability that exhibits a clear understanding of what this style of music was meant to be.

To be perfectly honest, there were points in time over the years where neither the band nor us thought this record would see the light of day, so we're ecstatic to announce that it's finally ready for public consumption and that it's as special we have been hoping it would be all these years.

This is for sale now with the new Ukiah Drag LP on Wharf Cat Records, as well as a huge distro update featuring the following: 

The Ukiah Drag - In the Reaper's Quarters LP
The Ukiah Drag - Jazz Mama Is Cryin 12" restock
Hank Wood - Stay Home LP restock (last 1st press copies)
Cheena - All the Cheena Money Can Buy CS
Mad Dog - Demo CS
Heathen - Demo CS
Ivy - Public Demonstration CS (2nd demo)
Ivy - S/T CS (tape version of the 12")
Evil Spells, Vol. 1 LP (essential black metal comp)
Mystic Inane - Deep Creep 7" (we have some limited white version copies!)
Brown Sugar - Chocolate City 7" flexi
Nomad - Toxic State 12" on cassette
Aspects of War - Presence of Death 7" on cassette
NUTS #14 zine
A bunch of Eugene Terry zines
+ a bunch more!

This also marks the first of many updates to come with the webstore as the Katorga Works distro grows bigger and bigger and begins to include more and more NYC punk ephemera, not just records! You'll see some of the crazy new stuff soon enough! We've moved into an office space and there's even an additional employee, so we'll be much more efficient now, as well.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Greetings, everyone! Here to post to tell you about a cool site called FUCK HEADS that features lots of cool polaroids taken at NYC shows. This site is constantly updated.