Artist: Ratsia

Country: Finland
Genre: Punk/Hardcore
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Best of 2012 (so far)

Best of 2012 (so far)

Been meaning to get this written up for over a week now, but I haven't found the time and now that I'm about head out on vacation to Sweden for a couple weeks, I figure I need to get at least something up. So without further ado, here's my picks for the best releases of 2012 so far (in alphabetical order):

Agent Side Grinder - Hardware ()
Beastmilk - Use your deluge ()
Diskoteket - Det ska se ut som slutet ()
Magnus Ekelund & Stålet - Supernova EP ()
Nitad - Rastlös & vild ()
Susanne Sundfør - The silicone veil ()
Tvärvägen - Staring directly into the sun ()
Vånna Inget - Jag ska fly tills jag hittar hem ()

On the cusp/too early to tell:
Anchorless - Every nook and cranny ()
Norra Kust - s/t ()
Westkust - Junk EP ()

Missbrukarna - Zooma in en zombie ()
Ratsia - Jäljet ()

Listen to a selection of these records below via Spotify:

Another Lama reissue from Svart

' vinyl reissue of Lama's singles collection "...Ja mikään ei muuttunut" will be out next week:
For Americans, I'd presume that or will be getting copies eventually just like they did with the self-titled LP and the Ratsia reissues.

Latest CRI 7" reissues now available

Combat Rock Industry's classic Finnish punk 7" reissue series continues with the release of Ratsia's "Taalta tulee yo" and Lama's "Totuus loytyy kaurapuurosta" are now available. Limited to 500 copies each, so be sure to track one down soon.

Three new 7"s from CRI in May

New on Combat Rock Industry: Atom Notes, featuring members from Finnish luminaries Manifesto Jukebox, Endstand, Abduktio, Deathbed, etc. Hear two songs at myspace and wait for the debut 7" in May. Also on the way in the label's classic punk 7" reissue series, Ratsia's "Taalta tulee yo" and Lama's "Totuus Loytyy Kaurapuurosta". Again, out in May.

CRI to reissue eight classic Finnish punk seven-inches in 2009, more

Combat Rock Industry will be doing a run of eight classic Finnish punk 7" reissues in 2009 starting off with two records from Ratsia in March. Look for more batches of two to come every two months or so thereafter. Also in the works from the label is a special 10th anniversary show planned for May 22, 2010. Obviously, that's still a loooong way off, but they've already confirmed that Endstand and Manifesto Jukebox will reunite for the occasion along with Wasted.