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23Dec, 2016
Wrapping Up 2016

Here’s the thing: we’d like to claim we’re eager to shove 2016 in the rearview mirror, but that would be an untruth. 2017, politically, seems chilling, if not downright menacing, under the incoming U.S. administration. Every day when a new cabinet position is filled, our hearts sink a little lower. One thing we can promise is that we will not be complacent. Complacency has no business in punk rock, or music in general. Hence, 2017: we will greet you fiercely and look to bring positive change in any way we can. Thanks to all who’ve purchased one of our Not My President t-shirts. We will be donating funds to various organizations who’ll be in real need of financial assistance, and we will keep you apprised along the way. We want to give a big thanks to all who’ve supported us and our bands in 2016; we couldn’t do any of this without you. Finally, our office is closed for 2016, so any orders placed won’t ship until the new year. We’ll be back in 2017 with a full year of great new records! Before we go, the FAT staff put together a list of their top five albums of 2016 (not including FAT artists) which resonated with us in some way or another. Check them out below, and have a great holiday. – Love, FAT.

Fat Mike:
The Interrupters – Say It Out Loud
Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate
The Dirty Nil – Higher Power
The Beatles – Live at the Hollywood Bowl
Blink 182 – California

Erin:
Zach Quinn – One Week Record
Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate
The Interrupters – Say It Out loud
The Dirty Nil – Higher Power
Nerf Herder – Rockingham

Vanessa:
The Dirty Nil – Higher Power
Against Me! – Shape Shift With Me
Beyoncé – Lemonade
Nick Cave – Skeleton Tree
Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos

Chad: 5 Compelling Rock & Metal albums from 2016:
Witchcraft – Nucleus
Khemmis – Hunted
Gygax – Critical Hits
Hammers of Misfortune – Dead Revolution
Testament – Brotherhood of the Snake

Bart:
Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate
The Dirty Nil – Higher Power
Weezer – White Album
Deap Vally – Femejism
Mitski – Puberty 2

Pat: 5 non-Punk Albums I listened to in 2016:
John K. Sampson – Winter Wheat
Regina Spektor- Remember Us To Life
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
Metallica – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
David Bowie – Blackstar

Tim:
Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate
Blink 182 – California
The Bouncing Souls – Simplicity
Ray Rocket – Do You Wanna Go To Tijuana?
Against Me! – Shape Shift With Me

Jordan:
Suuns – Hold/Still
Tancred – Out of the Garden
Slingshot Dakota – Break
Angel Olsen – My Woman
Super Unison – Auto

Melanie:
Against Me! – Shape Shift With Me
Brutal Youth – Sanguine
The Falcon – Gather Up The Chaps
Public Animal – Palace Arms
Medication – Warm Places

21Dec, 2016
Western Addiction – Tremulous – out March 10th!

16Dec, 2016
FACE TO FACE – First 3 album reissues – Out Today!

Today marks our last release date of the year and face to face have the honors. No more fruitless searching or blowing your paycheck on the super rare originals; the first three face to face albums are finally back in print on vinyl! These reissues include all the important stuff: bonus tracks, remastered sound, and enhanced artwork.

Don’t Turn Away: Bandcamp, Spotify
Big Choice: Bandcamp
Face to Face: Bandcamp
Look for digital releases on Spotify & iTunes in early 2017 from Antagonist Records.

13Dec, 2016
The Real McKenzies – Two Devils Will Talk – out March 3rd!


Our favorite highlanders, The Real McKenzies, will be celebrating 2017 with a brand new album—Two Devils Will Talk—out March 3rd, marking their 25th year as a band. There’s a saying in Scotland: “Many a mickle makes a muckle.” This translates to: “Many a small thing makes a big thing.” This is especially true with the unique sound that The Real McKenzies’ have cultivated over the years. Two Devils Will Talk is packed with fourteen rousing songs that incorporate classic punk, hard folk, acoustic and electric instruments, all weaving in the Celtic influence for which the band is known. The result of all these combined elements is one of the strongest albums in the band’s entire career. These vagabonds have already lined up a North American tour with additional European dates to be added soon. Canadians: Stomp Records will be your source of this finely distilled recording on CD & Digital. We’ll be announcing our pre-order shortly, but in the meantime, read what bassist Troy Zak has to say about his clan’s latest offering:

“On the 25th Anniversary of The Real McKenzies, we remain true to our Scottish-Canadian Punk Rock ‘n’ Roll roots. We wrote an album about perseverance, determination, and staying true to our beliefs. The band has never hung up its hat even at the toughest of times and this album shows we are more relevant now than ever before.”



06Dec, 2016
NOFX: The Hepatitis Bath Towel, 1st Edition Hard Cover Book, and 2 New Records!

First off, let’s talk first editions. Normally, the first edition, hard cover version of a book is the first thing released. However, NOFX aren’t your normal authors, so they decided to wait and print up the hard cover edition of their New York Times Bestselling book, NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories, a few months after release. But it’s finally here and makes a great gift! This is the first printing!

Number two, we have a recently unearthed, crazy old NOFX recording to go along with the crazy old stories in the book. It’s a 4-song 7-inch EP that was recorded in a basement in Omaha, Nebraska in 1987! Comprised of songs that were never re-recorded for anything else later, it’s a veritable lost treasure. (Vinyl only, no digital!)

Number three in this Hepatitis Bath Bundle … the Hepatitis Bath Towel! That’s right, a full-size, 58″×28″ beach-style towel, boldly emblazoned with your favorite band’s moniker and the word “hepatitis” nice and big! Perfect for getting weird looks and carving out that spot at the beach to read your new book.

Number FOUR! Another 7-inch record. Many of you already have this one, as it was the secret bonus record in the NOFX First Ditch Effort album bundle that you probably received (a little late… sorry). If you got the yellow or orange/white vinyl with your bundle, then you got a much more limited color pressing. What we have today is the white vinyl (2,589 pressed) and black vinyl versions of Oxy Moronic, number 3 in our OD (Original Demo) Series. The b-side contains the radically different original demo version of “Oxy Moronic.” This record is sold separately and NOT part of the bundle. (No digital either!)

Last and least, number five: Fat Wreck Chords wrapping paper! Clearly you need something cool and inappropriate to wrap all this up in on the 26th, as you’re prepping your late, last minute gift. What better way to do that than FAT wrapping paper?! It’s a large, 24″×37″, folded sheet of wrapping paper adorned with our lovely logo, stacks of records, and some warming holiday cheer. (Note: if you want to guarantee you get the wrapping paper before Xmas, order that separately; the shipping is cheap and we can’t guarantee the book/towel/record bundle will arrive by the 24th, though we will be shipping them out starting December 19th).

Whew! We have plenty of these bundles, so take your time in getting your order straight before placing it!


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