It's been six months since Hurricane Sandy delivered us into a watery hell, but we are back on the scene, and rarin' to go. Humongous thanks to everyone who toiled through trouble during the briney baptism, and to the wax mavens, musicians, promoters, club owners, and record makers who went the extra mile to pull us out of the sump. Hail, hail rock n' rollers everywhere! (read more...)
NEW NORTON SEVEN INCHERS OUT NOW!
Nothing says "we're back" better than some hot new 45 rpm spinners!
SUR ROYAL DA COUNT AND THE PARLIAMENTS – SCREAM BABY SCREAM/SCREAM MOTHER SCREAM (174)Dig the utterly insane 1967 classic single Scream Mother Scream and then warp your mind even more with the earlier and even more deranged demo Scream Baby Scream – TOTALLY NUTS!
SONICS – DO YOU LOVE ME/MONEY (175)Two pulverizing pounders from the deadly HERE ARE THE SONICS debut album now on 45!
HARLAN WOLF – RADIOACTIVE FLIP FLOP/MARTY WATERS – MIDNIGHT BLUES (878) The two greatest names in show business offer unreleased gems sure to thrill music lovers worldwide! The sure cure for your BIG ITCH!
MONARCS – SOUR GRAPES/VI-TONES – KAMIKAZE (882) Heavy reverb instrumental surf rippers by El Paso’s Monarcs and Chicago’s Vi-Tones! Two 1963 monsters from master tapes released here for the first time!
HURRICANE SANDY SPECIALS GALORE!
We've got lots of $2 "Sandy Specials" 45's sold separately and in value sets, plus you can now purchase from the dwindling stock of Spivak specialty sleeves. Dig in at the SANDY SPECIALS HOTLINE LINK!
PREPARE FOR WILD WAX COMING IN JUNE!
BLOODSHOT BILL - THE LONESOME ROAD (386) Second Norton full length by today’s top one man band!
MICK COLLINS AND DANNY KROHA – WINTER BLUES AND GREENS (1701) Gories members deliver an amazing double EP of seven Kim Fowley poems from his second KICKS Books tome PLANET PAIN set to music!
LA LA BROOKS - PLAY WITH FIRE/PIGGIES – PARACHUTE WOMAN (9665) The fabulous lead singer of the Crystals returns with a fiery take on an early Stones ballad produced by Mick Collins while the Piggies (featuring Andy from the Little Killers) work it out on a BEGGARS BANQUET favorite!
150 NEW NON-NORTON 7" TITLES ARE IN!
Limited stock on a class stash of boss non-Norton seven inch blastables sure to set ya pants on fire. Get 'em while they're hot! Dig all the small qty non-Norton wax goods on tap, categorized by style for quick pickability!
NYC RECORD SHOW MAY 18!
Norton Records will be dealing at the NYC Record Showa t the Holiday Inn, 440 West 57 St., NYC on Saturday May 18. The show runs from 10AM-4PM with an 8AM early admission. This special expanded event will be held in the ballroom and will be way bigger than the regular monthly shows. Stock up on Norton platters!
A-BONES EUROPE ROAD TRIP + NYC!
The A-Bones blast through Europe June 13-23, with a send off here at home with the fabulous Remains! A-Bones page!
June 7 Bell House, Brooklyn NY (with THE REMAINS!)
June 13 Wurlitzer Ballroom, Madrid, Spain
June 14 Wamba Buluba club, Barcelona, Spain
June 15 El Loco Club, Valencia, Spain
June 16 La Gramola, Orihuela, Spain
June 18 4AD, Diskmuide, Belgium
June 19 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
June 20 Vera, Gronigen, Netherlands
June 21 Orange Peel, Frankfurt, Germany
June 22 Grillen, Colmar, France
June 23 Norton Records Night, La Via Lactea, Madrid, Spain (with DJs Billy and Miriam of Norton Records)
Twenty years ago this month - the A-Bones on tour in Vancouver, British Columbia with Guitar Wolf, Jackie and the Cedrics and the 220.127.116.11s. We will be playing with Guitar Wolf once again in Colmar, France on June 22.
ROCTOBER NORTON TRIB BENEFIT JUNE 7
Roctober HurROCKane RelIef Review
FRIDAY , JUNE 7
Bottom Lounge (Volcano Room)
1375 W.Lake Street
The first all-Norton artist trib show from the masterminds at Roctober and utilizing all the fritzy talent that the Windy City can offer!!!!
Featuring Norton R'n'B Legend - T.VALENTINE OF "Hello , Lucille , Are You a Lesbian?", "Betty Sue" , "Shake Your Funky A.S.S." fame!
The Bama Lamas play The Norton Hits !
Girl Group Chicago as The Shangri - Las !
The Polkaholics as King Uszniewicz and his Uszniewicztones !
The Dyes salute Norton Rockabilly !
Gentleman John Battles as Hasil Adkins !
James Porter as Sam The Sham !
Ratso as Esquerita !
DJ Todd Killings !
East of Edens Soul Express !
Raffles ! Prizes ! Surprises !
BEWARE UNAUTHORIZED NORTON CD'S
While we were bubbling under, we found out that almost a hundred Norton titles were being manufactured and sold on the internet as authentic Norton product. These dodgy Print-on-Demand CD's certainly appeared to be the real thing from a distance, with the same cover art, and with the Norton trademark printed on the discs and on the packaging. However, these cheap, ugly CD's had shoddy packaging, and no booklets. Some of them didn't even have track listings. All of these bogus CD's have now been erased from the internet. If anyone has purchased a Norton CD from anyone other than us on line or in person, and suspects it is one of these substandard knock-offs, please contact us right away. It is painful to lose the sales and even worse to have low class bogus crap versions of Norton releases in circulation.
Kicks Books went completely underwater when Sandy hit. Three Kicks titles-- THIS PLANET IS DOOMED (Sun Ra), SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR SATAN (Nick Tosches), and PULLING A TRAIN (Harlan Ellison), as well as remaining stock of Kicks #7 (and all the original art for Kicks mags), our Eddie Rocco book, and 3/4th's of the in-house, life-long collection of paperbacks, magazines, hardcovers, original art and layouts, and fanzines -- were totalled. The three Kicks Books titles -- over 10,000 minty fresh copies-- were immersed under salt water, destroyed. As it came to pass, our printer came to the rescue to rush reprint all three titles as special second printing Hurricane Sandy Editions. We are happy to say that all six Kicks Books hip pocket paperbacks are now officially back in print. Watch for an all-Kicks Books newsletter coming soon-- we have new authors and Summer titles to announce, plus-- an all new all-smash KICKS BOOKS website!
DIG DEEPER PRESENTS THE SONICS ! NORTON BENEFIT blast-- WITH DJS MR. ROBINSON + DJ HONKY PLUS DIG DEEPER FAVES RYE COALITION!
Dig Deeper has gone the extra mega mile for the Norton cause-- they are bringing in Norton godheads/Dig Deeper top faves The Sonics the blast the night away to kingdom come - all ticket sales will be donated to Norton to help cope with hurricane-related losses. Says Dig Deeper, "When we say "all ticket sales" we mean everything. When we started Dig Deeper, we intended to go beyond soul and put on a few garage shows over time. In reality, the only band we really wanted to work with was the Sonics. We know countless friends who moaned when they missed getting tickets the last two times the Sonics came to NYC. Do not be in that tragic crowd this time, and know that your ticket sales will go straight to Norton. You Can't Drown the Loud Sound!" Dig Deeper DJs Mr. Robinson and DJ Honky spin all original garage and soul 45s for the dancefloor -- get to the show plenty early to see Dig Deeper top faves Rye Coalition at the 20th anniversary of their creation! This is an all-nighter from the word GO! Facebook Event Page!
Buy yer Tickets and Read More Here!!
THEE CORMANS (no waaaay!), THEE TEE PEES (for real?), THE SHAG RATS (w/special guests THE "FARMER JOHN" PREMIERS!), TOM "SPONGEBOB" KENNY (holy moly!)
Plus MORE SOOPRIZES! (What more can you ask for???????) DJs Howie Pyro, Sectmaniac, Freakstik13, Beerwolf & mo' spinnin' wild rock y roll til somebody pullz da plugz!
APRIL 12 • NASHVILLE • BROOKLYN BREWERY PRESENTS "YOU CAN'T DOWN THE LOUD SOUND: A BENEFIT FOR NORTON RECORDS" IN TENNESSEE - HEAD-TO-HEAD DOUBLE HEADER AS BROOKLYN MEETS NASHVILLE!
What happens when BROOKLYN BREWERY pairs two Brooklyn bands with two Nashville bands in one night of dance floor mayhem? Yes, Daddy Wants A Cold Beer as the Free Beer For Life crew THE A-BONES come to Tennessee with DADDY LONG-LEGS (the wildest new act on Norton, just back from massive Spain tour) , to stomp it out at a Norton Records Benefit all-niter with Nashville faves THE ETTES and THE WEEKEND BABES! Look out! Says the Brooklyn Bowl folks: "YOU CAN’T DROWN THE LOUD SOUND! is a benefit for Brooklyn’s own Norton Records who suffered catastrophic damages due to Superstorm Sandy flooding of their warehouse in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn. As part of The Mash, Brooklyn Brewery is bringing Norton bands The A-Bones (with Ira Kaplan from Yo La Tengo and original sax player Lars Espensen) and Daddy Long Legs to Nashville to pair up with seasoned Nashville garage rockers The Ettes and newcomers Weekend Babes!" Thank you Brooklyn Brewery, and thank-you NASHVILLE! More local action TBA!
$10 Advance Tickets (available at Grimey’s, The Groove, Parlour and Juke Salon)
$15 At the door
Thursday night cage match antics are sure to abound as the Noise From The North heads south to rumble with those rough tough creampuffs THE GAYE BLADES and that legendary rock n' stomper CHARLIE PICKETT! Don't miss the action at the fabulous EARL, home of the best cole slaw around!
Thursday April, 11th! 8:30pm • $10
The A-Bones • Charlie Pickett • The Gaye Blades
Says local compere Artie Mondello: "Ultra-legendary New York racket squad The A-Bones are making a sooper-rare Southern sojourn to The Earl, along with The legendary Charlie Pickett and super-special guest Norton Records recording artists the Gaye Blades! In my estimation, this will be a momentous occassion in the anals of music history"