Smash The Windows (180 Gram Reissue)
Fistolo Records 040
Released on March 22, 2016
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Mischief Brew’s debut LP, long out-of-print, has been given a new coat of paint! Fistolo Records has re-released the album on 180 gram vinyl, completely remastered from the original tapes. “Smash The Windows” is a carnival-punk whirligig, a menagerie of the bizarre combining anarcho-punk with Eastern-European folk, Django-esque swing, Beat-era jazz, Celtic balladry, and straight-up anthemic rebel music that somehow pulls off a mix of The Pogues, Utah Phillips, Chumbawamba, Morphine, Subhumans, Motherhead Bug, Tom Waits, and some kind of dusty fairground organ that you smashed a bottle of whiskey against. Recorded in Brooklyn at Vibromonk Studios in 2004 by Danny Shatzky and Tamir Muskat (Firewater, Gogol Bordello), this is more of a musical soundtrack, with characters and settings, than a traditional punk record. It also features a slew of guest appearances by members of Balkan Beat Box, World/Inferno Friendship Society, Leftover Crack, The Citywide Specials, and more. A stubborn record to classify upon its initial release, it has since cemented itself as one of the most influential DIY anarcho-folk-punk albums of the mid-2000s. Digital download included, featuring unreleased outtakes.