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Vinyl Now Available! **AMERICAN NOISE VOLUME 2**


PRE ORDER ! American Noise Volume 2


Track List:

1. TAD – Jack
2. Cherubs – Shoofly
3. Laughing Hyenas – Wild Heart
4. Die Kreuzen – Gone Away
5. Killdozer – Lupus
6. The Crucifucks – Wisconsin
7. Cosmic Psychos – Dead Roo
8. Young Fresh Fellows – Sittin’ On A Pitchfork
9. The Fluid – Our Love
10. Gumball – Accelerator
11. Urge Overkill – Faroutski
12. The Singing Irishman – Balloon Man

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American Noise: Vol. 2 is the anticipated second limited edition vinyl release soundtrack companion to The Smart Studios Story, the groundbreaking documentary about the history of Madison, Wisconsin’s Smart Studios and its role in recording and supporting DIY/independent music in the Midwest. The critically acclaimed film chronicles 30 years of Midwest rock history and links early indie bands to the larger story of American rock history.

While American Noise: Vol 1 shared the earliest Butch Vig recordings of local, unsigned bands, Vol 2 includes artists who traveled from other scenes in the US to record at the fledgling studio between 1987 and 1993.

This era coincides with the growing reputation of producers Butch Vig and Steve Marker – two self-taught, DIY studio owners whose skills took the raw sound of local bands and created polished, powerful analog recordings. Through touring bands, college radio, and The Sub Pop Singles Club, their early work, most notably with KILLDOZER and DIE KREUZEN, caught the attention of credible indie labels like Sub Pop, Touch and Go, and Alternative Tentacles.

Following the release of Nirvana’s pivotal, Nevermind, both Butch and the studio received an explosion of attention. More and more artists sought to record with Butch and many of them wanted to do it in the crumbling, two-story red brick building on East Washington Avenue.

All of the tracks on American Noise Vol. 2 come out of this period.  Sonically, it spans the broad spectrum of Smart’s clientele at the time. Pop, acoustic, beat and the heaviest of heavy, chuck full of dirt, growl and thump the way Smart was always able to deliver.

One time only pressing of 500 on black vinyl. Sorry, no download coupon on this one.


From the outside​,​ Smart Studios looked like just another Midwestern factory or warehouse left behind by the economic decline of the 1980s. No one viewing its depleted exterior could have guessed what was going on - and how it would change the sound of music forever. If you’ve ever been touched Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage, L7, you’ve been touched by the music created at Smart Studios. This is the story of the pivotal Midwest link to the global rise of Alternative Rock in the 1990’s and the unassuming Madison, Wisconsin recording studio at its center.

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