Plenty of independent labels are offering special Thanksgiving weekend deals for folks looking to pick up records for the holidays, and Ice Age Records founder Kris Di Benedetto is doing a little something extra: he’s donating all the money that comes in to Ice Age’s web store through the weekend to the Urban League of Metropolitan Saint Louis, in response to the Saint Louis County grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown (Di Benedetto was inspired by Philadelphia label Square of Opposition, which will be doing the same thing on Friday). The Ice Age store will offer up some killer punk records for the occasion—including a test pressing of The Echo & The Light, the second album from fourth-wave emo group CSTVT, then known as Castevet—and the label’s catalog is ripe for the picking.
I’d suggest checking out A Constant State of Loss, the newish, gnarly EP from Sweet Talk, which counts Di Benedetto as a member. I’ve taken a particular liking to the cover of Gumbi’s “Grey Sea,” which features some forceful and slightly sludgy guitar blasts. “Grey Sea” is today’s 12 O’Clock Track, so give it a listen below.