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ESTROGEN HIGHS:
Live at Café Nine: Cassette
This tape features a great live set from one of CT’s best current bands. Their garage punk sound is sure to call to mind other bands you know and love, while also having a catchy sound all their own. Most of the tracks on this live recording are from the band’s most recent LP Irrelevant Future on Trouble In Mind records, along with some older tracks and a previously unreleased track. I’m normally not into live recordings, but this one is great, capturing the experience of seeing Estrogen Highs. With tracks from throughout their discography, it’s a great introduction to the band and worth checking out. –Paul J. Comeau (Safety Meeting, los@safetymeeting.net)


ERRO:
Ao Vivo: CD-R EP
A raw, yet clean (recorded with one o’ them digital recorders, maybe?) audience recording of a fifteen minute set by a Brazilian band dishing up assorted hardcore and grind. Something like his would’ve sounded like a wall of shit two decades ago, but now you can clearly make out what’s going on. Gotta love this new-fangled technology stuff. –jimmy (Erro, facebook.com/bandaerro)


ELECMATICS, THE:
Self-titled: 7”
Blown-out garage trash that brings The Cramps and Haunted George to mind. The songs are pretty good, but the brutal fuzzed-out sound quality (which I think they did on purpose to sound more “authentic”) really takes away from it. Also, do you say the band name like “arithmetic” or like “Alec Maddox”? It is bothering me. –ty (theelecmatics.bandcamp.com)


DIME RUNNER:
Race to Nowhere: CD
I definitely love me some southern California punk rock, especially if it’s got that dirty beach sound. You can add Dime Runner to the list of amazing bands from the area. Imagine someone taking key elements from beach legends like The Crowd and The Stitches and throwing their own 2013 spin on things? Now you’re rollin’ with Dime Runner. This full length continues along the lines of that great 7” I reviewed a while back. Ten original punk blasts and a solid Joy Division cover to cap things off. I’m a fan for sure! –ty (dimerunnerpunk.com)


DEVIL TO PAY:
This Train Won’t Stop: 7” EP
Soundgarden goes on full-on biker rock, with one tune to hustle on that Hog down the highway, and one with a bit o’ swing to sashay around the dance floor with yer ol’ lady. Limited to three hundred, which I’m thinkin’ is a blessing. –jimmy (Gloryhole, gloryholerecords.com)


DEATH CRISIS / SAME-SEX DICTATOR:
Split: 7” EP
Death Crisis: Three blasts of spastic hardcore taking aim at American foreign policy, being blinded by an idyllic worldview, and assholes who take their dogs to hardcore shows. They keep things short ‘n’ plenty pissed. Same-Sex Dictator: Bass/drum duo playin’ noisy, grindin’ hardcore, then throw in a Joy Division cover to gum up the works. –jimmy (Death Crisis, deathcrisis.com)


DANIEL GILBERT:
Nowadays Daniel Can’t Even Sing: CD
This Swedish singer/songwriter starts strong on his nine-song, thirty-seven minute album. “Vipera Berus” is a catchy opener, but after that the album generally degrades into sounding like Bob Dylan more often than not. I’m not really that big of a Bob Dylan fan, so I’ll pass. –kurt (Gaphals, gaphals.se)


DALAPLAN:
Snubblar Fram: 7” EP
Sixties-styled rock with modern recording sensibilities, resulting in something that sounds oddly new wavish. Well executed and kinda peppy. –jimmy (Gaphals, gaphals.se)


CUSTODY BATTLE:
Self-titled: 7”
Raw, snotty, unpredictable, and nearly schizophrenic punk. Dance with Me’s macabre undertones spliced into a Germs-like frenzy of snarled vocals, lurching bass lines, and the same sort of guitar tone that made me fall in love with Amdi Petersens Armé. Potential greatness looms so don’t sleep on this one. –Juan Espinosa (Goin’ Apeshit / Morning Star, no address)


CORNERSHOP:
The Hot for May Sound: Cassette
Burger Records is starting to reissue some wild stuff, like this release from Cornershop. I remember liking this band quite a bit at the time, but on this recording there are too many bleeps and bloops for my taste. If you have never heard Cornershop, they mix dance music, indie, and off-kilter melodies, a lot like what would have probably been called trip hop two decades ago. –frame (Burger)


COPPER GAMINS, THE:
Los Niños de Cobre: CD
Seventeen tracks of ponderous, lo-fi blues punk from south of the border (Mexico). If the duo thing is your bag this might be worth checking out. Otherwise, this stone should probably remain unturned. –Garrett Barnwell (Saustex, saustex.com)


CHRISTIAN TAYLOR AND HOMESCHOOL:
Self-titled: Cassette
Beautifully composed and performed folk/indie rock pointing you in the direction of Ghost Mice and Defiance, Ohio. Sincere, heartfelt, and captivatingly well-arranged songs which manage to make use of violins and cellos to their advantage without making you want to strangle yourself. The lyrics sure do seem to tug at several heart strings, particularly with the song “Feign Suicide.” I typically don’t partake in this style too often but this is so good that it’s encouraging me to maybe turn the volume dial down from time to time. –Juan Espinosa (Glory Hole, no address)


CAFFIENDS:
Boris Dogavitch: 7”
Sloppy, poorly recorded (in a good way) pop punk. It has the markings of a good chunk of ‘90s pop punk—snotty vocals with quick but not blazingly fast tempos. The singer reminds me of a less-harsh Joey Vindictive, or maybe the dude from the Abi Yoyos. My biggest complaint would probably the humor (or lack of it, depending on your views). Jokes are hard, and song titles like “It’s a Time Machine, Asshole!” and “Where There’s a Wilma, There’s a Way” are prime examples of titles I don’t think quite work. Not a bad record, but it could trim a little fat without much being lost. –Bryan Static (Swamp Cabbage, swampcabbagerecords.com)


BRZYTWA OJCA!:
Self-titled: LP

I can’t read Polish at all, but I do know that this was recorded sometime in the 1980s. Brzytwa Ojca cranked out some driving punk rock with some rough edges. If you like Toxic Reasons and UK Subs, you will probably like these guys. The songs are moderately fast and catchy as hell without being wimpy or saccharine. It has rumbly percussion that sometimes delves into the tribal style, with guitars that sound jagged and dangerous, with vocals that are gruff and forceful. The songs tend to be on the mid-tempo end. Songs like “Atak,” the awesome “Dyktator,” “Destrukcja,” and “Sex Party” are pure burners. Excellent stuff!

–Matt Average (Pasazer, pasazer.pl)


BRAINSTEMS, THE:
Styrofoam: Cassette
Interesting live radio set with great sound quality. There’s a fair amount of stuff going on within these songs—blues, swamp, rockabilly, psych—enough so that the Brainstems manage to sound as if they’re riffing off of material as varied as old Van Morrison, the Rolling Stones, the Cramps, or one-man boom-bap stuff like Bob Log or Almighty Do Me A Favor. Not for everyone, but convincing enough. –keith (Don’t Touch My Records)


BRADLEY DEAN AND THE TERMINALS:
“Top of the Hour” b/w “Graveyard”: 7”
What I often find most exasperating about the modern cookie-cutter mentality of the monolithic music machine—and the clueless fops who’ll take any dish o’ crap served up—is the actual creative process and it accompanying tendency toward risk-taking has been almost completely excised from the equation. It’s what makes the first waves of any new musical idea/movement/genre magical and its absence is what makes what follows, well, cookie-cutter. These cats remember that creative process well. At their core, they’re a pop band but they’re not afraid to make more than the minimal button-punching effort employed in modern tunesmithing, and even mix disparate things, like country twang to the title track and some swing to the flip, to give that core a bit more complexity in flavor. Both songs here would’ve easily garnered them a rotation slot on forward-thinking radio stations and a contract on Slash’s roster some twenty-five years ago, before the whole indie/alternative thing turned into corporate-owned, vanilla-colored shit. This is a great goddamned single and here’s hoping that some DJ finally gets tired of playing the hundredth song in a row that sounds like its ninety-nine predecessors, says “fuck it,” and drops the needle on the wax. –jimmy (bradleydean.com)


BLACK SWAMP RATS, THE:
Year of the Black Swamp Rats: CD-R
Opened up the mangled case to find the CD-R split in half and, thus, unlistenable. I know a metaphor is hiding in there somewhere, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. –jimmy (Cytoblast, cytoblast.com)


BLACK CAUCUS:
Self-titled: 7”
Winding bass, bilious vocals that come and go as they please, provocative single-word song titles, no get up and go. If “avant garde” means “regressive and boring” to you then, uh, I’ve got a record you might wanna get out of my apartment immediately. –CT Terry (blackcauc.us)


BAD TASTE / BRAIN CAR:
Split: 7”
This here is a split single from two Rochester, NY bands with quite different sounds. Bad Taste is pure noise that makes Wolf Eyes and Pissed Jeans sound downright singer/songwriter-like. Brain Car, on the other hand, deliver a snotty and amped-up cover of the classic tune “Be True to Your School” for their side of things. –frame (Reel Time)


ATOWN SLUTS:
Self-titled: CD-R
This thing starts out sounding like a brain damaged version of the Fleshtones then quickly moves into sloppy, Dwarves-infused sleaze punk. This is shitty in the best possible way. I bet their shows are a riot. –ty (facebook.com/allentownsluts)


AGENT BULLDOGG:
Vi Ar Tillbaks: 7”
The only thing I had heard by this band before they sent me this record was a couple of tracks on a compilation LP called Screams from the Gutter (which is a great midsection of Swedish skinhead and street punk bands from the late ‘90s that is easy to find in the U.S. and well worth your time). The band had been broken up for a while. They recently got back together and put this 7” out themselves. If anything, I think these four songs are better than the old songs from that comp. Sound-wise, imagine a mix of the Templars and Discipline and you’re getting close. The production is slick enough for everything to be heard and the catchy, melodic riffs cut through the rest of the mix well. Oi seems to be in vogue again recently and it’s cool to see some older bands sticking around/coming back and doing it right instead of putting out some load of crap so they have an excuse to tour with the Business. Get this! –Ian Wise (Self-released, agentbulldogg1986@hotmail.com)


ACTION SWINGERS:
“Miserable Life” b/w “Losing My Cool”: 7”
Total Punk, an offshoot of Florida’s Dying, seems as good a label as any to issue this slab o’ wax. I like most of what they’re doing, with their Rip Off Records/Budget Rock visual aesthetic and cheap-o cover design. Action Swingers were active in New York in the early ‘90s, but I was too young then to have seen them or gotten their records. Most of what I know about them I learned in Eric Davidson’s We Never Learn book. The two tunes on this record have different famous drummers and a Pussy Galore ex-pat on guitar. Less noisy than Pussy Galore but equally seething. Front man Ned Hayden seems like a very angry man. I guess living in a tiny, overpriced apartment in New York can do that to a person. The riff in “Losing My Cool” sounds like a slowed down “My Sharona.” Now that I’ve said it, you can’t un-hear it! –Sal Lucci (Total Punk)


ACID DROP:
The End of Days: CD
Twelve great songs filled with white reggae (“Slave”), street punk, and skate punk (most of the songs), a touch of Celtic punk (“Mary Rose”), and two basically instrumental tracks (“Neutron Bomb” and “The Stroll”) that really should have been left off because they take away from the energy and flow of the album. Lots of energy, great playing, and inspired lyrics from these guys put it over the top for me. Hey, at twelve great songs out of fourteen, that’s a damn good ratio! –Rick Ecker (TNS, tnsrecords.com)


TALBOT ADAMS:
“Red Diamonds” b/w “Not Even Europe”: 7”
Talented musicians—once known for their wild behavior, their on-stage intensity—sometimes have kids. And, sometimes, instead of being shitbags, absentee parents, and future defaulters on alimony, they adapt their behavior. Both Alicja Trout (doing Alicja-Pop) and Greg Cartwright (who mentioned that he wrote some of the Reigning Sounds songs from Love and Curses on his kid’s toy instrument) are recent examples of this soothing, mellower result. Talbot Adams follows in this rocker-as-good-parent tradition. If you’re expecting the blast of the Royal Pendletons or Dutch Masters (both bands Mssr. Adams was in), it’s an inappropriate expectation, like bringing a keg and strippers to a baby shower. But if you’re in the mood for quiet Sunday morning jams that balance out the hangover with kids screaming to help them make a dinosaur out of cardboard box, this is some good stuff. –todd (Spacecase, spacecaserecords.com)


HOLLY AND THE NICE LIONS:
“Nom de Plume” b/w “No Future”: 7”
Fun, light-hearted songs that sound like they could accompany a children’s book. Think neo-garage revival along the lines of a less stylized Love Me Nots or a less sex-dripping Detroit Cobras, sort of like the vocal accompaniment to Where the Wild Things Are. Straight out of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Songs for families. They’re not called “Holly…And The Motherfucking Lions” for a reason. –Adrian Chi (Certified PR, certifiedprrecords.com)


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