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MAINE COONS, THE:
H.L.I.I.G.T.F.Y.T.F.G. EP: One-sided 7” flexi
So this is Spent from The Closet Fairies playing poppy ‘60s rock. What does that abbreviation stand for? Well you’re just gonna have to buy this one-sided “floppy,” clear, limited to one hundred 7” to find out. But I will tell you that if you’re into hooky, ‘60s rock then this artifact will be worth your time. Most effective use of a slide whistle I’ve heard in a while. –Daryl Gussin (Gebos! Brand Circular Plastics, kevingebo@gmail.com)


LUNGS:
The Two Chief World Systems: CD
Lungs play pop punk with thrashy riffs that appear somewhat influenced by bad Bad Religion. Poor Bad Religion? Let’s just say most Bad Religion. The singer emotes by holding vowels. The guitarist is the most interesting thing about the band, throwing in some pseudo All-type riffage between the ooo’s and aaa’s, but the album bores at that endless, pop punk/emo pace. –Billups Allen (Poison City)


LUNAR OUTPOST:
Everything We Know Is Wrong: CD
Rock/punk with organ flourishes to give it a hint of the ‘60s. Problem is the shouted vocals are so jarringly out of place they detract from rest of what’s going on, much of which ain’t bad at all on the whole. –jimmy (lunaroutpostmusic.com)


LOW FIVE:
November: CD
I have no idea what the hell is going on here but I am enjoying it. Although I was tempted to abuse the band for having the name Low Five, I’m willing to overlook such a minor atrocity because the music is so fucking diverse yet still striking in its efficiency. It’s a combination of home recordings of Guy Henry (who is Low Five) and then other tunes recorded with a full band rocking out. While the first track is a throwaway, the second track is an acoustic guitar number that sounds influenced by Latin guitar playing. Then, all of a sudden, the third track sounds as though it was a b-side from a Don Caballero or Slint album. The fourth song is arcade noise and feedback while the fifth song goes back to the loud/soft dynamic that seems as though it was pulled out of the handbook of A Minor Forest (assuming they wrote a handbook, which I’m guessing they didn’t). This fifth track, “They All Eat Trees,” also displays Guy’s vocals for the first time, albeit briefly. The songs go back and forth like this for the ten tracks on the album: home-recorded guitar and noise and math-rock intensity. They range anywhere from thirty seconds to just over twelve minutes. The tunes that rock are really good but the home recordings also are endearing and intriguing (see “Untitled” as proof). Diversity is certainly prevalent on November and I’d love to hear more from Low Five. I’m sure they’d be interesting live, too. –kurt (Saint Rose)


LOVE IS ALL:
Two Thousand and Ten Injuries: LP
Garage/mod/pop from Sweden with boy-girl vocals, saxophone, and organ is what you have here. These are playful, frolicking tunes, akin to what you might get crossbreeding ‘90s British acts like Comet Gain and Velocette with the snotty, riotous, and brilliant irreverence of X-Ray Spex and the Toy Dolls. This is great cocktail-cum-dance party music and comes on a lovely, thick slab of marbled yellow vinyl with a free download code, to boot. –Jeff Proctor (Polyvinyl)


LOVE BELOW, THE:
Reproductive Rights: 7"
Goddamnit. Another lethal release from one of my favorite labels in hardcore. Vile, vicious hardcore, very much in the Swarm/Pulling Teeth vein and boasting some seriously offensive, vagina-centric artwork. Fans of the “Holy Terror” hardcore thing take note, and go ahead and check out everything else A389 Records has released, because there’s yet to be a misstep. Killer. –Dave Williams (A389, a389records.com)


LITTLE LEAGUE:
Frames: EP
This six song EP rocks much harder than its pretty, pastel packaging would lead one to believe. Great drums and guitars, passionate vocals, and it’s all recorded very nicely. The stand out track for me was “Tally Song,” largely because the strong vocal harmonies come as a really pleasant surprise part way through. All in all, a great way to spend sixteen minutes on a Thursday night. –jennifer (Gaines Street)


LIBYANS:
A Common Place: LP
This is my first exposure to this band which I have read are from the Boston area. Not dissatisfied from the initial sounds that came out of my speakers. It’s a mid-tempo to fast punk rock sound with grit, due to the live feel of the production. The band also adds a post punk feel to their sound while maintaining a lot of melody. The guitar tone is not overly distorted, which gives it a kind of a twang and wavy sound. The bass guitar has a flat tone to it, but is pulled up in the mix. It provides the drive to the songs. The female vocals are delivered with force but sung with a distinctive tone and the lyrics are easily heard. Drums are bright and the snare pierces through like bullets. I have been stuck on the last track, titled “Paralyzed.” It’s a hard rocker with an infectious and catchy chorus. That has been the one on repeat. Definitely feeling this release. If I had to make a comparison, I would say that this band sounds to me like a mixture of Signal Lost, Retching Red, and The Estranged melded into one entity. Hope more output is in the horizon. Would like to hear the growth of this band. –don (Sorry State)


LIBYANS:
A Common Place: LP
There’s a theory that time travel is largely a matter of perception. It’s simple, really. Activities that aren’t stimulating appear to take longer. Fun things go by in a zip. Time travel also has to do with tolerances and resistance: what you’re willing to put up with. That’s why, to me, if Led Zeppelin is playing it seems like all their songs are five times longer than the actual fifteen minute solos before the little girl starts singing again. Tick tock. Tick tock. The other side to time travel is hitting the high spots in wavelengths, like slicing through the tips of waves. Decades can come and go in blinks and cinched up tight. Signposts that, although they may be thirty years in the rearview, can become meaningful and fruitful to the course of a current band. So, when I say that the Libyans stitch together tight the now-reasonably-known angsty shot-from-the-dark energy of The Avengers to the modern drive of The Assassinators, it’s a straight shot that covers a tremendous amount of time, but the perception is bam, bam, bam. The Libyans have harnessed the ability to collect up three decades of straight-forward, tuneful, forceful punk rock and cinch them up tight around the listener’s ears. Man, this is some great stuff. –todd (Sorry State)


LES SAVY FAV:
Root for Ruin: CD
The latest effort from New York City’s Les Savy Fav finds them now belonging to the club of musicians who keep making the same album, but damn if it isn’t a great album. Root for Ruin is eleven songs that are far superior to their adequate previous album, Let’s Stay Friends. While the band has usually been seen as belonging to the post-punk camp, their music has always had the ability to inspire some good ol’ booty shaking, allowing them to skirt the line with dance punk. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the sound on Root for Ruin is one of high energy and catchy lyrics, paralleling previous albums. It also continues to show the band polishing their sound. The production is clean without seeming commercial and the musicianship is tight. Root for Ruin doesn’t blow me away, but nothing disappoints, either. If you’re a fan of the band, you should definitely pick this up. I would find it highly unlikely you’ll be disappointed. And if you’re not familiar with Les Savy Fav, this is certainly a good place to start. –kurt (frenchkissrecords.com)


LAPINPOLTHATJAT:
Self-titled: LP
I had received this Finnish band’s debut 7” awhile back. Not really sure when I got the record, but I did review it in issue fifty-one. So many records have passed through the turntable since then. But to see that this band (who have been simmering since the ‘90s when they first formed, and then released a 7” in the 2000s) now have a full length is exciting. Looking back at that review, they seem to have continued paying homage to their roots, playing music that could be classified as early ‘80s Finnish punk. Not sounding like it, but could easily be from that time period. The recording has a raw 4 or 8 track tape recording-like sound, not like today’s ProTools computer recordings. The dirtiness adds character to the recordings, which almost gives you the illusion of it being an archive recording from the past. Musically, they sound like their compatriots of the time, like early Riistetyt or Appendix but with their own flavor. This is a well-done sophomore effort that continues to show how great this band truly is. I was definitely entertained and hope more is on the horizon. Co-released with Roku Records, Heat Wave Records, and Kamaset Levyt Records. –don (Hohnie)


LADIES, THE:
More Reasons to Hate…: 7"
The Dwarves and The Candy Snatchers had a fucked up little kid, and it’s named The Ladies. Six catchy, one-minute blasts of super-offensive garage punk. The fascist porn on the cover and song titles like “She’s a Cutter” and “Retard Stockboy” make for excellent family entertainment. From the pink cardstock cover that matches the pink wax, to the band’s logo of a dick‘n’balls arrow shooting through a heart, every little detail is taken care of just right. From Richmond. Ex members of The Neurotiks. –CT Terry (Grave Mistake)


KRUNCHIES, THE:
Ugly Inside: 7"
Four energetic blasts of furious male/female party punk. Produced by Jim “Hollywood” McCann of the Tyrades and it definitely shows. I didn’t know The Krunchies were still recording music, but with an output like this, it doesn’t seem like they’ll be stopping anytime soon. Ever wondered what sticking a slice of pepperoni pizza in a blender would sound like? So fun, so punk, totally necessary. –Daryl Gussin (Southkore)


KINGS OF NUTHIN’, THE:
Old Habits Die Hard: CD
Many moons ago, I reviewed (to much great acclaim) the Kings Of Nuthin’s Fight Songs album. Nearly a decade separated that record from this one and I failed to follow the Kings Of Nuthin’ between that time, so I was a bit apprehensive about the new record, whether their nostalgia and saxophone-driven rock and roll held up over time. Well, it certainly has. This picks up right where (for me) Fight Songs left off: perfectly executed, swinging, Bill Haley and the Comets-inspired bar room rock and roll full of lively sax and piano, with plenty of heart to spare. There is plenty of fun to be found in this record. Check it out. –Jeff Proctor (Sailor’s Grave)


KING SIZED KILLERS:
Funeral for a Town: CD
Fairly straightforward hardcore with an occasional U.K. and/or Confederacy of Scum undertow in the music. While what I’m hearing ain’t quite life-changing, the tunes are catchy. –jimmy (Mystery School, no address)


KILROY:
Let’s Go for Kilroy: CD
There is a real strong freakbeat/’60s garage vibe at work with this Swedish band. The sound is very strong and sounds vintage with the organ. Any fan of ‘60s beat/mod/soul kinda stuff would be hard put to find a better current band than this one right here. These songs are fantastic and the vibe is just right for what they are trying to go for. –frame (Self-released, myspace.com/kilroysweden)


KEVIN K:
Deutschland: CD
Here comes yet another ten-song disc from Kevin K and this one finds him dragging Ricky Rat from the Trash Brats along for the ride. There is a little bit more of a power pop feel on some of these tunes and a couple even sound like Psychedelic Furs or something. There is even a driving, sort of hard rock vibe on a couple of the songs and a crazy political song about the fall of the Berlin Wall to end out the disc. Kevin K seems to be stretching out a little from the usual Ramones meets Thunders fare. –frame (Kicking, kevinkband@aol.com)


KEVIN K & THE ST. PETE ALL STARS:
Palm Trees & Humidity: CD
Man, this guy just keeps on crankin’ em out. I am always a fan of someone who knows what they do well and they just lean into it. Kevin K has been putting out solo records for the better part of twenty years at this point and I have yet to hear a dud. This twelve-songer is another batch of Thunders meets Ramones goodness with the vibe and feel that Kevin K always seems to have. Great mid-tempo rock with a fairly lo-fi recording is the order of the day here and it sounds real good. –frame (Kicking, kevinkband@aol.com)


JUNIOR BATTLES:
Self-titled: 7"
Middling melodic pop punk with bits of twang here and there, peppered with bits of emo breakdowns and hearty backing vocals. In parts it sounds like they’re really trying to channel the Weakerthans but can’t quite get there. –Jeff Proctor (Square Up)


JINXES, THE / THE TEUTONICS:
Losers of the 93 KHJ Battle of the Bands: 7" EP
Somewhere up in Northern California, Greg Lowery just plopped this on his record player and dumped a load in his skivvies. Teutonics: Tinny geetars, catchy tunes, and lyrics that are primarily in German but are so slurred they’d be unintelligible in pretty much any language. Jinxes: Jorge and the boys deliver the trashy, primal thud-thud-thud goods here with “I’m Jinxed” and “Scaredy Cat.” Blown out sound, bombast, and an organ buried in there somewhere. Good split. –jimmy (bosshossrecords@yahoo.com)


JACK PALANCE BAND:
Get This Shit under Way: LP
Remember that day when you realized that life isn’t fair and it doesn’t have to be? Do you remember that day when you realized that someone richer and stupider would always have control over your life in some way, shape, or form? Remember that day when punk stopped promising a widespread revolution? Stack ten years on top of that. Give it a flat tire, an eviction notice, an unplanned pregnancy, and some sort of previously preventable disease. The Jack Palance Band are wiser than their years. If you’ve been in the DIY game for more than five years, have swallowed your fair share of blood, eaten several crow, and had your ideals smashed into the smallest of pieces—but you still rub those pieces shiny for good luck—it’s time for you to discover the Jack Palance Band. Give it time if it doesn’t hit immediately. Yeah, yeah, I know this is a re-release from almost a decade ago, but this is the first time it’s been on vinyl and it sounds even more pertinent with every passing day. Dudes don’t get more solid and defiance rarely ever ages this well. One of the cornerstones of modern DIY punk; shit you not. –todd (ADD / Dead Broke)


IRON CHIC:
Not Like This: CD
This is all right. Lots of epic group vocals and two-minute beard punk anthems. I guess my problem is that this album falls into a category of stunning competence. I recognize the fact that most of the music is well crafted and executed, yet it never sticks with me enough to seriously move me. Maybe it needs more eccentricity to really grab my attention, or perhaps I just need more time with it. As a side note, the CD comes with a sweet, giant, back patch. –Adrian (86’d)


INJUSTICE SYSTEM / BLOODTYPE:
Split: 7"
This is a great self-released split from a couple of really good hardcore bands. Injustice System from Tampa is up first. Relentless and to the point. Their lyrics are somewhat easy to make out. I like to know what bands are angry about. They are my favorite here. New Jersey’s Bloodtype are pretty damn good, too. Faster and a little bit screechier, I liked it but could see myself losing interest after awhile. Fortunately they come in, blast their message out, and are done before you can screw your head back on. I love the home screened covers too. I’m a sucker for screen printed stuff! –ty (myspace.com/injusticesystemhc, myspace.com/bloodtypexxx)


IN THE RED / ANCHOR, THE:
Split: 7"
I had to look up to see if In the Red was some sort of Hot Water Music side project because it’s a dead ringer for them. In case you wanted to know, they are not related, other than the fact that this sounds exactly like them. The Anchor does the earnest, gruff, pop punk thing. Yawn. –Jeff Proctor (Kiss Of Death)


IN DEFENCE / MOTHER SPEED:
Split: 7"
In Defence devote their side to being pissed off at everything, and by everything I mean guyliner, ‘80s dance parties, and house guests who overstay their welcome. Not a single mention of tacos or pizza, just pure rage. I expected Mother Speed to counter In Defence’s anger with a bit of goofiness after listening to their first song, “A Boy and His Blob.” Although I’m still not sure whether it’s about the classic videogame, masturbation, or both, it’s hilarious. After that though, they get serious, even downright poetic on the last track: “Years go down like domestic brew, each empty can a reflection of you.” If you’re looking for good hardcore circa now, look here. –mp (World Won’t Listen, myspace.com/wwlisten)


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