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SCOTT FARKUS AFFAIR, THE:
We Will Become Destination: CD
Emo/college rock. It sucked. –jimmy (Ambiguous)


SATANIC SURFERS:
Fragments and Fractions: CD
You’d never expect that the singer for these guys is also the singer in Intensity and plays in Sewn Shut. Two very different bands from Satanic Surfers! Anyway, this is their latest, and perhaps best. I’m not much of a fan of this style, but I like the fact that their lyrics are of real substance and not the ilk of all those lame ass bands that write song after song about girls. –Matt Average (Bad Taste Records)


RYKER:
Life: CD
This seems way more metal than hardcore to me. Lots of "chug-chuga-chug-chug" on this one. Now and then there's a punk-riff-type-thing thrown in there. –Guest Contributor (Chord)


RUN FOR YOUR FUCKING LIFE:
Self-titled: LP
A good, solid hardcore unit here, kids. Lotsa tempo changes in the songs, lotsa angry words, lotsa aggro and lotsa attitude make this a good way to start off the new millennium. This is the best thing I’ve heard from San Diego since the last Battalion of Saints album. –jimmy (Gloom)


ROCKET 455:
Go to Hell: CD
Picture the Jesus Lizard cranking on a more garage/trash Velvets trip . Good and nasty rock’n’roll, just as it should be. –jimmy (Get Hip)


REAL KIDS:
Live in Detroit: 7"
I imagine this was recorded while they were on tour with Loose Lips. What you get is a couple of live doses of that good ol’ punk rock ’n roll from some of the masters of the art. Sound quality is good and the band itself sounds great. Recommended. –jimmy (DUI)


RATOS DE PORAO:
Sistemados Pelo Crucifa: CD
First heard of this infamous Brazilian band from my brother Katz in the early ‘80s. Since then I only picked up the split with Colera and recently the "Carneceria Tropical" CD. They have transformed through the years to a more metalish sound. I guess they got a weird hair up their ass and decided to re-record their first LP that they first recorded and released in 1983. I like second chances. I’m not sure how rare the first LP is, but my guess is that the collectors have made it unattainable. But with luck, they are reintroducing this again for those who didn’t have the chance. I would love to compare the two to see how different the musicianship has changed. This is a great record. It has screamed, sort of guttural vocals sung in Portuguese. The simplicity of the guitar chords push the rage. It has the non-polished feel of many bands of that period. I’ve been listening to it now for about three weeks and just love the old school aspect of the whole thing. I can still feel the magic of excitement hearing a band from a distant land playing the no-holds-barred music of punk. I was playing this in the car and my friend started playing air drums before asking who the band was. I may be jaded at times, but there are many moments that I feel that the past kicks ass many times on the present. –don (Alternative Tentacles)


PRICKS, THE:
Self-titled: CDEP
Okay, I really didn’t mind the rock’n’roll-inflected punk rock sound, but when they started messin’ up two of my favorite Childmolesters songs, that’s where I draw the line. See, those of us from this sweaty little neck of the woods take our Childmolesters tunes seriously and we don’t take kindly to people fuckin’ ’em up, stranger. Now knock it off before the whole lot of you end up on the losing end of a thumb fight death match. Punks. –jimmy (Mongoloid)


PG. 99:
Document 5: CD
Hardcore blended with grind, overflowing with an unrelenting tense energy. The music is thunderous, explosive, abrasive, and a million other “brutal” adjectives. Maybe you could throw a “yee-ouch” in there as well, but let’s not sink to that level. Through all the fury they manage to throw in these near serene moments that all somehow fit perfectly in the scheme of things. “Hotel Nevada1982” and “Comedy for Christ” are a couple of standouts on a pretty much flawless album. –Matt Average (Reptilian Records)


YOUNG GOVERNOR:
“English Tim” b/w “In the Heart of a Harem”: 7”
Young Governor, undeniably, has a knack for rough-but-buttery pop; it’s got a crackling wrapper and a sweet, satisfying center; well worth taking the time to savor. Part of me wants a wee bit higher production so when the screams come, they don’t sound so tattered-speakers, but the other part of me wonders if the charm is from everything not being “perfect” and just letting it roll. With a trio of backup singers, the hit’s “English Tim.” –todd (Static Shock)


YOLKS, THE:
Self-titled: LP
I was sold when I looked at the cover—a line drawing of the band and their equipment careening past the Elston Avenue Morton Salt building in a shitty sedan. The music sure didn’t let down either: good-natured, poppy garage rock with ‘50s rock‘n’roll melodies and some British Invasion snot. Just when the fuzz and buzz starts to get monotonous, they throw in a little old school rhythm and blues or country. What else is there to say? The Yolks are no joke! –CT Terry (Bachelor)


YESTERDAY’S RING:
Diamonds in the Ditch: CD
I have a hard time forming a solid opinion about this album because its influences are so distinct. Imagine if Brendan Kelly from the Lawrence Arms started a country-laced bar band that occasionally turned on the distortion. That is exactly what this sounds like. There are some good moments on the album, especially toward the end, but the familiar territory outnumbers the fresh stuff. The recordings are clean and it sounds good, but it mostly feels like a road already worn. –Will Kwiatkowski (Suburban Home)


WRISTER / THE NORTH TROLLS:
Split: 7”
Wrister: This type of stuff rarely comes out of my mouth, but, as with everything I’ve heard of Atlanta’s Wrister (demos, Razorcake Director Toby Tober’s car, etc.), I wish it was recorded better because I think that a fuller recording would reveal a greater power that I can almost hear getting mashed around. (Like blenders in lucite boxes, a sound comes through, but not the roar.). It’s catchy anthem DIY punk, parts Hot Water Music, parts ADD/C, parts GC5, and I wish I didn’t have to squint to hear the intricacies. The North Trolls: Two bands don’t make a movement, but the North Trolls would be a perfect match-up with Thee Makeout Party. DIY punks deconstructing and reinventing the Beach Boys: fun, sour, bouncy, dark pop that’s comfortable with sleeping on strangers’ floors and drinking half-drunk beers first thing upon waking up. –todd (No Breaks)


WONDER YEARS, THE / ALL OR NOTHING:
Distances: Split 7”
Both bands are a little whiny for my taste, but I give The Wonder Years credit for writing a song about a stolen, beloved bike named Baby Blue. This shit is too poppy and mainstream for me to actually listen to on a regular basis, but there are elements of the music that are almost cool. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t have listening potential. I like the artwork on the record though, even if they do have a Warped Tour sound. –Corinne (No Sleep)


WILD ZEROS:
Self-titled: LP
Wild Zeros rock out some funny, fun, straight-ahead bluesy pop rock. There are songs about “Tight Tight Jeans” and “College Rock Massacres.” There’s no over-thinking the bar here, just self-deprecating humor and pop riffing indulgence over simple ideas such as being home sick. These are just ten brainless party songs. –N.L. Dewart (Frantic City)


WILD THING:
Self-titled: 7”
With no idea what this band would sound like from the sparse artwork consisting of just their name, the first song got off to a great-bad start. What I mean is that it took three tries of “1-2-3-4!” to get the band to whip the noise into something coherent. It’s basic, early, no-fucking-frills catchy punk, barely held together, the sort that could at any minute spiral off into a discordant mess. I can practically hear the beer flying. They cram two driving songs on the A side, slow it down (a little) for a wistful, reflective tune (“I can’t stand it/you”) for the B, showcasing a little maturity. Listened to it two times and a row, then safely stowed it in the 7” box. –Samantha Beerhouse (Clown College, myspace.com/clowncollegerecords)


WET DREAMS, THE:
Here Come the Wet Dreams: 7”
These kids use ‘50s and ‘60s melodies well, to make you shake your hips, even when sitting down. Not content to just replicate old sounds, they distort their music and embrace the keyboard and the echo pedal to make as much fuzzy, crashing, dancey noise as they can. Sounds like a dance party crammed into someone’s tiny, sweaty kitchen. Good fun. Nice clear blue vinyl too! –Samantha Beerhouse (Die Slaughterhaus)


WE’LL GO MACHETE:
Self-titled: CD
An Austin, Texas band with a lead singer who has a voice similar to the singer of Fay Wray’s. They made the offense of not including lyrics with their CD, so I couldn’t tell you if they write good lyrics. The music is on the poppier side of hardcore punk, which makes it suitable for most people’s ears. Unfortunately, if you don’t have at least a little bit of appreciation for hardcore, you probably won’t like this band. For most of this, that won’t be a problem. –Corinne (Cedar Fever, CedarFeverRecords.com)


WE GOT THIS FAR:
Blunt Force Volume: CD
Bad, bad techno rock. –jimmy (wegotthisfar.com)


VIRGIN WHORES:
Public Nuisance: CD
Hard-hitting street punk from this Minneapolis five piece. I like two things about their liner notes on this one. First, they mixed this at The Old Blackberry Way studio. Second, they have a special “No Thanks and a Big Fuck You” section in their thank yous! For some reason, they really hate Nate and Paul at BPM Contracting. “Wasted Youth” has a cool sing-along chorus with a take-no- -prisoners’ bass line. “Drugs and Alcohol” also thrashes with spirited abandon. Go see these guys. I bet they rip it live. –koepenick (Two-Bit)


VIDEO DISEASE:
Make Me Pure: 7” EP
Some heavy duty thrash-o-rama going down here. Two songs a side that just fly by before you have a chance to take anything in. The band’s tight and appropriately over the top. Just wish there were a few more tunes on here, which I guess can be construed as a glowing review, and I’m perfectly fine with that. –jimmy (cowabungarecords.com)


VICIOUS CYCLE:
Pale Blue Dot: LP
These guys really love Fucked Up. Not only do they have a couple members from the aforementioned band making appearances with either playing on this or recording the whole thing, but Vicious Cycle sound a helluva a lot like them: mid-tempo hardcore that messes with the standard formula (just like Fucked Up), which I’m all for. In many ways, the present state of hardcore is akin to a snake eating its tail. Something new needs to happen, since, by and large, the current hardcore punk scene seems to fixate on the sounds and styles from twenty-five plus years ago. However, all the experimentation in the world can’t save a dull song, and, ultimately, a pretty bland and forgettable album. Not to mention when your influences are pretty apparent, it makes this whole thing even more derivative. On top of all that, the album cover with its typography and colors chosen is similar to the Germs LP. Again, if you’re going to strike out on your own with the idea of pushing something like hardcore forward, you need to be original on all fronts. Otherwise, your efforts are going to go largely unnoticed. –Matt Average (Deranged)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
The South Will Rise Again: EP
I admit it. I only picked this up because there’s a Cult Ritual song on here. And to be perfectly honest, their submission was not at all this record’s brightest spot, though their name is certainly the most recognizable. The focus of this comp seems to be bands from Southern regions of the United States including Virginia, Texas, and Florida (Florida being, of course, the nation’s wang.) Ugly Law, High Life, Bomber, The PMRC, Archaic, Reason Of Insanity, and HRT are all bands who would have, if not for this record, remained unknown to me. Socialcide, Logic Problem, and the aforementioned Cult Ritual could be considered the bigger names, if you want to look at it that way. The styles differ from straight-up 1,000 MPH hardcore to stomping, Bl’ast!-influenced jams. Ugly Law definitely have the best song on here while the PMRC has the song with the best title: “Madonna Death Cult.” Pick this up if you’re aching to know what’s going on along the GulfCoast and beyond. –Juan Espinosa (Cowabunga)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Sea Creatures #1: 7”
Fear Of Lipstick: This is a cute song. Called “Did Ya Know?”, it’s a power pop, garage-y little bit of fun. Nice female backing vocals. And contrary to what one might think “Did Ya Know?” is about how lame someone is and how they’re ruining the scene. Nothing super original, but I like it! The Roman Line: The lyrics in this song, “Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease,” are kind of similar to the ones in Fear of Lipstick’s song. They, too, are apparently quite fed up with someone. There is a heavy bass line and the singing reminds me a bit of Paddy Costello from Dillinger Four. Very competent and probably fun live, but it didn’t totally excite me. Reagal Beagle: I somehow don’t like this band name, even though I know it’s the pub from Three’s Company. I’m just not into it! The very beginning of the song, called “Party Again,” reminded me a little of “Don’t Care” by the Circle Jerks, but, overall, it’s got a bit of a ‘50s sound to it and the singer seems distinctly Ramones-influenced. Again, not the most original thing to come down the pike, but it’s fun and great to dance to. Like it. The Neutron Bombs: Man, this band totally reminds me of an older British punk band, but I can’t think of who… It’s right on the tip of my tongue… I can’t stand that! It’s going to drive me crazy. Could it be Stiff Little Fingers (although Irish, not British)?  Maybe. Dang! I’ll remember sometime after I send this off, I am sure. Anyway, if you told me they were British (they’re not), I’d totally believe it after hearing the song, “Not Listening.” There’s a bit of an older punk sound, but I’d say it’s mostly the vocals (which also seem to be Ramones-influenced) that make me think of that. Pretty good. I would check out more. –Jennifer Federico (Merman)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Up End Atom—A Tribute to Atom And His Package: CD
This Atom And His Package tribute album is the first release from a label called Hartless Hind. Atom And His Package songs sometimes sound too much like each other for me, so it is cool to hear different takes on them. I really liked the cover of “Punk Rock Academy” by mc chris. The line “We fired the guy from Bad Religion because he sold punk rock out!” still cracks me up. Atom himself contributes vocals to the Zambonis cover of “Goalie,” though he promises at the beginning of the song that appearing on his own tribute album is a result of him being friends with the band, and is not because he has a massive ego. Choosing to have bands cover Atom And His Package was a great idea. The artists all make these songs sound different, and they all sound pretty good. –Lauren Trout (Hartless Hind, hartlesshindrecords.com)


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