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ONELINEDRAWING:
The Volunteers: CD
Well, Jade Tree finally stopped sending advance releases and started sending totally thrashed promo copies. For the life of me, I couldn’t get the liner notes out of the digipak… but that’s okay, because the tray in the digipak was shattered anyway. I consider these things to be fucking shames because I actually like this. It’s nothing fancy, nor is it new. It’s just well done, introspective, melodic indie rock which will fit perfectly into the record collections of people who like the Kinsellas’ work (see: American Football, Owen, etc.). While all of these songs are pretty, drifting musical pieces which frequently feature breathy vocals and most seem like the perfect thing to put on when putting on the moves on that special someone for the very first time, some of them are just slightly too energetic (see: New End Original) to serve as background music. With all of that said, these songs are simply too immediately catchy to think that this is a record that I would still like in a year or two—they’re too immediately present and enjoyable; as most of us know, the albums we like best are the ones that we have to fight with for a while. This record is simply too genial to take a swing at me on the first listen. While that speaks well of its craft, it doesn’t say much about its staying power or whether it will mean much to me in the future. –scott (Jade Tree)


OMAR A. RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ:
OMAR A. RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ: CD
Gotta admit, I was never much of an At the Drive-In fan, but this wasn’t too bad a listen. This is a collection of primarily instrumental music Rodriguez-Lopez has put together for an unfinished film project he’s been working on. On its own, the music is a hodge-podge of space rock-styled jams, samples, static patterns, synth noodling and the like layered over one another. Perfect listening for your next brownie and tea party, if you catch my drift. –jimmy (GSL)


OLD GHOST:
Light Returns: CD
The music is nice enough, but the vocals piss me off because it might as well be some five-minute pop chart wonder on the mic. I’m not someone who believes that country has to include drawls or slur words in order to adhere to some vague and affected notion of authenticity, but this sounds like little more than a competent country band backing a bland pop singer. My problem isn’t that this is insincere due to some lack of rural stylings—my problem is that it’s fucking boring. –scott (Morphius)


OKMONIKS, THE:
Compact 33: 7"
The Okmoniks are a female fronted garage rock band that I can honestly say four things about: 1) they’re the only Sonics-sounding band that I can listen to without getting impatient and just putting on a Sonics record; 2) it is physically impossible to listen to this seven inch (or their other two seven inches) without dancing around your living room at least a little bit; 3) seeing as how they’ve been around for about three years, it’s really about time that they released a full-length; and 4) Dirtnap should put that full-length out because The Okmonics and Dirtnap seem like a match just waiting to happen. In the meantime, this record has seven songs and all of them rock. Highly recommended. –sean (Okmoniks)


OH NOS, THE:
Self-titled: CD
Had to check the names of the members ‘cause this was such an uncreative piece of rehash that I was sure that Joel Hova of OBS had something to do with it. You get Farfisa-tinged ‘60s trash rock from four guys who—get ready—are wearing black clothes and matching ski masks. Hmm, now where have I seen that gimmick before? Unfortunately, for them and us, they lack even the tiniest sliver of talent and coolness that the Rip Offs wielded on their worst day. Go back to your garage and don’t come out until you come up with an idea that is wholly your own. –jimmy (Ski Mask)


OATH, DAS:
Self-titled: CD
For the uninitiated, the Oath play wild, fast, unhinged hardcore with a little post-punk noise-mongering thrown in for good measure, meaning that a good aural scrubbing can be expected from the moment you press “play.” Fans of the band can rest assured, this is everything you were hoping for, and then some. –jimmy (Dim Mak)


NUTS AND BOLTS:
Self-titled: CD
Listless modern skinhead music. If I was fifteen, bald and brain damaged, I’d still probably think this was terrible. –jimmy (Nuts and Bolts)


NSA:
The Captain Future: CDEP
Bad college bar band rock best left to the sad sacks who cheer ‘em on between swigs of Newkie. –jimmy (www.the-nsa.com)


NORTHERN LIBERTIES:
Erode + Disappear: CD
If the sound quality wasn’t so poor (and believe me, I don’t review albums based on the production very often but this thing sounds like it was miked with tin cans and recorded on a boombox from 1982 on Radio Shack tape from the same era), I might criticize how frequently this band shifts styles (generic hardcore, early Chicago punk, blatant Three Mile Pilot ripoff) and note how poorly it performs in all of them. –scott (Worldeater)


NORTH LINCOLN:
Self-titled: CDEP
This isn’t a slight to Hot Water Music, but I really miss their early to mid-period work. Hummable anthems, complex-to-play, easy-to-listen-to, gruffly delivered, emotionally involved, honest punk. And although it may seem like a slight to North Lincoln to mention another band in the first two sentences of a review of their CD, it’s not. I’m flat-out enjoying the flag they’re flying. It sounds less a contrivance or mimicry of HWM and more of an exploration of musical ground that hasn’t been fully exploited. Kicking over new rocks. Seeing new life squirming in near-darkness in the details. And they aren’t just kicking around dying embers. They’ve got a bonfire raging with undeniably catchy, rough power all fueled by rock-solid songwriting. They even lay waste to Fifteen’s “Notion.” And I actively dislike Fifteen. Recommended. –todd (North Lincoln/Salinas)


NO CHOICE:
Dry River Fishing: CD
When you first look at this CD, you think, “Oh great, another pop punk band.” But on further inspection, you see this is the original early ‘80s Brit punk band that had an EP on RiotCity. My first thoughts are that another old band is jumping back on the bandwagon, but this band’s notoriety was pretty limited to their first single. They had a song from that single on the Riot City Punk Singles Collection CD that came out in the early ‘90s and they were on the Have a Rotten Christmas Volume Two comp LP that I have seen at my brother’s house. There’ve been no patches or t-shirts to really keep their name going after all these years. So it looks like they are banging it out for the true love of playing. The first thing I noticed was that they have progressed musically from their first 7”. The sound I hear is a mixture of Goober Patrol mixed with Consumed on the UK side, and I hear a Pegboy meets Hüsker Dü meets modern day Hot Water Music, if you need a reference using bands from the states. Lyrically, they have not strayed from the issue-related lyrics of the past, yet have further progressed them with more thought and introspect. The old guys can still bang out a tune. No sooner are you ready to throw a CD into the bag that you take to the record store for trade, you find that needle in the haystack. –don (No Idea)


NICK CAVE:
Abbatoir Blues: 2X CD
Gone is the deranged growl of a man with blood on his hands and the dead body of an ex-lover in the trunk of his car. My guess is that he found religion and invested in some throat lozenges, two things that definitely didn’t need to happen to NickCave. It’s not really a bad listen, and it has a few curveballs here and there, but it’s just waaaaay too restrained coming from the man behind records like Prayers on Fire and Your Funeral… My Trial. –Josh (Mute)


NEW TOWN ANIMALS:
Cori Street b/w Spin So Fast: 7"
Since new wave and punk rock have been stitched so closely together to wonderful results in the past several years, the banner has been effectively raised to new heights and keeps fluttering in the wind by greats like the Epoxies, the Briefs, The Spits, and The Minds. You’ve gotta have chops, more hooks than what’s hanging in a slaughterhouse, and impeccable songwriting to stay on the playing field. This 7” delivers. It’s a dramatic splicing of the Forgotten Rebels meet all-songs-on-the-Vapors-first-LP-except-“Turning Japanese” meets the Get the Knack. Bouncy, elastic spasms of good time, no-brain Canadian fun. And they’ve been doing it since 1998. –todd (Longshot)


NERDS, THE:
A Black Star Burning Trails to Nowhere: CD
Here’s punk and roll with some Motorhead worship via Italy that not only sounds good but kicks some ass. Loud, obnoxious, and most likely a drunken mess when they get together. This band has parts of Antiseen and Electric Frankenstein meets GG Allin. Scum rockers take note of this bastard offspring out of Italy. –don (Scarey)


ZODIAC KILLERS:
Have a Blast: CD
Greg Lowery takes the sound he mined with Supercharger and the Rip Offs, marries it to the velocity of the Infections and lets it fly. The results are none too shabby, although not quite as memorable as the aforementioned bands. –jimmy (Rip Off)


X:
Aspiations: LP
The 1980 debut album from these Aussie legends, who’re apparently still slogging it out live. The sound is raw, primal and LOUD, as it should be and is so often not anymore. Wanna freak out one of your “punk lite” friends? Slip this bad boy in the sleeve of one of their Rancid or Blink 182 records and watch their mind melt down at the sudden overload. Rumor has it that they still sound this crazed and rockin’, which is more than can be said about the American band with the same name. –jimmy (Rock ‘n’ Roll Blitzkrieg)


WILL HAVEN:
Carpe Diem: CD
Kleenex. Boo hoo, emo, Helmet, paper cut, pain, etc. –don (Revelation)


WHORE DADDY O’S, THE:
Self-titled: CD-R
While I was initially excited to get something from a Wisconsin band I hadn’t heard of (Let’s hear it for Wisconsin pride!), I soon learned that the Whore Daddy-o’s are about as good as their name would indicate. Really mediocre pop punk; at times I think they’re trying to imitate Screeching Weasel, but with little success. This is an example of a band who should have waited to put out a real album, instead of a not-too-exciting CD-R. But hey, they’re from Manitowoc, home of the Manitowoc Maritime Museum, one of the least exciting tourist attractions in the entire United States! This release is most equivalent to Crunch Berries cereal – the sugar makes it pop punk, but that’s where the fun ends. The cereal and the band need a little fine tuning. Ack. –Maddy (The Whore Daddy O's)


WEDNESDAYS, THE:
Fury: CD
Wild rock’n’roll that sometimes dances a fine line between Poison 13-inspired garage rock and hardcore punk with the odd slice of country. Pretty good stuff from a band I know fuckall about. –jimmy (Arkam, no address)


VULTURES, THE:
Alcoholic Lady/Soda Pressing: 7"
Attention all bands! Attention all bands! The official best format for the seven-inch is the time-honored “hit single” style – a great, original tune on the A-side, and then a cover on the flip side! Occasionally, one other song may be allowed. There will be no debating on this issue! Having said that, the Vultures have the formula right, but I wish side A rocked a little more – still, it’s decent rock’n’roll (a la a mix of Pelado and Rip Off records – ya know, what everyone likes these days!). Side B is where it’s at, though! I’m a sucker for Boys’ covers, and their version of “Soda Pressing” is pretty true to the original, nothing breathtaking, but pretty cool nonetheless. Probably a good band to check out live, if ‘77 rock and roll is your thing! (And it better be!) This is pre-sugar-added Kix (remember those days?). Kix was still a good cereal back then, but nowhere near as good as it would become in later years. Hopefully the Vultures will one day reach the sugary Kix level of greatness! –Maddy (DirtNap)


VIRUS:
Singles & Rarities: CD
I declare, this record sounds like it’s got two different bands on it – a UK-‘77/‘82 one and a NYC ‘83 one. It’s a little distracting. The UK one’s a little too plodding and deliberate to be much fun, but the NYHC one kicks some frightening ass. There’s studio and live stuff AND an Exploited cover. –Cuss Baxter (Punk Core)


VICTIMS FAMILY:
Apocalicious: CD
This is a monstrous, thundering barrage of industrialized sound that comes uncannily close to capturing the explosive musical essence of an action-packed, violence-strewn video game. The apocalyptic guitar strafings threateningly loom large within a murderously rampaging mix of nuclear-charged synthesizer expulsions, tribal barrel-pounding drum beats, and a bass that furiously rumbles along like a division of panzer tanks. The vocals are loopy, psychotic, and confrontational without being hostile and full of testosterone-fuelled rage. If ya want comparisons, I’m vaguely reminded of Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Rollins Band, I Against I-era Bad Brains, and even a bit of Faith No More in spots. But, then, with its intricate jazzy undercurrents surging throughout, I’d almost surmise that an intergalactic Miles Davis dervish has possessed the sonic soul of Victims Family and tainted their blood with radioactive alien-mutant hemoglobin. Damn, this is difficult to categorize ‘cause it’s so undeniably unique, flamboyant, loud, and lively – just plain out oozing an inimitable style unto itself! Here’s to a hefty dose of aural originality in the form of Victims Family... -Roger Moser, Jr. –Guest Contributor (Alternative Tentacles)


VARUKERS:
Singles and Rarities: CD
I had a hell of a time finding out who the hell put this out and just what was on it. See, it came in a little paper cover with no track listing and no label printed on the disc. After an hour of searching I found out all I wanted to know on a fluke. The disc? It’s its damn good, covering both their early days and their “damn do we love Discharge!” days as well, with early demos, unreleased tracks and comp cuts alike. It’s really good, but after all that searching, I’m not as into it as when I put it on. –jimmy (Punk Core)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Viva La Vinyl Volume 4: LP
Fifteen bands doing fifteen tracks of hard-hitting punk rock. Although there’s a definite lean towards the more “rock” side the equation, there’s enough tracks touching on other sub-genres to keep you on your toes. Best of all, there’s not a clunker in the lot. Highly recommended. –jimmy (Deadbeat)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Supersonic Sounds from the Fuck You Movement: CD
Someone tell me! Why can’t the established underground labels cobble together a compilation this varied and high caliber while some kid in his shit-town bedroom can? From the Charm City Suicides’ over-the-top version of Reagan Youth’s “Go Nowhere,” to the excruciating noise of Crank Sturgeon, Irreversible Nerve Damage and (MITB completists take note) Bastard Noise, to the fat grind/hammer damage of Suppression and Pus del Recto, and back to the fleshy and raucous punk rock of Kojak, ain’t a bad pickle in the barrel. And to ice this pickle cake, you’re treated to prank phone calls between tracks! Some of them are pretty funny, too. You have eight dollars, right? –Cuss Baxter ($8 ppd; C.N.P.)


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