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SONIC YOUTH + ICP + THE EX:
Self-titled: CD

Just imagine if the guys in Sonic Youth got together with a couple of friends’ bands to play some free jazz and someone happened to record it. I guess I had to be there.

–jimmy (Konkurrent)


SONIC DOLLS:
Riot at the Sheep Dog Trials: CD

What we have here is no frills punk mixed with some pop elements. Generally, they run along the lines of sounding like Screeching Weasel mixed with the Pink Lincolns, though more loose around the edges. Despite the fact I think this fully listenable, it really isn’t essential. –Mike Dunn

–Guest Contributor (Stardumb)


SMOKE:
Follows Beauty: CD

I thought Iron Butterfly broke up decades ago. Damn, if I was a hippie with a fatty, a six pack, and nothing but time to worry about, this would be blasting the walls of my apartment down.

–jimmy (Kozmik)


SLIDEPIECE:
One Cheap Ass CD: CDEP

Judging by the looks of the band, I was expecting something akin to Blink 182, but they actually play garagy pop punk that’s not without its charm. The best reference point would be Cringer, however with dopey lyrics. Decent.–Mike Dunn

–Guest Contributor (www.slidepiece.com)


SLEATER-KINNEY:
One Beat: CD

Sleater-Kinney impress the hell out of me. They've been creating sonic-filled sounds for almost a decade and always manage to jolt this listener with intelligent, catchy, ferocious, and beautiful music. The seesaw vocal and guitar work of Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein, melding with the genius drumming of Janet Weiss, are elements one comes to expect from a Sleater-Kinney release. But the ladies have introduced themselves to a new assault of instrumentation; theramins, synthesizers and even horns! Admittedly, this CD took a while to embrace – a shift from the norm will do that. But the realization that this is an outstanding album, full of unexpected twists and turns, is wildly rewarding. The Sleater-Kinney core is the same, but the shell's got a little more pizzazz. And with the lyrics, "I look to the sky and ask it not to rain on my family tonight," ("Far Away") and "Let's break out our old machines now, it sure is good to see them run again," ("Combat Rock") one can easily sense the band's finger on the pulse of what's relevant. But they know how to mix it up with just the right amount of carefree attitude with Carrie sweetly singing, "The way I feel when you call my name, makes me go crazy to sane." ("Oh!") Sleater-Kinney get a gold star for this one! Lyric-I-can't-get-out-of-my-head props go to: "Could I turn this place upside down and shake you and your fossils out?"

–kat (Kill Rock Stars)


SKREPPERS, THE:
Hedonist Hellcats: CD

Low Impact out of Sweden has picked up a bunch of Groovie Ghoulie-loving, sick bastards from Finland. It's an interesting mix of '60s garage that would be played as a soundtrack to a low budget horror movie mixed with an early Cramps sound that meshes with a psychobilly vibe. It's raw and fun energy that makes you want to go-go dance like a spastic monkey. The keyboards are the clincher for this release. The dated sound adds to the charm of the party. I've heard that people either love or hate this band. I'm in the love them mode!

–don (Low Impact)


SICK OF IT ALL:
Live in a Dive: CD

Do you need an explanation?  This is SOIA's entry into the domain of the "Live in a Dive" series at Fat. By far, it's the best of the series and it's going to be hard to topple this beast off its pedestal. Besides the new D4, this is probably the second best release of the year from Fat. SOIA has been around long enough to start on an indie and go to a major and back to indie without losing a bit of passion and energy. SOIA barrel through many songs from their extensive catalog. Twenty-three songs of pure hardcore classics. I wish there was more. I recommend this to their loyal fans and it is a good starting point for those interested, but haven't experienced their strong East Coast HC in the studio and live. For a live recording, this is one of the best that I have heard. The music is tight and the energy of their live experience is felt. Makes me want to go see them live the next time they are in town. I am deeply satisfied.

–don (Fat)


SHUTINS, THE:
Haunted by Hangovers: CD

Sounds like a demo by a third-tier, mid-'80s punk band who’ve tired of playing the same fifty-two thrash songs every night and want to be acknowledged as “real” musicians but can’t quite come up with tunes good enough to get them noticed by a major label. The singer sounds like he had a tummy ache during the course of recording this epic disc. Nice pictures of people vomiting to round out the package. I can empathize with their need to expel lunch, ’cause I’m feelin’ pretty much the same way right about now.

–jimmy (www.bustinwithterror.com)


SHOTWELL/ ZERO FAST:
: Split 7" EP

Let's hear it for Snuffy Smile for continuing their tradition of connecting two cool Japanese and American bands. I love this series. This one's a double up of pop-leaning political punk. Shotwell: I often try to think of what Fifteen would sound like if they didn't musically suck so hard and weren't so lead-pipey/car bomby with the lefty lyrics. Shotwell answers that question. It's "resisting dominant culture" dirty pop, recorded in a garage that the Buzzcocks could have used, with this cool hummy, buzzy quality to the recording. I know it's a stretch, but imagine if Smogtown moved away from the beach and started singing about property rights. They've got kick, hooks, and heart. Neat shit. Zero Fast sound like they're from Gainesville or early-'80s Minnesota, not Japan. They perform a compelling synthesis of what's great about early Replacements, Jam, Husker Du, and Radon. They're not all that flashy, but certainly strong as shit at making songs' melodies and rhythm weave together, and they sound better with each listen. I always love the translations of Japanese bands. The standout on this one is: "There's a park by bayside in my town where I used to go. Now, it's covered with new buildings and a million bullshits." Two bands I knew dick about when I woke up today and now very much enjoy.

–todd (Snuffy Smile)


SHAKEDOWNS, THE:
Move!: CD

Dude, they’re trying really hard to make me move, but their attempts at trash rock just ain’t cuttin’ it. So, this is what impotence feels like….

–jimmy (www.vmsrecords.com)


SEX WITH LURCH:
Self-Titled: CD EP

If Redd Kross had been a death rock band, I have no doubt they would’ve sounded just like this.

–jimmy (www.sexwithlurch.com)


SEA OF TOMBS:
Self-titled: CD

Standing proudly in that large area of overlap between stoner and prog rock, Sea of Tombs sound quite a lot like early Sabbath without that whiny goofball they had singing for them, with plenty Blue Cheer thrown in for variety. Six long, heavy instrumentals you’ll miss when they’re gone. Makes me wish I smoked stuff.

–Cuss Baxter (Gravity)


SCURVY BASTARDS:
Gold Fever: 7”
I really dig the pirate motif here and the music was a nice change of pace. It made me want to hang out in the New Orleans section of Disneyland with a parrot on my shoulder. –jimmy (702)


SCREWDRIVERS, THE:
Self-titled: CD

EGADS, IT’S TERRIBLE!!! STOP IT! TURN IT OFF! TAKE IT OUT BEFORE IT PERMANENTLY DAMAGES THE COMPU

–jimmy (The Screwdrivers)


SCALPING SCREEN:
13 Revolting Strains: CD

When I hear the words “Finland” and “thrash” occupying the same sentence, I expect the trademark fjordcore sound of bands like Mob 47 and Terveet Kadet that put Scandinavian punk on the map. These guy apparently are either oblivious of that history or are disinterested in it, as they are content to opt for macho grunt-metal a la Pantera. To their credit, they aren’t bad at it, but that shit just ain’t my bag, baby, and bores my blood rather than boils it.

–jimmy (www.scalpingscreen.com)


ROTTEN APPLES:
Real-Tuff (Durable Plastic): CD

First song starts out like Elastica playing the riff to "Quick Joey Small" by the Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus while the Muffs and the Detroit Cobras violently mudwrestle in the background, then kicks in with alternately sultry/pissed off tough chick vocals like the singer from Romeo Void having impossibly rapid-fire mood swings, backed by what i can only speculate to be some manner of simplistic but forceful riot grrrl soul-punk that doesn't exactly not evoke memories of L7, but in a good way (somehow), but with a more stripped down approach. Damn, i said "stripped down." And i was doing so well! To summarize, it is "good." The lush vocals are like mishandled bratwursts sliding seductively down a WNBA point guard's hips. Unfortunately, by about the third song, i'm starting to get restless, thinking of things i could be doing around the house. By the fourth song, i'm going stark raving nuts with boredom. The CD is only twenty-three minutes long, but, for whatever reason, it seems more like it's about an hour and a half. I begin to look disdainfully on the vocals: They seem to be attempting to incite a more sophisticated effect on the listener than the musical backing (though fairly competent and well-recorded) can support. The lyrics begin to grate me. "Plastic World," with its squeaks of "Fake tits, fake eyes, fake bullshit!" sounds like something some fourteen-year-old girl would've written after masturbating to "Rebel Girl" for the first time. Things seem to be devolving into petty bitchiness: "F.W.A.K." – "Fucked Without a Kiss" – is about creepy guys; compare that to the Scream song of the same name (1st album) about prison rape and see how much of an outpouring of sympathy you can muster on her behalf. Gah! Suddenly, for no good reason, "Spade" comes on – dead last, track ten of ten – and i realize the problem! The first nine tracks have been sung by the SINGER! But track ten is being sung by the DRUMMER! And it's BRILLIANT! OF COURSE! THAT'S IT! The singer, with the exception of the strikingly ace first track, is wreckin' everything with her god damned SINGERLINESS!!! The drummer has no such failings! Therefore, it is my sworn duty to stoke the dang boiler and foment band unrest by demanding that the drummer, one "Heather Jane," RISE UP AND SMITE (or merely wrest control from) THE SINGER/GUITARIST, one "Dejha!" COME ON, HEATHER JANE, IT'S YOU THE PEOPLE ARE PAYIN' TA SEE!!! YOU'RE the reason the band's come this far!!! YOU'RE the glue that holds it all together!!! Dejha is just keeping you DOWN because SHE KNOWS YOU'RE A STAR ON THE RISE, BAY-BEE!!! YOU'RE COMPETITION!!! SHE WANTS TO KEEP YOU IN THE BACK, BEHIND THE DRUMS, WHERE GUYS CAN LOOK UP YOUR SKIRT AND SEE YOUR PANTIES AND SUCHLIKE!!! DON'T FALL FOR IT!!! RISE UP!!! REBEL!!! MAKE LUDICROUS DEMANDS!!! WHEN YOU COME HOME FROM GIGS, DROP HER OFF FIRST, THEN TALK SHIT ABOUT HER IN THE VAN THE REST OF THE WAY HOME!!! WHEN YOU GO OUT AFTER PRACTICE, STICK ALREADY CHEWED GUM IN HER BEST PAIR OF SLUT SHOES!!! WHEN YOU STAY AT HOTELS, STICK HER HAND IN WARM WATER SO SHE PEES THE BED AND ALIENATES OTHER BAND MEMBERS!!! SHE'S ONLY GOT ONE NAME, ANYWAY!!! LIKELY SOME KINDA MADE-UP STRIPPER NAME!!! YOU'VE GOT TWO!!! FIGHT THE POWER!!! DEMAND FACE TIME!!! SAVE THE TEXAS PRAIRIE CHICKEN!!! ALL OF IT ON RED THIRTEEN!!! YOU'LL NEVER TAKE CODY JARRETT ALIVE, COPPERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for listening. BEST SONG: "Love Career" or "Spade"  BEST SONG TITLE: "Love Career" or "Spade," i guess  FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Chris Brief is thanked in the liner notes and i know him.

–norb (Empty)


ROGER MIRET & THE DISASTERS:
Self-titled: CD

Okay, so Todd failed to tell me that this was a guy from Agnostic Front until after I’d listened to it. Looking at the song titles, Todd and I sort of thought it might be a covers album. There was “Radio, Radio” – Elvis Costello, “It’s Alright “ – Dead Boys, and “New York Belongs to Me” we thought could be a take on Cock Sparrer’s “England Belongs to Me.” We were wrong. This is going to be the next thirty-something voice for all the angry twelve-year olds out there. I’m sure this band is going places, my record collection just isn’t one of them.

–megan (Hellcat)


ROCK BOTTOM AND THE SPIES:
Rich Girl: 7” EP

The lyric sheet says this is a repress of an ultra-rare 7" from 1981 and, seeing as it sounds like pure Killed By Death fodder I’m inclined to believe ’em. Raw punk rock with occasional keyboards that wins the “easily the best thing I’ve heard all day” contest by a landslide.

–jimmy (www.breakmyface.com)


RIISTETYT:
Skitsofrenia: CD

If I remember correctly, this is a re-release of this legendary Finnish band's first LP. I could be wrong and if I am, it's not the first time. This was initially released in 1983, so the timeline to be their first LP might be right. The songs are primitive, but raw and energetic. Before it was called crust or discore, it was just straight ahead metallic punk that let the energy do the talking. It takes me back twenty years when I first started hearing international punk. It still stands the test of time – abrasive songs sung in languages I had no idea of understanding. But the language of aggression crosses all language barriers. More people need to discover and research bands from other continents, past and present, and see what is outside of their backyards. This is a time capsule that has been opened and needs to be shared with others.

–don (Usinade Sangue)


REMUS AND THE ROMULAN NATION:
: 7"

I'm not scared of lo-fi, but this sounds like it's played under a mattress, so it's hard to pull out the nuances. The vocalist sounds like a super-political Chi Pig of SNFU – almost cartoony, but earnest. It also brings to mind a muddier Crimpshrine or a duct-tape-ier Operation Cliff Clavin: the songs are mid-tempo, partially melodic, partially anthemic, and socially aware (the song explanations are longer than the songs themselves). It's okay. I just wish it sounded more listenable.

–todd (Soul Is Cheap)


RECKLESS BASTARDS:
It’s Time for Buzz: CDEP

Sloppy garage punk with a '60s influence that would be a lot better if they replaced their rhythm section. Boring!! –Mike Dunn

–Guest Contributor (Reckless Bastards)


REASONSEVEN:
Self-titled: CD

Quirky rock with some punk flourishes. Not my cup of tea, but I’ve heard worse.

–jimmy (Smog Veil)


REAGAN SS:
Hail to the New Dawn: 7"

Can you hear that noise?  It has that buzz sound ringing in the distance. I think what I hear is the buzz of a band that is going to turn heads every time that people come across them. I may not be the only one excited by this band, but I know for sure that they are going to be placed in the punk history books for the year 2002. This is their second release after their split with John Browns Army which put them on the map. They have been aggressively playing around California, blowing away bands that have to play after them after they play their menacing short and to-the-point sets. In the band is former Razorcaker, Matt Average, who is the nuts and bolts of this outfit. It’s his baby and he created it to expel the anger inside him. Beside his writings for many publications and his artistry for photography, he expresses in his music how his environment irritates him. The music is fast as a race boat and powerful like a cannon – no frills punk thrash that is straight to the point and is short but sweet with its rage. It has eight songs that go by so fast that you have to pay attention. The production is improved from the split previously mentioned. The real experience is their live show. Do not miss them if they come to your town.

–don (625)


REACTION, THE :
Self-titled: CD

Spooky rock'n'roll bubblegum. In other words, a punchy mix of Motorhead (for the gasoline in the gum), Zeke (for the grit in the gum), and the Beach Boys (for the pop in the gum) by way of the Misfits (the packaging of the gum and the mental pictures). It's kinda bwoo-ha-ha ("Let the Sleeping Corpses Lie," "Army of the Dead," "Revenge and Murder,") but it's way too hooky and tuneful to say it's a direct rip of any of the aforementioned bands. I like it. It speeds by fast and I usually let it play a couple times.

–todd (Acme)


QUALM:
Long Story Short: CD

The fifth song on this waste of plastic is “Try Not to Feel So Bad When You Find Out You Really Suck.” Don’t think I could’ve put it any more succinctly. I’m surprised your parents haven’t grounded you for being in a band this bad.

–jimmy (Not Bad)


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