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VOODOO ORGANIST:
The Return of: CD
The name says it all: just a guy and his organ belting out odes to pitchfork men and snakes in the eyes. Great for your next satanic soiree. –jimmy (www.deadteenagerrecords.com)


VON ZIPPERS, THE:
The Crime Is Now!: LP
Political garage rock, kind of like a low-rent Randy with a much better name. I thought I remembered these guys sounding more like the New Bomb Turks, but it’s been a couple of years since I listened to Blitzhacker. The artwork looks really cool, and this is a pretty decent record on its own merits, but it fails to singe off my eyebrows or give me a wedgie. Too bad.  –Josh (Alien Snatch)


VINDICTIVES, THE:
Unplugged: CD
Okay, this is either a.) one of the funniest jokes ever, b.) one of the worst albums ever, or c.) both! Vindictives songs performed by the band, with pan flutes, chimes, xylophones, violins, and acoustic guitars! Vocals sung in a plaintive, non-screamy manner! Imagine hearing acoustic versions of “I’m in Trouble Now” and “Ugly American!” If you aren’t familiar with the Vindictives (one of my favorite bands of all time!), this will mean nothing to you. But for the rest of you, I must say: Holy Ridiculosity, Batman! If this were a cereal, it’d be Urkel O’s. You just gotta HOPE it’s a joke! Insane! –Maddy (Teat Productions)


VEINS, THE:
Hollywoodland: CD
I hate wimpy rock. The solution? More Thin Lizzy. –Wanda Sprag –Guest Contributor (Garage-Pop)


VEE DEE:
Furthur: CD
Vee Dee mix in some of the lighter-hearted, dark-stained pop overtones of early Replacements, the crunch of early ‘80s, mid-tempo middle America punk – the “you know they’re older, but they sound like they just discovered this shit” sound. When they speed up, I hear clips of early Freeze guitar. When they slow down, out comes a “Bloodstains”-era Agent Orange surf/secret agent man guitar, counter pointed by a healthy Cramps-like addiction to zombies and undertakers. It’s almost as if these guys took a gigantic, aerial photograph of America of punk America circa 1979-1980, harvested all the best parts, and stitched it all together as expertly as a plastic surgeon. Only that they keep the “ugly” parts Killed By Death ugly. Ultimately, Furthur has a ton of satisfying songs that are as easy to like and understand. It harkens back to an era when punk’s best art was xeroxed flyers stapled to telephone poles. –todd (Criminal IQ)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
The War on Terrorism: 7” EP
There are four artists on this: Caulfield, Mumbler, The Gibbons, and Megan Kott, respectively. While I can’t say I’m particularly enthused by the shades of pop punk and emo oozing off this piece of wax, the lyrics to all four songs are very well written diatribes against the shenanigans the current US government finds itself in. Seeing as I have heard pitifully few other bands do the same, I wholly recommend this and hope the rest of the guitar-slinging morons dreaming of pop stardom start waking up. –jimmy (Salinas)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Punch Drunk V: CD
This is the fifth in this series of Punch Drunk comp CDs. As always, they feature a great mix of what TKO has to offer. This time around you get twenty-eight songs by twenty-eight bands! Check out some of these bands: The Boils, Adolf & the Piss Artists, the Wretched Ones, Antiseen, Limecell, Bonecrusher, the US Bombs, plus more. I shouldn’t have to tell you TKO is known for putting out some high quality street punk, so this comp is not going to disappoint! As a bonus, it’s only $5.00! –Mike Beer  –Guest Contributor (TKO)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Me and My Six-Stings Club: One Man Band Compilation/Contest: 10” with 7”
Roctober #34 “One Man Band! Encyclopedia” defines a one-man band by what it is not, i.e. “the only solo musicians that aren’t even considered as One Man Bands are acoustic guitar-wielding singer-songwriters… (a singer-songwriter) is the antithesis of the theatrical inventive, unique, spirited, absurdity-celebration that is a classic One Man Band!” If you have any further questions, it is suggested you pick up this 10” with a 7” accompaniment. Rockin’ Bones have put together a well-placed display of this broad and diverse method of music. The comp features the likes of Sexton Ming (Billy Childish collaborator), Hasil Adkins (the greatest), Lightning Beatman, and a bunch of other people I’ve never heard of, which makes it all the better. All different. All worth your attention. –bradley (Rockin’ Bones)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Humans Must Die: CD-R
A homemade CD-R comp of not-very-rare tracks by the likes of Ill Repute, Minor Threat, Sex Pistols, Anti-Heros, COC, Circle Jerks, Attitude Adjustment, Bob Marley, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Avail and others. There’s a nice cross section of sounds here, but unless you’ve just fallen off the turnip wagon, you’re gonna be hard pressed to find anything here you haven’t heard before. I wonder how long it’ll take before the guy doing this is slapped with a “cease and desist” order. –jimmy (Bastard Radio)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
How’s My Driving?: CD
Judging from the bands and the titles of some of the songs, one is led to believe that this is some sort of skate punk comp, with bands old (Fang, Los Olvidados, Free Beer), new, (the Lincolns, the Forgotten) and defunct (Odd Numbers, who do a spot-on impersonation of mid-period Agent Orange). Most of the tracks here have been previously released, but the flow from tune to tune is good, with little dead air between tracks to harsh your next pool session. The personal favorite tune here is the unreleased Fang track, who I’ve had a soft spot for since the early ‘80s. –jimmy (Super Speedway)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
60 Songs: 2X CD
You know, you’d figure that with sixty to choose from, a guy would find at least three or four tracks that were swell, but no, the only track remotely interesting I managed to find was the one by the only band I’d heard of on here, Melt Banana. The rest was just shades of screamo and grind that got boring by the seventh track on the first disc.  –jimmy (www.buildingrecords.com)


VARANT MAJARIAN/ ABANDON ALL HOPE/ THE SUBJECTS:
3-Way Split: CD
Varant: A hardcore band making valid points left and right with liberal doses of cynicism. The song titles are hilarious. Abandon: decent mid-tempo hardcore, but the metal in the guitars knocks ‘em a rung or two down the “crucial” ladder. The Subjects: Sorry, but I really can’t take seriously a band that thanks “punk rock junkies, fast cars, fast women and Guinness beer.” Varant wins by a landslide. –jimmy (Chicken Head)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Hardcore from the Early Days: CD
A collection of tunes from three old Connecticut hardcore bands. Target Cells: Eleven tracks from their Cerebral Hemorrhage cassette, recorded in 1983. Mid-tempo hardcore, pretty typical for its time, which should not be taken as an insult. White Pigs: Remember there being a big to-do about their name and whether they were on a racist kick like contemporaries White Pride, but with the exception of the word “spic” in one song, they’re devoid of the usual “I hate...” dogma you find with those bands. Judging solely from the remaining lyrical content, I’m willing to bet they included that word merely to ruffle the feathers of the more uptight factions of the almighty “scene,” ‘cause it ain’t the word they use on the track. Either way, you get seven blasts of obnoxious hardcore from the first of what would be many releases. Chronic Disorder: rare tracks from this band’s first couple of 7-inch EPs and a couple of live tracks recorded at CBGB. Edgy hardcore with a noticeably Proletariat bent is the order of the day on their seven tracks. Being old enough to remember when all this stuff first came out, I’d have to say that, overall, this was a very satisfying trip down memory lane. Recommended. –jimmy (Coldsweat)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Go-Kart MP300 Raceway: 2X CD
This is a label sampler that also includes what seems like every band under the sun: a hundred and fifty bands, three hundred songs. Only draw back is sound quality, since this is recorded in MP3 format. If you don’t understand, this is compressed digital, which means that the songs are four times smaller in file size. That is how so much can be crammed into these two CDs. What you get in quantity, you lose in fidelity. I’m sure most or all will not notice the difference, since you are either greedy and just want more. But I notice those things and my anal tendencies make it a pet peeve at times. I can’t see anyone wouldn’t be able to find something they like on this release. There is so much on here. I think the thing is cheap, so there is no danger of wasting your money. There is a chance that you will find your next favorite band. –don (Go-Kart)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Broken Bonez: CD
Nothing to do with the legendary hardcore band of the same name, this is a comp of bands I’m assuming are from the El Paso area. A grand total of one track here managed to capture my attention – Radio La Chusma’s “Thoughts of You” – which reminded me of an acoustic Quinto Sol without all the “kill the white man” rhetoric. The remaining stuff here was demo recordings of fairly stereotypical backyard punk and rockabilly. –jimmy (www.brokenbonezrecords.com)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Beer City Records Presents Counter Attack: CD
Mike from Beer City must be in his 30s. All the current stuff he is putting out is stuff from my childhood. Bands like MDC, DRI, Toxic Reasons, and Verbal Abuse were regular listening for me in high school. Current bands like Beer Zone, The Werent, Oppressed Logic, Very Metal and Red Flag 77 play like they could have been bands from yesteryear. He throws in Humungus, which is Nikki Sicki from Verbal Abuse, which a friend of mine originally was supposed to release. I hate the term, but Mike Beer is old school and his colors are blatantly on his sleeve. I have no hate for the guy because I have picked up a few reissues because it’s so much easier burning songs off a CD than LP on to my Ipod. So, all in all, this a label sampler. It could also be a sample of his record collection that he wants the kids to check out after they get over being a Blink 182 fan. –don (Beer City)


TOWERS OF HANOI:
self-titled: CDEP
At best, they remind me of Seaweed, when the dude’s singing and the guitars are swinging. But there are quite a few hurdles. Poetry jam rock has never been a friend of mine. It comes from going to school with hippies. I just don’t dig it. It makes me irritable because if I truly cared how well people played their instruments, I’d listen to classical music. I crave tight, quick song structures. Or drugs, lots of drugs, then you run the possibility of playing almost anything short of the Grateful Dead near me before I lunge for the stereo. So, the Towers of Hanoi play well, but they play songs I’m not really interested in. The lady who does most of the singing, sounds melodramatic and swoony. I wish them no ill-will, I just don’t dig it. As a bit of trivia: Jon, the drummer used to be in Florida band, The Y. Absolutely no musical overlap between the two bands.  –todd (Barracuda Sound)


THUMBS UP!:
Destroy: CDEP
Loud, fast, angry thrashy punk fucking rock! Eight songs, eleven minutes. Very similar sounding in many ways to F-Minus (without any female vocals) and every bit as good as them. –toby (Room 13)


THRILLS:
N.A.F.I.T.C.: CD
If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent many a sleepless night, tossing and turning, wondering what sort of band would GG Allin’s brother Merle be involved in back before his face was old enough to grow a Hitler mustache. Well, give your Ambien supply away to the little kids on your block, because you need wonder no more: Back in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s, before that menacing little mudflap sprouted beneath Merle’s nose, he played bass in a catchy, jangly new wave outfit called the Thrills who sounded a tiny bit like a slightly edgier, garagey Blondie. Who’da thunk it? But now you know. And so now it is, in the immortal words of the great Tor Johnson, “time for go to bed.” –aphid (Dionysus)


TOXIC NARCOTIC:
Beer in the Shower: 7"
One of the United States’ better hardcore outfits have been kind enough to cease with the yellin’ and release two of their bagpipe-slathered instrumental tunes on a picture disc. If you’re lookin’ for something to tide you over until that next “All-Irish Traditional Hoedown” record from whatever popular punk band is making the rounds these days, then look elsewhere, as these tunes are really fuckin’ good and we wouldn’t want you damaging you precious musical sensibilities with quality music. In short, highly recommended.  –jimmy (Rodent Popsicle)


TWISTED ROOTS:
self-titled: CD
Yessir, you are correct, this band had ex-members of The Screamers (Paul Roessler) and the Germs (Pat Smear). Kira went on to join Black Flag. Pat went on to play with Nirvana. The second drummer, Gary, went on to become the lead singer for Celebrity Skin. The good news is they were only around for six months from ‘81-’82. Do yourself a favor. Go check some of those aforementioned bands out. They’re good to great. Twisted Roots sucks along the lines of a self-absorbed, hippie carnival Devo. It definitely goes way beyond the gauntlet thrown down by SSDecontrol – “How much art can you can you take?” Purely punk intentions alone do not a punk record make. Bleargh. –todd (Dionysus)


TRANSISTOR TRANSISTOR:
Wolves: CD
Screamo gives me a rash.  –jimmy (Level-Plane. The address is too friggin’ small to read)


TYRADES, THE:
I Am Homicide: 7"
Blue collar retard art rock. On The Planet of The Tyrades, everything’s just more tightly wound, more visceral, louder, faster moving, and mixed up. Like a golf ball in a vice, split open with a hacksaw, there’s a hard shell to crack, and inside, it’s all rubber bands of elastic bass lines and snapping guitars and drum punishment that’ll put an eye out if you’re not careful. You know how some “higher-minded” art rock bands are all about hard-to-grasp angularity and it makes you feel like you’re in an immaculate Laundromat of the future for rich fucks? Sterile, churning, misplaced; you’re only allowed to watch, not touch. The Tyrades make me feel like they’re making cool animals shapes (monkeys with knives, armadillos with boners) out of plastic explosives and they share the kabloom! with the listener. One of my favorite bands right now keeps on trucking along. A no-brainer for fans of the Orphans, Sweet J.A.P., and the Functional Blackouts. –todd (Shit Sandwich)


VAPIDS, THE:
We Can’t Do It: 7"
Safe poppy punk for small children and their puritanical parents.  –jimmy (Route 13)


THRIFT STORE HEROES:
Moving On: CD
Alarming Fact: Planet Earth is now dangerously infested with Blink 182 wannabes. Though they are obviously testicle-less, they manage to breed like soft, cuddly bunnies. Let it be known: Western Civilization is now fully declined. Whatever happened to those L-5 space colonies that Gerard O’Neill promised? I gotta get me the hell outta here. God, I hope my neighbors didn’t overhear me playing this sappy dreck. Even the little old lady next door who eats Chapstick will be laughing at me. –aphid (Thrift Store Heroes)


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