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DIPLOMATS OF SOLID SOUND, THE:
Let’s Cool One: CD
Easy listening for those with taste, class, and a sense of sophistication all your own. The Hammond buzzes a warm and mellow groove while the band liberally douses with handclaps and genuine instruments jangling into a perfected state of blues-ed out bliss along with some frantic barnshakers. I endorse it and fully live it! –nam (Estrus)


DIPERS, THE:
How to Plan Successful Parties: CD
Very arty, but noisy, which I guess means it had some redeeming qualities, but I’d be hard pressed to think of any others. –jimmy (Omnibus)


DILLINGER FOUR:
Live at 7th St. Entry: CD
Drunk, out of tune, and funny as all hell, this is just like a real Dillinger Four show! If you’ve ever seen these guys, you know what to expect: two minutes of music followed by five minutes of jokes. This is worth having around for the between song banter, but it mostly just underscores the fact that these guys need to go on tour again. If you don’t even know who they are, do yourself a favor and get all of their studio albums first. –Josh (LSD)


DEXTER DANGER:
Written In Blood: CD-EP
A bargain bin Tiger Beat punk band with loud guitars, agonizingly ineffectual vocals and zero songwriting talent. When they see there’s no money to be made in punk and promptly fuck off to the next big trend, I will personally breathe a sigh of relief. –jimmy (Orange Peal)


DESTROYED, THE:
Outta Control: CD
This is, apparently, a sequel to an earlier CD released by the drummer, which, presumably for benefit of family, friends, the guys down at work and maybe two or three other people, collected what i assume to be his life’s entire recorded output on one handy compact disc; said output consisting primarily of work in the late ‘70s with the Boston punk band The Destroyed, plus two mysterious collaborations with fancy-pants guitar player Henry Kaiser (?!). And, because YOU demanded it, this follow-up features six recently-recorded tracks of the drummer drumming and the singer singing and playing guitar on midtempo punk tunes about death via bludgeon and the electric chair, plus the guitar-playing singer’s original demo version of one of said compositions, plus two more Jeff Beck (i think?) styled guitar wig-outs with Henry Kaiser, plus ten Destroyed tracks ca. 1977-79 taken from old cassettes. I think i speak for all us guys here at the shop when i say that we’re all proud as punch of you, and are certain you’ve got a great future ahead of you in The Biz! BEST SONG: “We Got It,” but pretty much all that old Destroyed stuff is kinda great simply because the singer’s rampant and shameless Iggyisms are so Ig-tastically over the top that they make Rik L Rik’s contemporaneous Iggishness seem positively Bowie-esque by comparison. BEST SONG TITLE: For pure sleekness, i enjoy “Let’s Go Electric,” but the sentimental favorite is “Don’t Worry, That Train Ain’t Gonna Hit You” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Though the band is Boston-based, the Lemmy-lookin’ drummer sports a White Sox – not a Red Sox – cap. NINE-teen-SEVEN-teen! (clap! clap! clap-clap-clap!) NINE-teen-SEVEN-teen! (clap! clap! clap-clap-clap!) –norb (Bert Switzer Media Empire, Ltd.)


DENUNZIO:
The Three Point Stance: CD
As I lay on my couch listening to this through headphones, I found myself trying to come up with a single decent punk band Denver has produced. Including DeNunzio, I couldn’t come up with a single one. –jimmy (Hej Music)


DEADLY WEAPONS:
self-titled: 7"
A new outfit featuring Tina from the Trashwomen handling vocal duties. Included here are two doses of the high-energy punk that Rapid Pulse bands are known for delivering, and a cover of GG Allin’s “Don’t Talk to Me.” “You Wreck Me” could easily have been a hardcore punk favorite had it been released back in the early ‘80s. Good stuff here. –jimmy (Rapid Pulse)


DEAD HEROES:
Let it Ride: CD
By looking at the front cover artwork you would expect either a rockabilly band or something else other than what comes out of the speakers. Flip over to the back and you get a picture of three guys wearing their leathers and possible favorite bands. Let’s see if they can pull this one off. The band is competent here. A mix of Motorhead meets GBH mixed with modern day UK in the likes of Sick on the Bus. The music here is what sells it for me. They make a conscious effort to pay tribute to the UK bands before them. They are not a copy cat band by any means. They add their own personality to the mix. But you can here where they are getting their basis from. Bad cover, good music. –don (Sin Klub)


DEAD ENDS:
Subhumanoid Meltdown: CD
Decent enough dual guitar rock/punk that would’ve been outstanding if they’d only ditch the Misfits-isms. Look, I can totally understand influences, but wallowing in hackneyed Danzig-posturing only illustrates a lack of creativity, and one need look no further than Danzig himself for proof of this. In short, fuck the Misfits, man, what do YOU have to say for yourself? –jimmy (Rabbit, address listed was complete gibberish)


CURSES, THE:
#&$%: CD
Rip Off punk rock strong on hooks and attitude but lacking in originality and oomph. If this had been a single with “Son of Sam” and “(Baby’s Got A) New Guitar,” I would’ve peed my pants. As it stands with this full-length in hand, I can only seem to muster a “they aren’t all that bad.” –jimmy (Empty)


COUNTRY TEASERS:
Full Moon Empty Sportsbag: CD
There does not exist one single bad Country Teasers track. Though he may be construed as a racist, sexist, homophobic, off-key hater, I construe primary Teaser Ben Wallers as one thing above all else: a genius, capable of high comedy and devastating sadness IN THE SAME SONG. Arrangements are often ramshackle, tumbling over themselves from lack of rehearsal (or concern for what’s “right”), lyrics often self-referential, puerile and/or plain silly, but who (you?) can deny the plain fucking inspiration of a line like “it’s very cold outside but you have a warm vagina/may I overnight leave my penis inside ya?” That’s the comedy. How about some sad: “Don’t cry for Crichton [a former Teaser], his suffering is over/cry for Dominique and his unfortunate mother/cry for Nicola, of whom he was her brother,” from “Deaths.” I mean, emosize all you want about kisses and the end of summer, but this is real shit about real dead friends. This is the real emo, the real DIY (see “Boycott the Studio”), the real essence of punk (despite lack of pretty much everything that hallmarks punk musically), the actual synthesis of all that’s right and all that’s wrong about the world onto a 25-cent piece of fucking plastic. Now “get off my fucking planet and take Alex Stuart with.” –Cuss Baxter (In The Red)


CONNER:
The White Cube: CD
College rock gruel with speech impediment/fake British accent vocals. Stylized artsy Johnny Thunders-wannabe dung. I would rather change diapers at a senior citizen’s home than listen to this again. –Aphid Peewit –Guest Contributor (Underground Sounds)


CONDEMNED 84:
No Way In: 7"
Two tracks recorded in 1986 by this old skinhead unit. Both are pretty much true to the style and sentiment that made ‘em famous. I was always a bit pick-and-choose with these guys, but hardcore fans should no doubt be pleased as punch with both tracks. –jimmy (Haunted Town)


CIVET:
self-titled: CD
What seems to be an all-girl hardcore band adds just a smidge of glam to the proceedings and the whole thing just dissolves into shit. –jimmy (Callgirl)


CHRISTIANSEN:
Stylish Nihilists: CD
A miserable mix of hardcore intensity, arty emo pretentiousness and ELO-styled arena rock. More succinctly, this bites some mighty big weenie. Look for ‘em to make a splash on Letterman any day now. –jimmy (Revelation)


CHRIS BELLEAU AND THE ZYDECO HOUNDS:
Repeat Offender: CD
The band’s name is not some clever moniker coined by a grindcore band looking for a cheap laugh; these guys actually do play zydeco-influenced rock music. One of the stranger things I’ve pulled from the Razorcake “mystery meat” piles, not because of the musical style these guys mine but because one can’t help but wonder what a zydeco-influenced rock band was thinking when they sent their release to a predominantly punk-oriented periodical. –jimmy (www.zydecohouds.com) www.zydecohouds.com) www.zydecohouds.com)


CHOKING AHOGO:
Radars and Maps: CD
A college pop rock band that are competent at what they do, yet fail to do anything for these ears. –jimmy (www.victimrecords.com)


CHICKENHEAD/LOS CANADIANS:
Mutiny in Miami: CD
Raw, sloppy DIY punk rock from two Florida bands that were around in the early ‘90s. If you like raw, sloppy DIY, you need this worse than you know. I didn’t know who either of these bands was, but it’s pretty cool and it’s the perfect companion to that Stun Guns record that just came out a little while ago. Members of these bands went on to the Jack Palance Band, Allergic to Bullshit, the Crumbs (I think), and probably a thousand more. Thumbs up. –Josh (This Here)


CHARGE 69:
Des Mots, des Rires, des Larmes et des Pleurs: LP
This band is from France and has been around since 1993. It’s good solid melodic punk. This LP seems to be a compilation of past material from 7”s and compilations. I must say this stuff is good. A long time ago, they had a 7” come out on Pogo Attack here in the States. After giving the 7” a listen, I phoned Sean from Pogo Attack to tell him it was brilliant. Since that time, things have not changed. That 7” is included on this LP too, so I would say get this LP. This band is good and although they don’t release too much, what they do release is good solid melodic punk. As an extra treat, the vinyl is a bright yellow! –Guest Contributor (Dirty Faces)


CARRION:
The Crime of Idle Hands: CD
When they veered off into screamo territory I reached for the “incinerate” button –jimmy (www.epicenesoundsystems.com)


CALLSIGN COBRA:
self-titled: CD
Rock with oodles of punk rock attitude thrown into the mix and smart aleck lyrics compliment the proceedings. Normally not my ball of wax, this wasn’t too shabby. –jimmy (Not Bad)


CABLE:
Never Trust A Gemini: CD
Stoner sludge metal with nothing new here to add to the genre. –jimmy (The Dark Reign)


BURY THE LIVING:
Twitch of the Death Nerves: CD
The collected recordings of a swell hardcore band that is now no more, apparently. Their EP on Kangaroo a while back was pretty smokin’, and the same can be said for the thirty-seven tracks that grace this release. Sad to see ‘em go. –jimmy (Kangaroo)


BURY THE LIVING:
self-titled: LP
A nice dose of fast, angry hardcore from the Negative Approach school of hard knocks, although I wish the singer would remember to take the microphone out of his mouth when he’s singing. It’s definitely a good thing to hear more bands with a Negative Approach influence as opposed to a Youth of Today influence. My obligatory complaint is that the recording sounds a little muffled, robbing this band of some of the power achieved by bands like Last in Line. –Josh (Soul is Cheap)


BRAT ATTACK, THE:
Destruction Sound System: CD
The only nice thing that I can say about this is that the dude who sings sometimes sounds like Oderus Urungus from Gwar. But they say they don’t give a fuck if you like them or not, so they probably won’t be losing any sleep over this review. –Josh (Longshot)


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