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LUDICRA:
Self-titled: 12”
I’m amazed at the movement that crust music has made in the last several years toward being lighter and fluffier. It used to be that crust records were easily distinguished by their black and white covers featuring bull skulls, vulture skulls, or maybe snapshots from war-torn or impoverished lands. The music tended to be so thick and impenetrable that you could hardly decipher the bass from the guitar as they jammed their fists into your guts. But now we get bands like Ludicra with their fancy full color (although still very bleak) covers and their beautiful guitar solos and choruses with clean vocals. Maybe this isn’t crust at all. Maybe it’s that stuff that crust always seemed like it was trying to be. What was that called? Oh yeah… Metal. –mp (Life Is Abuse)


LOVED ONES, THE:
Build and Burn: CD
I’ve had this album for at least two months, and I’m still having trouble reviewing it. There’s something that bothers me a bit about it, but I’m not sure why. The Loved Ones want to take their tightly honed poppy punk in a bit of an Americana/Springsteen direction, but not really. There are some slower jams that fail to evoke much sympathy from me, and some slightly bluesy stuff, including a song where the only lyrics are, “They’re poundin’ nails in Louisiana, they’re poundin’ nails.” Okay, but what’s the point? The anecdotal pop punk songs do a bit more for me, but not enough to really justify themselves. I dug their first record, so maybe next time.  –Guest Contributor (Fat)


LOST LOCKER COMBO:
Freshman Orientation: CD
The label says “Its like School of Rock meets School House Rock.” GOOOD description! Imagine the keyboards and guts from the Shemps meeting up with F.Y.P. on the first day of high school after not having seen one another since elementary school! Xylophone included. This CD is the shit, my friend, especially if you know who the Shemps and F.Y.P. are. “Scoliosis” is one of the funnest songs I’ve ever heard. Ever. And the skits in between the songs are just hilarious!  –mrz (Whoa Oh)


LOST LOCKER COMBO:
Freshman Orientation: CD
Lost Locker Combo play crafty, peppy, pop punk. If you you’re into that kinda thing, you’ll be like, wow, there’s like twelve people in this band, including people from The Unlovables and Egghead, who contribute to this hilarious high-school concept record! But if you’re not, you’ll be like, really? Does this actually need to exist? I guess I fall in the middle. –Nick Toerner  –Guest Contributor (Whoa Oh)


LOOM:
Angler: CD
Solid emo, like back when At the Drive In was what emo meant. Except these guys added a girl who plays violin while they play the jagged, spastic riffs. I hear their live show is pretty amazing and they somehow orchestrate the lights to the music. Utah does strange things to people, and I guess this band is trying to find a way out of that 3.2 beer-having, Mormon hellhole.  –Buttertooth (Exigent)


LOADED FOR BEAR / BIZARRE X:
Split: CD
This is a nice little grindcore split. Loaded For Bear from the U.S. leads it off and has more of a distorted and screamy crust edge to their sound than Bizarre X from Germany. Loaded For Bear is also really enamored of using sound clips in between their stuff. In fact, I think if you added it all together, their side of the split might have more sound clips than actual music, especially when considering that three of their fourteen songs are under five seconds long. Bizarre X isn’t as heavy or intense as Loaded For Bear, which works against them and makes their side of the split feel more lackluster. What I find massively entertaining is that the songs for both bands have lyrics that are very involved and thought out, but completely unintelligible even with the lyric book. I seriously don’t know how it is they’re supposed to be saying what’s written in the lyric sheet when some of the syllable grunts end up being a couple of whole sentences. At any rate, this album is worth checking out if only to get your daily amelodic speed fix on the Loaded For Bear half, although I can’t say I’ve ever heard any grind yet that’s interesting as more than just a novelty, except for maybe The Locust. –Adrian (On the Warpath, Backgroundnoisemediacorps, Hip Kid, One Sock)


LIVE FAST DIE:
Got Nitedo: 7”
Botched brain surgery rock’n’roll from the scrambled frontal lobes of Live Fast Die. There’s one song each from the three previous calendar years, and the oldest, “Got Nitedo (2005),” stands out like a shining gold medal at the Special Olympics. It’s a half-retarded lament about fucking up one’s arm playing Nintendo, and, being half-retarded, not knowing how to properly pronounce “Nintendo.” Visualize a mentally handicapped person jacked up on cotton candy and knock-knock jokes, trying to figure out how to work an electric can opener and you’ll be properly mush minded enough to enjoy the song to its fullest extent. “Do I Look like a Bank (To You)” comes from 2007 and has the carpet-staples-raked-over-a-classroom-chalkboard guitar screech and nasally distorted vocals that got me all hot and bothered over Bandana Thrash Record. The flip is a meandering song inspired by a memorable bout of message board shit talking that took place a while back. It’s funny, but the joke is kind of lost if you weren’t around to read the exchange as it unfolded. Side A is well worth shelling out the dough.  –benke (Boom Chick)


LIKE WOLVES:
Self-titled: CD
Serviceable modern hardcore that keeps things angry and the metal to a bare minimum.  –jimmy (Like Wolves)


LEGION OF PARASITES:
Another Disaster: CD
A couple of demos and the first LP from these long-gone Limey thrashers are compiled together. It starts off a bit rough, but things get damned good pretty quick. Great first volume in what while be a multi-part overview of this oft-overlooked band. –jimmy (Overground)


LANDMINE MARATHON / SCARECROW:
Split: CD
Landmine Marathon is pretty standard death-metally stuff, but Scarecrow fuggin’ rules! Very heavy early Metallica influence, even down to some of the chord progressions. Not that that’s bad; I was completely undone with pleasure. Imagine Metallica from the Kill ‘Em All-era with a wee bit more rock‘n’roll in the concoction and a vocalist who sings in a more standard everyman fashion than the gruff and raspy Hetfield. Landmine Marathon: they were okay. Scarecrow: awesome.  –The Lord Kveldulfr (Level-Plane, www.level-plane.com)


KUNG FU USA:
Neversign: CD
The artwork on this release definitely deserves mention. It is a collage of record label imprints. There are majors and indies all over it, but not the one of the band’s actual label, Starcleaner, which makes it not only confusing, but impossible to tell who released this without previous knowledge (that I didn’t have). So, how does it sound? Well, this is another band with Shell and Jen (of Shellshag). Like 50 Million’s Broad Side that I checked out this cycle, it isn’t a recent release. It came out in 2002. Listening to it though, I would have thought that it came out in the early ‘90s—it has a definite indie alternative vibe (whatever that means). It’s daring and dirty. It’s sarcastic, spastic, and super catchy. The verses catch you and keep you tuned until the choruses get you hooked. This is a definite for fans of Nirvana, Pixies, Pavement, Sonic Youth, Shellac, or even Magnapop. Again, like 50 Million, this gets a, “Holy fuck. What was I doing to miss this?” I hope it was worth it, whatever it was. –Vincent Battilana (Starcleaner, www.starcleaner.com)


KNIFETHRUHEAD:
Live 02/04/05: 7”
This record couldn’t be any shittier if it were pressed on the steaming poop of winged gargoyles. I could be way off on this, but I’m pretty certain most people don’t want to hear a live recording of a non-band dinking around in front of a room full of screaming drunks, even if it does involve saxophone. Maybe they should just climb into the fancy white pickup truck they’re standing beside on the cover and drive off to Dickheadville or some other imaginary land full of nut jobs who want to listen to them try to be offensive while wearing Halloween masks and skull jockstraps.  –mp (Wild Huntsman)


KLONDIKE’S NORTH 40:
The Straight Path: CD
I really do not like reviewing records. The reason: I tell it like it is. If a record is shit, I will destroy it. Lackluster bands shouldn’t waste my time or Razorcake’s pages; and I don’t want impressionable kids—y’know, whippersnappers like me at sixteen—buying garbage. That said, I often get into trouble when reviewing “legends”—like I really didn’t want to pan Gary Burger’s (of the Monks) new 45, but it was a pile of manure (so is the Dirtbombs’ new LP). That’s painful, but I’m not judging Mick Collins or Gary Burger’s respective careers—just their latest works. However, there is a plus side to this dilemma: sometimes a “legend” comes through. And in the case of The Straight Path, ex-Radio Birdman guitarist Chris “Klondike” Masuak is hitting pay dirt. Some of the best elements of Birdman are here: thoroughly Australian harmonies, strong lyrics, and excellent (!) guitar playing. The Straight Path has the definite stamp of an ex-Birdman; it’s also reminiscent of some of the Replacements latter-day records (Tim and Pleased to Meet Me) as Masuak’s voice sounds a bit like Westerberg’s. Refreshingly at fifty-plus years of age, Masuak’s subject matter has grown with his life’s experiences—a definite plus to the countless “legends” who simply revive their old formula. Way to go, Klondike.  –ryan (I-94, www.i94barrecords.com)


KK RAMPAGE:
Without Feelings: CD
Full-on skronk rock from a former Functional Blackout and his latest batch of malcontent buddies. While the stuff here lacks the Blackouts’ balanced noise : rock ratio, they more than make up for it in atonal aural agony. –jimmy (Big Neck)


KINETIC FRIENDS:
Self-titled: 12” single
This is lo-fi progressive indie rock that leans in towards a jammy feel at times. I don’t have much info on these guys, except this label is based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Musically, it explores the heavier side of jam instrumental rock on this one-sided 12” at 45 rpm. It’s not brilliant, but you can tell they might appreciate Shellac and maybe Hawkwind or something.  –Buttertooth (Trigger On The Dutendoo)


JULIE OCEAN:
Long Gone and Nearly There: CD
What do you get when you throw scene vets from Velocity Girl, Swiz, The Saturday People, and Weatherhead into a ski-lodge like recording studio? Apparently, a sugary sweet confection of power pop gems is the answer. “#1 Song” could be just that, but wait—there’s more. “At the Appointed Hour” has a bit of Weller influence in there. Most of the tunes are under three minutes long, like most of the best songs of this genre. But even the epic-length of “Here Comes Danny” fails to disappoint. If guitar-driven pop with killer hooks sounds like your ballgame, then don’t strike out. “Put the needle on the record” and dig the new breed: Julie Ocean! –koepenick (Transit Of Venus)


JONS, THE:
The Queen of the Abyss: 7”
The first song on Side B is “Electric Kool-Aid.” Someone in the room just said, “Whoa, this band is riff-o-matic.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. They paid extra for the fixed groove on the record that repeats the same thing over and over and over again so the record never actually ends. It’s a burping sound. That’s pretty cool. This band has something going for it, and lyrics ain’t it. Lyrics are on the boring side, but if you have a glass of Electric Kool-Aid, you probably won’t care. –Corinne  –Guest Contributor (Wallride)


JOHN WALSH:
Demos: CD-R
Listening to these songs got me wondering what the point is to being a gimmick band. I was in one once, and, sure, people might initially laugh along or show up at shows, but interest will surely fade at some point, and it may seem like more people are laughing at you than with you. Not to say that you can’t have some goofy fun with music, but I think that in the end, the amount of interest a band can sustain probably correlates to how deeply they connect with a listener. That said, John Walsh plays positive hardcore, but not necessarily in a cheap way. Consider the line, “There’s a huge difference between what I do, and what I want to do. Man, I wish it wasn’t so.” I mean, who can’t connect with that? Through six quick songs, John Walsh toe the unusual line between being hilariously awesome and solemnly thought provoking, and their cover of “You’re the Best” from Karate Kid staunchly sits in the former. –Nick Toerner  –Guest Contributor (Self-released, www.myspace.com/americasmostpositive)


JET BOYS:
Teenage Thunder Revisited: LP
Like the frenzy of a good, old-fashioned Japanese whale slaughter comes the rip roaring sonic pandemonium of the Jet Boys. It’s got the glam swagger of the Joneses, the cocky looseness of the Heartbreakers, and the intense ferocity of the Carbonas, all delivered like a snot rocket from the nose of Johnny Rotten. My recommendation is to start with side two, as the first four songs on it are absolute punk monsters. But, be warned—the needle of the record player may well solder itself to the wax due to the resulting eruption of rock’n’roll magma. “Kick out the Poster” should be the National Anthem of the underground, and “Power Kids” the state song. I haven’t got any info about whether these guys are a living, breathing band, or if Teenage Thunder Revisited is a reissue. It doesn’t matter much, as this is one of the best ‘77-inspired slabs to come down the pipe in years. And if you don’t like it? “I don’t care/Kiss my ass!”  –benke (Demolition Derby)


JASON DOVE:
We Should Be Together: CD
Jason Dove’s second full-length album, We Should Be Together, is a more complex kettle of fish than the previous, Pronto. The fourteen new tracks are simply executed pop melodies ranging from lo-fi moodiness like, “Old Men,” to prog. I expected catchy but predictable rhythms and rhyming lyrics, given the Daniel Johnston association. I still got the rhyming lyrics, but I was surprised by the change in direction the songs were taking, like the sharp turn into the festering guitar hook in “So You Know” that made me stop and listen. Lyrically, Dove can be hit or miss but, “I’m so wasted, girl, I don’t know which way to go/I wanna wake up in your bedroom without saying ‘hello’,” from “Stoned on Beer” is one of my favorites off the album. –Kristen K  –Guest Contributor (Self-released, www.jasondove.com)


IRON LUNG:
Sexless / / No Sex: CD
It’s kind of shitty when after you’ve anticipated such a heavy album for so long that when it finally finishes, the walls of your living room are still standing. But then you gotta snap out of it and remind yourself that powerviolence can’t actually destroy a house, but at least it forced your Cat Stevens-listening roommates into their rooms. I wish every jerk that has deemed powerviolence as a genre to be confining could hear this album and acknowledge how big of jerks they are. At times you may think you’re listening to someone repeatedly slamming a dungeon door shut, but it’s just the crunching doom that is this duo. –Daryl Gussin (Prank)


IMPULSE INT’L, THE:
Arm the Girls: 7"
This New Jersey trio is comprised of ex-members of pop punk darlings Dirt Bike Annie and I feel like this is something that I should totally love, but I’m just not feeling it. It’s totally competent, catchy, jangly power pop, but I think I’m just getting a little burned out on this kinda thing. Musically, I’d toss it somewhere between the Mick-fronted Clash songs and any number of the essential ‘70s power pop bands. Probably if I’d heard this a year ago, I’d have been pretty stoked about it, but right now I think it’s just alright. Fun and dance-y, but I usually need a bit more than that to knock me out. –Dave Williams –Guest Contributor (Deranged)


IDIOT BOX:
This Is Only a Test EP: CD
This band is from the land of San Diego. I just saw them play the other night and was pretty impressed. Fun tunes and punk sounds are all I really need. Idiot Box has ex-members of the Rich White Males, the Underhills, and the Burbs. This is truly the guys’ best material and just all the head bobbing, foot tapping stuff a girl could ask for. One of the best bands that have come out from the San Diego scene in a while, and I hope it gives a jolt to the music scene there. –Corinne  –Guest Contributor (PunkNJunk)


HYPERBUBBLE:
Airbrushed Alibis: CD
I feel like this is the sound of what has been called electroclash over the last several years. It is a mix of synth, dance, and bleep bloop electronic music. I am out of my league with this, but it seems to be as good as most other music of this style. One sheet says Ladytron, Goldfrapp, and the sort, so if you dig that, you might dig this.  –frame (Filthy Little Angels)


HUNTING LODGE:
Energy Czar: CD
These guys can kick up a mean racket; I’ll definitely give ’em that, boy. As it was playing, I kept picturing a film loop of Pere Ubu’s David Thomas gleefully driving a packed kiddie train full-bore into a wall, backing up, doing it again, over and over. I guess that’s about as accurate a description as any for the noise rock they’re dishin’ out. –jimmy (www.yosada.com)


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