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DASH RIP ROCK:
Hee Haw Hell: CD
Right off the bat, I’m not a big fan of the “Southern Fried Punk” thang. That said, however, I do respect a clever idea and some decent song writing. This—a baker’s dozen of twangy rock tunes loosely held together by a Southern take on Dante’s Inferno—has both. I wouldn’t say it’s the best thing I’ve heard this year, but it is good for a few listens, and the vignettes between songs should make any literature-savvy listener giggle more than once. –jimmy (Alternative Tentacles)


CRACKDOWN, THE / HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR:
Vs.: Split CD
Those who know me can attest to my love of bands from both my native Canada and also Germany. Just can’t get enough of the punk rock from both countries. That said, this split puts me in an odd position. Who will win? The Crackdown are from Winnipeg and they play that earnest, working man’s punk. They do it well. Great recording here as well. I’m thinking Beltones which works well for me. Toe tapping and singing along at work. We have a contender. In the other corner we have Hiroshima Mon Amour hailing from Bochum Germany. They came out of the corner firmly rocking the whole Turbonegro thing. Doing it well, but it’s a style that’s been done to death as of late. Wait a minute. That’s all falling to the wayside, and what we’re left with is some tight, snotty and rocking punk that is fully kicking my ass. Lyrics in both English and German. That gets me every time! Who wins this one you ask? I DO! –ty (Longshot)


COFFINBERRY:
God Dam Dogs: CD
Alex Chilton-inspired indie rock for teenagers who don’t know Alex Chilton from Paul Westeberg. Honestly, better than most, but not Black Time or anything. File under “I’d rather being reading Michel Foucault.” –ryan (Morphius)


COBRETTI:
Violation Guaranteed: CD
Think Henry Rollins fronting a Swedish rock band and you’re on the right track. –jimmy (Cobretti)


BLUDWULF:
Cryptic Revelations: CD
These guys and girl are a different bunch. They tend to play a lot of DIY punk shows. But their look is more glam with some punk elements mixed in. The music sounds like 80s metal with a feel of the Japanese band GISM. I saw this band on tour with Toxic Holocaust last year. If you know anything about TH, it is just one person on record. But when he plays out, he recruits a band to learn his songs and back him. So Bludwulf were the backing and opening band for the tour. Live, Bludwulf were pretty fun to watch even though they didn’t have their guitarist with them. He had gotten himself arrested the night before. So Mr. Toxic Holocaust had to back them on guitar. So I ended up watching one band with a singer and the same band with the guitarist singing a different set. On this recording, the energy of their live show is not captured. To me, sounds like a metal record I would have pulled out of the used bin back in the ‘80s from some obscure band from maybe the Midwest. I would have pulled it out, listened to it, and then put it back in the bins. –don (Charged)


BLACK ROSE BAND:
Hot Box: 7"
Plucky fun from the modern master King Louie. He keeps the rock pure and simple here. “Hot Box” is a love letter to smoking; “Hoochie Poochie” is a bitch session about getting the tour van pulled over and searched. That’s what I’m sayin’, don’t need to reinvent rock, just tell stories, pluck the instruments, photocopy the cover, have people nod along. Good shit. –mike (Contaminated)


BEERZONE:
Against the Flow/Strangle All the Boy Bands: CD
Beerzone’s take on the whole streetpunk thing, firmly entrenched in the Peter & the Test Tube Babies school of rambunctiousness, is always a hoot, with social commentary dollopped into the off-kilter humor for which these guys are known, and you get a double dose with this, a reissue of two albums on one disc. Haven’t heard anything from them for a while and was kinda worried they’d thrown in the towel, but a quick Google search indicates they’re still raising a ruckus, which is good news, indeed. –jimmy (Overground)


WILLOWZ:
Chautauqua: CD
I know people love this band, but I’ve never listened to them. I kind of started to respect my friends who like this band a whole lot less. Seriously, who sings through a filter if they’re not Scott Weiland? –megan (Dim Mak)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Don't Fuck With Her: CD
This collection from On The Rag Records is named after the idea that no one should “fuck with” any woman, dedicated to abused women everywhere, and includes a call to support RAINN (the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network). Everyone can get behind a cause like that, but what I can’t get behind is the music on this comp. Featuring four or five tracks each from four hardcore bands that are either female-fronted or all women (Gruk, All or Nothing HC, Riot This, and Bruise Violet), this all just sounds the same to me. Sarah Shay –Guest Contributor (On the Rag)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
State Of The Scene: CD
I like the intent behind this comp—the guy putting it out writes that while it’s great to hold onto the tenets and sounds of yesteryear, there’s still so many active bands out nowadays that are just as good; that some of us should possibly stop living quite so much in the past and recognize that there are plenty of current bands to embrace. Nice concept, and while the majority of the bands presented are from the States, there’s also contributions from South Korea, the Netherlands, Australia, Sweden, Portugal, South Africa, Nova Scotia and more. Comps are pretty hard to do well—there’s such a risk of dips in quality, whether it’s from sound/mastering issues or just having a few too many clunker bands in a row. This one, especially for having thirty-six different groups on it from all over the planet, seems to be mastered really evenly and there’s actually not a cringe-worthy band on here. I mean, not all of them are jaw-droppers, but if you’re into old school-styled hardcore there’s not an openly embarrassing track on it. I guess it’s my own fault that I inevitably compare almost all current hardcore bands to Cut The Shit, Paint It Black or Strike Anywhere—probably because those are ones that still get pretty heavy rotation at my house. If you’re into any of those groups or still get the urge to floorpunch in your living room to Gorilla Biscuits or Youth Of Today, then you’ll find plenty to like here. Standouts for this reviewer were Years From Now, Van Damage, Bullet Treatment, Ambitions and Crossing Point. –keith (Get Outta Town)


UNINVITED:
Too Many Bad Choices: CD
Speaking of bad choices, SIR, PLEASE STEP AWAY FROM THE ADOBE PHOTOSHOP®!!! Art dickery aside, the rather well-produced Uninvited sound primarily like a cross between Screeching Weasel type pop-punk and Headache Records-styled street punk a la Niblick Henbane; the type of band whose collective favorite Ramones album is likely “Road To Ruin.” And, whilst I cannot truly say that the 5,280th song I’ve heard in my lifetime about how the band likes, and wishes to be given, beer is really the type of thing that gets me reaching for my wallet, I’d say that this stuff more or less works more or less often than it more or less doesn’t, so more or less go Uninvited. Right when it starts losing my interest, ‘cause they tried something too metal or reminded me too much of the Migraines or something, they wrap it up with a completely credible, no-tongue-in-no-cheek-whatsoever cover of “Under Pressure,” which I’ve always thought was a fine song, even though I really don’t understand it. They even do the “deew deew deew deew” thing at the very end! That’s quality workmanship! BEST SONG: I’ll be forced to go with “Under Pressure” here. BEST SONG TITLE: I’ll be forced to go with “PBR” here. FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: If there is a problem, yo, they’ll solve it; check out the hook while their DJ revolves it. Whoops, wrong “Under Pressure” cover. –norb (Uninvited)


TWIN CITY FACTION:
Locked In: CD
Man, I’ve listened to this thing so many times, trying to pin down exactly what it is that Locked In reminds me of and I finally came up with it. It was like a goddamn light bulb appeared above my head: Twin City Faction sounds like a less dissonant version of This Machine Kills or a slightly more spastic replica of the Torches To Rome 12”, just with a little less oomph and a few more hardcore breakdowns. It’s not quite as dense as TTR—Twin City Faction bobs and weaves their instrumental interplay too much to get the “wall of sound” thing going, but they’ve got the same sense of impending doom, the same frantic quality that those bands really nailed down in their heyday. Crazy stops and starts, a brutal rhythm section, a vocalist who belts it out so hard it sounds like he’s trying to turn his innards into outards, and backing vocals that screech, cement and accentuate it all. Throw that all together with some pretty decent social/political lyrics that aren’t dumb and a nice layout and that’s what you’re looking at. It’s by no means a monumental album but it’s also not an album that should be glossed over or shitcanned as inconsequential. Nice work. –keith (Deathshead)


TUNNEL OF LOVE:
Rockin’ Rollin Bitches: CD
Really, really, really lo-fi garage rock that was recorded on a 4-track at the band’s practice space, “before it burned down.” Musically, this is okay enough garage rock which doesn’t actually move me in either direction to say it’s bad or good. If anything I’d say it’s kinda bland. The problem with this CD is that this sounds like a rehearsal tape of a garage band’s jam session that didn’t really warrant release into the larger public. Bands I’ve been in have recorded stuff into two microphones on one track that sounded more listenable than this. I appreciate raw recordings but this is just a step above recording onto a cassette memo machine (the big difference being that the memo machine only records to the left channel). This is just too pre-emptive of a release of material that’s not really that amazing to begin with. –Adrian (Big Neck)


TERROR LEVEL RED:
No Man's Land: LP

Pretty good epic-styled hardcore with just a touch too much of the metallic that keeps it from being great. But they’re doing some nice shit here—sporadic interludes of charango (that sounds a bit like a banjo) and a cello split the songs up nicely, they’ve got really great lyrics and as it’s only eight songs (including the intro and interlude) it’s lengthy enough to keep your interest but doesn’t start dragging on. Nice attack, gentlemen.

–keith (Ed-Man)


SPECTACLE, THE:
I, Fail: 2xLP
I might have even enjoyed this if the stupid fucking press release hadn’t made bullshit claims about how this album “redefines punk rock and hardcore” or how it “presents the true shape of punk to come.” This is a double LP that never quite pulls it off. If being epic is the goal don’t twank around your guitar for minutes on end, ‘cause I’m gonna get bored. When the heavy parts finally arrive it is pretty good but I can’t say it was worth the wait. I’m sure someone at Scenester Credentials really likes this album but I’m not sure if I understand why it needed to be repressed when there is so much better music out there being made by bands that are still around. –Daryl Gussin (Scenster Credentials)


SEVEN SIOUX:
We Are Not the Sacred People: CD
There’s nothing bad about this, but I so completely forgot it was on that I couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t eject it (while it was still on play mode) to put it another CD for a full three seconds. –megan (Fettkakao)


PRETTYBOY THORSON AND THE FALLING ANGELS:
Ain’t It Funny: CD
My aversion to rockabilly has cemented over time. There seem to be two main categories that bands self-put themselves. 1.) Skinhead Retirement Program. Rebellion from a different era, endless shit to buy, and a “little lady by my side.” The music’s another accessory. 2.) Ookie-spooky graveyards and/or zombies and/or being crazy with standup bass and pomade. Sure, I’m over-generalizing, and Rock’n’Roll Purgatory’s got their finger on the pulse of great rockabilly currently being released if you’re interested in bands beyond the gloss, sheen, and surfing of stand up basses. Enter PTATFA. It was bound to happen—actually, it already did with The Staggers (well worth checking out) and the Beltones—DIY punk rockers bring in their self-loathing, funny song titles (“The Best Part About Getting Dumped Is You Get to Write a Power Ballad”), and gritty energy in and blow the barn doors off of the play-acting hootenanny. Their music’s clear, instantly hummable, and beefy; I’d love to see them on a bill with The Pine Hill Haints or Almighty Do Me A Favor. –todd (ADD)


OLD GROWTH / SCIENCE OF YABRA:
Split: 7"
Science hits again with another dirty Jehu-styled dirge—if you’ve heard either of their LPs or any of their 7”s, you know what pond you’re skinny dipping in. Fuck, Luke’s got a set of pipes on him. Old Growth totally rules this record, kicking out two rough-hewn pop songs (and I don’t mean pop in a crappy K Records way but a good, melancholy-but-still-rocking broken heart on your sleeve kind of way.) They’ve also got an LP out and after listening to their side of the split about twenty times in a row it looks like I’m gonna have to go pick it up. –keith (Bakery Outlet)


MAD CADDIES:
Keep it Going: CD
I don’t really listen to the previous releases from this band too much, but I have kept them. So listening to this comes off as listening to a new band. The production on this release is huge. Every instrument sounds perfect. Kind of reminds me of the band 311 without the rapping. Musically the backbone is reggae and ska but they mix a whirlwind of influences. The one I enjoy the most is when they add dixieland feel. It brings up the happiness ten fold. An interesting release that should garner them further success as a band. –don (Fat)


LEIANA:
No Going Back: CD
This is the second release I have heard by the duo of Leiana on vocals and multi-instrumentalist Chuck Treece. Not really my cup of tea, but I can’t seem to want to get rid of their releases. At times I really like it, and others I don’t, so it doesn’t go into the bag of goodies to take in for trade. Real polished in a radio friendly way. Clean production that makes the music seem real bright. Vocals that a pulled back a bit with various effects that makes her vocals sound sort of dreamy yet sharp and biting. I haven’t listened to the previous release for a while. But this one seems to have more of an ‘80s SoCal beach punk sound that is under the rock sound of the songs. I’m kind of surprised that this band has not been picked up by commercial radio. These songs would fit right in with what Clear Channel calls alternative. –don (Page)


JAY REATARD:
Night of Broken Glass: 12" EP
Good lord! Jay Reatard just keeps getting better and better. As a youngster Jay produced uninspired sludge with the Reatards (sorry garage dogmatists), mediocre material with the so-so Lost Sounds (but goddamn—what a live show with the latter!). So there really was no precedent for the seminal work Reatard put out on his first solo album Blood Visions last year—a shockingly sublime effort culling influence from early Roxy Music and the best elements of the Adverts. With that in mind, I was really happy to get Jay’s new EP in the mail: Night of Broken Glass EP. And it’s off the MOTHERFUCKIN’ HOOK, boys and girls. The Blood Visions’ sound is still present on this one (see above), but Reatard keeps moving more and more into pop music, with chord progressions reminiscent of Buddy Holly and (DARE I SAY) keyboard playing that makes me stoked on the Human League’s Dare! all over again. The four songs on here are over before you know it; so when the fuck’s the next full length comin’ out?! –ryan (In the Red Records)


ISKRA:
A Statue or the Stone Subverting the Time Zone: 7" EP
Angular, dancy indie-rock stuff with vocals that aren’t over the top, but still somehow manage to be grating. –jimmy (www.unterm-durchschnitt.de)


ISKRA:
A Statue or The Stone, Subverting b/w The Timezone: 7"
Think along the line of Pretty Girls Make Graves: speedy enough to be liked by less “hardline” punks, lots of dance-friendliness (they mention different mixes), and lyrics that question body issues and consumerism. It’s all wrapped up in exquisite, expensive thick and arty packaging. I like it well enough when it’s spinning, but there are couple too many times that that reminded me directly of ABBA and Depeche Mode for me to listen to this much more. –todd (Unterm Durchschnitt Schallplatten)


ILL EASE:
All Systems A-Go-Go!: CD
This CD sounded promising just by virtue of its title. Too bad it totally disappointed me. Pop songs with titles like “One Hell of a Bender” and “Power Turns Me On!” should just be way more fun than this. Unfortunately this album is a bit of a snore. –jennifer (Cochon)


GOODBYE GADGET:
Killing June: CD
I like a lot of bands with female vocalists, but this one I did not enjoy. Right from the first track, the vocals go in and out of key, forced in a way also. That is hard for me to listen to. I lost interest right away. This is geared towards the Warped Tour crowd. Hope their live set sounds better than what I have heard. –don (Goodbye Gadget)


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