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LEGEND OF DUTCH SAVAGE:
All Will Be Good When I’m Gone: CD
Heavy rock with a bit of a ‘90s garage feel to it. Maybe a little like Radio Birdman meets the Humpers or something like that. Also reminds me quite a bit of the Soundgarden side project Hater from the early ‘90s. I would say these dudes dig bands like the Supersuckers and Monster Magnet about equally. Pretty good disc for heavy rockers. –frame (www.myspace.com/legendofdutchsavage)


LEFTÖVER CRACK / CITIZEN FISH:
Deadline: CD
Citizen Fish kicks off their half of the split with some skatomatic horn goodness. Their brand of ska-punk utilizes its horns and up-strokes with just enough precision to get you up and skanking, but not so over the top that they become cloying. Citizen Fish aren’t really all that far removed from their sister band the Subhumans in producing intense yet memorable punk rock (at least on this release). Favorite tracks on this half have to be “Working on the Inside” and “Meltdown,” although both unfortunately engage in dangerous leftist rabble rousing (why won’t people learn to just let the smart people in charge to take care of everything?). Citizen Fish also takes a stab at covering Leftöver Crack’s “Clear Channel (Fuck Off!)” and Choking Victims’ “Money.” Both of these covers come off quite well because they maintain the original versions’ spirit but manage to sound uniquely different, in that they get a more minimalist but just as raw sounding Citizen Fish makeover. Leftöver Crack is in fine form, too. I’m a huge fan of their last effort Fuck World Trade, but where that was almost operatic with its expansive-sounding production and arrangements, this batch of songs has a more straight-ahead, back-to-basics vibe going on (except for the chorus of “World War 4” which sounds pretty damn epic). Stza still carries every song vocally, but he seems not quite as fierce this time out. Instead, every song’s main hook kicks in when somebody else takes over on vocals for a little bit, like when Brad or Ezra step in for a chorus or verse. “Baby-Punchers,” in particular, features a near perfect guest spot from Jello Biafra that almost makes the song twist apart with manic tension. At the end of their side, L.O.C. takes a shot at covering a song apiece from Citizen Fish and the Subhumans. All in all, this album provides a good soundtrack to dance to as the apocalypse approaches (which should really start to hit around 2050, according to the news article I just saw about global warming). Sigh… I guess it was a nice enough Earth while it lasted. –Adrian (Fat Wreck Chords)


LAZARUS:
Dead Chicks Can’t Say No: CD
Move along people, nothing to see here. Unless you like “hardcore” songs about Gettysburg, written by the Confederates. I can’t make this stuff up. –thiringer (self-released, chuck@lazaras.com)


LASERHEAD:
Ride Your Static: CD
A plethora of late ‘80s/early ‘90s swirling shoegazer guitar chords and ethereal vocal melodies blend for some post hardcore/indie rock that sounds more like Swervedriver than Superchunk. I was always more of a Punch Me Harder kind of guy, but I was into My Bloody Valentine, Lush, Curve, and some of the other bands who musically remind me of Laserhead. I just run into the same problem with those bands’ recordings as I do with this one, in that eventually it all just blends together too well and ends up drowning me into a doldrums of sound that really doesn’t have enough highs and lows for my short auditory attention span. But if that’s your thing, maybe you should stop staring at your shoes and head over to the No Idea page and pick this up. –Dave Disorder (Barracuda Sound)


KRUM BUMS:
As the Tide Turns: CD
Not sure why, but I’d always written these guys off as a bunch of crusties ala Fleas And Lice or some Dis-styled band. Pop the disc in the player and that idea is shattered in about six seconds flat—the intro could’ve come straight from the first Tragedy LP, and after that it’s just thirteen songs of rock-solid consistency: dark, bitter, and oh-so-catchy punk rock with a slight streetpunk tinge. Every song on here’s a keeper—they know when to overlay a guitar lead to accentuate, without strangling the rhythm section or turning the entire song into a Van Halenesque wankfest, the backing vocals aren’t overused, the shit’s simultaneously anthemic and mean as hell, and the production is even and crisp without being glossy. This one came out of left field and punched me right in the eye, and I couldn’t be happier about it. –keith (TKO)


KRIMINAL POGO:
Demo: CD
I like this CD. It’s uptempo streetpunk with a female singer (for most of the songs). The female vocals make this stand out from other similar bands. The songs are catchy and there are some good guitar licks that are not wanky. I wish it was a little better produced, or at least mixed to make it sound a little thicker. But it is a demo, so hopefully I’ll see a real produced record from them. Thanks for the free patch and pin, too. –Jason Donnerparty (Ditchdiggin’)


KYLESA:
Time Will Fuse Its Worth: LP
Sometimes it’s all in the intent. Too much of the stuff that I’ve come across in recent years is in reality heavy metal played by short-haired jocks trying to cash in on the “thug” aspect of punk without having to pay any attention to the subculture that comes along with it, and you can totally suss out those bands from the very first note. Those kinda bands make me just wanna laugh in their faces ‘cause you know deep down they wouldn’t last fifteen minutes in front of a hostile Slayer audience, let alone a night at the Cuckoos Nest circa 1981. Then there are those bands whose sound is just up to its eyeballs in metal influence and yet still sound like a hardcore band, and you just know they mean business. Kylesa is one of those bands. Although I ain’t too into the metal tinge to what they’re doing, it’s patently clear that the “crossover” brass ring is just not even in their field of vision and they’re more interested in pummeling you with the metal than rocking you with it. It’s all in the intent, man, and they mean you no good, and that makes all the difference. –jimmy (Havoc)


JIZZ KIDS, THE:
How about a Nice Cup of Shut the Fuck up?: 7”
This band features Kevin Aper and a cameo appearance buy two guys from the Queers (namely Joe and Phillip Hill). Despite such a nice helping of pop punk cred…this 7” fell flat for me. Mediocre at best. –mrz (Rally)


JEWDRIVER:
Hanukkah Hangover: 7” EP
I’m not going to win any friends with this, but I like Skrewdriver’s first record a fair sight more than this. (The reissue with “You’re So Dumb,” misprinted as “You’re So Dump,” is priceless.) Jewdriver’s music reminds me of second-tier, early ‘90s East Bay punk (fill in band names of your own choosing), with guitars-so-waiting-to-wank, the scuzz of the recording, the scream-shouted vocals, the songs that could end nicely two or three times before they actually do, and the ultra-obvious theme running throughout. I get the joke, but it left me tepid. Sorry. I really wanted to like this more. –todd (myspace.com/jewdriver)


JEWDRIVER:
Hanukkah Hangover: 7” EP
Funny, but I seem to remember hearing something about these guys being a Skrewdriver cover band with some much-needed changing of the lyrics, a la Manic Hispanic, but the only obvious cover here is of the Nuns’ “Decadent Jew.” The rest sound like no Skrewdriver song I’ve heard and, truth be told, they remind me more of the Fuck Ups or maybe, maybe the Nihilistics than anyone else. Either way, it’s not a bad listen. Also dig the cover model’s tattoo. –jimmy (www.myspace.com/jewdriver)


JETT BLACK:
Dead Town: CD
Straight ahead, no bullshit rock from Denver. The title track and “Dirty Girl” stand out on this second release from this outfit. Was there ever a question with a bass player named Igor? Plus, this baby features the best version of a Joe Walsh chestnut since Triumph covered it. No, I’m serious! –koepenick (Fivecore)


JETSET RADIO:
From Ashes to Life: LP
I’ve nothing against these guys, but I don’t seem to have a whole lot for them either. They live up to their self-described “Alkaline Trio, The Ataris, and Jimmy Eat World” influences and there certainly is a niche out there for their “Emotion, Pop, Punk und Rock” sound. They’re German and for some reason I hadn’t ever imagined this type of German boy angst, so perhaps their music can be considered an important cultural import in our understanding of their particular sensitivities and is therefore of some sociological value in that regard. –susan (Wanda)


J CHURCH / FLAMINGO 50:
Split: 7” EP
Must avert the need to comment on the number of J Church records! Must resist... Must... ack! Must resist statements about how cool Ben Snakepit is, as they are unrelated to the matter at hand! Must comment that the cover of The Cars “Just What I Needed” is ridiculous and unwarranted and totally dumb (in a good way)! Must state that the first Flamingo 50 song is fucking awesome! Must state that their lyrics are sometimes completely incomprehensible, in a good way! Must state: super catchy energetic power pop melodies with back-up vocals, leading me to declare this record Trix! Yummy sugary cereal! Hooray! –Maddy (Los Diaper)


IRISH BROTHERS:
Freedom Is a Lonely Thing: CD
Rock’n’roll sound with a bent for rocka/psychobilly: excellent production—consistent with their other releases—congruent harmonies, tight, talented musicianship, and a good, gruff tone in the vocals. However, the vocal and musical style range is expected and undeviating. Limited and repetitive. –thiringer (Heap O’Trouble)


(INTERNATIONAL) NOISE CONSPIRACY, THE:
Live at Oslo Jazz Festival: CD
An exceptional live album from a favorite period of mine from the (I)NC. I’ve listened to Survival Sickness and A New Morning, Changing Weather many times through for years now and the songs still squeeze my heart, from the whispered dissatisfactions of modern living in songs like “Born into a Mess” and “Survival Sickness” to the rebellious dance-a-thons of songs like “Capitalism Stole My Virginity” and “Ever Felt Cheated?” This performance is an especially exuberant rendering of songs from that period, the seductive psychedelic dramas drawn out into intricate riots of sound. The song “Bodyheat,” which I’ve never seen elsewhere, will have you falling back in lust with the (I)NC all over again. If you missed this CD the first time around when it was an import, it is now available through Alternative Tentacles. If you missed seeing them live back then (as I did), pick up this album and relive a time now long gone but—thankfully—well-preserved here. –susan (Alternative Tentacles)


INFECTED, THE:
Out for Blood: CD
This band lists their influences as Broken Bones, the Misfits, and Iron Maiden. I’ll admit I am not intimately familiar with those particular bands, so my interpretation of their reliance on those influences is going to be fairly vague. That being said, The Infected is pretty fucking sweet. Their blistering metallic guitar riffs pay homage to ‘80s metal and hardcore that even I can recognize, without sounding too derivative. I’m pretty picky about screaming and Cookie Monster vocals, but vocalist Luke Diseased pulls it off with aplomb, sounding badass without coming off like he’s trying too hard. The difference between this and so many other “hardcore” acts out there is that this is still rock’n’roll at its core; noisy, frantic, and pissed off as hell, but it’s still music, and doesn’t tip the scales into the “just noise” category as so many others sadly do. They’re not afraid of a little production, either: the album still sounds raw, but not like it was recorded by someone’s cousin in their mom’s basement. Overall, a quality piece of punk rock worth checking out. Plus, they sound like they’d kick ass live. –Sarah Shay –Guest Contributor (Bouncing Betty)


INDECISION ALARM, THE:
Self-titled: CD
More boring metallic melodic hardcore, this time from Sweden. Not that all metallic melodic hardcore is boring, just that there are too many bands that sound the same. This review is about as boring as this CD. –Jason Donnerparty (Tic Tac Totally)


ICTUS / THIS THING CALLED DYING:
Split: LP
Oh my god, I can’t believe how hard Ictus bring it. They’re a Spanish crust band and their side of the 12” is one song entitled “Sed de Venganza” (“Thirst of Revenge”) and it takes up their entire side. It’s soooo long and soooo good. Ictus’ one song completely overshadows Norway’s This Thing Called Dying’s six songs of crusty hardcore punk. It’s still pretty good, but it can’t step to “Sed de Venganza.” It appears that four different record labels from four different countries had a hand in releasing this record, which kinda makes sense ‘cause it comes in a totally pro gatefold jacket with quality artwork and lyrics printed in three or four languages. When it comes to crust with me, you have to do two things: musically, it has to be intense the whole way through, and the artwork has to be apocalyptic as fuck. This release goes above and beyond that. –Daryl Gussin (Alerta Antifascista)


I WALK THE LINE:
Desolation Street: CD
Despite the name, this isn’t a Johnny Cash tribute band. In this case, it’s a rock’n’roll punk band from Finland. This isn’t psychobilly (the lyrics are more often about heart-break and overcoming adversity than zombies), but because of the accents and Gretschy-sounding guitars, the album sits comfortably in the space between the Nekromantix and Social Distortion. This isn’t life changing or all that unique, but it’s probably a good album to throw on when all your pompadoured friends over and aren’t in the mood for something with a lot of upright bass breakdowns. –Adrian (Gearhead)


HUNCHBACK / TRASHIES, THE:
Together at Last: Split 7”
The Trashies: I’m pretty stoked on this band as of recently. Part surf and part punk that’s sloppy as hell, but still knows exactly what it’s doing. The more you listen, the more influences you can pick out, but it’s not derivative in the least bit. Hunchback: One of the best bands in New Jersey that not many people outside of The Garden State are aware of. Taking inspiration from the most obscure, weirdo noise, ‘80s hardcore, and Killed by Death records, and combining it all together into some of the most beautiful songs about ugliness I’ve ever heard. –joe (Freedom School)


HUNCHBACK / TRASHIES, THE:
Together at Last: Split 7”
I’ve been looking forward to this split for a while now, and it didn’t disappoint. Both of these bands are great in their own way and having them together on a split just highlights both of their individual qualities. The Trashies: Excruciatingly retarded synth punk for the eight-year-old smartass in all of us. Hunchback: Unbelievable punked-out freak show that never stops amazing me. Current Dead Kennedy’s situation got you down? The Hunchback side contains a great rendition of “Too Drunk Too Fuck,” which we all know is hard to come by. –Daryl Gussin (Freedom School)


HUNCHBACK / THE TRASHIES:
Together at Last: Split 7”
Hunchback: They’re all over the place, yet homogenized, which is a good trick that not a lot of bands can pull off. “16 Tons” reminds me of the Spits coupled with Atom and His Package—without the overt goofiness of Atom, but in that barely catching your breath, keeping the narration going in a higher-pitched male voice way, so more like Armalite—and those full-on pre-launch-into-the song parts of the Tyrades. That equals awesome in my book. They even do a non-hoser version of “Too Drunk to Fuck.” Nicely played. The Trashies: Spits sung through a shopping cart of glass recyclables; bumcore with broken, plain-bagged, Fisher Price-tuned synthesizer. The really weird vibe I get? I bet the Trashies could play a pukey, cigarette burny basement show one evening and a progressive art museum the next and fit well in both. Tell me how the fuck that happens because I have no clue. Summation: more challenging than their previous outings, and a tastefully selected Supercharger cover. Who wins out of the two? The listener. Thumbs up. –todd (Freedom School)


HIPSHAKES, THE:
Shake Their Hips: CD
Geography allowed me to be the first Yankee on the planet to own a vinyl copy of this release. I simply stopped by Slovenly HQ after work one day in January and picked it up. Been enjoying the hell out of it ever since. Ah, the benefits of living in Reno. Shake Their Hips is a blown-out, bash-you-in-the-eardrums punk fest recorded with the needles pinned in the red, which suits the music very well, indeed. “No No No No,” “Try Again,” and “I’m So Bored” are pulverizing, aggressive blasts of insanity that manage to stay tuneful and stuck on the brain for days on end. The Hipshakes slow the tempo down on “See Me Coming,” which grooves like a lost Velvet Underground tune with vocals spat wildly into the microphone. Killer covers of “Summertime Blues” and “Born to Lose” round out an album that is guaranteed to wind up on everyone’s year-end top ten list. –benke (Slovenly)


HERO CYCLE, THE:
Lakes and Ponds: CDEP
This EP from Vermont’s The Hero Cycle serves up five tracks of subdued yet energetic indie rock. The vocals are shared between two members; the female half’s voice has a chanty, ethereal quality. Their big, layered sound sweeps you in, and the songs manage to feel driving and chaotic without breaking a sweat. I feel the Built to Spill influences here. –Sarah Shay –Guest Contributor (Hidden Shoal)


HARPOON GUNS:
Self-titled: 7”
This record is really good. I’ve heard people talk about how good this band is, but this 7” has definitely made me a believer. It’s the perfect balance of old school southern California (emphasis on the South Bay) hardcore punk rock while still sounding very relevant. No frills production in the sense that it’s obviously not trying to sound polished or intentionally shitty. Just quality, guitar-squealing, pissed-off punk. This will make you wanna pick up your board—skate, surf, Ouija, or otherwise. –Daryl Gussin (SquareWave/Eliminator, squarewaverecords@gmail.com)


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