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MR. PLOW:
Mad Plow Disease: CD
Do you like GG Allin? How about Raffi? Have you ever heard what the two would sound like if mixed together? Enter Mr. Plow! Acoustic punk rock dirtiness that will have you crying with laughter at every turn. Why try and describe it when I can let the song titles speak for themselves. “Crackhead Momma,” “Are You Really a Guy?”, and “Morning Boner” are obviously love songs while “Officer BJ,” “Bitch Slap Me Face,” and “Meat Truck Carnival” are just songs about life in East Vancouver. Oh, and bonus points for taking Joey Shithead up on his dare to write a song about him (“DOA”). The best in feel good, scuz-rock acoustichaos! –ty (Crusty)


MONSTER-0:
And Then There Were Zero: CD
Achingly dull pop from two guys armed with a guitar, a drum set, and a computer. –jimmy (Omega Point)


MOJOMATICS:
A Sweet Mama Gonna Hoodoo Me: CD
Good, catchy ‘60s-type tight mod rock from this merry duo of Italians dressed in properly creased monochromatic suits with flashy ties and Quadrophenia hair. MojoMatt and DaveMatic bang their way through sixteen ass-shakin' swampy punky rootsy bluesy hollerin' tracks. Their imitation and interpretation of American music raises the bar for all Europeans influenced by American music. And their English is impeccable. –thiringer (Alien Snatch)


MOIST HOST:
Self-titled: CD
Well, I guess these guys could be pigeonholed as “hardcore,” but the tunes are wildly disjointed and the lyrics are, to put it politely, fucking weird, man. How weird? To wit: “AIDS killing apes campus style rape eating Gilbert Grape a celibate retard man celebrates the century attracting wildabeast [sic] licking zebra butt creatures on the run hipsters having fun breaking through a patch raping bestial ass save the best for last Obi-Wan Kenobi leader of Nairobi has large genitals open up you stupid bich [sic].” Try singing THAT at your next church social. –jimmy (Butter Flavored)


RETARDED, THE:
Gambling on Rock: 7” EP
One problem with a parody is that you have to engage in the activity in question in order to take your shots at it. An insightful parody of shuffleboard, let's say, requires playing shuffleboard. Not a good time. In the realm of music, a better example perhaps: I love Spinal Tap the movie, but never listen to Spinal Tap the band. The Retarded, decked out in Kiss make up, are subject to the same rules. They have to play rock—not punk, but regular old, break-out-the-lighters-and-let-the-riffs-rip rockin—in order to make fun of it. Not a good time for this listener. I'd say they gambled and lost. –Guest Contributor (It's Alive)


PULLING TEETH:
Vicious Skin: CD
The preponderance of metal in their hardcore renders this essentially unremarkable. The brevity of its running time makes listening to it tolerable. –jimmy (Chainsaw Safety)


PROZACS, THE/ JOHNIE 3:
We Should Split: CD
Pretty standard Queers-influenced pop punk, with hand claps, harmonies, et. al, but I just couldn’t get into it. I think both of these bands belong to the Nobodys school of pop punk; i.e. lots of people like ‘em, and I’m too lame to figure out why I don’t. So, if you like the Nobodys, check this out. If this were a cereal, it’d be regular Cheerios. –Maddy (Cheapskate)


PAINTED BIRD:
Selected Songs EP: 7”
Sometimes I’ll hear a record or go to a show that will just make me think, “Oh…another three dudes started a band.” –bree (RFC, www.birdsf.com)


OVERLORD:
Ticker Symbols: CD
This Philly five-piece plays jangly ‘50s/ ‘60s pop rock reminiscent of the Beatles meeting up with Guided By Voices and running into Belle & Sebastian. Throw some Elvis and Jetenderpaul (anyone remember them?) in there and fourteen songs and thirty-five minutes later you have their album. Most of the songs are catchy, upbeat, and definitely a throwback to another era when rock and roll was simple and straight-forward. That’s not to say that Overlord’s style is entirely from your parents’ generation; they’ve obviously had their share of filtering all of it through an indie pop filter in order to throw a few curves in there. I’m not real excited about this, but neither can I just say that it sucks because it’s well done and well produced. However, I can’t imagine too many Razorcake readers being real stoked on this. –kurt (Storm Tower)


ONLY CRIME:
Virulence: CD
This is the second release from this super group comprised of members of Good Riddance, Descendents, Bane, Converge, and others. Much improved from the first, but carries on the sound of a heavier Good Riddance, due to Russ Rankin on vocals. It’s a combination of melody with the punch of hardcore, meeting rock power. The guitar work is more adventurous with accents and more dissonant notes to add to the layers of the songs. The production is strong, making the songs come across solid and easy to listen to. I like it when you can hear every instrument in the mix. Consistent from start to finish. Listened to this more than a few times and I can say personally that it was an enjoyable listening experience. –don (Fat)


ONETHIRTYEIGHT:
The Sister: CD
Every now and then something makes it into the review pile that is so weird it defies categorization. The cover makes this look like the work of some third-rate black metal garage band, but sounds like a Godspeed You Black Emperor-penned soundtrack for one twisted fuckin’ movie. Titles like “Squid Boy” and “Sssix Foot Albino Penguins” are coupled to music that is more exercises in atmospherics than “songs,” all of which are delivered via assorted xylophones, acoustic guitars, keyboards, bass, drums and weird-ass vocals. All this, of course, adds up to a listen not only worth the effort, but I can safely predict will be one of the most original things you or I will hear all year. –jimmy (Tuesday’s Music)


NO SUBSTANCE:
The Last Seven Songs: CD-R
English chaps rocking early ‘80s American punk in a real decent fashion. Decent and already broke up. Only 150 made. Hoo-rah. This has been my shortest review ever. –Steveo (At The Library, www.atthelibraryrecords.co.uk)


NO SLOGAN:
Obreros al Poder: 7” EP
Okay, no foolin’, these guys are getting really fucking good. While I’ve had a bit of a soft spot for ’em since I first heard ’em a couple of years back, they’ve developed the same sense of cohesiveness that Pomona locals Manson Youth demonstrated on their classic EP way back when. The songs are fast, tight, and almost flawlessly delivered (there’s GOT to be a flubbed riff buried in there somewhere), the lyrics are topical without being preachy, personal without being obscure. With this EP I’m officially a full-fledged fan, which means if they up and call it a day before managing to put out a full-length, I’m gonna hafta hop a plane to Chicago and utilize a little old school East Los Chicano-punk “reasoning” to get ’em to rethink that decision. Buy many and play ’em often, kids. –jimmy (www.southkorerecords.com)


NO GOAL:
Demo XXX: 7”
Another round of tough guy hardcore, please? Thank you. The music here all sounds good, if not typical. Songs about religion sucking, government sucking, school sucking… all written to spastic hardcore with churning breakdowns in the middle. I think that No Goal’s real goal is to bum everyone out. I actually liked the record, but now I’m depressed. –ty (No Goal, no address)


NERVOUS DOGS:
Avenida Sevilla EP: 7”
Dave Drobach (Grabass Charlestons, Stressface) and Patrick and Ryan Quinney (both of Fiya) combine their powers to create this self-released 7" EP. Song subjects range from poking fun at the college football fanatics who inhabit their town to having to watch their father fight a fatal disease. Anyone who’s already a fan of the Gainesville sound should check this out. –Daryl Gussin (Nervous)


MONSTERS FROM MARS!:
Surfing through a Creepy Castle: 7”
Read the name of this 7” again. Got that mental picture? Well there you go. The Munsters meets Beach Blanket Bingo. I’ve got some kooky, happy goth friends who like to throw mustache parties and tiki luau parties and pirate parties and any other themed dress-up party you can think of all year around; a unique mixture of bats and skulls and high-spirited fun, so naturally they were the first thing that popped into my mind when I heard this. It could be the perfect soundtrack for their next Halloween graveyard beach party. Kookiness aside, it could be too easy to file this under “novelty,” but unlike a novelty that grows tiresome with repeated exposure, this band actually becomes more enjoyable with subsequent listens. They kick off with the mood-setting “Escape from Castle Wolfenstein,” followed by the imagination-spinningly titled “Driving the Monkey to the Airport.” On the flip side is a cover of the Britney Spears song “Toxic” (!), which I never deigned to hear until now and when I did, I realized the brilliance of the Monsters From Mars! cover. They wrap it up with the slowed down “Telstar,” a tune that gives me nostalgic memories of ice skating hand in hand with my sweetheart at the local rink, except I’ve never actually done that before. Madcap fun! –susan (Tic Tac Totally)


MODERAT LIKVIDATION:
Marionett I Kedjor: 7” EP
A reissue of a classic slab of Scandinavian hardcore first released in 1983. As can be expected, the music is mostly fast ’n’ angry, although the band loses none of its power when it occasionally shifts into low gear. Simply glorious. –jimmy (Havoc)


MEISCE:
Bored of the Dance: 7”
While I can totally get behind offing Michael Flatley, and have spent more than a few boozing sessions “Drunk and Alone,” I’m sooo fucking burned out on the whole Irish-influenced “folk punk” thing that the only thing I could think of while this was playing was jamming something sharp into each ear and gently wiggling it until the bad noise stopped. Methinks that 33,858 bands all aping the Pogues is more than enough at this point. Time to give it a rest, kids. –jimmy (Fistolo)


MEHKAGO N.T.:
Demo: CD
Really wasn’t expecting much from this. I mean, the cover looks like it belongs on some nondescript black metal album, and the clandestine obscenity of the band’s name didn’t set my expectation bar very high. So imagine my surprise when I found myself scooping my brains off the floor midway through the first track. These guys dole out five tracks of heavy-duty gruff ’n’ tumble thrash with lyrics only slightly more complex than Discharge’s slogan-as-haiku approach. If you’re lookin’ to give yourself a headache in all the right ways, these guys will more than do the trick. –jimmy (www.mehkagont.com)


MASSAPPEAL:
Nobody Likes a Thinker: CD
Hmm. A CD put out by a label that threatens to wreck my “audio or computer equipment” by including “copy-protection technology” to prevent my copying it, and yet assumes no liability for said damage. They have U.S. and European divisions, and even has a buncha people with lofty titles like “Retail Promotions” and “National Sales Manager” on the payroll. Punk fucking rock, man. Hard to believe they started out in a basement and used to put out stuff by anarcho-punk bands like Destroy and Misery. Wonder if the label heads drive Hummers. –jimmy (Relapse)


LUKE PEWK AND THE VOMIT:
Anti-Xmas 2006: CD-R
Demo quality punk stuff that strangely sounded to me like a long-lost Faith practice demo in some places, although I don’t think a song with the title “Shit on My Chest” would’ve made it into their repertoire. Ultimately, all this elicited was a succession of yawns. –jimmy (No address)


LOST BOYS, THE:
Self-titled: CD
With song titles like “I Killed Bambi’s Mom” and “I’m Stuck Next Door to Sally More,” I pretty much banked on this being goof punk from Dickies-land, but it veers much further into hardcore territory than anything else. Ain’t terrible, ain’t stunning. –jimmy (Lost Boys)


LILLINGTONS, THE:
The Too Late Show: CD
I fucking love The Lillingtons! Of course, they will never be able to top the Shit Out of Luck LP and the I Lost my Marbles 7” EP, when the pop punk scene was at its height, and everyone was gloriously making out at the Concert Cafe in Green Bay, Wisconsin, while wearing pink Converse shoes and getting drunk. Sadly, those times cannot be replicated, but we can still listen to The Lillingtons and jump around and want to kill ourselves because it’s not 1996 anymore. (And you thought YOU were devoted to pop punk!) This is good stuff, nonetheless. If it were a cereal, it would be Quisp, the nostalgia cereal extraordinaire! –Maddy (Red Scare)


LIGHTS, THE:
Diamonds and Dirt: CD
This starts off sounding like minimalist rock that reminds me of Beat Happening if they had had a better rhythm section. I hear a little Velvet Underground influence, too. Then it sorta beefs up into a Fugazi/ Jesus Lizard kinda college post-punk thing. Not something I’d play every day, but it’s good for what it is. –ben (Wantage USA)


LEMURIA:
Art of the Underground Single Series Vol. 10: 7”
Female-fronted alt-pop with loud guitars. Singer sounds a little like Björk with better vocal control. A-side had a pretty driving beat, while the flip slows this down enough to slather on the pretentiousness. –jimmy (Art of the Underground)


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