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PUFFY AMIYUMI:
Splurge: CD
Bubblegum pop from two Japanese popstars who apparently are super huge in Japan. Apparently this duo also have a cartoon here in the US on the Cartoon Network called Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi. Music wise they are infectious in the way Abba is infectious or their contemporaries Shonen Knife. The music is so cute, I’m going to play it for my five year-old nice to see if she digs it. It’s one of those bands that no matter how much you want to hate it, the goofy side of you is going to love it. –don (Tofu)


PSYCHEDELIC HORSESHIT:
Who Let the Dogs out?: 7”
This is like a less arty, less sample-ridden, and less talented Japanther. And, I’m not the biggest fan of Japanther. Oh, and as a side note: I know it looks all DIY to staple stuff on your paper sleeve, but nerds like me are only going to see that as something that’s going to cause unnatural wear on both the enclosed record and its neighbor. –megan (www.colombusdiscountrecords.com)


PROPER NOUNS, THE:
Birds & Butterflies: CD
I didn’t go to art school. Maybe if I did, I could get into stuff like this. They use things like violin and ukulele to give a little variety to their pop that’s reminiscent of a lot of bands in the late ‘80s and ‘90s that I didn’t get into either. –megan (www.colombusdiscountrecords.com)


PROJECT 27:
Time to Fold: 7”EP
Okay, you win; I’m confused. I swear there’s a girl in the band, but I check the liner notes for the umpteenth time, and all the names are guy’s names. There’s no “additional vocals by” credits, but I hear it. It was actually so distracting to me that I ended up trying to just hone in on those parts than listening to the overall sound (even on multiple listenings). But, it’s heavier on the pop than the pop, lyrically leaning towards girls who’ve gone. Not bad, but not strong enough to pull me from distracting interest into interest on its own merits. –megan (Don Giovanni)


PROFESSOR MURDER:
Professor Murder Rides the Subway: CD-R EP
I have the feeling that this band’s music is intended for art gallery openings. You know, you’ve been stuffing your face with free food and red wine all night, and now you’re gonna try and impress some girl wearing big shoes with your drunken dance moves to some weird crappy band. Professor Murder is percussion oriented with other instruments/vocals thrown in for atmospheric value. I guess if you’re into “progress-post-punk” (which is what they label themselves) then you’re into this kinda stuff. –Daryl Gussin (Kanine: www.kaninerecords.com)


PREVAIL WITHIN:
The Architects of Broken Souls: CD
Self described as in “the same bloodline as Bad Religion, Propagandhi, and Rise Against.” Besides Bad Religion, that pretty much sums it up for me. Leaning more towards Rise Against than Propagandhi. –don (Mightier Than Sword)


PRETTY BOY THORSON & HIS FALLEN ANGELS:
Self-titled: 7” EP
Super low-fi and dirty recording. Then again, the cover is made of grocery bag type of paper, so that’s probably the point. Super-stripped down rock with folk-inspired elements (think This Bike Is A Pipebomb or mid-releases Against Me!). Overall, reminiscent of bands like The Measure (SA), but without the magic to really grab me. Not a bad EP by any stretch, and probably great to see in a kitchen, basement, or living room. I’ll keep my eyes open. –megan (The Party’s Over)


POINTED STICKS:
Waiting for the Real Thing: CD
If you have any love for sweet-toothed new wave punk from the original wave, the Pointed Sticks are a go. I put them in that awkward-fitting triumvirate of The Vapors and The Human League: bands perhaps known for one or two songs (like “Turning Japanese”), but much more solid and talented than that. The good news: this here is a collection which includes many unreleased and super-duper-hard-to-find songs. Awesome. These Canadian obscurities from the late ‘70s/early ‘80s hold up. You get peeks into the rawer beginnings and also the polished bone snap (with sweet candy marrow) of songs that spanned their short career. The so-so news: a good clump of these songs were just recently re-released on the Perfect Youth album. The archivist and pure music lover in me would like two totally separated experiences where you’d get to pick which collection of songs fit a mood better. In the end, that’s a small quibble that gets shadowed by this simple fact: man, what a great, fun band to listen to. –todd (Sudden Death)


PLOT TO BLOW UP THE EIFFEL TOWER, THE:
INRI: CDEP
This San Diego four-piece has been at it for a while, offending people everywhere. This EP contains three songs, INRI, a remix, and a cover of “Boys Keep Swinging” by David Bowie and Brian Eno. I prefer the dark tones of INRI over the cover but this is worth collecting if its in the bargain bin. TPTBUTET has a lot of hype these days, and I think they partially live up to it. Their music is for fans of disjointed, angular post rock. They want to know, “Have you heard about the filthy king nailed up to his cross of desire and sin?” –Buttertooth (Art Fag: www.artfag.us)


PINE HILL HAINTS:
Jack of Diamonds: 7”EP
It makes absolute sense that DIY punks—the ones born and raised on traditional country—after the initial fast, angry spurt, and facing a world that’s neither improving nor a head that feels right screaming the songs of youth, turn back to their roots. Most punks know abandonment. And, culturally, the world of Hank Williams Sr., Merle Haggard, and Johnny Cash, has been left solely as a fallow graveyard in favor for country that sounds like it’s selling toothpaste for Wal Mart. Not only do the Haints capture the ghosts of old greats, they’ve placed those ghosts in their hearts and at your feet. So, even if you don’t know that The Haints screen-print their own records, book their own tours, and help out a bunch of people, this 7” still stands up by itself as a testament: that old shack of traditional country is being candlelit once again by society’s discards who’re playing songs that give me chills. –todd (Arkam)


PHOENIX FOUNDATION,THE:
Falling: CD
I yawned fourteen times listening to this CD. It’s not that these guys are horrible; they are just uninspiring. It’s roots rock melodious punk. Their label is from Finland, so maybe this is a new thing there, but I doubt it. I did enjoy a song or two that could’ve been a Lucero riff. I didn’t break out my guitar to check, but I have a feeling they use the same chord progressions on at least half the songs. The lyrics are nothing to gaze at with wonderment either. Mix things up a little; diversity is the spice of life. –Buttertooth (Combat Rock Industry)


PHOBIA/SKRUPEL:
Split: CD
Man, where do I start on this one? Okay, remember the first Terminator movie? At the very beginning—where there’s this insanely desolate, ruined, metal-scarred wasteland, with various robots patrolling the ground while weird flying machines skim across the sky? Okay. This is the record those robots would be jamming on to get pumped up before going out to seriously shrapnel some human ass. There are fifteen tracks, and I’m pretty convinced the whole album could’ve easily fit on a 7”, if that gives you a little peek into the inner workings of this record. Skrupel’s from Germany and they just get in, sever a limb or two, and jet. The song “Human Freakout” consists of the lyrical jewels, “Feeling so fashionably freaky / Is that all that matters in your worthless life / You deserve to suffer.” That’s the song right there. Phobia’s best? I’m torn between “Death To Pigs”: “Death to pigs with severed heads.” (But guys, aren’t they already dead? If their heads are severed, I mean? Or did you mean to put a comma between ‘pigs’ and ‘with’? Or do you even know?) or “Macho Man In Denile”: “Your a fucking homophobe / And that I despite / You really want to take it up the ass / And that’s alright.” Atrocious spelling/grammatical errors aside, I find it stunning that Skrupel’s English-is-probably-a-second-language lyrics are on par, if not more articulate, than Phobia’s, who are from California. Still, Phobia fares slightly better because they’ve got the “Ruuuh-ruuh-RUUUUUH!” deep-voiced dude, but they’ve also got a high-pitched guy who sings like a Fraggle getting a sans-anesthesia colonoscopy, which is always nice to hear. The whole album’s pretty much one big blast beat with a few slower parts tossed in. Yet another shining example of bands who have the balls to put emaciated corpses and nuclear explosions on their record and then don’t do jack shit, lyrically or otherwise, to back it up. But at least they’ve got tattoos, right? –keith (Crimes Against Humanity)


PETS, THE:
Sticky Situations b/w Never Ask for Help: 7”
An ex FM-Knives guy and two other dudes step into the power pop arena and the results have flashes of the fantastic—of Cheap Trick, of The Gain, of Top Ten—but their cheerleader’s kicks aren’t as high, nor are their chops as Bruce Lee, throat-collapsing as any of the four aforementioned bands at their best. Humble suggestion: cut the lengths, cut the repetition, slightly higher voltage battery in the guitars. There’s a good seed in there. –todd (Sweet Rot)


PESD:
Politikarepoizonekurvae: LP
Truly interesting release that reminds me of Ministry and KMFDM. Featuring members from two legendary punk bands out of Poland, the guitarist from Post Regiment and the singer from Tragedia. Industrial drum beats with gloomy synths and keyboard sounds that create moody layered waves of tension. They also throw a lot of fast punk parts into the mix to bring in the aggressive factor. Vocals are delivered in a yelled fashion and sound like both artists participate in the barrage of verbiage. Lyrics that I believe are in the Polish language and translated for the dumb American for convenience. This is exciting to hear this type of sound coming from a couple of punks. It shows that instead of playing by the rules of genres, they want to also explore the possibilities of what can be made. The end product is a masterful and intriguing mixture of guitars and electronics that is nowhere close to being horrible techno dance music. This release should peak the interest of those who sometimes want something different from the norm. –don (Prank)


PELIGRO SOCIAL:
No Religion: CD
Political punk with a rock/punk feel to it that conjures up memories of Argentina’s Dos Minutos, who were woefully underrated, in my opinion. This will be played very loud, very often. –jimmy (Tankcrimes)


PELIGRO SOCIAL:
No Religion: CD
Hearing this for the first time right before I am actually going to see them live. I really like what I’m hearing. Kind of reminds me of Union 13 with an ode to The Business. They also have a SoCal beach sound that reminds me a little of bands like The Adolescents or The Crowd, but the main structure of the music is Spanish-sung street punk with tons of melody and a good dose of a rockin’ kick. Coming from the Bay Area, that is not the sound I would expect. But what do I know? What I do know is that they went to a decent studio with an engineer who got the most out of them. The production is not full blown clean, but warm and bold. Everything is in the right place and nothing in the mix sounds flat. The vocal interplay is a highlight. The vocals sound genuine and has a slight imperfection in its delivery making it believable. Can’t wait to see how it goes tonight seeing it face to face. There is a split 7” out there with Born/Dead. I have to check it out and see the difference in recordings. –don (Tankcrimes)


PANIC DISORDER:
Self-titled: 7” EP
Some folks are of the opinion that Naked Raygun was where it’s at (which I don’t disagree with), but that Pegboy was too workmanlike (which I disagree with). I think that Pegboy riveted and cleaned their songs down: steely punk expanses of tough-powered pop, where Naked Raygun was adept at getting weirder and more abstract without losing focus. I like ‘em both. Panic Disorder take Pegboy’s precision then smear vomit on it. The straight-ahead, no bullshit power’s still evident. It sounds like they’re falling apart, hurtling towards a brick wall, the brakes don’t work, and all they’re concerned about is that last beer that’s rolling away from them under the seat. That’s a sound I like plenty. –todd (Dry Rot)


PAJO:
1968: CD
The mag must be on some huge mailing list. They get a lot of questionable stuff that does not even remotely come close to the scope of what we cover. Like this thing. It sounds like a folk record with a guy on acoustic guitar and soft singing. Aren’t there any folk zines out there like there were in the ‘60s? –don (Drag City)


OUR LOST CAUSE:
What Will Follow: CDEP-R
One more shitty Anti-Flag wanna-be band gets thrown into the machine. Complete with horrible, clichéd lyrics about apathy and ignorance, and typical cookie-cutter sound that could be at least fifty bands you can check out at your local Hot Topic listening station. –Guest Contributor (Celebrity Pets)


ON TRIAL:
Forever: CD
I hate the band Live. I think this band likes them. Screaming Trees had cooler guitar riffs while laying on the wah pedals. I can’t take the way my stomach turns when I hear the Eddie Vedder/Creed hunyh-huhs. These guys aren’t as bad as it gets, but are leaning towards a stoner rock version of that same hated musical beast. –Buttertooth (Bad Afro)


OI POLLOI:
Pigs for Slaughter: CD
A compilation from the two decade running anarcho punk band. It compiles tracks from various sources which is a good start for someone getting into the band. Twenty-three tracks in all, and many on out of print releases. People who have been into the band for awhile, like me, will like the convenience of having a lot of the songs on one disc or for ease to download onto their evil iPod. If this is the introduction, there are many releases out there and a lot of repeats. While it’s still available, the band self-released Ar Ceol, Ar Canan, Ar a Mach5 on CD this year. It continues on the legacy of this great band. All the songs on the new release are sung in Gaelic which is the native language of Scotland. So here is a good start point, and I have given you an end to shoot for. –don (Step-1)


OBSCENE, THE:
Death Rides a Pale Whore: CD
These frisky Floridians swagger from solid post-Dead Boys punk to balls-out (but mildly less streamlined) Dwarves/Zeke speedcore to mildly synthy deathrock and mildly deathy surf rock, shedding scabby hints of Gang Green, The Cramps, Bang Gang, and the Hudson Falcons along the way. Dumb and mean, but fun and dumb. –Cuss Baxter (Teenage Antichrist)


O PIONEERS!!!:
Black Mambas: CD
I’ll openly admit it: I’m a huge fan of Against Me!; I’ve spent a good deal of time listening to their records. I’d wager to bet that O Pioneers!!! have me licked, though. I mean, they have to have really, really studied AM! or their brains are on the almost exact same wavelength, with the following exceptions: Eric’s vocals are more burlappy and don’t hold the notes as long or as strong as Tom’s. AM! has figured out the backup vocals to an almost Shangri-Las type of effectiveness. OP!!! are still working the dirt through the carburetor. AM! have this preternatural sense of pacing, of knowing when to dip, curl, howl, and sprint. OP!!! have a couple of speeds: mid-paced and slightly faster than mid-paced. So, here’s my two cents: if you’re currently way pissed at AM! and are revoking their membership card from your clubhouse, heck, you’ve got a band that scratches a very similar itch. I look forward to seeing how OP!!! develop themselves. As it stands, super nice dudes, but they’re in the musical shadows of whom they admire. –todd (Team Science)


NOFX:
Wolves in Wolves’ Clothing: CD
Oh no! I must admit that, despite the dangerously-high percentage of baggy pants found on this band’s fan base, I’ve been a huge fan since I was fifteen and spent most of my time telling dumb jokes and drawing even dumber pictures. (Some things don’t change.) But this time around they’ve fucked with the Midwest, and I CANNOT let this stand! Lyrics like, “We call the heartland, not very smartland,” and then some ramblings about how everyone in the mighty Midwest hates gay people and immigrants. Untrue, says I, from my hometown of Milwaukee (first city to elect a socialist mayor)! In the name of all things cheese-based, I must give this album, despite its referencing of the Triple Rock and Paddy (D4), two thumbs down! Goddamn west coast! This is Special K. Yuck! –Maddy (Fat Wreck Chords)


NOFX:
Wolves in Wolves’ Clothing: CD
It seems like the boys have got there mojo workin’ on full tilt these days. This CD is so jam packed that they had to leave some recent songs like “There’s No Fun in Fundamentalism” for the B-sides pile. But all the hot topics are on display here, told with a healthy dose of sarcasm and contempt. Religion, politics, drugs and drinking are all song fodder. “Seeing Double at the Triple Rock” is a great example as Fat Mike sings— “Its 3 o’clock at The Triple Rock, another round of watching Paddy talk/it’s where you wanna get snowed in when you get snowed in.” Other tunes that had me spittin’ up my Cheerios are “Leaving Jesusland” and “Getting High on the Down Low.” But if you want to know what NOFX are about, just listen to “60 Percent”, which is their “Treatment Bound” — “We’re the self crowned kings of candor, sultans of slander/which mean we make more money/we’ve got better prescriptions/we own most of our own music/no one’s got their hands in our pockets/we don’t have management/we get to play loaded/and only 3 months a year.” What a fucking life. –koepenick (Fat Wreck)


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