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BIRTHDAY SUITS:
Cherry Blue: 8-song CD

I think it’s the Buddhists who see life in death, that the end is really the beginning. Sweet J.A.P., one of the best bands to come out of Minneapolis, broke up on their ascent, like a deprogrammed missile. Two butterflies to come out of that roughed-up cocoon of blistering New Bomb Turks by way of Japanese foreign exchange students are Hideo (guitarist/vocals) and Yuichiro (drummer/ vocals). The Birthday Suits are a more spurty, surprisingly full, angular two-piece. Think Wire vs. Melt Banana, but shorter songs. Yeah, more art than previous, but—thankfully—they’re slashing and discomforting, like fast dreams you can’t quite catch up to mixed with the feel of rust crumbling between your fingers. Life after death; it’s not quite Sweet J.A.P. reincarnated, and I’m relieved that it’s not.

–todd (Nice and Neat)


BANNER PILOT:
Demo: CD-R

I’m still pretty gay for Rivethead even though they broke up. I think they outdid Screeching Weasel at their own pop punk game. Nate, Rivethead’s bassist, and a guy who’s name I just like to say—Ganglehoff—was an incremental part of what made them great. On this demo, Nate’s bass talents are as evident as the difference between shit and chocolate pudding because I like the songs on here and they’ve got a drum machine. No, not a "We’re techno. Start humping the fridge," drum machine, a "Fuck, dude, we can’t find a drummer, but we have all these songs, so hook up the Casio" variety. And the songs are solid, bouncy, forlorn, and full of promise. Reminiscent of Rivethead, but not in a depressing, creepy, get over it way. Cool shit.

–todd (bannerpilot@gmail.com)


ATOMS:
Demo: CD-R

New wave. Do you know what new wave sounds like? Yeah, of course you do. You like Devo and 999 and The Rezillos and maybe when you’re drunk you’ll even admit to liking that one Human League song. Listen, I’m not here to judge you; all I’m saying is that you’ll like this band. It’s catchy and it’s fun and all that. You know—new wave.

–Josh (geocities.com/theatomsband)


ASTEROID B-612:
Reading Between the Lines: CD

I remember buying one of this band’s 45’s like ten years ago (or so it seems); i assume it either was on a label that was releasing interesting stuff at that time, or it had cool cover art, or both, because i have no idea why else i’d wind up with it. I also remember putting it on, and being immediately and violently disappointed: ick, this isn’t the kind of band i like! For whatever reason, i then quite remember liking the b-side (though not, at this late date, the b-side itself). Same deal here: I popped in the disc, and the ghastly/pointless/godawful recitation of Alan Toussaint’s "On Your Way Down" was enough to freeze the lymph in my nodes and set me to maniacally whacking the fast forward button, in the hopes that the entire B-612 2005 experience could be handled in the form of a swift and perfunctory overview of the first few seconds of each song. Unfortunately, after a second straight dog, track number three ("September Crush") was rockin’ enough that i was bound by both conscience and duty to allow the record to play itself out (no small chore considering its seventy-five minute running length); somewhere around "Let It Slide," i realized that the epic adenoidal balladry plus guitars aspect of things was giving me a clear and present Chris Bailey/Saints vibe, and thereupon did i find myself becoming unwittingly and unwillingly immersed in the band’s occasionally snappy and well-groomed bombast. They then decided to bludgeon me in Antipodal/Aboriginal fashion with album-ending covers of the Flamin’ Groovies’ "Second Cousin," the Stones’ "19th Nervous Breakdown" (slightly slower and heavier than the original, which i would usually frown upon—however, whatever retardation of tempo they attempted/achieved appears to be at the exact rate of behind-the-beatness that Charlie Watts always pulled off [for reasons unclear], so that, as the kids used to say before my boss started saying it, is all good), and, finally, a fusing of the Died Pretty’s "Mirror Blues" (which, to me, recalls another epic album-closer, "Beginning of the End" from Eddie & the Hot Rods Life on the Line LP, but what do i know) with Pere Ubu’s only good song, "Final Solution," all of which made me feel not unlike what i imagine i would feel like if i should some day find myself under the harmful compulsion to try and dunk over (Milwaukee Bucks rookie Australian power forward) Andrew Bogut in the closing seconds of overtime. Surely the best rock album whose first two songs were so bad i fast-forwarded over them of all time! BEST SONG: "September Crush" BEST LINE FROM BEST SONG: "You got me dancing/and I don’t dance" BEST SONG TITLE: "I Just Don’t Know Bout Gurls" FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Asteroid B-612 was the home of the Little Prince in Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s book. De Saint-Exupery used to be depicted on some French currency, along with a drawing from The Little Prince (of the boa constrictor who swallowed the hat) so when i was in France i took one of said bills home and gave it to my mom because she likes that book, even though it was kind of a big bill.

–norb (No Tomorrow)


ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE:
Kings & Queens: CD

Dunno if they’ve continued to be active through the years, but this is the first batch of new tunes I’ve heard from these guys in more than two decades. Animal is in fine form here, alternating between actually singing and his trademark growl and the rest of the group provide solid musical backing. Although less obnoxious in word and deed than their ‘80s work (although "Wet Dream" could give "So What" a run for its money), the Pistols sheen of the tunes and the catchy choruses make this a fine listen in its own right. In short, a nice addition to their legacy.

–jimmy (Captain Oi)


ANTICHRIS & THE RAPED:
The Raped and Dead or Alive: CDEP
Two discs of atonal, bass-less thrash. The “studio” tracks on The Raped EP sound like they were recorded on a boom box set in a metal shed, and the additional live tracks, although better in sound, really don’t add much. Dead or Alive is a live set containing what are essentially different versions of the same songs on the other disc. I’m assuming that the titles and lyrics to songs like “Every Girl Is a Goddamn Whore,” “Dead Beat Wife/Beat Wife Dead,” “Faggot Sandwich” and “I Walked Up and Kicked the Bitch in the Teeth” are total jokes, but it’s kinda hard to tell given that the lyrics I’m able to decipher have no sense of sarcasm to them. –jimmy (We Are Going to Eat You)


ANGRY ANGLES:
Self-titled: 7”
Alix from The Lids and Jay Reatard. What else do you need to know? Doesn’t retread their other bands but just as great and highly recommended. Tight, bed-jumping rock. Has the expected Urinals cover and a Phil Spector-ish song that you will hum everywhere you go… just don’t sing the words in public. –mike (Shattered)


ANGEL EYES:
Something to Do with Death: CD
Weird one, this is. I guess it would be considered “screamo,” but to me it approximates what the Cocteau Twins would sound like if they were into Marshall stacks and had Dan from Die Kreuzen shredding his vocal chords for ‘em. Can’t say I dig ‘em, but they get points for making me invoke the names of two of the most disparate bands imaginable in the same sentence. –jimmy (Underground Communiqué)


ALTARBOYS, THE:
Greatest Hits Volume Two: CD
Not to be confused with Orange County’s Christian punk band The Altar Boys, this Portland band sounds like early Dwarves, except that the Dwarves were tight, and this is definitely less focused and tight. It has energy, but seems to be thrashing into nowhere. The main problem seems to be the recording levels, I think. The drums are lost in the mix here—all I can hear is a snare and an annoying, tinny cymbal. The guitar, however, is great in a sloppy punk way, and vocals are nicely dark. It just needs to come together more, somehow. Maybe this was a rushed recording. I’m guessing this band is best experienced live. –Guest Contributor (Last Chance)


ALTAIRA/WATCH IT BURN:
: Split 7”
While this outing from Altaira isn’t quite as jaw-dropping as their split with Blotto! (mostly due to minor inconsistencies between the songs, both in production and attack; one of the songs is new and the other was recorded back in 2002), it’s still excellent. Taking the anthemic qualities and gravel-in-the-throat approach of Hot Water Music and laying it above tunes that would be right at home on the Insurgent discography, it’s only slightly embarrassing to say that these dudes are shaping up to be one of my favorite bands after only hearing four goddamn songs from them. As far as Watch It Burn goes, does anyone remember that 10” by Ruth Ruth that Epitaph co-released with Deep Elm back in the mid ‘90s? Well, don’t tell anyone, but I actually liked that record. I still like it. Watch It Burn takes the best elements of that album, combines it with the vocal stylings of Weston and/or Sticks And Stones, smartens it up, and makes sure to throw in some piano wire and duct tape in there; the end result is something that’s simultaneously ragged and hanging by a thread and also infinitely listenable and catchy. I swear, I get a couple 7”s in the mail and I’m reminded that there are still a few stunning, passionate, kickass bands out there ripping shit up in a genre that most of us wrote off ten or fifteen years ago. –keith (Accident Prone)


ALTAIRA/BLOTTO!:
Drunks Not Dead: Split 7”
Goddamn, where does Snuffy Smile find these bands, man? If this label was from the States and was more interested in putting out CDEPs than 7”s and included 8” x 10” promo glossies with all of their releases, they’d be bigger than Adeline by now. As it is, they consistently manage to put out some of the most catchy, aggressive, and hook-laden pop punk around, from bands all over the world. This one’s no exception. With this record, both of these bands (Altaira’s from the States and Blotto’s from Japan) find themselves placed immediately right there in the upper tiers. Alongside Rivethead, Smalltown, the Thumbs, D4, and Snuggle, both of these groups are stellar at writing granite-solid pop punk tunes that manage to not only not be about girls, but also convey some modicum of intelligence and passion, even with Blotto’s slightly skewed English. Granted, it’s easier to put out a solid side of one 7” than it is to put out a solid LP, but the fact remains that I’m hooked, and I’ll be keeping my eyes out for anything I can find by both of these bands. I’m not trying to be all a-flutter here, but I just cannot get enough of this record. Nice job all around. –keith (Snuffy Smile)


50 MILLION:
3-14-05: CDEP
You know what? This CD is too short. Starts off with two songs that sound like Steve from Onion Flavored Rings playing ‘60s bubblegum stuff with Hickey (I think there’s actually a Hickey connection to this band), and it fucking rules. ‘60s bubblegum is fine on its own, but 50 Million makes it nice and dirty, and—amazingly enough—they make it rock. Then there’s a one song detour into full-on Hickey bumming-out-the-squares punk rock and then a cover of the ‘60s bubblegum band the La’s. And that’s it. Just four songs. Dear 50 Million: please do more stuff. Thank you. –Josh (Pecan Crazy)


STRAP ONS:
Self titled: 7" EP

Primal punk rock dementia covering masturbating perverts, women with urinary problems, assholes and teenagers committing infanticide. Pure fucking genius. –jimmy (Rapid Pulse, PO Box 5075, Milfor, CT 06460)


SLIGHT SLAPPERS:
Selfish World Called Freedom: CD
My band did a split with these guys and it was one of our more popular releases. Fastcore at its finest. Fast, faster and sometimes over the top - manic rage that feels like a power drill is being forced against your temple while you are overdosing on amphetamines. Screaming vocals are flowing over guitar riffs that are so fast that you wonder if it is possible. The drum beats are pounded so fast you wonder if the tape machine was sped up. I sometimes think the bass player must have calluses the size of quarters on his fingers. It's a full release with 20 tracks that barely clocks in just under 21 minutes; short bursts of intense energy that peeks your adrenaline meter to the point of a heart attack and you survive with no side effects. This is the first thing you need to listen to after leaving that shitty job you got stuck in. –don (HG Fact, 105 Nakano Shinbashi M, 2 7 15 Yayoi Cho, Nakano, Tokyo164 0013, Japan)


ANDRE WILLIAMS:
The Black Godfather: CD

Although dirty old man Andre's still growlin' and howlin' about the good things in life ‑ pussy, ass, dope and pussy ‑ his rug burn voice no longer resonates visions of orange‑juice soaked BBQ ribs and Bonneville joyrides. Distracted by far less than 36‑24‑38 these days, the gritty "Pass the biscuits, please" signature voice now inertly punctuates the fuzzed‑out guitars of the Countdowns, Blues Explosion, Cheater Slicks and Compulsive Gamblers ‑ Andre's never had so much competition from a bunch of white‑boys‑gone‑black. Ol' Andre, senior citizen, was done plucked plumb outta his weekly‑rate hotel room on Detroit's notorious Cass Corridor and re‑branded as the Pimp of all Pimps, injected with the trademark Jon Spencer sound. A good idea in theory, but much to my chagrin, "Shut the gate Sally, and don't let me in." –thiringer (In The Red, 2627 E. Strong Pl., Anaheim, CA 92706)


AFI:
The Art of Drowning: CD

A very anthemic, almost Misfits y punk sound with a little more metal than is good for them thrown in. –jimmy (Nitro, 7071 Warner Avenue, F PMB 736, Huntington Beach, CA 92647)


YOUNG PLAYTHINGS:
Pick Up with...: CD
This happens to be a style that I am a sucker for and you almost have to try and mess it up. They seem to be shooting for a Nikki and the Corvettes/Blondie/girl-group kind of thing and they fall flat every step of the way. I will admit that I had a bias going in because I saw this band play earlier this year and they put on one of the most mediocre "There isn't anyone here. Why should we be into it?" sets that I have ever seen. I guess their own songs aren't reason enough for them and I can see why. This is so half-assed and mediocre. They completely botch one of my fave bubblegum songs, "Sweet Pea." How can you be a pop band if you don't have any catchy songs? I guess they don't sell hooks at any of those hipster boutiques in Los Angeles. –Guest Contributor (Dionysus)


WIRES ON FIRE:
A more aggressive Foo Fighters meets the dirty rock of Nebula.: CDEP
A more aggressive Foo Fighters meets the dirty rock of Nebula. –don (Buddyhead)


WESTERN ADDICTION:
Cognicide: CD
This is what it sounds like to me: Western Addiction sounds like Good Riddance doing Bl'ast doing Black Flag. It's straight-forward, no frills punk that easily goes back to the roots of early hardcore. Intensive with heavy riffs and a solid music base, this band is easily likable on first listen. I like that it feels like their songs aren't sugar coated and that they don't seem to be faking it. Their anger and energy seem genuine with songs not clocking in a little over two minutes and no filler to be heard. I didn't feel like I needed to hit the fast forward button. If the band stays together and with a few LPs under their belt, they will be just as regarded as the other bands on their label. –don (Fat)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Life, Love Hardcore: CD
A few things right off the bat: a) in my estimation, "hardcore" and "heavy metal" are contradictory terms, hence what is on here is heavy metal and not hardcore, no matter how much screaming and stomping the assorted singers do; b) one should never, EVER start a comp with a band that thinks "passions wobble like tricycles" is a bitchin' opening line for a song; c) the Ultimate Warriors are funny; d) the only thing worse that trying to pass off metal for hardcore is to infuse said metal with a healthy dose of emo pretentiousness. That said, this release only succeeded in depressing me-not by the emotional power of the music, mind you, but rather that in some circles this kind of high-falootin' heavy metal circle jerking would be considered good listenin'. To their credit, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden were, at the very least, partially aware that they were complete jokes. I'm sure that's not the case here. –jimmy (Moo Cow)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Hot Rod Girls Save the World Soundtrack: CD
At least the movie dialogue is tracked separately from the songs so I can skip past all of its simplistic theatrical drudgery with ease to the excellent music featured in this campy film. Features the Dirty Birds, The Earaches, 52 Pick-Up, Psycho Charger, Dragstrip Riot, Billy Dwayne and the Creepers, Flathand 5, DA Sebasstian And The Inner Demons, Eddie And The Rockets, Elks Skiffle Group, Faith And Disearse, Vanessa Lowe, Wages Of Sin, Barbarellatones, All-American Playboys, Treatus, and Kill Switch Klick. The music is great, but I never want to see the movie after breaking a nail hitting the forward button so many times in an attempt to avoid the film's dialogue. –RumbleStripper (Go-Kustom)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Dear Johnny, A Tribute: CD
Concombre Zombi's spitfire-fast "Flesh and Blood" is preceded by Jesse Dayton's meandering "Doin' My Time." Eddie Spaghetti and his guitar apply an Eagles' sound to "Peace in the Valley" in awkward contrast to Los Creepers' "Wreck of the Old 97." Hidden track in its usual spot. Dale Watson, Deadbolt, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Satan's Teardrops, Hot Rod Lincoln, and others. While all artists are well known, it's hard to get in the swing of things when the tempo keeps changing like that. It's the "One Piece at a Time" of Cash tributes. But a portion of the proceeds are donated to SOS Children's Villages, a favorite Johnny Cash organization. –RumbleStripper (HairBall8)


TWELVE THOUSAND ARMIES:
The Mirth of These Days: CD
If I wanted to listen to a band that sounds like the Beatles meets Squeeze, I would much rather buy records from the aforementioned bands. –don (MoRisen)


TROUBLE BOUND:
Here to the End: CD
Some pretty decent Cyclone Records style punk here. This band would have gone well on a late '90s bill with the Ducky Boys or the Hudson Falcons. Actually, more than anything, this band sounds like the pure punk element of Operation Ivy. If you have a pirate star and a spider web tattoo on your elbow, this band is gonna rock your world. I dug it pretty well, although at forty-eight minutes, it was about fifteen minutes too long for my attention span. –Guest Contributor (Hangmen)


SYZSLAK:
When Demons Ride Angels: CD
I don't know if this is fitting, but this is what I would have pictured if Corrosion of Conformity became a grindcore band or a band that added grindcore elements. On the first song, "Fallen Hand," they reminded me of COC before they go into the blast beats of noise aggression. That sound is dispersed throughout their songs. These recordings have a dirtiness that I like. They have an almost live quality to them-rough around the edges and not exactly perfect-and more in tune with punk than metal. If this had come out during the crossover period of the mid to late '80s, this would be on everybody's want list. –don (Worldeater)


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