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LOGH:
A Sunset Panorama: CD
Swedish band that sounds nothing like some of its labelmates like Isis and Pelican. Moody, atmospheric rock. Some songs sound like Sonic Youth, others like Wilco. I don't think Jim O'Rourke produced this but I could be wrong. Bold move to start off the record with an acoustic guitar ditty entitled "String Theory." But songs like "Destinymanifesto" and "Ahabian" are pretty cool so I won't complain. Can't sleep at three AM, even with the window closed to drown out the sounds of the street? This won't help but it sure will lighten your mood as you take the last sip of your drink. "Bring on the Ether," indeed. –koepenick (Hydrahead)


TARENTELLA:
TARENTELLA: CD
Roky Erickson teams up with Ennio Morricone and the two talk Siouxsie Sioux into singing in Spanish for their Southwest-tinged surf band. –jimmy (Alternative Tentacles)


SECRET MOMMY:
Very Rec: CD
Quirky techno stuff with lotsa found sounds, not unlike Aphex Twin's more offbeat work. –jimmy (Ache)


LAGWAGON:
Resolve: CD
Lagwagon's latest offering sounds pretty much like most of their other ones: fast, upbeat tunes with vocals that sound an awful lot like Ten Foot Pole's and then the occasional slow tune. Now, take that picture and instead of whatever is considered normal fodder for Lagwagon's lyrics, and this time make almost every single one of the twelve songs on here relate back to the suicide of their drummer. Holy shit, talk about heavy! But that's exactly what it is and it's very endearing and thoughtful of them, but one can only take so much of hearing someone mourn the loss of someone else, no matter what the genre. It's certainly inspired work on Lagwagon's part, but this won't be the album of the year for any high-energy partying punker or fifteen-year-old pop punk fan. –Guest Contributor (Fat)


STILETTO:
Lovely and Lousy: CD
An all-female punk band that sounds like they could've come outta the late-'80s/early-'90s L.A. underground, sounding a little like Bulimia Banquet at their most straightforward. Not bad. –jimmy (www.stilettorocks.com)


KARE JOAO:
2: CD
I guess if I have to tell you that this is their second release, maybe you shouldn't be reading this. You may want to run outside to make sure the short bus hasn't left without you. No matter, it is a fact. Weird, trippy rhythms that somehow all mesh together. Think BTO meets Radiohead and they pick up a saxman to jam. Nowhere near any punk rock, but I guess that was not the goal here. "The Sideman" is a song title on here, but this is also actually the title of his debut. Kare Joao is the best thing to come out of Norway since Golden Earring. They were from Norway, right? –koepenick (Jester)


JUKEBOX ZEROS:
Four on the Floor: CD
The fact that they cover the Dead Boys' "High Tension Wire" pretty much tells you all you need to know about what this sounds like. –jimmy (Steel Cage)


JEFFREY NOVAK ONE MAN BAND:
Fire in the Hole: 7"
This is one guy???? Awesome. He must be a magician channeling the early spirit of Lux Interior, Stardust Cowboy, and the entire Rip Off Records back catalog. Big thunder screaming sound, plucky and staticy but somehow really tight, not messy. No shit. Recommend'd. He's a Memphis Houdini. –Guest Contributor (www.ptrashrecords.com)


JACK ENDINO:
Permanent Fatal Error: CD
I was expecting what you were. Sludgy, grungy, flannel and long johns stuff. That's why the first track took my by surprise: upbeat punk stuff that kind of reminded me of Motörhead without the heaviness. That's right. Without the heaviness. Oh, there it is. Track four. Yep, that's the Endino that I remember. Oddly, I'm enjoying this. I'd say it kicks ass on about ninety percent of stoner rock out there. Not that I'm an expert on the genre or anything, but I know I'm bored by most of it. Nice work, Jack. –Guest Contributor (Wondertaker)


IRONHEAD:
Like We Wanna Die: CD
Right away I did not dig the title of this album. And the cover art is even worse. I'm not sure why they thought it would be a good idea to put a photo of band member Angela Foxx (yes, for real, two Xs) in her underpants carving "I.H." into her arm on the cover of their CD. I showed the photo to a co-worker who said that if she were given it, her complete review would say, "The cover of this album is so stupid that I couldn't even listen to it." Unfortunately, I actually listened to it. Thirteen unlucky tracks of generic rock punk with primarily male vocals and irritating, cliché titles like "Too Cool for School." Apparently this band belongs to a genre called "porn rock," but listening to this record did not make me feel like getting it on at all. Perhaps if I was more of a masochist. –jennifer (www.inwineistruth.net)


INSOMNIACS, THE:
Switched On b/w 'Bout My Love: 7"
A teaser non-LP b-side single from this long-tenured NJ mod/beat/powerpop outfit; if the Insomniacs = the Jam (which they don't), this would likely occupy the "Start!"/ "When You're Young" slot in the group's pantheon o' hits. I haven't heard an album by these guys since the one with "Ralphie the Beatles Man" on it so i reckon i'd better get on the stick, even though (i admit) the band's truly spectacular moments are few and far between. Neat printed paper sleeve w/cut-out label hole. All is as it should be here. Geshundheit. BEST SONG: "Switched On" BEST SONG TITLE: "'Bout My Love" maybe? FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: The band lives at PO Box 666 in Englishtown, NJ-the second known instance of a PO Box 666 in Rock'n'Roll (Get Hip Records being the first) –Guest Contributor (Slovenly)


INFA-RIOT:
The Best of: CD
Essentially, what you get here is a nice chunk of their Still Out of Order album with a bunch of singles and comp tracks tacked on, which really isn't a bad thing considering the band in question. One of the better of the second tier punk/oi bands of the '80s, these guys managed to keep things blunt and minimalist without sounding boneheaded and inept, giving their tunes that "working class" sheen that so many of the modern punters lack. "Five Minute Fashions" still gets me singing along. –jimmy (Captain Oi)


I AM GHOST:
We Are Always Searching: CD
This has MTV written all over it. Slick, highly produced, goth rock with Fat Wreck Chords harmonized vocals and sudden screams, like if Bracket had an angry, goth, schizophrenic brother. And... holy heavy metal guitar leads! If you take all of this, throw in one part ethereal vocals, and add a pinch of melodrama, it makes the odd, eclectic soup that is this band. Unfortunately, I like my soup like I like my music-strong and plain. And, oh yeah, good. This is bad soup. Bad soup! –Guest Contributor (Epitaph)


GOB SQUAD:
Far Beyond Control: CD
Cookie cutter Danish pop punk that sounds no different than anything you might hear in a Nike commercial. I guess the days of Dane bands like The Electric Deads are long gone. –jimmy (Wolverine)


G-MEN:
Up the Dose: CD
I had high hopes for this one when I saw that one of the members was wearing a Sinisters t-shirt. Unfortunately, the tunes are just the type of sub Zeke/bar hardcore that I have been burned out on for years. They do a good enough job at it, but this is just flat-out a style that I do not like. You've seen this band a hundred times at a bar opening for someone you came to see. If you can't get enough of the pissed-off guys playing hard rock at hardcore tempos, then check this out. Otherwise, probably not a lot for you here. –Guest Contributor (October 32)


GLASS HEROES:
Self-titled: CD
I can't argue with the Glass Heroes' thank you list. It includes everyone from Joe Strummer to Dead Kennedys to Clem Burke to the Stitches. They've played shows with The Vibrators and UK Subs, and cover The Saints "Stranded" on this CD. But, all the Gibson Les Paul Guitars and Marshall Amplification (highlighted in the liner notes) can't catapult this release into a league with the venerated bands they call friends. The production is too clean-even the backing "gang vocals" sound polished-and the songs are played a few tics too slowly for them to really grab and shake the piss outta someone. The Black Halos did something similar and a whole lot better on their self-titled debut a few years back. –benke (Malt Soda)


FULLY DOWN, THE:
Don't Get Lost in a Movement: CD
I immediately skip to track three because my wife has this theory that if a band can't hold your attention by the third song, they're not worth your time. So here I am at "Live & Die by the Shotgun Rules": Maiden style guitar licks and plenty of "boys do cry" emo lyricism. Clearly, this band is caught in a movement-can you say Fallout Boy? –Guest Contributor (Fearless)


FULLY DOWN, THE:
Don't Get Lost in a Movement: CD
"Don't Get Lost in a Movement," huh? Is that the movement of cookie cutter emo bands from Canada who are slightly influenced by bad '80s hair metal? Don't worry; I don't think there'll be a problem with me getting anywhere near that. –Guest Contributor (Fearless)


FLATLINERS, THE:
Destroy to Create: CD
Ska punk that sounds so dated to me. I would been all over this ten years ago. But as I have said before, I've had enough. Their saving grace is the song "Public Service Announcement." It's straight forward without the skanking guitars. –don (Stomp)


RPG:
Full Time: CD + DVD
Struttin', swaggerin' rock'n'roll from a band with a singer who sounds vaguely reminiscent of David Thomas without the cracking voice. –jimmy (Arclight)


NASHVILLE PUSSY:
Get Some: CD
These guys/gals are still around? I'll be hornswoggled. Is this some sort of promotional tie-in with the new Jessica Simpson Dukes of Hazzard movie? Now, don't get me wrong-I liked Let Them Eat Pussy as much as the next guy, but I think Nashville Pussy's routine is getting about as dried out as an old plug of used chaw sitting on the outhouse floor. On Get Some, this grumpy party-time rock'n'roll for NASCAR types with brown rutabaga teeth goes from zero to boring in about four seconds flat-which is about the time it takes Ruyter to open her AC/DC by Numbers guitar book. I don't know what I'm grousing about. There are plenty of worse things out there, that's for sure. But this reheated AC/DC rawk thing is starting to get as brittle and lifeless as the few lone hairs sticking out of the top of Angus Young's melon these days. I don't even think that bringing back the half-naked, fire-breathing seven-foot-tall lesbian with the giant, fake hooters could breathe any life back into this stale rock'n'roll titty show. I think I'll pass on Get Some. For greasy, punked-out, southern-fried hick-core, I'll stick with Nine Pound Hammer. –aphid (Spitfire)


FAR-CUE:
Another Day at the Office: CD
Man, these guys can't tell if they want to be a run-of-the-mill oi band or a lackluster thrash band. You've got your standard street rock fare here making up the bulk of the record, coupled with the occasional speedier, harsher number. Either way, it's consistent in its dullness, but at least the accents are sincere. Pretty much yawnsville all around, sorry. –Guest Contributor (Step-1)


MIDGET PARADE:
Soothing Sounds for a Pleasant Evening: CD
Grindcore that was fast 'n' screechy, but the whole genre's pretty much a "heard one, heard 'em all" kinda deal at this point, with very few exceptions. –jimmy (Blood Money)


FALL, THE:
Heads Will Roll: CD
Those who are under the impression that punkers mellow with age need to give this a listen. Mark E. Smith's long-running band offers up fourteen more tracks with the vitriol of a pack of angst-ridden tweenagers who just found out the legal drinking age had been raised to thirty-two. Art punk at its finest this is, even if the cover of "I Can Hear the Grass Grow" is unfortunate. –jimmy (Narnack)


FALL RIVER:
Lights Out: CD
At times like this, I find it hard to decide which is worse, wimpy, simpy emo pap, or crappy, sappy metal "hardcore." After subjecting myself to twenty-six minutes of this, I'm leaning towards the latter-but ONLY because I have yet to inadvertently run into the requisite pack of love-starved backpack wearers this issue. –jimmy (Thorp)


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