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SCATTER THE ASHES:
Devout/The Modern Hymn: CD
Modern rock that is being funneled through a punk label. If your vibe is atmospheric and moody, this is for you. I think you emo cats would probably dig this also. –don (Epitaph)


SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS:
Self-titled: CDEP
Modern day hardcore with youth crew background vocals and metal guitar riffs. Are you tough enough? –don (Spook City)


RUM RUNNER:
Association: CD
Pogues meets The Business. If you are longing for more of early Dropkick Murphys when they were at their best, this might be what you are looking for. –toby (Longshot)


RIPCORDZ:
Are Go!: CD
Mistook this band for the legendary hardcore band Ripcord, so imagine my surprise when I plopped it on and some vaguely poppy punk rock came outta the speakers. They ain't all that bad at what they do, and they have supposedly garnered some modicum of popularity over the long stretch of time they've been in existence, but frankly, I've definitely heard much better from others strip-mining the same plot of land. –jimmy (www.unionlabelgroup.com)


RESTARTS, THE:
System Error: LP
When we had the big wave of street punk a few years ago, it always sounded weird to me when the bands were from the states. When I think of oi/ Brit punk, I think of working class Brits with accents. Hearing an American sing the same style or fake an English accent always rubbed me the wrong way. They had to have real good songs to make me listen to any song more than once. But here is a band from the UK and they sound genuine. On top of that, they play solid and the songs are catchy as hell. It just sounds right. The songs sound like they are actually sung by a punk you meet at the pub. The band has slight hints of influences from bands of the past but has a freshness of today. The lyrics are well thought out. This band has actually taken the time to think beyond the pint glass. Ultimately, The Restarts play a good batch of songs that are melodic and have great sing along parts. It's a great listen. Cheers! –don (Havoc)


REDLINERS, THE:
Just Tonight b/w Fakes: 7?
The A-side, "Just Tonight" almost sounds like the Yardbirds. It's a type of blues pop that wouldn't be out of place in a jukebox and I wouldn't be bummed if it was played when I was playing pool. Let's just hope that one of these guys doesn't get electrocuted at home while playing his guitar like the Yardbirds' guitarist Keith Relf. The B-side has what the cover proclaims. Grunge pop: dirty, loping guitars and grit-infected vocals. I liked the A-side better. –todd (Dee Minus)


RED PLANET:
You Know How It Goes: CD
Pop in an '80s/Cars vein. It was good, but after hearing the Adventures of Jet's Coping with Insignificance album, all others making moves in this direction seem pale in comparison. These guys are good, but they just don't come close. –jimmy (Gearhead)


REAGAN?S POLYP:
Love Overdrive: 2X CD
Ten years and two discs worth of obscure weirdo rock/punk from a bunch of southern miscreants claiming to be thee quintessential American band. Personally, my vote still firmly rests in the Devo camp when speaking of weirdo bands claiming such lofty titles. –jimmy (Trashfish)


RAPPRESAGLIA:
Sopravvissuto: CD
An Italian band rips off its best riffs from the Ramones and SLF and still manages to sound like middle of the road street punk tripe. Impressive in its utterly generic glory. –jimmy (www.tuberecords.it)


PIGMY LOVE CIRCUS:
The Power of Beef: CD
Wow, there's more chugga-chugga metal in their sound here than I remember them having. If my mind is playing tricks on me and I have blocked out the fact that this is what they sounded like back in the '80s, I am flabbergasted that they never managed to break into the Sunset Strip scene all them years ago so Michael could assume his throne as the "King of L.A." –jimmy (Go Kart)


PEACOCKS, THE:
It?s Time for the Peacocks: CD
Well, if you took everything that was wrong with Social Distortionesque faux-shitkicker rock (i.e., lots) and spliced that onto everything that was wrong with Sonic Iguana-spawned pop punk with the chord changes every eight beats (i.e., everything), you might get the Peacocks. You lucky lady! Band further compounds matters by singing every other song about bands who, in their own dizzying world view, are their tragically more popular inferiors. The leadoff track states "We're too good for the charts!" Dudes. I got news for ya: You're not even too good for a Mutant Pop CD-R. There may, however, be spots open for you on Hunter S.Thompson's ranch. BEST SONG: "This Time" BEST SONG TITLE: "I Can Do a Lot For My Size" FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACTS: 1) "Love Song" is not the Damned composition; 2) "Warning" is not the Green Day composition; 3) "For You" is not the Anti-Nowhere League composition; 4) The insert indicates that "Last Words" is the name of both track #2 and track #13 but it's really only the name of track #2; and 5) Bands mentioned in the "CHECK OUT THESE BANDS" list include both Screeching Weasel and Rancid. Thanks for the tip, Slick. –norb (Asian Man)


PAPER CHAMPIONS, THE:
Weekend of Compromise: CD
Imagine Green Day playing middle-of-the-road emo. Switching between the default emo rock setting of stop-and-go power chords (cf. most of the stuff I review, also any contemporary pop punk like Story of the Year or Yellowcard) and the lilting melodic edge of emo (think Promise Ring or American Football), it sounds like nothing so much as Billie Joe Armstrong realizing that he's totally bored with those three chords and wants to play these other three chords with some dynamics, dude. –scott (Reason Y)


OPERATION S:
Self-titled: CD
French new wave, sung in French, featuring the Cecilia, the vocalist of the nicely trashy No Talents. Operation S remind me of early Siouxsie and the Banshees with a keyboard that wiggles and slinks with darkness instead of being a type of bright and bopping razor wire as wielded by the current crop of Northwest new wave/punk rippers. Operation S's songs are something I imagine playing in a bar of the future, like in Bladerunner. Androids. Droning. Cold. Mixed drinks that are more costly than 12ers of cheap beer. People with clothes more expensive than my car. A party I'm not really invited to. Many of the songs are super repetitive, too. Overall, it's okay. I thought I'd like it more. –todd (Broken)


ONLY IN DREAMS:
Under This Burning Sky: CD
Man, this CD sounds funny, like it was either over-compressed or the levels are way too high. I hear this weird distortion and clipping and it's not the guitars. It's real muddy even at low listening levels. The drums are real loud, too. Like a drummer was the recording engineer. The vocals are a tad dry and loud in the mix, too. Could have used some effects or plug-in to make it sound better. I guess it sounded good to the band when they were mixing it. That is all that matters anyway. If you're wondering, they play screamo metalcore that reminds me of a mix of Death by Stereo meets the Bronx. –don (Pop Smear)


ONLY CRIME:
To the Nines: CD
This is a band featuring All/Descendents drummer Bill Stevenson providing the backbeat, which means that the proceedings are wound tighter than Tarantino on crank. The pop quotient isn't as overt here as in his other more famous bands, but these guys have more than their share of hooks, even if they're sneakier about how they unload them on an unsuspecting listener, and are capable of some pretty solid tunes in their own right. –jimmy (Fat)


OLD GHOST:
Light Returns: CD
The music is nice enough, but the vocals piss me off because it might as well be some five-minute pop chart wonder on the mic. I'm not someone who believes that country has to include drawls or slur words in order to adhere to some vague and affected notion of authenticity, but this sounds like little more than a competent country band backing a bland pop singer. My problem isn't that this is insincere due to some lack of rural stylings - my problem is that it's fucking boring. –scott (Morphius)


OH NOS, THE:
Self-titled: CD
Had to check the names of the members 'cause this was such an uncreative piece of rehash that I was sure that Joel Hova of OBS had something to do with it. You get Farfisa-tinged '60s trash rock from four guys who - get ready - are wearing black clothes and matching ski masks. Hmm, now where have I seen that gimmick before? Unfortunately, for them and us, they lack even the tiniest sliver of talent and coolness that the Rip Offs wielded on their worst day. Go back to your garage and don't come out until you come up with an idea that is wholly your own. –jimmy (Ski Mask)


NORTHERN LIBERTIES:
Erode + Disappear: CD
If the sound quality wasn't so poor (and believe me, I don't review albums based on the production very often but this thing sounds like it was miked with tin cans and recorded on a boombox from 1982 on Radio Shack tape from the same era), I might criticize how frequently this band shifts styles (generic hardcore, early Chicago punk, blatant Three Mile Pilot ripoff) and note how poorly it performs in all of them. –scott (Worldeater)


MUGGERS, THE:
Self-titled: CD
Here's a band frighteningly reminiscent of the Bodies, to the point of almost sounding like a cover band. Dunno if sounding like a carbon copy of an existing band can in any way be construed as a good thing, but they do have some catchy tunes, so it's not like listening to this was painful. –jimmy (Radio)


MUCK AND THE MIRES:
Beginner's Muck: CD
Sounds like the Romantics with a heavy Beatles bent, fronted by Elvis Costello and/or RFTC's John Reis. Not bad, as far as clean and danceable garage pop goes. –Cuss Baxter (Amp)


MIKE BLANX AND THE SDABS:
Starting Them Off Young: CD
The remnants of Blanks 77 change their name and put out another record. They don't sound as revved up as I remember them being, but their songs still mush into one another and turn into a nondescript blur just as easily. Not bad for what they are, I guess, I just never got off on blatant rehashes of third-tier punk bands that I tired of back in 1982. –jimmy (SOS)


MEMPHIS RADIO KINGS:
The Devil's Dutchman: CD
Alternative rock with a country twang. If this were the early '80s and Slash were still an active label, they would've snatched these guys up in a heartbeat, and "God As My Waitress" would've been a huge underground hit. Made me nostalgic for a scene I didn't even think I missed. –jimmy (Hot Stack)


MARGARET DOLL ROD:
Enchante: LP
First off, this LP is practically a photo spread for Margaret Doll Rod - one-third of the Detroit garage punk band Demolition Doll Rods. Her solo debut album is covered with her in all sorts of provocative poses with guitars, but once you get past that, her music is best described as garage/trash punk with a blues influence - if you can imagine that. Do people really like this stuff? She has a decent "rawk chick" voice, but I found it hard to listen to. Good thing for full-color glossy pictures. –Guest Contributor (Rockin' Bones)


MANHANDLERS:
Self-titled: CD
The Manhandlers have one song, which I'm fine with. And it lasts for twelve songs on this LP. It just depends on how much screeching I can take. As a 7", I'd probably play the shit out of this. As a full-length, I'm not as stoked because it blends all together into a big tumor-y lump. They're all ladies. Ramones buzzsaw guitars. Watery bass reminiscent of the Dead Kennedy's Klaus Fluoride. Sometimes sexy, sometimes irritating vocals. Songs about revenge, pharmaceuticals, and relationships. Come to think of it, last issue I was bummed at listening to Joan Jett. Joan was sounding dirty but her all-pro backup band sounded way too clean, like they were selling soap. The Manhandlers would be perfect in that latter role. They've definitely got the intensity, the grit, the barbs sticking out, and lipstick smears in private places, but a little variance in the songs wouldn't hurt 'em one bit. –todd (Criminal IQ)


MACHETAZO:
The Maggot Sessions: 7?
Spanish gore metal along the lines of quite a few grind bands that all sort of sound the same, in a really good way, but they aren't usually Spanish. In fact, Machetazo is the only Spanish one I know of. One time, I was in Spain and I saw a graffiti that said "PORKY" and I made my dad take a picture of me with it. True. –Cuss Baxter (First Blood Family)


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