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VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Rocky Horror Punk Rock Show: CD
The movie soundtrack covered by punk bands. It's not as awful as I thought it would be. Pretty much, if you like the band, then you'll like their covers. Tops for me were Me First and the Gimme Gimmes and Apocalypse Hoboken. –megan (Springman)


LOUD PIPES, THE:
LPEP: CDEP
Carbureted by Motorhead. Jetted by Thin Lizzy. Heads ported and polished by a Zeke-like efficiency on the flat track. Brakes? Removed. Insobriety? Check. Exhaust? Straight pipes, baffles removed, and can activate car alarms from a hundred yards. The Loud Pipes are a rat bike of a punk rock bar band, but the engine's a monster, one that Poison Idea would approve of. What they give up in finesse, they've gained in pure, thick rubber-left-on-pavement power and fat, bruisey riffs. Not what I usually bang along to, but I tip my helmet to 'em. –todd (www.theloudpipes.com)


INTENSE MUTILATION:
Sgt. Leper's Falling Parts Club Band: CD
Punk rock piss takes on songs by the Beatles, Slayer, Peter Paul and Mary, and others. Was about as interesting as their previous efforts a decade and a half ago, namely for about fifteen seconds. Then again, I was in a band with songs about hermaphrodites fucking themselves, so who am I to talk? –jimmy (www.intensemutilation.com)


KNIGHTS OF THE NEW CRUSADE:
My God Is Alive! Sorry About Yours!: CD
This has GOT to be a joke. Thirteen tracks here whose alleged sole purpose is to sing the praises of Jesus Christ and condemn the sinful state in which this world finds itself, all done up in neo-'60s garage rock. If this is, in fact, a joke, then songs like "Ain't No Monkeys in My Family Tree," "Dangers of Dating" and "'E' is for Evil" rank up there with the best works of bands like Crucial Youth and Fearless Iranians from Hell in pointed parody. If this isn't a joke, and their music is, indeed, "the weapon in our crusade for Christ Almighty," then Jesus's army is in sorry shape, 'cause it's staggeringly hard to take seriously four guys wearing modified buckets on their heads. –jimmy (www.crusadenow.com)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Shite n' Onions, Vol. 1: CD
I like the Pogues, I like Flogging Molly, and I like the Dropkick Murphys. Their timing was right for introducing Celtic music to the masses in their own unique ways. Now that the popularity of the concept is spreading, more and more bands are popping out of the woodwork. Heritage or not, of the fifteen bands on this comp, only two bands had tracks that did not remind me of the three bands I listed above. One of the two tracks by the band Neck was actually a cool psychedelic rocker. The track by the Spunk Lads reminded me of early Two Tone ska by way of the Specials. The music is well-executed but too much of a good thing can be too much to appreciate. –don (Omnium)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Punk Goes Acoustic: CD
Okay, seriously, Razorcake ? fuck you for sending this. Twenty songs. All acoustic. I held out hope for Rise Against, Strike Anywhere and Grade. The rest of the bands ... Finch? The Ataris? Fucking Yellowcard?!?!?!?!? If you've ever thought that your life was unfulfilled and your music collection was incomplete without a compilation of Drive-Thru bands wallowing in acoustic instrumentation, that you really needed something that would make Dashboard Confessional sound good, then this is essential. Fuck selling this. I'm going outside right now and breaking this. –scott (Fearless)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Lude Boy Records Vol. 1: CD
A pretty wide berth of the music is coming out of New England these days. The best track by far is from Portland, ME's Down To Kill. Strong tracks by The Tumors (who I thought had stopped playing) and Every Forty Seconds. Sadly, pretty much everything else was generic at best. –megan (Lude Boy)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Genrecide: CD
I'd lay money that there's already been a record named that, but whatever. If there was, it probably wasn't as primarily metal as this one. Primarily metal, but various kinds of metal, see. Kinds such as: death, math, stoner, dumb, grind, sludge, and speed. Also included are a couple acoustic guitar doodles, Abiku's electrodrone, and the inexplicably included but quite nice Flat Possum Boys' old time country "City Wide Special." Probably some other stuff, too, but I lost track. –Cuss Baxter (Worldeater)


TOYS THAT KILL:
Flys: 7"
Ack! No! Say it ain't so! Buried in the rubble of crap that I got to review lurked this gem, but then I realized, it's messed up! I don't know if this is a problem with all of 'em, but I asked a few people and the word on the streets seems to be that this is a defective pressing. So, I couldn't even listen. But if I could, I'm sure it was AT LEAST Cinnamon Toast Crunch! –Maddy (Asian Man)


TEN FOOT POLE:
Subliminable Messages: CD
I don't know if I haven't been paying attention but these guys have morphed into New Found Glory, Good Charlotte, or Simple Plan. –don (Go Kart)


TEETH, THE:
We Will Kill You: CD
Punk rock of the Zeke/Speedealer ilk. While not quite the most original thing I've heard lately, the addition of harmonica to the proceedings was neat. –jimmy (www.theteethkill.com)


STIMULATOR:
Self-titled: CD
This is what I dug up. First off is that this is an LA band. Singer Susan Hyatt used to be in a band called Pillbox and had some acclaim in the UK. Geoff Tyson, who does all the instrumentation, was taught by Joe Satriani and used to play in rock bands Snake River Conspiracy and T-Ride. This release sounds like it should have come out in the late '80s. It has elements of new wave and the big production pop rock of the period. There is a lot going on here. Layers and layers of instrumentation. The singer is strong and can carry a note. From sultry to aggressive, she can belt it out with the best. The cover of the Olivia Newton-John hit "Magic" comes off as their own. I have to admit that I was hooked by the vocals mixed with the overblown production that took me back to a place in time that I haven't been in a long while. Sugary sweet on top and a little dirty underneath makes for a surprising discovery. I was so ready to write this off. –don (Stimulator)


SILENT DRIVE:
Love Is Worth It: CD
If I had heard this album four or five years ago, I might have enjoyed it because it would have been something more groundbreaking than it is now. As it is, at this time, these songs are all too typical - vaguely hardcore music which usually verges on metallic emo, youthful vocals which switch to screaming. There's really nothing on this tremendously generic record that hasn't been done - better - elsewhere. –scott (Equal Vision)


SEX, THE:
Statutory Rock: CD
This doesn't do it for me. Just kind of unremarkable rock. –megan (Oh the Humanity)


SCATTERBOX:
Infection III: CD
A couple of these guys are in Moral Crux. Moral Crux is a fucking great band, not only one of the forerunners of Screeching Weasel-ish pop punk but also capable of writing political lyrics that aren't finger-pointy or blatantly obvious. Buy any Moral Crux record that you happen across. I'd recommend I Was a Teenage Teenager, but regardless of which one you get, you'll be doing a lot better than this mid-'90s Fat Wreck Chords rehash. –Josh (Blackhouse)


RIOTGUN/ BULLET TREATMENT:
Split: CD
Tribute release from these two So Cal punk bands. Riotgun do Motorhead and Bullet Treatment do the Ramones. Woohoo. –don (Basement)


RHYTHM OF BLACK LINES:
Human Hand Animal Band: CD
Gloomy art rock that, while normally I'd find quite interesting, for some reason just ain't doin' it for me. Maybe it's all the Prozac I've been ingesting lately. –jimmy (GSL)


RESISTANCE 77:
Long Time Dead: CD
Eleven tracks of solid, melodic skin-punk here, as can be expected from this long running band. The songs are top notch, although I find myself taking exception to the politics behind some of the songs, namely "Terrorist." While I can get behind the sentiment expressed in the lyrics, I would point out that there are many sides and viewpoints to every story and one person's terrorist is another's "defender of the free world." –jimmy (Captain Oi)


PEACHFUZZ:
About a Bird: CD
Why am I stricken with the indie rock CDs? Why, god, why? This has one good song that sounds like The Muffs, and a lot of other songs that sound vaguely like early R.E.M. (The song "Easy Way Out" has almost the same intro as the R.E.M. song "We Walk" off Murmur.) Hey, I LIKE early R.E.M. AND the Muffs, but, somehow, this combination ended up sounding more like drippy crap. If this were a cereal, it?d be Cheerios. No fun! –Maddy (Dionysus)


NEW BLACK:
Self-titled: CD
A twangy guitar, an organ like the ones they had in the '60s, and a girl yelling the same words over and over and over again. But then a spunky, bisex-vox number with shades of Berlin or something scoots out and breaks the tension. It's a short trip from charm to chore and New Black makes it several times. –Cuss Baxter (Thick)


NEUROSIS:
The Eye of Every Storm: CD
Long has it been since last I heard these guys, so long, in fact, that I'd completely forgotten what they sounded like. Thanks to this, it's all coming back to me: sludgy, loud, looooooooooong noise rock that strangely fits right in to what's making the rounds these days. Not my bag, which is probably why I forgot what they sounded like, but you gotta respect 'em for sticking it out this long. –jimmy (www.neurosis.com)


MORONICS:
Style Your Hair the Way the Moronics Like It: LP
Look, just 'cause your record was recorded with a hand-held tape recorder packed in a cardboard box stuffed with flame retardant and dumped in the deep end of a swimming pool, it doesn't mean it's going to sound any better. –jimmy (Rockin' Bones)


MIDNIGHT CREEPS/CAPO REGIME:
Split: CD
Midnight Creeps: Annoying metal/punk that was decidedly not my cup o' poison. Capo Regime: Hardcore that wasn't much better. –jimmy (Rodent Popsicle)


KID606:
Who Still Kill Sound: CD
Some really good jungle and ragga remix tracks can be found on this, along with some other DJ-type madness. Sorry for such a curt review, but it's hard to type when you're shaking a tail feather. –jimmy (www.tigerbeat6.com)


JOEY CAPE/TONY SLY:
Acoustic: CD
Woohoo... Joey Cape of Lagwagon and Tony Sly of No Use For a Name do a split release of acoustic songs from their respective bands. But wait... there's more! You get an original, new song from each person. I don't know how excited you are but all I hope for is they give me more than a dollar worth of credit when I try to sell this to the record store. –don (Honest Don's)


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