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EMERGENCY, THE:
How Can You Move?: CD
Judging on their brand of lame, quirky college bar pop, I bet drunk, slobbery college chicks are crawling all over 'em. They make me wanna hurl for entirely different reasons, but, if you're a drunk, slobbery college chick, they're the best thing since REM and they need your lovin? NOW. –jimmy (www.theemergency.net)


DIPLOMAT:
The Divine and the Impure: CD
I picked this up because the graphics looked like an old 4AD release. I threw it in the trash 'cause it sounded like college rock shit. –jimmy (Nicenoise)


DARLINGTON:
All the Wrong Moves: CD
Some bands just shouldn't put out records. These guys did anyway. But look! They've got tattoos! Lots of 'em! –Guest Contributor (Whoa Oh)


BEAUTY PILL:
Unsustainable Lifestyle: CD
Sedate, arty rock that felt like it was gonna kick into overdrive at any moment, but never quite did. It was very pretty in spots, and the effort put into the songwriting was apparent, but it just didn't manage to do the trick. –jimmy (Dischord)


40 WATT DOMAIN:
Short Wave: CD
That stereotypical SoCal pop punk sound from a band that's no doubt looking for that big break into the corporate cash cow. Look for 'em live on the next Clear Channel tour and for this particular copy of this disc to hit the rubbish bin. –jimmy (Gaki)


VAZ:
Dying to Meet You: CD
Sounds like pre-MTV Alternative Nation alternative music. I hear a strong influence from Depeche Mode and the Cure in it at times. At other points it gets more experimental and almost prog rockish. Interesting, but none for me, thanks. –megan (GSL)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Nice Guys Finish Last: CD
A non-inspiring compilation. The highlight tracks were from Strike Anywhere, The Lawrence Arms, Rise Against and Against Me!, but those tracks are available elsewhere. In fact, twenty out of the twenty-four tracks are available elsewhere. The rest of the bands on this comp that I didn't mention seemed to be all from the same genre of pop punk/melodicore. It felt like listening to a bunch of bands cut from the same mold. The variety wasn't varied enough to sustain my interest level. –don (Nice Guy)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Contaminated 5.0: 2X CD
A two-disc label sampler of bands on the Relapse label. The first disc has a healthy dose of bands that I guess would fall under the "stoner rock" and "hardcore" (read: "metal") banner, the second has all the grind and black metal bands and I could find precious little on either disc to keep my interest piqued. –jimmy (Relapse)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Cock and Roll: CD
The title pretty much sums this one up. Twenty-six songs covering all the stylistic ground between Kiss and Motley Crue. If you think you'd like bands like Rock City Crimewave, the Dog Shit Boys, and the Trashcan Darlings, then you probably already have this. –Josh (www.sleazegrinder.com)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Warped Tour 2003 Tour Compilation: 2xCD
Another excuse for me to not go to the Warped Tour. I heard most of the bands right here. –don (Side One Dummy)


VACANCY, THE:
self-titled: CDEP
Uninspired pop-punk with very little punk. Songs so similar you can hardly tell one from the next. Not that I tried. –megan (A-F)


UNEARTHLY TRANCE:
Season of Séance, Science of Silence: CD
Sludgy doom rock fueled by Sabbath worship and executed with 1/32 the talent of Iommi and the boys. –jimmy (The Music Cartel)


THISTLE:
Tired Anchor: CD
Indie pop. I liked the ever-present drone in the music, but the hackneyed whine in the singer's voice made my stomach turn. –jimmy (Tiberius)


STOP IT!:
Self-titled: CD
Art-core that struck me as pretty unremarkable. I didn't turn it off, but I doubt I'd listen to it again. For some reason, the packaging smelled really good though. –megan (Robotic Empire)


SNOT ROCKETS, THE:
Bankrupt: CD
A competent, but mostly unmemorable, punk rock band that deserves a rousing "hell yeah!" for the diatribe on the illegality of American currency that comprises the center of the CD's booklet. –jimmy (www.thesnotrockets.com)


SKINLESS:
From Sacrifice to Survival: CD
Cookie cutter, cookie monster Satan metal. Yawn. –jimmy (Relapse)


SCRIPTS, THE:
Six Song Demo: CD-R
Oh, great! Another band that wouldn't even exist if it weren't for the '80s AC/DC records! Please make this stop! –Josh (no address)


SCARLET LETTER, THE:
Scattered, Smothered and Covered: The Collected Letters: CD
A weird melding of metal, emo and hyperspeed hardcore here. I appreciate the effort to fuck with boundaries a bit and search for something new in the resulting mess, but the end product here didn't really do much for me. –jimmy (Hater of God)


RETISONIC:
Lean Beat: CD
Two man band. Go figure. Oh geeze, it's been recorded by J Robbins. The boys equal one part Bluetip and one part Garden Variety. I never liked either band, but this isn't as bad as the two, to me at least. It's catchy with tracks like "Filthy Way to Lose Yourself," and even a bit trashy/garage with opener "Caught in the Light." It's a mixed bag of sounds that I think fans of Bluetip will really enjoy. The end. –Miss Sarah A. Stierc (Silverthree Sound Recordings)


OIL:
Electric Tongue EP: CDEP
Heavy on the bass, but heavier on the art. Jesus Lizard, anyone? –megan (Level Plane)


MUCH THE SAME:
Quitters Never Win: CD
This band sounds like the American version of the Consumed. –don (A-F)


LAST CALL BRAWLERS:
Self-titled: CD
Pretty run-of-the-mill psychobilly here, leaning more towards the traditional end of the spectrum and sporting a little gloom around the edges. –jimmy (www.thelastcallbrawlers.com)


KRUDDLER:
They're There: CD
I remember the very first time I heard the Dead Kennedys. I thought, "Is that a frog with its balls in a vice?" I remember the first time I head Cypress Hill and I thought, "Those dudes sound like the Animaniacs and they talk about dope." Kruddler: I still can't over one of the singer's voices. It has a strange forced, almost yelly squeak, "it could be a lady" quality to it - like Steven Tyler on helium and cigarettes - that definitely requires the ears time to normalize it. The music's pretty good, though. At times, it reminds me of the playful indie-but-tight-gripped feeling of Lifter Puller, and I like that quite a bit. –todd (Learning Curve)


KILL ME TOMORROW:
Skins Getting Weird: CD
More arty noise, this time complete with a Suicide cover. –jimmy (GSL)


JERRY J. NIXON:
Gentleman of Rock'n'roll: CD
A collection of rare and never released recordings of Jerry J. Nixon, a lesser known rockabilly artist from the late '50s and into the '60s. Personally, I don't think I was missing anything without these tracks. It's not awful by any means, but I'd rather put on some Eddie Cochran any day. –megan (Voodoo Rhythm)


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