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LAB RATS, THE / SCISSORHANDS:
Split: LP
The Lab Rats: Pull the trick of having me listen to their side of the split a good five times and fail to have a distinguishing characteristic to call their own. They cover (quarter-assedly) a Charles Bronson tune. They point a few fingers. They play riffs that would have been better not the thousandth and first time. Scissorhands: Their four tracks remind me of the Nerve Agents but not as good. It’s hardcore that’s looking back to the beginning of the ‘80s for inspiration (think Unity) with melodic instruments (think pre-Danzig fixated AFI) with screamed vocals. Well beaten ground. Unfortunately, this is forgettable stuff. –todd (Left of the Dial)


KOWALSKIS, THE:
All Hopped Up on Goofballs: CD
The Kowalskis play some solid, mid-tempo, female-fronted pop punk, but there’s more than enough straight ahead rock’n’roll to keep it from getting stuck in the steaming pile of pop punk turds. I picked up a split seven inch of theirs to review, and really liked the two songs, so I figured that I’d like this album. And I do. But The Kowalskis seem to be a better seven inch band in the sense that, for two songs, they hold my attention and have me singing along. When it gets to a whole album, there’s not enough variation between songs. After two or three tunes, it just becomes background music. It’s good background music. I just wish they’d mix up the tempo a little more or somehow have a little more variety. The “Uncontrollable Urge” is pretty rad, though. –sean (Blackout)


INTERPOL:
Turn on the Bright Lights: CD
New York City’s Interpol is pretty enough to make you cry and they deliver enough heartbreaking melancholic doom rock to make Ian Curtis want to hang himself again. I’m not apologizing for that sacrilegious comment to you goths out there, but seriously folks, while a couple of the tunes miss with too much weepiness, most of this record stands out with shining brilliance, namely the tracks “Untitled,” which washes the senses with bittersweetness, and the minor KROQ hit “PDA”. What’s with the bass player’s hairdo? It’s so retro-haute with its “surf’s up” side part – I long for seventh grade when skaters used to sport this do and tag up “Skateboarding Is Not a Crime,” Oh yeah, and fuck Avril Levigne, that silly little Hot Topic ho. I wonder what Jonathan Richman thinks of them. He, the purveyor of confessional, quirky love songs? Who fucking cares? Nobody touches Richman when it comes to this shit but Interpol sure does try. If you’re woman, get this album since you’ll think the guys are cute. It’ll give your boyfriend something to seethe about, or at least you can pretend he’s seething. If you’re a man, get this album to impress the chicks. They’ll think you have good taste, that you’re sensitive and cool. –nam (Matador)


INTERNATIONAL NOISE CONSPIRACY, THE:
Bigger Cages, Longer Chains: CDEP
Catchy, sexed-up lefty rock that sounds a lot like old Refused songs gutted of their hardcore trappings and stripped down to the bare animal core. Infused with loads of wisdom bytes from everyone from Noam Chomsky to Guy Debord. Peachy. –aphid (Burning Heart)


HIGGINS++:
Commercial Brake: CD
Dude, you need, at the very least, a drummer something awful. Once you achieve that benchmark, we’ll talk about the songs. –jimmy (JSNTGM)


FUSES, THE:
Are You Blowing Me?: 7”
Perhaps it’s the fact that I’ve been listening to Gang of Four’s first LP, Entertainment with alarming regularity the last four months and it’s seeped into two distinct conversations with people craving to listen to it when they visit. (And I’ve got to say that if you’re going for some Gang of Four for a first taste, go with that one) I think my ear’s feeling more angular lately. Perhaps I got a chuckle from Shit Sandwich Records playful stealing of the Stiff Records logo. All I know is that this came to me on the right day and I’m in the right mood, and as much as I didn’t care for the last Fuses record that came my way (the one with the playable cover), I totally dig this one. Call me inconsistent. Their android mannequin take on music just seems warmer this time and their hooks seem less like steely meat hooks clinically ripping a song apart and more like organic arms inviting you into the song. Also confusing is that I like their original, “Sex Crimes” much more than the “Me, I Disconnect from You” Gary Numan cover. Huh. Worth snapping your fingers along to while standing next to a lady with sexy, complicated eye makeup. –todd (Shit Sandwich)


FLESHIES / PHANTOM LIMBS:
split: 7”
This is my first introduction to both of these bands and it is a pretty good one. Fleshies are weird. That’s a good thing. Phantom Limbs are weird. That’s a good thing. Fleshies kind of sound like if Bon Scott was the singer for some deranged Mudhoney tribute band, but not really. Phantom Limbs sound kind of like a really crude, really fucked up Lost Sounds without the hooks and with way shittier synths. If you play this record for people they will think you are weird. That’s a good thing. –Guest Contributor (S.P.A.M.)


DIE ZORROS:
History of Rock Vol. 7: CD
Part surf, part rockabilly, part, cheesy wedding music. The cover of “Stairway to Heaven” would be a perfect fit for the Endless Summer soundtrack. One strange listen here, boy. –jimmy (Voodoo Rhythm)


DEROZER:
144: CD
Decent enough melodic Italian punk originally released as an EP in 1993. There’re at least three other releases out there and, based solely on this listen alone, I can think of worse things to waste your money on. –jimmy (Derotten)


DEATH BY STEREO:
Into the Valley of Death: CD
I don’t know if it’s just me but the singer’s voice gets annoying after awhile. It’s like being pinned down on the ground and having your captor drop sand in your eye one grain at a time. –don (Epitaph)


CONCRETE BLONDE:
Live in Brazil: 2xCD
On the heels of last year’s comeback record, Group Therapy, LA’s Concrete Blonde go to Brazil and record a live record of past and current hits. I, for one, am not a big fan of live recordings but a few like this one makes me change my mind. Off of the Free LP, “God Is a Bullet” starts things off on the right foot and on a familiar note. Other songs off of that record include “Scene of a Perfect Crime” and “Little Conversations.” I was bummed that they didn’t have “Happy Birthday” on the set list. Hearing the haunting cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Everybody Knows,” that was released by the band on the Pump up the Volume soundtrack, shows the world that aggression is not necessary to express emotion. My favorite CB album is Bloodletting and many songs off of that album were on the list for the night, like “The Vampire Song,” “Caroline,” “Joey,” “Days and Days” and the fabulous cover of Andy Prieboy’s “Tomorrow Wendy.” The rest of the tracks are songs that were first included in their first self-titled LP, Walking in London LP, and Mexican Moon LP. Speaking of Mexican Moon, why didn’t they play “Heal It Up”? Oh well. Singer/songwriter/bassist Johnette Napolitano still can put chills down my spine and raise the hairs on my arms with her incredible voice. Guitarist James Mankey adds the textures to create the ambiance that is Concrete Blonde. Guest drummer, Gabriel Ramirez-Quezada from the band Maria Fatal comes in to play flawlessly on these classic tracks. Hearing this release makes me want to see them live again after ten years. Did you know that Michael Stipe is the guy who came up with the name Concrete Blonde? Go figure. –don (Ark 21)


COMMON ENEMY:
Outsiders: CD
Punk rock in a very old school way. My thoughts trail back to what I would have been hearing at clubs back in the early ‘80s. Think Mystic Records. –don (Common Enemy)


CLUSTERFUX:
Thrash Mongrel: CD
Metal with some hardcore mixed in, or vice versa, depending on how you wanna look at it. The boneheaded macho quotient that accompanies similar sounding bands isn’t readily apparent, and that is a big thumbs up for ’em, but they still don’t blow up my skirt in the least. –jimmy (Rodent Popsicle)


CLANCY 6 / VINCENT PRICE’S ORPHAN POWERED...:
Split: 7”
One gets the feeling that both of these bands listened to a.) a lot of Charles Bronson or b.) a lot of Spazz . Clancy 6: Yell-core, slaphappy with blast beats, tackling the surgical removal of limbs and the Journal of Modern Medicine, from a “we’re all diseased” perspective. Vincent Price’s Orphan Powered Death Machine is the more inspired of the two. Their vocalists sound like a Mechanized Tweety Bird of Doom getting chased down by the Cookie Monster Vacuum of Death. In perfect Bronsonian form, they have neat and long song titles. I just wish that the title “Dude, You Like ‘Stangs? You Must Have Gasoline in Your Veins” had something to do with the song, as I’d like to hear it. Instead, it’s power-art-violence – i.e. “tongues… licked black milk from luna’s dairy eyes” while bombs go off and musical throats get slit. All in all, both bands know the form well, play fine, but bring very little new to an already very full table. –todd (McCarthyism)


C*NTS, THE:
La La La: CD
Trashy ‘60s inflected punk from a band that’s been around for at least nineteen years. Not too bad. –jimmy (Disturbing)


BRATS, THE:
Valley of the Brats: CDR
Not to be confused with East LA punk legends the Brat or Corona, California’s ‘90s gloomy glam-punk sensations the Brats, these guys play ‘70s New York-inspired rock punk, that, while pretty faithfully executed, failed to raise much of a ruckus in these parts. In short, they’re not bad, but they’re not exactly the bee’s knees, either. –jimmy (http://committed.to/thebrats)


BIG D AND THE KIDS TABLE:
The Ginsy Mili EP: CDEP
I feel another wave coming in, but not like the ‘90s where every other release that came in for review at the former zine I used to write for was a ska release. Then the structure of people’s interest changed and the genre went underground, the majors jumped on the next bandwagon. As of late, more and more ska releases are starting to pop up again, or at least coming my way. Here is a release from a Boston, MA band that takes punk and ska and pounds away like an early Less than Jake or an Against All Authority with more horns. Fun in the same way as a high school drinking party with bands and kegs. –don (Fork in Hand)


ARGIES:
Great Combat Performances: CD
Some Clash worship from a band that calls Argentina home. They aren’t too bad on the whole and there’s enough originality left to put ’em a notch above Rancid and the like. –jimmy (KOB)


AFI:
Sing the Sorrow: CD
I figured by the time this review is out, most of you will have been bombarded with information regarding this release. I’m listening to this right on the day of its national release and I have read a ton of articles on the band, so I decided to pass on format information that I got from the fine folks at Punknews.org. There are three versions of the CD. The main version has black/red artwork while the other versions are black/silver and black/black. A vinyl release is slated from Adeline/Mordam as a double 12”. Afterwards, a special bound, book version will be released with an additional DVD. The European pressing will have two extra songs not included in the US mass release. What do I think of the new release? I don’t know why, but I’m thinking Rush meets Triumph. I like it and I believe many will. It’s probably the best straight-up rock record that the majors will put out this year. You have to approach it from a perspective that this is not the punk band you once may have remembered. –don (Dreamworks)


ACRO-BRATS, THE:
Kicking & Screaming: CD
Overall pretty good, in a Warped Tour/MTV kind of way. Has that Good Charlotte meets New Found Glory thing going. Will I keep it? Probably not. I will give it to someone who might. –don (Susspool)


9 SHOCKS TERROR:
Zen and the Art of Beating Your Ass: CD
This is the long out-of-print reissue of their first LP that was originally released by Devour out of Japan. Having taken their name from a Lip Cream LP, these maniacs take the principals of Japanese punk and call it their own. Controlled chaos is their cup of tea and they belt out song after song of sheer energy. If you enjoy the fast fury and angry noise of a DS-13 or old school Negative Approach or the above mentioned Lip Cream, you should love this. I have seen this band live when they came through LA and was floored by the sheer power of their music. Also included as a special bonus for your hard-earned dollar are songs off of a couple of EPs, splits, comp tracks and a live recording, which is noted that the band hates. That makes for a total of thirty-four friggin’ tracks! They’re one of today’s important punk bands that should not be ignored. –don (Havoc)


5IVE:
Continuum Research Project: CD
Track 1: Twenty-four minutes of ambient stoner rock that periodically rises from sleep-inducing quietude to sleep-induced monster riffage. No vocals. Track 2: Thirteen minute “remix” of track 1 that sounds like they dragged a CD of track 1 behind the go-cart for a while and then dubbed a new copy from that. –Cuss Baxter (Tortuga)


STRAWBERRY GIRL:
Cassette Cacophony Collection I: CDR
A collection of tracks that previously appeared on limited run cassettes. What you get for our buck are tape loops, static patterns, “found” music, bits of dialogue from various sources and the like. Perhaps I just wasn’t in the mood to appreciate this fully, ’cause it was an interesting listen, but eventually it became more like background noise than anything else, kinda like leaving the television on while you do something else with your life. –jimmy (Enterruption)


TO SEE YOU BROKEN:
A Thief, a Poet, an Enemy: CD
Seven Year Bitch goes metal. –jimmy (Excursion)


VACANCIES, THE:
Gutpunch: CD
Decent punk rock and roll in the Dead Boys/Thunders vein. (Which, you should all know, is preferable to the Stooges, MC5 vein, but I digress, and probably earn myself some enemies in the process.) Of course, the kids in Cleveland have their priorities straight! (Are you sick of my Midwest pride yet? Too bad!) After awhile, I got a little bored with the CD; but I bet this band is fun live. If this were a cereal, it’d be Chex. Pretty good! –Maddy (Smog Veil)


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