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LIPSTICK PICKUPS/ BIKINI BUMPS:
Split:: 7”
Lipstick Pickups start off on side one and you feel the snot shooting out from the noses of their dual female vocal attack. The music is a garage-soaked rock’n’roll fun time. I flip the platter of vinyl to listen to the Bikini Bumps. They play a raw, early ‘80s OC surf style of punk that is snotty and edgy. The stripped down recording does them justice. Two unknowns (at least to me) put out a great sample of their music, which is worthy of your hard earned dollars. –don (Geykido Comet)


KENNEDY:
Self-titled: CD
Mop topped singer/bass player Kennedy carries on the work begun in the now-defunct Body English. There’s a bit of an English Invasion influence here and the whole thing plays out almost like a Quadrophenia-style concept album. (Kennedy claims it isn’t, but...) The first track, “Wake Up Motherfucker,” introduces us to a horny, shiftless protagonist with a maxed out credit card and a rapidly depleting trust fund. In “Turkey Pot Pie,” he sets out for New Orleans with “a bottle of port and an ounce of weed” and an eye out for your girlfriend. He rationalizes his reckless ways in “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” and, declaring that “the universe is a maze and it’s got me by the brains,” indulges in all manner of excess, getting “hopped on goofballs and dreams” and later, engaging in bizarre sex acts in “Cold Pussy.” He winds up, as many a reckless youth has, mixing it up with Silver Lake hipsters at the Fold in “The Scott Sterling Extreme Sports Challenge” before hitting rock bottom in “Cocaine Junkie O.D.” and “Goatfuck.” He reaches an epiphany in “I Love Me” and becomes re-programmed in “Utilitarian Cafeteria.” Well, that’s how I saw it, anyway. –Bob Cantu (Sea Level)


JOHN BROWN’S ARMY:
Who Fucked the Culture Up?: CD
Fast, tight hardcore with decent lyrical content. Ain’t too fond of the gruff-guy vocal style, but the music made up for it. –jimmy (Gloom)


I AM SPOONBENDER:
Shown Actual Size: CDEP
Minimalist synth-driven new wave. Very mellow in comparison to the racket produced by bands like Polysics, the Epoxies and Le Shok, but it does have a certain amount of charm nonetheless. Wouldn’t mind hearing a full-length disc. –jimmy (GSL)


GUTTERMOUTH:
Gusto: CD
I fail to see the humor anymore. –don (Epitaph)


GUITAR GANGSTERS:
Another Day in Pleasantville: CD
The new album from this group of poppy English oi-sters is not as instantly catchy as the last album I heard from them, namely Road to Reality. The hooks don’t seem as obvious this time around and I’m just not enjoying same sense of immediate gratification I did with the other aforementioned disc. I do think this is a temporary setback, though and, with time, I can definitely see this growing on me. –jimmy (Captain Oi)


EE:
For 100 We Try Harder: CD
...for 200 will you cease trying completely? WORST SONG: “Swallowed East” (Christ, i HOPE that’s the worst song!) WORST SONG TITLE: “Promise Sleeps Under a Tree” FANTASTIC AMAZING BLURB FROM BAND BIO: “A fluid mixture of textured pop, improvisational post-rock, torrential washes of noise, and droning instrumentals gives EE the quality to both embrace and challenge the indie rock status quo from whence they came.” –norb (Asian Man)


GRIMPLE:
Self-titled: CD
Pretty straightforward Gilman Street hardcore. I would’ve been all over this fourteen or fifteen years ago, but these days there’re just too many bands that have gone down this exact road and, frankly, I’ve heard too many of ’em to be impressed. –jimmy (Prank)


GRAVITAR:
Freedom’s Just Another Word for Never Getting Paid: CD
Imagine Flipper as a jam band. Wasn’t a pretty picture, was it? Neither was listening to this. –jimmy (Enterruption)


GOOD RIDDANCE:
Cover Ups: CD
I’m assuming that many of these tracks were available elsewhere but are compiled here for your listening pleasure. I know I have many of these songs on their releases and on some comps. Enjoyable for what it is and probably will only appeal to their fans to complete their collection. Covers of Modern English, Insted, Kiss, Battalion of Saints, The Kinks, Chron Gen, The Shangri-Las, Government Issue, The Psychedelic Furs and Black Flag. The punk covers are the best here in my opinion. Russ’s voice doesn’t always hit the mark when he does the new wave covers. If you need an introduction to this band, I would recommend their full lengths. –don (Lorelei)


GARLIC:
The Murky World of Seats: CD
Peppy, quirky college pop. Songs are well written, even engaging in some spots, and the singer reminds me at times of Neil Young, but there’s nothing here I would call crucial. –jimmy (www.bellaunion.com)


DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN W/ MIKE PATTON:
Irony is a Dead Scene: CDEP
Mike Patton, known as singer for Mr. Bungle and Faith No More, joins DEP to create a teaser of manic music. These four songs fly all over the genre realms of music. The music mixes a lot of Mr. Bungle with Slayer at a dance party with the Butthole Surfers and the soundtrack to Willie Wonka to create music that is better enjoyed on medications that produce mass hallucinations. Music to challenge intellectual musicians or weird for weird’s sake? –don (Epitaph)


DEMONICS, THE:
Ritual on the Beach: CD
Punky rock’n’roll with a surf theme this time out. Their sound is a little too “clean” for my taste, but the tunes themselves weren’t too bad, especially the surf instrumental, the duet with Nikki Corvettte and the cover of “Aloha Oe.” –jimmy (Coldfront)


DEMONS:
Stockholm Slump: CD
First off, how the fuck does one pronounce the band’s name? “Quote-Demons-Unquote?” I can’t figure out if it’s genius in our time, or mere idiocy on a grand scale, like when Social Distortion always used to write out their name with quotation marks AND a hyphen before they could afford to have people write it out for them. My computer says that, alphabetically, “Demons” comes before both ? and the Mysterians and the 101ers (to say nothing of the A’s), thus i suppose the kronas would roll right in if more record stores had a “ section, but ALL TYPOGRAPHICAL MYSTERY PROTOCOLS ASIDE, i’ll go on record as saying that i’m not quite floored, not quite bored with this Scandinavian Rock Posse. Were i to describe their sound as i find fit, i’d say they sounded like the Nomads playing New Bomb Turks covers (their singer actually sounds like he learned English phonetically from Eric Davidson, therefore “dead” become “DAY-id,” “degeneration” become “dee-gen-uh-RAY-shawwwn”...synthetic good ol’ boy Americanese at its finest!). Were i to describe their sound not using any other bands in the description, i’d say “punked up heavy guitar rock.” Were i to describe the band using no sonic references whatsoever, i’d say “the kind of a band whose album cover has red letters on a black background, plus a belt buckle.” I dunno. I never really trust bands like these, because i’m never certain that they’re not the second coming of the Cult, or that they don’t secretly like Guns’n’Roses, or that they don’t PUBLICLY like Guns’n’Roses, or any of a million other Crimes Against The Me. That said, i have no specific complaints against this band/record – I mean, it’s LOUD, it’s ROCK, it has MASS and IMPACT and VOLUME – it’s a big ol’ ROCK TORRENT – but, at the same time, it’s a POLISHED and STATIC rock torrent, a rock torrent that just kinda sits there being, uh...torrential? It’s just kinda THERE. It’s a LOUD just kinda there, but, all the same, it’s still just kinda THERE – a big loud neutral background against which little bits of sonic frippery – a maraca or a vibroslap here, a sax or piano there – become the only parts of the song that are legitimately interest-grabbing (although i will say that the bass had a nice Dukowski-esqueness in spots). Other than that i like it fine. P.S. Less Iron Crosses, more Maltese Crosses. BEST SONG TITLE: “Gang Green Eyes” BEST SONG: “Degeneration Hotel” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: 1. A member of this band has a WHITE LEATHER JACKET (but has far less chevrons than i); 2. “Gang Green” was the nickname of the Green Bay Packers’ front four in the late ‘70s. I once wrote a song about one of them (“Do the Dave Roller”) but our guitar player refused to play it. –norb (Gearhead)


CRITICS, THE:
The Incentive: CDEP
I’m kind of in the middle on this one. The songs are well written and are passionate in their melodic rhythm. The songs are strikingly catchy. Mid tempo songs with emo like lyrics. The jury is still out on this one. –don ($7ppd to Rabbit)


CLASS ASSASSINS:
State Of Emergency: CD
This band has the typical TKO sound that I’ve grown used to. Reminds me a bit of The Reducers at times. Except it doesn’t have much to hook me like them. It’s not a terrible album. It’s just not up to par compared to a lot of TKO bands that are soo great. Their best song on this CD can also be heard on the TKO comp, Punch Drunk III. I’d listen to them first before buying the CD. –toby (TKO)


BURST:
In Converting Ways: CDEP
Emo-core or emo-violence was cool at first, but gets old real quick. –don (Chrome Saint Magnus)


BREAKDOWN:
1987 Demo: CD
Late ‘80s NYHC, which means this is metal with a singer who shouts instead of sings. –jimmy (www.blackoutrecords.com)


BRAVES, THE:
That’s the Hot Part: CD
Lame, boring college rock. –jimmy (Arms Reach)


B-MOVIE RATS:
Rock ‘N’ Roll Queen: 10” EP
Ah, L.A.’s B-Movie Rats. This EP has grown on me like Aleister Crowley on Jimmy Page because it sounds like the guys have taken a detour from the beaten path of the frenzied high-speed punk and roll and leaned toward a more serious rock tone on the studio reels for this here resulting EP. Within the grooves here there’s sonic nods to vintage KISS (1978 and prior), the early ‘70s drugged-up raunch of Aerosmith, Bon Scott-era AC/DC, and even some squeal-like-a-pig-boy guitar thunder of the MC5 and Humble Pie. Quite the right set of influences, especially to help win me over with a record such as this. But then again, the ‘Rats never fail to deliver, whether it be any other of their releases, or catching them live to wreck your hearing, complete with that barefooted-onstage-thinks-he’s-Ronnie-Van-Zant-sleeveless-shirt-wearing motherfucker Derek belting it out for all he’s worth (Hey, Curt – keep his ass in line, for fuck’s sake!) And, yes – you need to hear this. What’s that? You haven’t picked this 10” up yet? The fuck are you doing? Burning holes in yer pockets on LPs from The Dragons? You are? How dare you! Best get your shit together, or I’m sending over Julie D. to butterfly-smack your lame ass, you C.S.M.F. –dale (www.thebmovierats.com)


BEATSTEAKS:
Living Targets: CD
A straight-up, rocking affair from these Germans who sing strictly in English. Songs range from punk’s fringe edges to alternative and, of course, rock. Well produced and sounds good to this ear. Sounds more like a compilation than a single band recording. –don (Epitaph)


999:
Biggest Tour in Sport/ Biggest Prize in Sport: CD
A re-release of a live EP and an album, their third, I believe, on one disc. The live tracks are well executed and the production is crystal clear. The album, while kinda lackluster in execution (which, to be honest, is my biggest gripe with damn near all of their later albums), has some pretty well written songs. If you’re a fan, I imagine this won’t change your opinion. If you’re new to the band, I suggest you start with their first two albums before adding this to your collection. –jimmy (Captain Oi)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
The Boston Massacre Part Two: CD
Four 7” records get repackaged onto a single compact disc and, voila, instant compilation. Featured bands are Toxic Narcotic, A Global Threat, The Profits, Tommy and the Terrors, and Lost Cause, most of who easily fall in the “hardcore” pigeonhole. The tracks are good overall, the best coming from Toxic Narcotic. If you don’t already own ’em, you could do much worse things than picking this up. –jimmy (Rodent Popsicle)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Location is Everything Vol. 1: CD
Constipation. That is the feeling I get when listening to this. Trying to push the shit out with no success. The turtle pokes out when tracks by Strike Anywhere (!), the Explosion, and Trial by Fire play. The rest is utter poo that you can’t get rid of. I feel like I’m listening to mid-’90s Sub Pop (poo?!). College radio must be loving this, but I’m not. Time for some laxatives to free me of this debris. –don (Jade Tree)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Battle for the Airwaves, Vol. 2, West Coast Punk Vs. East Coast Oi!: 7”
A four-way split. The Workin’ Stiffs: Charge out of the gate, turn on volume knobs to the far right, stick the needle in the red, and don’t look back to who’s being charred by their afterburner. Quite possibly one of their fastest, dead-on songs to date. Glad to hear them full speed and “My Ghetto” does what few bands can: erases the boundary between oi and punk. Excellent. The Bodies: Perhaps it’s the so-so recording and low fidelity, but I like the Bodies when they’re full of grit and pebbles and pops. Kinda like seeing them live, with beer soaking all nearby carpets and sweat and puke mingling on their shirts as they try to play. “Wolfboy” is a fun song. The Wretched Ones: Mid tempo, a tad repetitive, and it sounds a little too self-helpy for my liking (such as, “They need to step back, stop and smell the roses”). When I’m in the mood, I tend to reach for older Wretched Ones. They haven’t been doing it for me lately. The Templars: I don’t mind pride in one’s country half as much as the questionable ability for the flat-toned backup vocalist to harmonize over a classic rock riff. Dangerously close to folk oi. Yipes. –todd (Radio)


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