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STAR LOSERS:
Sabrás Lo Que Es Perder: CD EP
Smokin’ punk rock ’n’ roll from a bunch of longtime Argentinean scenesters. Included is a wicked cover of "The Witch." –jimmy (Ugly, C.C. 2975, C.P. (1000), Correo Central, Bs.As. Argentina)


SPIVEYS:
V: CD
Noisy rock stuff, not unlike the Cows or Scratch Acid on a bad trip. Tense stuff. –jimmy (Doubleplusgood, PO Box 18721, Minneapolis, MN 55418)


SOUR MILK:
Nothing Different: CD
Punk rock that sounds like it comes outta southern California circa 1979/80. There’s sometimes a passing resemblance to the Chiefs, but on more than a couple of songs you’d swear you were listening to an old Social Distortion demo. It’s good, but just a little unnerving. –jimmy (Black Box, PO Box 27851, St. Louis, MO 63146)


SOLIPSISTICS, THE:
Jesus of the Apes: CD
Who needs downers when you’ve got bands putting out discs with somniferous shit like this? Those suffering from narcolepsy are well advised to steer clear of this. –jimmy (.frigidisk.com" target=_blank>http://www.frigidisk.com)


SOCIAL SCARE:
Sound Formula: CD
Very mid-to-late ‘80s sounding east coast hardcore with squeaky-clean production. I initially didn’t think too much about this release, but it kinda grew on me after two or three songs. I liked the fact that they tackle political topics instead of the standard youth crew/straight and alert stuff that seems to go hand-in-hand with this sound. Not bad. –jimmy (Radical, 77 Bleecker Street #C2-21, New York, NY 10012)


SMARTY PANTS:
E=MC Hammer: CD
Smashing Pumpkins play the Dickies. Hey, that’s what it sounded like to me. –jimmy (Opulence, PO Box 2071, Wilmington, NC 28402-2071)


SLOW JETS:
Worm Into Phoenix: CD
Edgy college pop that was interesting if not particularly exciting. –jimmy (Morphius, PO Box 13474, Baltimore, MD 21203)


SLAVES ON DOPE:
Inches from the Mainline: CD
Kid Rock without the rappin’. Should make them big stars on MTV. –jimmy (Priority)


SIXER:
Busted Knuckles and Heartbreak: CD EP
Okay, no more Social Distortion or Rancid records for you lot. –jimmy (TKO, 4104 24th St. #103, San Francisco, CA 94114)


SHERMY D:
The Spark of Life: CD
Uh, I hope you haven’t quit your day job, gee. Seeing as the only songs of any interest on the entire disc were the tape splices and not your raps, I figure you’re gonna need that job. –jimmy (Nook & Cranny, 15 NE 1st Ave., High Springs, FL 32643)


SCUM OF THE EARTH:
Better Late Than Never: CD
Mid-tempo hardcore from a long in the tooth, and allegedly very lazy, Australian band. Most of the songs are good, if uneventful, but the song "Search & Destroy," which is not a Stooges cover, caught my attention and will definitely make the rounds on future tapes made for the long drives in the Orange Death Machine. –jimmy (Boot to Head, Box 9005, Portland, OR 97207)


SCENIC:
Spheres: CD EP
The band name is an apt one, for they paint vivid landscapes using sound instead of oil or acrylics. What you get for your buck are three lush instrumentals that seem to ebb and flow like waves, sinking back, then rising to a crescendo and then repeating. I’ve been a Savage Republic fan for almost as long as I can remember, have been wanting to hear Bruce Licher’s latest project for some time and I am not disappointed. While the music is not as Middle Eastern-influenced as Savage Republic, the songs are no less breathtaking in scope or sound. This puppy is gonna stay glued to my player for some time to come. –jimmy (Independent Project, Post Box 20255, Sedona, AZ 86341)


SCALPLOCK:
On Whose Terms?: CD
Brain-numbingly fast political hardcore with a singer who sounds like he’s about to cough up a lung, kinda like Hellnation meets Crucifix, if you will. The CD booklet provides lyrics as well as explanations for each song. –jimmy (Sound Pollution, PO Box 17742, Covington, KY 41017)


RYKERS:
Life’s A Gamble: CD
New York gorilla/thug metal SHIT. –jimmy (Thorp, PO Box 2007 Upper Darby, PA 19082)


ROYAL DRUNK:
Self-titled: CD
This falls somewhere in the gray area between college rock, early Sonic Youth and lo-fi trash punk. If I had to compare them to someone, I guess I would have to say the Vaselines, only with a tighter sound. Interesting at worst. –jimmy (Slutfish, 327 Bedford Ave. #A2, Brooklyn, NY 11211)


ROCKET 455:
Cross-Eyed: 7"
Two doses of sloppy, trashy punk’n’roll loaded with attitude from this Detroit combo. That’s all I gotta say ’bout that. –jimmy (Get Hip, PO Box 666, Canonsburg, PA 15317)


RED TAPE:
High Revoltage: CD
This was a nice surprise, ’cause I fully expected to hate it. Solid, mostly mid-tempo hardcore with not a smidgen of emo in it. Although I really think they need to work on their spelling skills, I give ’em points for including a picture of Angela Davis looking pissed off, militant and sporting her big afro. You gotta respect a band who puts a picture of Angela in their release. –jimmy (New Age, PO Box 5213, Huntington Beach, CA 92615)


RED ALERT:
Best Of: CD
I think the title’s pretty self-explanatory. This covers the years 1980-1999. If you have no idea who these lot are, you’re either a hippie or a stupid and/or completely clueless skinhead. Either way, I pity you. Highly recommended listening. –jimmy (.captainoi.com" target=_blank>http://www.captainoi.com)


RAY GRADYS, THE:
New Demo: CD
Mid-tempo punk rock with snotty vocals. It’s not the most original or inventive stuff I’ve heard, but it does have a certain charm and they’re good at what they do. Besides, you gotta respect a band who starts off their CD with "God Smokes Crack." –jimmy (The Ray Gradys, 439 4th Ave. NE, Taylorsville, NC 28681)


RAY GRADYS, THE:
Spokespersons/Musicians of the Doomed Generation: CD
A pretty good set of (mostly) covers of songs by the Dead Milkmen, Dicks, Ramones, OPIV, Zero Boys, Dead Boys, GG Allin, and others. With the exception of an abominable version of "The KKK Took my Baby Away," the rest are faithful to the originals. –jimmy (The Ray Gradys, 439 4th Ave. NE, Taylorsville, NC 28681)


RATOS DE PORAO:
Sistemados Pelo Crucifa: CD
Looking for something worthwhile on which to blow all that lunch money you’ve been saving? Here’s something new from one of South America’s all-time greatest punk bands, and it’s worth every penny you pay for it. This, kiddies, is a complete re-recording of this long-lived (they’re still active) group’s first album, the original version of which was released in 1983 and was allegedly the first hardcore album from South America. You get 17 tracks of absolutely punishing, no frills hardcore and, if that wasn’t enough torture for you eardrums, the "secret" track is the original recording of the album in its entirety, which, in my humble opinion is even more brutal than the new recordings. This is mandatory listening, my little spiky-headed malcontents, and you will be tested later. –jimmy (Alternative Tentacles, PO Box 419092, San Francisco, CA 94141-9092)


QUITTERS, THE:
Second Album: CD
Relatively tame "garage pop," heavy on the pop. It’s not too bad. –jimmy (Garage Pop, PO Box 88003, Rochester, NY 14618)


QUEST FOR QUINTANA ROO:
Self-titled: CD
Loud, painful noise/art punk here with a host of time changes and dynamics noodling. They sometimes dance at the edge of the dreaded "emo" line, but just when you think they’re gonna careen down into the gully and drag you with them, the singer blasts you in the face with some throat-shredding vocalizations. I liked it lots. –jimmy (New Disorder, 115 Bartlett St., San Francisco, CA 94110)


PRIESTS, THE:
Self-titled: CD
Sludgy trash rock that owes a lot to early Cramps. It’s not bad, but it ain’t exactly crucial, either. –jimmy (Garage Pop, PO Box 88003, Rochester, NY 14618)


PHOENIX THUNDERSTONE:
Under the Covers: 7"
Side one is a Johnny Cash cover and side two is an Adam Ant cover. Both sound like they were recorded underwater. –jimmy (Transparent, 6759 Transparent Drive, Clarkston, MI 48346)


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