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ENVY:
The Eyes of Single Eared Prophet: CD EP
Japanese pain/hardcore in the vein of Unsane with a dash more metal in the guitars. Not bad. –jimmy (HG Fact, 401 Hongo-M, 2-36-2 Yayoi-Cho, Nakano-Ku, Tokyo 164-0013 Japan)


ENSIGN:
For What It’s Worth: CD EP
Metallic hardcore. Ick. –jimmy (Nitro, 7071 Warner Ave. F. PMB 736, Huntington Beach, CA 92647)


ELEVATOR:
A Taste of Complete Perspective: CD
Someone’s been listening to their copy of Pink Floyd’s "Saucerful of Secrets" a little too much before band practice. Luckily, in this case it’s a good thing. Despite the obvious influence of one of the most self-indulgent bands in rock history (and this is coming from one of their fans), the songs don’t blather on endlessly and there are diverse enough ideas going on to keep things interesting. In short, I dug it, man. –jimmy (Teenage USA, Box 91, 689 Queen St., W. Toronto, ON M6J 1E6)


EGO PLUM:
Anthology of Infection Vol. 2: CD
You guys should really get in contact with Tim Burton. Once hearing what you have to offer, I’m willing to bet he’ll never use Danny Elfman’s soundtrack talents again. Simply amazing. –jimmy (Ebola Music, PO Box 226914, Los Angeles, CA 90022)


EGGNOGS, THE:
Hot Caulk: CD EP
The song title "Death by Monkey" makes this whole disc worth buying. The music? Sloppy, funny joke punk, but who gives a shit? I wanna be in a band that has song titles as cool as "Death By Monkey." Call me, guys. –jimmy (Poosicle, no address)


EASTERN YOUTH:
: CD
The reason that there’s no title to this is because it’s in Japanese, my computer doesn’t do Japanese lettering and it’s not translated because I’m currently unable to read Japanese. A feeling of unease crept upon me as I sat looking at the poorly lighted pictures of the band, clouds, buildings and rain-soaked streets. "It can’t be," I reassured myself. "There’s no way possible that it’s what you think it is." With trepidation, I opened my disc player, inserted the disc, closed the door and pressed play. Eight seconds into the first song, I screamed in utter horror at the ghastly cacophony emanating from my speakers. It was exactly as I feared. My worst horror had been realized. I ran headlong into the night. After a two-day frantic search through every morgue and hospital in the greater Los Angeles area, my girlfriend found me in a sanitarium. "What has happened to him?" she asked the doctor through a veil of tears. "We’re not quite sure," her replied. "He was found in a back alley in Little Tokyo, covered in rags, repeating a strange mantra that we have so far been unable to decipher." "What was he saying?" she asked. "It’s quite baffling, really," he said as if lost in thought. "So far as we tell, it sounds as if he keeps repeating ‘Japanese emo, Japanese emo.’" –jimmy (Toy’s Factory, no address)


DROP OUTS, THE:
Nobody Likes You: CD
Yet another group of Ramones/Queers worshippers and a whiny, annoying singer to boot. –jimmy (.home.net/brucemonkey" target=_blank>http://dropouts.home.net/brucemonkey)


DOWNLOAD:
Charlie’s Family: CD
This is the soundtrack to "Charlie’s Family," a movie I’ve never heard of. There’s not much in the way of "songs," but rather moody noise-scapes with samples I presume are from the film. It stands up pretty well on its own, but I imagine it provides the movie with a wicked vibe. –jimmy (Metropolis, PO Box 54307, Philadelphia, PA 19105)


DOUBTING THOMAS:
Father Don’t Cry: CD
I think this is a re-release, ’cause the back says it was recorded back in 1990. It’s mostly instrumental industrial-oriented dance that sounds like it’s from that period, courtesy of at least two members of Skinny Puppy. The dance stuff sounds a little dated, but it ain’t terrible, and the soundscapes are pretty damn good. Recommended. –jimmy (Metropolis, PO Box 54307, Philadelphia, PA 19105)


DOMINION3:
The Hand and the Sword: CD
Imagine "Horse Rotorvator"-era Coil taking a stab at a black metal/Dead Can Dance vibe. It’s a lot better than it sounds. I’m usually pretty cynical about black metal, but this was interesting enough to keep my smart mouth shut. –jimmy (.napalmrecords.com" target=_blank>http://www.napalmrecords.com)


DOLLICIOUS:
Self-titled: 7"
Very ‘70s-sounding (in both delivery and production), overdriven punk rock’n’roll that sounds to me like a weird cross between the Runaways and the Electric Eels. "Sevens," the B-side, is pretty darn catchy. Not too shabby. –jimmy (Get Hip, PO Box 666, Canonsburg, PA 15317)


DISSIDENTS, THE:
Conformity is Deformity: CD
A demo and a live performance of some garage punk band from Cleveland, circa 1979 or so. It’s official: literally every band that’s ever existed, good or bad, is now on CD. –jimmy (Smog Veil, PMB 454, 774 Mays #10 - I.V., NV 89451)


DISCIPLINE:
Nice Boys Finish Last: CD
Metallic oi from Holland. The songs are a little long, but there’s an anthemic quality to them and the lyrics are reasonably well thought out. –jimmy (Too Damn Hype, PO Box 15793, Philadelphia, PA 19103)


DIR YASSIN:
Durchbrechender Geist: 7" EP
Anti-Israeli grind courtesy of a group from Israel. Go fucking figure. –jimmy (thoughtcrime@berlin.sireco.net">thoughtcrime@berlin.sireco.net)


DIRTY WALT:
To Put It Bluntly: CD
This longtime Fishbone member, along with some friends, has managed to put down 10 tracks of the nastiest, unabashedly git-down dirty funk since the boys in Parliament packed away their diapers, wedding dresses and platform shoes nigh on 20 years ago. The tracks invade your body through your ear hole and force your ass to wiggle on "the One" like you’ve got the St. Vitus Dance. Words have not yet been invented than can adequately describe how much I recommend this. –jimmy (Triple X, PO Box 862259, Los Angeles, CA 90086-2529)


DICKIES:
Dawn of the Dickies: CD
The second album from these guys, and this one was apparently long out of print as well. This one’s a little slower than their debut and the production is a little less abrasive, but there’s still a plethora of great tracks to savor here as well: "Fan Mail," Manny, Moe and Jack," "Nights in White Satin," Infidel Zombie," et al. Some more B-sides are included, as well as lyrics to the songs, although I’m kinda leery about their accuracy, ’cause the line "I got a pair of khakis and a Pendleton" in "I’m a Chollo (sic)" has been transcribed to something about a van. Still, this is no less mandatory than their first album. –jimmy (.captainoi.com" target=_blank>http://www.captainoi.com)


DICKIES:
Incredible Shrinking Dickies: CD
Jeez, this is gonna be tough. I mean, what does one say about one of the greatest punk albums ever to come outta Los Angeles? What hasn’t been said about the Dickies over the last 23 years? Let’s try stating the obvious: This is their first, and their best, album. Apparently, it has been out of print for some time. A good two-thirds of their "classic" songs are on this album. Here also are B-sides to some of their English singles and such, including "Silent Night," "Hideous," and the "Banana Splits" theme. In short, mandatory listening. –jimmy (.captainoi.com" target=_blank>http://www.captainoi.com)


DIABLO 44:
Sinderfella: CD
Bar rock/punk that’s pretty mediocre, to put it politely. –jimmy (Cabeza de Tornado, 203 _ Acacia, Huntington Beach, CA 92648)


DEVIATE:
State of Grace State of Grace: CD
Metal-moshin’ hardcore. I’m not sure if they’re from New York, but they sure sound like they are. Somebody somewhere will probably wet themselves over this, but I know I ain’t. –jimmy (Too Damn Hype, PO Box 15793, Philadelphia, PA 19103)


DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY:
Academy 45: CD
Alternative rock/punk. I appreciate the fact that they’ve successfully set themselves apart from the pack, but the resulting music, while mildly interesting, just didn’t float my boat. –jimmy (Motusk, no address)


DEATH OF MARAT:
The Shattered: CD
As the utterly pretentious band name implies (it’s the name of a famous painting), this is art rock/noise. Musically it’s pretty solid, but the singer blows. –jimmy (Satellite Transmissions, PO Box 4432, Boulder, CO 80306)


CRUX:
How Does This Go?: CD
Jesus punk with ambiguous lyrics to help it pass for the real thing. –jimmy (Boot to Head, Box 9005, Portland, OR 97207)


COMATOSE:
Self-titled: 7
Politically oriented grind from Germany. It’s interesting to note that two of the members express their disdain for all the finger pointing and rigid rules of conduct within the hardcore scene in two essays presented on the lyric sheet. One of them, after just two years of active involvement within the scene, has apparently quit the band and wants nothing more to do with the whole thing. He’s got a point... –jimmy (href=mailto:thoughtcrime@berlin.sireco.net>thoughtcrime@berlin.sireco.net)


CINERAMA:
This Is: CD
English pop a la the Smiths/Morrisey. Not bad for what it is. –jimmy (Spinart, PO Box 1798, New York, NY 10156-1798)


CHAOS UK:
Kanpai: CD EP
After all these years, these guys can still play UK hardcore like nobody’s business. Fast, furious, and heavy as hell, this will definitely work better than coffee and a cold shower if you’re having a hard time waking up in the morning. –jimmy (Vinyl Japan, 98 Camden Road, London NW1 9EA, UK)


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