REVIEW: What Happened?: This Is Our Life

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CoverAnother great John Wilkes Booth Records release, this one took me totally by surprise I basically bought it because John Wilkes Booth has a pretty good track record for their releases what I got pretty much just blew me away. ‘This Is Our Life’ is an incredible pop punk EP with five great songs, more than a few of which remind me of Jawbreaker, but with more pop injected into them. These songs just get better and better as you go on, except for maybe the first track because that’s just the best one on here. If you like pop punk in the vein of Jawbreaker don’t fuck up and miss out on this one.

1. My Favorite Sound
2. Reading
3. I Trusted Andy Koufman
4. Every Jacket Is Two Jackets
5. Gamorrean Guards

REVIEW: Tiny Fighting Trees: Bath Salts

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CoverTiny Fighting Trees is now on Hiatus but before they left they dropped this EP, and it’s quite excellent. The band released and album not long ago, it was really good but this EP is head and shoulders above it. It’s got a sound that’s a combination pop punk and 90′s punk. The first song ‘Those Skull Bong Rules Earth! Punks Are Mysterious’ isn’t even a minute long but it gets stuck in my head all the time. The second song ‘Hey, Butthole!’ is maybe the true gem of the EP, this song alone makes me really bummed that the band is calling it quits, but hopefully that’s just a ‘for now’ deal. ‘Apologies to Plow United’ there’s no mistaking where some of the band’s influences come from; they do an ace job of nailing it too. The last song ‘Puke Angel Pt. 4′ ends it a little bit weak but it’s still a pretty good song, it just doesn’t quite hit the heights of the rest of this thing. If you like the 90′s punk/pop punk check out the ‘Bath Salts’ EP, you can snag it from their bandcamp.

 

 

 

  1. Those Skull Bong Rules Earth! Punks Are Mysterious
  2. Hey, Butthole!
  3. Apologies to Plow United
  4. Puke Angel Pt. 4

Get it from Tiny Fighting Trees HERE

REVIEW: Not Yet!: It’s A Small World, Alcohol

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CoverThis is Not Yet!’s first release, and it’s a pretty damn impressive one. You get pop punk in the vein of Rational Anthem, Dear Landlord and Off With Their Heads. The only bad thing I can say about this is its only four songs, way less than I want. Every one of these songs are great, they’re written well and played just as good. The man behind the band Jose, is a pretty great dude and I think it really comes through listening to these songs. I’d already rank Not Yet! up pretty high on the list of currently running pop punk bands, and as you may know that’s a tough list to get highly ranked on. You can get the CD from SP Records and if you’re a sick fuck that likes tapes John Wilkes Booth Records has them too. If you like pop punk such as the above mentioned bands then don’t sleep on Not Yet!

1. East Bay Breeze
2. Pointless
3. Cincinnati Agony
4. Westbound Sign

Get it from Not Yet! HERE

REVIEW: Spider-Man & Batman: Disordered Minds

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Spider-Man_and_Batman_Vol_1_1This is a pretty rad crossover and the first Spider-Man & Batman crossover, it’s about fifty pages and not only has Batman and Spider-Man but you get two of the most insane villains too, the Joker and Carnage! Carnage and Joker make a great insane combo, they both get captured in the beginning and have chips implanted in their brains to make them docile. Carnage quickly is able to short out this chip, him and the Joker team up. However this team doesn’t last very long, soon it breaks out into a fight in Gotham. This is a pretty great crossover, overall better than most. The only semi complaint I have about it is my love/hate relationship with the art. It looks amazing on the heroes and villains but for people out of costume it just has that weird 90′s look. Anyway, that’s trivial at best. If you like Spider-Man or Batman pick up Disordered Minds and give it a read.

Get Spider-Man and Batman: Disordered Minds from Amazon HERE

REVIEW: Defendor

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DefendorEver wanted to see Woody Harrelson play a mentally unstable man that’s also a superhero? Well Defendor is the movie for you. Arthur Poppington is a vigilante style superhero, much like Batman, but without the smarts, or the money. He’s on a search to find Captain Industry and put a stop to him. Along the way he makes an arch nemesis out of a dirty undercover cop and picks up a crack head sidekick (Kat Dennings). After stopping some crimes and being not only beaten up but shot he’s finally arrested. The movie kind of jumps back and forth most of the time as he’s telling the story to a psychiatrist. Peter Stebbings wrote and directed this, he doesn’t have much experience as a writer or director but after seeing this I’ll say he’s definitely on the right track. I enjoyed the hell out of this and highly recommend it to anyone that likes dark comedies or superhero movies.

Get Defendor from Amazon HERE

REVIEW: The Wrestling Road Diaries

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wrestling_diariesEver wonder what it’s like to be a wrestler on the road? Well now you can find out. Take two hours and forty minutes with Colt Cabana (formally WWE’s Scotty Goldman), Sal Rinauro & Bryan Danielson (now WWE’s Daniel Bryan) as they travel on the road for ten days hitting nine events. You get to see how the guys travel, what they do for overnight stay, how they spend their off day and hear tons of great wrestling stories. This is also the time right when Danielson signed to the WWE so you get to hear what he’s going through to get that done and kind of see his farewell tour as he does his final ROH and other independent wrestling dates. You also get to see the guys at some wrestling training seminars. I’ve seen a good deal of wrestling documentaries in my time and this is among the best, and certainly the most unique of them all. The two plus hours really just flies by and this thing is over before you know it. Though as a bonus (one I HIGHLY recommend you get) there’s a two disc version with a wrestling round table featuring Colt Cabana and over an hour of deleted scenes. Seriously spend the extra few bucks for the bonus disc; it’s worth it for the park calls as Van Hammer alone. This is a must see for any wrestling fan, and I know I’ll be buying the second one (which I hear they’re working on) as soon as it comes out. You can get it at http://www.wrestlingroaddiaries.com/ or http://coltmerch.com/ right now!

REVIEW: V/A: Sea Creatures No. 1

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sea_creaturesThis is the first compilation/four band split 7″ in a series from Merman Records. If the first volume is a good indication this should be a great series, however this did come out a while ago and I haven’t seen a second one, hopefully we get one soon. We’ve got bands from all over here New Brunswick and Toronto are represented on Side A, LA and the Windy City on the B. Before we even start on the music that’s in this thing you’re going to notice the cover, it’s pretty great artwork done by billythespacekid.com I fucking love the cover art for this. Two of these bands I’m real familiar with, the other two, not so much. The first one is one I know well, Fear of Lipstick they’ve got a fast catchy song pop punk that I think is the best one on this thing. The Roman Line is a band I hadn’t listened to too much of, this song is really good though. It reminds me of the Slow Death a little bit. Regal Beagle is the other band on here I know well, very Queers/Ramones type surf pop punk stuff. This song is no exception; it’s a surf pop party song, a lot of fun and pretty great. And closing out is The Neutron Bombs, a band that I don’t think I’d ever even heard before. They sound like a band that’s been around way longer than they have, like someone that should be touring with The Damned. The song they have on here is pretty decent, it’s my least favorite on this thing but it’s still really good. So through and through you’ve got four really great songs for one small price with a great package, you really can’t go wrong with this thing.

 

 

 

Side A

  1. Fear of Lipstick – Did Ya Know?
  2. The Roman Line – Squeaky Wheel Gets The Grease

 

Side B

  1. Regal Beagle – Party Again
  2. The Neutron Bombs – Not Listening

Get it from Merman Records HERE

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