Weekly Label Profile: Mutant Pop Records

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Name: Mutant Pop Records
Lifespan: 1995-2008
Web Site: http://www.mutantpop.com/
Notable Releases/Bands: Cletus, The Connie Dungs, Egghead, The Grrrl Scouts, The Peabodys, Sicko
Started in 1995 By Tim Davenport Mutant Pop was a one man show, they put out a ton of good stuff. Taking a couple hiatus in its time Mutant Pop finally called it quits in 2008. Today the site exists as a distro for other material and their stuff they already have out but it’s still a good bet for finding quality music.

REVIEW: A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010 remake)

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Over the past few years they’ve done remakes for the big horror franchises – Halloween, Friday the 13th and now A Nightmare on Elm Street. Personally I hated the Halloween remake, but thought the Friday the 13th one was fair. But now we’ve got another shit log to throw on the fire.
I guess I’ll start with the most obvious (but surprisingly not the biggest) problem. Freddy Krueger is Robert England. With Jason or Michael Myers you can throw anybody in that suit, but not Freddy. Nothing against Jackie Earle Haley, I think he’s a great actor but it didn’t work. The voice was off, in fact it was really bad. The make up affects made him look like a burnt snake or rat.
My next gripe is very trivial but Kyle Gallner, one of the stars, I’ve seen him in other things, he’s been alright. But this entire movie he just looked like a depressed little bitch, and I hated his face for it (The Joy Division shirt didn’t help).
Next is the CGI, CGI is the worst thing to happen to the movie industry since remakes and Uwe Boll. I HATE CGI! Unless it’s done in a very small amount, it really sticks out like a sore thumb, and rarely looks good. There was a lot of CGI blood in this movie, bothered me but wasn’t the biggest injustice. The worst part was they tried the classic ‘Freddy in the bedroom wall’ scene. In the original that shit is pretty creepy, here thanks to the ‘aid’ of CGI is just looks mega lame and stupid.
The plot also had some things I didn’t like, I’m not going to get too involved here because I like to keep these short but you’re telling me that all those kids go to school together and get molested by some dude and none of them remember? Not a one? And the biggest thing, instead of Freddy Kruger being a child murderer, he was a kid toucher. I won’t argue about which is worse and all that, both are horrible, but it just makes more sense if he’s going to be killing these kids today for that to be what he had started his career doing. Plus the child molester thing was just..blah, retarded in my personal opinion.
Lastly a big part of the reason A Nightmare on Elm Street is my favorite horror film series of all time is because of Freddy Krueger. He doesn’t just hunt down and kill people like Jason, he has fun with it. Freddy is a class An asshole, a real jerk with some stupid jokes and fun. It’s unique, it’s great, and there was none of that in this movie. I believe there were about two attempts at a lame joke here but they didn’t come across well at all.
Fucking goddamnit Hollywood, stop fucking up my movies. And Michael Bay, get the fuck out of the horror movie remake business.

Get A Nightmare on Elm Street from Amazon HERE

REVIEW: Vacation Bible School/The God Damn Doo Wop Band: Covered

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Traffic Street Records brings us another great split. This time from Vacation Bible School and The God Damn Doo Wop Band. Two bands that sound pretty different but fit pretty well together. The ONLY thing I don’t like about this record is the layout. I hate when a split record alternates bands, drives me nuts. But that’s only a minor complaint. I imagine this is because both bands cover one of the other’s song and both have one original song. This is my introduction to both bands so I apologize in advance for not having a comparison point for the covers.

‘The Swarming’ Great song here, my favorite song by Vacation Bible School on the record, catchy as fuck, kind of a ‘classic’ pop punk sound.
‘Menage a Prom’ Such a classic doo wop sound, as it says in the band name. Don’t let you’re girl see you dancing with another.
‘You’ll Always Be My Girl’ This one has a slightly different tempo than their previous song, and a totally great song, it’s already stuck in my head. It’s got some Whoa oh’s, and it’s about not giving up the girl. A recipe for an excellent song.
‘Leaving Town’ The slowest song on the record, also my favorite song.

1. Vacation Bible School – The Swarming
2. The God Damn Doo Wop Band – Menage a Prom
3. Vacation Bible School – You’ll Always Be My Girl (Vacation Bible School cover)
4. The God Damn Doo Wop Band – Leaving Town (The God Damn Doo Wop Band cover)


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Weekly Band Profile: Hot Water Music

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Name: Hot Water Music
From: Gainesville, Florida, USA
Web Site: http://www.hotwatermusic.com/
Lifespan: 1993-Current
Genre: Rock, Punk
Best Release: No Division
Finding the Rhythms
Forever and Counting
Fuel for the Hate Game
Live at the Hardback
No Division
Never Ender
A Flight and a Crash
The New What Next
Till the Wheels Fall Off
Push For Coin – demo tape 1995
Eating the Filler
Moonpies for Misfits
Boy Out of Brandenton
Hot Water Music/Tomorrow
Hot Water Music/Clairmel
Hot water Music/Screaming Fat Rat
Hot Water Music/Six Going on Seven
Hot Water Music/Rydell Scene Police 1998
Hot Water Music/Leatherface
Hot Water Music vs Discount
Hot Water Music/Alkaline Trio
Hot Water Music/Casket Lottery
Hot Water Music/Muff Potter
One of the bands that made it ok to have some rock in your punk rock. Taking their name from the title of a Charles Bukowski book and their sound from no one but Hot Water Music they continue to be a solid band. They’ve had a couple breakups over the years but have more or less stayed a solid lineup. Sporting dual raspy vocals as their signature, a Hot Water Music song is instantly recognizable. As is a Hot Water Music album cover, with artwork like no other. The band released a few albums on Epitaph that were more polished than people were use to and are not generally well received, although there is still a lot of great material on them. They’ve kind of slowed down over the years but they keep it going, still put on an amazing live show, if you can catch them playing do yourself a favor and go.

REVIEW: The Transgressions/The Side Project: Stop Wasting My Time

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Traffic Street Records put out this one which was my most anticipated 7″ of the year, it finally came out and it did not disappoint. Two great bands, two different sounds, one fucking great record. First three songs come from The Transgressions, a band so good I always listen to them on repeat. Short fast songs, out of this world vocals, drugs, drinking, what more could you want in a band? The other three songs on this come from The Side Project. The Side Project had a really fun 7″ ‘Get a New Brain’ come out back in February, it was really good but this is the best stuff from the band yet, they just took things to a whole new level.

‘Drunk and Depressed’ From the title you might guess what this one’s about, we’ve all been there. Second best song on this side.
‘Kidney Stones’ You fall apart if you take enough drugs, and it sucks. I normally lie to my doctor too. Best song on the record. I haven’t had this record long but I’ve probably already listened to this song close to 200 times.
‘Living Hell’ Another great Transgressions song. Other women don’t really matter when you’ve got your brain suck on one.
’20/200′ Sometimes life sucks, you do what you gotta do to crawl through it. Fortunately this song doesn’t suck at all, it’s pretty great actually.
‘Gotta Kill It’ This might be the best song about ending it I’ve ever heard, if you don’t pay attention to the lyrics it sounds pretty upbeat, the dark shit in this sneaks up on you.
‘Giving Up on Love’ Getting fucked up to get through the shitty times, again we’ve all been there. Best Side Project song, ever.

The Transgressions
1. Drunk and Depressed
2. Kidney Stones
3. Living Hell

The Side Project
4. 20/200
5. Gotta Kill It
6. Giving Up on Love

REVIEW: The Quarantines: Robot Girl

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The Quarantines are a great pop punk band that are on a brilliant track. Including one member of the Beatnik Termites most of their songs involve Robots, or girls, or aliens, or a combination of all in some way. I like this band, a lot, but I also like robots and aliens, and girls a lot so I may be bias here. We get four songs here all four are excellent, I hope this band comes out with an album soon. They seem like they can’t be stopped when it comes to pumping out great pop songs about things I love.

‘Robot Army’ Quick, poppy, catchy, about a Robot Army, amazing.
‘Robot Girl’ A slower pop tune, about a robot girl, a love song about the robot girl. This is the best song I’ve heard in a long fucking time. There need to be more songs about robots.
‘What Have I Done’ Another great song, we’ve even got a little bit of dual male/female vocals, another thing I’m a fan of.
‘Outer Space’ Another number with dual vocals, this one about meeting an alien girl.

1. Robot Army
2. Robot Girl
3. What Have I Done
4. Outer Space

Get it from Insubordination Records HERE

Get Robot Girl from Amazon HERE

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