Name: Joan Jett
From: Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
Web Site: www.joanjett.com
Lifespan (making music): 1975-Current
Best Release: Bad Reputation
Joan Jett/Bad Reputation
I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll
Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth
Up Your Alley
The Hit List
Pure and Simple
Evil Stig (with The Gits)
Joan Jett has really done it all, sometimes the expression rock pioneer is thrown around but she really truly is one. She was a vital part of The Runaways, one of the first girl rock ’n’ roll groups from there she got a hand in producing and then branched into a solo career. Some of her best work was done with the Blackhearts, another great group that came along with Joan as keystone. There’s no way you haven’t heard her version of ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’ or ‘Bad Reputation’, and chances are if you’ve heard it, you like it. She’s also had her hand in some film work as well with roles in a handful of movies and TV episodes as well as doing work for some soundtracks. She was also a producer on the 2010 film The Runaways, a movie about the group. Today Joan is still playing with the Blackhearts, their last album was released in 2006, and hopefully we get a new one sooner than later.
November 30, 2010
Name: Joan Jett
November 29, 2010
Clint Maul is back again with a new EP, five songs at about sixteen minutes. I for one am pretty stoked that this is out, everything Clint Maul has done so far has been gold and this is no exception. This might be my second favorite thing he’s put out so far. As far as the ‘band’ most of what comes through is an acoustic and steel guitar. Right now it’s just up for download over on his bandcamp page, so head on over there and get a copy, be sure to throw the man some money because this is one of the best pieces of country music to come out this year. I hope there are plans to put this sucker out on a 7” or something.
‘Three Kings’ A perfect intro song, exactly the type of thing I expect to hear when I hear Clint Maul. I think it sets the mood for the rest of the EP greatly too, a slow relaxing pace. Simple country band sounds coming through under Clint’s easy going vocals. It’s a whiskey sippin type of song.
‘Could You Please Drive Faster’ Reminds me a little more of big country of years ago. I would totally see Willy Nelson or Merle Haggard recording this song; needless to say it’s a great one.
‘Thrift Store Dress’ The title track, opens up already heavier sounding than the rest of the EP with a very bass backing. The middle of the EP is the perfect spot for this song because it’s a middle song; it’s still great but just not quite as great as some of the other songs on here.
‘Every Little Thing’ I’ve got a lot of favorite songs on this EP and this is just another one of them.This is a great example of why this is so good, song four, coming to the close and we’ve still got top quality hit after hit songs coming to you. This is the perfect song to listen to at night sitting on the front porch.
‘About You’ This is probably the song that you’re average alt-country fan will like, it really reminds me of something Lucero or Drag the River might do. It’s a great song, one of the best on the EP.
1. Three Kings
2. Could You Please Drive Faster
3. Thrift Store Dress
4. Every Little Thing
5. About You
November 29, 2010
November 28, 2010
White Wires: WWII
The Apers: Still Cruisin’ After All These Beers
Hold Tight!: Can’t Take This Away
Dead Mechanical: Art of the Underground Single Series Volume 52
November 27, 2010
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November 27, 2010
Traffic Street Records has released another split, which means the punk world has something to get excited to listen to. This time it’s for great reason because it’s two of the label’s best bands on one record. First up is really in the top ranks of Traffic Street’s stable, the Transgressions with three songs of what they do, gritty slimy fun pop punk. After that we’ve got Credentials with two songs to follow up their great album that came out earlier this year. Five fucking songs that you’re straight up retarded if you don’t own. Both sides of this record are fucking killer, it’s really hard to say which one is better, but I think the Transgressions might slide in by a dirty hair. Although they do have the advantage of having an extra song. This split is easily one of the top five best things that the label has put out to date.
‘Baby, I Love You (But I Need Someone to Talk to About The Ramones)’ What’s a pop punk band without a song about the Ramones? The sing title is long as fuck, just saying it is about half the time of the song, but that’s ok because even being under a minutes it’s a great pop punk song.
‘Sleazeball’ I think this is my favorite song on the record, about being, well a sleazeball. Being a dirty motherfucker sounds pretty great in song form.
‘I Don’t Even Care Anymore’ A very close second for best song on the record. Fuck it, who cares? I’m just going to listen to this song instead of doing anything.
‘Mark Reznik Takes 30 Guys to Beat Contra’ Despite the title this doesn’t seem to be about Contra at all! But that’s ok because it’s a fucking fast fucking awesome punk rock song.
‘Nametags & Hairnets’ Life’s shitty sometimes, a lot of times but somehow you get through it. Growing into it or just not caring. Another great damn song from these guys, I hope they put out more tunes soon.
1. Baby, I Love You (But I Need Someone to Talk to About The Ramones)
3. I Don’t Even Care Anymore
4. Mark Reznik Takes 30 Guys to Beat Contra
5. Nametags & Hairnets
November 26, 2010
Name: No Breaks Records
Web Site: http://www.nobreaksrecords.com
Notable Releases/Bands: Full of Fancy, Jizz Kids, Los Di Maggios, New Creases, Prozacs, Sass Dragons, Teenage Gluesniffers, Jonesin’
No Breaks may not be the biggest label around but they’re one of the best places to get some great pop punk bands. They’ve put out great stuff like Full of Fancy, New Creases, Prozacs and Teenage Gluesniffers. It’s a pretty good lineup without all sounding the same, plus if you’ve already got their stuff the No Breaks Records site has one of the coolest distros around. Search through it, I dare you not to find something you’ve been looking for, they will have it. Plus it’s ran by a pretty rad dude, get out there and support No Breaks!