February 28, 2011
Music, Pop Punk, Reviews
Making Believe Records, music, pop punk, poppunk, punk, records, review, Reviews, The Bleekers, The Worthingtons
Another awesome release from Making Believe Records, this time we’ve got a split between two great pop punk bands. The Worthingtons are a great Ramonescore band that have five fucking great songs for us. Their side of the split alone would be worth owning the whole thing for. The Bleekers side isn’t quite as good but that doesn’t mean it’s bad, or even semi-ok, their side of the split is great too. If you pick this up you get ten great songs by two great bands. If you like pop punk this is a must.
‘Mutate My Brain’ Between the song title and how it sounds it’s like listening to a slower version of the Mean Jeans (that’s a giant compliment by the way). Amazing way to start this thing out, after all what’s better than a song about going insane and getting a lobotomy?
‘Teen Zombie’ This song is almost as awesome as the first one, by the title you can probably guess what it’s about. Protect your brain!
‘That Boy’ Ramonescore at its best, Ramones, Screeching Weasel or the Queers all wish they’d have recorded this first. The story of a girl in love with a bad boy.
‘She’s A Headcase’ Kicking it into high pop punk gear another great great great jam that you could listen to all night. One thing I like about this band is you always know what song you’re going to get from the title, this is no exception, the girl is a headcase.
‘Russian Spy’ This is my second favorite side of this split, as with the other songs it won’t take you long to figure out what it’s about. There are plenty of whoa’s too, so that’s good. I’ve gotta say though, he’s not a very good spy; he keeps saying “I’m a Russian spy”.
‘Sweat On The Grass’ We’ve got some bouncy pop punk, with a lot of whoa’s, all the makings of a good song.
‘Love Affair’ Reminds me of something the Lillingtons may have done, a lot.
‘Prince Charming’ A very Ramonescore type song here, almost as good as the last song.
‘Travellin’’ Here’s another great one, lots of energy.
‘She’s Your Baby’ They slow things down for this one, the ballad of the album, but don’t think that means the quality slows down too, with this song I can proclaim there is not a bad song on this split.
1. Mutate My Brain
2. Teen Zombie
3. That Boy
4. She’s A Headcase
5. Russian Spy
6. Sweat On The Grass
7. Love Affair
8. Prince Charming
10. She’s Your Baby
Get it from Making Believe Records HERE
February 27, 2011
Books, Reviews, Zine
After School Special, band interviews, Fest 9, interviews, iron chic, Jerk Store, punk, review, Reviews, the creeps, The Gateway District, transgressions, zine, zine reviews
The newest issue of the Jerk Store zine, number 8 is here. And after getting on board with 6 and 7 I was pretty stoked for this one, add to that the promise of stuff on two of my current favorite bands, Iron Chic and the Transgressions, I was super stoked! Continued in this issue is the sweet layout that not only looks great but makes this thing easy to read. On the first page we get some editorials that verge on rants that are not only entertaining but they make some good points too. Immediately following is a jerk chicken recipe for you foodies. We get a great interview with the Transgressions, this band rules so much I’ll go out of my way to get anything they record if I have to. The interview ruled a lot, top notch job here. After that the short tale of a record store, a nice write up on the Creeps and a no mess around run through of Fest 9. From there there’s no slow down to this one, it goes right into a rad write up on After School Special then brings a good view on the ‘you had to be there’ factor of punk. Now the half way point we get to the thing I was second most stoked for in this issue, the Iron Chic interview. A solid interview, the good quality I’m starting to expect out of Jerk Store delivers again. After that we get what might be my favorite page of the issue. Calling out labels on their bullshit. Lame shipping and payment practices, pre-orders, more updates than you can keep up with. As this goes on it sounds like a handful of labels that comes to mind, but with my own personal experience I’m pretty sure I know who was in mind during the first two paragraphs. I completely 100% agree with this page. Closing this issue out is a nice interview with The Gateway District and five pages of their quick interviews, always a highlight for me. Again I mostly agree with what’s said here and each review is quick as opposed to most you get now a days that seem more book like. This is another fantastic issue by Jerk Store, a zine which might now be my favorite current running one.
February 26, 2011
Music, Reviews, Rock
Hawthorne Street Records, music, records, review, Reviews, The Life And Times
Hawthorne Street Records brings us the new 7” single from ‘The Life And Times’, it’s just two songs but stretches over seven minutes. Slow moody spaced out somewhat indie alt-rock is what you’ll find within this single, this is definitely a record to sit around relax and listen to. I’m not a big fan of the vocals here, but on the plus side they’re not very imposing either. This is that get high and lay on a couch music. If any of these things sound like how you like to spend your day skipping work doing then you might want to give this record a look into.
1. Day II
2. Day III
February 24, 2011
Music, Punk, Reviews
colin farrell, music, punk, review, Reviews
Italy’s Colin Farrell is here with their new EP ‘Danger Zone’, Colin Farrell does what they do, offer up fast cool punk rock right to your ears. This four song EP comes in at about four minutes, the first two songs aren’t even a minute long. But don’t let the short length of the EP fool you, this is good stuff. This EP is about on par with their previous, which I liked a hell of a lot. If you like in your face punk rock, think along the lines of Wimpy in the Queers, then you need to check out this EP.
‘Strip Club’ Who doesn’t like strip clubs? This is a pretty awesome fast song to start out, there’s even some “GO!”’s in there.
‘Schizophrenia’ This song has an awesome intro on it, but it doesn’t stop there, this song might be the best on the EP. It’s so good, and it doesn’t waste any time.
‘I Don’t Want To Play With You’ Much like the others this song rules a lot, it’s a little longer (but not much) and there’s a slight bit more pop crammed in here, but there’s no bubblegum songs here, more the snotty type pop punk.
‘I Loved You (When I Was A Boy)’ Like the last song, more of a snotty pop punk infused with the song, this is my second favorite song on the EP, you should be able to learn the lyrics real easy too.
1. Strip Club
3. I Don’t Want To Play With You
4. I Loved You (When I Was A Boy)
Get it from Colin Farrell HERE
February 22, 2011
Music, Reviews, Rock
Paper + Plastick records, Restorations
Paper + Plastick bring us this one sided 12” EP from ‘Restorations’. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect since Paper + Plastick puts out of a lot of different stuff but I was pretty quickly pleasantly met with some great songs here. This EP may only be four songs but it falls just short of the twenty minute mark, with the last track being over seven minutes. This is a pretty damn good EP, the first two songs are pretty different from the last two, but that’s in big part to the vocals. I like every song on here to a degree. If you’re a fan of slow time chill rock music give these tunes a listen.
‘Title Track’ With the raspy vocals and the twine in the tune it’s almost like a Frankie Stubbs goes country song. It’s a pretty good song, starts out real strong but I wish it was a little shorter.
‘Linear Notes’ Slightly less country sounding, more of an indie rock or a light rock song. We’ve still got the Stubbs like vocals though, even more so maybe in this song. This one is longer than the first song but I actually like this song way more, it kind of rules a lot.
‘The Reappearing American Hobo’ A slower really relaxing song, reminds me a little of Koufax, without all the keyboard and weirder stuff. Cleaner vocals, not sure if it’s a different person or just a different style. We’ve also got some female vocals on this one. Almost as good as a song as the last one is.
‘Documents’ I won’t say this song is the dud of the album but it is my least favorite. It’s alright but it seems a bit tedious and really goes on way way too long. But that being said, it’s not too bad.
1. Title Track
2. Linear Notes
3. The Reappearing American Hobo
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February 21, 2011
Music, Pop Punk, Reviews
Making Believe Records, music, pop punk, poppunk, punk, records, review, Reviews, That Girl
In 2008 Making Believe Records brought us this release by ‘Kill That Girl’. I instantly liked it before even hearing it because, well how can you not like an album that has monkeys in the title? This might not be the longest listening experience you’ll have, the whole thing being just over twelve minutes, but it will be a great listening experience. Kill That Girl went from a band I’ve never heard of to a great pop punk band who I will be keeping an eye out for from now on. If you like pop punk in the style of the Queers, The Prozacs, Teenage Bottlerocket, or any of the great three chord pop punk bands, you need to get into this.
‘Dictator (an intro…)’ A sample intro in the form of a quote from ‘Mean Girls’ (great movie).
‘Fashion Zombies’ A awesome quick paced pop punk song. Catchy as hell, if the whole album is like this it’s going to be a five star listen.
‘Sad’ This sounds a lot like a Prozacs song, and that’s a very good thing, this song is a whole lot of awesome.
‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ A Cyndi Lauper cover, not one I expected, because who covers this song? It’s a great song, and this is a great cover. It makes a perfect pop punk song, I’m so glad this happened.
‘Stupid Bitches’ Pop punk needs songs about girls, but this isn’t you’re ‘I’m in love with that girl’ song. Best song on the album.
‘Beatrice Is In Love’ Here’s a song about love; it looks like ‘Kill That Girl’ does both styles. A great follow up to the previous song too.
‘Oh, Mary’ To close things out another cover song, this time a Manges one. At the risk of making a lot of Manges fans angry, I think this is the better version of the song. Excellent closer!
1. Dictator (an intro…)
2. Fashion Zombies
4. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
5. Stupid Bitches
6. Beatrice Is In Love
7. Oh, Mary
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