REVIEW: Young Mountain: A Billion Times Around

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Get Better Records brings us the new album from Young Mountain, and it’s a good one. It’s actually the best thing I’ve ever heard from Young Mountain. They do a great job of blending pop punk with folk, all eleven songs here are great. You’ve got twenty seven minutes of pure pop folk bliss for your ears and brain to savor. Not only are these songs executed perfectly but the writing here is pretty top notch as well. Anyone that’s into pop punk or folk needs to be checking this album out right now.

‘PC Doesn’t Stand For Personal Computer Anymore’ Things start out with a great pop song about being PC everyone’s crazy views on things. A quality start to the album, it’s quick and catchy.
‘Mixed Signals’ A catchy little pop tune that calls out people on their hypocritical and flip flop views.
‘I Hope Cannibals Turn You Into Stew’ You’ve got a little more of the folk sound injected into this song than the straight up pop of the last two, but it’s still a great poppy song.
‘Your New Boyfriend Wears an Amon Amarth T-Shirt’ Fast folk pop the whole way through, I like this song a lot (and Amon Amarth).
‘All Growed Up’ The song about growing up, it kind of sucks (growing up, not the song, the song rules), but everybody’s got to at some point. Moving back to more of the pop formula for this one, it’s another great jam.
‘Double Standards’ Winding up the speed for our sixth track, a song about how shitty people can be. People may be shitty but this song is keeping the album right on track with being great.
‘A Billion Times Around’ The title track here, it’s got more ‘punk rock’ in it than anything else on the album. I kind of wish a couple more songs would have went this way because this may be the best song on the album.
‘First World Problems’ I think it’s the song that is the best example of mixing pop with folk. The title is pretty appropriate; it’s just the mess of problems that we deal with everyday.
‘’97 Blazer’ A song that seems to be full of nostalgia, one of the best ones on the album.
‘I Am A Statue (of America)’ I don’t want to call this a filler song (because there are none on this album) but this one doesn’t quite pop out like the rest of the album. It’s still a good song, never getting skipped.
‘Silly, Staggering and Happy’ This song took a little bit to grow on me, but that happened fast, before the song was over I had warmed up to it. It’s very heavy on the folk side of things. This is the type of song I could have a drink to.

1. PC Doesn’t Stand For Personal Computer Anymore
2. Mixed Signals
3. I Hope Cannibals Turn You Into Stew
4. Your New Boyfriend Wears an Amon Amarth T-Shirt
5. All Growed Up
6. Double Standards
7. A Billion Times Around
8. First World Problems
9. ’97 Blazer
10. I Am A Statue (of America)
11. Silly, Staggering and Happy

REVIEW: A.N.S./RAMMING SPEED split

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I was pretty stoked to hear this split, I wasn’t familiar with A.N.S. but last year I saw Ramming Speed on tour. I didn’t know who they were at the time but they blew almost everyone else away they were so fucking good. This split starts out with A.N.S. who I was stoked to find out are a fucking quality thrash band. All four of their songs are incredible, this band deserves your attention and if they don’t get it with these songs you may be dead. Ramming Speed made up the other side of this split as I said I happened to catch them at a show, they were incredible and brought it like no one else. Going a hundred and ten miles an hour through their entire set I had to buy some albums right after it ended. This is the first thing I’ve heard from them since that time. Their side of the split isn’t quite as great as some of their albums but it’s still damn good. Three songs that blast through you in about ten minutes. Both sides of this record are fucking awesome though I think A.N.S. may have actually won this one by a hair. Fans of stuff like Municipal Waste, C.O.C., S.O.D., or Nuclear Assault, hell if you’re a fan of thrash in any form you should add this one to your list right now. Out on Tankcrimes!

‘Pine’s Perdition’ This beast opens up with a fucking awesome and fast punk thrash tune, it feels like you’re listening to a coke OD.
‘The Quest Lives On’ From the last song to this one the speed keeps up, this one even starts out faster. This might be even better than the opener.
‘Can’t Let This Go’ This is the backdrop for a party with too much drinking and too much fun. We’ve got an example of skate thrash at its finest right here.
‘Roehrs’ War’ This song is a pretty great metal song, I’m a fan of long metal songs but I do think this goes on a few minutes too long.
‘Betrayed’ Right out of the gate Ramming Speed is in your face going hard and fast. A fucking brutal beat down of a song that doesn’t let up till the end. This song is pretty good but I was actually a little underwhelmed. It seems to be more concentrated on being brutal than good.
‘Last Drop / Dogmatic Horde’ A.N.S. had their eight minute song, Ramming Speeds longest gets to just four minutes, but it’s probably about twenty times faster than the one twice as long. This song kicks a lot of ass from start to finish though.
‘Perdition’ Best Ramming Speed song on the split, this is what I was hoping for the entire time. An incredible piece of thrash that will fill any metal head’s black heart with joy.

A.N.S.:
1. Pine’s Perdition
2. The Quest Lives On
3. Can’t Let This Go
4. Roehrs’ War

Ramming Speed:
5. Betrayed
6. Last Drop / Dogmatic Horde
7. Perdition

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REVIEW: V/A: Kind of Like A Comp

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At the Fest 9 last year Kind of Like Records gave away sunglasses with a link to download this compilation. Now that they’ve got a download section on their website they’re offering it up on a digital plate to us all to enjoy. And enjoy I did, out of these twenty two songs there’s very few in here that aren’t top quality. I’m not sure who picked out these songs but they deserve a high five, they managed to pick out some of the best songs by these groups to put together a great compilation here. If you’re looking for something that’ll give you a good spread of some new punk and pop punk bands that are around this is a great place to start that search.

 

‘Crushed By Milwaukee’s Best’ Starting things out with a great band and a great song, with a slow easy intro going into a song with some energy to it they ease you into this compilation with some harmonies and catchiness.

‘Hey That’s My Blood!’ The O Pioneers!!! Have always been a hit or miss band for me, with a lot more misses than hits. But this is a pretty good song by the band. More of a straight rock song than a lot of their stuff.

‘John Shoe’ A pretty fun song from Bangers, I’m not very familiar with this band but this is a decent showing from them. A pretty awesome punk song, though it makes me want to go listen to Kid Dynamite.

‘Powerlines’ I’m a big big fan of The Measure [sa] and this is one of their best songs, great choice for this. I always liked their faster slight more pop punk stuff the best and this is one of those songs.

‘Woke Up in Grappler School’ Back to back great picks, this is one of the best Timeshares songs there is. This song pretty much has everything that’s great about the Timeshares in it. A great display of the almost Hot Water Music like vocals, great hooks, and a really fucking catchy song that you can sing along to.

‘Foxhole’ I have no clue who the Nightlights are but after hearing this song I think I should be clued in, because it’s damn good. Some catchy punk rock, I hope they have more songs like this.

‘What I’ve Missed’ The Riot Before is another band I’ve never heard, but this song kind of rules; I will be looking more into these guys too. A fast punk song, probably the furthest thing from pop punk at this point on here but it still has those hooks that will keep you glued to your speakers.

‘Those Punks are Dancing in the Boneyard’ Another band I don’t know, this song is pretty alright. It’s good but it doesn’t really send me into a frenzy of greatness. Still though, good enough that I’ll be looking into them. Some fast punk rock, almost Bad Religion like.

‘Phrases and Logos’ Again, I don’t know these guys, but I don’t really care for this song either. Somewhere between noise rock and hardcore, I’ll pass on this one.

‘Tiny Rooms and Broken Tunes’ I’m not sure who Calvinball is, but I’m not really impressed with this song either. It’s not bad, but is a pretty generic punk song.

‘Spinning in Circles is a Gateway Drug’ I think I’ve heard one song by Red City Radio before, it was pretty good; this song is also pretty good. Not amazing but its good, some catchy punk for you all to enjoy.

‘Title Track’ Back to some bands I know, the Restorations are pretty good but I’m not too crazy about this song. Some of that folk punk type stuff, but with a band and some power instead of just a guitar, almost in the country rock vein.

‘Time Tables’ The Menzingers are a band who have some decent songs and a handful of great ones. This one is one of the better ones; dudes voice still annoys me a little though here. Pop punk with a lot on the punk end of things.

‘Roads? Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Roads.’ Back to the bands I don’t know with Junior Battles, before the song even starts though I fucking love the Back to the Future song title. The song hooks you in well enough, I’ll be keeping an eye out for more of these guys.

‘It’s Alive (10-4 Eleanor Cover)’ The Sandwiches are in with a cover song, and a pretty damn awesome one at that.

‘Dick Simmons’ The Dopamines may be the best band on this thing and this is one of the best songs off of their new album. Pop punk that people will claim is ripped off of Screeching Weasel and the Copyrights, but we all know it’s just ripped from too many nights of drinking.

‘Werewolf Shame’ I’ve been digging everything I’ve heard from Direct Hit! These guys have a bright future and this might be my favorite song by them. Pop punk that you won’t get tired of listening to.

‘Anymore Amen’ The Tattle Tales took a while to grow on me and this is one of the songs that helped them take root. A pretty quality power pop song that’ll get stuck in your head for a while.

‘I Was a Teenage Poltergeist’ Mixtapes are great this is one of their faster pop punk songs, also one of their best songs.

‘In a World of Ghosts’ Lemuria is the last song on the compilation that I know, here we’ve got a song that’s easiest found on their ‘The First Collection’ LP. When I think of Lemuria this is one of the songs I think of. Catch, fast but still mellow as hell, and some of the best female vocals going today.

‘Sayonara’ A pretty catchy punk song but it’s almost too slow, feels like its being dragged through the mud. Still though from it I’m willing to bet this band has some quality songs.

‘More Ian Mackaye, Less Ron Jeremy’ I’m not quite sure how I feel about this song, even after a few listens. There are parts of it that are really awesome, but then flashes up a small bit that I hate. It’s a punk rock tune that has some folk sound to it. I’d check more of these guys out if I get the chance, but I’m not sure if I’ll go out of my way to do so.

 

  1. Captain, We’re Sinking – Crushed By Milwaukee’s Best
  2. O Pioneers!!! – Hey That’s My Blood!
  3. Bangers – John Shoe
  4. The Measure [SA] – Powerlines
  5. Timeshares – Woke Up in Grappler School
  6. Nightlights – Foxhole
  7. The Riot Before – What I’ve Missed
  8. Rain Over Battle – Those Punks are Dancing in the Boneyard
  9. The Great Explainer – Phrases and Logos
  10. Calvinball – Tiny Rooms and Broken Tunes
  11. Red City Radio – Spinning in Circles is a Gateway Drug
  12. Restorations – Title Track
  13. The Menzingers – Time Tables
  14. Junior Battles – Roads? Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Roads.
  15. The Sandwiches – It’s Alive (10-4 Eleanor Cover)
  16. The Dopamines – Dick Simmons
  17. Direct Hit! – Werewolf Shame
  18. The Tattle Tales – Anymore Amen
  19. Mixtapes – I Was a Teenage Poltergeist
  20. Lemuria – In a World of Ghosts
  21. Kadets – Sayonara
  22. Glory Bound – More Ian Mackaye, Less Ron Jeremy

SHOWS I SEEN: Brick Mower – March 11st 2011 – Nacho House – Newark, DE

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Nacho House – Newark, DE

March 11st 2011

This show was supposed to take place at the Frottage Cottage but due to circumstances that I’m not going to get into it was last second (like bands on the lawn with gear last second) moved to the Nacho House. Great job by everyone that helped with the move, that was rad and the people at Nacho House are good people. Also I’d never been to the Nacho House before, it was pretty rad, hopefully I make it back soon.

 

Oh Shit! – Oh Shit! Was alright, not quite my thing but they weren’t bad. They had two drummers which is always a little weird. Though they had a song called ‘Pizza Party’ and much like the name, it ruled a whole fucking lot.

Brick Mower – My first time seeing Brick Mower, I was pretty stoked about it since I just got their album in the mail and it happens to rule a whole fucking lot. Their set was really great, best thing of the night, and they played a good Jawbreaker cover.

Handsome Dan – These guys were fun, they too played a Jawbreaker cover. You could tell they were a pretty new band though; most of their song titles were even “Track #”. Later I found out it was actually their first show, so they were even better than I thought, they’re going to be really good.

The Headies – The Headies are always a fun band to listen to but I’d never seen them play. They didn’t disappoint, it was a totally fun set. If you get a chance to see the Headies around don’t pass it up.

REVIEW: Foxy Brown

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Coffy was a pretty good success in 1973; the following year came a sequel, Foxy Brown. We’ve got Jack Hill as the returning writer and director and in our star role it is once again Pam Grier. Because the studio was afraid of being in the sequel business in the time it was made this isn’t ‘Coffy 2′, the names and title are different. But we’ve got the same dope pusher killing woman we all love back for some more revenge. This time around her own brother has her boyfriend killed for ratting out some bad dudes. So Foxy goes on her focused frenzy of revenge out to take down as many dealers as possible. While I do like Coffy more, Foxy Brown is not a movie to be missed. It’s got that same down and dirty mean streak that you’d associate with these movies and rates as ones of the best in the genre.

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