Top 25 Albums of 2012

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1. Rational Anthem: Sensitivity Training
2. John K. Samson
3. Sick Sick Birds: Gates of Home
4. Like Bats: Midwest Nothing
5. Mean Jeans: Mean Jeans on Mars
6. Billy Raygun: Billy Raygun
7. Mixtapes: Even On The Worst Nights
8. The Headies: Meta-Pop
9. Propagandhi: Failed States
10. The Capitalist Kids: Lessons on Love, Sharing and Hygine
11. Delay: Rushing Ceremony
12. Masked Intruder: Masked Intruder
13. The 20Belows: Late Nights
14. The Hextalls: Rock You to Sleep
15. The Dopamines: Vices
16. Teenage Bubblegums: Learn From Yesterday, Live For Today, Pray For TOmorrow
17. Gentleman Jesse: Leaving Atlanta
18. Pebaluna: Carny Life
19. Fear of Lipstick: Seasons
20. Midnite Snaxxx: S/T
21. The Eeries: Home Alone
22. Batfoot!: Brain Dead
23. Pacer: Making Plans
24. Hold Tight!: Blizzard of ’96
25. Brickmower: MY Hateable Face
25.5. Sundials: When I Couldn’t Breathe

 

Rational Anthem Sensitivity Training

REVIEW: Batfoot!: Brain Dead

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Batfoot! is a band that fits very well in the category of bands that don’t seem to take themselves too seriously yet manage to pump out incredibly good songs. They’d fit in great next to bands like the Steinways and the Queers. Hailing from Sydney, Australia you can tell they have a heavy Ramones, Screeching Weasel, The Queers, Chixdiggit influences. Before this album Batfoot! released a couple of EP’s, they were pretty good but the Brain Dead album is so great it’s better than both of the EP’s combined. A requirement for any pop punk worth its weight has some songs about girls, and Batfoot! has plenty of those, this album is stacked with anthems about girls, and every one of them is great to sing along to. But sprinkled in with that is other great non-girl songs like ‘Kill The Referee’ which pretty much any sports fan can get down with. If you like pop punk pick this album up, you’ll be listening to it a lot.

1. Batfoot!’s Back In Town
2. I Don’t Like Her Anymore
3. Brain Dead
4. Gimme Back My Curly Wurly
5. Ally Spazzy
6. Rowena
7. I’m Eating Edamame
8. Spend My Time
9. Rebecca Is A Racist
10. Livinia Nixon
11. Craigo Goes Gonzoid
12. Nintendo With You
13. An Ode To Luke
14. She’s A Punker
15. Shut Up Hayley
16. Kill The Referee

Top Movies and Music of the first half of 2012

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I was going to space this out and post it through the week, but fuck it, I’ve got a lot of reviews that need posting. So here’s the top movies and music for the first half of 2012!

Top 10 Movies – First half of 2012:

1. The Raid: Redemption
2. The Grey
3. 21 Jumpstreet
4. The Cabin in the Woods
5. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
6. Jeff Who Lives at Home
7. Haywire
8. The Woman in Black
9. Men In Black 3
10. The Dictator

Top 15 Albums – First half of 2012:

1. John K. Samson: Provincial
2. Rational Anthem: Sensitivity Training
3. Sick Sick Birds: Gates of Home
4. Like Bats: Midwest Nothing
5. Teenage Bubblegums: Learn From Yesterday, Live For Today, Pray For Tomorrow
6. The Hextalls: Rock You To Sleep
7. Gentleman Jesse: Leaving Atlanta
8. Delay: Rushing Ceremony
9. Mean Jeans: On Mars
10. Fear of Lipstick: Seasons
11. Mud Morganfield: Son of the Seventh Son
12. The 20Belows: Late Nights
13. Accept: Stalingrad
14. Batfoot!: Brain Dead
15. The Headies: Meta-Pop

Top 10 EPs – First half of 2012:

1. Mixtapes: Somewhere In Trinsic
2. Prabu Pramayougha: YA!
3. Irish Handcuffs: Stubbs
4. Keystone Kids: things Get Shaky
5. The Bat Bites: Take It, It’s Free EP
6. The Zits: Breakout
7. Crimes: Fluffy EP
8. Muncie Girls: Same Titles
9. American Lies: Listen, That’s Disco!
10. Masked Intruder: First Offense

Top 5 Splits – First half of 2012:

1. Sister Kisser/Rumspringer
2. Dan Vapid and the Cheats/Jetty Boys
3. The Headies/The Boys Club – Imposters
4. Mikey Erg/Alex Kerns
5. Unfun/Muhammad Ali

Top 5 Singles – First half of 2012:

1. Big Eyes: Back From The Moon
2. Smokejumper: Bear Attack
3. House Boat” 21st Century Breakroom
4. Be My Doppelganger: You’re Always Right & Downtown
5. Smokejumper: Saturday Night Bonfire Beach Party

Support These Labels

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I want to take a minute and call out a couple labels that I don’t think are getting the attention that they deserve. One is from here in the states and the other is over in Japan.
First off is John Wilkes Booth Records. They’ve done a fantastic job of picking up the slack left by the demise of Traffic Street Records. They’ve put out some great stuff by great bands including Billy Raygun, What Happened, Rational Anthem, Like Bats, Not Yet, Big Eyes, and Lipstick Homicide. And on top of that they’ve got a great distro (which includes Bloated Kat Records whom they work closely with, they also put out a lot of awesome shit like Mikey Erg, Rational Anthem and Dead North records).
The other label I wanted to give some recognition to today was SP Records. They’ve put out a ton of great stuff like The Cry!, Like Bats, Batfoot, Capitalist Kids, Young Governor, King Friday (King Friday is a must own), Porcelain Boys (another must), and Riccobellis. But I think they need special attention for their Short-Run CD series. A lot of people scoff at CD’s now a days but fuck those people. I own almost every one of the CD’s in this series and they’re all great. Munice Girls, Fashanu, Nona, Nerd Gets the Girl and Prabu Pramayougha to name a few.
If you have some extra cash (or even if you don’t) make sure you support these guys. (And you’re other small time labels putting out great music)
http://johnwilkesboothrecords.com/
http://www.sp-records.com/
http://sprecords.bigcartel.com/ (non-Japanese Customer store)

REVIEW: Monkey Clit Records Presents: Punk Rock Vol. 1

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Monkey Clit records is a new kid in town when it comes to record labels. Their first release is a compilation by the name of Punk Rock vol. 1. If this is a peak into the future of thinks to come from Monkey Clit I think they’ll do alright. We’ve got a span of some pretty good bands, thirty in all so there should be something in here that you like, most of this seems to go more toward the pop side of punk rock, but that’s more than fine with me. There are really only two things I don’t like about this compilation. First, thirty songs is a bit much for a compilation album, it’s a lot to make it through, not that this is a bad lineup, it’s just too much. And second, this is a CD-R, I’m not trying to criticize because I know running a label is insanely hard, but I don’t know if I’d have chosen to make my first release a CD-R. However that being said it is a nice CD-R, printed cover and all, it’s not just some marker job. A handful of these bands I’ve heard of before but most of them are new to me, which is something I’m generally a fan of in compilations, new mixed with known. It’s got a few not too good things, a lot of good stuff and some great stuff, overall it’s a pretty damn good compilation album. Personally I think the cream of the crop highlights are The Absolute Zero, Super White Garlic, Out of Tune, The Sentiments, The Hung Ups, The Zits, Regal Beagle, The Unreleasables, The Barroom Angels, and The Putz.

‘The Sheckies – Cut Marks’ Some snotty sounding pop punk, like the Beatnik Termites with a bad attitude, I dig it.
‘The Locals – Watch Your Back’ This sounds kind of like it was recorded in a basement or something. Despite the low/muddy quality its a pretty good punk song.
‘The Absolute Zero – Teenage Love’ The guy in here sounds a little like Kevin Aper. The song itself is great, I’d look into an Absolute Zero album.
‘The Intruders – Lost Boy’ I don’t really care for the vocals here, sounds like a drunk Tom Petty, everything else is pretty good though.
‘The Beldings – Butt Rock Queen’ I love the song title, and the band name. The song is pretty sweet too, total punk fun.
‘Super White Garlic – Fuck You Dawson’ Super White Garlic I recently came across for the first time with the Prozacs split, I really like these guy, this is another really good song by them.
‘Porna and the Trendy Kids – Fast Lane’ It’s like the Sex Pistols teamed up with the Offspring. I’m still on the fence about this song, I can see where a lot of people would dig it though.
‘Out of Tune – She’s The Queen’ Total Queers worship, this is great stuff.
‘The Sentiments – Victim’ Heading back towards more pop punk, or at least like a Screeching Weasel pop era, this song is awesome, I will be looking for more Setiments.
‘The Spoiled Brats – Pushover’ Here’s the punk in the punk rock compilation, I don’t really care for this song though.
‘The Lolligaggers – Fucked Me Up’ A pretty generic pop punk song, fans of Squirtgun will most likely be into this.
‘Kill That Girl – Back To The Future’ As the song title say, this starts out with a Back To The Future sample, I already love it before the song starts. The song itself is pretty good, a quick fun punk song.
‘The Varmints – Punk Girl’ Musically this song is super generic, vocally the song is really annoying. I won’t judge a band on just one song but this doesn’t have me running out to get more.
‘The Hung Ups – Get A Life’ Snotty punk brings things back to the fun side. A song about a shitty girlfriend, fucking great!
‘The Zits – Gosh, I Need A Vacation’ The Zits are a band I knew before coming into this album, and this is one of my favorite Zits song. Great choice, awesome quick catchy bubblegum pop punk. You can also find this song on The Zits Electrified EP.
‘Regal Beagle – You’re Too Shrewed’ Regal Beagle is another band I knew before getting here, I believe this is an unreleased song of theirs. I’m glad they threw an unreleased song on here (or at least this one) because this is pretty damn good. Total Queers type pop punk.
‘The FabHabs – Giving It Up’ There’s a little Green Day quality here, at least in the vocals. Overall a pretty good song, but not the best on here.
‘The Murderburgers – Eyes On Her’ I’ve heard some Murderburgers before, this seems to be their pretty standard song, fast fun pop punk. A quality song right here.
‘DeeCracks – Monkey Boy’ Not a fan of this song, it gets on my nerves a little, I can only hope it’s like a B side of theirs or something.
‘The Unreleasables – I Wanna Kill Myself’ The band’s name is kind of clever, the band sounds like one that Wimpy Rutherford would be in. Digging this a lot.
‘The Griswalds – Hate Your Guts’ Another great band name, the band itself is your standard punk angry band, which isn’t bad.
‘The Write Offs – Gotta Let Me Go’ Not a fan of this one, I think the recording really hurts it more than anything else.
‘The Sedations – Abductee’ Slide this right in with late 90′s pop punk, you should get the idea of what it sounds like.
‘Flaming Nosebleed – Mommy & Daddy’ Vocals are weak here but he’s trying really hard, the band is punk for sure. What we’ve got isn’t too bad here. I bet they’ve got a ‘A Day Late and a Dollar Short’ cover album, or wished they did.
‘He-Man Woman Haters – Half Gone’ In the wake of all these good band names, here’s a pretty terrible one. The song isn’t bad, but forgettable punk. It’s pretty good but it won’t jump out at you.
‘Kobanes – New Boyfriend’ Kobanes had some shit luck this year getting kicked off of Insubordination Fest, some say it was justified, some don’t. Either way with songs like this they’d have fit right in if they had played, but I wouldn’t have been too bummed if I was watching someone else during their set.
‘The Barroom Angels – Too Many Problems’ The first forty seconds is an acoustic number, then we get plugged in and turned up. I don’t think the combination mixes too well for this song, but the part of the song that’s not acoustic is pretty awesome.
‘The Putz – Your Spaceship’s Taking Off’ I’d heard the Putz before but wasn’t too impressed, however this song is really good. I’m really going to take another look at these guys. Also songs about spaceships and aliens are always a plus.
‘Spider Lane – We Are’ This voice is really high and takes a minute to get used to, but even when you do the song is still kinda weak.
‘Batfoot! – Utsukushii’ Ending things are a fast punk song, shit’s pretty catch, it’s a good way to go out.

1. The Sheckies – Cut Marks
2. The Locals – Watch Your Back
3. The Absolute Zero – Teenage Love
4. The Intruders – Lost Boy
5. The Beldings – Butt Rock Queen
6. Super White Garlic – Fuck You Dawson
7. Porna and the Trendy Kids – Fast Lane
8. Out of Tune – She’s The Queen
9. The Sentiments – Victim
10. The Spoiled Brats – Pushover
11. The Lolligaggers – Fucked Me Up
12. Kill That Girl – Back To The Future
13. The Varmints – Punk Girl
14. The Hung Ups – Get A Life
15. The Zits – Gosh, I Need A Vacation
16. Regal Beagle – You’re Too Shrewed
17. The FabHabs – Giving It Up
18. The Murderburgers – Eyes On Her
19. DeeCracks – Monkey Boy
20. The Unreleasables – I Wanna Kill Myself
21. The Griswalds – Hate Your Guts
22. The Write Offs – Gotta Let Me Go
23. The Sedations – Abductee
24. Flaming Nosebleed – Mommy & Daddy
25. He-Man Woman Haters – Half Gone
26. Kobanes – New Boyfriend
27. The Barroom Angels – Too Many Problems
28. The Putz – Your Spaceship’s Taking Off
29. Spider Lane – We Are
30. Batfoot! – Utsukushii

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