REVIEW: The Seven Degrees of Stephen Egerton

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Stephen Egerton is best known as the guitarist of punk bands ALL and the Descendents. In the free time he’s had due to lack of these bands doing…anything, Stephen went and made an album. This one is pretty unique because Stephen Egerton does not sing, so each song features a different guest vocalist from a different band. The album came out great, musically every song is top-notch. There are a few vocals I don’t care for but even on those songs it’s not enough for me to say there’s even one bad song on this album. And while the vocals are going to be heavily talked about here, make no mistake Stephen Egerton is totally the glue that holds this album together, the man is brilliant and I think it really shows here. People get your wallets ready because we’ve got another must own album for the year.

‘Flip’ I’m not familiar with John Speck but maybe I’ll have to change that because this is a great start to the album. Pretty cool rock song.
‘Fire’s On’ I’m a big fan of Jon Snodgrass, and this doesn’t disappoint at all. Kind of a slow-paced rock song, great driving guitar through it.
‘Abundance Of Fluff’ Another guy this is my intro to, John Moreland, he sounds kind of like a tougher Chad Price to me personally, fits this project perfectly.
‘South For The Winter’ Rise Against is a band that seems to be past their prime but Tim does real well on this song, totally an “ALL” intro on this, fucking rules.
‘Funny Face’ I think it goes without saying I’m a giant ALL and Drag the River fan, a fan of Chad Price in general. I basically expected a ‘new’ ALL song out of this, while this isn’t quite it I don’t think, this wouldn’t be out-of-place on one of their albums.
‘Never Again’ This might be my favorite song on the album. I was a big Ultimate Fakebook fan, I haven’t heard anything about Bill in a very long time, he’s still totally got it. This song is fucking awesome.
‘On The Avenue’ This is a pretty good song, quick, bouncy and kind of creepy too.
‘Our Last Song’ I use to love Alkaline Trio, I think Dan has always been underrated and it was a pleasant surprise to see him on here. This is one of the weirder songs on here simply because it totally sounds like Dan is just singing for ALL, totally not a bad thing.
‘She’s Got Everything’ I think this is the song that most people are going to look to first because it has Milo, while this is a great song it’s not one of my favorites. But this is probably because I’m not a big fan of christmas so that’s totally my loss. It’s still really a great song. This would fit in with the ‘Cool To Be You era’ Descendents.
‘Cut Me Down To Size’ I was never a fan of MXPX at all so I was surprised to see myself enjoying this song as much as I do. This is one of my favorite songs on the album.
‘Sunny Disposition’ Scott Reynolds can do no wrong in my eyes. Him and Stephen were going to (still are?) doing a band called 40Engine. This song was posted on the band’s myspace so I’ve heard it many many times already, it still stands up to the test of time.
‘When They Roam’ I like Joey Cape’s solo stuff but was never into Lagwagon so I didn’t know if this was going to be good. Luckily the song is a written masterpiece, Joey is pretty good on the track too.
‘Print On Paper’ I’ve never liked Less Than Jake so this was another complete shocker. This is another song that’s just so fucking good it kind of blew me away.
‘Falling Out’ Big Drill Car rules and this is a highly enjoyable song.
‘Silencer’ Shades Apart is a great band so I was pretty surprised to be a little let down here. Still it’s a solid song, I can see this growing on me quickly.
‘Willie Wicked’ Closing it out is Abe from Wretch Like Me, I like Wretch, but I don’t like this performance. This is definitely the dud of the album, but I just can’t hate it because it’s got a great rhythm to it.

1. Flip (feat. John Speck of The Fags)
2. Fire’s On (feat. Jon Snodgrass of Drag The River/Armchair Martian)
2. Abundance Of Fluff (feat. John Moreland of Jon Moreland and the Black Gold Band)
4. South For The Winter (feat. Tim McIlrath of Rise Against)
5. Funny Face (feat. Chad Price of ALL/Drag The River)
6. Never Again (feat. Bill McShane of Ultimate Fakebook)
7. On The Avenue (feat. Jesse Cole of In Stereo/Le Fang)
8. Our Last Song (feat. Dan Andriano of Alkaline Trio)
9. She’s Got Everything (feat. Milo Aukerman of The Descendents)
10. Cut Me Down To Size (feat. Mike Herrera of MXPX)
11. Sunny Disposition (feat. Scott Reynolds of ALL)
12. When They Roam (feat. Joey Cape of Lagwagon/Me First And The Gimme Gimmes)
13. Print On Paper (feat. Chris DeMakes of Less Than Jake)
14. Falling Out (feat. Frank Daly of Big Drill Car)
15. Silencer (feat. Mark Vecchiarelli of Shades Apart)
16. Willie Wicked (feat. Abe Brennan of My Name/Wretch Like Me)

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REVIEW: Porcelain Boys: Away Awhile

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Fans of Scott Reynolds era ALL need to take note of the underrated juggernaut known as the Porcelain Boys. Poppy pop punk is what we got here, brought to us by Pop Kid Records (A label almost as underrated as this band). The band never got the recognition they deserved and only had this single album, but as far as I’m concerned this is a must own. In fact you may see me call multiple songs on here my favorite. Most of this album will be stuck in your head.

‘If You Were Real’ This is one of the most Scott Reynolds like songs on here, with some G-Whiz thrown in, the second I heard the opening lines of this I knew I loved this band. This song is catchy as fuck. My favorite song.
‘Five Feet From My Door’ This song reminds me of a nice summer day and a dreary rainy day at the same time. Poppy and uplifting with some downsides all at once.
‘Icewarm’ Slowing things down a little bit here, this totally reminds me of an ALL song. Melodic and catchy, some great hooks.
‘Donuts’ Also my favorite song. This again reminds me of Scott Reynolds but more post-ALL Scott. This one is fast and fun.
‘Puffed’ Another great song, I’m amazed at how this bad didn’t catch on like wildfire. This seems like a Mega City Four throwback song, with a little more energy thrown in.
‘Hey Melissa’ probably my all time go-to Porcelain Boys song. My favorite song, this motherfucker will get stuck in your head more than you’ll ever want.
‘Bedtime’ Totally a Cruz Records type of song, think Big Drill Car/Chemical People.
‘Green Skies’ A great follow-up to the previous song, more Cruz style stuff. Did I mention how great this album flows too?
‘Broke’ Slow acoustic intro until the 20 second mark then we rev up like an engine. My favorite song, again. This is the song I’d throw on a mix tape.
‘Sidetrack’ Sidetrack, totally not a skippable track.
‘Squeaky Clean’ My favorite song, I donno this reminds me of some sort of weird Mega City Four/G-Whiz fuck child. A great song that seems to mix the best elements of both bands into a Porcelain Boys classic.
‘Away Awhile’ And we close out the album is the slowest and longest song on the album. Clocking in at just over seven minutes, holy fuck this song is great.

1. If You Were Real
2. Five Feet From My Door
3. Icewarm
4. Donuts
5. Puffed
6. Hey Melissa
7. Bedtime
8. Green Skies
9. Broke
10. Sidetrack
11. Squeaky Clean
12. Away Awhile

Weekly Label Profile: Boss Tuneage Records

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Name: Boss Tuneage Records
Lifespan: 1990-Current
Web Site: www.bosstuneage.com
Notable Releases/Bands: Shutdown, The Unknown, Blocko, Doughboys, Serpico, Kid With Man Head, The Tank, The Pavers, Manifesto Jukebox, Reno Divorce, Porcelain Boys, Jettison, Pocket Genius, Rhythm Collision, G-Whiz, All Systems Go, Bonesaw Romance, Scott Reynolds, Hard-Ons, Scott Reynolds & The Steaming Beast, Big Drill Car, Drive, Heresy
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Boss Tuneage is a UK based label started by Aston Stephens. They’ve had a few starts and stops over the years and they are by no means a mega giant of a label, but they’ve still got plenty of great releases under their belt. I thing I’ve always liked about them personally is giving Scott Reynolds the chance to put out a lot of great music. Currently they’re broken into two sections, Boss Tuneage Recording Company and Boss Tuneage Retro Series. The Retro series tries to stick to album reissues while the main Recording Company is the place to go to for new tunes.

REVIEW: Big Drill Car: A Never Ending Endeavour

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Big Drill Car is back it’s been eighteen years since the original lineup was together but now they are with this new release. We’ve got five brand new songs from the group and fifteen rare and unreleased tracks that came from singles, comps and demos. Boss Tunage put this one out so you might be waiting a little while for shipping but it’ll be worth it. This is a great collection of Big Drill Car stuff. I’m calling it a collection only because it’s not all new material. Now I won’t lie, there are some duds in here but the winning stuff more than makes up for it. If you’re a Big Drill Car fan or like that 90’s Cruz Records style sound you should look into this one.

1. Hospital Song
2. Latch Key
3. Eye A Door
4. Drops In The Sea
5. The Other 364
6. No Worse For The Wear
7. what You Believe
8. Nothing At All
9. Celebrated Summer
10. Trash The House
11. Thin White Line
12. I Don’t Mind
13. The Shake
14. A Take Away
15. Song #40
16. Friend Of Mine
17. Black Country
18. Step Right Up
19. Surrender
20. Big Shot

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Releases worth getting Nov 10, 2009

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DVD:

Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut - A fucking 5 disc version.

The Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 7: 1952-1954 – A must have for any Three Stooges fan.

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero: Complete Collectors Set – The entire series of maybe the best cartoon from the 80’s. Comes in a sweetass footlocker.

UFC: Ultimate 100 Greatest Fights – 8 DVD’s, 100 people getting beat up, what’s not to like?

The Official World Series Film Collection – Every World Series ever.

Dirty: The Official ODB Biography – I haven’t seen this but I like ODB and Wu Tang Clan so I expect good things.

Music:

Earl Scruggs: Live from Austin City Limits

Earl Scruggs: Family Portrait

Earl Scruggs & Tom T. Hall: Storyteller & the Banjo Man

The Ergs!/The Measure [sa] split 7″ – YES YES YES FUCKING FINALLY!

Copyrights/Brokedowns 7″

Kepi Ghoulie: Life Sentence (CD and Vinyl)

The Marked Men: Fix My Brain (CD and Vinyl)

Cobra Skulls: American Rubicon (CD and Vinyl)

Big Drill Car: A Never Ending Endeavor

The Riptides: Tales from Planet Earth

Nada Surf: Karmic EP (Extra tracks)

Anvil: This Is Thirteen - I got my hands on this early I guess, it kicks ass!!

Anthrax: Among the Living (Remastered, extra tracks)

AC/DC: Backtracks (2CD+DVD)

Deep Purple: Live At Montreux 1996 (Vinyl)

Alice Cooper: Easy Action (Vinyl)

Ted Nugent: Double Live Gonzo! (Vinyl)

Creedence Clearwater Revival: The Singles Collection (Vinyl Box set)

MF Doom: Unexpected Guests

J.J. Brown: Connect the Dots

Jackson 5: I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters

REVIEW: Deep Sleep: Three Things At Once

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deelsleep3Baltimore’s Deep Sleep is here with a much anticipated CD. Featuring a Descendents ‘Two Things At Once’ rip-off cover, and all three of Deep Sleep’s 7″s. Twenty one tracks of pure hardcore/punk songs that are sure to get lodged in your head like shrapnel from a landmine. The guys have been around for a few years and have given us three progressively better 7″s, this CD is a collection of those three EP’s (hence the name). The only problem I have with this anthology of awesome tunes is, like I mentioned earlier the band has gotten better throughout their existence with each release. Here in lies the problem, the CD is laid out like this, tracks 1-6 are from their newest release ‘Paranoid Futures’, 7-13 features the contents of the second release “Manic Euphoria”, as it should, and tracks 13-21 are from the band’s first 7″ “You’re Screwed”. Not to say the CD gets progressively worse, I just feel the best stuff is at the beginning, nothing on here is even close to bad, I just wish it would have been laid out in the reverse order that it is. The booklet is a nice touch to this as well, it features lyrics as well as the cover art for each record this was taken from, so you get more than just your standard ‘here’s our collection CD’ which is way cool. So if you’re into bands that draw from the Adolescents, ALL/Descendents, Big Drill Car, Hard-ons, Hukster Du, Chemical People, Circle Jerks and the Zero Boys then you’re into Deep Sleep. Out on Richmond’s Grave Mistake Records; go get your copy today.

1. On A Slab
2. Out Of Time
3. Static Void
4. Need To Kill
5. Face Down Dead
6. Into My Brain
7. I’m On Top
8. Curbside Breakdown
9. Textbook Timebomb
10. Nothing Left
11. Not Coming Back
12. Manic Euphoria
13. Fast Forward
14. Let Go
15. Lost In Space
16. Alone With You
17. Real Time Blackout
18. Screwed
19. Another Day
20. Checkout
21. Sick Sick Boredom

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