Top Music the first half of 2014

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Top 10 Albums – First half of 2014:

1. Rational Anthem: Emotinally Unavaiable
2. BraceFace: BraceFace
3. Candy Hearts: All The Ways You Let Me Down
4. Now People: Love, Sex, Death & the Weather
5. Zero Boys: Monkey
6. Caffiends: S/T
7. Unwelcome Guests: Wavering
8. Johnny Cash: Out Among The Stars
9. Exmortus: Slave to the Sword
10. Banner Pilot: Souvenir
Top 10 EPs – First half of 2014:

1. The Turkletons: Fur Frontal
2. Neighborhood Brats: Total Dementia
3. Beach Slang: Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?
4. Unfun: Shores of Lake Erie
5. The Sci-Fi Nightmares: Hold On To Your Heart
6. Maiden Mars: Goth Through This EP
7. Invitational: Composite
8. Night Birds: Monster Surf
9. Clint Maul: Sow EP
10. Iron Reagan: Spoiled Identity ep

Best split (hasn’t been many yet) – First half of 2014:

1. Trashkanistan/The Quarantines

Top 5 Demos – First half of 2014:

1. Lucifer’s Hammer: Night Sacrifice (Demo MMXIII)
2. The Rushmore Inciodent: Demo 2014
3. Earth Girls: Demo 2014
4. SLEEVES: Sex is Stupid
5. Fucko: Demo

Top 25 EPs of 2011

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EP’s are great, and this year there were a ton of great ones. This was the hardest catagory to get in order (except the #1 spot which was the runaround winner, and maybe the best all around record of the year).

 

  1. Rational Anthem: Bread Line
  2. Night Birds: Midnight Movies
  3. The Fucking Cops: Fuck You Up With Some Truth
  4. Cell Mates: Shoulda Kept That Quarter!
  5. The Slow Death: Turnstile Comix #1
  6. Chixdiggit!: Safeways Here We Come
  7. Teenage Bottlerocket: Mutilate Me
  8. Dead Ringer: Enjoy The Ride
  9. The Typos: The Typos
  10. The Zits: Summer Pop Dreams EP
  11. Clint Maul: Great Dividing EP
  12. The Shirks: Cry Cry Cry
  13. Saturday Night Karaoke: Duh!
  14. The Copyrights: Crutches
  15. Post Teens: This A.D.D.iction
  16. Clint Maul: Break Open Your Heart EP
  17. Strait A’s: You Make A Better Door Than A Girlfriend EP
  18. Grave Digger: The Ballad Of Mary
  19. The Haverchucks: The Haverchucks
  20. The Quarantines: Zombie Army
  21. Scum Again: Scum Again
  22. Saturday Night Karaoke: Blah!
  23. The Defectives: Boredom and Bad Dreams EP
  24. Rawhide: Branded For Life
  25. Broadcaster: Joyride EP

Top Movies and Music of the first half of 2011

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Well June is here, and you know what that means? It’s time for the first half of the year lists. It’s been a fucking great year for music so far in 2011. The top music list I already hate myself for having to knock so many great releases so far down the list but it’s just been stellar release after stellar release. On the movie side of things though it’s been a pretty slow year, so instead of the standard top five for the half I’m only going to do a top three. So let’s go ahead and get this underway!

Top 3 movies – First half of 2011

1. Green Hornet
2. Hangover 2
3. Thor

And the worst movie of the year so far is…

No Strings Attached

Now on to the music, normally I split these into a few posts but because it was a short movie list I’m just cramming everything here. If you didn’t make the list, fear not, there’s still half a year for things to get moved and you’re probably on the list somewhere anyway (if it’s good). I’m also splitting things up a little different this year so there’s actually more lists, you’ll see.

Top 10 albums – First half of 2011

1. Motorhead: The World Is Yours
2. Deep Sleep: Turn Me Off
3. Sundials: Never Settle
4. Raphael Saadiq: Stone Rollin’
5. Rendondo Beat: Meet Rendondo Beat
6. Power Quest: Blood Alliance
7. Mind Spiders: Mind Spiders
8. The Underground Railroad to Candyland: Knows Your Sins
9. The Dwarves: Are Born Again
10. Spraynard: Funtitled

Top 10 EP’s – First half of 2011

1. Rational Anthem: Bread Line
2. Night Birds: Midnight Movies
3. The Fucking Cops: Fuck You Up With Some Truth
4. Cell Mates: Shoulda Kept That Quarter!
5. The Slow Death: Turnstile Comix #1
6. Chixdiggit!: Safeways Here We Come
7. Teenage Bottlerocket: Mutilate Me
8. The Typos: The Typos
9. The Zits: Summer Pop Dreams EP
10. Clint Maul: Great Dividing EP

Top 5 splits – First half of 2011

1. Direct Hit/Tit Patrol
2. Dopamines/Dear Landlord
3. The Queers & Killtime
4. Wax Phantom/Criminal Culture
5. Unwelcome Guests/255’s

Top 3 Singles – First half of 2011

1. Mikey Erg: Heart Shaped 12″
2. Brain F: So Dim
3. Big Eyes: Why Can’t I

And I’ll just throw this in for now since there hasn’t been too many demo’s I’ve come across this year (less than 5!!), I hope the second half picks up on this front.

The best Demo of the year so far:

The Masked Intruder: Demo

Releases Worth Getting March 22, 2011

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DVD/Blu-Ray:
Ernest Double Feature: Ernest Goes to Camp & Ernest Goes to Jail
Spaghetti Western Double Feature Vol 1: D’Jango & Now They Call Him

Music:
Unfun/Stymie split
Clint Maul: Great Dividing EP
Tit Patrol/Direct Hit split
Aretha Franklin: Take a Look: Complete on Columbia
Grave Digger: Rheingold

New Clint Maul EP

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Well I can’t say it any better than the man himself so straight from the horse’s mouth:

 

Hey folks! Hope everyone is having a good start to the new year. Just wanted to let everyone know that I have just released a new EP. It is called “Break Open Your Heart.” It’s a bit of a lo-fi, fuzzed out, rock, pop type thing. Below is a link where you can give it a listen and download it for free! Hope all is well.

Sincerely,

Clint Maul

http://clintmaul.bandcamp.com/

REVIEW: Clint Maul: Thrift Store Dress EP

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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

Get it from Clint Maul HERE

Top Music of the first half of 2010

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June June June, half way through the year. So where do we stand music wise? There’s already been a ton of good stuff come out this year so we’ve already got two top ten lists here.

Top 10 albums – First half of 2010

Notes I feel should be mentioned but no one cares about:
Tim Barry barely
got knocked off the end by Clint Maul.
Rumspringer and The Dopamines were tied for 2nd for a long time, I almost gave them both 2nd. The tie was broken by listening to both albums back to back 5 times.

1. Leatherface: The Stormy Petrel
2. Rumspringer: Empty Towers
3. The Dopamines: Expect The Worst
4. The Seven Degrees of Stephen Egerton
5. The Hextalls: Get Smashed
6. Ken Yokoyama: Four
7. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: I Learned the Hard Way
8. Louis Logic: Me and Everyone You Know
9. Tit Patrol: Hate Speech
10. Clint Maul: Know You Know

Top 10 splits, EP’s, Singles and Demos – First half of 2010

1. The Transgressions/The Side Project: Stop Wasting My Time
2. The Zits: Electrified! EP
3. Like Bats: Look on the Bright Side
4. The Ergs!: Thrash Compactor
5. The Slow Death: S/T EP
6. House Boat: Processing Complaints
7. The God Damn Doo Wop Band/Vacation Bible School: Covered
8.  New Creases: About Last Night
9. Mean Jeans: Tears In My Beers
10. Cell Mates: Demo

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