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

REVIEW: 4H Royalty: Liars & Outliers

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Cover4H Royalty is back with another album giving some people hope that there’s still good country music out there. With two albums under their belt they don’t show any signs of changing into any sort of downward spiral, in fact they just seem to get better. The new album ‘Liars & Outliers’ is their best one to date. Right from the opening song ‘Your Team’ you know you’ve just started listening an album that you’re going to like a lot. By the time you get to ‘Road Beer’ it’s pretty certain that this is one of the best country albums to come out this year. This album doesn’t seem to be quite as polished as the past couple while still sounding great, and as far as I’m concerned that’s a great thing. Not only is 4H Royalty a gem in today’s country music but this album doesn’t have one filler on it, it’s solid song after solid song. It doesn’t lose steam either, where some albums start out strong and slow down as it goes on ‘Liars & Outliers’ saves songs like ‘(whatever happened to) Whats-Her-Name’ till the near end, this song may also be the band’s best song to date. It’s a pretty simple equation, if you like country music, or even use to like it, so get yourself a copy of ‘Liars & Outliers’.

1. Your Team
2. Frank
3. Gas Cap Rag
4. Road Beer
5. The Shape of Karaoke to Come
6. Moving to the Country
7. Cherry Street
8. (whatever happened to) Whats-Her-Name
9. In the World

Get it from 4H Royalty HERE

REVIEW: Larry and His Flask: Hobo’s Lament

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LarryLarry and His Flask have a new EP out on Paper + Plastick out, while I’m not a fan of that label I can get down with this band for sure. They hail from Oregon and play some country music that has some bluegrass and punk folk thrown in there. This EP is pretty great, it’s the first thing I’ve heard from them in a while and it doesn’t seem like they’ve lost a step at all. Six songs that are all great, they’re fast paced but bring it way down when it needs to be. I think the title song ‘Hobo’s Lament’ is the best on there, though it’s got some stiff competition. Anybody that likes real country music might be into this stuff, I know I am.

1. Closed Doors
2. Big Ride
3. My Name Is Cancer
4. Hobo’s Lament
5. Swing
6. So Long

Get it from Larry and His Flask HERE

Get Hobo’s Lament from Amazon HERE

REVIEW: Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits: Trainwreck To Narnia

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BobbyJoeTrainwreckOn January Dirt Cult records released Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits fourth full length album ‘Trainwreck To Narnia’ and it’s one of their best. The band keeps up with their unique blend of comedy, folk, punk, country and rock. It’s just the start of the year, in fact this is the first 2013 album that I’ve heard but I can guarantee that this will be the only album that sounds anything even close to this. The songs are perfectly written and played so that you’re entertained by just listening to how great they sound and then again by just how ridiculous some of this stuff is. Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits is truly a treasure to music in just about every genre and Trainwreck To Narnia is just further proof of that. If you’re looking for something really different but still great to listen to then you’ve got to check out ‘Trainwreck To Narnia’. And if you’re already a fan of Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits then rest assured that this is another incredible album by the group.

1.  After the Armadillo
2.  Vanilla American
3.  Blues Turn Brown
4.  Biological Imperative
5.  My Darling Boo
7.  Baked Beans & Whiskey
8.  Walk in the Crosswalk
9.  Bone Dagger
10. Censor The Word
11. Hey Everybody
12. The Last Child Soldier

Get it from Dirt Cult Records HERE

Get Trainwreck To Narnia from Amazon HERE

REVIEW: 4H Royalty: Where UFOs Go To Die

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4HUFO4H Royalty is back with their second album and what a good one it is. In fact this may be the best country album of 2012. It combines equal parts Tim Barry and Clint Black to make a unique country sound that’s quality and pure country with a bit of a 90’s touch on it. Not only is this whole album real good but there’s a ton of standout songs ‘Statutes of Limitation’, ‘The Blind Draw’, ‘Fall Off The Face of the Earth With Me’ and ‘Virtues, Spices & Liquors’ just to name a few. This is a band that’ll appeal to not only the alt-country crowd but also to the people that use to listen to main stream country before it turned to crap. The songs are so well written and played I just want to sit back with a glass of whiskey and listen to them all night. If you’re a fan of good country music do not miss out on ‘Where UFOs Go To Die’.

1. Accordion Bus
2. Statutes of Limitation
3. The Black Hornet Rides Again
4. The Blind Draw
5. Fall Off The Face of the Earth With Me
6. Itchy Blood
7. Virtues, Spices & Liquors
8. Soon Enough
9. Where UFOs Go To Die
10. Over & Out

Get it from 4H Royalty HERE

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

 

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Top 25 EP’s of 2012

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1. Prabu Pramayougha: YA!
2. Jabber: Too Many Babes
3. Candy Hearts: The Best Ways To Disappear
4. Masked Intruder: First Offense
5. Irish Handcuffs: Stubbs
6. Mixtapes: Somewhere In Trinsic
7. Invitational: Your Everywhere Is Nowhere
8. The Bat Bites: Take It, It’s Free
9. Caffiends: Boris Dogavitch
10. Yo Ticonderoga: Coffee Moments
11. The Fat Stupids: S/T
12. ZipGun Bomber: Paper Airplanes EP
13. Muncie Girls: EP
14. The Zits: Breakout
15. The Keystone Kids: Things Get Shaky
16. Crimes: Fluffy
17. The Isotopes: Blood Diamond
18. Jon Snodgrass & Friends: More Buddies, More Fun
19. Necro: Murder Murder Kill Kill EP
20. FUCK!*(It’s Pronounced Shit): Still I Cling
21. Man the Change: Faded EP
22. American Lies: Listen, That’s Disco
23. Community Pools: Thabeet Goes On
24. Low Culture: Low Culture
25. Unfun: Caroline E.P.

 

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