REVIEW: Masked Intruder/Dan Vapid and the Cheats: The Wedding 7”

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CoverSolidarity Recordings took a page from It’s Alive Records book and put out a split record to celebrate the wedding of Randy and Valerie. We’ve got a two song split featuring Masked Intruder and Dan Vapid and the Cheats. Both songs are pretty long by pop punk standards being over three minutes each. Masked Intruder’s song is very unMasked Intruder like in that it’s not about robbing or stalking anyone, or really breaking any laws in general. It is however a nice pop punk song about Valerie getting married. Dan Vapid and the Cheats song is even better than Masked Intruder’s, which could be because it’s more like one of their songs would sound like. You can never go wrong with a pop punk band that has its roots secured in the 90’s. This record is pretty great, I wouldn’t say the songs are must own but your record collection will be better off for having this in it. Jump on it quick, the first pressing went in the blink of an eye.

1. Valerie is Getting Married (Masked Intruder)
2. Randy’s Getting Married (Dan Vapid and the Cheats)

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

REVIEW: Dan Vapid and the Cheats/Jetty boys

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This is one my most anticipated records of the year. One side from Dan Vapid and the Cheats, one side from the Jetty Boys. Before I even heard it I was sure that this was going to be a great split. Sometimes things happen when you know there’s no way you can be wrong, this was one of those times, not only is this a great record, it even far exceeded my expectations. The first two tracks are from Dan Vapid and the Cheats, oddly enough for various reasons this is the first time I’ve even heard this band, but I’m a fan of Danny Vapid in general. Both these songs are awesome and I’ll be on the lookout for more from this band for sure. They come here with two great pop punk songs that should make any pop punk fan happy. I really can’t make the call for which song I like better, they’re both equally great. On the other side we have two songs from the Jetty Boys, if you know current pop punk then you should know the Jetty Boys, they always put out great songs and this continues that tradition. While I’m still waiting for the band to bring us a third album, I’ll take anything I can get and these two songs definitely quench that thirst. I think their first song is just a slight big better than the second, but be assured it’s a very close call. For the first time in a while I’m going to say I’m not sure which side of this split I like better. Both bands play their hearts out and bring us four top quality pop punk songs of equal greatness. If you’re a pop punk fan this is a must own record for you. You can get it right now from Merman Records, so don’t wait!

Dan Vapid and the Cheats:
1. One More Chance
2. Part Of The Noise
Jetty boys:
3. Not Even Close
4. Jimmy

Get Dan Vapid and the Cheats / Jetty Boys from Amazon HERE


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Insubordination Fest is just about my favorite time of year. A few days of fun and pop punk is a great way to start the summer. They just announced the lineup, and here it is (complete with links in case you’re unfamiliar with some of the bands)

June 21 – 23
The Ottobar
Baltimore MD

Be My Doppelganger
Beatnik Termites
Billy Raygun
Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits
Candy Hearts
City Mouse
Dan Vapid and the Cheats
Dear Landlord
Emily’s Army
Fatal Flaw
House Boat
Lipstick Homicide
Mean Jeans
Mikey Erg
Night Birds
Plow United
Slow Death
Teenage Bottlerocket
Weekend Dads


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