REVIEW: Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All

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FILMAGE_movie_coverOne of my personally most anticipated documentaries of all time, Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All. If you haven’t guessed by the title it’s the story of the bands Descendents and ALL. Deedle Lacour and Matt Riggle decided this was something that needed to be documented, and it seems everyone has agreed with them. It’s got a great cast of interviewees including Bill Stevenson, Milo Auckerman, Karl Alvarez, Stephen Egerton, Tony Lombardo, Frank Navetta, Doug Carrion, Ray Cooper, Dave Smalley, Scott Reynolds, Chad Price, David Grohl, Keith Morris, Greg Graffin, and Joey Cape just to name a few. It goes pretty in depth with everything, it covers before the bands were formed, how they were formed, the different eras and into present day. It also focuses on each member for a good amount of time. Even if you know a lot about both of these bands you’re still going to come out of this having learned much more. This is a brilliantly done documentary that covers just about everything you could want it to. This is one of the best music documentaries I’ve ever seen. If you’re a fan of the Descendents, ALL or just punk rock or music in general Filmage needs to be on your ‘to see’ list.

REVIEW: Candy Hearts: Miles & Interstates

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CoverCandy Hearts went big time and have joined Bridge Nine Records, for some reason B9 seems to be signing a number of pop punk bands recently, at least they’ve got some good taste. Miles & Interstates isn’t only a Bridge Nine endeavor though; Violently Happy Records also has a hand in this one. None of that should influence your decision to buy the record though; all that really matters is if you like the Candy Hearts. I’d be a little confused if your answer to that was no because they’ve got it all going, catchy great songs that you can listen to a thousand times and not get sick of them. Miles & Interstates is another example of that especially since this has the same song twice (basically). First we’ve got ‘Miles & Interstates’ you’re standard incredible catchy Candy Hearts song, it’s really fucking good guys. Then we get the acoustic version of ‘Miles & Interstates’ it’s also a really great version but after hearing the full band version it really sounds like it’s missing something. Still, it seems like all Candy Hearts songs would translate to acoustic very well and this is just an example of that. Finally closing out the short EP the band covers a Descendents song ‘Nothing With You’, the Descendents cover was a bit of a shock; honestly I expected it to be way better. It’s (mostly) acoustic and it’s pretty good but I was expecting some greatness, still it came out alright. Overall the Miles & Interstates EP is pretty good, personally I’d recommend listening to it backwards (B side first) because the normal version of Miles and Interstates is the best song by far on here but all of it is pretty solid.

1. Miles and Interstates
2. Miles and Interstates (Acoustic)
3. Nothing With You (Descendents Cover)

Get it from Candy Hearts HERE

Get it from Bridge Nine Records HERE

REVIEW: Punxelated Photo Zine

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Simply put, this guy takes the best live band photos I’ve ever seen, they’re just fucking amazing. In 2012 Marc (the photographer) decided to put some of them together in a photo zine, I was stoked and picked it up at Insub Fest. This thing is pretty awesome; it’s twenty five or thirty pages of nice thick paper with these great full color photos. It’s got pictures from tons of bands Descendents, Hammerhead, Cock Sparrer, Municipal Waste, Propagandhi, Bad Religion, Hanson Brothers, The Queers, Punch, The Ergs!, The Dopamines, and Paint It Black just to name a few. Another great thing about this is Marc takes the time to write about what it’s like going to all these punk shows and taking photos at all of them. It’s a great combination of personal experience and great photos. If you like punk rock and enjoy looking at photos of said bands and even like to hear what it’s like being in the mix then you’ve got to check out Punxelated. I really hope there are more issues to come because this one is great. Coincidently I’m also wearing the Mikey Erg shirt featured in here as I write this.

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HELP SCOTT REYNOLDS MAKE A NEW RECORD!

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Scott Reynolds has started the Kickstarter for his album, make this happen because I need to hear this! Lots of awesome rewards!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1827338523/help-scott-reynolds-make-a-new-record

 

Scott Reynolds’ Pre-kickstarter Introduction Kickass Mega-vid

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I already posted this on the Facebook page and on twitter but, what the fuck, everyone needs to get behind this!

facebook.com/scott.reynolds.1650

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REVIEW: Anti You: Two-Bit Schemes and Cold War Dreams

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Six Weeks Records brings us this mega CD from Rome’s Anti You. Here we’ve got an album that also includes the band’s rare Pig City Life EP, their follow-up Johnny Baghdad EP and on top of all that two unreleased cover songs. If you’re familiar with any of Six Week’s stuff than you know that chances are anything coming from them is some good stuff, and this is no exception to that rule. You’ve got twenty eight blistering punk rock tracks. In current times we’re lacking good quality punk rock and hardcore bands, but Anti You helps fill that void. As I stated before you not only get an album is good old calloused sounding punk rock you also get a lot of bonuses here. The first sixteen tracks are the awesome album that you were expecting that. Seventeen through twenty is the Johnny Baghdad EP, then twenty one through twenty six is the Pig City Life EP and finally the last two tracks are our cover songs. The album and the Johnny Baghdad EP are both great. Pig City Life is good but not on the same level as the other two releases we have packed into this one, except ‘Problem Child’ that song is fucking awesome. Now as for the covers ‘Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing’ is a Discharge cover, and a pretty good one. They’re no Discharge, but it does them justice. And finally a cover by my second favorite band of all time – The Descendents, Anti You’s version of ‘I’m Not A Loser’ is actually way better than I expected. With the style difference I expected this to be slaughtered or at least not that good. However I was pleasantly surprised, this cover fucking rules. It’s probably in the top ten Descendents covers I’ve ever heard. So if you’re into hard in your face punk in the lines of Government Warning, Career Suicide and Direct Control Anti You is something you should be checking out.

1. Lobotomizer Man
2. Absolution
3. A Sign
4. H-Bomb
5. Escape From The City
6. Rewire and Reboot
7. Hook Line and Sinker
8. Punks Quit
9. Cop-Out
10. Dead End World
11. Contaminated
12. Aprils Fool’s Decade
13. Operation S.S.
14. Stockholm Pet
15. King Of Nothing
16. No One Like Me
17. Info DO
18. Nothing New
19. F.V.A.
20. Johnny Baghdad
21. Pig City
22. Stare At The Wall
23. I’d Rather Be Crucified (Than Listen To You)
24. Bail Out
25. Problem Child
26. Control
27. Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing
28. I’m Not A Loser

Get Two Bit Schemes & Cold War Dreams from Amazon HERE

REVIEW: Full of Fancy: Liquid Nature + The Singles

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Full of Fancy’s new album comes to us by way of Don Giovanni Records and I can say I think this is the best thing the band has ever done. It still keeps that pop sound that a lot of people know them but expands on some of the more rock tunes and even further sometimes. And as an added bonus, if you buy the CD not only do you get the first eleven tracks that make up the album but you also get eleven more which features songs from their split and single records. So if you don’t have some of these or if you’re just too lazy to rip your records this is a perfect chance to fill in. The extra tracks are from Their upcoming Art of the Underground Single, their split with Dead Mechanical, the Every Wall in the Parlor 7″, a Sweet Baby Jesus LP bonus track, their split with the Screaming Females and their split with the Acid Creeps. As some or most of these have been reviewed on here previously I won’t go over them again and will just focus on the album tracks. But I do feel I’ve got to say since it hasn’t come out yet make sure you get that Art of the Underground single, ‘Hermit Love’ rules and it’s got a fucking great cover of The Descendents ‘Marriage’.

‘Basement’ One of my new favorite Full of Fancy songs, that pop sound you’d expect from the group with a little more rock thrown into it.
‘He’s Mean’ Here’s a song that really shows off the band’s growth, almost a straight rock tune, but doesn’t totally abandon the band’s sound, parts of this remind me of Soule Cake.
‘Trophy’ This totally reminds me of a Donnas song, well when the Donnas were making really good music.
‘Notebook’ Fucking love the bass line and guitar work in this. Love the song too, total girl rock greatness.
‘Weather’ A super slow tune, one of my favorites on the album, I just wanna walk around barefoot in a field like a fucking hippie and listen to this song everyday.
‘Liquid Nature’ Some evil dark depressing sounds coming out of the speakers here, like a metal Nirvana but way better than you’d imagine that would sound. An all instrumental track.
‘Blue Black’ Total pop is back, somewhat, we start out that way then it drops more into that slow rock thing. A great contrast follow-up to the last song.
‘Dear Summer’ Reminds me of some of that later Descendents/Parasites pop punk, possibly the most solid song on the album.
‘A Lot Of People’s Girlfriends Are In There’ Longest title, shortest song, sounds like someone had problems getting into one of their shows, glad it was documented in song form.
‘People Die’ A quick paced bubbley rock song with some of that haunting slow-paced stuff mixed in, a great combination served up in one song.
‘Dumb is Forever’ I like this song a lot, like a slow pop song. But I don’t think I’d like it ending the album. Luckily the singles collection kicks in after this so the Full of Fancy goodness continues which is exactly what you want to happen after this song.

1. Basement
2. He’s Mean
3. Trophy
4. Notebook
5. Weather
6. Liquid Nature
7. Blue Black
8. Dear Summer
9. A Lot Of People’s Girlfriends Are In There
10. People Die
11. Dumb is Forever

Get it from Don Giovanni Records HERE

Get Liquid Nature + The Singles from Amazon HERE

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