Top 20 EPs/Singles of 2013

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So I decided not to double dip with releases anymore that’s why Jabber’s Too Many Babes isn’t on here, but it finally came out on record this year and it’s really great, go buy it. It would have ranked quite high if I’d put it on here.

1. Night Birds: Maimed For The Masses
2. Martin: The Worst Part
3. Sick Sick Birds: All the Fins in the Sea
4. Skinny Genes: Meh
5. Stab Me Kill Me: No Ledge
6. Horror Section: Prowler ep
7. The Punchlines: It Ain’t Funny
8. Pity Party: Do A Little Dance
9. The Creeps: Our Time
10. Iron Chic: Spooky Action
11. Invitational: Fucking Dangerous
12. Derailer: I Don’t Forgive You. I Forget You
13. Science Police: You Are Under Arrest in the Future
14. The Novice: s/t 7″
15. Superchunk: Me & You & Jackie Mittoo
16. Up For Nothing: In Trance
17. Drag The River: Losers/Marooned
18. Crusades: Parables
19. Prabu Pramayougha: WAH!
20. Vinnie Paz: Carry on Tradition

 

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REVIEW: Perfect Teeth: Perfect Match/Issue #0

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Perfect Teeth is a comic song combo that comes from some people that you probably know.
The song is pretty great, it’s got Jon Snodgrass on vocals and it’s not quite like anything he’s done before yet it’s not a far cry either. However I guess that makes sense since if you take a look at the band. The song was written by Vinnie Fiorello from Less Than Jake, but the band itself is Stephen Egerton of the Descendents on guitar, bass and drums, Jon Snodgrass of Drag The River/Armchair Martian on vocals and guitar, so as you might imagine, this should be great just based on that. Best thing I can say is if you’re a Snodgrass/Drag The River/Armchair Martian fan be sure to check this out. Even if you’re not familiar with Jon or any of those bands, think along the lines of the Descendents family tree to get a good foothold of what you’re getting into. I really dig this; I hope there’s an album in the works.
The comic part is a free digital download you can get from Paper and Plastick’s website. The comic written by Vinnie Fiorello from Less Than Jake and Matt Anderson, and drawn by Peter Wonsowski and Matt Jordan. Idea behind this collaboration is that the song you’re hearing is the real life version of the band in the comic. I like the art in here, the style seems to change slightly even though this thing is only twenty pages. In the comic there are ‘monster invasion’ bands, similar to the ‘British Invasion’ of old, but with bands formed by actual monsters. The movement seems to be started accidently by Nick Payne, not a real vampire, but his success sent record executives to start making frequent visits to monster venues. Turns out the real monsters don’t like Nick too much, but there was a band, Perfect Teeth, they had a number one hit with ‘Perfect Match’ (the song that came streaming with this). With real monster bands like Perfect Teeth having hits the fakes like Nick Payne pretty much fell off everyone’s radar. Most of the comic takes place in an interview with the lead singer of Perfect Teeth and Nick Payne. I’m not sure how strong the set of legs would be on this if it was actually a series, it could probably run as a mini-series through. I liked this way more than I expected to, it was a pretty quick and easy read, and I think that’s more of a credit to the writing than anything else. Check this out if you get a chance, it’s a pretty good way to spend a few minutes.
With a side note my small and weird complaint is the format. The comic download is a pdf, which makes sense, it’s probably the easiest and most widely used format for something like this, chances are it’s the way I’d have released it. But having it as a cbr or cbz would have made it so much better on my tablet.

If anyone knows where I can get an actual download of this song let me know. This whole stream thing isn’t cutting it for my life.

Drag the River Tour Dates

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Wednesday 8/25/ Lawrence @ Replay Lounge
Friday 8/27 Chicago @ Schubas (early show, they play at 7pm)
Saturday 8/28/ Chicago @ 2nd Ann American Legion Post 923 Block Party (early show, they play at 7pm)
Sunday 8/29 St. Louis @ Firebird
Monday 8/30 Memphis @ Hi-Tone
Tuesday 8/31 Little Rock @ White Water
Wednesday 9/2 Baton Rouge @ North Gate Tavern
Thursday 9/02 Houston @ Rudyards British Pub
Friday 9/03 Austin @ Red 7
Saturday 9/04 Denton @ Andy’s Bar

Drag the River (full band), Jon Snodgrass and Chad Price
Friday,Saturday 9/10,9/11 Denver, CO @ 3 Kings Tavern (for Suburban Home’s 15th Anniversary)

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)

Get The Seven Degrees of Stephen Egerton from Amazon HERE

REVIEW: 4H Royalty: Colossalalia

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Zach Boddicker, Andrew Porter, and Rob Beuhler come together to form Denver’s 4H Royalty, a refreshing new take on country music. In the land of alt-country and shitty popular country music 4H Royalty doesn’t quite fit into either category as you’d expect them do. There’s more of a rock sound into their music, but no where near enough to alienate the sound, this is still really good country. Some of these remind me of some of the popular Nashville sound that was coming out of the late 80’s, when things were starting to change-up but still pretty decent.  The very first thing I noticed about this CD when I got it was that the insert and inlay was all cut out from a case of PBR and hand written in marker, I already knew I was going to enjoy this. The first thing I noticed about the album when I popped it in was the great sound. I have no idea how much it cost to record but this thing sounds like a million bucks, it’s really impressive. Some people might actually be off put at first by the production value, but those people are the dumb ones, this is by no means just an over produced all sound and no substance thing. Here’s a rundown of a few songs, but trust me, any song not mentioned specifically isn’t bad, all thirteen songs are damn good and shouldn’t be passed over.

‘Rosenberg Family Band’ When I talked about that 80’s country sound this song might fit into that more than any other on the album.
‘Chinese Turquoise’ This just sounds like something you should be listening to with the windows down driving around on a hot summer day.
‘Rock & Roll Blowout’ This might be my favorite song on the album, so good.
‘The Breaks’ Seems like something you’d hear coming out of the jukebox in the classic smoke-filled, pool playin bar.
‘Tires in a Landfill’ A quick pick up in pace from the previous song ‘Rubber City Girl’ this one’s pretty fun.
‘Orbison Eyes’ Also a contender for best song on the album.
‘Walk of Shame’ A quick paced get stuck in your head song, you’ll listen to this one a lot.
‘You Didn’t Have to Do That’ A slow, real fucking good, song closes the album out. I will be looking forward to the next 4H Royalty album.

1. Rosenberg Family Band
2. Chinese Turquoise
3. Woo Girls
4. Rock & Roll Blowout
5. The Breaks
6. Rubber City Girl
7. Tires in a Landfill
8. Orbison Eyes
9. Scratch & Dent Man
10. What’s Too Dumb to Be Said
11. The Project
12. Walk of Shame
13. You Didn’t Have to Do That

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