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

Releases Worth Getting January 31, 2012

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DVD/Blu-Ray:
Drive
Hey Dude: Season Two
Outrage: Way of the Yakuza
Music:
Ingrid Michaelson: Human Again
The Hextalls: Rock You To Sleep
Delay: Rushing Ceremony
Sloane Peterson: Why Go Out?
John K. Samson: Provincial

Insubordination Fest Line-up

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Insubordination Fest Pre-Show
June 24th

The Ottobar
2549 N. Howard Street
Baltimore MD 21218

MC Chris
Automatics, The
Charlie Brown
Dirt Bike Annie
Firecrackers
Proteens
Quarantines

Insubordination Fest 2010
June 25th and 26th

Sonar
407 E Saratoga St
Baltimore, MD 21202

American Steel
Baracuda McMurder
Be My Doppelganger
Beatnik Termites
Blacklist Royals
Black Wine
Chinese Telephones
Dead Mechanical
Dear Landlord
Dopamines
Flamingo Nosebleed
Houseboat
Huntingtons
Impulse International
Jetty Boys
Kepi Ghoulie and Friends
Kobanes
Leftovers
Less Than Jake
Max Levine Ensemble
Menzingers
Methadones (Playing “21st Century Power Pop Riot” in it’s entirety)
Nancy
Night Birds
Noise By Numbers
Off With Their Heads
Pillowfights
Protagonist
Prozacs
Queers
Sandworms
Shutouts
Sidekicks
Smokejumper
Smoking Popes
Teenage Bottlerocket
Tenement
Varsity Weirdos
Zatopeks

Canada Invasion at the Insubordination Fest 2010
Presented by Merman Records
Friday June 25th

Sonar, Second Stage

Creeps
Hamiltons
Hextalls
Old Wives
PG-13s
Roman Line
Visitors

There are still a few bands TBA, I will update this list as they are confirmed.

Weekly Label Profile: House Party records

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Name: House Party records
Lifespan: 2008-Current (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong on this)
Web Site: http://housepartyrecords.ca/
Notable Releases/Bands: Barrakuda McMurder, Hextalls
Info:
This one’s gonna be short and sweet because there isn’t really a whole lot to say about House Party besides they’re pretty awesome. House Party Records, putting out quality pop punk records, with maybe the coolest name for a label in the history of time. They don’t have a lot out but that doesn’t mean what they put out isn’t great, check em out!

REVIEW: The Hextalls: Get Smashed

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Thanks to the Hextalls we’ve got our first great pop punk album of 2010! The Hextalls bust in your face with an album full of booze, hockey, video games, and just in general awesomeness. The only thing I don’t like about this album is the intro/outro of the first song “I’m a Recluse!” I’ll admit I was a bit scared when I first heard it but the song quickly settled into something I enjoy. This band is a constant for fun songs and this album is no exception, I actually laughed out loud the first time I heard “My Dad vs Shina Twain”. “Pacman” is a great song, about…PACMAN! Like this song or you’re a shitty person. The next couple of songs are all fun in different ways, “Rally” is short and to the point, I love it. Coming up after that we finally get our first hockey reference, it took six fucking songs but that’s fine because it was worth the wait, I support any anti-New York song. “The Final Countdown II” the most epic song title on the album, it’s not what you think it is. The Hextalls also know how to give the lady’s what they want, power ballad. Ok maybe the name isn’t totally descriptive, but it’s a power ballad Hextalls style. Enough of that sappy stuff through, let’s get back to video games. Wait a minute “My Xbox Got the Red Ring of Death” isn’t actually about an xbox…or is it? You be the judge. “I’m an Alcoholic!” I might have to adopt as my new personal anthem, drinking, not wanting to go to work, these things interest me in my daily life. “Diaper Change”, quick, catchy, it’ll be stuck in your head soon. After that you might be thinking you’ve probably hit all the best stuff on the album so far. You might also think “hm, the album cover has an arcade machine on the cover but I’ve only heard a couple video games so far”, enter “We’re the Castle Crashers” or as I like to call it, the best song on the album. If you’ve played the game you’re already running through it in your head, this song is almost as great as the game is. After that it seems the band got tried of having songs that weren’t named after people, because that’s what we get for the next four in a row. But that’s cool songs about people are always fun, especially “Tina Turner”. Also among the ‘songs that have people names’ I want to give a shout out to “Kristine” because that chick sounds awesome, hit me up. Closing out the album is a sixteen second song that’s perfect to close out a Hextalls album.

1. I’m a Recluse!
2. My Dad vs Shania Twain
3. Pacman
4. I Met Her At the Ropetow
5. Rally
6. I Don’t Wanna be a New York Ranger
7. The Final Countdown II
8. Generic Mid-Record Power Ballad
9. My Xbox Got the Red Ring of Death
10. I’m an Alcoholic!
11. Diaper Change
12. We’re the Castle Crashers
13. Bryan Adams
14. Tina Turner
15. Kristine
16. Mark Wilson
17. I’m Hiding Your Car Keys In the Garbage

Get it from The Hextalls HERE

Get Get Smashed from Amazon HERE

REVIEW: Hextalls: Call it a Comeback

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hextallscomebackMost people will tell you don’t call it a comeback; this isn’t the case with the Hextalls who have titled their album “Call it a Comeback”. Now the Hextalls seem to have a love/hate relationship developing with me here. First off they’re a great band. They put on a great live show and they’re catchy as hell. Their song subject matter or rather the lyrics inside said songs are what I have a problem with. Example here “Jason Vs Freddy Vs Ash”, great song, about horror movie icons which I fucking love. But then for no reason they take a swipe at Freddy and Michael Myers (two icons who are obviously better than Jason). That’s the least of the offences on the album. Worst of all is “On The Third Day, Axl Rose” which I can only hope is a joke song. If this song is not a joke then these guys have some serious problems, downing great bands like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden while rooting for the talentless low life Axl Rose. Those problems aside this is a great record; it’s catchy, fun and has some hockey on the cover. If you like catchy pop punk you should check it out.

1. Welcome To The Record
2. I’m The Best (In Bed)
3. Jason Vs Freddy Vs Ash
4. Puckward Nipples The 3rd
5. On The Third Day, Axl Rose
6. J.S. Giguere Is A Robot
7. Texas
8. Dear Dr. Phil
9. Can’t Talk Gotta Work
10. Jeff Siemens Vs The Toothbrush
11. Unicorn Rider
12. (The Dr. Phil Callback)
13. Martin Lawrence
14. Born To Minigolf
15. Ramones T-Shirt
16. Female Doctor Anxiety

Get it from The Hextalls HERE

Get Call It a Comeback from Amazon HERE

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