REVIEW: Bankrupt: Rewound

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bankrupt-rewound_0Bankrupt is here by way of Hungary with their ‘Rewound’ EP, it’s got five songs that seem to span many different styles. They’re a band that combines punk, surf, rock, indie and everything in-between. The first song ‘Clint’ is like a surfy instrumental, after that ‘Rewound’ is an awesome melodic punk song in the vein of Jawbreaker, Samiam or Dramarama. ‘Weekend’ reminds me of a Buzzcocks song, it’s pretty fucking great. ‘Happenstance’ is pretty much the closest thing to a straight up punk rock song that they’ve got on here, though it does have a heavy rock influence on it. Closing things out is ‘Retro’ which is a bit more of that melodic punk sound with a little indie rock or new wave mixed in just for the hell of it. This is one of the best EP’s I’ve heard all year and it’s certainly the most unique sounding. With a mixing of sounds so perfectly done I can’t even think of another band that is doing something like this today. If you like any of the above mentioned things I highly recommend you check out Bankrupt.

1. Clint
2. Rewound
3. Weekend
4. Happenstance
5. Retro

Get it from Bankrupt HERE

REVIEW: Run, Forever: Settling

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Run Forever SettlingPittsburgh’s Run, Forever have been putting out some really good stuff the past couple years and now they’re here with another album full of songs that you’ll enjoy. If you’ve heard Run, Forever before I’ll say you know what you’re getting into and this is way better than their previous album. If you’ve never heard the band they’re a band that combines rock and indie into a sound that’s pretty much their own. This album is some of the best stuff they’ve done yet.

1. Good Enough
2. Sun Bruised
3. Maritime States
4. Basement
5. Settling
6. Braddock Beach
7. Postcards
8. Close to the Sun
9. Drop Out
10. Forget

Get Settling from Amazon HERE

REVIEW: Cayetana: Demo EP

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cayetana-demoPhiladelphia’s Cayetana is here with their ‘Demo EP’, it consists of three songs are right up the alley of people that like bands like P.S. Eliot and Lemuria. The songs are punk songs that you can sit back and relax to while you listen, and for a demo they sound incredible. I’m not sure why this wasn’t just made as an EP because these clearly don’t sound like crap recordings. The songs are a bit on the long side but at the same time they don’t drag so I can’t really complain about that. People that like their punk with an injection of indie rock check out the Cayetana demo.

1. Mountain Kids
2. Ella
3. South Philly

Get it from If You Make It HERE

REVIEW: Baby Ghosts: Ghost In A Vacuum

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baby-ghosts-ghost-in-a-vacuumBaby Ghosts is a great mix of pop punk and low-fi garage, actually make that the perfect mix of those things. I’ve never heard these sounds blended so perfectly. This seven inch has four great songs that are catchy as hell, I love the song titles and the songs themselves even more. Personally I think ‘Gravy Brain’ is the best but all four of them are solid hits. People that dig bands like Vivian Girls, Full of Fancy and Big Eyes should check out this Baby Ghosts record. It’s out on Lost Cat Records and Drunken Sailor Records.

1. Heaven Is A Place In Space
2. Gravy Brain
3. Married Alive
4. Love Me Buy Can’t

Get it from Drunken Sailor Records HERE

Get it from Lost Cat Records HERE

REVIEW: Rations: How Much Land Does a Man Need?

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Rations How Much Land Does a Man NeedRations have been putting out some great music recently and this 7″ continues that trend. We’ve got five awesome songs here that encompass everything that the Rations are about. The personally I like the first three songs on here the best with ‘Lament’ being the best out of those but really there’s not a band tune amongst the bunch. If you’re already a fan of Rations you’ll be happy with this and if you haven’t heard them yet this is a pretty good start point, pick it up if you’re into punk with heavy elements of rock and some indie thrown in.

1. Parenthesis
2. A War Of All, Against All
3. Lament
4. No Answer
5. How Much Land Does a Man Need?

REVIEW: Jud Norman: Baby Step

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Jud NormanBaby StepJud Norman is the singer and bassist for the band Research Turtles; here he’s got a new solo album ‘Baby Step’. Jud Norman has the alt-rock and indie elements of Research Turtles but adds some folk sound into the mix to make it even better. This album is real good; it’s the kind of thing you can just sit back and relax to as you let it play. I hope Jud keeps up with this solo style thing because this is good and I think it can get even better.

1. Baby Step
2. Cool and Cold
3. One and Two
4. It’s Easy
5. Roll On
6. Electricity
7. Someone
8. She Got Something
9. Come On Back
10. Crash
11. Alison Masshart
12. I’ll Wait
13. I Like You
14. Stormy Skies

Get it from the Research Turtles site HERE

Get Baby Step from Amazon 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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