REVIEW: House Boat: Processing Complaints

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House Boat has a new EP coming out soon on Traffic Street Records, it’s really good, which is no surprise when you look at the band’s lineup (former members of The Steinways, The Ergs, Off With Their Heads, Dear Landlord) or listen to their album ‘The Delaware Octopus’ that came out on It’s Alive Records. Five instant pop punk classics are what you’re going to be getting with this one, exactly what you’re expecting. No disappointment, just quick, catchy songs that will be lodged in your brain by the time you’ve heard them at least once. Don’t sleep on this one because it’s going to go fast.

1. DC Showcase Presents: Inferiority Complex, Volume 420
2. Payment Plan
3. Kids of the Black Hole Sun
4. The Self-Aware Octopus
5. Tired Pleas

Get Processing Complaints from Amazon HERE

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

Insubordination Fest 2010
June 25th and 26th

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
Flamingo Nosebleed
Impulse International
Jetty Boys
Kepi Ghoulie and Friends
Less Than Jake
Max Levine Ensemble
Methadones (Playing “21st Century Power Pop Riot” in it’s entirety)
Night Birds
Noise By Numbers
Off With Their Heads
Smoking Popes
Teenage Bottlerocket
Varsity Weirdos

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

Sonar, Second Stage

Old Wives
Roman Line

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

REVIEW: House Boat: The Delaware Octopus

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Grath and Ace from The Steinways, Zack from Off With Their Heads and Dear Landlord and Mikey Erg from the 800 bands Mikey Erg is in join forces to form the newest pop punk super group, House Boat. As you might imagine these guys are great, still primarily Grath’s group it seems so this is some what The Steinways 2.0 but it’s more than that at the same time. As you may also guess from the list of players involved the debut album “The Delaware Octopus” was super hyped by everyone. I am glad I can say this album lived up to the hype. This is easily one of the best releases of the year, if you like pop punk go scoop this one up. Out on It’s Alive Records, when they had the pre-orders posted on the record label’s web site fans were so eager to get it that the web site crashed for three hours. I’ve already listened to this album six times, and I’ve only had it a day.

1. I Watched The Biggest Loser Australia
2. I Work On The 13th Floor
3. Alonelylonelylone
4. Battlestar Gallactica vs. Pop Punk Message Board VI (Grivet Loves Goats)
5. My Guts Have Shit For Brains
6. My Life Hurts
7. Every Day
8. Are You Into Metal?
9. 30 Going On 13
10. All Of The Time
11. A Song For Halfpint To Suck My Balls To
12. Wait, What?
13. Dumbmarket Travesty

Get it from It’s Alive Records HERE

Get Delaware Octopus from Amazon HERE

REVIEW: The Ergs!/Teenage Bottlerocket: Under the Influence Vol. 4

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ergsinfulteenageinfluIf your not familiar with Suburban Home Records’s Under the influence series here’s the deal. They asked some bands to cover songs that have influenced their songwriting. The artwork is being done by the very talented Mitch Clem and Nation of Amanda who have been asked to make their own renditions of the album art that the song being covered originally appeared. Mitch Clem is always a plus, I love this guy’s artwork, and he seems to be a pretty stand-up guy. Anyway, they’re running volumes of this series, as near as I can tell at this point it’s about half way through with the ones they want to put out at this point in time. The bands that have covered songs as part of this series are Fake Problems, Look Mexico, Whiskey & Co., Ninja Gun, Mustard Plug, Bomb The Music Industry, Drag The River, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Cobra Skulls, Lemuria, Off With Their Heads, Austin Lucas, Frank Turner, Two Cow Garage and Jr. Juggernaut. Volume four included two powerhouses of the pop punk variety Teenage Bottlerocket and The Ergs!. Teenage Bottle Rocket do a cover of Green Day’s “Having A Blast” off of the famed Dookie album. This is a pretty quality cover however as with most cover songs, I perfer the original over it, still though, it’s worth your time to check it out. The Ergs! do a cover of Devo’s “Blockhead” from their second album ‘Duty Now for the Future’. Personally I’m not too big of a fan of Devo, I can deal with a hand full of songs but not much more that. Plus if you’ve heard any Devo you know their sound can be a little on the strange side, and I think that actually pulls over with this cover. It’s not your average Ergs! tune but I still enjoy it. As a whole this record probably will not blow you away but it’s an interesting take on both songs from both the bands, you should give it a listen. How easy or hard this is to find will depend on how much of a record nerd you are. At this point in time there are three pressings of this. One on “Partly Cloudy Sky Blue” that one will most likely be the simplest to find as there were a thousand pressed, quite honestly its the coolest looking too. Coming in at the second coolest (although it is very close to being as good as the blue one), Clear/Green w/ black splatter. There’s seven hundred of these bad boys floating around. And you know thinking about it I think I’m going to change my mind and say the one actually looks the coolest, not that that matters when your listening to the record. The third and final of the three pressings in a simple Clear/Red one, only three hundred of these guys and believe me when preorders went up for this people were foaming at the mouth and freaking out trying to secure some of these red ones so you might have a little bit of trouble coming up with one of these.

1. Teenage Bottlerocket – Having A Blast
2. The Ergs! – Blockhead

REVIEW: Dear Landlord/Off With Their Heads

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dearoffDear Landlord’s other release also happens to be another split. Much like their split with the Chinese Telephones, Dear Landlord smashes the other band on the split. The Off With Their Heads side is really good, actually some of the best stuff I’ve heard from this group. But the Dear Landlord side of the record just takes it to another level. No Idea records knows a good thing when they hear it and they’re the ones responsible for putting this split out. This is a good record to have, and it’s got a couple of pretty cool vulchers on the cover.

Off With Their Heads :
1. Die Slow
2. Splendid Isolation
Dear Landlord :
3. High Fives
4. Crashing

Get it from No Idea Records HERE

REVIEW: Chinese Telephones/Dear Landlord – Split

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ctdl1dlctThe curse of the Chinese Telephones continues, or starts, I’m not sure if this was their first or second split. Anyway what I mean is here we have a split record. One side the Chinese Telephones, the other side Dear Landlord. The Chinese Telephones side is great, but often gets overlooked because the Dear Landlord side is simply better. The bright side of this is you get a split with two really good bands on it here. Two songs from each equals four good pop tunes. A split release between Recess Records and It’s Alive Records you should seek this out. Dear Landlord has very few releases – this and another split with Off With Their Heads, this is a shame really because they’re really good. I hope to see more from these guys, its rumored they’re coming out with a full length album, and hopefully that sees the light of day sometime soon. As for the Chinese Telephones they’re split at this point, done like so many other pop punk bands the past two years. They had a hand full of things out and one full album. They’re pretty underrated, however really overrated in some circles. They’re a solid catchy band who would be better off if they were still together. You’ll be happy if you have this record, the Telephones stuff is really good and the Landlord stuff is really great.

1. Three To The Beach
2. I’m Not Sayin Get Er Done…
3. All Right
4. Prescription Pills And Medical Bills

Get Dear Landlord & Chinese Telephones from Amazon HERE

REVIEW: Insubordination Fest 08 CD/DVD

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insub08Insubordination Fest 2008 came and went and once again I could not make it. However this year as last year Insubordination Records is doing CD/DVD sets. This compilation gives you a little bit of everything from this smorgasbord of pop punk tastiness. Things open up with a little bit of a harder edge with Deep Sleep’s top quality jam “Text Book Timebomb”. We’ve also got the last Insubordination Fest appearances from the now broken up Ergs! as well as Dateless. And a soon to be disbanded Steinways has they’re second to last Insubordination Fest (hopefully nothing goes wrong and they show up for this years). Also included are some rare appearances by reunited Doc Hopper, Sweet Baby and Weston. The Audio and Video quality are both much better than last years sets. If you’ve got an extra few bucks in your pocket and like the pop punk style of music you’ll be happy with owning this set.

1. Deep Sleep – Text Book Timebomb
2. Dopamines – Easy Living
3. Dear Landlord – Don’t Just Stand There
4. Off With Their Heads – Die Today
5. Parasites – Young and Stupid
6. The Drunken Cholos – We’d Have a Riot Doing Heroin
7. Kepi Ghoulie – Girlfriend
8. Cletus – I Don’t Mind
9. Ann Beretta – Angry All the Time
10. Copyrights – 57 North
11. The Ergs! – Bill Moon
12. Dateless – Taking Over Me
13. Backseat Virgins – Striptease
14. Proteens – Nothing but Trouble
15. Karmella’s Game – The Pit
16. Chinese Telephones – Stay Around
17. Doc Hopper – Zapruder Frame 313
18. 20 Belows – Look Out Below
19. Lemuria – Mechanicals
20. Leftovers – Dance With Me
21. Steinways – Today is the Day We are Getting Married
22. Zatopeks – Jumble Sale
23. Beatnik Termites – Red Haired Girl
24. The Crumbs – Girl You Make Me Rock and Roll
25. Sweet Baby – Baby x7 (I Love You)/Pretty Baby
26. Weston – Retarded
27. Sludgeworth – Someday
28. Sloppy Seconds – Let’s Kill a Trendy
29. The Queers – Girl About Town

Get it from Insubordination Records HERE

Get Insubordination Fest ’08 from Amazon HERE


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