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: 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.

REVIEW: Deep Sleep: Turn Me Off

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Deep Sleep has become one of my favorite Baltimore bands, and out of bands that are currently active they might be the best band in Baltimore (I think it’s between them and Sick Sick Birds). They’ve released three 7” records that get progressively better and better and one CD compilation that contains all three. Now they’re here with their first full length LP ‘Turn Me Off’, that quality progression that they had going with their string of EP’s continues on because this is their best stuff yet. Even somehow better than their last EP, which I still fucking love. The band, three of the best dudes playing in Baltimore, obviously worship the punk gods of the past (some of which mentioned below), the music really reflects that. It’s a great tribute to a lot of fucking awesome bands without ripping them off. While the lyrics spread across your unavoidable death, records, loss and the destruction of everything; while continuing to be fun as fuck to sing along to. I’m sure everyone at some point has felt like at least half of these songs at some point, if not all of them. This record is on a parallel brain wave I haven’t personally heard since the Descendents or The Ergs!. If you’re into Adolescents/ Descendents/ALL/Angry Samoans/Black Flag hell, if you like good ol’ punk rock, then you’ve got to get your hands on this record the first chance you get. This might just be a ten song album, but it will probably end up on the top albums of the year list. If you’re in the US Grave Mistake Records is putting this out, and the European release is going to be done by Taken By Surprise. Plus this record was also mastered by the great Stephen Egerton at Armstrong Recording, how fucking cool is that?

  1. Live Forever
  2. Turn Me Off
  3. Play Another
  4. Always Run
  5. Slow Down
  6. Be With You
  7. Destroy Everything
  8. Nothing Inside
  9. Head Spins
  10. Another Me

Get it from Grave Mistake Records HERE

Get Turn Me Off from Amazon HERE

Top Music of the first half of 2010

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June June June, half way through the year. So where do we stand music wise? There’s already been a ton of good stuff come out this year so we’ve already got two top ten lists here.

Top 10 albums – First half of 2010

Notes I feel should be mentioned but no one cares about:
Tim Barry barely
got knocked off the end by Clint Maul.
Rumspringer and The Dopamines were tied for 2nd for a long time, I almost gave them both 2nd. The tie was broken by listening to both albums back to back 5 times.

1. Leatherface: The Stormy Petrel
2. Rumspringer: Empty Towers
3. The Dopamines: Expect The Worst
4. The Seven Degrees of Stephen Egerton
5. The Hextalls: Get Smashed
6. Ken Yokoyama: Four
7. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: I Learned the Hard Way
8. Louis Logic: Me and Everyone You Know
9. Tit Patrol: Hate Speech
10. Clint Maul: Know You Know

Top 10 splits, EP’s, Singles and Demos – First half of 2010

1. The Transgressions/The Side Project: Stop Wasting My Time
2. The Zits: Electrified! EP
3. Like Bats: Look on the Bright Side
4. The Ergs!: Thrash Compactor
5. The Slow Death: S/T EP
6. House Boat: Processing Complaints
7. The God Damn Doo Wop Band/Vacation Bible School: Covered
8.  New Creases: About Last Night
9. Mean Jeans: Tears In My Beers
10. Cell Mates: Demo

REVIEW: ALL: Allroy Saves

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ALL is one of my favorite bands, Allroy Saves is one of their most acclaimed album. Sporting a somewhat controversial album cover Cruz Records busted this out on us in 1990 and it still stands up to this day. The version of ALL at this point was, in my personal opinion, at their peak lineup featuring Scott Reynolds, Bill Stevenson, Karl Alvarez and Stephen Egerton.

‘Educated Idiot’ One of the most underrated ALL songs ever, has a great intro on it, and excellent lyrics pointing how you can be smart and still be an idiot.
‘Just Like Them’ This was originally done by a band that Milo was in when he went to college called Milestone. Milo sang what I think is the best recorded version of this on the ALL greatest hits album, but Scott does a pretty decent job on this version.
‘Prison’ A great pop song, songs like this fit Scott’s vocals perfectly.
‘Just Living’ Real slow and dreary compared to the rest of the album but ALL is versatile  and can do everything perfectly, this is a prime example of this.
‘Freaky’ 11 seconds, think porno soundtrack.
‘Frog’ One of my favorite ALL songs of ALL time. A fucking catchy song about a frog. Apparently this was a piano song Scott had made up on the fly to impress some girl, he didn’t like the impromptu lyrics but the rest of the band did.
‘Simple Things’ Another song that really shines through on the album, which is really hard to do on something this solid.
‘Cyclops’ One of the almost weird ALL songs from a musical standpoint, I love the songs like this. Especially with Scott’s vocals laid over them.
‘Ratchet’ A great intro rounding up to one of ALL’s more rock songs, with some pullback to that weirdness that I love oh so much.
‘Sum’ One of the classic sounding ’1990′s era’ ALL songs, really underappreciated.
‘Crawded’ Fast fun, has some bounce to it and just over a minute and a half.
‘Explorador’ They close out the album with a great intro that slides into something so slow it albums stops, the seems to pick up momentum like water running down a hill. Another one of the really underappreciated ALL rock songs here.

1. Educated Idiot
2. Just Like Them
3. Prison
4. Just Living
5. Freaky
6. Frog
7. Simple Things
8. Cyclops
9. Ratchet
10. Sum
11. Crawded
12. Explorador

Get Allroy Saves from Amazon HERE

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