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

 

Rational Anthem Sensitivity Training

REVIEW: Teenage Bubblegums: Learn From Yesterday, Live For Today, Pray For Tomorrow

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Teenage Bubblegums today tomororwThis album fucking flies by, I put it on and was enjoying it and before I know it I have to start it again from the beginning. Teenage Bubblegums are a high energy pop punk band from Italy that have a bubblegum sound deep in there somewhere. It’s kind of like The Dopamines meet the Beatnik Termites. This is their second album and they don’t waste a second on their sophomore release. After hearing great tunes like ‘More Mistakes Tomorrow’ and ‘Night At The Movies’ you know that you’re going to be listening to this one a whole fucking lot. This may be the best pop punk release of 2012 that doesn’t come from the US. If you like pop punk make sure you don’t sleep on this one, head on over to Monster Zero and pick it up.

1. 3 A.M.
2. You, My Love
3. Cotton Candy
4. More Mistakes Tomorrow
5. Please, Please, Please
6. Night At The Movies
7. Come Back Home
8. Don’t Wake Me Up
9. Superzero
10. Oh, My Anna

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

REVIEW: Italian Idiot: The First Italian Tribute to Green Day

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Making Believe Records and Da Kila Records team up for the first Italian Tribute to Green Day. Now from the title I assume you know what the album is. We’ve got nineteen Green Day songs covered by different Italian bands. This tribute album is fucking great; almost every song is top notch. This might actually now my favorite tribute album of all time. If you’re a Green Day fan this is a must own, and I’d even say if you’re not a Green Day fan still check it out, you might find something on here that you dig.

‘Maria’ A song that was unreleased until the International Superhits album and here to start things off with it are theNasty Cats, I figured they’d be a good fit for this since they seem to have very heavy Green Day influences. Simply put, this is one of the best Green Day covers I’ve ever heard.
‘Church On Sunday’ Teenage Gluesniffers are another band who I’ve been really stoked on lately. They don’t have a big Green Day sound, more of a bubblegum pop punk band butthey’re great. They’re covering a song from my favorite album, Warning. I love the way this thing sounds, it takes the pop punk side of Green Day and cranks it waaaay up.
‘Words I Might Have Ate’ Succo Marcio turns back time a bit with a song off of Kerplunk!This one took a little bit to grow on me, but that only took about two seconds. This does a great job of mixing more of the Green Day sound with pop punk, and it’s got some killer guitar work.
‘Waiting’ Again we go back to the best (for my money) album, Warning. Acid Colourtakes a step in a really weird direction. I’m not sure if I like this cover or not, it’s like a synth power pop version. But I think I might like it, though I’m not too big on the ending.
‘Good Riddance’ Cani Pazzi steps in to cover one of Green Day’s bigger songs off of Nimrod.This is punched up with more energy than the original and it works really well. This was one of the songs where Green Day mellowed out to record but Cani Pazzi has added the punk rock back into it.
‘Ha Ha You’re Dead’ Not released until the Shenanigans compilation album Killtime is in with a great cover of ‘Ha Ha You’re Dead’. This sounds a lot like Green Day, these guys do a killer job with this cover.
‘She’ Another one of the Green Day mega songs, off of their most recognized album, Dookie. Face Off takes a crack at itand knocks it out of the park. This is pretty much a perfect cover, I saw Iron Chic cover this song, but I think Face Off does an even better job.
‘Uptight’ We go back to Nimrod for the next cover, and doing it is another super pop punk band I’ve been into recently, Teenage Bubblegums.Dual female and male vocals add a totally new take to the song. They manage to keep the song the same and turn it into something totally different at the same time, this is an amazing cover.
‘Basket Case’ Back to Dookie with another giant hit for the band, I’d say this is arguably Green Day’s best known song and Rivelardes are brave enough to step up to the challenge of covering it. From the first five seconds it’s clear that they had nothing to worry about, this is a flawless cover that any Green Day fan would be happy with.
‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’ Now what I think is the biggest challenge, as much as I like the band I’ve always thought ‘American Idiot’ was their one, completely terrible album. But Nadia Lanfranconi is here to give some credit to this awful song. This sounds like something that would be in a Disney movie, it’s really a nice version of the song (way better than the original).
‘F.O.D.’ Back to the super hits and back to Dookie, Frozen Brains is here to cover this classic song.They bring a good version to the song but it doesn’t quite stand out as much as I was hoping for. Still though, they do a real good job with it.
‘Going To Pasalaqua’ Hangers are up next with the first cover from 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours album. They bring a high energy pop punk version of this song that I dig a lot.
‘Westbound Sign’ Another first, Kill That Girl (another band that I enjoy a lot) is here with the first entry from the Insomniac album. They do an incredible pop punk version of the song, everything about this song I like a lot. The background vocals really pop too.
‘Brain Stew’ Back to back Insomniac entries, Hot Dog in the mix now to cover another one of the top tier Green Day hits. It’s almost a garage rock version of the song, which I think fits this perfectly, I don’t think there’s a lot of Green Day songs that would match up with this style as well as this one.
‘Hitchin’ A Ride’ Plutonio 113 takes us back to the Nimrod album; their twist on this song is a good one. It’s subtle but enough to notice and works well with this song more of a straight rock version of the song than the original.
‘One For The Razorbacks’ Going back to Kerplunk for the first time in a while Flowers does a cover that I don’t think I’m too into. I think it’s mainly the vocals. It’s not too bad, but stands out as weak when it’s alongside the rest of this album.
‘Coming Clean’ Biffers bring us back to the Dookie album this song suffers from the same thing as the last one; I’m just not feeling the vocals. Though the band is mostly on point with this one.
‘Welcome To Paradise’ More Dookie with this next one, if Basket Case isn’t Green Day’s most recognized song then My Burning Wings is covering it right now. This is great, though it sounds like it was recorded in a basement, which I’m still not sure is a great thing or something that really hurts it. Either way this is a fantastic cover.
‘Rest’ Allex N July takes us way back to 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours one more time to close out this compilation album. An acoustic version of the song, that doesn’t really work. It’s pretty decent but not that great.

1. Nasty Cats – Maria
2. Teenage Gluesniffers – Church On Sunday
3. Succo Marcio – Words I Might Have Ate
4. Acid Colour – Waiting
5. Cani Pazzi – Good Riddance
6. Killtime – Ha Ha You’re Dead
7. Face Off – She
8. Teenage Bubblegums – Uptight
9. Rivelardes – Basket Case
10. Nadia Lanfranconi – Wake Me Up When September Ends
11. Frozen Brains – F.O.D.
12. Hangers – Going To Pasalaqua
13. Kill That Girl – Westbound Sign
14. Hot Dog – Brain Stew
15. Plutonio 113 – Hitchin’ A Ride
16. Flowers – One For The Razorbacks
17. Biffers – Coming Clean
18. My Burning Wings – Welcome To Paradise
19. Allex N July – Rest

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REVIEW: Darlington & Teenage Bubblegums

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Two bands, four songs, and six labels involved in this one folks. The Darlington & Teenage Bubblegums split is brought to you by Knowhere Records, Rockin Days, Tornado Ride Records, Voodoo Doll Records, Making Believe Records, and Water Slide Records. We’ve got almost ten minutes of great pop punk about girls and all that wishy washy stuff that goes with pop punk. The Darlington side is pretty good, you’re standard pop punk, good, not amazing. Teenage Bubblegums however runs away with this record, their side is incredible, it’d be worth buying this for just one of their songs. Any pop punk fans this record is a must own.

‘Ocelots’ Not quite a song about the animal, well maybe a little, but mostly a catchy pop punk song about, you guessed it, a girl. The song is pretty good though, takes me back to the 90’s pop punk era.
‘I’m Fine’ This song reminds me of an Ataris song, if the Ataris would have been more of a formula standard pop punk band.
‘I Will Go To The Moon With You’ Super enjoyable catchy pop punk here, the Darlington side was good but with this the record just stepped up about ten steps. I can listen to this song over and over with no problem, it’s great.
‘Dance With Me Tonight’ This reminds me of an MTX song, which is an extremely high compliment. Best song on the record right here.

Darlington:
1. Ocelots
2. I’m Fine
Teenage Bubblegums:
1. I Will Go To The Moon With You
2. Dance With Me Tonight

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