Top Music the first half of 2014

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Top 10 Albums – First half of 2014:

1. Rational Anthem: Emotinally Unavaiable
2. BraceFace: BraceFace
3. Candy Hearts: All The Ways You Let Me Down
4. Now People: Love, Sex, Death & the Weather
5. Zero Boys: Monkey
6. Caffiends: S/T
7. Unwelcome Guests: Wavering
8. Johnny Cash: Out Among The Stars
9. Exmortus: Slave to the Sword
10. Banner Pilot: Souvenir
Top 10 EPs – First half of 2014:

1. The Turkletons: Fur Frontal
2. Neighborhood Brats: Total Dementia
3. Beach Slang: Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?
4. Unfun: Shores of Lake Erie
5. The Sci-Fi Nightmares: Hold On To Your Heart
6. Maiden Mars: Goth Through This EP
7. Invitational: Composite
8. Night Birds: Monster Surf
9. Clint Maul: Sow EP
10. Iron Reagan: Spoiled Identity ep

Best split (hasn’t been many yet) – First half of 2014:

1. Trashkanistan/The Quarantines

Top 5 Demos – First half of 2014:

1. Lucifer’s Hammer: Night Sacrifice (Demo MMXIII)
2. The Rushmore Inciodent: Demo 2014
3. Earth Girls: Demo 2014
4. SLEEVES: Sex is Stupid
5. Fucko: Demo

SHOWS I SEEN: Teenage Bottlerocket – October 21st 2009 – Ottobar – Baltimore, MD

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Ottobar  – Baltimore, MD
October 21st 2009



Teenage Bottlerocket – I’d seen Teenage Bottlerocket a few times at this point but not enough yet that I was bored of seeing them. They played a ton of great songs (but at this point that was pretty much all they had, great songs) and the set was hella fun. This is still a band that if you haven’t seen it should be on your to do list.

Cobra Skulls – I’d never heard Cobra Skulls but had heard tons of things from people saying that they were either the greatest band in a while or one of the worst bands ever. I can see how there’d be two very extreme ways of thought about the band. When I saw them play they were great. My buddy that was with me thought they were great, their set was A+. Sadly once we went and listened to the Cobra Skulls albums it was not even close to the same. Live the band was something completely different from what they were recorded. You could tell it was the same band but on the albums they were just bad…like really bad.

Clownpunch – Despite their terrible name they were really good this night, the weird thing is that doesn’t seem to stick. I’ve seen them a couple times since and it was pretty much the complete opposite of what happened here. I guess they were really on their game the first time I saw them.

The Quarantines – I forget if this was the first time I’d seen the Quarantines or not, but they left an impression for sure. They cranked out a great set and I made sure to keep tabs on them from there because the band is still coming out with great pop punk about robots and zombies and other cool shit.

Top 15 Splits of 2013

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1. Blendours/Old Wives: Here We Go Again
2. Lipstick Homicide/Turkletons
3. Toys That Kill/Future Virgins
4. Smokejumper/American Lies
5. The Quarantines/Trashkanistan
6. The Real Danger/The Windowsill
7. Peabodys/Rock ‘N’ Roll Television
8. Mean Jeans/Big Eyes
9. The Connection/The Cry
10. Brick Mower/Black Wine
11. Rad Company/Tight Bros.
12. Mean Jeans/Underground Railroad to Candyland
13. The Capitalist Kids/The Ex-Boyfriends
14. Pity Party/Bad Mammals
15. Maxies/Kingons



REVIEW: The Quarantines/Trashkanistan

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a1262457248_2One of the splits that I was looking forward to this year is the one between two great Baltimore bands The Quarantines and Trashkanistan. Sadly The Quarantines are breaking up and it looks like Trashkanistan is going to be a mostly inactive band. But I guess if you’ve got out you may as well put out another great release while you can. The Quarantines start this with ‘Robot Girl’ a song that was on one of their other EP’s, but it’s also one of their best songs. Though this does seem to be a re-recorded or a live version. Their other song is a cover of the Lillingtons’ ‘Robots in my Dreams’, not only is it a great cover but it fits right in as a Quarantines song. If I wasn’t a Lillingtons fan I would have never guessed it was a cover. Trashkanistan’s side has three songs, first is ‘Lexington’ and it’s fucking great. Following that is ‘Time & Date’ which is possibly better than their first song, I’m so bummed Trashkanistan is kinda but not really breaking up because I’d love to be singing along to this one at their shows. This is one of my favorite Trashkanistan songs now. Finally they’ve got ‘Milly’ a really good song, though it took a little bit to grow on me, it’s a solid ender.

The Quarantines:
1. Robot Girl
2. Robots in My Dreams (Lillingtons)

1. Lexington
2. Time & Date
3. Milly

Get it from The Quarantines HERE

Top 25 EPs of 2011

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EP’s are great, and this year there were a ton of great ones. This was the hardest catagory to get in order (except the #1 spot which was the runaround winner, and maybe the best all around record of the year).


  1. Rational Anthem: Bread Line
  2. Night Birds: Midnight Movies
  3. The Fucking Cops: Fuck You Up With Some Truth
  4. Cell Mates: Shoulda Kept That Quarter!
  5. The Slow Death: Turnstile Comix #1
  6. Chixdiggit!: Safeways Here We Come
  7. Teenage Bottlerocket: Mutilate Me
  8. Dead Ringer: Enjoy The Ride
  9. The Typos: The Typos
  10. The Zits: Summer Pop Dreams EP
  11. Clint Maul: Great Dividing EP
  12. The Shirks: Cry Cry Cry
  13. Saturday Night Karaoke: Duh!
  14. The Copyrights: Crutches
  15. Post Teens: This A.D.D.iction
  16. Clint Maul: Break Open Your Heart EP
  17. Strait A’s: You Make A Better Door Than A Girlfriend EP
  18. Grave Digger: The Ballad Of Mary
  19. The Haverchucks: The Haverchucks
  20. The Quarantines: Zombie Army
  21. Scum Again: Scum Again
  22. Saturday Night Karaoke: Blah!
  23. The Defectives: Boredom and Bad Dreams EP
  24. Rawhide: Branded For Life
  25. Broadcaster: Joyride EP

SHOWS I SEEN: Shonen Knife – October 24th 2011 – The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD

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The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD

October 24th 2011

Shonen Knife – First time I’ve ever seen Shonen Knife, they were pretty great. The set was a nice span of their songs and they played hard. They did about a thirty minute set, and then came back with leather jackets and did a Ramones set. Shonen Knife was one of the best sets I’ve seen this year.

The Quarantines – This was awesome, the Quarantines set was solid as usual but this was probably the biggest crowd I’ve seen them play for. Everyone seemed really into the band too, which was really great, I guess that’s because it was a Shonen Knife type of crowd.

Plurals - I couldn’t get into this band, it was like a tornado of sound attacking me, and I’m not entirely sure what was going on.

The Degenerettes! – I think I’ve seen this band one other time but I’m not 100% sure. An all girl rock band that was pretty good, I didn’t really care for the vocals though, besides that though they were alright. The band had some energy and seemed to be having fun, which always goes a long way in my book.

REVIEW: The Quarantines: Zombie Army

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The Quarantines are back with their second EP, this time with zombies as the focus instead of robots. The cover is almost the same as the first 7″ with slight changes, which I like a lot; I hope they keep this theme going. I guess you could call The Quarantines a concept band, Ramones-core songs about robots and zombies, their first EP was great and this one continues down that road of great pop punk songs about stuff that nerds will love singing along to. A split release out on Insubordination Records and Zombies Ate My Music Records, be sure to check this one out if you like quality pop punk…and zombies.

‘Shoot to Kill’ Most of the Quarantines songs have a Ramones edge in them, but I hear a lot of MTX in this one though. It’s not often you hear a love song about shooting and zombies.
‘Robot Takeover’ A song getting back to my favorite subject, robots. A simple song to learn and sing along with, the counting parts almost sounds like a kid’s song. It’s pretty incredible.
‘Infected’ What’s the worst thing that can happen when dealing with zombies? Getting infected. A poppy song for a pretty terrible thing to happen to you.
‘Zombie Army’ Even though there’s the threat of becoming a zombie and being part of their army, you can’t help but tap your foot to this tune. At least you better before it rots off from the infection.

1. Shoot to Kill
2. Robot Takeover
3. Infected
4. Zombie Army

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