REVIEW: The Taxpayers: Go to Florida

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This is something you rarely see; in fact I don’t think I’ve ever seen one like it, a documentary about a real DIY touring band. The taxpayers have a decent following but they’re still a pretty small band, this isn’t a NOFX DVD, it’s the Taxpayers and that just makes everything better. It follows the band on their tour with The Wild (another really good band) the two aren’t together for the entire thing but a good chunk of it. You get to find out in part what it’s like to be a DIY touring band. There’s a little bit about how The Taxpayers was started and how they book and get around on tour. You get to see some of the people they meet along the way and find out about when they were living in a storage container for a bit. The DVD has some really great live footage which may be my favorite parts because The Taxpayers are one of the most fun bands I’ve ever seen live. The footage on here still doesn’t do them justice but its pretty rad all the same. The DVD runs about an hour long, there’s also a trailer on here and a couple deleted scenes. My only real complaints is I wish there’d have been more of this, it seems like it just scratches the surface and it seems to just abruptly end. But besides that it’s a fun watch. Anybody that’s into punk bands will probably enjoy this; it’s pretty cool to see how a real punk band hits the road for a change. You can scoop it up from Asian Man records.

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REVIEW: The Wild: A Collection

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A lot of people are tired of the folk punk thing, and a lot of people are still really into it, personally I listen selectively, and The Wild is one of those bands I like to listen to. Here is their collection, aptly named, A Collection. This compiles all of the band’s out-of-print singles, EPs, live songs and split releases, it’s a pretty great one stop shop collection. You get fourteen quality songs from the band, two of them being acoustic and a live track at the end. I think one reason The Wild works so well is because they’re not just a straight up folk punk band, they’ve also got a bit of bands like The Measure [sa] in them, and so you don’t feel like you’ve just heard all of this before. If you’re a fan of The Wild, this is a pretty great collection to have a lot of great releases in one location, or if you’re missing some. If you haven’t gotten into The Wild I’d say check ‘em out if you’re into those folk bands or bands like the Measure [sa].

1. Mudlines
2. Let Me Sing you A Song
3. Stillness Sickness
4. Our Cities
5. Street Names
6. To Be Content
7. They Too Will Know
8. The City That Never Sleeps
9. We Will Drive These Warlords Out
10. We Shall Overcome Someday
11. Oh Alex
12. Set Ourselves Free (Acoustic – Grooveshark Session)
13. Everything We Need (Acoustic – Pink Couch Session)
14. Together Underground (Live At Wonderroot 9/17/2010)

Top 15 Splits of 2011

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I love split records, you get two bands for the price of one. There’s a lot of really great records on this list.

 

  1. Jetty Boys/Be My Doppelganger
  2. Direct Hit/Tit Patrol
  3. Candy Hearts/Sister Kisser
  4. Billy Raygun/Lipstick Homicide
  5. Spraynard/Sundials
  6. Iron Chic/Pacer
  7. Dopamines/Dear Landlord
  8. The Queers & Killtime
  9. Caffiends/Rock N Roll Television
  10. Prozacs/No Intention
  11. Shang-A-Lang/Rumspringer
  12. The Wild/Run, Forever
  13. Wax Phantom/Criminal Culture
  14. Unwelcome Guests/255′s
  15. Teenage Gluesniffers/Geoff Useless

REVIEW: The Wild/Run, Forever!

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Here comes a split from Atlanta’s The Wild and Pittsburgh’s Run, Forever! It’s a great clash of styles that complements each other perfectly to make one great record. The Wild gives you a couple of great folk style harmonica driven songs. Instead of these songs being you’re standard ‘punk folk’ which we get a lot of now a day’s they’re very much like a Billy Joel or Bob Dylan song. Run, Forever’s side of this is a couple of pop punk songs, totally different from the A side but the two sides work really well together. This isn’t the best I’ve heard from Run, Forever but they’re both two good songs. The first song on this record makes it worth the price alone, but luckily all four songs are pretty good. You can get the 7″ record out on Solidarity Recordings.

‘Street Names’ This song is pretty great, it’s actually the best thing I’ve heard from The Wild. The harmonica makes me want to listen to Piano Man. It’s a very easy going tune that’s a great lounge about song. This is the best song on the record right here.
‘To Be Content’ This song has some more kick to it, more bass and guitar driven than the previous. It’s got more rock fused with the folk but that soothing harmonica is still there showing you how to hang out and enjoy things.
‘Silver Screens’ A pretty standard pop punk tune, it’s not a bad thing but it just doesn’t wow me either. This isn’t a Ramones-core style of pop punk; it’s more of a mainstream style, but one that’s not bad.
‘Young Pioneers’ The second song here is better than the first, it’s fleshed out more and has a little more of a power pop sound to it. This is the best song on this side of the record.

The Wild:
1. Street Names
2. To Be Content

Run, Forever:
3. Silver Screens
4. Young Pioneers

REVIEW: V/A: Get A Better Comp! Volume One

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Get Better Records has released their first compilation, and boy is it a good one. In fact this is the best comp I’ve heard in a long long long time. If you’re into indie, folk or pop punk don’t wait to pick this up, it’s backed with tons of great songs. It took me a good amount of time to get through this because I kept listening to songs over and over. There are a lot of stand outs here on what could be the best of the best, personally I think it’s the Candy Hearts song, but they’ve got a lot of really stiff compilation for that title. Coming into this thing I only knew who five of the bands were, but after listening to the whole things I’m looking to buy albums from most of these bands. And did immediately buy six after I finished. Get on getting this CD (or download) right now!

‘Doin’ It’ A pretty awesome little song, reminds me a lot of some Kimya Dawson stuff. I actually didn’t get to the second song on the CD for a little while because I listened to this a few times over, which I don’t think I’ve ever done on a first run through.

‘Toby’s Song’ A re-recording of a song off of Billy Raygun’s ‘Seasick’ 7”. It’s still a great song, the new version sounds better too, Billy Raygun always bringing the quality pop punk jams.

‘Probably Not’ A new song from Sundials, I imagine this may be from their upcoming album but that’s just a guess. This song is fucking awesome. Like wow, so good.

‘This Life is Caving’ Acoustic punk stuff, pretty good. I dig this song, reminds me of something that Mischief Brew might do, but less folky.

‘So Many Ways to Say I Love You’ This song’s alright, not quite my style but I can see it growing on me. It’s a little like some of Todd Congelliere’s weird solo stuff…but less weird.

‘Here to Play’ This is a great song, no clue who Tragwag was before this song, but less than a minute into it I was looking for an album or something from Tragwag. A dude with a guitar busting out some great songs, or at the very least one great song.

‘The “Z” Sealed it For Me’ A song from their ‘Cut and Paste’ album, this band is really good and so is this song. Iron Chic/Latterman type pop punk.

‘Born-Again Non-Believer’ Starts out with a lot of egg shaker, a pretty cool indie tune.

‘What Did You Do Today?’ A big change of pace here, total punk song here. With fuzz quality recording. This is alright; it’s pretty catchy for what it is. A whole album of this could either be great or really bad.

‘Clean’ We’ve switched to the indie/folk/pop/punk sound that’s been the CD so far and in a big way with this Toby Foster song. And this is a great song right here, I listened to it two or three times in a row before moving on.

‘Dark Wood, Dark Water’ A pretty calming and awesome indie song, somewhere along the lines of Paul Baribeau or Daniel Johnston, but a better voice. I listened to this one twice too before moving forward.

‘Pizza For Easter’ Hands down the best song title on here. But so far this is the only bad song. It’s some electronic mix thing that sounds like club music. Not into it at all.

‘King Kong vs. The US Army’ Second best song title on this. But to go along with the amazing song title there’s a fucking great song to back it up. This is some awesome indie stuff, my first thought was somewhere in the vein of the Weakerthans, but with more energy. I also started looking for albums before the song was over on this one; I also listened to it a few times. (GOOGLE FAILED ME WITH MORE INFO ON THIS BAND, IF ANYBODY HAS SOME INFO HOOK ME UP).

‘What I’m Made Of’ Truthfully the entire reason I bought this comp (or at least 80%) was for a new Candy Hearts song. I love this band, great indie/pop punk stuff. After some of the great songs on this compilation I didn’t think I was going to call one out as the best, but once this started it pulled ahead of the other four songs that were leading the pack. I can’t wait for more releases from Candy Hearts.

‘PC Doesn’t Stand For Personal Computer Anymore’ A catchy folk tune, like the Among Giants song it reminds me of Mischief Brew, but this time with all the folk punk turned on.

‘Spies For A Day’ The Taxpayers are a really fun band, if you ever get a chance to see them don’t pass on it. Their recordings range from ok to really good; this song is on the really good end. One of the best songs I’ve heard from them.

‘Together Underground’ We’ve got another really good folk tune here. A live version too which is a little of an added bonus.

‘New Wave’ New Wave is a perfect name for this song; it’s a new wave punk type sound. I really dig this one.

‘Every Girl is the End of the World For Me’ Closing out this top notch compilation is an acoustic song. It’s not high energy or anything; it’s just a really nice song, done really well. Perfect way to end things here.

1. WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS – Doin’ It
2. BILLY RAYGUN – Toby’s Song
3. SUNDIALS – Probably Not
4. AMONG GIANTS – This Life is Caving
5. JAKE LAZOVICK – So Many Ways to Say I Love You
6. TRAGWAG – Here to Play
7. SPRAYNARD – The “Z” Sealed it For Me
8. DIVIDED HEAVEN – Born-Again Non-Believer
9. THE TWO FUNERALS – What Did You Do Today?
10. TOBY FOSTER – Clean
11. THE LAKE AND THE LION – Dark Wood, Dark Water
12. GALAXY CHANNEL – Pizza For Easter
13. Brooke Pridemore – King Kong vs. The US Army
14. Candy Hearts – What I’m Made Of
15. YOUNG MOUNTAIN – PC Doesn’t Stand For Personal Computer Anymore
16. THE TAXPAYERS – Spies For A Day
17. THE WILD – Together Underground (live)
18. IMPERIAL CAN – New Wave
19. FOR THE KID IN THE BACK – Every Girl

Get it from Get Better Records HERE

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