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DANGEROUS TRAP/END OF SCIENCE, THE:
Split: Cassette
Both bands do spacey, trippy, orchestral, instrumental jams. Very mellow to very excited and agitated, these ambient jams, are expertly played and with plenty of layers to create a variety of nuanced, sonic textures. Fans of Isis, Neurosis, Mogwai, and others will likely find much to like about this cassette. My one issue is that both bands do such similar things that the two sides sound like one band, rather than a split. –Jeff Proctor (Meters And Miles)


SEAN COLE:
Christy Twins: Cassette
Sean Cole, one half of Toys that Kill’s creative force, appears solo here for six tunes that he wrote, played, and recorded by himself. Just vocals and guitar, these are honest, introspective and spare bedroom recordings, like the early Sebadoh demos. It’s nice to hear more of Cole’s voice again. Cassette comes with a download card so you can play these tunes on your various digital platforms. –Jeff Proctor (Water Under The Bridge)


ZAPIAIN:
Jibberjabber: CD
Bad Religion and Face To Face are the overt influences here. These guys have ‘90s skate rock down to a science. Played well, recorded well, but not something I have any interest in. –Jeff Proctor (Unsane Asylum)


PHRASEMONGERS, THE :
Songs of Fight and Failure: CD
Thunders worship with mixed results. –Jeff Proctor (myspace.com/phrasemongers)


ANDY MARCHEL AND THE COCAINE RAINBOW :
Self-titled: CD
Musically, it’s sorta reminiscent of Underground Railroad To Candyland: bounce-happy songs, with fun time keys and percussion, while, at the same time, the guitar sounds kinda sad, adding some emotional depth. Vocals are more on the gruff, blown-out side, however, making the songs a bit more urgent than URTC’s with Todd C’s slackadaisical singing style, though sometimes the vocals sound a little too much like Tom Gabel for me. Otherwise, this is a fine release. –Jeff Proctor (AMCR)


END OF POWER:
Shackled to a Corpse: CD
This is the full-length version, released on Livid Records, of what the band self-released not too long ago as an EP. Here, you get a couple extra tunes and some new packaging. For the unfamiliar, End Of Power is Chris Fields of JCCC, the Dwarves, and tons more along with Russell Guenther and Eric Lukasic, who played with Chris previously in bands like Machinegun and Victory Mansion. Tough, heavy, sludgy stoner rock/doom metal is whatcha get here: Motörhead, High On Fire-inspired tunes. It’s still some really good stuff. –Jeff Proctor (Livid)


BRO LOAF:
Self-titled: CDEP
I understand it’s a joke and I get what they’re trying to do. Living in close proximity to Tempe, AZ and Arizona State University, these guys come across a lot of “bros” and thought it clever to start a band, wherein they dress and act like said “bros” and put on ridiculous, over the top stage shows to showcase how witty they are. Here are a couple problems:  Fashion is fleeting. Mocking it is a trivial pursuit at best. Tastes in general and specifically as they relate to the bro phenotype (hair, clothing, etc.) come and go. Basing your entire band’s cosmology on superficial trends makes you, well, superficial. The other thing is, your band sounds like Guttermouth, which is entirely inexcusable. –Jeff Proctor (myspace.com/broloaf)


THOUSANDAIRES:
Million Dollar Move, Two Dollar Shot: 7”
Like Hot Water Music and Small Brown Bike? These guys do. –Jeff Proctor (Salinas)


STALINS OF SOUND :
Self-titled: 7”
Originally a one-man band featuring Hadi Ziade, former bass player for the Dissimilars, singing and playing guitar backed by a drum machine, Hadi was then joined by bass player Dave Masur, and later synthesizer from former Dissimilars and SlabCity frontman Jimmy the Worm. Employing the drum machine in place of a live drummer makes for a unique twist on the current wave of synth punk bands. While the Spits have perfected the unfrozen-cavemen-discover-synthesizer sound, eagerly and earnestly delighting crowds for fifteen years and still managing to come across as idiot savants, there is something more deviant and sinister with Stalins Of Sound, like world-weary misfits expertly aware of the doom and gloom electronic instruments can bring. Stalins fall in line more with the darker, troubled sounds of Destruction Unit or Digital Leather, however still maintaining a bit of the tongue-in-cheek irreverence of the Spits (songs like “Baton of Discipline” aren’t completely serious). If any of the aforementioned are up your alley, then Stalins Of Sound comes with the highest recommendation. –Jeff Proctor (volarrecords.blogspot.com)


PUBERTY:
“Invitations” b/w “Parties”: 7”
Members of the Shins and the Intelligence get together to play some ultra mellow, smoking jacket cool exotica-inspired garage rock. Sneering, spaced-out, and swinging, you can tell these lo-fi lounge lizards are having a ball. I encourage you to throw this on, shake a martini, and shake your butt. –Jeff Proctor (Telephone Explosion)


DRAGGING AN OX THROUGH WATER:
They’re Gonna Send Me to the Dead Mumford Pencil Box Factory: 7”
Robotic bleeps and bloops and other futuristic sounds flirt with acoustic guitars to create an interesting, curious juxtaposition of sounds. This is like the aural equivalent of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” with the upstart and wild electronic music meeting the rigid and staid folk and country music, with surprisingly successful results. –Jeff Proctor (Stankhouse)


DIARRHEA PLANET:
Aloha: 7”
My first complaint is regarding the shoddy recording; sounds like it was done live on a boombox. Live records are for Cheap Trick. Secondly, if you’re gonna do the wacky band name and wacky song titles thing (“Ghost with a Boner”) you gotta blow me away with either  incredible awesomeness or incredible stupidity. Sometimes it seems like it’s cleverer than it’s putting on, however the troublesome thing to me is that the music seems to be really incongruent with the image the band is putting on, the shtick they’re going for. The music is all this big, fist-pumping anthemic stuff. What they’re singing about though, who knows? Ghost boners, I guess. Anyway, the whole thing reeks of trying really hard at pretending not to try. –Jeff Proctor (diarrheaplanet.blogspot.com)


ATTIC TED:
3 New Songs: 7”
This record is entertaining, intriguing, and thoroughly bizarre. Circus music inspired lo-fi noise pop recorded with what sounds like drums, sparse guitar, and cheap synthesizers on four track, they definitely get a lot of bang for their musical buck, exploring the sonic limits of their instruments and recording equipment, stretching notes and keys in surprising ways. While these guys definitely fly the weird flag, there’s still enough pop smarts going on here for these tunes to be catchy and memorable. This is fun to listen to and worth a chance if you’re into outsider music of various stripes. –Jeff Proctor (Pecan Crazy)


30 YEAR HEX/ADAM MOWERY:
Fernhill: Cassette
30 Year Hex is horrid bedroom 4-track freak folk. Adam Mowery plays a super reverbed-out surf/rhythm and blues guitar and sings with distorted vocals. It has a heavy wall of sound to it that reminds me of the Tarbox Ramblers. The songs have spooky themes and the wobbly guitar creates a haunted atmosphere. –Craven (Hamburger Tapes, hamburgertapes.blogspot.com)


SILENT HIPPIE:
Self-titled: Cassette
Silent Hippie reminds me of Flipper with shrieking female vocals paying homage to Raooul. The third song has a slow and echoing guitar, high in reverb with muffled vocals. Then they kick into some fairly standard punk numbers. Poorly recorded and amateurish, but not without potential. Would probably be fun live in a house somewhere near the one that hatched this band. –Craven (silent.hippie.blogspot.com)


DEMENTS, THEE /NUMBER 71 MONOBANDA:
Split: Cassette
California band, Thee Dements sound like Brak from Space Ghost singing for a sloppy garage punk band doing a show in an empty oil barrel. Number 71 Monobanda is a one-man band from Italy that sounds like Grape Ape singing. I thought this was some weird outsider music, but through some quick googling, I found out that a lot of people like these bands. So I guess I just don't get it. –Craven (Self-released)


LIGHTS AT SEA:
Palace Walls: CD
This isn't bad. I'm actually listening to it right now as I write because it's not distracting. It's that epic kind of instrumental post-rock with lots of high guitar tones and crescendos. I really don't understand the post-rock thing; you simply can't build on the sound. It always sounds like weaker versions of classic albums by bands like Godspeed You! Black Emperor or Explosions In The Sky. It's okay, but irrelevant. If “not distracting” is the best thing a hack record reviewer can say about your album while it plays in the background, then something is sadly lacking. –Craven (Barrett)


YOLEUS, THE:
Splain: CD
Upon listening to this CD, I kept waiting for the vocals to kick in.  Well, the joke was on me because this album is instrumental!  I guess that’s fine, but it’s hard for me to determine the beginning from the end when a song is instrumental.  If that’s your thing, you would probably like these instruments since they kept my interest for quite some time while I waited for those non-existent vocals. –Corinne (Self-released)


WE’RE NOT AFRAID:
Adventures in Poverty: CD
I cringed a little when I was listening to this.  Sounds like something younger NOFX fans would like.  Gonna have to say it sounds stupid.  –Corinne (Self-released, werenotafraid.net)


OURSELF BESIDE ME:
Self-titled: CD
If you listen to Sonic Youth or do a lot of drugs, you will love this album.  –Corinne (Maybe Mars)


OLD MAN MARKLEY:
Guts N’ Teeth: CD
This down-to-earth, bluegrass, good time band is going to be your favorite thing.  Every person in this group seems genuine in their art.  I love watching them all have a great time performing while simultaneously trying to fit the entire band onto one stage.  This album reflects all the happy things they project out to their audience.  If you get a chance to see them perform, get off your couch and make the effort because you will be glad you did.  Go out and get two copies of this record for you and someone you like. –Corinne (Fat)


OCTAVES:
Greener Pastures: CD
This is some angry, angry stuff.  I say angry twice when I’m talking about hardcore music.  Sounds like Tragedy and Neurosis. –Corinne (Hotfoot, myspace.com/hotfootrecords)


NERFBAU:
Error Swarms: CD
People are so stupid.  Every song on this album is just random noise.  I see no art in this and can’t believe they even call themselves a band.  I’m grouchy that I even had to listen to this.  Shame on their label for putting that crap out into the world and making people like me become a victim of their horrible sounds.  –Corinne (Resipiscent)


MOSCOW MUSCOW MUSCOW :
Self-titled: 7”
Not much to like this commie-themed record.  It’s not just a Russian thing. The music genuinely sucks.  I seriously think it’s a joke. –Corinne (Eradicator)


FOUR TOMORROW:
Self-titled: CD
Here is another great band from Japan that knows how to put me in a great mood.  The meaningful, yet light hearted, lyrics are nothing short of fantastic.  Here is some truly great punk music that is worthy of your love. It’s so rare to find a record that you like form beginning to end, but this album is what you have been looking for.  I hope they come to the U.S. so I can see them live. –Corinne (Suburbia Works, suburbiaworks.com)


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