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TONY SLY:
12 Step Program: CD
Well, it’s Tony Sly from No Use For A Name playing acoustic songs. Sometimes there’s a keyboard or a violin or some vocal harmonies, but otherwise it’s pretty much a stripped-down affair of Sly and his guitar. I’m gonna admit, I don’t really dig this wave of guys from punk bands trying to go the singer-songwriter route (ala all this Revival Tour nonsense). It’s not that I’m opposed to acoustic music on principal, it’s that I find a lot of what I’ve heard really boring. There have been couple of great things out of this trend, like Kepi Ghoulie’s inspired acoustic music, the Sundowner, and a few Frank Turner songs. As for this, like so many of the other acoustic punk outings, it feels like something you would pick up on the pop up display at a major coffee chain while you’re grabbing an Americano. –Adrian (Fat)


TERMINAL GIRLS:
Discophobia + Invisible Ills: CD-R
Discophobia boasts some nice synth-punk noisemaking that manages to come off as simultaneously aggressive and laid back. I can’t speak to the nature of Invisible Ills, however, as the disc was blank. –Jimmy Alvarado (mikefleshwave@gmail.com)


TEENAGE REHAB:
Abuse Your Solution: 7”
This is the stuff that I love! Quicker than mid-tempo punk rock tunes about booze, drugs, masturbation, booze, TV, getting old, and booze. Somehow these guys are managing to write my life story. The singer reminds me of Lee Ving from time to time. It’s a great record and I’ll be looking for more. –Ty Stranglehold (Jailhouse, jailhouserecords.com)


TATTOOED MOTHER FUCKERS:
Hey Ho! Let’s Go!: 7”
I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that it just comes off sounding wrong when someone other than the Ramones sing “Hey ho! Let’s go!” in the chorus of their song. That said, these guys are doing the oi thing and it’s just not doing anything for me this time around. –Ty Stranglehold (Koi)


SUNDOWNER:
We Chase the Waves: CD
Side project from frontman and guitarist for the Lawrence Arms. Not punk at all but more soul-searching folk with acoustic guitars. Not really fitting in my genre preference but the music is subtle and passionate in sound. I can hear that he has the craft of melody and lyricism. This is his second release. There are fans who are likely in anticipation for this release. –Donofthedead (Asian Man)


STILLMEN, THE:
Nothing Happens: CD
Modern punk stuff with a poppy undertow that sometimes brings to mind a less technical Descendents, gruff vocals, and the occasional dual octave guitar playin’ style popularized by virtually every band Rikk Agnew has been in. –Jimmy Alvarado (gainesstrecords@gmail.com)


SPANISH GAMBLE:
It’s All Coming Down: CD
Well, this is another one of those bands that sounds like it must have been genetically engineered to play one of the second tier slots at The Fest. You know the recipe: a little bit Tiltwheel, a smidge of Leatherface and Dillinger Four, and a huge glop of Hot Water Music, all topped off with group vocals wherever they can be used. Usually, the results are less than their component parts, because I think exhaustion with this type of band is starting to set in. I’m having trouble keeping them all apart in my mind. As far as Spanish Gamble goes, they seem pretty competent and you can definitely do worse, but it’s getting hard for me to pick them out of a clutch of other similar bands to throw on. –Adrian (Paper + Plastick)


SNUGGLE:
Self-titled: LP
The music from this band is swell, but I feel like I’m not alone when I say their songs are not memorable. The tunes are fun to rock to when they are playing, but when you walk away, can you repeat anything you just heard? There is a lack of “hook,” which is fine, but makes describing them difficult. I still give this LP a thumbs up and will continue to say I like the band. Tunes don’t have to stick like barnacles to be genial, and that’s the truth. –Corinne (1234GO)


SLUGGING PERCENTAGE:
Self-titled: Cassette
As far as I know, Slugging Percentage are the first baseball-themed hardcore band anywhere. On paper, the melding of two of the pastimes that I hold dearest to me sounds like a winning combination. However, I consider myself both a die-hard baseball fan and an unbiased record reviewer, so my final thoughts on this tape are as fair as I could possibly make them. First, as a baseball fan: the theme is not lost on me one bit. I truly do appreciate every aspect. From the front of the cover that looks just like the stitching on a baseball to the scorecard on the back with real player’s (though, mostly inactive or retired) names as song titles. The lyrical subjects are either that of praise or defamation of a particular player or situation and I fucking love it. Seriously, calling out John Rocker for the racist douche that he is was something that needed to be done. This duo’s combined knowledge of the game and their witty/critical observations are as valid as they are admirable. Now as a record reviewer: Musically, I feel they’re missing the strike zone. Self-described as sludgy hardcore, at their best they sound like Blöödhag without guitars. But at their worst they’re like Godstomper minus the power or the violence. It’s a real shame because I desperately wanted to appreciate this from all angles. Hopefully, this is one of those deals where the earlier material is their formative stage and the best is yet to come. –Juan Espinosa (Self released, no contact info)


SLOPPY SECONDS:
You Can’t Kill Joey Ramone: 7”
You couldn’t imagine the excitement when I found this slab in my review pack. Not only am I a big Sloppy Seconds fan, but I am a collector of their 7”s. This new one came out under my radar, yet it still made it to me. The A-side is the Sloppy’s ode to one of their main influences. It was a stand out track on their Endless Bummer LP a couple of years ago and it still sounds great here. The graf portrait of Joey on the inside sleeve is pretty damn cool, too. On the flip they do a cover of Anti Nowhere League’s “Can’t Stand Rock ‘n’ Roll,” which is funny because Sloppy Seconds are truly a great rock’n’roll band. They just better not wait another decade to release more records! –Ty Stranglehold (Wallride)


SHIT HORSE:
They Shit Horses… Don’t They?: Cassette
The major question for the release, of course, is whether any of the music contained within is even half as good as the title. The answer is all in how you look at it. If you so choose, you can embrace the quirky garage rock with its interesting style of presentation and performance or condemn its gimmick premise of repeating fecal and equestrian references. I, for one, am intrigued by their Mummies/Sebadoh-esque brand of noise even if they resort to writing lines like “Have you ever had a log you couldn’t poo?” –Bryan Static (Odessa, odessarecords.com)


SHANE LOBOTOMY:
I Can’t Help Myself: 7”
The cover is inundated with scratchy, barely legible writing and the whole layout screams “skronky noise,” so imagine my surprise when what instead comes out of the speakers is über-catchy punk rock with multi-part harmony vocals. Both sides of this are very much worth a listen. –Jimmy Alvarado (Fatal Seizure, no address)


SEX OBJECTS:
Negative Batshit/Cathedral Fever: CD-R
Dunno much about these kids, but what I’ve been able to glean is that they are apparently a duo and seeing as this seems to have been recorded exactly one month from the date I’m reviewing it, they have a quick turnaround time. They specialize in noisy synth-drenched stuff, more arty than blunt force trauma. Eight songs here, my favorite being the brooding “Cathedral Fever,” and they do what they do well. –Jimmy Alvarado (mikefleshwave@gmail.com)


SEMI EVOLVED SIMIANS:
End-Holocene: LP
Smart guy punk from a band that ain’t afraid to mix shit up in a big pot ‘n’ then splatter it on the walls in big, steaming handfuls. Indie punk sounding one second, thrashy hardcore the next, they would’ve been battling Secret Hate for the title of “the darlings of New Alliance Records” had they been around in the early ‘80s. –Jimmy Alvarado (fybsrecords.com)


SCREAMIN’ CYN CYN & THE PONS:
Damn, Girl: CD
You know folks, there are times when I think this whole “digital recording revolution” jazz is more a blessing than a curse. –Jimmy Alvarado (crustaceanrecords.com)


ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MONKEY & THE ROBOTS:
Do What the Bee Does: CD
Reverb-drenched, ‘60s-influenced rock stuff with occasional nods to surfy and funky/soul influences. –Jimmy Alvarado (rocknrollmonkey.com)


RISE:
Self-titled: CD
There was a time not too long ago when every goddamned hardcore band that popped up was dropping In Flames/At The Gates/Dark Tranquility/etc. as their main influences. Then that kinda morphed into the black hair/makeup/tight pants/misnomered-screamo thing. Rise sounds a lot like that first wave of post-Swedish melo-death hardcore (which I’ll take over its current form any day). Actually, they remind me a lot of Undying, who I was pretty obsessed with for a while in the early 2000s. Raw, heavy, but clear production, vicious vocals, but no lyric sheet or info of any kind in the CD, which is a bit of a bummer. Pretty rad. –Dave Williams (Self-released, myspace.com/risecore)


RESOLDERED:
Everybody in Between: CD
As their Myspace page claims, Resoldered “play original rock songs with punk sensibilities,” a claim which in my mind sounds suspiciously wishy-washy, as if they’re trying to alienate as few potential listeners as possible. The tunes bear out the claim and its interpretation: there seems to be a little for everyone on this record, but the end result is a distinctly average effort. I mean, this isn’t a bad record, but it doesn’t trip my trigger at all. It has a bit of a paint-by-numbers feel and sounds like a more touchy-feely Midwestern Agent Orange. If this were dinner, it would be store-brand mac and cheese with sliced up Corn King wieners—acceptable, yes, but much less so than Kraft with Oscar Meyer. –The Lord Kveldulfr (resoldered@rocketmail.com)


RED INVASION:
Ugly to Know So: CD
These guys do an admirable job of kicking down with a sped-up rendition of Dead Boys styled ‘77 punk stuff. Can’t say it really did much for me personally, but it’s clear they’ve got a firm handle on their chosen pigeonhole and they do add their own unique flavor to it. –Jimmy Alvarado (Rebel Sound)


REBELATION:
Self-titled: CD
To me, reggae is background music, or maybe the final track that I don’t really like at the end of an otherwise good ska-punk album. Even when I went to a ska show the other month with a few friends, I couldn’t help but notice how inconsequential the whole genre was for me. No matter how many songs I heard, the genre was an empty void in my mind. Rebelation does not change my mind about any of this. Listening to it, I’m a fan of how the songs are arranged, but ultimately still feel as though I haven’t listened to the album at all. –Bryan Static (Do The Dog, dothedog.com)


REAL NUMBERS, THE:
Self-titled: 12”
My very first and honest impression I got of this was that of a clean guitar version of The Queers. Though after a few listens it became apparent that these fellas are much more in love with their garage rock 45s than that one good Angry Samoans LP. The music is fun in a Dead Milkmen sort of way. Just not as funny. The perfect date record for that girl your friends told you would let you get to second base. –Juan Espinosa (Three Dimensional, no address)


RAT STORM:
Demo: CD-R/Cassette
Picture a rat storm. It’s all overwhelming and nasty and tons of tiny claws are flying in your face. Eww! That’s what this Bloomington band sounds like. That’s a compliment. Rat Storm are a three-piece metallic crust punk band with a female vocalist and a guitar sound thick and dirty enough to compensate for the lack of bass. The songs work in a lot of changes without losing the plot. Making matters better, the CD-R demo comes with a cassette edition that’s wrapped in two canvas patches and sealed with pyramid studs. I bet if you played their town, they’d take you swimming. –CT Terry (rodentcrust.blogspot.com)


RANDOM CONFLICT:
Annihilation Generation: CD
(Stereo)typical punk fodder that covers all the usual bases. Performances are on-point, if a little lackluster. I know these guys have been around the block a good while, and I may be unfairly expecting more from ‘em, but I wish there was a bit more oomph in their delivery ‘cause it feels like they’re just going through the motions here. –Jimmy Alvarado (randomconflict.com)


RADIO CRIMES:
Self-titled: 10” EP
Catchy power pop-inflected stuff, with jangly guitars, catchy hooks, and a bit more intelligence in evidence than the average boy-girl-love retro crap. –Jimmy Alvarado (mcdrecords.com)


QUERELLE, LA:
Welcome to My Battleship: CD
Shimmery navel-lint pop. Might actually be considered pretty if the singer didn’t sound like Eddie Deezen (how’s that for an obscure reference?) embarking on a rock career. –Jimmy Alvarado (newromanceforkids.com)


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