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Razorcake #84
Tim Version, Ordinary Life LP + bonus 7"
Radon, 28 LP
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PUMP:
Sexually Retarded: CD
Sounds like NoMeansNo or some other band i don’t listen to playing those weird, jerky songs off the first Fear album—the ones with the bizarre time signatures—but stretched out into long, operatic, hookless bullshit, sort of like something off the third Dead Kennedys album or something. If you’re stuck at, like, a merch booth, or working the door, or have your means of escape otherwise cut off, and this band starts playing, you will mince no oaths, because you will know instantly that every second of their set will be jazz-o-spastic, aggravating hell for you, that your earplugs will never be stout enough to repel all of their neuron-tormenting volume, and that they are talented enough musicians that they could play about a four hour set if they wanted to. And they likely want to. BEST SONG: “Waterboard Boogie.” Maybe it just makes me feel like i’m being waterboarded? BEST SONG TITLE: Either “Hitler’s Absent Father” or “Banging My Muse.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: I feel bad for hating a band whose guitarist is credited as supplying the “Wheedly Wheedly.” –Rev. Norb (Sympathizer)


PROZACS, THE:
Playing the Chords We Love: LP
The Prozacs play Ramonescore: short, simple songs full of power chords, rhythmic pounding and whoa-oh-oh-ohs for days. There’s nothing new or groundbreaking here, but if you’re into this style, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t also dig this one. Comes on white vinyl. –Jeff Proctor (Knowhere/No Breaks)


PRIDS / LOOKBOOK:
Split: 7"
Standard issue quiet/loud/quiet indie rock that will appeal to fans of Versus or Polvo. There were many records that sounded like this fifteen years ago and I am no more a fan of the style now than I was then. Nothing wrong with it, and these two bands probably do as good a job as anyone with this style of indie rock. –Mike Frame (Poison Apple, poisonapplerecords.com)


PRAYERS FOR ATHEISTS:
Self-titled: CD
Rap-metal-hardcore with decent political lyrics, played well for people who, ahem,like that sort of thing. Oh, but wait! The website says, “With years of anti-war organizing and a storied career laden with protest arrests, Jared Paul has become somewhat of a modern folk hero within the underground American counter-culture.” And if you order it from the website, you get a signed copy. –Craven (Strange Famous)


POPITILOPITILUS:
Huh?: 7"
Popitilopitilus couldn’t have picked a more fitting title for this 7”. The music is all over the place, from early ‘80s SoCal punk to ‘90s anarcho-screamcore to blatant Dead Kennedys rip off. The lyrics appear to have been written while on a whacked out magic mushroom trip. Anyone who sings about telling a girl not to ride a bike while wearing a mini skirt has got to be high. If I didn’t know better, I’d say it was a big, dumb joke or an ill-fated attempt at pulling a scam. –Josh Benke (Stank House)


POLYGON:
Self-titled: CD-R
This very light, four-song pop demo EP doesn’t distinguish itself in any way. It’s mildly fun and fluffy, like a Lifetime TV movie about an abusive relationship. The vocals are held back and whisper-soft. I think they’re going for a dreamy quality, but I just fell asleep. Is this a nightmare? –Art Ettinger (Chronic Death, myspace.com/polygonzz)


PANGEA:
Never Not Know Nothing: 7"
I’ve been bummed about the fact that I’ve never seen this band since I first heard them. This just makes me more excited about the inevitable moment, especially since I’ve seen two of the guys play in other bands that rule. The insert is basic and cool in the same way this music is unpretentiously fun and rad. There’s a nice, dreamy element to these seemingly simple, upbeat songs. It’s hard to put a finger on, but easy to enjoy. –Rene Navarro (Griznar / Stress Domain)


NOTION:
The Peak:: CD
Argh! I’ve been stuck on writing this review for so long because I’m having a hard time thinking of good ways to write bad things.So I’ve settled on this: adequate, slightly Southern-influenced rock’n’roll perfect for your local douchebag bar. Another in a long line of bands that prove that just because you can make an album doesn’t mean you should. –Kurt Morris (Notionrocks.com)


NOMAN:
Broadcast: CD
Recorded by Steve Albini, this indie rock act has put out a ten-song album with vocals that occasionally remind me of Tim Kasher of Cursive but lacking the wit of Kasher’s lyrics or the intensity of Cursive’s sound. It’s a fun listen with some decent songs but nothing that rose above the standard indie rock fare. –Kurt Morris (woodbridgerecords.com)


NOCTURNAL FEEDING:
Some Terrestrial Device: Cassette EP
I’m usually not too fond of the singer/songwriter musician who plays the acoustic guitar and this is no exception. This biographic eight track collection is bleak and two-dimensional. A lot of the song melodies were so similar I couldn’t tell one song from another. Reminds me of The Red House Painters gone terribly wrong. –Kristen K (Let's Pretend)


PANZER BASTARD:
2006-2009: CD
A good mix of metal and hardcore. These guys could blend seamlessly into either genre and/or scene. The music definitely fits the descriptive of “brutal.” The percussion is pummeling and the guitars are this solid mass of distortion and buzz. At times, they throw in some very metal soloing, but if you can play it, play it. And they do. Not to mention, the vocalist can really bellow out the words with clarity and keep the snarl intact. This disc collects their Hell Gate EP, Bastards Die Hard EP, and their Boston 7” EP, as well as a bonus track, being a cover of “Ace of Spades.” It’s structured with the newer material coming first, then on down the line. I do think the Hell Gate material is their best yet. Could be the production. You can hear everything, and it’s so damn heavy and sonic! The Boston... EP, being their first, suffers from tinny production, but you can tell this is a band that is to be reckoned with. If you’re a fan of bands like the Victims, Mob 47, Tragedy, Inepsy, etc, then you should give these guys a listen. Fuggin’ head-crushing stuff, to say the least. –Matt Average (Patac, patacrecords.com)


PLAKKAGGIO HC:
Fronte del Sacco: CD
Modern day hardcore in the vein of modern day Agnostic Front meets Sick Of It All with black metal overtones. The band hails from Italy and lay down the guitar chords with a heavy hand. Gang vocals emphasize the message. Not sure what is being sung, since the lyrics are in Italian. But from what I can tell, they do their thing well. Not sure who put this out since the font size is tiny. Looks to be a multiple label release. –Donofthedead (myspace.com/plakkaggiohc)


PLURALS, THE:
Whatevers Forever: CD
Well this grabbed me right off the start. Fast-paced, kinda punky indie rock with a male vocalist with an almost cartoony kind of voice and a female vocalist with the sweetest layered tones this side of vintage Kim Deal. That first song really smacks you around a bit. In a good way. I guess the part that sucks about that is that the rest of the disc is left trying to pick up the pieces. Sometimes it’s beautiful pop, sometimes off kilter pseudo hardcore. The band starts to lose the identity that is very clearly defined by that opening track. Having said that, I really like a lot of the songs on here, but, as a whole, it’s not flowing together. I’d give them another listen for sure. –Ty Stranglehold (Good Time Gang, myspace.com/goodtimegangrecordings)


NEW MODEL ARMY:
Today Is a Good Day: CD
Eleventh studio release from this U.K. outfit. Why it took me until recently to discover this band is beyond me. They have everything that usually spells “jackpot” with my tastes. Deep textures, thought-provoking lyrics, and solid musicianship make up this band’s overall sound. The title track is about the stock market taking a hit. “Autumn” features a really cool bass line that sets the tune up nicely. “Arm Yourself and Run” is another stand-out song. Any fans of bands like Killing Joke, The Mission, or even The Cure may dig this record. This is solid from start to finish and will definitely get a lot of play in my basement. –Sean Koepenick (Attack Attack)


NERVOUS CURTAINS:
Out of Sync with Time: CD
Piano-heavy stuff with bits of cabaret, gloomy synth pop, and other stuff in there. They’re definitely all over the map sonically, and the bulk of what they’re doing takes a bit more effort to digest that pop in, play loud, and move onto the next thing, which is a definite plus. They also have the dubious honor of producing the bleakest cover of the Minutemen’s “Jesus and Tequila” I’ve ever heard. –Jimmy Alvarado (Latest Flame)


NEW ENEMY, THE: Shakedown:
Shakedown: CDEP
The lyrics here are intelligent and well above the average group of punters, but the music recalls the late ‘80s/early ‘90s period of hardcore when the straight edge bands started dumping the Minor Threat worship in favor of a wee bit more metal in the geetars. –Jimmy Alvarado (No address)


NAKATOMI PLAZA:
Ghosts: CD
I’ve been a fan of Nakatomi Plaza (NP) since I got their Private Property album to review back in 2002 for my old zine, actionattackhelicopter. They’ve finally called it a day and decided to release these songs as their last album. For those unfamiliar with them, NP was from Brooklyn and utilized female and male vocalists while the male vocalist also did some screaming now and then. Their music was probably closest to an indie rock or punk rock sound and their lyrics were often political, in an anti-establishment vein, which I always appreciated, as they were written with some attention paid to personal emotions within that political context. However, the new album, while probably showcasing NP at their most introspective and personal, seems to lack much excitement or edginess with their sound. It’s more indie than punk this time around but, unfortunately, Al Fair’s female vocals (which I really like, as they remind me of Caithlin DeMarris from Rainer Maria) seem to be less prominent than Oscar Rodriguez’s male vocals and there are hardly any screams on the album at all (which is fine by me). I suppose that this is a logical progression in sound for NP. Because I’m a fan, I’ll probably find this album growing on me over time, as it has its compelling moments and good musicianship. However, if you want to be introduced to the band, I’m not sure this is the best place to start. –Kurt Morris (nakatomiplaza.com)


MUSIC FROM THE FILM:
World War Tree: CD
What amounts to a soundtrack for a non-existent movie about the life and death of a tree is really a bunch of unlistenable garbage played with varying degree of ability on your standard guitar, drum, and bass with keys, maracas, banjo, etc. To their credit, the Theremin sounds nice and spooky, as it should, but the rain stick certainly cancels that out. If you like listening to stray and ambient noise then you’ve got a winner here. –Jeff Proctor (myspace.com/musicfromthefilm)


MUSIC FROM THE FILM:
Playfully Abrasive: CD
Twenty-four cuts of disorientating avant audio weirdness by an experimental musical project helmed by Gary Young, augmented by a rotating cast of like-minded noise practitioners. This is some really out-there, atmospheric shit, yet it seems to be crafted well enough to grab the attention of people who generally crave traditional song structure. This album could appeal to fans of bands as diverse as U.S. Maple, Bongwater, Mister Bungle, or Pink Floyd’s Ummagumma album. This one is not for the timid, but can be quite rewarding for those looking for music far off the beaten path. –Jake Shut (Self-released)


MIXELPRICKS, THE:
Pop Punk Is Dead: CD
The Mixelpricks make an album titled Pop Punk Is Dead, then proceed make fun of stuff while sounding like a pop punk band. “If I Had Two Wives” is one of the funnier songs that delivers some lyrical zingers such as, “If I had two wives, I would be busy most every night, I could go to my other nice wife if we fight.” This album reminds me of Reggie And The Full Effect because there are humorous songs that use irony, innuendos, and stereotypes to be funny. I think I understand the concept but the album as a whole, but just doesn’t keep me interested. –N.L. Dewart (Murk Ta, myspace.com/murkta and SP., sp-records.com)


MARK SPARKLES, THE:
Rage Blackouts: 7"
A five-song 7” of primitive, lo-fi garage punk from a Seattle five piece. The jacket art fits the sonically crude nature of the band with cut and paste artwork on the front cover and a sloppy, handwritten back cover. That being said, the songs were predictable and mediocre. Not rising to the level of annoyance, just very forgettable. –Jake Shut (Artificial Limb)


MANUAL ZOMBIE:
Autumn:: CD
When I get a burned CD with a band’s name scribbled on it in ballpoint pen, wrapped in a Xeroxed piece of paper instead of a traditional jewel case, I make some assumptions: I assume I’m going to be listening to music that the band barely gave a shit about and that nobody else is going to give a shit about either. I love being reminded that it’s stupid to make assumptions. This CD is epic. So much ground is covered in its seventy minutes that it’s a challenge to sum it all up. Psych industrial soundscapes bleed into straight-forward punk. Surf guitars hump the sound of heart monitors over heavy breathing. Fuzz buries metal in dust before being intercepted by sound bites from unrecognizable films. All of this is held together by the gritty voice of a lunatic whispering into your ear that you can’t stop listening, whatever you do, don’t stop listening. –MP Johnson (Self released, myspace.com/manualzombie)


MEDICAL TOURISTS:
Self-titled: CD-R
I imagine this is their demo. Musically, this outfit is heavily influenced by Devo and late ‘70s new wave. It’s okay. Nothing really stands out, to be honest. It’s a little ironic at points, and that’s a tired hat to wear these days. Perhaps they’re having fun, and that’s cool. But the music is still bleh. You’re better off looking for more progressive electronic bands like Secret Society Of The Sonic Six, Sixteens, Led Er Est, and Xeno & Oaklander. –Matt Average (tourists.medical@gmail.com)


LORD GREEN:
Sound and Vision: Cassette
A strong debut from this Illinois stoner punk band. Their style is a little slower and sort of rambling which, coupled with the high presence of bass tones in the mix, reminds me a lot of Born Against, but with more obvious crossover tones a la early Annihilation Time. The riffs are catchy (especially the song “Circle Takes the Square”), but not as memorable as they could be. The band’s main strong point is that they seamlessly flow from faster punk rock parts into more groovy jam sessions. These guys are great live and are definitely a band to watch out for. –Guest Contributor (Self-released, myspace.com/lordgreen420)


LOVE CITY:
I Can’t Stop: 7" + CD
This is four songs of noisy garage punk with organ from this band, with the same tunes included on a CD. They are from Philadelphia and would likely fit well on a bill with Mondo Topless from the same locale. The organ is very prominent in the mix, leading to a bit of a ? And The Mysterians vibe at times. Nothing’s mind-blowing but it’s a good, solid single from Love City. –Mike Frame (Certified PR)


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