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CATERPILLAR TRACKS / ARMS EXPLODING:
Split: 7"
A few years ago, I called for a moratorium on bands aping the Jesus Lizard. Those lurching, tense rhythms just lend themselves to lackluster imitation. It’s too easy to phone in. I’m glad that Arms Exploding never got my memo. They play with balls-out rawk energy, use the Jesus Lizard’s primal beats as a base, and throw some progressive post hardcore a la At The Drive-In or Refused on top. Caterpillar Tracks, on the other hand, are your generic Touch & Go offenders: a limp combination of Shellac and Jesus Lizard. Aiming for a groove, but just sounding monotonous. Don’t be mad, UPS is hiring. –CT Terry (Phratry)


BREWTAL THIRST:
Hard Work: CD
Five more slices of meat’n’potatoes punk from these guys. While lesser bands plying the booze’n’punk formula often end up sounding like a one-trick pony, these guys have enough catchiness in the backbone of their sound to keep ‘em interesting, at least over the course of the five songs here. They ain’t gonna beat Beyonce outta an Album of the Year Grammy or anything, but they do what they do quite effectively. –Jimmy Alvarado (Wet Brain)


BLUE RIBBON BOYS:
Suicidal Heart: CDEP
I’m not a cop, but I’m willing to bet if you want to get a woman into bed, your line wouldn’t be, “I’m going to cover you in roses and razorblades.” We’ll that’s just the type of creepy lyrics you’ll find on this album. If you don’t find that disturbing, then check out the lyrics to “Spoiled Ass Sweet Talk”: “You’re gonna call me your king. Blood stains all across your panties.” The scary thing is I can’t tell if they’re trying to be funny or not. I don’t recommend this CD. –N.L. Dewart (Rockin' Stan)


BLOOD STAIONED REALITY:
Fuck You Go Die: 7"
Here’s a funny story: When I was still in L.A., I brought this 7” home from Razorcake HQ to check out. I ended up bringing it back. That was back in July ‘09. Typically, one brings shit back to HQ when one can’t think of shit to say about a band, being rather indifferent to it. To those living outside of the area, review materials are sent out on a bi-monthly basis. I recently moved away from L.A. This came to me on the most recent mail out of review material. This seems to indicate that somebody else took it home for a period of time (no more than one issue’s worth of time) and then brought it back. So I’m taking it that I am not alone in my assessment. Anyway, this is kinda whatever hardcore. Shit is played hard—and seemingly with conviction—but nothing too remarkable. –Vincent Battilana (EZM, myspace.com/escozoomusic)


BLANKET OF M:
Self-titled: CD-R

Generic punk that doesn’t even bother to label their CD-R. I take them even less seriously than they take themselves

–Craven (no info)


BITCH N BROWN:
Self-titled: CD
This isn’t quite as bad as I feared it might be, but the band name is atrocious. This is country music with some punk influence (i.e. some of the songs are fast) that reminds me of something from an alternate universe where Hank III was a woman, played his songs with less intensity, and was about half as good as he is now. –Kurt Morris (myspace.com/bitchandbrown)


BEN FRANKLIN:
Optimist: CD-R
Brooklyn-based power trio Ben Franklin bangs out some raucous and catchy guitar-driven jams on this here CD. Eleven rave-up rock and rollers that bring to mind Riverboat Gamblers or Statues in terms of energy and diversity, each song (a little different from the last and a little different from the next) bristles with intensity. Raging punk rock ditties that let loose with Greg Ginn-style solos flying all over the place are interrupted by twangy barroom waltzes and then peppered with some frenetic, danceable indie rock tunes. The lead vocals sometimes get a little cute, but otherwise this is a solid release. Two hundred released with hand screened covers. –Jeff Proctor (wearebenfranklin.com)


BELDINGS:
Self-titled: CD
If a situation required me to vomit steaming acid, I would prefer to get it done in one quick shot. Similarly, if I’m required to listen to crappy music, I would prefer to get it over with as fast as possible. Thank you, Beldings, for your brevity. –MP Johnson (Self released, myspace.com/thebeldings)


BEFORE CARS:
Walk Back: CD
Within a few seconds of listening to this Before Cars CD, my mind wanders back to the ‘90s, circa the heyday of grunge music. These songs conjure up old memories of listening to Stone Temple Pilots and Sponge records. So, it shouldn’t come to any big surprise that the lead man of this band is Chad Channing, the old Nirvana drummer who wasn’t Dave Grohl. The tune, “Nnovacaine,” is almost an ad hoc replica of the Nirvana cover of the Vaselines’ song, “Molly’s Lips.” It’s got that fuzzed-out guitar distortion and bouncy rhythm that’s so typical of Nirvana’s less produced sound as found on their album, Incesticide. The standout track on this record is “Old Chair” because Before Cars depart from their grunge influences and go for an indie-vibe tune that could be mistaken for an Elliott Smith b-side. If anyone is feeling nostalgic for some modern day grunge, this album is worth looking into. –N.L. Dewart (Flotation)


BABY WOODROSE:
Self-titled: CD
This band sounds straight out of the ‘60s. They even ripped off the riff from that song “Wild Thing”: the old one, not the rap one. You actually wouldn’t believe how the first song sounds almost exactly like it. If you are into that period of music, you will absolutely love this band. There is another song in the mix that sounds like a Guns’n’Roses song, and, actually, another that sounds like they ripped of a Nirvana riff… I’m starting to think this band is a joke. I’ll let you decide. –Corinne (Bad Afro)


AULD LANG SYNE:
Midnight Folly: CD
Mellow, primarily acoustic stuff that reminds me of all the things I hated about ‘70s singer-songwriter stuff. Very nice cover art, though. –Jimmy Alvarado (viperbiterecords.com)


ATTICTED:
No Regrets: 7"
Attic Ted are a three piece experimental pop band from San Marcos, TX that use keyboards, drums, and cello to make quirky, oddly danceable, Renaissance Faire carnival music. You can almost see the singer working the midway, standing in front of a curtain, barking in his histrionic vocal style to see what horrors await on the other side. The music itself is unusual but severely limited by the cello, which is so out of tune half the time you wonder if the person playing it isn’t just a little bit tone deaf. Maybe that’s part of the weirdness Attic Ted is trying to cultivate. Mainly, it’s just distracting, and I couldn’t help think how much cooler it would be if the cello was replaced by a trombone. Not my thing at all. But, if you’re into the Faint but resent the mainstream techno-fication they went through, you could do a lot worse than the strangeness of Attic Ted. –Josh Benke (Pecan Crazy)


ARGES:
The Forest of Damned Souls: CD
If you saw the title of this album and I also told you this was grind metal, would it then surprise you if I said that it was hard to read the name of the record label on the back of the CD? Growling and screaming vocals, organ-like keyboards, blast beats, cryptically hard to decipher font—yep, all here. –Kurt Morris (Zero Substance)


ARGENTUM MORI:
One Day One Night (Live): CD
Strange—“live” is included in the title, yet it doesn’t sound live at all, unless there was somehow no crowd noise (in which case, what’s the point?)? Anyway, this is some metal on the slower side, that features some very operatic vocals, as well as keys that reach out over a full range, sometimes also operatic, sometimes like a harpsichord (usually fitting, either way). Admittedly, I’m more likely to put on something like Motörhead or Manowar, but I won’t knock this. –Joe Evans III (Zero Substance)


APPALACHIAN TERROR UNIT:
It’s Far from Fucking Over: CD
Well, it’s on Profane, so you’ve got a rough sketch to work from, right? Funny thing is, this band’s actually reminding me quite a bit of Antiproduct, which is hilarious, since ATU is way more crust and way, way more metal than that band ever was. There’s just something in the vocal quality, some kind of shared intensity and near-melody that both women reach for and, thankfully, never quite manage. ATU’s relying on some pretty repetitive rhythms and, unfortunately, have the tendency to run them into the ground. On one hand it’s all pretty familiar, but on the other hand it’s some great shit if you’re into the genre—contains the Greenwashing LP and their first seven inch, plenty of information and lyrics in the booklet, and presumably more to follow, as this is listed as “Discography, Part 1.” Metallic, crusty, dual-vocalled mayhem that’s packed with some pretty decent smarts. –Keith Rosson (Profane Existence)


APPALACHIAN AUTONOMOUS ZONE:
Self-titled: CD-R
Punk from Roanoke, VA. It’s not very good and they just don’t seem to care. I mean, they don’t care in the bad way, not in the good way. They’re one of those bands that thinks that anybody can be just as good as Flipper by simply playing slow and sucking. –Craven (no info)


APOCALYPSE MEOW/ RATIONAL ANTHEM:
DIY Pharmacy: Split: 7"
On this split, Apocalypse Meow has that early ‘90s preppy punk feel to their sound. Imagine a modern day Nerf Herder. Out of their three songs, “DIY Pharmacy” stands out the most for its quirky lyrics: “Every little pill’s got ten side effects and every side effect needs a bigger fucking pill.” Rational Anthem’s recordings feels forced compared to their other 7” splits. I’m not a big production snob, but the drums sound like they were recorded in a cardboard box and the bass is so trebly it doesn’t even sound mic-ed. Rational Anthem is a snotty, sappy, pop punk band with OC-style breakdown guitar riffs, but the lo-fi aesthetics don’t seem to compliment their style. Thumbs up to Traffic Streetfor putting out some great pop punk 7”s lately, but, on the whole, this was a lackluster release. –N.L. Dewart (Traffic Street)


APE!:
The Dirger: CD
Slow, dirgy stoner rock stuff falling somewhere between High On Fire and Flipper. Dunno how the intestinal cover art ties into the album title, but they do manage to sound like a big, ham-fisted gorilla smacking you around the earlobes. –Jimmy Alvarado (myspace.com/weareape)


AN HISTORIC:
My Czerny: CD-R
This thing had “Beware! Most likely contains ambient and indiscernible home recordings!” written all over it, mostly due to the ambiguousness of the packaging and the lack of much information besides song titles. Instead what we get are some “actually pretty pleasant and tuneful home recordings,” mostly of the, uh, squeezebox/accordion variety, I believe. About half of the handful of tunes here are single-instrument pieces, while the rest feature additional instruments and overall excellent vocal work. Got no idea what it is they’re actually singing about it, but they’ve convinced me, whatever it is. Most likely not gonna make any Razorcake reader’s top ten lists, but was an atmospheric enough run on a night when the rain’s coming down and the wind’s howling around the house. –Keith Rosson (An Historic)


A DISCO FOR FERNS:
Look Who: CD-R
Hey, look, a band from Denton that doesn’t involve a Marked Man. From the cover, I was hoping they were death metal so I could make a Mountain Goats reference, but they were this weird sort of grind/punk/terrible music hybrid. Can I have my ten minutes back? –Bryan Static (8 Up)


2ND STREET RAG STOMPERS:
Camping on Low or No Dollars: CD
Old timey folk music: banjo, washboard, washtub, etc. A fine recording and decently played, however after playing in bands like this at shows with bands like these for nigh on seven years, I’m pretty burnt out on the Country Bears’ Jamboree. For those of you into front porch drinking, strumming, and foot stomping songs about whiskey then this’ll be right up your alley. –Jeff Proctor (Drunken Goat)


ZUUL:
Air RAid: 7"
This band knows exactly what they are going for, from the sound to the packaging. The sleeve looks like some killer private press metal single from the early ‘80s. The sound is standard New Wave of British Heavy Metal that would fit well between Saxon and Tank, or something along those lines. If you’ve got a bunch of Diamond Head and Budgie records, you might wanna check out this band. –Mike Frame (Planet Metal)


YUM YUMS, THE:
Sweetest Candy: CD
If you like pop punk or power pop and you haven’t heard the Yum Yums, then I am jealous! Think of it this way: you still have the opportunity to listen to one of the greatest pop punk/power pop bands in the last fifteen years for the first time! This CD collects songs from their amazing album Sweet as Candy, plus a ton of 7”s, and other assorted yumminess! The song “Right Now” is quite possibly one of the best power pop songs ever. I have no idea why this band didn’t end up on Lookout Records during their glory years. Maybe because they’re from Norway? Did Larry Livermore harbor an anti-Scandinavian prejudice? Perhaps! Anyway, this band is so ridiculously catchy, with strong power chords, songs about being in love, well-chosen cover songs (the Undertones’ “Here Comes the Summer,” the Pointed Sticks’ “Out of Love,” etc.). I recommend you start with Sweet as Candy, but that’s just because I am a bit of a purist when it comes to “greatest hits” (or whatever) CDs. But I haven’t heard a single thing this band released that wasn’t amazing. If this were a cereal, it’d be Lucky Charms, hands down. (In case you’re keeping track, Lucky Charms is the top designation that can be bestowed about a musical release. I love the Yum Yums! –Maddy (Kid Tested, kidtestedrecords.com)


YOUNG LIONS:
From the Vaults: LP+7”
A historic piece of punk rock history out of Toronto, Canada for those who were not in the know. Archiving material from 1982-1984, this band probably only hit people’s radar off their track on BYO’s Something to Believe in. I also vaguely remember their name on the TO Hardcore 83 cassette comp and that validated off their liner notes that I’d longed to have a copy of again, in one form or another. The Young Lions’ punk sound is hard to replicate. It reminds me a lot of their Canadian comrades, the Subhumans. What might be classified as street punk today, I hear it as one of those forefather bands that have that genuine raw punk energy with melody and grit. A true treat and I am one who is grateful to have this see the light of day. Any release from Schizophrenic, you should order direct. You always get something special, either in packaging or special colored vinyl. –Donofthedead (Schizophrenic)


WRISTER / NORTH TROLLS:
Aww Shit!: Split: 7"
Wrister blasts out some heartfelt punk tunes on this split. They play stuff that’s akin to the lo-fi stylings of Friendly Fire and Jetman. Their song, “What Goes Down” has a lot of guitar noodling, but Wrister pulls off the rock licks without making their sound too pretentious. On the other side, North Trolls have a playful pop sound layered with harmonies. They have that whole They Might Be Giants vibe/sound going for them. In their track “Cheap Drugs,” they lift the vocal melody from the old song “Can’t Help Falling in Love”(of Elvis Presley and UB40 fame) to segue into the guitar solo and finish using the rest of the leftover melody for the ending of their song. It’s sort of a nerdy songwriting trick but, damn, they know how to make some catchy tunes. –N.L. Dewart (No Breaks)


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