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VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Live at the Starlight Fort Collins CO: 7"
This is a four‑way split 7", recorded live on the same night. Tanger: they've got the dissonant, jagged musical edge of Black Flag without the internal bite and damage index. Fair but not necessarily rad. Good Riddance: realizing they're becoming a fine hardcore band while retaining what they learned playing pop punk is one of the best moves Russ and company have made. "Yesterday Died, Tomorrow Won't Be Born" is the fastest ‑ and my favorite ‑ song of the bunch: terror with melody. Wretch Like Me: they write good songs but are still playing in the shadow of their mentors, All. All: play an art punk jazz metal remix of "Educated Idiot" that'll definitely stretch the ears (and perhaps the patience) of first‑time listeners. A nice audio document, kinda like a punk diary entry. –todd (O and O)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
The Hostage Situation: CD
An absolutely amazing comp of what's been happening on Southern California's beaches the past few years. Included are tracks from Smogtown, The Bleeders, The Numbers, Smut Peddlers, Bonecrusher, The Negatives, The Spooky, The Crowd, The Bodies, Instagon, Discontent, The Fakes, The Pushers, Curb, and The Decline, all of which are previously unreleased and all of which are crucial. Even bands that did little for me before clock in here with some amazing tracks. Fuck, there's even quality readin' material on the inside that has nothin' to do with how to contact the band. When's the last time anyone had the courtesy to provide you with something worthwhile to read with a comp?!? Rick Bain has outdone hisself with this puppy. Look at me, I'm gushing over a fucking punk comp. I haven't done that since I bought my first "Rodney" comp back in 81! Mark my words: this disc will go down in the annals of punk rock history as one of the most important musical documents of a scene ever released, right next to "Flex Your Head," "This is Boston, Not L.A.," "Not So Quiet on the Western Front," "Beach Blvd." and "Lawrence Welk Presents: the Sound of Andorra." Trust me, you NEED this. –jimmy (Hostage)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
South America In Decline: CD
First, my obligatory bitch: Why is it that people insist on including Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras and other countries in that area with South America? The majority of Mexico rests on the North American plate, which makes it part of North America, NOT South America. The other countries I mentioned are part of Central America. I won't even get into the fact that Puerto Rico is a Caribbean Island. That said, this disc has 30 absolutely smoking punk/hardcore/grind tracks from a variety of American countries where some dialect of Latin is spoken and being a punk is not a fashion statement but an act of rebellion that could very likely get you killed. I would imagine that, aside from Brazil's Ratos de Porao, the average U.S. punker would have no idea who any of the bands on here are, so I won't bother listing them. If you dig your hardcore loud, fast, and pissed off, though, you'd be a fool not to pick this up. International comps this good don't come along too often. –jimmy (Six Weeks)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Quarters Vol. 1 : 7"
Four‑way split 7". Small Brown Bike: fantastic, ecstatic, run‑down‑hill‑screaming power with bottle rockets launching out of their pockets. They're a listen akin to a melody assault ‑ kinda like firearms and open arms. Lovesick: thrashy, screamy, acerbic, and grating self‑professed Midwest "heartcore." Well‑intentioned but not so enjoyable. Keleton DMD: Helmet meets Jawbox. Band plays stop‑start, heavy poetic jams. I shrug. Quixote: slowish and herky jerky, so much so, I figure ways to rig the turntable so Small Brown Bike can launch from the other side and do some ass whooping. Song ends. I get beer. –todd (Salinger Press)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Rock : CD
Well, it's got various hues of the rock thang, from garage rock to punk to surf to country twang to a throwback to '70s soul. Some of the bands are good, some suck, and some just make you plain wonder why anyone bothered to record them. In short, a mixed bag. Features The Villains, The Veins, Ms. Rodeo USA, The Priests, White Cotton Panties, Q, The Vertigo‑gos and others. –jimmy (Garage Pop)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Tomorrow Will Be Worse Volume 2: CD
Full‑throttle, punishing hardcore here, courtesy of Real Reggae, Krigshot, MK Ultra, Mukeka di Rato, 9 Shocks Terror, Uncurbed, Scalplock and Ruido. The tunes are fast, hard, unrelenting and there ain't a bad one in the lot. Excuse me while I stagedive offa this here desk... –jimmy (Sound Pollution)


URKO:
Fast3chordhardcoremotherfuckingthrashcrustpunkshit: 7"EP
The title of this sweet little piece of wax says it all. –jimmy (Disintegration)


UK SUBS:
The Revolution: CDEP
Of course, this is some amazing stuff from a band that has been around longer than most of you have probably been alive. So far as I can tell, this consists of new material and re‑workings of some older stuff (unless I'm wrong about "Parties In Paris"), all of which sound like they were recorded around the same time as "Another Kind of Blues," although they were actually done in June of 2000. It's nice to know that after all these years, these guys can still kick the shit outta almost anybody that comes testin'. –jimmy (Combat Rock)


TWO TON BOA:
Self-titled : CD
This band is fascinating to say the least. Supported by drums, two electric bass and the acidic voice and lyrics of Sherry Fraser, Two Ton Boa does in fact supply that much weight. They're kind of like watching a collision on the highway, a body lay there rotting in the sun near the center divider, but you apply your brakes, compelled to observe the gore spread out before you and you give a crack to the window just enough to inhale the stench. This CD glows with the sounds and spirits invoked from early carnival, circus and freak shows. To become enthralled is only the beginning. Go ahead and try to not listen to this CD first note to last. It's hard to press the stop button when your eyes are glazed over and your body's bathed in sweat. –Guest Contributor (Kill Rock Stars)


TUULI:
Rockstar Potential: CD
This six-song CD is a virtual re‑release of the Toronto band's "Hotrods & Honeysuckle" six song debut which was pretty much available only in Canada previously. The only difference is the substitution of the Go‑Gos‑like "Who's The Fool Now" for the song "So Glad" on the old release. A wise decision as "Who's the Fool Now" is the superior song. And, also wisely, they chose to retain their delicious cover of the Vibrators "Baby, Baby" which alone makes this EP worth getting. –Guest Contributor (Sympathy)


TRUE NORTH:
We Speak in Code: CD
Take a blender. Add equal parts early Minutemen, hardcore and arty pretentiousness. Set controls for puree. Ingest. Relax, it's better than it sounds. –jimmy (No Idea)


TRUE NORTH:
We Speak in Code: CD
I saw these guys open up for Fugazi a while ago. They weren't the band that Fugazi took on tour with them to open, just the local band that gets to open for the band that gets to tour with Fugazi. Pretty far down on the totem pole, is what I'm getting at. Anyway, they left me with the strange sensation of wanting the opening band's set to last longer and the even stranger sensation of wanting the band opening for Fugazi's set to last longer. Then, I didn't hear anything from them again for over a year, so when I saw this album, I was stoked. The first time I listened to it, I liked it, but it didn't strike me as anything that special. I may have even passed on it if I hadn't enjoyed their set so much. With each listen, though, this album gets better. True North is definitely a Fugazi progeny. They have that edge and that sense of disjointedness. The singer even sounds a little bit like Guy. The music isn't quite as complex or polished as Fugazi, but the songs tend to carry a higher rockin' factor. And now that this album has spent some time in my high rotation, I'm starting to like everything about it from the tempo changes and methodic nuances to the photos in the CD booklet (including one photo of the killer Gainesville record collective, the Wayward Council). Highly recommended. –sean (No Idea)


TRASH BRATS:
Songs in the Key of F U: CD
Glam punk, meant in the best sense of the term. These guys have apparently been around forever, but they don't seem to be lacking in the Hanoi Rocks/Electric Chairs‑inspired hooks department. Yeah, there's more bands doing this shtick these days than is probably good, and most of them do suck pretty fucking hard, but these guys appear to be one of those rare exceptions, that hidden ruby in a putrid dung heap. The fact that they also have a healthy sense of humor doesn't hurt matters much. Thumbs up. P.S.: Thanks for not including the cover of "Civilization's Dying." You have no idea how many cover versions of that fucking song I've been subjected to these last few months. –jimmy (Trash Brats)


TRASH BRATS, THE:
Rocket to Heaven: 7"
The two tumultuous topsy‑turvy tunes on this here vicious lil' piece of vinyl are twisted, crazed, and raucously turbulent; the frenzied epitome of trashy rock'n'roll wickedness! Imagine an amped‑out faster‑paced New York Dolls cacophonously crossbred with a louder more frantic Lazy Cowgirls, and there ya have the sleazy sonic aggression of Thee Trash Brats. My ears are now a smoldering mound of mush, and I just couldn't be any happier! –Guest Contributor (Law Less)


TRAILER PARK TORNADOS:
Heroes of the Hopeless: 7"EP
Lo‑fi punk'n'roll. I imagine it has its charms, but I'm having a helluva time finding 'em right now. –jimmy (Big Neck)


TOO BAD EUGENE:
At Any Rate: CD
Who the fuck bankrolls crap like this? Think he's stupid enough to send me a signed blank check? –jimmy (Rock City)


TILTWHEEL/OVAL:
Split: 7"
This 7" has two three‑piece bands who approach music similarly. Tiltwheel: unsung, virtually unknown, and usually hands‑down favorites of mine, don't play poorly, but Davey's vocals on this 7" sound like a hybrid between Alvin Chipmunk and a prostate cancer'd Bob Mould ‑ tight, high, and uncomfortable. It think it's the mastering or Davey lost a testicle and didn't tell anyone. Anyhow, if you're willing to be netted into songs instead of going for a "professional," bright hook, Tiltwheel will grab a toe and take you down slowly. (Well, except the second song is a cover of Cher's "Believe.") Their last LP, "Hair‑Brained Scheme Addicts" is well worth seeking out. Oval: hyper‑proficient, super‑tight Japanese rock, much in the vein of Leatherface's instrumentation (i.e. they build this thing called tension instead of doing a bar chord). If you give your ears the time to unspool what's being played, you realize how lazy most other pop bands are. The only drawback is, once again, the vocals, which are scratchy and stuck in mid‑screech all the way through ‑ but maybe that's how they always sound. Last word: hard to fully endorse because of the vocals, but wouldn't hurt to snap up if you see it in the bin. –todd (Snuffy Smile)


TIGER ARMY:
Self-titled: CD
With such "powerhouse" affiliations (A.F.I., Tim Armstrong, Rob Peltier of the Quakes, nourishment from the Hellbillys and across‑the‑board references to early Misfits and the Rev), only the most bored and bitter of devotees could wonder why this shouldn't be the American psychobilly "IT" band of the millennium. Although the album gets off to a rollicking good start like any great Klingonz album would, Nick 13's (insert hysterical bobby soxer screams here) mellifluous voice, albeit strong and unwavering, doesn't always convince or make a concave impression through the blistering muck of a nimbly‑played stand‑up and rip‑roarin' guitar, all done up in proper style. But there is redemption ‑ Nick's voice shines like a Gibbous moon late for Halloween on the more country‑oriented material (akin to Ness sans battle scars) and may send chills through the spines of any pretty‑boy lovin' Bang Bang sissy. Caveat emptor: proceed with caution and a grain of salt. The hoodoo‑voodoo setting may bore you to death and that ain't how the properly evil die. –Guest Contributor (Hellcat)


TANTRUM OF THE MUSE:
Modernmu$ick 2000: CD
For an apparent bunch of Christians, these guys are pretty hard. I guess, what with the violent lyrics and the various pictures of pigs' heads, they've decided to embrace the hypocrisy between the theory and actual practice of their chosen religion and exploit it for all it's worth. –jimmy (Take Hold)


SUPA DJ DMITRY:
Scream of Consciousness: CD
I guess disco's trying to make yet another comeback. It figures this guy was in Deelite. –jimmy (TVT/Wax Trax)


SUK:
Self-titled: CD
Pretty run of the mill hardcore. No big whoop here. –jimmy (Incriminating)


STRIKE ANYWHERE:
Chorus of One: CDEP
Fuck me, this is great. Ever listen to bands that burn fast and hot just like gasoline, that make you want to start fires the first time you put them on? They've got the supercharged posi‑core anthems for tomorrow dynamics down to a tee. I hear a lot of Good Riddance, only if Russ was cloned three times and did backup vocals. I hear a lot of Avail. Super tight, uber‑force Richmond, Virginia songs of rebellion. (Lyrics proclaim "resist infiltration," "we are at war" and "leave their power unfilled." And the conviction is so believable that it's far from laughable.) I hear a lot of Hot Water Music. The guitarists are twining the same strands of rope into a double‑tight musical noose and although the songs are powerful, they're not simple, wanky, nor fearful of slowing down on occasion. Most importantly, I hear a band that believes in themselves. Impressive first volley across the bow. I think Jade Tree's going to re‑release this. –todd (Red Leader)


STRAP ONS:
Self-titled: 7"EP
Primal punk rock dementia covering masturbating perverts, women with urinary problems, assholes and teenagers committing infanticide. Pure fucking genius. –jimmy (Rapid Pulse)


STRAIGHTFACED:
Pulling Teeth: CD
If I were in Helmet, I'd sue these guys back into the Stone Age. –jimmy (Epitaph)


STARTER KIT:
Self-titled: CD
Boring as hell emo/college pop. –jimmy (M-Theory)


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