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VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Music by People Who Drink Cider in the Gutter: CD
The cover sums it up: a photo of a guy with a mohawk, holding a forty. The subtitle drives it home: “20 Tracks of U.K. Punk and Ska.” The songs are well recorded, and the tracklist is top-loaded with hardcore, slowly melding into ska-inflected songs. If the idea of a trombone in your punk doesn’t send you running for the hills then, by all means, check this out. –CT Terry (TNS, tnsrecords.co.uk)


TRUE WIDOW:
Self-titled: CD
First tune on here is so-so, but once this gets going, it is really something. Very warm, shoegaze/twee style tunes with great melodic vocals. Seems like a band that would have had a single and maybe an EP on Slumberland Records back in the nineties. Excellent guitar tone and great, melodic boy/girl trade off vocals make this a winner. Recommended for those who like indie pop. –Mike Frame (End Sounds)


TRUCKSTOP LOVECHILD:
Three Chords from the Truth: CD
Standard fare, noisy, fast garage/punk/rock with tight musicianship and vocals. Fitting name. –Jessica Thiringer (Zodiac Killer)


GARY SUICIDAL KIDS COMMANDO:
Par La Douleur La Joie: CD
My high school French teacher was a drunk who drank rum in his coffee and made us watch movies like Three Men and a Baby in French. I tell you all this to explain that I don’t read, write, or speak French. This band might make me look up some phrases on the internet, though. It’s an hour of music in only seven songs and the mood is definitely dark and brooding. The occasional hellish Amebix, Neurosis, Run For Your Fucking Life, Tragedy, Grotus-style yelps here, and the music is right up that alley. A cello and tenor saxophone sometimes opens tracks like a Fellini movie playing in the background of a hell feast. Droning, intense, and slow riffs of melancholic power. This stuff is worth seeking out, especially if you want to study your French and hang out by candlelight in a cave at the same time. –Buttertooth (Rimbaud)


WEDNESDAY NIGHT HEROES:
Self-titled: LP
Edmonton is pissed. Did anyone notice? Does anybody care? –Jim Ruland (Longshot)


AUTISTIC YOUTH / COLA FREAKS:
Split: 7"
Autistic Youth: This band has definitely been doing its share of touring and releasing records as of late and if you haven’t checked them out yet, now would be a good time. Their brand of moody, mid-tempo punk is leveling listeners everywhere. These songs are so epic and atmospheric while still being melodic, they could easily fit as background songs in a movie, which at first turned me off from their recent 7” on Rock Bottom Records, but now I’ve accepted it and consider myself a fan. Cola Freaks: If the Ramones had actually all been brothers and raised in a circus that traveled the European countryside, I have the feeling they would have sounded like the Cola Freaks. Their tracks were recorded by the always eccentric Jay Reatard. Don’t let this release slip past you. –Daryl Gussin (Blackwater/ Taken By Surprise/Sabotage)


TRIS MCCALL:
The Open Secret: CD
I don’t imagine most people reading this have any idea who Tris McCall is, but I’ve been a decent fan since the first time I happened to catch him live back a few years ago. As a Jersey City local and constant arts advocate, Tris has been writing songs about what he knows and loves (New Jersey and its scenery, politics, culture, etc.) and has been performing them in various incarnations, from stripped down to larger backing bands. This CD, in particular, contains a live solo piano performance in Jersey City, I believe in a church (though there’s no real liner notes, and I haven’t been able to keep tabs of his shows as of late). Think if Aaron Cometbus was more of an indie popster than house show punker, who stayed closer to home instead of traveling from town to town, and wrote songs similar to They Might Be Giants or The Mountain Goats. –Joe Evans III (Self-released)


FRED STEIN:
Pizza and Ice Cream: CD
Hey! Funny songs for morning guys on FM radio stations! Why has no one ever thought of this before??? BEST SONG: No. BEST SONG TITLE: “Outerspace Manifesto” FANASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Fred got his start at Miami’s Desert Inn –Rev. Norb (Fred Stein Music)


TONGUES:
Self-titled: CD
First tune is all moody indie rock and then the second one veers into some sorta industrial/stoner rock combination. This same basic tradeoff is repeated throughout the course of the entire album. Features members of Joan of Arc and Apocalypse Hoboken and the band appear to be wondering what a combination of Shudder To Think and AmRep records might sound like. Definitely not my style, but fans of the overall rosters of Dischord, Touch And Go, or Homestead would find a whole lot to love here. Last tune has a bit of a Lee Harvey Oswald Band vibe, which makes it my favorite song here. –Mike Frame (myspace.com/coachhousecollectiverecords)


SUGARBOMBS:
The Game, Not the Rules: CD
Another alternative pop punk band with a stupid band name trying to make it in big time. There are some mentionable guitar riffs on this album, but, for the most part, it’s very radio friendly. Fits well with the cheeses of the early Fat Records bands which I’m, unfortunately, not meaning to be a compliment. –Corinne (Rockstar)


ELLIS ASHBROOK:
Assemblance: CD
Psychedelic rock that… no, it’s pretty much just standard psychedelic rock. It’s weird, but this genre makes me feel so tired I thought I was going to fall asleep by track seven. There are a few moments of really cool experimentation, but, for the most part… it’s psychedelic rock that sounds like it’s inspired by modern alternative metal. In conclusion, no matter how hard you try, drum solos sound forced. –Bryan Static (ellisashbrook.com)


STAY SHARP:
Four Songs: CD
This five piece from Philly is embracing the old school East coast hardcore style of the ‘80s. Four songs in eight minutes and everything seems to slightly remind me of Youth Of Today or the Gorilla Biscuits. Chanty vocals with decent hardcore riffs behind them. It’s not original but worth taking a listen. I think this is what the new school kids are doing that crazy windmill arm swinging shit to in the mosh pit. –Buttertooth (Monkey Wrench)


DOA:
Northern Avenger: CD
Hmm…this sounds strangely just like DOA should sound: part BTO-ish rock and part punk with gobs of humor and social awareness to fill up the cracks. This is a good record and one that I’m pretty sure DOA fans will be eminently satisfied with, but it didn’t leave me with my jaw agape all the way through. It did that at times, but not from start to finish. Still, it’s good to see that after all these years these dudes still got the chops –The Lord Kveldulfr (Sudden Death)


TEENAGE HEART:
Friends with Benefits: CD
This sounds like lame, safe-as-milk pop “punk” from the ‘90s. A steady diet of pap like Pennywise and Face To Face with insecure male lyrics: “Lying in your bed / you gave the best head.” I seriously doubt that anyone is going to swoon over that type of shit. Or the gem, “Filthy Mouth,” about the dude’s girlfriend having sex with someone else in his bed. I find the idea hilarious. But nothing is as lame as their acoustic power ballad “In Dreams.” Piss-your-pants funny with soft vocals, and everyone adding their part. Twenty years ago, these dinks would be singing a cover of Extreme’s “More Than Words.” Blahhh... –Matt Average (Buschranger, myspace.com/theteenageheart)


SUMMER WARDROBE:
Cajun Prairie Fire: CD
Like the Jesus And Mary Chain or Sky Cries Mary, but from Austin, which explains the Tombstone-style dress. Dreamy instrumentations and deep, detached vocals provide a modicum of distraction. –Jessica Thiringer (sauspop.com)


ESCAPE FRAME, THE:
Self-titled: CD
“Paramore?!” “Uh, Kurt, that’s a dude.” “Oh…male Paramore?!” I say that somewhat jokingly but also not so much. This is really poppy shit with keyboards and vocals that I am still not sure to what gender they belong. Not that it really matters, I suppose. The Escape Frame’s self-titled album is “I’m packed in with hundreds of sweaty teenagers and early twenty-somethings at a venue/dance club” type music. It sounds really good, is produced quite cleanly, and they do a fun cover of “Rock With You” by Michael Jackson that I really liked. Don’t be fooled, though, The Escape Frame isn’t a dance punk act, nor are they straight-up techno or rave music. They’re definitely indie pop, but the spine of the band is a continual keyboard sound coupled with frequent electronic beats. Maybe the best description I can come up with is that the sound is somewhere between mellow, early Thursday material and a neutered Paramore. –Kurt Morris (End Sounds)


TIJUANA KNIFE FIGHT:
Saturday Night Apocalypse: 12” EP
Long Beach punk rock/rock and roll outfit, sonically following in the footsteps of the Hot Snakes, where the whole of the sound is made up of its band members listening to equal amounts of Fugazi or Sonic Youth and Motörhead or Motley Crüe. Alternating successfully between intricate and subtle guitar work, experimentation with non-traditional sounds created by Theremin and organ, as well as pummeling, explosive thrashing of their instruments and wailing vocals, Tijuana Knife Fight happily genre hop throughout the various punk and rock playgrounds to create an enjoyable, thoroughly listenable record that sticks with you after repeated listens. As well, the artwork is clever, with a design replicating an old, beat-up LP you might find for a quarter at the swap meet. And as an added bonus, they throw in a CD version of the recording. Only complaint is that this 12” EP is one-sided, leaving the whole other side empty. Why not fill up both sides, gentlemen? –Jeff (Self-released, www.myspace.com/tijuanaknifefight)


DISPUTE, LA:
Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair: CD
Lotsa surprises here, starting with the fact that the songs are pretty complex in structure. Lotsa stops and starts, quietsies and noisies, and apparently very little interest in the standard verse-chorus-verse pop structure. The stumper, though, are the lyrics. Having been a singer before, I can’t get my mind around just how the fuck this dude can be able to remember all those damned lines, spread out over thirteen songs here, in a live setting without some sorta cheat sheet, or having friends strategically placed in the front row with the lyrics scrawled on their foreheads. It’d be worth checking out a gig just to see how he pulls it off. –Jimmy Alvarado (www.nosleeprecs.com)


DILLINGER FOUR:
Songs about Girlfriends & Bubblegum: 7”
You know you’re getting old when you try to Google a show you went to and Google comes back with a fuck you. Todd dragged me out to see this band he was interviewing at a club near the old Al’s Bar. The opening act was a noise/punk band from Japan called No People that would later unofficially hook up with the folks at Recess Records. I forgot all that when Dillinger Four hit the stage. And Todd? It was pretty much all over for him. He should just go ahead and take the jeans he jizzed that night and send them to the Minneapolis Punk Rock Hall of Fame. I’m fairly certain Todd sent this record to me to make sure I remembered that night and I do. Goddam, goddam, goddam I do. –Jim Ruland (Mutant Pop)


STAJNAS LOBOS:
Brain Waves Searching Heart Beats: CD
This Swedish band finds the middle ground between making you want to dance around like a nut and making you want to smash dishes over your head. It’s maliciously catchy and sweetly violent. –MP Johnson (Lupa, www.stajnaslobos.com)


SORRY ABOUT YOUR COUCH:
Greeen!: CD
Most of the time, these kids sound like they’re channeling some long gone late-‘80s Bay Area band with an occasional hankerin’ for some o’ dat reggae music, and the demo quality of the recording adds to the vibe. –Jimmy Alvarado (www.myspace.com/sorryaboutyourcouch)


SOFT TARGETS:
Must Be Destroyed: CD
Fairly run-of-the-mill college rock stuff. –Jimmy Alvarado (www.roostercow.com)


SNOWSTORM:
Self-titled: 7"
When I saw the beautiful layout and white vinyl of this 7”, I was pleading for it to be great; hoping I’d lucked into a great-looking and great-sounding record. Sadly, Snowstorm couldn’t be less up my alley. This record is an infinite number of city blocks away from my alley, in fact. It’s just blown out, grinding drums over fuzzed-out, buried bass riffs. Guaranteed, there are some noise and/or grindcore fans who’d be all over this, but as a fan of songs, songs as complete representations of a thought or a feeling, songs as an expression of passion or emotion, this is entirely unappealing and unsatisfying. Blah. –Dave Williams (Malleable)


RESEARCH TURTLES:
Time Machine: CDEP
Wait, your band is called Research Turtles? Wow. Anyway, when I used to run my own online zine back in the day, this is the type of thing we’d get frequently: a cardboard sleeve with color art on both sides that usually made no sense. And the band would include members you’d never heard of and was often either self-released or put out by a label you’d never heard of. But the music—oh yes, the music. It often sounded like something you might hear at a local bar or your run-of-the-mill college town nightclub: entirely forgettable with plenty of generic rock and roll influences. (In the case of Research Turtles, it includes Franz Ferdinand, The Strokes, Nirvana, Cake, The Killers and Silverchair. Silverchair?! Fucking Silverchair?!) Their MySpace page says that until summer of 2008 they had been a cover band but finally started to write their own material (and suddenly it all starts to make sense). Their influences tell what their sound is like, which means it’s very generic and uninteresting. But hey, they just started this non-cover band thing. Keep at it, boys. –Kurt Morris (myspace.com/researchturtles)


REFUSE RESIST:
Mind Yourself: CD
Sincere, heartfelt Boston hardcore that’s not bad. Vocals are comparable to Choke from Slapshot. However, it fails to differentiate itself, lyrically or sound-wise, from countless others that play that style. Not enough to hold me or probably anybody who’s not completely rabid for that genre or a part of their scene. –Craven (Rodent Popsicle)


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