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POPULATION:
Self-titled: 7”
Late ‘70s post-punk worshippers. Sometimes I wonder if culture actually stopped in the ‘80s and no one ever noticed, like time isn’t a widening gyre, but a cylinder and we reached the end like thirty years ago. That is the thesis of this record, as far as I can gather. Warbly vocals, tinted with keyboards and drums from a dance party. A pale imitation of a genre that has had much more interesting records that utilized the same formulas. –Bryan Static (Hozac, hozacrecords.com, no address)


POPPETS:
Steal It like a Thief: LP
Wow, i got almost all the way through the second song before i realized that the record spun at 45 and not 33. Sure, it kinda sounded like she had an unusually deep voice and all, but, fuck, the band is Swedish; who knows what kind of funky bodily transmutations they might routinely undertake there? Plus, i mean, it had a real nice lower mid-range crunch at 33. I kind of miss it. In any event, at the correct turntable speed, this girl/guy/drum machine three-way sounds somewhat akin to a songwriting demo for the first Donnas album, Helen Love minus the disco shit, or the Okmoniks plus the Helen Love shit. Well, with the Ramones being in no condition to attempt to release really obvious summertime albums these days, somebody’s gotta make music to spur our collective wine cooler consumption, and i applaud their selfless acceptance of this onerous civic duty. Huzzah! BEST SONG: “1+1=2” BEST SONG TITLE: “1+1=2” because i like math. “Hjärtats Slag” is a close second. FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: I actually wasn’t convinced that the record spun at 45 until i went to amazon.com and played their song samples. Huh. –Rev. Norb (FDH, fdhmusic.com)


PIÑATA PROTEST:
El Valiente: CD
Another fine salvo of norteño-slathered punk from these San Antonio malcontents here. Much like their previous release, they fuse serious musicianship with a “fun” tone, aggressive attack with “party” vibe, and blazing guitars and fiery accordion to kick down tunes that will have fans of both Flaco and Flipper scratching their heads as they shake their shimmy. Fans of Polkacide and the Hickoids would do well to take note. –Jimmy Alvarado (Saustex, saustex.com)


PHANTOM SCARS:
Lo-Fi Girl: 7”
I’m a sucker for songs inspired by cult films. When I looked at this record and saw a tune entitled “They Call Her One Eye,” I was instantly psyched. Phantom Scars deliver an appropriately sleazy tribute to the Swedish revenge flick notorious for an eyeball-stabbing scene that was filmed using an actual corpse. That song alone wins a ringing endorsement from me, but it doesn’t hurt that there are three more equally gritty stompers rounding out this dirty piece of vinyl. –Adrian Chi (Manglor, manglorrecords.com)


PEARLS, THE:
Self-titled: LP
Shoegazing would probably not be the proper point of reference for this band, but I like a few things like that and I like this record for similar reasons. Heavy guitar reverb, dual female vocals, and minimalist drumbeats create a rainy day atmosphere that’s not depressing. They are sort of an upbeat Low. I hate to put it like this, but I just can’t think of another way to say it: It’s good music to chill to. Word. –Billups Allen (Rijapov, thepearls.bandcamp.com))


PARQUET COURTS:
Light Up Gold: LP
Initially, this band’s slavish devotion to Pavement, both in sound and style, made me think I was gonna throw Light Up Gold across the room. Seriously: the artwork, down to its spindly handwriting, could be from some lost ‘90s EP, and the band’s sound fairly screams Malkmus and Spiral Stairs. But they won me over. The songs here, which borrow equally from punk and indie, are catchy and interesting enough to override any distraction caused by their influences and devotions. Way more than Pavement, the Parquet Courts write song that dispel the notion of lead and rhythm guitar, switching off duties sometimes several times per song, like (dare I say) Television. These cats are at their best when they urgently move their songs along, which is often —twelve of the fifteen here come in at under three minutes, catchy as hell. –Michael T. Fournier (Dull Tools, dulltools@gmail.com, dulltools.bandcamp.com)


PARANOIAS:
Self-titled: Cassette
A well-executed salute to the early Southern California punk scene’s founding fathers (Germs, Adolescents, Black Flag), paralleling the flawless efforts of their Canadian predecessors such as Career Suicide and School Jerks. I hope Paranoias are still finding themselves in the working stages because once they find that elusive sweet spot that’s missing here, boy will this band turn some heads. –Juan Espinosa (Paranoias, tommyhpizza@gmail.com)


OPTIONAL BODY:
Surviving Avalanches: 7” single
Ex-members of bands like Dead And Gone, the VSS, Year Future, and others that escape my foggy memory make up Optional Body. The style is on the post-punk side, a bit like where Cat Party is at these days. What really hooks me with the group is Rocky Crane’s guitar playing. I was always a fan of the stuff he was doing in Dead And Gone, and wanted to hear more, especially when he would add a little extra between songs in a live setting. The sound is simultaneously sprawling, cold, and dark. The A side is the best of the two. The tempo is moderately quick and has a bit of urgency without going the too easy spastic route. Percussion keeps time, and sometimes bashes around, but is still in control. The guitar brings the darkness. “Inelastic,” which is on the flip, is good, but it contrasts too much with the mood set from “Surviving Avalanches.” It’s a bit more ratcheted up. The vocal delivery is more forceful and the bass and drums are snaking in and out of one another. It’s like if Scratch Acid went more goth and less punk. Still, a good song, but I’d like maybe one more in between for a smoother transition. –Matt Average (25 Diamonds, 25diamonds.com)


OAKS:
Field Beat: 12” EP
I like this quite a bit. Their sound is sort of indie rock with some electronic music and mild goth touches here and there. It’s as though they’ve updated 1980s post-punk to fit and relate to the present. There’s a coldness and darkness here, but it’s not entirely gloomy either. The tempos are up—and at times tribal—but they don’t get dour and plodding. The guitar is driving, with cold tones, and, at times, churning in the background, with the bass holding everything together. Erica Krumm’s vocals have a dreamy sound, like something you hear in a dream off in the distance. Coupled with Jim Kolles voice in the song “Falls,” they turn ethereal. –Matt Average (Oaks, oaksmpls@gmail.com)


NORAH NOIZZZE & BAND:
Songs We Can Sell: CD
Interesting, noisy, art-punk from this (going out on a limb here) Queercore Austrian outfit. Why would I assume something like that? I don’t know, maybe it was the song titled “Sitting in a Hetero Bar” or a photo caption that states “life’s never queerer than on stage.” Although I couldn’t really relate to the thematic content of this CD, I could totally appreciate the band’s DIY approach in regards to their music and this disc, as well as their distinct brand of humor. There is also a healthy dose of experimentalism added which really suits the band—as well as my ears—just fine. –Garrett Barnwell (Unrecords, unrecords.me)


NO STAYER:
First EP: 7” EP
No Stayer is a Philly based rock’n’roll power trio who’ve been tearing up the local scene for a while now. I’ve only just gotten my hands on their first release, and it’s a damn impressive one. No Stayer is Motörharged rock’n’roll at some of its finest. A-side opens up with a catchy Motörheadesque riff that opens up into nothing but straight energy, while B-side quiets it down with a dark intro boasting tons of chorus before unleashing some chunky riffs that are heavy as hell. Altogether, a great EP that I would advise any fans of the genre to pick up. The recording is great quality, and hopefully No Stayer will have a lot more releases to come. –James Meier (Self-released, nostayer.rocknroll@gmail.com, nostayer.bandcamp.com)


NO EXCUSE FOR A CHEAP SUIT:
Chain Reaction: CDEP
This is just one dude singing and playing songs on his acoustic guitar. It’s pretty simple stuff—most of the seven songs are less than two minutes long, and nothing seems real ingenious or amazing. The guitar seems a bit high in the mix and there isn’t anything in the lyrics that impressed me. That being said, it’s not bad, per se, it just doesn’t do anything to stand out from the plethora of music I hear on a regular basis. –Kurt Morris (Self-released, noexcuseforacheapsuit.blogspot.com)


NEW LABOR:
Self-titled: 7”
Take Crypt Records garage rock, jazz it up with some Nomeansno-style time changes and intricacies while maintaining the sense of humor of both, and you scratch the surface of New Labor’s sound. I can’t make out much of the lead singer’s spazzed-out shouting, but when I can, like when he lamentably wails, “these sex ray spex have made a monster out of me,” it makes me glad my own morality hasn’t been tested in such a way. But don’t playa hate, just get this record as soon as possible. –Craven Rock (Self-released, no info)


NEW FLESH, THE:
Reality: 12”
Eight tracks of melodic punk tinged with metal are packed onto this 12”. Each song is quite long—which I’m not a fan of—and although the New Flesh propels each song with a range of galloping drums to disco punk beats, all awash with metallic guitar noise and solos, it at times drags. There are surges and swells, but nothing is unleashed. It’s missing an edge that their counterparts Neon Piss (the bands share a member) nail head on. The vocals are ambient, almost an echo, with the exception of “Gravity” where they come on harder/grainier and shows a bit more range. All vocals are poorly mixed, perhaps to their benefit. When I saw them live I thought it was the PA, but it’s all meant to bleed into the background. Reminiscent of Joy Division’s less famous, less catchy tunes, with a similar melodic energy which sets them apart from other punk flavors. I like the nod to Sartre with song titles “Being and Nothingness” and “Reality,” but I’m partial. Also dig the purple-vomit colored vinyl. Not bad. –Camylle Reynolds (Self-released, thenewfleshoakland@gmail.com, thenewfleshoakland.blogspot.com)


NEGATION:
Weak Artifact: Cassette
Mostly overlong discordant post-punk mixed with punk at times that plods through seven songs with muddy production. Mixed male and female vocals that work together and when the punk rock is the main focus, it works… shame that it wasn’t more often. Lots of potential, but it didn’t grab me. –Rick Ecker (Self-released, negationisaband.bandcamp.com)


MYSTERY DATE:
Demo: Cassette
This nine-song demo is really cool! Imagine all of the U.K. skinny tie powerpop bands like the Buzzcocks or The Jam, but except really looser and less slick. Now, I mean that in the best of ways—like a truly raw, still “practicing in the garage” version of The Buzzcocks. These songs all have hooks galore and there’s not a stinker in the bunch. –Mark Twistworthy (mysterydate1.bandcamp.com)


MNMNTS:
The Choir Belongs to You: 12” EP
Melodic medio-core (patent pending, fuckers!) falling in line with pretty much everything that passes for hardcore these days: Touché Amoré, Title Fight, or any of the bands on a free sampler handed out at Sound and Fury fest. A pity such awesome artwork (die cut cover, silk screened B-side) was wasted on such a basic-sounding band’s record. –Juan Espinosa (Adagio 830, facebook.com/mnmntspunk)


MAXIMUM RNR:
Rough Side of the Dial: CD
Another slab of punked-out hard rock from these Canadians. They’re about as derivative and creative as their name implies, but they do what they do well. –Jimmy Alvarado (maximumrnr.com)


MAY DAY ORCHESTRA:
Betrayal of Hasan: 7”
Two-song single from a St. Louis band who seem to be rather fond of Jay Farrar and Nick Cave. The A side has a real alt country vibe to it while the flip is a little noisier but retains that alt country undercurrent. –Mike Frame (RankOutsider, contact@rankoutsiderrecords.com)


MAN & THE SMELLS / 2HITWODIE:
Keep Up the Good Jerk / ReddyTooDie: Cassette
To this day, I’m not sure why cassettes aren’t just something we can all agree to peacefully let die. I mean come on, they had a good run! Let ‘em shuffle off to Obsolete Format Heaven in peace! That said, i do kind of miss the early ‘80s, when people would just tape whatever racket they felt like making that day, dub a few copies on a boombox, scrawl a name on the side of the cassette housing, and call it a “demo.” That appears to be pretty much the case with this doozy—Man & The Smells are a funky, sax-augmented unit who sound like a cross between James Brown and the Jerky Boys, whilst 2HiTwoDie just make a buncha noise ((we used to call that “industrial” music back before the goths and the guys in the black vinyl lederhosen stole it)) and sound like Metal Machine Music with mosh parts. Curiously, i enjoyed the whole thing. Today cassettes, tomorrow shellac-based 78s! BEST SONG: I refuse to go online to look up song titles. BEST SONG TITLE: op. cit. FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: “All 2HiTwoDie songs are randomly generated because ordered hierarchy is bullshit.” –Rev. Norb (Tapes, yawntapes.bandcamp.com)


MALADROITS, THE:
Debut Album: CD
Catchy, fun German punk rock that’s over way too quick—ten songs in twenty-one minutes (including a Nancy Sinatra cover, “Bang Bang”). Most of this is sung in English, but with a German accent that makes it stick out from a lot of the generic punk I hear. Nothing to write home about, but certainly better than average. –Kurt Morris (P.Trash, ptrashrecords.com)


MAKE-OVERS:
What Did I Just Axe You?: 7”
Noisy, bratty indie rock/post-punk from a band that appears to be from South Africa. Fans of the latter half of the ‘90s Kill Rock Stars back catalog will find a lot to like with Make-Overs. –Mike Frame (KRNGY, krngy-news.blogspot.com)


LIVIDS:
Your House or the Courthouse: 7” EP
Cats hailing from New Bomb Turks, Zodiac Killers, and others unleash a monster of a three-track EP that bum rushes the door and whoops ass in little more than five minutes. The KO blow is delivered on the kisser via a cover of Iggy’s “New Values” to make sure you remember just who cleaned yer clock. –Jimmy Alvarado (Slovenly)


LITTLE RICHARDS, THE:
Down the NHT: Cassette
Ramones-fueled, low-fi party punk owing so, so much to Mean Jeans, as is evident with similarly and deliberately misspelled song titles such as “Party No Mo’,” “Ooze Crooze,” and “Keep it in Your Jeans.” If the Mean Jeans hadn’t already perfected this style, I’d say that The Little Richards have something good going on here. Sadly, the Mean Jeans do it better. Just kidding. It’s not sad. –Juan Espinosa (John Wilkes Booth, johnwilkesboothrecords.com)


LIFES:
MMXIII: Cassette
Lifes are a grindcore/powerviolence band from Wisconsin featuring members of Get Rad. They’re just a two-piece bass/drums/vocals-styled band and turn out eight über-pissed songs, including a Swing Kids cover and a Deathreat cover. It’s fast and muddy and done really well. Killer. –Juan Espinosa (lifesband.com)


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