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JAY REATARD:
I Know a Place/Don’t Let Him Come Back: 7"
Another solid outing for Jay…this 7” sounds a lot like Reatard’s debut, Blood Visions; good songwriting, the Adverts, and early Wire are clear influences. Jay has really hit his stride with this smart, ’78-style punk rock… done with enough erudition and irreverence for convention to make it appealing. Bottom line: The kid is innovative, not a plagiarist. Those riding the punk nostalgia wagon—drop the Boys’ covers and pickup on what Jay’s putting down. –Ryan Leach (Goner, www.goner-records.com)


HUNT, THE:
One Thousand Nights: 7"
I’m a little confused here. The cover has no title or band logo on it. The photo is of a gentleman in Indian garb and makeup holding a spear. But on his right arm looks, it looks like he has a tattoo of the skull from Discharge’s The Price of Silence 7”. The back cover reminded me like something I saw on a The Lords of the New Church record; something about the layout and the use of spears as images. Musically, the band plays an early brand of death rock that is multi-layered. The drumming is very tribal and aural while it holds the backbeat without the use of an added drum machine. The bass guitar adds to the emotion and the bottom end to keep things tied together. The guitarist is the one stealing the show here, playing notes on the guitar to accent the rhythm of the song or to standout completely away from what the underlying song may be. Sounding very bright and reverby, the music would be lost without it. The vocals sounded very Robert Smith/Cure to me, but that’s not a bad thing since it works well here. Not half bad. –Donofthedead (Monster Squad, www.monstersquadnyc.com)


HOLLYWOOD GODS:
Self-Titled: CD
More of the same-ol’ same-ol’ poppy punk stuff, although in this case they’re more reminiscent of a tamer Operation Ivy (without the ska, thank god) than a tamer Blink-182. –Jimmy Alvarado (hollywoodgods@hotmail.com)


HIGH COURT, THE:
Puppet: CD
It’s amazing what you can do in recording studios these days: apparently now there are knobs you can turn to make you sound like My Chemical Romance and Fallout Boy (turned up to about seven and ten, respectively, here). –Joe Evans III (I Surrender)


GRAVE BLANKETS:
Your Injured Ways b/w You’ll Know Everything, Something You Say: 7"
Grave Blankets are a slow to mid-tempo garage horror punk band with dual male/female vocals from Columbus. Their influences range from Gun Club to The Mummies. What helps this single not fall flat is the terrific lo-fi recording that isn’t riddled with the intentionally distorted, overly produced fuzz added to so many similar releases in recent years. I’m not crazy about any of the three songs included here, but this record shows enough potential to pique my interest in checking out future releases from the band. Art Ettinger –Guest Contributor (self-released, graveblanketsmusic@gmail.com)


GORT:
Unravel: 7"
Side one is a nice bit of sludgy noise rock. Flip is a nice cover of Devo’s “Smart Patrol/ Mr. DNA” with a rendition “Blockhead” just before “Mr. DNA” kicks in. You sure there’s only two of you in this band and you ain’t slipping in any uncredited adjunct members, Frank? Seems to be a lotta racket-making for only a couple of people. –Jimmy Alvarado (www.flotationrecords.com)


FUTURE KINGS OF NOWHERE, THE:
Self-Titled: CD
This sounds a lot like the new acoustic punk style that the kids love in the wake of Against Me! Instead of neck-bearded punkers though, this has members of Southern Culture On The Skids and other NC bands. Sounds like a cross between Against Me! and the first Violent Femmes record. –Mike Frame (307 Knox, www.307knoxrecords.com)


FEMURS, LOS:
Modern Mexico: CD
Before you roll your eyes when I tell you this is a two-man band, lemme just point out that they veer less towards White Stripes-land and more toward the semi-acoustic skiffle-punk of bands like Brent’s TV. The songs are strong and hooky, well executed, and a fun listen, which I’ll admit was a bit of a surprise for me, too. –Jimmy Alvarado (thefemurs@hotmail.com)


FAR FROM FINISHED:
Living in the Fallout: CD
There is so much going on here it’s hard to comprehend the final product. So Mark Lind from The Ducky Boys and his own solo career is the bass player, they toured with The Dropkick Murphys amongst some other fairly decent names, and the ingredients are here for a decent Boston punk band. But it’s so fucking polished I can barely stand it. It almost sounds like Sugarcult moved to New England. There’s potential here but they sanded all the character off it in the studio. What’s really weird is they insist on being labeled “hardcore,” which absolutely nothing about this record is. –Steveo (Think Fast!, www.thinkfastrecords.com)


EASTERLINGS:
Demo: CD-R
This band’s name sounded pretty Jesus to me, and, goddamn, the font used to spell it out on the cover looked like bible font. So, I’m thinking I might have me an awesome Christian hardcore band to slam the shit out of and poke fun at their faith. But I was burned by the whole book by its cover cliché, so no conservative Christian punks to belittle. Bummer... The music is more like Saves The Day meets Face To Face. In other words, boring. –Dave Disorder (Self-released, myspace.com/easterlings)


DRZHIVEGAS:
Get Down: CD
No matter how much synth they pump in to give this a “new wave” edge, it still sounds like bad ‘80s Strip rock. –Jimmy Alvarado (www.drzhivegas.com)


D-RAIL:
The Circus: CD
Mid-tempo riff rock, that, although well written and well played, just couldn’t keep me interested. It just kind of all blends together. –Ty Stranglehold (OD Inc., odinc@Canada.com)


DOA:
Triump of the Ignoroids: 7" EP
A limited reissue of a live EP that showcases this band at their fiercest, recorded live at the Body Shop, 1978. You get the original four tunes for your buck, plus a bonus studio cut from 1986 called “Utopia” that sounds like it has Wimpy Roy on vocals. –Jimmy Alvarado (ladykinkykarrot@yahoo.com)


DIRTY SANCHEZ:
Las Vegas Nevada: CD
Hey, I like funny sex acts with even funnier names. I like Las Vegas a lot, too. That said, I should really dig this disc but I’m having trouble. Musically, I was quite enjoying it. Mid-‘90s Southern California style punk with a heavier edge to it. Not bad at all… Until the vocals, that is. The first thing that popped into my mind was AFI, which may be a selling feature for some, but it’s damn near a “shoot yourself in the face” situation for me. Some of the tracks weren’t bad at all. Just tone down the high pitch scream, and I’d be loving this. –Ty Stranglehold (myspace.com/dirtysanchezvegas)


DILETTANTES, THE:
101 Tambourines: CD
This CD is absolute shit. It’s Byrds/Jefferson Airplane wannabe psych garbage from the knucklehead who played tambourine for the sometimes inspired Anton Newcombe (AKA, the Brian Jonestown Massacre). Lyrically, this record is about sophisticated as Dee Dee Ramone’s rap album; musically it’s so uninspired, it makes The Jet sound like the Velvet fucking Underground. I wish I could destroy all copies of this CD. Fucking fuck. It has put me in a horrible mood, and I’m all crotchety enough as it is. –Ryan Leach (Stranger Touch, www.strangertouchrecords.com)


DESTRUCTORS 666 / $UP:
No Parasan: EP
I didn’t like the three songs by $UP on this EP. The band could be described as apocalyptic death ska, a combination that might sound interesting but is about as appetizing as warmed-up opossum road kill. Maybe if I were thirteen I’d think this was really great, but it just seems kind of dumb and not in a good way. Punk, ska, and metal are, in my opinion, flavors that just don’t seem to go together; like covering an ice cream sundae with mustard. The second half of this EP is by the oi band Destructors 666 which seems like kind of an odd pairing. It’s pretty decent, with an interesting cover of the Sonics classic “Psycho.” –Jason Donnerparty (Sound Recordings Rowdy Farrago, www.destructors666.com)


DEBELI PRECJEDNIK / FAT PRESIDENT:
Through the Eyes of the Innocent: CD
Self-proclaimed Boy Sets Fire meets Hot Water Music from Slovenia. If I didn’t read that this band was from Slovenia, I would assume the band to be American. Recording is rough around the edges. Fans of this style might dig that this band comes from afar. But, for me, it piqued no interest to listen to it more than once. –Donofthedead (Moonlee)


DEATH PARTY:
Zombies Need Love Too: 7" EP
Evel Knievel wouldn’t dream of jumping the chasm that lies between what Death Party provides and what I like. Sludgey goth punk that slows to sub-Melvins tempos by the beginning of side two. The lyrics are surprisingly Boy Scout-like cautionary tales topped off by “Funny Man,” a John Belushi lament, and they hardly help bridge the gap. On the off chance that you don’t encounter this EP, here are the things that Death Party suggests avoiding: Hello Kitty, zombies, dishonesty, and the party scene. Mike Faloon –Guest Contributor (myspace.com/deathpartyband)


COLDWAR:
Bloodfire Sunset: CD
None-too-interesting burp metal. Sometimes they sound a little like Sodom without the intensity or propensity for speed and even then it ain’t enough to warrant even an indifferent listen. –Jimmy Alvarado (www.underground-movement.net)


CHANG FFOS:
Trust This Arcane Device: CD
Hoo doggy, when the press material dubs this “heavy,” for once they aren’t just blowing smoke up their own asses. This is, indeed, some heavy stuff, an unholy meeting of Black Sabbath, Black Flag, and a Mack truck in a sludge heap located at the crossroads of Psychedelia Place and Noise Rock Road. The level of aural punishment these cats are meting out is truly impressive. –Jimmy Alvarado (www.moonleerecords.com)


CEPHALIC CARNAGE:
Xenosapien: CD
Kinda wild to see something this extreme getting the glossy full promo Relapse treatment. This shit is crazy; blazing metal with trade-off guttural and high pitched vocals. The time signatures are out of control. Must be hard as hell to play this stuff. Not my scene at all, but if you dig tech metal gone grindcore, lunch is served. –Mike Frame (Relapse)


CANADIAN RIFLE:
Hospital: 7"
Canadian Rifle sound like the middle ground between Billy Reese Peters, Giant Haystacks, and the Riverboat Gamblers, prior to their most recent album. And you know what that middle ground is? Some agile, intelligent, hard-rockin’ punk rock. Versatile yet doesn’t stray from your punk comfort zone. Or maybe it does, but it’s so smooth you don’t even notice. Either way, it’s really good and ready for repeat listening. This band also contains Al Burian of Burn Collector, and Jacob Levee who was in Fourth Rotor and Ambition Mission. –Daryl Gussin (Squirrel Heart, ryanleary22@gmail.com)


CALABRESE:
The Traveling Vampire Show: CD
General opinion pretty much makes Calabrese sound like they’re the new Misfits: instant classic horror punk. An alloy of metals better suited for Century Media, punctuated with chorus-y whoa-oh-oh-oas. Album name selected from contest entries. –Jessica Thiringer (Spookshow, www.spookshowrecords.com)


BRIDGE AND TUNNEL:
Self-Titled: 7"
Sometimes a record falls into the lap of the wrong reviewer. Sometimes a reviewer wished he didn’t receive a certain release to review. As I listen to this, those are my first two thoughts. All I can think is, I can not really appreciate this and I don’t have the attention span to judge this fairly. I’m guessing this kind of sounds like Against Me! and Hot Water Music. I would believe that this would have a better home on college radio than on my turntable. Not my cup of tea at all. –Donofthedead (No Idea)


BEWAREWÖLF:
Self-Titled: CD
These guys are essentially a rock band with just enough “punk” to make some of the tunes musically interesting, although the pussy-hound lyrics got boring by the time “Unzip It” (an ode to the, uh, price a girl has to pay to get into one of their shows for free) rolled around. –Jimmy Alvarado (www.100percentwild.com)


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