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HOUSE OF LOVE:
She Paints Words in Red: CD
Latest from a reformed U.K. alt-rock band originally making the rounds 1986-1993. They kick down with some fairly laid back pop-mongering tinged with no shortage of psychedelic sensibilities to give things a nice off-kilter vibe. –Jimmy Alvarado (Cherry Red)


HOUNDS AND HARLOTS:
The Good Fight: CD
Having personally tired of the whole street punk and American oi genres years ago, I was not particularly looking forward to listening to this. To be fair, a weird, five color cover and a back cover shot of the lads walking down some railroad tracks was not exactly setting my expectations very high. Imagine my joy then, when I popped this disc and it immediately began to kick my ass! What sets this CD apart from most efforts of this type is clearly the level of songwriting that these guys bring to the table. They do such a good job avoiding most of the clichéd subjects that most bands of this ilk tackle, I wonder why they choose to identify with the above-mentioned genres in the first place (and I mean that as a compliment). Most of the songs are pretty hooky and memorable and the band’s performance is energetic and believable. Perhaps with a bit of a drier mix and less reliance on the background gang vocals, this CD would have been pretty much perfect. –Garrett Barnwell (Skinflint, skinflintmusic.com)


HOSPITAL GARDEN:
Mover: CD
Another round of prime indie-rock riffage here. As with their last release, they mine the best parts of the genre’s golden age and dish up some tasty, loud guitar pop that doesn’t sound dusty, dated, or deleteriously derivative. –Jimmy Alvarado (Forge Again, forgeagainrecords.com)


HEWHOCANNOTBENAMED:
Love/Hate: CD
The infamous guitarist of the equally infamous Dwarves offers up a collection of tunes culled from his two solo albums (plus three previously unreleased tracks) for your listening (dis)pleasure. As can be expected, the tunes are largely in the same pop punk/rock mold married to often deviant lyrical themes that more recent Dwarves fare has manifested itself. The songs are well-written, catchy, and should please fans of the man and his longtime band. –Jimmy Alvarado (Music Cannot Be Named, musiccannotbenamed.yokaboo.com)


HEAVY TIMES:
“I’m Single” “Unsolved Mysteries” b/w “Bath Salts”: 7"
“I’m Single”’s the jam. It’s got that gauzy vibe of driving through a dark city on a summer night, teetering between dangerous consequence and substance-induced not giving a fuck. Over the course of the other two songs, the sun slowly rises over the horizon. The city slowly wakes up. It ultimately finds the band in a weed haze, arriving home, into the bedroom, first surf-licking The Jesus And Mary Chain then woo-ooohing at the end, almost sounding like a derelict, morning-after Beach Boys for several measures. I like these guys. –Todd Taylor (HoZac)


HEARD OF WASTERS:
Beer Whores: Flexi
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan’s answer to The Spits, Heard Of Wasters is a goofy amalgam of all things great in mainline punk rock. First cassettes resurfaced, and now flexis are making a comeback. I got an 8-track player way back when TPOS started doing punk 8-tracks, so I’m ready if and when that format returns. In any event, Heard Of Wasters is terrifically silly and rocking all at the same time. A true full length from Heard Of Wasters is way overdue. Till then, their 7”s and this flexi are what to clutch onto. Just don’t grab at it too hard. It’s a flexi after all. –Art Ettinger (Wasted Wax, wastedwax.ca)


HARD RESISTANCE:
Euphemism: CD
Nice batch of brutal d-beat from Belgium. Lyrics are pretty typical for this sort of thing—corrupt political systems, broken societies, genocidal atrocities etc… I think you get the picture. Stuff like this makes me sad that kids skateboard to hip-hop these days. This stuff would be raging on many a session a generation (or two) ago. Not that this is retro or anything, but when I hear stuff this fast and raging, my mind immediately thinks aggressive skate soundtrack. In my mind, that could be the greatest compliment. –Garrett Barnwell (Strength, strength-records.com)


HARD FEELINGS:
Self-titled: 7" EP
Hickey/Crimpshine worship from Duluth, Minnesota. A dude-fronted This Is My Fist but with nasally vocals which thankfully don’t annoy. Side bar: the best fucking record store in San Francisco put this out so you know it’s a winner. –Juan Espinosa (Thrillhouse)


GUN CLUB, THE:
The Las Vegas Story: LP
When The Las Vegas Story came out in 1984, The Gun Club, in many ways, was at the epicenter of the second wave of L.A. punk (and taking big strides away from hardcore). Terry Graham and Patricia Morrison had come over from The Bags, Kid Congo Powers was the American Ramones Fan Club president. All three congealed around the aching artistic shaman/savant Jeffrey Lee Pierce. The Gun Club’s sound was the convergence of two camps—the straight-up, rough-pommel roots rock’n’roll boot stomp of The Blasters and X, while in league with Top Jimmy And the Rhythm Pigs. The other camp was a band in and of themselves. The Cramps. Less openly manic, The Gun Club play a dervishing, dazzling, haunted, desert-swamp wooziness. This long player is filled with dust, blood, and broken things (lives and futures and luck) lovingly considered. Along with Miami and Fire of Love, many longtime fans consider The Las Vegas Story the three filthy jewels in The Gun Club’s crown of achievement. From start to finish on this record, there’s a shambolic, graceful power in the playing. It’s somehow both primeval and post-apocalyptic; both opulent and sparse; both degenerate and transcendent. At the end of the record, careful listeners’ hands will be blacked from feeding coins into slot machines, their clothes will reek of retirees’ second-hand smoke. They’ll be heat-baked, wizened, with less money, but somehow a little bit richer. There’s a lot of life experience waiting to be released in these grooves of vinyl. A welcome reissue. –Todd Taylor (Drastic Plastic)


GSD:
In Hades: LP
Dark, heavy, melodic punk rock from ex-I Farm, Fresh Coats, and Four Deadly Questions folks. Occasionally reminiscent of an organ-free Murder City Devils (particularly in the vocal delivery), but really quite unique overall. The more melodic passages definitely showcase a ‘90s skate/pop punk sensibility, but the songwriting never really treads any rehashed paths. I’ll be spending plenty of quality time with this one, that’s for sure. –Dave Williams (Dead Broke)


GREMLINS UK:
Self-titled: 7"
If the Marked Men make the best punk music, then the Wax Museums have made some of the cleverest in recent years. Gremlins UK fit in more with the Wax Museums school of thought. If it’s very possible that life is just a joke, and verrrry possible that punk is just a joke, why can’t I bring my own beer into the show? It’s not like I’m gonna buy any from the bar! Luckily, I have Gremlins UK to keep me company in the proverbial back alley of my mind with their catchy, poppy, anglophile punk tunes blasting from the boombox. –Daryl Gussin (Meth Mouth)


GRABBIES:
Anus Is a Pussy: 7"
Well, I feel violated. This sure is angry and incoherent. The inside of the record sleeve says “this is idiot” and I’m inclined to agree. –Bryan Static (Fashionable Idiots)


GOLDEN TORSO:
Self-titled: EP
Cranked-up rock’n’roll that is all things rock should be: loud, in your face, catchy, and some attitude. There’s a bit of hardcore punk in the sound, like on the song “Bear Claws” that has traces of early Black Flag in the main riff. All four songs on this record are pretty damn solid. I appreciate that they switch tempos here and there throughout, such as following “Bear Claws” with “To Hell in July.” That song is pretty catchy and tuneful. I’m certain that after listening this a few times you too will be going around singing, “These sheets are made of cancer.” Pretty good record that caught me by surprise. –Matt Average (25 Diamonds, 25diamonds.com)


GOLDBLADE:
The Terror of Modern Life: CD
Fronted by John Robb of Membranes fame, this band have been plugging away since the mid-’90s to a certain amount of indie success, perhaps in part to Robb’s former band. I never gave this lot the time of day due to them being a part of every big commercial festival back in the day. I don’t know what the other gear is like, but this CD is cracking, falling somewhere between the later Ruts, Killing Joke, and UK Subs. It has huge production, decent lyrics and a shit cover, so close your eyes when listening. –Tim Brooks (Overground, overgroundrecords.co.uk)


GO, THE:
Fiesta: LP
The Go is a long-running Detroit rock band that boasts Jack White as an original member. Their latest, a twenty-song double LP with gatefold cover and delicious orange vinyl, uses Revolver-era Beatles as a jumping-off point for explorations of mellow, mid-’60s psychedelic rock. I hear some Kinks, Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, and Canned Heat, all given a backbone of warm bass and huge drums. The production is terrific, and the songs well crafted, but the whole thing feels clinical and overwrought. If I want to spend an hour with people who won’t let go of the ‘60s, I’ll turn to the Booming section of the New York Times. –CT Terry (Burger)


GATEWAY DISTRICT:
Old Wild Hearts: LP/CD
A new full-length from a band that many figured was over. And guess what, it’s on par with their best material, if not their best yet. What happens when you strip the cocky strutting and superficial attitudes out of power pop? The answer may just be Old Wild Hearts. Ditch the skinny ties and unnecessary sunglasses, this is cold cut, Midwestern songwriting knee deep in immaculately catchy choruses that rise above the songs. Harnessing some vocal Silly Putty power, Carrie stretches hooks further and farther than previously known possible! Even when they’re singing about an island twenty miles off the California coast, it still feels so studiously ingrained in the earnest, weather-beaten ways that the Midwest is known for. Another solid full-length from this outfit. –Daryl Gussin (It's Alive / Eager Beaver)


GLITZ:
It's Glitz: LP
Heavy on catchy bits, Glitz’s guitarist pulls from a broad library of power pop riffs with Glitterbest-era glam thrown in occasionally. The whole band is tight, but the guitar playing is dense with skillfully crafted, ‘80s-sounding pop riffs. It creates a great backdrop for classic sounding choruses like “(She) Don’t Listen to Music.” There are lots of well placed “yeah”s. “Sugar” is a standout for me. It contains the line: “Don’t care what the teachers say.” People discovering The Records or The Quick should look out for this one. –Billups Allen (Grazer, grazerrecords.bigcartel.com)


GLEN IRIS:
Round and Round: CD
Well what do you know? More post-punk angular guitar-sounding stuff. Sure glad there is such a small amount of this stuff being released these days. Not a sound I have ever cared for much, so I am not even sure what to say about it. Kind of seems like this band is going for an Amphetamine Reptile kind of sound but things never get out of the British post-punk soundalike zone enough to get there. If you can’t get enough of that angular guitar style, here is some more for you. –Mike Frame (Moodswing, moodswingrecords.com)


GEORGIANA STARLINGTON:
Paper Moon: CD
HoZac’s one of my favorite currently active labels because, unlike so many of their colleagues who prefer things safe and cookie cutter predictable, you never really know with any certainty what you’re getting into with one of their releases until the music actually starts. Sure, they have parameters they more or less adhere to, but the breadth of scope leaves enough room for unpredictability and experimentation from both band and label to provide one the opportunity to purloin and repurpose Gump’s “box of chocolates” simile and summarily hang one’s head in embarrassment seconds after typing it. True to form, this release by three-piece outfit Georgia Starlington is a collection of haunting, seemingly opiate-steeped acoustic balladry tempered with hints of psychedelic country western, most of which are imbued with the same visceral quality as the monochromatic negative image of an empty road gracing the CD tray. The average punker will likely be put off by the morose beauty of the songs, but those familiar with the label’s output will find it fits well within HoZac’s oeuvre. –Jimmy Alvarado (HoZac, hozacrecords.com)


GARDEN, THE:
Self-titled: Cassette
Fun, tossed-off rock that uses reverb to alternate between haunted house surf music and early Joy Division. I like to think this was recorded by a bunch of roommates making up jams to play at their Halloween party, arguing whether they should go for “Scooby Do” or “Suspiria.” –CT Terry (Burger)


FUTURE VIRGINS / TOYS THAT KILL:
Split: 7"
How to not sound like an asshole? Grimace. Dunno. These are two of my favorite contemporary bands. This should be a slam dunk. I should have played this so many times that the needle on the TTK side has bitten through the plastic and plays the Future Virgins songs backwards. Don’t get me wrong. I like it. But I don’t love it. And, to further my dipshittedness, I can’t put my finger on it. There’s nothing wrong. The songs are very good. But something’s missing for me as a stand-alone piece of music. Something intangible. Some itchy magic. Future Virgins: Ashley’s forlorn-yet-wise voice? Check. Meaningful, inclusive, introspective lyrics? Check. Mike Pack and Cole Champion building fortresses of bass and drums? Check. Billie’s guitar snaking like a caduceus around Ashley’s? Check. The band having full control of their sound in the studio? Check. Toys That Kill: “Maybe This Cult Is Way Off” is like the love making I read about in how-to books with illustrations of hairy people: a slow-builder, foreplay-induced, long climaxer of a song. I’ve been saying this for years—infrastructure makes longevity possible. Ever since the TTK guys all got steady employment and Todd set up Clown Sound Studios in the garage in his back yard, the wheels on their productivity train have been moving heavy loads. You know it’s TTK from the second note… fuck, man, why isn’t this slaying me? Maybe it’s just an indication of how much I truly love their back catalog. And in the end, these bands on an off day are still some of the best we’ve ever known. –Todd Taylor –Todd Taylor (Drunken Sailor)


FROZEN TEENS:
"Oakland" b/w "Footsteps": 7"
Expectations are venom stored in a jar and held up for clear display. Punk scenes have a way of ossifying, dinosauring themselves, against the best of intentions. It’s a brave thing to hear a band that is obviously pulling from contemporary, dark melodic punk but being more than a mirror or an echo to that music. While it’s not surprising that there is much music to mine from the past; what’s important is the deftness of translation, that the spark of creativity isn’t merely an illusion of the past becoming present. So when I say Joy Division, don’t think palsied, pantomimed, or dour-face put-on. Think sine/co-sine tension, carefully mapped sonic hills and valleys, patience, grey as an adaptable hue in the palette. This will help about five people, but fuck the metrics. Think Cat Party, Static Thoughts-era Estranged, and Synthetic ID put through the filter of “if the guys in the Ergs! pored over the Factory catalog instead of the SST catalog.” A keeper. –Todd Taylor (Starcleaner)


FOOD:
Four Pieces from Candyland: LP
Ed fROMOHIO returns with a new EP’s worth of boss tunes accompanied by Gumball’s Eric Vermillion and the Cynics’ Mike Quinlan. There are enough of the inevitable hints of fIREHOSE in the songwriting to satisfy fans of that bygone band, but the stuff here stands handily on its own, um, six feet. Four tunes of twangy indie-rock, smart yet catchy, strong yet imbued with sensitivity. Been a while since I’ve heard anything from Mr. fROMOHIO, and it was nice to hear he and his bandmates putting in some quality work here –Jimmy Alvarado (Phratry)


FLAT WHEELER:
Planning My Escape: 7"
A very well done acoustic set of songs with intelligent lyrics, heartfelt singing, and excellent guitar playing. It’s reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen’s mellow songs, but with more biting lyrics. A really great single that shows a great performer giving his all. –Rick Ecker –Guest Contributor (La Escalera, laescalerarecords.com)


FERAL BABIES / CHEMICAL ACHE:
Split: 7"
Feral Babies: Their mix of (totally non-obnoxious) rock and hardcore influences makes for some spirited pun rockin’ sans both all the wankery bullshit and macho chest pounding. There’s nods to punkers past buried in there, but none so obvious that yer goin’, “Oh, that’s who they’re aping.” Chemical Ache: More of the same, with maybe a bit more early ‘80s Southern California beach punk in the DNA. Nice work all ‘round. –Jimmy Alvarado (Kiss Of Death)


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