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OFF!:
Live at Generation Records: 7”
The new super group fronted by Keith Morris (from Black Flag, Circle Jerks), with a few live songs from an in-store set in Manhattan. It’s exactly the same kind of ‘80s L.A.-style hardcore that you would expect (though a little tighter today than back then), and while it’s easy to complain, “These dudes are too old for this,” would you rather listen to them play some slow, boring indie rock in an attempt to prove how they’ve “matured”? Or keep on with the same kind of stuff they’ve been doing all along? –Joe Evans III (Vice)


OFF!:
“Compared to What” b/w “Rotten Apple”: 7"
Keith Morris and OFF! continue to grab people by the throat and force them to take notice. Hot on the heels of the amazing First Four EP set comes this two-song blast of punk anger. I’ve heard it said that OFF! is too derivative of Black Flag, but I don’t buy it. Keith was one of the architects of that band and sound. Now he happens to have a band that seems to match his vision and aggression. If it comes off reminding me of early Black Flag, that just can’t be a bad thing. I prefer anything that OFF! has put out to anything post-Damaged, anyway. OFF! is on! –Ty Stranglehold (Southern Lord)


OFF!:
Self-titled: LP
Keith Morris is still an angry, angry man. OFF! return with a new LP worth of material that is here to remind us that there was a time when hardcore wasn’t synonymous with metal riffs and basketball jerseys. This band is the perfect storm to pull this off. Every note played somehow matches the anger and urgency in Morris’s voice. Sure, there will always be detractors saying that this is a rehash of the glory days, but to that I’ve got to say that of all the guys who can claim to be there in the beginning, none of them are doing anything as good as this. Keep getting it out Keith, keep spitting your venom in the world’s face. –Ty Stranglehold (Vice, vicerecords.com)


OFFBEATS:
Dumb Looks Still Free: CD
A retrospective of an old Cleveland hardcore band that made the rounds during the years 1982-86. If you’re looking for comparisons, think Heart Attack covering Adrenaline OD. The later tracks are slower and poppier, but not in a painful way. Good listen overall. –Jimmy Alvarado (Smog Veil)


OFFENDERS:
Wanted by Authority 1981-1985: CD
The Offenders are a litmus test, like Articles of Faith, N.O.T.A., Die Kreuzen, Flag of Democracy, and Really Red. If you have more than just a passing interest in original ‘80s punk and hardcore that flew under the national radar of bigger bands like MDC, Minor Threat, and the Dead Kennedys it’s difficult not to respect and really enjoy the Offenders. The proof’s in the music, pure and simple. They’re definitely hardcore, but they experiment with its edges without compromising what makes this type of music so powerful. Like most early great punk bands, the Offenders broke up early and members either went to jail, or into other bands (like DRI, Poison 13, and The Hickoids). A lot of their vinyl is now expensive, if you can even find it. Kangaroo’s done a great service of collecting most of the band’s output (two 7”s, an EP, and two LPs) and plopping it onto CD. Well worth seeking out. –Todd Taylor (Kangaroo)


OFFENDERS:
Anthology 1981-1985: CD
Sweden’s Just 4 Fun released this anthology of a semi random bunch of Offenders material as a tribute to the late Mikey “Offender” Donaldson, whose untimely death in 2007 shook the underground. Besides being one of the founding members of the Offenders, Donaldson also played on classic releases by D.R.I. and MDC. The only times I got to see Donaldson live were when MDC did their rare, “all original members” shows a few years back. Offenders remains a grossly underappreciated early hardcore band, one of the first to play the super fast styles that became so prominent as the 1980s scorched by. There are some really strange lead guitar riffs on some of these tracks that are as dated as the meat products in the local grocery store I declared never to return to, but, overall, these tracks hold up very well. Easily as catchy and potent as much better known bands, Offenders deserve their place in hardcore history. –Art Ettinger (Just 4 Fun, j4f.dk)


OFFENDERS, THE:
I Hate Myself/Bad Times: 7”
I have had a copy of this 7” for so long and haven’t listened to it in years. I forgot what the songs sounded like. It’s interesting and great that this 7” and the second LP Endless Struggle get re-issued. Also, a complete discography is in the works: all in one and no Ebay prices! This Austin, Texas band was a great band but was overshadowed by bands like the Dicks, Big Boys, NOTA, Stains (MDC), and DRI. But they were an important band of the time period. This 7” was originally released in 1984 on Rabid Cat Records. Both tracks on this reminded me of why I loved this band so much. It’s potent and angry hardcore that still stands the test of time. I would compare them to BGK, even though I remember reading they were considered too American for the Europeans. Pressing comparison time: cover art has been completely changed so you can tell the difference from the two pressings. The new pressing is made with a heavier gram vinyl and the grooves are cut wider. With modern mastering, this version actually sounds better and louder on the new release. I can’t wait for the discography CD! –Donofthedead (Kangaroo)


OFFENDERS, THE:
Endless Struggle: LP
This is a re-issue of The Offenders’ second album. It originally came out in 1985 and it sounds like it. I mean that in all the best ways. The Offenders have that unbridled anger and frustration that made ‘80s hardcore great. The guitar and bass on this album are incredible, seemingly all over the place but the songs sound tight as hell. If you don’t have this album, but you’re a fan of bands like N.O.T.A., Negative Approach, and Poison Idea, pick up this re-issue before they’re all sold out and you’re back to hunting on eBay. –Sean Carswell (Kangaroo)


OFFICER GOTCHA:
Towards Cuckooland: CD
Some pop for your punk. U.K. band Officer Gotcha lists the Buzzocks, Ramones, Mr. T Experience, and Jawbreaker as influences—just to name a few—and this couldn’t be more clear as day. Think Propagandhi with brattier, nasally Brit vocals. Thirteen songs are packed onto this self-released CD. Look, it’s not exactly cutting edge stuff, but if straight-up pop punk songs with rock’n’roll guitar is your tip, you’ll probably dig Officer Gotcha.  –Camylle Reynolds (Self-released)


OFFRAMPS, THE:
Split the Difference: CD
Detroit’s The Offramps play rock’n’roll that draws influences from The Clash, the country side of The Replacements, and various classic power pop bands. That list of influences may lead one to expect more of the same, but Split the Difference avoids all of the clichés that come with many of the bands that boast Replacements and power pop influences. They wear their influences on their sleeves, but still keep it original and avoid all of the cheesy hazards a band like this can run into. This will more than likely be getting some repeat listens from me.  –Dave Dillon (Deluxe)


OFFSEASON, THE:
Pride and Progress/Goin’ for Broke: CD
The songs kept starting off promising in their melodic hardcore way. I kept hoping for some Civ, but what I kept getting was Set Your Goals. This just has too much of that oddly processed mall-core sound for my tastes. –Adrian Salas (Barrett, barrettrecords@gmail.com)


OFFSETS, THE:
Los Angeles E.P.: CD-R
Three songs in seven minutes. Not necessarily a world’s record in shortest releases, but pretty darn short nonetheless. It’s a good thing my CD player has a repeat function or I might have missed how awesome these guys are. In fact, maybe a year ago, there was a lot of conversation here in Los Angeles concerning what the city’s official song should be. Where was The Offset’s “Los Angeles” in this dialog? Friends, I am here to right the wrong. Fuck Randy Newman, give us The Offsets! For the record, the other two tracks on this CD-R are just as tasty, all in a snotty, garage-y, pop punk kinda way.  –Garrett Barnwell (self-released, theoffsetsla@gmail.com)


OGRE SMASH DEATH BOOM:
Self-titled: CD
Bit of an odd name for a band that sounds like the Pixies on a ‘60s garage band bender, or vice versa, but they do what they do well. –Jimmy Alvarado (Ogre Smash Death Boom, myspace.com/ogresmashdeathboom)


OGRESSA:
Warts and All: CD
This is perhaps the most stoner rock-looking and -sounding record of all time. There is no way a person could look at or hear this band and have any doubt about what they were getting. Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover and be right. Heavy riffs and killer guitar tone, huge drums, great rock vocals—this is some great stoner rock. Riff rock. Desert rock. Whatever term you wanna use, Ogressa does it just right. Scott Reeder from Kyuss even turns up on a few tunes. This is just great and well done for anyone with a massive amount of Man’s Ruin Records. –Mike Frame (Dalis Llama, dalisllamarecords.com)


OH NOS, THE:
Self-titled: CD
Had to check the names of the members 'cause this was such an uncreative piece of rehash that I was sure that Joel Hova of OBS had something to do with it. You get Farfisa-tinged '60s trash rock from four guys who - get ready - are wearing black clothes and matching ski masks. Hmm, now where have I seen that gimmick before? Unfortunately, for them and us, they lack even the tiniest sliver of talent and coolness that the Rip Offs wielded on their worst day. Go back to your garage and don't come out until you come up with an idea that is wholly your own. –Jimmy Alvarado (Ski Mask)


OH NOS, THE:
Self-titled: CD
Had to check the names of the members ‘cause this was such an uncreative piece of rehash that I was sure that Joel Hova of OBS had something to do with it. You get Farfisa-tinged ‘60s trash rock from four guys who—get ready—are wearing black clothes and matching ski masks. Hmm, now where have I seen that gimmick before? Unfortunately, for them and us, they lack even the tiniest sliver of talent and coolness that the Rip Offs wielded on their worst day. Go back to your garage and don’t come out until you come up with an idea that is wholly your own. –Jimmy Alvarado (Ski Mask)


OH SEES, THE:
Warm Slime: CD
Loud, trance-inducing stuff, which will be of no surprise to those who’ve sampled this label’s wares in the past. At times it sounds like some old psych-rock band borrowed Medicine’s gear and went in the studio with whoever was responsible for all those gloriously fucked up early Jesus And Mary Chain singles. Some might find longer tunes like the title track, which clocks in at over thirteen minutes, a bit of a chore, but those who stick it out will likely find it worth the effort. –Jimmy Alvarado (In the Red)


OH SEES, THEE:
Castlemania: LP
John Dwyer’s Thee Oh Sees have really taken off. If you’re a skate rat, you’ll know that their last In The Red release (2010’s Warm Slime) was heavily featured in Krooked’s 3D skate video. The band plays big festivals in Europe and gets reviewed in Pitchfork. It’s a nice change of pace to see a really good band “make it.” Castlemania, the group’s latest release, picks up where Warm Slime left off. The record was recorded by John Dwyer and Eric Bauer. The former’s lo-fi approach to production is still present on Castlemania. Dwyer plays pretty much all the instruments himself, with occasional help from Ty Segall (who pretty much plays all the instruments on his own records). Luckily, Dwyer is still under the influence of Syd Barrett and The Television Personalities’ Dan Treacy. Like Barrett, his phrasing is unique and there’s a storybook quality to Dwyer’s lyrics; some of his songs are almost appropriate for a kindergarten sing-a-long book. But like Barrett (or his lo-fi, punk-rock protégé Treacy) there’s just something a bit off about them—take out the bit about being dead, and “I Need Seed” would fit nicely on a PBS program for kids. Castlemania transcends the psych-burnout of ‘68-’70 with elements of baroque pop and darker material (incidentally genres Nico explored throughout her career). “Idea for Rubber Dog” displays elements of early Roxy Music (“Bob (Medley)”). But the baroque-pop tracks really come alive with Brigid Dawson or Heidi Maureen Alexander on vocals. These songs are really the highlight of the record, with the odd minor chord thrown in (something Gene Clark was known for). If you love the Notorious Byrd Brothers, The Rose Garden’s self-titled record, and/or Bull of the Woods, pick this one up. –Ryan Leach (In The Red)


OH, BEAST!:
Makin It in the Scene: CD
Hints of NoMeansNo, Blonde Redhead, swirly conceptual maybe-punk rock, not as successful as those two big bands though. Everyone in their hometown probably loves them but don’t stay the whole show. –Speedway Randy (Perverted Son)


OHADI:
The Way to the Heart: CDEP
I can’t tell from ye old internet if these dudes are still around or not. Either way, I was not a fan of this nü-metal slab of tunes. Nothing stood out and the guitar pyrotechnics were weak. Sorry, but this EP and Coors Light both suck. –Sean Koepenick (1332)


OHNO EXPRESS / SOON:
Split: CD
Ohno Express features former members of Hooton 3 Car and some Servo members. Soon hail from Tokyo, Japan and formed by a former member of the band Blew. Enough of the facts and let's go the important: my opinion. I personally like Soon better than Ohno Express. The music is raw and melodic. The fact is that Soon has a female singer and Ohno Express didn't grip me as much as Soon. Soon really didn't get my gonads all twisted like I was hoping for. More garage-like than maybe I would have preferred. I usually like most of what I hear from Japan. I'm biased that way. Maybe on another day I would appreciate this more, but I just did not connect. –Donofthedead (Crackle)


OI POLLOI:
Pigs for Slaughter: CD
A compilation from the two decade running anarcho punk band. It compiles tracks from various sources which is a good start for someone getting into the band. Twenty-three tracks in all, and many on out of print releases. People who have been into the band for awhile, like me, will like the convenience of having a lot of the songs on one disc or for ease to download onto their evil iPod. If this is the introduction, there are many releases out there and a lot of repeats. While it’s still available, the band self-released Ar Ceol, Ar Canan, Ar a Mach5 on CD this year. It continues on the legacy of this great band. All the songs on the new release are sung in Gaelic which is the native language of Scotland. So here is a good start point, and I have given you an end to shoot for. –Donofthedead (Step-1)


OI POLLOI:
Carson?: 7"
What else could make my punk life better than knowing that Oi Polloi has put out another release? I had to hear about it from a friend in another country asking me to get him a copy. He is better informed than I. Here are three anarcho-punk anthems that are sung in their native Gaelic language. Apparently only one percent of the population of Scotland still speak the language. That is a shame, looking from the outside. The Gaelic language sounds forceful when used alongside punk. It also helps that the band is intense and passionate. This band, to me, has always been protesting and alerting many people to topics that should be addressed. I have always appreciated this band for their lyrical content and the ferocity of their music. From the translations of the lyrics, they are angry and speaking out about the problems of Scotland that most people do not hear about. I, for one, have heard nothing in the news presented by the North American media. But the DIY network comes through again to make light of things that I wouldn’t have learned through mainstream channels. If you liked the last record, Fuaim Catha, this release is even heavier. The production, across the board, is near perfection. As usual, I was not disappointed. One of my all-time favorite long-running bands.  –Donofthedead (Nikt Nic Nie Wie)


OI POLLOI:
(1)Six of the Best and (2)Outraged by the System: CD

I received two CDs that feature the greatest hits from one of the long standing DIY anarchist bands that truly matter. From their early beginnings in the mid 1980s to the current, these motley crew of status questioners have been belting it out for years. OP has a way of expelling their rage and making you feel it without using cheap gimmicks. You feel that they mean what they say. They stand on their own and require no comparisons. They came to the states a couple of times to my recollection and I missed them. They are one of  the bands on my list in my head that I truly have to see in my lifetime. Six of the Best features the EPs "Punks n' Skins," "Resist the Atomic Menace," "Omnicide," "Guilty," the self-titled EP put out by the Polish label Nikt Nic Nie Wie and "THC."  It's a timeline of incredible punk at its best. Outraged by the System is a greatest hits package and has many songs from the previously mentioned CD. It's equally as important if you need to sample their venom. If their music doesn't inspire you to think or become active, you are too far gone in conformity. Fans like me appreciate these releases to fill the holes in their collections. Two fingers in the air punk rock for ya !

–Donofthedead ((1) Rugger Bugger / (2) Step-1 Music)


OI POLLOI:
Fuaim Catha: CD
Oi Polloi are a long-time, multi- and-shifting member band out of Scotland. Politically, they take a stance similar to Crass (anarchism), while incorporating many of the same ethics and politics: anti-police, pro-animal, anti-industrialist, gay-friendly, pro-everyone’s-land, anti-capitalist. Musically, one can really hear the influence these guys have had on the US band, Toxic Narcotic. Aside from the drum-circle monologue poem that opens this long CD up, the two bands can both play convincing, primitive thrash. Then they can switch effortlessly to into slower folkloric, traditional numbers without betraying either approach to music. It’s a lot to chew on in one large bite and the politics are extremely blunt, but after repeated listens, this has grown on me. There’s surprising bits all over it. –Todd Taylor (Combat Rock Industry)


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