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PONYS:
Self-titled: 7"
This is the second band (Kill Me Tomorrow was the other) in as many months that takes elements of early Cure – the swaying rhythms, more than a couple of guitar lines, and mopey wry-smile vocals – and turn them on their ear for a satisfying, updated effect. The entire affair, instead of being plugged into the gray clouds, feels less theatric (it’s not glam mope) than the Cure. It’s not frenetic but it’s not super polished and the slower parts build a nice atmosphere that’s dense and you get the feeling that a ton of original thought went into these songs, much like The Starvations newest record. –Todd Taylor (Contaminated)


PONYS, THE:
Celebration Castle: CD
Indie pop from a group that has apparently learned well from those old post-punk pop albums from the ‘80s, ’cause that’s where it sounds like they’re taking their cues. Not a rehash here, but there’s just enough Echo, Cure, and Furs in the mix to ring familiar. Surprisingly good stuff and outside of the box enough to sound fresh and inventive. I like it lots. –Jimmy Alvarado (In the Red)


PONYS, THE:
So Sentimental: 7"
The Ponys are one of those bands that seem to tap into the vibe that goes across punk rock and indie hipster scenes, the way Hot Snakes, Le Shok, The Peechees, Black Lips, and others have. They don’t sound the same necessarily, yet all seem to have a pulse that brings everyone in, slipping equally into dirty punk hearts as much as emo soft centers. I swear it’s a drug vibe. Or maybe it’s that moody feeling of being lost, lost, lost that speaks to so many adult-sized teenagers. The Ponys play quick music but it’s not fast, and they play messy with a purpose. Harmonic vocals create solid anthems you can sink into. I haven’t heard their Matador release these days, but bless Alicja’s Contaminated Records for reissuing this older single. –Speedway Randy (Contaminated)


PONYS, THE:
“Wicked City” b/w “Little Friends”: 7”
Simple, thick-guitared punk with a bit of Richard Hell in the vocals; could easily have come out of New York in the late ‘70s. It would have been a little too poppy to have hit the Killed by Death lists, but people would still be listening to it now. Solid. –Cuss Baxter (Big Neck)


PONYS, THE:
Laced with Romance: CD
Man, people love this record. I keep hearing how “fierce” and “rock” they are. I don’t know, I hear a lot of the Cure and think it’s okay. –Megan Pants (In The Red)


PONYTAIL:
Kamehameha: CD
When you’re dubbed as an art school quartet and your name is Ponytail, there’s a good chance you will measure high on the suckability scale. This is the musical equivalent of someone taking a dolphin, stuffing it in a tank two sizes too small for its proportions, and then beating the aquatic mammal to a slow death with a crash cymbal. –Dave Disorder (Creative Capitalism)


POOL PARTY:
Pool Party Yeah!: CD
A four-piece band from Iceland being released by a Florida label. This disc has a running time of close to an hour, with the first half being a twelve-song, coherent album that sounds like it was recorded in a legitimate studio. And it’s pretty darn good too, ranging through Ramoneish punk, synth-driven new wave, and power pop. Energetic and amusing party music that appeals to the basest rock and roll instincts, which goes well with the joyfully immature, sexually-loaded lyrics. The second half is twenty more tracks of noticeably lower quality both in terms of the recordings and the strength of the songs themselves, although a number of songs on the later half of the release are live or crude demo versions of the twelve first songs on the disc. The second half is also more experimental, even working in elements of dub and techno, but quite hit or miss. The first twelve songs are well worth listening to all the way through, but you will want to employ the track skip button on the rest of the release. –Jake Shut (Livid)


POOL PARTY:
Pool Party Yeah! Anthology: CD
Imagine if the Ramones or the Vindictives grew up in Florida and donned Miami Vice glasses and weird ‘80s mustaches. That’s Pool Party. I don’t get the Iceland references, or how this release is “simultaneously issued and re-issued by Livid”—but it doesn’t matter. This is fun, rockin’, feel-good music. Wow, the keys on “Spy Girl” are friggen amazing (but thanks for not over using ‘em in all the songs, fellas). Really great stuff. Now as far as the tracks “recorded in the future,” and all the live and demo tracks (tracks 13-32), I coulda done without that. The inside joke was lost on me. –Mr. Z (Livid, lividrecords.com)


POOL PARTY:
Born Too Loose: 7”
Ramones-esque, juvenile humor-driven pop punk. Not the cleverest lyrics in the world. All the similar partying vibes from bands like Mean Jeans and New Swears populate the record, but the party feels stiffer in Pool Party’s Hands as if the DJ put on a record that made everybody uncomfortable. Grade: C+  –Bryan Static (It’s Alive)


POONTEENS, THE / THE ENLOWS:
Split: Cassette
The Enlows play pretty lo-fi pop punk. Songs about girls, drinking, and breaking uuuuup. After a weekend at Awesome Fest listening to so many bands do this, I just can’t listen to it more than once, more than twice, official verdict: bleh. The Poonteens play pretty poppy punk as well, but nice and sloppy with ugly sounding vocals. That makes it better. Also their side ends with a Guns & Roses cover. I only play that side of the tape from now on. By the way, this stuff is recorded live. Some people (myself included) tend to not be that into live recording, so now you know. –Rene Navarro (Poonteens Music)


POOR CHOICES:
Girl Crimes: CD
Minimalist punk/trash fodder with a rudimentary delivery and what sound like lyrics striving to be obnoxious and/or funny, none of which should be construed as a bad thing. They are quite adept at doing what they do, and they definitely sound like they’re having fun doing it. –Jimmy Alvarado (Shake!)


POOR LILY:
Self-titled: CD
Poor Lily is doing a throwback Minutemen meets Fugazi says hello to the Dead Kennedys thing. It’s pretty good, as far as those things go. But my Ramones-addled brain wants a chorus, and a chorus you shall not find (for the most part) on this album! Poor Lily offers angular tunes, shouted vocals, short songs (two minutes or less) and lyrics like, “Why don’t you stick a needle in my head and extract my point of view?” Bonus fact: This three-piece includes the former drummer for Sick Of It All, Murphy’s Law, and H20 and the former drummer for the 1980s New York hardcore band Beyond. Two drummers, one band! (One of them now plays guitar.) If you like the Minutemen, then this is worth checking out. And the whole album is on the band’s website for free. Easy decisions! –Maddy (self-released)


POOR LILY:
Vuxola: CD
Weird and dynamic enough to appeal to folks interested in genres beside punk. How’s that? Confident, strange, and buoyant songs that are so precise they might as well be laser-guided. Similar in oddity and tone as NoMeansNo and Alice Donut or even more challenging shit like Ruins. Nineteen songs kind of pushes the limits of my endurance, but they’re undoubtedly good at what they’re doing. –Keith Rosson (Poor Lily)


POOR LILY: : :
Three Songs: CD
“Ooookay,” I think. “A shrink-wrapped CD single that won’t play in CD player. Great. Computer reads the band as Judas Child, and the songs as “Early Morning Peace,” “Happy Place,” and “This Soul Has Flown.” Huh. This will be stellar, I’m sure.” Then I press Play and my jaw promptly bounces to floor. Poor Lily’s a three-piece, mostly out of Brooklyn, that features dudes—I shit you not—from Beyond, H20, and Lightning Crabs playing what sounds like Some Girls deviously and fuckedupedly covering the Minutemen. Three songs. It’s bizarre, surprising, frenetic, wound tight as a spring, riveting as shit, and really, really good. –Keith Rosson (Poor Lily)


POOR LUCKIES, THE:
EP#1: 7”
This is fairly standard punk in the vein of Fang (but not quite as toothy) from this San Francisco three-piece. The three tunes, which are about murder and drinking for the most part, aren’t overly original in their sound, but they’re not bad. I liked it, but I wasn’t blown away. –The Lord Kveldulfr (Self-released, reverbnation.com/poorluckies)


POP ATAK!:
Self-titled: CD-R demo
One should stop playing music when they no longer find it fun. Life can throw awful curveballs. Sometime along the line, Davey, Ross, and Bob stopped playing together as Tiltwheel. Davey kept his musical flag fluttering. They’re also all men of honor. So, years and years later, when Ross and Bob wanted to start playing again, Davey, who’s in a guesstimated five bands already, welcomed his friends to start anew. Since there was already a fully functional Tiltwheel humming along, they formed Pop Atak! This demo’s a good etching. A little more fidelity and fullness, a little more snapping together, and we’ll have some polished-up prime cuts. I’m more than patient and confident that a proper release will blow me away. More than anything, I’m just glad they’re all playing and hanging out again. –Todd Taylor (Self-released)


POP TARDS:
Hot Cum on a Cold Child: CD
From the little sticker on the front: “The Saint Louis six-piece craft an in-your-face approach that reconciles noise with pop once and for all. ThinkBeach Boys meets Stockhausen with shimmery, soaring vocals.” Well, if Stockhausen wrote meandering noise pieces (and I guess some would argue much of his stuff was just that) for an ensemble comprised of barely proficient fourth graders, I can see the connection. The Beach Boys, however, are nowhere in evidence as far as I am able to determine. Based on the shock tactic title and phallic parental advisory sticker, methinks the whole thing is a bit of a piss-take. Hope the Lou Bega and Soundgarden fans they recommend it to on the aforementioned sticker actually pick up a copy, ‘cause that would indeed be funny. –Jimmy Alvarado (Waste, no address)


POPDEFECT:
R.I.P.: CD
A surfy/thrashy/pop band for twenty debaucherous years, PopDefect takes its final bows with a little pathos, a little bathos and a dash of self-depreciating humor on this full-length album. This release contains new recordings of "Drunken Sailor," "Vena's Revenge," and "Rock in My Hand" that aren't too different from the previously available versions, but it's nice to have them all in one place on what might be the band's finest collection of songs ever. The CD's final cut, "Dirge Overkill," is a song lamenting the last beer at a party that has long run its course as the band finds itself "far from the greatest show on earth" and serves as a moving coda to the band's lengthy career. The keg may have run dry but the memories will last a lunch time. –Bob Cantu (Heart Murmur, PO Box 50602, LA, CA 90050)


POPDEFECT:
R.I.P.: CD
A surfy/thrashy/pop band for twenty debaucherous years, PopDefect takes its final bows with a little pathos, a little bathos and a dash of self‑depreciating humor on this full‑length album. This release contains new recordings of "Drunken Sailor," "Vena's Revenge," and "Rock in My Hand" that aren't too different from the previously available versions, but it's nice to have them all in one place on what might be the band's finest collection of songs ever. The CD's final cut, "Dirge Overkill," is a song lamenting the last beer at a party that has long run its course as the band finds itself "far from the greatest show on earth" and serves as a moving coda to the band's lengthy career. The keg may have run dry but the memories will last a lunch time. –Guest Contributor (Heart Murmur)


POPE, THE:
Live Aids Free Tibet: 7”
I put this record on all excited because of the Aztec-inspired artwork. I thought, “Ooh, neato, Aztecs!” The music started playing and my second thought was, “Ick, make it stop!” It’s fast, loud, obnoxious, with lack of any kind of organization or rhythm. The song “Aztec Pride” just pisses me off because it’s five minutes long! Five minutes of complete bullshit. Are you kidding me with this? I got totally bitchfucked with this one. Not my idea of good stuff. I’m throwing this crap into the TijuanaRiver where it belongs. –Corinne –Guest Contributor (Yosada)


POPE, THE:
The Jazzman Cometh: CD and Book
Noise rock that sounds like Unsane in a bad mood. Playing this loud might actually work well as a defoliant as well. –Jimmy Alvarado (Wantage USA)


POPE, THE:
Sports: CD
Sports is an obnoxious noise record that is surprisingly accessible at times. The album title and some of the song titles, such as “I Want a New Sport” and “The Power of Sports,” pay tribute to none other than Huey Louis. An over-usage of computer and synthesizer sounds overpower the sometimes-interesting frantic guitar work. It’s supposed to be a mess, and it’s a mess that gets old fast. –Art Ettinger (Wäntage USA)


POPITILOPITILUS:
Huh?: 7"
Popitilopitilus couldn’t have picked a more fitting title for this 7”. The music is all over the place, from early ‘80s SoCal punk to ‘90s anarcho-screamcore to blatant Dead Kennedys rip off. The lyrics appear to have been written while on a whacked out magic mushroom trip. Anyone who sings about telling a girl not to ride a bike while wearing a mini skirt has got to be high. If I didn’t know better, I’d say it was a big, dumb joke or an ill-fated attempt at pulling a scam. –Josh Benke (Stank House)


POPITILOPITILUS:
Self-titled: 7” EP
Oddball hardcore that swings all over the map—hyper-thrash one second, Cowsy noise rock the next—then on to tunes about terror gnomes and having lasers for eyes. –Jimmy Alvarado (Stank House)


POPPETS:
Pre-Party: 7” EP
Sometimes the whole lo-fi approach actually detracts rather than adds to a band’s efforts, as is the case here. It sounds like they’ve taken what was originally a decent recording and intentionally dropped out the high and low ends to give it that lo-fi sound, but what they’ve actually managed to do is zap all the punch out of the tunes. As it stands, the songs aren’t bad in a simplistic punk/pop Loli And The Chones-lite kinda way, but I’m sure this would’ve been a stunner with some power behind it. –Jimmy Alvarado (www.bachelorrecords.com)


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