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Battle for the Airwaves Vol. 2: 7"
Wow! The Workin' Stiffs, The Bodies, The Wretched Ones and The Templars all on one 7 inch. These are four bands way up on my high rotation list already. Each band holds their own on here with a song a piece. One hell of a teaser, but one hell of a quick rush. If you aren't familiar, all four bands have a working class, street punk kinda sound. Influences from late '70s English punk can be heard. This is great, but too damn short. Gimme more damnit!
–Toby Tober (Radio)


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Cuts Vol. 1: CD
Iíve never professed to being a professional writer or an expert on punk rock. I do have an opinion though. I have pretty much stuck around for the last twenty plus years listening to this noise. As I read the intro to this release, I am in agreement that comps are different these days. Bands in the past would send their best effort and make it pretty much exclusive to that one release. If it wasnít good, it wouldnít be released. Lately, you get record label sampler comps that flood the rack space or comps with recycled material. Itís rare that you find a comp that completely has unreleased tracks. If you see what the old comps go for on Ebay, you can see that they are worth something. Enough of my old man memories. Back to opinion. I donít listen to a lot of the OC beach punk garage stuff personally. So, many of these bands I have never heard of. The two that I recognize and have heard are the Smut Peddlers and Cell Block 5. Retodd told me of the up-comers Broken Bottles. He liked them so much, he booked them on a Razorcake show recently. Tracks that stood out to me were from the previously mentioned and The Thunder Pistols, D-Cup, Beer City Rockers, Extortions, The Negatives, The Switch-Ups, The Spooky, The Put-Ons, The Stand and The Cadavers. Thatís a high percentage of bands on this eighteen band comp that peaked my interest. A good comp doing what itís supposed to do Ė introduce me to some new bands I have never heard of.
–Donofthedead (Hostage)


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Drinking About Songs: 2 X LP
First off, I've got a deep admiration for Very Small Records. Know it or not, they've released many mighty influential comps and helped out a ton of then-obscure, now-well-known bands (like Operation Ivy, Pinhead Gunpowder, Green Day, Neurosis, and Jawbreaker) when they were just starting out. The guy who runs the operation, Dave, is probably one of the most up-standing citizens in a business and scene that is rife with a lack of ethics. You'd do very well to look at Very Small's catalog. That said, this is my least favorite comp they've put out in awhile. Although I admire the open ear Ė there's straight-up country numbers, let-me-suck-that-bar-towel drunk punk, and Small Wonder's "Crop Duster" that sounds like it could be on a Indigo Girls solo album (or a female top forty song. Don't press me. It's not my realm of expertise.) , it's an iffy affair, making it hard to put on and like Ė or at least tolerate Ė all the way through. There are some cool songs in the thirty-three: Super Chinchilla Rescue Mission, Grabass Charlestons, The Foxy Sluts, The Civic Minded Five, and the Bar Feeders don't disappoint. But then there's too much that's just okay or something I'd wish not to hear like '70s bar rock, mediocre pop punk, and just "plain, blah" rock. I say go with Faux Pas Potpourri, or either one of the two alcoholic-themed comps proceeding this one: Songs About Drinking or Liverache, which I like and recommend to this day.
–Todd Taylor (Very Small)


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Fat Music Vol. VI - Uncontrollable Fatulence: CD
Do you know the drill? The drill is this is the sixth in the series of the Fat sampler. Duh! Well they get better every time since they are adding more unreleased tracks on these comps. What me, get a Fat comp? I canít have that in my collection. I will lose major punk points if my friends find out. Me, I donít care. Lost many a punk point in my day. Besides, Iím getting pretty old and I donít have a lot of friends anyway. I shouldnít have to describe what these bands sound like to you. Vanessa at Fat is really good at what she does and is a good person also. You get unreleased tracks from: The Lawrence Arms (good track, like it better than their previous output), Mad Caddies (goofy mariachi, cowpunk for a good time), Lagwagon, Strung Out, Rise Against (I keep forgetting to go out and buy their CD), Swinginí Utters (I canít stop hearing Mike Ness and Social Distortion when I listen to these guys), Frenzal Rhomb, Anti-Flag (So good and thought provoking!), NOFX, Wizo (These guys donít record enough!), and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes (A Prince song originally performed by The Family and then covered by Sinead OíConnor and desecrated by these guys, making it sound like a Billy Joel song). The rest of the comp is rounded off with tracks off of their current releases: Propagandhi, Dillinger Four, No Use for a Name, Avail, Less than Jake, Sick of it All, and Good Riddance. This should be reasonably priced, so use that X-mas money that you might have leftover.
–Donofthedead (Fat)


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First Strike: CD
Craig from Schizophrenic has been working like a mad man on a mission to get these BCT tracks that were originally only available on tape out on CD. If you donít know BCT (Borderless Countries Tapes), they were heavily responsible in introducing international hardcore to the states from 1982 to 1986 one tape at a time. Iíve seen the tape deck. BCT is up and running again if you want the original tapes by contacting Chris / BCT @ bctinsd@aol.com. I know Sound Idea Distribution out of Florida also carries the tape. Itís great that this is out again. Another thing I havenít listened to in a couple of decades. This is the first comp tape of the twenty-seven tape series. American bands like the Clitboys, Future Ruins, Violation, Vatican Commandos (Mobyís punk band!), Skoundrelz (I think Dogtown legend, Tony Alva, played in this band at one point or another), Mr. Epp, Poison Center, Eat the Rich, Cultural Breakthrough and The Accused (Seattle legends). Some studio and some live recordings that still stand the test of time. This takes me back to high school. Ten bands, fifty songs. Thatís a lot to soak in, but well worth the purchase.
–Donofthedead ($10ppd to Schizophrenic)


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Four Old Toxic Shock 7Ē EPs í83-í84: CD
The title says it all: four old seven-inch EPs from the Toxic Shock Records vaults, all remastered and digitized nice and purty for the new millennium. Included here are the Noise from Nowhere comp (featuring Kent State, Moslem Birth, Human Therapy and Manson Youth), the first EP from Peace Corpse (formerly Moslem Birth), Red Tideís Kelp and Salal EP and Massacre Guysí first EP (featuring a future member of Descendents/All). Most of the tracks stand up pretty well to the passage of time and are a fun, if not always crucial, reminder of some of the stuff that was going on in the scene at that time that didnít involve the Circle Jerks and Black Flag. One very minor gripe: Considering the fact the Dr. Strange released Manson Youthís posthumous seven-inch EP, itís strange that they didnít go through the trouble to change the incorrect title of the bandís contribution to Noise from Nowhere, here still incorrectly titled ďPenis BrainĒ but actually a sort-of medley of three shorter songs.
–Jimmy Alvarado (Dr. Strange)


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Global Hostility: CD
This showed up in the Razorcake PO Box from England, and I happened to be the guy opening the envelope. I took a look at the packaging and itís totally DIY Ė cut and paste, photocopied Ė but done so well that it was clear these guys had been doing-it-themselves for a while. I looked at the band list and saw bands from places like Estonia, Nepal, Argentina, Finland, Uruguay, Israel, and over a dozen more countries. I looked for the US representative. It was The Boils. I like The Boils. I thought to myself, itís been a long time since I was taken totally by surprise by a comp. Maybe this one will show me something new. And it did. It blew me away. Itís largely a collection of oi/street punk bands, but itís done so well. Whenever you get bands from this many places, youíre going to get a nice blend of scenes and influences and takes on the sounds of the Stiff Little Fingers and the Business and Cocksparrer and all those other great working-class bands. And here is a bunch of bands Iíve never heard of, like Portugalís Les Baton Rouge and Italyís The Sbirros and Hollandís Uit de Sloot, taking those basic influences and kicking Ďem in the ass. It amazes me that this label could find this diverse of a group of bands and put them together into one fucking awesome comp. This is highly recommended.
–Sean Carswell (No Front Teeth)


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I Hope the End Is Always the Beginning: CD
I think so many neat things have come from the Japanese: sushi, Takara Blythe, Sanrio stationery, cutting-edge fashion for one-foot-high dolls and five-foot-high people. Most recently, though, I think the absolute best thing thatís come from Japan is the latest compilation of Japanese punk rock from the people at Snuffy Smile. Snuffy Smile may be a cute name, but there is nothing sissy about the bands on this label. I Hope the End Is Always the Beginning is one CD that is comprised of two sections: Chapter One and Chapter Two. Chapter One consists of original songs by fourteen different bands, including Minority Blues Band, Bottledirt, and Pear of the West. Chapter Two consists of the same fourteen bands covering songs by bands like The Replacements, Stiff Little Fingers, and Cock Sparrer. There are twenty-eight tracks on this album, and every single one rocks. Even though more than half the time I canít understand the lyrics, I still want to sing along. I love this CD. Get your own copy now.
–Felizon Vidad (Snuffy Smile)


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Life Is Ugly So Why Not Kill Yourself: CD
Wow, I was wonderiní when someone would get around to reissuing this, and in this case, it appears that the culprit is Danny Phillips, who was one of those responsible for the original release. What you get here, kids, is a chance to own one of the early, definitive Southern California punk comps, featuring tracks from (in order of appearance) Red Cross (Redd Kross before the other Red Cross threatened to sue, and before they were bitten by the glam bug), Descendents, Anti, Ill Will, Civil Dismay, China White, Mood of Defiance, Minutemen, 100 Flowers/the Urinals, Zurich 1916, Plebs and Saccharine Trust, nearly all of which arenít available anywhere else. Although nearly all of the tracks hold up pretty well considering itís been twenty years since it was originally available (Mood of Defianceís track in particular is still a stunner), itís worth the price of admission alone to hear Red Cross (which at the time consisted of the McDonald Bros, future Circle Jerk Greg Hetson on guitar and future Black Flag singer Ron Reyes on drums) uncharacteristically thrash things up a bit. Rumor has it that the other two releases in the series are to be reissued as well, so keep your eyes peeled, as all three volumes are highly recommended.
–Jimmy Alvarado (Delirium)


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Punch Drunk IV: CD
Itís a shame that street punk and oi got the bad rap that they got. Iíll admit that some street punk bands did need to go, and that the wanna-be-working-class anthems did run thin, but for a few years there, TKO picked up the street punk banner and really ran with it. Their first couple of Punch Drunk comps were great. They introduced me to awesome bands like the Reducers SF, the Bodies, and the Beltones. This Punch Drunk, though, isnít nearly as exciting as the old ones. Maybe itís the trends of street punk or maybe the guys at TKO are just changing their musical tastes, but this comp definitely has more of a bar rock sound to it, thanks to bands like the Generators, Electric Frankenstein, Anti-Seen, and Cocknoose. There are also songs that donít stray too much from the bar rock sound, but are still pretty good, thanks to bands like Hollywood Hate, Terminus City, and Bottles and Skulls. The Slaughter and the Dogs song makes me race for the fast forward button, and the new, otherwise-unreleased Smogtown song brings me back to the old days, when the Punch Drunk comps reaffirmed my faith in punk rock.
–Sean Carswell (TKO)


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Punk Rock Jukebox: CD
So-so comp of mostly punk bands doing punk rock covers.
–Donofthedead (Blackout!)


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Rise Above: CD
This is a benefit CD for the West Memphis 3 (See the documentary Paradise Lost). Iím sure you heard about this. I read about it in the Los Angeles Times. It has different people singing Black Flag songs, backed by Henry Rollins and the band Mother Superior. I like the premise of the CD Ė to raise awareness and support a cause. The part that irks me is that Henry is using punk when he long abandoned the scene. Would anyone buy this if it was songs from his solo career? No. I had a coupon, so I bought this out of curiosity. I was disappointed. I grew up on Black Flag. The songs do not have the ferocity of the originals. The lack of Greg Ginnís guitars sound is definitely missing in the energy. If you are looking for good Black Flag, I would recommend Everything Went Black. Damaged is not their best record! It contains songs that were recorded before Henry joined the band. My opinion is that the end of Black Flag was when Henry started singing. I much preferred when Ron Reyes (Chavo) or Dez Cadena was the singer. This is like going out to see the Dead Kennedys with Brandon Cruz singing.
–Donofthedead (Sanctuary)


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Two Turds and a Golfball: CD
I picked this up outta the review pile because the Grand Pricks, whose ďHigh Kicks to Your DicksĒ is one of thee punkest albums of the last five years. I regretted that decision when I saw it was a compilation of bands playing the same song, one that shares the same name as the compilation itself, and then was pleasantly surprised when I put this puppy on. WILDLY diverse in sound, from grind to hardcore to rap metal to straight punk to country to industrial noise and beyond. The fact that virtually none of the lyrics match from one version to the next leads me to believe that this is more a case of bands performing songs with the same name rather than covering the same tune. Either way, this was some pretty entertaining listening. Pick it up. Need more impetus? Thereíre exclusive Anal Cunt and Dahmer tracks on here, you discerning punkers, you.
–Jimmy Alvarado (Hollow Bunny)


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We Donít Need Society: CD
Another tribute album, this one for DRI, and I have to admit that, while I liken the tribute album phenomenon to walking up and kicking a musician square in the nuts for all his hard work, this one wasnít as bad as expected. Some choice covers of songs spanning the bulk of DRIís career are provided courtesy of Ratos de Porao, Electric Frankenstein (a smoking cover of ďPlastique,Ē believe it or not), Hollywood Hate, Retox, Capitalist Casualties and more. As itís a tribute album, I refuse to recommend buying this under any circumstances, but Iím not above suggesting that you find someone that was dumb enough to buy it and ask íem to tape it for you.
–Jimmy Alvarado (Malt Soda)


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You Call This Music?!?, Vol. II: CD
Finally a disc that offers up some seething straight up punk with blood on its boots, piss in its gut and hate in its veins. This has a nice helping of bands with snotty female vocals, something I'm rather fond of myself. For whatever it's worth, my favorites are the Jag Offs, Backside, Pillbox Terror and the Voids. A little bit of something for everyone, including a handful of duds, but all with a nice chippy attitude. I think this would make a decent party CD.
–aphid (Geykido Comet)


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You Call This Music?!?, Vol. II: CD
Thirty-five of your favorite bands make a ruckus. Features Operation Cliff Clavin, ESL, Pornshot, Toys That Kill, Four Letter Words, Nazis from Mars and oodles of others. Personally, the highlight of the whole disc was the outtro.
–Jimmy Alvarado (Geykido Comet)


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Greeting: CD
Sampler from the Lobster Records roster. Represented here are Staring Back, Yellowcard, Mock Orange, Buck Wild, Park, Whippersnapper, Yellowcard, Joystick and Jargon. Kinda like the minor league team for Fat or Epitaph. Give it a chance and see if you like any of the bands if you are into melodicore. –Donofthedead (Lobster)


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Home on the Range Volume 1: CD
A Midwest comp with twelve more bands that ainít worth the trouble it took to listen to Ďem. Apparently limited to 1,000, which is about the best thing I can say about this. –Jimmy Alvarado (Bingo Lady Record Collective)


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Nearvana: CD
Oh, hey, look Ė itís a Nirvana covers CD. Nirvana completists will probably want this. If you want mine, drive over to the front of my place and honk Ė Iíll come out and throw it at you (not TO you Ė AT you). Why? Because you wasted some high-priced gasoline to drive over here for nothing, except for a jewelcase-sized dent on the side of your vehicle. Shame on you for even considering it. –Designated Dale (Tinnitus)


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No One Left to Blame: Twenty American Punk Unknowns Ď76-í82: LP
Yet another one of those Killed by Death-ish comps. This time around, the best stuff here is from (surprise!) my hometown of Milwaukee! The Prosecutors do a great, chaotic song not too far from the Replacements in sound! All right! Thereís also Antler Joe and the Accidents with ďDogshit,Ē one of the more ridiculous songs Iíve heard lately. The rest of this album is pretty much take it or leave it, unless youíre a record collector. LOTS of bands that sound like either the Sex Pistols or the New York Dolls. LOTS of bands with fake British accents. If this were a cereal, itíd be one of those variety packs with lots of mediocre cereals from long ago that, sadly, the cereal execs were correct in discontinuing. Wow. Metaphor overload. –Maddy (Not listed)


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Power of Ten: EP
A piece of the current Northwest hardcore scene is captured here. All bases covered from the more metallic side like Himsa, Left With Nothing, Contingent, to the more traditional sound of Spitting Teeth, and on to bands like Stay Gold, The Entropy Project, To See You Broken, The November Group, Screwjack, and Positively Negative, who are carving their own niches in hardcore. All in all, a pretty good comp. –Matt Average (1-2-3-4 Go!!!)


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Ramones Forever: CD
An international compilation wherein bands from all over the map mangle Ramones songs. Most of the tracks blow sheep (unless techno versions of ďI Wanna Be SedatedĒ and ďPsychotherapyĒ are your cup of tea), and the remainder leave little doubt that Belgium should be wiped off the face of the earth. As far as ďtributesĒ go, maybe they shouldíve just walked up to the remaining Ramones and kick each of Ďem square in the balls. That wouldíve been much less painful than having oneís name attached to this abomination. Oh, wait, Marky was involved in this. Guess he really, really needed the money. –Jimmy Alvarado (Radical)


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920 Blues: LP
Whoah, Iím impressed! This is a comp of Wisconsin bands playing some flat-out rockiní punk rock sure to make you tear shit up as you crank the stereo and shake your ass all over your parentsí living room. Ten bands representing, including the Reds, Shut Ups, Mistreaters, Teenage Rejects, and more. There ainít a shitty song in the bunch, not even the track by the Strong Come Ons, whose seven-incher did nothing for me. Send every cent of your allowance to the address at the end of the review section. –Jimmy Alvarado (Trick Knee)


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Bomb Threat: CD
Whooo-weee! Squeal like a piggy, boy! What we have here is a killer-dealer crazed cacophony from the Carolinas, and itís cram-packed to the gills with a comprehensive representation of every possible genre of punkrock madness, mayhem, and manic inertia, whether itís old school, pop, hardcore, scum, melodicore, Ď77-style street scruffiness, noise, a bit of bowery brattiness, new wave, or just a bare minimum of emo (and thank sweet Jeeezus for that!). Each and every ear-blastiní ditty is fever-pitched and vigorously delivered with the utmost of passion, zeal, and liveliness. All 31 bands contained herein crank the tuneage to the max and enthusiastically give it no less than 110%. While repeatedly assaulting my audial senses with an explosive hefty dosage of Bomb Threat, I just could not sit still no matter how hard I tried. This is a solid, well-structured comp full of wild frenetic fury and the ultimate in energetic musical brashness. I fervently recommend it as much as I advocate sex, beer, rockíníroll, and other sinful forms of depraved debauchery. Itís that damn deliciously addictive, folks! -Roger Moser, Jr. –Guest Contributor (Suicide Watch)


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Chicagoís on Fire Again: 7" EP
Holy shit, this is a hardcore fanís wet dream. A veritable whoís who of Chicago hardcore here, with Trepan Nation, Los Crudos (a track not available on their discography CD), Billy Builders, Charles Bronson (a Negative Approach cover) MK Ultra, Landmine, The Killers, Dangermouse, Authority Abuse, Strength In Numbers, and Kung Fu Rick, all scrunched up nicely on seven inches of wax. As can be expected, everything goes by in a blur, but shit howdy if it ainít a glorious din. Four words kids: seek this fucker out. –Jimmy Alvarado (Lengua Armada)


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