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Anti-Flag – The People or the Gun

Anti-Flag – The People or the Gun

I expected Seniore’s Pizza; you know, the kind of pizza you tell your friends about back home, the kind of pizza you make excuses to eat and drive way too far to get. The kind of pizza you order even though there are at least seven closer pizza joints. The...

By Delicious
Patterson Hood – Murdering Oscar (and other love songs)

Patterson Hood – Murdering Oscar (and other love songs)

Murdering Oscar isn’t background music; it unabashedly demands its listener’s attention. Hearing the album all the way through the first time you may not really know what to think. It’s one of those recordings that will have you waking up the entire next week wanting to scratch...

By Big Ben
Kylesa – Static Tensions

Kylesa – Static Tensions

Sometimes, I want to kick your ass. Bad. Loose my beard in a way that lets my unwashed cavalry of scab ridden crust funds know that it’s fucking ON! and then we rain hell upon you with stenciled flak jackets and bicycle chains crying something about “fascist” or “faggot” or...

By Charles
Coalesce – Ox

Coalesce – Ox

My girlfriend fucking hates this band. I mean, really. Can’t fucking stand them. Hates them so earnestly, in fact, that the mere mention of their name elicits a glassy-eyed sneer that begs a question of why my cracked and misguided ass was ever allowed to make out with her in...

By Charles
Venetian Snares – Horsey Noises

Venetian Snares – Horsey Noises

Has it been 7 hours already? It must have been less than a day because there is already a new Venetian Snares record to hear! Okay, so perhaps his output isn’t as regular as I may like to joke about but it doesn’t shadow the fact that Aaron Funk doesn’t...

By Heard
Passion Pit Live @ Echoplex 5-29-09

Passion Pit Live @ Echoplex 5-29-09

Before the Echoplex fills up it has a post apocalyptic crimson glow that kinda functions as precursor of madness. Dealing with the ticket / line process at this place is a pain even when you’re on the right lists. This particular night at the Echoplex the all ages crowd was...

By Big Ben
The Mars Volta – Octahedron

The Mars Volta – Octahedron

The Mars Volta’s fifth studio album sees the modern prog rockers sadly devoid of any creativity or new ideas. Described by the band themselves as their “poppy” album, TMV seem to have written eight songs that desperately attempt to hark back to former glories. I should make myself clear from...

By Lemon
Miike Snow – Miike Snow

Miike Snow – Miike Snow

Pop’s back, apparently. With summer nearly in full swing, pop fanatics and those who love a catchy melody are in for a treat. La Roux, Little Boots, Empire Of The Sun and Passion Pit have up until now been seen as the main flag carriers for this wave of bubblegum...

By Lemon
Mos Def – The Ecstatic

Mos Def – The Ecstatic

Although not quite fanboy status, I was probably a little too horny for the release of this record—figuratively speaking, of course. But how could you not be? We all know about his talents as a genre-bending musician, TV and film actor and even style icon; but doesn’t Mos Def just...

By Delicious
Cold Cave – Cremations

Cold Cave – Cremations

When an artist releases a collection of “rare/live/unreleased demo” material, your general reaction at first is to think “well, this is going to suck…”. But I guess you have to take into account the nature of the music. Cremations was released under the Hopsital Productions label which is run by...

By Heard
241ers’ Last Stand – Live @ ABC No Rio

241ers’ Last Stand – Live @ ABC No Rio

This will never happen again. May 24th was the last stand of the 241ers. In the stark, stenciled hall of ABC No Rio four men played. Just fucking played. As they do every day. As they have for years in the Stockyard Stoics, the Filaments, the Rickets, the Ready Men....

By Charles
Blank Dogs – Under and Under

Blank Dogs – Under and Under

I love Pussy Galore. I even kind of adored Shithaus but that’s just because it was this rambling obscurity I’d hungered for ever since I first heard Songs About Fucking and ended up with a faded copy of the Trouser Press Record Guide (there’s a late night, Boarding School connection...

By Charles