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bleached.rideryourheart

BLEACHED Ride Your Heart CD/LP

What made Mika Miko shows such a blast—and I've come to realize that a lot of men didn't see their appeal—was that, as a 5-foot, 2-inch, 21-year old girl, being able to dance in a room full of other 21-year old girls, without having to worry about getting trampled on in a circle pit, allowed […]

lanegan.dalton

7-INCH BITCH #2

THE DESPERATE BICYCLES “The Medium Was Tedium” b/w “Don’t Back The Front THE DESPERATE BICYCLES “Smokescreen” b/w “Handlebars” These singles go for a fortune when you can find them so I was happy to see that they were being reissued/bootlegged. Happiness short lived. These sound like shit. Save your money. I wish I had. [Refill] […]

gibby

GIBBY HAYNES 7" EP

It’s a musical pairing that makes more sense than anyone would think, this Gibby to the mic with Jack White playing guitar like it’s 1984 and Psychic... Powerless... Another Man's Sac is fresh meat. Most listeners will flock to the modified cover of Adrenaline OD’s “Paul’s Not Home”—a witty read of the comedy punk song […]

oogaboogas

OOGA BOOGAS s/t LP

I’m tiring of the “super-group” shit that everyone throws around when referring to a group that is made up of people in OK bands.  I gave the OOGA BOOGAS record a bigger chance than most, mainly because I like one or two of the “OK” bands involved.  Enough. This record is…. well…. OK.  It continues […]

daughngibson

DAUGHN GIBSON All Hell CD/LP Reissue

As Daughn Gibson, Josh Martin has drawn comparisons to Stephin Merritt, Bill Callahan, Arthur Russell, Scott Walker, Lee Hazlewood [...][...][...]. He is at once all of these and none of these, and while he brings the old country up to date via Apple (see “Tiffany Lou,” which cites television’s Cops and, musically, resembles cLOUDDEAD’s “Pop […]

hepa:titus

HEPA/TITUS Follow Me LP

Let’s get this out of the way: I am a longtime friend and occasional collaborator with Hepa/Titus founder Kevin Rutmanis, so of course I can be expected to file the obligatory fawning review. Yeah, yeah, call it nepotism or whatever you will: That does nothing to change the fact that this is a kickass band, […]

tysegall.twins

TY SEGALL Twins CD/LP

Admittedly, I miss the Ty Segall I was first introduced to in 2008: a fuzzed-out one-man band somewhat recalling Hasil Adkins or Mark Sultan, screaming his head off and instinctively keeping time on his kick drum. His eponymous release from that year, released on Castle Face, quite effectively grasped the energy of his solo live […]

gentlemen

GENTLEMEN Sex Tape Demo CS

Being a punk band a couple decades ago must've been tough.  Being a bummer punk band like Flipper, Stick Men With Rayguns, Drunks With Guns, or Feedtime (Gentlemen's fellow countrymen) must've been even tougher.  Getting people to care about ugly, repetitive, shit-fi music isn't an easy task.  That's one reason why I admire the people […]

spiderfever

SPIDER FEVER s/t LP

This debut full-length recording from San Diego’s Spider Fever seems a bit cheaply and quickly done – it moves swiftly with no breaks or lulls; the guitars are up too loud, meaning they’re ideal; the sound overall does an excellent job of mimicking a live set, which a lot of rock records fail to accomplish. […]

bitsofshit.cutsleeves

BITS OF SHIT Cut Sleeves LP

I reckon Bits of Shit is one of the worst band names in recent memory. The reason I say I reckon is because these punks call the land down under home and that's how Aussie's talk. Australians have all sorts of cute ways of referring to otherwise boring things like cigarettes (“ciggies”) and roadies (“road […]