Category Punk/Ska

Rancid- Honor Is All We Know

Rancid– Honor Is All We Know Release date: 20141027 Label: Hellcat/Epitaph RIYL: Sham 69, The Business, Operation Ivy FCC: 1, 7,9 Rating: 4/5 Rancid return on Honor Is All We Know, their first release in 5 years. Honestly, they haven’t lost a step. Choice tracks are “Back Where I Belong” (snappy with a touch of […]

GRMLN // SOON AWAY (CARPARK)

No longer dreamy & melodic, now gritty pop-punk w/ heavy distortion, driving drums and energetic power chords. Urgency, hooks, muscle & intensity. PLAY: 1, 4, 5, 8 RIYL: SUPERCHUNK

The Muffs – Whoop Dee Doo

After 10 years The Muffs have finally released a record reminiscent of their typical 90’s, emotional, super-enunciated, upbeat pop-punk rock. Similar to the kind that graced the Clueless movie in 1995, the songs project Kim Shattuck’s voice, unchanged by time, still howling glottal stops and moaning vowels. All the songs kinda do sound the same, though. […]

JOYCE MANOR // NEVER HUNGOVER AGAIN (EPITAPH)

SoCal EMO REVIVAL ON 3RD LP. THE SMITHS-INFLUENCED W/ NASAL POP-PUNK CROON OVER BRITPOP GUITARS, JANGLY POWER CHORDS, SYNTHS AND MELANCHOLY. PLAY: 3, 4, 5, 10 FCC: 1, 8, 9 RIYL: CHEAP GIRLS, PITY SEX, DADS, BRAID, PAWS

MUSEUM MOUTH // ALEX I AM NOTHING (SELF AWARE)

DRIVING, LO-FI PUNK. HOOKY WITH SARDONIC BUZZ, NASALLY ANGSTY VOCALS. EQUAL PARTS POP-PUNK & INDIE ROCK APATHY. PLAY: 2, 3, 4, 6, 11 FCC: 1, 5, 8, 9 RIYL: SUPERCHUNK, ARCHERS OF LOAF

ED SCHRADER’S MUSIC BEAT // PARTY JAIL (INFINITY CAT RECORDINGS)

MINIMALIST PUNK DUO W/ POP VIBES  & LAZY, NASALLY VOCALS. EQUALLY LOUD/DESTRUCTIVE & PENSIVE/HAUNTING. PLAY: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 11 RIYL: NO AGE, THEE OH SEES, PROTOMARTYR, OFF!

Mad Caddies – Dirty Rice

Dirty Rice is the first album in seven years from Mad Caddies, who were part of the third wave of ska in the mid/late 90’s. While they never saw the mainstream success of bands like The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, No Doubt, or Reel Big Fish, they put out plenty of quality music. On Dirty Rice, […]

Maximum Soul Power

Rough Francis– Maximum Soul Power Release date: 2014March11 Label: Riot House Records Rating: 4/5 Maximum Soul Power is the first full-length release from Burlington’s own, Rough Francis! I was blown away by their EP several years ago, which had an excellent sense of timing and energy. “Ruffians” and “Not A Nice Guy” both deliver a […]

Year of the Dragon EP

Fucked Up– Year of the Dragon EP Release date: 2014April15 Label: Tankcrimes Rating: 4.5/5 This EP is part of the Zodiac series of EPs from Toronto’s Fucked Up. For those not familiar, Fucked Up has been described as a “prog-punk” band due to their willingness to push out the boundaries of punk rock itself. I […]

Wasted Years

OFF!– Wasted Years Release date: 2014April08 Label: VICE Music Rating: 3/5 Wasted Years is the third release from hardcore punk supergroup, OFF! Once again, Raymond Pettibon lends his talent for the excellent cover. “Void You Out” starts things off, a tribute to classic Black Flag with excellent drumming and a fast pace. In fact, most […]

THE SPITS // KILL THE KOOL (IN THE RED)

SPACE-AGE MUTANT PUNK-ROCK. BRIEF BLASTS OF HYPERACTIVE AGGRESSION W/A WEIRD MONGOLOID ELECTRO-TWIST. SINGLES, DEMOS, OUTTAKES PLAY : 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 14 FCC: 22 RIYL: MISFITS, THE REATARDS, NO BUNNY

CREATIVE ADULT //PSYCHIC MESS (RUN FOR COVER RECORDS)

FUZZED-OUT DARK, NOISY PSYCH-POST-PUNK COMING OUT OF CALI’S NORTH BAY PUNK SCENE. PLAY: 1, 7, 8, 12 FCC: 9 RIYL: PARQUET COURTS, SONIC YOUTH

EPICYCLE- “YOU’RE NOT GONNA GET IT: 1978-81′

Chicago pink/mods from late 70’s. Rough-edged power-pop & guitar-driven garage. Includes singles, demos. PLAY: 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11 RIYL: CHEAP TRICK, RAMONES, BUZZCOCKS

Truth, Love & Liberty

FM359– Truth, Love & Liberty Release date: 2014Jan14 Label: Pirates Press Rating: 3.5/5 FM359 is a side project of former Dropkick Murphys frontman and current Street Dogs frontman, Mike McColgan. It also features another former member of the DKM in Rick Barton (Continental). The press release describes it as a folksy take on punk rock […]

The Last- Danger

The Last– Danger Release date: 2013Nov05 Label: End Sound Rating: 4.5/5 I’d never heard of The Last until now. They’re  a L.A power pop group founded in 1976 that features  Joe and Mike Nolte, Bill Stevenson (Descendents, Black Flag, ALL) and Karl Alvarez (Descendents, ALL). This is their first release following 1996’s Gin and Innuendoes. “I […]

CRYSTAL ANTLERS – “NOTHING IS REAL”

LESS PSYCH-MEETS-PUNK, MORE GARAGE, AND BIG-RAWK VENUE SOUNDS. STILL SHOUTY VOCALS, SHREDDING GUITARS, PSYCHEDELIC IN PARTS,AND DROPPING THEIR BONGO PLAYER. PLAY: 2, 3, 6, 9 RIYL: PARQUET COURTS, JAPANDROIDS, TRAIL OF DEAD

HUNTERS – “SELF-TITLED”

Beautifully violent, fuzzed-out punk rock, distorted walls of shredding guitars, chugging bass, male/female vocals. PLAY: 1, 3, 4, 5, 9 RIYL: YEAH YEAH YEAHS, SONIC YOUTH, THE KILLS, X

COACHWHIPS – ” HANDS ON THE CONTROLS”

The reissued first album from John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees old act, COACHWHIPS. Helmed by John Dwyer (currently of Thee Oh Sees) from 2001-2005, they were fast, nasty, unintelligible, brutally and primally basic. A telephone through a guitar amp, half a drum kit, a shitty Casio organ, and primal speed-trash riffs never sounded so good. Hands On The Controls was their first […]

Potty Mouth – “Hell Bent”

90s-like Grunge; 4 cool chicks make sick politically/feminist charged punk music. Angry & unapologetic, but don’t dismiss it for simply “Riot Grrl.” RIYL: Green Day, Sleater-Kinney, Skating Polly FCC: 9 PLAY: ALL, ESPECIALLY 10

Missing Monuments

Missing Monuments– Self-Titled Release date: 2013Jul30 Label: Dirt Nap Records Rating: 5/5 Missing Monuments are fronted by King Louie Bankston, who hails from Louisiana. He also fronted King Louie’s Loose Diamonds with Jack Oblivian and Harlan T. Bobo. “Answer The Call” immediately brings to mind a cross of street rock and pop. Tracks that blew […]

Kitten Forever – “pressure”

RAW RIOT GIRRL PUNK TRIO’S 2ND FULL-LENGTH WITH DISTORTED BASS & DRUMS. ALSO FUN, CRAZY THRASH-POP SOUNDS AND TRADING INSTRUMENT DUTIES FOR THE FIRST TIME. PLAY: 7, 8, 9, 13 FCC: 2, 3, 4, 5 RIYL: BIKINI KILL, BRATMOBILE, X-RAY SPEX, BABES IN TOYLAND

Hunx and His Punx – “street punk”

Hunx & His Punx have returned with Street Punk-a new album filled with the catchiest and most hateful punk songs heard in eons. Street Punk is an unrelenting tour de force, echoing early 80s hardcore, 90s grrl sounds, Darby Crash on helium, and the female answer to The Misfits. After members dropping like flies and moving around the country, Hunx and […]

Oblivians- Desperation

Oblivians– Desperation Release date: 2013May28 Label: In The Red Rating: 5/5 I don’t consider press blurbs to be reliable or useful (“soulful punk-garage-blues-trash” what?) so I’ll rely on my ears for this one. “I’ll Be Gone” gets things off to a great start. My choice picks include “Loving Cup” (reminds me of Mojo Nixon or […]

The Stranglers- Giants

The Stranglers– Giants Release date: 2013May28 (North America) Label: Absolute/Ear Music Rating: 4.5/5 Here’s something you don’t see every day: A new release from The Stranglers. These veterans of UK punk rock have been around for 4 decades and have released 17 albums with 24 Top 40 singles. “Another Camden Afternoon” starts things off with […]

Street Dogs- Crooked Drunken Sons/Rustbelt Nation EP

Street Dogs– Crooked Drunken Sons/Rustbelt Nation EP Release date: 2013May21 Label: Pirates Press Rating:  3.5/5 The latest EP from the Street Dogs is actually a radio promo that combines both their Crooked Drunken Sons and Rustbelt Nation EPs into one. I enjoyed the last release they put out and I look forward to their upcoming […]