Category Punk/Ska

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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 […]

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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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Transplants- In A Warzone

Transplants– In A Warzone Release date: 2013Jun25 Label: Epitaph Records Rating: 4/5 For those not familiar, The Transplants are a side project of Tim Armstrong (Rancid, Tim Timebomb) and Travis Barker (Blink 182) with Skinhead Rob as the third man. Their last album had more of a hip-hop influence. On In A War Zone, they […]

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Black Bug- “Reflecting the Light”

“Black Bug are a synth punk duo based in Bordeaux, France. On its face, the album features a handful of songs that definitely bring to mind the skate punk of the Spits or the sci-fi garage punch of Mind Spiders. But as “Threads” proves, they can also venture far outside the grips of punk music and […]

Iggy & The Stooges- Ready To Die

Iggy and the Stooges– Ready To Die Release date: 20130430 Label: Fat Possum Rating: 4/5 Iggy and the Stooges return with what is noted as the follow-up to Raw Power (that’s what the promo note says) with 3 of the original members (Iggy, James Williamson and Scott Asheton) and Mike Watt on bass. “Burn” is fucking […]

Poetry of the Deed

Frank Turner – Poetry of the Deed FCC: 2, 7 Recommended Tracks: 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13 Wow. Starting with a fantastically placed piano ballad, and ending with some of the most hopeful, intelligent lyrics of the genre, this album is (as the English punk rawkers would say) bloody fantastic. Fast, gritty, […]

African Elephants

Dead To Me– “African Elephants” release date: November 10, 2009 on Fat Wreck Chords Dead To Me return with their follow-up to to their first album. The difference this time is that their original guitarist was not involved on this album. I liked the Little Brother EP, hence my interest in this album. “Modern Muse” […]

The Audacity Of Hype

Jello Biafra And The Guatanamo School Of Medicine– “The Audacity Of Hype” released October 20th, 2009 on Alternative Tentacles Records. It’s been years since Lard broke up and years since Jello Biafra last collaborated with D.O.A, The Melvins, Mojo Nixon (The Toadliquors) and the No WTO Project (w/th Krist Novoselic). So, imagine my surprise when […]

The Audacity Of Hype

Jello Biafra And The Guatanamo School Of Medicine– “The Audacity Of Hype” released October 20th, 2009 on Alternative Tentacles Records. It’s been years since Lard broke up and years since Jello Biafra last collaborated with D.O.A, The Melvins, Mojo Nixon (The Toadliquors) and the No WTO Project (w/th Krist Novoselic). So, imagine my surprise when […]

Let Them Know The Story Of Youth Brigade And BYO Records

Various Artists– “Let Them Know The Story Of Youth Brigade And BYO Records” released September 22, 2009 on BYO Records This is a compilation of 31 different bands that have been part of the BYO Records roster or released albums on BYO Records at some point in their 25 year history. It’s basically a who’s-who […]

For The Whole World To See

Death– “For The Whole World To See” released February 19, 2009 on Drag City Records Not to be confused with the death-metal band of the same name, Death is a band that was formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1971. They originally started as a R&B band and then changed their style to a sound that […]

For The Whole World To See

Death– “For The Whole World To See” released February 19, 2009 on Drag City Records Not to be confused with the death-metal band of the same name, Death is a band that was formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1971. They originally started as a R&B band and then changed their style to a sound that […]

Kings Of Punk, Hockey And Beer

D.O.A– “Kings Of Punk, Hockey And Beer” release date: November 3, 2009 on Sudden Death Records Canadian punk rock veterans D.O.A return with a CD full of hockey-themed songs from their music catalog. They’re credited with inventing the “Hockey Rock” genre and this compilation aims to please the most ardent of hockey fans, much like […]

Kings Of Punk, Hockey And Beer

D.O.A– “Kings Of Punk, Hockey And Beer” release date: November 3, 2009 on Sudden Death Records Canadian punk rock veterans D.O.A return with a CD full of hockey-themed songs from their music catalog. They’re credited with inventing the “Hockey Rock” genre and this compilation aims to please the most ardent of hockey fans, much like […]

First To Come, Last To Leave

The Last Call Casualties– “First To Come, Last To Leave” released July 28, 2009 The Last Call Casualties are a band from Marshalltown, IA. They play a mix of pop-punk and each song tends to run longer than a typical pop-punk song. “Lady Vengeance” sounds like something that would come from the Lawrence Arms or […]

Roads, Bridges And Ruins

Nothington– “Roads,  Bridges And Ruins” release date: November 2, 2009 on BYO Records Nothington is a punk rock band made up of two former members of Tsunami Bomb (Jay Northington and Gabe Lindmen). This is their second full-length album on BYO Records. “A Mistake” starts off with loud drums and blazing guitars and immediately takes […]

Lost Art

Cloak/Dagger– “Lost Art” release date: November 3, 2009 on Jade Tree Records Cloak/Dagger is described as a post-hardcore supergroup from Richmond, VA and they are made up of members from several different bands in that area. This is their second full-length album on Jade Tree. “Billions Millions” starts off with a good tempo that has […]

Trapped Animal

The Slits– Trapped Animal release date: October 20,2009 on Narnack Records The Slits are a female punk rock group with reggae influences that originally formed in the late 70s. Only Ari Up and Tessa Pollitt remain for original members and they’re joined by Hollie Cook (daughter of Sex Pistols drummer, Paul Cook), Anna Schlute and […]

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Dead Cats Dead Rats– Riff self-released on September 25th, 2009 Dead Cats Dead Rats is a band from Boston, MA that plays what is described as punk rock with a grunge-like feel to it. This is their second full-length album and they have played the Middle East in Boston. All songs are FCC clean. “Chuncky” […]

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Dead Cats Dead Rats– Riff self-released on September 25th, 2009 Dead Cats Dead Rats is a band from Boston, MA that plays what is described as punk rock with a grunge-like feel to it. This is their second full-length album and they have played the Middle East in Boston. All songs are FCC clean. “Chuncky” […]

Live From Axis Mundi

Gogol Bordello– “Live From Axis Mundi” released October 6th 2009 on SideOneDummy Gogol Bordello is a gypsy-punk band that originates from the Lower East Side of New York City. They formed in 1999 and the core members of the band are of Eastern European descent. They’ve released four full-length albums and this is actually a […]

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