Record Reviews

106.7 THE PEAK: Boyz Flying Kites: 7” EP

I’m not exactly sure how an EP can have only two songs, but this band is composed largely of members of (Boy)Mouth, so I’m just rolling with it. There is, actually, precedent: A Bob Dylan EP containing “Ballad of a Thin Man” b/w “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues”—sporting a running time of close to eleven […]

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500 MILES TO MEMPHIS: Hard to Love: CD

I’ve seen stuff about these Cincinnatians for some time now, and what I’ve seen and read has been consistently positive, yet prior to this review cycle I had never actually heard them myself, and now that I have I, too, am smitten. For any yokels like myself who may not yet be familiar with 500MTM’s […]

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ACTION PARK: You Must Be This Tall to Die: LP

Some decent, if predictable, melodic pop punk that sometimes veers off into punk-influenced alt-rock. These detours—the slow classic rock outro of “Call Waiting,” the mid-pace ’90s effect of “Changing Leaves”—are strong; strong enough that they make the standard juvenilia (exception: “Cancer”) of the remaining tracks a bit frustrating. Feels like, skilled as they are, they’re […]

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AFTER THE FALL: Isolation: LP

This is effectively a two-for-one package from this Albany, N.Y. quartet as it combines a new album, Isolation, with 2020’s Resignation, previously only a digital release, all on one record. I need to set out my stall straightaway here. The best thing for me are the vocals of Mike and Jasmine, which add something different […]

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ALICJA-POP: Howlin’: LP

This collection of songs recorded over the last few years is cold, hard proof that Memphis punk vet Alicja Trout is a beast at multiple subgenres. While fans of Trout’s old bands the River City Tanlines and Lost Sounds will drool over the ominous punk and tense new wave on Side B, my favorite tracks […]

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ANCHORBABY: Groovysmo: LP

A solo project by one of the Lenguas Largas folk, Groovysmo leans heavily into a hypnotic mix of mid-’60s exoticism, Sergio Mendes worship, and psychedelia on the first side and adds a bit more “rock” to the mix while still keeping things trippy on the second. “La Bruja,” with its staccato organ hook, would easily […]

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ANXIOUS: Little Green House: CD/LP

Prior to this ten-song album, the only content from this Connecticut band was a 7” and demo cassette. The leap to their debut LP shows Anxious expanding their sound. Whereas before they had a ’80s or ’90s emo sound, now they’ve morphed into something like Further Seems Forever (Jon Bunch era), Sense Field, and Lifetime. […]

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APPALOOSA / BBQT: Split: 7”

BBQT is definitely in the vein of the Runaways, so no complaints here. Tough as nails—that only slightly pierces—with restraint. Two songs definitely leave me wanting more. Baltimore babes, for sure. Flip to Appaloosa, it’s all fuzzy surf, and not unlike La Luz as far as weaving overlying guitar melodies, but with less ethereal vocals. […]

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AVENUES: We’re All Doomed: LP/CD

I feel like I’ve been swamped with melodic punk bands to review this rotation but so far I’ve been lucky with each one ensuring that it’s had a favorable impact on me. The question is, will Avenues keep up that streak or will it be the one that tips the scales the other way? To […]

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BABY TYLER: Drumb Masheens: 12” 45

Holy whuh! Tyler Fassnacht, possibly better known as being in the Proud Parents and also being sort of the Billy Preston of the Hussy, clearly spent his quarantine time laying the groundwork for your future auditory damage! This record is an absolute window-caulker, an eyebrow-scorcher, a veritable empty-swimming-pool-power-washer I tell you! The dude always seemed […]

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BABY TYLER: Vol 2: CS

It’s good when you can’t really compare a band to another band, or quite put your finger on exactly what is going on. It makes me think, and it makes me really listen. Baby Tyler is screamy, noisy, synthy, and perhaps the closest thing in my world that I can compare it to is Liquids […]

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BAD BRAINS: Rock for Light: LP

Bad Brains second album (their first to debut on vinyl) is back in the hands of the band, back on vinyl with the original mix reinstated, and absent the additional fuckery that plagued the version most readily available over the past two decades. Its strengths (the spirited performances of songs that are much more challenging […]

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