Record Reviews

BLACK DOTS: EP2 EP3: LP

I cherish this band because to me they represent the honest and painful acceptance of the hard truths we sometimes have trouble coming to terms with. But just past the darkness—right behind the flaws and missteps and the cartoonish wincing—are simple joys that truly belong to us. These songs are some of them. You know […]

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BLADECRUSHER: Death, Revenge, War.: 7”EP

Bladecrusher is a new epic metal, thrash, and hardcore crossover band from Frisia, the Netherlands that has power and a tight sound that grabs you from the first track of this four-song EP. Lots of energy, angry vocals, thick sound, and some blistering guitar work make for a fun listen. Yes, there is metal—a fair […]

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BLIND ADAM AND THE FEDERAL LEAGUE: The Fields We Know: LP

Seamlessly interweaving the sounds and anti-fascist politics of classic streetpunk bands like Hudson Falcons and Midwest brethren The Strike with the darker leanings of an Off With Their Heads or Strike Anywhere, these Chicagoans have created that rare record that successfully takes you on a journey—all with a decidedly rock’n’roll feel. The Federal League takes […]

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BLOOD COOKIE: The World in Reverse: LP

Imagine for a moment if someone forced the members of Sonic Youth, The Pixies, and the Violent Femmes to fight a cage match to the death against each other—and then the survivors from all three bands were put in a recording studio and told to record an album. The result, in my mind, would strongly […]

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BLOODSHOT BILL: Psyche-O-Billy: LP

If the ’60s album cover doesn’t attract you to this record I don’t know what will. This album hasn’t left my turntable all week. With a dirty, tin can-kicking, twangy guitar sound, this record is great company for bumming around the house. Sonically, it takes you to old saloons, and the rockabilly stomp and creepy […]

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BLUE OIL: Self-titled: LP 

A collection of tracks from Quebec’s first all-female punk band that formed in 1978 and disbanded in 1993. Included here are the tracks from their first single, “Money,” as well as other tunes recorded between 1981 and 1983. Every tune on here is friggin’ aces, falling more along the lines of what would now be […]

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BLUFF CITY VICE: S2pid: CS

This is a great tape from electro-punk duo Bluff City Vice. None of the songs on this eight-song cassette pass the two-minute mark. It’s a furious blaze of overdriven keyboard punk. “Where We’re Going” opens with an ominous underwater-warbling keyboard riff, then launches into a tight, fast keyboard one/two in the vein of Ministry. “UHH” […]

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BUG: Paralysis: LP

Canadian outfit spews out their first full length for the masses. Career Suicide but more unhinged? Perhaps a dash of Cloak/Dagger? That is just what pops into my head on first spin, not that this band is trying to copy those bands and their sound. The music is hard driving and the singer sounds like […]

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CAUGHT FIRE / RUTTERKIN:Split EP: 7”

I do know, intellectually, that not every band that comes out of Florida is connected to No Idea Records and/or influenced by Hot Water Music but my heart really wants to use that to describe this to you. Both from St. Petersburg, this split from Caught Fire and Rutterkin is good collaboration. When I first […]

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CHEAP HEAT: Demo 2022: CS

This is a banger cassette. I’m reminded of going on skate trips with friends and someone putting on a tape that gets you ready to thrash. You can hear just enough saturation on the recording to make things sound raw, but without interrupting the instruments. This is surf-thrash, if you ask me. The guitars and […]

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CHINESE JUNK / THE VAINS: Split: 7”

A joint release between Brassneck and Big Neck Records, this split is an international team-up between the U.K.’s Chinese Junk and The Vains—a group divided between my home state of Connecticut and New Brunswick, Canada. From the suburbs of London, Chinese Junk are a garage punk band featuring ex-members of The Ulcers, Griswalds, and The […]

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CHUEKO: Tools of Oppression: EP

This is me right here. Need a reference point? Ground Zero? Don’t need much more than these four songs. Cover looks like my thirteen-year-old cousin drew it, layout by his mate. Perfect mix of the best/worst Riot City bands like Chaos UK, Court Martial, and some fucked up Midwest band that would appear on Welcome […]

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