Record Reviews

BABY MONOXIDE: Lake Street Basement Tapes: CD EP

Sludgy female-fronted punk rock. I detect a slight Hole influence in there, but it's more akin to early the pre-Kurt days, thankfully, 'cause I loathe anything by Hole after their first album. The songs are a little on the long side, but it ain't too shabby as a whole.

 –jimmy (5215 South Farm Road 189, Rogersville, MO 65742)

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ALLEGIANCE: Heroes in the Making: CD

The best Blitz impersonators I've heard in years. The fact that they're from Japan makes this even more impressive.

 –jimmy (MCR, 157 Kamiagu Maizuru, Kyoto 624 Japan)

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WORTHLESS: Which Side Are You On: CD

Nothing pleases me more than when a band accurately assesses just how crucial their music is to the underground with their name. Too cryptic? How's "Piss poor Rancid pretenders" sound?

 –jimmy (Metro, PO Box 1108, Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742)

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CELL BLOCK 5: Push It: CD

Pretty run-of-the-mill punk/hardcore with a Dwarves influence. It's better than some, but still not particularly crucial to these ears.

 –jimmy (Industrial Strength, 2824 Regatta Blvd., Richmond, CA 94804)

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VARIOUS ARTISTS: Overload 2 Tribute to Metallica: CD

Black metal and Metallica do not a good marriage make. Maybe Slayer woulda been a better choice. Hell, how about Cryptic Slaughter? Haven't heard shit about them for decades.

 –jimmy (Dwell, PO Box 39439, LA, CA 90039)

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VIGILANTES, THE: No Destiny: CD EP

Oi/punk ala the Generators. Didn't float my boat too much.

 –jimmy (TKO, 4104 24th Street #103, SF, CA 94114)

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VARIOUS ARTISTS: Ska Chartbusters: 2X CD

With the exception of one band's rather inspired cover of "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go," this is a pretty sad couple o' discs. Same old shit, same old sound, same complete lack of originality. Ska these days is nearly as bad in its conformity as all them hair farmers were back in the '80s.

 –jimmy (Wolverine, Bismarckstr.65, 40210 Dusseldorf

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TRAILER PARK TORNADOS: Heroes of the Hopeless: 7"

Lo-fi punk'n'roll. I imagine it has its charms, but I'm having a helluva time finding 'em right now.

 –jimmy (Big Neck, PO Box 8144, Reston, VA 20195)

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VARIOUS ARTISTS: Rock 'n' Roll Compilation: CD

Well, it's got various hues of the rock thang, from garage rock to punk to surf to country twang to a throwback to '70s soul. Some of the bands are good, some suck, and some just make you plain wonder why anyone bothered to record them. In short, a mixed bag. Features The Villains, The Veins, Ms. Rodeo USA, The Priests, White Cotton Panties, Q,

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TOO BAD EUGENE: At Any Rate: CD

Who the fuck bankrolls crap like this? Think he's stupid enough to send me a signed blank check?

 –jimmy (Rock City, PO Box 2813, Silverdale, WA 98383-2813)

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STARTER KIT: Self-titled: CD

Boring as hell emo/college pop.

 –jimmy (M-Theory, PO Box 4357, Santa Clara, CA 95056)

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SCHINDLER: Transverse Mercator: CD

English indie-rock that wasn't as bad as I was expecting it to be. I still didn't think much of it, though.

 –jimmy (www.plastichead.com)

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