DOWNTOWN BOYS: Self-titled: LP

They’ve been getting quite the buzz recently, so I imagine it was inevitable that we’d see a vinyl repress of their debut. The good: the performances here are spirited, the bilingual English/Spanish lyrics are politically astute without getting preachy, and the inclusion of a sax player in their ranks is awesome. The bad: largely the production quality, which zaps a lot of energy from the proceedings. Despite that, it shines through clearly that they’re having a ball making their brand of racket, as does the feeling that they’re probably a hoot live. –Jimmy Alvarado (One Percent Press)