NOPES: Never Heard of It: LP

This is already one of my favorite records of the year, so you can imagine how pleased I was to see this in my stack of records to review this issue. This is a record that isn’t easy to pigeonhole, as I hear all kinds of things while listening to it. Imagine Land Speed Record era-Hüsker Dü mixed with the overall sensibility (but not necessarily the sound) of The A-Frames with Greg Ginn sitting in as a guest guitarist, and you’ll be left with something in the area of what this is like. The songs have definite sugary hooks, but they’re covered in a layer of frantic, somewhat angular and spastic guitar work with a driving rhythm section. It’s good, really good even, and comes highly recommended. –Mark Twistworthy (Magnetic Eye, merhq.net)