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MADISON BLOODBATH: Gettin’ Loose with…: LP

Originally released only on CD in 2008, Heartpuncher’s going the reissue route with some eyeball-singeing neon green vinyl in 2022. While nostalgia always threatens to tinge reissues such as this, I can say that this band was solid for sure. Odes to youth, debauchery, friendship, regret, all of it housed in titles like “Wolfman Has […]

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MARTY BRASS: Painted Glass: CS

Most of this has a mid-era Replacements feel to it, but somewhat more jangly. When the tunes slow down and get that “introspective” feel to them, they have a distinct Darklands-era Jesus And Mary Chain vibe, but that might be simply the vocal delivery on such songs. I liked this, but it’s one of those […]

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MDC: Multi-Death Chicken Stains: LP

I fuckin’ loved that first MDC album when I was sixteen. That thing was peppered with hard-hittin’, fast-paced spurts of white-hot fury; if they left you unmoved, it was wise to check to see if you still had a pulse. Of course, the album was also peppered with a few songs where the vocals were […]

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MERCENARY: Demos Collection: LP

Equally lawless and precise, these tracks have that masterful quality where it feels like a blur but you know the players are hitting their marks one hundred percent of the time. Delivering the Southeast U.S. d-beat-hardcore-punk goodness well into the red but it doesn’t peak out into complete noize. Blaring out your stereo speakers like […]

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MERCY MUSIC: Melody and Truth: LP

Fairly straightforward modern punky pop. The production, songwriting, and performance all sound like a pro job, which on this end translates to, “It ain’t quite my bag o’ worms but I can appreciate the work they’ve clearly put into this.” –Jimmy Alvarado (IM, imrecordsstore.com)

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MESS: Intercity: 12”

I have often said in these very pages that change is overrated. Don’t get me wrong, piles of redone landfill is not what I want, but redoing a classic sound and making it as good or better? I am in! This Mexican band sound like Blitz. I mean almost exactly. Ok, okay if you want […]

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MIDDLE-AGED QUEERS: Gary’s Making Biscuits: 7” EP

Two songs from their preceding album, Too Fag for Love, a track from their latest single, and a cover of the Middle Class’s “Home Is Where.” The cover is a solid take on a classic. The remaining originals keep things mid-tempo and hint at a humorous bent via the song (and album) titles, while the […]

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MIDNIGHT VEIN, THE: Kill the King Above: CS

This solo project from Buffalo’s Swimming Faith Records has two songs, sometimes kind of space rock, post-punk, and other times kind of almost Brit pop-sounding. The ’90s neo-psychedelia influence of a band like Primal Scream would be a reference point—the influence is seemingly there. Good stuff. –Mark Twistworthy (Swimming Faith, themidnightvein.bandcamp.com)

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MONSTERS, THE: Du Hesch Cläss, Ig Bi Träsch: LP

The garage-trash elder statesmen have returned to once again rally the true rock’n’roll believers in their crusade against the stuffy purists and boring dead weight clinging onto the scene. Follow Beat-Man and Co. as they thrash and trash their instruments in an ungodly racket befitting of a teenage, nihilistic hardcore outfit. The tempo slows and […]

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MR. & THE MRS.: Kill a Corporate Nazi to Free an Indigenous Slave: 2 x 7”

These garagy punkers from Kansas put the guitar and drums right up front, taking cues from ’90s garage rockers like The Gories or Cheater Slicks. Six catchy lo-fi garage rock songs with Dr. Strangelove samples spread over two ultra limited lathe cut records; there’s a lot to like here. This would be something I would […]

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MR. AND THE MRS.: Fuckkkops: 7”

Self-released two-song single from a Lawrence, Kan. two-piece band with a real political bent. Psychedelic-tinged garage punk is probably the best way to describe the sound. Decent recording quality and everything can be heard well overall. “Fuckkkops” is a minute-long anthem I’m sure folks love to sing along with. –Mike Frame (Tinker Tapes, mrandthemrs.bandcamp.com)

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MR. AND THE MRS.: Fukkkops: 7”

Yes, indeed! “Fukkops” is that nasty and tough slice of punk aggression you’re always jonesing for—and when you finally get it, it’s glorious rush. It’s short, to the point, and delivered with that ageless attitude that anyone who’s not a bootlicking cop lover can relate to. The kind of song that pops into your head […]

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