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MR. MALIBU: Self-titled: 7”

I was immediately taken by the surf rock-esque hook of Mr. Malibu’s track “Deserted.” The band has more of a lo-fi garage aesthetic overall, and there’s a beautiful rawness to them, especially on “Waiting on You.” The song starts with a steady rockin’ riff and then takes you on an emotional journey. Three songs was […]

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NAPSACK: Put You First: CS

This screams Liz Phair Exile in Guyville. Recreated perhaps with a slight modern twist, but just undeniably anchored in ’90s alt rock. Easy, smooth edges, and tough but still very femme vocals. What’s old is new I guess, unless you’re me. –Camylle (Just Because, justbecauserecs.storenvy)

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NAUGHTY WOMEN: 1979 Demos: 7”

Two tracks of scuzzy, offensive-for-the-era punk from a band notorious for a) causing chaos wherever they went, b) containing members who went on to various shades of rock stardom in later years. Of the two, I believe “Fuck Yourself” is the only one that ever made it further than a demo tape prior to this, […]

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NEUTRALS: Bus Stop Nights E.P.: 7”

I’m pretty sure Neutrals’ “Rent” b/w “Your House” 7” was the first record to arrive at our house after lockdown started. Bec and I spent the evening of its arrival listening in the basement while we played darts. Now, almost exactly two years later, the Oakland trio is back with more new stuff, their first […]

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NICE SURPRISE: Self-titled: 7”

To know me is to know that the Riverboat Gamblers are a big deal to me. That can also be said of the individual band members’ other projects. Gamblers guitarist Ian McDougall has thrown down a couple of ripping garage rockers with long-time Gamblers producer/studio wizard Stuart Sikes and like the project’s name suggests, this […]

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NIGHT SHOP: Night Forever: LP

While most in the room might recognize Night Shop mastermind Justin Sullivan as the mop top human metronome from The Ringers, he’s been a busy bee since those days. With the first release from this project dating back to 2018, Night Shop (yep, named after the best fuckin’ Fugazi song) finds him writing as well […]

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NIGHTFREAK: Speed Trials: CS

Chicago’s NightFreak are self-described “feral punk,” and that works well enough for me. I listen to these dudes and recall nights of savagery back home in Wisconsin, gleefully hurling beer and chairs around the bar. NightFreak have a distinct rawk edge to them, but they go across subgenres despite that; I could imagine them filling […]

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NOSTRILS, THE: Undaunted: 7”

I imagine Jason at Supreme Echo records like some kind of punk rock Indiana Jones, furrowing his brow while he stares at a map of Canada. Where to go next? What to unearth? In this case the answers are Winnipeg and The Nostrils. These guys started up in 1979 and lasted until the end of […]

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NOT ALL THERE: Demo: CS

This wonderfully raw six-song demo from Norfolk, Va. has a d-beat meets 1990s streetpunk vibe that’s easy to engage with. The snarly vocals are tremendous and each of the songs build nicely. Hopefully a more substantial release comes soon from this intriguing new outfit. Then again, Group Sex changed the world in fifteen minutes. –Art […]

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NOWAVES: Odd Secrets: LP

If I were forced into lowering my professional standards and sullying the honor of this fine publication by resorting to describing this band in terms of two wholly dissimilar bands that hail from the same country as the band being reviewed (then again, the phrase “Bon Jovi is tight” appeared in print last issue, so […]

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OFFENDERS: Endless Struggle: LP

Unlike the sonic mess that is We Must Rebel, the Offenders’ follow-up (and final) album actually sounds pretty darn good. I’ve never heard the 1985 original so I can’t do a direct compare, but it’s hard to imagine that the original sounded as good as this remastered version, ’cause the new version sounds frickin’ sparkling. […]

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OFFENDERS: We Must Rebel: LP

I’m gonna come clean here: I was never super-into the Offenders. I appreciated that they played really fast and all, but there was just something about their sound that never really connected with me. Drums, bass, guitar, and vocals all seemed like they were working at cross purposes. The drums would thump along a million […]

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