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ENDLESS BORE: What Do You Dig For?!: 10”

Burly hardcore punk from Australia that swipes at the same murky pleasure centers as Rixe and Bootlicker while kicking into some old-school powerviolence from time to time. It takes guts to give your band a name that a snarky critic can flip into an insult when they feel like half-assing a review, and I’m pleased […]

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ERGS, THE: Renovations: 7” EP

When I first heard this was the band’s country outing, I got a little bit scared. But don’t worry, as it’s more of a flavoring versus a full-on genre change. “Tonight’s the Night” bass line is the only part that can be connected to a country shuffle. The title track could have been done by […]

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EVERYTHING SIDEWAYS: Eh… Could Be Better: CD

The first song on this CD, “Burb Life,” has a triumphant, ’90s pop punk kickoff. When the vocals kick in, we find the singer really has a great pop punk voice. Sort of in the Bad Religion arena. This song contains a lot of that anthemic guitar harmonizing up and down the neck. “A Night […]

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EYES AND FLYS: “I Don’t Care Where You’ve Been, I’m Just Glad You’re Home: b/w “Buffalo”: 7”

Some fuzzy and glittering noise pop that could pass for Westing-era Pavement on side A (musically, not lyrically). A little folkier and catchier on side B. Living room/barroom post-modern psych? I’ve heard it; I just don’t know what it’s called. Anyway, this is really not bad at all. –Matt Werts (Eyes And Flys, eyesandflys.bandcamp.com)

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FACTION, THE: Collection 1982-1985: 2 x LP

Impressive cover art of the band’s flyers playing with legends like Hüsker Dü and Suicidal Tendencies. The songs are remastered and sound fantastic. Here are some of the song titles: “Why Save the Whales?,” “Fast Food Diet,” and “Corpse in Disguise.” Do you really need to hear these songs to know this compilation is beyond […]

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FAST EDDY: Take a Look: LP

Second record from this band from Denver. The title track is an anti-bullying song. I think most of us can align with that sentiment. “Frankie Died” has shades of Thin Lizzy in the guitar stylings. There’s a song called “Kill City” which is apparently not the Iggy Pop/James Williamson song. My favorite song on this […]

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FINALE: Extra Extra: 7”

This single from Valencia, Spain’s Finale is a keeper if you’re into speedy punk that sounds like it might spin off the rails once in a while. This slab contains four slammers for the punk’n’roll crowd. “Extra Extra” kicks off with a mechanical mover with high, snotty vocals at the helm. It’s anarchic, and the […]

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FIX: More Is More: LP

Trashy garage punk with an aggro edge from Germany. Fashionable Idiots would have been all over this ten years ago. Not feeling the strange intros, interludes, and outros but oddly enough I am in favor of their use of the cowbell. I miss the Retainers and Homostupids, but bands such as Fix are doing a […]

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FLEXURHEAD II, THE: 2 Song Demo: Digital

This is the result of a brief encounter between Daryl Gussin (God Equals Genocide, Spokenest, plus more) and Félix Reyes (Lifes Halt!, Big Crux, plus more). These acoustic tracks are extremely relaxing and have the added bonus of being eminently catchy. Beyond those traits, there’s a definite inherent sense of warmth and heart that comes […]

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FPB: Rockfest Live 1986: LP

FPB stands for Fourth Price Band, a play on words that involves bottom-shelf liquor and being an underground rock group in 1980s Czechoslovakia. At the time, the government banned a lot of rebellious music, forcing bands like FPB to perform under aliases to avoid persecution. Rockfest86 marks a change: it was a government-sponsored music festival […]

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FREEZING HANDS: It Was a Good Run: LP

If you look at the front cover of this album, it’s a bunch of arty-looking Dreamsicles or something, the kind of thing you’d see painted on a downtown mural to remind us all that life is beautiful and we should be nice to each other. If you look at the back cover photo, it’s just […]

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GAOLED: Bestial Hardcore Demo: CS

Like a caged animal never having known love, affection, or the sound of melody Gaoled from Perth break loose from captivity and are dead set on punishing their prey with six songs of unbridled hardcore. No mosh parts. No hooks. Just pure hate and violence-inducing sounds for souls that don’t need saving. –Juan Espinosa (Iron […]

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