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MUST BUY: Such Gold - MisadventuresRemember how Title Fight‚??s Shed resonated with so many different sects of listeners in the summer of 2011? The younger pop-punk fans appreciated the youthful exuberance and snapback-tilting speed; the older fans, weaned on Revelation Records‚?? halcyon days in the ‚??90s, saw the album as a miraculously worthy homage from a bunch of kids that were in grade school when Do You Know Who You Are? and This Time Next Year came out. Such Gold‚??s long-awaited debut full-length Misadventures meets a lot of the same criteria as Shed: It‚??s remarkably melancholy, sounds far more aged and well-rounded than many of the band‚??s contemporaries, but doesn‚??t sacrifice any of the aggressiveness that ropes in younger listeners. Truly something for everyone. (Razor & Tie)
THEN BUY: Dikembe - Broad ShouldersIt‚??s a good idea to check out anything Tiny Engines puts their stamp on, as a rule of thumb; their track record thus far, though small, is nearly impeccable and that continues with Broad Shoulders, the debut LP from Gainesville, FL‚??s Dikembe. These songs have a little less restraint to them than anything on the band‚??s excellent EP Chicago Bowls, but the tension in the music remains terrifically palpable‚??if anything, it adds another layer to their already-impressive repertoire of weathered lyrics and calculated musicianship that‚??s remarkably strong for a band this early on in the game. Stream it at their Punknews.org Profile. (Tiny Engines)
BANDCAMP RECOMMENDATION: Spook Houses - TryingRidgewood, NJ‚??s Spook Houses navigate their sound through many different beats but place a thick veneer of lo-fi solemnity over all of it. The end result in Trying is an wholly affecting collection of music that‚??s endearing and cathartic all at the same time.
Trying is available as a name-your-price download below. The fine folks at Evil Weevil have released it on vinyl. (Evil Weevil)
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK:Bathurst ‚?? Bathurst: New full-length from one of Toronto‚??s finest melodic hardcore groups. It‚??s streaming at their Punknews.org Profile and deserves far more attention than it‚??ll likely get.
The Holy Mess ‚?? Cande Du Las Regas: Lukewarm Punknews.org review aside, the Holy Mess‚?? first full-length will be a record around which fans of the band (and fans of this website) will rally. Nothin‚?? wrong with that. (Red Scare)
Strike Anywhere ‚?? In Defiance of Empty Times: Bridge Nine continues the "acoustic album" wave with a collection of live, unplugged tunes from one of the most-tattooed punk bands of our generation. Unsurprisingly, the Dead FM material translates best to a more subdued setting. (Bridge Nine Records)
NOFX ‚?? Ronnie & Mags 7-inch: NOFX prep fans for the Sept. 11 release of Self Entitled with an EP. The title track will appear on the album, while the other song is a demo of "I Believe in Goddess" exclusive to this release‚??at least, it is until the band release another compilation which will probably happen so don‚??t worry. (Fat Wreck Chords)