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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)