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Various: FILTER Magazine Presents: Milo Turns 50FILTER Magazine Presents: Milo Turns 50 (2013)
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Towards the end of last year, Stephen Egerton mentioned the possibility of new Descendents material, leaving many fans salivating at the prospect. It's been a long nine years since 2004's Cool to Be You, so anything new with the Descendents tag on it is pretty exciting. OK, this is just a tribute al.


Towards the end of last year, Stephen Egerton mentioned the possibility of new Descendents material, leaving many fans salivating at the prospect. It's been a long nine years since 2004's Cool to Be You, so anything new with the Descendents tag on it is pretty exciting. OK, this is just a tribute album, but it seemed to be officially sanctioned by the band, considering they did an in-depth interview with FILTER Magazine to celebrate Milo Aukerman's 50th birthday.

The first track is a cover of "Suburban Home" by FIDLAR ft. Brian Rodriguez and it's OK, but as an opener it's a bit underwhelming, especially with the extended 30-second crescendo that adds nothing to the song. To be honest, one of the main problems with this whole tribute is that it's a bit underwhelming.

Second track "Kabuki Girl" by Mike Watt + The Secondmissingmen is probably one of the better tracks offered, as it has an ominous psychobilly sound which is kind of fun, but to say this is one of the better tracks tells you a lot about the overall quality here. I enjoyed the contributions from the Bronx and Good Riddance; they're not groundbreaking, but at least they're played with some competence and energy, and when we're talking about Descendents energy is a key word. They didn't invent the Bonus Cup for nothing.

It's a cliché, but decent covers usually do something new with a song while staying true to its roots. You could say the first half of this album stays true to Descendents' roots -- it's all fairly high energy and has a rough, punk sound -- but around track 7 the album really starts to take a nosedive. Everything turns to indie/lo-fi/electronic mush, which makes me question the selection process for this compilation. The artists have tried to do something new, but they've strayed too far from the song's roots. And yeah, they should be entitled to their own interpretation of a song, but I feel like Milo Greene, TEEN, Bobby Birdman, Thrillionaire and YACHT have totally missed the point of covering Descendents. I can't imagine Milo, Bill, Stephen and Karl sitting round listening to the latter half of this album and enjoying it. It's not what Descendents are about.

You could complain about the omission of certain classic Descendents songs, but, to be honest, I doubt they would have been done justice anyway. I feel like most of the artists thought it would be cool to alter the genre of their chosen track, but that's where the creativity stopped. Much of this tribute is half-baked and half-assed, and frankly some of the artists have just relied on the legacy of Descendents rather than create anything of quality themselves, which is an insult to such a well-loved punk band. Looking at the artwork for this release pretty much sums up how I felt listening to most of it.

 

 
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jephso (January 30, 2013)

"Best Descendents tribute album so far: http://audioslamrecords.bandcamp.com/album/thank-you-un-homenaje- a-descendents"

Yeah! This is ten times better than the FILTER tribute.

hatetheplacelovethechords (January 27, 2013)

Fidlar's cover was alright, The Bronx and Good Riddance had really solid contributions, everything else was somewhere between weak and straight-up awful.

burntorangepeel (January 27, 2013)

As a bit of a Descendents nerd, the thing that bothered me most about this is that "Ride The Wild" was originally recorded before Milo joined the band.

strumz (January 27, 2013)

thank you/un homenage a descendents is good yeah

remy_rat (January 26, 2013)
Cos (January 25, 2013)

Thrillionaire's cover is my favorite by far. Looking forward to hearing an album from those guys.

We all like a good slow acoustic cover of an old punk song; there's nothing wrong with going the other way and trying something out of left field. That's not missing the point of a cover at all.

madapril (January 25, 2013)

Cover versions of well worn teenage Descendents songs in 2013 isn't anything earth shattering. Now if someone dared to cover Dave Smalley or Scott Renyolds era ALL songs, that would be another story.

Problematiclogic (January 25, 2013)

This is poop.

eatbicycles (January 25, 2013)

Fidlar just got pitchforked, horray

givemeamuseumandillfillit (January 25, 2013)

"I can't imagine Milo, Bill, Stephen and Karl sitting round listening to the latter half of this album and enjoying it. It's not what Descendents are about. "

Yeah, because artists only respect music that sounds exactly like what they did 30 years ago. It's not like that thing grates on them now or anything like that.

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