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The Lawrence Arms: Oh! Calcutta!Oh! Calcutta! (2006)
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I hold the Lawrence Arms' Greatest Story Ever Told in very, very high regard. I believe it was a landmark for the Chicago trio once dismissed by some as inept Jawbreaker rehashing, as it found their wit reaching an ultimate pinnacle with sly pop culture references (who would think to coin "Povichian.
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I hold the Lawrence Arms' Greatest Story Ever Told in very, very high regard. I believe it was a landmark for the Chicago trio once dismissed by some as inept Jawbreaker rehashing, as it found their wit reaching an ultimate pinnacle with sly pop culture references (who would think to coin "Povichian voyeurs?"), a stunningly varied collection of songs (everything from the slow and deliberate "Raw and Searing Flesh" to its brutally melodicore followup in "On With the Show"), and a gorgeously designed, thematically excellent layout complimenting an album already soaking in sociological observation and criticism via left-wing literature references. This is why Oh! Calcutta!, the band's first proper full-length in two and a half years, seems as if a strange, backwards progression for the band, but also as one that comes as they've sharpened their melodies and found a new, catchier-as-ever aggression about themselves; thus, it's an excellent album in its own rights.

Initial observers of Calcutta! will notice a musical style that may appear to be, as some will call it, "Falcon-esque;" Brendan Kelly formed a side project known as the Falcon a few calendar rotations back, seemingly in order to exercise demons inside himself wishing to write simple, raw, and moderately poppy punk rock songs. What's ironic is that the Lawrence Arms deliver this in spades on Calcutta! However, as they carry with themselves the experience of a unit that has been together for years, the album yields the highest quality that can result from such a formula. "The Devil's Takin' Names" and "Cut It Up" are the first two tracks on Calcutta!, and both provide enough hooks dangling with the bait to prove just how compelling and memorable things can get.

While separate variation doesn't seem to be Calcutta!'s strongest trait, it manages to retain interest track in and track out because that variation is contaminated inside those songs. Most every song is upbeat and fast-paced, but quick injections of thoughtful, reflective chords sporadically twinkle in between Kelly's gravel foundation-laying and Chris McCaughan's newly off-key but emphatic and smoother complementing vocals.

Most notable is the loss of distinction between "Brendan songs" and "Chris songs." Both vocalists sing on every track, often in unison, which makes for a number of powerful, singable choruses, such as "Beyond the Embarrassing Style," which brings the band's famously drunken live show to the disc with a hazy, slurred chorus of "your life revolves like a carousel / your hopes are buried in a wishing well / awake in a grave that you dug yourself / 'just keep on betting on that horse you love." Lines like these adorn Calcutta! enough to prove that the band has not lost their lyrical touch, either.

The Lawrence Arms record a surprise of a record in Oh! Calcutta!, drawing from their deep past for a sound that begs the live recreation, but assisted with the experience they've gained through bottomless bottles and careful observation of themselves and others. It's certainly a more obvious interpretation of punk rock than their preceding effort, but hardly one that fans will complain about having to embrace.

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The Devil's Takin' Names

 

 
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TibbsTastic (May 20, 2013)

Still spinnin' in 2013! One of the best from FAT hands down!

OrgcorePunker (March 13, 2013)

A classic!

webman51 (December 12, 2011)

One of my favorite records!

bandgeekmafia78 (November 22, 2011)

Gives me a boner every time I listen to it.

nocomply (November 18, 2011)

This is a modern punk rock classic. The dueling vocals have been used to perfection. In the nearly 5 years (I think) since its release it's only gotten better.

meholicj (June 13, 2010)

This album made me fall in love with punk music again. Fucking love it.

punkrockiesBXQ (December 3, 2009)

this is a catchy ass record, yet loud and hard at the same time

Dunne147 (March 11, 2009)

one of my favorite albums ever, the vocal trade-offs with Brendan and Chris makes the songs so awesome, and really suits their style. TEN STARS from me.

pinkfrosty (February 11, 2009)

Brendan Kelly... epic

This is probably my favorite record by TLA I like almost every song

kylewagoner (January 19, 2009)

BK is my god. He writes my bible. You know, Bad Sandwich Chronicles? If you don't know of it, you should. Look it up. It's his blog. If BSC is Brendan's bible, then this album would have to be Jesus. I guess. It's fuckin' great. TEN FUCKIN' STARS. Just 'cause I love everything they do.

Amsteel (July 20, 2008)

I am late getting into this band despite giving them a chance once every few months for the past 5 years, but am now starting to "get it", thanks to this album.

I really don't like the first two tracks that much, but every one after that (besides one or two) is simply great. I have been getting into their older stuff now and like it more than I used to... my problem was that I found it all too pointlessly fast and aggressive, without distinct emotion. Now that I have come to terms with the fact that they never meant to be anything more, I'm liking the music more.

fuck0 (July 18, 2008)

Ha, the org loves the lawrence arms too much. I just skimmed over the comments and didn't see one negative one. Although I completely agree. Amaazing cd. this is flawless punk. I don't think they can top this cd ever. This is the sound that the majority of FAT punk bands have been trying to captue, and only TLA has perfected it.

Alien (April 21, 2008)

This is a very good album. worth checking out.

TommyPickles (March 20, 2008)

One of my favorite albums of all time.

slymer (December 19, 2007)

Good record, but definitely not their best. I like Chris' songs better

feloniousjive (December 8, 2007)

Looking back.....this was the best album of 2006, hands down.

BANGARANG (December 3, 2007)

Bitch please. Five stars all the way.

i-hate-winnipeg (October 14, 2007)

so fucking brilliant!!

i-hate-winnipeg (October 14, 2007)

so fucking brilliant!!

keysersoze (October 6, 2007)

I never thought The Lawrence arms could crawl so easily under my skin... but this album is a masterpiece from the first till the last second.
And yeah... fuck the Warped tour

dontrockthejukebox (September 10, 2007)

Bought this album by accident, thought I was buying something else. It makes for decent background music. This album is alright to listen to while driving in your car or something, but I probably wouldn't sit and listen to this at home. I still don't know what band I thought the Lawrence Arms were, but this album wasn't a HUGE disappointment.

aaronsuspect (September 2, 2007)

People, this is punk rock. This is punk rock music.

HeroineBob (May 16, 2007)

I love this album... When I bought the NOFX Wolves in Wolves' Clothing album and listened to the free sampler disc and heard the Devil is Takin' Names I went out and ordered this CD.... It is bitchin'

Nikole

kwill063 (February 6, 2007)

indescribably amazing.

kwill063 (February 6, 2007)

indescribably amazing.

assgoblin (January 19, 2007)

Lary33, actually I read an interview with Brendan Kelly, and he himself said it was a song about the warped tour and how he did not like the fact that the warped tour was backed by corporations and the fact that it ruined small venue turnout over the summer months. There are also lyrics in the song that say "Fuck the warped tour, mother fucker". I would say that is bashing the warped tour.

Larry33 (January 17, 2007)

Assgoblin, they arent bashing the Warped Tour necessarily from a fan's perspective, but more for the fact that the smaller bands that get to play the side stages really dont get much publicity since all the concert goers are flip flopping between the 2 mainstages all day. Who watches the Volcom stage when BR, NOFX, Rise Against, etc is playing elsewhere??

That being said I absolutely love the Lawrence Arms and this release definitely didnt disappoint.

victim (January 14, 2007)

Y'know I loved all of Brendan's previous projects (Slapstick, Broadways, Falcon) but previous couldn't get into TLA bc of the emo-ish songs and also BKs songs seemed kind of meaningless compared to his stuff from other groups. They were still good but..

Secondly, I think BKs best sound is from the Falcon EP which is one my top 5 favorite releases all time.

So anyway, before I digress, I've been going back and giving 06 releases I couldn't get into another shot and this was one of them.

I'm still not digging this as a whole although some of the tracks are good. But the bonus track Rabbit and Rooster is amazing, sounds straight outta the God Don't Make No Trash.

That Fat X-Mas comp that has it on it could be my favorite release of the year almost:

-awesome Smoke or Fire preview
-awesome Leftover Crack preview
-best song from Cuban Ballerina (special professional)
-pretty good song from Loved Ones, which means awesome song overall (maybe didn't have the oomph of some of the album songs)
-great TLA track

the rest fucking rock too and maybe me want to revisit some bands I haven't gotten into before. The only one I didn't like was the Only Crime song but thats more bc I don't care for that style hardcore much.

assgoblin (January 7, 2007)

This isn't my favorite Lawrence Arms album, but it is still pretty fucking good compared to other music that is being released these days. Suprisingly I like the new dual-vocal thing with Brendan and Chris. My favorite track on this album is the hidden-track at the end bashing the Warped Tour. I am proud to say that I have never gone to the Warped Tour and I never will

Angiepants (December 27, 2006)

Probably the best album of the year.

Mrdogg45 (December 15, 2006)

This is one of the better, if not the best punk album that came out this year. With bands that are normally good dropping the ball lately (Rise Against, Less Than Jake) its nice that one band seems to remain constant.

passionisafashion (November 28, 2006)

This is actually one of my favorite Lawrence Arms albums, but then again, that still puts it slightly behind Cocktails and Dreams and Greatest Story...and probably Apathy and Exhaustion. ...So if I had to divide my LA collection between the albums I really like and the albums I'm pretty indifferent to, it would be on the "albums I really like" section. Anyway, Oh Calcutta! just has some really great tracks on it. It's a nice progression for the band and lands far from a disappointment.

DeadToRego (November 15, 2006)

Everyone says that TLA need a 2nd guitarist... ahh BULLSHIT, they are sooo fuckin' sweet and this record fuckin' rocks!!

jt (November 11, 2006)

This is great stuff. Its grungy but melodic at the same time. This is some of the best shit Fat Wreck has released

LA2430 (August 28, 2006)

Fuck everyone who gave this record less than 5 stars.

leftofthedial1528 (August 28, 2006)

one of the most talented bands on fat, and one of the best records of the year.
keep on going T.L.A.

rozcoemission (August 28, 2006)

Bset record out on Fat so far this year.

RambovsThailand (July 23, 2006)

Not one bad song on this record record.

the second i heard "the greatest story ever told", the lawrence arms became damn close to being my favorite band.

that album helped me through so much bullshit going on in my life at the time. i really believe it helped pull me through.

therefore, i had such high expectations built up that i KNEW i would be disappointed.

i wasn't.

this is the best, most cohesive album the larry arms have ever written, and in my opinion is completely underrated.

Anonymous (May 9, 2006)

this cd is awesome the only thing ive been lsitening to for like 3 weeks listen to cut it up its awesome

Anonymous (April 20, 2006)

A very good album but it does not have the same personal feel and intestity as The greatest story. But still one of the best fat albums so far in 06. Of coarse behind the Loved ones keep your heart.

Anonymous (April 12, 2006)

one of my favorite bands since middle school...the new cd has just renewed that love...saw them play in gainesville and picked up a copy before the release date...its been played every day in my dorm ever since...these guys rule.

oh, and "it's no something corporate"....tsk tsk....hang your head in shame...i would be vexed by that comment...but i know you're just confused...it's okay, now run along in your spiked bracelet to your pop adorned room and remember: down the road - not across the street.

Anonymous (March 28, 2006)

thanks bacon i really appreciate that, cheers dude

jumptheshark (March 27, 2006)

great album, and the songs are absolutely amazing live

Anonymous (March 21, 2006)

If someone has a copy of "rabbit and the rooster" please send me an E-mail. I already bought the album at a show and don't want to have to buy it again off of iTunes. I have live shows I would be willing to trade for it. Thanks

-Jon
JFruman@Gmail.com

Anonymous (March 20, 2006)

is it just me, or on cocktails dreams all the best songs were by chris?

Anonymous (March 19, 2006)

Anybody want the bonus song?

http://rapidshare.de/files/14994725/13_The_Rabbit_and_th e_Rooster.mp3.html

-bacon

Anonymous (March 19, 2006)

MedioCore could you put the song on Yousendit or something?

MedioCore (March 18, 2006)

Just got "The Rabbit and the Rooster"... really good song (sung by Brendan).

Score is for the song.

Flowbee (March 16, 2006)

After a week of constant listening, I can now safely say that this album is outstanding. It's no "Greatest Story Ever Told" but it's still some of the best stuff these guys have done.

Does the opening drum beat of "Are You There Margaret?" remind anyone else of "Need You Around" by The Smoking Popes?

Anyways:
1. Greatest Story
2. Oh! Calutta!
3. Ghost Stories
4. Apathy and Exhaustion
5. Guided Tour of Chicago

It's a real toss up between 3 and 4 but I'm giving the nod to "Ghost Stories" becuase that is the record that made me fall in love with this band. Also, I can't include "Cocktails and Dreams" on the list since it's not technically an album and I'm straight up weird like that.

Bowen (March 15, 2006)

"Its definitely brenden singing during the break then chris sings "the devil's taking names when the last curtain falls" if you listen really closely you can tell, plus brenden sings clean like that on another song. i dont remember which song it is but its mentioned in the liner notes of cocktails and dreams and it sounds pretty much just like those shitty clean-ish vocals there. if chris had sang that it would have sounded way smoother."

It's Another Boring Story, in fact you hear him go from clean to normal brendan at the end of that little bridge part.

Anonymous (March 14, 2006)

What was the whole story about Lawrence Arms getting kicked off the Warped tour or something? can someone explain?

Anonymous (March 14, 2006)

Does anybody have the iTunes track The Rabbit and The Rooster?

Anonymous (March 14, 2006)

Its definitely brenden singing during the break then chris sings "the devil's taking names when the last curtain falls" if you listen really closely you can tell, plus brenden sings clean like that on another song. i dont remember which song it is but its mentioned in the liner notes of cocktails and dreams and it sounds pretty much just like those shitty clean-ish vocals there. if chris had sang that it would have sounded way smoother.

Bowen (March 13, 2006)

Yeah what the hell is up with the extra track on iTunes, I get penalized for buying it an actual store?

Bowen (March 13, 2006)

To the guy that posted this:
"Brenden sings the breakdown part in 'devils taking names' and then chris sings the 'but the devils takin names when the last curtain falls'. i've seen it live.

paul"

That doesn't necessarily mean that's the way they sang it on the record. I completely agree that when I saw them last week, the way you say is the way they did it but they also did back and forth vocals on songs like Porno and Snuff Films and were frequently singing each others parts throughout the show.

Sidenote: They finally captured on this record one thing I've always loved about seeing them live, and that is the whole singing together thing. I'm not sure if this record is their best, but it's right up there and it just keeps getting better.

MedioCore (March 13, 2006)

Anyone figure out how to get the B-Side without having to re-buy the entire record on iTunes?

Anonymous (March 12, 2006)

reminds me alot of the broadways

Poison_Operation (March 11, 2006)

Just bought this on Wednesday, and I must say, this is one killer record. It took me a little bit to get used to Chris' new style of singing, and I think I still like his singing better on GSET, but it's still good. Good, good shit.

--Steve--

someone-yeah (March 11, 2006)

This comment in the liner notes made me laugh:

"Tommy Lee is a dickhole"

pdlawry (March 11, 2006)

Awesome. Not a bad song on this disc.

general_disarray (March 10, 2006)

quoted from earlier post: "I stop to think at a wishing well, my thoughts send me on a carousel" "Blink 182 rip-off? I think so."

The lyrics actually read: "your life spins like a carousel. your hopes are buried in a wishing well."

a little bit different and I don't think they were ripping off blink.

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

So good.

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

Brenden sings the breakdown part in 'devils taking names' and then chris sings the 'but the devils takin names when the last curtain falls'. i've seen it live.

paul

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

Those lyrics are from "Ohio Is For Lovers" by the steaming shitpile that is Hawthorne Heights. It's far and away their best song but it's still horrible.

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

'so cut my wrists and black my eyes SO CUT MY WRISTS AND BLACK MY EYES.'

ok, i've seen this a few times on this board...what shitty band sings those lyrics?

Russe11 (March 10, 2006)

Hahaha.

Anonymous (March 9, 2006)

A fuckin great cd but not as good as Greatest Story Ever Told by I do like Brendan and Chris singing in unison

to the dumbass below something corporate fuckin' sucks lame ass gay pop punk like fuckin yellow card the humongous sell outs

swingline (March 9, 2006)

it's okay but it's no something corporate.

Anonymous (March 9, 2006)

so cut my wrists and black my eyes SO CUT MY WRISTS AND BLACK MY EYES.

Anonymous (March 9, 2006)

Rip Off or Tribute?

Rip off.

Anonymous (March 9, 2006)

"I stop to think at a wishing well, my thoughts send me on a carousel"

Blink 182 rip-off? I think so.

Anonymous (March 9, 2006)

the Lawrence who?

fallingupwards84 (March 9, 2006)

just got through watching the Bad Religion dvd... wow... easily the best 10 bucks i've ever spent

Anonymous (March 9, 2006)

really well-written review

Anonymous (March 9, 2006)

it's both of them layered together a lot of the time

Anonymous (March 9, 2006)

I thought it was the singer of Hawthorne Heights...

colin (March 9, 2006)

i thought it was chris and neil

Anonymous (March 9, 2006)

it's just brendan singing.

'tards.

Anonymous (March 9, 2006)

Um, then who is it?

Anonymous (March 9, 2006)

Um, then who is it?

aahhhh (March 9, 2006)

i wish one store in my area was selling this

Anonymous (March 9, 2006)

i just got the record in the mail today.. i'm liking it a lot so far, but i do miss Chris' songs

Anonymous (March 9, 2006)

what's with everyone thinking that's chris singing the little breakdown in 'the devil's takin names'?

'tards.

Anonymous (March 9, 2006)

great album/great review

Apathy and Exhaustion 10/10
Greatest Story Ever Told 9/10
Oh! Calcutta 8/10
Ghost Stories/guided tour 6/10

I'm not as into it as the older stuff, but its still great in its own right, especially 'devils takin names', 'opposable thumb' and 'lose your illusion'. not a single bad song, just a few that dont stand out as much.

paul

someoneanonymous (March 9, 2006)

Anyone know where I can see the Daily Show clip with Brendan?

Anonymous (March 9, 2006)

Not as good as Greatest Story Ever Told or Apathy and Exhaustion for one simple reason..........THE ABSENCE OF CHRIS'S VOCALS!! That guy has an incredible voice and I actually enjoy his songs the best on Apathy and Exhaustion.

I'm thinking maybe he hurt his vocal chords or something??

It's still a very good album though. The reviewer was right when he said it sounds "Falcon-esque". Brendan is really trying to stretch his voice and sometimes it just sounds flat out annoying.

Anonymous (March 9, 2006)

2nd best Larry's behind Cocktails, IMO.

thebiglebowski (March 8, 2006)

www.whereishtebigwigreview.com

laughing my ass off

Shroom (March 8, 2006)

I liked Threechords Review, it managed to give this record its dues without theoverhype and overscore. This is a great catchy record. For me, its not going to be a classic, but great to put on when I fancy a change.

Anonymous (March 8, 2006)

Dudew below me, if theres 12 fucking comments mayybe you should learn to read. You can only get the bonus song if you BUY THE WHOLE ALBUM THROUGH ITUNES. Not just the song.

Dick.

Anonymous (March 8, 2006)

Jesus Christ people, there's been about 12 posts duscussing how to rip off the one song you haven't already DL'd for free. It costs a motherfucking dollar!

Here's the new joke: How many punks does it take to to steal music from independent bands...

skaboom (March 8, 2006)

Oh, thanks. The only other cd I have by them is Cocktails&Dreams, and I didn't remember seeing it anywhere there. I thought their logo was the suicide kings.

CUAPUNKRADIO (March 8, 2006)

kirby does ur post down there mean ya put it up somewhere or it is up somewhere

LosPeptobismol (March 8, 2006)

There wasn't any damn cake.

heybarmold (March 8, 2006)

This was the first cd in like 2 years that I actually went out and bought on the day it was released. I think the one before that was the last Caddies album

Anonymous (March 8, 2006)

The hourglass has been their logo like... forever. Way before Avenged Sevenfold made their logo.

Anonymous (March 8, 2006)

This album rules because it's all On With the Show and no Raw and Searing Flesh.

skaboom (March 8, 2006)

Is the eggtimer with wings a parody of the A7X logo?

Resisted the urge to download the leak about 8372 times and bought the cd yesterday, definitely worth the wait.

Anonymous (March 8, 2006)

this is a fun cd to listen to, play it loud drink some beers and have a good time, end of story

randomhero323 (March 8, 2006)

amazing album.

ThreeChordsAndTheTruth (March 8, 2006)

My review:
http://www.scenepointblank.com/reviews/724

Crookedsuperhero (March 8, 2006)

"OMFG larry arms will be the best thing this year.....no, the best thing in the last 10 years and the 10 years from now you're a cockass from 1992 if you don't think so. when's d4 going on tour? amazing, magnificent, beyond perfection, i can't stop shaking listening to this. bigwig's new one totally rules too. i've stained my 10th pair of boxer briefs now and this is after the 2nd track. anybody see em with nofx? soooo fucking good this isn't a 10/10 it's a 15/10. so when's lifetime's gonna tour again? i'm gonna stain my 11th pair now and the 2nd track isn't even over yet!!! :0"

Oh wait, my headphones aren't even plugged in...

wHO CaRes, thiS iS thE BEsT ShiT EVa!!?1111!

joeg (March 8, 2006)

OMFG larry arms will be the best thing this year.....no, the best thing in the last 10 years and the 10 years from now you're a cockass from 1992 if you don't think so. when's d4 going on tour? amazing, magnificent, beyond perfection, i can't stop shaking listening to this. bigwig's new one totally rules too. i've stained my 10th pair of boxer briefs now and this is after the 2nd track. anybody see em with nofx? soooo fucking good this isn't a 10/10 it's a 15/10. so when's lifetime's gonna tour again? i'm gonna stain my 11th pair now and the 2nd track isn't even over yet!!! :0

Scruffy (March 8, 2006)

Anyone else going to see the Arms tonight in Columbus with Latterman and the Blackout Pact?
I'll be there wearing a Farside t-shirt. Come share a drink with me.

kirbypuckett (March 8, 2006)

The bonus track may or may not be available somewhere -- you decide.

- Kirby

Anonymous (March 8, 2006)

so that's the new thing...
They don't release special editions for collectors anymore, they just put an extra song on Itunes and that's it...

Anonymous (March 8, 2006)

About the author getting a promo copy...I got two promos. One for review, one for radio. Both are identical to the real thing, as far as I can tell, save for the hole in the UPC.

fistchode (March 8, 2006)

The song title is a play on a children's book by Judy Blume. I don't think I liked it. However, some of her other stuff was gold.

justinius23 (March 8, 2006)

who in the lawrence arms is the big fan of the mr t experience?

are you there margaret? it's me god is a play on a song off our bodies (i think).
i used to really like that album and was wondering if the guys in the larry arms do too.
anyone got any ideas?

Anonymous (March 8, 2006)

"Anyone who gives this album less than a perfect score seriously needs to re-evaluate why we listen to punk music in the first place. The Lawrence Arms are why we listen to punk music."

annoying vocals dont make this music perfect.

DarrenMcLeod (March 8, 2006)

"Yes, this would probably be your ideal TLA album. It's pretty sweet, though, it has one of the few songs I've ever repeatedly skipped over on their Fat releases- Old Dogs Never Die.

Though, The Revisionist was the last song I fell in love with off of TGSET, and now it's one of my favorites, so that could change."

I didn't like Old Dogs Never Die too much my first couple listens through, but it has grown on me immensely.

LifeOnRemote (March 8, 2006)

Anyone who gives this album less than a perfect score seriously needs to re-evaluate why we listen to punk music in the first place. The Lawrence Arms are why we listen to punk music.

Anonymous (March 8, 2006)

"listen to it dude

its awesome"

Hahahaha! I just can't get enough of this guy. Branden'll be here all week, don't forget to try the lobster.

Hey dude, 1996 called, they want your bad taste in music back.

Anonymous (March 8, 2006)

Are you there Margaret? It's me, a 10/10 review.

branden (March 8, 2006)

listen to it dude

its awesome

Anonymous (March 8, 2006)

"the new bracket album is head and shoulders above this one"

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha...

Gotta catch my breath...

Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

branden (March 8, 2006)

'Name a better cd that has come out this year. Anyone?"

the new bracket album is head and shoulders above this one

SuperRad (March 8, 2006)

"

Sciulli (March 8, 2006)

If they wrote a CD full of "Like A Record Player"s they would be huge.

skanknsmile (March 8, 2006)

are you there margret, its me god is probably my favorite song right now. soooooo good

CUAPUNKRADIO (March 8, 2006)

http://www.b9board.com/viewtopic.php?t=232758

Scruffy (March 8, 2006)

dazed-
Yes, this would probably be your ideal TLA album. It's pretty sweet, though, it has one of the few songs I've ever repeatedly skipped over on their Fat releases- Old Dogs Never Die.

Though, The Revisionist was the last song I fell in love with off of TGSET, and now it's one of my favorites, so that could change.

kirbypuckett (March 8, 2006)

I don't want to waste all my store credit for the b-side alone -- has anyone bought this on iTunes?

Download JHYMN to strip the DRM and put the song up!

- Kirby

darkstarm (March 8, 2006)

Listened to this a dozen times and I just got it today. I must say being a Chicagoan my enjoyment of the record is upped immensely, it is a deceisively "chi" record, and not just cause of the art, although that helps. Thematically speaking the album has a lot going for it that just reminds me of the greatest city in the us of a.

harry_the_dentist (March 8, 2006)

So I held out until today to hear this cd. Then halfway through on the first listen my cars cd player decided to quit working so that was fun. Anyway I've head it liek 2 1/2 times so far and I am liking it. I am a big Chris fan though so my only gripe is the lack of Chris songs but he is present quite a bit anyway.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

These guys suck more then Alkaline Trio and Brokeback Mountain!

SuperRad (March 7, 2006)

Score is for no Bigwig review...and, ROCK.

Hahahaaaaa. I crack myself up.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

where is the bigwig review?

dazed (March 7, 2006)

I'm guessing if my favorite Lawrence Arms songs are mostly on Ghost Stories, the splits, and Brendan's Apathy songs this is going to resemble my ideal LA album? I found Greatest Story kind of disappointing after the first couple weeks of listening to it and I still don't dig it nearly as much as any of their other albums.

boba_fett (March 7, 2006)

cant wait to get my hands on this.

CUAPUNKRADIO (March 7, 2006)

the b-side is titled 'the rabbit and the rooster'

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

The Warped Tour song is the secret song after Like A Record Player. The b-side is apparently The Rabbit and the Rooster? I haven't heard/seen anything about that song, but apparently it is on itunes...

BTown (March 7, 2006)

I got this free via Napster and it lists the last, "untitled", song as Warped Summer Extravaganza (major excellent).
What is that B side song mentioned?

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

Fucking Brilliant!!! Every song has so much energy and meaning......Great Lakes/Great Escapes has to be one of the best ones! Totally worth the wait...get this now.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

Grrreat record, especially on deliciously nerdy limited blue vinyl!

SuperRad (March 7, 2006)

Name a better cd that has come out this year. Anyone?

That's why it's a 10. Nothing less than amazing from start to end.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

"I bought this off Itunes and Rabbit and the rooster is a bonus track. Super fast song, this album 10 star beast!"

Wanna upload thois to yousendit???? Thanks in advance!!

iconoclast (March 7, 2006)

"Another one of PN's darling bands that I dont get at all."

your not alone. i dont quite get it either. i want to though.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

I bought this off Itunes and Rabbit and the rooster is a bonus track. Super fast song, this album 10 star beast!

colin (March 7, 2006)

you guys all hare yourselves badly, im only on here to steal an article and use it to find vocabulary words, u guys r talking about people's vaginas, are you retarded

while you're looking for a new vocabulary, you also might want to learn how to properly punctuate and structure sentences.

GreenVandal (March 7, 2006)

Another one of PN's darling bands that I dont get at all. Oh well. At least they arent trying to save rock music.

Scruffy (March 7, 2006)

"and im also glad that there werent any songs like raw and searing flesh where chris sounds like a vagina"

Are you saying you don't like vaginas?

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

hate**

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

you guys all hare yourselves badly, im only on here to steal an article and use it to find vocabulary words, u guys r talking about people's vaginas, are you retarded

Anchors (March 7, 2006)

I will have a drink at the bar tonight in honor of how much I've liked this record lately.

allbutone (March 7, 2006)

i really like this record, its just that it seems that brendan's vocals over power chris'. i like brendan's vocals, i just think that the contrast between the two is what makes the lawrence arms so great. also, is it wrong that the secret song is one of my favorite on the album?

Godfather (March 7, 2006)

i'd just like to add that i really like when chris and brendan do songs together....and im also glad that there werent any songs like raw and searing flesh where chris sounds like a vagina

that's right, i went there

mustard (March 7, 2006)

The unison lyrics are awesome for the most part, jumping the shark gave me chills the first time i heard it. I sometimes think they do it too much like in Great Lakes/Great Escapes where they did it for the whole song.

Big_Guy (March 7, 2006)

i have apathy and got bored pretty quick with it, heard GSET and didnt dig it. apparently i missed the boat.

maybe you just don't like the band?

you shouldn't have a problem with everybody else liking a band that you don't. Differing tastes my friend.

CUAPUNKRADIO (March 7, 2006)

what i meant to say is that song cannot be bough individually

CUAPUNKRADIO (March 7, 2006)

you cant download on itunes, i think you have to pay for all the albums songs to get it, which i wont do as i already have the cd and not shitloads of cash.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

Someone download the album on itunes so they can post that B side on You send it!!

BizzleBrizzle (March 7, 2006)

I wasn't saying it was, I was just saying in response to someone who thinks it is.

Zackass (March 7, 2006)

This shit is awesome. All the stupid douches with leather jackets like the guy that said "I listen to hard stuff" or some shit like that. You're an idiot. This CD is amazing. The Larry Arms ruin everyone's shit.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

CUAPUNK, download it so we can hear!!

ElVaquero (March 7, 2006)

this is harder punk? pussy

BizzleBrizzle (March 7, 2006)

Coming from someone who listens to lots of harder punk:

This just isn't good.

CUAPUNKRADIO (March 7, 2006)

yo has anyone else noticed the oh calcutta b-side "the rabbit and the rooster" on itunes

klonny (March 7, 2006)

I love the Lawrence Arms. I love Apathy, The Greatest Story, and Cocktails/Dreams, but the new stuff is so much more...Rougher than what they used to play. Granted, it was hard to listen to at first, and I'm not a huge fan right now.

But I can see that within a month or two I'll be loving it, as I'm listening to harder punk in progressive time.

In short, I'll wait a bit before getting it.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

Whatever happened to Dillinger Four? They kicked ass...

recordings (March 7, 2006)

why does everyone crap their pants for these guys and immediately feel the need to list their albums in order of supposed *goodness*??

i have apathy and got bored pretty quick with it, heard GSET and didnt dig it. apparently i missed the boat.

Big_Guy (March 7, 2006)

This album is sooooo tasty.

"Great Lakes, Great Escapes" is probably my favorite song with "Lose Your Illusion 1" and "Are You There Yet Margaret, It's Me God" right behind it. and Requiem Revisited. ;)

just for shits and giggles

1. TGSET
2. Ghost Stories/Oh! Calcutta!/Splits
3. Apathy
4. Guided Tour

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

"There is absolutely no mention in this review of what the booklet looks like, or if there is a cool insert in the cd or vinyl."

The vinyl comes with a fold-out poster sized insert.

kirbypuckett (March 7, 2006)

no, this is lifetimefanboys.org

You forgot a few:

www.dillingerfourfanboys.org, www.kiddynamitecandonowrong.net,
and of course www.whereishtebigwigreview.com

- Kirby

Sciulli (March 7, 2006)

The hidden song is sweet.

I'll probably listen to this like 5 times today. Already enjoying it more the second time through.

rkl (March 7, 2006)

The Lawrence Arms - Oh! Calcutta!
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-03-07 10:40:12

This band has obviously arrived when people start dissing this record just to be different.

Oh, and all of you little Republican fucks that DLd this but aren't going to buy it this week need to go get yourselves hit by a car.
(1) never really liked the larry arms. never have. never will. sorry.
(2) i realize its cool to call people republicans and all that shit, but the republican party as it is now is the party of capitalism.
i think the word you were looking for is communist.

thanks :)

rkl (March 7, 2006)

no, this is lifetimefanboys.org

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

is this www.lawrencearmsfanboys.org?

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

one of the singers voices (the one who sings the most) is really annoying on this album. well, thats what i think anyway.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

I'm just now realizing this IS a 10/10.

ryanbolger (March 7, 2006)

i was overjoyed to see the back page of the liner booklet as i opened up the album this morning.

their most ambitious record, especially keeping in mind it follows their previously most ambitious record.

can't wait for a headlining tour. pour me a double jack n' brio, baby.

darkstarm (March 7, 2006)

"This record got me excited about music again."

Same here.

I just got it this morning and had not heard a single song off of it before that. All this talk of "X record is better than Y" I think is kind of crap. Most people on here know that the three Fat releases (let's leave Cocktails out of this argument...) are the best. It may be on account of how this record was recorded (analog) but it sounds more "old school" than Apathy and totally different from Greatest Story. For this reason I think it's safe to say this band has released three straight full lengths that are all amazing in their own right, different but at the same time have enough continuity with each other to keep us fans happy.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

yeah, all the great punk and hardcore that can be found on Fueled By Ramen. This is the best chi-town has to offer and it beats out most other towns too.

gladimnotemo (March 7, 2006)

Yawn. Chicago has great punk and hardcore but this isn't on the list.

fallingupwards84 (March 7, 2006)

i'm still holding out till i receive my vinyl copy in the mail... which should be any time now

tylerdurden8136 (March 7, 2006)

He got a review copy, dipshit. They usually don't come with full booklets.

This site is really starting to get me down. What happened?

you grew up.

or just became way too pretentious, i'm still deciding.

WingsOutside (March 7, 2006)

this guy named scott left and he got this other job.

hubitcherkokov (March 7, 2006)

I should be getting this in the mail in a few days, but I always thought "The Greatest Story Ever Told," while a good record, was the worst Lawrence Arms release.

The new songs that they played in Cleveland on the NOFX tour sounded great. I can't wait to hear the record.

Crookedsuperhero (March 7, 2006)

He got a review copy, dipshit. They usually don't come with full booklets.

This site is really starting to get me down. What happened?

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

I'm going to call shenanigans on this review.
SHENANIGANS!

The author of this review did not buy the album. Or at least at the time of writing the review he didn't.
There is absolutely no mention in this review of what the booklet looks like, or if there is a cool insert in the cd or vinyl.

SHENANIGANS!

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

this album sucks.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

i think Greatest Story.. is still my favorite but this album definitely has more replay value than any of their others

great and great live

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

This is one of the best reviews that you've written to date Brian -- kudos. Makes me wish I had the time to write.

As for the record...

Amazing.

Album of the year IMO.

- Kirby "RIP" Puckett

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

When this first leaked back in "the day", half was awesome and half sucked huge nads.

Since, after about 2,000 more listens, this has grown to not only be my favorite Lawrence Arms record, but one of my favorite records released this decade.
I got the CD last week (thank "god" that my local store gets shit extra early, always), and for the fuck of it, I also went out and picked up the vinyl today.

It may have taken over a month, but this is definitely a PERFECT TEN album.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

Fuck all you critics! (in unforgiving piles) Best album ever!

tylerdurden8136 (March 7, 2006)

Anyone else really addicted to 'Key TO The City'? I can't get that song off my mind.

key to the city is my fav song, d00d, followed closely by are you there yet...

Vincent_M (March 7, 2006)

Anyone else really addicted to 'Key TO The City'? I can't get that song off my mind.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

Did this not get distributed in NYC because NOWHERE has it. Good job Fat

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

I havent heard this yet, but Ill rank their other albums.

5. Apathy and Exhaustion
4. The Greatest Story Ever Told
3. Ghost Stories
2. Cocktails and Dreams
1. A guided Tour of Chicago

The Broadways were an amazing band too.

tylerdurden8136 (March 7, 2006)

That said, the new St. Catherines album is ridiculously good, Lawrence Arms fans are gonna eat it up...

the new sainte catherines is amazing.

as for oh! calcutta!, shit def took awhile to grow on me, but once it did, i couldn't stop listening. deserves all the praise it gets.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

Egad, Oldpunker, just STOP. You're making a fool of yourself. At least be somewhat familiar with the bands and labels you shit-talk.

FuckYouOiOiOi (March 7, 2006)

i like it better than greatest story. faster, punker, and the songs are more fun live.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

Looks like ol father time is coming around, he now gives it a 7/10! Hey dipshit, the idiots who think all the bands on Fat sound like NoFX haven't heard Swingin Utters, Lawrence Arms, Soviettes, or Subhumans.

housewrecker (March 7, 2006)

This record got me excited about music again..

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

it is what it is, get the cum off your face and out of your ears.." 10 outta 10" get real -oldpunker-

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

This is a 10/10. Oldpunker needs to retire if he thinks this is "typical" Fat stuff.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

Great song.

sickboi (March 7, 2006)

Settle down there Bizzle, it ain't that bad....

BizzleBrizzle (March 7, 2006)

Chris' vocals are too low, Brendan overpowers this record, I wnated a new Lawrence Arms record, not a new Falcon record.

Fuck this shit, might as well give it a zero because I doubt I'll ever choose to listen to this over Greatest Story or Apathy and Exhaustion

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

Under those trees/where the pigs lurk and crawl/there are bonfires and parties that are fucking them all/They give it by the inch and take it by the mile/it's one for the beating and it's two for the trial.

This is the best part on the entire album, hands down.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

oh calcutta is a fantastic album. i think ghost stories is their best cd, but this is very close behind it. im glad chris went for the strained and desperate sounding vocals. i always loved that, especially on ghost stories, when his voice would crack or sound really harsh. so badass. he had me worried a little bit with that horrible country twang on the newer recorded songs on cocktails. what was up with that? anyone with me on this?

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

Count on your fingers tonight

loserage (March 7, 2006)

The album took a while to grow on me, but I'd definitely put it up with Greatest Story and Apathy. All three of those albums have been gang banging my cd player for the last month. "COUNT ALL YOUR FINGERS TONIGHT!!!" Someday in the future, that will not be in my head anymore...

the_other_scott (March 7, 2006)

the lawrence arms leaked!!!!!

sorry

these guys are pretty good, but nothing incredible

def. better than the loved ones

if any of you midwesterners make it to TLA/latterman/TBOP i'd be interestedd to see how the two openers are recieved. let me know, here or in another thread.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

not worth the money....

Scruffy (March 7, 2006)

I don't understand how the plryics stuff was so messed up. I could tell that some of that stuff was wrong when I only had the downloaded version.
The artwork is pretty cool. Not as good as the art on Apathy (which I absolutely love) or even Greatest Story, but sweet. Very apt to the nature of the album.

TheNightProwler (March 7, 2006)

um...way to misquote the lyrics in the review, guy. it's 'just keep on betting on that horse you love', which is, to me, one of the best lines on the record

Brian obviously didn't do his homework and just used plyrics.com

When I got the CD on Friday I compared the lyrics in the booklet to the lyrics on plyrics.com and the web site was hilariously wrong on quite a few things.

I still don't get how you can confuse "'just keep on betting on that horse you love'" with something like "just keep on praying on that arm tonight"?!?

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

"First, why is there no Streetlight Manifesto review?"

Uh...because it's almost the exact same album?

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

"holy shit. i was in hiding until i find out there are people like me!"

fuckin a dude. These jerks will rip you apart if you dont agree with them. Amirite?

sickboi (March 7, 2006)

This is a great album, probably right behind "Apathy" for me (which is ahead of Greatest Story)...

That said, the new St. Catherines album is ridiculously good, Lawrence Arms fans are gonna eat it up...

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

A grower, so now i think the scores pretty accurate. At first i was so dissapointed, an still am a bit. May as well be a Falcon release.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

um...way to misquote the lyrics in the review, guy. it's 'just keep on betting on that horse you love', which is, to me, one of the best lines on the record, because in the context of the chorus, it seems to be about some loser (maybe one of the guys in the band) trying to achieve success by wishing on coins in a fountian or betting on the horse race happening on a carousel. ah, not only is it a repeating cycle, but it's also static and doomed to never change. Good shit.

CUAPUNKRADIO (March 7, 2006)

fuck punknews.org would let me post it
some sort of limit

CUAPUNKRADIO (March 7, 2006)

sorry that got cut somehow
how 'bout a song by song comparison of this and greatest story
devils takin names>raw and searing flesh
cut it up>on with the show
great lakes/great escapes>drunk mouth kitchen smile
recovering...

CUAPUNKRADIO (March 7, 2006)

how 'bout a song by song comparison of this and greatest story
devils takin names>raw and searing flesh
cut it up>on with the show
great lakes/great escapes>drunk mouth kitchen smile
recovering...

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

does not like the fact that they rhyme carousel with wishing well, it reminds of the blink 182 song carousel where they do the same. could it be another tip of the hat, i hope not, if so it's kind of dodgy. is stoked to see them tonight, wondering how much of calcutta they'll play since it just came out today.
cheers

CUAPUNKRADIO (March 7, 2006)

there is no cover of purple haze, thats what the acoustic version is called

Neo_Reloaded (March 7, 2006)

Hey my copy of Cocktails and Dreams doesn't have the cover of Purple Haze - the back says it does, but the 2nd hidden track is a different version of Faintly Falling Ashes. What's the deal?

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

typical Fat Wreck stuff.....I dont get what some of you guys are all creamin over....there is much better stuff out there-oldpunker-

joeg (March 7, 2006)

"wow...this and the loved ones just bore the hell out of me. nothing wrong with these bands, but they're really boring."

holy shit. i was in hiding until i find out there are people like me!

CUAPUNKRADIO (March 7, 2006)

Best line on on oh! calcutta!
"...well i dont need no doctor 'cuz anyone can see that ive had all these shots and im still sick as can be"
just little shit like that makes me chuckle

cantsitstill (March 7, 2006)

i'm just glad this album didn't get 5 stars.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

This band has obviously arrived when people start dissing this record just to be different.

Oh, and all of you little Republican fucks that DLd this but aren't going to buy it this week need to go get yourselves hit by a car.

Scruffy (March 7, 2006)

Well, definitely. I was just mentioning the Broadways comparison because, not only has the Falcon comparison already been made, but I think this is closer to the Broadways than the Falcon was, so Broadways fans may want to know.

sickboi (March 7, 2006)

I'd say this reminds me more of the Falcon than the Broadways...

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

TLA is a band that gets better and better within time.

I still say Apathy and Exhaustion is their finest album but listening to Oh! Calcutta! proves the Arms can't make a lackluster album. Plus Brendan's songs are way better here than The Greatest Story Ever Told.

Ramo

Scruffy (March 7, 2006)

Notice where I put this record on my list. That's why it let me down, and the only reason it let me down. Every other one of their albums has been an improvement upon the one before it. I don't feel this one was (It's still awesome).
Also, it sounds like it should've been the bridge between Ghost Stories and Apathy.
Also, anyone who likes the Broadways more than The Lawrence Arms needs to get this.

Scruffy (March 7, 2006)

Anyone who puts Ghost Stories below Guided Tour is just wrong. It goes:
1-Greatest Story
2-Apathy
3-Cocktails And Dreams
4-Oh! Calcutta!
5-Ghost Stories
6-Guided Tour

sirens (March 7, 2006)

wow...this and the loved ones just bore the hell out of me. nothing wrong with these bands, but they're really boring.

Elliot, I couldnt agree with you more.

elliot (March 7, 2006)

wow...this and the loved ones just bore the hell out of me. nothing wrong with these bands, but they're really boring.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

I'm gonna buy this from iTunes tonight (if they have it, of course).

Can't wait to hear it.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

amazing album...downloaded it a while ago and i've been hooked...I'm gonna buy it eventually, cuz the band deserves it

inagreendase (March 7, 2006)

Wyzo, I would definitely say that between this and the Falcon there is "an expression or utterance marked by a deliberate contrast [here] between apparent and intended meaning."

GreatStoryOfApathy (March 7, 2006)

First, why is there no Streetlight Manifesto review? I was curious about what people had to say.

Second, I love this cd. When I first got it I was blown away and for a week after, my day revolved around listening to it. It took me a while but I guess I give this cd a nine because the second half is not as good as the first half. Even though all tracks are good, some are only good in comparison to other tracks.

I would rank their cds:

1-Oh Calcutta
2-Greatest Stories Ever Told
3-Cocktails and Dreams
4-Apathy and Exhaustion
5-Guided Tour of Chicago
6-Ghost Stories

Keep in mind, the difference between 1-6 is not that great.

Frankff (March 7, 2006)

I had never been able to really appreciate TLA before i heard this album, which grew on me very fast. Now i really enjoy this band and can't wait to see them when they come to Europe in April.

colin (March 7, 2006)

1. greatest story
2. cocktails and dreams
3. oh calcutta
4. apathy
5. ghost stories
6. chicago

i know greatest story is the most different (is that right? im drunk as hell) of their efforts, but it's genius plain and simple. cocktails edges this... for now. i go back and forth.

Godfather (March 7, 2006)

1. cocktails and dreams
2. apathy and exhaustion
3. oh calcutta
4. greatest story ever told
5. a guided tour of chicago
6. ghost stories

yes, i realize where i put greatest story, and yes i realize that cocktails and dreams was not an official studio album. just shut up.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

one more misuse of irony in a review, but who doesn't like abusing the ole literary device now and again, a little whats for and sally forth...

good album, I didn't care for greatest story ever told so it was better for me, I'm still too fixated on cocktails and dreams. its a b-side, comp record that plays like a full length, its a salad shooter for my ears...in my pants.

wyzo

kingofpain (March 7, 2006)

Great album. I've been listening to it nearly non-stop for almost two months now.

ThreeChordsAndTheTruth (March 7, 2006)

In other news, KIRBY PUCKETT IS DEAD!

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/ss/events/sp/030606kirbypuc kett;_ylt=A86.I1fc4AxE6EUARgeQFs0F;_ylu=X3oDMTA5YmlpOGc1BHNlYwNjY XRzcw--

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

It's not a bad album. Just not as good as I wanted it to be. It's sad when Jawbreaker has done so much for music that no one can get their own ideas anymore.

ThreeChordsAndTheTruth (March 7, 2006)

I just reviewed this. Review in a sentence: good, but too samey.

DarrenMcLeod (March 7, 2006)

Fantastic album. My favourite of theirs so far.

almostpunkenough (March 7, 2006)

still haven't listened. can't fuckin wait for tomorrow. if the whole thing is half as good as 'Recovering...', i know this will be at least a 9.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

This record reminds me of all the things I miss about hot water music. The 10 is for being agood punk band.

Godfather (March 7, 2006)

wow great album....may go down as their best in my book

someoneanonymous (March 7, 2006)

I got this in the mail on saturday. Nearly shat myself. Super sweet light blue vinyl. Two Beer Cozies.

greenerton (March 7, 2006)

I love this band so much, but they need to experiment with chord progressions OTHER than 5-2-3-1. Seriously, that Canon-in-D shit gets old after the first fifty times you hear it by ANY band. It wasn't original when blink did it in every other song, it's not gonna be original when Larry Arms do it in every other song.

hey_sailor (March 7, 2006)

So no one got this album today? I was hoping mailorder would work to my advantage besides the beer coozie thing...guess not. If it's not in my mailbox after I get out of lab tomorrow I'm gonna be pissed as I would love to come home to my apartment, crack open a beer, and sing along to Calcutta...

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

When you have listened to Greatest Story and Apathy 500 times, Ghost Stories, Guided Tour, and the Broadways are a welcome change in the rotation. Close to 4 years now and none of their releases have become boring to me. I listen to them all like they are still brand new. And they are coming to Western Canada in May! This prematurely makes my summer.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

Forget Against Me, THIS shit rules!

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

I'm just not feeling Ghost Stories all that much, and I've had it for 3 years now. I mean, I enjoy listening to it from start to finish, as it's a dark, melodic, gritty, etc. punk record, but when comes the time to make a compilation and whatnot, I forget that it's in my collection. I just think their Fat stuff is a massive improvement over their Asian Man days.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

I'm just not feeling Ghost Stories all that much, and I've had it for 3 years now. I mean, I enjoy listening to it from start to finish, as it's a dark, melodic, gritty, etc. punk record, but when comes the time to make a compilation and whatnot, I forget that it's in my collection. I just think their Fat stuff is a massive improvement from their Asian Man days.

-Chinatown

SuperRad (March 7, 2006)

I called Wal-Mart to see if they had it at midnight.

The chic was like, ummm they said sometime today, not right at midnight.

And I was like, uh, whatev.

ElVaquero (March 7, 2006)

Chinatown, you might be underestimating Ghost Stories just a bit. It's definitely up to par with everything that came after it. Also, D4 had years of putting out seven inches to practice whereas The Larrys started churning out albums as soon as they got together. I don't think either approach hampers overall enjoyment of the band.

sXenester (March 7, 2006)

Lawrence Arms contest winners?

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

I think that their first two CDs are pretty average. The songwriting tends to be flat and unmemorable, and the production stibks.

D4, in my view, is pretty much the only punk band without a weak album -- or song, for that matter. (Although the lyrics of the majority of the songs that make up This Shit is Genuis are definitely inferior to most anything post-1997 released by the band).

-Chinatown

opened_ground (March 7, 2006)

This band has gotten infinitely better since when they first started. It's refreshing to be able to say, "yea, I like their newer stuff better" instead of the typical elitist jargon of "I liked their first cd but not their new stuff."

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

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RondoMondo (March 7, 2006)

At first I didn't like this cd, but this cd grows on you with time. It's not better than Apathy or Greatest Story, but it's a hell of a cd and will be the best cd to come out until the new Dillinger and or Thursday (if you're a Thursday fan like me)

opened_ground (March 7, 2006)

don't let me down mailman.

danperrone (March 7, 2006)

i'm glad this didn't get at 10, i was scared fuckyouoioioi would pull some shit like that

i give it a 7/10, second half is considerably less good than the first half, which is completely ridiculous

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

Wow, I cannot wait to get this tommorow. I've been holding out listening to any of it online till I purchase the album. I'm freaking out, this is my most anticipated,besides D4.

skanknsmile (March 7, 2006)

i cannot tell you how excited i am for this and how much i am looking forward to getting this in the mail. mmmm

SalsaShark (March 7, 2006)

This CD fucking rules. I've listened to it way too much. Oh, and punkphil is a riot as usual.

"Aeroplane, aeroplane, don't leave without me"

thirtyseconds (March 7, 2006)

Chinatown; yeah I could do with hearing from the Mad Caddies too

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

TLA are probably my second or third favorite punk band (after D4, of course), yet I haven't ordered this album yet, let alone listened to it. I really want to get it, but I'm waiting until Fat releases another album that interests me (Avail/D4/Mad Caddies/Strike Anywhere, even a NUFAN DVD or EP) until I place an order with them.

Still, I'm sure it's great and will find a place among my faves of '06. "Devil" rips.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

Solid 8, their second best album.

mcgregor107 (March 7, 2006)

the first five songs on this cd are incredible.. got this over a month ago (..and the cd today!) and i'm still not even close to being bored of it. gets better wtih each play..

ElVaquero (March 7, 2006)

"The Lawrence Arms record a surprise of a record in Oh! Calcutta!"

punkphil (March 7, 2006)

i just don't get this band. you guys call them punk, but they sound so poppy to me.

Scruffy (March 7, 2006)

I personally like the reference to The Falcon in "Like A Record Player". I don't think it's coincidence that the way they sing the word "home" in "I don't think I'm ever going home" sounds exactly like the "whoah"s in the Falcon song with the line "I'm going home".

TheNightProwler (March 7, 2006)

Oh! Calcutta! has personally become my favorite album from them. How come no one mentions the sort of musical tribute/homage/whatever to Naked Raygun with the song Requiem Revisited?

Scruffy (March 7, 2006)

I can't decide how I feel about Chris' voice on this one. I like the honesty that it's clearly not auto-tuned at all, but I like the smoother voice on the last two albums.
This album seems like, after they finished TGSET, they listened to it and went, "Wow, this is awesome. But maybe for the next album we should write some songs that are easier to play live." There's so mcuh subtlety and warmth on TGSET's songs, most of which comes from the layers and layers of guitars. That album sounded like it was written to make the best album they could make. This album sounds like it was written to be played live.
And it does sound awesome live.

colin (March 7, 2006)

comparing this to greatest story will happen, but brendan said in an interview that it is unapologetically not 'greatest...'

that being said, this is a fucking killer record and will be near the top of my '06 list. at first i thought it was too brendan heavy and too topheavy, but now i've come to appreciate the latter songs more than the first few, and recognize chris has just as much time as brendan. it's just... different. equally good.

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