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Bomb the Music Industry!

Bomb the Music Industry!: Goodbye Cool World!Goodbye Cool World! (2006)
Quote Unquote Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: superskabrosuperskabro
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If you go to a ska show these days, it seems like you're seeing one of the following: (1) The band that used to be ska eight years ago but ditched the horn section for the last few albums (see: Goldfinger); (2) The band that stayed true to its ska roots and just manages to tread water (see: Mustard .
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If you go to a ska show these days, it seems like you're seeing one of the following: (1) The band that used to be ska eight years ago but ditched the horn section for the last few albums (see: Goldfinger); (2) The band that stayed true to its ska roots and just manages to tread water (see: Mustard Plug); (3) The fresh-faced ska band that sounds like a copy of a type-two ska band (see: Suburban Legends). Aside from a few possible sub-genres, the fourth, final and best kind of ska band these days is the fresh-faced, attention-grabbing, "sounds-like-nothing-before" kind of ska band. These bands are rare, I'll admit, but the best example is clearly Bomb the Music Industry!.

With two wonderful, online-only albums under his belt, former Arrogant Sons of Bitches frontman and BTMI mastermind Jeff Rosenstock had his work cut out for him with Goodbye Cool World!. How was he going to match (or surpass) the intensity of his first two releases without becoming repetitive? I don't know how he did it, but, well, he did it.

After a short, rowdy "Arrested Development"-aided opener ("Old and Unprofessional"), the album blasts into a wonderful triumvirate of songs that really set the bar for BTMI. "King of Minneapolis Pts. I & II" shows what a talented songwriter Mr. Rosenstock truly is. "Even Winning Feels Bad" ups the ante with a barrge of keyboards and fist-throwing shout-alongs. The jewel in the crown of Cool World! is the hip-hoppy (almost) dance track "Side Projects Are Never Successful." This clearly stands out as the best track on the album.

The rest of the album goes on strong with sounds ranging from those of old Suicide Machines to Atom and His Package to Soophie Nun Squad to Dillinger Four. The slower songs "Grude Report" and "All Alone in My Big Lonely Apartment" hit just as hard as the fast and heavy songs.

The album ends with a wonderful and bizarre 8-bit cover of Tom Waits' "Anywhere I Lay My Head." The awful vocals are both a jab/tribute to Mr. Waits' odd stylings and a demonstration of how charming bad vocals can be. A great way to end an album.

Aside from the first nine seconds of "It's Official! We're Booorrrrrriiiiing!!!" (which are cringe-worthy), this is a damn near perfect album, and hell, it's free. Despite all the references to past bands' styles present in BTMI's music, I see in this band the future of punk rock and ska, as well as that of the music industry. This band is in contradiction to all that the industry stands for, and, if they continue to grow in popularity, then maybe the industry will have to do some soul-searching as to their whole approach to music.

 

 
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Cuffer (April 30, 2007)

I think its funny how Bomb the Music Industry! is classified as ska, but they really aren't ska at all. They do make good music though. I saw them live with the full band and they fucked up a bunch which made some comedy but they weren't really all that impressive. That is not to say that I am not a huge fan of the band, but I think they just get far too much credit for things. As for the album, this is probably my least favorite by them. Album Minus Band is their best.

skaboom (April 30, 2007)

It's not dead. I think he's just offended I don't wear the shirt in public very often. But it's true, BTMI is skaboom.

ihavechappedlips (April 30, 2007)

I'll have to check them out....until I hear them, I am safe in saying that Catch-22 is the best (and one of the only) ska band around.

Anonymous (April 30, 2007)

"this joke is officially dead to me"
-matt, aprrox 2 months ago.

-sirens

VitusTinnitus (April 30, 2007)

as a band that actually comes through the punk wasteland that is nashville, i give btmi mad props.

bomb the music industry is skaboom. you heard it here first folks.

Anonymous (April 29, 2007)

If only superdude were here as well

Anonymous (April 29, 2007)

Not a fan of ska unless it's The Aquabats or Operation Ivy.

superskabro (April 29, 2007)

stevejones and miff SUCK!....c'mon, back me up here SuperRad...

miff (April 29, 2007)

yeh that did seem a bit wierd to me

daved4 (April 29, 2007)

cant get enough of this album! cant wait for the next.

stevejonestherealbones (April 29, 2007)

anyone else not surprised that a user named SuperRad would backup a user named SuperSkaBro?

- j the b

superskabro (April 29, 2007)

Thanks SuperRad.

jt (April 29, 2007)

cool

SuperRad (April 28, 2007)

Seemed like a decent review to me. Everyone's a critic.

stevejonestherealbones (April 28, 2007)

I spent my four years in St. Louis just going to see the washed-up ska bands that never came to Indianapolis when they weren't washed up.

you should write a book

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

superskabro (April 28, 2007)

Wow. I'm getting a lot of negative feedback on this one. Bring it on. At least the comments for BTMI are good!

P.S. Trust me, my life has been dominated by ska for the past ten years straight. I spent my four years in St. Louis just going to see the washed-up ska bands that never came to Indianapolis when they weren't washed up.

stevejonestherealbones (April 28, 2007)

"ironic laptop ska"

care to explain what is "ironic" about it?

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (April 28, 2007)

ironic laptop ska

HumanUnkind (April 27, 2007)

Love it!

Anonymous (April 27, 2007)

I don't get it.

klonny (April 27, 2007)

This is music for people who like ska. But BTMI! isn't really ska at all.

Anywho, this is a pretty good album. And at the price its worth it, even IF you don't like hardcore.

Anonymous (April 27, 2007)

I meant to throw "able to" between "are" and "sell."

Anonymous (April 27, 2007)

"I see in this band the future of punk rock and ska, as well as that of the music industry. This band is in contradiction to all that the industry stands for, and, if they continue to grow in popularity, then maybe the industry will have to do some soul-searching as to their whole approach to music."

I really like this album, but that's just a damn silly thing to say


I agree... This band has a long, long way before becoming "the future of punk rock and ska," and even if they did reach that point the two genres have such a small, small impact on the music industry as a whole that they would never make a significant change. I love BTMI! and everything they stand for, but major labels are businesses and won't give a damn if they are sell out some small club venues.

Anonymous (April 27, 2007)

"I see in this band the future of punk rock and ska, as well as that of the music industry. This band is in contradiction to all that the industry stands for, and, if they continue to grow in popularity, then maybe the industry will have to do some soul-searching as to their whole approach to music."

I really like this album, but that's just a damn silly thing to say

KurtTGS (April 27, 2007)

The American Education System is ridiculous, and continues to be so year after year.

Classical Education is the way to go.

Anonymous (April 27, 2007)

Goldfinger never had a horn section.

This review doesn't say much about the sound, the band, the album, or the state of the American education system.

Anonymous (April 27, 2007)

Reviewer thinks he knows ska, but does not.

Oh well.

video_cognito (April 27, 2007)

I've seen BTMI! twice: once in a Chicagoan basement in November 05 (those are on youtube! *plug plug plug*), and again at a really small venue on the northside. Both of those shows KILLED. Jeff knows how to roll live, and he's an amazing person to talk to. So for those that are worried whether or not a long drive would be worth it, I HIGHLY suggest that you make it, no matter what. If you got finals, fuck them. If you have a girlfriend, fuck her, and then run your ass to this show. If you got a wedding/funeral/birthday party to attend... you get the idea.

Oh yeah, this album was pretty straight, but I still feel that "To Leave or Die in Long Island" was way better.

no_face (April 27, 2007)

fuckin wicked album

maverick (April 27, 2007)

This is a killer record. I'm glad I finally believed the hype from the people on this website and downloaded it a few months back.

-Scott

kingofsuck (April 27, 2007)

I liked this album. I didn't like this review.

Ianw (April 27, 2007)

reviewer says "ska band" way to many times.

GlassPipeMurder (April 27, 2007)

also, is tehre some zany HTML shit goin on with the body of the review or is it just my comp?

same here.

i haven't heard this but will soon.

Anonymous (April 27, 2007)

Are you serious? People actually enjoy this? How?

AlmostPunkENough (April 27, 2007)

oh, that's my score.

AlmostPunkENough (April 27, 2007)

this is some straight sickness right here, top 10 of 2006.

also, is tehre some zany HTML shit goin on with the body of the review or is it just my comp?

brown (April 27, 2007)

my favourite album of last year

danperrone (April 27, 2007)

this album is freakin awesome

Anonymous (April 27, 2007)

there are not only 3 types of ska bands out right

this review completly forgets to mention alot of bands out right now and have recent albums that have a very traditional sound like the SLACKERS, AGGROLITES, WESTBOUND TRAIN, etc. amongst many other lesser known artists

and mustard plug does not stay true to the roots of ska. but i do give the band credit for creating the Ska is dead tours that have been around the last few years.

Anonymous (April 27, 2007)

Thanks for the info.

Anonymous (April 27, 2007)

To the first commenter:

Yes. They USED to just have minimal members (the first time I saw them it was just Jeff and an Ipod) but since he relocated to the south, he has a full band that he plays shows with. And they're 100% worth it. Still no ASOB though.

Anonymous (April 27, 2007)

Are BTMI! worth seeing live? I mean... I like them as much as anyone else, but I've had several people tell me they just have a few members and play to backing tracks. I'd like to see them anyway, but I'd have to travel for the show and don't really know if it would really be worth a long drive.

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