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Bomb the Music Industry!

Bomb the Music Industry!: ScramblesScrambles (2009)
Asian Man Records

Reviewer Rating: 4
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Contributed by: mikexdudemikexdude
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In its essence, Bomb the Music Industry!'s arsenal of calculated bleeps, drum machines, horns and intertwined keyboards are just downright catchy, but Jeff Rosenstock won't let his precious brainchild be a victim of producing cheap thrills; he chases down infectiousness with a lyrical shot of cynici.
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In its essence, Bomb the Music Industry!'s arsenal of calculated bleeps, drum machines, horns and intertwined keyboards are just downright catchy, but Jeff Rosenstock won't let his precious brainchild be a victim of producing cheap thrills; he chases down infectiousness with a lyrical shot of cynicism, sarcasm and reality that hits the heart harder than wooden stakes in Salem's Lot. Trying to review Scrambles ultimately leaves my brain "scrambled"; it's undeniably Rosenstock's greatest work -- the arrangements are diverse from ska upstrokes ("It Shits!") to the comforting resonance of piano ("Fresh Attitude, Young Body") and the lyrics are more pensive than ever; personally, however, it just fails to jab me in the gut like their 2006 pinnacle, Goodbye Cool World.

Doesn't sound promising coming from me? Let me clear this up before I move on: This is a phenomenal piece of music.

As promised, Scrambles is very light on the hardcore and ska, but there is always a worthy punk cut for every non-traditional one. Rosenstock tremulously begins the record with the acoustic-based "Cold Chillin' Cold Chillin'," where the distorted vocal effects and haunting accompaniments are vaguely reminiscent of Neutral Milk Hotel. The respites, "Stuff That I Like" and "It Shits!" increase volume and are staple BMTI! songs, frenetic shouts, humour and all. And while "Can I Pay My Rent in Fun" may seem quite safe for them, the folk-rockish strums of "Saddr Weirdr" (which has the greatest "bleeps" they've ever done) will be quite refreshing.

Rosenstock's bane with aging continues, when shouting "get out of my way because I'm twenty-five and I still act like I'm ten!" ("25!") or "if you don't find a steady job now...if you don't find someone to love now...you will die freezing cold and alone," it's more prevelant than ever. Likewise, his criticisms of the music scene are also present in "(Shut) Up the Punx!!!", his rant against "holier than thou" punks, where he includes some disgustingly true statements like "I think it's dumb when you take the inherently fun like riding bikes and singing songs and say they're not for everyone -- as if for your whole life you were cool as shit" in his fluent tirade.

Despite my own inability to personally connect to Scrambles (maybe a few more years under my studded belt will help), the Bomb the Music Industry! community has really outdone themselves. With flawless articulation and brilliant songwriting, Jeff Rosenstock is slowly becoming the only voice in punk that matters.

 

 
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nocomply (November 18, 2011)

Still listen to this record all the time and love it!

billymitchell (July 10, 2010)

How come almost everyone on this site is an asshole? I love this album and Bomb the Music Industry, however, if I didn't I wouldn't tear apart the album, the band, its fans, and their personalities. I would just go the hell away. Its called courtesy.Why even waste your time.

johnnyawesome (February 9, 2010)

some songs on this album don't quite hit with me, but its still an awesome work from one of my favorite bands.

syebot (August 30, 2009)

love this record so hard.

bdub (August 17, 2009)

I can't wait for the next Bomb the Music Industry! album to come out. They just keep getting better and better. Jeff Rosenstock is a lyrical genious and puts on a great live show. I make it to their show every time they're in town. Support this band, download their records, and donate. Tell all your friends.

zetsurinpower (March 19, 2009)

clearly Aubin is the most important voice in punk, since he post nothing but news about shit bands, thus funneling the .org community down a path of nu-emo and pop punk trash!

joe_weasel (March 15, 2009)

yeah.. i get you man.. and i dont really find it a bogus statement.
i was just wondering for those who disagree... if hes not, then who is?

mikexdude (March 14, 2009)

"its weird how no one has brought up any other names when questioning the 'most important voice in punk' statement"

People are still failing to see the "slowluy becoming" part where it implies he is NOT the most important, but SLOWLY over shadowing ones who were sought have some sort influenctial punk voice.He is not THERE yet, but he is becoming it... if that makes sense.

People can't read.

joe_weasel (March 13, 2009)

its weird how no one has brought up any other names when questioning the 'most important voice in punk' statement.

ZappBrannigan (March 10, 2009)

Get Warmer was definitely a grower, but Scrambles has been great from day one. Score is for Jeff "The Clash" Rosenstock.

quoteunquoterecords (March 9, 2009)

score is for me 'cause i'm a nicer guy than some of y'all are lettin' on.

whoostin (March 9, 2009)

Shut up the punx reminds me of Zyclone B Bath House "what is life quality or quantity? since when does that get decided by majoirty?"

telegraphrocks (March 9, 2009)

Welp, I put all their shit on my ipod last night, put that shit on random while delivering today, and KABLAM!!.... I like Bomb The Music Industry! now.
Good job, assholes.
I still hate drum-machines, there are definitely some clunkers, but it was pretty fun.

Score, once again, is for garlic.

mikexdude (March 9, 2009)

It's the same thing iIf I said: "The Descendents are the greatest band that ever played music," it is my opinion and maybe hyperbole to you, but to me, it's true. Remember what you said about others having opinions.

Also, I think a lot of you are missing the "slowly becoming:" he is not quite there yet, but he's in the right direction is what that would mean. Sure many people say relevant things about politics or love but when it comes to "punk" ideals, stereotypes, scenes, not very many recent musicians have hit it as full on and perfectly as him.

the_other_scott (March 9, 2009)

mike

love ya, lil bro, but you're totally wrong with this statement

"Just because you disagree with my opinion does not mean I used 'hyperbole'."

i think that the infamous line this review which i will not repeat is most definitely hyperbole in its purest form.

mikexdude (March 9, 2009)

"Laughable. Get over this guy, please. Those lyrics are simple and direct, and there's something to be said about that style of writing because it can be pretty effective, but come on. There's nothing here that's making him "the only voice in punk that matters." I love the amount of hyperbole that gets thrown around when doing reviews. You gave it an 8, yet you didn't connect with it all that well? Seems ridiculous."

Okay, this pisses me off because I remember you saying you wrote for Pitchfork or something so you should be aware of this stuff. You need to get over yourself and so does everyone else: Just because you disagree with my opinion does not mean I used "hyperbole." It's one to say that you disagree, but questioning my authenticity behind it is more pretentious than my statement itself.

Also, I would give high scores to records that I enjoy but don't necessarily connect with... Strike Anywhere, Black Flag, hell... even Elvis Costello. Just because I don't connect to the themes (because I am 17 and not 25) does not mean I don't find the music incredible (I am a musician before I am a writer or anything else) or that this is a huge step up from their other records TECHNICALLY.

nocigar (March 9, 2009)

I fucking love how overrated this band is.

deadxlast (March 9, 2009)

Only voice in punk that matters? Eh... Jeff says plenty of significant things that everyone should hear, but that's a stretch, buddy.

Anyway, good review, better album. "It Shits!" is one of my new favorite BTMI! songs.

R3vengeTherapy (March 9, 2009)

Jeff Rosenstock is slowly becoming the only voice in punk that matters.

Laughable. Get over this guy, please. Those lyrics are simple and direct, and there's something to be said about that style of writing because it can be pretty effective, but come on. There's nothing here that's making him "the only voice in punk that matters." I love the amount of hyperbole that gets thrown around when doing reviews. You gave it an 8, yet you didn't connect with it all that well? Seems ridiculous.

mikexdude (March 8, 2009)

"Anyways, review = personal opinion = me thinking no recent punk band has a leg to stand when it comes to jeff rosenstock's views = not hyperbole cause it's no exaggeration when I actually think it. Write your own review if you disagree, I mean, it took this long for someone to do it"

You know, "hardcore" does stand for "hardcore punk."

Uh yeah. I can sense you being a smartass, but I am trying to figure out what the hell you're trying to imply.

telegraphrocks (March 8, 2009)

Alright, I've hated everything this band has done, BUT, I am going to put all of their shit on my i-pod right now, and ONLY listen to them tomorrow while I'm delivering shit for work.
So many people have constantly told me to give them another shot (and another, then another, etc.), and to be quite honest, I really WANT to like them... I want to belong to a cool ska-gang.

I'll get back to you tomorrow.

slowstupidhungry (March 8, 2009)

"music that only sounds good to 12 year old morons"

I thought this said "12 year old Mormons" at first.

slowstupidhungry (March 8, 2009)

"Anyways, review = personal opinion = me thinking no recent punk band has a leg to stand when it comes to jeff rosenstock's views = not hyperbole cause it's no exaggeration when I actually think it. Write your own review if you disagree, I mean, it took this long for someone to do it"

You know, "hardcore" does stand for "hardcore punk."

eazyd2 (March 8, 2009)

music that only sounds good to 12 year old morons

Hey_Asshole (March 8, 2009)

ok...so, this record is pretty ok.
i just would like to hear cohesive songs that are not so heavy on the effects and noise. it is like listening to an entire album of Tim And Eric video glitch noise.

the lyrics are great, but musically, it is just not appealing to me

lanceuppercut (March 7, 2009)

This is probably my favorite BTMI! album, but has anyone else noticed that the download songs are in mono? Stereo would be nice.

Fuzzy (March 7, 2009)

I'm quite impressed this time around. Jeff usually leaves me hanging a bit in the song construction department - he has great ideas that often don't quite make the translation from head to album intact. I think Scrambles is getting closer to crafting a good artistically and musically cohesive album. I like the difference in styles rather than just relying on one genre for inspiration. The Neutral Milk Hotel influence is well-stated and you can tell Jeff has really embraced some love of Lo-Fi music in general.

Keep it up Brosenstock.

blanktapesemptybottles (March 7, 2009)

I e-mailed Mike about the vinyl for this and he said Jeff hasn't even sent the artwork in yet, so I'd buy the cd and wait for the vinyl

craig-therebelcounty (March 7, 2009)

Score's for the review, by the way. I haven't heard the album yet, though I do have it. I'm saving it for when I can sit down and really LISTEN to it. I'm anal like that haha

craig-therebelcounty (March 7, 2009)

Hey man, really awesome review! Those are sometimes hard to come by around these parts!

victim (March 7, 2009)

heard the first song..was really a fan of goodye cool world but yet to get into any of their/his other stuff

randomd (March 7, 2009)

great album, easily my favourite of the year so far

folking_victim (March 7, 2009)

I liked it, but think it's far from "undeniably" his greatest work

scientistrock (March 7, 2009)

I hate hyperbole so much that I want to blow up the universe.

joe_weasel (March 7, 2009)

score is for both the review and the album

mike_killroad (March 7, 2009)

It's not the best BTMI in my opinion, but I've been listening to this for the past two weeks now and I don't plan on stopping. This is why I love this band, because even a slower, sadder record still makes me love them.

Which says a lot. Good Job guys!

crackpotdemagogue (March 7, 2009)

does the 'x' in mikexdude mean nothing to me? of course not. quite clearly it means xerostomia.

Grue (March 7, 2009)

After the first listen I thought that there was too many slow songs. But after repeated listens I started to appreciate the flow of the album, and now it's my BTMI favorite. I still prefer the faster songs like Can I Pay My Rent In Fun and Shut Up The Punx though.

deadelectromix (March 7, 2009)

Very good review mikey, I pretty much agree with everything said. Fuck Tom Gabel, Jeff Rosenstock ftw.

jacobtheserf (March 7, 2009)

"The only voice in punk that matters? I guess you're forgetting about one Michael Graves" ...the postmodernist architect of such iconic structures as the Portland Building and UC's Engineering Research Center? Yeah, I could see that. Score is for his line of kitchen appliances available at Target department stores.

MisFit4Me (March 7, 2009)

I plan on having sex while this album is playing and stopping halfway through to sing along.

codu (March 7, 2009)

"Anyone try clicking on their web link?"

Yeah, tried to get on earlier, and it automatically redirected me to some porn site, probably been reported and taken down to be fixed.

alpod4 (March 7, 2009)

only voice in punk that matters? idk about that. but definitely a good album, not as good as Goodbye cool world though

HeresLookinAtYou (March 7, 2009)

Anyone try clicking on their web link?

HeresLookinAtYou (March 7, 2009)

Anyone try clicking on their web link?

Rastid (March 7, 2009)

as an addendum, i really don't know why they keep writing slow songs. they always bring the record down.

Rastid (March 7, 2009)

pretty much agree with this whole review. if you compare this to just about anything else, it's totally amazing, so i'd feel like a dick being too critical, but i'm not sure it meets their absurdly high standards. for each song that is classic BTMI! gold there is one that is skippable. (Shut Up) The Punx!! is one of the best songs Jeff's ever written, though.

mikexdude (March 7, 2009)

What am I smoking? Does the "x" in "mikexdude" mean nothing to you!??!?!??!

Anyways, review = personal opinion = me thinking no recent punk band has a leg to stand when it comes to jeff rosenstock's views = not hyperbole cause it's no exaggeration when I actually think it. Write your own review if you disagree, I mean, it took this long for someone to do it?

I am pretentious. But I am right about everything.

miniblindbandit (March 7, 2009)

you don't matter; in fact, in just a few seconds you won't even be matter.

crackpotdemagogue (March 7, 2009)

the only voice in punk that matters? what have you been smoking, mike?

telegraphrocks (March 7, 2009)

I've given every single one of their albums a shot, and never liked them. I don't get it.

I just listened to this again 2 days ago, and out of 13 songs, I thought maybe 3 were decent... some of this is just so embarrassing.

the_other_scott (March 7, 2009)

i just listened to these guys for the first time. i don't get it. it sounds like every other band that's ever bored me to tears.

chrisafi (March 7, 2009)

Okay review, much improved mike but the occasional flash of pretentiousness and outrageous hyperbole undermines the entire thing.

givemeamuseumandillfillit (March 7, 2009)

No. 5 people posting something unfunny is not a meme...
.. Wait, in a world where country is punk i guess it is.

Time - It Changes Things. (c) Tom Delonge.

This record is blah, so were the one before. How is it that i fucking LOVE 3 songs from btmi but can't even slightly get into the rest?

skankbook (March 7, 2009)

Each BTMI! (and Jeff Rosenstock) album has gradually gotten better than the one before, which is really saying something. "Three Cheers For Disappointment!" is an incredible ska/punk album, but it's the fifth best album Jeff has released. The release of "Get Warmer" was overshadowed by the "summer of 'New Wave' hate/love," yet I still felt it was the album of 2007.

Even though "Scrambles" doesn't have as many live drum tracks or "actual" instruments as "Get Warmer," it still has the same theme of Jeff (and us) growing up. "Fresh Attitude, Young Body" has become a personal anthem of sorts, and the "power ballads" don't seem out of place or have much of an impact on the album pacing.

The only reason I'm giving it a 9 instead of a 10 is Asian Man hasn't shipped the physical album yet, which promises to have a 32 page 'zine with notes from Kepi and others.

codu (March 7, 2009)

"This organisation doesn't feel like AN-AR-CHY"

Love this album, was sick in bed the night it was posted, but i'm sooo glad i stayed awake long enough to hear it.

Only thing problem i have with it is the new version of Saddr Weirdr, i remember the demo sounding much better.

Still a fucking brilliant album, from one of the coolest, nicest guys in music.

givemenewwave (March 7, 2009)

I find myself putting two songs from this album on repeat. Fresh Attitude, Young Body, because that's how I feel about life now after seeing friends, and family get laid off from their jobs, and (Shut) Up the Punx!!! just because I've been to shows where it was hosted/attended by people like this.

Just sayin'.

mikexdude (March 7, 2009)

I don't care what anyone says, no one speaks truth, music and harsh reality like Jeff Rosenstock. Scores for me being right and you all having nothing you can do about it.

thegreatestmanalive (March 6, 2009)

This record made my day, the only song i don't have the attention span for is $2,400,000, but (shut up) the punx more than makes up for it

i-type-poorly (March 6, 2009)

The only voice in punk that matters? I guess you're forgetting about one Michael Graves

skaboom (March 6, 2009)

The only voice in punk that matters? I guess you're forgetting about one Jeff Rosen...oh.

TROOF (March 6, 2009)

The only voice that matters? really?

ffwoodycooks (March 6, 2009)

The only voice in punk that matters? I guess you're forgetting about one mr. ffwoodycooks, BFA.

Torgo (March 6, 2009)

The only voice in punk that matters? I guess you're forgetting about one Dr. Jorge Casualty

mattramone (March 6, 2009)

The only voice in punk that matters? I guess you're forgetting about one Mr. Maxim Jamal Bemis.

nameless (March 6, 2009)

I love this album.

"Stuff I Like" is officially my favorite song of theirs.

brown (March 6, 2009)

So far this is the album of the year. It might not be the best thing he's ever done (GCW was a perfect album) but this one is right up there and a million times better then Get Warmer.

Brilliant!!

i-type-poorly (March 6, 2009)

I don't dig the slow ballad songs at all. Too many of them on this one. But the fast songs are more rambling insane greatness.

skaboom (March 6, 2009)

This is a very good album.

ffwoodycooks (March 6, 2009)

am i the only one who thinks every btmi album is better than the last?

Ragdoll (March 6, 2009)

Not a bad record at all. Not (yet) quite as memorable as "Goodbye Cool World" but handily edges out "Get Warmer".

Whoostin (March 6, 2009)

I get it Jeff, you take the train back and forth from Brooklyn and enjoy getting drunk off whiskey, but you aren't into the whole coke scene. Scrambles in a nutshell for ya! Great musical arrangements tho.

Dante3000 (March 6, 2009)

With flawless articulation and brilliant songwriting, Jeff Rosenstock is slowly becoming the only voice in punk that matters.

That statement is going to unleash a holy shit storm.
-Dante

ffwoodycock (March 6, 2009)

I like this album
i do not like studded belts

punk_sk (March 6, 2009)

up the punx

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