Bomb the Music Industry! - Adults!!!: Smart!!! Shithammered!!! And Excited by Nothing!!! (Cover Artwork)

Bomb the Music Industry!

Bomb the Music Industry!: Adults!!!: Smart!!! Shithammered!!! And Excited by Nothing!!!Adults!!!: Smart!!! Shithammered!!! And Excited by Nothing!!! (2010)
Quote Unquote Records

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This is how music should work. The music industry is at a pretty interesting point (duh), and lots of bands "get it" to a varying degree, but I think it's safe to say that no band "gets it" better than Bomb the Music Industry!. With no notice and no hype, Bomb the Music Industry! unleashes its se.
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This is how music should work. The music industry is at a pretty interesting point (duh), and lots of bands "get it" to a varying degree, but I think it's safe to say that no band "gets it" better than Bomb the Music Industry!.

With no notice and no hype, Bomb the Music Industry! unleashes its second 10"-length EP, entitled Adults!!!: Smart!!! Shithammered!!! And Excited by Nothing!!!. And it's great. The music is fun and catchy. But that's almost not even the point at some level. This is a band that goes out there and actually does something. You might not like every song, but what are you going to do, ask for your money back? All their songs are "free" at the Quote Unquote Records website, and you can donate whatever you want/can afford.

Now obviously, it's not enough simply to churn out really crappy, soulless music, even if you're offering it for free. But Bomb the Music Industry! has fun with every single release, and it comes through in each album. I think it's more obvious in their more spastic songs, so I usually dig Bomb albums in direct proportion to the fast song:slow song ratio. But I usually just cut all the toned-down songs out of the playlist. Someone else might have a different set of preferences and pick the songs they like. There's no need to bitch about having bought an album where there are some songs you don't like--just don't listen to them!

Anyways, It's been three paragraphs, and I should probably get to the actual music, because despite the fact that this whole album was done in five days (?!?), it is really, really good. The album has six songs, plus one 30-second electronic interlude (which is less annoying than it sounds). Of the six songs, one ("All Ages Shows") is of the toned-down variety--you know, the "Sweet Home Cananada" or "Wednesday Night Drinkball" type. I think it holds up pretty well with past toned-down stuff, though it's not really my type. As a bonus, it has a very brief Laura Stevenson vocal appearance (I think it's her, at least).

The other five songs are all fun, catchy, and pretty fast. The last track, "Struggler" was previously released around Christmastime. It's slower than most of the songs on here, but possibly the most adorably spastic. Even if the lyrics are asynchronously (though expectedly for the band) depressing/sarcastic ("I don't wanna go outside 'cause I might have a terrible day!").

The rest of the album is exactly what you'd expect from Bomb the Music Industry!: eclectic instrumentation, fast pace, and full-blown spazz. To me this band is all about going out there and having fun. While they might not be the only band with that attitude, they are among the best at bringing that fun into your living room. The EP is free, so there's no excuse to miss it. But remember to donate if you can--these guys work their asses off.


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MN_DrNick (May 12, 2010)

Up there with Get Warmer as my favorite from these guys.

bastard_squad (March 17, 2010)

Most of those exclamation points should be commas.

sceneholocaust (February 19, 2010)

if i may be frank, those who like this over "to love or die in long island" or "album minus band" are off your gourd.

not a terrible offering by any means, but even before noticing this was thrown together in 5 days i could tell it was hastily put together.

i will agree that slumlord is the best cut off this one.

Grue (February 18, 2010)

I really don't like the production on this record. I know he recorded it for cheap, but even Album Minus Band sounds better to me for some reason.

thegreatestmanalive (February 18, 2010)

Heard a bit of this, pretty fantastic, red eye or whatever his name is is a dick as always. Telegraphrocks may be the biggest tool on this site. Jeff is the man

quoteunquoterecords (February 18, 2010)

Ouch, red eye. I feel like a marlboro menthol light, cause I just got burnt by a fourteen year old.

Eat shit. Don't listen.

josh_a (February 18, 2010)

Hey..you can get their full unreleased set from last years HOH by making a $5 pledge to Harvest of Hope. http://bit.ly/dqNkYg

red_eye_inc (February 18, 2010)

This band thinks they're clever with these zany album titles, but they're not.

woodprop (February 17, 2010)

Good stuff here... I'm usually not a fan of slow songs but Jeff makes them so damn catchy it's hard not to like them.

jim_gray (February 17, 2010)

Jeff inspires me to do things like him, without trying to be him.

bastard_squad (February 17, 2010)

That title gives me a headache.

I miss the Dickies

mikexdude (February 17, 2010)

I love love love BTMI! but I am not feeling this -- I have some issues with the mixing and it seems rushed. In theory, it's good.

wearestillalive (February 17, 2010)

It's not really hit me yet. It's ok, but Scrambles is still his best work by a miiiiiiile.

yousurewearpantsalot (February 17, 2010)

only band doing things right? have you ever heard of the hudson falcons? that is the band to emulate if you want to do things the right way

dropkicksoul (February 17, 2010)

Better than Scrambles. Just can't explain why. Might be the horns and my massive crush on Laura Stevenson. 5 stars. Just sayin'

hello-rockview (February 17, 2010)

Jeff Rosenstock is the fucking man. Plain and simple.
This is not quite as good as Scrambles, but still pretty fucking amazing. Especially since the sound is nothing like Scrambles. Jeff just changes every fucking album. It's so awesome.

IanIsSuperRad (February 17, 2010)

In the time it took me to read that review BTMI! probably recorded 3 new songs.

ashtraymonument (February 17, 2010)

y'allz crazy.

skankbook (February 17, 2010)

Jeff is roughly my age, so with each new album the subject matter becomes more and more relatable. Songs like "Slumlord" and "Planning My Death" could've been picked from my brain anytime in the last few months (not that I'd be able write it half as well as BTMI!). Far better than "Long Island" or the O Pioneers! Split, which are still incredible EPs. Perfect follow up to "Scrambles," keep up the good work, Jeff & co.

TheViz (February 16, 2010)

I love everything about BTMI, from their ineffable DIY ethic, to Jeff's raw, sincere lyrics, to their insanely catchy and creative music. "The First Time I Met Sanawon" is my current favorite song. Not quite up to the quality of Scrambles, but then this as long, and was recorded much quicker. Jeff Rosenstock and company never cease to impress.

mike_killroad (February 16, 2010)


Nowhere near as genius as the other albums. The songs sound like a normal band, not BTMI. I don't hate them because they are catchy, but they don't have that trademark "Jeff" touch. I think Laura Stevenson is making him soft.

Overall, 2.5. A strong 2.5, but nonetheless, Jeff needs to stick to writing and recording long term, none of this "5 day" bullshit. It just doesn't focus on the sound like it should.

TheNightMan (February 16, 2010)

i'm right there with you chilitown-pope. They're a good band but I'm not into them. I do like Kudrow though

thepopeofchili-town (February 16, 2010)

I like the idea of this band, and their business model, but I can't stand their music.

Rastid (February 16, 2010)

Weak review just because everybody knows what BTMI does already. Just space filler to write about it in an album review.

yeah, fair. i was just pretty psyched that they went back to the more informal style. last few albums have been pretty hyped, and i love that they just dropped this with no warning. also don't really want to take for granted all the cool shit they do. but maybe it is unnecessary info...

Thegimper (February 16, 2010)

Best EP of the year without a doubt and I don't think any release will top this for me this year.

skankinfrank (February 16, 2010)

same as pinkteron, only MBTA

joe_weasel (February 16, 2010)

btmi! and ajj are the only bands i can honestly think of that get progressively better with every single release. and although i prefer scrambles as an overall listening experience, jeff always seems to be going forward and progressing with his songwriting. and its fucking impressive.

screeching_bottlerocket (February 16, 2010)

Slumlord is my favorite song of the year so far.

telegraphrocks (February 16, 2010)

1/7 of this is decent. The other 6/7... dear god... terrible.

pinkerton (February 16, 2010)

this shit is really really good.

gets me through LIRR rides.

quickattack (February 16, 2010)

It was a great surprise, about as good as Scrambles.

Tye (February 16, 2010)

best btmi! release yet. if i was in a band that spent 5 days recording and mixing this album and heard this said too often i'd be annoyed i spent so much time on my other stuff :p

teaessare (February 16, 2010)

Weak review just because everybody knows what BTMI does already. Just space filler to write about it in an album review.

Also I LOVE this EP. It has rejuvenated my interest towards the band. Definitely some of their best work. Better than Scrambles, without a doubt IMO.

swank (February 16, 2010)

I'm such a huge sucker for guy/girl vocal trade offs, so "All Ages Shows" is my favorite right now. This is easily the best release of the year thus far.

I agree with the reviewer, BTMI are a rare band thats doing things right.

greg0rb (February 16, 2010)

I like this a bunch, though probably not at Scrambles-levels, yet. I like how it ups the horns though.

Blackjaw_ (February 16, 2010)

The first BTMI! 'album' I listened to completely, and I like it. I went back to their other releases and none of them really stood out to me, but yeah, this one's good.

thirtyseconds (February 16, 2010)

Ok review... this was a nice surprise. I like it so far.

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