Best New Music
Suburban Delinquents’ story started out like so many other bands. They were four kids who got together to make some punk noise in the mid ‘90s. They played a bunch of shows, made a couple albums, and developed a pretty good local following. Then they started to grow up and went their separate ways. Years later they all found themselves back in metro Detroit, and started playing again. If that’s where things had ended, it would have already been a pretty good story.
It turns out that wa
Humungousfungusamongus [Millennium Edition]
Despite my love of the first Adrenalin O.D. full length, The Wacky Hi-Jinks of Adrenalin O.D. (1984), I somehow never got around to digging into its follow up Humungousfungusamongus (1986). In this case, it was definitely better late than never. As they did with Wacky Hi-Jinks, Beer City Skateboards and Records have reissued Humungous in a definitive, Millennium Edition. It shares its two main traits with Wacky Hi-Jinks: it’s fast as hell and funny as hell.
Since their debut came out in 2013, Bambara have made several changes to their sound. Whereas Dreamviolence was heavily influenced by noise rock and featured mechanical noise, walls of guitar feedback, and a very lo-fi feel; their subsequent albums have seen a transition to what could be described as Southern Gothic Post-Punk Blues. Their latest album, Stray, is testament to how perfectly this style fits them as a band.
With a sound that recal
High Fidelity (TV Series)
The 2000 film, High Fidelity, has definitely been on my all time top five desert island movies list ever since it first came out when I was in high school. Besides being a hilarious movie with a great cast and easily my favorite performance that Jack Black has ever given (particularly in his rendition of “Let’s Get It On” at the end), I loved seeing a movie about music and pop-culture nerds who were as obsessed as I was. To this day I can’t watch the movie without yelling back at the s
Father of All Motherfuckers
Four years ago I wrote a review for Green Day’s last album, Revolution Radio, and I trashed the album saying that Green Day seem to be following the market and safely trying to recreate only what brought them commercial success in the past, resulting in an uninspired and calculated album that contains none of what once made Green Day great. “Edgy, dangerous, dark, smart, innovative, heartfelt: these are all terms that have been used to describe Green Day at different points in their ca
Live - No Time for Tuning [reissue]
In 1995, after more than a decade as a band, Sloppy Seconds found themselves at a career crossroads. First, they were without a record label. Second, they had to break in a new guitar player after the departure of original axeman Danny Roadkill. What they did have was a great local following in Indianapolis, so they decided to reward the faithful with a live album. The show was recorded at the Emerson Theater in Indy on 4-15-95, and produced by Zero Boys frontman Paul Mayhern.
Well, somebody had to put out the first great punk record of 2020. I would argue that it was Seattle’s The Drowns back on January 17th. Under Tension set the bar high, less than three weeks into the new year. The songs are so catchy that they’ll still be stuck in your head when December finally rolls around. I missed the boat on The Drowns 2018 debut View From the Bottom, but gladly jumped aboard for last year’s The Sound. These former members of The Shell Corporation, Su
Good Luck Everybody
For all intents and purposes, while AJJ may have tamed their name down for the sake of political correctiveness, the best way to describe Good Luck Everybody is a jihad on the Donald Trump administration.
I've enjoyed their style of indie/folk/punk and it's always nice to get something that doesn't sound too Front Bottoms-ish in terms of message. Sure, love, life, death and all the experiences in between make for a fun ride but this is akin to something Desaparecidos would
There Will Be No Intermission
Since Dresden Dolls parted ways, I’ve really tried to get into Amanda Palmer’s solo albums. For me, they were always recording that jumped from moments of brilliance to moments where things didn’t work quite as well as they could have. Because of that, I approached There Will Be No Intermission with a decent amount of caution.
The first two singles, “Drowning in Sound” and Voicemail for Jill”, both definitely worked. The former found Palmer co