Best New Music
The first song on Everythang’s Corrupt is called “Arrest the President” and finds Ice Cube directly calling for the arrest of Donald Trump. He sprints right into the second song “Chase Down the Bully” and starts taking shots at the alt-right. Damn, it sure is nice to have Cube fired up once again.
The first four records by the seminal emcee are among the greatest run in Hip Hop history, finding Ice Cube using street tales as microcosms of fundamental social/political/ec
The Noble Cause [EP]
It was about three years ago that I bumped into Crazy Arm frontman Darren Johns whilst walking through Plymouth and we had a lengthy chat about what he, and the band, were up to. During that chat he mentioned his desire to do something more akin to a solo project, which would delve deeper into his love of roots/Americana music, which had already seeped into Crazy Arm’s work.
Warshy is that project and having played a number of dates in the UK, some supporting Larry and His Flask in
The E-sides and F-sides
It’s part of their charm, but Leftover Crack have a long history of pissing people off, including former record labels. The unexpected result is that the band actually has quite a few out of print and rare records. The E-sides and F-Sides functions as a one stop shop that collects almost everything outside of their three main albums.
Rock the 40 oz, the LOC side of the F-Minus Split, and the LOC side of the Citizen Fish split each essentially get their own side whil
Crazy and the Brains
Into the Ugly
Between their banging xylophone, Johnny Thunders style riffs, and wardrobe which is a cross between Richard Hell and Biggie Smalls, Crazy & the Brains aren’t a band that one associates with “sensitivity.” Now sure, the band has been delving into the personal for years- Early track “Box Room” was a direct look at mental heath. But even in those tracks, the band was reveling in insanity as much as lamenting it, and more often than not, they suggested that being nutso was kind of cool.
Diary of Dissonance
On his debut album, Midnight Peacemaker takes ‘80s trash culture and elevates it and degrades it in equal measure. The album opens with a skit wherein Peacemaker argues with a robot or entity and the entity encourages Peacemaker to strive for the most ’80-ish of all virtues: “believing in one’s self.” The whole track, Diary of Dissonance, is bathed in a coat of ‘80s Jim Henson foam and plastic. In the wrong hands, that could come off as cheesy or too cute, but because Peacemaker is so
You Won't Get What You Want
Daughters have never really been a bad band, mind you. But still, this is shocking.
The Providence, Rhode Island act drew a line in the sand with their first full-length, 2003’s Canada Songs. It comprised ten minute-long bursts of violent, trebly and spastic grindcore with ridiculous song titles which were pretty indicative of the era. They were from the oddball art space noise and punk scene of their city, and finding peers on the national subculture circuit was probably
Down Memory Lane
Release (part 2)
(This album has been advertised as a ‘ conceptual release’ with, per the track listing, the back half of the album released now, and the front half to be released at a future date. As such, I am treating this as a 6-song EP at this time, and labeling it as “part 2.”)
For their third release, Montreal’s Down Memory Lane return to the English language, following their 2017 French language EP “Vice cache.” "Release" tackles subjects both serious and funny, wrapping them up in
Amyl and the Sniffers
Some Mutts (Can't Be Muzzled) [7-inch]
Amyl and the Sniffers pull the trick of being direct and obtuse at the same time. At face value, “Some Mutts (Can’t Be Muzzled)” finds the Aussie band bashing out a three chord banger in early-early-early LA punk style. With the tune’s Keith Richards-meets-Stooges swinging guitar and singer Amy’s snarl-shouted vocals, there’s the same dark spark of bands like Alice and the Bags and the Alley Cats. It also helps that the rollercoaster riff itself slides with the best of them and functions as a ci
Stig Miller / Excruciation
Although he’s trickled out some digital tracks here and there, Stig Miller’s release of “Rising Son,” his first physical release since the untimely demise of Amebix in 2012, feels like a rebirth. Stig has made it pretty clear that he’s had some tough years in the intertwining time, and “Rising Son” makes it clear that he has crossed difficult plains and is now rising back to full strength. As he growls in that distinctive proto-crust snarl, “I watched the stars burn out/lost friends on the road”