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.
The Mountain Goats
Getting Into Knives
On their latest album, Getting Into Knives, The Mountain Goats sound like a band. That’s not to diminish their previous efforts. In the past, Peter Hughes, Jon Wurster, and Matt Douglas did a great job filling out the songs John Darnielle wrote. This is the first album where their individual personalities shine through in the studio like they do during live performances though. That, most likely, is due to the album being recorded live in one room at Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis,
Laura Jane Grace
If you’ve been following Laura Jane Grace on Twitter since her entire spring and summer touring schedule were canceled back in March, this surprise album shouldn’t have been that much of a surprise. Besides all the wistful pictures of a nearly empty recording studio, and the record-from-home contraption that she shared with us on Twitter that looked like her head was encased inside one of the robots from MST3K, it was also clear that being home made her restless and she needed to work on some
What You Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down?
Over the past few years, Public Enemy frontman Chuck D has made it a point to pontificate on the virtues of a group as opposed to a solo emcee. Roughly speaking, Chuck has made the argument that while groups aren’t necessarily “better” than solo emcees, there are things that groups can do that a solo emcee simply can’t- such as bringing down a gatling gun barrage of noise. What You Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down? proves this argument.
Much to the releases’ credit, it
The Sharecropper’s Daughter
Sa-Rock has been toiling in the hip-hop underground for a while now, releasing nine albums over the course of a decade. The Sharecropper’s Daughter may not be a major label debut, but it is her first album on Rhymesayers, which is one of the biggest labels in the hip-hop underground. The album becomes the culmination of all of her hard work over the years as well as her innate talent. In a genre that’s so male dominated, The Sharecropper’s Daughter proves that it never has to
Empire of the Blind
In general, I prefer my thrash to be in the punky, crossover style. That being said, some of my very favorite thrash records are the melodic, progressive type. (...And Justice For All!) Heathen and Empire of the Blind definitely fall into the latter category. Their fourth album arrives a mere nine years after their last, The Evolution of Chaos.
Heathen are actually a relatively unsung old school thrash band from the Bay Area. They formed in 1984, and put out their f
Fresh Kills Vol. ll
Back in 2011, the same year as their debut full length, The Other Side of Darkness, Night Birds released a CD compilation of 15 various odds and ends tracks. A vinyl version of Fresh Kills - Vol l, also on Grave Mistake Records, arrived the following year. It brought together a fun but fractured collection of demos, vinyl only singles, and surf instrumentals. These songs displayed an already powerful band solidifying their sound.
Now, nine years later, Fresh Kills Vol.
World/Inferno Friendship Society
All Borders Are Porous to Cats
All Borders are Porous to Cats is World/Inferno Friendship Society’s most concepty-concept album. Roughly speaking, the album is about The Cat in the Hat (but not the one from Dr. Seuss… cough… cough…ahem…) sneaking across Trump’s border wall only to be arrested by ICE and put on trial for his crimes. Then, lead singer Jack Terricloth enters into the album narrative itself to plead on behalf of the Cat. Also, the shifting dynamic of the band their intra-relations is weaved throughout the