Category Archives: punk

Review: Balance and Composure – Only Boundaries

Label: No Sleep Records Released: August 11, 2009 I love when a record is really busy, but doesn’t get lost in the busyness. On the four song Only Boundaries, Balance and Composure fully live up to their name, balancing intricacies with listenable sensibility and remaining composed while the music swirls. “I Can’t Do This Alone” combines a tribal rhythm with… Read more »

Review: Grant Hart – Hot Wax

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Label: Released: October 6, 2009 The progression of an artist from a seminal band to a solo career usually tells us more about the artist now that they’re freed from the shackles of band unity (in whatever form it existed). What’s interesting about Grant Hart’s Hot Wax is that it tells us some things about him, but more of where… Read more »

Artists mentioned in the Clash’s “White Man in Hammersmith Palais”

One of the Clash’s finest moments was “White Man in Hammersmith Palais,” a 1978 UK single that also appeared on the re-sequenced 1979 US issue of their self-titled debut. The beginning of the song was inspired by a reggae show Joe Strummer attended (and was disappointed in) and mentions three arists who performed. The song goes on to make serious,… Read more »

Review: Girl in a Coma – Trio BC

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Label: Blackheart Records Released: June 2, 2009 Coming two years after their promising debut, Trio BC shows a young band that has done some significant maturing as musicians. The album maintains their early punkish edge, but expands the sound well beyond that. Nina Diaz elevates herself to a rough-around-the-edges Patsy Cline, particularly on the yearning, tender melancholy of “El Monte.”… Read more »

Review: The Slits – Trapped Animal

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Label: Narnack Records Released: October 20, 2009 Trapped Animal is the first studio album from the Slits since 1981 and comes 30 years after the seminal punk/reggae fusion of their debut, 1979’s Cut. The passage of time and only returning with two-thirds of the band’s core (Ari Up and Tessa Pollitt) certainly give reason to be skeptical of a new… Read more »

Review: Government Issue – The Punk Remains the Same

Label: DC-Jam Records Released: July 21, 2009 This five song EP, in classic punk fashion, clocks in at just under eight minutes, but we all know it’s quality, not quantity, that counts. These tracks, culled from two different shows, reflect GI’s hardcore heyday in 1982-83. The recordings are good for early hardcore live material and the band is clearly in… Read more »

Review: Brian Bond – Fire & Gold

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Label: self-released Released: March 10, 2009 Folk and punk has found some common ground over the years. From Billy Bragg’s incendiary love and politics to Elliott Smith’s dark beauty, the two genres have occasionally met in strange ways that have never been entirely one genre or the other, yet clearly rooted in both. Brian Bond is a similar artist in… Read more »

Live: Good Old War, Pela and the Gaslight Anthem

May 7, 2009, Recher Theatre, Towson, Maryland The Gaslight Anthem released one of 2008’s best records, were a highlight of last summer’s Vans Warped Tour, released an fantastic 10″ on Record Store Day and are now on the verge of opening for perhaps their biggest influence, Bruce Springsteen. There really couldn’t be much more of a positive vibe or greater… Read more »

New Flipper mp3

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Flipper will release Love, their first album in 16 years, on May 19th. You never know what you’re gonna get with a band like Flipper and over a decade and a half since they last recorded, it’s even more up in the air. However, you can check out “Be Good Child” to get an early taste before the release.