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Review: Static Radio NJ – An Evening of Bad Decisions

Label: Black Numbers Released: September 9, 2008 Back in the early 80s, Minor Threat discovered something about hardcore: Melody and intensity aren’t mutually exclusive. As seminal as MacKaye and company were, that’s still a lesson that’s been lost on a lot of bands. But not Static Radio NJ. An Evening of Bad Decisions finds Static Radio NJ progressing from solid,… Read more »

Review: Violent Femmes – Crazy

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Label: The Secret of Life Records Released: June 24, 2008 The Violent Femmes return the favor to Gnarls Barkley (who covered “Gone Daddy Gone” on 2006’s St Elsewhere) with this EP containing a cover of “Crazy.” The trouble with Gnarls Barkley’s offering was that it left the song entirely too intact. It sounds fine, but simply does too little to… Read more »

Review: 28 Degrees Taurus – How Do You Like Your Love?

Label: self-released Released: 2008 William Blake divided his poems into Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience to reflect his view of the world before and after that crucial point at which the ugliness of the world becomes apparent. However, Blake left out that gray area in between as experience opens doors (the doors of perception perhaps?), but hasn’t yet… Read more »

Review: Caesars – Strawberry Weed

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Label: Astralwerks Released: August 19, 2008 From the opening seconds of Strawberry Weed, Caesars make it clear that they’re not afraid to make noise. Committed to the mod tradition of the Who, they are loud, abrasive and willing to run wild, yet they never lose their raw pop sense. They tap into that point in rock history when bands realized… Read more »

Review: Canine 10 – Don’t Be Boring

Label: self-released Released: 2008 Ah, pop punk the way it was meant to be played. No sappy, whiny singer fronting a band with all the punch of Muzak. No songs by a band more interested in posing as “sensitive guys” than in expressing discontent. No boring, fake sentiments. No calculations to “make it.” Yeah, Canine 10 is the real deal…. Read more »

Review: New York Dolls – Live at the Fillmore East

Label: Sony BMG Released: May 27, 2008 Live at the Fillmore East was recorded only a little over a month before I saw the Dolls play in Baltimore, so I had a good idea of the potential this release had. Despite my feelings about One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This, I found the show to be… Read more »

Review: Dead Man – Euphoria

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Label: Crusher Records Released: May 5, 2008 For outsiders, prog rock really seems like a limited genre full of musicians whose musical narcisism takes center stage, relegating things like hooks, emotion and all things rock n roll to the background. That may be true to some extent, but prog has also expanded rock’s palette in many ways. A band like… Read more »

Review: Means – To Keep Me From Sinking

Label: Facedown Records Released: May 27, 2008 The metallic hardcore that Means offer on To Keep Me From Sinking has had a lot of practitioners over the last two decades or so and as expected, some do it better than others. The better bands are either tighter, more intense or occasionally even more creative. Means can compete with the best… Read more »

Review: Take It Back – Can’t Fight Robots

Label: Facedown Records Released: June 24, 2008 Can’t Fight Robots, the debut album from Arkansas’ Take It Back, finds a good mix between crunch and melody. It draws heavily on bands that defined the punk rock of the 90s like Pennywise and (ironically) Bad Religion and thickens that sound up with more hardcore tendencies. The vocals have a gritty power… Read more »