Top 5 Albums/EP’s That DONT Suck [JULY 2017]

a2711761861_10Basement Revolver – Agatha
Do I dare make the Snail Mail comparison? Let me tell you, Habit by Snail Mail was, arguably, the best sounding thing to happen in 2016. Like not just in music, but sounds in general. Better than children’s laughter by a long-shot. Honestly I’m not even a fan of children or their laughter, so I guess that’s not a good comparison. Look, whatever the best sounding thing you can think of is, Habit probably sounded better than that. This entire paragraph is just one big comparison to Snail Mail. That’s how awesome this EP is. It really doesn’t sound all that much like Snail Mail though, to be honest. Just the way she sings. This isn’t confusing is it?  Listen on Bandcamp or Spotify.

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a1044352850_10Fatesealer – S/T
Hardcore. This is hardcore. The adjective, not the noun. Although it is a little bit the noun too. It’s hard to find the right noun for this. They have tagged themselves as Pre, Mid, & Post, Hardcore.. Your guess is as good as mine. Post-hardcore with a splash of post-punk and two scoops of raisins? You’ll have to listen for yourself. This is one solid LP though. It’s heavy impact, deep and energetic, quick on it’s feet. Can you see yourself rage-punching a speed-bag to this music? I can see you doing that, you weirdo.  Listen on Bandcamp.

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a1431245958_10Von Stache – Quiet, Brain
There’s something in the water in Australia these days. More specifically, sharks! crocodiles! & those fucked up jellyfish! But in addition to all that, there’s something else, something radioactive that’s mutating human beings into awesome punk bands (ie. Von Stache). They’re a two-piece from Geelong Australia; Home of Aussie Football and The National Wool Museum. Together they rock out this slicked back grease-punk stuff. Imagine if Courtney Love was in The Groovie Ghoulies and had an Aussie accent. Now forget all that and check this out. Great album title btw.  Listen on Bandcamp or Spotify.

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a3866553780_10Crouch – Caida
There’s something in the air in Costa Rica these days. More specifically, mosquitos! Ok forget it. I can’t even talk about air quality. I’m currently choking on forest fire smoke. I can’t see the sun today. Hey let’s talk about this EP by Crouch. Partly Englais, partly Espanol, mostly asombroso! The Spanish language really lends itself to warp-speed pop punk doesn’t it? La Puerta is my favorite song. “LA PUERTAAAAAAAA”   Listen on Bandcamp or Spotify.

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a3040183310_10Dont Ask – S/T
Some real junky sounding Oakland shit with awesome psychedelic 60’s vocal stylings. The punk rock just never stops flowing from this town. Neither does raw sewage into the San Francisco Bay. I admit, I made up the stuff about the raw sewage, but it’s probably true. It’s kind of weird, this album, it starts off pretty average and just keeps getting better and better, so stick with it if you know what’s good for you.  Listen on Bandcamp.

 

 

 

Top 5 Albums/EP’s That DONT Suck [JUNE 2017]

a1329878579_10Local Programming – Seymour Glass
Track 2 is kind of lousy, but all of the other songs are goddamn incredible. I’ve been driving myself crazy trying to figure out what this reminds me of. I think it’s just cuz he sings like a guy from a band a few years back called Forming. I’m almost convinced it’s the same guy. It could be. Ok I’m just going to officially proclaim that it is most definitely the same guy. They’re the same person. Please don’t fact-check this.    Listen on Bandcamp

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a2528714462_10Needles//Pins – Goodnight Tomorrow
Scrappy punk outfit from my home town, so you know I gotta champion this. I’m hearing some good old fashion ramonesy-punk here and also I wanna say some Newfie/Irish bullshit of some sort. I don’t know if that was intentional but it’s working for me. I will be in attendance at the next show.    Listen on Bandcamp or Spotify

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a1266138357_10The Strays – Soundcast Session
Awww yeah this is smoo-ooth baby. Beautiful live studio sessions from this soulful rock outfit from LA. This is like close-your-eyes-and-bob-your-head-back-and-forth-with-a-slight-pout-on-your-lips music. Hopefully while your special someone is rubbing against you on a hot summer night in New Orleans. What the hell am I even talking about? I mean in general, all of the time, not just right now.    Listen on Bandcamp

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a1257005094_10Dead Selves – Western Body
These are nice dramatic folk-punk tunes from Atlanta. I love it when really cool bands come from the south that aren’t so stereotypically southern. Album cover is reminiscent of Frame & Canvas by Braid. The music is not. By now you should be able to tell, exactly what this sounds like. In case there was any confusion, It’s awesome.    Listen on Bandcamp

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a1918487364_10Yulia – Big Boys Fall Hard
I used to work with a woman named Yulia. She was from Belarus. Nice lady. Track 4, Amos, might be my favorite song for June. It’s so phat and phunky. On the cover there’s a guy with his face blurred out drinking what appears to be a bottle of Fireball. You can interpret that however you want. Oh yeah, the music.. It’s phat and phunky guys!    Listen on Bandcamp

Top 5 Albums/EP’s That DONT Suck [MAY 2017]

a0689907179_10Briscoe – Good Time Riffs For Bad Times
There’s something so cool about a band that’s obviously super talented, yet clearly gives no shits about aesthetic. I mean look at the artwork. It’s like someone designed it on their cell phone while driving. Not a single trace of these guys on any social media platform. They’re a mystery band. They’re too focused on kickin’ out dope jams to care about much else it seems. I bet their live shows are stupefying, if they’re even together anymore. This could have been recorded 20 years ago for all I know.    Listen on Bandcamp

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a2548617617_10Daddy Issues – Deep Dream
The only issues these guys are having is maybe some unhealthy side effects from a suck deficiency! Ok yeah, I tried way too hard on that sentence. This is my go-to sound for 2017. Between this and the new Courtneys record I’m set. Holy shit, this is cosmic dream fuzz.    Listen on Spotify or Bandcamp

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a2244512981_10Clowns – Lucid Again
The new Gnarwolves album was going to make this list, but after I listened to Clowns I was like “wow Gnarwolves suck”. Full disclosure, these guys are in no way affiliated with the Insane Clown Posse.. That certainly hasn’t stopped them from coming up with a stupid name for their band though. We’re going to overlook that because this thing rips. It rips so hard you guys. It’s like you’re thrashing the shit out of your skateboard on a gnarly curb guys. Just chewin’ it up. That’s how hard it rips.   Listen on Spotify or Bandcamp

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a3936514190_10Underpass – Part Time Punk Sessions
I can relate to the part-time punk credo. It works for me too. It’s too hard being a full time punk without also being full-time homeless. For a gloomy gothic record, this thing really rocks. Occasionally it rolls too. There’s some good stuff coming out of San Diego right now. Here’s proof.    Listen on Bandcamp

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a2655546073_10Alter – Pendulum
The lyrics are like a lesson in eco-neurology. Is that even a thing? It is now, cuz I just said it, and these guys did an album about it. Not that you’re going to be able to decipher a single word of it through the ocean of static you’ll be listening through. This sounds like a negative review. It’s not. This is dope. See it’s positive now.    Listen on Spotify or Bandcamp

 

 

Top 5 Albums/EP’s That DONT Suck [APRIL 2017]

PrintThe Smith St Band – More Scared of You Than You Are of Me
I don’t usually like my punk so cleaned up and polished like this, but these are big songs and I guess that warrants big production. The ultra-australianess of this guys voice is going to put you off at first, but don’t panic. It is going grow on you, I promise. It’s pretty bluddy incredible actually.    Listen on Spotify
 
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a2479524384_16Hate Club – No Seriously EP
Female and male fronted indie-emo from upstate NY. It’s scratchy and catchy as fuck. There’s a weird excerpt from an episode of The West Wing on here. I’ve never seen that show and I’m not sure if it doesn’t suck.   Listen on Bandcamp
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12XU095-1_Xetas_The_TowerXetas – The Tower
Noisy punk from Austin Texas. They look like nice people but this stuff is pretty viscous. It’s not gonna rip your face off or anything but it might kick you in the shins. You’re gonna take it and you’re gonna like it though.   Listen on Bandcamp
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a0752113678_16Kings of Freon – See There’s Your Problem EP
This is obviously an inside joke. I’m not in on it but I still find it hilarious. I feel like this might be a side project, but I don’t know who these guys are. All I know is, this is the best fridge-punk album I’ve ever heard. What is fridge-punk you ask..? Well, in this case, its lo-fi indie punk with lyrics focused exclusively on refrigerator repair. No, I’m serious, and it’s really good.   Listen on Bandcamp
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a0396870542_10Loose Tooth – Big Day
Woozy, screamy, a fuzzy rock covered in moss. It’s a nice place to sit down for a while. Take a little break. Watch out for slugs.
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