Screechy (screamo?) indie rap from Philly with clever lyrics about Philadelphia, hardcore, and filled with samples from classic hardcore punk records. I'm not a huge fan of them live, but the records are worth listening to. Ardmore shout out.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Desaparecidos - Read Music | Speak Spanish
The short lived indie rock band from Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes. A great concept album about the "growth" of a small town, with great socially conscious lyrics. I really wish they'd done more than this.
The Good Life - Album of the Year Acoustic Demos
Aside from Domestica, The Good Life's Album of the Year is my favorite Tim Kasher project. This was the bonus disc that came with some copies of the CD, and it's solo acoustic versions of all the album tracks. At times a bit slow, and at other times soul crushing.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Born Against - The Rebel Sound of Shit and Failure
Ferocious, political punk from the mid-90s. This is the reissue with all the extra tracks. "Hello shit..."
This Day Forward - In Response
Haters be damned, this is their best work. Not as screamy, a lot more forward thinking, but overall, this is just really well done. They pushed the envelope with this and alienated a lot of the their older metallic hardcore fans, but I still think it's their finest hour.
Bridge and Tunnel - 7"
Heavy at times, technical at others. This is one of my favorite indie rock bands recently. This 7" wasn't my favorite at first, but it grew on me a lot after listening to the LP. Don't make the same mistake I did. The line "So please bear with me while I try to balance my professional posturing with my punk rock posturing" really struck a nerve when I turned 25.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Dustheads - Collected Sounds
Brooklyn hardcore punks. This is a collection with both Tall Tales 7 inches, as well as the first recording of their LP, which was later re-recorded and released on its own. I think they broke up, but who knows with these dudes.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Vitreous Humor - Posthumous
Indie rock from the late 90s, and I think this came out on Crank! Records, so you know what to expect. When I was 15, I heard some no-name high school band cover "Why Are You So Mean to Me?" and it's been stuck in my head for 10 years.
Plow United - s/t
I've already posted their last set, but this is the first LP. Through high school, probably one of my favorite records. "Spindle" is still one of the best lead songs on a record. Technically, it's not, but since the tape I originally had this dubbed on cut off the first super short song, I count it as the first.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Good Luck - Into Lake Griffy
I have tried to shy away from upping more recent records, but I can't avoid this one. Noodly indie pop punk with nasal male vocals and fantastic female vocals. Listen to this, then buy it, then see them as soon as possible.
The Steinways - Live at Insubordination Fest
Probably my favorite band to come from the recent pop punk resurgence. This is worth it for their cover of "Die Today" by Off With Their Heads, if nothing else. Although, the rest of this is pretty damn good.
Against Me - Acoustic EP
You know this band and you've probably already made up your mind. This EP makes me feel like I'm back with my best friends in college, listening to this record at 4am while they sipped whiskey and I pounded root beer. The soundtrack to 2004.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Tommy Murray - The Broken Sound
Tommy was the singer of the Crash, who I uploaded recently. But unlike his 16 year old pop punk songs, this is a solo acoustic record that shows extreme growth. Most of these songs were written during a two year span of living alone in Massachusetts on Buzzard's Bay, and it totally fits when you listen to it. Just because he's an ex-punk, don't be fooled into thinking this is a cheesy folk punk record. It's much more than that.
Young Livers - The New Drop Era
It's No Idea, so it's got that gruff punk rock thing going on, but with a bit more angular and heavier. They share members with Glass and Ashes, and that's pretty similar. One of my favorite No Idea releases in the last few years. Them and Able Baker Fox were my favorite back to back sets of Fest this past year. Buy this. Twice.
The Thermals - The Body, The Blood, The Machine
With their new record leaking and kinda being a disappointment, I've been listening to this a bit more. Spastic indie rock with a lot of religious and apocalyptic lyrics and themes throughout the record. I'm hoping the new one will grow on me, but even if it doesn't, this one is still great.
Moneen - Are We Really Happy With Who We Are Right Now?
This was my favorite record from Moneen, a Canadian poppy punk band, with a slightly scratchy feel to it. They were also one of the most exciting live bands I've ever seen, even though the one guy had dread locks.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Sleepasaurus - It's All Written Down and I Still Don't Feel Any Better
Creep Records/Motherbox records pop punk with a tiny splash of what some were calling emo in that time period. Either way, a great record about high school, Star Wars, and girls.
Saves the Day - Through Being Cool Sessions
To be honest, I'm not entirely sure where this came from, but it seems to be a live studio session as one track of Saves the Day playing their classic album Through Being Cool. A slight change of pace, and definitely fun.
Polar Bear Club - Demo
PBC play indie rock inspired punk rock, not unlike Hot Water Music or Small Brown Bike, but their LP has a slicker feel than their immediate influences. This demo (as well as the EP) is a bit more rough around the edges and keeps me a bit more interested.
Ransom - Ben Demo
Ransom was a short lived Philly hardcore band that pretty much morphed into No Roses. They did three different demos with three different singers and this is the one with Ben Wolfgang (The Curse, Bookburner) singing for it. Ben's got one of my favorite voices in punk rock, and I love this demo. Tomorrow I'll post the demo with George Hirsch singing.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
The Casket Lottery - Choose Bronze
Late 90s emo type stuff. Catchy and melodic, while heavy and driving at times. Powerful vocals and great melodies make this one of my favorite records of theirs. It was the first I really heard, and the only one I paid much attention to until recently for some reason. Their singer, Nathan, is now in Able Baker Fox with members of Small Brown Bike.
The Broadways - Broken Star
Scratchy, gruff pop punk with socially conscious lyrics. At a time when I was getting way too into emo and indie rock, this record kicked me in the butt and reminded me that punk bands do still sing about other stuff sometimes. Sometimes this record makes me want to move to 100 acres in Montana and never come back. Mems of Lawrence Arms and Honor System.
Broadway Calls - s/t
Insanely catch pop punk that really resembles early Green Day at times, with a modern slickness too it. They put on a killer live show at Fest, and are blowing up. A lot of people write them off as a typical radio pop punk band, but they're so much more than that. Great sunny day driving record.
Jets to Brazil - Perfecting Loneliness
The final album from the indie rock supergroup. This was the biggest stretch for them musically and I think it alienated a lot of people. Lots of slow songs, lots of pianos, and lots of long songs. I still think it's great. It stands as Blake's record that's the most mature musically, but also the furthest from Jawbreaker.
Monday, March 9, 2009
The Suicide File - Some Mistakes You Never Stop Paying For
The posthumous b-sides/rarities collection from this punk/rock n roll/hardcore band. Political and angry lyrics. I actually prefer this to the LP.