20 - 1 to fix it and 19 to write a 'zine about it!
An order I placed at No Idea! finally came in a few days ago and - because they're so rad - they threw in a free, somewhat recent, issue of Razorcake. It's been a longggggggg while since I've read something like Razorcake and - man, it felt so good to do that again. There was a cool article in there about the "vinyl bubble" and that interview with Full of Fancy just basically revealed how rad and cute they all are. Would've been sweet to hear Miranda do those Sean Connery voice impressions.
It was great to sit there and read the interviews, articles, brief reviews, and check out all those little ads from labels and bands.
Damn you, internet, for ruining me!
I remember going to Hastings, picking a CD and one or two magazines, like Punk Planet (oh, how I still miss you so much to this day!), MRR, Razorcake, etc., etc. - good times!
The two new songs off Supporting Caste - "Supporting Caste" and "Human(e) Meat" - rock. Hard.
So, I got to hear two new 'gandhi songs, pre-ordered their new album (on double LP and CD) and got a blink reunion. Minus the part where I got dragged to watch Push with my brother and sisters yesterday, this was a pretty rad week.
The Loved Ones (new EP comes out this coming Tuesday and it sounds really good. I was expecting it to sound a little like Build & Burn, but it's more like Keep Your Heart and their first self-titled EP. "The Last Call" and their "Coma Girl" cover are rocking songs. Keep an eye on these guys!)
Suburban Home/VC's Under the Influence series (most of the cover songs sound graet, especially the most recent one with Andrew Jackson Jihad and Cobra Skulls. Good music plus some really awesome artwork by Mitch Clem and Nation of Amanda - )
Drag the River do a swell cover of "Havin' a Party", too, bytheway! Check all that out, definitely. And if you can, buy 'em!
also, Slumdog Millionaire and it's soundtrack kick ass. Hard.
Saw some discussion here and there about the status of" our" "music" "scene". My only response to that - or a least what that whole discussion reminded me of, anyway - is a little song by a certain Canadian punk band that I absolutely love.
Back to the Motor League
I like to party fucking hard. I like my rock and roll the same. Donít give a fuck if I burn out. Donít give a fuck if I fade away. So back to the Motor-League with me before Iím forced to face the wrath of a well-heeled buying public who live vicariously through tortured-artist college-rock and floor-punching macho pabulum. Back to the Motor League I go.
Once thought I drew a lucky hand. Turned out to be a live grenade of play-acting ďanarchistsĒ and Mommyís-little-skinheads, death-threats and sycophants and wieners drunk on straight-edge. Fuck off. Who cares? Iíd rather hi-lite Trip-Tiks than listen to your bullshit. Fuck off. Who cares about your stupid scenes, your shitty zines, the straw-men you build up to burn. It never ceases to amaze me and as Iím suffering your perfection it reminds me of my own race to redress my own sad history of mouthed feet. Eaten hats. Teated bulls. Amish phone-books. Drunken brawls. But what have we here? 15 years later it still reeks of √ęSwill and Chickenshit Conformists with their fists in the air; like-father, like-son ďrebels", bloated on korn, eminems and bizkits.
Lord, hear our prayer: take back your Amy Grant mosh-crews and your fair-weather politics. Blow-dry my hair and stick me on a ten-speed. Back to the Motor League. I guess life is just a popularity contest. Success, the ability to perform within a framework of obedience. Just ask the candy-coated Joy-Cam rock-bands selling shoes for venture-capitalists, silencing competing messages, rounding off the jagged edges.
Give me mercy and a minute now.
Iíma bleed a little poison out.
Iíma cry a little river down,
then Iím setting this whole thing on fire.
And Iím burning up the night she died.
Iím putting every last picture aside,
Iím gonna say what I need to say.
In my very last letter to you
'Cause you always made it clear,
said youíd never be my pain.
So hereís to you and your bright baby blues,
just a pause to cool the refrain.
And you said were satisfied,
that this body just weighted the tide.
And that you missed him sometimes,
but you said it's all right,
its just a whole lot harder alone.
But I wish you knew her now.
Sheís the better side of me now.
Iím doing the best I can.
That's what you'da wanted.
And I see like you were there.
I know just how you'd smile.
Mary, you looked just like, it was 1930 that night.
But hear the days will eat you alive,
but I wonít give in tonight.
You said its not worth my time,
and not to regard them.
And not to settle just for piece of mind,
I could wait it out all night,
If I just keep breathing
But Mary, I found the sound,
and if this heart keeps pouring it out,
The glory hasn't come,
and it's probably gonna fade,
like a tattoo that hides this shame.
But reasons always fade.
The pain gives out some day.
So Iím saying my goodbyes to your deep blue eyes,
cause I donít know how say, to stay still in the pain.
"Stay still in the pain."
And if I recall the last thing you said to me,
before it broke up.
Before it took you from me.
You said I love you more than the stars in the sky,
but your name just escapes me tonight.
(Nobody does it like you anymore)
1) The Gaslight Anthem - The 59 Sound
2) Dillinger Four - C I V I L W A R
3) Ninja Gun - Restless Rubes
4) Lemuria - Get Better
5) The Loved Ones - Build and Burn
6) Sigur Ros - Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust
7) The Kills - Midnight Boom
8) The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
9) Chuck Ragan & Austin Lucas - Bristle Ridge
10)Banner Pilot - Resignation Day
11)Two Cow Garage - Speaking in Cursive
12)The Riot Before - Fists Buried in Pockets
13)She & Him - Volume One
14)Shorebirds - It's Gonna Get Ugly
15)Teenage Bottlerocket - Warning Device
16)The Roots - Rising Down
17)Ani DiFranco - Red Letter Year
18)Heathers - Here, Not There
19)Halo Fauna - Durak
20)Jr. Juggernaut - Ghost Poison
21)Ghost Buffalo - The Magician
22)Paint It Black - New Lexicon
23)Off With Their Heads - From the Bottom Up
24)Monikers - Wake Up
25)Good Luck - Into Lake Griffy
26)Canoe - Places
27)Chumbawamba - The Boy Bands Have Won
28)Mike Hale - Broken With No Hope
29)Bridge and Tunnel - East / West
30)Matt Pryor - Confidence Man
31)M83 - Saturdays = Youth
32)Mutyuma - Ilya
33)LaGrecia - On Parallels
34)Atmosphere - When Life Gives You Lemons
35)Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground - self-titled
36)The (International) Noise Conspiracy - Cross of My Calling
37)Conor Oberst - self-titled
38)Able Baker Fox - Voices
39)Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis - Two Men with the Blues
40)No Use For A Name - The Feel Good Album of the Year
41)The Ergs! - Hindsight is 20/20
Something like that. It's been prettty nice watching Gaslight Anthem grow up and it's sweet seeing more people get into. The 59 Sound rocks my ears. Hard. And a new D4 album FINALLY and it totally did not disappoint.
A lot of really good releases came out this year and i feel like there's a lot more i still gotta hear. I think Suburban Home had a really good year. They released some great albums that ended up on my "best of" list. Next year looks just as swell for 'em. I'm stoked.
oh and about The Loved Ones:
Originally Posted by versus_god
Everyone who's into Gaslight but hasn't heard the Loved Ones needs to check them out immediately. Build & Burn was overlooked by far too many this year, an awesome blend of melodic punk and "Americana" rock-n-roll.
Listen to Alexis and check that album out, if you haven't yet.
Tim Barry - Manchester
FOB - Folie a Duec
Jack's Mannequin - The Glass Passenger
Thursday/Envy split LP
Adele - 19
The Hush Sound - Goodbye Blues
Hot Water Music - Till the Wheels Fall Off
Charlotte Sometimes - Waves and the Both of Us
Favorite EPs from 2008
1) The Gaslight Anthem - The Senor and the Queen
2) Dead to Me - Little Brother
3)Ben Nichols - Last Pale Light in the West
4)Heart Shaped Hate - Bitch PLz
5) Andrew Jackson Jihad - Only God Can Judge Me
6)Lagwagon - I Think My Older Brother Used to Listen to....
Dead To Me full-length
Saves the Day
another Mike Hale solo album (i think)
In The Red - Volume 1.5 and Volume 2
The Takers full length album
(more!) Banner Pilot
Brendan and Chris should release something new, plz (maybe a new Larry Arms album?)
The Loved Ones - EP and full length
whatever million songs and 7" singles Chuck Ragan and Chris Wollard churn out again (new HWM album, plz)
another dozen Matt Canino/Phil Douglas/ex-Latterman bands - RVIVR
some legit recorded material from Blake and Aaron Cometbus' new project
Defiance, Ohio (hopefully)
more Hawks and Doves material