The Vapids: Most Under-rated Ramones-Esq Band Around

Indicated from the polls, we learned that most of you are fans of Indie. Sasha suggests that we post more punk rock until you guys start liking it more! I, obviously, am in complete agreement! Let’s make this one a quick one. Look through your MP3 collection, do you see any Ramones, Groovie Ghoulies, or Teenage Bottlerocket in there? If yes: You’re going to love The Vapids, so skip this, and go straight to the MP3s. If not: SHAME ON YOU! But that’s ok… We’ll […]

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John Vanderslice- Emerald City

I’ve never been a huge fan of Vanderslice’s recorded work but seeing him live is another experience entirely. I’ve seen him open for the Mountain Goats several times and each time been amazed by his stage presence and energy. So as always I wasn’t wowed when I heard his new album Emerald City, but ah there’s an upside. Vanderslice and crew recorded themselves playing the album live at his studio Tiny Telephone, it’s almost as good as seeing him live. No, it’s not, but it […]

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Rainer Maria- Look Now Look Again

Rainer Maria, a now defunct indie rock band from Madison Wisconsin, named themselves after the poet Rainer Maria Rilke. Their last album, Catastrophe Keeps Us Together came out in 2006 but I’m going to post a couple tracks from 1999’s Look Now Look Again because it’s my favorite and what the heck, it’s my blog. Breakfast of Champions has always been a favorite of mine because of the energy. The half-singing half-yelling both Caithlin De Marrais and Kyle Fischer employ adds an urgency to the […]

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Bedouin Soundclash – Street Gospel

Oh Bedouin Soundclash, why must you make such sweet, sweet music? Reggae and Dub will never be the same after listening to your newest release. Bedouin Soundclash’s Street Gospel (out August 21st) blends soulful vocals with crisp rhythmic beats, making Street Gospel arguably, their strongest release (and I really love “Sounding A Mosiac”) It usually takes me some time to warm up to new releases, however on the first listen of Street Gospel, I instantly fell in love. I’m just going to go out and […]

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Lil’ Markie

Lil’ Markie (aka evangelical Christian Mark Fox) terrifies me. He sings the good word in a high-pitched voice that supposed to sound like a child I guess; really it’s just creepy. The worst/best song is probably “Diary of an Unborn Child” in which Markie sings from the point of view of an aborted fetus. Listening to one of these songs is kind of like watching a train wreck, you want to look away but you just can’t. Listen at your own risk. MP3: Lil’ Markie-Diary […]

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Aesop Rock W/ John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats)

Oh man I remember hearing about this collaboration awhile ago and being really excited, but actually hearing it… I’m sorry to say I’m just not into it. Oh how it pains me to give anything Mountain Goats related a bad review! It is nice to hear Darnielle doing some yelling instead of that falsetto he’s been using on the last couple albums but as a collaboration I don’t think it works. It sounds like a regular Aesop Rock song with a bit of Darnielle tacked […]

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5 Billion Dollars Say That This Is The Punkest Mo-Fo Around.

If you haven’t heard about this story, it’s pretty amazing. Jeffrey Lee, the lone survivor of the Djok clan, turned down 5 BILLION dollars, which would have easily made the custodian one of the richest men in the world. A french energy giant wants to extract 14,000 tons of uranium from the land, however, Jeffrey Lee claims that he will never let the uranium deposit be mined. He is quoted as saying:“I’m not interested in money. I’ve got a job; I can buy tucker; I […]

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The Weakerthans

After John Samson left Propagandhi he started a publishing company, then he started another band. Bet you can’t guess which this post is about. The band, The Weakerthans, play indie-rock, folk-punk. It’s been four years since their last release “Reconstruction Site” so I’m pumped to hear they have a new album coming out in September. The new record titled “Reunion Tour” was produced by Ian Blurton who also worked with the band on “Left and Leaving” and “Reconstruction Site” two great records so I’m confident […]

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Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton- Knives Don’t Have Your Back

Emily Haines is definitely in the running for best album title of the year. Knives Don’t Have Your Back is beautiful and sad, without being sappy or trite. Like so many of my favorite albums this one took me awhile to get into. At first I thought the songs were a little slow but eventually I started listening to the lyrics. Lines like “Bros before hos, disagree on the sidelines. Fight for a fee, the man needs a maid. The maid needs a maid.” are […]

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Story Time: Time Machine Back Before Catch 22

Once upon a time, there was a 15 yr boy named Thomas who enjoyed playing music. Him and some friends in the East Brunswick area NJ decided they wanted to start a punk band. They called themselves Gimp. In 1995, they released a very low quality album on cassette, called “Smiles For Macavity”. The album did not receive any circulation outside of their area, yet I can almost guarantee you know one of the songs on it. This boy Thomas, eventually went on to form […]

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