Best Albums of 2008

Little known fact: One of the 10 commandments actually state: “If Thou Ownth A Music Blog, Thou Shall Create A Top 10 Of The Year List. If Thou Fails to Comply, Danny Devito Will Nibble Off Your Fingers To The Knuckle”. 2008 was a hell of a solid year for punk rock and music in general. We had hella solid releases, hella good shows, and people finally stopped using the word hella. So without further ado: silverunity’s top 10 of 2008! 10. Less Than Jake […]

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A “Chicago Weather Mix”! By Guest Blogger Hotpants Askance

(original photo at Basketballphotos.com, touched up by silverunity) So our token guest blogger Hotpants Askance finally decided to write a new post for the holid… err… weather in Chicago. Listen up kids! Every month or so, some guy has to make the quip, “If you don’t like the weather in Chicago, just wait a minute.” We always let that slide, but only because it’s true. It’s nearly sixty here, wavering between drizzle and thunderstorms. The last two weeks we had two weather options: no snowfall, […]

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Bouncing Souls Home(less) for the Holidays (w/ Vision, Token Entry, Higher Giant) Review

This show was a last minute decision (and stroke of luck) for me. When I found out that the 12.27.08 show was moved from the Stone Pony to the Arcade on the boardwalk (imagine a shopping mall, with a bar in it, a few shops, oh and a giant christmas tree just standing in the middle), I knew I had to go. This was practically the same spot where I first saw the Souls (the convention hall that connects to the arcade), and I was […]

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More Christmas Songs you Won’t Hear on the Radio!!!

Alright, so last year, we brought you 10 holiday songs you won’t hear on the radio (because seriously, how many pop covers do we need of Jingle Bells?*see footnote) Besides, punk covers and whatnot are so much better… with that being said, here’s some more songs you won’t hear on the radio! 5. Real Mckenzies – Pagan HolidayHey, we don’t want to leave anyone out. Maybe you’re not a Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa celebrator… here’s to the winter solace! 4. The Chinkees – Christmas A little politically aware […]

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Cut the Shit – Harmed and Dangerous (For fans of Municipal Waste, Minor Threat, Bones Brigade)

18 Songs: 17 minutes (that’s without the 4 minute silence obligatory bonus track)… friends, this is what hardcore is made of. Although calling them “hardcore” would be a little inaccurate, as you can definitely hear many more 80s thrash influences. From the opener “You’re the Problem” all the way through “I Can’t Cope”, Harmed and Dangerous doesn’t let up for a minute. Pure fury, with the rage of Minor Threat and the thrash-a-billy-ness (is that a word?) of bands such as Bones Brigade. Highly recommended […]

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Auto Bailouts and other Bastardly Deeds (A Mix!)

Good morning America! While you were asleep, you were once again turned over and completely ass raped by the rich of this country… leaves you with a warm fuzzy feeling inside doesn’t it? Yes, that hard earned money that you work for, and then pay taxes on have been given ONCE again to your employers, so they could keep paying you shit wages and making your waking existence nothing more than a 5 days a week 9-5 death march! Why should we give this money […]

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Atom and His Package – A Society of People Name Elihu (For fans of Matt and Kim, Totally Michael, Dead Milkmen)

So Atom and hi…. OH MY GOD ARE THOSE HIS TEETH??? Eeeeeew…. gingivitis! err. um, where was I? So we here at the housewives are completely obsessed with Atom and His Package, posted on him more than anyone else on this blog, but somehow managed to never actually post on any of his albums. Atom’s second album “A Society of People Named Elihu” took dweeb-synth pop to a whole new level (read: unknown) with it’s quirky 80s/Rugrats hooks, hilarious lyrics, and err… very unique vocals. […]

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46 Short – Just a Liability (For fans of The Unseen, Circle Jerks, The Virus)

(Photo by R. Roca) Holy Schnike balls! How have I had 46 Short’s “Just A Liability” for so freaking long (few years now) and never really gave it a true listen? Straight up, no strings attached raw street/80s influenced punk rock. Take the energy of your typical street punk band (say: The Unseen) and multiple that by 2. You now have 46 Short’s “Just A Liability”. Just listen to it goddammit. MP3:46 Short – “Friend”46 Short – Numb 46 Minus 41 Articles:Sakes Alive!!!ActionRaw Street Punk: […]

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Bigwig -Stay Asleep (for fans of Propagandhi, Static Radio NJ, NOFX)

Bigwig is one of those bands that I’ve always been shocked that they never completely exploded in terms of popularity goes. After years of releasing solid after solid album, it’s pretty damn hard to believe that Stay Asleep (my first Bigwig album) came out nearly 10 years ago. These days, not unlike Propagandhi, Bigwig plays a more thrashy punk rock… but back in the day (aaaand I’m officially old), the sound was a much more melodic almost skate type of punk rock. And jesus christ […]

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Sakes Alive!! – Act I (For fans of From Ashes Rise, Pipedown)

Ok, I’ll admit, when I first read the band name, I thought it was a Japanese grindcore band since the name SHOULD obviously be pronounced ‘sake’ as in the Japanese rice alcohol… but alas, it’s ‘sake’ as in “for god’s sake silverunity, they’re from Rochester, NY, not Japan.” Regardless, Sakes Alive!! kicks major ass. They were originally going to release a full length, but decided to break it up in a bunch of EPs and 7 inches (because that’s more punk rock, obviously.) The 7 […]

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