Kid Dynamite

Back in college, there was a rule that a friend/roommate and I made that stated anytime Kid Dynamite came on in our room, we had to mosh, regardless of the conditions (studying, sleeping, showering, whatever). As silly* as this may sound, can you really blame us? This Philadelphia was one of the most influential in melodic hardcore, and if there were going to be rules, it might as well revolve around Kid Dynamite. And while unfortunate that Kid Dynamite broke up 8 years ago (only […]

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A House Full of Friends

I’m not usually much for compilations- they’re too uneven. But I was poking around emusic looking for something new to listen to and decided on the strength of the artists I knew to download the Magic Markers comp “A House Full of Friends.” It’s like listening to a mix from a buddy. Each band is different but there seems to be an affable tone that carries through the whole thing. Of course there are a couple tracks I’m not too fond of but altogether it’s […]

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Defiance, Ohio- The Fear, The Fear, The Fear

The first time I heard this album it was around 3 in the morning on a weekday and my first thought was “Fuck. Now I’m gonna have to stay up even later listening to this a million times.” Granted sleep has never been a big priority for me, but even if I had more important things to do I don’t think I could have pulled myself away from these songs. MP3: Defiance, Ohio- The ListMP3: Defiance, Ohio- The Condition (I love the woo-hoo-hoo at the […]

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Ameliorate Your Vocabulary in a Fortnight!

Remember that Better Know A Letter series? Updates to come… really… Anyway if you don’t want to wait for that my buddy just started a GRE vocab blog called Get Me Into Grad School. Even if you’re not studying for the GREs I recommend checking it out. After all an august comportment never aggrieved anyone. MP3: Animal Collective- Did You See the WordsMP3: The (International) Noise Conspiracy- A New Language BuyBeck, Animal Collective, The (International) Noise Conspiracy

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Snowshoe BBQ!

Well, there’s snow everywhere up here, and I’ve been sick with the flu (or Bubonic Plague), so out of boredom of being couped up trying to get better, I’ve been youtubing live Atom and His Package shows (alas, which I never got to see…). Here is Snowshoe BBQ from his final show on August 29th, 2003 at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia (Man, do I wish I was there!) Atom, if you are reading this, please, just one more show, for those who are […]

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Negative Campaigning

Kant- [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7M-cmNdiFuI] Nietzsche- [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i72vGaB3ABw] Kierkegaard- [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uYO0vsI6UM] MP3: Blue Meanies- Vote No Buy

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Soo Much Snow!

But not enough to get me out of work…. Here’s a Mountain Goats snow trifecta- MP3: The Mountain Goats- Snow SongMP3: The Mountain Goats- Third Snow SongMP3: The Mountain Goats- Snow Crush Killing Song Buy:Amazon

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The Boy Least Likely To

You Ain’t No Picasso is my favorite blog. Even on days when I ignore the rest of the Internet I still usually swing by the site to see what new MP3s Matt has up. Thats why even though I wasn’t a huge fan of the songs he posted, after reading his enthusiastic recommendation; I picked up the Boy Least Likely To album. Every time I read something about the band I try and give it another listen. There are a couple fun songs but for […]

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The King Blues – Under The Fog

To say that The King Blues was a complete dub/reggae assault would be limiting this London band. While there is plenty of amazing dub on their album “Under The Fog”, from the deep percussion almost Capdown influenced “Blood On My Hands” and “Come Fi Di Youth” to the familiar Slightly Stoopid sound of “Mr. Music Man” and “Chimp in A 3 Piece Suit”, The King Blues incorporates so much more on this album. Take for instance “We Ain’t Never Done”, a folk song laced with […]

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