Static Radio NJ – An Evening of Bad Decisions… (New Album out 9/9/08

Like a bunch crystal meth fiends, ever since last year’s release of Static Radio NJ’s EP “One For The Good Guys”, punk/hardcore fans everywhere have been begging, demanding, and threatening the mothers of the band members for a new release. To relieve some of the withdrawal symptoms for their fans, Static Radio NJ is set to release their first LP “An Evening of Bad Decisions…”on September 9th, 2008. I had a chance to listen to the album and let me just say this: wow! (Note: […]

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Light Pollution

I haven’t been too active in checking out new music lately. When the Weakerthans are so good why bother listening to anything else right? But I had a little free time at work today and decided to listen to a few promo emails we’ve gotten. Within the first minute of the first Light Pollution song I heard I knew I would be writing a post. Definitely take a listen if you’re a fan of The Arcade Fire, David and the Citizens or Ravens and Chimes. […]

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BRAINDEAD (For fans of Give Up The Ghost, Turning Point, Youth of Today)

Sweltering, blistering, and any other adjective you like would be perfect to describe BRAINDEAD. Hailing from the City of Brotherly Love (speaking of which, I almost saw a fight break out in Love Park last night, pretty sweet), BRAINDEAD plays a mix of youth-crew style hardcore (such as Gorilla Biscuits and Youth of Today) and more modern hardcore (Hope Conspiracy, Bane, Give Up the Ghost). BRAINDEAD has something for everyone (and by everyone, I mean hardcore kids)… One minute you’ll get some chunky riffs that […]

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Raw Street Punk: Violent Society

Plain and simple: If you like straight up, no frills punk rock, you’re going to like Violent Society. In the veins of Clit 45, Oxymoron, (Insert your favorite Street Punk band here). The vocals are snotty as all hell and the music is furious while maintaining incredibly catchy. Be careful when listening, it’s been known to invoke random circle pits in places usually deemed inappropriate. MP3: Violent Society – Negative Attention Violent Society – You’re Gonna Fall Violent Society – I Wanna Know Buy: Interpunk

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A Little Hardcore Mix For You All (and Jorge)

Don’t worry Jorge, we got your back. Here’s a little hardcore sampler for you, wherever you may be: MP3: Paint It Black – Four Deadly Venoms Give Up The Ghost – There’s A Black Hole In The Shadow Of Pru Youth Of Today – Prejudice Minor Threat – I Don’t Wanna Hear It Bones Brigade – Nothing Changes Scraps and Heart Attacks – Queen Of Prussia Buy: Interpunk Smartpunk Amazon

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Saves The Day

Many elitist punks out there will probably scoff at the fact that I’m posting Saves The Day, but in all honesty, their 2nd album “Through Being Cool” is a solid pop-punk album. If you can get past the whiny vocals, you’ll see they have (or had, I actually never followed the band except for this record) some solid punk influences. Definitely will be a shock to those only familiar with their later work. MP3:Saves The Day – Banned From The Back PorchSaves The Day – […]

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Murder Mystery at the Bowery Ballroom

Well I meant to go to Siren this year, looks like it was a heck of a good time. The thing is, I got home from The Dark Knight at 4am on Friday night and the G train is running as a shuttle and well it’s really really hot outside. I did manage to drag myself out of my air conditioned room into the heat of the city for an after show at the Bowery Ballroom. It was worth it. Despite a sparse and not […]

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The Most Influential Punk Album Ever: The Ramones

Shit man, it’s the Ramones. Everybody knows the Ramones. Hell, they’re name has become some merchandised that I will guarantee (or your money back) that you can go to Sears and pick up a shirt with their logo on it (although please don’t do that). Regardless, they were one of the biggest (if not the biggest) influence in punk rock, and they’re first album (“Self Titled”) is the most influential record in the history of punk. Some (punker-than-thou) complain about The Ramones, claiming that their […]

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The Top 10 Instrumental Songs

Instrumentals are way too underrated, often ignored (or *gasp!* dare I say it? skipped!) when we listen to an album. So in tribute to the lonely, underappreciated musical melodies, here are my top 10 (non-classical/non-techno) favorite instrumental tracks. 10. Propagandhi – Interlude Video panning out of a six year old’s birthday party (thrown in the 80s) is what comes to mind with this song. Thank god Propagandhi has our back with this cheesy, yet awesome interlude. 9. Streetlight Manifesto – Riding the Fourth Wave Usually […]

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