Killing The Dream – ST (For fans of Give Up The Ghost, Comeback Kid, Hope Conspiracy)

It seems as if Sacramento’s Killing the Dream is getting bigger these days, yet no one really seems to know about their debut self titled album. Raw, pissed, and primal, Killing The Dream is the perfect example as to how hardcore should be played. Listening to the opening track “Picking Up The Pieces”, within the first second, you’re instantly slapped (no, more like stabbed) in the face with a gut wrenching scream, and pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the album. Playing […]

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The Lawrence Arms – Oh Calcutta! (For fans of Gaslight Anthem, Jawbreaker, Hot Water Music)

Flannel punks unite! Oh! Calcutta is the first Lawrence Arms album that I could listen to all the way through… don’t get me wrong, I like the Larry Arms, but some of their slower songs are just soooooo boring. The Lawrence Arms ditch the slow songs on Calcutta, and flaunt their melodic punk roots like bling. For fans familiar with the band, you’ll remember how on past releases there were two types of songs: Chris’s songs and Brenden’s songs. This too is a thing of […]

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Bomb the Music Industry! – To Leave or Die In Long Island (For fans of Arrogants Sons of Bitches, Big D and the Kids Table, Mustard Plug)

It’s been said a million times before: Bomb the Music Industry is one of the most D.I.Y bands out there, even more so than everyone’s beloved Fugazi. Having their entire music catalog up for free at bombthemusicindustry.com, and running their own donation based label waaaay before Radiohead/Nine Inch Nails hopped on the bandwagon (note: I’m glad it’s catching on) at Quote/Unquote Records, these guys have been in it for the fun since the conception shortly after Jeff’s other band (The Arrogant Sons Bitches) broke up. […]

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A “Yay For Insomnia!” Mix!

Wow, I don’t know what’s been going on lately, but I’ve been suffering from insomnia like crazy. I think it has to do with the cold weather, getting darker earlier, and the fact that I haven’t been outside to exercise since it’s cold and dark. Whiskey would probably help me pass out reaaaal quick, too bad I don’t drink. So I guess that leaves me with one tried and true Housewives cure: make a mix!MP3:Smoke or Fire – MelatoninBars – I was Asleep By NowStatic […]

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Christmas Tunes: The Vandals – Holidays with the Vandals: Oi To The World!

Soooo it’s that time of year again. We’ve been decorated since the day after Thanksgiving (for some reason…) What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than hitting up some tunes with the Vandals!!! Enjoy! MP3: The Vandals – Oi To The WorldThe Vandals – Nothing’s Gonna Ruin My HolidayThe Vandals – Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies Not enough christmas for ya?! Read:10 Christmas Songs You Won’t Hear On The Radio Buy:Kung Fu Records

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mc chris – mc chris is dead (Nerdy hip hop for fans of MC Lars, Flobots)

I fear that everyone’s favorite high pitched rapper’s 2008 release “mc chris is dead” is a self fulfilling prophecy. The title track’s opening line “mc chris is dead and he ain’t never coming back” could very well be telling the truth: as Chris stated in multiple updates and live shows that he plans on pursuing other goals (particularly a show on Cartoon Network), and isn’t sure when (and if) he’ll be releasing any new music. Good thing he left us with one hell of an […]

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Potshot – Pots and Shots (For fans of old Less Than Jake, Big D and the Kids Table, Nicotine)

I used to have a little saying I made up: “Life is like Japanese ska, you don’t know what the fuck it’s about, but you gotta love it anyway”. Japanese ska tends to be incredibly energetic and upbeat, to the point where listening to too much of it has been shown to give people diabetes. If you think you’re not at risk, read on. Potshot is one of the best 3rd wave ska bands to hail out of the land of the rising sun. The […]

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Captain Everything! – It’s Not Rocket Science (For fans of The Vandals, Whole Wheat Bread, Satanic Surfers)

I wish it were summer, then I could go skate and listen to one hell of a warm weather soundtrack: Captain Everything’s “It’s Not Rocket Science”. Don’t let the cover art fool you, this isn’t some lo-fi indie record. Hailing from Watford, England, Captain Everything plays melodic skate punk… althought he songs are slightly poppier than bands such as Satanic Surfers or SNFU, but not nearly enough to be radio-friendly (so don’t worry scene kids, you won’t lose any points, I promise.) While many people […]

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Give Up The Ghost – Background Music (For fans of Hope Conspiracy, Ten Yard Fight, Have Heart)

Oh my god, what a freaking morning. After getting a total of 2 hours of sleep last night, stepping in dog poop on my walk to the bus for work, rushing back home to clean shoes, getting kicked off the bus for my pass expiring, I needed some music that would pretty much summarize my day. Luckily, there is “Background Music” by Give Up The Ghost (aka American Nightmare). For those who don’t know, Give Up The Ghost was probably the best modern hardcore band […]

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