After The Fall – Fort Orange (For fans of Propagandhi, Strike Anywhere, Old Rise Against)

I’m not sure if I’ve ever fallen in love with an album from a band that I never heard of as quickly as I did with After The Fall’s “Fort Orange”. Seriously, first ten seconds into the opening title track, and I was sold. Besides the obvious Propagandhi influences (and as we all know, any band influenced by Propagandhi knows what the fuck is up), After the Fall know how to write a pissed off yet passionate song. I may be completely off, but I […]

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Lighten Up! – Absolutely Not! (For fans of Paint it Black, The Steal, Kid Dynamite)

Besides having a name that every hardcore kid should take to heart, Philly’s Lighten Up! is the biggest breathe of fresh melodic hardcore air that I have taken since discovering The Steal. With their debut LP “Absolutely Not!” the band blazes through 12 melt-facing songs in under 18 minutes. The first song “Invisible Checks” with it’s heavy-soon-turned-melodic-straight-to-some-whoas-then-fuck-it’s-over-already you pretty much know what Lighten Up! is all about: fast, pissed, yet fun music that is sure to induce plenty of stage dives. I’ve must have listened […]

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Beastie Boys: A Bunch Of Hardcore Kids In Disguise

With the recent announcement that MCA from the Beastie Boys has been diagnosed with a very treatable form of cancer, I thought it would be a good time to revisit these hip/hop hardcore kids. “What? Hardcore kids? silverunity, what the fuck are you smoking?” Yes dear readers, when they’re not fighting for their right to party, and not suffering from mass amounts of insomnia before they just so happen to reach their destination of one of the 5 boroughs (particularly Brooklyn), the Beastie Boys are […]

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Title Fight – The Last Thing You Forget (For fans of Transit, Jawbreaker, Shook Ones)

These Kingston, PA duders have just released their new “The Last Thing You Forget” which can be bought in a 3 song vinyl format or a 12 song CD (What the fuck?). The CD features the newest songs from Title Fight, along with everything else they ever released. Often classified as melodic-post-ten thousand other adjectives-hardcore, “The Last Thing You Forget” CD is filled with pop punk tinged melodic goodness. Think if early Saves The Day (“Through Being Cool” era) wined and dined A Wilhelm Scream, […]

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Reeeeehash (A Mix!)

So, my external hard drive that I have at work with all my music died (boo!). Luckily, I have all the music on my home PC as well, but this means I can’t share any new sweet tunes… so why not use this as an excuse to rehash some songs that I’ve posted a few years ago!!! MP3:Bigwig – FriendsBomb The Music Industry- I’m a Panic Bomb, Baby!Zero Down – Going NowhereMelt Banana – Spider Snipe Classics:10 Rules If You Wanna Be Hardcore9 Easy Steps […]

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Ceremony – Scared People EP (For fans of Some Girls, Trash Talk, Blacklisted)

Man, Ceremony has been quickly becoming one of my favorite hardcore bands as of late. Released back in ’07, “Scared People” has 5 new songs and one Negative FX cover from these Cali hardcore kings. The songs are a bit more melodic than their newer “Still Nothing Moves You”, and a bit less spazz-tastic (they songs are still bat-shit crazy). I can go in more details, but by the time you’ve read my post, you probably could have been done with the EP by now, […]

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Jay Reatard – Matador Singles ’08 (For fans of The Black Lips, Marked Men)

I know, I know. I’m a little late hopping on the whole Jay Reatard bandwagon, but only by 5 minutes. For those of you who have also missed the wagon (because you tried to ford the river and your fucking oxen died… should have just paid the toll) Jay Reatard is a garage punk rocker who appeals to both to those obnoxious punk kids and those god awful boring ass hipsters. I was pleasantly surprised by the “Matador Singles ’08”. Say what you want about […]

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Over Stars and Gutters – Consider This Your Curse (For fans of Dillinger Four, Lawrence Arms, Smoke or Fire)

I have something to admit. I was a bit hesitant to check out Over Stars and Gutters debut “Consider This Your Curse”. The name itself hints at screamo and then once I saw the cover art, I was pretty damn certain. Lesson: Don’t judge an album by it’s cover (unless it’s one of those youth crew shots… you can be pretty sure it’s an 80s hardcore band.) Coming out of Norman, Oklahoma, Over Stars and Gutters self released debut is filled with jaded punk rock […]

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Armalite (Live in Philly 7/19/09)

Every few years, when the moon becomes full and the goblins creep through the night, Armalite decides to play a fucking show. Although I actually headed down to Maryland this weekend, there was no way I was going to miss this rare occasion and I made it back in time (drove straight to the venue) to see this Philly supergroup. Being played at the First Unitarian Church in Philly, instead of the foot and a half high stage bands usually play on, the bands were […]

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Yardbeat – Straight From Yard (For fans of New York Ska Jazz Ensemble, Desmond Dekker, Toots and the Maytals)

(picture taken from their homepage, which hasn’t been updated since 1999… I like the MS Paint Frame). Flash back to 2003. I was a college freshman when my college radio station was cleaning out their inventory and had a “free bin” mostly filled with pop/emo/alternative rock crap. I was sifting through the CDs, and was starting to feel hopeless about finding something redeeming when I stumbled upon Yardbeat’s “Straight From Yard”. The cover looked like a ska album, could this be something I like? Oh […]

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