Sista Sekunden – Skyll Inte På Oss (for fans of Paint it Black, Good Riddance, Kid Dynamite)

Holy. Fucking. Shit. Sista Sekunden is the best thing to come from Sweden since cheap furniture and those fucking delicious fish. Their live show was one of the craziest I’ve seen all year, and I knew I’d have to check out some of their recorded stuff, so I picked up ” Skyll Inte På Oss”, which translates into “I have no fucking clue what this means but it just melted my face off”. The band sings in Swedish, but that shouldn’t really turn anyone off […]

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Off With Their Heads, The Bomb, smalltown, Dirty Tactics (Live in Philly 10/25/09)

On Sunday, against my better judgment (I wasn’t feeling well, and wound up running a fever), I headed out to The Barbary to go see Minneapolis punk rockers, Off With Their Heads. I got there late, but the show was also running about an hour late as well, so I made it right in the middle of Dirty Tactics set. Dirty TacticsMost people seemed to be hanging out in the back for these Philly locals, except for a small handful of people (including Dan Yemin, […]

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Mischief Brew, Sista Sekunden, Lighten Up (Philly 10/23/09 Review)

Friday was a good, good night. After seeing Teenage Bottlerocket the night before, I headed out to the First Unitarian Church mostly to see first band Lighten Up, but also to see Mischief Brew. I met up with some friends of mine there, and before we knew it, Lighten Up took the stage. Lighten Up:The second Philly hardcore band Lighten Up took the stage, a handful of us already opened up the majority of the floor and started stage diving with the first opening note. […]

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Teenage Bottlerocket, Cobra Skulls, Higher Giant (Live In Philly Review: 10/22/09)

Ahhh yes, it’s the weekend of non-stop shows. I got my “show extravaganza” started last night at Philly’s Barbary with Higher Giant, Cobra Skulls, and Teenage Bottlerocket. One hell of a good start to an onslaught of moshing. Higher GiantFirst up was New York’s Higher Giant. Sometimes referred to “Grey Area version 2”, Higher Giant features members of prominent bands such as Grey Area, Kid Dynamite, and The Arsons. Playing slightly poppy melodic punk rock, Higher Giant put on a damn good show, although it […]

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The Low Budgets – Aim Low, Get High (For fans of The Dead Milkmen, Dillinger Four, Armalite)

Philadelphia produces the quirkiest punk rock: we’ve got Atom and His Package, The Dead Milkmen, and The Low Budgets. Self proclaimed value rockers, The Low Budgets features Joe and current bassist Dan from the Dead Milkmen. Their off-beat humor begins immediately on their 2005 release “Aim Low, Get High” with their government brainwashed the masses with techno intro, and continues through out the entirety of the album. Musically, the band plays light hearted, synth driven punk rock, not too unlike The Dead Milkmen. A regular […]

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Esprit De Corps – Under Constant Influence (for fans of La Dispute, HORSE the Band, Portugal the Man)

Denver’s Colorado’s Espirit De Corps debut EP “Under Constant Influence” is chock full of post-hardcore goodness (something you won’t hear me say very often). With 5 songs averaging just around 14 minutes, the music sort of reminds me of La Dispute’s and HORSE the Band’s illegitimate child. In my opinion, Under Constant Influence doesn’t really take off until the 2nd track “Black Gold”, a pulsating, garage influenced song only accented by the gruff passionate vocals and harmonizing synths behind. From there, the rest of the […]

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I’m Not Old Yet (Homecoming 09 Mix)

Fredericksburg, VA… I fucking miss you. I headed down to the ole’ college hometown to celebrate the 3rd homecoming since I’ve graduated (class 07′ mofo), and since we don’t have a football team, it’s pretty much a good excuse to go and party with some friends. The weather abso-positively sucked. Raining, cold, and all around miserable, it put a damper on things a bit. Add that to the fact a lot of my friends were sick and had to leave early… it was a bit […]

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mc chris – Part Six Part Two (For fans of MC Lars, Totally Michael)

mc chris? You mean this nerdy mofo is legit? Damn fucking straight he is. As nerdy as it may be, mc chris is my favorite rapper, and he’s back with his latest EP “Part Six Part Two”. Just like the previous installment”Part Six Part One”, the album features four new songs and three new skits. For those unfamiliar with mc chris, his rap shines through the rest with his distictive voice, hilarious lyrics, and often nerdy topics and references (oh, and if you watch Aqua […]

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The Steal Posts Entire Discography (For fans of Kid Dynamite, Paint it Black, 7 Seconds)

About a month ago, I posted the news that one of my favorite bands The Steal decided to break up. By far my favorite band to ever hail out of the UK, The Steal also decided to post their entire discography for download. For people who’ve never heard of them, I highly recommend starting out with their Self Titled and/or Bright Grey. Really, it doesn’t matter, it’s all solid. Grab it while you can here! MP3:The Steal – Kids With KidsThe Steal – New Friend […]

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Aneurysm Rats – Dying To Live (For fans of Black Flag, Paint it Black, Lighten Up)

Holy crap! Those two words can pretty much describe my reaction on the first (and twentieth) time I’ve listened to Aneurysm Rats latest release “Dying to Live”. Just one look at the cover and you know you’re in for a no bullshit ride. Aneurysm Rats dwell in Philly, and it definitely shows through their music. Pulling influences from other punk/hardcore outfits around “The City Of Brotherly Love Other People’s Stuff So Jack It” such as Paint it Black and Lighten Up, the Rats rip through […]

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