Darkbuster – 22 Songs That You’ll Never Want To Hear Again (For fans of Dropkick Murphys, Sham 69, The Business)

I’ve been a fan of Darkbuster’s “A Weakness for Spirits” for a while now, but for some reason, I never really got around to checking out their debut release “22 Songs That You’ll Never Want To Hear Again”. For those unfamiliar with Boston’s Darkbuster, they play punk rock / oi with the occasional ska song, sort of like if early Dropkick Murphy’s decided that they wanted a horn in 3 of their songs. As you can tell from the title, “22 Songs That You’ll Never […]

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Kid Dynamite – Shorter Faster Louder (For fans of Paint it Black, Lifetime, The Steal)

Seriously, Kid Dynamite can get me stoked no matter where I am. Shit, I’m ready to stage dive off my desk and get my ass fired. The second and final release from arguably the most influential Philadelphia hardcore band, “Shorter, Faster, Louder” has 18 songs that clock in just under 25 minutes. It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since this album was released, and sometimes I feel that SFL got shafted when it came out, saying it didn’t live up to the expectations […]

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Swingin Utters, The Copyrights, Have Nots (Live In Philly 9/23/10)

Last night, I rushed out to the North Star Bar to catch a rather impressive lineup: Have Nots, The Copyrights, and then headlined by veterans The Swingin Utters. Fuck yeah. Have Nots:When the Have Nots took the stage, the room was feeling pretty empty, and there were originally only 4 or 5 people up front interested (myself included). That didn’t really effect the Boston band’s energy though, as they played their hearts out for us few, and eventually more people filled the room a few […]

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Youth Brigade – Sink With Kalifornija (For fans of NOFX, Bad Religion, 7 Seconds)

I’ve heard Youth Brigade declared as the most important punk band from Southern California that you’ve never heard of, and that is certainly the truth. Youth Brigade was founded by three brothers and became one of the most influential punk bands of the 1980s with their blend of hardcore and melody. While they focused more on the melody aspect in later releases such as “To Sell The Truth”, their compilation Sink With Kalifornija shows their earlier, faster songs. Consisting of their first release Sound and […]

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Banner Pilot – Resignation Day Reissue (For fans of Dillinger Four, Lawrence Arms, Hot Water Music)

The title of Banner Pilot’s latest Fat Wreck re-issue “Resignation Day” is something I wish I can declare. But alas, while I can’t afford to quit my job, at least I’ll have something sweet to jam out to while I work. First off, I usually feel pretty negatively towards remastered/re-issues. Sure, let me spend my hard earned money on songs that I already own. However, for Banner Pilot’s “Resignation Day”, I actually never listened to the original, and everything I’ve read from fans state that […]

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Face First – Overexposed (For fans of Catch 22, Houston Calls, High School Football Heroes)

When you think of New Jersey ska, bands such as Catch 22 or Streetlight Manifesto come to mind (maybe if you’re a long time reader here, you’ll think of Hub City Stompers or Folly). Face First however was one of the most underrated NJ ska bands out there. I popped in their “Overexposed” album for nostalgic sake the other day, and I forgot how much I used to dig these guys. While Face First disbanded back in 2002 to form the much more emo-y and […]

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Kill Your Idols – This Is Just The Beginning (For fans of Negative Approach, Ignite, Casualties)

Holy fucking shit. How can something be right under your nose and rock so hard and you don’t even realize it? Case in point: for years I owned Kill Your Idols “This Is Just The Beginning”, but never really gave it a spin until recently. Completely. Blown. Away. Giving a new meaning to Long Island hardcore, Kill Your Idols blend blistering fast thrashy hardcore with melodic street punk. Often compared to Negative Approach (so much so, that the the band actually wrote a song on […]

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The Holy Mess – Benefit Sesh (For Fans of Dillinger Four, Smoke or Fire, Off With Their Heads)

I’ve seen Philly’s The Holy Mess’s name thrown around quite a bit these days and even have seen them open a few shows I’ve gone to (to which I’ve described their set as: “tight, but jesus christ they like to hear themselves talk). For some reason though, I never really got to sit down and check out any of their recorded work. I finally got to listen to their latest “Benefits Sesh” 7-inch, and it’s really fucking tight. First off, while “Benefits Sesh” only has […]

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The Great Explainer – The Way Things Swell (For fans of Hot Water Music, Smoke Or Fire, Static Radio NJ)

Man, why couldn’t Trenton, NJ’s The Great Explainer be in existence when I lived 15 minutes away from there growing up? With their debut EP “The Way Things Swell” released a few months ago on Chunksaah, these guys got the gruff melodic punk rock down to a science. While The Way Things Swell is only 4 songs long, those songs sure are promising. Taking cues from bands such as Static Radio NJ and Smoke or Fire, The Great Explainer packs catchy, energetic hooks with pounding […]

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If You Took Off Labor Day, You’re A Socialist (Mix)

Well I’m back and I hope you all had an awesome socialist day yesterday (and for those who are forced to work, I’m sorry… time to quit.) We’ll be having some cool reviews up soon, some new shit, some old… but in the meantime, here’s some Labor Day jams for you all. MP3:The Slackers – Work SongThe Virus – Working For The CompanyPaint It Black – Labor DayHudson Falcons – Working Class WarIgnite – Know Your History More Mixes:Songs to Piss Off The Personal Fitness […]

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