Mixtapes – A Short Collection Of Short Songs (For fans of The Hold Steady, Matt and Kim, Bomb The Music Industry)

“What the fuck is this shit?” I’ll admit, that was my first reaction upon hearing Cincinnati’s Mixtapes. It’s not that it was bad by any means, but being labeled as one of the newest quintessential pop-punk bands that must be checked out I was a little surprised by the acoustic, piano driven anthems found on their EP “A Short Collection of Short Songs”. I know, me and my narrow mind. After I got over myself, I gave A Short Collection of Short Songs another chance, […]

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Some Bad News About Big D And The Kids Table

Photo By giantrobot I usually don’t post news, but today I learned that singer Dave from Big D And The Kids Table has been diagnosed with throat cancer. While I don’t listen to them as much as I used to, Big D was easily one of my favorite bands for MANY years (I even had their wristband I used to wear 24/7 in my high school days), and I find myself returning to their older albums over and over. Get well soon Dave, and here’s […]

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Kicking Spit – Pyschrockbullshit (For fans of Husker Du, Dinosaur Jr, Weezer)

I’ve been meaning to check out Kicking Spit’s “Pyschrockbullshit” EP for a while now. I brought the CD into work right before I broke my arm, and it sat there for months while I was out on disability. Now that I’m back, I FINALLY had a chance to listen to it, and let me say, these New Brunswick, NJ dudes don’t let down. The 6 song EP is filled with fuzzy distortion punk rock, mixed with plenty of traditional rock and roll sensibilities and indie […]

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Coke Bust, Backslider, Self Conscious, Congenital Death (Live In Philly 11/20/11)

Photo By Brushback Yesterday afternoon I headed out to my second home Philly’s Barbary to catch DC hardcore dudes Coke Bust. The place had a decent amount of people going, and all the opener’s I saw were solid. As par the course for Sunday shows I’ve been to, the crowd was pretty tame (which was a bit surprising since it was fucking Coke Bust… but I was totally there too, feeling really low key).Congenital Death: Philly locals Congenital Death were the first to take the […]

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Bane, Defeater (Live In Philly 11/17/11)

Last night, after winning my dodgeball championship (fuck yeah children’s games), I rushed down to the basement of Philly’s Broad St Ministry to catch the legendary hardcore band Bane. The basement was packed, and I made it just in time for Boston’s Defeater. Defeater:I definitely have heard of Defeater before, but I haven’t ever heard their music. They took the stage and a dedicated few immediately started the pile ons and stage dives, and the band was exploding with energy on stage. They played hardcore […]

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Dangers – Demo (For fans of Bane, American Nightmare, Ceremony)

Sometimes you stumble across a band in such an odd way, it almost seems like fate. A friend of mine told me she’s been trying to check out this band called The Dangers for a while now, but couldn’t find out which one it is (few bands with the same name). I tried helping her out, and in the process of trying to find it, stumbled across California hardcore band Dangers. I checked out their demo they released in 2004, and was fucking hooked immediately. […]

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Carry On – A Life Less Plagued (For fans of American Nightmare, Cokebust, Punch)

There have been a lot of mediocre hardcore bands that have existed over the years, as a quick shuffle on my music will prove. Sure, they’re not bad, but nothing about them stands out in particular and their album doesn’t really stick with me… then there’s Carry On’s “A Life Less Plagued”. Released back in 2001 by these California dudes, A Life Less Plagued is one hell of an aggressive ride. Mixing old youth crew hardcore with more thrashier elements, Carry On shows you what […]

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Wisdom In Chains – Die Young (For fand of Kill Your Idols, Sick Of It All, Blood For Blood)

I’ll be the first to admit it, when I first heard Wisdom in Chains, I immediately brushed them off as another tough guy hardcore band. You know, the type where kids in Terror and Blood for Blood hoodies and mesh shorts go in the pit and practice their spin kicks and softball windmill throws on each other (I’d rather take some solid two stepping and pile-ons any day thank you very much…). I decided to give their 2005 release “Die Young” (reissued in 2007) a […]

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The Haverchucks – Self Titled EP (For fans of Screeching Weasel, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Ramones)

I remember when Richmond’s The Haverchucks first sent me their demo earlier this year, I was completely blown away. Seriously, it’s been a while since a demo has had me so hooked. So when I found out that they released a 5 song Self Titled 7 inch, you know I had to check that shit out immediately (as in, immediately after I found out…) Released back in May, the self titled 7″ continues their tradition of playing Screeching Weasel influenced pop-punk, but has a bit […]

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None More Black – File Under Black (For fans of Bouncing Souls, Smoke Or Fire, Lawrence Arms)

I feel really disappointed that I didn’t make the trek out to Asbury Lanes last night to catch None More Black, so I’m listening to them all day today. I then realize I never even posted on some of their best albums… Fucking A, I have a lot in the archives I need to work on. After the demise of (the great) Kid Dynamite, from the ashes rose hardcore band Paint it Black, and more punk leaning None More Black (apparently the members of KD […]

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