Mail Order Is Fun (Ska-punk Compilation)

Let’s go back 10 years ago.  I was a bored punk kid in his senior year of high school, and I just needed to get out of my suburban NJ house for the day… I hopped into my car, and drove out to wherever just to kill some time.  I wound up near a mall, and decided I needed some new music since I forgot all my CDs.  I go into whatever lame music store (it was probably a Hot Topic…) and check their discount […]

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Caseracer – Self Titled EP (For fans of Kid Dynamite, Grey Area, Static Radio NJ)

I’m going to be straight up, ever since Caseracer sent me their Self Titled debut EP, I’ve been listening to it nonstop.  Six melodic hardcore songs clocking in around 11 minutes, Caseracer knows damn well how to write a catchy tune. Hailing from New Jersey and Delaware, their EP features everything you’d come to expect from a band that lists Kid Dynamite and Latterman as influences: catchy hooks, plenty of two stepping opportunities (fuck you, I dance in my bedroom all the time), and shit […]

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U.F.C – I Want More Beer (For fans of The Casualties, The Unseen, Violent Society)

I realize it’s been a little while since we’ve posted on a solid street punk band, so after digging through the bowels of my musical collection, I rediscovered the street punks U.F.C’s album “I Want More Beer”. An English and Spanish street punk band originally from Florida, the majority of the songs are in English (only two seem to be in Spanish).  U.F.C’s “I Want More Beer” is about as straight forward street punk gets.  Aggressive yet catchy riffs, pissed shouted vocals, this is what […]

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Less Than Jake – Pesto (For fans of Reel Big Fish, Slapstick, Streetlight Manifesto)

So about a week ago, Less Than Jake came to Philly and I completely skipped it.  I still feel guilty about it (let’s be honest, ska is a dying breed) so I’ve been listening to my old early high school favorites for the past week (seriously, Less Than Jake used to be my JAM 13 years ago when I was just a wee freshman). Less Than Jake has a lot of obscure vinyl releases, but one of their rarer and more interesting ones was their […]

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World Inferno Friendship Society (Live in West Chester, PA 2/16/12)

The World Inferno Friendship Society always have the most passionate shows.  On Thursday night, I headed out to West Chester’s Note in order to catch the cabaret punk, and due to an emergency, unfortunately missed both Spraynard and Mischief Brew.  I came close to missing part of Inferno as well but walked in right as the band began their call to arms “Tattoos Fade”. In all honesty, I was a little bit nervous about the crowd being lackluster due to the fact it was in […]

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Signals Midwest – Latitudes and Longitudes (For fans of Menzingers, Braid, Smoke or Fire)

There’s just something about Signals Midwest’s “Latitudes and Longitudes”.  I’m not usually into the particular style that these Cleveland, Ohio dudes play, and while it’s not in my regular rotation (yet), I do enjoy the album. Signals Midwest play that gruff midwestern punk mixed with melodic emo influences that seems to be randomly big these days, but unlike 90% of similar bands, they’re able to keep me hooked. You can hear their influences through each melody, from The Menzingers, Braid, to Smoke or Fire (shit, […]

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A Punk Rock Valentine’s Mix

It’s valentine’s day, that special day where single people are bitter and wish they were in relationships and people in relationships wish they were single… oh and something about Al Capone killing a bunch of people on a boat or something. Here’s a little vday mix for all you punk hearts out there, because I’m your valentine. MP3: Propagandhi – Utter Crap Song (The As Close To An Emo Song As We’ll Ever Get Song) Bouncing Souls – I Like Your Eyes Vandals – (I’ll […]

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Mixtapes – Hope Is For People (For fans Matt and Kim, The Hold Steady, The Dopamines)

Cincinnati’s Mixtapes have been an incredibly busy band.  In a span of less than two years, they’ve released an album, 3 EPs, and a split.  Their latest EP “Hope Is For People” is one of those albums that just immediately puts you in a good mood the second it starts. If you’re not smiling (or at least singing along with the whoas) halfway through, I’m forced to assume you hate fun or have no soul.  With 6 songs clocking in at 11 minutes (and one […]

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Punch – Nothing Lasts (For fans of Ceremony, Dangers, Cokebust)

San Francisco’s Punch have done what I previously would have thought as impossible.  With their latest “Nothing Lasts” EP, the band somehow managed to create something even more ferocious and pissed off than their “Self Titled” album. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: while many have touted Punch as one of the most aggressive female-fronted hardcore bands around today, I want to take it a step further and say that Punch is easily one of the most furious hardcore bands around. Their […]

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Adelleda – Herkimer Street (For fans of Propagandhi, Strike Anywhere, Ignite)

Sometimes it seems like Canada has it all: public health care, better maple syrup, and a plethora of damn good skate influenced punk rock.  Ontario based Adelleda is the latest band to add to great canadian punk, and their 8 track “Herkimer Street” is 20 minutes of melodic skate bliss. While I realize that it’s certainly cliche to compare a melodic punk band to early Propagandhi, I can’t help but listen to some of Adelleda’s riff’s and be reminded of the Manitoba legends (hell, their […]

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