Elmerhassel sits very much at the top of that pile. Labels: boss tuneage , CD , elmerhassel , entertainment value , record. Wednesday, August 19, Clearance - Catalogue Nos. Since I had tweeted about the preorder for Clearance's debut full length yesterday, I figured it was about time I reviewed this cassette. I had been holding off on it as I had reviewed the two 7"s that comprise the bulk of it somewhat recently, but there's no time like the present to alert everyone again about this amazing band.
Clearance are playing full on 's Pavement inspired indie rock. Not only would I have loved this when I was in collage, I love it even more now since it's such a refreshing change of pace from most of the current bands putting out music these days. Maybe I'm somewhat stuck in the past, perhaps I have a misplaced reverence for the 's, but as far as music goes, I'm hard pressed to think of a better time to have been buying records.
As I mentioned earlier, most of this cassette was previously released as two killer 7"s. Nine of the fourteen songs, if you're keeping track. But the other five songs are also simply outstanding and rebuying a few songs just to get these new ones is completely worth it, even on cassette.
I'll go one step further, buying this whole cassette is worth it just for the soon-to-be classic "Carte Blanche. If you like your indie rock to be no frills, straight ahead rock and roll, if you don't need any electronica swirls or other studio tricks gumming up the gears and if you just want to listen to a flat out great band, give this Clearance cassette a whirl. And then after you're blown away, go preorder their full length. Labels: cassette , catalogue nos , clearance , record , unsatisfied.
At this point, surely you understand my love for the label Snuffy Smile or as they're now known Snuffy Smiles. They have released so many records that I simply adore and I've tried to make it my goal to own every record they've ever put out. I'm doing pretty well with 7"s and I believe that collection is complete for the moment, but I am still missing a fair amount of CDs that they released. Well, you can scratch one off the list and it's a doozy.
I've been looking for this CD for at least 15 years, probably a bit longer. This compilation contains two songs each by seven different Japanese bands. Some of my very favorites are represented as Blew, Lovemen and Navel are all featured. A big bonus for me are two songs I didn't have from the band Middishade. I've always really felt that this is a band that never got their due, having only a split 7" with International Jet Set and a split CD with Snatcher in their discography.
So having two new songs from them is a real treat. The absolute highlight for me and the reason I've been looking for this CD for so long are the two Cigaretteman songs. Cigaretteman has long been one of my absolute favorite Japanese bands. The way they weave together their male and female singers and the flat out incredible songs they write just cannot be beat.
Again, a band with only some 7"s and compilation appearances to their name, I've been trying to complete their discography for quite some time. I think there's a two demos of theirs that I don't have, but I believe I now have just about everything they've officially released.
I'll have to double check on that. One day I hope to finally make it to Japan so I can dig through their record stores to try to complete all of my Japanese band and label connections. For now, it's nice to have a small victory and one less record to dig for. Labels: blew , CD , cigaretteman , lovemen , middishade , record , snuffy smile , snuffy smiles. Over the past 10 years or so, Jeff Burke has become one of my favorite songwriters and easily one of the most reliable people out there when it comes to putting out records that I like.
I became a fan when the Marked Men record On The Outside came out and watching his bands gain popularity since that moment has been a really wonderful thing to see. The clear vinyl version of this record sold out in about a day and Dirtnap did copies of that version. While I realize those aren't the kind of numbers that will be impressive for gigantic bands, to me, that sounds like a good amount of records for a punk band from Texas to be selling. Silent Kill is the second Radioactivity full length.
Like it's predecessor, it builds on a foundation of fast downstroke heavy guitar, extremely dynamic chord changes and Jeff's howling in the wind vocals. Unlike the first Radioactivity full length, there's more slower songs well slow in comparison anyway that showcase a different side Radioactivity.
These songs aren't some new weird maturation process or anything, they are still cut from the same cloth as the two thousand mile an hour rippers, but they give the album more depth and show that Jeff doesn't only rely on lightning quick guitar to build a catchy hook. Silent Kill is every bit as great as the first self titled Radioactivity album. You can hold it right up next to the best Marked Men records and still be impressed.
Sometimes I think the drumming could use a little more flair, it has something of a metronome quality to it, but these songs are just so expertly crafted it is impossible to not have them lodged into your brain all day long after you've had a listen. Labels: dirtnap , lp , radioactivity , silent kill , vinyl record.
Though I do get some records sent to me to review, I can't say I'm on many record labels proper review lists. That's not a complaint, fish don't come much smaller than me and the cost of sending out a record probably makes it an unsound business practice. What I love though, is when I place an order for some records from one of these great labels and they toss in some extra stuff I didn't order to review. Basement Benders is one of these records that came packed in with an order from Drunken Sailor.
While I can't say that I really love this, it's still pretty good and I can see other people liking it more than I do. The band is playing scrappy punk with ragged guitars that hang out on the treble side of the sound spectrum. The A side contains the catchier of the songs and I tend to favor those, "Native Tongues" being the real standout. On the B side, "Train Song" keeps the momentum moving along, but things slow down a little bit with "Voices.
I think what really holds this back for me is the vocals. It sounds like they have several singers, but none of them really stick with me. I'm am notoriously fussy about vocals and the slightest thing can give me pause at times.
Still, it's a decent little 7" and I think there are a lot of people out there that will probably dig it even more than me. Labels: 7 , basement benders , native tongues , record , vinyl. Can you imagine buying a record on Jade Tree in ? Kaplan credits this to two factors unrelated to the April event: falling fuel costs and rising unit revenues from United.
According to the April 12 poll of 1, U. In the survey from Nov. When the American flight jumped in price, 86 percent of adults were more likely to choose the cheaper United flight. The airline has fairly low involuntary denied boardings, as happened with Dao: Just over 2, of its more than 70 million enplaned passengers from January through September of this year were denied boarding without compensation and without posing a health, safety or security risk, a rate of 0. Those who have heard that album know how well that worked out for them.
Plow United as a whole couldn't sound more comfortable here, with each band member following the song's push and pull speed. The Scandals don't start off on such level footing. The opening of "Second Thought" finds vocalist Jared Hart squeezing words out like gravel emerging from the back of his throat, putting too much emphasis on the gruffness of his voice.
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Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Add links. Wilmington , Delaware , U.Jul 03, · This is the second song on Side B of the band’s split 7″ with Plow United, out July 7th through Artistic Integrity Records. The Scandals are a punk rock band from New Jersey that began in They spend more time in their van than in their own beds.