Doesn’t English (#004)

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Ok, I’m about to make some wild assumptions here. Карамельный узник is the name of the band, and it translates, as far as I can tell, to ‘Caramel Prisoner’. Now, perhaps ‘Caramel’ is the closest translation for a term used to describe either Asian-Russians or Aboriginal-Russians, maybe a mix of both? The band is from a city called Yakutsk in a remote part of Eastern Russia. I know these parts of Russia have Aboriginal people similar to Canada’s Inuit, and they may also have Chinese and Mongolians. Based on the youtube videos I’ve seen of the band, I’m assuming they fit into one or more of these minority groups, which is pretty cool if you consider they’re in the middle of nowhere, frozen-hell, Russia, making a fuss with killer punk tunes. If that’s the case (and I know I’ve totally built my own narrative here) then they are using punk in the way it was truly intended. You gotta listen to this.
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Top 5 Albums/EP’s That DONT Suck [JULY 2017]

a2711761861_10Basement Revolver – Agatha [Buy it on Amazon!]
Do I dare make the Snail Mail comparison? Let me tell you, Habit by Snail Mail was, arguably, the best sounding thing to happen in 2016. Like not just in music, but sounds in general. Better than children’s laughter by a long-shot. Honestly I’m not even a fan of children or their laughter, so I guess that’s not a good comparison. Look, whatever the best sounding thing you can think of is, Habit probably sounded better than that. This entire paragraph is just one big comparison to Snail Mail. That’s how awesome this EP is. It really doesn’t sound all that much like Snail Mail though, to be honest. Just the way she sings. This isn’t confusing is it?  Listen on Bandcamp or Spotify.

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a1044352850_10Fatesealer – S/T
Hardcore. This is hardcore. The adjective, not the noun. Although it is a little bit the noun too. It’s hard to find the right noun for this. They have tagged themselves as Pre, Mid, & Post, Hardcore.. Your guess is as good as mine. Post-hardcore with a splash of post-punk and two scoops of raisins? You’ll have to listen for yourself. This is one solid LP though. It’s heavy impact, deep and energetic, quick on it’s feet. Can you see yourself rage-punching a speed-bag to this music? I can see you doing that, you weirdo.  Listen on Bandcamp.

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a1431245958_10Von Stache – Quiet, Brain [Buy it on Amazon!]
There’s something in the water in Australia these days. More specifically, sharks! crocodiles! & those fucked up jellyfish! But in addition to all that, there’s something else, something radioactive that’s mutating human beings into awesome punk bands (ie. Von Stache). They’re a two-piece from Geelong Australia; Home of Aussie Football and The National Wool Museum. Together they rock out this slicked back grease-punk stuff. Imagine if Courtney Love was in The Groovie Ghoulies and had an Aussie accent. Now forget all that and check this out. Great album title btw.  Listen on Bandcamp or Spotify.

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a3866553780_10Crouch – Caida [Buy it on Amazon!]
There’s something in the air in Costa Rica these days. More specifically, mosquitos! Ok forget it. I can’t even talk about air quality. I’m currently choking on forest fire smoke. I can’t see the sun today. Hey let’s talk about this EP by Crouch. Partly Englais, partly Espanol, mostly asombroso! The Spanish language really lends itself to warp-speed pop punk doesn’t it? La Puerta is my favorite song. “LA PUERTAAAAAAAA”   Listen on Bandcamp or Spotify.

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a3040183310_10Dont Ask – S/T [Buy it on Amazon!]
Some real junky sounding Oakland shit with awesome psychedelic 60’s vocal stylings. The punk rock just never stops flowing from this town. Neither does raw sewage into the San Francisco Bay. I admit, I made up the stuff about the raw sewage, but it’s probably true. It’s kind of weird, this album, it starts off pretty average and just keeps getting better and better, so stick with it if you know what’s good for you.  Listen on Bandcamp.

COMPOST (#003)

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From The Firm Records, here is Brasil Oi Volume 1. Holy cow, this thing is boiling over with meat and potatoes, and Brazil nuts! My favorite is track 2, “Stinkin Hippie Scum”. It wouldn’t be an Oi record without some hippie-bashing would it? Oh man, there’s just something so likable about this. I think Portuguese is the perfect language for singing as if your mouth is full of bangers and mash.

BACKTALK ~ RE: Doesn’t English (#003)

FROM: NICO PERDIDO (MENTES PERDIDAS PUNK ROCK)
Hi bro! First of all, thank you very much for looking at us to publish our material on your blog, it goes pretty cool! Second, “punk rock” is not part of the name of the band, but applies to what we do, here in Argentina is generally used a lot of “punk rock” or simply “punk” to give another intonation to the name haha. On the other hand, our genre is a style called “Espinosa Punk Rock” that comes from Ricky Espinosa, founder and singer of the legendary punk band FLEMA. One of the first punk bands in the country, and well, left a new way of punk, which we more or less follow, but with a touch of ours. Maybe that’s why it sounds a little pop punk, like you said. I invite you to know more bands of our country that there are of all kinds and different style within the punk culture, thank you very much compadre! Regards!

Hey Nico, thanks for the feedback man. Very cool to learn a bit about how the punks do punk stuff in Argentina. I hope someday I can go down there and see some shows. I bet it’s a lot of fun. Keep it easy,
SD

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Doesn’t English (#003)

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Mentes Perdidas means ‘Lost Minds’, the jury is still out on what Punk Rock means. It’s weird that they have ‘punk rock’ in the name of the band. I’ve never seen that before. Where I come from it’s totally un-punk to use the words ‘punk rock’ in your lyrics, but I don’t know what the rule is for band names. There are so many rules to this unruly subculture, it’s hard to keep track. Ummm, oh yeah.. This is really good, nice and speedy, weasely, pop punk from Argentina. Remember the ‘G’ has an ‘H’ sound, so it’s like Ar-hen-tina. Way more fun to say it like that.

Top 5 Albums/EP’s That DONT Suck [JUNE 2017]

album goneLocal Programming – Seymour Glass
Track 2 is kind of lousy, but all of the other songs are goddamn incredible. I’ve been driving myself crazy trying to figure out what this reminds me of. I think it’s just cuz he sings like a guy from a band a few years back called Forming. I’m almost convinced it’s the same guy. It could be. Ok I’m just going to officially proclaim that it is most definitely the same guy. They’re the same person. Please don’t fact-check this.

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a2528714462_10Needles//Pins – Goodnight Tomorrow [Buy it on Amazon!]
Scrappy punk outfit from my home town, so you know I gotta champion this. I’m hearing some good old fashion ramonesy-punk here and also I wanna say some Newfie/Irish folk roots of some sort. I don’t know if that was intentional but it’s working for me. I will be in attendance at the next show.    Listen on Bandcamp or Spotify

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a1266138357_10The Strays – Soundcast Session
Awww yeah this is smoo-ooth baby. Beautiful live studio sessions from this soulful rock outfit from LA. This is like close-your-eyes-and-bob-your-head-back-and-forth-with-a-slight-pout-on-your-lips music. Hopefully while your special someone is rubbing against you on a hot summer night in New Orleans. What the hell am I even talking about? I mean in general, all of the time, not just right now.    Listen on Bandcamp

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a1257005094_10Dead Selves – Western Body
These are nice dramatic folk-punk tunes from Atlanta. I love it when really cool bands come from the south that aren’t so stereotypically southern. Album cover is reminiscent of Frame & Canvas by Braid. The music is not. By now you should be able to tell, exactly what this sounds like. In case there was any confusion, It’s awesome.    Listen on Bandcamp

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a1918487364_10Yulia – Big Boys Fall Hard
I used to work with a woman named Yulia. She was from Belarus. Nice lady. Track 4, Amos, might be my favorite song for June. It’s so phat and phunky. On the cover there’s a guy with his face blurred out drinking what appears to be a bottle of Fireball. You can interpret that however you want. Oh yeah, the music.. It’s phat and phunky guys!    Listen on Bandcamp

COMPOST (#002)

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There wasn’t a lot to choose from for the comp post this month. This one fascinates me though. Coming to you from Scumbag Productions in New Orleans is Dude That’s What I Call Punk Rock #4. Incase you’re wondering, all of the previous editions of DTWICPR have equally as bricky artwork. One of theme even states clearly “PUNKS ONLY” on the bricks. It’s also nice that there’s a statement at the top of the bandcamp page with a definition of punk from myspace circa 2004. What’s really remarkable though, is that this is just a mix tape of someones favorite songs. It’s like a mix tape I would have made when I was 13. It’s EXACTLY like a mix tape I would have made when I was 13! There’s some really good songs on here too. If you wanna shell out $23.40 USD (35% off!!!) it could be yours!

Doesn’t English (#002)

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I guess there’s no French word for Interstices. I can’t see why there would need to be. I’ve sure as hell never used that word before, and I’m positive I never will again. Actually I think maybe it is a French word. I have no fucking idea, ok. Boy is it a good album though. Hailing from Toulouse, in Southern France (home of fancy bridges and Airbus), CHAVIRE, is a crumbly political emo band. Political Emo? Yeah, especially with lyrics as dismal  and poetic as these:

I walk. Mainly, I walk. We have used our saliva to speak of downgrading, to feel ourselves nowhere and guilty of history, and at every corner of the street, it is my cowardice that I catch and trail.

 


			

Top 5 Albums/EP’s That DONT Suck [MAY 2017]

a0689907179_10Briscoe – Good Time Riffs For Bad Times
There’s something so cool about a band that’s obviously super talented, yet clearly gives no shits about aesthetic. I mean look at the artwork. It’s like someone designed it on their cell phone while driving. Not a single trace of these guys on any social media platform. They’re a mystery band. They’re too focused on kickin’ out dope jams to care about much else it seems. I bet their live shows are stupefying, if they’re even together anymore. This could have been recorded 20 years ago for all I know.    Listen on Bandcamp

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a2548617617_10Daddy Issues – Deep Dream [Buy it on Amazon!]
The only issues these guys are having is maybe some unhealthy side effects from a suck deficiency! Ok yeah, I tried way too hard on that sentence. This is my go-to sound for 2017. Between this and the new Courtneys record I’m set. Holy shit, this is cosmic dream fuzz.    Listen on Spotify or Bandcamp

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a2244512981_10Clowns – Lucid Again [Buy it on Amazon!]
The new Gnarwolves album was going to make this list, but after I listened to Clowns I was like “wow Gnarwolves suck”. Full disclosure, these guys are in no way affiliated with the Insane Clown Posse.. That certainly hasn’t stopped them from coming up with a stupid name for their band though. We’re going to overlook that because this thing rips. It rips so hard you guys. It’s like you’re thrashing the shit out of your skateboard on a gnarly curb guys. Just chewin’ it up. That’s how hard it rips.   Listen on Spotify or Bandcamp

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a3936514190_10Underpass – Part Time Punk Sessions [Buy it on Amazon!]
I can relate to the part-time punk credo. It works for me too. It’s too hard being a full time punk without also being full-time homeless. For a gloomy gothic record, this thing really rocks. Occasionally it rolls too. There’s some good stuff coming out of San Diego right now. Here’s proof.    Listen on Bandcamp

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a2655546073_10Alter – Pendulum [Buy it on Amazon!]
The lyrics are like a lesson in eco-neurology. Is that even a thing? It is now, cuz I just said it, and these guys did an album about it. Not that you’re going to be able to decipher a single word of it through the ocean of static. This sounds like a negative review. It’s not. This is dope. See it’s positive now.    Listen on Spotify or Bandcamp