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The Loved Ones – Build & Burn

Posted Feb. 14, 2008, 12:53 a.m.

The Loved Ones – Build & Burn

The Loved Ones entered my radar with their first EP for Jade Tree, which converted me with “100K,” a staccato blast that sounded like Hot ... read more

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J Church – The Horror of Life

Posted Nov. 22, 2007, 6:07 p.m.

J Church – The Horror of Life

With the passing of Lance Hahn, the fragile punk continuum lost one of its all-time greats. Smart, critical, and relentlessly prolific, Hahn’s work provided a ... read more

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Kamikaze Noise – Fuck it Up Fuck it Up Fuck it Up

Posted Oct. 11, 2007, 8:34 p.m.

Kamikaze Noise – Fuck it Up Fuck it Up Fuck it Up

Remember punk rock? Remember when bands wrote songs before coming up with t-shirt designs? Remember when every shitty local band in your town didn’t have ... read more

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American Steel – Destroy Their Future

Posted Oct. 1, 2007, 2:27 p.m.

American Steel – Destroy Their Future

It’s crazy how many bands have reunited lately. If you’d asked me a few years ago what I’d be listening to in 2007, I never ... read more

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The Degenerics – Generic Record Collection

Posted Sept. 26, 2007, 1:42 p.m.

The Degenerics – Generic Record Collection

Our recent Scene Point Blank reader's poll told us at least two things about you, the reader: (1) you want to see less reviews of ... read more

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Breakfast – Six Packs Classic

Posted Sept. 6, 2007, 1:28 p.m.

Breakfast – Six Packs Classic

Westerners tend to love Japanese pop culture almost as much as Japanese kids love western (read: American) pop culture - especially rock and roll. And ... read more

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Barbara – Peger

Posted Sept. 3, 2007, 12:37 a.m.

Barbara – Peger

"Peger" is transliterated Hebrew for “corpse” or “carcass,” so you know what you’re getting into here. But Barbara, a bass/drum duo, compares themselves to everybody ... read more

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Tyvek – Fast Metabolism

Posted Sept. 3, 2007, 12:32 a.m.

Tyvek – Fast Metabolism

I got interested in Fast Metabolism after seeing it billed as “fast, loud and weird” punk rock from Detroit - three adjectives close to my ... read more

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Modern Life Is War – Midnight in America

Posted Aug. 27, 2007, 2:51 p.m.

Modern Life Is War – Midnight in America

Modern Life is War are flirting with a backlash. Plenty of people hated Witness despite the fact that it upped the ante on My Love. ... read more

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Fucked Up – Year of the Pig

Posted Aug. 13, 2007, 11:17 p.m.

Fucked Up – Year of the Pig

Fucked Up are on intimate terms with ambiguity. It’s a rare virtue, since as a rule rock bands tend to seek the comfort of ham-fisted ... read more

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Oxbow – The Narcotic Story

Posted July 26, 2007, 8:21 p.m.

Oxbow – The Narcotic Story

It’s impossible for me to give The Narcotic Story a fair review. As the liner notes state: “This does not mark the actual conclusion of ... read more

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Gallows – Orchestra of Wolves (Reissue)

Posted July 23, 2007, 8:34 p.m.

Gallows – Orchestra of Wolves (Reissue)

The word “fucking” appears on Orchestra of Wolves forty-nine times. Let me break it down for you: there’s thirty-nine “fucking”s on the full-length and ten ... read more

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Smashing Pumpkins – Zeitgeist

Posted July 12, 2007, 10:58 p.m.

Smashing Pumpkins – Zeitgeist

Zeit·geist n. German. The spirit of the time; the taste and outlook characteristic of a period or generation. The Smashing Pumpkins’ comeback album threatens to ... read more

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Pissed Jeans – Hope for Men

Posted July 3, 2007, 11:35 p.m.

Pissed Jeans – Hope for Men

The music of Pissed Jeans is what The Wonder Years might have been like if Kevin had been born with Thalidomide birth defects, facing the ... read more

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Death is Not Glamorous / Down and Outs – Split

Posted June 20, 2007, 11:24 p.m.

Death is Not Glamorous / Down and Outs – Split

Punk has always been international. When public intellectuals like Thomas L. Friedman began to trumpet the interconnectedness of a globalized world, American punks had already ... read more

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Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation (Reissue)

Posted June 14, 2007, 8:18 p.m.

Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation (Reissue)

When I first heard Sonic Youth, I didn't know about their formidable New York hipster cachet: Glenn Branca confederates, initially hated by Village Voice snob ... read more

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Hour of the Wolf – Waste Makes Waste

Posted May 22, 2007, 8:11 p.m.

Hour of the Wolf – Waste Makes Waste

Hour of the Wolf are one of the best punk bands in America-trust me. It's a familiar story, kind of a Zen thing (like the ... read more

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Talk is Poison – Condensed Humanity: The Prank EPs

Posted April 17, 2007, 3:23 p.m.

Talk is Poison – Condensed Humanity: The Prank EPs

At last. A fairly short-lived, late '90s hardcore band, Talk is Poison seemed to stick in the heads of connoisseurs after disbanding, leaving behind a ... read more

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Das Oath – Das Oath

Posted April 11, 2007, 2:35 p.m.

Das Oath – Das Oath

Das Oath - or The Oath as they are often referred - put out records with shemale pornography in the liner notes, prompting record stores ... read more

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The Chinese Stars – Listen to Your Left Brain

Posted April 5, 2007, 8:40 p.m.

The Chinese Stars – Listen to Your Left Brain

Let's get the ex-members of comparisons out of the way: I loved Arab on Radar. Their assembly line anti-anthems stimulated the same part of my ... read more

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Lifetime – Lifetime

Posted Feb. 18, 2007, 2:39 p.m.

Lifetime – Lifetime

On the song "Can't Think About it Now," Lifetime vocalist Ari Katz notes in passing that "nobody knows if the kids gonna like it." No ... read more

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Fucked Up – Year of the Dog

Posted Feb. 4, 2007, 4:08 p.m.

Fucked Up – Year of the Dog

The Chinese Zodiac dictates that the dog will come through for me every time. The dog, I'm told, is reliable, empathetic, and intelligent. The dog ... read more

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Geisha – Mondo Dell'Orrore

Posted Jan. 21, 2007, 4:15 p.m.

Geisha – Mondo Dell'Orrore

Noise is a funny term. Not "ha ha" funny, but highly prone to linguistic slippage: its connotations cover everything from the stylized squawk of Lightning ... read more

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Harvey Milk – Special Wishes

Posted Nov. 30, 2006, 3:20 p.m.

Harvey Milk – Special Wishes

In 1955, photographer Robert Frank received a grant from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to travel the country photographing the American people in all ... read more

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Wolf Eyes – Human Animal

Posted Nov. 14, 2006, 3:15 p.m.

Wolf Eyes – Human Animal

Torture is on everybody's lips these days. Our Vice President vaguely approves of hydrogen-based interrogation, and our anchormen volunteer to be waterboarded on the air ... read more

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For Science – Revenge for Hire

Posted Nov. 7, 2006, 9:02 p.m.

For Science – Revenge for Hire

Fuck yeah. I live for records like this. The tunes are fast, snotty as hell, impassioned, and stick in your head for days. The lyrics ... read more

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Converge – No Heroes

Posted Oct. 28, 2006, 10:55 p.m.

Converge – No Heroes

After rock and roll's pop ascension in the postwar era, the recording industry adopted the practice of "front-loading" albums, situating the strongest songs at the ... read more

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The Lillingtons – The Too Late Show

Posted Oct. 26, 2006, 1:30 a.m.

The Lillingtons – The Too Late Show

We're in the middle of a pop punk renaissance. New recruits are signing up left and right and firing off catchy odes to the evergreen ... read more

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Lemuria – Lemuria

Posted Oct. 19, 2006, 9:04 p.m.

Lemuria – Lemuria

I have a bottomless love for Discount that no one I've ever met has matched. Together with Lifetime, they were the band that defined my ... read more

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Fucked Up – Hidden World

Posted Oct. 10, 2006, 4:31 p.m.

Fucked Up – Hidden World

By now, you've probably already heard Hidden World. It leaked months ago, and the band even posted a link to one of its downloading proxies ... read more

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The Ergs! – Jersey's Best Prancers

Posted Sept. 25, 2006, 5:16 p.m.

The Ergs! – Jersey's Best Prancers

Anyone who's been paying attention can see the writing on the wall: like Cock Sparrer in 1982, pop punk's coming back. Of course, it never ... read more

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Black Hell – Deformers of the Universe

Posted Aug. 31, 2006, 1:54 p.m.

Black Hell – Deformers of the Universe

I'm from Arizona, so I'm not jumping at the chance to describe Black Hell as "crawling out of the sandblasted wastes" or any such thing; ... read more

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Scott Walker – The Drift

Posted Aug. 14, 2006, 12:30 a.m.

Scott Walker – The Drift

Scott Walker - to those who know and love his music - is one of those towering figures of American culture that is as much ... read more

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Oxbow – Love That's Last: A Wholly Hypnographic & Disturbing Work Regarding Oxbow

Posted Aug. 9, 2006, 2:08 a.m.

Oxbow – Love That's Last: A Wholly Hypnographic & Disturbing Work Regarding Oxbow

When I reviewed The Very Best of Men's Recovery Project recently, I thought that there couldn't be a band less suited for a "greatest hits" ... read more

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Think I Care – World Asylum

Posted Aug. 1, 2006, 1:26 p.m.

Think I Care – World Asylum

During the Cold War, the specter of Mutually Assured Destruction formed the backdrop against which many musical and literary statements were articulated, but in today's ... read more

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Graf Orlock – Destination Time Yesterday

Posted July 16, 2006, 1:20 p.m.

Graf Orlock – Destination Time Yesterday

The connection between abrasive, warp speed music and film samples isn't new - for a whole wave of turn of the century hardcore bands, the ... read more

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Crime Desire – Id Music to Combat the Superego

Posted July 6, 2006, 2:37 p.m.

Crime Desire – Id Music to Combat the Superego

When no one's chomping at the bit, hardcore can easily turn into comfort food. Sing-alongs, breakdowns and carefully placed "go!"s can become a security blanket. ... read more

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Men's Recovery Project – The Very Best of Men's Recovery Project

Posted June 29, 2006, 1:50 a.m.

Men's Recovery Project – The Very Best of Men's Recovery Project

The idea of releasing a "Greatest Hits" package for a band like Men's Recovery Project seems laughable on the surface. Emerging out of the scorched ... read more

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Panic – Circles

Posted June 16, 2006, 2:37 a.m.

Panic – Circles

In hardcore's early ‘80s halcyon days, the EP became the coin of the realm: a handful of songs, often over before you had a chance ... read more

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