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Star Fucking Hipsters - Never Rest in Peace

posted December 3rd, 2009 · posted by Lucas · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

So its the latest offering from Stza and co. Which runs very much along similar territory to previous efforts. The welcome addition with the Star Fuckin Hipsters (SFH) project was the addition of female vocals – something distinctly lacking in bands no matter what genre you look at – but this aspect seems a bit [...]

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Vic Ruggiero - On the rag time

posted November 12th, 2009 · posted by imelda · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

For the uninitiated, Vic Ruggiero is best known for being the charismatic frontman of New York ska band The Slackers. He’s also written for, recorded with or produced a plethora of side-projects and other acts including the Stubborn All-Stars, Rancid, Kepi Ghoulie and Pink. He continues to keep himself busy (does the man never rest?) [...]

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Project Serendipity - Linear Lullabies

posted October 26th, 2009 · posted by jas · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

I don’t know why I’ve never reviewed this CD, in fact I don’t even know if it is still available (but it probably is). However if you really want to hear it and it’s not still available, by some happy chance I have two copies so hit me up for one. This record is so [...]

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Mouthwash - True Stories

posted October 22nd, 2009 · posted by jas · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

I am ashamed I haven’t written this review sooner. Truly ashamed. I was so excited to get hold of this CD earlier in the year, after anticipating it for so long and rinsing my friends’ iPods when they had got it, but then work and moving house and generally not being very reliable at writing [...]

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Me and Goliath - s/t 10 inch

posted October 22nd, 2009 · posted by Mikey · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

Lovely stuff here from this UK three piece and just the right soundtrack for the oncoming chilly nights and ever-decreasing daylight. Me and Goliath have previously released a demo and split 7″ but on this 10″ they’ve finally produced enough material for you to really get absorbed in.

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RVIVR - Derailer

posted October 20th, 2009 · posted by Fred Goodsell · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

Despite the fact two of my favorite bands, Converge and Strike Anywhere have just released new records it’s a little known two track 7″ that has been on constant play for me over the last few days.

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Brits Abroad

posted October 20th, 2009 · posted by Fred Goodsell · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

Simple concept. Four UK bands all playing the Fest in Floridia this Autumn, four tracks all on one split CD to sell whilst they’re there.

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Lakmé - s/t

posted October 6th, 2009 · posted by Mikey · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

This is a hidden gem of a record, released last year on a host of DIY labels, Lakmé hail from the Czech Republic and it is obvious that this is a group who hold DIY punk very close to their hearts. Housed in a screen-printed sleeve with a handsome woodcut on the front cover, inside [...]

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Ride Your Bike - Bad News From The Bar

posted October 2nd, 2009 · posted by tommy · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

By: Ride Your Bike

Ride Your Bike from Santa Monica, California are an interesting beast, sounding nothing like anything Deep Elm records have previously put out, with eccentric intrumentalisation and a distinctly pop feel, I haven’t been able to stop listening to this of late.

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Clayton Blizzard - One Two Three Home

posted September 30th, 2009 · posted by various · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

“Sad Music is Uplifting”, I must’ve heard Clayton Blizzard play this song more than a dozen times over the past year or so, walking through the audience with just his voice and ukulele, whispering disturbing things in various audience members ears. So it came with a bit of a surprise to hear this album opener complete with beats, pianos and strings. These changes are a theme that continues throughout the album, it’s also a change that works. “Winning a Raffle, Losing the War” in particular benefits from a beautiful set of strings (before cheekily sneaking into a play on “Love Will Tear Us Apart”!)

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