Angel City Outcasts – Deadrose Junction (c) 2006 Sailor's Grave RecordsThough they may tout the word outcast, these L.A. Boys massively recall the extremely embraced early 80's SoCal rock sound, albeit blended with more punk attitude. The Angel City Outcasts new release "Deadrose Junction" begs to be compared to early Crue and G'N'R. It is definitely straight ahead rock, but thankfully it lacks the posturing and pretense of the 80's hair-metal glam scene. "Deadrose Junction" also raises the rock bar with some of their more aggressive punk riffs. Comparisons and critiques aside, I still can't help but think that I could really get into blasting this on a beat up jam box while riding around drunk in the back of a pickup anywhere in the Midwest. 3 cheers for Rock and Roll!
Bury Your Dead – Beauty and the Breakdown (c) 2006 Victory RecordsMassachusetts band Bury Your Dead brings down a brand new furious assault with their new release ‘Beauty and the Breakdown’ Behold the 11 tracks of hardcore metal power. Grinding guitars, and pounding drums will hammer a rhythmic pulse into the deep recesses of your mind, while subtle melodic underpinings keep you intrigued as the songs continue their constant pummeling. This is good old fashioned hardcore metal, the kind your parents will still be afraid of.�Cheers,Jerry Actually
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – Don't You Fake It (c) 2006 Virgin Records The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus brings about more emo-esque pretty-haired new metal pablum. I really hope to never have to listen to this CD again. It reeks with banality and is about as insipid as anything else you're going to hear on new rock radio. I suspect that one of two things is going on. 1. People really like this type of music. Ok, bully for you. Rock on with your lame self. 2. People are convinced that this is what they are supposed to like. Ok, bully for you too. Bottom line, get a set!
Grrrl : A Novel – Jennifer Whiteford (c) Razorcake / Gorsky PressIf you ever were, are, or wonder what’s going on witha teenage suburbanette… READ THIS BOOK. Ottawa’sJennifer Whiteford weaves a boldly textured andbrilliantly colored tapestry of early 90’sadolescence. Grrrl is a wonderful adaptation of a highschool riot queen diary . There are too many awesomethings to tell you (the reader) about but I bet you’llenjoy it. When you get finished, pass it on to yourlittle sister. – Krystal Tolle
Dennis Bagwell – A Random Litter of Thought (c) 2006 Batteryface RecordsI don't very often have the opportunity to review spoken word CD's, but that is what, in fact, we have here. "A Random Litter of Though" is 29 tracks of the recorded thoughts of OC area "Beat Punk" Dennis Bagwell. Funny thing is, if you do some research on Mr. Bagwell, you turn up a whole lot of info about a Texas former death row inmate of the same name. I'm going to suspect that unless this is a posthumous release, they are not one in the same. This Dennis Bagwell carries on in more of the vein of Ginsberg and Burroughs. The poems speak of death and redemption, love and loss and some liken humanity to feces. Though I respect the work done here, it isn't very easy to rock out to. In fact, it is kind of dragging on and on. I think poems are likely better left to the printed page.
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Stadium Arcadium (c) 2006The much anticipated double CD release of Stadium Arcadium, the new release by the venerable Red Hot Chili Peppers, must have been released for someone other than me. I can't argue their process I guess, it is time tested and public approved. However, it seems as though the peppers have become trite and formulaic. I had hoped for something to live past the legacy of Blood Sugar Sex Magik, instead I got a whole lot of tracks that would have been better released on a B-side compilation. I can't even pick a standout track. The 'hit' single Dani California is probably the best of set, and it is lackluster at best. I say spend your money elsewhere. Go buy a used copy of Mother's Milk.
(c) 2006 Susspool Records
Punk punk punk punk punk it up! Yeah the Acrobrats do that. They also bust out 8 tracks of contagious pop-laced punk rock-n-roll on their sophomore release “…Go Down Swinging” As well as busting out cleverly rockin’ originals, there is also a cover of post new wave darlings The Primitives’ hit single “Crash”. I always thought that’d be a great cover. Incidentally, I was right.
If I had to liken their sound to something, right now, I’m inclined to think it would be as if 7 seconds got fused with pieces of Rancid. Above all, a fun peppy release that doesn’t weigh you down with filler. If you care to check out some tracks visit their site at www.theacrobrats.com
b.t.w. for anyone reading this, bands and labels and p.r. folk that send swag can totally sway my opinion.
Hoobastank – Every Man For Himself (c) 2006 Island RecordsWow, this really sucks! Hoobastank has all the derivative qualities of a korn and limp bizkit wanna be band. They sound like somebody at the label hand picked them to be in a 'band' in order to cash in on a dying genre. Oh well, to each their own I guess. Somebody has to suck. I'm just glad it aint me this time.
The Ducky Boys – The War Back Home (c) 2006 Sailor's Grave Records Ah, when I think of Boston, I think of Blood for Blood or Slap Shot. But that does not mean everyone thinks like jimmy bile. The Ducky Boys…THE WAR BACK HOME…Sailors Grave Records, is reminiscent of the story telling of the ancient days past. I appreciate the no “verse chorus verse” idea and the mad antics of the instrumentals, but they might do better keeping the attention of the audience by speeding up the pace. Don't get me wrong, they rock, and I'll give them most of my thumbs up! thanks for reading, jimmy bile
The Defilers – Metal Mountains (c) 2005 Dry Run RecordsStraight outta motherfucking Louisville! The Defilers pack the power of the Cult, Kiss, Clutch, Black Sabbath and Zeke into one sweet rock and roll cavalcade. "Metal Mountains" presents 9 tracks of progressive metallic indie-like rock without the pretension. Basically what we got here is heavy rock and roll. It seems that if all things must run the viscous circle, a resurrection of early 70's power rock is way low on the list of evils. The one downfall to "Metal Mountains" (at least for me), some of the track are just way too damn long. But you should determine your own attention span. None the less, If you like to rock and you like to crank it really freakin' loud, then by all means head to the Metal Mountains!