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Slatwall : Local Punk

It ain’t often that a new/local band catches my attention. Call me an old man of old habits, or music curmudgeon if you will, but Slatwall has me singing a different tune. I’d say they are reminiscent of the mid- late 90s/early 00s punk (see Asian Man Records) . Luckily I didn’t find their stuff post-breakup or something. You can listen to their latest 3 song release here: http://slatwall.bandcamp.com/. Also available is a 3 song cassette recording, this older release includes the endearing sounds of shitty audio too.

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Classics of Love (2012)

This is the dosage of punk you’ve been looking for in the new year. The latest release from Classics of Love is not a drawn out affair but a quick 23 minutes of energy and in your ears classic 80s-esque punk. You can stream the whole album here (or pick it up on the cheap from Amazon). The 4th track, Gun Show, is my current favorite.

 

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Knapsack Jam o’ the day

A share along of Knapsack proportions, started by an idiot.

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The Jealous Sound – A Gentle Reminder (2012)

The Jealous Sound is one of those bands from my High School days that upon listening brings back memories of setting off fireworks in the middle of the desert night and accidentally starting a brush fire that nearly consumed a small suburb. And driving around aimlessly, blasting albums of the time. I was lucky enough to see them play a short live set and have to mark it as one the best shows I’ve been privy enough to enjoy.

This latest album is a step above their past works in that it is more heavily produced. Bands today have access to Phil Specter-esque magical music machines. My main regret with the album is that I don’t have a high bit-rate loss-less format quality version at my disposal. The amount of  audio lost can only be guessed at. My last complaint is that the album starts is more Coldplay than not, meaning less rock and more in the way of roll.  The track “Equilibrium” is more on the rock mark. A Gentle Reminder is streamed fully here.

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theHELL – Sauves Les Requins (2012)

Sauves Les Requins is A-OK. Matt Skiba’s latest is more akin to the early days of The Alkaline Trio than his more recent synthy-prominent works. theHELL offers punchy punk beats with some catchy chorus tunes. Unfortunately it only clocks in at 4 songs. At the moment the first two songs stand on top.

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Flashlights : I’m Not Alone (2011)

Once in a great while a band will pop up that catches my musical sensibilities by the throat, starves it from oxygen, and bulges out its eyeballs until slow death takes over. Well not quite like that but you get the point. Flashlights can be streamed for free.

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Classics of Love (2009)

Classics of Love features ex-Operation Ivy and is put out by Asian Man Records. Not gonna lie, the EP Walking In Shadows does not disappoint.

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