Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I'll See You In Hell When We Die...

Here's a video of a song off of Andrew Jackson Jihad's new(ish) ep Operation Stackola. The ep has a bunch of older, unreleased, AJJ songs as well as some pretty bad ass covers (David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust"). Overall it's a great listen, though not as good as People or the Ghost Mice split. Also Mike from Asian Man Records mentioned in his blog update that AJJ were planning to record their next full length soon, which is incredibly exciting seeing as People came out two years ago. Expect great things in the future from this band.

Andrew Jackson Jihad- Sense & Sensibility
Andrew Jackson Jihad- Ziggy Stardust (David Bowie)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Bayside- Long Stories Short

This is the debut ep from the New York alt-punk band Bayside. Because it's their debut and it was released before the band's lineup was stable (singer Anthony Raneri is the only member who played on the ep that appears on other Bayside releases) their sound is different than the Bayside that we're used to. The most noticable difference is the absence of guitarist Jack O'Shea and his bad ass shredding. Nonetheless the ep is still worth checking, Raneri's lyrics are great as usual and it's straight-up mid-90's style punk rock. If you haven't picked up their newest disc Shudder, do so immediately because it is increadible.

Genre: Alt-Punk
Similar Artists: Alkaline Trio, Smoking Popes, The Get Up Kids
Key Tracks: "Advanced Letter Goodbye", "Days of My Life", "Downtime"
Track Listing:
1. Advanced Letter Goodbye
2. Foot Impressions
3. Days of My Life
4. Red Head vs. The Pretty Red Bracelette
5. Downtime
6. Ask For It

Bad Religion- Demos

These are some Bad Religion demos that I found thanks to the web (I love google). The quality of the demos ranges from song to song but generally they're pretty good. If you're trying to decide if it's worth the download, it definitely is if not for the acoustic and unplugged demos but just to hear the songs without the gloss of production that some of the albums have.

Genre: Punk-Rock
Similar Artists: Pennywise, NOFX, Lagwagon
Key Tracks: "Generator", "Heaven Is Falling", "Infected", "Marked", "Suffer (acoustic)"

Track Listing:
1. Atomic Garden (demo)
2. Billy (demo)
3. Change Of Ideas and Anxiety (4-track demo)
4. Do What You Want (acoustic demo)
5. Fertile Crescent (demo)
6. Generator (demo)
7. Heaven Is Falling (demo)
8. Hooray For Me (demo)
9. Incomplete (demo)
10. Infected (demo)
11. Marked (demo)
12. No Control (4-track demo)
13. Pessimistic Lines (4-track demo)
14. Stranger Than Fiction (demo)
15. Suffer (acoustic demo)
16. Suffer (unplugged)
17. You (demo)
18. 21st Century Digital Boy (demo)
19. 1000 More Fools (acoustic demo)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Fad- Number 5/ Quit Your Band And Join The Fad

The Fad is a punk-ska band (with a hint of hardcore thrown in there) from Long Island. The band take peices from all their influences and manage to make it work. The high energy punk songs mixed with the dancy sing-along chorus ska songs make it hard to hard to stop listening. The lyrics on the older of the two eps, Number 5, are more directly political than the newer songs. Quit Your Band's production is a lot smoother and cleaner than Number 5.

Genre: Ska-Punk
Similar Artists: Arrogant Sons of Bitches, Public Access, The Flaming Tsunamis
Key Tracks: "Bright Lights", "Vinyl Paradise", "Nostalgia", "Make Room"
Track Listing: Number 5
1. Behind Closed Doors
2. The Blame Game
3. Don't Choke
4. Nostalgia
5. P.M.R.C.
6. The End
7. Starry-Eyed
8. Make Room

Quit Your Band and Join The Fad
1. Vinyl Paradise
2. Bright Lights
3. You're Only As Good As Your Drummer

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Gaslight Anthem- Bootleg

This was the CD release show for The '59 Sound and they pretty much killed it. The set list is amazing (playing all of those songs that they "don't play live"). If you ever get the chance, SEE THIS BAND LIVE. I absolutely love Sink or Swim and The '59 Sound and I'm excited to see what they do in the future. There's a bunch of more gaslight bootlegs here and there's a live 10" coming out in the middle of April. So get on that!

Link Part 1, Link Part 2
Genre: Punk-Rock
Similar Artists: The Draft, Against Me!, Lucero
Track Listing:
1. Great Expectations
2. Wooderson
3. Casanova, Baby!
4. Old White Lincoln
5. We Came To Dance
6. Miles Davis and The Cool
7. The '59 Sound
8. The Patient Ferris Wheel
9. Angry Johnny and The Radio
10. High Lonesome
11. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
12. Meet Me By The River's Edge
13. Here's Lookin' At You, Kid
14. Senor and The Queen
15. 1930
16. Boomboxes and Dictionaries
17. Drive
18. The Navasink Banks
19. The Backseat
20. I Coulda Been A Contender
21. Blue Jeans and White T-Shirts
22. I'da Called You Woody, Joe
23. Say I Won't (Recognize)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Arrogant Sons of Bitches- Built to Fail

This is the first album from ASOB and it's definitely their most raw. For those who don't know ASOB was Jeff from Bomb the Music Industry!'s old band(if you were wondering BtMI! is better but I still love ASOB). They're more along the lines of a ska-core band than a straight up ska or punk band. Built to Fail is not as good as ASOB's later releases but in terms of raw emotion and energy BtF is definitely strong. Jeff just put Three Cheers for Disappointment up for free here (get it. it's amazing!).

Genre: Ska-Core
Similar Artists: Bomb the Music Industry!,
Key Tracks: "Abnormality", "I Hate Punk Rock", "Where's My Sleeve", "The Guy From Subway", "That's What Friends Are For"
Track Listing:
1. I Like Green Day
2. Abnormality
3. I Hate Punk Rock
4. The Song That the Girl Sings
5. I Pissed In Your Mountain Dew
6. 2445
7. The Pez Song
8. Where's My Sleeve
9. Smelly
10. Spitpile
11. The Guy From Subway
12. That's What Friends Are For

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Ben Folds Five- The Unauthorized Post-Mortem of Reinhold Messner

I don't really know a whole lot about this album (probably more of a compilation). A few of the tracks are off of the bonus cd of Ben Folds' Rockin the Suburbs and a few of them are leftover songs from Ben Folds Five. The tracks are either live recordings or studio b-sides. Not the best songs by Ben or the Five but definitly worth the listen.

Genre: Piano Rock
Similar Artists: Ben Folds, Ben Kweller, Fear of Pop
Key Tracks: "The Secret Life...", "Honey Don't", "Protection", "One Down"
Track Listing:
1. The Secret Life of Morgan Davis
2. Honey Don't
3. Protection
4. Dog
5. Tell Me What I Did
6. Amelia Bright
7. Prince Charming
8. Lonely
9. One Down
10. Wandering
11. Rocky
12. Half Asleep
13. Silver Street