race to nowhere (2013/BLACKVINYL)
POP-PUNK. This is the debut full-length by DIME RUNNER from Fullerton, California. "race to nowhere" is 11 tracks of fast paced, energetic pop-punk. Well from the opening blast of "race to nowhere" to the closing cover of "warsaw" there is enough brattish snot contained to keep kleenex in business for a decade. Glunk lovers prick them ears back because this four piece from California are making a right old sound and you might just want a piece of the action.
ALTERNATIVE/INDIE-ROCK. Originally released on the venerable Homestead and SST labels in the '80s, the reissues stay true to form and include the cardinal track lists. DINOSAUR JR.'s 3rd album "bug" is considered by many to be their best. Leading off with J. Mascis' signature whine and more chiming guitars than evidenced on the previous 2 records. Showing the melodic tendencies of contemporaries like TEENAGE FANCLUB but continuing on the path of guitar heroics learned from influences like NEIL YOUNG and SONIC YOUTH, this 1988 gem is a must for all alternative guitar rock fans.
i bet on sky (2012/JAGJAGUWAR)
ALTERNATIVE/INDIE-ROCK. DINOSAUR JR.'s 10th album and 6th with the original lineup but doesn't stray far from their classic formula of aggressive, riff-heavy melodic indie-rock with tons of fuzz and innovation that the band employed on classic records like "bug" and "you're living all over me" but retains the mature and polished feel of their previous effort "farm". US-import vinyl version includes a digital download card.
ALTERNATIVE/INDIE-ROCK. Originally released in 1985 before the "JR" was added to the name, "DINOSAUR" was the 1st shot across the bow from this legendary alternative-rock pioneer. The reissues stay true to form and include the cardinal track lists. A noisy guitar driven affair, Dinosaur was a precursor to much of what would become popular alternative music in the '90s.
farewell (2009/FERAL WARD)
HARDCORE. Blazing hardcore by dumbasses for dumbasses. Follow up to records on Kangaroo, Feral Ward and No Way Records this is the same shit. Angry and urgent fuckin hardcore from DIRECT CONTROL. This is a ripper. Nobody does it quite like these ex-GOVERNMENT WARNING and WASTED TIME speed freaks. Fast tuneful hardcore that deserves no introduction!
DIRECT CONTROL / STRUNG UP
split (2006/NO WAY)
HARDCORE. This full-length teams up East-Coast and West-Coast thrashmasters STRUNG UP from the Bay-Area and Virgina's DIRECT CONTROL and was originally released as a companion to the bands' joint tour in 2006. Both bands sling fast-paced hardcore with rapid-fire vocals and a serious love of alcohol. Angry and urgent fuckin hardcore from 2 of the best bands in the current underground hardcore-punk scene. This is a ripper!
wasted mind (2016/FAT WRECK CHORDS)
POP-PUNK. DIRECT HIT isn't a punk band so much as a collection of pureed grey matter. The Milwaukee based group finally released "wasted mind": a 12-track concept album inspired by the warped sensibilities of such savage works as Burroughs' "naked lunch" and Thompson's "fear & loathing in las vegas". Musically it delivers on everything DIRECT HIT fans have come to expect: clever lyrical content, catchy hook-laden riffs and driving pop-punk anthems. The massive polished sound of "wasted mind" begs to be sung/screamed along with. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
POP-PUNK. This self-titled 7" features 4 beautifully composed jangly pop-punk songs from the street-level perspective of a crumbling society. Once again the Bay-Area exports highly-contemplative, undeniably catchy tunes. Subtely exquisite cover art and hand-stamped labels. DIRTY MARQUEE features former members of SHOTWELL, GRUMPIES, ONE REASON etc..
wrecked youth (2016/DESOLATE)
HARDCORE. Three tracks from this band from Patras, Greece that blends the aggression of classic Greek crust with the urgency and energy of Japanese/Burning Spirits hardcore. General concusses is that this is far and away the band's best work to date. Full color pocket sleeves.
INDIE-ROCK. "era" is the 4th annual report from Chicago powerhouse quartet DISAPPEARS. Insular and dark, the album sees the band further refining their love of dub, minimalism and repetition into their most original and stark set yet. It harks back to the early '80s post-punk period, when almost anything seemed possible with the classic two guitar, bass and drums lineup, and exploration and expansion of what could be done with these elements was at the fore. "era" is DISAPPEARS at their most abrasive, contemplative, and paranoid - it's the sound of the void looking back.
INDIE-ROCK. 2010 was a busy year for the DISAPPEARS. They finally saw their debut album "lux" released, they did a fair amount of touring, and they recorded this new album. "guider" means to control or influence, which is what all the songs ended up beingabout in one form or another. This is a heads down, blinders on, damn the distractions, forward driving, controlled squall. Drop the needle, turn up the volume and surrender to the delicious. For fans of SPACEMEN 3, TELEVISION, SUICIDE and JESUS & MARY CHAIN.
POST/INDIE-ROCK. "irreal", the 5th long player from Chicago's DISAPPEARS, is another trip down the rabbit hole. The album plays out as a dream sequence - hazed dub landscapes give way to the group's most experimental and open music yet. If their last album "era" confirmed the fact that DISAPPEARS are on their own trip, then "irreal" is where it kicks in. Eternalism, roboethics, identity - it's a Ballardian mix of imperfect melodies, half thoughts and good ol' dystopian modernity. It's a master class in texture, pace and control. "irreal" sits in the negative space where art-rock and post-punk collapse onto each other.
INDIE-ROCK. "lux" is the debut studio full-length from this Chicago quartet. Drawing on a combined reverence for reverb, heavy tremolo, distortion, delay and repetition, DISAPPEARS play minimal rock music inspired by krautrock, post-krock and a bit of everything in between. And in their minimalist approach the band finds their real strength, hammering home chord structures that are tried and true and can and do remain fresh in the hands of the right talents such as these. For fans of SPACEMAN 3, THE PAPER CHASE.
pre language (2013/KRANKY)
Right on cue, the 3rd annual report from Chicago's DISAPPEARS is submitted for your consideration. Following up on the acclaimed "guider" and with new drummer SONIC YOUTH's Steve Shelley now fully integrated into the group, these songs were again forged into proper shape during live shows before heading to the studio and the tape machine. Never ones to dither or be indecisive, it's a full-bore assault from the opening track to the last as DISAPPEARS attack these new songs with their usual relentless determination. The band has finally stepped into their own world and the results are thrilling.
el monte youth authority (2013/THICK SKIN)
HARDCORE. Hailing from the working-class Los Angeles suburb of El Monte, DISAPPROVAL play a mean style of hardcore that personifies growing up in a faceless, vast suburban wasteland taking cues from bands like THINK I CARE, HOAX and HOUNDS OF HATE.