Friday, April 30, 2010

Happy Birthday, Jay

He would have turned 30 today.

Greg Ginn in Atlanta tomorrow night


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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Not exactly Magnaminous

When a guy named Dave Magnum, known primarily for playing bass and keyboards with groups like Derek Lyn Plastic and Facehugger, wanted a new project in which he could play lead guitar, he wrestled longtime confidant and local Minister of Propaganda Bo Magnum away from his Baptist coloring book long enough to write three sometimes self-righteously angry and always light-heartedly hilarious punk songs intended to sound like The Dead Milkmen, The Spits, and Chrome having a knife fight by the banks of Armuchee Creek. Throw in Derek Lyn Plastic on bass and the rumored future involvement of Greg King (Carbonas, G.G. King, Frantic) on drums and you've got a pretty potent mix.

Magnums, like Armuchee, are not on the map, but they do have a Myspace page for those of you who still use that site.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

AVP 2 redux

Episode 2 of the radio show is definitely airing tonight at 10 p.m. EST on The WOLF Internet Radio, www.westga.edu/thewolf.

The Black Lips smoke clowns like you on the b-ball court*

I don't envy their Band of Ballers opponents, especially not Da Juiceman.

* Remember that commercial I'm referencing in the title? It was the original don't smoke/do drugs campaign that ironically was so obnoxious that you wanted to go down the wrong path out of spite.

A new G.G. King 7", with 100 percent more subliminal messages!

Artist: G.G. King
Title: Babbling Voices
Label: Local Cross
Release date: April 2010

Almost lost in all the recent Mess Around excitement was this release by one of Atlanta's most consistent punk bands.

The A-side is "Babbling Voices", which has been in the G.G. King live repoitore for some time now and was one of the songs featured on the band's "Last of the Night Wiggers" demo cassette. I'm not sure if this is a fancied up version of the demo, which featured only King and bass player Chris Van Etten, or a different version featuring the full band. Either way, it's good enough that you'll wish you had babbling voices dictating to you lyrics and riffs like these.

The flipside, "Insomnia", is a furious number that, had it been released 30 years earlier, would be considered a hardcore song. Folks who check this out because of the Carbonas connections will be pleased with this one, as Greg has not sang this fast since the Euro Tour EP. For better or worse, those same Carbonaites have never heard Greg or his band descend slowly into what I want to believe is a Satanic subliminal message at the end. He's probably saying something about cheeseburgers. Or cross-eyed cats. Or Timmy Wormbutt.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Atlanta Mess Around: Day 1

The much-anticipated Atlanta Mess Around lived up to the hype, as it was two days of awesome punk and garage rock sounds from current and former Atlantans and some out-of-town favorites. It was like an early Christmas present the dudes at Rob's House, Douchemaster, and Triple D's tirelessly put together for all of us to enjoy. It was like Disneyland for punks or Spring Break in PCB for poor kids. Hell, it was Corndogorama with better bands.

Opening 529's afternoon festivities on Friday for all of us pre-dawn drunks was those angry young men from Ralph. These Wells Street Warehouse regulars got the early crowd ready to hear more classic-style hardcore from Bukkake Boys. Hopefully, the inclusion of these two bands will open people who may not have heard them otherwise up to checking out the local hardcore scene.

On third was The Customers, one of several good bands to emerge from the ashes of groups like The Carbonas, Beat Beat Beat, and The Heart Attacks. I'm glad the early shows were part of this festival, as they gave bands like The Customers a chance to play for visitors from Florida, Canada, and a few places in between.
Closing out Friday's early show was the star-studded Gaye Blades. The one consistent member of this band is Jared Swilley, and nowadays he is joined in the band by Gentleman Jesse Smith, John Kang, and Mike Beavers. I quite frankly was not sure if I would enjoy the band without Bobby Ubangi, but the new lineup grew on me as soon as they started ripping through songs inspired by the golden age or rock and roll. The highlight of their set and the entire early show was a touching and rocking performance of "Bobby is a Lover".


Notice Jesse's pink Rickenbacher. I don't know a lot about guitars, but I do know that thing looks badass.

Waiting for an eternity to get served tacos at a local restaurant caused me to miss The Barreracudas, but I did catch the rest of the nightcap.

The first band I caught was Bad Sports, a solid outfit from The Wax Museums family tree that reminded me a little of their Austin/Dentoncore forefathers The Marked Men.

G.G. King was next with their ever-growing set of awesome punk songs, and they were followed by Chicago's standard-bearing garage punks, CoCoComa. I surprisingly had never heard CoCoComa, so I got to discover for the first time a band with a live sound that is poppy and oh so infectious.

The legendary Urinals were next to last, and the songs they played can be pigeonholed into three narrow categories. The songs we all wanted to hear sounded like classic no-frills punk rock, a few more adventurous songs sounded like stripped-down Wipers demos, and the rest sounded like bar rock. Aside from the song or three that resembled bar rock, the bright spots really shined, and it is not hard to figure out why Mika Miko and that whole Smell crowd seemingly look up to this group.

Closing the party was as good a party band as you are going to find. In fact, with all due respect to our hometown Coathangers, Davila 666 are the best party band you are going to find. These guys from Puerto Rico floor audiences with dance-worthy songs beefed up by chantalong choruses that owe as much to The Misfits as they do to any earlier or contemporary Latino punk band. They were as tight and exciting a band as I have seen in recent memory.

Monday, April 26, 2010

What a weekend!

I've got plenty to post about in the coming days. Right now, though, I'm physically recovering from the weekend and emotionally adjusting to being back around people who do everything but rock hard.

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Mess-Around is finally here!

Today is the big day. If you see someone in a Dead Milkmen shirt singing along with The Urinals, say hello.
I'll admit it. I wouldn't know/like that song if it were not for Mika Miko.

See you dudes in the pit.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

More Sub-Pop goodness from Record Store Day

Artist: Happy Birthday
Title: "Shampoo" b/w "Alien"
Label: Sub-Pop Records
Release date: April 17, 2010

Kyle Thomas of King Tuff and honorary fifth Vivian Girl fame and his Sub-Pop group Happy Birthday also had an exclusive 7" come out on Record Store Day.

Happy Birthday's Sub-Pop LP has been played a lot here at 7" Atlanta headquarters since it came out, mainly because "Girls FM" is neck and neck with a song Thomas recorded in the "Best Song of 2010" race. Needless to say, expectations were high when I first dropped the needle, and Happy Birthday did not spoil my listening party.

Those of us who are used to two minute songs will not get bored before "Shampoo" ends, because there is all kinds of futuristic racket going on and, most importantly, there's a catchy hook.

"Alien" (the other thing that battles Predator, har har!) is a songwriting and weird-out pop clinic that could only be taught by Thomas.

These songs are good enough to be on the second Happy Birthday album or at least some kind of Sub-Pop compilation, as they need to be heard by more than us collector types.

Dum Dum Girls, Male Bonding split RSD exclusive


Artist: Dum Dum Girls and Male Bonding
Title: Split 7"
Label: Sub-Pop Records
Release date: April 17, 2010

Here's a Record Store Day find featuring two solid tracks from a couple of Sub-Pop's newest and best recording stars.

The Dum Dum Girls' offering, "Pay For Me", captures everything that's right about this band. On this song and others, the band does the whole Black Tambourine crossed with 60's pop thing as well as anyone, and their choruses are usually beefed up to where it sounds like a whole army of Dee Dees are shouting their hearts out.

Male Bonding is an awesome three-piece band from England who, like The Dum Dum Girls, recently signed with the label Nirvana made famous. Their song for this release is called "Before It's Gone" and, like their countrywomen from Wet Dog, this group's take on fuzzed-out post-punk makes for some dance-worthy tunes.

The simple yet durable packaging is cool, and like most record labels Sub Pop kindly gives you a download card.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

When Everything Goes Wrong

The five or six people who have tuned in to the show are hearing last week's episode. It's like I've fallen into a time warp. Does this mean Saturday is Record Store Day again?

Adrian vs. Predator vs. Episode 2

Episode 2 is tonight at 10 p.m. EST and, as mentioned before, will feature The Customers, Carbonas, Bobby Ubangi, Vivian Girls (their brand new single, to be specific), King Khan and The Shrines, The North Trolls, The Barberries, The Coathangers, The Goodnight Loving, The Barreracudas, Predator, Brilliant Colors, Buzzer, The Girls At Dawn, G.G. King, Black Lips, Derek Lyn Plastic, The Dead Milkmen, DDT, Neon Christ, Electric Shadows, and Nobunny.

Check it out on www.westga.edu/thewolf!

The Mess-Around hype machine begins!

How awesome will it be to finally see The Urinals? Will we all really fuck someone we normally wouldn't get to fuck, just like Travis Flagel has pretty much promised us Rob's House supporters? How many of these fancy pants out-of-town bands will get blown off the stage by Predator? We'll all find out together this weekend.

Until then, check out this awesome collection of MP3s compiled by Chad Radford. It includes a new G.G. King song!

Monday, April 19, 2010

7 Inch Atlanta now has a podcast!

There is so much going on right now. I haven't even done much to promote this weekend's Atlanta Mess-Around, my band Magnums recorded some demos on Freaknik weekend ("Young Romans" isn't half bad), and the second episode of the radio show airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. If you missed episode one or would like to hear it again, you can download it at the new 7 Inch Atlanta podomatic page or listen to it on the audio player at the very bottom of the page.

The Biters E.P. is ready to drop

The Biters' debut E.P. is available through their website for only $11 plus shipping. It'll be on 10" white vinyl and hopefully will feature this song:

Record Store Day: an alternative to Freaknik

Record Store Day was a blast, as I got all kinds of cool new music and saw one of my current favorites and some of my friends perform at a couple of different record stores.

I planned the whole day around getting to Criminal Records by 2 so I would not miss Those Darlins. When I got there, it was aroud 1 and my Bukkake Boys pals were about to plow through a brief set. It would not be unfair to say the Record Store Day crowd were by and large disturbed or, at the very least, confused by the Bukaake Boys' testosterone-filled brand of hardcore punk. I ate it up, as always, and so did a couple of high school kids. This one kid in particular could not have been a day over 17 and was having a ball. I hope he starts going to the Wells Street Warehouse hardcore shows, because we're all getting old around here and we need younger people to latch onto what's been happening in Atlanta for the past decade. It's a shame bands like Bukkake Boys have to play Criminal Records or someone's living room to really be seen by youngsters, because they are the kind of band I would have adored as a high schooler.


While Those Darlins were setting up their gear, I got in line to purchase the new Devo 12", a copy of We Fun, and exclusive RSD 7"s by Sub-Pop stars Dum Dum Girls and Happy Birthday. All of that aside from the movie should help beef up my internet radio playlists.

Those Darlins then played a fun set packed full of familiar tunes and some new songs they hope to record this fall for their second LP. Their best new one was about having a "fun stick party." It, like most of my favorite Those Darlins songs, was both cute and rocking. Expect a video or three from their set in the coming days.




By the end of Those Darlins' set, I felt I had done enough at Criminal. I had bought some awesome limited edition records, seen some friends perform, and watched one of my favorite out of town acts wow a packed record store on a pretend Capitalist holiday.

But the aventure was not over, as festivities had not begun yet at Reactionary Records. I arrived in East Atlanta in time to see sountrack music virtuoso Jeffrey Butzer:

Three acts later, my Facehugger friends unleashed their new lineup and sound. It was not their best show, but I do have high hopes for the new lineup. Derek Lyn Plastic recently recorded some stuff for them, and the track from those sessions that I have heard is a good one.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Making a time-tested formula less sweet and more weird

Artist: Burning Yellows
Title: "Urinal Cakes" b/w "Drought
Label: HoZac Records
Release date: April 2010
Vinyl color: The first 200 were gold and came with a special sleeve different from the one shown here.

A girl-fronted, fuzzed-out, and organ heavy pop group from the hotbed of hip that is Portland? What else could you ask for?

Burning Yellows deliver on the oddly named track "Urinal Cakes", as it sounds like a psyched-out Frankie Rose composition. "Drought" ironically sounds like a shower of guitar noise is trying to drown out the vocalist, making it the kind of post-punk song that is too noisy to be a dance sensation and too abrasive to be a love song.

This band, like Wet Dog, takes a time-tested formula and makes it a little less sweet and a lot more weird. There should be more bands like that.

Record Store Day 2010!

I received my state income tax return today, so it practically is a stipend for tomorrow's record store day. I hope to nab a for sale copy of We Fun, the special edition 7"s by Happy Birthday and Ty Segall (which I think is a split with someone else), and the new Black Tambourine comp (which is not a RSD special. I just want it really bad.).

The soundtrack for my end of the semester shopping spree will include Those Darlins at Criminal Records around 2 p.m. and then Facehugger and The North Trolls if they haven't played already at Reactionary Records. Support record stores. Support the economy. Buy American (unless there is a Wet Dog special I haven't heard about yet)!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Radio launch!


7 Inch Atlanta Radio will, barring a technical snag, be on the air finally! Check it out tomorrow night at 10 p.m. on The WOLF Internet Radio (www.westga.edu/TheWOLF) and hear music by Black Lips, Carbonas, Gentleman Jesse and His Men, G.G. King, The Wet Dreams, The Splinters, The Coathangers, Zero Boys, The Spits, Derek Lyn Plastic, Vivian Girls , Plexi 3, Jacuzzi Boys, Jay Reatard, The Lids, Dum Dum Girls, The Stalkers, Exhumans, Barreracudas, Predator, and The Bukkake Boys.

If you can't listen tomorrow, check out the repeat on Sunday at 10 p.m. or patiently wait while I figure out how to set up a podcast sharing page.

This is short notice and I'm paranoid that everything will go wrong, so expect the promotion blitz to be for Episode 2, which happens to fall on the station's launch date.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Dum Dum Girls continue to dominate, or the real reason I've been so high on cassettes lately

Artist: Dum Dum Girls
Title: "Blissed Out" cassette
Label: Art Fag Recordings/Sub Pop
Release date: 2009?

This cassette, which you can still get from Art Fag Recordings, is already a rarity if you stubbornly want the Sub Pop version because Dee Dee and friends are on the right end of some well-deserved hype.

You've probably heard several of the 11 songs on this cassette, but not like this. "Hey Sis", "Catholicked", "Put a Sock In It", and "Brite Futures" sound equally brilliant yet noticably different with cassette tape hiss than they do with vinyl pops and crackles, so hearing them in a different format is a valid reason to track this one down.

There's a few songs that are new, or at least I had never heard them. The first song on the cassette, "Ship of Love", downplays the dreariness of most Dum Dum Girls standards and instead plays up Dee Dee's 1960's pop influences. "Mercury Mary" has a title that makes me think of David Bowie and a sound that is reminiscent of Black Tambourine. The cassette ends with a couple of quality tracks that had not been on my radar called "Longhair" and "Dream Away Life".

Speaking of Black Tam, "Throw Aggi Off The Bridge" is my favorite track of theirs, and Dee Dee must like it, too, as an effective cover of the song appears on the A-side. Other covers on this cassette are an amazing garage rock version of Delta 5's first single, "Mind Your Own Business", and a take on "Let It Be Me" that sadly sounds more like "Where Do You Run To?" played at the wrong speed. That should not be a surprise, though, as Frankie Rose wrote "Where Do You Run To?" and she was drummer in the original live version of Dum Dum Girls, so Frankie and Dee Dee probably have similar taste in music and have probably listened to their favorite records together at some point.

For more about Dum Dum Girls, check out this neat interview with Dee Dee and a live show download I found on Philadelphia's Girl About Town blog.

While I'm talking about porn...

I googled my blog's name out of boredom (you've done it too, so don't judge) and accidentally found an adult DVD message board on which someone has started a thread about Those Darlins and has reposted on there pretty much everything I've written about the band and even a couple of shots I've taken of the girls in action. As if Dirtnap using one of my reviews on their site was not flattering enough...

Those Darlins will be back in town this Saturday at Criminal Records for Record Store Day. That will also be the day you can get the recently-released and barely watchable We Fun documentary at Criminal for only $9.99. The list price will be over $20, so if you want a copy Saturday will be a good time to pick one up.

Facehugger show tonight

Go see this tonight if you get the chance, because Paul, Jaye Marie, and Dave Magnum from Facehugger have lots of new jams.I'm currently listening to that Dum Dum Girls cassette (they cover "Throw Aggi Off The Bridge"!) and its cover art is naughty, so I guess I'll be posting more tits very soon.

That's why I get for giving DDG top priority over that Zap Cassettes Sampler I still haven't reviewed, right?

Sunday, April 11, 2010

A classic punk gem from Switzerland

Artist: Chin Chin
Title: We Don't Wanna Be Prisoners
Label: Mississippi Records
Release date: Originally released in 1984 on the band's own Farmer Records. Re-released in January 2010.

Here's a re-release of a Swiss all-girl unit not called Kleenex or Liliput featuring three catchy punk songs with infectious harmonies.

The A-side, "We Don't Wanna Be Prisoners", has chantalong lyrics, punky riffs, and really primitive drumming. The flipside features the dreary surf-rock meets Velvet Underground sounds of "Desires Only" and drenched-out post-punk anthem "World's Burning".

How this band is not as lauded as groups like Delta 5 or Bush Tetras is beyond me, as this group based on their debut 7" was on the same level musically and creatively as many of their peers.

Do they have any other releases to track down? Yes. They did an LP in 1985 called Sound of The Westway, and Mississippi Records (which is based out of Portland, Oregon's Mississippi Avenue and not the state of Mississippi)and Slumberland Records will be re-releasing it on April 27.

It turns out there was an Atlanta version of Wayne's World...

Yes, that is RuPaul in an Atlanta band. I think I'd rather listen to Dallas, Ga. native Jane County, though none of her videos are introduced by cross-dressers with forced Southern belle accents.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

A Texas powerpop "supergroup" of sorts

Artist: Love Collector
Title: My Baby Goes Waaah!
Label: Big Action Records
Release date: Sept. 1, 2009
Release number: Bar 23

Texas-based band Love Collector features members of The Ape Shits, Shitty Beach Boys, Dirty Sweets, The Fells, and Sex Advice teaming up to crank out bare bones powerpop songs that sound like a cross between Nobunny and The Barreracudas.

"My Baby Goes Waah!" mixes punk speed and quirkiness with the raw sounds of the previous decade's garage rock revivalists. Flipside starter "Tell Me" sounds like The Busy Signals with a male singer, and it is followed by a nod to pop-inspired punk in its oldest and purest form called "Come Back".

If you dig powerpop at all, you will love this one because, as the Beatle worship cover art indicates, this quartet definitely listened to all the right records as kids.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

News and Notes, including a downloadable Mess Around program

* The folks who are kindly going to bring us the Atlanta Mess-Around have already posted the event program in handy PDF form. There's scads of band interviews ranging in content from insightful to absurd.
* Malcolm McClaren has reportedly passed away after a long battle with cancer.
* The Carnivores have a bandcamp page that features downloadable tracks from their debut long player.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Runaways: better than you might expect

I attended a press screening Monday at Atlanta's Midtown Art Cinema of The Runaways, and I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw.

Why did I go into this with an "at least the music will be good" attitude? Well, I'm not a big fan of modern Hollywood productions aside from the occasional silly but smart comedy, and as both a record collector nerd and future historian I don't expect much accuracy from something packaged to entertain the masses.

Also, though I am a fan of The Runaways and most everything else Joan Jett related, I am not afraid to be the wet blanket who says they were by no stretch of the imagination the first all-girl rock band (Fanny and a few other groups were out the gate first). I feared this movie would try to further the band's legend by misleading potential fans, but the filmmakers did not go that route and did not shy away from the fact that the band, though their music was often fantastic, partly reached the heights they did in a pre-punk world because they looked like a pedophile's wet dream.

Was the film inaccurate? Definitely. Hell, the bass player in the movie version of The Runaways is not even based on a real person, and Lita Ford's two or three lines all made her seem like a turbobitch.

Inaccuracies and complaints aside, this film is the story of a couple of women who were thrown into fame swiftly at such a young age that you could argue they, like some less-celebrated male rock and rollers I know, did not know when to question what they were being told by industry sleazebags and money men. I'm too good of a friend to name names, but a few people I know will probably say after seeing this movie that they went through similar experiences, though for them the drugs were cheaper and they never had to face a stampede of Japanese schoolgirls.

Politics and drug drama aside, what was the coolest part? That prize goes to the scene were Kristen Stewart as early Blackhearts era Joan Jett rocked a violet blazer like the one Joan wears on that iconic album sleeve.

Welcome home, Coathangers!

The Coathangers once again brought the party to 529 as they headlined a show sponsored by our friends at Chunklet.

Past Lives, a band featuring former members of Seattle post-hardcore staple The Blood Brothers, weren't really my thing, but several people got their early enough to hear them, and several of those people were dancing, so I guess their set should be considered a success. What surprised me was how their drummer played a style that reminded me of The Selmanaires.

The Coathangers were the second of only two bands, and they got down to business. They did not even blow up baloons or pretend it was New Year's Eve. They just plowed through all the songs you've heard and that new one I had heard good things about. I'll have to hear the new one again to really form a strong opinion about it, but I will go out and say it would not have sounded out of place on Scramble.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The rise of the cassette tape

It is 2010, and believe it or not a lot of the newer releases I would like to own, ranging from a Blank Dogs single to a Personal and the Pizzas compilation, are on cassette tapes. Most of us know vinyl never really went anywhere, so claims that it has been "brought back" are bogus. Still, there is no denying that vinyl, the 7" single in particular, has played a huge role in all types of underground music since early 2000's and was keeping bands like The Black Lips afloat long before the Best Buys of the world realized people would schill out $20 for a Metallica or U2 vinyl re-release. Why, then, is another format the mainstream would find outdated popping up on merchandise tables and on small labels' websites? I would say it is an economic decision on the part of the small record label or up-and-coming band, as tapes are cheap to make, and it is, dare I say, a fun trend for those of us who are on the consumer end of the chain.

What are cool places to get tapes on the internet? Well, there's Burger Records and Zap Cassettes, just to name a couple. Cassette releases range from stuff you have already heard by Nobunny and King Tuff to music you might not have heard by acts like Pinche Gringo.

For more about cassette tapes both in Atlanta and elsewhere in our little garage punk world, check out this.

You know who I haven't seen in a while...

There was hardly anything worth seeing last weekend aside from that Masquerade show I posted about and did not attend, and now on a fucking Tuesday there are at least two good options. There is this show at 529 and a warehouse show elsewhere in town featuring The Bukkake Boys.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Runaways press screening

Tonight I am going to go see this:
http://mog.com/MOG_Features/blog/1867844

I will report back shortly and share my thoughts about the film.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Friday, April 2, 2010

C86 pop, featuring Cassie Ramone

Artist: The Babies
Title: "All Things Come to Pass" b/w "Caroline"
Label: Wild World Records
Release date: March 2010

Here is the debut release by a Brooklyn-area supergroup that features members of Woods, Bossy, and Vivian Girls and it is chock full of tambourine-shaking minimalist pop.

The Vivian Girl in the fold is Cassie Ramone, and her fingerprints are all over this. She sings lead on both songs, provided the cover artwork, and runs Wild World Records with her Vivian Girls bandmates.

"All Things Come to Pass" is upbeat and simple in a C86 kind of way. It's a little early to consider the best songs of 2010, but the only thing that's definitely catchier so far was another Wild World release with Cassie on lead vocals (you know the one!).

I'm trying not to let this post become an excuse to talk about Vivian Girls, but "Caroline" is mini jam session followed by lyrics that let the listener know that the band is about to drive this one home, kind of like "My Baby Wants Me Dead."

This, like most good two or three song 7" releases, will leave you wanting more. Fortunately, you will be able to get your fix soon from Make a Mess Records.

A 7" sampler featuring Dum Dum Girls, Crocodiles

Artist: Crocodiles, Graffiti Island, Dum Dum Girls, and Pens
Title: Split 7"
Label: Art Fag Recordings
Release date: 2009

Here's a four-band compilation from San Diego's Art Fag Records featuring tracks by a couple of hyped groups in Crocodiles and Dum Dum Girls and a couple of lesser known yet equally good groups called Graffiti Island and Pens.

The a-side begins with Crocodiles. I for some reason assumed these guys would sound like an old goth band, but "Hollow Hollow Eyes" is actually a distorted and well-executed nod to 60's pop complete with a catchy hook. Graffiti Island's "Moon Tan" follows and is yet another good example of modern surf-influenced punk. People who like that kind of thing must feel really spoiled because there are plenty of newish bands for them to check out.

The b-side is reserved for the ladies. Dee Dee through her Dum Dum Girls project has cranked out some delightfully dark pop tunes, but "Brite Futures", as its title suggests, brings a little unexpected sunshine to the party. It is followed by the primitive post-punk sounds of UK-based all-girl trio Pens. Based on their song on this compilation, which is called "The Weekend Starts Here", the girls mix experimentation with the pop sensiblities of The Splinters. It is a great combination, one that makes me sad that most of Pens' other releases are sold out.

Actually, this too is sold out at the moment, but a colored vinyl version of this fantastic 7" should be hitting the streets soon.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Adrian's alter-ego eats dog food

Artist:The Barreracudas
Title: Dog Food 7"
Label: Bachelor Records
Release date: Early 2010

The Barreracudas' sophomore effort is more than just a novelty single, as the sometimes absurd lyrics are just one element of a couple of really cool songs that mix the pop sensibilities of Gentleman Jesse with the lo-fi fun of Nobunny.

Upbeat a-sider "Dog Food" finds Adrian Barrera singing from the dog's point of view. The dog version of Adrian may be picky about dog food brands, but at the end of the night his animal instincts kick in and he's chowing on Tampons and your homework.

If pets could front bands, our dogs and cats would probably want to be in a fun party band like The Barreracudas since they spend a lot of time hearing our record collections. Imagine, for example, the punk and metal awesomeness this dog has digested:
The flipside, "Diet Coke", is a slightly more serious pop song about thinking you might get lucky, and then the girl you are with orders a diet soda at the bar. Adrian mentions going to see Gentleman Jesse in the song, and I'm guessing the setting is The Brickstore Pub and not about an actual Gentleman Jesse concert since Adrian and Barreracudas guitarist Warren Bailey are 2/3rds of Jesse's men. If it is set at a concert, then you should have given the girl one of your drink tickets if she's too cheap to get a rum and coke. Geez.