Skip the Use – Little Armageddon (2014)

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Skip the Use – Little Armageddon (2014) While I’m drowning in a sea of absolutely boring music day after day, this pretty British sounding French band made my day and Monday. It’s a cool mixture of reggae, funk, punk-rock and accidentally some electronica. Smooth, groovy and nicely done. And genuine in a world of fake and plastic. Simply it feels right. Maybe it’s not revolutionary, it will not turn your world (and pity life) upside down, but it will keep you going. And although by default I would reject any mixture of punk with pop, this “Little Armageddon” sounds more convincing then most of the modern American self-declared punk products.
Mat Bastard (vocals), Yan Stefani (guitar), Jay Gimenez (bass), Lio Raepsaet (keyboards) and Manamax Catteloin (drums) at their third album just simply nailed it. Read more Skip the Use – Little Armageddon (2014)

Mustard Plug – Can’t Contain It (2014)

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Mustard Plug – Can’t Contain It (2014) Lighten up and have fun! – in few words this is the essence of what Mustard Plug delivers on their eighth studio album. In August 2013, Mustard Plug used KickStarter to fund the recording of their new album. “Can’t Contain” will be officially released by No Idea Records yesterday, January 14, 2014. We’ve got 14 high-energy, groovy ska-punk anthems. The album feature cover art by Jeff Rosenstock of Bomb the Music Industry, which, in my opinion, it’s pretty inexpressive, but fortunately, the music compensate. But honestly, in a CD shop lost between million of albums, I would definitively skip this one.
The album starts like a party and it’s a party throughout! “We Came To Party” will be definitively a party anthem with its “hey ho” chorus. It have a more edgy punk vibe then the rest of the tracks, felt a tie back to Dead Kennedys, but with a ska outfit and flavor. Cool. Read more Mustard Plug – Can’t Contain It (2014)

Dub Pistols – Worshipping The Dollar (2012)

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No sex, but dub!! Still, quite addictive and possible, contagious!
Formed and surfaced in London, in 1996, by ex-club promoter, producer, vocalist, DJ, Barry Ashworth, busted out declaring “There’s Gonna Be A Riot”. While their incendiary live show ensured a solid worldwide following through relentless touring, the records took their own path, moving swiftly on from initial Big Beat Whoopee into celebrations of two lifetimes of musical obsessions, the Reggae-Punk implications of the Dub Pistols moniker just the launch-pad. Merging melodious Pop with edge-cutting Dub and not loosing for a single second the biting tooth of Punk, Dub Pistols grown into a murderous entertaining machine bringing serious social issues to the dance floor. Read more Dub Pistols – Worshipping The Dollar (2012)

Destroy Nate Allen – With Our Powers Combined (2012)

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Nate Allen sounds pissed off. I said pissed off? Very pissed off. “Emergency” is a killer track, and not the only one out of 15 brand new genuine Punk anthems. And I would accentuate the word genuine. This is absolutely honest and breathing music, nothing sounds fake, prefabricated, predictable and tasteless, empty. They put lot of soul and energy into this. This time Nate and Tessa are backed-up by a full band and this definitively gave a plus energy to this songs. And not at least in this dark times, this is fun. What the hell, we talk occasionally On the Internet, don’t we?
Destroy Nate Allen started as the solo/quiet acoustic musings of Nate Allen and has evolved and twisted into a two piece Rock’N’Roll attack, sharply focused on showing people a good time.
Combining Tessa’s impulsive theatrical urges with Nate’s love for early 90′s Pop Punk, DNA play Folk music like Punk Rock and definitively they make you sing, laugh and dance, buy another beer down in the club, and eventually buy their CD. Read more Destroy Nate Allen – With Our Powers Combined (2012)

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – The Magic Of Youth (2011)

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You have been good, children? St. Nicholas filled your boots with gifts, cookies and sweets overnight? I’ve got something sweet for you today kids. The ninth studio album from Boston ska punk band The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, “The Magic Of Youth”, released today, 6th December, 2011 on Big Rig Records will definitively cheer up your day. Sick of too much hatred? Sick of winter? Sick of another day? Well, this definitively gives another perspective, it will make a difference, will bring at least a sunshine. No emo-shit, no post-whatever, no alternative – or alternated – metal. This is straight, simple, charming ska/punk rock, served hot and full flavored. Read more The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – The Magic Of Youth (2011)

The Beach Boys – Still Cruisin’ (1989)

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The Beach Boys are one of the few mandatory “things” in music. If they wouldn’t be formed back in 61 somebody should be “invented” them. Many things in music would be different without Mike Love, Brian Wilson and Al Jardine. They gained popularity across the United States for its close vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting the Southern California youth culture of surfing, cars, and romance. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, chosen for the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001, The Beach Boys are one of the greatest rock and roll bands while their 1966 release, “Pet Sounds”, frequently rank among critics’ lists of the greatest albums and “Good Vibrations” as the greatest singles of all time. Paul McCartney named “Pet Sounds” one of his favorite albums of all time and has frequently said that it was the inspiration behind the Beatles’ album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Rolling Stone magazine listed The Beach Boys at number 12 on their 2004 list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time,” the highest ranking for an American Rock & Roll band.
Initially rising to become the most popular surf rock band in the U.S. during the early 1960s, the band with a legacy of 82 singles, 28 studio albums and 4 live recordings, The Beach Boys… still cruisin’. Read more The Beach Boys – Still Cruisin’ (1989)

Bomb The Music Industry! – Vacation (2011)

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Bomb the Music Industry!’s sixth full-length sounds just like a fun summer album and I swear, I could kill for a vacation!
BTMI! probably have the most devoted fan base in the US. They do everything with enthusiasm and electrifying energy, while the “secret” of their success is the fun, intimate, and personal approach. From fun ska-punk to pop punk there’s maybe not a far way, BTMI! managed to stay between and delivered 13 new tracks of conscious feel good. And I’m envious for this while I’m admiring them for this. This is love/hate. Some people love them for their disregard for conventions, for their stupid lyrics, their shouted, silly gang vocals and sloppy riffs, others hate them for all of this. I’m caught between. Read more Bomb The Music Industry! – Vacation (2011)

Lisabi – Au Diable Les Bananes (2011)

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This year I had a few quite nice surprises from bands from Brazil. Most recently The Campbell Trio, in March I stumbled into MindFlow and The Tape Disaster, and there was a few others as well as I believe Sepultura once again delivered a consistent album again. So, Brazil rules, might be a dangerous place for strangers, but from the safe distance of my living room it’s something quite exciting about the world’s fifth largest country, about Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, the samba and the carnival, the girls and the music.
“Au Diable Les Bananes” migh be downloaded for free from HERE and Lisabi delivering a nice mixture of ska, jazz, punk and indie rock with exotic flavors and perfumes. Mateo Piracas on guitar and vocals, Sebastian Piraces on drums,  Gabriel Slenes on trumpet and vocals, Andra Cardoso on bass and vocals,  Matheus Fattori on guitars and vocals, and Anderson Kaltner on trombone and percussion delivered a vibrating, pulsing, colorful material. Read more Lisabi – Au Diable Les Bananes (2011)

Black 47 – Bankers and Gangsters (2010)

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Fanii serialului „Sons Of Anarchy” au remarcat piesa „The Big Fellah” al celor din Black 47 la începutul episodului „Lochan Mor” (episodul 34 – respectiv 8 din sezonul 3). Eu am avut bulanul să dau peste CD-ul „Home of the Brave” (1994) prin 1996 în consignaţia de la Braşov unde o pensionară a adus la vânzare la un preţ derizoriu un morman de CD-uri originale – promtional use only – primite – cum am aflat ulterior – de la băiatul dânsei, radio DJ în Canada. Mi-am pus labele atunci pe o grămadă de discuri interesante ale unor formaţii absolut anonime, am cumpărat aproape tot, pe neauzite.
„Hey big fella, where the hell are you now, when we need you the most?”
Albumul poate fi ascultat on-line AICI. The Big Fellah, Different Drummer, Paul Robeson (Born to be Free), Losin’ It, Who Killed Bobby Fuller?, Oh Maureen sau American Wake sunt câteva din piesele colorate ale celor din Black 47 care amestecă rădăcinile tradiţionale irlandeze cu Raggae, Hip Hop, Rock, Punk şi ceva Jazz.
Pentru mulţi această abordare multi-culturală şi extrem de colorată n-a fost pe plac, critica şi consumatorul este obişnuit cu standardele, cu tradiţionalul, cu lucrurile clare şi etichetabile, convenţionale. Şi tot majoritatea asimilează zona Celtic-Punk exclusiv cu numele celor din The Pogues.
Povestea celor din Black 47 se leagă şi de The Pogues, Frank Murray Read more Black 47 – Bankers and Gangsters (2010)

Devils Brigade – Devils Brigade (2010)

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„Devil’s Brigade” cunoscut şi ca „The Black Devils” sau „The Black Devils’ Brigade” a fost prima unitate de comando, de Forţe Speciale americano-canadiene formată în 1942 pentru a lupta în al doilea Război Mondial, unitate care stă la baza tuturor unităţilor Speciale create ulterior.
În 1968 s-a făcut şi un film „The Devil’s Brigade” despre formarea şi activitatea comandoului.
Trupa Devils Brigade a luat fiinţă în 2002 ca un proiect colateral al lui Matthew “McCall” Freeman – basistul formaţiei Rancid şi alături de el activează şi chitaristul Timothy Lockwood Armstrong – tot din Rancid – şi bateristul Donald J. “DJ” Bonebrake – membru al formaţiei Punk Rock X şi în două formaţii de Jazz: Bonebrake Syncopaters, respectiv Orchestra Superstring.
Au debutat cu piesa „Vampire Girl” pe compilaţia „Give ’Em Boot III” de Ska Punk al casei de discuri Hellcat Records şi acesta este albumul lor de debut care conţine 12 piese.
Amestecul de Punk, Ska şi mult-mult Rockabilly este extrem de revigorant. Şi amuzant. Muzică simplă, din încheietură, fără artificii, murdar şi americănesc. Multe din piese au sub 2 minute şi doar vreo 3 ajung la 3 minute, nu s-au complicat şi nici n-au încărcat Read more Devils Brigade – Devils Brigade (2010)