Music is the life blood that connects so many people. Regardless of language, culture, and other things that separate us, music continues to bridge the gap in many instances. It’s for that reason that I have decided to return to this blog. Starting next week sometime, I will be adding more reviews, content, and updates.
I have purchased a new pair of headphones, booked a trip to Spokane and Las Vegas, and will be listening to a lot more records. Today, for instance, I paid close attention to the discography of The Dropkick Murphys and have found new love for their previous work. I already loved it, but now even more.
Right now I’m listening to the new Rancid, and will be reviewing that. I’ll also be highlighting any independent artist that I can find, and of course if you drop me a few bucks, I’ll pay attention to you too. If you have emailed me in the past, or currently, I’m going to catch up with your stuff sooner than later. For now, just hold tight as I figure out my next course of action, which will involve a lot more writing, and music recommendations. Of course, you can support this blog by donating to the cause through paypal, message me, or buy something through the amazon links.
I’ll return, in a few days with a new review, and then just keep posting as fast I can, or whatever it is I do.
Thanks again for you 2 readers out there.
I’m back, just don’t call it a comeback, since I never really left.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Lucy Gucy may be new, but the band already has a sound that mixes The Donnas with The Muffs and throws in a catchy element that you can’t resist. It’s equal parts punk, pop, and alternative into a solid union. There’s a lot of talent here, and you’re going to absolutely love the debut single, and will no doubt want to hear more from the band.
The band is made up of Tiffany Schirz, Lila Marshall, and Garry Ventura. Together, they have really impressed me, with just one song, and I’m sure the band is going to put out some quality tunes soon enough.
If you’re in the Los Angeles area, you have to catch them play October 5, at The Silverlake Lounge.
You can catch up with the band via:
Don’t sleep on this awesome band. If I still had my old record label, I’d sign these guys in a minute, that’s how smooth this single is. Just you wait, this will become your new favorite band.
Monday, September 26, 2016
|They've Actually Gotten Worse Live!|
If you’re a Nofx fan already, then you are going to live the record’s production. The production is really good, with my only gripe being a lack of bass on the recording. The treble is turned up, the drums are a bit muted, but the overall fidelity of the guitar work and Fat Mike’s vocals make this a good record to listen to any time. Some of the best tracks you’re going to pull out of this one include, “You’re Wrong”, “Scavenger Type”, “The Longest Line”, “Franco Un-American”, “Monosyllabic Girl”, “New Happy Birthday Song”, and many others. 24 tracks, 59 minutes, and a good overall live record.
If you need a star rating, here you go, 4 out of 5. Nofx “They’ve Actually Gotten Worse Live” can be downloaded here. Enjoy, you bastards.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
From the starting line of “Sterling” through “Nowhere/Somewhere” and onto the rest of the record, you find yourself in a kaleidoscope of rock sounds. Think Sonic Youth meets New Order at times, with a balancing act that is hard to really put into one box. Figures of Light balances so much on this record that you truly are going to have a hard time picking out a favorite. “Just Once”, “Maximum”, and “Time Will Tell”, guide you down several alternative rock notes, leaving you to wonder if you’re listening to a compilation from MTV’s “120 Minutes” program.
With “Maximum” Figures of Light brings on a staggered sound design that is catchy, interesting, and with great balance. All 5 tracks are worthwhile, and bring about a lot of points of interest. For me, this album reminds me of surfing and skateboarding in Santa Monica, California. But for you, it may bring about other memories, as the music really has a way of triggering good times and thoughtful moments.
You can pick up Figures of Light “Maximum” by clicking here.
Check out "Sterling" from "Maximum":
Figures of Light - Sterling from Wheeler Winston Dixon on Vimeo.
Friday, July 22, 2016
In 1989 I was still a young lad, and was being exposed to all types of new music. One of the coolest things that I was exposed to was the southern California underground music scene. I loved it so much, that I ended up joining the ranks and starting a record label in 2001. Today, I’m not in the scene, and don’t even live in Los Angeles. However, I still listen to a ton of music. One of my favorite records, and today’s review focus is that of Operation Ivy “Energy”. This record was release initially in 1989 through Lookout Records. You may know the label as the one that released Greenday’s early records.
As far as “Energy” is concerned, you most likely will pick up the reissue version that has 50 minutes of music. That is the one that I listened to in order to come up with this review. This updated version combines all the major tracks that Operation Ivy had. If you read the Buzzfeed list of the best pop punk albums, then you’re an idiot because this is NOT a pop punk record. This record is ska punk, with a lot of upwards strumming on the guitar work. Matt and Tim of Rancid are in this band, and you can hear their influences in the songs. This record touches on what Rancid would come through with, and it shows. Operation Ivy's "Energy" is one of the best ska records to pick up, even today.
Operation Ivy "Energy" - 4 out of 5 stars