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Summertime, soak up the sunshine with you…

WHADDUP?

First:  ANTI-BUMMER SUMMER THREE.

For all of you patiently waiting for me to blow your minds with a radical new mixtape for your summer drives, WAIT NO LONGER.  Just in time for the 4th of July comes 30 tracks of music to stick your arm out of the car window to and get a totally awesome half sunburn.  Everything on here is of the genre AWESOME (punk/indie/garage/lofi/surf/pop/wordsblahblahblah).  Totally check this out, brah.

http://www.mediafire.com/file/nqh00zyw0wt/Anti%20Bummer%20Summer%20Three%20part%201.rar

http://www.mediafire.com/file/jkmy12kuigq/Anti%20Bummer%20Summer%20Three%20part%202.rar

Tracklist for you blindys:

1. Girls – Summertime

2. Night Birds – Killer Waves

3. Carbonas – September Gurls

4. Young Governor – Cindy’s Gonna Save Me

5. The Closet Fairies – Posi Summer Song

6. Jay Reatard – It Aint Gonna Save Me

7. Death – Rock n Roll Victim

8. Georgian – Man Warrior

9. Black Wine – Belong

10. Jonsi – Go Do

11. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Everything With You

12. Marvelous Darlings – I Don’t Wanna Go to the Party

13. The Measure (SA) – Roof Beers

14. The Marked Men – Whip Me

15. The Gaslight Anthem – Orphans

16. Maine Coons – Hey Dickhead

17. White Wires – Stayed Up Late

18. Busy Signals – Stereo

19. The Pillowfights – Buzz Buzz

20. The Exploding Hearts – Rumours in Town

21. Cults – Go Outside

22. The Nerves – Hanging On the Telephone

23. Shang-a-Lang – Summertime

24. P.S. Eliot – Bear Named Otis

25. Shook Ones – Silverfish

26. Harlem – Be Your Baby

27. Mean Jeans – Stoned to the Bone

28. The Shitty Limits – I’m a Square

29. Buzzcocks – No Reply

30. The King Kahn and BBQ Show – I’ll Be Loving You

Second:  speaking of The Pillowfights (they’re in the mix silly) they recently played this show at my house.  The flyer features BCR and Dr. Tiger looking quite dapper:

In case you were wondering, it was really awesome.  The Pillowfights and Smokejumper are both fan-fucking-tastic bands and the nicest people on Earth.  Do yourself a favor and check them out.

The Pillowfights! (the song Get Outta Here is seriously incredible)

Smokejumper! (Chris Crusher, good dude, owes us a new bench)

Some pics from it (it was a semi-formal by the way):

You missed out.

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It’s the end of the century…

Not really…just the decade.

Here are my picks for the best records to come out of 2009.  There were a lot of them.  I didn’t feel like really cutting down my choices so I have a top 15 LPs and a Top 11 7″/Demos.  HERE WE GO!

15. Converge -Axe to Fall

I couldn’t not include this record.  It starts off rippingly awesome and just smacks you in the face.  However, I think it kinda falls off midway through, but comes back real strong in the end.  Heavy, fast, and everything I could have wanted from Converge in 2009.  They continuously make good records that still sound like themselves without becoming stale.

14. Iron Age – The Sleeping Eye

Dear god, this is a heavy album.  Iron Age used to be a hardcore band, but this is a full on heavy metal record.  Every song is sweet riff after sweet riff.

13. Shook Ones – Unquotable A.M.H.

Catchy, energetic melodic hardcore.  They’ve gone away from sounding exactly like Kid Dynamite to just being heavily influenced by them.  They’ve really come into their own sound.  This is definitely their best record so far.

12. Blockhead – I’ll Leave This Behind

They’re my friends, whatever, but this is honestly a great first release.  Short and to the point.  The songs are influenced by Hot Water Music, Alkaline Trio, etc and its recorded wonderfully.  I have listened to this so many times in the few weeks I’ve had it.  I can’t wait to hear more.

11. Fake Boys – This is Where Our Songs Live

SO MUCH FUN!  Poppy sounds mixed with heavyish guitars but done tastefully, not like Four Year Strong.  They have a really unique sound, and you can hear a myriad of influences in this record.  At first listen, I didn’t like it as much as their other releases, but now I think it’s my favorite.  “Logical Ape” gets almost Hammer Bros. on our asses.

10. Wasted Time – Futility

Great hardcore record.  Has an 80’s vibe to it, but heavier.  It reminds me a bit of Kill Your Idols/Out Cold.  Relentless the whole way through.

9. Dinosaur Jr. – Farm

It is unfair to call this a comeback record, because those usually suck.  This is even better than their previous release, Beyond.  I had the privilege of seeing them when I was in LA this summer, and they blew me away.  Loudest set I’ve seen.  This record is a perfect mix of chilled out songs with harsh guitars.  It actually sounds like the record cover if that makes sense.  Giant lumbering tree beasts carrying pixies through a smog filled cityscape.

8. Last Lights – No Past, No Present, No Future

It is really tragic what happened to this band.  Not only for the ones close to their singer, Dom, but to those of us who enjoy music.  This band could have been enormous in the hardcore scene, and were just gaining momentum.  This record kills.  If you like Suicide File and American Nightmare, this may even be better.  The lyrics are so passionate and intelligent, and the music keeps you guessing the whole way through.  Real fresh.

7. Dear Landlord – Dream Homes

Supergroup containing members of Copyrights, Rivethead, Off With Their Heads, and probably more.  It sounds like all those bands combined.  Depressing lyrics about how much life sucks atop a backdrop of 90’s midwestern Dillinger Four poppy punk.  Catchy as hell.

6. House Boat – The Delaware Octopus

Another supergroup with members of Dear Landlord (ha), The Steinways, and The Ergs! A SUPER SUPERGROUP.  This sounds like The Steinways, but a bit better actually.  Really catchy songs about being fucked up and hating girls.

5. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Self Titled

ADORABLE.  Catchy, fuzzed out pop.  Sounds like The Smiths meet My Bloody Valentine.  I didn’t think I’d like this record and they have a stupid name, but its fantastic.  “Young Adult Friction” is my jam.

4. Cult Ritual – Self Titled LP

If you like later Black Flag then you’ll like this.  Introverted, angry hardcore.  The end of the record gets real weird and experimental, and the beginning is spastic, relentless hardcore.  Great band, and unfortunately they are no more.  Tons of bands have risen up from their ashes though, so keep a look out.

3. Marked Men -Ghosts

This is a fantastic record.  Garage-y poppy punk rock.  Incredibly catchy, and has a totally timeless sound to it.  If you like the Stooges or the Buzzcocks check this out.  It manages to remind you of that 70’s lo-fi kind of sound without worshiping it to hard.

2. Social Circkle – City Shock

Snotty 80’s style hardcore, but so much more.  Their 7 inches were really awesome, but this blows them out of the water.  Great songwriting that is catchy and hard like good punk should be.  Get this immediately.

1. Mean Jeans – Are You Serious?

The funnest record of 2009.  Like The Ramones and Screeching Weasel had a pizza party with Municipal Waste.  Catchy as hell Ramones core with songs about drinking beer and eating pizza.  I can’t stop listening to it and it doesn’t get old.  I’m so excited to see what this band does next.

I’ll do the demos and 7 inches after work.  TIME TO GO DIG MY CAR OUT OF ITS SNOWY FORTRESS.

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Pincher Crabs Pinch at Your Sandals…

Early post today, because I think I’m busy all day and all night.  It’s gonna be another quick one, so sorry.

Here are some cool things to check out:

Arcade expressionism.  ‘Nuff said. Click on the picture to check out the rest.

This lady’s blog is also really nice.  She has a really cool drawing style that totally lends itself to animation real easily.

http://ciiawhatsup.blogspot.com/

And then here’s a dirty little 8-bit animation.  The art is fantastic and the video is quite creative.  It’s very raunchy.  I would totally play this game.

And here’s a video of the Shook Ones because its what I’m listening to as I post this.  I don’t think I already posted this, but I might have.  SUE ME.

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