Woodstock '99 - '99 Ta Life

This Cleve­land, Ohio group, named af­ter the in­fa­mous scum­bag nu met­al bros' very own sum­mer of love, has al­ways been kind of an, ahem… ac­quired taste, though al­ways a ton of fun as well, at least as long as they don't in­dulge too much in their weed, their Fred Durst, their oc­ca­sion­al ston­er rock flour­ish­es… and al­so, as it ap­pears now, their let­ting A.I. mak­ing crap­py mu­sic for them, a brand new vice in their ar­se­nal. That said, this pass­es eas­i­ly as their strongest re­lease to date and is noth­ing short of a must-have for any af­fic­i­na­do of in­ven­tive, un­pre­dictable and garage-fla­vored hard­core punk right up there with the likes of, say, Ce­ment Shoes, Cü­lo, Chain Whip, Head­cheese, Flea Col­lar… just to tick off a few of the most ob­vi­ous and thor­ough­ly flat­ter­ing ref­er­ences.

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Dog Date - Zinger

This New York group is kind of a cu­ri­ous, zeit­geist-de­fy­ing beast in this day and age, wear­ing their fond­ness of late eight­ies to ear­ly nineties punk, grunge and in­die rock on their sleeves with the open­ing track even be­ing ti­tled Nir­vana, al­though i'd rather liken them to ear­ly Mud­honey and the noisy, ear­ly in­car­na­tion of The Pix­ies, maybe a hint of U-Men, Scratch Acid and Dri­ve Like Je­hu aswell. So ba­si­cal­ly, they're the kind of group that would've got­ten var­i­ous Pitch­fork writ­ers wet a decade-and-a-half ago, when the height of the first '90s nos­tal­gia wave hit. These days though, they're kind of an ob­scure odd­i­ty and that makes this record all the more en­dear­ing to me.

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Glueman - Glueman II /​/​ Chum Lord - Pounds, Pills, Paranoia

On their sec­ond cas­sette, Glue­man of Den­ver, Col­orado don't get any fun­ny ideas, keep­ing things sim­ple, stu­pid and fun at all times. Fair­ly old­school garage punk good­ness with some added '77 and KBD-vibes that is, re­li­able and time-test­ed shit which in the cur­rent land­scape you might com­pare to groups such as Buck Biloxi, Sick Thoughts, The Dirts oder Bart and the Brats. In some­what sim­i­lar ter­riroty you might al­so lo­cate Kent, Ohio group Chum Lord, go­ing all-in on an ul­tra-old­school garage vibe and stay­ing clear of any in­gre­di­ents that haven't al­ready been around 40 years ago, ham­mered home with an in­fal­li­ble gift for no-frills straight-in-your-face, su­per ef­fec­tive lit­tle tunes that hit the right spot every sin­gle time. Yup, i'm sold.

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Neutrals - Wish You Were Here

New Town Dream re­leas­es May 31st via Sta­t­ic Shock Records.

Monda - Stiff Jumbo

Stiff Jum­bo re­leas­es May 10th.

Mirage - Il Giorno Dell'amore E Violenza

Lega­to Al­la Rov­ina re­leas­es April 26th via Roach Leg Records.

Sørdïd - Substance

Reality's A War re­leas­es April 26th via Roach Leg Records.


This Syd­ney group brings a lot of lo­cal bag­gage to the ta­ble with its mem­bers hav­ing been, among oth­er things, in groups such as Bed Wet­tin' Bad Boys, Roy­al Headache, Tim and the Boys and Mun­do Prim­i­ti­vo. But hon­est­ly, they don't sound one bit like any of these groups. Rather, their ra­bid mix­ture of post- and hard­core re­minds me a quite a bit of At­lanta wreck­ing crews Nag and Preda­tor as well as oth­er US groups like ear­ly In­sti­tute, Acrylics, Tube Al­loys, Pyrex, Cork­er and Crim­i­nal Code or, al­ter­nate­ly, Sydney's very own Ar­se and Xilch. Add to that some ul­tra-raw pro­to-noise rock edge á la Flip­per or No Trend and you're rough­ly in the right ball­park. The un­hinged bark of the singer, how­ev­er, re­minds me a lot of UK group Akne.

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Continuals - Continuals

A new Dischord Records co-re­lease and as is usu­al­ly the case with these, we're once again deal­ing with a group whose mem­bers had their hands in a whole shit­load of im­por­tant bands span­ning sev­er­al decades of Wash­ing­ton, D.C. punk his­to­ry, the most ob­vi­ous of these prob­a­bly be­ing the likes of Kerosene 454, Chan­nels, Beau­ty Pill, Soc­cer Team, Of­fice of Fu­ture Plans, Alarms And Con­trols and to make this name­drop­ping-cir­cle­jerk com­plete, the whole thing has been record­ed by Jawbox's J. Rob­bins. But here's the thing with many of these more re­cent Dischord re­leas­es: They rarely ever sound like a tired re­hash or blood­less nos­tal­gia-dri­ven cash-in. It's a unique qual­i­ty of many ac­tors in this par­tic­u­lar scene, the abil­i­ty of stay­ing true to their own mu­si­cal her­itage while still sound­ing every bit as vi­tal and pas­sion­ate as back in the day, will­ing to do the work nec­es­sary for mak­ing this by now very old­school thing sound as fresh as ever, helped by an ap­par­ent in­abil­i­ty to half-ass any of it.

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Hood Rats - Crime, Hysteria & Useless Information

Fi­nal­ly, a full al­bum of Montreal's Hood Rats who've been mak­ing noise for a while al­ready, al­though their sound re­al­ly snapped in­to gear on their two most re­cent EPs in the win­ter of '22 - '23. Now this one is com­prised most­ly of punchy new record­ings of songs al­ready known from said EPs and a 2022 de­mo, but that shouldn't dis­tract you from the fact of what a joy­ous and com­plete as­sault of ear­ly '80s straight-ahead, no-frills US punk- and hard­core en­er­gy this is, en­riched with bits of an­cient KBD- and con­tem­po­rary garage punk. Cer­tain­ly the de­fin­i­tive in­car­na­tion for this lav­ish set of killer tunes!

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