Ex-Gold - We Are Good

I al­most over­looked this beau­ty which ap­pears to have been out for a cou­ple months al­ready. Knoxville's Ex-Gold had put out a de­light­ful de­but EP in 2018, a cou­ple of whose songs have al­so been re-record­ed for this new one while the new tracks seam­less­ly con­tin­ue the ex­cel­lence of their de­but. That means more quirky pow­er­pop and garage punk with both a slight '77- and an old­school in­die rock touch. The best com­par­i­son i can come up with right now are UK wise­crack­ers Pro­to Id­iot but fans of stuff like Tom­my and the Com­mies, Bad Sports, Ra­dioac­tiv­i­ty, Sweet Reaper, Cor­ner Boys or Steve Adamyk Band should al­so get a kick out of this.

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McQQeen - II

An ex­quis­ite jet-pro­pelled rack­et, the sec­ond long­play­er by Athens, Geor­gia group Mc­QQeen - now proud­ly car­ry­ing the Big Neck Records seal of qual­i­ty. What kin­da starts out a bit in the vein of bands á la Flat Worms, The Cow­boy and Fash­ion Pimps & The Glama­zons with a con­spic­u­ous Psychedelic/​Space Rock un­der­cur­rent then ex­pands in­to a quite com­pre­hen­sive sweep through much of what is and has been great on the in­ter­sec­tion of garage punk, noise rock, post punk and -core in­clud­ing con­tem­po­rary acts of the Metz, John (Timest­wo) or Spray Paint kind as well as the oc­ca­sion­al flour­ish of De­struc­tion Unit's space punk ex­cess, the fuzz punk or­gies of ear­ly The Men, even some slight touch­es of U-Men or McLusky are to be found in there.

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Welt Star - Ich Hasse Blumen

Some fa­mil­iar faces at work here, al­though it takes some de­tec­tive work to un­tan­gle the neb­u­lous web of con­nec­tions es­pe­cial­ly of gui­tar play­er and vo­cal­ist Robert Pawliczek. That dude has played in a lot of groups al­though i can't ex­act­ly con­firm all of them. So he seems to have had a hand at, among oth­ers, Heavy Met­al, Bob­by Would, Nee­dle Ex­change, Itchy Bug­ger, Pit­va… al­so, pos­si­bly, Diät and Id­io­ta Civ­i­liz­za­to? Of those two i'm the least sure. On bass du­ty, we ap­pear to have the same Bill Gray known of Bands like Shark Toys, Re­arranged Face. And this be­ing a Re­fry Records re­lease, of course they've got Vin­ny "Vaguess" Ear­ley com­plet­ing the line-up on drums. As you might have sus­pect­ed, the mu­sic fuckin' rips too, their post punk with some garage over­tones strik­ing me kin­da like a su­per brit­tle and dry ver­sion of Rank/​Xerok or the afore­men­tioned Diät.

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Cluttered Grotto - Cluttered Grotto

Con­sist­ing of a mix of pre­vi­ous­ly re­leased songs, some re-record­ings, a cou­ple new tunes and a Mis­fits cov­er, this tape is so far the most ac­com­plished re­lease of this dude from Con­cord, Cal­i­for­nia who's op­er­at­ing com­fort­ably with­in some well-es­tab­lished con­tem­po­rary garage punk pa­ra­me­ters of the clear­ly eggy kind - fans of (so­lo) Erik Ner­vous, Nuts, Prison Af­fair, Set-Top Box or Met­dog will sure­ly ap­prove of this shit.

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Nasty Party - Loaded Dice

While i couldn't quite warm up to the pre­vi­ous EP of Sydney's Nasty Par­ty, with their newest re­lease they re­al­ly hit the spot once again just like their did with their bril­liant de­but EP. Tread­ing in some­what sim­i­lar ter­ri­to­ry to Mekons- and Tele­vi­sion Per­son­al­i­ties-wor­ship­ping groups á la Sub­ur­ban Homes, Sil­i­cone Val­ues or Pro­to Id­iot, they round things off with a strong Buz­zcocks fla­vor.

Cosme - Demo No. 2

Just like its pre­de­ces­sor, this new tape by Cosme from Ciu­dad López Ma­teos, Mex­i­co is a thor­ough­ly joy­ful ride. While the open­ing track goes all-in with its synth wave vibes and the clos­er dab­bles in a bit of hard­core, the two mid­dle tracks con­tin­ue the first tape's ap­proach of garage- and fuzz punk with that sug­ary syn­the­siz­er coat­ing on top. All of that works out just beau­ti­ful­ly.

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Spodee Boy - Neon Lights

These Nashville garage punks' lat­est EP con­tin­ues the strong cow­punk vibes that took cen­ter stage rough­ly since their Rides Again EP, this time mak­ing a much stronger case for their vi­sion though, thanks to a much im­proved song sub­stance and a su­per tight per­for­mance, which ain't all that sur­pris­ing once you learn that at least in their cur­rent in­car­na­tion, these ap­pear to be the ex­act same dudes oth­er­wise known as Safe­ty Net. The two mid­dle tracks Barn Burn­er and The Plan then again have a bit of a Flat Worms or - quite fit­ting­ly - The Cow­boy feel to them.

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Belly Jelly - The Universal Language

A new LP by Bel­ly Jel­ly aka Sean Al­berts of Skull Cult, Dum­my & QQQL fame (…and not of Safe­ty Net, as i wrong­ly sus­pect­ed at some point) al­ways means a fresh new caf­feine rush as he adds his trade­mark Skull Cult in­san­i­ty to a breed of synth- and garage punk bear­ing at least some re­sem­blance to house­hold names of the Aus­muteants, Iso­tope Soap, Andy Hu­man & The Rep­toids, Re­search Re­ac­tor Corp., Erik Ner­vous or Use­less Eaters va­ri­ety.

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Kat Haus - Flesh

While this cana­di­an dude's pre­vi­ous EP was plen­ty of fun al­ready, his newest one is even bet­ter. Ec­cen­tric and at times rather kinky garage punk this is, kin­da like a more laid-back Erik Ner­vous or Liq­uids with some Mod­ern Lovers-es­que pro­to punk vibes or a more en­er­getic vari­ant of the re­cent Peace De Ré­sis­tance al­bum. Then again, Who? comes across as kind of a goth/​dark wave/​dance punk hy­brid, which he al­so man­ages to pull off smooth­ly.

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Die TV - Side A

Fun DIY punk shit by some dude based in Marmo­ra, New Jer­sey, os­cil­lat­ing be­tween the poles of elec­tri­cal­ly dri­ven garage- /​synth punk and bizarro post punk with some quirky, over-the top goth stylings. Think of a mix be­tween S.B.F., Set-Top Box, Stal­ins of Sound or ear­ly Kid Chrome… fans of The Spits or Iso­tope Soap shouldn't miss out on this as well.

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