Goblin Daycare - Agitprop Hotline!

These Is­tan­bul egg­punk war­riors' de­but EP of last year has cer­tain­ly been among my fa­vorite re­leas­es of 2023 and their first long-play­ing cas­sette de­liv­ers more of the same kind of fun by which i mean: ir­re­sistably catchy and quirky garage-/synth punk-smash­ers in a sim­i­lar head­space to such genre greats as Prison Af­fair, Set-Top Box, Beer and Ghoulies. Tell me, what's not to like about that?

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NTSC>PAL - Full Of Spots

Don't let this fake NTSC>PAL fool you 'cos it's ac­tu­al­ly just Bil­liam dressed up in a NTSC>PAL suit. Al­so, nice try name­drop­ping Scream­ers which… well,I'm sure you could make a plau­si­ble case for that but at the end of the day, aside from the mere tech­ni­cal­i­ty of "no gui­tars" on this cas­sette, Bil­liam can't re­al­ly help sound­ing like any­thing oth­er than him­self, which is to say: pret­ty damn fuck­ing awe­some!

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O.R.F. - O.R.F.1

Fantab­u­lous new garage-/synth-/elec­tro punk shit from Graz, Aus­tria, us­ing min­i­mal means to ac­tu­al­ly bring some fresh and as-of-yet un­heard im­puls­es to the whole egg­punk clus­ter­fuck as, at cer­tain points, i can't help but dub that shit Big Bl…Egg! Then again, there's al­so no short­age of fluffy pop melodies on here. I'm not quite sure what to make of the clos­ing track Freibad Fürsten­wald though, which… fuck me, re­search that shit for your­self. Or maybe don't, just… don't.

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Thyroids - Toppings and Droppings

Five ex­cel­lent new bursts of catchy, sim­ple and mim­i­mal­ist synth punk is what we get on the newest EP of this Dal­las, Texas group. Though the ti­tle of the open­ing track Q:Where? A: On The Square! kind of evokes as­so­ci­a­tions of De­vo, i'd say ac­tu­al­ly this shit sounds a lot clos­er to some of the more un­der­ground acts of the '70s and '80s á la Min­i­mal Man, Ner­vous Gen­der, Scream­ers, Units, Prim­i­tive Cal­cu­la­tors or Vis­i­tors, while in the cur­rent scene you might al­so com­pare them to groups such as Vic­tor, O-D-EX, Lost Pack­ages and Freak Genes.

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Gee Tee - Prehistoric Chrome

The Syd­ney garage-/eg­g­punk powerhouse's newest record is ac­tu­al­ly more of a col­lec­tion of scraps, demos, odds and ends left on the cut­ting room floor over the years but… damn! If this shit here rep­re­sents Gee Tee's b-ma­te­r­i­al, i'm glad­ly gonna eat up what­ev­er c-list shit they've got lin­ger­ing in the archives too. This is a bril­liant record from start to fin­ish and manda­to­ry lis­ten­ing for any dis­cern­ing con­nois­seur of catchy good­ness in the realms of garage punk, fuzz- and pow­er pop, all killer no filler!

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Tommy Cossack & The Degenerators - Agitator

Oh look, Lon­don garage-/synth punk so­lo cru­sad­er Tom­my Cos­sack has ex­pand­ed op­er­a­tions in­to a full band line-up and the re­sult sounds ab­solute­ly bril­liant and so much big­ger, shed­ding some of its Lo-Fi egg­punk quirks in fa­vor of a more po­tent, dense and fo­cused at­tack while nev­er lack­ing in terms of thrilling hooks, of which these songs are stuffed to the brim with, mak­ing for a com­pact and in­cred­i­bly en­ter­tain­ing half hour of breath­less en­er­gy and ex­ite­ment that may right­ful­ly be com­pared to the likes of Set-Top Box, Pow­er­plant, Aus­muteants and Sa­tan­ic To­gas.

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Egg Idiot - Best Of LOL

Eggpunk's eggi­est id­iot group's long-play­ing de­but con­sists most­ly of re-record­ings of songs al­ready known from his pre­vi­ous two EPs, with the added ben­e­fit of some­what im­proved pro­duc­tion val­ues and thus lots of added oomph to their sound, mak­ing this the de­fin­i­tive col­lec­tion of Egg Id­iot tunes so far and cer­tain­ly the most in­fec­tious dose of brain dam­aged fun you're gonna ex­pe­ri­ence in the next thir­ty min­utes or so… Awe­some shit!

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Jimsobbins /​ Cindy7 - Split

Yet an­oth­er thor­ough­ly com­pelling load of new egg-ish garage- and synth punk good­ness comes to us by way of this crunchy split cas­sette fea­tur­ing two Prov­i­dence, Rhode Is­land groups. Jim­sob­bins are a duo com­prised of Adam and Lucy. Is that the same Adam who's al­so in Bal­loon Thief? Plau­si­ble but un­con­firmed. With the ad­di­tion of vo­cal­ist El­la, they then trans­form in­to the trio Cindy7. Jim­sob­bins are the more typ­i­cal­ly egg­punk-sound­ing of the two groups, call­ing to mind stuff like Daugh­ter Bat and the Lip Stings, Gee Gee, Bil­liam and Toe Ring… plus a slight sham­bol­ic touch of Neo Neos in Leop­ard. The lat­ter ten­den­cy then per­sists through­out Cindy7's side, ex­hibit­ing even more of that scrap­py DIY charm, with their open­ing track Gonna Break! even evok­ing a bit of an old­school no wave vibe while the fi­nal two tracks charge things up with an in­creas­ing amount of chaot­ic hard­core en­er­gy.

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Paulo Vicious - Duas M​ú​sicas Para Dan​ç​ar

Even in a busy week like this one (ya know, band­camp fri­day and what­not…), i just got­ta men­tion this new dig­i­tal two-track sin­gle by Tel Aviv synth-/eg­g­punk act Paulo Vi­cious ''cos if these two songs don't fuckin' rip then i don't know what does, mas­ter­ing the neat trick of con­sid­er­ably slow­ing down things with­out ever evok­ing bore­dom, ef­fec­tive­ly fill­ing the new gaps be­tween the thumps and beeps with plen­ty more of in­ter­est­ing squeeks, groans and kablowies to an al­to­geth­er an­i­mat­ing over­all ef­fect.

Busted Head Racket - Go! Go! Go!

An­oth­er qual­i­ty re­lease from that bas­tion of off-kil­ter punk and noise, Er­ste Theke Ton­träger. Bust­ed Head Rack­et is a group based in New­cas­tle, Aus­tralia cen­ter­ing around vo­cal­ist /​ mul­ti-in­stru­men­tal­ist Ar­den Guff and in the past year has al­ready made waves with a num­ber of EPs, com­pi­la­tion ap­pear­ances and split re­leas­es. Their long-play­ing de­but now de­liv­ers an­oth­er strong batch of odd lit­tle tunes of dis­tinct­ly egg-ish qual­i­ties which man­age to come across as equal­ly catchy, quirky, rough and en­er­gic, kin­da com­bin­ing the traits of, say, Bil­liam and the hard­core at­tack of last year's Snoop­er LP, with fur­ther par­al­lels to be drawn to such acts as Slimex, Daugh­ter Bat and the Lip Stings, Set-Top Box and Ghoulies.

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