Thursday, April 22, 2010

Paul Baribeau - Unbearable

hello! sorry for the lack of updates! ive recently suffered a dibilitation loss of my harddrive, so ive been a little down and out on the music front. but heres a new one from Paul Baribeau. ive also re-uploaded the 2nd st rag stompers album, per your requests!

Paul Baribeau is probably the best thing you can listen to if your recently heartbroken. every song on this album will resonate with you in some way. unlike his past albums which have delt with other topics ranging from straight edge to his love of bruce springsteen, Unbearable seems to be only about heartbreak and sadness. I can only hope that its helped him grow. regardless, its a great album.

buy it! its only $5 to support paul, plan it x, and ace of cups!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Andrew Jackson Jihad / Mischief Brew Split 7"

here we have four songs, 2 each from AJJ and Mischief Brew. Each band takes a song and does an acoustic and electric version of it, making for an interesting concept. As ive said before, im not a huge fan of electric AJJ, but the song is so good that its hard to judge it; and anyways theres a fucking amazing acoustic version of it also! The Mischief Brew song is essentially identical electric and acoustic, the only difference being some minmal druming and amplification, i like the acoustic version myself.

Both songs are about the DIY community and how wonderful it can be, which is really uplifting and its a nice chnage compared to most songs you hear about it. The AJJ song (If Jeff Swiney Had a Hammer) is about as catchy as ever and full of their standard (but not in a boring way!) dark humours lyrics ("i wanna see olympia in flames, portland reduced to dust, we need to stop fighting stop hating and start writing, we must we must we must!")
The Mischief Brew song (Punx Win!) is about going from town to town and meeting all the other punks, and then realizing that you know the same people, love the same things, and that really the diy scene across the country can be very small but (i think) comforting.

I really couldnt have found this split at a better time in my life, getting ready to move away from the place ive called home for close to four years its really great to hear such positive songs about how big and welcoming our little community of punks, activists and everyone else can be.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

American Steel - American Steel

Released in 1997, this debut full length from bay area punks American Steel was a staple of my latter high school and early college days.

They alledly got their name from Oakland's American Steel building just before theyre first show (which was just across the street). I dont really know what to say about this album, it sounds like leathface a little bit, but better (or so i hear, ive never been a leatherface fan). Personally I see them more as the Crimpshrine of the next generation of East Bay punks.
Remember how in the late 90s every punk band had a ska song? so they have some ska elements, but not in a way that makes you want to cry. This album has been sitting in a pile of things to be uploaded here, hence this post; but i really just cant think of a lot to say about it except that it meant a lot to me at that time in my life.

American Steel released two more albums before disbanding. They recently reformed and are now on fat wreck, but that band is a whole different monster.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Songs For Moms - The Jellyfish Award

ok. so ive been gone for a few months doing other things than blogging music very few people listen to. i moved, twice! now im back in california, for now, with other things on the horizon.
So, to hold things over and show I still care, heres one i got a reuqest for a while ago - the elusive 2006 first demo from Songs For Moms (making their third appearance on this blog)! Ok, ill be done with them for a while now i promise!

this demo will have some familar songs if you know The Worse It Gets The Better, plus a couple you probably havent heard. good times.