Review: Rev. Neil Down

Rev. Neil Down "American Friend" (Burn Barrel Records) I drove from Los Angeles to Las Vegas last month. I brought along fifteen or twenty of my most trusty CDs for the excursion, but I was unable to find...

Review: The Hives

The Hives "Veni Vidi Vicious" (Burning Heart / Sire / Reprise) What the hell is going on in Sweden? Here’s another fine band from the chunk of land best known for a bikini team, whatever the fuck that...

Review: The Vandals

The Vandals "Look What I Almost Stepped In..." (Nitro Records) Dumb punks. (Not stupid just dumb). It takes a clever wit to construct the mentality that surrounds the Vandals approach at making a song....

Review: Leona Naess

Leona Naess "Comatised" (MCA Records) It’s so soft and pretty, I can hardly keep the rainy Sunday shivers away as I listen calmly. The album begins with a warm hum of a track called, “Lazy Days”...

Review: Jebediah

Jebediah "of Someday Shambles" (Big Wheel Recreation) With a Johnny Cash flavored acoustic song (complete with horse neighs as the song closes) that sings the intention of building a, “A big beer...

Review: Strychnine

Strychnine "Born Too Loose" (Industrial Strength Records) Fast, up tempo, alcohol driven, and decidedly non-straight edge punk rock: that’s "Born Too Loose" by Strychnine. Maybe “Rock Punk” would be...

Review: Johnny Thunders

Johnny Thunders "Johnny Thunders In the Flesh" (Amsterdamned Records) Johnny Thunders was punk before you were even born.  This new release from Amsterdamned Records features 17 tracks from the legendary...

Review: Frank Jordan

Frank Jordan "Decoy" (Cornerstone R.A.S.) Frank Jordan. Does the name mean anything to you? Nah, me neither. And I didn’t think much of it after the first time I flipped on their latest CD “Decoy”...

Review: Jimmy Eat World / Jebediah

Jimmy Eat World / Jebediah "Split EP" (Big Wheel Rec) Jimmy Eat World are perfecting this whole soft driven distortion pop thing. This split with Jebediah is another couple of notches in their belt as all...

Review: Elliott

Elliott "False Cathedrals" (Revelation Records) Swirling and drifting and about as heavy as a cloud on a rainy day. Sweet without and ounce of sap (ok a little sap, but mostly just dreamy emo/indie rock)....