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I'll not beat around the bush here. I've got '90s rock in my veins. It's where I'm from. Phil was trying to argue that there wasn't time to review the new Unsane album, but I couldn't be having that, see. I saw Unsane live last year and they're still every bit as pummelling as they ever ...view item »

Feral Ohms
I Fall / Sweetbreads

Feral Ohms take the currently-huge fuzzed-out garage rock sound back into the past, touring through the vibes of various rock / punk styles, all of them hairy and sweaty and messy and fun. This new 7” pairs a cover of The Damned’s I Fall with an original Ohms cut. What a bla...view item »

It’s Not Unusual

The press release promises that D.O.A.'s cover of Tom Jones's 'It's Not Unusual' has "enough rasp to make even the most hardened punk fan cringe", but let me tell you it's not just the rasp that's making me cringe. This is of course a snotty sub-Snuff pop-punk take on the staple, bolstered by some punchy ...view item »

Jello Biafra with The Melvins
Sieg Howdy

In Sieg Howdy!, things are leaning towards a certain and indisputable single-minded album. It seems Jello learned how to put his burning speeches under the Melvins’ sludgy sound delivering some very powerful material of political doom! It is also apparent that Buzz Osborne has a better understanding of the unique style of Jello vocal expre...view item »

Jello Biafra with The Melvins
Never Breathe What You Can't See

Half the songs on here sound like Plastic Surgery Disasters-era Dead Kennedys. Which shouldn't be a surprise because the Melvins had offered to be Jello's backing band after the ex-Kennedys sued the crap out of him and reformed with a new singer (playing only the old songs) and right before Jello got his new band together. If you like the DKs or Je...view item »

Jello Biafra and The New Orleans Raunch and Soul All-Stars
Walk on Jindal’s Splinters

A long renowned one-off show at last gets pressed up to wax (and CD plastic): Jello Biafra and the New Orleans Raunch and Soul All-stars everybody! Walk On Jindal’s Splinters gives you, the listener, the sensations of this thrilling night of re-invented soul classics from the former Dead Kennedys ...view item »

The World / Inferno Friendship Society
This Packed Funeral

Cabaret crew The World / Inferno Friendship Society haven't released an album in so very, very long, so it's nice to see they've decided to come out of hiding (aptly, 'tis Halloween) to announce brand new music. 'This Packed Funeral' promises more deep, booming voices relating spooky and trippy stories through klezmer-infused...view item »

The Greatest Band Of All Time

Arnocorps' modestly-titled 2005 opus 'The Greatest Band of All Time' has finally made it onto vinyl thanks to Alternative Tentacles. This lot have been going strong for 14 years now and are one of several novelty Bay Area thrash/skatepunk bands to mix goofball concept comedy with genuine chops, the most notable contemporaries being ...view item »

My Dad’s a Fuckin’ Alcoholic

This week Alternative Tentacles compile everything Frantix ever recorded onto a single easy to digest LP. Not too hard, you'd think, since these proto-grungers only got a couple of 7"s out before morphing into The Fluid, but with some unreleased shit thrown into the mix you're looking at 23 tracks on a single pl...view item »

Death Hymn Number 9
3rd Degree Moon Burns

Death Hymn Number 9 forms an ear-orgy of energy, noise and violence as soon as the needle touches the record with their 2nd album 3rd Degree Moon Burns. After coming across this record in a store I knew I had to buy it, despite only hearing it online two or three times and its only grown on me. The mumbled, screechy vocals on this record are an ...view item »

Butthole Surfers
Brown Reason To Live

What you will have, in your hands upon purchase, is the Rosetta stone of True Underground Music, an American original taking monstrous, hallucinatory baby steps to legend. Highlights: "Cowboy Bob" unreels like a horror-film soundtrack, all menacing bass and clashing guitars and horns, and ends with Gibby inexplicably proclaiming, "Aye Calypso." ...view item »

Jello Biafra & The Guanatanamo School Of Medicine
White People And The Damage Done

Not only is the great Jello still making music, he's aged as gracefully as cheddar (for lack of a better metaphor). Opening with the snappy, sharp-witted track "The Brown Lipstick Parade" all they way through the grand finale, "Shock-U-Py" this album is full of energy and a kind of carefully crafted sarcasm and mockery that could on...view item »

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