7even Inches

Adolf and the Piss Artists

Heroes? 7″

GMM

Obnoxious punk rock along the lines of the Old Masters. Those being, X, the Germs, Pain… “Terminator” is as ballsy as they come. Damned impressive punk rock. Now I have to search out the Valves’ catalog… GMM Records, P.O. Box 15234, Atlanta, GA 30333

Alien Crime Syndicate

Supernatural/Really Got A “C” 7″

American Pop Project

Joe Meice’s new project with, it’s rumored, former members of N.Y. Loose. Whatever, it’s lonely, electric dreamy pop music. Good quality and strange. American Pop Project, P.O. Box 2271, San Rafael, CA 94912

Alien Crime Syndicate

Supernatural

AmPop

Supernatural side is a minimal indie spaced-out jaunt. Sort of Reservoir sounding but swampier. The flip side rocks a bit more, pulling out almost new wave-ish guitar riffs and rhythms, but much more Nineties oriented… and cool, too! American Pop Project, P.O. Box 2271, San Rafael, CA 94912

As Darkness Falls

Hook Horror 7″

Bush League

Great violent Deathcore. Awesome guitars and growls. “M” is particularly evil. A good mix of Slayer-esque metal and good hardcore. Bush League Records, P.O. Box 10165, New Brunswick, NJ 08906.

The Automaton Adventure Series

Sharkskin b/w Your Menu

Galleon Key

Low-fi angry indie jazz modest mousish improv whacked out emo core with a horn section and bursts of clarity. Wow. Galleon Key, Box 815, Olympia, WA 98507

Mark Brodie and the Saboteurs

Tiger Rock 7″

American Pop

Great haunting, trippy spy-oriented surf instrumentals. Of note is their cover of the Challengers’ “Our Man Flint,” the theme to a fine secret agent movie with James Coburn. I remember it well, as I saw it on Channel 20 in 1972. American Pop Project, P.O. Box 2271, San Rafael, CA 94912

Common Law

No Compromise 7″

Classic screaming hardcore punk. Just like anything great that came out of D.C. or NYC circa 1980. Flex Your Head style. Common Law, 3007 S.W. 21st terrace, Delray Beach, FL 33445

The Delusions

Quiet Time b/w That Flower Song

Shaky

Rolling tom spin out heavy and fun. Does anyone remember the Donner Party? The vocals are similar, but the music has a deeper mood, broken by sparse Sixties guitar twangs. Some sludgy grunge slips, and angry alcoholic tones. This is cool, but now I need a drink. Shaky, P.O. Box 221007, Seattle WA 98122

Frequency Db

Join the Circus

Running

Slow fuzz guitar with an almost Swervedriver slant. Clean vocals cut through with a caught melody… and then throw the drone away and get some jump up and down tribalistic drums going for some ominous rhythms. Flip the single, and get into an indie rock groove. Minimal guitar and spaced out keyboard. Harmony on the vocals twisting through this sparsely psychedelic une. Maybe kind of reminds me of something that might happen if Jim Morrison listened to Stereolab?

Gritkisser

Jesus Christ Alien Abduction/Baptism 7″

Soapy Fist

Raw, hellbilly and haunted trash from outer space. Plenty of ghostly funkabilly and other stuff you’d hear from a haunted dumpster. Soapy Fist Records, 2018 N.W. 31 St Ave., Gainesville, FL 32605

Hefner

Love Will Destroy Us In The End

Too Pure

This single puts a certain picture in my mind, and I’m not sure if I understand it. Sort of Buzzcocks/Velvet Underground waves over a couple of English working class kids trying to be in a band influenced by Pavement, but all their friends listen to Joy Division. Does this make sense? Maybe… maybe not. Regardless, I think it’s pretty damn hip. Too Pure, P.O. Box 1944, London, England NW10 5PJ

Hot Water Music

You Can Take The Boy Out Of Bradenton

Schematics

In-your-face pop punk that’s closer to the punk side of things. Heavy and angst ridden, but driving enough to keep it interesting. A touch of metal filters through, and images of big hair head shaking slips past my brain. Uh-Oh, flip it, quick! Sigh, more of the same, but maybe better. They should listen to more Braid and lay off the Florida metal thing. Schematics, P.O. Box 14636, Gainseville, Fl., 32604

The Leslies

Leslies 7″

American Pop

Very happy, and very hippie. But a little too hippie for me. Crazy Swedish hippie pop music. Try with lutefisk. American Pop Project, P.O. Box 2271, San Rafael, CA 94912

Looper

Impossible Things b/w Spaceboy Dream #3

Sub Pop

Starting off with a typewriter and an Arab Strap style poeticness, Looper move into some lounge-touched scratch record break back beat rhythm thing. Better known for being part of Belle & Sebastian, Stuart David pulls of a pretty fun single here. Sort of semi techno trip hop for the indie rock spoken word set. Wear black, snap your fingers, and dig it. Sub Pop, P.O. Box 20645, Seattle, WA 98102

The Magnetic Fields

I Don’t Believe You b/w When I’m Not Looking

Merge

Brit pop indie new wave rock for breaking up with your no-longer-loved one on a beautiful day. Upbeat but depressing, intelligent but silly, and subliminally infectious. Merge, P.O. Box 1235, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514

Make-Up

U R My Intended b/w The Choice

K

Get down and shake to that low down sexy groove that’s kickin’ it across the country. Funked out beat crazy and broken down. Swingin’ rhythms and hipster style. The B side is a bit mellower, but man, open yer eyes… this is the Make-Up, baby, dig it! K, Box 7154, Olympia, Wa., 98507

New Wave Hookers

Crystal Bullet b/w Devil Made Me Do It

Estrus

This sort of reminds me of an old grunge band trying to do dirty garage rock, but falling too close to some strange twist of Iggy style punk and New York Doll glam. The B side has a cleaner garage touch, but I can’t shake the grunge. Whatever it is, it’s strange, but it rocks. Estrus, P.O. Box 2125, Bellingham, Wa., 98227

Pedro The Lion

Big Trucks

Made In Mexico

Acoustical unfolksy indie rock pulsing through vocal voice and strummed guitar. Home on the West Coast range feeling, sometimes mellow Simon Joyner feeling, sometimes just good feeling with a melancholy twist. The full length from Pedro the Lion is brilliant, but this 7″ makes for a very nice introduction. Made In Mexico, 1011 Boren Ave #906, Seattle, WA, 98104

Pee

Salt Garden b/w Icarus

Double-Play

Late ’90s post grunge pop. The female vocals get a bit lost in the mix, but the guitar overdrive makes up for it. The B side is more mellow, reminding me a little of the Throwing Muses, but with groovier bass lines. Solid, but not letting go of that guitar crunch we all love. Double-Play, 11 Sutter Street, Suite 1337, San Francisco, CA 94104

Peter Parker

The Aesthetic of Dumb

Rimmshot

Catchy boy girl power pop on emerald green vinyl. Seattle seems to be overflowing with happy happy angst snap pop bands these days, but these guys are definitely rising through the ranks. Straightforward and catchy but not too sweet. There’s a bitterness under the melodic punch, and I’m drinking it in.

Pram

The Last Astronaut b/w Cinnabar

Kooky

Late ’90s lounge for the new millenium. I don’t know about the vocals on the A side, but the snake charming cocktail cut on the flip side makes me happy. Perfectly retro in a slightly futuristic way. Kooky, 9 Whitworth Road, Northampton, NN1 4HG, England

Satan’s Pilgrims

Play Ghoulash For You

Estrus

Spooked out garage surf with a Peter Lorre intro. Do the twist on a tombstone, the monster mash with more fog. It may be just ghoulish to you, but damn if I don’t find this sinister stylish slab just way tasty. The B-side hits a more upbeat twang, like Scooby-doo and the gang chasing some zombie surfers through the waves. I can almost picture Daphne in a bikini doing the funky monkey with Fred. Estrus Records, P.O. Box 2125, Bellingham, WA 98225; http://www.estrus.com

Silkworm

I Must Prepare

Moneyshot

It’s more of that groovy West Coast indie rock from Silkworm. Here we got beautiful chunks of pure lo-fi fuzzed out GBV tainted love buzz. Taken as a sort of side order to Silkworm’s Blueblood LP, this single gives you the pleasure of hearing a couple of alternate takes on a couple of songs, and a pleasure it is. Moneyshot, 520 Summit Ave. E., #304, Seattle, Wa. 98102

Slipstream

Madeleine

Ché

Slipstream, tied in some ways to both Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized, ends up being more cohesive than either… more solidified in space. “Madeleine” carries a British pop swirl spaced out hip shaking rock `n’ roll melody with floating-in-the-clouds overtones. “Healing Hands” takes a more English drone approach on the B side. You can definitely hear some Spacemen 3 tones sliding across the vinyl, and that’s a fine slide to hear. Che, P.O. Box 653, London, England, E18 2NX

The Weaklings

Four More Reasons To Love

Junk

Fast `n’ dirty rock `n’ roll touched with a Murder City Devils thing. Punk garage New York City dirt. Iggy on 45 and Johnny Thunders on broken glass and speed. Los Angeles punk sex rock. Short and sweet. Listen to it again, louder, and love it. Junk, P.O. Box 1474, Cypress, CA 90630

Wicked Farleys

Ken Theory

Big Top

Full on clearcut rage with just the right mix of sparse melodics and in your heart crunch. The intensity breathes in the dream of the vocals, but the strict drive of the drums and the June of 44 touched guitar slices keep it from speeding nightmare highway smooth. Strong and bright and the full length CD is even better. Big Top Records, 955 Massachusetts Ave., Ste. 115, Cambridge, MA 02139

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