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Bang Messiah (Smog Veil). Review by Bob Pomeroy.
Hooray For Me (Help Yourself Records). Review by Jen Cray.
Gone Away Backward (Bloodshot Records). Review by James Mann.
The Machine Cuisine Companion Cassette (Anchor Brain). Review by Matthew Moyer.
In the near future, there will be a documentary produced on every single punk scene or band from the late ’70s to mid ’80s. And that’s just fine.
Martin Atkins imparts the wisdom of several decades worth of punk rock self-sufficiency into one book. Except for predictable sections on sex and drugs, Rob Ward is impressed.
Pilgrimage (Southern Lord). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Sport (Sick Room). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Zulu (Kill Rock Stars). Review by Jen Cray.
Happy Songs For Happy People (Matador). Review by Dan Stapleton.
Good Morning, Mr. Good. (54, 40’ or Fight!). Review by Daniel Mitchell.
Color Sympathy (Clearly). Review by Daniel Mitchell.
The Best of Pigface (Invisible Records). Review by James Mann.
The Perfect Little Door (Merge ). Review by Daniel Mitchell.
A Sun That Never Sets (Relapse). Review by Nathan T. Birk.
Owls (Jade Tree). Review by Marcel Feldmar.
Since its founding in 1994, Punk Planet has been one of the most intelligent and honest magazines around, focusing equally on punk rock and progressive politics. Now, Akashic Books has collected the magazine’s most interesting interviews as We Owe You Nothing. Anton Wagner offers an in-depth analysis.
They don’t play major label politics (even sacrificing a full album because of it), they’re not a lounge act, and they don’t want their lead singer to be thought of as a sex symbol. So what are Elysian Fields? Even singer Jennifer Charles and guitarist Oren Bloedow have trouble explaining that to Gail Worley.
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Just in time for the heavy metal Christmas shopping season, European author Alexandros Anesiadis delivers his latest — a thorough and riveting encyclopedia-type account of the hard-working DIY American bands that created an important underground music scene that’s well worth remembering.