Monday, February 6, 2012


So, every once in awhile, when listening to music, I find a song by a band I used to listen to years ago. The other day, I was listening to Jawbreaker and decided to look up some of the covers I had. One of them instantly caught my eye; Charlie Brown Gets a Valentine. I listened to the song and was instantly interested in hearing more.

Dismissed the second full-length by the Chicago three-piece. Obviously, comparisons to Jawbreaker can be made as well as a closer comparison to fellow Chicago three-piecer's The Lawrence Arms. It's pretty obvious Charlie Brown Gets a Valentine are very influenced by the aforementioned Arms; dual-vocals interlacing with each other mixed with melodies and catchy hooks. It works well for CBGAV; the entire album is solid from start to finish. And though some of the tracks do drag on a bit longer than they should (Caffeine at Night could've ended at 2:30), the entire album, start to finish, is interesting enough and full of enough strong songs to keep anyone listener paying attention to the whole album. If you're a fan of the Chicago three-piece Jawbreaker-influenced, melody/energy containing, catchy sound, then Dismissed is one great album to pick up.

As far as I can tell, this album, along with all of their stuff, is OOP. So, here you go! If you like the Lawrence Arms, Broadways, Jawbreaker, anything like that, download it

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Back from the dead!

I have not done a review in a long time for this blog. I shall return from the dead with some reviews to throw your way...if anyone at all reads this.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Polar Bear Club

Has anyone heard the new Polar Bear Club? I got the new record in the mail. I gave it a spin. It's absolutely amazing. It has everything I wanted in the new record; catchy hooks, urgent delivery, and best of all, the great lyrics. I will be seeing PBC in a few hours, so I'm excited for that.

Aside from the new Polar Bear Club, has anyone heard Joyce Manor? They released their debut album this year, and it's amazing. Hands down, my favorite album of this year. Well, they've teamed up with Asian Man records to do their next album, so I'm pretty stoked for that.

Twenty-two days and I leave for the Fest. I've never been, so I'm super excited to go. My must-sees include Lifetime, Hot Water Music, and Defiance, Ohio. However, I'll be seeing plenty more bands than that.

So, to sum up; get the new Polar Bear Club. Get Joyce Manor. Fest rocks.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Green Day rant

I like Green Day, if you take each album for what it is face value. American Idiot was a good rock album, as was 21st Century Breakdown. But calling them punk would be a stretch for those records. That said, their first four records, 39/Smooth, Kerplunk!, Dookie, and Insomniac are all catchy pop punk albums. The first two are great Lookout-era albums. Nimrod and Warning are good albums, but can hardly be called pop punk. So basically, 1/4 of Green Day's albums are great, half are above average, and another quarter are listenable. The last two, skip them.


(I wrote this at 3 am, after thinking over how they were Rolling Stone magazine's top punk band)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Fake Problems

Let's face it; Florida has some of the best punk. Hated Youth, Against Me!, Less Than Jake, and my current love: Fake Problems. I saw Fake Problems on Warped Tour of last year. They put on my favorite performance and quickly became a favorite band of mine. Aside from making great music, the band is super nice. Right now I have How Far our Bodies Go spinning on my record player. I can never tell which record is my favorite. Each album is different from the others, and that's definitely a huge plus for me. If you get a chance, listen to some of their songs; they're a great band and great guys. Buy some of their stuff too, it's pretty great.

P.S. -I'd like to give a shout out to Sarah Saturday. She started a kickstarter campaign and has successfully raised enough money! I'm stoked to hear her second album. Sarah's pretty much the most down to earth and nicest musician I have ever met. I also saw her at Warped last year and then ventured up to La Crosse to see her a second time. She has very intimate shows and really cares for her fans. If you wanna help her out, you can still donate money to her kickstarter campaign! It's a great thing to donate to!

Monday, July 25, 2011


This morning I've been doing nothing but listening to Against Me!. I felt the need to listen to "Russian Spies", and I guess I didn't stop. I went back and listened to White Crosses, and it's still an absolutely amazing record. As of right now, my favorite track is definitely "Because of the Shame". Tom Gabel can write some great tracks, and I'm super excited to see them in October.

That is all.

Saturday, July 16, 2011


The Copyrights; ever since starting in 2002, they've rocked all over the place playing their Screeching Weasel influenced pop punk. Nine years later the band is releasing a new EP, Crutches. It's four tracks of pop punk goodness, the EP's double-edged sword. All four songs are all infectiously catchy; they make you want to sing and dance along. However, they're all very similar and follow the standard pop punk formula. It's not a bad formula to stick to, but it doesn't leave much room for experimentation. That being said, the EP itself is a well-done release. As previously stated, it's catchy, an EP you can listen to the whole way through a few times over. But, if you don't pay too close attention, the tracks do run together and it can be tough to discern one song from another.

Look at it this way though: It's the Copyrights. It's Red Scare. It's pop punk. When you look at these three facts it's pretty easy to fall in love with the EP. Despite the few flaws it has, it's good. It's damn good really, and helps solidify the Copyrights as one of the best pop punk bands around.

 Guys, come on. It's Red Scare, one of the best labels around, releasing the Copyrights, one of the best pop punk bands around. It's like, two bucks, for four tracks. Four! That's fifty cents a song. Get it.