Thursday, April 22, 2010

Tuberculosis - Disfrasandose EP (2010)

If you wondering what the blue marks on the polybag are, your guess is as good as mine. Along with the other new Los Angeles punk EPs in the latest round of Lengua Armada releases, we have the female-fronted Tuberculosis, a band as political as they as are fast. This record has a lot going for it, and definitely gave me more than I expected, with duel female-male vocals and no filler - just straight hardcore with a very pissed off lady on the mic. I wish I was more familiar with new LA punk so I could mention similar bands from around there, but while attempting to track down where to get a hold of their demo that preceded this 7", I found that it was apparently released by Silenzio Statico, an punk collective based in Los Angeles.

Again, if you dig this (and why wouldn't you!), buy yourself a copy and support the band and the label.

Tuberculosis - Disfrasandose EP Mediafire
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Rákosi - S/T EP (2010)

The next Lengua Armada choice is the Rákosi self-titled EP. This particular rager hails from Hungary and is complete with everything you'd expect from a European hardcore record that presents a perfect blend of American guitar riffs and stylings, occasionally reminiscent of late 80's hardcore especially, with anarcho punk vibes from the far east. There are ten tracks on this slab and every one of them slays from beginning to end, telling tales of sex slavery, murder, death, religion and revenge. Plastic flowers, rubber vagina, Viagra, your mom.

Contrary to what the tracklisting on the back cover says, the fifth track Jászkunság is on the A side, not the first track on the B side. Buy this if you like it and even if you don't.

Rákosi - S/T EP Mediafire
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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Ilegal - Error De Orden E.P. (2010)

The next few posts will be about the newest Lengua Armada releases. These are all still in print, so I strongly recommend you buy all of them if you like what you hear. Besides that, I wouldn't be posting about them if I didn't buy copies myself.

Ilegal is a four-piece hardcore band from Montreal. This 7", preceded only by a demo from 2009, rips as hard if not harder than anything I've heard in a while. Spanish-sung and to the point, this EP has an exciting, out-of-control punk vibe that is reminiscent of Italian hardcore bands like Declino. The recording is a little more raw than I expected, but I'm not complaining; it still sounds fantastic. Features members of After The Bombs, Selfish, and Bombs Away.

I've been informed by a member of the band that the track breaks of this rip are incorrect. I encourage you to download the rip available here instead. Thanks, and sorry.

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Buddha on the Moon - On Holiday 7"

The summer of 2008 was more or less devoid of movement. My town was a bit too stuffy and I was fed up with staying inside, so I decided it was time to take the train out to the city, next to the coast where it was cooler. I made the pilgrimage to Amoeba (and it is a pilgrimage, if you're not from there and you don't have a car) and spent a few hours going through their stacks. That's where I found this gem for about fifty cents.

I knew of Buddha on the Moon from a long time ago, perhaps from Slsk, but I had never heard these recordings. I got it home, put on the A side, and got way more than I bargained for. Maybe it's just me, but simple, straight-forward pop compositions like "Losing" are the sort of thing that twee pop bands and fans of today overlook. When so much goes into an album or even one song and it turns out to be a stinker, it's a shame and a disgrace. But here, it's a few instruments in a bedroom, a few unfortunate circumstances as lyrics, and you have a perfect pop tune. I guess I'm romanticizing, but if you've never had the pleasure of listening to this now-defunct project, check this out and tell me it's not memorable. I wish I could say the same for the instrumental B side, which turns out to be a bit of a throwaway... but even its got its moments.

Buddha on the Moon - On Holiday 7" Mediafire

Friday, April 9, 2010

Worlds - Unforseen Paths 7" (2010)

Another new one, this time from Vinyl Rites, the same guys who brought you Diet Cokeheads and Pollution tunes. Worlds is straight-forward, no nonsense grind with members from all sorts of big name bands (Asshole Parade, Floor, and Assuck, to name a few.) This is their debut 7" - 11 songs on one side. I think that says enough. I also say so since I have nothing interesting to say. I'm sorry... Don't let the similar bands fool you by the way; this record goes above and beyond that. Not necessarily improving on their respective legacies, but instead traveling to a whole different realm and pushing out a sound worthy of multiple plays.

If you're into this, go buy it from Vinyl Rites - they have plenty of copies.

Worlds - Unforeseen Paths 7" Mediafire
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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Manipulation - S/T 7" (2010)

It's been a while, but here I am again. I've been really busy with other obligations, but if you're reading this blog I doubt you're here to hear about them.

I try to only post out-of-print music here, but at the risk of making someone mad, I'm going to deviate from that for a while and talk about some new stuff I've gotten lately. I picked up this brand new Manipulation 7" from Fashionable Idiots about a week ago after hearing a sample track and instantly becoming hooked. Manipulation is a hardcore band from Chicago with members of Chronic Seizure, Pedestrians, and Civic Progress according to the label website. What's inside is furious hardcore that's doing everything right; I've played this record at least ten times every day since I've gotten it. Includes three songs from their demo and two new (I guess) ones as well. I only hope that ripping on my awful equipment does it justice. Someone claimed this was going to be some of the best material of 2010, and I can see why it might. Check this out, and if you like it, buy a copy. Hurry up though, because there are only 100 of them.

I also just realized that Manipulation is ex-This Is My Fist!, which probably means that Seth from Love Songs fame is in this band since he moved to Chicago. I could be wrong (edit: I am, it's actually Annie - thanks, anonymous commenter. Totally would have known that if I looked closer at the lineup in the sleeve.), but in any case, nerding out in progress

Manipulation - S/T 7" Mediafire
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