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Lassoing up newer Mitten releases
Published: May 9, 2012
fIREHOSE is a name familiar to fans of punk rock, and Stooges fans should be interested because Mike Watt played with them. In fact, it again features Watt, because the band recently reunited and is booking a tour. To celebrate, this compilation called lowFLOWs: the columbia anthology ('91 – '93) (Columbia / Legacy) is out. So we have Watt and fellow former Minutemen member George Hurley joined by Ohio native singer Ed Crawford for some of the most overlooked slacker indie scuzz-punk ever. For the fIREHOSE unfamiliar, start at the link below.
The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre are masters at provocation, but the new single "Revoir / People Are Afraid to Merge" (Checkers Records) only serves to thrill. Lower East Side envy and comparisons to Suicide and the Velvets are odious at this point. Who cares?
The Ashleys have made two tracks available on Bandcamp to download for a buck each.
Both tunes are worth the price of a proper single, to be sure. The first, "Two Tone Mambo," is relatively slow psychotic beast, with fuzzy, violent vocals. The second, "The Kids Are Dumb," is even better. Mariachi punk with trumpets! Just the other side of Tijuana!
Abrahma's Through the Dusty Paths of Our Lives is the latest release from Small Stone Records, and it's a monster. Monolithic riffs, heavy fuck-you bass, and look at that artwork! The vocals recall In Rock Deep Purple and the tunes have staying power. It's new nostalgia. It's also drunk on canned beer in backseats of T-top Camaros.
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