Alaska! – Rescue Through Tomahawk

I swear it’s 1995, not 2005. Much of the better rock music I’ve heard lately sounds, feels, and looks like a throwback to my high school days, when I adored bands like Possum Dixon, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Pavement. This isn’t a complaint; in fact it’s a blessing. alaska!’s second release, Rescue Through Tomahawk, is […]

Catch-22 – Live

When you hear the line “New Jersey’s most accomplished ska-punk combo,” about a hundred bad jokes come to mind, and only about half of those are about New Jersey. The ska-punk trend seems to be dead, but don’t tell Catch-22 that. Still, listening to them sucks me straight back into the late ’90s and the […]

Crain – Speed

Fourteen years ago, Crain, an art-punk quartet hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, recorded their debut album in Steve Albini’s basement on an eight track. They released – and quickly sold – 1000 vinyl copies of the results early the following year and went on to release one more album before breaking up in 1996 before their […]

Yellow Second – Altitude

Yellow Second

I get really excited when I have the chance to review an album from a Denver-based band. I get all giddy with hometown pride, and I honestly don’t care who or what it is, I just want to hear it. When I received my copy of Yellow Second’s latest release, Altitude, in the mail, I […]