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HACK MACK JACKSON
Pressure Island CD

German countryrockband. Pretty good actually, recorded by DM Bob for a great big sound that fist them like a glove. This is a lot more rock that it is country but it really sounds american and that really saves it. I can imagine listening to this while driving in the States and it feels pretty cool. For fans of Supersuckers country maybe. They do a bunch of choice covers like “These Boots Are Made For Walking”, “Stuck In The Middle” and the Jello Biafra classic “Too Drunk Too Fuck”. Yeah, this is pretty good. Check it out if you think you like the stuff I’m describing.
(Thomas)

Triggerfish

 

JAY REATARD
Blood Visions LP/CD

Jay Reatard, know from the Lost Sounds, Reatards, Angry Angles, Final Solutions have taken the final step and recorded a solo album. For simplicitys sake I’ll just say that this doesn’t really sound like the  Reatards or the Final Solutions. It’s more of some sort of continuation of the Lost Sounds and it’s kind of impressive. A bunch of fantastic songs, great production and this just grows and grows. I always get a little disappointed when he doesn’t play punkrock cause I just love how it sounds when he does that, but when it’s this good there’s just nothing to do but bow down to the man’s genius.
(Thomas)

In The Red Records

 

THE MONSTERS
The Worst of Garage Punk Vol 1 DBL-CD

The Monsters are okay in my book but not more. Their trashy, no-fi psychobilly works best in small doses and this double albums compiling odds, ends and live is a bit too much for me. If you love them this is a must. Had this been about the Gories or Oblivians I would have been all over it but the Monsters are a little too much hit and miss for me. Sorry Beat-man. It’s a great package nevertheless and Monsters lovers everywhere will be going nuts I hope.
(Thomas)

Voodoo Rhythm Records

 

THE RAUNCH HANDS’ BIGG TOPP
Feel It CD

Yeeehaaa! The Raunch Hands are back! They’re one of my absolute faves and they made a whole bunch of amazing records in the 80’s and 90’s on Crypt and other labels, then shut down only to resurface again early this century. The reunion was recorded and put out by Crypt a couple of years ago and it showed they still had IT. Something a whole lot of bands don’t have. I guess they couldn’t stay away from each other any longer cause the Mikes are back (Chandler, Edison and Mariconda). They met up in Austin using Mariconda’s new band the Stepbrothers and recorded a new cooll record. And it’s a cool one even if they’re a bit rusty at times. There’s a few duds but out of eleven tunes there’s at least seven or eight killers that shows that so important IT again. There’s no band that can make it swing like the Raunch Hands can. The pick up their influences from wherever and mix it into a musical cocktail that just tastes great. Fuck this is great. Now I’m happy.
(Thomas)

Licorice Tree Records

 

THE SHIRLEY MACLAINES
Hey Girls 7”

Debut for these Austrian girls (I think) and also the debut of this cool new label from Johnny from the Fe Fi Fo Fums. The Maclaines are in the same vein as the FFFF’s. Fun garagerock done budgetrock style. It’s kinda slow and a little awkward at times but that just lends a lot of charm. If you’re into bands like the aforementioned FFFFs, Supercharger, Mummies, Boom Boom Records etc then by all means check out the Shirley Maclaines!
(Thomas)

Heads Up Records

 

SONIC ANGELS
Times Are Changing CD

Hardworking French band but this is pretty boring rock. Not much to say about this it just doesn’t go anywhere.
(Thomas)

Subsonic/Rock Palace

 

V/A – BLACK LIPS / DEMON’S CLAWS 7”

Another one in the Rolling Stones cover series, and it certainly looks like the coolest one to date. Black Lips cover “What To Do” and it’s a very friendly and fun version that fits them very well. Nothing out of the ordinary. Demon’s Claws have chosen “Factory Girl” and it’s more an extraordinary thing, pretty strange and noisy but fairly cool. Would have been even more fun though if these two great bands had chosen some of the Stones more rollicking numbers and really made a go at making them really rock and roll. We’ll just have to wait and see if there’s gonna be one of these little singles that will really blow us away.
(Thomas)

Norton Records

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