Wednesday, April 08, 2009


Just really fucking outstanding punk from Los Angeles, which is apparently the place to be if you enjoy beating the shit out of guitars and listening to records produced between, say, 1995 and 2002. I think it’s terrific that LA residents have finally realised that they have everything to rail against, what with living in the decadent heart of a crumbling capitalist system etc etc. Although it’s kind of weird it’s taken them this long to drag the pendulum back from celebrity-focused reality shows to DIY fuckoffness but whatever.

[Bipolar Bear MySpace]

Talbot Tagora feature on the b-side of this new split 10” with Bipolar Bear and totally nail down that late-90s early-00s vibe that’s going on on both sides of the record. This shit is actually making me really fucking excited for punk because it’s been a really, really long time since anyone made records that were raucous enough to make you feel like a badass but also had high-quality, powerful songs that you could invest in and be rewarded by. File both these bands alongside Abe Vigoda, No Age, but also Young Ginns and Les Savy Fav and Fugazi.

[Talbot Tagora MySpace]

[Buy the Bipolar Bear/Talbot Tagors split, Abstract Distractions, from olFactory]

Ha ha, this rules. While we’re kind of on the subject, Odd Nosdam’s soundtrack for Element Skateboards’ This Is My Element has just been reissued. Nice work, Element. If I skated, I’d skate to this. Bro uses the same guitar tones as the other bands in this post, but then fucks with it by calling on the powers of Fatboy Slim and Boards of Canada to beef things up. Lol, wut? I can’t explain it but this fucking rules.

[Odd Nosdam MySpace]

[Buy T.I.M.E. Soundtrack from Anticon Records]

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