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Album Review: Needles//Pins – Good Night, Tomorrow

Family life has gotten the very best of me in a good way, and I have not been able to dedicate a lot of time to the blog as I would like to, but here I am for now while I have a few moments.

Maybe rather than giving excuses, I should just talk about this new Needles//Pins release that Chris at Dirt Cult Records threw my way to check out.

Before digging in deep here I need to admit how much I am eating up this album with each listen.  It is a start to finish jam that caught me by complete surprise.

Hailing from Vancouver, Needles//Pins is a three-piece punk band who have been around since 2009.  Perhaps not a well-known band here in the states, they caught a good chunk of my attention with their last release Shamebirds.  Needless to say, I was already excited to hear their new material. 

Good Night, Tomorrow is Needle//Pins’s third release (Dirt Cult Records / Mint Records) and clearly their best to date if you ask me.  The band showcases a much more mature sound with most of their tracks but without losing their edge resulting in a great listen.

Songs like “Violet”  and “Back to the Bright” begged to be memorized upon first listen for sing along opportunities.  Both of these songs impressed the hell out of me.

The mature sounding “Sleep” carried some great, catchy guitar playing, but it was the lyrics that won me over.  Personal, poignant , and to the point.

“All the Same” really reminded of the Replacements at times.  I am thinking due to the guitar playing and quick drumming mostly, but I am not complaining here at all.  This song ruled.

As someone who is obsessed with 80s punk/alternative rock, “Pressure Points”, “Untitled (You’re Fine)”, and “Something New” all turned into my favorite tracks on this album once I heard them.  Just check them out if you can, no explanation needed.

My appreciation for this band went out the roof after I heard “Tomorrow”.  Sick riffs, great hooks, group vocals, and a certain organ playing further proved my earlier statement on how Needle//Pins matured.  Folky, punky, and freaking amazing, this was the grand finale I was looking for.

For those of you who like the gritty sing along punk rock that has extreme replay opportunities,  y’all need to check out what Needles//Pins have put together.  Good Night, Tomorrow is one hell of a release that I plan on playing over and over again.  Think Iron Chic, Lawrence Arms, and Leatherface all mixed up in perfect proportions.  Trust me, you do not want to sit on this album.

Album Review: Big Dick – Disappointment

Big Dick - DisappointmentIndie-punk duo Big Dick have returned with an all new album titled Disappointment.

This is a follow up to the band’s impressive 2013 self-titled debut and once again has been released through Dirt Cult Records.

Before you question the band’s name and its meaning, just note it was taken from a NoMeansNo song title.  Don’t dig in too deep you pervs.  Who am I kidding?  If you ever heard the original song, your questions might be validated instantly.


Cultivating their own sound with just drums, bass, and dueling vocals, Big Dick really reaches back to 90s alternative rock styles while keeping a DIY punk and even garage rock edge.  The result is melodic yet heavy at times making for a truly killer listen.

“Let Down” was a catchy self-esteem downer of a track fueled throughout with a heavy distorted bass.  This opening track was a subtile reminder to me how much I enjoy this band as well as one of my favorite cuts on this release.

“Last Days” straight up ruled with the dual harmonies and just addicting bass riffs.  It’s hard to believe that there are only two dudes in this band when you hear songs like this.  This was another favored track over the rest.

“Up A Step” took  more pop-punk noise route that was totally ok with this listener.  At times, the vocals just seemed off but not enough to ruin the track.

“Out On A Limb” was a tad more technical with intricate bass lines.  The dual vocals and singing on “Crawl” was worth of an immediate second listen.  I dug this track a ton.

Tracks like “Marnier”, “Good Hunting”, and “Another Minute” really showed the band has matured and mastered their own sound.  From the lyrics to the insane drum and bass playing, I could not help but just get sucked into what I was listening to.  Then came “Young Love”, a more experimental track of sorts that clearly could have been a Ween b-side.

“Bad Dream” was one of my favorite tracks on the album.  I loved the different genres I could hear in this track, especially the grungy garage rock.  The slight harmonies in the background and the throat-clearing screams made it that much better.

Disappointment is anything but that.  Fans of Japandroids, Two Gallants, and even Death From Above 1979 are going to eat this up.

Album Review: Various Artists – Todd Is My Co-Pilot

Dirt Cult Comp - Todd C. Is My Co-PilotJust before the end of 2014, Dirt Cult Records head honcho, Chris Mason, decided to drop some tunes for all to hear on a comp called Todd Is My Co-Pilot.

Apparently a few years back, Mason and his pal Walker decided that someone needed to make a Todd C. comp for all to hear.

What once was a booze-fueled conversation between pals turned into reality as Mason reached out to tons of bands and many of them sent in covers to be included.  Maybe it did not go as quickly as he and Walker had intended, but one day Mason realized he had more than enough to make their idea a reality.

So who exactly is Todd you ask?  He’s actually Todd Congelliere, the founder of Recess Records and also  the one-man show / front-man for bands such as The Underground Railroad To Candyland,  F.Y.P. and Toys That Kill.

I am sure if you are a fan of punk rock, you now know who I speak of. Even if you are not, you should check out this comp and become familiar with Todd C.  This dude packs tons of talent.

Todd Is My Co-Pilot features covers by amazing acts like The Brokedowns, Iron Chic, Low Culture, Sundowners, and even Mike Watt and the Secondmen.

Vacation did a great rendition of “Dead Inside” while Iron Chic put their own twist on Toys That Kill’s “White Lies”.  I loved the fuzzy bass on this track.  Apocalypse Meow’s clean cover on “Illegitimate” was very close sounding if not a little slower but still awesome.

Full Sun was an act on this comp who I have not really gotten to know, but after hearing them cover Toys That Kill’s “31 Year Old Daydream”, I realize that needs to change.  The very 80s female driven punk rock sounds were perfect for this take and invited me to check out their original material.

Hearing The Plurals cover Todd C’s “You’ll Hear My Voice” instantly reminded of the very interesting video I saw for this song that was full of Kewpies.  Check it out here.

Of course I need to talk about Mike Watt & the Secondmen’s take on “No One”.  I was so stoked to see Watt and crew on this comp and to be honest, their version of the track  was….well…experimental-ish.  It was like Primus meets Ween meets Toys That Kill.  I still dug.

This is not just some half-assed idea when you look at who all contributed.  The best part about this comp?  Dirt Cult released it for free.  Zero cheddar.  Nada.

So what the hell are you waiting on?  Either head over to the Dirt Cult Band Camp page, or click below and proceed to download.  It’s pay what you want, so do your thing and hope no one finds out how much of a cheap ass you really are.  More importantly, enjoy.

Iron Chic/Low Culture – Split 7″ – Color Variant Pre-Orders Up Now

This is a friendly heads up to all of you Low Culture and Iron Chic fans out there.   Pre-orders are up today for the upcoming Iron Chic / Low Culture split.

Low Culture / Iron Chic Split

(anyone recognize that location????)

This is not your typical split.  This is a label/split 7? between Mike from Iron Chic’s Dead Broke Records and Chris from Low Culture’s Dirt Cult Records.


At this time this split is set to drop in November.  The color variants will sell the hell out.  I guarantee it.

Where To Pre-Order:
Dirt Cult Records
Dead Broke Rekerds

Pressing info:
-200 on orange vinyl (Dirt Cult exclusive)
-200 on blue vinyl (Dead Broke exclusive)
-400 on green
-100 FEST test pressings
-700 on black

Album Review: Baby Ghosts – Maybe Ghosts

Baby Ghosts - Maybe GhostsWhat happens when you take your unforgotten obsession with  late-90s pop punk rock and mix it with the styles heard in female-led DIY punk / garage rock jams of today?

The answer is Salt Lake City’s very own Baby Ghosts.

Warning: This band has the full potential to become your new favorite band and I’m pretty sure you’ll be kicking yourself for not getting into them earlier.  It’s ok.  I am in the same boat.

In a perfect blend of pop punk and garage rock, Baby Ghosts have been doing their thing since 2010.  At one time, the band could have been considered a local act, but those barriers have long been broken.

Baby Ghosts recently dropped Maybe Ghosts, an all new album full of poppy hooks, sneaky guitar solos that could make J. Mascis blush, and plenty of just straight up fun.

“Ghost Boyfriend” completely floored me when I heard it for the first time.  I adored the garage rock sounds tucked behind the blaring pop punk goodness.  I am reminded slightly of RVIVR in a way with the female / male singing style, but this jam is way more fun to rock out to.

Baby Ghosts“Tumblr” had the band taking on at least 3 decades of different punk rock styles in under three minutes.  I was so wowed that I had to listen to it over and over again.  Maybe the band did not intend this, but listening to this track alone was something special.

“Oil/Sunshine” was a pop punk gem with forward intentions of moving onward.  “Crash” went a little dark for a moment but it did not change the way I felt about this album at all.

I loved the guitar shredding that was hidden behind the singing in “COOKIES”.  Coincidentally this is also one of my favorite kinds of treats.  “alien.edu” easily was one of the best tracks on the album.  “Computers” was very riot grrl sounding in a good way.

“Oh, a Surprise” should have been titled “This is What Rancid Would Have Sounded Like if Tim and Lars Were Females”.  That is all I have to say about that.

I had a hard time not thinking of Juliana Hatfield and Kim Gordon while listening to Kar and Kat sing throughout this album.  I hope to hell that was the idea.

I’m glad Baby Ghosts was suggested to me by a swell guy (Thanks Chris).  I would hate to have missed out on this band even longer than I already have.  These talented SLC punks deserve to be heard by all.

Baby GhostsTruth be told, I can not keep up with all these bands today.  Perhaps this music lover is just too preoccupied with fighting off being an adult to take notice to every single act out there throwing down good music.

If you do find yourself digging this release as much as I did, don’t be shy and snag a copy of the LP.  Lost Cat Records, Drunken Sailor Records, Dirt Cult Records, Hip Kid Records, and Waterslide Records all have assisted with releasing the album.  I doubt it will be a challenge to find but I know the 1st pressing will be gone sooner than later…