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obnoxBoodalouRee
11 Score

The Rockometer: Boogalou Reed by Obnox

It's not just the whole damn country that's about to blow up, with his third long player in less than three years, Lamont "Bim" Thomas is due to blow up, too. For more than any other Obnox record, Boogalou Reed, showcases Thomas' unique ability to blur the lines between punk rock, hip-hop, and experimental sounds. There are no beat-based joints, or punk rock ragers, or improv head fucks. Instead, there are Obnox songs, fifteen of them, to be precise, and each one gives the listener a slightly different perspective into the mind of Thomas, on this, the outlaw rockers' most poignant work to date.
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Play Me: “Slaughter Culture” by Obnox

Cleveland's Lamont Bim Thomas may not have the name recognition and critical attention of Toronto's Fucked Up, and he may not have the gift of self promotion, like Sacramento instigators, Death Grips, but along with those two artists, Thomas' Obnox has been at the forefront of 21st Century punk movement. More impressively, Thomas continues on his winning streak of 2013's Corrupt Free Enterprise and 2014's Louder Space without sacrificing any quality. If anything, the first few listens to the soon-to-be-released Boogalou Reed (1.27 on 12XU) have revealed a band just hitting its stride.
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GotobedsPoorPeopleAreRevolting
10 Score

The Rockometer: Poor People Are Revolting by The Gotobeds

What's not to like about these Pittsburgh smart-asses, the Gotobeds? Poor People Are Revolting, the band's debut long player for Gerald Cosloy's 12XU, is two sides of punk rock slop packed with clever vocal jabs and insatiable melodies.
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Nothing

A Jam Packed Thursday with Nothing, Cult of Youth, Mr Gnome, Twerps, and Parkay Quartz

When the book is closed on 2014, or a month from now when music pubs start pushing their end of the year round-ups, a surprising release will likely top my list -- Nothing's Guilty of Everything. Upon it's release, I found it more diverse and more engaging than most modern shoegazer albums (your best comparison may be '90s alt-rockers Hum, a band who weren't afraid to go full metal during their atmospheric rock jams), yet, I also felt emptiness upon my initial listens. Here was a band fronted by an ex-punk, ex-con and I wanted more of the story to come through in the lyrics. Turns out, Nothing wasn't lacking. My patience was lacking. The title track kills me to this day.
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Play Me: “Hollywood High” By Mike Hudson and the Pagans

Any Cleveland rocker worth their salt knows about the town's importance in the birth of American punk rock. Names like Pere Ubu, Rocket From the Tombs, and The Dead Boys are passed down from generation to generation with the type of reverence conservative politicians pay to our nation's founding fathers. Dig deeper, and you'll quickly find there's more to Cleveland's punk legacy than the big three. electric eels, Mirrors, and The Pagans should all be required listening, too.
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RyanAdams1984
9 Score

The Rockometer: 1984 by Ryan Adams

Everyone has a Ryan Adams in their music collection, an artist they followed closely as their career began and whom they've slowly stopped following as the years went by and each new release became a game of is it ok to listen again? For me, my Ryan Adams is Ryan Adams, himself. I've trashed, traded-in, an deleted too many Ryan Adams releases to count since 2002's Demolition. So these days, when it comes to new Ryan Adams records, I let others do the listening.
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dfa1979ThePhysicalWorld
7 Score

The Rockometer: The Physical World by Death from Above 1979

Note to clown rocker, Gene Simmons, and everyone else who trots out the old line, "Rock is dead." Rock 'N' Roll is not dead. The '70s are dead. The era of arena rock is dead. But that old spirit of Rock 'N' Roll, the desire to aim for the last row and blow every last fucking mind in the building, is not dead. Witness, Death from Above 1979, and their long-awaited comeback album, The Physical World.
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Play Me: “Empty Faction” by Cult of Youth

The line between being provocative and a tasteless asshole can be a thin one. Like Danish punks, Iceage, many have used the word fascist to describe the Brooklyn band, Cult Of Youth, and its leader Sean Ragon. As far as I know, Ragon hasn't dressed up like a klansman for a music video, like the tasteless assholes in Iceage. Cult of Youth get a pass.
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