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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Two New Lo-Fi Punk Releases: Alien Nosejob from New Zealand and Dead Ghost from Canada

Got some new Adam Holtz coming up.

This year, instead of doing New Year's Resolutions that I'm never going to keep up with all year, I'm doing micro-resolutions month to month, and allowing myself to fail and get back up again, instead of, if I mess up, just scrapping the whole resolution. So far it's worked well and I recommend it.

Keeping up with CNQ more was not one of my micro-resolutions. For the one or two of you who read these posts, I'm a broken record, I know. I say "I post when I feel like it and don't do reviews" quite a bit. I'll put it in the blog description and maybe that will help me remember to talk about something else every once in a while. But yeah, as soon as I feel like I have to do this (or anything), I immediately do not want to do it anymore.

Meanwhile, artists and bands, feel free to send me your tunes, I'll happily listen, and if I like it, I'll share a song and a link and probably talk about it a little. But I'm not a music critic, just a fan, and I generally don't do reviews. Occasionally I'll break that rule, but in general that's how CNQ operates.

So let's see what's going on with some Bandcamp e-mail updates. Geeze, I get a lot of these.

Burger Records sent a link to Shindig! Magazine's premiere of Dead Ghosts' new video for a song called "Drugstore Supplies," off their new album "Automatic Changer," due out April 24. I liked Dead Ghosts' "Can't Get No," which came out in 2015, and I like Burger Records. Shindig's a neat magazine and I wasn't aware of their web presence until I got that Burger Records e-mail update. I listened to about half this 3 and a half minute song and I'm like, ya know, this is the same garage rock that every Burger Records release sounds like. It's fine, but frankly I'm a little bored by the formula.

Holy mackerel, I think I just did a critical review. But what do I know? I can only strum three chords. Here's the video. Like I said, the song is fine. But it sounds like so much of what Burger Records puts out, and stuff that sounds like what Burger Records puts out, that I can't really get excited about it:

The Youtube video on the Burger Records channel has 29 thumbs up and no thumbs down as of 9:47pm on 1/16/2020. I've always wondered what kind of asshole thumbs downs a video. I'm not gonna be that guy. If there was a "meh" icon I'd click it, maybe.

The Ausmuteants' Jake Robertson has a new solo album, "Suddenly Everything Is Twice As Loud," out on Anti-Fade Records (in Australia) and Drunken Sailor (in the UK). The solo project is called Alien Nosejob, and I love it. I'm pre-disposed to the "Devo-core" sound of Ausmuteants much more than I am the surfy garage sound of Burger Records releases, but it's not like Robertson is just re-making Devo songs. He's using that sound as a jumping off point to make some inventive, highly listenable, synthy garage-pop/off-kilter rock'n'roll that is worth purchasing so you can be cool and own it, and he can continue to do it. You can get it on black vinyl (red sold out already) from Anti-Fade for $25 AUS dollars, and from Drunken Sailor for a little cheaper -- shipping to the US is cheaper via Drunken Sailor too. Both sites have it available for $12 to dl digital via Bandcamp. Great album: