"Happy Fucking Whatever" by Boss Rush: a new single from an 8 track digital album to be released September 22. Boss Rush is husband and wife duo Eric (guitar, vox) and Daina (drums and occassional vox) Mason from Birmingham. The single for "Happy Fucking Whatever" has a video on Youtube you can watch below. Treading a line somewhere between Superchunk, aggressive punk, and early century pop-punk, the album shines when it's more raw and raucous than pop-inflected, and mostly it sticks to the former, with pretty bleak lyrics that I can get behind. A solid effort from this DIY couple. This video is funny, too. At some point, a child is pushed down (the kid deserves it):
"Nowhere Nowhere" by Coffin Club: Debut EP from this Auckland three piece, released August 19. Well produced alt-rock in the vein of No Age. A great, energetic debut:
Brandy: "The Gift of Repetition": The second LP and first release on Florida's Total Punk Records, you can pre-order the vinyl on Bandcamp, it's due out on September 18. Brandy is also a three piece, from New York City. The single and first song on the album, "(Wish You Was) Madball Baby" is the most infectious thing I've heard in a while, and I couldn't get the chorus out of my head for a solid week after hearing it. I immedietly pre-ordered the album on Bandcamp, and you get the rest of the songs that way too. While there's nothing else quite as mind-blowingly fun as "(Wish You Was) Madball Baby" on the remainder of the album, it's still a fine release -- 8 tracks of chaotic punk with some synth sprinkled in for good effect. You're not going to get bored, but you may still be singing "wish you was madball baby fucking oh my god" over the chorus to the other songs:
"Demo" by Emboscada: Two track demo, released August 13, from Argentinian band Emboscada. Each song under a minute -- hardcore punk with rar rar rar vocals, I can dig it:
"The Baltimore Housing Project" by Jay Royale: Sophomore full length release from Baltimore rapper Jay Royale, released on August 7. Holy geeze, this is excellent. Is it excellent enough for the $19.99 digital release price tag on Bandcamp? Yeh, I think so. Is it excellent enough to pay $25 for a tape or a CD plus $5 shipping (ships out September 1st)? Yeh, probably. Has my cheap ass shelled that out yet? Not yet. But give it a listen and see why so many on Bandcamp have. An instant classic:
That new Bully, SUGAREGG, is just ok, y'all. I'm a big fan of the previous two albums, and I'm glad she's getting a lot of accolades for this one. But it feels like these are just lesser versions of the rockers on Feels Like and Losing...just treading the same post-grunge ground, with nothing to keep me all that interested in repeated listening like the previous albums.