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Really cool (but rather angsty) album I’ve been listening to quite a bit lately.  I’ve still got to check out their other albums and plan on getting on that soon.  For now, enjoy this one and I apologize for the lack of posts and rather short summaries lately.  I’ve been kind of pressed for time for the past while.

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“I’ve been pimping out this homely little release from Birmingham group P.S. Eliot for the last six months, and I’m not done yet. Made up of three chicks – and one dude on guitar – this band is guaranteed to charm your pants off (literally?). Making cinnamon-sweet, deceptively-innocent lo-fi pop-punk, this four-piece has been making significant waves, especially considering the barren wasteland that is Alabama, and I can only hope they continue to do so.” -from our very own Twee on his own blog.

Despite me living in Birmingham I’ve never seen this band (every time I’ve planned to see them something comes up). I think I’ll get my chance on the 14th of this month. Anyways, they are definitely one of my favorite local bands and I hope they go on to much success. And despite Twee’s jabs at my state, Alabama is not a total barren wasteland thanks to awesome bands like this that seem to encompass a little southern sound. That’s really all I can add on to Twee’s write-up; I’ve noticed every local band from here from the metal to folk-punk seem to have a little southern/Birmingham influence in them and I think that’s great.

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Herr Jazz is a pop-punk hailing from the great city of Seattle. And Herr Jazz seems to reflects Seattle’s greatness. I can’t really describe the sound of H.J., but rest assured it’s probably the most punk thing you’ll ever experience in your life. It’s kind of like if you were riding a skateboard down a rainbow colored street in the middle of summer on a busy sidewalk, but it’s cool cause you’re so good at skateboarding you can just swerve around all the people and whatnot. Yep, that’s exactly what it’s like. Also, I think the members are 17-18, which is very crazy for this level of musicianship. So yeah, Herr Jazz = awesome. If you’re a pop-punk fan you’ll be doing yourself a disservice by not downloading this.

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After listening to fun.’s album Aim and Ignite, I didn’t think that Nate’s older band “The Format” would be as good without Andrew and Jack.  Boy was I wrong.  In fact, I’m beginning to enjoy The Format even more than fun.  And their first LP Interventions and Lullabies is a great place to start.  If you like fun. or even Pop Rock in general, I definitely recommend this.

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I honestly hope no one mistakenly downloads this thinking it’s going to be a Christmas album; they will be in for a very large shock. I say that because The Emotron is self-described “vulgar synth-punk”, and my god that couldn’t be truer. If there was an album that needed a “Parental Advisory” sticker it’s this one. The Emotron is a one-man-band that plays some of the catchiest synth/pop-punk I’ve ever heard. It’s in the same vein as Atom and his Package but with more of a punk kick, which is a very good thing. In fact some of the best songs on the album have a more hardcore feel to them. With that said there’s a lot of variety here, one track is a Bright Eyes inspired/mocking and another is a country western ho-down with all synthy goodness in between. However, some would say The Emotron is a bad man, a bad, bad man. It’s strange to listen to the creator of the tron, Kyle Knight discuss music and such in interviews; he sounds like a regular dude making music. When Knight takes on The Emotron’s persona it’s as if he becomes a fun loving yet pissed off anti-hero who on the one hand rails against bullies but on the other “hopes you get cancer when you listen to The Cure”. I’m not sure if I should love The Emotron for who he is or be afraid to even go near him.

So let’s review:

-some of the best pop-punk and synth-punk ever

-going to offend at least one person who downloads

-you should download this album because it’s amazing

P.S. If I haven’t done enough to convince you how vulgar The Emotron can be, recently in live shows he’s stripped down covered in flour and fake blood while shitting out chocolate syrup he put up his ass and trying to piss in his mouth. This is all before he sets his dick on fire. You have been warned.

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A couple of years ago the influential synth-punk band, Atom and his Package, called it quits. After Atom’s reign of DIY punk meets the Yamaha sequencer, tons of synth-pop-punk bands showed up on the radar. Now a days we have bands like Matt and Kim, Math the Band, and The Emotron carrying out the legacy of Atom. The Emotron plays a more intense version of Atom’s synth-punk. He doesn’t totally lean to the punk side, but he’s more one-sided than Atom. With that said, the cheesy Yamaha sequencer lines are here (he uses the same sequencer Atom used), and the general goofiness is too. Also, The Emotron goes for shock value in his lyrics, and well, you’ll see what I mean when you listen. And about his live shows, they consist of stripping, shouting, and setting a private male part on fire that should not be set on fire. You can make your own of that. I’m also not going to lie, some people are going to really dislike this guy, others will think he’s the best thing around. One thing is for sure, he’s the most Atom-like guy out right now.

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This is probably one of my favorite Pop-Rock albums of all time.  These Wisconsonites play a mean tune.  Unlike their first two albums, which were mostly drawn along by the vocals and the background noises, this album is led mostly by the guitar.  Definitely their best, in my opinion.  It’s a very laid-back album. Good for just sitting around doing nothing and listening to.  And very accessible.