The Tossers – On a Fine Spring Evening (CD)

You can go into just about any major city today, toss a bagpipe into a crowd and hit a band playing Celtic punk rock. Over the past decade or so, it seems like everyone wants to marry The Pogues use of traditional Irish instruments and themes with the driving beat and heavy guitars of The Clash. Though not as well-known as The Dropkick Murphys or Flogging Molly, the Chicago-based six piece The Tossers have actually been blending traditional Celtic instruments with street punk longer than most. Continue reading “The Tossers – On a Fine Spring Evening (CD)”

Asteria – Asteria EP (CD)

It’s hard to hear the songs off of Asteria’s self-titled EP over the sound of the final nails being loudly banged into the emo/pop-punk coffin. The paint-by-numbers, overproduced, polished-all-the-jagged- edges-until-they’re-shiny-and-smooth sound from this Indiana-based five piece is so mundane that the only thing to distinguish one song from the next is the titles. Continue reading “Asteria – Asteria EP (CD)”

Sonic Bliss – Loved to Death (CD)

Sonic Bliss begins their “Loved to Death” with “Sahara”. “Sahara” is a confident rock track that has hints of Disturbed and Static-X present, even as the band crafts a unique sound that will easily clue listeners in as to the identify of Sonic Bliss. The band is able to create an iconic sound and shift it up enough through the track’s six minute run time to keep listeners firmly planted in their seats and eagerly anticipating “Loved To Death”’s second track, “Far Cry”. “Far Cry” melds the new rock sound first broached during “Sahara” with a tried and true eighties metal approach. Continue reading “Sonic Bliss – Loved to Death (CD)”

Stack$ – Crazee N Confused (CD)

Individuals may know Stack$ as the owner of Sobe Entertainment (the label that released “Crazee N Confused”), along with releases by Brooke Hogan and signing luminaries such as Jah Cure. Bouncing back from a June injury that could have left eir dead, Stack$ looks to reach an entirely new plateau with “Crazee N Confused”. Where a number of newer rappers’ releases are ignored by the mainstream because they do not have enough in the way of “name power”, “Crazee N Confused” includes collaborations with Fat Joe, Beenie Man, Swizz Beats, and Lil Wayne. “I’m Ripped” is one of the more solid tracks on “Crazee N Confused”, leading from a skit-styled introduction into a groove that blends together the best parts of acts and rappers such as Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube into a package that can be appreciated equally by the older and younger set. Continue reading “Stack$ – Crazee N Confused (CD)”

State Radio / “Year of the Crow” Contest

Nettwerk Records and NeuFutur Magazine have entered into a contest for State Radio. Specifically, we are giving out 5 copies of State Radio’s latest effort, “Year of the Crow”, to anyone that either comments on this post or email with their name and mailing address. The contest will be active and valid until the end of the month (11/30). Only one entry per contestant, please. Continue reading “State Radio / “Year of the Crow” Contest”

Waylon Jennings & The 357’s – Waylon Forever (CD)

Decades ago, Waylon Jennings earned his spot on the Outlaw Country Mount Rushmore, sandwiched somewhere between Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. Anyone wondering if he really deserved that honor just needs to listen to the first few tracks off Waylon Forever, the last album he recorded. His distinctive baritone is as strong as ever and the songs just as memorable. He’s joined on the record by his son Shooter Jennings and backing band the .357’s. Continue reading “Waylon Jennings & The 357’s – Waylon Forever (CD)”

Pernod Absinthe (136 Proof)

Pernod has a history in the Absinthe business. Their last foray into absinthe, the 20th century effort Pernod fils, was the highest selling absinthe before 1915. The recent legalization of absinthe in the United States market means that there have been a number of absinthes that have flooded into the market. As was the case nearly 100 years ago, Pernod has created the best brand of absinthe on the market. The alcohol content (nearly 70% percent) makes for a strong drink, even when individuals go through the steps (adding ice-cold water to the absinthe through a sugar cube held on a slotted spoon) necessary to properly appreciate the spirit. Continue reading “Pernod Absinthe (136 Proof)”

Lady Gaga – The Fame (CD)

While individuals may know of Lady Gaga through eir writing credits (which include The Pussycat Dolls’ “Elevator” and Camden Hart’s “Lusty”), ”The Fame” is poised to set up Lady Gaga as a contender for the pop queen crowd worn variously by the aforementioned PCD and Britney Spears. The fact that Lady Gaga has writing credits on all 13 tracks on “The Fame” makes the disc exist on so much higher of a level than the typical pop release. Continue reading “Lady Gaga – The Fame (CD)”

Copper Sails – Hiding Place (CD)

Calling all Radiohead fans, calling all Radiohead fans we have discovered something just for you! Copper Sails hailing from Virginia offer up an album that drifts in and out with a very relaxing sonic experience. Copper Sails taking licks from bands like Radiohead and Dead Cab for Cutie have reached a wide fan base that only seems to get bigger and are ready to strike while I guess the copper is hot. Continue reading “Copper Sails – Hiding Place (CD)”

Hooray For Earth – Hooray For Earth (CD)

I’m having a hard time trying to put into words exactly what Hooray For Earth sounds like. I’m completely dumbfounded by their sound it’s a milkshake of forty different sounds in one stretched over twelve tracks. This self-titled has me reaching deep because it really does deserve some recognition. Hooray For Earth take what makes rock and roll so great in its raw form throws in some excellent key board work and some vocals that I can only compare to the great Freddy Mercury and I assume they weren’t even going for Queen here… Continue reading “Hooray For Earth – Hooray For Earth (CD)”