Posts tagged ‘Post Punk’

January 5, 2022

The Midweekly – Beltalowda

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.


When social movements demanding for change get their loudest, it’s hard not to take notice. Unfortunately, once the collective consciousness absorbs it, folds it into all the other static, and the narrative spun by talking heads and scrolling screens, it also becomes easy to ignore again. But many voices keep yelling through the static, like Indiana based band Beltalowda. On their latest release, The Days That Are Given And The Ways We Live Them, this punk rock outfit is still in the fight for awareness, solutions, and overall responsibility. That responsibility we have to each other. And lyrically they do not mince words when taking aim at either the broad concept of privilege, or the specific hypocrisy of libertarian ideology. The socio-political climate isn’t the only thing Beltalowda needed to address on this record. Grief plays a big part as well, with concrete imagery in the lyrics. Details that are truly relatable. Founding members Alano-Martin and Short blend noisy guitar and melodic bass respectively, while newest addition Thogerson (Murder By Death, Go To Space Die) delivers the energetic beats. Together with other collaborators they mix it up raw, and let the imperfections texturize the final product. The Days and The Ways is yet another good example of how we can’t let what’s important get lost in the endless cycling of punditry and pageantry. And that is giving and living and loving.

Transparency Note – Postcard Editor plays in Beltalowda, but he assures you Mike was not paid to write this review, and frankly is a little embarrassed by how glowing it is.  

May 15, 2021

Play Listy For Me – Punk, Post-Punk, Grunge & Garage Vol. 4

Play Listy For Me is our column where we share with you all the music we recently talked about in a genre blocked playlist, plus extra bonus songs.

We’ll be on vacation for the next two weeks, but like Timbaland once said “never should’ve left you (left you), without a dope beat to step to (step to).” So here’s the best new punk, post-punk, grunge and garage to hold you over until we get back.

May 12, 2021

The Midweekly – Kali Masi

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

Subtitles? Stage direction? What’s with the brackets? Doesn’t matter. Is there humor? Sure. Along with passion, frustration, vulnerability, and a lot of supercharged rock on this album. [laughs] is the second, and latest full length from the Chicago quartet, Kali Masi. Here we get ten tracks of songwriting that take the best parts of pop rock, punk, emo and serve them up with excitement. Clever dynamics and tasteful production take the listener from an epic slow-burner to open the record, to a sheer head-banger to close it out. The stops along the way treat us to themes of inspiration, nostalgia, and longing, with classic riffs, offbeat hooks, and vocals that croon as well as scream well-crafted lyrics. The subtitles under any fan of real, smart punk rock will definitely read [enjoys] while spinning this one.

May 8, 2021

We Never Asked For This

We Never Asked For This is our short reviews of the best releases that showed up in our inbox unsolicited this week.

Today we clean out the inbox and find treasures from Annie from the Canyon, Nasty People, Savage The Poet, Niia, Sonny and the Sunsets, Rather Vapid, The Jupiter Effect, Julie Title and Paul Cortese & Oscar Martin.

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May 6, 2021

The B-Side: E22

“Fearless” by E22 pulls together two great flavors for one tasty treat. Blondie style hooks meet a roughed up around the edges post punk sound and man oh man does it work. Gives us a glimpse at what might’ve been had young punkers Debbie and Co. had taken a left into darker Ian Curtis / Peter Murphy territory instead of heading off toward new wave pop. It’s catchy and dirty at the same time and we dig it.

May 4, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Fixtures

It’s not hump day yet, but why take any chances? Power through hump day eve with this Grade A rocker from Fixtures. There’s a decidedly DC post punk angular rock meets midwest mathy emo to “Never Rest” giving it, to our ears, a certain timeless nature. This is smart, adventurous rock and as the kids used to say, we (hand clap) are (hand clap) here (hand clap) for (hand clap) it.

April 16, 2021

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Today we economically tell you about new music from Gallant, I Know I Know, James Diomede, Paul Cook & The Chronicles and HYMNS.

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April 15, 2021

Play Listy For Me – Punk, Post-Punk, Grunge & Garage Vol. 3

Play Listy For Me is our column where we share with you all the music we recently talked about in a genre blocked playlist, plus extra bonus songs.

Oh look, the world is still a place of hypocrisy and assorted horrors. Good thing we have new punk rock and things that *feel* like punk rock to help get the rage out. Turn it up and let it loose for your mental health.

April 14, 2021

The Midweekly – Coriky

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

Any fan of a specific scene in the 90s era is going to be familiar with this certain sound. A stripped down, dynamic, passionate sound. Decades after that Do-It-Yourself attitude was harnessed, and turned into some of the best post-punk rock of it’s time, the energy continues on the debut self-titled record from Coriky. The trio consists of pioneers, Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi), Joe Lally (Fugazi, The Messthetics), and Amy Farina (The Evens). All of these members have been playing with each other in some form or another. MacKaye and Farina are not only writing partners, they’re also married, and many of us know the contributions to music MacKaye and Lally have made together. But this is the first time for this particular lineup. Well known friend and producer of most of Dischord Records, Don Zientara, is the silent fourth member in this endeavor. The minimalist production let’s each instrument shine through their own parts. Cynical yet hopeful takes on a dysfunctional society, and the bloated war machine. Farina and MacKaye share lead vocal duties, delivering great hooks only seasoned punks can. It’s the riffs you know, the words you know. If you’ve been a fan up till this point, you’re still going to be a fan. 

April 5, 2021

First Class International – Vol. 2

First Class International is our new occasional column highlighting the best foreign language submissions.

Today we have music from around the globe from LaPara, BRVMAS and Bandolera.

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