Posts tagged ‘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.  

January 3, 2022

Week Starter – Gaijin Smash

Week Starter is our new Monday column where we give you a new song to kick the working week in the ass & help you power on through.

Hello! Welcome to the new column, all about giving you the motivation to tackle this week with verve and pep and on occasion, piss and vinegar. Getting us started in fine fashion is Toronto’s dance punk group Gaijin Smash. Lo-fi, fuzzed out and catchy as hell, this is the only booster* we need. Turn it up and dance around your work from home office and make that zoom meeting into something memorable.

*no but seriously please get all the shots.

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 15, 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.

Headed off to a little vacay to get some sun and give the ears a little break, but before we do here’s the best of what came through the inbox recently. New music from Mouth Washington, Nathaniel Paul, Drelli, New Wales, Scores, Matthew Leger, Said Sara, Wes Hoffman and Colourmusic.

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May 14, 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 have new music and just a pinch of words about it from Channel 3, Teren, Shylde, Chief Ghoul and OWTLASS.

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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.

April 30, 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 have new music and few words to say about it from Bealby Point, Raven Artson & True Blue, Christopher Paul Stelling, Victory Kicks and La Sanyea Dengue.

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April 27, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Faiyaz and the Wasted Chances

Energy cannot be created nor destroyed, it can only be funneled into great rock n’ roll songs like this one from Faiyaz and the Wasted Chances. Like Ted Leo on six espressos, this one bristles and shimmies with sweaty early punk energy but never loses its musicality or sight of its power pop core. A banger for kids who think they’re too cool to use the phrase “banger.”

April 20, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Smash TV

Lo and behold, what is this sound we hear? Why it’s the fabled head on, not fucking around and not getting tripped up by the trappings of niche sub-genres, capital r Rock n’ Roll! Oh how we’ve missed you old friend. Smash TV‘s “Gutter Blues” is a pedal to the metal drag race with the drums, amps and vocals wide open and pointed straight toward the finish line. Wave the checkered flag of our heart, this one is a winner.

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.

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