Warped Tour 2003 – Review

October 15, 2003

Everyone should stop worrying about “corporate music” ruining punk. When it’s no longer profitable to produce, they’ll stop signing.

Smash Up Derby – Review

October 15, 2003

A great comp for those who wanna learn about this stuff, and it’s got some cool unreleased stuff, all for a list price of two Rolling Rocks.

Punk vs Emo – Review

October 15, 2003

A pretty decent sampler for those who’ve been under a rock the past ten years and are now looking to be somewhat “in the know” concerning emo and punk.

Punk-O-Rama – 8 – Review

October 15, 2003

As established a tradition as the Warped Tour, every year Punk-O-Rama features a blend of loved and hated stalwarts from Epitaph with upstarts making a buzz.

Your Scene Sucks – Review

July 23, 2003

Hard. Core. Indeed, it takes physical strength to play the kind of music on this relentless 28-song sampler. Not a lot of snotty-voiced kids made the cut.

The L.A. Shakedown! – Review

July 23, 2003

Some will be too “street punk” or “mod/garagey” for ya, but it’s just cool to hear bands on TKO and Hellcat back-to-back with Estrus/Bomp!/In the Red bands.

The First Crush Compilation – Review

July 23, 2003

Reissue of the highly-influential ’97 comp with impossible-to-find tracks (that aren’t very good) by Jimmy Eat World, Mineral, At The Drive-In, and Pop Unknown.

Summer Solution 2002 – Review

July 23, 2003

Summer Solution 2002 gives me hope that New England still produces great bands and isn’t all hyped-up bullshit garage rock/emo acts who dress the part.

Smoking Popes Tribute – Review

July 23, 2003

Smoking Popes hailed from Chicago, wrote smart, delicately melodic powerpop, made deceptively simply “punky” chords sound sweet, and this is their tribute.

Don’t F**k With Us – Review

July 23, 2003

Mix (old school) Slayer with (very old school) Ministry & play it through a crappy stereo system, so everything (drums, vocals, sequences) is distorted.

Contaminated 5.0 – Review

July 2, 2003

Death, technical, sludge-y, grinding, stoner, and occasionally “weird.” The best are death metal gods. Some decent stuff with horrible crap in between.

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