Tuesday, April 29, 2008


In celebration of pop-punk weather/summer, I offer you...OSKER! The vocals of Devon Williams are sort of rough, but once you get past them I'm quite convinced that you'll fall deeply in love with this band. The lyrics are bitter, bold, and badass (the three essential B's of PUNK RAWK) with some simple musical parts to ease you right along. Check it out, eat it up & go for a walk with it jamming on that ritzy yuppie Ipod of yours. You can thank me later.

Osker (1998-2002)

Osker - Treatment 5(2000)

Osker - Idle Will Kill (2001)


Monday, April 28, 2008

Bleeding Kansas


These dudes were in a band called Jackson 9 then something happened, people left and new songs were recorded. Then some more songs and a couple more. All of which were split up on different 7"s and whatnot. One of those "whatnots" was the La Mantra De Fhiqria split. That band had some members from (lone) wolf & cub. The others were with The Great Redneck Hope and... god dammit... HORSE the band. Oh well, maybe horse just smoked em up real good. I hope so. I hate that band.
Either way, Bleeding Kansas' EP and full length rock hard. Yup.

Also, for the next couple posts, I am strictly putting up my favorite hardcore bands.

la mantra de fhiqria [split]


dead under decor


Who the hell would think that an amazing band could come out of Omaha, Nebraska?

So uhhh... that might be kind of a stereotype, and for that I apologize.

Cursive is fronted by a total badass named Tim Kasher (formerly of Commander Venus and Slowdown Virginia). Each of their albums offer a pretty different and unique sound, with some awesome lyrics courtesy of Tim. If you're a fan of the jamz that Saddle Creek puts out, then give these guys a shot. I suppose I'd describe it as really good darker(?) indie. Domestica is an awesome concept album about divorce, cheating, etc. and The Ugly Organ has a really great sound to it with some sweeeeeet organ parts.
If you like Tim, be sure to check out The Good Life as well. I'll probably up their albums sometime in the near future.

Cursive - The Disruption (1996)

Cursive - The Icebreaker (1997)

Cursive - Such Blinding Stars for Starving Eyes (1997)

Cursive - The Storms of Early Summer: Semantics of Song (1998)

Cursive - Songs from Split with Silver Scooter (1999)

Cursive - Domestica (2000)

Cursive - Burst and Bloom (2001)

Cursive - Songs from Split with Eastern Youth

Cursive - The Ugly Organ (2003)

Cursive - Happy Hollow (2006)


with contribution by DudeNukem :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Omega Massif

German instrumental jamz that bring the heavyness. Taking elements from bands like Pelican and expanding them with heavier, sludgier, slower and meaner parts. Though it's pop-punk weather outside it's also finals time for a lot of students, making this highly recommended for studying/paper writing. Disclaimer: Once you put yr headphones you may be unable to stop head banging...ok that may be an exaggeration but this band is seriously the real deal!

For Fans of: Tides, Pelican, Mouth of the Architect, Isis, Souvenir's Young America, Irepress, Vanessa Van Basten, etc.

kalt [demo]


Tuesday, April 22, 2008


One of my all time favorite bands. Davey and Dan from The Promise Ring and Eric from The Dismemberment Plan joined up and started playing in 2003 under the name, The English. After their first couple songs recorded, they changed their name and released the Adios EP. Shortly after, they released a full length which got horrible revues. This is why I don't read reviews. The Glass Floor is fantastic. Everything is fantastic. I love Maritime!

All my Maritime files have the bonus songs that either came on the LP or extra bonus 7".


adios ep

glass floor

we, the vehicles

heresey and the hotel choir

Monday, April 21, 2008


Funny story. When I lived in Wisconsin, one of the girls I dated had this ex bf that when finding out I lived with Zach (the bassist of Monseraat), he wanted to be my best friend. "OMG, he's like the best bassist in Racine! NO DOUBT!" I guess you kinda had to be there, or at least know the band.

Either way, I privilege you with their EP and some songs off their self-titled demo. Monseraat got high in Racine. Their music is mathy/screamy stuff. I miss that shit hole.

These free MP3's will put Ellison on the streets. Oh well. Can't live in the suburbs forever.


Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Get Up Kids

So I'm the new guy on this blog...that's fine. I imagine I'll be posting different jams than everybody else and I'll try to keep it unique and post regularly. I figured I'd start with something pretty drastic.

The Get Up Kids (1995-2005)
An indie rock band from Lawrence, Kansas. Put out four full-lengths in their lifespan and a rarities collection. They're often cited as one of the most "influential emo bands". Good stuff; worth checking out.

The Get Up Kids - Four Minute Mile (1997)

The Get Up Kids - Something to Write Home About (1999)

The Get Up Kids - Eudora (2001)

The Get Up Kids - On A Wire (2002)

The Get Up Kids - Guilt Show (2004)


Friday, April 18, 2008

Union Young America

Kill the Man in Everything 7"


Awesome 90's jamz. Emos I guess. Dowload it and enjoy.

For Fans of: Republic of Freedom Fighters, Native Nod, Braid, Rites of Spring

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Shipping News

Rodan broke up, then Jason and Jeff formed Shipping News after recruiting some other members, including Todd Cook who played bass for Slint after they reunited. Jeff was also in June of 44. Do I really need to tell you what this bands sounds like now? ...no, didn't think so.

Here is everything. Three Four is a collection of EP's and splits. Enjoy.

save everything 1997

very soon, and in pleasant company 2001

three four 2003

flies the fields 2005

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

John Ralston

Vagrant Records has Dashboard Confessional. Yeah, well they also have John Ralston. No review for this one. I have a headache and have been staring at FAFSA forms all fucking evening. Brand new fucking EP is linked. I rule... I know. Enjoy.

If you have not listened to him yet, you can right here.

needle bed 2006

sorry vampire 2007

white spiders ep 2008

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Very Secretary

Very Secretary mixes violin, acoustic picked guitar, bass and keyboard melodies to create a sound overwhelmingly emphasizing melody. Soft and ethereal, the band's work takes pop's love of ear candy and ties it to indie rock's love for experimentation. Fluid and ghostlike, the band's songs ease listeners into a world lacking many of the more aggressive and harsh trappings of pop and rock.

best possible souvenir 1998

standing in the shade 1999

Sunday, April 13, 2008


Owen is one of the most popular singer/song-writers at the moment. I have met so many people who love him. When I ask if they are into any other Kinsella type bands, they respond with a dumbfounded look and say "huh?". Yeah, well, you guys know what's up, so I put up pretty much everything he has recorded. I know I am missing some stuff. What else is new?

Very Secretary is next. =)

owen 2001

no good for no one now 2002

i do perceive 2004

at home with owen 2006

demo, song off the 4-way split, the city on film and rutabega split, and s/t ep 2000 - 2007

The Narrator

This fun indie band reminds me of Meneguar. It should be the other way around, but everyone is all about Meneguar, so whatever. Either way, The Narrator are awesome. If you don't agree then you have not listened. I am missing their first full length. Remind me to put it up if you like what you hear from the albums posted below. Again, some tracks may be password protected, but you will be allowed to listen with your mobile device.

I put a song from the What Matters Most comp with the EP.

youth city fire ep 2004

all that to the wall 2007

Thursday, April 10, 2008

This Town Needs Guns

I first listened to This Town Needs Guns when their split with Cats And Cats And Cats was released. I immediately fell in love. It pleases me that so many people requested that I make their music available to listen.

This band JUST released a full length on Yellow Ghost Records. It only has three songs that are not included in the package linked below, which consists of both their two-song singles, one song off The Catholic Education comp, and their songs of the Cats... split.

As always, enjoy. =)

this town needs guns

Between the Buried and Me - Alaska (Instrumental)


2005's Alaska minus vocals. Not to say the vocals weren't raw but in my opinion this is a better overall listen. More emphasis on shred and drums which are the hightlights of the record. If you've never heard it before indulge, and if you have, take another listen...I think you'll be impressed. One of the better prog releases of the last few years.

For Fans of: Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, Liquid Tension Experiment, Rush, Lorus, OSI