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WEEKLY: July 20 - 27

Hi. This is a thing where we go over the past week in FS content and give you the most noteworthy stuff that went up. Think of it as a weekly recap. Only the good stuff. Nice.

Reviews

Antithought - Life’s Too Long

"This being a hardcore punk record (and a five-track EP, to boot), there really isn’t much more for me to say about it. Overall, this is the genre at its best, raw, powerful, angry, fast, and loud."- Eli Shively // Listen

Personality Disorders - Get Over Yourself (Reissue)

"A lot can change in a year; just ask Personality Disorders. The one-man lo-fi outfit/Funeral Sounds investigative reporter might have only been at it since last summer, but Get Over Yourself (Reissue) proves that, if anything, PD is riding on a line graph that only goes up."- Anna Serafini // Listen

Settler - dissociation songs (in the key of F)

"…the new 7”, dissociation songs (in the key of F) only really needed to keep being unmitigated, un-toned-down Settler to impress this reviewer. Which, yes, it’s still Settler, and, surprisingly, they’ve done more than keep it up; they’ve improved."- Ben Curttright // Listen

Lilac Daze - Sedated

"Sedated is the kind of record that gets bands on the map."- Andres Gonzalez // Listen

Dikembe - Mediumship

"Dikembe and You Blew It! made Floridian emo what it is today. It’s a group of 20-some kids playing loud punk music with immature song titles. Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that; it has its place in their scene, but alternatives are necessary. That’s where Mediumship rolls in."- Jacob Bessman // Listen

Featured Content / Editorials / Whatever Else

STRUTTERING: Paul Stanley Reviews Mike Bell & The Movies’ Music Video for “Everyone”

"Paul Stanley here, also known as Starchild and the dude responsible for the duckface (Google it). So Mike Bell and the Movies just released a video for their hit song “Everyone” and I ain’t gonna lie: I jerked off to it a few times."- Paul Stanley

TOUR DIARY: GRYSCL / June 25, 2014

"So as many of you may have heard, we got our van window smashed out in Columbus, Ohio. They stole a bunch of our stuff and didn’t even clean up the glass they had broken. This person was clearly not a gentleman. This had a huge blow to our morale and I think we all were feeling a little defeated. I made a couple different posts so that people could be somewhat on the look out and the support from everyone was astounding. We had people offering to make lengthy drives to bring us some gear to borrow and people at every single show have been willing to let us use their stuff so that we could keep going. That’s some real awesome shit."- Chance Clement

Asks

"u r basic and have probably been irrelevant all year tbh"

Apollo’s Din - Apollo’s Din (Montrose, Michigan)

Who It Is: Apollo’s Din – Apollo’s Din; Iron Orange Records (2014)

What It Sounds Like: If Why? and The Dandy Warhols had a folk-grunge baby that heard alt-metal guitar riffs from the room next door as it grew up.

Review:

“I feel out of comfort when I sit in this position,” sighs Alex Kushon, “and no one wants my deep-fried kisses.” The riffs are jarring and angular, especially on tracks like “When I Think About Myself” which merge harsh electronics with David Lynch levels of vocal discomfort. Kushon reverts to a near-monotone over the most discordant tracks, providing a steady balance of musical unease with enough musical consistency to be fascinating and strong. At other times, there’s a punk simplicity to the album. The guitars in “The Second Time” screech over a straightforward double-time beat, as Kushon repeats lines about burping and farting in public. Some tracks, like “Cow Manure,” are as short as they are repetitive, emphasizing an ethos of “fuck complexity, I’m just making noise.”

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Antithought - Life’s Too Long (St. Louis, Missouri)

Who It Is: Anithought – Life’s Too Long; Acid Kat Records (2013)

What It Sounds Like: Hardcore punk, Germs, Bad Brains, Void, etc.

Review:

Punk music is all about getting really mad, and Kyle Valdes, lyricst and vocalist for St. Louis-based Antithought, is really good at getting really mad. On the band’s debut EP, entitled Life’s Too Long, Valdes covers pretty much any and everything a young, angry, broke person could ever want to gripe about.

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TOUR DIARY: GRYSCL / June 25, 2014

So as many of you may have heard, we got our van window smashed out in Columbus, Ohio. They stole a bunch of our stuff and didn’t even clean up the glass they had broken. This person was clearly not a gentleman. This had a huge blow to our morale and I think we all were feeling a little defeated. I made a couple different posts so that people could be somewhat on the look out and the support from everyone was astounding. We had people offering to make lengthy drives to bring us some gear to borrow and people at every single show have been willing to let us use their stuff so that we could keep going. That’s some real awesome shit.

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STRUTTERING: Paul Stanley Reviews Mike Bell & The Movies’ Music Video for “Everyone”

Paul Stanley here, also known as Starchild and the dude responsible for the duckface (Google it). So Mike Bell and the Movies just released a video for their hit song “Everyone” and I ain’t gonna lie: I jerked off to it a few times.

... Read more

Public Housing - Public Housing (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Who It Is: Public Housing – Public Housing; Torn Light Records (2014)

What It Sounds Like: Jamie Stewart taking heroin and listening to Electric Wizard played at half time

Review:

Public Housing describe their eponymous EP as “four rotting paced bummer jams about being dead and getting lost in the new blues tradition from a fuck’d Midwest.” This is accurate. Public Housing is a terrifying sludgefest with no concern for rhyme, reason, or structure.

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Personality Disorders - Get Over Yourself (Reissue) (New York)

Who It Is: Personality Disorders - Get Over Yourself (Reissue); Sorry Girls Records (2014)

What It Sounds Like: flatsound, lo-fi devil music

Review:

A lot can change in a year; just ask Personality Disorders. The one-man lo-fi outfit/Funeral Sounds investigative reporter might have only been at it since last summer, but Get Over Yourself (Reissue) proves that, if anything, PD is riding on a line graph that only goes up. (Reissue) is not just a re-release of the original record on a physical medium; rather, it’s a complete rerecording of Personality Disorders’ first release, with two new tracks thrown in as well. Saying that Get Over Yourself and (Reissue) are the perfect bookends to PD’s catalogue seems like an obvious statement, but I can’t think of a better way to describe how the two records function. Fleshed out and eloquent but no less emotive, (Reissue) is the culmination of a year’s worth of growth for the artist - both musically and personally - and the result is astounding.

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Settler - dissociation songs (in the key of F) (Hudson, Massachusetts)

Who It Is: Settler - dissociation songs (in the key of F); Driftwood Records / Sorry Girls Records (2014)

What It Sounds Like: Donovan Wolfington, Summer Vacation, Title Fight

Review:

First things first. Settler’s 2013 LP Born to Whisper is one of the most underappreciated emo-punk releases of the past few years. In-your-face, creatively written, and excellently recorded, Born to Whisper really was like a contemporary The Last Thing You Forget, a post-emo revival The Last Thing You Forget, in that it’s mostly concerned with being fast and catchy and doesn’t give many fucks about being perfectly on key or professionally produced or appealing to some kind of niche group of fans. It’s loud and riffy, with just a touch of Two Knights-esque noodling and a lot of raw enthusiasm. Even if you think you’ve outgrown your Title Fight phase, rest assured, you haven’t. Settler will take you right back.

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