This record thrashes through a variety of different genres of music, giving each song it’s own designation. The lyrics are humorously in touch with current events and political pitfalls. With help from the mighty Jello Biafra and the Rev. Horton Heat, this CD is an instant keeper. – DAN LEVY

THE JOHN BUTLER TRIO, Sunrise Over Sea (Lava)
This CD is a showcase of its three writers’ talent. This trio consists of an acoustic guitar, double bass, and drums, and also includes congas, piano, marimba and multiple other instruments. The John Butler Trio blends blues and funk to produce its sounds. “Sunrise Over Sea” is a combination of instrumentals and vocals that meet together to create a great CD to jam out to. – KATY

GRAHAM PARKER, Songs Of No Consequence (Bloodshot)
After thirty years in the business, it’s nice to see that time has taken nothing off Graham Parker’s lippy snarl. In fact, the singer/songwriter has never sounded more acerbic. “Vanity Press” is a searing indictment of the media; “Evil” offers a dose of raspy reggae, and the smooth pop push of “Local Boys,” comes across as a companion number to Parker’s new wave classic “Local Girls.” Backed by The Figgs and propelled by Parker’s prickly punk delivery, the twelve numbers here have tons of bite and growl, and are catchy as hell. – ALEX GREEN

PHILIP STEVENSON, Dago Red (Night World)
“Sometimes I get so fuckin’ mad,” sings Philip Stevenson, “there’s nothing I can do.” Further confirming the notion that if there’s nothing you can do, then you’ve got to do something, Stevenson decided to sublimate his anger and record his debut solo album. The former frontman of Bong Load’s Quinine, Stevenson checks in with a collection of lilting beauty and hushed magic. Comprised of demos from 1997-2001, “Dago Red” plays through with the seamlessness of a thoroughly planned song cycle. From the smooth acoustic opener “Liar,” to the ghostly piano jazz of “As Beautiful,” to the jagged and spare “Something That Will Get You By,” the album’s thirteen numbers are irresistible examples of perfect, wistful pop. Heartbreaking in spots, hopeful in others, Dago Red is played with a masterful finesse, demonstrating that Stevenson may very well be one of the best-kept secrets around. – ALEX GREEN

THE VANDALS, Shingo Japanese Remix Album (Kung Fu)
This record is the Vandals going disco, techno and circus pop. It has a fun vibe that some might appreciate and others will not. Shingo’s remix of “Be a Good Robot” and “Lord of the Dance” will swing you around or confuse you with a blend of remixed techno pop punk. – DAN LEVY

AD FRANK, Is the World’s Best Ex-boyfriend (Stop, Pop and Roll)
The titles alone hint that this could be Boston’s Stephin Merritt, albeit straight and a bit more practical about finding hair items in bed (see song 4 “If I Find Another One of Your Bobby Pins in My Bed, I’m Coming By to Shove Them Up Your Ass”). If David Sedaris started a Pulp tribute band, it could sound like this. He’s got an early Bowie thing going on (Is “Dating the Hologram” a flashback to “Loving the Alien”?), and the tinges of Jake Shillingford’s My Life Story make this a witty and acerbic joy, enough so to make me email several of my ex-boyfriends this week. – LAURIE GREEN

THE CONCAVES, Warning – Heavy Surf Advisory (CD Baby)
Definitely a CD to listen to when you’re hitting up the beach. The word concave has several different meanings, such as the shape of a wave or the shape of a skateboard. It’s the perfect name for this surf rock power band from Santa Cruz who have so many different sounds which includes straight up rock n’ roll surf soul. Occasionally throwing in a set of bongos. All this blends to be one great CD. – KATY

AMERICAN PRINCES, Little Spaces (Yep Roc)
We know Prince is from Minneapolis and has apparently left the music industry, and the closest thing we have to royalty is, well, Paris Hilton, but these boys are willing to give both a run for their money. Spare modern rock from a mostly-transplanted group of New Yorkers in Little Rock, AR, “Little Spaces” is a re-release of American Princes’ second DIY album. It’s a good reminder of how something can be initially overlooked, but getting the timing right can make all the difference. Of course, if they come out on tour in purple jumpsuits or change their names to American Squiggle, we could have a problem. – LAURIE GREEN

FRANK BLACK, Honeycomb (Back Porch Music)
Southern root rocks from the former Pixies frontman, “Honeycomb” meanders from a Robyn Hitchcock thing (“Selkie Bride”) to white boy soul (a cover of “Dark End of the Street”) to John Mellencamp (“Go Find Your Saint”) before settling into a Tom Waits phase (“Another Velvet Nightmare”). Recorded in Nashville with musicians like Steve Cropper, Anton Fig and Spooner Oldham, among others, “Honeycomb” also includes his ex-wife’s voice (“Strange Goodbye”) and an ode to his girlfriend (“Violet”). While Pixies obsessives may complain that he’s mellowed, the wit is still there, couched in a slightly more amiable grumble. – LAURIE GREEN

DAIKAIJU, – Daikaiju (Reptile Records)
Dick Dale is kidnapped to Tokyo. He is asked to referee a battle between Daikaiju (4 Southern boys in Japanese Kabuki masks) and Los Straitjackets (4 Southern boys in Mexican wrestling masks) in the surf/punk wars. Who will come out on top? Will Godzilla overcome Montezuma’s Revenge? A spaghetti western in Japan. Daikaiju’s self-titled album seems to be less about riding a wave, and more about taking the tsumani to the landlocked areas. Think of “Mothra vs. John Wayne.” – LAURIE GREEN

DE NOVO DAHL, Cats & Kittens (theory 8 Records)
From the opening of “All Over Town”, it’s clear that De Novo Dahl has been listening to early Roxy Music. The same louche delivery, the same sense of detached amusement. Hailing from Nashville, the six members are an exercise in algebra (4 singers, 6 songwriters) that manage to cover more musical area than many radio stations. “Cats” get remixed for “Kittens”, resulting in something that gambols far more like the title. Ultimately, the Bollock Brothers are doing Erasure in the bathroom with Marc Bolan stomping around on the sinks, the Kinks slamming stall doors, Radiohead spraying Sublime with water, Weezer throwing urinal cakes and Gibby Haynes flushing, just to get in the way. – LAURIE GREEN

A fury of big sound coupled with a sense of integrity through tough guitars. Think of Depeche Mode on steroids and mix in some heartcore and you have the Great Depression. Good moving on music for that drive home after the break up. – DAN LEVY

DIGITAL ACTIVITY, Birth (Disturbing Music)
Ambient, slightly sinister electronica that permeates your brain. The title track ends with a baby crying that will either incite other wee ones to chime in, or just remind some of us the outcome of unprotected sex. The almost 18 minute long “Passing Wind” has an alternately orchestral and atonal mix that sounds like Vangelis and OMD arguing with John Cage and the local church organist. Once it reaches “Troubled But Cool”, you’d swear you were listening to the soundtrack to an exceedingly dark comedy. – LAURIE GREEN

BUCKETHEAD AND FRIENDS, Enter The Chicken (Serjical Strike) Buckethead is a guitarist who has also played in such bands as Guns n’ Roses, the Deli Creeps and Praxis, but has spent the better part of his career solo. Buckethead joined up with a few of his friends to give you this album, which takes you on a wild ride. The first track starts with some opera. That leads to “We Are One” when Serj Tankion (front man of System of a Down) lends his vocals. The rest of the CD is a mix of Buckethead’s awesome guitar riffs, along with opera, rap, metal, and ends with a seven-minute instrumental. This CD offers a little something for everyone. A must to check out, especially if you are a System of A Down fan. – KATY

DRESSY BESSY, Electrified (Transdreamer)
Coming off like the psychedelic Luscious Jackson, Dressy Bessy’s most recent album is jangle power pop of the finest order. Although sharing a guitarist with the Apples in Stereo (John Hill), Dressy Bessy tends to be more focused and concise in their music than the Apples. Technicolor bubblegum that belongs as interstitial for the next Austin Powers. – LAURIE GREEN

PAPERFACE, The Legend of Harley Knowles (Takeover)
This chill album is a nice mix of piano and rock. Paperface is influenced by Ben Folds, Bob Dylan and Radiohead. The smooth piano can be enjoyed by everyone. In the event that you just need to mellow out, this CD is perfect. Look out for the hidden track. It’s outstanding. – KATY

DROPKICK MURPHYS, The Warrior’s Code (Hellcat)
If the extremely old school Chieftains want to relinquish their name, the Dropkick Murphys are right there to take up the bodhran. For their fifth studio album, the melting pot of punk, rock, Celtic and folk is still at the boiling point, this year helping rally Beantown to a long-awaited World Series win with their cover of the traditional BoSox “Tessie”. If Thin Lizzy could’ve been more Irish (“Sunshine Highway”), if L.T. Smash tried something other than boy bands (“Citizen CIA”), and if Paul Hardcastle’s “19” could hold a candle to the stunning “The Green Fields of France”, this album wouldn’t be necessary, but they ain’t, so this is required listening for all the different ways to define a warrior. Yes, even in declaring themselves a “Wicked Sensitive Crew.” – LAURIE GREEN

THE JAI-ALAI SERVANT, Thunderstatement (GSL)
“Thunderstatement” is the debut album for this band based out of Chicago. Their influences range from the Police to Fugazi to Bob Marley fusing punk rock and club reggae together smoothly. The vocals stand out from the smooth background jam, which works well. The Jai Alai Servant offers a different sound than most bands out there. – KATY

DRUNK HORSE, In Tongues (Tee Pee)
Rawk from days gone by, a hint of Southern dirt, Detroit steel, and Milwaukee’s finest. Kinda like Iggy riding shotgun in Lynyrd Skynyrd’s hearse with Al Jourgenson pop-topping in the back and ducking the Nuge’s reloading. More like drunk horsepower. – LAURIE GREEN

FINE CHINA, The Jaws of Life (Common Wall Music)
After two releases on Tooth & Nail Records, Fine China is much too fragile to stay in the cabinet. With early ‘80s Brit-pop influences (tempered by a Peter Hook-y bass), it comes off like the Psychedelic Furs post-Ecstacy binge by “Are You On Drugs?” and Keane by the time “Moving Up” comes around. Occasionally twang and twee, like playing a Rufus Wainwright CD at the same time as a New Order cassette. – LAURIE GREEN

OSLO, Oslo (Majestic Recordings)
With a geographic name like Oslo, it’s expected that these boys would sound like the country with the highest concentration of Seasonal Affective Disorder: dark, gloomy and ready to take on Ian Curtis for most depressed man, living or dead. Either that, or they’re in there with Asia, America, Europe, Boston, Chicago (all bands with the personality crises of “are we a band? Are we geography?”) Oslo instead draws from the same Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, Teardrop Explodes basket to create a distinctive sound that splices nicely with the Killers, the Bravery and other New Wave of American New Wave bands that are proving that not all “new music” has to be a boy band or come with a surly attitude. Or that England in the late ‘80s can be recreated in the US in the ‘00s. – LAURIE GREEN

SAM CHAMPION, Slow Rewind (Razor & Tie)
Kinda Neil Young, kinda Velvet Underground, kinda Rentals, and, fortunately, the band Sam Champion is nothing like the blow-dried New York weatherman. After all, could he say he’s “too broke to get drunk”? Oddly, they come up as “Gospel & Religious” in my iTunes, so perhaps listening to their brand of modern rock is a religious experience. – LAURIE GREEN

SUPAGROUP, Rules (Foodchain)
An unholy alliance of Aerosmith, Kung Pao, Van Halen and AC/DC, with a dash of the Darkness (mustachioed bassists are go). An afterhours party at a strip club, sponsored by a major beer manufacturer. Your seventeen-year-old stepbrother’s smoke-filled basement room, just before the fire department soaks the whole place. A state of mind, with loud guitars, kung fu movies, mirrored aviator shades, crusty porn mags, bandannas, foul mouths, bongs and, um, goats. It’s their rules – play by ‘em. – LAURIE GREEN

THE VACATION, The Band from World War Zero (Echo)
I actually had to check my CD player when the CD started – was “White Noise” really Peter Murphy of Bauhaus fronting an angrier Interpol? Had Thin Lizzy (circa “Whiskey in the Jar”) returned to do “No Hard Feelings”? No? Okay, well, maybe the anti-Nelson (singer Ben and guitarist Steve Tegel are twins) onto something anyway. – LAURIE GREEN

SABOTEUR, Saboteur (End Sounds)
With songs like “Mommy’s Little Anarchist” and “Poison Rum” to soak the lungs, Saboteur has something to say. I would classify these guys in the Clash, Black Flag, Elvis Costello, White Stripes mix category. Musically, they are powerful with gripping lyrics on top of a range of sonic guitar fills. What else would you expect from the great state of Texas? – DAN LEVY

PAUL BRILL, New Pagan Love Song (Scarlet Shame Records)
Slowly aching through a dozen ballads, Paul Brill could work in the same arena as Antony, Rufus Wainright and Bright Eyes with his piano bar on half-speed sound. Today’s analogy: Norah Jones coming out from her anesthetic after a sex change operation and looking for a smoky lounge where (s)he can beat the crap out of Alicia Keys. More atmospheric than the piano stylings of modern bands, “Powerlines” in particular could go on a B-side of Pink Floyd and no one would be any wiser. – LAURIE GREEN

DRUNK HORSE, In Tongues (Tee Pee Records)
Roll Motorhead in dirt and send them out on the farm with Ted Nugent before they end up in prog rock/jazz detours (starting about three-quarters of the way through the disc, with “Reformed Asshole”). If you don’t have a beer in your hand, aren’t wearing a thrashed flannel shirt or can’t find your trucker hat when the CD starts, that will soon be remedied. – FINCHLEY

HESTON RIFLE, What To Do At Time of Accident… (Ernest Jenning Record Co.)
Normally, when you hear the term “instrumentals”, you think bloated ‘70s jazz fusion that goes on for hours, eliding from one song to another. Although Heston Rifle’s songs are long (the shortest clocks at about 5 minutes 30, longest is over 12 minutes) and they give barely a breath between the songs, what is played sounds so much more approachable. With two guitarists fighting for airtime with a violin, the result isn’t the expected bloodbath of cacophony (think Nickel Creek meets, oh, any two-axed metal machine), but mise en scene for an indie film. – LAURIE GREEN

TESTAMENT, Live in London (Spitfire)
There is nothing like the energy of a live show. Recorded live in London this is as close to live as you’re going to get without buying a ticket. Make sure you crank the volume and listen to this on the way to your next backyard pool skating session. You’ll be warmed up for the barge. – DAN LEVY

THE KISSERS, Good Fight! (Skeptic Rock/Oarfin)
When you remember that Pogue means Kiss, all will be clear. Celtic roots/punk/rock from Wisconsin (it’s a beer thing), the Kissers’ second release more than hints at their beginnings as a Pogues cover band. Although they’re still doing versions of traditional Irish songs like “Molly Malone”, it’s current events that inform their now more political songs. Iraq and the death penalty are fair game, which isn’t too far from the morbidity of Miss Malone, come to think of it. There’s even a strange TMBG vibe to “Kicked In The Head” for a song about religious zeal. –LAURIE GREEN

LET GO, s/t (The Militia Group)
Occasionally confused with OK Go (Let Go doesn’t appear to have the catchy dances), Let Go is, in fact, former members of The Stereo and Gloritone. Poppy indie alt-rock, with a harder edge and less “cooler-than-thou” attitude than most bands in this cohort. “No Drugs, No Alcohol” is Minor Threat via Coldplay and ELO, but the first half-dozen songs are simply good indie rock. “120 Bpm” is false advertising: it’s only about 60, but works just the same. And, it sounds strange, but final song “Bright Eyes, No Brain” has me thinking of early Bee Gees, before the disco, before the haircuts and before the bloat. Maybe it’s a no brainer after all. – LAURIE GREEN

V/A – SUICIDE GIRLS, Black Heart Retrospective
Fill room with people dressed in black. Project images of tattooed and pierced Billyburgers on the wall. Put this CD on repeat. There you have the ‘80s revival Halloween party for Beginners, just add Snakebite and Black. With everything from the Cult to Ministry, Siouxie to Bauhaus, Echo and the Bunnymen to the Cure, the CD’s Goth-lite, but accessible to anyone who listened to college radio in the ‘90s. Sure to be in several people’s trick-or-treats this year. – LAURIE GREEN

RAT CAT HOGAN, – We’re Bicoastal (Skrocki)
Title track hits at the perfect time: I really am crammed into the F train. Pop quirk from the West Coast that references the East Coast does get to call itself bicoastal. Sparse and twitchy, like what Dashboard Confessional should’ve sounded like if it really were one person in his basement. Instead, RCH seems to feature the renaissance men of 2005: filmmaking, photography, music, pet ownership. Instead of joining the “I’m so alternative” clique, they just twiddle knobs (and thumbs occasionally, from the sound of it) in the home studio and just self-publish themselves, without much interest in “selling out.” It’s nice to know that music can get back to simple thoughts set to music and not product placement. – FINCHLEY

LOST PATROL BAND, s/t (Burning Heart Records/Epitaph)
Initially the solo project of the (International) Noise Conspiracy’s singer, Dennis Lyxzen, this third release sees a departure from his previous work. All power-pop in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s sense, all vaguely comforting in its familiarity, sort of like a grittier Cheap Trick or the Cars post-grunge. Every time I’ve put this CD on, I get too into it to pay attention, which is a good thing; it proves that harmonies and songs about love have just as much (if not more) reason to be on the air as all the contentious crap that’s cramming up the airwaves. Visualize with me, a video for “A Girl Like You” (no relation to the Edwyn Collins song, other than both are aspirational): the Knack playing in an empty pool while Cara Beth Burnside carves around them. – LAURIE GREEN

PARANOID SOCIAL CLUB, s/t (ON Entertainment)
Album opener “The Cable Hookup” should not be confused with the 800-OK-Cable song currently abused in commercials: broke guy who partially uses his girlfriend for her jumbo, flat screen TV, complete with over 400 channels. PSC does the story better. Alternative music, in the truest sense of the word: Arena-sing-a-long “Wasted” makes you want to get smashed in the middle of the day, “Chocolate” sounds disturbingly like Steven Tyler doing Bloodhound Gang covers with Ladytron and Fischerspooner, and “Music Man” could come off a ‘70s soul and easy listening radio station. They even have their own theme song as a closer. Give these boys a TV show. – LAURIE GREEN

LISTING SHIP, Time to Dream (True Classical CDs)
Originally named Leather Hyman – which sounds like Pinky Tuscadero’s Jewish cousin or a nu-metal band, although it’s really just their names with swapped first letters – Heather Lockie and Lyman Chaffee of Listing Ship are closer to French folk, bluegrass Balinese gamelan, and pop than leather and electric axes. Pinging guitars and harmonies that could tangent all over the place if your CD player was able to do “Listen If You Like” on the fly. Example: “Chinese Song” segues nicely into the 6ths or – wow – that could be another version of De Novo Dahl’s “Jeffery.” – LAURIE GREEN

ROOFTOP SUICIDE CLUB, Always Like This (Stop, Pop and Roll)
Neither a club nor advocating suicide, RSC certainly sounds like they spend time on urban rooftops. It’s summer in the city, the broken glass underfoot as the single tree sways defiantly in the tailwind of bus traffic. Pop – in the Matthew Sweet, Big Star power-pop way – with unexpected instrumentation – half the band is credited with glockenspiel, for Lord’s sake – it’s the aural equivalent of a lost love living in the same city, but never running into you. Hope, fear, Shins ballads, U2 anthems, shyness, boldness, sunny harmonies, minor chords of despondency, but overall a sense of companionship, somewhat unsettling and maybe only emotionally. You can go up to the roof, but RSC is liable to be up there, writing the song that makes you listen and not jump. – LAURIE GREEN

ORANGE, Welcome to the World of Orange (Hellcat)
Coming off like the bastard children of Bolan, the Sex Pistols and Social Distortion, Orange shouldn’t be taken on tour by Green Day: Tim Armstrong’s young signing would show the trio up as “mature”. Joe Denman writes and sings the songs, and generally seems to be the mastermind behind tartan, safety pins, hair gel and “snotty punk” ness of it all, but fellow Brit-transplant guitarist Jack Berglund certainly holds his own. The fact the average age is about 17 should frighten Hilary Duff. It should frighten Benji Madden more. – LAURIE GREEN

THE SCOTCH GREENS, Professional (Brass Tacks)
With a perfect blend of sound influenced by Johnny Cash, Stiff Little Fingers and Jimmy Cliff, the Scotch Greens bring you this high energy release. Check out “Acre of Razorblades” for a taste of blue grass flavored punk. Or see them live as they blaze a rockin’ trail through SoCal. – DAN LEVY

SILVERSUN PICKUPS, Pikul (Dangerbird)
No relation to Silver Sun – and not picking up where they left off, either – but emanating from musical hotbed Silver Lake, Silversun Pickups have more in common with Smashing Pumpkins and My Bloody Valentine than anything else. Slow, liquid, with sparer instrumentation than you’d think initially, but growing in sound to make seven songs into a larger piece of work. Closer “…All The Go Inbetweens” offers a weird drugged Perry Farrell vocal, ultimately losing track of the CD to silence. – LAURIE GREEN

Usually, those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. In this case, history is crammed into a single CD for those who either missed it the first time, or need it taught by a different teacher. Opening with Suicidal Tendencies (Senses Fail) and hitting the “hits” of the Descendents (Taking Back Sunday) and Misfits (My Chemical Romance) among others, it’s nice to see that the survey goes back further than Black Flag (Rise Against) to the truly old school Buzzcocks (Thursday), Stooges (Emanuel) and Dead Boys (Saves the Day), proving that raging crosses all oceans and eras. – LAURIE GREEN

PROGRAM THE DEAD, s/t (Low Altitude Records)
Debut album from an LA quartet that wants to remind us that Americans are intellectually broken and we’re being poisoned by the mainstream media. Which is true; try finding un-spun media that isn’t spoon-feeding us. Although opening on a grinding and slashing spree with “Sneak A Peek,” by “Downpour” singer Matt Koruba has mellowed into a slightly weary anthem singer, shaking his head that “we are only what you made us…it won’t be like it was before.” It’s both a sad condemnation and a sly harbinger of our future. Flashes of Placebo, Peter Murphy and Guns N’ Roses make pre-apocalyptic emo a better option than the dross we’ve got. – LAURIE GREEN


1. WELCOME TO VENICE, comp (Built on an Ounce Records)
2. PENNYWISE, The Fuse (Epitaph)
3. KILLING JOKE, The Band That Preys Together… (Eagle Rock)
4. THOR, Anthorlogy (Smog Veil)
5. AGRESSION, Locals Only: Live (Mystic Records)
6. 25 TA LIFE, Friendship, Loyalty, Commitment (Triple Crown)
7. TOMMY AND THE TERRORS, Unleash the Fury (TKO)
8. IN FLAMES, Used and Abused (Nuclear Blast)
9. LAGWAGON, Resolve (Fat WreckChords)
10. CACTI WIDDERS, One Way Ticket (Fallen Angel Records)
11. JELLO BIAFRA with THE MELVINS, Sieg Howdy (Alt Tentacles)
12. FACE TO FACE, Shoot The Moon (Antagonist Records)
13. MASTERS OF HORROR, compilation (Immortal)
14. CAGE, Hell’s Winter (Definitive Jux)
15. CHILDREN OF BODOM Are You Dead Yet (Spinefarm)
16. RUMBLE CLUB, Rumble Club Rides Tonight (Rumble Club)
18. STILL REMAINS, Of Love and Lunacy (Roadrunner)
19. THE TOSSERS, The Valley of the Shadow of Death (Victory)
20. THE BOMBSHELLS, Audio Wasteland (Indie)
21. DIGABLE PLANETS, Beyond The Spectrum (Blue Note)
22. LEIANA, Page (ADJ Records)
23. THE PANIC DIVISION, Versus (The Militia Group)
24. BARBARELLATONES, Beyond the Valley… (Indie)
25. BOUNCING SOULS, Live at the Glasshouse (Kung Fu)
26. HIMSA, Hail Horror (Prosthetic)
27. BANG SUGAR BANG, Thwak Thwak Go Crazy (SOS)
28. BOLT THROWER, Those Once Loyal (Metal Blade)
29. THE CLASS OF 98, Touch This and Die (The Militia Group)
30. WIRED, Your First Time (Gotham Records)
31. GOLDBLADE, Rebel Songs (Anarchy Music)
32. DANGER DOOM, The Mouse and the Mask (Epitaph)
33. HOTBOXED, It’s a Way of Life (Indie)
35. HOW’S MY DRIVING 2, compilation (SuperSpeedway Music)
36. MY RUIN, The Brutal Longing (Rovena)
37. SOS, A Guide To Better Living (Indie)
38. F-MINUS, Won’t Bleed Me (Alternative Tentacles)
39. THE SPACE COWBOYS, Dead End Streets (Sonic Swirl)
40. UNABOMBERS, On The Go (Indie)
41. HORRORS OF 59, Screams from the Cellar (Sonic Swirl)
42. MOON, Flightlogs (Zone 8 Records)
43. TOKYO ROSE, New American Saint (Cho Records)
44. ED GEIN, Judas Goats and Diesel Eaters (Metal Blade)
45. QUIET DRIVE, Fall From the Ceiling (Epic)
46. THE LIVING BLUE, Fire Blood, Water (Minty Fresh)
47. THE RABIES, s/t (Indie)
48. FAT CAM AND THE 2 PUMP CHUMPS, Trust Yer Gut (Indie)
49. WE REACH, The Music of the Melvins (Fractured Transmitter)
50. PREMONITIONS OF WAR, Glorified Dirt (Metal Blade)


1. END OF THE CENTURY, The Story of the Ramones (Rhino)
2. MOUNTAINS OF TRANNYS (Negative Ion/Skate Colorado)
4. NEW YORK DOLLS All Dolled Up (Music Video Distributors)
5. AMPLIFIED TAKE II (Doublevision/Stuntdog Productions)
6. BAKER 3 (Baker Skateboards)
7. THE BRUCE MOVIE starring BRUCE IRONS (Volcom)
8. BEER HELMET (Thrasher/High Speed)
9. ELEMENTALITY VOLUME I (Element Skateboards)
10. WHAT IF? (Blind Skateboards)


1. THE SURF BOOK (Joel Tudor/Michael Halsband)
2. RECOGNIZE (Glen E Friedman/ Burning Flags Press)
3. CASH, The Autobiography (Johnny Cash)
4. BLONDIE, From Punk to the Present (Musical Legacy Series)
6. LEXICON DEVIL, The Fast Times and Short Life of Darby Crash
8. THE CLASH (Bob Gruen)
9. PUNK ‘77, An Inside Look at the San Francisco Rock n Roll Scene
10. LOBOTOMY: Surviving the Ramones (Dee Dee Ramone)

A look through the progression of skateboarding through mainstream eyes. The X Games evolution video shows highlights of the last 10 years of the X Games. This is basically a highlight reel from the last ten years of X Games street, park, vert, vert doubles, and vert best trick. With all of the skaters knowing the millions of viewers watching their runs would be introduced to skateboarding through this medium none of them hold anything back. The most entertaining sections to watch are the vert best trick contests. From Bob Burnquist’s fakie 5-O kickflip out on the extension rail to Colin McKay’s b-side tailslide big spin out to the most memorable of all, Tony Hawk’s 900, this video brings you through some of skateboarding landmarks. Although the X Games is not what 90 percent of skateboarding is about, it’s a great look at what, in some aspects, skateboarding has become. – Dan Levy

Out of Nor-Cal comes “The Way of The West” by Homeslice Videos and it’s pretty sick. To break it down, I’d call it 60 percent Parks n’ Mini Ramps, 30 percent Pools, and 10 percent other (Street, Jersey Barriers). The pool skating is full on, no lame boring carving or weak b.s. grinds. It’s got Santa’s Village, The Guitar Pick, Strawberry Lodge, Vagabond, and other good shit. With Jonny Manak, Pete the Ox, Dave Nelson, Tony Farmer, and other killers, the highlight could possibly be Royce Nelson barefooted frontside over the shallows. The music is some decent skaterock, some of it on the too poppy side but whatever. Cool footage of The Dwarves and plenty of bonus footage. Go buy this. You won’t be disappointed. – JOSH LANDAU


If you’re a drinker, do yourself a favor. Go skate a pool on your way home, grab a sixer of PBR, crack one open, insert Poolgasm into the DVD player and press play. Nick Gates put together a solid collection of backyard pool sessions, bowl contests and BBQs for your rainy day enjoyment. After watching “Poolgasm,” you will want to go skate a pool, so make sure you have your second wind ready because you will be motivated to go ride. Highlights include Pala nights, part two, Basic Bowl, the Etnies Skatepark, Dave Reul’s pools and more. This is a great video for those who crave the roundwall. – DAN LEVY


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