Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals – CD

Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals – CD

Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals – CD (Mom + Pop Music) While I will admit that Sleigh Bells’ third release isn’t as strong as either of their previous two, I still think that it is one of the best releases of the year which I’ve heard. This dynamic duo plays catchy...
Softball – Tenku – CD

Softball – Tenku – CD

Softball – Tenku – CD (Asian Man Records) Softball reminds me of a more punk version of Shoen Knife. It’s pretty close to other punk-pop bands out there, but the big difference is that it’s three cute girls instead of three cute guys. I think that’s what...
Speed Dial – Keca’m – CD

Speed Dial – Keca’m – CD

Speed Dial – Keca’m – CD (Mother West) For some reason every time I pop this in I think of The Police from “Regatta De Blanc”. There’s just something about his voice and the musical style. As the songs progress it loses that...
The Service – Who’s Criminal? – CD

The Service – Who’s Criminal? – CD

The Service – Who’s Criminal? – CD (GMM Records) Great punchy UK style punk rock in the same spirit as The Clash and Sham 69. The lead singer rants on several of the songs like a euphoric Keith Morris with a British accent. I like The Service, but by...
Spring Heel Jack – Treader – CD

Spring Heel Jack – Treader – CD

Spring Heel Jack – Treader – CD (Thirsty Ear Recordings) This is a strange thing to be sent to MRZ since it’s ambient/experimental/techno stuff, but it’s a nice change of pace amongst the massive amounts of Punk Rock we usually have to review....
Steely Dan – The Royal Scam – CD

Steely Dan – The Royal Scam – CD

Steely Dan – The Royal Scam – CD (MCA / Universal Records) This is a re-release from 1976. For those of you unfamiliar with Steely Dan, their sound is very mellow-smooth with one of the most prominent instruments being the synthesizer and a synth-sounding...
STB – Spit – CD

STB – Spit – CD

STB – Spit – CD (Elbo Records) I swear that Sonia Tetlow is somehow channeling Souixe Sioux. (Yes, I know Souixe isn’t dead, but her voice is here). The music is a bit goth with a lot of really good indie rock with many personal lyrics. All three...
Steely Dan – Aja – CD

Steely Dan – Aja – CD

Steely Dan – Aja – CD (MCA / Universal Records) If there is one Steely Dan album that you had to own, this one should be it. While every song on this re-release is killer, it’s worth getting just for the tune Peg. It is nothing short of awesome. This...
Sculptured – Apollo Ends – CD

Sculptured – Apollo Ends – CD

Sculptured – Apollo Ends – CD (The End Records) An odd and hard to classify release. A progressive death metal band with a horn section… hum.. Maybe this CD would grow on me if I listened to it enough, but so far I don’t quite get it. Weak drumming, weak...