Alcohol Induced Realities

(Originally appeared in Mutant Renegade Zine #12, Fall 1999) For several years of my life, I drank and went clubbing three to four times a week. I had tons and tons of friends who loved to get drunk with me, dance until dawn, and get up in just enough time to report...
The Impossibles – Anthology – CD

The Impossibles – Anthology – CD

The Impossibles – Anthology – CD (Fueled by Ramen Records) Have I hit the jackpot or what? Yet another great c.d. for me to review and keep for this issue of MRZ. The Impossibles mix snotty punk with a lovely poppy sound that reminds me of the Northern...
Mustard Plug – Pray for Mojo – CD

Mustard Plug – Pray for Mojo – CD

Mustard Plug – Pray for Mojo – CD (Hopeless Records) These ska boys from MI sent me their first 7 to review many years ago. I loved ‘em then and I love ‘em still. Smooth, bouncy, big fun ska. They have a pretty strong punk influence in their...
Rose Polenzani – Anybody – CD

Rose Polenzani – Anybody – CD

Rose Polenzani – Anybody – CD (Daemon Records) The thing that kills this release is the sameness of all the songs. At first, I thought that the first tune was overly long, however when I looked at my c.d. player I saw that I had listened to the first four...
Adrian Belew – Salad Days – CD

Adrian Belew – Salad Days – CD

Adrian Belew – Salad Days – CD (Thirsty Ear Recordings) At one moment the music on this c.d. has a Paul McCartney-esc feel about it, and at the next moment it’s like an XTC inspired acoustical poem. Adrian Belew is one of those people in which...
Dehumanized – Problems First – CD

Dehumanized – Problems First – CD

Dehumanized – Problems First – CD (New Red Archives1) Listening to this release is like taking a trip back to 1983 (or at least how I assume it would be) and hearing the raw, pissed off sounds of the time. These songs would fit right in with any band on...