Quickies

CD reviews…quick and dirty, just the way you like ’em.

TRAVIS ABERCROMBIE: TIED (Moonshot)
Abercrombie’s music is bland bar rock; I wish his music had been as interesting as his namesake’s fall line. | Jim Campbell

COMMIECHUNG: STOCK MARKET/BAD SLEEP (self-released)
I visualize John Travolta dancing with Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction, only to break out into a Reefer Madness–inspired jig. | Laura Ann Checkett

DIGGSVILLE: SONGS FROM NOWHERE (Tone Poet)
Songs From Nowhere is jazz with multiple personalities, and that requires medication. | Mike Wachsnicht

DOOMRIDERS: BLACK THUNDER (Deathwish Inc.)
Doom + Speed = Stoner Punk (and wear headphones to get the most from the dogfight of two lead guitars) | Byron Kerman

THE FULLY DOWN: DON’T GET LOST IN A MOVEMENT (Fearless)
Metal riffs from second guitar player produce a decent yet average emo-punk record. | David Lichius

THE JAI-ALAI SAVANT: THUNDERSTATEMENT (Gold Standard Laboratories)
This raw debut EP from Jai-Alai Savant channels the Police’s darker and avant-garde side, with the flare of hand-drums and DJ effects. | Nate Dewart

LAGWAGON: RESOLVE (Fat Wreck Chords)
Southern California staples deliver another disc of quality pop punk. | David Lichius

LEISURE McCORKLE: JET SET BABY (MoRisen)
Elvis Costello in Oakley shades. | Byron Kerman

NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE: THE LAST BATTLE HYMN (Zero Youth)
A fine example of generic, fist-pumping punk rock pretty well summed up in a line from track 13: “We were not the first and we won’t be the last.” | Daniel O’Malley

PILOTDRIFT: WATER SPHERE (Good Records)
A half-hearted attempt at early Pink Floyd wrestling with Andrew Lloyd Webber, and unfortunately for Pilotdrift, the latter comes out with a win. | Shandy Casteel

JON RONIGER: MY WORLD (self-released)
A poor man’s Ben Lee. | Laura Hamlett

STILETTO: LOVELY AND LOUSY (No Label)
Stiletto’s music is as painful to listen to as the shoes are to wear. | Jim Campbell

About Laura Hamlett 467 Articles
Laura Hamlett is the Managing Editor of PLAYBACK:stl. In a past life, she was also a music publicist and band manager. Besides music, books, and other forms of popular culture, she's a fan of the psychology behind true crime and violent criminals. Ask her about mass murder...if you dare.

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