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Review: Candygram For Mongo – Candygram For Mongo [2008]

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Los Angeles pop punk squad Candygram for Mongo return with an eponymous 13-track offering chock full of infectious melodies containing more hooks than a tackle box. Cuts like “What Are We” and “Big Mary” portray the rambunctious feel of a spiked hair contingent with the usual imminent sense of danger replaced with the sharp songwriting skills you’d hear from the likes of Elvis Costello or Cheap Trick. Edgy yet accessible, tracks like “Meltdown” and “Fairfax Avenue” display a bounce that’s perfect for the Warped Tour with a sing along chorus tailor-made for a drunken night with old friends while songs like “Rock To Live” showcase the Celtic-esque vibe employed by the likes of Flogging Molly and Against Me. With their freewheeling nature at the forefront of everything they do, Candygram for Mongo have made a prime candidate of a record to throw on to not only get the party started but to keep the good times rolling all night long. www.myspace.com/candygramformonoband -Mike SOS

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Editor’s Note: Just in case you have no clue where this band gets their name from:

The famous scene and line begins at approx. 3:20…from the Mel Brooks’ classic BLAZING SADDLES.

Review: Tribe After Tribe – M.O.A.B. [2008]

amazon-tribe-after-tribeRobbi Robb has been fronting the South African band Tribe After Tribe for over two decades, raising awareness of global social issues with his potpourri of multicultural rock music as a soundtrack. The latest venture from this unit is the 15-track M.O.A.B., an album that boasts thirteen different musicians making the most of the vast arsenal of styles at their dispose. From the flannel-shirt stomp of “Holy City Warrior” and “Shock and Awe” to the native sounds emanating from “World Drum” and “Lament,” this outspoken collective returns after a lengthy hiatus sounding like a cross between Peter Gabriel and Sepultura, adorned with a well-rounded smattering of hard edged world class rock that fans of the more adventurous sounds of the ’90s are bound to embrace.   www.myspace.com/tribeaftertribe -Mike SOS

Review: Chingalera – Dose [2008]

amazon-chingaleraLos Angeles trio Chingalera’s latest disc suggests this unit definitely spent a lot of time with their Melvins and Tool discs with a smattering of Queens of the Stone Age and Fantomas on the side prior to stepping into Sylvia Massy’s lair. The sprawling five-track, near hour long exhibition DOSE is the end result of such a keen study, an affair steeped in ambition and hellbent on providing lush soundscapes before hitting you over the head with post-hardcore spaciousness and heady stoner rock grooves. Effects-heavy avant garde interludes compel the urge to hit the skip button many times throughout (especially during the trying 16:23 “You Were Happy When You Came In Here”), but make no mistake: this band is deadset on constructing atmospheres before releasing rock mayhem and makes you earn you way to get to the infectious Helmet -esque chug and snare combo carried on “Eveler”. www.chingalera.org -Mike SOS

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Review: Rocketship Park – Off and Away [2008]

amazon-rocketship-parkAn ensemble of NYC musicians comprise the alternative Americana act Rocketship Park, whose latest 10-track release OFF & AWAY is laden with a vast array of instrumentation from strings to horns, working together to add ush textures to the sad melodies heard on the weepy “Drinkin Buddy” and “Birthday Death Wish.” From the piano and tambourine led shuffle of “Loser’s Lament” to pedal steel guitarwork on “Family Farm” to the handclaps and banjo plucks on “Because Two Candles” to the vibraphone on “Stuck in a Dream,” the stunning accoutrements added to this disc’s melancholic acoustic guitar and vocal approach reveal lush dreamlike places lying past random Midwestern prarielands where Neil Young, My Morning Jacket, Wilco and Lucinda Williams frequently visit. www.seriousbusinessrecords.com -Mike SOS

Review: Polysics – We Ate The Machine [2008]

amazon-polyYes, you read that right…Myspace Records. Japanese art punk rock troupe Polysics and their latest installment of Devo-inspired new wave WE ATE THE MACHINE is a weird but refreshing choice for such a mainstream outlet, but it works. Heavy beats, odd sounds, and tons of synth-rock give songs like “Kagayake” a Mr. Bungle-esque carnival feel, while “Digital Coffee” has all of the nuances to be considered for an Asian game show theme song. While singing occurs in Japanese, English, and gibberish, the electronic manipulations and pop-rock guitar and drums pretty much translate across the board for a stimulating listening experience for purveyors of video game robot rock. Www.myspace.com/myspacerecords -Mike SOS

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Review: The Microphones – The Glow Pt 2 [2008]

amazon-microphonesThe latest offering by Pacific Northwestern lo-fi one-man band The Microphones is actually a reissue from 2001. Nonetheless, it requires multiple listens for the baked-in subdued goodness to soak into your big musical brain. Containing hushed melodies and tranquil rhythms accentuated via simple yet elegant instrumentation, the folksy feel and organic aura of this 20-track affair emits an engaging charm and earthy feel that reverberates through your soul. If you dig tripped out yet mellow music injected with a sense of lovelorn melancholy, then this disc (which comes with a bonus disc chock full of alternative versions, other tracks, and assorted other goodies) will be a welcomed addition to your collection. www.krecs.com -Mike SOS

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Watch Gene Simmons on "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?"

Tonight, Gene Simmons of Kiss will be the celebrity contestant on “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?” Tune in to Fox at 8 p.m. to watch the episode.

I don’t think Gene will do very well on the show. He is an intelligent businessman (except on “The Apprentice”) but never seems that sharp when it comes to general knowledge. I guess we’ll see tonight.

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Update: Gene surprisingly made it to the $1,000,000 question but wasn’t sure what “K” represented on the periodic table. Overall, nicely done.

5 Songs For Your Election Day Playlist

Without getting too political on a rock and roll website, I’d like to state that this is arguably the most exciting election of our lifetimes. We will bring either the first African-American into the chief position or see the first female Vice President. No matter how you look at it, Americans are angry and upset with the Bush administration and are in the need of major relief. Here are five tunes for your Nov. 4 playlists to aid in this celebration…

Top 5 Election Day Tunes

1. “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister [Stay Hungry 1984]—Dee Snider and the boys (that dress up like girls) have never backed down from anyone; whether it is a street fight or the US Congress, Twisted Sister takes no prisoners making this tune the definitive track of this election.

2. “American Idiot” by Green Day [American Idiot 2004]—You can say what you want about Green Day sucking and being overplayed by mainstream radio, but this song exemplifies the post 9/11 policies of our government, and serves as an anthem for those who saw the stupidity and hypocrisy in them. Turn it up loud and proud on election day.

3. “The Day That Never Comes” by Metallica [Death Magnetic 2008]—This song has been described as the biggest “downer” on this record, but the last eight years have given Americans this same dismal outlook of this title many times. Now we can exercise the demons by rocking them out hard.

4. “The Good Life” by Weezer [Pinkerton 1997]—This geek rock tune appeared on Weezer’s best album and perhaps the best alternative rock record ever. This is another track that can represent the willingness for getting back to where we want to be—the top of the world with respect and dignity.

5. “Vote With A Bullet” by Corrosion of Conformity [Blind 1991]—First of all, this track is not about going on a shooting spree on election day — but then again, the song isn’t really about a bullet vote either. One can guess that it is about demanding change, ridding politicians of corruption, and all that jazz. Honestly, I just really dig the heavy guitar riffs, Pepper Keenan’s scruffy vocals, and the hard rock that this song delivers.

So, what are your top five election day songs?

PS: I am not endorsing either candidate—the Gears of Rock endorses a new beginning that will hopefully be brought on by the results of Nov. 4.

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Review: Bruce Springsteen "A Night With The Jersey Devil" [2008]

Fans of Bruce Springsteen should check out the unreleased track, “A Night With The Jersey Devil,” at brucespringsteen.net. You can download it for free and stream the video until Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008.

“A Night With The Jersey Devil” is fully equipped with a dirty southern blues tone and spooky musical repetition worthy of an evil cult gathering. Springsteen sounds like he is screaming into a microphone 666 feet away creating a creepshow feel, making this a perfect Halloween tune. However, fans will probably use this purely for their Halloween playlists due to the old time muffled production, which was probably The Boss’s intent. 7/10

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Hear are the lyrics from the press release:

Hear me now!

I was born 13th child, ‘neath the 13th moon

Spit out all hungry and born anew

Daddy drag me to the river tie me in rocks

Throw me in where it’s deep and wide

I go down, I don’t die

Hole in the river bottom, I crawl through

Come back kill six brothers and sisters, kill papa too

Sway down Mama, sway down low

They gonna know me wherever I go

Into my bed with her kerosene my mama creep

Set my flesh to burning, whilst I sleep

I burn, burn, burn, till my soul burn black

Black rains fall, I come back, I come back

Get down Mama, get down low

They gonna know me wherever I go

16 witches, cast 16 spells

Make me a guitar outta skin and human skull

Sing you a song like the wind in the sandy loam

Bring you baby out your happy home

Ram’s head, forked tail, clove hoof, love’s my trail

I sup on your body, sip on your blood like wine

Out world theirs, this world mine

So kiss me baby till it hurts

God lost in heaven, we lost on earth

Sway down Mama, sway down low

They gonna know me wherever I go

Wherever I go, wherever I go

Well I got a brand new lover

I love her yes I do,

She’s my one and only and her name is Baby Blue…

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