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Mediocre Generica (Awaiting Repress)Mediocre Generica is the debut album by the American punk band Leftöver Crack. It was released on September 11, 2001 and includes much sociopolitical commentary, including anti-police sentiment, anti-racism and anti-homophobia. The album was originally intended to be titled Shoot the Kids at School, which Hellcat Records objected to. As Stza said in an interview, "They wanted mediocre generic artwork and they wanted a mediocre generic title, so I called it Mediocre Generica and I guarantee you the irony was lost on Epitaph." This has been cited as one of the main reasons that Leftöver Crack made the move to the much smaller label Alternative Tentacles. The album was coincidentally released on the same day as the September 11 terrorist attacks, and during the introduction on the bands next release, Fuck World Trade, this album is referred to as "the tower-toppling Mediocre Generica."1. Homeo-Apathy
2. Nazi White Trash
3. Atheist Anthem
4. The Good, The Bad & The Leftöver Crack
5. Gay Rude Boys Unite
8. Stop The Insanity
9. Crack City Rockers
10. Burning In Water
11. With The Sickness
12. Born To Die
13. Untitled$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
From The Dumpster To The Grave (Awaiting Repress)Straight out of the squats of NYC, Star Fucking Hipsters are a veritable who's who of the punk/ska/crust scene. Originally the brainchild of Leftover Crack and Chocking Victim vocalist Scott Sturgeon, S.F.H. has evolved into a super group of sorts and the quintessential band of the genre. The recording of their 3rd full-length From the Dumpster To the Grave saw the existing line-up (including members of LOC, Ensign and World Inferno Friendship Society) expand with the addition of Mikey Erg (The Ergs!) on drums and Kelsey (Chump Change) on co-lead vocals. Even further, From the Dumpster To the Grave features folk/punk band Blackbird Raum and Boots Riley of political hip hop group The Coup. Considering all that talent on hand, coupled with Strg's proven songwriting abilities, it's no surprise that the album is a masterpiece.
The 12-tracks expectedly span several genres including punk, ska, hip-hop, metal and folk, all wrapped in a hardcore shell. Intertwined male and female vocals harmonize and shriek over some of the crunchiest guitars ever recorded, culminating in massive crescendos of explosive sound. Despite the varied influences and aggressive force behind them, the songs maintain a concise and direct sound that all share infectious melodies. The lyrical content of the album seethes over sociopolitical injustices in the arenas of war, religion, bigotry and, of course, police brutality. As the leaders of the punk/ska/crust genrek, the Star Fucking Hipsters (and all of Strg's bands, for that matter) generate a certain level of expectation. From the Dumpster To the Grave absolutely decimates those expectations and surpasses them by delivering S.F.H.'s best material to date.1. Intro
2. Dumpster To The Grave
3. War Widows Vietnam
4. Death Is Never Out of Fashion
5. The Broken Branches
6. The Spoils of War
7. Otra Vez! (w/ Blackbird Raum)
8. Honey, I Shrunk the Cops!
9. 9/11 'til Infinity (w/ Boots Riley)
10. Ana Ng
11. Rapture, Rinse, Repeat (w/ S.F.H. East Bay)
12. Drowning Out Another Year$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Poets Were My HeroesMorning Glory is made up of the stuff that the gritty, punk-crust motherland of New York's infamous Lower East Side has been known to spawn. This group of punkers and squatters had very humble beginnings indeed. Already in various other New York punk bands, Morning Glory first became the spark of an idea when Ezra Kire (Leftöver Crack, Choking Victim, INDK) took time off from touring and started to write some tunes in his NYC apartment.
In 2001, with nothing but a drum machine and an 8-track reel-to-reel, Ezra wrote and recorded the songs that would become Morning Glory's first LP, This Is No Time ta Sleep. Though it was self-recorded, home-released and had no touring support, it still managed to create a small but ubiquitous underground buzz. With a virtuosic range of musical elements such as ska, punk, metal, and even some rhyming, its catchy, anthemic sing-alongs showcased Ezra's flourishing writing talents. And while his lyrics stayed true to the caustic political edge of his other bands, the overall message remained more optimistic and leaned towards the humanistic, personal side of life.
In 2002, Ezra finally assembled a live band, handpicking musicians from the local NYC punk scene, including members of Nausea, World/Inferno Friendship Society and Stockyard Stoics. This lineup recorded the EP, The Whole World is Watching, released on Blacknoise Records in 2003. While the years that followed were spent recording and touring with Leftöver Crack, Morning Glory took a back seat.
But after these long years of touring, Ezra finally decided to give Morning Glory the attention it deserved in 2010 and began writing songs for what was to become the epic new album, Poets Were My Heroes. In the summer of 2011, Ezra and the band (with longtime members Early Gates, "Metal" Chris and Lucky Strano alongside new guitarist Adam Schrager) hit the studio with a barrage of new material. Picture the sonic kaleidoscope of punk noise meeting strings, horns, choirs, pianos and organs over a web of distorted guitars and marching, single kick pedal drums.
These are the sounds that make up Poets Were My Heroes, Morning Glory's Fat Wreck Chords debut and first full-length album recorded with a live band. Re-enlisting producer Jesse Cannon (The Menzingers, Saves the Day), a wealth of material was recorded, with only the very strongest songs being chosen to make up the album. It is both grand and elaborate, with each song evoking a different mood and style, challenging the musicianship of even the most dexterous players, while still maintaining its punk-inspired simplicity.
While the band itself has described themselves as "somewhere between Oasis and The Clash," they continue to break rules and write music that is true only to themselves, adhering to no genres, creeds or political factions. The sing-along choruses give the band a broader appeal than the standard politi-kill punk acts, but the key message is more subversive: "Think for yourself, decide for yourself, make up your own mind and love your friends. Only you know what is right for you. Together we are what we can't be alone." It's this unity in diversity that makes the band special and not just another punk outfit. Double vinyl includes digital download of full album.1. Everything's A Song (To Me)
2. Shelter From The Spoon
3. Poets Were My Heroes
4. March Of The Asylum
5. Quemar Las Fronteras
6. Divide By
7. Orphan's Holiday
10. Life's A Long Revenge
11. Another Way (Outside The Walls Of Eden)
12. Born To December$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Constructs Of The State (Awaiting Repress)First Album in 11 Years!
Leftöver Crack have completed work on their long awaited third album, Constructs of the State. It's packed with 13 punk as fuck songs that infuse hardcore, metal, ska, classical, grindcore, folk and all of the fiercely overt political and socio-economic lyrical content the band have become known for.1. Archaic Subjugation
2. Don't Shoot
3. Loneliness & Heartache
4. System Fucked
5. Slave to the Throne
6. Bedbugs & Beyond
7. Corrupt Vision
8. Last Legs
9. The Lie of Luck
10. ¡Poliamor Fiesta Crack!
11. Vicious Constructs
12. Amanecer de los Muertos
13. The War at Home$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Goods (Awaiting Repress)One of the most eagerly anticipated releases of 2011, Citizen Fish's eighth full-length album Goods follows the success of their Alternative Tentacles/Fat Wreck Chords split with Leftover Crack. Citizen Fish formed in Bath, England, in 1989 following the splits of their previous bands Subhumans and Culture Shock. They have delivered their unique ska-infused punk rock to eager audiences while touring across the world the past two decades. Dick Lucas's frantic vocal delivery combined with the catchy riffs and driving punk of their unforgettable live performances continues to earn the band legions of new fans and brings working class radical politics to generations of questioning minds. These guys are masters at mixing punk with ska, and they top it off with sharply observed, politically charged lyrics.1. Shelf Life
2. Free Speech
3. Human Conditioner
7. How Far Does It Go?
9. Marker Pen
11. Discomfort Zone
13. Wake Up$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Eazy Duz It (25th Anniversary Edition)Remastered 25th Anniversary Edition
Released only a month after Straight Outta Compton (1988), Eazy-Duz-It was the first N.W.A spin-off album. Years before Ice Cube went solo with Amerikkka's Most Wanted (1990), before Dr. Dre changed the rap game with The Chronic (1992), before MC Ren struggled to establish himself with Shock of the Hour (1993), and before Yella simply fell into obscurity, Eazy-E rose to immediate superstar status with this solo debut. It's no wonder why, for the album plays like a humorous, self-centered twist on Straight Outta Compton with Eazy-E, the most charismatic member of N.W.A, front and center while his associates are busy behind the scenes, producing the beats and writing the songs.
In terms of production, Dr. Dre and Yella meld together P-Funk, Def Jam-style hip-hop, and the leftover electro sounds of mid-'80s Los Angeles, creating a dense, funky, and thoroughly unique style of their own. In terms of songwriting, the D.O.C., Ice Cube, and MC Ren are each credited; plus, Ren performs raps of his own on five of the 12 songs.
The collaborative nature of the music -- with Dre and Yella producing; the D.O.C., Ice Cube, and MC Ren writing the songs; MC Ren featured as a guest on half of them; and Eazy-E performing -- fortunately makes Eazy-Duz-It more of an N.W.A effort than a true solo album. This is fortunate because as charismatic as he may be, Eazy-E isn't an especially gifted MC. He's at his best here when he's cracking wise and also when he's overshadowed by Dr. Dre's productions, particularly on the four-song sequence of Eazy Duz It, We Want Eazy, Eazy-er Said Than Dunn, and Radio -- all heavily produced songs with layers upon layers of samples and beats competing with Eazy-E's rhymes for attention.
Straight Outta Compton is no doubt the more revolutionary album, yet Eazy-Duz-It is a great companion, showcasing N.W.A's sense of humor and, despite the often violent subject matter, casting them in a lighter, more humorous mood. When Eazy-E would return with a second solo release, 5150 Home 4 tha Sick, his N.W.A associates would be M.I.A. and the difference would be stark.
- Jason Birchmeier (All Music Guide)1. Still Talkin'
2. Nobody Move
3. Ruthless Villain
4. 2 Hard Mutha's
5. Boyz-N-The-Hood (remix)
7. We Want Eazy
8. Eazy-er Said Than Dunn
10. No More ?'s
11. I'mma Break It Down
12. Eazy - Chapter 8 Verse 10$24.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now