The Hextalls Give My Heart A Giant Fucking Boner

SO, I finally opened my ear eyes wide enough to realize that The Hextalls have MORE THAN ONE ALBUM! It only took somebody saying 'hey they have more than one album you know' for me to realize they have MORE THAN ONE ALBUM!
The link to it is clearly displayed on the page that I visit daily to hear what I thought was the only album. 
A headless chicken could have located it sooner.. by accident. 
Basically it has now taken over my life. 
For one, I wasted almost the entire length of the album in the shower this evening. 
I. Hate. Showers. 
Not only do they require standing for a period of time, but the showers themselves are often riddled with those 8 (and 6) legged freaks of nature. 
Daddy Long Legs.
Three words which, alone, mean nothing sinister, but together become like 8 nails dragging themselves over a chalkboard... and through your hair... up your bum... in your mouth... excuse me while I scream and shutter. 
So yeah, the want to hear more kept me in a place where I could listen without distraction. 
And now I could be playing video games on my super new PS3 that I think about every minute I'm not home, yet instead of playing Castle Crashers I'm listening to the song "Castle Crashers" . 

I swear on Yoda's grave - although, technically he doesn't have a grave because his body wasn't buried, it ceased to exist and he became one with The Force... so by Yoda's grave I mean I swear on The Force - that if I were composed of music, these 17 songs would make up ME. They talk about farting, burping, video games... Pacman, Castle Crashers, Xbox, parents being into Shania Twain... makes 90's references while talking sports... RANGER DANGER!

1. WHAT CREEPS!
I would have probably gone with the baseball guy. :S

So, to recap.
Sarah and The Hextalls both love: video games, 90's references, farting, burping, saying things like 'gives my heart a giant fucking boner', Shania Twain, and so on.

I'm Sarah. I believe we're done here. 

The New, The Old and The Local

I feel like a fat kid at an all you can eat bacon and cookie buffet right now when it comes to music.
I've been stuck in an insatiable rut for far too long, lacking interest in finding new musical obsessions and feeling like the talent pool had been emptied and turned into a skate park of cliche, dry concrete crap.
But now, thanks to a couple friends with impeccable taste and this years NXNE lineup everything has changed. I've (re)discovered bands I can't get enough of, and I'm starving for more.


The New:

The Hextalls
This album came out in February, so it's not really new per se, but it's new to me. My friend Julian introduced me to these guys last week and it was like he introduced me to my band soul mate. I have listened to this album on repeat every single day since and it's all I think about when it isn't coming through my speakers. This pop punk album is comparable to the perfect sex romp. 13 equally awesome orgasms in a row... the moodmosphere is playful and most importantly not mushy lovey dovey crapvomit but jovial, light-hearted and casual.
Best band ever.

Cold Warps
I'm not sure if it's the nice weather or wHut but surf-pop-punk-rock is where it's at right now. This style of music shoots visions of sunny beaches behind closed eyes, making it bearable to be stuck inside working all day as long as I'm listening to a band like Cold Warps, or Black Lips who they remind me of.
These guys are playing NXNE.

No Such Noise!
These guys are young and feature horns that compliments the poppy easy-going punk music in a way that reminds me SO MUCH of Less Than Jake, at least their album Anthem. 
I love that LTJ album and I'm a ska kid at heart so I'm really digging this.




The Old

Hostage Calm
I think I reviewed these guys ages ago, but I just rediscovered how fucking awesome they are.
Imagine Minus The Bear collaborating with The Beach Boys.
IS YOUR MIND BLOWN OR WHAT?
How about your load, because mine sure is.

JAPANTHER
I am ashamed to admit I forgot about this band. One of my favourites of a while ago. Thank goodness for my friend Farah throwing them on at my house last night. It turns out that PKEWx3 (gunshots) *see below* have a very similar sound at times. Penis-drool-inducing pop punk. Yum (more like CUM!).



The Local

PKEW PKEW PKEW (gunshots)

Toronto is home to some fucking awesome bands right now.
This band, for example. They're the perfect pop punk band to blow up the pop punk scene that's been seriously lacking lately. I'm actually really excited these guys exist. Period.
They're also playing NXNE.

The Bats Pajamas
Another Black Lips sounding surf'y badass garage pop punk sounding band to send silver linings into dark corners of your office at work.
They're a little bit angry and it's quite the turn on. Ang-gina in ma vah-gina. Hotttttttttt.
Playing NXNE too.

Teen Tits Wild Wives
Whoever came up with this band name deserves a thousand Gold Stars for great work.
I might only be saying that because it has 'tits' in the title. Ha, title also has 'tit' in it, ALSO AWESOME.
uh so yeah, they also deserve another thousand for great music.
They're kind of folky, a little poppy, somewhat rocky with a touch of punk and a shake of experimental noise whatever. I've only heard this song but I'm already in love.
Again, playing NXNE.



SERIOUSLY NXNE IS THE BEST TORONTO FESTIVAL.
So many good bands... I honestly suggest going to the site and listening to every band, one by one.
There is a LOT to discover.

I'm Sarah. I do what I want.

Blacklist Royals + The Victim Party + Careers In Science @ Sneaky Dee's

Toronto, I'm ashamed of you.
Sitting at home rubbing dicks / tits instead of stuffing your face with nachos and ears with punk rock.
I love rubbing dicks and tits along with the rest of ya, but I won't pass up a wicked show to do it, even if it was super early and on a Monday night.
That matters not for us non-losers.
What matters is the kick-assss band from Tennessee who drove hours to play here last night.
Blacklist Royals are easily one of my favourite non-local bands. Anthem packed country-infused punk rock, exactly what you'd hope to find out of the Nashville scene.
They are fucking amazing, and not a band that you can see any ol' weekend around Toronto.
Butt for some reason Sneaks wasn't packed for it. So Toronto, you really suck.
Basically they blew their set load to smithereens.
And if you didn't witness the wetness I hope life lets out a huge smelly fart in your direction.
They're playing Pouzza, so y'all need to head down there and make up for it.
(AND give me a ride there and back please.)
 The Victim Party and Careers In Science also played last night, two of my favourite local bands. What a night of favourites!
I think it was my first time seeing The Victim Party, at least my first time since hearing their WICKED album and becoming obsessed with it.
Those guys put on one of the most FUN shows ever.
The stage dynamic is wonderful, with a couple guitarists and a bassist positioned in front of mics across the stage, and an unmounted singer in between on either side, guy and gal. Both of which toss the 'singing stick' back and forth, alternating between each other as well as the other three.
They all just laugh, drink, and having a good time on stage, infecting every audience member to do the same on the floor. It was one of those sets that just inspire you to throw your arms up around the shoulders of whoever is beside you and just bro-down while belting out the lyrics to each song.
And then there is Careers In Science. I almost feel redundant bringing them up because we all know that I love this band. Considering they are PLAYING MY BIRTHDAY SHOW ON MAY 25TH *COME*
And last night was no exception. They keep getting better and better every time I see them, and I never get bored watching them on stage. Even the new songs are tighter than Conan's jeggings.... and those were TIGHT.
Oh, and the nacho puns were fantastic.

Body Doubles, I'm sorry but one of you wore a Coheed  & Cambria shirt, and I absolutely DESPISE that band more than any other, so I have nothing to say to you . That and I missed most of your set.

I'm Sarah. I do what I want.

Topanga @ The Horseshoe !

No, I'm not talking about the big tittid hottie from Boy Meets World.

I mean the super awesome quasi-punky-indie-pop-rock-fun band Topanga from Toronto.
I've been listening to them non stop since CMW and was incredibly excited to see them live again, at an actual show vs a cmw (the c stands for craptastic) showcase.
Once again I was completely blown away by their performance.
The weight of their live sound always surprises me. They crank up the rock outs and heavily jam their little hearts out, transforming from that cute and friendly album sound into that of drilling intensity. It's a spectacle that I wish I could continue watching over and over on some sort of go-go-Gadget projector screen tucked away in a hat that remembers every awesome show memory such as this for future enjoyment.
 The energy they project on stage matches this new accelerated sound, each member bouncing around and the singer jumping up onto the bass drum, the amps, whatever he could. Near the end everybody was banging on the cymbals with their instruments, making as much racket as possible and somehow sounding fucking awesome doing it.
They played the perfect combination of songs from their EPs and songs that as far as I know aren't on any available album yet (OR ARE THEY, IF SO GIMME!) and I loved singing along to the ones I knew equally as much as I loved hearing the ones I didn't know, and can't wait to hear again.
They even covered The Hives, something my boyfriend has raved about at least 6 times since the show last night because NOBODY ever covers The Hives, and they should be covered all the time.

Definitely one of the best bands to see live in this city / province / country / continent / world / planet / infinity and beyond.

I'm Sarah. I do what I want.

THE FEAR's debut album!

The Fear's debut album is out on my birthday, so it better be good.

AND IT IS.

They opened one of the Belvedere reunion dates, so I automatically love them.
They have a similar awesome punk rock sound.
They're about as solid as my boner would be if I had one and was attracted to really great  music.

um, *IF*? I totally am.


I'm Sarah. I do what I want.

The Given Motion / Volente

The Given Motion
They sound like the 90's got sick with the flu, struggling not to puke while attempting a comeback.



Volente
And this is the puke once it's come out of the mouth of the 90's. It's hollow, like the sound of vomiting on an empty stomach.


I'm Sarah. I do what I want.

"I am standing here beside myself" (Short Circuit, 1986)

Short Circuit...what a great movie!

What a cute little pervert!

What's my point here?
Oh right.
Beside Myself have a full length now.


It's pretty awesome.
You may remember my review of their EP.... and if you don't, don't worry because I'm about to quote myself!
The first is by a band called Beside Myself from California. They're this alt-rock-punk outfit and their vocals are my all-time favourite. Each voice has that punk rock edge to it that tweaks my heart with each drawn out line. Instrumentally everything about the band makes me happy too, especially the punky bass. If you've heard of The Regime, or read about them on this 'ol thang, you'll probably like this new band with a couple of The Regime members. The two bands definitely vary in sound a bit but as far as the boner scale goes they're both full on stiffys. The only negative thing I have to say is this EP is WAY too short. Can't wait for more! 
I'm pretty awesome.

Anyway, my wish for more has come true. and now there is absolutely no negatives about this band/album.

So you should just listen to it and I'll shut up already.

I'm Sarah. I do what I want.

Mean Tangerine - Neon Lights EP

Dick, I am.
Forgot about Mean Tangerine, I did.
No more, will I.... talk like this.
Sorry.
Boredom does weird (nerdy) things to me.
Thank goodness I have this Mean Tangerine EP to keep me entertained for about 12 minutes.
24 if I listen to it twice!
(I'm so pro at maths)
I almost didn't recognize the music until the unique MT vocals came in.
What happened to that ska band following in The Johnstones footsteps, hair and all?
They've traded in the ska-fro for a rockin' new soulful cut.
And it looks damn good on them.
Not that they ever needed improvement, because I love ska + The Johnstones + skafro's, but they've really come into their own new style with this EP.

I love it.
It feels older and more mature compared to the band I used to pass time (AND GAS, HEH) to a couple years ago.

NEW

OLD


Tickle me impressed, and colour me impressed too. Whichever.

I'm about to spend 48 minutes with this new Mean Tangerine sound, at least.

CHECK OUT THE EP HERE

I'm Sarah. I do what I want.

NEW BRASSTRONAUT!!! *CUE NOTHING ELSE MATTERING*

1 minute, 50 seconds in and I already have splooged my ear load all over myself. and thickening up again for more.



Already I'm truly, madly, deeply in love with the new Basstronaut album Mean Sun .
ALREADY.

2 minutes, 30 seconds into the second song this is already my favourite album of right now.
And probably tomorrow and the next day too.

I don't even think I need to listen to the rest of it before finishing this review.
It's not because I'm lazy.
It's because I already know how 'it's everything I ever wanted and more' it's going to be.
Because it's Brasstronaut.

GO STREAM IT HERE!

I'm Sarah. I do what I want.

When scientists become (punk) rock stars.

Careers In Science should consider a career change. Unless the science they're focused on is the science of punk rock, in which case change they need not.
They're about to release their full length FOREVERWOLF, basically a re-worked and extended-on version of their EP WhateverWolf, and I love the way they've done it. The 'Whatever' vs. 'Forever' variation in title is a cool idea, and is easily reflected in the mood of the EP vs the full length. The first was more fun, more care free, more whatever... and the latter is more sure of itself, more serious, and clearly making a statement that becomes obvious instantly when you hear the first track "Hardcore Nice Guy" which is featured on both. The difference in the song is perfect foreshadowing for what is to be expected from the rest of this album. And to be honest, the change has kind of scared me. These guys have gone from nerdy nice guys to intimidating as shiiiit, and has me feeling a bit nervous.. and very intrigued.

Let's face it. Every girl has a soft spot for bad boys, and when you add a dab of danger to the fun, good guy punk rock it's impossible not to fall for the result.. especially when it's become so savage and raunchy.


They've really gotten this whole music thing down to a science.

And then there are the new songs.
Songs that go along with this new bad boy image and yet still satisfy every craving for the sound we knew as Careers In Science before experiencing this.
SCIENCE RULES.
And so does FOREVERWOLF.

AND get this. It was all recorded by the bands drummer, Eric.
If you're not impressed yet you're clearly not a scientist.

I'm SO impressed that I'm going to bring back the boner scale.
This album is equivalent to the boner you'd get after popping Viagra and then eating every aphrodisiac in the book: bananas, chocolate, oysters, pomegranates, salmon, walnuts, watermelon... and then consuming half a bottle of red wine and watching Baywatch on mute.

FOREVERWOLF is available here for pre-order. It's only $10 for the longest, hardest... science lesson ever.

CATCH CAREERS IN SCIENCE LIVE IN TORONTO MAY 14th AT SNEAKY DEE'S AND AGAIN ON MAY 25th AT RANCHO RELAXO (my birthday bitches!) !!!

I'm Sarah. I do what I want.

M83 was the party to be.... at.

WOW.
This weekend was a musical experience of epic proportions.
First the punk rock show of a lifetime on Friday, and then the dance party rock out electro 80's light show of the century on Sunday at the Sound Academy for M83.
I missed them the last time they were in town at the sensibly close Lee's Palace and made the long trek down to the lake front this time around to see them at the most inconvenient venue in the city.
It was worth the hour long TTC fiasco to get down there and the $30 cab ride to get back.
Luckily!
The place was packed, and we got there late so I couldn't even bully my way through the crowd to get anywhere near the stage. Being as short as I am I could only make out the tops of heads and hair of the band members most of the time. I could see the insane light show from where I was though and that was exciting enough. The way they set it up made the most out of the music, whether it be slow or fast songs (they played far more of their dance songs and few of their slow ones to my delight) and enabled everybody near the back to enjoy the performance without even seeing the band. When I was able to stand on tip toes and catch a glimpse of what they were doing on stage I was shocked to see how much energy they had and how much ground they covered rocking out all over the stage. I did not expect that from the predominantly softer, electro, shoegaze'y, spoken lyric style of a lot of their songs. It was an incredible thing to watch.
What blew me away the most was the female vocals for one, sounding somewhat like Portishead at times with her crisp, beautiful range. And second, the single "Midnight City", which before the show I was sick of hearing but now have a new appreciation for. It was one of the most memorable moments when the sax cut in clear and piercing through the noise of the crowd. The sound of it was impeccable.
It was an absolutely stunning performance and I can't wait to see the band again when they come back with Justice and Austra in August.

This isn't video from this show, fyi.


I'm Sarah. I do what I want.

Belvedere, Belvedere, Belvedere!

It's true that if you wish for something hard enough it will someday, finally come true.
Like saying Beetlejuice 3 times over, except in this case gratification wasn't so soon coming.
It only took 7 years of repeating Belvedere's name and songs over and over in order for them to come back to life.
Oprah's right. The SECRET to success is being positive. (OPRAH FOR PRESIDENT!)
I now know the meaning of faith. I believed that it was possible to get to see one of my favourite bands just one more time. And it happened this past Friday. And I am still reeling from the amazing-ness of it all.

But I'll get to that.

First, I have to talk about A Wilhelm Scream who went on stage before zombie-Belvedere. I almost missed them because of a cute cat (don't ask) and I'm damn glad that pussy didn't keep me longer than it did (I really am talking about a cat here) because, and I can NOT say this enough, A WILHELM SCREAM ARE THE BEST LIVE BAND EVERRRRRRRRR. I crap you not. It doesn't matter how many times I've seen them the past couple years because they are equally as good if not BETTER THAN EVER every time. On album this band is good, but golly gee they are MADE for the stage. If I ever had to pick ONE band only that I could see perform for the rest of my life any time I wanted, I would choose them. I am being honest when I say I almost cried when they walked off the stage at this show. I couldn't help it, I just wanted... NEEDED... more AWS. Even though it meant Belvedere was coming up I couldn't face the end of their set.

Sidenote: I must say I never realized how similar A Wilhelm Scream and Belvedere are. They complimented the shit out of each other at this show, like a good burp compliments the chef.

BELVEDERE BELVEDERE BELVEDERE !
WET PANTS WET PANTS WET PANTS !
Oh how the memories rocked my face off as soon as they started playing.
I have never heard this band sound so ... professional? The Opera House sound sure trumps any venue I saw them at in Cobourg, and to hear and see them on the massive stage was just unreal.
THEY SOUNDED SO FUCKING GOOD.
I was literally frozen in awe their entire set.
For a band resurrected from the dead after 7 years they were tight and on the ball like the zombies in 28 Days/Weeks Later or the Dawn of the Dead remake, not slow moving Day of the Dead style like you'd expect from the 7 years dead.
"For a band who played most of their career in front of nobody it's a real pleasure to come back and see you guys" said Steve, clearly moved by the sold out crowd. They spent a lot of time pointing out the faces of people they remembered, those who were front row at every local show, and those whose floor they crashed on back in the day.
I think it was moving for everybody in the venue, especially the guy who was standing in front of me... a big motherfucker who literally, and this is no joke, wiped a tear from his eye after the band said this.
I can't blame him. The air was full of genuine excitement, love and pure happiness. It was almost too much hearing the crowd scream back every single word of a band who we all thought was long gone, I felt like I could have exploded, in the best orgasm kind of way.
Although their set seemed to be cut short after promises of playing for two hours, I don't think anybody walked out of there at all disappointed... including the band. They ended the show with a "thank you for not forgetting us" and I'm pretty sure I was the one wiping away a tear at that point.

Amen.





I'm Sarah. I do what I want.

the Skin Flutes.... 'nuff said.

Lately I've been raping 8tracks.com for feel good, 90's punk, emo, or pop.. desperate for some comfort food to shove down the throat of ears that can no longer stomach any of the bands I've grown accustomed to hearing lately.
For some reason I just keep going back to Jewel. How embarrassing.
And since I don't want people at work to make fun of me as I sing along teary-eyed to this poetic pop princess, I decided to work on a review for this much much 'cooler' band, the Skin Flutes.
Their album Pop For Hooligans isn't new, but it's freshly posted online for free download. It was recorded in '99, which fits right in with everything else I've been playing. Kind of. In era anyway.
And in lyrics. The would-be-emo-if-the-music-wasn't-so-punk angst-ridden, emotionally pleading lyrics on life and love.
Or maybe I'm just focusing on that because they're one of those bands you can find at least a song or to that you can relate to no matter what state of mind you're in or what you're looking to listen to.
They're everything I'd expect to come off the tail-end of the best time for pop punk music. In my opinion.
And they have covered one of my favourite classic pop songs, "Runaround Sue", to perfection.
Wrapped in similarities to every great punk band of just before their time, the sausage-like Skin Flute in the middle of all that doughy likeness is 100% unique and totally brings its own juice to taste.


I'm Sarah. I do what I want.