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Chest Crawl
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For all you surf rock fans out there, I come baring good news.  If you’ve never heard of Portland, OR’s Guantanamo Baywatch then you have a new favorite contemporary surf act to discover.  For those of you out there already familiar with this band, then you’re keenly aware of just how amazing these folks are.  Playing a brand of surf that leans heavily on punk and garage rock roots, Guantanamo Baywatch charge hard with some real foot stompers.  Their debut LP, Skin Crawl, is a modern classic of the surf genre and proof that old styles can certainly be taught a new trick or two.  Sonically, the band has masterfully recreated the instrumental tones of some of the great forefathers of the genre like The Lively Ones, The Marketts, and The Tornadoes.  Additionally, the band delivers the goods live just as you’d want them to.  Sets where reverb drenched guitar licks and vocals glide and peel through the air just as easily and sometimes wildly as people do on barreling waves is something I can easily get down with.  Whether you’re digging recent acts like The 5,6,7,8’s and Bombón or classics like Dick Dale and The Ventures, Guantanamo Baywatch is definitely something to be checking out.

More information on Guantanamo Baywatch can be found at their Facebook, Bandcamp, and official site. Copies of Chest Crawl can be picked up via Green Noise Records.

From Bad Sports’ tongue-in-cheek pre-teen pop punk to the more hallowed and harmonious ground of former Shins member Dave Hernandez’s Little Cuts, Dirtnap Records’ 2012 Sampler is a volume of variations on garage punk, all buzzing with high voltage and hailing from basements throughout the land.

Mean Jeans and one of my favorites on the sampler, the sick and sludgy surf-rocking Guantanamo Baywatch, share the label’s hometown of Portland, Oregon.

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Track: Mind Spiders - Wait for Us

By Paul Blawat

When the debut Mind Spiders LP was released last year, it was initially mentioned in passing whispers*, and believed to be a temporary music outlet for the Marked Men’s Mark Ryan. Then people actually listened to what was (IMHO) one of 2011’s finest. Well, it’s 2012 and Ryan and co. are back. The new LP Meltdown comes out February 21 on Dirtnap. Here’s the first track, “Wait For Us”.

Mind Spiders - Wait for Us

Not enough? While you’re waiting for the new record, kick back, crack a king can of Tecate, put up your aching dogs, widescreen your YouTube and watch this excellent video of the Mind Spiders’ New Year’s Eve show in Denton

*Somewhat like a new temp passing by the secretary’s pool of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.


Guantanamo Baywatch might be be surf rock’s best kept secret. Every time I put on their latest album, “Chest Crawl,” people always want to know more about this band. I couldn’t stop listening to this album last summer, it reminds me of not having a job and going swimming every day, without a care in the world.

buy the vinyl here: http://www.greennoiserecords.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=24764  

Review: Mean Jeans - On Mars

By Jonathan Markley

For me, the label “pop punk” got real tired and worn out, mostly because the genre just got saddled with way too many shitty mall punk bands. But I’m a punk rocker at heart and when a band like Mean Jeans makes punk sound as fresh as it did back when the first couple of Descendents LPs hit the record stores, you just can’t go wrong. Mean Jeans’ new LP On Mars is just about to make everyone feel young again.

Songs like “Hangin’ Tuff” and “Ready 2 Rip” are party punk anthems that bounce down that gloriously catchy path that the Ramones first tread. Mean Jeans up the ante by adding a dirty bubblegum garage veneer to their mischievous punk vibe. The discerning listener in me may think the three chord punk on the new LP sounds a bit derivative, but when played this passionately and when the songs get stuck in your head so long, fuck the critical side of my brain. Just play “Don’t Stop Partying” and pour another round for the friends at your place.

Music doesn’t always have to strive for lofty artistic ideals. Mean Jeans is sloppy rock ‘n’ roll at its most primal core. Anyone who’s seen them live knows it’s about the hazy late night memories you hold onto long after the hangover is gone. On Mars captures that manic energy of their live shows, and it’s near perfect despite its imperfections. Several songs slow down the pace of the album and seem a bit half thought out. I could do without “2 Twisted 2 Luv U” and “Mean Jeans Forever”, but I can’t fault them for actually releasing an LP over thirty minutes.

Fans of Dirtnap’s catalog and especially the snotty punk scene in Texas ought to take note. Means Jeans rip out the punk jams just as hard as the Marked Men, the Riverboat Gamblers and Steve Adamyk Band. Listen to “Hangin’ Tuff” and “Ready 2 Rip” below, and go buy On Mars from Dirtnap Records.


Ok so here’s the whole set from The Spits Stockholm Show.

But before you push play i advice you to get a sixpack beer and turn up the volume. The weekend starts now ok!?

The Spits Rule.



Don’t Try by Radioactivity 
from S/T on Dirtnap Records

2,667 photos of 3,300+ records were taken on October 24th and 25th by Dave Koen and Eric Michener at Mad World Records in Denton, TX.

Directed and Edited by Eric Michener ericmichener.com
Photo editing by Dave Koen davekoen.com