Dan Vapid and The Cheats S/T (more HERE) and Kurt Baker's Rockin' For a Living (more HERE) came from War On Music and were not cheap ($16.99 and $12.99 respectively), Redd Kross' (more HERE) Researching the Blues was $15.99 from The Folk Festival Music Store, while The Ramones' (more HERE) Mondo Bizaaro was about $18.99 from Music Trader. So it was an expensive weekend and I'll need to cut back next week.
The Vapid album is stellar set of pop-punk tunes and should be bought by all Weasel fans toute suite. The Baker EP is fantastic musically but I'm more hesitant to recommend because it's expensive, weakly-packaged (cardboard sleeve, no insert!) and it UNFAIRLY leaves off two songs from the ten inch version. Redd Kross' new album is blood-stirring and destined to hit a slew of Best of 2012 lists. As for Mondo Bizaaro, the imperfections are glaring. It starts with a weak, dated Joey political tract, follows it with the weaker of the TWO songs from the pen of drummer Marky Ramone but, fortunately, the album then hits a real strong patch in the middle, leaving at least eight very good songs to make up for the filler at the beginning and near the end.
Okay, I took Commando, I took from the library because it's reeeeeal short (and Johnny Ramone's rah-rah Republicanism irritates me - BUT I WON'T COMPLAIN ABOUT HIS FREE SPEECH, ESPECIALLY SINCE I'M NOT PAYING FOR IT!
Hey music lovers.
We'd love to hear about what music you bought this week!