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Album Review: Rozwell Kid “Precious Art”

Rozwell Kid takes me back to the mid-nineties and geek rock’s golden age of Weezer, Nada Surf, and Superdrag. Only twenty seconds into the album, the band displays the pitch-perfect falsetto “ooo”s so commonly associated with Weezer. Then the opener “Wendy’s Trash Can” takes off, turning into a driving seventies-style power-punk song, though few would mistake Rozwell Kid for a punk band by the end of the album, for what that’s worth; “Wendy’s Trash Can” is one of three songs out of twelve that might be fast enough to be considered “punk”.

“South By” is a fifty-five-second mostly-instrumental (at least word-less) ethereal interlude, and leads into “UHF On DVD” – a reference to the obscure 1989 Weird Al movie, I’m pretty sure – for which a lyric video has been released. “UHF On DVD” is one of the other “fast” songs on Precious Art, and is singer Jordan Hudkins’s humorous take on anxiety and insecurity. The synthesizer, a staple of geek rock, is featured prominently in this track, as are other charateristics made popular by Rivers Cuomo’s band: the aforementioned falsetto singing, as well as a tight dual guitar solo in “Total Mess”, and just as Weezer famously sang “I can’t help my boogies, they get out of control,” so too does Rozwell Kid have a song called “Booger” that begins “I had a finger deep inside my nose; I was digging through a lonely sea.”

Precious Art is Rozwell Kid’s SideOneDummy debut but amazingly the band’s fourth full-length album, even though I’m just now diving into their catalog. Am I that out of touch? Probably. Either way, free music I may not have heard of otherwise in conjunction with a writing assignment is one of the perks of writing reviews for a publication like Dying Scene. And, sorry Mountaineers, but I just don’t expect a burgeoning rock and roll scene hailing from the hills of West Virginia. What’s next, a prominent punk band from Wyoming?

While comparisons to Weezer abound, and justifiably, it took me a bit longer to pin down whose voice singer Jordan Hundkins reminded me of. Finally I landed on sixties band Lovin’ Spoonful, best known for “Do You Believe in Magic”. Once I drew this comparison, I dare say that at times Rozwell Kid has more in common with the sixties than the nineties, even if I’d already pinned them to the seventies earlier in this review. Clearly this band is not influenced by a single decade. They tour relentlessly, and have released four full-length album in six years, so there will surely be more to come from Rozwell Kid.

3.5/5 Stars



Goldfinger stream new song “Tijuana Sunrise” from upcoming album “The Knife”

California ska-punk veterans Goldfinger have premiered another song from their upcoming album The Knife. The track’s called “Tijuana Sunrise”, and you can check it out below.

The Knife is set to release on July 21 through Rise Records. It will be the band’s first LP in nearly a decade, following 2008’s Hello Destiny.



SideOneDummy re-releases Pkew Pkew Pkew’s debut album with new title, “+ One”

Pkew Pkew Pkew’s debut formerly self-titled album has been re-released as “+ One.” The album features one new track, “Cold Dead Hands,” hence the clever name change.

You can pick up the new album from SideOneDummy.

The band is currently on tour with The Flatliners. You can find the remaining dates and the video for “Cold Dead Hands” below. It contains that saddest ever consumption of toast.



Gogol Bordello release video for “Walking On The Burning Coal”

Gypsy punk pioneers/madmen (madwomen) Gogol Bordello return with a lyric video for the single “Walking On The Burning Coal” off of their upcoming LP. Check it out  below.



Rozwell Kid stream new album “Precious Art”

Rozwell Kid are currently streaming their new album Precious Art via their Bandcamp page. You can check it out below.

Precious Art was released on June 23 via SideOneDummy, and follows their 2015 release Good Graphics.



AJJ announce “People Who Can Eat People Are The Luckiest People In The World” 10th anniversary tour

AJJ, or Andrew Jackson Jihad as they were happily known as back a decade ago, are doing a lengthy tour to mark the 10th anniversary of their seminal second album, “People Who Can Eat People Are The Luckiest People In The World”.  The tour will feature the band’s original lineup of Sean Bonnette on acoustic guitar and Ben Gallaty on stand-up bass. A full list of cities the tour hits are belowTickets go on sale in the usual places on Wednesday June 28th.

AJJ’s most recent effort is last year’s “The Bible 2,” released on SideOneDummy.



Rozwell Kid release 10 hour long video for new track ‘Wendy’s Trash Can’

Got a couple of hours to spare? The amazing Rozwell Kid just premiered a 10 hour long(!) music video for its new track ‘Wendy’s Trash Can’. The latest single to be taken from the band’s upcoming full length ‘Precious Art’, out June 23 via SideOneDummy. You can pre-order ‘Precious Art’ right here.

Head down below for 10 hours of viewing pleasure.



Microwave premiere new video for “Roaches”

Atlanta’s Microwave have premiered a video for their song “Roaches,” off their most recent album, “Much Love.”

For such a mellow song, the video is mildly unsettling. How they got the cameras into my apartment without my noticing I’ll never know.

Check out the video below while you make plans to see Microwave on Warped Tour this summer.



Astronautalis covers PUP’s “DVP”

Minneapolis’ Astronautalis has released a cover of PUP‘s “DVP.” The video is a part of SideOneDummy‘s Artist On Artist series on YouTube, a collection of the label’s artists covering one another.

You can watch it below.



Get Party! Records streams new compilation “Friends & Family at Pouzza 2017”

London, Ontario record label Get Party! Records just released a new compilation featuring 18 bands set to appear at this years Pouzza fest.  The list includes bands on Get Party! as well as some friends of the label including Iron Chic, Caffiends, Brutal Youth and more.  You can listen to the whole thing below.



Rozwell Kid premiere lyric video for “UHF on DVD”

Indie punk act Rozwell Kid have released a lyric video for their song “UHF on DVD”

You can check out the video below.

“UHF on DVD” comes from the bands’ upcoming album, Precious Art, which is set to be released on June 23rd via SideOneDummy.



Watch: AJJ perform “Junkie Church” at SideOneDummy HQ

AJJ, who will always-and-forever remain better known as Andrew Jackson Jihad, are among the myriad artists putting out special releases for Record Store Day today. Specifically, the Arizona-based quartet are slated to drop Decade of Regression: Live at SideOneDummy, and have now debuted the video performance of that album’s version of “Junkie Church” for your viewing enjoyment. Check it out below.

“Junkie Church” originally appeared on AJJ’s latest album, last year’s “The Bible 2,” obviously released on SideOneDummy.



Chris Farren performs “Still Beating” on Live From The Rock Room

Chris Farren (Fake ProblemsAntarctigo Vespucci, etc.) recently performed “Still Beating” on Live From The Rock Room, and you can check out the video below.

“Still Beating” comes from Chris Farren’s latest album Can’t Die, which was released on September 2nd through SideOneDummy Records.



Microwave release video for “Dull”

Georgia emo punks Microwave have released a video for “Dull”. The track is from their full length “Much Love”, which came out back in September 2016 via SideOneDummy Records.

You can watch the video below.



Jeff Rosenstock announces UK/EU tour

Jeff Rosenstock has announced a slew of upcoming European tour dates. The month-long jaunt kicks off at Groezrock on April 30th and runs through May 27th in Brighton, UK. Check out the full rundown below.

Rosenstock is still touring in support of his latest release, last year’s stellar “WORRY.” which was put out via SideOneDummy.