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Haiku Record Reviews

by Randy McQueen & P.C. Jones


Continuing in our effort to inject our readers with a shot of culture now and then, we here at the Reglar Wiglar are proud to introduce another installment of the haiku record review. Classy, ain't it?

COQUETTISH
Total Pop Madness (?)

Melodic hardcore
Energy jam packed with speed
Ska Japanese style

KASPAR HAUSER
Bird's Eye/ Glazed 7" (Spacesuit)

Electric folky rock
Acoustic indie folk rock
With twenty-four strings

IVAN KLIPSTEIN
Lifestyle (Crustacean)

Bubblegum sweet pop
Pink clouds and friendly hand-clap
Psychedelia

THE LOVE OF EVERYTHING
Drinking. Feeling (Swey)

Playful sad man-boy
Strummy childish delight in
Milk cookies speed car

ORGANIC 7" EP
(Microcosm)

Punkers from Portland
Emigrants from Las Vegas
San Francisco sound

WESLEY WILLIS FIASCO
Live EP (C.R.A.S.)

Metal poesy rock
Whipping wild horses asses
Shout simple friction

UNCLE EDDIE
Uncleddium (Crustacean)

Not from Ohio
Funky Midwestern white boys
Firehose rides again

THE JUDAS FACTOR
Kiss Suicide (Revelation)

EMOtive screamers
use big words for girl trouble
while thrashing metal

THE WEAKERTHANS
Left and Leaving (Sub City)

poetic license
built to rock sad and lonesome
pretty, literate

POLARIS MINE
Lists of Things (Beatville)

serious and dark
blending of indie and punk styles
is polaris yours?

THE QUEERS
Beyond the Valley (Hopeless)

wanna-be Ramones
spewing same old lame tired crap
misanthropic punk

SPIVEYS
V (DPG)

spastic Midwestern
bare-knuckled, ham-fisted chunks
gnarled and twisted

SAMARKIND/CLOUD
Pitchwheel/Wanker (semperlofi)

peripheral sounds
subliminal sabotage
split lo-fi head trip

MIRAH
you think it's like this but it's really like this (K)

sweet and innocent
songs of lust and love
it's really like this

ELECTRELANE
Rock It to the Moon (Mr. Lady)

atmospheric sounds
lush instrumental landscapes
musical head rush

GASOLINE
Take It to The People 10"/CD (Estrus)

sweaty suit and ties
"power-soul" Japanese-style
Yokkaichi Blues Bros.

MOVIOLA
Rumors of the Faithful (Spirit of Orr)

laidback, lo-fi grooves
you remember indie rock?
Moviola do

ONE TIME ANGELS
Sound of a Restless City (Adeline)

emo pop punk rock
who makes these once angels sing?
the Devil maybe?

OPERATION MAKEOUT
(first base) (Mint)

rock'n'roll makout's
Canadian kiss station
heading for home base

PETER PARKER
Semiautobiographical (Recurving)

venom-filled bites
from radioactive spider
makes band of Parkers

V IS FOR VENDETTA
Beneath This Mask, Another Mask (Mr. Lady)

jagged sparse duet
getting over on the math
with the prog folk tip

DENNIS DRISCOLL
Voices in the Fog (K)

from out of the fog
what is this plucking music?
folk music you fool!

CALVIN JOHNSON
What Was Me (K)

basement baritone
modern day spirituals
was it really you?

KAIA
Oregon (Mr. Lady)

melancholy songs
heartwrenching soulsearching voice
another mind state

THE REPUTATION
The Reputation (Initial)

bad haiku writing
can ruin reputations
but one always tries

MATT SKIBA & KEVIN SECONDS
Split CD (Asian Man)

songwriting talents
an acoustical duel
relief, it's a draw

TENDER TRAP
Film Molecules (K)

poppy funky beat
caught cold in a tender trap
rock disco treat

DAMAGE CONTROL
What it Takes (Livewire)

damage has been done
with crunchy, distorted chords
control is not lost

ENGINE DOWN
Engine Down (Lookout!)

Emotional rock
fighting angst and ennui
living is hard, no?

GREENLAWN ABBEY
Greenlawn Abbey (Diaphragm)

Sixties--style rocking
Toe--tapping and head--bobbing
strongly encouraged

HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS
The Silence in Black and White (Victory)

current hot genre
rough and smooth vocal hybrid
doesn't work for me

MY REVENGE
Less Plot, More Blood (Thorp)

The plot does thicken
punk rock drama soon unfolds
my revenge served cold

PIANO DRAG
Send Us a Signal (One Cell/Ethospine)

jagged sharp edges
recognizable yet new
drag this piano

STRUNG OUT
Exile in Oblivion (Fat Wreck Chords)

melodic punk rock
ala SoCal to be sure
quintet and Vans vets

BEDFORD
Spaceships, Sex, and Jealousy (Microcosm/Boss Tunage)

a band now defunct
collects all their singles here
s peed up the pop, punk!

MADDER MORTEM
Deadland (The End)

Listen to the ways
madder mortem explore death
you'll be madder too

THE MISTREATERS
Playa Hated to the Fullest (Estrus)

amped up garage rock
slows down for the white boy blues
ain't mistreated me

THE ORANGES BAND
On TV (Lookout!)

jangly guitar pop
with sad boy crooner crooning
a good depression

PANTHERS
Let's Get Serious (Dim Mak)

messy brooklyn rock
most instruments lost in mix
as panther slinks by

SHAI HULUD
That Within Blood Ill-Tempered (Revelation)

very angry men
screaming bloody fucking mess
metallic hardcore

THIS DAY FORWARD
In Response (Equal Vision)

heavy rock screaming
melodic rock interplay
a dichotomy

CATCH TWENTY-TWO
Dinosaur Sounds (Victory)

dinos on cover
and ska fueled rock pop and roll
you can't go wrong

THE DESTROYED
Outta Control (no label)

answering the call
seventies punk pals unite
to destroy again

THE DICK PANTHERS
Differently Abled (Hollow Bunny)

an absurd collage
music as commentary
or as comedy?

EE
Ramadan (Asian Man)

everyone enjoys
enticingly embracing
ephemeral ease

LIBIDO GRANDE
Wrecked (Failed Experiment)

rock music can mask
biological desires
wrecks you in the end

MARTYR A.D.
On Earth as it is in Hell (Victory)

full on metal charge
as tormenting on CD
as it is in hell

JEFF OTT
Will Work for Diapers (Sub City)

lefty folk music
sales will support a good cause
will sell for diapers

 

 

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