Stuntman And Lover Of Cheese

by Dan Bostonweeks

Strike Arms With Black Dynamite

Once again my little friends, it is new music roundup time. This episode is a little delayed because it took me a while to find the one new album I really wanted. Six stores and two days, and even then it wasn’t on the rack but rather in the “to be filed” bin. Sheesh, new music comes out on Tuesday folks. Strike AnywhereExit English
This was one of my most eagerly awaited albums of 2003. Now that it’s here it is definitely not a let down. With Change is a Sound Strike Anywhere blew me away. With Exit English they pick right back up where they left off. Angry, timely, and melodic (more so than CiaS even). It also takes about one commute time to listen to so bonus points there. The Lawrence ArmsThe Greatest Story Ever Told
Hmmm, I’m not sure about this album. I love the Larry Arms, in fact their last album, Apathy and Exhaustion, is one of my favorite albums. Unfortunately Greatest Story just didn’t grab me right off so I’m going to have to listen a bunch more and render full judgment then. Paint It BlackCVA
There once was a band, Kid Dynamite (more on them in a minute), that came onto the scene and rocked it so hard that many were blown away. Then the members decided to call it quits because some of them wanted to do other things. I think they broke up way too early, there was still much more rocking for them to do. That leads us to Paint It Black, one of the bands to come out of Kid Dynamite (the other being None More Black …what’s with the black theme?). These guys rock way out. They have definitely picked up the torch left burning by Kid Dynamite. I can’t believe how good it is. A bit short, but every song blasts to you with a ferocious intensity that is very welcomed. Kid DynamiteCheap Shots, Youth Anthems
As I mentioned above, Kid Dynamite is no more. This makes me bummed every time I think about it. Over the short but fantastic history of Kid Dynamite there were many splits, covers, singles (like on comps) and demos that have now been collected into Cheap Shots, Youth Anthems. For the casual listener there is nothing really new (except maybe the covers) on this disc, but to the rabbid Kid Dynamite fan this disc is just as big a part of the Kid Dynamite collection as the other two albums. There is also a DVD in the package. On it are a few live performances, a preview of an upcoming full-length DVD for Kid Dynamite!, and a snippet of an interview at a benefit show that KD reunited for. Good stuff all around. I’m very happy to have this. Thanks for tuning in. Go forth and rock!