Utilizing one of my gift certificates I stopped by Amoeba Music in
Berkeley and got myself into more trouble with new to me music:
Crimpshrine - *Duct Tape Soup*: one of the influential East Bay punk bands from the late 80's/early 90's. These guys are the sound that defines the Gilman scene of that period. No longer around this is a good thing to add to my music collection.
Pennywise – From the Ashes: These SoCal hardcore rockers have had a good long career and with From the Ashes they return to the sound that I first started listening to them for. Ferocious and timely songs fill this album. The lyrics are good and exactly what I expect from Pennywise. The album also comes with a bonus DVD that has some live footage, lots of antics backstage and on the road, and a little about each person in the band. Good stuff all around.
Primus – Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People: A new EP from the band that is a category all it’s own. This iteration of the band is back to the lineup that made them famous: Les, Ler, and Tim. The 5 songs on the music disc are all classic Primus. They amaze me with the sounds they can make. The best part of the whole thing is there is a DVD that has most of the bands videos. A lot of high quality stuff is on the DVD making this a must have for anyone that likes Primus.
The Clash – The Essential Clash: I found myself wanting one single group of Clash songs that I could haul around without taking every single album with me. This is it. Remastered and well worth it. I’ll admit a few songs swapped out here or there would be better, but I’m not complaining.