CD Reviews: Punk Compilation, Bloodcocks UK and Bounty Hunter Brothers

Punk Compilation

Various Artists, Desert Rats With Baseball Bats: A Las Vegas Punk Rock Music Sampler (SquidHat)

MI0003641931Las Vegas has long boasted a strong punk scene. Local label SquidHat seeks to prove this to an international audience by distributing a compilation CD of 21 Sin City bands. Desert Rats is the most professional and comprehensive effort of its kind. It helps that the songs shine—Deadhand’s explosive “Unsettling,” the Dirty Panties’ frothing “Wet,” Aluminum Falcon’s skatecore anthem “As the City Sleeps.” A few acts (3d6, Bloodcocks UK, the Vermin) are noticeably absent. Still, it’s a home run. ★★★★✩


Bloodcocks UK, Planet Bloodcock (SquidHat)

61yRYoetpVL._SL500_AA280_The comedy porno-punk quartet—if you count blow-up doll/stage prop Annie Bloodcock—switches from the Wood Shampoo microlabel to SquidHat for sophomore (and raunchily sophomoric) LP Planet Bloodcock. This time, actual musical competence is evident, particularly on the jangly ’60s-garage pop and prison-survival primer of “Jailhouse Debutante.” The gross-out, rape-happy gallop of “Three Hole Romeo” is trickier than it seems, too. Despite such technical advances, Bloodcocks remain unsafe for holiday gifting. Or for anything besides chasing off unwanted houseguests ★★✩✩✩

College Rock

Bounty Hunter Brothers, As I See It Yes (Self-released)

a2497086270_10Five months after releasing their debut album, Las Vegas’ retro-alt rockers unleash seven originals, plus a cover of the Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog.” Instead of revering Sonic Youth, Bounty Hunter Brothers stalk the wide-open terrain between Pink Floyd and the MC5. Guitarist Bobby Pesti’s six-string performance here is, again, snarlingly multidimensional. “All a Game” is a four-chord knockout. But for whatever reason, Pesti and bassist Davenport’s vocals are distractingly tuneless. Six-minute “Killing Time (Slowly),” for instance, sounds twice as long. ★★✩✩✩

Disc Scan

Upcoming on Jarret’s radar …

NOV. 5: Christian hard-rockers Stryper headbang the Bible yet again with their 11th studio release No More Hell To Pay, celebrating 30 years as a band. Can’t wait to hear their cover of classic gospel tune “Jesus Is Just Alright.” NOV. 12: Phil Elverum (formerly known as the Microphones) uses Garageband and Auto-Tune to remix songs from his catalog for the latest Mount Eerie effort, Pre-Human Ideas. NOV. 26: Chamber-rock ensemble Shearwater has toured extensively, and in honor of the bands with whom they’ve hit the road, here comes a covers collection called Fellow Travelers. Highlights include a startling rendition of Xiu Xiu’s “I Luv the Valley OH!!”

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