Archive for November, 2009

Hands up! Get down!

Posted in News on November 30, 2009 by jeffathearingaid

So lately I’ve been busy being lethargic and overall just being a slob. But a new review will be up soon. The Best of the Worst will be releasing their new EP Calling From the Grave in a week or so…(?) You can get their previous album “Quarter Life Crisis” if you click on the question mark too. It’s damn good pop-punk mixed with hardcore and ska. I like to think of them as a less corny version of A Day to Remember with a horn section.

Also there’s another excuse for Jeff Rosenstock to scream (sigh) up on Quote Unquote.  I feel like his ship has sailed…but maybe I’ll give it a listen because he’s listed as playing the baritone guitar and I love obscure instruments.

Anyway, our friends Jack of all Boxes just recorded a demo, and it’s pretty awesome. Epic bass lines and some really great lyrics and song structure. They’re pretty much the highlight of the ska scene in Southern NH/Northeast MA. Definitely check them out if you get the chance.

Stay posted,



New banner! and more!

Posted in News on November 12, 2009 by jeffathearingaid

So I recently can’t get enough of the Arrogant Sons of Bitches. They’ve always been nagging at me to listen to them but I didn’t think I could listen to conventional ska bands since I discovered the Flaming Tsunamis etc… But they’re really amazing. I can’t stop listening to “Three Cheers for Disappointment”. It’s just so fast and contains some really great ska/punk. there’s just so much emotion put into it that it’s hard not to like. They have two albums up on Quote Unquote Records. Download some free music from other dudes too.


By the way, did you see the banner? It’s a little low quality but least I got it done. Maybe I’ll make a Myspace one of these days.



Review: Honest Living

Posted in Reviews on November 9, 2009 by jeffathearingaid

Matt Wixson- Honest Living

Learn how to deal!

Matt recently released “Honest Living” for free on Open Hand Records. Enjoy the review!

I’m going to cut to the chase and say what I hear in this album. This is a well written album, with little bullshit, and if there is any, it’s sprinkled with cheeky, ironic humor. It’s tired, depressed and it’s mature. It took a little bit for it to grow on me, but now I like it. I hate to compare it to “Keasby Nights” (not Catch-22) but it doesn’t have the same punch as songs like “Uranus” or “I’m Not Crazy”, or even the more recent song (and my favorite) “Double Agent”. Despite the lack of energy there is more, and better, instrumentation, the lyrics are top notch as usual, with touches of humor thrown in. The maturity makes up for the lack of energy.

Subject matter ranges from the very personal (“Wherever I End Up”), to the political (“I Ain’t Marching Anymore”), and just plain funny (“Norris/Hannity ’09”). My favorite songs on the album are “The Two Commandments”, and “Noble Masses”. “Noble Masses” accurately sums up the political climate in the US right now, and I don’t think it could be put any better: “Don’t want to hear solutions, just the sound of our own voices”.

When all is said and done, the one-man-band produced a pretty good folk-punk album. Plenty of ska, and even a dub remix is included. So if you think it’s boring the first listen, do something else and listen to it again. It’ll grow.


Nineteen Seven Five!

Posted in News on November 5, 2009 by jeffathearingaid

New Matt Wixson album was just released on Open Hand Records called “Honest Living” Review up soon!



Everyone is just great…

Posted in wierd crap on November 1, 2009 by jeffathearingaid

whoop! great weekend! I hope everyone enjoyed their Shalloween. I played/attended at a BRILLIANT show on Friday. Great turnout in a friggin church basement. honestly there’s nothing that makes me happier than going to a local show and seeing everyone getting along and singing everyone’s songs.  The Radicals tore it up as usual. Frankenvan played their best show ever (debatable haha), I had to fill in on bass for the always fun, Skankin’ Panda, and my new band ORANGE played their first show and people actually thought we were good. Hugely successful night. There’s such a huge sense of respect and overall friendship for people in the scene.

If anyone has seen Where the Wild Things Are, try sleeping in a real pile with your friends. It’s awesome. Really.

Right now I’m listening to Fall of Troy because I like math-core but can’t  listen to Dillinger Escape Plan for more than ten minutes. “Misunderstood” by Wilco is my favorite song ever. My favorite song changes every day.

good night moon