The Disciplines - Virgins of Menace (Spark & Shine CD) Second full-length from this Scandinavian band fronted by Ken Stringfellow (Posies). Much more assured and aggressive than their wishy-washy debut. Sure, it's garage-y at times, but it also recalls everything from AC/DC to T-Rex in it's monster size riffs. And Stringfellow's voice is powerful and clean and just balls-out the entire time. A huge improvement and very pleasant surprise.
Lifeguards - Waving at Astronauts (Ernest Jenning Record Co. CD) Bob Pollard in Arena Rock mode, and that's just how I like my Pollard, thank you very much. Nothing lo-fi about the music or instrumentation (courtesy of Doug Gillard) or recording. Maybe my fave Pollard project since GBV's demise.
The Measure (SA) - Notes (No Idea CD) The last release from this soon-to-be-no-more Jersey punk band and arguably their best. Towards the end it gets a little too generic pop-punk, but it is front-loaded with great tunes and some pleasantly assured vocals from Lauren Measure.
Mind Spiders - S/T (Dirtnap LP) Marked Men side project not dissimilar in it's mixture of rapid tempos and brittle hooks. Perhaps a little more experimental in its instrumentation and arrangements, but fans of MM will dig it much. Brainy, forward looking punk teetering on the edge of new-wave.
The Parting Gifts - Strychnine Dandelion (In th Red LP) Another side project, this time Greg Cartwright (Reigning Sound) and Coco Hames (The Ettes) fashion an album of solid '60s girl-group influenced rock'n'roll. Nothing radically different from either artists respective catalogs, but a heck of a lot more fun than the last Reigning Sound record. All comes down to the tunes and this one has 'em in spades.