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The Best Punk on Bandcamp, August 2018

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Bandcamp has long been a home for DIY punk and hardcore from around the world, touching all of the myriad subgenre styles and helping to translate the simple effectiveness of cut-and-paste to the digital age. For August’s edition of the best punk releases on Bandcamp, Kerry Cardoza features the existential hardcore of Kansas City’s Mentira, the dreamy twee of Melbourne’s Primo!, a tight EP from punk tricksters Judy and the Jerks, and much more.

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Big Ups: Wimps Pick Their Favorite Records on Bandcamp

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Photo by Nathan Palace

When it came time for Seattle punk trio Wimps to shoot the cover art for their latest record, Garbage People, they had a very specific idea in mind.

“We wanted a picture in front of a huge pile of garbage,” remembers bassist Matt Nyce. “We were picturing an old-timey dump, like something that Heathcliff would live in. We tried a couple junkyards and it didn’t work, so we found this recycling center and walked in.”

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Album of the Day: Lithics, “Mating Surfaces”

Mating Surfaces, the sophomore album from post-punk darlings Lithics, showcases the four-piece at the height of their powers. Jagged guitar riffs, dominant basslines, minimal drums, and affectless vocals work together to create a fresh take on classic post-punk (à la Delta 5 or Gang of Four). Newly signed to legendary Pacific Northwest label Kill Rock Stars, on this release the Portland, OR-based band deliver 12 biting, crisp tracks in just under 30 minutes. Continue reading