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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Marky Ramone and the Speedkings
Legends Bleed
Thirsty Ear Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
With the recent deaths of Joey and Dee Dee Ramone and the inception of the Ramones into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, there's been a lot of buzz lately about Queens' own punk pioneers. Some posthumous solo recordings have surfaced along with a renewed interest in bands like the Dictators, NYC contemporaries of the Ramones from Forest Hills.

Legends Bleed from Marky Ramone and the Speedkings is the latest in this line of Ramones-related releases and continues the tradition of stripped down, balls-to-the-wall rock and fucking roll that was begun by the Ramones back in 1974 at CBGB's. The music is just right too - the sounds are all there, surf-influenced drums and guitar riffs, 4/4 time almost all the way, tight chunky changes, and resounding vocals and harmonies.

Perhaps more importantly than the music is that, they get the humor right as well. The Speedking's Nick Cooper is doing his best Joey, sure, that goes without saying, but what they lack in originality they make up for with energy and goofiness and some funny lyrics that you'd want to hear blaring out of the back of any bar on a Saturday night walking down Ave. C on the Lower East Side, the smell of stale beer hitting your senses. Take his sample from "Beaver On My Mind" - "Hot, moist, dripping and smelly/ maybe I can do that jelly/ I've got beaver on my mind". Stupid shit, but its delivered with just the right amount of distortion and attitude. They've got a song for the UPS Girl, for losers with Weenie Hair, all those Sex Phone Girls ("Dirty girls never say no/ that's why I love 'em so"), and Rock and Roll Assholes. Some cool sample intros from old songs bridge the gaps and some Dick Dale-style staccato solos and trebled-out Fender sounds fill in the spaces. What's cool about his album is that it's just stupid and fun enough, but still pretty fucked up and dirty, and it's got that rock element that the Ramones always had on their better songs. Kind of timeless in a way, repetitious, sure, but right on most of the time, down to the sound of a car peeling out at the end of "Road Rage". As a bonus, they also throw in four Ramones covers from a New Years Eve Speedkings show in Berlin. Not bad for a bunch of old school rock motherfuckers

Reviewed by James Hoey
A long-time contributing writer for LAS, Jim lives in North Carolina and drives an early 70s model mustard yellow Chevrolet Blazer.

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