Local Motion: The Crumbs, Sire Esq., and Jacuzzi Boys
Insubordination Fest '08: Live From Baltimore (Insubordination Records)
Here are the Crumbs down to a three-piece, rocking harder than most of their contemporaries in an excellent live document of one of their retrospective gigs. (The Crumbs have 16 years in the game, baby!) The DVD gives them the full honor of color footage and a minimum, by my count, of six different camera angles. The 11 tracks on the accompanying live CD appear here too, in their full glory. Consider this justice finally served to one of the South's best, undisputed champions of punk rock and roll!
All In (Culture Kings)
Not only can DJ Sire Esquire drop a mean set at a local club, but homeboy can still funk up, tea up, fuck up, and own tracks like nobody's business. This disc features 34 reworked numbers that at times rock better than the originals. Together they give you, the consumer, an uninterrupted, 80-minute play list of get-low-and-sticky-and-come-back-to-my-room pieces that express the true gist of South Florida living. It's hot here for a reason, and Sire ain't helping the weather out with these. Get it, drop it, live your life in style, my babies. This is a solid mix with a Hunter S. Thompson streak. (Full disclosure: Sire Esq. occasionally writes about music for New Times under his real name, Bernard Hacker.)
Island Ave. (Hozac Records)
This EP is a hyper-surreal ride into the recesses of the Jacuzzi Boys' collective mythos. The sound is equal parts melty clocks and garage feedback. It is sexy in parts and just downright weird in others, but the bottom line of this very successful slab of wax is that it works. The title track does it and "Dream Lion" leaves you questioning a thing or two, but it's the savvy rock and roll of "You Should Know" that leaves your pretty little pussy mouth wet for more. Please contribute by buying these -- let's get these boys a full-length out soon!
-- Abel Folgar