A?’s Picks for 2019 EP and Album(s) of the Year

So, seeing as how it’s now January 3rd, 2020, it’s safe to say there’s no new music coming out in 2019… does that logic seem sound to you? I think so…

… which means I have to stop procrastinating, and make a damn decision…

So, here are my thoughts about my picks for “Album of the Year” and “EP of the Year”…

“EP of the Year” was an easier decision to make… there was one clear answer, in my mind (Although, “Cruisin’,” by Slap Happy was a definite strong contender).

The “Album of the Year” category, however, was much more difficult. The quality of the music that’s been released in the last year has been unbelievable. Our State of Colorado has produced a year’s worth of music that will likely be played frequently until my dying day! After very careful contemplation, I whittled the contenders down to three. From there, I just couldn’t find it in me to declare a definitive winner.

So, I’m pulling a “Wild Card,” and declaring a three-way tie for “Album of the Year”… deal with it.

I’ll start with the aforementioned clear winner of “EP of the Year.”

This year’s winner is…

Sorry Sweetheart – “It Looks Like Fun”!

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This album had me hooked from the first time I listened to it! It has everything I like… great lyrics, strong energy, emotional honesty, diversity in sound, extreme dance-ability, a unique over-all experience, an audio performance that makes you want the live experience, and, of course, horns (Frankly, I’m a TOTAL sucker for brass and sax).

You can find it here:

https://www.deezer.com/us/album/102443482?autoplay=true

Now, onto the hard part… the three-way tie…

This year’s “Albums of the Year” are (Alphabetically, by band)…

Cheap Perfume – “Burn It Down”

Filthy Hearts – “Beyond Repair”

People Corrupting People – “Busy Beaver”

Cheap Perfume – “Burn It Down”

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As a fan of their first album, “Nailed It,” I had high expectations for this album; all of which were met or exceeded! This album is a high-energy journey into feminism and modern culture, set in their entirely original presentation and delivery!

Get it here: https://cheapperfume.bandcamp.com/album/burn-it-down

Filthy Hearts – “Beyond Repair”

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All around, this album has everything I look for (except horns… this pick is horn-free; as is Cheap Perfume). This album is a beautiful portrait of a restless soul. It perfectly expresses some of the most difficult thoughts and emotions that hold their grip on a quiet person with a loud mind. The naked emotional honesty expressed in songs like “Hiding Behind the Volume” and “Seasons” is chilling.

Get it here: https://filthyhearts.bandcamp.com/album/beyond-repair

People Corrupting People – “Busy Beaver”

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For some strange reason, PCP just has a way of cranking out tons and tons of great shit! Every year, there seems to be an EP (or more) that make it into the list of contenders, because every year, they put something out that meets my high quality standards in the music and performances that hold my attention for repeat listening; which, honestly, is probably the biggest factor in my decisions: “What do I see myself listening to on a regular basis for the foreseeable future?”

… and this album certainly meets that criteria. Like the other albums in this year’s picks, it has everything I look for, as well as a fun cover of a great Paul Simon song! (I admit it… I like Paul Simon… I don’t even care if that costs me any cred… he’s fucking awesome!)

Get it at http://www.pcpsux.com

In closing…

Like I said before, this year offered up some of the best music EVER! If 2019 was an indicator of what 2020 will bring, sign me the fuck up! But be warned… 2019 set a pretty high bar, but I think that 2020 has the potential to surpass even my high standards…

Y’all should take that as a challenge… the gauntlet has been thrown down… make 2020 an EVEN BETTER year for local music!

-A?

CPRA Music News – Stray The Course Drops New Single cover of "Dua Lipa’s IDGAF" aka Pop Punk Goes Metal!

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Release Date: December 16, 2019

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Ronnie Toplyn: Vocals/Guitar
  • Steve Nelson: Vocals/Guitar
  • Ben Baroch: Bass Guitar/Back up Vocals
  • Cooper Travis: Drums/Back up Vocals

Favorite Tracks: IDGAF

Sounds Like: Flatliners, Came And Took It, Nerdlinger, and Fourbanger


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It seems that Stray The Course is prepping up for a new EP! We here at CPRA are huge fans! Today they released their brand new cover of DUA LIPA – “IDGAF”. The track is pop punked with a side of metal. The original version is not my style, but I”ll rock this one everyday!

I LOVE this song! Be sure to check out our other articles on the Stray The Course here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/09/stray-the-course-self-titled-ep/

Tracks: 

  1. IDGAF

Links:

A?’s review of Cheap Perfume’s new album, “Burn It Down”

When we first started doing album reviews, I was privileged to be the person who got to review Cheap Perfume’s first album, “Nailed It.”CP NI

Now, I get the privilege of doing it again!

Cheap Perfume is one of the most unique bands in Colorado’s punk scene. No other band sounds like them vocally, musically, or lyricly; locally or nationally.

I get to listen to A LOT of music, and it’s safe to say, Cheap Perfume is in their own unique lane, and they OWN that lane!

Their new album, “Burn It Down,” is being released soon, and fans of the first album willCP BID NOT be disappointed! “Burn It Down” has the same unrelenting energy, powerful feminist protest lyrics, and brilliant display of the band’s dichotomy of personalities; presenting the singers, Jane No and Stephanie Antillon, as the two main feminine archetypes, as perceived by right-wing Christian fundamentalist culture: the housewife and the whore.

By now, it’s pretty common knowledge that all of us at CPRA are borderline geriatrics. We were all in high school in the 90’s. When I think about the 90’s, I think about all the great protest music that came out of that era. Bands like Rage Against the Machine, Nirvana, and NOFX built their whole careers on protest music. Virtually every band in the 90’s had at least one protest song of one kind or another, and I think there was a silent reckoning among a lot of us Gen-Xers that the time was nigh to start picking the right side of history to be on, and to do so as vocally as possible.

When I first listened to “Burn It Down,” 17-year-old-me-from-1994 walked up and kicked me in the shins. He thought it best to remind me who the 90’s taught me to be. Then he told me, “That shit kicks MAJOR ass! You should keep listening to it!”

Then he turned his pony-tailed ass around and went away.

17-year-old-me-from-1994 had some good points to make:

1. My hair in the 90’s was stupid.

2. History WILL judge you in the long run (for a lot more than just your stupid haircut).

3. “Burn It Down” is every bit as good as “Nailed It,” and even surpasses the album in some

ways.

There are a lot of things to love about this album! Whether you’re a seasoned fan who’s been to every show, or a noob who’s just discovering the band, it’s something you’ll enjoy!

The seasoned fans will like the consistency in sound and message. Noobs will find an accurate and appropriate introduction to one of the most original and poignant bands of the modern musical era!

The album begins, as all great albums should, with a “call to arms.” The opening track, “Put the Devil to Bed,” sets the pace for the rest of the album, which is a wholly driving force that makes you feel like you’re sprinting while you’re standing still. The album is so energetic, it’s simply not possible to listen without moving (unless you have a spinal cord injury that would prevent movement; but even then, it’s potentially powerful enough to cure paralysis).

The highlight of the album, in my opinion, is a song that presents a sentiment very close to my heart. It’s a sentiment that first drew me into Punk, all those many, many, many years ago… the very heart of the SHARP (Skin Heads Against Racial Prejudice) movement. The song, “It’s OK (To Punch Nazis)” is not only a fun, danceable song, but also expresses something that I’ve been saying all along… the right-wing only understands violence. These are the assholes who think that school shootings happen because kids aren’t beaten enough at home… these are the assholes who think dropping bombs is the answer to every little thing that goes wrong in the world (especially if it means bombing brown people)… these are the people who LIED us into Iraq, purely for oil profits… these are the assholes who think we should be shooting immigrants at the border…

Violence is what they know… it’s what they understand… it’s how they learn…

Notice how all their Facebook profiles say “School of Hard Knocks” listed as their “education?” There’s a reason for that. Violence is what makes sense to them.

If they think that kids act up because they’re not beaten enough, well, maybe THEY act the way they do because they haven’t been beaten enough as ADULTS!

It’s OK to punch Nazis… Captain America said so.

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Right after that song comes one of the best covers I’ve heard in a long time! I honestly can’t think of anyone more appropriate than Cheap Perfume to cover Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation!” Everything about this cover is PERFECT!

I hate it when a band covers a song and makes it sound EXACTLY like the original (I’m looking at YOU, Weezer)! The best covers are when a band takes a song they LOVE (not a song they think is popular), and does it their own way, with their own voice and their own style. That’s exactly what this version is. Their version of the song is EXPERTLY reproduced!

At the end of the day, this album delivered everything I wanted from it: strong energy, powerful feminist protest lyrics, chaos, and a reminder of what the 90’s taught me. The whole thing left me happy and satisfied. I would expect nothing less than excellence from Cheap Perfume, and I got everything I was expecting!

The album will be available in physical forms at their album release shows (I’ll be at the one on November 30th), and available in digital formats on December 6th; just in time to give a copy to Mom, for the December holiday of your choosing!

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Concrete Elite Invades BAR BAR W/Out For Blood, Pueblo’s Centennials and Denver’s The Hacks On 10/11/2019

Concrete Elite: https://www.facebook.com/CONCRETENATION/

Out For Blood: https://www.facebook.com/outforblood666/

The Centennials: https://www.facebook.com/TheCentennialsOi/

The Hacks: https://www.facebook.com/Thehacksdenver/

See you at BAR BAR on 10/11/2019! $5 W/21+ VALID ID! No knuckleheads!

Ratio Beerwerks, Milagro Tequila, And Marble Vodka Present: Goosefest IV This Weekend At Goosetown Tavern

This weekend Goosefest 4 at Goosetown Tavern! Limited 30 tickets available for all 3 days! MUST purchase by Wednesday 9/25/2019!

3 Day Pass – Best Deal valid for all 3 days!

Day 1 9/27/2019 Doors 7PM – 2AM

  • Bud Bronson and The Good Timers 
  • SYCDVK 
  • Spyderland 
  • Hound Heart
  • DJ AKA Miggy

Day 2 9/28/2019 Doors 7PM – 2AM

  • SPELLS
  • Fauxgazi
  • The Trade-Ins
  • Prettymouth
  • Granny Tweed
  • DJ AKA Miggy

Day 3 9/29/2019 (All Ages) $5.00 Kids Are Alright Showcase 2pm – 5pm

  • Worthless commodity
  • Amazing Flying Dumbasses
  • Indecisive
  • The Pollution
  • DJ Support:Dj Roberto Perro, Tommy 2Tone, Dj Brown Fury



CPRA Presents: Episode 9 Cheers To Failure (Misifts Show Review)

CPRA is celebrating failure today. Sometimes it takes epic amount of failure (Practice) to rise again.

Skabones gives his take on the recent Misfits show!

Bands Featured In This Episode

Sunset Silhouette – https://sunsetsilhouette.bandcamp.com/
Sorry Sweetheart – https://sorrysweetheart.bandcamp.com/
Tejon Street Corner Thieves – https://tejonstreetcornerthieves.bandcamp.com/
People Corrupting People – http://pcpsux.com/ Check out their brand new album Street Urchin!
United Defiance – https://uniteddefiance.bandcamp.com/
Vladopus9 – https://vladopus9.bandcamp.com/
A? and the Clusterfuc*it Choir
Theme by PCP!

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CPRA Presents: Crimson Riot Returns To Denver W/Ragetones/Filthy Hearts

TBD Booking Productions
Colorado Punk Rock Army
Present …
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Crimson Riot (NV) returns to the Mile High after unleashing their brand new album, “Classy Punk For Trashy People”.

https://crimsonriot.bandcamp.com/releases

With Special Guests
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The Ragetones https://theragetones.bandcamp.com/

Filthy Heartshttps://filthyhearts.bandcamp.com/releases

Doors – 8:30 pm 21+ W/ID