[25.10.06][3:AM] 3:AM TOP 5: JIM RULAND Jim Ruland writes the column "Lazy Mick" for Razorcake, America's only non-profit punk rock zine, and appears in the latest Oxford American music issue. He is the author of the short story collection Big Lonesome and the host of Vermin on the Mount. He plays a mean version of 'What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?' on the penny whistle.
1. Swing Ding Amigos -- 'The Kings of Culo' 12" LP from Recess Records. Frenetic stop-start punk from Nogales by way of Tucson that manages to squeeze in enough hooks to keep the tunes plonking around your brainbox for months. The 'Voltron'/'To My Niggas in the South' combo to close out the LP is epic rawk and roll.
2. Almighty Do Me a Favor -- 'Won't Be None''b/w 'Redbird' 7" from Kapow Records. What do you get when you drop an Alabama native into Southern California with a guitar, bass drum and harmonica? Lo-fi songs from the low-life. ADMF is the only one-man-band ever featured in Thrasher magazine.
3. Riverboat Gamblers -- To the Confusion of Our Enemies CD from Volcom Entertainment. With this record, the Gamblers make the leap from booze-fueled bar rock to big sound festival parking lot punk. It's been on permanent playlist here at Casa Mick since early summer. The production may be slick, but they're still the best live act in Texas.
4. Ladytron -- 'Witching Hour' iTunes from Ryko US. I'm a little late for the party with this one but when I heard the Liverpool Quarter were coming through L.A. again for a Halloween show at the El Rey, I bought the album and haven't been disappointed. Reminds me of listening to Devo and Pat Benatar on my Walkman while roaming around me neighborhood in the dark delivering newspapers.
5. The Pogues -- Miscellaneous. I saw them play at the Wiltern last week, and it kicked off a trip down Nostalgia Street. I've been listening to all the songs they didn't play ever since. [permalink]