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In the cramped, cluttered garage, the mildew-infested basement, the tar-black, cloudy dive, the dinky overpriced apartment and your best friend's beater, punk marches on. And it does so just about everywhere you go. But without the community that's been at the heart of the punk movement since its inception, it certainly would have lost its legs by now.

Families of punk musicians and artists develop inside outcast-suited holes-in-the-wall across the globe. Let's Get Rid of L.A. documents one such family that finally grew into exactly what they'd always hoped for, proving the old soulless L.A. no more. Because now — with dozens of feisty musicians full of heart to back it up — LA can no longer be remembered for plastic dollars and glittered bullshit alone.

Put together by four friends aching to capture a snapshot of the dynamic, energized punk scene around them, LGROLA boasts a collection of messy, pared-down punk rock, bleeding with raw intensity and sneering attitude. It's the sort of lo-fi, crash-and-bang record you dig in the hazy wee hours while visions of a noise-soaked evening at the local club swirl in your head. It reminds you, in 15 different impulsive ways, why you fell for punk in the first place. A common, no-rules, fuck-it-up aesthetic certainly exists, but each of the 15 tracks stands its own fiery ground (read: you definitely know when one song has ended and another begun), giving the record an even (and excitable) balance in its coverage of punk/rock in all its various forms.

The Rolling Blackouts kick it off with sliding garage riffs, trashcan beats and squeaky cries, yelps and whoops on "Champagne and Painkillers," while New Wave-inspired The Checkers' "Is He In?" bounces around the room on speedy, tinkering keys without ever answering the question posed in the song's title. The dub-tinged "The Alleged Gunmen's New Bo Diddley" reminds us that Joe Strummer lives on in this ode to one of the founding fathers of rock. Meanwhile, Squab's creepy synth-infiltrated "Hanger" desperately hangs on, ominous and urging on spiraling guitar and endless buildups as it warns: "Change is not temporary." Fuse! breaks in with a manic, burst of energy that is the gritty, beat-blasting "An Ave Maria," while the minimal Radio Vago's "Minute" slowed things down a notch with haunting Cramps-ish rhythms, distant erotic, pleading cries, and dark breakdowns. Fast Forward's feedback-immersed "T-T-T-T-TET" forces a stutter atop the fuzzy, boom-boom drum machine and super-speed noise, while The Starvation close the collection with the country-tinged, swinging "Fool's Gold," offering Wild West licks, down-and-out croons and piano alongside punk's sloppy riffs and 4/4 beat.

"This isn't a definition," wrote one of the compilation's creators, Chris Ziegler, in the liner notes. "But this is a document, a tiny sliver of Los Angeles, California, from the summer of 2002 to the summer of 2003. We were right there in the middle. And this is what it sounded like."

And it sounded good — so good you'll be colored slimy green in envy for having missed it. But with a compilation offering a family of 15 bands so good it's hard to believe they all came from the very same place, you'll feel blessed by this second chance. Thanks for the snapshot, guys.


by Jenny Tatone




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