What do You Want Me to Say?

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

After getting Mustard Plug and then The Beam Me Up Ska-Ts for context, I shared an album this week I meant to share when it got released (less than a month ago), but I was busy finishing grad school and such, so that plan didn’t work.

Scheming Thieves – A Classic Ruse (2018)

I like this album, but I’m not sure I love it (except the raccoon artwork – I do love that). It’s like being told you’re going to get Catch-22 and you think Keasbey Nights, but you get Alone in a Crowd or Dinosaur Sounds instead. Not really a bad thing, but not what I was expecting from a group of guys I know to be heavily influenced by Streetlight Manifesto. I think, overall, I got more punk influence than ska. The whole album is a little angrier. Not to say Streetlight isn’t angry. It’s just … complicated (like that whole paragraph if you’re not up on your Catch-22/Streetlight history). Continue reading


All that He Wants, If Not All that He Needs

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. Sometimes we review that music and share our comments with the rest of the group – but that doesn’t always happen.

Mustard Plug – Evildoers Beware! (1997)

Next week is the four-year anniversary of my friends and I playing this game. I have no idea what I’m going to do for that.

But at the end of next week, some friends are releasing an album. And while I don’t know what their sound is like, I know what their last band sounded like: Mustard Plug. So before I share my friends’ album (look for that in two weeks), I thought I’d put it in context and share this album. Continue reading