Fotis Patikas from Take your shot was nice enough to sit down and type out how he feels about the new LTW 7 inch – TOTAL GARBAGE. Take your shot has been doing obnoxiously excellent reviews of hardcore and metal since 2004. We love Greece. Chirp Chirp.
Record Review: LTW “Total Garbage” 7″
Cricket Cemetery is a US label that specializes in discordant, scorching hardcore punk that is definitely a step ahead of today’s standards. The label is releasing one crucial 7″ after the other, attacking the world with beautifully incomprehensible hardcore noise that goes unmatched in the current HC/punk (and even metal) scenes. This is our first Cricket Cemetery review, for the band LTW.

The phantom HC outfit which goes under the name of LTW is a perfect example of the label’s dilapidated take on hardcore, as their Total Garbage 7″ brings the noise like it aint no thing. LTW deliver three relentless hardcore blasts of rabid drumming, loud as fuck basslines, demented barked vocals and a production sound that is dirtier than CBGB’s toilet.

What is really going on here is a demolition and reorganization of hardcore’s bare essentials: short punk riifs, explosive layers of distortion and crazy breakneck rhythms. This ultra-sped Black Flag bastard of a son is combined with tons of feedback, well placed psychedelic breaks and some silent parts that indeed leave you wandering “what the fuck?” For sure, this would go down better with fans of powerviolence, fastcore, grind etc compared to the typical hardcore fan.

I guess Cricket Cemetary reinvents the hardcore of a new generation and, quite possibly, this is what the hipsters will soon be listening to (hopefully not). In either case, my ears hurt!
The LTW – TOTAL GARBAGE 7 INCH will be out early November on cricket cemetery. Limited to 150 copies with hand screened covers. LTW plays at the red palace October 26 in DC with Beasts of no nation & the mostly dead. Check that shit out, it’s going to be a rager.

2011 CC Halloween Shirt


Halloween is by far my favorite holiday.  This has been a real big year for the label (the only year, but that’s ok).  I wanted to celebrate this evil, tooth decaying holiday and rep my hood a little at the same time. 

Ringspun cotton-limited to 32 pieces-sizes youth large through extra large.

These damned garments will be in my hands October 7 th.  Get in touch. 

Ian over and out.


DC pours the shit out of Philly

Latte art.

Latte art is one of the things that differentiates specialty or “third wave” coffee from other coffee and coffee shops.  I covered the May TNT (Thursday Night Throwdown) which was held at BIG BEAR CAFE. Art was poured free hand. Brains became dizzy from beer and cocktails.  Floors were danced upon (see one, Mr. Pat Henning). Hometown pride isn’t enough anymore.  Which is the exact reason why Josh from Chinatown Coffee took it upon himself to  go to Philedelphia last thursday for their Thursday Night Throwdown, held at Town Hall Coffee.  To try his portafiltering hand at battle!!  We’ll get to the winner in a minute…

So, I’m at work a couple weeks ago and I was visited by none other than Christy Baugh, Jewdith Mandel and Brian Duggan. They never need a reason to show their beautiful faces in my shop but Christy was holding a video camera in her hand so naturally I asked her what she was up to.  She told me that her and her coffee associates were going around making a video for Philly.  “What about Philly and why?” I asked.  They said there was a latte art competition going down between Philly and DC … how exciting!  “Then what’s the video for…. ” I asked. To which Christy explained “It’s going to be a video of people from DC talking smack on Philly”

So let me get this straight Christy Baugh .. you want to record me, talking a bunch of shit on Philadelphia.

The city of “Brotherly Love”?  The home of the famous “Philly Cheesesteak”? The city where great sports teams like The Phillies, Eagles and Flyers reside? Um, yeah let’s fucking do this!

A week passes.

I’m at work and Alex Bean hands me a disc.  This disc has the following video on it.

Moments after watching it Josh Croston walks through the door. He saw what we were watching and went,”oh yeah I won that; it was great” He told me that he took the bus up the day of the competition, showed them the video, competed, had a great time, saw some friends and then came back. To which I replied, “So let me get this straight, you took a $17 bus to Philly, signed up for a latte competition, showed a room full of Philly baristas a video .. of me and fellow DC baristas and residents explaining what a TERRIBLE place Philidelphia is … you then won the latte art competition, got on a bus and came back home?”. HAHAH amazing.  Eat it Philly.

See you October 20th at Big Bear for the DCxPhilly TNT.  Y’all gonna be bleeding cheez whiz.

Ian M W Thompson

Cricket Cemetery – The Bam Bams Debut 7 inch

Buy this shit, now.  You’ll thank me later.

Demon Station | More Humans


These girls are going to fuck yr shit up so hard. I saw them for the first time about a month ago at velvet lounge and was knocked on my ass. Anyone who has seen them knows exactly what I’m talking about. Their DEBUT 7INCH drops September 6th on Cricket Cemetery. However you can order it now & get free shipping!!! and have it in time for their show with THE ETTES at black cat on September 2nd. 3 songs, 300 copies, hand screened covers. I feel bad for anyone that doesn’t pick up a copy, honestly.

Cricket Cemetery goes to the movies: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

I’m sure Denman will make fun of me for doing a review of the new Transformers. That’s fine. I’m not perfect. As a human, I am flawed. Ideals and beliefs swimming around in my head. Some of these I live my life by.. some I choose to ignore at certain times. I will be the first to admit when I’m wrong, but I WILL NOT apologize for the following things: EXPLOSIONS. IMPLODING PLANETS. BEAUTIFUL WOMEN. JOHN MALCOVICH. A WORM LIKE DECEPTICON THE SIZE OF A FOOTBALL FIELD THAT EATS BUILDINGS. PORTALS. ROBOTS BEATING THE SHIT OUT OF EACH OTHER. AND KEN JEONG!

Dark of the Moon shocked me. It was so good I didn’t even realize it was over 2 and a half hours. 2 hours and 37 minutes to be exact. I’m not sure if it was the cocktail of drugs, or the amazing company (Pat and Jordan! I love you guys so much!) or the sense of accomplishment after kicking the shit out of this weekend but I thuroughly enjoyed Dark of the Moon. It was real good. Much darker than the previous films in the series. Shit is fucked in this one. Great story (especially for a movie about action figures). Amazing cast, including the best group of cameos I’ve seen in a hot minute. Great locations.. DC!(HOLLER) Chicago, Africa… THE MOON! I love the moon. I wonder how they filmed on the moon… (just kidding).

Let me start off by saying that Shia LaBeof really bothers me. I really don’t want to like him. I tried really hard tonight to not like him, but that fucker got me. He’s totally tolerable in this movie. I’ll even go as far as to say he did a good job. There were some moments that had me laughing out loud. Rosie Huntington Whitely plays Sam’s (Shia) girlfriend, Carly. She’s a very attractive woman, to say the least. There are some hilarious moments between the two of them and Patrick Dempsey, who plays her extremely wealthy and anger inducing boss, Dylan. I think we can all relate to the feeling of intense jealous rage. The amount of comedy in this movie was very surprising. There’s a lot, and it’s all super good. Great one liners. John Malchovich, John Turturro and Alan Tudyk offer up great cameos. The best however without a doubt goes to Ken Jeong. So fucking funny and weird… and weird. So weird. Ken plays Jerry “Deep” Wang, a very suspicious and paranoid fellow employee of Sam. Honestly I might go see this again just for the action and Ken Jeong’s performance. I love you Ken Jeong.

Now about that action…

I used to kind of always make fun of Micheal Bay. I mean dude can hold a camera and blow shit up but most of his movies have always been a a little laughable to me. Over the top, unbelievable, silly. Dark of the Moon is his best effort yet by far. The one thing that sets this apart from the other Transformer movies is SPEED. They slowed that SHIT DOWN. When the autobots are fucking up the decepticons the action is slowed down so that you can really see and understand all the mechanical mayhem that’s unfolding before you. And it’s done in such a way that really compliments the movie experience. I was blown away with the clarity and smoothness of the fight scenes. Buildings being torn apart by a DUNE-esque worm decepticon, being controlled by the almighty SHOCKWAVE!!!, Transformers pulled limb from limb in mid air. Heads exploded. Amazing chase sequences. People diving out of buildings and crashing aircrafts. Robot blood spewing from gigantic robot blade induced wounds.

Go see this movie, now. I know some people won’t agree with this review. It’s cool, I get it. All I’m saying is leave yr ego at home. Call up a couple friends and go see this movie. Maybe smoke a joint first..

Oh and Megan Fox isn’t in it. Thank God, she’s awful.