Republican Hair – High & Tight/The Prince & The Duke – Record of The Day

After 2017, the last thing you probably wanted to read was the word Republican. Don’t worry, this isn’t a political post! 50Thirdand3rd isn’t about that kind of noise but you knew that already because you clicked on this link. This site is about music we blast no matter what goes on in our lives. It’s about how fun music can be. I can’t think of any other album to utilize that kind of fun but High & Tight / The Prince & The Duke by Republican Hair. High...

The Flamingos ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’

When you wake up on a cold, callous Sunday, open your eyes to a world offering nothing more than a day of heartache and confusion, your head’s a mess, your heart’s a mess, your room’s a mess, and all you can think of doing is grabbing that half bottle of whisky and riding off into the mountains just to grab one final hour of drunken solitude before returning to the hellhole that we call life, then thank the harmony gods for the five-part melodic bliss of The...

Album Of The Week: “Bombs Away” by Duncan Reid And The Big Heads

The Boys have always been in my top 5 list of the greatest punk/powerpop band’s of all time. They created pop music with the energy of punk and I consider their music as the template for perfect powerpop (along with The Raspberries and Cheap Trick) This brings me to “Kid Reid” who was the bassist and one of four vocalists with The Boys. He was the youngest member of the band at just 18 years old when he joined in 1976. Now fast forward 41 years and “Duncan Reid” is...

McCarthy – ‘Get A Knife Between Your Teeth’

McCarthy were an overtly political, London-based indie pop band, active in the second half of the ’80s. Get A Knife Between Your Teeth, released in 1990, was their final single, taken from their third and last album Banking, Violence and the Inner Life Today. It’s a funky, uplifting, oxymoronic hybrid. It’s a left-wing battle cry set to a wah-wah riff. A call to arms with a baggy, indie beat. A melodic, rabble-rousing, danceable demand for revolution. Raise your...

STIFF LOVE – “I Don’t Mind Commiting Crime” – Record of the Day

Stiff Love are from Olympia, WA and feature Xtine from Beta Boys and Lysol on guitar and vocals. They make a garage punk racket that has all the energy and snot of Red Cross. They have a new single recorded by Captain Tripps Ballsington (aka Dave Harvey of Queercore band Behead the Prophet No Lord Shall Live!). Go buy these. I also noticed they have some of these tapes at Neck Chop Records.

Record of the Day – Locus Pocus – Locus Pocus EP

The problem with January is that I always fall in love with bands that released albums the year before – albums that would have made it to my best-of list, if only I’d have known in time. So it was no surprise last week when I heard San Francisco five-piece Locus Pocus and their self-titled EP, released in May 2017, and instantly felt the pangs of what could have been. I’m a fan of shimmering, organ-punctuated psych pop and thoroughly enjoy melodic, trembling vocals, gravelly yelps and howls...