Brain Trust

Let video games rot your gray matter before the zombies get to you

The kids in this band, including singer Hallie and guitarist Frank, have been on the scene for quite a while, and this, their first product, just shows how much they really care about their craft.

Oh, and let's not forget to mention Whoa Oh Records. Put together by a guy named "Johnny Whoa Oh." If you are old enough to remember the heyday of Lookout! Records and Mutant Pop, then you'll get what Johnny's trying to do: Put out the best music he can find. And he's doing a damn good job at it.

So is Stefan, for that matter. He's this dude who runs Stardumb Records out of Holland. Like Johnny Whoa Oh, Stefan also has great taste in pop-punk and has recently put out some great albums from bands like The Apers and The Groovie Ghoulies. I swear, if these two labels were not in existence, there'd be no hope left in the pop-punk world.

And speaking of that, true pop-punkers love Zelda more than anything. That's right, the Nintendo video game. And there's a new cart out for the GameBoy Advance called The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. Looking much like The Wind Waker for the Nintendo Game Cube, this installment of video game action fun finds our hero, Link, talking to his hat. As silly as it sounds, it's loads of fun, has some great puzzles, and is well worth your money. Pop in this cart, listen to a record on Whoa Oh or Stardumb, and be happy.

That is, until the zombies come to eat your brains. Then just tell 'em you ran out and send them to Scottsdale Fashion Square. Hot Topic will probably give them free tee shirts or something for looking so "punk."

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