Pinkwash, Open City, Ordinary Lives in Philly (2/16/17)

This past Thursday, on a chilly February night I headed out to Philly’s Everybody Hits, a pretty sweet spot that doubles as both batting cages/venue to catch Philly’s own Open City.  The show was a benefit for Electrifest described as an “event for LGBT folks centering POC navigating healthcare, wellness, and institutional trauma through radical music and art” that is happening on April 8th and 9th at Philly’s Rotunda. There was a considerable amount of people there when I got there right as Ordinary Lives […]

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The Menzingers – After The Party

Things are a bit strange once you hit your early 30s.  On one hand, you’re expected to be more mature, less reckless, and essentially have your shit together.  On the other hand, in reality age is simply a number and nothing just “magically” changes just because another 365 days have past even though you see your friends losing touch as they become busy with kids, families, and careers.  Nothing really changes while everything changes at the same time.  On their latest album After The Party, […]

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Open City – Self Titled (Members of Paint It Black, Ted Leo And The Pharmacists, Bridge And Tunnel)

Ever since I first heard of Philadelphia’s Open City two years ago, I’ve been not so patiently waiting for them to release some music.  While I really fucking hate the term “super-group”, there is really no better way to describe them.  With Dan Yemin (Paint It Black, Lifetime, Kid Dynamite, Armalite), Rachel Rubino (Bridge And Tunnel, Worriers), Andy Nelson (Paint It Black, Ceremony), and Chris Wilson (Ted Leo And The Pharmacists), Open City has finally recorded their Self Titled full length album, and it completely […]

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I was part of The Menzingers music video shoot for After The Party.

I usually wouldn’t post something like this, but it was a pretty unique/fun experience so I figure I share.  I saw a post on Facebook a few weeks ago from The Menzingers talking about how they needed some extras for their latest music video shoot for their new song “After The Party”, and if interested write an email with a photo of yourself, your contact info, and a little bit about yourself to the production crew in charge of shooting the video.  I figured “I’m […]

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The Dead Milkmen, An Albatross play protest show in Philly (1/20/17)

This past Friday, as us Americans watched a narcissistic sociopath con his way into the White House (I’m just waiting for him to plaster his stupid fucking name in gaudy ass letters above it like he does all of his buildings), I headed to my favorite stomping grounds The Barbary to catch local legends The Dead Milkmen and An Albatross play a protest show where all proceeds were donated to Planned Parenthood. An Albatross: The Pennsylvania misfits of hardcore, circus-esque An Albatross recently reunited to […]

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Penetrode, Meter Feeder, Blackout Live In Philly (1/19/17)

It’s been a long damn time since I’ve last been to a Philly house show.  Last night, I headed to a basement to catch a couple of hardcore punk bands as they played a fundraiser for Philly’s Project Safe.  While I didn’t really know any of the bands very well, I dug what little I heard previously and a small basement show is always fun (I was wrestling with the idea of going to see Anti-Flag at The Fillmore, but didn’t really feel like paying […]

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NOFX – First Ditch Effort

NOFX are beyond punk rock veterans at this point.  Not only have they been consistently touring and releasing music since the 80s, the band also hasn’t had any real member changes since the early 90s.  After the release of their gut wrenchingly honest autobiography The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories, the California punks are back with their 13th studio album First Ditch Effort.  Taking a page from their book (no pun intended), First Ditch Effort is easily the most honest and open album we’ve seen […]

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Guttermouth – New Car Smell (For fans of NOFX, The Vandals, The Queers)

In the past year Guttermouth quietly released two EPs, with New Car Smell being the latest.  I’ve seen many reviews claiming that these new releases were the first songs from the California punks since their 2006 Shave The Planet (and if you read this site at all, you’ll know that’s fucking bullshit).  These same reviews blasted New Car Smell for being childish and immature… yeah, no shit… If you’re easily offended or were never a fan in the first place, you’re not going to like […]

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The Top 10 Punk Albums of 2016

Ahhh 2016, collectively the shit stain year of the decade.  Admittedly, I haven’t had a chance to post many reviews as I’ve been busy/concussed (forced to limit screen time) so I didn’t post anywhere near as much as I would have liked, including for many of the albums in my top 10.   Nonetheless, I’ve been putting this off long enough, but here’s my top 10 albums of 2016.  So without further ado: 10. Dark Thoughts – Self Titled I’ve said before how these guys are […]

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Dave Franklin vocalist of NJ hardcore band Vision has passed away.

Fuck.  I was hoping to make a post tonight about my top 10 albums of 2016, but instead am reporting on some incredibly depressing news.  According to Not Like You Records, Dave Franklin of NJ hardcore band Vision has passed away. Growing up in NJ, Vision was incredibly influential to hardcore there, and to me as well.  I’ve been listening to them since I was in high school, and always played them whenever I needed a heavy dose of positivity to this day.  One of […]

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