Okkervil River- The President’s Dead

I hope everyone out there is enjoying Okkervil River’s new record The Stage Names. Awhile ago I wrote about how much I liked it and since then it has only grown on me. Right now I’d like to point your attention to my all-time favorite Okkervil River song, The President’s Dead. Released a coupled years ago on a 12 inch from JagJaguwar the song chronicles the death of a fictional president. More precisely the reaction of a young republican to this news. If you get […]

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Lagwagon – Double Plaidinum

It’s no surprise that I’m a pretty big fan of Lagwagon (well to be honest, I haven’t checked out much of their newer stuff), and in that vein, let me assure you that Double Plaidinum is chock full of roasted peanut goodness. All of the songs have intertwining melodic backup vocals, but not in that lame Simple Plan way. The album isn’t heavy at all, (think Bouncing Souls type heavy), which seems to attract some indie kids to the band. The songs are all catchy, […]

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John Vanderslice and Bishop Allen @ The Bowery Ballroom

I wasn’t in a great mood Wednesday night and I wasn’t too pumped about heading back into the city after work and getting home late after the show. Nevertheless I dragged myself onto the subway and out to the Bowery Ballroom. Every iota of bad feeling I had that night evaporated the moment Bishop Allen broke into song. I saw an amazing show they headlined last year in Virginia and I love their new album but somehow I had forgotten what a fun band they […]

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Warning: If You Stand In The Back At Shows, You Probably Are Ruining The Experience

Are you over the age of 18? Do you go to shows? If you answered yes to both previous questions, then chances are there has been a time when you said to yourself “What am I doing? I’m too old for this.” Suddenly, shows no longer have that same charm to them when you notice that you are in the top 10 percentile for “geezers in the audience”. We’ve all been there, the trick is breaking through without giving up something you completely love. I […]

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The Extra Glenns- Martial Arts Weekend

The Extra Glenns is a side project of The Mountain Goats, John Darnielle. With the Mountain Goats huge back catalogue of work it’s easy to forget about The Extra Glenns but if you’re an MG fan I highly recommend checking them out. The band is a collaboration between Darnielle and Nothing Painted Blue member Franklin Bruno. Martial Arts Weekend is supposed to be a country western record but with the exception of the Lenard Cohen cover Memories it sounds like an indie rock album to […]

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Superchunk- No Pocky For Kitty

I’ve been listening to a lot of Superchunk lately, specifically their 1991 release No Pocky for Kitty. It’s really just awesome early 90s indie rock. Although his name is nowhere in the liner notes the album was recorded by the amazing Steve Albini. It’s a noisy, poppy album and with lyrics like “You’ve been sucking wind so long it makes you feel full” who could resist? MP3: Superchunk- Skip Steps 1 and 3MP3: Superchunk- Punch Me Harder Buy:InsoundAmazon

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Like the Pogues? Check Out The Nipple Erectors

Ok, The Nipple Erectors (eventually changed their name to The Nips) sound NOTHING like the Pogues. So you’re probably wondering “who the hell are The Nips?” Well, I can guarantee they’re thinking the same thing about you Mr/Ms anonymous internet blog reader. The Nips were a British punk band formed in 1977, and played music in the vein of The Clash , Elvis, and Anti-Pasti. “So what the hell do they have to do with The Pogues?! I want my money back! Midwestern Housewives ripped […]

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I Am Very Excited About the New Mountain Goats!

Never fear indie kids! My internet is back up which marks an end to the recent punk rock takeover. What better way to come back than with news of my favorite band. I told myself I wouldn’t get too excited waiting for the new Mountain Goats album (wasn’t a huge fan of the last couple) but I just read that it’s recorded and features members of the Bright Mountain Choir. Here’s the word straight from the official site: “The big news from where I stand […]

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Greatest 5 Punk Songs By Bands You’ve Never Heard Of

Well Sasha’s internet has been broken for the past few days, hence we have turned into punk rock housewives (muwahaha). I compiled a list of 5 kickass songs by bands that really aren’t big at all, but have some solid songs. Check it. 5. Topper – No More Elvis These guys from Sweden definitely draw influences from ’77 style punk, but add their own catchy as hell twist to it. This song has a clap breakdown, and quite honestly, what else do you possibly need? […]

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