The Slackers – The Great Rocksteady Swindle (For fans of The Toasters, Westbound Train, The Skatalites)

C’mon ska lovers, let’s be honest with ourselves. While we love those upstrokes and off-beat rhythms, 97% of people would rather be tied to tree being forced to listen to Duran Duran for the next 20 hours. So when you’re in the car with your Jamaican roots hater friend, and you want to change his views… what do you listen to? The answer is the newly released “The Great Rocksteady Swindle” by NYC ska kings The Slackers. For some reason, even those who don’t like […]

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Ceremony , Skin Like Iron , Vaccine Live In Philly (06/20/10)

To continue my awesome weekend of punk rock, I headed out to Philly’s Barbary on Sunday to see one of my favorite hardcore bands around: Ceremony. I missed the first few bands, but made it in time for Vaccine. Vaccine: First up was Massachusetts straight edge band Vaccine. These dudes played brutal, spazzy hardcore, even flirting a bit with crust and power violence. Very blast beat oriented, they reminded me of Phobia and Capitalist Casualties much more than any standard hardcore act. Vaccine’s set was […]

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Off With Their Heads Live (6/19/2010 The Ox in Philly)

So, after the Grey Area, Lighten Up, and Static Radio Show on Saturday, I ran out to Philly’s best warehouse “The Ox” to catch another personal favorite of mine: Off With Their Heads. It was my first time at The Ox, and I was impressed by the massive amount of space that was there. I was also sweltering from the heat, as there isn’t much airflow in the place. The Holy Mess was towards the end of their set by the time I got there, […]

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Grey Area W/ Lighten Up and Static Radio NJ (Live In Philly 6/19/10)

Holy shit. Tonight, I went to not one show, not three shows… not even four fucking shows, but two! Two different shows making this an incredibly punk rock Saturday night. The first show that I headed out to was at Philly’s Barbary, and I love all the bands that played. Static Radio NJFuck, I don’t know what it is, but every time I try to see these guys, I always wind up showing up late and missing half of their set. I missed their first […]

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Birthday Yo (A Mix)

Quarter of a freaking century. Today is the day of my birthday (well, it’s 1am now on the 18th so I guess I’m an hour late), but I just turned 25 (but I still act like I’m 10!)… so, you know the routine… go to the beach, drink shots of… water, and a birthday mix to the max! (Number one, I live in my momma’s house, number one, I live in my momma’s house!) MP3: Groovie Ghoulies – Happy Birthday The Vandals – Happy Birthday […]

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Off With Their Heads – In Desolation (For fans of Bouncing Souls, Dillinger Four, NOFX)

I’m going to call it now: Off With Their Heads “In Desolation” will be on my top 1o at the end of the year. These Minneapolis punks have done it again, and made one hell of an album. For those who don’t know, Off With Their Heads plays straight from the gut, beer soaked anthems, pretty similar to Dillinger Four. Within one listen, I instantly fell in love with In Desolation. The songs are similar to those on their 2008 “From The Bottom”, but since […]

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Things Have Been Crazy (A Mix!)

Yeah… I know I know, posts have been a lot more scarce than usual. Thing is, shit has been completely crazy as of late. I am starting a new job, apartment searching, and trying not to get arrested by the city of Philadelphia for owning this fucking site (because they probably hate punk music). The only thing that keeps me calm is the fact that I say “at least I’ve got Kid Dynamite tickets”. So what do we do when shit gets crazy in our […]

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Ceremony – Rohnert Park (For Fans Of Trash Talk, Fucked Up, Bane)

Man, Ceremony’s June 8th release “Rohnert Park” is one giant case of blue balls. It’s solid, but you’re going to want more and feel a little bit unfulfilled. One of my favorite hardcore bands around, Ceremony always keeps fans on their toes with their surprising, frenzied sound. However, on Rohnert Park, the songs are much more of a thought out, calculated frenzy. The opening track “Sick” is a perfect example. You can feel the tension building throughout the song, but never lashing out to a […]

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Franz Nicolay – Major General (For fans of The Hold Steady, World Inferno Friendship Society)

Franz Nicolay is a man of many talents. While this Brooklyn musician is best known for being the prolific accordion/piano player in cabaret punk band (not to mention Housewives loved) World Inferno Friendship Society, and was the primary keyboardist in the much more popular Hold Steady, Franz released a hell of a good solo album as well. I usually shy away from solo albums, because I usually find the whole “guy with acoustic guitar” thing pretty damn boring regardless of how good their bands are, […]

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NOFX – Pump Up The Valuum (For fans of Rancid, Bad Religion, Dillinger Four)

This album got a lot of shit when it was released back in the year 2000 (holy shit, it’s been 10 years already?). When NOFX released “Pump Up The Valuum”, people were saying that it was just “ok” and doesn’t compare at all with older classics such as Punk In Drublic. Personally, Valuum is one of my favorite NOFX releases, as it contains some of their most humorous songs and catchiest melodies yet. Unlike many of their other albums, this one doesn’t really deal with […]

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