Richie Ramone Live In Philadelphia (2/13/14 At Barbary)

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Joey Ramone once stated that Richie “saved the band as far as I’m concerned.  He’s the greatest thing to happen to the Ramones. He put the spirit back in the band.” So when I saw that the legendary drummer was playing Philly’s punk party Guitar Army, I wasn’t about to let a something tiny like a blizzard hold me down. Unfortunately, I did miss both openers.

After fighting the elements, I made it to the Barbary in one piece, amped as all hell to see Richie Ramone play some Ramones songs and some of his solo work.  While Richie was the third drummer for The Ramones, he was the only one to completely write songs for the band, with his most famous one being “Somebody Put Something In My Drink.”  I was running a bit late due to said blizzard (the highway was actually closed at one point… but fuck it) but the second I walked into the venue he started his most popular song.  Perfect.

I was expecting the place to be dead because of the weather, but there actually was a pretty decent sized crowd all things considering.  I made a beeline up front, and I have to say, Richie and band knows how to throw on a good show.  Richie was all over the place switching between drums, vocal duties, and guitar.
One thing that I realized after this show was I really need to check out Richie’s solo album Entitled.  Oh, and they played my favorite Ramones song “Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World”, so that was beyond rad.

Highlights:
Somebody Put Something In My Drink
Blitzkrieg Bop
Smash You
Better Than Me
Something To Do
Wart Hog
Animal Boy
Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World
Commando (I think they did this one)
Animal Boy

MP3:
The Ramones – Sheena Is a Punk Rocker

More Punk Rock For Your Poison Heart:
Ramones – Mondo Bizarro
Ramones – Rocket To Russia
The Misfits – Walk Among Us
The Vibrators – 25 Years Of Pure Mania

Richie Ramone Official Site

Fantasy Panther, Yautja Live In Philadelphia (2/8/14)

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On Saturday night, I headed to a bike shop called Wolf Cycles out in West Philly for a local punk/grind show.  Upon entering, I immediately fell in love with the place.  Bare bones, upstairs show in a room no bigger than a living room, I got there right in the middle of ASD’s set, and missed Boroughs again (who I’ve been meaning to see, because their Demo which you can stream on their bandcamp is fucking sick.)

ASD:

I missed about half of their set because I was running late, but from the bit I caught, these dudes were sick.  New Jersey’s ASD (or Another Social Disease) played a solid set of hardcore songs with some hints of crossover thrash, reminding me a bit of bands such as Verbal Abuse.  They have their EP up for free download at their bandcamp, go check that shit.

Yautja:

I can’t pronounce the name of this band to save my fucking life (even though they’re named after the alien race in Predator*), but Nashville’s Yautja played heavy and sludgy as fuck hardcore blended with a touch of grind and powerviolence thrown in for good measure.  I’m usually not big into sludge, but these guys were really damn solid and changed it up enough to keep an ADD “I need constant stimulation” dude like myself really into it.  Definitely go check their live show, and they have their latest album up streaming.

Fantasy Panther:

A handful of people left as soon as Yautja finished up their set, their loss… they missed out on a damn good set put on by Philly’s own Fantasy Panther.  I’ve seen these local grind/powerviolence guys a few times, and this set was easily my favorite.  Like anal on a first date, it just FELT RIGHT seeing them in a small west Philly bike shop.  A pit quickly formed while frontman Eddie was jumpkicking, crawling into bass drums, and doing his usual antics to the blastbeats and lightning fast riffs for a short but sweet set.  If you like heavy music at all, go check out Fantasy Panther, and if they ever play near you just do yourself a favor and go see them and check their album streaming on their bandcamp. 

Setlist:
Marionette
some new songs
Their LP in it’s entirety:
Insect
Lycathrope
Thorn
Pigs
Tourniquet
Dystrophy
Rise
Panther
Contort
Beasts

MP3:
Fantasy Panther – Marionette

More shit:
Pig Destroyer – Prowler In The Yard
Phobia – Cruel
Some Girls – The DNA Will Have It’s Say

Mustard Plug – Can’t Contain It (For fans of Big D and The Kids Table, Less Than Jake, Bomb The Music Industry)

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In the words of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, let’s face it: us ska nerds would have to be nothing short of delusional if we didn’t admit that while 3rd wave ska isn’t completely dead, it’s certainly hooked up to life support.  Yet through all of the ups and downs, Mustard Plug continues to crank out solid ska albums, and their latest 2014 release Can’t Contain It is certainly no exception.

Grand Rapids, Michigan ska-punks have been at it since 1991, and if their latest album is any indication, they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon (even if it’s been 7 years since their last album In Black And White).  Where In Black and White was a bit darker than their earlier stuff, Can’t Contain It takes a completely different direction and is more reminiscent of their really early albums like Skapocalypse Now and Big Daddy Multitude.  For the most part, the songs are incredibly light hearted and lean more towards the upbeat ska style than the punk sound, which has become perfect for getting me through this dreary northeastern winter.

Some people might be turned off by the incredibly light hearted material, especially after the band proved capable of diving into a slightly darker sound, but members of the band have stated that “We may have some messages in our music, but essentially we just do this because we love it and we want people to lighten up and have fun.”  And if it’s fun you’re looking for, you really can’t go wrong with one of the best ska bands around.

MP3:
Mustard Plug – Bang!

More ska to get you through this winter bullshit:
How to be a 3rd wave ska dork
We interview Mustard Plug
Mustard Plug – In Black and White
Mustard Plug – Evil Doers Beware

Buy:
Mustard Plug

Viva Las Vegas (A Mix)

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I know, posts have been kind of scarce and rarer than a Lifetime show these days, but I just got back from Vegas yesterday.  I’ve never been there during the off season, and it’s definitely a much more chill vibe (well… chill for Vegas).

Even though I don’t drink, Vegas is incredibly dangerous for my health.  No sleep ever, gamble way too much, and all around a fun and rowdy fucking time.  Oh, and I want to go back for punk rock bowling in May.  We’ll see if that happens.

I’ve got some reviews coming soon (new Mustard Plug, etc) but for now, here’s a little mix to honor the city of sin.

MP3:
Dead Kennedys – Viva Las Vegas
Atom and His Package – I, Professional Gambler
Bouncing Souls – Punks In Vegas
Bane – Ante Up
Less Than Jake – Handshake Meets Pokerface
New Found Glory – Vegas

More Mixes:
Scenester 101: How To Be A Modern Day Street Punk
How To Be A 3rd Wave Ska Dork
How To Be A Skinhead
How To Be a stereotypical Hardcore kid in a few easy steps!

 

 

DANGERS, Vice, Kids, Sore Saints Live In Philly (1/19/14)

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Dangers have quickly become one of my favorite hardcore bands ever since I started listening to them a few years back, but never had the opportunity to see live on account they’ve never played Philadelphia before.  This past weekend, I almost made some plans to go visit some friends in another city, but then I saw a flyer on facebook for Dangers.  Not only were they playing their first show in Philly ever, but it was a house show at the Golden Tea House.  Oh fuck yes.

I drove out to West Philly, and there was a pretty damn sizable crowd for a Sunday night.  I haven’t been this stoked for a show in a very long time.

Sore Saints:
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First up were Philly’s own Sore Saints.  These guys were a bit of the black sheep of the lineup, where the rest of the bands were hardcore/powerviolence acts, these dudes played heavier post-punk similar to Joy Division and the darker Smiths songs (guilty pleasure time: I’m a diehard Smiths fan).  They put on a solid set, with plenty of ambiance and heavy reverb, if you like 70s post-punk, you’ll probably dig these guys.

Kids:

There were a lot of people there for PA’s Kids alone, and the second they took the floor a pit immediately broke out.  Thrashy noisy hardcore, Kids put on an energetic set with plenty of people in the crowd shouting along each word.  The band was constantly in the pit itself, with the guitarist rhinocharging through and even completely busting up his guitar in the process, which made them have to end the set 3 songs early.  Still, worth it for the fuck of a show they put on.

Vice:

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A handful of people left after Kids, but that is incredibly their fucking loss.  They missed the shit-storm of hardcore that Staten Island’s Vice rained down.  These guys played heavy as fuck hardcore with a healthy dose of powerviolence.  The band wore their influences on proudly on their sleeves, and they definitely had plenty of early NYHC influences as well, even just through the lyrical content.  Often raging against the hardcore scene itself, and keeping things DIY, these guys were clearly pissed… and definitely worth you checking out.

Dangers:

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Being 28 and going to countless shows, it’s rare for me to get as stoked as I did as a teenager to see a band.  Dangers was an exception.  NOTHING could have prepared me for the fucking blitz that seeing Dangers was going to be: no amount of youtube videos could have possibly hinted at to what I was about to experience. The band set up, stated it was their first Philly show ever, vocalist Al talked about how he grew up going to Philly shows since his Uncle lived a few blocks away from the house, and gave a final “Hi, we’re Dangers from California” before busting into their call to arms “We Broke The P.A”.  The place completely went off, and didn’t let up for the rest of the night.

Their recorded work is completely ferocious, but their live show brings such a viciousness that simply cannot be captured unless you’re actually there to experience it.  With the aggressive as fuck music, I’m convinced that Al may be the most insane frontman of a hardcore band I’ve ever seen with him constantly in the crowd with pile-ons, running wild in the pit, it felt much less like watching a band as much as a community experience, the way that hardcore is meant to be, but something that only a few bands are able to pull off (Paint It Black being one of the only other few ones).

They played an incredibly solid setlist, with most coming off their Anger and Messy, Isn’t It albums, with a few sprinkled in from their latest EP that was released earlier this year.  And even as dark and pissed their lyrics are, there was an air of hopefulness and good vibes about the show.

I feel like I don’t need to go to anymore shows this year, because even though it is incredibly early… I can say with confidence that this little house show was definitely one of the best shows of 2014, let alone one of the best I’ve ever been to.

Fun tidbit: the kid who was bitching that there wasn’t enough “hate mosh” during the song (D)anger(s).  I think you missed the point of the song dude.

Dangers Setlist:
We Broke The PA
Power Chord Blues
Opposable
Goliath
Cure For AIDS
I’ll Clap When I’m Impressed
Saved By The Bouyancy Of Citrus
Half Brother, All Cop
Bottom Of The 9th Ward
Puncture Wound
Stay At Home Mom
No Vonneguts, No Glory
Straight As She Wants To Be
(D)anger(s)
Five O’Clock Shadows At The End Of The Western World
What Goes Up
My Wonder Years Never Got Cancelled
We Have More Sense Than Lies

MP3:
Dangers – A Missed Chance For A Meaningful Abortion

If Meat Is Murder, What The Fuck Is Love:

Dangers – Messy, Isn’t It?
Dangers – Self Titled EP
Dangers – Anger
Dangers – Demo
Ghostlimb – Infrastructure

Fantasy Panther, Ratkicker, Skin Graft (Live in Philadelphia 1/9/14)

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This past Thursday I headed out to Philly’s small club The Barbary to catch a grindcore/powerviolence show.  The place had a decent amount of people in it for a random winter Thursday night, and while I unfortunately missed some of the openers (especially Boroughs, from what I’ve heard of them, they’re fucking sick), I was able to catch the final three.

Skin Graft:

Local Philly grind/powerviolence dudes, these guys reminded me a lot of a more midtempo and sludgy Spazz.  The band seemed to missing a member but in true punk don’t give a fuck fashion powered through anyway.  Immediately, the singer jumped down into the crowd and did the entire performance from the floor, giving it a much more house show vibe, and he was definitely all over the place for people who weren’t fans of the music, at least giving them a hell of a show.

Check them out if you like your powerviolence with a little more sludge.

Ratkicker:

Holy shit, these guys completely blew me away.  The band took the stage and started blasting into some melodic punk reminding me a bit of a heavier Lifetime which obviously had me stoked, an Offspring cover, and then switched guitars and started playing some heavy as fuck rock infused hardcore (with occasional hints of D-Beat) which also had me stoked.  They tore through their set and threw in the heaviest cover of a NOFX I have ever heard (Stranger Than Fishin’)… Do yourselves a favor and go to their bandcamp and download their album.

Fantasy Panther:

If one thing could be said about Fantasy Panther, it’s that they definitely know how to put on a good show.  Formed from the ashes of carinval punks An Albatross, the three piece came out in their trademarked “blood”, and immediately blasted into their “what the fuck just happened” grind set.  Vocalist EBG was nothing short of a madman climbing all over the fucking place while all while jumpkicking, growling, and shrieking the often political messages of the songs.

Music for fucking adrenaline junkies, if you dig shit like Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Swallowing Shit, go see these dudes live.  Shows seem to be a bit of a rarity, so see them when you get a chance, and definitely check out their album.

MP3:
Fantasy Panther – Marionette
Ratkicker – Brave New World

More amphetamine fueled music:
Pig Destroyer – Prowler In The Yard
Phobia – Cruel
Some Girls – The DNA Will Have It’s Say

Pig Destroyer – Prowler In The Yard (For fans of Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Wormrot, Rotten Sound)

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I consider it a wasted opportunity: back in the mid 2000s (ten years ago fuuuuck) I lived down in Virginia for school, and would often head down to Richmond for some awesome punk shows.  I remember constantly seeing the name Pig Destroyer on fliers for upcoming shows, but never bothered to check them out.  If only I had a time machine so I can go back in time and slap the shit out of myself.

I’ve been listening to Pig Destroyer a lot lately, particularly their 2001 release of Prowler In The Yard.  The second studio album by the grindcore trio (at the time at least), Prowler In The Yard blends the perfect amount of grind/crust punk/thrash to keep an adrenaline junkie like myself on the hook.  With constant blast beats, driving dark riffs, and incredibly fucked up yet metaphorical lyrics… it’s like being thrown in the middle of the most fucked up horror movie imaginable.

Not for the faint of heart, and the lyrics are just beyond disturbing.  Pig Destroyer manages to corner the “shock value” while exploring the mental breakdown of a complete murderous sociopath which may make you feel like you need a shower (or therapy) as soon as you’re done listening.

MP3:
Pig Destroyer – Trojan Whore

More Music For You Speed Freaks:
Phobia – Cruel
Some Girls – The DNA Will Have It’s Say
Graf Orlock – Destination: Time Today

The Slackers, RK$TDY Live In Philadelphia (12/27/13)

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Ok, still finally playing catch up with the show recaps, and so I’m going to make this quick.  But this past Friday I headed to Philly’s North Star Bar to catch ska dudes The Slackers.  The bar and venue was pretty crowded for what I was assuming would be dead for a 21+ ska show, but I was pleasantly surprised when I strolled (or sauntered, if you will) in.

RK$TDY:

I walked in about a quarter through their set, and let me tell you, the second I heard these guys I had a huge smile on my face.  I’ve never heard of RK$STDY before, and I know the name of the band would have you thinking it was some incredibly shitty Ke$ha/Attack Attack type of combo going on, but these guys were about as traditional ska as you could get.

Featuring multiple horns, rhythm guitar, and an upright bass, RK$TDY mostly played instrumental jams that reminded me a bit of Yardbeat, minus The Specials “Free Nelson Mendela” cover.  Definitely a good time, and the perfect opener to get me skanking.

The Slackers:

There was a time period where I would catch The Slackers usually twice a year, but I don’t know if it’s from them not coming to Philly or if I just missed it, but I realized that I have not seen The Slackers in almost 3 years.  The band took the stage, and the intimate room was instantly packed.  I placed myself right up against the stage, but there wasn’t much room to skank.  All good, I was still hurting pretty bad from the Bouncing Souls show a few nights back.

Playing an incredibly tight set, The Slackers had the crowd singing along… bantering telling stories and even doing a few covers (NEVER did I think I’d be skanking along to a ska version of The Misfits Attitude).

Always a great time seeing them, it was good to catch them in a smaller venue.  Good vibes, good times.

Setlist:
Keep Him Away
Yes It’s True
Working Overtime
Watch This
Walking On
Leave Me
Like A Virgin (Madonna cover)
Cooking For Tommy
Bed Is A Boat
Stereo On
Old Dog
BollWeevil
What Went Wrong
No Love
Keep It Simple
Run Away
The Fool
Wasted Days
Attitude (Misfits cover)
Have The Time
Rude and Reckless
Sarah (think they did this one)

MP3:
The Slackers – Mr Tragedy

More Ska For Your Skanky Skanking Soul:
The Slackers – The Great Rocksteady Swindle
The Slackers – Self Medication
Toots And The Maytals – Monkey Man

Happy (Punk Rock) New Year MIX!

Hello friends and lovers.  We here at housewives hope you had a terrific, slam-dancing filled, shit show of a 2013.  We’re (almost) ready to leave 2013 in the past (still have to post 2 more show recaps and then the year end list… so behind this year) but wanted to throw out a New Year mix for all you sexy, sexy beasts.

MP3:
The Lawrence Arms – 100 Resolutions
Thursday – Jet Black New Year
Bouncing Souls – The New Thing
Bedouin Soundclash – New Year’s Day
Armalite – New Years
Cloak/Dagger – New Years Resolution

This is year I’ll try not to think so much:
Scenester 101: How To Be A Modern Day Street Punk
How To Be A 3rd Wave Ska Dork
How To Be A Skinhead
How To Be a stereotypical Hardcore kid in a few easy steps!

The Bouncing Souls, Youth Brigade, The Ratchets Home For The Holidays (Live In Asbury Park 12/26/13)

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There are a few certainties in life: death, taxes, and The Bouncing Souls Home For The Holidays shows.  Ever since the Bouncing Souls started this tradition back in 2007, where they would play 4 back to back shows in Asbury Park, I’ve made an effort to attend one show every year from my favorite band around.  This year I opted for the first show the day after Christmas since Youth Brigade was on the bill, and I fucking love those guys.

Every year, The Bouncing Souls do some sort of “gimmick” with their shows… this year they were allowing friends to write the setlist.  The setlist for the night I went was written by Timmy Chunks of Token Entry and Kate from the song Kate Is Great.

After heading to Asbury Park and walking around the starlit desolate winter beach some, I headed to the Stone Pony during The Ratchets set.

The Ratchets
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I’ve never heard of local Asbury punks The Ratchets before, but the band definitely played an enjoyable set, mixing punk with hints of ska upstrokes reminding me a bit of Tim Armstrong’s solo work.  While it seemed like most people didn’t know them, it was good to hear some ska up in there, and some buddies and mine opened up a small skank pit.  Good times.

Youth Brigade
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Fuck. It’s been 3 whole years since I’ve last seen Youth Brigade, and the last time was actually in Asbury Park as well.  I was pumped to see these California (“Actually we’re from Canada”) dudes play again, and clearly so was some of us oldsters in the crowd, as a pit instantly opened up with a few of us shouting along and dancing throughout the set.

The band bantered throughout the set, taking requests from fans, making fun of said fans who were screaming “bring it back to the old days!”  “you weren’t even BORN in the old days. Your mom probably wasn’t even born in the old days” and generally kept the show light-hearted and fun as Youth Brigade is known to do.

I’m really hoping to see them again soon, even if that means I trek out to Vegas in may for Punk Rock Bowling.

Setlist (From What I remember and not in order):

You Don’t Know Shit
Modest Proposal
Fight To Unite
Blown Away
Did You Wanna Die
Violence
Spies For Life
Sick
Punk Rock Mom (I think)
Believe In Something
I Hate My Life
Sink With California

The Bouncing Souls:
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The Bouncing Souls?  Those fucking New Jersey mooches.  It’s crazy how after seeing them many times over the 15 years I’ve been listening to them, having my arm completely shattered at one of their shows, and in all honesty not really digging the past few albums they put out… I still get ridiculously stoked to see them live (you can take a punk out of Jersey, but you can’t take the Jersey out of a punk).

The band took the stage, and instantly the place was a rampage of circle pits, dancing, and sing-alongs.  There wasn’t much room in the sold out crowd, but we all made due.  Honestly, the majority of the set was a giant blur… one giant, fun, whirlwind of a fucking blur.  But I will say this, there isn’t anything The Bouncing Souls don’t make better in life, and their music has gotten me through so much.  I was on a high for days after that show.  Shit, I almost even came out of crowd surf retirement during my favorite song “The Freaks, Nerds And The Romantics”… almost.

Setlist (From what I remember, not in order)
Cracked
Born Free
No Security
Sing Along Forever
Kids And Heros
Bryan’s Lament
Anchors Aweigh
East Coast Fuck You
Kid
Old School
Late Bloomer
Johnny X
The Freaks, The Nerds And The Romantics
No Rules
I Started Drinking Again
Neurotic
Lean On Sheena
Midnight Mile
I Like Your Mom
Lay Em Down Smack Em Yack Em
True Believers
Night On Earth

Mp3:
Bouncing Souls – Low Life
Youth Brigade – Live Life

Previous Home For The Holiday Recaps:
2012
2011
2010 (well… it was postponed, but still.)
2008
2007