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The Queers, Richie Ramone Live In Philadelphia (3/26/15)

This past Thursday, I headed to Philly’s dive Kung Fu Necktie to catch Richie Ramone and The Queers.  The show was running really late, so I left for a bit and got there in time for Richie Ramone.

Richie Ramone:

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For those who don’t know, Richie Ramone was the third drummer for The legendary Ramones during the 80s, playing on albums Too Tough To Die, Animal Boy, and Halfway To Sanity.  Besides being the only Ramones drummer credited to completely write songs, Richie also has been touring for his solo releases.

I had the pleasure of catching him live during a blizzard last year, and was pretty stoked to be seeing him and his backing band again.  Richie took the stage and switched between drumming while singing, and just doing vocals.  Richie Ramone and crew played a lively set, with people singing along throughout to most of The Ramones hits.  Sneaking in a few solo songs as well, the place finally got moving during “Wart Hog”.  Always a solid and energetic set, go see Richie Ramone live if you get a chance.  His ability to sing while drumming, and then switch roles to be an energetic frontman is impressive.

Highlights:
Blitzkrieg Bop
I Just Wanna Have Something To Do
Wart Hog
Somebody Put Something In My Drink
Smash You
Havana Affair

The Queers:

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The Queers have been at it for a long time, and remain one of the more immature, brash, and fun punk bands around.  Playing a more surfy Ramones influenced punk sound, it was clear that the place was pretty hyped for The Queers as a pit broke out through the majority of their set.  Joe kept the banter to a minimum, playing without much of a real setlist and taking requests, saying this was a warm-up show for a bigger fest they were doing out west.

Always a good time, the band sounded tight as usual.  If you dig real pop-punk at all, go catch these guys live.

Highlights:
Daydreaming
Like a Parasite
My Old Man’s A Fatso
Born To Do Dishes
Punk Rock Girls
Hi Mom, It’s Me
Granola Head
White Minority (Black Flag cover)

MP3:
The Queers – Little Rich Working Class Oi Boi
The Ramones – Smash You

More Punk Rock:
Ramones – Rocket To Russia
The Misfits – Walk Among Us
The Vibrators – 25 Years Of Pure Mania

Andrew Jackson Jihad, Smith Street Band, Jeff Rosenstock Live In Philadelphia (3/19/15)

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This past Thursday, I headed out to Philadelphia’s Union Transfer to catch Jeff Rosenstock of Bomb The Music Industry/Arrogant Sons Of Bitches play a solo show supporting his new album We Cool? opening for Andrew Jackson Jihad.  I got to the venue right around the middle of first band Chumped playing and the place was decently packed for being so early.

I’m not really all that familiar with Chumped besides the fact they are a female fronted pop-punk band out of Brooklyn.  I didn’t catch enough of their set to really form an opinion either way, but it seemed like those in the crowd were definitely digging it.  So if you’re into bands like Nona or Spraynard you’d probably dig these guys.

Jeff Rosenstock:

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The main reason I came, I’ve been a fan of Jeff Rosenstock’s bands and have seen them countless of times over many years.  While technically he was doing a “solo” tour, he had a backing band with him.  It was a bit strange to be seeing him in such a big venue like Union Transfer, but they didn’t act out of place at all, immediately joking to the crowd “What’s up New Jersey?” (which elicited both plenty of boos and cheers) before breaking into We Cool opener “Get Old Forever.”

The crowd was especially hyped, with people breaking out into a pit immediately and stage dives abound.  Jeff and crew played a bunch off the new album and some of his older solo stuff, with a decent chunk coming off of I Look Like Shit and the crowd didn’t really let up all night.  One thing I have to say is he definitely has a mixed-age crowd.  I didn’t realize it, but a lot of younger kids dig him (I always assumed only old heads who followed his other bands did).  Definitely a good time, go see him if you get the chance.

Setlist:
Get Old Forever
You, In Weird Cities
Hey Allison
Nausea
Beers Again, Alone
The Trash The Trash The Trash
Snow Charges
Teenager
Hall Of Fame
Bonus Oceans
80s Through The 50s
Darkness Records

The Smith Street Band are another one of those bands that get a lot of praise, but I never really got around to checking out.  I was hanging in the back by the bar talking to some friends at this point after staying in the pit for Jeff Rosenstock, so I didn’t actually get to see them, but I did hear them.  Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, The Smith Street Band played solid gritty rock tunes with ranging influences from folk punk to garage rock and even a bit of more Social Distortion type punk.  I dug a few songs that I heard, and need to give them a proper listen sometime.

Andrew Jackson Jihad:

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By the time Phoenix, Arizona’s Andrew Jackson Jihad took the stage, Union Transfer was pretty full.  I honestly had no idea that these folk-punks were that big, and while I only knew a few songs here and there off some random EPs I have, their live set definitely made me a fan.

Armed with a variety of instruments including acoustic and electric guitars, a cello, drums, stand up bass, and keyboards the band played a very dynamic set to the incredibly responsive crowd.  Their music reminded me a lot of Mischief Brew and Run, Forever.

Playing a majority of their set from off Knife Man and their latest Christmas Island albums, the band seemed in very high spirits and legitimately loved being there.  The highlight was definitely their final encore, in which they did a sweet Slayer cover which had plenty of fans confused, but those who knew who it was were losing their shit.  An incredible set, if you haven’t seen AJJ before then go do yourself a favor and catch them live.

Setlist:
The Michael Jordan Of Drunk Driving
Gift Of The Magi 2: Return Of The Magi
Hate & Kill
Hate Songs For The Brain
Hate Rain On Me
Kokopelli Face Tattoo
People II: The Reckoning
Love In The Time Of The Human Papillomavirus
Bad Bad Things
I Wanna Rock Out In My Dreams
Sense, Sensibility
Temple Grandin
Coffin Dance
American Tune
Fucc The Devil
You Don’t Deserve Yourself
Heartilation
Children Of God
Linda Ronstadt
Free Bird
Big Bird
South Of Heaven (Slayer cover)

MP3:
Andrew Jackson Jihad – ‘Nother Beer
Jeff Rosenstock – Hey Allison

More:
Jeff Rosenstock – We Cool?
Bomb The Music Industry – Vacation
Arrogant Sons Of Bitches – Discography
Run Forever/The Wild Split
Mischief Brew

World Inferno Friendship Society Live In Philadelphia (3/6/15)

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This past Saturday, I headed down to Philadelphia’s infamous First Unitarian Church basement to catch favorite gypsy cabaret punks The World Inferno Friendship Society.

This was my first show back at the church basement since July when they stopped having as many shows there (for some sad reason, I love that place), and the first time I was seeing World Inferno at the church since 2011.  I’ve seen them a handful of times since then, but a church show is always special (especially considering last time they headlined a show there the fire alarms went off).

The band was playing a string of shows to support their latest album This Packed Funeral.  I got to the church only to miss the one last minute opener, and the place was at about half capacity so plenty of room to dance around.

The Brooklyn collective took the stage, and started straight into their call to arms “Tattoos Fade” which had everyone in the close knit crowd shouting along.  I feel like the energy at this show was much higher than their recent Union Transfer shows, with plenty of people dancing around.

Vocalist Jack and crew played through a bunch of their older stuff, but had a pretty strong emphasis on the latest This Packed Funeral as expected. If you haven’t heard the album yet, it’s definitely a bit different than their other releases, but still incredibly catchy.  As usual, the band was full of quips and stories for the crowd, with having members try to name 11 bands that are named after municipalities (I can think of 7…)  While not the strangest Inferno show I’ve been to, things still got a bit odd when a drone was flying around the crowd and band with audience members taking swipes at it and the band trying to pay no heed while it circled them during their set.

A fun evening as usual, World Inferno always puts on an entertaining set.

Setlist (from what I remember, not in order):
Tattoos FadeJust The Best Party
The Elegant Solution
This Packed Funeral
Brother Of The Mayor Of Bridgewater
Dr Dracula Who Makes You Get High
Your Younger Man
The Apple Was Eve
Let’s Steal Everything
Jersualem Boys
Dolce Far Niente
American Mercurial
The Faster You Go The Better You Think
Cats Are Not Lucky Creatures
Thumb Cinema
Secret Service Freedom Fighting USA
Addicted To Bad Ideas

MP3:
World Inferno Friendship Society – Tattoos Fade
More:
World Inferno Friendship Society – A Demonstrational Introduction to the Astral Plane
World Inferno Friendship Society – The Anarchy And The Ecstasy
World Inferno – Addicted to Bad Ideas
World Inferno – Just The Best Party
World Inferno – Red Eyed Soul
World Inferno – East Coast Super Sound Punk of Today

Armalite, Dark Thoughts Live In Philadelphia (2/1/15)

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Ahhh… Superbowl Sunday.  Where every American goes to their favorite punk house for a benefit show and watches some sick bands tear it up.  I got to West Philly’s Golden Tea House a bit late and missed a bunch of the awesome bands (including a new band featuring Dan Yemin and Andy Nelson), but got there in time for Philly’s own Dark Thoughts.

Dark Thoughts:

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This show was the kickoff for Dark Thoughts tour, and the 3 piece put on one hell of a show.  I caught them back in November here when they played with Mean Jeans and Kepi Ghoulie, and this time around they were even tighter.  Playing Ramones influenced punk rock, Dark Thoughts played most off of their 4 song demo (although the songs translate much better live).  I said it before and I’ll say it again, keep an eye out for Dark Thoughts, they’re definitely one of Philly’s up and coming bands.

Armalite:

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I’ve been a fan of Armalite ever since they’ve started, and with a side project of a bunch of very busy people (including Dan Yemin of Paint It Black/Lifetime/Kid Dynamite, Adam from Atom and His Package) a show from them is incredibly rare.  This was like their 7th show ever in 10 years, (not many bands I can say I’ve been to more than 50% of their shows) I was pretty stoked to be seeing them at the intimate Golden Tea House kitchen.

After setting up, the band took some time to talk about the benefit, which is actually a benefit for a benefit show where the floors or something collapsed and the place has to undergo some heavy repairs.  Holy shit.  They joked to keep the jumping up and down to a minimum here, and instead rip out the copper pipes in the wall.

Breaking out Boots And Sneakers, Armalite played a surprisingly straight forward set without a lot of the banter usually found at their shows.  It seemed like most people didn’t know any of their songs besides me and one other dude who were shouting along to each word, but people definitely seemed to be digging it.

Playing the majority of their songs (granted they only have 14… one full length and one EP) they even through in a Magnetic Fields cover in there.  A tight set, I feel a little spoiled seeing them play twice in a matter of a year… and they got to play one of Philly’s best spots for shows.

Setlist:
Boots And Sneakers
New Wave
Husker Dave
Entitled
Dan’s Hands Melt
New Years
Destination (Not At Home)
I Am Pancreas, Seek To Understand Me
Other Entertainers
100,000 Fireflies (Magnetic Fields cover)

Mp3:
Armalite – I am A Pancreas, Seek To Understand Me
Dark Thoughts – Identity Crisis

More:
Armalite – Humongous
Armalite – Self Titled

Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish Live In Philadelphia (1/24/15)

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Ska shows are a rare beast these days in our modern world.  Even though I listen to ska regularly still and go to plenty of shows, long gone are the days of VFW Halls filled with kids decked out in chain wallets and checkerboard accessories, so you can imagine my surprise when I found out that Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish completely sold out the Electric Factory, one of Philadelphia’s larger venues.

My girlfriend and I got to the Electric Factory a bit late and met up with some of my friends, but sadly missing one of my old favorites Authority Zero (who I honestly have not seen in about a good decade).  I was able to catch their last few songs which included Sirens and Rattlin Bog, although Passage In Time was always my jam.

Less Than Jake:
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It felt wrong to me that Less Than Jake was playing before Reel Big Fish, but as a die hard LTJ fan, I am definitely a bit (ok incredibly biased).  I’m one of those weird ones who not only love all the old albums I grew up with, but also like their newer stuff as well (…minus their brief flirtation with pop music on that abomination In With The Out Crowd).  Sure, maybe not as much as Pezcore but Greetings and Salutations is pretty damn solid.

In true Less Than Jake style, the band took the stage to a recording pretty much poking fun of themselves and the audience, and broke into “Look What Happened”, with confetti falling.  The place was packed with people skanking, shouting along, and a sizable circle pit throughout the set, where they played stuff off of most of their rather large discography.  I was actually shocked by the amount of younger kids there, because I didn’t know people under 21 listened to ska anymore (and it warms my heart that they do).  The band took some time with their usual banter, had a couple come up on stage and propose, and even had a young kid from the audience come up on stage with them for a bit.  They’ve always been one of the most consistent live bands I’ve seen, and Saturday’s show was no exception.

Setlist (From what I remember, probably not complete or in order)
Look What Happened
Nervous In The Alley
The Ghost Of Me And You
Good Enough
Automatic/We’re All Dudes
American Idle
Overrated
All My Friends Are Metalheads
Johnny Quest Thinks We’re Sellouts
Anchor
Sobriety Is A Serious Business And Business Isn’t So Good
How’s My Driving Doug Hastings
Harvey Wallbanger
Pac Man Cereal (Multiple times through out the night)
Plastic Cup Politics
History Of A Boring Town

Reel Big Fish:
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I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve never been much of a fan of Reel Big Fish.  Sure, I’ve seen them a bunch over the years but while they were one of the bands that got people into ska, that was Less Than Jake and Mighty Mighty Bosstones for me, so I always found their recorded work a bit poppy for my liking.  I wasn’t going to stay around to see them originally, but plans changed… and with that being said, they are always a fun time to see live, and I’m actually glad I did.

They of course played through all the hits, throwing in plenty of their covers as well.  Definitely a solid time, I might actually check out their recorded stuff… just 20 years later.

Setlist:
Trendy
I Want Your GIrlfriend To Be My Girlfriend Too
Everyone Else Is An Asshole
All I Want Is More
241
Your Guts, I Hate Em
She’s Famous Now
Skank For Christmas
Good Thing
My Life
Thank You For Not Moshing / Garden Grove (Sublime)
I Know You Too Well To Like You Anymore
She Has A Girlfriend Now
Where Have You Been
Sell Out

Encore:
S.R (The Many Versions Of)
Beer / Self Esteem (Offspring)
Take On Me (Aha Cover)

MP3:
Less Than Jake – My Very Own Flag

More:
How to be a 3rd wave ska dork
Less Than Jake – Greetings And Salutations 
Less Than Jake – Pesto EP
Less Than Jake – Pezcore


The Holy Mess, White Wives Live In Philadelphia (12/21/14)

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Last night, I headed out to my current favorite spot for shows in Philadelphia, West Philly’s Golden Tea House to catch locals The Holy Mess.  I was running really late (I got in from NYC at 6am that morning after being out all night for a friend’s birthday, so I was moving in slow motion), but so was the show.  Not a bad turnout for a Sunday night, and the place was decently filled when I walked in during Timeshares last song.

White Wives:

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I’ve never heard of these Pittsburgh indie punks before, but the band was on a 4 day tour and features members of Anti-Flag.  They had amp troubles before their set, but they kept the banter going while that was being taken care of before kicking into one of their experimental pop-punk anthems.  Featuring 3 guitarists, bassist, drummer, keyboards (who occasionally busted out the trumpet and tambourine),  and a huge pedal board, White Wives was really big on the ambiance of their music.

They played pop-punk similar to The Menzingers and Iron Chic, but added to it with their expansive sound.  This time of music is sort of a grower for me, but they definitely had some catchy songs and a pretty solid presence with by the end of their set they were smashing equipment and diving off their amps in the small kitchen.  Not really my style of music, but they made it entertaining.

The Holy Mess:

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The kitchen cleared out some when White Wives were done, I’m not sure if it’s because people were there solely for them or if it’s just because the show was running pretty late for a Sunday night Golden Tea House show, but no matter, there were still plenty who stuck around to see local Philly shit shows The Holy Mess.

I’ve been a fan and have seen them play basements, warehouses, and bars throughout Philly a bunch of times over the years, but this was the first time I was ever seeing them as a 3 piece band.  I didn’t realize that they’ve come out with a new album over the summer, so I didn’t know the majority of songs that were played, but the new songs sounded tight.

In typical Holy Mess fashion, they didn’t really have much of a setlist as much of a discussion after each song about what they should play amongst themselves, even doing a No Use For A Name cover on a whim much to the guitarist’s protest.  Playing what would be their last show of 2014, I didn’t hear anything before Cande Ru Las Degas, and not sure if it’s because they just didn’t feel like playing it or because it’s tough to do as a 3 piece.  Regardless, the band put on a solid set, and I’ll definitely have to check out the new stuff.

MP3:
The Holy Mess – Hospitals

Raise Your Glass:
The Holy Mess – Cande Ru Las Degas
The Holy Mess – Dismount
Holy Mess – Briefcase Full Of Bruise

Blanks 77 Live In Philadelphia (12/13/14)

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This past Saturday on sort of a whimsical last minute decision, I headed out to Philadelphia dive bar Kung Fu Necktie to catch New Jersey pogo punk legends Blanks 77.  We were running late to this matinee (waking up in the evening will do that to you…), but got there right as Blanks 77 was soundchecking.  Seriously couldn’t have timed it better.

The small room was pretty empty as Blanks 77 was sound checking, and while a few more filtered in, it was at less than half capacity at all times (I think the show was poorly promoted, lot of my friends who are huge Blanks fans had no idea about it, and they usually get a huge turnout).  Mike Blanx finally took the stage, and the band opened straight into “Up The System” which had a bunch of kids pogoing and shouting along.

Blanks played a solid set to the small but dedicated crowd, with people constantly piling on and stage diving to sneer along.  Playing a mix of songs off of most of their albums with a strong emphasis on Tanked And Pogoed, the highlight may have been at the end when before they busted into “I Wanna Be A Punk”, they did a short rendition of The Waitresses “Christmas Wrapping”.

After finishing up, we didn’t really let them leave the stage… so they played two covers, “Pretty Vacant” by the Sex Pistols and “Sonic Reducer” by the Dead Boys, and called it a night.

Setlist (Not in order and what I remember):
Up The System
We Are The Punks
Party Train
Chelsea Girls
Search And Destroy
Automatic
Losing My BrainVoid
Suburbia
I Don’t Wanna Be
Crash And Burn
Radio Hits
Pills
I Wanna Be A Punk
Pretty Vacant (Sex Pistols)
Sonic Reducer (Dead Boys)

MP3:
Blanks 77 – Radio Hits

More Punk:
The Unseen – Lower Class Crucifixion
Mean Jeans – Are You Serious
The Lillingtons – Too Late Show

Blood Pressure, The Stasi, Low Charge, The Brood Live In Philly (12/11/14)

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This past Thursday on a whim I headed out to my current favorite house in Philadelphia, The Golden Tea House to see a bunch of local hardcore bands and touring Blood Pressure from Pittsburgh.

The Brood:
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First up were Philadelphia locals The Brood.  I’ve never heard them before, but consisting of ex members of Witch Hunt, these guys (and girl) completely shred with their crusty aggressive hardcore.   Reminding me a bit of Behind Enemy Lines, I definitely need to check out some of their recorded work.

Low Charge:
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Recently I’ve been listening to Low Charge’s 7 inch a lot lately, but I’ve never gotten a chance to catch the Philadelphia hardcore band.  Playing d-beat inspired hardcore, Low Charge completely tore it up with vocalist Will all over the place constantly dancing, jumping into, and charging into the receptive crowd.  Go see them if they play a show near you, they put on a hell of a set.

The Stasi:
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I’ve caught local The Stasi once before in the late spring play a show with The Flex and Violent Reaction, and it was a damn good time.  Coming off a few week long tour, The Stasi plays aggressive hardcore with song lyrics influenced by their namesake East Germany secret police.  Listening to both their demo and their 7 inch State Voyeurism, The Stasi played an energetic set with people dancing throughout.  Another one not to be missed.

Blood Pressure:

Last up were Pittsburgh’s Blood Pressure.  I never heard of them before the show, but I asked my friend who knows my musical taste pretty well if it was worth me sticking around for.  His response was “You’ll love them.  It’s ex-members of Government Warning man.”  I was sold.

Blood Pressure took the kitchen floor and played their face-shredding brand of hardcore.  With featuring the guitarist from Government Warning, it’s almost impossible to not compare Blood Pressure to them, and the songs were very reminiscent of his old band (this is definitely a good thing in my book).  Definitely a solid way to end the night.

MP3:
Blood Pressure – The Facts
The Stasi – On Standby For Guilt
Low Charge – Shut In
The Brood – No Way Out

More Hardcore:
Government Warning – No Moderation
Bad Side – Looking For A Bad Time
Aneurysm Rats

Lagwagon, Swingin Utters, This Legend Live in Philly (12/4/14)

This past Thursday, I headed to Philadelphia’s TLA in order to catch one hell of a lineup… Lagwagon and Swingin Utters.  I got to the venue on a chilly Thursday evening, and the place was pretty empty when I arrived.  I missed the first opener but got there in time for This Legend.

This Legend:

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I’ve never heard of This Legend before the show, but apparently the LA pop-punk band consists of ex members from Yellowcard.  I’ve never really gotten into Yellowcard so I can’t really tell you the similarities/differences/etc but I can say that This Legend played a decent pop-punk set that had plenty in the crowd digging.  I enjoyed their set, but this type of music is a bit of a grower for me, so I’d have to check out their recorded work some.

Swingin Utters:

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The place started to fill up a bit more as Swingin Utters took the stage, but still mostly empty.  I’ve had the chance of seeing Swingin Utters a few years back play the North Star Bar, and they completely killed it there so I was stoked to finally be seeing them again.  They took the stage, and while the TLA is a lot bigger than North Star (with barricades and the like), the band still put on a incredibly tight set.

It was clear that most of the crowd didn’t know who they were, but the few of us who did were shouting along to each of the songs as they blasted through both old and newer songs off their latest album Fistful of Hollow (which I have but haven’t really had a chance to listen through yet).

Always a good show, I think they would do better headlining their own show in a smaller venue, but I’m not going to pass an opportunity to see these long running punks.

Lagwagon:

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I’ve been listening to Lagwagon ever since Let’s Talk About Feelings came out nearly 15 years ago, and listen to them pretty damn regularly but somehow never had a chance to see them (only a few bands fit this category… I’m looking at you Dillinger Four).  I bought tickets as soon as this show was announced in excitement to finally see them.

Lagwagon was touring to support their latest release Hang (which is their thrashiest release to date), and I’ve been playing the shit out of it (and need to have a post up soon about it) and so naturally the majority of songs came off it.  While some of us sang along to newer openers  “Obsolete Absolute” and “Made Of Broken Parts”, it was clear the majority of the smaller crowd haven’t listened to the new album yet, to which Joey Cape even commented “Philly you’re so mellow tonight, you’re scaring me a bit”.  It wasn’t until the band blasted into “Island of Shame” and then “Violins” did a real pit open up and people started screaming along every word.

Lagwagon played an incredibly tight and fun set, playing songs from all of their albums with the biggest reaction coming with their older stuff.  It was pretty rad to finally get a chance to see Lagwagon, they’ve always been a bit volatile about touring/going on hiatus so I’m hoping this won’t be the last.  The TLA was nowhere near capacity (maybe they were at half at most), so I’m thinking a smaller venue and this show would be off the fucking wall.

Setlist:
Obsolete Absolute
Made Of Broken Parts
Island Of Shame
Never Stops
After You My Friend
Falling Apart
Sick
Western Settlements
Heartbreaking Music
The Cog In The Machine
Coffee And CIgarettes
Wind In Your Sail
Burning Out In Style
Alien 8
Making Friends
One More Song
Razor Burn

Encore:
Burden Of Proof
Reign
Angry Days
May 16

MP3:
Lagwagon – One Thing To Live
Swingin’ Utters – Sign it Away

More:
Lagwagon – I Think My Older Brother Used To Listen To Lagwagon
Lagwagon – Double Plaidinum
Swingin’ Utters – A Juvenile Product of The Working Class

Mean Jeans, Groovie Ghoulies, Dark Thoughts Live In Philly (11/30/14)

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This was like a Ramones influenced pop-punk wet dream come true.  When I first saw that the Mean Jeans and Kepi Ghoulie were coming around to Philly’s Golden Tea House (the best spot in Philly right now for house shows), I was beyond stoked, but I just thought that Kepi Ghoulie was doing his solo acoustic stuff.  When I found out Kepi was doing a Groovie Ghoulies set with the Mean Jeans as the backing band, I knew I needed to be at this show no matter what.

My girlfriend and I arrived at The Golden Tea house a bit early, and got there as Dark Thoughts was setting up.

Dark Thoughts:

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First up were Philadelphia’s three piece Dark Thoughts.  Playing straight forward Ramones influenced punk rock, Dark Thoughts put on an entertaining show and definitely have me listening to their 4 song Demo.  They’re a newer band, so be on the lookout for upcoming recordings and any shows.  It’s definitely a fun set.

Kepi Ghoulie:
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I love the Groovie Ghoulies, and have been listening to them ever since I saw them play live about a decade ago.  Besides being at it since 1983, The Groovie Ghoulies finally called it a day 7 years ago with an impressive discography and with Kepi Ghoulie going on to record some solo stuff.  Like I said in the intro, I originally assumed that Kepi was going to be playing those songs, but instead he announced he would be doing a Groovie Ghoulies set with the Mean Jeans playing…fuck yes.

Opening up with Devil Town, the kitchen space immediately erupted with some of us pogoing and singing along.  Kepi and crew didn’t let up as balloons were being thrown around, beer being spilled everywhere, and all around a giant party was happening.  Kepi was definitely feeding off the crowd’s energy, and keeping things in high spirits while taking cover requests on the spot (Moto’s Dance Dance Dance Dance Dance To The Radio) and cracking jokes about how old he is (“this is a song that Kepi wrote 75 years ago”).

They played an incredibly solid and fun set, and while I think this was a one-off tour, I really hope he comes back around playing Groovie Ghoulie songs soon.  Those songs are just too fantastic and fun to not be heard live… preferably in someone’s kitchen.

Setlist:
Devil Town
Bye Bye Brain
(She’s My) Vampire Girl
Ghoulies Are Go!
(She’s Got A) Brain ScramblingI Wanna Have Fun
Outbreak!
Doin’ Fine
Lonely Hearts Blues
She Gets All The Girls
School Is In
Carly Simon
Dance Dance Dance Dance Dance To The Radio (M.O.T.O cover)
A New England (Billy Bragg cover)
Beast With Five Hands

Mean Jeans:

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After they finished up Kepi’s set, Portland’s Mean Jeans took a little break before coming back to do a set of their own.  They carried the momentum of the last set over, and opening with “Born On A Saturday Night” had the crowd immediately dancing in the small kitchen as neon pink streamers were being thrown all over the place (seriously, I left the place covered in sweat, beer, and streamers).

Teasing the crowd and asking if we wanted to hear a Cranberries cover or a Red Hot Chili Peppers one, they would play the opening riff to Zombie before blasting into their own song, and then doing the same with some RHCP songs.

Playing a set with plenty off of their 7 inches and their debut LP, they had Kepi come back to do a cover of The Ramones “Swallow My Pride”.  Afterwards Kepi requested “Pogo B4 You Go Go” to which he made sure to party with the crowd and pogo the entire time before the Mean Jeans called it a night.  Easily one of the most fun house shows I’ve been to in a while, and definitely one of the most fun shows I’ve been to this year.

Setlist (incomplete, not in order):
Born On A Saturday Night
Steve Don’t Party No More
Case Race
Slime Time
Stoned To The Bone
Outta Smokes
Swallow My Pride (Ramones Cover)
Le’ts Pogo B4 You Gogo

MP3:
Dark Thoughts – Identity Crisis
Groovie Ghoulies – Til Death Do Us Party
Mean Jeans – Rats Roaches And Jeans

More:
Mean Jeans – Are You Serious
The Lillingtons – Too Late Show
Teenage Bottlerocket – Another Way