Propagandhi – Victory Lap

If I had to name the most anticipated album release of 2017, for me it was without a doubt Propagandhi’s Victory Lap.  These Canadian punks have been one of my favorite and personally influential bands since I started listening to them during my early punk days many moons ago when I was a teenager.  With the insane political climate of the world, the album could not have dropped at a more appropriate time. From their earlier skate punk days of How To Clean Everything and […]

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Teenage Bottlerocket – Stealing The Covers

Unless your name is Me First And The Gimme Gimmes* I’m incredibly skeptical of any album consisting completely of punk covers.  It always seems like a cop-out or a cash grab.  So even though I’m a pretty big Teenage Bottlerocket fan, when I first heard about the Wyoming punks releasing Stealing The Covers on Fat Wreck, I wasn’t exactly expecting much.  I was pleasantly surprised though, as I find myself thoroughly enjoying the album and listening to it all the damn time. A few things separate […]

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Good Riddance/Kill Your Idols Split

I was fucking around on my guitar for the first time in months, trying to play some Kill Your Idols (did I mention how terrible I am at guitar?) when I kept defaulting to their song “I Told You So.”  Since I’ve been on such a huge kick of their split with Good Riddance lately, I decided I should post about it even though it’s old as shit (released back in 2001), but maybe some of you haven’t heard it or forgot about it. Two […]

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Die Choking, Eaten Alive, Mister Lizard, Bathe, Ratkicker Live In Philly (8/10/17)

A few weeks ago, I headed out to Philly’s intimate dive The Barbary to catch Ratkicker who was opening for Die Choking with a pretty stacked lineup.  It’s been about 3 years since I’ve seen these Philly punks, and since they were up first I made sure to get there nice and early. Ratkicker: It’s a pretty rare occurrence for Ratkicker to play a show, but I listen to their debut Fuck Off Thank You pretty damn regularly.  Playing aggressive nihilistic punk/hardcore with tinges of […]

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Barnaby Jones, Censors Live In Long Island (8/19/17)

So quick note before I start the post: the guitarist of Censors and Barnaby Jones (Justin) is a pretty big Twitch user and live-streamed the show, which was a going away party for him as he is moving.  Censors starts at around 2:05, and Barnaby Jones starts around 2:55. Watch live video from HCJustin on www.twitch.tv Ever since I first saw Long Island hardcore band Barnaby Jones open for Bomb The Music Industry back in 2009 (fuck was that really 8 years ago now?) here […]

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Kill Your Idols, Violent Society Live In Philly (7/29/17)

2017 was one of the few years that I didn’t head to any day of the city of brotherly shove’s annual This Is Hardcore, but I did head to Underground Arts for the stacked after show featuring Kill Your Idols and Violent Society.  I love both of these bands and would easily go to a show featuring one of them, so having them both on the same bill just made me fucking ecstatic. I got to the smaller room at Underground Arts, and while not […]

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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Pietasters live in Philly (7/28/17)

I had a bit of a dilemma the other day.  Since I’m apparently a fucking moron I bought tickets to two different shows on the same day, not realizing I already bought tickets for a different show.  Because of this, I was faced with a huge existentialist crisis… do I go see Western Addiction (who I completely love) play with Dark Thoughts and Night Birds at Boot and Saddle, or do I catch The Mighty Mighty Bosstones with The Pietasters at Union Transfer? Assuming you […]

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Tsunami Bomb Live In Philly (7/18/17)

When I saw that California’s Tsunami Bomb recently reunited, and was playing the 1st of 3 East coast dates at one of my favorite spots Kung Fu Necktie, I immediately bought a ticket… I haven’t seen them play a show since they opened for The Bouncing Souls sometime in 03/04.  It wasn’t until after I bought the ticket that I learned this was not a full reunion, and singer Agent-M would not be joining and was replaced with new vocalist Kate Jacobi. I’ll be completely […]

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An Albatross Live In Philly (6/25/17)

Man… I am so fucking late with this post.  With my current limited screen time it’s been really hard to keep up, but better late than never right?  ANYWAYS: I bought tickets in advance for one of the most rad/bizarre shows I’ve ever been to.  In all of their weirdness, psychedelic noise grind punks An Albatross decided to play a breakfast Philly show at The Barbary at 6 goddamn AM on a Sunday morning.  According to the band, ” An Albatross toyed with the notion […]

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Hub City Stompers, Hard Knocks Live In Philly (6/24/17)

On a warm Saturday night, I headed to South Philly dive Connie’s Ric Rac in order to catch NJ ska hooligans Hub City Stompers.  I got to the venue, and the show was running hours late due to a bartender quitting or something, and thus everyone was locked out.  Cool.  Since I was in South Philly anyway, I killed some time watching soccer, eating canolis, and trying my best to avoid the busloads of tourists wandering the area after eating some shit cheesesteaks at either […]

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