Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Big dick is a thumbs up guy


Happy mid week, people, and welcome to the latest installment of Wednesdays With Andrew, your weekly overdose of punk (and punkish!) rock. 

I decided to do something a bit different, but not unheard of here. While I don't have my weekly podcast/online radio offering for your rabid ears today, I have not completely abandoned you.

The month of June happened to feature a whole lot of really awesome new music being released by some pretty fucking old punk rock acts. I have taken the time to listen to ALL of it for you, and am sharing my thoughts on a few of them below...enjoy....

Firstly, Good Riddance...last week this veteran, Santa Cruz-based melodic hardcore foursome shared a new single, 'Our Great Divide', in anticipation of the planned release of their Thoughts and Prayers LP later this year. And GOOD GOD, vocalist Russ Rankin has still got it. He may be 51, but his pipes have not let off the gas one fucking bit. With a melody to make Tony Sly proud, Russ charges forward at blistering speeds, supported by lead guitarist Luke Pabich's style of punchy, piercing guitar hooks, and a rhythm section that imbues an unstoppable intensity throughout the entire track. To me, 'Our Great Divide' is a powerful and catchy anthem that stays true to GR's sound and spirit over the years. And with an album name like Thoughts and Prayers, you know that they still have a lot to say. Can't.fucking.wait. For my European friends, go see Good Riddance on tour this summer!

A few hundred miles down the Golden Coast, another punk rock staple also brewed up a new tune. After an 8-year drought of new material, Long Beach's True Sounds of Liberty, colloquially known as T.S.O.L., exploded back onto the scene with 2017's The Trigger Complex. Well, Jack Grisham & friends are back with a satirical cover of the American classic 'What a Wonderful World.' Spoiler alert: Jack doesn't really think so. Although the single, entitled 'Is This a Wonderful World,' may mark a brief departure in musical style for the band, the no-holds-barred political messaging is certainly familiar for any fan of T.S.O.L.

Now, June 3rd was a big day for any diehard Pixies fan. Sometime early during that humid, buggy day, Boston's most eccentric garage rock band announced a new album, Beneath the Eyrie, slated to drop this September, and shared their new single 'On Graveyard Hill.' They also announced a podcast, 'It's a Pixies Podcast' which will kick off in June and will focus on the creative process of writing and recording Beneath the EyrieWhen a band has been around as long as the Pixies, you start to worry whether they'll lose their edge, or 'take a different direction'....well, although Kim Deal's presence is still sorely missed, I can safely say that On Graveyard Hill sounds A LOT like the Pixies should.

Last but certainly not least, Iggy Pop is getting into some new trouble. Although this isn't technically new music, the godfather of punk released a new music video for 'Run Like a Villain' as part of the reissue of his 1982 album Zombie Birdhouse. The reissue promises to make a crisper, cleaner listening experience for an album that showcased Iggy at his strangest and most poetic, against a backdrop of blaring synth and pseudo Afropop beats.





I've linked to all the relevant media above, but for those who want a nice and tidy playlist...here you go!




Never stop stopping, you old punk rock rascals. I'll catch ya all next week

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Free nachos


Why hello there. Welcome to the latest episode of Wednesdays With Andrew, your weekly overdose of punk (and punkish!) rock. 

Strap in for a rick-rollin' rollickin' good time, as I discuss new music, the women's World Cup, the etymology of "um" and more. 

Featuring dank tunes from artists like The Flatliners, Dillinger Four, Plague Vendor, 88 Fingers Louie, Bane, The Specials and more. So, get off the pot, and go listen, NOW:


Liner notes:

Spotify playlist

Tracklist

  • 1All of the above by Plague Vendor
  • 2Mother Theresa Chokeslams the World by The Flatliners
  • 3Two Faced Bastard by 88 Fingers Louie
  • 4Bound by Hot Water Music
  • 5Vote for me by The Specials
  • 6The Art of Whore by Dillinger Four
  • 7Frens by TOP Nachos
  • 8Superhero by Bane
  • 9Me and your mama by Childish Gambino

If the 13 to 0 trouncing of Thailand by the US Women's soccer team is news to you....you can try to relive the thrilling massacre here

For the millionth time, here'e the link to 88 fingers Louie's most recent foray into new music...not to underscore the fleeting nature of our time on this earth or anything...but this shit came out almost 2 years ago...wild

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If you dug All of the above, go check out Plague Vendor's brand spankin' new release, By Night. It is a slamming good time...electric...

Annnnnd for your weekly goofy ass punk fix, here's Top Nachos and their album Dank Side of the Moon. I don't know you, but I think you'll like this.



OK that's it, I'm out, baaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Up shit's creek with a turd for a paddle


Happy Wednesday, campers, and prepare to accept my weekly barrage of punk (and punkish!) rock.

This week I drank too much coffee, so it's especially rambly. I do bad math, talk about my new e-bike, and reflect on my front row seat to (what looked to be) an Uber robbery gone awry. 

OH shit I also play awesome music from bands like Good Riddance, Satanic Surfers, Rise Against, Adolescents, Teenage Bottlerocket and more...so what are you waiting, go listen, NOW:


Liner notes:

Spotify playlist

Tracklist

  • 1My life inside your heart by Rise Against
  • 2Sunspot Screams by Adolescents
  • 3 OMG Rock N Roll by Kevin Morby
  • 4Necrocomicon by Teenage Bottlerocket
  • 5Associative Forces by Hit the Switch
  • 6Ummerica by Irascible Fuck Brigade
  • 7United Cigar by Good Riddance
  • 8These Chances by Cigar
  • 9Self-Medication by Satanic Surfers
  • 10Piss Up a Rope by Ween
Editor's note - I said on the episode that DC's Arboretum is around 20 acres...make that 400+ acres...whoopsies. I forgot to carry the 7, I guess.

If you dug Associative Forces, go check out Hit The Switch's latest record, Entropic, here

By the way, I think my new slogan for Wednesdays With Andrew is gonna be 'if you don't dig it...fuck off'

Alright, that's a wrap. Catch ya next week!


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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Love is the death of duty


Happy Wednesday folks, and welcome to the latest episode of Wednesdays With Andrew, your weekly overdose of punk (and punkish!) rock.

This week I give you what I know you want...one more voice on the internet telling you what to think about the finale of Game of Thrones. I also talk about my recent adventure to the Swedish embassy to hear a panel discussion on the book Blood, Fire, Death, a chronicle of Sweden's rich and controversial death metal scene...an event which also marked the first live show for Zealot R.I.P., a new project from the deranged minds of members from DC bands Frodus and Darkest Hour.

OH and we have music. All sorts of music. Including new tracks from Cigar and Bad Religion, along with classics like Pegboy, Jawbox, Refused and Talking Heads, there's a little something for everybody. 

So what are we waiting for...go listen, NOW:



Liner notes:

Here's the Spotify link for people trying to skew my podcast stats

Tracklist

  • 1Killing an arab by The Cure
  • 2Fate of fates by Fucked Up
  • 3 Classic you by Cigar
  • 4Sinner Inside by Pegboy
  • 5Chaos from within by Bad Religion
  • 6Do you still hate me? by Jawbreaker
  • 7Breathe by Jawbox
  • 8Pump the brakes by Refused
  • 8Born under the punches by Talking Heads
Here's a link to that dope music video for Cigar's brand spankin' new tune, Classic You. Get into it.

If you're around the district on June 28 or June 29, make sure to nab tickets to Jawbox's reunion tour. For all my non-DC people, check that link to see if they'll be playing a watering hole near you this summer!

If you're totally butt hurt that you missed Zealot R.I.P.'s first ever show at that swedish metal book talk this past Monday...never fear! They're playing Slash Run this Friday (for their second ever show!!) with my dudes, Loud Boyz. Go check it out, it'll be fun.

Catch ya next week fools




Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Andrew takes a field trip! Lost Origins Gallery (Visualizing Fugazi exhibit)


Happy Wednesday, and welcome to the latest episode of Wednesdays With Andrew, your weekly overdose of punk (and punkish!) rock.

Today we're going a bit off brand...instead of our normal podcast/radio episode, I am trying my hand at a bit of long(ish)-form journalism! Read my 'article' below and make sure to follow along with the  recommended playlist, featuring tunes from Fugazi, some old Syrian priests, and more!

Action. Reaction. Action: Visualizing Fugazi

Nestled in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood, a small art gallery is empowering artists and free thinkers through its engaging exhibitions. Named ‘Best New Gallery’ just this month by Washington City Paper, Lost Origins Gallery is a community- and arts-focused space that is gaining a lot of attention.

Action. Reaction. Action: Visualizing Fugazi, the current exhibit on display, drew me in with its promise of a unique, data-driven perspective of the band that shaped DC’s music scene for years to come. From the large family tree displaying Fugazi’s interconnectedness with other bands, to the bubble chart highlighting their impact on local activism and fundraising, not to mention the treasure trove of archival items including never-before-seen photographs, zines and other memorabilia, Action. Reaction. Action: Visualizing Fugazi certainly proved to be a memorable visual and auditory experience.

Owner and curator Jason Hamacher, imbuing an effortless openness and warmth, was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to give me a private tour of the exhibit, and walk me through the inception story of Lost Origins. 

A space for creativity and empathy

Lost Origins Gallery's stated mission is to inspire community and understanding by providing a space for expression, ideas, art, and culture.  True to that mantra, Jason has created a space where artists and thinkers are unburdened from the practical monetary factors of promoting new content, allowing them to focus solely on their craft. By eliminating revenue expectations and taking a smaller percentage of total sales, Jason feels he is “encouraging experimentation” and providing an environment that fosters “creativity, supportiveness, and most of all, respect.”

Since its creation 2 years ago, the gallery has hosted a far ranging collection of exhibits, seemingly not having any rules of participation....from visual arts to performance art and community think tanks around the importance of STEM, Lost Origins doesn't discriminate, so long as new ideas are being shared, discussed, argued and celebrated.
If you crave a snack during a trip to the Gallery, Jason also happens to rent the first floor of the building to Mount Desert Island Ice Cream…a business that is managed by fellow DC punks Brian Lowit (Dischord label manager) and Melissa Quinley (from the band Soccer Team).  

Driven by a spirit of adventure

According to Hamacher, the concept of  ‘Lost Origins’ can be traced back to the mid 90s, when a younger Jason was drummer (and a damn good one!) of legendary DC hardcore bands Battery and Frodus, while also making a name for himself in the world of photography. He used the Lost Origins moniker as a sort of umbrella term under which all his creative pursuits lived.

After a series of life-changing personal and professional tragedies, Jason decided to quit music and explore the world, and through these travels gained a deeply passionate interest in antiquities and cultural heritage. This led him to create a tagline for his Lost Origins brand, Exploring the Past to Change the Future. Jason explains: “We all share common origins but we tend to lose sight of our similarities and focus on our differences. Through my music, recordings, writing, and now gallery, I strive to focus on highlighting cultural art and ideas that can unify and inform.”

His globe trotting adventures culminated in 2005, when he traveled to Syria to hunt down an ancient Orthodox traditional vocal chant; a sacred hymn that has been carefully preserved and passed down by a small group of religious leaders in Aleppo since the dawn of Christianity.

With the support of the Syrian government and local Orthodox leaders, Jason successfully created the first public recording of this historically valuable and hallowed chant, while collecting over 15,000 photographs and capturing a unique moment in Syria's period of pre-war modernization in the process. Editor's recommendation - you can hear a couple examples of Jason's recordings in the accompanying playlist!

Through this years long adventure, Jason nurtured several important relationships at Smithsonian and Library of Congress, which would ultimately prove an important jumping board for the inception of Lost Origins Gallery.

Visualizing Fugazi

One of the most notable aspects about the gallery is its completely unintentional genesis, which stands in stark contrast to the deliberate layout of the space. Through a series of business related events, Jason suddenly found himself as proprietor of a large three level building smack dab in Mount Pleasant...and coincidentally, right around that time, his old tour mate from the Battery days just so happened to need somewhere to showcase his traveling photo exhibit, Still Screaming, in conjunction with Battery's reunion show. Serendipity coquettishly tipping the scales of fate, Jason became suddenly aware what this space truly meant; a cross section of all his inspiring endeavors, and an opportunity to provide an outlet for like minded adventurers and creators to share their visions within an intimate yet welcoming community.

What better space to share a visually powerful and dynamic exhibit showcasing the impact that Fugazi left on our city? The against-the-grain vision and DIY ethic that is so deeply embedded within Fugazi’s legacy is mirrored in the trajectory of the Lost Origins story...and indeed an ethos that embodies the exhibition’s creator as well.

Visual data maven Carni Klirs is no stranger to the D.C. punk scene, having played in many important DC punk bands. When time came to decide on a thesis for his Information Visualization masters from Maryland Institute College of Art, Carni wanted to “focus on a story I could tell authentically” and one reflecting his belief that “there is more to the DC punk scene than just the music.”  So, in an effort to find a project that was at the intersection of his two interests (music and data/design), Carni decided to show the world Fugazi by the numbers.
Through a grueling 200 hours of data research, primarily sourced from Fugazi’s own meticulously kept records, Carni pieced together large format data visualizations that illustrate the elaborate networks of connections that the band created, whether touring the world or headlining benefit concerts and protests in the local area.

This uniquely stunning display is an attestation to the wide-reaching and lasting impact Fugazi had, and continues to have, in local, national and global music and cultural scenes.

Demystifying Fugazi

The exhibition also features never-before-seen visual materials curated by archivist John Davis—fliers, correspondence, photographs, fanzines, and more—that further express the meaning of a band that was about more than just music. The photographs in particular provide a rarely seen side to the band that, according to Jason, "help to round out the lore and mythology surrounding Fugazi...providing the viewer with a more intimate, almost mundane, look” at the guys. Jason says “My favorite image is the band loading in for the iconic Lorton Prison show. As a musician, there’s nothing more mundane than load-in. Seeing an amazing image of FUGAZI loading as inmates are removing a Christmas tree through the same door speaks volumes.”


Action. Reaction. Action: Visualizing Fugazi is saying adieu to Lost Origins Gallery at the end of this weekend, so if you are a fan of DC's most notorious post-punk band, make sure you go THIS Saturday or Sunday (May 18th-19th) to get a unique visual take on Fugazi's rippling effects on DC's cultural and musical scenes. 

For more information about the exhibit and Carni's full body of work, check out his site here.

Check out upcoming events at the Lost Origins Gallery, here.

ALSO, come politely mosh with me at the Swedish Embassy on May 20, where Jason and his new band Zealot R.I.P. will be participating in the Swedish Metal Story event!


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Came in like a wrecking ball


Happy mid-week folks, and welcome to the latest episode of Wednesdays With Andrew, your weekly overdose of punk (and punkish!) rock.

Why did I name the episode 'Came in like a wrecking ball' and not use a Miley-Cyrus-on-a-wrecking-ball meme? I've got my reasons.

This week I kind of maybe come up with a new challenge for myself, ya know, in the spirit of self-improvement and living your best life. Additionally, I talk about how happy I am ripping stuff off from John Oliver and Reddit. 

OH YEAH also, beyond just a swickity sweet cover of Wrecking Ball, I play some dope tunes from bands like Three Mile Pilot, Rancid, The Lillingtons, Naked Raygun, Mannequin Pussy, and more. Soooooo....go listen, NOW:

Liner notes:

Spotify playlist

Tracklist

  • 1Sidekick by Rancid
  • 2Treason by Naked Raygun
  • 3 Year of no light by Three Mile Pilot
  • 4Everything by Mannequin Pussy
  • 5Soupline for Annihilation by Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • 6Wrecking Ball by Boysetsfire
  • 7Hunted Down by Soundgarden
  • 8Hard to get by The Upstarters
  • 9Weakness by McRad
  • 10Zodiac by The Lillingtons
  • 11Can't wait by Chon

Go check out Mannequin Pussy's latest single, and get some more updates on their upcoming album Patience, the first they are releasing through Epitaph!

Oh, and here's that happy go lucky ska band, The Upstarters. Show them some love, guys and gals!

OK here is my second favorite thing I've seen on the internet this week:




That's it, Andrew out. LATER