Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Sacrifice


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

This week I completely sacrificed my body, and your weekly listening pleasure, for my weekend birthday celebrations and then for Sunday night's Good Riddance show at Rock & Roll Hotel. I did not have time to put together the normal podcast for this week, BUT DON'T DESPAIR I cobbled together a playlist from the bands that played on Sunday, and did a brief write up of the show. 

It was an incredible set of sets, and although it was not nearly a sold out crowd, the punks and misfits who did brave the cold Sunday air to show their respects gave it their all to ensure the bands felt welcomed and appreciated in this, our nation's toilet/capitol.

Here's some tunes from Old Bay Thrashers, Counterpunch, Bigwig and Good Riddance...enjoy!



Liner notes:

Here's the web player link for those of you who prefer that.

If you don't have Spotify, sorry?

I, very very unfortunately, missed the first act of the night, Old Bay Thrashers. But I did check out their stuff online and am super bummed I didn't get to see 'em live. Beyond an incredible band name, these Baltimore miscreants play a style of fast, catchy melodic punk that hearkens back to the glory days of 90s punk. Plus, their merch guy was hilarious. Also bonus points for the song title 'Erection Flawed'

Counterpunch was the second set of the night, and they must be some really nice dudes. They lent their entire backline for all four acts on the bill, which is pretty fucking generous. I caught part of their set, and what I saw I liked. I had heard a few of their songs before, but was not overly familiar with their stuff. Continuing a rich history of punk rock in Chicago, Counterpunch provided a very emotionally driven, fast style of skate punk that had people a-bumping and a-bouncing. Good shit.

Bigwig. Although Bigwig was one of my favorite, and most listened to, bands throughout high school, I was quite surprised/proud of myself for knowing almost all of the lyrics to each of the songs they did in their roughly 40 minute set. And ask anyone I know, I have a terrible memory, am super A.D.D. and just generally suck at knowing lyrics. I guess fucking muscle memory kicked in or something, or the lyrics are just that infectious, but I was even singing along to tracks I hadn't listened to in years. Bigwig fucking nailed it. One of the cleanest and technically on-point punk sets I have seen in a while. Really, really talented musicians, and they play a diverse range of tempos and styles to ensure there's something for everyone to like. Oh also, I am not sure if they brought their own sound guy, but the sound quality was incredible, and so clear. Noteworthy tracks - Flavor Ice, A War Inside, Sink or Swim, Girl in the green jacket.




Speaking of talented musicians, most people that trudged out to Rock N Roll on a shitty, cold Sunday night did so for the headliners, Good Riddance. Guitarist Luke Pabich was kind enough to get me on the guest list, and for that, A MILLION THANKS, friend. People got fucking rowdy for Good Riddance's 60+ minute-long set. I was a bit worried given the smaller-than-anticipated crowd (maybe 100-120 people?), but everyone there rocked out hard for Santa Cruz's longtime pillar of melodic hardcore. I had never seen GR live (cos these guys don't typically grace our district...last show here was in 2000?? come on guys!), but it was worth the wait. The set list was well rounded with tracks from a wide range of their sizable repertoire (but still heavy on Symptoms of a Leveling Spirit), Russ was incredibly engaging as a frontman, and they played with a conviction and passion that is critical to a band like Good Riddance's success. Oh, also, their bassist Chuck is the smiliest motherfucker I have ever seen. He was so much fun to watch. And the band, though well noted for their strong political opinions, was extremely positive, and focused not on shitty issues that most bands like to call out (understandably) when playing DC, but instead focused their message around love and community. And pies. 
Noteworthy tracks - Mother Superior, Last Believer, A Credit to his Gender, Nobody Likes a Cynic. 



OH, non-concert-related bonus - if you guys dig Good Riddance (or Fury 66, or Death by Stereo...), you should really get excited for Luke's other band, Coercion's upcoming album, Veritas. Read about it, and check out their single/teaser track, here.

That's it, tune in next week for (hopefully) a real episode of Wednesdays With Andrew!


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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

1,000th beer


Whether your candidate lost or won last night, you can still celebrate punk (and punkish!) rock and good old American beer.

This week's Wednesdays With Andrew features an eclectic grab bag of tunes courtesy of fantastic bands like Lifetime, Bigwig, The Clash, Joy Division, Rancid, Goober Patrol and more. 

We also drink some art from the beautifully deranged vision of Adroit Theory brewing. Drown out your post-election blues, or celebrate your small victories, NOW:


Liner notes:

Tracklist
  • 1Hyena by Rancid
  • 2Rodeo Clown by Lifetime
  • 3Heart a tact by Kid Dynamite
  • 41,000th beer by Goober Patrol
  • 5Shadowplay by Joy Division
  • 6Here in your bedroom by Goldfinger
  • 7Stand up by Bigwig
  • 8Janie Jones by The Clash
  • 9Can it be all so simple by Wu-Tang Clan

Ah and the old Spotify playlist link..

As a home brewer, I'd like to imagine that making beer is a form of art. And the clan at Adroit Theory definitely embodies that philosophy in everything they do. Incredible art, an engaging environment in their tap room, and knock-your-socks-off good ass beer. Thanks for the drinks guys, cheers!



'We're here 'cos my dad's written a porno' - trust me, this is worth a shot if you're into podcasts.

'I came for the music, stayed for the memes' - Goober Patrol!

And REMEMBER to buy your blasted tickets to the Counterpunch/Bigwig/Good Riddance..this Sunday (11/11) at Rock N Roll Hotel in DC.

I am out, catch ya next week!



Wednesday, October 31, 2018

There's a metal head in the parking lot




HAPPY HALLOWEEN kiddos, and welcome to the latest episode of Wednesdays With Andrew, your weekly overdose of punk (and punkish!) rock. I know you're all busy working out your 'slutty whatever' costumes, going from store to store looking for candy cos you waited til last minute DAMMIT GREG, and dancing to generic halloween music (literally Monster Mash over and over again), and so I appreciate you squeezing in 40 minutes and change to get full on punk (and punkish) rock. 

This week I try a beer from Caboose Brewing Company, talk about the church of Nick Cave, let you in on whether or not I grew out of my ska phase (hint - I didn't), and OH YEAH, play some incredible tunes from bands like The Bouncing Souls, 98 Mute, Lagwagon, Mission of Burma, Shame and Slapstick. 

So......LISTEN NOW:



Liner Notes:

Tracklist
  • 1Coffee and Cigarettes by Lagwagon
  • 2Concrete by Shame
  • 3Peking spring by Mission of Burma
  • 4Fight of Your Life by 98 Mute
  • 5Ole by The Bouncing Souls
  • 6Release the Bats by The Birthday Party
  • 7There's a metal head in the parking lot by Slapstick
  • 8Break the glass by The Suicide Machines
  • 9Fight the power by Deerhoof

Annnd the Spotify playlist

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A special THANK YOU to the team @ Caboose Brewing Company for providing today's refreshments as I recorded  WWA. The Fog IPA was so good, and the other ones I've tried on tap have been tasty, too. 

Check out Caboose's website, and follow along on Facebook and Twitter. Better yet, you can visit their brewpubs in Vienna or Fairfax to get a sampler of the myriad brews on tap...maybe tonight! They're doing a special Halloween happy hour in their Fairfax location, ft. $1 off pints all night.

Some people give me stickers, they gave me a magnet!



Here's the link to Shame's debut full length, Songs of Praise. Guys, I know I say this a lot, but it's REAL good.

If you’re curious as to what a 33 (let's be real), 34 year old punkish dude looks like stage diving, well, click here.


That's it, catch ya next week gals and ghouls.


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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Addicted to bad ideas


Welcome to potentially the most rip roaring good time you'll have all Wednesday. This is the latest episode of Wednesdays With Andrew, your weekly overdose of punk (and punkish!) rock. 

Today I treat your ears to the most Australian thing you'll hear all week, answer the age old question on how many punks it takes to make a good song, and show you how 'in the know' Pandora really is. Also, a PBR commercial.

OH! We'll also hear some incredible tracks from artists like Tsunami Bomb, Coercion, Jeff Rosenstock, The Queers, Operation Ivy and more. So, get to it, listen NOW:




Liner Notes:

Tracklist
  • 1Festival Song by Jeff Rosenstock
  • 2Freeze Up by Operation Ivy
  • 3Lullaby for the end of the world by Tsunami Bomb
  • 4Smoko by The Chats
  • 5Desease and desist by Coercion
  • 6Ben Weasel by The Queers
  • 7Sweetest by Younger Then
  • 8Bloody but unbroken by Don't Sleep
  • 9Addicted to bad ideas by World/Inferno Friendship Society
  • 10Don't dream it's over by Crowded House

Annnd here's ye ole Spotify playlist

OH here's that bad ass PBR commercial I was yakin' about:



Listen to The Chats' newest single, Do What I Want...it's really good.

Go support Dave Smalley's newest band, Don't Sleep!

Here's Younger Then's newest album, Bad Life, for anyone interested in listening to the whole thing. 

And finally, for all my NYC friends, go buy tickets to World/Inferno Friendship Society's 21st annual Hallowmas. It's gonna get weird, so don't miss out.


That's it, I'm out, later
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Punk rock soda pop


Welcome to the latest episode of Wednesdays With Andrew, your weekly overdose of punk (and punkish!) rock. Strap in this week as I set the record straight on political correctness (hint: family guy and south park are politically incorrect...weaponizing that term to defend your bigoted world views does not count). You also get to listen to me salivate over, and enjoy, some delicious beer from my friends over at Rocket Frog Brewing Company.

OH and we play some dope tunes from the likes of Rise Against, Violent Soho, Propagandhi, The Vandals, Dead Kennedys, Curtis Mayfield and more. Go checks it out, NOW:


Liner Notes:

Tracklist
  • 1Teenagers are all assholes by Hi-Standard
  • 2Shi'ite Punk by The Vandals
  • 3My Generation by Violent Soho
  • 4Paper Wings by Rise Against
  • 5Brother by Meat Wave
  • 6Nazi punks fuck off by Dead Kennedys
  • 7Ska sucks by Propagandhi
  • 8Fuck machine by Propagandhi
  • 9If there is a hell below, we're all going to go by Curtis Mayfield

Spotify playlist can be found here

Big, big, big (oxford comma points to me) thank you to the team @ Rocket Frog Brewing Company for providing today's refreshments as I recorded this episode. The Angry, Angry Alice Imperial IPA was DELICIOUS. Check out their website, and follow along on Facebook and Twitter. Or even better, if you like engaging with people in real life AND DRINKING BEER, go visit their tap room in Sterling, VA or swing by and say hey as they rep Schuktoberfest!

In other news, yep, the Manosphere is a real thing.

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Go here to get a sneak preview of the split EP between Chicagoans Meat Wave and Lifestyles, and pre-order the sonic treat now

'God, are you there? It’s me. In the denim jacket' - if you haven't already listened to it a million times like me, go check out Propagandhi's Victory Lap.

That's it I am out, catch ya next week. 
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

I'm Afraid of Americans


Well, this has been a week hasn't it. Today's episode of Wednesdays With Andrew promises to soothe your soul with an eclectic mix of punk (and punkish) bands from all over the globe. 

Oh, and I made a map.

Listen to the newest episode of #WWA to check out tunes from bands like Stiff Little Fingers, Hi-Standard, Oxymoron, Burning Heads, Los Kung Fu Monkeys and more..



Liner notes:

This week, we have a motherfuckin' map to serve as our tracklist! 

Pretty, pretty, pretty good. Explore the map to see where your fresh tunes are being sourced



Here's the video to Bowie/Reznor's video for I'm Afraid of Americans:


Oh and go support an up-and-coming garage punk band from the Netherlands! Say HALLO to Captain Ortega and listen to their music and such.


It's funny, 'hallo' is Dutch for 'hello'...but that's how I say hello anyway. So I'm halfway there to learning Dutch.

That's it, catch ya next week


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

And all the ladies rolled their eyes


Goooooooooooooooooood morning ladies and gents, and welcome to the freshest episode of Wednesdays With Andrew, your weekly overdose of punk (and punkish!) rock.

Today I play some great tunes, new and old, explore one of my favorite topics (SUPER GROUPS!), ramble about my foray into the world of Dungeons & Dragons, and (sigh) talk about Brett Kavanaugh. Featuring some incredible tunes from bands like Good Riddance, Parquet Courts, Cloud Nothings, Velvet Underground, 7 Seconds, The Damned and more. Go listen uuuhhhh NOW:

 

Liner notes:

Tracklist
  • 1Leave him now by Cloud Nothings
  • 2The last goodbye by Agent Orange
  • 3My Band Our Crew by 7 Seconds
  • 4Sweet Jane by The Velvet Underground
  • 5Nothing can stop me by Ignite
  • 6Life was fair by Only Crime
  • 7Nobody likes a cynic by Good Riddance
  • 8Machine Gun Etiquette by The Damned
  • 9Almost had to start a fight/In and Out of Patience by Parquet Courts
Go check out the link to Cloud Nothings' bandcamp page to check out the other single from their upcoming album Last Building Burning...oh and pre-order the album if you so desire!

Really funny image stolen from Harris, #thanksdad


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Ew, Kavanaugh has a 10 year old daughter, which means she was conceived when he was 43.

For all my DC area friends...go buy your tickets to Good Riddance's Nov 11 show at Rock N Roll Hotel NOW!

And, finally, go check out Parquet Courts' latest album on Spotify.