Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Mickey Mouse is dead

Good morning Wednesday warriors, and welcome to another episode of WWA! You guys are sitting here in our digital living room thinking 'hmm I need some punk rock' and I'm all like:

I am still in Puerto Rico so no write ups again this week. Just enjoy the tunes. Featuring a collection of winners today, including tracks from Subhumans, Fugazi, Jeff Rosenstock, alt-J and SKATERS. Enjoy, dinglehoppers. 

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Annnnnnnnnd an extra gif, cos i like you so much:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Ides of Feb

Guys! Happy Wednesday! Punk rock! WWA! I am on vacation, down in Vieques, Puerto Rico for my cuñada's wedding. This is me right now as you're reading this:

But don't worry, fam, I didn't forget about you, or the sweet sweet nektar of punk required to get you through the second half of your week. Enjoy this Wednesday's playlist, featuring some dope ass tracks from Fat Heaven, Suicidal Tendencies, Django Django, Iggy Pop, Belvedere and so much more.

And of course, if you're desktop disabled, you can always listen on the web here.

OK, toodles for now Wednesday warriors. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Reset the ride

Good morning Wednesday war hogs, and welcome to today's Wednesdays With Andrew. Happy you could tune in once again to pay homage to my sordid little tryst with punk rock. We've had yet another whirlwind week, so you owe it to yourselves to take a moment and enjoy some good tunes, both new and old. From Descendents to PUP, St. Vincent to Fucked Up, Government Issue, Direct Hit! and all the way to Foals, we got you covered. So, put your legs up, crack open a can of your favorite beverage, and let the sonic waves do their thang. ENJOY.

PS - anyone catch that Lady Gaga souper bewl performance? She was pretty fucking awesome

Annnd the web player.

We open today's playlist with our friends from beyond the northern border, PUP, and their hit track DVP. Off their 2016 release The Dream Is Over, which signaled a more polished sound than their previous work, DVP shows that PUP hasn't lost that frenetic energy and immediately ear-catching quality that propelled them into stardom in the first place. Alongside other young acts like FIDLAR and Slothrust, these guys are up there in my favorite new(ish) bands.

Our next track , Simple Song is courtesy of melodic hardcore band Avail. Although these ruffians call Richmond home and center a lot of their lyrics on their beloved city, Northern VA does have a tenuous claim on them...the dudes all met and formed the band up in Reston. Avail has been defunct since the mid aughts (sp?), but all the members are still very active in the scene, playing in various bands in Richmond and beyond.

Smile constitutes 1/21 of the (deluxe edition) of Descendents' latest album, Hypercaffium Spazzinate, but it fills up a seemingly larger space than that.  Gooey and poppy, it's like they haven't skipped a beat in the 12 year gap since their last album. Indeed, the thoughtful melodies and unexpected twists and turns of Smile remind me a lot of 2004's Cool To Be You. By the way, does anyone (*cough cough, Tessie) know the chemical symbol for Hypercaffium Spazzinate??

Well, since we're already playing sugary sweet songs from pop punk icons, we may as well include something from Direct Hit!'s latest project.  Was It The Acid? is a catchy tune off the Milwaukee-based outfit's 2016 full-length, Wasted Mind. Although it's pretty fucking pop-driven, they do manage to keep a bit of edge throughout the album. Was it drugs...or is that a glockenspiel?

I was hanging out with good friend Mike D (of Midwestern Housewives fame) in Philadelphia this past weekend, and he showed me Ink and Dagger. I can definitely see where he says that these guys were a big influence on Dan Yemin projects, like Paint It Black or Open City. This song is off the Drive This Seven Inch Wooden Stake Through My Philadelphia Heart EP...oh god, these guys are so fucking Philly. Lovin' what I've heard so far, and so I wanted to share Full Circle with you guys.

Up next is an awesome track from Oxford-based Foals' debut album, Antidotes. Heavy Water displays the maturity of sound and complex rhythms that are key components for these British indie rockers. Have you listened to their latest release?! These guys just seem to get better and better, and their style seems to get more complex as they release new stuff. Although I hear some Muse influences, Foals have really created their own unique sound.

Undeclinable was a pop punk band from the Netherlands that I haven't listened to in FOREVER. I was initially introduced to these dutch masters back in high school, when they opened for Voodoo Glow Skulls on one of their European tours. Although Undeclinable never cracked the American market, they were quite big in Europe in the 90s and early 2000s.  Very glad to see Spotify has a healthy collection of their work: go check 'em out!

Bicycles for Afghanistan is a punchy little tune from Long Island melodic hardcore crew Crime in Stereo. While heavy-hitting and aggressive, this track also retains a very raw, permeating emotion throughout. They were fetch enough to catch the ear of Offspring's Dexter Holland, who signed Crime in Stereo onto his Nitro Records label. 

Religious Ripoff, a raucous call to arms against faux-vangelism, comes off Government Issue's 1981 debut EP, Legless Bull. This signifies a time when the band was playing straight-up DC hardcore...on later projects, they began experimenting with different sounds, influenced by heavy metal and psychedelic rock.

Super pumped to close out the playlist with fascinating lady St. Vincent, née Annie Clark. Off her 4th studio album, Prince Johnny is a mesmerizing and hazy song, and highlights St. Vincent's eclectic tastes and writing style. If you get a chance to catch her live, do's an incredible performance, and she shreds a guitar like nothing you've ever seen. 

OK folks, that's a wrap. Hope you enjoyed the playlist, and thanks for tuning in. As always, if you're a band/label/stalker/shapeshifter/otherwise interesting person, hit me up. Follow us on facebook! Til next week brothers and sisters.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Voted off the island

Howdy Wednesday warriors, and welcome to a very special Nicaraguan Air Force Day-themed playlist. Despite all the crazy shit going on in the world, I hope that you can at least take some time for yourselves; to stop and smell the roses, as they say. Appreciate the little good punk rock tunes and bashing fucking nazis. Today we feature some heavy hitting WINNERS from the likes of Dinosaur Pile-Up, Rancid, Much the Same, Face to Face, and Thee Oh Sees. So, buckle up buckaroos, and let's get this party started.

And here is the web player link.

Knowledge knuggets comin' your way:

We kick off the playlist with Killboy Powerhead by Illinois punk trio, the Didjits. You've probably heard The Offspring's cover of this tune, featured on their 'smash' hit Smash. Ugh. Sorry for that. Sadly, bassist Doug Evans, known for his goofball antics and dedication to the live performance, passed away a few weeks ago.

Dinosaur Pile-Up was born out of the ashes of frontman Matt Bigland's previous band, Mother Vulpine. Based out of Leeds, these English rockers have created a biting and melodic sound that has won them a large global fanbase. Peninsula is one of the singles off their 2013 record, Nature Nurture.

There are a few theories on the inspiration to Rancid's killer song, Maxwell Murder (GODDAMIT ANDREW, STOP WITH THE SHITTY PUNS.) I tend to think, based on the '999' reference, that they're singing about the bizarre murder case of Maxwell Confait. What I know for sure is that ...And Out Come the Wolves is my all-time favorite Rancid album.

I love it when bands have their own tagline. Petrol Girls: Raging Feminist Post Hardcore from South East London. The band's double-dog-dare-you anthem Touch Me Again is off their latest rage-filled album, Talk of Violence, which was released in November 2016. Like their previous work, this album packs a hell of a punch.

Pack your bags, boys, we're going on a trip! The Dream is a (nearly) 7 minute lucid journey into the warped minds of San Fran psychedelic/garage rock band Thee Oh Sees. Where will you be when the acid kicks in...

A buddy asked for some Jello Biafra on this week's playlist. Ask unto me, and you shall receive. Jello (shots) is too good to only play one song, so I included a bonus 2nd track. YOU ARE FUCKING WELCOME.

Well, I for one think that Frankie Valli is pretty punk rock. I also just found out that he's still alive. I hope he was at least spared from watching Jersey Boys; that movie was the pits.

Quitters Never Win is the title track off Much the Same's debut full length. These Chicago dudes favor a style of speedy, melodic skate punk reminiscent of like-minded bands NOFX, Lagwagon and Pulley. Although they officially 'broke up' some years back, they have recently started playing shows again, and there's even talk of a new album? #pleasedon'tbeanalternativefact

Adam Goren, aka Atom and His Package, is likely one of the first artists that pops up in your head when you think of any combination of the words "electronice," "punk" and "music sequencer." The lyrics to the this track speak volumes of the irreverence and humor Atom liked to throw into his songs.

I think Keep Your Chin Up is a good way to end the week. This track is off Face to Face's latest Fat Wreck Chords release, 2016's Protection. These guys don't seem to slow down with age; the album is definitely worth a listen.

Alright kids, that's it. Be good this week. Keep resisting hatred and division, and I guess just do what you can to be nice to everyone you meet? (this of course excludes nazis...if they're a nazi, bash 'em) 'Til next week!