Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Christmas hangover


Guys and gals, welcome to the latest episode of Wednesdays With Andrew, your weekly overdose of punk (and punkish!) rock.  It's that time of year where I am forced (FORCED) to do an obligatory punk rock holiday playlist. This year I pleasantly surprised myself with some genuinely cool music, and I hope you can dig it too.

Plug in and listen to some seasonally relevant tunes from bands like Mad Caddies, Dillinger Four, The Vandals, U.K. Subs, Descendents, Rise Against, Dad Brains and more!



Liner notes:

Spotify playlist

Tracklist

  • 1Hey Santa Claus! by U.K. Subs
  • 2Shot my baby for Christmas by The Vaudevilles
  • 3White Christmas by Iggy Pop
  • 4I Don't Believe in Santa Claus by The Vandals
  • 5I'm Going Surfing for Xmas by Mad Caddies
  • 6It's Christmas Time by Dad Brains
  • 7Merry Christmas (I don't want to fight tonight) by Ramoms
  • 8Silent Night by The Dickies
  • 9Christmas time is here by Khruangbin
  • 10Mosh for Jesus by Dillinger Four
  • 11Making Christmas by Rise Against
  • 12Jingle Bell Rock/Jingle Bells by Coffin Draggers
  • 13Christmas Vacation by Descendents
  • 14You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch by Tim Timebomb
  • 15All I want for Christmas is you by My Chemical Romance

As promised, here is that wonderful Dad Brains music video. Thanks for your all your service, dads and moms out there...#neverforget...


Annnnnnd here's the link to the 4-song split Dad Brains did w/ their better halves, Ramoms.

To put a cork on this festive holiday episode, here's that fucking weird ass mariah carey music video, I don't really have the time to list out all the emotions this gives me but it...is...something.




BE SURE TO CLOSE OUT 2018 IN STYLE, FRIENDS, WITNESS MEEEEEEEE





Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Reality's a dream


Welcome to the latest edition of Wednesdays With Andrew, your weekly overdose of punk (and punkish!) rock. Today I prove to you, once and for all, I have (at least) 2 friends, as Tessie and Whitney join me for some interesting (?) dialogue and heavy cider drinking.

On today's episode we pay our tributes to the amazing Pete Shelley, talk about the Banned in DC 30th anniversary talk w/ Cynthia Connolly, drink some cider from our friends @ Supreme Core Cider in DC, and OH YEAH we play awesome tunes from bands like Buzzcocks, The Dahmers, Propagandhi, Frenzal Rhomb, Beastie Boys and more.

So what are you waiting for, GO LISTEN NOW:




Liner notes:

Spotify playlist

Tracklist

  • 1I Don't Mind by Buzzcocks
  • 2A Little Time by The Marked Men
  • 3Back to the motor league by Propagandhi
  • 4Egg Raid on Mojo by Beastie Boys
  • 5It's up to you by Frenzal Rhomb
  • 6Unfinished business by Armalite
  • 7Time's Up by Buzzcocks
  • 8Cut me down by The Dahmers
  • 9Dumbo Tump by Boayt
  • 10Harmony in my head by Buzzcocks
  • 11Skinned by Blind Melon
Huge thanks to Supreme Core Cider for being this week's Punk Rock Soda Pop - Whitney, Tessie and I enjoyed the different concoctions IMMENSELY. An especially warm shout out to Kyle, Will and Erich for shooting the shit w/ me last week, and letting me try pretty much everything they had in the bar.




Support local cider, but also local bands! Go check out DC punk outfit Boayt and their latest album, Young and Hungry, recorded and produced by the legendary Don Zientara @ Inner Ear Studios. 

For those of you who haven't listened to Frenzal Rhomb's latest full length, Hi Vis High Tea, here you go

ALSO, THE DAHMERS! Listen to their latest album here!


Catch ya next week!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Outta commission for this week

But never fear, here's 10 hours of fireplace enjoyment...catch ya next week!


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Annnnnnnnd if you're really craving punk rock, why not listen to Camera Silens' Réalité:


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

No, but SERIOUSLY, fuck the Washington Redskins


Thanks for joining me on my weekly journey into punk rock, beer and everything in between. You have unwittingly found yourself lost in the latest episode of Wednesdays With Andrew, your weekly overdose of punk (and punkish!) rock. 

This week I talk a lot of shit about Dan Snyder and the Redskins, drink some incredible beer from Right Proper Brewing, and OH YEAH play a bunch of awesome music from artists like Anti-Flag, Descendents, Cigar, Surfbort, Furry 66, The Reverend Horton Heat and oh so much more.

So what are you waiting for??? Go listen, NOW:


Liner notes:

Spotify playlist

Tracklist

  • 1As the footsteps die out forever by Catch 22
  • 2S.W.A.S. by Teen Mortgage
  • 3Whole New Life by The Reverend Horton Heat
  • 4My World by Descendents
  • 5Mumia's song by Anti-Flag
  • 6Rascists - Acoustic by Anti-Flag
  • 7Nick of time by Cigar
  • 8Addicted by Fury 66
  • 9Back to reaction by Surfbort
  • 10Close your eyes (and count to fuck) by Run the jewels ft Zack De La Rocha
Go support new, exciting DC punk 2-piece, Teen Mortgage!

And while you're at it, Brooklyn's Surfbort!

And stay abreast (haha, abreast) of Cigar's most recent machinations on their Facebook page.

This is the piano in the bathroom in Right Proper's spot in Brookland:



Here's all the beer they were nice enough to give me for this episode:


Go to their party on December 9th!

I think this may be this is the best summation of the whole Redskins grabbing Foster debacle. 

Now if the Redskins draft The Kap after Colt's injury this week, maybe I'll reconsider my fan status, but probably not...in the meantime, what team should I root for? Thoughts? Should I just drop the NFL altogether?


That's it. I'm out.


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Don't talk, just like my shit


Happy Albanian flag day, folks, and welcome to the latest installment of Wednesdays With Andrew, your weekly overdose of punk (and punkish!) rock.

This week I drink some home brew, showcase some recently released music, talk a little bit about the news, admit my D&D activities, and make thinly veiled Harry Potter references. Featured bands include Mad Caddies, Millencolin, New Bomb Turks, Sick of it All, FIDLAR and more. Go check it out, NOW:



Liner notes:

Here's the Spotify link if you just wanna talk and not like my shit

Tracklist

  • 1Duck Pond by Millencolin
  • 2Can't you see by FIDLAR
  • 3Automatic Teller by New Bomb Turks
  • 4Falling Down by Mad Caddies
  • 5Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales by Car Seat Headrest
  • 6Deceptacon by Le Tigre
  • 7Ring of Fire by Social Distortion
  • 8Bull's anthem by Sick of It All
  • 9In Hell I'll be in good company by The Dead South

Obligatory beer picture:




Here's the link where you can listen to Mad Caddies' latest release, Punk Rocksteady...if you like ska/reggae covers of obscure punk bands, you'll be sure to dig it!

Also, check out the new Millencolin single, SOS.


And remember kids, the South will never rise again


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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance to the radio


Happy pre-Thanksgiving, punk and punkish people, and welcome to the latest episode of Wednesdays With Andrew! Hope you're all gearing up for some sloppy, awkward bar meet ups on Wednesday night followed by a lazy, food-filled, drunk uncle-attended feast. Speaking of....Millions of Dead Turkeys would be a GREAT name for a punk band.

This week I drink some beer from local production brewpub, Mad Fox, ruminate on minimalist lifestyles, do a poop-only MadLibs, and listen to some dope tunes from bands like Belvedere, The Stooges, Fu Manchu, The Specials, Mustard Plug and more. So go ahead, LISTEN NOW:


Liner notes:

Here's the Spotify link for all you web player wonks


Tracklist

  • 1Lemmings by Belvedere
  • 2Gangsters by The Specials
  • 3Boys in the better land by Fontaines D.C.
  • 4Police by Fucked Up
  • 5Down on the street by The Stooges
  • 6Too Stoopid by Mustard Plug
  • 7Evil Eye by Fu Manchu
  • 8Cranked up really high by Slaughter & the Dogs
  • 9Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance to the radio by M.O.T.O.
  • 10Violent & Funky by Infectious Grooves
For all of you haters who are not paying close enough attention to my episodes, go check out Belvedere's last studio album, Revenge of the 5th, here.

For all the curious minds out there, this is the full He-Man/Skeletor Dirty Dancing commercial: 



Oh and here is the mental tour schedule that the lads in Fontaines D.C. are crazy enough to attempt...it would be almost impossible for them NOT to play a spot near you on this behemoth trip, so go watch 'em live! DC folks - they're hitting up Rock & Roll Hotel in May.

Oh here's a poop-only, Thanksgiving-themed MadLibs I made to share at work:



Annnnnnd this next link is especially awesome...check out Fu Manchu before they were Fu Manchu, when they were a west coast 80s hardcore band called Virulence.

Alright that's about it for the week. Never forget..that Iggy Pop was the neighbor dad in Nickelodeon's Pete & Pete

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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