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


  • 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


  • 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 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


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:

  • 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!