Sure, the video is a year old, but it is the perfect video for this time of the year!
The Ataris made a huge announcement yesterday. They have decided to get the old band back together to play live So Long, Astoria.
Old man moment. So Long Astoria was released 10 years ago. And to think, I thought I was old then… yikes.
Spite me feeling sorry for myself, I am absolutely THRILLED to hear that The Ataris are getting the original lineup together to perform So Long, Astoria in its entirety. This will be a show not to be missed.
For one tour only, Kristopher Roe, Mike Davenport, Chris Knapp and John Collura will hit the road and play So Long, Astoria. Supporting acts include: Authority Zero, Drag The River, Versus The World and Gasoline Heart. Tickets for the upcoming tour will go on sale to the public on December 20th.
And yes, there is a Cleveland show. March 24th at the Agora.
I don’t remember the last time they played Cleveland. No seriously, I do not remember a single thing. Someone apparently snuck up on me that night and got me drunk. I think his name was PBR. Lucky for me, I have some good friends who put up with me for the night and made sure I make it home safely.
Additionally, rumor has it that there may be a re-press of So Long, Astoria thanks to Kung-Fu Records…
As if that was not enough, The Ataris also released on their BandCamp page 50 demos and unreleased tracks from So Long, Astoria for “pay what you want”.
Check it out:
It’s that time of the year again folks. Eggnog, booze, maxing out credit cards on tasteless gifts, being nice to family members you would rather avoid, and also that part where I take days upon days to think about all the amazing releases that came out throughout 2013 and list them on this here ol’ blog.
This year I decided to keep my list to only 10 albums. That decision did not come too easy for me, so I am doing 11. Deal.
All can be considered equally awesome and are listed in no particular order. Trust me, this was difficult as hell to narrow down, but in the end, these were the albums that really stuck with me throughout the year.
Worship This! - Tomorrow, I’ll Miss You
Iron Chic - The Constant One
Ma Jolie - Polars
Banquets - Banquets
The Flatliners - Dead Language
Worlds Scariest Police Chases - NOFX And Out Come The Wolves Dookie
Rumspringer - Stay Afloat
Two Hand Fools – Two Hand Fools
Sundowner - Neon Fiction
Signals Midwest - Light On The Lake
Restorations - LP2
Best Group Effort:
Tony Sly: A Tribute
Props to all the bands out there that released albums in 2013. I can not wait to see what 2014 brings.
Happy holidays to everyone.
This is too good to not share. From now until you pass out in public on New Years Eve, Cleveland’s very own Escapist Records are offering up all their goodies for free download.
You can also grab the awesome tribute to Integrity for zero cents! Of course you can name your price too, but I am sure most of us are broke right about now…
Head over to http://escapistrecords.bandcamp.com and thank me later.
Punk rock has been saved folks and it is all due to this Pittsburgh-based, cop adoring, pizza loving, beer swigging group of working class gentlemen. In a non-serious attempt at making fun of quite possibly everything in only 24 minutes, Worlds Scariest Police Chases have dropped quite the deuce of an album that is sure to offend some and entertain the rest. The title you ask? NOFX And Out Come The Wolves Dookie.
Yes, that is the album title. The cover for the album is even better. Seriously, just look at it for a second:
Taking jabs anyway they can at punk rock, the 7-piece chose to name their debut full-length release NOFX And Out Come The Wolves Dookie. The cover alone is a clear derivative of the classic Dookie album artwork complete with some rancid-looking dude and a farm animal being more than just friends. I am still curious to see what feedback is received from all of this.
“Blackin’ In” started off the album talking about blacking out, and I am not talking about anything pertaining to electricity. ”Robocop” gave crazy amounts of nods towards a cop who clearly has a coughing problem and does not necessarily hail from Detroit.
“5000 years ago, when the earth was covered in snow, Jesus and Moses wore fur coats, and rode around on god damned dinos” started off the hilarious track titled “Gay Jesus For President”. Obviously those who huddle up in houses of god on Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and maybe Saturdays are going to absolutely love this jam, and when I say love I mean hate, and when I say jam, I am talking about strawberry preserves. If you dig this track as much as I did, then you need to scroll to the bottom of this post and check out the video. Watch it with an open mind please.
“Punk Rock Ruined My Life” clearly was all about the art of selling out. With shout outs to Ian MacKaye and the artist previously known as Tommy Gabel, the band is all about letting everyone know that they make music because they want to and not because they want to fatten up their wallets.
“You’re Only Punk Once” cracked me up when I heard, “when life hands you horses, you make fucking glue”. Needless to say, it stuck with me (pun intended). Aside from that line, the song was about being a self-sufficient, DIY, human being who may still live in their parent’s basement and enjoy microwavable foods.
Released on A-F Records, NOFX And Out Come The Wolves Dookie reminds me of a less pop, more punk Guttermouth mixed with Propaghandi, D.F.L. and maybe even some Leftover Crack sans the gutter. Now that I have typed that I am now asking myself if kids these days even know who D.F.L. is.
Anyways… Listening to WSPC really reminded me of the fun and careless hardcore punk of the 80s and 90s. Apparently my aging ass has been missing that.
Having played the Playstation 1 game and wasted my life on the television show, it is no surprise that I am a fan of WSPC the band as well. Their fast and fun punk rock approach is just what I needed in my ears. If you are tired of all the bullshit and need something to just make you feel like there is hope for humanity in the punk rock world, then perhaps you need a quick dose of NOFX And Out Come The Wolves Dookie.