Top 25 EPs of 2011

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EP’s are great, and this year there were a ton of great ones. This was the hardest catagory to get in order (except the #1 spot which was the runaround winner, and maybe the best all around record of the year).


  1. Rational Anthem: Bread Line
  2. Night Birds: Midnight Movies
  3. The Fucking Cops: Fuck You Up With Some Truth
  4. Cell Mates: Shoulda Kept That Quarter!
  5. The Slow Death: Turnstile Comix #1
  6. Chixdiggit!: Safeways Here We Come
  7. Teenage Bottlerocket: Mutilate Me
  8. Dead Ringer: Enjoy The Ride
  9. The Typos: The Typos
  10. The Zits: Summer Pop Dreams EP
  11. Clint Maul: Great Dividing EP
  12. The Shirks: Cry Cry Cry
  13. Saturday Night Karaoke: Duh!
  14. The Copyrights: Crutches
  15. Post Teens: This A.D.D.iction
  16. Clint Maul: Break Open Your Heart EP
  17. Strait A’s: You Make A Better Door Than A Girlfriend EP
  18. Grave Digger: The Ballad Of Mary
  19. The Haverchucks: The Haverchucks
  20. The Quarantines: Zombie Army
  21. Scum Again: Scum Again
  22. Saturday Night Karaoke: Blah!
  23. The Defectives: Boredom and Bad Dreams EP
  24. Rawhide: Branded For Life
  25. Broadcaster: Joyride EP

SHOWS I SEEN: Insubordination Fest 2011 – August 18th-20th 2011 – The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD

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Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
Thursday, Friday and Saturday August  18-20th 2011

Well Insubordination Fest 2011 has come and gone. I got beer in the eye twice, kicked in the head and the jaw, elbowed in the eye, bruise on my shoulder and a bloody ankle. On top of that my ribs, arms and feet just hurt like a bitch in general, but it was a great weekend. After Sonar caused the hell state that was last year Insub was moved back to the Ottobar, where it turned out to be a million times better. Sure there was a little down time between bands or when the one band you didn’t care about played but you needed it. There were fewer bands than last year but just as much party to be had, The Ottobar was rad and let people hang out in the alley, even with drinks. Thanks to everyone that makes this happen and to Sick Sick Birds for making sure everyone doesn’t starve. So here’s basically what went down.

Thursday (Pre-show):

Shutouts - Missed them, I started Insub by fucking up right off the bat.
Barecat - These guys were really good, glad they played. I will be looking into them more.
Army Coach - I guess I had these guys overhyped in my head, it was kind of a letdown but they were pretty good.
Dead Mechanical - Dead Mechanical is one of those bands I’ve seen more than I can count, and I’ve never seen them have a bad set. It was nice to see them play on a stage for a decent amount of people though instead of at the Art Space all the time (no disrespect to CCAS, best place!).
Direct Hit - My first time seeing Direct Hit and they did not disappoint. Plus they played Werewolf Shame, so everything was great.
Max Levine Ensemble - I was outside for this one.
The Young Hasselhoffs - Maybe the biggest disappointment of Insub. These guys were so flat, it was kind of boring.
The Connie Dungs - Great set, except they didn’t play two of the songs I really wanted to hear, and I was unaware just how weak the singer’s voice really was. Besides that though it was great, they played for an hour and a half, it kind of reminded me of seeing the Queers. They played one A Radio With Guts song too, but it wasn’t Werewolf Weather.

Best sets of Thursday: Connie Dungs, Direct Hit, Dead Mechanical, and Barecat.


The Marshmallows - First time I’ve seen the Marshmallows, they were really enjoyable, I will be looking into them more too.
The Firecrackers - Much like Dead Mechanical I don’t think the Firecrackers are capable of having a bad show. I’ve only seen them about six times but they are one tight band, always a pleasure.
Be My Doppelganger - Apparently some internet jerk (not this one) told them the beach party last year was dumb, so they were all business this year. Despite the lack of the party on stage Be My Doppelganger was still really great; they played all the jams you needed to hear. And even though there was no beach party, they still had to play a few songs shirtless.
Mixtapes - Another first for me was seeing the Mixtapes. I figured they were going to put on a good set but they were actually way better than I expected. They played a balls out set and left the acousticy stuff at home.
Jetty Boys - I’m not sure what it is about the Jetty Boys, every time I’ve seen them they’ve had a good set, but they just can’t seem to make it a great one. Unfortunately this one stayed the course, it was some decent stuff.
The Dopamines - What can I say about the Dopamines? If you’ve ever seen them before you pretty much know how it went. Drunken fun the whole way through, these guys never disappoint.
Kurt Baker - Outside time.
Mikey Erg - Best time I’ve ever seen Mikey Erg. This is the closest you’ll come to an Ergs set without the Ergs. He played a bunch of Ergs tunes, some of his own, did a bit of covers and a Psyched to Die tune, make that the best Psyched to Die song. My voice was totally gone after this. He started to play
Danny Vapid and the Cheats - I unwillingly missed this.

Best sets of Friday: Mikey Erg, The Dopamines, Be My Doppelganger, Mixtapes, Firecrackers.


The Quarantines - Always a good time seeing Quarantines. They might not draw the biggest crowd but people seemed to be into it, as they should. As a bonus surprise they had the new 7″ there which I promptly bought.
Sun Puddles - My first time seeing Sun Puddles, the audio seemed a little off but it was still a good set. Hopefully I’ll get to see them a bunch more.
Karmellas Game - Outside break.
The Murderbugers - I missed most of this set but about the half I saw wasn’t bad, not too amazing though. I might have to look them up.
Slow Death – One of the highlights of Insub was seeing the Slow Death again, a last minute addition and a great one at that. I love this band so much, it had laughs, it had good jams, and smoking on stage, what more could you ask for?
The Gooningtons - The Gooningtons are going to rule the world and it started at Insubordination Fest 2011. They had a great set that was super fun. Played the fan favorite song twice in a row and ended with ten minutes of the band members switching instruments.
Vacation - My first time seeing Vacation, they fucking tore it up. Not only are they a great band but they might have had more energy than any other band the whole weekend.
Iron Chic - Iron Chic is another one of those bands that are just good enough not to ever put on a bad performance. I’m really glad they were here; singing along to these songs is always a good time.
The Potatomen - This is a set I’m kind of bummed I missed, I needed a break though. I caught two songs, both ruled.
House Boat - I thought Mikey Erg may have won the fest, until House Boat played. I’ve seen them a handful of times and its always great fun, as was this one. I guess it only make since that their set was the best since they have put out the best pop punk album in years just recently. They even played two Steinways songs (Everybody Loves Raymond and Dead Boyfriend (Which they dedicated to Michelle)).
Emily’s Army - Here’s a band I almost wish I’d have cut some more slack. I was outside most of their set because I’d heard all bad things. I happened to catch their last couple songs and they were pretty good. They seemed like they were having the most fun ever too.
Dear Landlord - Dear Landlord is a lot like the Dopamines, you always know you’re going to have a lot of fun and it’s going to be a great set. Always having a blast seeing Dear Landlord.
Kepi Ghoulie - Missed this, probably shouldn’t have.
The Copyrights - The Copyrights are kind of like Dear Landlord lite these days. It was a killer set and a lot of fun, but after Dear Landlord’s it just wasn’t as good.
Chixdiggit - Maybe the band I was most excited to see, however they were also the biggest let down of the weekend. When they played they were great, the problem is they didn’t do a lot of playing. Now I like a band that jokes and talks a lot (Dopamines, any band Grath is in) but this was just too much. They played for somewhere around 20 minutes and the other hour and a half was “LETS HEAR IT FOR THESE SHIRTS” “LETS HEAR IT FOR CHIXDIGGIT” LETS HEAR IT FOR KEPI” “LETS HEAR IT FOR ___” you get the idea. It was pretty funny for a while but after the 45th time the joke was running thin.

Best sets of Saturday: House Boat, Slow Death, Vacation, Dear Landlord, Iron Chic, And The Gooningtons.

By my estimation House Boat won Insub followed closely by Mikey Erg, The Dopamines, Slow Death and then Vacation. But there were a lot of excellent sets and it was a great fucking weekend.

Top Movies and Music of the first half of 2011


Well June is here, and you know what that means? It’s time for the first half of the year lists. It’s been a fucking great year for music so far in 2011. The top music list I already hate myself for having to knock so many great releases so far down the list but it’s just been stellar release after stellar release. On the movie side of things though it’s been a pretty slow year, so instead of the standard top five for the half I’m only going to do a top three. So let’s go ahead and get this underway!

Top 3 movies – First half of 2011

1. Green Hornet
2. Hangover 2
3. Thor

And the worst movie of the year so far is…

No Strings Attached

Now on to the music, normally I split these into a few posts but because it was a short movie list I’m just cramming everything here. If you didn’t make the list, fear not, there’s still half a year for things to get moved and you’re probably on the list somewhere anyway (if it’s good). I’m also splitting things up a little different this year so there’s actually more lists, you’ll see.

Top 10 albums – First half of 2011

1. Motorhead: The World Is Yours
2. Deep Sleep: Turn Me Off
3. Sundials: Never Settle
4. Raphael Saadiq: Stone Rollin’
5. Rendondo Beat: Meet Rendondo Beat
6. Power Quest: Blood Alliance
7. Mind Spiders: Mind Spiders
8. The Underground Railroad to Candyland: Knows Your Sins
9. The Dwarves: Are Born Again
10. Spraynard: Funtitled

Top 10 EP’s – First half of 2011

1. Rational Anthem: Bread Line
2. Night Birds: Midnight Movies
3. The Fucking Cops: Fuck You Up With Some Truth
4. Cell Mates: Shoulda Kept That Quarter!
5. The Slow Death: Turnstile Comix #1
6. Chixdiggit!: Safeways Here We Come
7. Teenage Bottlerocket: Mutilate Me
8. The Typos: The Typos
9. The Zits: Summer Pop Dreams EP
10. Clint Maul: Great Dividing EP

Top 5 splits – First half of 2011

1. Direct Hit/Tit Patrol
2. Dopamines/Dear Landlord
3. The Queers & Killtime
4. Wax Phantom/Criminal Culture
5. Unwelcome Guests/255’s

Top 3 Singles – First half of 2011

1. Mikey Erg: Heart Shaped 12″
2. Brain F: So Dim
3. Big Eyes: Why Can’t I

And I’ll just throw this in for now since there hasn’t been too many demo’s I’ve come across this year (less than 5!!), I hope the second half picks up on this front.

The best Demo of the year so far:

The Masked Intruder: Demo

Releases Worth Getting February 15, 2011

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Rain Man
Lemmy: 49% Motherf**ker, 51% Son Of A Bitch
Spin City: Season Four
The Twilight Zone: Season 3
He-Man & The Masters of the Universe: Season One
Big Daddy

Deep Sleep: Turn Me Off
Sundials: Never Settle
Korpiklaani: Ukon Wacka
Chixdiggit: Safeways Here We Come
Andrew Jackson Jihad: Candy Cigarettes Capguns Issue Problems & Such
Heat Tape: Raccoon Valley Recordings

Video Games:
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds


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I’ve been really lazy when it comes to news lately. So here’s stuff that I’ve missed posting.

The Pillowfights have recorded a couple of Christmas songs, an original and a classic cover. You can get them on their bandcamp –
The Boys Club – EGBDF 7″ is now out on Hang Up Records –
Teenage Softies/Stolen Parts – Split 7″ is now out on Kiss of Death Records –
Timeshares/Captain, We’re Sinking – Split 7” is now out on Kiss of Death Records –
Dead Mechanical – Single Series Volume 52 is out now on Art of the Underground –
The Young Leaves – Single Series Volume 53 is out now on Art of the Underground –
Chixdiggit! - Safeways Here We Come EP out in February on Fat Wreck Chords –
Rational Anthem new 7″ will be out in March on Traffic Street Records –
For Christmas Smokejumper is offering their S/T album for name your price download at their bandcamp –
Stoned at Heart – Party Tracks Vol. 1 is now out on CD on It’s Alive Records –
Lemuria – Pebble LP will be out January 11th on Bridge 9 Records, you can pre-order this at the Bridge 9 site –
Deep Sleep – Turn Me Off LP will be out January 25th on Grave Mistake Records –
House Boat has recorded a new album that will be out on Traffic Street Records –
The Credentials – Goocher LP should be out in April
Pulley is going to be recording a new LP in January
Manowar have rerecorded Battle Hymns

The Nico Blues have made a music video; you can check it out on their site –

Break ups!:
Super shitty news – Full of Fancy is breaking up. Their last show is March 4, 2011 at Asbury Lanes in NJ

Hold Tight! is putting together an East Coast tour in March.

REVIEW: Grabass Charlestons/The Ergs! – Split

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ergsgrabassNo Idea Records has graced us with another fine record here. 2007 seemed to be the year of The Ergs! 7″ releases and this one was no exception. Here we’ve got a split with the fun band the Grabass Charlestons. We’ve got two songs from each band and no offense to the Grabass Charlestons but no surprise here The Ergs! side is definitely the stronger side here. Grabass Charlestons’s side has “I Like Cats” and “Double Ding-Dong-King-Kong-Sing-Song…”; both fun songs the only thing I really say that might hurt them is their almost a little too generic. I like the Charlestons but I’ve only listened to these a hand-full of times. The Ergs! side has “Every Romance Language” a quality song written by Mikey Erg while “not sober” backstage at a NOFX/Chixdiggit show in Canada, or so the tale goes. It’s catchy, it’s good, you’ll like it. The other Ergs! song here is “It’s Like I Say Y’know”, one of their slower less poppy but not any less awesome tunes. A song about how shit changes, its slightly depressing but also quite a good song. Part of the slow/not as poppy/almost depressing tone could be this is one of the songs sang by Jeff Erg instead of Mikey. No knock against Jeff, dude’s just got a different voice, this song works perfectly with it. You may have guessed this by now but both songs from The Ergs! are available on their compilation record “Hindsight is 20/20, My Friend”; however if you want the Grabass Charlestons I believe this still stands as an exclusive.

Grabass Charlestons:

1. I Like Cats
2. Double Ding-Dong-King-Kong-Sing-Song…

The Ergs!:

1. Every Romance Language
2. It’s Like I Say Y’know


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