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Insubordination Fest is just about my favorite time of year. A few days of fun and pop punk is a great way to start the summer. They just announced the lineup, and here it is (complete with links in case you’re unfamiliar with some of the bands)

June 21 – 23
The Ottobar
Baltimore MD

Be My Doppelganger
Beatnik Termites
Billy Raygun
Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits
Candy Hearts
City Mouse
Dan Vapid and the Cheats
Dear Landlord
Emily’s Army
Fatal Flaw
House Boat
Lipstick Homicide
Mean Jeans
Mikey Erg
Night Birds
Plow United
Slow Death
Teenage Bottlerocket
Weekend Dads

Top 15 Splits of 2011

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I love split records, you get two bands for the price of one. There’s a lot of really great records on this list.


  1. Jetty Boys/Be My Doppelganger
  2. Direct Hit/Tit Patrol
  3. Candy Hearts/Sister Kisser
  4. Billy Raygun/Lipstick Homicide
  5. Spraynard/Sundials
  6. Iron Chic/Pacer
  7. Dopamines/Dear Landlord
  8. The Queers & Killtime
  9. Caffiends/Rock N Roll Television
  10. Prozacs/No Intention
  11. Shang-A-Lang/Rumspringer
  12. The Wild/Run, Forever
  13. Wax Phantom/Criminal Culture
  14. Unwelcome Guests/255’s
  15. Teenage Gluesniffers/Geoff Useless

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

REVIEW: V/A: Kind of Like A Comp

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At the Fest 9 last year Kind of Like Records gave away sunglasses with a link to download this compilation. Now that they’ve got a download section on their website they’re offering it up on a digital plate to us all to enjoy. And enjoy I did, out of these twenty two songs there’s very few in here that aren’t top quality. I’m not sure who picked out these songs but they deserve a high five, they managed to pick out some of the best songs by these groups to put together a great compilation here. If you’re looking for something that’ll give you a good spread of some new punk and pop punk bands that are around this is a great place to start that search.


‘Crushed By Milwaukee’s Best’ Starting things out with a great band and a great song, with a slow easy intro going into a song with some energy to it they ease you into this compilation with some harmonies and catchiness.

‘Hey That’s My Blood!’ The O Pioneers!!! Have always been a hit or miss band for me, with a lot more misses than hits. But this is a pretty good song by the band. More of a straight rock song than a lot of their stuff.

‘John Shoe’ A pretty fun song from Bangers, I’m not very familiar with this band but this is a decent showing from them. A pretty awesome punk song, though it makes me want to go listen to Kid Dynamite.

‘Powerlines’ I’m a big big fan of The Measure [sa] and this is one of their best songs, great choice for this. I always liked their faster slight more pop punk stuff the best and this is one of those songs.

‘Woke Up in Grappler School’ Back to back great picks, this is one of the best Timeshares songs there is. This song pretty much has everything that’s great about the Timeshares in it. A great display of the almost Hot Water Music like vocals, great hooks, and a really fucking catchy song that you can sing along to.

‘Foxhole’ I have no clue who the Nightlights are but after hearing this song I think I should be clued in, because it’s damn good. Some catchy punk rock, I hope they have more songs like this.

‘What I’ve Missed’ The Riot Before is another band I’ve never heard, but this song kind of rules; I will be looking more into these guys too. A fast punk song, probably the furthest thing from pop punk at this point on here but it still has those hooks that will keep you glued to your speakers.

‘Those Punks are Dancing in the Boneyard’ Another band I don’t know, this song is pretty alright. It’s good but it doesn’t really send me into a frenzy of greatness. Still though, good enough that I’ll be looking into them. Some fast punk rock, almost Bad Religion like.

‘Phrases and Logos’ Again, I don’t know these guys, but I don’t really care for this song either. Somewhere between noise rock and hardcore, I’ll pass on this one.

‘Tiny Rooms and Broken Tunes’ I’m not sure who Calvinball is, but I’m not really impressed with this song either. It’s not bad, but is a pretty generic punk song.

‘Spinning in Circles is a Gateway Drug’ I think I’ve heard one song by Red City Radio before, it was pretty good; this song is also pretty good. Not amazing but its good, some catchy punk for you all to enjoy.

‘Title Track’ Back to some bands I know, the Restorations are pretty good but I’m not too crazy about this song. Some of that folk punk type stuff, but with a band and some power instead of just a guitar, almost in the country rock vein.

‘Time Tables’ The Menzingers are a band who have some decent songs and a handful of great ones. This one is one of the better ones; dudes voice still annoys me a little though here. Pop punk with a lot on the punk end of things.

‘Roads? Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Roads.’ Back to the bands I don’t know with Junior Battles, before the song even starts though I fucking love the Back to the Future song title. The song hooks you in well enough, I’ll be keeping an eye out for more of these guys.

‘It’s Alive (10-4 Eleanor Cover)’ The Sandwiches are in with a cover song, and a pretty damn awesome one at that.

‘Dick Simmons’ The Dopamines may be the best band on this thing and this is one of the best songs off of their new album. Pop punk that people will claim is ripped off of Screeching Weasel and the Copyrights, but we all know it’s just ripped from too many nights of drinking.

‘Werewolf Shame’ I’ve been digging everything I’ve heard from Direct Hit! These guys have a bright future and this might be my favorite song by them. Pop punk that you won’t get tired of listening to.

‘Anymore Amen’ The Tattle Tales took a while to grow on me and this is one of the songs that helped them take root. A pretty quality power pop song that’ll get stuck in your head for a while.

‘I Was a Teenage Poltergeist’ Mixtapes are great this is one of their faster pop punk songs, also one of their best songs.

‘In a World of Ghosts’ Lemuria is the last song on the compilation that I know, here we’ve got a song that’s easiest found on their ‘The First Collection’ LP. When I think of Lemuria this is one of the songs I think of. Catch, fast but still mellow as hell, and some of the best female vocals going today.

‘Sayonara’ A pretty catchy punk song but it’s almost too slow, feels like its being dragged through the mud. Still though from it I’m willing to bet this band has some quality songs.

‘More Ian Mackaye, Less Ron Jeremy’ I’m not quite sure how I feel about this song, even after a few listens. There are parts of it that are really awesome, but then flashes up a small bit that I hate. It’s a punk rock tune that has some folk sound to it. I’d check more of these guys out if I get the chance, but I’m not sure if I’ll go out of my way to do so.


  1. Captain, We’re Sinking – Crushed By Milwaukee’s Best
  2. O Pioneers!!! – Hey That’s My Blood!
  3. Bangers – John Shoe
  4. The Measure [SA] – Powerlines
  5. Timeshares – Woke Up in Grappler School
  6. Nightlights – Foxhole
  7. The Riot Before – What I’ve Missed
  8. Rain Over Battle – Those Punks are Dancing in the Boneyard
  9. The Great Explainer – Phrases and Logos
  10. Calvinball – Tiny Rooms and Broken Tunes
  11. Red City Radio – Spinning in Circles is a Gateway Drug
  12. Restorations – Title Track
  13. The Menzingers – Time Tables
  14. Junior Battles – Roads? Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Roads.
  15. The Sandwiches – It’s Alive (10-4 Eleanor Cover)
  16. The Dopamines – Dick Simmons
  17. Direct Hit! – Werewolf Shame
  18. The Tattle Tales – Anymore Amen
  19. Mixtapes – I Was a Teenage Poltergeist
  20. Lemuria – In a World of Ghosts
  21. Kadets – Sayonara
  22. Glory Bound – More Ian Mackaye, Less Ron Jeremy

Rational Anthem/Dopamines Tours (2 Separate Tours)

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Rational Anthem

Jul 5 The Wisco   Madison, Wisconsin
Jul 6 w/ Like Bats, The Credentials, Young Devilry, Canadian Rifle @ The Moving Castle   Chicago, Illinois
Jul 7 The Thrash Basement   Demotte, Indiana
Jul 8 HUNGRY HOUSE   Cincinnati, Ohio
Jul 9 w/ New Creases & Liarbirds   Columbus, Ohio
Jul 10 The Wolfs Den   Buffalo, New York
Jul 11 Binghamton, New York , US
Jul 12 Charlie’s Kitchen   Boston, Massachuse, US
Jul 13 w/ Billy Raygun @ Slaughterhouse 5   Dover NH, New Hampsh
Jul 14  Long island, New York , US
Jul 15 Brooklyn, New York, US
Jul 16 Charm City Art Space w/ The Taxpayers   Baltimore, Maryland
Jul 17 WASHINGTON, Washington, US
Jul 18 Richmond, Virginia, US
Jul 19 Wilmington, North Caro, US
Jul 20 Gainesville, Florida, US


July 24 – Louisville, In @ skull alley
july 25 – evansville, in @ lanhucks
July 26 – st louis, mo
July 27 – kansas city @ club mustache
July 28 – day off
July 29 – fargo @ VFW hall w/ Slow Death
July 30 – minneapolis, mn @ Grumpy’s w/ Slow Death, fuck yeahs
July 31 – milwaukee, wi w/ Slow Death
August 1 – chicago, il @ Ronny’s
August 2 – elgin, il @ mad maggies
August 3 – Grand Rapids, mi @ mulligans pub
August 4 – lansing, mi  – macs bar
August 5 – detroit, mi @ Rack N Roll
August 6 – cleveland(lakewood), oh @ soggy dog house
August 7 – buffalo, ny
August 8 – toronto, Cananda
August 9 – guelph, Canada
august 10 – montreal, Canada @ Katacombes
August 11 – rochester, ny @ Monty’s Krown
August 12 – albany, ny w/ Grabass Charlestons
August 13 – portland, me  @ Space Gallery w/ Grabass Charlestons
August 14 – Dover @ Galaxy Games w/ Grabass Charlestons
August 15 – Boston @ obriens pub w/ Grabass Charlestons
August 16 – NYC @ lulu’s
August 17 – Jersey
August 18 – baltimore @ Sidebar
August 19 – 22 Richmond @ best friends day  (we also are doing a house show that weekend, ask someone who knows)

Insubordination Fest Line-up

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Insubordination Fest Pre-Show
June 24th

The Ottobar
2549 N. Howard Street
Baltimore MD 21218

MC Chris
Automatics, The
Charlie Brown
Dirt Bike Annie

Insubordination Fest 2010
June 25th and 26th

407 E Saratoga St
Baltimore, MD 21202

American Steel
Baracuda McMurder
Be My Doppelganger
Beatnik Termites
Blacklist Royals
Black Wine
Chinese Telephones
Dead Mechanical
Dear Landlord
Flamingo Nosebleed
Impulse International
Jetty Boys
Kepi Ghoulie and Friends
Less Than Jake
Max Levine Ensemble
Methadones (Playing “21st Century Power Pop Riot” in it’s entirety)
Night Birds
Noise By Numbers
Off With Their Heads
Smoking Popes
Teenage Bottlerocket
Varsity Weirdos

Canada Invasion at the Insubordination Fest 2010
Presented by Merman Records
Friday June 25th

Sonar, Second Stage

Old Wives
Roman Line

There are still a few bands TBA, I will update this list as they are confirmed.

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