SHOWS I SEEN: Insubordination Fest 2013 – June 27th-29th 2013 – The Ottobar

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The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
June 27th-29th 2013
Insub Fest 2013
I saw most of the bands, if they’re not listed I either missed them or just drank too much to remember.

THURSDAY

Steinways – A super fun set by the Steinways as always. I’m glad they did a reunion for Insub fest this year. This was my favorite set of the night.

Mikey Erg! – Not quite as good as some of the other Mikey Erg sets I’ve seen, not as many Ergs songs as normal and no Psyched to Die ones, but it was still really good. He covered ‘Sweet Iron Lady’, it was pretty fucking great.

Houseboat – It’s a bit unfair to compare Houseboat’s set this year to their one last year but for some reason I have to. This year’s set wasn’t as good but 2012’s would have been hard to top anyway. That’s alright though Houseboat still brought a great set that was pretty fun.

Team Stray – I don’t really remember much of this set, I blame the alcohol.

Slow Death – I also don’t remember much of this set for the same reason.

Rational Anthem – Rational Anthem was fucking awesome as always, they were just about the best set of the night (Steinways beat them by just a hair). Everyone should see this band a million times.

Young Rochelles and the Quarantines I missed despite wanting to see them again.

Trashkanistan – Trash was awesome as always, I wish there were more people drunkenly singing along but there were a few up there. Shit was fun.

Flamingo Nosebleed and the Meeps I also missed despite really wanting to see Flamingo Nosebleed.

Hellstroms – I came in a little late but I think I only missed like two songs. Hellstroms were awesome, I’d say they were a great opener to Insub but there really should have been more people watching. They covered ‘Fist Fight in the Parking Lot’; it was one of the highlights of the weekend.

FRIDAY

Dog Party – Dog Party was pretty decent, though I was unaware of how young they were so I’ll upgrade it to they’re really good.

Dead North – First time I’ve Seen Dead North and they were pretty great. They played all the songs I was hoping for too.

Paper Dragons – I’m so glad this band decided to get back together. Their set was fucking great and I think they impressed a lot of people there.

Direct Hit – I only caught part of their set but what I saw was pretty fun.

Sick Sick Birds – My favorite Baltimore band, they had a great set as always, I think a lot of people took notice to them as well.

Dead Mechanical – Dead Mechanical is a band that out of town folks seem to love. There was a decent amount of people for this one and they played a quality set like they always do.

Night Birds – Night Birds are one of those bands that you can’t resist partying when they play. They’re always incredible and just destroy whatever is in front of them. This set was no exception, and then they went and closed it with a Ramones cover for good measure.

Kepi Ghoulie – There’s always one set that I expect to just be alright and they totally just blow me away, this year Kepi was that set. I’ve seen Kepi play every year and it’s always alright but this was so much fun. There were balloons, a sharkcam and a big ol party, but it wasn’t too much over the top which had been a problem in the past. This was my favorite set of the weekend.

Copyrights – As always the Copyrights were fun. I was so beat by the time they played I was just going to stand on the sidelines and observe. That only lasted about 1/3 of the set or so then I had to get in and go up front.

SATURDAY

Danny Vapid & The Cheats – I wasn’t super excited for this set just because they were such a disappointment last year. Luckily I guess they were aware of that fact and fixed things this year. They totally brought it and I couldn’t have been happier, finally a really good Danny Vapid & The Cheats set!

Beatnik Termites – Not a big crowd to watch the Termites, but that’s nothing new (for some reason). The people that were up there were enjoying it though. They had what I’d call and average Beatnik Termites set. Personally I was hoping for more Bubblecore songs.

Candy Hearts – A solid set by the Candy Hearts, no one got hurt this time that I’m aware of so that’s a plus.

Lipstick Homicide – Personally Lipstick Homicide was the real headliner of Saturday. They killed it as always and there were plenty of people partying when they played. This is also a band you need to see a billion times. I think it goes without saying they were the best set of the night.

City Mouse – I was pretty pissed that I missed City Mouse last year so I made sure I caught them this year. They had a pretty solid set, not a ton of people were at the Ottobar yet but the ones that were seemed pretty stoked.

Marshmallows – Even though they weren’t actually the opener for Saturday (I missed Schroeder & The Brillo-Pod) I’m going to say they were a great opener for Saturday. They played a good set; I think they were even better than last time.

Top Music of the first half of 2013

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Top 15 Albums – First half of 2013:

1. Rational Anthem: Whatevermind
2. R.A. The Rugged Man: Legends Never Die
3. What-A-Nights: What-A-Nights LP
4. Paper Dragons: Die To Please
5. Big Eyes: Almost Famous
6. Iron Reagan: Worse Than Dead
7. Peeple Watchin': Somethin’ Ta Tell Ya
8. Rough Kids: The State I’m In
9. Dead North: Teenagers
10. Sugar Stems: Can’t Wait
11. Broadway Calls: Comfort/Distraction
12. Christopher Lee: Charlemagne: The Omens of Death
13. Bad Religion: True North
14. Shirks: S/T
15. NONA: Through The Head

Top 10 EPs – First half of 2013:

1. Night Birds: Maimed For The Masses
2. Martin: The Worst Part
3. Pity Party: Do A Little Dance
4. creeps: Our Time
5. Iron Chic: Spooky Action
6. Invitational: Fucking Dangerous
7. Science Police: You Are Under Arrest in the Future
8. Wargames: 9 Trax / No Nightmare
9. Bankrupt: Goodbye Blue Monday
10. The Fur Coats: Goddamn, I’m a Handsome Man!

Top 10 Splits – First half of 2013:

1. Lipstick Homicide/Turkletons
2. Smokejumper/American Lies
3. Mean Jeans/Big Eyes
4. Toys That Kill/Future Virgins
5. Brick Mower/Black Wine
6. Rad Company/Tight Bros.
7. Pity Party/Bad Mammals
8. Matt Pless & Melissa Lucciola
9. A Page Of Punk/Werewolves On Motorcycles
10. Mikey Erg/Barrakuda McMurder

Top 5 Demos – First half of 2012:

1. Boys: Demo 2013
2. Black Tower: Demo
3. Whiff: Winter Demo 2013
4. Kinder Words: Demo 2013
5. The Little Richards: Down The NHT Demo

REVIEW: Pity Party: Do A Little Dance

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pity_largePity Party is a pretty new band, this is their first solo EP and it’s out on Bloated Kat Records. It reminds me a bit of a more pop punk version of The Measure or Unwelcome Guests. That makes a lot of sense though since it’s made up of members of the Measure [sa], Sexy Crimes and Mikey Erg. This EP is really fucking great, like every song you think ‘this song is really great’ then the next song is even better. It’s a hit machine but on one seven inch slab of vinyl. This really is the first must own 7″ of the year. Stop fucking around and go buy it right now.

1. Dead By Dawn
2. Dishwashers
3. Fortification
4. Joel’s Dream
5. New Butts
6. You Lock Just Us
7. Lost Friends

Get it from Bloated Kat Records HERE

REVIEW: Mikey Erg: Fucifier

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CoverThis is a Mikey Erg record but it’s nothing like you’re expecting. This is NOT a pop punk record. What you get is five thrash songs from Mikey, all of the songs are under a minute long. A fast, loud and angry Mikey Erg is what Bloated Kat Records unleashed upon us. And if that isn’t strange enough this thing isn’t even a normal record, it’s a fucking flexi disc. What’s a flexi disc you ask? You might remember them if you’re old enough, it’s pretty much a cheap flimsy thin piece of vinyl (or plastic for all I know) that has the record pressed into it on one side. It’s square, it’s weird, but it’s better than a tape. If you want to hear Mikey Erg like you’ve never heard him before then Fucifier is what you’re looking for, the pentagram on the cover should tell you all you need to know.

1. Chicago Pussy
2. Second City
3. onezerothree
4. Dum Cos I Said So
5. The Art Of Stupidity

Get it from Bloated Kat Records HERE

Get it from Mikey Erg HERE

REVIEW: Mikey Erg/Barrakuda McMurder

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CoverThe Mikey Erg/Barrakuda McMurder has been a pretty highly anticipated release for some time now and it’s finally here! But there’s a catch, it’s not a 7″ release, or a CD no it’s a 3.5 inch floppy disk; it’s limited to thirteen copies, and only sold in Japan. Luckily through a strange set of circumstances I managed to acquire one. Believe it or not that wasn’t the worst part of trying to hear this, do you know what a pain in the ass it is to track down a floppy drive in 2013? I had to go buy an external drive just for this thing. Anyway, I hear the Mikey Erg song was done entirely on his phone, that doesn’t matter much because the Mikey Erg high quality song shines through the low quality of his phone’s recording abilities. It’s your standard Mikey pop punk song, in that I mean it’s pretty damn great. The Barrakuda McMurder is one of Grath’s acoustic, kind of depressing ones, you know, the ones that are really fucking good. The recording sounds much better than Mikey’s too. Despite the two songs being an incredibly small bitrate thanks to the floppy drive these songs rule, you should be one of the lucky few to track down a copy of this floppy because it’s worth it. Despite the incredibly limited amount of people that will get to hear this Bloated Kat Records has again released a great piece of pop punk.

Mikey Erg:
Three Cheers for the Liberty Bell

Barrakuda McMurder:
You’re Thinking Nothing

Top 10 Splits of 2012

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1. Rumspringer/Sister Kisser
2. Peeple Watchin’/Nona
3. Masked Intruder/The Turkletons
4. The Headies/The Boys Club: Imposters
5. Jetty Boys/The Boys Club
6. Mikey Erg/Alex Kerns
7. Dan Vapid and the Cheats/The Jetty Boys
8. The Credentials/Steelhorse
9. Direct Hit!/The Haverchucks
10. Dead North/Strong City

 

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REVIEW: Mikey Erg/Alex Kerns

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This split 7″ has been rumored to come out for years and finally it is here on Asian Man records! I had super high expectations for this not only because of who is on it but because the long wait. Mikey’s side as ‘Flower Tattoo’ a Down By Law cover, and an original that we’ve heard before. ‘Flower Tattoo’ is fucking great, I’ve never been a big Down By Law fan but this is pretty awesome. The other song is ‘Song Against Ian Raymond’ it’s a song you know if you have that Ergquest 7″ (which you should), this is a different version, and honestly I like the other version better but it’s still a great song so there’s nothing bad to say about it. There’s a full band here and I believe it’s actually Mikey doing all the instruments. The Alex side has two originals of his, I’m a Lemuria fan and I really like that demo he put out a while ago but these two songs don’t live up to that at all. They really bored me which was a major bummer. I’ll still look forward to more Alex solo stuff but this one missed the mark. Alex was the full band for his songs on this. Lemuria fans and Mikey Ergs fans most likely bought this the first chance they got, you shouldn’t wait, it’s a one-time pressing of 500 records.

Alex Kerns
1. Responsibility of the Doll
2. Criminal To Be Alone

Mikey Erg
3. Flower Tattoo
4. Song Against Ian Raymond

Get it From Amazon HERE

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