The Punk Tin Sandwich (playlist)

Happy Wednesday!

I recently bought a harmonica because I used to play many instruments when I was young, all strings (guitar, violin, cello, piano), however since I grew up into a

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I haven’t named em yet, but I was thinking “Silver” like the Lone Ranger’s horse.

professional hobo I never had room or money to travel/move frequently with a big expensive instrument.  I had considered the harmonica for years but never pulled the trigger on it despite being small and inexpensive until now.

 

 

 

It wasn’t until it arrived in the mail until I realised: I only really listen to one song with harmonica in it.

This might me be my favourite song by my favourite band.  It’s such a hard call, they have so many good songs (which is one reason why I can’t stop writing about them).

Don’t get me wrong, I like Bob Dylan and Blues traveler but they’re not in my usual roster of music and so I had no imagination for what I wanted to really play.  I had faith though because if the The Creepshow can kill it, then there had to be other punk/rockabilly/ska bands to love on the Tin Sandwich.

The first band I found in my search was Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains and what a treat their album “Love Songs for the Apocalypse” turned out to be.  To fully appreciate theses guys, think of them less as punk purists and more like “hobo punk blues”.

New Mexico song opens up with a nice harmonica which plays as a part of the hook.

“We aren’t revolutionaries,
But we are the revolution.
And sometimes I think that the whole movement is just me and you
And then maybe we’d all be better off, if that were true

Cuz then at least we’d know where we stand
And we could tell our comrades apart from the man
But if the world isn’t that simple
Maybe this town is at least
And if I’m not marching with them for war
I’m sure not marching with you for peace”

“Well if I found god anywhere, it would be by the tracks
Face down in a box car, forty in both hands
And when I find god there, we’ll just sit and roll some top
Cause he’ll be just as confused as anyone else on this rock”

The next one I found was by an more traditional punk band, Pinhead Gunpowder (don’t you just love these names? It’s like a part of the appeal for me), with their song “Kathleen”

The harmonica kicks in around 20s.

The last song today comes from an old-school punk band from Germany called Die Toten Hosen (which hilariously translates to “The Dead Pants”, see aren’t the names fun?) with their song Grossalarm.

The harmonica comes in at the climax around 2m40s.

If you have any more harmonica songs that are not blues (I like the blues but boy do I have to be in a mood for them), feel free to leave a comment below.

Punk Rock Girls (playlist)

Happy Wednesday!

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That hair tho. 

I like the punk rock look.  Guy, girl, whatever. A well placed piercing, a few tattoos, and a healthy dislike for the establishment will get my attention and is the theme for the songs I have for you today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I read the drummer, Matt “Pomade” Gee, from my favourite psychobilly band, The Creepshow, is in a punk band called “Rehab for Quitters“.  I already like the drummer in the The Creepshow and the name of the band was funny enough I needed to look it up and Punk Rock Girl was the first song I listened to which inspired today’s post.

 

Streetlight Manifesto is one of the first ska bands I listened to. My first ska band was a live The Toasters show we got free tickets for from the local St Louis station 88.1 KDHX(1) who pretty frequently gives away free tickets to local shows.  This is a cover, the original is by The Dead Milkmen on the album Beelzebubba but I like this version better because the horns.  This is my favourite stanza

We went to the Phillie Pizza Company
And ordered some hot tea
The waitress said “Well no
We only have it iced”
So we jumped up on the table
And shouted “anarchy”
And someone played a Beach Boys song
On the jukebox
It was “California Dreamin'”
So we started screamin’
“On such a winter’s day”

 

Me and Dr. Frank have both decided that we love
Them more than toast

I don’t know if I like anybody more than toast. Wheat toast with butter and strawberry jam(2) has yet to let me down.

 

Footnotes:

  1. They have this excellent ska and punk show “Ska’s the limit” with JJ Loy on Saturday nights and Thursday they have a rockabilly show called “The Greaser’s Lunch Box” with Al Swacker and you can stream KDHX live from anywhere via their website and whether you’re a St Louis native or not I highly encourage you to do so because they have almost 80 different shows, each about two hours, spanning all genres of music, it’s commercial free, but the absolute best part are the personalities behind the microphones.  They’re all colourful and wonderful and funny and interesting and sometimes you really get attached to some of these guys.  There used to be this guy, Bob, who had a show Bob’s Scratchy Records.  Bob loved hid scratchy vynals and his stories.  “Bob’s Scratchy records is a hallucinatory, rabble-rousing radio program that weirds up the airwaves every Friday from 2pm4pm on St. Louis’ KDHX (88.1 FM) Bob Reuter takes you on an emotional roller coaster featuring the rawest blues, soul, gospel, hillbilly, rock & roll, and whatever else falls on the turntable.”   I had a lot of good times listening to his radio show before he died August 2013.  I remember final episode.  It was rough.  There’s not much left as far as archived episodes but this is my first time hearing Bob’s voice, here at his bandcamp page.  The world is a smaller place with out Bob.    
  2. Strawberry jam is my favourite.

The Creepshow On Tour (tour info)

Happy Wednesday!

One of my FAVOURITE bands is playing in St Louis this Sunday at the Fubar (tickets on sale here, seriously cheap, 16-18$).  I would love to see them there, but I know some of you live there and should go out to support them.

I love this band so much.  I’ve written about them previously but I really felt like once just isn’t enough for such a kick-ass band.  In a fit of “fan”-tastic (hahah bad jokes) inspiration, I came up with a possible set list to showcase the excellence you will experience if you do decide to go:

The Opening:

I like this song and music video.  It was a tough pick between this and “See you in Hell for the opening.

I was thinking something like I Am a Creature of the Night followed up by Sinners and Saints would be cool.

The Midshow:

I love this song.  This is one of my all time favourites because of the harmonica solo at 2m10s (seriously gave me chills the first time I heard this song).

Then get the energy back up with Failing Grade and something funny like Zombies Ate her Brains.

 

Closer:

Love this song and it’d be nice to see live but can we take a second and appreciate those BOUNCY curls on Kendra “Twisted” at 56s?! And while we’re at it, can we just take a moment to admire the amount of hair win going on in this video? Those spikes on Kristian “The Reverend”? And how about that sick ‘stache on Sean “Sickboy”? And Sandro “Blood”‘s slick 3/4 comb? SO. MUCH. HAIR. WIN.

Then towards the end of the show, it might be kinda funny to kill the lights like the set’s over and make the crowd wait for a moment…and a moment longer…and maybe one more minute just when it starts to get a little uncomfortable then play the “beep….beep…beeb…”ing of the EKG machine in the intro for See you in Hell and give ’em HELL!  However that’s too high energy to leave them on, there’ll be riots in the streets people will be like “YEA THAT WAS SO GOOD NOW I HAVE SO MUCH ENERGY!!!!! RAWWRRR!!!!” and St Louis is already a riot prone city, like that time in 1991 when Axl Rose dove into a crowd of his fans and started throwing punches because a fan was taking pictures of “his” concert. Yea we St Louisians don’t fuck around.

So it’d be cool to wrap it up with a punk rock classic Pet Sematary originally by the Ramones and based on the book by Stephen King, of the same name.

 

I hope you go and see The Creepshow this Sunday in St Louis or anywhere near you.  Here’s a listing of their tour stops:

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And to my delight, The Creepshow is coming to Leeds 10th August!!! Check for more locations close to you!!

Let’s Start a Revolution! (playlist)

Happy Wednes…wait wait wait, I just can’t do it today folks.

Yea everyday is supposed to be a happy day or something but I am really angry and you should be too.

Being an American abroad I am painfully aware of my nation’s reputation outside of our boarders especially after the results of the November 2016 presidential election.

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My face when Trump was declared the next president of the United States.

Regardless of where you stood before the election, now that he has taken office he has done some objectively questionable things for someone who is supposed to be the leader of the free world. Some examples include but are not limited to:

All this doesn’t even begin to touch his litany of flagrant actions regarding control of the press by ordering the EPA to remove climate change statics from their site, his intention to cut safety regulations by 75%, nor his reinstating of the Global gag rule which bans international NGOs with US funding from providing abortions or providing information.

Don’t get me wrong ALL of these things horrify, disgust, offend, embarrass, and infuriate me.  However one thing that has me deeply worried is his pick for the head of the FCC: Ajit Pai.  Ajit Pai is against Net Neutrality and that is very very bad.

If you don’t already know what Net Neutrality is, watch this short video by CGP Grey and find out.

While we’re at it, let’s me provide a video also from CGP Grey explaining how, even though Trump lost the popular vote, he still won the election and why that’s a major problem in our system.

Now that you’re familiar with Net Neutrality and as most of my audience are fellow bloggers, I’m sure you can start to see the nature of the problem.  People like you, fellow blogger, and me, a person who can barely afford groceries and is going deeper into student debt, there is NO WAY I will be able to afford to pay fees to keep a fair amount of bandwidth coming to my site to provide you with wonderful content three times a week and this is just the smallest of concerns.  What really terrifies me is the implications on independent media outlets or really any media outlets that the FCC, aka Trump, doesn’t like and want’s to deny service or any media company that wants to squish the competition even further from the already small number of companies that provide 90% of the media to the country.

Picture getting clearer here? I really hope so.  Now it’s not all bad news.  Massachusetts is setting a good example by going full green by 2035 and in not American news India banned all forms of disposable plastics in it’s capital.

However great these pieces are,  they’re still a drop in the bucket.  The way we can really fight is to back a grass roots political REVOLUTION! Want to know how? Sign up and support Justice Democrats for real progressive candidates and the change us the people ACTUALLY want.

I can hear you now, “Fin! It’s Music Wednesday, where are the tunes?!” I’m getting to it.  I’m sorry but I had to get all that off my chest and when rallying up for a revolution, you have to know what you’re getting all worked up for. Anyway here’s some music to get your inner anti-establishment punk rocker riled up and ready to take some action!

To start we have a real classic by Rage Against the Machine, or more affectionately known as Rage.  Lyrically, its pretty basic but so is the message: The forces that be are out of control and this includes police brutality especially against minorities.

Next up we have a classic from the Misfits, Fiend Club. The lyrics are pretty basic here too but the message is simple: we march and we fall, we’re one and for all.  I felt like it was a particularly fitting song given the women’s march is believed to be the BIGGEST DEMONSTRATION EVER SEEN IN US HISTORY! We’re in this together folks, one and for all.

 

Woodkid is one of my all time favourites.  Such a bae but also his music is beautiful, his voice, his music videos all just so so fit! Iron is a a great song to capture that “calm before the storm” feeling of getting ready for some action jack.

I have already written about Dance with the Dead before but this song, Riot just gets me going.  Especially after that scream at 15s.

Now I realize that it’s kinda late for some of you, it’s like 10.30pm here (London time) or maybe you’re just really anxious about the state of affairs and prefer to calm down a bit.  Don’t worry, I got just the thing.

Science discovered that this one song reduces anxiety by 65%.

 

Anyway, remember folks: Democracy is not a spectator sport. We have the power. Not corporations, not the mega-rich, not reality television stars turn politicians. Get Angry. Get Active.

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Dance With the Dead (Band)

Happy Wednesday!

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Electro-retro has some really cool album art.

Sometimes I get into a funk and that sucks.  My funk can express it self in many different ways such as apathy (“I could work on my writing projects, I should be doing coursework, I want to do SOMETHING but I can’t be asked”), or lack of creativity (“I feel like I have nothing to write today, so why bother?”), but most frequently it comes from routine decisions where I have a perceived lack of options or lack of novelty especially when it comes to music.  I listen to A LOT of music, all different bands and genres and styles.  From relatively popular/new music like The Chainsmokers to hardcore medieval party mixes to things that I’m not really sure how to describe except that “I like this”.

Between spotify, youtube, and soundcloud, I find a pretty fair variety of unique music to keep me happy but sometimes I just get bored of everything.

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This pretty much sums it up.

 

And that’s when the magic happens.  Let me introduce you to: electro-retro.

Normally, I’m not a big fan of the “retro movement”.  I think only some people have every been able to pull off the fedora look, I think only punks know how to wear big hair, and can we just leave our typewriters at home?

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Writing in public doesn’t make me any more curious about what you’re writing, it just lets me know you desperately want to be seen as a “writer type”.

However when I some electro-retro, namely featuring synth sounds that took over the entire 80’s popular music scene, I knew I found something worth bringing back.

Dance with the Dead is a electroclash band who uses a lot of synth but also has electric guitar and drums giving it a rock quality that I really enjoy.  I really liked their album The Shape and specifically the songs Riot, Her Ghost, and the first song There’s a storm Coming.

Go forth and explore my friends, if you find something buzzin feel free to leave it in the comments.