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Bad Religion dropped their latest a week ago. Age Of Unreason. Quite the apt title. Much like True North this moves at the quick pace of their older releases. This album is fuckin solid front to back. I’ve been stoked on each listen. I know a number of people botched about the first single Kids Are Alt-Right. Well that’s the punk puritans or dumb motherfuckers in the alt-right So who cares? Buy and stream this loud enough for the neighbors to sing along!-C Fish
Now El Trump is sounding like a 3rd world dictator following a suggestion from Falwell the Insane. It goes that Trump is owed an extra 2 years because people checked his power and legitimacy. Ya got me fucked up. Some dismiss this as bluster. I honestly think these psychopaths are serious. It’s very disturbing and telling that the celebrity wing of Christianity upholds Trump who is literally the least Christian (in the simple sense of a Christ following idea) president of the past 40 years. I’m sure we’re all familiar with the ever growing list of evidence that he has bad morals. I do find this more a threat than bravado based on Trump’s flagrant disinterest in the rule of law. This next year and a half is gonna be interesting. I wouldn’t be surprised to see alt-right goons at the polls for some old fashioned voter intimidation.
The full length from Nightmarathons came out on A-F Records last Friday. It’s fuckin great. Sound wise it’s straight ahead post punk/ first wave emo. The vocals sound like a blend of Avail and Lawrence Arms. This thing is solid front to back. It sounds like a basement show of the long past youthful nights where many of us baptized into punk! Go to their Bandcamp, give it a listen and buy it on cd or vynil! Play loud, play repeatedly!
So I just (in the past 10 minutes) found out that Jake Phelps passed away. What the fuck? This did epitomizes skate punk. The founder and editor of Thrasher magazine. I’m in fuckin disbelief and shock. He has been skate’s most important documentarian. He was our equivalent of Stan Lee. Only 56. Shit dude. I thought this mythical figure was gonna be around a lot longer. His contributions will always mean the world to me.
This one’s for the anarchists. So to define real quick. Anarchism is a complete absence of centralized government. So there would be no cops, no borders, no nation, no military or politicians from local municipalities all the up to the president. Now, I like this idea. Why then, are there so many who claim anarchism holding hands with socialists and communists or feeling the Bern. All of these believe in a strong central government which is clearly the opposite of anarchism. And if you’re an anarchist and helping build a stronger state then you are commiting suicide because somewhere down the line your beliefs will run afoul of the state apparatus. Sure, on a personal level you may have friends who march at protests with you that veer red instead of black, but ideologically when everyone truly understands what each view is about, it draws a line in the sand. Anarchism is allowing all to simply live by natural law. Don’t hurt people and don’t tale their stuff. Beyond that, do and say whatever the hell ya want. The 2 main parties and the socialists aren’t just gonna let ya live how ya feel most free. Socialism is statism and therefore not compatible with anarchism.
Urgent message to our politicians and presidential hopefuls. FUCK YOUR CLASSISM! This means Trump and the Clintonoids. This also means Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. Yes ma’am you are the exact same as the limousine Liberals and Republicans who want is to sit down and shut up. “Cheap seats”? Girl, you got us fucked up! Who do you think voted for ya. It was people in the so called cheap seats who believed in your railing against corruption. Clearly you just put on an act. These politricksters are all the same. They administrate from the gilded towers. This isn’t representation, it’s oppression. There’s nothing new about this deal and they only use the working class. Do not be fooled! #punkvoter
The A-F Records debut from Pittsburgh Punx Late Comer dropped today. Thoughts like a buzz bomb of straight ahead punk! The vocals sound like a cross breed of Propagandhi and Hot Water Music combined with pulse pounding music. Stream and buy this one! Punk ain’t fuckin dead!
Millencolin’s new album dropped last week. Another solid release from these skate punk veterans. Not as heavy on social commentary as True Brew. It’s more the feel of classic Millencolin though these guys have never put out a bad album. This is still on their home label of Epitaph Records. The title track would be at home on any Punk O Rama comp. So pick this one up or stream it at your skate sessions.
Tellin ya bout an awesome local record store. Toxic Toast in Long Beach, CA. They sell an amazing amount of punk and ska vynil. The store also specializes in rare and first pressings, particularly Japanese. Owner Andy actually takes a couple painstaking trips each year to Japan to dig up good shit. Also they have some amazing pins. Both sled made And known good stuff. And not living local is no excuse to not check em out. They have a website, Facebook and Instagram.
The new Specials’ album came across my desk and I was excited as a ska fan. So excited that I was let down actually. This one kinda falls flat. The music is barely ska and kinda uninteresting. The lyrics are so on the nose that it sounds more like angry teenage liberal social media posts. This is upsetting as I recall this band being quite clever and musically innovative. Maybe age caught up to em. The 4 year recording process sounds more like a knee jerk recording circa NOFX’s Bush era records. No I didn’t quite dig it.