NYHC bands ranked! Pre-1990 roster of kings! KILLING TIME; SICK OF IT ALL; BURN; LEEWAY; SHEER TERROR; BREAKDOWN; WARZONE; MURPHY'S LAW; SUPERTOUCH; to just name a few! The gang's all here and we R E S P E C T F U L L Y submit our opinions on what tier of legendary each fall into.
It's the most mixed of bags, as we expand on our year 2000 exploration. We lend our ear to classics and... not classics, learning a lot about our tolerance for operatic vocals, word salad, and squigel-squigel-dees. It was a year.
Year In HC: 2000! Back in the day, before the Patriot Act, before stringent TSA screenings, there was a collision of traditional hardcore and metalcore. There was bizarre, best-forgotten, genre tangents like bandana thrashcore. It was an era where some sounds were slowing down and others were just ramping up. People were trying things and failing, and that makes it all the more interesting.
New England. A frigid hellscape in which nothing grows. A white aeon-dead world. Welcome. This is a very specific sorta Listening Party. A comp album straight through. This time, it's Every Winter Is Cold featuring PUMMEL, RESTRAINING ORDER, HOLY HANDS, BURDEN, KIND, CORRODE, VANTAGE POINT, JINX, BOILING POINT, DROPDEAD, PEACE TEST, SPRING TIDE, FREE, DARKLANDS, WOUNDMAN, ANTAGONIZE, ANXIOUS, and BROTHER. And if that somehow wasn't enough, we lead the ep with a premiere from SEED OF PAIN.
NY visitor's guide; west coast 00s HC; 3rd-rate-and-not-that-great of the 90s; corndogs; premeditated murder; highlight reel; HC videos; Cursed; AF v NA; french fries; more! And Live On A2G: REGIONAL JUSTICE CENTER!
The results of the A2G Hardcore Census are in and they are equal parts intuitive and mind-blowing. How many of you are attending shows? How many are spending your college tuition on hardcore? Are zines a dead medium or are they thriving? What percentage of you are pivoting to rap? How many are sneaking off to country? Has the edge gone dull? Are you destroying the machines? It's all here. Information overload. Systems overloaded.
World's on fire, let's talk hardcore. New music from TRUE FORM, PIG CITY, DIVISION OF MIND, THERAPY, AGNOSTIC FRONT, RAW HEX, THE ANNIHILATED, GEORGIA MAQ, CHOICE TO MAKE, THE WARRIORS, SECTION H8, WORLD PEACE, STAND ALONE, SYSTEM 74, and THE ACACIA STRAIN! Also discussed: odd crust; eras of Hatebreed; food delivery; bachelor parties; stalkers, wedgies; Travolta; Bjork; and more. And on-location reporting from FYA.
Bring in 2020 with a conference call full of split releases, Hatebreed vs moshcore, the surprising possibly alarming return of Furnace Fest, undercover nice people, is Youth Of Today a better band without Ray, and nostalgia to death. Also, Acacia Strain shirt collection. And yes, there is a rattlesnake in the wires.
2019 has been fun. Some really good music. Everyone should be bullish on hardcore right now. Celebrate good times. But... what came out this year that has lasting value? What'll get spins in five years? Ten years? What'll be listened to by the post-humans who crawl from the caves after the water wars? This episode is all about having TRACKS. Who got'm?
A special episode. Noncore - for those with an unhealthy appetite for Star Wars. A deep dive into The Last Jedi and whether it’s good, sucks, or Really sucks. Rank your favorite movies along and hear two deeply passionate guests, Guy and Sean, as they debate the merits of the force. *No Rise Of Skywalker Spoilers*
What's the state of hardcore in 2019? How would you know? Your circle? What you see online? Let's collect some data and crunch the numbers. Hardcore Census time! Also Acme, Backtrack farewell, Boysetsfire, H8000, Anxious, Carmelo Anthony, Islamic Republic of Mauritania, San Antonio, Gilman St, Che Cafe, ABC No Rio, and a brand new Live On Axe To Grind set from MAGNITUDE!
An early Christmas gift to the true music lovers... a wild Listening Party that spans the gamut from power-alt to mario-metal. BIG CHEESE; DARE; GRACE; DOWNPRESSER; AMERICAN NIGHTMARE; COLONIAL WOUND; RED DEATH; VATICAN; PUMMEL; WEBBED WING; GEL; ANKLE MONITOR; LIVING IN FEAR; UNREAL CITY; SCHEMATIC; SWEET SOUL; CHARITY! Also, how many bridges does your city need?
Imagine a weekly hardcore matinee featuring the most popping bands as headliners. Which acts would get that call? This episode lays down the rules for why bands are getting talked about, because this isn't a competition- it's a fun mission. Joined by Kara, of New Jersey.
For all of you with long drives this holiday weekend, a sampling from podcasts we consider friends. From wrestling, to videogames, to career management, to film, to drive-time morning radio shock-jockery. It's everything, all in one place: your ears. Merry holiday, or happy abstaining from it. Whichever.
Classic albums that aren't classic albums that are. Records that mean the world to a select group of people who aren't the world. Songs that would've made a greater impact if they'd been heard by more people. Why some things spend more time in the shadow then they should. A pure and loving episode.
This winter is packed fulla shows. Final shows, reunions; album plays; festivals, record releases, prolly some regular shows too. Why some shows are more appealing than others and why hardcore still rules. Also, how to be an accountant with no training and a bit of Cambodian history. And an epic Live On Axe To Grind set from the mighty STILLSUIT!
A big ol' Listening Party. Lots of discussion about fictional animals, overhead lighting, mom fights, rent stoppage, the effect of weather on mosh, and MIL-SPEC, BURNT DECAY, POWER TRIP, RESTRAINING ORDER, SUNSET, CHAIN WHIP, IMPOSTER, STAGES IN FAITH, OUTNUMBERED, GREET DEATH, LIFE SUPPORT, NO RIGHT, VAMACHARA, KOTHI TUHOA, POWER, STALEMATE, and TAKE OFFENSE. Alex HV drops in to talk some current HC.
Negative Approach v Black Flag; indie band ethics or lack thereof; NOLA HC; Taylor Swift on a horse; Israel tour; vinyl variants; one-table Chinese takeout spots; hey I'm vegan; Wolverine hardcore; knowing too much; hatin' on Refused; sleeping on the floor; the affordability of having sports mascots marry you; AND MORE ON THIS VERY INTERNATIONAL EPISODE.
User groups; eating garbage; that city between New York and Baltimore; sympathy for the CD industry; types of snot; leather cowboy hats; bands without children; and a very fun Album-To-Album examination of the mighty Ink & Dagger!
The Deepest of Deep Dives, this episode goes all the way into THE SUICIDE FILE. Underrated or well-loved? Punk or hardcore? Rock or roll? This band was a critical part of the hardcore landscape for many kids, despite only being active a few years. The band's place in the ecosystem is discussed by dudes not in the band, before singer Dave Weinberg gets on the horn and tells it straight from the horse's mouth. An episode for fans and the uninitated alike!
Two shows tonight, Jerome's Dream and Unit Pride, which gets your money? Are LP jackets a viable clothing item? Are scab lineups a bad thing or just a thing? Does liking someone's tweet make you their tight homie? Is it cool to see hardcore in film and television? Is Twitter killing your band? What's going on with children's garden? Sounds creepy. Are HC cruises the next wave? Oh, ALSO, one of hardcore's tightest, MINDFORCE performs Live On A2G!
A timely and timeless episode that takes a snapshot of HC in 2019. Hardcore fests are packed, there's a wild variety of styles being embraced, and kids are open to older bands. It's all pretty dope, so let's enjoy it before we're cooked alive. Of interest: Is Florida a top 3 state? Do hot springs give you brain diseases? Do the hardest kids still have Hawaiian shirts in their closets?
Is HC moving faster than listeners can keep up with? Is there a right way to enjoy this? Does career trajectory of a band matter to fans or is that for absolute nerds? What role do GAINS have in making a thin man delusional? Is going viral a boon or a total nightmare? Do people say 'going viral' anymore? And the big question of the day: whose definition of a thing wins history?
It's 1989. Satanic Verses inspires a fatwa, the Exxon Valdez destroys a coastline, the US sneak-invades Panama, Chinese students are fed up, and the Berlin wall falls. Also, possibly the single best year in hardcore music occurs.
A wildly varied Listening Party, featuring ENVISION, REDBAIT, THE ANSWER, SECT, DYING WISH, POINT OF CONTACT, FUCK IT I QUIT, INVOKE, MH CHAOS, HESITATION WOUNDS, SANCTION, CONSTANT ELEVATION, FINAL RITE, IMPLIED RISK, SUNSTROKE, and LURK! Who owns crust? Is Neglect on the lips of every kid? Are we on the cusp of a Panteraissance? Is it time for more Prayer For Cleansing? All this and special 25 Ta Life correspondent, Worst Possible Eric!
This episode is an Album to Album look at the American Nightmare LPs Background Music and We're Down Til We're Underground! Also: prison slashings; Europeans demanding value for their money; Louisville pizza; the lifting of balls; breakup music; where does AN exist on the Hellfest / Posi Numbers axis; songs about your breakup; marquee album designers; and LIVE ON A2G: GULCH!
There is more music contained in these 3hrs than in any single piece of media in human history. It's a LISTENING PARTY! Andy joins us to give THREAT 2 SOCIETY, ANTAGONIZE, DOLLHOUSE, GATECREEPER, DOMINANT FORCE, REGIONAL JUSTICE CENTER, SUNAMI, LIFE'S QUESTION, RESULT OF CHOICE, BROTHER, LOVE & TRUST, BRAIN TOURNIQUET, THE BERRIES, SHEER MAG, EYES OF THE LORD, MOURNING, TOMB MOLD, HEAVY DISCIPLINE, and OBEDIENCE some attention! Then we're joined by DRAIN for a LIVE ON A2G session, who proceed to rip. It's more than most can handle, but faithless is he who says farewell when the road darkens!
Would you rather watch a show from the comfort of your $300 gamer chair than actually attend one in the flesh? Is there a reason to catalog the scene from top to bottom? What space belongs to a band and what space belongs to the audience? Are you bad at guessing? Possibly.
Album 2 Album: Secrets of the World v Big Kiss Goodnight. Which will you bequeath to family in your will and which will you be buried with? Best NYHC that is NOT from NY? Is this world split into honest souls and jealous MFers? Can these disparate partisans ever collaborate for a greater good? And don't miss LIVE ON A2G: Bogota Colombia's RAW BRIGADE performing a full set!
It's a listening party! New music from RENOUNCED, GLITTERER, HANGMAN, THE FIGHT, PINOCCHIO, SEEYOUSPACECOWBOY, MAD, CEREMONY, NINTH CIRCLE, PORTRAYAL OF GUILT, TIME AND PRESSURE, OUTSIDER, END OF YOUR ROPE, YOUNG GUV, BE ALL END ALL, HUSBANDRY, BEAR NO SHAME, GEL, and STEEL CAGE. Also discussed: Nuclear holocaust as it applies to dogs.
Photogate rocks the HC Twitterverse; what's good in hardcore; will our homie ever come back from the war; is noncore the bridge to heaven or the tunnel to hell; how many people can fit on a stage legally; doing it for the gram; shadow people; vehicles; and more!
Dust off your opinion shoes, we pulled out THIS or THAT to answer your burning binary questions. Joined by Andy Scarpulla (Tear It Up, Forward To Death, Staring Problem) we take on the world’s biggest quandaries such as: Agnostic Front or Madball? Death Row or Bad Boy? Fruity or Cocoa Pebbles? SST or Dischord? Yankees or Mets? Much more... and a disturbing revelation about Guy Fieri in the first of our ongoing series “Missing Guy Fieri.”
So international. Is the Have Heart reunion the logical limit of reunions? Could you skip college and just study the Lungfish discography? Is the Whopper disgusting? Is Quake the best game? Should you torch your dorm room? Where are the RZL DZL shirts? HOW GREAT IS THIS LIVE ON A2G SET FROM **WORN**?
Moon Knight, Krust, Wildside, label promotion in hardcore and self-promotion in hardcore and accidental promotion in hardcore, more Wildside, Candy, colorism in the NBA, The lawfirm of Misfits Misfits & Misfits, riding mowers, and more!
It's 75 episodes in, so time to go SUPER OFF-BRAND and talk about Horse the Band, Biohazard, Seadoos, beets, the Christian god, Shockwave, cake donuts, prison, Glassjaw, John Elway, Yuppicide, and horse farms.
Guest hosts Dave Ackerman and Andy Scarpulla join the fray to discuss their favorite records of the early 2000s. Marvel at how different the opinions can be from one mouth to the next. Was American Nightmare universally universal? Should everyone hear the Striking Distance lp? Is the Rival Schools lp mandatory in elementary alt music education yet? Where were you when the early aughts trends started to split... and exactly how expensive were your jeans?
NEW MUSIC FROM ABUSE OF POWER! Toby and the cops vs Instagram Police; Cro-Mags vs Cro-Mags; bootleggers vs wallets; headliners vs support; mastering engineers vs musician ignorance; reasonable adults vs Brooklyn rent; bunk beds vs romantic partners; more! Also Back To School Jam details! And a LIVE ON A2G SET FROM **BLIND JUSTICE!**
It's summer and things are poppin'. Time to play beach volleyball with Backtrack on their final tour. Maybe meet Drake on the floor of the Scotiabank Arena. Or walk around Vegas until you die of sun exposure. OH AND ATTEND ANY OF THE SICK SHOWS TAKING PLACE. Don't know where/what they are? We got you, fam.
Medication that makes you husky! Soup! Bowling! Fake chicken salad! 7 Seconds! Corrosion of Conformity! Youth of Today! Rites Of Spring! Government Issue! DRI! Husker Du! The Descendents! SNFU! SOD! Bad Religion! And much much more! It's 1985 and hardcore is over... OR IS IT?! WE DIVE DEEP.
New Angel Du$t getting talk; Soulfly as a conversation in 2019; performance enhancing drugs in hardcore; cancelled is as cancelled does; no shirts lots of chest workouts; Robert Kraft's erection; hypebeasts; more! Heavy What Ifs about Hatebreed, Title Fight, Foundation, the kid from Fallout Boy, Madball's power set and galactic ambitions; more.
The five records that define every five years since 1980. There's some hot takes buried among the regular heat takes. Also of note: how to wash kale; having no friends; is Hot Water Music hardcore; records you've blanked on for a decade; the cult of Snapcase; Norma Jean as Cro-Mags; vegan delis; probably a mention of Stuck Mojo in there somewhere.
It's a LISTENING PARTY, fam! New(ish) music from Combust, Outskirts, Payback, Drain, Rotting Out, and MORE. Also, nothing mechanical works. Everything but the computer breaks during this recording, so there's a lotta vamping while the repairman fixes things.
After some hyper-local talk about the New York Metro Area and dating prospects in NJ, the real discussion begins: What was missed, overlooked, and strangely forgotten in our Mosh Madness Tourney. Why are some releases not en vogue?
How serious is too serious? How many snakes did Jake go through? Does your president skateboard? Are covers lame? Digital-only EPs dope or wack? Are melodic metalcore reunions the new bitcoin? Does your spouse hate Earth Crisis?
How to detect food has gone bad; enjoying the flu; disappeared NBA players; AND THE FINAL RESULTS OF MOSH MADNESS! THE TOURNAMENT IS AT AN END AND IT IS TIME TO CELEBRATE OR CRY. HAVE YOUR BRACKET SHEET BESIDE YOU AS YOU LISTEN.
Insider info on putting together the biggest hardcore show in 30 years in the form of the Have Heart reunion; Fresno real estate; relocating to Cambodia; driving your student loans off a bridge; and more! oh yeah, also AN EXCLUSIVE AXE TO GRIND LIVE SET FROM TRIPLE B RECORDING ARTISTS ~ANXIOUS~
Some loopy chat in this one. Three men who've listened to hella records do their best to stay on topic. Wokeness was lacking in 1989; heavy as an idea; Hoobastank; Paramore; wait that's the same thing; Puck from the Real World; Van Nuys HC; pornography; TURNSTILE; NO WARNING; KING NINE; SOUL SEARCH; GOD'S HATE; WEEKEND NACHOS; FREEDOM; XIBALBA; and more!
Straight edge discussion of regional beers, how many years pass before something is hella old, Jersey Mikes italian subs, impending homelessness, NAILS, FOUNDATION, IMPALERS, REGULATE, BANE, TURNSTILE, CRUEL HAND, ROTTING OUT, and mucho mas.
Greg Bennick, vocalist of Trial, documentarian, activist, and speaker, acts as 4th mic for a talk on beach life, Lulu Lemon, gatekeeping, classic era Revelation, Ginsburg, Harley, Jorge, bands with Xs in their name, Trump fan overlap, skilled guitarists versus bum guitarists, and Hootie & the Blowfish.
The contest of champions continues! We're in the wild days of Mosh Madness, where acts are playing for keeps and no prisoners are taken. Topics discussed include tech bros, offloading merch to Southeast Asia, celebs, and more. Also, weirdly, Mest. CEREMONY, NEW LOWS, TURNSTILE, UNIFIED RIGHT, RIVAL MOB, INCLINATION, HARMS WAY, and MINUS are in competition! If this episode sounds thin, it's because a transformer blew and we had to record it on a battery powered My First Sony.
It's true. There's a HAVE HEART reunion coming this summer, and we've got Pat Flynn on the pod to talk about it, reunions as a phenomenon, history of hardcore and otherwise, science fair hardcore, exercising to eat more subs, connecting with listeners on that heavy tip, crying, agency, self-ownership, melodic hardcore's boom and bust, and more.
Mosh Madness is in full swing. We're talking hotdogs, big dogs, night mode, font size, rebates, TRAPPED UNDER ICE, CODE ORANGE, TITLE FIGHT, BLACKLISTED, TAKE OFFENSE, CONCEALED BLADE, BLISTERED, and COLD WORLD. This is the contest of champions, people.
You know what it is. Mosh Madness is in full swing and you're gonna get sucked into the adventure. RIVAL MOB, TOUCHE AMORE, XREPENTANCEX, RUDE AWAKENING, CANDY, FIDDLEHEAD, POWER TRIP, and TERROR are discussed in the gory details you expect and demand.
The ghost of George HW Bush haunts the studio as cookies are discussed in depth, as are the positives and negatives of community, some now-very-dated talk about the government furlough, breaking into amphitheater shows at the cost of your life, and then you're treated to a very special live-in-the-studio recording from VA's BREAK AWAY courtesy of Axe To Grind Live!
MOSH MADNESS won't stop. This episode we're talking INCENDIARY, BITTER END, DOWNPRESSER, NO TOLERANCE, CODE ORANGE, DETAIN, CRIMINAL INSTINCT, and ANGEL DU$T! Also some comic book talk, and lots of sports references that are lost on one host.
Mosh Madness continues! These brackets have us talking FOUNDATION, NAYSAYER, POWER TRIP, BACKTRACK, VEIN, MIZERY, NAILS, FIRE & ICE, also what makes your pee smell weird, and how handsome is Julian Casablancas? So handsome!
Staying current this episode with talk about the No Echo piece '"Female-Fronted" Is Not a Fucking Genre' from Madison Watkins, and can you be mad on the internet without being labeled BIG MAD, and Todd Jones' grievance with Metal Sucks. Not a ton of HOT TAKES, but a few HOT TOPICS.
MOSH MADNESS Round 1, Part 1. We go IN on releases from FURY, RENOUNCED, WAR HUNGRY, BITTER END, TWITCHING TONGUES, CODE ORANGE, MINDSET, and BOSTON STRANGLER. You selected the field, we're just playing in it.
Self-starting, using your background to better your future, and not getting ripped off by poser brands are all part of our conversation with designer Jon Contino. In the process, we talk about Queens and LI HC, not being held up at gunpoint, six-figure debt, and the Keebler Elf's government name.
New Year; New You; New Hardcore Rules. Justin of Dead Heat joins us to talk FYA, what we should all be checking out, touring, and CALIFORNIA. This MFers voice is silky as hell. This episode premieres a brand new DEAD HEAT joint off their upcoming record. Circle pit your New Years brunch.
It was a good year for hardcore, and here's some lists of our favorite releases to prove it. And some hard numbers for the statistician listeners. Also, where are the big room screamo bands now? And a BIG thank you to y'all. RIP Penny Marshall.
The gang's all here and ready to talk hardcore, noncore, and cosplay. Losing teeth on tour. Are onesies back? Are shoes requisite? Should we move to Long Beach? Is sasscore simulacra or simulation? Is all hardcore simulation? Are we in the matrix? Agnostic Front doc on Showtime. Is Laserdisc the future? Albany is closed for business, sorry. Joined by the ghost of Dale Earnhardt.
We fill Patrick’s spot with three guests- Nicole, Alex, and Eric. Get back in the saddle as we discuss some recent gigs, Spotify Top Songs of the year, and we break down Nicole and Alex’s year end lists. We also answer the question - what do you do when friends release bad music? That and much more as we dig in and start clearing out our Santa Sack.
Life sends us in all sorts of directions, and sometimes people fall off radars. The life path of Jules of Side By Side and Alone In A Crowd has been the subject of speculation for almost 30 years. With AIAC doing a benefit reunion, Jules is about to be step on a stage and back into the public eye. We've got questions.
Before Mosh Madness brackets can be finalized, the bubble releases need to be slotted! And to give you an idea of how stiff competition in the tournament will be, there's potential classics even among the records on the bubble. We listened HARD to releases from Code Orange; Bitter End; Praise; Day By Day; and more! Also talk way too much about Poison the Well for some reason.
Many of you are on long drives or just wanna hear something other than your family's holiday beefs. So here's a sample of our Patreon episodes AND samples of other podcasts we think you should listen to. Hopefully this gets you through the holiday weekend. Good luck.
'One hit wonder' sounds like a dig, but you band people need to put your pull-up diapers on and ready yourselves for the attack. We confirm some acts as having legitimate hits, and debunk more than a few listener suggestions. From Converge to Antidote and dozens more. Who has HITS?
Jay from Mindforce joins us to talk Poughkeepsie as a municipality and lifestyle; David Koresh Hardcore; driving through New Paltz in a bikini; the expanding boundaries of New York City, CharlieBo fandom; arborist hc; being an educator; Rosevelt sniffing socks; grapes; disappearing promoters; THE NEW MINDFORCE RECORD!
Written out, forced in, misremembered, enshrined, and buried. Demystifying the current narratives of Ensign, Texas Is the Reason, VOD, Kid Dynamite, and Carry On. What's real? What's imagined? Plus Goo Goo Dolls, Ojai pride, Pearl Jam, and nipple rings.
Is there scum in every room? Would you lend them gear? Is moshing with a cardboard uzi cool? Do you remember CrimeThinc? If so, do you know what a donut hole is? Is Gloss remembered? JNCO made sneakers? Can you listen to the band of a man who made a sex tape on your bed? Midwest Correspondent Patrick From Louisville calls to set us straight on what region of the US his city is in.
How many bands is too many bands on a package tour?; the Youth Attack Effect; Justice's acting debut; Who Edges the Edgelords?; Simpsons did it first; and more. Then down to the Winning Streaks. Which bands have three consecutive banger albums? The list is short, but we celebrate some great ones this episode.
A quick look at Flyover Fest, then right down to the music: We're listening to new tracks from Mindforce; Silk, Berzerker Boyz; Super Unison; Night Birds; Antagonize; Seed Of Pain; Pig Destroyer; Fucked Up; C.H.E.W.
Also, some talk on Peekskill Salvation Army, the Texarkana of Appalachia, and lawless regions of Southeast Asia. And does Candy's merch suck or nah? Having problems with your rig?
How many original members do you require in a touring band? What cities would we hit with a nuke? Is Fred Durst marked for death? Do 20-year-olds like Nirvana? Or just the shirts? What's wrong with San Diego? Is it wrong to have normal human being interests? All this, the sound of a car alarm, and more!
All the news of the day! Including metalcore head wounds, stolen trailers, and -for some reason- Kanye West. Big release week with new Gouge Away, Terror, and Candy. Also, are corporate-funded gigs good or bad for hardcore? Or neutral because nothing matters anyway? In addition, we talk detective work, vigilantism, and ska.
Cheddar from the band Candy joins us as the flow touches on their new record “Good To Feel”, Karl Buechner posters, making friends with venue staff, and the question everyone has been thinking about, Twizzlers or Red Vines? Strap in for show booking 101, including an informational back and forth on proper Reunion Band™️ etiquette. Who plays where, for what, for who, and all that jazz.
On location recording from Back To School Jam. The topic of legacy is discussed. Is it worth more than a hill of beans? Or is it the fool's prize we all die struggling to maintain? Are we trapped in a veil of maya? Where's our dude Krishna to extricate us from that illusion? Speaking of which, we get specific on the legacy of the Cro-Mags. Also, Pat Flynn stops by. And would you listen to a new Judge record in 2019?
Dave Ackerman (Tear It Up; Dead Nation) joins us as the fourth wiseman to look into a crystal ball and answer eternal questions such as "Is Ohio a Bottom 10 State?" and "What's the worst show you've played?" and "what's the problem with 10" records?" and "pancake or waffle?" and "do you need a cool band to cosign you before anyone gives an s?" and many more!
SO much new music, you may never need another playlist. We talk Prospect, Gouge Away, Ekulu, Bracewar, Krust, Jesus Piece, Stigmatism, Diztort, Culture Abuse, Hangman, Perfect World, Fencecutter, and a ton more. Dave Ackerman drops in for the second half. It's social gathering in your ear.
New Jersey native Swank joins the podcast to get so local that only the guy getting a soft pretzel from Wawa is more provincial. The important issues are tackled in the form of seemingly stream-of-consciousness questions like "Gorilla Biscuits or YoT?' and "is Age of Quarrel a crossover record?" and "are drumming gloves cool y/n?" At some point the podcast swings into wildly heavy material, then swings back just in time to talk about Clutch.
Recognized as one of NYHC's most creative minds, Gavin Van Vlack's resume includes BURN, Absolution, Die 116, and his new band Canonized. You might also know him from his role in Physical Culture Collective. He's a Renaissance man working in the mediums of stringed instruments and fists. Dude is a primo storyteller, so there's something for everyone in this episode wether your thing is muay thai, noise rock, drag shows, beating nazis, or classic hardcore.
It's best not to talk over a guy who could bend you into a pretzel, so we mostly stood out of the way and let Gavin go off.
Split label releases; Jesus Piece; the Port Authority bathroom; stop calling everything skramz; moments that make our hair stand on end; playing the classics vs playing the new stuff nobody cares about yet; LOTS of topics. Strap a brick of drugs to your leg and hop on the Greyhound, because you're in for a ride.
Where were you in 2006? Because hardcore was in a wild place. LOTS of classics, some near classics, and obviously a ton of forgettable nonsense. Bust out the Activia Probiotic yogurt (the biggest food trend of 2006) and lets do this.
Mac Miller (not that one) joins us to talk touring, Bad Religion as a CA radio staple, touring as a lifestyle, ska punk, Freddy Kruger, Back To School Jam, self stimulation, injury, The Mongo Orchestra, Fat Mike's stay in punk prison, creative payments for bands, McVengers, and the best SoCal punk records of all time.
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Sound & Fury recap. Fake beefs. Is it ok to laugh at ourselves? Is it ok for Barstool Sports to laugh at us? Coolest show photos. Can Patrick land a plane? Is Wicca Phase the new Void? Entirely too much rap talk courtesy of our guests Kara and Ace.
With the death(?) of the B9Board and (possibly?) forums in general, it feels like the perfect time to talk the evolution of hardcore kids online. From newsgroups and BBS to the present and beyond. Eric Wilson joins us midway for a very fun, occasionally dark, retrospective.
Sound & Fury Festival 2018 psych up! Get pumped! We're joined by Chris from (central) Massachusetts to talk about karaoke, the beach, and 50 or so hardcore acts playing this year's festival. Grab a veggie burger from IN n OUT, drop it in an acai bowel, and let's do this.
RIP Steve Soto. New music talk. Mil-Spec; Code Orange; Converge; lots more. How much fanbase overlap is there between Drake and Trail of Lies? Do you need a cosign from someone 'cool' to succeed? Could anyone understand Soundcloud rap less than the hosts of this show? Text beef. Physical reality beef. Tangent city.
While editing a new Patreon episode, it occurred to us we should give the non-supporters a taste of what they're missing. If you've been supporting, you've heard this material before, but we got an exclusive coming your way next week. If you haven't, here's a few minutes from a few episodes. Hope it turns y'all on.
Where were you in 1992? Watching Jordan in the finals? Voting for something? Rioting? Well, if you were too busy for Biohazard, Heroin, Bikini Kill, Shelter, Yuppicide, and about two dozen other releases- don't worry. We got you covered. DEEP DIVE 1992! GO!
*deal with the fan noise; it was 90 degrees in the spot*
The mental poverty of broken phone screens. Skrewdriver guilt. Is it worth a band's time to chase cool? Is Post Malone the new Killing Time? Is playing fests for pure radio rock crowds worth it for a subculture band? DIY promoters vs The Fatcats. Revelation vs Victory... which has more Ws? Which carries more Ls?
Axe To Grind goes on a field trip to see what a dorm room looks like in 2018. Not entirely different from the 90’s. While in room 1605 at Warren Towers, we discuss body image issues, assault in all forms, straight edge, group think, and a bunch of other esoteric stuff. We even touch on some music at the very end.
Jeff Casazza of Run For Cover fame joins us to talk about WHAT'S NEXT FOR HARDCORE. Has heavy hardcore reached its tipping point? Is there enough labels in hardcore right now or are we all super doomed? Quick aside: does anyone care about Fugazi? Also... Pearl Jam. Bonus: Deathcore Patrick emerges.
In this, the first installment of our Yearbook series, we explore the good the bad and the ugly of 2010. A weird transition year with a lot thriving and some stuff dying. Provided: (hot?) takes and some indisputable realities. Also covered: New Age Anniversary Fest, the state of Alaska, Spotify, and guns.
We're accidentally joined by Mike Abrusci of
and (in the form of an off-mic yelling) Eric Wilson of
One normal host and two guest hosts. What could possibly go wrong? Bob is joined for a lovely afternoon by Riley from Power Trip and Andrew from Police Line / Overnight Drive to discuss screenprinting shops, Texas, Queensrÿche, bandwagons and some other nonsense. Patrick was in Alaska and Tom has something called “a job.”
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Integrity is discussed in frighteningly deep detail. The importance of band names. Favorite DFJ bands. How often do vocalists say the worst possible thing? Fashioncore. How to not discuss moshing. Eye injury. Christian HC.
Labels. How do those work? But before all that, we talk Hatebreed on a boat, touring with rappers, bands that no kids care about but managers back hard, Sixpence None the Richer, Hardcore Tinder, clickbait, and we answer the question "is Patrick too masculine?"
We talk new music. Ecostrike; Krimewatch; Day By Day; Fiddlehead; Hirs Collective; Trail of Lies. Everybody's got records coming out and none of them can make Patrick happy. Tom and Bob were in better moods and found a lot to like. Also discussed were the Sound & Fury lineup, that NPR piece on ICE, and Tom's war on emojis.
Recorded while the world was at United Blood, we anticipated a short episode. Instead we went deep on Bodied Girl, TIHC, BnB Bowl, the window on reunions, a night at L'Amour, Patrick calls the Taste Police on Paramore, Tom details his love affair with Life of Agony, and we wax on live shows that got us off.