Sunday, March 23, 2014

Punk Rock n Roll Vol 03

Here is the latest CD release in the Punk Rock n Roll Series of homemade compilations.  As I listen to new music that comes out, a few of the songs grab my attention.  Here are a few of them from the last year or so.  This release not only features bands from the USA, but also bands from Canada, UK, Australia, Czech Republic.  So, check it out and let me know what you think of the song selection.

01 Street Dogs - Punk Rock and Roll
02 The Corps - Talk Is Over
03 Old Firm Casuals - We Don't Bury Our Dead
04 Bishops Green - Alone
05 45 Adapters - Dress Well, Drink Heavily
06 Scally Cap Brats - Dress Sharp, Drink Hard
07 Dirty Filthy Mugs - Drinks on Me
08 Street Dogs - I Got Drunk
09 Old Firm Casuals - Red White & Blue
10 Report Suspicious Activity - Subtle
11 Surrounded by Thieves - Red White
12 Surrounded by Thieves - Riot
13 Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School of Medicine - Road Rage
14 Direct Hit! - We're Fucked
15 Booze & Glory - Sick of You
16 Hard Evidence - Spoiled Rotten
17 Hard Evidence - Last One Standing
18 Lion's Law - I Don't Give a Damn
19 Gimp Fist - Gotta Get Away
20 Control - I'm Not Doing It
21 Booze & Glory - Only Fools Get Caught
22 Booze & Glory - London Skinhead Crew
23 Dropkick Murphys - Out of Our Heads
24 Noi!se - Blame
25 Yellow Stitches - Fat Bastards
26 Saints & Sinners - Raise Your Glass
27 Plan of Attack - Work Is the Curse
28 Welch Boys - I Feel Like Drinkin'
29 Dropkick Murphys - Going Out in Style

Thursday, March 6, 2014


Silver Screams is a punk rock trio from the greater Boston area who named themselves after a lyric in a song by The Damned.  They have their first EP coming out in early May.  Check out the artwork below.  It was made by the legendary Chris Shary who has created some artwork for the Descendents over the years.  The members of Silver Screams have been around punk rock for over 20 years.  In fact, one member of the band drove Joey Ramone to the airport after completing an interview with him on his college radio show.

Silver Screams recorded session #55 for Sonic Lobotomy in late February.  Sonic Lobotomy is an internet TV show featuring primarily Boston area punk bands playing a live, in studio set.  The show also usually has an interview with the band.  TJ Welch, of the Welch Boys, created the show, and handles all aspects of the show on his own.

Here is TJ's description of the band and the performance.
Silver Screams are a trio that plays tight and original, post-punk rock. Their music has strong hooks , without losing it's sharp edge. These guys are veterans of some great bands. They collectively bring forth the talent and musicianship in their intense, thirty minute musical assault . After that, the band unwound in the man cave for an interview, Wayne's World style.... and we talked about all that goes into making their great music. This was indeed a fantastic night of local rock and roll from the Silver Screams. It was a pleasure to capture them on my show.

Here is the setlist from the band's performance on the show.

Infinite Mirror
Welcome to Utopia
Wasted Life (SLF cover)
Straight Jacket
Dead Air
Climbing Mt. Rumpke
Wash Away (TSOL cover)
Brown Bagger
The Evidence

For those of you who may have heard of a band named the UK Subs and enjoy their newest releases Universal and XXIV, you will love Silver Screams.  Be sure to check them out if you are in the Boston area.  Here are links to additional band websites.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Dropkick Murphys - Riviera Theatre - Chicago, IL - 2014-02-23

I got a call around 9pm last Friday night  from Mike asking me if I wanted to go see the Dropkick Murphys that coming Sunday night.  Of course, we said yes.

Sunday, we headed into Chicago to meet Mike and Happy Jack at Fat Cat's which is down the street from the venue, Riviera Theatre.  We had a bite to eat and a few drinks and then headed to the show around 8pm.  When we got there, Mike went to get the tickets.  I forgot to mention that he is a friend of Ken Casey, the Dropkick Murphys singer/bass player/band leader.  Mike came back with some All Access and VIP passes.

Mike and I went backstage to try to find the dressing room and Ken.  We saw a few members of the band, and Mike introduced me to Evan, the tour manager.  Then Ken showed up, and I was introduced to him. We found out from Evan the band had saved a section in the balcony facing the right side of the stage for the VIP seats.  We proceeded to our seats.

They kicked off the show with some older songs which was nice to get to see them play live.  After about 3 songs, Ken announced that if you hadn't noticed yet, they were playing their first album, Do or Die, in its entirety.  When they ripped through that they called the boys up on stage while they played "Skinhead on the MBTA" followed by "Out of Our Heads" and BTO's "Takin' Care of Business".  During the BTO cover, they also through in some lyrics from "American Band" and the Hey Ho Let's Go! chants from the Ramones.

They took a minute or so to clear out the stage and fix whatever may have broken (as Ken put it before he called folks onto the stage), and then went into a "second" set.  This set had more of the newer songs that most of the audience was probably there to here.

Before the band broke into "End of the Night", they called the ladies up on stage.  At this point, we convinced Wendy to take the All Access pass and go up on stage from the side of the stage rather than climbing over the barrier.  After that, they broke into "Shipping Up to Boston" and finished the set.

After the show, we waited around to find out where the VIP after party was taking place.  Mike went to get Ken to see what was happening.  Ken came out and shook everyone's hand.  After another few minutes, we all headed to the bar area at the front of the venue.  Ken spent time talking with the 20-30 people that were there.  We got to spend another 10 minutes are so talking to him, and got to hear an interesting story about the Boston Red Sox parade and the Boston mayoral elections.  We managed to get a picture taken with Ken too.

I managed to get a picture of the setlist from a youngster who was at the side of the stage all night.  I didn't recognize it until the next day that the band had signed it for him.  Lucky kid!

Thank you's go out to my buddy Dave who made the arrangements for me through Mike, for Mike who got us a sweet, unforgettable evening meeting Ken Casey and getting backstage, and for Happy Jack for being a cool cat and being fun to hang out with.  It was a memorable evening that we will never forget.

2014 Punk Rock Bowling Club Show Flyers

Looks like we will have some tough decisions to make regarding which show to go to each night.