Let The Madness Begin!!

Alright alright alright! I trust you've all had a good time since my last post. I've been off jetsetting around the globe...er, well, down to sunny Florida at least. Went to visit the parents and a good time was had by all. Unfortunately had to come back to the cold reality of Illinois. Just in time to begin the lovely retail push of the holiday season. Some busy days ahead and the best way to cope with this is punk rock music!

I had the pleasure of seeing NoFX on their First Ditch Effort tour on the 13th - and what a great tour this is! NoFX, The Pears, and Useless ID all shared the bill. My friend and I were trying to piece together how many times we've seen NoFX. I think we came up with 4 or 5, but we may have been thinking about Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, as Fat Mike is a member of them as well. At any rate, they were good as usual. Maybe a bit tighter now that they are mostly sober, but entertaining as usual. For those of you who have not seen them before, their show is unusual in that they come onstage, and instead of launching into a song, they start up with the stage banter. This night was no different, and they spent a lot of time on the results of the election. As you can imagine, they are not big fans of our current President-elect. Pissed off but with a sense of humor, they dove into several of their politically themed songs, including "Murder the Government". They played for a solid 90 minutes and it was a treat to see them again. If you get the chance, don't miss out on this tour....

Speaking of this tour, don't miss out on the openers. Useless ID and The Pears were both good, you'll definitely want to check them out. For me, Useless ID were the better of the two - I don't have either album but I will probably seek them out at some point. The Pears were good, definitely had more of a hardcore edge to them, and they had a lead singer who channeled his best Iggy Pop mixed with Scott Weiland. He was so over the top that it was hard to take him seriously at times. Also, Fat Mike's best joke of the night came at their expense. He thanked them for opening, then said that it was unusual that a band resembled their name. When challenged by El Hefe about this, he replied "They're on my label. I can say what I want."

This was a good show to lead into the holiday season, as I deal with the stress of it all by turning to punk. Lots of good albums to choose from here, but some of my favorites are listed below. I like a lot of different punk, but I come back to the melodic sort of pop punk the most. I think what it really comes down to is the rhythm sections in these bands - strong and driving, it helps move me along from day to day...so without further ado, my favorite go-to punk albums....

  • NoFX Punk In Drublic
  • Rancid ...And Out Come The Wolves
  • Zeke Kicked In The Teeth
  • Face To Face Big Choice
  • Social Distortion Social Distortion
  • Black Flag Who's Got The 10 1/2 ?

I'm coming up with this list off of the top of my head. I'm sure there are lots of newer bands I'm missing out on here - if you have some suggestions on some things I should check out, please let me know. I'm always on the lookout for more bands to obsess over.

I just want to say to all of you reading - have a happy Thanksgiving!

Current Listening: NoFX First Ditch Effort; Avenged Sevenfold The Stage; Metallica Load; Iggy Pop Post Pop Depression - Live At Royal Albert Hall