Maty’s Corner #22 Tellin’ Front Porch Stories of Being Lost and Rootless: A Story of Tim Barry

Fish Tank #22 Tellin’ Front Porch Stories of Being Lost and Rootless: A Story of Tim Barry Throw some beers in your bag, grab a fresh pack of smokes and hop in a boxcar with me, we’re gonna have a nice long talk about Tim Barry. You may be wondering “who in the hell is Tim Barry?” He fronted the amazing RVA punk rock band Avail from 1987-1008 and has had a solo folk punk career under his own name since 2004. This gruff voiced beast of a vocalist has been kickin’ round the scene for 27 years now and … Continue reading Maty’s Corner #22 Tellin’ Front Porch Stories of Being Lost and Rootless: A Story of Tim Barry

Maty’s Corner #21 Milo Finished College and Got Saved by Allroy: A Story of Descendents and All

Maty’s Corner #21 Milo Finished College and Got Saved by Allroy: A Story of Descendents and All 1978 Hermosa Beach California, something is stirring that would effect the whole of Southern California punk rock and be a pillar of an early label. Fishing would be the initial spark behind the 2 most seminal bands in pop punk and 1 of the most in punk as a whole. Bill Stevenson (Drummer and overall mastermind behind both bands) worked at a bait and tackle shop under Keith Morris’ dad. Bill asked Keith about music, from there he got turned on to Ramones, … Continue reading Maty’s Corner #21 Milo Finished College and Got Saved by Allroy: A Story of Descendents and All

Fish Tank #20 Fuck Armageddon… This is Bad Religion (Re Mastered)

Maty’s Corner Issue # 20 Fuck Armageddon… This is Bad Religion (Re Mastered) In the initial writing of this article it was kind of weak and I realized it could be much better. Without sacrificing the original content, here’s the re master of an article many of you enjoyed. Bad Religion, the band that really got me into punk rock when I first bought 1998’s No Substance by pure happen stance. Bad Religion is into their 34th year of punk rockin’ it. They started up in 1979 in Los Angeles, CA. First show was November 11th 1980 in Burbank, CA. … Continue reading Fish Tank #20 Fuck Armageddon… This is Bad Religion (Re Mastered)

Maty’s Corner #19 Ben Weasel; He’s a Jerk, He’s a Hero!

Maty’s Corner #19 Ben Weasel; He’s a Jerk, He’s a Hero! Ben Weasel is one of most maligned, polarizing and interesting characters in the punk scene. He’s captained two defining bands, authored 2 books, is presently working on a musical and has effortlessly pissed off most of the “punk” scene. Gonna apologize in advance if I get anything wrong and do my best shed some light on a nasty rumor or two. Strap in and take a ride to the punk house. Ben’s first and most notable band Screeching Weasel started in 1987 in Prospect Heights Illinois and became a … Continue reading Maty’s Corner #19 Ben Weasel; He’s a Jerk, He’s a Hero!

Maty’s Corner #18

  Maty’s Corner #18 Amerikan Made Album Review I recently picked up the album Time by Amerikan Made at their release show. Just good solid straight up no bull shit hard core from Huntington Beach, Ca. All really cool guys and tight live set. The entire Album is solid. Catch these guys live and get a copy of this. I know many punks are looking for something to slam or simply fuck on the floor and break shit to. Here ya go. It’s you time! Find these guys at https://www.facebook.com/amerikan.made.1?fref=ts -Maty Almost   Continue reading Maty’s Corner #18

Maty’s Corner #17 DFL: Proud To Be Dead Fucking Last!

Fish Tank #17 DFL: Proud To Be Dead Fucking Last! Coming out of LA with a teeth kicking sound as aggressive as the name is Dead Fucking Last. This hard core unit led by Crazy Tom has consisted of Mike D and Ad Rock of Beastie Boys, Brian Baker of Minor Threat/ Bad Religion and AWOL of Suicidal Tendencies. More impressive than their past line up is their hard core you can break a skate ramp to. They sound like an older band, reminiscent of the 80’s hard core of the South Bay area. Their first release, My Crazy Life … Continue reading Maty’s Corner #17 DFL: Proud To Be Dead Fucking Last!

Maty’s Corner #16 Pulley: The Esteem Driven Engine Still Matters

Maty’s Corner #16 Pulley: The Esteem Driven Engine Still Matters Pulley started up in 1994, right in the beginning thick of the Southern California skate punk revolution of music that shaped my life. This 5 piece hard hitting melodic punk unit is led by Scott Radinsky who was no stranger the punk scene by 94 having been in Scared Straight during its 10 year existence (83-93) being heavy hitters in the Nardcore Mystic Records scene. They then went on to become skate punk greats Ten Foot Pole. Radinsky was in charge of that unit for their first 2 releases then … Continue reading Maty’s Corner #16 Pulley: The Esteem Driven Engine Still Matters

Maty’s Corner #15

Maty’s Corner #15 Havok on Polaris album review Recently Havok on Polaris’ album Fan Dance Party came across my desk for a review. Musically I’d put it somewhere between the power pop and harder skate punk of the 90’s era. I love it. At 24 tracks sounds like all of the bands influences show through. I’d personally compare them to Parasites, Last Chucks and the Ergs with a touch of Ten Foot Pole and later 7 Seconds and a bit of NOFX and Screeching Weasel’s comical sensibility. They’re a trio outta Lawrence Kansas, yep Kansas has something other than Dorothy … Continue reading Maty’s Corner #15

Maty’s Corner #14

            Maty’s Corner #14 Brigadiers EP Review So I recently saw Brigadiers and got their Warriors ep. It’s just good honest straight ahead street punk. Really reminds me of Virus Nine. All 5 songs are just a refreshing kick to the face. The playing is as tight onstage as it is on this disc. Stand out track for me was Control. This solid unit hails from somewhere between Riverside County and Costa Mesa. So catch them live and get a copy of this and the new ep they have in the works. Get to know … Continue reading Maty’s Corner #14

A nice letter from Ben Weasel to Fat Mike

So There’s A Lynch Mob After You! A primer for the beleaguered punk singer Fat Mike, you’re having a bad week. You’re in the soup and there’s no use pretending otherwise. But I’m here to help, brother. Take a deep breath, count to ten and sit down while Poppa Weasel shows you how it’s done. As you may have heard, I had a little trouble along these lines about 3 1/2 years ago when I slugged a woman in one of our crowds who had been showering me with beer, spit and ice cubes (including one right above the old … Continue reading A nice letter from Ben Weasel to Fat Mike