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The Lawrence Arms at Majestic

Okay, so this show was almost two weeks ago, but I still really want to write about it.  It was a really great experience with a punk show in Madison, which is not usually the case.  The crowd knew all of the words, and the band was really into the show.

Sam Russo was the opener, a man from England with a guitar and a hell of an understanding of songwriting.  When he’s up there with just his acoustic guitar you can tell that the song has a bass part and drums in his head, and you can even usually feel it as he stomps his way through some of his songs. I loved it.  It didn’t seem weird to have him open at all, and in fact, he set a great tone for the rest of the show, breaking the ice between audience and performers.

When Russo was winding down he got a little chatty, which was actually really interesting.  He told stories about writing his songs, about touring with Elway (one of my favorites), and just about the experiences he’s had.  When he was done I was actually disappointed.  I would’ve loved to see him play a few more.  I ended up picking up his split with Brendan Kelly, as well as his full-length on the way out of the theatre.

The Copyrights were second, a band I knew nothing about.  Apparently they’ve been around for about a decade.  They were quite good at what they do, with good harmonies and really energetic songwriting.  Quite the change of pace from Russo, but also thematically similar.  I was impressed with their intensity, not as impressed with the crowd.  No one else seemed to be really into the music, which was weird to me, but everyone was polite and cheered at least. 

The Lawrence Arms blew me away.  I realized that I really like Chris’ songs on the albums and Brendan’s songs live, but there was a really great mix of both.  They played a healthy mix of tunes from all of their records as far as I could tell, and they sounded great.  There was that one douche who decided to jump on stage during a song and try to sing, but that got resolved quickly. 

This was a show that I would pay to see again, even when I had to work at 6:00 the next morning, I had no problem staying out to listen to three great performances, hiccups and all.

Loss is a terrible thing that leads to beautiful music. Talk about tugging at the heartstrings.


Okay… It’s back ‘twerk I go… last week was an emotional roller coaster for me like no other. I won’t go into it here, but let’s just say I’ve got a lot to live up to for my Dad, and one of those things is doing the only thing i love and that he loved me doing…. GIVE YOU MUSIC.

I finally finished my new recordings and it’s coming out (on vinyl/cd/digital release) finally. PEACHTREE BATTLE is the name of the new record and i couldn’t be more proud of it. i decided, due to my father’s rapidly declining health to make this an EP, because i really wanted him to hear it before he left. His timing (being always punctual, if not early sometimes) left me with a collection of songs that are very near and dear to my heart. He woulda been proud, i think.

You can stream a new song off the EP “Coming Home” now on Rolling Stone.

i can’t wait for you to hear the rest of ‘em, more on that soon!


  • Track Name

    One Day

  • Album

    For the Damned the Dumb and the Delirious

  • Artist

    Big D and the Kids Table

This song has been speaking to me a lot lately. People are asking me what I’m going to do when I finish with college, and if I want to teach, and how I plan to support myself.  The truth is that all I want, more than anything else, is to just live. Fuck planning, fuck having a backup plan. I’ve always wanted to write and play music, so that’s what I’m going to try to do. I have a job—I teach a Spanish class at one of the elementary schools here in town—but I’ve been writing stories and poetry and songs now for a while and I intend to make that work.

  • Track Name

    Hang It Out To Dry

  • Album

    Hang It Out To Dry

  • Artist

    Bud & Kathy

Ah, you see, this is the kind of stuff my dad listened to when I was a kid that I enjoyed so much.

Proto-punk at its finest.


I’d assumed I’d heard absolutely every top-tier, A+ 1960s garage punk song ever created. Sure, there are a few B+ ones out there I might not have heard yet – but jesusBUD & KATHY’s “Hang It Out To Dry”??! What a monster. A+ with bells on.

I’ve passed up the eponymous LP comp this is on for decades because I reckoned it was all C-grade material. Otherwise, I’d have already heard it, right? Wrong.

(Source: dynamitehemorrhage)

We Are The Union - I Want You To Hit Me As Hard As You Can

This is a refreshing take on ska/punk. Sounds like some Less Than Jake horn lines meets Elway, a recent favorite from Colorado.


We Are The Union’s new album, You Can’t Hide The Sun, is no longer coming out tomorrow on October 2nd, but don’t worry, PropertyOfZack has a stream of a brand new song and all the details on the delay. You Can’t Hide The Sun will now be coming out digitally on October 16th and on vinyl Novemebr 27th via our friends at Paper + Plastick Records. Stream a new song called “I Want You To Hit Me As Hard As You Can” and check out an interview with Reed Wolcott regarding the album delay and future plans below! 

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I wrote about these guys a few months back for The Daily Cardinal. I must say, this is a pretty damn good cover, and I love this album, so that’s a strong compliment.


The Winter Sounds & The Seedy Seeds - King of Carrot Flowers, Pt 1

Our friends The Winter Sounds & The Seedy Seeds team up on Consequence of Sounds’s Off the Avenue to cover Neutral Milk Hotel. The result speaks for itself. 

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