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A first timer’s impressions of Punk Rock Bowling 2016

Punk Rock Bowling came and went this Memorial Day weekend in a sun-seared flash and for the first time, I was burning with it. I dragged my pretty green eyes out of the pretty green city I call home and took my first step to a weekend of firsts. First fest, first plane trip, first time in Vegas.

This won’t be a thorough recount of setlists. I don’t know enough of every band’s catalog to make that happen. This is intended as a way to capture what Punk Rock Bowling is, for those of us who haven’t themselves to first yet. This is about the experience, because the experience transcends a festival lineup.

You can read the tale of my first trip to Punk Rock Bowling in its entirety below.



Svetlanas and Dwarves announce 7″ split

Russian-Italian punk rockers Svetlanas and Chicago punk rock legends The Dwarves have announced they will be teaming up to deliver a brand new 7″ split.

The split will feature one song from each band, and will be released on March 11 via Altercation Records. You can pre-order it here.



Stream long lost Blag Dahlia (The Dwarves) “glam rock” side project release “Penetration Moon”

OK, so it took some digging to figure this all out but apparently Blag Dahlia, frontman of The Dwarves, had a “glam rock” side project 25 years ago called Penetration Moon that he also sang vocals for. The band only officially released one single back in 1991 but apparently had recorded an entire album’s worth of Blag originals and covers (GG Allin, Bo Carter and a bunch more I couldn’t place). For some unspecified reason these recordings were never officially released… until now.

Burger Records is releasing the album on vinyl and you can pick it up digitally on bandcamp. I gotta say, this album kinda rips! Stream it in full below.



The Dwarves announce US tour dates

Chicago native punk rock legends The Dwarves have announced US tour dates for November and December of this year.  You can check out those dates below.

The Dwarves’ last release was a single called “Gentleman Blag” on Fat Wreck Chords earlier this year.



The Dwarves release video for “We Must Have Blood” (1997)

Punk rock legends The Dwarves have released a video for the track “We Must Have Blood” featuring both live and fan footage. The song is off the band’s 1997 album titled The Dwarves Are Young and Good Looking. Check it out below 

The band last released an EP titled Gentleman Blag on November 25, 2014 through Fat Wreck Chords, as well as The Dwarves Invented Rock & Roll on August 19, 2014 via Recess Records.



Podcast: Dying Scene Radio ep. #10 (special guests: Joe Queer, Blag Dhalia)

This week on Dying Scene Radio, Bob Noxious interviews Joe Queer, guitarist and lead singer of the legendary American punk rock band The Queers on their co-headlining ticket with The Dwarves at BackBooth in Orlando, FL. And Bobby Pickles slurs through his end of this week’s podcast drunk on whiskey.

Dwarves’ frontman Blag Dahlia denies Noxious’ allegations of conspiracy to expel Bobby Pickles from The Bowery Electric on this two-part series concerning “some obscure dude from New York”.

SYNOPSIS OF BANTER

Bobby asks Bob about how he got his start in radio. Bob explains his humble beginnings on a local Pirate Radio Station and growing up the son of a 70’s A.M. Radio “Hot Jock” DJ.

Bobby declares, “pop-anything sucks”, including but not limited to pop-country and pop-hip-hop and pop-punk; he then continues on with a news story about Blink 182. Bob continues to be amazed that the aforementioned band remains seemingly relevant to the patrons of dyingscene.com and quickly dismisses them.

Bob asks Joe Queer why punk rock legends are so much more accessible than the untouchable rock heroes of yesteryear. Joe tells Bob about meeting Joey Ramone and eventually working with him on his solo record. Legendary! (There’s that word again). Later, Blag baba-booeys the interview, asking Joe about “the blow and all that stuff”.

Bob discusses his deep seething hatred of the “emo/kid/bubblegum/pop” bands who are continually signed to Epitaph, explaining further that the only relevant band still left on the label is Bad Religion (not true, see: Rancid, Pennywise, Millencolin, Propagandhi, The Descendents…and the list goes on and on).

Talk turns to all of the different silly names that record labels are naming themselves.

Bobby mentions looking forward to seeing Less Than Jake in New Haven, then gloats that there are no Florida dates for Bob to catch. Bob informs Bobby that LTJ’s frontman, Chris DeMakes, lives in the same Florida city as he, continuing that they play roughly eight local shows per year.

Bobby, once again, invites Bob to New York for a yearly shindig, then accuses him of being “too pushy” when Bob suggests an interview request with NJ hardcore band, Bigwig. Passive-aggressive puns are passed around playfully as Bob chastises Bobby for a slow news week at DyingScene.com when his supposed “jouralist” co-host covers a story about “some dude’s record collection” – Bobby waxing on about Minor Threat’s Filler EP.

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THIS WEEK’S PLAYLIST
Moral Decline – Habitual Line Crosser
Knockin Bones – Warriors
Band Mango – Sinking Ships
Blag Dahlia Interview
Stabbed In Back – Dead Inside
The Queers Interview (Pt 1)
The Queers – I Can’t Stop Farting
Frank Turner – Get Better
Fools Gold – OCMD
The Decline – Growing Up Is A Gateway Drug
Drunken Logic – (The Good News Is) Nobody Gives A Damn
The Queers Interview (Pt. 2)

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Interview: Dwarves’ frontman Blag Dahlia talks DIY, band nicknames, Islamic Fundamentalism and more

I’m not the greatest interviewer in the world; not by a long shot. My Dying Scene Radio co-host, Bob Noxious, is far superior. Constantly talking over people and trampling guests with my idiotic blather, I am still learning how to deliver the question and then shut the heck up. I’m definitely aware of my own idiocy. Still, there’s some good that comes with being a good talker. For instance, I managed to talk my way into a press pass and an interview with Dwarves’ frontman Blag Dahlia, last Friday, (the 13th, coincidentally), prior to the first stop on the band’s east coast tour at The Bowery Electric in New York City.

I asked Blag about his band’s excessive use of nicknames, the extent of their DIY operation (“Why not hire a lowly assistant to respond back and forth to assholes like me?), and whatever happened to his now defunct punk rock podcast, Radio Like You Want. Without breaking character, Blag quips about his band being somehow linked to Islamic Fundamentalism, while boasting about being tall and having a large penis. So, whatever your opinion of my bumbling style – I do somehow manage to elicit interesting banter. Well, you tell me.

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Podcast: Dying Scene Radio ep. #9 (special guests: Blag Dahlia, Mid Rats)

This week on Dying Scene Radio, Bobby Pickles interviews Dwarves’ frontman Blag Dahlia prior to the band’s seminal east coast show at The Bowery Electric in New York City. With “Press Pass” in hand, Pickles covers the concert in true punk rock fashion – culminating in a swarm of security guards ejecting him from the venue. Bobby is convinced that Blag gave the orders to have him forcibly removed from the concert in order to validate the band’s reputation. The FULL Video interview can be found HERE on the DSR YouTube channel: Bobby asks about the band’s nom de plumes, Blag’s books, zines and brilliant writing ability, and the day-to-day operations of a DIY punk icon, while Blag mentions his band being somehow linked to Islamic Fundamentalism, which is the perfect time to boast about being very tall and having a large penis.

BAND SPOTLIGHT: Mid Rats

The Bobs reach out to the Lancaster, Pennsylvania punk act, Mid Rats, for a St. Paddy’s Day interview special…and Bobby has been drinking. The band, which just recently released their 4 song EP, Vandalize You, are this week’s featured Dying Scene artist. Bobby takes a trip down memory lane when he reveals that he used to date a girl whose uncle owned a very prominent vintage clothing business in downtown Lancaster: Zap & Co. As the conversation progresses, drunk-Bobby calls the band out for not playing Philadelphia sooner, but then saves face and displaying his literary prowess by citing Mark Twain as a reference when the band is asked about the origin of their name.

THIS WEEK’S HEADLINES

Some of the topics reported herein, include, but are not limited to the following: Green Day to be inducted into Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame by Fall Out Boy; Punk producer Thom Wilson (The Offspring, Bad Religion, T.S.O.L., Dead Kennedys, Social Distortion, The Vandals, etc.) dies: Bob reveals his tasteless side when he ponders starting a “Punk Rock Death Pool”, to which Bobby selects “any of the surviving Ramones members” or the high-odds pick of Green Jellÿ, who possess 600+ bandmates; Bob ponders the list, but remains silent out of respect for the recently departed. Punk Aid announces details/call for submissions for fourth fundraiser album, “Autism Speaking”; New music videos: The Bunny Gang (ft. Nathen Maxwell of Flogging Molly) release music video for “Sirens Through The City”, The Offspring release music video for “Coming For You”, Kill Lincoln release music video for “Good Riddance to Good Advice”; Notable documentaries: Video: Part One of “The Making of Fat Mike’s Musical”, The Damned documentary trailer released, Underoath reveal new trailer for upcoming documentary “Tired Violence”. And, of course, the Bobs cover this week’s concert tour, booze cruise and festival announcements.

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THIS WEEK’S PLAYLIST
Save Your Breath – Promises
Maladroit – I Missed The First Band
Popes of Chillitown – Hey You
The Bunny Gang – Sirens In The City
Mid Rats – Vandalize You
Local Resident Failure – Newcastle Nights
Stabbed In Back – More Songs About Drinking And Blood
Dwarves – Trisexual
Dwarves – Hate Rock

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The Dwarves announce 2015 East Coast tour dates

Punk rock legends The Dwarves will be touring the East Coast starting next week with The Atom Age and The Queers (only appearing at one show). You can check out dates/locations on the above flyer, or in text form below.

The band released an EP titled Gentleman Blag on November 25, 2014 through Fat Wreck Chords, as well as The Dwarves Invented Rock & Roll on August 19, 2014 via Recess Records.



The Dwarves and Svetlanas team up for European tour

Fun news for our European punk rock friends. Punk legends The Dwarves are headed across the pond next month to kick off a run through Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. What’s better? They’re teaming up with the most dangerous band in the world, Russia’s Svetlanas. Check out the full rundown below.

The Dwarves will release a live album, Radio Free Dwarves, later this year on Riot Style Records. Svetlanas recently released a split with The Adolescents and have also got a new EP of their own, “Naked Horse Rider,” that’ll be available on the Dwarves tour.



The Dwarves to release live album “Radio Free Dwarves”

Punk legends The Dwarves have announced that they’ll release a live album later this year titled Radio Free Dwarves.  This new 12-inch will included ten tracks that were recorded live on Estonian Radio in 2012, plus two acoustic studio tracks. Due out March 5th on on Riot Style Records, Radio Free Dwarves can be pre-ordered here.

2014 was a busy year for the band as they released an EP titled Gentleman Blag on November 25 through Fat Wreck Chords, as well as The Dwarves Invented Rock & Roll on August 19 via Recess Records. Read our review for Gentleman Blag here.



EP Review: The Dwarves – “Gentleman Blag”

A new EP from The Dwarves on Fat Wreck Chords, this is very exciting!

Apparently ALL of the Dwarves both past and present appear on this EP including HeWhoCannotBeNamed and Salt Peter. It also features guest appearances from Dexter Holland (the Offspring) and Rex Everything (a.k.a. Nick Oliveri of Queens of the Stone Age/Mondo Generator/Kyuss).

Gentleman Blag is a 4 song adventure available on 7 Inch Vinyl for Five Bucks!

Track Listing
1. Side A Gentleman Blag/Trisexual*
2. Side B Kings of the World/Stuck in the Void*
*unreleased- does not appear on Dwarves Invented Rock & Roll LP

According to Blag himself the title track of “Gentleman Blag” it’s about “how big my c**k is”. If you’re familiar with The Dwarves at all you wouldn’t be shocked to hear him say that and to write a song about it too.  Dwarves lyrics are known for satirical and low-brow humor and that’s the way we likes em’ but lets give Blag Jesus credit where it is due, he’s one clever mother-f**ker. And beneath the pounding and shredding there is undeniable talent.

Fat Wreck has been pumping out some great releases this past year and this latest proves that 2015 is off to a great start! Fat seems to be a perfect fit for Dwarves music and Blag thinks so too, “The song “Kings of the World” reminded me of that Fat Wreck Chords sound; straightforward punk, big harmonies and lyrics about social issues.”

Although the track is only thirty-three seconds long “Trisexual” is a killer one to leave on repeat for a while. “That’s the way it’s done, son” is how this song begins and I can’t disagree with that at all. The delivery of the lyrics are fast and funny at times but the message clearly promotes sexual freedoms.

“Stuck In The Void” takes this EP on a twist in the musical climate previously established on the first 3 tracks. In this song the notes of the guitar and bass are dark and crunchy, the drums in the breakdown resemble that of which soldiers would march to, as whispers echo before the gritty screams return. Blag screams the words as if he is actually stuck and he needs rescuing from the void that he has found himself in but help never comes; or does it?

This 4 song collection is one that every punk-rocker in America and beyond should embrace as it reminds us that punk is not dead.  It’s in fact alive and well and sometimes it takes a group of punk mavericks like The Dwarves to remind us of that.

I give this EP 4 out of 5 stars



Pouzza Fest adds bands to 2015 roster (Municipal Waste, The Dwarves, Teenage Bottlerocket, and more)

The ongoing “bands advent calendar” at Pouzza Fest’s headquarters is happening just as planned. They began unveiling bands on December 1st and since the last announcement, Municipal Waste, The Dwarves, 88 Fingers Louie, Teenage Bottlerocket, and Knapsack have been added to Pouzza Fest’s 2015 edition which will take place in Montreal on May 15-16-17.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated as the Pouzza Fest 5 advent calendar is unveil. 3-day passes for the festival can be purchased right here.



The Queers and The Dwarves announce November shows

The Queers and The Dwarves have announced a short string of shows they will be playing surrounding their joint appearance at the Riot Fest 10th anniversary celebration in Chicago. All the dates and locations can be found below.

The Queers just released a remixed/remastered version of 1994’s Beat Off through Asian Man Records, and they also have plans to re-record and reissue Beyond The Valley… and Punk Rock Confidential. The Dwarves will be releasing a new 7-inch titled Gentleman Blag on November 25th through Fat Wreck Chords.



The Dwarves to release new EP “Gentleman Blag” on Fat Wreck Chords

Chicago punk legends The Dwarves have announced that they will release a new EP titled Gentleman Blag on November 25th through Fat Wreck Chords, their first for the legendary label. Check out the tracklisting below.

The EP was recorded by Andy Carpenter, and features guest appearances from Dexter Holland (the Offspring) and Rex Everything (a.k.a. Nick Oliveri of Queens of the Stone Age/Mondo Generator/Kyuss), as well as featuring all previous Dwarves members including HeWhoCannotBeNamed and Salt Peter from the original lineup.

The Dwarves last released The Dwarves Invented Rock & Roll on August 19th, 2014 through Recess Records