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Baseball Punx documentary streaming now

It’s America’s favorite pastime, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams and Sandy Koufax. These are some of the more notable names who have shaped America’s game. Baseball is as American as apple pie. Punk rock on the other hand is like pop music’s bastard brother. Joey Ramone, Joe Strummer, Greg Graffin, and Henry Rollins are some of the names that helped shape punk rock. So is it possible that a parallel might be drawn between the high-priced spectacle that is the world of professional sports and the down and out DIY of the punk rock world?

Baseball Punx is out to draw that parallel, while sports doesn’t always find itself embraced in the alternative world of punk music. The comparison’s however that could be drawn between the two are undeniable. Admittedly, million dollar contracts, chartered jets, and luxury motels might be a far cry from tour vans, greasy bars and strangers couches. However underneath all that baseball is among the more progressive pro sports leagues. Embracing LBGTQ players and fans alike baseball has done an admirable job of trying to end the homophobic, macho, misogynistic attitudes that are unfortunately still present in many locker rooms around the world. At the same time baseball doesn’t try to silence the players and fans from voicing their displeasure with the state of politics or the injustices of modern-day America.

Likewise it could be said that it wasn’t long ago the punk rock scene was just as full of homophobic, macho, misogynistic attitudes that make the sports world an uncomfortable place for those with alternative lifestyles. However over the years the punk scene has grown up and become a much more all-inclusive space, while also still being the conscience of America as well as the voice for the voiceless.

The ups and downs of America can be tied to both baseball and punk rock. You may have noticed that punk rock is suddenly making an impact in the music world for the first time since that Bush fella was president, and that’s no coincidence. While the NFL faces criticism for players kneeling for the anthem and the NFL turning it’s back on those players MLB has shown support for players who wish to make a “statement”, and while there is still backlash MLB isn’t blaming those players for decreased ratings.

Having more than ninety years on punk rock baseball has clearly had more time to change with the times. While both have grown and become more inclusive there’s still lot’s of work that needs to be done. But as a person who grew up in the homophobic, macho, misogynistic world of highly competitive sports, my escape from that world was punk rock and I never looked back, but now that I have I’m happy to see that the world of sports is starting to come into the 21st century. Just as I’m happy to go to a punk rock show and see people of all shapes, colours and lifestyles.

Baseball Punx does a great job of drawing the many comparisons I’ve outlined above, it’s a great piece. It’ll make you think, the people and bands in the documentary do a great job of giving us insight into why they enjoy baseball and even love it in some cases, but it also shows us how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go. Do yourself a favor and check it out below and be sure to check out the Baseball Punx website here. Besides how many of you know who Scott Radinsky is and why he’s the most awesome pitcher to have towed the rubber in MLB?



DS Photo Gallery: An Evening with Ben Nichols and Jared Hart at Crossroads in Garwood, NJ

Every once in a while, the mythical creatures that put show lineups together get one so correct that you and your better half pack up the car, drop the kiddo off at her grandparents’ house after her basketball game (go Panthers or Blueberries or whatever we’re calling ourselves now!) and make the five-ish hour trek from Boston to a tiny little borough in north central Jersey over a torrentially rainy February weekend. And so, when the inimitable Andy Diamond announced that February 10th at Crossroads in Garwood, New Jersey, would consist of an evening featuring the musical stylings of Lucero‘s Ben Nichols and The Scandals/Mercy Union‘s Jared Hart, it seemed the mythical creatures had spoken.

Jared Hart led off the late evening’s festivities in stellar fashion in what was all but a hometown show for the Bayonne-based punk. Lucero fans are an intensely dedicated lot who travel far and wide to see “their” band – let alone to see the band’s frontman in a rare, one-off solo gig – but Hart was more than up to the task of getting the night started on the right track. Hart has a penchant for penning sweeping, sing-along choruses, and that was on display from set-opener “Totem” on forward. The bulk of Hart’s set consisted of material from the Scandals catalog and his first solo album, 2015’s Past Lives And Pass Lines (including a duet with his own longtime better half, Casey, on “The Leo”), with a track from the forthcoming debut from his new project, Mercy Union, thrown in for good measure. Oh, and there was a rousing cover of the Wallflowers’ “One Headlight” which was resoundingly well-received.

After a bit of an extended layover between sets, Nichols took the stage accompanied by only by his trademark Martin acoustic and a half-filled fifth of Bulleit Rye Whiskey and embarked on what would become a rollicking, spirited look through the deeper portions of his songwriting catalog. Beginning the night with “Chambers,” Nichols highlighted the bulk of his brilliant debut solo EP, 2009’s The Last Pale Light In The West, across the evening. As could be expected at a Lucero show, the crowd was a constant vocal present throughout the duration of Nichols’ largely freeform set. And while a couple of expected long-time crowd favorites (“Nights Like These,” “Raising Hell,” “I’ll Just Fall”) made their staple appearances, the bulk of the twenty-nine (by my count, anyway) song setlist focused on either brand new material, or songs that have long since fallen out of regular live rotation.

While we’re not yet sure exactly how many songs will appear on Lucero’s forthcoming studio album (due hopefully this coming summer), we have gotten a pretty stellar taste of what’s to come on tracks like — and these are apparently working titles — “To My Dearest Wife I Write” and “Everything Has Changed” and “Bottom Of The Sea.” Also included on this evening were brand new tracks that won’t be on whatever becomes their new album – a sweet ode to his year-old daughter “Hello, My Name Is Izzy” and the searing and already underrated “One Last Fuck You.” Nichols also dusted off “The Outsiders,” a track by his pre-Lucero band Red Forty, and dedicated it to a longtime, well-known fan in the crowd. Nichols enjoyment of the evening was not only quite noticeable — not only by his eight or nine whiskey-infused Cheerses to the crowd — but was increasingly infectious over the course of the two-plus-hour set. As the midnight hour came and went and the *ahem* sobering reality of a 10:30am trip to catch a flight out of Newark sank in (prompting the image above), both Nichols and the still engaged crowd might have brought the musical portion of the evening to a close, but most were slow to leave, choosing instead to revel in the afterglow of what was a memorable (depending on your alcohol intake) and inimitable evening.

Head below to check out our photo gallery!



Rob Taxpayer launches song of the week club

Rob Taxpayer lead singer of The Taxpayers has launched a new Song of the Week Club. Here’s the reason why: “I try to keep in the habit of writing a song every night or so, which ends up being somewhere in the ballpark of 200 songs each year, but only about 10-15 of them end up on records. Me and my cats are the only ones that usually hear those lost demos.” Well now you too can hear what Rob’s cats hear, and trust me when I say those are some lucky cats. 

You can check out Rob’s Song of the Week Club here.



Matilda’s Scoundrels (Folk Punk, UK) release video for “Bottles Of Rum”

Hastings, UK folk punks Matilda’s Scoundrels have released a video for their track “Bottles of Rum”. The song is taken from their TNS Records album “As The Tide Turns”, which came out last September.

You can watch the video below.



Gogol Bordello cover “Rock N’ Roll Suicide” on Howard Stern Tribute to David Bowie

Gogol Bordello will be joining Peter Frampton, Daryl Hall, Biffy Clyro, Car Seat Headrest, Dawes, Bleachers and others on the Howard Stern Tribute to David Bowie with their cover of “Rock N’ Roll Suicide” to add to the list.

Gogol Bordello frontman, Eugene Hutz, said exclusively to The Howard Stern Show, “A brilliant music writer with mania for progress and endless shape-shifting, yet with a very strong soul presence behind all the masquerade. And with very pronounced loving kindness about him. I believe it was exactly the kind of presence that [noted spiritualist] Edgar Cayce described as supra-consciousness” in reference to the late rock legend.

The tribute will air February 9 at 10 pm on SiriusXM Howard 101.



North Alone (folk punk) release video for “Extralarge”

German folk punks North Alone have released a video for the song “Extralarge”. The video features various awesome t-shirts that may or may not fit, the song however fits, it’s already stuck in my head.

Do yourself a favor and check out the video below.

The song “Extralarge” comes off North Alone’s upcoming album which will be released May 4th. The new album will be titled “Next Stop CA” and represent the fifth release for the German folksters, the latest album “Rare and Short” was released in October of 2016.



MORTARS (Pop Punk, TN) Stream Full-Length “A Great Broken World”

Tennessee-based, country-fused pop punkers, MORTARS, are allowing fans to stream their latest full-length album, A Great Broken World. The record features 13 brand new tunes from the group. Their previous release was the 2017 EP, Basement Songs.

If you’d like to listen to the latest efforts from MORTARS, click below. You can stream the entire record before deciding whether to pick yourself up a copy.



Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls announce Australia and New Zealand tour

Singer songwriter Frank Turner (and his band The Sleeping Souls) have just announced that they’ll be hitting the road down under in Australia and New Zealand in November and December of 2018. Pre sale tickets start today, and official sales open on Friday, February 2nd. You can pick up a pair of tickets here.

Check out the dates below!



Frank Turner releases video for new track “1933”, details album and tour

Frank Turner has released an animated video for “1933”, taken from his upcoming album “Be More Kind”. The full length is out May 4th via Xtra Mile Recordings. Pre-orders are up now. “1933” follows on from the first advance track from the album, “There She Is“.

The video, album tracklist info and details of a lengthy North American tour, are below.



Ducking Punches stream another new track, “Distant Shadows”

Norwich, UK based folk-punks Ducking Punches are streaming another new track, “Distant Shadows”. The song is taken from upcoming fourth album “Alamort”, out on February 16th via Xtra Mile and follows last month’s video, “Smoking Spot“.

You can listen to the track below.



Baseball Punx compilation album streaming now

Baseball Punx is a compilation album featuring Mischief Brew, Isotopes, Dead Bars and many more. It will accompany a documentary of the same name which will be released February 16th. As the name suggests the compilation consists of songs with a baseball theme, with tunes such as: “Piazza, L.A. Dodger”, “Matt Stairs” and “It Had to Be 90FT” it’s full on baseball top to bottom. The theme is flawless each song leads you down a path of baseball lore.

Grab your bat and run on over here for the compilation which is out today.

Baseball Punx the documentary will be released February 16th and if you want to check out a sneak peek I’ve included the trailer below. For information on how to get your copy of the album and what’s going on with the documentary check out www.baseballpunx.com



DS Exclusive: Dani Llamas Premieres Debut Single “Never Panic” From Upcoming LP

Spanish songwriter Dani Llamas, will release his third solo album Dead Labor on February 14th. The LP, previously released for free to subscribers of Joey Cape’s One Week Records last year, will be formally released by both OWR as well as French based indie label Kicking Records (preorders up on both Kicking Records’ and OWR’s websites). When asked about his involvement with the album, Old Man Caper said “Occasionally I am handed a record that strikes me immediately but, it takes another listen or two before I fully absorb it. Some of these records become records I love and revisit throughout my life. I hear something special right away but, after I get to know it better, there is a deeper connection to the songs and the album as a whole. Many of these albums have a great influence on even my own music. This was and is the case with Dani Llamas’ album Dead Labor”. Stream the debut single, “Never Panic” (and peep the tour information) below!



Bogtrotters Union (folk punk) streaming new song “Arrogant Bastard”

Reno folksters or folkers Bogtrotters Union are streaming the song “Arrogant Bastard” off of their upcoming album “Chapter 1: Playing the Fool”. The new album is scheduled for release on February 4th.

Check it out below.

This will be the third release from Bogtrotters Union, the last being 2017’s “Old Songs & Stories Vol. 1”. This song definitely reminds me of the SNUFF so if you like SNUFF (who doesn’t?) go on do yourself a solid and check these guys out.



The Blood Feud Family Singers and Travis James & The AAA stream “Cover Your Tracks”

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Travis James & the Acrimonious Assembly of Arsonists at The Trunk Space in Summer of 2014

Travis James of Travis James & the Acrimonious Assembly of Arsonists has always sung loudly the praises of his fellow Phoenix folk punk Daryl Scherrer, and the adoration has always been mutual, a fact held most evident by the frequency with which Scherrer’s The Blood Feud Family Singers pop up on Acrimonious Assembly of Arsonist shows. Of course, the two bands do compliment each other very well, but this musical te ta tet goes deeper than just two bands who sound good one after the other.

Scherrer and James are kindred spirits musically who both come at the art of making folk-punk from a highly romantic standpoint and idolize their musical creations above all others. That’s not said to call them cocky men, or say they are full of themselves, however one of them did release a 30-song record about his divorce entitled Crapheart and the other literally named his band after himself, but I say it more to illuminate the passion which goes into every song they write, even more so the ones they choose to release, and in this case the ones they have chosen to cover.

On January. 17 the two bands released Cover Your Tracks a two-song split EP where TJAAA covered The Blood Feud Family Singers folk-noir masterpiece “Let Me Down and Lay Me Down.” While Scherrer and his BFFS took a swing at James’s high energy punk rock – show tune “Everybody Dies (The Night I Almost Died) of James’ 2014 full-length Overdressed and Under Arrest.

Of The Blood Feud Family Singers handling of his track, James said: “it’s like, how my writing brain works but slowed down and broken up for all the elements to shine.” While Scherrer said, “I often forgot that you, not I, wrote it. In those moments where I forgot it wasn’t my song, I was very proud of what a good song I’d written. And then I’d remember, with a certain amount of disappointment, that I didn’t write it, and I’d think, ‘Well, dammit. Good job, Travis.'”

The EP is on Bandcamp for the low price of free and streaming below.



Long Neck (Folk/Power Pop) stream new song “10,000 Year Old Woman”

NJ/NY Folk/Power Pop act Long Neck are streaming a new song called “10,000 Year Old Woman.”

You can give it a listen here.

“10,000 Year Old Woman” comes from the bands’ upcoming album, Will This Do?, which is set to be released on January 26th via Tiny Engines.