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The Year’s 10 Best Punk Rock Love Songs (for Valentines Day 2015)

Posted by Johnny X on Friday, February 13, 2015 at 12:26 PM (PST)

Whether you’re planning on making sweet, sweet love to your significant other, drinking alone in your basement, or just ignoring the holiday completely, we thought we’d compile a playlist of some of the year’s best punk rock love songs to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Enjoy below.

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10 Punk Songs Influenced by George Orwell’s “1984″

Posted by Robolitious on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 2:46 PM (PST)


George Orwell’s “1984” is one of the most widely-read and influential books in pop culture today, but perhaps nowhere has it held more sway than in our beloved punk scene.  You’ll see it recommended in the liner notes of bands like Rise Against and Propagandhi and there’s almost no end to the number of punk acts with lyrics influenced by the famous novel.  Below are just 10 punk songs that reference “1984″. Thanks George.

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10 Great Punk Songs About Hockey!

Posted by Sean Ahern on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 12:37 PM (PST)

Anyone who knows me knows I like my sports history. Hell, I’m trying to get a doctorate in the subject. I love all sports and their long histories: rugby, football, soccer, baseball, cricket–even the biathlon speaks to me with its beautiful mixture of skiing and guns.

Above them all is a special place in my heart reserved for hockey. My first sporting event was at the good ol’ Brendan Byrne Arena to watch the New Jersey Devils take on The New York Rangers in ’93. My heart skipped a beat when I heard the Devils won the cup in ’95 while living in the not-so-frozen landscape of Arizona at age 8. Would you believe me if I told you a woman got me back into the game after the lockout in 2005? It has sparked intense friendships, intense rivalries and led to challenges of my honor. Most people in the US of A could care less about hockey, and yet punk bands love singing about them!

Punk bands love hockey! They love the hits! They love the regionalism! They modify logos of their favorite teams for merch! Read on ya hoosiers, here are some punk puck-centric songs.

Check it out below.

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Side Two: “Zen Arcade” by Hüsker Dü

Posted by Sean Ahern on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 2:29 PM (PST)

Side Two is an ongoing column that engages the personal experience of listening to an album for the first time. It is less about the original intentions of the author(s) that created these aural invasions and more about the individual experience of engagement at the ground level. Take the album away from its point in punk rock history and what does it mean to you?

Check it out below

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Sweet Disasters: The 17 Side Projects of Hot Water Music

Posted by ben.king on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 12:10 PM (PST)

Hot Water Music has had a long and varied career, spanning over 20 years, 7 studio albums, 3 compilation records, and 2 live albums. But that wasn’t enough for Chuck Ragan (co-vocalist/guitar), Chris Wollard (co-vocalist/guitar), Jason Black (bass) and George Rebelo (drums), who all have had illustrious careers with varied side projects as well. Here, we try to catalog all the members various side projects once and for all, if for no other reason than to expand the purist record nerd’s never-ending search for the Baroque 7” that Chris Wollard may or may not have played on in 1997.

Check out a comprehensive list of all the various Hot Water Music member side projects below and let us know if we missed any.

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The 25 Best Punk Albums of 2014 (Dying Scene Readers Choice)

Posted by Johnny X on Monday, January 5, 2015 at 12:16 PM (PST)

After nearly 1,000 submissions, a crap load of tedious data entry, and a crash course on using pivot tables in excel, the results are officially in for your choices of the 25 best punk albums released in 2014.

Check out the list and discover some great new albums here.

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I usually write some long, drawn out paragraph about how a lot of good stuff was released in the past year when I make one of these top 10 lists, but I don’t really feel like doing that right now. If you wanna check out my list, you can do so below.

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DS Staff Picks – Best Albums of 2014 (Rob Smittix)

Posted by Rob Smittix on Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 9:48 AM (PST)

Here you have it, a list of my top ten “punk” albums from 2014. Coming up with this list was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do, this week. Unfortunately I probably haven’t listened to every single punk album in its entirety that was released this year, although I tried. The order of these favorites are in the order in which they were released. 2014 proved to be a resurgence for punk rock music.

Click here for my top 10 picks of the year.

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20 Punk Christmas Songs to Kick Off Your Holiday

Posted by kimofhearts on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 11:30 AM (PST)

Here at Dying Scene we know the holidays aren’t always everyone’s favorite time of year but we’d like to pass along some musical cheer to help make your next few days a little more rockin’!

Below find a festive list of our favorite songs for the season. We’ve got 10 classic covers and 10 holiday originals, plus some bonus full albums at the end as well.

What are some of your favorite tunes to get you in, or keep you out of, the Christmas spirit?

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DS Staff Picks – Best Albums of 2014 (Sean)

Posted by Seaniam on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 10:38 AM (PST)

I live in Melbourne (Aus) and the scene here is awesome. I love being part of the community here whether I’m in a band, running a show or writing! There are so many great artists coming up who are putting out great music that by the time I’ve listened to it all and I’m ready to pen my views something else comes along and grabs me with its riffs and blasts all over again!!! I’m a relatively new contributor to DS but it’s been a great experience so far and I’m looking forward to adding more in 2015. Til then here‘s what grabbed me the most this year locally and internationally. Some bands you probably won’t know, some you will. Enjoy :)

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DS Staff Picks – Best Albums of 2014 (mitchattitude)

Posted by mitchattitude on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 10:23 AM (PST)

Hi I’m Mitch.  Musically 2014 was a brilliant year for punk rock with a lot of really good releases, making my task of assembling a top 10 way trickier than it was last year. I started the process with a top 30 list and have painfully had to reduce it down to something resembling a top 10. I was also quite strict on who I covered so left out bands like Taking Back Sunday and Weezer who have both released their best albums in a good while.

So after a lot of immense deliberation, eternally switching list positions, tantrums, self doubt and loathing while listening to a hell of a lot of great music released this year, here is my top 10-ish. R.I.P. Tommy Ramone.

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DS Staff Picks – Best Albums of 2014 (Jerry)

Posted by The Torchbearer on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 2:45 PM (PST)

Hey everyone!  I’m Jerry and I’ve been writing for Dying Scene a little over a year now.  This is my first best albums list, and man is it hard to narrow down your favorites (hence the honorable mentions).  This list has some ska, hardcore, folk, pop-punk, and just a little bit of everything, so check it out below!

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DS Staff Picks – Best albums of 2014 (Meredith)

Posted by Hopeless Romantic on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 12:02 PM (PST)

Well, hello there. I’m Meredith, also known here on DyingScene as Hopeless Romantic, and below are my favorite albums of 2014. When compiling my list, I tried to stick with albums that I have listened to on repeat throughout the year, although I did not include EPs in the main countdown (there is one honorable mention). I wish I could have done a top 13, as Lagwagon, Rancid, and Pup just missed making this list. Personally, 2014 will go down as one of the best years ever, as I got engaged to the love of my life, who also happens to be a huge fan of punk music. These albums will forever be the soundtrack of our exciting year of wedding planning. To top it off, by the end of this month, I will have seen 9 of these bands live during 2014 – some multiple times!

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DS Staff Picks – Jay Stone’s Top However-many Albums of 2014

Posted by jaystone on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 12:22 PM (PST)

Hey gang!

This is the fourth year I’ve done one of these lists at Dying Scene, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t say that it was the hardest year yet to come up with some sort of a “Top Ten” list. I’ve spent a long time looking at my list, and realizing that it’s not just that I have more than ten albums that I really dig, but that any of the top baker’s dozen albums are almost interchangeable depending on mood. That’s the best thing about music, really.

Anyway, here’s what I came up with for a list. Last year I included non-Dying Scene albums, but this year we’re back to sticking to the script. As such, you won’t see Teeth Dreams by The Hold Steady, Rocco Deluca’s self-titled masterpiece, Joshua Black Wilkins’ best album yet (Settling The Dust), Bob Mould’s stellar Beauty & Ruin, Cymbals Eat Guitars’ Lose or the latest, greatest Tom Petty album.  As usual, I don’t include 7-inches, live albums and EPs, because there’d be just too many to list. But if you’re interested, the Street Dogs‘ split with Noi!se is a pretty great one, as is the long-awaited (by me, anyway) new one from The Reveling.

Check out my list below.

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DS Staff Picks – Top 10 Releases of 2014 (Carson Winter)

Posted by Carson Winter on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 1:08 PM (PST)

This was a big year for me. I moved out of my small town, giving credence to all the pop-punk songs about this-towns nationwide, and settled into the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area. Its been a trip, but its been a great one. I find myself able to indulge in the scene I dedicate too much time to and meet a lot of other cool people with the same obsession.

Musically, this year for me was about surprise. Bands I love released mediocre albums, bands I wrote off slapped me in the face with great releases, and a bunch of other bands with fresh cut debuts blew me away and reminded that punk rock is a living, breathing thing. Cells die and flake off, and new ones grow. Circle of life.

The biggest surprise for me though was that the great music this year wasn’t limited to full lengths. So much great music came out in EP format, it made me really think about how we consume our tunes and the artistic intent involved in either format. I came to the conclusion that EP’s are no less valid as art and I shouldn’t even try to do two separate lists. Should we be placing awesome, cohesive releases in the short-form ghetto because they can form a complete sentence in four songs instead of ten? I don’t think so. So, this year I amended the titling to make it an all inclusive celebration of great punk rock releases, no matter the length.

Check out my picks for the top 10 releases of 2014 below.

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