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DS Record Radar: This Week in Punk Vinyl (AFI, Guttermouth, Operation Ivy, Sloppy Seconds, The Putz & More!)

Greetings, and welcome to the Dying Scene Record Radar. If it’s your first time here, thank you for joining us! This is the weekly* column where we cover all things punk rock vinyl; new releases, reissues… you name it, we’ve probably got it. Kick off your shoes, pull up a chair, crack open a cold […]

Greetings, and welcome to the Dying Scene Record Radar. If it’s your first time here, thank you for joining us! This is the weekly* column where we cover all things punk rock vinyl; new releases, reissues… you name it, we’ve probably got it. Kick off your shoes, pull up a chair, crack open a cold one, and break out those wallets, because it’s go time. Let’s get into it!

Check out the video edition of this week’s Record Radar, presented by our friends at Punk Rock Radar:

Cassette releases continue to infiltrate the Record Radar, and we’ve got a very special one batting leadoff this week! The friendly people at Tapehead City are partnering with Hellcat Records for this 35th anniversary cassette reissue of Operation Ivy’s Energy. This is the first time this has ever been reissued on the tiny, plastic, rectangular format.

Tapehead City owner Charlie Kaplan had this to say about the reissue: “Me and my friends grew playing in bands that would always cover Rancid and Opivy. These songs have been a part of me for so long. Working on this project was so much fun and such an honor. I really hope the fans are happy with the tapes. I think they came out great.”

There are two variants, limited to 1,000 copies each: a “2-Tone” tape made using scans of the original shell, and a “UV Edition” with an awesome all-over art print on the tape. You can pre-order both here, along with a fun Op Ivy x Tapehead City mashup shirt.

Here’s another bad ass 35th anniversary reissue, and this one’s on vinyl! Indianapolis junk rock pioneers Sloppy Seconds‘ classic debut album Destroyed is back in print for the first time in a long time, thanks to Puke ‘N’ Vomit Records. You can get it on coral (orange) and/or black wax right here.

Up next, we’ve got a big batch of awesome new records coming very soon from our friends at Memorable But Not Honorable Records, the first of which is Rhode Island pop-punk band Pavid Vermin’s debut LP Brutality Is My Only Friend. It’s limited to 100 copies on blood red colored vinyl and will be available on their webstore this coming Friday, May 24th. Keep your eyes glued to Dying Scene the day before, I think we might be doing something cool!

MBNH is also putting out a killer 7” featuring four brand new tracks from pop-punk favorites The Putz. On and Up and Out is limited to 200 copies on clear blue colored vinyl and is being co-released by I Buy Records in Italy. It’ll also be available to purchase from Memorable But Not Honorable Friday, May 24th.

And last but certainly not least in Memorable But Not Honorable’s impressive release lineup is the 2nd pressing of their Saturday Morning Lineup compilation, limited to 100 copies on (Ninja Turtle?) green colored wax. This was originally released this time last year on white colored vinyl, which quickly sold out. It features covers of cartoon theme songs from The Putz, Zoanoids, Atomic Treehouse, Goin’ Places & many other great bands. You can buy it with your money from their webstore on – you guessed it – Friday, May 24th!

A few weeks ago Down By Law announced their new album Crazy Days, due out June 15th on Cleopatra Records, but at the time it was only available to pre-order on CD (otherwise known as compact disc but us in the trade). Now you can get it on beautiful red marble colored vinyl right here.

Guttermouth’s Eat Your Face turns 20 this year and to celebrate SBAM is releasing it on our treasured polyvinyl chloride music format for the very first time. There are two color variants, limited to 250 copies each allegedly. You can get them from any of SBAM’s regional webstores.

AFI’s 1999 classic Black Sails in the Sunset is getting a big time expanded reissue in honor of its 25th Anniversary. It’s due out July 19th and features bonus tracks in the previously unreleased “Weight of Words” and B-Side “Who Knew?”. This is being released on a handful of color variants but all but one of them sold out almost immediately. The one that’s still available to purchase is the Neon Orange retail variant, which you can get from Amazon and pretty much anywhere else (Amazon’s the cheapest though, of course).

Another anniversary! Perhaps not quite as significant as Black Sails but worth mentioning nonetheless. It’s the 10th anniversary of The Flatliners frontman Chris Cresswell’s One Week Record, and Fat Wreck Chords has repressed it for the first time since its original release. There are two color variants to choose from: Pink/white vinyl (150 copies) and green w/ yellow splatter (250 copies). Or, I guess there were two color variants to choose from, because the pink one’s already sold out. The green w/ yellow splatter is still available from Fat Wreck’s European webstore.

That Descendents Circle Jerks split 7” finds itself on the Record Radar for the third time; perhaps that’s a new record? Anyway, I guess it’s noteworthy that a new European exclusive clear color variant has popped up. You can get it here. And in case you missed it last week, the red color variant (limited to 500 copies) is still available on the Descendents’ US store.

Sammy Kay’s got a new record called July 1960 due out on July 19th. It’s being co-released by Sell the Heart Records (US) and Engineer Records (UK) on Coke Bottle Clear and black wax. Mr. Kay has some copies with a special silkscreened jacket on his Bandcamp as well. Also available: CDs, shirts, etc!

We started this week’s Record Radar with a cassette release, so why not wrap things up with another cassette release? Two street punk bands, Philadelphia’s English Teeth and Las Vegas’ Fool’s Errand, have a brand new split EP out now and you can get it on snazzy orange cassette right here. It’s only $1 but I know damn well they had to have paid more than that to make these so I’d implore you to pay a bit more than that. If cassettes aren’t your thing, digital download is an option as well!

Well, that’s all, folks. Another Record Radar in the books. As always, thank you for tuning in. If there’s anything we missed (highly likely), or if you want to let everyone know about a new/upcoming vinyl release you’re excited about, leave us a comment below, or send us a message on Facebook or Instagram, and we’ll look into it. Enjoy your weekend, and don’t blow too much money on spinny discs (or do, I’m not your father). See ya next time!

Wanna catch up on all of our Record Radar posts? Click here and you’ll be taken to a page with all the past entries in the column. Magic!

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DS Record Radar: This Week in Punk Vinyl (Chaser, Krang, MakeWar, Joe Gittleman, Smoking Popes & More!)

Greetings, and welcome to the Dying Scene Record Radar. If it’s your first time here, thank you for joining us! This is the weekly* column where we cover all things punk rock vinyl; new releases, reissues… you name it, we’ve probably got it. Kick off your shoes, pull up a chair, crack open a cold […]

Greetings, and welcome to the Dying Scene Record Radar. If it’s your first time here, thank you for joining us! This is the weekly* column where we cover all things punk rock vinyl; new releases, reissues… you name it, we’ve probably got it. Kick off your shoes, pull up a chair, crack open a cold one, and break out those wallets, because it’s go time. Let’s get into it!

Check out the video edition of this week’s Record Radar, presented by our friends at Punk Rock Radar:

Continuing the Record Radar’s recent trend of diversifying into other formats, this week’s first featured release is a cassette! That’s right, a cassette. It’s Buddy Buddy Belgium, the new album from pop-punk supergroup Scrapped Plans, ft. members of House Boatthe Steinways, The MurderburgersWrong Life, Don Blake, aaaaand Mike Erg of course!

A few weeks ago I told you about Bloated Kat Records‘ putting this one out on random colored vinyl (you can still buy that here), but now you can also get it on cassette. This is limited to 50 tapes – half are white, half are black – and it’s Dying Scene Records’ first new release in 6 years! Pay money for it here and it’ll show up in your mailbox in a few weeks, maybe with some other goodies? I’d also like to mention I teamed up with Punk Rock Radar and Cat’s Claw Records on this release, and you can get it from them as well.

Back to our regularly scheduled discussion of flattened 12″ discs of polyvinyl chloride, Punk Rock Radar also has UK skate punk / ska band Stank Finger‘s new record Three Finger Discount up for pre-order. Limited to 100 copies on slime green colored vinyl, this is a highly recommended pickup for fans of Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, [spunge], etc. etc. etc. These guys are bad ass! Pick this record up. Our Bri’ish m8s will be able to get the record (or CD!) from the band soon.

Have you heard about Czech melodic punks Krang‘s new album Listens to Krang Once? It’s coming out May 3rd on SBAM Records and spoiler alert: it’s pretty fucking bad ass. The lead single “Cowabunga” is now streaming (check it out down below) and the record is available to pre-order on four different Ninja Turtles themed color variants. Grab yours here (US) or here (EU). Note: The EU store has a bundle with all four variants!

That’s not the only bad ass new record coming soon on SBAM, however. Chaser‘s highly anticipated new album Small Victories lands on June 28th and is being co-released by Thousand Islands and Pee Records. I pre-ordered the Sunburst Orange variant but I don’t think you can really go wrong with any of these. Pre-order your copies here (US), here (EU), or here (AUS). Also, check out the first single:

And last up from SBAM, we’ve got Portland folk punk band the Bridge City Sinners‘ new record In the Age of Doubt, which is due out on July 12th. This one’s being co-released by Flail Records and both labels have exclusive color variants available on their respective webstores. Fail Records also has copies on CD, cassette, and 8 track (and no, I’m not bullshitting about that last one).

Flail Records variants (US):
Gold & Black Hand Poured (300 copies)
Dark Purple w/ Pink Splatter (700 copies)
Clear Emerald w/ Black Smoke (??? copies)

SBAM Records variants (EU, take these pressing numbers with a grain of salt):
Tiger’s Eye (100 copies)
Agate (100 copies)
Jasper (100 copies)
Basalt (100 copies)

Just in time for its 30th birthday, the Smoking Popes 1994 classic Born to Quit is back in print! In addition to this being the first pressing in over a decade, it’s also the very first time the original, non-remastered version of this album has been released on vinyl. Very cool! You can get it on pink & white “sunburn” colored vinyl here, and Rough Trade also has an exclusive navy blue color variant limited to 200 copies. Both come in a gatefold jacket emblazoned with the original artwork.

Down By Law‘s got a new record called Crazy Days coming out on June 15th and, what’s that? This is another CD release on the Record Radar? gasp! Yeah, that’s right, this bad boy’s only available on compact disc (and digital) at the moment, but rest assured, vinyl is coming soon for you fucking hipsters (I, too, am a fucking hipster). For now, embrace the affordability and convenience of the shiny lil discs.

Fat Wreck Chords recording artist MakeWar has a new record coming out on June 28th. Check out the lead single from A Paradoxical Theory of Change down below and pre-order the album on colored vinyl (take note of Fat’s new and improved $25 price point!), black vinyl (for the same price colored vinyl was up until a week ago), and/or CD (we like those!) right here.

Joe Gittleman continues to keep busy following the collapse of the (Mighty Mighty) Bosstones. You’ve probably already heard his new project The Kilograms, but did you know he’s got a new solo album on the way? That’s right, the Bass Fiddleman’s debut solo LP Hold Up is due out June 21st on Bad Time Records. Check out the excellent first single “Plastered in the Rafters” below and get the record on Coke Bottle Green colored vinyl (ltd to 250 copies) right here.

Speaking of debut solo albums, Jen from The Bombpops‘ debut solo album East Side of Eden is out now. The full album (did I mention it’s of the debut solo variety?) is now streaming (check it out below!), and you can get it on “Desert Blue” colored vinyl here. There was another bad ass color variant, too, but dat one sold out.

Wait just a god damn second… What’s that? another solo album?! Yessir, it’s the 25th anniversary of Mr. T Experience frontman Dr. Frank Portman’s Show Business is My Life and Sounds Rad Records is doing it right with a sick ass reissue. There are two versions, the Sounds Rad exclusive 180g black wax (200 copies) and the retail variant on turquoise colored vinyl (300 copies). Both come housed in a die cut jacket designed by Chris Appelgren of Lookout! Records fame. You can “call dibs” on the 180g black vinyl here.

Here’s a non-solo album! It’s the new EP from Tampa pop-punk band Atomic Treehouse who I’d describe as MxPx meets Screeching Weasel meets Nerf Herder. Overthrow the Captain is another CD infiltrating the Record Radar; we’re really diversifying here, folks! Check that shit out below and go here to pay money for the compact disc (or perhaps the digital download).

Austin, TX pop-punks the Hoaxxers‘ debut EP is out now and our friends at Mom’s Basement Records still a few copies of the ultra limited (square!) lathe cut 7″ available on their store. You might recognize these dudes from other bands such as Breaklights, Dropped Out, Oldie Hawn, and Joe Jitsu. If that’s not ringing a bell, I’ll just say if you like 90’s pop-punk (Lookout!, Mutant Pop, etc.) you gotta check these guys out. Also, check out all the other awesome shit Mom’s Basement just threw up on their store while you’re picking up this 7″. The Yum Yums! The Smugglers! The McRackins! The Manges! Holy fuck!

Lars Frederiksen & The Bastards’ 2001 self-titled debut album has gotten a new pressing from Pirates Press Records, with 1,000 copies on “Bleach Marble” colored vinyl. I’m not entirely sure the demand exists for 1,000 copies of this, considering the 2022 repress on Red & Black Galaxy colored wax is still in print (that one was “limited” to 1,000 copies as well lul). But hey, maybe you’re going for a full set or some shit. Get it here.

The 10th Anniversary edition of A Wilhelm Scream‘s Partycrasher has gotten a 2nd pressing of 500 copies on Silver / White Swirl w/ Splatter colored vinyl. You can get your hands on this one here (US), here (EU), and here (UK).

The Goddamn Gallows‘ 2011 LP 7 Devils has been reissued as a remastered Double LP with 7 bonus live tracks on the second record. You can get it on gold vinyl (not sure how many copies were pressed but it’s almost sold out) and/or black wax right here.

We’ll end this week’s Record Radar on an interesting note, with a new split LP from Montreal ska-punk band Subb and Sainte Catherines frontman Hugo Mudie. Cat Sounds is a tribute to Kim Shattuck, with each party contributing a Muffs cover, in addition to covers of songs by each other. Could I have phrased that any more confusingly? Probably. Anyway, buy the record here. This is the first new thing Subb has released since 2010. Due out June 21st on Thousand Islands Records!

Well, that’s all, folks. Another Record Radar in the books. As always, thank you for tuning in. If there’s anything we missed (highly likely), or if you want to let everyone know about a new/upcoming vinyl release you’re excited about, leave us a comment below, or send us a message on Facebook or Instagram, and we’ll look into it. Enjoy your weekend, and don’t blow too much money on spinny discs (or do, I’m not your father). See ya next time!

Wanna catch up on all of our Record Radar posts? Click here and you’ll be taken to a page with all the past entries in the column. Magic!

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DS Show Review & Gallery: MakeWar, Good Friend, and Tightwire at Reggie’s Music Joint. Chicago (11.01.2023)

Photography by AndresAlejandro Chaves MakeWar, Good Friend, and Tightwire kicked off November at Reggie’s Music Joint. The bands, which represent three different continents, united for a fun global punk rock humpday. MakeWar, off of Fat Wreck Chords, is led by Jose Prieto, a fellow Venezuelan to this piece’s photographer AndresAlejandro Chaves (both are now North […]

Photography by AndresAlejandro Chaves


MakeWar, Good Friend, and Tightwire kicked off November at Reggie’s Music Joint. The bands, which represent three different continents, united for a fun global punk rock humpday.


MakeWar, off of Fat Wreck Chords, is led by Jose Prieto, a fellow Venezuelan to this piece’s photographer AndresAlejandro Chaves (both are now North America based). Edwin Santacruz hails from Colombia, while Greg Taylor came to the band from Florida. Together, they have created a powerful skatepunk group whose forceful set left the crowd exhausted in the very best way.


Good Friend originated out of Northern Ireland and found a home on Red Scare Industries. Its lively set in the middle of the bill was the perfect bridge from South America to North America. Lead singer Adam Carroll aka Mad Adam may also be familiar to DS readers via helping us celebrate the World Cup last year.


Tightwire, another outfit from Red Scare Industries, is a band familiar with Chicago and has many friends in the Windy City. A whole bunch of said friends appeared stage front for a boisterous set. I include myself in that category. But whether it is in their hometown, my adopted city, or where you dear readers reside, I encourage you to check this group out as soon as possible.


Please check out more of AndresAlejandro Chavez’s images from this show. Thanks and Cheers!


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Fest Review & Gallery: Punk Rock Saves Lives Fest 2022 – Day 2 (Ratio Beerworks – Denver, CO)

Anarchopunk has recovered from the Covid he picked up at this awesome inaugural Fest and finally got around to posting his Day Two coverage, which saw a return to Ratio Beerworks. But, with the prospects of more inclement weather, the show which was previously slated to take place mostly outdoors, moved indoors for everyone’s safety. […]

Anarchopunk has recovered from the Covid he picked up at this awesome inaugural Fest and finally got around to posting his Day Two coverage, which saw a return to Ratio Beerworks. But, with the prospects of more inclement weather, the show which was previously slated to take place mostly outdoors, moved indoors for everyone’s safety.


First up, Jukebox Hardknocks who are a little bit country a little bit….actually…no…these guys are a lot country and not much else and unapologetically so. Their short but entertaining set was filled with covers of country classics from legends like George Jones. Hell, even their TSOL cover had plenty of twang to it!


System Restore ventured all the way down from Wyoming to play a set and they brought their A-game with them! The only thing better than the performance itself was their Merch Game. Top fucking notch. Well done! My bank account is now a bit lighter, gents!


Local lads, The Frickashinas were the third act of the day and were a perfect mid day, pick-me-up! These guys are talented, fun, full of energy and all around, good dudes. It was awesome to see guitarist, Jeramiah’s kids jamming out to the set from up in the balcony. I’ve never seen such cute lil devil horns! ??


Egoista has quickly become one of the more ubiquitous punk bands in The Mile High, playing shows almost on a weekly basis, if not more. So, there was no way this terrific trio was gonna pass up an opportunity to play this Fest! No diggity!


By the time Tsunami Bomb hit the stage for their fist live set in about four or five years, the crowd had filled out the room to near capacity and it seemed they were all there to see the pop punks from Petaluma (only the finest things come from Sonoma County). Of all of the sets, this one was definitely the most tangibly intense. You could tell that the band had been chompin’ at the bit for the past few years. It probably felt nice to unload!


Sure, I love all of the bands and I I was so extremely happy to hang out with all of them, but just like our Lord and Savior, Jeebus H. Christ, I have favorites and Makewar is one of them. I’ve been a fan since the old acoustic, Sad & French days and it has been so much fun watching them get more and more recognition. There’s everything to love in this act. The writing is next level, the musicality is near perfection, the guys themselves are genuine, caring individuals and…..they smell nice….wait…that one slipped…If you haven’t seen them live, please do so, STAT!


Here’s where astute readers will realize that there’s no coverage of Rocky Mountain alt-rockers, Inthewhale. That, dear comrades, is because I’m a loser. And even worse, I’m an old loser. Because the weekend was starting to take it’s toll, I split a little early. Luckily, this dynamic duo plays Denver pretty often so I’ll have ample opportunity to make it up to them. The rest of the day’s action however, is captured in the slideshow below!

Be sure to check out the galleries from the Pre-Party Show and Day 1, too!

  1. Thanks for hanging out with the Frickashinas. We love you. And the shout out to my kids is awesome. Xoxo

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Festivals & Events: Cancer Bats, MakeWar, No Trigger, more to play Obenuse Fest

German music festival Obenuse Fest has announced its lineup for this year. Cancer Bats, MakeWar, No Trigger, Wonk Unit, Athlete, Chelsea Deadbeat Combo, Big Bird, The Dead End Kids, Decent Criminal, DeeCracks, Don’t Skate on My Ramp, Hell & Back, Insanity61, Jaguero, Lost Love, Nasty Rumours, No Mute, Pricedeifkes, Shellycoat, Slowkiss, Talk Me Off, The Carolyn, The Last Mile, and Vale Tudo will be playing. Obenuse Fest will take place in Zurich, Germany on June 16-17.

Festivals & Events: MakeWar, Brendan Kelly, The Iron Roses, more to play final Breakin' Even Fest

Breakin’ Even Fest has announced its lineup for this year, which will be the fifth and final year of the festival. It will take place August 9-11 at the Pie Shop in Washington, DC. MakeWar, The Iron Roses, Tired Radio, Endlings, and Flowers For The Dead will be playing on August 9. The Dopamines, Worlds Scariest Police Chases, Over Our Eyes, Cherub Tree, and Doll Baby will be playing on August 10. Brendan Kelly, Keep Flying, American Television, Heart and Lung, and Truth or Dare will be playing on August 11.

Ink Bomb

When the members of the Dutch melodic punk band Ink Bomb stepped in their practice space for the first time in 2015, they were complete strangers to each other. Fast forward a few years later and the band has toured several countries and released a split (2021), a full album (2019) and two EPs (2017, 2016). They shared stages with bands like The Toy Dolls, SNFU, The Last Gang, I Against I, MakeWar and Martha.

Ink Bomb is currently writing and recording their second album. These new songs again feature the band’s trademark: fast, aggressive songs that don’t always follow the standard song structure or punk rock clichés, but always features great melodies with a healthy dose of melancholy.

MakeWar

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MakeWar – “A Paradoxical Theory of Change”

"A Paradoxical Theory of Change" - MakeWar

Release Date: June 28, 2024 Record Label: Fat Wreck Chords Release Type: LPBandcamp Link: Listen on Bandcamp

Pre-order your copy of MAKEWAR – A PARADOXICAL THEORY OF CHANGE now, releasing on Fat Wreck Chords on June 28th!

MakeWar Tour Dates – Tickets Available Here. (https://fatwreck.com/pages/tour-dates?filter=makewar&mc_cid=18b1c23c78&mc_eid=UNIQID)

* 26 Apr 2024 in Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb’s
* 27 Apr 2024 in New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
* 28 Jun 2024 in Ysselsteyn, Netherlands @ Jera On Air Fest
* 29 Jun 2024 in Freudenburg, Germany @ Green Hell Festival
* 30 Jun 2024 in Munster, Germany @ Drei Klang
* 2 Jul 2024 in Berlin, Germany @ Reset Club
* 3 Jul 2024 in Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang
* 5 Jul 2024 in Naaldwijk, Netherlands @ De Flaat
* 6 Jul 2024 in Enkirch, Germany @ Falling Open Air
* 8 Jul 2024 in Kingston Upon Thames, UK @ The Fighting Cocks
* 9 Jul 2024 in Stafford, UK @ Redrum
* 10 Jul 2024 in Manchester, UK @ Gullivers
* 11 Jul 2024 in London, UK @ New Cross Inn
* 12 Jul 2024 in Paris, France @ TBA
* 13 Jul 2024 in Hormersdorf, Germany @ KNRD Fest
* 14 Jul 2024 in Jena, Germany @ MVZ Wagner
* 16 Jul 2024 in Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg @ MK Bar
* 17 Jul 2024 in Stuttgart, Germany @ Goldmark´s
* 18 Jul 2024 in Lake Neuchatel, Switzerland @ Parabole Festival
* 19 Jul 2024 in Sankt Georgen im Attergau, Austria @ Fall Back Down
* 20 Jul 2024 in Munich, Germany @ Backstage (Free and Easy Fest)
* 21 Jul 2024 in Lecco, Italy @ Granozero
* 23 Jul 2024 in Barcelona, Spain @ Deskomunal
* 24 Jul 2024 in Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain @ Dabadaba
* 25 Jul 2024 in Madrid, Spain @ Wurtlizer Ballroom
* 26 Jul 2024 in Sama De Langreo, Spain @ Cerveceria La Industria
* 27 Jul 2024 in Cap Decouverte, France @ Xtremefest

MakeWar announce East Coast shows

Make War have scheduled four dates at the end of April. they'll hit Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York. You can see the dates below.