Shirt: Joyce Manor - Matt & Frank
Source: not sure how many of you have caught on to Joyce Manor (seen at day #552) yet but here is me saying you should cause i can’t get enough of it really. They have a new album that comes out today and since it leaked last week and i have been listening to it for Free the least i could do it post it up today.
the new album Never Hungover Again has so many different classic punk influences in it i hear. while even the band may not think it or know but i hear very distinct sounds of Seattle’s own Sicko (Christmas Card), a little Saves the Day (the Jerk), a smudge of Jawbreaker and dare i say it a lil bit of the good early Blink-182 (Heart Tatoo) as well. despite having these very pop melodic sounding parts the album doesn’t have that cheesy sound to it all and i think thats where the Jawbreaker influence comes in. balancing out the pop parts with the angst guitar parts and darker vocals that really make this a fucking enjoyable album for me.
Im not sure what it is for me that really does it for me. I mean i have seen them a few times and its just the kind of band that puts off a we are having a fun time live vibe that really puts me in the best mood. the record i think is one of those albums that didn’t jam all the good hits in the first 3 songs, so you can enjoy the whole album and not feel like there is this hit and after that it is downhill. that or the album was just poorly sequenced, but i prefer to think of it as strategic. I think they are gunna be on tour soon cause they are playing LA soon so ill post some tour dates below and a link to buy at iTunes and stream the album. and a place to buy merch too :)
I hope you guys like it. i mean feel like its safe to say that if you like half the bands on here i post up shirts for you will def like this.
Ill Say it before and ill say it again. Support good new bands or else enjoy the alternative, a lifetime of Gaga and Beiber
Date Venue Location Tickets
Jul 22 Rough TradeNew York, NY Tickets
Jul 24 Amoeba MusicLos Angeles, CA
Jul 25 El Rey TheatreLos Angeles, CA Sold Out
Aug 23 FYF FestLos Angeles, CA Tickets
Aug 28 Fox Theaterw/ Brand NewOakland, CA Sold Out
Aug 30 Crystal Ballroomw/ Brand NewPortland, OR Sold Out
Aug 31 Showbox SoDow/ Brand NewSeattle, WA Sold Out
Sep 01 Vogue Theatrew/ Brand NewVancouver, Canada Sold Out
Sep 03 Marquis Theatrew/ The Exquisites, …Denver, CO Tickets
Sep 04 Jackpot Music Hallw/ The Exquisites, …Lawrence, KS Tickets
Sep 05 Firebirdw/ The Exquisites, …St Louis, MO Tickets
Sep 06 Bottom Loungew/ The Exquisites, …Chicago, IL Tickets
Sep 07 Triple Rock Social Clubw/ The ExquisitesMinneapolis, MN Tickets
Sep 09 Pyramid Schemew/ The ExquisitesGrand Rapids, MI Tickets
Sep 10 Magic Stick Loungew/ The ExquisitesDetroit, MI Tickets
Sep 11 Grog Shopw/ The ExquisitesCleveland Heights, OH Tickets
Sep 12 Hard LuckToronto, Canada Tickets
Sep 13 Heirloom Arts Theatrew/ The Exquisites, …Danbury, CT Tickets
Sep 14 The Sinclairw/ The Exquisites, …Cambridge, MA Tickets
Sep 15 Bowery Ballroomw/ The Exquisites, …New York, NY Tickets
Sep 16 Rock & Roll Hotelw/ The Exquisites, …Washington, DC Tickets
Sep 17 Union Transferw/ The Exquisites, …Philadelphia, PA Tickets
Sep 19 Local 506w/ The Exquisites, …Chapel Hill, NC Tickets
Sep 20 Mammal Galleryw/ The Exquisites, …Atlanta, GA Tickets
Sep 21 1904 Music Hallw/ The Exquisites, …Jacksonville, FL Tickets
Sep 23 Backboothw/ The Exquisites, …Orlando, FL Tickets
Sep 24 Epic Problemw/ The Exquisites, …Tampa, FL Tickets
Sep 26 Walter’s Downtownw/ The ExquisitesHouston, TX Tickets
Sep 27 Red 7w/ The ExquisitesAustin, TX Tickets
Sep 28 INDEX FestivalDallas, TX Tickets
Sep 30 Gasworksw/ The ExquisitesAlbuquerque, NM Tickets
Shirt: Gray Matter - Bite The Bit
Brand: American Style t-shirts
Source: there was a time when Dischord would fart out any record and i (and probably a lot of other kids) would buy it. Didn’t matter what it sounded like you just knew that if Dischord put it out it was going to be just good at the very least. i spent a lot of tome buying albums on the back of all my Dag Nasty / Fugazi purchases that i thought its only 5 bucks ill try it out.
this ad is a perfect example here. use obscure Cynthia Conolly photo, add band name at bottom and boom i was sold. i would say i bought every album form the list above there aside from Fidelity Jones, which i can’t even say i ever remember. aside from Fugazi, i knew no other band on that list until i mail ordered them. i think i have to say my most favorite surprise album from this list was Holly Rollers. i really enjoy ed that album a lot.
Grey Matter was no joke either, it was solid and i liked it but it was never the undiscovered Dag Nasty you always secretly hoped for. i will take any band on Dischord any day of the week over anything that gets played on the radio today tho. anyday.
Shirt: the Smiths - Ask German 12” (Reproduction)
Source: I look at lots of T-shirts on the internets. lots. i always have this sad sigh pop out of my chest every time i see some bootleg shirt that not only looks horrible but really had zero thought put into it. i guess to make a dollar that was the thought. maybe I’m just being too personal cause this is coming form a guy who literally 20% of the time he is listing to music it is the Smiths or Morrissey.
so I was thinking of great sleeves that would make great album covers and this one came into mind in particular. the German 12” version of “Ask.”
its nice right? a slightly different L shaped logo unique to this sleeve, and it just stood out. normally most of you saw this:
which i was going to make as well and thought it would be cool to pick whichever country your was from but it was too expensive at the printer. so i only made this one.
for some reason the sleeve was changed in Germany later to this cover of Colin Campbell:
but i really hate square album art that gets cut off and doesn’t really lend it self well to shirt art. see pet peeve above.
So why did it get made? i dunno, cause i though tit would look good and deserved it i guess. you know sometimes you don’t want to let things die away without showing it the respect it deserves. I’m trying to do that one smiths shirt at a time.
Shirt: Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business
Source: So i got my Moz pre order shirt this week for the new album. from a dude who has a merch problem i gotta say i was slightly disappointed. its just not a very good looking design / print job. so many options that could have been and yet this poorly printed album cover is the design they go with. Poor Moz looks like he has a case of Jaundice like his live has been failing for 6 months, he is yellow and just not good looking.
I guess i just don’t understand why you would make this if you know it can’t be printed properly. I’ve taken a picture so you can see a close up (Click the image to enlarge)
you will see its not horrible, its just not quality you expect from a life long career of great art / design. i duont know why I’m bitching really i think maybe cause when i make something i take a lot of care and pride in the details and feel disappointed when you (i) are producing better quality merch than the artist themselves. who knows. i guess i am really happy the Moz man is still around giving me music and merch to enjoy so i should just shut the fuck up. stoked there is a new album and i hope more future shows for you to cancel.
Shirt: Orbital - Space Boys
Color: Hunter Green
Brand: Hanes Beefty-T
Source: YESTERDAY, i got all caught up in packing and shipping shirts so i spaced (no pun intended) on it and yada yada here is is. i have enjoyed some electronic music since the early 90’s if not earlier and still enjoy it today. especially bands who can create really distinctive creative sounds via electronic music cause its not easy to sound unique in this landscape. Orbital, Underworld, Daft Punk, Ratatat, they all have successfully identified a sound and made it their own.
its a little more difficult today because a lot of it has been done, and that i feel makes a band sound a little more dated. example, Drum And Bass in the 90’s ad Dubstep in the 10’s
Shirt: the Spinanes - That Way
Brand: Oneita Power T
Source: A long long time ago, wow 10 years ago exactly i would discover this song by Fluf (also formerly Olivelawn) who put out what i think was a compilation of Singles or b-Sides or something. there was a really beautiful song on there i loved called “Entire.” I never thought anything else much of it other than damn thats a really good song. i listened to the shit out of it a lot. I’ve posted it below cause i can’t find it anywhere
So a decade later a friend would send me a bunch of much and i kept repeating this one song. I was thinking how do i know this, i mean i know it but i have never heard it before. turned out rafter some searching it was this Fluf song, only it was Fluf who covered it a decade ago unbeknownst to me. so a decade later i get to fall in love with it all over again with a whole new set of ears. Its the same song, but in an tiredly beautiful different way. I love it.
it really is the thing i love about music and how it can be interpreted, relearned and re-loved over and over again. listen to the original below.
Shirt: Depeche Mode - A Question Of Lust
Brand: Fruit Of the Loom Best
Source: Depeche Mode with all the questions and never any answers. you know what i mean? question of lust, time. how bout you guys give some answers!