Source: I sometimes think Silent Alarm falls of the radar and doesn’t get the respect it still deserves. that record really delivered something unique in 2005. it was a lot of Weezer, and Jimmy Eat World and Death Cab, and this was actually a little more punk sounding. it was recorded raw and unique. it was a fucking solid record and i feel like spring boarded a lot of other bands behind. hat s my opinion tho. Who knows maybe Franz did that too. but you kinda see where I’m coming from? things were getting a little generic in the early 00’s and this is one of those records that got people listening and engaged again. and opened a lot of doors for a lot of other bands to come through.
Source: So today is the 3 year anniversary of this blog! kinda rad right? 3 years of not wearing the same band shirt. thats along fucking time. its actually been a lot of work too and I’m surprised to be honest it has lasted this long.
The above is a shirt i made yesterday myself. i thought it was appropriate to put up today because it is very indicative of why this blog exists in the first place. as a kid i would see something and think to myself , damn! that would make a good shirt, and no one would ever make it. so i would teach myself how to screen print and make them myself. sometimes 1 only sometimes i would make a dozen and give them to bands at shows to sell cause i was frustrated they didn’t have merch to sell. i just wanted to make it happen. i hated seeing a missed opportunity you know?
i saw the above image in an old Flipside magazine. i love looking through the old issues and looking at crowd shouts and trying to scope out old shirts. or look at old mail-order ads from labels with crappy mocks of shirts that they would only make if there were enough orders.
so i saw this ad and it just struck so many memories for me. about how i discovered this album, how much i listened to it and then it disappeared. it was an entity on its own a piece of history. my gut instinct is to preserve that, and make sure people don’t forget. so this shirt was made. one, one the only light colored blank i had lying around the house. and ugly color indeed, but somehow it is saved now by the image placed upon it. what was once lost is now saved, right?
anyways. heres to 3 years! and maybe 3 more. who the fuck knows. but I’m going to take it one shirt at a time.
Got a really beautiful Chris Johansen reclaimed hand silk screened board that is an edition of 30 signed / doodled and numbered. Fucking beautiful and the money goes to an even more beautiful cause I am pimpimkng it out cause I believe in @arthurpdx and want to spread the word. #chrisjohanson #artdepartmentpdx
Source: I really find the whole Jets To Brazil thing really interesting. its kind of a band project that came out of the blue and didn’t have much like it out in the music scape at the time. while at the time it seemed to be hit or miss for a lot of people, but i think the albums aged really well. listening them today, 15 years later they almost seem more relevant sounding now than they did back then. i know people would give their left nut for a Jawbreaker reunion but i would be a guy who would fly someplace to see these guy play again for real. not like a one off show, but a real “lets do this band again” situation.
Source: Sometimes you are patient. you wait, watch and wait a lot more then somehow a perfect specimen comes across your lap. this above shirt i have been searching for for years! years on years. not only did it show up in almost perfect condition it is one of those Vintage XL’s that fits like a large but fits absolutely perfect. its cherry one might say. if this were a car it would be a Porsche 356 Coupe that was sitting in someone garage covered up and in almost pristine condition.
Those of you that have read this blog for along time know as almost obsessed i am with Descendents shirts i am just as obsessed with fIREHOSE / Minutemen / Mike Watt Projects. this shirt was really the last tour shirt i was missing. i have them all but still am in desperate search for a legible “Engaging The Milker Tour” shirt. i have one but it is just awful condition and I’m hopping there is one out there that has still survived the elements and is awaiting my rescue. so if you have one or know someone who does, please contact me. thank you . now please enjoy some 1988 fIREHOSE
Source: I am going to see the shit out of this band this week. super stoked on the fyffest great co-headline tour with Cloud Nothings. its nice when two bands you really appreciate play together. Metz is one of the more powerful live bands out there that play with some great energy and sound. they really pack a punch. i know this sounds like an advertisement for the show, but i assure you its not. its just two of my fave current bands colliding together and its nice to look forward to a show for a change. and it also serves as a reminder to those of you that said hmmm i might go and forgot it is tomorrow and wed. so go get some. oh and bring ear plugs.
Source: from the Coachella 201o year. the band played a club show at the Club Nokia downtown. I bet Steve Jones was there. He is an actor now have any of you seen him on Californication? i can’t get over it. every time i see it all i can think is damn, that dude was in the sex Pistols and now he is on this horrible show. At least he keeps it kinda punk i can respect that. Sid is out of the picture. Johnny powers on with PIL but does any one ever wonder why the drummer Paul Cook never resurfaced to anything exciting? did he just give up? or maybe he is the kinda dude that just says i was in the Sex Pistols what did you do (Mic Drop)??
Shirt: Dead Kennedys - Holiday In Cambodia (Reproduction)
Brand: Fruit Of The Loom Best
Source: its no secret I’m not a fan of the 4th of July. its not that i don’t enjoy freedom form the British because i do, i just don’t enjoy how people spend it blowing shit up. maybe in your town you don’t mind it because it only happens once a year. but if any of you live in LA you know it really is a month long celebration of lighting shit off constantly. its not the like the air quality isn’t suffering enough in this town either but then to contribute to it so badly, the 5th of July is just a disgusting day for anyone who wants to do anything out side.
Don’t even get me started if you have a dog like i do and every time there is a crack or a bang the dog flips out. you don’t believe me? here is a great time lapse video of an adjacent neighborhood showing that for this day we really are living in Cambodia, and it is most certainly no Holiday.
By the way i made a few of these myself and if you want one they can be found in the Big Cartel store HERE
Source: if this image looks familiar to you its because it used to be… well technically it still is a Zorlac Skatebaords design done by the iconic Pushead. you may recognize it if you had been following this blog since the early days before i decided to ONLY wear band related shirts. this was Day #93 wayyy back.
clearly the image has been distorted at some point. as you can see the earlier one in a lil more squashed in the skull area and a lil darker int he hair area. i notice these kind of things. anyway i had the displeasure of going to warp tour this year and i walked around and saw all the bands merch and said to my freidn Dave that there wasn’t one good shirt design in the entire place. all these bands and every shirt was gross. then not more than 15 seconds after i said that i walked past the Teenage Bottlerocket booth and saw this shirt. then i said ok, ONE good design in this entire tour. sad but true. the Drummer form Teenage Bottlerocket was super kind enough to pass this to me as a gift and I’m really thankful. not to mention they are the only band on the tour i was into seeing at all. great live band if you get to see them go do it. they are doing their part to keep good punk rock alive.
it didn’t occur to me that i picked a shirt on 4th of July that said Bottlerocket on it. huh! it was destiny!