Ensign-Rain On The Parade-Degenerics-Worthless-Reach The Sky-Purpose-Tears Of Frustration @ Manville NJ 9-20-98

This was yet another one of those shows where I worked all day and then raced to the show…I got there an hour late and it still had not even started! Tears Of Frustration got added to this show and opened it. I remember they covered a YDL song and the crowd was pretty awkward about it. The Degenerics, after a few seven inches, were starting to get really hot around this time. People were into them and they would always bust out a couple Bad Brains covers. No specific memories of Purpose, Worthless (another band that played a lot…
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Breakdown-Out Cold-One Sided War-Fanshen-No Contest @ New Brunswick NJ 10-25-98

Wide Awake did not play this show, but No Contest got added as they had two new records coming out. They were a great band from here in NJ. I do not remember anything particular about their set or Fanshen, although I swear I took pictures of them? I loaned out a lot of pictures back then and most never got back to me. One Sided War was a new band with Matt Warnke from Bold and Pat from Citizens Arrest. They sounded like later Bold, sort of, but I also thought they had a lot of influence from later…
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Ensign-Fastbreak-Rain On The Parade-Purpose-Fit For Abuse @ Manville NJ 6-13-98

This show was mostly an average 1998 NJHC show except for the opener…who absolutely blew our minds… After a long day at work some friends met up with me at my house. I took a quick shower and we got on the road to Manville, which was like 80 minutes away or so. The night before I had a conversation with a friend who said to make we got to the show on time because the opener was incredible. Fit For Abuse absolutely blew our minds. Not too many bands were more influenced by the 82 style, yet, at the…
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Mouthpiece-Rain On The Parade-Striking Distance-Time Flies-Down In Flames @ Wayne NJ 12-8-00

This was a long day! In the fall of 2000 I had three classes in the early afternoon up in Toms River: Gender Studies at 1200, Statistics at 1300, and then Biology at 1400. We had lab on Friday so my partner and I hurried through our lab stuff and I drove back down to Manahawkin to pick everyone up for the show. We then drove ALL the way up to Wayne, which is at least a two hour drive. I remember it was freezing cold and occasionally snowing as we drove up to the show. In the rush to…
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Floorpunch-In My Eyes-Fastbreak-Reach The Sky-Fast Times-Full Speed Ahead @ Casino Skate Park Asbury Park NJ 11-28-98

Rain On The Parade did not play this show. They had played their “final” show, before getting back together the next summer, a few weeks before. This was the record release show for the Floorpunch LP. The record had come out maybe a month before and we had been listening to it non-stop. I went on a date the night before (with someone who ended up being best friends with the sister of a friend of ours) and could not sit still during the date because I was so excited for the gig. I worked all morning and when I…
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ADD-Blind Society-Heatseekers-OS 101 in Waretown NJ 1998/99???

Yet another 1998 or 1999? Who knows! This show was on a Friday night because I remember working and then going up to the show. ADD was an all lady band who played pretty cool 1982 style hardcore. They had a demo I think? I remember seeing Jessica and Sarah around a lot at shows. Heatseekers was a local skinhead band with some kids from the generation after mine in Manahawkin. They did a False Justice cover and when the mosh part hit everyone went off. Some dude started hitting people and I shoved him. Suddenly one of the members…
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Leeway-Heavy Chains-Krust-Vengeance-Full Circle @ Brick NJ 7-29-16

I really got around during this day and got to experience some personal history again. I started on my own campus to drop off something and then headed down to Stockton for lunch with one of my former professors. THEN I headed down the shore to see my parents for a few hours and THEN headed up to Brick for the show. This EMS hall was where I saw my first shows in 1994. I don’t remember a ton about them, but we went there two or three times. One time a friend’s car overheated, which meant we had to…
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7 Seconds @ New York City NY 3-14-05

I do not remember who else played this show. Maybe h2o or Kill Your Idols???? My big memory of this show was how hot it was inside the venue. By the end of it I had to sit down in a corner and try to cool down. I felt absolutely awful. Apologies to Kevin Seconds for accidentally kicking him in the head while trying to dive during 99 Red Ballons.

Top Ten Records Of 2016

I realized as I began reading the lists that other people put together I have heard very little new music this year. What I did check out was mostly exceptional. Here is a general top ten since it would be silly to break this up… A Tribe Called Quest-We Got It From Here Thank You 4 Your Service Alienation-Self Titled Arms Race-New Wave Of British Hardcore Betty Davis-The Columbia Years 1968-1969 Framtid-The Horrific Visions Innumerable Forms-Petrified Omegas-Power To Exist Think I Care-Singles Collection True Vision-Against The Grain Wound Man-Perimeter Gigs: Infest, Youth Of Today, Leeway, Breakdown

Signifying Nothing Top 100 Of The 2000s

9 Shocks Terror, Zen & The Art Of Beating Your Ass LP, USA, 2002 86 Mentality, Self Titled 7″, USA, 2004 2000 Maniacs, State College Hardcore 7″, USA, 2005 ABC Weapons, The Process Of Decay LP, Australia, 2005 Abusive Action, Unbreakable Demo, Netherlands, 2004 Amdi Petersens Arme, Self Titled 7″, Denmark, 2000 Annihilation Time, Self Titled LP, USA, 2003 Avskum, Punkista LP, USA, 2002 Bloodkrow Butcher, Demo, USA, 2009 Born In Hell, Demo Tape, USA, 2004 Breathing Fire, Demo, USA, 2004 Burn, The Last Great Sea 7″, USA, 2002 Call The Police, 1984 In 2004 LP, USA, 2004 Calvary, Outnumbered…
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