Breakdown-Striking Distance-Friendly Fire @ Brick NJ 7-27-01

Local news: Manahawkin’s own Friendly Fire played this show. They came back and played two I think?) shows with a few new members. They went over okay and covered War Zone and Inside Out. Striking Distance played the shore a lot in 00/01, so I don’t remember much specifically about them at this show. Breakdown played a great set as usual. I went flying over a table at one point that people were diving off of too. There was a fight in the parking lot afterwards that got the cops called. I helped break it up and then went inside…
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Bane-Ensign-Death By Stereo-Adamantium-Shady View Terrace-Spacechange-Next Season @ Old Bridge NJ 7-6-00

Two big memories about this show: This was Mackenzie’s final show with Ensign. One of my favorite people in NJ going way back to when I first met him in the mid 90s. Second, it was brutally hot on this day and I ended up watching Bane’s set from the stairs outside because at least there was a slight breeze there instead of just moisture and heat like inside the venue. I got really burnt and it hurt a lot the next day.

Mouthpiece-Count Me Out-The Killing Flame-Intention @ The Kill Time Philadelphia PA 10-21-00

Late 2000 was a weird time in my life. I was about to finish community college and had really pushed away a lot of my friends. This was right around when a lot of people began breaking edge and getting heavy into partying and whatnot. Even on campus, I had been spending a lot more time with a friend I made in a Gender Studies class (who was kind of hardcore scene ajace) than whoever was left from our original crew. I was also taking back to back to back classes, none of which I really liked, so I went…
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Count Me Out-True Blue-Striking Distance-Time Flies-Third Degree @ Manahawkin Elks Lodge Manahawkin NJ 7-14-01

Hey, a show in my hometown! The Elks Lodge in Manahawkin hosted a few shows around this time as it seemed the NJHC scene was transitioning around a number of venues in places like Manasquan, Old Bridge, and Brick. This also worked out really well for me because I had gotten in a car accident earlier that week on the way to work. I was fine, although it could have been really, really, bad, but my car needed some work. Thankfully, I grabbed a ride with someone and headed over to the show. The big draw for me at this…
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Full Speed Ahead-Fast Times-Dead Nation-Cut The Shit-Forward To Death @ Asbury Park NJ 9-4-04

I don’t remember a ton about this show. I think I hung out outside for a lot of it. I ended up packed up front in the left corner for Full Speed Ahead, which kind of put me in the way of various band members for a couple of songs before I dove out and then took a step back into the crowd.

Good Clean Fun-The Hope Conspiracy-A Death In The Family-American Nightmare-Spark Lights The Friction @ New Brunswick NJ 4-23-00

This show was on Easter and didn’t get a great turn out. I mostly went to see the first, and only, I think, show for A Death In The Family. A friend of mine was in that band. Members had also been in 97a, Kurbjaw, and some others. This was one of the three or four times American Nightmare played NJ before they really blew up. I don’t even remember watching them, nor did I watch any of the other bands. I mostly remember this show for a long discussion I had after it with a friend in the parking…
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The Suicide File-The Promise-Lord Sterling-Black Cross @ Hamilton St. Cafe Bound Brook NJ 5-2-03

This was right around the time a lot of people in my friend group began slowly, but surely, slowing down how many shows we went to. After five hit or miss years of college, I was finally firing on all cylinders and had just finished a great paper a few days before on the history of fire fighting in colonial America (long story). I was beginning to get my head straight and realizing how toxic my relationship to the hardcore scene had become. Around this time I had also befriended a significant (well, like three or four) friends on my…
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Against The Gain-Degenerics-Standing Order-Three Against One-Dozed Theory-Fast Times-Probable Cause @ Toms River NJ 4-2-99 I don’t remember a ton from this show, but here we go: I remember hanging out at the Fast Times table for awhile. I think that was this show. They played ASS (lol) a few times. Three Against One covered a War Zone song at this show. I went to college with a few people from that band. Andy was later in Tear It Up and a bunch of other bands. I don’t remember Degenerics playing show, but that doesn’t mean anything. I think I bailed for awhile to go eat dinner.

Signifying Nothing Top 10 Of 2017

I heard about 20 good records this, so I had to narrow this down a bit. In ABC order: 1. Aggression Pact-Instant Execution 2. Big Cheese-Aggravated Mopery 3. Exit Order-Seeds Of Hysteria 4. Exit Unit-S/T 5. Fireburn-Don’t Stop The Youth 6. Fit For Abuse-Too Little Too Late 7. Husker Du-Savage Young Du 8. Neanderthal-A History of Violence 9. Subversive Rite-Demo 10. Udusic-Ugly