“You Know, That One Place”: DALE’S Bar and Grill

Punksburgh has teamed up with Chuck Kowalski (whom you may know from The Filthy Lowdown) to explore the plethora of dive bars that pepper our fair city. In this post, originally published on his blog Sports Unfiltered, he lays out his mission and visits his first dive: DALE’S. 

Hi jags, jagettes, and fellow enthusiasts of the sauce, the creature, the good stuff – be your beverage of choice a domestic lager or an absurd cocktail served in a repurposed aquarium.

Between bouts of sports-driven mayhem, I manage to make it out on occasion to the hangout, the haunt, the dive. Just as often, I write about things that tolerate – or enable – my poor decisions and unabridged fits of cursing despite there being no missed tackles, throwing errors, or wretched turnovers in the neutral zone. I swear these events are purely coincidental.

We all have these retreats, these havens, where nobody asks questions, you realize you may somehow be the most well-adjusted person in the entire establishment, and a regular who isn’t called by his or her real name is lying face down in the remains of a behemoth nacho plate, seemingly adorned with an unspoken “Do No Disturb” sign.

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Review: MethMatics, Whitethrash, The New 52 @ The Smiling Moose 8/25/17

For the second weekend in a row I was enticed to withstand the South Side to go to a show. While I do sneak down the back alleys to get to The Smiling Moose, this line-up made smoking outside among the sloppy Yinzers well worth it! I have to say that I was disappointed by the turnout at this event, a good portion of the crowd leaving after the first band, but the loss is theirs. The night’s entire roster was outstanding!

I had never witnessed The New 52, the aforementioned first band, before. The trio claim to be from Zerosville, PA, which could be located just about anywhere. Self-described Alternative Punk, they reminded me a bit of EARLY Green Day, maybe some NOFX, although their compositions are probably more mature. On vocals & guitar, Brian isn’t afraid to get personal and raw with a few songs, but overall these guys really seemed to revel in rocking out their 11 song set list. Unfortunately, they don’t have any recordings ready for public consumption yet, so you’re left with no choice BUT to go check them out in the flesh. I’d consider it a personal favor that when you do, someone brings poor drummer Gerald a sturdy cinder block for his bass drum. As for the other bass, I admit that they did win some points from me for having a killer lefty filing the role with Wes.

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Video Feature! Appalachia Underground, Mindless Chaos, Only Flesh, & The Renfields @ The Fallout Shelter 8/12/17

Last Saturday at The Fallout Shelter Punksburgh was joined by a SURPRISE GUEST VIDEOGRAPHER! It is our pleasure, especially mine-I get to go easy on this review,  to introduce Drew Danen! Relive the magic!

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Maybe the best collection of, and definitely the most organized, bathroom stickers.

Kicking off the evening with a bang was the “Alt Punk Rock” band hailing from Martins Fairy, OH, Appalachia Underground. I’d never seen these guys before, but the production team of Some Die Nameless rarely disappoint in their selections and now I can’t wait to catch AU’s awesomeness again!

 

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Show Review: Action Camp’s EP Release – Club Cafe (8/4/17)

Friday the 4th was a historically rad night thanks to Action Camp, who released the newest installation to their discography: an eponymous EP.   The event was held at Club Cafe, who made a specialty cocktail for the event called the “Gothtail.” After a few clove cigarettes were symbolically smoked and urges to recite various Albert Camus quotes were resisted, I took the first sip of my Gothtail as Hearken kicked off the show.  Singer/guitarist Donny Donovan shredded with the riot grrrl prowess of Carrie Brownstein while drummer Greg Brunner poured all of his emotion through his drumsticks and into the kit.  After them was a rad group of guys by the name of Silence, who unequivocally rocked off my socks.

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Maura Jacob, Bengt Alexsander, and Joe Tarowsky (on drums)


Action Camp took the stage and dove into performing the entirety of the new EP, as well as a few extra favorites.  Living up to their reputation as highly polished professionals, Club Cafe resonated with the artful, dark, heavy, intense, and yet ethereal melodies of ten amazing tracks.

This release is the first with the addition of Joe Tarowsky, lending his numerous talents on the drum kit, guitar, and vocals.  The three-part vocal harmony on the track Shakin’ All Over sent chills down my spine.  For the final track – Nameless – Joe simultaneously played guitar while remaining consistent on the bass drum.

After the show I bought my copy of the EP and managed to snag a setlist and show poster (which I framed posthaste).

The show was, in my modest opinion, downright incredible.  I’m excited for the band and what they will do in the years to follow.

Rock the Weekend! Shows 8/11-8/13/17

The weekend is here once again and, as usual,  there are scores of events for Pittsburgh rockers to choose from! One Punksburgher ambitiously attempts to narrow it down and create her ideal to-do list.

Friday, August 11
Punk Rock Karaoke at Black Forge Coffee House
Tonight at Black Forge do your worst to classic punk songs for a rad cause! The awesome folks of Trash to Thrash, who “upcycle” crappy skateboards for the kiddos, will be raffling off some decks custom-painted by local artists to raise funds. It’s all associated with The Punk Rock Karaoke Collective who organize fundraisers across the country for grassroots political and community organizations. These dudes offer a catalog of over 800 songs and have raised $64,000 benefiting 71 organizations to date! The festivities begin at 8 pm and although they’ll provide some FREE libations, BYOB-ing is recommended since yinz are a bunch of lushes.

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No One Expects The Punksburgh Inquisition: Abe Like Lincoln (The Filthy Lowdown)

Right in the middle of their “Summertime Filth” tour, Punksburgh caught up with Abe “Like Lincoln,” vocalist and  purveyor of miscellaneous questionable behavior of those homicidal hunters of the homeless, The Filthy Lowdown!

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The Filthy Lowdown captured by Kel Ha Tan of none other than Tiger Sex!

What was the artist, album, or song that inspired you to play/write music?

My dad always listened to a heavy array of music from Metallica to Frank Zappa, but I would have to say that when I got Green Day’s ‘Dookie’ and The Offspring’s ‘Smash’ for X-mas when I was nine, those were the albums that influenced me to start creating music.

What are the names of every band that you’ve ever been a part of?

Forgive me if I forget one or two:
Mulletude
Beaver Brigade
Dying to Live
TEAM No Respect
Speak Out
Barker’s Beauties
The Filthy Lowdown

What is the absolute favorite piece of merch that you own?

Hmm… I have ticket stubs from the first couple of years that I was going to shows. I have ticket stubs signed by Weird Al, Dexter Holland, and Marky Ramone.
My favorite piece of merch that I have from The Filthy Lowdown:
The Filthy Lowdown: the t-shirt!
The Filthy Lowdown: the coloring book!
The Filthy Lowdown: the lunchbox!
The Filthy Lowdown: the breakfast cereal!
The Filthy Lowdown: the flamethrower! (“The kids love this one.”)
& last, but not least; The Filthy Lowdown: The Doll, Me

What is one thing about the Pittsburgh music scene that could be better and one thing about the scene that you love?

I think that people should have more food fights at shows. Like, we are someday planning “Pound of Jumbo Night.” Everyone brings jumbo (Ed. note: that’s bologna in Pittsburghese) to the show and goes wild during the music.
One thing that I love about the scene is that there’s always a show going on with great bands. I feel bad that I can’t go see them all.

What’s something about you/your band that you think people should know that maybe they don’t?

We are like Spinal Tap and our drummers keep dying. We keep finding more and more drummers and they die in a weird manner. We are like the Craigslist killer for drummers. Speaking of Craigslist, every city we play we read Craigslist’s “Casual Encounters.” You never know what you’ll run into on the road and that is hours of fun while touring.

If you had to pick only one of your songs for people to listen to which one would it be?

It would depend on what kind of mood I was in. Either “Mischief” or “Cheap Cars, Fast Women.”

Who would you cast in the movie of your band?

Drummer: The Invisible Man or Don Knotts
Chuck (bass:) Danny Glover
Max (guitar:) Steven Segal
Brandon (rhythm guitar:) John Stamos
Myself: Alf or Tim Curry

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The Filthy Lowdown: The Movie

How does your mom/family react to your music? Do they come to your shows?

My family is very supportive of my music. If you’ve been to a Filthy Lowdown show you’ve definitely seen my dad. He’s the crazy guy going apeshit up front. He makes the kids look bad with his energy. He is definitely my biggest fan and the band’s biggest supporter. My mom and grandma come to shows from time to time as well. Gram wanted a “Rub my Clint” shirt just to support us and be edgy. She is hilarious!

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Abe’s edgy & adorable gram!

What band or artist have you seen live the most number of times?

That is a great question. I would have to say the Dropkick Murphy’s, but not because I wanted to see them. It was mainly because they were always on tour with a band I wanted to see. The band that I have seen the most on purpose is probably the Unseen.

What’s the craziest thing that has happened to you at a show as a performer or spectator?

While we were on the road an already drunk man stole the band’s pitcher of beer while we were onstage. I told him to give it back. He refused. A melee ensued and when it was broken up he threw a cue ball from the pool table at me. I wasn’t hit or injured. Then he went outside and had people repeatedly punch him in the face. He must have woken up with the worst headache and missing teeth.

Be on the lookout for the Filthies upcoming release, currently awaiting pressing, which was produced by Joe Queer and mixed/mastered by singer/guitarist for The Atom Age, Ryan Perras!
Their summer tour still has stops in Detroit, Madison, Milwaukee, and Ft. Wayne, IN., but you can catch them when they return to the ‘burgh to open for Agnostic Front at Cattivo on September 29th!
Also be sure to catch them do their best Suicide Machines impersonation at The Fallout Shelter‘s “Half-Covered Halloween” alongside Children of October, Johnny and The Razorblades, The Danzas, Evad & The Ominous Squad, and Crisis in America on October 28th for a spooky, weird time!

Still inquisitive? We’ve got you covered! Here’s a sampling of past Inquisitions to delve into!
Willy Raygun (Weapons of Choice)
Brian McGee (The Danzas)
Jimmy Bastard (The Bastard Bearded Irishmen)
Tim Little (Playoff Beard / Nightmarathons / Lansbury / The Shutouts)
Ray Kolcun (Crooked Cobras)

“We practice every Monday”: an Interview with The Mondaze

I recently got to sit down with The Mondaze a three-piece pop rock group from Pittsburgh. The band is made up of Jason (vocals/guitar), Brad (drums), and Wassell (bass/vocals).  

Brad, Jason, and Wassell. Fun fact, I took these pictures.

What are you currently working on?

W: Our new EP

B: Three new songs, I guess for the EP. 

J: Pretty much the EP and booking more shows. 

How long have you guys been a band?

J: The Mondaze have been around since 2012

B: Yeah but we took a break, we’ve only been playing actively as a three-piece for a year

W: The basement has been arranged around me. Everyone else has moved down here, but I’ve been in this spot since I joined. 

J: I found Brad on the internet and then we found Wassell at a Subway. I told him I’d give him a copy of Kill Bill Vol. I if he came and jammed with us, and then he joined. 

The Mondaze practicing



What shows do you have coming up?

B: Saturday at Smiling Moose

J: We have some other ideas, too, but that’s the only one that’s booked

W: There are other shows in the works to be announced once we solidify the lineup. 

If people can’t make the show, how else can they access your music?

Our music is up for free on our website themondazerock.com, it can be streamed on Spotify, or you can purchase it on iTunes

Who would you say your biggest musical influences are?

Blink 182, New Found Glory, Jimmy Eat World Midtown, Foo Fighters, Saves the Day, Punchline, and The Get Up Kids

What does your musical process consist of?

J: We play every Monday. I write music and then we decide which of the songs I’ve written to work on on Mondays. 

B: I sometimes am here on Tuesdays, too. 

J: I write music almost every night so that’s part of the process. 

What is some advice you wish you had when you were starting out?

W: I mean, I got told that my hands are enormous so I should play bass…so I play bass. 

B: Play out of fun, which is what I’m still doing. 

J: Play Pittsburgh sooner. I grew up out in the country. Go to as many shows as you can. The more bands you see, the more ideas you get for what can be done or what you want to do. 

Everyone has a favorite venue, what would you say yours is?

B: Laga

J: Yeah, Laga was a favorite. It should be opened back up. Otherwise current top three would be Club Cafe, The Smiling Moose, and while we haven’t played there recently, Mr. Smalls

Every venue always seems to have stairs. You can’t escape them. 

You’re a part of the local scene, what are some of your favorite local bands?

J: Life Is Short

B: Man, I was going to say Life Is Short. 

J: Two Birds, Eternal Boy, Young Lungs and Paper States. I’m really excited to play with those last two on Saturday. 

W: Maytide

B: Fire at the Point

J: Kid Durango

What was your favorite show you’ve played?

J: Probably our CD release show at Hard Rock

What is something you love about the scene and what, if anything, would you change?

J: I love the people. It’s almost like a big family. Good bands make it awesome.

Something I would change would be to have more venues. I also wish I was playing more, but that’s in me. 

There is a healthy group with lots of people involved which is great because with more people being involved the better it gets. The scene just gets more lively. 

What would an ideal tour lineup to attend or play look like?

J: Blink 182, New Found Glory, and Jimmy Eat World 

Do you have any favorite local businesses you think people should be aware of?

B: Franks, I swear they don’t sponsor us, but it’d be cool if they did. 

J: Churn

W: Brian’s Brew’ry Outlet, they have a good selection.  

What would you say your favorite pizza place is? 

Simultaneously: Franks. 

W: Even when it’s bad it’s still good. 

J: Usually it’s really good. 

B: I feel like I need to specifically say their Buffalo chicken pizza with ranch

J: I’m not like a bad person or anything, but if I did something awful and ended up with the death penalty, that’d be my last requested meal. 

B&W: Definitely. 


Punksburgh Playlist 07.25.17 – 07.31.17

A weekly Spotify playlist of all bands reviewed/interviewed/mentioned on Punksburgh.com from 07.25.17 – 07.31.17.

 

 

Not on Spotify:

Spotify:

  • Weapons of Choice – Peace Lilly
  • EyeHateGod – My Name Is God (I Hate You)
  • Cro-Mags – Hard Times
  • Ramones – I Wanna Be Sedated
  • The Queers – Fuck the World
  • Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – I’ll Cut You Down
  • Black Sabbath – Paranoid (Remastered Version)
  • Death Card – Barking Irons
  • Cynimatics – The Riddle House
  • Less Than Jake – All My Friends Are Metal Heads
  • The Trabajabas- The Electric Narwhal
  • Wilhelm – And Then Suddenly I’m an Eagle (Version II)
  • Colourshow – Forties
  • Auggie. – Between a Rock and Toxic Routines
  • Soulios – Pop Punk & Metalcore
  • Herbivore – Campfire Remedy
  • Two Birds – Not Exactly a Love Song
  • Punchline – Rewind
  • Eternal Boy – Growing Pains
  • War on Women – Servilia
  • Anti-Flag – The Press Corpse
  • Bad Cop/Bad Cop – Here’s to You
  • The Dickies – Banana Splits (The Tra la la song)
  • edhochuli – Chillin’ amongst the Party
  • The Ataris – So Long, Astoria
  • Adolescents – Amoeba
  • Big D and the Kids Table – L.A. X
  • Street Dogs – Punk Rock and Roll
  • Fist Fight in the Parking Lot – Milk of Amnesia
  • Molasses Barge – Emerging Void
  • Dalek – Echoes Of…
  • Penance – Cloudless
  • Monolith Wielder – Illumination
  • Ol’ Time Moonshine – Seven Deadly Suns
  • Archarus – Sea Wolf
  • Horseburner – David
  • Wasted Theory – Celestial Voodoo Lounge
  • Foghound – Serpentime
  • Brimstone Coven – Black Magic
  • Solace – The Immortal, The Dead, and the Nothing
  • Karma to Burn – Fifty Seven
  • Earthride – Something Wicked
  • Valkyrie – Mountain Stomp
  • Stinking Lizaveta – Matilda Mother
  • Working Breed – For Cryin’ (Out Loud)
  • Tim Vitullo – Josephine
  • Lofi Delphi – Birds
  • The Beatles – Rocky Raccoon (Remastered Version)
  • Action Camp – zero/one
  • The Midnight Ghost Train – The Watchers Nest