Me and the Dropkicks go way back. I got their first album (Do Or Die) as a Valentine’s Day gift from my lovely wife in 1999, when we lived in Montreal. When the neighbours upstairs acted like morons, I used to point my speakers at the ceiling and blast Cadence To Arms and Do Or Die at them at top volume. They got the hint.
Anyway, this 2010 live album, recorded over 7 shows in 6 nights) captures the band’s sound awesomely in a live setting. I was sad they only included one track (Caught In A Jar) from that first album here, but so many other great tunes are here, even Kiss Me I’m Shitfaced, and I’m Shipping Up To Boston (featuring Mighty Mighty Bosstones) back to back to end the night.
You know the Dropkicks. Crank this and go go GO!
James Parker – Turned On: A Biography Of Henry Rollins
That title should read ‘unauthorized’ biography – apparently Hank wanted nothing to do with this 1998 book. I suppose it’s because he spends his entire spoken word thing (and many of his diary-style books) giving out snippets of biography anyway. Or it could be because this book purports that he used a lot of acid in the Black Flag days, which undermines Rollins’ straight-edge stance. Frankly, if it’s true I really don’t care. What puzzles me is why he’d hide it when he claims to be so up front about everything else. Admit it, move on. Whatever. Anyway, the book is otherwise a well-written re-hashing of the early DC punk and Black Flag days, as well as beyond, most of which has been documented in other places.
Dropkick Murphys – Do Or Die
I’ve had this CD for years (since I got it as a Valentine’s gift – I know, my wife rules!), and have played it to death. Rocked it again while working out yesterday and loved it all over again. They’ve never matched this album in its entirety again, though there have been great individual songs since. A fave for sure, essential listening.
Robert Pollard – The Devil Went Home And Puked
An all-dancing, all-singing, all-drinking highly creative video collage of Robert Pollard and his band of merrily drunk mofos, recorded throughout Pollard’s incredibly prolific and happily lengthy career. Sure, this 67 minutes of weirdness is probably for fans only, but that’s me, baby! Wahoo!
Squirrel Nut Zippers – Perennial Favourites
Yeah, this CD’s been out forever but it’s awesome. My wife put it on today so our son could have some lively music to jump along with in the Jolly Jumper. It worked like a charm. You know, I loved that swing revival in the 90’s, when bands blew the dust of their grandparent’s music collections and let ‘er rip. It should happen again. Actually, it should never go away. To me, swing and big band is a constant. Just saying.
Andrew Vincent – Canadian Dream
You should look this guy up. His song, Canadian Dream, is really rather excellent. It says a lot about our generation, for better or worse (depending on your opinion in the matter). My sister says we’re all doomed to be Prince Charles for the rest of our lives, that the Boomers will never get out of the way. Talk about priorities. Anyway, I’m rambling. Great song. Go hear it on his Myspace. Thanks to CBC radio for introducing me to this man’s work.