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Chuck Ragan/Sharks/Dave Hause

Went to see Chuck Ragan play the other night at The Note in West Chester and it made me realize a few things:

A.) Sharks are mining a very much missed 80’s mod/punk/alternative territory that has not been replicated well lately, at least not from anything I’ve been listening to. They’re going to be pretty big as far as ‘our’ circles go, especially since they have been and will continue to tour with Social D this year. That fabulous looking black and blue swirled LP is going to be gone before you know it. Check them on tour and grab it for 12 bones if you know what’s best for ya.

B.) Local songsmith Dave Hause (member of The Loved Ones) knows how to stir up a typically-complacent Philly crowd with acoustic, yet high-energy odes to the proletariat. This marked my first experience with Dave’s wares and it certainly won’t be my last. I was more than ecstatic to hand over my working-class cash to pick up all the wax he had out on the table, including 2 different versions of a misprinted Loved Ones 10″.

C.) The two Rumbleseat songs below still resonate as strongly with me today as they did several years ago when I first downloaded them from Audiogalaxy. We’ll always be BFF’s. Click that link to get the discography LP for a cool $8 from the bitchin’ No Idea distro.

D.) For as much as I like/appreciate Chuck getting his beard on and playing alongside a fiddle and upright bass – I really really want Hot Water Music to write and tour again. He belted out a few old HWM tunes (with the help of the Sharks lads) and the place just exploded out of its cathartic state with shout-outs and fist pumps.That’s one show I’d get in the pit for, gray beard, busted knees and all.

Rumbleseat – California Burritos

Rumbleseat – Cursing Concrete


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Restorations – Strange Behavior 12″

It’s a precious thing knowing I will be surrounded by a scene choc-ful of talented musicians when I move back into the bowels of Philly – the lads in Restorations being no exception. This 10″ 12″, released on the Paper + Plastick label, covers a wide swath of musical terrain ranging from the excited, backwoods guitar-licks-and-whiskey-drawl of the opening ‘Title Track’ to the rushing crescendo of ringing guitars and crashing drums of the closing 2 minutes. Press sheet name-drops Lucero and Jon and Dave’s former band, Jena Berlin (of whom I’ve never actually heard), but I’m more inclined to say this type of restrained punk energy filtered through a dynamic spectrum of sounds yields an aural image of the Drive-By Truckers with Frankie Stubbs of Leatherface in the driver’s seat. Grab the wax from the insanely cheap No Idea mail-order warehouse like pow. Looks like they’ll be playing an acoustic house show in the area next week – more details on their FB.

Title Track



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