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So this is it, the final instalment of The Lookouting. It had been exhausting but awesome all the way and tonight was going to end on a high note. Arriving to the venue early enough for load-in, I got to meet the guys from The Jimmies who were opening the show. I have a split LP with them and The Weaklings so I was stoked to see them kick off tonight’s antics.

The Jimmies are from Oregon and they play straight up melodic punk rock. There’s three brothers in the band and I was told they hadn’t played together as The Jimmies in a long time as they all have different bands now but when they got asked to do this, they were down for it. They were a good opener and the crowd really dug them. They were giving away their 7″ and CD cos they didn’t wanna take them home and so I had to grab a copy of each so expect to hear them on the show in the near future.

Juke took to the stage next and I dunno why but I just couldn’t connect with them. They went over well with the crowd but for me personally, I just couldn’t grasp it. Maybe it was because I had never heard them before or the guitar tone which was layered with feedback, I dunno, it just wasn’t my thing at all. Oh well, I tried.

Black Fork were aggressive female fronted punk rock and packed with high energy and hard hitting songs, the punters were into them bigtime. I had never heard them before either but could see why they were so popular tonight. Not bad at all.

Kamala from The Karnivores who played the first night was back behind the kit again for her Lance Hahn tribute with the band Cringeworthy. Unfortunately, due to sickness the band was unable to perform. A real shame for all who wanted to see and hear the songs of Cringer and J Church but she really didn’t look well. Her health is far more important than a show. I can say that I did hear them rehearse and they gave everything 110% so they would have been incredible. Hopefully they will play again.

The Avengers were called to the stage and went on early which was a blessing for myself as I truly was exhausted and longed for an early night. Once again, the Avengers are a band I never thought I would see live. Vocalist Penelope Houston has so much energy on stage and fire in her voice that she still kicks out the jams and has done for four decades now with their most famous anecdote being that they opened for the Sex Pistols at their 1978 Winterland show. Yep, THAT show! The stories she must have would be so interesting. Seeing them play was an honour and they really rocked the place. Seeing them at Gilman St is something truly unbelievable yet it happened and if you weren’t there, you missed out.

Nuisance closed the night and their dedicated following were in awe. They may be older but they still gave the fans what they wanted and that was a show of classics. I liked these guys and while they’re not as straight up punk as the bands who played before them, their melodic style of indie rock was welcomed by all. Great songs and another band I didn’t think I would ever see live. Nuisance were a great ending to an awesome event.

The Lookouting was definitely something special. It was more than just nostalgia, this was also a celebration of a label that truly did things their way before corporate business got their hands on punk rock in 1994 to exploit its radness to a whole new generation of kids. I love the label’s vision and truly felt like I witnessed something really unique and exceptional. I wish you could have all been there to witness such an event. Thank you Alex, thank you bands, thank you to anyone and everyone who had a hand in putting this together. Well played to you all.

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There was no way possible The Lookouting’s Saturday night show was not going to sell out. Gilman St was packed solid for the extravaganza of punk rock shenanigans that would come from the event’s strongest line-up of Lookout legends.

Kicking off the antics was none other Groovie Ghoulies frontman, Kepi Ghoulie playing his brand of pop punk rock inspired heavily by the Ramones. Now I’ll be the first to admit that I never was a fan of the Groovie Ghoulies, they just didn’t connect with me, but tonight was still an entertaining and fun show featuring a cover of Billy Bragg’s A New England which wasn’t bad at all. (Young Statues also cover this song acoustically with Brianna Collins of Tigers Jaw and it’s freakin’ awesome! It’s on Run For Cover Records, look it up!). If the kids weren’t fired up before, they certainly were now.

The head honcho behind Lookout Records is no stranger to those in the Berkeley punk scene or to anyone who is into punk rock music and Larry Livermore’s own band, The Potatomen were up next to dish out their stories of yesteryear and to play some tunes. Having bought both of Larry’s books, it’s interesting hearing him tell stories in between the songs and it should be noted that The Potatomen’s drummer was none other than Chris Appelgren who is the man behind the artwork found on Green Day’s Kerplunk LP. Seriously, there was a whole tribe of Berkeley royalty amongst the crowds at this event. It was pretty awesome.

From the laundromat to the stage of Gilman St, Brent’s TV were definitely a hell of a lot of fun. These guys were so hilarious and a good time was had by all. I didn’t even remember a single song until the moment they started playing them and then the memories came flooding back. These guys are well worth your time. Check them out, especially if you like laundromat garage rock n roll with a stand up drummer.

Squirtgun were the biggest surprise for me. I dig ’em but had no idea what it was going to be like as bassist Mass Giorgini was the only original member on stage. Still, backed by drummer Danny Panic (ex-Screeching Weasel), guitarist Zac Damon (Screeching Weasel), and vocalist Kevin Sierzega (ex-Teen Idols), Squirtgun put on one of the most fun sets of the whole weekend. Besides playing tracks from Squirtgun, they also played covers of Screeching Weasel, Common Rider, and Teen Idols, before finishing off with their hit, Social (you know, the song that plays over the opening credits to the movie Mallrats). Good times!

How good are The Smugglers? I think “heaps” is the word you’re looking for! They are one hell of a fun band. Making the trek down from Canada, more than a few were saying that they stole the show. That could very well be true considering they were flawless. Some bands just stay awesome no matter how many years they have been broken up for and it seemed like they had never gone away. They were just as fun now as they were when they toured Australia with Mach Pelican and the Hard-Ons a gazillion years ago. Heaps rad band! Now if only I could just find their vinyl in Australia life would be so much better.

I hadn’t seen Pansy Division since they toured Australia in ’95 and here I was 22 years later seeing them again. They are so much fun. Hilarious songs and now having two guitars is the best thing they could have done. Joel Reader (ex-Mr T Experience, The Plus Ones, The Avengers, etc) has the distorted guitar while vocalist Jon Ginoli has the jangly guitar and when you mix the two together, you get the sound that Pansy Division should have always had. Their set consisted of classics, both old and new, kicking off with Fem In A Black Leather Jacket and smashing through their golden greats like Denny (Naked), Bad Boyfriend, Blame It On The Bible, and Dick Of Death which featured an oversized blow up penis being thrown around the venue. And why not? They were tops and I am stoked they’re still together and doing what they do because they are an important band for breaking down walls and boundaries and fighting homophobia.

If you’ve been listening to the show then you would have heard the interview with Dr Frank of the Mr T Experience (hey, I’ll plug it as much as I want… it’s my show after all) and how much of a fan I am of MTX. Seeing him play with the full band is something I’ve only dreamed of cos I really do dig this band bigtime. I have every single record they have ever released (an impressive accomplishment cos it’s not easy) and I couldn’t wait for this day to finally come. It has to be said that they didn’t disappoint. They played everything I wanted and more. Opening with At Gilman Street and following through with classics like I Love You But You’re Standing On My Foot, Cinthya With A Y, I Fell For You, Swallow Everything, Dumb Little Band, And I Will Be With You, Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba, Even Hitler Had A Girlfriend, etc etc… it was all the hits! All of them. It was so much radness and fun combined and I really wish this band was way bigger than they are because these songs are just like wow and you should all be listening to them. I mean, why wouldn’t you? Not listening to them is just nonsensical.

Once the night was over, I was exhausted but extremely happy. Such a good night for great bands and I really wish I could see bands like this all the time. I shan’t complain though cos the Descendents are touring Australia soon with Nursery Crimes supporting so if that doesn’t scream “Hey America, now it’s your turn to be jealous!” then I dunno what will. Nursery Crimes are amazing. Go listen to All Torn Up Inside on YouTube and try and tell me otherwise. ANYWAY, there was one more night to go and I needed sleep. Bad. Let’s rock!

The Mr T Experience

This week’s episode features part 1 of a 2 part interview with non other than Dr Frank of the California pop punk rockers, The Mr T Experience. This is one helluva ride! Dr Frank talks with Michele and Damo about the band’s humble beginnings and career highlights up til and including the album Our Bodies, Our Selves (part 2 follows from Love Is Dead onward coming October 4th). This is one awesome chat and is so much fun as Dr Frank goes into detail about his song writing and tales surrounding those around him. There’s chats about Gilman Street, Lookout Records, Kevin Army, The Queers, movies,  being understood, being misunderstood, antics, shenanigans, etc. It’s awesome and you can listen in right now by clicking on THIS LINK.

All music by The Mr T Experience, of course.

NOW GO BUY THEIR RECORDS!

Episode 92

This week we celebrate the one year anniversary of that time Michele saw Screeching Weasel, The Queers and The Mr T Experience on the same bill. Why is this noteworthy? Cos these kinds of shenanigans just wouldn’t happen in Australia. Hell, we couldn’t even successfully get Screeching Weasel to tour here on their own let alone be blessed with the likes of the MTX and the Queers. Woe is us. So what we did was celebrate by playing bands that were released through the Berkeley, California label, Lookout! Records. That’s right, every single record we played on this week’s show is a Lookout! Records release and it’s all awesome! Seriously, you’d be hard pressed to find a better playlist than this. Yep. Oh, and Michele reviews the Suicide Squad movie just for kicks. Listen in right now by clicking on THIS LINK. Or subscribe to the show now through iTunes by clicking on that link over there on the left.

Enjoy tunes by:
Fifteen
The Queers
The Mr T Experience
Green Day
Operation Ivy
Boris The Sprinkler
One Man Running
The Donnas
Pansy Division
Screeching Weasel
The Wynona Riders
Parasites
Sinkhole
Crimpshrine
Pinhead Gunpowder
The Vindictives

NOW GO BUY SOME RECORDS!

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This week Michele gets drunk with her friend Courtney while Damo spins the tunes! It’s a barrel full of shenanigans and awesomeness. Also, just take a look at all those bitchin’ records we spin! You can listen in right now by clicking on THIS LINK.

Enjoy tunes by:
Steel Panther
Blink-182
Masked Intruder
Hollowpoints
Propagandhi
Deadlegs
Planes Mistaken For Stars
Nursery Crimes
Cheap Trick
The Donnas
Iron Chic
Butch Walker
Mr T Experience
No Warning
Man Overboard
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Fireball Ministry
J Church

NOW GO BUY SOME RECORDS!