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UTP Interviews Jason Navarro of Break Anchor

Oh hey, this was exciting. Pretty recently Mr. Brandon asked me if I wanted a promo of the new Break Anchor 7". I of course wanted it because it exists. He also asked if I wanted to do an e-mail interview with Jay Navarro of Break Anchor and formerly over The Suicide Machines and currently of Hellmouth. Its quick, dirty, and I only get embarassed once. If I should be embarassed more than once just don't tell me.

Photograph by Luke Hartley

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Attention Boston: No more moshing, someone might stub a toe or die

So, I was browsing Punknews as I often do when I'm bored and I came across this article from Dave Wedge of the Boston Herald. If you don't feel like reading it then I'm happy to summarize: according to the Boston police moshing is now illegal. Apparently at a Flogging Molly show back in February police observed some people dancing or in the words and quotes of Wedge:

60 concertgoers engaged in an “aggressive mosh pit dance,” during which people were running and “colliding into each other,” including some who were “knocked to the ground.” No injuries were reported.

Yes, no injuries were reported. The police ended up just fining the venue and informing them that notices must be posted that this sort of negative, non-clean cut, rapscallion-esque activity will not take place in the proud city of Boston. Never mind that no one was hurt and it isn't likely people were coerced into moshing or the mosh pit was really a Viking murder party disguised as a bunch of skinny kids that lost their shirts.

What I think is really ridiculous about this is that moshing is not on the policy and city watch list in Boston, but if you wanted to you could go down into a nearby mixed martial arts gym with some buddies and happily punch one another in the face until you're all bleeding. I get that there is a difference here. You may got to a punk or metal show and be shocked by the presence of moshing and somehow it'll catch you off guard. Someone could get hurt, its true. But it is difficult to believe that many people enter such an environment without understanding to some degree what is going to to happen in the course of the show.

Finally, you'd think that with people having moshed to their hearts content for what... thirty years, I don't know, that if it caused enough of problem that it needed to be addressed by the police and local government then it would've come up years ago. With this happening now it makes the government and police look like reactionaries totally out of touch with a whole segment of their constituents.


The Return of Radulov and why you're wrong about everything

Alex pointing out how wrong you are.So, what are people flipping out about this week in the NHL? Its not the red line returning to the game, concussions, Sidney Crosby (ok, maybe a little bit about Crosby), or any of the usual suspects. Right now fans around the league are all bent out of shape about the possible return of Alexander Radulov to the NHL and the Nashville Predators. As a heads up, this piece will not address locker room chemistry, what Radulov would add, or anything like that.

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Episode 76: Coach's Corner Is My Jersey Shore

This week Dan from Pass It To Bulis joins us to discuss the Canucks. Peter starts ranting about Don Cherry and then it progresses into a conversation about nationalism in sports. Other topics include: Patrick Stump's blog post and Brendan Kelly's response, Riot Grrrl and the Hawks/Canucks rivarly

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Let's. Get. Nostalgic. Pennywise premier first track with Zoli Teglas(Ignite)

SoCal punk stalwarts Pennywise finally have premiered a song from the post-Jim Lindbergh era over at KROQ. The song is called 'All or Nothing' and apparently is the title track for the record slated for release May 1st. The interesting news from the story is that the record will be released on longtime home, Epitaph Records, after the last record was put out as an experiment with (the now dead) Myspace Records. 

Pennywise has never has wavered from their formula, it remains to be seen if Zoli can inject some life back in a band that had its glory days in the mid-90s. Decide for yourself and listen to 'All or Nothing' here.