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Atlanta Show on June 2nd Confirmed

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Confirmed by Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA on Tuesday June 2nd, 2015.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, March 2 at 10am – Friday, March 6 at 10pm.

Tickets for the general public on sale Monday, March 9th at 10am.

Eight ticket limit per customer.

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Rumor: Buffett to perform in Atlanta in June

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An unconfirmed rumor: Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA on Tuesday June 2nd, 2015. More details coming soon.

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February 2015 Album Releases

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February may be short a few days, but it’s full of great new releases and a lot of music to get excited about. First and foremost, February kicks off a year-long celebration of Bob Marley’s 70th Birthday. One which will deliver a handful of releases throughout the year. The first of which, a live album and DVD from 1978.

Furthermore, February brought a soulful new record from LA Reggae outfit, The Lions, another great compilation from Music Unites, and a live musical concept record from NOFX frontman Fat Mike. Fans of progressive Reggae-Rock will also want to check out excellent new releases from several of the genre’s up-and-coming talents including east coast bands Resinated and Kings and Comrades, as well as Hawaii’s Inna Vision. All in all, don’t delay dancing and jamming to these 9 new releases.

If there are any albums we missed, drop them in the comments below or on our Facebook or Twitter.

Check out the Album Releases from prior months:

  • January 2015 Album Releases
  • February 2015 Album Releases

    Bob Marley and The Wailers – Easy Skanking in Boston ’78
    Release Date: February 3rd

    With a birthday celebration that last throughout 2015, Bob Marley’s legacy will continue on with new releases of rare and unreleased material as well as deluxe editions of fan favorites and his most memorable work. The first music to be released, a live 13 track set titled Bob Marley The Wailers: Easy Skanking In Boston ’78.

    Hitting stores on February 17th and containing the first set from two historic live shows at Boston’s Music Hall on June 8, 1978, Bob Marley The Wailers: Easy Skanking In Boston ’78, features a new and unreleased performance of a handful of Marley’s most infamous songs. Among the 13 tracks, highlights of the performance include an energetic “Jammin’” and “The Heathen.”

    Read more about the album by clicking Here.

    You can pick up Easy Skanking in Boston ’78 on Amazon now, by clicking Here.

    Zion I – The Sun Moon and Stars EP
    Release Date: February 3rd

    Recently Zion-I announced the release of a new 5 track EP, along with word Zumbi and Amp Live will be pursuing solo careers, while Zumbi will continue making music under the Zion I name.

    The Sun Moon and Stars EP is the final link in the EP trinity from Zion I, which started with Masters of Ceremony, and Libations. The project a series created to fortify the cultural aspects of Hip Hop captures the mounting tension of the ongoing clash between the police and the community, with Dreadlock and Unity.

    On the other side it features savvy storytelling over bass heavy ambience with “Lost in Translation” and the laid-back outro of “Last Nite,” with hard hitting pulse od the street anthem “Juggernaut,” balancing the extremes. On the EP Zion I lays it down to bring his best game forward. While hip-hop continues to grow, Zion I represents the old sage who preserves the core of the culture and genre.

    Preview the record on Zion I’s Soundcloud Page.

    You can pick up The Sun Moon and Stars on Amazon now, by clicking Here.

    The Lions- Soul Riot
    Release Date: February 10th

    Following their 2013 debut album, This Generation, on February 10th The Lions released their latest studio effort, Soul Riot, on Stones Throw Records. These 12 new tracks as explained by Producer/Guitarist Dan Ubick, “came straight from the heart on all fronts. With everything that’s going on today we wanted to make an album that speaks to peoples emotions and frustrations while also giving them a chance to dance and release some stress.”

    Inspired by reggae, sound system culture and the myriad of musical styles influenced by Jamaican music old and new, for this record the band put together around a dozen of Los Angeles Reggae and Soul forerunners who loosely coalesced as The Lions in 2007. Members of the legendary Ska band Hepcat, Deston Berry and Alex Désert, form half of the vocal team. The other half is the sweet falsetto of Malik Moore and DJ stylings of Black Shakespeare, the charismatic cousin of the infamous Robbie Shakespeare. The record is available in multiple formats including a double LP with gatefold and download card.

    You can pick up Soul Riot on Amazon now, by clicking Here.

    Resinated – Smoke Signals
    Release Date: February 10th

    Florida’s Resinated has begun to make a name for themselves, playing many high energy performances filled with grooves of Funk, Reggae, and Rock. Now they’ve grabbed the attention of fellow east coast Alternative-Reggae band, Ballyhoo!, who have signed Resinated to their Right Coast Records for the release of their 2nd full-length record.

    Returning a second time to Sound Lounge Studio, working with Producer Greg Shields and Mike Stebe, Resinated has put together a great product. Titled Smoke Signals, this new record contains 12 tracks, wrapped in artwork illustrated by Nick Kubley, drummer of Passafire.

    Read more about the album by clicking Here.

    Read our review of the album by clicking Here.

    You can pick up Smoke Signals on Amazon now, by clicking Here.

    Various Artists – Music Unites Vol. 4
    Release Date: February 10th

    The fourth volume of Music Unites – Reggae Around the World has just bee released after much anticipation, and once again it is refreshing to see so many talented people rise to the charitable occasion. So far these compilations of Reggae inspired acts have already raised almost $20,000 for music literacy with underprivileged children in their collaboration with Unify To Thrive.

    This album includes a special appearance by Reggae Ambassadors, Third World, and Morgan Heritage. Contributors come from the Northern Hemisphere with Backbeat Soundsystem and Gentleman’s Dub Club to The Beautiful Girls from down under. The project’s mastermind and compiler-extraordinaire, Jordan Rosenthal of Fortunate Youth, gives us “Peace, Love Unity” along with songs from and The Expendables, Mike Love, Maoli, Ease Up, Tatanka, The Hip Abduction, K Bong, Leilani Wolfgramm, Lady Reiko The Sin City Prophets.Over 23,000 miles of music is represented in 30 tracks! For $4.99 you can dance your way into an amazing cause. has been incredibly instrumental in the push for music education and has amassed an amazing selection of songs that even grandma will enjoy.

    Read more about the album by clicking Here.

    You can pick up Music Unites Vol. 4 on Amazon now, by clicking Here.

    Various Artists – Home Street Home: Original Songs from the Shit Musical
    Release Date: February 10th

    NOFX frontman, Fat Mike’s plans to produce a theatrical musical have finally come to fruition. Appropriately called Home Street Home, “the story of Home Street Home revolves around Sue, a 16-year old runaway who plunges headfirst into the deviant subculture and alternative lifestyle of the streets.”

    The musical score was written and produced by Fat Mike with assistance from Tony Award winner Jeff Marx and AVN Award winner Soma Snakeoil. The concept album, released on February. 10th, through Fat Wreck Chords, feature appearances from members of the Descendents, Lagwagon, Old Man Markley, Mad Caddies, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, The Aggrolites, The Living End, The Real McKenzies, and RKL.

    Read more about the album by clicking Here.

    You can pick up Home Street Home: Original Songs from the Shit Musical on Amazon now, by clicking Here.

    Kings and Comrades – Get Away
    Release Date: February 17th

    The 12 mellow tracks of Get Away compose the full length debut of Philadelphia, PA’s Kings And Comrades. Packaged in beautiful artwork by Kc Cowan Designs, the album showcases a authentic and well-balanced sound while featuring impressive array of guest vocalists and producer with appearances by Karim Israel of Arise Roots, KBong, Joseph Collepardi of Sensamotion, and Ryan Leimkuhler, with several tracks mixed by E.N Young. Released on February 17, fans can listen on Spotify, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud.

    You can pick up Get Away on Amazon now, by clicking Here.

    Riotmaker – Welcome to CaLiRock
    Release Date: February 20th

    Out of Sacramento, CA, the 5-piece Alt. Reggae-Rock group, Riotmaker is set to introduce us to their style of music known as CaliRock with the release of Welcome to CaliRock. Their new 9 track album was tracked at Pus Cavern in Sacramento by Cake’s Joe Johnston. He produced songs “Fashion Nugget” and “Prolonging the Magic”. The album also includes two guest appearances with Hennessy, a rapper from Sacramento who is featured on track five “Everything is out”. Then Melissa McGregor from Once an Empire sings back ups on Track eight, “Ritalin Kid.” Look out for the new album on all digital media outlets.

    Read our review of the album by clicking Here.

    You can pick up Welcome to CaLiRock on Amazon now, by clicking Here.

    Inna Vision – Push EP
    Release Date: February 20th

    Hawaii’s Inna Vision is dropping their latest release this month, an EP titled Push. As in “Push happiness, let all the negative shit expire.” Push is preview of Inna Vision’s 4th full length album set to release summer 2015

    Featuring 6 tracks the EP aslo features collabeorations with special guest, The Steppas and Hirie. Be sure to check out the groups video for the single East End on Youtube.

    You can pick up Push on Amazon now, by clicking Here.

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    Rumors: Tour dates for Kansas City & Irvine CA

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    Some unconfirmed rumored tour dates for Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band:

    June 6th, 2015 – Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO
    October 24th, 2015 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Irvine, CA

    More details coming soon

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    Video Premiere: Build A Machine – Phat Stax

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    Here’s the video premiere to Build A Machine‘s new single “Phat Stax”. The whole video was shot with cell-phone cameras in the Joshua Tree Desert. The Boston Trio is gearing up for The Desert Sessions EP set to release on March 3rd, 2015. You can pre-order the EP on iTunes for only $2.99 by clicking HERE. If you’re not too familiar with the group, you can download 2 FREE singles by BAM inside our MP3 Massive section by clicking HERE! Enjoy the song video…

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    The Evolving Destin Scene

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    Over the past week, Sunshine Cindy and I have been out and about a little. One night we went to the original La Famiglia Restaurant in Destin. This is the place close to the Red Door Saloon. We love the atmosphere in the place. It kind of feels like my old Italian family home we would visit on Sunday. As always the food was fantastic. We did learn they are closing this location and will relocate to the old Hard Rock location in the Destin Commons in March. That makes sense as they have a second restaurant just down the road above Crab Island Cantina. We wish them well in their move.

    We also visited World of Beer again which is also in the Commons. Just like our first visit, the place was packed. Sunshine Cindy and I shared a Ahi Tuna appetizer. It was really good. I think I was the only person in the place drinking beer out of a can. I wanted Abita Amber and they only had some Mardi Gras promotional cans left but they were just $3 each so I was happy.

    Another stop we made was at Uncle Bucks which is right across from World of Beer. Scott was behind the bar again. He remembered us from the last time we stopped in. John was also working the bar. John used to be the GM of The Block for many years. He told us a bunch of stories about some of the country music stars they had play there. He said they tried hard to get Willie Nelson to play there even meeting his tour bus at a truck stop and giving him a case of Jack Daniels but it was not enough to sway Willie to come to Fort Walton Beach to play.

    Brian at Landshark Pizza was doing a special Rib Eye Steak special on Saturday. Like our friend Eric Stone said, “Having steak at a pizza place is like having sushi at a bait and tackle shop.” It does sound weird but the steaks were very good. Brian was also smoking chicken wings. They looked great but I was stuffed already. Hopefully he will smoke some more wings again soon.

    Last week the American Legion in Destin had a special fundraiser. They had Kevin Black (Clint Black’s brother) playing. He was really good. A big crowd was there and a lot of money was raised for some of the local Veteran’s hospitals and services. The Legion is the home of many of our vets and they can use your support. Stop in sometime and help keep the Legion going strong.

    After the show Julie, Loujean, Jan, Sunshine Cindy and myself all stopped at Hooters for some dinner. It was late and the place was nearly empty but we had a good time like we always do. I tried their chili and it was actually very good.

    Speaking of chili…This coming Saturday is the Emerald Coast Parrot Head Clubs Chili Cook-Off in Harborwalk Village. Up to 20 different restaurants and individuals will be competing for the title of best chili in Destin. You can taste test the chili with an armband that is $10 per person pre-sale or $15 at the event. All proceeds will benefit Horizons and Relay for Life.

    As the cook-off winds down on Saturday, Jerry Diaz and Hanna’s Reef will be playing at Crab Island Cantina from 3-7 pm. Jerry and the band is an award winning Trop Rock band from Texas. There is no cover charge and everyone is welcome to party with band.

    Spring break is now starting. The next couple of weeks we will have a transition from snowbirds to young party animals. The authorities have been cracking down on the rowdiness as they don’t want this area to become like Panama City Beach. We want everyone to come and have a good time but to respect our beaches and town.

    Have a great week. See ya next Monday!!!

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    Review: RAC – RAC

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    RAC – RAC
    RACTrack Listing:
    1.) Doses
    2.) Wrecking Ball
    3.) Generate
    4.) Honey Pot
    5.) Patois Superstar
    6.) Robbin’ the Grave
    7.) Avalon
    8.) 50 Strong
    9.) Baby Face Devil
    10.) Street Signs and Pipe Dreams
    11.) Therapy
    12.) Mary Admire
    13.) Munchies in D
    14.) And it Goes

    The Pier Album Rating:

    Release Date: April 14th, 2015
    Official Website: RAC Website

    Artist Background:
    Forming in Phoenix, Arizona in 2004, RAC is an early pioneer of the more heavily punk influenced “Desert Reggae,” and is one of the few bands we review that’s been around long enough to have had a myspace music page. Despite a brief hiatus, the lineup of Ben Florentine (Vocals, Guitar), Thomas O’Brien (Vocals, Percussion), Derek Pepper (Guitar), Matt Roberson (Drums) and Taylor Hawkins (Bass) has remained consistent for most of the band’s years. Before this release, the band put out two albums, Lost in Paradise (2006) and Heavy (2009) along with their 2011 EP, In.Hab.I.Tants.

    Album Review:
    I’ll tear this band-aid off quickly; the production quality throughout the album is rough at times.

    It isn’t often that I’d rate an album with such a shortcoming so highly, but there are some bright spots that I came to appreciate after a few listens. Starting with “Doses,” it’s evident that RAC is no island-reggae band. The dark, reggae influenced guitar riffs paired with Ben Florentine and Thomas O’Brien’s edgy vocals create a unique tone that’s different from the generic roots or punk-pop sounds prominently found in today’s reggae.

    There are hidden gems such as “Avalon,” “50 Strong,” and “Mary Admire” scattered throughout the album as well as appearances from quirky, seldom-heard instruments like the melodica on “Wrecking Ball.”

    However, “Wrecking Ball” among other songs like “And it Goes” and “Patois Superstar” are examples of low points in the album, where the quality of the vocals are dampened by sub-par production values, making the songs more difficult to enjoy despite their strong backing instrumentals.

    The album carries a consistently edgy sound throughout and showcases the originality and instrumental skills of the band members. You won’t find a looping up-skank or pop-rock vocal harmonies anywhere on this album, so anyone looking for a more classic punk sound will definitely take a liking to RAC.

    Overall I found this album to be enjoyable in parts. As nice as it is to hear a more original adaptation of the reggae-rock sound, I couldn’t ignore the vocal shortcomings in some of the songs. I think with an investment in quality studio time and an experienced producer, RAC will be able to keep these shortcomings to a minimum and deliver a higher quality product. The band undoubtedly has potential, but after being together for ten years, one has to wonder if this potential is starting to slip away into the realm of missed opportunity. RAC may be content with releasing consistent music for their existing fan-base, there’s nothing wrong with that, but if they have higher aspirations for their music then a larger investment needs to be made. Whether or not this veteran band improves remains to be seen, but this album is a step in the right direction.

    Written Reviewed By: Andrew Aroche

    [Editors Note: All reviews are reflective of the album in it’s entirety, from start to finish. These reviews are the honest opinion of each writer/reviewer expressing their feedback as a genuine fan of the music. Each star rating reflects their review of the album, NOT the band. Music is subjective. Regardless of the review or star rating, we encourage you to listen to the music yourself form your own opinion. Spread the awareness of all music in its art contribution]

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    Happy 47th Birthday to Bradley Nowell

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    Bradley James Nowell was born on February 22nd, 1968. Today, he would have been 47 years old and we at The Pier had the opportunity to speak with some of his old pals, including a letter a 20 year-old Brad wrote to his sister while at UC Santa Cruz in April of 1988. Join us in celebrating Brad’s birthday by enjoying some great stories by those that knew him…

    Whats there to say about Brad, or Sublime, that hasn’t already been well documented? Aside from the brilliance of his music that we continue to celebrate everyday, all that’s left are the stories from those that knew Brad and if you’re a fan like myself, we hang on to every word hoping to know understand a bit more about who the man behind the music was.
    In celebrating Brad’s birthday we wanted to continue sharing great stories about Brad. By preparing for this article, I was able to find out how much of an avid reader that Brad was who had an appetite for knowledge. I also learned that he’d give his own shirt off his back if it meant negotiating a gift for a friend. Bert Susanka of The Ziggens recalled a time Brad got him a new t-shirt from San Francisco… Well it was new to Bert anyway: “Brad stopped a guy on the street in San Francisco who was wearing a Bert from ‘Bert and Ernie’ t-shirt to ask him if he could have his shirt,” Recalls Susanka. “The guy agreed and Brad gave the guy his own shirt, literally off his back as a trade. Then a few days later back in Long Beach, Brad proudly presented the Bert shirt to me as a gift.”

    Todd Forman, who played horns with Sublime and can be found in early videos performing alongside Brad at house parties spoke to the kind of person Brad was. He gives a detailed description from his perspective at the life of the man he played music with:
    “Nothing about Brad was contrived. He never apologized for his fashion choices, although at times (before Sublime grew) he seemed to emulate a Turkish American yuppie surfer. Nonetheless, his choices were always carried out with 100% of his soul. You can see it in how he approached the mic, how he used his arms and hands to emphasize what he was singing, how he rocked and swayed while playing guitar, how he stretched out his neck to sing out those ‘Whoa’s’ and glissando phrasings. Never compromising. Obviously, we all can appreciate that in his songs and performances. One thing that always struck me about Brad was how freed up he was musically… Whenever we would jam, it was like an open mic jazz combo… Let’s start a groove and just go. We would jam out for hours busking in Belmont Shore, sitting around a piano, whatever. He was the consummate listener. He really did distil and integrate everything he heard and never tried to control too much… He wanted to hear your soul in the music too, not just his own. Happy Birthday to one of the great collaborators and communicators. Brad and Sublime’s legacy is one of a shared communal experience, Jah know. And it flows on…”

    I had a chance to speak with Jon Phillips, co-owner of Silverback Music Management, who first came to know Sublime in late ’93 while working as an AR rep for Gasoline Alley. Jon became the groups manager, eventually signing them to Gasoline Alley, becoming a key role in Sublime’s music reaching the masses. Over a 45minute phone-call, Jon remembered and shared old stories of Brad. These stories include evading Dog-Catchers through the neighborhoods of Belmont Shore, CA in his pick-up truck while Brad guided him through the streets as Lou-Dog stood in the bed of the truck without a leash. Or the time when Jon had Sublime play at his 1930 Sycamore address in Hollywood Hills to impress some industry people with the hopes of getting Sublime signed. Sublime played, but without a mic-stand as they improvised by stealing a stop-sign to hold up the vocal mic, while a ’70’s Tracy Lord porno played on the TV in the background.

    The more touching story that Jon reflects on, is when he first met up with Brad after he became a father. Jon describes the beginning of a legacy that lives on today: “I remember when Brad came to my office, about a week or so after Jakob, his son, was born. He came up with (his wife) Troy and the newborn baby cradled in his arms. I recall him seeming like such a natural dad, the way he was holding little Jake. I got the chance to see Jakob, recently, because he’s got a great little band called LAW.sublime6 So I was kind of telling him some of his Dad’s stories and how Brad brought him to the office when he still had a little infection in his belly-button where it looked like some of his umbilical cord was still attached. So I was telling Jakob, who’s 19 now and has so much of Bradley’s characteristics energy, and I was looking at him in the face, telling him: ‘Hey man, I met you when you still had your umbilical chord partially attached, and now you’re 19!’ It’s such a trip that almost 20 years has gone by. I’m talking about birthdays time – that to me is the most surreal part of everything, is that it’s been 20 years! Celebrating Bradley’s birthday 20 years after he’s passed, it’s interesting to see how life progresses and now his son is practically 20 and is looking, in a very natural organic way, to carry on the legacy of that music. It just made me think about how much time has passed. It was just really satisfying to see Jakob smile at the wonderment of these stories – he’s just so happy to be filled in on certain things that he’s only going to find out from other people because he didn’t get the chance to know his dad. But in the sense of thinking about someones birthday and remembering them and not being here is just that Bradley left a really special legacy and he also has a kid who seems to have the same special qualities in nature. How that seed that Bradley planted is still growing. I feel that that’s something, for me, that puts it all into context and gives you a greater perspective of how fragile, and also how beautiful life is. As time goes on, this music really does live on and continues to influence so many people. But Brad has a son that can help carry on the tradition of his music. Hopefully in the future, we’ll hear a lot more from Jakob, and that continues the Sublime story more than anything – celebrating the birth life of his father. I look up into the heavens everyday and I thank God for Bradley Nowell. There’s no single bigger influence for me, or something that was as impactful or changed my life more so than Bradley Sublime. There’s no denying that.”

    Bradley Nowell formed Sublime in 1989, but in April of 1988, he was going to UC Santa Cruz. When I reached out to Brad’s sister, Kellie, she didn’t have any stories to re-tell, but was kind enough to share an amazing letter that a 20 year-old Brad wrote her before moving back to Long Beach from Santa Cruz, CA. Much how Jon Phillips described Brad’s son, Jakob, today, Brad was actually about the same age as Jakob is now, when he wrote this letter to his sister. Sublime had not yet been founded and you get to experience a peak of who Brad was, in his own words, at the age of 20, even asking his sister for suggestions on a new band name! Enjoy:

    Dear Kellie,

    Howz it goin’ down there? Life up here is just swell! The waves haven’t been so good so I’ve been doing a lot of mountain bike riding weight lifting – that is, when I’m not in the library studying…RIGHT!!? Well anyway, I wanted to thank you for the beautiful card you sent; it really meant BradNowella lot to me. I want you to know that I feel the same way about you. It’s important to have people believe in you – but, of course, you must first believe in yourself. ‘Tis the same way w/ love! Anywho, I’m looking forward to coming home very much. I’m more than ready to get the _ _ _ _ out of hippy town! (Even though it is a beautiful place.) I find myself wishing more more that I was back in L.B. I can’t wait to jam again w/ da boyz. It gives me great joy, even if they are a couple a freaks! I’m trying to come up w/ a name for our band – something nice – so I’m quite open for suggestions. (Sloppy 2nd’s simply will not do this time around!) Oh – I’m not sure if I told you or not but Spike is VERY pregnant right now. I’d give her another 2 weeks max! I think the gestation period of cats is around 60 days. I’m not sure. Needless to say (or maybe not so needless), we have stopped indulging in “kitty flips,” much to her amazement delight! Well actually I think she kind of like them, even though she did always run hide. Nevertheless, the cat who knocked her up really sliced her up bad with his claws. (She was no easy catch… that’s my girl!) I’m almost positive it was that fat piece of shit Earl from down the street… I’ve seen the way he leers at her!

    I hope all is well down there w/ you your homegirls. Please give my love to our darling mother Kirk – our loving father Janie. About moving back down – I’m pretty sure I can fit all my stuff in my truck. (If not I’ll call.) I’m hoping to sell my mountain bike right before I leave so I can start to raise enough cash to purchase a PA. There’s really no place to ride it down there anyway. Well, I love miss you very much. Can’t wait to see you again! As they say up here:

    May your beer waves women never be flat! (Or something like that!)


  • Click HERE to view Page 1 of the Letter
  • Click HERE to view Page 2 of the Letter
  • These stories don’t have to be limited to just those that knew him. Brad touched all of us with his creativity and his punk-rock soulful approach to the music. Share with us in the comments below how Brad and Sublime impacted your life. We find that the best way to honor the man and his music, is to continue to celebrate it at the highest possible volume to reach the heavens where he rests. Today, we celebrate his birthday as much as we celebrate his music – Thank you and Happy Birthday Bradley!

    Special thanks to Kellie Nowell O’Reilly, Bert Susanka, Todd Forman and Jon Phillips for taking the time to contribute to this feature spotlighting Brad’s birthday!

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    Article By: Mike Patti

    Watch: Bradley Nowell – “Mary” (Live at the Cattleman’s Warf in Anaheim 2/2/95)

    Watch: Brad Eric Acoustic (8-13-1995)

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    ‘Home Street Home’ with Old Man Markley

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    Southern California 7-piece bluegrass/punk outfit Old Man Markley can be heard on a decent portion of the concept album for Fat Mike’s upcoming musical production Home Street Home. See what they had to say about the concept album that include original songs fromathe punk-rock theatrical musical, Home Street Home.

    Old Man Markley’s sound is completely unique to every other band on Fat Wreck Chord’s line-up and the vibrations of their vocals, drums, guitars, and banjo cannot be mistaken on the concept record that was released on February 10, 2015.

    [Related: Theatrical Musical, ‘Home Street Home’]
    Lead singer/guitarist Johnny Carey and bassist Joey Garibaldi joined the band Youth Brigade around the same time starting Old Man Markley in 2007. Carey had recorded about half of OMM’s first record Guts N’ Teeth in his garage and handed the demo to Fat Mike when Youth Brigade was on tour with Bouncing Souls and NOFX.

    “I didn’t hear much back, actually… the demos were raw and we were really underdeveloped as a band. There wasn’t much happening and we really had a lot of work to do,” recalls Carey. “By the end of that year we had Guts N’s Teeth recorded.” The band sent the completed record to Fat Mike while on tour in Europe and did not hear anything for a few weeks.

    Johnny jokes, “I had the sinking feeling that Mike thought, ‘What the hell is this shit?’”

    Although the bluegrass sound was unlike anything Fat had ever released, at the core they are a punk band inspired by NOFX. Taking some time to absorb the album, play it for band-mates, tour crew, and garner their opinions, Fat signed Old Man Markley in 2010 and released Guts N’ Teeth in January of 2011.

    I asked Johnny if being so close to one of his hero’s forced him to act giddy on the inside while keeping it cool on the outside to which he quickly replied, “Oh, I’m giddy on the outside. And, Mike, if you’re reading this and laughing, fuck you.”

    Whether it was fate, necessity, or drugs, the planets had aligned and OMM spent the next year on tour with NOFX. After getting to know the group, Fat Mike asked them to perform some of the tracks on a musical he was working on. He sent them a demo and they received the responsibility of recording all of the music for the song “Fecal Alcohol Syndrome.”

    Carey and company recorded a bluegrass version of the song that “screams Old Man Markley” and Fat Mike said, “Eh, not really what I’m looking for.” They re-recorded a slightly more punk sounding version with just a hint of banjo and different vocals were added later, bringing a Tim Armstrong of Rancid sound to the evidently dim-witted character, Special Ed.
    “You know Mike, he’s fearless. He’ll say and do anything and it’s always with the best intentions and the best of heart. It is kind of funny, the guy totally has that Tim Armstrong sound but it’s all in good fun.” Johnny spent the last three years recording his small parts of the concept album as he is proud to have been a part of punk rock history.

    Carey says the stage production has come a long way since the viewing he saw and the album had a few changes as well. One song that did not make the cut was called “Let’s Give Incest A Rest.”

    “There was this whole scene, you can imagine,” he said with a laugh referring to the incest song that didn’t make the cut.

    Those who love Fat Mike for his colorfully creative choice of vocabulary will be happy to hear “Safe Words,” a song about choosing a word with a non-sexual connotation to say in case your partner gets a little rough, is on the album. Johnny was originally slated to record the part that explains what a “snowball” is and could not get it down – No pun intended.

    “It was just weird. And funny. It was the first time I told my mom that maybe we could skip this one. I’m not afraid of my mom, she’s rad, and she can handle it. But it really goes there.” For those of you who are wondering what a “snowball” is, please listen to the song or visit the Urban Dictionary. Mom, please do not visit the Urban Dictionary.

    “High Achievers” is the most musical-esque track on the record and describes how nearly every figure that helped changed the course of human history had taken some narcotic before doing so. “Steve Jobs and Bill Gates took acid and changed technology. The Beatles’ trips led to ‘Lucy’, ‘Rit’a, and ‘Eleanor Rigby.’”

    To put the amount of time Fat Mike has worked on this project into perspective, he added a back up vocal track to the song “I’m Suicide” from the late Tony Sly of No Use For A Name, who tragically passed away in 2012. Hearing the melodic sound of Sly all the way from “Mattersville” is enough to bring tears to the eyes of the roughest and toughest punker.

    For those of you who love the musical theater, but are on the fence about seeing this edgy production, Johnny says, “You’ve got to relax, man. You can’t be uptight about this. Life is short and you’ve gotta be open-minded. Sometimes you have to push that extreme to make a point and that’s the underlying theme. There’s a great message about community and love and support.”
    He continued, “It’s dark. I think Mike knew it was going to be a dark musical. If it takes the shock value of it all to get people’s attention and make a great point, I think it’s awesome.”

    Those brave enough to dare attending the theater by curtain call, heed Carey’s warning: “If you’re uncomfortable around cum, then I think you might not want to go,” He laughed. “You might want to wear gloves, I don’t know.”

    Then he got serious, “It’s loads of fun [no pun intended], if you like punk rock you’re gonna totally have a great time.”

    NOFX concertgoers in the last three years should be familiar with the Avenue Q song “Everybody’s Is A Little Racist” played before each set. Fat Mike aligned himself with Avenue Q writer, Jeff Marx, and Soma Snakeoil to write a production that is bound to turn some heads and wrench some guts. Over four years of blood, sweat, and tears has culminated into a musical that will undoubtedly be like anything anyone has ever seen.

    Tickets are still available for the premiere of Home Street Home running from February 20 through March 7 at Z Space in San Francisco, CA HERE!

    Purchase the concept album from Fat Wreck Chords by clicking here: HERE!

    Untitled-31.) Monsters
    2.) Three String Guitar
    3.) Urban Campers
    4.) Fecal Alcohol Syndrome
    5.) Three Against Me
    6.) High Achievers
    7.) Gutter Tarts
    8.) Bad Decision
    9.) Missing Child
    10.) I’m Suicide
    11.) Let’s Get Hurt
    12.) Safe Words
    13.) Another Bad Decision
    14.) Seeping Beauty (Reprise)
    15.) Bearly Legal
    16.) Because I Want You
    17.) Live… Oh What A Drag
    18.) The Agony of Victory

    Article by: Blake Taylor
    Photos by: Annie DeTemple

    Listen: Fat Mike’s Home Street Home – Official Album Stream

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    Buffett to appear on Hawaii Five-0 on March 6th

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    Jimmy Buffett will reprise his role as Frank Bama for the CBS show Hawaii Five-0 on Friday March 6th, 2015. Buffett appeared on two episodes of Hawaii Five-O (back in Nov 2011 and April 2013).

    CBS Press Release
    Episode Title: Pono Kaulike
    Airs: March 6, 2015

    “Pono Kaulike” – McGarrett enlists Joe’s help after Danny and Chin are arrested for deadly past transgressions, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, March 6 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Terry O’Quinn and Jimmy Buffett return.

    (*Pono Kaulike is Hawaiian for “Justice For All”)

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