Strange Notes

Strange Notes

Season 2 now on YouTube! 

“Your fix for punk, rock, and the occasional pop tune.” 



Note to listeners: You can now “stream” Strange Notes on-demand! We’ve created playlists for Season 2 episodes on our YouTube channel under the playlists tab. Follow us @Strange_Notes on Twitter for news and more. 


Season 2 featured albums (2019)


Show Description

Strange Notes is a punk-rock radio show produced by an EHS alumnus, “The host without a name.” Each show contains a featured album. The show starts and finishes with the album’s respective first and last songs. Throughout the broadcast are three special segments which include “Wild Card,” “Choice Cuts,” and “Homonym Hymns.” 

Wild Card

The first segment, at roughly the fifteen-minute mark, is called “Wild Card,” in which a single song of any genre is played. As an avid music consumer, my tastes range wildly from pop to metal to ska to folk. Although Strange Notes is primarily a punk show, “Wild Card” gives me an opportunity to play some of my favorite songs that simply neglect the broadly-defined boundaries of punk music. 


Choice Cuts

Decidedly the most prestigious segment, “Choice Cuts” airs in the middle of the show to broadcast select songs from the season’s featured albums. The amount of songs played during this segment, as well as the exact time when the segment is introduced, varies on a show-by-show basis. 


Homonym Hymns

Season 2 introduces a brand-new segment: “Homonym Hymns!” “Homonym” is a word of Greek origin that refers to a group of words that share the same spelling or pronunciation -- but different meanings. Introduced around the forty-five minute mark, this segment highlights two different songs by separate artists that have the same name. 


About the host without a name

I am a writer with a background in TV and radio production. Under the auspices of Mr. Buckler & Mr. Lukaszewski, I spent my high-school years working on various projects, many of which aired on WELV. I fused my fervor for music with the skills I acquired in my salad days and developed Strange Notes in 2018. 


Why don't I have a name? Because I like to make puns related to each featured album -- and I'm not very good with names. My alias used to be grammatically incorrect. 


Let it be known that I have the Germs logo for irises. 


Contact/Social Media Links

Email: StrangeNotesRadio@gmail.com


Twitter: @Strange_Notes

YouTube: Strange Notes Radio


Note: You can “stream” full episodes on YouTube under the playlists tab of our channel. 


Hall of Fame (Previously-featured albums/episode log)


Setlists


Note: songs in special segments are underlined. This webpage might not be properly formatted on mobile or non-Windows devices. 


Episode 1: Perhaps You Deliver this Judgement with Greater Fear than I Receive It 

by Crusades (July 5, 2019) 


Gag host name: The Juror without Indemnity 


Crusades (2010-2018) were a melodic-hardcore band from Ottawa, Canada. Featuring members from pop-punk ensemble The Creeps, Crusades channeled a heavier sound inspired by hardcore music. Their most defining traits include harmonic vocal work, sardonic, yet poetic lyrics, and chromophobic album-cover designs. Judgement was the band’s sophomore effort that also served as my introduction to the group. 


Trivia: The band’s name is alternatively stylized as CRVSADES. Until the mid-second millennium, the Latin alphabet commonly used V to function phonetically as the sounds we would identify today as V and U. (Side note: This is also why the letter W looks like two Vs and not two Us.) The style choice is not just a gimmick: Judgement, as the bands describes, is “A meditation on … Giordano Bruno,” an influential astronomer and spiritual freethinker of the late European Renaissance era who is considered by some a scientific martyr for his then-controversial views on science and religion. 


1. Crusades, “Exordium”

2. Crusades, “The Torchbearer”

3. The Palatines, “Denise the Grease” 

4. Bad Religion, “The Defense” 

5. La Luz, “I Wanna Be Alone (With You)” 

6. Rise Against, “Heaven Knows” 

7. Misfits, “Vampira” 

8. Passion Pit, “I'm Perfect”

9. Mind Spiders, “No Romance” 

10. S.O.A., “Gate Crashers” 

11. Bad Brains, “The Regulator” 

12. ChaseR, “Life as We Know It” 

13. The Lawrence Arms, “Your Gravest Words” 

14. The Meltaways, “Pacify”

15. Dead Kennedys, “Your Emotions”

16. Quote Unquote, “Time to Kill”

17. THE HOLY MESS, “LIZA AND LOUISIANA”

18. face to face, “Think for Yourself” 

19. Descendents, “Without Love” 

20. Teenage Bottlerocket, “Summertime”

21. The Hippos, “Summertime”

22. Ramones, “I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement” 

23. Radioactivity, “When I'm Gone” 

24. Crusades, “Exitus”


Episode 2: First Demo Tape 

by Minor Threat (August 23, 2019) 


Gag host name: The Straight Edgelord 


Minor Threat (1980-1983) need no introduction to punk veterans. For the uninitiated, the brainchild of Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson is considered a legend in the punk community, particularly in regards to being one of the progenetors of the hardcore movement of the early 1980’s. They were one of such several bands located in Washington D.C. 


Minor Threat were known and are remembered fondly for their abrasive sound and raw, yet insightful lyrics. Despite the band’s painfully short lifespan, they managed to churn out a new phenomenon, the straight-edge movement/subgenre. The legacy doesn’t end there: the two aforementioned co-founders also brought to light Dischord Records. The cleverly-titled label distributed other seminal hardcore punk bands from the D.C. area. MacKaye went on to form the equally-as-notable post-hardcore supergroup Fugazi. 


Trivia: The members of Minor Threat were good friends of fellow hardcore icon Henry Rollins (S.O.A., Black Flag). MacKaye made reference to Rollins (then Henry Garfield) in a song by his first outfit, The Teen Idles, with the quote “Thanks, Henry!” from the song Teen Idles. 


Bassist Brian Baker went on to play for other influential bands such as Dag Nasty and Bad Religion. 


Setlist

1. Minor Threat, “Minor Threat (Demo)”

2. Descendents, “Suburban Home” 

3. Rise Against, “Everchanging” 

4. The Distillers, “Idoless” 

5. Bad Brains, “Attitude” 

6. Masked Intruder, “Don’t Run Away” 

7. The Dear Hunter, “Red Hands”

8. Mind Spiders, “Split in Two” 

9. Germs, “Richie Dagger’s Crime” 

10. Screeching Weasel, “Supermarket Fantasy” 

11. Bad Religion, “Germs of Perfection” 

12. Minor Threat, “Small Man, Big Mouth (Demo)”

13. The Palatines, “Falling Off”

14. Quote Unquote, “Solid Ground”

15. The Meltaways, “Circles”

16. THE HOLY MESS, “NERVOUS SISTER”

17. WHITE LUNG, “St. Dad” 

18. The Lawrence Arms, “Right as Rain, Part 2” 

19. Radioactivity, “Get Straight” 

20. Against the Current, “Runaway”

21. Mae, “Runaway”

22. face to face, “Ordinary” 

23. Teenage Bottlerocket, “Punk House of Horror” 

24. Minor Threat, “I Don't Want to Hear It (Demo)”


Episode 3: Seeing Things 

by Shades Apart (July 12, 2019) 


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Shades Apart (1988-2003; 2012-present) are a New Jersey emocore trio. After a slew of album releases from the late 1980’s to early 2000’s, the band broke up in 2003. Following their reform nearly a decade later, they’ve released two new singles: “Thread” and “Darkside.” Despite not having released any new material in several years, the band continues to perform on occasion. 


Trivia: With several years of experience and releases under their belts, Shades Apart employed the legendary Bill Stevenson (Black Flag, Descendents) and Stephen Egerton (Descendents, ALL) to produce their 1995 LP Save It. The album contains one of their most popular tracks, a cover of the 1960’s hit “Tainted Love.” 


Setlist 

1. Shades Apart, “Cathode”

2. Screeching Weasel, “Love” 

3. The Lawrence Arms, “Great Lakes/Great Escapes” 

4. Vanishing Life, “Seven Pointed Star” 

5. Negative Approach, “Sick of Talk” 

6. Bad Brains, “I” 

7. The Soft Moon, “Breathe the Fire”

8. face to face, “Big Choice” 

9. The Hippos, “Hold On” 

10. S.O.A., “Girl Problems” 

11. Bad Religion, “Sorrow” 

12. Charles Bronson, “Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind” 

13. N.E.G., “Knife”

14. Shades Apart, “Fearless”

15. The Palatines, “Run Red”

16. THE HOLY MESS, “VACATION”

17. NOFX, “It ain't Lonely at the Bottom” 

18. DARK THOUGHTS, “No More Soul” 

19. The Marked Men, “Destroy Them” 

20. No Motiv, “Savior”

21. Rise Against, “Savior”

22. Teenage Bottlerocket, “Go Away” 

23. Here’s to Neverland, “G.L.H.F. (Good Luck, Have Fun)” 

24. Only Crime, “Eyes of the World” 

25. Shades Apart, “Fist”


Episode 4: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables 

by Dead Kennedys (July 26, 2019) 


Gag host name: 17LH 


Dead Kennedys (1978-1986; 2001-present) are considered nothing short of legends in the punk community. In contrast to most other punk bands of the time, the Kennedys didn't take themselves quite seriously. Their satirical lyrics bled pure irreverence yet genuine opprobrium of common topics such as racism/prejudice, religion, police brutality, politics, and censorship. Jello Biafra often refocused his ardent laments towards the punk scene itself and its unwillingness to accept such censure. 


Not unlike some of their contemporaries, DK played with their sound as time went on, which grew more experimental with each release. 


After releasing their third album in 1985 the band became the focal point of a controversy based on the inclusion of explicit artwork in their LP. Because of the complications associated with the resulting lawsuit, Dead Kennedys disbanded in 1986. Biafra later found himself the defendant of another lawsuit brought against him by his former bandmates. Biafra was found guilty in this civil suit and many rights of the band went to the plaintiffs. The two parties have not been on good terms ever since. 


Trivia: In 2007 the band released the unauthorized* Milking the Sacred Cow. Temporarily filling the vocal role in the early 2000’s was actor and Dr. Know vocalist Brandon Cruz. 


I wonder how long after the band officially disbands for another band called “Dead Dead Kennedys” to crop up? 


*According to Gelatin Biafra (Naturally flavored!). 


†This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.⁂ 


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Setlist

1. Dead Kennedys, “The Poor”

2. face to face, “I Want” 

3. Screeching Weasel, “This ain't Hawaii” 

4. Mind Spiders, “One Step Ahead” 

5. Rise Against, “Awake Too Long” 

6. Stereolab, “Hallucinex”

7. The Hippos, “Beats Don't Stop” 

8. The Lawrence Arms, “You are Here” 

9. Negative Approach, “Whatever I Do” 

10. ChaseR, “Beauty and Debris” 

11. La Luz, “Hey Papi” 

12. The Palatines, “Demons Whispering”

13. Dead Kennedys, “Holiday in Cambodia”

14. Crusades, “The Shadow of Ideas”

15. No Motiv, “Give Me Strength” 

16. WHITE LUNG, “Deadbeat”

17. Terrible Feelings, “Deadbeat”

18. Only Crime, “In Your Eyes” 

19. Misfits, “20 Eyes” 

20. Bad Religion, “Wrong Way Kids” 

21. NOFX, “Ditch Effort” 

22. Teenage Bottlerocket, “Maverick” 

23. Dead Kennedys, “Viva Las Vegas”


Episode 5: The Meltaways 

by The Meltaways (July 19, 2019) 


Gag host name: The Drip-Drop Jester 


The Meltaways (2014-2017) was a short-lived post-punk/hardcore act based out of New York City. Following a demo dating back to the summer of 2014, the trio released more music in 2016 and disbanded during the succeeding year. The band never released a full-length album. 


Trivia: The Meltaways have another self-titled release that they bequeathed to the Bandcamp lords only a few months after this one. The other one has one too few songs to be eligible as a featured album. 


Which one do I think is better? I don't know, I haven't listened to the other one yet. 


Setlist

1. The Meltaways, “Jaded”

2. Radioactivity, “What You Want” 

3. Teenage Bottlerocket, “Headbanger” 

4. The Lawrence Arms, “Cut it Up” 

5. face to face, “I’m Not Afraid” 

6. No Motiv, “Get a Life” 

7. Cults, “Never Heal Myself”

8. Rise Against, “Long Forgotten Sons” 

9. Bad Religion, “Beyond Electric Dreams” 

10. Vanishing Life, “Pretty Ruined” 

11. The Palatines, “Take a Left at Fullerton”

12. Crusades, “The Incantations”

13. The Meltaways, “Lemon”

14. Minor Threat, “Stand Up (Demo)”

15. N.E.G., “Wasted”

16. ChaseR, “Actions to Ashes” 

17. No Thank You, “Cold”

18. Mind Spiders, “Cold”

19. Bad Brains, “Supertouch/Hissyfit” 

20. Lifetime, “Yeems Song for Nothing” 

21. DARK THOUGHTS, “Where Did You Go” 

22. The Hippos, “Say You Love Me” 

23. The Meltaways, “Possession”


EPISODE 6: COMFORT IN THE DISCORD 

BY THE HOLY MESS (AUGUST 2, 2019) 


GAG HOST NAME: THE FAT DISCORD RECORD PLAYER 


THE HOLY MESS (2006 - 2016) WERE AN ALTERNATIVE/PUNK BAND FROM  PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA. AFTER RELEASING A RESPECTABLE CATALOGUE OF THREE STUDIO ALBUMS AND A MULTITUDE OF EPS, THE BAND BROKE UP IN 2016. 


TRIVIA: PUNKNEWS WRITER RICKY FRANKEL STATED IN HIS REVIEW OF THIS ALBUM, “OBVIOUSLY, THE BAND ISN'T GOING TO STOP, BUT WHETHER THEY ADD A NEW MEMBER OR REMAIN AS A THREE-PIECE … I CERTAINLY WILL BE LOOKING FORWARD TO [THEIR NEW RECORD]...” THE BAND BROKE UP ABOUT A YEAR-AND-A-HALF LATER WITHOUT RELEASING ANOTHER FULL-LENGTH. 


SETLIST

1. THE HOLY MESS, “IT’S ALL FUN AND GAMES ‘TIL SOMEONE GETS HEARD…”

2. Rise Against, “Halfway There” 

3. WHITE LUNG, “Take the Mirror” 

4. Mind Spiders, “No Filter” 

5. Bad Brains, “Banned in D.C.” 

6. Charli XCX, “ILY2”

7. The Lawrence Arms, “The First Eviction Notice” 

8. face to face, “Debt” 

9. The Marked Men, “Going Crazy” 

10. Shades Apart, “Getting Over It”

11. Minor Threat, “Straight Edge (Demo)”

12. The Palatines, “Take the Reins”

13. Crusades, “The Signs of the Times”

14. THE HOLY MESS, “SPENCER REID”

15. The Distillers, “Open Sky” 

16. Bad Religion, “Social Suicide” 

17. Germs, “Manimal” 

18. La Luz, “Pink Slime” 

19. Descendents, “Comeback Kid”

20. Against the Current, “Comeback Kid”

21. The Hippos, “Bad Grammar” 

22. Teenage Bottlerocket, “Done with Love” 

23. THE HOLY MESS, “THE WEIGHT”


Episode 7: Quote Unquote 

by Quote Unquote (August 9, 2019) 


Gag host name: The Butterfly Unit Deputy 


Strange Notes gives a warm welcome to its first bona-fide featured pop artist: Quote Unquote (2012-present)! Though dismissive of our punk MO, this release was far too astounding to not have taken a featured slot. 


Originally from Indiana, the band released this self-titled EP which served as the duo’s debut in 2013. Since then the band has relocated to California and self-released multiple singles and EPs on a regular basis. The host without a name is still holding out for a full-length album. 


Trivia: I discovered this band after searching for a bit from the comedy show Impractical Jokers. In the bit, one of the members of the comedy troupe was forced to sing a song in front of an entire baseball-stadium audience. That song was called “Butterfly Crime Scene” -- the title mimics that of one of tonight’s featured album’s songs. Though disappointed that the video wasn’t a cover of the infamous song, I was pleasantly surprised to find a mind-blowingly impressive album behind it. 


Setlist

1. Quote Unquote, “My Third Strike”

2. Bad Religion, “Heroes & Martyrs” 

3. The Distillers, “World Comes Tumblin’ Down” 

4. ChaseR, “Sickness” 

5. WHITE LUNG, “Thick Lip” 

6. Napalm Death, “To Go off and Things”

7. Mind Spiders, “Join Us Now” 

8. The Lawrence Arms, “Hickey Avenue” 

9. Lifetime, “Try and Stay Awake” 

10. Scream, “Came without Warning” 

11. Touché Amoré, “~” 

12. Quote Unquote, “Rain or Shine”

13. Shades Apart, “Hiding Place”

14. Crusades, “The Transport of Intrepid Souls”

15. Bad Brains, “Right Brigade” 

16. face to face, “Icons” 

17. Germs, “Communist Eyes” 

18. Take off the Halter, “Injection”

19. Rise Against, “Injection”

20. Negative Approach, “Why Be Something that You’re Not” 

21. Descendents, “Myage” 

22. Radioactivity, “Sleep” 

23. Quote Unquote, “Butterfly Crime Scene”


Episode 8: 2016 Demo 

by N.E.G. (August 16, 2019) 


Gag host name: The Ne’er-Do-Gooder 


N.E.G. (“Nothing’s Ever Good;” 2016-2017) was a hardcore/d-beat band from Phildelphia, PA. According to Anti (formerly known as Jimmy), a popular underground YouTube hardcore-music aggregator, its members were alumni from contemporary projects such as Burp and Lip Service. With a total of three EPs, the band disbanded after only two years of existence. 


I would like to give a shout-out to Anti, as I originally found this album through his channel the day it was uploaded. You can find his YouTube channel here


Trivia: The band has two completely different songs with the same name. However, they are not eligible for Homonym Hymns because of their title. It was the only song from this album that we did not play. 


Setlist

1. N.E.G., “N.E.G.”

2. Bad Religion, “Materialist” 

3. Here’s to Neverland, “Better Yet” 

4. The Lawrence Arms, “Brick Wall Views” 

5. Bleachers, “Like a River Runs”

6. face to face, “Disconnected” 

7. Rise Against, “I Don’t Want to Be Here Anymore” 

8. Only Crime, “Just Us” 

9. Minor Threat, “Seeing Red (Demo)”

10. Shades Apart, “Not the Same”

11. Dead Kennedys, “Ill in the Head”

12. The Meltaways, “Shoot”

13. N.E.G., “Clock”

14. Crusades, “The Heroic Frenzies”

15. DARK THOUGHTS, “I Get By” 

16. ChaseR, “In this Together” 

17. Lifetime, “Can’t Think About it Now” 

18. S.O.A., “Lost in Space”

19. Teenage Bottlerocket, “Lost in Space”

20. Bad Brains, “At the Movies” 

21. Descendents, “Statue of Liberty” 

22. The Novice, “Your Crime” 

23. Mind Spiders, “Wait for Us” 

24. N.E.G., “Unplug”


Episode 9: Death from Below 

by The Palatines (August 30, 2019) 


Gag host name: The Pithy Punk Pariah 


The Palatines (2016-present) are a skate-punk band hailing from the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Having released their first album in February 2018, the band is set to release their second EP Vacation to Helheim this September with a follow-up to this record in 2020. 


Trivia: I found this band through the digital grapevine. Someone described the act as a smooth blend of face to face and Teenage Bottlerocket -- two of my top-ten punk bands -- so I knew I had to give this album a listen. The comparison could not have been any more accurate. 


Setlist

1. The Palatines, “Take it Back”

2. Radioactivity, “Other Life” 

3. Bad Religion, “Pity” 

4. Screeching Weasel, “Stupid over You” 

5. NOFX, “Stickin in My Eye” 

6. The Hippos, Run Away and Hide” 

7. Flyleaf, “Perfect”

8. The Distillers, “Red Carpet & Rebellion” 

9. La Luz, “You Disappear” 

10. Bad Brains, “Big Take Over” 

11. face to face, “Solitaire” 

12. Minor Threat, “Guilty of Being White (Demo)”

13. The Palatines, “Dilemma”

14. Dead Kennedys, “When Ya Get Drafted”

15. THE HOLY MESS, “WORTHLESS ORIGINAL”

16. The Meltaways, “Ice Cubes”

17. Teenage Bottlerocket, “So Cool” 

18. Descendents, “Bikeage” 

19. OFF!, “Upside Down”

20. Mind Spiders, “Upside Down”

21. Rise Against, “Whereabouts Unknown” 

22. WHITE LUNG, “Bag” 

23. Crusades, “The Expulsion” 

24. The Palatines, “Girl in the Ocean”


Dedicated to the memory of “Skulls” by Misfits. Rejected -- but never forgotten.