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You Don't Even Know: A Stand-up Comedy Special By Joe Sib at Denver Comedy Works (Mini-comedy Special from SideOneDummy Records Co-founder)

Joe Sib pictured with The Clash's Joe Strummer and The Ramones' Johnny Ramone at The Whiskey A Go-Go, year unknown (SOURCE: Facebook) When we last spoke to Joe Sib, he was gearing up to release a 30-minute special coming out on Dry Bar Comedy . Well, that was back in April of 2022 for one of our sister publications, The Punk Site . It seems like whatever Sib was planning with Dry Bar Comedy never, actually, came to fruition; so, he just decided to drop it himself! Sib's now calling it You Don't Even Know: A Stand-up Comedy Special and it's a side-splitting 22-minute mini-special recorded live at Denver Comedy Works. So, walking it back a little bit here... Joe Sib is one of the co-founders of iconic Punk label SideOneDummy Records and helped sign everyone from Flogging Molly to KILL YOUR IDOLS. Sib was the frontman for Front Line/Frontline, Lifeline, WAX with Loomis Fall (Jack*ss, CKY, Wildboyz,) and 22 Jacks along with members of The Adolescents, The Breeders,

New Found Glory Share New Acoustic/Live Unplugged Album Make The Most of It Amidst Chad Gilbert's Cancer Diagnoses (Revelation Records)

New Found Glory while recording Make The Most of It (CREDIT: Stevie Lowstein) New Found Glory have learned, with all their success, that everything can, also, get upended in the blink of an eye. In December 2021, fresh off the celebratory Pop-punk's Still Not Dead Tour in support of their tenth album, Forever + Ever x Infinity , guitarist and founding member Chad Gilbert was found unresponsive in his bed at home, rushed to a local hospital, and diagnosed with an eight-inch cancerous tumor. Hospital stays, surgery, and a long road to recovery followed—but, in typical New Found Glory fashion, so did the songs. The band's new album, Make The Most of It —their twelfth overall, first acoustic, and first for Revelation Records—tackles the last year head-on with their most emotional and cathartic collection of songs to date. Written in the wake of Gilbert's cancer diagnosis and mixed by Mark Trombino (blink-182, Jimmy Eat World, Midtown,) Make The Most of It is a rumination on w

Fall Out Boy Return with "Love from The Other Side" Single & Announce New Album So Much (for) Stardust (Fueled By Ramen/DCD2/Elektra)

Fall Out Boy, L-R: Andy Hurley, Pete Wentz, Joe Trohman , and Patrick Stump (CREDIT: Pamela Littky) "'Time is luck..." Finish another tour. You reflect, but not like a gem in the sun—more like a year-long stare in yourself in a mirroe in aother airplane bathroom. Sometimes, you gotta blow up everything you were and put the pieces back together in a new shape. The same, but different—the foundation dynamited and the dust used to create the concrete pour. I have a tendencey to get a little sad whenever I think about anything... but I, also, feel pure joy when I think that I exist at the same time as whales or that bread happens to rise at a certain temperature. And that we happen to be spinning on this little blue rock at the exact same time together. So much (for) stardust," reads a note signed P.S., P.W., J.T., and A.H., also known as Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, Joe Trohman , and Andy Hurley, collectively known as Fall Out Boy. So, there's a lot to unpack th

3 Feet High & Rising: Milwaukee Punks Big Laugh Share "Shadow Figure" Single & "Mask" Music Video from Consume Me (Revelation Records)

Big Laugh's Revelation Records and Bandcamp profile photo (SOURCE: Big Laugh) For decades, the Upper Midwest of the United States has been a hotspot for Hardcore bands that bend genres and refuse to stick to tired formulas, producing acts like Hüsker Dü & Die Kreuzen. Milwaukee's Big Laugh are here to continue that tradition with a sound that finds them as much at home playing D.I.Y. shows in dingy basements as playing large clubs alongside some of Hardcore & Punk's luminaries. Recently signed with legendary Hardcore label Revelation Records, Big Laugh are set to unleash their debut album, Consume Me, in February 2023. It follows the band's 2020 EP, Manic Revision (11PM Records,) which will, also, see a vinyl re-issue from the label. Recorded with producer Matt Russell at Altered States studio in Chicago, Consume Me is an energetic blast of creative Hardcore. Shadow Figure by Big Laugh Self-described "Punks who listen to Judge," Big Laugh work

El Michels Affair Join Forces with Black Thought for Cinematic Soul Live Sample-heavy Album Glorious Game & "Grateful" Single (Big Crown Records)

Black Thought and Leon Michels of the El Michels Affair (CREDIT: Sesse Lind) When Leon Michels and his El Michels Affair (EMA) released their first record, Sounding Out The City, in 2005, it was hard to guess what was next for Michels and his then-introduced, now-patented "Cinematic Soul" sound. Now, four EMA studio albums and scores of tribute and remix projects later—all while producing for some of the biggest names in the industry—Michels has trademarked his sound with each project taking audiences somewhere new and pushing the boundaries even further. Michels has racked up both song-writing and production credits with JAY-Z/The Carters, Adele, Kid Cudi, Charles Bradley, Common, Rick Ross, Ludacris, Travi$ Scott, Mark Ronson, Norah Jones, Lizzo, and Mary J. Blige. The man is a river, not a lake, and this time he takes his golden touch into the realm of Hip-Hop laying down a musical bed for one of the greatest to ever rhyme into a microphone: Black Thought of The Legenda

Saint Didacus Share Beefed Up, More Well-rounded Version of 2020 Single "The Silent Room." Now Dubbed "The Most Silent Room" (self-released)

Saint Didacus' "The Most Silent Room" and "The Silent Room." single covers (SOURCE: Bandcamp) Saint Didacus has released a new single, "The Most Silent Room." Well, it isn't exactly a "new" single... or at least not entirely "new." Their Bandcamp Bio explains, "Simply put: Saint Didacus is a low-key music project for friends who are collaboratively using their talents to make a difference." We do know their one consistent member is Chef Josh Kemble ( Dogwood , The FAMILY? Cast: Food & Music Is Life, Yes? Podcast.) Chef Kemble does Punk /food and drink pairings on his own through various outlets, but did a few exclusively for us here at The Witzard last year, as well. As a Bandcamp Release Notification email further explains, Saint Didacus originally released "The Silent Room" as part of their first few single releases in August of 2020, but now proclaim, "IT WASN'T FINISHED!" The Most