Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Help me for Teacher Appreciation Week?

Hi everybody! Teacher appreciation week is coming in a couple weeks.  Last year, I wrote about my awesome kindergarten teacher Mr. Ferreter who passed away from cancer just before Teacher Appreciation Week.  I wanted to try something out.  I know a lot of you had really awesome teachers and I thought it would be really cool if people would send me short videos (like maybe a minute or less) that talk about a really cool teacher that helped them.  I would like to post those on PMAKid so we can all share all the cool teachers that are out there! Can you just send to my email address

Joe Hardcore of This is Hardcore Fest

Joe Hardcore
Joe Hardcore is a really cool guy.  He puts on one of the biggest and best hardcore music fests in existence (my dad and I are going this year!!!) in Philadelphia every summer.  People from a lot of the bands I have interviewed play there.  The thing that I like about this interview is he is really honest.  People should be more honest about themselves like Joe Hardcore.  If they were, the world would definitely be a lot better.

PMAKid: You are known really well in the hardcore music world for the amazing This is Hardcore (TIHC) fest that you put on in Philadelphia every year.  I know this year it is going to be four days and about 50 bands.  How did TIHC first get started and did you ever think it would be this big?

Joe Hardcore: This Is Hardcore started after the summer of 2005 showed me that Philadelphia would be a great place to have a hardcore fest.

I'd watched as Hellfest 2005 fell apart and my friends like Sean Agnew of r5 productions and Robby Redcheeks pulled bands from it and put together some of the coolest shows all within a 2 day period in our city. With the Lifetime/108 show capping off those shows at the Starlight, we finally had a big venue that we could book in for Hardcore shows. The second thing that really wedged the idea into my mind was that Posi Numbers was no longer going to happen. Bob Mac had encountered a lot of fights and just didn't want to keep it going. Without Posi #s or Hellfest being in the general area, it seemed like there would be a decent space in the hardcore calendar year for a new fest.

I wrote a bunch of names down in a notebook I carried on tour and when I got home, I started hashing details out. I just wanted to book a fest that encompassed more then just one style/variety of hardcore and be without a lot of the hoopla that had made Hellfest go under.

I never expected nor thought TIH was big enough for the Electric Factory and I am still in disbelief at times. I am just thankful that the efforts that I put forward in building up the bill and then how hard my team works throughout the weekend, is so supported by the hardcore scene. It definitely makes each year awesome for us.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Dan O'Mahony of No For An Answer, 411, Carry Nation and Done Dying

Dan O'Mahony | Photo by Nicole C. Kilbert (

PMAKid: You and my dad are always giving each other a hard time because you are pretty liberal and my dad is a republican.  You are both really strong in your opinions.  It seems to me like everybody is always yelling at each other about politics, but you two get along.  How do you get along and why can't everybody stop being stupid and just talk to each other?

Mr. O'Mahony: It's a more complicated question than it might seem. Both ends of the political spectrum have their unreasonable sects and both of us are not entirely in sync with our part lines either. I see your father and I (as well as most people who can cross the aisle productively) as placing each other's character and our impact on the people around us ahead of policy. Beyond that I don't associate your father's thinking with what I consider the most negative association's with the current far right, i.e. masking long standing racial and sexual prejudices as immigration or values issues. I see his concerns as being fiscal. Likewise I think he sees me as being more tolerance focused than just a party line Dem willing to rubber stamp all things Obama. (sorry if I rambled on this one!)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Mindset, Step Aside, New Deal and Wrong Idea are AWESOME!

About a month ago, my dad and I went to 924 Gilman to see some great bands.  The music was awesome and I got to play basketball before the show with some of the guys from New Deal and Step Aside.  One of my favorite parts of the show was when Gabe from Wrong Idea (he is only 15 years old!) got on stage with Step Aside to play my favorite song, Young Til I Die. My friend Matt Gill caught this really great shot of Gabe giving me the microphone for a second.  I had so much fun at that show!!!

I think my friend Bryan has the most awesome look on his face in this picture.  Everybody should check out Step Aside and Wrong Idea!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Curt Canales of Chain of Strength

Curt Canales from Chain of Strength
I am finally getting back to all my interviews.  I have a lot of really cool ones coming up. This interview is with Mr. Curt Canales (the vocalist for Chain of Strength). Thanks a lot for the interview, Mr. Canales! 

PMAKid: You played in one of Revelation Records' earlier bands, Chain of Strength. (My dad actually saw you guys play a show in Connecticut a long time ago!) You only did a couple 7" records, but your music is still really popular with straight edge kids and older people like my dad. Why do you think that you guys are still so popular?

Mr. Canales: I think we made a couple of records that were different than many of the bands at the time. We also had a certain cloud (urban myths) over us that possibly led to some of the curiosity that remains even today...I hope our shows in New York will reduce any questions about the band and its members.  All of us were a part of hardcore long before Chain and we will continue to be long after.