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Music, All Shook Down The All Access Passes at Fat Wreck Chords' Anniversary Shows Were Pretty Fucked Up

The All Access Passes at Fat Wreck Chords' Anniversary Shows Were Pretty Fucked Up

UPDATE: According to Fat Wreck Chords, NOFX created these passes, not the label. When the label heard of them (late into the tour), they attempted to get rid of the 200 passes created, but were unsuccessful. Several staffers defaced the passes,…
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Music, All Shook Down Happy Birthday, Fat Wreck Chords! A Look Back Over 25 Years of Pop-Punk With Label Owner Erin Burkett

Happy Birthday, Fat Wreck Chords! A Look Back Over 25 Years of Pop-Punk With Label Owner Erin Burkett

Twenty-five years ago, a young couple named Mike and Erin Burkett decided to start self-releasing punk rock records. Mike was fronting a little underground band named NOFX and, fresh out of college, Erin was working in PR. Unbeknownst to…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Janelle Monae's Weapon, Ed Sheeran's Pasta, and the Androgyny of Miley Cyrus

This Week: Janelle Monae's Weapon, Ed Sheeran's Pasta, and the Androgyny of Miley Cyrus

Based on social media chatter and more formal interviews with the press, the theme of this week is undoubtedly bullying, and the best possible ways to deal with haters. Miley is defiant, Kendrick Lamar lives by example, Sam Smith publicly…
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Music, All Shook Down Fat Mike Just Pulled a 'Don't You Know Who I Am?' Move and Bragged About It Afterwards

Fat Mike Just Pulled a 'Don't You Know Who I Am?' Move and Bragged About It Afterwards

If you're not inclined to follow all of San Francisco's pop punk legends on social media, it's possible that, on Monday night, you missed Fat Mike (aka Mike Burkett) — frontman of NOFX and owner of Fat Wreck Chords…
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Music, All Shook Down Fat Wreck Chords Announces Location and Details for 25th Anniversary Fest

Fat Wreck Chords Announces Location and Details for 25th Anniversary Fest

Fat Wreck Chords will be celebrating its 25th anniversary of "ruining punk rock" by throwing a festival Aug. 21-23 headlined by NOFX. When Fat Mike originally announced the festival, in this awkward YouTube video, he hinted the label would be…
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Music, All Shook Down Fat Mike Announces Fat Wrecked For 25 Years Tour, Two-Day San Francisco Fest

Fat Mike Announces Fat Wrecked For 25 Years Tour, Two-Day San Francisco Fest

Fat Mike of NOFX and Fat Wreck Chords announced today (via an awkwardly filmed YouTube video) that in celebration of the San Francisco label's 25 anniversary, several Fat Wreck Chords bands will be headed out on a national tour together.…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Bono's Disguise, Fat Mike's Musical, and Ariana Grande's Black Eye

This Week: Bono's Disguise, Fat Mike's Musical, and Ariana Grande's Black Eye

“You know, when Bono goes cycling he likes to dress up as a Hasidic Jew." The Edge, on how no one got photos of Bono's horrific recent bicycle crash in Central Park, New York. (Radio.com) "a Victoria's Secret angel…
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Music, All Shook Down Here's Fat Mike From NOFX Kicking a Fan in the Face in Sydney Last Night

Here's Fat Mike From NOFX Kicking a Fan in the Face in Sydney Last Night

Oh, Fat Mike. While it comes as no shock whatsoever that the perpetually scandalous NOFX frontman (and Noe Valley resident) isn't exactly calming down as he ages, this video still took us ever-so-slightly by surprise: It's the singer backhanding…
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Music, All Shook Down Urine Big Trouble! 5 Public Pissers and the Messes They've Made

Urine Big Trouble! 5 Public Pissers and the Messes They've Made

There are few things in life that truly unite us all as human beings. No matter what else in the world separates us, there is no race or gender or class when it comes to the most important aspects of…
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Music, All Shook Down R.I.P. Tony Sly, Singer of South Bay Punks No Use For a Name

R.I.P. Tony Sly, Singer of South Bay Punks No Use For a Name

See also: * Remembering Tony Sly: Bands, Fans, and Friends Mourn No Use For a Name Singer's Passing Sad news in the Bay Area punk scene today: Tony Sly, the singer and guitarist for San Jose pop-punk outfit No Use…
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Music, All Shook Down NOFX's Fat Mike on Taking Drugs, Being a Father, and Joining the Mile High Club

NOFX's Fat Mike on Taking Drugs, Being a Father, and Joining the Mile High Club

You may not have been alive in 1983, when punk rock icon NOFX was started in Berkeley. That was nearly 30 years ago, after all, and the world was a very different place: Ronald Reagan was president, "big" East…
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Film, "The Other F Word": Doc Gives Confusing, Amusing Lessons on Fatherhood

"The Other F Word": Doc Gives Confusing, Amusing Lessons on Fatherhood

Flea almost cries. Twice. There's your four-word summation of The Other F Word, a half-poignant, half-absurd documentary on punk-rocker dads that thrills to the sight of, say, Rancid's Lars Frederiksen, who looks like a tattoo parlor and a Claire's fell…
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Music, All Shook Down Why Punk Rockers Make Great Parents

Why Punk Rockers Make Great Parents

This fall, an exciting documentary is hitting movie theaters. It's called The Other F Word, and it's about punk rock; it's about family; and it's about a plethora of life's awkward questions including: "Should I have tattooed my forehead?" and…
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Music, Get  "Fat," build your empire: Michael Burkett's punk legacy

Get "Fat," build your empire: Michael Burkett's punk legacy

Despite going by the nickname Fat Mike for most of his adult life, Michael Burkett's most prominent trait isn't the fact that he's overweight. The bathroom scale is actually a pretty petty concern when you consider that the 42-year-old is…
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Riff Raff

Slap and Tickle Punk rock is fast approaching middle age. It was only a matter of time before spikey-haired yobs were touting the benefits of air bags and morning freshness, but somewhere between DIY and Subaru endorsements there was bound…
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Recordings

NOFX Heavy Petting Zoo (Epitaph) "There's something grand about being nothing," sings NOFX bassist Fat Mike on "Philthy Phil Philanthropist," concluding, "There's something lame about being grand." Leave it to the perennial piss-takers of NOFX to lay bare, with syllogistic…
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