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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 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 Inside Fat Wreck Chords' Blank Bayview Exterior Is a Punk Rock Empire -- and a Party Haven

Inside Fat Wreck Chords' Blank Bayview Exterior Is a Punk Rock Empire -- and a Party Haven

There's nothing to recommend Fat Wreck Chords' Bayview office from the exterior. Located in a beat-up suite in a tiny industrial park, a handful of withered LPs bake behind the shuttered windows. It's hard to believe they host live music…
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Music, All Shook Down <em>A Fat Wreck</em> Director Shaun Col&oacute;n on His Fat Wreck Chords Documentary and How He Tripled His $7,500 Indiegogo Goal

A Fat Wreck Director Shaun Colón on His Fat Wreck Chords Documentary and How He Tripled His $7,500 Indiegogo Goal

Within 24 hours of launching an Indiegogo campaign for A Fat Wreck: The Punk-u-mentary, a documentary on San Francisco-based Fat Wreck Chords, filmmaker Shaun Colón, surpassed his $7,500 goal with cash to spare. Now, two weeks later, Colón has…
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Music, All Shook Down From Anarchism to <i>Transgender Dysphoria Blues</i>: The Many Faces of Against Me!

From Anarchism to Transgender Dysphoria Blues: The Many Faces of Against Me!

Yesterday, Against Me! released the much-anticipated Transgender Dysphoria Blues. The band's sixth full-length has the extra weight of being AM!'s first album since vocalist Tom Gabel transitioned into living visibly as a woman: Laura Jane Grace. While this is a…
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Music, Fat Mike Means Business: NOFX's Frontman Talks New Year's Debauchery

Fat Mike Means Business: NOFX's Frontman Talks New Year's Debauchery

Fat Mike is way more responsible than you think he is. He's like that guy who got you high every day before math class, yet mysteriously aced the final you failed, neglecting to inform you that he was hitting the…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass has been teasing its lineup with mysterious song medleys online. So far, we know this year's performers will include Elvis Costello (solo), the Head and the Heart, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Chuck Prophet, Glen Hansard, Lloyd…
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Music, All Shook Down Remembering Tony Sly: Bands, Fans, and Friends Mourn No Use For a Name Singer's Passing

Remembering Tony Sly: Bands, Fans, and Friends Mourn No Use For a Name Singer's Passing

Outpourings of grief and gratitude flooded the Internet yesterday after news broke that No Use For A Name frontman and underground Bay Area hero, Tony Sly, had passed away suddenly at the age of 41. As a key member 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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Music, All Shook Down How to Get Your Band a Record Deal (Without Being on TV)

How to Get Your Band a Record Deal (Without Being on TV)

So you're in a band, you're just starting out, and, yes, you want a record deal so the world can hear your musical genius. We all know the big boys only sign people from reality television competitions now, so what…
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Music, Hear This Face to Face: Show Preview

Face to Face: Show Preview

Of all the melodic punk bands to emerge in the mid-'90s, Face to Face remains one of the most valuable. It's ironic then, that the highly-respected SoCal quartet is also one of the most widely overlooked — a factor that…
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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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Music, Bouncer

Bouncer and Floyd from Fat Wreck Hit the Rite Spot

"Hi!" the bouncy bartender said. "We're closing at midnight." It was eleven. I could deal. She then informed me that it was happy hour "all night long," which meant for the next hour, I surmised. Yes, folks, I was in…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Robes and Riffs Straight from the source: Wow, Angela Sawyer must have either had hippie parents from the '60s who wisely forced her to eat granola when she really wanted Fruit Loops or Lucky Charms and bacon, or they were…
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Music, Bouncer

Incredibly Strange Wrestlers vs. Japanese tourists vs. the great pinot grigio

When last I checked in with Floyd of Fat Wreck Chords fame, we were debating African genocide versus the Holocaust, peppered with Orville Redenbacher anecdotes. (See Bouncer, "War of the Words," July 5, 2006.) Needless to say, on our next…
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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

In recruiting the Warped Tour's front lines, including the Offspring, Sum 41, Anti-Flag, and the Get Up Kids, San Francisco punk label Fat Wreck Chords presents a high-profile first volume in what is promised to be a series of Rock…
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