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DOA's Joey Keithley - "I, Shithead" Book

DOA's Joey Keithley - "I, Shithead" Book Cover

DOA is a hardcore punk rock band that formed in 1978 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Along with the bands Black Flag, Bad Brains and Minor Threat, they are often considered the founders of hardcore punk rock.

The band has been around for more than 30 years and currently is fronted by singer/guitarist Joey “Shithead” Keithley and accompanied by Dan Yaremko and James Hayden. Their music, like most punk rock, takes a strong stance on politics. Their lyrics often involve anti-racism, anti-globalization, freedom and drug use. It is not uncommon for DOA to perform for causes and benefits to raise awareness on specific issues.

Since forming in 1978, DOA has created and released 16 studio albums, 7 compilation albums and 16 music videos. In total, they have sold more than 500,000 records and played more than 3000 shows in 30 different countries.

In keeping parallel with the “Do It Yourself” attitude that lots of punkers have, when DOA started, Joey Keithley created Sudden Death Records, an indie record label to release DOA albums on. The label remained only a part-time business until around 1998 when they began to sign more bands. Sudden Death Records now has about 30 bands signed to it.

DOA has been cited as an influence by many bigger and more well known bands such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Rancid and The Offspring. They have toured with The Clash, The Ramones, The Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Nirvana and Minor Threat.

In 2004, the book “I, Shithead” was released, which recollects Joey Keithley’s life in punk rock. The book starts out from him and his friends as kids getting into music, starting DOA, rioting, drinking, and playing their music. The book reveals DOA’s famous slogan: “Talk minus Action equals Zero.”

As if the achievements over a 30 year career were not enough of a reward, in 2003, Vancouver’s then-mayor Larry Campbell declared December 21st to be “D.O.A. Day” in honour of the band’s 25th anniversary.

I, Shithead on Amazon

Medicine Hat Media DOA article from 2008 Calgary show

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Sean Ashby is a Toronto-based (formerly of Vancouver, formerly of Hamilton) singer, songwriter, composer, producer , guitarist , programmer and engineer. He has won several awards including: two 4 times platinum U.S. records and one diamond record in Canada for work with Sarah McLachlan.

He will be playing Thursday, August 13th, 2009 at 9:30PM at The Ottoman Lounge which is located at 502 South Railway St. SE.

Don’t miss this show everyone! Thanks for supporting the live music.

Sean Ashby @ MySpace
Sean Ashby’s Official Website

Karl Wolf - The only picture of him with a shirt on (haha) via MySpace

Karl Wolf - The only picture of him with a shirt on (haha) via MySpace

This Saturday, July 11th, Karl Wolf will be playing at Dublin’s Pub. I know it’s kind of “WTF?”, but I think something fishy is going on here. As well, the guest list includes Kay & AACE, Cash Flo, and Absent Minds. First of all, I thought this is kind of weird considering Dublin’s is fairly small for an act like this, not to mention the posters say “All Ages!”, yet below that it says (with licensed 18+ area) which leads me to believe that the show might be happening in the now empty building inside/beside Dublin’s Pub (in the same building, that used to be a Bingo hall). It would be cool if anybody can confirm this. Karl Wolf’s MySpace lists the event as “Dublin’s Event Room” so I might be right in my speculations.

Anyways, the doors will open at 7PM on Saturday night and advanced tickets are going for $20 a pop available at either Shoe Warehouse (for minors) or Dublin’s Pub, it doesn’t list a door price, but I assume around the $25 mark. Karl Wolf will also be doing a 3PM autograph signing at the Medicine Hat Mall on Saturday. Although I’m not a big fan of the artists playing, I do like Karl Wolf’s cover of Toto’s (think back to the 80’s) “Africa”. All artists playing are Canadian(ish), so that’s a definite plus! Dublin’s Pub is located at 4 Strachan Court SE and you should try some of their food if you have a chance – it’s excellent! Links and videos after the jump… THE JUMP – Read the rest of this entry »

Cypress Center
Monday, November 10th, 2008
Doors open at 8:00PM

Two Canadian bands will be rockin’ the Cypress Center on November 10 here in the hat. Both of these bands I haven’t listened to in quite some time. I have fond memories of feeling “hardcore” listening to probably Finger Eleven’s hardest song called “Drag You Down” whilst still in high-school.

Finger Eleven - Photography from MySpace

Finger Eleven - Photography from MySpace

The first time I heard of The Dudes was actually when I was downloading some music by The Strokes and they just happened to have a couple songs hidden in the archive file… for some reason. Anyways, I realized why they were in there, because they kind of sound similar in ways, in that indie-rock-sounding-kind-of-way that was popular years ago – however I still say they are more similar to bands like Modest Mouse, which is not a bad thing at all.

The Dudes - Photography from Myspace

The Dudes - Photography from MySpace

Tickets are available at the Stampede Box Office, The Medicine Hat Mall Customer Service Kiosk, or by calling 403-527-1234.

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