Bon Iver and Bonny Light Horseman were amazing last night. I’ve seen hundreds of bands and it was a top 5 performance.

Retired the original vinyl storage unit with a larger 2x2 unit. Was kind of shocked how big the collection has grown in the last couple years. The overflow was in a few various locations, so this was the first time seeing it all in one spot!

Award season! High school high honors for these three. 🥰

Saw Iceage and Wiki at the Rec Room tonight. Crazy awesome show.

Watson was so tired after our hike today he didn’t even mind Chet sitting on his head. 😂

Shhhh! 🤫

1994 - An Ode to Hardcore

Welcome to issue #11 of One Last Wish – my regular series where I look back at records that changed my life. This issue: 1994. Thanks for reading!

I spent a good deal of time considering all of my favorite records that came out in 1994. I couldn’t pick one that impacted my life as much as the previous ten issues, but I did notice a theme: hardcore. Collectively, hardcore music definitely did change my life… and 1994 was the year I went all in on the music and scene. Let’s dig in…

With hardcore music, the shows are a huge part of the scene and experience. Sure, you can own some vinyl or cassettes and get the gist, but seeing those bands live, singing a long, dancing, and stage diving is where it’s at. Some of the bands I saw live that year:

  • Endpoint
  • Outspoken
  • Into Another
  • Snapcase
  • Unbroken
  • Undertow
  • Ricochet
  • Chokehold
  • Copper
  • Shift
  • Falling Forward
  • Empathy
  • Turmoil
  • Jasta 14
  • Green Day
  • Local bands: Against All Hope, IND, Redline, Envy, Fadeaway, Blend, Moment of Truth, and more…

Most of these shows are memorable for different reasons, but the two bands that absolutely sealed my interest were the Endpoint and Outspoken shows in June. The shows were about two weeks apart at the Icon in downtown Buffalo. Both bands were so powerful live and had a unique sound that really stood out. On top of that, both bands had the best lyrics of all the bands I was familiar with at the time.

Here’s Outspoken from their 2010 reunion show:

Outspoken - Sound and Fury set (2010)

Outspoken - Innocent

Alone. He doesn’t want to face the prejudice. Afraid. While the fear lies in the ignorant. All love is legitimate. It is hatred that is the enemy. An innocent man portrayed as being guilty. What crime is love between two people. The crime is hatred caused by ignorance of difference. Have to open my eyes to see a wider range. Have to open my mind. I’m the one that need to change.

And Endpoint from their 2010 reunion:

Endpoint reunion show in 2010

Endpoint - Caste

Hope is the savior, it will be the cure. It fuels them on. Dreams are the only escape from the rich man’s rape. So they still hold on. Equality: lies. Freedom: lies. But their spirit still shines. Justice: lies. Independence: lies. You cannot take their minds. All men are created equal? We’re not even born equal. One nation under God? God doesn’t have enough money.

Other bands that were crucial to me at the time included Strife, Chokehold, and Unbroken:


Strife - Gilman Street (2019)


Chokehold - Philly (2015)



Beyond the music, the hardcore scene introduced me to new friends and solidified friendships I’ve had since at least second grade. I went on many road trips all over the northeast United States — to festivals in Cleveland and Detroit, tours with both Despair and Union as the roadie/merch guy, and trips to meet Internet friends in Connecticut and Massachusetts when meeting people online meant IRC and Usenet newsgroups — all on an ASCII screen. Most importantly, I even met my wife through hardcore friends! For those things alone, the music has given me so much. I can’t even imagine what my life would be like without those experiences.

Beyond that, the scene is also responsible for discovering and growing my belief system. If you’ve read the One Last Wish issues to date, you’ve probably noticed I’m drawn to lyrics — especially political lyrics – so it’s not a surprise that hardcore is the one genre that has meant the most to me over the years. It led me to vegetarianism, to books by Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn, and many beliefs that were radical and “far left” in a time of centrism and Bill Clinton. I’m thankful for that – it’s given me compassion, empathy, and critical thinking skills that I couldn’t get from a formal education.

Finally, the hardcore music scene also got me into making zines and taking photos. I’ve been sharing pictures of mine in each issue, but I also have two Flickr albums that collect many of these pictures in an easy-to-browse format. It’s the entire reason I’m writing these today.

Thanks for reading.

The 1994 Playlist

71 songs released in 1994 — a mix of hardcore, punk, alternative, hip hop and more…


Totally Digging: New Releases

  • Wet Leg - s/t (Listen)
  • Syd - Broken Hearts Club (Listen)
  • oso oso - sore thumb (Listen)
  • Camp Cope - Running with the Hurricane (Listen)
  • PLOSIVS - s/t (Listen)
  • Drug Church - Hygiene (Listen)
  • Superchunk - Wild Loneliness (Listen)
  • Vince Staples - RAMONA PARK BROKE MY HEART (Listen)
  • Denzel Curry - Melt My Eyez See Your Future (Listen)
  • Tomberlin - i don’t know who needs to hear this… (Listen)

Other playlists: Best of 2022 and 2022/365 (my song a day project - also on Spotify)

Moving Music Pictures

Kowloon Walled City - Lampblack


Botch - Transitions from Persona to Object - final show

Arlo Parks - live on KEXP

Wet Leg - Too Late Now

illuminati hotties - live on KEXP

IDLES - Lollapalooza Brazil

Nilufer Yanya - Midnight Sun

Where does tone come from in an electric guitar?

Los Campesinos! Tiny Desk

Los Campesinos! Knee Deep in ATP / My Year in Lists


I had the pleasure of seeing Jawbreaker this month in Philly with my friends Chris and Amy. As I mentioned previously, Jawbreaker is one of my favorite bands of all time and a band I’ve never seen (I did see Jets to Brazil a few times after Jawbreaker broke up…) until this trip.

It was a dream come true.

And a video I posted on Instagram.

Thanks for reading this issue of One Last Wish! Next issue we’ll see you in 1995.

– Jason

Finished reading: Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel 📚

Went to see the cherry blossoms at the Buffalo History Museum and Japanese Gardens. Beautiful night!

One season ends and another begins. Tryout week done and so thankful Zoey has finally landed in a good spot for hockey. Now for a couple week break and they are back at it!

Some recent vinyl pickups: Guilt, Endpoint, Small Brown Bike, Sunny Day Real Estate, Modest Mouse, Karate, Nilufer Yanya, and Ian Sweet.

One of my favorite things about having three teenagers is sharing the experience of live music. Tonight with the kids: Cavetown

Selling Girl Scout cookies with these two amazing ladies over the weekend.

Hockey season almost over. Just in time to start the next. 🤪

Mail day! Dischord’s first six records box set arrived. Worth the wait.

Tough loss for the Lady Stars

Tough group finals loss for the Lady Stars. The most tight knit group of girls, so they had a blast regardless.

Lady Stars in the tournament

Great tournament for the Lady Stars! A record of 1-1-1 in the round robin to get them into the finals of the consolation bracket tomorrow. Zoey scored her first goal of season too.

Yesterday evening started out with a road-trip to see Kenmore girls field hockey take on Barker. Then to Mohawk Place to see Hop Along. Long day, but fun!

Kenmore Field Hockey Hop Along at Mohawk Hop Along at Mohawk

Seeing Wilco for the third time triggered a listening binge. Picked up the deluxe re-issue of Being There today at Revolver Records.

Wilco Being There

Kenmore Modified Soccer Kenmore Field Hockey

Double header sports night! Stella played for the Kenmore girls modified soccer team and Zoey played for varsity girls field hockey. Fun night, even with the rain.

WEIRD Pitbulls

Wonder who is eating dinner under there? #weirdpitbulls

Wilco tonight at Artpark

Wilco at Artpark

Sleater-Kinney tonight at Artpark

Sleater-Kinney tonight at Artpark

Corning Museum of Glass

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