Author: Nate Allen

I journal through 3 chord punk & folk songs in Destroy Nate Allen & The Pac-Away Dots as well as do small business development and web design.

KC: Days N’ Daze, Nate Allen & The Pac-Away Dots Show

daysndaze---webDays N’ Daze are returning to KC. This will be one rad house show. DND are one of the best diy, thrash grass, folk punk bands around. I’m stoked to play our Nate Allen & The Pac-Away Dots, bluesy rock n’ roll / folk punk with them.  Bring some money to throw in their gas tank and bring your friends. Let’s get sweaty together.



Check out “Fallout” by Days N’ Daze:

The video is by the fantastic Shibby Pictures.


Pre-order Take Out The Trash our debut album.

“Take Out The Trash is an eargasm of blues, folk and punk, with soul-wrenching lyrics that remind us of the days when the meaning behind the music actually mattered” – Huffington Post

“Reminds me of when I first started to break away from listening to top 40’s music in 1984 when some one gave me a burned cassette of the first Violent Femmes album. It’s got some good punk edges but smart in the way Jonathan Richman is with an original driving sound.” – Tim Hovercraft Records

Some useful words about the album.

Take Out The Trash features immediately accessible rock n’ roll tunes infused with blues, folk and punk. These 10 vulnerable and explosive songs will have you humming all day long.

A bit of the story: in 2013 Nate Allen found himself fresh off a long tour, unemployed, in his early 30’s, married and living in his parent’s spare bedroom. Everyone’s dream.

His plan was to take a sabbatical from touring, get an after college job and let life reassemble. Instead, wrestling with how blind he had been to the racism all around him, he accidentally wrote and recorded an album documenting his process in that tenuous season of life.

What started as an acoustic solo project turned into a full band recording channeling the sounds of the Social Distortion, Old 97’s, Johnny Cash, Pedro The Lion, The Pine Hill Haints, Against Me!, Violent Femmes, Larry and His Flask, and Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, to name a few.

The Mixtape 

We’ve put together a diverse “mixtape”, a peek at the many varied friends that we have made across the country. All pre-orders come with download of this mixtape via email. The independent artists on this playlist represent different genres and ideals, but the one thing that they all have in common is that they are friends of Nate and Tessa Allen. We blogged about each mixtape artist and every reward package will include a download of this playlist. Click on an artist name below to find out more.

Who is on the mixtape?

Angus McKinneyAutryThe Bloodtypes, Bryan McPherson, Dead Ven, Dead Words, Desiring Dead Flesh, Divided Heaven, Doby Watson, Dollar Signs, Drybnz (featuring Jeff Suffering of 90 Lb. Wuss & Joe Mendonca), Garret Potter, Gnarboots, Googolplexia, Greg McKillop (ex-Speaker for the Dead), The HollandsInsomniac Folklore, Jim Strange and The Proud and The Damned,  Joseph Camuglia, Joshua Stephens, Kat Jones, Kevin Schlereth, Lauryn Peacock, Levi The Poet, Nathan Leigh, No More Train Ghosts, The Maiden Name, McDougall, Sammy Warm Hands, Self Proclaimed Narcissist, The Pac-Away Dots (exclusive song), The Restitution, The Violent Psalms, Von Strantz, Where Division Ends.


Kickstarter Success!

Screen shot 2014-11-07 at 5.25.46 PMWow! What a crazy ride! Thank you so much to everyone who pledged, shared, and came along. We had 169 kickstarter backers for Nate Allen & The Pac-Away Dots: Take Out The Trash – An Honest Look at Privilege, Racism, Unemployment and Being Burnt Out than for our last kickstarter… I am a little floored. This was more backs than our last kickstarter.

We have put up an option to Pre-order Take Out The Trash if you missed out on the kickstarter. Below is “Open to Everything” the first track off Take Out The Trash. Thank you for your support. Take Out The Trash will be released into the world in early 2015.

The Maiden Name

The Maiden Name

The Maiden Name is two parts hip hop, one part post-rock, with a dash of indie pop thrown in. At times I was reminded of Why?, a bit of Astronautalis, and a dash of Furthermore, Gorillaz and Mewithoutyou. But seriously, I’m being blown away as I listen! This is the kind of rap a therapist makes in his basement, and it’s amazingly accessible. Within the first song, “Mixtape,” you are able to go from tapping your toes to putting yourself down for a nap. These songs have a great cadence with clever phrasing and are the right pace to win me over in historic ways.

As 2014 is winding down, I think it’s safe to look forward to 2015 and the release of the first official The Maiden Name record and the awesomeness that it will bring with it.

Here’s a bit of Destroy Nate Allen trivia for you: Krispin Mayfield, the man behind The Maiden Name, wrote a little song years ago called “White Flag” that inspired my song of the same name. It’s been a very long time since he’s released an album and I assure you it was worth the wait!

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The Maiden Name is contributing a song to Nate Allen’s Kickstarter Mixtape. 

The first The Maiden Name release is streaming  below.

Where Division Ends

Where Division Ends

Atmosphere! Atmosphere! It’s everywhere and oh so clear.

Where Division Ends is comprised of Tyson and Jessica Kingrey and is perfect for fans of Radiohead or My Bloody Valentine. I lived with Where Division Ends for some months and never saw them perform. What I did hear came in the form of laptop speakers. I really should have insisted on making them play a show since the truth is I might not even be having a kickstarter for Take Out the Trash if it weren’t for them.

What happened is: I got a band together for one show. 1 show. After the show Tyson said, and I quote: “I’m not quitting.” This was the catalyst that enabled The Pac-Away Dots to form and Take Out The Trash to be recorded in the first place. It was Tyson’s attention to detail that empowered Take Out The Trash to become the record that is.

Tyson and Jessica are not just generous people – after all they let the album be recorded in the basement and all over the house. They truly created a rad space to live and rest in. It is this attention to detail and curation that makes Where Division Ends a compelling project that you should check out.

In their own words:

“Where Division Ends is somewhat of a young ghost in the Portland music scene. You can hear them, but rarely do you see them, and what you hear is only a fraction of what you know of them to be. That is, if you know them at all. Their music echoes the wonder years of 90’s Grunge and Shoegaze bliss while trying to find a slot in the present and a pathway to the future.”

Where Division Ends will be contributing song to Nate Allen’s Kickstarter Mixtape.

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FFO: Amusement Parks on Fire, M83, Maps & Atlases, Cocteau Twins, CSNY

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The Restitution

The Restitution

The Restitution play ambient, layered, progressive metal perfect for fans of Thrice or Underoath. Crafted in the mind of a mad genius in a perfect world Restitution songs would be performed by an army of guitarists each playing on a different planet. Mike Wright a.k.a. The Restitution released their debut album called Waves in 2013 to fantastic reviews. This is good folks. If you need some heavy music to dissect look no further.

Mike played bass at the 1st IamNateAllen show (iana eventually become the Pac-Away Dots) and was super rad to hang out with while make the album. Please check out his band.

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The Restitution are contributing a song to Nate Allen’s Kickstarter Mixtape.

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Desiring Dead Flesh

Desiring Dead Flesh

Desiring Dead Flesh is a hardcore punk family band comprised of Bryan Hampton (dad and vocalist), Adam Hampton (son and bassist), Raven Hampton (daughter and guitarist) and Pat Kowynia  (drummer and long time friend). They play dirty, rough around the edges punk rock to beautiful perfection. If fine tuning and immaculate tone are requirements for your enjoyment of rock n’ roll look elsewhere but IF you are looking for punk rock boiled down to its bare essence, I can’t recommend Desiring Dead Flesh highly enough.

Desiring Dead Flesh shows involve loads of sing-a-longs, cue cards, circle pits, stuffed animals, beach balls, and crowd surfing. Just watch the video below. What a beautiful mess!

Bryan Hampton is a Michigan legend. He’s been a fixture in the punk scene since the mid-80’s. He’s been running shows since the mid-90’s as Ripped Heart Productions and gave me one of my first Michigan shows as he has for countless other bands.

Desiring Dead Flesh are contributing their song “The End Is Here” to the Nate Allen Kickstarter Mixtape.

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Self Proclaimed Narcissist

Self Proclaimed Narcissist

Self Proclaimed Narcissist plays acoustic music that is 1 part brutal honesty, 1 part catchy and 1 part chaos. More inspired by noisy, grindcore bands and weirdos than the folky coffee shop circuit, Self Proclaimed Narcissist plays “honesty folk” complete with sound samples and broken strings.

Erik Carson (aka Self Proclaimed Narcissist) is from the same small Oregon town that Insomniac Folklore, One-Eyed Doll and I grew up in and it shows. We are all cut from the same maximum effort, audience connecting stock and a few years ago Erik and I released the Folklore, Narcissism and Destruction EP together with Insomniac Folklore.

Self Proclaimed Narcissist is currently on tour. Go to a show and scream-a-long!

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Self Proclaimed Narcissist will be including the song St. Elmo on the Nate Allen Kickstarter Mixtape.

Below is Self Proclaimed Narcissist’s most recent and best album, I’m Afraid To Be Alive:

FFO: The Locust, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Listener

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The Bloodtypes

The Bloodtypes make electronic, pogo dance punk and it’s hard not to sing and clap-a-long when they bust out the blood splatter, fog machines and super catchy tunes. Too punk to be goth/industrial but still leaning that way, the Bloodtypes (ex-members of the Epoxies and many other amazing bands) play well informed, 80’s new wave inspired rock n’ roll.

A few years ago I encountered a string of bands that reinvigorated my love for punk (The Briefs, The Red Dons, The Clorox Girls, ect.) and The Bloodtypes are right on point in this way. If the rock n’ roll in your life is missing it’s fun it’s time you got a transfusion.

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The Bloodtypes song “Alien Eyes” will be available on Nate Allen’s Kickstarter Mixtape.

The Bloodtypes  “They Live” – Official Music Video:

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Jim Strange and The Proud and The Damned

Jim Strange and The Proud and The Damned

Jim Strange and The Proud and The Damned are heavy metal, Americana gothic rock based in Portland. Fans of Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Wovenhand, and Sisters Of Mercy will be won over by Jim’s deep and powerful voice.

If any of you are performers, perhaps you know the feeling of playing a bar show and giving it your all, only to wonder if anyone is even paying attention. Then you see that lone person in the crowd, holding their beer, looking at you and smiling. Jim was that guy for us once. Jim’s authenticity and genuine passion for music shine in a real way, and we are proud to call him a friend.

Jim Strange and The Proud and The Damned are contributing a song to Nate Allen’s Kickstarter Mixtape.

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Listen to Jim Strange and The Proud and The Damned’s Pox Americana below.

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