When Mike Park announced that he was holding a string of shows for the 15th Anniversary of his San Jose based Ska/Pop Punk label Asian Man records, the tickets for particular shows sold out immediately. This show was one of them. I was lucky enough to get a free pass into this show and see Alkaline trio is a very intimate setting. Alkaline Trio has been around since the mid 90s, consistently becoming more and more popular. After their releases with Asian Man and independent punk label Vagrant records they moved on to working with Epic records, home of artists like Shakira, George Michael and Ozzy Osborne.The last time they played in the bay area, they were at the Fillmore which is significantly larger than Bottom of the Hill. This was the third time I had seen Alkaline Trio and not only was it the best setlist and performance I had seen by them, it was also by far the most intimate space I had seen them in. Alkaline Trio was accompanied by other Asian Man artists like The Hot Toddies, Kepi Ghoulie and Atom Age. The Hot Toddies are a group of really cute girls who sing surf influenced pop punk that often has lyrics that revolve around love and alcohol. They even sang their song Matt Skiba Sandwich which was referring to the frontman of Alkaline Trio(If you didn’t know). I also saw the king of 3rd generation pop punk Mikey Erg on the sidelines of the stage, I was hoping he would sing Radio with them at the end but it never happened. They started off their set with Cringe, the first track off of their first album Goddamnit which made the audience go insane. The crowd sang along so loud that Skiba and Adrianno’s vocals were hard to hear at times. They played all of their classics including Nose Over Tail, Clavicle, Crawl, Goodbye Forever, Bleeder, Radio, Snake Oil Tanker, Trouble Breathing, Emma, Maybe I’ll Catch Fire, Armageddon and one of my personal favorites My Friend Peter. When they played My Friend Peter, Matt Skiba explained that the song was about Peter Anna, the Trombone player from Slapstick who was actually in the crowd that evening. When they played Radio a bunch of people were pulled up on stage, it was quite a spectacle. Then they ended their set with a cover from Canadian Art Punk Jazz Fusion group NoMeansNo. This show was definitely tailored to diehard Alkaline Trio fans because they primarily stuck to the classics. They completely avoided their 2008 Release Agony and Irony, they only played one track each off of Crimson and This Addiction as well. Overall this was a truly amazing show that I am really glad I went to.