The Most Punk Rock Diary Entry Ever.
Discovered by Jason Isbel, as reported by Badass Digest.
Minutemen jam econo
on a public access TV show called Acoustic Blowout in 1985. You can find more Minutemen videos and concert recordings on corndogs.org
"The Way They Were"
[Vimeo] Punk and New Wave 1976 - 1978. Channel 4 UK programme first broadcast circa 1984 / 1985-ish. Hosted by the late Tony Wilson, it's a compilation of performances by bands taken from his previous TV shows in the late 70's, such as So It Goes. [more inside]
plays in the band The Nunnery
and takes 35mm photographs
of the underground music scene in Boise, Idaho.
plays in the band Underpass
and takes 35mm photographs
of the DIY punk scene in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Pulp Zine explains how to do a stick and poke tattoo.
does stick and poke tattoos of whimsical subjects such as pretzels
, ghosts and treasure maps
, and kitties
of the band Screaming Females
talks about drunkenly giving DIY tattoos in comic form
The last remaining member of seminal 1970s New York punk
act, Tommy Ramone
, has died
, aged 65
. [more inside]
Drew Chessie Nowhere is a bike punk who regularly takes leave from his job as a chef in NOLA to go on epic bicycle tours, full of camping with his dog in the woods, dumpster diving, and campstove cooking. He is covered with tattoos
from artist Pauly Lingerfelt.
He is also a fantastic photographer.
bike touring tumblr
bike touring F.A.Q.
Four years ago, a group of punk anarchists with no political experience led by Icelandic comedian Jón Gnarr formed a joke political party, the Best Party, to campaign for Reykjavik's mayoral and city council positions, hoping to lighten up local politics in the wake of the catastrophic Icelandic financial meltdown. To everyone's surprise, they won. [more inside]
Musings on, in the age of digitization and photocopies and the dying off of old collectors, what it means to be a book collector
by Johan Kugelberg of Boo-Hooray
(the guy who cataloged Afrika Bambaataa's collection for Cornell University
, and I can't believe there isn't a Previously for that!) [more inside]
Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, was a dangerous place to be in the late 1970s
. With bombs, shootings, British Army Patrols, riots on the streets, and The Ramones
and New York Dolls
on the turntable, the most punk thing 5 Catholic lads could do was to sing upbeat songs about adolescent lust
, getting nowhere with said girls
, and the general struggles
of being young
. In the bleeding heart of The Troubles
, The Undertones
escaped by dreaming of a life more ordinary
. [more inside]
are a klezmer
-punk band from NYC, whose third album Tanz
is has just come out. Their current label, Discos Corasón
, has a number of live songs
and their first music video: "Freydele
". And here's a great rendition of their song "This Is Yiddish!
" You can also catch an interview with a couple of band members
and read an interview with the multilingual vocalist, accordionist and band founder Annette Ezekiel Kogan
The Jon Spenser Blues Explosion was (is) a groundbreaking rock and roll band
(not a blues band) well known for its live performances. Not much video footage
of their concerts
is extant, but this performance on an Australian TV show in 1994 is pretty typical
, if the word "typical" is suitable for someone trying to incite a riot. [more inside]
I think about that a lot these days, as now, I’m 37 and uh…I ain’t OLD like your pappy or anything, but for a guy in a punk rock band, 37 is old. This is a game played mostly by people aged 23-33. You fall on one side or the other of that spectrum, your age suddenly becomes an interesting factor in who you are and what you’re doing, particularly the farther away you get.
In March 1993 Bikini Kill toured the UK. "It Changed My Life
" is a film about that tour, with openers Huggy Bear
, & contributions by the Raincoats
, Sister George
, and Skinned Teen
. [more inside]
What Does Pussy Riot Mean Now?
"With all eyes on Russia, two members of the country’s most notorious band of shit-stirrers are free after nearly two years of political imprisonment and enjoying the rock-star treatment during their first trip to the U.S. But the group’s unlikely journey from art-school project to international icons shows just how rotten Russia has become and how much the mission has changed."
The late Jesse Morris
covers Black Flag's "Six Pack"- in the idiom- and voice!- of Johnny Cash [more inside]
The gentle genius behind Police And Thieves
. So often delivered live by The Clash
. "You should hear Junior Murvin singing this song... He can sign it as high as the roof!" A sweet, sweet voice, now quiet
"It is truly punk beyond any of the music played by celebrated punk bands at the time of the term’s genesis."
Old Skull were a trio of prepubescent boys from Wisconsin whose raw (some would say talentless) thrash punk albums in the late 1980s gained them nationwide attention and a record deal. The band consisted of J.-P. and Jamie Toulon and Jesse Collins-Davies, with a lot of help from the Toulon patriarch Vern. Their songs dealt with issues big ("Homeless," "AIDS"
) and small ("Pizza Man," "D'Yall Know Where the Herb Is?"
). They opened for Sonic Youth and Gwar, they made it onto MTV
and into People Magazine
. Then their 15 minutes passed. Here's a haunting 2010 WFMU interview with Jamie Toulon
when he was a homeless addict in NYC. Then the Toulon brothers died
within a year of each other.
"Choruses of children
evoking a crowded slum, humid jungles where Sri Lankan women bathe and wash their clothes, old Bimmers
drifting in a Moroccan desert, the multiple limbs of a Hindu goddess stretching behind her, the austerity of areas long occupied by military, a digital print burqa
-- Ayesha A. Siddiqi
on the shamefully misrepresented
"Pop Diaspora of M.I.A
.", whose latest single
from her new record Matangi
(Flashing Lights Warning) [more inside]
, a BBC documentary / studio discussion programme from 1977, looks at the burgeoning phenomena of punk rock. (SLYT)
- "singer, writer, composer, punk rocker, poet, Radiator, Pogue"
- passed away from esophageal cancer on October 8th, far too young at only 56. He was most widely known as the Pogues’ rhythm guitarist, who penned
"Thousands Are Sailing
", a haunting ballad about Irish immigration to the USA that quickly became a live favourite (in later shows usually sung by Phil himself
). [more inside]
The Last Gang in Town.
Punk rock legends Paul Simonon and Mick Jones of the Clash sit down with Ian Rubbish
of the Bizarros
and talk of old times and how Ian was inspired by each Clash album. They then get together and jam an old Bizarros tune.
The Day My Kid Went Punk
Afterschool Special - Teen decides to make himself noticed from the rest of the crowd by becoming a Punk Rocker (SLYT)
SST label honcho Greg Ginn's lawsuit against the other former members of Black Flag, several of whom now playing as Flag, isn't going so well
. Henry Rollins isn't playing with either group, but is also named in the suit. Both groups (Ginn, 1979 vocalist Ron Reyes, and hired hands playing as Black Flag
, the others playing as Flag
) been on tour this summer.
The chant began less than two minutes into the first song. An undercurrent at first, just a few hecklers. But it got louder with repetition, each wave building on the last. Soon the chant threatened to drown out the band itself.
“Fuck you! Fuck you! Fuck you!”
1986: Punk band Discharge goes hair metal
Does what is says on the tin.
The Artistry of sign spinning.
mentioned back in in 2012, The Argument
, a concept album with influences from Milton's Paradise Lost and William Burroughs
, has at last appeared. [more inside]
In response to a listicle on pop-punk where "most of the picks were just early 2000s-era crapcore Warped Tour bands" the Jaded Punk Blog has a more 'authentic' list,"36 Pop-Punk Albums You Need To Hear Or Just Go Fucking Die."
. A list which seems to beg the question "What is pop-punk
? Is this more like this
, or more like this
? [more inside]
, drummer for Devo
during their seminal '76-'85 period, has died
. [more inside]
A Reference Of Female-Fronted Punk Rock: 1977-89
is a set of 12 downloadable mix CDs collecting more than 360 punk songs sung by women.
CCCP Fedeli alla linea
was an Italian "Emilian1
melodic music pro-Soviet punk" band that performed and recorded between 1981 and 1990, disbanding on the same day as German reunification. For those who can read Italian, here is their story
in their words. For the rest of us, Wikpedia does a pretty good job
of thumbnailing the group, calling their sound a "genre-defying convergence of militant rock, industrial music, Folk, electropop, Middle Eastern music, and even chamber music." CCP's final album was Epica Etica Etnica Pathos
(Epic, Ethics, Ethnic, Pathos), recorded live in an abandoned farmhouse/villa in the Romagna countryside
. (exterior shot
, and a couple more pics on this page
) [more inside]
PUNK: Chaos To Couture
is an exhibit running at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Reactions have been mixed. [more inside]
The evolution of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky"
is an excellent interpretation of their latest single through different decades.
was a 1970s English punk rock group
from south London that once had Chrissie Hynde, Kirsty McColl
and Captain Sensible within its ranks
had a mere three singles and
one album between 1974 and 1978, but in 2013 one Fred Burns is making a film
to restore this punk footnote to prominence. There is also a Myspace
Chris Richards, formerly of DC post-punk outfit Q and Not U
asks: Are foodies quietly killing rock and roll?
is a free, downloadable garage rock compilation put together by Adult Swim. It features the leading lights of the scene, including Jeff The Brotherhood
, Thee Oh Sees
, and King Khan.
Women of Punk 30 shows containing almost 400 video clips exploring the role women have played in Punk music from the 70's to today, with rare interviews and concerts, videos, documentaries and feature films.
Interview with Kirk Thatcher
, in which he talks about the time he played "Punk On Bus
" in Star Trek IV
. The song "I Hate You
" wasn't included on the original soundtrack and was unavailable for purchase until the soundtrack was re-released in 2012