"Please help a dear friend, Sarah Kirsch, an important figure and driving force in the ’90s Bay Area punk scene and beyond. She continues to be an important part of our community, our culture, our music scene, and many of our lives.
Even if you don’t recognize this name, you probably know Sarah. She has been a huge part of the punk/radical community for decades as Mike Kirsch (Fuel,Sawhorse, Pinhead Gunpowder, John Henry West,Torches To Rome, Bread And Circuits, Please Inform The Captain This Is A Hijack, Baader Brains, Mothercountry Motherfuckers, etc.).
She not too long ago came out as a proud trans-woman, and almost immediately was confronted with these terrible health problems."
has died of Fanconi Anemia
. [more inside]
posted by josher71
on Dec 6, 2012 -
The Way They Were
(SLYT... 1:07:45 'The tape fails there!')... an old Granada / Channel 4 program that was a compilation of Tony Wilson's So It Goes
a show that featured performances from some of the best British Punk and New Wave bands of the time.
posted by fearfulsymmetry
on Aug 29, 2012 -
You're a Monk, I'm a Monk, We're All Monks
is a short video introduction to The Monks, a band founded in 1964 by five American soldiers in Germany
. They put out only one album, the abrasive, noisy, minimalistic Black Monk Time
in 1965, that sounded like nothing else at the time. They also dressed in all-black, shaved monkish tonsures in their hair and wore bits of rope as neckties. In 1966 they appeared on German TV shows Beat-Club
and Beat, Beat, Beat
, and played three songs on each, Boys Are Boys and Girls Are Choice
, Monk Chant
, Oh, How to Do Now
, I Can't Get Over You
. Aaron Poehler interviewed The Monks and wrote about their history
back in 1999. That same year they
got back together
at the Cavestomp festival. And here The Monks are being interviewed by a hand-puppet
on public access television in Chicago. [The Monks previously on MetaFilter]
posted by Kattullus
on Jul 12, 2012 -
WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing covered a range of cultural issues and was widely known for its innovative use of graphic art. Started as a simple one-man operation that included artwork and text solicited from friends and acquaintances, the production, team, and circulation of the magazine would grow over the years. Its content also evolved to cover a wider expanse of stories that captured a smart and artsy Los Angeles attitude that was emerging at the same time as punk, but with its own distinct aesthetic. The magazine’s energetic creativity and flair for the absurd would remain a constant. As design problems arose, solutions were often improvised on the spot, creating a quirky and prescient editorial sensibility that remains one of WET's most enduring legacies. Its layout and design helped to catalyze the graphic styles (NSFW) later known as New Wave and Postmodern.
posted by Trurl
on May 4, 2012 -
Who Killed Nancy
is a documentary examining the lives and deaths of Sid Vicious
and Nancy Spungen
. It features interviews with many of the people on the Punk scenes in both London and New York, including people who were in Sid and Nancy's Chelsea Hotel room on the night Nancy died.
posted by marienbad
on Apr 22, 2012 -
"Rhyece O’Neill is an intense young man. A polemical folk singer, a producer of bass-heavy dance music, a protester, and a digital media worker for a major record label. He’s unlike anyone else in Australia’s dubstep landscape.
" Cyclic Defrost interviews O'Neill
, aka electronic/dub/dubstep producer Westernsynthetics
, and head of the Sub Continental Dub
label. You can skip the rest and hear two streaming mixes from Westernsynthetics
, 19 tracks from the Sub Continental Dub label
, plus the label's first three singles
, or continue inside for background, context, and even more music. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Feb 27, 2012 -
are a 3-person self described "rock/rock/rock" band from New Jersey featuring Jarrett Dougherty on drums, King Mike Abbate on bass, and Marissa Paternoster on guitar and vocals. They're not incredibly famous and they're probably not on the cusp of a string of number 1 hits, but they put on a mean show
and they've got a new album in a couple of months
if rock/rock/rock should happen to be your thing. [more inside]
posted by sandswipe
on Jan 17, 2012 -
New York graphic designer Mike Joyce
takes vintage flyers from punk, hardcore and indie rock shows and redesigns them "into international typographic style posters. Each poster is sized to the standard swiss kiosk dimensions of 35.5 inches wide by 50 inches high and set in berthold akzidenz grotesk medium, all lowercase. Every single one of these shows actually happened."
posted by BitterOldPunk
on Jan 11, 2012 -
Seeing so many Occupiers getting evicted made me think of this short 1988 documentary
by Nancy Kalow on homeless squatter punk teens in the Bay Area (warning
:cringe-inducing rapping in the opening scene). From their stories, it seems as if they had free reign of the abandoned Berkeley Polytech building for a while. Readers of Cometbus
who aren't from the Bay Area can see a bit of the scene he made sound so attractive. 1993 sequel, The Losers Club.
posted by shushufindi
on Dec 2, 2011 -
In Southern California in the 1980s, KROQ had this weird un-DJ-like guy named (seriously) Rodney Bingenheimer
, who came on late at night on Sundays and played punk records and new bands like Blondie, The Ramones, X, Joan Jett, Devo and Cheap Trick. Did this weirdo really have some influence? A 90-minute 2004 documentary now on YouTube, Mayor of the Sunset Strip (Part 1)
tells his story, and it's weirder than you may have imagined. [more inside]
posted by planetkyoto
on Nov 14, 2011 -
For safety's sake, please consider all links herein either nsfw or potentially offensive*
Let's Have a Shambles!
with the Country Teasers
Formed somewhere in Scotland in 1993 around one Ben Wallers
, the Country Teasers forged an unusual contrast between acerbic lyrics
, trash punk twang, and honest affect(at)ion
of country-western tropes
. They were also equal opportunity offenders, their songs frequently featuring seemingly misanthropic, misogynistic,
and even racist
lyrics. But despite their affrontive controversy, perhaps they aren't quite so easy to dismiss
Though rarely does he give in-person interviews
, Mr. Wallers will, when confronted, defend his "schlock tease,"
though not without characteristic aplomb
Although the Country Teasers are pretty much dead, their extensive discography
has plenty of noteworthy diversions
Some albums to start with are 1996's Satan Is Real Again or Feeling Good About Bad Thoughts
, 1999's Destroy All Human Life
, and 2006's Back to the Future
Mr. Wallers continues to release new records under the moniker The Rebel
. A number of Teaser records were released on In The Red records
*Although if you do find it offensive, I'd simply request considering if that is perhaps the point.
posted by SomaSoda
on Nov 9, 2011 -
The most vivid figure in Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields's End of the Century was the least articulate and most archetypal of the Ramones: Johnny, the right-wing prole whose hard-ass sense of style the others nutballed and softened and accelerated and above all imitated. ... Exciting and absolutely right though their '70s sets always were, the film establishes that they kept the faith live till the end, lifted by Joey's goofy dedication and powered by the chords Johnny thrashed out like they were why he was alive. As unyielding in his aesthetic principles as he was in everything else, this reactionary was an avant-gardist in spite of himself.
- Robert Christgau
posted by Trurl
on Nov 9, 2011 -