Posts Tagged: punk

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Swinging Modern Sounds #64: Ack! Ack! Ack! Ack!

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Many of you will not want to believe that “Ack! Ack! Ack! Ack!” by the Californian punk band the Urinals, is the greatest song ever written, but that is simply because there is some kind of vise or blood-occluding mechanism attached to the thinking and feeling part of your limbic region. ...more

Song of the Day: “Electricity (Drugs)”

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The Talking Heads were among a crop of epochal, genre-bending artists that emerged from New York City in the mid-70s. The music scene centered around the famous punk club CBGB, where David Byrne and company opened for The Ramones in 1975. In the midst of the rhymically-complex and funky “Electricity,” Byrne repeatedly sings, “I’m charged up.”

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Song of the Day: “Straight To Hell”

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The Clash are famous for their album London Calling and their ubiquitous single, “Rock the Casbah,” which is notable perhaps for its incendiary political message—a denunciation of the Iranian ban on Western music following the 1979 revolution. But it’s “Straight to Hell,” a commemoration of immigrant struggles in the UK and abroad, that best blends political panache with a strong melody.

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The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Falling For The Femme Fatale

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If power is going to shift toward equality, men have to see power less as an inherent right and more as something we can be incentivized to relinquish. ...more

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Sound & Vision #10: Scott Crawford

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Director and punk rock enthusiast Scott Crawford talks with Allyson McCabe about his film Salad Days, his punk fanzine Metrozine, Kickstarter, and DIY music culture. ...more

Michael Chabon’s Punk Rock Days

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[The] Bats were a fine little band, a unique assemblage of diverse strengths and quirks, anchored by one of the most rock-solid drummers ever to grace the Pittsburgh scene, and hampered only by the weakness of their goofball frontman.

That’s a quote from Michael Chabon, novelist, screenwriter, and “goofball frontman” of 80’s Pittsburgh punk band, the Bats.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #50: The Big 5-0!

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While it’s possible to find a lot to worry about in the world of contemporary music, there’s always something new to listen to as well, post-historical, outlying, pre- or anti- or minimally digital music. And so maybe there will be five more years of Swinging Modern Sounds. ...more

An Oral History of Bay Area Punk

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I grew up in Denver and moved out to the Bay Area when I was eighteen, partially because I’d heard about this magical “Gilman” place that seemed to go against everything I was raised to believe in. Of course, once I got here I never went because everyone told me not to— they said it was “dead” — and it was probably a good thing I didn’t go because by that time I might not have been into the music, and besides, the fashion mistakes  I was making at the time would have likely gotten me killed (think North Face and floppy hats.

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The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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Greetings, world. Blogging will be light today. Your humble Sunday editor is in Monterey celebrating the life of a friend who recently passed. But to keep you with stuff to look at until tomorrow, here’s a brief roundup of some of  links from the book blogs from this past week. 

Dan Brown may be invading the cover of your book, whether he has anything to do with what you’re reading or not. 

Speaking of book covers, another reminder that authors have no control over these things.

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Punk Rock Explained

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I have an admission to make. I’m one of those people who changes the subject whenever punk rock comes up. Don’t get me wrong. I like the music. But I refuse to memorize the name of the Sex Pistols’ first bassist, I don’t understand the difference between all the different sub-genres,  and I’m always hoping no one will notice how much of a poseur I am. Over at Jacket Copy, Nicholas Rombes answers many of the questions I didn’t know I had while publicizing his new book A Cultural Dictionary of Punk

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The Tortuous Past of Flogging Molly

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images-22Dave King sings for Flogging Molly, the punk band of choice for hipsters and hippies, green-beer Irish and real-life Dubliners, and party people everywhere.  But did you know that he used to sing for Fast Eddie Clarke’s 80s metal band, Fastway?  He seemed to really be into it.  This was no passing interest of Dave’s; after he and Fast Eddie parted ways acrimoniously, Dave started Katmandu with one of the guys from Krokus!

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