Album of the Week: Alice Bag’s Blueprint


Alice Bag has been making music since the mid ‘70s with her band Bags. Now, the seminal Californian punk icon has taken her disruptive energy to the studio again, releasing Blueprint, the second album released under her own name, out now on Don Giovanni Records.

A singer, musician, author, educator, and feminist archivist, Bag surrounded herself with distinguished contributors and collaborators for this new venture, including Kathleen Hannah, Allison Wolfe, Martin Sorrondeguy, Rudy Garcia, Genevieve Atkerson, Lysa Flores, Vivi Flores, Chelsea Velasquez, Francisca Valenzuela, Teri Gender Bender, and Martin Sorrondeguy. The result? Eleven timeless tracks of Los Angeles punk.

As we read in the album’s PR release:

The songs often find their inspiration in real-life moments that caused Bag to take stock and assess her own blueprint—to take a stand or fix a problem: personal, political, or both. “We’re all constantly building structures of many different kinds,” explains Bag. “So, it’s up to to us keep things on track and moving in the direction we want to see them go. Otherwise, we end up with an idiot in charge.”

Watch three videos from the new album below!

Guia Cortassa was born, lives, and works in Milan, Italy. After working as a Contemporary Art curator, she went back to writing. She is a contributing editor for Ondarock and her writing has appeared on Rivista Studio, Flair and the Quietus. She compulsively tweets @gcmorvern. More from this author →