Sometimes shit pisses you off, so you need to go see a good punk show.
This last Friday I was just chipper as hell, so I showed up with just the right attitude for a dingy New Brunswick, New Jersey basement show featuring Altered Boys at the helm. It was about time I caught this band, whom I’d been sleeping on for the past three months, during which they’ve put out two self-titled 7″s through Deranged Records and Katorga, who have released material from the likes of Career Suicide, Broken Bones, and NJ favorites Ugly Parts.
Sadly, they were sold out of everything, which mattered very little to me at the time, actually, because I’m broke as shit. Not too broke to own a computer, however (who isn’t?), so luckily I had already shamelessly borrowed their earlier 7″ (who wouldn’t…?).
I’m glad that I have always been a music nerd, because it means I have been able to watch scenes grow from afar. This is exactly how I got into New York Hardcore early on. I would go to my local book shop and gaze at the Village Voice every week and see what bands were performing at the CBGB’s matinees. Then I would go to my local record shop and pay them to record on to cassettes the latest Reagan Youth, KRAUT, Cause For Alarm, Murphy’s Law, The Mob and many more. I have said it before – the west coast & east coast scenes had their differences, although both groups shared their love of creating kick ass flyers for their shows! So today CVLT Nation going to celebrate NYxHC through art and a live footage essay!…If you have any cool NYxHC photos & flyers past or present, contact The New York Hardcore Chronicles 1979-2015…all flyers from this feature came from their page!
Insane, Skater for Life, Father, Dictator, Dreamer, Will Never Grow up begins to describe Brewce Martin who runs Skatopia. In 2010, a film called Skatopia: 88 Acres of Anarchy came out about him, his crew of skate rats and the gnarly fest that they put on once a year. If you are a skate fiend like me, this is a must-see film! So crack open a cold one and check out Skatopia: 88 Acres of Anarchy…Skate & Destroy!
Who did I fear in 1982? I feared the media and all of the lies they put out about my generation. I was scared that my mom would ship me off to a boot camp that would march the punk rock out me. I remember watching this documentary with my mom called We Destroy the Family: Punks vs. Parents, and it was not fun times. Serena Dank was a money hungry asshole. Check out what the hardcore kids of 1982 had to deal with…When I watch this, I totally realize why the kids were disconnected from the parents!
If you ask people my age what music first really opened their mind, many of them would say funk – it was our gateway to punk. P-Funk Parliament-Funkadelic created a universe that molded our minds into young weirdos. After seeing George Clinton and his band of freaks perform in outlandish costumes, how the Sex Pistols looked was almost normal. Musically, funk was all about self-expression, just like the early punk scene in both England and the States. The P-Funk all stars did not give a fuck, and created a dance beat that would had you under their spell. You could hear the influence of the bouncy, rolling baselines of Funk in early Post Punk and certain 80′s hardcore bands. There would not have been the Gang of Four, Talking Heads, Bush Tetras, PYLON, ESG, Maximum Joy, Glaxo Babies, Minutemen, Big Boys, PIL and many more without this influence. Not all of these bands had a political message, but many of them did, which sounded cool against their driving back beats. So part of Post Punk’s foundation can be found in in the words of Mr Clinton – free your ass and your mind will follow! Today we celebrate the Funk // Post Punk connection with a huge video essay that will tell the story better than my words ever could…Part 2 of this story coming soon: Post Punk and the Dub connection!
Dallas crossover thrash titans Power Trip has been making a name for themselves since the release of their 2008 demo tape. The band has toured nonstop, recently completing a tour with Expire and Xibalba and making appearances at festivals such as The Rumble and New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. Five years since its debut, the band has unleashed something that the blast doors just couldn’t contain: Mainfest Decimation. Recorded by War Hungry guitarist Arthur Rizk and Daniel Schmuck, and featuring art from Italy’s Paolo “Madman” Girardi, Manifest Decimation barges its way through your speakers and stomps a mud hole in your soul.
Old punks don’t die, they reunite. Under the name FLAG, Keith Morris (vocals), Chuck Dukowski (bass), Dez Cadena (guitar/vocals) and Bill Stevenson (drums), with Descendents/All guitarist Stephen Egerton, have come together to form their version of BLACK FLAG. This past week, they performed a secret show at the Redondo Beach Lodge No. 1873. Check out the historic performance on CVLT Nation NOW!…This was their first show together in 34 years!
A friend of mine for over 30 years, Dan Clements of EXCEL, is selling something that he never thought he would – his hand-drawn Suicidal Tendencies button down created by Ric Clayton RxCx is up for auction on Ebay for $3,000. I know that many people reading this will say, why so much? Because this is really a one of a kind piece of punk rock history. Back in the day, having a shirt created by Rick was way more than just a badge of honor! These shirts were just as important to us as a biker’s cut is. If I had the money, I would buy it from from Dan and then put it in the L.A. Punk Museum. Read a recent interview with Dan below, plus check out the details behind this auction…Venice for LIFE!
100% AUTHENTIC, ORIGINAL OWNER, ORIGINAL HAND DRAWN SUICIDAL TENDENCIES BUTTON UP DRESS SHIRT. THE SAME ONE WORN ON THE LEGENDARY 1983 DEBUT ALBUM, THIS ONE IS DISPLAYED ON THE BACK COVER IN ALL IT’S GLORY. ARTWORK BY RxCx aka RIC CLAYTON, WHO CREATED THE ENTIRE VENICE DOGTOWN SUICIDAL IMAGES THAT STAND THE TEST OF TIME. THIS PIECE WAS ON IT’S WAY TO THE LOS ANGELES PUNK ROCK MUSEUM BUT DUE TO A PERSONAL EMERGENCY, I MUST SELL THIS TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER. INCLUDED IN THIS AUCTION IS THE ORIGINAL FIRST OFFICIAL RELEASED T-SHIRT 1982 AND THE VERY FIRST STICKER 1981. THIS IS A ONE OF A KIND AUCTION NEVER TO BE REPEATED. I HAVE HELD ON TO THIS MEMORY FOR OVER 30 YEARS AND TO MY KNOWLEDGE, I AM THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS AN ORIGINAL HAND DRAWN SUICIDAL SHIRT LEFT OF THAT ERA…Words from the seller…
This show was originally broadcast on April 6, 2013 on KCRW. Not only are there great tunes to listen to, but good conversation between two old friends.