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Friday, September 19, 2014

Social Distortion - EDWARD COLVER
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  • Social Distortion
When your aunt pulls out her forgotten photos of family vacations past, you're probably going to tune out. But when punk rock photographer Edward Colver tells you he's got boxes of negatives he hasn't looked at in years, you drop what you're doing and gather around.

Colver is opening up parts of his rarity-filled archives to the general public starting this weekend at downtown L.A.'s Lethal Amounts gallery.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

Punk

Kate Nash On Her L.A.-Based Girl Gang

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Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 4:30 AM
The first Girl Gang meeting - PHOTO CREDIT: TESSIE NAVARRO
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  • The first Girl Gang meeting
Now a fixture on the L.A. punk scene with her all-girl band, Kate Nash is a London born and bred singer.

She was just 20 when she released her platinum-selling debut album Made of Bricks in 2007, shortly after being discovered on Myspace and championed by Lily Allen. Then chubby-cheeked with shaggy ginger-colored hair, Nash at the time was best known for her catchy break-up song “Foundations.”

But, having moved to L.A. in January, Nash nowadays rocks fishnet stockings and a black-and-blonde pin-up ‘do. She's stopped crooning about pasty-faced boys and started shrieking about the girls who “make shit happen.” Her bass-heavy female anthem “She Rules” sounds like something Bikini Kill might have recorded in the early ‘90s.

Last year she covered the Fidlar song "Cocaine," changing the lyrics and calling it "Girl Gang." It's an extension of her growing interest in feminism, punk rock and activism. In fact Girl Gang is also an actual, real-life crew, and their first event will be this Sunday at The Smell, with performances by bands including Colleen Green, Death Valley Girls, Cherry Glazerr's Hannah Uribe (a DJ set), and Nash herself.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Punk

An Important Scene Member Remembered, a Year After His Death

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Miguel Joya performing with Exocet at a punk show - PHOTO COURTESY OF OLDHCDUDE
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  • Miguel Joya performing with Exocet at a punk show
Throughout his young and wild life, vocalist Miguel Joya — of local backyard punk staples Exocet — was known as the life of the party. Whether he was throwing parties or crashing them, his radiant energy inspired people.

Joya was 27 when he died last August, of a heart attack. His passing strongly reverberated throughout the scene. And this Saturday, August 9, the Poor Kids Mansion in Lincoln Heights will host Rumpshaker Fest 2, featuring many acts Joya knew or supported.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Got Beef?

Why L.A. Is More Punk than New York

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Tue, Aug 5, 2014 at 4:00 AM

Black Flag shortly after the arrival of Henry Rollins, left - PHOTO BY EDWARD COLVER
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  • Black Flag shortly after the arrival of Henry Rollins, left
"New York is a parochial town run by publishing media that likes to think it invented everything," said Don Waller, co-founder Back Door Man fanzine

This might explain why, early on, the punkness of L.A. bands like the Seeds and the Doors was ignored by New York, who decided that Lou Reed was "more street" than Jim Morrison, and that any town associated with the Eagles could never possess the grit of the Lower East Side, or the tortured poetry of Patti Smith. 

But punk, born in the Bowery, would soon evolve into a mutated beast in the gutters of Hollywood, circa 1977, when Darby Crash began a quest to prove that L.A. was just as punk as the U.K., not New York, which was too square, too Ivy league for consideration.   

We could write an essay on L.A. punk, but it's been done before. We Got the Neutron Bomb is the textbook. Instead, here are 10 reasons L.A.'s roots are a bit more rotten than those yuppies in New York.  

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

Punk

Burger a-Go-Go: The Female-Focused Music Festival Blew Minds on Saturday

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Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 9:41 AM
Julia Kugel of the Coathangers - PHOTO BY LEONARD DRORIAN
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  • Julia Kugel of the Coathangers
Burger Records debuted a new festival on Saturday at the Observatory in Santa Ana. Called Burger a-go-go, it featured 35 female-driven acts. 

The presumed target demographic was that teenage girl with a Burger Records button on her backpack, somehow led to believe that a girl can't be a punk rocker. It was about the look in her eyes, as her pupils expanded in euphoric release, watching the Coathangers belt out primal yells and karate kicks, or watching Colleen Green (clad in a t-shirt with "FEMALE" written across her chest) playing a distorted bud-leaf-bass guitar. 

That said, it was a blast for everyone who attended.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

Punk

The Gun Club and The Flesh Eaters Show Us How Reissues Are Done

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Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 4:00 AM
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Reissues, man. Reissues.

Upon its release in...blabbity-blah blah. In the past couple of years, we've seen so many pointless reissues that the remains of good taste are spinning in their tiny tiny graves. It’s almost as if the current white on white contrast in contemporary music’s race to banality has left people screaming for newer, shinier copies of the stuff they either threw away or left to get flooded in their parents’ basement.

And given the merging of the nostalgia and histrionics industries into one giant nostalgionics industry, we've gotta hear about every single one of them from a dozen smarmy schmaltz-bloggers. "Four Tet's Rounds was playing in my dorm when we invaded Iraq and it changed my life because..." Yawn. 

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Punk

Top 5 Punk Drummers of All Time

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Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 3:30 AM
Tré Cool / Green Day - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
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  • Tré Cool / Green Day
The common misconception is that punk musicians aren't very good at their craft. For the most part, that might be true — Dee Dee Ramone did get laughed out of an audition for Television in 1973.

But for a musical genre so driven by the beat, where lightning fast technique is a prerequisite for acceptance, the punk drummer rises above the rest. Unlike the guitar and bass players, drummers can't turn down their instrument or increase the distortion. Sid Vicious relied on Steve Jones for direction, but Paul Cook (the drummer of The Sex Pistols) had his balls on the line every night; a lesson he first learned from Tommy Ramone, the original drummer of The Ramones. 

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pennywise - COURTESY OF EPITAPH RECORDS
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If our conversation with Pennywise vocalist Jim Lindberg is any indication, the Hermosa Beach punk group’s newest album Yesterdays (out today on Epitaph Records) may turn out to be one of the most important records in their 26-year history.

The album features Lindberg’s return to vocal duties after his acrimonious departure in 2009. It also harkens back to a simpler time in the band’s legacy, as many of the songs on Yesterdays were penned during the group’s early years by original bassist Jason Thirsk, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1996.

West Coast Sound caught up with Lindberg on the phone last weekend to discuss his return to the band and the new album.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Punk

Remembering Tommy Ramone, the Original Punk Rock Drummer

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Sun, Jul 13, 2014 at 12:25 PM
The original Ramones lineup: Johnny, Dee Dee, Tommy and Joey - COURTESY OF SIRE/WARNER BROS. RECORDS
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  • The original Ramones lineup: Johnny, Dee Dee, Tommy and Joey
Thomas Erdelyi, better known to his friends and the world as Tommy Ramone, died at his home in Queens this past Friday. His death came from a battle with bile duct cancer, an illness that he kept relatively quiet. Tommy was best known as the original, pioneering drummer of The Ramones.

I was relaxing on my front porch when I received the news. I didn’t say anything for several minutes, just prayed it was a hoax and darted around the dark corners of the Internet searching for clues. I half-convinced myself it was a bad prank, but as I ultimately discovered, it wasn’t.

To say that Tommy and I were friends would have been a lie. Saying we were acquaintances was an overstatement that I would cling to with glee. To say that I was a fan, however, would be a drastic understatement.

And as any good fan would do, I dove head first into my Ramones records.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Hardcore

Mish Way Tells Us What's Up

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Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 3:35 AM
Mish Way reading about herself - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
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  • Mish Way reading about herself
The 28-year-old Mish Way likes to tell her own story, through her own words. The lead singer of White Lung isn't just a recent L.A. transplant and lead singer of a hardcore punk band from Vancouver. She's also a writer, and has sounded off in Vice, BustSalon, and Myspace.  

"I've just given so much of myself away," she tells us. "It's actually quite weird."

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