Razorcake #79 Now Available
Featuring Tony Molina, The Dopamines, We Were There: Voices from L.A. Punk’s First Wave, Cheryl Klein Contemplates Her Cyborg Boobs, Class Bigotry in Higher Education
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Cover design by Daryl Gussin
Photo by Sean Hewitt (website)
Tony Molina: Daryl talks to the elusive Tony Molina (The Ovens, Caged Animal) about shredding, House of Pain’s DJ, and smoking PCP. Tony was the principle songwriter of the Bay Area’s I-want-to-kill-myself-and-shred-righteously-over-ignorant-riffs-and-Beatles-pop-perfection-songs band The Ovens. You’ll learn what Tony is down with and what he thinks is whack.
Tony Molina - Don't Come Back from Renny McCauley on Vimeo.
The Dopamines: Kevin Dunn day drinks with The Dopamines and discusses the alpha juggalo, shit and piss, and dick jokes. It’s irreverent, silly, and uncomfortably endearing. Kevin gets the band to unravel some hilarious and horrendous tour stories; throwing pee out of a moving car, pool hall mac and cheese bites, and shitting on windshields. Junior high has yet to end for The Dopamines.
We Were There: Voices from L.A. Punk’s First Wave: Alice Bag provides an erudite and personal account of the first wave of L.A. punk. It’s easy to look back on an era of music and mistake records as indelible accounts of a community. It’s easy to miss that what we’re often discussing is a couple of months/weeks that define an “era.” Alice does a fantastic job of being a punk cartographer. She puts you on the map and unveils that the walls that history has erected between scenes are often put there by laziness and misrepresentation. This is a must read.
Cheryl Klein Contemplates Her Cyborg Boobs: Cheryl interviews Sara Hendren about design, prosthetics, and the special needs community. The interview is framed by Cheryl through her own experience with cancer and prosthetics. The conversation moves from the connection between science, the tech industry, and the role of artistic design in providing assistive technologies, to a discussion about bodily norms and the disability community. Fascinating, informative, and a pleasure to read.
Class Bigotry in Higher Education: Chris Pepus examines the class inequality pervasive throughout America’s colleges. Chris takes to task enrollment biases, hereditary wealth, and social profiling. Class discrimination is an overlooked problem in the college admittance practices. Written with both insider academic knowledge and a punk’s eye for bullshit, Chris demystifies the class bigotry found at every level in the conversation regarding higher education. Here’s the full article.
Sean Carswell chews on Space Cookie’s oeuvre and the great conjunction of history and loss. (website)
Jim Rulandattempts to court the Bering Sea and gets acute vertigo. (blog, twitter)
Liz Prince is the Dude for her time and place. Phone’s ringing, Dude. (website, twitter)
Ben Snakepit is officially old! He finally started crafting… (blog, twitter)
Cassie J. Sneider perfected the temporary employee interview a little too well. (blog, twitter)
Rev. Nørb explores the murky connection between gun rights and The Misfits. (website)
Adrian Chi is preparing her muscles for a future of abuse. (facebook)
Rhythm Chicken shakes off his aching liver andruffles his rock feathers with Tenement. (facebook)
Art Fuentes sends his daughter to college and yearns for a life on the rails.
Kiyoshi Nakazawa provides some secret tools for April Fools. (website)
Caitlin Hoffmandiscusses the gamble of exposing yourself in a customer service job.
Nardwuar talks to The Sonics about hair loss, hooters, and their satanic past.
And photos from the lovely and talented:
Shanty Cheryl (flickr)
Dan Monick (website, twitter)
This issue is dedicated to the memories of Chris Peigler and Eugenia Hernandez.