No getting around it. Shit’s atomized, diffused. Even in DIY punk. Large media is “smarter” in the fact that they can take any meaningful word or phrase and turn it into an overnight marketing campaign. They just shove some money into their machine and crank up the sky computer that shoots pictures and words into millions of millions of screens.
You: bummed. Them: trying to get richer. Culture: poorer.
Fortunately for me, punk’s not one thing that can be ripped off by a tourist. It’s a system, a way of thinking. It’s interconnected and interwoven. A webbing. Checks and balances. My favorite bands, with rare exception, were and are outliers. When I say shit like “The Minutemen/ Big Boys/ Hüsker Dü of today,” I totally mean it.
Here’s to songs that are stronger than quarterly profits and consumer forgetting.
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Tracklisting: Hard Skin, “We Are the Wankers” (1-2-3-4 Go!) --- Superchunk, “My Gap Feels Weird,” Majesty Shredding LP (Merge) Ghost Knife, “City Titties,” Garrote Guarantee 7” EP (Twistworthy) Royal Headache, “Surprise,” Self-titled LP (What’s Your Rupture?) Rev. Nørb And The Onions, “Teenage Tantrum,” Self-titled LP (Certified PR) Ramma Lamma, “Show Stopper,” Ice CreamLP (Certified PR) --- Reigning Sound, “Never Coming Home,” ShatteredLP (Merge) Delay, “Haze,” Circle Change LP (Salinas) Iron Chic, “Bogus Journey,” The Constant One (Bridge Nine) Black Rainbow, “Brownfields,” Self-titled LP (Starcleaner) --- Total Control, “Flesh War” Typical System(Iron Lung) Synthetic ID, “Escapement,” Escapement7”EP (Crime On The Moon) Strange Attractor, “Real Dark Place,” Back to the Cruel World LP (FDH / Mammoth Cave / Resurrection) Flag Of Democracy, “Love Song,” Love Songs 7”EP (Bogus) --- Big Crux, “DuPlenty Shuffle / Elmore Boogie / Jangly” Ponchito LP (B < X / Not Normal)
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