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Razorcake 104, featuring Caves, Kitten Forever, The Elected Officials, and One Punk’s Movie Guide

Razorcake 104

Razorcake 104, featuring Caves, Kitten Forever, The Elected Officials, and One Punk’s Movie Guide

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Cover photo by Nicole C. Kibert Basler

Caves: Interview by Kayla Greet (instagram)

“I visited Ireland for the first time a few years ago. My friends there took me all along the Northern coast and it was one of the most gorgeous sights—lush greens, waves chopping at cliffs, rainbows stretching across the skyline. In Ballintoy Harbour I came across this opening in the coastline: a serene cave all to myself. As I walked farther in and my eyes adjusted to the darkness, so much beauty was revealed in the stillness of this cavern. There had just been a heavy downpour and the streams were sending ripples of sound throughout. I realized I was reaching an unsafe distance from the beach outside so I just stood there and took in the experience.

Caves can be scary symbols of isolation and cutting one’s self off from the outside world. They can be echo chambers where you find yourself circling and becoming disoriented. But they can also be incubators of safety until something’s strong enough to emerge, or until a storm passes. That reverberated noise can be layered upon to create wonderful melodies.

Fittingly, Caves from Bristol, U.K. does all of that in spades. This duo takes metaphorical wounds and hibernates them, creatively nursing them to health until they’re ready to strike out on their own. Their songs have an intrinsic tenderness to them, while at the same time flexing their strength in various stages of healing. This pair would sound totally amazing in an actual cave, but I’m just as happy hearing them blaring through my speakers.

Having been lucky enough to see them stateside once, I quickly fell in love with their multi-layer harmonies and the dual male and female vocals. On record and in person, the drums come through strong and powerfully, while distorted, fuzzy bass, and sharp guitar leads perk my ears up. For being only a two piece on record, the sound is incredibly full. They’ve been compared to Lemuria, Discount, and RVIVR (just so happens that Lou is their current tour bassist), as well as gigged with Leatherface, Muncie Girls, Shit Present, and made some Fest appearances. If your interests are anywhere near that ballpark of sounds, Caves is a home run.” –Kayla Greet

Kitten Forever: Interview by John Ensley

“Kitten Forever has been playing their riot grrrl-inspired punk rock since 2006. Switching instruments and lead vocal duties adds to their exuberant live show, while highlighting their musical compatibility and mutual admiration. The Twin Cities trio deliver pop hooks screamed through a distorted telephone microphone, accentuated by stomp beats and bouncy riffs. Crunchy bass lines and frenetic drumming create a chaotic harmony of simple yet dynamic explosions that make you want to dance, yell, slam, and laugh. From basement shows to national tours and festivals, the band is focused on having fun while creating an inclusive atmosphere where rock, art, and feminism can merge.

I met up with Kitten Forever in their south Minneapolis headquarters where they graciously provided insight into their friendship and band. During our chat, we discussed politics, pop music, and dumpster diving for musical equipment.” –John Ensley


The Elected Officials:
Interview by Dave Ensminger
“The Elected Officials are a brash, potent, hectic, and fervent anarcho-political force with members culled from over a dozen previous bands, straddling Texas and New Mexico. Their typical targets are not just the machinations and madness of greedy, toxic corporations, consumer society, and not-so-hallow religion—they also focus on everyday DIY efforts to rebuild the future based on both resistance and participation, by encouraging talk but lionizing action even more. In doing so, they’ve also tapped into modern media with energy and focus, creating videos not just of band life and their products, but broader issues, including Native American social justice and beyond. In Trumpian times, when sides have been polarized, moods darkened, and lurking violence potentially possible around every comment and glare, the band harnesses discontent, hooks some humor to it, and places it into a global vision of people struggling for change, like an actual thousand points of light emitting a soundtrack of punk that extends well beyond borders and fears. It is the sound of empowerment unfolding.” –Dave Ensminger

One Punk’s Movie Guide by Mike Plante
“I owe everything to movies. Film festival work pays the bills and making a film is fun. But punk rock movies taught me about the world and let me know I wasn’t insane. To be fair, cinema has always been proud of its rebellion, but you connect most to what was around you as a kid. I wish something like the guide below was around then, but if you want something that doesn’t exist, you have to create it. I tried to keep this relatively easy to find the films (in our sad, sad age of no video stores besides the odd, lucky holdout). Many of the films are available for streaming, rent, or sale online. Some are just underground enough to pop up for free in places. And don’t get rid of your DVD and Blu-Ray players.

I wanted to make an overview that’s a fun mix for any generational fan of punk. If you’re old and creaky like me, you know most of the golden oldies, but there are always one or two great discoveries that slipped through, ready to finally check out. This is a compilation of films that don’t have punk music, but a punk ethos. I tried to fill it with lesser-known gems you might not have seen that will either reestablish or uphold your faith.

And if you’re younger and know there must be a huge archive of cool shit from the past to check out, this is a great diving board. I generally stayed away from concert films. Those are pretty easy to find if you’re searching for a band you like. I tried to stick with movie-movies and documentaries.” –Mike Plante

Donna Ramone ain’t guilty of being white, and she’s only served nearly thirty-five years to life. (instagram)

Jim Ruland pulls you into a cab with Bob De Niro and doesn’t clean the seats. (instagram, website, twitter)

MariNaomi is looking for that doggie collar in the window. (instagram, website)

Ben Snakepit gets into non-reptilian costumes. (instagram, website)

Art Fuentes knows that our teachers can let us down. (instagram, twitter)

Rev. Nørb reflects on the fact that progress isn’t always progressive. (website)

Lucky Nakazawa definitely isn’t serving sea lion for dinner. (instagram, website)

Michelle Cruz Gonzales thinks Dystopia is more than just a band. (website, twitter)

Puro Pinche Poetry: Gritos Del Barrio (Edited by Ever Velasquez (instagram) and Eugenia Nicole (instagram)

Negrita Cucurumbé

“If there was one important virtue I learned from my abuelo, though, it was to appreciate the luxury of traveling. Two years ago, I embarked on a backpacking trip throughout Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala. I sunbathed on the beaches of Oaxaca and went snorkeling in shark ray alley and the coral gardens of Caye Caulker in Belize. The sun loved my caramel skin and I loved it back. I even burned and turned a nice crispy brown soon after. The sun melted so much of that stigma I held onto as a child and young adult as La Morena. When I hear my grandmother’s voice call me Morena now, I love it. I love the way the r rolls off her tongue and how her face brightens up with a toothless smile as she pulls me in for a tight hug: “Ayyy mi Morena.” Most of my tias and tios who used to call me Morena, Morenasa and Morenita, are dead now, and it makes me sad knowing that I can’t hear their voices calling out my name. La Morena.” –Eugenia Nicole

Rhythm Chicken will forever be serving up big bowls of weird. (facebook)

Designated Dale wasn’t the designated driver when the T. Rex hit the Moon.

Jeff Schroeck explains the lack of motor-loving themed Ergs! songs. (twitter)

And photos from the lovely and talented:
Rachel Murray Framingheddu (instagram, website)

Chris Boarts Larson (instagram, facebook, website)

This issue is dedicated to the memories of Beth Zafranovic and Julia “Jules” Keskin-Lanfeld

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The Other Night at Quinn’s Playlist, Assembled by Mike Faloon

The Other Night at Quinn’s Playlist, Assembled by Mike Faloon

The Other Night at Quinn’s Playlist, Assembled by Mike Faloon

Yes, Razorcake/Gorsky Press prides itself in being a DIY punk organization, so what the fuck are we doing publishing The Other Night at Quinn’s, a book about free jazz? Two simple words: Mike Faloon. Mike—who put in decades as a punk drummer and a dedicated zinester—moved to Upstate New York and wrote a fantastic book about the love of music. It’s a generous and insightful read; repackaging the gift of live music. It just happens to be, well, not punk. –Todd Taylor

Dozens of musicians appear in the book, The Other Night at Quinn’s. They have released hundreds of records. I’ve barely scratched the surface, but these are among my favorite tracks so far that you can listed to free on this Bandcamp collection. –Mike Faloon

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credits
released April 30, 2018

Assembled by: Mike Faloon
Additional hands: Todd Taylor

JAIMIE BRANCH “theme 001”
Fly or Die (LP / International Anthem)
intlanthem.bandcamp.com/album/fly-or-die

Jaimie Branch (trumpet), Tomeka Reid (cello), Jason Ajemian (bass), Chad Taylor (drums)

ALAN GLOVER “Kings of Infinite Space”
Kings Of Infinite Space (CD / Omolade Music)
juicejazz.com

Alan Glover (tenor saxophone), Richard Rafik Williamson (piano), Richard Radu Williams (bass), Robert Rucker (drums)

MARY HALVORSON OCTET “Away with You”
Away with You (CD / Firehouse 12)
maryhalvorson.bandcamp.com/album/away-with-you

Mary Halvorson (guitar), Susan Alcorn (pedal steel guitar), Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Jon Irabagon (alto saxophone), Ingrid Laubrock (tenor saxophone), Jacob Garchik (trombone), John Hébert (bass), Ches Smith (drums)

JOE McPHEE “Nation Time”
Nation Time (LP / CD / CjR / Corbett vs. Dempsey)
www.corbettvsdempsey.com/2013/10/19/joe-mcphees-nation-time-box-set/

Joe McPhee (tenor saxophone, trumpet), Mike Kull (piano, electric piano), Tyrone Crabb (bass, electric bass, trumpet), Bruce Thompson (percussion), Ernest Bostic (percussion)

STEVE SWELL “Soul Travelers”
Soul Travelers (LP / Rogue Art)
www.steveswell.com

Steve Swell (trombone), Dave Burrell (piano), Jemeel Moondoc (alto sax), William Parker (double bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums)

ANDREW DRURY’S CONTENT PROVIDER “Diving into the Wreck”
Try (CD / Different Track)
differenttrackrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/try

Andrew Drury (drums), Briggan Krauss (alto saxophone), Ingrid Laubrock (tenor saxophone), Brandon Seabrook (guitar)

AVREM FEFER “Essaouira”
Eliyahu (CD / NotTwo)
Link: www.avramfefer.com

Eric Revis (bass), Chad Taylor (drums), Avram Fefer (saxophone)

JASON KAO HWANG / SING HOUSE “Dream Walk”
Jason Kao Hwang / Sing House (CD / Euonymus)
jasonkaohwang.bandcamp.com/album/jason-kao-hwang-sing-house-new-release

Jason Kao Hwang (composer/violin), Andrew Drury (drum set), Ken Filiano (string bass), Chris Forbes (piano), Steve Swell (trombone)

IRON DOG “Cosmic Reactions”
Interactive Album Rock (CD / Phase Frame Music)
irondog.bandcamp.com
sarahbernstein.com

Sarah Bernstein (processed violin, voice, text), Stuart Popejoy (electric bass, synthesizer), Andrew Drury (drums, mayhem)

MICHAEL BISIO “AM”
Accortet (CD / Relative Pitch)
www.relativepitchrecords.com/releases/rpr1040.html

Kirk Knuffke (cornet), Art Bailey (accordion), Michael Bisio (bass), Michael Wimberly (drums)

DANIEL LEVIN “Assemblage”
Living (CD / LP / Smeraldina-Rima)
daniellevin.bandcamp.com/album/living

Daniel Levin (cello)

MARY HALVORSON “When”
Meltframe (CD / Firehouse 12)
maryhalvorson.bandcamp.com/album/meltframe

Mary Halvorson (guitar)

JOE McPHEE & CHRIS CORSANO “For Giuseppi Logan”
Under a Double Moon (LP / Roaratorio)
roaratorio.com/uncategorized/joe-mcphee-chris-corsano-under-a-double-moon/

Joe McPhee (saxophone), Chris Corsano (drums)

 

The Other Night at Quinn’s by Mike Faloon now available

The Other Night at Quinn’s

The Other Night at Quinn’s by Mike Faloon

Mike Watt of the Minutemen exclaims, “Whoa, these spiel batches pack much punch and got their grip way into brain-frame! Faloon had me captured and I had to keep reading.” Wayne Kramer of the MC5 adds that it’s “…a deeply personal dive into the psyche of a hardcore music fanatic…utterly indispensable. A truly great read.”

We at Razorcake/Gorsky Press couldn’t be more proud of this great book. We have it available directly from us at a very reasonable price. Click here to read the first twenty-five pages.

Available now.

Don’t let The Other Night at Quinn’s: New Adventures in the Sonic Underground scare you. Yes, it’s a creative non-fiction collection about the explosive uncertainty of free jazz in a diner-turned-club in upstate NY.

But you didn’t have to do mounds of coke and wreck Italian sports cars to be riveted by Neil Strauss’ Mötley Crüe tell-all, The Dirt. You didn’t need to live in a rat-infested apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan to be swept up in Legs McNeil’s oral punk history Please Kill Me.

And you don’t need to embrace the steep wall and seeming chaos of improvised music to enjoy Mike Faloon’s The Other Night at Quinn’s. Like the best of Ali Smith, David Shields, and Mary Roach, it’s not just the topic. It’s your guide. It’s Faloon’s approach of deep immersion and careful listening. His wit, openness, and sympathy for whom he’s writing about. His absorption of audio pandemonium, filtered through a buzzing membrane, and translated into text as propulsive and vibrant as the music itself.

Mike Faloon is your guide throughout The Other Night at Quinn’s, a fascinating window into a community of creators surviving beyond the mainstream in an otherwise overlooked outpost of the cultural underground that cuts across distinctions of culture, gender, race, age, and genre. The Other Night at Quinn’s is a circuitous anatomy of a scene where initially opaque and elliptical experiences are transformed into the rewards of deeper understanding and humanity.

More praise for The Other Night at Quinn’s

“…like listening to a jazz impresario reflecting and improvising … a lucidly well-written journey.” –Rudy Wurlitzer, Nog, Two Lane Blacktop

“A joyful exploration every bit as impassioned, provocative, and searching as the music and musicians it celebrate…Read this book.” –Josh Wilker, author of Benchwarmer and Cardboard Gods

“Carefully and thoughtfully leads the reader into unknown territory with an infectious charm.” –Jennifer Whiteford, Grrrl, a Novel and Matilda Zine

About the author

Mike Faloon is a former DJ, dishwasher, and drummer. He is the author of The Hanging Gardens of Split Rock and co-editor of Fan Interference. Faloon co-founded the Go Metric and Zisk zines and has contributed to Cabildo Quarterly, Cashiers du Cinemart, Razorcake, Submerging Writers, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. He has toured often in the past decade, with stops at the UCB Theatre and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Faloon lives in upstate New York.

Available now.

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Watch the video for Mike Faloon’s book The Other Night at Quinn’s

 

Directed by Brett Essler. For a list of the 30 visual clips and 21 sound bits used in the video, check out Brett’s super-cool annotations.

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Don’t let The Other Night at Quinn’s: New Adventures in the Sonic Underground scare you. Yes, it’s a creative non-fiction collection about the explosive uncertainty of free jazz in a diner-turned-club in upstate NY.

But you didn’t have to do mounds of coke and wreck Italian sports cars to be riveted by Neil Strauss’ Mötley Crüe tell-all, The Dirt. You didn’t need to live in a rat-infested apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan to be swept up in Legs McNeil’s oral punk history Please Kill Me.

And you don’t need to embrace the steep wall and seeming chaos of improvised music to enjoy Mike Faloon’s The Other Night at Quinn’s. Like the best of Ali Smith, David Shields, and Mary Roach, it’s not just the topic. It’s your guide. It’s Faloon’s approach of deep immersion and careful listening. His wit, openness, and sympathy for whom he’s writing about. His absorption of audio pandemonium, filtered through a buzzing membrane, and translated into text as propulsive and vibrant as the music itself.

Mike Faloon is your guide throughout The Other Night at Quinn’s, a fascinating window into a community of creators surviving beyond the mainstream in an otherwise overlooked outpost of the cultural underground that cuts across distinctions of culture, gender, race, age, and genre. The Other Night at Quinn’s is a circuitous anatomy of a scene where initially opaque and elliptical experiences are transformed into the rewards of deeper understanding and humanity.

More praise for The Other Night at Quinn’s

“…like listening to a jazz impresario reflecting and improvising … a lucidly well-written journey.” –Rudy Wurlitzer, Nog, Two Lane Blacktop

“A joyful exploration every bit as impassioned, provocative, and searching as the music and musicians it celebrate…Read this book.” –Josh Wilker, author of Benchwarmer and Cardboard Gods

“Carefully and thoughtfully leads the reader into unknown territory with an infectious charm.” –Jennifer Whiteford, Grrrl, a Novel and Matilda Zine

About the author

Mike Faloon is a former DJ, dishwasher, and drummer. He is the author of The Hanging Gardens of Split Rock and co-editor of Fan Interference. Faloon co-founded the Go Metric and Zisk zines and has contributed to Cabildo Quarterly, Cashiers du Cinemart, Razorcake, Submerging Writers, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. He has toured often in the past decade, with stops at the UCB Theatre and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Faloon lives in upstate New York.

Razorcake 103, featuring ONSIND, City Mouse, Pony Sweat, and One Punk’s Guide to the Ramones

Razorcake 103, featuring Onsind, City Mouse, Pony Sweat, and One Punk’s Guide to the Ramones

Razorcake 103, featuring ONSIND, City Mouse, Pony Sweat, and One Punk’s Guide to the Ramones

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Cover photo by Nathan Stephens-Griffin

Onsind: Interview by David Littlefair

“Acoustic two-piece One Night Stand In North Dakota have been a fixture of the U.K.’s underground and DIY punk scene for over a decade. The band hails from Pity Me, a little ex-mining village in the Durham suburbs in the North East of England, with new album We Wilt, We Bloom issued by Specialist Subject in the U.K. and Salinas in the U.S.

They’ve played the “leftfield” stage at Glastonbury, hand-picked by Billy Bragg—and they kind of sound a bit like Billy Bragg—but with more hooks, more frantic guitar shred, and Pit Yakker accents. They used to share a label with AJJ, which is a good music launching point, too.

Both are members of Martha—the queer pop punk five-piece that also includes Nathan’s sister Naomi and former label buddy JC as songwriters. Where Martha are much better known, having sold out shows around the U.K. and been issued as a centerfold poster in U.K. rock mag Kerrang! ONSIND remain a smaller prospect; touring the U.K. with just two people and their guitars.

ONSIND have carried themes of social justice through several albums and EPs. The songs go straight for the throat in terms of vividly showing how illness or poverty can blight lives. Yet, lyrically the songs aren’t just about transmitting a sociology textbook to chords, or fitting a Jacobin article to a melody. The tunes are couched in stories of real experience. They are full of beautiful anecdotes and moments described with painter-eyed clarity: taking the belongings from a home of a person hospitalized with mental illness; listening to an old relative at a funeral hold forth on their political convictions; watching the leaves fall from a houseplant season to season and ruminating on mortality. ONSIND are brave enough to look at some of the darkest parts of modern life in the eye, but they’re also brave enough to make something beautiful, funny, and profound from those same dark parts.

I caught up with the band in Nathan’s offices where he works as an academic at Durham University. We talked about how a person can cope with the wilting and blooming periods of life and about how DIY has changed since ONSIND first picked up a pair of guitars.” –David Littlefair


City Mouse
: Interview by Emma Johnson

“City Mouse made me fall in love with melodic, sing-along punk rock again. They reminded me that, even though I’m well into adulthood, I can still be struck by a song the same way I was when I was a teenager. I can still experience that sudden realization that I’m not alone in the world, that other people are feeling the way I’m feeling, and it’s fucking okay. This is a band that has been honing the art of soulful, heart-on-sleeves punk since 2001, just bouncing around the country from their current home base of Lansing, Michigan, playing shows everywhere, working their butts off and not making a big deal about it, even though that level of perseverance and commitment to making rad music seems like a big deal to me.

I asked City Mouse founder Miski Dee Rodriguez to pick me up at Chicago O’Hare after my flight back from Minneapolis. Not only did she agree, but she took me out to a fancy restaurant, where our meals were on the house thanks to the City Mouse fan running the kitchen. We ate by a big fireplace and talked about music and life.” –Emma Johnson

 

Pony Sweat: Interview by Bianca and Daryl

It’s a pretty universal thing to come home after an exceptionally shitty day at work, turn on your current favorite song, crank it up, and thrash and jump and punch the air until you’re breathless and suddenly much more calm. Now, there’s an aerobics class that basically takes this whole scenario and puts it into a one-hour session, and—bonus—plays some of the music you might already be using when you have that cathartic slam dance for one in your room.

Daryl and I sat down with Pony Sweat founder/instructor Emilia Richeson and instructor CJ Miller to talk about their particular brand of aerobics—a brand that reminds you to be weird and not get too caught up in doing all the moves correctly—and does it all to an eclectic soundtrack that incorporates a broad range of music including Bikini Kill, Prince, Princess Nokia, The Cure, Killing Joke, L7, Madonna, Vacation, and Peaches.

It should be noted that, somehow, these two balls of energy also find the time to make music. CJ plays in the pop punk band dimber, and Emilia is in the post-punk band Object As Subject. Emilia might be a familiar face to those who’ve seen Wreck Of The Zephyr’s video for “The Rolling Over Process” (she plays an out-of-control and ultimately murderous dog) and the Shark Toys video for “Something Something Else.”] —Bianca

One Punk’s Guide to the Ramones by Rev. Nørb

“One summer’s day finally flush with babysitting cash, I took my bike downtown, summoned up my nerve, and gamely tiptoed into the local head shop. Apart from a love of rock’n’roll, I was about as nerdy as it gets and had no interest whatsoever in bongs, clips, or rolling materials—but they had records in there, thus in I went. After a bit of nervous shopping, I made my selection: In my hands I clutched a shiny new copy of Ted Nugent’s Cat Scratch Fever album. I wasn’t that nuts about Ted, but the title track was kind of all right, and I really felt like buying a new album that day, so the Nuge it would be. As I headed towards the counter, some buried prehensile memory suggested I first check to see if the Ramones had any albums there.

And there it was, in all its black, white, and hot pink glory: Rocket to Russia, the album with “Do You Wanna Dance?” on it. In a grainy black-and-white cover photo, the band leaned against a brick wall in leather jackets, ripped jeans, and T-shirts. Sold.” — Rev. Nørb

Donna Ramone weeps for professional wrestling. (Instagram)

Jim Ruland has a spectre haunting Bay Ridge. (instagram, website, twitter)

MariNaomi reflects on the motorized May-December relationship. (instagram, website)

Ben Snakepit offers a guide to the world of Ursula K. Le Guin. (instagram, website)

Art Fuentes is a monkey boy abroad. (instagram, twitter)

Rev. Nørb studies the Descendents or the hero with a thousand farts. (website)

JV McDonough is playing Russian roulette with her immune system.

Puro Pinche Poetry: Gritos Del Barrio (Edited by Ever Velasquez (instagram) and Eugenia Nicole (instagram)

Lifers

“…A feral cat is proud but he is not stupid
A feral cat is always on the lookout for trouble
He doesn’t usually gang up with the other cats
He doesn’t need anyone
He doesn’t bother anybody
A feral cat is a loner
But don’t you forget that he still has to eat…”

—Sean Dunne

Rhythm Chicken celebrates his birthday with a special ‘Tute of ruckus chili. (facebook)

Lucky Nakazawa really shouldn’t anger the kitties, but every dog has its day. (instagram, website)

Designated Dale talks about Stryper and that’s all you really need to know (yellow and black attack!).

And photos from the lovely and talented:

Amina Cruz (instagram)

Dan Monick (instagram, website, twitter)

Chris Boarts Larson (instagram, facebook, website)

This issue is dedicated to the memories of Peter Eichhorn, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Mike Carroll.

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Supportcore, March 2018

We think the campaigns below are important. We’ve vetted them within our own limited process, but obviously have no control over what eventually happens with the money. Proceed with your own good judgment. Thanks! –RZC

Fundraiser for Beth Zafranovic’s Medical Bills
Beth is going to need not only your love and support, but also your donations to help her be less stressed and more comfortable as she crushes cancer.
https://www.gofundme.com/jeajph-beths-medical-fund

 


Help Save Eberhardt Press, Devout Rcrds, and Printed Matter SP
Developers are giving three small businesses two weeks to vacate their decade old location without notice. They need help relocating!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1293301982/help-save-eberhardt-press-devout-rcrds-and-printed

 


The Wayside Cafe and Deli
The Wayside is a cafe and deli coming soon to Olympia, Washington. Their goal is to open in May 2018, and are launching this campaign to raise the $15,000 they’ll need to complement a more traditional loan of $45,000. Hey, check it out, it’s Kevin from RVIVR!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thewaysideolympia/the-wayside-cafe-and-deli

 

Semblance of Self: Face of a Refugee
This is a campaign to raise immediate funds for the documentary Semblance of Self: The Face of a Refugee.
https://www.gofundme.com/semblanceofself

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Talkin’ Punk, Politics, and Poetry: D. Boon and Beyond

Talkin’ Punk, Politics, and Poetry: D. Boon and Beyond

Talkin’ Punk, Politics, and Poetry: D. Boon and Beyond

On March 31, Razorcake contributor David Ensminger has organized a stellar, cross-country focused, trans-generation punk roundtable discussion at Pop Obscure Records, 735 S Los Angeles St., DTLA. It is free, all ages, and begins at 5 PM.

At 6 PM, Mike Watt And The Missingmen will play an in-store.

The theme will be “Talkin’ Punk Politics and Poetry: D Boon and Beyond.” It will include a “who’s who” of punk icons from across the country and eras, including:
Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE, Dos, and more)
Ronnie Barnett (The Muffs)
Brian Brannon (JFA)
Chip Kinman (the Dils, Rank And File, and more)
Mish Miller/Bondage (Portland legends Sado-Nation)
Seminal photographer Edward Colver (Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Circle Jerks)
East LA writer/rocker/historian and Razorcake contributor Jimmy Alvarado
Ben Merlis (early-2000s hardcore traditionalists Fields Of Fire)
Christian Kidd/Arnheiter (the Hates, the oldest ongoing punk band in Texas)
Local punk historian and bass player David Jones.
Others might join as well.

They will be focusing on navigating Trumpian times by looking back at punk history, poetics, and politics.

Earlier that day, David will be presenting at the 2018 annual American Comparative Literature Conference at UCLA, participating in the seminar “‘Stay woke’: The Politics of Protest Song.”  His paper, “Germs-filled Adolescence: Hardcore Punk’s Politicization of the American Neighborhood” is a folklore-based recounting of how punk transformed American communities.

That night, Ensminger will be playing drums for both the Hates (from Texas) and Mish Bondage And The Blokes (from Portland, Ore.) at Cafe NELA, mesmerizing LA locals with classic 1980s punk cuts!

Supportcore, February 2018

We think the campaigns below are important. We’ve vetted them within our own limited process, but obviously have no control over what eventually happens with the money. Proceed with your own good judgment. Thanks! –RZC

Chicas Rockeras South East Los Angeles
Chicas Rockeras S.EL.A. is a day camp where girls ages 8-17 explore the joys and challenges of collaborative music-making while guided by inspirational female mentors. In one week, campers form bands, write an original song and perform live at a community showcase.
https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/155260


Women of Rock Oral History Project
The Women of Rock Oral History Project is a collection of digital interviews and written transcripts housed at the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College, documenting the lives and careers of women in rock music, focusing primarily on artists who have been left out of the popular rock narrative. Started in 2014, by Tanya Pearson, the collection now consists of 30 interviews. Our main initiative is to construct a more comprehensive history of rock music, as a whole, by creating a well publicized, diverse and accessible collection of personal histories.
http://www.womenofrock.org/give/


Mark Of The Beastro and The Beehive: Venue/Vegan cafe in SLC
Mark Of The Beastro is Salt Lake’s newest vegan diner and we’ve partnered with The Beehive, Utah’s premiere all ages, DIY music venue.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/347709688/mark-of-the-beastro-and-the-beehive-venue-vegan-ca/description

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Razorcake/Gorsky Press is proud to announce the pre-sale of Mike Faloon’s book The Other Night at Quinn’s.

The Other Night at Quinn’s

Pre-sale of Mike Faloon’s book The Other Night at Quinn’s

Mike Watt of the Minutemen exclaims, “Whoa, these spiel batches pack much punch and got their grip way into brain-frame! Faloon had me captured and I had to keep reading.” Wayne Kramer of the MC5 adds that it’s “…a deeply personal dive into the psyche of a hardcore music fanatic…utterly indispensable. A truly great read.”

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Don’t let The Other Night at Quinn’s: New Adventures in the Sonic Underground scare you. Yes, it’s a creative non-fiction collection about the explosive uncertainty of free jazz in a diner-turned-club in upstate NY.

But you didn’t have to do mounds of coke and wreck Italian sports cars to be riveted by Neil Strauss’ Mötley Crüe tell-all, The Dirt. You didn’t need to live in a rat-infested apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan to be swept up in Legs McNeil’s oral punk history Please Kill Me.

And you don’t need to embrace the steep wall and seeming chaos of improvised music to enjoy Mike Faloon’s The Other Night at Quinn’s. Like the best of Ali Smith, David Shields, and Mary Roach, it’s not just the topic. It’s your guide.

It’s Faloon’s approach of deep immersion and careful listening. His wit, openness, and sympathy for whom he’s writing about. His absorption of audio pandemonium, filtered through a buzzing membrane, and translated into text as propulsive and vibrant as the music itself.

Mike Faloon is your guide throughout The Other Night at Quinn’s, a fascinating window into a community of creators surviving beyond the mainstream in an otherwise overlooked outpost of the cultural underground that cuts across distinctions of culture, gender, race, age, and genre. The Other Night at Quinn’s is a circuitous anatomy of a scene where initially opaque and elliptical experiences are transformed into the rewards of deeper understanding and humanity.

(click to see front and back cover)

More praise for The Other Night at Quinn’s

“…like listening to a jazz impresario reflecting and improvising … a lucidly well-written journey.”
–Rudy Wurlitzer, Nog, Two Lane Blacktop

“A joyful exploration every bit as impassioned, provocative, and searching as the music and musicians it celebrate…Read this book.”
–Josh Wilker, author of Benchwarmer and Cardboard Gods

“Carefully and thoughtfully leads the reader into unknown territory with an infectious charm.”
–Jennifer Whiteford, Grrrl, a Novel and Matilda Zine

About the author:

Mike Faloon is a former DJ, dishwasher, and drummer. He is the author of The Hanging Gardens of Split Rock and co-editor of Fan Interference. Faloon co-founded the Go Metric and Zisk zines and has contributed to Cabildo Quarterly, Cashiers du Cinemart, Razorcake, Submerging Writers, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. He has toured often in the past decade, with stops at the UCB Theatre and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Faloon lives in upstate New York.

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