Louis Jacinto Photo Column, Alice Bag

Alice Bag photo by Louis Jacinto

Damn pandemic! In spring of 2020 Alice Bag released her third solo album, Sister Dynamite, and was all set to tour. Then everything came to a standstill, like never before.

Webcomic Wednesdays #441 by Steve Thueson

night never ends webcomic steve thueson

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Anonymous Punk Photo Column—Christopher Columbus Statue

Christopher Columbus Statue Removal

On July 4, protesters in Baltimore successfully removed the statue of Christopher Columbus in an effort to eliminate racist monuments to colonialism. Arms linked, protesters formed two circles surrounding the statue to protect those actively dismantling and prevent any intervention. Once detached, the statue stone was then thrown into the harbor.

Deb Frazin Photo Column—Monkey of The Adicts

Monkey of the Adicts, photo by Deb Frazin

Back in 2018, Monkey from The Adicts contacted me and asked if he could hire me to do a photo shoot with him. I took him to a couple of run-down streets in Downtown Los Angeles. We had a blast shooting and laughing for two hours.

Chris Boarts Larson Photo Column—Corrosion Of Conformity

Chris Boarts Larson Photo—Corrosion Of Conformity

Everyone involved in hardcore-punk-metal has some relationship or opinion about Corrosion Of Conformity because they are a band that have spanned decades from the original hardcore punk scene in the ’80s onwards to the world of rock’n’roll. Personally, Animosity is in my original hardcore punk rolodex.

ABADDON: Jarocin ‘84: LP

“Jarocin” was a series of festivals held in the titular Polish town throughout the ’80s and ’90s as a showcase of music the kids were grooving to. It became crucial to underground music because Poland at the time was part of the Warsaw Pact, which meant its government was effectively a totalitarian state. Punk and other types of music were not played on official radio stations and, thus, one of the only avenues bands had to be seen—as people were able to witness live performances of this kind of music—was at these shows. Kids would tape performances and trade them, and so on. What we have here is a recording of the band Abaddon performing at the festival in 1984. Their set is largely thrashy, energetic, and very much live, warts and all. The recording itself sounds like it came from a pristine, first-generation soundboard recording. I do wish there was more info included in the gatefold sleeve or some sorta insert to provide context, but even a cursory web search can provide much of that in a pinch. –Jimmy Alvarado (Warsaw Pact)

ABE PARTRIDGE AND THE PSYCH PEAS: Lackluster: LP

This album leans toward high-octane blues rock with some fuzz riffs attached. Abe Partridge has a back catalogue of acoustic music. Here he yell/sings monologues over these heavily distorted riffs. That sort of thing gets old for me quickly. It’s competent in the groove-blues-rock sphere. It’s well executed and well recorded. If that’s your scene or if you’re a fan of his older stuff, it’s worth checking out. –Billups Allen (Self-released)

ABRAXAS: “Left Behind”/“Enough”: CS

Fierce and unrelenting hardcore with reverb-drenched vocals that sound like the singer’s been forced to bellow with a bucket over his head. It’s a little distracting, but otherwise there’s plenty of ferocity here. A release shrouded in mystery—there’s, like, no information here beyond the band name and song titles. I’m certainly a fan of tapes, but with only two short songs, this essentially amounts to a cassingle, which is a drag. –Keith Rosson (Self-released)

ACID BABY JESUS: Selected Outtakes: 7” EP

Acid Baby Jesus from Athens, Greece sounds ritualistic, psychedelic, and folkloric all at once. The songs pull you along like a death march and feel like the part in the movie where you realize the devil/witches drugged you. I cannot exaggerate how sick these songs are. I don’t know how I missed this band until now. –Liz Jones (Slovenly, [email protected], slovenly.com)

ADORNS: With What Sacrifice: 7”

Post-punk with cover art by someone named Mildred Pierce—I’m in. The songs are very minimal and electronic in the vein of Cosmetics. It sounds like all the music was done on keyboards but it could really pop if they decided to add bass and guitars down the line. I’m interested to see how the band develops over their next record. –Ryan Nichols (Self-released, [email protected])