Razorcake 86 Trans Punks

Razorcake #86 from 2015 Trans Punks interviews of Kale Edminston, Shannon Thompson, Mars Dixon, and Sadie Smith by Susan de Place

Aug 31, 2021

Trans Punks: featuring interviews by Susan de Place with Kale Edminston (Nervous Nelly Records, Nashville Transit zine), Shannon Thompson (Nervous Nelly Records), Mars Dixon (Aye Nako), and Sadie Smith (Peeple Watchin’, G.L.O.S.S.).

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Cover design by Lauren Measure (website)

Kale Edminston: Susan de Place talks with Nervous Nelly Records co-founder and Nashville Transit zine author, Kale Edminston. From a rural upbringing to pursuing a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Kale is a living example of what activity looks like, both personally and professionally. Dissatisfied with the white, heteronormative scene that he was spending so much of his effort supporting, Kale co-founded Nervous Nelly Records with his partner Shannon. Nervous Nelly’s website states: “We decided to start a record label together in the summer of 2011 because we were sick of having to choose between being punk and being queer. We wanted to do a project together that would help to stake out a corner of this subculture for things that we believe in and prioritize. We hope that Nervous Nelly can help highlight the often-overlooked contributions of queer people in punk.” There are also lots of pictures of a cute dog.

Shannon Thompson: Nervous Nelly Records co-founder and Razorcake contributor Shannon Thompson chats with Susan de Place about touring in bands at the precocious age of fifteen, trading punk records with her mom, and the inspiration of Hanson. They discuss the mainstream pop culture representations of trans people, the importance of the solidarity felt at events like Fed Up Fest, and her time volunteering a girl’s rock camp. Again, there is a picture of a cute dog.

Mars Dixon: Aye Nako’s Mars Dixon shares his experience of growing up in the South and the Midwest before making the move to Brooklyn. The need to feel welcome and safe in a community should be a central concern for the punk community. As a community, we clearly have a lot of work to do concerning inclusivity. Outside of music, Mars is interested in using video to express himself: “I really want to make a scary movie that involves queer people and black people.” Awesome.

Sadie Smith: Sadie Smith of Peeple Watchin’ and G.L.O.S.S. explains her move from Boston to Olympia, the “wicked” badassery of Boston punk girls, the danger of compromising yourself for the sake of assimilation, and the utility of a negative outlook. “I’m not like your average trans woman. I’m a punk and I’m a freak and that’s just part of who I am.” If you haven’t checked out Peeple Watchin’ or G.L.O.S.S. yet, then you’re seriously fucking up. There are also some pictures of ice cream cones.

Sean Carswell and Smogtown are concerned about your health.

Jim Ruland watches The Decline of Western Civilization and realizes it’s less a documentary as it is a sponsored showcase.

Ben Snakepit celebrates his seventieth column for Razorcake with a frank discussion about cover songs.

Cassie J. Sneider does not think karaoke is a hobby and she’s punking the noobs.

Yumi Sakugawa reminds us all to tell the people we love that we love them.

Rev. Nørb
has a few words for the governor of Indiana, Mike Pence.

Designated Dale came to get down, so jump, jump around.

Liz Prince
is looking longing back on the smoking lobsters of her past.

Art Fuentes is stealing company time.

Kiyoshi Nakazawa considers the value of the bathroom farting noise maker.

Rhythm Chicken finds himself beating the same dead chicken-horse, yet fresh candy continues to spring from its majestic hallows.

Adrian Chi draws portraits of her prickly little friends.

Mike Faloon adroitly details the love and monster songs in the post-Marked Men world—Radioactivity and Mind Spiders, respectively.

And photos from the lovely and talented:

Shanty Cheryl

Louis Jacinto

Dan Monick

Rachel Murray Framingheddu

This issue is dedicated to Willa The Cat.

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