Razorcake Podcast #511 with Martin Wong of Save Music In Chinatown

Jan 19, 2018

Razorcake Podcast #511 with Martin Wong of Save Music In Chinatown

Who knew that the Save Music In Chinatown all-ages benefit matinee fund raisers for the music program at Castelar Elementary would last longer than the actual punk rock shows at the neighborhood's old Hong Kong Cafe? First-wave punk bands like Black Flag, Germs, Go-Go's, Dils, X, and Bags played in Chinatown from 1979-1981, and now survivors of the scene and their musical progeny are back with little kids dancing in front and cookies and coffee at the bake sale. Looking ahead to the fourteenth show in the project's fifth year, we talk to the its main toiler Martin Wong (ex-Giant Robot magazine) about the cause and play music from the upcoming show (Mike Watt & The Missingmen, Alice Bag and Phranc performing as PHAG, Calvin Johnson's Selector Dub Narcotic, and Lois Maffeo) as well as bands who have played in previous lineups (The Alley Cats, Channel Three, Bad Cop Bad Cop, The Crowd, The Schizophonics, and Rough Kids). Take a listen!

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The Bags, “Babylonian Gorgon,” Survive 7”
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The Minutemen, “Party with Me, Punker,” Party or Go Home comp LP
Mike Watt + The Missingmen, “Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs,” Missing More of The Minutemen 10” EP
Phranc, “Lifelover,” Folksinger LP
Lois, “The Trouble with Me,” The Trouble with Me 7”
Selector Dub Narcotic, “The Party’s Over,” This Party Is Just Getting Started LP
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The Alley Cats, “Too Much Junk,” Yes L.A. comp LP
Channel Three, “Model Citizen,” Put ‘Em Up LP
Bad Cop Bad Cop, “Womanarchist,” Warriors LP
The Crowd, “Love You More,” HB CA 12” EP
The Schizophonics, “Put Your Weight On It,” Land of the Living LP
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Rough Kids, “Lights Out,” Lights Out 7”