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2014 Book List
02/17/14 at 09:11 PM by AP_Punk
Fiction:
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
The Neon Wilderness - Nelson Algren
The Truth About Forever - Sarah Dessen
The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
The People Look Like Flowers at Last - Charles Bukowski
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
The Stranger - Albert Camus
The Brothers Karamzov - Dostoevsky
Poems - Nazim Hikmet

Non-Fiction:
The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire - Leo Pantich & Sam Gindin
Occupy - Noam Chomsky
Anarchism and Education: A Philosophical Perspective - Judith Suissa
To Remain Silent Is Impossible: Emma Goldman & Alexander Berkman in Russia - Alexander Berkman & Emma Goldman
Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence - edited by Lisa Factora-Borchers
Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War Against the Palestinians - Noam Chomsky & Ilan Pappe
On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare - Noam Chomsky & Andre Vltchek
The Historic Unfulfilled Promise - Howard Zinn
Possibilities: Essays on Hierarchy, Rebellion and Desire - David Graeber
Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion - Edited by Ryan Conrad
Ideology: An Introduction - Terry Eagleton
The End of the World As We Know It? Crisis, Resistance and the Age of Austerity - Deric Shannon
Death Blossoms: Reflections from a Prisoner of Conscience - Mumia Abu Jamal
When Angels Speak of Love - bell hooks
Presente!: Latin@ Immigrant Voices in the Struggle for Racial Justice - Cristina Tzintzún
The Divide - Matt Taibi
Grabbing Back: Essays Against the Global Land Grab - Alexander Reid Ross
Making Money: The Philosophy of Crisis Capitalism - Ole Bjerg
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2013 Besties
12/30/13 at 10:59 PM by AP_Punk
2013 Besties

01) The Julie Ruin – Run Fast
02) Dessa – Parts of Speech
03) Laura Stevenson & The Cans – Wheel
04) Jello Biafra & The Gauntanamo School of Medicine – White People and the Damage Done
05) A Wilhelm Scream – Partycrasher
06) Greg MacPherson Band – Fireball
07) Waxahatchee – Cerulean Sea
08) MIA – Matangi
09) Deafheaven - Sunbather
10) RVIVR – The Beauty Between
11) Pity Sex - Feast of Love
12) Moving Mountains – Moving Mountains
13) Worriers – Cruel Optimist
14) Haim – Days Are Gone
15) Frank Turner – Tape Deck Heart
16) Captain, We’re Sinking – The Future is Canceled
17) Superchunk – I Hate Music
18) Russian Circles – Memorial
19) Sundowner – Neon Fiction
20) Body/Head – Coming Apart
21) Off With Their Heads – Home
22) Tegan and Sara – Heartthrob
23) Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away
24) Tim Kasher – Adult Film
25) Pissed Jeans – Honey
26) Touche Amore – Is Survived By
27) Shad – Flying Colors
28) My Bloody Valentine – mbv
30) The Bronx – IV
31) The Flatliners – Dead Language
32) Portugal. The Man – Evil Friends
33) Chelsea Wolfe – Pain is Beauty
34) Iron Chic – The Constant One
35) Sebadoh – Defend Yourself
36) Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt
37) Lemuria – The Distance Is So Big
38) Billy Bragg – Tooth and Nail
39) Allison Weiss – Say What You Mean
40) Dave Hause - Devour
41) Elvis Costello & The Roots – Wise Up Ghost
42) Steve Earle & The Dukes (And Duchesses) – Low Highway
43) Bad Religion – True North
44) Old Man Markley – Downside Up
45) Jimmy Eat World - Damage
46) Alkaline Trio – My Shame is True
47) Elway – Leavetaking
48) Sara Bareilles - The Blessed Unrest
49) Paramore - Paramore
50) The 1975 - The 1975

Honorable Mentions (because 50 sounded like a good enough cutoff)

Plow United - Marching Band
Dan Vapid & The Cheats - Two
AFI - Burials
Janelle Monae – The Electric Lady
Saves the Day – Saves the Day
Childish Gambino – Because The Internet
Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks
Fall Out Boy – Save Rock & Roll/Pax-AM Days
CHRVCHES – The Bones of What You Believe
Banquets - Banquets
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - Old Yellow Moon


2013 EP besties

Lucero - Texas and Tennessee
Caspian - Hymn for The Greatest Generation
Laura Stevenson & The Cans - Runner EP
Cold Cave - the multiple EPs/7" singles Wes Eisold released throughout the year
The Menzingers/The Bouncing Souls split
The Replacements - Songs for Slim
The World/Inferno Friendship Society - Turnstile Comix #2
Alkaline Trio - Broken Wing
Against Me! - True Trans EP
Paint It Black - Invisible
Chris Wollard - How Much Shit Can You Take/Aliens 7" single

Noteworthy Re-releases:

01) Samiam - Whatever's Got You Down/Clumsy/You Are Freaking Me Out (my favorite 2013 trend was re-issues of awesome Samiam albums; Astray also got a re-release but it was very lowkey and limited and I don't have it yet so boooo)
02) Propagandhi - How To Clean Everything (the remaster sounds awesome, and I'll forever have a softspot for this album. But I'm so glad they don't sound like this anymore)
03) Nirvana - In Utero
04) The Clash - Sound System Boxset (I wouldn't mind actually owning this whole thing one day - the remasters sound pretty good; plus that boombox storage looks sweet)
05) Cleveland Bound Death Sentence - Cleveland Bound Death Sentence
06) Plow United - Narcolepsy
07) P.O.S. - WDELH (Marijuana Death Squads Remix)

And earlier this year, Fat Wreck Chords released a tribute album to Tony Sly (No Use For A Name) featuring covers by Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem, Frank Turner, Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, Bad Religion and dozens and dozens of other awesome bands and artists. The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute was a bittersweet release this year. That man, his talent and love, left way too soon. Seeing the support from the punk community for his family was really sweet, and it all lead up to this release. Special shoutout to that compilation.
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Booklist 2013
09/15/13 at 10:48 PM by AP_Punk
Trying to keep track

Fiction:

The Big Hunger - John Fante
The Wine of Youth - John Fante
Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument Until the Fingers Begin to Bleed - Charles Bukowski
The Most Beautiful Woman in Town & Other Short Stories - Charles Bukowski
Septuagenarian Stew - Charles Bukowski
Open All Night - Charles Bukowski
The Captain Is Out to Lunch and The Crew Has Taken Over - Charles Bukowski
Betting on the Muse: Poems & Stories - Charles Bukowski
Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook - Charles Bukowski
Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
Chicago: City on the Make - Nelson Algren
Notes from Underground - Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Sirens of Titan - Kurt Vonnegut
Days and Nights of Love and War - Eduardo Galeano
Christian Nation: A Novel - Frederich C. Rich
A Walk on the Wild Side - Nelson Algren


Non-fiction:

Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle - Chris Hedges
Losing Moses on the Freeway: The 10 Commandments in America - Chris Hedges
American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America - Chris Hedges
The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress - Chris Hedges
Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire - Noam Chomsky
America's Deadliest Export: Democracy - William Blum
Sasha and Emma: The Anarchist Odyssey of Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman - Paul & Karen Avrich
Bruce - Peter Ames Carlin
Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street - Neil Barofsky
Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield - Jeremy Scahill
Disassembly Required: A Field Guide to Actually Existing Capitalism - Geoff Mann
Take Back the Land: Land, Gentrification and the Umoja Village Shantytown - Max Rameau
Sewing Freedom: Philip Josephs, Transnationalism & Early New Zealand Anarchism - Jared Davidson
The Value of Radical Theory: An Anarchist Introduction to Marx’s Critique of Political Economy - Wayne Price
A Power Governments Cannot Suppress - Howard Zinn
Howard Zinn Speaks: Collected Speeches 1963 to 2009 - Howard Zinn
Pandora's Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal - Melanie Warner
Prison Writings: My Life is My Sun Dance - Leonard Peltier
The Untold History of the United States - Oliver Stone & Peter J. Kuznick
Mirrors - Eduardo Galeano
Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces - Radley Balko
Life During Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency - Kristian Williams, ed.
Anarchists Against the Wall: Direct Action and Solidarity with the Palestinian Popular Struggle - Uri Gordon
Cartography of Revolutionary Anarchism - Michael Schmidt
Anarchism and Workers' Self-Management in Revolutionary Spain - Frank Mintz
In the Shadow of the Sabertooth: A Renegade Naturalist Considers Global Warming, the First Americans and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene - Doug Peacock
Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization - Reza Aslan
How to Read Literature - Terry Eagleton
The Democracy Project: A History, a Crisis, a Movement - David Graeber
Mo' Meta Blues - Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson
Footnotes in Gaza - Joe Sacco
Memory of Fire, Vol. 1: Genesis - Eduardo Galeano
SCUM Manifesto - Valerie Solanas
One Game at a Time: Why Sports Matter - Matt Hern
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth - Reza Aslan
Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History - Eduardo Galeano
The Conquest of Bread - Peter Kropotkin
Debt: The First 5,000 Years - David Graeber
On Anarchism - Noam Chomsky
Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel - Max Blumenthal
Undoing Border Imperialism - Harsha Walia
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2012 Book List
12/14/12 at 10:45 PM by AP_Punk
Non-fiction:

The Accumulation of Freedom: Writings on Anarchist Economics - Deric Shannon, Anthony J. Nocella II, John Asimakopoulos, Michael Albert, Iain McKay
[an excellent presentation of an alternative to the usual capitalist/communist economic theories that people toss back and forth]

Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships - Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jetha

Anarchism and Its Aspirations - Cindy Milstein

Anarchism and Other Essays - Emma Goldman
[a beautiful woman with beautiful ideas who had a brilliant beautiful ways of expressing them - a heroine of mine, forever]

Work: Capitalism, Economics, Resistance - CrimethInc collective
[I think it's awesome POS teamed up with CrimethInc and included this book alongside his 2012 album, We Don't Even Live Here - would be rad to see more artists do this more often; the crimethinc folks laid all this out in an accessible, attractive way - good starting point for those curious about anti-capitalist ideas]

Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence - Christian Parenti
[an important read, especially now more than ever with our increasingly ever-changing, out-of-ordinary environment]

Death of the Liberal Class - Chris Hedges
I Don't Believe in Atheists - Chris Hedges
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt - Chris Hedges
[whether it's calling out modern progressives for their complacency in the system, siding with power instead of the powerless or calling out fundamentalist atheists or calling attention to America's Sacrifice Areas such as poverty-stricken native reservations - Hedges tells it like it is, and I'm glad someone like him is out there doing his thing]

Why Have Kids? A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness - Jessica Valenti
[Valenti's been one of my favorite modern feminist writers for years now. Recently she became a parent and this book offers a young feminist perspective on motherhood/parenting and the challenges that arise - a very insightful, informative and enjoyable read and maybe it'll come in handy for me centuries down the road)]

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) - Mindy Kaling [adorbz]

Struggle for the Land: Indigenous Resistance to Genocide, Ecocide and Expropriation in Contemporary North America - Ward Churchill
Since Predator Came: Notes from the Struggle for American Indian Liberation - Ward Churchill
Pacifism as Pathology: Reflections on the Role of Armed Struggle in North America - Ward Churchill
Perversions of Justice: Indigenous Peoples and Angloamerican Law - Ward Churchill
Acts of Rebellion: The Ward Churchill Reader - Ward Churchill
[I went back and re-read a lot of Churchill this year. undoubtedly my favorite Native American activist - controversial, confrontational and engaging; Churchill doesn't hold back and I've always admired him for that, and when speaking out on indigenous issues, that kind of persistence and commitment is needed]

Red Earth, White Lies: Native Americans and the Myth of Scientific Fact - Vine Deloria Jr.
Evolution, Creationism & Other Modern Myths - Vine Deloria Jr.

Capitalism Hits the Fan - Richard Wolff
Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism - Richard Wolff
[an economics professor giving capitalism a radical critique while urging people to organize and work together to create a better alternative? Yeah, here's one of 'em. If only more economists were wise enough to advocate this]

The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future - Ralph Nader
[while my political stance may go a little beyond making mere reforms, I respect sincere activists like Nader - his ideas make sense and I wish more people would become familiar with 'em. it's a good start to something better]

The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope - Amy Goodman

Howard Zinn Speaks: Collected Speeches 1963 to 2009 - Howard Zinn
[inspiring and uplifting as usual. though Zinn's been gone for almost three years now, his words live on. this is a great collection that encapsulates what he stood for - peace, hope, humanity and resistance. this man's work changed my life at an early age and I'm forever grateful for that]



Fiction:

Hunger - Knut Hamsun
Journey to the End of the Night - Louis Ferdinand Celine [seriously one of the best most depressing and cynical things ever. made me happy in a sad way]
The Man with the Golden Arm - Nelson Algren
Infinity Blues - Ryan Adams [love the man's music to death, but this just wasn't good - pretty bummer-y]
Factotum - Charles Bukowski
South of No North - Charles Bukowski
Hot Water Music - Charles Bukowski
Tales of Ordinary Madness - Charles Bukowski
The Last Night of the Earth Poems - Charles Bukowski
The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills - Charles Bukowski
You Get So Alone At Times, It Just Makes Sense - Charles Bukowski
The Roominghouse Madrigals - Charles Bukowski
War All the Time - Charles Bukowski
Down and out in Paris and London - George Orwell
Dreams from Bunker Hill - John Fante
Ask the Dust - John Fante [instantly became one of my all-time favorite novels. Fante's the man, simply put]
Wait Until Spring, Bandini - John Fante
The Wine of Youth: Selected Short Stories - John Fante
Brotherhood of the Grape - John Fante
The Road to Los Angeles - John Fante
Winesburg, Ohio - Sherwood Anderson
Alice and The Lost Novel - Sherwood Anderson
Making Lemonade - Virginia Euwer Wolff
Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi
Travels with Charley - John Steinbeck
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Kirbie's 2012 Besties
12/12/12 at 09:58 PM by AP_Punk
Another year that's given us another earful of music is coming to a close and, once again, it's time for lonely nerds to come together and look back on the things they loved these past 12 months and give us a list of which ones they cherished the most and which ones marginally passed. Like what parents do with children at the end of the year. And once again, with this list here, I'll add my pretty little voice to that chorus. There's a couple of releases in here that might change your life, or not. Go find out.


Top 50 Albums

01) Propagandhi - Failed States
02) The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
03) The Menzingers - On the Impossible Past
04) Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
05) Japandroids - Celebration Rock
06) The Coup - Sorry to Bother You
07) Jenny Owen Youngs - An Unwavering Band of Light
08) Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind
09) POS - We Don't Even Live Here
10) OFF! - OFF!
11) Godspeed! You Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!'
12) Titus Andronicus - Local Business
13) Justin Townes Earle - Nothings Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now
14) Hot Water Music - Exister
15) Baroness - Yellow & Green
16) American Aquarium - burn.flicker.die
17) Caspian - Waking Season
18) Classics of Love - Classics of Love
19) The Casket Lottery - Real Fear
20) Corin Tucker Band - Kill My Blues
21) Bob Dylan - Tempest
22) Regina Spektor - What We Saw From the Cheap Seats
23) Bob Mould - Silver Age
24) Old Crow Medicine Show - Carry Me Back Home
25) Dinosaur Jr. - I Bet On Sky
26) Every Time I Die - Ex-Lives
27) Cory Branan - Mutt
28) Daytrader - Twelve Years
29) Cheap Girls - Giant Orange
30) Tim Barry - 40 Miler
31) Brendan Kelly & the Wandering Birds - I'd Rather Die Than Live Forever
32) Lucero - Women & Work
33) Joyce Manor - Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired
34) The Bouncing Souls - Comet
35) White Lung - Sorry
36) Chris Wollard & the Ship Thieves - Canyons
37) Cursive - I Am Gemini
38) Ryan Bingham - Tomorrowland
39) Sam Russo - Storm
40) Lazerbeak - Lava Bangers
41) Screaming Females - Ugly
42) Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror
43) Forgetters - Forgetters
44) Joey Cape/Tony Sly - Acoustic, Volume 2
45) Motion City Soundtrack - Go
46) No Trigger - Tycoon
47) Municipal Waste - The Fatal Feast
48) Pig Destroyer - Book Burner
49) Taylor Swift - Red
50) Carly Rae Jepsen - Kiss

Honorable Mentions

01) River City Extension - Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Your Anger
02) Slingshot Dakota - Dark Hearts
03) Sundials - When I Couldn't Breathe
04) The Forecast - Everybody Left
05) Make Do & Mend - Everything You Ever Loved
06) Duck! Little Brother, Duck! - Don't Take Our Filth Away
07) Freelance Whales - Diluvia
08) The Holy Mess - Cande Ru Las Degas
09) Waxahatchee - American Weekend (technically it came out in 2011 but got a physical release via Don Giovanni this year; anyway I don't mind giving it another shotout - it's excellent and Katie Crutchfield's an awesome songwriter/musician)
10) Morning Glory - Poets Were My Heroes
11) Birds in Row - You, Me & the Violence
12) John K. Samson - Provincial
13) Anti-Flag - The General Strike
14) Green Day - Tre (I mean, they released three albums this year - I just felt one of 'em had to be mentioned and Tre is the better of the bunch, IMO. so there)



Top EPs

01) The Gaslight Anthem - Hold You Up
02) Dum Dum Girls - End of Daze
03) The Menzingers - On the Possible Past
04) Candy Hearts - The Best Ways to Disappear
05) Sara Bareilles - Once Upon Another Time
06) The Swellers - Running Out of Places To Go
07) War on Women - Improvised Weapons
08) Spraynard - Exton Square
09) Dave Hause - Resolutions EP(s)
10) Daylight - The Difference in Good & Bad Dreams



Comps/Live/Oddballs

01) Hot Water Music - Live in Chicago, triple LP
02) P.S. Eliot - Demonstrations
03) Ryan Adams - iTunes Sessions/15-disc live album
04) Less Than Jake - Greetings & Salutations
05) Polar Bear Club - Live at the Montage
06) Jawbreaker - Bivouac/Chesterfield King vinyl re-issue (the only vinyl re-press that matters)
07) Frank Turner - Live from Wimbley


BOOKS of 2012 non-fiction, cuz that's what I mainly pay attention to; enjoy the propaganda!

01) The Silent Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance & Hope - Amy Goodman
02) Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt - Chris Hedges & Joe Sacco
03) The Accumulation of Freedom: Writings on Anarchist Economics - Deric Shannon (editor)
04) The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future - Ralph Nader
05) Howard Zinn Speaks: Collected Speeches 1963 to 2009 - Howard Zinn
06) Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism - Richard Wolff
07) Hopeless: Barack Obama & the Politics of Illusion - Jeffrey St. Clair & Joshua Frank



RIP to some great ones we lost this year:

Russell Means (ass kicking American Indian activist)
Alexander Cockburn (muck racking, rabble rousing journalist; co-editor of the newsletter Counterpunch)
MCA Adam Yauch
Tony Sly
Sarah Kirsch


And shout out to Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Even though the odds were stacked against you from the start, that didn't stop you from going out there and giving it your all - participating in protests and getting arrested ... that's one hell of a campaign.
Tags: music, end of the year
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MCA's Feminist Legacy
05/08/12 at 09:28 AM by AP_Punk
Great piece by Jessica Valenti on Adam Yauch/Beastie Boys.

Quote:
Hearing the Beastie Boys speak out against sexism made me feel like if these men who had once sung about getting girls to “do the laundry” and “clean up my room” could understand, maybe the rest of the world would follow suit. It made me hopeful in the best way.

Maybe the shift of a band from seemingly misogynist frat boys to thoughtful messengers of feminism isn’t the most transgressive, radical thing in the world. But for women who love hip hop - or who love pop culture - and are denigrated by it every day, it was validation. For one of the first times, the music I loved loved me back.

Yauch left behind a wife and a daughter. I hope that he knew that he made the world a better place for them - and for all of us.
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Earff Day
04/22/12 at 01:09 PM by AP_Punk
After participating in yesterday's continued consumption of vinyl records (which are made with petroleum/fossil fuels, thus grossly adding to the planet's pollution), it's time to celebrate Earth Day today - yay!!
Tags: allvinylrecordsarelimitedcuzfossilfuelsarelimited
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Three Musical Moments That Changed My Life
04/19/12 at 10:14 PM by AP_Punk
Three moments for me:

Video games ate up most of my time as a youngster. I couldn't get into much music, and didn't see the point in obsessing over it - I was getting a much more satisfactory fill from video games. Then one day, while watching a demo of some snowboarding game, I heard a clip of something that grabbed me immediately - it was "Don't Leave Me" by blink. I couldn't get enough of it, and wanted to hear more. I played that clip over and over mainly for the music until I bought a copy of Enema of the State. As I listened to it from start to finish, I thought, 'This is what I wanna listen to, and this is the music I wanna play for the rest of my life.' I was hooked. All the money I saved up went to buying the rest of what I could find by blink - their previous releases, and even some CD singles from the Enema-era; the liner notes also led me to other punk bands as well. While all this was going on, I still had that craving to play guitar; somehow I convinced my aunt to buy me one. After middle school one day, she picked me up and we browsed some pawn shops 'til we came across a decent-looking electric guitar and amp. I came home with 'em and taught myself how to play blink182. Enema was my gateway drug to greater things, my gateway drug to where I am now. I'll always have a softspot for it. Instead of being a music-obsessed punk dork, I could've been a videogame obsessed dork. This stuff saved me from that equally tragic life. Whew. (also, my obsession with blink led me to an early incarnation of this site; after visiting for a while, I finally decided to register, becoming a music-obsessed punk dork lurking a webzine and its forums, along with a cluster of fellow music-obsessed punk geeks on here - yay)


Reading the thankyou section of blink-182 album liner notes (and reading old interviews) led me to Propagandhi. Around the time I finally looked into ‘em, Today’s Empires, Tomorrow’s Ashes was their latest release. It was a day or two after 9/11 and I thought that album title was pretty crazy to see, and I remember killing some time in the local Hastings, reading a few ‘zines , undecided on whether I should buy the CD. Then I came across some reviews for it, all praising the record, so I thought, ‘What the hell? Why not?’ As soon as I got home, I played it and was blown away by what I was hearing and reading. I’ll admit, I was a little freaked out at first because it was all so radical and new to hear, but over time, it made sense to me and I was drawn to it, more so than I thought I’d be. It was through all those Propagandhi records that I developed a political/social consciousness, and was introduced to activists such as Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Ward Churchill, and bell hooks (amongst others) and movements such as AIM, and from there, over time, developed a serious interest in feminism and Native American issues (amongst other things). So while other teens were out doing teen things, I was staying in reading up on COINTELPRO, Emma Goldman and Native issues, thanks to these Canucks. Heh.


In 2008, after experiencing multiple eargasms from Sink or Swim and The Senor and The Queen EP, I was absolutely excited for Gaslight’s follow-up release, at the same time I was a little unsure on whether or not they’d be able to top those previous records. Then when The ’59 Sound leaked two months in advance, I couldn’t wait – I downloaded the leak, eager to hear what was supposed to be in store in August. And that shit hit me like no other album had in so long, it was like being born again – a musical baptism that revived me. I was hooked instantly within the first few seconds of the first track and it just got better and better as the record moved along. They surpassed my expectations (and killed all previous doubt I had) and all I wanted to do that whole summer was drive around, listening to that album over and over, while telling the whole world about this band and this album. And I did spend the bulk of that summer driving around, listening to it, being moved again and again. And I’m glad the world finally caught onto these guys. They deserve all that good stuff and everyone deserves to hear all the good stuff they create – it’s a win-win situation.
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Defend Pop Punk from Pop Punk
02/18/12 at 10:29 AM by AP_Punk
For a while now I've been trying to find a way sum up the true meaning behind this whole chugachuga/whiney vocals/breakdown/melodic pop melody craze (i.e., "pop punk") that some folks have been going crazy about around here lately. Fortunately another sane user hit the nail on the head about it more precisely than I could/before I could. I think it bears repeating/copy/pasting here:

Quote:
people have deluded themselves into thinking pop punk is something more than just another form of accessible music, so they started creating faux-macho stances defending something that nobody who isn't an insecure asshole would feel the need to defend in the first place. I suspect a lot of those people secretly wish they could get into punk/hardcore but for whatever reason didn't.

plus ever since green day and blink 182 got famous, there's always been a rather large bro contingent in pop punk fans.

true story. (and what's funny about all this is that even bands like mxpx sound "more punk" than a lot of what gets peddled nowadays. sheesh)

feels appropriate to end with this, so enjoy.

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Kirbie's Best of 2011
12/07/11 at 10:43 PM by AP_Punk
Once again, it's time to indulge in self-indulgence and share our year end laundry lists. Maybe I'll add more categories and whatnot, if it comes to me. But for now this is me and the stuff that stuck with me in 2011. Dig in!

1. The Horrible Crowes – Elsie
2. Tom Waits – Bad As Me
3. Laura Stevenson & the Cans – Sit Resist
4. Emmylou Harris – Hard Bargain
5. Wild Flag – Wild Flag
6. Ryan Adams – Ashes and Fire
7. Frank Turner – England
8. Chuck Ragan – Covering Ground
9. Thursday – No Devolucion
10. Dave Hause - Resolutions
11. Bright Eyes – The People’s Key
12. Saves the Day - Daybreak
13. Cold Cave – Cherish the Light Years
14. Bomb the Music Industry – Vacation
15. The Roots - undun
16. Banner Pilot – Heart Beats Pacific
17. Candy Hearts – Everything’s Amazing & Nobody’s Happy
18. Bridge and Tunnel – Rebuilding Year
19. Banquets – Top Button, Bottom Shelf
20. Andrew Jackson Jihad – Knife Man
21. Explosions in the Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
22. Rival Schools - Pedals
23. The Go Team – Rolling Blackouts
24. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
25. Dum Dum Girls – Only in Time
26. P.S. Eliot – Sadie
27. Polar Bear Club – Clash Battle Guilt Pride
28. Waxahatchee - American Weekend
29. Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room - Hurricane Season
30. Spraynard – Funtitled
31. Red City Radio – The Dangers of Standing Still
32. Small Brown Bike – Fell and Found
33. The Swellers – Good for Me
34. Vivian Girls – Share the joy
35. Good Luck – Without Hesitation
36. Cults – Cults
37. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
38. Nothington – Borrowed Time
39. The Kills – Blood Pressures
40. Steve Earle – I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive
41. Defeater – Empty Days and Sleepless Nights
42. Samiam - Trips
43. Iron and Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
44. Old Man Markley – Guts ‘n’ Teeth
45. The Twilight Singers – Dynamite Steps
46. Hawks and Doves – Year One
47. Dropkick Murphys – Going Out in Style
48. Childish Gambino – Camp
49. Lemuria - Pebble
50. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

Honorable Mentions:

Thrice – Major/minor
The Wonder Years – Suburbia, I’ve Given You All And Now I’m Nothing
Feist – Metals
House Boat – The Thorns of Life
Dead to Me – Moscow Penny Ante
The Coathangers – Larceny and Old Lace
Ampere – Like Shadows
Josh Small – Juke
Joyce Manor – Joyce Manor
Austin Lucas – A New Home, In the Old World
Caves – Homeward Bound
Leatherface - Live in Melbourne (because anything they put out in any year deserves to be acknowledged on any/every end of the year list)


Top “Not Exactly Album Albums But More Like Compilations” Releases
1. Strung Out – Top Contenders
2. Alkaline Trio – Damnesia
3. The Wild – A Collection
4. Plow United – Sleepwalk: A Retrospective
5. Andrew Jackson Jihad - Candy Cigarettes, Capguns, Issue Problems! and Such

Top EPs/Splits
1. The Gaslight Anthem – iTunes Live Session
2. Hot Water Music – The Fire, The Steel, The Tread
3. Andrew Jackson Jihad/O Pioneers!!! split
4. Wooky Stax – Sunny
5. Chuck Ragan/Sam Russo/Jimmy Islip/Helen Chambers split
6. The Two Funerals – Boys’ Club
7. Daybreaker – The Northbound Train
8. Ryan Adams & the Cardinals – Class Mythology
9. Ninja Gun – Roman Nose
10. To Be Juliet’s Secret – The Start of Something New

Favorite Re-releases (vinyl-wise/whatever)
1. Lagwagon – Putting Music in Place boxset
2. Chamberlain – The Moon, My Saddle
3. Mixtapes – Maps and Companions
4. Give Up The Ghost – Background Music/We’re Down ‘Til We’re Underground/Year One
5. Latterman – No Matter Where We Go/Turn Up The Punk
6. Brand New – Your Favorite Weapon
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anothersomethingaboutThursday
11/22/11 at 10:51 PM by AP_Punk
The first (and sadly, last time) I saw the band was when they were a headlining act on Warped Tour in 2006. I got a chance to meet 'em at their merch tent during the usual signing/meet and greet thing. When I got to Geoff, I stuttered something like, "You're one of my all time favorite bands, I love you guys - and your lyrics especially." After that Geoff got out of his seat and pulled me in for a bearhug and handshake - totally appreciative and sincere. And that's how the band's always carried itself too, in a way.

I'll always remember that moment, on that scorching hot summer day, because it embodied what these guys were all about. Small things like that cemented my love for this group. Thinking about that and how I've basically grown up alongside the band and how so much of their material had a big impact on me makes me miss 'em a lot already. At least I'm not the only one feeling blue over this news around here - there's some comfort in that, I suppose.

Anyway, it was fun while it lasted - and even if things never pick up where they left off, at least you left behind some awesome memorable memories and music for all of us.

Thank you, Thursday.
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The Lord's Prayer Written Over Coffee
10/22/11 at 12:23 PM by AP_Punk
I still find it hard to believe that people were so up in arms over The Wonder Years' "I Won't Say the Lord's Prayer", not long after Suburbia came out. I guess it's controversial if you've only been raised on christian metal and pop-punk songs about girls - but really, it's not as biting as many would claim it to be. And when you compare to it many other punk songs dealing with that same issue? It's as threatening as a newborn kitten.

And speaking of other punk songs in the same vein as "The Lord's Prayer", "Words Written Over Coffee" by The Riot Before is much more poignant and moving - if you're still unfamiliar with it, get familiar with it now.

It's too good to be too underrated, and that goes for the whole album, Fists Buried in Pockets.



So back to The Wonder Years thing. I guess when the public builds up that much hype and attention about you and your new album, and finds that some of the material strays from the typical subjects of hanging with your friends and dealing with life, and actually touches on some touchy issues like religion - a little shitstorm is to be expected. Funny thing is, that's a big part of dealing with life. And some people have to deal with a lot of other things in their lives too, such as racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. It's perfectly fine to call any and all of that out, and as long as all those shitty -ism's exist, they should be called out often. That's kinda the main intention for punk music, anyway - if I remember it correctly.
Tags: late pass
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'I'm an architect-slash-antique-art-expert, just like you!'
09/26/11 at 10:21 AM by AP_Punk
Six Obnoxious Assumptions Hollywood Makes About Women

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QFT
09/24/11 at 09:50 PM by AP_Punk
"Boileau said that Kings, Gods, and Heroes only were fit subjects for literature. The writer can only write about what he admires. Present day kings aren't very inspiring, the gods are on a vacation, and about the only heroes left are the scientists and the poor…. And since our race admires gallantry, the writer will deal with it where he finds it. He finds it in the struggling poor now."
Tags: steinbeck, grapes
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Horror Business
09/04/11 at 10:30 PM by AP_Punk
Is it possible to equate the Misfits' legacy with the Star Wars legacy? I mean, you can't fuck with the Misfits early material w/ Danzig, and the same goes for the original Star Wars trilogy. Then after Danzig left, it became stale and flaccid as it dragged on, and eventually turned into a sad pathetic shell of itself.

In the end, it's Jerry Only's fault the Star Wars prequels suck.

Makes sense.
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