So I just (in the past 10 minutes) found out that Jake Phelps passed away. What the fuck? This did epitomizes skate punk. The editor of Thrasher magazine. I’m in fuckin disbelief and shock. He has been skate’s most important documentarian. He was our equivalent of Stan Lee. Only 56. Shit dude. I thought this mythical figure was gonna be around a lot longer. His contributions will always mean the world to me.
This one’s for the anarchists. So to define real quick. Anarchism is a complete absence of centralized government. So there would be no cops, no borders, no nation, no military or politicians from local municipalities all the up to the president. Now, I like this idea. Why then, are there so many who claim anarchism holding hands with socialists and communists or feeling the Bern. All of these believe in a strong central government which is clearly the opposite of anarchism. And if you’re an anarchist and helping build a stronger state then you are commiting suicide because somewhere down the line your beliefs will run afoul of the state apparatus. Sure, on a personal level you may have friends who march at protests with you that veer red instead of black, but ideologically when everyone truly understands what each view is about, it draws a line in the sand. Anarchism is allowing all to simply live by natural law. Don’t hurt people and don’t tale their stuff. Beyond that, do and say whatever the hell ya want. The 2 main parties and the socialists aren’t just gonna let ya live how ya feel most free. Socialism is statism and therefore not compatible with anarchism.
Urgent message to our politicians and presidential hopefuls. FUCK YOUR CLASSISM! This means Trump and the Clintonoids. This also means Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. Yes ma’am you are the exact same as the limousine Liberals and Republicans who want is to sit down and shut up. “Cheap seats”? Girl, you got us fucked up! Who do you think voted for ya. It was people in the so called cheap seats who believed in your railing against corruption. Clearly you just put on an act. These politricksters are all the same. They administrate from the gilded towers. This isn’t representation, it’s oppression. There’s nothing new about this deal and they only use the working class. Do not be fooled! #punkvoter
The A-F Records debut from Pittsburgh Punx Late Comer dropped today. Thoughts like a buzz bomb of straight ahead punk! The vocals sound like a cross breed of Propagandhi and Hot Water Music combined with pulse pounding music. Stream and buy this one! Punk ain’t fuckin dead!
Millencolin’s new album dropped last week. Another solid release from these skate punk veterans. Not as heavy on social commentary as True Brew. It’s more the feel of classic Millencolin though these guys have never put out a bad album. This is still on their home label of Epitaph Records. The title track would be at home on any Punk O Rama comp. So pick this one up or stream it at your skate sessions. More proof that punk is becoming great again.
Tellin ya bout an awesome local record store. Toxic Toast in Long Beach, CA. They sell an amazing amount of punk and ska vynil. The store also specializes in rare and first pressings, particularly Japanese. Owner Andy actually takes a couple painstaking trips each year to Japan to dig up good shit. Also they have some amazing pins. Both sled made And known good stuff. And not living local is no excuse to not check em out. They have a website, Facebook and Instagram.
The new Specials’ album came across my desk and I was excited as a ska fan. So excited that I was let down actually. This one kinda falls flat. The music is barely ska and kinda uninteresting. The lyrics are so on the nose that it sounds more like angry teenage liberal social media posts. This is upsetting as I recall this band being quite clever and musically innovative. Maybe age caught up to em. The 4 year recording process sounds more like a knee jerk recording circa NOFX’s Bush era records. No I didn’t quite dig it.
Good friend mine and gnarly artist Kelly (Creative Chaos) makes coasters for sale. That’s right, you can stop letting your 40 sweat on the table and stop stealing coasters from the Goodwill that probably has your picture on the front door from when ya stole the table. You can do the punk thing and support a DIY artist. And No, this isn’t some hipster trash. Proceeds go to pay life expenses and benefit mental health recovery. Links and pics of these dope table savers below.
Some unpacking here. The last SOTU shows What’s wrong with these party lines. Pelosi is getting treated like some saint because she threw shade at Trump. The reality is they both suck. Pelosi and Feinstein were the 1 percenters calling cops on punk shows in the 80’s. Hell, Diane was the mayor leading the beef patrolnto beat up kids trying to have a good time. And Trump is just the penultimate 1 percenter running the circus. None of them are our friends. They are the limo riding enemy of the poor and working class. They all have zero interest in us except for how rich we can make them by consistently voting them in and converting tax dollars into the wealth they suck upward.