About C Fish

Aging skater and punk rock historian. No bands to speak of, just a writer. read my stuf at punxinsolidarity.com

Alice Bag Blueprint review

Alice Bag who is already a legend in the LA punk scene has a new album out entitled Blueprint. Of course this came across my desk. The whole thing is solid. There’s the gnarly riot grrl track 77 which features Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill. Also White Justice which is an amazing protest track that sounds more like something out of a musical. These decades later Alice Bag still has it! Get a copy of this and turn it up!

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On a MOVE! Fish Tank # 1

The gnarliest anarcho group you’ve never heard of. Fast facts to simplify this.

MOVE was an anarcho-primitivist organization. In Philadelphia, PA

MOVE was not black separatist as it had white members though its membership was primarily black.

Philadelphia police had brutalized several MOVE members over the years resulting in multiple miscarriages and the death of one child from a baton strike to the head.

In 1978 Philadelphia police had a standoff with MOVE at the MOVE house. This resulted in the death of one police officer from gunfire within the police line.

When MOVE members surrendered the police singled out Delbert Africa and brutally beat him for no reason.

9 MOVE members were given sentences ranging from 25 to 100 years for capital charges. Members have been denied parole as hearings came up.

In 1985 on Osage avenue (a black neighborhood) Philadelphia police had another standoff with MOVE members led by John Africa.

The police were armed with automatic rifles, uzis, 50 calibers and anti tank guns.

The police then dropped a bomb on the MOVE house and opted to let the fire burn as a “tactile weapon”.

MOVE members attempted to escape the burning house until police opened fire forcing them back into the house.

All 11 people in the house died. 6 of them were children. Evidence of gunshot wounds was found in the body of John Africa.

The Philadelphia municipality let the fire burn through the night resulting in the loss of 60 homes.

Ramona Africa who did escape was sentenced to 7 years in prison for a conspiracy charge (what conspiracy?)

These tactics are terrorism. The MOVE 7( 2 have died in prison) are political prisoners.

The 60 families left homeless are victims of terrorism.

Go to website for further information. http://onamove.com/

#onamove #freethemove9 #johnafrica

Below are links for documentaries on all of this.

Thoughts on Skate

Thoughts on skate. It is meditative. It is flow if you do it right. You step on the board, push and everything else blacks out physically, spiritually and mentally. Everything you once saw becomes only surface that you can or can’t skate. All that matters is the ride. Tricks are a way of pushing deeper into said state. Pushing faster you rapidly calculate everything the comes into your field of being. Not intentionally. Full auto pilot where your instincts do all the work. The world is a blur and people are cardboard cutouts you just pass by. A part of the background or obstacle to get past. This is not a sport, phase or hobby. It’s a life force. It’s the flow of actually living. Inactivity is a pantomime of life.

Never Comply

Never comply! You can stock your malls with trash companies and try to shove fashion down our throats. But our b.s. detectors are on high. And those of us who know there’s more real skateboarding in parking lots or sketchy alleyways cannot and will not be bought or sold. You may have products, money and events but you have no claim on soul. The flow can only be had and handled by those who actually believe in it. We’re not in it for acclaim or money. We skate for the sake of it. For some it’s the only anchor we’ve got and damn you for even daring to kill it

Anarcho Punk Albums book review

The first publishing from long time punk site punkonline.co.uk came across my desk. It was a great read packed with a large amount of info from the pioneers of anarcho punk. This book consists of interviews with the bands covering their founding andbthe road to these seminal debut albums such as Crass’s Feeding of the 5000 and Subhumans day the country died. It was freaking great. 20 years ago when I got into punk those were 2 of my first albums. It also covers Zounds and Icons of Filth. The book is fairly cheap or free to read on Kindle unlimited. So get a fucking copy already and read it. Also do be kind enough to review it on Amazon. It means a lot to the author and bands who put this time capsule together for us.

-C Fish

390 A New Revolution

So I saw this amazing newish band 390 awhile back and a copy of their album Punk Resurrection made its way across my desk. It’s solid! Their sound is reminiscent of early Vandals. Especially Ronnie X’s voice. They also do interviews on their YouTube and have a couple awesome videos for the tracks Don’t Wanna Be Controlled and I Hate the Government. It’s a perfect shot of old school O.C. punk for this watered down era. These guys are total heroes for the underground.

Catch em live and get a copy of this album. And someone snag me a shirt! Kidding about the shirt. But do see em live and play the album loud!

Not Just Boys Fun

Yeah I’m referencing the 7 Seconds song. But I’m writing a shout to women’s skateboarding. There are some gnarly ones to know like Mimi Knoop, Burnside and Elissa Steamer. So if you’re an old dog and giving back by encouraging young local shredders, give that some stoke to the girls that ya do the boys. If you wanna see women’s skateboarding get more notice and coverage then put pressure on media like Thrashed and Transworld. But also become the media. Blog about it, video and photo it. If someone writes some good stuff on female skateboarding, we will happily publish it. Solidarity is the goal.

Maty Almost is Dead

The entity known as Maty Almost was dumped lifeless into the sea off the coast of Long Beach about 3 years ago. The vestige washed away and a creature known as C-Fish which was a starting identity dating back almost 20 years emerged. The writing still exists. Though the band article column will now be called Fish Tank. It’s not the end of an era, but the evolution of one.