Fuck! I’m in absolute disbelief! We lost Jeff Grosso. He’s what got me back into skating after I’d fallen off for a bit. He was the skateboarder’s skateboarder. The definition of skate punk. Grosso had an unmatched love for skate and an infectious stoke. The kind that’d make ya wanna skate on the freeway cause fuck all. This dude has survived heavy addiction, got kicked of 80’s era Santa Cruz for partying too hard. His series was the only true skate history series and I was fuckin thankful for it. He was the most honest voice in skateboarding outside of is hard core weirdos who never went beyond our driveways and sketchy backyard ramps. Skateboarding saved my life and Grosso is a part of that. 2020 can eat a bag of smashed assholes. Fuck this year with a pool deck sideways!
Additional note: This has really fucked me up. Like there’s a deep profound sadness just sitting with me. When I got back into skating after many years off (letting life, injury and bull shit get in the way) and needing something to fill an addictive void the deck I got was a Grosso Anti-Hero. It got me into shaped decks after being raised on popsicles. Since then that has been my favorite shape. And watched every Grosso thing I could for the history like I was taking a class.
The first new album in 15 years from ska punk powerhouse Suicide Machines dropped on Friday! It’s really fuckin good! Been stoked on the single Awkward Always which is a solid ska track takin me back to the 90’s. Yet again these guys are one of the bands who most remind me of Op Ivy because it’s ska punk with a message. There’s a few straight punk (not ska at all) tracks that are fuckin gnarly. My stand out track is Babylon of Ours, just a message and organ driven ska banger. I can’t wait till there’s a record store open to buy a copy. Note to future readers: March through April 2020 we’re on lockdown for a pandemic but at least there’s great music to soundtrack the real time societal collapse. So stream this shit loud and hopefully we all make it till we can see em tour
– C Fish
So Covid 19 martial law got ya down? Here’s some ideas to make your forced quarantine more tolerable. Make music, yeah the tour is on hold, but you can write and record new tunes for your fans to blast loud. Punk things out, yiu can order patches and studs online and create some wearable art ( this is mostly what I’m doing) hell, start making your own patches with paint markers and old denim. Always wanted to become a great punk writer? Go for it, this blog will publish submissions. Finally watch all the great punk documentaries, many of them are on YouTube. Create your own punk rock doc, with technology everyone could do the interviews fron their home. Start checking out whatever weird stuff some friend told you about or your apps recommend. Check in on your people. Maybe start collaborative projects that can be done via web and phone. Wanna fight the system? Now is a time for hacktivism or other online direct action. The most revolutionary thing we can do is to be excellent to each other. We can still connect and/or create theough the dystopia!
– C Fish
So our omnipotent governor Gavin Newsome has stated that 25.5 million(or 56%) will contract Covid 19. Surely the great and wis man much of this statw brought to power knows what he’s talking about and ia fully qualified to speak on this right? Well, a quick bit of research I found that he is in fact not an epidemiologist or any other form of medical professional for that matter. So he is either grossly incompetent or outright lying to us. Just by comparison Wuhan China, the epicenter, did not see this percentage in people getting sick. And that’s a much less medically advanced place than this state’s ghettos. Even Italy whose population is slightly larger than California’s only has 41,035 infected. So what shady shit is our state’s government up to? I’m guessing Newsome is not stupid. That he can read, comprehend and figure out basic comparative math.
It must be spring! Love is in the air… wait, that’s diseas and panic! Oh fuck we’re gonna die! Well not from Coronavirus but possibly fron the boot on iur necks that we are kissing and whispering sweet nothings to. The sinple fact is Covid 19 is either some biblical plague or notuch worry at all but no one is telling the whole truth. What we can witness in real time is society is clearly a fucking joke. People are panic buying and every day is black friday complete with fist fights and armed guards. And the populace is simply handing control over to varying levels of government. The overlords day it’ll only be 3 weeks or till August depending on the estimate. So Trump may vary well be giving us the post apocalyptic authoritarian hellscape I have joked about. Be ready to fight and stop giving away your power. But first gather with those close to you. If you’re the anchor than hold fuckin fast. We gotta be ready for whatever normal looks like after all this.
The MOVE 9 are free at last! What an amazing moment for Black History month 2020. 7 have been released while 2 sadly died behind bars. There will be a link in this post to my previous write up about MOVE to give background on this group and their struggles. To quote a great friend of mine “onward and upward!” This is a victory. First MOVE 9, next Mumia Abu Jamal. We can win! #onamove
Let’s talk about Nancy Polosi. Mindless line towing Democrats treat like she’s Joan of Arc at this point. Then mindless line towing Republicans act like she’s the wicked witch of the west. Allow me to simplify. She’s not any sort of hero or conservator of freedom. She has supported the Patriot Act, PRISM(NSA monitoring of citizens) and water boarding. Also she has championed gun control which there is no she doesn’t know the policy was initially instituted by Reagan to disarm the Black Panther Party. Pelosi is simply another elitist who only cares for power over. Actually sitting next to Pence behind Trump was a fitting image and expression of the current reality in American politics. The fact is the establishment are all villains who only care for whose tyranny they get to visit upon the people.
Been thinking a lot about Dr. Martin Luther King lately and how little has truly changed in the U.S. MLK, Malcolm X, Fred Hampton. These are 3 black men who were murdered by the United States government for 1 reason. It’s the reason Mumia Abu Jamal and the MOVE 9 went to prison. The reason why Philadelphia bombed and burned an entire black neighborhood over a house that MOVE members were living in. The reason why the African slaves who weren’t worked to death were simply murdered by their masters. They “forgot their place” and challenged the slave holders. In the 20th and 21st centuries the slave holders have simply been the government and this country is the plantation. We see little has changed as blacken are gunned down and choked out by overseers (the original term for officers). We currently have a sitting president who is clearly of a slave holding mindset. Many of our candidates in the election are of the same mindset (Biden and Bloomberg) or culturaly appropriating colonizer (Warren) or a former cop and professional cop caller (Kamala Harris) who has dropped out. the neo-liberals in the media thinks this is acceptable. They think not changing anything is woke. You have to wake the fuck up first to be woke! In 1967 Dr. King asserted that the U.S. is the greatest perveyor of violence for what we were doing in Vietnam. He wasn’t wrong and nothing much has changed considering what we’ve spent the last 18 years doing in the Middle East. Peace doesn’t come from bombs and justice doesn’t come from police guns
– C Fish
RVA hard core band Ghouli just sent their lates EP entitled Nothing against my desk this week. This was my first hearing of them. And holy shit it’s gnarly! Amazing female led hard core that rocks like F Minus and Witch Hunt. The breakdowns and instrument work is amazing! I’m stoked to have heard this band and hope to catch em live some time. Follow em and band camp and blast it loud!
– C Fish
Today we lost Dave King the designer of the iconic Crass symbol. One of the most notable symbols in anarcho and anti authoritarian movements over the past 40 years. His mark will live on beyond all of us.