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.
So it’s 2019. It’s time we start talking about voting if you aren’t already. So I’m starting a version of Punk Voter. Below you’ll some decent memes. Feel free to use them to start a conversation in your local scenes about voting. I know, we all talk about burning down city hall and fighting fascists in the streets. But we need to look to sustainable long term answers to this crisis situation. And if you’re saying “Fish it’s still over a year till the election” well trust me that the fascists are planning, so we should be too. #punkvoter
So I was at a KRS ONE show last night (all punked out as usual) and someone says to me “you don’t look like the type to listen to this. I get this often when people see how I dress and they learn that I listen to a lot of older hip hop. So I’m gonna break It down and hopefully break down some of the scene division. Hip hop and punk rock are both the music of the streets and of the oppressed. At their best they uplift, educate and inspire. When they’re conscious they are our voice and rally cry against the power. At their worst they encourage people to be good little house boys and chase meaningless bull shit. But the root has always been to fight and rise up or just simply street stories that some lonely kid somewhere connects with and feels less alone. And further show of their being related is the vast amount of cross over that exists in the most authentic facets of both scenes.