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.
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 we jumped the gun and gave ya the first 2 issues of this new section. As punk is a political movement we’ll be bringing you political issues in an official section. This will be at least once weekly. Some current issues, some old, ALL relevant. At times you’ll hear from my good friend Jilly Bee who was part of the push to start this up. All of us at Punx In Solidarity learned from Joe Strummer and what we learned is we have to fight!
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!
A theory on Trump’s remarks on immigration. It’s a dog whistle to certain groups. Identity Evropa (white nationalist group behind the tiki torch Nazis) has been distancing themselves from the alt-right and therefore Trump. Which means that likely other white hate groups are doing the same. In other words Trump’s base is jumping ship. So he likely said something this radically offensive knowing full well it would be published and shared as a way of saying “hey guys, I hate like you”. It’s also an adept bit of misdirection as a lot of us missed the expansion of FISA (the warrantless wiretapping and data mining started under the Obama administration) which Trump denounced and then supported in strong man style in a span of 2 hours.
The new Anti-Flag album dropped today. It’s the most stoked I’ve been on a new punk album in years. I saw them live a couple weeks back. The new one is a call to action against the neo-liberal order of the previous 8 years and this alt-right status quo the rose of Trump has given us. Stand out track on this is When The Wall Falls. Anti-Flag wrote a kick ass ska track. This is the album we need now. From us old dogs who may feel a bit jaded to the scared kid that may be gay, trans or simply not about the shit happening in these times. This is a battle cry to hold the line and remain human. As always we’ve got this. I’ll see ya when the wall falls.
– C Fish
Writer’s note: stay tuned for a full Punx In Solidarity style Anti Flag article late fall/ early winter.