July 9, 2014
by Brandon Gepfer
Being in a band costs money but honestly, who other than people in bands really care?
Jake Bugg “I hate music festivals so much, but obviously to be this high up on the line-up and to be playing here tonight, is a privilege,” he told NME backstage at Glastonbury, where he headlined the Other Stage. “But the actual experience of festivals I could really do without.”
“Odio mucho los festivales, pero obviamente estar tan alto en el line-up y estar tocando aquí esta noche es un privilegio. Pero la experiencia de los festivales, honestamente preferiría evitarla”.
“In 1981 I happened to see Joe Strummer – he was the singer for the punk rock band The Clash – on the tube. I saw him sitting on the other side of the seat, but I thought he was too private – he might get too angry – but I was trying to be brave, I went up to him and asked him ‘may I take a picture of you.’ he smiled and said ‘yes’, and I clicked several shots.
Just before he got off the train he said to me, ‘You should take photos of whatever you want. That’s punk.’ ”
June 23, 2014
by Joel Tannenbaum
What’s up, punk.
You know a lot about writing songs, and recording them, and maybe even releasing in them in some physical format, or maybe you’re lucky enough to have someone who does that for you. The point of this essay is to get you to think about another facet of the songs you write and record: their existence as intellectual property, i.e. as ideas that you own. As intellectual property, your songs are covered under two categories - publishing and copyright. The former has to do with the songs as you wrote them (as a collection of words and melodies) and the latter has to do with the songs as you recorded them (a collection of sounds, captured through recording).
Rancid released “LET’S GO” 20 years ago today. Damn…time flies. We had been playing these songs live for over a year, before we went into the studio with our producer Brett Gurewitz. The 23 songs were recorded in less than 5 days. Looking forward to making Rancid records for another 20 years! - Tim
Body Count - “Bitch in the Pit”
After the utter majesty of Talk Shit, Get Shot and its gun-by-gun list breakdown, the next Body Count song to drop off their new album is Ice-T’s tilt at a feminist anthem, like Good Clean Fun’s Song for the Ladies if it had no pretensions to goodness, cleanliness, or fun. The utter straightfaced engagement with the idea of moshing as a battlefield that she’s gonna rule over as the undisputed baddest. The sense of confusion and then rising awe in Ice-T’s voice. The crystal clear understanding clarity of the pit’s cathartic violence when you are fucked off with absolutely everything. It’s similar in tone to Ice-T’s song Big Gun off the Tank Girl soundtrack, a song my friend Tommy described as “a song by someone who got told that all feminists wanted to do was kill all men, took that at face-value and thought it was really cool.” Also pretty funny watching dudes who listen to 8 million pop-punk songs about girls which never even consider their agency as a possibility getting worked up about it. This band is full-on ridiculous and it works.