commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: The Box Under the Bed
I'm only a lawyer in California and I'm not trying to dole out real legal advise, but I suspect that what this "cleaner" did actually was a crime. The suggestive note and the rearranging of the sex toys will likely be understood as a sexual threat. Simply being invited into a home doesn't give someone carte blanche to go through things. If this was in the recent past, she might want to consider contacting the police. I do criminal defense work and it's awkward for me to suggest contacting law enforcement generally, but someone with boundaries that poor will likely escalate over time. If she feels comfortable telling the story a couple of times, it might be worth it.
Oct 15, 2015
commented on Why Do Bands Break Up?
Hot christ The Dead Science was fantastic. I remember seeing them back in 2003-4ish when Sam was still playing with The Parenthetical Girls and having my 19 year old mind blown by non-punk music that I actually loved. That charisma and intensity is really difficult to translate into a recording and seeing them live was so visceral and affecting.
I ran into Sam at Roulette in Brooklyn last year and even all this time later I was a little star struck. The guy couldn't be sweeter though. His talent specifically, and the Dead Science generally, are criminally under appreciated.
Apr 16, 2015
commented on How to Be High in Public
EMILY NOKES! When did you start following me around writing down literally everything that happens to me all of the time? This is brilliant and all these jerks writing mean stuff are mean jerks who probably suck to hangout with. I know it’s your job to write publicly and absorb stupid shit like that, but I was so surprised to read that crapola because this ruled so hard.
Nov 3, 2014
commented on Docudrama Film The Day My Kid Went Punk Is Hard to Watch
The Day I Went Punk happened after all the straight edge kids I was hanging out with called me “fag” for the final time. The punks were cool with my weird effeminate ways and didn’t care that my sole drive in life was to be as weird as possible. Fast forward 16 years and I’m an attorney now, but I still live in a collective house in Oakland called Dead Rat Beach, still play music and still go to shows. Fuck all haters. Punk till death!
Jun 19, 2014
commented on What Was Your First Concert?
The Vandals, Unwritten Law and the Ataris at Christmas with The Vandals at the Palace in Los Angeles in December of 1996 or 1997.
That same year I saw Strife, Far, Eyelid and Rainchild at a Unitarian church. That I count separately as my first DIY show.