commented on Now Open
is Tailgaters the same as the one in Everett?
commented on In 3,228 Words John Roderick Tries to Kill Punk—In 30 Words He Validates Its Existence Instead
My thoughts, briefly, as someone who both loves and identifies with punk and a lot of it's ethics, but also was never, ever orthodox about it:
1) he presented a lot of arguments, not a lot of evidence. If this had been one of my students, I would have dinged him for making huge claims without much support.
2) There is a lot of gleeful trolling going on here. And maybe a few sour grapes, as he seems to attack most of the guitarishy music from the NW that falls outside of his indie pop genre.
3) Some of his points about self-sabotage and scene sniping were/are true. Some of the things he says about it having grown from something liberating into something limiting are also true.Though I think you could find that sniping anywhere, and you can find the same suspicions of success in a lot of artforms (see Kafka, protest folk of the '30s, etc) though punk maybe codified it a bit.
4) The idea that because a place is small, or a "backwoods" it can't produce interesting, valid culture is, to me, the most problematic idea in this essay for many reasons, and he slips it in fairly surreptitiously with his "so far from places that produce Actual Culture" comment.
5) Someone should go back and tell Voltaire that punk invented Irony, and that Irony never achieves anything or creates any lasting art.
6) There also seems to be a lot of projecting of motivations here.
commented on Does Seattle Have Juggalo Friendly Record Stores?
I think I've seen ICP posters at the Silver Platters at Northgate, as they have a lot of poster space and aren't quite as curated. There are a lot of places you can get the CDs, but it doesn't seem like there's a store that specifically caters to Psychopathic Records types.
commented on The Sonics and Mudhoney at the Showbox
such a great fucking show. The Sonics sounded great and rocked out, and I swear that Mudhoney actually looked younger than the last time I saw them.
commented on I Was a Dead Man
great piece. I saw this in Everyday Music and did a "really? naw, couldn't be. . ."