Sunday, May 16, 2010

Link Roundup: Music

- Crawdaddy Magazine has an interesting article with Lyle Preslar (most famously known for playing guitar in Minor Threat).
Preslar is now a lawyer and offers some interesting details on punk in the very early 80's and the origins of Samhain.

- The LA Weekly does an AMAZING job of tracking down everyone in the cover shot of 1987's NWA And The Posse.
Not only do we find out where they are now and that everyone hates Candyman (yes! Mr. Knockin Boots is in the photo!) but the article shows how crafted NWA's image was.

- Crusher is a band from Boston. They rock pretty hard with some grinding grooving hardcore mixed with more chaotic sounds. What caught my interest is their song entitled "I Am Marion Delgado." Marion Delgado was a five-year-old boy who put a slab of concrete on a railroad track and derailed a passenger train. He reinforced the potential damage that the small can inflict on the powerful and was often invoked by Weather Underground.

"I Was A Teenage Anarchist"

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- Tom Gabel of Against Me! wrote his explanation of what the song "I Was A Teenage Anarchist" is about. He describes the police brutality that politicized him and how he became a teenage anarchist. Then, just as in the song, he goes on to describe the anarchist milieu as too rigid and, I guess, too critical.
In the end, he comes off as some privileged kid whose anarchy was more akin to "don't tell me what to do" than any idea of social transformation. While I don't necessarily care about his personal definition so long as he is still committed to anarchy in some of the ways he does describe it (but is he?!), releasing "I Was A Teenage Anarchist" as a single without the context he provides in his writing just makes the song sound like it is anti-anarchy.


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