punk rock


V.26 No.17 | 4/27/2017
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Frank Gargani

Music Interview

Listen to Ghosts in the Other Room

The world’s a mess, it’s in her kiss

August March talks to Exene of X about touring in a van in one's sixties, multi-generational punk families and buying local.
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V.25 No.19 | 05/12/2016

Not Just a Fish

I don't know what axeman is, but I keep saying it

A X E M A N:


/?æksm?n/
noun (pl) -men
1.
a man who wields an axe, esp to cut down trees
2.
a person who makes cuts in expenditure or services, esp on behalf of another: the chancellor's axeman
3.
(US, slang) a man who plays a musical instrument, esp a guitar

I've trying really hard to insert "axeman" into conversations. Specifically, when referring to myself. But, alas, I am slowly, surely learning to play bass. And, per the stupid dictionary, axeman "esp" refers to guitarists, "esp" male guitarists.

Incidentally, I looked up the logically corresponding word "axewoman." To which I got the polite response: "Did you mean 'axman'?" No, I did not. And then, it provided more suggestions: Did I mean "jazzwoman"? Eh, I'm really not good enough to be called that. And definitely not my genre. "Markswoman"? Definitely not. "Examen"? Oh god, no.

A halfhearted Google search, resulting from the fact that this post has no clear direction, for the word "bass" turns up lots of ads for fishing poles and dead animals with wide mouths and blank eyes staring at me from my screen.

As of late, I've been plucking along with friends who are a bazillion times more talented me and for the first time I'm in a band. Even though I've been dreaming of it since I dressed like Kurt Cobain in high school.

I don't need to be validated with a badass title like "axewoman" but I do need to be validated with cheers and applause, so come to Punk Rock Open Mic at Winning's THIS Friday, May 20 at 7pm.

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V.24 No.16 | 4/16/2015

Sonic Cinema

Success Ain’t Always the Best Revenge

Joe Angio’s new documentary Revenge of the Mekons captures the joyful chaos of the Brit-punk band that invented alt.country.
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V.24 No.7 | 2/12/2015
Gordy Andersen, rippin’
Gordy Andersen

Music History

An Interview with Gordy Andersen: Part 1

August March rang Albuquerque legend Gordy Andersen (Black Maria, Cracks in the Sidewalk, Jerry’s Kidz, et al) to discuss his formative experiences coming of age as a first generation high desert punk.
V.23 No.25 | 6/19/2014
Now that’s an album cover.

Film Review

We Are the Best!

Spirited Swedish flashback gives audiences punk-rock girl power times three

Swedish auteur Lukas Moodysson gives audiences an ’80s flashback with punk rock girl power pic We Are the Best!
V.22 No.46 | 11/14/2013

news

The Daily Word in Guns & Ammo, Typhoon Haiyan and Stupid Vacations

The Daily Word

Strongest. Storm. Ever.

Measles and mumps are getting the band back together.

Guns & Ammo magazine fired their editor for writing a pro-gun control editorial.

When will Star Wars: Episode VII come out?

It’s harder to sit through a full-movie GIF than a full movie.

Traveling is lame.

This app makes your pet talk. “I’m calling PACA!”

Irritatingly skittish meerkats are frightened by scraping noises.

Mexico City’s punk scene explained.

Imagine the life of an aging superhero.

When’s the best time to drink coffee?

Desperately seeking comrade.

Homeland Security is interested in an APD officer.

Meet the muckers of Solid Waste.

First it was train whistles. Now it’s the beeping batting cage.

Happy birthday Tara Reid. We got you a Sharknado.

V.21 No.2 | 1/12/2012
Supersucker Dan “Thunder” Bolton appears at right.
Robert John

Music

Supersucker interview

The Supersuckers are playing at the Launchpad tonight. Read an interview with Dan “Thunder” Bolton here.

Supersucker Dan “Thunder” Bolton appears at right.
Robert John

Spotlight

Supersuckers

Too dumb to quit

Guitarist/vocalist Dan “Thunder” Bolton of Seattle punk (and sometimes country) band the Supersuckers talks about longevity, songwriting and owning a record label.
V.19 No.45 | 11/11/2010
Bad Religion will tell you about anarchy   and   sexual selection as seen in the peafowl.
Myriam Santos

Spotlight

There’s a Ph.D. in the Mosh Pit

Bad Religion celebrates 30 years of intellect

The early punks and pre-punks openly pursued starry-eyed deals with major record labels. The majors, however, felt burned by commercial failure and unprofessionalism (New York Dolls: “They’re junkies!” The Sex Pistols: “Loudmouth yobs!”) and wanted little to do with bands that followed. Smelling further disaster, the majors backed off until “safe” acts tagged as new wave appeared.

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V.19 No.44 | 11/4/2010
“War Pig” by Malachai Mahboub
John Bear

Gallery Review

Art Gets Creepy

I can finally quench my thirst for bloodthirsty humanoid war pigs. Awesome.

Jessica DuVerneay has a definite idea of what Cellar Door Gifts & Gallery should and should not be.

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Feature

Gidget Goes to Hell

The top five lady-centric punk films

The holiday filmgoing season is packed with family-centric fare. To help balance out all the mainstream film fare in which you are about to partake, we present this guide to femme-tastic, full-volume cinema. Lest you think punk rock is a young man’s game, look no further than these movies to see the true anger, ideas and drive of young women who want to break the establishment and raise a ruckus.

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V.19 No.43 | 10/28/2010

Song Roulette

Random tracks from Diego E. Montoya, fearless Alibi intern

Diego E. Montoya is a UNM student and Alibi editorial intern. He has a strong affinity for New Mexican music, which he exhibits on some days with sharp boots and a cowboy hat. However, he’s also a fan of the punk rock and has put an interesting spin on this week’s column—all random selections from a Warped Tour playlist. Below you’ll find no accordions, no polka beats and no mustaches.

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V.19 No.36 | 9/9/2010

Rock Reads

American Nightmare

(Why your music editor hates herself)

Touch and Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine ’79-'83

Little over a year from now I'll have endured three decades of carbon-based livin'. Approaching this mortal milestone, more and more I'm beginning to recognize the old hippie dictum—Don't trust anyone over 30—to be a valid, if not troubling, piece of advice. Last week I found myself talking all fuckin' punk about America's teeming population of brainless youth who pass the time sucking from television's homogenizing teat, living generally mundane, unconcerned lives.

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V.19 No.31 |

Couch Potato

I Like to Watch (Instantly): Repo Man

Notable titles from the Netflix Watch Instantly world

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Directed by Alex Cox

Cast: Olivia Barash, Harry Dean Stanton, Fox Harris, Tracey Walter, Emilio Estevez, Sy Richardson

In 1984, British director and self-proclaimed "radical filmmaker" Alex Cox managed to get the backing of Mike Nesmith and Universal Studios to make what is probably one of the great American satires. By Cox's account, nobody was watching over his shoulder as he hand-assembled an eclectic dream cast and shot his highly subversive, anti-nuclear, magical-realist, science fiction, punk rock black comedy until a new studio boss came in and almost scuttled the whole project. The cult-favorite soundtrack and a highly successful New York run saved the film from direct-to-video obscurity, and for this the world can be thankful.

Our story begins in New Mexico as J. Frank Parnell, inventor of the neutron bomb, begins his woozy trek across the desert to Los Angeles in a Chevy Malibu with a trunk full of instant death. At the same time in suburban L.A., our hero Otto (Emilio Estevez, in what is easily his finest screen role) finds himself at a crossroads, unfulfilled by work or home life and unrelieved by bouts of anti-social behavior. Happenstance lands him a job as an automobile repossessor. Will these two narrative vectors eventually intersect? Of course they will. What Repo Man has going for it (in spades) is an impressive take-no-prisoners attitude. Everything in '80s Los Angeles gets the shaft, from Dianetics to new age alien conspiracy theories to drugs to vapid consumer culture. And somehow there's even a True Grit-like coming-of-age character arc as Otto learns the "repo code" from crusty old Bud (Harry Dean Stanton). It's profane, energetic, hilarious and a goddamn cinematic pleasure; if you haven't tasted the delights of Repo Man, now is the time. HD available.

V.19 No.14 | 4/8/2010

Music

Malcolm Maclaren Died

Malcolm Maclaren died. He orchestrated the Sex Pistols and made this very nice disco version of Madame Butterfly. Rest in peace, Malcman.