Lackluster, Newish Star, Secret Tombs, Laughing Man

While I was waiting for the show to begin, I was treated to a discussion of Morrissey and his autobiography. One person described him as a “smug racist.” I’m kind of perplexed as to why Steven Patrick Morrissey is so popular among fans of punk music. I’ve heard the Smiths and have even given them my best listen, but I just don’t like his voice, though I appreciate the sentiments expressed by some of his lyrics. Such considerations were pushed to the background when the evening’s first band, Laughing Man, began shortly before 8 p.m. I’ve heard allegations that this band is influenced by jazz, but I wouldn’t say that’s the case.

Glen E. Friedman at the D.C. Public Library

As part of the D.C. Punk Archive's one-year anniversary celebrations, on October 25, 2015, renowned photographer Glen E. Friedman appeared at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library. Alec MacKaye interviewed Friedman. The photographer also took questions from the audience.

2015: The Goons reunited, and a scene reunited with them

Bands come, bands go. Most don't leave a mark. The Goons made an impression on many people, an impression on a scene. That fact reflects the passion and power and value that they had. I have been to many Goons shows in my life, and they all meant something to me. They all frightened me. … Continue reading 2015: The Goons reunited, and a scene reunited with them

As in the Sky — Interview from 2005

Ian MacKaye made a lasting impact at a very young age, and by keeping up the good work in the decades that followed he has inadvertently provided a guiding light for generations of idealists and iconoclasts. Washington region recording wizard Chad Clark once told me that Minor Threat, the band the teen-aged MacKaye fronted in … Continue reading As in the Sky — Interview from 2005

No Cheap Holiday, These Other People’s Ecstasy: A 2014 Dennis Lyxzen Interview

    If you ask Dennis Lyxzen what he feels his late, great, future-punk band Refused's greatest accomplishment was, he might say something like,  "the greatest accomplishment was that we – in Sweden, ’93 to ’97, we toured and toured and toured, and we built a movement in Sweden of bands, of people that are still … Continue reading No Cheap Holiday, These Other People’s Ecstasy: A 2014 Dennis Lyxzen Interview

DAY 1 of DAMAGED CITY FEST: Review by FOREIGN SUBSTANCES

“Ian McKaye was baptized here,” said Positive Force organizer Mark Anderson to a crowd of hundreds of hardcore fans gathered at St. Stephen’s Church in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The throng was assembled to enjoy the music and culture that the Minor Threat frontman helped generate more than thirty years ago. Washington, … Continue reading DAY 1 of DAMAGED CITY FEST: Review by FOREIGN SUBSTANCES