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
Whose album was the best DCHC release of 2012? I'm glad you asked, because today two titans of the hardcore and punk rock communities are squaring off to answer that question. Let’s meet the competitors. Weighing in at 10 tracks, with a length of 20 minutes and 53 seconds, is Supreme Commander's album “Paper Tigers.” Weighing … Continue reading Hardcore Heavyweights: Supreme Commander vs. Nervous Impulse
I interviewed Henry Rollins back in my salad days, and he quite presciently commented, “This is starting to sound like a fanzine interview." Though the interview was for a high-profile newspaper, I opted to take that as a compliment and, years later, emailed him to ask if I could use this interview in my zine. He wrote back … Continue reading Interview with Henry Rollins from 2005
No music had started yet and the sun was still bright when I rolled up to the Corpse Fortress, but there were already quite a few people there, as is the case when any truly great venue is having its last hurrah – everybody wants to be on the scene. I ran into people I … Continue reading Dave Homeowner reviews the last Corpse Fortress show
From late 2008... It can be difficult to tell which of David Brockie's stories are true. He'll tell you, for example, that he used to carry liquid LSD around at parties, squirting it into the eyes of strangers. He'll tell you that first-wave D.C. punks like Ian MacKaye and Henry Rollins used to beat him … Continue reading Dave Brockie Talks Gwar & Getting Beat in D.C.
Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it. Our civilization is decadent and our language – so the argument runs – must inevitably share in the general collapse. It follows … Continue reading George Orwell: “Politics and the English Language”