Sunday, January 27 2013
Deaf and punk cultures seem to share a similar outsider status, and Deaf clubs and social media, like punk bars and fanzines, offer refuge and regeneration, community-building and cures for boredom.
Monday, November 12 2012
The vibrant subcultures of deaf and punk communities have a long, storied, and interwoven under-the-radar past that sheds light on both allies.
Tuesday, October 9 2012
Before Occupy Wall Street rattled the money merchants, Herman Melville and the Beats shook the city's foundation with gumption and glee.
Sunday, September 9 2012
New York is a symbol that claws its way into the core of stories. It's never just a set piece, never just a grid of architecture. It's a city of multitudes, madness, and muddied values.
Sunday, August 26 2012
Vic Bondi is a singular voice in American hardcore punk counterculture, who symbolizes how getting older gracefully doesn't mean squashing youthful fury and fervor.
Sunday, July 22 2012
As America’s pop culture boomtown, Portland may be held hostage to its own ever-expanding clichés. Or not.
Monday, June 11 2012
Some music labels aim to score the next flavor of the week; others, like Saustex in Texas, buckle down and see seminal and compelling backyard styles.
Thursday, May 17 2012
Moss Icon and Jason Farrell still sizzle in the present tense, despite years of obscurity.
Sunday, April 15 2012
Can classic Hollywood films help us navigate today’s environment of political apathy and cynical media saturation?
Tuesday, April 3 2012
Sometimes, the prism of the future can be envisioned in the kitchen and playground, in unexpected forms of empowerment.
Thursday, February 16 2012
Denise Sullivan represents the insider intellectual stamina of rock 'n' roll journalism without the pomp and pretense. She is the past and future of the form, rolled into one uncanny style.
Sunday, January 15 2012
The tough, vernacular, and outsider writer Todd Moore became an icon of Outlaw Poetry; he disdained academia, embraced gangsters like John Dillinger, and made American poetry pulse with dark blood.
Sunday, December 4 2011
With a pure heart and a heavy dose of body politic rebellion, Annie Sprinkle re-invents ecology in the age of eroticised digital culture.
Sunday, November 27 2011
Simon Reynolds discusses Joy Division and The Ramones, sex and politics, and punk's blatant localism and latent racism around the time of the release of Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984.
Tuesday, October 11 2011
The Taqwacore movement seizes space in the punk narrative and social fabric, which allows Muslim voices to take root and explore their own version of rebellion.
Thursday, September 15 2011
A poetic series of ruminations between a journalist and his subject, a folk-hero rebel rocker, who celebrate years of friendship by exploring the rocky, jolting, and quasi-spiritual experiences that shaped both of their lives.
Sunday, July 31 2011
Deep in the texture of Tom Russell's songs exists a well-examined stockpile of history told from the point-of-view of a sociologist with nimble literary prowess.
Tuesday, July 12 2011
A Conversation with Deaf Muslim Filmmaker Sabina England about punk attitudes, Deaf identities, and Muslim treatment in post 9-11 America.
Friday, June 17 2011
Dr. Logan of Day of the Dead says that zombies can be domesticated and conditioned to behave – that’s exactly what some parents of punks believe, too.
Wednesday, May 11 2011
America's obsession with the Civil War reveals not-so-invisible wounds that linger to this day in the landscape and the nation's psyche.
Sunday, April 10 2011
All the illegal art, if taken as a combined unstable code and signature, are like short-lived tattoos on the municipal skins of cities.
Thursday, March 24 2011
Hal Hartley's films bridged the world of art school vibes and workplace routines, elite snottiness and pedestrian punches, suburban angst and critical thinking finesse, and mixed-up politics and prolonged personality crises.
Sunday, February 13 2011
Punk is no vacuum, no airtight, sealed white music form. It's a repository of culture -- magnetized, manifold, and chock-full of merit – that was, and is, impacted by Jewish, black, and Southern experiences.
Wednesday, January 12 2011
People, places, and languages of our recent past are replaced by strip malls where Chinese porn store and Indian restaurant owners speak fluid Spanish, and Ethiopian-slash-Italian restaurants thrive next to Honduran and Venezuelan hot spots.
Wednesday, December 15 2010
A folkloric examination of the interview manuscripts of punk historian Jon Savage and The England's Dreaming Tapes.
Sunday, December 5 2010
Guillermo del Toro evokes a sense of literary and filmic magic surrealism, one of the core traits of Latin American creative DNA, popularized by writers such Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who probe the painful politics that often prevail in the Latin world.
Sunday, November 14 2010
The outer limits of any metroplex, where the cheap stores reside, often bear the best fruits, both in terms of food and music. Real hipsters know this.
Tuesday, October 26 2010
Cruz Ortiz blends spastic and Aztec in his art -- rich cultural legacies and body-fervor -- this is Chicano, this is street politics glocalized, this is honest country music in irony-laden times.
Wednesday, October 13 2010
Teeming with fruit, soda cans, ceramic figurines, plastic tassels, stuffed animals, even hanging shirts, the “barrio” section of Hollywood Cemetery abounds with vivid, converging, and often holiday-specific ornamentation.