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    — 2 months ago with 6 notes
    #the wild  #folk  #punk  #asian man records 
    THE WILD from Atlanta will be doing the west coast run with the Front Bottoms and You Blew It!  They’re opening, so come early, sing along, dance, and make them feel loved.  They have the original lineup from the Set Ourselves Free era.  fun fun. 
1/09/2014 The Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI 1/11/2014 Durty Nellies - Palatine, IL 1/12/2014 The Waiting Room - Omaha, NE 1/13/2014 Aggie Theatre - Fort Collins, CO 1/14/2014 Club Sound - Salt Lake City, UT 1/16/2014 Oakland Metro - Oakland, CA 1/17/2014 The Crepe Place - Santa Cruz, CA 1/18/2014 Troubadour - W. Hollywood, CA 1/19/2014 Ventura Theatre - Ventura, CA

    THE WILD from Atlanta will be doing the west coast run with the Front Bottoms and You Blew It!  They’re opening, so come early, sing along, dance, and make them feel loved.  They have the original lineup from the Set Ourselves Free era.  fun fun. 

    1/09/2014 The Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI
    1/11/2014 Durty Nellies - Palatine, IL
    1/12/2014 The Waiting Room - Omaha, NE
    1/13/2014 Aggie Theatre - Fort Collins, CO
    1/14/2014 Club Sound - Salt Lake City, UT
    1/16/2014 Oakland Metro - Oakland, CA
    1/17/2014 The Crepe Place - Santa Cruz, CA
    1/18/2014 Troubadour - W. Hollywood, CA
    1/19/2014 Ventura Theatre - Ventura, CA

    — 3 months ago with 17 notes
    #the wild  #the front bottoms  #you blew it!  #tour 
    Today’s list comes from Dakota from The Wild (ATL) Dakota wins for putting the most time and effort into his list. Congrats Dakota!! RECORDS 1. Spraynard - Exton Square The guys from Spraynard are some of my best buds. I don’t even know where to begin with them or this EP. So, so, so good. I shouldn’t have to tell you much about this one because you should’ve already listened to it. 2. Rubrics - Apathy Makes This An Institution Rubrics is a crust pop band from Greenville, SC. They’re doing lots of really cool things there. “Apathy Makes This An Institution” is their current discography, and is a split release stretched out over a bunch of different labels. Think Propagandhi meets Fifteen, but possibly even more angry. And they’re only a three piece! Rubrics doesn’t sound like any other band right now, and they’re seriously my best friends 3. Kelsi Grammar - Me and All My Friends Kelsi Grammar is my current favorite Atlanta band. They play kind of that newer sound of emo, except there’s something really special about it. I dunno, it just seems organic and not forced like a lot of the stuff currently out there. 4. Ghost Mice - All We Got Is Each Other Plan-It-X Records is why I’m into punk to the capacity that I am. I was really excited when Chris announced that Ghost Mice were doing a new record, and it didn’t fail to deliver. 9 songs about mental illness and Samantha Dorsett. 5. Blink 182 - Dogs Eating Dogs Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know, I know. Blink 182 was my first favorite band. I was fairly disappoint with “Neighborhoods,” but this EP is actually pretty dang solid. I guess I just had to come to terms with the fact that Blink 182 will never release an album of solely 2 1/2 minute long pop punk songs ever again before I could start liking their newer material. 6. Hop Along - Get Disowned I think this one is on nearly everyone’s list, and if it isn’t, it totally should be. I’ve been listening to Hop Along since “Freshman Year,” and this is definitely their best release since then. Their other fullband records just fell a little flat for me, but “Get Disowned” fully captures their live sound and Frances’ crazy voice. Awww yeah. 7. The Sidekicks - Awkward Breeds The Sidekicks are some of the nicest folks ever and put out a really killer record this year. “1940s Fighter Jet” is one of the best songs I’ve heard in a really, really long time.  8. Delay - Rushing Ceremony So, I’m gonna have to be honest and tell you that this record had to grow on me. At first, I wasn’t that into it probably because it wasn’t what I was expecting. Slow jams on a Delay record? What? After a few listens though, I realized that this is a really great record. Plus, Delay consists of the sweetest people!  9. Joyce Manor - Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired Oh, Joyce Manor. I only wish this album had a few more songs on! 10. Classics of Love - Classics of Love I didn’t expect to be into this record. I’m really glad that there’s still a band that can pull of this type of music; it makes me feel younger. Or maybe older. It’s hard to say, but I like it. ZINES 1. The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad, by Adam Gnade This is the zine of the year for me. It’s honest and real. If you’ve never read any of Adam Gnade’s other works, this is definitely a great place to start. You can get the first edition of The DIY Guide from Microcosm DISTRIBUTION (not to be confused with Microcosm Publishing). A second, extended edition will be out on Pioneers Press in 2013. 2. Plump Up For Hibernation: A Vegan Bear’s Baking Guide, by Kara Comegys My friend Kara is an awesome vegan baker, and this is a collection of recipes. I’m gonna get so fat, guys. You can get this from Kara’s etsy page. Her username is “clumsy.” 3. Waiting for October: A Tribute to The Adventures of Pete and Pete, by Various Pete and Pete is one of my favorite shows of all time. There’s just something about it that feels right. This zine is a tribute to all things Pete and Pete, from design to short stories to poems. It ever has a full color Petunia centerfold! Hot dang! 4. Dear Shane, I Tried To Kill Myself, by Jazz McGinnis While there are many triggers within, this zine is one of the most honest accounts of depression I have read, confronting many different stages not often found in depression narratives. If you suffer from depression, or even if you don’t, you really need to read this zine. 5. What A Beautiful Face: A Neutral Milk Hotel Fanzine!, compiled by K. Johnson As the name says, this is a zine tribute to one of Athens’ most beloved bands, Neutral Milk Hotel. There are photos, essays, short stories, and some other things. Even if you’re not super into NMH, “What A Beautiful Face” is put together really well, and you can substitute in [your favorite band] for NMH in most of the pieces.

    Today’s list comes from Dakota from The Wild (ATL)
    Dakota wins for putting the most time and effort into his list. Congrats Dakota!!
    RECORDS
    1. Spraynard - Exton Square

    The guys from Spraynard are some of my best buds. I don’t even know where to begin with them or this EP. So, so, so good. I shouldn’t have to tell you much about this one because you should’ve already listened to it.

    2. Rubrics - Apathy Makes This An Institution

    Rubrics is a crust pop band from Greenville, SC. They’re doing lots of really cool things there. “Apathy Makes This An Institution” is their current discography, and is a split release stretched out over a bunch of different labels. Think Propagandhi meets Fifteen, but possibly even more angry. And they’re only a three piece! Rubrics doesn’t sound like any other band right now, and they’re seriously my best friends

    3. Kelsi Grammar - Me and All My Friends

    Kelsi Grammar is my current favorite Atlanta band. They play kind of that newer sound of emo, except there’s something really special about it. I dunno, it just seems organic and not forced like a lot of the stuff currently out there.

    4. Ghost Mice - All We Got Is Each Other

    Plan-It-X Records is why I’m into punk to the capacity that I am. I was really excited when Chris announced that Ghost Mice were doing a new record, and it didn’t fail to deliver. 9 songs about mental illness and Samantha Dorsett.

    5. Blink 182 - Dogs Eating Dogs

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know, I know. Blink 182 was my first favorite band. I was fairly disappoint with “Neighborhoods,” but this EP is actually pretty dang solid. I guess I just had to come to terms with the fact that Blink 182 will never release an album of solely 2 1/2 minute long pop punk songs ever again before I could start liking their newer material.

    6. Hop Along - Get Disowned

    I think this one is on nearly everyone’s list, and if it isn’t, it totally should be. I’ve been listening to Hop Along since “Freshman Year,” and this is definitely their best release since then. Their other fullband records just fell a little flat for me, but “Get Disowned” fully captures their live sound and Frances’ crazy voice. Awww yeah.

    7. The Sidekicks - Awkward Breeds

    The Sidekicks are some of the nicest folks ever and put out a really killer record this year. “1940s Fighter Jet” is one of the best songs I’ve heard in a really, really long time.

    8. Delay - Rushing Ceremony

    So, I’m gonna have to be honest and tell you that this record had to grow on me. At first, I wasn’t that into it probably because it wasn’t what I was expecting. Slow jams on a Delay record? What? After a few listens though, I realized that this is a really great record. Plus, Delay consists of the sweetest people!

    9. Joyce Manor - Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired

    Oh, Joyce Manor. I only wish this album had a few more songs on!

    10. Classics of Love - Classics of Love

    I didn’t expect to be into this record. I’m really glad that there’s still a band that can pull of this type of music; it makes me feel younger. Or maybe older. It’s hard to say, but I like it.

    ZINES

    1. The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad, by Adam Gnade

    This is the zine of the year for me. It’s honest and real. If you’ve never read any of Adam Gnade’s other works, this is definitely a great place to start. You can get the first edition of The DIY Guide from Microcosm DISTRIBUTION (not to be confused with Microcosm Publishing). A second, extended edition will be out on Pioneers Press in 2013.



    2. Plump Up For Hibernation: A Vegan Bear’s Baking Guide, by Kara Comegys

    My friend Kara is an awesome vegan baker, and this is a collection of recipes. I’m gonna get so fat, guys. You can get this from Kara’s etsy page. Her username is “clumsy.”



    3. Waiting for October: A Tribute to The Adventures of Pete and Pete, by Various

    Pete and Pete is one of my favorite shows of all time. There’s just something about it that feels right. This zine is a tribute to all things Pete and Pete, from design to short stories to poems. It ever has a full color Petunia centerfold! Hot dang!



    4. Dear Shane, I Tried To Kill Myself, by Jazz McGinnis

    While there are many triggers within, this zine is one of the most honest accounts of depression I have read, confronting many different stages not often found in depression narratives. If you suffer from depression, or even if you don’t, you really need to read this zine.



    5. What A Beautiful Face: A Neutral Milk Hotel Fanzine!, compiled by K. Johnson

    As the name says, this is a zine tribute to one of Athens’ most beloved bands, Neutral Milk Hotel. There are photos, essays, short stories, and some other things. Even if you’re not super into NMH, “What A Beautiful Face” is put together really well, and you can substitute in [your favorite band] for NMH in most of the pieces.

    — 1 year ago with 26 notes
    #Dakota  #The Wild  #ATLiens 
    Back to the east coast as Bryan from The Wild (ATL) gives us his top 10 albums of 2012.  10) Rapturous Grief - S//T  9) Gentleman Jesse - Leaving Atlanta 8) Joyce Manor - Of all things I will soon grow tired 7) Tiny Knives - Static 6) Glocca Morra - Just Married 5) Potsie - Keys in our mouths 4) Sundials - When I couldn’t breathe 3) The Greek Favourites - What do you know about the world being such a coward 2) Post Teens - The Heat 1) Hickey -Various states of disrepair (complete works 94-97)

    Back to the east coast as Bryan from The Wild (ATL) gives us his top 10 albums of 2012.
    10) Rapturous Grief - S//T
    9) Gentleman Jesse - Leaving Atlanta
    8) Joyce Manor - Of all things I will soon grow tired
    7) Tiny Knives - Static
    6) Glocca Morra - Just Married
    5) Potsie - Keys in our mouths
    4) Sundials - When I couldn’t breathe
    3) The Greek Favourites - What do you know about the world being such a coward
    2) Post Teens - The Heat
    1) Hickey -Various states of disrepair (complete works 94-97)

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes
    #Bryan  #The Wild  #Best of 2012  #Hotlanta 
    Todays top 10 comes from the one and only Banjo Steve from The Wild.  1) Guerilla Toss- Jeffery Johnson (Feeding Tube Records)Guerilla Toss is single handedly doing what every noise rock math core sludge shit band has been wanting to do since DNA first started playing as a band. This record is might blowing, but not for the faint of heart
 2) Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan-The Goat Rodeo Sessions (Sony)  This record takes bluegrass and turns it upside down and sideways, its a crazy good record. Incredible music played by top notch musicians melts my banjo playing heart. Wish they had called me to lay down some shredding. 3) Cheap Art/ Rapturous Grief Split- (Big Blonde Records) Power Violence at its finest. Hatch drops bass bombs hard while Avery sounds like a demon from hell on vocals. Seriously awesome music that takes 5 minutes of your life to listen to.  4) ZEBU!- Chillwave (Feeding Tube Records) I know this makes me a conceded jerk to put my own band and my own record on the list. But me and Teddy spent 3 years working on this baby, and it was really a labor of love for me. And i think its pretty good. But its sold out, good luck getting a copy. I don’t think I have one either.  5) Jeff Rosenstock - I look Like Shit (Quote Unquote Records) Solo debut from the solo leader of originally solo project BTMI is a heartwrenching plea from a man who should’ve rightfully worked for the MTA driving the Q Train to coney island and back. Favorite includes “amen” where rosenstock claims “Before I fled the scene I smeared my shit along the baseboards…”. I hope you did my friend, give em the ole long island kiss.  6) Rick Ross - “God Forgives, I don’t” (Slip and Slide Records) This is my little brother David’s favorite record. It makes me laugh my butt off. Horrible music if you take it seriously, great if you listen and think to yourself, jesus really dude? so bad, so good.  7) Sundials - “When I couldn’t Breathe” (asian man) Another killer record from the sleeveless shirt wearing cuties from Richmond.  8) Mars - Live at Irving Plaza (Feeding Tube Records) This is a gem of documentation from the high of the no-wave era. Really good sounding live recording of the mysterious/dangerous/Bryon Coley endorsed band from the days when making noise was done in much more polyester and nylon then now. 9) The Carolina Chocolate Drops - Leaving Eden (Nonesuch) I love this record, I love old time music. Old time music is the punk music of the yesteryear. These guys perform the african american roots of old time music with such passion, authenticity and character that is soul lifting to watch and listen to. Listen to the gourd banjo and bones, some serious pickin on this record. 10) Sleep - Dopesmoker Re-release - (Southern Lord Records) This record is the mother of all awesome stoner records. I got the reissue and boy am I happy, and not leaving my room for hours at a time. One day when I was living in new york, I walked by the Masonic Temple on Lafayette Ave, and I heard this droned out awesome music. I walked inside, and who was it? SLEEP! can’t believe it. Love these dudes, Happy new year and love all of you too!

    Todays top 10 comes from the one and only Banjo Steve from The Wild.
    1) Guerilla Toss- Jeffery Johnson (Feeding Tube Records)

    Guerilla Toss is single handedly doing what every noise rock math core sludge shit band has been want
    ing to do since DNA first started playing as a band. This record is might blowing, but not for the faint of heart


    2) Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan-The Goat Rodeo Sessions (Sony)

    This record takes bluegrass and turns it upside down and sideways, its a crazy good record. Incredible music played by top notch musicians melts my banjo playing heart. Wish they had called me to lay down some shredding.

    3) Cheap Art/ Rapturous Grief Split- (Big Blonde Records)

    Power Violence at its finest. Hatch drops bass bombs hard while Avery sounds like a demon from hell on vocals. Seriously awesome music that takes 5 minutes of your life to listen to.

    4) ZEBU!- Chillwave (Feeding Tube Records)

    I know this makes me a conceded jerk to put my own band and my own record on the list. But me and Teddy spent 3 years working on this baby, and it was really a labor of love for me. And i think its pretty good. But its sold out, good luck getting a copy. I don’t think I have one either.

    5) Jeff Rosenstock - I look Like Shit (Quote Unquote Records)

    Solo debut from the solo leader of originally solo project BTMI is a heartwrenching plea from a man who should’ve rightfully worked for the MTA driving the Q Train to coney island and back. Favorite includes “amen” where rosenstock claims “Before I fled the scene I smeared my shit along the baseboards…”. I hope you did my friend, give em the ole long island kiss.

    6) Rick Ross - “God Forgives, I don’t” (Slip and Slide Records)

    This is my little brother David’s favorite record. It makes me laugh my butt off. Horrible music if you take it seriously, great if you listen and think to yourself, jesus really dude? so bad, so good.

    7) Sundials - “When I couldn’t Breathe” (asian man)

    Another killer record from the sleeveless shirt wearing cuties from Richmond.

    8) Mars - Live at Irving Plaza (Feeding Tube Records)

    This is a gem of documentation from the high of the no-wave era. Really good sounding live recording of the mysterious/dangerous/Bryon Coley endorsed band from the days when making noise was done in much more polyester and nylon then now.

    9) The Carolina Chocolate Drops - Leaving Eden (Nonesuch)

    I love this record, I love old time music. Old time music is the punk music of the yesteryear. These guys perform the african american roots of old time music with such passion, authenticity and character that is soul lifting to watch and listen to. Listen to the gourd banjo and bones, some serious pickin on this record.

    10) Sleep - Dopesmoker Re-release - (Southern Lord Records)

    This record is the mother of all awesome stoner records. I got the reissue and boy am I happy, and not leaving my room for hours at a time. One day when I was living in new york, I walked by the Masonic Temple on Lafayette Ave, and I heard this droned out awesome music. I walked inside, and who was it? SLEEP! can’t believe it. Love these dudes, Happy new year and love all of you too!
    — 1 year ago with 11 notes
    #The Wild  #best of 2012  #Banjo Steve 

    "The Taxpayers go to Florida." DVD coming soon! HERE’S THE TRAILER!

    — 1 year ago with 7 notes
    #The Taxpayers  #The Wild  #Florida 

    The Taxpayers new album, “God Forgive These Bastards…”, is out now! If you haven’t heard it yet, check out this dope track. They’re on tour with The Wild for a few weeks, so hopefully y’all can make it to a show as well.

    — 1 year ago with 22 notes
    #The Taxpayers  #The Wild  #Goof-punx 
    We got a bunch of new 7-inches in our webstore, including:
Lemuria - Varoom Allure
Classics of Love - World of the Known
The Wild / Worthwhile Way - Just the way you are Split 7”
Dangerous Intersections V compilation (feat. Andrew Jackson Jihad)

Check out that awesome etching on the Lemuria record!

    We got a bunch of new 7-inches in our webstore, including:

    Lemuria - Varoom Allure

    Classics of Love - World of the Known

    The Wild / Worthwhile Way - Just the way you are Split 7”

    Dangerous Intersections V compilation (feat. Andrew Jackson Jihad)

    Check out that awesome etching on the Lemuria record!

    — 1 year ago with 12 notes
    #Lemuria  #Andrew Jackson Jihad  #The Wild  #Worthwhile Way  #Classics of Love  #Asian Man Records  #Vinyl 
    Interview with Witt of THE WILD on AMP Magazine

Atlanta has one of the biggest music scenes going right now, which is great if you’re a hip-hop, rap, or R&B artist. If you happen to be in a folk punk band, however, the spotlight is just a little bit dimmer (like your buddy holding a flashlight while you play kind of dimmer).
Regardless, if you do a little digging you’ll find this ever so small and tight subgenre of talented bands plugging away and creating some tremendous songs. Among the best of this group is The Wild, a musical collective that’s not afraid to toss in a tambourine or banjo every now and then.
Through word of mouth, pop punk legend Joe Queer heard about the band and even offered to produce their last record. The Wild’s latest effort, the 14-song aptly titled album A Collection, includes hard-to-find and out-of-print singles, EPs, splits and a few live tracks.
Singer/guitarist/harmonica(ist?) Witt Wisebram spoke recently about the band, their connection to Mr. Queer and playing folk punk rock in Atlanta.


Click here to read more and stream “Street Names” off of “A Collection”.

    Interview with Witt of THE WILD on AMP Magazine

    Atlanta has one of the biggest music scenes going right now, which is great if you’re a hip-hop, rap, or R&B artist. If you happen to be in a folk punk band, however, the spotlight is just a little bit dimmer (like your buddy holding a flashlight while you play kind of dimmer).

    Regardless, if you do a little digging you’ll find this ever so small and tight subgenre of talented bands plugging away and creating some tremendous songs. Among the best of this group is The Wild, a musical collective that’s not afraid to toss in a tambourine or banjo every now and then.

    Through word of mouth, pop punk legend Joe Queer heard about the band and even offered to produce their last record. The Wild’s latest effort, the 14-song aptly titled album A Collection, includes hard-to-find and out-of-print singles, EPs, splits and a few live tracks.

    Singer/guitarist/harmonica(ist?) Witt Wisebram spoke recently about the band, their connection to Mr. Queer and playing folk punk rock in Atlanta.

    Click here to read more and stream “Street Names” off of “A Collection”.

    — 2 years ago with 14 notes
    #the wild  #interviews  #asian man records 
    STREAM NEW TRACKS FROM CLASSICS OF LOVE, KEPI GHOULIE, AND DAN P. AND THE BRICKS
Just in case you missed it, there is a brand new CLASSICS OF LOVE song streaming on the newly-established Asian Man Records Bandpage on Facebook. Also available for your listening enjoyment are tracks from KEPI GHOULIE, DAN P. AND THE BRICKS, and THE WILD.
Don’t forget to pre-order the KEPI and DAN P. records in our webstore! You could order them while streaming both albums in their entirety over at Punknews.org!
KEPI GHOULIE “I Bleed Rock N Roll” PRE-ORDER // STREAMDAN P. AND THE BRICKS “Watch Where You Walk” PRE-ORDER // STREAM 

    STREAM NEW TRACKS FROM CLASSICS OF LOVE, KEPI GHOULIE, AND DAN P. AND THE BRICKS

    Just in case you missed it, there is a brand new CLASSICS OF LOVE song streaming on the newly-established Asian Man Records Bandpage on Facebook. Also available for your listening enjoyment are tracks from KEPI GHOULIE, DAN P. AND THE BRICKS, and THE WILD.

    Don’t forget to pre-order the KEPI and DAN P. records in our webstore! You could order them while streaming both albums in their entirety over at Punknews.org!

    KEPI GHOULIE “I Bleed Rock N Roll” PRE-ORDER // STREAM
    DAN P. AND THE BRICKS “Watch Where You Walk” PRE-ORDER // STREAM 

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #asian man records  #classics of love  #dan p and the bricks  #kepi ghoulie  #news  #the wild 

    "Hard Times" was recorded by THE WILD in support of Occupy Atlanta. Please consider donating to the cause if you enjoyed the song. You can donate here or find the donate button on the Asian Man website.

    — 2 years ago with 28 notes
    #the wild  #audio  #asian man records 

    "Set Ourselves Free" (Acoustic) (Grooveshark Session)
    THE WILD
    A Collection (2011) 

    Releases on Asian Man:
    AM-220 The Wild “A Collection” CD
    AM-194 The Wild “Set Ourselves Free” CD/LP

    — 2 years ago with 20 notes
    #the wild  #audio  #asian man records 
    "If someone’s down, help them up." Dianna Settles of The Wild on building an open and inclusive underground.

    ilivesweat:


    (Photo by Stephen Yang)

    “SHOW YOUR TITS! SHOW YOUR TITS!”

    This is the refrain I heard at my first ‘punk’ show. I was 13 and it was the first time that my parents agreed to let me go to a show with my best friend Ian and his mom driving us. I heard this whenever a girl would crowd surf or try to dance. I didn’t understand why people would yell this or why the girls who did lift up their shirts looked so embarrassed or guilty afterwards, if it was something they wanted to do. Let’s start out by clarifying that I don’t consider this a real punk show now. Sum 41 was the headliner. 

    That isn’t the same scene that I call home today. I feel grateful every time I walk into a show space and find zines about immigrants’ rights, albeism, and feminism. It’s really amazing that through this sort of do-it-yourself/do-it-together ethic we’ve managed to loosely knit together a family for a lot of folks who didn’t feel welcome in other crowds. Sometimes though, there are circumstances where a zine library or a “safe space” sign isn’t enough. We have to be ready to create dialogue and really challenge the actions that oppress us, or be willing to listen and try to educate ourselves and one another even if we aren’t the ones who are feeling oppressed. It’s daunting sometimes to speak up about a situation that makes me feel inferior or alienated, because I don’t like to be thought of as someone who complains, or isn’t strong enough to roll with the punches. Especially if I know that my band mates, or male friends, won’t be about to relate to me. I think this is all part of the problem. If there isn’t discussion on all sides, there can never be any resolution. 

    We can’t just say that we’re past sexism. Or racism, homophobia, or classism for that matter.  As long as these injustices exist in the dominant ideology we will have to fight to disarm them. Through the mainstream, small occurrences of hatred are slipped into everyday life, phrases, and terms. This language is enough to alienate certain groups of people and is casual enough to go by unnoticed. I notice sexism when I see fliers with hyper-sexualized women used for advertising, and when I hear a guy from one of the bands say, “I wanted to fuck that girl, but she’s a bitch.” I don’t feel included when we get to a venue and I’m the only one asked if I’m really in the band, or when a man comes up to me to ask where else I’m tattooed. And it’s hard not to notice when we play a show and someone comes up to everyone except me afterwards to say “good job.” I know that these occurrences are well outnumbered by amazing experiences, but it isn’t any less unnerving to watch the guy who just came up to me asking about what we sound like walk over to one of my male friends and laugh saying, “Just trying to get some pussy.” 

    This isn’t a call for a separatist punk scene. Quite the contrary. I think that it’s extremely important to have men involved in creating a women-friendly punk scene. Guys can relate to other guys on another level. It’s crucial to have a unified front when it comes to building safe spaces and show spaces. We’ve created such an inspiring community, and there’s so much more potential. There isn’t any reason that we have to accept anything because it’s “just the way it’s always been”. The DIY scene bloomed out of this same realization. Our community is able to grow because of the folks who don’t hesitate when they’re told that something is going to be hard work. It might not be any overnight resolution, but if we can be honest enough to say what we want, and when we feel threatened, and can be brave enough to speak up, we can make it known that there isn’t any room for sexism here. The reason that we are able to maintain such a brilliant community is because of our ability to communicate and support one another. You can see it in every basement that sweats and swells with people singing together to a band, or in the tiny kitchen shows, where the handful of folks sit quietly and captivated. You can hear it in the conversations afterwards, the clumsy introductions and the friendships that follow. 

    In order to overcome any sort of oppression, we have to understand that if we do nothing to challenge it, we’re providing the grounds for it to grow. Sexism and patriarchy are things that people participate in. While it’s intimidating to be called out, being proactive and trying to understand how you’ve wronged someone (intentionally or accidentally), will take us farther than being defensive, or dismissive. I once read “what each of us needs to do about what we don’t know is look for it.” It’s simple, but if it could be applied to this arms race for the last word in, there would be more room for discussion, and less time wasted making women feel like their personal experiences are invalid. Something I’ve noticed, since the inception of the series on sexism in punk, is that a lot of the folks arguing against what the contributors have to say use sexism and moshing at shows interchangeably.  While sexism and detrimental ideas of masculinity can exist in the pit, it isn’t the isolated occurrence. I love it when I can see people dancing and screaming and singing along, but I’ve reminded them to look out for each other, and make sure that no one’s getting hurt. If someone’s down, help them up. We’re all in this together. 

    I believe that the punk scene cries out for more ladies to be involved. Women and female-bodied persons are inherently valuable to our community, just as men are. There is strength in our diversity. If we all wanted to participate in the conventional, monotonous everyday, full of hypocrisy and bigotry, we wouldn’t have built our way out of it. We wouldn’t have the scars and the dirt under our fingernails to say, “I worked for this”. We built this ourselves, and we’ve threaded our way out of the institutions and the calamity that excluded us, and sought a place to call home. That’s why it feels unsafe when that same racist, sexist, heteronormative, classist, ableist, ageist bullshit we’ve struggled so hard to escape makes its way into our community. We are different. Our experiences are valid. Everyone’s are. Our dialogue and the decisions we make affect more than ourselves.  We can challenge negative behavior. We can influence one another in positive ways. We can eradicate bigotry from our scene. And once we’ve accomplished a truly safe space in the punk scene, we can have more shows, more friends, better turn outs, more bands, and more grrls.

    Dianna Settles is an artist, vegan food enthusiast, and volunteer coordinator for a bicycle co-op in Atlanta. For more information about The Wild you can visit www.thewildatl.com and facebook.com/thewildatl for tour dates and more. She has a food/travel blog that she’s sort of bad at updating littleroadhome.tumblr.com. You can write to her at thewild@riseup.net

    — 2 years ago with 136 notes
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    AMR Newsletter 3/3/11

    SMOKING POPES pre-orders.  CD’S have shipped out, but the vinyl is slightly delayed. The vinyl pre-orders won’t be going out until around March 15th. I have sent download codes to all of you who ordered the vinyl.  If you didn’t get one, please let me know and I’ll get that to you. The Popes have a new video for the song PUNK BAND.  You can view here: http://vimeo.com/20445213

    What else?
    KUDROW/HARD GIRLS split 7”
    SAINTE CATHERINES “DEAD DOG” 7”
    and SPRAYNARD “FUNTITLED” are all at the pressing plant now.
    Should have the 7 inches ready for mailorder starting in April.
    Wayne Stahl from the band FOR.THE.WIN has just finished a solo album that we have available in the webstore.

    We also got a bunch of the LEMURIA/CHEAP GIRLS 7” on No Idea up in our webstore.  And we got the last 31 copies of the KEPI GHOULIE ART OF THE UNDERGROUND 7” series.  Once they’re gone, they’re gone forever.

    and then the almighty SPRAYNARD is coming out on May 10th.
    The new SPRAYNARD album sounds delicious.  We’ll be posting some songs on their facebook page soon. http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Spraynard/131227036929985

    They’re album cover make me giggle and I just so the full layout of the LP and all I can say is GENIUS.  I’m looking forward to meeting these kids in June as they make their way out for the AM festival.

    Speaking of the asian man festival, I will be getting up an information page in the next week or so, but if you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

    The wonderfully amazing band THE WILD are doing a 2 week tour starting this Friday.   YAY.  Here are there dates.  Please go see them and make them feel loved.
    3/5 Atlanta, …GA @ The Cut (166 Stovall St) w/ the Contra Verse
    3/6 Memphis, TN @ 2089 Harbert Ave. w/ the Perfect Vessels
    3/7 Ft Worth @ 1919 Hemphill w/ Those Damn Kids, Bad Times
    3/8 San Antonio, TX @ the shed
    3/9 Austin, TX @ the Babysitter’s Club w/ Chicken Little (818 w. lynwood)
    3/10 Las Cruces, NM @ The Train Yard (S. Main and Conway)
    3/11 Tucson, AZ (brootal sun fest!)
    3/12 Tucson, AZ (brootal sun fest!)
    3/13 Tucson, AZ (brootal sun fest!)
    3/14 Phoenix, AZ @ Judy w/ Rumspringer, Dr Dinosaur, Thats Life
    3/15 Albuquerque, NM -TBA
    3/16 Pueblo, CO @ The Red Raven (1143 East Evans) w/ chicken little and more!
    3/17 St. Louis/Florissant, MO @ McCluer North High School (705 Waterford Drive)
    3/18 Chicago, IL @ The Juicer w/ Sweet Talk, O’er the waves, and Matt Whispers (1238 N. Noble St.)
    3/19 Mt. Sterling, KY @ Smoots Shack (514 Chenault Lane) w/ Elsinores and Six Six Sex
    Their music is beautiful.

    And finally, I hate plugging my own stuff, but I have finished my children’s album.  It’s called “SMILE” (11 songs)  I’ve tested them on my own kids (ages 4 and 2) and they have given it the thumbs up.  So look for this sometime in May or June.  I will do a limited run on vinyl just for those collector nerds.  So some thing small like 100 copies will be going out.

    And that’s it folks.  Be well.  Smile big.
    peace, mike park

    — 3 years ago with 8 notes
    #asian man records  #newsletter  #smoking popes  #kudrow  #hard girls  #sainte catherines  #for.the.win  #wayne stahl  #spraynard  #lemuria  #kepi ghoulie  #the wild