Hyper Ska superstar Eichlers has released their debut full length on Bad Time Records. This is the most exciting ska news of 2022 because this is honestly, so sick! If you’ve been paying attention, Ike has been loudly moving in this direction. I’ve been stoked since I heard the New Tone single. I still don’t completely understand hyper pop musically, but Eichlers is fucking awesome. Nickel City is lyrically my stand out track. It just sounds like a love letter for us who’ve been doing this a long time, this is the anthem for the elder rudies, we say stand together! Musically, I Need Hep Immediately with solid 808s under a classic sounding ska beat (trap rock steady) is the killer dance track of this. The features of Omnigone, Jer and Tape Girl add to this being a class in the new ska scene. This album was written and created by people that honestly love ska and are ready for its checkered future. And to the haters “talk shit and get sick”. Get a hold of this and blast it loudly and repeatedly!
So, my gnarly homegirl Kels had an idea for a mental health podcast. We’ll be going over CBT and talking about ways to build a better home in yourself without having to rely on the broken mental health system. Episode 1 will premier this Monday. Follow the link below to subscribe. We’re gonna apply full punk fuckin rock DIY system hacks to unfuck the negative cognition that comes from life in a dystopia. We’ll also be doin a regular music and mental health segment. This week or We Are The Union- Self Care
20 years ago Anti-Flag released Underground Network on Fat Wreck. This album was and still is deeply influential and important to me. I was 18 and had been into punk for about 3 years. I was already deeply political and dissatisfied with most media but this album drove it further. I obsessively read the liner notes and did further studies based on the subject matter. The idea of an underground network existing outside of the mainstream to present information and entertainment is what led to this blog and for me to want to do a political podcast that is now happening. Also this album was the beginning of Anti-Flag coming into their own sonically and production wise. For me, this one still holds up musically and ideologically. My standout track on this is Bring Out Your Dead, but the whole record is fucking solid! So go check it of you never have, or rediscover it if it’s been awhile.
So Covid 19 martial law got ya down? Here’s some ideas to make your forced quarantine more tolerable. Make music, yeah the tour is on hold, but you can write and record new tunes for your fans to blast loud. Punk things out, yiu can order patches and studs online and create some wearable art ( this is mostly what I’m doing) hell, start making your own patches with paint markers and old denim. Always wanted to become a great punk writer? Go for it, this blog will publish submissions. Finally watch all the great punk documentaries, many of them are on YouTube. Create your own punk rock doc, with technology everyone could do the interviews fron their home. Start checking out whatever weird stuff some friend told you about or your apps recommend. Check in on your people. Maybe start collaborative projects that can be done via web and phone. Wanna fight the system? Now is a time for hacktivism or other online direct action. The most revolutionary thing we can do is to be excellent to each other. We can still connect and/or create theough the dystopia!
Good friend mine and gnarly artist Kelly (Creative Chaos) makes coasters for sale. That’s right, you can stop letting your 40 sweat on the table and stop stealing coasters from the Goodwill that probably has your picture on the front door from when ya stole the table. You can do the punk thing and support a DIY artist. And No, this isn’t some hipster trash. Proceeds go to pay life expenses and benefit mental health recovery. Links and pics of these dope table savers below.
If you run a website or blog or any sort of FB page that talks about DIY spaces that would be the kind that is at risk of being shut down (THIS INCLUDES YOUR PERSONAL FB i’m looking at all my fb friends rn), please turn all settings to private or even go into black out mode. There is a thread on 4chan filled with anonymous neo nazis looking to expose and turn in DIY spaces to fire marshals.
In the wake of the Oakland fire, assess and repair DIY spaces to prevent another tragedy; do not allow neo nazis to use the state to target the spaces. THE THREAD ON 4CHAN IS TITLED “REPORT ALL “ARTSPACES” AND ILLEGAL VENUES TO CRUSH THE RADICAL LEFT.” I didn’t write this but it’s probably not a good idea to press share, copy and paste if you have friends who should read this.
Stay safe guys. Protect what is dear to you and keep each other informed.