THIS IS HARDCORE 2014
April 1st, 2014 by Tim
THIS WEEKEND IN ORANGE COUNTY
March 19th, 2014 by Larry
XXX FANZINE COMPREHENSIVE BOOK RELEASE COMING IN LATE 2014
February 7th, 2014 by Larry
Over the course of five years (1983-1987), Boston’s xXx Fanzine chronicled the rise and rebirth of Hardcore America. The Salad Days. The Death of Hardcore. The Revolution Summer. The Punk-Metal Crossover. Straight-Edge Revivals. Skate-Rock. The Rock Against Reagan. Emo-Core. Brian Walsby Cartoons. Pushead Ads. Com- bat-Core. It’s all here and it all figured into the 20 issues that charted the course of Hardcore’s rise from pure DIY ethic to its impact on something larger – the shockwaves of which are still being felt today.
Slated for publication through Bridge Nine in late 2014, xXx Fanzine 1983-1987, will encompass over 60 interviews done in parking lots and backstages at (mostly) Boston area venues including the Channel, The Rat and countless VFW Halls and Church basements. From Minor Threat and The Misfits to The Cro-Mags and Motorhead to Descendents to Dag Nasty to 7 Seconds and Youth of Today to rare, seldom-granted interviews with the likes of SSD and DYS, this 180 page-plus volume is a vibrant cross-section of the 80’s underground charted by future rock writer and record exec, Mike Gitter. Regarding his newfound partnership with Bridge Nine, Gitter commented, “Working with Chris and B9 came very naturally. They’ve always shown complete attention to quality and substance: Bridge Nine is one of the reasons that hardcore has remained a vital force to this day.”
xXx Fanzine 1983-1987 not merely revisits a crucial juncture in the underground but updates it with current quotes and interviews not merely from the artists featured in the book. The likes of Ian MacKaye, Henry Rollins, Dave Smalley, Vic Bondi, John Brannon, Keith Morris, Roger Miret and members of SS Decontrol, Youth of Today, Bl’ast!, Corrosion of Conformity, Samhain, Void, The Accused and Die Kreuzen are just a few of the bands and personalities who have lent their voices to this book. Through a combination of oral history, written commentary and a lavish trove of photos, reviews, advertisements and flyers, not merely is xXx Fanzine 1983-1987 a document of hardcore’s history but just as importantly shows the head-flexing importance of fanzines to DIY America.
“Without fanzines, the story of American Hardcore would have been very different,” states Down By Law frontman, Dave Smalley, who is featured in the book during his tenures with DYS, Dag Nasty and ALL. “All of us contributed in different ways. Fanzines like xXx were crucial to not merely communication between scenes but also strengthening our inner resolve as we read about and were inspired by the scene that was happening all around us.”
While more information on this release will be coming soon, fans of Hardcore’s many generations can expect more than a few surprises surrounding the release of one of the East Coast’s premier Hardcore zines. In the meantime keep up with xXx Fanzine on Facebook.
OPEN YOUR EYES FANZINE ANTHOLOGY – COMING SOON
February 4th, 2014 by Larry
Open Your Eyes Fanzine Anthology coming soon via Mosher’s Delight.
February 2nd, 2014 by Tim
THRASHER MAGAZINE’S SKATE ROCK
January 14th, 2014 by Larry
A collections of ads for Thrasher Magazine’s classic Skate Rock compilation series…
REVELATION RECORDS ADS
January 8th, 2014 by Larry
SOBER FOR ’89
September 23rd, 2013 by Tim
JODIE FOSTER’S ARMY
September 7th, 2013 by Tim
Flyer from JFA’s first gig. May 5, 1981, before we were even called JFA, we were called The Breakers. Then we found out that some hippy surf band in California already had that name, so since all our friends already called themselves JFA after our song “Jodie Foster’s Army” and we already had bandannas that Bam-Bam made by stealing his mother’s bed sheet, dying it green, cutting it in squares, and writing JxFxAx on it with a black marker, we had a pretty easy time coming up with our new name. -JFA
MIKE JUDGE – PART II
August 29th, 2013 by Tim
Here it is, part two of our all-encompassing interview with Mike Judge. We’re hoping to post at least two entries a week from this interview, so stay tuned and keep checking back often. -Tim DCXX
So in my freshman year I’m in the lunch room and there was a table of punks. Loud, crazy, obnoxious. They don’t give a fuck, they are throwing shit, people are making fun of them but they don’t even care that people are making fun of them so they start throwing shit right back at them. Here I am, and I am scared of my own shadow. I’m a total wallflower hating myself and I’m just like, “how can I be like THOSE guys? Because they don’t give a fuck.” Any chance I could get I went out of my to run into them. Eventually I got to meet them. Paul Schraft was one of the first ones I met. I remember talking to him and he’s like, “I have my own band.” I’m like, “what?” He says, “yeah, I have a band called Sand In The Face.” I’m like, “you’re a kid, you don’t have a fuckin’ band.” He was like, “dude, come over to my house. We’re gonna practice on Friday night.” So now I’m stoked because I’m gonna tell my dad I actually have something to do on a Friday night for once in my life. Like, shit, things are looking up.
So Paul Schraft knows I bought these records and am listening to this stuff and he says “Oh you like that? Man, listen to this.” And he lets me borrow Jealous Again. So I take that home and that was just like…man…that was IT. When I listened to the Sex Pistols, they were a group of guys that gave off a feeling of “FUCK YOU.” But now I have a band who is flat out saying: FUCK YOU. Like, “Look, maybe you don’t quite get the drift. Maybe we aren’t spelling it out enough for you, OK? FUCK YOU.” It was right there. “It’s not my imagination, I got a gun on my back!!!” Listening to that…man, I don’t even know how to describe it…I felt reborn. It was amazing.
Paul Schraft took me to my first show soon after that. It was Misfits and Necros and I thought it was also Kraut, but I’m not sure if it was Kraut because Doug Holland says it wasn’t. That was at Hittsville in New Jersey. A few nights later I went into NYC for the first time and saw the same bands at Irving Plaza. I was fucking hooked man. It was like a big room of people who were kinda just like me. And everyone was talking. I’m thinking “no wonder I couldn’t fucking meet anyone, because none of those guys in school are like these guys.” Now it was easy to meet people…you just show up, AND bands play. I was blown away. All of that was awesome.