YOUTH OF TODAY – “WE’RE NOT IN THIS ALONE” FISTS/ROPE ART
May 1st, 2014 by Tim
YOUTH OF TODAY - "WE'RE NOT IN THIS ALONE" FISTS/ROPES SHIRT

YOUTH OF TODAY – “WE’RE NOT IN THIS ALONE” FISTS/ROPES SHIRT

Following the two other Youth Of Today shirt art entries we did, I questioned Porcell about the Youth Of Today – “We’re Not In This Alone” fist/ropes design and the alternate version of that art that was used on a flyer. Here’s what he had to say:

“The Youth Of Today – “We’re Not In This Alone” fist/ropes design was done by an art director out of a Rhode Island merch company, that had no connection to hardcore. I can’t recall the name of the merch company, but they also did Gorilla Biscuits shirts and those famous, “This Is Not A Fugazi Shirt” shirts. As for the Living Room show flyer with the fists/chains, that must have come after the the shirt design, but was based on the shirt. - Porcell

LIVING ROOM SHOW FLYER

LIVING ROOM SHOW FLYER

THE YOUTH OF TODAY FIST ART
April 15th, 2014 by Tim
MALL BOUGHT YOUTH OF TODAY - "BREAK DOWN THE WALLS" SHIRT

MALL BOUGHT YOUTH OF TODAY – “BREAK DOWN THE WALLS” SHIRT

Following the theme of the Youth Of Today – “Youth Crew 88” shirt design post, I got a little info out of Porcell regarding the original Youth Of Today X’ed fist art. Anyone that’s familiar with Youth Of Today, is sure to be familiar with their classic X’ed fist logo. The art has appeared on countless shirts, stickers, pics, flyers and plenty of tattoos and here’s what Porcell had to say about it…

The original Youth Of Today X’d up fist was done by this Mahopac, New York kid named Herbie Straight Edge. Herbie originally drew the fist on the back of a gas station type jacket. Herbie became a skinhead and started drinking so he gave the jacket to Cappo. We traced the fist art off the back of the jacket and used it for Youth Of Today. -Porcell

WISHINGWELL RECORDS YOUTH OF TODAY - "BREAK DOWN THE WALLS" SHIRT

WISHINGWELL RECORDS YOUTH OF TODAY – “BREAK DOWN THE WALLS” SHIRT

YOUTH CREW 88
April 10th, 2014 by Tim
ARTHUR WITH GORILLA BISCUITS AT THE ANTHRAX, WEARING A YOUTH CREW 88 LONG SLEEVE | PHOTO: BRIAN BOOG

ARTHUR WITH GORILLA BISCUITS AT THE ANTHRAX, WEARING A YOUTH CREW 88 LONG SLEEVE | PHOTO: BRIAN BOOG

A few days ago, I was flipping though a pile of my hardcore shirts and I came across my original Youth Of Today “Youth Crew 88” shirt. I had to stop and stare at it for a few minutes just to soak in how much of a well done and classic design it is. 

Every time I see a Youth Crew 88 shirt, I can’t help but to think back to the first time that I ever saw one. It was March 19th 1989 and I was standing in line for a show at Club Pizazz in Philadelphia. It was a Soul Side, Krakdown, Insted, Vision show, (Soul Side and Krakdown never showed up.) 

Regardless, there were a ton of people there and the line to get in the show was massive (or at least it seemed so at the time.) I remember standing in that line and watching multiple people walk up wearing those Youth Crew 88 shirts and just thinking, “wow, that new YOT shirt might be the coolest one yet!” And YOT had no shortage of cool looking shirts prior to this one, but something about how clean and simple it was just made it stick out.

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Over the past 25 years  since seeing the YOT “Youth Crew 88” shirt for the first time, it’s remained a favorite of mine. When I came across my original the other day I started wondering who might have designed it. The thought had never crossed my mind, but for whatever reason, it occurred to me that it looked like something Alex Brown might have had a hand in. Instead of letting my curiosity get the best of me, I shot a quick email to Porcell to see if I could get the lowdown. Porcell did indeed confirm, Al Brown was the man behind the classic Youth Crew 88 shirt. 

I decided to shoot Alex an email to see if he had any memories he could share and here’s what he had to say…

It was designed prior to Youth Of Today’s 1988 summer tour at the apartment that Porcell, Ray and I were sharing in Brooklyn. I don’t remember what the inspiration for the design was but I must have wanted it to look like some sort of team logo. I was really into the way the first couple of SSD records looked and I suppose that could be cited as a motive for the typeface I used; something bold and clean. I think that Ray or Porcell probably had some input but they most likely left me to do my work without to much interference.

As for the heavy Youth Crew theme with “Youth Crew 88” on the front and “Youth Crew Across America” on the back, I think we all thought it was just sort of a cool moniker to attach to our group of friends and musicians. To throw it in everyone’s face was always fun too. As for the photo that was used; again, can’t remember who’s decision it was to use that particular pic but it’s a pretty great photo and it’s easy to see why we used it.

YOUTH CREW 88 BACK ART

YOUTH CREW 88 BACK ART

THE UNDERGROUND FACTION
February 13th, 2014 by Tim
THE UNDERGROUND FACTION'S - OUT OF STEP DESIGN

THE UNDERGROUND FACTION’S – OUT OF STEP DESIGN

Insted bassist, Rich Labbate has been hard at work with his company, The Underground Faction, for three years now. Rich is constantly adding new shirt designs to The Underground Faction catalog and just added this brand new “Out Of Step”, Dischord/DCHC/Minor Threat inspired design recently. Take a minute to check out the site and see below for The Underground Faction’s story. -Tim DCXX

“The Underground Faction was founded in 2011 and is 100% DIY. It is fueled by musicians, artists, and animal rights advocates with a vision to create, inspire, and bring awareness to the things we find important to us.

This clothing and life-style company caters to all walks of life while pulling from underground subcultures – punk rock, skateboarding, hip-hop, underground art, indie-rock, vegetarian/vegan, compassionate living, free thinking, misfits, to name a few.

Through collaboration with like-minded artists we create t-shirts, hats, bags, stickers, and other cool stuff.

The future is (y)ours, let’s keep it that way…”

http://www.theundergroundfaction.com

THE AUCTIONS OF GORILLA BISCUITS DRUMMER, LUKE ABBEY
February 4th, 2013 by Tim
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GB 7″ LABEL PHOTO OF LUKIE LUKE

Every once in awhile, we here at DCXX are given the opportunity to shed some extra light on situations that we consider worthy. When Gorilla Biscuits drummer, Luke Abbey, reached out to us looking for a little assistance on selling some records, we were more than happy to help. Aside from the fact that Luke’s been dealing with a pretty significant injury and could use the extra money, we knew some of our readers would be more than interested in what Luke has to offer.

In addition to helping Luke with his auctions, we also managed to coordinate an interview with him. Expect in the very near future, a major interview with the guy that delivered the beats for bands like Warzone, Gorilla Biscuits and a handful of other legendary New York City Hardcore bands. I think it’s safe to say, we have high hopes for this one.

Now check out what Luke has to say regarding his auctions. –Tim DCXX

Hi Folks,
My name is Luke Abbey and I’m the drummer for the band Gorilla Biscuits. Recently, while we were playing in Chicago at the Revelation Records 25th anniversary show, I tore my biceps tendon. I’d already had a number of shoulder and arm injuries I’d been trying to manage on my own, but during our second song it finally gave out and completely snapped, forcing me to go in for surgery the following week. I underwent several repairs and am now embarking on a lengthy rehabilitation process while also facing considerable expenses.

A few days ago, I contacted Tim from Double Cross to ask if he would mind allowing me to post a collection of my own personal records and a few t-shirts on the Livewire message board in order to deal with my current and ensuing medical costs. He not only agreed to that, but was gracious enough to offer to run a full post on Double Cross in order to bring increased attention to my sale.

I’ve included absolutely every record I hope to sell – if it’s not listed, I don’t have it. All are in good playing condition and contain whatever lyric sheets were originally included – except where noted. They are all 1st pressings with a few exceptions which I’ve noted as well. The only drawback to any of these as far as I can tell, is that many of the jackets are distressed to some degree. That being said, nothing is in terrible condition, torn, or severely flawed. They’ve just got a bit of character. As for the t-shirts, they’ve been worn before but are neither torn nor altered, and are in wearable condition. 

Here is the link to the ebay pages where the auctions can be found. If anyone has any additional questions or would like additional photos, I’ll do my best to oblige.

My seller name is yebba72.

Additionally, I will respond to as many questions or requests as possible at the following email:
elaytogo@gmail.com

However, as I mentioned above, please respect the fact that I’ve nothing further to sell than what’s listed, nor am I interested in any trades.

Auction Schedules and Photos
The shirt auctions will begin 7:00 – 7:30 PST on 2/5
The record auctions will begin 8:00 – 8:30 PST on 2/5
The shirt auctions will end between 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM PST on 2/13
The record auctions will end between 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM PST on 2/13 

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Here is the list, all first pressings except where noted:

7″ Records
Last Rights: Chunks / So Ends Our Night – Taang
Youth of Today: Can’t Close My Eyes – Positive Force – White Lettering – 2nd pressing
Judge: NY Crew – Schism 
Warzone: Lower East Side Crew – Revelation Records 
NYHC: “Together” Compilation – Revelation Records
Crippled Youth: Join the Fight – New Beginning
Underdog: S/T – New Beginning
Side By Side: You’re Only Young Once… – Revelation Records
Slapshot: Same Mistake / Might Makes Right – Taang – Blue Vinyl
Unity: You Are One – Wishingwell Records – not sure what pressing
Alone In A Crowd: S/T – Flux Records – *Vinyl edge has a very slight upturn but does not affect playing at all*
7 Seconds: Blasts from the Past – Positive Force – Green Vinyl – not sure what pressing
Justice League: Think or Sink – Just 4 Fun Records
The Abused: Loud and Clear – Abused Music – *Missing lyric sheet and the cover has come unglued*
Civ: Et Tu Brute / Can’t Wait One Minute More – Revelation Records – White Vinyl
Quicksand: Dine Alone / Can Opener – Polydor Records – Promotional 

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12″ Records
Judge: Bringing It Down – Revelation Records – Green Marble Vinyl
Stalag 13: In Control – Upstart Records
Straight Ahead: S/T – I Risk 
Rest In Pieces: My Rage – One Step Ahead
Youth of Today: BDTW – Wishingwell Records
Uniform Choice: Screaming For Change – Wishingwell Records – Yellow Lettering
Slap Shot: Back On the Map – Taang
Insted: Bonds of Friendship – Wishingwell Records 
No For An Answer: A Thought Crusade – Hawker Records
NYHC Where the Wild Things Are: compilation – Blackout Records
Agnostic Front: Cause For Alarm – Combat Core 
DYS: S/T – Modern Method Records – Promotional
Agression: Don’t Be Mistaken -BYO 
Verbal Assault: Learn – Positive Force – *Missing Poster*
Quicksand: Manic Compression – Rev/Island
Dag Nasty: Can I Say – Dischord
Fair Warning: You Are the Scene – Fair Warning Records
Into Another: S/T – Revelation Records
Mike Judge and Old Smoke: Sights – Revelation Records

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Shirts
Uniform Choice: “Straight and Alert” / 4-sided / Wishingwell / White T w/ Blue and Red Print / Size L – slightly worn condition
Judge: “New York Crew” / 2-sided /Blue T w/ Yellow Schism logo on front pocket / White “Hammers” on back / Size L – good condition
Insted: “Chet” design / 2-sided / Blue T w/ White Insted logo on front pocket / White “Chet” design on back / Size L – good condition
Bad Trip: ? design / 2 sided / White T with Black logo and guy with beer on front pocket / Black drawing of crowd on back / Size L – good condition w/ light stain on front

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So thanks to all of you who decide to bid on any of these records or t-shirts and lend some support in the process. And of course, my gratitude goes to Tim who has helped me out beyond measure.

Take care all, 
Luke

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JOE KUZEMKA ON THE TRENTON PUNK ROCK FLEA MARKET
January 22nd, 2013 by Tim

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First off, introduce yourself, who you are, where you’re from, how you got into punk/HC and what you’re doing with your life now.

My name is Joseph Kuzemka and I was born and bred in Trenton, NJ.

The path that lead me to hardcore and punk is probably eerily similar to what a lot of other people reading this experienced. I grew up in South Trenton, which wasn’t exactly a hotbed of activity for punk and hardcore. The majority of the local kids were into hip hop, selling drugs and jumping people for their lunch money. None of that ever resonated with me so I kept to my own three/four block radius growing up. Around the age of eleven I became great friends with a kid named Keith, who had an older brother named John. John had a friend named Dave who was heavily into punk, hardcore and metal and I can thank him for introducing me to it all. He would come over to hang out with John regularly and more often then not, he would stroll in with a stack of vinyl under his arm that he just picked up at Record Collector or Princeton Record Exchange. He introduced us to bands like Carnivore, Agnostic Front, Minor Threat, S.O.D., Black Flag, Dayglo Abortions, Circle Jerks, Bad Religion and probably the most influential band I’ve ever heard, The Descendents. I was hooked. I needed to see these bands live and experience first hand what I grew to love about the music. 

I lived just a few short miles from the legendary City Gardens but it was in one of the worst parts of Trenton. It sat directly across from Donnelly Homes, which was a notoriously dangerous set of projects within the city. Clearly my parents were freaked by the thought of me going there. It wasn’t until 1988 I made my way to City Gardens for my first show (I definitely lied to my mother about where I was going) to see the Circle Jerks. I still remember the moment I stepped out of the car for the first time like it was yesterday. I looked around and saw what seemed like miles of liberty spikes, Exploited tshirts, Doc Martens and most importantly, a feeling as if I had stumbled upon something that I could truly embrace. For the first time in my life I felt like I was home. After that night, seeing Morris and Hetson shred through songs like Wonderful, Group Sex and Wild in the Streets I was 100% hooked. I couldn’t wait to find out about more shows and get back there.

In 1990, I decided I had a voice that I wanted to be heard, which lead to me releasing the first issue of Coregasm Fanzine. Admittedly, it was really kinda lame but it had interviews with Mouthpiece, Ressurection and featured the very first Bouncing Souls interview and to me, that was awesome. I went on to publish three more issues of Coregasm and interviewed bands like Shelter, Sick of it All, Agnostic Front, and Worlds Collide over the course of three years but it grew stale and I was yearning to do something bigger and better. In 1995, I released the first issue of Nevermore Fanzine, which coincided with the launch of Nevermore Records. The first release from Nevermore Records was the Autumn “Wire Hangers” 7″. I was great friends with those guys and it felt like a natural way to begin the label… release music from a band that I enjoyed on both a musical and personal level. I followed that up with the release of the Tie That Binds Comp which featured bands like Lifetime, Mouthpiece, Floorpunch, I Hate You, Rancor, Despair and more. Over the course of two years I sold nearly 5,000 copies of the comp but the label eventually faded away as more of my attention was focused on school and a budding graphic design career.

These days I work as an Art Director and I run my own freelance graphic design/event marketing/web design company called The Rockhopper Creative. I’m also a founding member, Chairperson and Creative Director of the region’s largest arts/music/entertainment festival called Art All Night – Trenton where we offer artists of all ages and backgrounds to submit one piece of art to be put on display in our 24-hour pop-up art gallery. With over 30 bands playing on two stages and over 940 submitted pieces of artwork, we saw more than 18,000 people visit the event in 2012. I still make it out to shows as often as possible but these days I generally prefer standing in the back… unless, of course, Vision plays. All bets are off when Vision plays.

JOE UP FRONT FOR VISION | PHOTO: KEN SALERNO

JOE UP FRONT FOR VISION | PHOTO: KEN SALERNO

How did the idea of the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market come together and what was the inspiration for it? How long did it take from conception to action?

There were a host of reasons why I wanted to do this. First and foremost, the Philadelphia Punk Rock Flea Market served as inspiration. They have created a much anticipated, cool, unique and well-attended event (that I attend) and I felt that Trenton may be a great place to do something similar. Starting back as far as the legendary City Gardens, the City of Trenton has a storied history of supporting the punk and hardcore music scenes and I essentially consider this an extension of that. Listen, a lot of us collect vinyl, comic books, figurines, toys, old skate gear… you name it. Punk rock, hardcore and collecting go hand in hand. Couple all of that with the fact that Trenton is centrally located between NYC and Philly, the close proximity of the venue to both the Trenton Train Station and Route 1… once I started thinking about it I kinda thought of it as a no-brainer. This could work in this city.

I actually didn’t begin the process until sometime in mid-November. I put it out there to some folks that I was considering doing it and the response was overwhelmingly positive. That weekend I developed the branding, website, postcard, Facebook page and it was off to the races. Within a matter of days several hundred people had “liked” the Facebook page so the word was really getting out there. I’m lucky in that I have a lot of experience running large-scale events so at that point I just went into “marketing” mode and began pushing this to everyone and anyone who would listen. I pounded the pavement and handed out several thousand flyers and posters the past month and I’ve done a few newspaper interviews that have really helped push the event to the general public. The support from the entire punk and hardcore community has been really overwhelming and positive. It’s a great thing.

What can we expect to see at the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market? Any highlights?

I made it a point to try and vet who was selling what at the flea market. I just didn’t have the stomach for seeing Beanie Babies or other ridiculously mass-produced items at this. I truly wanted an event that would showcase cool, collectible, unique and interesting things and I think we’ve accomplished that. Anyone coming to the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market can expect to see everything from vintage and handmade clothing, handmade jewelry, punk/hardcore/rock/jazz/blues vinyl and old hardcore tshirts to vintage housewares, handmade crafts, silkscreened shirts and posters, handblown glassware and other unique and collectible items. We’ll have more than 40 vendors with more than 50 tables from Delaware, Philly, and all over Jersey selling items that fit this mold.

One of the things I’ve tried to do is have vendors send me images of some of their items which I then posted on the Facebook page. I figured this would not only promote the event but also hype the vendors who would be selling. One of the cooler images I received was of  “post-apocalyptic terrariums” that one vendor will be selling. Also, Randy Ellis (Randy Now), the legendary booker behind the greatest years at City Gardens and the focus of the Riot on the Dancefloor/City Gardens documentary, will also have a table where he’ll be selling old punk and hardcore vinyl, bobbleheads etc. I mean, the guy booked the very first Danzig show ever… in Trenton. That’s aces in my book.

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Where and when will this all go down? What can you tell us about the space and the area?

The Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market will be held on Sunday January 27th from 10am till 5pm. The venue is called Artworks, which is an urban art gallery in downtown Trenton and located at 19 Everett Alley (across from the DMV office) in Trenton. Artworks also happens to be the organization I work for to plan and develop Art All Night each year so it felt like a natural fit to do it there. It’s also within a few blocks of the train station (extremely easy access from both Philly and NYC) and right at the foot of the Route 1/Market Street exit so it truly is a centralized, easily accessible location. Also, there is a $3 required donation to enter the flea market but once you get your hand stamped you can come and go as you please. Considering the destruction at the Jersey Shore and how close that hit to home, we’ll be donating all proceeds to the Hurricane Sandy relief/rebuild efforts. The more we bring in, the more we donate.

My goal with putting this together was to not only create a fun and unique event for fans of music, the arts and collectibles but to shed some positive light on a city that is in desperate needs of it right now. Trenton has a tremendous amount of culture and history (for those who don’t know, the George Washington led Battle of Trenton literally turned the tide during the American Revolution. We were also the capital of the United States for a kick ass 54 days back 225 years ago) and by bringing people into the city, a city they may not otherwise venture into, I hope to show them that it’s is more than just a negative headline. It’s a place that is full of history, culture, music and art. You may not always hear about it, but positive things are happening here and I want people to know about that.

Any final comments?

I just wanted to take a moment to thank Tim and the crew at DCXX for the opportunity to spread the word about the TPRFM and their support. I’m of the frame of mind that the supportive nature of the hardcore and punk community is one of its finest commodities and one of the realities that need to continue to make sure it always grows and thrives. I was reminded of that while I’ve been passing out flyers and speaking with people about the event. It became pretty clear, pretty quickly that folks were into this sort of thing… just a little closer to their homes.

Other than that, check us out on Facebook a (facebook.com/trentonpunkrockfleamarket) and come to Trenton on Sunday January 27 from 10am to 5pm and check out the event, enjoy some grub from one of our food trucks that be joining us (carnivorous, vegetarian and quite possibly vegan options will be available) or dig on a cupcake from Confections of a Rock$tar and peruse what I think will be a truly fun, cool, unique and interesting event.

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THE UNDERGROUND FACTION
November 21st, 2012 by Tim

SSD / XCLAIM! OFFICIALLY LICENSED T-SHIRTS NOW AVAILABLE FROM BRIDGE NINE
September 10th, 2012 by Larry

Bridge Nine have just announced that they have just released a special 30th Anniversary t-shirt collaboration with SSD. Bridge Nine worked directly with SSD to re-issue 6 different designs, on XClaim! branded apparel. Unlike most SSD t-shirts available over the past 20 or so years, these are officially sanctioned by SSD/XClaim. Check them out HERE.

OFF THE WALL
August 13th, 2012 by Tim

VANS X SKATEBOARDER MAGAZINE COLABO
July 16th, 2012 by Larry

The original skateboarding magazine meets the original skate shoe company for a limited edition collection of classics. Check it all out right HERE.

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