AT DAWN THEY SLEEP
May 5th, 2013 by Tim
MEMORIES OF TOMORROW
April 24th, 2013 by Tim
THE AUCTIONS OF GORILLA BISCUITS DRUMMER, LUKE ABBEY
February 4th, 2013 by Tim
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
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:
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
Here is the list, all first pressings except where noted:
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,
JOE KUZEMKA ON THE TRENTON PUNK ROCK FLEA MARKET
January 22nd, 2013 by Tim
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.
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.
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.
MOUTHPIECE – “CAN’T KILL WHAT’S INSIDE” REV 25 NYC SHIRTS
January 9th, 2013 by Tim
Since we had a lot of people asking, I decided to do a limited re-print of the Mouthpiece – “Can’t Kill What’s Inside” shirts that we sold at Rev 25 NYC. These re-prints are printed on navy blue, Next Level brand shirts.
Check them out at: mouthpiece.bigcartel.com
CHAIN MERCH AVAILABLE NOW
December 14th, 2012 by Tim
Limited left over Chain Of Strength merch from Rev 25 NYC, available now. Click on the photo above or go to: chainofstrength.limitedrun.com
THE UNDERGROUND FACTION
November 21st, 2012 by Tim
November 21st, 2012 by Tim
WORLD OF MY OWN
September 14th, 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.