this is the radiohead

There we were this weekend in a car hurtling along I-84 coming home through the gorge from Eastern Oregon and the long-familiar visage of Mt Hood looming before us and I was transported to a different time along about the same stretch of road many years before when I was…

gimme danger

Movies are turning out to be an unlikely source of inspiration for me to post here. For whatever reason I seem to find my muse in the hallowed confines of our nearby indie movie house that dates back to the Prohibition era. I blame the ghosts. Case in point: Last…

the week after

So I've been trying to wrap my head around the fact that nearly half the people in this country have chosen to send a pig to the White House. I'm at a loss for words, which will strike the handful of readers here as unusual to say the least. original…

ex-lion tamer

I've got to give it to the Spotify artificial intelligence sorcery used to cook up the Discovery recommendations for me this week. It's downright spooky they were so on the nose with some of the selections, not to mention the absolute genius of leading it all off with Wire's Ex-Lion…

black flag bicycle

Vintage Black Flag punk rock bicycle sighting, be still my heart: And then for some reason this goes through my head ... "Grab my blue backpack, my walkman, grip my bicycle" Deftones, Minus Blindfold The old synapses seem to be firing a-ok at least some of the time.…

papa punx is high school

And school is back in session! For the many tens of readers out there, my apologies for the lack of posts this summer. As lamented in this Die Kreuzen standard: "it's been so loooonnnggg" Where did the summer go? Endless sunny days filled with debates about whether Dave Lombardo should…

this day in punk - Sep 3, 1987

I love this flyer, it has that DIY quality to it while capturing the political urgency of those times. Pretty good line-up too, eh, including a not-too-shabby opening band - all for $5 cheap! Sadly I can't remember if I went to this despite having the flyer, as I likely…

top crowd energy shows

As I pulled together remnants of memories of long-past shows to do a little post about slam-dancing, I had more vivid recollections of a certain few shows that particularly stood out due to the level of audience interaction. Here's a short list in no particular order. It's worth noting, dear…

slam dancin' babe

Slam dancing and stage diving are pretty mainstream these days. Most everyone has seen it and maybe experienced it. Indeed, I would not be in the least bit surprised to find footage of thrashing and crowd-surfing at a Dave Matthews Band concert somewhere on the you-tubes. And yet I still…

time for some german punk music

Now ist the time on Papa Punk when we dance ... to some German punk rock music. After watching Green Room, it's hard to ignore that some of the more unsavory elements had a German influence, you know with a song named Fleischwolf figuring into the story and Nazi symbols rampant…