Thursday, February 28, 2013

HELP OUR PAL GEORGE TABB BY BUYING AWESOME RECORDS!

George Tabb, a longtime pal of One Chord Progression and super famous punk rocker (Furious George, Iron Prostate), punk rock writer (MRR, author of "Playing Right Field: A Jew Grows in Greenwich" and "Surfing Armageddon: Fishnets, Fascists and Body Fluids in Florida", both of which you should buy right now) and president of Volume & Tone (awesome leather guitar straps and leather accessories) is dealing with some super un-punk rock things like steep medical bills. He was living down by the World Trade Center back in 2001 and has had a lot of health problems since 9/11. 

Here's a message from the man himself:

Hi everyone!

Unfortunately, I find myself in a difficult situation, as these economic times suck. 
It turns out I need some more surgeries, and can't even keep up with my health-care payments!
Therefore, I asked my pal, Bryan Swirsky, to help me out by selling lots of my old rare punk rock albums! 


Please have a look and if you like it, please consider buying it! The ones listed with the abbreviation "GT" at the end are the albums that I own. If you can, please help! Elena is helping out too, and I will soon have a list of her rare designer bags from her collection also up for sale. I feel AWFUL that I am again in this situation asking for money - but my health seems to go up and down way too freakin' much from this yet unsettled 9/11 Shit. 

Thank you and Bless you all! 

Love, 
George
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George is selling tons of awesome punk rock records, so go check 'em out and please help spread the word to punk rockers everywhere! 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

INTERVIEW WITH JACQUES LE COQUE

Jacques Le Coque: Is that a coque in your pocket or are you just happy to see me ?

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Where are you?

At the living room record player in the House Of Jacques in Stamford, having "A Gene Vincent Record Date".



Bar fight or cock fight?

Bar fight, but only if it can end Pee Wee Herman style, which is to say, no fight at all. I believe in the power of tequila and a sweet pair of white shoes.



Favorite mime?

Before he was Ziggy or The Man Who Fell From Earth, David Bowie put on a pair of tights that may have given Jareth from Labyrinth a run for his money.



What's the furthest someone should drive to play in Connecticut?

I don't know. Far? Who's playing? Come play our house! Actually, we've played a lot of great shows in New Haven. Estrogen Highs and Medication are based around there. Stefan from E. Highs and his girlfriend Kryssi ran Popeye's Garage, literally a garage behind a Popeye's Chicken. That was an awesome venue that hosted a lot of bands from all over, they were around for about two years. Cafe Nine and Elm Bar host some great bands and some house shows still pop up now and again!



How does it feel to be the best band in Connecticut?

Your words, not mine! Um, warm, fuzzy, and kind of dirty I guess?

Is that a coque in your pocket or are you just happy to see us?

I've got a "Cock In My Pocket" and I'm happy to see you know your Stooges.


If you had the choice, would you prefer to not shower for a week or wear the same clothes for a week?

"I already do both of these things." -our drummer.

When will you grow up?

Are my parents going to read this? Next question.

Tell us a funny story about Mark Sultan.

We spoke briefly about the banality of cover bands, leading to trying to figure out the name of a Yes cover band. Possibly? Probably? Certainly? In All Likelihood?



What is the best advice you ever got?

Fear Is A Man's Best Friend. Actually, so is our cat, Otis Redding. Still a great John Cale song, though.


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Jacques Le Coque on Facebook

Monday, February 25, 2013

INTERVIEW WITH CARL VON ARBIN OF SHOUT OUT LOUDS

Shout Out Louds: Ice records: more fun than vinyl.
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Where are you?

I’m in our rehearsal space. I ran over to our space so I could get better reception.

Where is that, in Stockholm?

Yes.

How loud can you shout?

Like decibels? I have no idea.

How many plays can you get out of a record made of ice?

Maybe one?

What’s the difference in sound between a vinyl record and an ice record?

It’s more fun I guess.


Sahara Hotnights, Crucified Barbara, The Hives or The Hellacopters?

The Hellacopters.


What’s the hardest piece of Ikea furniture you ever built?


I don’t know, actually, I haven’t bought that many things. My mom and dad gave me stuff when I was a kid but I’m really bad with stuff like that so my dad helps me. I’m kind of bad at putting things together like that. So yeah. I need help.

What would Bebban say is the worst part of being in a band with all guys?

Probably the tour bus. You can’t escape on the tour bus, you can never be on your own, find your own time, your own space. It’s hard to find your own space and I think she  can sometimes feel a little lonely being the only woman on the bus, so we try to have women who work with us, not just men, so it’s mixed.

Does she get to bring friends on tour?

Yeah, we sometimes bring friends. Whatever works.

What kind of work would you be doing if you weren’t in a band?

Probably photography.

What are you most excited about doing or seeing in New York?

My friends. I’m really excited about seeing my friends. I have some old friends that moved there maybe 15 years ago that I only get to see when we’re there playing.

Is there a favorite thing you like to do when you come here?

I don’t know, just getting a cab to the city from the airport. Your cars have that kind of weird suspension that you don’t have that in Europe, like you get really comfortable sitting in the back of a yellow cab on your way in.

Cause the cabs bounce around so much?

It’s like a suspension in the car. I don’t know, we don’t have that, just a weird feeling, not weird but…

What are the cars like at home?

I don’t know. Normal. They’re kind of harder, the suspension is like, the cabs in New York have softer suspensions, you just kind of zoom over every little bump. I like them.  It’s smoother in New York.

I guess it makes up for all the bad driving. What’s the best advice you ever got?

I don’t know. I wanna pass on that one. I don’t know.
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Listen to Shout Out Louds here:

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Shout Out Louds on Facebook

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Upcoming shows:

27 Feb
Stockholm (SE)
Pet Sounds kl 17.30
28 Feb
Göteborg (SE)
11 Mar
New York (US)
12 Mar
Austin (US)
SXSW 12-16 March
22 Mar
Erlangen (DE)
23 Mar
Vienna (AT)
24 Mar
Zurich (CH)
25 Mar
Karlsruhe (DE)
26 Mar
Frankfurt (DE)
27 Mar
Cologne (DE)
28 Mar
Munich (DE)
30 Mar
Berlin (DE)
2 Apr
London (UK)
The Lexington SOLD OUT
3 Apr
Paris (FR)
5 Apr
Umeå (SE)
6 Apr
Stockholm (SE)
9 Apr
Copenhagen (DK)
10 Apr
Oslo (NO)
11 Apr
Göteborg (SE)
12 Apr
Malmö (SE)
7 May
Washington D.C (US)
8 May
Philadelphia (US)
10 May
New York (US)
11 May
Boston (US)
13 May
Montreal (CAN)
14 May
Toronto (CAN)
15 May
Detriot (US)
16 May
Chicago (US)
17 May
Minneapolis (US)
22 May
San Fransisco (US)
23 May
Los Angeles (US)
26 May
Seattle (US)
13 June
Hultsfred (SE)


Sunday, February 24, 2013

A Sunday gift for you!
Last week, The Recordettes & Party Lights recorded a live sets for WFMU'S THREE CHORD MONTE.

And now, you can download them FOR FREE !!!!!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

INTERVIEW WITH MIGHTY HIGH

Mighty High: Extra crispy.
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Where are you?

Where the fuck do you think I am? In the 69th circle of Hades, of course. It's 10,000 degrees kelvin. My teeth are melting!!!

What's the worst: ballad, keyboard or acoustic guitar?

They're all pretty bad but acoustical guitar ballads are the worst because it's always someone whining about their fuckin feelings. Blech.

What do you do when a club doesn't want to pay you?

I don't understand this question. There are actually clubs that pay bands?

What did you have to do to be signed to Drug Front Records?

Nothing. We are not on Drug Front Records. They don't have the guts to handle our tapes. Our latest album Legalize Tre Bags is a "joint release" between Ripple Music in California and my own label Mint Deluxe Tapes. Everyone needs to buy at least one copy. I'd recommend the gatefold vinyl edition. It comes with a killer poster. All of our gear was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Among the devastation is my beloved 4x12 speaker cabinet that was previously owned by Foghat covered in white shag carpeting. We need money bad. Ripple store here - http://ripplemusic.bigcartel.com/products

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Is the pen mightier than the sword?

As Tom Araya of fuckin SLLLLAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYERS said on the Ultimate Revenge live VHS: "Kick Ass! Kick Ass Muldowney! They say the pen is mightier than the sword. Well I say fuck the pen because you can DIE by the sword!" Bonus points for anyone out there who remembers who Bob Muldowney of Kick*Ass Monthly is.



How would you describe your music using a food analogy?

Extra crispy.

How high is too high?

When you start contemplating religion.

How bad is YES?

So bad that I had to write a song about how bad they are. Other candidates were Neil Young, Rush and David Bowie but Yes was the unanimous choice.




Biggest difference between you and the Grateful Dead tribute band?

I think there's more than one and they all blow. I think those other bands are actually tributes to the Jerry Garcia Band, who used to cover the song "Mighty High" by the Mighty Clouds Of Joy. We are named after an album called Mighty High by jazz organist Milt Buckner (released in 1960 on the Argo label, a division of Chess Records).

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What's the best advice you ever got?

The most useful was "You'll never be rich enough or poor enough that it will matter who the president
is" - my mother. Runner up was "Don't let the man slow your roll" - Bo Diddley.



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Monday, February 18, 2013

INTERVIEW WITH THE MAD DOCTORS

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Where are you?

Dr. Gregory X: Existentially, I hang around the streets of hip Brooklyn trying to peddle miscellaneous body parts. Physically, I'm arms deep in someone's chest cavity between the stratosphere and the ionosphere.

Dr. Seth Applebaum: I'm above a tire shop in a Hasidic neighborhood in Brooklyn.

Dr. Josh Park: Crown Heights.

Favorite Mummies song?

Dr. Gregory X: In & Out because it's nasty as hell and it reminds me of In N Out Burger. Take that as you will.

Dr. Seth Applebaum: "That Girl" or "Die!"...they both make my earholes tingle.

Dr. Josh Park: "Stronger Than Dirt" is probably my favorite. 

What are your specialities as doctors?

Dr. Gregory X: I am awesome at crafting misunderstood inventions. So far, none of my inventions have been recognized by the greater medical community. It's like they aren't looking to turn beautiful women into killer ape-people.

Dr. Seth Applebaum: I specialize in abusing vacuum tubes and turning metallic vibrations into soul-fucking fuzz therapy.

Dr. Josh Park: I'm in the process of making tinnitus a worldwide epidemic.

Which doctor would you like to join your band: Doctor Frankenstein, Doctor Herbert West or Doctor Jekyll? And what instrument would he play?

Dr. Gregory X: Definitely Doctor Jeckyll. He would play the organ and when he transforms he'd squeal a nasty tenor sax.

Dr. Seth Applebaum: I choose Doctor Frankenstein. Somehow we would find a way to amplify that bolt in his neck...

Dr. Josh Park: I bet Dr. Herbert west plays a mean theremin.

What is the most rock n roll Lovecraft entity?

Dr. Gregory X: Azathoth because he's this huge, unwieldy ball of tentacles that sits in the middle of nothingness. As a drummer who sometimes has to play without monitors, I can relate to that.

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Dr. Seth Applebaum: Cthulu, because every drawing of it could just as easily be a Mastodon album cover.

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Dr. Josh Park: Ghatanothoa. He turns people into mummies. What's not to like?

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Who's the best at the game Operation?

Dr. Gregory X: As all operations are games, it's hard to say. I have the most loose organs from operations, so I'm the best.

Dr. Seth Applebaum: Doctor Park, because he has no reverence for the patient's life. Maybe that makes him the worst, actually.

Dr. Josh Park: I'd be surprised if any of us had the patience to sit through a game where we actually have to SAVE people from illness.

What was the weirdest thing you went to the doctor for?

Dr. Gregory X: I had this horrible thing on my face once - my teeth were showing and my face was beaming. I think they called it a smike or a snile or something.

Dr. Seth Applebaum: I got hives from fabric softener. They put me on steroids. It's a long story...

Dr. Josh Park:The worst thing I've ever had to go to the doctor for was a particularly bad bout of allergies. Otherwise I'm immortal.

What makes you mad?

Dr. Gregory X: Happiness.

Dr. Seth Applebaum: I once almost got electrocuted by a mic at a venue. I wasn't too thrilled about that.

Dr. Josh Park: Everything.

What state has the best BBQ?

Dr. Gregory X: Tennessee. Memphis BBQ is pretty well unmatched anywhere else.

Dr. Seth Applebaum: Tennessee has some unbelievable BBQ, but I think the best I've had was in Lockhart, Texas.

Dr. Josh Park: Koreans make the best BBQ on the planet. So New York, since that's where my mom lives.

What s the meaning of life?

Dr. Gregory X: A Monty Python movie.

Dr. Seth Applebaum: To spread the word of the power of cheese.

Dr. Josh Park: Gotta catch em all.

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Listen to The Mad Doctors here:

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The Mad Doctors on Facebook.

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Upcoming shows:

Thursday, February 21st

Don Pedro (90 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn)

RSVP HERE

INTERVIEW WITH HELLSHOVEL

Hellshovel: Boky Ribbons.

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Where are you?

Berlin.

How much snow can you shovel with a hellshovel?

It's raining at the moment...

What's more evil: a demon's claw or a hellshovel?

Neither, both are white magic factions.

What did you do to the sun to make it hate you so much?

Next question...

What are the biggest differences between touring in France, Greece and Israel?

Totally different countries, so just about everything...

Best way to steal a candy from a baby?

Grab the fuckin thing.

If Hellshovel was a poutine, what would be in it?

Fries, gravy, and curd cheese.

Would you rather have Roky Erickson as a guest singer or Billy Gibbons as a guest guitar player?

Boky Ribbons would be nice...

Favorite zoo animal?

Unicorn or anything endangered.

What's the meaning of life?

Can't tell you right now...

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Listen to Hellshovel here:

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Hellshovel on Facebook

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Upcoming shows:

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

The Bell House, Brooklyn

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BUY TICKETS HERE

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Saturday, February 23rd

Cake Shop, NYC

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INTERVIEW WITH NODA OF ACID BABY JESUS

Acid Baby Jesus: Not jailbait.

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Where are you?

At my house in Athens, Greece.

Marry, fuck, kill: tab of acid, a baby, Jesus.

Do you want me to end up in jail?

What's your favorite Jesus miracle?

Changing water into wine.

What's the difference between an android and a robot?

An android is a robot that's designed to look like a human. You could have a dog robot or a shark robot.

Tell us a secret about these people:

Ty Segall?

Awesome guy.

Bazooka Joe of Slovenly?

Great dude.

Jeff Clarke of Demons Claws/Hellshovel?

Awesome dude.

Ben Waller of Country Teasers?

Great awesome guy dude.

What is the best and worst thing about being a band in Greece?

Living in Athens.

Who in the band can hold his breath the longest?

That would be Marko. He's not a smoker.

Favorite Alex Chilton song?

"The India Song".

Which other Greek garage bands should we know about?

Bazooka, Komodina 3, Gay Anniversary…they're not very garage but you have to work with what you've got, you know? There are other good ones too but I just don't go to shows very often.

What's the meaning of life?

Not trying to find a meaning.

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Listen to Acid Baby Jesus here:

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Acid Baby Jesus on Facebook

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Upcoming shows:

Friday February 22nd, 2013

The Bell House, Brooklyn

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BUY TICKETS HERE

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Saturday February 23rd

Cake Shop, NYC

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INTERVIEW WITH JOHN HOLMSTROM OF PUNK MAGAZINE

John Holmstrom: Sex over rock 'n' roll, every time. 

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Where are you?

I still live in the same old NYC/East Village apartment I took over from Deerfrance and Robin back in 1977 with the money I received from my artwork on the Rocket to Russia record covers. Back then I had to pay only $120 per month in rent, plus some back rent that Deer and Robin owed. But back then that was a typical rent to live in this neighborhood.

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Better blond: Debbie Harry or Iggy Pop?

Debbie is the best blonde in the history of rock music. Remember, she was hailed as the "Marilyn Monroe of Punk" back in the 1970s. Iggy is only the greatest rock 'n' roll star of all time. Sorry - for me it's sex over rock 'n' roll every time. I always go with the girl over the boy. Especially when "Marilyn Monroe" is involved. Also, in all seriousness, it was much more difficult for Debbie to break through back in the day than for a guy like Iggy. There was so much ridiculous prejudice against women as rock 'n' roll stars in the 1970s, Debbie and Blondie had to deal with so much stupid crap! I always believed in Debbie--and in that whole band! So when Blondie opened for Iggy Pop for his first solo tour, backed by Bowie? I was a very happy guy. Great for all of them.

If you did an issue of PUNK magazine today, who would be on the cover?

JaPunk! Japanese punk rock! Peelander-Z, here in New York! 50Kaitenz, Poni-Camp and The Radiots from Tokyo! And worldwide punk rock!!! Pussy Riot from Russia! And there are so many interesting punk bands from all over the world now. Man, the USA has become so boring, nothing is happening in our punk scene here. But this is why the way CBGB was closed is a capital crime. People should be in jail for allowing that to happen. Punk rock is a worldwide movement and it started here at CBGBs, but the politicians allowed it to close? I want Senate hearings! I want investigations! Hilly Kristal died for this.

Who do you regret working with the most?

I don't have regrets, can't afford them. Anyhoo, we lern from owr missteaks, didx't u kno? So if I didn't screw up by doing certain things with certain people I would still be a dumb shit. Well, even more of a dumber shit than I am today.

What is punk in 2013?

2013 just began, so let's give that a break. One month in and you want to define the year? Please. Maybe being punk is refusing to allow anything to be defined. That was part of our thinking back in the 1970s. No one wanted to be limited. Punk was whatever you wanted it to be. Not a bad attitude to adopt again. Fuck all labels. Anyhow, punk's now a forever thing. The world has embraced it, it still happens, people are still drawn to the idea of being a rebel, a pain-in-the-butt, and/or someone who tries to affect real change. Anti-war and anti-globalization protests are often labeled as punk. I think there's more to come when it comes to punk and politics. Especially when it comes to global warming.

What is the closest thing to CBGB now?

The film, probably. I have enjoyed working on this so much! The filmmakers flew me down there for a few days and at times I honestly felt like it was 1976-77 again. Best time ever. And they do seem to have the attitude right: Punk. Fuck. Shit.

Which punk band has aged the worst?

I don't think any punk band has aged badly. If they're still alive, that's pretty cool in itself. I love all the punk bands from anytime! It's been so sad to lose people along the way...on the other hand, that Dead Kennedys lawsuit was probably the saddest moment in punk history. "Can't we all just get along?"

Favorite scene in Death Race 2000?

The original or the remake? Actually, my favorite memory of that film was the video game. We used to play it all the time back in the late 1970s. It was the first video game with violence--you could run over little old ladies with your car! You would lose points for hitting them instead of missing them, but it was so much fun to squish them!

Favorite breakfast food?

Argh! How can you ask me that. I live in the greatest neighborhood in the world for food. I can go to the Mud Cafe for their sourdough french toast with fruit, or the Veselka anytime, 24/7, for one of their awesome breakfasts (always enjoy the potato pancakes), or the B&H for their amazing lox & onion omelette (with brown rice OR kasha)... That's like asking me who my favorite child was. (But I never had any, thank God!) People always tell me how "lucky" I am to live in this great neighborhood, but then again they are the same people who would tell me I was crazy to live here in the 1970s and 1980s when there were drug addicts and violence/danger everywhere.

What's the best advice you ever got?

My lawyer, Solomon Glushak, who incorporated Punk Magazine back in 1976 and read every issue to make sure there was no lawsuit material within, was my greatest mentor out of everyone I worked with. Which is a fairly formidable list: Will (The Spirit) Eisner, Harvey (MAD MAgazine) Kurtzman, Tom (High Times) Forcade...I even had some wonderful teachers in middle school and high school who were wonderful. But Solomon was the wisest and the best. The best advice Solomon, or ANYONE, gave me, (and he said this more than once), was:

"John, hang onto everything. You never know if it might become famous twenty years later." 

I wish I had listened to him even more than I did - sure enough, twenty years after starting the magazine all this stuff became so much more valuable. At around fifteen years, I threw a lot of stuff out. I regret this so much! But you have to remember that shortly after we started the magazine it became quickly forgotten and ignored. In 1985, there was no way that I thought that anyone would care about the magazine ever again. Then again, this is how hoarders are born. Now I never throw ANYTHING out!

So my apartment is an unholy mess.

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Links:

The Best of Punk Magazine on Facebook

Buy The Best of Punk Magazine HERE

CBGB: The Movie on Facebook

INTERVIEW WITH WHITE FANGS

White Fangs: Boulet sauce lapin.

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Where are you?

Damien (drums): In front of my computer, with a hangover.

Angelo (bass): Chez ta mère (at your mom's).

Bart (guitar): It's 1:30 and I'm still in bed!

What kind of bug are you?

Angelo: An atomic ant.

Damien: Zzzzzzzzz

Bart: Y2K bug.

Best fries in Belgium?

Angelo: Tabora.

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Damien: Frit'land!

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Bart: Frit'land are very good and amongst my faves but the very best frites in Belgium and so in the world must most certainly be "Chez Antoine" in Etterbeek, even Catherine Deneuve buys her fries there!

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Who has the best rock n roll scene: Brussels or Liege?

Angelo: Tournai.

Damien: Ecaussines.

Bart: Liège is cool but there are more bands in Brussels.

Favorite Benoit Poelvoorde movie?

Damien: Asterix and Obelix.

Angelo: Rien a Déclarer.

Bart: Le Grand Soir with Albert Dupontel who's one of my favourite French actors/directors.

Why are boulets sauce lapin so good?

Angelo: Don't know, never tasted.

Damien: Secret ingredient!

Bart: Yes, secret recipe which dates back to the middle-ages!

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Tips for bands who want to tour Belgium?

Damien: Speeding: 10 euros.

Angelo: Cheap beers and loose morals.

Bart: Yes, beer is the best in the world in Belgium and it's quite cheap but be careful with the strong ones!!

Cowboys or Indians?

Damien: Indians.

Angelo: Indians.

Bart: Indians too, they knew how to dress up!

Best band: Black Lips, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Black Sabbath, or the Black Angels?

Angelo: Black Angels.

Bart: Black Sabbath.

Damien: Rick Ross.

What's the meaning of life?

Damien: This question is for fags!

Angelo: Not sure yet but I think I'm getting closer...

Bart: YOU tell me!

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White Fangs on Facebook

INTERVIEW WITH THE LOST RIOTS

The Lost Riots: I meant to come back into the states through Vermont.

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Where are you?

Jeff: Sitting in the Die Hipster! Records den surrounded by really awesome records.

What's the most lost you've gotten?

Jeff: Driving home from Quebec City one time I took the wrong route. I ended up in a rural town in Quebec where NO English was spoken, and I didn't have any gas in the car. I ended up somewhere in Maine 10 hours later. The border guy laughed at me when I told him I meant to come back into the states through Vermont.

How can we save rock n roll?

Jeff: We need to start small. Build a scene in which every band is supportive. Every band helps each other out. Slowly branch out from there bringing out of town bands into your "scene". A good website/zine that strictly talks about your scene is a plus too. Also if the bands/kids knew that one specific place was going to have specific bands playing there it could start something great. It's all about support.

Best part about being a band in Connecticut?

Sean: It's a good location. We are close to some cool college towns like New Haven, Boston, Providence, and Northampton. Also we are near NYC.

Jeff: I'll agree with Sean, Being close to NYC is a big thing. Although there are some good "scenes" in Connecticut. New Haven seems to be back on the up and up. New London has a phenomenal, very supportive, music scene. Danbury needs to have a revival now...

What is the Nightmare On Elm Street movie that describe the band the best?

Matt: The first one 'cause it's the best!

What is the most punk thing you ve done?

Jeff: I stabbed a man in the dead of winter just to watch the heat rise from his wounds. Indians say that is his soul escaping his body.

First or last?

Jeff: I was the first, never the last!

What's kinkier: a Stiff Little Finger or a Sex Pistol?

Sean: A Sex Pistol of course!

Jeff: I think a Sham 69 is better.

Lost Riots or White Riot?

Jeff: There would be no Lost Riots without a White Riot.

What's the meaning of life?

Jeff - Have fun and don't stress out about things. Surround yourself with good people and play some really fun rock n roll music.

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Listen to The Lost Riots here:

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Upcoming shows:

Friday, February 1st

Die Hipster! Records presents: The Lost Riots Record Release Party

with Defcon Five, Pickpocket, and Wrist Like This

Anna Liffey's: 17 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT

9pm, 21+

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Links:

The Lost Riots on Facebook

INTERVIEW WITH THE WHIMS

The Whims: Not metal like Iron Maiden.

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Where are you?

Right now, I'm in Florida visiting friends, family, and warmth.

Craziest thing you've done on a whim?

My lawyer advised years ago that I not discuss that.

How many times have people called you The Whimps?

And lived? None.

What is more power pop: Sugary background vocals or dual guitar solos?

Sugary Vocals! Dual solos are metal like Maiden!!

Favorite Paul Collins song?

The entire debut album.

Favorite flavor of cake?

Vegan cheesecake.

In what way are you better than The Psycho Hippies?

Oh, no you don't.

What state has the best rest stop?

Wow...it's somewhere on I-10. Maybe just west of Baton Rouge, LA. It's where crawfish and armadillos meet.

Favorite Knack song?

"Good Girls Don't".

What is the best advice you ever got?

Aim for the throat.

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Listen to The Whims here:

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The Whims on Facebook

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Upcoming shows:

POWER-POP-A-LICIOUS II FESTIVAL

February 1st, 2013 (great bands playing on February 2nd too!)

Cake Shop (152 Ludlow St., NYC)

RSVP HERE

TICKETS HERE

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INTERVIEW WITH DEAD ELVIS & HIS ONE MAN GRAVE

Dead Elvis & His One Man Grave: Not a guy wearing a mask.

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Who are you?

I am Dead Elvis & His One Man Grave and I am takin' care of business from the grave as a ONEMANBAND!

Since I crawled outta my grave I've been playin' some fine primitive zombie rock'n'roll all over the world.

It's in my bones, man! Can't stop it!

Is there no place for a lady in your one man grave?

The grave is pretty darn small, but I can fit some girls in there for sure!

Well it does get busy sometimes, but it fits! I'm thinking about pickin' up my shovel and expanding the grave but I haven't found time for it yet.

I've been pretty busy lately. I just came back from a tour with 37 shows in Brazil, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Hungary.

And i just released a new 7" on Monster Mash Records!

Goriest show you ever played?

Mostly the gory stuff happens in the hotel room after the show!

But man, it's all relative..for some, it's gory - for others it's normal.

I don't know anymore...too many shows too many times wasted.

It's a wild and crazy road and I am enjoying every mile of it!

What touring tips would you give to young one man bands who want to tour around the world?

Do everything for your band and tours yourself. Don't expect anybody else to do it for you.

Like tour promotion - write magazines and newspapers far in advance about your band coming to their town.

Arranging a tour is one thing; getting people to come out to your show is another...

But most important is to take care of business from the grave just like I do!!

Ow right... and dont stop at tankstations in Bavaria, Germany!!

Would you rather have your music in a Herschell Gordon Lewis movie or an Elvis movie?

Come to think of it, I haven't had much time to watch any movies lately. I should take more time for that!

I would choose Herschell Gordon Lewis or somebody like Stanley Lloyd Kaufman.

These movies along with old comic books are a very big an inspiration for me.

I love that kinda stuff! Check some of the videos i made on http://www.youtube.com/user/onemangrave

Not my movies from the old days, that's a total different world for sure!

Who's your favorite zombie?

While many debate whether or not Frankenstein is indeed a zombie, he is and always was my favourite.

Like me, Frankenstein possesses a sensitive and emotional layer, to which I can relate.

He seems like a real cool fella and I'm damn sure he's got lots of lady-fans!

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Favorite kind of brain to eat?

Well I tried that raw stuff for a while but it ain't me!!

So, I eat the same as everybody else.

My favourite dish nowadays is peanut butter covered deep fried pigs filled with banana and bacon.

You're not just a guy with a mask, are you?

A mask? What do you mean...!?

No masks here, thankyaverymuch.

What is your message to the kids?

Go check out www.hisonemangrave.com or www.monstermashrecords.com and stay WILD!!!!

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Listen to Dead Elvis & His One Man Grave here:

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Links:

Dead Elvis & His One Man Grave on Facebook

INTERVIEW WITH THE DISCONNECTS

The Disconnects: The healthiest band in rock n roll.

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Who are you?

Well, we are blue-jean boppers, non-stoppers, gypsies, poets, priests, we want the most but will take the least. We're easy action, a psychotic reaction, freaks, deviants, our suede shoes aren't blue, we're born to lose. We're waitin for our man, we don't wanna hold your hand. We're night time critters, with the pre show jitters. We're the picks of the litter, we use more hairspray than Little Richard! We're over the top, but under the radar. We're THE DISCONNECTS and we're on at about 8:30 on Friday February 1st @ The Powerpop-A-Licious Fest!

Who are you wearing?

Only the finest thrift store Hawaiian shirts available!

Who in the band looks best in bowling shoes?

I think out of us all, Tommy could pull it off the best, Joe is a close second!

Best bowler in the band?

I gotta say Anthony could out-bowl us all. Tommy may disagree, we'll have to see!

Favorite Paul Collins song?

Nerves - "When You Find Out".

Paul Collins Beat - "That's What Life Is All About".

So many great ones, ya can't pick a bad one!

What is powerpop?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Chilton

Best way to stay healthy in a rock n roll band?

There are many, many ways to stay healthy in a rock n roll band. Let's start out with your morning. You're going to want to get up at 2PM and put on that pot of coffee. Drink no fewer than 4 cups while chainsmoking and listening to your favorite records. What a day you've had so far! A rocker has to eat, right? Put on your tight pants and leather jacket and lets get some chow! Now, The Disconnects food of choice to fuel the Rock N Roll machine is hot dogs (preferably from a cart)! Ya can never have too many! If hot dogs aren't your thing, follow Manitoba's word and hit the White Castle! Or Burger King! Hey, Joey Ramone met her at the Burger King, he fell in love by the soda machine! Now that you're all fueled up for the night time, it's time to head out! Find your local dive bar, or a good show. Our drink of choice to maintain the healthy complexions we have is Budweiser and Jack Daniels. Don't be a wimp and order some fruity drink! When ya get up to go to the bathroom leave your drink out in the open and hope maybe someone drugs you (hey, drugs aren't cheap these days!). Stay till last call and then find a party to crash, this should take you to that crucial 5AM hour where you have the choice to crash out till 2 the next day and repeat the cycle or just stay up! Sleep is for pussies!

33 or 45?

Love this question! Our 7'' plays at 33 and our 12'' plays at 45! We're partial to collecting singles so we'd have to go with 45!

Who would win in a guitar solo fight between The Disconnects & The Connection?

Wooboy! Starting trouble are ya now? I saw The Connection in NYC maybe like a year and a half ago (maybe longer) and they killed! I'm really picky with bands, espcially new ones, but they were awesome. A really pure stripped down Rock N Roll sound. Although, I think we could take em! I'm more interested in a skee-ball battle over at the Pinball Museum!

What's your message to the kids?

Pick up a guitar, put on Chuck Berry records and LEARN. Keep it simple and real. Other than that, some more advice would be to never take advice from The Disconnects. Go to as many shows as you can, support bands, buy their records. Get your friends into it, and make a ton more friends! Don't be afraid to be who you are all the time. Be a part of something, and what better to be a part of than Rock N Roll?!

I'd also like to say, to check out some really cool NJ Punk Rock music visit our label's website BALDYLONGHAIR.COM and support them, they are fantastic! Only vinyl and tapes! Also go to THEDISCONNECTS.COM and keep in touch with us, we love all you weirdos!

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Listen to The Disconnects here:

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Links:

The Disconnects on Facebook

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Upcoming shows:

POWER-POP-A-LICIOUS II FESTIVAL

February 1st, 2013 (great bands playing on February 2nd too!)

Cake Shop (152 Ludlow St., NYC)

RSVP HERE

TICKETS HERE

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INTERVIEW WITH GLTR PNCH

Gltr Pnch - Carry On, Wayward Son.

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Who are you?

Jayne Henson.

Turtle.

VAUGHN.

Who are you wearing?

J: Rebel 8, Marilyn Monroe, Hot Topic, and DC.

T: Your mom as a hand puppet.

V: AN ADIDAS TRACK SUIT WITH MATCHING SWEATBAND.

What's more painful: a glitter punch, a confetti choke hold or a sequin kick?

J: A Confetti Chokehold def sounds more painful, a Glitter Punch hurts in a good way... most of the time.

T: The ol' kick in the sequins is pretty brutal.

V: A GLITTER PUNCH BECAUSE YOU NEVER SEE IT COMING.

Name one good thing about Kansas (the band).

J: Carry On Wayward Son...EPIC!!!

T: Carry On Wayward Son is kinda fun in Guitar Hero.

V: WHOEVER THEIR LYRICIST IS IS FUCKING GENIUS.  ALL WE ARE IS DUST IN THE WIND.

If you were in The Wizard of Oz, who would each member of the band play?

J: I would be a sluttier version of the Wicked Witch.

T: Jayne would be the Wicked Witch, Vaughn would be Glenda the Good Witch, and I would be everyone else.

V:  JAYNE WOULD OBVIOUSLY BE DOROTHY.  I WOULD BE THE “NICE” ONE, THE SCARECROW.  TURTLE WOULD BE THE ONE WITH “THE BRAINS”, NOTABLY THE TIN MAN.  TURTLE OFTENS SAYS THAT HE DOESN’T HAVE A HEART BUT THIS IS ENTIRELY UNTRUE.

Which Recordette would you like to kiss?

J: I don't think I can pick just one...although I DO have a soft spot for synth players.

T: I could get into some bass-on-bass action...

V: ANNA ANABOLIC OBVIOUSLY.  SHE’S A TOTAL BABE AND I HAVE A TOTAL WEAK SPOT FOR BASS PLAYERS.

What's the weirdest thing somebody told you after a show?

J: That they wanted to lick my armpit ( I think I let them).

T: That i look like Madonna.

V: AACK. I WISH I HAD A WITTY REPLY TO THIS QUESTION. I THINK SOMEONE ASKED FOR MY UNDERWEAR ONCE WHICH IS JUST PLAIN GROSS BECAUSE I'M A DRUMMER.

What are you looking for in a straight punk boy?

J: Tattoos, studs, clean junk, facial hair, and as little words out of their mouth as possible.

T: The desire to be called a faggot and hand me piles of cash.

V: I'LL DEFER TO JAYNE ON THIS ONE CAUSE MOST STRAIGHT PUNK BOYS I JUST WANT TO PUNCH IN THE FACE.

What's the straightest song you'd like to put a GLTR PUNCH spin on?

J: "Plush" by Stone Temple Pilots.

T: WHEN A MAAAAAN LOVES A WOMAN.

V: "SECRET LOVERS" BY ATLANTIC STARR.  PUNK SPIN ON SOME OLD SCHOOL FREESTYLE SHIT WHICH TO ME IS ABOUT DL ROMANCE.

What do you have against vowels?

J: They take up too much room for knuckle tats (GLTR PNCH fits across one's knuckles should they choose to get knuckle tats).

T: They cost money on Wheel of Fortune and have next to no value in Scrabble.

V: NOTHING. ASK JAYNE OR TURTLE.

What's your message for the kids?

J: Being true to yourself is the hardest thing anyone can ever do, and the only way to be happy. And if people don't like who you are fuck em, you will find people who love you if you keep looking.

T: Don't cross the street while texting, and take lots of drugs but one kind at a time.

V: DON’T LISTEN TO GROWNUPS UNLESS THEYRE OFFERING SOMETHING POSITIVE.  LET'S BE FRANK, IT DOESN’T GET BETTER, SO YOU SHOULD JUST DO WHATEVER THE FUCK IT IS THAT GETS YOUR FEET ON THE FLOOR IN THE MORNING (OR AFTERNOON, EVENING, DEPENDING ON WHAT YOU DO).

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Listen to Gltr Pnch here:

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Link: 

Gltr Pnch on Facebook

INTERVIEW WITH JOE OF THE MODULATORS

The Modulators: So many ties, so little time.

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Who are you?

Joe Riccardello of The Modulators.

Who are you wearing?

Gap jeans, Converse, Chapstick.

Who in the band looks the best in bowling shoes?

Tie - Mark Higgins, Mark Westlake.

Best bowler in the band?

Jim Brennan.

Favorite Paul Collins song?

"I Don't Fit In."

What is power pop?

Great melodies, crunchy chords, harmony vocals.

Who has the best hair in Brit Pop?

Paul Weller, who also wore some mean bowling shoes.

Best use of modulation in a power pop song?

Tie - The Who, "So Sad About Us", The Raspberries, "Tonight".

Best thing about playing the Cavern?

Standing where The Beatles played.

Biggest differences between being a power pop band in the 80's and in 2013?

I think there is a bit more respect and reverence for the genre now. In the 80's there were a lot of band-wagon jumpers.

What is your message for the kids?

Get off the cell phone and go see a band!

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Listen to The Modulators here:

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Links:

The Modulators on the Internet

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Upcoming shows

POWER-POP-A-LICIOUS II FESTIVAL

February 1 & 2, 2013 - Modulators play February 2nd

Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow St., NYC

Power-Pop-A-Licious II Fest on Facebook

RSVP HERE

BUY TICKETS HERE

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INTERVIEW WITH JOAN & DAVE OF PARTY LIGHTS

Party Lights: Vodka, milk & sugar is not a real mixed drink.

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photo credit: Charles Wyatt


Who are you?

Dave: I am Dave. I am here to answer questions awkwardly, and play drums poorly.

Joan: Joan da bass player.

Who are you wearing?

D: Liquid Courage, by Anheuser Busch.

J: Ehm... what?

Tell us about your favorite party when you were in high school.

D: Once, when my parents, brother and sisters went away, I threw a week long party called Smilowpalooza. Windows were broken, virginities were lost. Potpourri was spilled. I had a friend tell me that vodka, milk and sugar was a real mixed drink. It's not. The dog had fun, though.

J: I didn't/don't party. I was/am a serious person. No, really.

Pool party or pizza party?

D: Pizza. Any party where I don't have to take off my shirt is a good party.

J: Pizza at a pool party, of course. But I wouldn't really know since I didn't/don't party. No, really.

What is power pop?

D: Bar music for lovers of beer and also for weirdos.

J: Duh. Power pop = Party Lights!

What is your least favorite Cheap Trick song?

D: "Surrender". It makes me want to purchase a car or panties or a household cleaner or something.

J: Probably "The Flame". What a stalker song!

What is the most pop thing you've done in your life?

D: Trying out to be a contestant on "World Series of Pop Culture". This is true. Pat Kiernan told me to shut my smart mouth. And then he spit on me.

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J: As in popular? Gee...probably yoga. Ohm.

What popular current artist should cover a Party Lights song?

D: Rhianna should do "Desire". Because it would be terrible. And I want to hear a Caribbean robot sing songs about statutory rape.

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J: Lamb of God. Most definitely. What do you mean that Lamb of God is not a popular current artist?

Favorite thing to do when you turn off the light?

D: Spend some quiet time thinking about all of the sins I've committed during the day.

J: Zzz...

What is your message for the kids?

D: Keep it kosher, kids.

J: Don't swallow gum.

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Listen to Party Lights here:

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Links:

Party Lights on Bandcamp

Party Lights on Facebook

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Upcoming shows:

Friday, January 4th

Mercury Lounge (217 E. Houston, NYC)

with Cudzoo & The Faggettes, Lily & The Parlor Tricks, and Les Sans Culottes

RSVP HERE!

Buy tickets HERE!

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Power-Pop-A-Licious II Festival

Friday, February 1 (plus there's a second night of great bands February 2!)

Cakeshop (152 Ludlow St., NYC)

Get your tickets HERE!

Power-Pop-A-Licious II on Facebook

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INTERVIEW WITH LEX LOSER

Lex Loser: Bloody Marys: Nutrition in a glass.

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Where are you?

Heron: In transit.

Sierra: Well, we WILL BE at the CAKE SHOP on January 17th, and the GRAND VICTORY on January 25th...

Who’s the biggest loser in the band?

Heron: Me.

Sierra: It's true.

Favorite Superman villain?

Heron: Any Bizarro.

Bizareo Lex Luuther

Sierra: Superman is a pussy.

Favorite Cramps album?

Heron: BAD MUSIC FOR BAD PEOPLE.

Sierra: Totally. I shoplifted it on cassette from SAM GOODY when I was 15, along with BUTTHOLE SURFERS' Independent Worm Saloon. Still two of the biggest influences on me to date, in many ways.

Can your pussy do the dog?

Heron: My pussy has a weird relationship with the dog. She nurses off him.

Sierra: Her name is Circus Manager.

Biggest regret?

Heron: It's a very long story.

Sierra: MY biggest regret is not seeing the DRONES last time they were in NYC. Saw the BOREDOMS twice instead...

Best and worst part of being in a band with your husband?

Heron: Best: upper body strength. Worst: toenails.

Sierra: Best: If we were not in a band together, we would never get to see each other. Ever. Also, we can always have a band no matter where we go. As long as we are together, there will always be LEX LOSEr. Worst: Getting in petty drunken fights in front of our band mates. Incredibly awkward. For them. I could give two shits.

Favorite breakfast food?

Heron: Bloody Marys.

Sierra: That's right. Its NUTRITION, in a GLASS.

Who has the worst story about an ex in the band?

Heron: Our ex drummer once went home with a girl when he was really drunk and shit in her bed. And he went to work the next day in the same clothes.

Sierra: No, he pissed in her bed. Remember? He was informed that he smelled "Mad Hobo." He still plays tambourine with us sometimes...

What’s the meaning of life?

Heron: Girls, whiskey, and rock'n'roll! -OR- The meaning of life is appreciation of all things in moderation, a balance of flesh and spirit that embodies true harmony. It is a mutual respect and universal love. It is tolerance and empathy for all other life. In short: it is everything a good LOSEr abhors!

Sierra: I don't want no white man lookin at my tampax.

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Listen to Lex Loser here:

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Links:

Lex Loser on Facebook

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Upcoming shows:

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Thursday January 17th at Cake Shop (152 Ludlow St., NYC)

RSVP HERE

Friday January 25th at Grand Victory (245 Grand St., Brooklyn)

RSVP HERE