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Late night

Last nite I ended up working until just after midnight. I had such a headache last nite that it made me sick to my stomach. I had a hard time sleeping but at least I got to sleep later today and not come in until noon. I still don’t feel quite...

Sleep aways escapes me

I’m so tired today that I am having trouble keeping my eyes open. I wish I could take a nap. Thankfully the day at work is almost done for me. I needed to go get an oil change in the car but I decided to blow it off and not call to schedule...

Good friends visit

Last nite, Kristine came by and brought me dinner and kept me company to help keep my sanity since I’m trapped in the house while recovering. It was nice to have company since I’m starting to get cabin fever big time. She brought me...

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Thin White Rope colored vinyl reissues

Thin White Rope was one of those very good indie rock bands that for whatever reason seemed to have been overlooked by a lot of people, myself included. They were around from the mid 1980s until the early 1990s, leaving...

R.I.P. Pierre Kezdy of Naked Raygun

We lost a punk rock super hero today. Pierre Kezdy of Naked Raygun lost his battle to cancer and passed away at the far too young age of 58. The influence Pierre left on this city from all the bands he played in, but...

Help Pierre Kezdy of Naked Raygun battle cancer

Pierre Kezdy is most known as one of the superheroes in Chicago punk legends, Naked Raygun but his super powers extend far beyond that. Pierre has been responsible for some of the best punk rock music to come out of...

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Reissues gone wrong: Skinny Puppy vinyl reissues

I’ve had a long-standing policy on this site that I only cover and review records that have been sent to me for that purpose, I don’t cover things I purchased. I stood firm to that policy for over a decade...

Selections from The Punk Vault – Dazzling Killmen

Back in the early 1990s, I spent a hell of a lot of time going to shows at Lounge Ax in Chicago. That place was one of the best clubs ever in the world and at that time they were getting the coolest bands. During the...

Resistance Pro: Back for the Attack 4/28/13

Resistance Pro Wrestling returned to the Arabian Knights Barn in Willowbrook, IL. It was an afternoon show and a beautiful day and the federation put together a really fun show for the fans. This show was unique in that...

Selections from The Punk Vault [F-Word]

F-Word – Shut Down 7″ (1978 Posh Boy Records) Note: Since this originally “aired”, F-Word founding member, Dim Wanker, contacted me and wanted to share his story of the F-Word history, as it is...

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R.I.P. Bill Bartell of White Flag

It is with a heavy heart that I have to report that Bill Bartell (aka: Pat Fear) of White Flag has passed away. The cause of death is unknown but judging by some comments on Bill’s Facebook page he had been...

Interview: Street Sects

Despite being obsessed with music for almost the entirety of my half a century on this planet, I’ve found that the older I get, the less likely it is that I become genuinely excited about new bands. Don’t...

The Ism story

When I checked my email today, I received one from a gentleman named Al Lestell who attmpted to post a comment to the Big Apple Rotten to the Core entry but was denied because of my MT-Blacklist. Some word in his...

R.I.P. Larissa Strickland

I got an email from a fellow named Davo Scheich with some rather disheartening news. Larissa Strickland (Stolarchuk) guitarist for the disbanded Laughing Hyenas and L-Seven passed away yesterday from an apparent...

Selections from The Punk Vault – White Flag

The first place that I ever heard of White Flag was in one of two places: the We Got Power compilation or Flipside Vinyl Fanzine Volume One. A much younger me would have been able to tell you which of the two it was but...