The Punk Vault

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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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...

Pigface 11/30/19 at Thalia Hall

Pigface reunited once again and hit the road to tour for the first time in 14 years! The band was dormant for more than a decade before reactivating for a one-off performance here in Chicago two years ago and it was...

Drunk Injuns 2/21/20 at The Uptown

Friday night was a special night in Oakland, CA as The Uptown hosted MoFo’s 60th birthday party and it was a skate rock extravaganza! Drunk Injuns and JFA played together in honor of MoFo, and they were joined by...

R.I.P. Stevo

I just learned that punk rock has lost yet another member of its extended family. Stevo (real name: Steven R. Jensen), the original singer of The Vandals (who sang on the only Vandals record I like, the classic first...

R.I.P. Lorna Donley of DA!

I’ve had to write way too many of these recently and this one hits a lot closer to home than most. Lorna Donley, singer/bassist for the Chicago punk/post-punk band, DA! passed away. Lorna was involved in the...

R.I.P. Lorna Doom of The Germs

Lorna Doom of The Germs passed away. She was the bass player of the greatest American punk rock band of all time. At this time there is no cause of death listed. Rest in Peace Lorna and thank you for the great, life...

R.I.P. Eric Brockman of Life Sentence

Punk rock in Chicago lost another comrade on Monday as Eric Brockman, guitarist/leader of Life Sentence, passed away. Eric ¬†was a staple of the Chicago punk scene throughout the 1980’s, first in the Anti-Bodies...

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...

The many flavors of: Minor Threat – Out of Step

One of the finest hardcore records ever was the Minor Threat – Out of Step LP. It is easily in my top 10 hardcore records of all time and has enjoyed regular play over here since I bought the record some 20 years...