Punk Rock

’90s-Era Postcards of D.C. Punk Luminaries and Their Cars

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Washington, D.C. artist and curator Cynthia Connolly hails from the early DIY scene and was a longtime employee of indie punk label Dischord Records (owned by Minor Threat’s Jeff Nelson and Ian MacKaye). Her postcard photo sets featuring D.C. punk musicians and their cars recently caught our attention on Dangerous Minds. From Connolly’s website about the origins of the series:

Musicians from D.C. and their Cars (or later renamed Favorite Mode of Transport) was first created for the Chicago based and nationally distributed ‘zine, Speed Kills in about 1994. I wanted to contribute to my favorite ‘zine at the time, called Speed Kills, of which its topics usually covered indie and punk music and old cars. I owned a 1963 Ford Falcon, and at the time, my musician friends were all buying old cars. I then decided to create a photographic body of work that included the obvious: musicians from D.C. who owned old cars.

See what kind of car Allison Wolfe, Jenny Toomey, and Ted Leo were driving circa 1994, below.
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Remembering Devo’s Bob Casale: Punk-Rock Guitar God

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My first guitar was a piece of garbage that cost me 50 bucks. It was ugly, it was nicked up, it sounded terrible, and it represented the height of my career as a guitar player. I could hardly play it, but I was operating under the assumption that that was the entire point, that punk was supposed to be by and for people who couldn’t play their instruments just as much as it was for the ones who could.
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‘CBGB’ the Movie Somehow Manages to Make Punk Rock Boring

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Let’s get this out of the way: I wasn’t there. CBGB and the New York punk scene it fostered had their heyday almost a decade before I was born. By the time I made it to the club — exactly twice — it was the turn of the millennium. The first time, I arrived by cab from a friend’s house on the Upper East Side, ordered a coffee (I was 16), saw a band called The Candy Darlings (who initially interested me only because of their Warhol-related name, although I remember loving them), and had to run home to make curfew before a then-unknown-outside-of-New-York act called Yeah Yeah Yeahs took the stage.
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Who Does Punk Belong To in 2013?

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Last week Noisey published an article by their resident jaded punk columnist, who goes by the title of, er, Jaded Punk. It was entitled “Who Gives A Shit About [Insert Band Name] Reuniting?,” and as the name suggests, it took a rather dim review of reunion tours by The Replacements and various other punk rock luminaries. It followed his debut column, which went by the title “‘Punk’ Is the Grossest Word in Music,” and no doubt we can look forward to a bunch of similarly cheery meditations on the genre in weeks to come. It’s the latest in an increasingly long line of criticism shitchanning punk of late, but does the fact that punk rock is largely moribund mean that punk is dead? And who does punk belong to in 2013?
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