10 Reasons the Misfits are Still Relevant

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So what they only have one original member left? The Misfits are still one of the most important punk bands of all time, and they're at the Observatory for three nights this weekend.

Before you go check them out, here are 10 reasons the Misfits are still relevant.

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See Neil Young's Cinematic Side at Shakey Fest

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Neil Young completists, rock historians, and fans of underground cinema, gather ye round! Something rare and off-kilter is going down, and you're not going to want to miss it. For fifty years, Neil Young has been writing, recording, and performing in numerous genres of music, both as a solo act as well as with various groups; however, while most people can recognize some of his tunes; such as "Cinnamon Girl," "Heart of Gold," and "Ohio;" few are the individuals who are versed in his film catalog. This weekend, the Cinefamily, a Los Angeles nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the art and community of cinema, will be showcasing a series of films by and about Neil Young.

The series, called Shakey Fest, is named after Bernard Shakey, Young's filmmaking pseudonym, and it features a newly restored director's cut of Human Highway. The new cut of Highway, a post-apocalyptic musical comedy that was shot in 1982 and co-directed with Dean Stockwell, recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Once Hadrian Belove, the Executive Director and one of the co-founders of Cinefamily, became aware of the restoration, he contacted the film's distributor in the hope of featuring it in a film festival devoted to Shakey's works.


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The Subtitles Resurrect Their Faith in Music and Their Psych/Punk Sound

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"I'd rather play music than be in charge of school busses," says Mike Patton, the bassist for pioneering hardcore band the Middle Class. The 57-year-old Lake Forest resident had been "completely away" from the music scene for nearly three decades because of his day jobs with the teamsters union in Orange and director of transportation for Capistrano Unified School District for approximately 14 years. However, that changed when the Middle Class reunited in 2011, which reminded Patton that being a musician "is such a better way of spending time."

The Middle Class played sporadically until 2014, but the group's revival came to an abrupt end after cancer claimed the life of guitarist Mike Atta. Knowing their band would "never play again" without Atta, Patton and Matt Simon decided to continue jamming because it was fun, which, perhaps unsurprisingly, is the same reason they teamed with Eddie Joseph in 1979 to complete the "American Society" lineup of Eddie and the Subtitles.


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Cadillac Tramps Offshoot Santos y Sinners Do the Low-Down Dirty Blues

Categories: Punk as Fuck

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By: Rich Kane

You could hold a pretty great music fest with only bands and solo projects that have connections to the Cadillac Tramps: WaxApples. Flock of Goo Goo. Manic Hispanic. X Members. The Black Diamond Riders. Jonny "Two Bags" Wickersham. Not to mention all the unnamed one-offs and shoulda-beens that never made it past a rehearsal space.

Now tack on another to that fantasy bill: Santos y Sinners, five guys who pump out dirty, primal blues that sounds as if it's been knifed in the face and dragged through several miles of Mississippi red-clay back road. But, you know, in a good way.

The new group make perfect sense, a deeper sonic extension birthed from the Tramps' animated belter Mike "Gabby" Gaborno and guitar slinger Brian Coakley that dive fully into the blues roots their more iconic--yeah, 25-plus years on, we can say "iconic"--band always scrambled their punk rock souls with.

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10 Classic Punk Bands We'd Love to See Reunite

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Minor Threat
For any punk rocker under the age of 35, it's hard to imagine a world where the music and culture were looked down upon by mainstream society. The fact that punks were labeled as outcasts was the driving force behind bands with angst ridden, often politically driven urgency that went into some of the greatest songs ever written. Those bands who were lucky to survive intact with the original line ups through the decades are out there, but so many band members have played musical chairs it can be hard to keep track.  Sadly, most of the break ups and disagreements came over ownership of music, merchandising rights and money. But through it all, when it comes to the music, there is something to be said about the magic chemistry a particular line up of a band can have, that can't be replaced. This is our list of 10 classic punk bands we'd love to see reunite.
 


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Five Types of Orange County Punks

Categories: Punk as Fuck

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Dave Watt
Orange County has long been a hub of American punk rock, serving as the starting point for major bands including The Adolescents and Social Distortion. With so much history nearby, the county understandably is home to a healthy number of self-identified punk rockers. Just who are these people? We went in search of the five most prevalent types of punk lurking along the local beach fronts and on suburban lawns. Here they are.

See also: Seven People You Meet At a Guitar Store

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The Five Best Dead Kennedys Deep Tracks

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Every punker worth his or her liberty spikes knows the Dead Kennedys songs "California Uber Alles," "Chemical Warfare," "Too Drunk to Fuck," and "Holiday in Cambodia." However, unlike many other '80s American hardcore groups, the San Francisco-based quartet also has a slew of material that is just as interesting (both musically and lyrically) as the so-called "hits."

But for some reason, these songs don't make it to t-shirts or on the backs of leather jackets. Thanks to this list, which details the five best Dead Kennedys non-hits, perhaps they will. Or, more likely, perhaps the group (guitarist East Bay Ray, bassist Klaus Flouride, drummer D.H. Peligro and singer Skip Greer) will play some of these Friday when they come to the Observatory.


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10 Punk Records Turning 25 This Year

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ALL, Allroy Saves
If you watch too much VH1 for your own good then you know 1990 is the year that gave us Vanilla Ice, Gerardo, and a hundred interchangeable hair metal bands. Thankfully, 1990 also produced a healthy amount of excellent records from the punk rock underground. Here are 10 of our favorites turning 25 this year.

See also: The Best Punk Albums of 2014

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The Five Best Punk Rock Day Jobs

Categories: Punk as Fuck

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Alex Distefano
Cro-Mags singer John Joseph
Believe it or not, but most of your favorite bands do not make a living off their music. If you do the math it seems surprising, because any band with thousands of people buying their records at anywhere from 99 cents to 10 bucks a piece must be earning a living wage, right? Hardly.

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The 10 Best Punk Christmas Songs

Categories: Punk as Fuck

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Warren Fitzgerald of the Vandals on guitar
By: Damian Bloor

Christmas is 2 weeks away and with it will come the fateful holiday party where someone, hopefully not you, drinks too much and tells off a roomful of sullen friends and relations. Far from a time of universal peace and joy, the winter holidays can be fraught with familial resentment and animosity. This makes the season a perfect time to dust off your old punk rock records. We know holiday prep is major drain on time, so as our gift to you, we've assembled a playlist of our 10 favorite Christmas punk songs. Now you should have plenty of time to write insincere cards to people you see once a year. 


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