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Thoughts On Tough Mudder / Chicago 2013

On Saturday afternoon, May 18 2013, I completed my first Tough Mudder. Way back in the Fall of 2012, I think I saw a Twitter post from Jesse Noller talking about the race. I spent half of 2012 working my way back into some sort of shape. I entered some races. 2 5K’s (YWCA Race […]

Ryan Rapsys

Gauge – “Midwest” / Yep that’s me and Tommy next to the dudes that don’t have shirts on. This is in the basement of an Italian restaurant. I was home for break from college. Gauge – “Thermos” / A Knights of Columbus show. Sweater Weather – “Tuber” Owls – “Everyone Is My Friend” Heroic Doses […]

From the Vaults

The Hated – Words Come Back (1985) / If there was *one* single that I had to point too as transformational in the evolution of punk to post punk, I’d have to point to The Hated’s “Words Come Back.” Has that raw, unnerving and frenetic approach delivered in a layer of desperation. Dag Nasty – […]

From Oakland By Way of the Midwest

I just got done reading “Gimme Something Better: The Profound, Progressive, and Occasionally Pointless History of Bay Area Punk from Dead Kennedys to Green Day“. After reading the chapter on Operation Ivy, I couldn’t help but recall in 1989 reading something Jesse Michaels wrote: Music is an indirect force for change, because it provides an […]