Netpunk March 2003
I have a bit of a mishmash this time around, with
sites that struck me as interesting or worthwhile in the last month or so,
and some stuff that I've been meaning to get to, but just haven't found the
chance. Remember to send your worthwhile site suggestions to me at
the address down at the bottom of this column.
I ran across a super cool old school site in the form of Ruth Parson's p0ps
(spelled with a zero). The punk rock section of p0ps includes photos
and stories from San Francisco bands circa '79 and '80. There are some
great photos here, including ones from Eastern Front. The story section
includes remembrances of the early 80s in SF and New York. Check out
p0ps at http://www.p0ps.com/ .
Speaking of late 70s and early 80s stuff, I happened upon a site about Palmolive
from the Slits / Raincoats. This has probably been online for quite
some time, but I just ran across it and found it very interesting.
When the article was written (in 1995) Palmolive was living in Massachusetts,
going to church, and drumming in a religious rock band. Her band even
did a cover of the Slit's 'FM', but with the lyrics changed to glorify Jesus.
Anyway, it is a pretty interesting read. She doesn't seem ashamed of
her past, but it just isn't where she's at anymore. Take a look at
Speaking of old school women in punk rock, there's a mailing list available
(via Topica) called Typical Girls that is all about late 70s and early 80s
punk rock women. The quantity of mail on the list isn't overwhelming,
and you can always unsubscribe if it gets that way. To sign up, go
to the Topica page at http://www.topica.com/lists/typicalgirls
and follow the instructions.
As long as I'm in oldies mode... remember the band Toxic Reasons?
(If you don't remember them, check out http://www.angelfire.com/oh/liveperformances/ToxicReasons.html
and seek out their Independence LP, at any cost). Anyway, Toxic Reasons
called it quits a few years ago, but it seems that Bruce Stuckey is still
rocking in a new band, The Giggies. You can download their music, check
out some photos, etc at http://www.thegiggies.20m.com/
Though it has way too many hippie leanings for me to be completely comfortable
with it, the Love Underground Visionary Revolution (LUVER) is one of the
most radical and interesting things going on the net. Based out of
performance artist Frank Moore's San Francisco pad, LUVER has something for
everyone, including weekly airings of old MRR radio shows. Worth visiting
to look at a schedule to figure out when you want to tune in. You'll
find LUVER at http://www.eroplay.com/luver/
Another pretty interesting site, though somewhat sparse on content, is Sex
and Guts Magazine online at http://www.sexandgutsmagazine.com/
. Edited by Gene Gregorits and Lydia Lunch, Sex and Guts is a print
magazine, but they include quite a bit of content on the website. Make
sure to check out Lydia's poem / rant against GW Bush's war (called WOMEN
AND CHILDREN FIRST) while you are there.
The Inner Swine (http://www.innerswine.com/)
is another interesting read. Their slogan, "Everyone's an asshole,
especially us", gives you a pretty good idea what you're in for before you
start reading. While it is actually a paper zine, they put their past
issues online in PDF format for downloading and reading. For the most
part, The Inner Swine is the ranting of one guy, Jeff Somers of Hoboken.
I might as well turn you onto this site before someone else does. I'm
sure that it will become popular pretty damn quick. It's the PowerGoth
Girls, a spoof cartoon featuring little goth superheroes. They have
a 5 minute cartoon you can download, as well as info about goth bands, etc.
Find them at http://www.powergothgirls.com/
Another great use of the net is allowing punks in the same area to network,
get together, find out about shows, etc. That's why I'm on the Santa
Cruz Indie list (because there isn't a punk one) and the Northern California
Punk List. It keeps me up to date with what is happening, hooks me
up with folks that I'd otherwise never meet, etc. If you're interested
in joining the Santa Cruz Indie list, email me and I'll tell you how.
If you want to join the Northern California Punk List, point your browser
Speaking of regional stuff, those of you that live in the Appalachians and
are into punk should visit Appalcore at http://www.appalcore.org/ . They
seem to have quite the thriving community, with a couple hundred members,
message boards, etc. Take a look.
Another interesting community, of sorts, is DeadJournal (http://www.deadjournal.com/).
While this is a blog site, like LiveJournal, the folks at DeadJournal are
WAY more depressed. In addition, you can only get a DeadJournal by
befriending a current journal holder and getting them to give you one of
their (limited) sponsorships. This is a good idea, as it means that
most of the journals are more active that what you'll find at other blog
One more community that those of you who are artistically minded might want
to take a look at is DeviantArt (http://www.deviantart.com/).
DeviantArt gives you a place to upload and show your artwork, whether it
be digital, drawings, photography, or whatever you want that fits within
the digital medium. You'll find everything from cartoons to erotica
Okay, so that is gonna wrap things up for this month. Send submissions
for stuff you think I should mention here to email@example.com, and
visit all of my past, present, and future columns in the Netpunk section
at the diehippiedie.com website. I'm outta here.