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The Ramones are the most overrated punk band of all time. Their music lives only because people follow the order like sheep—nobody has the yarbles to say it, but the Sex Pistols were the first real punk band that stood for anything. Were they first in terms of chronology? Were they part of the inaugural acts at CBGB? No, they came after the NY wave, but they stood for something, they had a core, they were scary—-the Ramones ripped of the Velvet’s look, created cheesy catch phrases, had Johnny Ramone (the antithesis of punk) and never actually influenced anyone beyond the fact that many punk bands in the ’80s and ’90s thought: “hey I can be in band, since obviously, you don’t need to know how to play an instrument.”

They’re endearing legacy is they invented the fast, sped up Chuck Berry riffs sound of punk. But anyone that has studied or lived punk knows, it’s not about breakneck speed or borrowing from doo-wop sound signatures, no, it’s about anarchy, nihilism, attitude, fearlessness, anti-corporatism, anti-capitalism—the Sex Pistols, not the guitar player of the Ramones, who was a republican, and by all accounts, a corporate whore that never stood for anything except hate and bad taste, a terrible book, and an ability to rip off the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and even everything that happened in the ’50s as if that was somehow “punk.” 

Sex Pistols, the Germs…they were punk. The Ramones were a hobby shop novelty item that came around at the right time, right place, and they’re best work just ripped off the Beach Boys and made it faster.

-Art Tavana

California needs to ban men in flip flops. It’s time we stopped this horrific bro-dition and grew back a pair of yarbles. And the guy in the photo? Fuck him (and his parents), who allowed him to turn into a walking symbol of frat-bro-soda-pop buffoonery. Shoes, wear them, you don’t need to air out your toes and get a foot-tan. It’s 2014, let’s just face it—we have more options now. A list you ask? Coming soon. 

How I treat idiots that troll my articles and make stupid comments that make no sense…

fuck yeah Barcelona.

fuck yeah Barcelona.

Behind The Scenes of Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A. // East London (2014)

Repeat, Ray LaMontagne’s “Ojai” needs to be your song of the summer. 

Fuck this untalented circus act. 

Wrote about the experience of seeing Elizabeth Le Fey (aka Globelamp) at the Echo last night. Check it out here, it was pretty spooky (and beautiful). 

He hates loud music and yet, he’s in a rock band. 

He hates loud music and yet, he’s in a rock band. 

Trip out on Globelamp covering Jefferson Airplane like, way back.