Bay Area punk-rock pioneer Jello Biafra has embarked in numerous high-profile collaborations in the decades since the mid-1980s dissolution of the legendary Dead Kennedys. While he has teamed with the likes of Ministry's Al Jourgensen in the industrial-punk project Lard and tracked classic albums wi ... More >>
It's supposed to work like this: Artists put their music up for streaming on YouTube, the site sells (annoying) ads around the content, and then splits the revenue with the artist according to some predetermined formula.
So how much does YouTube owe artists? The site says it pays tens of millions o ... More >>
By JACK BOULWARE
[Editor's note: Jack Boulware is the co-author, with Silke Tudor, of Gimme Something Better: The Profound, Progressive, and Occasionally Pointless History of Bay Area Punk from Dead Kennedys to Green Day.]
If we're talking the birth of Bay Area punk, there are as many points of vi ... More >>
via FlickrOf all the ways to promote beer, a song called "Too Drunk to Fuck" seems like a pretty dumb way to do it.
Earlier this month, complaints forced Heineken to drop a beer ad on Spotify that featured a lounge-ish cover of the Dead Kennedys' classic punk song by Nouvelle Vague, the UK ... More >>
Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of MedicineBack in May, we wrote about a new, kind of insane song by former Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra, "Dot Com Monte Carlo." The darkly amusing (but still crazy) lyrics call for drive-by shootings targeting yuppies and rail against "shitty indi ... More >>
The jukebox at the Last Call.The heyday of authentic jukeboxes is long over. With many bars installing those nasty touchscreen digital Internet boxes, the old school record-flipping kind of jukebox is a dying breed. And this is in the town that originated the concept of jukeboxes back in 1889. So ... More >>
Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys in a photo by Glen FriedmanWe were pretty stoked about pioneering punk, hip-hop, and skate photographer Glen E. Friedman's current show at San Francisco's 941 Geary -- and we weren't the only ones. Burning Flags Press and director Colin M. Day interviewed Friedma ... More >>
Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys in a photo by Glen FriedmanPunk and hip-hop photographer Glen Friedman: Glen Friedman grew up on the front lines of the West Coast punk rock, skateboarding, and rap scenes. Photographs he shot in the 1970s and '80s are considered to be the definitive portrai ... More >>
A summer reading list should be about more than Steven King and Jackie Collins. The Bay Area's growing canon of local music history books takes many twists and turns beyond straight-up non-fiction narratives, including even poetry and cookbooks. Not only is this collection of titles a wide-rangin ... More >>
Photo by Qsysue for Public CollectorsPublic Collectors is working on a really cool project that spotlights a small detail of what's being lost amongst so many invisible MP3s. The site is making a list of the messages bands have "pressed into the matrix of their vinyl" over the years. Apparently t ... More >>