By TAMARA PALMER and IAN S. PORT Having a great band logo is more than art; it's also part science, alchemy, and business smarts. To create something impactful is like capturing lightning in a bottle, and a successful effort results in an image fans will want to show off for years. A few local grea ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Punk impresario Dirk Dirksen remembered in two-night stand
Third Person Shooter (Hook or Crook)
Complete Studio Recordings 1982-1984
At the Arizona border, Infiltrator checks in with Americans who help the government look for illegal aliens
Teens and Geritol punkers alike will swarm to the Avengers' all-ages show
Mark Mallman packs two days worth of energy into an hour's worth of rock; Alternative Tentacles turns 25 in style
Collectors bare unknown troves
Cheating spouses, meaty film
Give the accordion a hand
Kimo's and the Dead Kennedys return
Monstrous rock, sourdough shapeliness, post-apocalyptic calligraphy, and "soul travel"
Silke Tudor sings the praises of punk rock karaoke, swoons over the Faint, and revels in girlhood
"Cover to Cover"; Brian & Chris; "Haydn and the Gypsies"
Flipper's a Cover Band Now, OK?
Dead Kennedys, Alternative Tentacles, and the lawsuit that threatens punk's most enduring and provocative partnership.
What mattered and what splattered in pop, 1997