Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts: Inspiration for Lil Punks

How many little punks got their start sipping on a suicide and making up songs about killing the teacher? Playground Jungle charts the folk progress of naughty playground rhymes, like how Jingle Bells evolved into Batman Smells.

Other topics include the dangers of sipping cider through a straw, the filthy lyrics behind the Miss Suzie rhyme you patty-caked to, the nauseating side effects of Comet, the similarity of psychedelic Beatles lyrics to a gross-out British nursery rhyme, the musical properties of beans, and what’s really going on on top of Old Smokey. There’s even a surprising number of 1950s playground songs about lesbians for the little queercore punks.

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Chic-A-Go-Go Taping Saturday 8/23 with The Holy Motors, Sonny Knight, Snake Island

Chic-A-Go-Go is a bizarre Chicago institution, a public access dance party on Channel 19 (CAN TV). Jake Austen, the music historian behind Rocktober, booker for Promontory and all-around amazing dude, hosts a studio taping full of local bands, little kids, and partyin’ puppets. It’s a fun, free, positive time for everyone; and it’s kind of cool to see bands sober in the middle of the day with a bunch of dancing toddlers, hipster parents, and sleepy rockers. INSIDE: TAPING DETAILS & OUR FAVORITE CHIC-A-GO-GO-PERFORMANCES

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Weekend Agenda: VoT Record Fair, ElSounds Fest

Victim of Time, one of our favorite blogs (and perhaps a significant influence on this here project) is throwing a banging fest all fucking weekend. It’s only $5 per day, and the first 20 people through the door tonight get a free HoZac record/cd pack.The Friday line-up includes The Yolks, Basic Cable, ONO, Spike and The Sweet Spots, Gross Pointe, and a SPECIAL SECRET GUEST. MORE INSIDE

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Mean Jeans to Record New Album

My heart barfed when I read on Twitter that Portland party goons Mean Jeans are ready 2 rip on a new album! Could not be more stoked to eventually hear this.

Rumor has it that Dirtnap Records is also going to be releasing all the Mean Jeans singles in one handy vinyl package. I played my “Are You Serious + 5 singles” tape until it literally wore out, so this is good news for me.

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Hollow Mountain Play Friday Night at Cole’s

Local band Hollow Mountain is playing a free show tonight at Cole’s with The Coldies, Red Lion, and Snake Island. After listening to their lackluster, too-lofi-for-even-a-lofi-lover demo I was blown away by their last show. Their sound is much tighter and more raucous, the chemistry between Esther and Steve is palable (it should be, they’re married), and their drummer played in his underwear and literally set the stage on fire. Don’t miss it, and make sure to pick up their upcoming release on Tall Pat Records!

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The Blank Generation

Amos Poe and Ivan Krol made the first punk rock film, a hallucinatory 16mm love letter to early 1970s proto punk with a scrambled soundtrack that captures the candid moments of a movement lost forever to time. The only way you can go to a show at Max’s Kansas City is to pop the worn-out videotape from Odd Obsessions in your VCR and sink yourself into the flickering, black and white dream world. MORE INSIDE

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