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Blog of the Week: Raw Pussy

July 31st, 2012 by

Primary Impulses and Liars: An Introduction

I am inclined to satisfy my preoccupation with the supposed failures of man and the uniqueness of something’s entire existence as one saturated in discord and violence. I find these features constant throughout the history of humanity; every expression of man resonates with the next, there is no progress except that in the art of war, all else is process.

We are always attempting to control the irrepressible, struggling to survive and advance, grasping false hope and illusionary peace in anticipation of just one moment of stillness. But why fight ourselves? As if genocide, greed and lust are products of a degenerate society or the so-called evil individual — some “problem” to be solved. The only “problem” is the total disregard of our disposition which we are not taught to control or respect but rather deny and reject.

Let’s assent to our nature and refuse to shamefully hide ourselves. We can acknowledge and defend our appetites without sacrificing societal accord. We lack passion because we fear the intensity of our primary impulses but there is no dichotomy between gratification and mastery. Let us delight in both the repulsive and gracious within ourselves and accept the full identity of our spirit. These compulsions are inside us all, within mothers, fathers, your priest, the neighbors, strangers in the grocery store, your enemies, your lovers, even your grandma and pep pep and we all want the same thing…raw. fucking. pussy.

This blog was created to illustrate this fact.

What inspired you to start Raw Pussy?
In part, the idea for the blog stemmed from my studies of antiquity. I was spending fifteen hours a day reading classical texts and researching the material record of civilizations that had risen and fallen thousands of years ago. There are striking parallels between our own society and those of the past, and although this is by no means a new concept (“history predicts the future”), it is a notion that is largely ignored. I adopted a sociological perspective and became interested in aspects of human nature that have remained consistent, specifically in comparison to contemporary conceptions of the moral condition, which is generally presumed to be inherent and unchanged. (I know this seems to be deviating from the question but I promise I am getting there.) We live in a culture of shame, our social institutions encourage a repression of individual will and we voluntarily submit to self-proclaimed defenders of the “good” (the social contract). I find this to be highly problematic. Actions and beliefs generally typified as “perverse” are often a result of our natural programming as human beings. Religious ideologies that have shaped our world as if it were law are an attempt to alter the natural. This creates great problems for us. As a society, we are unwilling to accept ourselves as we are. How can we reasonably address issues of violence and war, equality and hate, education, freedom, the justice system, gender etc. if we cannot approach these topics with sensitivity to our nature? As punks, we are often attracted to what is deemed “perverse” by society, by what is destructive and unorthodox. I think it is imperative that we understand the importance of defending our interests, not just because they are ‘extreme’ but also because they are honest. Rather than focusing on music, I wanted to create a resource concentrated on ideas, a forum to expose the perverse side of humanity and embrace it. Raw Pussy, among other things, is a blog dedicated to human nature, the taboo, the erotic and the wild.

What’s your definition of Raw Pussy?
A wildly seductive, organic, lush endowment of pure, unrestrained pleasure; The defining characteristic of our animalistic, shameless, natural selves; The one thing everyone of us craves but most are ashamed to admit; A casualty of a counterfeit moral condition.

What is the thematic focus of your blog?
The focus of the blog began as an attempt to draw attention to the historical narrative of our natural character and to a lack of rationality and logic within our society. It has since evolved to feature artists, videos and essays that comment on more contemporary themes. My goal is to make information easily accessible, I try to remain sensitive to the fact that most people don’t have the time to sit down and read a 15-page essay by Nietzsche on the fly so I often post excerpts from books and poems or post videos of lectures or interviews by someone I think has something significant to say. There is usually a link at the end of each post to allow more ambitious readers a resource for further exploration. I use the blog as a forum to expose our internal, often neglected dispositions and to explore the phenomenon of a distorted and contrived world-reality (Insane Society).

What have been the most bizarre reactions from your friends or internet lurkers?
The search keywords that bring people to the blog are pretty fucking amazing: “harry raw pussy,” “Austrian pussy,” “hand in marecunt,” “self-castration” and “American cunt-fucking.” I have a feeling that I may be letting those individuals down but I’m pleased that I am part of their journey in search of strange, erotic virtual smut.

How often do you update your blog?
I have adopted the philosophy that that quality is better than quantity. Instead of posting daily, I usually chose a topic that I feel has particular substance or that I have worked on or written. However, I have found that although I may be under the impression that a post has some significance, the general trend of blog posts is that they don’t…and in this way most that may stumble upon the page will expect a magnitude of mildly interesting topics to browse and forget within the hour. So, I have since altered my approach and have recently been attempting to update 3 times a week and have begun to include essays and articles that I have found from other sources. I’m not sure if I want to begin appealing to the trend of over-information merely as an attempt to attract more readers but I’m also not convinced that it matters either way.

Does being located in Detroit, Austin, and Boston alter the way your web site is updated and the inspiration behind posts?
Traveling between multiple cities on a regular basis inevitably takes away from the time I have to update. Yet, there is no doubt that this mildly nomadic lifestyle has a great influence on the way my brain is working. For now, all of these cities feel like home but at the same time they don’t. Each place personally embodies a vastly different environment; one is totally academic, another totally chaotic, etc. Our internal dialogue is uncontrollably influenced by external stimulus. The things I post are a product of my interests. If I were fully consumed by one place I think my perspective would become stagnant.

Is your blog intertwined with your academic life?
I returned to school to study archaeology and art history because those are topics that I am inspired by and not because of the social pressures imposed on people my age to do so. Ancient history provides a context in which to consider the state of the modern condition. The study of material culture and the philosophy of thought have provided me with the inspiration to consider the ways in which the punk community creates its own material record. It is impossible to detach one from the other. My gut craves chaos but my head rationalizes these impulses — not as a means of control, but of understanding. Any commentary from my end is inevitably a product of these perspectives.

How and why did you start taxiderming (did I just make that word up)?
(I think you would say “practicing taxidermy.”) My father, grandfather and several other extended family members have all been morticians. As a child I spent a huge amount of time at the funeral home or cemetery. I suppose that I was desensitized to the dead but always retained a fascination for the art of preserving life. I followed up on a job posting for a bird skinner at a natural history museum and landed the job. I applied the training I received skinning birds in attempts to skin other animals and reptiles. I love the ways that we can manipulate the body of a creature to invent a kind of new identity after death…giving it a kind of second life. I started collecting road kill to skin and the hobby has kind of taken off from there. Now I have a freezer packed with dead animals and a garage full of ribcages and pelts hanging from the rafters to dry.

How does your taxidermy play into your blog?
I occasionally share photographs and updates about some of the work I do. I sit alone in a room for 16 hours a week with my arm shoved up the neck of a hawk and something about that activity that has become somewhat mundane to me. However, it seems like the kind of experience that is worth sharing with others.

How does your blog incorporate punk music?
I try to support music-focused blogs but it was never my intention to have this focus myself. However, the inclusion of music seems to happen naturally. I don’t have the energy to invest in posting torrent links to every rad record that I encounter but sometimes when an album or song is making me feel real good, I put it up. I’m a punk, it’s something I can’t avoid.

Do you think female sexuality makes punks uncomfortable?
That’s a complicated question. The topic of female sexuality is broadly multi-dimensional, including sociological, physiological, psychological, cultural and political facets of sexual identity and behavior. Women have often exploited the punk aesthetic as a commentary on female sexualization, whether in an attempt to challenge concepts of femininity or to redefine oversexualized perceptions of the female as a lust-object. This is a difficult concept for non-females to understand just as it is a challenge for women to sympathize with pressures of certain gender roles imposed on males. I think that the punk community is much more tolerant of the feminist conversation as a subversive anarchistic movement as opposed to outsiders but continues to lack cross-gendered support on the merits it’s actual content. The so-called ‘feminist’, or women who openly speak about their sexuality earn much less respect than they deserve within our community, which suggests an attitude of tolerance that lacks support. I think it’s fair to say that a female fronted band that is lyrically aligned with Discharge receives much more attention and support from their community than a female fronted band that is more aligned with Bikini Kill. Feminism has become a dirty word, even within punk. However, sexuality in general is an uncomfortable topic for our society. Beyond casual conversation about the ways in which we have fucked recently, we have very little conversation about our sexual identities among our peers — regardless of gender or sexual orientation. We are all raised within a society that largely teaches us to be ashamed of our bodies and dogmatically promotes “traditional” gender rolls. As punks, I hope that we can discover ways to reject this kind of conditioning and encourage an open conversation about sexuality, regardless of gender. Read the rest of this entry »

Monday Photo Blog: One more look back…

July 30th, 2012 by

Today is the final look back at the  Monday Photo Blog in celebrating 30 years of MRR. Once again I need your help in identifying most of the bands posted here. Obviously the first photo is of Extrem, as it’s stuck on the actual photo. But the rest are a mystery. I think the second from the bottom might be Wretched. Feel free to confirm it. A batch of MRR No-Prizes are up for grabs here. Be the envy of your local scene climbers when they hear/read that you’ve been bestowed the rare honor of the recently coveted MRR No-Prize! True believers only!



Eizen (from Spain)



Send your tour photos, bands that have come through your town, the best of your local bands, etc. to: . Include your name, a link to your website (or flickr, Facebook, or whatever), and the band (or subject), date and location of each photo. Just send your best photos — edit tightly. Three to seven photos is plenty, and it’s best to send pictures of different bands. Please do not send watermarked photos. Please make your photos 72 dpi and about 600–800 pixels at the longest side. Not everything sent in will be posted, and a response is not guaranteed, but we do appreciate all of your contributions. Feel free to submit more than once. Thanks!

MRR Radio #1307 • 7/29/12

July 29th, 2012 by

MRR Radio is a weekly radio show featuring the best DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore from the astounding, ever-growing Maximum Rocknroll record collection. You can find the MRR Radio podcast, as well as specials, archives, and more info at radio.maximumrocknroll.com. Thanks for listening, and stay tuned!

THIS WEEK: Lady punx, child actors, German ragers, new records, old comps — it’s all here!


Intro song:

Dr. Know

Francesca rolls out the newest lady punk havoc
PERMACULTURE – Silent Service
REPLICA – Sycophant
WHITE LUNG – The Bad Way
TANZKOMMANDO UNTERGANG – Pictures from the Past
NO STATIK – Never Be a Martyr

Dan’s picks from the new bin
NOOSE – Rebuild the Walls
WHITE WALLS – Always Home

Beenie – It’s a long way back to Germany
THE SHOCKS -Matrikel Micha
DEAN DIRG – I Don’t Like Your Band
IDLE HANDS – Endless War

Dan plays songs by bands with actors in them
DR. KNOW – What to Do
TOTAL ABUSE – It’s All Right, I’m All Wrong
NO WARNING – A Day in the Life
FUCKED UP – Manquellar Man

Dan – Comp-Hell-Ation vol. #4206669
NO PIGS – Broken Promises
NO LABELS – Compromises
MECHT MENSCH – Land of the Brave

Outro song:
THE LEFT – Fuck it

Life During Wartime interviews:
Light Brigade

July 27th, 2012 by

Hey, the Life During Wartime interviews are back! Our pals at the Life During Wartime radio show on KBOO in Portland, OR, like to share with us their talks with bands who perform live in the studio. This time Colin During Wartime interviews Portland’s new sensations LIGHT BRIGADE, whose 7″ was recently released on Raw Sugar Records out of New Orleans, and participants in infamous Downtown LA Chalk Riots of 2012

Check out their on-air performance HERE or here:


Chalk cops, Los Angeles


Colin (LDW): Okay you guys, here it comes! This is an interview with local mavens of music, Light Brigade.

Callie: Hello, Radio Land.

LDW: You are Light Brigade. Who are you individually? Say your name, what you play, and how ’bout the junk food snacks to eat on the road. Why don’t you start first Erin…

Erin: My name’s Erin Yanke, I play drums, and on the road I ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with potato chips and baby carrots.

Icky: My name’s Icky, on the road I ate slushies, and I play bass.

Callie: My name is Callie, I play the guitar, and I definitely at some point made everyone fussy with me cause I ordered a milkshake at a gas station, and it took a long time…

Erin: We just thought you were kidnapped. That was the bum-out part, not the milkshake…

Melinda: My name’s Melinda and I sing and play the train whistle, and I like coconut popsicles.

LDW: Your band is called Light Brigade. Tell me, where does that stem from, some kind of post impressionist painting?

Icky: No. Light Brigade came from me, from a list of prospective band names. I was thinking “Light Brigade, that sounds cool” (we all laugh). That was about it. I thought it’s like Brigade, kind of punk, but light like kind of dreamy. And also Light Brigade was the charge of the English cavalry  against the Russian artillery before WWI in the Crimea, and it was a clash of dumb antiquity versus modernism. It’s like us.

Callie: It’s also the name of a boring movie.

Erin: Explain more about dumb antiquity…

Icky: The Charge of the Light Brigade was a bunch of people who listened to their aristocratic British generals say, “Run into these Russian cannons”. That’s like us. (laughs)

LDW: How did this band come together?

Erin: I don’t remember exactly, but Icky currently attends nursing school in Pittsburgh, and we decided we’d have a band before he left, and we’d cram it all in. We started playing, then Icky said, “I know the perfect singer, her name’s Melinda.”

Callie: Then Melinda appeared and she had all these songs, it was great.

LDW: So Icky lives in Pittsburgh, how does that change the band dynamic?

Callie: We can’t Skype practice, though we thought about it

LDW: Why not?

Callie: The delay. The internet.

LDW: How else had it affected the band? Did you plan on continuing on after the move?

Icky: I don’t think so. We didn’t have too many plans, until I left, then we started thinking about plans. How has it affected the band? It’s sad.

Callie: We’re basically a holiday band. We play Christmas, 4th of July, weddings…

Erin:  I think we’d intended to quit when Icky left, and then we had a mini-Washington tour last year and in the middle of it we were all sad cause it was so fun, but we decided we could change our minds. We could not break up! Then we were happy. And we didn’t fulfill our dream of playing in Tacoma. Please Tacoma, let us play there…

LDW: Speaking of touring, you guys recently went on a tour. Let’s talk about it. Would you call it a success, were you happy with it?

Melinda: Yes.

LDW: Give me some tour stories…

Callie: One time, we were in LA, and we were playing at the Last Bookstore, which was really awesome.

Erin: There’s this LA Art Walk, like (Portland’s) Last Thursday, where a bunch of yahoos get wasted and look at art, and the commercial hip hop station co-sponsors live performances at this bookstore…

Callie: And they were MC-ing our show! I think my favorite part was when they said “three sexy ladies and one very sexy man…” It was so amazing, and then this riot broke out, where people were writing in chalk…

Erin: The Occupy LA people had been getting arrested for writing with chalk on the sidewalk, and so they had made an informational flyer and handed out chalk during the art walk. That turned into a typical LA cop riot. Everyone was trapped in the bookstore, but I was with Ariel in the van at the beginning of the riot, and we figured that was a bad time to be in the van and ended up about three police lines away from everyone else.

Callie: It added about four hours to our agenda.

Erin: I think about 20 people got arrested… it was probably the most exciting tour event.

Callie: It was more surreal than anything, lots of things happening at once, lots of emotions…

Icky: I walked out of the bookstore, and thought, What’s going on?  Then the cops threw some tear gas, so I went back inside and go to Callie and Katie who are looking at records and say, “I think there’s a riot going on outside.”  Katie walks to the window, and Callie goes, “Oh cool,” and keeps looking at records. So Katie and I are looking out the window, and I asked where Melida and Erin were. “Melinda’ s upstairs, and Erin’s in the van.” Cops are all around the street where the van is. Then Katie goes, “Oh wait, I just got a text from Erin.” “What’s it say?” “I’m in the van, where’s the corkscrew for the wine?” And I look outside, and, well, there’s a riot going on. Callie’s looking through records, and Erin’s like, “There’s cops outside the van tear gassing people and shooting beanbag  rounds into people, where’s the corkscrew?” (laughs) What ended up happening is there was a delay on the text cause everyone was using their phones and stuff, but we got it literally while we were watching the cops load up their guns with bean bag rounds. So, it was all a little odd.

LDW: It’s good to have a crew that’s pretty unaffected.

Callie: But there’s nothing we could do, I tried to leave earlier and the bouncers wouldn’t let me leave.

Icky: Bouncers in a bookstore, that’s LA…

LDW: You guys made a record.

Erin: Yes.

LDW: 7″ — who put it out? Wow did it come about? Tell me the story

Callie: It’s on Raw Sugar Records out of New Orleans, run by our friend Brice. Going back to the “Oh my goodness, Icky’s moving away” thing, we figured we’d better do something. An attempt of productivity, as a band with limited time to be together.

Erin: Our friend Sid came over to the house we practice at and recorded us there. Brice was in town DJing and helping with the roof of Icky’s old house, and they played the recording and he liked it.

Icky: He was blown away. He said, “Holy smokes, this rules. I have a label, let’s put it out.”

(bad jokes all round)

LDW: Next question for Melinda, This is the first band you’ve ever been in, is that correct?

Melinda: Yes.

LDW: Do you enjoy this whole being-in-a-band thing?

Melinda: Yes.

LDW: Is this something you’ve wanted to do for some time?

Melinda: I had dreams of it.

LDW: Literally or figuratively?

Melinda: Both.

LDW: Can you tell me one of the literal dreams?

Melinda: No.

LDW: Moving on, now… Who are you guys in your lives, what do you do?

Callie: I make coffee for the public, I listen to a lot of records, I play records on the radio, (KBOO 90.7 FM, Drinking from Puddles).

Melinda: I work at the Northwest Film Center.

Icky: I’m in nursing school, I used to work at the Film Center with Melinda. When we were looking for a singer I told our mutual co-worker, Joe, “I think maybe Melinda is going to be the singer for our band.” He said, “Oh, get the quietest person at our job to sing for your punk band,” and it worked. Joe was proven wrong.

Callie: Take that, Joe!

Erin: Icky’s also an awesome artist, part of the Just Seeds Collective… I am the program director of this station, and I also am in one other band called Social Graces.

LDW: What holds in the future?

(Alex Yusimov comes in the door and tells our future… jokes ensue…)

Erin: We’re supposed to figure out today if we’re playing a wedding in August… but for future things, we haven’t talked about it.

LDW: Anything you want to add?

Callie: Rock and roll!

Contact Light Brigade at PO Box 1113, Portland OR 97207

Life During Wartime can be heard on Portland, OR’s KBOO 90.7 FM Wednesday nights from 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. They can be reached at , and you can send them records at PO Box 1113, Portland OR 97207-1113. Subscribe to their podcast here.

This Must Be the Place: Post-Punk Tribes 1978 – 1982

July 25th, 2012 by

This weekend San Francisco’s Roxie Theater is bringing to the big screen several super-obscure film documents of the late-70s/early 80s post-punk explosion. THIS MUST BE THE PLACE: POST-PUNK TRIBES 1978 – 1982 is a unique show featuring eight San Francisco premiere screenings that is not to be missed.

We talked to Roxie Theater programmer Mike Keegan, to get the full scoop:

I watch a tremendous amount of rock documentaries, and I am more or less enthralled by even the weakest entries in the genre. One of the major bummers of the world of rock docs, however – especially in the light of the proliferation of hastily put-together docs about baby boomer and post-baby boomer bands – is the default cinematic language that’s codified around them. That is: rad archival footage cut woefully short by contemporary interviews with participants contextualizing and excusing away bad behavior and youthful exuberance from the comfortable armchair of middle age. To that, I say: fuck that weak noise, let’s see what they meant when they said it.

Mike’s being nice, but I think we can assume that there is less Keith Morris and more of what the hell things were like in those heady days.

The movies are arranged like a geographical travelogue… My co-programmer Gina Basso and I scoured the deepest corners of nerdy obsession and disreputable film academia to assemble a weekend of super-rare small-gauge (8mm, Super 8mm, 16mm) local films about the most inarguably exciting period of music, stuff between 1978 and 1982 that could fall underneath that epic umbrella called “post-punk.” After the much-hyped filth and fury of the initial punk movement almost instantly combusted or codified, things got much more interesting. In the halcyon pre-internet days, regional scenes were allowed to grow and develop their own identifiable and often highly idiosyncratic sounds, word of one another’s development spreading slowly through fanzines and small mail order distributors. Lucky for us, there were also cameras laying around.

Of particular interest are these two films:

I CAN SEE IT AND I’M PART OF IT: San Francisco Punk Portraits 1978 – 82
The time between Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974 and Reagan’s ascent from CA governor to U.S. presidency in 1981 marks a prolific surge of artistic and creative production across California, often taking a sharp trajectory from the 60s utopian idealism as a strong sense of distrust and disillusionment cast its long, dark shadows and was reflected in music – once again, the natural channel for response, reaction and outrage. In San Francisco the thriving music scene developed its own punk conceit, an arsenal comprised of bands, filmmakers, artists, clubs and the ever-supportive denizens along for the ride. Gender factors largely into the equation as women were not merely audience members, but forceful contributors driving the scene. The boundary between the spectator and performer was often blurred as audience members were inspired to pick up instruments, form bands and be on the stage the very next week. The DIY aesthetic prevailed… and the cameras were rolling!

I CAN SEE IT AND I’M PART OF IT is a unique glimpse into SF’s punk past – an archival treasure trove comprised of moving and still images, both amateur and professional. This shorts program, curated especially for THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, includes but is not limited to:

In the Red — a slice of life from the perspective of two friends (co-directors Liz Keim and Karen Merchant) who followed the scene at close range. A poetic tapestry of live performance, intimate interviews (Will Shatter exposed!) and cityscapes. In the Red gives insight into a creative and politically charged environment at the dawn of the 80s. A dusty and gritty gem! Dirs: Liz Keim & Karen Merchant. Digital. 1978. 20 mins.

Louder, Faster, Shorter — a raw and powerful performance document recorded at the Mabuhay Gardens in March 1978 during a benefit concert for striking Kentucky coal miners. Bands UXA, The Dils, The Avengers, Sleepers, and Mutants raised over $3000! Beautifully shot, it’s an insider’s view that takes you to the belly of the beast, a musical time traveler’s delight. Dir: Mindaugus Bagdon. 16mm. 1978. 17 mins.

Bruce Connor, a key figure in San Francisco’s artistic community since the 1950s, began documenting the SF punk scene in 1977 when his friend Toni Basil (the dancer from his seminal film Breakaway and of “Oh Mickey you’re so fine…” fame) invited him to see Devo. This portion of I CAN SEE IT AND I’M PART OF IT includes a slideshow presentation of Conner’s legendary portraits of individuals and performance shots, a primary element of the history of SF punk. Conner segment includes music videos he made during this time: Mongoloid (music by Devo), and Mea Culpa (feauturing music by David Byrne & Brian Eno).

Still from Bruce Connor’s Mongoloid

Despite the heavy regionalism we’re focusing on in this series, these bands did not exist in a bubble. Through various magical combinations of guile, luck, stupidity and very hard work, plenty of bands got in the van and relentlessly criss-crossed the nation, serving as Johnny Appleseeds of the underground. Once the van was back on the road, a new scene had sprung. Thanks to the Hugh M. Hefner Archive of the Moving Image, we’re tapping into an unimagined motherlode of live footage from the likes of Public Image Limited, Black Flag, the Avengers, Suicide and many more, much of it shot for regional television programs or personal collections. 16mm/35mm/Digital. 1978 – 1982. Approx. 75 mins.

This Must Be The Place: Post-Punk Tribes 1978 – 1982 shows Friday, July 27 – Sunday, July 29 at The Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street (between Valencia and Guerrero), San Francisco, CA. Full Program details HERE