Jun 25 2016

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NYC Update

Jun 25 2016








( I like this one because she wore the hat and sunglasses to go out on a racking mission and she’s so proud of herself when she looks at the camera.)

-mat t


Jun 24 2016




Jun 24 2016


Demo Selecter: Bitter Quarrel 1991

Jun 24 2016

Demos were almost as important as 7″‘s and I liked to collect as many as possible. I admit to writing a bunch of people in the classifieds of MRR and trading demos. This is one of the tapes I’d always copy.

There’s not that many demos on youtube.

There’s an incomplete portrait of hardcore on there because of it. You can see live shows, hear long out of print records, see people hanging out, watch old people talk about stuff that happened, but there aren’t that many demos. Granted a lot of them were not recorded well or played well, but there’s some moments in there and there’s a lot of heart.

Being in a band with a known demo was a pretty big deal. It took some effort to find someone with a 4 track mixer (or not), record a tape, draw the cover, make a cool lyric sheet with some art, a thank you list, your address and probably your mom’s landline. Then you had to make an ad to send out to zines you liked and walk around lines and crowds at hardcore shows and sell it to a bunch of zitty smart asses with five dollars in their pockets.

Bitter Quarrel was a north jersey skinhead band, more hardcore than Oi! . They were friends with this other NJ band called No Laughing Matter. I can’t find that demo, but it was cool too.

My friend Karyn was friends with the guitar player Alap. He was a skinhead with a flight jacket and boots. The whole deal. I hung out with them a couple of times around 1991. Later in a random conversation in the 2000’s I found out he went on to start a backpack rap group called Dalek and recorded/produced many records. The wikipedia says his name is Oktopus.

Here’s the wikipedia: LINK

And there’s the demo:

Jun 24 2016



Jun 23 2016

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In Local News…

Jun 23 2016

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If you want to bring back the 90’s I guess reopening Holmesburg is a way to do it.

No no but really this is really gearing up to be something interesting.

Critical Mass set off the RNC 2004 in NYC.

Remember the bike is the best way to get around in these situations.

Is there a Critical Mass scheduled for the DNC 2016?

Maybe no one has the heart for it anymore.

SL Selecter

Jun 23 2016









ebays of IT

I am not youth culture.

Jun 22 2016



ressurection shirt 1991

This would be hype to wear to the boardwalk that summer. Let everyone else on vacation know you’re not like them. Shore Core gear.

This is a great illustration of the change straight edge hardcore went through:


release in 89



ressurection in 91

I think both of these songs held up, It’s cool how different they are- 2 or 3 years went by and things had just moved on.


Look at this show in 93.

This was near the end or Ressurection.

Hardcore in this area sucked and the shows were boring. (No offense to Chris or Bull or whoever booked the show. ) Everyone went to college, got to smart for hardcore and forgot about why it was fun to begin with. They learned to play their instruments, and then had nowhere else to go. So they kept playing “hardcore” shows.

The violence and aggression of the earlier generation had alienated the new suburban crowd and they responded by creating their own scenes, sometimes loosely connected to the way things were before…replacing aggression with inclusion.

There was no Youth Crew left in New York City, people moved out, dropped out, sold out, and moved on. Straight edge went from an east coast urban central location to a suburban decentralized network of scenes.

The suburbs surrounding Philly in all directions had always been fertile with straight edge bands. By 1993 a lot of the kids from these bands and the related scenes started moving to Center City Philadelphia. In 1994 things were coming together and by 95/96 there was a legitimate straight edge hardcore scene. No one really moved to Philly then. You were a local or you didn’t live here. I was a transplant from the suburbs but it’s always felt like home to me.

There was only three types of people who would move to Philly, (mostly college students)… If you were in the straight edge (or x-straight edge haha) hardcore scene, or you were a skateboarder, or you were into graffiti…

The hardcore scene was big and tougher. A lot of us grew up experiencing the insanity of the late 80’s and early 90’s and we acted like nothing had changed in 95. Many of us were still chasing the dragon we caught as adolescents. There was a couple shows a week of different related genres. Love Park was a skateboarding Mecca. Espo and Des still lived in Philly and were making On the Go magazines and videos here.

These three things drew a new group of people in.

If you read the City Paper (The Welcome Mat) or Philadelphia Weekly you’d have no idea this stuff was going on. The people that wrote about music and culture in Philadelphia at that time were absolutely clueless (but you can bet they thought they were cool). So much was happening, the scenes were so active, so many people that were here and part of it would move onto greatness, and the local media was lost.

It was right under your nose shitheads.

Graffiti, skateboarding and hardcore music were distasteful to them.

These three groups of people funneled into the exciting world of Being a Bike Messenger.

Being a bike messenger was more distasteful than all three of those things combined.

and the rest…is Landlords Cycling.

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