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A 7-year-old’s drawings of classic rap albums

Via the fantastic So Bad So Good blog comes word of the talented lad Yung Lenox, who at age 7 is filling his Instagram account with his own re-creations of classic hip hop album art, with some punk and metal in the mix as well. Now, I’ve never known a kid who didn’t love to draw, but this kid shows some promise a bit beyond his years. He’s also admirably prolific, and enterprising to boot—he has an online store where he’s selling prints of his work. There’s little else I could add but to question whether he’s even allowed to listen to any of these, but since that does little to illuminate the actual work, let’s just have a look at the images.

Raekwon, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx

Ice Cube, Amerikkkas Most Wanted

Dr. Octagon, Dr Octagonecologyst

2Pac, All Eyez on Me

A Tribe Called Quest, The Low End Theory

Slayer, Live: Decade of Aggression

Minor Threat, Minor Threat

2 Live Crew, As Nasty As They Wanna Be

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Henry Rollins working at Häagen-Dazs, 1981

Fun photos of Henry Rollins (and Ian MacKaye) back when he worked at a Häagen-Dazs, circa 1981.

Apparently Henry was a model employee at his Washington D.C. area Häagen-Dazs franchise. He was promoted to assistant manager!

More images available like this in the book Punk Love by Susie J. Horgan.

Previously on Dangerous Minds:

Listen to Henry Rollins and Ian MacKaye’s 2-hour DJ set on KCRW




Via BuzzFeed

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This is Hardcore: Minor Threat live at CBGB, 1982
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Minor Threat flyer
While this video is as muddy as shit—after all, nobody had an iPhone yet—it’s still a fascinating document of the seminal DC hardcore band gigging in the NYC’s ultimate punk rock venue. And it sounds better than it looks, anyway.

As he introduces a cover of Wire’s “12XU,” Ian MacKaye says something about the carburetor making them three hours late. The other bands on the bill were The Mob and Urban Waste, NYC bands both—notice that the flier advertises Minor Threat as being “FROM DC.” According to Steven Blush’s American Hardcore: A Tribal History, this gig was the last one Urban Waste would ever play. A year later, Minor Threat too would be no more.

Conceptual artist/writer Dan Graham made a documentary about Minor Threat and their fans in 1983. In the book Dan Graham: Rock My Religion,  cultural theorist Kodwo Eshun references a video of this show taken by Graham; this is presumably that video.

Steppin’ Stone (Monkees cover)
Straight Edge
Small Man, Big Mouth
Seeing Red
Minor Threat
Guilty of Being White
12XU (Wire cover)
Screaming At a Wall
It Follows
Out of Step (With the World)
I Don’t Wanna Hear It
Little Friend
No Reason
Bottled Violence
Think Again
In My Eyes

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Minor Threat t-shirts sold at Urban Outfitters now
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Minor Threat

Nothing is sacred anymore… nothing. Urban Outfitters is now selling Minor Threat t-shirts for a mere $28.00! What’s next? The Nation of Ulysses hoodie?

According to Washington City Paper even though Dischord doesn’t make t-shirts, Minor Threat is a different story because of all the gazillion bootlegs out there. Ian MacKaye and Co. hired a company based out of California to “oversee their official shirts, and when a bootleg crops up, let them deal with it.”

“It’s not a political thing for me,” MacKaye says. “I just don’t give a fuck about T-shirts.” At some point, the former Minor Threat frontman said to the band, “This is crazy. I spend so much of my time” chasing down bootleggers. He found that when he contacted the responsible parties about their bootlegs, they just gave him hell. “They get in your face… or they deny it,” he says. “It’s a complete waste of time.”

Just because the shirt is licensed doesn’t mean MacKaye approves of the sweatshoppy clothing chain selling his band’s shirts, though. “Do I think it’s absurd? Yes, I certainly do,” he says. He also thinks the asking price is ridiculous, but he’s more or less resigned to it. “Motherfuckers pay $28, that’s what they wanna pay for their shirts.”

He compares the pricey T-shirts to people happily blowing their money on expensive shoes. Why do they do it? “I guess it makes their feet feel fuckin’ rich,” he says.

And there you have it. You’ll be seeing a lot of youngins around town sportin’ a t-shirt of a band they probably don’t even know who the fuck they were. Or even if it was a band at all.

Below, Minor Threat live at 9:30 Club, June 23, 1983:

Via Washington City Paper and h/t Jeff Albers

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Ice cream-eating motherf*cker: Minor Threat Ice Cream Truck
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Ice cream
Ice cream truck

Yeah, it’s a photoshop job by Brian Miller, but still…someone’s gotta make this happen, amirite?!

Washington City Paper writes:

Guy Picciotto’s ice cream-eating motherfucker screed, immortalized in the Fugazi documentary Instrument, gets trucked.

And yes, Miller knows Picciotto wasn’t in Minor Threat, he just “couldn’t resist the pun.”

Thanks, Jeff Albers!

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Happy Birthday: Ian MacKaye turns 50 today
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Minor Threat
Ian Mackaye
Ian Svenonius

Ian MacKaye at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC, 1983
Frontman for Minor Threat, The Teen Idles, Embrace, Fugazi and co-founder of Dischord Records, Ian MacKaye turns 50 years old today! So here’s a BIG happy birthday to you, Mr. MacKaye!

Below, Fugazi perform “Bad Mouth” live in 1991 at the Sacred Heart Church in Washington, DC.

Ian Svenonius of Nation of Ulysses, The Make-Up and Weird War interviews Ian MacKaye for Soft Focus:

After the jump, Fugazi documentary Instrument in its entirety…

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A riot of their own: Fear blow up late night TV

John Belushi left Saturday Night Live in 1979 but agreed to appear on the show on Halloween of 1981 if one of his favorite bands, Fear, was hired as the musical guest. SNL, which was in a ratings slump, didn’t hesitate to agree to Belushi’s terms. Fear got the gig.

In order to create some excitement during Fear’s upcoming performance, Belushi contacted Ian Mackaye, who was fronting Washington D.C.‘s Minor Threat at the time.

“This is John Belushi. I’m a big fan of Fear’s. I made a deal with Saturday Night Live that I would make a cameo appearance on the show if they’d let Fear play. I got your number from Penelope Spheeris, who did Decline of Western Civilization and she said that you guys, Washington DC punk rock kids, know how to dance. I want to get you guys to come up to the show.”

Mackaye agreed to pull together some of his friends to go to New York. Little did he know that he would be in the center of one of television’s great rock and roll moments.

In an interview with Nardwuar, Mackaye describes what happened:

It was worked out that we could all arrive at the Rockefeller Center where Saturday Night Live was being filmed. The password to get in was “Ian MacKaye.” We went up the day before. The Misfits played with The Necros at the Ukrainian hall, I think, so all of the Detroit people were there, like Tesco Vee and Cory Rusk from the Necros and all the Touch and Go people and a bunch of DC people – 15 to 20 of us came up from DC. Henry (Rollins) was gone. He was living in LA at this point. So we went to the show. During the dress rehearsal, a camera got knocked over. We were dancing and they were very angry with us and said that they were going to not let us do it then Belushi really put his foot down and insisted on it. So, during the actual set itself, they let us come out again.

During the show – before they go to commercial, they always go to this jack-o-lantern. This carved pumpkin. If you watched it during the song, you’ll see one of our guys, this guy named Bill MacKenzie, coming out holding the pumpkin above his head because he’s just getting ready to smash it. And that’s when they cut it off. They kicked us out and locked us out for two hours. We were locked in a room because they were so angry with us about the behavior. I didn’t think it was that big of deal.

They said they were going to sue us and have us arrested for damages. There was so much hype about that. The New York Post reported half a million dollars worth of damages. It was nothing. It was a plastic clip that got broken. It was a very interesting experience and I realized how completely unnatural it is for a band to be on a television show – particularly a punk band – that kind of has a momentum to suddenly be expected to immediately jump into a song in that type of setting. It was very weird. Largely unpleasant. Made me realize that’s not something I’m interested in doing.”

Belushi was also among the moshers.

Fear’s SNL debut cost them future gigs with the show, clubs wouldn’t book them, and reputedly an offer from Belushi for the band to do the soundtrack of his next movie Neighbors was rescinded by the studio producing the film after Belushi’s death. All for the love of rock and roll.

“It’s great to be here in New Jersey!”

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Download 911 American Hardcore Tracks From 1981-1986 For Free

Steven Blush, author of American Hardcore: A Tribal History, has uploaded 911 hardcore tracks of his favorite bands for free.  Some of the artists include: Flipper, Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Minutemen, Hüsker Dü, Dicks, Butthole Surfers, Cro-Mags and more!

Travel on over to 24 Hours of Hardcore compiled by Steven Blush and download the goodness while it lasts. 

Side note from Steven: “COPYRIGHT HOLDERS: I will delete your tracks at your request.

(via Das Kraftfuttermischwerk)


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