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Bay Area Record Fair, November 19

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 5, 2017 06:43pm | Post a Comment

The Bay Area Record Fair (aka BARF) brings together the best and brightest in local music around the Bay Area for a day of community, celebration, and camaraderie. This year they'll take over the Swedish American Hall and Cafe du Nord on Sunday, November 19th from noon to 5pm. Admission is FREE, but you can beat the rush and get in at 11am with $5 Early Bird tickets available HERE!

BARF's celebration of the local music scene and the people who help make it happen welcomes over 40 independent record labels (Alternative Tentacles, Tricycle, Father/Daughter, Death Records, Fat Wreck Chords, Empty Cellar...just to name a few) providing hours of browsing and buying enjoyment. There will also be guest DJs spinning throughout the day and a raffle for stellar prize packs. See you at the Fair!


Bay Area Record Fair

Bay Area Record Fair, November 6

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 23, 2016 07:21pm | Post a Comment

This year the Bay Area Record Fair (aka BARF) brings together the best and brightest in local music from around the Bay Area to the Swedish American Hall on Sunday, November 6th. Their celebration of the local music scene and the people who help make it happen welcomes over 30 independent record labels (Alternative TentaclesMelters, Death Records, Fat Wreck Chords, Father/Daughter, Empty Cellar...just to name a few) providing hours of browsing and buying enjoyment for you! The event is FREE and starts at noon, but you can get a jump on the crate digging at 11:00am with an early bird ticket for just $5! Get those early bird tickets HERE.


Besides browsing the bins and kibitzing with local label folks, there will be guest DJs spinning throughout the day, plus two huge prize packs being raffled off including Different Fur studio time, a U-Turn Audio turntable, Vinyl Me, Please subscriptions, Meze Headphones, SF Guitarworks guitar setup, Pirates Press credit, and more! Check out your raffle ticket buying options HERE. See you at the Fair!
 

Bay Area Record Fair, BARF

ANGRY AMOEBLOGGER RANTS ON BUSH, PUNK, AND THE 80's

Posted by Billyjam, January 19, 2008 11:00am | Post a Comment

Man! I miss the eighties. I miss the 1980's mainly for the music and the vibe surrounding it. Yes in-fuckin-deed!

Perhaps even more than the hip-hop of that decade (which I love to death), I miss the American punk rock of the 1980's even more.

I miss 80's US punk because the music was still fresh and vibrant and hard(core). It was when punk itself was still an ideal that hadn't been fully exploited yet, not some fuckin pre-packaged commodity hawked as a fashion accessory at the Hot Topic outlet down at the local strip mall USA. 

Back then punk zines from MRR all the way down to every small but passionately put together two-page Xeroxed, circulation of ten had balls. And near everything related to punk, from zines to album covers to concert fliers and of course the music/lyrics itself, had a strong scent of political activism. And the one thing that seemed to cement everything together? The president at the time: Ronald Reagan. 

If you've forgotten who Reagan was, let me refresh your memory. He was a former governor of California who made some bad decisions but still became president of the USA. Reagan was (like George W. Bush) a Republican and (also like Bush) someone that folks liked to mock and imitate and disdain. He liked jellybeans. He asked "where's the beef?" and (like Bush) was the puppet of corrupt big business powers behind the scenes. 

And at that time it seemed every punk rock group had a song or album or show flier about Reagan. I thought of this when I went crate-digging in my punk section this morning and dug up my copy of the great Alternative Tentacles compilation Let Them Eat Jellybeans and also an album by the great former band Reagan Youth -- just two examples of punk releases fueled by their contempt towards the then-president of the USA.
reagan youth
Reagan Youth, which was formed in Queens, NY by Dave "Insurgent" Rubinstein and Paul "Cripple" Bakija, used to play bills with the likes of the Dead Kennedys and Bad Brains (both on the Jellybeans comp on Jello Biafra's label).

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