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Dag Nasty announce Northeast shows

Washington DC punk veterans Dag Nasty will be playing 4 Northeast shows in late December. All 4 shows will see the band joined by Loud Boyz, and the first 2 will also feature Iron Reagan.

Check out the dates and locations below to see if they’re stopping near you.

Having reunited in late 2015, Dag Nasty released a new 7″ titled Cold Heart earlier this year through Dischord Records. It’s the band’s first new music since their 2002 LP Minority of One.



Dag Nasty announce new 7″, stream songs

Dag Nasty is back!  The classic DC punk act have recently been announcing some reunion shows and tours, but today, they have announced that they are also putting out new music, featuring the original lineup.

The band will be releasing a two-song 7″ on May 20th via (who else?) Dischord Records.  You can listen to both tracks – “Cold Heart” and “Wanting Nothing” – below.

Dag Nasty last released an album of old, unreleased recordings Dag With Shawn in 2010 via Dischord Records.



Fugazi streams “First Demo”

Fugazi is set to release a new album of previously-unreleased demos next week, but you can stream it today!  Check out First Demo below.  The tracks were originally recorded in 1988, and were, in fact, Fugazi’s first demo.

If you want to get your hands on a hard copy, it will be out on November 18th via  Dischord Records.

Although Fugazi have never officially disbanded, they have been on an indefinite hiatus since the 2001 release of their most recent studio album The Argument.



Fugazi stream demo of “Merchandise”

Fugazi are streaming a previously unreleased demo version of their song “Merchandise,” and you can give it a listen below.

This version of the track is taken from the band’s first demo, which was recorded in 1988 and will be officially released to the public as First Demo this November 11th through Dischord Records.



“Salad Days: A Decade of Punk In Washington, D.C. (1980-90)” documentary due in December

A new documentary about Washington D.C.’s hardcore scene, titled Salad Days: A Decade of Punk In Washington, D.C. (1980-90), is due for release in December 2014. You can watch the trailer of the documentary, which features Dave Grohl (the singer and guitarist of Foo Fighters and former drummer of Nirvana), below.

Salad Days focuses on the DIY punk scene of the 1980s, featuring acts such as Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Void and Fugazi. A press release for the film states:

“Contextually, it was a cultural watershed that predated the alternative music explosion of the 1990s (and the industry’s subsequent implosion). Thirty years later, DC’s original DIY punk spirit serves as a reminder of the hopefulness of youth, the power of community and the strength of conviction.”

Salad Days was directed and written by music journalist and musician Scott Crawford, who ran hardcore fanzine Metrozine. It also includes interviews with Ian MacKaye, Henry Rollins and Thurston Moore. While a portion of the film will be shown at the CBGB’s Film Festival in New York this Saturday (October 11th), an after-party for the premiere takes place on December 20th at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C. and will see a set from a reunited Soulside as well as Moss Icon.



Fugazi detail “First Demo” release

Fugazi have announced that they will release their first demo tape appropriately titled “First Demo” on November 11, 2014 through Dischord Records.

You can view the cover art and track list below.

Although Fugazi have never officially disbanded, they have been on an indefinite hiatus since the 2001 release of their most recent studio album The Argument.



Fugazi to release “First Demo”

Fugazi recorded their first demo tape back in early 1988, and of the eleven tracks recorded, only one (“In Defense of Humans”) has ever been officially released. The rest were dubbed onto cassettes and distributed at shows.

Now, Dischord Records is going to release the songs (including one that was recorded but never distributed) as a CD or LP/MP3 album. We don’t have an exact date for the release, but look for it later this year.



10 things you probably didn’t know about Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi, etc.)

Almost everybody in the punk scene knows who Ian MacKaye is. At the very least you know him as the lead singer of Minor Threat and Fugazi, and maybe even as the co-founder of Dischord Records.  But there’s so much more you don’t know!  To help educate you we’ve put together a list of 10 things you probably didn’t know about Ian.  Expand your knowledge below.



Punk Rock Trivia: Atlantic Records wanted to sign Fugazi

Every once in a while the punk rock geniuses (we read a lot of Wikipedia, after all) here at Dying Scene like to unleash some noteworthy trivia. Today’s “fun factoid” is about Fugazi refusing to sign with a major label.

In 1993, one year before the success of The OffspringGreen Day and Rancid, Fugazi were pursued by a number of major record labels when they were on tour promoting their seminal album In on the Kill Taker. During their sold-out 3-night stint at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom that September, Atlantic Records president Ahmet Ertegün met Fugazi backstage and offered them ten million dollars and “anything they wanted” to sign to his label. They refused, and would continue releasing albums on Ian MacKaye’s label Dischord Records.

Just stop for a moment and imagine what Red Medicine would sound like if it was released on Atlantic. Yeah, that would be weird.



Kickstarter launched for “Punk the Capital” documentary (feat. Ian Mackaye, Henry Rollins, Jello Biafra and more)

Filmmakers and punk scene vets James Schneider and Paul Bishow have spent years working on the penultimate chronicling of the DC punk and harDCore scenes that they’ve long been a part of. The pair have spent countless hours pouring through vintage concert performances and conducting interviews with the likes of Ian Mackaye, Henry Rollins, Jello Biafra, Tesco Vee, Jeff Nelson and a bunch more.

From the film’s website:

Focusing on the period between 1976 and 1985, this documentary explores how D.C. Punk gained momentum and an affirmative, creative and constructive community emerged. At the core of the film is an artist’s co-op called Madams Organ. It was a space of possibility, like punk itself, where the foundations of a remarkable scene took form. The Organ was a place where generations and musical genres mixed. It became the launching pad for the D.C. harDCore movement.

Schneider and Bishow and company have launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to crowd-source funding for the last step in the process: putting together and preserving the final process. Click here to check it out. Some pretty cool perks involved: DVDs, prints, posters, bricks from the now-demolished Ontario Theater.

Head below to check out the filmmakers’ 2006 interview with the legendary Ian Mackaye.



Dischord Records to re-issue State of Alert demo

Dischord Records will be releasing the demo from DC Hardcore band State of Alert (commonly referred to as S.O.A.). The band is notable for being Henry Rollins‘ first band, prior to joining Black Flag in 1981.

The demo, aptly titled First Demo 12/29/80, will be released on March 11, 2014, and it will collect the eight songs that the band recorded with Skip Groff at Inner Ear during its first studio session in (as the title implies) December of 1980.

 



Minor Threat t-shirts being sold at Urban Outfitters, Ian MacKaye approves

According to an article in the Washington City Paper Urban Outfitters is selling Minor Threat t-shirts to urban hipsters for $28.  One might expect a serious backlash from the punk community but is it justified if Ian MacKaye himself gives his consent?

From the original article:

“Dischord doesn’t make T-shirts,” MacKaye clarifies in a phone call. But Minor Threat is another story. Because so many bootlegged Minor Threat shirts are constantly floating around the universe, MacKaye decided the band had to do something about it. The solution: Get another company to oversee their official shirts, and when a bootleg crops up, let them deal with it. “It’s fucking absurd the amount of bootlegs are out there,” MacKaye says, and “my time is better spent doing other things.”

“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.”

Next up, Black Flag hoodies at Nordstrom!



The Evens announce US tour

The Evens have announced a short run of US tour dates in the first half of August, seeing the band travel around the the northeast.

Check out the dates here.

The Evens released their third album, The Odds, last year via Dischord Records.



Video: Ian MacKaye’s full speech at the Library of Congress

As you may have known, the legendary Ian MacKaye – who is apparently worth a shitload of money – recently delivered a speech on personal digital archiving, file sharing, the internet’s impact on the record industry, and a whole bunch of other stuff at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

You can check out a video of MacKaye’s full speech right here.

MacKaye might be best known for his tenure as the vocalist of Minor Threat and vocalist/guitarist of Fugazi, as well as being the co-founder of longtime DIY label Dischord Records. In November 2012 he and his wife Amy Farina released The Odds, which was their third album under the moniker The Evens.



Quotes from Ian MacKaye’s Library of Congress talk

A few weeks ago we reported that The Evens guitarist / vocalist Ian MacKaye would be speaking at the Library of Congress in regards to digital archiving. MacKaye gave his lecture this past Tuesday, May 7, and (as expected) the Internet has already compiled some choice quotes from the Dischord Records co-founder’s speech.

We’ve put up our four favorite quotes below, but you can read the full collection of quotes here.

On the Role of Record Labels:
“Record labels sell plastic. That’s what they sell. They’re not evil, they’re not bad. I have a record label. The plastic they sell has become more attractive to you — or to the buyer — because of the information that has been infused into it. It’s essentially the same as the difference between having a baseball cap that’s blank, or having one that has the Washington Nationals ‘W’ on it. Why you would pay more for the Nationals one is because the hat maker — in theory, at least — is paid to have the rights to put this ‘W’ on the hat.”

On How the Internet Has Impacted the Record Industry:
“They enjoyed a hundred-year monopoly, and then the Internet came along and screwed things up for them. But they’re still trying to figure out how to erect the tollbooths. And they’ll do it, because they’ve got Congress on their side. It’s just for those of us who don’t want to engage in that to figure out how to get around their silly tollbooths.”

On File Sharing:
“Every song I ever wrote, I wrote to be heard. So, if I was given a choice that 50 years from now I could either have a dollar or knowing that some kid was listening to my song, I’d go with the kid listening to my song.”

On the Definition of Punk:
“People ask me: ‘What is punk? How do you define punk?’ Here’s how I define punk: It’s a free space. It could be called jazz. It could be called hip-hop. It could be called blues, or rock, or beat. It could be called techno. It’s just a new idea. For me, it was punk rock. That was my entrance to this idea of the new ideas being able to be presented in an environment that wasn’t being dictated by a profit motive.”