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Ian MacKaye to Speak at the Library of Congress

The highly influential Ian MacKaye is scheduled to speak at the Library of Congress regarding personal digital archiving and the need to educate creators and users in ways to steward our digital cultural heritage.

MacKaye is scheduled to speak on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at 6 p.m. in the Mumford Room of the James Madison Memorial Building, located at 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event, sponsored by the Library’s National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

More information on the event can be found 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 Amy Farina released The Odds, their third album under the moniker The Evens.

Video Archive: Fugazi live in Washington, D.C., 1988

If you like the band Fugazi and never got to see them when they were around, click here to watch a 22-minute video of the post-hardcore legends performing live at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. on December 29, 1988. At that time, they were promoting their self-titled EP (also referred to as 7 Songs), which was released a month before the performance.

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.

Sacred Cow Saturday: Fugazi- “Repeater”

Punk rock has been around long enough  to hold within its musical boundaries a slew of albums considered both classic and essential. We here at Dying Scene love and appreciate these classic albums, but every once and a while we have the urge to challenge what the community has deemed sacred. Every other Saturday, two Dying Scene writers will square off head-to-head and either attack or defend one of these so-called classics. Up for slaughter today is Fugazi‘s “Repeater.” Does the 1990 classic hold up today? You be the judge. Carson Winter will be defending and Jo will be attacking.

Let the battle begin!

Video Archive: Holy Rollers live in Washington, DC, 1989

If you enjoy listening to some post-hardcore music and got 31 minutes to spare, click here to watch a video of the defunct post-hardcore band from Washington, DC Holy Rollers performing live at the 9:30 Club in their hometown on August 25, 1989.

Holy Rollers released their last album, which is self-titled, in 1993 on Dischord Records and split up two years later.

Brian Baker says there will be no Minor Threat reunion

In a recent interview with, Bad Religion guitarist Brian Baker was asked if there was any hope of a reunion of one of his former bands Minor Threat. He replied:

“No. That would ruin it I think. Minor Threat was a product of its time and we aren’t minors anymore and we certainly aren’t threatening. I just think to destroy the myth wouldn’t serve anybody. Minor Threat wasn’t very popular until years after we broke up so I just don’t see any reason to tarnish the idea that people have developed over the years about a band they never saw.”

Minor Threat split up in 1983, months after the release of their only studio album Out of Step, and all the members have been making music individually since.

Full DVD Stream: “D.I.Y. or Die: How To Survive As An Independent Artist”

Slow news day.  You know what that means – time to entercate yourself with a documentary.

“D.I.Y. or Die: How To Survive As An Independent Artist” features interviews with Ian MacKaye (Fugazi), J Mascis (Dinosaur jr.), John John Jesse (Demonic Erotic painter), Jim Rose (Jim Rose Sideshow), Jim Thirwell (Foetus), Lydia Lunch, Mike Watt (Minutemen), Richard Kern (Filmmaker), Ron Asheton (Stooges), Madagin Shive (Bonfire Madagin), Dave Brockie (Gwar) and many others.

The 60-minute film explores the methods and motivations of independent American artists working in different genres and mediums. “DIY or Die” profiles a fascinating group of icons and unknowns working in various media including print, film, graphic art, performance art and music.


Deathfix (members of Fugazi, Blowoff, and Medications) detail album; annouce US tour dates; stream new song “Transmission”

Washington DC’s Deathfix (featuring Brendan Canty of Fugazi and Blowoff’s Rich Morel, along with Devin Ocampo and Mark Cisneros, both from Medications) will be releasing their self-titled debut on February 19, 2013 via Dischord Records. The band will be doing a short East Coast tour in support of the album.

You can see the tracklist and tour dates here.

The band is also streaming a song from the album, titled “Transmission,” which you can listen to right here.

Watch: DIY documentary about Gray Matter (1980s DC post-hardcore)

Stumbled upon a pretty interesting video today that I thought I’d share with the masses.

Proving that not all young people’s musical tastes trend toward vapid pop nonsense, it seems a high school kid put together a pretty cool documentary about 1980s DC post-hardcore band Gray Matter. For the uninitiated, Gray Matter put out two full-lengths (Food For Thought and Thog) and a few more EPs on Ian Mackaye’s Dischord Records before disbanding in 1993. Click here to check out the documentary; it’s definitely worth a look, especially for the live performance stuff.

There are rumors of a reunion/30th anniversary gig in Washington DC later this year, but we’ll keep you posted.

Album Review: The Evens – “The Odds”

Six years. That’s how long it’s been since The Evens released their last album, Get Evens. On the surface, the songs on the band’s third album, The Odds, don’t sound too far off from the songs on the first two albums. Sweet melodies, laid-back tempos set by both the drums and baritone guitars, and soft singing provided by both Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina. But when you really dig in to the core of the songs, there are a lot of structural and compositional differences. The Odds finds The Evens experimenting with new sounds, darker tones, and just general loudness. Not that this is a heavy-hitting album in the vein of Minor Threat, but both Ian and Amy raise their voices more on The Odds than they ever did before.

During several moments on the album, there are tracks that play almost like stripped down Fugazi tunes. The guitar playing is intricate, and the two vocalists trade off between each other between verses and chorus, not unlike the way MacKaye would do with Guy Picciotto in Fugazi. Even with that factored in, there’s never a moment when it feels like you could be listening to Steady Diet of Nothing instead of this album; it’s just The Evens finding a way to expand their sound while still staying stripped down to their two person line up. Among the best of these tracks are “Wanted Criminals”, “Warble Factor”, and the instrumental “Wonder Why”.

The band keeps with their slower, more mellow sound that they’ve established with their first two albums as well. “I Do Myself” and “Competing with the Till” are more in line with their usual fare, although the latter incorporates the usage of jarring sounds (with what sounds like a horn of some sort), giving it weird, almost experimental jazz feel- a very common Dischord Records touch.

Perhaps it’s just the six year gap between albums and a hazy memory, but Farina’s vocals on The Odds far exceeds her previous performances. Her vocals have become incredibly powerful and when she takes the lead (such as on “Warble Factor”, and “Broken Finger”), the strength of her voice is awe-inspiring.

Compared to the new Bad Brains album, Into the Future, and its desire to hold on to the past, it’s an interesting look as to how differently 80’s hardcore icons have grown up. While the music on The Odds is clearly still rooted in the established sound of 2005’s The Evens, and 2006’s Get Evens, Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina have branched out and tried new things, and the end result is an album that utilizes elements that are almost the opposite of what the band has done before. The Odds is by far the most appropriate title for this album: it’s still The Evens at the core, but almost the opposite of what they’re known for.


The Evens (Ian MacKaye & wife) detail upcoming album “The Odds”

Hardcore punk legend Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi) and his wife, Amy Farina, have revealed the cover art and tracklisting for their project, The Evens’ upcoming full-length album, entitled “The Odds.”

Click here to check out the cover, tracklisting, and a previously released single which will be appearing on the album.

“The Odds” is set to be released on November 20th via Dischord Records. The band’s last release was 2006’s “Get Even.”

Dischord Records to release 6 song Rites of Spring demo

Dischord Records has announced that they plan to release a previously unavailable demo by Rites of Spring, the legendary DC hardcore band that may or may not have started the original emo movement. Additionally, Rites of Spring are known for members Guy Picciotto (vocals/guitars)and Brendan Canty (drums) and their time in the equally legendary Fugazi.

The demo promises Rites of Spring in its earliest stages. The band recorded the six songs before playing their first show, and worked on the songs at Inner Ear with Don Zientara and Ian MacKaye. The release has been mastered from the original tapes and is presented exactly as it was on those cassettes in 1984 complete with the tape collages and assorted audio-graffiti.

Album of Fugazi samples to be released for charity

Former drummer of Cataracts and current DJ Chris Lawhorn will release an album of beats composed of samples spanning the entire career of iconic post-hardcore group Fugazi. The album, blessed by punk godfather Ian MacKaye himself, will be titled “Fugazi Edits”, and the proceeds will benefit a Washington, D.C. area charity for senior citizens, as well as a group that provides relief for globally for victims of civil unrest. Interested fans can preview some tracks at Chris’ website.

“Fugazi Edits” will be released October 30th through Chris’ own label Case/Martingale Records.

Video: Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi) talks punk rock, straight edge, music industry and more

Ian MacKaye of iconic punk outfits Minor Threat and Fugazi recently hosted a discussion for the Vera Project in Seattle.  He delivers an insightful and comical lecture on the evolving punk scene, music industry, unintentionally starting the straight edge movement and a whole lot more.  If you’ve got 25 minutes its a good watch for any fan of MacKaye and his music.

Check it out here.

Punk Rock Trivia: Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina drop a vowel movement

Every once in a while the punk rock geniuses here at Dying Scene like to unleash some punk rock trivia to enlighten and enhance the minds of you, the readers. Today’s trivia is about former Minor Threat and Fugazi (among others) front-man Ian MacKaye, and is brought to you by the letter “E.”

In 2001, Ian MacKaye formed a new band with his partner Amy Farina (of the Warmers) called the Evens. As Fugazi entered their hiatus, MacKaye had more time to focus on the post-post-hardcore band, and the band recorded a music video for their original composition “Vowel Movement” to air on the DC-based online children’s program, Pancake Mountain. The song is notable for not only being an upbeat Sesame Street-esque children’s song, but also for being the first (and in all likeliness, the only) time Ian MacKaye had ever recorded a music video for one of his songs.

You can watch the music video for “Vowel Movement” right here.

The Evens put out a two song single, appropriately titled “2 Songs”, in 2011 on Dischord Records.

Random Cover Song: Sonic Youth covers “Nic Fit” by Untouchables

Cover songs are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. We here at Dying Scene love hearing punk bands do their own take on other band’s songs, or sometimes the other way around. Sometimes they pull off amazing interpretations of old classics, sometimes they’re not much more than humble tributes to a fellow artist, and other times they’re just downright laughable renditions of otherwise great songs. Good or bad. Intriguing or mundane. We’ll let you be the judge.

Today’s cover comes from the post-punk/college radio darlings Sonic Youth, covering the song “Nic Fit” originally performed by the short-lived hardcore band Untouchables (whose frontman was none other than Alec MacKaye, the younger brother of hardcore legend Ian MacKaye). The Sonic Youth version appears on their seventh album, 1992’s “Dirty” while the original version initially appeared on their sole demo tape, but has since appeared on several hardcore compilations, including the “Flex Your Head” comp on Dischord Records.

You can listen to both versions here.