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Release date announced for documentary, “Salad Days: A Decade Of Punk In Washington DC”

The production company MVD Entertainment Group has just announced the release date of “Salad Days: A Decade Of Punk In Washington DC”.

Following the DC scene throughout the 80’s, the documentary focuses on the likes of Bad Brains, Minor Threat, and Fugazi; and includes interviews with Ian MacKaye, Henry Rollins, John Stabb, Thurston Moore and Dave Grohl. It’s set to be released on September 18, 2015.

Check out the trailer below.

DS Interview: Brian Baker on Bad Religion’s “Battle of the Centuries” tour and his place in the punk history books

So it’s sometime in the waning days of 1979. Somewhere in Los Angeles, a group of high school kids get together and, inspired by a love for loud, fast music and pissing people off, they do something that has happened a million times over in the years before and since; they start a band. Their sound and their anti-authoritarian message inspire a legion of similarly disenfranchised youth, and a movement was born. In spite of more than their fair share of lineup changes (and a temporary early hiatus), said band continues to inspire and provoke audiences well into their fourth decade together.

Around the same time at a high school 2700 miles away in our nation’s capital, a similarly-minded four-piece inspired by a knack for being outspoken about similar causes. That band’s star burns out in a few years, but not before leaving a legacy as one of the most inspirational sounds and messages in the world of DIY punk and hardcore music.

It’s probably no secret that the two bands loosely alluded to above are Bad Religion and Minor Threat, respectively. No matter when you first made your way into this scene, odds are pretty good that at some point, you immersed yourself in the catalog of at least one but probably both of those bands (and you probably became at least casually familiar with bands like Dag Nasty along the way).

To follow the career of Brian Baker is to essentially have followed the arc of influential American punk music. Baker was the bassist-turned-rhythm-guitarist-turned-bass-player-again for Minor Threat before their all-too-early demise in 1983. He started Dag Nasty a few years later and after that project (and a couple others) ran its course, Baker rather famously turned down a high-profile touring spot in R.E.M. to join Bad Religion after that band’s founding guitarist and co-songwriter Brett Gurewitz departed in 1994.

Fast-forward more than two decades and Bad Religion remains as vital to the scene as ever. Some of the parts have changed since Baker joined; Gurewitz signed back on in 2001, Brooks Wackerman replaced Bobby Schayer that same year, Mike Dimkich officially took over for long-time guitarist Greg Hetson last year. Now in the latter part of their fourth decade, however, the band seems to show no real signs of slowing down. They’re about to depart on a US tour that features a handful of dates being billed as “Battle of the Centuries” shows. In certain locations like Boston, New York, Denver and Berlin, Bad Religion will play back-to-back nights in the same venue. Night #1 will feature a setlist comprised of songs from 1980 to 2000, while Night #2 will feature a setlist comprised solely of songs from 2000 and forward. Dying Scene had the privilege of catching up with Brian Baker to discuss the “Battle of the Centuries” shows and his roles not only in Bad Religion itself for the last twenty-one years, but the punk scene in general over the last 35. Head below to check out our conversation, and check out Bad Religion’s tour dates here.

“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.

“My Rules” a photography book about the punk, skate and hip hop cultures

Well here’s a pretty awesome book that every punk rock enthusiast should have in their bookshelf…Created by renowned photographer Glen E. Friedman, “My Rules” is a photography book focused on the punk, skate and hip hop scenes between the 70’s and 90’s. It features photos of bands and personalities such as Black Flag, Bad Brains, Tony Hawk, Minor Threat, Beastie Boys, Allan “Ollie” Gelfand, Run-DMC and much more.

“My Rules” also involves punk rock veterans, skateboard icons and big names from the hip hop scene as contributing writers, check out the long list below, along with a video in which Glen and Ian Mackaye (Fugazi, Minor Threat) talk about the photographs that appears in the tome.

The 324 pages hardcover is available on Amazon and you can order it right here. Head over to Glen’s website to learn more about his amazing work.

Live Video: Pennywise joined by Brian Baker to cover “Minor Threat”

This is kinda cool.  Its a video of Brian Baker joining Pennywise on stage to shred out a little “Minor Threat” cover.  Baker, of course, was one of Minor Threat’s founding members and currently plays guitar in Bad Religion.  Check it out below.

The video was taken on the 2nd night of the Terminal 5 New York City stop on the Offspring’s Summer Nationals Tour.

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.

Stream Punk Goes EDM compilation

Here’s something weirdly interesting – Los Angeles-based record label, All The Hype Records are streaming their latest compilation, Punk Goes EDM.

The comp features electronic remixes of song by NOFX, Minor Threat, American Football, Copeland and The Ramones. You can listen to it below.

A full version of Punk Goes EDM will be available for free on May 26. Try not to PLURR too hard until then, party people.

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.

Random Cover Song: Sick of It All – “Betray” (Minor Threat)

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. 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.

Tonight’s cover comes from the legendary NYHC band Sick of It All covering the Minor Threat classic “Betray”. The original is taken from Minor Threat’s 1983 iconic album Out of Step, while Sick of It All’s cover version appears on their 1991 EP We Stand Alone.

You can listen to both versions of “Betray” below.

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!

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.”

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.

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.

Random Cover Song: Rise Against w/ Fat Mike cover Minor Threat’s “Minor Threat”

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. 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 Rise Against performing a live rendition of “Minor Threat” in Corpus Christi, TX. Joining them on stage to help sing is none other than NOFX frontman Fat Mike. The song, which was originally by Minor Threat (in case you didn’t know), comes from the 1981 “Minor Threat” EP, although it has been reissued on several compilations such as 1984’s “First Two 7″s on a 12″” and 1989’s “Complete Discography”.

You can compare the two versions here.