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issue 79 is now available! grab it here. 

Featuring Tony Molina, The Dopamines, We Were There: Voices from L.A. Punk’s First Wave, Cheryl Klein Contemplates Her Cyborg Boobs, Class Bigotry in Higher Education.

Tony Molina: Daryl talks to the elusive Tony Molina (The Ovens, Caged Animal) about shredding, House of Pain’s DJ, and smoking PCP. Tony was the principle songwriter of the Bay Area’s I-want-to-kill-myself-and-shred-righteously-over-ignorant-riffs-and-Beatles-pop-perfection-songs band The Ovens. You’ll learn what Tony is down with and what he thinks is whack. 

The Dopamines: Kevin Dunn day drinks with The Dopamines and discusses the alpha juggalo, shit and piss, and dick jokes. It’s irreverent, silly, and uncomfortably endearing. Kevin gets the band to unravel some hilarious and horrendous tour stories; throwing pee out of a moving car, pool hall mac and cheese bites, and shitting on windshields. Junior high has yet to end for The Dopamines.

We Were There: Voices from L.A. Punk’s First Wave: Alice Bag provides an erudite and personal account of the first wave of L.A. punk. It’s easy to look back on an era of music and mistake records as indelible accounts of a community. It’s easy to miss that what we’re often discussing is a couple of months/weeks that define an “era.” Alice does a fantastic job of being a punk cartographer. She puts you on the map and unveils that the walls that history has erected between scenes are often put there by laziness and misrepresentation. This is a must read. 

Cheryl Klein Contemplates Her Cyborg Boobs: Cheryl interviews Sara Hendren about design, prosthetics, and the special needs community. The interview is framed by Cheryl through her own experience with cancer and prosthetics. The conversation moves from the connection between science, the tech industry, and the role of artistic design in providing assistive technologies, to a discussion about bodily norms and the disability community. Fascinating, informative, and a pleasure to read. 

Class Bigotry in Higher Education: Chris Pepus examines the class inequality pervasive throughout America’s colleges. Chris takes to task enrollment biases, hereditary wealth, and social profiling. Class discrimination is an overlooked problem in the college admittance practices. Written with both insider academic knowledge and a punk’s eye for bullshit, Chris demystifies the class bigotry found at every level in the conversation regarding higher education. Here’s the full article.

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Razorcake #79



One of the strangest things that happened to me last year was a bout of vertigo that literally knocked me on my ass while I was in Walla Walla, Washington interviewing Scott Campbell, Jr. for our book, Giving the Finger. The whole story is in the new issue of Razorcake, which also features a rad interview with punk pop phenom Tony Molina, an oral history of East L.A. punk curated by Alice Bag, and a stunning essay by Cheryl Klein.

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