TONIGHT AT CAT MANSION IN CHURCH HILL:
Olympia, WA basement heavy pop
DC freak’em slownoise
Just a little Richmond R n’ R
$5-7 at the door for touring bands. Starts early, ends early.
No cops, no phobes, no fascists. Haters to the left.
This is probably your last chance to hang out with me before I move to Philly, come say hello!
Super eerie to find candid photos of yourself that you didn’t know existed.
My ex-partner took this about a year and a half ago, outside of Knoxville, TN the second day of our cross-country road trip together. I was 21, had a half-shaved head, and was totally in love. This was the first of several dirty hotels we stayed in, with sleeping bags on top of the bed. We watched Four Rooms and headed for Oklahoma the next morning.
NORTHEAST AND MIDWEST:
I will be driving half of the bodies on this tour. Come say hello to two cool bands and then me, standing awkwardly in the corner eating a sandwich or pretending to look at something interesting on my phone.
Democracy Center, Cambridge, MA
March 29, 2014
I’m a dummy. Smash It Dead weekend was the most positive experience I’ve had with DIY & punk in a long, long while. Thanks for restoring my faith, y’all.
Been workin’ super super overtime in the print studio for other people (for free), but maybe it’ll pay off some day and I made time to print myself a Wipers shirt. Been bein’ bad and not taking photographs other than Polaroids, but my hair is getting past the worst growout lengths and I get to go see everyone who is good in Boston tomorrow, so things seem fine.
Democratic National Convention, Los Angeles, 1960
Jake snapped this of Crabapple, Sadie (of Peeple Watchin) and I before they hit the road back up north. My cross-country and even international DIY/punk community has felt really, really important in the months when Richmond has been rough, and I’m so damn lucky to know so many smart and talented folks from all over.
Tonight I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Christine Tupou (christinetupou), and catching her band Crabapple play a show in DC. Christine is the sweetest and most rad, if you get a chance to catch a show of hers, you absolutely should. Crabapple is playing Richmond (Va), New Brunswick (NJ?), NYC and Boston (Smash it Dead Fest) in the next week.
Christine was born & raised in San Jose, CA. Her father is Tongan and her mother is Irish-Italian American. We got to chat a little before and after Crabapple’s set- mostly about how young people like us are trying to hold on to or reclaim their heritage. I noted that the records for her solo project, Try the Pie, imitate Tongan ngatu designs used in tapa cloth making. She brought up how her father seems confused by her desire to visit the country of his birth, which she has not yet gotten to do. I asked her if he wanted to go back at all, to which she shook her head in reply. “He left that part of his life behind and doesn’t want to go back… He travels a lot, between Reno and Australia [where his wife lives], but he doesn’t want to go back. His life is here now.”
I mentioned at some point how frustrated I’ve been recently with my inability to find Pacific history and culture books written by Pacific Islanders. Christine talked about a friend of hers, Amberly (sp?), who lived in the Bay Area for a while but recently moved back to Hawai’i, and writes a lot about Pacific issues. “Everything she writes is so on point. If there’s one person in our generation who was ever going to really bring it all together, it’d be her.” We talked a little about using our skills and talents to build community and tell our stories. I told her that’s what I’m aiming for, when I work on these photographs and interviews- it’s the best way I know how to communicate with the world. I do it with pictures- Christine does it with her music.
Two of the coolest collide! I’m so glad y’all met. <3 <3 <3