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Upper Extremities #19: Best of 2011 (Special Guest Edition)

Chris Stamm's Weekly Punk Column Asks the Experts


2011 was such a strong year for punk sounds that I’ve decided to devote every column this month to picking its corpse clean. I’m kicking off this retrospective stretch with lists from the guys behind three of my favorite record labels: Ken Cheppaikode (Dirtnap), Mike Crow (Inimical) and David Rose (Bulkhead). They put out some of the best punk music of 2011, and I’ve devoted column space to each in the past few months. I expect to spill still more music geek drool on their stuff before the year’s over. And with that, I will turn it over to Ken, Mike and David and their perspectives on 2011’s best records.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 by CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #18: Buy Local (if Best Buy is too Confusing)! Listen to Ripper!

Chris Stamm's local punk column rips.


Cynical I may be, but I’m highly suggestible too, so I was not all that surprised to wake up on Black Friday with a hankering to buy some shit I really didn’t need. I do believe I’d fallen asleep to CNN’s non-stop cheerleading for post-Thanksgiving gluttony. But I don’t know. I was probably just looking for any excuse to hit up Best Buy for a Blu-Ray player that could stream Hulu. I alre...   More
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 by CHRIS STAMM


Bride War of the Worlds.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Lars von Trier’s restless formal experimentation makes him difficult to pin down, but the Dane responsible for Dancer in the Dark and Dogville tends toward an obsession with wretchedness. The result   More
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #17: How to Get a Punk Rock Band Tattoo


“They must think I’m a waste
Who cares
No I don’t care
Cause it feels so fucking incredible to be alive”
—Screeching Weasel, “Good Morning” It’s a slow holiday week, a time to get your cockles hot with friends and family or your rocks off with whatever lonely soul you can find to distract you from the cold misery that even now is inching ever closer to the dead ro...   More
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 by CHRIS STAMM


You talkin’ to Hugo? He’s not the only one here.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Martin Scorsese’s decision to helm the 3-D adaptation of Brian Selznick’s Caldecott-winning novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret seemed an odd and possibly addled one at first blush. But look at Sco   More
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #16: The Best of Gnarcotics Unanimous (Gnar Tapes Compilation #2)


Gnarcotics Unanimous, the latest release from local cassette collective Gnar Tapes, is one gnasty mother: 34 bands from all over the damn place trot out 34 gnew gnumbers in gninety gnoisy minutes. Ugh. Gnope, gnot gonna be able to keep that gnonsense up. Plain-ish English (mostly) then: this gnation-spanning (last one, I swear!) compilation is a monster, and it just so happens that my favorite...   More
Thursday, November 17, 2011 by CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #15: Record Review Roundup

Chris Stamm's Weekly Punk Column is Pretty Dark and Kinda Complicated.


I recently lugged a stack of records to a new friend’s house for an intimate listening party, one of those let’s-get-to-know-each-other-better-through-music things that happens far too infrequently in this parched and disconcertingly friendless stretch of adulthood I find myself limping through. I brought a carefully curated selection bearing this important message: "I contain multitudes and y...   More
Thursday, November 10, 2011 by CHRIS STAMM

Album Review: Anne

Dream Punx (A389 Records)

Album Reviews
[SHOEGAZE DAZE] Don’t let the title of Anne’s debut album fool you—this Portland quartet’s sad-sack shoegazing is about as punk as Robert Smith’s mansion. But the bait-and-switch perpetrat   More
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #14: Falling in Love with GrandFather

Chris Stamm's weekly punk column gets old.


One of the cool things about writing about music in a part-time capacity is that I don’t have to write about music in a full-time capacity. This means I have time to explore my other interests, which are, in descending order of importance: whiskey. But because music cannot claim me as its full-time slave, and since I cast such a wide net into the teeming night of arts and culture, amazing bands ...   More
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 by CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #13: Upper Cuts and Left Hooks (Track Reviews)

Chris Stamm's weekly punk column is single.


These are my five favorite songs of all time this week. You can listen to all of them on the internet, because the internet is magic. Also: The Ax, King Louie and Youthbitch are all playing on Saturday, October 29. But not together. Good luck with that!

Honduran, “Live Fast, Die You” Honduran’s self-titled 7-inch got a ridiculously mean re...   More
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 by CHRIS STAMM
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