The Disposable Underground email newsletter: November 1, 2022

Hi there. Here’s what’s new at the Disposable Underground blog along with some news bits I found online.

New at the Blog 

Detroit Mock City is the latest video featured at the blog. It’s a KISS tribute band, currently from members of Deceased and Ruin By Design. The band played a benefit show for the D.C. Abortion Fund at the Runaway club in Northeast D.C.

Death by Metal is a cut-and-paste stapled ‘zine about underground extreme music that features content left over from the 1990s that the editor pulled out of his archives. Print’s not dead yet!

Earache Records has released a new book called Earache: 35 Years of Noise that covers the history of the label. It’s got photos and stories and all that you would expect, according to the description. This is the second time around for Earache with a book. The first time, it announced and worked on one but never released it, which I find to be an interesting story in itself. I dug around the Web a little about that first attempt and wrote about it at the blog.

Punk rock archives is a subject I like to write about at the blog, and luckily The Washington Post published news about one covering D.C. punk called “Persistent Vision.” It looks cool and I need to dive head first into it. 

120 Minutes was a show on MTV that I used to love to watch. Some folks have collected videos and segments from the show and thrown them on YouTube, which is great to help demonstrate how interesting really alternative music was back in the ’80s and ’90s. 

Gimme Metal, the online radio station, offers exclusive vinyl and t-shirt releases from a variety of bands, as well as other merch that is available elsewhere, at its online store. Examples of the latter include box set reissues of Led Zeppelin I and Led Zeppelin IV.

More Music News

Sustainability in the music industry is an issue and an ongoing topic, and Jake Blunt wrote a commentary for Rolling Stone about it. The best line from the piece might be, “I would personally advocate for regulating the current music industry out of existence.”

Streaming is another topic about which there is much debate, not only because of how much creatives are paid on the services. Liz Pelly writes at The Guardian about how some people are ditching streaming to more enjoy the music they listen to on older formats. Streaming is “something that leaves everyone to take it for granted,” one of her interview subjects says.

The State of the Hot 100 Top 10 is a free report that “takes an in-depth look at the compositional trends shaping the songs that chart in the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10, as well as trends related to the players behind them. During the first half of 2022, there were 42 songs that charted in the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10, six of which charted at #1. Behind them were 34 performing artists, 147 songwriters, 68 producers and 12 record labels. Shaping the sound and vibe of those 42 songs were seven primary genres, 24 sub-genres and influences, nine lyrical themes, and 21 prominent instruments.” Sounds interesting. If you’d like to see it, share some information and download it here.

Rest In Peace

D.H. Peligro, drummer of the Dead Kennedys, died in October in his home in L.A., the band announced. He and the band played classic punk rock music with important lyrical messages and were an inspiration for many years.

Jerry Lee Lewis, the rock ‘n’ roll icon, died in Mississippi in October at age 87. His first record came out in 1957 and he transitioned to recording country songs in the 1960s, William Grimes writes at The New York Times.

Chris Carey of Poison Idea (and several other bands) died last month, Bill Pearis writes at Brooklyn Vegan. A collaborator of Carey’s shared the news on social media. Poison Idea, the Portland punk band, may have been the most popular of Carey’s projects.

Thanks for reading. Take care and see you at the blog!


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