Sunday, December 30, 2012

Full Speed Ahead: Youth Brigade Reunite For Salad Days Gig In D.C.

In support of the upcoming Salad Days film, D.C. punk legends Youth Brigade reunited to play a gig at the Black Cat along with Government Issue and Scream.


Danny was pounding the Dot Dash kit tonight...


DJ Tom Berard kept things flowing between sets with some classic D.C. and U.K. punk songs...

Youth Brigade -- Danny Ingram on drums, Nathan Strejcek on vocals, Bert Queiroz on bass, and Minor Threat's Steve Hansgen on guitar -- delivered a lively and tight set of the majority of their back catalog.  However, the highlight of the set was probaby the cover of "Stepping Stone" featuring a few select guests (see video below). In the video, there's Hunter Bennett from Dot Dash, the gig's DJ, Tom Berard, John Stabb from Government Issue, and Alec Mackaye of The Faith and The Warmers. He playfully went for my camera near the end of the tune...













Peter Stahl of Scream, Danny Ingram of Youth Brigade (and Strange Boutique, Swervedriver, and Dot Dash), and Andy Rapoport of Kingface...

Government Issue next took the stage to deliver a rockin' and lively set...




Brian Baker (Minor Threat/Dag Nasty/Government Issue/Bad Religion) played guitar for G.I. most of the night but he switched to bass late in the show...



Scream closed things out with a too-short set of emotinal, punchy, and raucous punk tunes...



Wearing a crazy-ass blonde wig, H.R. from punk legends Bad Brains joined Scream for a few numbers...


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Banned In D.C.


It seems fitting to swipe an old Bad Brains song title for this post considering the big D.C. hardcore shows coming up this weekend -- I'll be going to the Saturday evening one where Scream, G.I., and Youth Brigade will be tearing up the Black Cat.

This was my first visit into Washington, D.C. in more than a year and it was cool to indulge my nostalgia for this city in one long day.


This is where I lived until I was 10.  We moved away, to Mississippi, in 1977, right after Star Wars dropped.  These are the Silver Hill Apartments near Iverson Mall, Marlow Heights, Maryland...


I spent a lot of time in Suitland, where my grandparents lived and my parents worked.  We ate at China Sea once a week but it was a good deal nicer back then...



My grandparents' house...


I really miss donuts in Hong Kong.  It's seems borderline insane that a modern city does not have any outlets for donuts!




The Washington Capitol building looms in the distance...




Above is the Washington Monument in the distance and below is what's left of D.C.'s modest Chinatown.  The area is a sea of franchise restaurants now...





 I hit Zaytinya, a restaurant created by famed chef Jose Andres.  The place was pretty good...



The eggplant was good and the pastrami-like meat below was interesting too.  A bit oily, obviously, but very nice...



The chicken salad was nothing to write home about but the okra dish below was fantastic, and the kibbeh was really good, especially when drenched in that yogurt sauce...




A leisurely stroll through the National Portrait Gallery was a smart idea.  Paul Robeson and Gershwin look on...



Ethel Merman and Leonard Bernstein and the magnificent Dizzy...



Lionel Hampton and Toni Morrison...





 Any museum that has pictures of John Waters and Mos Def hanging on the walls is a great museum, as far as I'm concerned...