We Rose Just To Fall

Let's See How Ungraceful I Can Be

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The worry, the wonder, the shortness of days,
The replacement for purpose,
The things swept away by
The worry, the wonder, my slightness of frame,
The replacements for feeling,
The casual lay. And
The worst of the wildlife wears clothes and can pray and
The worry, the wonder, for three meals a day.
Only death unimpeded, not slowing it’s pace,
Brings that petty, old worry and wonder away.
A Poem- La Dispute 

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I really want to say how inspiring it is to live in a town that worked so hard to  have established two all ages music venues. It is no small feat to keep non profit, volunteer spaces like Make.Shift, and The Alternative Library going. Please if you have the time and money donate to them. Each space needs constant financial support.


For me the journey into punk started out of boredom. I was 17 and I wanted to see bands. I booked punk bands cause that’s what we liked. In doing so I made friends, learned about DIY and stopped being some slacker kid in a small hick town in Montana. Punk and all ages saved my life. Having booked bands since I was a minor I have never had much interest in bar scenes or age restrictions. All Ages shows are tons of work especially back then. We rented community centers, theaters, boys and girls clubs, VFW halls, any room that would have us for a couple of months before kicking us out after taking our money. We hauled PA equipment, we made flyers we handed them out. There was no internet or facebook. We saw each other in public. We called each other on landlines, we made zines. It was an antiquated time for sure. I don’t know where I would be or what I would have become if it wasn’t for those older kids who were also bored and wanted to listen to loud music too.  Thanks guys, forever and always.

-Tyson Ballew

Both of these venues are amazing and essential to bham. Support! Support!! SUPPORT!

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God Hates Alaska Native Culture Says WBC

On June 1st the Westboro Baptist Church plans to protest Alaska Native Culture in at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage. ”Worshiping dead cultures” is one of the flimsy reasons given for the protest, which is interesting coming from a bunch people spouting hate based on a book that was written 2000 years ago. 

This is hitting pretty close to home. I was born and raised in Anchorage, where I often disagreed with the other, mostly conservative, residents (it is, after all, the state that produced and was governed by the Fox News programmed hockey wench most people know as Sarah Palin). But the reaction that this news has been getting from the state’s residents proves that most people can tell the difference between the sharing of beliefs and the spewing of blind hatred. 

There is a group of people planning on protesting the WBC’s protest, and if you’re anywhere near the Anchorage area on June 1st, I urge you to join them. The group has grown from 200 people last night to over a thousand and counting this morning so even if you can’t be there in person, please join the group and show your support. No community should allow this type of bigotry and discrimination and no community should have to endure it.

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Help the dudes over at SIGNED magazine raise money for this bad ass music fest in Bellingham! The goal is pretty modest but there’s still a gap to fill with 2 weeks left! The idea is to host an all ages, DIY music festival in Bellingham (much like Yellingham) but each show will showcase bands from a different northwest based record label. Tons of great local bands are set to play (Chunky Wonder and Noise Toys) as well as Seattle’s excellent Special Explosion (recently signed to Topshelf Records!), members of Sub Pop’s Rose Window and Portland singer-songwriter Laura Gibson to name a few.

For a full list of bands, record labels participating, set times, etc., follow the link, and when you’re there donate a few bucks if you can for a great cause. The link also has a great video explaining what the festival will be like, how it came to be, and what they need as far as donations and participation.   

And as all Bellingham all ages shows go remember: No booze, no drugs, no jerks.

Help the Bham all ages DIY scene stay alive and thriving! Spread the word and donate if you can.

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"You said you’re trapped in your body 
and getting deeper every day. 
They diagnosed you born that way. 
They say in runs in your family. 
A conscious erasure of working class background 
where despair trickles down 
imbalanced chemical crutch. Open up. Swallow down. 
You said ‘remember me for me. I need to set my spirit free.’” 

(Source: Spotify)

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The Past in Present: The Ergs!- Acoustic LP (2005)

The Ergs! are one of those bands that I never really sunk my teeth into until they had already broken up, which sucks because they’re one of my favorite bands now. This is a band that was a regular opener for legendary bands like the Bouncing Souls and Lifetime, who put out one of the best pop-punk records of all time, Dork Rock Cork Rod, and who’s members are in about a million other great punk bands (okay maybe that’s just Mikey). The Ergs! have become one of the most beloved bands in the pop-punk genre with their foolproof recipe: three talented musicians making punk inventive and creative without sounding forced or pretentious with clever, sometimes silly lyrics that will make you say “yeah that dude read my high school diary.” Desperate and angst fill but hopelessly hopeful at the same time, the Ergs! encapsulated what it was like to be a shy, awkward, nerdy kid growing up. 

This acoustic LP was recorded in 2005, somewhere in between the Ergs’ two most celebrated works, 2004’s Dork Rock Cork Rod and 2005’s Jersey’s Best Prancers. The album contains acoustic renditions of some of the band’s fan favorites (most notably 5 of the are from Dork Rock) as well as a few covers (check out that Ramones medley!). Basically, if you’re a fan of the Ergs! and you haven’t heard this, you definitely need to give it a listen. If you’ve never heard of the Ergs!, this isn’t a bad place to start (though either of the records mentioned above would probably be best).


Track Listing:
1. A Very Special Song For A Very Special Young Lady Part 2
2. Warm + Sharp
3. Time With You (fIREHOSE cover)
4. Saturday Night Crap-O-Rama
5. Ergs Songs Played Similarly (“More Vocal in the Monitor”)
6. It’s Never Going To Be The Same Again
7. Trains & Boats & Planes (Burt Bacharach cover)
8. Running, Jumping, Standing Still
9. I’ll Call You When You Think Of Me
10. Everything Falls Apart & More
11. Computer Love (Kraftwerk cover)
12. Ramones Medley (“I want you around”/ “I wanna be your boyfriend”/ “I wanna be well”)

*Also the strip at the top is from an awesome comic that Liz Prince and Jim Kettner did about the Ergs’ reunion in 2011

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