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Punk Island 2011 VIDEO

A great mash-up of footage fromPunk Island 2011....


MTA Schedule Changes for June 19

Hey y'all,

Here is a link to the MTA scheduled changes for June 19th. Please check it over before planning out your route to the island in case there are any changes you should know about!


CR@SS cover band Mike meets Kitsch Kitsch Ken

Short interview between Mark Aloysious of the Richmond Va "cr@ss coverband" & Ken Hicks of the dance/spaz band Kitsch Kitsch.

For those new to punk, CR@SS was the great anarchist band from UK in the late 70's, keepin it real and fierce and political.

This is the first in what we hope to be a whole series of quirky beserk little interviews where one Punk Island band interviews the other. Both of these bands are playing the Independent Media Stage. Let's jump right in!

KEN-What did you eat for breakfast?
MARK-cereal, a smoothie, a muffin and some steamed kale and veggie medley from my garden
KEN-what band/ song have you been listening to the most lately?
MARK-it's summer time so pop punk has been filtering in lately...screeching weasel, pavement, jawbreaker. all go great while cooking in our way to hot kitchen.
KEN-have you played ny before?
MARKfirst time playing out of richmond let alone playing nyc
KEN-why do you live in richmond and not ny?
MARK-was traveling for a few years and moved to richmond to go to school because, as an old man of twenty-six, i can get the full pell grant. hard to pass up going to school for free.
KEN-who in your band will get naked when you play abc no rio/punk island?
MARK-naked? my guess is stuart. but he plays naked or close to it at almost all our shows. i'm sure we'll all be showing some skin. i just gotta find a good dress to wear

MARK-it seems that your band has a rotating cast of characters...what is it like to perform with a full band/with two people/by yourself?
KEN- it can be a shit show playing with a whole band if you haven't been able to practice alot. i prefer playing with one other person. you get to improvise and really get away with it. by myself is probably what im doin at the punk fest. we will see though. . im gona be drunk most likely.
MARK-whose been rolling through your jukebox lately?
death from above [remixes]. health. crystal castles.
MARK-favorite new york band?
KEN-mathmaticians. they are fun to hang with when they tour.
MARK-will you choose a band name for us??
KEN-My band names dont stick either. I don't fucking care. you can be "that crass band with the guy in a dress" and I'll be "that
drunk kid who kinda sounds like crystal castles." ..cause we already are.

Set Times and Schedules

Hi Gang! The good news is that behind the scenes at Punk Island 2011 we are working hard to have a full schedule, with set times, for each stage. And there WILL be a map, by the day of the show here, or right before, AND at the Island.



11:30 DUI
12:15 Zombie Fight
1:00 Relics
1:45 Less Life
2:30 Fashion Week
3:15 Neon Bitches
4:00 Warfear

11:20 Short Fuse
11:50 Homeless People
12:20 Side Effects
12:50 Mongrel Bitch
1:30 Zero Content
2:00 Agitator
2:40 Urgent Fury
3:00 The Homewreckers
3:40 Yula and the Extended Family
4:20 Stza Crack
5:00 Zounds

11:35 In Circles
12:20 Rats in Rigor
1:05 Skum City
1:50 No Service
2:40 Blackout Shoppers
3:30 Wombat in Combat
4:20 DC Swindlers

11:15 Invaluable
12:00 Radar Fiction
12:30 Social Standards
1:00 No Vice!
1:40 Sparrow
1:55 The Furiousity
2:30 The Cr{A}ss Cover Band
3:00 Todd Colby
3:15 Kitsch Kitsch
3:45 White Collar Crime
4:15 Crazy Pills

11:00 Emetic
11:45 M.A.D.
12:25 Born in a Cent
1:10 Titfit
1:50 Dear Marje
2:30 Cat Vet
3:30 Little Victory
4:15 Lolita Black

11:00 Obamanation
11:30 I Hope You Die
12:00 Up For Nothing
12:30 The Scandels
1:00 Side Effects
1:30 The Homeless People
2:00 Mirrors & Wires
3:00 Humanwine

11:20 Grey Market
11:40 Rack
12:00 Shit Show
12:30 Duckmandu
1:00 Cinema Cinema
1:45 Love Bullet
2:20 Isachrist
2:40 American Thighs
3:00 Trowels
3:30 High School Confidential
3:50 Desekilibrio Social
4:20 R-Tronika

11:00 AmRevII
11:45 Miscengenator
12:30 (A) Truth
1:15 Dog That Bites Everyone
2:00 Bucketflush
2:45 Common Enemy
3:40 Disaster Strikes


FINAL LINEUP: Punk Island Bands 2011


Punk is a type of friendship.

Punk is a type of friendship.
Sparrow, Great Poet, and Friend of the Masses,
Defines Punk Rock and its Relationship to New York City.

[this is something I published back in 2002, but since Sparrow, the poet/political activist/funny guy will be apprearing at Punk Island 2011, I thought I would re-publish it here.....read on, it's worth it.]

Sparrow is a someone who has a love for the world that is bigger than anything else in it. He's a poet, a compassionate soul, a yogic, a former Presidential candidate and an art punk rocker in the band Foamola.

When a San Fran punk named R.J. Glass emailed me asking questions about the relationship between punk and New York City, I forwarded it onto a few people I thought could say some insightful things. Sparrow's answers made me want to cry, they had a purity to them that comes not from expertise, but from openness.

Heck, Sparrow himself recently wrote me, saying:

I had great fun, realizing "the fact that I know nothing about Punk does not interfere with my expertise on it." I forgot to mention in the interview that I went to high school with Scott Kempner of The Dictators (who recently missed the 31st reunion) with whom I never once spoke. (Well, maybe once.)

Yet, his answers carry the authority of experience. I mean, this guy was in NYC helping do shows at Danceteria in the late 70s....

What is punk, how do you define it, and can it be defined?

Punk is the hammer that strikes a blow, without knowing what that blow is FOR (the blow is musical).

What are the ethical and political philosophies operating within the punk community in New York and how are they articulated?

1) anarchism
2) the Republican party
3) a faint racism
4) ecology
5) Marxism

All are expressed through a small smile, inarticulately in the lyrics, mostly by friendship. Punk is a type of friendship.

What are the New York punk scene's key elements not only to its development, but also currently?

Original elements:
1) People who did not know how to play music, but wanted to be famous
2) Jewish humor
3) Queens (the borough - a semi-suburban, melancholy area of middleclass ambition)
4) the exhaustion of Beatles-inspired music

Elements now:
1) anger
2) rage
3) entreprenuerial drive
4) ambition
5) Utopian hope
6) youth Punk is now more about Youth than originally.

How has New York helped to shape/create punk as we know it?

The fact that TV shows emanate from there is essential. Punk is related to the desire to be on TV, or more literally to be a TV show. Also New York is the center of High Culture; opera and paintings. Punk is both a protest of this art and an arm of it.

Is punk a reflection of New York or vice-versa?

Punk is a view of New York, from Queens -- specifically Rego Park. (I enjoy the phrase "Rego Park.") That song by The Ramones, "Rock, rock, Rockaway Beach" is central to this understanding. From Queens, New York looks slightly smaller, almost cute -- but also passionately beautiful. Punk is about taking a subway to the East Village, from Queens, and suddenly feeling TOO alive.

Is New York the center/heart of punk or merely one community in a larger whole?

At this point New York is a footnote -- or worse, a museum -- of Punk. (I believe in capitalizing the word "Punk.")

If punk is a resistance to mainstream culture, politics, and economics and New York can be said to be the capital of the mainstream, what implications does this have for the relationship which the punk community has to the city?

"Mainstream" culture no longer has a capital. The capital of Mainstream is any TV set. Cities have become stage sets for TV shows, not "capitals." This is why NYC is no longer essential to Punk.

How has punk changed over the years in New York and what caused these changes?

Punk is much more about class (in the Marxist sense) than it used to be; about middleclass people pretending to be poor. As a result, Punk has lost most of its artistic intentions -- Punk has painted itself into a corner (in a way Rap has not; intellectuality is central to Rap). As the culture becomes more explicitly anti-intellectual, Punk's War On The Intellect becomes less salient.

What changes has the punk community incited within the city and how?

Punk is about friendship, and Punk has always, and will always, make the city more friendly. As some Punks stop drinking, they become philosophical, and even sometimes enter therapy. This represents a hope for Humanity: a truly self-aware Punk can be a valued revolutionary.

What are the goals/purposes/intentions of the punk community in New York and how do they relate to the city?

At this point, Punk merely hopes to survive. Our nation constantly attempts to erase Punk, and replace it with Pop. Punk people spend all their time un-erasing themselves.

To what degree has New York been instrumental or detrimental in achieving said goals?

New York is, paradoxically, an excellent place to hide. Thus it is perfect for Punk today.

What event(s) or decision(s) historically within the punk rock community had the greatest impact upon New York?

Early on, the Punks became a movement. First they were a movement, then a commodity. The Punks chose love over ambition. They have always remained true to that. The problem is that ambition is not always evil. Artistic ambition is necessary. But in capitalism, how can one separate ambition from greed? Punk has never solved this.

Where do you see the punk community headed in the future?

No doubt electronics will enter, somehow. Punk must accept the possibility of a future, if it is to have a future. If Punk is only about the present moment, it will not survive.

What goals does/should the punk community have in the future?

This question is a little unclear. I will answer this: Punk should look deeply at racism, and ally with underground Rap. Punk must also address Heavy Metal, which has nearly replaced it. Punk is anti-heroic, but perhaps today this is impossible. Punk demands a new heroism, even a hubris. (This was Nirvana's suggestion.)


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