1. Restorations’ “Separate Songs” Offers A Promising Glimpse of LP3

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    September 2, 2014
    by Bryne Yancey

    Restorations’ upcoming LP3 doesn’t have an official release date yet, but after a few VHS-quality  preview  videos, we’ve already (and perhaps, prematurely?) been graced with a new song from it.

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    Going forward we’re gonna try “blogging” more at The Runout to help complement our longform pieces, which will still be the centerpiece of the site. Here’s the first part of that. Feedback welcome.

     

  2. American Football: The Sound of Going Home

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    September 2, 2014
    by Rebecca Ungarino

    In her tribute to Lou Reed in The New Yorker last November, Patti Smith described a memory of her friend Reed, seeing him in a New York hotel while she carried a book of poetry.

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    This is so well-done. Thrilled to be able to publish it.

     

  3. Social Anxiety In Punk: A (Hopefully) Recurring Series

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    August 26, 2014
    by Bryne Yancey

    Unlike my depression, which comes and goes, my social anxiety is a near-constant part of my life.

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    Wrote a thing. Not feeling very well today.

     

  4. No Heroes: Why We Need To Stop Putting Punks On A Pedestal

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    August 22, 2014
    by Bryne Yancey

    (TW: discussion of depression, suicide) 

    Most punk fans have their own Mount Rushmore, whether they’ve spoken aloud about it to others or not.

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    I think it’s time we realize that our punk heroes are just as fucked up as we are, if not moreso.

     

  5. Earlier this year, I pitched Jamie at SideOneDummy on an in-studio profile of Restorations, as I knew they were about to hit Miner Street to begin recording LP3. I’d become friendly with the guys since moving to Philly and figured that, between our established rapport, the band’s immense talent and the “buzz” surrounding a new album from them, that we could potentially do something really cool and different. She agreed, even though I didn’t have an outlet to publish the piece yet. I figured interest would be high enough that finding a home for it would be easy. I dearly missed music writing, and this seemed like a good way to get back into it.

    I went to Miner Street one night after work as the guys were just a few days into their recording session, and then took a half day off from work the following week to check on their progress and, hopefully, form something resembling a narrative. Those two days were so, so much fun, and so challenging and educational to me. It’s my hope that that sense of fun, and camaraderie between the band and Low, is portrayed well enough here. I feverishly took notes anytime something interesting or funny happened, which was often; when I sat down to begin writing the piece, it was one of the better reminiscing experiences I’d had in a while.

    I uh, didn’t have a lot of luck pitching this piece initially, which surprised and then humbled me. John V over at WXPN’s The Key expressed interest early on though, and I’m thrilled that we ended up collaborating on it—his interjections made the profile a lot more well-rounded, and he’s a wonderful editor to boot. So yeah, I’m feeling pretty good today that after 6+ months, thousands of words, a lot of emailing, at least a couple dozen unsure thoughts, and much waiting around, that this thing is finally live. I hope you’ll read it. Thanks.

     

  6. My first piece for WXPN’s The Key is on this weekend’s TWOB Fest, which should be a lot of fun. Check it out!

     

  7. A Summer of Privilege: DIY’s Gender Problem

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    August 19, 2014
    by Ryan Barnes

    If it comes as a shock that punk rock has a gender problem, you’re either not paying attention or you’re new here.

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    The thing about this is, as long as people complain about this being a fake problem it confirms or reconfirms to me that 1) it is still a very real problem and 2) we need to continue discussing it.

     

  8. Jesse Litwa (Broadcaster) On The Band’s Tour With Hard Girls

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    August 18, 2014
    by Bryne Yancey

    Broadcaster are something of an outlier in the DIY punk scene, but they’ve earned that distinction not by creating overly avant garde music or using weird tropes in their performances, but by simply being a relatively straightforward, four-on-the-floor rock band. The Long Island, N.Y.-based trio have just begun a tour with Hard Girls on which they’ll hit basements and bars all over the east coast, south and midwest, so we caught up with guitarist/vocalist Jesse Litwa to discuss the upcoming tour, what he likes and dislikes about touring, food and most importantly, beer.

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    Talked to my pal Jesse about some stuff. I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS SHOW TONIGHT!

     
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