Look! This Is My Dis-Claimer*!

By means of a disclaimer, I feel compelled to state that none of the views, opinions, meowings, skywriting at night, Tragic 8-Ball missive misinterpretations, prison yard india ink tattoo scrawlings, gastric warblings, monosyllabic oath invectives, exposed belly snail trail helixes, messy glandular secretions, kinetic tentacle typings, or tombstone-carved epitaphs that comprise this blog should reflect the views or opinions of the interview subjects (those sainted souls). Nor should this blog reflect upon the LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! project as a whole. Running a website means constantly PRODUCING! MORE! MATERIAL! To this end, I will contribute my thoughts and observations to this blog. I've been known to be a prickly pear at times and I do like to step on toes on occasion. Hence, my words wear steel-capped boots and the desire to let them fall as they will can be a heavy burden. Take these words with a pillar of salt. Know that as much as I want you to get some enjoyment out of my writing, my greater desire is to some day have you give me some of your money.

* I have hyphenated the word "disclaimer" in the title because Dis bands are punk and this blog is backed by the d-beat.

Cinepunx Guest Hosting With Grady Hendrix

Paperbacks From Hell by Grady Hendrix
Last week I was a guest co-host of the Cinepunx podcast to interview Grady Hendrix on his new book, Paperbacks From Hell.

Give it a listen here:

Rettman Straight Edge Book Event A No-Go!

Rettman SxE book cover
I'm sorry to have to report that we're canceling the Rettman live event at Common Beat Music on December 2, 2017 because a big sXe show is taking place at the Church on the same day/same time and it will effectively kill our show.

We're still hoping to record an episode of Cinepunx with Tony about the book, but we won't know about that until the date draws closer.

P.S. Look for a new mini-interview next week here in the blog section. If it comes off, it will be a catch-up talk with a popular past guest. Since this person was already interviewed, it won't be in the main body of interviews.

Talking Edge With Tony Rettman!

Tony Rettman sXe book cover
Check out the event listing I posted today about an event coming up on December 2, 2017. I'll be talking to the author (and great guy) Tony Rettman about his new book on straight edge hardcore.

If all goes well, there will also be a Cinepunx interview with Tony that should be record the day before or the day of the event. I will likely guest host with Josh and Liam and that episode, if it happens, stands to be available shorty after the event. I'll certainly post about it here if is happens.

I hope to see some of you from the Philly-area out for this event!


I was just thinking of a puzzle. At birth we have two pieces to the puzzle, the mother and the father. Going forward, other pieces are added as significant people enter our life and consciousness. Pieces are acquired from siblings and other family members, lovers, friends, pets, and so on. Moving through life, pieces fall away. The loss of a mother- or father-shaped piece leaves a gap of such distinct dimensions and contours that it can't be replaced. Others, too, the most precious pieces, are found not to be interchangeable. A loved one is gone, others acquired, but the empty spaces, each defined by the dark negative space of absence, is not plugged in by another. New pieces stretch out the parameters of the puzzle, but black voids like so many missing teeth remain. One who lives a long life gazes upon a puzzle comprised more of the void than the design. In time you and I -- our contours soften by age, our bright colors somewhat dimmed, but unique in definition -- will leave the puzzles of others. Like the precious parts we've lost, we will leave in our wake the shape that will remain unfilled, but the hope of continued expansion.

An Ill-Fated Screening

Josh Alvarez of Cinepunx with George the dog. Photo by Liam.
Josh Alvarez of Cinepunx with George the dog. Photo by Liam.
JAG as Cinepunx guest. Photo by Liam.
I was recently a guest on the Cinepunx podcast (episode #65) to talk about our screening of Drew Stone's documentary THE NEW YORK HARDCORE CHRONICLES. As you will learn if you listen, we were not pleased with either the movie or the experience of screening it. All this is detailed in the podcast episode, so there's no need to rehash the mess here.

You can listen to this episode on iTunes and all the places where you hear L!F!P! except for this site. Here's the link to the episode on the Cinepunx website:

Spotted In the Wild: Dave "Bass" Brown

Dave "Bass" Brown and JAG at the East Falls flea market, June 3, 2017
When I was at the East Falls flea market yesterday I spotted none of than former Negative FX drummer and past interview subject Dave "Bass" Brown. Not surprisingly, Dave the Gerber Baby was harassing people. You should give our interview a listen.

Joseph Gets His Wish

Greg Pizzoli and Joseph by Karen Kirchhoff.
Here's a bonus shot by Karen Kirchhoff of the just-added interview with the charming and thoughtful Greg PIzzoli in his studio in South Philly.

Come and See!

Neshaminy Live Event Temp Flyer
Check out the events listing section for a live interview at the Neshaminy Brewing Company about punk businesses. The event will be updated with a different flyer and more information in the days to come.

A Brief Update

Jello, Eric, and Jesse
Hello, friends.

A short posting to say that significant events will soon be announced, so stop back over the next couple weeks for each successive announcement. I'm not trying to tease these things out. Rather, details are still being worked out, so it's best to just say that the events should be worthy of your time. If all goes as it should, there should be a big live event, a film screening with special guests, and a sizable bit of press for the project. There will also be new interviews, though nothing is firmly scheduled yet.

I leave you with a reminder that L!F!P! limited-edition "event only" shirts remain for sale from me only. Drop me a message if you'd like one. All the other shirts, which are not limited, are sold through Cinepunx. Contact them for those. Most of the new shirts are likely too sell out at the forthcoming events and won't be reprinted, so best to get on those if you'd like one. The photo is former interview subject Jesse Townley wearing the new L!F!P! shirt with Eric Debris of the band Metal Urbain and none other than Jello Biafra popping his head into the frame.