It’s a weird world that obliges you to negotiate for decades to borrow things your great-grandparents made. And where are we if we can’t recover and know our history? This week, classic stories from the L.A. punk scene, queer punk in the ‘90s Portland music scene and a Native museum’s deal to get some time with priceless tribal artifacts.
X bandleader John Doe, who brought so much great music to life, has also brought us some killer stories. His collaboration with journalist Tom DeSavia led to a multi-voice volume of essays called “Under the Big Black Sun,” chronicling the rise of punk in Los Angeles. A second collection, “More Fun in the New World,” takes the same form. But this time, Doe and DeSavia meditate on the deterioration of the scene and its broader legacy. We talked to both authors as Doe prepares for a June 11 appearance at Music Millenium, in conversation with songwriter and novelist Willy Vlautin.
Team Dresch a Musical Fanzine — 21:05
Jody Bleyle (Hazel) and Donna Dresch (Chainsaw Records) teamed up with Kaia Wilson (the Butchies, Mr. Lady Records) and drummer Marcéo Martinez (and later Melissa York) to form a stone cold lifeline to thousands of fans. Team Dresch wrote songs about acceptance, survival and self-defense — and just simply rocked. The band has reunited for a few gigs in recent years and is now rereleasing their entire catalogue and a brand new song. The band plays Mississippi Studios next weekend.
The Long Game: Chachalu and the British Museum — 40:06
The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde museum, Chachalu, has just wrapped up an unusual research project. Several decades ago, artifacts made by tribe members surfaced in the hands of the British Museum in London. After years of talks, those objects came for a yearlong visit home. But curators had more in mind than just displaying them behind glass. OPB digital producer Arya Surowidjojo was part of the team that published OPB’s recent story on the artifacts and stopped by to talk about how the tribes used the time.