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Los Suziox in Quito, Ecuador – Potent Punk

// July 28th, 2015 // No Comments » // Videos

Los Suziox in Quito


A birds-eye view of the potent punk scene in Quito, Ecuador with our buddies Los Suziox playing one of their songs off their EL FIN JUSTIFICA LOS MEDIOS (The End Justifies the Means) out now on Punk Outlaw Records.


Tarakany! Bags of Bones Unplugged

// July 25th, 2015 // No Comments » // Videos

Tarakany Acoustic Seg

Our Russian pals Tarakany! playing an acoustic set of “Bags of Bones’ off their Russian Democrazy CD out now on Punk Outlaw Records.

They sound really good unplugged don’t you think?


Billy Idol – This Old Punk Made It

// May 30th, 2015 // No Comments » // Videos


Punk Rockers can make it big. Many have. But few have remained as relevant as Billy Idol. Yeah, this guy brought new life to Mony Mony but it’s his original songs, “White Wedding” and “Rebel Yell”, I’ll remember. But before our guy had a big solo career as a generally pop rock musician, my man was a punk with the British Punk band “Generation X”.

He was in NYC last night and I had to make time to see this guy. He’s pushing  60 by my math but man, he looked great up there. Shirt off, strutting his stuff, snarling at the crowd and thanking them for their part in helping him have a “great BLEEPING Life”. There were youngsters and old timers, themselves, looking in their 60s. It was mixed of a crowd as I can remember seeing at a concert. I love NYC.

Here is a short clip of Rebel Yell from last nights show. We’ll see how long it is allowed to stay up.

Pancho from Los Saicos (Peru) Has Died

// May 20th, 2015 // No Comments » // Photos

One of my fondest memories and biggest rewards from writing this blog has been meeting different punks and just awesome and interesting people from all over the world. From Cuba to Russia to Mexico, Colombia, Philippines and Peru I’ve met some truly wonderful people and legends in the world of punk music.


Pancho Guevera, the drummer for the Peruvian rock band (and some say the world’s actual 1st punk band) Los Saicos was one of those people. I say “was” because I just received word that Pancho has died. More information on Pancho’s death HERE.

I had heard about Los Saicos before arriving in Peru and had been told that despite Pancho’s legendary status he would gladly meet with me.

I met him at a coffee shop with another pal of his via a local bi-lingual Lima punk who had been guiding me around the punk scene in Peru.

With Los Saicos Drummer "Pancho" in Lima in 2011

With Los Saicos Drummer “Pancho” in Lima in 2011


Pancho didn’t speak much English and my Spanish was pretty laughable but we got along quiet well.  I instantly liked Pancho from the moment I met him. He was a gentle soul, obviously older, but yet punk to the core, I could just tell.

When I wrote my article about Punk rock starting in Peru rather than the UK or the U.S., it stirred a little controversy of course and was picked up (and ripped off?) by other outlets like Vice, etc. The jury is still out whether Los Saicos was the actual first punk rock band or, like the Kinks in the UK or other bands in that era, simply influential in the formation of punk.

It’s not for me to say, but what I will say after meeting Pancho is that he was a really good guy… and 100% punk rocker in his heart.

I’m sad I won’t get to reconnect with him (my goal had been to produce a Raw Travel – Peru episode and have a reunion with Pancho on camera). But I’m very happy to have made his acquaintance and I never forgot about meeting him and never will.

Our Article on Los Saicos for Remezcla Magazine

Our Article on Los Saicos for Remezcla Magazine

I have a good video interview with Pancho that I hope to include in my documentary “Punktology” when I finally get back to working on that again. in the meantime, if you wish to read the article I original wrote on the subject of Peru’s founding of punk music and meeting Pancho, you can read the article HERE. 

Pancho… you will be missed amigo, but gracias for all you contributed not only to punk music but music in general. More importantly thanks for, by all accounts that I can see at see, being a very good human being.

Rest in Peace Amigo.



Filipino Punk With The Republicats

// May 5th, 2015 // No Comments » // Videos

The Republicats is a punk band made up of some of Manila’s movers and shakers in the Punk Music Scene. These guys were kind enough to not only hook up an entire evening of Filipino punk music  for our cameras but to sit down with us before hand and tell us how the scene developed and what it’s like to be a punk rocker in the Philippines.

Thanks to the magic of television, you can see more of the Republicats, if you tunein this weekend to Raw Travel’s Magical Manila premiering May 9th-10th all over the U.S. Visit HERE for tune in info.


Thanks to the magic of Manila, if you ever get to visit, you are in for a treat. Thanks to the magic of the internet, you can get an idea of what it’s like by watching our exclusive interview of the Republicats below. Enjoy!

Good Morning Vietnam – Saigon’s KOP Rock Band

// May 2nd, 2015 // No Comments » // Videos

40 years after the fall of Saigon, we went to Vietnam to check it out. It was wild.


I’m glad I was born when I was and instead of going as a draftee in a cargo plane to fight a vaguely defined and scary war in a jungle I was able to go as a tourists.

The Vietnamese were great people and showed not a bit of animus towards us.

The punk music scene in Vietnam is kind tame by U.S. and Latin American standards but we stumbled upon this cool band KOP Rock Band who put on a show for us at the Acoustic Bar down a side street in Saigon (now known as Ho Chi Minh City)… Yes, Vietnam is, gasp, communist, but I didn’t see anyone begging in the street, or that much crippling poverty. Everyone seemed fairly well off in comparison to say the Philippines, a decidedly more Western & American Influenced culture where kids sniffing glue and sleeping on the street was a normal occurrence.


KOP Rock Band at Acoustic Bar

KOP Rock Band at Acoustic Bar


Vietnam has it’s issues, I know. but the people are war weary and that typically makes for, at least in my estimation, for some people who enjoy some good rock and roll. And KOP Rock band gave it to them.

Here’s a music video from our travels to Vietnam and our pals KOP rock Band and if you want to see more of them, then watch Raw Travel this weekend (May 2nd-3rd). More info on the show HERE. 

Punk Poets in Chiang Mai, Thailand

// April 20th, 2015 // No Comments » // Videos


The punks in Chiang Mai, Thailand are cut from a slightly different cloth than those in Bangkok, or so I’m told. Since we were in Thailand during the extended New Year’s holidays we weren’t able to hook up with any of the punks in the famous Bangkok scene, though I did, finally hear back on some emails I sent out when I had moved on to other locales in Southeast Asia. I do hope I can get back to Thailand under less stressful circumstances (camera crew filming on deadline and really get to know this place and meet some Bangkok punks finally.


In the meantime, as a first time trip goes, it was quick and I was pretty much beyond jet lagged the entire time, but I am appreciative of the punks who played for us at the 7 Pounds bar on the outskirts of Chiang Mai. These guys Stomper 191 didn’t speak too much English and I didn’t get a ton of insight, but what do you need to know? They obviously love and live the lifestyle.

Enjoy this cover from a Stomper 191, appropriately enough, it sounds like they may have stomped the sound system before going on.. True punks indeed.

Some Colombian Punk For You

// April 13th, 2015 // No Comments » // Videos

I’ve been missing my pals down in Medellin, Colombia. Dorados Rockabilly Trio, Los Suziox, the whole punk scene.

I see they are still cranking out the punk.

Hope to see you guys soon. Viva Punk Rock in Colombia Amigos!

SouthEast Asia Rocks – Raw Travel Preview

// March 6th, 2015 // No Comments » // Videos


Here is a short preview of our upcoming Southeast Asia episodes on Raw Travel. Features music from our pals Kop Rock Band in Vietnam.