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Ask any punk who has visited NYC in the last 5, 10 or 15 years and chances are they stopped by ABC No Rio, New York City’s new reigning champion for punk music in the big apple since CBGB’s much publicized demise.
We wanted to show them a little well deserved love so we were thrilled to be able to feature them on the latest episode of Raw Travel - NYC Part 1 and to hopefully spread some of the good energy they’ve been putting out in their community over the years.
Here is a special, web only extended version for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
Novi Sad, Serbia – We rolled into town just 2 hours before the big punk rock concert and fundraiser, threw our luggage in the apartment and headed out to China Town and Route 66 to see a killer Serbian Punk Show headlined by our new pal Dasko and his band Red Union.
Killer show, killer crowd and I’m including pics and video for you to get a little taste of the action there. Dasko is also a radio DJ and a smart dude, he and his equally smart & funny sister showed our “Raw Travel” cameras around the lovely town of Novi Sad in what may end up being the most entertaining on camera tour I’ve ever participated in.
Wish you could have been here but since you couldn’t, here is the next best thing.
I’ve traveled far and wide to bring you the best punk music from the far corners of the earth but this one ranks in the top 10. The guys from ! Kto Chce Co Chce (Do Whatever You Like) in Bratislava, Slovakia spoke little to no English and my Slovakian is even worse.. but speaking the international language of punk, we made it happen.
They rehearse in an old communist chemical factory now abandoned on the outskirts of town. The complex’s security personnel freaked out completely when they saw our cameras, but after we entered we rolled camera anyway.
On the way out, saw the biggest damned jack rabbit I’ve ever seen in my life. What has that to do with Slovakian punk? Nothing I guess but geez, I had to tell someone about it.
Check them out, these guys really rock! And then go do whatever you like… it’s all good!
LOS ANGELES: Here is your chance to hear Colombia’s best kept secret, the Dorados Rockabilly Trio.
This Sunday, June 15th at Eastside Luv Wine Bar presents QueSos Pachuco Boogie Night from 5pm – 2AM
It’s a special night in Los Angeles to celebrate Fathers day and Commemorate The 71st anniversary of the Zoot Suit Riots.
Remember and Honor The Pachuco and the Pachuca with A special Art Show with some of Los Angeles most Talented artists titled “”Resistance with Style”: Expression & Empowerment through the Power of Zoot!”
Performances by Pachuco Jose and His Jubilee Train and a very special one night only U.S. appearance from our pal Felipe (AKA Phil Rocker) of The Dorados Rockabilly Trio.
There will be a special Rumba Dance Performance and Bolero Set by the incredibly talented and beautiful Elizabeth Aguayo LB Prez.
Free giveaways and Raffles with paid admission after 8pm. Art Exhibit is from 5pm to 8pm and is free before 8pm.
Wish I could be there to see my buddy Phil Rocker and his U.S.A debut but I’m in Eastern Europe filming for Season 2 of Raw Travel. Hope you can make it out and if you do.. . tell them Punk Outlaw sent ya!
Here is Dorados video “Bettie Page” that we filmed for them on location in Venice Beach just a couple years ago. My how time flies!
We’re filming for Raw Travel in Krakow, Poland and we stumbled across this killer all-girl punk/alternative band “Brains All Gone”. I assure their brains are completely in tact, just take a listen to their lyrics.
These guys are the real deal.
They played acoustic set for our cameras and it was nothing short of impressive. Until we get some video uploaded here is a little taste of what you can expect from their debut music video “Education”.
Visit them HERE and tell them “Punk Outlaw” sent you.
Serbia, where I visited in 2012 and home to Concrete Worms, UPS & our buddy Darko is undergoing the worst flooding and natural disaster in over the 120 years they’ve been keeping records of such things.
As this humanitarian crisis unfolds, we are prepping a trip there next month to film for “Raw Travel”. If you have the means, please help them by donating to the Red Cross or other organizations. Click the pic to learn how.Photos courtesy of our pal “Darko”
You may have blinked and missed an article I wrote on the Russian Punk & underground Music Scene back in 2010 when I went to Moscow & St. Petersburg for 8 days. It was one of my most amazing trips ever and turned me on to one of my favorite bands to this day, Tarakany! (Cockroach).
During the course of that trip, I missed an opportunity to meet Vladimir Kozlov, a Russian journalist with deep punk rock interest. After returning to the states, Vladimir was kind enough to do a Q&A with me and if you missed it you can read his Q&A HERE.
Vladimir is now raising funds to produce a documentary “Traces in the Snow” about Siberian Punk music. Given Siberia’s political history (where political prisoners were sent to live), East vs. West rhetoric going on today and just the unusual nature of punk music in a former communist territory would be completely fascinating.
Vlad is raising funds on Indigogo and we wanted to support his efforts by re-posting here. If you have $5, $10 or more to support Vlad’s efforts, I’m sure he’d not only appreciate it but you’d have an even better time watching the flick when it comes out.
More info on the fundraising effort below and you can view the trailer to the film above: