YI (DIY pop from Oakland)THE DEADS (Silverspring punx)LOWERED EXPECTATIONS 1st show! Garrett + Sarah Danger + Sienna + Zach, i hear they sound like Flipper, cool+ DJ TBA (playing all the hits)via Unregistered Nurse BookingDoors & Happy Hour at 8:30Show starts at 9:30YE$////////////from Still Single:Yi – Punk Memories 7” EP (self-released)RECOMMENDEDSecond single from this Oakland trio capitalizes on a moment of “punk” stupidity that dominated the beginning of my year, and uses it to their advantage, making a ramshackle and awesome little record out of concerns and gripes that pits melody against a willingness to explore that most bands of their stripe couldn’t fathom. There’s a catchy little lament for the rogue renal calculus called “Got A Stone,” and a sidelong breakdown/exploration of the phaser pedal called “Junk Memory” that seems like it’d be more at home on New Alliance or Happy Squid in 1982 than anywhere today (a good thing, this short circuiting and wandering off). But the meatiest statement here is “Just Quit Punk,” poking fun at the deadly serious ball ache put forth by those poor motherfuckers in Merchandise/Church Whip, and their label buddy, and all these unwitting mens’ rights saps arguing about whyyyyyyyy they had to name their tour “Raping The East” this past winter. Rather than listen to people who were hurt by those words, they threw a tantrum, stamped their feet on the ground and held their own, got Vice to publish maybe the most humiliating, career-ending article in that magazine’s history, got their ties slashed and van defaced by angry women, and have tried to slink back out of the light of such self-styled controversy after having alienated all of the women and some of the more compassionate men out there who might have once been fans. Yi tells ‘em: “What’s got your goat to ruin my fun? I don’t let no one question me or my over-the-top hyperbole. I just quit punk because no one understands. I gave all my records to friends and then I resigned from all my bands. If I had known the PC police were back in force to ruin the scene I would not have bought all these zines. It’s not fair how you censor me. You and your mob are oppressing me. You take words too seriously, so I just quit punk and you’ll miss me.”Indeed. These sort of personal politics, framed against music that’s as fun as it is abrasive, haven’t been in season for quite a while, and it’s great to hear them return. There’s a lot going on within Yi’s music and you’d be dumb not to find out more. Also, this record includes a thank-you list which is a real wealth of information – good people and bands out there that these guys love. Going through that list would blow more than a few minds, so I suggest anyone looking for ideas grab this one down and do some searching, though maybe not in that order, since the 99 copies pressed of this one are pretty much gone. Ex-Caged Animal, yo (RIP C.A. Crew). Paste-on sleeve, total DIY job. Excellent record that reminds me of Harriet The Spy meets the Urinals. Wish they’d do a 12”. (http://yipunx.angelfire.com/) (Doug Mosurock)

YI (DIY pop from Oakland)


THE DEADS (Silverspring punx)


LOWERED EXPECTATIONS 
1st show! Garrett + Sarah Danger + Sienna + Zach, i hear they sound like Flipper, cool

+ DJ TBA (playing all the hits)

via Unregistered Nurse Booking
Doors & Happy Hour at 8:30
Show starts at 9:30
YE$

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from Still Single:

Yi – Punk Memories 7” EP (self-released)
RECOMMENDED
Second single from this Oakland trio capitalizes on a moment of “punk” stupidity that dominated the beginning of my year, and uses it to their advantage, making a ramshackle and awesome little record out of concerns and gripes that pits melody against a willingness to explore that most bands of their stripe couldn’t fathom. There’s a catchy little lament for the rogue renal calculus called “Got A Stone,” and a sidelong breakdown/exploration of the phaser pedal called “Junk Memory” that seems like it’d be more at home on New Alliance or Happy Squid in 1982 than anywhere today (a good thing, this short circuiting and wandering off). But the meatiest statement here is “Just Quit Punk,” poking fun at the deadly serious ball ache put forth by those poor motherfuckers in Merchandise/Church Whip, and their label buddy, and all these unwitting mens’ rights saps arguing about whyyyyyyyy they had to name their tour “Raping The East” this past winter. Rather than listen to people who were hurt by those words, they threw a tantrum, stamped their feet on the ground and held their own, got Vice to publish maybe the most humiliating, career-ending article in that magazine’s history, got their ties slashed and van defaced by angry women, and have tried to slink back out of the light of such self-styled controversy after having alienated all of the women and some of the more compassionate men out there who might have once been fans. Yi tells ‘em: “What’s got your goat to ruin my fun? I don’t let no one question me or my over-the-top hyperbole. I just quit punk because no one understands. I gave all my records to friends and then I resigned from all my bands. If I had known the PC police were back in force to ruin the scene I would not have bought all these zines. It’s not fair how you censor me. You and your mob are oppressing me. You take words too seriously, so I just quit punk and you’ll miss me.”


Indeed. These sort of personal politics, framed against music that’s as fun as it is abrasive, haven’t been in season for quite a while, and it’s great to hear them return. There’s a lot going on within Yi’s music and you’d be dumb not to find out more. Also, this record includes a thank-you list which is a real wealth of information – good people and bands out there that these guys love. Going through that list would blow more than a few minds, so I suggest anyone looking for ideas grab this one down and do some searching, though maybe not in that order, since the 99 copies pressed of this one are pretty much gone. Ex-Caged Animal, yo (RIP C.A. Crew). Paste-on sleeve, total DIY job. Excellent record that reminds me of Harriet The Spy meets the Urinals. Wish they’d do a 12”. (http://yipunx.angelfire.com/
(Doug Mosurock)