Category Archives: Art and Culture

John Doe: On the origins of X, what the history books get wrong about the LA punk scene, and the fucked up state of our world

I had the opportunity a few days ago to speak briefly with John Doe of the legendary Los Angeles punk band X. Doe, along with his bandmates Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, DJ Bonebrake, after making their way thorugh Chicago in early September, will be playing two dates in Michingan… September 6 at The Magic Bag […]

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Which did a better job of capturing the ethos of punk rock… Quincy or CHiPs?

Earlier this week, Arlo’s pediatrician and I determined that he’s now old enough to learn about punk rock. Since then, I’ve been doing a lot of research, trying to find the best way to introduce the concepts of senseless violence and nihilism to a two year old. I was hoping that I’d find some consensus […]

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I asked actor Mark Ruffalo about his desire to portray Columbo, and you won’t believe what he did next!

Remember how I told you that Mark Ruffalo was here in Detroit to help draw attention to the fact that several hundreds of the City’s most poor were now without water, and how, if I got the chance, I’d ask him about his statement yesterday concerning his desire to play Columbo? Well, as it turns […]

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Mark Ruffalo runs on stage at Netroots Nation to advocate for action in Detroit on recent water shut-offs

I think everyone here at Netroots Nation was going to attend anyway, but actor Mark Ruffalo just ran out on stage, as Senator Elizabeth Warren made her way off, urging everyone to attend this afternoon’s big Keep The Water On rally outside of COBO Hall. Here he is, making his plea. (The women at my […]

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The Ramones are dead. Long live the Ramones.

It’s being reported this morning that Tommy Ramone, co-founder of the seminal New York punk band The Ramones, and last surviving member of the original group, died yesterday at the age of 65. If I had to credit one band with setting me on the path that led me to where I am today, it […]

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