To badly paraphrase Neil Young, “Hey hey, my my, punk rock ’n’ roll will never die”—at least if the many local punk projects being launched left and right in recent months are any indication. Here are a few good reasons to rock a serious Mohawk before Vans Warped Tour stop (June 30) at the Plaza parking lot.
First, there’s the free and frickin’ awesome Punk Rock Heart Transplant compilation album. A DIY/collective effort, PRHT is designed to serve as, according to its website, “a collaborative effort to revitalize our punk rock scene.” The album features 24 tracks by 24 bands. Four of Vegas’ better punk acts—Battle Born, TheCORE, Guilty by Association and Nothing With Numbers—are included. Most of the songs originally appeared in these bands’ own albums and EPs, but two songs—“System Explosive” by Portland’s Unfallen Heroes and “The Beer Pong Song” by Temecula, Calif.’s Strike Twelve were recorded exclusively for PRHT. Overall, the album is pretty strong, perhaps because each band provides one of its “hit” tracks. Download the whole thing gratis via PunkRockHeartTransplant.BandCamp.com.
The words “Vegas Punk House and Paltry Museum” sound like a great Hollywood pitch for a Hangover screenplay knockoff. Actually, it’s just NOFX frontman Fat Mike’s Vegas home, which he admits he no longer lives in and is instead renting out. Check out VegasPunkHouse.com and you’ll learn that this three-bedroom, two-bath residence in Spring Valley “sleeps up to 10 people” (one room has six bunk beds) and boasts the kind of amenities you can’t even get in many of the nicer Strip hotels—free WiFi, saltwater pool, cave hot tub, tiki hut, 9-hole putting green, pool table, game room with poker table and Centaur pinball machine, sunken living room with sitting couch, a large flat-screen TV, and a case of PBR in the fridge. (The paltry museum consists of what looks to be a shit-ton of old-school punk show fliers. There are images of the casa del punk on the site.) All this probably explains why the rates seem pretty high: $495 per weekday night, $695 per night Fridays and Saturdays and $2,500 for the week. Still, if you’re going to lose your mind in Vegas with punk-style vengeance, do it here. More info and a FAQ on the site.
PunksInVegas.com is the online adventure of local punk aficionado Steven Matview. So far, it’s a great place to watch acoustic performances by otherwise screaming, guitar-slashing young men and women. Take, for instance, Punks In Vegas’ “Stripped Down Sessions.” Filmed in cool haunts such as Alternate Reality Comics, this series has already uploaded a half-dozen-or-so videos—Vegas pop-punk act Deadhand’s “Back Up,” L.A. bluegrass-punk group Old Man Markley’s “Song Songs,” alt-troubadour Cory Branan’s “Survivor Blues.” Cool stuff, for sure.
Now, as long as I don’t mistake my hair spray for PAM cooking spray, I’ll be fine.