The Circle Jerks were one of the more popular SoCal hardcore bands in the 1980s. They played loud and fast and sent mosh pits into overdrive, but the band is also at least partly responsible for steering hardcore in the direction of tuneless, mindless, metal-tinged palp. That aside, they were an influential band and huge by 80s underground standards. This book from Microcosm is an interesting side note—not just to the Circle Jerks story, but to the greater L.A. punk rock history as well.
Not sure if you are an omnivore, herbivore or carnivore? If you follow a vegan diet, then you are an herbivore and Microcosm Publishing has cookbooks for you. Many in fact, but two of their latest titles come from the cheffing and illustrating duo of Automne Zingg and Joshua Ploeg.
Through interviews with musicians, writers/artists and recording engineers, David Ensminger documents the history of the Rockford scene and paints a picture of a typical American city full of bored and restless youth with more energy and creativity than they knew what to do with.
The Central deliver a new twelve-song album from their home base in Madison, Wisconsin. The general population of the great “Cheese State” apparently bought the Trump line of gaudy merchandise hook, line and sinker, but I won’t hold that against this band or the 77 square miles surrounding its capital city.