Black, bitter, and full of spite.
J Church was one of those bands I never really gave a chance because I knew so many weird pop punk kids that would give their first born to see them play. It’s pretentious to look at music that way, but hey I was only 16. Like I knew the drummer from jawbreaker was once in the band and I thought that was awesome so I gave them a chance.
Anyway, I never got to see them play and regret being so judgemental. J Church is fucking awesome. I remember I went to a show recently and someone I was shooting the shit with told me I looked like Lance Hahn. I found this to be especially flattering, to the point where I really didn’t know what to say. They quickly said it wasn’t because I was asian, but because Lance had a very friendly face. I could tell that they were being sincere which is something I appreciate in people. Honesty is fucking awesome.
So if you haven’t listened to J Church do yourself a favor and find their shit. They have a tooooon of stuff out there.
So this fest has exploded. There’s no way I’m going this year, but I’m sure it will be fun as fuck.
Allo Darlin’ (England)
Asta Kask (Sweden)
Cult of Youth
Dead End Path
Fucked Up (Canada)
Guitar Wolf (Japan)
High Tension Wires
Hooded Menace (Finland)
Killing Joke (england)
Kriegshog (Japan…last show ever)
Low Threat Profile (ex Spazz/No Comment)
the Marked Men
the Mind Spiders
Off with their Heads
Omar Souleyman (Syria)
Oneohtrix Point Never
Origin of M (japan)
Seein Red (Holland)
See You In Hell (Czech)
the Shitty Limits (England)
the Slowmotions (Japan)
This is My Fist
Toys that Kill
Underground Railroad to Candyland
Universal Order of Armageddon
Urban Blight (Canada)
Veins (only show ever…)
White Fence (members of Darker My Love)
Youth Of Today
Silsbee High School in Texas wants their cheerleaders smiling, energetic, and willing to cheer for their rapists by name. Go team!
H.S., a Silsbee student, reported being raped by Rakheem Bolton with the help of two of his friends, a fellow student and athletic star. In the end, Bolton ended up getting off without serving any jail time by pleading guilty to a lesser assault charge, spending two years on probation, doing community service, paying a fine, and attending anger management courses. Hardly seems like an adequate punishment, but it’s unfortunately not uncommon for attackers to bargain down their charges. What really gets the blood boiling is how the students’ high school treated the victim.
Bolton was set to be on the school’s varsity basketball team, and they couldn’t risk losing by barring him from playing for a silly thing like a rape charge. That could impact their chances at winning. Who cares about the traumatic impact it would have an a cheerleader who needed to vocally support a team including her rapist?
But H.S. fulfilled her role as a cheerleader, participating in all the cheers for the team as a group. She simply refused to shout the first name of the man who assaulted her when he stood up alone to make free throws. It seems like she was being more than accommodating, when an student athlete facing trial on rape charges most likely should have been suspended from the team, even if his presence wasn’t a source of immediate distress to his victim in her position as cheerleader. In a display of extreme disrespect for a rape survivor and disregard for her well-being, school officials insisted that H.S. had to scream “Rakheem” with the rest of the cheerleaders, or she’d be kicked off the squad.
Long story short, this poor lady got kicked off the squad, brought a suit against the school where it was rejected by the Supreme Court. Not only that, her family has to pay $45k for the school’s legal fees.
What a bunch of assholes all fucking around. The school officials are obvious assholes and the Supreme Court are a bunch of assholes as well.
What happens when a blond, blue-eyed cheerleader accuses her school’s black star athlete of rape? Well, first, she’s kicked off the squad for refusing to cheer for him. My report on how this three-year-old case continues to roil Silsbee, Texas.
A fantastic piece by my colleague Jess Bennett, which socks you with this killer line, from the victim’s father: “Soignet says it feels like his daughter was ‘raped, then raped again by the system.’”