9/26/15 SF Punk Renaissance THE MUTANTS INSECT LOUNGE w Connie Champagne, Mia D’Bruzzi

mutants w mia and connie_o

Photo by Mark Hanford

The Mutants are always without parallel and Saturday at the Verdi Club was no different as they took the stage joined by Connie Champagne and Mia D’Bruzzi of Frightwig. Thank you to the Mutants for your support!

And THANK YOU to lilmike for capturing the video!


Joined by Sue! Photo by Mark Hanford

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Fritz, Brendan and Peter Photo by Mark Hanford

Gentrification and Door Sales; Please buy ahead TICKETS for 9/26 at VERDI DOOR WILL BE VERY limited


Verdi Club Photo: Douglas Melvin

Tickets are on sale at http://www.punkrocksewingcircle.com at Mod Lang in El Cerrito, or by arrangement( pretty simple btw) in San Francisco

Support the venues, please buy your tickets in advance! The Verdi has requested that we limit tickets sold at the door. Like many venues in SF, the Verdi is confronting gentrification issues. Advance ticket sales cut down on lines and sidewalk congestion; this cuts down on conflict with the neighbors. This particular neighborhood is locked in an active gentrification battle.  We cannot afford to lose any more indie venues in SF.

Please do your part to support the venues and buy your tickets in advance; lets not forget that several persistent neighbors successfully shut down live music at the Savoy Tivoli. You’ll also ensure that you can get in but more importantly, you are directly helping the Verdi.

We want the Verdi to continue  to support live and eclectic performances so please help us help them out and buy your tickets in advance!


SF Punk Renaissance 9/26: Patrick O’Neil Reads His Compelling Memoir GUN NEEDLE SPOON


Patrick O’Neil’s GUN NEEDLE SPOON was published to rave reviews in June of 2015. This work is a diamond among memoirs; add in the punk and addiction tags and it is heads and tails above any other works of the genre.Check out Patricks’s reading of GUN NEEDLE SPOON at the Verdi Club on 9/26 during SF Punk Renaissance: Early Era Punk. Patrick will take the stage at 6:00 PM; absorb his reading and buy a copy of GUN NEEDLE SPOON. Patrick will be signing copies of his books at the event; published by Danzg


Patrick O’Neil SF Punk Renaissance Early Warning 5/2/15 at Emerald Tablet Photo by Bobby Castro

Patrick O’Neil: Patrick O’Neil writes nonfiction, plays music, and makes short documentary films. During the early ’80’s he was a roadie and eventually the road manager for Dead Kennedys, Flipper, Subhumans (UK) and T.S.O.L. Patrick was a heroin addict for eighteen years, a bank robber for three, incarcerated for two and a half, did three and change in a trifecta of residential drug rehabs, worked as a substance abuse counselor for six, been clean for the last fourteen, and holds an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles. His memoir Gun, Needle, Spoon is out June 9th from Dzanc Books; an excerpted in part French translation titled Hold-Up was published by 13e Note Editions, Paris, France in 2013.

His writing has appeared in numerous publications including: Juxtapoz, Salon, The Weeklings, Fourteen Hills, The Nervous Breakdown, and Razorcake.Patrick is a contributing editor for the NYC-to-California-transplant-post-beat-pre-apocalyptic art, writing, and music anthology: Sensitive Skin Magazine. He is a regular contributor to the recovery website: AfterPartyMagazine. And a two time nominee for Best Of The Net.

His online course: Writing Through Trauma starts October 5th 2015 and runs for four weeks. Pre-registration is open now until October 5th. Patrick also teaches at a Los Angeles community college, and facilitates private writing workshops.

If so inclined, you can find more of his writing, music, and films online at patrick-oneil.com


Spotlight on 9/26 Verdi: Avengers Classic Punk Anthems at SF Punk Renaissance


The Avengers Photo by Bobby Castro

“In the late ’70s, The Avengers established themselves as one of the San Francisco’s better known punk bands. Fusing incisive guitar hooks, explosive rhythms and adolescent venom, the group forged some of the better known punk anthems of the era.

The Avengers opened for the Sex Pistols in San Francisco for their final show at Winterland, and their 4–song EP was produced by Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols. This recording, released in 1979 on White Noise Records featured the memorable song, “The American in Me,” as well as ” Uh Oh!,” “Corpus Christi,” and “White Nigger.” In addition to Houston, James Wilsey played bass, D. Furious played drums, and Greg Ingraham played guitar. Brad Kent played guitar on “Corpus Christi.”


Penelope Houston by Alana Alberts Photos by Alana will be featured at the Verdi on 9/26

In September of 2012, the Avengers with Penelope Houston, Danny Furious, Greg Ingraham, and Craig Gray of the Toiling Midgets  played at SF Punk Renaissance.

The Avengers return to play again at SF Punk Renaissance  9/26 at the Verdi Club Current line-up: Penelope Houston, Greg Ingraham, Joel Reader, Luis Illades.

From the Dangerhouse Records Site

Penelope Houston on Dangerhouse: Dangerhouse was run by a bunch of guys and some of them were friends of mine. It was KK who was in the Screamers and David Brown who was in the Screamers once playing synthesizer, there was Black Randy, famous on his own and um… oh Bob Dead, and Pat Randall, uh…. Rand McNally. All of them were there at the recording. They were all singing on the chorus of “We Are the One” I think it was. It was pretty funny.

It was recorded in Los Angeles at Kitchen Sync Studios. We did three songs in ten hours or something like that. There was a guy there engineering it. He came with the studio. He actually did his own mix of “Car Crash” that had police sirens in the background. I’ll never forget that. Of course, we didn’t put that out, but I’m sure it’s around somewhere.

It was my first time in a studio. It was really terrifying. When we did “I Believe In Me”, we just did a test vocal to record the tracks along with and when it came to do the vocal I just said to leave that one on. I was too nervous to go in and do it. And it was so sorta spur of the moment as you can tell if you play that one it’s a… everything was made up in the top of my head.

The record came on black and red vinyl. Dangerhouse went in and the company had run out of black vinyl, and they said “Well we have to have these pressed.” [The pressing plant] said “Well, you can have it on red vinyl.” So there it was



Spotlight on Music: The Iconic Alice Bag Performs at SF Punk Renaissance 9/25 and 9/26!

Punk Rock Sewing Circle is pleased to present the iconic Alice Bag at 111 Minna on Friday September 25 and 9/26 at the Verdi Club! On 9/25 Alice will perform with her own band and on 9/26 she will be backed by the original San Francisco Riot Girrrls Frightwig!
Alice Bag
(born Alicia Armendariz on November 7, 1958in
Los Angeles, California) is a punk rock singer, musician, author, educator and feminist archivist. Alice was lead singer and co-founder
of The Bags, one of the first wave of punk bands to form in the
mid-1970’s in Los Angeles, CA.
Her first
book, Violence Girl, East LA Rage to Hollywood Stage is the story of her
upbringing in East LA, her eventual migration to Hollywood and the euphoria and aftermath of the first punk wave. Violence Girl reveals how domestic abuse fueled her desire for female empowerment and sheds a new perspective on the origin of hardcore, a style most often associated with white suburban males.
An outspoken activist, feminist and a self-proclaimed troublemaker, Alice has remained active in music since the late 1970’s and published her second book, Pipe Bomb for the Soul in 2015. The ongoing influence of Alice’s style can be seen in the traveling Smithsonian exhibition, American Sabor. She has been profiled by PBS, AARP and has been an invited speaker at colleges including Stanford, Wellesley and USC. Her
memoir, Violence Girl, is now required reading in gender and musicology courses throughout the country.
Pipe Bomb for the Soul
In 2011, Alice Bag’s memoir, Violence Girl – East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage, A Chicana Punk Story provided a window into the critical events taking place in Los Angeles in the 1960’s and 70’s, as seen through the eyes of a young Chicana protagonist. Violence Girl ends in the mid-1980’s with the ascendancy of the neo- conservative Reagan era, the evolution of punk into hardcore, and an educational expedition to Sandinista Nicaragua.
In Pipe Bomb for the Soul, Alice Bag invites the reader to join her for one life-changing month in post-revolutionary Nicaragua. From Managua to the small town of Esteli, Alice encounters people and situations that challenge her long-held beliefs and force her to evaluate the true costs and value of the American Dream. An excellent companion piece to Violence Girl, Pipe Bomb for the Soul builds on the anti-authoritarian spirit of punk that proposed self-empowerment as a way of life.
In keeping with the spirit of the book, Bag made the decision to self-publish Pipe Bomb for the Soul in May 2015.
Press and Reviews:
“Fierce and funny, feminist and political, and punk as f___,
Violence Girl is a true survivor’s tale. An introduction to an irrepressible spirit you’ll be glad you met.”
– Bitch
“After decades of dudes telling their stories of punk’s formative years in memoir, we finally get one of L.A. punk’s most crucial figures—Alice Bag, frontwoman of The Bags
—telling her tale. Unsentimental and tough, she gets out from under her patriarchal family and finds her place among a crew of motley, misfit kids as they accidentally invented the American West Coast punk in bands like X, Black Flag, Germs and her own band, The Bags.” –Jessica Hopper,
Rookie ” Alice Bag is back in book form and is as explosive as ever.
Pipe Bomb For The Soul
excels in rekindling that revolutionary fervor existing in Nicaragua as it attempteda more pluralistic socialist democracy while mired in a bloody U.S.-backed Contrawar.” – OC Weekly

Spotlight on Spoken Word: On 9/26 Linda XYZ Stuns with Spoken Word

The Punk Rock Sewing Circle is excited to announce that Linda XYZ has agreed to perform at SF Punk Renaissance: Early Era Punk.

Linda Xyz will perform her stunning Spoken Word on Saturday 9/26 at the Verdi Club! Linda wowed the audience in May of 2013 at SF Punk Renaissance: Early Warning A Spoken Word event on May 2, 2015 where she performed to a standing room only crowd.  She began performing in 1979 in the punk band @lieNation  and has continued to today. She takes her lyrical themes from politics, strong and angry women, with a little sex education thrown in for good measure. Her current band,  Dick and Jane,  started in 1988 and reformed in 2013,  regularly plays in the East Bay and San Francisco. Their next show is 9/13 at the Night Light in Oakland.

linda xyz

Photo by Bobby Castro

From Linda: “I started to go to experimental art and punk shows in 1975 and made the leap onto the stage in 1979 in my first band, @lieNation. I found my voice by writing songs that expressed my anger; I do them as spoken word because the voice I found was not in any range you’d care to hear! I’m 65 years old and still raging against the machine in my band Dick and Jane.”

No Alternative Joins the SF Punk Renaissance : Early Era Punk bill for 9/26

We’re happy to announce an addition to the Verdi bill on 9/26! No Alternative is going us for the evening of Early Era Punk. They will be opening, so try to arrive early to see this quintessential SF Punk Band!

No alternative

A bit about the band! No Alternative started off in San Francisco in 1979. Members Johnny Genocide (Hugh Patterson) and Jeff Rees formed KGB a year earlier with Drummer Zippy Pinhead and Guitarist Ron Ramos. Johnny Genocide had previously been guitarist for the Offs. KGB can be heard on the “Live at the Deaf Club” LP. The name change came when Zippy and Ron left and Johnny Genocide took over guitar. Drummer Greg Langston (from Tuxedomoon) took over drum duties in 1980. The band played constantly and became a club favorite. Shows with X, Black flag, the Plugz,Cramps, Flamin’ Groovies, Gexa X,Lydia Lunch,Sleepers…..The list goes on and on. The band took a break in 1983 but reformed briefly in 1989. Since 2006 with the addition of Max Volume (Naked Lady Wrestlers) on Bass, the band has been playing a few shows per year. A recording of a legendary 925 Gilman Street performance with Dick and Jane is set for release in February 2016 on Die Laughing records. Greg Langston