Sobriquet 97.2

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One of the first conversations I had with my host mother when I moved to Norway was about the ways in which the region's remarkable geography often affected the mental states of people who relocated there. The town to which I moved was located at the end of a branch of the world's longest fjord. When surrounded on all sides by sheer mountain faces, tall conifers, and glacier-encrusted peaks, she said, newcomers either experienced a sense of claustrophobia or, as was the case for me, a strong sense of comfort. In other words, the earth either fashioned itself into an unsettling space of perceived confinement or offered a sort of terrestrial embrace.

Some twenty years after my host mother first discussed how a landscape could have such profoundly variable impacts on individuals, while living in Iowa, I had a conversation with a friend who had been born and raised in that state. She had attended graduate school on the east coast and remarked that she felt claustrophobic when surrounded by all the trees, mountains, and buildings one encounters on much of the eastern seaboard. On the other hand, as someone who had been raised in the forest-blanketed mountains of northwestern New Jersey, I could not help but feel acutely agoraphobic in the largely deforested plains of the nation's agricultural center. For her, the wide open spaces, treeless horizons, and seemingly endless expanses of corn and soybean fields were reassuringly open. For me, the Iowan landscape (with the exceptions of the forested bluff country along the Mississippi River, the stunning Loess Hills in the western part of the state, or some of the lake communities scattered around) was deeply unsettling. For the first time in my life, I was unable to gain a sense of what the "natural" state of the land would be had human beings not moved there. I realize this statement may perplex some people, but, to my eyes, Iowa looks about as unnatural and human-influenced as Manhattan or Tokyo. Virtually all of the state's natural prairie land has been removed to make room for cash crops that cover nearly every inch of the uninhabited parts of the state. While many people understandably equate rural with nature, rural Iowa--like much of the rural Great Plains--is largely a horizon-consuming expanse of industrial agriculture, sliced neatly by an efficient city-like grid of roads, spaced evenly from one end of the state to the other. It is precisely this industrial quality I found so unsettling about Iowa. Despite New Jersey's ill-begotten reputation for over-industrialization, most parts of the state retain some vestige (if not an abundance of) the original flora. Even in many of the more developed urban areas of the state, I am able to turn my glance to something natural that reassures me that I am firmly footed on the same earth that has been here for millennia. In Iowa, that connection has been severed.

This is not to say that Iowa does not have some preserved prairie, some forests, or pockets of natural spaces. It certainly does, but those areas as so sparse that they are the exception rather than the rule: oases in a desert, islands of the real in a sea of artificiality. This is also not to say that Iowa does not have a beauty all its own. The sunrises and sunsets spreading across the width and breadth of Iowa's huge skies are truly something to behold. Even the crops, enshrouded in mist or practically glowing in the abundant sunshine, add color to tableaus featuring calendar-ready farmsteads.

But...such scenes were never enough for me to feel at ease.

Put differently, when in Iowa, I felt profoundly estranged from nature. Unable to locate any recognizable connections to the pre-human world, I felt exposed, lost, left without the safety of a retreat into the natural world. 

Thus, I have been relishing my return to the east coast. Despite the comparatively sweltering temperatures of the past few days, I have sought solace in the acres and acres of largely undisturbed forest New Jersey offers. 

Yesterday, I spent the day cycling around the Pine Barrens in the southern part of the state.

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Two friends invited me to ride a 200 kilometer brevet that would pass through the largest reserve of old growth forest east of the Mississippi River. Despite temperatures rising into the nineties (and ambient temperatures on the road crossing into the triple digits), I felt calmed and enjoyed the farmland, cranberry bogs, historic towns, and the whiffs of sea salt as we approached the Jersey Shore.

This afternoon, on a whim, I decided to visit Allamuchy Mountain State Park in Warren County:

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Although the nearby communities were bustling with the levels of activity you would expect on a sunny Memorial Day Weekend, a few short miles into the park were all the distance I needed to go to feel completely free of the stresses and distractions of the day. It was delightful.

So, yeah: it's great to be back. Really, really fucking great.

Sobriquet 97.1: Back from the abyss

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The past year or so has been a particularly difficult one for me, which is part of the reason it's been nearly two years since I've posted anything on Sobriquet Magazine's eponymous blog. 

As I've written elsewhere on this blog, after spending the better part of a decade attending graduate school in Quebec and central New York, I moved to rural Iowa to take my first job as an English professor in 2011. As one might expect, I enjoyed my fair share of ups and downs during the subsequent half decade. Some of the ups--winning accolades for my teaching, having the opportunity to work closely with inspiring students and brilliant colleagues, publishing some of my scholarship in volumes bearing the imprints of a few of academia's best university presses, traveling to some of the world's most beautiful places, and making some truly wonderful friends--have enriched my life in ways that I cannot understate. Despite those wonderful memories, however, I cannot help but feel my time in Iowa will always be defined by the downs and a pall of desolation enshrouds my recollection of the years I spent in the state. While I may someday draw upon those downs in my writing, I found the experience of living through them was not particularly conducive to writing. 

I mention this difficulty primarily because I feel obliged to provide at least a small amount of continuity to bridge the temporal gap between the J. M. Coetzee blog I maintained as a doctoral student and the blog in its present form. We'll see where it goes from here.

In the wake of Elliot Rodger's mass murder on Friday evening, topics such as sexism, feminism, male privilege, reverse sexism, misogyny, mental health, and gun control have dominated America's national discourse. As is all too often the case, a massacre serves as the catalyst for a discussion of topics we frequently avoid. Sadly, the discussions often turn into the sort of heated, vitriol-fueled arguments that flare up, reaffirm peoples' deeply-held beliefs and prejudices, then, often more speedily than one would expect, drift out of our conversations as more pleasant, less meaningful subject matter reassumes its dominance of the news cycle. 


But such events do not always culminate in the reapplication of cultural blinders. If there's a silver lining to be found on the darkest of humanity's many storm clouds, it is that the ugly, the uncomfortable, the unconscionable, and the downright horrifying can pierce the fabric of the shroud under which we often place the things we'd rather not discuss, revealing just how much evil we allow ourselves to ignore in our daily pursuits of comfort. The ugly realities we see roiling just below the surface of normalcy, the bullshit we tolerate in the interests of avoiding conflict, the things we'd just rather not think about because they're just too big are precisely the things that we have to discuss before we suture the gash and pretend not to see the scar. This is why I am so troubled by the relative reluctance of men to engage in the conversations surrounding Rodger's slaughter: whether we men like it or not, we cannot sit this one out. I've seen dozens of links on Facebook and Twitter directing me to eloquently-written, intelligently-argued essays written by women reacting both to what transpired on Friday and to the misogynistic comments men have made in response to women's comments about sexism, but I have not seen a single link to a male voice. Unless men loudly and collectively join in the discussion of misogyny in our culture, we are wronging the women we silently support.


Before I continue with my discussion, however, I want to interject a personal anecdote as a way to explain why I feel particularly impelled to write this brief essay. I remember, upon learning that the Minnesota Gay Marriage Amendment was rejected, feeling happy. Then, suddenly, I felt awful. My initial elation that something good had occurred prompted me to realize that I had done nothing to bring it about. From my privileged position as a heterosexual man who could marry a woman with only a handful of minor legal obligations, I silently supported marriage equality for individuals unable to enjoy that same comfort. In other words, while I believed homosexual individuals are equal to heterosexuals such as myself and even expressed that belief in conversations, I did nothing to knock down the wall that I felt was wrongly separating me from my equals. Thus, I was, in a very real sense, complicit in the maintenance of a systematic injustice. Saying I supported gay marriage did nothing to change the fact that I still enjoyed something others could not and I learned that feeling someone is my equal is not the same thing as treating them as my equal. Put differently, I finally realized that if I truly believed someone was as much a human being as myself, their injustice was also necessarily my injustice. To behave in a way that does not recognize this fact is nothing more than another way of perpetuating the injustice and othering I ostensibly reject. My silence, then, was a subtle way of saying their injustice was theirs alone, that their human rights were somehow not the same as mine, that their humanity was relative rather than universal. That was wrong and I don't want to do that again.


Thus, I feel compelled to add my voice to the discussion of misogyny in American culture. I will structure my comments as responses to a number of generalized ideas I have seen expressed about women in a number of blogs, discussion boards, and news articles that have appeared in the days following Friday's massacre:


Not all men are misogynistic! The vast majority of men would never act the way Elliot Rodger did. The "good guys" shouldn't have to suffer because of one or two "bad" guys.

Of course most men aren't extreme misogynists, though there may be a larger percentage of our number that thinks or acts unknowingly in misogynistic ways than we believe. Not realizing that we're contributing to a problem is one of the more sinister effects of growing up in an unjust society.

 

Furthermore, virtually no women would think that all (or even most) men are misogynists--but that isn't the point. I suspect the problem is less the existence of misogynists than the existence of misogyny. It's not that all men are misogynists (we're not); it's that any man could be one. It's like that scene in The Matrix where Morpheus explains to Neo that "anyone we haven't unplugged...is potentially an Agent. Inside the Matrix...they are everyone...and they are no one." Individual misogynists may be ignorant assholes, but they are also agents of misogyny, the vectors through which injustice poisons the world. 


Again, this is not about men feeling bad for being men or about men reassuring the women in their lives that "not all men are bad." This is about combatting a social disease that affects every human being.


The sexism aspect of the event is being blown out of proportion. Elliot Rodger was a sexist, but he was also a mentally disturbed individual. Plenty of people feel negative emotions towards others and do not act out on their anger or frustration. It was his mental illness that led to the shooting.

Yes, if the early reports are accurate, Elliot Rodger was likely suffering from a number of mental illnesses and yes, those disturbances likely contributed to his actions on Friday. Again, this is missing the point. Keep in mind, most mentally ill people do not act violently, either. Attributing Rodger's actions to mental illness is an excuse that is unfair to other mentally ill people who endure enough prejudice as it is. No, we need to look at the anger that may or may not have been enhanced by his mental illness. We need to identify the source of his anger, which must have been planted somehow. I doubt very much that Elliot Rodger's ideology emerged sui generis and I know for a fact that misogynists are not produced parthenogenetically.


Elliot Rodger felt entitled. His video recordings and writings tell us he felt entitled to sex, to romance, to the love of women he desired physically. He felt slighted. He felt slighted by the women he desired, by the genetics that contributed to his diminutive stature, by a society in which women could enjoy pursuing their own sexual desires.


But the real question is where did his sense of entitlement come from? 


Like all entitlement, it comes from a sense that one has a right to something. In other words, Elliot Rodger felt that he had the right to the women he desired. He had the right to sex, the right to a girlfriend, the right not to be lonely. In his writing, in his YouTube videos, Rodger talks about "women" as a general concept, like a commodity, like corn. Women may be subdivided into types, just as a grain may be subdivided into strains more suitable for human consumption or animal consumption, but they are never individuals. They may be "sluts," they may be "sorority girls," but they don't have names. Somehow, Elliot Rodger absorbed a set of beliefs and assumptions about life that included the notion that a man has the right to a woman and, especially, to her body. But, again, where does this belief come from? I think the answer, sadly, is everywhere


After all, we live in a world where wikiHow has a guide called "3 Ways to Be a Player," where the mundanity of sexism is so prevalent that The Onion can make a joke about the "Male Gaze Fall[ing] on Buffalo Chicken Bites" without much fuss, and off-duty police officers are caught laughing about a drunk girl being taken advantage of (and encouraging a would-be rapist) on What Would You Do?


The reason sexism and misogyny have to be a part of the discussion is because sexism and misogyny are the reasons why Elliot Rodger killed and injured so many people. His mental state may not have been stable, he may not have been able to carry our his plan without police oversight, stricter gun laws, or ineffectual medical intervention, but he got the idea to put the bullets in the guns because he believed he had the right to kill women for not finding him attractive.


Feminists are so extreme that they have turned men against them. Men no longer feel they can say or do anything without risking sounding sexist or misogynistic.

Statements like these are usually so vague that they reveal more about the speaker's views than about the targets of their criticism. First of all, what do you mean by "feminist"? What do you mean by "extreme"? A feminist, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, simply means "an advocate or supporter of the rights and equality of women." Unless supporting equal rights is "extreme," the sentiments expressed in the above statement more likely than not refer to a stereotype of a feminist, which is, itself, an expression of prejudice. Furthermore, the idea that men could turn against feminists also implies that no men are feminists and that, accordingly, women have brought negative behavior onto themselves. That latter assumption is, troublingly, a relative of the idea behind statements like "if she didn't dress like that, she wouldn't have been raped."


I'll wrap up this post for now, but I'll close with one final comment related to what I wrote earlier about my own place of privilege. Once I finish this blog post and click "publish," I am going to walk outside to get dinner. I will be a silent supporter again. I could pass someone with views similar to those of Elliot Rodger and I wouldn't even register on his radar. As a man, I should be grateful for this freedom. As a human being, I have to find a way for everyone to feel as safe as I do walking down the street. I think that's about as "extreme" a statement as any feminist has ever made.

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Sobriquet 92.1: I Finished My Dissertation! Why Am I So Sad?

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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend a good friend's dissertation defense. Despite the tremendous anxiety with which he faced his committee and the barrage of pointed questions directed at him, his defense was successful and was declared a Doctor of Philosophy by his advisor. Following a spirited round of applause and after the attendees stopped inundating my friend with celebratory handshakes and pats on the back, the newly-minted Ph.D. expressed a tremendous sense of relief and the sort of joy one would expect following the culmination of so much hard work and dedication.


A week or so later, during one of our telephone conversations, my friend marveled at how his mood, which had so recently been practically ecstatic, had morphed into something far less pleasant. He was, he admitted, depressed. In fact, he likened his sudden, unexpected emotional turn to the post-partum depression some women experience after giving birth. Although he could not see me do so, I nodded. And, boy, did I nod.


I nodded because my friend's comments reminded me of two unrelated conversations I had had over the past few years. The first conversation I recalled was between a friend of mine and myself, a year or so before I completed my own doctoral dissertation. She was employed by Cornell University and worked in one of the school's most well-funded programs. Not surprisingly, she had, in her decade or so of working at one of the top universities in the world, gotten to know a good many brilliant doctoral students who'd written some truly spectacular dissertations. When I expressed the very typical doctoral student desire to just be done with the damn thing already, she drew upon her years of experience among those bright young men and women and told me, in no uncertain terms, to be careful what I wished for.


The second conversation that immediately popped into my mind while chatting with my melancholic friend took place a couple of years after I had completed my dissertation, as I sat around a dinner table with a few fellow professors and reminisced about graduate school. For whatever reason, the conversation turned to research and, in the course of things, we began discussing our respective experiences writing dissertations. I mentioned my old friend's ominous "be careful what you wish for" comment and admitted to having felt depressed after completing what was, essentially, a very successful part of my academic career. Before I could even finish what I started to say, two of my colleagues, suddenly animated by what can only be described as a mingled sense of relief and recognition, offered that they, too, had experienced exactly the same thing. There were tears where they'd expected smiles, oppressive heavy-heartedness where they'd made room for jubilation. In short, there was the same nasty post-doctoral post-partum depression my friend had described to me over the telephone a couple of weeks ago.


So, why do so many academics experience painful depression and sadness when they should, by almost any reasonable person's estimation, feel happiness and relief? Here are a few factors that may explain the phenomenon:


1. The Post-Partum Analogy Might Not Be That Far Off

In "The Author to Her Book," the American poet Anne Bradstreet famously likens a collection of her verse an "ill-form'd" child and faults her own "feeble brain" for causing what she sees as the book's deformities. Many authors, like Bradstreet, have found the work-as-child metaphor to be a satisfying way to describe the relationship between the writer and his or her writing. Indeed, it is not difficult to see why the connection is so appealing. A book, like a child, undeniably begins deep within an individual as an unformed, nebulous thing and grows, over a period of time, into a fuller and fuller being until it is released into the world as an entity separate from the one that nurtured it. The transition from a life organized around the care and cultivation of something to a life in which the individual can no longer provide that entity with the same sort of intimate care to which he or she has grown accustomed can be jarring. It's not a perfect analogy, to be sure, but it does capture the sense of shock an individual must negotiate upon transitioning from one role to another.


2. Identity Crisis

Most Ph.D.s spend a minimum of six years in graduate school, four years as an undergraduate, and thirteen years in K-12. That's twenty-three years in school. Since many (if not most) Ph.D.s take longer than four years to complete their doctorates, you're looking at spending around a quarter of a century in school, at a minimum. Even taking into account the people who take years off between degrees and obtain their doctorates in their forties or fifties, twenty-five years is still a huge chunk of one's life. For someone who completes their dissertation at fifty, one-half of their life has been spent as a student; for someone who completes their doctorate at, say, thirty, 83% of their life has been spent as a student. Think about that for a second. After spending the majority (if not the overwhelming majority) of one's life as a student, that identity can become a pretty major part of a person's self-image. Then, one day, they're no longer a student. Sure, they're still academics and they still do academic stuff, but they're not what they've always been. They're something else: they've gone from being the apprentice to the master.  As I wrote above, transitions can be jarring and the resultant trauma can produce depression.


3. No Excuses

Being a graduate student is often shorthand for living below the poverty line, putting off starting a family, and not having a "real job." Similarly, writing a dissertation can often explain spending a lot of time by oneself, being fascinated with an obscure topic of little interest to others, living a sedentary life, and keeping odd hours. That's all fine and good until you actually finish writing your dissertation and complete your graduate studies. Then you no longer have excuses for being an overweight, poor, lonely, childless person who has never held a real job and eats ramen noodles for dinner at 2:45 in the morning. This is, of course, a caricature, but my point is that many people attribute the aspects of their lives with which they are dissatisfied to their status as underpaid graduate students writing dissertations. The unpleasant realities you could hitherto blame on graduate school emerge as plain old problems you need to address the moment you submit the final draft of your dissertation.


4. The Purposeful Life

Writing a dissertation can give one's life a sense of purpose. You have something you have to do. You have a responsibility, a mission. Then, suddenly, you don't. The sucking void left by your dissertation? Yeah, that's where depression goes until you fill it with something else.

Sobriquet 91.11: Playlist for "The Cellar," 5/9/13

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Playlist Theme: 1981: The Year in Swedish Punk*

*I slipped in a track from 1978, too, just for fun. See if you can find it!

The Playlist:

1. Usch, "Röda Rummet" (3:13). Hatlåten
2. The Impressions, "I Want You" (1:47). Drag Utan Drogar II
3. Minx, "Racing" (2:54). Minx
4. Tripple Cripple, "Funbo City Rockers" (2:14). Rensar Stan
5. Badboll, "Badboll Lever" (2:46). Badboll Lever!
6. Attentat, Non Smoking Generation" (2:26). Tatuerade Tårar
7. Tant Brun, "Swärje" (2:45). "Lördkväll" b/w "Swärje"
8. Kåmejnis Kallsonger, "Kriget" (3:00). Extasrock
9. Desperate Livin', "Skär i Mig" (2:50). Stilla Natt
10. Ebba Grön, "Staten & Kapitalet" (5:17). Kärlek Och Uppror
11. Dom Fåglarna, "Pappa Mamma Bilen Och Jag" (3:05). "Pappa Mamma Bilen Och Jag" b/w "Huset där Jag Bor"
12. TBC, "Lill-Babs (Värdens Tråkigaste Kvinna)" (3:14). Musik i Plast
13. Dom Vässade, "Batte" (1:19). Batte
14. Homy Hogs, "Jag Bränner Ut Mig Själv" (1:28). Nöje För Nekrofiler
15. Snagg, "Hjälter" (1:48). Snagg
16. Huvudtvätt, "Ren Lögn" (1:02). Split EP w/ Picnic Boys
17. KSMB, "Sex Noll Två" (6:49). Rika Barn Leka Bäst
18. Trick, "Mörkräd" (2:52). Aktiv PR
19. Lars Langs, "Fritt Land" (2:57). Greatest Hit
20. Missbrukarna, "Du är Inte Du" (1:06). Split w/ Panik
21. Ex Pop, "Galen Militär" (3:39). En Helt Vanlig Man - Bästa Sånger 1981-2005
22. Pink Champagne, "Alternitiva" (3:11). 2
23. Trasta & Superstararna, "All Tänkte Så" (2:19). Du Din Jävla Sopa
24. Slobobans Undergång, "Lammkött" (4:14). "I Nöd & Lust" b/w "Lammkött"
25. Rita Rem, "Nattlig Terror" (2:12). Ut Ur Mörkret
26. ABKK, "Ronny" (2:16). "Ronny" b/w "Mörker"
27. Ebba Grön, "Scheisse" (3:11). 1978-1982
28. Nasty Boys, "Eagle" (3:19). Eagle
29. Sune Studs Och Grönlandsrockarna, "Du är Bevaked" (1:44). Du är Bevaked
30. Kontaktlim, "Lördagsalkoholisten" (2:24). Aktiv PR
31. Svettens Söner, "Fahlmans Fik" (2:54). Fahlmans Fik
32. T.S.T., "Innocent" (2:06). Väktarnasvärld
33. Massmedia, "Ingenting Blir Som Förut" (3:21). Andra Bränder
34. Trogsta Träsk, "Sommarbarn" (1:58). "Pelle i Skogen" b/w "Sommarbarn"
35. Vacum, "Vi Talar Inte Samma Språk" (2:40). Andra Bränder
36. Urban Släke, "Så Jävla Svensk" (3:02). "Så Jävla Svensk" b/w "Magnatens Död"
37. Ebba Grön, "800 ºC" (3:27). Kärlek Och Uppror
38. Usch, "Hatlåten" (2:46). Hatlåten
39. Anti-Cimex, "Svaveldioxid" (0:55). Anarkist Attack

Sobriquet 91.10: Playlist for "The Cellar," 5/2/13

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Note: This show was recorded in order to coincide with the 37th anniversary of the Ramones' debut album and was intended to air on 4/25/13. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties at KPVL, the show did not air as scheduled. It aired one week later.

Playlist Theme: Celebrating the Anniversary of Ramones

The Playlist:

1. Ramones, "Blitzkrieg Bop" (2:13). Ramones
2. Major Accident, "Blitzkrieg Bop" (1:48). The Clockwork Demos
3. Bambis, "Blitzkrieg Bop" (2:59). Play Ramones
4. Die Toten Hosen, "Blitzkrieg Bop" (1:50). Learning English - Lesson One
5. Osaka Popstar, "Blitzkrieg Bop" (2:07). Rock 'Em O-Sock 'Em Live!
6. Huntingtons, "Blitzkrieg Bop" (1:42). 1-2-3-4!: The Complete Early Years Remastered
7. Screeching Weasel, "Blitzkrieg Bop" (1:56). Beat on the Brat
8. Newtown Neurotics, "Blitzkrieg Bop" (2:09). Beggars Can Be Choosers
9. The Casualties, "Blitzkrieg Bop" (1:51). Made in NYC
8. Ramones, "Beat on the Brat" (2:32). Ramones
9. The Vibrators, "Beat on the Brat" (2:24). Punk - The Early Years
10. NoMeansNo, "Beat on the Brat" (4:01). One
11. Screeching Weasel, "Beat on the Brat" (2:10). Beat on the Brat
12. Huntingtons, "Beat on the Brat" (2:10). 1-2-3-4!: The Complete Early Years Remastered
13. Ramones, "Judy is a Punk" (1:32). Ramones
14. The Vandals, "Judy is a Punk" (1:27). BBC Sessions & Other Polished Turds
15. Screeching Weasel, "Judy is a Punk" (1:22). Kill the Musicians
16. Parasites, "Judy is a Punk" (1:18). It's Alive
17. Ramones, "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" (2:17). Ramones
18. Screeching Weasel, "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" (2:22). Beat on the Brat
19. The Candy Snatchers, "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" (2:45). Pissed Off, Ripped Off, Screwed: The First Two Years
20. Ramones, "Chain Saw" (1:56). Ramones
21. Screeching Weasel, "Chainsaw" (1:57). Kill the Musicians
22. Ramones, "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue" (1:36). Ramones
23. Screeching Weasel, "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue" (1:25). Beat on the Brat
24. The Mormones, "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue" (1:30). Leaving Home - A Norwegian Tribute to the Ramones
25. Alternative TV, "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue" (1:42). In Control
26. Ramones, "I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement" (2:37). Ramones
27. The Humps, "I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement" (2:36). Leaving Home - A Norwegian Tribute to the Ramones
28. Flesheaters, "I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement" (4:41). Gabba Gabba Hey
29. Ramones, "Loudmouth" (2:15). Ramones
30. The Gimmies, "Loudmouth" (1:57). Do You Remember Rock 'N' Roll High School? ~ Adios Joey Ramone!!~
31. Screeching Weasel, "Loudmouth" (1:53). Beat on the Brat
32. Sonic Youth, "Loudmouth" (Live) (2:02). Hold That Tiger (Live)
33. Ramones, "Havana Affair" (1:57). Ramones
34. Bullet Treatment, "Havana Affair" (1:30). What Else Could You Want
35. The Manges, "Havana Affair" (1:55). Rocket to You: The Best and More 93-03
36. Screeching Weasel, "Havana Affair" (1:39). Kill the Musicians
37. Ramones, "Listen to My Heart" (1:58). Ramones
38. Parasites, "Listen to My Heart" (1:33). It's Alive
39. Screeching Weasel, "Listen to My Heart" (1:41). Beat on the Brat
40. Ramones, "53rd & 3rd" (2:21). Ramones
41. River City Rebels, "53rd & 3rd" (1:46). Playin' to Live, Livin' to Play
42. Screeching Weasel, "53rd & 3rd" (2:13). Beat on the Brat
43. Creamers, "53rd & 3rd" (1:46). Gabba Gabba Hey
44. Jet Boys, "53rd & 3rd" (1:52). Do You Remember Rock 'N' Roll High School? ~ Adios Joey Ramone!!~
45. Ramones, "Let's Dance" (1:52). Ramones
46. Screeching Weasel, "Let's Dance" (1:40). Beat on the Brat
47. Ramones, "I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You" (1:43). Ramones
48. Screeching Weasel, "I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You" (1:29). Beat on the Brat
49. Parasites, "I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You" (1:22). It's Alive
50. Huntingtons, "I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You" (1:39). File Under Ramones
51. Ramones, "Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World" (2:10). Ramones
52. Screeching Weasel, "Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World" (1:54). Beat on the Brat
53. Huntingtons, "Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World" (2:01). File Under Ramones

Sobriquet 91.9: Playlist for "The Cellar," 4/18/13

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Playlist Theme: Wisconsin Punk of the 1990s

The Playlist:

1. Bound to One, "Established (Everything Sucks Today)" (2:19). Established 1993 - The Complete Discography
2. The Shrubbers, "Nine Years" (2:33). Bomb Threat
3. Quencher, "Radio Carbon Dated" (3:59). Soda Pop Drunk
4. Spank, "How Long Can I Go" (3:00). 4 Song EP
5. Slurr, "I Remember You" (4:42). So Easily Fooled
6. The Spektators, "Life Story" (2:32). This Might Be Satire
7. Secret 7, "Space Chicken" (1:53). I Guess This is Goodbye
8. Mas Fina, "El Haj" (2:49). New Electric Living
9. Alligator Gun, "Curfew" (2:37). Superhero
10. Deliriants, "Fish Box" (2:21). Fish Box
11. Seven Days of Samsara, "Bury Your Head" (3:27). ...A Reason To Sing...
12. URBN DK, "Wax" (0:58). Will E. Survive...? Yes E. Will!
13. Straight Forward, "Time Aside" (2:36). Educationfromtheunderground
14. Eracism, "Militia Madness" (1:56). What a Shame
15. Bitchslap, "Inkorekt Spelling" (2:28). Illegal Use of Your Future
16. The Invaders, "Parking Violation" (2:47). Brewtown Ska: We've Come For Your Beer
17. Little Elvis, "A Place Where a Man can Be Free" (3:47). Rock 'n' Roll Riot
18. 10-96, "Too Much Confusion" (2:08). No Retreat
19. Tralfez, "Judging is Not The Answer" (2:45). Discography
20. Prisoners of..., "Scene 34" (3:40). 7 inch (+3)
21. Soulstorm, "Discouraging Words" (2:01). Balance of Life
22. Smitty, "Kept Inside" (4:20). Smitty
23. Animal Farm, "Ween" (3:36). You Cannot Call This Peace
24. The Service, "Young And Strong" (2:42). Young and Strong
25. Quazi Stellar, "Feelings and Stupid People" (2:54). Turn Off The Radio
26. Dick Tater, "Run After the Weirdos" (2:47). Dick Tater
27. LSD, "Cant Speak for Me" (1:42). Lack of Social Decency
28. Dukes of Had It, "Six Packs of Panic" (1:17). Demo
29. The Pacers, "Pacin' Around the Clock" (3:04). Strictly for Lovers
30. Die Kreizen, "Big Bad Days" (3:59). Cement
31. One Day Away, "New World" (1:50). Hope For Us
32. Kubiak, "Anal Beard" (1:56). 1997 Demo
33. Boris the Sprinkler, "Kill the Ramones" (2:21). Mega Anal!
34. Einheriar, "Choose Your Side" (2:02). Demo
35. Evel, "Interceptor" (2:39). Lucky Man
36. Aphrodisiac, "Get Drunk With Me" (1:41). S & M Love Songs
37. Trolley, "All I Wanna Do (Is Put a Gun to You)." (2:47). Put a Gun to You 7"
38. Yesmen, "Looking Back" (2:27). Superball: A Compilation
39. Brutal Youth, "John" (1:30). No End
40. Demise, "Great Expectations" (2:32). All of This for Nothing
41. Subside, "Daddy's Little Girl" (1:58). Red Demo
42. Benjamins, "Clover" (2:43). Bordering On Boredom

Sobriquet 91.8: Playlist for "The Cellar," 4/11/13

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Note: After April 1, 2013, The Cellar became a two-hour program, moving from Tuesday afternoons at 4:00 to Thursday evenings at 10:00. The following playlist was recorded for the 4/4/13 show, but due to technical difficulties at KPVL, the show did not air until the following week, on 4/11/13.

Playlist Theme: None

The Playlist:

1. The Dead Milkmen, "Beach Party Vietnam" (1:47). Death Rides a Pale Cow: The Ultimate Collection
2. Against Me!, "From Her Lips to God's Ears (The Energizer)" (2:35). Searching For a Former Clarity
3. Weston, "Just Like Kurt" (2:39). A Real-Life Story of Teenage Rebellion
4. Adhesive, "Scottie" (2:19). Sideburner
5. The Distillers, "Dismantle Me" (2:27). Coral Fang
6. The Kids, "This Is Rock 'N Roll" (2:36). The Kids
7. U. K. Subs, "Party in Paris" (2:540. Party in Paris 7"
8. The Melvins & Jello Biafra, "Kali-fornia Über Alles 21st Century" (3:19). Seig Howdy!
9. The Damned, "Thanks for the Night" (3:58). The Best of the Damned
10. Black Flag, "Loose Nut" (4:36). Loose Nut
11. The Cramps, "I Ain't Nuthin' But a Gorehound" (3:02). I Ain't Nothin' But a Gorehound
12. The Misfits, "Hybrid Moments" (1:42). Static Age
13. Flipper, "Life" (4:43). Generic Flipper
14. D.O.A., "I Played the Fool" (2:15). 13 Flavours of Doom
15. Silla Eléctrica, "Cloaca" (1:15). Cloaca
16. Charta 77, "Mitt Kors" (3;17). Definitivt 50 Spänn 6
17. Lemuria, "Yesterday's Lunch" (3:20). Get Better
18. Dead Kennedys, "Holiday in Cambodia" (4:33). Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
19. Butt Trumpet, "I'm Ugly and I Don't Know Why" (3;13). Primative Enema
20. The Mansfields, "This City Kills" (2:17). Barfights & Brokenhearts
21. Adicts, "Straight Jacket" (2:12). Made in England
22. Descendents, "'Merican" (1:51). Cool to Be You
23. Bad Brains, "Pay to Cum" (1:32). Pay to Cum! 7"
24. The Jam, "Away From the Numbers" (4:03). In the City
25. Tin Pot Operation, "Tell the Kids" (3:25). Human Resources
26. Bad Religion, "Flat Earth Society" (2:24). Against the Grain
27. T.S.O.L., "Code Blue" (2:09). Dance With Me
28. The Keep Aways, "File It Away" (2:30). The Keep Aways
29. The Strike, "Kicking Ass" (2:59). A Conscience Left to Struggle with Pockets Full of Rust
30. Dead Boys, "All This And More" (2:51). Young Loud And Snotty
31. Screeching Weasel, "Message in a Beer Bottle" (1:31). Teen Punks in Heat
32. Riot Squad (South Africa), "Capital Investment" (2:13). Total Onslaught
33. Third World Chaos, "We Are The One" (3:13). Made in the Philippines
34. Sex Pistols, "Schools Are Prisons" (3:28). Pirates of Destiny
35. Sham 69, "Borstal Breakout" (2:08). "Borstal Breakout" b/w "If the Kids are United"
36. Social Distortion, "Reach for the Sky" (3:32). Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll
37. Crass, "Do They Owe Us a Living?" (1:25). The Feeding of the 5000
38. The Middle Class, "Situations" (1:46). Out of Vogue
39. 999, "Homicide (Live)" (4:09). The Biggest Tour in Sport / The Biggest Prize in Sport
40. L.E.S. Stitches, "NYC is Dead" (3:19). Staja98L.E.S.

Sobriquet 91.7: Playlist for "The Cellar," 3/26/13

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Playlist Theme: New York City Hardcore

The Playlist:

1. Reagan Youth, "It's a Beautiful Day" (3:53). A Collection of Pop Classics
2. Murphy's Law, "Drinking & Driving" (3:11). Punk & Oi Soccer Anthems
3. Sheer Terror, "I, Spoiler" (2:02). Ugly and Proud
4. Urban Waste, "Public Opinion" (2:35). Urban Waste
5. Cro-Mags, "Malfunction" (3:44). Before the Quarrel
6. Agnostic Front, "Gotta Go" (3:35). Something's Gotta Give
7. Underdog, "Back to Back" (2:50). Matchless
8. Kraut, "Unemployed" (2:22). Complete Studio Recordings 1981-1986
9. Sick of It All, "Injustice System!" (2:21). Blood, Sweat and No Tears
10. Outburst, "The Hard Way" (2:40). NYHC: Where the Wild Things Are
11. Gorilla Biscuits, "Start Today" (2:04). Start Today
12. Warzone, "The Sound of Revolution" (3:15). The Victory Years
13. Born Against, "Nine Years Later" (2:22). Nine Patriotic Hymns for Children
14. CIV, "Can't Wait One Minute More" (2:32). Solid Bond: The Complete Discography
15. Shelter, "Turn It Around" (3:32). Perfection of Desire
16. Skarhead, "T.C.O.B." (2:34). Kings At Crime
17. Madball, "Set It Off" (3:22). The Best of Madball
18. Bold, "Running Like Thieves" (3:21). The Search: 1985-1989
19. Subzero. "Boxed In" (2:50). Happiness Without Peace

Sobriquet 91.6: Playlist for "The Cellar," 3/19/13

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Playlist Theme: Hüsker Dü

The Playlist:

1. Hüsker Dü, "In A Free Land" (2:53). Everything Falls Apart And More
2. Hüsker Dü, "Real World" (2:29), Metal Circus
3. Hüsker Dü, "First of the Last Calls" (2:46). Metal Circus
4. Hüsker Dü, "Eight Miles High" (3:52). Eight Miles High
5. Hüsker Dü, "Something I Learned Today" (2:03). Zen Arcade
6. Hüsker Dü, "Chartered Trips" (3:39). Zen Arcade
7. Hüsker Dü, "Pink Turns to Blue" (2:43). Zen Arcade
8. Hüsker Dü, "New Day Rising" (2:36). New Day Rising
9. Hüsker Dü, "Folk Lore" (1:36). New Day Rising
10. Hüsker Dü, "Celebrated Summer" (4:03). New Day Rising
11. Hüsker Dü, "Terms of Psychic Warfare" (2:19). New Day Rising
12. Hüsker Dü, "59 Times the Pain" (3:16). New Day Rising
13. Hüsker Dü, "Flip Your Wig" (2:35). Flip Your Wig
14. Hüsker Dü, "Green Eyes" (3:02). Flip Your Wig
15. Hüsker Dü, "Divide and Conquer" (3:47). Flip Your Wig
16. Hüsker Dü, "Don't Want to Know if You Are Lonely" (3:32). Candy Apple Grey
17. Hüsker Dü, "These Important Years" (3:51). Warehouse: Songs and Stories
18. Hüsker Dü, "Standing in the Rain" (3:48). Warehouse: Songs and Stories

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