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Interview with Jesse Michaels from Classics of Love/Common Rider/Big Rig/Operation Ivy

Classics of Love at Barfly in London, UK on 17 May 2009 (Imelda Michalczyk) On the upcoming, self-titled Classics of Love LP, Jesse Michaels declares, “Life is a game where you see who gets the most money/Life is a game where you see who gets the most power.” Those are some cool punk lyrics on their own but the ex-frontperson of Common Rider, Big Rig, and Operation Ivy backs up the sentiments by starting rad bands that never get played on the radio, play huge tours, or cash in. Instead, Michaels just makes totally honest, somewhat trashy, energy-packed, and supremely melodic ’70s punk-inspired music with hardcore and ska leanings. So I was stoked when our mutual friend Mike Park asked...

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Asian Man Records’ Mike Park on Smile, an indie ska LP for kids

Mike Park has been playing indie punk and ska since he was a teenager, first with Skankin’ Pickle, then The Chinkees, Bruce Lee Band, and solo gigs under his own name. Along the way, he began releasing albums for not only his own bands but others such as Alkaline Trio, The Queers, Kevin Seconds, and Slapstick, as well as starting the excellent Plea for Peace benefit compilations and tours. Mike has always made music for all ages, but his latest release is literally for the kids. Smile features indie ska songs for children inspired by having two children. After I played a copy for Eloise (above, who especially liked “When The Light Turns Red You Stop” and “Paint With Me”...

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Asian Man Mike Park “Oral History” Pt1.

No, it’s not by us, however, Mike Park is on Punkrock.org in a three part interview. The weird thing is that part one isn’t very long, so why is this in three parts? This is the internet! More space, free space, etc. You can’t give more than this in a three part interview? How about just breaking it in half? Or just doing it in one longer post? But, it is free! This “article” is about Mike Park, the old school of Asian Americans in indie music who’s still doing it his way. His record label Asian Man Records takes place out of a home and he’s a good man with a good heart. It’s not often that a person...

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