The Oral History of Mexican Summer

Just a few of Mexican Summer's Greatest Hits
Over the past five years, Mexican Summer has introduced (or helped to introduce) bands like Best Coast, Washed Out and Kurt Vile. This weekend, to celebrate their five-year anniversary, they're throwing a two-day concert at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, with Spiritualized, Ariel Pink, Lansing-Dreiden, and No Joy all scheduled to play.

That's a pretty heavy list of big-name bands, and it's been an extremely successful five year run. On the occasion of the label's five-year anniversary, we talked to bands and label insiders to get a picture of how Mexican Summer got to where it is. We heard tale of fistfights in Sweden, beers in California, and why Ariel Pink only put out one single through the label.

See also: Meet Mexican Summer's Jess Rotter, Whose Art You've Probably Already Enjoyed

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No Bigs, Just a Photo of Cheap Trick Reading Our Cover Story About NYC Metal/Hardcore

Well, whatdyaknow? It's Cheap Trick photographed outside the i Heart Radio Theater reading a copy of our cover story this week, The Oral History of NYC's Metal/Hardcore Crossover. If you've not yet read it, you really should. Here, we'll link it a third time. No excuses. Go. Now. And while you're at it, check out these bonus classic photos from the story. Surrender.

See also: The Oral History of NYC's Metal/Hardcore Crossover
, 25 Classic Metal/Hardcore Photos from Louder Than Hell

The Oral History of Rat At Rat R: The NYC-via-Philly Noise-Rock Heroes Celebrate the Re-issue of Their 1985 Debut, Amer$ide

Chris Egan
Rat At Rat R: Somewhere beneath the dregs of downtown

"In my way of thinking, first there is Sonic Youth then comes Rat At Rat R then after that comes Swans -- that order was kind of their appearance in the New York scene. But Rat At Rat R just stumbled -- there was just a lot of bad luck. They'd get going and something would happen." Ron Anderson, punk-jazz purveyor of Brooklyn's PAK, is waxing historical about the band he co-founded with vocalist/singer Victor Poison-Tete and bassist Sonda Andersson in early 1980's-period Philadelphia: the apocalyptically bleak, dissonance-dripping art-rock colossus, Rat At Rat R.

Amer$ide, Rock and Roll is Dead, Long Live Rat At Rat R is available via Ektro Records; Ron Anderson curates two weeks at The Stone 11/1-11/14 and plays with The Molecules this Friday at 8pm and PAK Saturday at 10pm

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