1. “‘You can still do the show, but keep it cool.’ Our plan was the opposite.”

    Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi, The Evens) tells NPR’s Ask Me Another about that one time Saturday Night Live asked him and a bunch of his friends to jump around to a Fear set. Things didn’t quite go the way SNL wanted. 

  2. Over the years playing in Fugazi, it had become increasingly clear to me the irony [that] this was my form of expression, and yet the only venues in which I was allowed to perform it were these venues where the economy is based largely on self-destruction. And I don’t think it’s evil; I don’t think it should be shut down. I just thought was strange, when you think about all the arts, that music — rock music, especially — always gets shunted into the bar scene. Which is incredibly ironic considering just how important a role music plays in 16- and 17- and 18-year-old kids’ lives. The idea that these people can’t see these bands who are making this music, only because of the fact that they’re not old enough to drink alcohol, shows you there’s a very deep sickness in that system.

    — Ian MacKaye on All Things Considered. Today, MacKaye’s main project is his family — which is to say he’s in a band with his wife, Amy Farina. The Evens consists of MacKaye on baritone guitar and Farina on drums, singing in harmony and finding intensity in spareness. The duo has just released its third album, The Odds. Hear them discuss their lives at home and on the road with NPR’s Guy Raz.

  3. Following the lead of Dangerous Minds, we, too, completely missed Ian MacKaye’s guest DJ set on Henry Rollins’ KCRW show last month. The former Minor Threat and Fugazi member spun a bunch of classic punk songs from the likes of Bikini Kill and Wire, but also snuck in some new favorites like Eddy Current Suppression Ring. 

  4. totalvibration:

    Happy 50th birthday, Ian MacKaye. This 1991 performance in front of the White House is still one of the greatest things on the Internet.

  5. These tapes are not all good. I certainly cringe at some of the stuff I hear, especially sometimes when I’m talking to the crowd. I think sometimes my humor is extremely dry, and a lot of times I would say things that I thought were very funny but … I have a reputation of — people think of me as a very fundamentalist, humorless fellow.

    —Fugazi’s Ian MacKaye on releasing every performance the band ever did (and letting listeners name their price)

    via Steady Diet Of Everything: The Fugazi Live Vault