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Bouncing Souls / Against Me! / Let It Burn: live in Columbialive in Columbia (2004)
Epitaph Records

Reviewer Rating: 5


Contributed by: ChasonChason
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This show was held at the New Brookland Tavern in Columbia, SC. I'd never been there before, but I drove three hours with a hangover for this show and all because it is well fucking worth it. If you are a Bouncing Souls fan, you know what I mean. If you've never seen the band live, you have to un.


This show was held at the New Brookland Tavern in Columbia, SC. I'd never been there before, but I drove three hours with a hangover for this show and all because it is well fucking worth it. If you are a Bouncing Souls fan, you know what I mean. If you've never seen the band live, you have to understand that this New Jersey quartet puts on one of the most heart-piercing performances you might never expect from punk bands today. Granted, Greg doesn't move much when he sings, which most people wouldn't expect from such a high energy band, there's still a genuine essence that even his slightly immobile characteristic adds to the beauty of their performance.

The first band of the night was The Loved Ones, who were pretty entertaining and energetic. They had a grungy punk rock sound that stuck to a slight redundance after the first couple of songs, but were nonetheless talented and showed potential.

They played for about twenty minutes and cleared the stage for Let It Burn, a New Jersey band that I had actully seen last year opening for the Bouncing Souls. I remember thinking they were "ok" last year and kept the same opinion after watching this Chunksaah band another time around. They extruded a laid back style of garage-punk (at best, if you want a label) and were very crowd-conscientious. The only problem I had with their set was the extreme, shrilling volume of the lead guitar and the lack of volume on the vocals. Other than that, Let It Burn put on a good half hour and left the crowd ambitious after closing with their speedy punk tune "Let It Burn."

Against Me! began setting up and I could hear the crowd's sheer anticipation. I knew these Florida dudes had a big cult following, but had no clue that it was as huge as portrayed that night. I even have to say that in comparing the two, Against Me! and the Bouncing Souls may have been neck and neck in the attendance of fans at this Columbia tavern. Their popularity is rightfully deserved though, as they make a prime example of talent with their very unique style of rock and roll. They aren't really my cup o' tea, but I wasn't bored with their set. As soon as the first chords were struck, mouths started shouting, bodies started flying, and fists were being raised everywhere. It was a non-stop party for Against Me! fans for the next 45 minutes or so, right up until their extremely prolonged outro to the last song of their set. The only track that I knew for sure from their setlist was "Cliche Guevera."

After they finished and their equipment was cleared, it was a 30 minute wait, but finally McDermont took his seat behind the skins, followed by Papillon, Greg, and the Pete. The last time I saw these guys was from behind a small metal barricade, so it was so nice to actually see them face to face on this tiny, unguarded stage. My pulse was racing from the time that they said "this song is about the radio..." and played "Sing Along" as the opener, right up until they closed with my absolutely favorite song "Night On Earth." I shouted for that song half the night until at one point Bryan finally caught my words, nodded and said "we probably will." Indeed, the band added this and "Freaks, Nerds, and Romantics" to their much-expected encore performance. Other highlights were the band's usual, very positive speak and banter such as is expected before songs like "Born Free" and "Gone" as well as their prideful introduction to E.C.F.U. during which Bryan shouted "If anyone ever asks you where you're from, look at them and say 'I'm from the East Coast, FUCK YOU!' " All the wit and attitude that has come to be expected from this 15 year old juggernaut of a punk band was left un-reserved during this performance, as well as the grace and power with which they played their songs. It was the greatest Saturday night I have had in a long time and was well worth the trip there and back home. Here's their setlist: Sing Along, Say Anything, Cracked, That Song, Kids & Heroes, Kid, The Something Special, Argyle, Punks In Vegas, '87, Born Free, East Coast Fuck You, Highway Kings, Lamar Vannoy, Manthem, Anchors Aweigh, Kate Is Great, Hopeless Romantic, Gone, True Believers, Freaks Nerds and Romantics, and Night On Earth.

 

 
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xGLEBExCOREx (March 23, 2006)

look, minor threat are classic, fugazi are classic aiight?

xGLEBExCOREx (March 23, 2006)

look, minor threat are classic, fugazi are classic aiight?

Anonymous (November 23, 2004)

lmfao @ anybody here who knocks Minor Threat!

You're fucking stupid "lmfao" What are you , like 13?
Minor Threat are ok now leave it be.

Anonymous (November 22, 2004)

lmfao @ anybody here who knocks Minor Threat!

Anonymous (November 21, 2004)

In my opinon the Bouncing Souls have fallen off as of late. I have seen them at least 7 times being a jersey native, and it seems to me as I look at my cd rack their newer cds are the ones collecting dust. As for their live show...nothing beats seeing them years ago with the Descendents, Ensign, Lifetime, and Sick Of It All. Not all at the same time albeit, but in my opinon those were the glory days of the Bouncing Souls.

Anonymous (November 20, 2004)

correction fag. NO ONE should listen to the bouncing souls! i repeat no one. i wasn't there but i can only assume against me was amazing but for the fact they are playing with a worthless band like BS then the show only gets a 9

OK damn the punk police is comming down hard this year. Minor Threat sucks! Fugazi doesnt

Anonymous (November 20, 2004)

correction fag. NO ONE should listen to the bouncing souls! i repeat no one. i wasn't there but i can only assume against me was amazing but for the fact they are playing with a worthless band like BS then the show only gets a 9

Anonymous (November 19, 2004)

I recognize Minor Threat as one of the most influential bands in the history of punk rock, but I also recognize that some modern bands have adapted and improved the sound MT went for back in the 80s. Anyhow, Fugazi can't be touched; I think that band in particular will stand as Ian's legacy.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (November 19, 2004)

" I do like Minor Threat but i don't think they're anything special. I'm 19 by the way"

and you guys thought BSD got owned.

And you fucking believed it. I hate Minor Threat!That shitty overated crap.

joeg (November 19, 2004)

" I do like Minor Threat but i don't think they're anything special. I'm 19 by the way"

and you guys thought BSD got owned.

Anonymous (November 19, 2004)

"..am i getting this right BSD? your logic seems queer to me..."

haha, im using that one from now on, "queer logic". and yeah, BSD, you got owned in this thread...

Anonymous (November 19, 2004)

you've got to be no more than 14 or 15 to be making a statement like that which i might add is one of the most ignorant statements i've seen since on this site and that's saying a lot. as minor threat fan boy #31912, i say you can all bash them but to do it based on reasons such as they were an "average" band and how they essentially cashed in on fame at the right time is totally inaccurate. i'm sure ian and the guys were thinking of ways to get onto a major label at the time. by that logic, every single band in existence from the stooges to the ramones to the dead kennedy's was cashing in at the right time. and its the same argument when people bash the ramones, the pistols, and now minor threat. you need to look at them in the context of their times. they were the first doing shit nobody else was doing and is thus far being copied by bands like the bouncing souls (who i like very much). so sure, you don't have to like them and i'm not saying you have to. i'm saying respect them for what they were doing at their time when they were playing in front of 300 kids in a basement somewhere, setting the foundation for"average" DIY punk bands today.

- I do like Minor Threat but i don't think they're anything special. I'm 19 by the way.

joeg (November 19, 2004)

"Yeah bands will be covering Bouncing Souls songs in 20 years, hell they've been around for almost 20 years, Thats more than you can say for MT. Yeah i do have their Complete Discograpy cd but its an ok release thats it. I dont see how anyone can or why anyone will bother covering MT songs, they're an average band who came out at the right time"

you've got to be no more than 14 or 15 to be making a statement like that which i might add is one of the most ignorant statements i've seen since on this site and that's saying a lot. as minor threat fan boy #31912, i say you can all bash them but to do it based on reasons such as they were an "average" band and how they essentially cashed in on fame at the right time is totally inaccurate. i'm sure ian and the guys were thinking of ways to get onto a major label at the time. by that logic, every single band in existence from the stooges to the ramones to the dead kennedy's was cashing in at the right time. and its the same argument when people bash the ramones, the pistols, and now minor threat. you need to look at them in the context of their times. they were the first doing shit nobody else was doing and is thus far being copied by bands like the bouncing souls (who i like very much). so sure, you don't have to like them and i'm not saying you have to. i'm saying respect them for what they were doing at their time when they were playing in front of 300 kids in a basement somewhere, setting the foundation for"average" DIY punk bands today.

as for bands covering the bouncing souls more than minor threat, who cares? all those bands you like, including the souls, are already copying minor threat's sound. no need for playing minor threat covers when you're already copying the originals.

Anonymous (November 19, 2004)

BSD is an attention starved 16 year old. Hopefully he'll be less of a dick in his early 20's. Or at least a little wiser.

Anonymous (November 19, 2004)

What are you, his spiritual advisor?

-bemused

sickboi (November 19, 2004)

BSD, just give it up, you lost this one, badly.

Anonymous (November 19, 2004)

"Fugazi has been around for over 15 years and released a lot more than you seem to know about. Perhaps you should have looked them up on Allmusic, too."

you're the last person that i need a fugazi lesson from. thanks for trying, though. oh, yeah "allmusic" never heard of it but i'm sure its in your favorites since you share your computer with your mom.

Fuzzy (November 19, 2004)

BSD - Looks as if the Epitaph site doesn't back up your assertations. The Swingin Utters and Mad Caddies are both missing. The only bands i can find in common are the aforementioned NOFX and Descendents, who have released CDs on both labels. Oh, and Rancid. Rancid's first 7" was on FAT I believe. I think you need to explain more, especially with the part about Epi being a major label. Just saying "Oh, you don't even know" kind of belies your lack of knowledge. Please enlighten the rest of us with your knowledge, as if you have proof that Epi or FAT are in anyway associated with or use similar tactics as the Big Five I'd like to know, because from all the bands I've talked to or read interviews with, those two definitely don't.

Chason (November 19, 2004)

no offense BSD, but you should stop digging a hole. and on a different note, who fucking cares what bands' songs will be covered in the future? for the record, Pulley and the Slackers (two incredible bands i might add) are releasing a split album in which they are BOTH covering Minor Threat songs. how ironic.

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

why?

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

Yeah, but they all should have broken up ten or so years ago.

-BSD

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

Bouncing Souls have been around longer than 15 years so has NOFX,Sick of it All, Swingin'Utters,Bad Religon, The Descendents and so on. Fat and Epitaph bands. How sweeeeeeeet!

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

" just like many bands, unless were talking about ones who were only around for, ohhh let's say 3 years and only released three 7 inches and one "album" (since when is an album eight songs?). "

Fugazi has been around for over 15 years and released a lot more than you seem to know about. Perhaps you should have looked them up on Allmusic, too.

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

ok BSD, you're wrong again. these labels don't promote each others bands, some just appear on both labels like plenty of fat bands appear on any number of labels. bands like the dickies, the subhumans, snuff, screeching weasel, the decendents, less than jake, avail, the lawrence arms, face to face and sick of it all are all bands on the fat roster yet they all have releases on at least two labels OTHER than fat. just like many bands, unless were talking about ones who were only around for, ohhh let's say 3 years and only released three 7 inches and one "album" (since when is an album eight songs?). so, in closing, many fat bands are on many labels and sometimes that label is epitaph. but not that often as only nofx and the descendents have releases on epitaph and fat. and come on fat is run by fat mike, and epitaph was the home of his band for over 15 years, so you should expect that there is not an evil "epitaph vs. fat" feel to either of these labels. a lot of the bands on both labels are very good friends and have spent the last decade and a half touring with eath other. c'mon, BSD, there's nothing wrong with a little love. don't it make ya feel all tingly on the inside.

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

Please excuse the typo below.
-CTM

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

My point wasn't that NOFX and the Decsendents are Fat bands. I was responding to BSD claiming that "All of them are on there", when in actuality there are two bands that have shared those two labels and are promoted by both.

As far as picking on Fat Wreck and Epitaph, I find them easy targets for punks trying to be harcore elitists. Apparently now, Against Me! is on that same boat because of there rapidly increasing popularity.

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

Against Me and the Souls at the same show would be such a fucking party. 2 bands that are great live, even if you don't like them on records.

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

The way I see it, there are two Epitaph bands on the Fat site.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

"Then why are all of the Fat bands on the Epitaph site?"

2 Fat bands on the Epitaph site, NOFX
and the DESCENDENTS

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

All of them are on there. Epitaph promoting another labels bands= good for their business? Hmmm... Nokay.

-BSD

sickboi (November 18, 2004)

"Then why are all of the Fat bands on the Epitaph site?"

Maybe they figure by promoting each other's bands, its good for business?

Or some of the bands have been on both labels?

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

I love Ian's early lyrics because they're angry without being macho, and I love the guitar riffs because they are dischordantly melodic.

That's the difference between a band like SOA and Minor Threat...

-BSD

Damn you're a fucking Minor Threat fangirl Why are you so protective of this band? "I'm BSD and i want to marry Ian,I just love him hes so dreamy"

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

Also, Minor Threat had maybe 3 songs about straight edge... Pick up the lyrics booklet some time.

I love Ian's early lyrics because they're angry without being macho, and I love the guitar riffs because they are dischordantly melodic.

That's the difference between a band like SOA and Minor Threat...

-BSD

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

Then why are all of the Fat bands on the Epitaph site?

-BSD

sickboi (November 18, 2004)

Wow BSD, you usually know your shit, but you've been burned on this one G.

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

oh and by the way, fat is OWNED by two people, not ran by two people. haven't ever heard of floyd, the god of fuck??!! and the labels distro has nothing to do with who runs it or how big it is. an outside distributer takes care of getting the albums to stores, not the label. (99% of)ya'll don't know shit about the day to day operations of an indie label, so keep your assumptions to yourself.

p.s. - don't even start.....my best friend runs an indie label with a few bands you've heard of or may listen to on the roster, so i know what the fuck i'm talking about.

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

BSD....you're fucking WRONG again!! fat is a branch off epitaph?? whooo whooo. here comes the clue train....last stop, you.
good job. maybe you should stick to your crusty bands, after all.

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

woops typo "they're*"

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

Minor Threat are a simple fun band, thats all. Thye're not great so stop talking like they are.

kenjamin (November 18, 2004)

Oh, and Chinatown, I feel the same away about bands like Minor Threat. I honestly just look at it as a different time and spirtit/mentality that we simply were not a part of. My friend used to play me these DIY hardcore records and I never could really get into them. Then I started going to shows, meeting kids, getting more involved in the scene and now I have so much respect for the music and everything it stands for and means.

kenjamin (November 18, 2004)

A label doesn't have to be actually distributed by or partly owned by a major label to be a major label in my opinion. There are many "indie" labels that play major label games. I honestly don't know anything about fat or Epitaph but for example, Vagrant used lots of major label tactics long before being partly owned by Interscope. The same goes for Victory records. An indie label, an independent label in the true sense, simply should not and does not operate like that.

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

Fat Wreck is in no way a major. And to suggest that they're a branch of Epitaph....then again, we're talking about BSD here.

Oh, and I'd say that most bands on Fat (including Against Me!) are more intense or interesting than Minor Threat. I like "Discography," but tend to lose interest after the 10 or so first tracks. It seems to me at that point like the songs become less and less memorable. Besides, you have to admit, MT were pretty much a one-trick pony in terms of verse and choruses. It was either "I've got the sXe" (X4) or "We're just a minor threat!" (X4). Ian's crowning achievement is Fugazi, a band with great lyrics that honestly doesn't sound like anyone else in music.

Oh yeah, and go look it up yourself by clicking on the link below: no Fat release is affiliated with major label distro. The fact that Fat receives distro from Sonic Unyon (here in Canada) doesn't lessen their cred as a hard-working indie label.

http://www.magnetbox.com/riaa

-Chinatown

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

Fat wreck chords is not a branch off of epitaph. Fat was started by a band member of a band on epitaph. Fat stands on their own with no help from epitaph. Besides who cares what label music comes from. If its good then fuck it. The Clash, The Stooges, The new York Dolls, The Pistols, Iggy pop all on major labels. Stop being so fucking ignorant. When you do you'll discover music that you never new existed

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

PS- If it were operated by two people, I doubt it would have the distro it does. You can buy Fat Wreck stuff in almost literally EVERY major chain.

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

"How is Fat Wreck a major? As it is owner operated, by Fat Mike and Erin, I fail to see how it is in any way a major label. Please explain your post, as you generally seem to have some backing with this stuff. I'm curious."

Fat Wreck is like Hellcat- a branch off of Epitaph. Now, if you think Epitaph is an indie, you can have that opinion. I just think of it as a major.

And I only told you to listen to Fat Wreck bands because you were crazy enough to bash tha Threat in favor of a band as stunningly unoriginal as any of the ones on this bill.

-BSD

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

all of your retorts end the same BSD. blah blah go listen to Fat Wreck bands. if you don't think like BSD, then you must not listen to the same music as him, or, you must listen to only Fat Wreck bands. am i getting this right BSD? your logic seems queer to me.

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

The Souls are the shit.

And either the self-titled or Hopeless Romantic are their worst record.

S/T would have been better if they'd spent more time on it.
Hopeless Romantic would have been better if they'd been listening to their sticks and stones records.

Fuzzy (November 17, 2004)

BSD- How is Fat Wreck a major? As it is owner operated, by Fat Mike and Erin, I fail to see how it is in any way a major label. Please explain your post, as you generally seem to have some backing with this stuff. I'm curious.

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

last week brian baker was interviewed in my local paper:

"nobody tried to start a revolution based on a hoded sweatshirt...it was an unfair characterization to call the band 'straight-edge' I thought we were so much more than that...."

"It was accidental...being in Minor Threat was just an after-school hobby..."

"Punk rock is exlusionary enough, but adding this set of rules was folly."

so yeah, there ya go

i think if you talk to most bands they would say that their sound/scene was accidental, and not in a modest way, but in an honest way

the souls are the shit by the way

-the other scott

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

"straight edge was(is) no fucking movement. pull your head out of your ass. just a bunch of kids who are too young to drink and haven't lived real life yet. give 'em all a coupla years, and all those x's aren't worth the ink they're tattooed with. how am i not surpised that someone as dumb as you would buy into that crap, BSD?

arrrrghh!! xxxpoison-freexxx"

If you think Minor Threat is only about "sXe" (a philosophy I really don't believe in), you're completely missing the point.

Good job. Maybe you should stick to your Fat Wreck bands, after all.

-BSD

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

i miss the bouncing souls. i havent seen them in who knows how long and i live in freaking philadelphia. who knows why they dont play philly more often since they are so close to it, but that is for another time.

i wish i could go to the saturday NJ show but i will be in florida. bad timing to go on vacation i guess.

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

I think it's just as likely that people will be covering Bouncing Souls as they will be covering Against Me! Regardless, if you're listening to music because it's going to be relevant later on, then you might be listening for the wrong reasons.

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

He should be growing out of his hardcore phase in the comming months. You will then like good music,hopefully

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

straight edge was(is) no fucking movement. pull your head out of your ass. just a bunch of kids who are too young to drink and haven't lived real life yet. give 'em all a coupla years, and all those x's aren't worth the ink they're tattooed with. how am i not surpised that someone as dumb as you would buy into that crap, BSD?

arrrrghh!! xxxpoison-freexxx

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

"Are people going to be covering Leftover Crack in 20 years? Will anyone remember Leftover Crack in 2 years? The answer is no"

I think you're asking if any jaded 20 year old scene-posers will remember them... I trully think LoC is one of the rarest of the major bands... A band for kids, that doesn't completely suck.

All the more power to them.

-BSD

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

" I dont see how anyone can or why anyone will bother covering MT songs, they're an average band who came out at the right time."

I know! Fuck those oppurtunists... Rejecting all cultural and subcultural conventions and creating your own music scene... Damn, it's all so clear that they were in it for fame.

Bouncing Souls are copying off of old bands. Minor Threat took 77 punk and turned it inside out at a time when only about three other bands were doing that.

That's more than you can say for any of the bands on this bill, playing their safe music.

-BSD

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

Are people going to be covering Leftover Crack in 20 years? Will anyone remember Leftover Crack in 2 years? The answer is no

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

Yeah bands will be covering Bouncing Souls songs in 20 years, hell they've been around for almost 20 years, Thats more than you can say for MT. Yeah i do have their Complete Discograpy cd but its an ok release thats it. I dont see how anyone can or why anyone will bother covering MT songs, they're an average band who came out at the right time.

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

Are people going to be covering Bouncing Souls in 20 years?

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

Okay, in twenty years, though, bands won't be covering Against Me! songs. Against Me! is not part of a movement. They're an anarchist folk band who moved to a major, basically. So they aren't really anarchists anymore.

-BSD

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

It comes down to who's the better band, that my youngdumbass friend goes to Against Me!

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

It comes down to this... Axl Rose needs to be shot, not reinvented.

-BSD

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

No one should listen to Against Me!...

-BSD

You're one crazy shit! I'll take Against Me! over Minor Threat any day.

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

" "hopeless romantic" was their fourth full length and probably their worst record"

i fucking love this band, but you are the first person to agree with me on that shit, definetly their worst record (and its not a terrible one at that)

vindicated

- the other scott

boldredletters (November 17, 2004)

SICKBOI -

I can't say that they did, and I can't say I really missed it =) I'd take TSR over it anyday.

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

just saw bouncing souls and against me with special guest set by none other than Murphys Law. What a fucking show. We got real lucky here in ft lauderhell, fl. Murphys Law was amazing as usual and you really can't do much better than The Souls. They even said they recorded the show for a live album. "give me a reason to live, I'll sing along forever"
Southpaw954

KB (November 17, 2004)

I'm going to see these guys in Boston this weekend. I cant wait! Ive been a fan of Against Me since their latest CD came out, and who can argue with the Bouncing Souls?!

jamespastepunk (November 17, 2004)

Punks in Vegas, Night Train, Kid, Freaks...

I WOULD KILL FOR THIS SET IN CHICAGO.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

Though during her life Zora Neale Hurston claimed her birth date as January 7, 1901 and her birth place as Eatonville, Florida, she was actually born on that date in the year 1891 in Notasulga, Alabama. Within the first year or two of her life her family moved to all-black Eatonville, however, and this community shaped her life and her writing to a significant degree. John Hurston, the author's father, was a carpenter and a preacher and was several times elected mayor of their town. Her mother, Lucy, died in 1904. The young Zora didn't take very well to her new stepmother and left home to work for a traveling theatre company, then in 1917 attended Morgan Academy in Baltimore to finish high school. Hurston entered Howard University in 1920 and studied there off and on for the next four years while working as a manicurist to support herself. Her first published story appeared in Howard University's literary magazine in 1921 and she received recognition in 1925 when another story was accepted by the New York magazine Opportunity, edited by Charles S. Johnson. After she won second place in the Opportunity contest, Johnson and others, including Alain Locke, encouraged Hurston to move to New York.

In New York Hurston became part the New Negro movement -- later referred to as the Harlem Renaissance -- attending parties with other notable African American writers such as Langston Hughes, Jessie Fauset, and Arna Bontemps. Hurston apparently cut quite a figure in Harlem society, her hat perched jauntily on her head, as she regaled groups with her tales of Eatonville, Florida and shocked others with her outrageous behavior which included such social excesses as smoking in public. During her early years in New York Hurston worked as an assistant to writer Fanny Hurst and began taking classes at Barnard College. At Barnard she studied anthropology under the renowned scholar Franz Boas. Her particular interest was in the area of folklore, and her background in Eatonville provided her both with rich data for scholarly study and fine raw material for her writing. Over the next several years Hurston would travel in the south, interviewing storytellers in Florida and Hoodoo doctors in New Orleans, all of which would feed into her writing.

One of Hurston's early works was the play Mule Bone, a comedy she wrote with Langston Hughes. Drawing from folk culture, Hurston and Hughes were trying to create an African-American comedy that did not depend on black stereotypes but came out of black rural life. Sadly, the authors had a misunderstanding over who owned the text of the play and their friendship was damaged beyond repair. The play itself was not published in its entirety until 1991. Hurston's first published book, Jonah's Gourd Vine, was a fictional work set in a small all-black Florida town which focused on the lives of two people remarkably like her parents. In her second book, Mules and Men, Hurston published what she found in her trips in the south. She worked for a number of years on this book until it was both highly expressive of the cultures she was writing about and geared toward a popular reading level. This is no turgid academic text and outshines her later anthropological work Tell My Horse. Their Eyes Were Watching God is generally considered to be Hurston's most powerful novel. Alice Walker writes of it, "There is no book more important to me than this one" (Hemenway xiii). It is the story of Janie Crawford, a woman who defines the parameters of her life and loves in opposition to the small-town mores of Eatonville. Moses, Man of the Mountain, Hurston's third novel, is a compelling rewriting of the biblical book of Exodus in the style of African-American southern vernacular. Dust Tracks on a Road, Hurston's autobiography, has proved to be the most enigmatic of her works. In what Robert Hemenway describes as "a [sometimes] discomfiting book," Hurston seems to evade race as a significant aspect of identity in American society, advocating instead "a personal transcendence of racial realities"(Hemenway 281). This text displays a conservatism in the author which increased with time. The last of her works that was published in her lifetime, Seraph on the Suwanee, which focuses on the marriage of a white couple, seems a long stretch from her roots in Eatonville.

From Darwin Turner's early and scathing criticisms of her work to Hemenway's balanced praise and Alice Walker's enthusiasm, Zora Neale Hurston has been the subject of intense critical attention since her "re-discovery" in the late 'sixties. The most prolific African-American woman writer of her time or earlier, the power of her imagery and the richness of the culture which she brings to life through her writings have found her enthusiastic new audiences in recent years. Hurston herself was unable to make a living from her writings and worked as a teacher, a librarian and a domestic in order to earn her livelihood. She spent her later years in Florida, continuing to write articles which were published in various local and national venues and three additional novels which were rejected for publication. Her death in 1960 in a welfare home went largely unnoticed by the world and she was buried in an unmarked grave. In 1973, during a time when Hurston's eminence was finally being recognized, Alice Walker placed a marker in the field where Hurston lay. The gravestone reads:

Zora Neale Hurston
"A Genius of the South"
1901[sic] -- 1960
Novelist, Folklorist
Anthropologist

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Works by the Author
Jonah's Gourd Vine (1934)
Mules and Men (1935)
Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)
Tell My Horse (1938)
Moses, Man of the Mountain (1939)
Dust Tracks on a Road (1942)
Seraph on the Suwanee (1948)
I Love Myself: When I Am Laughing ... and Then Again When I Am Looking Mean and Impressive: A Zora Neale Hurston Reader (1979)
The Sanctified Church: The Folklore Writings of Zora Neale Hurston (1981)
Spunk: The Selected Stories of Zora Neale Hurston (1985)
Mule Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life, with Langston Hughes (1991)

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

if you aren't a fan of against me, you're not my friend

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

As far as BSD goes, he bashes alot of bands that I like, but if you look at what he listens to, it's actually decent shit! I don't have a big problem with him talking shit 'cause it's not like he says "fuck against me! go listen to desaparecidos..." or some shit like that, he actually likes real music.

-notfeelingcreative

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

ive been a bouncing souls fan my whole life. they are my favorite band in the world and have seen them about 12 - 15 times. the greatest thing about this band is they continue to get bettter on cd and in their live set. im going saturday to jersey and if they play this set it will be the best set ive ever seen them play and thats including the infamous stone pony halloween show... TRUE BELIEVERS ALL THE WAY

I kind of have to disagree with you, they're one of my favorite bands to (I have about 10 favorite bands, but the souls are the one I listen to probably the most), I don't think they get better with every album, "hopeless romantic" was their fourth full length and probably their worst record! Between THe s/t lp, "Maniacal Laughter" and "Anchors Aweigh", I can't pick a favorite, they pretty much alternate on a week by week basis!
-notfeelingcreative

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

ahhh! they played punks in vegas and freaks, nerds, romantics.....I HATE YOU
just kidding its the jealousy taking over, really

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

uh oh, BSD just got home from kinder-care and its time for flamebait and masturbation.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

damn i want to see this show!! love the bouncing souls and against me! they are both so good live.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

sooooooo jealous.....i'd get rid of 'ol lefty to see this show

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

ive been a bouncing souls fan my whole life. they are my favorite band in the world and have seen them about 12 - 15 times. the greatest thing about this band is they continue to get bettter on cd and in their live set. im going saturday to jersey and if they play this set it will be the best set ive ever seen them play and thats including the infamous stone pony halloween show... TRUE BELIEVERS ALL THE WAY

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

No one should listen to Against Me!...

-BSD

I'll take Against Me! over you anyday.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

hehehe....did anyone show up with the stink bombs like when Against Me played in NY?

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

Pretty much the same set we got minus manthem and they also played "punks in vegas". Great show.
-notfeelingcreative

Chason (November 16, 2004)

to tell you the truth, i'm not even sure if they played "cliche..." at the SC show. i just think that's what they opened with. i don't know their material very well.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

Post below is me...

-sickboi

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

BOLDREDLETTERS-

I was at the same show, was it me, or did they not play "Cliche Guevera"?

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

Well I do, and have since summer 2002. theyre still my favorite band.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

No one should listen to Against Me!...

-BSD

bizzlebrizzle (November 16, 2004)

maybe greg doesn't move around much anymore but i've seen him hang upside down from a pipe in the ceiling at the middle east while singing and have seen him go pretty nuts at coney and wetlands before they shut down too.

moving or not though, the souls are a FANfuckingTASTIC live band.

Not in Cincinnati

Chason (November 16, 2004)

i'll be at the cat's cradle show too. it will be great. yeah, greg moves, but he doesn't go ape shit or anything...it's cool.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

I am going to this show at Cat's Cradle on Friday and then seeing just Against Me! next week. It will not only be two great shows, but I will be there with an ice cold one in hand!

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

maybe greg doesn't move around much anymore but i've seen him hang upside down from a pipe in the ceiling at the middle east while singing and have seen him go pretty nuts at coney and wetlands before they shut down too.

moving or not though, the souls are a FANfuckingTASTIC live band.

aahhhh (November 16, 2004)

score is for the loved ones

i would go see this in boston if they were playing

boldredletters (November 16, 2004)

score is for let it burn

saw this show in Norfolk. Against Me!'s new songs are fantastic.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

Hopeless Romantic, Gone, True Believers

were these songs played in this order? that would seriously give me the biggest hard-on in history.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

if greg didn't move around that much, then it wasn't a great bouncing souls show

- the other scott

irish_joo (November 16, 2004)

you only knew one against me song? Comeon man, get with the times.

bizzlebrizzle (November 16, 2004)

Sore is for The Loved Ones

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