Louis Marrone


The latter part of the 2010s has proven to be nothing short of a hellscape of scandal, opinions and angry mobs. It’s a cultural phenomenon called “The Culture Wars”, and the deeper into it we get, the more divided we seem to become, with the left calling for the right to be punched and harassed, the right calling for the left to be “owned” and “triggered,” and both calling for the shutting-up of those damn centrist “fence-sitters” who have committed the unearthly sins of being politically open-minded and legitimately hearing both sides out.

Packed away haphazardly under the J/M/Z in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn sits a small alleyway — locally referred to as “Punk Alley.” In it resides a used book store, a used record shop, a cassette-based experimental noise record label and, of course, KPISS: the resident pirate radio station.

Romance Dawn Aesthetic is a buzzword that can have an immense amount of power. At its best, aesthetic is something that communicates a certain emotion or idea. It’s something that represents its subject as a concept. Nowadays, especially in the social media-obsessed culture we inhabit, an artist’s visual aesthetic is oftentimes the first exposure someone has to them. For example, take the band Elvis Depressedly. One only needs to take a single look at the band’s album artwork — the often scratchy, grainy 16 mm photograph — to get a feel for the lo-fi, scratchy, somber-sounding music and lyrics they’re in for. Eventually, as with most things, cultures and genres begin to evolve. The changing times allow for new influencers and ideas to take center stage. As a result, new sounds, fashion statements and sub-genres are born. With an early embrace of cross colors, celebration of oversized clothing and a…

In 2017, the phrase “Proud to be an American” doesn’t roll off the tongue so smoothly. Colin Kaepernick, a now former player for the San Francisco 49ers, has been in the news a lot this past year. In protest of racial injustice, Kaepernick has opted to take a knee during the ceremonial national anthem that opens each game. Many people have taken offense to this. “How dare he disrespect the flag?” they cry out. “They’re disrespecting the troops.” One person I interacted with even claimed that Kaepernick was doing this all for attention, a last minute attempt at saving a fledgling pro football career. Recently, Kaepernick has become a free agent, and has yet to sign to a team. In response this whole situation, our commander in chief had this to say: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get…