Re-viewing the DIY scene

the ish

i am a self proclaimed music journalist currently living in the san francisco bay area. i have a big interest in the local & diy music scene. i have grown up within this scene, & it has helped me become who i am. i have learned a lot from the experiences ive had within it. through this music scene, many of my basic beliefs have been formed & solidified. the diy scene, especially the underground punk/hardcore scene, is strongly coupled with certain political & social views, & often a punk show can be accompanied by some sort of social demonstration. many books about these issues can be bought at a show, or a conference might be followed by a concert. the most basic of these beliefs is tolerance & equality for diversity. where i once primarily focused on the music scene alone; the bands, the venues, the shows, & the recordings, ive recently started using my tumblr & Instagram pages to focus on those things, & have decided to start using this site to talk more about my experiences within the larger DIY/indie scenes, beyond just music; branching into graphic art, film, writing/publishing, etc. i plan to include more of my personal thoughts & feelings, my opinions & the story of my life, of myself. i appreciate the many people who have enjoyed my previous articles here, who have reached out & shared their experiences & interests within the DIY music scene. ive even made a few dear friendships because they stumbled across this page or my corresponding social networks, & reached out to me. i hope that as i move forward, in new directions, those people & new ones will continue to appreciate what i have to say & that they will also continue to share their own stories & experiences. peace & love.

-chiddy the kidd


  1. Check out taqwacore… Muslim punk rock music scene that is exploding now within the Muslim youth community around the world. Taqwacore has captured the spirit of ’77 and the punk sensibilities and coupled it with getting back to the roots of Islam… stripped of all the garb and decorations that Muslims have drpaed over Islam… making it a confusing thing for many within the Muslim community. So check out this:


    Comment by kenjidawoud — March 18, 2010 @ 12:26 am

  2. Hello. And Bye.

    Comment by lirik — March 21, 2010 @ 11:25 am

  3. Greetings from Texas, C the K – we’ll be passing through San Francisco among other places west this summer and are looking for venues which will book D.I.Y. riot folk punk. Got any ideas? Our myspace is Most of our shows have nee in Texas – Houston, Austin, San Antonio, San Marcos – but we recently played Brootal Sun Fest in Tucson and did a show at the Heaven & Hell collective in Albuquerque heading back. This summer we are looking for shows in Reno, Las Vegas and San Francisco, so finding you was sort of a lucky stroke. Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated – take care,
    Jesse, -Days N Daze

    Comment by jes — April 25, 2010 @ 2:50 pm

    • well, im digging your tunes a lot. send me some dates you think youll be in the area, & ill see what i can put together. looking for any supporting acts? i also manage a small recording studio & produce albums for a deacent price, if youre interested during your stay in the area? we’ll chat, eh? peace, chiddy the kidd

      Comment by chiddythekidd — April 28, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

      • Dear Chid,

        thanks for responding. We’ll be in and around the area starting July 13 through July 17. We arent headliners, we’re looking to get on a bill with other bands like us. The more established, the better. We’re bringing one supporting act with us. Check her out at

        Mostly we need a venue that books all ages shows with a slant towards DIY, punk or indie. If you can recommend some venues like that, you’d be doing us a solid.


        Days N Daze

        Comment by jes — May 1, 2010 @ 2:34 pm

        • so i chatted with a young lady that does booking for a diy space in redwood city. its called the oddstad gallery. at this time there are no shows booked there, so we might just set up a show just for the dates youll be in the area. ill also check with some places elsewhere in the bay area. i just recently went to a show at a well known punk venue in the east bay called burnt ramen. so ill keep working. if we end up booking a show just for yall, ill do my best to get a hold of a well established headliner.

          Comment by chiddythekidd — May 5, 2010 @ 12:42 pm

          • Isn’t Burnt Ramen shut down?

            Comment by Graham — May 5, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

            • well, yeah that was what i thought. they reopenned it, for how long i have no clue. but it was a bad ass show & i loved the venue!

              Comment by chiddythekidd — May 5, 2010 @ 4:31 pm

  4. Hello!

    July 16th through the 18th, Bismarck, North Dakota bands Slave to the Mushroom Cloud and Zoo on Fire will be in and around the SF bay area. Could you recommend us any all ages venues?

    Slave to the Mushroom Cloud is a guitar/bass/drums/voice trio; Zoo on Fire is a quartet: voice, keyboards, guitar, bass, drums. Both groups have that punk rock obsession with aggression and spirit but also pop music’s obsession with melody and composition. We’re currently scheduling a summer tour across the western half of the United States.


    Comment by Graham — April 26, 2010 @ 11:31 am

    • hey, thanks for checking out the blog. i listened to both bands & really liked what i heard. i’ll certainly put your name out to some local venues for those dates. are you looking for any supporting acts? & i help manage a small recording studio, & produce albums for a pretty deacent price, if youre interested in doing some recording while in the area those few days? anyways, yeah, we’ll keep in touch. chiddy the kidd

      Comment by chiddythekidd — April 28, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

  5. Thanks, man!

    Whether we need supporting acts is something we’ll determine after we find a venue, I suppose. Do you have some people you’d recommend? What are the venues you’re going to mention us to? I’d like to email them myself, if possible.

    The studio offer is very appreciated! but we already have some excellent recording hook-ups up here in the NoDak.

    Thanks again!


    Comment by Graham — April 28, 2010 @ 5:41 pm

    • hey, check out the reply above. all these options i will also offer to you.

      Comment by chiddythekidd — May 5, 2010 @ 12:43 pm

  6. Now after which I’ll stumble across a article like this and I’ll recall that there really are still exciting pages …

    Comment by Wood Coffin — September 7, 2010 @ 1:01 am

    • thank you, im glad to hear that my blog is not boring & that you enjoyed it. please keep coming back.

      Comment by chiddythekidd — September 20, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

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    Comment by Kitnego — September 9, 2010 @ 5:00 am

  8. Hello All members,

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    Comment by TomColesAB — September 11, 2010 @ 3:57 am

  9. I have always believed the DIY scene is the best for true music especially playing in a punk band, however, this video interview with Michael Gudinski, Owner of The Mushroom Group has an interesting take on the validity of DIY musicians

    Comment by The Music void — September 15, 2010 @ 7:11 am

  10. Hi, nice to meet you !

    Comment by ReadersHeaven — September 21, 2010 @ 12:19 am

  11. man this is a cool blog, im down with diy. people who have an outward artistic expression, must take responsibility to put it out.
    It is rad to see diy folk punk group days n daze posting on here! we played a house show with them in little rock, and ran into them again at skatopia! they were great!
    thats the thing about diy, if your gonna make it, its up to you, and your determination.
    my band hoodrat will be traveling through california this summer, middle of june and were fuckin stoked! were gonna be lookin for places to skate and venues to play! were down with diy, and were down with house shows! were down with having fun, and working class skaters know that you gotta put work in first!
    anyways shit dude, fuckin hit us up if you know in skate rock bands in cali! or if you think you can help point us towards some diy venues!!
    thanks man!
    Great blog!

    Comment by pietro picapiedra — December 2, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

    • dude thank you so much, for the kind words, i really appreciate it. it sounds like you really get what im trying to do here, & that makes it even more appreciated. i would love to help you out in any way possible, just send me a message about when you’ll be in the sf bay area. thanks again, & keep in touch. peace, kyle

      Comment by chiddythekidd — December 2, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

  12. Most of the times i visit a blog I notice that most blogs are amateurish. On the contrary,I have to say that you have done a good job here.

    Comment by Johana Tingey — December 5, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

  13. yeah dude, we could use a contact in the bay area. we intend to be in oakland june 11 2010. id like to tell you more about it through email or also like to tell you about our diy scene and my experiences in tx and on the road. email me at, or at

    Comment by pietro — December 7, 2010 @ 6:09 pm

  14. so I know this is really random.. but this is the only way I could get ahold of you. I saw your message on, well you know what site, and I’m lame and am not a paying member. Figured not many chiddy the kids exist and with the power of google found you here! haha yes, I know I’m lame. And now as I read that it sounds kinda creepy.. but I swear I’m not a creep. But I want to talk music with you! Anyways, look me up on facebook or email me or something.

    Comment by Silja Levänen — December 14, 2010 @ 10:58 pm

    • hahaha, no thats totally cool. id love to talk music. ill see if i can find you on facebook.

      Comment by chiddythekidd — December 15, 2010 @ 10:31 am

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    Comment by free tattoo stencils — January 9, 2011 @ 7:07 pm

    • hey, what exactly are you trying to do here? first of all, i dont quite understand what you are saying, im guessing youre not to good with your english, but i cant help if i cant understand what you are asking.

      Comment by chiddythekidd — January 10, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

  16. Great article. Waiting for more.

    Comment by Horacio Ciarlo — January 12, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

  17. hello! my name is daniel im in a band and we’re gonna be passing through your area in July (5th-12th) looking for DIY places where we’d be able to play. we’re also looking for places in the entire BAY area. we’ve played mostly local shows one in ALBQ @ the black bird. we’re rock n roll and wanna go to CA. anythign you could help with would be greatly appreciated. — daniel lopez
    we are also on Groove Shark!

    Comment by daniel — March 10, 2011 @ 9:17 am

  18. Hi there! I just wish to give a huge thumbs up for the great info you’ve got right here on this post. I will likely be coming back to your blog for more soon.

    Comment by Charis Welborn — March 16, 2011 @ 11:25 am

  19. Our official release is coming very soon and have had great reviews and would like to hear what you think. On our official Website has only a few songs that are available to listen to but you can checkout the rest if the music at (Lower quality format though)
    Thanks, and hope to hear from you soon.
    If the review is something we can use, Your review and info will be posted on our website. Thanks again!
    -Brett (Poetic Reasoning)

    Comment by Brett — May 20, 2011 @ 11:06 pm

  20. i got some pics from last nights show at mama buzz, lemme know if you want them for the blog.

    Comment by Julie Neva — June 16, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

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    Comment by — February 6, 2013 @ 6:07 am

  22. Here’s a really interesting band called Hallow One. I found him trying to search for Halloween stuff. here’s his website: I like him!

    Comment by Loyd — March 21, 2014 @ 4:07 am

  23. hi, you gave my last band, Shuteye Unison, a very thoughtful review. i would love to send you our new stuff if you want to give me your email or address. thanks. man! -daniel,

    Comment by Daniel — April 30, 2014 @ 10:53 am

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