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Recent Issues


All Writing From Derek

Feb 2016

Morrissey In Vegas and New Year’s Resolutions

It’s half past six in Las Vegas’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. At the little café, pens hover over 3×5 notecards. The assignment: “50 Goals for 2016.” Sam peeks over to see what I’ve come…Read full article

Mar 2015

Best Fiends: Sharing Eyeliner and Garbage B-sides with Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females

Maybe it was Kathleen Hanna who once said the best way to express appreciation for a band is to give them something you’ve made. You know, the rule of reciprocity. Seeing Screaming Females for the…Read full article

Feb 2015

Would Candice Like This? A farewell to the Branch Manager of New Orleans DIY Punk

In her book Bird By Bird, Anne Lamott describes writing “presents” to loved ones. And although her recipients included a father dying of cancer and a terminally ill friend, and mine is only going as…Read full article

Bands Candice was in: A Retrospective

Bryan Funck referred to Candice as “one of the hardest working punks in New Orleans.” Perry calls her “the regional branch manager of DIY punk.” And both my old man and Perry are right on…Read full article

Catharsis: Choose Your Heaven

In the mid-90s when I first began obsessing over hardcore, it still held a strong, exotic mysticism that was only informed by the few shows I was lucky enough to stumble upon, the folklore propagated…Read full article

Dec 2014

Slingshots, Anyone? : Looting and Mayhem in Oakland

Across trash-strewn streets, a collection of neighborhood dogs were beginning their nightly chorus. Footsteps shuffled under piss-yellow fluorescents, as the wails reached their crescendo, seeping into cement cracks and over the rooftops of residential houses…Read full article

Jun 2014

Real Talk: Memorable Moments from Antigravity’s First Ten Years

AG has been privileged to speak with a lot of artists over the past 10 years and have them tell us their stories. Here are some of the most memorable moments as rendered by Osa…Read full article

A Decade of Deadlines : Celebrating and Commiserating with 10 Years of Anti-friends

To put into perspective what life was like in 2004, when Antigravity was launched, here are a few realities the people of New Orleans knew: TwiRoPa was a live and functioning club in the Lower…Read full article

Jan 2014

Peaches: Anti-Jukebox Hero

A few dozen issues ago, I wrote a column for Antigravity about going to a Peaches show in the French Quarter. I’d earned a spot on “the list” by cornering the ever-so- obliging tour manager…Read full article

Jan 2013

New City Blues: New Orleans’ Iconic Commune Sits at the Crossroads

We’re jazzed to have Derek back in the ranks of ANTIGRAVITY this month. He was the perfect person to share his perspective on Nowe Miasto, New Orleans’ longstanding communal living space and progressive anchor, as…Read full article

Sep 2012

Slingshots, Anyone? : The End of Slingshots… and the Shape of Spunk to Come…

“And when the day is done, and I look back / And the fact is I had fun, fumbling around /All the advice I shunned and I ran where they told me not to run…Read full article

Jul 2012

Slingshots, Anyone? : Growing Pains

There I lay, writhing on a pool table in the venue’s empty green room. Yes, I had been here before. No, I don’t mean this particular bar in Austin. I mean trapped within this pitiful…Read full article

Jun 2012

Slingshots, Anyone? : Let Down And Hanging Around

We crossed the dark intersection, sizing up the venue’s entrance. “I don’t know if it’s gonna happen,” Cameron remarked. Smoke and chatter rose from the nearby crowd, penned shoulder to shoulder behind iron barricades—imbuing the…Read full article

May 2012

Slingshots, Anyone? : Rethinking Apocalypse

Recently I found myself on a sojourn in a small college town in northern Arizona. There were a couple things that struck me right off about the place in contrast to the gritty town I…Read full article

Apr 2012

Slingshots, Anyone? : Justice for Justin Sipp and Wendell Allen

On March 1st, around 5:30am, Justin Sipp and his brother Earl Sipp were stopped by police in Mid-City while Justin was on his way to work at Burger King. Those familiar with consistent police harassment…Read full article

Mar 2012

Slingshots, Anyone? : An Existentialist Mardi Gras

The rain was coming down torrentially all afternoon, threatening to wash out Endymion. Which wouldn’t have bothered me very much. In relation to the rest of the population of New Orleans, Mardi Gras is an…Read full article

Feb 2012

Slingshots, Anyone? : Happy Jail Year

Transcribed below is a statement given to me from an anonymous participant of the Noise Demo that took place New Year’s Eve at Orleans Parish Prison. The author wishes me to specify that it is…Read full article

Jan 2012

Slingshots, Anyone? : Resolutions

I’ve been in denial about this month’s column (or lack thereof) for some weeks now. Flirting halfheartedly with a few disjointed themes, I tried exploring the depths of a recent spell of nihilism, but no…Read full article

Dec 2011

Slingshots, Anyone? : Long Live the Oakland Commune

After a fitful night of hobo-ing it up at a rest stop on the outskirts of town, I was dropped off hitchhiking at 7 am in downtown Oakland. My first inclination, as it was on…Read full article

Nov 2011

Slingshots, Anyone? : Occupy Everywhere

So I just arrived back, not even a half hour ago, from a march against police brutality through the streets of Oakland. As I stare bleary-eyed at the local squat’s communal computer screen, I can…Read full article

Nov 2010

Slingshots, Anyone? : …Here’s the Rest of Our Lives

It’s a wonderful Tuesday morning with the sunlight shining in onto our wooden dining room table, and I’m sitting down to compose this month’s column. But I have stumbled into a proverbial wall. Each month…Read full article

Oct 2009

Slingshots, Anyone? : Living in a Glass (Ware)House

What better way to start off a recent return from my month-long hiatus on the West Coast than with a house show deep in the recesses of Uptown’s Magazine Street? A couple ambassadors of the…Read full article

Sep 2009

Slingshots, Anyone? : (Spin)Kicked Out of Hardcore

I love the summer. ‘Tis the season when the transient, street urchins and their mange-ridden mutts scramble to the freight yards of Gentilly to hop their getaway trains onto cooler, more hip towns; the season…Read full article

Aug 2009

Slingshots, Anyone? : Millions of Peaches, Peaches for Free

“And I thought I wouldn’t find anything interesting at the mall today,” commented my old high school teacher, as he turned over a book in his hand. Only moments before had he unwittingly stumbled upon…Read full article

Jul 2009

Slingshots, Anyone? : Pimping the System

Like fluctuating social movements throughout history, tabling shows has its high points as well as its low points. One night, for example, I may find myself an anarcho-big-balla-shot-calla, rollin’ up to the club real smooth,…Read full article

Jun 2009

Slingshots, Anyone? : Anarchy in the V.I.P.

“One Eyed Jacks? On Lundi Gras?!” those I’d let in on my scheme exclaimed. “You won’t get in!” My plan—showing up outside the venue with a bundle of literature expecting to get in for free—did…Read full article

May 2009

Slingshots, Anyone? : The First Column

Sometimes I’m awful disappointed by the so-called punk scene in New Orleans. Yes, I know—you have no idea what I’m talking about. You’re thinking to yourself, “Jaded? With punk rock?! Absurd!” A few of you…Read full article