Mike VanPortfleet, Tara Vanflower, David Galas (Lycia) interviewed

Mike VanPortfleet, Tara Vanflower, David Galas (Lycia) interviewed

The second coming of Lycia wouldn't have been possible if main songwriter Mike VanPortfleet didn't possess the same spark that kicked things off in 1988. Older, wiser, yet still wandering the same lonely plane as all those years ago, VanPortfleet (along with vocalist Tara Vanflower and collaborator David Galas) has released a vibrantly glum album in A Line That Connects. The title is literal, actually. Musically, it's a nod to all things past Lycia, including the groundbreaking and influential effort, Cold. Read on as the Cold lineup, reunited for posterity, discuss A Line That Connects.

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EXCLUSIVE CLIP: GOVERNMENT ISSUE BURNS BRIGHT IN DC SCENE DOC "SALAD DAYS"

EXCLUSIVE CLIP: GOVERNMENT ISSUE BURNS BRIGHT IN DC SCENE DOC "SALAD DAYS"

You just got good at hauling off and hitting someone. I wasn't born and raised to do this -- I'm a guy from Northwest. I went to private school. This really isn't part of my metabolism. But it became it...

So muses Henry Rollins in an particularly epiphanous scene amidst Scott Crawford and Jim Saah's relentlessly edifying Salad Days: A Decade of Punk In Washington, DC (1980-90) -- a documentary those of us who seemingly never tire of listening to Rollins and Ian MacKaye fondly recall Georgetown Haagan Dazs days and night street fights with punk hating meatheads were going to watch regardless, but which also happily proves to be an epic, smart, admiring-yet-not-uncritical and -- above all -- fresh exploration of a seminal moments in time packed with insights and anecdotes that will likely surprise even those who know both Dance of Days and Banned in DC chapter-and-verse.

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