Tesco Vee's Hate Police, White Flag, Das Kapital, Fester Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., July 17, 9:30 p.m. 2010

Little kids should be aware there's more to their teachers than meets the eye, right? Former grade-school teacher Tesco Vee is a witty and prolific producer of all sorts of things that little ears should never hear, particularly in his role as front man for the infamously obscene Meatmen. The hardcore zine he started in the late 70s with Dave Stimson, Touch and Go, grew into a label that became a legend—though it's possible that some of Touch and Go's more respectable acts might not choose to remember the label's origin in the mind of the man who wrote "Tooling for Anus," "Crippled Children Suck," and "1 Down, 3 to Go" (the Meatmen's tender tribute to the late John Lennon). The Meatmen are still active (and their songs will make up half tonight's set), but Vee is taking his Hate Police on the road to promote the release of Touch and Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine '79-'83 (Bazillion Points), a fat volume of grade-A music history that's still a ripping good read three decades later. You might want to hide it from particularly delicate children, though. Vee and the book's editor, Steve Miller (formerly of Touch and Go bands the Fix and Blight), will give a free reading at 7 PM at Quimby's, 1854 W. North. The first 50 people through the door at the Abbey get a free copy of the Meatmen DVD The Devil's in the Details. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $14, $12 in advance, $10 with proof of Pitchfork admission

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