Maryam Hassan is a 32 year old Photographer, Montessori Teacher, Wearer of Yellow from London who transplanted herself to Chicago in 2015. She likes punk music, hash browns, animal facts and mangoes.
There’s nothing quite like moving to a whole new country. It’s definitely a privilege to be able to do so, and one I don’t take lightly in this day and age. Immigration is so demonised and for some places, especially America, a move like that requires money, connections and a lot of paperwork. I’m lucky, everyone I know who has had this opportunity to move to a new country is
GO LISTEN TO SOME MUSIC OKAY? No Men Rad Payoff Evening Standards … and also Let’s Pretend Records is all very good. Show Two yesterday was also very good. All the bands were very good. Evening Standards kept making me think of the UK newspaper the Evening Standard, I kept hearing someone with a very East London accept shouting “EVENIN’ STANDARD SIR?” in my head for some reason. Moving away
LET’S GET DOWN THE REAL PUNK CHUNK BUSINESS TO START WITH. Listen to some music The Murderburgers Get MarriedRational Anthem First of the two shows I went to yesterday because shows are fun and music is good and friends are rad. I like afternoon shows. If there hadn’t been two shows I would have watched very good bands, had some dinner and been home by 8pm. What a wonderful world!
LISTEN TO SOME BANDS INNIT. Two Houses I’m Fine You Vandal Distants I’ve never been to a show at Reeds before. I mean I like to hang out there, I’ve sung karaoke there, I’ve seen comedy there and seen the book club meeting there but I’ve never watched bands play. To be honest with you I didn’t know how it would fit size wise, but it does! There are no
Before I get into some monologue about shows let’s get to the important parts of this post. Chicken Happen have a new album out and it’s very good. Here are some link to that album and then the other bands. Music is good. Go and buy some. CHICKEN HAPPEN DRILLING FOR BLASTING TINKERBELLES The last time I took photos at a show was last year. I maybe shot two shows
I went to Macomb this weekend, which prompted the question of “Why?!” when I told people. I have family in Macomb, family who I enjoy the company of but have never really hung out with due to growing up on the other side of the Atlantic, and I guess because of age. I’m younger and that makes our paths cross less. I have hardly any experience of small town America.
Today in Montessori class we were doing a floor activity and I was rolling out the floor rug. I was doing it totally in the Montessori style and the teacher (who I love) called me a ‘Type A Child’. I thought this meant I had done something wrong and immediately apologised to which she replied “There’s no need to say sorry right now, in this class there’s no need to
So Friday continued and it was… well it was there. Here are some pictures of Flogging Molly, who look like they would be a good band to have a drink with right? I am on day two of no voice, which makes me actual day job of teaching children interesting because they all have to do my talking for me. Also, it’s very weird to be someone who is always
I love The Front Bottoms. The first time I heard Maps I was hooked, hell I spent most of that song dancing and singing very loudly between taking photos in the pit on Friday. The last time the Fronty B’s played in Chicago it was super crowded and I had a little freak out and left halfway through the set, so it was nice to watch them here and have
So I was trying to get to Riot Fest from work to see The Aquabats. Do you know how much I love The Aquabats? I bloody love The Aquabats. They are crime fighting, pizza eating, punk superheroes. Alas I only made it in time to hear the last three songs as I checked in. But I decided hey! I will shoot some photos anyway, because yo, life does not revolve