Justin Jacoby Smith is an organizer, web geek, Buddhist, and poet.

ari up: 1962--2010

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyXGblps64M]] ari was never typical. in so many ways she invented the femininist punk, the idea that a girl could be aggressive without having to be masculine, sexual without playing to your ideas of what was sexy, smart and so fucking much smarter than you. i heard cut for the first time when i was 17. i didn't listen to it again for 5 years. it freaked me the fuck out. it was too abrasively sensual, too much of a headfuck. i wasn't ready. but it planted a seed. i spent years listening to compilations of all-girl punk bands because there was something ineffable about the power on stuff by girl in a coma and shonen knife and sleater kinney and the breeders and, of course, i eventually worked my way back to the slits. i finally learned to recognize ari's brilliance, and it changed the way i thought about music and gender and punk rock. i'd hoped i'd have a chance to see the reformed slits sometime in the next year or two. everything i'd read said they were still vital and rocking and screaming. i wish i'd had the chance to see them. i'm glad she had the chance to do what she did.

rest in peace.