Jun 23, 2015

Record collectors are pretentious assholes

Pillsbury Hardcore In A Straight Edge Limbo EP (Fartblossom Enterprizes, 1985)

Pillsbury Hardcore – Wanna Check Out My Record Collection?
More info here.

The Pooh Sticks The The Pooh Sticks LP (Fierce Recordings, 1988)

The Pooh Sticks – On Tape

I, Ludicrous Light & Bitter LP (Rodney, Rodney!, 1990)
I, Ludicrous – ‪My Favourite Records
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Jun 22, 2015

Reflections on war and violence

“War is the truest expression of the state, and its most powerful reinforcement. Just as capitalism must create artificial needs for its increasingly superfluous commodities, the state must continually create artificial conflicts of interest requiring its violent intervention. The fact that the state incidentally provides a few 'social services' merely camouflages its fundamental nature as a protection racket. When two states go to war the net result is as if each state had made war on its own people — who are then taxed to pay for it.” Ken Knabb

The Proletariat Distortion Cassette (1982)

The Proletariat – Splendid Wars

“(…) the word violence comes from the Latin violare and etymologically means violation. Strictly speaking, to act violently means to treat others without respect… A violent revolution is therefore unlikely to bring about any fundamental change in human relations… Given the anarchists' respect for the sovereignty of the individual, in the long run it is nonviolence and not violence which is implied by anarchist values.” Peter Marshall

Rondos Red Attack LP (King Kong Records,  1980)

Rondos – Peacedilemma
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“It is true that many forms of violent struggle, such as terrorism or minority coups, are inconsistent with the sort of open, participatory organization required to create a genuinely liberated global society. An antihierarchical revolution can only be carried out by the people as a whole, not by some group supposedly acting on their behalf; and such an overwhelming majority would have no need for violence except to neutralize any pockets of the ruling minority that may violently try to hold on to their power. But any significant social change inevitably involves some violence. It would seem more sensible to admit this fact, and simply strive to minimize violence as far as possible.” Ken Knabb

The Apostles‎ Smash The Spectacle! EP (Mortarhate Records, 1985)

The Apostles – Anarchy, Peace & Freedom

“Violence is what the police use. It's what the state uses. If we want a revolution, it's because we want a better world, because we think we have a bigger imagination, a more beautiful vision. So we're not violent; we're not like them in crucial ways.” Rebecca Solnit

“As always, war, when not civil, only freezes the process of social revolution.” S.I.

Covered Wagon Musicians We Say No To Your War! LP (Paredon, 1972)

Covered Wagon Musicians – We Say No To Your War!
More info here.

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For further information, please do not hesitate to watch David Zeiger's Sir! No Sir documentary.

May 29, 2015

How minimal can you get? #94

A Guy Called Gerald
“I was trying to keep it quiet from the dudes in 808 State, because I was still working with them but wanted to do my own thing. It was fun just slipping out of their basement and taking the drum machine. They'd be like, 'Where are you going?' I'd say, 'Oh, I'm just going home to do some programming,' then nip off to another studio. I was trying to get a tribal sound and found this sample saying 'Voodoo rage'. That was originally the title but the old sampler I was using didn't have that much memory. I just about had enough for 'voodoo ra…', so that's what it became.” Gerald Simpson

A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray (1988)

“It [Acid House] was more important than punk because it was more egalitarian. Punk in Britain, in its essence, was just a few people in London. Acid house was totally egalitarian, and quite quickly, it spread to small towns, too. It really revolutionized the country.” Luke Bainbridge

“I loved the anarchy of the early parties. It was as if all those years we spent trying to jack the system through things like punk and aggression had had no effect, and then all these kids who’d never consider themselves political were creating this revolution. It was more punk than punk ever was.” Neville Watson

For further reading, please check out The True Story of Acid House: Britain's Last Youth Culture Revolution.

Jan 17, 2015

Le Corbusier was a fascist

Songs against modern architecture

Philip Glass – Pruit Igoe (Koyaanisqatsi, 1983)
More info here.

“If the social ideals of an age are to be judged by the aesthetic quality of its architecture, the last hundred years represent the lowest point yet reached by humanity.” Bertrand Russell

VA Spectacular Commodity! EP (Groucho Marxist Record Co:Operative, 1979)

Mod Cons – Buildings Of The 70's
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“A perfectly square house, shaped like a magnified piece of brick, is justifiable in a factory building, because it is a factory building where efficiency is the first consideration. But a perfectly square house for a home to live in is an atrocity of the first order.” Lin Yutang

Television Personalities 14th Floor 7" (1978)

Television Personalities – 14th Floor

“We will leave Monsieur Le Corbusier’s style to him, a style suitable for factories and hospitals, and no doubt eventually for prisons. (Doesn’t he already build churches?) Some sort of psychological repression dominates this individual — whose face is as ugly as his conceptions of the world — such that he wants to squash people under ignoble masses of reinforced concrete, a noble material that should rather be used to enable an aerial articulation of space that could surpass the flamboyant Gothic style. His cretinizing influence is immense. A Le Corbusier model is the only image that arouses in me the idea of immediate suicide. He is destroying the last remnants of joy. And of love, passion, freedom.” Ivan Chtcheglov

VA City Walls A Southampton Compilation LP (White Elephant Records, 1980)

Exploding Seagulls – Prefab (Buildings)!
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Jan 10, 2015

How minimal can you get? #93

The Silver
The Silver No More Grease / Bob The Idiot 7" (Black Label Series, 1979)

The Silver – Bob The Idiot

More info here, here and here.