Jan 17, 2015

Le Corbusier was a fascist

Songs against modern architecture


Philip Glass – Pruit Igoe (Koyaanisqatsi, 1983)
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“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

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Jan 4, 2015

I Can't Wait


Gina Show – I Can't Wait (Vancouver Cable-10 TV program, 1979–80)

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W.O.R.K.

“Our epoch has been called the century of work. It is in fact the century of pain, misery and corruption.” Paul Lafargue

“The claim that capitalism has delivered us from excessive toil can be sustained only if we take as our point of comparison eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe and America — a period that witnessed what were probably the longest and most arduous work schedules in the history of mankind.” Juliet Schor

“In the early 17th century, a man who returned to his place of work after dinner was to be pitied, either the after-dinner man was overly devoted to labor, or else he had too much of it. Today, who doesn’t open the laptop of an evening — instead of spending time with family and friends, or reading, meditating, playing the ukulele — in order to answer work emails for a while, or put final touches on a PowerPoint report? We are all after-dinner men and women, now.” The Wage Slave's Glossary

Pregnant Neck Shenanegan-Esque Rapscalianismz!! LP (Touche Guffaw Rekidz, 1990)

Pregnant Neck – No Time For Breakfast
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“Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things. And it is not by any means certain that a man's business is the most important thing he has to do.” Robert Louis Stevenson

“All sorts of things suffer when work expands to fill evenings and weekends — health, for example, and citizenly participation. How can you frame an opinion on the issues if you never get a chance to read or have discussions with friends? But family — and especially children — take the worst hit. It's just not possible to be a responsible and responsive parent or spouse if your job(s) leave you with barely enough time to shower.” Barbara Ehrenreich

The Mekons Work All Week / Unknown Wrecks 7" (Virgin, 1979)

The Mekons – Work All Week

“Wage work needs to be abolished; meaningful, freely chosen work can be as much fun as any other kind of play. Our present work usually produces practical results, but not the ones we would have chosen, whereas our free time is mostly confined to trivialities. With the abolition of wage labor, work will become more playful and play more active and creative. When people are no longer driven crazy by their work, they will no longer require mindless, passive amusements to recover from it.” Ken Knabb

“I think everybody ought to quit their job and do what they want. You've got one life. How on earth can you blow that doing something you hate?” Bill Talcott

VA Cottage Cheese From The Lips Of Death LP (Ward-9 Records, 1983)

Butthole Surfers – I Hate My Job

“The great Marxist and Situationist critics of work hoped that critical theory — accurate analysis of the system’s pathologies — would change the system. The latest crisis in capitalism has shown that it will not. But a system is made of individuals, just as a market is composed of individual choices and transactions. Don’t change the system, change your life. Debord’s 'Never Work' did not go far enough. Truly understand the nature of work and its language, and you may never even think of work again!” The Wage Slave's Glossary

“Resist the call to work ever harder and longer hours. Throw your BlackBerry into the river. Unslave yourself. Hard work will not lead to health and happiness.” Tom Hodgkinson

Tronics Time Off / Goodbye 7" (Tronics Label, 1979)

Tronics – Time Off
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For further information, please do not hesitate to vist The Idler and the International Institute of Not Doing Much.

Dec 14, 2014

How minimal can you get? #92

Surplus Stock
“Surplus Stock was (for this album) Robert Giddens, Phil Renshaw, Robert Clarke and Josef Schenk. Robert Giddens did not live in Düsseldorf, but in a small town in Germany's north, Quakenbrück. But he is English, from Rochdale. He had not been a musical producer to DAF, but had given them his hard-earned money and managed them. DAF recorded their first single in Rochdale. Before that, Giddens had written about German bands for the English music mag Zig Zag. Surplus Stock's best track may be 'Let's Kill Each Other' from the German compilation Fix Planet. Maybe they are the inventors of the term 'Minimal' for this kind of music, as they called it like that even in 1979, when their 7" Spiv came out.” Mutant Sounds

“Surplus Stock was my band. We were on the edge and went from Electronic minimal music to a band that was playing 'Fake Jazz'. Signed with Rough Trade made some records, made no money, broke up and moved on. I then had the band Cliff Barnes and the Fear of Winning, The Illegal Artists and I now make bicycles for a living.” Robert Giddens

VA Fix Planet! LP (Ata Tak, 1981)

Surplus Stock – Let's Kill Each Other
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