Sep 14, 2014


YDI – Another Day / Why Die? (West Side Club, Philadelphia, 1983)
“Poor sound recording loses how good it sounded in the room.”

How minimal can you get? #80–82

Twee special
“Simplicity can indicate a lot of things in music. It can signal a lack of chops, inattention to detail, a minimalist approach, or disinterest in more complicated forms. But in a timeless fashion — like the eternal little black dress — Tracey Thorn's A Distant Shore proves that sometimes simple is the most direct route to stunning.” Lois Maffeo

Tracey Thorn A Distant Shore LP (Cherry Red, 1982)

Tracey Thorn – Too Happy

“If punk’s utilitarian manifesto was summed up by 'this is a chord, this is another, this is a third. Now form a band' and its DIY ethos by the Desperate Bicycles’ declaration 'it was easy, it was cheap — go and do it!' then by the time those calls to action had hit the Isle of Wight in the early 80s, they’d been taken on board by brother and sister Mark and Mel Litten as ‘we have a schoolgirl’s recorder, a beaten up cheap guitar and we can hit things for percussion’.” Did Not Chart

Trixie's Big Red Motorbike ‎Hold Me EP (1982)

Trixie's Big Red Motorbike – Hold Me
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Trixie's Big Red Motorbike – That's The End Of That [Second John Peel Seession]
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“Twa Toots was the second group featuring songwriter Sarah Brown. The first being Sarah Goes Shopping who released a clutch of essential 45s. The band hailed from the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, UK and performed only a handful of concerts.” Discogs

“The group — Sarah Brown (vocals, guitar, bass, piano), Phillipa Richmond (guitar, vocals) — recorded their debut (and only) Peel session in 1983, augmented by Will Cassell (drums) and Sarah's dad Frank on trombone. But it wasn't until the latter part of 1986 that this seven track mini LP quietly slipped out on the Crystal Clear label (Cat. No. CC103) in a pressing of just 250 copies.” Maggot Caviar

Twa Toots Please Don't Play A Rainy Night In Georgia 12" (Crystal Clear Records, 1986)

Twa Toots – Hurts So Bad
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Sep 9, 2014

Making Waves #3

ISSUE #3: SEPTEMBER 2014 | buy | download |
A5 / 92 pages / English
Cover: Anna (Leeds, UK)
Contributors: Camille (Rennes, FR), Constance (Rennes, FR), Darryl (San Francisco, US), Edu (Vancouver, CA), Jeremy (Paris, FR), Maïssa (Lyon, FR), Patty (San Jose, US), Pierre (Rennes, FR)

MAKING WAVES ZINE TAPE #3 | download |
01. The Chefs - 24 Hours
02. SST - Empty
03. Algebra Suicide - No War Bride
04. Brabrabra - Tropical  Sensation
05. Pervers - Freude am Tanz
06. Rebby Sharp - I’m So Hot
07. Generation Loss - Turnaround
08. Fifth column - The Fairview Mall Story
09. Sex Crime - Too Many
10. The Courtneys - Kc Reeves

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Sep 2, 2014

How minimal can you get? #79

Santrra Oxyd
Santrra Oxyd King + Queen / Car 12" (Zensor, 1987)

Santrra Oxyd – Auto

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Aug 31, 2014

There's shit in your meat

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi

Meet Your Meat

“The cruelties of modern factory farming are so severe that you don't have to be a vegetarian or animal rights activist to find the conditions intolerable and a violation of the human-animal bond.” John Robbins

“Factory farming wasn't born or advanced out of a need to produce more food — to 'feed the hungry' — but to produce it in a way that is profitable for agribusiness companies. Factory farming is all about money. That is the reason the factory farm system is failing and won't work over the long term: it's created a food industry whose primary concern isn't feeding people. Does anyone really doubt that the corporations that control the vast majority of animal agriculture in America are in it for the profit? In most industries, that's a perfectly good driving force. But when the commodities are animals, the factories are the earth itself, and the products are physically consumed, the stakes are not the same, and the thinking can't be the same.” Jonathan Safran Foer

“Even if you don't work in the meatpacking industry or eat meat, you are not immune to the consequences of the practices of the animal agribusinesses with which you share the planet. Meat production is a leading cause of every significant form of enviromental damage: air and water pollution, biodiversity loss, erosion, deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions, and depletion of fresh water.” Melanie Joy

VA 1.242.285 Tape (Yura Kollektief, 1986)

Diverse Artiesten – To What Price?
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“The vast majority of the animals we eat are not, as those in the animal agribusiness industry would have us believe, 'contented cows' and 'happy hens' lazing amid grassy fields and open barnyards. They are not sleeping in spacious stalls with fresh hay. From the moment they are born, these animals are kept in intensive confinement where they may suffer from disease, exposure to extreme temperatures, severe overcrowding, violent handling, and even psychosis. Despite what the prevailing imagery of farm animals suggests, small, family-run farms are largely a thing of the past; today the animals are in massive 'confined animal feeding operations,' or CAFOs (sometimes called 'factory farms'), where they reside until they are shipped to the slaughterhouse.” Melanie Joy

Le Sang des bêtes (Georges Franju, 1949)

“The meat industry understands that the more people know about what happens on the kill floor, the less meat they're likely to eat.” Michael Pollan

“Human beings cannot be human (much less humane) under the conditions of a factory farm or slaughterhouse. It's the most perfect workplace alienation in the world right now. Unless you consider what the animals experience.” Jonathan Safran Foer

VA Sub Pop 5 Tape (Sub Pop, 1980)

All Night Movies – Slaughterhouse

“A diet based on industrial fast food is contributing mightily to escalating rates of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancer. And factory farms are contributing massively to global warming, deforestation, and species extinction.” John Robbins

“It might sound naive to suggest that whether you order a chicken patty or a veggie burger is a profoundly important decision. Then again, it certainly would have sounded fantastic if in the 1950s you were told that where you sat in a restaurant or on a bus could begin to uproot racism. (…) Deciding what to eat (and what to toss overboard) is the founding act of production and consumption that shapes all others. Choosing leaf or flesh, factory farm or family farm, does not in itself change the world, but teaching ourselves, our children, our local communities, and our nation to choose conscience over ease can. One of the greatest opportunities to live our values — or betray them — lies in the food we put on our plates.”  Jonathan Safran Foer

God Is My Co-Pilot I Am Not This Body CD (Les Disques Du Soleil Et De L'Acier, 1992)

God Is My Co-Pilot – Animal Rights

“Just how destructive does a culinary preference have to be before we decide to eat something else? If contributing to the suffering of billions of animals that live miserable lives and (quite often) die in horrific ways isn't motivating, what would be? If being the number one contributor to the most serious threat facing the planet (global warming) isn't enough, what is? And if you are tempted to put off these questions of conscience, to say not now, then when?” Jonathan Safran Foer

Ja Ja Ja – I Am An Animal

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For further reading, please check out Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation and Gail Eisnitz's Slaughterhouse‬.