15 Aug 2015

How minimal can you get? #99


Chemotherapy (Live at Carmel High School Cafeteria, IN 1983)

“Sounds like these guys try to play speedcore on handmade instruments; really weird. Sounds like a horrible parody of the first DRI EP. Cult or trash?“ Burkhard Jaerisch

“Totally crude and psychotic garage stuff here. They've got amazingly primitive drumming, raw guitars, and lots of super-short outbursts of madness called songs. A delight for Neos and early Half-Japanese fanatics.” Tim Yohannan (Maximum Rocknroll #9)

“Lack of proficiency in playing instruments would be a deterrent in just about any musical genre but it is exactly this 'weakness' that elevates the seven-inch to Dadaist improvisational levels, something I'm pretty sure Chemotherapy wasn't consciously aware of at the time.” Freddy Alva

Chemotherapy s/t 7" (Uprising Records, 1983)

Chemotherapy – Smart, Tough, And Catholic
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“So if you enjoy music that was obviously put together in a matter of hours and sounds like the band recorded it with a Walkman whilst they were falling down a very long flight of stairs then this is for you!” Punk & Hardcore Record Sleeves

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9 Aug 2015

Nuclear power & weapons: No, thanks!

“This confirmation that, for the first time, it is possible to govern without any artistic knowledge, nor any sense of the authentic or the impossible, could alone suffice to make us conjecture that the naive dupes of the economy and the administration will probably lead the world to some great catastrophe; if their actual practice had not already demonstrated that fact.” Guy Debord

The Reactors Meltdown EP (Nuclear Waste Records, 1979)

The Reactors – Meltdown
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“Not that I wish in any way to belittle the evils of conventional air and water pollution; but we must recognise 'dimensional differences' when we encounter them: radioactive pollution is an evil of an incomparably greater 'dimension' than anything mankind has known before. One might even ask: what is the point of insisting on clean air, if the air is laden with radioactive particles? And even if the air could be protected, what is the point of it, if soil and water are being poisoned?” E. F. Schumacher

The Mistakes Radiation 7" (Twist And Shout Records, 1981)

The Mistakes – Radiation
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“Nuclear practices, both military and civil, necessitate a far higher dose of secrecy than in other fields — which already have plenty, as we already know. To make life — that is to say, lying — easier for the sages chosen by the system's masters, it has discovered the utility of changing measurements, to vary them according to a large number of points of view, and refine them, finally juggle them, according to the case, with several figures that are hard to convert. Hence, to measure radioactivity levels, one can choose from a range of units of measurement: curies, becquerels, roentgens, rads alias centigrays, and rems, not forgetting the humble millirads, and sieverts which are worth 100 rems. This evokes the memory of the subdivisions of British currency, the complexity of which foreigners could not quickly master, back in the days when Sellafield was still called Windscale.” Guy Debord

Fallout Fallout EP (1981)

Fallout – Nuclear Power
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For further information, please do not hesitate to watch Robert Stone's Radio Bikini documentary.

8 Aug 2015

Broken Talent

Broken Talent – Lou Reed Lou Reed (Live at Open Books And Records, North Miami Beach, FL 4/15/84)

How minimal can you get? #98

A State Of Mind
“A State of Mind is a group of individuals working together in various forms of communication; music, literature and art. We believe in anarchism. True freedom, not one we are told to supposedly have by the state. A freedom from exploitation and oppression, the lifeline of the system. A lifeline where we control our fate, our life and minds.” Mustard Relics

Liberté? / A State Of Mind Don't Vote... Subvert 7" Flexi (Mind Matter Records, 1984)

A State Of Mind – Don't Vote

A State Of Mind – Don't Vote (Pt. 2)
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3 Aug 2015

How minimal can you get? #95–97

Summer '15 jams

Vital Idles – Chains
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Genderdog – Bad Dream Lady
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Sneaks – No Problem
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