Saturday, 31 August 2013

This is the calm before the political storm

An Extract From Mark Fisher's Ghosts Of My Life

Review of Bleeding Edge, by Thomas Pynchon

Fractals: The Colours Of Infinity (1995)

Narrated by Arthur C. Clarke, soundtrack by David Gilmour.
(For trnsnd!)

Ad Break: Dear oh fugn dear


A History of Disrespect: The Weinstein Company's War On Asian Cinema

Richard Hell, Pulls No Punches in His Autobiography

Richard Hell: 'I’m So Bored with the USA'

A Blank Generation: Richard Hell and American Punk Rock

Photo: Jeremy Pollard

New Snowden Leak Reports ‘Groundbreaking’ NSA Crypto-Cracking

An Illustration of How the NSA Misleads the Public Without Technically Lying

Vintage Paparazzi Photographs From 1970s Los Angeles

Broome bombing: where is the outrage?

♪♫ Keith LeBlanc - Major Malfunction (1986)

Major Malfunction is a wild, multifaceted piece of contemporary music that welds hard rock onto reggae onto musique concrete. With vocal sampling including everything from Apollo control to Margaret Thatcher, this is a complex, but extremely satisfying work. Avoid if your taste in music doesn't run to the extreme end of experimental.
Progressive Music Classics.
The tragic explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger inspired many touching speeches, books and works of art, which paid tribute to the lives of the astronauts who died in that disaster in 1986.
But one work of art that took a different approach to the tragedy was Major Malfunction by the great Keith LeBlanc, who has often been associated with experimental/sound collage/dub.
"Major Malfunction" was released not long after the Challenger tragedy. A major theme is the scary implications of rampant, out-of-control technology. And although I may be wrong, my interpretation of this piece is that LeBlanc saw something in the Challenger disaster that was very sinister and yet undefined at that early date.
As it turns out, LeBlanc was correct . There was something sinister about the Challenger disaster. However, it took many more years for the truth to start to emerge.
Keith LeBlanc
The Challenger disaster happened in the middle of doing this LP .
I did it in London Strapped to a two track half inch tape machine with headphones on my head in the same room that Adrian Sherwood' Skip McDonald and Doug Wimbish and me were mixing and cutting tracks for the friendly as a hand-grenade LP. I sat at that tape machine and edited this work for about four days with Adrian mixing his ass off behind me .
There was no outrages gear used to do it.
All we had at the time was a dmx , ams delay, drums, guitar, bass and a studio.
The material contained within this LP Came from tracks we had done and I stripped them down to just my beats . Then Adrian did dubs of my beats and little bits of the track and I cut it up and then edited it all together .
Nobody really new what I was up to till it was finished.
Well maybe Skip McDonald did. I left him with a beat and a Mark Stewart vocal sample on it and the next morning I awoke to Object subject... Skip did all the music on that beat with just a guitar and an ams delay LOL . I thought I should put it up as it was meant to be . You play side one and its non stop till the end. Same thing on side two. Ground breaking at the time.
There are so many cut up bootlegs of it on you tube with crap sound. I decided to but up the real deal ...Enjoy
You Can Buy This @



Who is this 'we', mammal?

On the Thomas Pynchon Trail

♪♫ Barry White - Full Live Concert in Belgium (Ghent, 1990)

Best of Proms 1990 (Flanders Expo, Ghent, Belgium)

Friday, 30 August 2013

Karen O's Richard Hell 'T' Shirt

Designed by Christian Joy

It's the Labor election campaign swallowed by the mother of all black holes


Animal Sounds

Syria: Which Way to Kurdistan?

NYPD designates mosques as terrorism organizations

The punk rocker turned lifeboatman


(Thanx Fritz!)

Britain Rules Out Military Strike on Syria

Australian aid: it's just not working

Genesis P-Orridge: 'People's lives should be as interesting as their art'

RuPaul Drives...Henry Rollins


Charles Bukowski: Poem and Letter Manuscripts


Lou Reed - Acoustic Demos (1970)

Fall 1970:
1. I'm So Free
2. I Can't Stand It
3. Walk and Talk It
Winter 1970:
4. Going Down
5. Ride Into the Sun
6. I'm Stick With You
7. Lisa Says
8. Kill Our Sons (aka Kill Your Sons)
9. Lonely Saturday Night (aka Goodnight Ladies)
10. So in Love*
11. She's My Best Friend
12. Looking Through the Eyes of Love (aka Oh Jim)

Sly Stone: 'Albino musicians could neutralise all the racial problems'

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Anyway enough of this shit. I'm off to bed with this...

♪♫ 23 Skidoo - 7 Songs (Directed by Richard Heslop 1981/82)

Fuck. You. G.I.

♪♫ Van Morrison - BBC Four Sessions (Full Concert, 2008)

  • Precious Time
  • Magic Time
  • I'm Not Feeling it Any More
  • Song of Home
  • Playhouse
  • End of the Land
  • Vanlose Stairway
  • Help Me
  • One Irish Rover
  • That's Entrainment
  • Keep it Simple
  • Behind the Ritual

Rick Moody on Pete Galub's 'Candy Tears'

Pete Galub’s album Candy Tears came to my attention because he occasionally plays guitar in Brooklyn’s own The Universal Thump (who I mentioned in SMS #40, and elsewhere). In that context, he’s a mild-mannered and no-note-out-of-place sideman, but that reputation belies the unbuttoned excellence and intensity of Candy Tears, which has a punky mid-eighties vibe of the sort that Ted Leo is always trying to get at. Galub is a remarkable guitar player, a slightly reckless monster of the strings who aspires on that instrument to the madness of a Robert Quine or Richard Lloyd. The compositions on Candy Tears, meanwhile, are dire, hopeless romances by and large, and as a singer, Galub has something in common with New York voices like Johnny Thunders or Richard Hell—all over the place, but in a highly expressive way.
Where his technique as a singer is not notable for its conservatory qualities, he complements the lack of varnish with intensity and tragicomedy. He likes to burst unexpectedly into falsetto, or to go for the top of his range. Despite the riskiness of the approach, there’s not one song on Candy Tears that doesn’t have a sinister inventiveness and a great deal of charm. A lot of people in my part of Brooklyn like Pete’s songs, and you can see why. He is sort of an amalgam of things that are important to the last thirty years of rock and roll. You can hear Television in him, and The Replacements, and The Feelies, and The Clean, and The Individuals, and Freedy Johnston, and Pavement, and the dBs, etc. But his playing is so great and his songs so impassioned, that he transcends the density of influence and becomes totally his own. There’s something to be amazed about on every track on Candy Tears, and if he has not yet given you a reason never to look away quite yet, if he has not yet made his Blood on the Tracks, there is every reason to suppose that he could do so and soon will.

♪♫ Queens Of The Stone Age - Live at Lollapalooza (2013)

Grant Park, Chicago, IL, USA - 2013/08/02
01 - Millionaire - 01:20
02 - No One Knows - 03:59
03 - My God Is the Sun - 09:06
04 - Burn the Witch - 12:42
05 - Sick, Sick, Sick - 18:26
06 - First It Giveth - 22:10
07 - The Vampyre of Time and Memory - 26:34
08 - If I Had a Tail - 30:42
09 - Little Sister - 35:17
10 - Make It Wit Chu - 38:24
11 - Smooth Sailing - 43:12
12 - I Sat by the Ocean - 48:20
13 - I Think I Lost My Headache - 52:18
14 - Go With the Flow - 58:21
15 - A Song for the Dead - 01:01:33

The Peacock and The Moog

Annette Peacock is going to make rock music soon, and I think it's going to be important. I've talked to her twice now, once at the Crawdaddy office and once at her home. While we were at the office I recorded our conversation, so I'm going to let Annette speak the way I did, and partly to tell you why I think she could become so influential:
AP: I'm married to Gary Peacock, but Paul Bley is the father of a very beautiful child of mine, and we're living together as a family unit now. Paul and the child and I. Gary is in Japan. He'll always be musical. everything ho does is music, whether be picks up his instrument or not. We did some tapes with him just before he left to Japan. He plays Fender bass, and it's beautiful...
Paul has a kind of genius where he can lose whatever he's doing musically as far as he want to go, and always comes back. He's Scorpio, and I think Scorpions are very great improvisers. They're into that power thing; they like to control things all the time -- they like to come back and see how much power they have...
Annette is a very striking person. Her movement betray training in dance -- a liquid intensity and subtle purposefulness in each motion and gesture. She is tall and lovely, wearing dramatic clothing easily and naturally. When she talks to you her voice seems to be confiding in you, rather breathlessly while her dark eyes search your face for signs of understanding. When she feels that you've understood her, her eyes widen and her face breaks into a delighted smile, as though a very special thing has just happened. I felt awkward and without imagination next to her aura of freshness and grace, so I asked really clever questions like "What would you say has been the strongest influence on your music?"
AP: Drugs were probably my largest influence -- the music I make is a drug experience -- although I don't take drugs anymore because I can't work behind drugs; I can't produce the amount of I need to produce. I get distracted, you know? I decided I didn't want to take anymore because my body was dying -- dying on me, man. Like, my mind was racing and my body was just dormant. I'd had all kinds of groovy experiences, but I knew it wasn't a rehabilitating direction to go in.
I went into electronics because that freed me again. Every once in while you get very aware of what you're doing and you start repeating it, see, and that's the danger. You have to always keep it fresh. Sometimes you have to provide artificial stimuli to keep yourself open.
Paul Bley is an experienced jazz pianist who has played with musicians like Sonny Rollins, Don Cherry and Albert Ayler. He is now playing, in addition to the piano, the keyboard of a Moog Synthesizer. The Synthesizer is an electronic sound machine, ordinarily triggered by a keyboard. Annette has modified the Synthesizer so that her the musicians are astronomical. A musician can't fall back on the predictable chord changes to bridge the gap between one burst of inspiration and the next; there aren't any necessarily predictable changes.
Fortunately, a good number of musicians have proven themselves capable of handling these "demands of freedom." People like Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Charlie Mingus, Frank Smith, Burton Greene, Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy, Cecil Tylor and recently Miles Davis, have shown that this kind of "anarchy" in music can be expressive in ways no other musical form can duplicate.
AP: I've spent five years in Avant-Garde music, and taken it as far as it will go for me, so I've gone backwards, now. In Avent-Garde music I'm dealing with no time and no changes; the melodies suggesting the hermonies instead of the hermonies suggesting the melodies. Now I'm going completely back to the bottom of music, which is Rock. I don't mean "bottom" in derogatory sense. It's the simplest, most direct way of expressing, so I'm going into it as a song form because I think that's where my genius lies at this point.
I'm really fascinated by Rock, especially since I've become electrified. The thing that's groovy about Rock is that it's become electric. That gave it its unique sound. Rock is electrical music that deals with very simple levels, so the electricity can shine and become clear.
I'm putting together a group now; I want them to be able to play both kinds of music [Rock and Free Jazz]. I want to be able to deal as much as possible with space and time. Space is Ying, expression, and time is Yang, contraction. When I was taking drugs, to give you an indication, I was very Ying, and spaced out, so free music was right where I lived. But the more macro-biotic I eat, the more Yang I become -- so the more Yang I become -- so the more attracted I am to time.
I don't want to use Rock as it is; I want to do as an abstraction of it...
When I visited Annette in her lower-Manhattan apartment I climbed two or three flights of stairs and entered into the kitchen -- very clean, very sparse, with many white wooden cabinets containing tapes, promotional martial and I suppose, reams of music for the bands. (Annette does all the writing for present band; all the charts and arrangements, and is also composing for the proposed Rock band at the rate of two songs a day.)
Four steps and a right turn brought me to the living room. I was immediately certain that I was going to trip over something. I didn't, because the room is in fact very well organized. But I was reacting to an impression of clutter; the feeling that the entire Columbia recording studios had been piled into this one rather small room.
The room is dominated by a grand piano and, of cause, the Moog Synthesizer, both against the windowed wall at the far side of the room. All the other walls are lined with recording equipment, a mixing box, microphones, electric vibes, a smaller synthesizer, more tapes and records, everywhere a jungle of wires.
Astonishingly, I was able to walk unobstructed to the corner where the Moog monster squatted, as Annette valiantly attempted to explain to me how and why it does what it does. Then to a chair beside a table. Sit me down and listen to a couple of tapes from past concerts. Very impressive music. Everybody in the group was very free and themselves, but really together. I was fascinated by Annette's voice It's low, very melodic and captivating.
She sings words, but once they come through the synthesizer they're different somehow. I didn't usually understand them as words, but had the feeling that I could have if I'd anted to try. Maybe there was a subliminal perception, because the meaning seemed to be coning through anyway. The only words I was clearly and specifically aware of were there: " makes you want live forever..."
Hazarding a definition, I would say that "Free" jazz, or "Avant-Garde" jazz, is the idea that music can be more expressive if the discipline springs from within the artists and their inter-action together, rather than being dictated by pre-determined "forms." Anything that expresses emotion well -- that makes you feel impassioned -- is acceptable.
One of the features of this approach to music is that only the best can survive. he demands on the talent, technical powers. and demands on the talent, technical powers, and depth of spirit in voice, or any instrument, can be fed into it through a microphone. This signal is modified by the Synthesizer in ways which Annette has programmed in advance. The signal is additionally manipulated by nine pedals which Annette has also grafted on to the system. In the meantime this impressive combine of wires is still and also doing what Paul tells it to do from his keyboard controls.
AP: Knowledge is a very funny thing. You have been to live with some things before you truly understand them. I had to invent a way to sing through the Synthesizer because it wasn't originally built or set up that way. I just had to learn and collect all the information I could like on electronics, and figure it out myself.
The instrument doesn't give you a conception. If you don't have a way to approach the music, it will not give you that. But if you do have a music that you already hear, then it's very easy to get it out of the instrument -- it's no problem. You're dealing with oscillators, you see, and oscillators are completely fresh source of sound. You can do anything.
I sing words into the synthesizer, but I can distort them -- destroy them -- which I enjoy doing. I enjoy being a pioneer. I enjoy doing things there are no rules for... making them up myself.
For a part of a concert at Town Hall Annette appeared topless, contrasting her gently curving body with the harsh jumble of equipment on the stage, and emphasizing the intimately human quality of the music.
Rock music is going through a period of self-examination. The best people are re-examining basic sources, or distilling their strongest material. This is fine, and makes for some really excellent music.
But somehow none of this sophisticated expertise creates the excitement we experience when a truly new and legitimate element is successfully taken us by surprise, but seems to make so much sense immediately after we hear it. I suspect (and hope) that Annette Peacock will offer us something of this nature. Many things are brewing in the amorphous depths of Rock; I'm looking forward to a taste of Peacock soup.
Roget Lockard
Volume IV, Number 6

How very British

If I see this false map one more fucking time...

The NSA Leaks Are Starting To Hit The Bottom Lines Of Tech Companies

Heart Beats Up love

DZO Oliver


'You know what they do in San Francisco? Some in the gay community there, they want to get people. So if they got the stuff they’ll have a ring, you shake hands and the ring’s got a little thing where you cut your finger,” he said. “Really. It’s that kind of vicious stuff, which would be the equivalent of murder.'

The ‘Gay AIDS Ring’ video Pat Robertson and CBN don’t want you to see

The Politics of Private Manning

Anton Shekhovtsov: Apoliteic music: Neo-Folk, Martial Industrial and ‘metapolitical fascism’

Contrast and compare

From top: Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists insignia.
Black Shorts logo used in P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster TV adaptation.
Throbbing Gristle logo

Just Say Non: Nazism, Narcissism and Boyd Rice

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Charles Bukowski: Drawings


Martin Luther King on 'Meet The Press' (1963)

Martin Luther King: the speech - interactive


Bob Dylan and Joan Baez March on Washington 1963

♪♫ The Replacements - Live at Riot Fest, Fort York Toronto, Ontario, Canada 25/8/13

01. - crowd + banter
02. Takin’ a Ride
03. I’m in Trouble
04. Favourite Thing
05. Hangin’ Downtown
06. Color Me Impressed
07. Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out >
Third Stone From The Sun (Jimi Hendrix)
08. Kiss Me on the Bus
09. Androgynous
10. Achin’ to Be
11. I Will Dare
12. Love You Till Friday >
Maybellene (Chuck Berry)
13. Merry-Go-Round
14. Wake Up
15. Borstal Breakout (Sham 69)
16. Little Mascara
17. Left of the Dial
18. Alex Chilton
19. Swingin’ Party
20. Can’t Hardly Wait
21. Bastards of Young
22. - encore break
23. Everything’s Coming Up Roses (Bette Midler)
24. I.O.U.
25. - crowd
Notes: First live performance since July 4, 1991. “Sorry it’s taken us so long. For 25 years we’ve been having a wardrobe debate.” - Paul Westerberg, wearing a plaid suit to Tommy’s gray.
Recording: Audience
2013 Band:
Paul Westerberg, Tommy Stinson, Dave Minehan, Josh Freese





Iggy Marceau


The real threat to our way of life? Not terrorists or faraway dictators, but our own politicians and securocrats

When Your (Brown) Body is a (White) Wonderland

Signed, Sealed, Delivered


♪♫ Philip Chevron Testimonial: Olympia Theatre Dublin 24/8/13 (RTÉ Live Broadcast Download)


Maxwell Roberts: Circular rail map of Melbourne


Peter Wollen on Kathy Acker: Death (and Life) of the Author

Eight Horrific and Uplifting Stories About Being Gay in the New Russia

Three Reasons Zuckerberg’s 'Internet For All' Crusade Rings Hollow

Tuesday, 27 August 2013


Zimbabwe heads African tourism commission as UN world summit convenes in Victoria Falls

Meanhile back in 2009

Hypocritical? Much?


Analysis: U.S. strike would aim to punish Assad, not turn tide of war

♪♫ Tackhead - Ticking Time Bomb (Dub)


Ian Curtis

Julian Assange: The real threat to Australia's sovereignty