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BITCHSLAP XII Publisher: Kids in the Kitchen Founders: Dick and Nanny Managing Editor: Dick Art Director: Nanny Cyberspace:
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YUM YUM SAINT HAMILTON – OUR BRAND NEW ROCK EDITOR More into cuddles than hi-fives, Tasmanian Yum Yum is an throbbing brain on all things guitar related. recently returned from an extended excursion to China to write a book about Chinese punk, he’s the white-denim clad guitarist for rising rock n’ roll stars Le Fox Holes, word manipulator and the newest addition to the Bitchslap music gang. I threw him in the hot seat this summer handing over responsibilities of interviewing Valient Himself (Valient Thorr), Brooks Wackerman (Bad religion) and Fat Mike (Nofx) which – in classic Nofx style – fell through lastlastlast minute. You’d think being Tasmanian that he’d be down with the Danish Princess; on the contrary, poor old Yum Yum didn’t even know who she was when he met her, but in some sort of attempt at local humour, asked her where her other head was. Spot on buddy. Luckily for us, this issue is filled with Yum Yum’s pen and the video interviews are on vimeo.com/bitchslapmedia TOP OF MIND TOP 5 1 Peanut and the Misses 2 Wallride Madness 3 Topless Terror 4 Tight jeans and Vintage guitars 5 Neat Neat Neat (That’s a good Song)
ARNAUD DE GRAVE – PHOTOGRAPHER AND WRITER
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Arnaud contacted us a while back proclaiming his love for everything analog–especially zines– along with his desire to join our gang. After about 6 months of mailing we finally got together for a beer, and to work out exactly how he should be involved. More into the nitty-gritty, Arnaud was down for some admin - “I’ll do anything back-end but would prefer not to be a contributor” he said. My shitty management saw 18 months pass without Arnaud lifting a single managerial finger. On the other hand, Hern (pen name) has written and photographed several interviews (ray Barbee and Thomas Campbell among others, and in this issue with jack Stevenson) and contributed with his amazing photography. Officially titled Associate Professor in Design and Manufacture of micro mechanical systems, Hern prefers gonzo Photographer; he is founder and head of French association BOP, the Copenhagen based group CCCP (Color Climax Copenhagen Photographers) and an active member of the Magnesium photography agency. TOP OF MIND TOP 5 1 Small mocha coffee machine 2 Olympus Pen F 3 Music player 4 Bamboo-made spoon and a Swiss army knife 5 Compass
SUPERBIAL - MR. PURPLE AND MR. YELLOW – BLOGSOUP These two keen fellas help us stay in touch with what’s cooking fashion-wise when you’re around 20 (or at least, under 30). They run the highly successful Superbial.dk which as one of Denmark’s most popular blogs for gentlemen, satisfies even the thirstiest of fashion diggers, as well as producing events and helping brands stay cool through their own style of community involvement. Mostly focussed on slightly nicer clothing and brands than we’re used to rocking (we roll in what ever gets sent), we’re looking forward to learning how to dress so we can go to meetings like real grown ups, preferably on fixie bikes and in leather shoes. TOP OF MIND TOP 5 MR. YELLOW TOP OF MIND TOP 5 MR. PURPLE 1 remee 1 Nike Air Pegasus 2 Vans 2 The Black Beauty (bike) 3 Les Deux 3 S.T. Valentin 4 Valby 4 Fruity females of Hafnia 5 Hugh grant 5 Meryl Streep
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Fuck you DSB. Fuck my new job for having the largest cockroaches I’ve ever seen. Fuck you for not taking a look back before you opened that door. Now I have to walk around like a fucken zombie cause my hip is out of order. Fuck You Bitchlapmag for bringing up all that hate in people when you should encourage love! Fuck you Lady gaga, what's all the fuss about, your music sucks! Fuck you sold out concerts. Fuck you copenhagen hipster for being exactly like the next fixieriding-moscotglasseswearingselfacclaimedphoto/deejay-idiot. And copenhipster, fuck you. Sincerely, truly and passionately fuck you most of all. Fuck you New Yorkers for having Daft Punk at the Phoenix concert! Fuck you ‘Digital Age’. Theres never any porn in the train station carpark anymore. Fuck you anna for leaving me alone with the danes! Fuck you, andelsforening, for messing up a nice flat with a 5 million, 12% loan.
Fuck you fucking asphalt for wanting to kiss my lips last saturday. Now I look like a fucking freak and have to drink my monday night beer with a fucking straw. Fuck you bike thieves Fuck you for giving me an exam which requires that I’m able to remember 26 pages/ 10.000 words by heart! Fuck you for having placed India so far away from DK Fuck you for raining with water instead of snow Fuck you for being burnt you damned rice pudding Fuck you for not having bought + placed yourself in my fridge, stupid, needed eggs Fuck you for not giving me your name, phone number, picture – anything to remember who the fuck you are + fuck you for not showing up in Kaninen when you said you would Fuck you nazi capitalist government for draining the healthcare system, depleting it of jobs and thereby making Me travel nearly 4 hours everyday to and from work! Fuck you fucking hairdye for making
me believe I’d have a pretty j-Loish brown and then turning me into a henna-hippie-looking nightmare!!! Fuck you Bitchslap, for making think I have anything to complain about. Fuck you thief for stealing my roommates (Nanas) bike! You ruined our Christmas!! – and fuck you for judging me, just because I celebrate Christmas in October! Fuck you snapped board and empty wallet. Fuck you for winning all of the nice gear from Bitchslap – when then fuck is it my turn?! Fuck you doctor for always giving me a gynecological examination when it only hurts in my throat! Fuck you self-discipline for not working when I was supposed to do my homework. Fuck you assignment for not writing yourself. Fuck you, politician, for standing right outside the door of the supermarket and blocking my way out so I have no choice but to stand there and listen to you blather about why I shouldn’t vote for the other guy.
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Not limited to titles, and impossible to pin down for long enough to get a straight answer to the question "What is it that you do?", Rognvaldr Nalden Hanssonâ€“Nalden to youâ€“stands out as one of our generation's voices of choice; shaping the lifestyle of digital natives, dropping knowledge like ya never knew it hit you.
Based in Amsterdam, but with the world at his bloggy fingertips, Niggedynalden started his enterprises 9 years ago, blogging about 'stuff he liked'. That's now grown into umbrella company Present Plus, which houses WeTransfer and Nalden. "It basically all started with Nalden.net and because of sharing the stuff I like, people and brands approached me which led to business. Like WeTransfer, but also work I've done for for Nike, Apple, Vodafone, Vitra and others. So by blogging, I became an entrepreneur although the name doesn't mean shit nowadays. It's all about what you've done right?" WeTransfer is fast becoming hot competition for poorly designed and user-unfriendly Yousendit. The main difference being that Nalden's WeTransfer doesn't put the costs on its users, or waste your time with wait-for-download non-members bullshit. You get to rock the tech, while non-obtrusive advertisers foot the bill. Dude is still getting paid, just not by you. Nalden is the brains behind the ingenious wallpaper advertising model, and Momka, the design company behind his super tech website, help to provide a slick experience. "I was always against banner advertising because they fuck up the design of your website. After I switched to the current version of Nalden.net, built by my friends at Momkai, the idea for branded backgrounds started to grow on me. Of course I was familiar with the 1 million pixel website idea but I wanted to challenge brands to advertise on a creative level that wouldn't disturb my followers. Now we have a good balance between commercial and creativity, which essentially gives commercial creativity. At one point the brands asked me to create wallpapers for them so I offered up-coming creatives to do the job which for me is a win/win." For Nalden, this is a lifestyle he's been lucky enough to pursue as a career. Tech-geek at heart, he's now in a position to influence a generation of tastemakers, help brands work out how to communicate with cats like you and me and live a dual online/offline life. 14 BS 12
"Online equals offline. When you follow Nalden.net it's the same offline. When you see me blogging about a car. I probably own it. Or drive in it. Or have driven it. Well you get my point. Sometimes people say I get paid to write stuff. I don't do that shit. Yes, brands offer me money to do that, but I always convince them to spend it on wallpaper advertising and if I really like the product or service or event or whatever, I'll write or tweet about it. Being authentic is rule number 1. But the presentation of your content is also very important. Content is king but distribution is the emperor. Oh wait! I almost forgot to mention the webshop: www.thefoundation.nl - a module inside Nalden which is a collaboration between 290 square meters and Nalden." So to wind up, here's a couple of tips from the founder of Naldisney for all you blogrollers who wanna turn those hours of hunching into some real living, real influence and real mullah. But don't think he don't hunch, boy gets over 300 mails a day; that's more than most communication managers for large brands get in a week, and most of them are probably people asking his opinion about something. But remember, don't change yours just cos Nalden digs it. "The key thing is to edit! And you have to live it, making the content online more interesting. Most bloggers see, copy & paste. I tend to live the blog. It's a personal development too you know. I started blogging when I was 16. Hosting mixtapes and telling people to see Wu-Tang Clan (laughs). I just don't consider myself as 'blogger' or another lame title, I'm just a kid that shares what he likes. And because I love to help people, I share. Sharing is caring. And it gets people's attention. The snowball gets bigger. Yo Nalden, where you at? "I'm everywhere that's interesting enough to take things to the next level. I'm everywhere worth being" So where's that? Here's a couple of links to projects Nalden is either spearheading, endorsing or collaborating on. www.upsidedownn.com | www.twitter.com/nalden | www.marvariations.net www.twitter.com/nalden | www.wetransfer.info | www.petephilly.com
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Collage;Collaboration Fergus Murphy
Matt Edwards is an English music producer best known as recording artist Radioslave and for Rekids, a successful and respected record label that has scored some big ďŹ‚oor smashes while maintaing a dedication to quality. He also has many fans as one half of Quiet Village, alongside Joel Martin, a cinematically inspired project steeped as much in disco as it is J.Dilla.
Berlin is now home and he has just returned there from playing the closing parties of this years season in Ibiza when he takes my call to speak about his most recent project 'The Machine'. There is also a new alias - redhead, which he is quite literally, follically speaking (although this might not be evident in this photo nor on the phone). This is clearly a personal project. The Machine is a multi discipline conception dedicated to collage and taking in ideas of music, photography and film and naturally, considering the combination of elements central to the process of collage; collaboration. Also involved are Misha Holenbach of Perks & Mini fame cutting up pictures lovely and jogoku contributing film. The music is to be released on rekids but the rest of the project is coming out on a new offshoot, Pyramids of Mars, a long way from the main floor imperatives of radioslave and clubland. The Machine is conceived in a monstrous 24 x 24 inch Box Set and a gallery tour. "The idea with this Pyramids of Mars label is to branch out into different types of media but always a different direction with each release. The collage element really suited with Misha's work. We are also working with a guy called Lovely john who does these jogoku DVD's, he's like the number 1 pre-cert movie collector in the world. He splices everything by hand and does these nights around europe. They basically create new movies by editing old ones, especially pre-cert, which are these weird made-for-video films done in the early eighties, and mixing it with music. It's all done by hand, there's no computers involved. It's the same with Misha, you can tell that he uses a scalpel blade to cut. It's definitely a hand-made vibe. It's about pulling in the right people to create a 16 BS 12
complete package and especially with physical formats dying within the music industry we've got to create new ways for the consumer to buy into the label or the vision that we want to produce." After leaving school in his late teens he went to work as a designer in pre-computer days, "a lot of cut and paste work" as he puts it. From there he went on to a Fine Art school in Chelsea, London. A keen collector of fl yers and magazines, he started photocopying them and cutting them up and creating collages and as he explains this naturally translates to music and his style of production, "taking found sounds and pieces of music from Lp's and records from all over the world. A very sort of similar process you know, taking what I really loved; typography, photography, then manipulating it - this is what I've been doing with sounds so it kinda made sense to work with Misha Hollenbach who I've been good friends with for a few years and I've always admired his style. He's always been one for, I wouldn't say ripping off, but taking the best bits and sort of making them even better, from Pop Culture. I'm a really big Pop Art fan, I like this whole thing - making a better thing out of something that could be seen as quite normal, enlarging that idea and making it into something special." Much of the music thrives on the qualities of length and the art of repetition. The notion of travel looms large but it's not glossy, not just exotic imaginings but also the endless journeys, trains and crossroads and glances down sideroads as you pass. There are choral chants going on. The unknown is unsettling or as Matt described "it is not fixed, not one country's sounds. I wasn't trying to make a Chicago house album with spoken word dialogue and funk samples, it was about pushing things in a different way and melting sounds from all around the world to create a unique space. I don't want to try and replicate something that's been done before with this album, it was about trying to find new spaces, new surroundings within sounds so it takes the listener and myself when I was making it to somewhere I've not been to before."
Streetmachine - Streetammo - Flavour - Manual - Skatehouse - Surface - Choker - Wallstreet - K Munch Nomuffin - BNA Boardshop - Darkblue - Skatehouse.dk - Quint (selected) - Lab - Labforum.dk - Sneakerzone - Westcoast - Airborne
Teal Recordings Klaus Boss
One particular young man has made his mark on the Copenhagen scene over the last few years catering for the new variations of Dubstep and Techno. Operating as a dj, promoter and recently, with a record label too, after launching Teal Recordings. We had a word with Simon Olsson about things current and futuristic. When did your interest in music kick off?
My interest in music started quite early, around 4 or 5 years of age. electronic music came along rather late when I was 12 or 13 and started listening to synthpop, electro and breakbeat, primarily DMx Krew, Paul Blackford and other British artists. From there I moved through uK breakbeat, grime to the early Dubstep rumblings around 2004. Who or which media encouraged you to further explore music?
MTV in the late hours and the internet. I used to research which titles to borrow or request from the library. For most parts I discovered new things on my own. My older brother was, like so many others at the time, listening to Hardcore (The Prodigy etc) but that was pretty much it. I’ve always been rather on my own in regards to the music I’m listening to. What made you decide to begin dj’ing and arranging parties?
I entered the world of promoting parties prior to becoming a dj, throwing an electrobass party at Culture Box in October 2005. The dj’ing pretty much came naturally as I was buying the records anyway. You have managed to incorporate and promote the recent mutations of Dubstep as a dj and through your Hest/Pony events. Has it been challenging to make people understand the new sound?
It’s rather hard as people are extremely ignorant towards music when push comes to shove. The only reason why I’m currently able to throw these kind of parties and promote this particular music is due to the kindness of Per of Dunkel. Fortunately they’ve been working out rather well. The starting point and concept of Hest/Pony was to create a base for new mutations of Dubstep. Since then it has seamlessly transformed itself into a club where I’m showcasing the music I like and really don’t pay much attention to pigeonhole it all into genres. As such, I don’t have a deeper vision or concept of forms and shapes for my party. To me it’s definitely far more important putting an effort into 18 BS 12
the actual content which is the music. I have no interest in moustaches, fixie-bikes nor flashy sneakers. You’ve recently teamed up with 2000F and DJ Helmet. How did that come together?
It all kind of happened accidentally. At the time Helmet was running a Thursday nighter, Bam Bam, at Culture Box which shared some of the same elements as my own parties. We had a chat and brainstormed about co-operating as we shared the same musical tastes. Shortly after, 2000F and Helmet discussed the idea of working together and we more or less magically became the trefoil known as Bless. You have just set up your own label, Teal Recordings. What is the vision for the label?
The main idea is to expose and make room for new talent, mainly but not exclusively from Copenhagen. In terms of musical style nothing has been determined as of yet. The problem of calling it either a House or a Dubstep label is simply that you create a false, stylistic expectation music-wise and I’d very much like to avoid falling into that trap. I’ve received local support from friends although the majority of it has come from my international connections. The first release has been very well received by Appleblim, 2562, A Made up Sound, the Hessle Audio crew, untold and the Blunted robots posse who all rank among people I’ve personally have been very enthused over for the last couple of years. What does the future hold?
It’s hard to predict what will happen next. There has been a visible digression within club music recently despite the fact of Dubstep’s significantly increased popularity. I hope more people show interest in the young talents Copenhagen has to offer. As for labels, r&S are on their way back especially with artists such as james Blake, Pariah and Space Dimension Controller. Apple Pips are doing extremely well too with a new breed of Bristol producers. Well rounded for doing it by heart and Deca rhythm is worth checking too. Last not least I’d like to encourage everyone to check Orca records. The second release from Hyetal has established the label as a force to be reckoned with. The third on the label from Asusu is also utterly brilliant. For local talents a notable mention goes out to Ted esha, Albert, Beastie respond, 2400 Operator and Lasse Buhl.
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Rustic Yum Yum S aint Hamilton
On a dark night in late April it would have been all too easy to miss this cataclysmic crash that reverberated across the grey London skies; one that was heard thousands of kilometres away on an equally grey Beijing evening. The sound of Chinese rock n' roll in all its thunderous, savage glory and the thin cheers of a chosen few, as three young dudes from Shijiazhuang rocked the living hell out of the London darkness. As Shanghai became illuminated under an orgy of ﬂame and gun powder, lit beneath the greatest fireworks display in history that marked the opening of the World Exhibition, Rustic emerged triumphant on the opposite side of the world as winners of the Global Battle of the Bands. It was a remarkable achievement, not least because there were few who believed it possible. Within 10 minutes, three Chinese chaps became 100,000 USD richer.
The particular brand of rock n' roll that rustic play is notoriously unfashionable in Beijing. Indeed, there is a general suspicion that rock music is somehow unsophisticated; base, and redundant. The comparatively clean and technologically advanced world of kaleidoscopic clubs in downtown Sanlitun are, by popular consensus, the definition of modernity. Perhaps it is something to do with the digital output of Mp3 based Dj sets and the idea that superior technology denotes superior culture. Or, for that matter, a music scene that is dominated by external influences from the West that extol the virtues of electronica. There is also the subliminal factor that club music is far less controversial in content compared to rock n' roll; punk especially. Whatever the reason, rustic were something of an out of control missile in Beijing; a unit of such power, but with an uncertain trajectory, threatening to explode at any given moment. Their rather disinterested manager, an American, also owner of a tiny rock club called D22, appeared to have little faith in the ability of the trio choosing never to set them up as a headliner but as permanent support. It was a month prior to rustic’s win in London that I first encountered riky Sixy, rustic’s 24 BS 12
bass player, and watched him sing a guns N' roses cover in a relatively up market bar in the inner east side of Beijing, to a bemused and vaguely terrified audience. I had heard rumours of rustic’s particular brand of rock n' roll, which some had described to me in hushed voices as crazed, manic, and depraved; the lead guitarist’s name, I was assured, was Lucifer. I was waiting for their show, standing against a red velvet curtain in a dark corner sipping excessively overpriced beer and watching middle aged western men flirting with young Chinese girls, when the whisper reached me; rustic would not be playing that night. I felt wholly cheated and was preparing to leave when I heard the opening chords of Sweet Child of Mine rasp from the stage in faltering clarity. A figure dressed completely in leather, cowboy boots, and with a fantastic bleached blonde mane of long curly hair, strutted onto the stage and fl y kicked the crash cymbal, letting out a long falsetto scream. It was as if the clouds had parted, and some long forgotten demon from hell had unleashed a blazing child of rock upon the unsuspecting and tranquil streets of Beijing. grown men gripped their drinks while their knuckles turned white, girls screamed; not all together in ecstasy, but possibly fear. No movement ever truly dies; it just gets reinvented and reborn. Perhaps this is the saving grace of rock n' roll; its deliverance. It only takes one kid somewhere, anywhere, sitting bored shitless in front of a computer or by an ill used relic of a stereo, to discover the glory that is Skid row, or the savage necessity of the Sex Pistols. Thus, a movement is reborn, rehashed and reinvented. With their ramones-esque simplicity, attacking guitar riffs, and pop melodies, rustic are the embodiment of rock n' roll; mindless, simple, sexually charged, and above all else fun. There is nothing particularly ground breaking about rustic, and it is doubtful that they will be enjoying the luxuries of a private jet anytime soon. But a win at the global Battle of the Bands in London is further than any Chinese band have made it before, and with 100,000uS in the pocket, maybe rustic will play in your home town sometime soon and you too will enjoy the depravity that is the true spirit of Chinese rock n' roll, and you too will scream like a school girl on a dark moonless night.
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE
Shoe / Store / Price Left to right, top to bottom: Diemme / Norse / 1900 Redwing / Norse / 2000 Puma / Flavour / 1000 Pointer / Flavour /1000 The North Face / Street Machine / 1000 Adidas/Ransom / Adidas Originals / 1300 Supra / Street Machine / 1200
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Shoe / Store / Price Left to right, top to bottom: vans / Flavour / 1100 gravis / Nautic / 700 vans / Street Machine / 700 gourmet / Norse / 1100 Wolverine / Street Machine / 1200 Nike / Norse / 1300 FMS // 700 Emerica / Street Machine / 650 Adidas / Adidas Originals / 1100
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Luis Lane Dick
Thank goodness that there's demand for honest, quality craftsmanship. Without that demand, our appreciation for fine consumer goods would dwindle into horribly bright suburban shopping mall porridge, leaving wonderfully talented people like Louise Hvidegaard with itchy palms - or is it itchy feet? Louise, under the guise of Luis Lane, crafts some of the most fantastic handmade shoes and leathergoods I've seen in recent times. Perhaps you peeped the one-off 13" Laptop Cuff, or the Bitchslap X LuisLane Brodle (a man sandal) that we gave away in the last issue. Driven by a personal and professional "less is more" philosophy, LL shuns current trends and strives for a mix of elegance and comfort, bringing it back to basics. You could call it classic. But that might be too trendy for LL, she's already 2 steps ahead anyway. "My favourite part is creating by hand, letting the idea or drawing come to life. I'm into shoes and the bag but I'm up for almost anything, fashion stuff in leather and I'm ready."
Currently in Los Angeles working as an intern with Esquivel Shoes as a shoe developer, the next step is a master's degree in Advanced Fashion Footwear Design at the esteemed Polimoda in Florence. But although Luis is still educating her brain, she's by no means new in the game having produced 2 seasons for VilsbĂ¸l de Arce and a series for Reikall. With her fingers deep into the whole process, LL is very hands-on, managing all production processes in Portuguese factories and maintaining those relationships through regular visits, even moving to the Portuguese coast (yea well, bummer) for 3 months to strengthen partnerships while working on her tan. "It's pretty important to keep a good relationship with the people in the factories so you get the quality you want and it's so much easier to work with people when there's a good connection, or else they'll probably take the easy way, not the best way. But this is where handmade versus factory produced stuff clashes. Ideally I would love to make handmade shoes for my own company and supplement that with working for another company I liked - two sides of the same story" luislane.com
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A COLLABORATION BETWEEN AND
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BS: Hey man, thanks for giving me your time.
EK: The fact is I've probably got 2 hours before I even skate, or am supposed to skate. You gotta do something with your time. It's either that or I'll just putz around and get in everyone's way. obviously you've been doing this for a while now. How does a regular day at home pan out? Kids off to crĂ¨che and off to the office for emails or?
Yea, basically. Or even the phone and emails, you don't even have to have to sit in front of the computer, depends how many. Then if I see a lot I don't wanna type on my phone so I'll go downstairs, get coffee, feed the baby, or help now she's eating. How much is it skating and how much is it industry work and maintenance of your position?
It goes in like waves. Do you get to skate as much as you want?
No. It's harder with a family and all the other shit you gotta do. Industry type duties like you were saying, but I think it's good cos it makes you wanna skate more. Does having a family change the focus for you?
Yea, I guess obviously you do think about that, but I think I thought about that before I even started having a family. Thinking like one day I will be supporting a family, having that intention you know. But yea you think about it more, like where the finances are going as opposed to where they were going before you had a kid. What are some of the best and worst things
you've seen during the last 3 decades you've been skating?
Fuck, the 90's were the worst. The early 90's. Small wheels, baggy pants?
Small wheels, terrible fucken clothes, baggy. Yea, going slow, tricks sucked. Everything was all just a mess. I mean it was fun, obviously, cos when I think about that time there was no responsibility, made little money, didn't need a lot of money. I had nothing to worry about. We just rode 38's. What about best things, what are some of your favourite things?
(sigh) Jeez, there's a lot. It's really hard to say. Like crew or travelling or?
Yea all that, and even like right now on this trip, this is always fun to come to (Cph Pro), but I mean the tour that I'm on right now with Girl and Anti Hero, the Beauty and the Beast tour. It's good. Do you have any favourite guys to work with when you're filming?
Yea, it's just the usual crew. It's like Ty Evans is still the guy. There's a few different guys we do work with but Ty and Aaron Meza - those guys are definitely my favourites. Fully Flared pretty much killed everything. What was it like competing with MJ (Marc Johnson) on getting a part done?
Well I didn't even think about that, it wasn't even really a thought. (laughs) It was more just getting one done, period. He had like yea, so much. Even when I got on, he had tons.
Your shoe obsession is probably something you talk about a lot? It's all true, you're a shoe freak right?
Yea I mean, I have shoes, and now it's pretty crazy just having access to Nike. It's fun. And you can do what you want?
Yea, I've been working on one, so. I did some other stuff first, but my own actual shoe from scratch is in the making right now. It's a little under wraps but more about when to release I guess, cos it's Spring 2011. Yea they seem to think things through, is that something you think about when deciding which way to go?
I mean it's crazy how much different it is compared to what I've worked with and how much more efficient they are and how on top of it and everything they think about. You know, even more than I thought of, there's a lot that goes into it and they really work out the kinks even before you have any. They have people for every little thing as well. It's good. What are you gonna do when you can't skate?
(laughs) Hmm. Just. Umm. As a pro, I mean, I would still imagine I'd wanna skate... recreationally (laughs) you know, cos I think I'd get bored. But ah, work with I've already got my grubby little hands in and get that stuff going. Yea I mean Lance Mountain is 10 years older than you and still ripping.
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Last thing I had to ﬁght for? Fucken pork sandwich
So I found this clip today of you doing Mtv cribs? What did it take to get you to do that? It's a while ago, you had long hair.
In the films you're often portrayed as this moody bastard. What was the last thing you actually had to fight for?
It's probably like 8 years ago. They just asked.
Last thing I had to fight for? Fucken pork sandwich, yea last night. I'd say that's a sort of fight. They were savages, everyone was starving probably at that point and drunk and once they unleashed it, you know. So last night, pork sandwich.
Do you still live there?
Nah, I moved. Yea it was a bachelor pad eh?
Pretty much, now I look at it it's really masculine. Very bachelor paddy. Top five on your iPod right now?
(looks blankly) Umm.
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Who keeps you on your toes? Who's ripping?
These fucking kids. Sean Malto, Shane O'neill, Torey Pudwell, a lot of guys, Mike Mo - the kids are good.
What did you listen to this morning then?
So who do you skate with on the regular? Who's in the gang?
There you go, I was just thinking about that, like in the shower, I have this little shitty speaker that I just plug in you know. What was the last 3 songs, this Animal Collective song, Genesis, cos I had it on shuﬄe, and oh, Fugazi.
The gang is kinda random I mean it's a few different people. I skate with Steve Berra at my park a lot. Chico lives near my skatepark so I skate with Chico a lot. Joey Brezinski, Brophy when he's in LA, Andrew Brophy, Jeron, still Rick
Howard, Carroll. Shier too, he comes to my park a lot. Have you noticed any locals ripping here?
I don't really know who they are though. Did you see that kid Alexander (Riisvad) jump the stairs the other day (19 stair at Amager Strandpark). He's like 15.
Yea I did see that, it's pretty nuts just to go down that thing. Any famous last words?
Nah. I don't ever have last words. Na fuck it. Thanks man
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This is the third in a series of short interviews with a range of inspirational characters who choose to use their inﬂuential platform to do good. Motivated by Brazil’s natural beauty and a sense of responsibility from running a surf-travel agency which contributed its fair share of pollution, Chris Bachman initiated the Atlantic Rainforest Institution to preserve as much rainforest as possible. This quickly proved to be a costly exercise, prompting the start of his company and the production of Sudden Rush Shot, a Guarana-based energy shot—a means to an end, a business set up to profit just like the next, but with the coin ending in highly threatened rainforest.
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Bitchslap sees you, Mr Chris Bachmann, as playing an essential role in motivating important steps towards what we consider the right direction for the world. Tell us a little about what you’re doing with Sudden Rush and the Atlantic Rainforest Institution. In 1997 I founded the surf-travel agency www.suddenrush.com. In 2000 I checked out one of our new surfcamps in Itacaré, Bahia, where I fell in love with this magical village, its people, the beaches, the surrounding Atlantic Rainforest and its animals, fruits, trees, plants and noises. One day before I left Brazil I bought a little land in the middle of this rainforest. That’s when all started. I quickly learned that 94% of this coastal rainforest is already cut down. Autodidact studies and many books followed; the more I read about the Atlantic Rainforest the more I felt an internal urge to do something. I put my books away and started to take action. To preserve rainforest on a big scale you need money – I needed a cash-cow. My girlfriend and I created the idea to import natural Guarana packed into energy shots to Europe. All local surfers, capoeiristas and party people get their energy from the Guarana bean, hardly anybody drinks energy drinks down there because they have a huge body consciousness and they all know that a regular energy drink contains up to 17 white sugar cubes. Our goal is to create as much profit as possible with our natural energy shots which we invest into our Atlantic Rainforest Institution.
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So let me understand this. You’re drugging rich people to save Tell me about the link between Sudden Rush and ARI, and the Breathe some trees? Foundation / Restipra festival. Yep, but drugging them in a good way. The energy in our shots comes from a bean, not from a laboratory where they mix chemicals and sugar into water. Our little shot also contains a bit of sugar, but we are far from the 17 white sugar cubes that are inside a common energy drink. The aim is to generate as much funds by selling guarana shots to feed our NGO-project in the Atlantic Rainforest. We don’t sponsor formula one, air-races or soccer teams; our aim is to sponsor rainforest.
The link is called Drew Stevenson. The visionary creator of the Ticket to Ride Tour organized Breathe for the first time back in 2009 in Costa Rica. Me and my girlfriend flew down to Playa Sta. Teresa and shared some of the best days of our lives. 6 months later, Drew spent some time together with Nic Müller and Patrick Armbruster (Absinthe Films) in the Atlantic Rainforest. Breathe/Respira Brazil 2010 was born. Since Drew needed two Swiss citizens to create the Breathe “Verein”, Nic was elected President, I got the VP job.
I was on the website and you have a counter at the top showing me how many square meters of rain forest have been destroyed during After they’ve cut all the trees down, will you be out of a job? my visit. It seems like a hell of a lot. What will it take to slow that If we continue cutting down rainforests at the current rate, the last number down or stop it completely? What’s the ultimate goal? rainforest tree could mathematically be consumed in 40 years. I’ll be It takes global awareness. We have to create new systems, that’s why I more than out of a job, because my job is called life. love the approach of William McDonough & Michael Braungart in their book “Cradle to Cradle”. Get it, read it and turn your own business No, but seriously, does it boil down to poverty and basic human into a sustainable project for the future. We have to change the way needs which would make this destructive process almost irreversible, we consume, treat our animals and plants, question big corporate or do you blame plain old greed? brands, don’t buy Nestle products. The ultimate goal of the Atlantic Go to your next bookstore and buy an edition of “Cradle to Cradle” or Rainforest Institution is to connect remaining patches by preserving order online. Next time somebody tells you how important economic and reforesting a ecological corridor over the stretch of 30 kilometres. growth is, don’t believe them. “Cap and Trade” is the worst moneybubble building up, check out: www.storyofstuﬀ.com/capandtrade I heard rumours that the planet wasn’t going to get destroyed for ages, so what’s the real reason or doing this? What’s in the pipeline for you? I totally back you on this! The earth will be around for another couple of billion years, I don’t really know about earthlings though if we continue on this global economic growth trip. We consume our resources faster then any other civilisation before. Economic growth is downright dangerous for all earthlings! Is it acceptable to totally destroy our place and then leave? I don’t like the idea that my grand-daughter will go and say: well obviously the generation when my grandpa lived didn’t care too much about our planet, too bad! ARI seems to attract support from a range of prominent skate/ snowboarders and brands. Why is that, and do how do you think that plays a role in spreading the gospel? Being a host of different extreme sport tv shows and speaker for many international freestyle-events as I was, some of these riders became truly close friends. It’s only logical that self-aware athletes share similar ideas and the thinking in my little head. Snowboard legend Terje Haakonsen is a true role-model for many young riders. He’s travelled on many occasions to the Atlantic Rainforest, he serves organic food at his visionary Arctic Challenge, runs an organic food store in Oslo and turns down big bucks from big energy-drink brands and he doesn’t compete at the Olympic Games. Another example is Nicolas Müller, we shared waves on deserted beaches surrounded by Atlantic Rainforest on many occasions. As a strict vegetarian he avoids big events and does what he loves most – snowboarding. He got me hooked on Cradle to Cradle. He’s out there only for the good and sustainable – love your work bro! People like this for sure spread the gospel in a more authentic and real way. Kids listen rather to them, instead of politicians!
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Checking out the new Absinthe Snowboard Movie “NOWHERE” tonight in Zurich, hosting Freestyle.ch in two weeks and launching an all organic SuddenRush Guarana shot in two months, available in all organic food stores in Switzerland. We are by the way still looking for distributors in many countries! www.atlanticrainforest.org www.suddenrushshot.com
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ritish skate photographer Sam Ashley landed the assignment of cruising Europe with the international éS team. I can only assume he jumped at the chance. For 14 days in late June this year, Sam and this band of lightfooted skateboard dukes wooed crowds - discovered new spots - signed boards, snapped boards - argued with hotel management - got kicked out by the police, again - landed stuff you and I can’t - and spread their own form of skatelove across the continent. John Rattray - Bilbao
Ben Reamers - Aberdeen
Josh Matthews - Edinburgh
Mark Fröhlich - Bordeaux
Mike Anderson - Oxford
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LEAD THE FOOLS A short conversation with underground artist Thomas P책lsson.
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I want to do an interview with you. Why? I see your paintings all over my neighborhood. Where's that? Nordvest, Copenhagen. Oh... I really like your stuff. Thanks!
There are characters smashed together, and then they all read 'lead the fools'. What does that mean?
Originally it was a t-shirt I did, showing a politician speaking to people while crossing his fingers behind his back. After that it was the best name I could find for my website. And now it's almost like a second name. So I guess I'm the bullshit politician now. Leading the fools?
Exactly. What's your background?
I used to do regular graffiti back in the days, and it slowly turned into something else. Won't you tell me something about your approach to painting?
This is live, you're on!
Yes, I don't know why, I'm very happy.
Well, I always freestyle. It happens quickly. And it's big. Spray and acrylics on walls.
Who inspires you?
Does that mean you don't think about what you are doing while painting? It's mostly instinctive?
Yes, but that's because the process of painting a bunch of different murals, canvasses, skateboards or whatever is really one big thing. You do the same thing over and over. The characters or elements are almost the same in the different paintings, but with changes in style or mood, they evolve slowly from painting to painting and grow different over time. They develop like graffiti letters. There are a lot of darknes, guns and angry characters in your work, how come?
I don't know. Really?
Uhm... (silence) I don't know that either. But you know what I'm getting at, right? Art historians always like to compare contemporary artists with past artists. How would you categorize your work?
Real contemporary! Ha ha ha... No, I don't know. I don't think that much about it. I think maybe my focus is primarily on the fact that it's happening now. I mean, the pieces I do on walls in the city disappear quickly anyway. So the main thing is just being there now It's much more about the present than about references to the past, and more about doing it than preserving it, really. You recently threw a 1-day exhibition at RĂĽhuset in Copenhagen and everything got sold. What are your thoughts on going from walls to canvasses?
I have a hard time going small, since I'm used to moving around and using that fact of physicality in getting the expression right. People say I look like a crazed monkey when I'm working, ha ha. But of course the expression changes with the medium. The thing you're referring to was an exhibition of 70 X 100 cm drawings,Â and they were a lot more detailed than my usual stuff, more tight. And that has a lot to do with the fact that I'm sitting inside with a piece of paper and a small pen - and that makes you want to try something new. I don't want to copy what I do on walls too much, that would be less interesting.Â What's next?
More walls and some more exhibitions - I like to meet people and see their reactions to the work. Where can people see your work?
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DurINg THe gOLDeN DAYS OF exPerIMeNTAL AND CHALLeNgINg MuSIC AT THe FABuLOuS KLuB ArgOT, I HAPPeNeD TO Be AT ONe SHOW WHere A guY WAS PrOjeCTINg rANDOM 16MM FILM gOODNeSS. Or WAS IT 8MM? PFFF, DIFFICuLT TO reCALL; IT IS ALL A BLur OF IMAgeS AND THe SOuND OF ILL-LABeLLeD MuSIC. FrOM TIMe TO TIMe THe SAMe guY WOuLD POP uP IN MY NeTWOrK OF eVeNINgS: I DISTINCTLY reCALL A PrOjeCTION OF MOVIeS FrOM THe DAYS OF eArLY rOCK N’ rOLL, INCLuDINg NO LeSS THAN THe KINg HIMSeLF. THe MOVIe guY IS jACK STeVeNSON. I SIgNeD uP TO HIS MAILINg LIST AND HAVe SINCe BeeN TAKeN TO VerY WeIrD PLACeS TO WATCH VerY WeIrD MOVINg PICTureS. PreTTY OFTeN IT WOuLD Be AT HuSeTSBIO FOr WeeKeND MArATHONS OF ASSOrTeD MOVIeS: erOTICA FrOM THe SIxTIeS, CArTOONS FrOM WALT DISNeY AgAINST NAzISM, FILM-NOIr gALOre, YOu NAMe IT. The possibilities seemed as endless as Jack’s reel storage; bottomless! Discussing with this very quiet sir exploded my mind; I was expecting some sort of library rat (no offense there, only due respect) and I discovered a man who is punk at heart and had many a story to tell. We met in the lobby of HusetsBio for a cup of coffee and a chat before the showing of some weird lo-fi superhero movie: Inframan or something like that. FOr BITCHSLAP, HerN: SO, YOu’re FrOM THe uS AND MOVeD TO DeNMArK OVer 17 YeArS AgO, HOW DID THAT HAPPeN? Jack Stevenson: I was travelling through Europe from America in the late eighties on the trains, passing through Denmark a few times during summer and showing movies. In 1989, I showed movies at these underground cinemas and gallery shows and things like that. So I continued coming back to Europe for trips movie related. I’m a film collector and I produced my own film shows, organized them at different bars and so forth. So in 1992 I was here, showing movies and meeting people I knew and I met this Danish woman and later we got married. Then in 1993 I moved here. So I’ve been connected also with this cinema from a long time ago, doing shows in 92 or 93 already. HOW DID YOu STArT WITH MOVIeS? I’ve always been a movie fan and there was this sleazy little dive bar in downtown Boston called “Chad’s Last Call”. I knew a guy who was doing 16mm film shows and started working with him.
We would show two movies and would hire one or two punk bands to play. They were quite long evenings. We’d play movies by John Waters, Russ Meyer or Roman Polanski, movies that were exploitation or art movies, underground movies. There was no funding involved, the guy who ran the bar was dealing heroin. He also didn’t have a liquor license so eventually after two years the police came down and closed him down. Since I’ve been here I continued in that direction, there is this archive in Munich with thousands of movies in 16 or 35 and I’m an old-school film purist. We pay for the shipping and UPS sends it here and back. I usually pay for it out of my own pocket but that’s not really the Danish way: here you can get funding for this type of thing. I’m still losing money after 25 years of doing it [Laughs]. But I love these specific movies and I have a movie theatre here!
there is a quite active collector circuit so I started collecting 16mm prints, strange films that are not in DVD, etc. So it is also an exploration thing, exploring a strange world of sights and sounds.
BuT Here YOu Are THe PrOjeCTIONIST, SO WHeN DID YOu LeArN HOW TO DO THAT? Yeah we decided to cut the costs and not pay the projectionists any longer. I bought the projectors and was taught by a friend how to run them myself. At first I wanted him to do it because some movies were very rare and if you are running a movie in a bar, you put the projector striaght on the bar and then of course at one point you forget to pay attention to it and then the film starts to spill off the projector and onto the mud behind the bar on the floor. These are not museum conditions. Eventually I learned how to do it myself and now I am an insufferable 16mm purist. I’ve also been a SO YOu DeCIDeD ONe DAY TO TOur eurOPe SHOWINg teacher at the European film college in Ebeltoft THeSe MOVIeS YOu LOVe. DON’T TeLL Me YOu TrAVeLLeD from 1995 to 1998. I taught the students a class THrOugH eurOPe WITH A BACKPACK FuLL OF reeLS? about how to run a cinema and how to run a Well, in 1989 I did. I borrowed some movies 16mm projector although it is a dying medium. from the Boston public library which had a large collection you could rent for free. One could SO YOu Are VerY CONNeCTeD TO THIS PLACe, HuSeTSBIO. borrow them like a book so I borrowed some Yes, but we also ran a film club at Café Rust, and brought them to Europe. It was back when together with Pernille Rosendal from X-Factor I thought that a 16mm print was some sort of who became quite famous and her sister sacred object and that I would be stopped by Christina, who became a film maker. So with the customs, get in trouble with Interpol and the those two girls we ran the club for four or five FBI and stuff. Nobody gave a shit of course. And years there, until about 2000. And I’ve done then I started to collect films myself. I realized you shows at Byenslys in Christiania, that was back could own the movies yourself and in America in the early nineties. 53 BS 12
IS THAT PLACe STILL gOINg ON? IT’S AN AMAzINg PLACe! Absolutely it’s still on. I think it is one of the most enjoyable places around. It’s a great place really, totally unique to anywhere in Europe. I went there in 1987 to see a 16mm movie, they were running it as an actual movie theatre then. There is still a ruined film projector up in the booth, where the glass is broken. One of these gigantic things which looks like it’s Jules Verne who created it or something. It’s like the ghost of 16mm is still haunting the projection booth in Christiania at Byenslys. They have a video beamer now and there is some kind of movie club going on. What else? Yeah, there was a movie ship, the Hela, which was run by a Danish guy with an unpronounceable name which many Danish people have. He died a few years ago and the ship was later put into salvage and broken down for scrap metal. He bought the ship from drugs smugglers, the police had seized it from a drug bust and put it on auction and he bought it. It was anchored in Nordhavn and then right here in the channel around Islandsbrygge. He had parties on it always with a film aspect. He built a cinema in the ship. It was really an incredible atmosphere with the old wood stove running. His idea was to sail the ship to Poland and show sea-faring movies while it was sailing. It didn’t look that sea worthy to me, I think it would have been a bit scary. It was quite definitely part of the underground scene, cinema-wise. One film that I’d like to show there was “War of the Gargantuas” where there is a ship that is being attacked by a giant octopus. He had a 35mm projector and all, he really went out of his way to create a cosy atmosphere on the ship. AT THe MOMeNT IT IS MOSTLY THe HuSeTSBIO AND COLLABOrATIONS? Yes, at the moment that is what takes the most time and energy. In June last year the guy who rented it quit so now it’s a special event cinema. We have had a long running collaboration with the Goethe Institute. And we also are doing things with the Mexican Embassy. It is really helpful to have an cultural institute as a partner. It also helps to break through this wall of silence so to say. Copenhagen I think is the largest city not to have a listings press. BeCAuSe OF THAT, YOu geT TWeNTY PeOPLe IN THe rOOM, rIgHT? Or six! It is hard to keep these things going. I actually played some shows at the Roxy theatre in San Francisco. We're talking about the 80's when they would run 24 hours marathons of just movie trailers! This kind of culture completely died in the 80’s. In Boston, I ran movie marathons which would last for 12 or 24 hours. 54 BS 12
THere WAS NO FuNDINg INVOLVeD, THe guY WHO rAN THe BAr WAS DeALINg HerOIN. He ALSO DIDN’T HAVe A LIquOr LICeNSe In Denmark a movie marathon is three movies! Not more! Sometimes I try to run three movies here and people don’t like it because it takes so long. People here think: “If I come to three movies I don’t want to pay for it, I want to be paid for it!” So the mentality is different. Oh and there are always Alien marathons: Alien I, II and III, because those movies are still in distribution here so every movie theatre gets the same idea and does an Alien marathon. [Sigh] BuT THere IS THe CINeMATeKeT, WHICH IS gOOD, ISN’T IT? Well, yes and no. It puts a lot of pressure on the little movie theatres and forces them to run mainstream movies. I mean HusetsBio is different because nobody makes money out of it but other theatres such as Gloria has to make money and survive as a business. So they have to
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WHAT Are THe PLANS FOr THe FuTure? More collaborations. Last night we did a collaboration with the PIX festival, and we did a liquid slide projection which was quite spectacular and we showed “Night of the living dead” on the wall. Half of the room was full of great visual stuff and then we had an electro band playing, and a DJ. We’d like to do more of that kind of stuff, mixed with movies. If you do things as an event, you have more chance to draw in the public. Husets is ideal for this synergy. At one point we wanted to do a complete movie festival right here in Husets, and it could be done, we can show movies in other rooms, we have the equipment from our Station16. Many theatres in Denmark have donated their 16mm equipment to us. So basically we are going to do more event based shows. Because it is difficult to draw crowds just for movies. Also Danes are very habit formed. There is a really small time when you can have people coming to the cinema, summer is wiped out, in July everybody is going to rock concerts and December is for Christmas lunches and May everybody is at their summerhouses. So it is not worth trying to do anything so it all comes down to about four months. And then this year all got wiped out by the cold weather, people staying home because it was such a cold winter. So it’s either too hot or too cold or too sunny or too rainy … I guess everybody who runs a movie theatre complains. In a way it is too bad that this place cannot run as a regular movie theatre, people are so “festivalized” that they only pay attention when there is a festival. For people to just come in and see a movie it’s like a revolutionary idea! LeT’S MOVe FrOM THe FILMS TO YOur BOOKS, THeY Are FILM BOOKS ANYWAY, AreN’T THeY? DOeS IT COMe FrOM THe FANzINe SCeNe? Right, right. I was doing fanzines in America in the mid 80's and that’s where it came from. I started by doing poster fanzines. Basically just one page and we’ll put it up on a wall on abandoned buildings in Boston. It would be about regular sheet size with animated cartoons on it or rant. Just absurd rants that would confuse people. And then you’d take wallpaper paste and just go around at night and stick it up all over. It was not advertising for anything. That was one of the forms of fanzines used to get your stuff out there! Of course I also did normal newspaper style fanzines on different subjects. As a lot of people doing that I was working as a mail clerk so I had access to a free copy machine and actually free mailing too. So throughout the 80’s I was running my own sort of mail 56 BS 12
order fanzine, making my own stuff and also copying books and selling copies of books. I did my first fanzine, called “Living color” when I was living in Hollywood around 1982. I got a job in a print shop just so that I could use the printing facilities. I persuaded the boss to let me work after hours to print my own fanzine. For nine months, I was living in a hotel on Sherman Oaks. That’s when the love of it was really at its peak. Of course it is a completely different time now. Then I actually quit writing when I moved to the Bay Area and then I started writing again when I moved here in Denmark because it was the only thing I could afford to do. It kind of forced me back into writing. It is cheap to write: a sheet of paper, a pen, eventually a keyboard. I also write longhand a lot. And I started to get interested in Danish material, all my books have articles about Danish things in them. And the last two books are almost only Danish related because at that time I could also read and understand Danish. There is for example my last one:
“Scandinavian Blue.” It came out in April, it is the story of Swedish and Danish erotic cinema in the 60’s and the 70’s. It has really never been written about by any Danish writer and it is not a period that the film establishment really has much respect for either. A lot of these films are exploitation films and it was also a time before state funding for movies, today all movies are almost entirely state funded. That was the one I always wanted to write and then I had to fish around for a publisher. It has been written over the course of seven years I think, longhand on this table [Jack points at a table close by the window]. WeLL… THANKS Sure! Jack’s books are available through www. headpress.com and www.mcfarlandpub.com and you can mail him, good-old-days style at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to hear about movies.
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I cannot help but notice the sea of bald heads that bob; not altogether in time, and seem to ricochet off one another as they cluster towards the center of the stage, or huddle in groups around the bar. A mass of middle aged gentlemen, fighting the ravages of youth, some with beer guts, most with faded punk rock shirts from the mid-nineties, all sweating at punk rock communion. Indeed, the fans of Bad Religion seem to mirror the band themselves; far from young, but having the time of their lives. It's been thirty years since Bad Religion walked on stage to support Social Distortion in the summer of 1980, and 29 years since their first record, How Could Hell Be Any Worse; thirty years of fast and savage nights, highs and lows, departures, reunions, and biting social commentary. It is, after all, a band that has seen two gulf wars and two American presidents of the same name. They are above all else, a band that has endured. There is an inescapable sense that, on a sweaty summer night in Vega where the steam rises in palpitating anticipation, all are here to worship the heros of a collective misspent youth; witnessing Bad Religion after all these years is a celebration.
Sitting in Enghave Park behind Vega with drummer Brooks Wackerman before the show, it is impossible to deny the pleasantness of the man sitting before me. Calm and relaxed, Wackerman has the self assured air of the eternal California kid. After ten years of drumming with the band, and an even longer history of playing with legendary acts such as The Vandals and Suicidal Tendencies, Wackerman is something of a legend himself; a punk rock gun for hire. Wackerman has seen the rise and decline of the punk rock empire from its ground roots to the cross-over years of the late nineties.
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OUR FANS HAVE KIDS THAT THEY BRING TO THE SHOWS After all these years it is easy to wonder just how relevant the punk rock movement is today; how important a band like Bad Religion is to new generations of kids that have grown up in a different time where the sound of punk is now the sound of normal existence, the sound of the shopping mall, the radio, the hum of MTV. As the fans of Bad Religion creep into middle age and beyond, how does a band with such a long legacy, and such a widely appropriated sound, keep the kids interested? “Well, our fans have kids that they bring to the shows,” he reflects humorously, “and that is how we recruit our new fan base. And when you are a band that has been together for as long as we've been, as funny as it sounds, that is how it keeps on going. That’s how we gain fans. It’s a very diverse audience with everyone from surfers and skaters, to academic kids that love what Greg sings about. And then, there are the fathers with their kids. We also like to do tours like the Warped Tour, and festivals. At those shows there are a lot of young kids that have heard of the band before, but maybe not the music. It’s important for us to diversify our touring schedules to do stuff like that, rather than just headlining shows all the time.” Later in the evening, there is no denying; the kids are feverishly fixated on Bad Religion. As 60 BS 12
they walk out to a chorus of screams and cheers, “I don't think globally, but perhaps a small percentage. I mean, we want to get the word there is no pause, hardly any greeting, just a spread as much as we can. I know just from solid fist of punk rock through a plate glass talking to fans, that there’s nothing more window that seems to tear the soul out of the room. They hammer their way through their fulfilling than a young kid saying “You've set sparing no one. If there are cracks in the changed my life” or “You've changed my views” on whatever it is that we have influenced them Bad Religion cathedral, this is perhaps where they are most apparent. The audience simply on. I think that’s one of the reasons that we keep seem to sag around me, their legs creaking going; it is to get feedback like that. I think we just have to stay true to what we write about. under the pressure of thirty years of listening to Greg Graffin and Jay Bentley offend parental You know, you can't fake it.” sensibilities, of being sent home from school I bump into a punk rocker with a skateboard for wearing the Cross Buster t-shirt, and now after the show. “Fuck man!”, he grabs me around sneaking a few songs during lunch breaks at the the neck, “That was fucking amazing! I feel like office. The wall of sound incurs casualties in the I’m sixteen again!”. He is covered in sweat and form of aging punk rockers limping to the bar his T shirt is stretched beyond recognition; he and drinking it dry. The kids under 25 are the has a lump on the back of his head from some only ones who maintain the stamina. kid’s elbow. Bad Religion may not be doing As far as stamina goes, Wackerman answers anything new these days, the records may be sounding the same as they always did, and they my questions with the smoothness of a well may be getting old, but the ability to sell out seasoned professional; he has, of course, been Vega is testimony to their lasting effect on three through this situation innumerable times. There is, however, one particular moment in our generations of kids who, like the band, never conversation where he seems to falter slightly grew up. and really think about hard his answer. Does he feel that Bad Religion and punk have changed the fabric of society and youth through these records? Does he feel like that have made a real Bad Religion’s new record The Dissent Of Man is difference? One that he can personally feel? out now on Epitaph Records.
TruTh is on The side of The oppr essed As a European, all you learn about Australian indigenous culture is what happened over 200 years ago, when Cook first arrived at Botany Bay and in the heinous name of “Terra Nullius”, declared it no-mans land, thus justifying the British occupation. I accidentally met Aboriginal activist, radio host and lawyer, Robbie Thorpe, outside his famous gym on Gertrude St. in Melbourne. Whatever I lacked in knowledge on the subject, he gladly filled in. From the systematic kidnapping of aboriginal children up until the 1970’s, to the ongoing battle against an Australian society designed to ignore and deny the past, still very much acting like a colonial force of oppression.
“I don’t think you can have any laws that are appropriate for Aboriginal people in this country until you have a treaty, which ends the war. Before you have a treaty you have to have an end to hostilities. Before those processes take place, you can’t talk about having a civil rights society.” - Robbie Thorpe, Indigenous activist and lawyer
A photographic documentation of Aboriginal men by Iron Flag & Max D’orsogna. All pictures were taken around Fitzroy, Melbourne in Australia.
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IT'S THE BOMB. Thomas Nash
our years ago a ban on cluster bombs seemed beyond reach to almost everyone. Since then we have negotiated a global treaty, had it signed by over a hundred countries, ratified by over 40 and brought it into force in quick time on 1 August this year. The States Parties of this new treaty gathered for their first official meeting in Vientiane, Lao PDR from 9-12 November. Now, Lao PDR is not known as a traditional host for diplomatic meetings, so why did this historic meeting taking place there? The main reason is that it's the most heavily bombed country per capita on earth. The Lao people have experienced more suffering from cluster bombs than any other people. And they have suffered for over a generation. The American bombs started raining down over 40 years ago - one B-52 load worth every 8 minutes for 9 years. It's unimaginable. People were living in caves for a decade to shelter from this attack, which the US government publicly denied was even going on. With an estimated 80 million bombs left unexploded they continue to claim lives and limbs and destroy livelihoods in this agriculture-based society littered with a deadly legacy. So in a sense the world's diplomats decided to keep it real, so to speak. We also chose Lao PDR because of the government's leadership on this issue. They were one of the first to sign and ratify the treaty having pushed hard during the negotiations for a comprehensive ban with far-reaching obligations to deal with the problem.
There's a wider picture here too though. Lao PDR is opening up. As one official said to me, hosting this global meeting in November will help to show the world that this country is 'not just a small, landlocked, isolated, poor, communist country'. The Cluster Munition Coalition, the global civil society campaign that spearheaded the ban movement, brought over 300 participants from around the world. That's an unprecedented number for Lao PDR. Add to that the several hundred diplomats and government experts who attended, making this by far the biggest ever political meeting in the country. After Lao PDR, the place with the oldest legacy from cluster bombs, where do we head for the treaty's next global meeting? Next stop is Lebanon, the place which has most recently felt the horror of cluster bombs, used massively by Israel in the conflict in 2006. So, more keeping it real. In the past four years we've banned cluster bombs. In the next four years we need to put a dent in the global cluster bomb problem by accelerating land clearance, expanding coverage of services to victims and increasing the flow of aid to affected countries. The meeting in Lao PDR this November was the moment we kick started this effort and by the time we meet next year in Beirut we expect to see real progress already.
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Very few record labels are able to muster an incredible historical impact as well as an extensive back catalogue of timeless and groundbreaking music. R&S Records was set up in 1984 by Renaat Vandepapeliere and Sabine Maes and made its mark in the following decades. It was already an influential label when the aspiring New Beat sounds were emerging from Belgium in 1988 and releases from Space Opera, B-Art, Ghentlon helped shape the identity of the young label. This influence was more clearly enforced in the early 90’s with in-house releases by David Morley, Maarten Van Der Vleuten, Ceejay Bolland and Robert Leiner. All of this musical output was paired with unique graphic design that made the label stand out. R&S was not exclusively a purveyor of artists from Europe and the UK but incorporated a universal approach, gathering music from New York, Detroit and even Japan. Artists such as Mundo Muzique, Joey Beltram, Model 500, Kenny Larkin, Carl Craig and Ken Ishii reached a broader audience thanks to the label. After a 5 year hiatus of not releasing music, R&S has returned and yet again they’re at the forefront with excellent releases from a new breed of artists such as Pariah, James Blake, Space Dimension Controller and many others. Renaat Vandepapeliere plus UK A&R Dan Foat joined in to answer some questions we had about R&S. You have recently taken R&S in a new direction with the releases from James Blake and Pariah. How did you discover those artists?
RvDp: I don't think this is a new direction. It's today's music and a support we give to young talent as we have always done with R&S. It wouldn’t make sense to release the same music over and over again. Also our new young talented guys are in charge in London, namely Dan Foat (A&R) and Andy Whitakker (label manager). Dan Foat: It's the same. We're trying to release the best new electronic music and James Blake and Pariah fit the bill. I'm sure Renaat had a similar plan in the early 90's when he went about signing the first wave of R&S artists. James Blake had already released a single ‘Air and Lack Thereof’ on 72 BS 12
Hemlock and I emailed Jack Dunning (Untold) and asked if I could speak to James and we took it from there. I found one of Pariahs tracks on a blog and although it sounded quite raw it was obvious that he was an amazing prospect so we helped him to develop his ideas in our studio and he's come on leaps and bounds with the ‘Safehouses EP’. R&S is an electronic label and my goal is to find the most exciting new electronic music and I think in 2010 we are doing that. It's the same manifesto that the label has had since day one - Aphex Twin, Derrick May, Joey Beltram, Model 500, James Blake, Pariah, Space Dimension Controller - it's all good. There will always be comparisons made to R&S in its 90's heyday but I'm concerned with 2011. So to answer the question, we've not taken a certain path, we've stuck to the old one. What are the next projects for the label in terms of UK-related artists and releases?
Dan Foat: I was getting really bored of being in the UK, with people making up new genres such as Future Garage and Post Dubstep, so I took some time out, and booked one of those Virgin Space Time Travel trips to Mikrosector-50, way out in the deep space, 200 years from now. When I got there I was approached by Max Tiraquon, who tried to arrest me, thinking I was an astro bandit. Whilst this was going on, his accomplice Mr 8040 gave me some DATS of his Space Dimension Controller project which blew me away! I signed him up on the spot and he's releasing his debut LP in 2011 on R&S and a debut EP for R&S entitled "Temporary Thrillz". It's nice to broaden our horizons and I always wanted to sign someone from another planet. Back in the UK we have Pariah's album coming in 2011 which we are really excited about. James Blake is releasing a new EP at the end of September and will be continuing to release throughout 2011 and we also have one of the biggest tunes of the year coming from Untold in November. The Chain will round off a great year for R&S Records 2010 with a single in December. Back in business! You’re spending a lot of time with a new Indie band from Ireland, The
I always wanted to sign someone from another planet. Plea. How is that coming along and how have the traditional followers of R&S responded to something that is slightly different in comparison to the electronic identity of the label?
RvDp: It's a natural progression, I wanted to work with bands a long time ago, so it was a question of timing, and experience in the industry. Sabine discovered the band 20 months ago we fell in love with their songs instantly. I put the band in a little studio for a year to write new songs, and they were all smashing, real uplifting radio and festival songs! Chris Potter, known for this work with The Verve, Richard Ashcroft, U2, The Rolling Stones, Cat Stevens and many more, loved the band and took production for The Plea debut album to his account. It sounds massive, and was finished and mixed in October while the album is due for worldwide release next year in March, followed by the band going on tour. The Plea will be released on a sub division of R&S, as many think if I would release a rock band on the mother label, it would confuse the R&S Fans! Personally I don’t see it that way, as I always wanted to be a good label releasing good music in all styles. From your own perspective - what's the most significant change in running a label these days held up against back then?
RvDp: We all know it isn't easy these days, illegal download is killing sales, and if this continues not many new artist will be able to find a deal and the support to develop. So that has to stop, and I hope the governments all over the world will follow the decision of France, 3 times illegal download = being cut off from the net! Simple and effective, after all illegal downloads is stealing big time! What are the next projects for the label?
RvDp : That I will leave to the youngsters Dan Foat and Andy Whitakker, they have a historical platform and name in their hands which they can work with! Of course as president I do follow each day, I still love electronic music and R&S will continue to progress further but personally I will have my hands full the coming years working with The Plea! Plus some extra news is that I'll re-launch Apollo too with Mix Master Morris in our camp and head of A&R to run the R&S sister label. 73 BS 12
REVIEWS Fergus Murphy
THE REMIxES Phantasy
Kenton SlaSh demon
Space dimenSion contRolleR
TEMPoRARY THRILLz R&S
'THE MACHINE' Rekids
The record starts with the sound of waves, that's not necessarily a good thing on a record. It's not alarm bells ringing but it is a suspect device of sorts, it could be an ambient ethno analogue hell below. Art project and good music don't always mix well but this is a little different. It's new from Rekids and it's Matt Edwards aka Radio Slaves as Redhead. There are plenty of familiar territories displaced and challenged on this album. Many of the ideas are about these familiar sonic shorthands like the sound of waves or creaking doors, displaced but essential. Gregorian chants on an Indian train. The place is imagined. The sources walk a line between found sounds and sampling, field recordings, sound from films and rough textures. It's the hypnotised techno pace of urban and country melt on a global level. Watching all the news channels everywhere all at once or away from it all lost under stars, far from where you are. 74 BS 12
This issue features quite a few R&S releases and it's no accident. They are on a roll, but it does seem fitting that one label is remaking itself in the image of the future, drawing on a rich historical heritage as an entertaining and innovative keyplayer in the developments of 20th century electronic music and contemporary record and club culture. This ep also draws on history to remake the future. Taking a jump off point as no more than a launch pad this music takes turn where ghosts of Dexter Wansel's 'Life On Mars' Lp in the seventies flow through Detroit shadows fed on Euro Electronic dreams. Mtume in the 80's, boogie, energy from these days, the machine drum punch of Dam Funk and the lonely Space traveller vocoder balladeer watching new celestial sunsets from his spaceship, through vintage eyes in harmony with Sun Ra, Funkadelic, House and Techno Music. Look out for this young man and get controlled. You'll love it. It's the newest thing.
I have a big soft spot for that Danish band 'When Saints Go Machine'. What I particularly like about them is their rich production and full flavoured attention to detail, be it the textured vocals or the analogue crunch of their drums and beat science, so it is with great interest that this club project comes sideways out of the band with two members taking off into the realms of the repetitive beat and house music. Straight out of hometown Copenhagen from Tartelet Records, a local label with an international game in the process of releasing a trilogy of records by Kenton Slash Demon entitled 'The Schwarzschild Solution'. This is number 2 and it's House and Disco and Psyche Vocals and an undeniably ravey vibe but it doesn't sound dumb. It's swinging dusty 4-beats to the bar underneath. Sounds are judged left and tones are just right keeping the discipline on the beat nicely. On vocal for the original is Malthe fisher from OhNo Ono and the remix is big DFA favourite Runaway toning down the rave and darkening the thud.
Babe, Terror is one man band from Sao Paolo, Brazil. He produces music using his own voice and lo-fi recording equipment to musically accompany imagined and real walks through late night city streets. Released on Erol Alkan's Phantasy label which is also home to indie mavericks such as Late Of The Pier, this is nostalgic, romantic and unique. A heavyweight selection of remixers bring magic to these sounds. A stunning cross section of psychedelic visions that stand up well to the repeat function. On his remix of 'Havai' Memory Tapes, also a one man band, naturally gravitates to the ethereal qualities while solidly fixing dreams to a beat driven spine with a metal brace. Fourtet houses the forward motion of 'Summertime Our League' extending the reverie in vocal snippets rearranged, drawing out the crackly textures. Duke Dumont darkens the interference. Electronics crackle and pulse before winding down as if powered off. Appleblim knocks pants off the competition with another perfectly paced rework, letting the art of his sound synthesis shine through these Sao Paolo dreams.
CRooKS AND LovERS LP BLIND NIgHT ERRAND EP Hotflush
This has the popular potential of Massive Attack, for the today sound crowd. A musical future beyond blog oceans. It opens with the strum of an acoustic guitar, tropical tings, then a splashy snare like a found sound sculpted, slouches the whole piece into a little dreamy epiphany. You can run words and thoughts across these short sightings. Noise colours the backgrounds of the tracks. In the photo are 2 young English men. They have a preppy kool and a firm grasp of how cool the speedy vocals of garage really are and most importantly, a vision of where those meet acoustic strums, stone hitting ground claks for snare and synth melodics, all woven through bass, shaped by breakbeats. This is a sound that has oozed itself through the porous borders of all things UK street to worldwide community, holding in the slipstream while breaking in the main. A confluence of garage, breakbeat, bass and house formed in composition; providing the sonic edge and influence for big tunes and feeding the hungry young consumers of music in all its multiple platforms.
REVIEWS Klaus Boss
hoRSepoWeR pRoductionS QUEST FoR THE SoNIC BoUNTY
Sails are set for full speed ahead on Quest For The Sonic Bounty. The Horsepower crew manage their bass manouvers admirably, through low frequency waves in their search to haul the hidden treasures of the Dubstep ocean. Those already familiar with these pioneers, who were around even before Dubstep's first hour and are credited with influencing and schooling an entire crop of todays bright sabre rattling lights, will recognise the well-known 2 Hz rumblings. Thankfully there is room for some further exploration of new ideas too, evident on modern bouncers such as 'Mexican Slayride'. The highlight is however '18th Special', a sneaky and unexpected fusion of 2-step drums, latin orchestration, chimes and even some nu wave disco vibes towards the end. The extended Lp mix of 'Damn It' returns us to straight up dub, drops and skanks that turn the hips and ears direction Jamaica, urging us wisely to 'Get your memory banks organised Brother'. The track 'Lee Perry: Excercising' revels in eccentricities. All outlaws are welcome in this the safe haven. The pirates are back in charge.
WoRTH THE WEIgHT: BRISToL DUBSTEP CLASSICS Punch Drunk
Within the last few years, Bristol has developed and established its own take on Dubstep and the various mutations of the sound through labels such as Punch Drunk, Apple Pips; artists like Peverelist, Appleblim, Joker and countless other creative heads hailing from the city. So it’s only fitting that Punch Drunk Recordings now launches a testament of the last 5 years of sounds erupting from the southwestern part of England. Spread over 2 discs are classics such as the ominous Headhunter cut ‘7th Curse’, the Garage soul hybrid from Pinch ‘Get Up' (RSD remix), the omnipresent ‘3K’ hit from Jakes, futuristic vibes via Hyetal’s ‘Pixel Rainbow Sequence’ and even the proto Dubstep of Smith & Mighty gets its rightful place in the collection here.
SAFEHoUSE EP R&S
The follow-up to the grand "Detroit Falls/Orpheus" released earlier this year, manages to surpass it; not by lengths but by light years. With the banging garage love song "The Slump" which also serves as opener, followed by the B12/Black Dog sounding 'Prism' it's already proven this is something extraordinary . There's an emotional stormer in the shape of 'Railroad' which even features some well-placed Amen breaks. You want sexy rhythms with Techno overtones? Pariah is more than capable of delivering the goods and does just that with 'Crossed Out'. What would this release be without a Blade Runner reference and as soon said so done on 'C-Beams' in sheer, slow brilliance.
For the living bassheads 'Safehouses' rounds off the this might not be of much package with a beautiful interest as all material has ambient piece which been previously released absolutely nails it and and the cd doesn't feature underlines why this release any exclusives but on the had to be on R&S Records. other hand it’s a perfect Timeless music which in the (musical?) introduction hands of Pariah raises the to Bristol’s finest and bar and becomes another remember: ‘Women milestone in the vintage respond to Bass’! achievements of R&S.
The LA-based duo now finally release their debut WalKneR.moeStl album on their own label STRUCTURES after a string of well- Defusion received 12 inch outings. 10 years after their The recipe is pretty simple; last album on G-Stone good-time bass music on Recordings, Walkner & a roll, synth overdoses Möstl get back into the incorporating obvious swing of things with a inspirations from 80’s fresh long-player which boogie music and original pretty much manages to electro in a modern context, cover every contemporary plus the latest in future genre convincingly. Not genre synthesis. only does the production The beat butchery comes clearly stand out as being correct on tracks such as a piece of art, the featured ‘Tar’ and ‘Agrokrag’ which vocalists are incredible. As grind their way through the far as the music goes, the suburbs of LA like a mild- album offers everything mannered Godzilla. Bay from slow, coarse beats on Area hip hop/Hyphy legend tracks such as ‘Meanwhile ‘ Turf Talk drops by on ‘I am and ‘Dragoneye’ to modern gone’ and cuts such as soul on ‘Ascend ‘ and ‘Batman‘ add to unfolding ‘Promise’ over ubiquitous the humorous elements and jaunty Los Angeles in full, with the old talkbox school moods on ‘Bullet’. having a well-deserved The album isn't short of a dust off. Dubstep vibe either, which 'Web Swag’ is a full on pounds through on cuts buzz of arcade game funk such as ‘Follow Me ‘ and certifying the creativity ‘Broken World’. Even slow, of the album along with grinding Techno finds its the futuristic P-funk jam way into this gene pool of ‘Cosmic Ride’, which places expressions with ‘Faces’ Lazer Sword somewhere The beatless finale comes in the middle of a home grand with ‘Saturn’ and listening experience and then, if you're like me, you play the album over again.. a block party. 75 BS 12
REVIEWS Yum Yum Saint Hamilton
eddy cuRRent SuppReSSion RinG PRIMARY CoLoURS
NOFX will always sound like NOFX. While this seems to be a fairly self explanatory statement, the fact that Fat Mike and his assorted crew of miscreants haven’t really changed a single tweak of their sound in the last decade, indeed possibly more, pretty much sums this record up; NOFX sounding as you always expect them to. Do not be misled by the numerous press that came in small dribbles in the wake of this Coaster, claiming that it heralds a return to the LA sound; it doesn’t. It is pure NOFX sounding like NOFX should; not particularly amazing, but far from terrible. In many ways there is a sad and personal tone buried beneath the usual humor NOFX fans have come to expect (Creeping Out Sara is a gem!). Indeed, what possibly marks this record from the massive catalogue of NOFX releases is this previously unexplored side of the band, best summarized in My Orphan Year. If you like NOFX, then you will probably like this record because you liked all their other records too.
With the stench of gasoline, brimstone, and perhaps the faint whiff of a freshly sacrificed virgin, the unholy sounds of The Hip Priests tear through your stereo like a nuclear blast. The sound is muddy at best, the tempo break neck, and the lyrics obscene. Tales of sordid sex with underage girls, and the erotically charged fantasies of past teenage years abound. Fans of Turbonegro, The Dwarves, the Paris Filth years of the New York Dolls, and the Damned will love this record. The dirty guitars are ear shatteringly loud, the drums throbbing and unrelenting. There is something archetypically Scandinavian about Tight And Exciting and it is remarkable that it is born from the dark wastelands of Nottingham in the UK; personally I would have thought that such a sound could only have come from the satanic deep north of Norway and it is nice to be proved wrong. Your Indie friends will hate you, your mother may disown you, but you will never regret joining the sex crazed congregation that is The Hip Priests.
2 Rollin’s and 1/2 a McKay.
3 Hanks and 1/2 a Helvete
No gUTS, No gLoRY RoadrunnerRecords
“I don’t need to comb my hair; don’t need a job cos’ I’m livin’ on welfare; I got a girl who thinks sex is a thrill; don’t need protection cos’ she’s on the pill!” Ah, the poetry that is Airbourne. Lyrically moronic in the extreme, No Guts, No Glory is a no brains salute to the finer things in life: booze, women, and sweaty rock n' roll. To truly appreciate this record, it is necessary to enjoy and appreciate the bombardment of every known rock cliché that Airbourne fire from their overstocked cannons. Get out the beers, and have a good time. To say that this record sounds a bit likeACDC is a vast understatement, and perhaps herein lies the beauty of Joel O’keefe and his sheep shearing partners in crime; Airbourne obviously adore the purity of early ACDC, and don’t give a shit if anyone else knows it. Unchanging and untainted, Airbourne do justice to a classic sound that will, god willing, never die. 76 BS 12
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TIgHT AND ExCITINg
Sparse. This is a word that comes to mind in describing the momentum and simplicity of Eddy Current Suppression Ring. It is a sound that harks back to the glory days of rock and roll where three chords could take you a very, very long way. Reminiscent of the Kingsmen, the Troggs, and early Dead Kennedys; fans of Jay Retard and Devo will hail this record as the second coming. And it is, in truth, a damn fine record; Primary Colours celebrates the bare bones of punk where sonic gravity and disjointed musicianship succumb to sloppiness and the suburban experience. Brendan Suppression mutters ad-lib the poetry, boredom and irritation of youth, the decay of all things fine, and the simplicity of being, with brutal precision. That said, the energy and excitement that define the opening half of the record somewhat abate, lost in the grinding monotone and white noise. It is a cracking record, but the next record, out by the time you read this, promises to be better. 3 Skinny Jeans, and 1/2 a blood nose.
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CRYSTAL gAzINg, LUCK AMAzINg
Sympathy For The Record Industry
If there is one record that could be classed as an unsung classic of the last ten years, Crystal Gazing, Luck Amazing is that record. Garage rock n' roll records do not come any better. Like the bastard offspring of The Birthday Party, The Stooges, and Mitch Ryder And The Detroit Wheels, sheer power and raw energy erupt from the depths of The Compulsive Gamblers 13 track opus like a glorious fiery volcano of pure wonder. In fact, this record is just so damn good that it is hard to critique it, and equally hard to stop gushing at its brilliance. Strangely, it is relatively unknown outside the confines of fascist record collectors and caffeine crazed music nerds. To hell with that; every kid should have a copy, play it stupidly loud at inappropriate times of the early morning, and rejoice in its splendor. If I could give it a 6 out of 5, I would. 5 Flamin’ Groovies out of 5
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is odd considering the ever growing numbers of dead and mutilated The American cultural landscape maintains a long history of rock n' roll dissidence, not least in the period during and following the vietnam war, soldiers returning home every month; casualties from another regime. where bands like the Stooges and the New York Dolls propagated a sound There is a growing sense, more obvious now following the disastrous mid term elections, that obama has somehow let the people down. How, I ask, that reflected an era; gritty, violent, obscene, and full of hypocrisy. It is does valient Himself feel about the struggle for power, between the deep no surprise then, that this sound is once again emerging in the shadow of internal red and the ring of blue? the Iraq conflict and the War in Afghanistan. Hailing from venus, valient Thorr, in this sense, are part of great American tradition; of anti war “It’s not like the regime has changed,” he answers, “because you have sentiment and political activism coupled with the scream of feedback just as many people preaching on the other side about how obama is and the sweat of rock n' roll. The war for the galaxy, in which valient Thorr not living up to some ideal that they supposedly have of him. It’s so hard are frontline warriors, is quintessentially an on-going war for the soul of because the previous president the United States had was so fucked up! the American dream. I don’t think the idea of Jesus Christ or god could set right the things that this guy fucked up! But, everyone still wants to hold on to him and they In the years following the catastrophic Bush administration, it seems make it so political." that the American heartland is suffering something of a crisis. Coupled with the woes of the financial meltdown, the horrors of the BP spill, I mean the man has a million things to do! give him some fucking time, and the rise of the Tea Party movement, valient Thorr as a socially and you know! There is lots of heavy shit going on right now! There’s the politically motivated band, seem more and more relevant. Indeed, the economy, and all these things that are happening that are really bad, and controversial anti Bush sentiments that permeated the first three you have all these people who are ignorant of politics who are blaming records seem to have evolved into far more sophisticated commentary him. Which is like, 90% of the people in the states. And I don’t care what on the social divisions that increasingly characterise the experience of anybody says! “He said, like 90% of people were idiots!”. They are!!! There everyday America are only 10% of people or less who actually give a shit, you know.” "It’s a sad situation”, valient reflects, “I feel sorry for a lot of them. Because, This sense of fear, the enormity of America and the disparity between there are people who are way worse off in terms of poverty. But as far as rich and poor, educated and uneducated, underlay valient Thorr's spiritually goes, the US is one of the lowest. I’m not talking about god discography. There is definitely a sonic progression in valient Thorr’s or all these religious people, I’m talking about people who get how life records that have shifted from a more traditional balls to the wall should be! Because they’re not told how as young children. They grow approach to rock, epitomised by their debut offering Legend of the World, up to have 5, 10 kids and believe everything they are told in the media. through to the psychedelic fever of Total Universe Man. Each record, in its And they’re scared! They’re scared for their lives; they are scared to leave! own way, has a cohesive personality that is entirely individual. What links They’re scared to go outside their own city! They’re scared to be who they the records, however, is an overwhelming sense of urgency and brutality; are! They have thoughts! There are lots of smart people! Just as there are of a civilisation in meltdown. What then, is going to make the new record in any other part of the world, but they’re scared”. stand apart from its fellows? And they also seem to be terribly angry. Middle America is now wielding "It’s going to be called “Stranger” and I think people are going to be a brutal sword, wreathed in evangelical flame that is seething with surprised,” valient Himself elaborates, “Yeah, because it’s definitely uncontrollable rage. They are a population that is blatantly far more a valient Thorr record as all of them have their own sound. They all volatile under obama’s reign than they ever were under Bush’s, which
sound like valient Thorr. But you can tell the diversity and struggle for righteous rock n' roll in which valient Himself is the influences behind them. What I like to call the “habits, a champion warrior. It is a never-ending struggle for good beliefs and desires”. The things we all act upon, the things versus evil; an on going battle for the universe. Despite we do all of this for. A lot of artists will say that there’s being full of energy, valient looks like a man who hasn’t seen a division between making art, and finding the value in the soft end of a bed for a very, very long time. As a band art. There will be the people who find the worth in it from that has toured an astounding 300 days a year, still finding some kind of transcendent universal level, and there’s the time to skate, surf and snowboard as the adopted-lifestyle people who know that basically you’re doing it because you of being on volcom Entertainment, valient Thorr are a unit of have these habits, beliefs and desires. What I believe in, rock n' roll soldiers who tend to spend a lot of time sleeping and what I desire to have from doing this. Everything that in vans. When I ask valient Himself the level of sacrifice we’ve experienced has to come together through us, to required to maintain this schedule, he is remarkably honest. come together in what we put out, you know? So I think that the new record is going to have a lot and more. It’s such a "There was a song on the last record called Nomadic Sacrifice and it hinted at this stuff. I mean, you don’t want to be strange new record. I think that’s why we called it stranger." all “woe is me, feel sorry for me!”, but the thing is, I had a little lady for 8 years and she put up with them for 3, god "I mean, in the past you could name our influences. We went bless her, and then it was over. Your relationships really from being a band that sounded like the MC5, to ACDC or deteriorate. You have loads of friends, I mean loads of Motorhead, or Iron Maiden, or whatever. But this one has friends! You meet new friends everyday that will stick by you hints of No Means No, and Jesus Lizard and Sly and the Family but it’s really hard to have someone who trusts you even if Stone, and Funcadelic! I mean, it’s such a strange record! you’re trust worthy. It doesn’t matter. In the long term it’s a But it’s more us than anything we’ve done, before because hard thing to put up with. I haven’t met one yet who could. each person sings on it this time. Each person wrote on it Even if you have the best intentions, it’s really hard to keep this time. It was more thought out. In the past we would say relationships together. Family, you can always go back to. "that’s good enough", but now we didn’t accept that as being Family will always accept you if they’re not crazy, you know. good enough. In this record, we would question everything But relationships are even harder.” we did and ask how could we make it better; how could we get even better than that. Because no one wants to be the It is comforting to think that after four records of valient man that goes from making good, better, even better, to not Thorr, countless nights, countless cities, and the decline as good. You always want to be better! You always want to of American society, the hardest thing in valient Himself’s be bigger and badder! That’s the goal! So that’s what we did existence is finding the love of a good woman. with this one. If we were going to pass Immortalizer, and I thought that was a great record.” Stranger is out now on volcom Entertainment. Sitting opposite valient Himself in the shade of a tree, reclining in a hammock at Roskilde Festival, it is difficult not to appreciate the toll this battle is taking; the inter cosmic
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A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety. - Ansel Adams
Liberto Fillo Panamanian born, Barcelona resident Liberto Fillo knows all too well that life is fragile, losing near friends recently. As a work in progress which stemmed from this simple idea and developed as kind of an accident, Liberto has crawled around countless rooftops in Barcelona, waited for the people below to be in the perfect spot in order to get just the right composition, made sure the light is soft so he doesn't get hard shadows and snap! Another pic in the series. "I was running into these views in Barcelona and then tried to find some more people who had views of plazas through facebook, but that didn't work out too well so I just started
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ringing on doors saying 'mailman'. That way I could get in and see if the terraze was open and maybe get a shot. I felt like a spy or a theif at a point cos I had to lie to get into the buildings. Actually the first photo I took was last year here from this building, and now it happens that its the place that Ive been living while working on the project. Â "It's a good feeling when you see the results because people look so small you know, they were like ants. Fragile." Here are a couple from Liberto's ever-growing series. We hope you enjoy them and take a moment to reflect that your life too, is wonderful and fragile.
Jardins del Dr. Fleming, 2009 This photo was taken in the Autumn, and shows the view from the flat that Iâ€™ve been living in whilst working on this project. Almost a year has passed since then, the view has changed alot due to the reconstruction of the plaza and the surrounding area.
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Plaza del Angel, December 2009 I was working at a Christmas party taking photos and by coincidence one of my good friends at the party worked in the hotel across the street and was able to give me the opportunity to shoot from there as it had the perfect view point. At first I didnâ€™t see this as a project but many of the photos came about through chance situations such as this one, which then grew to form a body of work.
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Plaza de Sant Miquel, September 2010 This is a view from the top of a government building, after initially speaking with the security guard he told me a day and time I could come back to shoot the picture. I was really fortunate that he was so relaxed and friendly.
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Plaza de la Veronica, August 2010 A photographer friend tipped me off about this view and gave me access to the rooftop.
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Plaza George Orwell, August 2010 To take this picture I had to go the building several times, luckily the first time the door and the roof were open but there werenâ€™t a lot of people in the square. The second time I didnâ€™t have the same luck as the door was open but the roof was locked, I had to ring and explain that I was doing this project they were really cool about it and let me in.
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Plaza de Joan de Capri, October 2010 Through facebook I sent a message to all my contacts explaining the project and asking if they or anyone they knew had access to the type of view I wanted for the project. This is a shot taken via one of the people who responded to that message.
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Plaza de la Merce, October 2010 This was taken from the rooftop of a university office. I had to go there and ask if there was a possibility for me to take the photo they gave me an email of one of their superiors but it was wrong written so I had to come back and get it right so as soon as I had it i mailed that person and he let me knew the exact date and time so I could go and take the photo.
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