Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New Music Tuesday: Raid - 2015 - Demo

Raid are a four piece hardcore punk from New York, New York, USA. Demo is their debut recording. This is blistering, angry hardcore the way it should be. The guitars are fast and distorted and the singer is raging through the distortion. At their best Raid just blaze through these songs with a single minded fury. Thanks to Mind Disease for pointing this out. Highlights include PhD (Power Hungry Dicks) and Vice.  If  you're looking for some raw, aggressive hardcore punk Raid's Demo will serve well.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New Music Tuesday: Blood Visions - Reatard Records

Reatard Records is a record label run by Alex Cyprine & Grototo Retard from Rennes, France. Blood Visions is a tribute to Jay Reatard's album of the same name. They have gathered together at least sixteen artists to cover the aforementioned album in it's entirety. As with any such project, Epilogue Of A Car Crash...A Tribute To Orchid comes to mind, the variety of bands, styles and production quality represented here is both a strength and a weakness. There are some really excellent songs on here though some collapse under the weight of distortion and inconsistent production. Some bands make these songs their own while others do their best to faithfully cover the song. My favourites tracks are courtesy of Bazooka, Quetzal Snakes, Kaviar City, Sick Hyenas, Sapin & Go!Zilla, and even the songs I don't like are excellent intros to a bunch of new bands. If you're looking for some dirty, catchy, fun punk rock Reatard Records tribute to Jay Reatard's Blood Visions will serve well.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Political Origins: An Introduction

"We have to talk about liberating minds as well as society" - Angela Davis
Hello :)

This column will primarily be talking to various wonderful folks about their political views, how they developed, and many issues that said people are passionate about. To start out, I'd like to introduce myself.

My name is Rachael, and I don't particularly have any one ideology that I adhere to - but I am a Marxist. I'm passionate about feminism, music, and my two cats, Clarie and Pepper. I strive for my politics to mean something - to fight for everyone. 

I'd say as a whole that my politics and my work, they are entirely based out of love. I think one of the contributing factors to my becoming a radical is perhaps my constantly being in a negative environment.  When you truly see capitalist values for what they are - actual pain.

I hope that this develops into an interesting and insightful look at others' political findings, and perhaps shines some light into topics or points you may not have considered or have knowledge of.


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