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Postcapitalism

Posted in Dispatches, News and Notes on October 16, 2016 by Magadh

I’m working on a large piece for Souciant.com centering on the work of Wolfgang Streeck and Paul Mason. I’m going to be posting the extra bits of my research here (along with the normally expected quantities of reviews, interviews, blag, etc.). This should start happening in the next few days.

For starters, here’s a link to James Boyle’s, “The Second Enclosure Movement and the Construction of the Public Domain” (2003). That will do to be going on with.

Varg Vikernes Arrested in France

Posted in News and Notes with tags , , , , , on July 16, 2013 by Magadh

It appears that Varg is poised to become a 2 time loser following an arrest yesterday in France.

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Euro News reports:

Black metal musician and neo-Nazi sympathiser Kristian “Varg” Vikernes was arrested in southwestern France on Tuesday after investigators decided he might stage a large “terrorist act”, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said. The police suspect the Norwegian national of planning a “massacre” and searched his house for weapons and explosives.

We haven’t had a lot of time for Vikerenes and his pseudo-intellectual historical revisionism (the less said about his paramour the better) in the bunker. It appears that his delusions of grandeur will once again find him in the dock and that die hard fans may be waiting quite a bit longer for his Role Playing Game to come out.

You can read the rest of the article here.

– Captain of Games

Brian Cook: Things I Was Stoked on in 2012

Posted in News and Notes with tags , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2012 by Magadh

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I already did a list of my favorite records of 2012 for
SeattleRockGuy.com, but I felt like there were so many other inspiring
music-related things I stumbled upon this year that I needed an
alternate list. These are the things I was stoked on in 2012.

1. Genesis The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway

A sound engineer friend of mine used this album to EQ the soundboard
at a gig back in 2006 and it boggled my mind. The recording quality
definitely pinned it to the ‘70s, but the sounds, arrangements, and
general vibe didn’t seem to belong to any era. I was stunned to learn
it was Genesis, and my friend subsequently burned me a copy of the
two-disc album. I gave it a couple of spins on my own at home, but
what I heard on my speakers didn’t live up to the tracks I’d heard at
the club. This spring, I gave it another whirl on my iPod. For
whatever reason, the tracks were out of sequence, and all of the
sudden I was hearing the stuff that caught my ear back in 2006. I
became obsessed with this album. From the heavy gloom of “Fly On The
Windshield” to the math-prog of “Back In NYC”, the whole album is a
total artistic gamble that only pays off after repeated listens. For
the entirety of summer and most of the fall, I was listening to this
album at least once a day. Ideally, I wish that every year one record
would permanently alter my relationship with music. Realistically,
that only really happens about once every five years for me. The last
record to hit me this hard was Stars of the Lid’s And Their Refinement
of the Decline back in 2008. I have a feeling it’s going to be another
five years until something affects me as much as Lamb.

2. Bob Mould See A Little Light

I’ve owned Zen Arcade since I was 14. I’ve owned Copper Blue since I
was 15. But I never really dug much further into either band’s
catalog. So I’m not sure why I picked up Bob Mould’s autobiography
earlier this year, but once I cracked it open I couldn’t put it down.
Mould’s story isn’t even all that spectacular. In some regards, he’s a
difficult person to empathize with at times. But I saw bits and pieces
of myself in his story and started examining those old records more. I
realized that over 21 years, I’ve actually come to be pretty familiar
with all 70 minutes of Zen Arcade, and coming back to it after so much
time away from it made me view it in a whole new light. I also went
and picked up the Sugar vinyl reissues and realized what I’d been
missing out on from Beaster and FU:EL. I probably should’ve picked up
the new Bob Mould album too, but I’ll save that for next year.

3.  Chelsea Wolfe

I was fortunate enough to get to see  Chelsea perform nightly for three
weeks straight this summer when she toured with Russian Circles. As
much as I like Apokalypsis and The Grime And The Glow, neither album
does her live show justice. Harrowing, haunting, beautiful. And
judging from her new material, 2013 is going to be Chelsea’s year.


4. Minus The Bear @ The Showbox

I moved from Tacoma to Seattle in January of 2001. Later that year, my
friends started a band called Minus The Bear. It seemed like a
frivolous project at the time. After all, these were dudes from
hardcore bands playing this upbeat dancey indie pop stuff. But it
turned into a big deal, and this light-hearted side project cranked
out some serious game-changing albums. In many ways Minus The Bear
became my soundtrack to the ‘00s and, by extension, my time in
Seattle. I’m heading for the East Coast in a couple of weeks, and I’m
glad that I got to catch one last Bear show back in November as a bit
of closure for the moving away process.

5.  Against Me! @ El Corazon

These Arms Are Snakes did our first “tour” with Against Me! back in
early 2003. We went out with them again in 2007. A lot had changed for
AM! in those four years. It seemed that with every new record they
gained momentum while simultaneously receiving more and more shit from
their more stringent DIY fanbase. Things have only gotten more
polarized in the last five years, with the band signing to a major
label, playing with Springsteen and Foo Fighters, and prompting every
newbie crust punk to cry out “Judas”. So when singer Tom Gabel came
out as transgendered, I couldn’t help but wonder how the public would
react. Their first tour in the wake of the news was with The Cult. In
a text message conversation with their bassist Andrew, I asked how the
public was dealing with Tom’s new identity as Laura Jane Grace. His
response was that he had a renewed faith in humanity. And sure enough,
catching their set at El Corazon in September was one of the most
inspiring things I’ve witnessed in a long while. The audience was a
healthy mix of people—young punks, older rock fans, and a new
contingent of LGBT folks. The crowd launched into applause when Laura
took the stage and the band played the most impassioned show I’ve ever
seen from them. My faith was restored that night too.

– Brian Cook

Infernus Fires Pest From Gorgoroth

Posted in News and Notes with tags , , , , on August 24, 2012 by Magadh

This saga occasionally reminds one of a black metal Van Halen; according to Gorgoroth’s official website Pest has been kicked out of the band by Infernus (again).

INFERNUS FIRES PEST

Out of respect for and loyalty to Gorgoroth’s audience and collaborators, Infernus has kicked Pest out of the band, effective immediately. This after Pest informed the band that he would not be prioritizing doing the upcoming Latin American tour after all, just two weeks before the band was set to depart for Brazil. Infernus has decided that the tour will go on as planned, though, and Hoest of Taake will replace Pest as vocalist on the tour starting on September 7, 2012. As for the next Gorgoroth studio album “Instinctus Bestialis”, vocal duties will be handled by a Serbian Satanist known as Atterigner, of the band Triumfall (Forces of Satan Records).

We must admit the prospect of seeing Hoest from Gorgoroth is mouth watering indeed. We are certain our South American brothers and sisters will be in for a treat.

Goodbye Pest:

Hello Atterigner:

-Captain of Games

Black Breath, Rabid Hands and Old Iron

Posted in Dispatches, News and Notes with tags , , , , , , , on August 21, 2012 by Magadh

The Seattle Tattoo Expo itself was a bit disappointing (the state of Washington decided they would make up some of the budget shortfall on the back of tattooers) but the events surrounding it were fantastic.

The first day of the Expo ended with a party hosted by the fine people at Super Genius Tattoo. The copious amounts of free whiskey were much appreciated by the boys from Analog and Fulcrum, to say nothing of the excellent company and fantastic artwork on show.

Sufficiently lubricated, it was over to Neumos to see the mighty Black Breath! Even though I’ve seen them several times I was still smarting from missing Southern Lord’s Sound and the Fury showcase in June. As always, they destroyed! Their special brand of Dis-tombed and Slay-charge never disappoints. In addition, they are always appreciative of the audience and openers. Solid dudes and an epic band!

Saturday was a bit more sedate, mostly due to our hangovers. We took in the Tekla Cafe in North Bend, WA which is also the home of Twin Peaks Cherry Pie. It was good little road trip with amazing scenery. The evening saw us down at Under the Needle for a great art show and amazing grub.

 

 

Sunday ended the affair and I was sad to see Jim and Demian hit the road. However, it did provide me a chance to delve into Old Iron, a local metal act featuring amazing tattooers Jerad Shealey (Rabid Hands) and Jesse Roberts (Lucky Devil). They are heading on the road in the next couple weeks, be sure to check them out.

Jerad also put this on me

 

-Captain of Games

Fuck Nazi Sympathy

Posted in News and Notes with tags , , , , , , , on August 7, 2012 by Magadh

This morning it was confirmed the shooter in yesterday’s massacre which left six dead at a Wisconsin Sikh temple was a long time white supremacist named Wade Michael Page. Page played in a litany of American Nazi bands before fronting his own outfit, called End Apathy, which also boasts the dubious talents of fellow Confederate Hammerskin Brent Rackley. Noted fascist music label and blog, Label 56, released the End Apathy record. It is also the primary voice behind the fascist webzine Uprise Direct.

When anti-fascists disrupt white nationalist events and concerts they do so to prevent the seeds of hatred from bearing fruit in their communities. In our view, silence is complicity. Aus Rotten said it best in the song from which the title of this post is drawn.

Don’t respect something that deserves no respect; don’t sympathize with something that deserves no sympathy; don’t understand something that has no understanding. Don’t give them their freedom, because they’re not going to give you yours. Fuck nazi sympathy!

Rick 56 and Doug Sacred are so proud of the platform they provided to End Apathy that a 2010 interview with the band was scrubbed from Uprise Direct last night. Luckily, we’re far smarter than they are and preserved it for your review below. It’s remarkable only in its banality, but perhaps that’s the point. Page sounds like any other musician talking about his band. The problem is that he wasn’t any other musician, he was a sociopath who turned his words into deeds and six people are dead because of it.

We extend our condolences to the Sikh community in Wisconsin. Never again.

– Captain of Games and Magadh

 
Good evening Wade, this interview is long overdue due to my own fault but with all the good stuff going on with your band now I don’t think the timing could be more perfect. I`d like to do this interview to let everyone know about End Apathy from the very beginning up until now. It was at least three years ago when I first got in touch with you after hearing your music on your my space page. Can you give the readers a quick background to End Apathy? More specifically- how long ago did you actually come up with the idea for End Apathy (and why you choose the name End Apathy) and start writing music for it?
End Apathy began in 2005 and the concept was based on trying to figure out what it would take to actually accomplish positive results in society and what is holding us back. A lot of what I realized at the time was that if we could figure out how to end peoples apathetic ways it would be the start towards moving forward. Of course after that it requires discipline, strict discipline to stay the course in our sick society. So, in a sense it was view of psychology and sociology. But I didn’t want to just point the finger at what other people should do, but also I was willing to point out some of my faults on how I was holding myself back. And that is how I wrote the song “Self Destruct”.

As you said End Apathy was entirely your own creation. What was your inspiration for wanting to do the band?
Yes, it was entirely my own idea. The inspiration was based on frustration that we have the potential to accomplish so much more as individuals and a society in whole.

The music you write is very clean sounding and to me has an old school 80`s California skate punk sound to it. Am I totally off base here? Lol. How would you describe your music and can you tell us why you choose to write in this style?
When I first started writing these songs I didn’t have a set plan on the style of sound, it just came together. I think it is mainly based on the mix of my influences and that is 80′s punk, metal, and Oi.

What kind of topics do you write about in your lyrics?
The topics vary from sociological issues, religion, and how the value of human life has been degraded by being submissive to tyranny and hypocrisy that we are subjugated to.

As mentioned you have been writing music for End Apathy over 5 years but until now it has been a solo project. I`m very happy you stayed persistent with it because I personally love the music style you create for the band. Your persistence has paid off as you now have a complete line up. Can you let everyone know what is going on with End Apathy now?
End Apathy as a band has taken a long time to develop, mainly because it was a one man project. But now there is a full line up with Brent on bass and Ozzie on drums – both from Definite Hate and 13 Knots. We have the luxury of living close to each other and are able to have practice often, as a result we are ready to record our first release which is a 7″ split with Definite Hate, then another song that we’re contributing to the UPRISE compilation and our full length CD will come out after that.

I`m really glad that worked out for you. Just in this short time you have already done a live show playing with Definite Hate and you guys are all practicing together. How long do you think it will be before we will see End Apathy on stage live?
End Apathy will be playing at the Independent Artist Uprise fest, but we will also be playing at some local clubs here in North Carolina and possibly playing the midwest this fall.

You guys are also getting ready to do some recording for both bands. Label 56 will be releasing a split 7″ this summer between End Apathy and Definite Hate. We are also planning to do your full length sometime early next year. Is there anything you want to let the readers know about these. What else do you guys have planned?
Even though End Apathy, Definite Hate, and 13 Knots share some of the same members each band has it’s own unique style and sound. Our main focus is the upcoming recording and playing shows.

Aside from your band I`d like the readers to know a bit about you. Not many people may be aware but you used to play with Youngland out in California before moving out to the east coast. How long have you yourself been involved in music and are there any other bands you have been involved with?
I had the opportunity to play bass with Youngland for 2 years back in 2001 – 2003 and during that time I filled in for various bands on guitar and bass including Celtic Warrior, Radikahl, Max Resist, Intimidation One, Aggressive Force, Blue Eyed Devils. I have been playing music since I was 13, off and on over the years.

Are you originally from out in California? How did you wind up moving from one side of the country to the complete other?
I am originally from Colorado and had always been independent, but back in 2000 I set out to get involved and wanted to basically start over. So, I sold everything I owned except for my motorcycle and what I could fit into a backpack and went on cross country trip visiting friends and attending festivals and shows. I went to the Hammerfest 2000 in Georgia, over to North Carolina, up to Ohio, down to West Virginia, and out to California and that’s when I joined Youngland.

What do you see as any differences between the east and west coast whether in the music scene or just lifestyle in general?
In some ways things are generally the same, but each area has it’s own unique style and traditions. Influenced by surroundings and events. The southeast is much more laid back and relaxed with more of a hillbilly attitude and that is reflected in the music. SoCal was more of a fast paced, tense environment and that definitely comes across in their music.

Well I`m glad you have made yourself a home out here and things are coming together for you. I hope to see End Apathy around and making music for years. The closing words are yours.
I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone at Label 56 for believing in End Apathy and putting out our
Wade – Vocals/Guitars….Brent – Bass…..Ozzie – Drums
Label 56

The Wasted Years

Posted in Articles, News and Notes with tags , , , , on June 21, 2012 by Magadh

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A Thousand Trivialities is committed to supporting DIY culture in all of its facets. We are constantly amazed at the creativity of those embracing independent media to bypass the pig system. We celebrate the authentic voices from our culture and would like to introduce you to Aaron Semer.

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Aaron for over 10 years and find him to be both insightful and quite witty. His current project is a blog and podcast called The Wasted Years.  The blog is well written and profiles an array of working musicians who play some variety of heavy music. In the podcast, independent musicians sit with Aaron for an hour and discuss tales of the road. Brian Cook (Botch, These Arms are Snakes, Roy and Russian Circles) is featured in the first installment. Brian’s tales are both hilarious and compelling but it is Aaron’s skill as an interviewer that makes the podcast flow so well.

We wholeheartedly recommend you check out The Wasted Years here.

– Captain of Games