NINA SIMONE was an artist who changed the world with her voice and views. Without screaming or heavy riffs, this sister was punk rock and doom metal in her own right. With lyrics that spoke about revolution and a singing voice that painted the pain of the downtrodden, she was an inspiration to many different kinds of humans. NINA SIMONE blazed a trail for us all, and this is what true artistry is all about. When I hear NINA’S version of “Strange Fruit,” my whole body begins to shake with tears. Check out this on point documentary about NINA SIMONE, her ups and downs!
This may or may not be news to all you Satanists out there: Satan is an alien. Not an angel, not a god; he is, in fact, an alien. And not only that – despite what Christians, Muslims, Jews and the like have been claiming for millennia, he is actually a GOOD alien. While the evil aliens – ie. God and his cohorts – have been trying to keep us ignorant, naked and freezing cold, Satan and his demons have been trying to help us by giving us knowledge, technology and the all-important fire to warm us and grill our steaks (or tofu). I don’t know about you, but when I started watching Ancient Aliens and they talked about how God, Jesus and all the other deities were actually aliens, it made a lot of sense to me. And if they are aliens, well then of course Satan is one too. A big part of my atheism is that I just can’t bring myself to believe that there is some almighty power that runs everything, when all around us is evidence that we are just cogs in huge, clockwork universe, each being doing its part for the system. All the fuckups around us seem to be directly related to religion, namely human beings thinking that they are not a part of the system, but somehow outside of it. By stepping outside of it, we are literally destroying the entire thing. It makes a lot more sense to me that deities are beings just like the rest of us, with faults and flaws, capable of bad judgement and greed. Anyway, back to Satan – check out this episode of Ancient Aliens, which explains what a rad dude Satan is, and how he is a friendly alien just trying to give us a hand with our shitty lives, battling God-alien to help us better understand the universe.
Freedom of choice is something that many of us take for granted, but there are many people on this planet that do not have the luxury to choose. To be a punk in certain parts of Indonesia means it’s ok for Sharia police to bash in your head and then shave it to set you free from your punk demons. Many of us saw the pictures of the of the Aceh punks being brutalized for their way of life. Now check out this very interesting documentary that Vice just created entitled PUNK vs. SHARIA.
Just in case you weren’t sure why BAPTISTS are the best thing on the West Coast, check out this live session they recorded at Rain City Recorders last month! CVLT Nation is honored to premiere this sick fucking live session – the audio is on point and the footage is killer! Do us a favor and hammer their Facebook with tour requests, because the world needs to be BAPTIZED! Big up to Rain City for the awesome work…
Our homie Angela Boatwright just created a really cool documentary about the backyard party scene that has been taking place in East Los Angeles for decades. Even though early punk is often shown as a movement of white kids, I know growing up in the SoCal punk scene during the 80′s, my Latin brothers and sisters were a huge part of it in so many ways and still hold it down to this day. Angela’s film highlights what’s really going in the scene and in the kids’ lives. Respect due to Vans for giving back to the community and funding this project. Good looking out to all of the kids in East LA for waving the flag of punk & metal for so many years!
I’m obsessed with Nico. Do you remember reading Please Kill Me? Some of the best parts of that book are about Nico. Nico and Lou, Nico and Iggy. Nico, the aging, knife-weilding junkie. Nico, the former Chelsea Girl turned kooky spook. A monster. A siren. THE epitome of sailor drowning songstress.
If you want to learn about Nico, you should read the book. And please watch Nico Icon, like I did for the zillionth time on YouTube. My type of girl is usually a loud, ballsy bitch. And Nico was a bitch. But she was cool, quiet, detached. Quiet people are often mistaken for idiots by people who actually are idiots. Everything about Nico was deliberate.
If you wanted to impress her, you’d have to pull a Jim Morrison and pull her by the hair across the rooftops of a gothic moonlit castle. That reminds me of the time a local shock rocker wanted to date me. He hit me in the head with a vodka bottle when I was dancing with a girl. It didn’t work, but at least I remember it. Too bad he wasn’t taller, hotter.
Before I ever set foot in Japan I was fascinated by it’s history and culture. One thing that I find disturbing early on was how intense their educational system on it’s students. While I was in university I wrote a paper on how many teenagers were committing suicide when they didn’t get into the university they wanted to. The other night, I watched a documentary that shed light on something horrible that is now taking place in this country. There has been a rise in violent crimes committed by teenagers…See for yourself, check out the film Teenage Japanese Killers and out what is causing this tragedy!
The mighty Captain Beefheart was on a whole different level from the rest of the world! When I was young, his music flew over my head, but now that I’m older I get where he was coming from. While watching this documentary about his life, Captain Beefheart, I realized how much him and his band were willing to sacrifice for their creativity. Now it’s your turn to check out the Captain Beefheart documentary and see how he was not going to let anything stop him. This film is really inspirational, and it should be noted that yesterday was Beefheart’s B-Day…Long live the Captain!!!
Thanks to MRR, I learned at a young age that there was a global community for the self expression known as Punk Rock. I got turned on to all sorts of killer bands from around the world, but I never knew about the scenes that were taking place in southern Africa during the late 70′s & early 80′s. I just watched Punk in Africa, and it totally opened my mind to the music of dissent they were creating. Growing up, I always thought we had so much to rebel against: Nuclear War, the Contras and Reagan. After seeing this film, I realized that the bands in southern Africa had so much on their plates. That being said, the bands of this area had messages I could relate to, but the music they were creating was on point! Now it’s your turn – check out the documentary Punk in Africa! The STRUGGLE CONTINUES!
Phil Lynott – The Outlaw is an in-depth documentary that takes a look at this rock icon’s career. The interview with his mom sheds light on what the world was like when he was born. Long Live Thin Lizzy!