Most humans freak out at the thought of being bitten by any kind of snake. This is not true for Steve Ludwin, who for the past 20 years has been injecting himself with poisonous snake venom on a daily basis. Most people would die from the snake juice this dude puts in his body, but he actually gets a high from it. Vice recently produced a documentary about him entitled Getting High Injecting Snake Venom. Peep this interesting film after the BITE!
Dead Congregation from Greece are destroyers. This was their first trip out to the West Coast and I was there front and center to circle headbang myself into a near coma and to capture the power of Dead Congregation. They did not disappoint and I can not think of a better band to kick off this edition of the Heavy Hour.
It’s no secret that the L.A.P.D. has had a long history of racism and police brutality against the non-white humans of this city! This is why during the late 80′s and early 90′s, N.W.A. became a household name in the City of Dead Angels, and then nationwide. I was never a fan of all of their music – especially the misogynist overtones – but I was fucking into their anti-authority anthem FUCK THE POLICE. N.W.A. told the world that the people of South Central had enough of being mistreated, and shit was about to explode. Then the Rodney King verdict came in, and everything went up in flames. I also give Eazy E props for starting Ruthless Records and changing the face of the music industry with Dr. Dre by his side. I recently watched the documentary N.W.A. The World’s Most Dangerous Group and said to myself, this is something that everyone should check out, even if they aren’t fans of Hip Hop. So after the jump, get your Gangsta Gangsta on and peep the ruthless documentary…
Today CVLT Nation brings you the last in the series of Cult of Luna’s Vertikal Sessions, The Time. In this episode, Magnus Lindberg and Johannes Persson discuss the timing of Vertikal, and namely the question many fans have wondered about – why did it take so long for a prolific band like Cult of Luna to release a new album? This episode is concise and to the point, and builds the anticipation for the January 29th release of Vertikal via Density Records (US) and Indie Recordings (EU). Check out this episode below, and make sure to pick up your copy of Vertikal this week!
Rungs In A Ladder: Jacob Bannon of Converge is the latest short film from the McFarland and Pecci production team for Noisey. The way this documentary was shot goes perfectly with the heartfelt words that Jacob speaks in it. This is a must-see visual for any Converge fan and even for people that are not into the band. You be the judge – check out Rungs In A Ladder: Jacob Bannon of Converge after the jump!
“We need to PRIVATIZE Social Security” is one of the many mantras uttered by the diabolical scums that are the Koch Brothers. While going about their daily lives, the Koch Brothers and Koch Industries have managed to take an epic conservative shit on the livelihood of millions throughout the world. All of this is done under the veil of the oh-so-just system of American Free Market Capitalism. The documentary Koch Brothers Exposed, released in 2011 by Robert Greenwald, outlines the various ways that the Koch Brothers, through a myriad of avenues like the Koch Foundation and Americans for Prosperity, have managed to dismantle democracy piece by piece in order to purchase the ideal government for their conservative agenda. For instance, each year millions of universities across the country benefit from funds donated by the Koch Foundation to support “educational programs.” The dementedly selfish needs of the Koch Brothers are further supported through these donations, which come with qualifiers that ensure that their ideals penetrate the minds of the college students, whether they attend a large public university or a private liberal arts college. As a liberal arts student in NYC, I couldn’t stop myself from hoping that my college stayed far from those wretched men. This however isn’t the case. My college, like many other of the top higher education institutions in the United States, has accepted donations from the Koch brothers. Unless they are stopped, the Koch brothers will continue to run this country, our minds and our lives. I highly recommend watching Koch Brothers Exposed as a way to better understand the ways that the evil Koch brothers have recently managed to suffocate true democracy for their own personal gain.
One of the biggest lies that we are told from a very young age is that the police are here to protect us. As we grow up, most of us realize this a huge pile of shit! The police, worldwide, are extensions of corporate greed, and they are expected to protect and serve the rich, and to keep the poor away from them and their property. A perfect example of this is when during the Occupy movement in NYC, the piggies made sure the bankers of death were not harmed by the victims of their lies, backing up and protecting the very people who had lied, cheated and stolen from almost the entire country. This ludicrous reality is something we should all stand against – we should demand protection from the real criminals like the Koch brothers, who murder and pollute with impunity. The 2011 documentary Black Block takes a look at how protestors during the 27th G8 Summit in Genoa, Italy in July 2001 were mistreated, brutalized and tortured by the police at the behest of the Italian and global governments. The director, Carlo A. Bachschmidt, did a great job by allowing the people that were there to tell their stories for the world to hear. What I realized while watching this was that no matter the country, police forces represent the true faces of evil. Peep the Black Block documentary after the jump!
1989 was the year that Santa Cruz Skateboards set the Streets on Fire with their game-changing video of the same name! This video features mind-numbing footage of legends like Natas Kaupas, Jason Jessee and Corey O’Brien. What makes Streets on Fire even more special is that it was made during a time when skating was in a downturn, so this film has an intangible layer of integrity that many modern skate videos lack. Then there is is the soundtrack, which is totally insane with its off-kilter song selection! All hail Santa Cruz skateboards for this one – peep ripping history after the jump!
Last week, CVLT Nation Television was there to capture the epic performances from Full of Hell and Code Orange Kids at Aladdin Jr. 2 in Pomona, CA. Tim Hix was behind the lens and has put together some stellar visuals for you to witness, putting you right in the front row of this brutal show! Check out the videos after the jump!
Photo: Matthew Grant Anson