Manchester is a special city when it comes to music and the bands that have come out of it…I know on a personal level, I can’t even count how many groups from this town have created songs that still move me to this day. I don’t know what it is about this place, but every time I have been there I can feel the tension in the air – this is probably what gives Manchester it’s vibe. Youth culture is king in this town, and in 1989, The Stone Roses ruled the world. I remember when I got their debut album that year, I had it on repeat for about a week straight. This band didn’t play punk rock music in the traditional sense of the word, but something about them, you knew they were playing by their own rules. I have always respected the underdog, and that is exactly what The Stone Roses were, but at the end of the day they came out on top for a minute. If you are a fan, The Stone Roses – Blood on the Turntable documentary is a fucking must see! So after the jump, check out this radical BBC3 film about the rise and fall of The Stone Roses.
17 minutes of pure inspiration is what you will see when you watch this video. V. Vale, the founder of Search & Destroy magazine from San Francisco, speaks about how punk rock was a cultural revolution. Honestly, there is nothing that he says in this video that I disagree with, mainly because of the honest place he is coming from. I remember Search & Destroy magazine as a youngster – I actually thought of it as a cooler version of Slash. Listening to V. Vale break it down about how he started this magazine gives me so much energy to do what we do. This radical piece of alternative print history was created way before the internet. This is why I feel that it is very important for the younger generation to hear what V. Vale ia saying, because his point of view comes from a pure punk rock foundation. The look of this magazine was way before its time and to this day it can’t be duplicated. For those that were living in San Francisco during this time, this video is a blast from the past, and for others it offers a life lesson. CVLT Nation salutes V.Vale and Search & Destroy magazine for creating real art for us all to read! Peep this killer video after the jump.
Fucking amazing!! WHIRLWIND HARDCORE Vol 2 PT.1 is showing today on CVLT Nation. This collection of live footage from the likes of Extreme Noise Terror, Cathedral, Raw Noise, Nausea, Go, Chumbawamba, Master, Concrete Sox, So Much Hate, Skeezicks, Chaos UK, Pungent Stench, Cluster Bomb Unit, Slapshot, Sick Of It All and many fucking more is priceless. All of this action was shot on VHS, but with the invention of the internet now other generations of underground music weirdos can enjoy it too. What impresses me about WHIRLWIND HARDCORE Vol 2 pt.1 is how creators were able to capture so many awesome British bands that can only be seen in this video. Now tune into a hardcore history lesson and see how the gnarly school wrecked shit after the jump!
Is it any wonder that all over the world, people are violently revolting against corrupt government and corporate systems? As children, we’re taught to play nice, to be gentle, to respect our parent’s authority and the authority of other adults. When we grow up, we see authority systems killing minorities, warring over money and power, denying the common people the right to a good quality of life and hoarding the world’s wealth and resources. The mass media aims to keep us blind to injustice in our own neighborhood and in neighborhoods around the world, and our government aims to keep us afraid of the consequences of speaking out against injustice. Whether you support anarchy or violent revolution or any revolution for that matter, you have to admit that the work of anarchists, activists and protesters, even when they amass in millions, is blatantly ignored by mass media in order to prevent their message from propagating throughout society. Just look at the protests in Mexico over the recent corrupt elections – millions of voices are being silenced by their national media and by North American media. Don’t even get me started on the silencing of revolutionary Latin American voices – let’s just say it’s been going on for at least a couple of centuries, and mostly at the behest of the American government and corporations. That’s why Vancouver-based media group Submedia.tv and their news feature It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine is so fucking right on. They cover events from the perspective of the unrested, and they have been doing an excellent job of covering the events that have unfolded in Greece over the past year – and not from the perspective of the World Bank or the EU leaders, but from the perpective of the people of Greece who have been living through it. The most recent episode takes a look at the work of anarchist groups in Athens who are working to support and protect the people who are targeted by the police and fascists for violence and racism, as well as the efforts to bring food and shelter to the people who are facing dire poverty and homelessness. Check out “This is Athens” below, and you can go to Submedia.tv to donate and watch and disseminate their other broadcasts. If you are not being bombed, evicted or starved, consider it your duty to spread knowledge and support the cause of those who are.
In 2009, Sean Dunne made a mini-documentary about Paul Mawhinney, the Pittsburgh, PA resident who has the world’s largest vinyl record collection, entitled The Archive. It’s amazing to see how this human has amassed so many records, but at the same time it’s a very depressing tale. I won’t give the whole story away, but I will say that as much as technology has given to this world, it is also taking things away that we will never be able to get back. Sean Dunne is one of my favorite young documentary filmmakers around – his films are always on point! So after the jump, check out The Archive in full!
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, the documentary directed by Marshall Curry, is very powerful on so many different levels. The subject matter had me thinking from the very first second of this film. Seeing a clearcut forest, even on my screen, almost brought me to tears and it made my blood boil. If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front is just as much as a coming of age story as it is a movie about police brutality, corporate greed, media manipulation and broken friendships. The never seen before archival footage, mixed with emotional and honest interviews, makes for a beyond interesting experience. Watching this film will having you questioning yourself about where you stand – are you a part of the problem or a part of the solution? One thing that stuck out to me is that most Americans are living a lie, thinking that we don’t live in a police state. When you see the brutal treatment that the cops dish out in If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, you will realize this country is not the home of the free but the home of the silent oppressed. It’s pretty fucked up that Mother Nature is being raped, and those that stand up for her rights are branded as the terrorists, when the corporations that are killing her line their pockets with blood money for their acts of terror against the planet! This is a film that the whole world need to see – it might not change the world, but I hope it will get the masses thinking about their place on this planet! This is why I say that the real evil motherfuckers wear suits to work and enslave the poor for their financial gain. If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front is a must-see film…follow the link below to view it!
Murder Murder Murder!! Insane WATAIN documentary in full after the jump NUFF SAID!
Music means different things to different people. For me, music has played a major role in my existence on this planet, and there have been times when it has helped to keep me on this planet! One band that helped me out of really fucking dark period in my life was Modest Mouse. I can’t put my finger on it; maybe it’s the guitar tones, the lyrics, or maybe just the total package. Whatever the case, they were the soundtrack for me finding my happy place. The other day, I watched an awesome documentary called The Lonesome Crowded West that Pitchfork Media made about the making of the Modest Mouse album The Lonesome Crowded West. I’ve watched it once, but I’m sure I will watch it again. This is a well-made film – I really dig the interviews and all of the archive footage. So let’s all do the cockroach and peep this epic documentary after the jump.
I grew up with David Suzuki as a household name, as did many other Canadian children. A fellow Vancouverite, Suzuki taught us all to recycle, to care about our surroundings, to reduce our waste, and to be generally aware of our impact on the environment. He is a hero to my generation, and you can see his impact on the streets of Vancouver today – the city-wide recycling program, the energy-efficient hydrogen buses, the SkyTrain, the hybrid taxis, the new Amsterdam-style bike lanes and the ridiculous cost of parking and gas, all which make it much easier to do the right thing by the environment. He has made the younger generations of Canadians understand that they are responsible for the future of our planet, so its no surprise that his daughter, Severn Cullis-Suzuki, made one of the most famous environmental speeches at the 1992 Rio Summit on behalf of her group Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO), when she was only 12 years old. Right now, we are in the midst of Ri0 +20, and all of the behaviors that 12-year-old Cullis-Suzuki called the world delegates on in 1992 – the greed, the selfishness, the war-mongering – are all arguably worse than before. Living in LA, with a population of 9,830,420 people and 6,675,888 cars, the concept of making the environment a better place for the future is all but nonexistent. So watching Democracy Now’s coverage of the Rio +20 Summit, and hearing Cullis-Suzuki reflect on the lack of change, and in fact worsening conditions, of the world state is all too real and depressing for me. One thing is loud and clear – the world is ready for and in the midst of revolution, and just because we live in a bubble made by Target and Walmart, it doesn’t mean that revolution won’t be soon knocking at our own doors. We have to say fuck this system, and mean it. Soon we won’t have a choice, the Earth will say fuck us and wipe us off her surface. Check out the Democracy Now interview and Cullis-Suzuki’s inspirational speech below.
At Rio+20, Severn Cullis-Suzuki Revisits Historic ’92 Speech; Fights for Next Generation
The girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes