Dixie Dave of Weedeater sits down with Heavy Dicks for the premiere of their show on Noisey, and breaks down his love for Cough Syrup. I’ve got to say, Jake and Fred are on to something – looking forward to seeing future episodes! Back to Weedeater – they will be hitting the road on the east coast starting May 22nd.
I have always been into art that gives a voice to those that don’t have one. I remember being young in the 70′s and having my mind stimulated with all of the revolutionary creativity that was happening around me. A big part of what got me hyped about the punk movement was it’s use of art as a weapon for change. When I first saw a Crass cover, I knew it spoke to me but I did not know that the artist was influenced by German artist John Heartfield. He was a true warrior for change and used his creative spirit as his gun to fire at the Racist & Fascist Nazi regime in Germany. John Heartfield showed the Nazis that he was not afraid of them by manifesting powerful photomontages that spoke out against their fakery! His influence on the Anarcho Punk movement is evident even today. Discharge used one of his pieces for the Never Again cover and this image has become a part of punk history. Today CVLT Nation salutes John Heartfield with a huge photo essay of his work, plus we are showing the documentary Zygosis: John Heartfield and the Political Image!
I’m not going to even say too much, other than: here is a killer documentary for outsiders. CVLT Nation now showing William Burroughs after the jump!
San Francisco black metal skygazers Deafheaven are set to release of the most anticipated heavy records of 2013 — the blarey, bleary-eyed, blasty Sunbather. Scheduled for release on Deathwish Inc. on June 11, their second album melts black metal’s icy veneer, giving it the majesty of bands like Jesu and Mogwai — a seven-song suite that splits its time between warm piano pulses, spiraling post-rock guitars, sheer jet-engine noise, and sunstroked blasts. This nearly eight-minute teaser works as a little documentary that peeks into the making of this cinematic opus: the stress, the screams, and a few awesome shots of new drummer Daniel Tracy playing blastbeats in black and white.
One of the greatest gifts that punk rock gave me was an open mind that will always question authority! Besides listening to music that stood against the status quo, in the 80′s, punks of my generation took actions against the powers of corruption. As I have gotten older, my fight for justice has only intensified. This is why I stand behind the actions of WikiLeaks and agree with their actions to promote real free speech and freedom of information! The BBC made a very thought-provoking documentary called WikiLeaks: The Secret Life of a Superpower that breaks down the worldwide effects of this group’s actions. The scariest part of the film is when one ex-government official said that Bradley Manning should be executed for his whistleblowing because he committed treason. While watching this documentary, I could not stop thinking about the hypocrisy that we all live under, and that many people really do believe that America is the home of the free. Check out WikiLeaks: The Secret Life of a Superpower and ask yourself were do you stand!
A couple of weeks ago, the LA Weekly ran a story about a 1996 student documentary shot by Michael Lucid at Crossroads School in Santa Monica. I was immediately intrigued because Crossroads is right down the street from us, and it’s kind of known as the hippie school stinkin rich people send their kids to to be “alternatively educated.” The film was edited and released to a few festivals in 2000, but it really went viral in the past two weeks due to attention from the LA Weekly and then VICE. The two protagonists – the “dirty girls” – are two sisters named Amber and Harper, and the short film documents their attempts to be different and politically active in a school that, while pretending to embrace difference, actually ridicules them for their appearance and their feminism. Amber and Harper call themselves Riot Grrls, and they make a womyn-centric zine to distribute to their mostly mocking peers at Crossroads. I wonder how many of those “pretty” bitchy people feel dumb and regretful today about the flippant and mean remarks they made about these two girls who were just trying to be themselves. For me, it hit home about my own high school experience in a lot of ways. My group of friends were weirdos who kind of self-ostracized ourselves from our fellow classmates and school. At a point in high school, I decided to stop dressing like other girls wanted me two, and I actually had a couple of girls try to stage a clothing and hair intervention on me, to no avail. The way the Dirty Girls dress is how I remember dressing in the mid-90s, and definitely not the ridiculous attempt at blasphemous 90s fashion you see at Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters. But I don’t remember the hate these two girls experienced in Dirty Girls – maybe it was just my school or my city or the fog of weed on my brain, but I didn’t find out that people thought we were lesbian stoner freaks until after high school. These two girls were shit on every day at school for looking the way I thought cool chicks looked when I was in high school. And I’m sure for some or maybe a lot of you, this experience will look familiar – douche bags judging you, when you know they actually hate themselves more than you could ever hate them. I can only hope that other parents out there are teaching their kids not only to tolerate difference, but to embrace it, so that life is not made miserable for creative and interesting people when my daughter is in high school (because she will, no doubt, be creative and interesting and a die-hard metalhead). After the jump, watch Dirty Girls!
Now, let me preface this by saying there are some hackers I am down with and others I am not. The ones who hack with no political agenda, just to fuck shit up, those ones are extremely lame. But hacker groups like Anonymous, who show the power of mass political movements via the Internet? I find them inspirational and exciting! Anonymous has shown that no issue is too global or too regional for their involvement. Take the recent Steubenville case: those despicable, subhuman, trollmeat, cowardly little shits may have actually won not only the sympathy of their idiot town and idiots everywhere in America, but also their trial, if it hadn’t been for the Anonymous campaign to make the rape footage public on the Internet. They deserve a fucking trophy for that in my opinion, and those nasty perps deserve to be raped to death by demons, which I am sure will be their karma. But I digress – BBC 4′s Storyville documentary series released a film about Anonymous at the beginning of this month, entitled How Hackers Changed the World – We Are Legion. It goes in depth (as much as they can) on this ever-changing group of world citizens who collaborate to “attack” targets like the Church of Scientology, Paypal, Amazon, Visa, Mastercard and world governments in order to shame them for their shady actions. Anonymous attacked online payment providers when they boycotted Wikileaks; they helped to provide black market Internet connections to and to disseminate information coming out of the Egyptian protest movement. They have targeted neo-nazi groups and taken down neo-nazi sites, they leak information and cover-ups left, right and center, and they support real-world protest and activism. The FBI/National Pig Program are trying hard to crack down on Anonymous, but because of the nature of their work (being anonymous) and their lack of a central leadership position, they haven’t been able to make a dent in the movement. I just think it’s incredibly ironic that a tool created by the Pentagon has been hijacked by the public to fuck with its’ creators! After the jump, check out this short documentary about the activist wave of the future!
I’m a huge nerd when it comes to things that i’m passionate about and BLACK SABBATH is one of those things. I have been in a fan since 1975 as a 5 years old i know this band was special. My wife and i have passed our love for BLACK SABBATH on to our 1 1/2 old daughter . The documentary Inside Black Sabbath is an entertaining film for the fans of this legendary band. Smoke some sweet leaf and peep this cool documentary after the jump!…The only SABBATH singers that matters is OZZY!
I loved the world before MTV, before they tried to co-opt the underground! In the early 80′s, weirdos found their kindred spirits on late night TV. In Los Angeles, we had New Wave Theater that was hosted by the late Peter Ivers. He championed the sonic freak circus while other media outlets wanted to have us committed. New Wave Theater was the show that we could watch to see the Circle Jerks, 45 Grave, Angry Samoans, Snake Finger, Fear, Castration Squad, Legal Weapon and UXA. Keep in mind, this was before the first real music video had been made, so these performances were our music videos. I didn’t realize when I was younger but this show also served as a visual time capsule for future generations to look at. Honestly we didn’t like every band that was on the show, but we knew we watching something special. Peter Ivers’ passion for what he was doing was evident. I know when I watch Gun Club blazing through “Fire Spirit” I get chills. If any older heads read this post, make sure to let us know if you watched this show…Today CVLT Nation salutes New Wave Theater and Peter Ivers for giving a fuck when no one else would! Now check out this spazzadelic video essay featuring some of my favorite bands!