BILLIE HOLIDAY represents many different things to many different people…To me, she was the originator of a vocal style that could make you feel the pain of all of the downtrodden souls around you. She was an independent woman who waved her freak flag high and did not give a fuck what people thought. BILLIE HOLIDAY was willing to put her life on the line and sing against the injustice of the lynching that was taking place all over the south. Even to this day, when I hear her sing “Strange Fruit” my heart turns black! Anything I write would never be enough to describe the impact this woman had on humanity! In my book, BILLIE HOLIDAY was the voice of doom before there was doom…Downtuned music is all about the blues, and this was pure blues…So check out this kick ass documentary about BILLIE HOLIDAY now!
If there is one thing the BBC is excellent at, it’s making fun of Americans. They search out the weirdest, most horrifying aspects of American culture and put it on British TV, programs that would never be shown by Americans to Americans. Case in point – BBC’s Strangelove series chronicles the weird shit people in America (for the most part, although there are some Brits and Germans thrown in) fall in love with. No surprise, the mechaphilia episode, My Car is my Lover, is set in the States. This documentary follows two self-professed “mechaphiles,” or men who are sexually involved with their cars. Whether it’s a stuffed-lion-loving old hippie who is in a long term (and open) relationship with his female VW bug, Vanilla, or it’s the young man exploring his car sexuality with several of his male-gendered cars (he’s straight, but “gay for cars”), this episode is freaky and hilarious in so many ways. Of course, since it’s British television, they have no problem putting a half naked pot bellied old man on camera, pleasuring himself on an Escalade. OK – don’t let that mental image deter you from watching this, it is a must see if you are interested in the incredibly strange foibles of humanity. Start your week off right with My Car is my Lover!
Who did I fear in 1982? I feared the media and all of the lies they put out about my generation. I was scared that my mom would ship me off to a boot camp that would march the punk rock out me. I remember watching this documentary with my mom called We Destroy the Family: Punks vs. Parents, and it was not fun times. Serena Dank was a money hungry asshole. Check out what the hardcore kids of 1982 had to deal with…When I watch this, I totally realize why the kids were disconnected from the parents!
The other night I watched the 2007 documentary called Off the GRID: Life on the Mesa directed by Jeremy & Randy Stulberg. This film takes a hard look at a group of people who truly have said fuck you to society! Off the GRID: Life on the Mesa is a must-watch film, so do it NOW!
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.