The forever radical SPIRITUALIZED are on a mini-US tour right now. The band performed at Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn on April 2nd, and our comrade (((unartig))) captured a good part of their stellar set. The next best thing to going to a SPIRITUALIZED show is watching spot-on footage of a dynamic set! So after the jump, get into the J. Spaceman spaceship and peep this footage!
A few friends and I all went to the last concert they played in SF at Slims in 08′. We missed the opening act that evening and came in during the first half of Grey, a trio of Witches from the Pacific Northwest that played some seriously Heavy music. When Graves At Sea took the stage that evening, I was so pumped. Nick’s Guitar tone was devastatingly heavy that evening. They had just went through a few lineup changes and Chiyo(Noothgrush) was filling in on drums for them and Miguel(Sourvein) was playing bass. As the story goes, they were scheduled to tour Japan with Corrupted but at the time didn’t feel 100% sure on touring and the promoters told them they couldn’t back out of the tour or they’d be sued. The only way they could get out of their touring obligations was to break up the band. That fucking sucks and is a shitty spot to be in, anyway – they decided to just put the project to rest. Nathan(Vocalist) joined Laudanum, and Nick Phit(Guitarist) moved to Oregon and joined Atriarch. Over the years, people have been hounding them to get back together and to bring back the crushing…This year they finally did and played Oakland, California and I was there to capture it. You’ll get a look into the progression of the band as they played a few new songs as well as a few of their classic tunes.
I’m not going to even say much, other than: here is a cult classic movie for freaks. CVLT Nation now showing ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK after the jump!
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!
Gothenburg’s AGE OF WOE are back, and trust me, by the sounds of their new music they are not fucking around! Their new album is entitled INHUMANFORM and will be released via Suicide Records/Give Praise Records on May 30th. CVLT Nation salutes AGE OF WOE for giving us the opportunity to stream their new track “At First Light,” plus premiere the video of the same name. This band made sure to inject their already caustic sound with more aggression pointed at the corrupt forces that want to oppress us all. AGE OF WOE’s new song is a rager – if you don’t believe me, press play below and let the fury begin…
It’s no secret we are totally digging the new AOSOTH record IV: Arrow In Heart that is coming out on Agonia Records on April 16th. They have just released a dynamic video for the closing track “Ritual Marks Of Penitence.” This stellar visual was directed by Matthieu Spinazzola and David Fitt, who created a visuals that go perfectly with the song. Straight up, we think the AOSOTH video is a must see, but you can be your own judge and check it out after the jump!
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!
Excuse me as I plug in my vaporizer and make my way back to my screen to watch one of my all time favorite bands. For years, a week has not gone by when I have not listened to SLEEP. Travel on the weed caravan with me and check out this amazing 1994 full set that took place in Carrboro, NC at the Cat’s Cradle. SLEEP were on point this night – Chris, Matt and Al were unified under the green flag. Climb the holy mountain and peep the thc-delic experience after the jump…much respect due to kill that cat.
Boxes are made for different things, but not to hold anyone’s creative spirit – at least this is how I feel! BURNT BOOKS are the kind of band that puts their passion for making the music they love first. The end result is epicly weird angular punk, seething with conviction. Their recently released self-titled album is out now on At A Loss Recordings, and it is the shit. Right now I want to point out that BURNT BOOKS have a new video out for their song “In A Shallow Grave” directed by Warthen Media. Check out their new visual plus their tour dates for a mini tour that starts today!
AGARTTHA is an Italian band that creates far out music that will attack your inner soul and will have your head moving in ethereal circles. When I hear their music, I travel to places in my imagination where flowing water turns into outer space! AGARTTHA are set to release their new album entitled A Water Which Does Not Wet Hands very soon via King Of The Monsters (pre-order HERE). Check their brand new video for their song “Lambsprinck” after the jump! Make sure to listen to AGARTTHA – they speak the language of the clouds!