20 July 2006

In the spirit of "killing" time

A Sane Revolution

If you make a revolution, make it for fun,
Don't make it in ghastly seriousness,
Don't do it in deadly earnest,
Do it for fun.

Don't do it because you hate people,
Do it just to spit in their eye.
Don't do it for the money,
Do it and be damned to the money.

Don't do it for equality,
Do it because we've got too much equality
And it would be fun to upset the apple-cart
and see which way the apples would go a-rolling.

Don't do it for the working-classes,
Do it so that we can
all of us be little aristocracys on our own
And kick our heels like jolly escaped asses.

Don't do it, anyhow, for international Labour.
Labour is one thing a man has had too much of.
Let's abolish Labour, let's have done with Labouring!
Work can be fun, and
men can enjoy it; then it's not Labour.
Let's have it so! Let's make a revolution for fun!

- D. H. Lawrence

14 July 2006


Go out and do something extraordinary today like tear down a prison.

Also, more reviews to come next week after take a little break upstate. Last night's Palindrome show @ Brooklyn Fireproof lived up to its billing as the Brooklyn Punk-as-fuck-Fest. Cobra Noir, Defcon 4, Apeshit! and The Adversary Workers were all brilliant. Picked up a ton of stuff from these cats so keep your eyes focused here. In a couple days. right.

12 July 2006

Movies + Music =

Graf Orlock - Destination Time Yesterday
Level Plane Records
13 June 2006
4 stars

LA's Graf Orlock—fittingly named for the vampire in the film Nosferatu—specialize in what they've dubbed "cinema grind." This is infectious grindcore that, while not absurdly technical, is advanced in its production and presentation. The "cinema" aspect? Well, leave it to a bunch of AngeleƱos to gain inspiration from late 80s and early 90s action flicks. Each track on Destination Time Yesterday begins with a sample to introduce chaos. Surprisingly this tactic doesn't get old and this can probably be attributed, actually, to each song containing a sample. In that manner the samples seem to be more integrated into the overall album structure.

Now, the question should be raised, "Do you know which films each of the samples comes from?" And I must answer, "Certainly not." I've never been much for action movies, but I will say that I completely understand the use of the motif. Most of the films from this era were apocalyptic, dystopian and "Futuristic" (as in technologically-engaged). Graf Orlock has taken these themes and run with them to create an album that is brutal (there's that word again!) and totally unsentimental from the lyrical content through the instrumental attack. The fantastic album art is also similarly in"spy"red (hint, hint). Overall another great release from level-Plane that adds diversity to their label lineup.

06 July 2006

Thanks and Thanks

Merci to the fine folk who anonymously complimented this site. If you want to get in touch with me, check my profile cos I added a way to do that that's wicked simple. I also just added a link to the Scientific American Observations blog cos "science rules, science is cool and we've got science in our schools" (that is, probably unless you live in a christian part of the country).

I've got reviews for two Californian bands, Graf Orlock and Comadre, coming up soon. They both recently played a killer show (with Gospel, Ultra Dolphins, Order and Versoma) at Brooklyn Fireproof in Williamsburg and I must say that Comadre's cover of Refused's Deadly Rhythm made my night.