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The Black Book, by Captain Swing

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Chaos, controversy, experimentation, finding one’s self in an endless sea of copycat cookie-cutter molds.  The late 70’s ushered in a new era in the world of music.  A period in music history that, to this day, thrives upon the rebellion against authority. Refusing to bow down to corporate mandates of how it’s supposed to be done.

And somewhere off the beaten path roamed a 16 year old who was about to take the world and put it exactly where he wanted it to be.  Right in the middle of the greatest musical revolution this one 16 year old with a penchant for release decided that Leeds, one of the most influential little spots on the planet, was about to be turned upside down.

The Black Book (The Life & Crimes of Richard Rouska) by Captain Swing

The Black Book (The Life & Crimes of Richard Rouska) by Captain Swing

The rest is history.  All bound up and neatly packaged between the covers of his latest release, “The Black Book (The Life & Crimes of Richard Rouska) by Captain Swing“.

Through the magic of the written word, Rouska takes an entire generational slice of life and reveals what it was like from day one.  The day the music world spun 360 degrees off its axis.  The day the Rouska Ethic would be born.

With a limited pressing of 250 hand-numbered editions, jam-packed with details, stories, and rarely seen (and some never-seen) photos, the birth of punk-rock, glam, and modernist revival are chronicled by one person who took the bull by the horns during the 80’s upheaval, making his own mark in the history of DIY non-conformist ethics.

Not available in any shops, you’ll have to take a spin by the 1977cc website for all the details, a few tidbits of history, and the golden-ticket order form.  It took all of a minute to place my own order and I can’t wait to get my hands on this book.  It looks to be a great read as I live through what I missed out on the first time around.

Grab your own limited copy, HERE.

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2014 in Books/Literary, Goth, etc., Publications

 

May brewings

 The month of May has brought us warmer weather, longer days, and much gothier nights.

New Zero God ushered in the the start of the month with their performance at PassPort Club in the heart of Piraeus.  The event was an open-door St. Paul High School’s Class of 1990 reunion fundraiser to benefit the Thiva-Lamia Women’s Prison. The stage was set for fellow schoolmates’ bands to entertain while raising money for a worthy cause. 

New Zero God kicked off the show.  Drummer, Dimitris “Sidheog” Steves, hammered skins for his classmates with songs like “Kiss the Witch“, “Bang Bang“, and The Flowers Of Romance classic, “Kashmir“, which was originally performed by New Zero God singer Mike Pougounas during his Flowers days.  Fellow NZG/FOR bassist Harris Stavrakas brought home the medley with his signature style while Michalis Christou strummed like no other guitarist before him.

The following clip is from that evening. 

While we’re on the topic of “Kashmir”, Cassandra’s Castle of Nightbreed Radio [UK] has announced their May 10 through June 9, 2011 schedule lineup, which includes “Kashmir”.  The next show will air on Tuesday, May 10 at 6 PM/UK | 8 PM/GR (repeated at Midnight/UK | 2 AM/GR) and will run for four weeks.

A live review was posted today at Dominion Magazine [UK] on New Zero God’s Sunday night performance at PassPort Club by the magazine’s newest correspondent, Thanos.  With all the focus on New Zero God and each NZG members years of contributions to the music scene, it was decided that a Greek journalist should be brought into the folds to let viewers know what else might be happening in this little country of ours. 

Thanos came up with THIS first part of the history of the Greek “dark” scene.

And since we’re on the subject of England, we should also mention that Dominion’s Radio Chart was released yesterday.  On it you will find Nexus, the prior band of Mike Pougounas and Dimitris Steves.  It is a huge honor to see songs of the past brought back to life in a country so far from our footsteps.

 

H. R. GIGER REVEALED

Tribute-Film / Documentary / DVD by Deep Side Production.

Directed by David N. Jahn, Let bizarre landscapes take you to the world of biomechanoids and aliens, erotomechanical constructions and devilish monsters where you lose your track of time and space.

You are about to watch two hours of unique private footage of Swiss surrealist and the world he created, digitally remastered moving collages of paintings from all important periods of his work.

The H. R. Giger DVD includes:
* Stuff that Giger always dreamt of, come to live!
* H. R. Giger’s work finally 3D animated!
* Erotomechanics fellatio, Biomechanical landscapes etc. all in motion.
* Interviews with artists like Ernst Fuchs, Ridley Scott, Debbie Harry
* Making Of the Alien and other sculptures.
* Rated for hardcore fans only!

H. R. Giger Revealed is a must-have for all Giger fans in the world. Packed in a luxurious double-wall slipcase, you’ll find a real collectors piece. Perfect Dolby and DTS 5.1 surround sound and lots of special features. The H. R. Giger DVD was specially designed and supervised by the artist himself. Don’t hesitate!

Check out our full DVD content or breath-taking video trailers.

The DVD is in stock, region free and available in both PAL and NTSC formats. Please expect 7-14 working days for delivery. Order it now securely with Paypal or at Amazon.co.uk.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2011 in Documentaries, Publications

 

UK SUBS all NEW album on sale NOW!!!

 

Whilst the Punk community sit round and eagerly await the Queens Honours List (!) to see if U.K.Subs vocalist Charlie Harper has been knighted for Services to Punk Rock the man himself has continued to tour the world relentlessly. Now up to the letter “W” in the quest for an album for every letter of the alphabet, this is undoubtedly one of Sir Charlie and co.’s best efforts to date, a real bonefide Punk Rock classic. It features a great cover of The Sonics “Strychnine”, a co-write with Rancid’s Lars Frederiksen plus a dozen Subs originals – “Work In Progress” = 14 powerful, melodic and lyrically spot on Punk Rock anthems. 35 years on and still going strong. This is a classic and you should own it.

Disk 1: CREATION | TOKYO ROSE | HELL IS OTHER PEOPLE | THE AXE | RADIO UNFRIENDLY | THIS CHAOS | GURU | EIGHTEEN WHEELS | CHILDREN OF THE FLOOD | ALL BLURS INTO ONE | ROCK N ROLL WHORE | STRYCHNINE | ROBOT AGE

 

WORK IN PROGRESS - UK SUBS

 

http://www.captainoi.com/details.asp?CatNo=AHOY+CD+310

 

 

Grave Jibes Fanzine

In their own words: “Grave Jibes Fanzine was founded by Pall ‘Nattsol’ Zarutskiy on Oct, 2008. The original idea of the fanzine is publishing some information about post-punk, cold wave, death rock etc styles and bands which play this music.”

A Metro Decay interview can be found on Grave Jibes Fanzine here .

You can find all their issues here.

 

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2010 in Publications

 

The DIY ethic

Since my last post had to do with the cassette culture and the DIY ethic of punk rock, I thought, “why not to expand a little more…”

According to wikipedia “DIY culture (abbreviation of Do It Yourself) is a broad term that refers to a wide range of elements in non-mainstream society, such as grassroots political and social activism, independent music, art, and film.”

I said to myself, “that would be an interesting issue to write about…”

So I will use quotes from wikipedia or from other sources that I will mention every time.

“In the punk subculture, the DIY ethic is tied to punk ideology and anticonsumerism, as a rejection of the need to purchase items or use existing systems or processes. Arguably since the 1970’s; emerging punk bands began to record their music, produce albums and merchandise, distribute their works and often performed basement shows in residential homes rather than at traditional venue, to avoid corporate sponsorship or to secure freedom in performance. Since many venues tend to shy away from more experimental music, houses are often the only places at which these bands can play.” (wikipedia)

So, I said, lets check the YouTube.

And this is what I found:

“Taken from From the documentary Northwest Passage: Birth of Portland’s DIY Culture, Greg Sage’s legendary Wipers live in 1983.”

Wikipedia continues as follows: “Adherents of the DIY punk ethic can also work collectively. For example, punk impresario David Ferguson’s CD Presents was a DIY concert production, recording studio, and record label network.

The DIY punk ethic also applies to everyday living, such as learning bicycle repair rather than taking a bike to a mechanic’s shop, sewing/repairing/modifying clothing rather than buying new clothes, starting vegetable gardens, and reclaiming recyclable products by dumpster diving. Some educators also engage in DIY teaching techniques, sometimes referred to as Edupunk”

So, I found a trailer of the documentary “D.I.Y. or Die: How to Survive as an Independent Artist” that was directed by Michael W. Dean and released in 2002.

Dean  also “allowed and even encouraged people to make copies for non-commercial use.”

It features interviews with Lydia Lunch, Ian MacKaye, J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr, Jim Rose, J. G. Thirlwell of Foetus, Mike Watt, Eric McFadden, Richard Kern (filmmaker), Ron Asheton of The Stooges, Madigan Shive of Bonfire Madigan, Dave Brockie of Gwar and others.

If you are interested, follow the link to Michael W. Dean who posted the film for free downloading.

I also found a trailer of the documentary “Roll Up Your Sleeves” directed by Dylan Haskins in 2008.

“DIY is about giving the tools to the people that have something to say.
Roll Up Your Sleeves is a manifesto for an alternative way of organising, working and thinking.”

“Roll Up Your Sleeves examines the relationship between DIY culture and the need for autonomous social spaces, looking at various projects across Europe and how these compare with the situation in Ireland.”

Sounds interesting ?

Take a look:

There is this link that takes you to the “Scissors and Glue”, published by Oxford University in 2006.  

Here is a little teaser for you:

“Yet, it remains within the subculture of punk music where the homemade, A4, stapled and photocopied fanzines of the late 1970s fostered the ‘do-it-yourself’ (DIY) production techniques of cut-n-paste letterforms, photocopied and collaged images, hand-scrawled and typewritten texts, to create a recognizable graphic design aesthetic. The employment of such techniques and technologies has had an impact on an overall idiosyncratic and distinctive visual style affiliated with punk fanzines.”

So, this brings us to the next vid I found, a documentary about “two comic book artists who publish their own work.”

And who doesn’t like a good comic book ?

So, thats it for now.

I will continue when I’ll find the time for more.

Unfortunately, this post was not done entirely by myself…but…anyways…

Its not bad sharing interesting stuff with the correct information whenever you can…

 

New Zero God in Brazil

Foreign blogs dedicated to Greek underground rock bands are something we don’t see happening very often… (for me, this is the first time).  We’d also like to point out that not only is this a foreign blog, but its also one that comes from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

What we have here is a Brazilian blog dedicated to the bands New Zero God, Nexus and The Flowers Of Romance and is located somewhere in Brazil.

They were kind enough to let us know about this new blog which refers many times to postings of Tribe4mian.  As a small gesture of our thanks, we will permanently post their banner on our own blog.

New Zero God / Brazil

Now, to be a little more detailed, the NewZeroGod blogspot is written in Portuguese, a language that I don’t speak, but is the seventh most spoken language in the world.

The blogmaker’s aim is to help New Zero God become known to Latin America and it was made out of pure love and admiration for the music adventures of these three Greek bands, starting from the Flowers Of Romance, continuing with Nexus and translating the news of New Zero God in Portuguese.

So, again we’d like to thank the creators of this Brazilian blog whose links lead people from Latin America directly to our blog and we wish them all the best.

We hope to see even more blogs be made for more Greek underground bands.

FUN IS A FOUR LETTER WORD - New Zero God

With this opportunity, lets note here that Puzzlemusik Records announced the release of the New Zero God CD album, “Fun Is A Four Letter Word”  for the 17th of February in Greece.

The album will also be initially distributed in Italy and Australia.

Amazon announced the CD and digital release will be available on February 10 (the digital release is already available through iTUNES and CDBABY)

New Zero God will play live on Saturday the 23rd of January at the Club “On Stage” (Kodrigtonos 54-56) and will be supported by the band Chewing Gun.

New Zero God

More information:

NEW ZERO GOD:

Official Site – Brazilian Blogspot – CD Baby – Amazon USAAmazon UKAmazon France – iTunes

NEXUS:

Official Site – CD Baby

FLOWERS OF ROMANCE:

Official Site

CHEWING GUN:

Official Site

 

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