HERE’S TO PROMISES WE’LL TRY TO KEEP
From issue 38: here’s a video of Lauren Dentizio (@laurenmeasure) of Worriers playing one of our favorite songs ever “Never Were” at thesilentbarn
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"Total Control, true to their name, seem to have a preoccupation with submission. This philosophical bent is no surprise, as vocalist Dan Stewart, separate from the band’s output, writes fervently in the pages of his long-running and influential fanzine Distort and in his personal blog, about Nietzsche, Mishima, Cioran and Bataille. Punishing and powerful, the song ‘Two Less Jacks’ epitomizes the duality of submission and control. Taking lyrical cues from the late Australian poet John Forbes, it uses stark imagery of imprisonment as a metaphor for human capacity in the face of oppression. Stewart’s theoretical inclination gives Total Control an academic edge, but his romantic passion allows the band a grave sense of urgency, without empty sloganeering.”
~ Andrew Savage (of Parquet Courts) reviews the new Total Control album Typical System, for issue 37 of “The Media”
"Independense Day" a comic by Tali S.F. for issue 37 of The Media
"PROTEST IS PATRIOTIC" a mixtape by Ahmad Zaghal for The Media Issue 37, July 4 2014
1. priests - usa (incantations)
2. gil scot heron - ain’t no new thing
3. the fugs - cia man
4. rodriguez - this is not a song its an outburst - or, the establishment blues
5. nina simone - mississippi goddam
6. broadcast - america’s boy
7. black market baby - world at war
8. sun city girl - kill the klansmen
9. the ex - u.s. hole
10. mc5 - the american ruse
11. david peel and the lower east side - mother where is my father
12. avengers - the american in me
13. neung phak - fucking usa (yoon min-suk cover)
14. tall dwarfs - daddy
15. bill withers - i can’t write left handed
The Philly Feminist Zine Fest approaches - Saturday, June 28th. Spread the word!
more info about the philly feminist zine fest here! see you next saturday B-)
"Folks involved with punk music, or any subculture for that matter, all know, or at least should know, that while unendingly important in the lives of those involved, there’s a much bigger and complicated world out there. “Punk rock, don’t stop,” and don’t get me wrong, we should never stop, but we also need to keep going until we find ourselves far, far away once in a while."
In advance of next weekend’s Philly Feminist Zine Fest (which we are very excited to be tabling at!) Cynthia Ann Shemmer reflects
on how she really first found zines, love, and feminism.
I’m trying really hard to come up with a suitable intro for this and failing. I wrote around 4600 words about professional wrestling, its counter-culture, one of its biggest stars, and the ambiguity surrounding his departure from WWE and titled it “The Ballad of CM Punk.” I made parallels between professional wrestling and the music industry, fairly extensively explained the notions of ring psychology and wrestling territories, and compared Punk’s famed WWE “pipe bomb” promo to Kurt Cobain rhapsodizing about Sonic Youth and the Raincoats. If you’ve ever wondered why I think professional wrestling is cool, this piece explains all of that in not-very-short order.
Profuse thanks to The Media for allowing me the space and freedom to do this subject justice. I can’t believe somebody actually let me get away with this.
Not long ago, I was thinking about how Kurt Cobain was basically my entry point to a whole world of music I wouldn’t have known existed without him. I grew up in central North Carolina as a child, miles upon miles away from the burgeoning Chapel Hill scene, only knowing of the music I heard on the radio. And then this magical figure came from the heavens (rather, the evergreen trees of Washington State), with this style of music I had never heard before. And I would read interviews and find so many more compelling bands: Sonic Youth. The Velvet Underground. Shonen Knife. The Melvins. Bikini Kill. The Raincoats. I could seriously go on and on about this, but the point is I had an avatar that ushered me into a lifetime of enamor with punk rock music and eventually the hard-working, do-it-yourself ethos that came along with the lifestyle.
………… CM Punk had all of the same ethos; he was a kid who started out putting on backyard wrestling shows in his friend’s backyard. He’s logged in thousands of driving hours to get from one tiny venue to the next in order to give wrestling fans a show they’ll remember. He’s wrestled 90-minute matches for tiny promotions for the love of his craft. When I became aware of his background, I was immediately convinced punk rock was firmly in the core of his heart, his spirit and sacrifice and his steadfast insistence to do things on his own terms.