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Turbulent Times issue 10 now out!


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Photo by Nick Ekoplekz

Photo by Nick Ekoplekz

60 page fanzine! In a bag!

With:

8 page insert on anti-fascism and music!

2 full-colour Adolf Steg postcards!

Degenerate Waves Badge!

(Apologies for ridiculous overseas prices – these are because of the recently privatised UK Post Office).

Also available from Electric Knife (London) and Praxis (Berlin) – both of which are physical shops that also do mailorder.

Enquiries from other distributors and people wanting to blag free copies are welcome.

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ORDER ISSUES 9 AND 10 FOR JUST A QUID MORE:

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There are still some copies the last issue left. See this page for enthusiastic reviews.

Buying both is only one pound more, because the postage cost is the same:


TT issues 9 and 10



dealing with rejection

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cover image taken from discogs.com

I enjoyed completing the questionnaire that is a pre-requirement for obtaining the new Libbe Matz Gang / Degenerate Waves “Victory Through Voltage” release. But I never guessed that this would be the only enjoyment I would get out of it.

Shortly after submitting my entry, I received a brief email directing me to a secret blog for an “update”. The only contents of said blog were an animated pink/black gif flashing with the words “Your application has been REJECTED. Sincerest apologies, Libertatia Overseas Trading”.

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It’s hard to express how I feel about this. It is certainly a very confusing business model and I am pissed off that a label I have helped over the last few years has now made it impossible for me to keep up with their output. I guess this could be for my own safety, but come on. On the other hand it is very amusing-  to me, and much more for others I’ve talked to about it. Most of the people I’ve discussed this with haven’t had this sort of aggro, but there are a select few of us who are denied hearing “630v HEX ATTACK”.

I’ve had quite a strange relationship with Libertatia Overseas Trading since they came to my attention two years ago and it looks like things are set to get even stranger…

Other things, which I will actually be able to get hold of, probably:

The Hacker Farm / Libbe Matz Gang film “Witches” (which I organised a London showing for last year) is nearing an official DVD (and maybe other formats) release. A “teaser-trailer” has been uploaded to YouTube, which is characteristically sinister, but oddly doesn’t actually feature any footage from the film:

IX Tab have their much anticipated (not just by me) second album coming out soon on Exotic Pylon:

 

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Oh and there’s a new album by The Bug just out too, which you have probably already heard lots about already.

 

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John Eden: Drrrrrreeeeeeaaaaaammmmm Baby Drrrrrreeeeeeaaaaaammmmm by Johnedenuk on Mixcloud

Suicide’s “Dream Baby Dream” stretched to an hour in duration for your listening pleasure.

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John Eden: Dream Baby Dream Baby Dream versions Part Two by Johnedenuk on Mixcloud

1. Fuxa – Dream Baby Dream
2. Christian & the Heathens – Dream Baby Dream
3. Mark Refoy – Blue Moon Dream Baby Dream
4. Madrugada – Dream Baby Dream
5. Luna – Dream Baby Dream
6. Black Tambourine – Dream Baby Dream
7. Savages – Dream Baby Dream
8. Sonic Death – Dream Baby Dream
9. Neneh Cherry & The Thing – Dream Baby Dream
10. Takkyu Ishino – Dream Baby Dream
11. Soma Sema – Dream Baby Dream
12. Zombie Zombie – Dream Baby Dream
13. Moto Boy- Dream Baby Dream
14. Enzo Boni – Dream Baby Dream

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Sometimes quantity has a quality all of its own

Initially I liked the brevity of the Dream Baby Dream mix, but then my obsessive tendencies got the better of me. Banished from the room which contains my records last night I took to the internet to see what other versions of the Suicide track I could find.

What I like about the original its sparse brutal sonics and minimal deadpan vocals. This combination often seems to produce an emotional response in me that belies the simplicity of the ingredients. Ask any techno fan or Zen Buddhist if you don’t believe me.

Folk music, jazz and reggae are all based on versions, standards, interpretations of existing material but in rock music “original compositions” are what gets praised. The “cover version” is supposedly filler, novelty, the domain of jobbing pub bands giving the punters an unchallenging night out with no surprises or musical adventure.

The multiple versions here display diversity in unexpected ways.

Initially I was interested in the different genres which were being used to filter the interpretations. On the surface this is surprisingly varied, taking in pop, indie, jazz, rock, ambient, techno and piano balladeering.

But actually these genres (or the performances of them on display here) are more conservative than what Suicide were doing in the late seventies.

This is exacerbated by the Bruce Springsteen cover of the song (see the previous mix) which seems to have given a green light to various stadium performers (whether actual or wannabe) to reinterpret the song themselves. One of the artists on show here was actually honest enough to describe their work as “a cover version of the Bruce Springsteen cover version of the Suicide song”.

This has lead to a tendency to make some renditions of the song less deadpan and more literally emotional both in vocal and instrumental content. Which possibly says something about trying to appeal to a wider audience. But having said that I also like the balance of bedroom producers, small bands and what I guess are probably fairly well known people here. (The only artist I was familiar with previously was Neneh Cherry & The Thing).

Repeated listening made me appreciate less obvious differences between the tracks in the mix. Variations in bass tones, vocal tics, subtle textural shifts, different crowd noises, “mistakes”, room ambience, drop outs, and glitches caused by the free software I was using. I think these things are important, arguably just as important as the music being performed – but maybe it takes a version excursion to bring out these elements.

Dream Baby Dream.

Dream Baby Dream versions

John Eden: Dream Baby Dream by Johnedenuk on Mixcloud


1. Suicide – Dream Baby Dream
2. Angel Corpus Christi – Dream Baby Dream
3. Bruce Springsteen – Dream Baby Dream

2013 top ten albums

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1. Sleaford Mods “Austerity Dogs” (Harbinger Sound)

2. Hacker Farm “UHF” (Exotic Pylon)

3. Manix “Living In The Past” (Reinforced)

4. Major Lazer “Free The Universe” (Secretly Canadian)

5. GRMMSK “The End Prophecies” (Libertatia Overseas Trading)

6. various artists “The Outer Church” compilation (Front and Follow)

7. Ceramic Hobs “Spiritworld Circle Jerk” (Must Die)

8. various artists “Noise In Opposition” compilation vols 1 and 2 (Noise In Opposition)

9. EVOL “Something Inflatable” (Alku)

10. Emmplekz “Your Cart Has Changed” (Mordant Music)

2013 top ten singles

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1. Shy FX & Liam Bailey – Soon Come (Digital Soundboy mp3)

2. Xylitol – Kunst Ist Tot (Peripheral Conserve 7″)

3. Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX – I Love It (Record Company TEN mp3)

4. Woebot – Woebiotic EP (Hollow Earth 12″)

5. Libbe Matz Gang – Infantilised Britain EP (Libertatia Overseas Trading 7″)

6. Showtek ft. We Are Loud & Sonny Wilson ‎– Booyah (Spinnin’ mp3)

7. Uschi-No-Michi – Ameratsu (Phatic Music 7″ and mp3 remixes)

8. Spoils & Relics – Turner (Harbinger Sound 7″)

9. Mark Professor – Oyster Card (Rongorock 7″)

10. Ramon Judah – Only Wicked People (Reggae Roast 7″)

(I’ve barely had a chance to keep up with music produced by people I know this year, let alone anything else – apologies for any obvious omissions.)

2013 in cassettes

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In alphabetical order, 2013 releases only:

AMK – Spur N (Fragment Factory)

Band of Holy Joy – City of Tales vols 1 and 2 (Exotic Pylon)

Best Available Technology – Further Tracks (Further Records)

Stuart Chalmers / Nick Edwards – Split (Feral Tapes)

CHXFX – The Unhaptic Synthesizer (Further Records)

Crabskull – Keep The Evil Away (Dub Ditch Picnic)

Sophie Cooper – Labyrinth (Exotic Pylon)

Ekoplekz – Devesham Dub (Sex Lies Magnetic Tape)

GRMMSK – Unfrei (Totes Format)

Mystery Attacks – Two (Rouge)

PLKZFX – Plkzistentializm (Further Records)

Solvognen / chaz dolo – spilt (Disco Insolence)

Some Truths – Low Point X – Magic and Dreams

various artists – The Art of Rave (m.m Label)

2 Mounts – Sycamore (Further Records)

(The Exotic Pylon tapes are missing from the photo, as Johnny kindly sends me digital promos. And I actually listen to them cos they are ace. Oh yeah and I missed off the Chalmes/Edwards tape due to being an idiot).

Datacide issue 13 now available

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The London launch party was a lot of fun, with some great presentations and people.

The magazine is out now. It includes a great interview I did with noise legend Nomex.

Order from here or from the Praxis Shop.

76 pages.

Datacide: Introduction
Nemeton: Infiltration and Agent Provocateurs; Vision Tech; Endless War; Surveillance, Control and Repression
CF: NSU Update
Two in London: UK Anti-Fascist Round Up
Comrade Omega: Crisis in the SWP, or: Weiningerism in the UK
David Cecil: Confessions of an Accidental Activist
Neil Transpontine: Spiral Tribe Interview with Mark Harrison
Neil Transpontine: ‘Revolt of the Ravers’-The Movement Against the Criminal Justice Act in Britain, 1993-95
Split Horizon: What is This Future?
Fabian Tompsett: Wikipedia-A Vernacular Encyclopedia
Howard Slater: Shared Vertigo
Dan Hekate: Crystal Distortion
Howard Slater: Cut-Up Marx
Howard Slater: EARTH ‘A RUN RED
Marcel Stoetzler: Identity, Commodity and Authority: Two New Books about Horkheimer and Adorno
Nemeton: Life During Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency (book review)
Christoph Fringeli: One Night in Stammheim. Helge Lehmann: Die Todesnacht von Stammheim – Eine Untersuchung (book review)
Christoph Fringeli: Anton Shekovtsov, Paul Jackson (eds.): White Power Music – Scenes of the Extreme Right Cultural Resistence (book review)
CF: Press reviews
John Eden: Emencified Shrill Out: Nomex at the Controls
Alexis Wolton: Vinyl Meltdown, Prt. 1
Record reviews by Zombieflesheater, Nemeton and Kovert
DJ Charts
Matthieu Bourel: Rioter
Sansculotte: Overdosed
Plus: The Lives and Times of Bloor Schleppy

 

February updates

1. SPATIAL INTERVIEWED BY JOHN EDEN

An interview I did with Hackney-based producer Spatial is now published exclusively and for the first time at The Liminal.

This piece was originally intended for issue 5 of Woofah, but has been fully updated. (It’s the last outstanding thing I wrote for Woofah, which makes me a bit smiley and a bit weepy!). Spatial is an interesting guy and is well worth checking.

2. MORE TURBULENT TIMES ACTION

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Idwal Fisher did a lovely review of my Turbulent Times fanzine, along with other publications.

The zine now has its own page if people are interested in ordering it or knowing about distributors etc.

I have properly started work on the new issue but can’t say when it will be out!

3. AND FINALLY, SOME ADVERTS:

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3rd Official Trailer for A Noisy Delivery, by Pete Cann from GX Jupitter-Larsen on Vimeo.