See previous MuchMusic related post.
Probably of interest only to Canadians of a certain age, here’s an interesting essay on rock video, TV culture, and how things- and mediums- inevitably change —-
"Seismic waves triggered by CTV globemedia’s (now Bell Media) purchase of the CHUMCity assets in 2006 are still felt today, as one by one those colorful assets fade into a beige blur of TV mediocrity; Citytv, the incendiary local channel which gleefully re-wrote the rules of a vanilla medium is now a wasteland of second tier sitcoms, reality shows, and mind numbing infomercial loops. Bravo and Space, once bastions of high quality niche series catering to high and low brow viewers alike, are now home to sloppy seconds, practically indistinguishable from one another never mind everything else."
Click through for a video nostalgia wormhole.
Oddly enough, music TV is still alive and well here in Japan.
Somewhere in the archives, there’s this. I loved these guys, Native Nod, 1.6 Band, Indian Summer, Current, Moss Icon, etc.
Policy of 3 7” on Bloodlink Records
Well I just made a nice discovery! It hadn’t occurred to me to write about this record, because as far as these things go, Policy of 3 was a good band. They were intelligent early east coast emo when emo was still recognizable as “emotional hardcore” and not “pop punk without the jokes” or “scream crying to blast beats” or any of the other horrible things it eventually manifested as. Someone in grad school for linguistics or some cultural crit bullshit should consider writing about the insanely wide range of sonically (not a word) disparate musics that the term “emo” has been applied to over time. There’s some mileage there. I’m not going to because all eleven seasons of 7th Heaven are on Hulu now.
I decided to take a look inside this record, and lo and behold- it includes a mini zine of short essays by friends of the band. Promising! My eyes light up when I see that Scott Beiben, who ran Bloodlink Records, made a contribution. Kind of an infamous 90s hardcore/punk weirdo character, this dude did puppet shows, had a band that only played “instruments” made from bike parts, and gave workshops before shows he had set up that were focused on basically how to scam companies out of small amounts of money. To, like, fuck with the system, and stuff.
I didn’t even get to Beiben’s entry. The first essay in the zine turned out to be a legitimately masterful piece of satire by one Joseph A. Gervasi, who was the bass player’s (Bull) brother. Joe was behind No Longer A Fanzine, which I was aware of at the time but never read, and I’m now kicking myself about that. The Gervasi brothers later went on to do Exhumed Films, which set up screenings of horror and cult films in Philly and NJ. It is because of them that I have seen a triple feature of Herschell Gordon Lewis gore classics at an actually nice theater in a strip mall in Jersey, so thanks for that, gentlemen.
Please read the entire essay, entitled MASTURBATION IS PUNK. It is a wonderful example of something I’ve talked about here before- being completely involved and into these weird scenes but also ruthlessly making fun of them at the same time. I will transcribe my favorite part below. As a punk kid from this same era and area who was not only raised Catholic but attended Catholic school for 12 yrs, I wanted to stand up and applaud when I read this:
"Of course, the M-core movement will have its detractors. Straight edge kids will rally behind the Catholics in their crusade against jacking off, Ray Cappo will see the light (again) and form the first all Catholic hardcore band, LENT. When they perform live, they’ll have some Catholic hits from yesteryear playing (like everyone’s favorite, "Give Thanks and Remembrance") and incense blowing through fog machines while they set up. Japa beads will be replaced with Rosary beads…There will be some problems with the drinking of the wine (Blood of Christ) at first, but when Ray explains Transubstantiation on his first 7" on Holy Vision Records, all the kids will accept it with a wide smile and a blank stare…Also the two remaining Hardliners will equate "beating one’s meat" to the systemic torture and consumption of animals and pledge to slaughter all weenie-whackers when the Vegan Revolution comes (on the sheets)."
A seven part series history of appropriative collage in music ||| UbuWeb Sound - Jon Leidecker (Wobbly)
Got 6-odd hours? With PDF playlists and transcripts for each episode, it looks exhaustive, and slightly exhausting too: it starts in 1908 and goes all the way to now-ish.
It’s a practice that in the ’80s became known sampling — after the digital sampler — a breakthrough instrument which was designed to mimic traditional musical instruments by allowing the player to trigger recordings of them back on a keyboard. But it didn’t take long for musicians to realize that the true strength of the sampler was the way in which it made it easy easy to collage and manipulate the best sounds from their favorite records into new pieces of music. This practice entered the popular mainstream by the 80s, long after observers had already identified collage as the defining new art form of the 20th century — and the roots of this music go back just as far. Over the course of this series, Jon Leidecker looks at these roots, as appropriative collage developed across experimental and mainstream paths.
Fac 51 Hacienda Walk Through Video
5 pieces by Marco Fusinato, belonging to his ‘Mass Black Implosion’ series. Ink on archival facsimile of scores by Jani Christou, Iannis Xenakis and many more.
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The Whispers - Rock Steady
More summer jams. With a “z”.
Chaka Khan - Ain’t Nobody
Coil - A Thousands Lights in a Darkened Room (Full Album)
Full moon music.
George Benson - Give Me The Night