‘Love Music Hate Racism’ – Rock Against Racism 30th anniversary spectacle in Victoria Park, East London

Yesterday, a festival under the banner ‘Love Music Hate Racism’ took place in East London’s Victoria Park to mark the 30th anniversary of Rock Against Racism and raise consciousness about the racist BNP in the run-up to the local elections. 1978’s Rock Against Racism in the same location featured The Clash, Steel Pulse, X-Ray Spex and the Tom Robinson Band. This time around, several stages were graced by the likes of Paul Simonon’s new band The Good, The Bad and The Queen (with Damon Albarn of Blur), The Paddingtons, Jay Sean, Jimmi Pursey of Sham 69 (now in Day 21 with the Rev, ex-Towers of London), Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex, Don Letts, Jerry Dammers of The Specials, and many other acts.

The main problem was that even the £2 “schedule” booklet did not state any stage times. You had to run from one stage to another in the hope of eventually catching a particular act that you wanted to see. I heard Poly Styrene sing her bondage tune somewhere in the distance, I missed the Paddingtons, and I caught the last few minutes of Jimmy Pursey doing White Riot as he had done when he joined The Clash on stage at the 1978 event. -Read more>


My Brother Is An Only Child by Daniele Luchetti (2007)

Here’s your only ever chance to watch someone kick the shit out of somebody else while shouting “since when do you give a fuck about Beethoven?!”

Daniele Luchetti’s movie My Brother Is An Only Child tells the story of two brothers growing up in an Italian smalltown in the 60s. Manrico gets laid and joins the local communist movement while his younger brother Accio doesn’t get laid and becomes a neo-fascist bully. So far, so familiar, but changes are underway.

Initially attracted to the fascists by their radical posturing, uncompromising methods, and the strong sense of social justice they seem to espouse, Accio eventually learns they aren’t the revolutionaries they claim to be. -Read more>

Noize Punishment: the future of jihad?


Noize Punishment aka Jindrich Brejcha is a one-man act from the Czech Republic, and as the name suggests, an absolutely punishing experience. Do you remember Atari Teenage Riot? Gabba techno beats, distorted hardcore/metal guitars, shouty political lyrics? Noize Punishment takes the concept a few steps further, mixing grindcore and breakbeats into a infernal racket that will make your neighbours think construction works are taking place in your bedroom. Hearing Noize Punishment for the first time gave me a buzz similar to my first exposure to Napalm Death‘s From Enslavement To Obliteration or Einstuerzende Neubauten‘s Kollaps, except there’s a lot more structure to those. -Read more>

Partibrejkers – interview with the godfathers of Yugoslav garage punk

Chances that the Oblivians, Gories, and White Stripes ever heard of Yugoslavia’s godfathers of garage punk, Partibrejkers, are next to zero.
And yet, upon hearing the bass-less, cutting, rhythm & blues based garage rock the Partibrejkers (speak: party breakers) thrashed out on their deliberately lo-fi 1985 debut album, one is inclined to think these Belgradians pioneered an aesthetic their American counterparts picked up on with at least ten years delay. -Read more>

Zombie Met Girl

Zombie Met Girl sound as if the Dead Kennedys had remained in their embryonic, pre Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables state for a little while longer, and then fleshed out their sound by adding a slight Cramps touch instead of going hardcore.

I’m not sure if you get the same impression from their video clip below, but when I saw them play at Rock Action Fest a week ago, it often felt like watching Jello & Co circa ‘Police Truck‘.

A new London rock’n’roll band, Zombie Met Girl feature a vocalist who knows how to interact with the audience without resorting to stereotypical poses. They’re smart enough to know that bands earn more from t-shirt sales than from CDs these days, which is why they put extra effort into making really cool looking tees (see pic). I would wear one even if I wasn’t familiar with the band.

Listen to an mp3 of them here: Zombie Met Girl – murder in 314, or have a look at Zombie Met Girl’s myspace. Do you think I should interview them?

Funny Games by Michael Haneke (2008)

One thing I was apprehensive about when I went to see Haneke’s US remake of his own Austrian-made 1998 cult classic was its possible merciless mainstreamisation to woo a larger US audience. In place of the John Zorn score that violently crashes into the introductory sequence of the original, I expected Slipknot, or whatever else Americans find scary these days. -Read more>