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Saturday, 1 October 2022

v.a-WHNZ:74:WAR-(We Have No Zen-Ukraine-2022)


 

This compilation was conceived as an address to Ukrainians and the people of our planet at the same time. Initially, I invited musicians to send free-form tracks with their own attitudes to this horrible war, which was brought to Ukraine by the "brotherly" country of RuZZia. The choice of musicians I invited was based on my personal love and respect for their work. In the beginning, I wrote to specific people, but then there were artists I had never known before who wanted to join the project because of its message. The initial goal of making a compilation of words of support, reflections on the war, and musical patterns that in a certain sense could be called "the soundtrack to a newsfeed from Ukraine" suddenly grew into a really free format, because you cannot force free people to think in any given way. I wasn't trying to. I simply outlined a vector, and then everything went as the participants of the compilation thought was right. They themselves chose both the form and the content.

I am immensely grateful to everyone who agreed to take part in this project. To everyone who decided to express verbally or musically their attitude to the atrocities that are happening in my country right now. This collection for me personally is a slice of the mentality of the reasonable world, the quintessence of reaction of a mentally healthy person, not only to the war in Ukraine but also to the current state of humanity in general. Our world is fragile and today, more than ever, the bastards are testing its strength... And the words/sounds of support that are included in this compilation are like threads that help stitch together a torn peace in Ukraine. A torn peace in Europe. A torn peace in the world...

I would very much like for as many people as possible to hear everything that ended up and will end up in this collection (it has been in "semi-finished" status since the beginning of April 2022). I think the writers of the messages on this compilation had words for everyone.

For all the fans of experimental music in Ukraine (unfortunately, they are few, but still, they are)...

For all the fans of this music on the planet (I think there are many more of them)...

For all the refugees from the east of Ukraine, from Mariupol, from Kherson, from Kharkiv, from Chernihiv, from Sumy, from hundreds of other towns and villages, who had to leave everything they lived with and for and seek shelter in other cities of the country, or even outside it...

For all those who are now defending Ukraine, with or without weapons...

For all who are now grieving the loss of loved ones in Bucha, Hostomel', Irpin', Borodyanka, Moschun, and other small towns near Kyiv, executed by Russian war criminals who consider themselves "soldiers" of the empire, who came to our land to liberate it from us...

For all those who have always spoken freely in my country in Russian, but after this war began, switched en masse to Ukrainian, right down to the last gopnik and previously unprincipled bum...

For all those who today, without regard to the risks, have saved the helpless and frightened...

For all those who believe in the victory of good over evil...

For all who believe in a free Ukraine...

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Finally, my label was originally conceived as a free one. But today I want to ask everyone who likes the music published on it to help Ukraine in some way. All albums are still free, but there is a "Pay what you want" option. All money that has already come or will come for any album from the catalog was/will be sent to volunteers and territorial defense. Yes, there are armed forces in my country that have been quite successful in repelling enemy attacks. But the needs of the refugees and - more important - the territorial defense, which consists of ordinary civilians who have come out to stand their own ground, are always there. We must defend ourselves. Help us if you can and want to. You can buy any album from the label's catalog or you can download it for free and donate directly to wehavenozen@me.com. The choice is yours.

Please support. Please share. Please spread these words/thoughts/sounds.    click me

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Update 2022.08.13: I've been asked several times why the tracks were arranged simply by the names of the musicians. It's hard for me to answer, but I think I can say something resembling more or less the truth. Since for me every track and every feedback from all the artists who responded to the offer to participate in this compilation is important practically on the same level, I didn't dare to make some sonic paradigm and just arranged the tracks in alphabetical order by the names of the artists. Surprisingly... It's amazing that once again, serendipity works. It's time for me to stop being surprised. My personal opinion is that this order is awesome. If this one doesn't work for you, make it another way. This compilation is about freedom. Be free.

Love and hugs from free Ukraine!

Thank you all, fellows, you did/doing so huge help.

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African // We Have No Zen!
Here's the 42nd day of the war.
 


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Sunday, 25 September 2022

UR/IRON MOLAR – Ur / Iron Molar -(Locust Swarm Rex/The Fucking Clinica /Alampo Records-Italy-2009)

Ur were born in early 2005 as a collaboration between Federico Esposito and Mauro Sciaccaluga, both active in the italian hardcore circuit.
Federico was a member of Heartside and is also responsible of the industrial / power-electronics project Den LXV. Mauro was a member of Downright, Kafka and Never Was, and he is also collaborating with Den LXV.
Federico and Mauro were later joined by Andrea Ferraris (Burning Defeat, Permanent Scar, Onefineday, Deep End, One By One).
Ur made their live debut at the Afe-Party in November 2005. Their music is mostly based on free improvisation and its sonorities can't easily be described without referring to the well-known and wildest experiments of Industrial music of the late '70s / early '80s.

Iron Molar is  .Jacopo Menelli, Massimo Meloni

The Fucking Clinica D.I.Y. Italian label run by Marcella Spaggiari Sites:fuckingclinica.blogspot.com, Facebook

Alampo Records Italian label focusing on ambient and experimental electronic music :alampomusic.com, MySpace, web.archive.org

 Locust Swamp Rex Label run by Nicola Solieri.MySpace 

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Friday, 16 September 2022

HERSTORY presents These Are Some Fears And This Is The Wisdom-(EEL Records-UK-1997)


Another mystery CD here, and I can`t remember how it ended up in my collection. Internet doesn`t seem very helpful in getting info about it. 

The music and lyrics are definitely anarcho-punk, reminding me of some classics coming from Crass records!  8 songs written by L.A. Whitfield yet no words about the musicians involved in this project, all the lyrics are listed in the folded cover sleeve, maybe this is all played by Whitfield with a programmed drum machine, there are a few words on the cover sleeve yet this cd remains in a cloud of mystery. Is anybody out there with more info about it, this label and more?? Enjoy it.

:f|a^r~a¬w:a/y  click me


 


Sunday, 11 September 2022

4 THOUSAND MILLION– A Small Dose Of Anticipatory Retaliation - (4 Minute Warning Tapes-Australia-1984)


 4 Thousand Million was an anarcho-punk band from Camberra (Australia) active in the 80s ,their music reminds me some stuff of the peace punk bands  from  Crass Records in the UK. 4 Minute Warning Tape was a small tape label that seems to be associated to this band.Enjoy it.

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Commercial blank cassette with hand written information.
Single sided photocopied four panel j-card.
B6 originally by Disorder (3).

[from j-card:]
"Recorded live at the 'Rage Against Roxby' benefit dance in Canberra, August 1984. Mixed at Community Radio 2XX in November."
"All words and music ©1984 4 Thousand Million."
A1
Dreamtime Gone Wrong
A2
A Small Dose Of Anticipatory Retaliation
A3
Statement
A4
The Pumpkin Scone Song (An Ode To Joh)
A5
Richard Carlton Missed The Point
B1
We Are Not Lemmings!
B2
"Advance Australia!!" Where??
B3
We Know It's A Lie
B4
Punk-and-Pissed-All-the-Time: The Final Delusion
B5
It's No Joke
B6
The Kenmore Song

Friday, 9 September 2022

BROTHER OF JUDO - Fuck You Mother Nature - (Debila Records-Slovenia-2018)


Brother Of Judo is a noise project from Slovenia active since 2011, the year of his first tape, since then this artist is been releasing many productions (tapes,cd-rs, split mini cd-rs..)! The mind after it is Nejc, who is also the mastermind of  Debila Records. This label is been active since 1995 when Nejc founded it with the help of  his friend Veljko, who left the label around 2000.

 

In these 27 years, Nejc released, so far, 198 productions, mainly Slovenian artists but also musicians from other countries. A detailed list of all his productions can be found on his blog: ...Brother Of Judo And The Others...  where you`ll see also the pictures and introductions to his vast catalogue, made of: 73x tape, 2x double tape, 105x CD-R or 3'' CD-R,- 3x double 3'' CD-R, 1x 4 3'' CD-R box-set,- 2x LP, 4x 7'', 1x DVD-R! As I can see Nejc prefers the tape as a format and he likes the mini CD-R too.

 After swapping a few emails with him I can say that his attitude is really old school, he runs his label for pure love and he prefers exchanging productions rather than selling them, just like the good old days. Eventually, a very big THANX to Nejc for giving me permission to post this tape and passing me all the info about Debila Recs included in this post! Enjoy it. 

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Wednesday, 7 September 2022

SCARY HAIRY Overcoming Limitations Of Being Raised As A Girl (Fanzine-UK-2014)

 

This is a zine about feminists and body hair, the stereotypes that come with feminism and other people’s stories. It is supposed to be seen by all sorts of people, feminists and not feminists; it is targeted at people to inform them.

I am not sure how positive the message is. To me the writer/illustrator of this zine seems really pissed off and has approached to zine in quite an aggressive way. For it to be fully understood this zine needs to be read first hand.


They are communicating what feminism is and issues and stereotypes that surround it. It has been communicated through passages of text together; this makes it easy to read and fun at the same time. Gender stereotypes have also been broached showing the difference between boys and girls and how they are put in boxes as soon as they are born.(review from Critical Journal)     click me


 

Monday, 5 September 2022

v.a.- 磁気墓地 [Magnetic Cemetery]-(Vicious Fanclub-C70-France-2018)


 Fantastic compilation of old Japanese HC Punk bands active on the end of the 80s  and early 90s. Many obscure acts yet great music, the quality of the various recordings changes from excellent to mediocre but overall is pretty good. The folded cover sleeve reports info and some pics. If you are into old school HC punk, get this, you`ll love it. 22 Bands, 37 Songs, on a C70.

Enjoy it.

:f(a*r^a¬w:a/y~ click me


 

A1Bat BonesEvil Eyes
A2Bat BonesSlash The Time
A3Bat BonesI Give You Pain
A4Bat BonesNo Mercy
A5Nightmare (6)Positive Fact
A6Nightmare (6)Fun To Death
A7CrückNever
A8CrückOur Minds
A9Hedge Hog (2)Advance
A10Hedge Hog (2)Oh My God
A11IdoraLondon Calling
A12Jelly BeansDiffer
A13Living VantageListen
A14Living VantageFoolish Dream
A153 Under Bad ChoiceNo Face
A16Griffin FZDuck Fight
A17Griffin FZBen Johnson
A18Griffin FZSamba
A19Sic Death Slaughter*Wild Men
B1MacrofargeMasayume
B2MacrofargeMurder
B3MacrofargeOne Morning
B4SuperdumbBusiness
B5SuperdumbScandal Of Asshole
B6Slang (6)Hard Crack
B7Slang (6)Worthless Guy
B8Me♀ss*Give Away
B9SlaverGive A Groan
B10SlaverWild Savage
B11Raise CainMan Eat Dogs
B12Final JasonBeyond Control
B13Final JasonCop
B14Pig SlaughterPrayer
B15Pig SlaughterMoralism Sucks!
B16Yellow LabelMad Cap Like Rat
B17Final CountStupid Life
B18NaüseaReality
B19NaüseaDon't Leave Me
B20Sic Death Slaughter*No Reader