Doughnuts was the first all female hardcore band I ever heard of. They were on Victory records, so remained relegated to the "straight edge" sub-genre of Hardcore, so many folks outside of the Victory records scene have no idea who they were. My favorite of their songs was "My Black Days" which starts with an eerie, spellcaster-y intro.
Today is the last day of WFMU's fundraising marathon and I wanted to ask you to support my favorite radio station reach its goal for its operating budget. (You can donate anytime) Click below.
WFMU is a listener sponsored free-form radio station, broadcasting out of New Jersey, and streaming worldwide at wfmu.org. There's something for everyone on WFMU and I listen to it endlessly, while drawing, reading, showering, eating-everyth-ING.
Using their own words: "Tribe 8 is considered one of the first queercore groups, they take their name from the practice of tribadism, a “tribe eight” being a play on the word tribade. Their songs often deal with subjects such as S/M, nudity, fellatio, and transgender issues, and the band was the subject of controversy because of this. The makeup of the group changed over time, but Lynn Breedlove and Leslie Mah (formerly of Anti-Scrunti Faction) were consistent members. Other members included Flipper (Silas Howard), Slade Bellum, Jen Schwartz, Mama T, Kat Buell, and Tantrum. Tribe 8 toured throughout the United States, playing at venues such as DUMBA and 924 Gilman Street; they also played in Europe and Canada, and released a number of recordings on independent record labels. In 2003 the film Rise Above: A Tribe 8 Documentary, by director Tracy Flannigan, was released, documenting not only performances by the band but the motivations and reasons behind the band and the part it plays in their lives. The movie has won many awards at film festivals throughout the U.S."
The ongoing blog series where I ask Justseeds members for five things that have been inspiring them lately. This one from Kevin Caplicki from NYC:
In honor of Women's History Month, Justseeds has two exhibits opening simultaneously in Hamilton, Ontario, the Pittsburgh of Canada!
This Is An Emergency is showing at Homegrown Hamilton, while Celebrate Women's Herstory, is at Hammer City Records. Both exhibits open on Friday March 14, for Hamilton's monthly art walk, and I will be DJing vinyl with a crew of women DJ's at Hammer City at the opening event.
On March 22, Jesse Purcell and myself will give a talk about Justseeds at Centre3 for Print and Media Arts.
More info, including some nice words about Justseeds, can be found on curator/organizer Tara Bursey's blog, HERE
justseeds artist Mazatl collaborated with Colombian street artist Bastardilla on this beautiful mural in the Zapatista Autonomous Community of La Union, Chiapas, Mexico. Check out this amazing video Bastardilla made!
Music * Son de Madera
Peter Glantz directed this ethereal and brilliant video with Death Vessel. The whole album and video were just unleashed upon the world today!
Trying to describe LiLiPUT renders me speechless. This band has had a huge influence over me and many of my musical peers. They have carved a legacy which has influenced incalculable numbers of art rock bands throughout the last few decades. The drums, the lyrical layering, the dynamics of the guitar and bass leave me speechless!
Originally their name was "Kleenex" but there was some issue with a soft tissue which inspired them to find the band label "LiLiPUT."
Just a quick look today at a couple of 1960s academic history books about Africa. I found these on the cheap at the great West Philly bookstore A House of Our Own—one of the last shops in the country which is both deeply literary and completely non-sectarian Leftist. G. W. Kingsnorth is the author (or co-author) of both, and they have been published by Cambridge University Press. The attraction to me is clear: these are books about Africa with non-pictorial covers that carry very little of the stink of primitivism which clings to so many such attempts.
Freeform and listener supported radio station WFMU is running their fundraising marathon right now. I have been a huge supporter and listener, for almost two decades, and I want to encourage you to be one too! Help the state of New Jersey and the airwaves.
This is a little series of music videos of bands who have influenced me over the years. These are bands whose awesome drummers have not been given the recognition they deserve for their talents. This drummer is Atsuko Yamano. This band has been around since 1981! There have been some lineup changes in the last few decades, but they've all been playing music almost as long as I've been alive. Here is a link to their website so you can do more digging around.
Watch a video here.
"I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures." The famous Apache leader known as Geronimo died on this date in 1909. One hundred years later, in 2009, his descendants filed suit against those institutions that held his remains and funerary objects. They saw the holding of those items as imprisonment, such as the forcible detention of their Great-Grandfather for over twenty years before his death. Extremely posthumously, the US House of Representatives then honored Geronimo for his bravery, courage, and commitment to his people. But many native tribes and their lands continue to be exploited by the US government, whose policies often favor oil and coal companies over the rights of the people or ecological concerns. And the prairies are filled with enclosures.
Geronimo was a Firebrand! This illustration for Firebrands: Portraits from the Americas is by Roger Peet.
For $40, you can pre-order a copy, and it's hardcover! From PM Press:
Founded in 1979 by Seth Tobocman and Peter Kuper, World War 3 Illustrated magazine is a labor of love run by a collective of artists (both first-timers and established professionals) and political activists working with the unified goal of creating a home for political comics, graphics, and stirring personal stories. World War 3 Illustrated isn't about a war that may happen; it's about the ongoing wars being waged around the world and on our very own doorsteps. The confrontational comics published in WW3 Illustrated shine a little reality on the fantasy world of the American kleptocracy and have inspired the developing popularity and recognition of comics as a respected art form.
With the radical artists at World War 3 Illustrated, we're publishing a 320-page, full-color, hardcover retrospective exhibition of the magazine that's arranged thematically, including housing rights, feminism, environmental issues, religion, police brutality, globalization, depictions of conflicts from the Middle East to the Midwest, and more.
There is mega issues with the mainstream culture marginalizing and ignoring the brilliant cultural production of women, queer folks, and people of color. With the necessity for us to tell our own history, I present a series of videos of awesome bands who have influenced me in my own musical journey.
First off: The Mo-dettes, with the song "White Mice." The drummer is June Miles- Kingston who went on to perform with the Thompson Twins, Everything But the Girl, The Communards, and Fun Boy Three.
ONE IN THREE WOMEN WILL BE RAPED OR BEATEN IN HER LIFETIME. Today, the day known as V-Day, all around the globe women are rising and dancing for justice with the One Billion Rising campaign. Importantly, though, many critiques have been voiced about OBR and the words of it's founder, Eve Ensler. In a beautifully written open letter acknowledging the critiques of Lauren Chief Elk and Andrea Smith among others, the activists organizing the Pittsburgh event explain: "We are changing the name of our action to “One Billion Been Rising” to recognize whose shoulders we stand upon; our ancestors and the many people who have been, working in a multitude of ways to end gender based violence, (as in before Eve and White Feminism). We see the visibility and international recognition of the OBR movement as an extension of the privilege Eve Ensler holds as the face of the V-Day campaign. We carry the legacy of the many voices heard/unheard, dismissed and omitted that have served to articulate the experiences of violence that trans/women of color face in this world."MARCH! DANCE! RISE!
The California Department of Corrections strikes again! New liberated bus shelter ads went up yesterday in San Francisco.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 12, 2014 – San Francisco, California The California Department of Corrections (CDC) has unveiled a new campaign of bus shelter ads to confront San Francisco’s eviction crisis. On February 11, 2014, the CDC successfully apprehended, rehabilitated and discharged bus shelter advertisements throughout San Francisco. The ads were released into city districts with historically high rates of tenant displacement, including the Fillmore, the Mission and South of Market. One corrected ad sits at Valencia and 24th Street in the Mission District, a neighborhood with the city’s leading eviction rate from 2009 to 2013. Made with the assistance of a previously unknown agency, the U.S. Department of Home Security, the corrected advertisements feature silhouettes of people surrounding a house with their arms linked. Just above the image, a dramatic headline states EVICTION FORCES US TO MAKE A CHOICE. WE CAN BE AFRAID. OR WE CAN BE READY. Imitating the headline’s style and color, a website promotes www.evictionfreesf.org, a volunteer-run organization that uses non-violent demonstrations to defend tenants facing eviction.
Erik was recently featured in an article titled "Aiming for Transcendence", read it on the Providence Phoenix.
This month our organizer features my print design Consensual which was originally created for the print portfolio, This Is An Emergency. It's been a cold, long winter already, and I hope this image brings a little bit of lighthearted joy and resilience to your month. We've just put the organizer on sale, so check it out!
1. Proto nazis in the Ukraine
2. the end of Bill McKibben's innocence
3. Enbridge blockers found guilty
4. Fracking pipeline must be stopped
5. No justice for Kelly Thomas
6. The silent anarchist is free
7. Bambu - Crosshairs
8. Peter Gelderloos on Barcelona assemblies
The Bookmobile Project was a roving airstream trailer full of zines that criss-crossed North America around the same time Justseeds was getting off the ground. Many Justseeds artists had zines in the Bookmobile, and were connected to the project in different ways. The core crew of the project are now publishing a book about it, and are looking for people to pre-buy it so they can afford to print it. Check out their video, and buy a book if you can! (Meredith designed a special limited edition cover-wrap for the book, and you can get a a copy by contributing to their campaign.)
Earth First! is running an Idiegogo campaign to raise some loot to print a new edition of the Direct Action Manual. Help them out!
A group of frontline activists has come together to update and revise the Earth First! Direct Action Manual. The manual was originally published nearly two decades ago. Tactics have changed and the landscape of bridges to rappel from, buildings to lockdown to and roads to rip has changed over time. This manual has over 300 pages filled with diagrams, planning and descriptions on how to implement effective and safe actions.
IndieGoGo link to their campaign
Hello friends, there's a glitch in the USPS website today which may result in a error message when you try to place an order on our site. We're looking into ways around the issue. If it does not work for you, please try again tomorrow! Thanks.
Beet the System Kickstarter
If you've ever had the above sticker on your Nalgene water bottle, consider helping my buddy Breakfast's kickstarter campaign (maybe he should have started a stickkarter!). He's in the mood to print more stickers and is asking for support with the costs. Help him out, I want to see many more thousands of goofy food puns plastered across all surfaces of the continent!
We have made and distributed thousands of these stickers with our own money....But guess what? We're broke. Lets make more.
We have made and distributed thousands and thousands of these stickers since 2000. We want to make more and distribute them as always....for FREE. So far they have been included in catalogs, sent to street artists all over the world and packed in produce boxes and shipped everywhere people eat vegetables that are grown in the northeast corner of Vermont. People always ask us for more and we would love to continue distributing them, of course, for free. Our goal is to raise enough money to do a very large run of stickers that would satisfy current demands for another ten years!
A tumblr devoted to an Anarchist comic strip:
In early January I spoke on WPEB in Philadelphia on the Decarcetate PA prison justice show about the Justseeds Critical Resistance Portfolio Project. I talked about the portfolio, as well as a mud stencil action in Chicago with TAMMS YEAR TEN to draw attention to the Tamms supermax prison in southern Illinois. Throughout this conversation, myself and the Decarcerate PA hosts talked about creative strategies to bring public attention to political and social struggles. Listen to it here.
If you didn't hear about it. Here's an article in the NY Times from a couple of weeks ago on the 1971 FBI field office break-in. The information released to newspapers led to the discovery of COINTELPRO an insidious FBI program used to discredit radicals and progressives. Sadly many targets of their surveillance ended up murdered some, like Fred Hampton of the Black Panther Party, by the guns of police.
Thanks to the brave lawbreakers in this article the public learned about it. Definitely a good subject for a Celebrate People's History poster!
Josh and I will be presenting the new, third, issue of Signal: A Journal on International Political Graphics & Culture at Lili Cafe in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Feb. 4th, at 7pm. Lili is located at 3138 Dobson Street in Polish Hill. It's free and cheap copies of Signal will be available.
(the image on the flier is taken from Josh's article about the Medu Arts Ensemble)
Although much respected, Amilcar Cabral didn't actually write that much beyond speeches and lectures. But there is a large body of literature about Cabral, and the struggle in Portuguese Guinea. This week I'm going to take a look at the covers of this secondary material. It's a combination of pamphlets, like the one to the right—published by the New England Free Press in the 1970s, to books about Cabral and the PAIGC (the liberation organization he led against the Portuguese).
I'm in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the next two months, working on a conservation theater project in and around a new national park in the east of the country. It's going to be an interesting effort, writing and directing some short skits about conservation with Congolese researchers and fieldworkers that we'll take out to small, remote villages in the upper reaches of the Lomami river. Our goal is somewhat complicated- to promote the idea of community forests, of community stewardship of forests and their fauna and flora, in the hopes of helping to defend those forests against commercial exploitation by criminal networks and well-funded poaching enterprises. This is an experimental effort- at least half the time we spend out in the field will be put to the use of determining if what we're doing gets the point across in any useful way at all. You can follow regular updates from the project here on its tumblr. If you're curious about what exactly is going on in that photograph, click here to read the most recent update from Kinshasa, Congo's vibrant and sprawling capital. If you feel like you want to support the project (which is running on the tiniest of budgets), you could consider buying a download of some amazing music I recorded in the region when I was last there.
A recent image that I made for a Post Carbon Institute/Steve Lambert poster project that will be hitting the streets soon. My image unfortunately mirrors reality with the erroneous decision by the State Department yesterday that stated - or were lobbied by the oil and gas industry to say - that the Keystone Pipeline will not negatively climate change. See a Guardian editorial for more.
Starting tomorrow night (1/30) Justseeds will be tabling at the Los Angeles Art Bookfair! Come say "HI" to Meredith and Josh, and check out what looks to be a great Bookfair. All the info on the fair is HERE.
If you're paying attention to the horror-story that is the continued development of tar-sands infrastructure in Canada, then you've heard about the megaloads. These are enormous shipments of equipment destined for the tar-sands projects, moving through Pacific Northwest ports and up small highways into Canada. There's been some pretty fierce opposition to these shipments, which is ongoing. The Nez Perce and Umatilla tribes have blockaded roads, activists from Oregon, Idaho and Montana have locked down to the machinery to prevent it moving, and more people are joining in. You can read about some of the opposition on the website of Portland Rising Tide. I made a graphic for the campaign, which you can see above, and you can download a high-resolution copy of to print out and put in your window by clicking on that image and then right- or function-clicking to download.
A 2-color print that I made of the image will be available in the Justseeds store soon!
Here's Artnoose. She's quietly been Justseeds' stalwart adjunct at Pittsburgh World Distro HQ for a few years now, covering our butts when we need to leave town (or work other jobs). More importantly, she's been doing a typeset-by-hand zine for 17+ years, the venerated Ker-Bloom!, while paying the bills with flawless custom letterpress jobs as Deep Ink Letterpress. Even more importantly than that, she's a mom. 'Noose is looking for a hand keeping her zine afloat in 2014 by easing some of the load of typesetting all day while juggling the combined responsibilities of raising a child and renovating their new abode. The funding request is modest, and $20 gets you a year's subscription to Ker-Bloom!, which is pretty well worth it. Donate here!
UPDATE: Artnoose reached her small goal in record time, but you can still donate to help with babysitting costs and get yourself a 2014 subscription! Did I mention that the covers will be in rainbow-colored order? They will.