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The algorithms that select material for me to see on my social media have somehow not come up with the name of Raja Meziane. In spite of my having just spend a week in ESAD Valence in France with some immigrants from Algeria making an Agit Disco Dispersal. It took the state controlled BBC to tell me that Raja has become the ‘sound of the youth revolution’ in Algeria with 35 million views on YouTube this year…

Despite failing to secure a record deal in Algeria, she has continued to post her anti-government songs online.

She was forced to emigrate a few years ago and lives in Prague where she is studying International Law as well as continuing to record. She is one the BBC’s 100 Influential Women of 2019.

Last night I heard this singer on Radio 6 on Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone programme.

Lingua Ignota is a classically trained singer who, after as that in life as a Catholic chorister, got into noise music. But now is bringing all her experience together in an album about her experience of domestic abuse. She’s really thought about the issue, and speaks articulately about its many facets, but the tracks of her latest album are all about communicating the pure pain, and lasting trauma that it leaves in the victim. Somehow noise music plus her complex overtone singing seem perfect for representing trauma, Still, its not easy to listen to!

https://linguaignota.bandcamp.com

“CALIGULA, the new album by LINGUA IGNOTA plunges into the ocean with the visionary force of the 12th century mystic who inspired it”

“The unsayable, the unspeakable, the traumatic repressed has become, over the last two years, and perhaps more than any other contemporary artist, the theme and keynote of Kristin Hayter’s music.”

from Robert Barry’s review in the Quietus

I’m wary of the way people like Diamanda Galás appeal to the political right, with the allure of unhinged violence that has parted company with any restrain or moral compass.  But hearing Kristin talk about how this was based on her own experience of being abused at the hands of a widely admired member of the left community she lived in, you have to consider that this is an art version of the screams that must accompany any expression of the experience of extremes of abuse suffered by anyone. I do believe that far-right people have actually experienced harsh cruelty, usually when they are young, that disconnects them from human empathy in a way that exceeds that of everyday oppressors.

Her intense pain is like that that must drive other people to commit suicide, and or plotting to harm others. Lily-livered people like myself really find it scary but that’s the point I suppose.

Heavy-Metal! A-side selection by Love Kindstrand

Statecraft’s ‘Bloodshed revolution’ (Video blocked to me) pretty hardcore death metal? Going on other Statecraft tracks…

Firstblood’s ‘Conspiracy’.

“I’ve liked these dudes since I was 13 back in 2003. Damn I was an angry teenager. Their lyrics still ring true to this day though. Especially since I’m now a combat veteran.” Youtube comment

In the first English edition of Agit Disco we didn’t engage with Death Metal genres – did the genre seem too tainted with right-wing style anger? But I do recognise that Metal goes into that war violence and madness scenario that haunts humanity. Some of this stuff is a nightmare (for me) to listen to. But for people who’ve lived through anything from domestic violence, to rape, to gang fear, to actual imperialist warfare, then maybe it’s a mild echo of those realities that we have to find ways of healing from and emerging from.

It has been said that Heavy Metal springs from the echoes of the C20th British ‘Heavy Industries’ merging with rock and roll. It is, for sure, in its roots, a blue collar music. But in its celebration of noise it also relates to bands like ‘Test Department’ and Paul Burwell and Anne Bean’s art orientated Bow Gamelan Ensemble. Finally: One of the main good job options in the area I grew up in, if you weren’t singled out for academic upward mobility, was to become a metal ‘panel beater’.

So anyway, I wonder what ‘Love Kindstrand’ has to say about it? I see ‘First Blood’ are vegan and drug-free… and of course ‘First Blood’ is the title of 1982 Rambo film.

AA-side selection by Koya Suzuki

Noodles girl band  – NO FAN  2013  J-pop?

 

Les Rallizes Dénudés – White Waking (Cable Hogue Soundtrack Version)

Mysterious and fascinating Japanese rock band that formed in 1962 as a musical theatre troupe then became a Velvet Underground like band, with associations with The Japanese Red Army!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Rallizes_Dénudés

A Women’s Liberation Music Archive was launched as an online blog in May 2011 by Frankie Green and Dr Deborah Withers. They have an exhibition coming up at Space Station Sixty-Five, 373 Kennington Road, SE11 4PS, from the 1st December to 13th January 2013. The opening is on Friday the 30th November 2012.

This focuses on how women used music as an activist tool to entertain and empower women during the 1970s and 1980s – the politics of music making explored. Currently on tour to Cardiff, Manchester and Glasgow.

LOVERS ROCK

My thought here was a nice little story about how history is bent into a male shape – with compensatory soundtrack:

“Most record collectors are male – boys seeking boys’ things. So it is hardly surprising that the reggae records which have been most resistant to collector-mania have been the ones which don’t deal with the sort of things that blokes check for. There are lots of Ebay Earners about war, overcoming tribulation, weighty spiritual issues and smoking ‘erb. So yes, these days much of the bargain bin reggae was originally sung by, and ultimately aimed at, teenage girls. Teenage girls are like kryptonite for record collectors, I think.” Read More »

Reddington, Helen. The Lost Women of Rock: female musicians of the punk era. Ashgate 2007
“Before this time, women’s presence in rock bands, with a few notable exceptions, had always been as vocalists. This sudden influx of female musicians into the male domain of rock music was brought about partly by the enabling ethic of punk rock”
Stuff on Polystyrene (who used to turn up at the Oval Workshops in the mid-Seventies when I was squatting in St Agnes Place), The Slits (of course – hardly forgotten!), The Rain coats, Gaye Black, Rubella Ballet,

Worth remembering this book was published and to look out for the remainder copies… It doesn’t seem to have come out in paperback! And the hardback is £55! C’mon Ashgate isn’t it about time to bring out an affordable paperback edition.
This is commonly one of the ways that radical book information has been kept from the ‘masses’ – (so it might be quite a good book…!)

PS

Here’s something a bit cheaper but looks like its our of print…

“Bondage Up Yours” Experiences of female Punks in the Nineteen Nineties, by M.Liptrot. Pamphlet. 2005

The result of a degree study by Michele a female punk from the North of England. This is an interesting collection of comments, interviews and history of womens participation in punk. (found on ActiveDistribution.org)