May 29, 2011

V.A. - Bloodstains Across Denmark

Many of the songs from this compilation are taken from other danish comps (namely "Pære Punk" and "Concert of the Moment") which were originally issued back in 1979.

Here we have recordings between 1977-1982 of bands like Sods, Lost Kids, Brats, Electric Deads, City-X and others. Classic stuff!

Genre: Punk
Country: Denmark
Size: 53 mb
Bitrate: 128 kbps


May 25, 2011

London Calling

Paul Simonon smashing his bass in New York City (1979).

The photographer Pennie Smith took a picture of Paul Simonon smashing his Fender Precision bass against the stage at The Palladium in New York City on 21 September 1979, during the "Clash Take the Fifth" US tour of The Clash.

The photograph went on to be used on the cover of the their "London Calling" album, but the photographer originally did not want the photograph to be used. She thought that it was too out of focus, but Joe Strummer and the graphic designer thought it would make a good album cover. In 2002, Smith's photograph received Q magazine’s "Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Photograph of All-Time" award in 2002, commenting that "it captures the ultimate rock'n'roll moment - total loss of control".

The cover artwork was designed by Ray Lowry and was a homage to the design of Elvis Presley's debut album. The cover named the ninth best album cover of all time by Q magazine in 2001.

May 20, 2011

KSU - 1988 - Pod prad

KSU is one of the oldest and most influential polish punk rock bands, founded in 1977 in the southeastern town of Ustrzyki Dolne (in the Bieszczady Mountains). In the beginning they were playing covers of bands like Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. Later in 1978 came up with the name KSU, which comes from the three letters from car licence plates of that region. With new name came new music and they started playing punk rock inspired by Sex Pistols, Damned, Wire and U.K. Subs.

In 1988 they recorded "Pod Prąd" (Against The Flow). Enoy!

Genre: Punk Rock
Country: Poland
Size: 49 mb
Bitrate: 128 kbps


May 11, 2011

The Game is (still) not fair..

Many people died and still dying by famine in Uganda.

Taken in Karamoja district, Uganda in April 1980, by the photographer Mike Wells, the picture above shows the contrasting hands of a starving boy and a missionary spoke louder than any world leader and any news story about the famine in Uganda. Karamoja region has the driest climate in Uganda and was prone to droughts. The 1980 famine in there where 21% of the population (and 60% of the infants) died was one of the worst in history. The worst recorded famine was the great Finn famine (1696), which killed a third of the population.

The photographer, who would later win the World Press Photo Award for this photo, admitted that he was ashamed to take the photo. The same publication that sat on his picture for five months without publishing it entered it into a competition. He was embarrassed to win as he never entered the competition himself, and was against winning prizes with pictures of people starving to death.

Famine, drought and ethnic violence go on until nowdays in Karamoja. The Karamojong are a nomadic people, but since Idi Amin years in the 1970s, their nomadic patterns were curtailed due to the increase of cross border security, internal raids, and influx of weapons which enabled them to lead raids.

In 1982, Dead Kennedys used this photo as a front cover of their "Plastic Surgery Disasters" album.

May 8, 2011

Bangladesh Atrocities (1971)

During the Bangladesh atrocities from 1971.

The photo above was taken by Don McCullin during Bangladesh atrocities that started with Operation Searchlight on 25 March 1971 and continuing throughout the Bangladesh Liberation War. There were widespread violations of human rights in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) perpetrated by the West Pakistan Army with support from local political and religious militias. "Time" magazine reported a high U.S. official as saying "It is the most incredible, calculated thing since the days of the Nazis in Poland."

Bangladeshi authorities claim that 3 million people were killed. The international media and reference books in English have also published figures which vary greatly from 200,000 to 3,000,000 for Bangladesh as a whole. A further eight to ten million people fled the country to seek safety in India.

There are many mass graves in Bangladesh, and more are continually being discovered. The first night of war on Bengalis, which is documented in telegrams from the American Consulate in Dhaka to the United States State Department, saw indiscriminate killings of students of Dhaka University and other civilians.

Numerous women were raped, tortured and killed during the war. The exact numbers are not known and are a subject of debate with some sources quoting figures as high as 400,000. One of the more horrible revelations concerns 563 young Bengali women, some only 18, who were held captive inside Dhaka's dingy military cantonment since the first days of the fighting. They were seized from Dhaka University and private homes and forced into military brothels, with some of the women carrying war babies being released.

Don McCullin's photo used by Crucifix for the front cover of the "Dehumanization" LP from 1983.

May 1, 2011

Bérurier Noir - 1989 - Souvent Fauché Toujours Marteau

The band started in 1978 in Paris, then split and became the second formation in 1980 (they played excusively in squats and had many names (Torture mentale) & often with the name Berurier Into. The name "Berurier" is based on a caracter of the french books “San Antonio”.

Some members had alcohol, drugs, suicidal problems, problems with cops, army, etc and in December 1982 the band was only formed by Francois and Loran (replacing Olaf at guitar). The Berurier decide to make a final concert as a tribute. They called themself Bérurier Noir (black) for the mourning. This is where the 3rd formation really beginned, under the encouragement of the public to continue (a part of this show was also released over “2 concerts a Paris”). This last formation played from 1983 to 1989, in many countries over many continents. They also created their own record company called “Folklore de la zone mondiale”. This really was a skin/punk movement and they played with great bands in festivals like Subhumans, The Damned, Ludwig Von 88, La Sourie Déglingué, Wampas, OTH, etc.

One of the great things about them was that they supported some great movements over their life. Anti-Racist actions, Non-profit and non-government organizations to help rescue boat people, fight against sexual agressions, unionism, etc. The amount of actions they supported is really huge.

Their music was clearly derived from British punk rock as far as music and lyrics were concerned. Most of their songs were short, aggressive and usually based on a couple of basic power chords. Their lyrics reflected the typical concerns of punks such as the rejection of consumerism, politics and traditional social order and the anger felt by disaffected youth, tramps and outsiders in general.

They added some interesting innovations. Their rhythm section consisted of a cheap (but still more reliable than a drummer) drum machine, which became an essential and arguably endearing part of their sound. The frequent use of a saxophone as of the mid-eighties also set them apart from most other punk rock bands.

They would regularly appear on record sleeves and on stage wearing clown outfits, mock police uniforms or pig masks. Their shows were a unique and highly festive cross between a punk rock concert, a grotesque circus and an anarchist rally.

A cult band, Bérurier Noir were loved by a generation of youth and feared by concert organisers for the riots that followed their shows.

Here we have their album "Souvent Fauché Toujours Martaeau" from 1989. Enjoy!

Genre: Punk Rock
Country: France
Size: 50 mb
Bitrate: 128 kbps