"Negro Folk Songs For Young People" sung by Leadbelly on Folkways Records. Photographed in the collection of Interference Archive in Brooklyn.
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"I Hate The Capitalist System" - an LP by Barbara Dane on Paredon Records. Indeed! Photographed in the collection of Interference Archive which I finally visited yesterday.
Unsane - “Vandal-X” / “Streetsweeper” 7”, Sub Pop, 1990. I have always loved this record, since it came out, but I never picked up a copy back in the day and then sort of forgot about trying to find it. Finally I scored a copy in a cheap lot on eBay, along with two other early Unsane 7“‘s. Compared to other Sub Pop Singles Club records, this one glaringly stood out for its horrific cover art, skillfully executed by Jens Jurgensen. The version of “Vandal-X” is much better on this record than the one that appears on Unsane’s later full length S/T LP on Matador.
Unsane / Slug - split 7”, PCP Entertainment, 1992. I love all of Unsane’s early 7” records and this split with the band Slug, where the bands covered each other’s songs, is no exception. Finally picked up a copy recently, along with two other early Unsane 7“‘s I was missing. The graphic design is extra authoritative here.
Corrupted - “Dios Injusto” (Unfair God) 7”, 1999, Frigidity Discos, Japan. I was extra happy to find a copy (second pressing) of this great record today. A longtime want, filled at last. You can hear this on Youtube. Super crushing power!
From the recently purchased records pile: the 7” “Southern Nihilist Front” from 2007 by Mike IX of EyeHateGod on Chrome Peeler Records. A great version of the Bloodyminded song “Ten Suicides” is included on one side.
Forgive the sporadic posts. I’ve been busy installing this exhibition in Philadelphia with the group I’m part of, Temporary Services. So in the meantime, please enjoy this close up photo that I took last month of Morbid Tales by Celtic Frost on my turntable.
A detail from the cover of the album Mom’s the Word (Century Records, 1973, Villa Park, IL). This is a high school band record with kids from the Glenbard West Jazz Ensemble and a recording from their Mother’s Day concert on May 13, 1973. And yes, they did perform the theme from Shaft and it’s excellent (how could it not be?).
The typographic treatment of the lyrics for the album Things I Hate to Admit by Victim’s Family (1988, Mordam Records) is unusually obsessive and dense in a way that is well suited to their precise and complicated music. Here are the lyrics to “World War IX.”
The typographic treatment of the lyrics for the album Things I Hate to Admit by Victims Family (1988, Mordam Records) is unusually obsessive and dense in a way that is well suited to their precise and complicated music. Here are the lyrics to “Mondo Freudo.”
The typographic treatment of the lyrics for the album Things I Hate to Admit by Victims Family (1988, Mordam Records) is unusually obsessive and dense in a way that is well suited to their precise and complicated music. Here are the lyrics to “Creepy People.”
An old SST Records mail order form that was tucked into my copy of Black Flag’s The Process of Weeding Out. This will allow you to cry over how you could have picked up Kill From the Heart by the Dicks on vinyl for $6.50 in 1984 or a Black Flag skateboard deck.
An enlargement of a tiny comic by Pedro Bell from the inside gatefold of the Funkadelic album Uncle Jam Wants You, Warner Brothers Records, 1979. Pedro Bell would draw these covers at about 36” X 36” and then the labels would shrink them down, resulting in an amazing amount of information that you almost need a magnifying glass to read. On the album itself, this comic is only about 3” X 3”.