Welcome back to the newsletter! Below are some things I’ve been checking out lately, and what’s new at the blog.
Desolation Center is a documentary about underground punk and experimental music that I’ve blogged about in the past, and the good news is it’s streaming, so you don’t have to try to catch it at a screening (which I did, and it was a fun experience).
Bandcamp Fridays, where the streaming service waives its fees for the first Friday of the month, is being extended through 2020. It’s Bandcamp’s way of helping out musicians impacted by the pandemic.
Revolver had an interesting list last month: “polarizing albums where bands radically changed direction” and “risked pissing off fans to reach a new level.” There’s some good choices in the list.
’80s punk/hardcore live video from Washington, D.C. has been posted to YouTube, thanks in part to the D.C. Public Library’s Punk Archive (which I’ve written about before). Brooklyn Vegan has the story behind the videos. I’m looking forward to digging in!
Malokul Records, which released one of my band’s records, is having a sale at its online store. 33% off with code ONE3RD. Malokul carries lots of punk, hardcore, and grind records and shirts.
Napalm Death has announced its new album, Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism, and released a track online, and the band is having a drawing where you can win a bunch of goodies when you pre-save the album on streaming services. Me personally, I pre-ordered the CD.
Khtek is a rapper in Morocco with a new single that has made a splash. Middle East Monitor has the story.
Photo: Middle East Monitor
Highlights of what’s new at the blog:
Skaters protest for Black Lives Matter
Library of Congress offers “Citizen DJ”
My annual list of compilations for free download
Musicians support “Let the Music Play” U.K. campaign
More classic interviews From the Vault: Overkill, Defiance, Forbidden
Spotlight on black musicians in metal, punk, hardcore
Artists ask Congress to “Save Our Stages”
“End on End” podcast deep dives into Dischord Record