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Zinestars #5

Posted in Zinestars with tags , , , , on March 23, 2011 by Jagged Visions

Finally I got around to post some reviews of zines that I read! Zines are fun and when facebook is dead still be there!

 

Some Will Never Know #2

The second issue of Some Will Never Know is already out for a while and if you don’t have a copy yet it is about time to pick one up. This zine is really worth the money, like the first issue good long personal interviews with interesting people.  The ones that stood out for me were the interviews with Che the ex-singer of Born From Pain, that dude from Wales, Jos of Seein Red and with Pieter Hendriks who drummed in a lot of Dutch bands like Reaching Forward, Nrsimhadeva and also Born From Pain. Favorite story was probably the one with Serge de Maar who is the man behind the famous Innocent who tells about his travels and former political activities. It is really interesting which surprising stories a lot of people have to tell and all credits to Pim who gets that out of them. Like Jos of Seeing Red making house music like Fatboy Slim or Serge of Innocent about being in jail in Germany for terrorist activities.

There is also a nice article where a lot of different people tell their story about the Goudvishal in Arnhem. The now closed down concert hall was the main place for hardcore punk in the nineties in Holland which can be read in a lot of different memories from the volunteers, the bands and visitors. In the coming weeks I will try to write down my own memories and post them here!

Pim keeps continue writing and publishing on his blog and hopefully #3 will also once see the light.

Chaotiks Revenge #6/ Ploppy Pants # 10

Split zine from 2010 between Chaotiks Revenge from Holland by Marit and Ploppy Pants from Scotland by Roddy. Small crusty zines with short interviews, rants, reviews and personal stories about traveling. Chaotik has an interview with Regulations and a cool interview with people of Swomp who squatted a piece of fallow in the centre of Amsterdam to make a biological vegetable garden. Ploppy Pants is not shitty at all. I loved the great long in-depth interview with a guy called Jeeves, who really is the coolest Scottish punk ever. he tells about the early punk scene. The lucky dude saw the likes of Joy Division, Saxon, The Clash, Motorhead, Buzzcocks and on and one. In the early nineties he organized rave festivals in the mountains of Scotland, toured with his own band and roadied for Oi Polloi and Bloodshot. He has a lot of great anecdotes. Pick the zine up if you can, only 1 euro!

Keep it Real #10

Apostolis from Greece of Keep It Real out and unfortunately it is the last issue… This issue has like expected lots of interviews and a nice lay out. Interviews with bands like Fucked Up, Integrity, Throats, Bitter End and Lemuria. Dwid of Integrity didnt seem so inspired by the questions and only gave short cryptic answers, which in a way is also cool. The Fucked Up guys put a bit more effort in it but still seem to be answer a bit on the automatic pilot, but in a way also cool if asked about which bands in the current scene he likes the most, he honestly says he mostly listens to house music. Bitter End, Lemuria and Glasses interviews are nice. Personally I liked the interviews with the Greek bands Ruined Family and Antimob the most, just like the interview with the artist who made the awesome cover. Instead of collums on vegetarism or violent dancing I also would have loved to read some more about the pretty fucked up political situation in Greece, but maybe Greek kids are totally sick of it? Nice zine and I’m curious about what the new project is going to be!

Antidrasi listed by the guys of Antimob as one of their favorite Greek bands. I like it!


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Spring started!!!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 19, 2011 by Jagged Visions

Time for some happy music:

and of course my all time Irish heroes from the Muppet show:

Terror in Bangkok

Posted in Thailand with tags , , , , on March 17, 2011 by Alright Jack
 

I suppose this is the first guest post on Jagged Visions. I am the Jagged Vision’s creator’s younger brother and currently living in Bangkok for perhaps up to a year (it’s sort of unplanned still). I thought it’d be cool to write a little about punk and underground culture here in Thailand. Enjoy.

 

Last Tuesday I saw Terror play in Bangkok. I missed the first Thai band as the flyer said the show would start 7:30. In Europe this usually means that the door is open at 7:30 and the first band starts at 8:30/9pm, but here the second band was almost already finished when I walked in. At war with Gods from Melbourne sounded cool, but sort of standard, the crowd went crazy on it though. But from what I’ve heard the response to the first Thai band “10 baht per hour” was much crazier than to the Australian band. I’m a bit angry about missing out on the first band, but I’m sure I’ll have a second chance here in Bangkok. Terror from the first seconds was complete mayhem. It’s been a while since I’ve seen show with this amount of headwalks, crazy jumps and moshing. And Scott Vogel continued to call for “more stagedives, more stagedives, more stagedives!”. It’s never enough for that guy. Anyway, Terror seemed to enjoy themselves and played as you’d expect them to. It reminded me of the craziest Terror shows back in 2004 in the Netherlands. You don’t see this stuff all that often in the Netherlands anno 2011. Thankfully more than half of the songs they played were from One with the Underdogs and Lowest of the Low, which is the only stuff I’m able to recognize.

The one thing that bugs me a bit is the entree fee of 600 baht. 600 baht translates into 15 euro, which I would already consider to be a lot of money for a punk gig in the Netherlands, and for normal Thai people here that’s an awful lot of money. Unless you’re from a priviliged background or have a good job (and there are of course plenty of rich Thai people), the monthly rent for your apartment for 50-75 euro a month here. To then spend 15 euro on a punk gig is rather insane. It’s like what you pay to see Metallica and Iron Maiden play in the Netherlands. But then for a hardcore band that barely lasts 30 minutes. And then doesn’t even play an encore. I’m not saying that punk bands should play more than 30 minutes. I usually hate encores. I like it short and powerful, and I’m sure Terror isn’t going to make a lot of money out of it. But still… I guess it’s just fucking expensive to have a Western band come over here considering flight-tickets and all.

Picture from Siam hardcore website

The place itself, the Rock Bar, was also horribly commercial and filled with kitschy objects. The drinks are expensive, resulting in a venue where the only people drinking inside are farang (foreigners), while all the Thais are sitting outside drinking cheap booze bought from the convenience store. In general this seems to be a problem in Bangkok. All the clubs and bars are horribly commercial. Not many places feel authentic or have character, it’s all kitsch. And unless you like Thai pop-music, there are not too many real cool places for going out. At first sight it seems underground culture is rather undeveloped. Considering the amount of empty buildings (abandoned skyscrapers for fucks sake!) there should be plenty of space for people to organize and set up things together. I know the authorities are probably a bit less easygoing on squatters and diy initiatives than in West-Europe. Here you might just have a 40 cops armed with batons and teargas ready to break some faces show up during an event. I have no idea. But the people living in the slums of klong thoey can be considered to be squatters and  seem to be quite succesful in resisting the police and the interests big capital. So it might be something that could be developed. The only proper underground venue in Bangkok I’ve found so far is The Overstay, which is an unorganized hostel owned by a French guy in which cool stuff is organized from time to time.

Thai HC kid with a patriotic No Turning Back shirt

It seems to be a rather small punk scene. Terror would probably attract a bit more people on a week-show in the Netherlands, even when they play there 10 times a year. But there should be potential considering there is plenty of disenfranchised youth around. Funny to me is that you have exactly the same fashion, dancing, posing and punk music style as back in the West. It’s pretty much all copied, but that’s of course exactly the same for contemporary hardcore kids in Europe and the US. You see a bit more bandana’s than in Europe, and just as with Latino’s, bandana’s seems to fit Thai people much more than white hardcore kids.

Gyakufunsha kazoku (The Crazy Family)

Posted in Japan with tags , , on March 6, 2011 by Jagged Visions

Crazy Family VHS box artwork

Yesterday I finally got to watch Sogo Ishii‘s movie “The Crazy Family” from 1984. The movie tells the story of the Kobayashi family who finally get to move out of their tiny Tokyo apartment to a big house of their dreams in the suburbs. On first sight they appear to be a normal Japanese family. Father is a hardworking salary man, the mother is a housewife who talks with her plants, the oldest son is studying hard to get to Tokyo university and the daughter wants to become a popstar/actress. And then there is also the granddad who has not other place to stay than with the family, although everyone wants him to go. A common theme in Japanese movies and also a real “problem” in Japanese society where the children have to take their parents into their home if they get old.

The characters are all a bit over the top stereotypes, like in a typical Japanese comedy. Still this is movie by punk director Sogo Ishii so things will not evolve as you expect them to. Slowly the family turns from normal into crazy into totally maniac horror, where they all try to slaughter each other like the two girls in “2LDK“. From a drama/comedy the movie turns to total weird anarchy. Especially the grandfather who puts on his old war uniform and quotes Nietzsche is a fucking hero. Since Japanese war atrocities is still hardly dealt with in Japanese cinema, it doesn’t surprise that the movie didn’t get a lot of attention in Japan at that time like Sogo Ishii tells in this interview on Midnight Eye.

The grandfather in his Mantsurya uniform

The movie is great parody on materialistic family life accompanied by a great soundtrack with Japanese New Wave music. Which bands are playing? Although punk classic “Burst City” is more well known, don’t forget to check out this movie as well.  Classic.

According to this blog, Sogo Ishii recently changed his name to Gakuryu Ishii. He also has a blog himself. Check!

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