Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — LEWIS HILL


May 1 — Lewis Hill
American pacifist, founder of Pacifica radio network.

May 1, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Mayday
* Wiccan Beltane
*Traditional Fertility Fesitval
*World Labor Day
*Ancient Roman Floralia, Festival of the Goddess Floralia. Grand processions in England including “Jack-in-the-Green,” milkmaids, Morris dancers, Robin Hood and his Merry Men.

ALSO ON MAY 1 IN HISTORY…
1776 — Order of the Illuminati founded in Germany by Adam Weishaupt.
1830 — Irish-American labor radical Mother Jones born, Cork, Ireland.
1847 — American emancipationist Henry Demarest Lloyd born.
1881 — Mystical Christian evolutionist Teilhard De Chardin born, Auvergne, France.
1890 — American utopianist Albert Brisbane dies, Richmond, Virginia.
1893 — World’s Columbian exposition opens in Chicago;
Jane Addams’ purse snatched at opening ceremonies.
1916 — Chicago Herald becomes first newspaper to call the new music “Jazz.”
1919 — Pacifica radio founder Lewis Hill born, Kansas City, Missouri.
1933 — Christian anarchist Catholic Worker founded, New York City.
1965 — Vanguard musical performer Spike Jones dies.
1992 — Two days of rioting in the aftermath of the Rodney King police brutality trial leave 38 dead, 1500 injured and half a billion dollars in property damage,
in Los Angeles, California. Preparations made for military occupation.

Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective

DAILY MAGPIE – Sunday, Feburary 8 at Family in LA: Silkscreened Posters + Vibes

from our friends at FAMILY:

Come to the opening of Boom! A silk-screened poster show at Family featuring:

Misaki Kawai
Shara Hughes
Hisham Bharoocha

Denise Kupferschmidt
Patrick Walsh III

David Aron

Espen Friberg
Brooke Inman
Ryan Waller
Adam Kaufman
Ted McGrath
Maryam Nassirzadeh
Anna Lowe Gustavi
Holly Stevenson

Family is proud to present Boom, an exhibition of two color silkscreen prints by artists from Europe and the US. The prints are deftly hand silkscreened, the two-color limit lending to experiments with multi-colored pulls, varnishes, and neons. Produced at the Lower East Side Printshop in the tradition of Barbara Kruger and Kara Walker.

The opening will include the debut performance of Vibes (members of Pocahaunted and Robedoor).

You may know Holly Stevenson from her book of drawings, Mexican Love Story, published by Nieves.

More images at the Family events blog.

R.I.P. LUX INTERIOR

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Above: A clip of The Cramps performing at California’s Napa State Mental Hospital. Yes, this really happened.

Andy Giles points out that the Chunklet guys have posted mp3s of the Cramps’ “Ohio demo”…

Here’s the Feb 4, 2009 Statement from publicist:

Lux Interior, lead singer of The Cramps, passed away this morning due to an existing heart condition at Glendale Memorial Hospital in Glendale, California at 4:30 AM PST today. Lux has been an inspiration and influence to millions of artists and fans around the world. He and wife Poison Ivy’s contributions with The Cramps have had an immeasurable impact on modern music.

The Cramps emerged from the original New York punk scene of CBGB and Max’s Kansas City, with a singular sound and iconography. Their distinct take on rockabilly and surf along with their midnight movie imagery reminded us all just how exciting, dangerous, vital and sexy rock and roll should be and has spawned entire subcultures. Lux was a fearless frontman who transformed every stage he stepped on into a place of passion, abandon, and true freedom. He is a rare icon who will be missed dearly.

The family requests that you respect their privacy during this difficult time.

Lyrics to The Cramps’ “Garbageman”:

you ain’t no punk, you punk
you wanna talk about the real junk?
if I ever slip, I’ll be banned
cuz I’m your garbageman

well you can’t dig me you can’t dig nothin’
do you want the real thing, or are you just talkin’?
do you understand?
I’m your garbageman

yeah, somethin’ from the garage and down the driveway
now get outta your mind and get outta my way
now do you understand?
do you understand?

louie, louie, louie, lou-i
the bird’s the word and do you know why?
you gotta beat it with a stick
you gotta beat it ’til it’s thick
you gotta live until you’re dead
you gotta rock ’til you see red
now do you understand?
do you understand?
I’m a garbageman

aw, jump on and ride

yeah it’s just what you need when you’re down in the dumps
one half hillbilly and one half punk
big long legs and one big mouth
the hottest thing from the north to come out of the south
do you understand?
do you understand?

woo, I can’t lose with the stuff I use,
and you don’t choose no substitutes
so stick out your can
cuz I’m your garbageman

now do you understand?
do you understand?
do you understand?
all right, hop off

WOWOWOWOWOW: trailer for dvd releases of 1971 doc film "FTA" (Free The Army/alt. Fuck The Army)

Promo text:

1971: a massive GI Movement to end the Vietnam war was sweeping through troops, wreaking havoc on the U.S. military. Into that mix came the FTA Show, a caustic, electrifying, sharply antiwar comedy review led by Jane Fonda & Donald Sutherland. As they toured outside military bases from Guam to the Philippines, over 60,000 soldiers cheered and joined the show’s call to end the war.

Available for the first time since it mysteriously disappeared in 1972 after only one week in theaters, this raucous film is a riveting slice of the Vietnam anti-war movement. Reviving the wonderfully campy, yet biting theater of Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland’s Free The Army (or, more popularly, “Fuck The Army”) Tour, FTA captures the entertaining magic and mayhem of the anti-war and pro-labor show as it rallies and rouses dissident GIs stationed along the Pacific Rim.

A gritty mix of rollicking performances and GI interviews, FTA juxtaposes lighthearted political satire with the somber realities of war, occupation, and the absurdities of military life, a barbed rebuke to the staid USO program. From Okinawa to the Philippines, stirred by the show’s provocative message, the members of the U.S. military find courage to speak out candidly in front of the camera.

Fonda and Sutherland are joined on stage by an all-star cast of musicians and activists including folk musician Len Chandler, songstress Rita Martinson, and comedian Paul Mooney.

A fresh look at the Vietnam anti-war movement through the songs and skits that shook a generation, this film will leave you singing along with the fired-up men and women of the military. Foxtrot, Tango, Alpha… Fuck the Army!

DVD Extras Include an Interview with Jane Fonda About Her Perspective on the Film Now

Street date: February 24 , 2009
Sug. Retail Price: $26.95
Catalog #: NNVG146161
Running Time: 97 mins + extras

"Meanwhile, in reality…" HFS!!!: Jeff Lint's THE CATERER NO. 3 (excerpted in Arthur No. 17) reprinted in new edition!


Baffled? Perhaps the promo text for “The Caterer” No. 3 reprint, from Floating World Comics, the comic book’s publisher, will help:

Described by Alan Moore as “the holy barnacle of failure”, The Caterer dragged [former publisher] Pearl Comics into a legal hell when its hero spent the whole of Issue 9 on a killing spree in Disneyland. The smirking Jack Marsden became a cult figure and role model for enigmatic idiots in the mid-70s. His style and catchphrases were such an insider code that hundreds of people got beaten up by baffled or enraged onlookers.

Floating World Comics has teamed with Lint biographer Steve Aylett to present a reprint of Issue 3: this stand-out issue includes the beginning of Marsden’s goat obsession, a fierce appearance by the ghostly Hoston Pete, a great example of the Marsden ‘stillness’ and no less than four classic Marsden hallucinations. The leaning Chief Bayard’s preoccupation with our hero results in the violent deaths of six people, and Jack delivers his infamous ‘lipstick for dogs’ diatribe.

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A note about Arthur Magazine's future from the editor/publisher.

Hey gang–

I am done with self-publishing Arthur, which I’ve been doing since July, 2007. It’s too much work for one person to edit, publish and manage a national magazine, month after month, year after year.

I am talking with interested parties regarding their taking over the Publisher role for Arthur Magazine.

Please stay tuned. And, subscribers: your subscriptions will be fulfilled when we resume publication. Thanks for your patience.

All love and R.I.P. Ron Asheton,

Jay Babcock
editor/publisher, Arthur Magazine
editor@arthurmag.com


"KEEPING IT LOCAL": Trinie Dalton visits BRIGHTBLACK MORNING LIGHT

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Nabob, photographed by Trinie Dalton

KEEPING IT LOCAL
Two transplants from the Heart of Dixie who went west to the land of mesas, pueblos and geodesic domes, Rachael Hughes and Nathan Shineywater have found a way to thrive beyond society’s mad dash to survive. Trinie Dalton travels to New Mexico to meet BRIGHTBLACK MORNING LIGHT, and hear their stunning new album in the pair’s natural habitat.

originally published in Arthur No. 31 (Oct 2008), with photographs by Lisa Law

Leaving Brightblack Morning Light’s northern New Mexico deep wilderness enclave, I finally get their obsession with the local AM radio. The daily monsoon moves in as I fly down the hill from their town in my red rental car. Mexican cumbia, a variation of the upbeat Colombian pop music, sounds interplanetary crackling through the fuzzy AM distance. I imagine it transmitting from some far off Mexican star, a star I’d like to visit. Crank the cumbia, see what it can do in a storm. Brightblack Morning Light’s Nabob Shineywater says AM is like Sun Ra. Yesterday morning, just after I’d arrived, we were hiking up a wash and Nabob asked, “Who are we to say Sun Ra wasn’t from another planet?”

The sky gets dark as wind kicks up. With the first lightning crackle and boom, the radio shorts and cumbia cuts out—quiet for a moment, then back up, hissing, scratched, and damaged. Have I blown the speakers? Has the radio station’s tower been struck? Each lightning bolt slicing vertically down the flat horizon causes more disruption. Nabob also mentioned that in Los Alamos, scientists recently disproved Einstein’s theory that light travels fastest. Radio waves now win that contest. Two days after the anniversary of the Pueblo Revolt of 1860—a big deal in these parts—thunder means the obliteration of human sounds. Recognizable dance beats are exchanged for something Frankenstein-ish: a live, electric orchestration so weird and marvelous it could only have been invented by Nature, the omnipresent force in this sandy region.

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