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Liberty Snake Episode Nine at The Horatia, London, Nov 4

by Suzanne on October 31st, 2011


Flyer for LS 009, artwork: Scene im Hades from Jugend 1896 - click to enlarge

The great MisanthroPop kindly invites you to the 9th installment of The Liberty Snake - taking place at London's Horatia this Friday, November 4, 2011.

If you're on Facebook, you can click here to RSVP and you'll be on the cheap list (£3 instead of £4).

There will be free Misanthropia - The Greatest Country in the World zines and mix CDs to take away while supplies last.

I'll be doing the door/merch stand/free art ranting & fortune telling desk and there will be lots of great music:

LIVE

Now Wash Your Hands (Power Electronics from Nottingham, UK)

"Nathan Nothing was failing at music so he decided the only option left was to take up noise (or power electronics to be specific). He also wanted an outlet for his grumpy foul tempers and to humiliate himself onstage for others' amusement wearing special costumes. There is nothing more important than being clean and nothing cleans the head out better than a healthy blast of noise! (Always wash your hands). Death to false noise!"

Soft Riot (London, UK)

"A casual project that formed in the mid-naughties under the original name JJ Wax, Soft Riot’s original angle was “ambient punk”, fusing elements of drone-y post-rock, minimal wave electronics, synthesizer-based cinema soundtracks and a bit of chordal mass composition."

DJS

• Sereina Noelle Winters (Berlin/California)

Emi Trashbeat & Zevoa (Never Come Back)

Misanthro-Pop Release DJs


Flyer for LS 009 - click to enlarge

WTF IS THIS SHIT?!

Formed in February 2007, The Liberty Snake is a sporadic music event that attempts to provide a lighthearted night of fun and dancing for people with a particular taste.

The club first started out with a heavy emphasis on French cold-wave and industrial music, but now has a much broader focus, playing several different genres of "oddities" and anti-music.

The Liberty Snake is hosted by Robert M Fenner (Nurvuss, RMF-Noir, No Kisses)

cold-wave / no-wave / bad-trip / minimal / gloom jazz / misanthropop / new savage / post-industrial soul / port-mortem / post-office / oddities / no italo disco

September YouTube Finds: Rathergood, SRL, Chatbots, Hot Dogs, Demon Kogure, Arino, Godzilla Bukkake & More

by Suzanne on September 6th, 2011

An irresponsibly random and certainly headache-inducing selection of YouTube videos in no logical order whatsoever that people who are not following me on Twitter will most probably have missed:

The amazing When Clive Was Alive by Rathergood (via Substrom)

Survival Research Lab’s A Bitter Message of Hopeless Grief from 1988 (via Binnorie)

Two chatbots talking to each other (via Valentina Tanni)

"If I was a hot dog everyone would love me!" (via Misanthropop)

Kiyohiko Senba & The Haniwa All-Stars feat. Demon Kogure (via Substrom)

Misanthropop loops Arino in I Can't Leave You Alone

Godzilla Bukkake! (via Misanthropop)

Keine Ahnung: Im Himmel with violin by Hermann Kopp (via ILLFM)

BLERGH!

by Suzanne on August 22nd, 2011


© Wurzeltod, 2011

Lots of stuff happening (mainly of the bad and then worse kind). I have been watching lots of Gamecenter CX which I find incredibly therapeutic because it brings back so many childhood memories. I also find AD "Adventure Island 28 Hours Straight So Beautiful I Think I Cried" Urakawa immensely attractive and such a graceful gamer *cough* which might be another reason why I'm watching Arino play really obnoxious vintage games for hours on end. Oh well, we all have our weak spots.

In related old skool gaming news, can someone help Rob, Same Hat & I identify what PC88 / 98 or MSX2 game this screen shot is from. Ta!

Nothing much going on in the arts but it seems that decent exhibition programmes begin again in September, so let me just share some things that got stuck in my Twitter over the past few days.

DEPRESSING ART NEWS

Doubly sad times for censorship in Australia...

Robert Crumb cancels Australia show after being told he produces "crude and perverted images emanating from what is clearly a sick mind." His answer?

"I have a lot of anxiety about having to confront some angry sexual assault crisis group."

Jan Saudek photo withdrawn after child prostitution claim.
(thanks, Trevor!)

VERY sad times for the fantastic Odd Nerdrum who's been sentenced to two years in prison for tax evasion.
(via Samantha Levin)

GENERAL WEIRDNESS

• Will Wiles for Cabinet Magazine on The Behavioral Sink

"Elsewhere, cannibalism, pansexualism, and violence became endemic. Mouse society had collapsed."

• Mask of a 1970s-era Elvis Presley from Malawi at the Brooklyn Museum

"The painted wood mask, “Elvis” Mask for Nyau Society , was worn by a “secret society” made up of Chewu peoples during ceremonies and rituals."

AUDIOVISUAL PLEASURES

Substrom made a really nice video for Clark. And by "really nice" I mean "NSFW":

"We knew our ideals were high. The lower we sink, the less we care why." (from Jeopardy by The Sound - cover art by the Stenberg Brothers):

Overtone singing with x-ray image made by the Dept. of Radiology at the CHUV Lausanne (via NotCot):

The Fumetto 2011 Report

by Suzanne on April 14th, 2011


Waiting by the ILLUMAT® for this - Photo by Robert M Fenner, 2011

This year's edition of Fumetto marked the festival's 20th anniversary and it was a worthy celebration of sequential art that I was fortunate enough to attend with The Fenner.

And since all festival director Lynn Kost had to tell me when I congratulted him on the programme was "Yeah, you just came for Dan Clowes!", I thought I should probably at least attempt to prove him wrong by writing this little Fumetto photo love story. Do teenage magazines still print those? I suppose not. I sometimes forget that I could be your collective gramma.


Installation view of Daniel Clowes' retrospective during Fumetto 2011 at Frigorex - Photo by Wurzeltod, 2011

Anyways, so just like every year, there was some outstanding and exceptional work on display: From a post-apocalyptic bombed-out teenage angst shelter to art brut to traditional sequentialism to sausage art. Yes, there were A LOT of sausages from Ampel Magazin, to Beni Bischof (obsessively!), to (more subtly, but STILL!) Brecht Vandenbroucke and Tommi Musturi AND I HAVEN'T EVEN BEEN TO THE SATELLITE EXHIBITIONS! I have been thinking about this trend since my return and to be frank with you, I'm not sure whether it has to do with Lucerne's sick love affair with the "Cervelat" or whether it's more because, after all, every idiot can draw a sausage with a face - including myself. At any rate, I thought it essential to raise this issue.


Artwork by Tommi Musturi for Fumetto 2011 at SBB Tunnel - Photo by Wurzeltod, 2011

But now, and because I'm an opinionated cunt, to my personal Top 5 of Fumetto 2011 in Order of Awesomeness:

1. Daniel Clowes
2. ILLUMAT®
3. Tommi Musturi
4. Jim Shaw
5. Beni Bischof

6./Honourable mention: Atak

- 1-

Dan Clowes needs no further explanation/introduction/votum as people who know me well are probably sick of me going on about his work. All I can say is that an interview that Rob and I conducted with him will follow later and in the meantime, why not get jealous at my signed copy of Like A Velvet Glove Cast In Iron?! And just one last word to "curator" Susan Miller: That press release was DREADFUL! Particularly compared to Lynn's amazing essays. Just sayin', just sayin'.

- 2 -

The ILLUMAT® (top picture) was a very pleasant surprise this year and I'm glad I waited amongst screaming children and smelly dogs for the Weimar illustration students... errr... ROBOTS to draw me this amazing watercolour with the instructions "Godzilla standing on Mount Fuji with a censored erection. During sunset" (Yes, OF COURSE I wanted to go for "Godzilla Bukkake" first, but so much for self-censorship..)

- 3 -


Projected face paint courtesy of Tommi Musturi and Fumetto 2011 - Photo by Robert M Fenner, 2011

Finnish artist Tommi Musturi was probably my favourite discovery of this year's Fumetto. His candy-coloured neo-new-age worlds and zine works were as psychedelically trippy as they were technically impeccable. That's sensory overload and synapses harakiri at its best!

- 4 -

Jim Shaw is one of those artists I always knew about but had so far subconsciously avoided a confrontation with his oeuvre in the slightly psychotic fear I would hate it or its monochrome character wouldn't have enough essence. Well, I'm glad to say I couldn't have been more wrong and more snobbish. His (very directly) William Blake inspired cycle was one of the big revelations of Fumetto 2011. His works have all the gravitas, all the complexity, all the rebellion, all the cleverness that even elusive Blake himself would have loved this homage to him.

I'm afraid I wasn't allowed to take pictures of this show as it was at the modern art museum. Same applies to Yves Netzhammer whose show was very inspiring too. BOOOO KUNSTMUSEUM LUZERN!

A propos Kunstmuseum Luzern: If you visit the Fumetto exhibits, make sure to check out Patricia Bucher's Schlachtenpanorama one room after Jim Shaw's exhibition as well. You won't regret it.

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Detail of Beni Bischof's No Longer Pie in the Sky installation at Fumetto 2011, SBB Tunnel - Photo by Wurzeltod, 2011

Beni Bischof's work is art brut at its best. it's unfiltered and uncensored inspiration put into shape. And they're weird, foamy shapes growing like a fluorescent cancer and pulsating in stroboscopic light. It's unsurprising that a lot of his displays immediately entered my dream cosmos. Lynn called Beni "eine Art Verdauungsmaschine" in his press release and I couldn't agree more.

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Let's be honest: Atak's exhibition was the most epic one. And that's precisely why he didn't make it into the top 5. I just don't think he still needs the attention. His Toy Box was a work of genius though and put a giant smile on my face and this here was rather sweet too:

So, kids, what can I tell you? I had a great time, I got a chance to talk at length with one of my biggest comics heroes ever, I have a Godzilla with a giant censored erection, I had fun looking at Pipifax and Analph books I couldn't afford and I got to spend a few days in my home town of Lucerne.

The festival was outstandingly curated and locations (some architecturally stunning, some venerable, some industrial) well chosen. It was a particularly brave (and the right!) choice to put the headliner in an old fridge factory outside the city and not in the central modern art museum. Contextualisation always needs to go before commercialism and easy access.

I would particularly like to thank Dan Clowes, Lynn Kost, Daniela Krienbühl and Fabienne Anthes and everyone else from the amazing Fumetto team for making this all possible. You rock, in case you hadn't noticed.

Oh, and here's a little slideshow with some impressions for all of you who were too lazy to read this. Bastards.

Fumetto is still going on, btw, and all the exhibitions will remain on show until April 17, 2011.


Dan Clowes in conversation at Frigorex, Fumetto 2011 - Photo by Wurzeltod, 2011

RMF's MisanthroPop

by Suzanne on March 29th, 2011



Yo, beautiful people of the internets!

I thought I should let you know about a wee little website/blog I made for my glorious other half, The Fenner®.

It's called MisanthroPop and on it you can:

• find information about his musical projects and upcoming gigs
• read his MISANTHROPIA! - The Greatest Country in the World zine (issue #1 will go online soon, once issue #2 is out)
buy his limited edition 7" with AMERICANMADE and LOBOTOMOBILE on it
• subscribe to his newsletter.

I reckon I'm biased, but I think that's all pretty damn sweet!

Re:fulbright - Y by misanthropop

Sad stuff, boring stuff, embarrassing stuff, demented stuff, good stuff.

by Suzanne on March 18th, 2011

SAD STUFF

Please pardon the lack of updates here. It has a lot to do with me being glued to the BBC's Asia-Pacific Live blog at the strangest times of night and I got so little sleep I feel like I should do a sequel to Being John Malkovich entitled Being Yukio Edano. I won't go on about it here but I will keep posting useful links from the IAEA, IRSN, WHO, MIT, New Scientist et al. to my Facebook if you're interested, in an attempt to let information win over fear.

Most of my Japanese friends are fortunate to not live in the north-east that was hit hardest a week ago but in Tokyo and further south and are okay, Trevor Brown reported that he is "as well as can be expected. we still have food and i’m not glowing in the dark". Maru the Cat is fine too. Blogging from the future as a matter of fact - last sign of existence logged on March 20. Tokyo Scum Brigade are okay too and planning future projects. Also, the Same Hat! Tumblr has a message from the great, the invincible Kazuo Umezu.

It's good to see that despite the unbelievable hardship and the upsettingly fear-mongering Western journalism, the Japanese have kept their altruism, solidarity, logical calm... and very particular sense of humour:

As aftershocks continue, the situation at Fukushima isn't under control yet and with hundreds of thousands of displaced people living in harsh conditions, supplies and fuel running out and with the sheer scale of what's yet to come unimaginable, please consider donating to the Red Cross if you haven't done so already:

Japanese Red Cross

Japan Earthquake Relief Fund

If you are still looking for relatives, Google has launched both a YouTube channel and a person finder database.

There's been a lot of talk about "praying" for Japan. If you, like me, are not the praying type, let's HOPE for Japan to rise again and HELP where and how we can.

And please let us not forget about places currently out of the spotlight where very very tense situations prevail and that desperately need our attention too like Libya, Ivory Coast and a thousand other places on earth that fall through the media's radar.

BORING STUFF

Due to this website and the forum becoming more and more popular, I have to migrate all my content to a new hosting provider. This will probably happen sometime early this coming week and will lead to some down times. I will post a short announcement beforehand but just so you already know.

EMBARRASSING STUFF

Yes, I still owe lots and lots and lots of you emails. Due to long sickness and a multitude of projects, my inbox is still rather chaotic but trust me, everyone will get a reply as soon as possible.

DEMENTED STUFF

Rob has released the first issue of his "MISANTHROPIA! (The Greatest Country in the World)" zine that he's written and illustrated himself. It's hand copied and stapled the hell out of it by yours truly. If you're interested in supporting nonsensical small press, pricing incl. shipping is as follows: UK £1.50, EU £2, USA £2.50, RoW: £3 - paypalable to secretplotx(AT)gmail.com and we'll send it out straight away.

GOOD STUFF

Later this weekend, I will have more news for you about the Musée Bizarre situation but right now it's still top-secret. Exciting times.

by suzanne_tumblr on October 26th, 2010

I’m sorry about the MyFace pop-up, I couldn’t find this anywhere else. 

(via The Fenner)

by suzanne_tumblr on October 25th, 2010

Protein & Iron by Wurzeltod, 2010 (self with an unknown sailor)

by suzanne_tumblr on October 22nd, 2010

This creature is the sole reason why I haven’t done any bloody work in about a month’s time. I KNOW! Please direct your complaints to Misanthro-Pop Release. Thank you kindly for your attention. 

by suzanne_tumblr on September 24th, 2010

Circus Morte: Yellow Light (yes, you guessed it, via Robert M Fenner again, from the best mix CD anyone has ever made for me. SQUEEEEE!)