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Solecast: Sima Lee on Anarchism, Hip-hop, and Revolutionary Praxis

  • Posted on: 18 November 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Solecast

In today’s episode of the Solecast I speak with Sima Lee.  Sima Lee is a truly revolutionary artist who was raised on Black Panther-eque / Black Nationalist communities of self defense and mutual aid.  Her entire life has been spent making rap music and doing revolutionary organizing.  I discovered her music through submedia’s Trouble documentary on Hip-Hop, check it out here to learn more about her and other radical rap artists.  In this interview we discuss:

Where Detroit's Anarchists Live and Perform

  • Posted on: 21 October 2018
  • By: thecollective

From OZY

There’s a show or event for just about everyone. Anarchist or not.

Rolling up to the Trumbullplex, Detroit’s self-titled “Sexiest Anarchist Collective,” I’m seven minutes late for its weekly open mic night. After hustling up a long driveway separating the complex’s two-century-old brick houses to meet my contact, Chase (who wasn’t comfortable giving his last name), the warm-up act — a film screening — is still going strong in the barn-like performance space that stops the driveway’s eastward march. And Chase is nowhere to be found.

Anarchism and the need for a new art

  • Posted on: 30 September 2018
  • By: rocinante

A translation from Acracia [1] via stalking the earth (September 30th, 2018)

August 2018, by Quijano Araucano

This text is directed towards young anarchists (among them me) who are as lost as usual, more lazy than ever and each time (discovered with terror and fatigue) more scare. As Roberto Bolaño (1953-2003) has mentioned, in numerous texts and interviews, literature, now more than any other historical moment, suffers a state of stagnation and decomposition never seen before, even more so in this strip of land in the south of the world, where thanks to 18 years of tyranny and barbarism the situation turned out to be (and still is) of an even greater severity.

TOTW: What are you listening to?

  • Posted on: 7 May 2018
  • By: thecollective

We find inspiration in many places. For many people creating, listening, and talking about music is an inspiration that keeps the tumultuous happenings of everyday life somewhat at bay and is how we creatively express ourselves. Previously, an older TOTW focused on anarchist media of all sorts – whereas with this new topic, we would like to specifically focus on audio projects and music.

The Callout

  • Posted on: 16 April 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Invisibilia

A lot of communities today are taking a hard stand against sexual harassment and assault. Using social media shaming, ostracism, professional excommunication, whatever punishment is painful enough to shift the moral code by brute force. Through one incident in the Richmond, Va. hardcore music scene, we chronicle a social media callout and ask what pain can accomplish.

Countering Black Metal Bullshit in Olympia

  • Posted on: 22 February 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Puget Sound Anarchists

For those unaware black metal has always had a neo-Nazi problem. Extreme music attracted people with an affinity for extreme politics. It being infused with macho bullshit and with the boom of neo-Nazi music outside of Oi around 90s black metal and other dark esoteric scenes became a hot bed for esoteric neo-Nazi activity. With neo-Nazis being forced out of the punk scene they retreated into noise, goth, martial industrial, neo-folk, and black metal scenes. Often the main differences between black metal and other genres like grindcore have to do with instrumentation in a small part, but largely have to do with aesthetics and themes. Another appeal of Nazi imagery is the dangerous aesthetic and since the Nazi project and other fascist projects have been in part the aestheticization of politics it only makes sense that where the aesthetic lives so does the ideology.

Sole: This Moment Calls for Nuance and Poetry

  • Posted on: 2 February 2018
  • By: thecollective

When I learned that the anarchist rapper Sole was having a kid, I reached out and asked if he wanted my child’s old crib. I confess: It was a ploy. I wanted to learn more of what Tim Holland was thinking these days.

He came over to the house to pick up the crib, and we spent two hours in my garden talking about music, politics, Roque Dalton’s revolutionary poetry and urban farming.

The Anarchist Alternative in Cuba

  • Posted on: 27 December 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Fifth Estate # 399, Fall, 2017 by Bill Weinberg

A former community center that hosted a youth rock scene is now being occupied by activists, seemingly ignored by the authorities. A few blocks away, urban farms are bright patches of green in the landscape, producing vegetables and fruits for the community.

Oakland? Detroit? Manhattan’s Lower East Side?

Nope. This is Havana.

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