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subnormal magazine: August 2019

Greetings from subnormal.

Another child rapist sex trafficker is dead. Such a pity the guards looked away for 3 hours. They should have handed him a rope much sooner. Scum Epstein’s minions need to be next in line.

Those that harm children and nature should be put on trial for crimes against humanity.

Our prayers go out to Peter Murphy to get well soon.

Shooting spree lunatics need to join Epstein in hell.

Tyrants–your days are numbered.

The best thing about the news is shutting it off.

Sleater-Kinney released their 10th album this month, The Center Won’t Hold, on Mom + Pop Music.  Produced by the Grammy Award-winning St. Vincent, the record is their first since 2015’s No Cities to Love.

Reportedly marked by dualities and contradictions, it is both a political and personal record from founding members Carrie Brownstein (guitars/vocals) and Corin Tucker (guitars/vocals).

Corin explains the album process, “I think that, just to be super pragmatic about it, we usually have written together in the same room, writing songs on guitar. But that wasn’t practical because Carrie was working in LA and I was in Portland and my family is here. So we decided to start writing songs, each of us coming up with a demo on our computers, which we’d never done before.” She adds, “It was almost like being high and working on these songs, it was exactly the antidote to the feeling. It was like this manic energy of empowerment and being held in the world. Being able to bring love as this kind of antidote to everything we were going through was really clarifying.”

Carrie comments, “we’re always aware of the sense, as women who are not in our 30’s anymore, that there’s this idea that sonically you’re supposed to contract after a while, and make things that are more appeasing or quieter. I think we’ve always fought against that. It’s also just not in our nature. The alchemy of this band is just not something that coheres around subtlety or quietness. I think on this record, it’s our tenth record, and we are conscious of the fact that there’s not a lot of precedent for continuing to make music as you age. Particularly for an all-female band. There are not a lot of contemporaries who have made this many records. We don’t want to go quietly into the night. You want to lay down tracks for the people behind you, so it could feel like this journey does not end at a certain age.”

The band is now on an extensive fall North American tour, with European dates to follow in the new year.

Hollywood Hot Spot: 

August

15, Full Moon

22, Rolling Stone; Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

30, Super New Moon at 3:37AM Pacific

31, The Cure, Pixies, Deftones, Throwing Muses, Chelsea Wolfe, Kaelan Mikla, Emma Ruth; Rose Bowl, Pasadena

September 

7, TSOL, Narcoleptic Youth, Glass House, Pamona

13, Full Moon; 9:32pm Pacific

Jay Som, echoplex

21, Hatchie, echoplex

28, Super New Moon: 11:26am Pacific

October

13, Full Moon; 2:07pm Pacific

20, 45 Grave, echoplex

24, Subhumans, Crisis Point West, Glass House; Pamona

26, Ra Ra Riot; Glass House, Pamona

27, New Moon; 8:38pm Pacific

Marc Almond; The Palace, Downtown LA

Theatre of Hate, Jay Aston (acoustic Gene Loves Jezebel); echoplex, Hollywood

November

5, Election Day–blah!

6-13; AFM, Santa Monica, AFI Fest; Hollywood

26, New Moon; 7:05am

December 

11, Full Moon; 9:12pm

22, Winter Solstice

25, Christmas, Solar New Moon Eclipse in Capricorn; 9:13pm Pacific

31, New Year’s Eve

January 2020

5, Golden Globes

26, Grammy Awards

February

9, Oscars

A message from the Center for Biological Diversity :

Trump Administration Denies Protection to Six More Imperiled Species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied endangered species protection today to six species from around the country, including an imperiled bee and the Siskiyou Mountains salamander. The agency was responding to petitions from the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups.

The Trump administration has now declined protection for more than 60 species and protected only 18 — the lowest of any president at this point in his administration.

These denials come on the heels of sweeping Trump administration changes to the Endangered Species Act. Finalized on Aug. 12, the changes make it harder for species to gain protection, weaken habitat protections for listed species, and disregard climate change entirely.

The species denied protection are all at risk from corporate activities. They include two trees threatened primarily by climate change; a freshwater mussel threatened by fossil fuel development; a salamander threatened by logging of old-growth forests; and a bird and bumblebee threatened by industrial agriculture, pesticide use and climate change.

The brook floater is a freshwater mussel from the eastern United States that has lost more than half its range to dams, water pollution, oil and gas development, logging and mining. It is particularly threatened by fracking and climate change.

The Siskiyou Mountains salamander lives in the Klamath-Siskiyou region of southern Oregon and Northern California, primarily in old-growth forests. It is threatened by U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management plans to increase logging.

California’s tricolored blackbirds have declined by nearly 90 percent since the 1930s because of destruction of wetlands and grasslands, pesticide use that wipes out their insect prey base and loss of nest sites during agricultural operations.

The seaside alder lives in riparian and marshy areas in Delaware and Maryland, where it’s threatened by salt-water intrusion via sea-level rise due to climate change. A separate population in Oklahoma is threatened by cattle grazing.

Wild Earth Guardians petitioned for protection of Joshua trees due to threats from climate change. Climate models predict up to a 90 percent range contraction by 2100.

Defenders of Wildlife petitioned for protection of yellow-banded bumblebees in 2015 due to habitat loss to development and harm from pesticides.

During the Obama administration, 360 species were protected under the Endangered Species Act. Under Clinton 523 species were protected, while 232 species were protected under Bush, Sr., 62 species under Bush, Jr., and 254 under Reagan.

Three species were (foolishly) determined to no longer be genetically valid entities, including the golden orb, smooth pimpleback and Arapahoe snowfly.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.6 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

Peace to all of you (who deserve it).

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Prodigy: Keith Flint–Remembered

After Madonna signed Prodigy to Maverick, the band went from rising underground rave rockers to world famous industrial legends.  The band shocked then Maverick CEO Madonna by reportedly refusing her invitation to join her on a world tour opening for her. Madonna was reportedly livid, and reportedly had to let their contract play out. Madonna fans in the know were insulted, some hardcore Prodigy fans respected their cred.

After the major club hit of “Firestarter” which brought international acclaim to the band, they soon later released the catchy, albeit sexist “Smack My B— Up.”  Women I knew at the time were divided. They loved the song, but hated the message. The band later released a video of the song showing violence against a woman and drug use, with the abuser later turning out to be a woman.

The band had recently released their latest album, “No Tourists,” and were set to embark upon a 2019 world tour. Sadly this month, Keith Flint was found in his home, allegedly having taken his own life. Knowing some of the history of Prodigy however, one may wonder if in fact it was drug related.

While not the first of their style as some media wrongly claim–they are certainly a great, legendary band. Keith Flint was a huge part of that legacy, along with Liam Howlett and Maxim. He will be greatly missed.

subnormal, 2019

Best New Music

The Goddess Aurora has a beautiful new song out, “Animal.” Her tour kicks off soon and she will be in Los Angeles next month at The Fonda!  Old school fans of Kate Bush and The Cranberries will love this brilliant, amazing, phenomenal artist who channels the spirit with her elegant and hauntingly beautiful voice, dance, and essence.

Broods’  third studio album, “Don’t Feed The Pop Monster,” is available now courtesy Neon Gold / Atlantic Records. The 12-track album includes previously released tracks “Falling Apart,” “Hospitalized,” “Everything Goes (Wow),” and lead single “Peach.”

“Everything Goes,” below is a nice, catchy pop song blending modern retro trip hop trances, and light crunchy guitar smashed into some nice tight distortion that flows with a seamless vibe.  Assisting in the expert and unique sound;  Broods’ Caleb & Georgia Nott reunited with longtime collaborator Joel Little (Lorde, Khalid), along with Swedish production duo Jack & Coke (Charli XCX, Tove Lo), Big Taste (Dua Lipa, Justin Bieber), Tommy English (Kacey Musgraves) and others  to create a unique and compelling album. ’

“Our goal was to make songs that are true to us, without hiding behind any kind of façade. We worked really hard and went through a thousand different emotions in the process,” states Broods’ Georgia Nott, “The fact that we can feel so many different emotions and still make something that’s so true to us—to me that’s the most important part of this whole experience and we’re so excited to finally share this album with the world.”

Next month, the band will embark on their North American headlining tour. Kicking off on March 26 in Santa Ana, CA, the tour will bring the band through Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, New York City and more.

Wallows are a very solid band, well worth hearing. The release of their debut album “Nothing Happens” hits March 22nd on Atlantic Records.  Recorded at Los Angeles’ Sargent Studios, the album sees Wallows reunited with Grammy award-winning producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Alvvays, Future Islands).

Wallows first video and single from “Nothing Happens” titled “Are You Bored Yet? (feat. Clairo)  is an amusing video, and outstanding song, that will be sure to find it’s way onto our very discriminatory playlist.

The video, directed by Drew Kirsch (Louis The Child, John Legend, Quinn XCII), features Wallows in a retro karaoke bar surrounded by friends and familiar faces including special appearances by Noah Centineo (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Sierra Burgess Is A Loser), Brian Jones (Vampire Weekend, Human Natural), and Nina Ljeti (1980s Horror Film II music video director), among others.

The band will be kicking of a North American tour this month before heading over to Europe.

The beautiful and talented Kimbra is back with a cool new single. The song certainly deserves a great music video, and Kimbra herself deserves much more attention.

Kacey Musgraves is yet another beautiful singer with a lovely voice, perfectly on key and a sweet tone and pitch. “Love is a Wild Thing” here is an outstanding song, reminding of the country-rock crossover appeal of early Jewel.

Due to overwhelming demand, the multiple GRAMMY award-winning singer/songwriter has added 17 new North American shows to her sold-out Oh, What a World: Tour. Following her previously announced tour dates, Kacey will hit the summer festival circuit, becoming the first-ever female country artist to play Coachella, and will then launch the second North American leg of her tour on August 24th.

On February 10th, Kacey will perform at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards in celebration of her four nominations for Album of the Year and Best Country Album, Best Country Solo Performance for “Butterflies,” and Best Country Song for “Space Cowboy.”

The Love You Down III fest featuring Swimm and Warpaint kicks of this Thursday and Friday at Echoplex in Hollywood. The advertising for the show was somewhat confusing, initially not totally clear if Warpaint were playing or not. It appears they are. We last saw Warpaint  (with a huge thanks to Columbia) opening for Depeche Mode, were amazing.

Listening to Warpaint is kind of like stepping into a magnificent church or temple. You need to stop everything else you are doing, be present, and prepare for your spirit to be lifted.

Also Thursday night,  returns for an LA gig. We first saw her at Glass House, then the El Rey, which were amazing. This week, she plays The Wiltern.  Her new single “Blur” below with Foster the People, as well as the rest of her new album Forever Neverland, is truly brilliant.

The brilliant and beautiful Grimes dropped a new single late last year, and it brilliantly shows her industrial rock roots. Having noted Skinny Puppy as an influence before, “We Appreciate Power”  shows industrial fans what we already knew; Grimes rocks.

Another great new artist we love–Poppy, is getting more and more trippy with each release. In the brilliant “Play Destroy,” she joined Grimes for this searing masterpiece.

Check back on this page later this week for more new content including the Hollywood Calendar.

2019, subnormal