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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