Momus & Shinro Ohtake

I've been a fan of the Momus blog, Imomus pretty much since he started blogging. It's always entertaining, especially when he's in Japan, where he happens to be at the moment.  In this particular post he talks about the artist & photographer, Shinro Ohtake, who spent a lot of time documenting the British punk scene circa 1977 for his book UK 77. I need this book.  Below are some quips from Momus, some photos from the book and some additional artwork.



"In a series of massive picture books filled with photographs, drawings and scrap memorabilia (but particularly UK 77) Ohtake has documented seventies London better, to my mind, than any British artist or photographer.

It's not that Ohtake -- aged 22 in 1977, he'd just graduated from Musashino Art University -- avoids the punk rock cliches that now pass for cultural history of the late 70s in the UK. His photos show us that Bozz Scaggs. Elkie Brooks, Elton John and The Enid featured on UK posters in 1977 rather more than The Damned and The Sex Pistols did, but he has plenty of shots of punk rockers, and clippings from the snarky music press and listings magazines. It's rather that Ohtake shows the entire context; views out of the window, tickets from gigs, confectionery wrappers, books of matches with adverts on them.

What comes as a shock is how much of the UK in 1977 was stuck in the 1960s; there are silly little Hillman Imp cars, and ridiculous child-molester hairstyles in the barber windows, trickledown domestications from the wilder shores of 1960s subculture. It's all pretty grim and muddy, but it does show you where punk's disgust came from. And it's telling that it takes a Japanese photographer -- a sort of impartial Martian in this weird and depressing landscape -- to document the UK properly. Sitting in gm ten gallery flipping through Ohtake's back pages, I was completely transported back to the era, with exactly the right combination of repulsion and nostalgia, shudder and swoon."

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Krautrock Krautrock Krautrock - And you can thank And-A-Half for this


First things first. F*ck Krautrock is mix compiled by Black to Comm. Most of these groups you probably never heard and if you have, we should talk. Not all of them are obsucre, some heavyweigts and some are industrial bands, some fall under the NDW banner, but all are pretty out there. I know a guy who knows a guy who has a member's only German music exhange site and if this is child's play to you then I'll introduce you him.

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Marc Richter is a record collector. He’s the kind of guy you want to know because he unearths stuff that you never even come across in day to day life. It’s one of the traits that makes the Dekorder label so interesting and certainly the backbone of his new album (for Type…) ‘Alphabet 1968’ so curious and astounding. It should make perfect sense then that he is contributing a Typecast revealing his far-reaching collection of tunes, and in ‘F*CK KRAUTROCK’ he has put together something that defies simple classification. As Dizzee Rascal might say – Bonkers.

Andreas Dorau & Holger Hiller – Guten Morgen Hose
Christian Naujoks – Horizon Scene/Maladies
Fanal – Zwischen den Landstrassen
Mense Reents – This is the Way
Egoexpress – Aranda
Cpt. Kirk & – Racist Friend
The Cocoon – While The Recording Engineer Sleeps
Wooden Veil – Moon and Hamburg
Cassiber – Not Me
Wave UFO – Untitled 1
Alec Empire – Walk the Apocalypse
Wave UFO – Untitled 2
Holger Czukay – Witches’ Multiplication Table
Justus Koehnke – Old Man
Max Müller – Frauenkrieg
Workshop – Amnesty

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Charlie White | Photographer



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Hanuman Book Covers



When editor/publisher Raymond Foye was visiting his good friend Francesco Clemente, the artist, in Madras, India, once, they decided it would be very cool to publish some sort of arts and literature thing together. They rejected the idea of doing a magazine in favor of starting a small press to publish books (Foye had started working at City Lights bookstore and press at the beginning of his career). Hanuman was the favorite Hindu deity of both men, and they decided to name their press after him. The Hanuman Books series, which includes at least 24 titles by now, has published works by William Burroughs, Allen Ginsburg, Patti Smith, Richard Hell, Jack Kerouac, William de Kooning, Robert Frank and other visionary and countercultural writers and artists. The tiny format of the books -- they measure 3" by 4" in size -- is based on prayer books in India. They are hand-made in India, where each little book is colored with deeply saturated tones to produce a limited edition that resonates with the charm and mystical potency of art miniatures around the world. And the books are easy to slip into your pocket and carry around as a sort of talismanic artifact, if that is your inclination, too.



Hanuman is a very popular deity among Hindus. There are many stories about this trickster god. In addition to being the god of grammar, Hanuman is the general of the monkey people. In the epic Ramayana Rama was a great human hero, the son of a king, who eventually became mythologized as an avatar of the important deity Vishnu. When Rama's beautiful and exemplary wife Sita was kidnapped by a powerful demon, Ravana, Hanuman and his monkey people were instrumental in freeing her from captivity on the island of Lanka. The visionary lit and counter-culture press Hanuman Books is named in honor of this delightful figure. According to a blurb posted on Hanuman Books' website, Hanuman is "the son of Vayu, the wind god. He is the conqueror of demons and hostile spirits, god of strength and wisdom, faithful to friend and unselfish servant to Rama. Able to fly and change his shape, he is often depicted as a buffoon-hero in the Ramayana epics. Humble and playful, he is revered in Southern India, where temples are erected in his honor."


I've been collecting these books for a while now and have about a dozen. They're small. Roughly the size of a pack of smokes and about 1/4 as thick. The content is a bit lucid. They've been selling on ebay from $30 - $200 bucks a pop.

Text via: JX Briton | Images via: Vernacula
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The Legacy of Prickly Mountain | Vermont's Hippie Heaven

In 1965 David Sellers and Bill Rienecke, freshly graduated from the Yale School of Architecture, came to Vermont looking to build something. They were attracted to Vermont as much by the skiing and partying as the opportunity to build without the restrictions of zoning regulations or planning commissions. They discovered 450 acres, mostly abandoned farmland and unimproved forest that they were able to buy for $1,000 down apiece. The name came when another architect friend, John Lucas, sat down on a raspberry bush and—ouch!—Prickly Mountain was born.

Above from the great Rolu

The Legacy of Prickly Mountain

Built as an antiestablishment utopia in the mid 1960s, Vermont enclave Prickly Mountain has had a profound influence on contemporary architecture

I’ve always loved the kind of novels that offer an alternative view of the present, where the plot is predicated on one key event in history playing out differently. For instance, there’s Kingsley Amis’s The Alteration, set in England nearly five centuries after the Protestant Reformation didn’t take place. The Catholic Church is unchallenged in its authority, and castrati still sing in the choir. Similarly when Czech Cubism, the surreal cousin to Modernism, emerged after the disintegration of the Iron Curtain, I tried to imagine what the world would be like today if, instead of the rectilinear approach associated with the Bauhaus, an architecture based on triangles and crystalline forms became the norm. Imagine Park Avenue lined with buildings that look like…well, like Norman Foster’s new Hearst headquarters.

This is the appeal of Prickly Mountain. A 425-acre enclave not far from the Sugarbush ski resort, it’s a repository of an architectural revolution that never quite took off, a storybook version of the world as it might have been. Or as Progressive Architecture put it in May 1966: “Are you ready? Two lumbering mountaineers just out of Yale Architecture have a project going called Prickly Mountain…and they’re putting down the Establishment by acting as entrepreneur, land speculator, and contractor and craftsman as well as architects, and doing the whole blooming thing themselves. It’s architectural blastoff.”

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The Kill For Total Peace Album & The French Psychedelic Scene = RED HOT

Got the full length Kill For Total Peace this weekend and let me tell you - this record is where it's at. These guys hail from Paris and I first heard them about 2 years when I picked up the compilation VOYAGE: Facing the History of French Modern Psychedelic Music.  The comp was compiled by psych mainstays, Turzi, and featured Kill For Total Peace's brilliant track Psychopedestrian - along with great tracks by One Swtich to Collision, Aqua Nebula Oscillator, Service and others.  I've posted them quite a bit on this blog, and some people might say I toot their horn too much, but fuck it - they're that good.

Following this comp, it was all about Myspace research, and shortly after the release of the comp, the band's Myspace page was up and so was their track, Captain Amrica -  a driving, pulsating masterpiece, that for lack of a better description, reminded me of a scuzzed up LCD Soundsystem that takes on the  pounding anthem-like tune of Beat Connection & the hipness of Losing My Edge.  I'm horrible at describing music, but fans of LCD Soundsystem, Hawkwind, Suicide, The Fall, Spaceman 3, Crystal Castles, Moon Duo, Wooden Shjips, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Sic Alps & most of the stuff on Siltbreeze, will definitely dig this disc. I have a few copies of their disc and the first promoter that promises to bring them to New York gets one.


Above: Kill for Total Peace - but listen on myspace for full effect


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