Monday, July 12, 2010

Sonic Overload 6/28/10

Sonia Weitz, a Holocaust survivor who lived in my hometown of Peabody, passed away in late June at the age of 81. She founded the Holocaust Center North. Read this piece about an extraordinary woman: Sonia Weitz: Holocaust Survivor Kept History Alive.

I almost hesitate to mention it but I also just finished reading a book by Norman Finkelstein called The Holocaust Industry. It was a complete coincidence that I was reading the book the week that Sonia Weitz passed away. To say it’s controversial is an understatement. Both of Finkelstein’s parents were concentration camp survivors but he offers a pointed take on what he calls the Holocaust Industry. The premise of the book is that various Jewish groups have used the unspeakable atrocities of the holocaust to, among other things, justify Israel’s own transgressions and also extract restitution from different countries. There’s a lot more to it than that. What’s interesting is I had to have the book sent to the Peabody library from another branch. In fact, few of Finkelstein’s books can be found in libraries in this city or surrounding communities. Finkelstein has unsurprisingly become a pariah to a large segment of the Jewish community. I certainly don’t mean to dishonor Sonia Weitz’s memory but it’s quite a provocative book and worth reading.

This week’s show is also dedicated to the memory of original Kinks bassist Pete Quaife, who recently died at 66...

Sonic Overload 6/28/10

TRACK 1

CRISIS-Holocaust (Apop)

UPRIGHT CITIZENS-Swastika Ratss (BYO)
NO HOPE FOR THE KIDS-Treblinka (from “Public Safety,” Maximum Rocknroll)
BLUT + EISEN-Lange Gesichter (Weird System)
ANTIKEHO-RAY (from “Russia Bombs Finland,” Propaganda)
R.I.P.-No Hay Futuro (Munster)

CITIZENS PATROL-Social Skills (Way Back Wen/Even Worse)
UNIT 21-Lokis Traffic Jam (Muerte Negra)
NINE CURVE-Thrash Again (625)
CROSS STITCHED EYES-Cast Out (Alternative Tentacles)
HUMAN INVESTMENT-Lesser Of Two Evils (Rotten Propaganda)

KINKS-Till The End Of The Day (Rhino) in memory of Pete Quaife
ZAKARY THAKS-Bad Girl (from “Nuggets Vol. 3,” Rhino)
JEWWS-Gotta Go (Nitro)
C√úLO-Kill The Pain (Punks Before Profits)
BODYSNATCHERS-Frantic (from “Shakedown: Original Brisbane Punk,” Dropkick)

TRACK 2

KIDS-Do You Love The Nazis (Philips)
NAIVE-100 Degrees (Kool Arrow)
FLAG OF DEMOCRACY-Glimmerglass (Motherbox)
LOSER LIFE-I Want The World (Life’s A Rape)
COMES-Baca Moss (Dogma)

MUCH WORSE-Speed Intentions (Pass Judgement)
ACID REFLUX-Time To Move (No Way)
SNOBS-School Kids (My War)
LOST BOYS-They’re Watching (Thrashbastard)
FAILURE FACE-Human Cancer (Burrito)
RAW POWER-State Oppression (Beer City)

GENRAL FOODZ-Be So Funny (Destiny)
NICK LOWE-Heart Of The City (Stiff)
DOCTORS OF MADNESS-Doctors Of Madness (United Artists)
NASTY FACTS-Drive My Car (Jimboco)
BRAM TCHAIKOVSKY-Turn On The Light (Polydor)

TRACK 3

YOUNG OFFENDERS-Black Hands (Deranged)
MISSION OF BURMA-Academy Fight Song (Ryko)
OIL-Ban The Forbidden Beat (Coalition)
TILTWHEEL-The Box (Liquid Meat)
FAITH-More Of The Same (Dischord)
AGENT ORANGE-Everything Turns Grey (Posh Boy)

SCEPTRES-Mongolot’s Burden (demo)
TH FAITH HEALERS-Reptile Smile (Too Pure)
PYLON-Cool (DB)
CRIMSON SWEET-Still Glistening (On/On Switch)

TRACK 4

HOT SNAKES-Past Lives (Swami)
CEREMONY-Moving Principle (Bridge Nine)
CLOAK/DAGGER-Walk The Block (Jade Tree)
POPULAR SHAPES-Everyone Hawaiian (On/On Switch)
UNWOUND-Here Come The Dogs (Kill Rock Stars)

CUTE LEPERS-Thanks For Not Showing Up (1-2-3-4 Go!)
DEVO-Blockhead (Warner Bros)
LOS MICROWAVES-Time To Get Up (Posh Boy)
BABY BUDDHA-Robot Police (Posh Boy)

CHEAP TRICK-Auf Wiedersehen (Epic)

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