Sabbatical Ritual Radio is a low-fi, DIY radio project by me (Bug Cruickshank) and my closest friend Freja Nygard. We record episodes out of our basements and bedrooms. Talking about our interests and experiences regarding feminism, witchcraft, punk culture, queer culture, capitalism, fart jokes and whatever the fuck we feel the need to address! Tune in whenever, for whatever! Fuck yeah!
The first episode features some rad punk and metal jams as well as quality chats on:
- Communal punk house semantics (politics of the dishes!) -Talk of plants and herbs - Misogyny and able-ism etc at punk shows (down w/ brocore) - Aswell as Freja’s Black Metal project ‘Primordial Conscious’ primordialconscience.bandcamp.com/releases -And some serious talks about the stigmatization of mental health!
In spirit of sharing all my projects despite consistently flaking on and abandoning most of them:
-my best friend and I are sort of loosely planning on doing a web-based radio show. It will probably be really silly, pertain to lots of punk/metal/diy music and talk about feminist/anarchist stuff and social issues.
-been working very slowly on artwork for a 2015 calendar (themes seem to be of poor lifestyles/community/punk houses or whatever)
- trying to balance starting work full time with organizing a month or more of events for an anarchist space in my city.
-drawing horrid tattoo attempts on my skin in the process of trying to learn to use the machine
-forever trying to produce more stuff for zine and distro content etc etc
I had this weird dream last night that I was this trans guy who wore tween makeup, like hot pink eye shadow and thick black eyeliner. I think I was working in some office or just like chilling in some business like space and then I met some chubby vagrant guy.
It’s probably not the most ecstatic news, but I’d like to put it out there that the past few months this summer my mental health has been better than it’s been in over six or seven years. I know my disabilities well enough to know that it will always be a battle that I am not always winning. But I’ve been learning my own tactics of dealing and taking care of myself and it feels special as fuck.
“Capitalism would have us believe that we only deserve to be here because of what we produce, and even in our counter- cultures, even in our movements we reproduce the same idea. We only deserve to be here because of what we can produce that other people will buy with their money, time or attention. Our experience of our own lives is secondary, it is only the means of production, it is the products that matter, and unless we make ourselves into both factories and widgets we are not valuable.”—Alexis Pauline Gumbs (via satyacake)
Oh yeah, the first issue of the zine I’ve been working on for centuries’ is done finally done, and I’ve got a little under 20 copies. It’s a called 'Oversleeping,' containing gender, mental health and anarchist stuff. Art, submissions, poems, music reviews, comics and recipes. Featuring an interview with Chicago punks, Anomaly.
I will be posting listings if you want to buy a copy after I finish hand sewing all the bindings. :-)
Gentrifiers focus on aesthetics, not people. Because people, to them, are aesthetics.
Proponents of gentrification will vouch for its benevolence by noting it “cleaned up the neighbourhood”. This is often code for a literal white-washing. The problems that existed in the neighbourhood - poverty, lack of opportunity, struggling populations denied city services - did not go away. They were simply priced out to a new location.
That new location is often an impoverished suburb, which lacks the glamour to make it the object of future renewal efforts. There is no history to attract preservationists because there is nothing in poor suburbs viewed as worth preserving, including the futures of the people forced to live in them. This is blight without beauty, ruin without romance: payday loan stores, dollar stores, unassuming homes and unpaid bills. In the suburbs, poverty looks banal and is overlooked.
In cities, gentrifiers have the political clout - and accompanying racial privilege - to reallocate resources and repair infrastructure. The neighbourhood is “cleaned up” through the removal of its residents. Gentrifiers can then bask in “urban life” - the storied history, the selective nostalgia, the carefully sprinkled grit - while avoiding responsibility to those they displaced.
”—Sarah Kendzior - The peril of hipster economics (x)