What Does Pussy Riot Mean Now?
"With all eyes on Russia, two members of the country’s most notorious band of shit-stirrers are free after nearly two years of political imprisonment and enjoying the rock-star treatment during their first trip to the U.S. But the group’s unlikely journey from art-school project to international icons shows just how rotten Russia has become and how much the mission has changed."
posted by homunculus
on Feb 7, 2014 -
"Note that Scriabin
did not, for his theory, recognize a difference between a major and a minor tonality of the same name (for example: c-minor and C-Major). Indeed, influenced also
by the doctrines of theosophy
, he developed his system of synesthesia
toward what would have been a pioneering multimedia performance: his unrealized magnum opus Mysterium
was to have been a grand week-long performance including music, scent, dance, and light
in the foothills of the Himalayas Mountains that was somehow to bring about the dissolution of the world in bliss
." - From Russian composer Alexander Scriabin's Wikipedia page [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan
on Mar 25, 2013 -
Ramamba Haru Mamburu!
Inhabiting a world somewhere between the desperate raunchy excesses of early Devo
(NSFW), the playfully morbid obsessions of TMBG
, and the puerile falsettos of Sparks
, the Russian novelty/comedy/geek rockers Nogu Svelo!
) have been contributing earworms to Russian pop culture for, oh, some twenty years now. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte
on Aug 26, 2012 -
Pussy Riot is a free-floating (except when jailed) band of punk rockers and activists in Russia. Their punk protest issues include LGBT and gender rights, as well as opposition to Putin and the government. They’re usually anonymous, and they change their assumed and actual names and personnel on a whim. They perform in balaclavas that hide their features, and wear bright-colored tights and plain, skimpy dresses, so anyone can easily don Pussy Riot gear. Hair, makeup, even gender — doesn’t matter. This is not rock star territory. Men can be members of Pussy Riot; so can anyone on the spectrum. They do not perform in clubs or theaters or at music events. Every performance is a guerrilla one. Vice interviews
Pussy Riot (before the arrests). Salon reports
on the recent detention of three members
. Amnesty International page
posted by infini
on Jul 14, 2012 -
Pompeya is a band that is hard to describe, especially if you go by their videos and sound. For example, if you started with Power (Simple Symmetry & Lipelis Remix)
, you might think it's an act from the the late eighties, complete with break dancing and dated fashions. If you first came across the Barbarella Chisinau Teaser
, you might imagine that they're something from the early 1990s, or a new band goofing with vintage video. And then they drop Power II
, which could be some kids playing neo-disco akin to the US band VHS or Beta
). But wait! Check out Cheenese
(NSFW moment of nudity 2:58 to 3:05), and you think they might be professional musicians with a sharp-looking video. In fact, Pompeya is a mix of various things: they're four young Russian guys
who play indie-disco. [more details after the break] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jul 17, 2011 -
"You are browsing a resource which is devoted first of all to the history and culture of the Soviet Union, the country which the West for a long time usually named as "The Empire of Evil", the country to which some people in the West perceive as "something big and snowy".
I offer you to try to look outside the frames of usual stereotypes, to try to understand life of a unique country, with its interesting history, beautiful culture and miraculous relations between people.
The music submitted on this site - is an evident sample of a totally new culture, which completely differs from all that, with what Hollywood and MTV supply us so much. This culture, being free from the cult of money, platitude, violence and sex, was urged to not indulge low bents of a human soul but to help the person to become culturally enriched and to grow above himself." [more inside]
posted by tellurian
on Sep 23, 2008 -
Give It Up for MC Zhirinovsky
Flamboyant Russian ultra-nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky, renowned for his controversial views on Iraq, has had his words turned into an anti-war rap song. The song, titled "Don't you dare go shooting at Baghdad", is being launched on the internet, according to the Russian television station TVS.
posted by turbanhead
on Feb 26, 2003 -
the next big thing in music? They're a Russian teen-pop duo
with a twist -- lesbianism. They appear on stage in wet t-shirts and white panties. One of their videos shows them wearing schoolgirl outfits and kissing in the rain, while another shows them building a bomb and getting naked on a carousel.
There are reports that the girls aren't actually lesbians, and that it's all just a gimmick to make their Svengali-like producer rich (surprise, surprise). We all know that controversy can sell records. If T.A.T.U. manages to get the right people upset, could they become stars in the U.S.? MTV and MTV2 started playing the video last week...
posted by Reggie452
on Jul 17, 2002 -