Tag Archives: Subculture

Interview · Grave Jibes Fanzine

Did you ever hear about Grave Jibes Fanzine? It is a Russian magazine with high-quality content about post-punk/new wave music. The magazine can be downloaded for free (either in English or in Russian) at the address: www.gravejibes.com. Unfortunately, the magazine was discontinued in 2012. To find out why I contacted the mastermind behind the project, Pall Nattsol. In the following interview he talks about his experiences and contacts during his journalistic work, about his plans and reveals, why Grave Jibes doesn’t exist any more. Read More →

Polish Coldwave · Zimna Fala

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The term ‘coldwave’ recently re-appeared as a label for post-punk influenced music, which embraces a dark, gothic-like aesthetic. But what can be found behind this ambiguous term? The article on hand will outline the history of coldwave in general and then the development of a coldwave movement in Poland.

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Top 10 East-Central European Post-Punk/New Wave

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This time I wish to introduce you to some post-punk/new wave gems from East-Central and Eastern Europe, focusing on songs not sung in English. All these bands contributed and contribute to form the aesthetics that we appreciate. From Polish coldwave over Ukrainian Novaya Scena to contemporary Hungarian minimal wave, you will find it all here – in no particular order. Read More →

afmusic · Germany’s Most Innovative Label

As my musical review of the year 2012, the top 10 songs and albums, got quite some attention, I wanted to write about the label, which produced most of the mentioned musicians. It is called afmusic and is situated in Germany. On their homepage we can see that it exists since 2008. Since then it had a kickstart and got quite some reputation, which makes it “germany’s most innovative label for dark wave, independent and gothic and within germany unique in this field.” Read More →

Dressed in Black · On Dark Culture

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The term ‘subculture’ is in sociology, anthropology and cultural studies defined as a group of people within a culture, which differentiates them from the larger culture to which they belong (Samovar 1998: 50). In other definitions the term ‘co-culture’ is preferred, “because it calls attention to the idea of dual membership” (Martin 2010: 9); “Co-cultures may share many of the characteristics of the dominant culture, but their members also exhibit distinct and unique patterns of communication” (Martin 2010: 9). Read More →

Comic · Bingo!

Goth BingoLet’s play with stereotypes. Another nice idea by Lisica. If  you’re not sure about the person you see is a hipster/goth, try to find three features on the board in a row.

 

If you have it shout “Bingo!” Then you know! Read More →

FairyPunk · Steampunk vs. Fairy-Tales

FairypunkIn the second article about Steampunk I discussed the narratives of combining man and machine and the attraction of this topic within the Steampunk culture. In the following I will outline another interesting aspect of Steampunk: The re-writing, appropriation and continuation of fairy-tales. Read More →

(Re)Constructing Human Beings in Steampunk

Elgin_thumbThe Steampunk culture focuses strongly on technical attributes. In a D.I.Y. manner many people, dedicated to the Steampunk aesthetic, try to create diverse gadgets as eye-candy on their outfits or even to re-build modern life tools mechanically or with steam-power. When talking about this topic, we must not forget that “Steampunks seek less to recreate specific technologies of this time [the Victorian era] than to re-access what they see as the affective value of the material world of the nineteenth century” (Onion 2008: 138f). It is the fascination by the Victorian technological creations per se, which turns Steampunk sympathisers into actual engineers. Read More →

What is Steampunk?

“Brought together by combining old and new, it is a great example
of how we humans aspire to create” (Harrington 2011: 8).

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While steampunk is already widely known and partly acknowledged by the public in the USA, its recognition in Europe is pending. This does not imply that there are no people trying to make it more popular throughout Europe. It has potential to become the “next big thing” in popular culture.

“Steampunk is a time that never was, but one we wish that had been” (G4 Underground 2009) – as such ‘Captain’ Robert Brown, founder and front-man of the steampunk band Abney Park, describes, what is the essence of steampunk. This sentence reveals already a lot, it says that steampunk is about a certain time in the past, more precisely, the future vision of a certain past, an alternative time-line. Read More →

Comic · Confusions

The appearance of devotees to a subculture can lead to several confusions among outsiders.

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Click on the picture to enlarge. (c) by Lisica.