Russia's postwar GAZ-M20 was the symbol of Soviet postwar prosperity (a potato in every pot, and all that). According to Wikipedia it was dubbed Pobeda, or "victory," and is best remembered as the first car in the USSR with turn signals, electric wipers (not the mechanical kind connected to the drivetrain, as was used formerly), an electric heater and an AM radio. Now among the classics, M20s — like this one — are often customized by people like Chip Fooski and Boydchik Codding . [Thanks to Mark for the tip.] … [Read more...] about In Soviet Russia, Pobeda Customizes You!
Team Dresch, “Fagetarian And Dyke” (January 1995) While riot grrrl was already dismantling and reshaping itself by 1995, one of the queer-core acts most indelibly associated with that movement, Team Dresch, was just coming into its own. The group’s debut, Personal Best was a lo-fi punk manifesto that fused the personal and political in a heady stew of emotional agitprop, one that stands alongside the best of its contemporaries. Even in an era of rapidly evolving musical styles, Team Dresch stood out for having some of the more ambitious songwriting of the Pacific Northwest scene, and “Fagetarian & Dyke” is one of the better exemplars. With Melissa York’s drumming volleying from four-on-the-floor stomps into half-time, almost jazzy breakdowns under screamed refrains and wailing riffs, all the noise is balanced by singer Kaia Wilson’s artful melodicism, not to mention some damn good lyrics (“I spent the last 10 days of my life ripping … [Read more...] about Pulp, Team Dresch, and Autechre were the true alternative in 1995