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by Network Awesome
Aug. 27, 2014
Gudrun Gut is a fixture in the Berlin scene. She’s been in a position of respect for a long time and while it’s difficult for an outsider to really understand the subtleties of any scene, I can tell you she's a presence that’s impossible to miss. In 1979 she burst on the German music scene with her group Mania D then formed the hugely influential “Malaria!” a few years later.  Founder and owner of two labels, Monika Enterprise and Moabit Musik, she also hosts and co-produces OCEANCLUB Radio with Thomas Fehlmann on Radio Eins since 1997 in Berlin. We’re pleased to present this collection of videos and Gudrun was nice enough to answer a few questions for us.

NA - You grew up in West Berlin, did you grow up in the music scene here or did you get involved later on?
I’m not sure what you mean with later on. I did not join as a child but was active in the music scene since a teen. Worked in a underground mail order in the Luenebuger Heide and then in Berlin got quickly involved with other music lovers.  Punk helped to get me out there and "just do it".
NA - As Mania D then turned into Malaria! the city and music scene also changed. How did Malaria! React to the changes and react against your own past?
Hmm, since we lived in the city we were pretty involved and didn’t so much react- we were active.  The changes were fluent, with Malaria! We wanted to play as much live as possible and travel the world and we...

Questions by Network Awesome writers and editors. We're a lot of fun - you can find us at apocalypse-themed parties, museums of science and industry, and snarky media-obsessed websites. 

by Justin Martinez
Aug. 26, 2014
Richard Lester’s film work was as short and sweet as the youth culture he documented in the 60s. After A Hard Day’s Night, he made a charming, strange movie called The Knack… And How To Get It. Despite its French New Wave flourish (humorous subtitles, sudden audio commentary from bitter blue-hairs, wacky editing), Knack is a straight-forward and simple story of a young London schoolteacher trying to get laid from tips from a Michael Sheen-like mod douchebag; things go awry when a girl steps off the bus looking for a YWCA and runs into them, crying “rape” about a thousand times after the mod cops a feel in the park.

It is not a serious accusation, and does not turn the picture into a PSA (tonally, it maybe sits somewhere between the social slapstick of Tati, particularly Playtime, and Godard’s Masculin Feminin). Like the Beatles film, it’s a breath of fresh air from the modern world’s women’s studies outrage and the victim-as-hero. Spoiler alert: the kids are alright. It’s the old geezers and spinsters who are square, humorless, and as gray as the sky around them. They are sexless Scrooges oblivious to their own sexual innuendo, that frown and stare incredulously at the freedom and disorder of these three men who prevent this off-the-bus bumpkin from becoming one of them...
Justin Martinez is a playwright living in Lawrence, Kansas.  His work can be found at www.racialfacial.com.

by Anthony Galli
Aug. 26, 2014

In a 2011 interview, renowned science fiction artist Jean Giraud remarked, “Outer space is not human but you can visit. You need to be a little bit out there, but you need to stay close to human.” Giraud’s work in comics, under his own name or under his famous pseudonyms Gir and Moebius, has always demonstrated that fine line between the fantastic and the possible.

For example, despite Piel, the 6-year-old protagonist of Time Masters, being stranded on an alien planet with the imminent threat of brain eating hornets and skin burrowing maggots, his spirit guide Silbad is most concerned with Piel’s falling into a lake, because “there’s nothing to keep a kid from drowning-even in a harmless little lake.” It is not the bizarre alien life forms on the distant planet Perdide that concern Silbad, but the all too mundane danger of the little boy drowning that proves most worrisome...

Anthony Galli currently lives in Athens, Georgia. He shares a birthday with his black cat, Magic, and they both claim Wings of Desire as their favorite film. Anthony has published two books of poetry, Amnesia for Insomniacs and Invisible Idiot.

by Thomas Michalski
Aug. 25, 2014
As much as we identify certain sounds with certain places, one of the most beautiful things about music is that it travels well; that a styled forged from a unique local culture can still speak to someone on the other side of the world, who can in turn add their particular dialect to the conversation. In the internet age, regional strains become global trends almost overnight, making it difficult to discern where an artist might be from just by listening to them. Take up-and-coming duo Ninos Du Brasil, who, between their name and predilection toward the irrepressible rhythms of carnival, you might reasonably assume to be based in, or perhaps émigrés from, Brazil, when in fact they hail from somewhere far less colorful and exciting...
Thomas Michalski is a writer and radio host from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You can keep up with his comings and goings over at http://www.voodooinspector.com/

by Jason Bigelow
Aug. 23, 2014
The son of documentary filmmaker Sol Korine, throughout the past decade, Harmony has achieved renown in independent film, music and art. He burst on the scene in 1995 - at the age of 22 - with his movie KIDS, which explored the lives of several New York City teenagers growing up in the age of AIDS. He followed this up with the equally controversial cult hits 'Gummo', 'Julien Donkeyboy' and 'Ken Park.' This collection follows his parallel short film career...
Jason D. Bigelow lives in Europe,where he is  currently watching 1000 films in a year and hunting Soundtracks: He can be found here: http://bloodmania.tumblr.com/archive