Charlie Bertsch / 12 Jul 2023

Music for Socialism

The Kosmischer Läufer Con

During the decade since Edinburgh’s Unknown Capability Recordings began releasing analogue electronic music under the name Kosmischer Läufer, the label has assiduously maintained that these tracks were secretly made for the East German Olympic team between 1972 and 1983.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 23 Mar 2023

All About the Heimat

Music as Politics in 1980s Germany

Teenagers were milling about. Bright colours shot off the portable mirror ball. The DJ stepped up to his console to cue the first track.(...)

John Foster / 25 Nov 2022

Think Different

Culture from the Slums, by Jeff Hayton

Based on the flurry of academic titles about it over the last decade, punk has become as common to college curriculums as it is to the Top 40. Why this took so long is baffling.(...)