Saturday, December 24, 2011

CARNAL KNOWLEDGE - Tape - 2007

   I never heard this tape until I picked it up at a record/yard sale in Oakland a few weeks ago (gotta love Bay Area yard sales), but now I am kicking myself for missing out on this shit while they were actually a band. CARNAL KNOWLEDGE played raw, pissed off hardcore with gang vocals and elements of youth-crew shit. I think the only time they ever played outside of NY (and I could be terribly wrong here) was when a certain band flew them out to the Bay Area to play at Gilman in 2008. Soon after, they broke up and the members went on to do other worthwhile bands, such as ZOMBIE DOGSLIVID, and OPT OUT. This tape is a sore reminder that I need to seek out and pay attention to the vital, exciting bands that are banging out crucial punk as it is happening and not after the fact. Thanks for the lesson, CARNAL KNOWLEDGE.

    This is the final installment of a week-long series of bands that only have women in them, but not the last band on here that that will meet that criteria, of course. If you're reading this as a guy who mostly listens to music made by men, or as a guy who argues with women on the internet (or in public or anywhere) about how they need to "chill out" when they bring up the topic of sexual assault, please go back and listen to the last seven bands I posted. If you're a guy who has a hard time closing your mouth and listening to women when they are trying to discuss serious topics, go back and read the lyrics of these bands. Please learn to talk about subjects like assault, rape, feminism, and the fuckin' patriarchy without being condescending, without talking over people, without lashing out and without resorting to violence and belittlement. I grew up in Alabama, internalizing negative views of women left and right from the moment I was born. It takes a lot of work to learn how to overcome this bullshit and treat all people as equals, but if I can do it, you can too. There is a reason that women are still singing about these issues in 2011 and you can either be the reason for that or you can help to be part of the solution.
    If you want to get in touch to talk about any of this stuff (respectfully or otherwise), I'm open to it.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

top notch piece at the end! please keep up the good work! i love this blog. i love you. i am in love with you. gotta go!

Anandi said...

yes, me too. <3 love you.

Anonymous said...

Great tape. Mems also went on to be in DEATH FIRST.

Anonymous said...

O FUCK YES! I love carnal knowledge. They only rocked my face off in person twice, but holy shit did it stay with me. What a band.

Brootlyn Zu said...

please reupload...