Mattin Songbook #6

Co-release with Munster Records (Madrid), Crudités Tapes (Paris) & Insulin Addicted Records (Skopje)

featuring Farahnaz Hatam, Pan Daijing, Colin Hacklander, Werner Dafeldecker and Dean Roberts
Recorded on the 6th of June, 2016
by Jeremy Nothman at Golden Retriever Studios, Kreuzberg, Berlin
Mastered by Rashad Becker

“Butthole Surfers meets Run The Jewels”, this is how Dean Roberts described the record.

Yes, there is rock, but it’s so deformed that not even No-Wave could help you make sense out of it. Imagine if a bunch of viruses filled with fake news and contemporary nastiness would go straight to the core of No-Wave, Punk and Rock’s integrity: authenticity. Not to say that the Buttholes Surfers were the most authentic band in the world or that this record matches the production of El-P, but instead here you have some of the most exciting musicians in Berlin coming together for the first time; interpreting some lyrics from Mattin, dealing with our fucked up times and the search for overcoming them.

To say that there is no authenticity is not to fall into the postmodern relativism that has been a debilitating force in the struggle against the new wave of neo fascism. In fact, the latter also claim their own authenticity: race-realism. Nor surprisingly, authenticity was also at the core of Heidegger which somehow connects National Socialism and  its French deconstructionist critics. Even if this record for some might sound like deconstructed rock through electronic noise and improv, it is also doing something else like building a Frankenstein monster in the form of rock-as-zombie-avatar: as if  Lou Reed would haunt us from the other side connecting the motherboards of our devices to our brains giving us all electroshocks for not being able to stop this fascism-as-the-new-punk regime, while he shout at us: they got the traction on danger and you need to take it back!

REGLER regel #9 (blues)


thanks to Munster Records (Madrid)

The latest release from this power duo (I've just made up some music terminology there) is their best yet, and one I felt had to be on vinyl!

On their previous two records on At War, Regler have tackled harsh noise and heavy metal. Now I'm a big fan of both of these genres, and something I love equally is the blues. Regler doing the blues? What the fuck is that gonna sound like? Well, it doesn't sound like Howlin' Wolf, that's for sure! But then, Anders and Mattin are less about representing a sound and more about getting to the bottom of a genre, usually by taking it apart, or getting to the fulcrum of the style....or in this case, aggressively smashing the shit out of it until it surrenders.

On one long track over two sides of an LP, Regler haven't produced a deconstruction of the blues; rather a horrid bastardisation of the blues: playing an open riff and caveman drum beat over and over.....and over........and over.......and over again, post-produced with samples representing the multitude of fucked up things going on in the world in the past year. It's nearly an hour of unrelentingly bleak vibes. Is that not what the blues, in essence, is all about? The blues is - at root - reality, and this is what's shown bare here. Is it more horrible to hear a seemingly endless, turgid cacophony of guitar and drums with little variation or finesse, or to hear the death, pain and suffering that we're casually subject to at six o'clock every night with our egg and chips? Well, this record unsubtly asks that question!

The sound of the record is MASSIVE, and has been mastered beautifully to vinyl. Utterly heavy and taking no prisoners, it's like the first track on FETO by Napalm Death just kept going for the whole album. This isn't for the casual listener, but I guess if you're a casual listener of anything you a) won't be reading about a new REGLER record and b) won't be on this website.

released June 4, 2017

Social Dissonance
Durational Concert
Mattin with Dafni Krazoudi, Ioannis Sarris, Danai Liodaki and Eleni Zervou

163 days
With the support of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), EREMUAK, Etxepare Basque Institute, and Tabakalera
Athens Conservatoire (Odeion), Athens
documenta Halle, Kassel

7-8pm Athens time, 6-7pm Kassel time
everyday except Mondays.

Live stream:
Athens: www.periscope.tv/socialdissonanc
Kassel: www.periscope.tv/socialdissonan1

Documentation: www.youtube.com/channel/UCZN3mZD45YnZjD27prGoMjw

6 April - 16 July 2017
Room Omega 3
Athens Conservatory
17- B’ &, Leof. Vasileos Georgiou,
Athina 106 75
Free entrance
Everybody welcome!

8 June - 17 September 2017



Listen carefully.

The audience is your instrument, play it in order to practically understand how we are generally instrumentalised.

Prepare the audience with concepts, questions and movements as a way to explore the dissonance that exist between the individual narcissism that capitalism promotes and our social capacity, between how we conceive ourselves as free individuals with agency and the way that we are socially determined by capitalist relations, technology and ideology.

Reflect on the I/We relation while defining social dissonance.

Help the collective subject to emerge.

Communism will be the collective management of alienation*

The Parliament of Bodies


5th September 2017,

Kassel, documenta14

8-11:30 pm

Nadia Bou Ali, Ray Brassier, Dimitra Kotouza, Mattin and Paul B. Preciado

Previous revolutionary theories envisioned that it was possible to live in unalienated conditions. However, the question of mediation and how we understand ourselves is being radically questioned today: technology accelerates certain forms of socialisation but also shapes our interactions and the way we think, neuroscience challenges the notion of selfhood, and computers know more about ourselves than we do. Alienation this time has no connotations of authenticity.  What does it mean to be a subject under conditions of real subsumption, when our most intimate details are being commodified (from our DNA to our choices and social relations)? What is our room for agency? These questions are preliminary requisites in order to answer how we can have a common idea of what emancipation means. The concept of alienation forces us to ask what it is that is being alienated, what is producing it and what can be done about it, which inevitably hits at the question of subjectivity. Answering these questions might help us understand better what is and could be a political subject today. Representative democracy produces its own forms of democratic alienation. The refugee crisis shows that it cannot be dealt with politically at the national level but on the other hand it is very difficult to generate forms of collectivity strong enough to change the course of things.  An ongoing  tension is occurring between the lack of vision for the future — which makes people go back to questions of identity (such as race and nationality) — and an economic situation pushing more and more people to the limits. This is a time bomb which urges the question of collectivity beyond identity and to reconsider the notion of universalism in opposition to the universal equivalent of money.

*This sentence comes from Samo Tomšič at the Historical Materialism conference in Beirut, March 2017