Tom Morello/Anti-Flag labels to release limited-run Norman Finkelstein vinyl

Tom Morello’s Firebrand Records have just announced a new collaboration with punk

legends Anti-Flag’s A-F Records featuring scholar and author Norman Finkelstein. The

limited-run 7-inch vinyl, a split with Swedish punks Lycka Till and Finkelstein, is half

poppy, angry punk-rock and half-academic analysis of the conflict in occupied Palestine.

It’s a unique project from a unique collection of musicians, thinkers, and activists.

 

“This release really summarizes what Firebrand was built for,” says the label’s co-owner

Ryan Harvey, who founded Firebrand alongside Morello in 2015. “An international and

multi-layered collaboration exploring the intersection of hard-hitting music, critical

analysis, and on-the-ground political activism. Tom and I are always excited to work

alongside our good friends from Anti-Flag and A-F Records, especially to provide

something fresh and challenging to the music world. “

 

“I remembered that old 7-inch split with Bad Religion and Noam Chomsky that came out in

the early ’90s… and thought that it would be cool to do sort of a follow-up on that,” Lycka

Till singer Victor Andersson says, referencing the 1991 Maximumrockandroll release to

protest the Gulf War. “To my knowledge the mix between punk rock and academia

never really took hold, so we might give it a second shot.”

 

“I am too old and over the hill to appreciate punk,” Finkelstein says of the

record. “Culturally, I’ve always been several time warps behind the curve. But I am not

so old as not to appreciate artists whose worldview exceeds the circumference of their

navels. To them, I send my heartfelt thanks for taking me on board.”

 

The split features two songs from Lycka Till and two spoken-word tracks from

Finkelstein. “So long as Humanity strives for a more just world, Palestine will be at the

top of our agenda, Finkelstein summarizes. “The likes of Netanyahu still hope to sweep

it under the rug, but they’ll never succeed: We won’t let it happen!”

 

Pre-orders for the physical release are available now through A-F Records’ website,

with a release date set for all online-distributers starting Monday, September 18.

 

PRE-ORDER LINK: http://a-frecords.limitedrun.com/products/599899-lycka-till-normal-

finkelstein-split-7-inch

 

Norman Finkelstein received his doctorate from the Princeton University Politics

Department in 1988. He’s the author of many books translated into scores of foreign

languages. His most recent book is Gaza: An inquest into its martyrdom. Finkelstein is

also a popular lecturer (youtube hosts 150,000 of his talks).

 

Lycra Till is a Swedish punk band founded in 2009. The band has been likened to

artists as diverse as The Clash, RVIVR and Paul Simon. In Sweden they are noted for

their well-crafted, angry and often humorous lyrics dealing with everything from the

occupation of Palestine and the war on refugees in Europe to leftist cults and how to

deal with anxiety and loss. The band released their first album on the cult label Plan-It-X

records, former home to bands like Against Me!, AJJ and Japanther.

 

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