Pfandfinderei means "path finders." It also means "boy scouts," and after you meet the Pfadfinderei it's hard to say which meaning is more appropriate. Pfadfinderei consists of seven graphic designers between the ages of 25 and 37, all called by nicknames (including Codek, Honza, Krsn, Flori, Tobi, and Critzla, which means "scribbles"). Their office is down one flight of stairs from the headquarters of Ellen Allien's techno imprint Bpitch Control, in a building they refer to warmly as "the house."
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If you haven't heard of Afro-Punk (Image Entertainment, $19.99), it's not James Spooner's fault. He's worked tirelessly since his documentary's 2003 completion to personally screen the film in almost 300 locations nationwide. Afro-Punk is an exhaustive and deeply personal exploration of the intersection between black and punk culture in America–with alienation and racial identity as its prevalent themes. Read more »
Two floors above a record shop called Intoxica on West London's bustling Portobello Road, the two men behind one of the UK's oldest independent record labels are easing into a day's work in a cluttered office lined with shelves heaving with books, comics, videos, and kung fu movie ephemera. "As you can see," says James Dyer, the label manager of DC Recordings, surveying his empire, "This is the throbbing epicenter."
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"It's time for Brooklyn to step it up again," declares outspoken MC PackFM direct from the noisy streets of his BK 'hood. "The grime that we had has been lost. Everybody's trying to be pretty now."
More concerned with making listeners' necks snap than being a fashion plate, Pack is ardently helping to resurrect the raw energy that Brooklyn-proud groups like Audio Two and M.O.P. brought to hip-hop. "I'm just trying to bring that bounce back," says Pack. "Everybody's following trends–I'm just trying to represent what's natural to me."
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