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Okay, so this new band DTCV has a new EP, called Basket of Masks, set to release on limited edition (300) 12″ 45 r.p.m. vinyl in late May. You can pre-order it now by going here. If you pre-order before it ships, we’ll include as a bonus the limited edition CD of our previous EP, Very Fallen World.

The digital version of Basket of Masks will be released on April 17. You can also pre-order it now, and all pre-orders will get a free download code for Very Fallen World, and a hidden bonus track (download only).

You can do all or none of these things by clicking on the link here.

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If that doesn’t sound like a Robert Pollard title, then… well, anything starts to sound like a Robert Pollard title after a while, so never mind.

Because I spend a lot of time in France, I’ve known about the Tarnac 9 (or, if you’re fluent in French, Les 9 de Tarnac) for quite some time, because the affair is old news there. A synopsis of the story: in November 2008, French gendarmerie in riot gear and balaclavas made a pre-dawn raid on a tiny village called Tarnac in a northern corner of Corrèze, in the Limousin. It’s in central France, and it’s largely farmland. They initially arrested twenty or so residents, all in the age range 22-34, then let everyone except the infamous 9 go. In France, partly as a vestige of the Resistance, many farmers remain hard-left socialists or even (shudder) communists; the mayor of Tarnac had been for many, many years but is no longer a communist. The mayor of a village near where I spend my time actually is a communist. What this seems to mean, so far as I can tell, is that public services in the area run really well. In Tarnac, the small group of disaffected left-leaning politicized youth that had gathered there from all over France and elsewhere (numbering less than 50 of the village’s 350 residents) had committed such radical acts as running a grocery store, putting up a movie theater, and starting a library. They were arrested because the French government suspected, but had no actual proof, that some of its members may have been involved in sabotaging railway lines. The whole thing has proved rather embarrassing for Sarkozy’s government, although since almost everything Sarkozy does has proved embarrassing for his governement, that’s not really saying much.

In America, the Tarnac 9 cause — or to be more specific, their manifesto — was given new life after someone who appears on television named Glen Beck (sp?) went on an unhinged rant, which I gather is a regular occurrence on his show, about The Coming Insurrection, a kind of updated anarchist’s cookbook, May ’68-stylee, ascribed to the Tarnac 9. I’m glad he did so, because the attendant publicity about his rant reminded me that I had never read L’insurrection qui vient, and I ordered a copy, which arrived yesterday. It was written, most likely, by Julien Coupat, one of the Tarnac 9, a 34-year-old former business and sociology student from an affluent family in Paris who moved to Tarnac by way of rejecting his background and what he sees as the decadence and inevitable collapse of capitalism. Or something. He’s a fairly engaging writer, and while many of his anarcho-cures are loopier than his diagnoses — most of which are equally loopy — there are coquilles of sense in the sand of grad-student nonsense, and I recommend finding and reading the book, if you’re into stuff like the end of the world.

Here are the opening lines of The Coming Insurrection: “From whatever angle you approach it, the present offers no way out. This is not the least of its virtues…. Everyone agrees that things can only get worse.”

I’m not sure about the last sentence, but the first two would make a great opening for a novel I would very much like to read. So much so that I may actually write it.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Tarnac 9, the American support site is here.