The outer bag of the collector's edition of this acid-free Museum coffee is screen printed onto sandpaper. What an amazing – abrasive idea! Except it has already been done: The Durutti Column's 1980 release on Factory Records – had sandpaper glued onto the outer cover (it is said by members of Joy Division while Ian Curtis watched porn) The idea was that it would slowly destroy the release to the left and the release to the right. An AMAZING unbelievably original idea! Except that it was itself "inspired" by Situationist: Guy Debord whose book ‘Mémoires’ was released in 1959 – in a sandpaper cover.
And there you are, we've stumbled into the most important weapon of all: education, and that's what the museum is all about. Well, that and inspiring people to do stuff and fucking up the basic idea of a museum.
Ironic, then that, in the act of questioning everything (punk and post-punk) and finding new ways to do things (industrial) from making noise to instruments and communities and tribes and slightly destroying the idea of a museum – I think we have created the beginnings of a very useful one. Perhaps in the same way that Dark Matter Coffee has questioned the machinery of a coffee company, built a new one across continents, and inspired us, giving us a reason to be better to all involved in the process as we drink more coffee and build the next glorious thing together.
Our collaboration with our pal Martin Atkins and the Museum of Post Punk & Industrial Music is a testament to the legacy, tenacity, and sheer fucking audacity of innovators and contrarians everywhere - and especially at the points where their paths inevitably cross. Propped up near 35th and Halsted in Bridgeport, the PPIM chronicles the legacy of industrial music and Martin's time on the road with bands like Public Image Ltd, Pigface, and Nine Inch Nails. Read more about the museum and our friend Martin here, via NPR