The Process of Weeding Out

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The Process of Weeding Out
Black Flag - The Process of Weeding Out cover.jpg
EP by
ReleasedSeptember 1985
RecordedMarch 1985
GenreHardcore punk, free jazz, instrumental rock, punk jazz
LabelSST (037)
ProducerGreg Ginn, Bill Stevenson, David Tarling
Black Flag chronology
Loose Nut
The Process of Weeding Out
In My Head
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
All About JazzPositive[2]
Punknews3/5 stars[3]

The Process of Weeding Out is an instrumental EP released by Black Flag in 1985 on SST Records.[4]

One of the most potent realizations of Ginn's fascination with the avant-garde, The Process of Weeding Out is described by critic Chris True of Allmusic as "an interesting document of Greg Ginn's development from high-speed guitar 'sculptor' to one of the few punk artists to embrace 12-tone experimental music."[1] Robert Palmer of The New York Times described the album as "what jazz-rock could have become if the best of the musicians who first crossbred jazz improvising with rock's sonic fire power had followed their most creative impulses."[4]

The back cover has a quote from guitarist Greg Ginn, reading, in part: "...even though this record may communicate certain feelings, emotions, and ideas to some, I have faith that cop-types with their strictly linear minds and stick-to-the-rules mentality don't have the ability to decipher the intuitive contents of this record."

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Greg Ginn, except where noted.

Side one

  1. "Your Last Affront" – 9:39
  2. "Screw the Law" – 2:24

Side two

  1. "The Process of Weeding Out" – 9:58
  2. "Southern Rise" (Ginn/Kira Roessler/Bill Stevenson) – 5:00



  1. ^ a b True, Chris. "Allmusic review". Allmusic. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  2. ^ Jazz, All About. "Black Flag: Black Flag: Family Man & The Process of Weeding Out". All About Jazz.
  3. ^ Gentile, John (February 13, 2017). "Black Flag - The Process of Weeding Out [EP]". Retrieved June 8, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Palmer, Robert (February 23, 1986). "Black Flag Adds A Soupcon of Sophistication to Punk Rock". The New York Times. Retrieved June 8, 2019.