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
Length26:28
LabelSST (037)
ProducerGreg Ginn, Bill Stevenson, David Tarling
Black Flag chronology
Loose Nut
(1985)
The Process of Weeding Out
(1985)
In My Head
(1985)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
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

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  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]". Punknews.org. 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.