MC KAT – The Reckoning

MC Kat has been making waves in her native Latvia since she first appeared. Fresh, inspired and with big plans in mind, she’s a rapper who commands your attention from her first line to her last. We were proud to release a track of hers on our debut compilation tape last year (available free here). Additionally, she appeared thrice on our podcast’s third season (for Birds, Latvia and Drugs).ย She’ll be making more appearances on our podcast when we relaunch it later this year. Until then, you can look forward to a full album release from MC Kat in 2018.…   [continue reading]

March – CRACKER LP

March is an important contributor toย Secret Cave. Our third season of podcasts,ย SCP3, currently features him as a regular cast member. However, he initially came into contact with us through his music. We used a bonus track from his previous album,ย THE RIDE, on our debut cassette tape. Despite being a mere fifteen years old, he has an impressive number of hip-hop explorations to his name. He’s a remarkably talented vocalist and producer for his age.ย This week, March releasedย CRACKER LP. In time, we’ll be producing a full tape of this new collection of tracks for our upcoming store.…   [continue reading]

Three Months as a Softcore Sex Worker in Latviaโ€™s Capital

โ€œI saw women broken by it. I saw girls crying at the end of the night. The only reason I could deal with it is because I had no sense of self worth.โ€

Past the grand churches and 14th century mansions, the bewildering side-streets of Old Riga are lined with failed bars and shuttered clubs. Every week, bars are bought, sold, and shut down by the police, only to reappear soon after with a new name and logo. This harsh environment, coupled with Rigaโ€™s legacy as a sex capital of Europe, leads establishment owners to employ young Latvian women with the job of bringing foreign men in off the street and giving them an expensive fantasy for the night.…   [continue reading]

A Fake Western Halloween in Eastern Europe

With the unavoidable approach of Halloween, a holiday where people dress in costumes from the ridiculousย andย apparently sexy to the outright offensive,ย I found myself wondering about the media pressure in Latvia that transformed this holiday from a pagan ritual to the entirely commercialized bullshit celebration that it is now.

It’s no secret that Latvia as a country is behind in its adoption of Western traditions due to the iron curtain and Soviet oppression (which I refuse to elaborate on because there’s a future SCP3 episode where I relentlessly go on about it) but, as a country that desperately wants to fit in, we take over traditions we don’t fully understand just to match America; our new big brother.…   [continue reading]

Volume #1: Birth – A Musical Gift for Zine Subscribers

This is an outdated post with links to now dead forms. Volume #1: Birth is now available on Bandcamp here!

This is something we’ve been planning and working on in the background since we announced our physical zine. Whileย Issue #1: Birthย is 100% free, including postage and packaging, we want to give all we canย to subscribers. Therefore, anyone who’s signed up will also receive an equally free tape of music and MP3 download of the contents. For those who don’t make it onto our mailing list before publication,ย Volume #1: Birth will be available on Bandcamp. However, this initial run of tapes is going to be unique.…   [continue reading]

Life in Latvia, Junk Shop at the End of the World

A middle aged couple come back from the supermarket. His gutโ€™s hanging over his tracksuit bottoms, necking a can of strong beer.

A pigeon flies over the trees that cover up rows on rows of 10 story tower blocks, Soviet era. Clapped-out 1970s Russian sedan parked on the pavement.

Stubbing a cigarette, the door downstairs chimes as an old Russian lady fumbles inside, shopping bags bulging.

Earlier this morning, a postman came by with a bag full of promotional leaflets marked U.S. Mail. People still carry around those old plastic bags branded with American cigarette company logos, and my wife tells me these were hot stuff back when the Russians hated the Americans and her step-dad was locked up for wearing Nike trainers as capitalist contraband.…   [continue reading]