Monday, February 23, 2009

Mikkel Metal- Peaks and Troughs

After some slight technical problems over at PM this weekend, my review of Mikkel Metal's latest is up. Check it out. Some more great Echocord dub techno.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Flood Bank

I've got a new review published up at PopMatters of The Lines's second and final compilation. It's a mix of their two studio LPs, Therapy and Ultramarine. Listening to it, I kept thinking about how this could have easily evolved into a weird version of the early 4AD aesthetic (early Colourbox, the first Cocteau Twins LP). Only after reading the liner notes and doing some research, I found out that the engineers and bandleader Conning himself had actually played integral roles in the production of much of that music. Ultramarine especially seems to form a nice bridge between the guitar-based experimentalism of post-punk and ethereality of the aforementioned music.

Read the Review Here

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Musical Ontology

This is old and has probably made several rounds throughout the internet by now, but it was so spot-on that I had to repost it.

The Different Stages of Musical Ontology.

As for me, I'd like to say I fluctuate between stages pretty regularly, but usually find myself drawn to one rather than a combination of several.

RIP Lux Interior of The Cramps

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

It's a Conscious Decision!

Oh Valis, where are you when we need you?

"Turning the old axiom on its head, digital signage is proving that what goes up must go higher. Walgreens' new signage system at One Times Square is the biggest video display ever built. "We took inspiration from the traditional billboard style, along with a healthy dose of influence from Blade Runner and Minority Report," says Greg Tribbe, managing director for the display's designer, the Gilmore Group.

"There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of that movie," adds another Blade Runner fan, developer Sonny Astani, who wants to hang a 14-story-tall LED sign from a new condo project currently going up in downtown Los Angeles.

...While Dick didn't necessarily think such advanced and permissive out-of-home technology was a good thing for society, those working in the medium have taken his vision as an archetype for the future. Certainly, the signage at One Times Square manifests Dick's futuristic precognition in the here and now."

As someone who has frequently been shocked by the accuracy of Dick's paranoid prognostication, it's not unusual to see his name cited in an article on advertising. However, to cite him as an influence on your colonization of the sky is quite another thing...

Why We're Bankrupt (Morally and Financially)

Chalmers Johnson points out that the fattest free-floating source of waste in the U.S. Economy is not golden parachutes, tort, executive bonuses, or any of the other riffraff. It's something far more obvious, that far more prone to be casually overlooked.

"Many people believe that our military is the largest, best equipped, and most invincible among the world's armed forces. None of these things is true, but our military is, without a doubt, the most expensive to maintain. Each year, we Americans account for nearly half of all global military spending, an amount larger than the next 45 nations together spend on their militaries annually."