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Disco For Cynics

December 31, 2016 11:40 pm Not sure this is truly cynical, but in a similar vein.
January 1, 2017 12:21 am
How cynical do we want to get?
January 2, 2017 12:19 am
Brain-Computer interface. What could possibly go wrong? I will be like a character in a science fiction novel: Do you see that old codger over there? He doesn't have a brain implant! Can you believe there are still people around who never got their brains chipped?
January 1, 2017 12:44 am
Since that didn't embed (I thought I had fixed that problem), it's Laura Marling's "Gurdjieff's Daughter," my favorite song from last year as far as I can remember.
January 2, 2017 12:14 am
December 31, 2016 11:49 pm
Why my youtubes no embed?
January 2, 2017 12:12 am
Maybe both cynical and nihilistic in this case.
It's Throbbing Gristle, so unsurprisingly it has Burroughs and Manson references in it. But I think reading between the lines and in context of other things I know about TG, it's sort of proposing that different types of relationships--from the romantic, to the master/follower, to the political dictator/strongman/etc.--can all partake of the same authoritarian power structure. And of course, the religious or otherwise cultish can and often does overlap with sexual and political control. (Although, the "they try to eat us" part just seems like a bit of silliness if you ask me.) Ah. . . not sure I should have set myself up to talk about this. Every time I talk about music I tend to out myself, since I have a fairly peculiar mix of favorites in music.
January 2, 2017 1:20 am  
January 1, 2017 11:37 pm
I had to settle for hearing them on the radio in junior high in the early 80s. (I did see a solo Exene show some years later, but it was pretty sad all around.)
January 1, 2017 12:38 am
This needs to go here. (I could go on and on with the punk and post-punk stuff, but it's not the music I turn to these days. X being an exception.)
January 1, 2017 11:33 pm
Maybe both cynical and nihilistic in this case. I think it expresses cynicism about certain kinds of leader-follower relationships, cult/political/whatever (with references to Manson). Albeit, P-Orridge always seems a little too ambivlent about that sort of thing. Also, the whole album is one of my favorites from the early industrial milieu.
January 1, 2017 12:01 am
More jaunty than what you posted but:
January 1, 2017 11:27 pm
Wow, I never thought of her in connection with this, but now that you mention it, I know what you mean. I have to confess I never got too far with her, but whatever she was trying to do was fascinating.
December 31, 2016 11:48 pm (I like this song but I think Frith is correct to mostly stick to playing guitar and not singing.)

He Came, He Saw, She Died

January 1, 2017 4:29 am
Maria Zakharova on fire (doesn't exactly say what the headline with the video says, however):