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Disco For Cynics

January 18, 2017 10:26 pm
Wait, I missed the anti-X posts. I don't think X is overrated at all. Again, I am focusing on those first three albums, with a good chunk of the fourth, and occasional okay tracks after that. X has an amazingly tight and effective rhythm section. When I was a teenager I didn't realize how much they were indebted to rockabilly and early rock in general, but they are one of the most successful bands to combine that with punk elements (the most successful, in my opinion). To me, those first three albums rock and roll as irresistibly as the best early Beatles songs. At least in the up-tempo tracks, there is a constant movement to the songs that I find very winning. Also, while I am not into "Exene is a poet" stuff either, I do think X's songs toss out some great evocative lines (which is more than enough to keep me satisfied with lyrics, which I don't judge by the standards of poetry anyway). This is one of my favorite political songs (and the way they combine serious political concerns with their own relatively trivial complaints about radio programming actually has some appeal to me, though I can see how it could be a turnoff): X and the Avengers were my favorite punk bands in my mid-teens and I don't think anyone can change my mind about X at least. OK, gotta go do some work. Ad hoc meeting with someone in a few.
January 18, 2017 10:28 pm
Never got into the Pixies. The 90s are mostly a dead zone for me musically. Mostly. Of course there are a fair number of exceptions, some obscure.
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.
January 19, 2017 5:57 am
Listened to this today in the car today. I had been thinking of posting this when this thread started, and I enjoyed it enough today that I am throwing it into the thread. After all, you did start this as a music thread. Now, will it or won't it embed?
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 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 2, 2017 12:14 am
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 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?

He Came, He Saw, She Died

January 3, 2017 8:18 pm
Wait, isn't this the kind of stuff Alison Weir got in trouble for writing about (while gentile)?
January 2, 2017 6:31 pm
Taxi, I think you should leave open the possibility that the Russians replaced your real birth certificate with a fake, and that you actually are a Sagittarius.
January 3, 2017 8:15 pm
Heavy, history-filled article at Mondoweiss. I'm surprised I don't know some of the specific events mentioned, not that I've read the history in depth, but I would have expected to pick some of this up by osmosis, reading here and there: (via Xymphora, who I wish would be a little more careful with his rhetoric at times, but who almost always has the good links)
January 2, 2017 6:11 am
Justice Holmes, perhaps as an act of contrition, later wrote in another landmark case: The ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas — that the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market, and that truth is the only ground upon which their wishes safely can be carried out. So following the broad values enshrined in the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech, even though it can, Twitter should not ban Trump. Let him tweet, hell, give him 20 extra characters. And let us know, judge, agree, oppose, and argue about what he says.
January 2, 2017 3:30 am
I hope this doesnt mean certain elements with a penchant for numerology will be launching lots of false flags this year:
  • The prime number before 2017 is 2017+(2-0-1-7), which makes it a sexy prime, and the prime after 2017 is 2017+(2+0+1+7). 2017 itself is of course equal to  2017+(2*0*1*7) 
  • Insert 7 into any two digits of 2017, it is still a prime number, i.e. 27017, 20717, 20177 are all primes. Plus, 20177 is also a prime number