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Interzone / How to use the internet as a weapon
« on: April 12, 2014, 08:16:44 PM »
"Several high profile protests have circulated across the Web in the past few weeks, garnering social and news media attention — and even forcing the resignation of one high-level executive. There are two components driving the trend in Internet protests: They tend to be effective against Web services, and online networks allow people to mobilize quickly. According to a study released last month by Georgetown University's Center for Social Impact Communication, active Web useres are likely to do far more for a cause than simply 'like' it on a website. And, because a few clicks can cancel a service, their actions carry weight. But there may be a coming backlash as people can grow tired of online activism; and corporations may also take a more proactive stance in response to them."


Who shall we target first?

Interzone / Daniel Defoe - Robinson Crusoe
« on: April 03, 2014, 07:08:49 PM »

Worth reading. One of my favorite books as a kid. Escape... to the void!

Metal / Intersection between hacking and heavy metal/BBS culture
« on: March 30, 2014, 05:19:43 PM »

I wrote an article about the cross-influence between hacking and heavy metal. It covers the use of alternative media, like BBS and AE lines, to convey a hidden truth that is shared between metalheads and hackers. The article is entitled "Hacker Metal" and it is published in Perfect Sound Forever webzine.

For those who remember the early web, Perfect Sound Forever is an e-zine that started in 1993 and has run continuously since. It derived its name from an early Sony/Philips ad designed to convince people to switch to compact disks, and covers all forms of music including a fair amount of metal.

"Hacker Metal: Heshers on the early net" by Brett Stevens

Metal / Perfect Sound Forever
« on: March 30, 2014, 05:19:21 PM »
In the latest issue of Perfect Sound Forever <http://www.perfectsoundforever.com>, you'll find (among other things):

  Not Just Old-Timey Novelty- an appreciation and interview by Michael Layne Heath
"'The Spankers got started when my friend Guy Forsyth and I were sitting around one night, complaining about how loud our respective bands were. So we thought, 'why not go the other way and start a jug band?' So Guy pulls out all these CD's of old 'hokum jazz,' blues and jug band music that he had kept in a bookcase.'"

  Morning Phase & Desert Voyages by Owen Watson
"Greeting the recent release of Beck's new album Morning Phase are rumblings that this is the 43 year old's sequel to his similarly tuned 2002 album Sea Change: another reverb-soaked record heavy with lament and airy symphonic composition. But a close inspection finds the sequel tag to be a reductionist way of looking at the work."

  Wired in the '70's by Sam Leighty
"He had always liked jazz, classical and different kinds of unusual music from all over, including Indian and Mid-eastern music. He had been drawing on this mixture of styles since his days with The Yardbirds. As the '70's unfolded, he developed a strong infusion of jazz in his playing, beginning with his first album of that decade."

  Untangling R&B Divas by Peter Crigler
"Once upon a time, En Vogue were hailed as one of the greatest female R&B groups of all time. But then the shit hit the fan amidst pregnancy, egos and money. Now there are two different versions of the group, both touring third-rate venues. What a sad, sad state of affairs. How did it get this bad, you might ask?"

  Heshers in the Early Web by Brett Stevens
"We are drowning in information, not starving for it. But before this was commonplace, a cutting edge of innovative hackers forged a network of sites, conference calls and hidden caches of information. They then used this cobbled network to find information on music, including heavy metal.  Especially heavy metal."

  The Reggae Lion of Nasvhille by Rev. Keith A. Gordon
"Aashid Himons was a giant of a man with a leonine head haloed by a mane of lengthy, graying deadlocks, Himons was a force of nature, a charismatic musical alchemist that pursued his muse wherever it might take him. That's not the best
formula for success in the music industry, yet Himons managed to forge a career that spanned five decades, influenced countless other artists, and forever changed the image of Nashville from that of the home of country music.."

  Finnish Avant Electronix by Michael Freerix
"Islaja is Merja Kokkonen, a visual artist and musician living and working in Berlin. Since her debut in 2004, she has released four album-length works on Finland's Fonal Records and one CD on Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace label, as
well as a series of singles on labels such as Not Not Fun and Root Strata. She earned quick praise in the international music press for her unique vocal style and daring DIY approach to music composition..."

  The Good/Bad/Ugly of Rap-Metal by Peter Crigler
"Most people look at Faith No More and Rage Against the Machine as the 'forefathers' of the scene- maybe think of them as rap-rock's Neil Young. Many people including my friends were directly influenced to start playing music because of these bands. Eventually, FNM and RATM moved away from rapping in their songs at all, particularly FNM. But their influence was already showing. Then KoRn came around in 1994 and proceeded to spawn everything that came afterwards."

  Video Interview- Electro-pop duo by Robin Cook
"Taking their name from a cute, exotic cousin of the giraffe, Okapi Sun produces impeccable, pristine electro-pop. Originally, Army brat Dallas and German-born Leo met in Berlin. They later joined forces in sunny San Diego. The captivating single "Johnny Kiss" gives you an idea of what they're capable of. The duo's debut album, Techno Prisoners, is out now."

  Its Brooklyn Connection by Amauta Marston-Firmino
"'Chicha' is a musical invention from the borderlands, a musical style that is a lot like the people here. It is neither Peruvian nor Brazilian--born in the jungle and yet totally outside of it. It mixes the tropical energy of cumbia, and the Caribbean with the post-industrial malaise of garage rock. The story of chicha begins in Pucallpa, nestled between the jungle and the mountains, where a young mane named Juan Wong Paredes played saxophone for fun..."

  Interview- Jazz Theory by Jason Gross
"Even though he had over two dozen albums to his name, history is going to remember jazz pianist/composer/arranger George Russell for something other than the music that he made. Instead, Russell's 1953 book The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization is what history will remember him for and he knew that. There, Russell made the radical leap in music theory to ditch chords for scales, finding there was a great freedom to this new way of seeing and making music."

  From Folk To Electronic By James Paton
"Following on from some of the critical acclaim that was directed towards Boards of Canada's excellent Tomorrow's Harvest, I found myself inexplicably drawn towards taking stock of some of Scotland's finest musical treasures from the last thirty years or so, albums that critics evidently dismissed... I intended to to remind others of Scotland's fine musical heritage."

  Biography Excerpt by Greg Kot
"From longtime Chicago Tribune columnist and author (who's also written a Wilco bio, Learning How to Die) comes a bio of legendary soul singer Mavis Staples. As primary singer for the Staples Singers, Mavis grew up in public, singing gospel songs with her family and helping to make a name for themselves in that market. When the Staples came over to Stax Records, they were cutting more secular material and the label also had plans for Mavis herself..."

  Poet/Performer- interview by Glenn Morrow
"The poet Anne Waldman is well known as the founder (along with Allen Ginsberg) of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. For many years, she also ran the St. Mark's poetry space. With her son, the musician Ambrose Bye she has a record label that releases spoken word work with musical accompaniment. As a poet, she has published over 40 books including The Iovis Trilogy, a nearly thousand page epic poem."

  Interview- Vinyl Nirvana by Marc Philips
". For a long time, I've been championing David Archambault and his Vinyl Nirvana site. Vinyl Nirvana has been around for almost as long... I immediately bookmarked it once I saw all of Dave's amazing restoration projects. I was particularly fascinated with all of his AR turntable restorations--I've owned both an AR-XA and an ES-1 and I'm still a big fan of these designs."

Metal / Origins of speed metal
« on: March 23, 2014, 07:20:25 PM »


J: Yeah.  None of us were really into the punk stuff, except maybe the Ramones
or the Pistols.  We were not real hardcore punk fans.

K: That's the thing that a lot of people don't know, when we first started we
weren't heavily into punk.  It was very, very slight.  Motorhead and the


J: Motorhead.


Metal / Re: Metal sales, bargains and discounts
« on: March 22, 2014, 01:32:14 AM »
Anything ordered from the shop between now and next Friday, put in a comment of "YOU'RE OLD" and I'll refund 20% (20 being the age I wish I still was) of your pre-shipping order total, as long as it's at least $10 worth of stuff.


Metal / Re: Ildjarn Split was written by Nidhogg
« on: March 19, 2014, 02:47:51 AM »
One is classical orchestral piece

Did anyone else drool at this mention?

I fully support the growth of black metal into greater complexity like its forebears achieved.

I do not support the endless hybridization of black metal with known "outside" genres to make "new" styles.

Metal / Gender in metal
« on: March 18, 2014, 08:47:58 PM »
So is this, "speed metal?" because I can’t think of anything else to possibly call it.

Look you guys, I’m really liking it. It’s oddly beautiful, but I feel like it’s really hard for girls to get to know this kind of music. I would NEVER want to see this band live, even though I’m really liking the music. It would be too violent and too dangerous, and that sucks. And yet I’m not blaming the people who feel the need to get “caught in a mosh,” upon hearing this. It’s probably exhilarating, but sitting on the couch listening to it is fun in a totally different way. Why does music have to be such a division of the sexes sometimes?


Interzone / Now admit it
« on: March 18, 2014, 04:16:41 PM »
You were happier with crow's posts and leadership than mine :)

Interzone / Re: Deleted post.
« on: March 18, 2014, 04:16:26 PM »
What is the closed system, the individual or the culture? I say the individual.

Culture renews itself. It requires strong leadership or it converges on a default.

Metal / Re: Death Metal Underground
« on: March 17, 2014, 01:13:06 PM »
Death Metal Underground
Newsletter 3/9-3/16
Because Metal Is Art

Interview with Terry Butler of Massacre

Massacre carved a place for themselves in the death metal community years ago and with their foundational From Beyond, an album of tremolo-picked columnar death metal with big fuzzy production at a time when many death metal bands were still trying to emulate the muted-picked speed metal of the previous era.

Over two decades later, Massacre returns with Back From Beyond which sees release on April 1, 2014 via Century Media records. We were fortunate to be able to grab a few words with bassist Terry Butler, whose work with Massacre, Death, Six Feet Under and other Florida death metal bands has made him a towering legend in the community.


Arctic Music relaunches with Julian Hollowell (Kult of Azazel) at the helm

Arctic Music Group (AMG), famed for quality death metal releases at reasonable cost in the early 2000s, will restructure itself into Arctic Media (AM) along with its imprint labels Arctic Music, Frozen North and Punktuation!.

Under the leadership of Julian Hollowell (Kult of Azazel, Hateplow) Arctic Music and Punktuation! will focus on extreme metal and punk. Under Ricktor Ravensbrück (Electric Hellfire Club), Frozen North will focus on electronic and industrial music. Finally, Mike Gallo of SBS Recordings will lead the new label imprint Blue Light which will focus on blues, country, reggae and world music.


Finland hosts Modern Heavy Metal: Markets, Practices and Cultures conference in June 2015

Toni-Matti Karjalainen of the Aalto University School of Business announced the Modern Heavy Metal: Markets, Practices and Cultures as slated for June 2015, in coordination with the International Society for Metal Music Studies. The conference is designed to be a fusion of business and management theory and observations on the business of heavy metal.

“The former black sheep of popular culture is today a relevant subject for almost any scientific discipline,” the conference organizational flyer announces. A Call For Papers and more information will be unleashed on March 31, 2014.


Interview with The Inverted Katabasis author Dean Swinford

We were fortunate to get some time for a chat with Dean Swinford, author of Death Metal Epic I: The Inverted Katabasis. As a person with extensive experience in both death metal and literature, Swinford provides a great deal of insight into both.


Saint Vitus on 35th anniversary tour of North America


Sadistic Metal Reviews 03-12-14

What are Sadistic Metal Reviews? The only path to metal glory is to make music that is metal both in form and content, and upholds the spirit of conquering the unknown and crushing the empty and pointless. Anything else fails and shall be mocked! Come for the impotent rage, stay for the occasional standout…


Master launches “North American Witchhunt Tour” in April


Is all metal speed metal now?

All of this is well and good if we do one single but difficult thing: recognize that what we’re listening to now is a dressed-up version of what metal and punk were doing in the late 1980s. We’re walking backward in history, away from that scary underground death metal and black metal, and looking toward something less disturbing and more fun at parties. It seems no one has come out and said this, so I figured it must be said.


Adramelech – Psychostasia re-issued by Xtreem Music

Adramelech, long viewed as a younger brother to legendary Finnish death metal band Demigod, ride again with the re-issue of their classic Psychostasia on Xtreem Records. Revered for their ability to mix subtle melody with mid-paced death metal rhythms to produce an enveloping sense of pervasive darkness, Adramelech like Demigod found their way into many death metal collections but remained out of the spotlight that favored more dramatic bands.


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Interzone / Poetry of Decay
« on: March 17, 2014, 01:38:29 AM »

Interzone / Point cloud
« on: March 16, 2014, 01:50:37 PM »

"The point here is that we're generating enough of a point cloud where we can really be autonomously aware of the environment," Woods said.

What is a point cloud? The easiest way to think of it is as a form of pin art, the 1980's gadget, as the Velodyne video to the right shows. The LIDAR provides position and velocity information. But Velodyne is also developing the capability to look at the relative intensity of the reflected light, which will allow the laser to "read" objects.


Interzone / Re: Crimea 2014
« on: March 16, 2014, 11:17:56 AM »
All these mechanisms ensure that nationality is a fleeting thing.

There are many pressures on everything on earth. If a thing does not resist, it is destroyed. That does not mean we should assume the destruction as a given.

Interzone / Re: Mind and Truth.
« on: March 16, 2014, 11:15:32 AM »
One of my favorite metaphors for this situation involves the building at 44 Passage Rd.

It is squat, square, and takes up a whole block. In it labor 10,000 researchers, scientists and thinkers.

When you call the building at 44 Passage Rd., you connect to a receptionist. The building has so many departments, her job is to route you to roughly the right department, where you'll then be routed further.

On floor twelve, at the very top right corner, there is a publicist. If you call and you're from the government, press or civil agency, you talk to him. He summarizes everything the company is doing at once into a single statement.

He will tell you the "what" of what is going on. If you try to understand the how or why from his statement, you would be lost. You could then call each of the researchers who work on it. However, the flood of details then is too much and too discoordinated to be helpful to you.

Ego is essential. It is how we summarize action to explain to others and socialize. In the same sense, a view of self-esteem and of uniqueness and of personal pride and integrity is essential. This is not ego, but the ego is what explains it. The spokesperson is not the researchers, and the researchers are incoherent.

A sensible role for the ego can only be found when, like emotions, it is disciplined to (a) reality and (b) purpose. Otherwise, the human rambles about doing what is convenient and then justifies its actions by having its spokesperson invent some reasons "why" from the "what" is being done. This too is incoherent.

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