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Subverting Authority

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Subverting Authority

Posted Dec. 22, 2018, 1:48 p.m.
Against Orthodoxy

With startling revelations our systems of authority are thought to be illegitimate, God dies, and the state cannot be justified. The burden of life is too great as our knowledge of suffering increases, to the point where our beliefs crumble and our gods buckle. Beings as a whole take precedent over Being. Democracy aims at the citizens’ first, rulers subject to them. Workers control means of production. How many different expressions of sublimated power can I come up with? I don’t know, but what is clear is there is a great skepticism in everyone who’s felt the strap, the wooden spoon, the sting of authority on our bottom. With particular irony we still feel guilty, and much of ...

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Soundtrack in film

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Posted Sept. 30, 2018, 4:05 p.m.
Beyond Casual Observation

Thanks to insight from professionals in the field, and the freedom to explore the use of sound in film, Beyond Casual Observation has featured a ...

Musings on the need to be ...

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Posted Sept. 9, 2018, 12:02 p.m.
era vulgaris

Afterimages Wreckages of the pastEternally damned to repeat it.Exploded views incinerated by the electricity of truthPierced by the arrow of time keeping everything from ...

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The Anxiety of Influence

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The Anxiety of Influence

Posted July 16, 2018, 10:45 a.m.
Against Orthodoxy

In February 1996 late novelist David Foster Wallace released a modern masterpiece, Infinite Jest, uncovering a wellspring of contemporary criticism and psychological diagnosis. Granted his prose is maddeningly bratty to some readers and unapologetically obsessive, most of it is just damn good by my standards. Say what you will, his book is measured, careful, and thorough. One of the narratives features a movie plot description directed by protagonist Hal Incandenza’s late father James, a part optical scientist, part tennis phenom, part avant garde filmmaker, and all alcoholic. The film, Blood Sister: One Tough Nun, features an order of nuns ...

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Only Death Is Real #1

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Posted Aug. 12, 2018, 4:15 a.m.
Only Death Is Real

There’s so much music released, whether physically or digitally, that keeping up with what’s going on becomes almost ...

The Anxiety of Influence

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Posted July 16, 2018, 10:45 a.m.
Against Orthodoxy

In February 1996 late novelist David Foster Wallace released a modern masterpiece, Infinite Jest, uncovering a wellspring of contemporary criticism ...

Amy Oden: Making Punk a Drag Again

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Posted July 2, 2018, 3:51 p.m.

Amy Oden is a Baltimore-based musician and filmmaker. Her work includes the feature documentaries From the Back of the Room ...

Guest Column: T (Vegas) - Portable Loudspeakers

Regular Columns Guest Column: T (Vegas) - Portable Loudspeakers

Posted Nov. 23, 2017, 3:47 p.m.
era vulgaris

As the good ole shock jock Plato so eloquently put it, music is the movement of sound to reach the ...

Guest Column: Blag Dahlia - Blag Dahlia’s Hate Mail (November 2017)

Regular Columns Guest Column: Blag Dahlia - Blag Dahlia’s Hate Mail (November 2017)

Posted Nov. 6, 2017, 3:18 p.m.

Blag Dahlia is the singer for punk band the Dwarves and co-hosts the podcast We Got Issues. Since forming in ...

Guest Column: Poli van Dam (The Bombpops)

Regular Columns Guest Column: Poli van Dam (The Bombpops)

Posted Oct. 22, 2017, 4:43 p.m.

SoCal punks The Bombpops formed back in 2007 and released just two EPs in their first decade as a band ...

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