Wednesday, May 20, 2009

More to come...

A brief history of secret societies
Album reviews
and much much more...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Ut vivimus, sic in aeternum resonamus

Death and the Maiden (1894) by: Edvard Munch

"He wished to find someone he could give his all to without losing himself, his identity. But she consumed him over and over and without even realizing, he lost his way to the outside of her world." Anonymous

" Love is the infinite, unconditional surrender." Genesis P. Orrige

" Temptation is the fire that brings up the scum of the heart." (never resist it ) Shakespeare

"That's the nature of women, not to love when we love them, and to love when we love them not." Cervantes

“We always long for the forbidden things, and desire what is denied us.” Francois Rabelais

Sunday, March 15, 2009

marshall berman vs. wallace berman

"To be modern, I said, is to experience personal and social life as a maelstrom, to find one's world and oneself in perpetual disintegration and renewal, trouble and anguish, ambiguity and contradiction: to be part of a universe in which all that is solid melts into air.To be a modernist is to make oneself somehow at home in the maelstrom, to make its rhythms one’s own, to move within its currents in search of the forms of reality, of beauty, of freedom, of justice, that its fervid and perilous flow allows." MB


madness will finally defeat me 1977-present

"We've let technology develop miraculously but we haven't bothered to change ourselves. If we change physically, then our way of perceiving things changes and we need to change the way we perceive everything. That's our dream, but for some people, it would be a nightmare. It's about whether people are sentimental about the human body or not. People are surprisingly resistant to change." Genesis P. Orrige

love at first sight

Indepth analysis of albums that are groundbreaking influential,weird and misunderstood bi monthly review By Filipe Melo

Featured album: Scott 4 by Scott Walker

A Case for MOR (Middle of the Road)

The adjectives experimential, DIY, indie, noise are used to describe music which challenge the traditional universals of what a song, and more generally, what music should be. Even within the hallowed tower of "indie" there has always been an internal coup demanding that whatever recognition a tangent of the genre be furthered to the point of complete metamorphosis. Blocks of sound in place of melody, unconventional instrumentation, homemade production and an achingly nihilistic sincerity are all indicative of a recent trend within the Los Angeles music scene which at once is refreshing and disconcerting. Despite the exciting atmosphere surrounding the possible discovery of some sacred language hidden within the depths of the MPC, there is something to be said of using the language of convention to expound on the more confounding puzzle of postmodern/existential ennui. Enter into this situation the Ohioan Righteous Brothers reject come reclusive genius Noel Scott Engel, or as his is known Scott Walker. His fourth solo album Scott 4 is arguably the most profoundly elegant statement of humankind's struggle against its own insouciant futility. The forays it makes into such generalized ideas like war, love, and intimate minutae are mostly tawdry but beautifully signify that in some cases that convention is the most comfortable springboard to creativity.

Scott 4 was the last in a series of poorly received but pretentiously acclaimed solo albums by an American expat in England who at one time was more popular than the Beatles. be continued.