IDSG Ep69 Culture Warlords, with Talia Lavin

This episode, we are joined by special guest Talia Lavin to talk about her excellent new book Culture Warlords.

Content Warning.

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Talia's Twitter: @chick_in_kiev

Culture Warlords:…9780306846434/

Olive Peaseblossom in Kraken Went A'Courtin

Here's a bit of a swerve for you. My awesome husband Penn Wiggins is a visual artist, and we've finally gotten around to collaborating on our first comic. Because I am me, I took Alan Moore's advice that you should start by doing short stories such as the Tharg's Future Shocks feature of 2000 AD extremely literally, mashing it up with Penn's stated desire to draw faeries and sea witches to get, well... this astoundingly goofy piece of fun.

This site isn't particularly geared for comics, so while you can click on all of the images below to expand them, my recommendation would be to head over to Penn's site, where he's actually got it configured to be easily readable. Or you can just download it, in either PDF format or CBZ format.

We're already at work on our follow-up effort, which is... also extremely silly. 

And swing back on Thursday for a release of a very different sort.

IDSG Ep68 The Trial of Christopher Cantwell, with Hilary Sargent

Christopher Cantwell, the 'Crying Nazi', was recently tried and convicted in a federal court in New Hampshire.  As our regular listeners will know, we've been following Cantwell's fortunes for some time.  In this episode, Daniel and Jack are joined by special guest, journalist and Cantwell expert Hilary Sargent, to talk about the trial, and the long, winding, bizarre, horrifying story of how we got here. 

Content warnings.

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Hilary's Twitter: @lilsarg

Hilary's articles on the Cantwell trial for The Informant:

Don't do meth kids:

All the Love

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A mostly unloved dirge on The Dreaming’s tails-side, “All the Love” exists as a buffer between the uxorial laments of “Night of the Swallow” and “Houdini.” Little distinguishes it from its fellow LP tracks — its lyrics scan like an embryonic “Houdini” or “Suspended in Gaffa,” presaging future such Bush songs as “Hello Earth” or “Never Be Mine.” Admittedly the song’s points of intrigue are mostly limited to what comes after it, with “All the Love” mostly existing to get The Dreaming to ten songs. 

Sonically, “All the Love” sounds like a callback to Never for Ever, to the point one wonders if the song is a holdover. The song’s centering of melody over rhythm is an aberration on the rhythm-preoccupied Dreaming, with Stuart Elliott’s drums quietly accentuating things rather than taking a “lead instrument” role. The relatively high position of Del Palmer’s bass playing in the mix also feels superannuated and reminiscent of “Blow Away (For Bill)” or “Egypt,” some of the oldest songs in Bush’s studio career. “All the Love” has some flourishes characteristic of the mid-80s — the sampling of phone conversations is the sort of thing ...

IDSG Ep67 Tim Pool and the Wolverine Watchmen

An unplanned, emergency mini-sequel to our discussion of Tim Pool just a couple of days ago.  Reality, displaying its customary poor timing, waited until just after we dropped our Tim Pool episode to reveal the story of the Wolverine Watchmen, a group of militia types arrested for planning the abduction and 'trial' (i.e. murder, presumably) of Michigan Governer Gretchen Whitmer.  At least one of the conspirators seems to have been part of Tim's audience; Tim has been demonizing Whitmer as a dangerous tyrant for ages; and Tim himself reacted to the story in ways that combine the hilarious, disgusting, and accidentally instructive.  And so here we are.

Content Warnings.  Contains Tim Pool.

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Episode 67: Tim Pool

New York Times, "F.B.I. Says Michigan Anti-Government Group Plotted to Kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer"

Continuation of Criminal Complaint regarding kidnapping plot of Gretchen Whitmer:

Emily Lawler, MLive, "Accused Michigan terrorists found natural home among anti-Whitmer sentiment promoted by far ...

IDSG Ep66 Tim Pool

This time, Jack and Daniel delve into the cesspool that is the barking, beanie-wearing, bollocks-talker Tim Pool.  Prepare for a small avalanche of weapons grade stupid from YouTube's favourite reactionary propagandist pretending to be a centrist or something.

Content Warning.

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CV Vitolo “Haddad”: Another Academic Racial Fraud?

The CV Dossier:

Inside Higher Ed, "Fresno State Pulls CV Vitolo-Haddad's Job Offer."

Timcast YouTube:

Timcast News YouTube:

Timcast IRL YouTube:

SCNR YouTube:

Tim Pool: Day at a Chicago Warehouse:

Tim Pool calls into the Majority Report, November 2011.

Christopher Robbins, Gothamist, "Is OWS Livestreamer Snitching Or Reporting?"

"Is that his job? To hold people accountable? "Well," Pool pauses. "That's not my decision to make. That's the majority's decision. I will say that in the case ...

Of Human Bondage Ep. 003: One Chin Shared Among Four Million (Goldfinger)

The third episode of Of Human Bondage, the podcast where Kit Power, Sam Maleski, myself, and occasional guests talk about the Eon Productions James Bond 007 films, is now publicly available. This week we're talking about 1964's alleged classic Goldfinger, and, spoilers, we all detest it on artistic, moral, and political grounds. We discuss the politics of luxury, classism, the heightened cinematic language of director Guy Hamilton, race and Oddjob, and that scene. 

Massive trigger warning for this one. From the beginning we clearly delineate the time stamps for the relevant segment of the episode, but we there is a long digression about the rape scene that occurs near the end of Goldfinger. It gets pretty raw, as we're talking about a scene endorsing the sexual assault of a queer woman. There's a part of the conversation where I discuss my experiences with sexual trauma, so if you want to avoid triggering autobiographical material, you may want to skip that part of the episode.

We're very proud of this podcast though, and the triggering segment is clearly marked for anyone who wants to skip it. After we recorded this one we all agreed we ...



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The Dreaming’s sessions with Nick Launay exemplify the album’s episodic production. The songs originally engineered by Hugh Padgham explore relationships between headspace and environment and how unreleasing trauma and mental illness can be cathartic. Bush and Launay’s songs are teeming with trauma and catharsis. Frequently they anatomize historical subjects, particularly subaltern or marginalized narratives. An overarching focal point tends to be enunciating the unspoken. Perhaps this was Bush’s way of asserting agency over a largely masculine music industry that had thus far limited her and kept her from true leadership positions in the creation of her albums. “[It was] very dark and ...

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