Feel It

Feel It
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Out of the 13 songs on The Kick Inside, 12 are fairly maximalist in their productions, sporting a few musicians on each track. Even the quieter piano ballads like “The Man with the Child in His Eyes” and “The Kick Inside” are accompanied by orchestras. The result is an album that, while not necessarily carried by its production, measures itself by a standard of heavily produced and instrumentation-based albums.

It’s long been remarked that Kate Bush’s primary instrument is her voice. Even when her melodies are idiosyncratic and sprawling and her albums’ productions demand an audience’s ear, listeners always talk about her voice first. Even an instrumental track like “Night Scented Stock” is guided by Bush’s vocals. Her most recent collection of new songs, 50 Words for Snow, takes a back-to-basics approach of voice-and-piano that Bush started her career with. While the Fairlight will guide Bush towards her best work, there’s hardly a more powerful duo in popular music than Bush and her piano.

“Feel It” is an exceedingly intimate affair, the only song on The Kick Inside to have no session musicians. It’s Bush alone at her piano, saying ...

I Don't Speak German, Episode 9 - Mike Enoch and 'TDS'

This week we delve into the dark pit of deeply pathetic depravity that is Mike Enoch of The Right Stuff and his 'Daily Shoah' podcast.  Big deals within the 'alt-right'.

This episode comes with strong content warnings.  We relay racial slurs and "unironic exterminationism".  Daniel has been less sparing than usual and Jack has decided not to bleep anything.

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Here's IDGS at iTunes and YouTube

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Show Notes:

From last week - NSM taken over by James Stern

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The Right Stuff

Andrew Marantz's New Yorker profile of Enoch, Birth of a White Supremacist

Enoch and David Duke in Charlottesville Unite the Right

TRS on Youtube

Mike Enoch and Sven doxxed

The Pool Party is Closed - Timeline of Alt-Right Meltdown

Genocide: The Inescapable Conclusion

SPLC profile on Enoch

Jessie Dunstan's old band, "Mathematic the Waves"

Alex McNabb suspension

Alex McNabb cleared of charges

Audio clips for episode 9 including the extermination clip: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=13uWKSYl4D1YysQVo7s8lU6LVDosO9GXG

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Daniel's appearance on Queer Transmission livestream

 

Outside the Government: The Lost

It’s December 3rd, 2016. Clean Bandit remain at number one. Weeknd and Daft Punk get a seond song in the top ten, while Neiked, Maroon 5 ft. Kendrick Lamar, and Bruno Mars also chart. In news, a plane crash kills the bulk of Brazillian football team Chapecoense. Donald Trump sparks a touch of  international incident when he calls the President of Taiwan, while a fire in an Oakland art space known as the Ghost Ship kills 36. A man opens fire inside a Washington pizza restaurant because, basically, Mike Cernovich said there were pedophiles there. 

While on television, the season and de facto series finale of Class, “The Lost.” “The Lost” hangs over the rest of Class. Without it you have seven well-meaning episodes of various levels of success—a show that could frequently have stood to be a little braver, but that always meant well and wanted to be good. With it, however, the picture gains an ugly, cynical tinge. “The Lost” is not Class’s first bad episode. It is its worst episode, which is never a good thing to have happen with your finale. But more damning than its general crapness is the particular ...

Them Heavy People

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Them Heavy People
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Saturday Night at the Mill
Efteling
Sound in S (Japan)
Seiko commercial
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Saturday Night Live (start at 7:25)
Legs and Co
Tour of Life
Xmas special

“There is a cosmic law which says that every satisfaction must be paid for with a dissatisfaction.”
— G. I. Gurdjieff.

The philosopher-mystic G. I. Gurdjieff’s spiritual path The Fourth Way presents a response to three ways of enlightenment: disciplining the body, emotions, or mind (these are the paths of the fakir, the monk, and yogi, but this isn’t a theology blog). Rather than focusing on becoming one’s true self through just one of these channels, Gurdjieff taught a Fourth Way which prioritized all of them at once. This was a way for people to learn their true selves by engaging with this path in daily working life without undertaking John the Baptistian asceticism. Gurdjieff’s doctrine caught on with such figures as P. L. Travers, Robert Anton Wilson, Peter Brook, and became influential in its disparate, scattered way.

The reference to Gurdjieff in “Them Heavy People” is notable for how it tips an already offbeat ...

I Don't Speak German, Episode 8 - The National Socialist Movement

In this episode, Daniel tells me all about the present-day American Nazis, in the forms of the Traditionalist Workers Party (TWP), the National Socialist Movement (NSM), and related people and organisations, especially the Nationalist Front.  We pay special attention to the best known representative of this nauseating subculture, Matthew Heimbach, and touch on the internal debacle which became known as 'The Night of the Wrong Wives'.

Warnings apply - as always.

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Show Notes

Christopher Hasson - Lt. in the Coast Guard, planning fascist domestic terrorism - arrested

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Book: Everything You Love Will Burn by Vegas Tenold

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National Socialist Movement website

Black Civil Rights Advocate Takes Control of the NSM

TWP Website (Archived)

Nationalist Front

Vice Documentary "White Student Union" 2013

Matt Heimbach American Freedom Party 2013

Heimbach assaults woman at Trump Rally

The Neo-Nazi Has No Clothes

Article about Tony Hovater "A Voice of Hate in America's Heartland."

The Night of Wrong Wives

Heimbach becomes community outreach director for NSM

Heimbach removed from NSM

White Right: Meeting the Enemy (available on Netflix)

SPLC file on Matthew Heimbach

SPLC file on TWP

SPLC file on Jeff Schoep

SPLC file on NSM

League of ...

Outside the Government: The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did

It’s November 26th, 2016. Clean Bandit are at number one with “Rockabye,” with James Arthur, Bruno Mars, and Neiked also charting. Indeed, the overall top ten are the same as last week in a very slightly different order. In news, the government of Colombia reaches a peace agreement to end the fifty-year long fight against FARC revolutionaries. 300 people are injured when police attack a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Standing Rock reservation. And Philip Hammond makes his Autumn Statement to Parliament.

On television, meanwhile, Class tries something different. “The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did” focuses almost entirely on Quill, telling the story of her efforts to get the MacGuffin removed from her head so she is no longer enslaved to Charlie. This is already unusual, in that it gives us a YA show that has temporarily dropped all of its YA characters to focus on… well, exactly who and what Quill is as a character will come up later, so let’s save it and move on. Adding to the strangeness is the eponymous concept—a device that allows people to travel into the afterlifes and higher planes of any species that has imagined one. This ...

Room for the Life

Room for the Life
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The women’s lib movement (or movements, really) of the Seventies are a battlefield you could write several blogs about. Feminism was becoming impossible to ignore as a mainstream presence, with books like Robin Wright’s anthology Sisterhood is Powerful and Angela Davis’ Women, Race, and Class coming to light.. Whatever position one was going to take on gender, it would have to be a reaction to feminism in some form.

A couple entries ago we made it clear that Kate Bush is at the bare minimum not a conscious feminist. Her work is useful for women’s sexual liberation and art, but Bush’s beliefs are broadly conservative. I’ve gone on at length about Bush’s soft spot for men — she’s generally inclined to treat them well and make them paragons of beauty and virtue. Sometimes she’ll even do this at the expense of failing to call men out when they commit immoral acts, as we’ll see in “Babooshka.” Bush is a heterosexual woman, and one with an unusually positive view of men. One of the primary effects of this preference is that her songs ...

An Angry Gay's Overdue Screed on Bohemian Rhapsody

This essay first showed up on Medium on the 28th of January. El chided me for not posting it on Eruditorum Press, so I kept an eye out for an opportunity to repost it. With the Oscars coming up and likely to reward this piece of trash for being the toxic garbage it is, I figured pushing my take into the limelight would be a good move. Given that I'm compeltely satisfied with the essay (something you'll never hear me say about my work), I've chosen to not edit it at all and am presenting the piece as it initially appeared. With that in mind, here is me getting extremely pissed off at Bohemian Rhapsody. While we're here, my Patreon has made a reasonably successful debut. If you like this essay, consider checking it out.

It’s probably pointless to write about Bohemian Rhapsody months after its release. Everyone has decided how they feel about it by this point. Numerous intelligent thinkpieces have been written about this film already. The long-term critical and popular consensus on it has already been decided. One more review in the mix as Bohemian Rhapsody is getting showered with awards seems like ...

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