Archive for the ‘music’ Category

The videos from the recent Black Metal Theory event P.E.S.T. are available here. Here is the video of my talk as I could not attend in person. The pdf is available here. Zachary Price’s video “Destroy Your Life for Satan” from the same event is available here. A discussion of (and the audiofiles of) the […]

Drugs in Milk makes a few notes on my Lady Gaga post which points out LG’s articulation of the monstrousness of fame-as-drive. The strange repetitious motion of the drive (the pleasure of the mouth moving and not the food within it, not the object within it following Zupancic) describes the function of fame and yet […]

/1/ – Sounds across the stage Over time the sound track has wormed its way deeper into the medium of cinema. Is it possible that this kind of narratological infection is parallel to the increasing reflexivity of music itself? Sound was first introduced to film at the turn of the century but was not a […]

/1/ – Exaltation of the Ordinary What is so terribly strange about the musical film? Musicals, on one level or another, seem to sensationalize the mundane (to borrow a phrase from a friend), they galvanize the sad pointless tidbits of existence. Jacques Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg goes even beyond this in that instead of […]

/1/ – Conor Oberst on the Couch Bright Eyes is one of those groups where it is hard to remember when it was not fashionable to like them or, put another way, when their newness was exciting and somehow ahead of the actual music itself. Bright Eyes, unlike some of the music I listened to […]

/1/ – Hegel’s schoolroom Hegel has had more than a fistful of detractors (Nietzsche, Heidegger, Kierkegaard) and even his apparent supporters (Marx in particular) are heavily critical of both the major tenants and minor details of his philosophical system. It is well noted how Marx believed that Hegel was ‘standing on his head’ when it […]

/1/ – What has art been? Nigel Cooke’s Morning is Broken Following Alain Badiou (as per usual) I stand by the fact that art remains one of the fields of truth (the others being science, politics and love). This is not to simply drudge up the old relation of truth and beauty nor I’m I […]

/1/ – Bob Žižek? In their article “Play Fuckin’ Loud: Žižek versus the Left” Rex Butler and Scott Stephens discuss a moment in Martin Scorsese’s documentary about Bob Dylan called No Direction Home: “One of the events the film depicts is Dylan’s now famous concert at the Manchester Free Trade Hall in 1966, during which […]

“The Portent” by Herman Melville “Hanging from the beam, Slowly swaying (such the law), Gaunt the shadow on the green, Shenandoah! The cut is on the crown ( Lo, John Brown), And the stabs shall heal no more. Hidden in the cap Is the anguish none can draw; So your future veils its face, Shenandoah! […]