Friday, June 29, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
From the totalitarian point of view history is something to be created rather than learned.
-George Orwell, 1946
Thousand have died in the so-called "War against Terror," an american president's response to the attack of 9/11. Manufactured with unquestioning theocratic zeal in the hope of creating a new "democratic" Middle East AND procuring a limitless cheap supply of America's drug of choice, oil, this particular construct or rationale or FOLLY continues to this day...mission accomplished?
Richard H. Kirk's The War Against Terror is a particularly corrosive response. Like the war that seems to have produced a myriad of brutal acts this 6 track work is one of Kirk's most Merzbowian, ranging from sickening blasts of repeated noise motifs to insistent beats that harken marching orders. Kirk knows only too well the deceptively murky political jargon insistent on the creation of America's imperial history, and also the disinclination of the american populace to allow unpleasantness of any kind to sully the beautiful lie.
Kirk's NOISE gets right in your face in an attempt to generate a wake-up call...ah, but ignorance is indeed bliss...and we suffer the consequences ultimately.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Code, Cabaret Voltaire's 1987 release is in dire need of reconsideration. While this release is another of Cabaret Voltaire's mark ll dance-oriented albums without Chris Watson, it does contain a number of gems that reaffirm CV's importance as a trail-blazing electronic band. There is no explosive garage-electronica as typified by their classic early "Nag Nag Nag" or the open dystopian noise space of "Voice of America"...BUT the first three cuts are classic jabs of noise, Burroughian voice cut-up samples, and suggestions of paranoia. Don't Argue, Sex, Money, Freaks, and Thank You America are breath-taking AND thought-provoking, the result of Brits taking an outsider's media-eye's view of American cultural obsessions and psycho-glitches. The title track is prophetic; 2012 seen from afar, everyone reduced to digital zeros and ones. Thank you America ends with a sampled voice screaming "We don't believe in no God, we don't believe in no Jesus, we don't believe in no bible! a shouting match that continues today as the religious-right attempts a Taliban-like take-over of America's vital cultural heterogeneous mix.