Wednesday, April 23, 2014

SPK ::: Meat Processing Section


Initial pressings had a sticker on the front or as an insert, later repressings had the image printed onto the sleeve.

A-side label incorrectly lists SLOGAN as the track-name.
B-side label incorrectly lists FACTORY as the track-name.

Edition limited to 3,000 copies.

Tracklist:
1-  Slogun 
2- Mekano 

Preview:
 

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SPK ::: At The Crypt


Recorded live on the 25th of april in london at a crypt in the aerea of Paddington and was released the same year on the London Sterile Records label. No additional information was given with this release.

Tracklist:
1- Berufsverbot 
2- Emanation Machine R. Gie 1916
3- Stammheim Torturkammer 
4- Ground Zero : Infinity Dose
5- Serenace
6- "John"
7- Victim

Download:
http://www.adrive.com/public/ZH6yyt/1981%20Live%20%40%20The%20Crypt%20%5Bs.sided.cass%5D.zip      

SPK ::: Last Attempt at Paradise



Recorded live at Off The Wall Hall, Lawrence, KS - April 28 1982.

Some copies came with 'Primer'- Booklet.

J Card does not contain a tracklist, but here is the setlist:

A1. Maladia Europa (The European Sickness)
A2. Suture Obsession
A3. Berufsverbot
A4. Metal Field
A5. A Heart That Breaks (In No Time or Place)
A6. Cry from the Sanatorium
B1. Ground Zero : Infinity Dose
B2. Wars of Islam
B3. Walking on Dead Steps
B4. Despair
B5. Serenace

Download:
http://www.adrive.com/public/HmygXb/1982%20The%20Last%20Attempt%20At%20Paradise%20%5Bcass%5D.zip

Monday, April 21, 2014

SPK ::: From Science to Ritual


One of the most remarkable seminal Industrial / Noise groups from Australia. Formed by New Zealand-born Graeme Revell, a mainstay member, and Neil Hill in Sydney 1978. Disbanded in 1988.

Their musical style dramatically toured to Industrial-Disco Fusion/EBM/Synth-Pop or esoteric Ritual music since 1984 especially, and the number of members were dynamically changed from time to time.  They were one of a kind and a must for listeners of the obscure.

Tracklist:
1- The Last Night of Tibet
2- Napalm
3- Funk #2
4- Metal Field Musick
5- Day Of
6- Agony of the Plasm
7- Twilight of the Idols
8- Another Dark Age
9- Cultures in Decay
10- Serenace
11- Angst Pop

Download:
http://www.adrive.com/public/N8ugHn/1983%20From%20Science%20To%20Ritual%20%5Bcass%5D.zip

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Death in June ::: All Pigs Must Die

 
Death In June can be argued as being the most important band of the style. As it was creator and visionary Douglas Pearce's guitar that played on the folk albums of the before mentioned Current 93. In addition to being the band that once contained future Sol Invictus head Tony Wakeford.

Such a tricky and deceptive beast is DIJ... Their sound beginning with Joy Division influenced post punk and developing into a band so recognizable that one can instantly identify a song by them within a few moments of listening. The writing may be one of formula, but it's a formula that has been tried and battle tested. Which is probably one the most hypnotic bands you will ever hear. The term magic has been being used here to describe a few incredible acts posted recently. Really, it's the only words that fits this band well. Complete and utter magic. Conceptually so fascinating, lyrically haunting and vocally hypnotizing, you get sucked into this World of Douglas' weaving. Politically ambiguous and allegorical, he is never one to come out directly with what he is saying. Thus leaving so much to the interpretation of the listener. The aesthetics are militant, part of fetish culture and his own personal lifestyle choices and interests.

 Use your morality as you like, but you will never find a band quite like Death In June, period.

Tracklist:
1. All pigs must die
2. Tick Tock
3. Disappear in every way
4. The enemy within
5. We said destroy II
6. Flies have their house
7. With bad blood
8. No pig day (some night we're going to party like it's 1969)
9. We said destroy III
10. Lords of the sties
11. Ride out! 

Download:
http://www.adrive.com/public/EJu6AY/Death%20In%20June%20-%20All%20Pigs%20Must%20Die.zip

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Death In June ::: Take Care And Control


After neo-folk 1995 classic Rose Clouds of Holocaust, Douglas P. was hard-pressed to release something as poetic and musically moving. After putting away what he did best, releasing lyrically amazing songs balanced only by a simple, acoustic guitar, Douglas P. took a gamble with Take Care and Control in 1998 by giving commercially viable vehicle for his failed electronic explorations on 1991, Cathedral of Tears. He was completely successful with Take Care and Control, delivering relentless poetic passion for the first 3/4th of the album. However, loses focuses and audiences' interest with the last quarter of the album.

 An artistic achievement that is unfortunately overlooked by mainstream music due to its controversial themes, intellectual content, and expensive, import prices.

Tracklist:
 01. Smashed To Bits (In The Peace Of The Night)
02. Little Blue Butterfly
03. The Bunker
04. Kameradschaft
05. Frost Flowers
06. A Slaughter Of Roses
07. The November Men
08. Power Has A Fragrance
09. Despair
10. The Odin Hour
11. The Bunker, Empty
12. Wolf Angel
13. Circo Massimo

Download:
http://www.adrive.com/public/Nv3qs3/Death%20In%20June%20-Take%20Care%20And%20Control.zip

Death in June ::: Brown Book


Death In June are a group which was born out of the post-industrial circle of musicians which came after the first wave in the early 80's, led by English musician Douglas Pearce (better known as Douglas P.). Alongside Current 93, Death In June started by working in lengthy, self-indulgent, experimental forms of folk music with a taste for exploring subversive political ideas and the occult, both acts becoming regular collaborators dwelling in esoteric literary and religious themes to be credited with spearheading the neo-folk genre.

 Brown Book is the groups fifth album, released in 1987. A reference to Braunbuch (a Nazi propaganda publication) musically the album follows along similar lines to previous releases Nada! and The World That Summer in its blend of crisp acoustic guitars, drum machines, samples, electronic layering and haunting vocals.

Brown Book as a whole is an entirely captivating listen and an essential 80's neo-folk recording. To get a sense of the influence of both Death In June is quite a thrill in its own right, but here Douglas P. and his majestic songwriting presents something unique and understated in its beauty. If this music is anything to go by there is a sad, beautiful happiness in the coming apocalypse, Brown Book a suitable soundtrack if there ever was one.

Tracklist:
1- Heliege Tod
2- Touch Defiles
3- Hail! The White Grain
4- Runes and Men
5- To Drown a Rose
6- Red Dog - Black Dog
7- The Fog of the World
8- We Are the Lust
9- Punishment Initiation
10- Brown Book
11- Burn Again

Download:
http://www.adrive.com/public/tThkzs/Death%20In%20June%20-%20Brown%20Book.zip

Nurse With Wound ::: L'Âge D'Or


Live unofficial release, featuring Annie Anxiety, John Balance, Knori, Diana Rogerson, Tim Spy, Steven Stapleton, David Tibet, Chris Wallis, Ruby Wallis.  First edition was limited to 100 copies and the second edition (with a differentt cover) was limited to 50 copies. 

Tracklist:
A- Untitled
B- Untitled

Download:
http://www.adrive.com/public/A69G3G/L____ge_D__Or.zip

Friday, April 18, 2014

Black Lung ::: Uncomfortable Questions For Comfortable People


Released in 1996 this was perhaps Black Lung's best release.  A lot of artists try too hard to sound dark and end up sounding either unoriginal or frankly silly.  Uncomfortable Questions for Comfortable People on the other hand is genuinely dark.  My favorite Black Lung release.

Tracklist:
1- Question One
2- Question Two
3- Question Three
4- Question Four
5- The Hive Pt 1
6- The Hive Pt 2

Download:
http://www.adrive.com/public/haZdfq/BlckLng-NcmfrtblQstnsFrCmfrtblPpl1996.zip

Rhythm And Faith ::: Time To Run


Sole release of Rhythm And Faith, issued on Future Records in 1983.  Rhythm And Faith's origins lie in Italy as two members of postpunk band Style Syndrome moved to the UK to form a new band.

Tracklist:
1. Time To Run
2. Young Too Young Girl
3. When The Wind Blows Love Will Die
4. Illusions

Download:
http://www.adrive.com/public/wVWNrz/Rhythm%20And%20Faith%20-%20EP%20(320).zip 

Haare ‎::: Rautapilvi


Finnish occult sound-smasher, presenting a new 20 minute work of ritualistic terror! A very eerie and atmospheric droney ambient piece conjuring ghostly sirens, hazey cloudy hallways and knives being sharpened.

Tracklist:
01. Rautapilvi

Download:
http://www.adrive.com/public/yYCdgg/Haare%20%E2%80%8E%E2%80%93%20Rautapilvi%20LP%20single-sided%20%5B2012%5D%20(MP3).zip

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mission Papua Holland ::: Sweet Sixteen


Another fine tape by this Dutch group. Band members here are Mick Peet, J. Frenken, D. van Veldhoven, A. de Vries and M. van Gelder.

Tracklist:
1- Untitled
2- Untitled
3- Untitled
4- Untitled
5- Untitled
6- Untitled
7- Untitled
8- Untitled
9- Untitled
10- Untitled
11- Untitled
12- Untitled

Download:
http://www.adrive.com/public/BBeb4S/Sweet.zip

The Religious Dimensions of Advertising by Tricia Sheffield



This groundbreaking work explores media scholar Sut Jhally's thesis that advertising functions as a religion in late capitalism and relates this to critical theological studies. Sheffield argues that advertising is not itself a religion, but that it contains religious dimensions--analogous to Durkheim's description of objects as totems.

"Sheffield's book is meticulously researched and provides an excellent bibliography and overview of the work of key scholars of theology, communication, sociology, and cultural history."
--Journal of Media and Religion

"The Religious Dimension of Advertising is much more than an academic critique. Drawing on anthropology, religious studies, and feminist theory, Tricia Sheffield demonstrates how advertising mediates matters of "ultimate concern" in U.S. society.  And, Sheffield also suggests ways that critical consumption can disrupt the panoptic gaze through which advertising would have us develop our sense of self and our relations to others. She, thus, opens the door to means of fulfilling needs and desires that contribute not to hierarchy but to justice."
--Janet R. Jakobsen, Director, Barnard Center for Research on Women

"Sheffield's sparkling interdisciplinary analysis blends historical, theological, and other cultural approaches to show how advertising works. Ads, she claims, enchant us into a sense of belonging by creating totemic clans of consumption around certain products. Sheffield pushes beyond facile claims that advertising is a religion by providing a nuanced analysis of how advertising has taken on some of the functions of religion in the modern world.  This smart work provides historical and theoretical tools to understand advertising and the intellectual energies to resist its dispiriting effects."
--Jesse Terry Todd, Associate Professor of American Religious Studies, Drew University

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Against Civilization: Readings and Reflections (Enlarged Edition) by John Zerzan



With mass poisonings, global warming and other tidings of contemporary civilization threatening the planet, shouldn’t we begin to reconsider our unthinking attachment to it?

Feral House’s new expanded edition of Against Civilization adds 18 new essays and feral illustrations by R.L. Tubbesing to the contemporary classic that provides 67 thought-provoking looks into the dehumanizing core of modern civilization, and the ideas that have given rise to the anarcho-primitivist movement. The editor of this compelling anthology is John Zerzan, author of Running on Emptiness (Feral House) and Future Primitive.

“I celebrate John Zerzan’s anthology harboring the best of civilized people’s critiques of civilization. Herein the reader will discover the questions that need to be asked and the insights that beg to be nurtured if humankind and the natural world as we know it are to thrive into the future. This book is that important.”
— Chellis Glendinningauthor of My Name is Chellis and I’m in Recovery from Western Civilization

“It is its collective refusal to say ‘Here is civilization: just accept it’ that makes this volume so important. Read it and you will never think of civilization in the same way again. Or put any more faith than a grain of mustard seed in its unimpeded future.”
— Kirkpatrick Saleauthor of Rebels Against the Future

“This is an extraordinary collection by the most important anarchist thinker of our time, a potent introduction to, as Zerzan so accurately puts it, the pathology of civilization. For decades now Zerzan has been articulating a practical and theoretical critique of civilization, and this book—though an edited anthology of his own and other people’s essays—brings it all together in a compelling, undeniable way. I love all of Zerzan’s books, but I think I love this one the best.”
— Derrick Jensenauthor of A Language Older Than Words

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Hideous Absinthe: A History of the Devil in a Bottle by Jad Adams


Mysteriously sophisticated, darkly alluring, almost Satanic: absinthe was the drink of choice for Baudelaire, Verlaine and Wilde. It inspired paintings by Degas and Manet, van Gogh and Picasso. It was blamed for conditions ranging from sterility to madness, to French defeats in World War I. The campaign against "the devil in a bottle" resulted in its ban throughout most of Europe. Its reputation for toxicity eventually extinguished the fin-de-siècle's infatuation with absinthe, but not before it had influenced generations of artists on both sides of the channel. This book is a biography of "the green fairy": from its place in the lives of writers and artists who were inspired--and ruined--by it, to its more recent rediscovery by Ernest Hemingway and today’s would-be sophisticates.

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The Myth of the Eternal Return: Or, Cosmos and History by Mircea Eliade


This little book has managed to influence all discussions about Time not only in religion, but also in psychology (see Norman O. Brown's "Life against Death"), the natural sciences (see Gould's "Time's Arrow"), literary criticism (see Camille Paglia) etc. Eliade's insights into Time are now so pervasive that it becomes de rigueur for this book to be read and relished not just by the scholars of religion, but also by those aspiring to a broader education. Do not be deceived, however, by the book's apparent simplicity; it is only a measure of Eliade's genius that profound insights are offered with the elegance of a true artist.

Making reference to an astonishing number of cultures and drawing on scholarship published in no less than half a dozen European languages, Eliade's The Myth of the Eternal Returnmakes both intelligible and compelling the religious expressions and activities of a wide variety of archaic and "primitive" religious cultures. While acknowledging that a return to the "archaic" is no longer possible, Eliade passionately insists on the value of understanding this view in order to enrich our contemporary imagination of what it is to be human. Jonathan Z. Smith's new introduction provides the contextual background to the book and presents a critical outline of Eliade's argument in a way that encourages readers to engage in an informed conversation with this classic text.

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The Black Sun: The Alchemy and Art of Darkness by Dr. Stanton Marlan


The black sun, an ages-old image of the darkness in individual lives and in life itself, has not been treated hospitably in the modern world. Modern psychology has seen darkness primarily as a negative force, something to move through and beyond, but it actually has an intrinsic importance to the human psyche. In this book, Jungian analyst Stanton Marlan reexamines the paradoxical image of the black sun and the meaning of darkness in Western culture.

In the image of the black sun, Marlan finds the hint of a darkness that shines. He draws upon his clinical experiences—and on a wide range of literature and art, including Goethe’sFaust, Dante’s Inferno, the black art of Rothko and Reinhardt—to explore the influence of light and shadow on the fundamental structures of modern thought as well as the contemporary practice of analysis. He shows that the black sun accompanies not only the most negative of psychic experiences but also the most sublime, resonating with the mystical experience of negative theology, the Kabbalah, the Buddhist notions of the void, and the black light of the Sufi Mystics.

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This blog will now also share ebooks

Well why not?  Make it a one stop for all things obscure.

Mission Papua Holland ::: Rex Nura


'This is a registration of a sound performance, performed by Mission Papua Holland', as part of some art manifestation. Its the fourth (and 'remarkable' it says on the cover) cassette. Members here include Mark van Gelder, Jasper Frenken, Wieger Frenken, Rene van Nuland and Silvia Kooiman. Nice combination of the various styles they worked in.

Tracklist:
1- Doz
2- Members of the league
3- Sleep tight
4- Home, sweet, home
5- Can you handle it, Jim?
6- Mahlerei
7- Oh, sweet mother
8- Two miles

Download:
http://www.adrive.com/public/TdKqbC/Mission%20Papua%20Holland%20-%20Rex%20Nura.zip

The Weeping Tree - How Utopia Leads to Slaughter



“Driven back and utterly ashamed shall be those who trust in an image.” Isaiah 42:17

As an optimistic young man I was convinced that beyond the turn of the century a gentler world would materialize. Don’t get me wrong, I was never a believer in that terrible naiveté called utopia and have never thought such a thing possible, indeed I think the opposite is true, that any talk of utopia deserves serious chastisement and any actual attempt at utopia is tantamount to human stagnation, destruction and slaughter.

Utopia is the mother of genocide. An aberration that claims complete ‘right’, an arrogance that pretends to understand what is ‘good’ and what is ‘bad’. This delusion inevitably leads to criminal assertions over who is fit to live and who deserves to die. Of course I am not alone in this belief and many others also have mistrusted this bizarre impulse. Vladimir Bukovsky explained it best:
“This dream of absolute, universal equality is amazing, terrifying, and inhuman. And the moment it captures people’s minds, the result is mountains of corpses and rivers of blood…” [1]
Freud too, in a single lucid sentence, illustrated well why the idea of utopia invites horrific consequences upon those unfortunate enough to entertain such delusion:
“Our logic is at fault if we ignore the fact that right is founded on brute force and even today needs violence to maintain it.” [2]
Utopia assumes the greatness of sameness and in this faith it ignores the fact that we are each (subtly and overtly) influenced by unique personal environments and individual experiences that give rise to complex needs.

Your happiness is thankfully not my happiness. Nor should it ever be.

Your desires are not my desires.

My desires are constructed upon the experiences that have shaped me. My idea of happiness makes sense only to me because it is I who constructed the idea. It is only I who understand the meaning of the idea. To impose my idea of happiness and its desires on you would be to deny you your right to interpret your own experiences, to deny you your Will.

My conviction that the world beyond the turn of the century would be gentler and more educated was never a reflection of any utopian ideals; in fact if anything the opposite is true. The world I saw as possible was a result of an acceptance of difference, an appreciation of diversity in thinking, behaviour and expression and an intense love of all things progressive.

Of course it turned out that I was wrong, terribly wrong in fact.

Certainly the world was more educated but still the proof that I was wrong ripped through my hopes on the 11th of September 2001, when a horrific attack whose utopian ideals belonged back in the 7th century initiated the 21st century in blood. This was yet further confirmation that the idea of sameness would find expression only in indiscriminate slaughter, only in the assumption that ‘right’ was indeed ‘founded on brute force’.

Although the attacks may have been spectacular, the ideas behind them expressed no new territory; there was nothing terribly different in them, we had long been familiar with this bizarre landscape. These same ideals, these same impulses to slaughter in the name of utopia have been with us from the beginning and these same varied plays on fanaticism have stained our walls with blood surely even for as long as humans have held the advantage of language.

There was nothing remarkable about the suicide attacks of September 11, or indeed the many suicide attacks that have plagued us regularly ever since. The same grotesque impulse finds examples all the way back to the 11th century where we encounter the Hashishiyyin (the Assassins) and their infamous leader Hassan Sabbah. This fanatical sect of Shiite assassins took upon themselves the role of creating a Shiite utopia built upon slaughter and suicide attacks. They initiated their attacks from a mountain stronghold where followers were shown a sexual, hashish induced ‘paradise’ and promised even greater pleasures should they sacrifice their lives to the utopian cause.

Comparisons have already been made between Hasan Sabbah and Osama bin Laden and we should be careful to note that all such comparisons are for the most part superficial and idealized. However, the basic impulse remains the same, as political scientist Salim Mansur well illustrates:
“Osama bin Laden and his band of fanatical warriors are a contemporary version of Hasan Sabbah and his Order of Assassins. Mr. bin Laden’s hideout in the mountains of Afghanistan is a reminder of Sabbah’s mountain stronghold. Like Sabbah, Mr. bin Laden has raised his warriors from boyhood to accept death for a political program dressed in religious slogans that set him apart from mainstream Islam.” [3]
What bin Laden’s al-Qaeda and the many offshoots that have sprouted since 2001 want is Jihad. A prolonged war waged against all opponents (both real and imagined) until Sharia law is established over the world and its disturbed promise of utopia becomes a reality. This point is well illustrated in David Aaron’s work In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad:
“Jihadism is utopian. It seeks nothing less than the creation of a worldwide fundamentalist Islamic state. Its adherents believe that this can be achieved only through violence. It targets both governments in Muslim lands and those in the West that support them… Like Wahhabis and other fundamentalists, they insist that the only true Islam is that which was practiced by Muhammad and his early followers, the Salaf, and therefore they sometimes call themselves Salafis. But jihadis go further, insisting that ‘holy war’ is the central tenet and obligation of Islam.” [4]
What seems little understood — particularly in the West — is that the steps to the utopian shrine are bathed in blood and indeed this horror can only be implemented by wholesale slaughter; we ignore this reality at our own peril. It was therefore strange that following the attacks of September 11, 2001, we were given a silly commercial-like jingle which declared a ‘war on terror’. We were playing the wrong tune it seems because what we were facing was not terrorism — indeed any terrorist acts were merely symptoms — no, what we were facing was the sickness of utopian idealism. The same siren call that gave us the horrors of Nazism, the same whiff of absurdity that slaughtered millions with apparent ease in Stalin’s Russia, and the same nightmare that gave us Rwanda and every other dripping mountain of lives cut short.

The evidence speaks for itself and it reminds us that the real criminals are not only those who set up the gallows, or those who pull the triggers, or indeed those who dig the pits that will later be filled with the bodies of lives deemed unworthy to be lived. These are only the necessary sleepers strung along by the power of the meme that blinds them, often as much victims of the utopian nightmare as those whose lives they extinguish. No, the real criminals are those who promote utopia and promise us the paradise of sameness. The real criminals are those who, once the slaughter commences, maintain the delusion with worded excuses and attack those would seek its end. These are the real criminals and they too belong in front of world courts charged with crimes against humanity, even crimes against civilization, against thought and against feeling.

Genocide is current and its easy appeal is all too evident in the more than 250 armed conflicts (involving aspects of genocide) that have plagued us post World War II. Without utopian propaganda the fuel that feeds genocide would quickly burn itself out. Sane individuals when unchained by the utopian meme well understand the horror of war and its long-term consequences. Surely we are now well acquainted with war’s horrific history and know well the shame war brings on generations foolish enough to indulge in its sour deeds.

It takes utopia to drift us head-first into dreamland, to make us forget; a magician’s spell, powerful enough to veil our senses and turn us into collective sadists.

You will find this propaganda universal when the delusion of utopia commands its dizzying conditioning. During the horrors of World War II there appeared in a magazine titled Illustrierte Zeitung Leipzig: Sonderausgabe 1944, Der europäische Mensch, an advertisement for Focke-Wulf airplane manufacturers. It read:
“Focke-Wulf has been building airplanes for 20 years. We join in the vastly increased use of labour and technology in the German aircraft industry. We are thus helping to solve the great tasks of the day, the fulfilment of which will bring about a New Order in Europe.” [5]
The promise of a ‘New Order’, a new peace, and a new equality rides on the back of slaughter and genocide, it always has. Countless regimes have encouraged — or demanded at the end of a barrel — submission into sameness for the sake of this utopian ideal. And while:
“The particular utopias these regimes or states advocated varied significantly. Yet every one of them envisioned a homogeneous society of one sort or another, which necessarily meant the expulsion or extermination of particular groups. Indeed, all these regimes claimed that utopia would be created only through the destruction of one or more enemy groups.” [6]
The enemy is an essential ingredient in the utopian recipe, without it the soup misses its taste and the whole dish feels somewhat unsatisfying. Without the defeated devil the hunger still lurks and the whole feast remains grossly inadequate. The flavour is missing. The triumph must be bathed in blood if it is to taste complete.
It is this malicious enemy that prevents utopia; the Trojan horse that stands in the way of promised happiness. If only this enemy were destroyed then happiness would be a reality. The meal would have its taste.

This poisoned chalice is so easily positioned at the lips that it led Herman Göring to comment during his time at the Nuremberg trials:
“Why of course the people don’t want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don’t want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But after all it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or fascist dictatorship, or a parliament or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peace makers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.” [7]
If the illusion of an external enemy is not sufficient to fan the flames of slaughter then surely the idea of progress will set the stage; and this peculiar ambition has destroyed even otherwise perfectly intelligent minds. George Bernard Shaw looked upon Nazi Germany as a continuation of European enlightenment and in the same light he looked to Stalin’s Russia as the source of glorified progress.

On his seventy-fifth birthday a party was held in his honour in Moscow while he visited there in August of 1930. He told his stunned, starving audience, that upon learning that he was travelling to Russia, concerned friends back home had given him boxes of tinned food to take to the people of Russia. However, he told them giggling, he had thrown all of the food out of the train window while he was still in Poland and before crossing into the Soviet Union.

Why? Simple. Mass starvation and thus mass extermination were natural and even desired symptoms on the way to progress, who was he to slow down progress? The promised utopia required sacrifice: their sacrifice.
And what a sacrifice it was. From 1917 until 1959 an estimated 60 million people were exterminated. There was no secret in their extermination, in fact if anything there was support and celebration. Progress required sacrifice, everyone understood. Mikhail Heller and Aleksandr Nekrich in their seminal history Utopia in Power: The History of the Soviet Union from 1917 to the Present, remind us:
“There is no question that the Soviet people knew about the massacres in the countryside. In fact, no one tried to conceal it. Stalin spoke openly about the ‘liquidation of the kulaks as a class’, and all his lieutenants echoed him. At the railroad stations, city dwellers could see the thousands of women and children who had fled from the villages and were dying from hunger.” [8]
Such is the nightmare of utopia.

And there is yet a third delusion that will gladly lead us down the road to utopian slaughter. This is the delusion of salvation; that humanity has fallen and is in need of some type of cleansing in order to redeem it. This dangerous madness is gleefully celebrated in the ramblings of many of the world’s major religions. The world needs a baptism of blood, a mass slaughter of as yet unimaginable magnitude, before the particular saviour-flavour subscribed to will be stirred to action and remember his dying creation.

Such beliefs have found root in many parts of the world but they are most fertile in the Abrahamic imagination of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In these traditions the world is in wait for a final showdown between the forces of good and the forces of evil. Often such hope for a final decisive cataclysm is accompanied by bizarre beliefs in pre-determined victory brought about by supernatural forces that will reward the believers and slaughter the unbelievers.

When dressed in Christian garments this belief proposes:
“…that the moral conditions of the world and the church are destined to get increasingly worse. When they get almost unbearably bad, the Lord Jesus will return in the clouds to ‘rapture’ the living saints up to heaven.” [9]
The ‘rapture’ is slaughter, an orgiastic mass genocide disguised as joyous deliverance. The idea of utopia delivers such force and blindness to individuals — and more dangerously to whole societies — that it can stare at cold-blooded genocide and call it ‘rapture’, ‘ecstasy’ and ‘joy’.

The promise of happiness gives way so easily to forgetfulness.

In his acceptance speech for the 1980 Nobel Prize for literature, Czeslaw Milosz made the curious remark that what characterized our present age was a “refusal to remember.” As an example of our collective forgetfulness he illustrated his remark with the fact that at the time of his speech there were over 100 books denying the Holocaust. American television journalist Bill Moyers reiterated this forgetfulness when he lamented:
“I worry that my own business . . . helps to make this an anxious age of agitated amnesiacs …. We Americans seem to know everything about the last twenty-four hours but very little of the last sixty centuries or the last sixty years.” [10]
This forgetfulness is made even more apparent by the steady rise of conspiracy theories that have plagued the internet since the attacks of September 11. While the internet has certainly provided us with a ready stream of information, what has risen to the top of the murky waters of online opinion is also a steady stream of bizarre paranoia. Media has become fragmented, delivering bytes rather than historical context. This provides the necessary vacuum readily filled with opinion disguised or mistaken as truth. The larger and wider the vacuum the more certain the opinions will be and with more absurdity their claims will be expressed.

Conspiracy theory is of course nothing new and conspiracy theorists have been recycling the same fear and selling the same snake-oil for as long as history cares to record their babblings. What has made their paranoid ramblings a little more public now is not that their ‘case’ has become more solid, or that their fear has finally been corroborated with evidence. No, what has made them more public is simply their access to Youtube and other forms of social media. Conspiracy theorists today are just as deluded as they have always been; the only real difference now is they have an audience.

Conspiracy theory is a modern day cult riding (parasite-like) on the back of horror, fear and uncertainty. It feeds on paranoia and promises a disturbed utopia complete with ‘unseen’ enemies and visions of progress and salvation. It adopts the language of every cult on earth with its in-group and out-group slang. It considers its followers ‘awake’ while the rest (the unbelievers) deserve little more than the derogatory moniker: ‘sheeple’.

Given power, this lunatic fringe would readily take up arms and happily set up the gallows and dig the pits to watch with glee as their vision of utopia stains the walls of civilization with yet another wave of slaughter. Such is our nature and our collective weakness that we forget the past easily; almost gladly.

From reptilians to chemtrails, no theory is too absurd and no conjecture too outlandish when the prize is utopia. The path from conjecture to murder is only paved in opportunity.

On July 17th, 2013, Zee News ran an article titled Malala Yousafzai urged by Taliban to come back, join madrassa. The piece concerns the well-known story of the shooting of Malala, a young Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for wanting an education. It reported that a letter had been written by the Taliban to Malala asking her to come back and join a madrassa. What is interesting about the letter is the language of conspiracy theory readily found wherever and whenever this absurdity rears its ugly head:
“I advise you to come back home, adopt the Islamic and Pashtun culture, join any female Islamic madrassa near your hometown, study and learn the book of Allah, use your pen for Islam and the plight of Muslim ummah and reveal the conspiracy of the tiny elite who want to enslave the whole humanity for their evil agendas in the name of a new world order.” [11]
It would seem that the illness of conspiracy paranoia is already happily engaged in murder and its Western proponents cannot understand — much less see — their willing endorsement of slaughter. Utopia blinds magnificently.

All of this merely reiterates the troubling fact that collectively we are not yet ready to take up the liberating challenge of overcoming our fears. The individual is still at risk of the mob breaking down his door and dragging his shell to the rope.

Can we find a solution? Can the wheel that drives us to murder be turned? Can the curse of utopia be finally eradicated from the thoughts and languages of the earth?

I propose as a solution, and I suggest this with utmost humility, that we divert our devotion away from humanity, which is in reality a devotion to a group or mob, and turn it instead to a devotion to the individual. I propose even a taste of extreme individualism where the ‘self’ is as it were an independent nation allowed to furnish its own growth and independence as it sees fit. I propose that if the individual be free then it follows that humanity as a group will enjoy freedom. The group ruled by the individual and not the individual ruled by the group. The real tyranny rests in the persistent belief that what is good for the group must also be good for the individual, it is not.

What does the group understand of love, of loss, of joy, of sorrow? It understands not because it is not individual, it is collective and in its collectiveness it has lost its humanity.

Per audacia ad ignotum.
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Notes:
1. Vladimir Bukovsky, To Build a Castle: My Life as a Dissenter, Viking Press 1979
2. In a letter to Einstein and reprinted in Al Smith’s Why War: The Human Investment in Slaughter and the Possibilities of Peace, Lulu.com 2006 p. 424
3. Salim Mansur, The Father of all Assassins, The Globe and Mail October 11, 2001 p. A21
4. David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad, Rand Corporation 2008 p. 4
5. Cited in The Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, Thomson Gale 2005 p. 1
6. Ibid p. 1125
7. G. M. Gilbert, Nuremberg Diary, Perseus Books Group 1995
8. Mikhail Heller and Aleksandr Nekrich, Utopia in Power: The History of the Soviet Union from 1917 to the Present, Summit Books 1988
9. A. Smith, Jerry Falwell’s eschatological schizophrenia, WorldNetDaily™, at: http://www.wnd.com/2001/07/10140/
10. Quote appears in Bill Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business, Penguin Books 2006, p. 137
11. ‘Malala Yousafzai urged by Taliban to come back, join madrassa’, Zee News July 17, 2013, http://zeenews.india.com/news/south-asia/taliban-urge-malala-yousafzai-to-come-back-join-madrassa_862850.html

Atrocity ::: Because 7”


A slice of post-punk bliss from Denmark, a very scarce 7” from 1985 on Hub Records. This is awesome. SUPER RARE!!!

Some clear Joy Division inspiration but apart from that little else is known about these guys. The music is awesome!!

Tracklist:
1. Because
2. Scene
3. Love Song
4. Part of the Crowd

Download:
http://www.adrive.com/public/JX9sP7/atrocity.zip

Mission Papua Holland ::: June 87


A bit of a weird band, Mission Papua Holland. There were two members, Jasper Frenken and Mark van Gelder, who sometimes played together and sometimes solo, but always used the name Mission Papua Holland.

Very highly recommended!

Tracklist:
1- Loop
2- Voice
3- Plateaux
4- Voice

Download:
http://www.adrive.com/public/SrMbtb/Mission%20Papua%20Holland%20-%20June%2087%20(LP%2C%20Mission%20Papua%20Holland%20Records%2C%201987).zip

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Marché la Void ::: The Origin of Non​-​Entity



Having lived in South-East Asia for the past seven years I had long searched for music that would appeal to my difficult tastes.  I have to admit that my search has been largely disappointing as the influence of jingle-like nonsense and horrible k-pop has largely destroyed underground music in this part of the world.  I had totally given up finding anything of interest when suddenly and completely by accident I came across Marché la Void.

Not expecting much I pressed the play button and waited for what I thought would be much of the same sound from what I had heard before from other bands from this region.  Boy was I wrong!  My jaw dropped, my eyes opened and my senses totally picked up.  I have found it!  I have found the Holy Grail of experimental, post-rock music in South-East Asia, and they are from Jakarta, where I live.

Not sure that I had really taken in fully what I had just heard, I played it again, and then again, and then a third time, and with each play the music just got better and better.  Now, as I type this, I am on what must be the tenth listen and it is still gorgeous and I am still blown away.

You simply must check them out.  And please, if you have a few dollars to spare, consider buying the album and supporting this small scene.

Enjoy...

Tracklist:
01. in shadows 03:04
02. silent war 12:20
03. display of power 10:03
04. as we progress marching 07:43
05. for a moment, silence 11:45
06. serenity 12:51

http://marchelavoid.bandcamp.com/