Articles Archive for September 2009

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September 27th, 2009 | One Comment | Category: Announcements
Disinformation Gets a Makeover

Disinformation, for whom I’ve written and by whom I’ve been supported for over  a decade, has redesigned their website. Managing Editor Ralph Bernardo had this to say about the site’s new look:
As you can see, we’ve moved to a new site platform. From those of you returning from our previous incarnation, all your previous posts are still here. We hope you enjoy the new blogging platform, and if you have questions or concerns with the new site, please feel free to email me directly at moc.ofnisidnull@kcabdeef.
The new site is a …

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September 26th, 2009 | One Comment | Category: Marginalia
Weekly Good Stuff

Here is some stuff I’m digging for the week of September 26th, 2009:
1. Porcupine Tree The Incident
2. Southern Lord records (more specifically, Sunn O))), Boris [with Merzbow], Oren Ambarchi, Pelican, etc.)
3. This package:

4. A big pile of Daniel Menche CDs from Soleilmoon
5. UT library
6. Rediscovering Sub Rosa’s Subsonic series, including CDs by duos like Justin K. Broadrick and Andy Hawkins, Caspar Brotzmann and Page Hamilton, Bill Laswell and Nick Bullen, Lou Barlow and Rudi Trouve, et al.
7. My thrift-store copy of Dune (the very picture of “classic”):

8. Naked Raygun What …

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September 23rd, 2009 | Comments Off on The Power of a New Idea by Jelly Helm | Category: Marginalia, Videos
The Power of a New Idea by Jelly Helm

Here’s a really short but really great film prepared by Jelly Helm and Grow Films for Oregon Humanities (watch for my good friend Dave Allen). [Runtime: 1:03]

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September 19th, 2009 | Comments Off on Grandmaster Roc Raida R.I.P. | Category: Videos
Grandmaster Roc Raida R.I.P.

Famous people have been passing with an alarming pace lately. It’s weird. It’s weirder when it’s someone you met or hung out with.
I’m not going to front: Roc Raida didn’t know me from anyone, but we did sit down and chat a couple of times. The first of those times was on July 27, 1997 at The Crocodile Café in Seattle. Just before the X-Men’s sound check (during which I took the photos here), I sat down in the Crocodile’s back bar with Rob Swift, Total Eclipse, Mista Sinista, and …

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September 19th, 2009 | Comments Off on Shane Acker’s 9 | Category: Marginalia, Videos
Shane Acker’s <i>9</i>

Shane Acker’s computer-animated feature 9 (2009) stitches several well-worn themes into a unique commentary on agency and afterlife.

9 is set in a post-apocalyptic dystopia where a world war between humans and machines has left the earth decimated and dreary. The “stitchpunks” (1 through 9) and “The Beast” (a dog-like machine-thing) are the only signs of life, until 9 inadvertently awakens a maniacal mechanical monster. Each of the numbers seem to have his or her own way to deal with the dangers of the world they find themselves in, but cooperation …

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September 18th, 2009 | Comments Off on The Lies Are All True: Alien Workshop’s Mind Field | Category: Reviews, Videos
The Lies Are All True: Alien Workshop’s <i>Mind Field</i>

In the late 80s and early 90s, skateboarding started a transition from a five-company economy to an independently-owned, skateboarder-run, hundred-company industry. All of the sudden everyone had a company, a brand, a team, a video. Most of them are long-gone, but for a few years there, it was difficult to keep up (Foundation’s Tod Swank tells the story best).
Alien Workshop was one of the original skateboard companies to emerge from the cacophony of skateboarding’s new-found independence, and for twenty years hence they’ve maintained a uniqueness that sets them apart from …

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September 16th, 2009 | Comments Off on Follow for Now Review on 410 Media | Category: Announcements
<i>Follow for Now</i> Review on 410 Media

David Baker over at 410 Media just posted a nice review of Follow for Now.
Here’s an excerpt:
The interviews are as far ranging as they sound. They range from Mark C. Taylor discussing The Philosophy of Culture, to media guru Douglas Rushkoff to Al Burian and the rest of Milemarker and the author Philip Dick. The cool thing is most of these interviews are by Roy Christopher so you follow along as he explores the intricacies of his own interest and in doing so makes them interesting to you. As you …

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September 10th, 2009 | Comments Off on Russian Circles in DIG BMX | Category: Announcements
Russian Circles in <i>DIG BMX</i>

My recent feature on Russian Circles for DIG BMX Magazine has hit the stands. It’s in issue #72, if you’re interested. Also be on the lookout for their new record, Geneva (Suicide Squeaze), which hits the stores and sites on October 20th.
The full text from DIG is as follows:
The subgenre of instrumental post-rock has grown into its own over the last several years, and many of the bands emerging to represent the subgenre sound remarkably similar. The inherent irony of classification is that even as the category grows (i.e., the …

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September 05th, 2009 | Comments Off on They Deleted My Wikipedia Page | Category: Marginalia
They Deleted My Wikipedia Page

…And the one for Follow for Now. They (the deleting moderator-editor-wikiwhatevers) claim it was “just” self-promotion and that my book and I were not “notable.” Obviously, I beg to differ, but I can’t fix it myself.
If anyone else, especially the Wiki-inclined, wants to help me get back onto Wikipedia, the URLs are below. Thank you.