September 8th, 2010 | music
September 8th, 2010 | researchmaterial
Next Nature is an investigative enterprise by a set of mostly Dutch researchers. Next Nature is haunted by Previous Nature, or rather, by the ghostly Gothic absences of a vanished Natural world. Next Nature also bears many premonitions about the seething, favela-like, feverish state of our planet tomorrow. Next Nature offers us few reassurances. It refuses to view Nature as a given, solid, static entity to be discovered, dissected and destroyed by human agency. Instead, Next Nature is a dynamic entity that is fated to change right along with us.
There is an ontological crisis involved in our ignorance of what the Earth was like before we humans altered it. It’s hard for us to establish a comfortable sense of our place in the world when the world itself is so outworn and bedraggled by so many previous human efforts. It’s degrading to work creatively on hand-me-downs: the writer whose page is a scraped-down palmpsest, the artist whose canvas is torn and worn, the architect engaged in endless renovations, the actress in thrift-shop clothes. That’s what it’s like for a civilization existing in a natural milieu that has been irretrievably damaged. And yes, that is our future.
If you’re in or around Brighton tonight, go to THE OUTER CHURCH, held upstairs at The Freebutt, for an indoctrination into the kosmiche, the hauntological, the confusing and the electronic as prepared by Joseph Stannard, writer for THE WIRE magazine and The Quietus. I would be there if I could, and, in fact, in the near future, I might be.
September 7th, 2010 | brainjuice
September 7th, 2010 | music
Click through to buy a download of the whole thing for a miserly 5 euros.
September 7th, 2010 | researchmaterial
Just read about this in an interview somewhere this afternoon. Magazero is an internet shop for independent magazines. Not quite in the same space as Stack.
I love Magazero because they told me something I didn’t know — there’s a new issue of the excellent "speculative architecture" magazine P.E.A.R. Magazero is slowly expanding its stock, according to the interview I read on the phone at the pub… ah, here it is.
I believe that it is the richness and variety of the magazines that I stock that will bring success. My aim is to find magazines that are not really known or widely available, and to stock them. Then I have to bring them to the attention of potential buyers – that’s marketing. I take the view that there is a huge untapped market for magazines, and that work I undertake to bring mags to the attention of new buyers will be repaid.
I have an initial target of stocking 300 mags, which I think I’ll hit by the end of next year. It’s a slow business, but at the moment I am in the very early stages of building a system, a brand, customers, the lot. It can’t be done overnight – largely as each magazine has to be sourced separately.
If you decide to spend some money there, this coupon gets you 25% off until the end of September.
I suspect they will have some of my money this week.
September 7th, 2010 | music
I don’t know how I’ve never heard this before, or how I’ve never heard of them. I mean, don’t look too closely, because the band looks like it escaped from a skin-testing lab and the lead guy dances worse than the Jozin z Bazin guy. But the lead guy has a brilliant shouty voice. The music seriously sounds like it was nicked from gorgeously bad postpunk who in turn nicked their act from 1970s electronic library music.
And yet I’ve listened to it five times in a row.
“Follow You,” Future Islands, 2007. Odd thing, it is.
September 7th, 2010 | bookmarks
September 6th, 2010 | music
September 6th, 2010 | brainjuice
September 6th, 2010 | daybook
Yes. Am here. But mostly just on email, with half an eye on Twitter some of the time. Busy day. Need to feed Paul more FREAKANGELS pages, among many other things. I don’t even dare switch on Google Reader right now. Bad enough I checked my "public" email account (email@example.com) and found a bunch of new music by RxRy waiting for me.
I looked at Flickr earlier, just to get my eyes out of OpenOffice for a minute, and um well yes why don’t you see for yourself:
Thank you Lenora Claire.
Things I am thinking about besides where the cartoon arserape ghost version of Lenora Claire is going to stick her fingernails in my forthcoming hellish nightmares: wondering if Katie and Jack are moving copies of NANOKA, and wondering if a one-man magazine counts as a magazine.
September 4th, 2010 | music
“Open/Avocado” by Kim Boekbinder, directed by BriAnna Olson. I previously made you listen to The Impossible Girl. You liked it. You want to go back and listen to it again. You want to give her money. Or, at the very least, spread the disease around. Well done.
(We’ll ignore the fact that I tried to have her cursed by a gypsy on Twitter earlier today, yes? Yes.)
September 3rd, 2010 | microlog
The PAR AVION split CD by The Ithaca Trio and Machinefabriek is a rather lovely thing, too. Atmosphere, classical instruments, ambience, things heard from another room.