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James O’Meara reviews TYR, vol. 4

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TYR: Myth, Culture, Tradition, vol. 4
Ed. Joshua Buckley and Michael Moynihan
North Augusta, SC.: Ultra Press, 2014

Finally receiving the new issue of TYR, one feels torn between wishing that each volume could appear more frequently, or at least more regularly, and on the other hand, appreciation for the time and attention devoted to bringing out such unparalleled collections of articles, interviews and reviews of books and music devoted to the “Myth – Culture – Tradition” of the North by Messrs. Buckley and Moynihan.[1]  Read more …

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Allen Dulles’ Lonely Hearts Club Band:
The CIA & the Construction of the Sixties Counter-Culture

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Dave McGowan
Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon: Laurel Canyon, Covert Ops & the Dark Heart of the Hippie Dream
London: Headpress, 2014

“Oh the snot is caked against my pants,
it has turned into crystal.
There’s a bluebird sitting on a branch,
I guess I’ll take my pistol . . .”
— Arthur Lee and Love, “Live and Let Live”  Read more …

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Kate Bush’s Before the Dawn

Kate Bush, 2014

Kate Bush, 2014

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Outside London’s Eventim Apollo the sign reads: “The KT Fellowship Presents: Before the Dawn: Sold Out” There is no mention of the name Kate Bush, but it fools nobody because news of her return to live performance has been so high profile and has often spilled over into hysteria. The conceit of anonymity is only part of the story. Before she had released a record, Bush played a series of gigs at various London pubs as part of the KT Bush band. The KT Fellowship sounds like a nostalgic throwback to such carefree times before she had even thought of the Tour of Life.  Read more …

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A Broken Circle

Nicolas Poussin, A Dance to the Music of Time (Dance of Human Life),  1639

Nicolas Poussin, A Dance to the Music of Time (Dance of Human Life), 1639

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The circle can symbolize perfection and eternity. It can also symbolize identity, since every circle has an inside and outside, an “us” and a “them.” Of course every line divides, but the circle turns back upon itself and “eternalizes” itself, for a circle has no beginning and end. But every vital identity seeks to eternalize itself as well.

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Death in June in New York City

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DIJwithSnejdrRecently my new nomadic, couch-surfing existence took me to New York City, where I saw Death in June on Saturday, May 31 at Webster Hall in the Village. (In case you were wondering, I was the white guy dressed in black.)  Read more …

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Laibach’s Spectre

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Laibach
Spectre
Mute, 2014

There have always been doubts about just who Laibach are and what they are up to. First who are they? The band is a collective so it is never too clear where “who” ends, Read more …

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Why Music?
A Look at Art & Propaganda

Anne Vallayer-Coster, "Attributes of Music," 1770

Anne Vallayer-Coster, “Attributes of Music,” 1770

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Music can influence our emotions and the quality of our judgments.

Our emotions play a key role in how we reason. If we are emotionally out-of-whack, then we will not be able to reason as effectively. Music is the art form that is most able to dissuade us from thinking critically.

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The Story of 4AD:
Martin Aston’s Facing the Other Way

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Martin Aston
Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4AD
London: The Friday Project, 2013

Towards the end of Martin Aston’s monumental history of the 4AD record label he claims that one of the label’s later signings was “guilty of lacking transcendence” (p. 550). Read more …

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Black Metal:
Revolución Conservadora en la cultura popular moderna

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Desde el punto de vista del nacionalismo racial, el género musical conocido como Black Metal es uno de los fenómenos más significativos en la cultura popular moderna de las últimas dos décadas. Read more …

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How Soon is Now?:
The Madmen & Mavericks Who Made Independent Music 1975–2005

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Richard King
How Soon Is Now?: The Madmen and Mavericks Who Made Independent Music, 1975–2005
London: Faber & Faber, 2012

Richard King’s How Soon is Now? is subtitled “The Madmen and Mavericks Who Made Independent Music 1975–2005,” and that is an accurate description of the book’s contents. The idea of charting the history of indie music from the perspective of the record companies and distribution networks, rather than the bands, is an interesting and novel one. Read more …

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