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Wardruna’s Skald

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Wardruna
Skald
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The Norwegian band Wardruna’s latest album, Skald, is a tribute to Old Norse poetry containing ten acoustic ballads performed live by the band’s co-founder, Einar Selvik. Read more …

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Music as Revolt Against the Modern World:
Envy’s Atheist’s Cornea

Envy’s Tetsuya Fukagawa

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οὐδαμοῦ γὰρ κινοῦνται μουσικῆς τρόποι ἄνευ πολιτικῶν νόμων τῶν μεγίστων (Plato, Republic 424c)

“The forms of music are not changed without the most significant socio-political mores and laws being changed with them.” So writes Plato in his chef-d’œuvre. This insight is borne out by history, and perhaps never more so than in our own time, the post-war twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Read more …

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Hans Pfitzner’s Palestrina

Christopher Ventris as Palestrina in the 2009 Bavarian State Opera production of the opera.

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Hans Pfitzner
Palestrina
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, conducted by Rafael Kubelík
Deutsche Grammophon, 1989

Hans Pfitzner’s Palestrina is one of the unsung masterpieces of twentieth-century opera. Read more …

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Taylor Swift’s Tarnished reputation

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Taylor Swift’s latest album, reputation, came out on November 10th. She has become an iconic figure for the Alt Right in recent years, so a review seems appropriate. We must tread lightly because Ms. Swift has recently been flashing her litigious claws (clause?). Read more …

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Janáček’s The Makropulos Case as Archeofuturist Opera

From the San Francisco Opera production of The Makropulos Case, 2016.

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Leoš Janáček
The Makropulos Case
English National Opera, conducted by Sir Charles MacKerras, Chandos, 2007

(Warning: This review contains spoilers for the plot of this opera.)

Leoš Janáček (1854-1928) was a Czech composer known for his combination of folk music with a strikingly original modernism. There is no other composer who sounds remotely like him. He is as instantly recognizable as Vivaldi, Wagner, or Philip Glass.  Read more …

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The Music of Right Wing Death Squad Entertainment

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There is much to be said about the inevitable rise of post-ironic Nazi hipsters.

A recent example has been the very talented musical project Right Wing Death Squad Entertainment (RWDS), which has been producing various Far-Right parodies of mainstream pop, rock, indie, etc., songs.  Read more …

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Siouxsie & the Banshees:
Two Pop Songs for the Alt Right

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Siouxsie Sioux

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As universal as pop music tries to be, there are some songs which cut into profit margins by drawing distinct lines between large groups of people and cast aspersions or judgment across those lines. And depending on how sanctified or protected the victim group is — or how known or unknown the singer/songwriter is — the song might actually become popular. For example, Mick Jagger made a career out of doing this to women, and Bruce Springsteen to the wealthy. But very rarely does pop music draw lines along racial barriers. Read more …

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“Make Rome Great Again”
Rienzi in Berlin

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On Friday, March 11, I saw the Deutsche Oper in Berlin’s production of Rienzi, Richard Wagner’s third opera. Rienzi is a Grand Opera in the Parisian style, an approach Wagner eventually rejected. Although Wagner excluded Rienzi and his first two operas from the canon of the Bayreuth Festival, Rienzi remained his most popular opera throughout his lifetime. Wagner came to find Rienzi “quite repugnant,” but Gustav Mahler characterized it as nothing less than “the greatest musical drama ever composed.” Read more …

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Bowie’s Blackstar

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David Bowie
Blackstar
Columbia, 2016

Blackstar will inevitably serve as Bowie’s last will and testament whether he meant it to or not. Certainly the writing of much of the material would have preceded his awareness of his terminal illness and his confrontation with imminent death. Read more …

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New Order’s Music Complete

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“What can you buy, that lifts a heavy heart up to the sky?” This question, the opening words of New Order’s Music Complete, is meant to be rhetorical. But there’s a straightforward and rather obvious answer: you can buy Music Complete itself, one of New Order’s most joyous and compelling creations.

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Suicide & Obscurity:
A Very Brief Introduction to Oswald Kabasta & Franz Berwald

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Carl Eldh, Berwald, Berwaldhallen, Stockholm, 2011

Oswald Kabasta, Conducts Mozart and Schubert, with the Munich Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic, ©1996, 1940, 1941, 1942-43 Preiser Records 90303, Compact disc.

Ulf Björlin, Berwald: Overtures, Concertos & Symphonies, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, ©2007, EMI Classics, 3 CDs.

On February 6, 1946, the Austrian conductor Oswald Kabasta “wrote a poignant letter . . . to the Mayor of Munich, thanking the orchestra and audience for their great enthusiasm and loyalty, Read more …

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The New, Weird Britain:
Some Reflections on Colin Liddell’s “Sympathy for Their Satanic Majesties”

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I’m very happy to take WN’s suggestion and add a few words to Mr. Colin Liddell’s excellent article on the Rolling Stones’ classic Their Satanic Majesties Request — which I was glad to see since, for some reason, I seem to have not done Satanic Majesties justice in my own past ruminations, although on reflection, inspired by Mr. Liddell, it seems to have a large enough role.  Read more …

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Sympathy for Their Satanic Majesties

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Their Satanic Majesties Request is, to my mind, the most British and therefore the most authentic of all Rolling Stones albums. Their characteristic hard-driving blues is put on the back-burner and suffused through a veil of psychedelia and English whimsy with which the band were seldom associated.

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Kate Bush’s Before the Dawn

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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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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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The Confession of Isobel Gowdie

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James MacMillan

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The Confession of Isobel Gowdie is an orchestral work by the Scottish composer James MacMillan. It was premiered at the 1990 BBC Proms where it drew instant and enduring acclaim.  Read more …

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Death in June in San Francisco

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It was one of those clubs where you go and you stand on your own, and you leave on your own, and you go home and you cry, and you want to die. But Death in June was playing there, and I had never seen them in concert. So I decided to temporarily interrupt my exile from California (roughing it in Jackson Hole) and descend again to the sinful cities of the plain.

I very much enjoyed seeing Death in June live. Read more …

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Black Metal:
Revolución Conservadora en la cultura popular moderna

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Traducido por S. Vera

English original here

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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Fire & Ice’s Fractured Man

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Insofar as Fire and Ice’s music can be described as “folk” it is the folk music of the ancient skalds and scops, far antecedent to the recent folk revival even if elements of tradition are latently present in that revival. Insofar as it is “gothic” music it is so in the sense described by Edred Thorsson in “The Secret of the Gothick God of Darkness” —  Read more …

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Dead Can Dance, Berkeley, August 12, 2012

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After we had dinner at Jupiter pizza, our Sikh cab driver deposited us outside the Greek Theatre in the Berkeley hills. We spread a blanket high on the lawn and looked out past the campanile on the Cal campus, watching our home town across the bay slowly submerging in a sea of fog. Read more …

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Video of the Day 
Jerome Deppe, “Dead Horses”/Review of Songs of Love, Hate, & Fear

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Rammstein’s “Amerika”

Rammstein drummer Christoph Schneider plants Old Glory on the next planet over

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In 2004, the German “New Hard Rock” band Rammstein released their fourth and greatest album, Reise Reise (Arise, Arise). The second single from Reise, Reise is “Amerika,” which was released on September 13, 2004 and immediately leaped into the top 10 charts across Europe. The video of “Amerika,” directed by Jörn Heitmann, was filmed August 6–7, 2004 at a ruined cement factory near Berlin.

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Rammstein’s “Stripped” & “Links 2-3-4” Videos

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In 1998, the German hard rock band Rammstein covered “Stripped” (1986), by the English electronic/New Wave band Depeche Mode, for a Depeche Mode tribute album called For the Masses (1998). Later pressings of Rammstein’s second disc Sehnsucht (Longing) include “Stripped” at the end as a “hidden” track, i.e., it is not listed on the cover. Read more …

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Rammstein

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Generally, I find it impossible to like popular music unless I was exposed to a particular performer or group before I turned 21. A large part of the problem is that my tastes have been “corrupted” by classical music. Read more …

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Tomorrow Belongs to Me

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It is fun to trace the process by which “Tomorrow Belongs to Me,” a popular song written by a pair (though not a “couple”) of homosexual Jews for the play and movie Cabaret, was later transformed by Ian Stuart Donaldson (also known as Ian Stuart), lead singer-songwriter of the English white power band Skrewdriver and, later, white nationalist Swedish singer Saga, into positive pro-white covers. Read more …

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Óðinn’s Skald

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Through the 1990s, Ian Read’s band Fire & Ice articulated perhaps the clearest expression of pagan European sensibility yet achieved in musical form. Over the course of six albums, a dark Traditionalist view of Europe as a place of magical lore and warrior values emerged. Read more …

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Moondog: The Viking of 6th Avenue

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Robert Scotto
Moondog: The Viking of 6th Avenue
Los Angeles: Process Media, 2007

Louis Thomas Hardin, Jr. (1916–1999), known as Moondog, was an American composer, musician, poet, pamphleteer, and capital “p” Personality. Read more …

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Skrewdriver

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After his purchase of Resistance Records, National Alliance Chairman William L. Pierce told an interviewer that while his own tastes in music ran to Bach and Beethoven (or similar names—I’ve forgotten which) rather than to the Midtown Boot Boys, the latter spoke to the young, “my people,” and it was necessary to engage white youth in a way they understood. Read more …

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Voice of Swedish Nationalism
Saga & Her Music

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“Armies already wavering and giving way have been rallied by women who, with earnest entreaties and bosoms laid bare, have vividly represented the horrors of captivity . . . [The Germans] even believe that the sex has a certain sanctity and prescience, and they do not despise their counsels, or make light of their answers.”–Tacitus, Germania 8

Land of Ice

From My Tribute to Skrewdriver Volume 1

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