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Frank Zappa’s Hot Rats

1,224 wordsCover of the Frank Zappa album Hot Rats.

One of the first albums to be recorded on 16-track tape, Hot Rats spawned a jazz standard, a sprawling meditation on prostitution, and some of Captain Beefheart’s best vocal work outside of Trout Mask Replica. It’s mostly instrumental, but does not lack any substance, and the sounds it contains are both timeless and reflective of the late 1960s. Read more …

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Ian Curtis:
A Northern Soul

Cover of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures.

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Someone take these dreams away
That point me to another day
A duel of personalities
That stretch all true realities
That keep calling me
They keep calling me
Keep on calling me
They keep calling me
Where figures from the past stand tall
And mocking voices ring the halls
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Poppy’s I Disagree

1,973 wordsCover of Poppy's album, I Disagree.

Poppy, the mildly unsettling YouTube sensation-turned-bestselling pop singer, released her newest album on January 10th. It’s called I Disagree, and it’s an apt title — much of this record is a violent, abrasive eschewing of both Poppy’s previous work and the rules that govern music in general, much like the hyperpop sensibilities of breakthrough act 100 Gecs or veterans of the deconstruction genre like Grimes, Read more …

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Rush’s Moving Pictures
(A Farewell to Neil Peart)

Cover of Rush's 1980 album, Moving Pictures1,948 words

Neil Peart, the drummer and primary lyricist for the Canadian progressive rock band Rush, passed away on January 7th. He left behind an impressive legacy and has earned his place as one of rock music’s finest; his percussive and poetic prowess were central to Rush’s massive international success Read more …

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Daniel Lopatin’s Uncut Gems

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The Safdie Brothers’ Uncut Gems may have been a garish film that walked a dangerous line between parodying and celebrating degeneracy, however, the original score it boasts is anything but kitschy and unsettling. Composed by the highly talented Daniel Lopatin, better known professionally by his moniker Oneohtrix Point Never, Read more …

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Definitely no logic:
Björk’s Debut

Björk

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Björk’s music is full of range and dimension. This is true both in the sense of her voice, which sweeps across octaves with equal helpings of elegance and coarseness, but also in her varied inflection and choice of songwriting material. One could plot her music on a chart with two poles that span innocence and seductiveness, alongside harmony and discordance, and find that she dances around in all four quadrants Read more …

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Asgardsrei 2019:
A Stormride & Tribute to an Eternal Legend

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In order to fully understand the importance of this year’s Asgardsrei festival, one must understand the impact that the Blazebirth Hall scene, and in particular, its most prolific artist, Kaldrad, had on both NSBM (National Socialist Black Metal) and the overall sound of Eastern European black metal.

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Four Classic Rock Songs for the Dissident Right

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Like a lot of people in Generation X, I grew up on rock music, especially classic rock. I still love the stuff. Despite this, I predict that most classic rock will prove increasingly irrelevant to the Dissident Right as we tilt our spears deeper into the twenty-first century. But isn’t this a little counter-intuitive? Read more …

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Tom Petty & The Decline of Culture & The Music Industry

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I don’t recall when I first heard “The Last DJ” (2002) by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, it was one of my dad’s favorite songs, I’m sure I heard it from him at some point. Like most great artwork, it was something that struck me immediately and continued to develop and grow as time went on and I had the capacity to understand it on higher levels. Read more …

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Evropan Edward Elgar

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English original here

Evropan Edward Elgar: Vlastenec, Angličan a Evropan

Edward Elgar (2. června 1857–23. února 1934) patří k čelním představitelům poslední generace evropských romantických skladatelů. K této generaci bývají řazeni mj. Read more …

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Rediscovering a Song

Harry Chapin

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So what are the greatest acoustic guitar intros in pop music? Not exactly a conundrum I’ve pondered much until I stumbled across Rick Beato’s YouTube channel. Beato is a musician and producer whose breadth of musical knowledge I admire. He likes to do lists, and during his greatest acoustic guitar intros video, I had a revelation. Read more …

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Roger Waters’ Us + Them

1,670 words

I gotta admit that I’m a little bit confused.
Sometimes it seems to me as if I’m just being used.

–“Dogs,” Animals, Pink Floyd (1977)

In this documentary, Roger Waters constantly struts about the stage like an aged and anorexic Richard Gere, his spindly arms held defiantly aloft in a clichéd clenched-fist salute of solidarity with the people. Read more …

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A Northern Light

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I believe I am from the light, whereas other people are from the dark.
— Annie Haslam, lead singer of Renaissance

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Kanye West’s Jesus is King:
A Review

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Joy to the world, the album has come!

Much anticipation, anger, and fanaticism surrounded the missed release date of Kanye West’s new album, Jesus is King, which was released several hours behind schedule on Friday, October 25. Clocking in at a mere 27 minutes long, West has managed to produce some of the least stylistically interesting music of his entire career with a heaping dose of hamfisted blathering about God on top. Read more …

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Iamthemorning

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The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov (1880)

I first heard her name whispered over cocktails at the Decabrist bar on St. Isaac’s Square in St. Petersburg. Some of my friends had been hanging out with sound engineers from the Assault and Battery 2 Studio in northwest London, Read more …

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Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon

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Every year is getting shorter; we never seem to find the time.

The world-famous British psychedelic outfit Pink Floyd released the seminal work The Dark Side of the Moon on March 1, 1973, inspiring endless musicians around the world and ultimately leading to the rise of loose women wearing T-shirts with a prism on it during their nights out on the town. Read more …

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Electric Warrior

1,487 words

Let’s steal some stars
For Avalon . . .
Let’s make a quest
For Avalon
Quest for finger cymbal and gong
For Avalon
— Tyrannosaurus Rex, “Stones for Avalon” (1969)

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The Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus:
Rhapsody & Repertoire

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We have always been concerned with the sacred or – perhaps more accurately – the loss of the sacred. We are searching for its echoes and traces which are scattered and hidden in surprising and forgotten places.

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Rammstein Needs to Retire

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More on Rammstein at Counter-Currents here.

Du hast mich gefragt, und ich antwortete: Rammstein needs to retire.

Coming on the heels of a long hiatus, Rammstein’s new self-titled (or untitled, depending on who you ask) album is more a testament to how tired Rammstein’s shtick has become than an invigorating piece of heady, wild metal. Read more …

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Thrash & Dash:
Cherubs’ Immaculada High

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These cherubs dote on death.

Austin, Texas-based noise rock prodigies Cherubs released their second post-reunion album, Immaculada High, on July 26. This release comes on the heels of 2015’s 2 YNFYNYTY, their first release after a lengthy hiatus spurred by a spat between drummer Brent Prager and guitarist/vocalist Kevin Whitley. Read more …

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In the Court of the Crimson King

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Nearly two decades into the twenty-first century, it’s safe to say we’ve all grown a little schizoid.

Released in October of 1969, English progressive rock outfit King Crimson’s In the Court of the Crimson King was – and is – a debut that permanently altered the face of pop music. Read more …

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Morrissey’s California Son

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Oh, Morrissey. So much to answer for.

The former Smiths ringleader and self-described “humansexual” released his twelfth solo studio album in May, a collection of covered songs from the 1960s and ‘70s backed by such names as Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Broken Social Scene’s Ariel Engle. Read more …

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GastiR – Ghosts Invited: A Review

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Gaahls Wyrd
GastiR – Ghosts Invited
Season of Mist, 2019

It is necessary to begin this review by examining the notion that Black Metal is a uniquely heterogeneous genre of music. Read more …

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Breaking the Tyrant Spell:
An Interview with Darkest Sky

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I believe there is a certain inertia to political ideas. As in Newtonian laws of motion, it takes force to get ideas going, and once an idea is in motion, it takes even more force to stop their momentum. In order to generate enough force to overcome the inertia in our ideas and to get society to start adopting them, I believe in a multi-pronged approach: one that speaks to all levels, classes, and interests of society. Read more …

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Überfolk: Music for Nations

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The cover art of Überfolk‘s debut album, Music for Nations, depicts a winding path over hills, focusing the eye on a distant central point, implying a journey towards an ideal. Such a journey nonetheless requires us to traverse over land and soil, through the brush and bramble of earthly life. Read more …

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Liszt’s Sardanapalo & Mazeppa

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Franz Liszt
Liszt: Sardanapalo & Mazeppa
Staatskapelle Weimar, conducted by Kirill Karabits
Audite, 2019

Franz Liszt began composing an opera to an Italian libretto based on Byron’s tragedy Sardanapalus in 1849. Read more …

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Kate Bush, the Faerie Queene

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In springing flowre the image of thy day;
Ah see the Virgin Rose, how sweetly shee
Doth first peepe forth with bashfull modestee

— Edmund Spenser (1552-1599)

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Supreme Avantgarde Death Metal:
The Metapolitical Struggle of The Monolith Deathcult

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The Monolith Deathcult are a three-piece extreme Death Metal band formed and led by Dutch high-school history teacher, Michiel Dekker. TMDC is a one-band musical vanguard for the coming inevitable National Populist cultural explosion of the European New Right. Read more …

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Wardruna’s Skald

The album cover

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Wardruna
Skald
Indie Recordings/By Norse Music, 2018

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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Only the Pig Tastes Good:
Thoughts on Billy Joel’s “Only the Good Die Young”

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Like a lot of kids in my town growing up, I was really into the music of Billy Joel. There was a period in my early teens in which I listened to almost no one else. I loved the attitude, the craft, the variety, the cleverness. And I have to give Joel credit for being the first pop star to whom I seriously listened and whose work I avidly collected. Read more …

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