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Europe Endless:
Kraftwerk on Tour in 2018

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Wardruna in New York

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On Saturday February 3rd, in the company of a few friends, I attended Wardruna’s concert in New York City. This was not my first introduction to them: I’ve been using their albums as workout music for months. In case you do not know, Wardruna is a Norwegian “Nordic folk” band who have recorded three albums, and become quite popular in the politically-ambiguous “neo-heathen” scene in Europe and America.  Read more …

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Screamin’ & Hollerin’ the Blues:
The Myth of Authenticity & White Culture

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I recently purchased Alex Chilton’s Baton Rouge 1985 which had been released by Klondike Records late last year. Most readers, if familiar with Chilton at all, know him as the teenage leader of the Box Tops, whose 1967 hit “The Letter” rocketed them to international fame, or as the primary songwriter behind the proto-indie rock band Big Star. Read more …

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High Voltage Heptarchy, Part 3
Ethereal & Eternal

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Part 3 of 3. Part 1 here. Part 2 here.

‘Now We Rise and We Are Everywhere’ — Nick Drake (1948-1974)

And having now evoked the legend of King Arthur, Merlin, Excalibur, and the Holy Grail, I can clearly recall driving one autumn morning down the A39 as it snaked its way through the Mendip hills. The Somerset Levels cloaked in thick fog with just the Tor floating above the ancient town of Glastonbury. 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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Verdi in the Gold Rush

Giuseppe Verdi in Golden Gate park, San Francisco

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George Martin
Verdi at the Golden Gate: Opera and San Francisco in the Gold Rush Years
Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993

George Martin is an independent historian who has written a number of books about the history of opera (including a great biography of Verdi). His account of how opera and in particular Verdi’s operas rose to prominence in San Francisco during the Gold Rush years describes a fascinating but not widely known episode in the history of the American West.  Read more …

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Mozart Won’t Make You Smart
(But Rap Will Make You Dumb)

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After listening to Greg Johnson’s recent conversation with Rob Kievsky entitled “Leveraging Social Decline,” in particular, the part of it in which they discuss parenting, I (being a parent) felt the need to weigh in. Around the 47-minute mark, the two got into a friendly dispute over the best way to be a parent. In reality, I think both were presenting sides that seemed antithetical but really weren’t because they were each addressing different problems with their arguments.  Read more …

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High Voltage Heptarchy, Part 2
Solstice & Song

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“There’s a feeling I get when I look to the West.”–“Stairway to Heaven,” Led Zeppelin IV

It was with the advent of Frenchman Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Emile (1762) that a direct link was first made between national culture and the simplicity of peasant life. Read more …

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A White Nationalist Take on Rock n’ Roll

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Little Richard and some of his biggest fans

After reading this Spectator article about how many current pop stars are “quietly right wing,” I started to think about how what we call rock n’ roll relates to White Nationalism. And I have concluded that it really doesn’t. That doesn’t mean that White Nationalists should never enjoy rock n’ roll. It does mean, however, that it will be harder to achieve and maintain the goals of White Nationalism with rock n’ roll in the world than without it.  Read more …

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On the Passing of Leonard Cohen

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Leonard Cohen

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My first encounter with a Leonard Cohen song was in October of 1982. I had invited a Polish exchange student to a party in my fraternity house room. He came with an acoustic guitar and played and sang Cohen’s “Suzanne,” a song from the 1967 album Songs of Leonard Cohen. It was my third year at Alliance College. I was struck by the sublime beauty of the song. Read more …

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