Archive for April, 2020

You’re Not Going to Believe This…

Posted in Heads Up with tags , , , , , on April 24, 2020 by Magadh

But Slavoj Žižek’s new book is actually quite good. I just reviewed it for…

The Communist Influenza


Posted in Dispatches with tags , , , , , , on April 22, 2020 by Magadh

“Separation is the alpha and omega of the spectacle. The institutionalization of the social division of labor in the form of class divisions had given rise to an earlier, religious form of contemplation: the mythical order with which every power has always camouflaged itself. Religion justified the cosmic and ontological order that corresponded to the interests of the masters, expounding and embellishing everything their societies could not deliver. In this sense, all separate power has been spectacular. But this earlier universal devotion to a fixed religious imagery was only a shared belief in an imaginary compensation for the poverty of a concrete social activity that was still generally experienced as a unitary condition. In contrast, the modern spectacle depicts what society could deliver, but in so doing it rigidly separates what is possible from what is permitted. The spectacle keeps people in a state of unconsciousness as they pass through practical changes in their conditions of existence. Like a factitious god, it engenders itself and makes its own rules. It reveals itself for what it is: an autonomously developing separate power, based on the increasing productivity resulting from an increasingly refined division of labor into parcelized gestures dictated by the independent movement of machines and working for an ever-expanding market. In the course of this development, all community and all critical awareness have disintegrated; and the forces that were able to grow by separating from each other have not yet been reunited.”

Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle, #25

Drunks on Death Metal, Episode 1: Ripping Corpse

Posted in Dispatches with tags , , , , on April 20, 2020 by Magadh

After many technical issues, I’ve managed to put together and post the first episode of our new video podcast: Drunks on Death Metal. Episode 1 features a discussion of one of the most crushing bands ever to emerge from the wilds of New Jersey: Ripping Corpse

Obviously, there are still some technical issues to get sorted, but this will do to be going on with. Check out the comments for links to Ripping Corpse’s recorded output. More (and better) to come…