Okishima Island Tourist Association-evil ok CDR:

Quite the spanker. This brand new & remarkable burster of taste-buds album from Scottish stick-up duo Cummings & Glass Kovorox. Hopped-up on robotics, AI, automation, the increasing commercialization & privatization of the human sphere, digitization of brain-cells, technology theocracy, Big Data cartels etcetera, it’s a seven track polymorph of harsh noise emotives, tampered IDM-esque beats, artisan Electronics, malfunctioning Industrial off-cuts, FX & distortion infused vocals, peculiar samples under even peculiar modifications, demolishing chip-tune bone fracture & hazy/abstractive Ambient & trance reverie. Continue reading Okishima Island Tourist Association-evil ok CDR:

Andrew Hill-compulsion!!!!! CD:

A classic as far as I am concerned. Pianist Andrew Hill leads this cult 1965 session with a procession of black harlequins on a dark carnival of Avant ethno-Jazz that’s stewing in ju-ju & streaming mystique way’ way off the tourist track. Fevered, pouring with perspiration & with a suave tenebrosity, it runs like the sound track to an imaginary voodoo thriller from the least accessible enclave of West Indian obscura in the thrall of celebrating a unique yearly festivity. Continue reading Andrew Hill-compulsion!!!!! CD:

Enemies Of The People (Sam Jordison):

“WE’RE ALL SCREWED AND HERE’S WHO TO BLAME” –

So states the cover of this palatable little (relatively speaking) new book from Sam Jordison, before hobbling through forty or so fuckers that the world could absolutely do without (or of done without in some cases here as they have thankfully perished). The culprits arrange include Henry Kissenger, Simon Cowell, Tony Blair & George Bush, Piers Morgan, Paul Dacre, Jeff Bezos, Ibn Abd al Wahhab, the Koch Brothers, Pepe the Frog, Ayn Rand, Richard Nixon, Chairman Mao, Mark Zuckerberg, Theresa May & David Cameron, Lynton Crosby, L. Ron Hubbard, Nigel Farrage, Aaron Banks & obviously Donald Chump (his accomplices Bannon & Tillerson are also each given an entry) to mention a good few. Continue reading Enemies Of The People (Sam Jordison):

Done-the secret deals that our changing our world (Jacques Peretti):

A staggering debut from the ferociously formidable investigative journalist & renegade economist Jacques Peretti. Peretti levels a kind of scatter-gun, all encompassing, encyclopedic approach to the current tech-corporate-surveillance dystopia/extinction-ear-mark by delving with utmost diligence into the center of these unfolding horrors (most of which will have probably escaped the publics recognition entirely or but with the faintest adumbration). Continue reading Done-the secret deals that our changing our world (Jacques Peretti):

If A Tree Falls-a story of the Earth Liberation Front DVD:

Enormously important if somewhat shoddily composed (from a constructive perspective) documentary from Marshall Curry that surfeitly redeems all it’s shortcomings by the looming brilliance of it’s better footage/moments & off the basis of the central subject itself. It covers one of the greatest movements of modern America – the Earth Liberation Front or ELF, a group of ecological activists that took direct action (most notably in large-scale commercial property destruction) against corporate targets with a strict abstinence from the use of violence or infliction of any physical injury. Continue reading If A Tree Falls-a story of the Earth Liberation Front DVD:

Stanley Greene 1949-2017:

Stanley Greene

Veteran war photographer Stanley Greene passed recently. He made a permanent impression on me with his stark & bracing book Open Wound-Chechnya 1994 to 2003 (Trolley). Heavy shit. His photojournalism for this effort was also joined by writings from Andre Glucksmann & Christian Caujolle. It’s the only large scale photographic work I managed to determine/obtain on Chechnya’s wars (there may well be more in print now that escape my knowledge?). About two thirds of the book is in monochrome, presumably a prism that Greene felt was apt (& you can see why). Continue reading Stanley Greene 1949-2017:

Okishima Island Tourist Association-penance room séance (cassette):

Ok, so it’s Glass & Cummings again (that being of most notability – Kylie Minoise & Grimalkin555), this time in the apparition of Okishima Island Tourist Association, a difficult one to encapsulate but something along the scales of a varied, outward-trekking Avant-Noise-Industrial-Drone amalgam heavily laden with both experimentalism but equally experienced expertise. Continue reading Okishima Island Tourist Association-penance room séance (cassette):

D’Kat-A device attached to the system is not functioning properly LP:

Fuckin’A! scruffy, swollen-quirk, idiosyncratic mischief-studded ratty & erratic Breakcore prime from some obscure quiet-pioneer who was gone in a flash (probably a guy called Tom Everson if I am not off the trove entirely?!). Actually, this is one of my favorite Breakcore LP’s from the pantry (toe-curled in 2003). It’s very frivolous, playful & scatter-brained with a kind of cobbled, stapled & sawn, skip-rummaged “I don’t give a fuck if this sounds like junk” comportment, & yet, underneath the garbage bags is a keen adeptness yanking the strings. Continue reading D’Kat-A device attached to the system is not functioning properly LP:

The Rise of the Robots-technology and the threat of mass unemployment (Martin Ford)

An excellent, expansive & very well researched forewarning & investigation into an area that promises to develop into yet another mega crisis, source of survival contestation & immense peril (as if we didn’t already have enough severe threats to be consternated by) – automation, robots & specifically artificial intelligence. Whilst the First World populace is atrophying into an alternative sub-species bereft of Homo sapiens core-qualities & capabilities & also struggling to uphold the remnants of their deteriorating humanness & advanced sentience, the “market” thinks it an appropriate occasion to introduce robots to further isolate, impair & discombobulate the ailing species engineered decline & dysfunction. Continue reading The Rise of the Robots-technology and the threat of mass unemployment (Martin Ford)