Society

Making a Cult of Yourself: Hubbard Vs Crowley [Conclusion]

The last years of Hubbard’s life saw him deposed as leader and reduced to a figurehead in a de facto coup, led by young scientologists who had actually been born into the cult. Their argument being that even though Ron was a genius he could never actually be a ‘true’ scientologist as he hadn’t been subject to Church training until after adulthood. (read more)

News

Richie Sambora Threatens UK Tour

Richie Sambora, legendary rock musician and founding member of Bon Jovi, has confirmed a string of European tour dates including a show in Londonat O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on the 16th October. Richie Sambora tickets for London go on-sale on Friday 31st of August at 9am and are available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk. (read more)

Sound

Newrising: The Half Moon, Putney

Now call me old-fashioned but I do believe that some musical styles should not be combined. Reggae, funk and folk are all great genres of music, but like tequila, bourbon and cherry cola, some things just don’t go together. Rather than the outcome being greater than the sum of its parts, to my mind it only diluted the best aspects of each style. (read more)

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News

UFOMammut release track 3 from Oro: Opus Alter

The release of the second and final installment of UFOMAMMUT’s ORO album series, ORO: Opus Alter, is on the horizon, with a street date of September 17th via Neurot Recordings. In preparation for its release, following suit with previously released videos of the opening track “Oroborus” and the second song “Luxon,” today “Sulphurdew,” the third of the five tracks contained on the album has been released. (read more)

Society

Fringe, It’s Quatertastic!

Insectoid Martian colonizers buried for millions of years under an East End tube station, hauntings by ghosts of extra-terrestrials, biological food vats that turn out to be alien life forms attempting to re-terraform the planet, showers of small meteors filled with mind altering substances, and silent uniformed men in black helmets guarding the chemical plant at the Newtown on Winnerton flats. (read more)

News

Teengirl Fantasy Live Dates

‘a form of discourse between the band and their instruments’. Coo! Does it count if it’s just the keyboardist shouting at the pitchbend wheel for being sticky?

The rest of the description readslike it belongs on the back label of a bottle of Sauvignon, but don’t let us put you off. Teengirl Fantasy, discoursing with their instruments at a (select) venue near you…. (read more)

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Society

Childishness and Cockroaches: An Academic in Africa

Just as we were about to start, Andrew appeared on the other side of the fence, waxing wroth. Why had we broken into his field, who did we think we were, we had no permission to play there etc., etc. It was at this point that I started to be deeply unhelpful.
This is a country of endless potentiality, but that potential will never be realised as long as people only talk about what others must do, and never think about what they must do themselves. (read more)

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Cambridge Rock Festival 2012

You could criticise the festival bill for relying on unashamed nostalgia acts as headliners, and especially for the way more forward-looking acts like Maschine, Winter in Eden, Kyrbgrinder or Panic Room were either low down the bill or placed on the second stage. But on the other hand, you could equally well argue that it’s a case of the festival knowing its audience, and the once-big names from the 70s draw in the crowds who are then exposed to the newer acts that have something to say. (read more)

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King Krule/Rinse

King Krule -the primary creative vessel for 17-year-old south east London-based singer/producer/songwriter Archy Marshall- is readying its latest release, a double A-side single featuring two stunning new tracks, ‘Rock Bottom’ and ‘Octopus’. (read more)

Art

Loitered Lens: Drunken Balordi [Photos]

‘The night started with what appeared to be an Irish folk band taking the stage – Drunken Balordi comprised a singer/acoustic guitarist wearing an Irish pub t-shirt, bass guitarist, violinist, accordion player and drummer. However the catchy violin riffs were far more Eastern European inspired than Irish.’ Sarah Corbett, Trebuchet. (read more)

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Society

Angry, and Distracted. Pt1

Unless communal space can be reclaimed and our innate humanity re-established, to paraphrase Kafka: There is infinite hope but not for us.
Exploitative social arrangements, throughout history, carry this circumstance in common: A citizenry too beaten down, harried, and/or prideful to recognize they have been swindled by a corrupt elite. (read more)

Sound

Feed the Rhino: Hevy Fest

In an age where (a little sadly) aesthetics are as important to the hardcore scene as musical ability, Feed The Rhino cover all of the bases – as one hipster said to another, “we’ve gotta catch Feed The Rhino, man, his beard is reem”. I guess frontman Lee Tobin does rock a quality beard, but thankfully FTR’s musical ability seems to be the draw for most of the crowd as they pour into the tent ready for the latest crushing set from the 5-piece. (read more)

Society

Hubbardites Vs Crowleyites Pt 3

If the current management of the Church of Scientology were not so keen to airbrush all aspects of its founder’s life and work we would have a much clearer idea of his motives for infiltrating himself so deeply into the world of the occult. After all why shouldn’t a man, who was on the verge of creating, ‘‘both the means and the tech to save mankind’’ seek to discover the depth and heights to which the human condition aspires? And where better to find these extremities than in the intense psychodrama of ritual magic? (read more)

Society

The Mercy House: Interview

The genre obsessions have to stop, I guess something is going right when everyone becomes the great ‘opinionizer’, but I think that’s what can be exciting about music, take something out of the box and try it contextually in what you do, rock music has become a bit inbred and new formulas spice things up. (read more)

Society

BLOCatastrophe

After what I experienced at Bloc I have to admit that I and thousands of others were completely taken in by the promise of a professionally-run event in an innovative new venue with an incredible line-up. The scale of the event did seem too good to be true and it turned out to be just that. (read more)

Sound

Anklepants (Reechard Farché)

Anklepants is the electronic barrel organ of your Freudian nightmares . The nightmares where you are being psychoanalyzed by a traveling salesman with a penis for a face. It’s a silly stuff that exists on the disturbed fringes of something ‘artistic’ but saves itself by being fun and accessible. (read more)

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Devil Sold His Soul [Live]

Then, coming to the end of a great set, disaster strikes. “This is our last song”, announces Ed. We’re treated to the opening guitar line of what I suspect was ‘Darkness Prevails’, before the sound is promptly cut off. (read more)

Society

Twitter Storms

It’s dangerous, people are not who they seem on the internet. Inside those twitter storms (I’ve had a few) there are usually one or two who hang around for a week or so, its easy to pick up fixations on the net. They can be local, they can hang on for several years, having someone fixated on a fantasy idea of you that you cannot challenge is not fun. (read more)

Sound

Basinski/LCO [Live Review]

The story of these Disintegration Loops already carries great emotional weight. Basinski completed the work of producing new originals from his damaged tapes on September 11th, 2001 and spent the rest of the day observing and filming the apocalyptic spectacle from his New York roof while listening to the fresh recordings, which instantly became a lament for the events of the day. (read more)

Art

Loitered Lens: Jurojin

‘Although during the first few songs, they came across as your standard four-piece doomy metal band with powerful vocals and formulaic song structures, when their turbaned tabla drums player joined the stage things became interesting and I abandoned my plans to go to the bar.’ (read more)

Society

A Progress [Theatre]

Carl Heap’s style has always invited some form of audience involvement, In the past, this has extended to the gentle conscription of audience members for selected moments and scenes – helping to explain football formations in World Cup Final 1966 or, in A Progress, making a journey happen. (read more)

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Blur, New Order [Live]

New Order. Their set is fuelled by absence’s tension from the outset but Bernard Sumner is making light of this. After the group are introduced he quips “apparently we’re New Order, we’ll do our best for you tonight”, referencing absent bassist Peter Hook ( who’s litigating for rights to the group’s name ). (read more)

Society

The Island President: [DVD]

The Maldives are known to the rest of the world as an idyllic holiday spot, whereas the everyday reality is growing deadly, and director Jon Shenk does a wonderful job of capturing the islands’ vulnerability via aerial shots that show densely populated areas that appear to go right to the edge of the sea. (read more)