by Dan
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Parlovr - "Pen to the Paper"

"It's unfair to say that I'm unaffected by love songs. I think love songs are great, I just don't actually care about love anymore. Romantic love, I'm talking about, of course. (cough) I think it's all fine (gesturing with hands) to have the kind of love that keeps families together and all that, that I'm still on board with. I'm talking about the classic (drinking allongé) boy-meets-girl heteronormative kind of thing; romance, dating, commitment, marriage, the whole bit. (a bite of a biscuit) I mean, I always say the same thing whenever anybody asks me about this: you want to know why I don't care about love anymore? Think about watching time-lapse photography of a bud sprouting. It's incredible, right? Now think about trying to find a seed at the nursery that did that. But you can only try one seed at a time, or maybe three or four seeds at the very maximum. That's a lot of trips to the nursery. Oh, and you have to plant the seeds in your skin. (cough) (looks away)"
a. a. circa 1990
--[Buy Parlovr's LP via the MySpace]-- *and go to their show on Jan 17th at Casa Del Popolo in Montreal with Sister Suvi and Mixylodian.*


Zu - "Ostia"

"There is no easy time to strike out against tyranny. There isn't a time when oppression will have an off-moment or will let its guard down or relax its defenses, it simply doesn't work that way. The systems of tyranny are designed to prevent any kind of slack from occurring. But in essence, the systems are designed, which means they have been created from a perspective, which means the designer at some point looked at their system from a singular, or possibly multiple, hypothetical perspectives. Take bank robberies for instance. In earlier times, entering a bank and asking for money would work, as would breaking into the vault. So the banks created more and more elaborate systems of defense: bigger locks, more impenetrable vaults. But walking into a bank and asking for money still works, getting someone to open the vault still works. There is always a perspective which you can take on a system that will allow for a complete upheaval, or at least shake-up, of that system. Change your perspective, take what the system of tyranny values; most often money, slaves, resources, or potential resources (technological developments, can be reduced generally to "better bomb" theory), and exploit its desire for those things. For example, you could poison the money well. You could crash the stock market."
a. a. September 2008, a month before the crash.
--[Buy old tracks off MySpace] *and their album drops Feb. 10th on Ipecac.*

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Posted by Dan at January 9, 2009 2:53 AM

Finally going through my StG downloads from the beginning of this year, and was re-startled by this. Brilliant stuff, Dan. Really wonderful.

Posted by Mark at March 11, 2009 8:43 PM

I am confused. What does this have to do with Archie Andrews?

Posted by Stephanie at May 27, 2011 11:49 AM

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