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Episode Twenty | An Interesting Future

"The Gorillaz cartoons seem more real to me than the actual people on TV. Because at least you know that there's some intelligence behind the cartoons, and there's a lot of work that's gone into it, so it can't all be just a lie."
- Damon Albarn
On The Forums

Well, we're always looking to expand the reach of our forum sooo, the forum section of our board's been adopted by A Future In Noise, another quality music website. Now's never been a better time to join the boards and check out the craziness.

Point 1: Snow Patrol Fucking Sucks.
Point 2: Is Peace Witrh Iran Really Possible?
Point 3: Our Movies In General page is taking about Knowing starring the GREATEST ACTOR EVER, Nicolas Cage. Is this another one of his infamous flops or a return to form?

On The Main Page

Well, first of all, we updated the player with links to Pure Reason Revolution and Dredg, so c-c-c-check it out!

Second of all, you've got to be on stereozeitgeist.com so that you can get the latest updates: I try and keep everyone in touch on MySpace, but really we cant do everything at once. You've missed a lot since the last bulletin, but here are some highlights:

Ten Interesting Bands Playing SXSW was a story about... AUGH I hate it when we do really descriptive titles!

About a billion bands flood into Austin, Texas for the South by Southwest festival every year - and with that whole “everyone who’s anyone will be there” thing, who can blame them? There’s so much volume going through SXSW every year that it’s hard to pick out what’s worth seeing. Even though there’s no way to make a definitive list of the quality acts playing over the week (those interested should start with lots and work backwards), here’s a brief sampling of ten bands that might draw your interest whether you’ve saved up to go in person or you’re just planning to weep into a TV dinner as usual. In no particular order, and without any further ado, ado:
We posted a YouTube clip, a lastfm link, and a link to Amazon copies of their latest albums. You could probably spend about half an hour checking that stuff out. Go!

Here in full is another post we did: How To Crush Chris Cornell's self-esteem in 145 Characters or Less:

“You know that feeling you get when somebody embarrasses themselves so badly YOU feel uncomfortable? Heard Chris Cornell’s record? Jesus.” - Trent Reznor
We love when we can do those epic dissertations and really dig in and provide deep thought to something. Era Vulgaris: Literary Thought In Rock is a wonderland that talks about obviously connected things like Sartre, Augustus Caesar, Weezer, and Pink Floyd:

The poet Horace adopted shades of Homer’s style and rhetoric as he laid down his third books of odes around 23 BC. He saw a Roman Empire that was still on top of the world, but beginning to show signs of decay, immorality, and vulgarity. Does any of this sounds familiar? Like so many of the brilliant thinkers of today, Horace saw a world on the brink and yearned for yesterday - if the people could just get their lives right and embrace the old fashioned virtues, then the deep, structural problems with the Romans would magically fix themselves, and all would be right with the world. And so, this particular book was written for this purpose - to weave an epic story of the moral values that made his nation great, and call all of the citizens of the country to embrace these values and revitalize the nation. So, how does he start? With a little rhetorical nod to Homer. And what does he see as the problem?

Us. While we might think of vulgarity or profanity when we see the word Vulgaris (as Josh Homme did when he chose Era Vulgaris as the title of Queens of the Stone Age’s fifth LP), the root meaning of the word is actually “common”. The whims and impulses of the average person were the root of vulgarity in Horace’s aristocratic social circle. This wasn’t a blanket pronouncement; Horace came from the lower classes himself, so he certainly didn’t believe in a caste system - but the lifestyle of the average Roman, living from day to day, working hard and being loud, focused on food and shelter and sex, didn’t lend itself to the kind of meditative, transcendental thinking needed for a person to elevate above the vulgar state. So, what was his solution, the first step on the road to becoming as cultivated as the founders of his country?

What do the kids from Slumdog Millionaire have in common with the grown ass men of Blink 182? If you read here, you might get a clue.

Maybe we need to establish some criteria before letting the likes of Sublime sully our local auditoriums, say, for example, someone has to miss you. In addition to the Limp Bizkit’s and Faith No More’s, I hear about two new one hit wonders reuniting every week, the kind of people whose greatest hits albums could be played in the space of a particularly lengthy dump - and while you could say that the economy sucks and they’re doing it for the money, is that all there is to it?
Now, Damon Albarn is about to turn 41 believe it or not, and so it's Damon Albarn Week at A Future In Noise. I love Ian's stuff but he MIGHT be overdoing it a little bit. I mean, I seriously doubt that Damon Albarn is celebrating Damon Albarn week, but either way there's some very interesting well written stuff here. Oh, and did we mention all the music? Here are Ian's Favorite Blur Songs.

Maybe we need to establish some criteria before letting the likes of Sublime sully our local auditoriums, say, for example, someone has to miss you. In addition to the Limp Bizkit’s and Faith No More’s, I hear about two new one hit wonders reuniting every week, the kind of people whose greatest hits albums could be played in the space of a particularly lengthy dump - and while you could say that the economy sucks and they’re doing it for the money, is that all there is to it?

The Community

Thank​s again​ for the time,​ short​ as it might​ be! We're glad you spent the time with us.​ Help us out if you can!
  • Join the forums. Please. Pretty please. The site and the MySpace is really all an extension of the forum. It is how we gauge our success. We've got a chatroom, an arcade, all the whiz bang stuff, but most importantly, there's a growing community. It's young, it's crawling, it's innocent. Like a little baby. You don't want to kill babies... do you?
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