Friday 16 January 2009

Given modern machinery, there can be no industrial prosperity without mass production. Mass production is impossible without mass consumption. Other things being equal, consumption varies inversely with the intensity of mental life. A man who is exclusively interested in things of the mind will be quite happy (in Pascal's phrase) sitting quietly in a room. A man who has no interest in things of the mind will be bored to death if he has to sit quietly in a room. Lacking thoughts with which to distract himself, he must acquire things to take their place; incapable of mental travel , he must move about in the body. In a word, he is the ideal consumer, the mass consumer of objects and of transport.

-Aldous Huxley, 'Foreheads Villainous Low'. Music At Night, 1931

Tuesday 13 January 2009

The power metal years: the gall of it all

Friday 9 January 2009

my back pages

The decline and fall of Indian civilization: The heavy metal years.

Tuesday 6 January 2009

Damnit, this is good. Desert rock, contemporaneous to all the big names of that genre, but with an added dose of surf and acid.