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Thank you to Rhizome.org for this slice of awesomeness. I actually like the “songs.” Finally the academics have picked up guitars.

(Or at least remixed old punk songs.)

It’s just a bad idea, and it began when I was mentioning to a friend about how funny it is that all those old anti capitalist punk albums with the “PAY NO MORE THAN $3” warnings can now be Ebay-ed for a $100. For some reason, we then both thought of Greil Marcus’s book Lipstick Traces. How he made a glib aside about Marxist theorist Theodore Adorno and his exhiled-in-1940s-America memoir, Minima Moralia. With its bleaker-than-black humour and dismantling of modern life, Marcus said it would have made an excellent punk album. Why not take this pop wish and make it come true?

-Brian Joseph Davis

We need more of this – plenty of metal artists (knowingly or not) take inspiration from Nietzche, but who’s reading his actual ideas over Russian Circles songs?

The closest I can think is Killdozer’s Uncompromising War on Art Under the Dictatorship of the Proletariat, and the intellectual humor there is all in the liner notes rather than the songs. And it’s a put on. Well, sort of a put on. (Seriously, someone should put those liners online, they’re hilarious)

On our radio show, we used to do some mixes of masses, liturgies, and narrations over electronic music that actually sounded really cool.

But who’s going to put Zizek lectures over death metal, Who’s putting Derrida over Aphex Twin?

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