Issue fifty two – August 1st 2014

Culture is not your friend!

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Issue fifty two – August 1st 2014

It’s that time again, as missiles, bombs and rockets are making their cursed ways across the borders where we live. Not only do they bring death and fear, they also bring questions. Questions about us people, and those who lead or command us. It’s insulting and tiring to hear over and over again how you are being hated by normal people like you on the other side of the border. If it doesn’t kill or hurt you, it drains your mental energy completely.

Our dogs are terrified from the alarms and from the sounds of distant explosion. We know, in a way, what is going on, but they have absolutely no idea – No idea why they are being afraid. Us humans, we fight for the most stupid and insane reasons, and we drag other beings into these battles that we made up. Selfish, arrogant us.

Collapse under the empire – Sacrifice & Isolation
Living Room – Stasis
Saison De Rouille ‎– Déroutes Sans Fin
Tetuzi Akiyama & Anla Courtis – Naranja Songs
Troy Schafer – Survey of a Broken Recorder
Uhushuhu – Long songs Pleasant for Hearing

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Issue fifty one – July 1st 2014

Culture is not your friend!

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Issue fifty one – July 1st 2014

Three months ago we had a special event, where ten lectures were given about all sorts of aspects of animal liberation and vegan lifestyle. Since most of us come from the battle for animal liberation, I think that the most refreshing lecture was of a friend who talked about the immediate threat to the environment that non vegan diet is, giving everybody a perspective about a more global catastrophe that we are responsible for.

I am adding my own short lecture, about a brief philosophy of the discussion about animal liberation. It is in Hebrew, but there are subtitles available in English. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksNd5JiheB4

We have some really good albums on our shelf this month !

Here they are :

Chvad SB – Crickets Were the Compass
Cyclotimia – The Invisible Hand of Market / Oil and Gas Colony
Heroin in Tahiti – Peplum
Loopool – Applies pressure
Matthew Collings – Silence is a rhythm too
Various Artists – Ave Atque Vale – A Dark and folk compilation

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Issue fifty – June 1st 2014

Culture is not your friend!

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Issue fifty – June 1st 2014

When I was a student, we had a class with very charismatic and intelligent person. From him, among other lecturers in this college, we learned well about social criticism and it’s importance, and thanks to him I could dissect any movie or TV program and understand just how sick our society is. Later on I have become a teacher myself, in order to give highschool children the ability to see through the tempting visions of TV the the internet, and realize how the media controls them with a very sweet bait.

One day, this powerful lecturer has told us an intimate secret. He was being contacted in order to give write a section for a book that was being written, and in it there would not only be the important pointing at the places our society is sick the most, but also ways to correct these specific issues. “I couldn’t do it!” he told us. “I can write endlessly about what’s wrong, but I have no idea how to make it right!”

There, at that point, I saw impotence and emptiness in the disguise of all knowing power. That was five years ago, and today I am happy to know new people, and together with them I am able to make some change. This is progress in my eyes, and on every June, when I celebrate my birthday, I also think about the next year, and what it brings to us all.

This month, on CINYF! we have :

Death of a Dryad – S/T
Ensemble Economique – Melt into nothing
Lou Isis & Operation of the Sun – S/T
North Atlantic Drift / Northumbria – S/T
O – When plants turn into stones
The Jist – The Jist

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Issue fourty – May 1st 2014

Culture is not your friend!

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Issue fourty – May 1st 2014

We were standing at the edge of the forest, where the trees and the the city begins. My four dogs and I were walking early in the morning, while birds were starting to wander and fly above our heads. Last night I have seen a firefly not far from where we were standing now. A lonely firefly sitting on the bed of flowers from where the birds are now starting to eat their breakfast. I don’t like waking up early in the morning, but the forest makes up for that gray feeling.

We were standing there, on the edge of the forest, and from the grassy hill, among green bushes, we saw a coyote. This sight is always exciting, but not new to us, however – this coyote did not notice us and started to howl, which was a beautiful sight. The sound we have heard many times before, but seeing one howling was indeed magical. My dogs and I stood there and watched the coyote rising and vanishing into the woods. Morning is coming, better hide.

Here is what he have for May -

Anne Chris Bakker – Reminiscences
Brute Force – S/T
(H)organismo (G)ravemente (M)alato – Austenite
Hydras Dream – The little Match Girl
Lost Trail – Mountain Wanderers
Moon Zero – Tombs / Loss

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Issue thirty nine – April 1st 2014

Culture is not your friend!

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Issue thirty nine – April 1st 2014

I really like this text, written by Max Horkheimer, from the book ‘Dialectic of Enlightenment’ from 1944. This is just the opening passage, and a very powerful one. This opening leads the way to further explanations by horkeimer, who spreads his vision about culture, science, understanding, magic and functionality. Have a great month, see you when the may rain comes.

Enlightenment, understood in the widest sense as the advance of thought, has always aimed at liberating human beings from fear and installing them as masters. Yet the wholly enlightened earth is radiant with triumphant calamity. Enlightenment’s program was the disenchantment of the world.* It wanted to dispel myths, to overthrow fantasy with knowledge. Bacon, “the father of experimental philosophy,”1 brought these motifs together. He despised the exponents of tradition, who substituted belief for knowledge and were as unwilling to doubt as they were reckless in supplying answers. All this, he said, stood in the way of “the happy match between the mind of man and the nature of things,” with the result that humanity was unable to use its knowledge for the betterment of its condition. Such inventions as had been made—Bacon cites printing, artillery, and the compass—had been arrived at more by chance than by systematic enquiry into nature. Knowledge obtained through such enquiry would not only be exempt from the influence of wealth and power but would establish man as the master of nature:

Therefore, no doubt, the sovereignty of man lieth hid in knowledge; wherein many
things are reserved, which kings with their treasure cannot buy, nor with their force
command; their spials and intelligencers can give no news of them, their seamen
and discoverers cannot sail where they grow: now we govern nature in opinions,
but we are thrall unto her in necessity: but if we would be led by her in invention,
we should command her by action.2

Although not a mathematician, Bacon well understood the scientific temper which was to come after him. The “happy match” between human understanding and the nature of things that he envisaged is a patriarchal one: the mind, conquering superstition, is to rule over disenchanted nature. Knowledge, which is power, knows no limits, either in its enslavement* of creation or in its deference to worldly masters. Just as it serves all the purposes of the bourgeois economy both in factories and on the battlefield, it is at the disposal of entrepreneurs regardless of their origins. Kings control technology no more directly than do merchants: it is as democratic as the economic system* with which it evolved. Technology is the essence of this knowledge. It aims to produce neither concepts nor images, nor the joy of understanding, but method, exploitation of the labor of others,* capital. The “many things” which, according to Bacon, knowledge still held in store are themselves mere instruments: the radio as a sublimated printing press, the dive bomber as a more effective form of artillery, remote control as a more reliable compass. What human beings seek to learn from nature is how to use it to dominate wholly both it and human beings. Nothing else counts. Ruthless toward itself, the Enlightenment has eradicated the last remnant of its own self-awareness. Only thought which does violence to itself is hard enough to shatter myths. Faced by the present triumph of the factual mentality, Bacon’s nominalist credo would have smacked of metaphysics and would have been convicted of the same vanity for which he criticized scholasticism. Power and knowledge are synonymous.

Absent without Leave – Faded Photographs Remixes
Aerosol Constellations / Bridges to Dreams – Split
fourthousandblackbirds – The Ghost Army
Jeremie Mathes – Oiarzun
Pigs – Gaffe
Seesar – Flight of Raphtontis

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Issue thirty eight – March 1st 2014

Culture is not your friend!

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Issue thirty eight – March 1st 2014

Watching the four dogs, who live with us in our apartment, as they sleep can ignite tiny pieces of jealousy. It’s not that they can sleep while I am working that makes me narrow my eyes at them in bitter grudge, but it’s their relative freedom and carefree living. The four of them were rescues from possible or immediate death, yet now I am not sure they even know what fear is. I am not sure if the life of a dog is what we want to have ourselves, as we can’t afford to lose all of the technological pampering that has brought us to where we are in the first place, yet with everything we got, we have all the reasons we can get in order to be able to worry about the future which we bring upon ourselves.

Leon rooke wrote – “Dog? Being a dog? What is the point, then?”, yet in our belief about the lack of purpose in not being human, we do tend to forget about the destruction of destiny and the destruction of any reasonable aim for a safe future that has become the manifestation of the term “being human” nowadays.

March has begun! Let’s hear it from the following projects :

Bardoseneticcube – AmbiWax
Caught in the Wake Forever – False Haven
Ich Bin N!ntendo – Look
Sec_ – Outflow
The Infant Cycle – Posthumousness Now
Various artists – 15 shades of white

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Issue thirty seven – February 1st 2014

Culture is not your friend!

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Issue thirty seven – February 1st 2014

About five years ago I took diving lessons that gave me a brief, yet amazing introduction to the rich world that exists underwater. I have seen many wonderful sights, and I have met many wonderful creatures. the strangest of them, in my eyes, at least, was not a specific creature, but rather a community.

There were about 50 small goldfish who were living inside a small ship that was sunk in order to become an attraction for divers. These fish were living on and near it, completely unremarkable except for the fact they were living upside down. they were swimming on their backs, from our own point of view, at least, and spent their lives with their belly towards the sky and back towards the ground.

I found this amazing, how these beings are living their life in blatant contradiction to everybody else around them, not knowing, not caring, just upside down.

Don’t forget these two wonderful albums for you to listen to and perhaps purchase! the first is Free Kittens and the second is, of course – Christmas is not your friend Volume Three. We, at least, are your friends. See you next month.

Bardo Senetic Cube – Game Over?
Exit in Grey – Shadows of Stillness
Machinefabriek – Attention the doors are closing
Sal Solaris – Die Scherben
Sieben – Each Divine Spark

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