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Another Stab at Genre

So part of the problem with genre comes from the fact that different genres use different parameters to make classifications. The detective novel is classified as such by its plot or main characters and so is a tragedy broadly speaking, but there is still something much more specific about "detective" when compared to "tragedy." And [...]

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What Is Industrial Music, Anyway?

I spent the better part of this week listening to a really cool history podcast in which the speaker devoted a good deal of time to discussing the question of definitions when studying history. You know, the kinds of things like "what does Middle Eastern" in Middle Eastern History mean?" --- or: "when does the [...]

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Let's Get Physical: Haujobb Vinyl Redux

We've all heard this one before: vinyl sales are up. Yup, and now that Record Store Day blew the roof off the all-time vinyl sales record, nearly cracking the quarter-million mark in the one weekend alone, it seems that, at least for now, vinyl is here to stay.We're happy that many of you are along [...]

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Kevorkian Death Cycle new album in September!

One of our fave American industrial bands, Kevorkian Death Cycle, is back this September with a new album. God Am I will be released in 3 different formats on Negative Gain with a street date of September 17th.

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I Left My Underwear in Jena

True story: sometime in the mid-90s (if you're curious it was the week haujobb released Matrix), I found myself slumming it in Germany when I caught wind of a show in Jena, a few hundred miles from where I happened to be (but no matter the trains were fast and I was young). The show [...]

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Dead Milkmen and The Role of Art

So Rodney Anonymous, he of the Dead Milkmen, won a contest this week in Philadelphia that saw him become mayor of the town. Well, perhaps not the real mayor, but a kind of virtual- "we love this guy" mayor. And what does he do on his first day as mayor? He encourages all Phili citizens [...]

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Like a Stab in the Back: The Knife's Shaking the Habitual

Oh man the new Knife rules! No it doesn't, it's crap. Are you kidding me, it's amazing. You mean terrible. No, I mean it's fantastic. It's boring. It's a work of art! Okay, that was pretty much the conversation that transpired all week about the Knife's new album shaking the Habitual, not only in our [...]

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Grave Babies Crush us with the Awesome of their New Album

We don't do many rants on specific bands, but I think this year that's going to change. I mean, why rant only about political-business type stuff, when the reason we're all gathered in this room to begin with is that we love music? And that's what knocked us out this week when a colleague tipped [...]

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3D Printing Your Own Music

YOU'RE READING THE RANT OF A DEAD MAN: the newsletter rant So we ranted some weeks ago about 3D printing and what it might all mean for the concept of downloading, piracy, and internet culture. In that rant, we argued that once a physical object becomes encodeable, that is, once we cross the physical-digital divide, arguments [...]

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Pankow releases video for great minds against themselves conspire & dirty old men!

New video released to support Pankow's excellent new album And Shun The Cure They Most Desire. Album of the year 2013 (so far)!

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