inspiral + thequietus   33

The Quietus | Opinion | Black Sky Thinking | Why We're Investigating Extreme Politics in Underground Music
We hope to discover why some people think it acceptable to wear a Burzum or Death in June t-shirt in public, when they would never dream of wearing of wearing the slogans of a White Nationalist organisation, or a far right political party; and we hope to understand why it might have been OK for Siouxsie Sioux to wear a swastika armband in 1976, but Christine and the Queens probably wouldn’t get away with it now (nor, presumably, would she want to).
music  culture  fascism  ThrobbingGristle  DavidBowie  JoyDivision  TheQuietus  2018 
28 days ago by inspiral
The Quietus | Features | A Quietus Interview | Ancestral Register: Shabaka Hutchings Interviewed
Stewart Smith talks to the prodigious and prolific saxophonist, clarinettist and composer Shabaka Hutchings of The Ancestors, Comet Is Coming, Melt Yourself Down and Sons Of Kemet
ShabakaHutchings  interview  profile  jazz  music  TheAncestors  CometisComing  MeltYourselfDown  SonsofKemet  TheQuietus  2016 
june 2018 by inspiral
The Quietus | Opinion | Black Sky Thinking | The Reports Of The Record Industry's Rebirth Are Greatly Exaggerated
Last week the major labels were all over the media shouting excitedly about new positive streaming figures. But, points out Eamonn Forde, the reality is far from rosy - especially for those artists tQ loves.
music  revenues  Independent  review  critique  Spotify  streamingmedia  TheQuietus  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
The Quietus | Opinion | Black Sky Thinking | Why Fabric's Reopening Is A Pyrrhic Victory & The War Is Not Won
Fabric will soon reopen under a new set of stringent licensing conditions after a deal was reached between the club, police and local authority. Here, Christian Eede looks at why the club's concessions for reopening might have come at a greater cost than they were worth
Fabric  music  clubbing  regulations  drugs  London  TheQuietus  2016 
november 2016 by inspiral
The Quietus | Opinion | Black Sky Thinking | HyperNormalisation: Is Adam Curtis, Like Trump, Just A Master Manipulator?
Does Adam Curtis deal in the truth? Maybe, maybe not. Perhaps the whole point is that increasingly, there's no such thing. Instead, he deals in a truth. It's a more reliable but harder to swallow truth than The Bank or The Met or Britain's Hardest Workers or anything else that the BBC is currently offering can bring itself to acknowledge. It's that no one knows anything.   There's a fascinating segment in the middle of HyperNormalisation telling the story of one of Donald Trump's bankruptcies. It's fascinating because it doesn't feel like it belongs. It's a non-sequitur and doesn't appear to connect to anything around it. But eventually, as Trump reappears, in all of his buffoonish, triumphalist glory, at the film's conclusion, all becomes clear. His placement in the middle of the film was a device, pure and simple. Adam Curtis isn't, strictly speaking, a reliable narrator because these days, no one is. And it's hard to think of a more fitting way for a filmmaker to illustrate that point that to either deliberately or inadvertently build it into his own narrative. Trump was introduced at the beginning and reincorporated in the centre of the film because he served Curtis's version of the truth. And now, more than ever before, the truth is subjective and is seen to be so.  
AdamCurtis  journalism  BBC  review  critique  HyperNormalisation  TheQuietus  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
The Quietus | Opinion | Black Sky Thinking | Fabric's Closure & The Rise Of A New British Puritanism
Nightclubs have been incredibly important spaces for me. Without the contacts and friendships made in them and the exposure to new music that I'd never have found trawling the internet, there is no way I would be writing this now. Without them The Quietus would not exist. Without them much of the music this website loves and has supported in our eight years would not exist. For all the freedoms and new networks of the internet, they're best complemented by a physical space in which people can meet, speak, dance, exchange ideas, kiss, fuck. Our nervous systems are stimulated by the presence of others, by the movement of the group, in a way that can never be replicated when online and isolated in small and overpriced flats. The closure of Fabric is another loss in what feels like an increasingly bitter and difficult war between those of us who love, live and breathe culture ranged against the conformist force of hyper-capitalism and its useful idiots in positions of power. I don't know quite how we can fight the new puritanism, but fight we must, in words, in music, in action, in debate, in love.
Fabric  music  culture  London  clubbing  regulations  alcohol  drugs  neopuritanism  critique  TheQuietus  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
The Quietus | Film | Film Reviews | All About Reality? Straight Outta Compton Reviewed By Angus Batey
The NWA film has failed on several levels. Angus Batey takes a look at the problems involved in trying to get a music industry story like this onto the big screen
StraightOuttaCompton  film  review  music  critique  DrDre  NWA  rape  truth  TheQuietus  2015 
august 2015 by inspiral
The Quietus | Features | Strange World Of... | The Strange And Frightening World Of . . . Basic Channel
Angus Finlayson is here to take the newcomer gently by the hand and to introduce them to the sublime techno frequencies of Basic Channel . . .
BasicChannel  Rhythm&Sound  techno  dub  profile  review  music  TheQuietus  2014 
november 2014 by inspiral
The Quietus | Opinion | The Quietus Essay | How Motorik Infected The Mainstream, By Future Days Author David Stubbs
David Stubbs, author of Future Days: Krautrock And The Building Of Modern Germany, published recently by Faber, looks at how the influence of Klaus Dinger's drumming spread far and wide
music  Krautrock  KlausDinger  motorik  Can  Neu!  TheQuietus  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
The Quietus | Film | Film Features | A Bigger Bloat: The Hollywood Blockbuster Taken To Task
Confronted by widespread piracy, the terminal decline of physical media sales and attendant rise of streaming options, ever more sophisticated home entertainment systems and a booming era of television, the appeal of supersized blockbusters for film studios is obvious. Keen to discourage the growing allure of home viewing, studios focus their efforts on producing films best experienced in a cinema, ideally by purchasing a more expensive 3D or IMAX cinema ticket. This means that the major film studios are making fewer films and the ones they are making are aimed at as broad of an audience as possible. The problem with this strategy is that as the studios spend hundreds of millions of dollars making and marketing a handful of films, the risk increases exponentially: Disney’s underwhelming John Carter had a budget so gigantic that it had to become one of the highest grossing films of all time in order to make its money back. When a film has to earn over a billion dollars to avoid being considered a flop then something in the industry has gone wrong. This level of risk incites predictable caution, leading to the exclusion of original screenplays in favour of a near-talismanic dependence on pre-existing properties with any semblance of audience recognition, from sequels to reboots to the adaptations of board games.
film  movies  CGI  critique  TheQuietus  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
The Quietus | Opinion | Black Sky Thinking | White Power And Black Pop: The Real Problem With 1Xtra's Power List
Neil Kulkarni dissects the recent BBC 1Xtra Power List which featured three white acts in the top four...
1Xtra  music  UK  race  politics  TheQuietus  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral
The Quietus | Features | Three Songs No Flash | Pleasurable Delirium: Things The Quietus Learned At Sónar 2014
Last week, the Quietus relocated to Barcelona for Sónar Festival, one of the year's major electronic music summits. Angus Finlayson, Luke Turner, Rory Gibb and Ben Cardew report back on some of the life lessons they took home with them
Sonar  festival  music  review  TheQuietus  2014 
june 2014 by inspiral
The Quietus | Features | Anniversary | A British Disaster: Blur's Parklife, Britpop, Princess Di & The 1990s
Taylor Parkes marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Blur's Parklife by exploring the album in the context of the huge changes wrought on British life in the mid to late 90s by Britpop, Blair and the death of Princess Diana. Chips photo by David Moats
Britpop  Blur  Parklife  Oasis  indie  music  1990s  UK  critique  conservatism  TheQuietus  2014 
april 2014 by inspiral
The Quietus | Opinion | The Quietus Essay | Is Record Store Day In Crisis? A Quietus Investigation
Record Store Day 2014 is the biggest yet, with hundreds of exclusive new releases and reissues in shops this weekend. But as vinyl pressing plants struggle to keep up with demand, is the event's success in danger of harming independent labels - and even RSD itself? Phil Hebblethwaite investigates
music  records  RecordStoreDay  critique  TheQuietus  2014 
april 2014 by inspiral
The Quietus | Opinion | Black Sky Thinking | Modern Life Isn't Rubbish: The Trouble With Britpop Nostalgia
The mainstream media are currently engaged in a collective misty-eyed throwback to the 'glory days' of the mid 90s. Luke Turner, who was a teenager at the time, argues that the current canonisation of Britpop is as musically and socially conservative as 1960s nostalgia
Indie  Britpop  music  history  critique  TheQuietus  2014 
april 2014 by inspiral
The Quietus | Features | Remember Them... | He Made The Small Screen Huge: James Gandolfini Remembered
A new rock music and pop culture website. Editorial independent music website offering news, reviews, features, interviews, videos and pictures
television  2013  JamesGandolfini  obituary  thequietus  Sopranos  profile 
june 2013 by inspiral

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