Never Get Tired: the BTMI Story

Bomb the Music Industry

“An inescapably vital part of the Bomb The Music Industry! story lies in its ethics. These are substantially inspired by Fugazi and Ian Mackaye’s uncompromising efforts to create music and play for audiences in a framework detached from the exploitative commercial practices of the music industry…”

Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens still

It’s a sad truism of writing today that the less something needs writing about, the more writing there will be on it. Major pop-cultural events like the release of a new Star Wars film are relentlessly covered, from pre-release promotional puffery to post-release criticism. The reason for this is as simple as could be: people want to read about things they care about, even if what they end up reading tells them nothing new or of substance. And so this writing is produced: publications and websites want readers because readers mean revenue, and even non-commercial writers want readers because readers are often their primary means of validation. For all such parties, it feels good to feel part of a conversation.

With that in mind, here’s a short review of the new Star Wars film!

Elysium & Snowpiercer: exploding heads vs. rail sociology

Snowpiercer hatchetmen

Elysium is bad science fiction on just about every level, and a pretty poor film to boot. Snowpiercer, by contrast, is a fascinating study of human social psychology in a high-stress environment.