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by Zane Austin Grant

3 Aug 2009

The first issue of The Invisibles introduces us to Dane McGowan and his isolated rebellion.  Dane’s background as a teenager from a British industrial town, raised in a single parent household sets him up to be a young nihilist, our favorite kind.  Fittingly, by the end of this issue, he has stolen a car, burned a library and a school, and seen the ghosts of two of the Beatles and a demon.  The above panel takes its sequential place after Dane has assaulted his teacher, who is trying to stop him from burning the school.  Earlier that day, the teacher had asked the class, “Can anyone tell me the name of the anarchist writer of ‘Mutual Aid’ who denounced the Bolshevik Revolution?’

It is appropriate that artist Steve Yeowell captures enraged Dane looking down on us from a skewed angle while yelling about Kropotkin, not only because it ties into that earlier question, but also because of the foundational Russian Anarchists’ popularization of ‘propaganda by the deed.’ Often misunderstood as a political strategy of using property destruction and violence as a scare tactic, more recent works like Benedict Anderson’s Under Three Flags: Anarchism and the Anti-colonial Imagination have argued that these acts were used to create media around anarchist ideas.  The anarchists on trial would use their court time and final statements before execution to give speeches about their beliefs that were carried around the world by the increasingly global, news media. 

Though Dane is being built up as a smart kid who is lashing out, this moment feeds well into the relations of the sign system Morrison built with the series.  The Invisibles is well-known for its abundance of cultural references that resonate into the strange meta-physics he was proposing.  And though I read this work as metaphor, giving it less power than the realism Morrison has attributed to it in his interviews, one would be hard to argue that the series did not gain a significant depth from its use of affective cultural undercurrents.

by PopMatters Staff

3 Aug 2009

Nitin Sawhney
London Undersound
(E1 Music)
Releasing: 25 August (digital) / 15 September (physical)

SONG LIST
01 Days of Fire - Natty, Nitin Sawhney
02 October Daze - Tina Grace, Nitin Sawhney
03 Bring It Home - Imogen Heap, Nitin Sawhney
04 Interlude 1: Ghost Image - Nitin Sawhney
05 My Soul - Paul McCartney, Nitin Sawhney
06 Interlude 2: Soledad - Nitin Sawhney
07 Distant Dreams - Nitin Sawhney, Roxanne Tataei
08 Interlude 3: Street Sounds - Nitin Sawhney
09 Shadowland - Ojos de Brujo, Nitin Sawhney
10 Daybreak - Faheem Mazhar, Nitin Sawhney
11 Interlude 4: Identity - Nitin Sawhney
12 Ek Jaan - Reena Bhardwaj, Nitin Sawhney
13 Transmission - Tina Grace, Nitin Sawhney
14 Interlude 5: Tension - Nitin Sawhney
15 Last Train to Midnight - Aruba Red, Nitin Sawhney
16 Interlude 6: Ronald Gray - Nitin Sawhney
17 Firmament - Nitin Sawhney
18 Charu Keshi Rain - Nitin Sawhney, Anoushka Shankar

by PopMatters Staff

3 Aug 2009

The Raveonettes
In and Out of Control
(Vice)
Releasing: 6 October (US)

SONG LIST
01 Bang!
02 Gone Forever
03 Last Dance
04 Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed)
05 Heart of Stone
06 Oh, I Buried You Today
07 Suicide
08 D.R.U.G.S.
09 Breaking Into Cars
10 Break Up Girls!
11 Wine

The Raveonettes
“Suicide” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

3 Aug 2009

Arctic Monkeys showed off a new song at All Points West this past week.

by PopMatters Staff

3 Aug 2009

Fink
Sort of Revolution
(Ninja Tune)
Releasing: 15 September (US)

SONG LIST
01 Sort of Revolution
02 Move on Me
03 Six Weeks
04 Nothing Is Ever Finished
05 See It All
06 Q & A  
07 If I Had a Million
08 Pigtails  
09 Maker
10 Walking in the Sun

SONG LIST FOR SINGLE
01 Sort of Revolution (The Cinematic Orchestra Radio Edit)
02 Sort of Revolution (French Radio Edit)
03 Don’t Look Down
04 Sort of Revolution (Sideshow Dub)
05 Sort of Revolution (The Cinematic Orchestra Remix)

Fink
“Sort of Revolution (The Cinematic Orchestra Remix)” [MP3]
     

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