Consumption, Performance, and 'The Agony of Eros'

Consumption, Performance, and 'The Agony of Eros'

By Gregory Smith

Byung-Chul Han argues that love, sex, and even theory are disappearing in consumer cultures because our systems of finances and behaviors erode the Other in favor of sameness. 18 Aug 2017 // 9:30 AM

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Philosophy of New Music by Theodor Adorno; Translated by Robert Hullot-Kentor

For Adorno, the opiate of the masses in late capitalism was not religion, but culture, and mass-produced culture was little more than a drug that served no other capacity than the reification and perpetuation of the dominance of capital -- culture as product that could only produce more product as culture.

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Okie Dokie

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Arling & Cameron: Hi-Fi Underground

The po-faced genre-jumbling that is supposed to enliven this record has already been done better, and somewhat fresher, recently.

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Good songs culled from four different sessions for four different albums makes Magnolia's latest scatterbrained and unsatisfying.

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Garage punk band has some skills, but they're buried under murky production.

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Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials: Rattleshake

An heir to the so-called "reincarnation of Elmore James", Ed Williams, A1 blues slide guitarist, rocks blues in a strong little combo -- live!

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Doug Powell: Four Seasons

Doug Powell wrote songs for the New Cars. They said no. He kept them. And they're head and shoulders above anything Elliott Easton and Todd Rundgren brought to their Version 2.0 table.

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Chris Smither: Leave the Light On

Smither's songs, his singing, and his playing make this a wonderful acoustic folk and blues album.

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U2's 'The Joshua Tree' Tour Reminds the Audience of their Politics

// Notes from the Road

"The Joshua Tree tour highlights U2's classic album with an epic and unforgettable new experience.

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