A quick one this week as I am increasingly occupied by work, but still a few bits to hopefully keep you somewhat occupied for an amount of time. Will do better next week I promise.
Haruspex Radio is this week transmitting a tribute to fabled record-trading site of yore, Skylab Commerce, which features wall-to-wall late 90s/early 00s ragers from all your emoviolence* faves. Be warned that listening to Jerome’s Dream, Saetia, and Usurp Synapse in 2020 is likely to make you feel either confused or very old or both.
The recording quality is all over the place as you’d expect. Part of the charm though, no?
Skylab was this sort of impossible thing; a source for obscure and mostly inexpensive records, a community that built a substantial international trading economy around collections shared as plain text lists, and obviously #SKRAMZ in great abundance. I remember it eventually sort of morphing into another site called Viva la Vinyl which, in hindsight, harboured some very strong proto-4chan energy. I was going to joke about how Joshua Citarella needs to make a podcast on the Makeoutclub to Proud Boys deep pipeline, and then I remembered that Gavin McKinnes was in hardcore bands in the 90s and that actually this is perhaps not even beyond the realms of possibility.
Liquid is currently screening You Will Be Free, a short and moving film produced by Juliet Jacques for Putti’s Pudding, an exhibition of late work by Cookie Mueller and Vittorio Scarpati held at Studio Voltaire in 2017. The film is based around a text Mueller wrote for Scarpati as he was dying of AIDS, which Jacques extends to reflect on the homophobic propaganda that subtended the crisis, and freedom from the body. Well worth your time.
This conversation about Mark Fisher that Tariq Goddard (of Repeater Books) and Matt Colquhoun (aka Xenogothic) had with Tõnis Kahu (of Tallinn University) covered an awful lot of ground with warmth and real insight. In particular, Tariq and Matt highlight how Mark’s resistance to stasis has been significant for the continuing life and development of his work, even as concepts such as Capitalist Realism seem increasingly to belong to a bygone moment.
I have a copy of Postcapitalist Desire on the shelf which I can’t wait to get to, keep an eye out for the print edition in January.
Every day was earth day.
I was very into Georgia Kareola’s ‘All the Qings spoke’ for its fleeting, understated vision of myco-crystal cult futures and post-collapse planetary recalibration. Tiny weird stories about rocks and fungi are a genuine comfort and honestly all I want right now.
Told you it was quick. I have a backlog of stuff I’ve been sent and have not yet read but it’s still great to receive all recommendations, please keep ‘em coming. Bye 👋