Unpopular Culture

Rattling Devils

Rattling Devils

The point is to place the human oper­a­tor back in the frame, to ask after those who tend­ed the machine before it was avail­able as a spec­ta­cle, and to lis­ten to how they under­stood what they were tan­gled in the midst of. 

A Butterfly Reads History

A Butterfly Reads History

While Adorno claimed that to write poet­ry after Auschwitz was bar­bar­ic, hip-hop claims that it is nec­es­sary to write poet­ry after the bar­barism of slav­ery. Its his­to­ry, and its his­tor­i­cal con­se­quences, must be record­ed.

Stereolab's Revolutionary Horizon

Stereolab’s Revolutionary Horizon

Stere­o­lab is an intellectual’s dream, equal parts vin­tage synth man­u­al, obscure bossa nova record, and com­mu­nist tract. Their fetish for odd key­board and odd jazz is well dis­cussed, but their lyrics, often deeply Marx­ist, far less so.