further evidence of the KLF’s awesomeness

…remember I mentioned Simon Reynolds saying that Cabaret Voltaire sounded like Daleks? Gary Glitter + Dr. Who + The Justified Ancients of MuMu = win

Telephone, Video Phone, Stronger: Our Work Is Never Over

So, I’ve been working on a reading of Gaga’s Telephone video, but that’s become more of a project than I originally anticipated. So, while I’m still working on that, some initial thoughts regarding the video’s interpretive context. Here’s Gaga’s video:…

Synth Britania – a BBC Doc about [white dudes in] 70s/80s British Electronica

Synth Britania is available in full on YouTube, and it’s an interesting and informative enough documentary filled with a lot of good music. Some of the info is going to be redundant for a lot of serious fans of this…

Jacques Lu Cont, best (if unintentional) living interpreter of Nietzsche?

“I would not know what the spirit of a philosopher might wish more than to be a good dancer. For the dance is his ideal, also his art, and finally also his only piety” (Nietzsche, The Gay Science, section 381,…

Gaga Variations, or Gaga on Bach and tonality

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/rockandpopfeatures/7221051/Lady-Gaga-Ive-always-been-famous-you-just-didnt-know-it.html Gaga, when you say stuff like this, how can I not totally

“This is why events unnerve me”: Teaching Neitzsche through Joy Division/New Order/Kylie Minogue

My Existentialism class is in the midst of reading Nietzsche’s The Gay Science. The GS deals with a lot of the themes and ideas in Zarathustra, which is what people usually assign in Existentialism classes, but the GS treats them…

Awesome review of white privilege in Avatar and other recent scifi

http://io9.com/5422666/when-will-white-people-stop-making-movies-like-avatar” This review, by Annalee Newitz of i09, is spot-on. I wish *I* wrote it. Some of the highlights: — “Avatar is a fantasy about ceasing to be white, giving up the old human meatsack to join the blue people,…

“This is a song about faking orgasms!”

The title of this post comes from the introduction to the Au Pairs song “Come Again”. So, I’ve been thinking recently about Gaga’s relationship to post-punk — With all her homage to “The New York Scene,” the connection isn’t too…

UNC Charlotte Ethics Bowl Team

Here’s a video of UNC Charlotte vs. Univ. of Miami Team B in the Mid-Atlantic Ethics Bowl semifinals. Kathleen’s presentation about research ethics and Javan’s response to UM’s Kantian environmental ethics are *excellent*!! Students: Kathleen Lowenstein, Javan Lapp, Megan Norton,…

Beyonce/Gaga: Dear Dr. Mulvey, Video Is Not Narrative Cinema

Beyonce and Lady Gaga have a newish video out for their collaboration “Video Phone”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtIdxk2zqXs The men in the video all have cameras for heads: This might be seen as a literalization of Laura Mulvey’s (in)famous article “Visual Pleasure and…