if I acknowledge it, it destroys me

It seems as though Industrial music has finally returned to its transgressive, political roots. Bands like HIDE, Lingua Ignota, Pharmakon, and so many others are pinpointing auditory rage with perfect precision, and the results are some of the most impactful music being made today. This is not easy music to listen to, but it is,…

20 Years of Denver DIY

Vincent Comparetto’s Follow Focus series has released its second book, a visual love-letter to 20 years of Denver DIY, punk-rock, independent art, and all manners of underground community building and celebration. I wrote a small blurb on the theme of “DIY Spaces,” and argue against the overuse of the term “safe space,” as a label which…

Conjuring Ghosts

Electronic media has changed nearly every aspect of our lives, however we’re more caught up as a society in some areas than others. Death customs, for example, have changed little despite the fact that our friends and family are now occasionally still present beyond death—the Instagram account still accepting followers, the Facebook profile that appears…