||MASS OF THE FERMENTING DREGS
||No New World
||When I first fell in love with guitars that sounded like bagpipes, I could just barely believe it was genetic. Years later, of course, a DNA test would show that genetically I'm way more Sicilian than Scottish. And not Japanese at all. But I have to tell you, I went to Japan once, and was able to eat the food. You are genetically predisposed to fall in love with everybody.|
||The Japanese indie trio MASS OF THE FERMENTING DREGS could tour with the English indie trio Muncie Girls. They could learn each other's songs.|
||BILLIed IDLE 2.0
||You can eat the food. This is all your fear needs to know. All the other people are people,|
||Brand new world 3
||glorious and complicated. No new world, brand new world, all of these are the same world, the same majestic terrifying world.|
||Bulbous Bow 5
||Misunderstanding this gives you trade wars and holy wars and holy walls.|
||Christine and the Queens
||Doesn't matter +1
||Aspire instead to spend 100% of your GDP on joy.|
||Morbo y Mambo
||It is liberating and empathetic to admit that you wouldn't know a Mexican drug-gang from an Argentine afro-kraut-funk band,|
||"Grime Battle of Hastings (feat. The Town Crier)"
||or the hairpiece of a stable genius from the broken heart of a coward.|
||"Gates To Blashyrkh"
||Northern Chaos Gods
||Mythology is an excuse to wear awesome armor;|
||"Gods Go First"
||trust no despots in boring clothes,|
||"Ghost of a Chance"
||arriving in undignified chariots,|
||Beyond The Black
||"My God Is Dead"
||promising only to give you back broken things you once had.|
||"Echoes of a Silent Scream"
||You were born under borderless skies,|
||with infinite unbounded power.|
||All anthems are sung in your language,|
||"Lift Me Up"
||in our language.|
||As the great guitarist Turing immortally explained, after all, language is the thing with which anthems can be sung.|
||We are emotionally organized by muse, not by authority,|
||and always far better at superhero movies than diplomacy,|
||which is less a reason for political despair than an argument for|
||more superhero movies requiring international logistics.|
||"Fortnite Rap Battle Royale"
||You may not understand those people, but this is an eleven-minute geek-rap song about a video game I've never played,|
||"Found What I Lost"
||and there appear to be infinite variations awaiting.|
||Sunrise In My Attache Case
||Light The Fire 6
||The optimist says "ooh, what's in that glass?!|
||The pessimist clings to one half-empty glass, slowly and self-righteously dehydrating.|
||"Temple of the Sun"
||The optimist understands darkess as an homage to light, and vice versa.|
||As the great drum-programmer Euclid memorably noted, if you cut a straight line into equal and unequal segments, stars pour out and your town immediately gets better restaurants.|
||Her Wirt +1
||If you don't drink, you can still dance to drinking songs,|
||but if you don't love, your fight songs will only ever grind to petulant clattering halts, leaking misinformation and corrosive distrust.|
||You can recognize fake leaders by seeing who needs a crowd in front of them but is afraid to have anybody see the back of their head;|
||by the trail of bankruptcies and denials where a hero would have bound anthologies of their own greatest failures;|
||by what they do with discarded moments discovered.|
||Crippled Black Phoenix
||"To You I Give"
||All the other people are powerless, too. This is all your fear needs to know.|
||Tangled Thoughts of Leaving
||We only become dangerous together.|
||Chapter and Verse
||"A Devil in Blue"
||The world is not a safe space, it is a crucible of indefensible fantasies:|
||"Slaves to Silicon"
||a wireless smart-crucible that sometimes freezes the hearts it was supposed to melt, and the troubleshooting FAQ claims you can restart it from the command-line, but not if the command line is controlled by an nihilist voting-block,|
||and not if the control panel is now below sea-level and killing coral reefs because the manufacturers have been freed from stifling emission regulations,|
||"Maleficarum - The Veil of the Moon Queen, Pt. I"
||Blackened Call 2
||and not if you aren't willing to fall in love with dark spirits,|
||and the reincarnations of things you never knew,|
||"Un sueño compartido"
||and let them tell you their story in their own panic-inducingly unintelligible words and know that it's not only your beautiful wishful story, too, but the story of your impossible and impossibly better lives together.|