||"I Saw the End"
||If they can make doom metal in Arkansas, we ought to be able to do pretty much anything.|
||We can import shiny pop songs from England, like we used to when neither place was scared of everywhere else.|
||We can mail ourselves to Iceland and see what that frees.|
||"And He Lost His Mind"
||We can imbue the search for ourselves with a sense of desperate urgency.|
||"Turning The Screw"
||Because what if the robots find us first?|
||Not that they'd know what to do with us.|
||Public Service Broadcasting
||The process of true searching relies on being relentlessly distracted by dreams,|
||Off the Grid
||which is how effusively fantastical metal can be a form of oblique pragmatism.|
||Power-metal anthems are to music what mountains are to terrain.|
||"Captured By the Moment"
||You don't grade mountains on subtlety.|
||"Where Were You Last Night / You Give Love a Bad Name (Mashup)"
||In the end times, they will rise up against each other.|
||Number 1 Angel
||In the meantime, we try not to cower under them too plaintively, playing with ever-increasingly elaborate toys.|
||"Touch (feat. Kid Ink)"
||Our trivial obsessions will always matter to us, no matter what the peaks disdain.|
||"Break My Heart"
||While we are warily eying mountains that might fall but mostly won't, the seas are creeping up a centimeter at a time and people we love are betraying us through no faultline of their own,|
||"The Sound of Silence"
||and no amount of meticulous solemnity will make us feel, or be, safer.|
||"Vale of Shadows"
||The argument for incautious acceptance is the argument for life.|
||"Fate to Fade"
||The argument for life is the argument for louder guitars,|
||The Animal In Me
||"I Don't Wanna Live Forever"
||and reprocessing as an aesthetic discipline.|
||"All the Moves We Make Are in the Dark"
||Fail You Again
||Memory is overrated; if a thing was important, it will probably happen again and again until you're either sick of it or it's how your life works.|
||If we could remember everything, we would probably never move again.|
||Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do to avoid being instantly crushed by the past.|
||"We Could Be Divine"
||The essential genius of robots is the capacity for decisive forgetting.|
||What would you do if you could start over a trillion times a second?|
||The problem with the actual future is that we only have the bandwidth to run a single simulation,|
||and only in interminable real-time.|
||"Guren No Yumiya"
||Which is why, if you care about what happens, you can't just wait.|
||"Halo (Epic Trailer Version) [feat. I.Am.Willow]"
||We have to live all the tomorrows we won't get, now, quickly, before it's too late.|
||"Sin Ti Yo Estoy Muy Bien"
||Everybody who is different from you, today, is trying a future you probably won't have the opportunity to evaluate.|
||V for Volume
||And you can mourn this, but the futures happening around you today outnumber your remaining days by martial orders of glorious magnitude.|
||If you don't want to die yet, other humans are the greatest gift,|
||and robots are a way to imagine more people without having to figure out how to legislate their health care.|
||"Platz zum Träumen"
||An jedem einzelnen Tag
||The argument for curiosity is the argument for introspection or melancholy or grace or anything.|
||El Oficio De La Vida
||If pizza doesn't kill you, maybe you'd like an Italian "rapper" who sounds like your grandmother's favorite aftershave model.|
||Management Del Dolore Post Operatorio
||Un incubo stupendo
||Did the Italians panic when the Conquistadors came back from Peru with weird red squishy fruit? No. No they did not.|
||If you won't listen to music where the only thing you understand is the band name and the band name is stupid, you are depriving future generations of something better than pizza.|
||"Oh No Let's Go"
||What if Paramore dreamed of being Roxette?|
||"Big City Dream"
||What if you dreamed about exactly the same things you currently dread?|
||"Vieraita loppuun saakka - Radio Edit"
||Some day you're going to be living in a great big city, and this is not what any of the rest of this will mean.|
||"Poika ja Ilves"
||Murderous trolls will get part-time jobs as crossing guards,|
||The Shadow Archetype
||muttering peacefully to themselves as they help you over the ice-ridges the plows had to leave,|
||and you can skip when you get to the clear stretches.|
||So maybe, for now, shut up for long enough to hear somebody else's version.|
||Let them take a turn telling the story of how they singlehandedly defeated the advancing hordes.|
||Whether they did or not isn't half as important as how they attribute heroic character-flaws to their totemic villains.|
||A religion turns into a mythology when you find the way for its gods to suffer conclusive defeat, and thus transubstantiate into existence.|
||You don't long for nirvana half as profoundly as the raptured miss shoveling driveways and getting to buy new shoes.|
||Did the Chileans panic when the Europopeans showed up with synthesizers? No. No they did not.|
||My Silent Wake
||Invitation to Imperfection
||You can make gothic armor with a few wires and a lot of leaves and history.|
||But it won't protect you from falling in love|
||"Que Me Duele?"
||with somebody you've never seen before.|
||You think your victory is secure, and then you go to Barcelona.|
||If you do not dream, somebody else will.|
||"Di Na Atin"
||The rising seas won't obligingly swallow the rest of the world before your personal bit,|
||"Egy Nap Egy Év"
||and there's little more pathetic than wishing it would.|
||Seeing enemies in strangers is a complex talent, but so very minor.|
||Whereas hitting a drum is simple.|
||Dissent can be simple but still correct.|
||"Another Nightmare in America"
||If you made $150 million in a single year and still can't be nice to babies or pets or other humans, you can afford to get help reorganizing your priorities.|
||"Beyond These Walls"
||One of the many advantages of bridges over walls is that you can much more easily tell if they're working.|
||People don't need simple machines to help them shrink in place, they need help transcending their preconceptions.|
||Spin the World Thailand Edition
||If you learn only one useful thing from operating casinos, that ought to be it.|
||"Seeker of the 7th Gate"
||Gambling is the least creative possible form of fantasy.|
||"Tomorrow (feat. Matt Van & Holly Drummond)"
||All the better ones, which is all of them, involve understanding some specific different way to live.|
||"Bara låt mig vakna"
||Last night in Sweden they were probably dancing.|
||"Hear You Me"
||Last night in Ireland they were singing American songs.|
||"Mountains & Conquerors"
||Last night in Portugal they were writing new Deeper Purple songs.|
||Last night inside the machines, darkness twisted into floral spirals.|
||"Elämä on pilalla!"
||The argument for single-payer health-care is the same as the argument for kaleidotropic Finnish punk-rock.|
||Te Vaka Beats
||We've been standing at the edge of the water as long as we remember.|
||And we've always had reasons not to step in, but they were always bad reasons.|