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TORRES + Paranoid Style + Crooks on Tape • Cassette Store Day 2014  

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TORRES
TORRES
8.1 Pitchfork Review

THE PARANOID STYLE
EPs I & II
MAGNET Feature
Featuring members of Bird of Youth + The Mendoza Line

CROOKS ON TAPE
Fingerprint + never-before-heard bonus B-Side
Stereogum Video Premiere
Featuring Members of Brainiac, Enon, Caribou, Vertical Scratchers, Skeleton Key

TPS Report: The Paranoid Style — Interrogated by Manic Pop Thrills  

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TPS Report: The Paranoid Style recently spoke with Manic Pop Thrills. The interview is wildly intriguing. Read “Questions of Subversion — The Paranoid Style interrogation transcript” via this [link].

The Paranoid Style was a special committee convened in 2012 in order to address our country’s many pressing problems. Elizabeth Nelson (Bird Of Youth) and Timothy Bracy (The Mendoza Line) are at the forefront of this unique brain trust.

A symposium was recently held at Misra World Headquarters. Mid-function, it became wildly apparent that Misra needs to disseminate The Power of Our Proven System—a new extended play (EP) recording by The Paranoid Style. The new tracks will be endorsed alongside The Purposes of Music in General—a previously released EP. Both recordings will be available on Black Friday (November 29) of this year. 

You can read about The Paranoid Style in MAGNET Magazine. Listen to “Numb it Up and Go” The Paranoid Style.

(((PRE-ORDER))) a limited-edition cassette (100)
MSR074: The Power of Our Proven System EP (Side A) + The Purposes of Music in General EP (Side B)
Release Date: Black Friday (November 29, 2013)

Crooks On Tape • AllMusic, Ghettoblaster, More  

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Crooks on Tape is John Schmersal (Enon, 3RA1N1AC) + Rick Lee (Enon, Skeleton Key, Butter 08) + Joey Galvan

COT’s debut album is called Fingerprint. CD/Digital out NOW! ////// LP/Tape out 11/5.

PRESS for Fingerprint >>

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The Paranoid Style Partner with Misra, Disseminate Limited Cassette, PRE-ORDER  

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The Paranoid Style was a special committee convened in 2012 in order to address our country’s many pressing problems. Elizabeth Nelson (Bird Of Youth) and Timothy Bracy (The Mendoza Line) are at the forefront of this unique brain trust.

A symposium was recently held at Misra World Headquarters. Mid-function, it became wildly apparent that Misra needs to disseminate The Power of Our Proven System—a new extended play (EP) recording by The Paranoid Style. The new tracks will be endorsed alongside The Purposes of Music in General—a previously released EP. Both recordings will be available on Black Friday (November 29) of this year. 

You can read about The Paranoid Style in MAGNET Magazine. Listen to “Numb it Up and Go” The Paranoid Style.

(((PRE-ORDER))) a limited-edition cassette (100)
MSR074: The Power of Our Proven System EP (Side A) + The Purposes of Music in General EP (Side B)
Release Date: Black Friday (November 29, 2013)

Dick Hofstadter wrote that the paranoid style in American politics is marked by “movements of suspicious discontent”—convictions that the natural or authentic unfolding of history is subverted by cultural or corporate or catholic conspiracies—that ancient committees or unholy novelties connive to ensure that Things Are Not As They Should Be.

In the Manichaean mind of Hofstadter’s paranoiac, control over this world is vested in a pre-specified enemy who “is a perfect model of malice… sinister, ubiquitous, powerful, cruel, sensual, luxury-loving.” Juxtaposed with our constrained heroes, this Devil is “not caught in the toils of the vast mechanism of history, himself a victim of his past, his desires, his limitations.” Rather “he wills, indeed, he manufactures, the mechanism of history.”

The paranoiac—her faculties addled, ever on the lookout for these Demons greasily fingering the levers of conspiracy—is tragicomic because, of course, Entropy reigns. The Devil is neither red nor scaly; no bifurcated tail, no hayfork. The Devil is the places you end up no matter what you do.  Or don’t. The Devil is it didn’t matter. The Devil is there’s nobody looking out for you, no ten-year budget window. The Devil is inertia, cold and dumb.

Hofstadter had in mind Goldwater—and by implication and breeding, the Tea Party, too—when he wrote the Paranoid Style. Though we see just as much of the paranoiac’s rage against her own inefficaciousness, projected this time onto Windsor-knotted totems, in the inert gyrations of the Occupiers.

But more than Right and Left, Entropy reserves its heartiest guffaw for the Hofstadters themselves—for the Brylcreemed technocrat Friends of Archimedes who thought if they could stand far enough away, with a big enough lever, they could lift the very Earth from off its foundations and diagram its armature for posterity with a steely detached clinicism. That somehow because they could look upon the abyss they were free of it.

One can imagine the parties, in the vague years between Eisenhower and Reagan, where ordinary people first borrowed, as Hofstadter did, from the DSM, and enunciated terms like “codependence” with a skilled labor. Now, the psychobabble is so much a part of the grammar we don’t notice it, but then it must have been so comforting—if only for that transitory disenchanting moment—for self-loathing deviants and hysteric housewives everywhere to expose in medicinal language the causal structure of their most fearsome despairs.

But to have named something is not, as it is sometimes suggested, to have power over it. Indeed, it was the most perverted assumption of the Hofstadters of the world that if the jointure of determinism were laid sufficiently bare, they could find room therein for Free Will.

And it’s these very boomer bastards—clueless and compromised and inexorable—who run the world Elizabeth and Tim and You and I stand to inherit. Our Paranoid Style, as opposed to theirs, is provisional and contingent and contextualized. It is self-delimited, rooted in the small-c conservative conviction that Man is neither perfect nor perfectible—and don’t get us started on Woman.

It was incubated in New York, where nobody cares about anything, and birthed in D.C., where everybody cares about Nothing—but it eschews the bipolar, all-or-nothing fight between God and the Devil, in favor of confronting the rabble of lesser deities of deprivation and excess who constitute the pantheon from which our generation poaches their boutique metaphysics a la carte.

And the beauty of lesser gods, as Saul Bellow had it, is you can take their names however you like.

—Dan Foster, Fall, 2013

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Written by leo on October 18th, 2013

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Vote for Crooks On Tape on MAGNET Poll!  

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Crooks on Tape is on MAGNET Magazine’s “What Record Are You Most Looking Forward To Next Week?” poll. Fingerprint—their debut album—is out next week. Please do VOTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

Written by leo on October 18th, 2013

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Black Swans: MAGNET Spread + Late Summer Tour  

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The Black Swans were recently featured in a full-page spread in MAGNET Magazine. Grandma included the full-size piece here, so you can read it all, but do head to your local book store and pick up a copy (Sigur Ros is on the cover).

The band will also head out on tour very soon- starting with an album release show in Columbus, OH at Rumba on Friday, August 24. Dates are still coming in, so do stay tuned via this [link]. After they return from this late summer run, they will open for a substantial Ohio-based act soon after. More on that exciting tour soon!

The Black Swans || Late Summer 2012 Occasion for Song Tour

Date City Venue Country
08/24/12 Columbus, OH Rumba United States
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08/25/12 Toledo, OH The Ottawa Tavern United States
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08/26/12 Cleveland, OH Happy Dog Saloon United States
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08/27/12 Pittsburgh, PA Thunderbird Cafe United States
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08/29/12 New Haven, CT Cafe Nine United States
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08/30/12 Brooklyn, NY The Rock Shop United States
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08/31/12 New York, NY Mercury Lounge United States
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09/01/12 Providence, RI Fete Lounge United States
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09/02/12 Philadelphia, PA St. George’s United Methodist Church United States
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09/04/12 Washington, D.C. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue United States
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09/05/12 Charlottesville, VA Tea Bazaar United States
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09/07/12 Lexington, KY Cosmic Charlie’s United States
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09/08/12 Nashville, TN High Watt United States
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09/10/12 Manchester, IN Fire House United States
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09/11/12 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle United States
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09/12/12 Bloomington, IN The Bishop United States
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09/13/12 Cincinnati, OH MOTR Pub United States
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Written by leo on August 15th, 2012

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