Saturday, February 24, 2007

Casting Call for launch

We are looking for artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, photographers, etc. who are doing interesting things at the fringes. Your material will be run alongside the work of some more recognized faces in their fields. We can't give any specifics at this point for obvious reasons, but suffice it to say that Greylodge, which you could call the parent of Alterati in a figurative if not literal sense, received almost 10 million visitors last month. We could well exceed that within a couple months of our projected launch.

"What's Alterati?" In simplest terms, a new media magazine. It's more than that, but if you get that, that's enough for now.

"So... What kind of material?" you ask.

Think of the website as a stage for your work, or the work of someone you would like to interview for us. We can handle audio, video, articles, etc. So the question is -- how do you want to present it?

If you're providing media, it's important that you have an idea for an article to accompany it that in some way contextualizes it, shows how it is culturally relevant, or makes at least some people laugh their asses off.

We're particularly interested in articles (500-1000 words) about DIY media, underground artists, music or events, or new technologies- unless it is a 'how to' it should have a strong narrative. If it is a 'how to,' we'd prefer if it was funny or a little off-the-wall.

What we don't want - we're not at this point interested in essays about magick, conspiracy theories, or philosophical diatribes, unless if they are hysterical or really above-par, but that may change as we grow in the future, and of course we withhold the right to blatantly ignore our own guidelines when we believe it is called for. This also isn't a news aggregator, or a political activist website, so unless if there's something really unique about it, send your or other people's opinions about Bush to rather than us.

As for media submissions (video, audio)- We're concerned with quality, not genre. We don't care if it's hip hop, techno Kabuki, or your indie documentary about Hunter S Thompson. The question is-- is it hilarious, profound, totally unique, or cutting edge?

Again, we need a narrative/article if we're going to do a feature focusing on your work (I say this as an edit drop-in because I've recieved at least 100 submissions just today that took no heed of this):

This is not a place to post random photos or illustrations, although they *can* work well as (credited) companions to appropriate articles, if you're not of the writing persuasion. The same goes for music- we can use your music in various podcasts as soundtrack material, and credit it, but if you want your music to be the focus of an article, you need to provide us with a lot more than a myspace page and a message that says "HERE ARE MY MUSICS!"

We want to avoid: "Here's this guy, here's his videos." Context! Why is this work relevant, why should people be interested, educated, humiliated, deified? How does it fit into a particular subculture, or history? There are so many angles you can take. Make it interesting in 500-1000 words, and you'll be up there.

If it's material that you have already produced, feel free to send it to me for consideration. If it is something you want to do, email me a pitch before bothering to put in the time to create it. I may ask for samples of past work before giving a final decision.

In posting the material on our site, you retain all ownership of your material, and will recieve a credit (supposing you provide a short bio) with a linkback. This is at this time a promotion only project.

Questions, comments, submissions: email me at

We will continue to take further submissions after our launch so don't hesitate to contact me afterwards.

James Curcio
sn. editor

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

subQtaneous: JIVE Magazine review (by J0hann Ess).

All of the music on this disc feels very human and percussive, with a number of melodies/chords you wouldn't normally hear in industrial, metal, or any other urban music category. It manages to play a little into avant-garde, jazz, and electronica realms while maintaining a solid cohesiveness. It also captures experimental and political elements unheard on such a magnitude since the alternative heydey of the 80's and early 90's. Sometimes a huge artist roster will dillute the end result, but all of the collaboration on Some Still Despair In A Prozac Nation mixes into a tasty and potent brew. The production is original, flawless, and extremely layered, giving you plenty of repeat listens to pick up everything going on. This album is a notable addition to all the ground-breaking 21st century media that is emerging.

Part 1 (of 3) of Living The Myth on JIVE Magazine

(Updated from version that appeared in Disinfo's Generation Hex.)

Mythology isn’t just Bulfinch’s. It is the living, breathing story of humanity. Myths deal with the questions we all face in our lives, propose ways of being in the world which put us in accord or conflict with those various common dilemmas, and ultimately structure the very world we live in.

The stories that carry through the ages repeat themselves, in different forms, from one generation to the next. Each of our lives is a story, an album, a painting, in which we play the starring role; they weave together into an ever-changing tapestry which we call culture. Each of us can be demigods for those who inherit the worlds we create, but only if we are worthy of it.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Bedtime Stories With The Antichrist #3

Final episode of the Bedtime Stories With The Antichrist Show.

Once again, agent139 gives us original music, monologues, and dream fragments from an undisclosed underground lair.

In this show you will find music from Philip K Nixon, Veil of Thorns, and subQtaneous, and a reading of a passage of the soon-to-be-released Fallen Nation: Babylon Burning.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

False is the Phantom Thou Seeketh

The following has puzzled me for a while. The thought re-occured to me, so I felt I'd mention it... though it likely won't make a whole lot of sense to you if you haven't at least briefly tangled with the tar baby known as Western Occultism.

I've seen quite a few would be magickians in the past years who either aspire to or claim to be in the process of 'crossing the Abyss.'

I wonder to myself-- how can someone do that, and still believe in something like magick? The framework, the underlying beliefs, the Path itself-- all illusions like anything else. Illusions which need to be discarded when they hinder more than help you.

A magus doesn't believe in magick any more than he believes in the flying spaghetti monster. Which begs the question. Why talk about magick at all?

Any of us who have been pitched into that paradigm know what it's like when you start. You're like a kid in a candy store. (Except all the candy is covered in liquid acid and filled with razor blades.) It's okay to feel that enthusiasm. But just because the spectre in the shadows talks to you doesn't mean he's real.

This is one of the many reasons I ceased external interest in the subject.

An upshot of that, and this is interesting- take the faith which props the whole belief system up away... and watch all the portents, omens, transcendental dreams, visions quests, and grandiose cosmologies crumble into the dust they have always been. This is equally true with any belief.

The inverse is also true. But sorry Mr. Carroll, you can't fake yourself into truly believing something, except through a process of baby steps.

I think I can genuine say I don't believe in anything outside of specific contexts, anymore.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Different day, same grindstone.

Up all night doing some early production on the soon-to-be-released Veil of Thorns album, Cognitive Dissonance. I only vaguely recall laying down the majority of the drums for this peculiar creature. (I refer to the project, in this case, not it's creator.)

Here's a sneak peek of one of those tracks... the Enigmatic Rarely Atone.

I'll soon be passing all those tracks on to Ken S to puzzle over, and I'm sure, clean up.

I had Peter re-do the pencil on page 19 of Fas Ferox episode one. Somewhere between 8+ hour sessions editing Fallen Nation, and the crunch time I did this last "night" on the VOT stuff, I re-colored the page. It's now in a similar state to the rest-- somewhere between 70-90% done.

If you haven't noticed-- come spring, there is going to be a lot of content available through Mythos Media. Even if ordering has to start on internet only, it'll be there. Start the whisper down the lane, I don't have the resources for a PR agent just yet.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

subQtaneous: final release MP3s

Two of the masters from the final of subQtaneous:

Transit of Venus.

P. Emerson Williams: Vocals.
Scott Landes, Ryan Moll: Guitars.
Me: Drums, percussion, bass.
Production: Myself and Ken Schaefer.

Double Bind

P. Emerson Williams: Vocals, Cello.
Scott Landes, Dave Clark, Me: Guitars.
Bass: Ken Schaefer.
Drums/percussion: Me.
Production: Myself and Ken Schaefer.

You can download a .rar of all of the mp3s and the cover art HERE.


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