Keep Your Eyes Out On Your Heart

So why not hang up the academic hat of critical self-seriousness, set aside the intemperate arrogance of debunking—and enjoy? If you don't enjoy concepts and writing and don't feel that when you write you are adding something to the world, if only the enjoyment itself, and that by adding that ounce of positive experience to the world you are affirming it, celebrating its potential, tending its growth, in however small a way, however really abstractly—well, just hang it up. It is not that critique is wrong. As usual, it is not a question of right and wrong—nothing important ever is. Rather, it is a question of dosage. It is simply that when you are busy critiquing you are less busy augmenting. You are that much less fostering. There are times when debunking is necessary. But, if applied in a blanket manner, adopted as a general operating principle, it is counterproductive. Foster or debunk. It's a strategic question. Like all strategic questions, it is basically a question of timing and proportion. Nothing to do with morals or moralizing. Just pragmatic.

-Brian Massumi

Objections have never contributed anything.

-Gilles Deleuze

I always feel people love to drop this song and then make a comment about Spencer’s mental health…and it’s just like, are you even listening to what he’s saying in this? He feels, that’s all. Also, anyone that wishes/chooses to enter the music ‘business’ is instantly sus so….protect yoself.


Zurkonic's Best Albums and Reissues of 2016

Alas! 2016 is dead and things will surely get better in 2017, right? And if the world turns upside down in the next months and we all find ourselves under the martial law of THX 1138 android police officers with orange rather than chrome faces, here are 31 fantastic albums written about for you to sink your teeth into. Additionally, I've decided to use this as a place to make up for my past sins of not writing down my year-end list and try to somehow document all of the albums that have tickled my fancy since 2013, which is kind of my personal year zero. So dig in, critique my writing, and most importantly, allow each of these albums to take you on an algorithmically-enhanced trip through the annals of good music. 

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