Stephen Hawking

Famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has long held the opinion that speghettification would be the likely result of attempting to pass through the "event horizon" of a black hole.

Other scientists have countered that supposition by offering an alternative theory that a person falling into a black hole might actually result in them being absorbed as information and converted into a "hologram".

Hawking has apparently re-evaluated his position and come out in favor of the hologram hypothesis, suggesting that black holes may be potential gateways between dimensions, and even proposing that one might hope to escape the black hole into an alternate universe.
“If you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up,” he told the audience at the end of his speech. “There’s a way out.”
Posted by El Keter
At 09:05 PM on 08/27/15
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Technical Difficulties

If you're a regular reader you may have noticed that for the last few days the blog was experiencing some downtime accompanied by some funky error messages.

That was all caused by an unforeseen hosting error which left us with a "corrupted database" which has also resulted in us losing all of the content we had posted to the site since late December of 2014.

We will do our best to recover as much of the content we published during that time, particularly all of our recent podcast episodes, as well as some of the items we've shared over the last few weeks which are still current.

It probably goes without saying that we've been hit hard by this loss, but we'd also like to extend out apologies to the creative folks behind the projects we featured in these now lost posts, as well as our readership who has now lost access to this material.

Thank you for understanding.
Posted by El Keter
At 03:30 PM on 08/09/15
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Bassist extraordinaire Thundercat channels Shuggie Otis and Sho Kosugi in the bushido-blade-blessed video for his smooth-as-fuck new tune "Them Changes".

"Them Changes" is from the frequent Flying Lotus collaborator's newest project, the mini-album 'The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam', out now on Brainfeeder.

Posted by El Keter
At 04:23 PM on 07/21/15
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Director Olivier Hero Dressen pairs stylishly sensual imagery with Belgian disc jockey Mr.Magnetik's dark motorik music in the clip for "Black Gloves".

"Black Gloves" is out this week via GND Records.

Posted by El Keter
At 06:15 PM on 05/24/15
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Watch a wandering wizard turn a remote church into the scene of a Death Metal video in the clip for "Believe the Squalor" from Lieutenant, a.k.a. Foo Fighters and Sunny Day Real Estate bassist Nate Mendel.

A mellow, almost melancholy, Alternative Rock jam, "Believe the Squalor" is from Lieutenant's debut album 'If I Kill This Thing We're All Going To Eat For A Week', which is out now on the Dine Alone label.

Posted by El Keter
At 05:53 PM on 05/24/15
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Unlike most entries, which I usually pull from the WABAC Machine, this week's Monday Magick is brand ass-spankin' new. Or at least I think it is. The tune in question is called "The Terror" by a band that goes by the unequivocally magickal moniker The Sorcerers, and it's from a compilation album titled 'Funk, Soul and Afro Rarities : An Introduction to ATA Records' from upstart British indie ATA Records.

From what I gather ATA Records is something like the UK's answer to the Daptone Records family of labels and artists here in the states. Their website describes them as being based out of a studio full of vintage equipment in Leeds. They go on to describe themselves as committed releasing music that hearkens back to "classic 60’s & 70’s soul, gospel, funk, r&b, jazz, library, big band, film music" made by "great musicians, real instruments, plenty of valves and tape machines". Sounds like new music that's mean to sound old to me.

Well, old, and funky. Or should I say fun-kay? Ehhh, probably not. Regardless, "The Terror", an Ethio-Jazz-flavored instrumental, from the otherwise unknown The Sorcerers is exactly that...funky. Dig the ominous keys, horns and woodwinds on this! It's got a bit of a Mulatu Astatke meets The Meters sort of thing going on if you ask me.

The Sorcerers, whoever they may be (the ATA website doesn't currently offer any artist bios), are reportedly preparing an album which ATA says is "coming soon". Hopefully they don't skimp on the eerie sounding occult-themed Funk.

Music is magick!
Posted by El Keter
At 06:43 PM on 05/18/15
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Join The Cloaks, comprised of stalwart denizens of the Cali underground Awol One and Gel Roc, for a visual trip through pretty much all the weird-ass symbolism and imagery that appeals to me and my fucked up sensibilities in the video for "Flight".

"Flight", featuring Gonjasufi, is the latest single from The Cloaks' self-titled 2014 LP, which is still available on the Abolano Records label.

The Cloaks
Posted by El Keter
At 07:22 PM on 05/14/15
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Old-school Soul meets futuristic visuals in the emotionally wrenching sci-fi-themed video for Alabama Shakes' "Sound & Color".

"Sound & Color" is the title track from the Athens, Alabama outfit's sophomore album, which is out now on ATO Records.

Alabama Shakes
Posted by El Keter
At 06:49 PM on 05/14/15
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Vinnie Paz and Stoupe of veteran Philly Rap crew Jedi Mind Tricks are back with a bloody new video for their Budos Band-sampling single "Deathless Light"!

"Deathless Light" is he first single from their forthcoming album 'The Thief and the Fallen' which is due out June 2nd on the Enemy Soil label.

Jedi Mind Tricks
Posted by El Keter
At 03:02 PM on 05/06/15
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Robert Anton Wilson

Today is the anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest thinkers to grace this planet with his presence, Robert Anton Wilson.

Happy birthday Bob!

Robert Anton Wilson
Posted by El Keter
At 06:47 PM on 01/18/15
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Grape Juice

Longtime readers know I don't necessarily consider myself part of any "blogosphere" brotherhood. I don't read a lot of blogs, and I practically never promote other blog sites in this space. So it might come as a shock to find me posting an entry touting the merits of a blog called Groupname for Grape Juice.

I don't know anything about the blog's author "znore", other than the fact that they, like me, have an interest in conspiracies, mythology, the occult, language, literature, and authors Robert Anton Wilson, and especially, James Joyce. I also know that they write copiously and fascinatingly about these subjects, bridging the gaps between them and waxing philosophically on their inter-relatedness and the impact they, and the other subjects which catch their fancy, have on society at large.

I have been especially taken with a recent series of articles that refute a silly conspiracy making the rounds of late which claim the counterculture movement of the '60s and '70s -- up to and including the music of the era, especially that of the so-called "Laurel Canyon scene" -- were part of a plot orchestrated by our government and other nefarious forces to destroy humanity. The author makes quick work of the conspiracy and its proponents, citing the history of liberal thought going back centuries, working in Joyce, Yeats, and Pound, and even discussing a strange educational conspiracy of the "elite" which mirrored certain elements of the 5% Nation of Gods & Earths in my mind. I found myself regularly checking the blog on my browser at work to see if the next installment was up.

The July 20th post celebrating "Bloomsday", which discusses the occult ramifications of the works of James Joyce was also something of a "page turner" for me. Where else will Leopold Bloom meet Madame Blavatsky, Umberto Eco, Mussolini, RAW, and Edward Snowden? Only in the pages of Groupname for Grape Juice.

Add it to your bookmarks, or however young people keep track of these things, today.

Groupname for Grape Juice
Posted by El Keter
At 10:03 PM on 08/17/14
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On this site I make relatively frequent mention of dearly departed author and philosopher Robert Anton Wilson.

In fact, he's such an important figure to me that he occasionally appears as the header image at the top of this site!

He was a prolific writer who released copious pages of both fiction and non-fiction.

That being the case it can be a daunting task for the uninitiated to get a grip on his ideas without diving into his voluminous text archive.

Which is where his multimedia work can come in handy.

In 1996 RAW made a short film in collaboration with filmmaker Edgar Pêra and artist Joao Queiroz.

It was titled 'Who is the Master Who Makes the Grass Green?', and it presents a few of his important ideas in a very digestible format.


Robert Anton Wilson
Posted by El Keter
At 03:28 PM on 05/06/14
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Hex Sex Codex

'Hex Sex Codex' (.PDF)

I fancy myself a practitioner of so-called "sex magick". Though admittedly I practice a more alchemical "elixer of life" brand of magick which requires intense physical and mental states to succeed.

The free e-book 'Hex Sex Codex' on the other hand offers a very reader friendly introduction to a "kaos magick" take involving sexual power involving sigils. I've never tried the method myself, but as I said, it's presented in a really simple way. Besides, the cover is really fuckin' cute.

For the uninitiated I think it's a pretty stress-free introduction into techniques for altering one's reality in accord with one's will. And all it costs is a subscription to an e-mail list!

Posted by El Keter
At 04:37 PM on 04/27/14
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We're Baaaaaaack!

It's been a long time, we shouldn't have left you...blah, blah, blah...and all that jazz.

I'm happy to be back, but the question hangs in the air...why the near three year hiatus?

Frankly, I didn't like what was going on around the so-called "blogosphere."

I started this website back in 1999 presenting static content powered by pages hand-coded in Microsoft Notepad.

When "push-button publishing" became a "thing" I got the site's back end straight and jumped onto the then-burgeoning blog bandwagon.

But pretty soon "push-button publishing" turned into "push a button and get your very own blog!"

The Web 2.0 boom which made it possible for everybody to have a voice brought with it some problems.

Namely, it gave everybody a voice...regardless of whether they had any actual expertise on or passion for the subjects they blogged about.

Hosting a website didn't require any effort anymore.

You didn't have to care so much about something that you invested your time and money just to create an outlet for it on the internet.

There was Blogger, then Wordpress, then Twitter, then Tumblr.

Then TIME magazine made all the Web 2.0 assholes their man of the year.

Meanwhile corporations and media entities of every stripe were turning their websites or publications into blogs.

I even worked for one for a few years, helping to mold their brand into something new and different in the process.

Which is pretty much where I decided to get up and leave.

Where'd I go?

To work for one of the biggest banking institutions in the country.

No shit.

My enjoyment of being a member of the Jewish Banking Conspiracy lasted until a massive layoff put everybody in my office on unemployment.

Now more than ever the blogosphere feels disingenuous.

It's like everybody just wants to be "first" with the "hot" new "exclusive" shit and is throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks.

That, or they're posting as an excuse to spew hate.

Are people posting about shit because they actually like it or care about it?

Or are they just posting whatever the PR companies send them in an effort to ingratiate themselves so they keep getting sent shit?

I don't know, and frankly, I don't care.

I'm not going to let the vagaries of "the blogosphere" influence the direction of my passion project.

So, Imageyenation is back, and won't be going anywhere for the foreseeable future.

Expect the same coverage of media that we actually love and care about.

Expect a lot of DJ mixes, because that's another thing that's, rocking the one's & two's.

Expect some editorializing, some metaphysics, and some angry rants.

Just don't expect everything we post to be on some nu-nu next shit.

I've got a lot of lost time to make up for.
Posted by El Keter
At 03:07 AM on 07/01/13
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