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Vexen Crabtree 2015


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Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards

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Vexen Crabtree 2015


Went shopping... went out early, a mental, loud, obnoxious, rude, vulgar, energetic, permanently drunk guy called Sean drove another four to Dusseldorf. Keith and I were on the search for USB extension cables and a basic HUB (cat 5 style). Which we got... now, using our funky wireless arial that we've selotaped to the side of the building, we can get intermittent Internet access on our 2-computer network. Which makes me a very, very happy bunny.

Anyway... we split up, three of us went to a large multistorey indoor shopping center. The top three floors were devoted to technology, music, etc. We got computer kit there. I picked up a nifty 256MB USB drive for €15 (£10), which I think I've lost. I also found a large corner devoted to music, including lots of alternative stuff.

I bought:

Sisters of Mercy - Vision Thing. The only Sisters CD that I didn't have but have been meaning to buy forever. With this one, I can now (FINALLY!) give away the "Best of" CD to someone unsuspecting as I don't need it anymore.

Tristania's new album, Ashes, which rocks in choral, dramatic, gothic metal glory. My second Tristania CD.

VNV Nation's new CD, Matter & Form.

Dead Can Dance - Into the Labyrinth

E Nomine - Die Prophezeiung

Delerium - Karma
Delerium - Semantic Spaces

Haven't listened to most of them... I have a year's backlog of partially looked at emails, and a million other things to do.

Duseldorf is a good city, polite, clean, simple, etc... in short, it's not British! Nothing beats London, my beloved spiritual home, but London is not polite, clean or simple.

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Glad to see you're well :) Hope to see you next time you come to our beloved and spiritual (but not clean, polite or simple) city :)


London is complex, dirty, sprawling, unplanned, chaotic, but wonderfully eclectic, deep and with potential to be anyone, do anything, to be at a center of the modern world in a base way, a sociological melting pot (and cess pit), where humanity itself is all but naked, with crowds of blind people and societies upon societies of insiders; the scope for understanding humanity, seeing the future and taking control of self and world is what London is, for me. I just happen to live in Germany at the moment.

I bet I only consider Duss to be "simple" because I only get to see the surface, I'm uninitiated, acting as a simpler observer. I bet with time, experience and understanding (but most of all socializing), I'll consider it a complex metropolis with as many nooks and crannies as London!

London, even to the outsider, is very obviously layered - and frankly it doesn't work that hard to hide it's 'flaws'- they're right out in the open and fuck-all if you don't like it
(honestly, Vex, all that shopping and you only lost *one* thing... ;) )

Re: yes and no...

Well I figured out why I keep losing my pens... there's a discrete hole in the map pocket I normally use to put pens in. Will stitch it up.

Yeah London doesn't try to hide it's flaws... the flaws are complexity and realism, and London is proud of those!

Hey this conversation is easy, London can't answer back.

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Dramatic, gothic-metal style black metal with operatic vocals & some chanting. Stompy, exciting, but sometimes grindingly metal.

Well as your in Germany try and get a bit of time off to go to some of the festivals.

Leipzig is the biggie, but I'm very fond of M'era Luna as I've probably told people at length. The nice thing about M'era Luna is most people camp and as there are only two stages you can see a bit of each of the bands playing - all 40 of them. http://www.fkpscorpio.com/meraluna/

I agree entirely Ashes is a great album. I was lucky enough to see them live a month or two back. Which other Tristania album do you have? Oh and are you familiar with the band Sirenia (who are related to Trisania, but, personally I think they're better!)

Other one is Beyond the Veil.

I've actually got a list of all my CDs online:


Some have reviews. I'm considering turning it into a full music website with lots of text & reviews, not predominantly a cross-referenced list, as it is at the moment. All takes time, though.

Not familiar with Sirenia, I'll keep my eyes open but I'm not in any circles where I hear any music but my own!

You'll love Dead Can Dance and Delerium!

Delerium can be a bit too self-consciously ambient/whatever for me, sometimes. But I still like them and (obviously) many of the remixes.

Dead Can Dance are great... there is a tribute album out somewhere on Black Lotus records with some interesting cover versions. Funny that I cam currently listening to 'A Slight Case of Overbombing' by TSOM.

Never been to Dusseldorf, I have found most German cities are clean, polite and non chaotic, though sometimes the latter can be fun. I am constantly suprised that their public services work so well...

Anyhow, glad all is well.

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They're very different bands indeed!...

DCD are cool, romantic, sweet.

Well if it's UK or Germany we'll have to meet! Actually once you have details let me know because I can travel, might be able to get something together. It could be potentially strange meeting! If the coincidences are right, you'll see my special other half too. (Who I've been meaning to email you about!)

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