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So, seeing ATR for the third time at Dour Festival two weeks ago made me realize how much I dislike his/their new stuff, but it sparked some new interest in his older solo work which is pretty 'underrated' ('forgotten' is a better word). I loved Generation Star Wars / The Destroyer but Low On Ice was my favourite by far. I remember discovering it because some Aphex Twin website had a trivia page that mentioned Alec Empire watching RDJ's set from the side of the stage for hours whilst not moving at all. It was at the same place where he recorded Low On Ice in a tent near the festival they both played. Anyway, relistening to this album just now for the first time in years and coincidentally I just found that he's rereleasing the album with two extra discs of previously unreleased recordings from those Iceland sessions. You can already hear a few of those 'new' tracks (together with a pretty horrible interview) here: https://soundcloud.com/alec_empire/reboots-fm-interview-with-alec-empire-about-low-on-ice The set will be released on CD (and maybe on vinyl) this fall. He will also do a solo tour soon where he will play strictly Low On Ice type stuff.
Today's episode of Democracy Now had an interesting story about ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), an organization that facilitates collaboration between major corporations and state legislators and in which these corporate lobbyists are presenting legislation they have crafted in order for the state legislators to introduce to the house as their own creations. Today's headline on Democracy Now consists of part of a small documentary by journalist Bill Moyers on ALEC. [youtubehd]Ul4TZtRv5bE[/youtubehd] Part 2 of the video: Here's a link to the transcript, if the video moves too slowly for you. Has anyone heard of ALEC before? Apparently they've been around since the 80's.