"You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations and peoples. There are no nations. There are no peoples. There are no Russians. There are no Arabs. There are no Third Worlds. There is no West. There is only one holistic system of systems, one vast and immane, interwoven, interacting, multivariate, multinational dominion of dollars. Petrodollars, electro- dollars, multi-dollars, Reichsmarks, rins, rubles, pounds, and shekels. It is the international system of currency which determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of things today."
This text - pulled from the late Sidney Lumet’s 1976 masterful cinematic critique of the convergence of American media with finance capital 'Network', in which a ruthless media executive lays the hard reality of postmodern global affairs on the rogue broadcaster trying to expose some truth - perfectly distills the reality of the cultural landscape. All culture is propaganda. Everything you hold dear is connected to that which subjugates you.
This podcast System of Systems, hosted by a couple of sad bois - millennial failed artist and cultural critic Adam Lehrer and zoomer writer/musician Will Samson - deconstruct art, culture and politics, and attempt to understand the pervasive conformism that has saturated it all.
SOS at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/systemofsystems
SOS at Libsyn: https://directory.libsyn.com/shows/view/id/systemofsystems
SOS at twitter: https://twitter.com/SystemofSystem3
Adam at twitter: https://twitter.com/SafetyPropagan1
Will at twitter: https://twitter.com/_Will_Samson_?s=20
Adam's personal website: http://adamlehrer.com
Adam at Instagram: @adamlehreruptown
Safety Propaganda: https://safetypropaganda.substack.com/
(PREVIEW) Satanic Art Phag Propaganda (W/ Psyop Resistor)
A long anticipated episode, Adam and crew delve into the history and culture of black metal, enlisting the help of metalhead Psyop Resistor. The crew explains how they came to find intrigue in the genre, and then dive into some of their favorite and most evil albums of the canon.
SOUNDTRACK: (Psyop's pick) Vothana "Vi Muon Tra Thuo" (Adam's pick)Torgeist "Devoted to Satan" (Psyop's pick)Hate Forest "Elder Race" Boyd Rice "An Eye for an Eye" (Adam's pick) Abruptum "Feci Factum Sanguine Gladios Made Fieri Factus" (Psyop's pick)Arizmenda "Beyond the Shadows of Emptiness & Nothingness (Adam's pick) Nuit Noire "Brume Nocturne" Metallica "Bleeding Me"
LINKS: Psyop Resistor at Twitter: @sanrio_pilled Lés Legions Noires at Dennis Cooper Blog Nuit Noire interview Abruptum interview
(TEASER) Anal Blunt (W/ JJ Ruiz)
JJ Ruiz is an Austin-based musician who has played with several punk and hardcore bands since the 2000s. With one of those bands, Naw Dude, he opened for Anal C**t. In this episode, he relays his stories about AC's late iconic frontman and one of the greatest American performance artists of the last two decades Seth Putnam. This episode is all about Seth, an artist as important to us as Vito Acconci or Wyndham Lewis, for real.
SOUNDTRACK: Anal C**t "Grateful Dead" Shit Scum "Brady Bunch Massacre" Full Blown A.I.D.S. "It's all Fake" Anal C**t "Art F*g (Live)" Executioner "War Machine" Anal C**t "F**k Yeah"
LINKS: Seth Putnam interview 'Slave to the Grind' documentary Anal C**t live in 2007 Seth interviewed by Hellbound Seth interviewed by Chronicles of Chaos
Ready to Fight (W/ Udith Dematagoda)
Writer, Hyperidean Press publisher, and Adam's editor Udith Dematagoda joins the show once more. This time we're discussing the cultural resonance of Fight Club over 25 years down the line, and the importance of revolutionary violence to the masculine psyche. Other topics include the mindblowing year for American indie film that was 1999, Ukraine, why BAP is the Rob Halford of pseudo-philosophy, and some other shit.
Los Llamarada "Gone Gone Cold" Blod "Raw Meat Perfume" Arditi "Legionnaires" Clandestine Blaze "Chambers" Negative Approach "Ready to Fight"
Follow Udith at Twitter: @Udematagoda Hyperidean Press Anti-Cringe, by Udith
The Diving Man (W/ Brad Kelly)
Writer and co-host of the Art of Darkness podcast Brad Kelly is here. Brad's writing plays with the genre of sci-fi and pushes it to the outer realms of the weird, as evinced by his latest novel 'House of Sleep' from 2021. Here we discuss that novel, sci-fi, Phillip K. Dick, and more, as well as the opioid epidemic, Jim Jones and the People's Temple and Baz Luhrmann's Elvis biopic.
Circle X "Current"
Bobby Beausoleil "Hellion Rebellion"
KMD "What a N***a Know"
Intolitarian "Allegiance to the Self"
Elvis Presley "Unchained Melody (Live)"
LINKS: Brad at Twitter: @bradkelly
Buy Brad's House of Sleep
Art of Darkness podcast
Adam on Art of Darkness discussing Burroughs and Anna Kavan
Adam on Art of Darkness discussing Artaud
Not Human (PREVIEW) (W/ Madeline Kuzak)
Prior to the day of our independence, Adam calls up his friend, the artist from Detroit and soon to move to New York Madeline Kuzak. Maddie works in painting and illustration, as well as performance and more conceptual driven work. When Adam introduced his theory of Crytographic Transgressive art in in Amphetamine Sulphate's 'Human Rights' anthology, Maddie was one of the artists he used to bolster his concept. Maddie's work is cloaked in the tropes of femininity, and feminist curators are often all too enthusiastic to drag her work into their theories. But there is actually a very interesting subversion going on here, where the theme of female victimhood is constantly being deconstructed and challenged.
FULL EPISODE HERE
Artificial Peace "Artificial Peace"
Archgoat "Angel C**t"
ZZ Top "Move me Down the Line"
Hidious in Strength "Torture #2"
Townes Van Zandt "Snake Mountain Blues"
LINKS: Maddie at Instagram:
Read Adam's "A Primer on Crypto-Transgression" by purchasing 'Human Rights'
Maddie at Darkzone
Adam on Crypto-Transgression in 'Euphoria'
Charlie Sheen's Trigger Threshold (w/ Will Sheldon)
Adam and Will are joined by New York-based artist and tattooer Will Sheldon. Will discusses his work with us: paintings and drawings of fantastical and fairy tale imagery but with a uniquely troubling and dark iteration fitting for our times. Will is also a tattooer and in contra to others working between the art world and tattoo culture (others typically tend to make clear distinction between the craft of tattooing and high art OR end up making tattooish art work) manages to create a clear communicative language between art and tattoos. We discuss this idiosyncrasy, Will's recent exhibitions, Will's recent collaborative book with British writer Charlie Fox, Hans Bellmer, and a shared appreciation for manga artist and filmmaker Hideshi Hino and Charlie Sheen's issues with Hino. Enjoy.
Liquor Store "Pumpin with Red Rocks"
New York Dolls "Personality Crisis" (live)
Anal C**t "Grateful Dead"
Psychedelic Speed Freaks "Redline"
Will Sheldon at Instagram: @willsheldon
Will Sheldon interview
Will Sheldon and Charlie Fox 'Zoe'
Charlie Sheen thought 'Guinea Pig' was snuff
These guys are dope. Keep it up
appreciate the content, but the background sounds/music provide too much dissonance.
Good Content but fix your audio mixing
At times, I could hardly hear the discussion because the music was too loud.