Wandering Eye: Hulk Hogan is apparently racist, giant fighting robots, and more

Andrew Stroup left Baltimore a year ago after helping to start the Foundery, a maker space in the Upper Fells Point area. Turns out he left us to make GIANT FIGHTING ROBOTS, according to this Popular Science piece by sometime CP contributor Andrew Zaleski. Yup. Just like in your favorite cartoons and video games. Stroup partnered with Gui Cavalcanti, who found some sucker (er, "investor") to back the project, and made a 15-foot tall destructominator that two grown men control like a normal front loader and a ball turret gun. Naturally, their Megabot has challenged Japan to a giant robot duel. This is a sport. "By September 2016," Zaleski writes, "they hope the model will be ready to tackle other giant robots." Venture capitalists, get out your checkbooks. Monster-truck people, watch your backs. (Edward Ericson Jr.)

 

Over at CVLT Nation, there's an especially compelling interview with the doom band Locrian, or really we should say, another compelling interview with Locrian, because the doom-metal trio tends to be incredibly thoughtful pretty much anytime they are asked anything. In the interview, the trio talk about their new record, "Infinite Dissolution," which guitarist/bassist/percussionist Andre Foisy explains, "is about the sixth extinction, or the sixth mass extinction event, which humans are witnessing and causing now." Terence Hannum, who plays guitar and synthesizer and does the band's vocals, connects the record to Damien Hirst's 'The Physical Impossibility of Death in the mind of Someone Living' (the infamous shark-in-formaldehyde sculpture) and adds that, more specifically, it's an album about how "it is impossible to hold in our minds the idea that we are causing our extinction." Then drummer Steven Hess mentions Elizabeth Kolbert's "The Sixth Extinction," and later on Foisy adds, "It's decayed music for a decaying civilization." It goes on like that, with the band gently articulating its intentions and creating something like an "Infinite Dissolution" syllabus. Also mentioned in the interview: Arthur Russell, Einstürzende Neubauten, Coil, early Ozzy, Voivod, Ramleh, Genesis, King Crimson, Magma, Tarkovsky's "Stalker," David Altmejd, and more. Often it can be annoying for bands to send listeners into a sea of references, but that's mostly because it seems like an attempt to elevate their music or critique-proof it by setting out their goals as clearly as possible. But with Locrian, they're placing their music and its ideas in a tradition and inviting critique, asking listeners to see how they add up to the thinkers that got their gears going and the bands that inspired the music. "I should mention that we don't want to come off as 'preachy' that is not our intention," Hess says at one point, "We just all agree that this [extinction] is very important and we want folks to understand that this is happening. Just be alert and aware; learn about, talk about it, and help when you can." Locrian's latest album "Infinite Dissolution" it out today on Relapse Records. (Brandon Soderberg)

 

Hey brother, the man who taught you what it takes to be a Real American is, in the great tradition of white America, a racist. That's right, Hulkamaniacs: The Hulkster, aka Hulk Hogan, aka Terry Bollea, has reportedly been caught on tape expressing his dislike of black people. Gawker, who is in the midst of a $100 million lawsuit with Hogan for publishing a sex tape featuring the legendary wrestler, has all the details, including a transcript of Hulk apparently saying, "I mean, I am a racist, to a point, f*cking n*ggers." World Wrestling Entertainment has moved swiftly, terminating Hogan's contract, pulling all Hogan merchandise from its website, and removing Hogan's profile from its Hall of Fame. Always-entertaining old-school wrestler The Iron Sheik said on Twitter, "I SHOULD HAVE BROKE THE JABRONI HULK HOGAN FUCKING LEG WHEN I HAD THE CHANCE." (Brandon Weigel)

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