Julian Assange Album Cover

wikiroll.jpg The long-awaited Collateral Murder (2010) was released soon after and benefited from authentic, muscular riffs and a tortured atonality which highlighted its more aggressive sound. And yet the production's energy, while benefiting from Sugarcubes-esque rhythm work, offers a starkness often at odds with haunting melodies that remain fastidiously progressive in their length and (some contend) lack of clarity. The most exciting moments are, indeed, easy to miss, though the dark melancholy of the album as a whole is unavoidable. A tour de force, it vanquished memories of earnest but anemic efforts such as 2009's Trafigura and 2008's The Secret Bibles, which recalls Sting at his most superfluous. Nevertheless, few predicted Assange's stunning follow-up later in 2010, which would unite him with legendary proto-punk axeman Ellsberg and return him to the heights of 2006's seminal Julius Baer's Cayman Islands Banking Adventure. His status as this generation's Astley would be secured; but at what cost? Astley-Assange illo by @exiledsurfer via Artificial Eyes. Original Bonus Track by Ding.net.


    1. Yes! Now you say it, the resemblance, and discomfort, becomes obvious. Dobby. House-elf to the Russian Mafia families.

  1. Now Photoshop his head onto Julian Cope’s Saint Julian: though you do have to be old to have a copy of that!

    Think someone did side-by-side Vlad and Dobby in one of those “separated at birth” things….

    1. I missed that meme. I thought it originated on the Putin Sings! post comments. As in, today.

      There’s TOO MUCH to know! I can’t remember ALL the passwords!

    1. You. Are. A Sick, Sick person.

      That’s the first time I’ve howled out loud after perusing a link in someone’s comment on BoingBoing. That either makes me slow, or the world’s expert on Dentition in The Great Pacific Banana Slug, who sometimes hangs out at BoingBoing to see what the normal world is talking about.

      Kind of like a post-post-modern Nutty Professor. The good one, not that thing with Eddie Murphy.

  2. Julian Assange, voted by his graduating high school class as “Least Likely Ever to Append an L to His Last Name.”

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