Category Archives: The Arts

Mariachi Band Covers Slayer

There is a mariachi band that performs covers of metal songs. They’re called Metalachi. They recently covered Slayer’s “Raining Blood,” and Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo joined them on stage. It’s a bizarre combination, but they sure do look like they were having fun up there. Click here if the embedded video doesn’t work.


Modern Art

‘Hamburglar’ Artist Throws Gnawed Cheeseburgers at People From Bike

Or if you prefer, here’s a link to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s online Titian exhibit.

The Arts: Voltaire vs. Rousseau

Voltaire 1, Rousseau 0:

As the history of ancient China, Greece and Rome testifies, by bringing people together in the shared enjoyment of the ‘pure pleasures of the mind’ public theatre renders human beings more sociable in their dealings, more moderate in their behaviour, and keener in their judgement. Those nations that are without it cannot be ‘included in the ranks of civilized countries’. Well, at least the pastors of Geneva now knew where they stood. And Rousseau too. ‘Reading your book,’ Voltaire told him, ‘fills one with the desire to walk on all fours.’

Roger Pearson, Voltaire Almighty: A Life in Pursuit of Freedom, p. 248.

The Geneva slur refers to Calvinism, an art-hostile religious doctrine that dominated Geneva during Voltaire and Rousseau’s lifetimes.

Worth noting: Both men were artists at heart. Voltaire first gained fame as a playwright and a poet, and later as a historian and a satirist. Rousseau was a talented musician and composer who later made his name in philosophy.

Strangely, Rousseau was openly hostile to the arts. They are evidence of civilization, a project he largely opposed without any sense of irony.

Erik Satie’s Trois Gymnopedies

This is a beautiful piece of music. I post it for no other reason. Do enjoy, and click here if the embedded video doesn’t work.

CEI Podcast for July 21, 2011: Stopping the Music


Have a listen here.

Tough economic times are forcing symphony orchestras across the country to cut budgets and lay off staff, and in some cases shut down entirely. Labor Policy Counsel Vinnie Vernuccio, who coauthored a recent op-ed in the New York Daily News, finds that labor unions, by resisting necessary changes and limiting organizations’ ability to adapt to hard times, are doing more harm than good for the arts.

The Decline and Fall of Modern Art

Headline: Logger hauls away sculpture mistaken for wood pile

The sculptor told CTV, “I think I’ll have to have a sign put up, but part of the art is to work in harmony with nature surrounding it.”

Fortunately, he seems to have taken the incident in good humor.

International Day of Slayer

Today is the International Day of Slayer.  I’ve been a fan for almost twenty years now — but not quite on the level of this guy.

To celebrate, here is the video for 1990’s “Seasons in the Abyss.” This is the song that introduced me to Slayer, and remains one of my favorites. Unlike much of the music I listened to back then, it has aged quite well. See for yourself:

And just for fun, here is a gospel version of 1986’s “Angel of Death.”

If you like the heavy stuff, and haven’t gotten into Slayer, they have a rich and rewarding catalogue. Everything from 1986’s “Reign in Blood” up to 2006’s “Christ Illusion” ranks with the best of the genre.

And just to tie this in to the immigration issue, drummer Dave Lombardo is Cuban, and singer/bassist Tom Araya is Chilean. Both moved to the Los Angeles area at a young age. If the U.S. had a closed border policy as some conservatives now favor, an entire genre of music might never have been born.

If you like the heavy stuff, and haven’t gotten into Slayer, they have a rich and rewarding catalogue.