Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution.

2034 (When Machines Start Eating People) | h. a. eugene

An old chestnut…


A dystopia (from Ancient Greek: δυσ-, “bad, ill”, and Ancient Greek: τόπος, “place, landscape”; alternatively cacotopia,[1] or anti-utopia) is the idea of a society in a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian, as characterized in books like Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four. Dystopian societies feature different kinds of repressive social control systems, various forms of active and passive coercion. Ideas and works about dystopian societies often explore the concept of humans abusing technology and humans individually and collectively coping, or not being able to properly cope with technology that has progressed far more rapidly than humanities spiritual evolution.

Dystopian societies are often imagined as police states, with unlimited power over the citizens.


Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II
Improvised explosive device
Apple pie
War Profiteer
Suicide attack
Black site
Full body scanner
The Emperor’s New Clothes
Security theater
Police state

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Architects+Heroes proudly announces it’s fifth record release: WARTHOG, by Burbank International.

WARTHOG is a series of character pieces based around songwriter/producer H. A. Eugene’s fascination with institutionalized paranoia, and the concept of “security theater”. It is set in the years following the 9/11 attacks.

Returning from a gig in 2002, Eugene was stopped by security at Bob Hope International Airport, in Burbank, CA, when a substance alleged to be used in the manufacture of explosives had been mistakenly detected on his bags. An invasive search of his equipment and luggage ensued, followed by a pointed interrogation wherein doubts were raised regarding his identity and his claim of being Filipino-American. The absurdity of this situation would eventually inspire the writing of WARTHOG.

WARTHOG is a departure from the alt-country and folk leanings of Burbank International’s previous release, City of Burbank. Here, Eugene employs a darker, more electric tone: live instrumentation contrasts with found sounds, and dub-stained vocals resonate against lo-fi rumblings to weave tales of sci-fi drug addiction, murderous commando raids, and endless surveillance. The result is a dark and noisome romp into the culture of a paranoid police state.

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For more information about H.A. Eugene and Architects+Heroes, please visit architectsandheroes.net

The Eclectic Boogaloo Hour (Music) with Amy 07/19/2011 12:00AM to 01:00AM

Gang Gang Dance “MindKilla” from Eye Contact (2011)
Radiohead “Morning Mr Magpie” from Morning Mr Magpie - Remix by Nathan Fake
Clams Casino “Gorilla” from http://www.thefader.com/2011/04/15/clams-casino-gorilla-mp3/ (2011)
Dunes “Tied Together” from http://www.pitchfork.com/forkcast/16009-tied-together/ (2011)
Washed Out “Soft” from Within and Without (2011)
Burbank International “I think we’re alone now” from Warthog (2011) from http://architectsandheroes.bandcamp.com/album/warthog-a-h004
Nature Boy “Heart to Fool” from http://www.amazon.com/Heart-to-Fool/dp/B0026IPCEI
Laurel Halo “Constant Index” from http://stereogum.com/755502/laurel-halo-constant-index-actress-violet-remix/mp3s/ (2011)
Eskmo “Cloudlight” from Cloudlight - Single (2010)
High Places “Modern Things” from Enjoyed: A tribute to Bjork’s “Post”. (2008)
Assymetrical Head “Forward Lateral” from http://architectsandheroes.bandcamp.com/album/forward-lateral-ep-a-h002 (2011)
Picture Plane “http://stereogum.com/731902/pictureplane-post-physical/mp3s/” from http://stereogum.com/731902/pictureplane-post-physical/mp3s/ (2011)
Balam Acab “Oh Why” from Wander/Wonder (2011)