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That’s right, I said it

May 7, 2011

Goddamn am I sick of the gratuitous exploitation of the word Dubstep.  The global ass-raping this poor genre has had to endure over the past 5 or so odd years since it “blew up” is beyond awful.  Indeed, what was once a tight little scene of FWD>>looking London producers has been stretched and fucked into a shapeless corpse that no longer bears even a passing resemblance to dub, save for the tempo.

It’s a word that is now meaningless, or at least so far removed from its etymological roots, as to be essentially so.

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Braving Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations

April 13, 2011

So I was strolling through the neighborhood the other day when I was suddenly overcome with the  unsettling notion that I am getting dumber.  That as I become better adjusted, I am becoming stupid. Or if you wish, that my alienation is proportionate and some how causally related to my intellectual capacity.

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So, it’s come to this

April 6, 2011

On a recent BART ride, I couldn’t help noticing a full-page ad proclaiming AT&T the only carrier that allows iPhone users to simultaneously talk and browse the web.

So from now on, when I’m talking on the phone, there’s a good chance I’ll be competing for someone’s attention with Google or Facebook, eBay or any one of a thousand sites said person could be looking at after they finish their conversation with me.

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New Yorker publishes new David Foster Wallace short story

March 17, 2011

New Yorker

The New Yorker recently published Backbone, a new short story by the one and only  David Foster Wallace.  If you love the late great author as much as I do, then any morsel from him is worth getting excited about.

“Every whole person has ambitions, objectives, initiatives, goals. This one particular boy’s goal was to be able to press his lips to every square inch of his own body.

His arms to the shoulders and most of his legs beneath the knee were child’s play. After these areas of his body, however, the difficulty increased with the abruptness of a coastal shelf. The boy came to understand that unimaginable challenges lay ahead of him. He was six.”

 

Read the whole thing here.    And watch out for The Pale King next month.

http://www.thehowlingfantods.com/dfw/

Baths releases new side project via internetz

January 3, 2011

Will Weisenfield, who was responsible for some  2010’s most engaging music (IMHO of course), has produced a new album titled Mend, under his Geotic moniker. And he’s just giving it away for free!

This project is a bit different than Cerulean, the landmark debut he released on Anticon last summer as Baths.

The razor-sharp precision and obsessive attention to sonic minutae has been abandoned in favor of  a more flowingly freestyle instrumental simplicity. Swaths of celestial ambiance and plucked acoustic guitar characterize the majority of Mend.  It’s a wide-open, outdoorsy even, in much the same vein Bibio. Perfect beddy-bye listening if you’re the type of person who even enjoys to music even in their sleep.

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Not only that, he’s offering all of the stuff he’s produced as Geotic (dating back to 2008) for free here.

Winter of Our Disconnect

December 26, 2010

It snowed like a foot over Christmas.  Here’s a lickle “wintery mix” I whipped up to commemorate the occasion.

TRACKLIST:

Igloo Karen O & The Kids

Neighborhood 1 (Tunnels) : The Arcade Fire

White Winter Hymnal Fleet Foxes

Personal Winter Teebs

I Do Not Care For the Winter Sun : Beach House

Warm and Sunny Days : The Dears

Na Na Na : The Knife

Winter Vacation : Atlas Sound

Endless White : Flying Lotus

Eskimo Snow : Why?

Colorado : Grizzly Bear

Choirs of Winter : Tamaryn

Whiteout : Lotus Plaza

Forcasa 3 : Bola

Tundra Kingdom : Joshua Wentz

I Think I Can : Animal Collective

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence : Ryuchi Sakamoto

http://www.filesonic.com/file/113097324 (this is the link, wordpress is just being retarded.)

[edit: looking back on the tracklist: this is pretty hipster-ish. LOL]

The 8-bits of Christmas

December 25, 2010

Q: What happens when you gather a bunch of techie musicians/artists — born of the NES generation — who possess a common a love of all things 8-bit, and sit them down to make a Christmas album?

A: You end up with something like  The 8-bits of Christmas.

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If you likey the sound, definitely check their website.

http://www.8bitpeoples.com/