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Jan 19

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While seemingly more "accessible" than any of Yo La Tengo's previous LPs, "And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out" is actually one of the most formless and elusive releases in the Hoboken, NJ band's catalog—yet one that deeply rewards repeat listens.

"And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out" is a dreamy underworld. A place in which to drown. Reverb cloaks Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley's voices until their croons are so faraway, so ... read more

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Sam's balanced falsetto had yet to quite perfectly crystallize, and yet his ear for skittering, glazed melodies was just as wonderfully intact on this, the Sea and Cake's debut...—and between a quiet hint of distortion ("So Long to the Captain"), the occasional horn ("The Lost Autumn"), and a splendid helping of bossa nova ("Culbara Cut", "Polio"), this LP is one of the group's most heterogeneous and exploratory. It's breezy, sure, but also ... read more
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Yes, John McEntire was exactly who Stereolab needed to help the group transcend the guitar, drum, and bass-centered sound of their earlier records—and to ultimately realize this LP: their pulsing, fractured, and elliptical masterpiece. From the first few moments of electronic noise on "Brakhage" to the furious breakbeat programming of "Parsec", Stereolab's amalgamation of electronics delivered them onto a flattened and multilayered creative interface, with melodies ... read more
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Tortoise, remarkably, find themselves the centre of a widening gyre of so-called "post-rock" groups—The Sea and Cake, Isotope 217, Chicago Underground, Sam Prekop, Gastr del Sol (through shared founding member Bundy K. Brown), Aerial M, Jim O'Rourke, David Grubbs, and now Brokeback, the "solo project" of bassist Doug McCombs—that each seem, rather than poor simulacrums of the "main project", in fact rigorous extensions of it—altercations to, ... read more
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The solo vibrophonist's latest feels uneasy and slight, her amorphous compositions contextualized only by the occasional guitar pedal. Precise, arrhythmic, and airy—situated in a space between genres.
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Contemporaneous releases from Devendra and Joanna tend to overshadow the greatness of their tour-mates' debut, also released, like Rejoicing in the Hands or The Milk-Eyed Mender, in the spring of 2004, before the magical, bygone sojourn of all three acts, together, that summer. Andy Cabic's sound is more clear-eyed and full-blooded than that of his friends, attached, crucially, to Jim Gaylord's tasteful violin phrasings and Alissa Anderson's elongate cello. There's something essentially ... read more
Jan 4, 2021
In 2021, I think, I'll be focusing a lot less on new music. Too often, I think, I feel compelled or obligated to listen to new records to "keep up" with all you guys—and with music culture at large. But I don't want to listen to a record because I feel obligated by external pressures. I want to listen to a record because I have an internal drive to do so. I want to escape from that chain of restitution. So expect a lot less interest, on my end, on new releases. Instead, I'm looking forward to doing a lot more in-depth discography reviews, with a particularly renewed focus on the 4AD, Drag City, and Matador back catalogs.
Dec 14, 2020
Your bio is fucking awesome.
...Your reviews are awesome as well.
Dec 4, 2020
"But when you get to the point where you're wary of any band that seems to think it's actually doing something cool-- even when that act's only gotten as far as selling a couple of hundred singles-- you're halfway to kneecapping any opportunity for bands to actually be cool".

Nitsuh Abebe, "Indie Will Eat Itself"

In other words, don't lampoon pretentiousness for its own sake; don't let visceral dismissal stand in for actual criticism.
Nov 30, 2020
Hi there. Good to hear! Difficult to say which area covered by post-structuralist thought attracts me the most, but "Body Without Organs" and "Of Grammatology" are some house favorites.
Nov 27, 2020
Almost forgot to mention: I've got a course on political philosophy next semester, which is only the second course featuring heavy use of philosophy in my education, so that should be nice!
Nov 27, 2020
I particularly can't wait to get into Deleuze, Foucault, Butler... but that stuff requires a more fundamental understanding of what came before. If you ever find the time, a reading list of what the most crucial path to post-structuralist thinking is would be amazing. Right now, it seems clear to me that understanding the three Greeks, people like Spinoza... is most important, but you might just be able to tell me that prior knowledge isn't a prerequisite to interaction with post-structuralist material, that'd be nice...
Nov 27, 2020
Anyway, I've recently come to realise just how important philosophy is to the fields I'm most interested in - the arts and politics. Truth be told, some of the stuff you said went ever so slightly over my head, but I guess that's inevitable considering my newness to the matter - and I did get the general gist of pretty much all of it. I've ordered a 1.000+ page book about western philosophy (Anthony Kenny's 'A New History of Western Philosophy'), which should be arriving somewhere this week. It's no 3/4-year university programme, but I would like to get to working a consistently paying job somewhere within the next decade, so it'll have to do. I can't wait to get to the bottom of one of society's most elusive practices - maybe one day we can actually have a chat about the subject matter with me approaching your level of understanding. I appreciate you taking the time out of your day for a comprehensive and understandable answer!
Nov 27, 2020
Wonderful explanations throughout! To be honest, I'm only really beginning my journey into philosophy. I'm currently studying political science, but I have come to truly hate everything it stands for and how neoliberalism has attached itself to about everything we come into contact with. Add to that the new wave of fascist wankers labeling themselves merely "conservative", it's enough to turn anyone off the subject matter. It's why I'm planning on finishing my master's degree - which should be next year - and jumping over to art science after, music in particular. Until then, I'll just be analysing the UAE and Qatar's reactions to islamist groupings in the Middle East since the Arab Spring, a geopolitical matter with a certain emotional distance built in; matter of not driving myself entirely insane.
Nov 26, 2020
Hi! Loaded question, but how would you define the difference between 1) structuralist and post-structuralist thought; 2) post-modernist and post-structuralist thought? Obviously very open concepts, but solid comprehension of them can be a bit difficult at times, so I thought it might be interesting to ask for your input on the blurry concepts. That way, I might be able to develop a more complete understanding of my own.
Oct 28, 2020
@pressrg - I'm glad the 2 suggestions resonated with you. Music is Life! - @daFigz™
Good music is an aesthetic redistribution of the sensible that is always already revolutionary. It's about cultivating a political practice, about channeling our anger against capitalism into a focused and thoughtful outlet: an insurgency on the streets as that praxis which constructs solidarity and comradeship, that replaces the logic of the colonized subject with that of the irreplaceable and non-isolable singularity.
I study poststructuralist philosophy and poetry @ Whitman College.
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