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Raf Simons S/S 2015.

Raf Simons S/S 2015.

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"Theoretical chemist and Royal Society fellow David Glowacki was ejected from a performance in Bristol of Handel’s Messiah for attempting to crowd-surf. ‘David was investigating the nature of the rules,’ said the artistic director."

[Weekly Review] | Harper’s Magazine

So good.

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"Here’s an example of lock-in: imagine if vanilla ice cream were sold in 90% of restaurants, but chocolate ice cream was only available at 30% of restaurants. Vanilla would become the most eaten ice cream choice because of a supply-side decision. Eventually, supplying chocolate ice cream would become so expensive due to a perceived lack of demand that less and less restaurants would offer it until no restaurants offered it. News discovery is like adding more and more supply-side vanilla ice cream to restaurant menus until we no longer hear about any other kind of ice cream.

In academic circles, lock-in has well-known negative affects. As you read these, consider if they sound familiar to any news organizations you read:

* It creates a perception of popularity, which many people incorrectly equate to value.

* It creates barriers for suppliers to offer other options, because (over time) other options become more expensive to offer.

* It can eventually create monopolies, which have a host of additional negative effects on competitive, free-market economies

As long as media organizations act in ways that limit the spread of information, they are undercutting their own market value."

Path Dependency and News Discovery Algorithms (via christinefriar)

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Live Blog of the New Shabazz Palaces Album Listen #1

You can’t really expect anything going in, but already when that beat hits on all synth stereo bounce, it’s pretty chill. I’m pretty high and then there’s this bright guitar and when the vocals come in and the meter is slightly lopsided. My eyes are so wide with how incredible the mix is. I aspire to this music. I immediately regret listening to this in headphones for the first listen because the sound is designed so well for it to breath. Back on the Bose. The production is astounding and the vibe is getting eyes in the way of my tears and a chest in the way of my heart. Underwater seance. I imagine this song “Forerunner Foray” is about the rush to be the first of any kind at whatever cost in this information drenched society. Don’t think I didn’t notice the bleed between tracks 1 and 2. Madlib vibes with the sample here. Then again, Madlib was rarely brave enough to put the rap right on the sample. This is an Album album, I can already feel it. His flow is finally matched by the harmony of these synths. It feels so focused and pure and Now and a little more joyous than the last release. There’s an obvious sensitivity to the musical climate here. This is so far beyond. Avant slap with a bounce. This is some of the chillest aggressive music I’ve ever heard. These guys are hungry but know how to use a mandolin. The thirst for new sounds is real. “There are higher themes to climb” basically defines this music. He’s always been good about destroying the boundaries of his music with the very music itself. Back in headphones now for “Harem Aria.” This is…. OH MY GOD “ISHMAEL.” Is this the first rap ever composed as a waltz? Homies are listening to too much Animal Collective! Rap twitter is probably going to hate this. The production is too weird and the lyrics lack machismo. This is definitely an experience and I’m strangely proud this album exists. The thing I think I’ve always liked about Shabazz Palaces is the group’s ability to hit so many points at once… it’s at least for me the cross-section of everything I look for in music: sonically fresh, culturally true, financially irrelevant, aesthetically masterful, narratively undersaturated. The juxtapositions on “#CAKE” are just bizarre and when the female vocals phase out, my eyes roll back in my head for a second. This is so unapologetically intellectual (the album not this writing). Oh my god he names “Kanye” along with “Neptune” and “Dallas” in this role call at the end of “#CAKE.” Who better, what with the hashtag rap phenomenon. God listening to this is like watching someone carve a canoe. “Colluding Oligarchs” is totally the name of a song by a grindcore band from Utah or something. I think this is a song about the music industry: “they’ll never touch the carpets.” Oh and sure enough there’re some enharmonic metal guitar riffs in the back half.  This sounds like an YVETTE song. I wonder if they would do a remix project with us. I really need another rapper on this one track I have. Lil B never responded. SOMETIMES I WONDER IF LIL B IS JUST A BRAND :( Like this next song has the Keytar ™ which is good but it doesn’t sound like there’s much Keytar. Frankly this one’s kind of a snoozer but I bet they know it and they’re about to blow us away with something. This reminds me of when Saul Williams first really starting moving toward being a “musician” rather than a “poet”—it wasn’t that great at first. Anyway that’s just this one track. Kinda flat in comparison. This high-pitched radar blips on “Motion Sickness” are mixed in such a weird awesome spot that I hear them in my cheekbones. This is probably the cleanest rap on the record, which speaks to the clarity of the production here. That sample at the end is so humble and perfect. “New Black Wave” is actually ripe for remix. The flow is so banging man. Get in there and dig in to the vocals before he dumps all that delay on them and this could be as tuff as “In Da Club.” This is a really good album. I need more time with it because he makes the words hard to hear on purpose. But musically it’s pretty out there and interesting and tight all at once so I think I am in support, based on precedent. “Sonic MythMap for the Trip Back” sounds like a Dior Paint upgrade and is totally fucking pretentious and making assumptions of the album. But you know what, it works and it’s a well-deserved stupid little victory lap. But it’s like clapping for the charioteer: he doesn’t actually have to move. In stoicism, he’s winning the race.

Father Figure is a band that’s me and Matty

Father Figure is a band that’s me and Matty

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Full Transcript of Breakthrough Radio Interview Re: 285 Kent

I was contacted by a reporter about this petition I wrote: https://www.change.org/petitions/jay-z-and-beyonce-save-285-kent

He didn’t publish the whole thing, not sure why. 

Hi Zach - 

Thanks for getting in touch. Here are some answers for you. Please do not quote me in excerpt.
Is this the first petition you’ve ever written? What inspired you to include Jay-Z and Beyonce?
This is not the first petition I’ve ever written. This is not even the first fake petition I’ve ever written. In fact, I write fake petitions like this one all the time. It’s a way of bridging what I call “radical slacktivism” with things I actually care about, generating commentary on these admittedly insular issues by the absurdity of the prospect that anyone would maintain hope for a possibility such as Jay Z and Beyonce swooping in to save a marginally profitable space. Why would they do that? They had a stake in Barclay’s, for god’s sake. The truth of the matter was that 285 Kent did not close because of money and this fake petition was intentionally misguided.

How do you think the closing of 285 Kent could affect the DIY community?
To answer this question, I’m going to cite, in part, Mos Def’s “Fear Not of Man:” “Listen.. people be askin me all the time / ‘Yo Mos, what’s gettin ready to happen with Hip-Hop?’ / (Where do you think Hip-Hop is goin?) / I tell em, ‘You know what’s gonna happen with Hip-Hop? / Whatever’s happening with us’ / If we smoked out, Hip-Hop is gonna be smoked out / If we doin alright, Hip-Hop is gonna be doin alright / People talk about Hip-Hop like it’s some giant livin in the hillside / comin down to visit the townspeople / We (are) Hip-Hop / Me, you, everybody / we are Hip-Hop / So Hip-Hop is goin where we goin / So the next time you ask yourself where Hip-Hop is goin / ask yourself.. where am I goin? How am I doin?”
Did you anticipate your petition would get the amount of attention that it has so far? How likely do you think its success will be?
The only amount of attention I wanted my fake petition to get was 285 signatures. When it went beyond that, I was pretty teed off. However, I did take issue with the Brooklyn Magazine piece on my fake petition. The author wrote: “[…] whoever wrote this couldn’t come up with anyone more interesting than Grimes for a hypothetical week-long residency.” I chose Grimes as the apogee artist in my fake petition because she recently had signed to Roc Nation. This was not a matter of “interesting” or “artistic.” 285 Kent closing and Grimes signing to Roc Nation have more in common than we’d like to think — it’s the intersection of two perceived-disparate cultural strata.   

Some critics have stated that asking for money from millionaires goes against what the scene at 285 was all about. How do you feel about this reaction?

I feel great that critics responded to my fake petition.

Tell me one of the craziest stories you’ve experienced at the venue.
The wording of this question is odd. But I know what you’re asking, and it’s hard to answer because 285 Kent wasn’t any more “crazy” than any other venue. It was just better. I think I’ve seen more shows there than any other venue in America. So anything I could have experienced that was “crazy,” i.e. odd for the “best” space, would be the “worst” thing. So by rational standards, the “worst” thing I experienced at this music venue was getting beat up at an Iceage show while someone lit firecrackers in the pit. Long live 285 Kent. 
How do you think the Brooklyn DIY scene will evolve in the years ahead?
#FF @TheMoney
Best,
dwe

A Number of Thoughts on How Social Media Has Warped Me

jeremydlarson:

Maybe this is the year I wean myself off social media and become a member of the hermetically sealed off-the-grid society. That’s the dream, the Walden-esque dream of puttering about in a sugar shack surrounded by great cedars and pines and of course maples, wearing oversized cable-knit sweaters…

entergodmode:

COMMON INTERESTS WERE NOT ENOUGH TO KEEP US TOGETHER
godmode valentine’s day compilation
a not exactly subtle breakup with ourselves
16 more or less brand new songs
the debut recordings ofSHAMIR (vegas-born gospel house, what a voice), FITNESS (fucked up depeche mode vibes), SOFT LIT (have you ever been honestly in love?), FATHER FIGURE (mina said it sounds like ‘braveheart’, all i hear is ‘waterworld’)
new music and other left turns fromTHE FLAG, COURTSHIP RITUAL, SLEEPIES, FASANO, MR. DREAM
deep cuts fromALAN WATTS, YVETTE
out 14 feb 14
reverse-printed j-card “story art” a/k/a “the new look” a/k/a “fuck all y’all for ripping off the stamps”
c-60 pink cassette limited to 100, hand-numbered, etc.
press contact nbs at entergodmode dot com
i have photos of these people
most of them anyway
GODMODE CAT NO GM054.
'common interests' available now for $6.50 at the GODMODE shop
sure we’ll send you mp3s 
just give us a minute
fondly
nick & talya

entergodmode:

COMMON INTERESTS WERE NOT ENOUGH TO KEEP US TOGETHER

godmode valentine’s day compilation

a not exactly subtle breakup with ourselves

16 more or less brand new songs

the debut recordings of
SHAMIR (vegas-born gospel house, what a voice), FITNESS (fucked up depeche mode vibes), SOFT LIT (have you ever been honestly in love?), FATHER FIGURE (mina said it sounds like ‘braveheart’, all i hear is ‘waterworld’)

new music and other left turns from
THE FLAG, COURTSHIP RITUAL, SLEEPIES, FASANO, MR. DREAM

deep cuts from
ALAN WATTS, YVETTE

out 14 feb 14

reverse-printed j-card “story art” a/k/a “the new look” a/k/a “fuck all y’all for ripping off the stamps”

c-60 pink cassette limited to 100, hand-numbered, etc.

press contact nbs at entergodmode dot com

i have photos of these people

most of them anyway

GODMODE CAT NO GM054.

'common interests' available now for $6.50 at the GODMODE shop

sure we’ll send you mp3s 

just give us a minute

fondly

nick & talya

richardgin:

Good morning internet friends! I am pleased and proud to announce Shea (‪#‎SHEA‬ on Instragram, #SHEA on the Twitter. Don’t use hashtags on Facebook), my new zine is DONE and for SALE to YOU! Pix and ordering information in the link below. 

A brief description: 

5 years of pictures from one of my favorite places in New York, Shea Stadium — in both its incarnations. Screaming; hollering; screamhollering. Bodies, oh God, the bodies — they are everywhere and they are all young and beautiful. The best friends you will ever have on the best night of your life. Handsome covers printed in glowing silver ink by my good friends at ACME Letterpress. 

Please consider ordering this if you owe me, in lieu of drinks.

Please consider ordering this for your nieces and nephews if you are afraid they will end up boring. 

Please consider ordering this if you are in it, because soon you will be burdened with responsibilities and a job and being in a smelly room on a Tuesday doesn’t sound as fun as a new episode of NCIS.

I love you all. 

Order:

First edition numbered and limited to 105 copies:


https://www.etsy.com/listing/176143045/shea

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