Black Mirror: Powerful and Thought Provoking (2015/12/21)
While perusing the high-brow discussions carried out in the YouTube comments of some forgotten video, one of the conversations I was reading somehow pointed me towards Black Mirror. I wish I could find whoever pointed the way, so I could thank them. So far, I’ve been writing reviews for media which I deem exceptional and well worth watching. This post is not an exception.
I’ve been working on the history of American culture for some time now, promising an article that I still haven’t finished. I started it, though, don’t worry. But here, I’ll present to you an interesting part of the research that I came across that was perfect. This movie represents a portion of American culture not by detailing the history, as most of us know the timeline, but by creating quintessential characters per generation. It’s a re-telling through life.
Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels 2 (2015/01/15)
This is the second album from “Run the Jewels” which is Killer Mike and El-P’s duo.
The Weatherman – Who knows. (2015/01/10)
“The Weatherman” is probably my favorite Nick Cage movie ever. Granted he’s a really prolific actor, and I normally steer clear because sometimes his movies are shit (See: Ghost Rider), but some of his movies are on point. Along with “Lord of War”, this one is in my uneducated opinion one of his best.
For the uninitiated, the beat generation essentially consisted of the cultural movement that sprang up after a number of writers came into popularity during the 50’s, including Ginsberg, Burroughs and Kerouac. This movie is a portrayal of the Kammerer murder, an event that occured early on, during the beat generations beginnings.
Waking Life, A Philosophical Curiosity. (2014/11/16)
I’ve seen this movie a few times, and it has had some impact. It’s fun to explore some of the ideas embedded in its plot. Some of it I think was pretty light and more of a curiosity or intended to spark some emotional connection and mix it with some purposeful philosophy more-so than delve too deep, because trying to flesh it out doesn’t lead to much. In more concrete terms, certain subplots are not fleshed out because they are not intended to be fully reasoned arguments, but fun sort of philosophical curiosities. Note by “light” and “fun” I don’t mean it in the way movies are generally deemed “light”. This can be a heavy movie if you get to thinking about it.
Hanatarash: The Creative Chaos Before Boredoms (2014/08/29)
Yamataka Eye is a musician that needs no introduction for those in the noise music scene. He’s the closest thing the Boredoms has to a frontman, the same goes for the now inactive Hanatarash. Hanatarash existed in the early 80’s and became defunct in the 90’s. Boredoms started off as another music project that ultimately succeeded Hanatarash, taking several elements from them in their early music. Many seem to ignore Hanatarash or consider it an old relic of what became the Boredoms, a mere stepping stone in their musical evolution. I wholeheartedly disagree, in fact, many Hanatarash works are incredible when it comes to raw power and creativity.
Jesu - Ascension (2014/08/15)
Jesu’s Ascension is a fairly recent-ish album, released in 2011. The album continues the atmospheric, post-metal/post-rock/slow style of their previous albums, although this one seems to be somewhat more accessible (however, still not as accessible as Silver or Conqueror were) than previous releases such as 2004’s self-titled album and their E.P Heart Ache.
Emotionally, this band has had a huge influence on me. It turned me from a pessimistic without a reason fuckwit into an optimistic, philanthropic, social optimist who managed to obtain a social life and lose it again, but this time, rebuild it in a month rather than 2 years.
Vibin' Out – Isaiah Rashad’s Cilvia Demo, an E.P. (2014/08/14)
Isaiah Rashad was relatively recently signed to TDE. TDE, for the uninitiated, is Top Dog Entertainment, the label of Kendrick Lamar, School Boy Q, et al. He dropped Cilvia Demo on January 28, 2014, and it’s pretty fucking good. As per the title, you can vibe out to it. One can put it on, sit back, relax, and enjoy it.