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Is Survival Always the Best Option? Pessimism, Anti-Natalism and Bloodchildren

Posted by Charles Reece, September 14, 2014 09:35am | Post a Comment
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If we count not only the unusually severe harms that anybody could endure, but also the quite routine ones of ordinary human life, then we find that matters are still worse for cheery procreators. It shows that they play Russian roulette with a fully loaded gun -- aimed, of course, not at their own heads, but at those of their future offspring. – David Benatar, Better Never to Have Been, p. 92

Benatar’s anti-natalism is not likely to capture the popular imagination any time, soon; probably never, I’d wager. What kind of person accepts that it would be for the best should humanity stop reproducing? But a few metaphysical defeatists do indeed take some solace in it, at least by discovering a comrade in bleakness who attempts rational arguments for our shared existential plight – justifications that aren’t reducible to some mere psychological fracture.

The psychologistic dismissals of pessimism are widespread, most recently and disappointingly exemplified by writer Nic Pizzolatto in his TV series, True Detective. Disappointing, because Pizzolatto clearly shares my love for the most ontologically downtrodden horror author working today, Thomas Ligotti. Nevertheless, after 7 hours of episodes that dismantle straight guy Marty Hart’s ideas of family, hard work and law as delusional distractions which keep him from confronting the abysmal punchlines consistently delivered by pessimistic funny man Rust Cohle, and despite having the latter nearly quote Ligotti verbatim at times [1], Pizzolatto betrays all of this with a denouement that makes the show into little more than religious propaganda hidden in a blighted form. Rust has a metaphysical conversion in the finale after a near death visitation by his dead daughter and father: he begins to see little rays of hope peeking out of the darkness of the nighttime sky. Turns out it was the trauma of losing a child and of not having reconciled with his father – genetically, a future deadend and an unresolved past – that lead to those previously expressed dark thoughts, and not, say, facing the objective ramifications of the eternal perspective, or
sub specie aeternitatis
, which can only reveal an end to humanity, its concerns and all its artifacts. Rust and the audience need no longer worry about such ramifications with the hope of continuing as an immortal soul. Ligotti refers to such pessimistic flimflam as a “façade of ruins, a trompe l'oeil of bleakness.” (Ligotti, p. 147)

Lost 1995 Cougnut Interview: 13th Annual Cougnut Memorial Concert Tonight in SF

Posted by Billyjam, September 13, 2014 11:45am | Post a Comment
      

In honor of the legacy of San Francisco rap legend Cougnut and just in time for tonight's (Sept 13, 2014) heartfelt 13th anniversary memorial concert at Brick & Mortar Music Hall - with Baldhead Rick, Shag Nasty, TCEquipto, Michael Marshall, Cellski, Black C, and more -  today I uncovered a radio interview I conducted with the late great SF rapper 19 years ago. It aired back on November 18th 1995 on several pirate stations I was on when the beloved SF hip-hop artist, who died on September 4th 2001 in a car crash while returning from a fishing trip,  was readying for the then upcoming release of I.M.P.'s Ill Mannered Playas which would be released in early 1996 on In-A-Minute Records.

In the interview Cougnut talks about such things as the production and guests on the 13 track album focusing on tracks such as "Shinin' Star" (one of a few he personally produced on that LP) and the ever-engaging album track "Public Execution" which he relayed was the "story of when I was locked down and my celly who is never getting out....He's on life with no parole....on death row in San Quentin" and the life story that person shared with Cougnut while both were incarcerated together. He also talks about UNLV who contribute to several of the album's tracks including "The Bay Way" - the song that Cougnut stressed that he really wanted people to listen to out of all the ones featuring UNLV on that 1996 I.M.P. album. Coincidentally UNLV's Baldhead Rick is the person presenting tonight's highly recommended show at Brick & Mortar at 1710 Mission Street in San Francisco. Saturday September 13th, 2014. 9pm show. 18+ $10 More info.

New Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 9/12 - Dopplereffekt, Simoncino, Gauss and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 12, 2014 05:41pm | Post a Comment
Dopplereffekt - Hypnagogia
Dopplereffekt/Objekt
 
Hypnagogia 12"

Leisure System

A rather inspired pairing of Gerard Donald's post-Drexciya project and the young, talented Objekt. The Dopplereffekt side is dreamy, filmic electro with some gorgeous string swells. It's excellent, as you would expect. Objekt's contribution is similarly widescreen, surprisingly incorporating a bit of glitch and ambient into the electro bounce.

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Simoncino - Abele DanceSimoncino
 
Abele Dance 12"
 
L.I.E.S.
 
Simoncino is back on L.I.E.S. and he's not messing around. For the most part, these are minor-key analog hardware jackathons, the B2 on some forgotten Warehouse Records release. The title track is both wilder and more subtle, full of spinning polyrhythms and a serpentine flute synth lead.
 
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Brett Dancer
Brett Dancer
 
The Hybrid 12"
 
NDATL Musik
 
Smooth yet propulsive tracks from the deep house veteran. The tracks here imbue smooth as silk pads with a bit of techno edge which emanates from the rhythm section. Among the most successful is "Someone" which uses several layers of synths and a soulful vocal sample over a slightly restless 303 line. 
 
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Sterac
 
The Hypnoticus 12"
 
Delsin
 
Steve Rachmad pops off with another dark, groovy techno track following his excellent 2014 entry for Klockworks. The Hypnoticus makes you think of some kind of pocketwatch swinging mythical being. In fact, it's referring to the slight modulation of the very simple groove and its effect on the ears and mind. The track is 6 minutes long but could be perceived as anything from 30 seconds to an eternity during the witching hour.
 
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Skander - Dirge

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Show Recap: Jhene Aiko at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, September 12, 2014 04:48pm | Post a Comment

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For an artist who was essentially just releasing her first LP, Jhene Aiko certainly came across as a star when she performed at Amoeba Hollywood Sept. 10.

Aiko, of course, is not unknown; she has guested on numerous hip-hop tracks, perhaps most notably singing the heartfelt opening to Drake’s “From Time,” off of one of the biggest albums of the past couple of years. Still, despite her apparent rolodex of big-name artists, Aiko herself has remained curiously in the shadows.

Until now, that is. Her first full-length LP, Souled Out, is an elegant collection of breathy L.A. soul with just the right hip-hop touch. It’s an album that puts her front-and-center, unlike her .sailing soul(s). mixtape and Sail Out EP, which drew on such high-profile guest stars as Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West. This time, save for a last-minute guest spot from Common, Aiko’s pretty much sailing alone. That seemed just fine with the line of fans who stretched around the block at Amoeba for the chance to see her:

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Weekly Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, Dilated Peoples, Los Rakas, Band of Broken Puppets, Cougnut Memorial, L'Orange + more

Posted by Billyjam, September 12, 2014 03:26pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 09:12:14

1) Jeezy Seen It All: The Autobiography (Def Jam)

2) Wiz Khalifa  Blacc Hollywood [Deluxe Edition] (Atlantic)

3) Dilated Peoples Directors of Photography (Rhymesayers)

4) Madlib Rock Konducta  (Madlib Invazion)

5) Childish Gambino Because The Internet (Glassnote)

Southern rap icon Young Jeezy who is now known as simply Jeezy went straight to the number slot on the latest Amoeba Hollywood hip-hop chart, as well as on the latest Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart,  with his brand new twelve track Def Jam release  Seen It All: The Autobiography.  Also released in a Deluxe CD version, that sports three bonus tracks, the album finds the rapper serving up more of his self-described "diarrhea flow." Jay-Z, who joins Jeezy on the lead single track "Seen It All," is among the several guests who collaborate on Seen It All. The others include Rick Ross, Akon, Game, Lil Boosie, and Future. The music video for the album track "Me Ok" appears down below, as does the music video for "KK" featuring Project Pat and Juicy J by weed fan Wiz Khalifa off his new joint  Blacc Hollywood [Deluxe] on Atlantic that is this week's number two chart entry. Along with Madlib's Rock Konducta  and Childish Gambino's Because The Internet, the other chart entry this week is the highly recommended new Dilated Peoples album Directors of Photography which is not just a five-star album (not one bad song on here) but is also nicely packaged with a whole set of polaroid like pictures with info on the back of each. Also below is the just produced video for the current L'orange album track "I Need You (feat. Blu)" Other videos below include the brand new ones from new group Band of Broken Puppets' (Azeem + Ancient Astronauts) fun rocking track "When Bruce Willis Had Hair," and Oakland's now major label duo Los Rakas ("We Dem Rakas (Hola)"). Speaking of Bay Area based artists and new music videos San Francisco rap crew BPos will be shooting their new video for "Party Mardigra" tomorrow, Saturday September 13th at 8pm, at the corner of Ashby and California (one block up from Sacramento) in Berkeley. It is also a potluck BBQ - or rather a "Pos Luck" BBQ so bring some eats to throw on the grill. Also happening in the Bay tomorrow is a tribute concert to late great Cougnut - the much beloved old school local rapper who tragically was killed in a car accident thirteen years ago on his way home from a fishing weekend. The memorial concert party will include performances from Equipto, Michael Marshall, Cellski, Black C, Baldhead Rick, Shag Nasty, and TC. 9pm at Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco. $10. 18+ More info.

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