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I Wanna Be Literated #206
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“Is the Turk a White Man?” Race and Modernity in the Making of Turkish Identity by Murat Ergin It’s important to note that the title “Is the Turk a White Man?” is a reference to an article the New York Times published in 1909 and isn’t actually the question addressed in this book. That’s why it’s in quotation marks. Ergin simply uses it as a reference for the genesis of when Turkish identity was being explored in Western culture. The...

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Tuesday, 18 June 2019
Vinyl Vlog 385
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Elliott Smith Figure 8(photo: turntablelab.com) We’ve all had bands thrusted upon us. It happens all the times and is a totally viable way of getting into music. Sometimes it’s a band we’re tried to avoid for some reason like the Beatles who I never bothered with because I thought I was too busy with other music. But of course, the Beatles are the kind of music you have to play subconsciously in your head as a reference. My girlfriend at...

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Vinyl Vlog 384
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Talib Kweli Gravitas (photos: turntablelab.com) Thank God for Talib Kweli. It’s not just that the man is phenomenal at his craft, but that he’s maybe the highest profile rapper doing something with actual meaning. He cares about art and isn’t a megalomaniac. Spend some time with a Talib Kweli album and you’ll find, instead of bravado, money, and elitism, music that’s actually trying to elevate others. Kweli is a rapper for the people, in that sense. After all, this is...

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Tuesday, 11 June 2019
TV Party Tonight! #69
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Double Team – Retro VHS Look I have a soft spot for Jean Claude Van Damme, or JCVD for short. Ever since I was a little kid I had admiration for him and his action movies. Sure, I was fully on board with the Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Willis, Van Damme quartet of action stars, but something about JCDV always stood out for me. Partly because he was an actual martial arts expert, partly because he starred in Street Fighter and I...

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Friday, 07 June 2019
Vinyl Vlog 383
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Tasting The Sea LP by Vertacyn Arc Materializer. For some listeners, the nature of the Tasting The Sea LP will feel like a return to a different and remarkable time – in spite of the fact that it doesn’t much sound like anything that anyone has heard before. No, it’s the spirit of the record that feels familiar; from the moment a turntable’s stylus touches down on the A-side of the...

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Friday, 31 May 2019
TV Party Tonight! #68
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Crank One of the great things about the How Did This Get Made podcast is that on occasion they discuss a movie so great and underrated that it changes the game for you. For me, Crank was definitely one of those movies. Having dismissed it as a ridiculous cashgrab at first (like the stupid Hurricane Heist or Geostorm movies), I’ve since come to appreciate it as an incredibly punk rock effort. After watching Crank I was forced to...

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Thursday, 30 May 2019
I Wanna Be Literated #205
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Exhalationby Ted Chiang I’m sure I’m not the only one who had their mind completely blown by the movie Arrival. Being a sci-fi lover I was completely delighted by how little of it was about explosions and instead focused on communication and the life stream. A story like that deserves credit solely for how unique it is. Well, it turns out that unique story came from the mind of Ted Chiang. Exhalation is his latest collection of short stories, which...

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Thursday, 23 May 2019
I Wanna Be Literated #203
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Marx in the Age of Digital Capitalismby Christian Fuchs (Editor), Vincent Mosco (Editor) I have to stop reading books that sound like they’re impossible to read. Because, most of the time, it turns out they ARE impossible to read. I guess, I keep hoping that the authors or editor would find a way to present complex ideas in a way that’s easy for the reader to understand. Not so with Marx in the Age of Digital Capitalism. I’m just surprised...

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Thursday, 02 May 2019
Vinyl Vlog 382
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the A Broken Heart is an Open Heart LP/2CD set by Louise Lemon. As intellectually evasive as music genre names have the capacity to be (dig into music history, and you’ll realize how silly sub-genre names get – take post-hardcore or “screamo” for just two examples), there’s no question that Death Gospel (or Doom Gospel – depending upon the press release that one reads) chanteuse Louise Lemon has hit upon something truly...

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019
Vinyl Vlog 381
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The MonsieursSelftitled Worship the mighty Monsieurs! Here in Boston it’s hard to find a harder rocking trio of musicians who are cooler than the Monsieurs. They are just one of these bands that should be appreciated by the masses but at the same time are reserved for those who “get it.” And if you don’t get the Monsieurs, then you need to reconsider your priorities, sir. For the uninitiated, the Monsieurs play a dirty and uninhibited form of garage rock...

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Sunday, 21 April 2019