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TONITE: Win Tix To See Flying Lotus @ The Tower

October 14th, 2014

 

Boy, oh boy! You lucky ducks! The Tower just dropped into our lap  a small chunk of tix to see sonic sorcerer Flying Lotus at the Tower Theater tonight. Time is short so we’re gonna keep this one easy-peasy. All you have to do is join our mailing list (at the bottom of the masthead) and then send us a note at FEED@PHAWKER.COM telling us you do so along with your full name and mobile number for confirmation and the magic words FLYING LOTUS in the subject line. Good luck and…er, what’s that? You have no earthly idea who the Flying Lotuses are and why should you even care in the first place?!? First of all don’t use that tone of voice with me young man/lady, second of all we shouldn’t have to do your homework for you, but like I said time is short. So check it out, for real:

Every so often there comes an artist who both can defy and define genres. For EDM, these musicians are few and far between – we see far more imitators than trend-setters. Producers also tend to stick to what they know – a lot of the time an artist never lets his music escape the confines of his own macbook. It’s exciting when a producer tries out new methods and styles to create music, and experimenters are important figures in the world of art. Surely it is those who break free from the confines of the status quo and delve into unknown territory that can create something that seems unreal. “Avant Garde” is hardly a label electronic musicians can earn; that title is generally reserved for artists in jazz and painting. With the advent of modern software synthesis and audio processing comes a new era of music, where a person is practically free to create any soundscape he wants.

Flying Lotus is one of these game-changing, genre bending figures that only comes along every so often. Finding his roots in hip-hop, jazz, and turntablism, Steven Ellison A.K.A. Flying Lotus has been releasing music with Warp Records since 2007. He is no underground artist either – Flying Lotus is the seventh most followed person on soundcloud with almost four million followers.  Not only is Flying Lotus a music producer, he has a hip-hop alter ego, Captain Murphy, who appears as a shadowy figure based on an Adult Swim show. Captain Murphy is not Lotus’s only link to Adult Swim; Flylo has produced a large portion of the music the program plays randomly in between shows. Music is literally in this man’s blood; Steven Ellison is the great nephew of the jazz pianist Alice Coltrane, wife of the great saxaphone player John Coltrane. On the note of the sax, Flylo has even been called “the jazz of EDM”. I’ve been told that by several different people Flying Lotus released his fifth studio album You’re Dead! (Warp) — featuring Snoop Dogg, Kendrick LaMar and Herbie Hancock — on October 7. MORE

Got it? Get it. Good. You’re welcome. Good luck and godspeed, man!

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LISTEN: Howard Stern Vs. Neil Young

October 14th, 2014

 

DISCUSSED: Manson, Kent State, Buffalo Springfield, “Southern Man,” Pono, Woodstock, CSNY

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NICK KRISTOF: When Whites Just Don’t Get It

October 14th, 2014

 

NEW YORK TIMES: After the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., I wrote a couple of columns entitled “When Whites Just Don’t Get It.” The reaction to those columns — sometimes bewildered, resentful or unprintable — suggests to me that many whites in America don’t understand the depths of racial inequity lingering in this country. This inequity is embedded in our law enforcement and criminal justice system, and that is why Bryan Stevenson may, indeed, be America’s Mandela. For decades he has fought judges, prosecutors and police on behalf of those who are impoverished, black or both. When someone is both and caught in the maw of the justice system — well, Stevenson jokes that “it’s like having two kinds of cancer at the same time.”

“We have a system that treats you better if you’re rich and guilty than if you’re poor and innocent,” he adds. Stevenson, 54, grew up in a poor black neighborhood in Delaware and ended up at Harvard Law School. He started the Equal Justice Initiative, based in Montgomery, Ala., to challenge bias and represent the voiceless. It’s a tale he recounts in a searing, moving and infuriating memoir that is scheduled to be published later this month, “Just Mercy.” Stevenson tells of Walter McMillian, a black Alabama businessman who scandalized his local community by having an affair with a married white woman. Police were under enormous pressure to solve the murder of an 18-year-old white woman, and they ended up arresting McMillian in 1987.

The authorities suppressed exculpatory evidence and found informants to testify against McMillian with preposterous, contradictory and constantly changing stories. McMillian had no serious criminal history and had an alibi: At the time of the murder, he was at a church fish fry, attended by dozens of people who confirmed his presence. None of this mattered. An overwhelmingly white jury found McMillian guilty of the murder, and the judge — inauspiciously named Robert E. Lee Key Jr. — sentenced him to die. MORE

TIME: Author, activist and academic Cornel West was arrested Monday in Ferguson, Mo., amid continued demonstrations demanding justice for Mike Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9. MORE

DAILY MAIL: Prominent civil activist Cornel West has been arrested in Ferguson, Missouri as more than 1,000 people march through the city to rally against police violence.  The Princeton University philosopher and author was hauled away in handcuffs as protesters called for the arrest of a white police officer who shot dead unarmed teen Michael Brown in August He was one of at least 50 detained by officers at the demonstrations which went on late into the night.  Ahead of his arrest, West told a crowd at Saint Louis University on Monday: ‘It’s a beautiful thing to see people on fire for justice but I didn’t come here to give a speech. I came here to go to jail.’ MORE

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A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES: A Complete Guide To The High Ranking State Officials Who Ran The Corbett Administration’s Email Smut-Peddling Ring

October 13th, 2014

 

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: [Pennsylvania State Attorney General Kathleen] Kane ignited the war in 2012, when she made a central theme of her campaign criticism of how [then-top prosecutor Frank] Fina‘s team in the Attorney General’s Office conducted the investigation into serial sex abuser Jerry Sandusky.[...] Though the review failed to back up Kane’s campaign rhetoric, it gave her a new and unexpected source of ammunition in the feud: Forensic computer work found that Fina, among dozens of others, had traded explicit [pornographic] photos and videos between 2008 and 2102 on state time on state computers. The X-rated e-mails were among other messages that included jokes, cartoons, and political commentary. It was not illegal, but it was a violation of office policy.

Throughout, Fina was publicly backed up in his defense of the Sandusky probe by old colleagues, including State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan, former top state prosecutor Richard Sheetz, and former [PA Attorney General's office] agent Randy Feathers, the case’s lead investigator. All three later landed on the list of eight Kane named as having received pornographic e-mails while working in the Attorney General’s Office under Corbett or other Republicans. Also among them was [Christopher] Carusone, a prosecutor who, with Fina, was a key player in the Attorney General’s Office’s public corruption cases and who later became Corbett’s secretary of legislative affairs.

The others she named were E. Christopher Abruzzo, who became Corbett’s environmental secretary; Glenn Parno, a top lawyer for Abruzzo; Patrick Blessington, a former member of Fina’s anticorruption team who now works with him as a Philadelphia prosecutor; and Kevin Harley, Corbett’s onetime spokesman in the Attorney General’s Office and Governor’s Office. The fallout since that Sept. 25 bombshell has been pronounced.

Abruzzo and Parno resigned their government positions the week after the e-mail release. Sheetz stepped down as a prosecutor in Lancaster County. Corbett has asked Feathers to give up his position on the state parole board, a demand Feathers has thus far ignored. Last week, Carusone lost his job with a major Philadelphia law firm, though neither he nor the firm would discuss why. [...] And last week, Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille urged his colleagues to take action after seeing e-mails that indicate Justice Seamus McCaffery had sent sexually explicit images to an agent in the Attorney General’s Office and to McCaffery’s brother, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge. MORE

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3-MINUTE DOCUMENTARY: David Lynch Explains Why The Horror Of Philadelphia In The Late ’60s Remains His Primary Source Of Artistic Inspiration

October 13th, 2014

On September 10th, 2014, David Lynch gave a press conference at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts to promote DAVID LYNCH: The Unified Field, the first major retrospective of his paintings in an American art museum. The retrospective is something of a homecoming for Lynch who studied painting at PAFA from 1966-1967, back when the City of Brotherly Love was a desolate hellscape of decay and despair after years of white flight, industrial collapse and seething racial animus. From 1965-1970, Lynch lived in a section of the city that has come to be known as The Eraserhood. It was in Philadelphia that Lynch first transitioned from painting into filmmaking. In 1970, he headed to Los Angeles to begin work on Eraserhead. At the press conference, Lynch talked about how he drew inspiration from the horrors he witnessed during his days in Philadelphia, and expressed his sadness that the city is no longer a soot-stained miasma of fear and loathing and ultra-violence, that his malevolent Rosebud has been rendered harmless and ordinary by gentrification. The short film you are about to watch is a compendium of Lynch’s remarks about filmmaking, painting, smoking, and the nature of art. Filmed and edited in high Lynch-ian style, this short film incorporates David Lynch’s music, paintings, and films along with his charm, wit and insight into the creative process. A must-see for fans of his work.

RELATED: ‘That Gum You Like Is Coming Back In Style’

RELATED: David Lynch: Eraserhead Stories

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GOAT: Hide From The Sun

October 13th, 2014

SUB POP: There is no direct association between mysterious Swedish psychedelicists GOAT and revered Argentinian master of magical realism, Jorge Luis Borges. Yet their mission appears to be the same. Borges generated his ideas from historical curiosities across the globe—gaucho knife duels on the South American plains, Middle Eastern heresiarchs plotting treacheries in secret libraries, Chinese pirates waging wars against the Emperor—and twisted them into fictions that blurred the lines between fortified footnotes and outright fantasy. GOAT’s sound is the sonic manifestation of this principle, as evidenced in their aptly-named debut album World Music, which incorporated elements of Nigerian afrobeat, German krautrock, Anatolian funk, and a host of other global micro-niches into a hallucinatory cultish celebration of rock’s diverse manifestations. Deprived of the requisite band biography, early experiencers World Music’s electrified tribalism and lysergic compositions had the inevitable questions regarding the origin and timeframe of the recordings. The truth only became knottier every time the elusive GOAT collective provided their cryptic answers. MORE

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RUSSELL BRAND: Vive La Revolution!

October 13th, 2014

 

THE GUARDIAN: “[T]he book’s just the start of a conversation. I don’t know what you do about private education or private fuckin’ anything – I’m not a bloody politician. I want to address the alienation and sense of despair that you see all around us. Everyone’s fucked off, everyone’s had enough, so it don’t matter to me how much people have a go at me, because I live in the world and walk around, and people are going, ‘Well done, Russell, well done, son.’ I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready to die for this.” He finally takes a breath. “Yeah, I’m ready to die for it.” [...] I am excited. I’m going to enjoy this like nothing else, because for once I’m on the right side of the argument. And this is the right time. I feel it. I feel it. The means exist.”

I ask if he normally talks so fast. “Yes. Yes. So now, why I’m excited and why I endorse not voting, is because the farther politics drifts to the right, the better it is. Good. Antagonise people. Let’s get to the point where people are no longer just satisfied with iPods, iPads, iWatches. To the point where people go, ‘I’ve had enough.’” Is he advocating rioting? “It doesn’t have to be through rioting. It can be through total disobedience, non-payment of taxes, non-payment of mortgages.”

Caring capitalism was a blip, from 1945 to the end of the 70s, he says: a one-off created by the second world war and the founding of the welfare state. “Capitalism is going to continue to increase inequality. And people are preparing now for what follows capitalism. If people are informed and activated, it will be something that’s more liberal and fair; if they’re not, it will be draconian and terrifying. I think people in power are preparing for the latter. That’s why $4.2bn worth of military equipment has been transferred to local police authorities in America over the last 15 years. Why London authorities are buying water cannons and why Thomas Piketty’s book is causing such a stir.” MORE

EXCERPT: David Graeber is best known for his idea of debt cancellation. Personal debt cancellation used to be a common policy in ancient civilisations; every seven years, all debt was cancelled. The Bible refers to “debt jubilees”, where everyone’s debt would be reset to zero. It’s especially nice that it was called a “jubilee”, creating an even more euphoric sense of carnival. In Islam, too, usury, credit at extortionate rates – like Wonga or whatever offer – is forbidden. So this bizarre-sounding notion has strong historic precedent. It is a mark of how far into materialism we have descended that it seems unfeasible in our world.

David explained that debt repayment has a powerful moral charge in our culture, that people feel ashamed about debt and guilty about non-payment. Seventy-five per cent of Americans are in debt, 40% owing more than $50,000, while an estimated nine million British people are in “serious debt”. What David Graeber, the anarchist, is suggesting is that all personal debt, debt for normal people, is cancelled. Think about it. That means you. All your debt cancelled. [...] I thought about the ramifications. Well, obviously, most people would be thrilled. Tuesday night you go to bed with a credit card bill, mortgage and a bloody headache; Wednesday you wake up with a spring in your step and a pound note in your pocket. What a touch. Obviously this is not such good news for credit card companies and banks; overnight, their entire operation has irrevocably altered. Most of these companies are international, too, so what would the impact be on global finances? I imagine a mainstream economist – and let me tell you off the bat, I’ve no fucking intention of asking one – would say this action would instigate financial meltdown.

What Graeber says in response to this is that $700bn was written off and trillions were lent to banks as the result of the 2008 financial crash. When the reckless and greedy trading, lending and gambling of the financial industry led to an economic breakdown that, if not resolved, would’ve provoked social upheaval, possibly Revolution, the governments of affected nations got together (in a smoky, dim-lit room?) and decided to press reset on the economy. Aside from a few people carrying plants out of their offices in cardboard boxes, I don’t remember there being many consequences at all. Just some people with plants looking confused by a revolving door. Oh, and 13.1 million American people had their homes foreclosed. Because their debt, it turns out, was real; it was only the debt within the financial sector that was imaginary. It was only the people who generated the crisis who got three magical wishes from an economic genie. There was no abracadabra for ordinary people, they just got abraca-fucked. So we are not discussing whether or not debt cancellation is a possibility; we know it is, we’ve seen it, they’ve done it. All we are discussing is whom it is possible for. Them or us. MORE

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TRAILER: Citizenfour

October 13th, 2014

Laura Poitras’ documentary about Edward Snowden. Out October 24th.

THE GUARDIAN: Poitras, the first journalist contacted by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, mirrors her topic. She rarely appears on news programs or chat shows. She is a mysterious character in her own movie, heard more than she is seen. But surreptitiously, Poitras has been a commander of a stream of disclosures for 16 months that have forced the NSA into a new and infamous era. Citizenfour demonstrates to the public the prowess that those of us who have worked with her on the NSA stories encountered. Her movie, the culmination of a post-9/11 trilogy that spans a dark horizon from Iraq to Guantánamo, is a triumph of journalism and a triumph for journalism. MORE

RELATED: Poitras told the AP she was editing the film in Berlin because she feared her source material would be seized by the government inside the U.S.[33]

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WORTH REPEATING: Dear Taliban, F*ck You

October 10th, 2014

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: As you’ve probably heard by now, Malala Yousafzai, aka The Bravest Woman In All Of Islam, has won the Nobel Peace Prize. And deservedly so. To mark this auspicious occasion we are re-running the angry open letter to the Taliban we wrote for Philadelphia Magazine in the wake of their failed attempt to assassinate the then-14-year-old Malala by sending two goons to board her school bus and shoot her in the face. Like Ghandi or Martin Luther King or the Dalai Lama — men who have renounced violence, who come in the name of love and mercy — Malala would never say the following to the people who tried to kill her, because she exists on a higher moral plane than her enemies. She has, in fact, forgiven the men who shot her in the face. We, however, have not.

Dear Taliban,
We’ve have never had much patience for charlatans, sociopaths and fascists — or any combination thereof — that hide their perversions of justice behind the skirts of organized religion and false pieties. But you guys have raised the bar of that kind of fuckery to a whole new level. No kite flying, no music, no movies, no television, no computers, no satellite dishes, no chess boards, no dancing or clapping during sports events, no artistic representations of living things — no paintings, drawings, photographs, stuffed animals, or dolls. Basically no anything invented after the eighth century. We could probably fill up the whole Internet cataloging your brutal assaults on progress, reason, tolerance, human rights and common decency but in the interest of brevity, we will stick with what are arguably your five greatest outrages.
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TY SEAGALL: The Singer

October 10th, 2014

From the new and excellent Manipulator (Drag City). No Philly date on the horizon. [makes Sad Keanu face]

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BEING THERE: Bass Drum Of Death @ The Barbary

October 10th, 2014

Photo by DAN LONG

I was stoked to see Bass Drum of Death at the Barbary last night based on their rad videos and generally loud, cool “I don’t give a shit” aesthetic, but I left the show somewhat disappointed, truth be told. To be clear, this was not Bass Drum of Death’s fault, they performed well and sounded great, but the crowd on the other hand totally ruined what could have been a killer vibe.   For starters the online ticket portal said the show was sold out, but in fact the venue was far from packed. Even before BDoD started the attitude of the room was… sleepy.  In fact, the drunk girl leaning next to me actually fell asleep during the performance.  To a deaf person it would’ve looked like a crowd for an Iron & Wine or Fleet Foxes concert. Bass Drum of Death started the show with “Velvet Itch.”  They sounded great, just like the record, but there was a distinct lack of connection between the band and the audience.  As the set continued things warmed up a little bit and there was even a brief hint of moshing.  After the third song, “I Wanna Be Forgotten” they finally addressed the audience with a customary, “how’s everyone doing tonight,” and went on to introduce the song, “Left for Dead,” off their new album “Rip This.”  “Left for Dead” was slower which changed the pace of the set, but in a good way. It broke up what could easily become a monotonous cacophony of high-octane garage rock.  Also off their new album was “Sin Is In 10,” which was my favorite of the night.  Unfortunately the set ended pretty abruptly and they were forced to stop after 9 songs with no encore. After I followed the pack outside I saw the band smoking next to their truck, and after a few minutes it was just me and John Barrett of Bass Drum of Death, so I started talking to him.  He said that he thought it went well, but was noticeably bummed about the set being cut short but pointed out that “I don’t make the rules.” He warmed up to me after I told him “Sin Is In 10” was my favorite from the night, and one of my favorites from the album. He seemed genuinely interested and happy about that, even agreeing that that’s his favorite song too.  All in all a good performance, a rad band, but a lame crowd. — MOLLY KASSEL

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WRECKLESS ERIC: Q&A With Eric Wareheim, Philly Homeboy & Exactly One Half Of Tim & Eric

October 9th, 2014

 

BY JONATHAN VALANIA In advance of the Tim And Eric & Dr. Steve Brule (aka John C. Reilly) 2014 Tour stopping in Philly on Friday for two sold out shows at The Keswick, we got Temple alum Eric Wareham on the horn. DISCUSSED: Their new show Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories, Twilight Zone, and the horror of the every day, Bob Odenkirk, Emmet Walsh, John C. Reilly, Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifanakis, Three Stooges, Dr. Steve Brule, Darkside, Fishtown, White Rainbow, and Philly soul.

PHAWKER: The two episodes of Bedtime Stories, your new show on Adult Swim, that I watched were very funny and really, truly unnerving. I’m not a big horror guy.  I’m not easily scared, I usually just roll my eyes. But in the ‘Hole’ episode, Tim is truly frightening. The ‘Toes’ episode, which takes place is some bizarro universe where people have their toes removed for cosmetic reasons, is equally unsettling. Both are only a step or two removed from current reality. It strikes me that the subtext of Bedtime Stories is ‘the horror of the everyday’? Like the suburban dad hardass jock guy Tim plays in ‘Holes’ — I find those people terrifying.

ERIC WAREHEIM:  Yeah. You couldn’t have said it better. Each of these episodes is really based on the horror of everyday life, and what’s really going on. For example, the ‘Toes’ episode is not far from plastic surgery. In Los Angeles, we see insane things: people injecting concrete into their butts, and to me that’s not too far off from being like, ‘Ah, yeah, toes are disgusting. Let’s get rid of ‘em.’  And with ‘Holes,’ I just feel like most of life is a nightmare. Just walking around and encountering people who are assholes, and your neighbors are freaks. I remember growing up, and there were a couple people in my neighborhood that I didn’t really see very often that I kind of imagined what their weird lives were like. I also had neighbors that my parents would quarrel with, and I kind of developed these little stories in my head because of the nightmare worlds in their homes, and that’s what it’s based off of. It’s also based off of this dream I had, which was the worst dream I’ve ever had in my life at this point, where everyone turned on me. Like my girlfriend, all my friends, Tim and my parents disowned me. All of this happened in one dream. It was so heavy, that when I woke up, I felt it. That’s kind of what we want to do in the show. We want to make you laugh, but we also want you to feel all of these other emotions that are part of life.

PHAWKER: Yeah, and it’s funny, but it feels like a bad dream afterwards. You sort of shiver a little bit.

ERIC WAREHEIM: Yeah, totally.

PHAWKER: I wanted to ask you about Twilight Zone, which seems to me to be a direct influence on Bedtime Stories. I’m assuming you guys are fans.
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CINEMA: Elephant’s Memory

October 9th, 2014


 

Tonight at the PHS Pop Up Garden, the Philadelphia Film Festival, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts, will present a free screening of The Elephant Man, directed by David Lynch and starring Anthony Hopkins and John Hurt.  The film begins at sundown.

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