Last week I was rendered gobsmacked by the news that my beloved Newworldaquarium/154 (producer Jochem Peteri) would be returning with his first newly-recorded set of material following the birth of his second child. Marked by a celebratory spirit, it's also a release fueled by the joys of creative discovery as it marks the first material Peteri has recorded using his trusted and long-fruitful analog set-up, which has this time been enhanced by a digital tool set that has seemingly given him the means to craft an utterly breathtaking twenty-two minute environmental piece of ambience that is in equal turns entrancing and intoxicating. And while I've always been hard-pressed to find a work of Petri's I don't love, I still had to at least attempt to listen to this new Boomkat-released single with quasi-objective ears and report on what they found. Bolstered by the concept of family, the release sees Petri moving into exciting new terrain while employed decades-old sonic strategies that continue to bear new fruit. It's a family affair, indeed.Read More
I'll be the first to admit that I'm still getting the hang of writing a decent movie review. When it comes to assessing a narrative effort like Moonlight or Snowden both films' stories are nice and simple compared to films on such expansive and manifold topics as the internet or racism. And as much time as I've spent reading and watching a wide range of books and films on racism in America, as a white male it is something I can never truly capture in all of its horrific omnipresence. Simply put, race isn't an issue for those for who it isn't made an issue for on a daily basis, hence the weariness that accompanies questions posed about why we still need to talk about race in 2017. After all, an insidious byproduct of Obama's administration was the rise of the myth of a post-racial America, one a few years away from when Michael Brown and Alton Sterling became household names fro the most horrible of reasons: their murders at the hand of armed police officers. I will never forget the white (and male) colleagues I've had over the year who would mock me for my supposed fixation on all things racial who seemed happier to wallow in their own ignorance than to confront the myriad injustices that occur around them daily.
I Am Not Your Negro is director Raoul Peck's audio-visual punch to the gut, an ontological documentary that establishes the very existence of racism throughout America's long history. And while I don't feel like I captured the eloquent rage of James Baldwin nearly as well as Peck did, it was a wonderful opportunity and challenge and one that I would do a thousand times over again. Please see this film and read my review here.
Howdy folks! So I've appeared a couple of other place on the internet in the past couple days so figured I'd share those with you!
First up, here's a rather extensive review I did of Werner Herzog's Lo and Behold, Reveries of a Connected World over at Gathering of the Tribes. As the movie came out a few months back and having read a lot of the criticism, I of course wanted to advance an argument about what makes a film "Herzogian" and the strengths and weaknesses of that approach as it related to the film. Next time I'll likely keep it more simple (or reserve that kind of criticism for this space;)
And on a completely different note (oof), here's a mix I did on The Lot Radio, Monday 10/3/16 with Space Jams. This was a guest spot subbing in for regular co-host Zach Koeber. This mix was particularly fun to put together because it's a morning show and I was scheduled for 9am, so I definitely played a lot of records I don't get to play outside of my apartment, with a few flubs here and there, of course. Unfortunately for everyone involved, SquareSpace does not seem to have a way for me to embed a MixCloud link here, so instead listen to it here and enjoy this dorky picture of myself and Stephanie (who doesn't look nearly as uncomfortable).